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Student will be missed By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter alsams1@crimson.ua.edu

Christopher Michael Sherrill was a man who loved God, life and nature, said his father, Mike Sherrill. Chris, a senior majoring in history from Coker, Ala., passed away Sunday, two days after his 24th birthday, from causes the family wishes to keep private. While Chris did not have a long life, he made a lasting impact on those around him by the way he viewed the world and ministered to others.

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SGA candidates announced Chalking, distributing stickers banned under revised campaign regulations By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter bsknox@crimson.ua.edu

NEW SGA CAMPAIGN RULES • SGA campaigns will no longer be able to chalk public advertisements

run for SGA president, according to vote.ua.edu. • Campaign materials may be distributed starting “To have an active voice in the Sunday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. progressive movement that camBoth current Vice President of pus is taking a part of is what has External Affairs Grant Cochran driven me to run for this position,” to serve the student body by active- every day of my term,” Cochran ly listening and pursuing issues said in his own letter of intent. and Senior Adviser to the SGA Hogan said in her letter of intent. “Since I’ve stepped foot on this that concern them,” she said. President Coresa Nancy Hogan “I have worked for UA students have declared their intention to campus, my sole purpose has been See CAMPAIGN, page 5

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“The special thing about Chris was his commitment to being true to himself. He had very strong religious beliefs, and while he did not force them on anyone, he did not compromise them.” — Ellen Moon “The special thing about Chris was his commitment to being true to himself,” said family friend Ellen Moon. “He had very strong religious beliefs, and while he did not force them on anyone, he did not compromise them. He never understood why people would waste time being discontent about little things that make no difference in the grand scheme of things instead of spending time wisely on love and caring.” “He gave Bibles away to people,” said his mother, Myra Brenda Sherrill. “Chris’s former manager at Home Accents told me Chris always had a Bible with him. That’s how he would spend his lunch break—sitting in his truck and reading his Bible.” Andrew Martin, a senior double majoring in history and political science, said Chris was his good friend and classmate, and noted Chris’s passion for sharing the word of God. “Chris is a sweet, godly man and a beacon to us all,” Martin said. “In my time of grief and sorrow over the loss of my grandmother, he took time out to talk to me and remind me that in prayer we can find strength. We can find comfort in knowing that such a kind and sweet-hearted man is in a better place with God.”

CW | Teresa Portone Carey Fountain, a freshman in New College, raps at Xpress Night at the Ferguson Center Starbucks on Thursday night.

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Blues bar gets green makeover By Jordan Staggs Senior Staff Reporter jlstaggs1@crimson.ua.edu Patrons of the downtown Temerson Square area might notice something new this weekend – a little color change has occurred in the space beside Wilhagan’s, as its small neighboring bar has transformed from blues to … green? What was formerly Little Willie’s blues and jazz bar has now been transformed into Green Bar, a brand new eco-friendly venue with a new look and sound. Owner Bill Lloyd said he’s been thinking about this concept for a while now. “I kind of had the idea in my head anyway,” Lloyd said. “They don’t recycle brown glass at all in Tuscaloosa. We were generating tons of glass for the landfills, and I was just thinking it’s possible to do this on a smaller scale, in a bar this size.” le this

CW | Megan Smith Green Bar, located next to Wilhagan’s, is the newest evolution of Little Willie’s bar. Green Bar will be serving beers from washable glasses and aluminum cans only.

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at Birmingham are immune since the mandatory food fees are part of the trustees’ authority under state law. Vance also ruled the food fees are in the interest of improving the on-campus living experience. Evans, of G. Daniel Evans law firm in Birmingham, said the notice of appeal was filed Feb. 9, and the Alabama State Supreme Court shows it docketed on Feb. 14. Evans said now the case will be reviewed by the State Supreme Court and if the students win on appeal, the State Supreme Court will send the case back to Judge Vance with directions that the lawsuit is allowed to continue.

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Evans said he appealed the case because he feels Dining Dollars is unfair to students. “I think Judge Vance’s order is wrong,â€? Evans said. “I think Dining Dollars is oppressive to the students.â€? Evans said he has asked the State Supreme Court to review Vance’s original finding that the Board of Trustees and Aramark were immune. “[Judge Vance] said both the Board of Trustees and Aramark were immune [from lawsuits],â€? Evans said. “Regardless of what the facts were, Judge Vance found both to be immune. “He never ruled that the facts we alleged were not true, just that it didn’t matter because they were immune regardless.â€? “We have asked the Supreme Court to review that finding,â€? he said. Evans said he also feels if the Dining Dollars requirement is eliminated, local businesses will see an increase in profit. Crimson CafĂŠ owner Rhett Madden said he has been fighting Dining Dollars since 1996. Madden said Aramark’s 21 percent sales profit is putting the cafĂŠ on The Strip out of business. “If [the lawsuit] results in Dining Dollars being reformed or eliminated, we may be able to recoup some of the losses we have suffered since the hike to 21 percent in 2008,â€? he said. “The only thing keeping our doors open is taking on debt.â€? Madden said if the students win the lawsuit, he feels the vic-

tory will save local businesses. “If they win the Dining Dollars suit, [Dining Dollars] will most likely have to be reformed someway or eliminated, which is of course good for us and all restaurants near campus,â€? Madden said. “If they lose, UA administrators can continue to do whatever they want, and we and other restaurants will be put out of business,â€? he said. “They will definitely be a monarchy.â€? Evans said in an e-mailed statement on Feb. 4 that he read the CW article, “Costs keep Fresh Food closed on weekends,â€? and anticipated the increase in pricing of food court meals. “Any time exclusive control is given to one company as has been given to Aramark by the University, Aramark is then free to set hours of operation, prices and selection as best suits Aramark’s profit motive, because the students have no other option and no leverage,â€? Evans said. Despite litigation, Gabriell Davis, a senior biology major, doesn’t mind paying the $300 mandatory fee per semester. “I don’t mind Dining Dollars because whatever you don’t use gets transferred to Bama Cash and it can be used all around town,â€? she said. Blake Cantrell, a junior business major, wishes he had a choice in the matter. “I don’t like Buffalo Phil’s, or Crimson CafĂŠ, or any of the dining halls,â€? he said. “Why should I be forced to pay for food that I find overpriced and undercooked?â€?

