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By Kyle Dennan and Mark Hammontree CW Staff One UA student said she has gone as far looking to purchase a grave plot in an Alabama cemetery to prove her commitment to living in the Heart of Dixie so she can receive in-state tuition rates. The difference between out-of-state tuition and in-state tuition at The University of Alabama, like most public universities, is thousands of dollars per year, an expensive difference for most students and their families. As a result, some out-of-state students have found ways around having pay the higher cost of tuition. The most direct way of paying in-state tuition may also be the most difficult – becoming a legal resident in the state of Alabama for a year before applying for in-state tuition. Caroline Fredericks, a junior majoring in political science who is originally from California, went through the process of applying for in-state tuition and was denied. “I pay state and Everything that I can do to federal taxes [in] make it look more legit, I’m Alabama, I’ve going to do. I am going to purchased a car exhaust all my opportunities. here, I pay my insurance in the — Stefan Simmons state,” she said. “I worked down in Gulf Shores over the summer, fulltime; but I’m not classified as an in-state student because I haven’t shown that I want to be here for the rest of my life.” Fredericks said she does not know what else she could do to prove her commitment to living in Alabama. “I’m looking into cemeteries where I can buy a grave plot,” she joked. According to the University’s non-resident tuition policy, the student must show adequate evidence of intent to remain in Alabama beyond their time as a student. However, some students said the process by which out-of-state students become reclassified as in-state students for tuition purposes is too subjective. Stefan Simmons, a junior majoring in management information systems who is originally from Georgia, said the application process has been grueling, and he is still unsure about whether he will be accepted as a resident student. “I’ve been applying for about the past year,” Simmons said. “There are a lot of things you have to go through. Everything that I can do to make it look more legit, I’m going to do. I am going to exhaust all my opportunities.”
Tide faces long odds to play for title shot Season high, lows keep Alabama’s fate unsure By Marquavius Burnett Sports Editor
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I think the way to promote positive body image is to start with yourself and come to terms that nobody is perfect. Imperfect is okay.
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efore Miranda Ward won the Miss UA title, she struggled with her body image for years. Ward, a junior majoring in public relations, said she struggled with bulimia before getting help. “I know how hard it can be to come out of such a dark place,” Ward said. “Eating disorders have such a stigma attached to them in society, and because of that there are so many silent screams for help.” Ward is not alone. Many
young people, especially college students, struggle with body image and eating disorders. Leah Cayson, a graduate student in the community journalism program, chose to study body image on campus for her graduate project. “Body image has always been a personal interest,” Cayson said. “The media helped create the issue, so what if we could help solve it?” Cayson created a blog
called “What Is Beautiful” for which she interviews UA students who have suffered from body image issues or eating disorders. “A lot of people think that body image is having an eating disorder – you have to be anorexic, you have to be bulimic – but it’s not that,” Cayson said. “It’s just waking up in the morning and not being happy with the way you look.” SEE BODY IMAGE PAGE 7
The Alabama men’s basketball team showed flashes of brilliance and looked completely inept during stretches of the 2012-2013 season. The season began with a 6-0 start that included winning the 2K Sports Classic with a 22-point rout of Villanova, who is considered an NCAA tournament team. The Tide’s resume also includes wins over Tennessee and Kentucky, who are both considered to be on the NCAA tournament bubble. With the bright spots come a losing stretch in December and the inexplicable loss at Auburn, though. “From the beginning of the year to this point, there are moments – times in games – when you have a lead or on the road in a close game, and there’s a moment of truth where you have to go and make plays,” head coach Anthony Grant said after Alabama’s victory over Georgia on Saturday. “We have to get more guys to embrace that moment.” ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi currently has Alabama as one of the “next four out,” meaning the Tide has a slim chance to make the big dance. “Nothing about their resume says ‘we belong,’” ESPN college basketball analyst Jimmy Dykes said during a phone interview. “It doesn’t say we shouldn’t be considered, but it doesn’t jump out at you.” Now, the task for Alabama (20-11, 12-6 SEC) is to advance deep into the SEC tournament and potentially win it if the Tide hopes to hear its name called on Selection Sunday, March 17. “I think Anthony has gotten the most out of his guys, but unfortunately he’s in a battle right now, trying to sneak in that thing,” Dykes said.
Bad losses Following a last-second, 58-56 loss to then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Dec. 1, Alabama began a month-long skid.
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rebounds at 4 per game from the guard position. Rodney Cooper was the next man up with 10.7 points per game in nonconference play, but his scoring dipped a little in SEC play to 9.6 points per game. Cooper led the team in rebounds at a little under 5 per game. With Alabama starting four perimeter players, Moussa Gueye and Nick Jacobs were the Tide’s only inside threats once Engstrom went down. Gueye averaged a mere 1.4 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game. Gueye served as the defense piece to Jacobs’ offensive skillset. Jacobs averaged 7.5 points per game out of conference, and as his minutes increased, he gave the Tide 9.3 points per game during SEC play, but only 4.2 rebounds. “What they don’t have is a consistent scorer in the low post, and that’s why you see the scoring droughts,” Passink said. Alabama’s lack of depth didn’t help the cause. Alabama lost four scholarship players from last season (JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Charles Hankerson and Ben Eblen), but only brought in one player (Devonta Pollard). So when Engstrom went down and Steele got banged up, the Tide’s bench was thin. “I think the major mistake they made this year was not filling those open scholarships,” said Dan Wolken, who covers college basketball for USA Today. “At the end of the day, it really limited their depth and made life a lot harder for the guys they have. It didn’t give them much margin for error.” Passink pointed to another
SEC team as an example of how this method of managing a roster has been used recently. “A lot of teams around the country manage their rosters like that,” Passink said. “I look at Kentucky a year ago; they didn’t have a full roster and only played six or seven guys, but won a national championship. It can be done, and I don’t think that’s as big a deal as some people make it.” Offensively, Alabama was mostly Releford and Lacey or bust. When those two struggled or when teams made a concerted effort to take them out of the game, Alabama’s offense looked out of sorts. “Their scheme is fine,” Dykes said. “It boils down to personnel. Nick Jacobs has to work his tail off to get to double figures, and Moussa Gueye isn’t going to do it. So now the pressure is on Trevor Releford and Lacey to produce every night. Not just double figures. Those guys have to get 16-18 points. When other teams scout, they want to take those kids away, so there’s a lot on their shoulders.” Wolken wouldn’t blame Grant, but mentioned the staff’s talent evaluation as a red flag. “There’s nothing wrong with Anthony Grant as a basketball coach or as a guy in charge of the program. He’s a solid coach,” Wolken said. “You can certainly look at his recruiting and wonder if they’ve evaluated some guys properly or gotten the right guys, but it’s tough. Alabama is not one of the marquee basketball programs in the country.” Wolken said ultimately, Alabama’s offensive struggles come down to personnel issues. “The guards they have are good players, but they just don’t have a takeover guy who is equipped to go get buckets outside of the offense,
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Tide struggled due to injury, low scores BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 1 The Tide stumbled to a 1-5 record in the final month of 2012. The team’s only win came on the road against a struggling Texas Tech squad. But the month started off with more than just a tough road loss to a Big East foe. Center Carl Engstrom went down just three minutes into the Cincinnati game with what doctors later determined was a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee. “Engstrom was a bigger loss than we all thought,” Dykes said. “He was trending toward being an 8 or 9 points and 5 rebounds type of guy before he got hurt. Those are numbers Alabama couldn’t make up, plus he’s a 7-footer, so he would have been responsible for taking points away from the other team.” The Tide’s lone senior, Andrew Steele, was also battling a sports hernia and other nagging injuries. Overlooked during Alabama’s struggles was the fact that many of the team’s healthy contributors, outside of Releford, were second-year players. “Alabama hit a rough stretch, and some of the team’s youth showed,” said Bryan Passink, Alabama basketball analyst for the Crimson Tide Sports Network. Passink saw every dribble of the season and said Alabama managed to respond to adversity despite its youth across the board.