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Bama Dining offers tutoring to employees By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Staff Reporter sndethrage@crimson.ua.edu

Bama Dining is offering tutoring and a meal free of charge for the children and grandchildren of their employees every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center. The program, called Bama Dining Helps Kids Thrive, was started during fall 2009 by Bama Dining administrators Brent Davidson, Ed Robertson and Taneisha Henry. “We had issues with parents saying, ‘My kid needs help,’” said Henry, a location manager for Bama Dining. “So one day we just started this program to fix that problem.” Kelsey Faust, marketing manager for Bama Dining, said the program was initiated to show appreciation for the employees’ hard work while simultaneously helping children to be successful in school and reach goals. “We have had mostly elementary students attend our tutoring program with one or two middle school students participating a few times,” Faust said. “We help them

“We had issues with parents saying, ‘My kid needs help.’ So one day we just started this program to fix that problem.” — Taneisha Henry with their homework and prepare for upcoming tests. We also provide them with lessons on math, reading comprehension and spelling through worksheets, flash cards and donated academic books.” Even though the program currently consists mostly of elementary students, Henry emphasized that the tutoring was being offered to all employees and their families, regardless of age. “If we had an employee struggling to earn their GED, we’d tutor them, too,” Henry said. “We say this is for the kids and grandkids of Bama Dining employees but it’s for all those employees, as well.” Bama Dining funds the program itself, with major contributions for supplies and food coming from the company’s managers, employees and the surrounding community. All tutors, like Kamilah Marks, a

student supervisor of Bama Dining’s Starbucks, are volunteers. Marks said the lessons were important, but keeping the children aware of their potential was also crucial. “During dinner we have a sharing discussion where the students talk about their plans for the future and their endless possibilities,” Marks said. “Many of the students that attend the tutoring sessions come from families that have never had anyone attend college,” she said. “Therefore, we are trying to instill in the students that they too can continue their education and go on to college.” Though Bama Dining employs 460 people and every employee qualifies for the program, about five to 10 children show up for the lessons and meal each week. Henry calls the low atten-

Submitted Photo Bama Dining workers tutor the children of other Bama Dining employees in the Ferfuson Center. dance an awareness issue, existence and weekly schedule. “What we do here is somealthough e-mails are sent once per semester informing thing that’s not widely known employees of the program’s to the student body or even

our employees,” Henry said. “But we do care about our employees, and we do care about our kids.”

Tide-Tigers rivalry under scrutiny by fans By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter tlholland1@crimson.ua.edu Many students from the University of Alabama and Auburn University may describe the rivalry between the two in-state schools using one word – hate. “We hate them, they hate us,” said Hillary Watson, a UA junior majoring in education. “In fact, I cringe every time I see the color orange.” But after last week’s Toomer’s Corner tree poisoning, many say the two schools’ rivalry has crossed a line, a line that some feel has been far exceeded by fans from both schools.

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Chris had a passion for history, according to his father. Mike Sherrill noted that he and Chris shared this passion, and the two would watch the History Channel and Civil War reenactments together. “Chris wanted to combine his first calling, the ministry, with teaching history at the university level at one of the major institutions in the South. His goal was not only to teach history, but also to minister to people. He was adept at that,” Mike Sherrill said. Chris worked as David Michelson’s personal research assistant in the history department, and Michelson said Chris was by far the most rewarding student he has ever taught. “As his teacher, I was deeply impressed with the breadth and tenacity of Chris’s intel-

People from across the nation have weighed in on the issue, offering ideas on how to cool down the heated rivalry between both schools. Many website chat forums have fans suggesting the two schools stop playing for a while. One fan suggested one school should change conferences before the rivalry goes too far. Despite the recent uproar, many students from both schools disagree with the outsiders’ perspectives. Trey Howell, an Auburn University sophomore, said he agreed Harvey Updyke Jr.’s actions went too far and recognized there are some things that need to be changed about lectual curiosity, his impeccable work ethic and his remarkable record of academic persistence and achievement in spite of many difficulties,” Michelson said. James Mixson, associate professor of medieval history, said Chris was one of the best students he has ever had. “We were especially proud of him just now, because he had worked so hard and had just been admitted to our graduate program as a master’s student,” Mixson said. “We were all looking forward to what great work he was going to do. He was an inspiration to all of his teachers.” “If ever there was a boy destined to make a difference in this life, he was the one,” Mike Sherrill said. “Chris was effective in sharing his beliefs with most anyone because he had this big broad smile and can-do attitude, and he always took the side of the underdog. Not only was Christopher my

“Canceling this great tradition would do more harm than good. It’s why some of us choose to go to UA or Auburn. We live for the rivalry, and for that reason, it must continue.” — Hillary Watson the rivalry, but he felt eliminating the Iron Bowl would be foolish. “To put an end to what I am convinced is the best rivalry in the nation would punish thousands of fans who had nothing to do with the situation,” Howell said. “As much animosity as there may be between the two schools, every team needs a rival to make them strive to be son, he was my greatest friend and most confident confidante.” “Chris and I couldn’t sit in the same room together for more than five minutes without finding something to laugh about,” said his 19-yearold brother Nick Sherrill. “I can’t look at a single wall in my room without seeing something he gave me,” Sherrill said. “Chris was behind me on every single decision I made, no matter how bad the decision was,” he said. “I could always turn to him no matter what. He was and is the best big brother I could have ever asked for.” Visitation will be held from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday at Magnolia Chapel in Northport. Services will commence at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Big Creek Cemetery in Coker.

better. Also, the Iron Bowl is a huge deal, not just for the universities but the entire state of Alabama, as well as the SEC, and to put an end to that would hurt everybody involved.” The Auburn-Alabama football game has been suspended once in its history, but not for

dirty play or endangerment of each respective school’s fans. It was because of a contract discrepancy, something that cancelled the Iron Bowl each year from 1907-1948. “Canceling this great tradition would do more harm than good,” Watson said. “It’s why some of us choose to go to UA or Auburn. We live for the rivalry, and for that reason, it must continue.” Auburn University head football coach Gene Chizik, along with UA head football coach Nick Saban, offered a joint statement last week to fans of

both schools. “This is an isolated incident by one individual that is not representative of what the greatest rivalry in college football is all about,” the release said. “The players and coaches at both schools have a tremendous amount of respect for each other on and off the field, and we encourage our fans to show that same amount of respect now and in the future. We will move beyond this regrettable incident and continue to enjoy this great rivalry.” Updyke’s hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 2.

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Rhetoric could hinder positive change for UA

Friday, February 25, 2011 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

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

people who we might not have normally taken the time to know. I encourage anyone who qualifies for enrollment in the college to take advantage of all of the opportunities it has for you and know that, contrary to what this paper seems to believe, we really are an opening and welcoming environment. You will be accepted and embraced here as I have been. In short, maybe The Crimson White should focus more on the development of real journalism endeavors instead of attacking one of the most open and accepting colleges on the UA campus. Sydney Branch is a sophomore majoring in journalism and economics.

Ben Friedman is a sophomore majoring in social entrepreneurship. His column runs on Fridays.

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Just remember, it’s not everyone By Xavier Burgin

Recently, the University of Alabama endured quite a dilemma in regard to inappropriate comments aimed towards individuals of African-American descent. Simply said, a white student used a racial slur against a black student. Definitely not on my cool list. Let me first dispel any validity in the argument that if AfricanAmericans use the “N word,” it gives everyone the right to do so. In conversations, ladies have the tendency to call one another slurs. This may not be the most endearing way to refer to your best friend forever, but it is used nonetheless. Now, if you heard two ladies say this to one another, please visually gauge their reaction if you walked up and began a conversation in the same manner. You’re not proving a point that if one person says it, all should be able to say it. You’re not fighting for free speech or the equality of verbal language. You’re just worming through the rhetoric and logic of a racist. The use of racial slurs has happened on many occasions, but one of the main notions generated from situations such as these always leaves me adequately annoyed. When any act of prejudice or discrimination occurs, you can expect the black community to produce an uproar. It is expected and it is justified. What I do not like from the upheaval is the immediate classification of all white

people under an overreaching bluegrass country, racist umbrella. During times of immediate crisis or racial upheaval, individuals quickly focus blame on others. This is understandable, especially when speaking in terms of those victimized. Unfortunately, blame is most often overextended. In this case the blame was delegated to the Panhellenic/Interfraternity Council Greek system and then the on-campus white population in general. It is true when an individual makes an egregious decision you can map back his background to a larger, more intricate system which he or she can be defined by, but the entirety of the problem cannot be displaced on a system or, more specifically, on a race. It’s the equivalent of someone linking one African-American’s decision to rob a store to the entire culture, or relating one Islamic individual’s decision to commit acts of terrorism to the entire religion. It’s unfounded and has little substance. Specific people must be held accountable, not entire groups. Extreme prejudice, hostility or racism must not be pinned on an entire culture. I say this with an asterisk beside my words. A culture still has the capability to breed problems. Racism is not inherent. Somewhere along the spectrum prejudice based on skin color is taught. Let’s just not forget there are those people who actively fight against racism as

diligently as the African-American populace. Still, for those teetering on the spectrum, quietly pondering whether your dislike based on another person’s skin color is acceptable, walk outside the intellectually incestuous group you live within. You’ll find an atmosphere of tolerance quite unexpected at the University of Alabama. Contrary to the microcosm you have been raised in or have found sanctum with, racial slurs and bigotry are not prized possessions students at this University hold with pride. For my fellow African-Americans, do not forget that lumping together an entire race or culture based on the actions of one or a few makes you just as intolerant as those who have always held our ancestry against us. One of the biggest steps towards progression is the ability to teeter away from hypocrisy. We cannot allow ourselves to succumb to the same harmful thoughts another individual harbors. More importantly, we cannot allow similar actions to be repeated in retaliation. All validity in an argument or belief is lost when those who stand behind it lose their own credibility through harmful decisions. Most of all, just remember. It’s not everyone. Xavier Burgin is a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies and film production. His column runs biweekly on Fridays.

Tragedy offers a silver lining for rivalry By Austin Gaddis

“I donʼt get the outrage. Are you people really not familiar with ʻno visible tattoosʼ policies? Also, this account is unreliable, seeing as the only source is the offended party.”