I told the guys that we all need to look at ourselves in the mirror because this game was completely on us in terms of the energy we need to play with in a game that meant as much as this one meant — Anthony Grant
While it came later in the year, Alabama’s 49-37 loss at Auburn on Feb. 6 has lasting effects. The team shot 28.6 percent (14-49) from the floor, 10.5 percent (2-19) from the three-point line and allowed Auburn to score 36 points in the second half while only scoring 14. One loss doesn’t define a season, but this one comes close as the Tigers finished 14th in the SEC with just three conference wins. “I told the guys that we all need to look at ourselves in the mirror because this game was completely on us in terms of the energy we need to play with in a game that meant as much as this one meant,” Grant said. Pressure on the Trevors Guards Trevor Releford and Trevor Lacey led the team in scoring in all but nine of their 31 contests. Releford averaged 15.6 points per game, shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, 44 percent from beyond the arc and made more than 80 percent from the freethrow line. Lacey started every game and averaged 11 points per game and was third the on team in
Win and You’re in Despite losing three of its last five regular season games, Alabama managed to land a top-4 seed in the SEC tournament and earn a double bye. There will be opportunities for Alabama to make its case as a tournament team with a possible matchup against Tennessee, who is currently ahead of Alabama on the bubble, and another potential battle with Florida, a top-15 team in the country. Passink said the players shouldn’t leave it in the selection committee’s hands. “If I’m a player, I look at it from the standpoint of if I want to be in the NCAA tournament, I need to go to Nashville and win the SEC tournament,” Passink said. “… If Alabama gets on a run and takes care of business, they have a great shot of getting into the NCAA tournament.” For Wolken, the formula for Alabama to make the tournament is simple: win in Nashville. “I think they have to win [the SEC tournament],” Wolken said. “I don’t really think they can get an at-large bid unless things break perfect for them. The problem is they didn’t get anything done in the league, partly because of the schedule and partly because of the way they played in certain games. The league was not very good this year, and they didn’t beat the quality teams in the league like Missouri and Florida.” The Southeastern Conference tournament begins Wednesday and concludes with the championship game Sunday at noon on ABC.
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Brenda Hunter, an associate university registrar, said the process is designed to weed out those who are only here as students. â€œYou are establishing an intent to be a resident of the state of Alabama, which is really something that is above and beyond the normal role of a student; and [showing] more ties to the state of Alabama than any other location.â€? She said there is no checklist for demonstrating intent to remain in Alabama, but some ways to help demonstrate intent and show ties to the state might be through marriage to an Alabama resident, the presence of other relatives in the state to whom the
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here all my life I just wasnâ€™t that involved but now this has consumed me, and I want to rebuild the areas that have been devastated because thatâ€™s where I grew up. I grew up running those roads as a kid and now theyâ€™re not there anymore.â€? Dykes, a two-time graduate of The University of Alabama, currently works as the family development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, and she helps choose the families to which Habitat provides housing. Many of the families she has helped were victims of the tornado. Before she returned to full employment with Habitat in winter 2012, Dykesâ€™ work was completely
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told them they didnâ€™t have to because it was Christmas Eve. â€œI get in the car and I see Emma running out and my parents following her. They told me, â€˜itâ€™s Christmas Eve; we are going to do this together.â€™ So we spent our Christmas Eve delivering bikes up until 7 p.m.,â€? Dykes said. â€œIt was a lot of work, but we made sure those kids had bikes on Christmas morning and my family was right there with me. I knew that if those kids didnâ€™t have something on Christmas morning, that would have been terrible and to see that my family realized that too melted my heart.â€? Dykes said her favorite part of working with these families is the relationships she has built with them and the difference she has made in their lives. â€œI will give somebody the shirt off my back as long as theyâ€™re deserving. I love building a relationship and seeing these families actually have a chance to move up in life,â€? Dykes said. â€œTo know I had a part in that is more rewarding than anything you could ever imagine.â€?
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family, especially because she wasnâ€™t receiving an income, but she said she doesnâ€™t regret one bit of it. Allysha Roth has worked with Dykes for a year now and has seen firsthand the impact Dykes has on families who are in need, as well as her family, friends and everyone else in her life. â€œImmediately after the tornado, she volunteered her time running warehouses and managing donations and when she finally came back into full employment, in order to help Tuscaloosa she almost buried herself,â€? Roth said. â€œThere are not a lot of people out there who would be so dedicated to helping people who are devastated that they would put themselves in a position to possibly be devastated themselves. Jamie is an excellent person. Anyone who knows her should consider themselves blessed.â€? This past Christmas, Dykes spent Christmas Eve delivering bikes to children of the families she had worked with through Habitat. Even though her family normally helps her with tasks like this, she
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At 9 p.m. on April 26, 2011, Jamie Dykes took her family to get doughnuts at the Krispy Kreme in Tuscaloosa. Less than 24 hours later, Dykes walked the streets of the town she grew up in to find homes destroyed, buildings ripped to shreds and the Krispy Kreme demolished, due to a deadly EF4 tornado. â€œI was sitting at Krispy Kreme on April 26. My family and I had been out to eat and we saw the hot now sign flashing, so we went in and watched them come off ramp and go through the glaze,â€? Dykes said. â€œThe next day it was gone.â€? After seeing the aftermath of the tornado, she decided to devote all her time and effort to rebuild the city that has been her home since birth. â€œI grew up on the street where it hit. I had someone bring me there and I walked and checked on neighbors. From 5:15 that day, I didnâ€™t stop and I havenâ€™t stopped since,â€? Dykes said. â€œPrior to that, even though Iâ€™ve been
voluntary. â€œTo have known what our city looked like prior to the tornado and then to see it immediately after was just an image I will never forget. I will never drive down 15th street or Hargrove without having chill bumps because it is completely different. [After that] I just knew that I had to give back. Our city wasnâ€™t prepared. You donâ€™t live your life preparing for an EF5 tornado that takes out 17 percent of the housing in your city and takes 50 lives,â€? Dykes said. â€œThe people that stepped up after the tornado were the ones that got progress made. If people like myself who didnâ€™t get paid for it had not stepped up, it would have been a sad situation.â€? Dykesâ€™ commitment to give back has forced her to sacrifice a lot of herself. Along with her work for Habitat, Dykes is a single parent to her daughter, Emma. She juggles PTA, maternal duties, her job and her family on a daily basis. Dykes admitted her initial work with tornado relief put a great deal of stress on her
up, some are staying because they want to. Pint is not missing class, citing respect for her teachers. Glenn said she believes she will end up missing classes due to her level of involvement with AIJM. â€œIt just makes sense though. What better could people do with their time than be a voice for those who are voiceless because they are enslaved? No one is for slavery, and if they are, I donâ€™t want to know,â€? Glenn said.
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primarily to raise awareness. â€œOur philosophy at AIJM is that how can you do something about it if you donâ€™t even know that itâ€™s a problem? All you have to do is tell somebody, â€˜Hey thereâ€™s 27 million slaves in the world,â€™ and theyâ€™ll immediately say, â€˜Thatâ€™s awful. What can I do about it?â€™â€? Sigler said. â€œPeople a lot of times come down on raising awareness like itâ€™s somehow not effective, but if they donâ€™t know, they canâ€™t do anything about it.â€? Sigler said he cites the numbers to make AIJMâ€™s purpose more of a reality.
more people to stand with us and trying to raise money.â€? For those who miss their Stand, AIJM is going online for any who want to see what happened by making videos and taking pictures of their efforts with the help of Abbey Pint, a freshman majoring in telecommunication and film and a media specialist within the AIJM. â€œI will be there for almost all of the 27 hours for Stand for Freedom. I am filming and documenting all the groups,â€? Pint said. â€œI donâ€™t have a ton to prepare for other than making sure all my equipment is goodto-go and pray for an awesome turn out with the event.â€? A lot can happen in 27 hours, and for some AIJM members, that means even missing class to stand for their cause. Though the group made room for chaotic college schedules with time slots through signing
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The Universityâ€™s chapter of the International Justice Mission will stand for 27 hours March 14 and 15 to raise awareness for the 27 million slaves in the world today. Stand for Freedom will be held at the Ferguson Center Plaza. The group will also move to the Strip the night of March 14. AIJM hopes to have petitions signed by 270 people by the end of their stand for the Safe Harbor Bill, treating any minor who is caught in sex trafficking as a victim instead of a criminal. The organization hopes to raise $2,700 to go straight to victims of slavery as well. Josh Sigler, a senior majoring in German and communications and president of AIJM, said AIJM is participating in the Stand for Freedom
People a lot of times come down on raising awareness like itâ€™s somehow not effective.