In the past month, greek students on campus have been widely stereotyped and insulted. I’m not attempting to turn the victimhood around, but the amount of hate and sarcasm toward the greek community is obviously apparent. The greek community has been Ben Friedman characterized as oldfashioned, racist and intolerant and their early attempts to change that stereotype have been mocked and written off as insufficient. I am not saying these criticisms are untrue; take any look at the racial make-up of an old row fraternity or sorority and it will be impossible to argue otherwise. Similarly, Austin Gaddis’ column, “Why all the hate for the greek community?” helped to highlight many of the positive aspects of greek life, while admitting there is great room for improvement in the inclusivity of the greek system. Unfortunately, many criticisms relating to greek inclusiveness, race relations and campus unity may be true, but they are an incredibly ineffective way of promoting change on campus. Though we should in no way deny or alter the truth (doing so has never turned out well in the course of history), it is useless and harmful to the cause of campus unity to insult the greek community and their efforts to change, no matter how elementary. If the greek system is truly going to change, that change will come largely from inside itself because that is where the money and the power lie. Thus, it continues to amaze me that students believe they can harass greeks into changing. In Michael Patrick’s column, “Intolerance a problem in the greek system,” he self-admittedly suggests he has no solution for change, yet he concludes with “[we] must demand that fraternities and sororities stop promoting racism by joining the 21st century and finally desegregating.” Michael Patrick’s criticisms may be spot-on, but his sarcastic criticisms do the cause severe injustice. In Alex Hollinghead’s column, “Incident creates a black mark on campus,” he brashly asks the Delta Tau Delta students involved in the racial incident if any one of them “possesses the guts or the moral fiber to speak up. Which is it?” He asks, “Was everyone else in the room a bigot or just a coward?” Again, I agree with Hollinghead’s criticisms, but his delivery is poisonous to the cause. Since the incident, greek students have formed Greeks for T.I.D.E., an organization designed to promote inclusiveness in the greek community, yet even Greeks for T.I.D.E. has been subject to harsh criticism. In Turney Foshee’s column “Get real about change,” he describes Greeks for T.I.D.E. as “nothing but an empty gesture with no hope of unifying or affecting any real change on campus whatsoever.” Foshee even goes as far as to describe President Witt’s e-mail as “faux outrage.” When you want people to enact positive change, and they take the first steps towards what might resemble change, the absolute last thing you should do is discredit their actions and motives. This is not a complicated political strategy; it’s a basic principle of human interaction. Though only time will tell whether the efforts of Greeks for T.I.D.E., the greek community as a whole or even President Witt himself will be effective, it is certainly not our place to judge their motives. James Fowler, our greek SGA president, has taken gigantic strides towards unifying campus and promoting inclusiveness. Our entire constitution has even been rewritten. Why, then, is it the case that many independent students’ rhetoric suggests they believe one unelected fraternity member’s harmful actions are a better representative of the greek community than one elected fraternity member’s helpful actions? Even if they are correct in their accusations, they are shooting themselves in the foot by erasing a vital opportunity for consensus and emphasizing only the negative. In Dale Carnegie’s classic book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” he describes “How to Change People Without Giving Offense.” Three of his nine points are “begin with honest appreciation, ask questions instead of giving direct orders, and praise every improvement.” If independents want to be effective in enacting change, they would be well-served to take these principles to heart. Martin Luther King Jr. understood these basic principles of human interaction. In his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” he was quick to forge camaraderie with those he knew had real power to enact change. He is quick to describe his audience as “men of genuine good will.” He commends Catholic state leaders and others (who he mentions by name) who had taken the first steps to integrate their churches. As a result, when Dr. King explicitly mentioned the unjust actions of white segregationists, his audience was undoubtedly more willing to listen to his calls for change. We cannot realize our common goal of inclusiveness until the most vocal independent students alter their abrasive rhetoric.

Most all of us were disheartened at the news of the pending death of the landmark oak trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner. As more information surfaced about the tragedy, we were relieved to learn that the madman behind the poisoning was not a graduate of our university. While the unfortunate future of the trees seems certain, we must use this tragedy as a catalyst for better unity and sportsmanship between Alabama and Auburn. The 2010 Iron Bowl is a hard day for me to reflect on. At times, our rivalry can seem too heated. I was one of the angry fans, yelling at Cam as he walked onto the field, and yelling louder as he walked off. I had friends in town from Auburn that weekend that I refused to speak to after the game. I even wrote a scathing column last semester about Auburn, and how they didn’t deserve to win a national championship. I can’t say that I’m entirely proud of what I did, but it does reveal the

deep love and respect that we have for college football in our state. As much as most Crimson Tide fans do not want to admit it, we harbor a level of respect for the Tigers. I am able to see that, despite who won or lost, our rivalry is entirely unique compared with others in our conference and around our nation. In an effort to display our mutual respect and unity, SGA presidents James Fowler of UA and Kurt Sasser of Auburn announced a monumental project on Wednesday that plans for sister trees to be planted on both campuses as a symbol of mutual respect for our universities. This project is just what we need. I anticipate coming back to our campus decades from now and being able to visit the tree. It will be a lasting representation of the deep appreciation that we have for our rival school. Tide for Toomer’s, a grassroots fundraising campaign led by Alabama alumni, has been a hot topic of discussion this week on the Capstone, on the plains and all

around our state and nation. They currently have almost 60,000 fans on Facebook and have been able to raise over $45,000. They have a new goal of raising $50,000 by March 3rd, and I encourage everyone who is able to donate to this great cause. I’m proud of the entire Alabama family for our conduct in the aftermath of this tragedy. We have isolated the man responsible, and made clear that his horrible actions are not representative of our collective ideal of a mutually respected rivalry. Updyke’s actions were meant to tear the schools apart, and fuel the fury of the classless fans like him on both sides. However, he underestimated the class and sportsmanship that all true fans harbor within us. It is my hope that, through this heartbreaking event, we can all see a silver lining and come out in the end as better than we were before. Austin Gaddis is a sophomore majoring in public relations and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Fridays.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Honors College not purposefully discriminative By Sydney Branch In recent weeks, the UA Honors College has received criticism from this publication, much of which I see as unwarranted. Qualifications to enroll in the Honors College are clear, and academic achievement is the only measure by which students are judged. All students who meet the minimum requirements for admission are admitted without a bias of any sort. The Honors College was founded in an effort to engage the best and brightest on the UA campus, and initiative is part of what makes Honors students stand out from their peers. If a racial discrepancy exists within the college it is because of a lack of interest in participation by that

group, not discrimination. The Honors College should not have to chase students around, begging them to enroll. It is an honor to be in the college and should remain that way. As a Native American student within the college, I have experienced only the best of what the Honors College has to offer: small, intellectually-challenging classes, the best professors on campus and the opportunity to meet many different students of varying backgrounds. I have found that in most cases my classes within the college are more diverse than those with regular enrollment and that the small number of students allows my classmates and I to forge friendships with new


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Former FBI agent draws crowd By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Staff Reporter sndethrage@crimson.ua.edu UA graduate and retired FBI Special Agent Charlie Dorsey spent a little more than an hour in Farrah Hall Thursday debunking myths about the forensic field for interested faculty and students. Dorsey had two goals for his lecture. The first was to rectify some of the media glorification of criminal profiling by subjecting his audience to the shocking reality of crime scene investigations. “There’s the myth, what we see on TV, and then there’s reality,” Dorsey said. “What’s the reality of serial murder? Well it’s jackasses like you see up on the screen,” Dorsey continued, showing a slide of Dennis Rader, the infamous BTK killer, and Charles Cullen, known as the Angel of Death. He also showed several graphic slides of actual crime scene photos, even inviting the audience to offer basic guesses to the sort of killer who would commit the depicted murders, or to compare one photo to another and explain why or why not the victims could have been killed by the same perpetrator. “I’m not doing this to shock you or show you that I’m a big deal,” Dorsey said. “That’s just the reality of what you work with when you’re in this arena.” His second goal for the evening was to offer advice to anyone who wanted to know how to excel in the forensic field, especially in the FBI. Dorsey told the students in the audience not to stress over whether to take a

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“Throughout the last year, our campus has seen great improvements to unify the student body and to crumble walls that have long divided our University. Unification is our goal, and unyielding progress is our method.” As the SGA elections near, the new candidates must adapt to changes made by the elections board to prohibit using chalking and stickers this year to gain votes. “We chose to eliminate chalking to encourage students to select more substantive campaign methods,” said Amelia Haas, president of the Academic Honor Council and member of the elections board. “Chalking works only for name recognition because no one attempts to communicate a platform via chalk. We felt that by eliminating chalking, students would spend their time speaking to student groups, building websites and social media campaigns.” The elections board is comprised of five students, one voting faculty member and three supporting staff members. Four of these students are appointed by the vice provost, one is selected by the SGA president and one is the current president of the Academic Honor Council. Haas said the board voted to eliminate stickers because of the damage they cause to campus grounds. “Every year, thousands of dollars are spent to remove campaign stickers from sidewalks, handrails, floors, bathroom stalls and doors,” she said. “This is a waste of everyone’s tuition dollars.” The elections board voted to make these changes in January. While those SGA candidates seeking office are now only to speak with student groups to get their name out there, they will be able to distribute campaign materials starting this Sunday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. Haas said the changes to chalking also came from people violating chalking rules over the past years by writing petty messages over others’ names. “Not only is chalking, at best, a moderately effective campaign tool, but every year chalking violations slow down the elections board hearing process,” she said. “For the past two or three years, petty chalking violations have distracted candidates from their campaigns. This is a rule put into place to raise the bar on our SGA elections.”

CW|Megan Smith Former UA student and FBI profiler Charles Dorsey speaks to criminal justice students Thursday night. certain psychology or criminal justice class, but rather to maximize experience and common sense. His lecture offered other tips and pointers, and after he concluded his lecture, Dorsey dismissed the general audience but invited anyone with a question to stay and ask it personally, instead of fielding it in front of the crowd. He stayed after the lecture until every interested student was addressed. The speech left more than a dozen people standing along the wall in a room that has more than 150 seats. Many students were there seeking extra credit in various criminal justice classes, but there were several audience members who simply didn’t want to miss the opportunity to hear a UA alumnus with so much experience speak. “I think most people would have come with or without the extra credit for a presentation like this,” said Mark Lanier, chair of the department of criminal justice. “[Dorsey] was a very good speaker,” said Ethan Sandifer, a senior majoring in psychology.

“He did an excellent job in taking on and tackling the myths surrounding criminal profiling.” Overall, Lanier was very pleased with the event, despite too little time and too small a venue. Dorsey limited himself to an hour of lecture, and with 28 years of federal law enforcement, as well as experience in Guantanamo Bay and Pakistan dealing with threats to national security, there was a great deal he had to leave unaddressed for the evening. “I wish he’d talked more about his time and experience interrogating terrorists,” Lanier said. “Other than the size of this room, that’s the only thing I would have changed.” Lanier said this was the fourth public guest lecture the department of criminal justice has hosted this year, and by far the best attended. “We tried not to advertise and publicize too much, because we knew this room wouldn’t accommodate a big crowd,” Lanier said. “But so many people came anyway. I just can’t believe how many people showed up.”

2011/2012 SGA CANDIDATES • President: Grant Cochran, Coresa Nancy Hogan • VP for Academic Affairs: Clayton Armentrout • VP for External Affairs: Alan Rose • VP for Financial Affairs: Mark David Kennedy • VP for Student Affairs: David Wilson • Executive Vice President: Stephen Swinson • Executive Secretary: Kelsey Kurth Hogan said with the recent changes to elections guidelines, campaigning is going to take on a new look. “We have to find new, innovative ways to draw attention to our candidacy and our platform,” she said. “My top goal is to find new merchandise that can spread our message to students within every corner of campus. Social media is also going to play an incredibly important role, especially through Facebook, Twitter and our blog.” The spending budget for candidates will have to be turned in

every Monday so that what each candidate is spending can be monitored in order to keep the playing field level for all candidates. The budget for students running for senate positions is $200 and for the executive board positions it is $800. “Campaign restrictions help ensure open, honest government, which is a major commitment of my campaign,” said Will Pylant, a freshman running for SGA senate. “Our new SGA constitution includes provisions that require clear financial disclosure statements to be submitted