â€œRight now in the world, there are 27 million slaves â€“ thatâ€™s more than any other time in human history. Itâ€™s a $32 billion criminal industry. Itâ€™s the third largest criminal industry in the world, and itâ€™s the fastest growing, and people have no idea that itâ€™s happening at all,â€? he said. Hannah Glenn, a sophomore majoring in public relations and social media director of AIJM, said the organization is working hard to prepare for the Stand. â€œI am working with other members of the publicity team to try to make sure that as many people as possible know about this event and make sure we have the signs and resources to make this event successful,â€? Glenn said. â€œFor example, weâ€™ve all worked on making signs for while weâ€™re standing, and we are all also constantly working on trying to recruit
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SGA ELECTION 2013: EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
By John Brinkerhoff Of the seven elected executive branch positions in the SGA, only one is contested: the executive secretary. The executive secretary maintains open lines of communication within and between the three branches of the SGA. It also holds the unenviable responsibility of holding other branch members accountable for the completion of their
Constitutional responsibilities. The importance of this role is also likely to change this year, as both candidates have unveiled platforms for overhauling the branch’s internal operations. Additionally, both Mary and Emily boast extensive involvement communities on campus, and have plans to use it for direct engagement with the student body. As such, this election will likely hold major
implications for the SGA’s functioning next year. Which of the two candidates present the best path forward? Which one will most effectively work with the other officers to serve the student body? In short: which candidate is best? The choice is up to you. John Brinkerhoff is the opinion editor of The Crimson White.
Communication, community should I will ﬁght for better communication, take priority for Executive Secretary build more personal relationships By Emily Passwaters If someone asked me two years ago what I would be doing my sophomore year of college, I never would have guessed that I would be running for executive secretary of the Student Government Association. I am honored to have the chance to improve Emily Passwaters The University of Alabama in different areas through my a weekly or biweekly town platform. If I were to be elected, my hall, but make it more low key first step would be to improve than in years past so students the communication between would feel less intimidated to the three branches of the SGA. come talk about their ideas Being in Senate this past year, student-to-student in a casual I realized how little I knew environment rather than they about the inner workings of being dressed up and in front the Executive and Judicial of a panel. Finally, my third goal is to branches. If all of the branches communicate more efficiently, build a better sense of community between then we can get the campus the word out to and the city of the student body The second (and in my opinTuscaloosa. The faster. ion, the most important) part city supports The second of my platform is to make the campus in (and in my opinSGA more open to the input a multitude of ion, the most of the student body. SGA is ways, as is eviimportant) part dent at each of my platform the voice of the student body, sporting event, is to make SGA and without each and every especially in more open to student’s input, we are mute. the fall. Still, the input of the there are so student body. many different SGA is the voice of the student body, and with- ways that we can support each g out each and every student’s other including fundraising events. I feel as though we input, we are mute. Next, I would like to com- can utilize resources such as pletely revamp the SGA’s The SOURCE and Crimson website so that important Calendars to get city and documents, such as the UA campus events out to the stuConstitution and other neces- dent population. Over the past two years, sary forms, are readily available. The new website would I have worked to put on a also give the minutes taken at program called Paint The meetings more clarity, so that Town Pink, which collabothey would be useful to any rated with the gymnastics student who wants to know Power of Pink meet. In First Year Council, the external more. I would also like to record affairs committee hung up SGA meetings, possibly with pink ribbons on educational Tegrity, so students can feel buildings, and this past year I like they are in the room and expanded it to a 5K and paintbeing an active participant. ing windows on the strip pink I would also like to schedule with the funding of SGA.
If elected as executive secretary, I would like to expand this even more by incorporating more of the citizens of Tuscaloosa. I feel that in the past, the Student Government Association has lost the faith and trust of the students, and if elected, I would do everything in my power to regain it. My hope is that through the work I accomplished in my previous positions, I have shown the student body that I am accountable and hard working, and that I will be easily able to continue meeting that standard as executive secretary of the SGA. I ask that you put time into thinking about what each candidate has to offer for the position of executive secretary. I believe that a vote for Emily Passwaters will be the choice for you. Emily Passwaters is running for the SGA Executive Secretary position. She currently serves as a Senator from the College of d Communication and Information Sciences.
By Mary Wills I am both excited and honored to be running for the position of executive secretary. As a whole, the Student Government Association serves to best represent the ideas and concerns of the University of Alabama’s student body. Each position maintains an integral role in the successful execution of the SGA’s goals. The executive secretary helps students access the content, ideas and goals of each executive position by keeping prompt, up-to-date records. My platform focuses on access, information and transparency, all things that foster an environment of trust and partnership between students and elected individuals. My priorities as executive secretary include maintaining accurate documentation, providing accessible records and clearly communicating with students. I believe that strong, sustainable relationships all across ca campus encourage
as directly as the newspaper, and a clear line of communication between the SGA and The Crimson White would be beneficial. Not only would the media be kept up to date on the progress being made, but, inherently, the student body would be informed as well. Clear communication serves as one of the Mary Wills most efficient leadership tools, and I am dedicated to advancing the Student Government conversation and collaboration Association’s communication. that make The University of I was a member of the First Alabama better. My campaign Year Council, and I am currently has been centered on people – finishing my term as Associate getting to know a wide variety Justice of the Judicial Board. I of students and building rela- have a great understanding of tionships with SGA as a whole people all across as well as expericampus. Our My campaign has been ence that makes SGA represents me qualified. My centered on people – getall students, and involvement on ting to know a wide variety I want to furcampus remains of students and building ther the goal of widely varied, relationships with people inclusion. and I have a great all across campus. Our SGA Since I arrived understanding of represents all students, and on campus my multiple perspecfreshman year, I want to further the goal of tives that will I have remained allow me to serve inclusion. involved in a the student body wide variety well. o r g a n i z at i o n s Personally, I draw my that represent the dynamics of strength and inspiration from campus well. The personal rela- other people. Fundamental, tionships I have already formed sustainable change occurs on serve as solid connections to a personal level. Consequently, different parts of campus as I place a great deal of stock in well as opportunities to meet the relationships I have with even more people to hear ideas others. I will always have an and concerns. open door policy – accessible When access to the available at any time to address any coninformation about the goals and cerns students may have. I see plans of the SGA isn’t available, both greatness and potential in students do not have an oppor- our student body, and I would tunity to make suggestions or be humbled to serve the stuget involved in the beginning dent body in a way that would stages. While the minutes of greater advance our campus. executive meetings are posted Once again, I am honored to online, greater emphasis should be running and would greatbe placed on clearly communi- ly appreciate your vote for cating the possibilities in the executive secretary. future to the students. An invaluable resource, I Mary Wills is running for the believe that a stronger relation- SGA Executive Secretary posiship with The Crimson White tion. She currently serves as would be of great value. No an Associate Justice on the other source reaches students Judicial Board.
SGA must focus on campus, city, community to foster positive growth at UA By Jimmy Taylor Since arriving on campus at The University of Alabama, my biggest goal has been to be able to say that I made a positive difference by the time I left. SGA has always been my passion. Since my freshman year, I have served as a first year councilor, commerce and business administration senator and my current position, vice president for external affairs. No matter what position I held, my mission was always the same: to work every single day to serve The University of Alabama and its students to the best of my ability. It is for this reason that I chose to run for Student Government Association President. As president, I would have the opportunity, resources and staff to continue to foster positive growth throughout campus. If elected, I will focus on three C’s that are pivotal to the success of this institution: campus, city and community.
One of my main priorities, if elected president, is to continue to improve on student engagement, especially with the increasing amount of students on campus. Just recently, the president of the Environmental Council came to me about starting a fund to provide for student-driven initiatives, especially ones that would save the University money in going green. After setting up a meeting with the University Vice President for Financial Affairs, we were able to get $100,000 allocated each semester to aid future University
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green initiatives. Often times, the best projects that I have been a part of in SGA are ones where students come to me with an idea that they are passionate about and want to find solutions; my door would always be open for any student to come to me with a project that he/she would like to accomplish for the betterment of the University and its student body. Along with the escalating student population, I also plan to increase engagement among the influx of student organizations as well. This is an initiative that has seen significant progress under our current administration, and I plan on buttressing that progress and utilizing those projects that are successful. The Delegates Program, a program that pairs SGA representatives with two delegates from a student organization, has dramatically increased the SGA’s ability to reach out and engage student organizations to find out how
One of my main priorities, if elected president, is to continue to improve on student engagement, especially with the increasing amount of students on campus.
we can assist them; it is projects such as this that I will continue to utilize in order to meet needs of the student body and to improve the student experience here at the Capstone. Another one of my main priorities if elected president would be the city. In my time as the vice president for External Affairs, I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with several city officials including Mayor Walt Maddox, the Tuscaloosa Chief of Police and the University Chief of Police. Through these relationships, we were able to partner with the city in
addressing several issues. One issue in particular that is extremely important to me is safety, both downtown and on the Strip. Together with President Matt Calderone, we put together a Strip Safety Committee to concentrate on finding short-term and longterm solutions to improve student safety. As President, I would continue to work with city officials to provide the safest environment possible. The relationships that I have established with city officials will allow us to continue to partner with the City of Tuscaloosa in improving student life at the Capstone in a very positive way. My final priority, if elected president, is the Tuscaloosa community – a community made up of more than just students. As vice president for external affairs, I made significant efforts to bridge the gap between the University students and the rest of the Tuscaloosa community. I will work to do this through a
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Community Representative program that educates students on their role, rights, and responsibilities as a member of this community and acts as a resource to those students. Because I have considerable experience in numerous facets of the SGA and the continued passion to alter and improve student life at The University of Alabama, I feel confident that I am well-qualified to serve as the next Student Government Association President. Whether elected or not, however, I will always do my part in cultivating the best University of Alabama possible. I am running for SGA President because I want to serve. If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I will make it my goal to work every single day to serve all 33,602 students.