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Students strut all shapes, sizes in Fashion Rocks By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer The third annual Fashion Rocks and So Does My Body fashion show took place Feb. 24 in the Ferguson Center Ballroom. The fashion show featured male and female students of all shapes and sizes and was a part of Body Appreciation Week and National Eating Disorders Week. “The effect we want to have on the campus community is to raise awareness about how important it is to have a positive body image,” said Kerry Luke, staff psychologist at the counseling center. “So many women and men report that they don’t feel good about their bodies, especially college students. If we can get to the point where we help people feel better about themselves, we can get people thinking more critically about why it is they don’t feel good about themselves and try to combat those thoughts and ideas.” The show was hosted by the Eating Disorders Strategic Team and was co-sponsored by a number of organizations including Project Health through the Student Health Center. Michelle Harcrow, adviser of Project Health, said the fashion show is a great way to showcase positive selfimage, and Project Health members look forward to participating each year. “I think [the fashion show] has a very positive effect on the campus community,” Harcrow said. “Every year that we’ve performed this, it’s been a really great opportunity for students to be proud of every Monday. This is definitely a step in the right direction.” He said UA students deserve the very best from their student government and this means transparency and honesty.

“I think it’s really good for people to see women and men who are proud to be the size that they are, the shape that they are.” — Julie Hill themselves and display who they are inside and out, absent of any social norms.” The fashion show started off with all of the models walking down the runway in their favorite pair of jeans. After an intermission, the models came back out and walked the runway in a casual, going-out or formal cocktail outfit that makes them feel most comfortable. This was Debra Flax’s first time participating in the fashion show. “I grew up as an overweight teen, so I always had selfesteem issues,” said Flax, a junior majoring in journalism. “Since losing a whole bunch of weight, I’ve loved my body more and more. Doing stuff like this is more important to bolstering my self-esteem. I think the fashion show can have a big effect on campus. Students can see different body types. It can help older women, younger women, women of any age, seeing others express their love for their body.” Luke said there was more of an emphasis on getting male participants in the show this year. Clifton Jones, a sophomore majoring in management information systems, was one of four males who participated in this year’s show. “A lot of my time is consumed in projects, working and doing school and I haven’t really had a break, so I kind of made this my break,” Jones said.

“At the end of the day, students do not vote for a candidate because of stickers or chalking,” Hogan said. “Students vote for the candidate that presents a clear message that students

“The idea behind [the fashion show] is really good. You can just come out here, be normal, have fun and pretend you’re a model.” Information has been available on campus all week for Body Appreciation Week, but the Fashion Show is the biggest event of the week, according to Luke. “In high school I suffered from a mild form of anorexia,” said Julie Hill, a freshman majoring in fashion retail. “I had friends that snapped me out of it. I think it’s really good for people to see women and men who are proud to be the size that they are, the shape that they are and who they are, and to really flaunt it and be like ‘I love the way I am.’” The fashion show has evolved since it began three years ago, Harcrow said, and the event will likely continue to occur. “I don’t see this going away,” Luke said. “I think we really have fun with this and we’re always just making it better and enhancing it. I think our goal is to keep getting more people to attend. It has such a positive message and it’s such a unique thing, I think, that’s done here on this campus, so we want to keep it.” Flax said, “I think it’s a great idea to have it again and if they do it again, which I hope they do, I will definitely be in line for modeling.”

identify with. I think the new regulations will really encourage candidates to talk personally with the student body, and that is a change that I am really excited about.”


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this weekend FRIDAY • Softball vs Illinois State: 11:30 a.m. in Tampa, Fla. • Baseball vs Southeastern Louisiana: 1 p.m. in Mobile, Ala. • Softball vs Central Connecticut: 3:30 p.m. in Tampa, Fla. • Gymnastics vs Georgia: 7:30 p.m. in Athens, Ga.

By Brett Hudson Contributing Writer

Alabama’s momentum from a three-game winning streak and a late second-half surge was not enough to overcome a strong first half from Mississippi State as the Tide fell to the Bulldogs in its final home game of the season, 68-55. The loss to the Bulldogs snapped Alabama’s three game winning streak in the Southeastern Conference. Head coach Wendell Hudson’s team was hindered by another slow start to the game. “The first 10 minutes of this game, we did not play very well,� Hudson said. “[Mississippi] State really took the fight to us. It took the fight out of us and took away our home-court advantage.� After 12 minutes of the first half, the Bulldogs scorched the Tide with 52.9 percent shooting. Alabama hit yet another slump in this game, going 3-for-14 in the last eight minutes of the half, while Mississippi State ended the half at 50 percent shooting. Alabama also allowed Mississippi State to score 15 points off turnovers in the first half, where the Tide only got five. Reigning SEC Player of the Week Ericka Russell singlehandedly kept the Tide in the game for the first half. She had 13 points in the first half alone. She was matched stride-forstride by the Bulldog’s top scorer, Mary Kathryn Govero, who also had 13 points in the first half. “We didn’t play with any intensity in the first half,� Russell said. “We didn’t play Alabama basketball like we have the last few games.� The Russell-Govero matchup proved to be of importance in the second half as well. In the first 11 minutes of the second half, Govero had eight points while Russell was scoreless. In that 11 minutes, the Bulldogs were able to build up a 52-40 lead. The Tide did not falter in the face of that 12-point deficit, as demonstrated by senior Tierney Jenkins’ getting an

CW | Drew Hoover Freshman guard Khristin Lee goes up for a shot during the Alabama’s 68-55 defeat to Mississippi State Thursday night. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Tide. offensive rebound and nine points in just more than a minute and a half. Jenkins finished the game with 17 points and 17 rebounds, her 19th double-double on the year. The Tide fought its way back to a five-point deficit with only 2:49 remaining in the game. All hopes for an Alabama comeback were ended when Bulldog guard Diamber Johnson made a 3-pointer on the Bulldog’s next possession. She then followed that with another basket and three free throws, giving the Bulldogs a 12-point lead with 34 seconds left. “[Johnson’s scoring] was definitely a big momentum shift,� Jenkins said. “It wasn’t the only thing that hurt us in this game, but it did hurt.�

Freshman guard Shafontaye Myers drives the lane against a Mississippi State defender in the Tide’s loss Thursday night.