Jimmy Taylor is running for the SGA President position. He currently serves as the SGA Vice President for External Affairs.
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We need to reexamine some of the SGA’s programs, advocate for students By Will Pylant Over the past year, I have had the honor and privilege of serving the student body as Student Government Association vice president for student affairs and am now a candidate for executive vice president. As elected leaders, it is our job to work each and every day for the betterment of all students on campus. It has been my goal to make campus life a little easier and more enjoyable for students, and I feel that while there is always room for improvement, we have largely accomplished this over the school year. For next year, I intend to take that same approach to the office of executive vice president, working with the others to ensure success.
While serving as vice president for student affairs, I have worked with others to create new programs like the Fall Art Stroll, which gave artists a chance to showcase their work, Textbooks for Troops, where textbooks were collected for campus veterans, and the Spirit Points initiative which offers students rewards for attending campus
events. In addition to these new programs, we provided charter bus transportation to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Alabama-Tennessee game through Ride With the Tide and organized Landlords, Leases and Legalities, which gave students a chance to ask local housing experts questions pertaining to signing a lease and dealing with a landlord, as well as numerous other projects. As executive vice president, I believe we can expand Ride With the Tide to include more away games and additional sports. The high level of participation last year also encourages us to offer more buses to provide more students with safe and free transportation to watch the Crimson Tide. I also look forward to
It has been my goal to make campus life a little easier and more enjoyable for students, and I feel that while there is always room for improvement, we have largely accomplished this over the school year.
making changes to and improving the RAGE concert. While it was lacking in some respects last year, with the right musical artist and a better date, we can make the event even more successful and raise more money for student scholarships. In order to achieve this goal, we must ask students what type of artist they most prefer to hear. The event has great potential to unify campus, and I anticipate great results for next year. Another important issue our
campus will have to address next year is the possibility of a smoking ban. Recent coverage by The Crimson White and debate by the SGA Senate ensures that opinions are strong both for and against the proposal. As a student body, we must come together to decide what type of policy is needed (if at all). Before we can take action, it is critically important that we know the preferences of the entire student body. In order to accomplish this, a
campuswide survey must be conducted to collect information on whether students favor a total smoking ban, designated smoking areas, or simply better enforcement of the existing regulations. If the survey shows that students heavily favor one direction over another, we must respect that in Student Government. Even though this year I am unopposed, it has not changed the way I have campaigned for office nor will it dampen the fervor with which I will work to improve campus life here at the University. On Tuesday, I would love to have your vote.
Will Pylant is running for the SGA Executive Vice President position. He currently serves as the SGA Vice President of Student Affairs.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
In response to ‘All Catholics deserve better after Pope Benedict XVI’s reign’ I am writing in regards to Brad Erthal’s article, “All Catholics deserve better after Pope Benedict XVI’s reign.” He holds that the Catholic Church needs a better pope, one that will change its stance on homosexuality, women in the priesthood, abortion and birth control. Mr. Erthal presents the fact that most Catholics disagree with the church’s teachings on many of these issues, and while this may be true, he neglects to mention an important fact. According to cara.georgetown. edu, of the 78.2 million people who identify themselves as Catholics in the U.S. only 24 percent say they go to mass once or more a week. So over a 3/4 of these Catholics don’t even practice their faith, hence it is no wonder they don’t agree with the Church.
Understanding the history, tradition and natural law of Catholic theology is important in learning why Catholics believe what we believe.
Mr. Erthal accuses the Church of practically aiding the HIV/ AIDS epidemic because it doesn’t condone the use of condoms. This would make sense if the Church was encouraging people to live promiscuously, but it isn’t. The church advocates abstinence until marriage, which is often a foreign concept to today’s society. The Church teaching on sexuality is hard to follow, I will be the first to admit that, but what it advocates for
instead of birth control – abstinence – is far more effective at preventing STDs than a piece of rubber. Mr. Erthal is upset because the Church is trying to metaphorically cure disease at the source rather than providing a pain pill to deaden the suffering. For 2000 years, the Church has opposed pre-marital sex. Wouldn’t handing out condoms be a hypocritical statement by the Church? It would be like giving a child a cool new toy and then telling him or her that they are under no circumstances to play with it. Mr. Erthal complains that the Church is “bigoted toward LGBTQ members.” As a Catholic with gay family members, I find his comments extremely offensive and ignorant. The Church does not condemn homosexual
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individuals; it condemns the actual practice of acting upon homosexual desires, just as it condemns heterosexual people acting upon their sexual desires outside the confines of marriage. Mr. Erthal also accuses the Church’s clergy of being “supposedly celibate.” If he is referring to the sex abuse scandals in the Church, it is worth noting that it involves less than 1 percent of all priests in the U.S., let alone the world. However, this does not excuse the actions of these priests, but Mr. Erthal makes it seem as though sex, particularly with minors, is a common occurrence among priests when it isn’t. Mr. Erthal laments that the Church continues to testify in Congress against birth control. The Church has every right to
testify since the federal government is trying to force Catholic organizations to violate their deeply held faith and pay for other people’s birth control and abortions. Mr. Erthal is upset at the Catholic Church’s tax exemption in the U.S. but apparently not at Episcopal, Baptist and Methodist churches, not to mention synagogues and mosques, who all get tax exemptions because they’re religious institutions. Perhaps he is upset because the Church takes an active role in advocating for social issues, but Catholicism is not the only religion to lobby politicians. According to the Washington Post, as of 2011 there are over 212 religious affiliated organizations on Capitol Hill that lobby for what they believe in.
Mr. Erthal wants the Church to change because most people disagree with it. Why is this a good reason for change? By his logic, if the majority of children wanted to eat desserts as meals then parents should change what they believe is best for their kids. Just because the majority of people believe something doesn’t make it true. Understanding the history, tradition and natural law of Catholic theology is important in learning why Catholics believe what we believe. I challenge Mr. Erthal to look into why the Church preaches what it does rather than condemning it outright, without trying to understand both sides of the issue. But I won’t hold my breath.
Nathan Vrazel is a sophomore majoring in history.
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Exchange students eligible for in-state tuition Fifty percent of participants in National Student Exchange program transfer to UA after experience By Ashanka Kumari Chief Copy Editor As a student at California State University, Northridge, Haley Holston said she always felt like something in her college life was missing. “I always had an itch to travel and go to new and exciting places,” Holston said. Today, Holston, a senior majoring in public relations, studies full-time at The University of Alabama through the National Student Exchange program. NSE is a network for interuniversity exchange within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to nse.org. “It’s kind of like studying abroad, but not,” said Stacy Jones, assistant dean of students and UA campus coordinator for NSE. “It’s like getting a cultural experience without going abroad and doesn’t cost as much.” Jones said approximately
I think people here don’t really realize what they have down here. They don’t really realize the appeal of living here or having that experience. — Drew Pflughoft
200 colleges around the United States, in territories and in Canada exchange students, and 50 percent of students who do the program through The University of Alabama end up transferring here. Holston along with Drew Pflughoft, a junior majoring in exercise and sport science who is currently taking part in the NSE at The University of Alabama said they will be transferring to The University of Alabama in the fall semester after completing the NSE this spring. “I am not going back to my home institution next year,” Pflughoft, who attended the University of Wyoming, said. “I’ve always wanted to come to
a big school like this, so I figured I would give it a try before I officially transferred. I wanted to see if I wanted to do it, and I did, and I always thought it would be cool to go a big SEC school, and now I can do it.” NSE is a tuition-reciprocal exchange program that uses two different plans for payment and fees – Plan A and Plan B, according to nse.ua.edu. Plan A allows students to pay in-state tuition for the host campus, while Plan B allows students to pay tuition depending on their residency status. Although they are both out-of-state students, Holston and Pflughoft pay in-state tuition to attend the University through NSE. “There is an agreement
among the colleges that participate,” Jones said. “We agree to a set of rules, and one of the rules is that if a student is part of the National Student Exchange, they will meet with an advisor and they will come up with a list of courses they want to take at the host institution. The goal is for the student to graduate on time. They have to take courses that will help with graduation.” Holston said this requirement has been one of the downsides in her NSE experience. “It was really hard for me to get into classes,” Holston said. “I am not a degree-seeking student in the computer system, and they also put NSE students at the freshman level, so I had to get access codes to get into every single one of my classes because they are all upper division.” Because of her registration issues, Holston said she will not be able to graduate on time and will be returning as a fifthyear senior next fall.