The Tide felt as if it could not lose coming off of the three-game winning streak. “We definitely felt like, since we won at Auburn and went to [Mississippi State’s] place and beat them, that no matter how bad we played we couldn’t lose,� Jenkins said. “But that’s something we can learn from and get better about.� As for the Tide’s upcoming season finale at Arkansas, Hudson feels the team will be able to put the hard loss behind them and focus on the task at hand. “I think they’re a resilient bunch,� Hudson said. “We’ll come back, practice tomorrow, practice Saturday and head to Fayetteville to try and get the win before the SEC tournament.�

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Tide wins tournament in Puerto Rico By Morgan Upton Contributing Writer

Classic Tuesday, besting No. 5 Georgia Tech for the victory. The tournament featured The Crimson Tide men’s many ranked teams, including golf team won the Puerto Rico the then No. 1 Oklahoma State. Head coach Jay Seawell said he was proud of how the team played. “This team knows what it takes to win,� Seawell said. “We’re a good team. I’m proud of how we played when the other good teams were playing good.� The Tide started the final round Tuesday tied for first with Georgia Tech. Alabama shot its lowest round in relation to par since 2007 on the final round. Seawell said Tuesday’s final round was one of the best rounds he’d seen. )ULHG&DWILVKZLWK+XVKSXSSLHVDQG “Everyone was making birdies,� Seawell said. “Everyone +RPHPDGH7DUWDU6DXFHVHUYHGZLWK was hot. We were just able to sustain it longer. They kept IUHQFKIULHVDQGFROHVODZ throwing punches and birdies at us, but we were able to stay hot.� Junior Bud Cauley finished second individually, one stroke $OVRDYDLODEOH)ULHG6KULPS6PRNHG&KLFNHQRU&\SUHVV behind Georgia Tech’s James ,QQ*URXQG&KXFN6WHDN DQ\WZRVLGHLWHPVIRU White. Cauley finished the tournament with a 9-under-par 207. “It was bittersweet,� Cauley said. “I stroked well, but didn’t 5LFH0LQH5G17XVFDORRVD$/ score like I like to. I’ll defi nitely look back on a couple F\SUHVVLQQUHVWDXUDQWFRP of holes knowing I could have done better.� Freshman Bobby Wyatt

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posted his third top-five finish, with a tie for fourth at 7-under 209. “I’m pretty pleased,� Wyatt said. “I was able to score well early. I couldn’t hit well so I had to go out and make some swing adjustments.� Wyatt shot 69, with four birdies in Tuesday’s final round but double bogeyed on the 18th hole. “I’m disappointed with how I finished,� Wyatt said. “I’ve got to do better mentally. I’ve got to stay focused and get mentally tough in big moments. That should come with more experience.� Junior Hunter Hamrick tied for eighth. Hamrick had Tuesday’s lowest score, 67. The performance helped him move up 14 positions on the leader board. Freshman Trey Mullinax III also shot a career low 3-under-par to finish tied for 11th and junior Cory Whitsett tied for 16th. Seawell said his team does not have a permanent starting five yet. He said the starting five at the Puerto Rico Classic may or may not be the starting five for the rest of the season and these performances would be remembered later in the season. Alabama fell to fifth in the polls this week despite the victory. Seawell said votes were cast before the tournament was over

Bobby Wyatt putts the ball during the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate Tournament. The freshman, along with two of his teammates, ďŹ nished within the top 25 in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. UA Athletics

but said the team doesn’t worry with rankings. “We know who we are,� he said. The Tide travels to South Carolina for its next tournament, participating in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on March 7-8. There will be no

down time for the week and a half break. Seawell said the team played well in Puerto Rico but had areas to improve upon too. “We learn to build, not rest on our successes,� Seawell said. “We’re going to keep moving and getting better.�


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LIFESTYLES this weekend 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

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Anthony Williams, a UA alumnus and former contestant on the Lifetime series “Project Runway,” offered his advice to a room of 65 students and faculty during a presentation Thursday afternoon. “If you sit at tables where you are always the smartest or most talented person, you are sitting at the wrong tables,” Williams said. “Growth is the most important characteristic of life.” Williams, a graduate of the University’s apparel design program, owns the Atlanta-based clothing design company Tony Kennedy, LLC. He is the 2011 recipient of the University’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Williams was honored in a ceremony Thursday night in the North Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium. “Anthony exemplifies what the University of Alabama can do for students,” said Milla Boschung, dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. “Anthony developed the total package here,” she said. “He not only is a fabulous designer, but he was mentored to interview and to have the presence to develop relationships.” Williams placed fifth out of 16 on “Project Runway” and is currently working on a new reality show with VH1 called “Single Ladies.” Additionally, Heidi Klum modeled a dress he designed on the cover of the April 2010 edition of Marie Claire. He also designed Gov. Robert Bentley’s wife’s gown for the inaugural ball. Williams said he was excited to work with her. “It was weird watching us become close in the process,” he said. “Working for her became very personal for me.” Reflecting on the beginnings and current management of his freelance design company, Williams suggested an ethos of