“I looked at this program as an adventure that could enrich my life, which it has,” Holston said. “Whatever it was that I thought was missing isn’t anymore.” Jones said a popular reason for students to take part in the NSE is the concept of a large SEC school. “We have a lot of students come from far away to try to get a traditional football school experience,” she said. “Students come from California and Canada to get that experience or if they are interested in greek life.” Holston said going to Miami, Fla., for the BCS National Championship Game has been one of the highlights of her experience at Alabama. “I didn’t actually have tickets to the game, but my roommates and some friends rented a condo down in South Beach for the weekend,” she said. “From a California girl’s perspective, I never knew that I could love football and the cul-
ture so much. There was never a dull moment, and hardly five minutes would pass before I heard someone yell ‘Roll Tide!’” While Pflughoft said he enjoyed the football in the fall, he said he has most enjoyed the cultural differences in the South. “I think people here don’t really realize what they have down here,” he said. “They don’t really realize the appeal of living here or having that experience. Most people question ‘Why do you want to come here?’ and I just say ‘It’s nice. I really like the South in general.’ Wearing shorts in December is pretty nice, and I like to do a lot of outdoor stuff such as bass fishing, going hunting or going to the beach.” “People get really excited about the mountains here, where I am from, but I am the opposite, and I get excited about all the southern outdoor stuff that they may take for granted.”
Bowden, Patterson to speak at SGA leadership event Former Florida State football coach, UA’s own head gymnastic coach to speak on developing character By Chandler Wright Assistant News Editor Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, who holds the NCAA record for most career wins at a Division I school, and The University of Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson will speak at the Student Government Association’s 2nd annual Coaching Character event Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the North Zone of Bryant Denny Stadium. SGA chief justice Joe Hart created the event last year to
help instill positive character reflective of the Capstone Creed in UA students. Hart said this year’s speakers build on the success of last year, which featured Nick Saban and John Croyle. “I’m very excited about this year’s Coaching Character event,” Hart said. “We have managed to build on last year’s success by obtaining two amazing keynote speakers. The event will be an excellent opportunity for students to gain great insight and wisdom into life, success and most importantly, what it takes to be a better person.”
Danielle DuBose, director of Coaching Character, said the event focuses not only on how to network professionally, but also learning the importance of developing personal character. “We want to focus on personal development, not just professional development. College students attend classes daily to build themselves professionally, and it is easy to let personal development fall by the wayside,” DuBose said. “Personal development is crucial to a person’s success, and it will be great to hear our two speakers’ past experiences to learn how to
approach daily challenges.” DuBose said Patterson was chosen for her dedication to the University, whereas Bowden brought significant name recognition to the event. “Coach Sarah Patterson has done a lot for this university, and she is a very admired woman on our campus,” DuBose said. “I have no doubt that students will come to hear her speak like they did for Coach Saban last year. Coach Bobby Bowden has great name recognition and has many life experiences to share. We feel that both of these speakers will draw a great crowd.”
All members of the Tuscaloosa community are welcome to attend, and doors open at 5:45 p.m. The SGA is expecting approximately 400 people to attend the event. “Our goal for the event is to create positive energy within the student body to actively work on improving not only their own lives, but also the lives of those around them, affecting the entire UA community,” Hart said. “Coach Bowden is the winning-est coach in division I college football, and Coach Patterson has won six national titles in gymnastics
IF YOU GO... • What: Coaching Character • When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. • Where: North Zone of Bryant Denny Stadium
here at UA. We could not be luckier to have these two speakers agreeing to join us, they are living legends.”
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Students compare options for studying abroad By Alexandra Ellsworth Staff Reporter
Considering Length of Time Brianna Wolfe, a sophomore majoring in nursing, The University of Alabama found that a semester was the offers several different perfect amount of time for her. options for studying abroad “A semester just sort of spanning from a few weeks worked for me,” she said. “I up to a full school year, but completed my lower division deciding which option fits a nursing requirements during student best and making the the fall, and therefore did not right choice can be tough. have any more to take before “Anytime students can go applying for fall 2013 promoabroad, whether it’s for weeks tion. Plus, I felt one summer or months, it’s going to be ben- would not be adequate time eficial,” Holly Hudson, direc- to learn all I want to learn, tor of Capstone International but a year would cut into my Academic Programs, said. plan to graduate in 2015.” The best program will vary Wolfe believes a semester from student to student. The abroad can be a fulfilling University of Alabama offers experience for most students. faculty-led programs, semes“If a student has the time ter exchange programs and and the money to go for a UA affiliate and direct enroll year, then by all means it is programs. Hudson said short- the best way to go,” she said. er programs, like UA faculty- “Adjusting does take a while, led programs in the summer, especially if you are not very could be more accessible for advanced in the native lansome students who are locked guage. However, most stuinto a progresdents do not sive degree prohave the means gram or whose to be gone for a Anytime students can go campus involvewhole year, and abroad, whether it’s for ment may keep I feel a semesweeks or months, it’s going them at the ter is sufficient to be beneﬁcial University durand definitely ing the year. worth it.” — Holly Hudson “Shorter proSome stugrams let [students h ave dents] go in found that it the summer or can be cheaper winter and get that abroad and a more enriching experiexperience,” Hudson said. “I ence to study abroad without think there are real benefits the help of the University. to those programs, but I don’t think that it’s reasonable Independent Trips that a student can get a full Okha Patel, a senior majorimmersion experience from ing in international developthose short programs.” ment through New College, A longer abroad experience did an independent study can give more insight into a outside of the UA study culture’s customs and great- abroad program. er language proficiency, but “Going by yourself gives Hudson said she advocates all you a new perspective and it types of study abroad experi- makes you more open to getences. ting to know new people, and
If a student has the time and the money to go for a year, then by all means it is the best way to go. Adjusting does take a while, especially if you are not very advanced in the native language. — Brianna Wolfe
you really get to know yourself better,” Patel said. Patel has studied abroad three times, two summers and once over Christmas break. One summer, she participated in UA in Bangladesh, a faculty-led program, and her other two experiences were independent. Her experience with the faculty-led program was not what she had hoped. “We crammed so much work into the time we were there,” she said. “I felt like I could have done what the University did by myself. I really feel like any abroad experience can be done without the University.” When going abroad though the University, Patel said tuition for the faculty-led programs pays for the instructor, and she believed it was possible to save money by cutting out the University that acts more as a middleman. She believes the best way to study abroad is through making connections with other people who can help. “Faculty-led study abroad automatically puts you in a group away from meeting other people and having that cultural experience,” Patel said. “The best way to go abroad by yourself is to research the country before going. A lot depends on if the county is developed or not. Students traveling into developing countries may need more connections. If you have connections that helps a lot.”
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Patel said international students studying at the University can be a good way to make connections in other countries. “There are so many students at UA from other countries that it should be easy to get those connections,” she said. “Make a new international friend. When American students go abroad, everyone you meet wants to get to know you. When international students come here is just not the same. If students were more aware of trying to connect I think that would make a difference.” Patel suggested having a “mix and mingle” outside of UA study abroad, for international students and students looking to go abroad. Emily Wolfe, a UA graduate currently in graduate school at Appalachian State, studied abroad for a semester in Barcelona, Spain during her junior year. Wolfe went through API, an international study abroad program. “The people who ran the program were Spanish and so they set you up with a host family or dorm,” she said. “I didn’t go through UA because I didn’t want to go with a group or a professor. A lot of the UA programs, I believe, are summer programs and I don’t think you get as immersed in the culture through those.” Even though Emily Wolfe didn’t go abroad with the University, she did have an advisor from the study abroad office to help with transferring her credits. Hudson said she encourages
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acceptance from the university I was studying with in Japan. They gave me a packet of classes that were meant for foreigners, but none of the staff at UA seemed to have much experience with Japan. I think they helped me as much as they could given the extent they knew about the country.” Tuck said he felt like direct enrollment with a university in another country would be just as easy, but he believed it was just easier going through the University.
Working with New College Working with UA Both Tuck and Patel found Andy Tuck, a senior majoring in linguistics through it easier to transfer courses New College, went on a fac- going through New College. ulty-led program in China For Patel, because it was an and did a yearlong exchange independent study, she said program in Japan, both her course transferred fairly through the University. Tuck easily. Tuck had some trousaid although he preferred ble ensuring he would get staying for a longer period course credit. “New College of time, he is so much a c k n owl e d g e more flexible,” that a shorter That is part of why I came Tuck said. three-week to Alabama, because I knew “I am really program could they had numerous opportuappreciative of have advannities to study abroad. them and what tages for many they did to help students. — Andy Tuck with getting me “With the credit for my shorter procourses.” gram you go Tuck recomwith a bunch of students and it is usu- mended every student study ally those students, who you abroad as much as possible. “That is part of why I came take classes with,” he said. “You can’t really get that full to Alabama, because I knew immersion experience when they had numerous opporyou are communicating and tunities to study abroad,” he living with other Americans. said. “I had a teacher who There is no need to learn the said, ‘If you study abroad for language, but on the other a semester, you see all the hand, that may be less intim- good things about a place. If idating for some students. you study abroad for a year, These kind of programs can you see all the good and the be good for students just bad.’ I think that is important, looking for a taste of a differ- especially if you are looking to live and work abroad for ent culture.” Tuck said the University an extended period of time.” For students still looking to helped him with the application process for his semester make summer plans, Hudson said deadlines for some UA exchange. “They helped take care faculty-led study abroad of the official stuff, like applications have been getting my certificate of extended until March 15.
interviewed for her project was Dani Sullivan. Sullivan, a freshman majoring in journalism, was a cheerleader throughout high school and struggled with the way her body looked. “I had done competitive cheerleading for seven years, so being skinny was always pressured,” Sullivan said, “If you were not a flyer you should still be just as skinny as they are.” Although Sullivan never developed an eating disorder, being “thicker” than the other girls often troubled her. In an effort to overcome her insecurities, Sullivan said she started working out every day. When people think of eating disorders, most think of anorexia and bulimia, or people who strive to be thin. But, there is another category of disordered eating: overeating. Cecilia, a member of Overeaters Anonymous said she battled with compulsive overeating for a long time. “I spent many years of my life numbing myself with overeating,” Cecilia said, “I really was not present to life and experienced little joy or satisfaction.” Cecilia said with the help of Overeaters Anonymous, a national group founded more than 50 years ago to adapt a 12-step program created to combat alcoholism for addressing the consumption of food, she lost 40 pounds and has since
been able to maintain a healthy weight for more than 10 years. The campus chapter of OA meets every Thursday at the University Presbyterian Church. There is no membership fee, and unlike other health groups, there are no weigh-ins for members. “[OA] provides a support system of individuals who through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from such unhealthy relationships with food,” Cecilia said. “OA’s principles can be applied to help with compulsive overeating, binge eating disorder, compulsive over-exercising, anorexia, bulimia and any other pathological relationship with food. The principles of OA help remove the sufferer’s focus from food and body to living a balanced, fulfilling life.” Even though many students suffer from body image issues, there are simple ways to appreciate your body. The University recently hosted a Body Image Appreciation Week to promote positive self-image. “I think the way to promote positive body image is to start with yourself and come to terms that nobody is perfect,” Cayson said. “Imperfect is okay.” For more information on body image and Cayson’s project, go to whatisbeauty.ua.edu. For information on Overeaters Anonymous, contact Cecilia at (205) 292-5242.
to faculty members,” Thorpe said. “Students are told if they choose to disclose to professors, it is their decision, but they are not required to do so, and facDISABILITY FROM PAGE 1 ulty members should not ask. Thorpe stressed the impor- Faculty members are not inhibtance of confidentiality for ODS ited in their ability to adequatestudents. Even the student’s ly accommodate students since professors are not told the spe- part of our expertise is in detercifics of their learning disability mining what accommodations since, Thorpe said, it ODS’ job will help remediate specific limto make the accommodations. itations the student experiences “There are legal and ethi- as a result of the disability.” cal reasons why we do not Joseph Wood, an English prodisclose a student’s diagnosis fessor, said he’s worked with
several ODS students while at the University and found it to be an easy task. “I have dealt with Disability Services and always, always, they’ve been very good in communicating with me and monitoring students,” Wood said. “In my case, most of the time, I am giving students extra time. On rarer occasions, I follow the protocol to get them a note taker. It’s never affected me one bit in my class, and those students almost always fall within the class average.”
Most college women try to control weight BODY IMAGE FROM PAGE 1 According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 91 percent of women on college campuses have tried to control their weight at one point, whether through dieting or developing an eating disorder. “At our age, we are exposed to so much in media that tells us that we must fit into a certain mold to be considered beautiful,” Ward said. “It really is a hard thing to go through because many people don’t credit it as a condition that needs legitimate medical attention. Some are even so cruel as to believe it is only a way for someone to get attention.” Cayson said there are common misconceptions between the definition of body image and eating disorders. “There are different reasons for eating disorders, and it’s related to body image if you’re doing it because you’re unhappy with the way you look,” Cayson said. “But if there’s something else in your life that’s not right – you’re depressed about something, school, family – and that’s the cause of the eating disorder, that’s not body image.” One of the students Cayson
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students to try to come by the office at some point during the process even if they don’t want to study through the University. “About 1,200 students go abroad through UA in some way,” she said. “They may go on programs not affiliated with the University; it just means extra work for them, but technically every student should come see us at some point. They don’t necessarily have to be listed in our approximately 300 preapproved programs.”