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them as donations for those in need. The beer isn’t going to be the only green aspect. Even the napkins and bathroom towels are made from all-recycled materials. All the décor has been revamped and put to new use. The old windows from Little Willie’s are now decorative ceiling fixtures, stage curtains from a theatre in Chicago help muffle sound in the brick building and pews from a century-old church in Atlanta make

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shoppingblog.com Former Project Runway contestant and UA graduate Anthony Williams designed the dress Heidi Klum wore on the April 2010 cover of Marie Claire. hard work for those entering the world of entrepreneurship. “If you do not come to work and sell and cultivate relationships, you will be poor,” he said. “Make no mistake about it. I will not want to be your friend because I will probably have to buy lunch every day.” The charismatic speaker was raised in Birmingham and said he used to design Easter dresses for his sister. “Growing up I knew I did not live in the most beautiful place, but God gave me the talent to make things beautiful,” he said. Williams currently travels

working as the fashion director for Macy’s. He told the young entrepreneurs that their excitement should derive from their gifts that they use in their career. “Whatever your gift is, it should come through you naturally and authentically,” he said. Williams touched on the challenges and rewards of starting a business. “If it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “And in the real world, if there is no money, you have no opinion.”

up additional seating along the walls. Courtyard-style lights overhead give the feeling of an intimate, outdoor patio. “All this stuff is getting a third or even fourth life,” Lloyd said. “... I’ve got a collection of about 500 old beer cans on the wall, mostly from the 60s and 70s.” In addition to its new look and eco-friendly vibe, Green Bar will offer a completely different music scene from Little Willie’s, moving in the direction of indie rock, folk and country music. “I’ll miss [Little Willie’s],” Lloyd said. “We had some great blues and jazz groups come

through. But there’s just a niche in Tuscaloosa for original music, so we’re going to try and feature a lot of local bands, doing showcase nights for them and having some national acts as well.” Green Bar’s inaugural weekend kicked off Thursday night with Harper, an Australian folk rock artist. Banditos and The Sages will perform tonight, and Dead Balloons and Nick Z. Robey will perform Saturday. When you walk into the bar, be sure to take a look to your right, where one wall will be dedicated to showcasing local artwork.

MFAs muse on mug shots By Alex Cohen Staff Reporter accohen@bama.ua.edu Master of Fine Arts students constantly search for sources of inspiration. Whether by visiting faraway places or walking out the back door to Marr’s Spring, they leave the classroom hunting for the next muse. But maybe the inspiration isn’t far away; maybe it’s sitting right beside them. Greg Houser, an MFA concentrating in fiction, thinks this is the case. After gauging the interest of his classmates, Houser started “Screen Porch: Alabama MFAs Writing About Photos of Alabama MFAs.” The project matches each of Houser’s classmates with a picture of another classmate. Inspired by the photo, the MFAs were asked to write no more than 300 words on a standard sheet of paper. “Screen Porch” will culminate as an exhibit of the photos and writings at the Alabama Art Kitchen tonight at 8. The showing will continue during the month of March. It all may sound like any normal art project and just another day for any MFA, but the “Secret Santa” aspect adds an unfamiliar layer of fun. “It’s totally random,” Houser said. “Sometimes friends got matched with each other; sometimes people were matched with someone who runs in a different circle than their own. Either way, it’s interesting to watch.” Tonight, not only will the MFAs see their art in exhibition, they will also discover with whom they were matched. Of course, it’s only a surprise if the students can keep a secret. “People have been good about keeping their mouths shut,” Houser said. “But I’m sure someone has gotten drunk and blabbed.” Betsy Seymour, an MFA concentrating in fiction, probably had the most work to do of all participants. She was the Lloyd said he hopes this change will appeal to the younger crowd in Tuscaloosa, including UA students. Bailey Carpenter, a senior majoring in public relations, said the idea behind an ecofriendly bar is a pretty cool concept. “It’s definitely something we don’t have a lot of here in Tuscaloosa,” she said. Brett Hannan, a junior majoring in nutrition and an active member of the UA Environmental Council, said she hopes this trend will rub off on other bars and businesses in the

photographer responsible for taking the photos of her classmates. The photos are black and white and were taken in front of a white wall. Despite the unadorned style, Seymour hopes she captured something a little different. “I guess I was trying to capture something slightly more quirky than the facial expressions that we usually see,” Seymour said. “We wanted to show a side of our friends that most of us hadn’t really seen before.” Combining artistic mediums—specifically, writing and photography—has precedents. Poet C.D. Wright used the two mediums (photographs by Deborah Luster) to emphasize the psychic toll of incarceration for men and women in “One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana.” In fact, Houser first got the idea for “Screen Porch” while studying Wright’s poetry. In Seymour’s view, collaborative art is a welcome stray from the norm. “The modern image of writing is usually one person in front of a computer,” Seymour said. “I like the idea of working with others, being able to give it a deadline, and being able to give it a space where others can enjoy the work.” Regardless, MFAs writing about one another may seem a little self-indulgent. But Claire Siepser, co-founder and codirector of the Alabama Art Kitchen, believes the public has an interest in entering the MFA bubble. “It’ll be interesting for other people to get to know them and create a dialogue,” Siepser said. “It’s also good for the writers themselves to break out of their box with something more than standard writing.” The MFAs are excited to showcase their flair and break out of their normal routine. “There are a lot of really brilliant, creative people here,” Houser said. “I want people to get to see the talent.” city. “I think it’s a great start for Tuscaloosa to incorporate some more eco-friendly actions, especially for our local businesses,” Hannan said. “It’s nice for them to cater to the needs and wants of a lot of people here at the University with their green practices as well as their music styles.” Green Bar is a smoking establishment, and you must be 21 to enter. Most shows and events will be free of cover charge. “It’s going to grow,” Lloyd said, “and it’s going to keep getting better as we go along.”

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