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vices: why we do what we know we shouldn’t By Megan Miller | Staff Reporter
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vice is defined as immoral conduct, or depraved or degrading behavior, and there are plenty to be found on the University of Alabama campus. Some of the most practiced at the University include people-pleasing and over-working, subjection to UV rays while tanning, use of recreational drugs and smoking cigarettes. Although these behaviors aren’t always harmful in small doses, they often become habitual because of peer pressure, new found independence or a desire to experiment. “I would say that students engaging in what could be considered self destructive behavior is fairly common,” Jennifer Turner, coordinator of clinical services at the UA Counseling Center, said. Samantha Doss, a sophomore majoring in nursing, said she started experimenting with cigarettes when she was 11 years old, but didn’t actually start smoking until she got to college. “I liked the feeling of putting something into my lungs other than oxygen and feeling a sort of change from it,” Doss said. “It wasn’t really a conscious decision either. I had tried smoking before and hated everything about it, but there was something about the habit that made it addicting.” Doss said at first, she didn’t like the head change or the taste
she experienced when smoking cigarettes, but as soon as she found cigarettes she liked the taste of, she became addicted. “I didn’t think that I was ‘addicted’ until I caught myself reaching for one just because I was in the car,” Doss said. Doss said she’s quit smoking before and found it easy, but she falls right back into habit because she considers it to be more of a social activity that you participate in when there isn’t anything else to occupy your attention. “It’s such a regular habit which pairs with certain things so well that I don’t even notice I’m doing it,” Doss said. “I’ve quit before, so I know I can stop when I want to. I intend to stop when I feel like I really have to.” Heavy alcohol consumption often becomes a problem for some students when they arrive at college, because many of them have never had a drink before and aren’t aware of their limits or the effects drinking will have on them. Delynne Wilcox, assistant director of health planning and prevention for the student health center, said the binge drinking rate has remained constant between 40 percent and 44 percent for the last 50 years. “There’s a level of glamorization about alcohol consumption among college students,” Wilcox said. “There’s a disconnect between what students perceive they’ll get out of
alcohol consumption over what health center as well. actually happens.” “Students need to be aware Wilcox said she thinks social of where their sources are commedia has caused students to ing from and be critical of it,” forget how to interact with each Wilcox said. “With apps and so other, and consuming alcohol forth students need to be cauoften helps them loosen up in tioning of what the app is really social situations. trying to do and think critically “It’s always a challenge to of it.” have social skills, and they fall Another common vice among back on alcohol as a crutch to ambitious students is overworkhelp loosen them up,” Wilcox ing. Although staying busy may said. seem like a positive thing, the Although students complete inability to say no to taking AlcoholEdu before they begin on another project can lead to their freshman being spread year, Wilcox said to thin and not the resources enjoying day-toEngage in positive activities for AlcoholEdu day life. that you enjoy, like listening are available M o r g a n to music, spending time with throughout the Embry, a junior friends, exercise and school year. A majoring in volunteering. short period of dance in the New maintenance College said from — Jennifer Turner takes place over a young age, she the summer, and had an excess of then the proenergy and took gram opens up again in July. on as many activities as possiWilcox said AlcoholEdu is in ble to expend it, and never grew one of the top tiers of effective out of that phase of her life. “Every semester, I get overalcohol education programs in the country, and generally 80 ly ambitious and try to do percent of students that take everything,” Embry said. “For the course walk away with a instance, this semester I am a piece of knowledge they did not Spanish tutor, I am a teacher’s know prior to taking the course. assistant, I am taking 16 hours In addition to the AlcoholEdu of classes, I am a member of program, Wilcox said health Alabama Repertory Dance websites can be helpful for edu- Theater, I choreographed for cating oneself on drinking, the and am performing in Dance University offers one-on-one Alabama!, I am choreographconsultation with students, and ing for the theatre departthere are a variety of resourc- ment of the University of West es in the lobby of the student Alabama’s spring production,
and many weekends every month I am out of town speaking at churches about my upcoming summer mission work in Portugal. I wouldn’t know what to do with my free time if I did manage to find some.” Embry said she likes to be known as a dependable friend, but she needs to work on saying no before she takes on too much. “When I spread myself too thin and try to do too much, I find myself not enjoying any of the stuff that I do,” Embry said. “Although I fill my schedule with things that I love and am passionate about, or maybe just simply enjoy, if I am overworked then my joy is gone. When I reach the realization that my life seems like nothing but work and a hassle and if I live in a constant rush to get somewhere or do something, then I know it is time to cut back.” Sheena Gregg, assistant director of health education and prevention at the UA Student Health Center, said the most common vice she sees on campus is a poor diet. “The biggest issue that is seen with the students that come in to see me is that there is often the combined negative dietary behavior of skipping meals and then subsequently eating one large meal at the end of the day,” Gregg said. “Often times eating on a routine schedule takes the back burner to other
pressing obligations and students therefore find themselves in an overwhelming amount of hunger that can cause them to overeat once they finally have dinner.” Gregg said she encourages students to pencil in times for meals and snacks, just as they would other behaviors such as studying or exercising. “Eating on a routine schedule and thus avoiding going longer than four hours between meals and snacks can help keep a student’s metabolism regulated and the brain fully fueled throughout the day,” Gregg said. Turner said if a student finds themselves participating in self destructive behavior, they should seek out assistance and obtain additional information at the Counseling Center, the Student Health Center and the Psychology Clinic. “Engage in positive activities that you enjoy, like listening to music, spending time with friends, exercise and volunteering,” Turner said. Turner said students are always looking for ways to cope with difficult situations, and these behaviors often provide a temporary relief. Turner said the best thing for students to do if they need help coping with negative behaviors is to consider speaking with a mental health professional and seek out more positive coping mechanisms.
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Tide to face Memphis in midweek series By Kevin Connell Staff Reporter After dropping seven of its last nine games, including its last four, the Alabama baseball team will look to reverse its losing skid this week against the Memphis Tigers. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide (8-7) was swept this past weekend at No. 5 Louisville, but it didn’t come easy for the Cardinals, who had to outlast the Tide in extra innings in two of three games. “With the exception of one inning through the weekend, we pitched extremely well; we defended the field real well,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I think it was a great gauge for our young team to see just where it is you
have to get to. We went toe-totoe with them and certainly gave ourselves a chance to win two of the ballgames, but at the same time we got better.” Despite coming up short in all three games, Gaspard said he still has a lot of faith in his team going forward. “What our team is today is not what we’re going to be in a month,” he said. “We feel like this group is going to continue to get better. Our young guys have shown a lot of improvement. They’ve shown they got some real courage, and they’re going to keep fighting. This is going to be a team that is exciting as we move down the road.” The Tide’s first chance to prove their coach’s word comes this week when it plays host to a tough Memphis Tigers team. The Tigers (9-5) currently
have four players in its lineup batting over .300, including one over .400. No player in the Tide’s starting lineup is currently hitting better than .298. Although they have a strong middle of the order, the Tigers have seen their fair share of highs and lows this season much like the Tide. The Tigers gave No. 7 Ole Miss its lone loss of the season back on Feb. 26 in a midweek game in Oxford, Miss., but also lost its first two games of the season at home against lowly Illinois State. Despite the ups and downs from the Tigers, this series is just another stepping stone to prepare Alabama for the long haul ahead, Gaspard said. “Our schedule plays out that way. There’s no gimmes on there. You’ve got to show up every night,” he said. “You’ve
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Alabama will look to end a four-game losing streak this week. got to play at a high level to be successful, and if you want to be good in the end you got to understand that concept that ‘I’ve got to show up every night and play a hard nine innings.’” Sophomore left-hander Taylor Guilbeau (1-0, 2.30 ERA)
will make the start Tuesday for the Tide against junior lefthanded pitcher Alex Gunn (0-1, 0.69 ERA). Tigers senior lefty Michael Wills (0-0, 2.89 ERA) will get the nod Wednesday against a Tide pitcher that is yet to be announced.
The Alabama men’s basketball team’s chances of making an appearance in the NCAA tournament are slim heading into the Southeastern Conference tournament this week, but they haven’t completely faded away. The Crimson Tide (20-11, 12-6 SEC) is haunted by three bad nonconference losses to inferior opponents and an embarrassing road loss to in-state rival Auburn from earlier in the season. ESPN’s Bracketologist Joe Lunardi does not see Alabama
making the tournament, but the Tide has been on the bubble since its conference schedule began. It’s used to hearing it’s one of the first four out or last four teams into the tournament. Almost everyone believes it will take an SEC championship to push the Tide into the big dance, but I think two wins will be enough for this team to sneak in. Alabama is the No. 4 seed and will likely face No. 5 Tennessee – if the Volunteers take care of the South Carolina-Mississippi State winner – on Friday in the quarterfinal round. The
Tide split the regular season series with the Volunteers, but Tennessee has improved as the season progressed, closing out its season with a big win over Missouri. A win against Tennessee will most likely result in a semifinal matchup between Alabama and No. 1 seed Florida. The Tide had the Gators on the ropes in Gainesville, Fla., but a second half collapse led to a 64-52 Florida victory. There was no way Alabama was going to beat the Gators at home, as Florida boasts an undefeated record at the O’Connell Center. But the SEC tournament is
Randolph’s off-court work, community service earn him conference award CW Staff
Alabama could reach NCAA tournament with win over Florida By Charlie Potter
in Nashville, and Florida is a mediocre 9-6 on the road this season. If the Tide can claim victories over Tennessee and Florida, I think that will be enough for it to squeak by other at-large teams that are on the bubble. But can Alabama put together a couple of consistent games for this to happen? If head coach Anthony Grant can get his team to play like it did in the second half against Ole Miss and the first half against Georgia, this team can win the league championship. But the SEC tournament is wide open. There are seven
teams with double-digit conference wins and five teams with at least 20 total wins. If the Tide can muster up another hot streak, there’s a realistic chance of it bringing an SEC championship back to Tuscaloosa and try to make a run in the NCAA tournament. But something tells me Alabama wants to redeem its performance against the league’s best team. Junior guard Trevor Releford was asked if he wanted another shot at Florida. “Yeah,” Releford said. “We want a shot at the championship.”
Sophomore guard Levi Randolph has been selected to the 2013 Southeastern Conference’s Community Service team, announced Monday afternoon by the league office. Randolph’s community service has included his participation in summer-long cleanup projects from the April 27, 2011 tornado in the Holt community. He also assisted in Sarrell Dental free basketball camps for under-privileged children and with Halloween Extravaganza for young children for two straight years. In addition to giving back to the community, Randolph is a member of the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee. Earlier this year, he was selected to the 2013 CoSIDA/ Capitol One Academic First Team All-District Team and has made the Dean’s List every semester during his college career. The annual award handed out from the league office recognizes the accomplishments of student athletes beyond the field of competition. This marks the 15th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as for women’s basketball. All 20 leaguesponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003.
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Three position UA ﬁnishes tournament tied for 2nd battles to watch when spring “ practice begins CW Staff
By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor The University of Alabama could have three former offensive linemen drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Guard Chance Warmack and tackle D.J. Fluker are projected as such in ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft and center Barrett Jones could join that group as well in the next month leading up to the draft. But the trio’s departure also leaves some big holes, figuratively and literally, to fill on the Crimson Tide’s offensive line and spring practice, which starts Saturday, will give coaches ample time to decide who to play up front. “You gotta make a name for yourself,” said JUCO offensive tackle Leon Brown, who enrolled at Alabama in January and will take part in spring drills. Brown will be right in the mix at right tackle, coming in with two years of experience at the junior college level. When head coach Nick Saban signs junior college players, especially linemen such as Brown and former defensive linemen Jesse Williams and Quinton Dial, he does so with the intention that they will play immediately. “You gotta make sure everyone knows who you are in the weight room,” Brown said. “Make sure everyone knows that you’re working hard, and try to become the best football player you can be.” Alabama could also have a pair of brothers starting on its offensive line in 2013. Cyrus Kouandjio, who started the entire 2012 season at left tackle, could be joined by his brother, Arie, at left guard. A rising redshirt junior, Arie has struggled with a knee injury during his Crimson Tide career, but is expected to be back at full strength when spring practice starts. “They call him Jason, out of Freddy vs. Jason, because he just keeps on coming,” Cyrus said of Arie during the season. “They cut up both his knees, they chop ‘em up real good, and he just keeps on coming. You know he’s out there, he’s playing and he’s doing good and he’s getting pancakes and big blocks. I love his attitude because he can’t be stopped with such a good attitude.”
You probably look at it like, ‘Well, this guy’s been here the longest, so he gets the most chance.’ If he’s been here the longest, he’s already had taken advantage of those opportunities, then somebody else has a turn at getting those chances. — Nick Saban
most of the second string snaps during games in 2012, with Phillip Ely right behind him. But head coach Nick Saban would prefer more of a pocket passer to be his quarterback of the future. Ely and Sims, along with Alec Morris, who redshirted in 2012, will be joined by three newcomers: Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod and Jack Del Rio, a preferred walk-on and son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. With six quarterbacks vying for one spot, there will be plenty to talk about behind McCarron. “The way opportunities go is it doesn’t happen by seniority,” Saban said on signing day. “You probably look at it like, ‘Well, this guy’s been here the longest, so he gets the most chance.’ If he’s been here the longest, he’s already had the most chances. If he hasn’t taken advantage of those opportunities, then somebody else has a turn at getting those chances.”
Running back Like at quarterback, there is a returning star and a plethora of options behind him. T.J. Yeldon exploded onto the scene his freshman year in 2012 and is in position to be the feature back in 2013. But Alabama added four highly-touted running backs to complement the already impressive group shooting for the No. 2 job. Of the four, Derrick Henry is the only one who chose to enroll in January, like Yeldon did in 2012, giving him a leg up on the competition. Yeldon turned his early enrollment into a breakout performance in the 2012 spring game and a backup job his freshman year. While running back may eventually become Alabama’s deepest position once the other freshmen arrive on campus, Saban was quick to dispel the notion on signing day. “We have one guy coming back that gained 1,000 yards,” Saban said. “We have another guy who carried the ball a few Backup quarterback There may not be a more rec- times as a freshman, and two ognizable star than (quarter- guys that got hurt, that may or back) AJ McCarron returning may not be able to come back for Alabama. But the situation and play that position well. To behind him could not be more me, to have really good depth at running back, you need five muddled. Dual threat Blake Sims took really good players.”
The second-ranked Alabama men’s golf team finished tied for second at the 2013 Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters after shooting a 4-over-par 292 in the final round at the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Country Club. The Crimson Tide finished tied with New Mexico for second place at 5-over-par 869. California captured the team title with an 8-under-par total of 856, after shooting a 3-over 291 on Sunday. UCLA placed fourth at 6-over 870 while Stanford, who started the day in second place, was fifth at 12-over 876 after carding a 12-over 300 in the final round. “We got a chance to compete against the best teams in the country this weekend,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “We wanted
to find out just how good we Rodgers of Stanford, James are and where we stack up at Erkenbeck of New Mexico and this point in the season. All in Michael Kim of California – all, it was a good week for us. after 72 holes but saw Rodgers However, we also found out win the playoff to capture medthat Cal is really good, and we alist honors. It was Whitsett’s second straight top-two finish have a lot of work to do.” and his third top Junior Cory 10 of the 2012-13 Whitsett got season. off to a tough We wanted to ﬁnd out just “I was really start his third how good we are and where proud of Cory,” round, scoring we stack up at this point in Seawell said. two bogeys on “He is playthe front nine the season. All in all, it was a ing really good and another on good week for us. right now comthe 10th hole. However, the ing off of a run— Jay Seawell Houston, Texas, ner-up finish native caught in Puerto Rico fire, making and a tie for first four birdies in the final eight here. Cory is really starting to holes to finish tied for first lead us on the golf course.” place at 4-under-par 212. He Senior Scott Strohmeyer shot 1-under 71 in the final carded a 2-over 74 on day round. three to finish tied for seventh Whitsett was tied with at 1-over-par 217 on the chalthree others players – Patrick lenging tract at the Southern
Highlands Country Club. The tie for seventh was a careerbest finish while playing a team event (Strohmeyer tied for fifth earlier this year competing as an individual). Justin Thomas bounced back from a rough first two rounds to shoot even-par 72 on Sunday to bolster the Crimson Tide scorecard. Junior Trey Mullinax counted a 75 for Alabama on Sunday and posted a tie for 31st individually. Bobby Wyatt’s 80 was dropped from the Alabama team total in the final round. He finished tied for 39th with Thomas at 9-over 225. Alabama returns to the course March 15-17 at the Schenkel Invitational at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. The Tide posted a school-record 47-underpar total a year ago to win the Schenkel Invitational.
Golfweek names Tide its Team of the Week CW Staff The Alabama women’s golf team was named the National Team of the Week on Monday by Golfweek following the Crimson Tide’s victory at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. The second-ranked Tide, who entered the final round 7 shots behind Vanderbilt and
5 shots behind LSU, finished at 24-over 876 to defeat the Commodores and Tigers by four shots. Alabama’s final round 291 was the secondlowest in the field on Sunday and the best among the top six teams. The Tide shot 297 in round one before rallying with a 2-under-par 286 in round two that kept the team within
reach of the leaders. Junior Stephanie Meadow followed a similar track as her team, opening with a 77 before carding a 1-under 70 on day two and a final-round-best 67 on Sunday to propel the Crimson Tide to the team win. The win gave Alabama back-to-back victories at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
and three team titles in its last four tournaments. The Tide shared the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, then rolled to victory at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The Crimson Tide returns to action at the Gator Women’s Invitational at the University of Florida’s Mark Bostick Golf Course March 15-17 in Gainesville, Fla.
Alabama signs Sesu, bringing signing class total to 10 CW Staff
soccer player, but also a good person, humble, respectful Alabama head soccer and most importantly very coach Todd Bramble has hard working,” Ghana U-20 announced the signing of National Team coach Robert Beatrice Sesu. The Ghana Sackey said. “What is great National Team member is about Beatrice Sesu is she now the 10th player set to join the Crimson Tide for the 2013 season. “We are excited to announce Beatrice Sesu,” Bramble said in a statement. “She was the captain of the U-17 team that competed in the World Cup, and we really got to know her when that U-17 team came to Tuscaloosa three years ago. She has plenty of international experience and is clearly a really talented player. We are lucky to be adding Beatrice to our team, and I think she is going to have a wonderful experience coming over here.” Sesu comes all the way to Tuscaloosa from Ghana, where she has been a part of the national youth system and is now a member of the national team. Sesu first made the national pool at the U-17 level where she played at the All-African Games and helped her nation to a second-place finish. Later she helped lead Ghana to the U-20 World Cup. “Beatrice is not just a good
can play multiple positions and is always ready to do what will help the team. I’m very confident she will be a great asset to the program.” At the U-20 World Cup, Sesu started in all three matches
for Ghana, including a matchup against the United States. Sesu played every minute of all three games at midfield in Japan. She also played every minute of the U-17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.
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