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Vol. 119, Issue 107


No recitals, just fitness

Staff reporter fabricated sources in CW Roberts’ fabrications began on Jan. 10, 2013 By CW Staff

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Tuscaloosa teacher Lauren Ault participates in an adult beginner class at Ballet Arts and Fitness Monday evening.

Ballet classes a different approach to working out By Megan Miller Staff Reporter Before she came to The University of Alabama, alumna Lauren Ault took dance classes for 12 years. On campus, though, she found she didn’t have the time to take lessons

and realized that outside of changing her major to dance, opportunities in the area for ballet-minded adults were few and far between. “I have been wanting to get back into a class, so I just googled adult ballet classes in Tuscaloosa,” Ault said. “[I] found Ballet Arts and Fitness.” Ballet Arts and Fitness of Tuscaloosa is a dance studio geared towards teens and adults to give

them experience in ballet without having to perform in a recital. “When I moved back to Tuscaloosa, I found the adults in town didn’t have a place to dance,” said Alison Hollingsworth, the owner and operator of Ballet Arts and Fitness. “It was an unserved market with a secondary market of a teen program.” SEE BALLET PAGE 2

A Crimson White reporter fabricated sources in several news stories dating back to Jan. 10 of this year, a review of the reporter’s work by Crimson White editors has found. The reporter has been removed from the paper’s staff in response to these findings. Madison Roberts, a freshman majoring in journalism, quoted nearly 30 students that could not be found in the UA student directory or on social media platforms. Roberts admitted on March 13 to members of The Crimson White editorial board that she had fabricated the sources. “I was overwhelmed and succumbed to a lot of pressure I’d been under,” Roberts said in an email Tuesday. “I did it because The Crimson White had become so important to me that I didn’t want to lose it.” Roberts created names, years and majors for the sources. The fabrications were discovered when, on March 13, Roberts turned in two stories to editors for which she had fabricated every source, including a professor. The paper’s copy

editors, while fact-checking the correct spelling of one of the fabricated students’ names, discovered that no such student existed. The news editors then checked UA directories for all of the sources in the stories. Top editors were notified, and Roberts was contacted immediately. The falsification escalated in February 2013, the review shows. Since Feb. 20, three of Roberts’ stories used only fabricated sources. “I made a mistake,” she said. “I own up to that and am accepting the consequences, but I did not mean to hurt anyone. I knew it could affect the CW as a whole, and I apologize to those I hurt.” All of Roberts’ stories have been removed from edu. A list of stories quoting sources who do not appear in the University directory or on social media can be found on page 2.

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Alabama beats Northeastern in 1st round of tournament

Tide’s 22-0 run after halftime sealed game By Charlie Potter Staff Reporter The Alabama men’s basketball team defeated Northeastern 62-43 Tuesday in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. The No. 1 seed Crimson Tide (21-12, 12-6 SEC) controlled the game for the most part, despite a narrow 28-23 lead at halftime. The Huskies came out of the locker room on a 4-0 run to trim Alabama’s lead to one point, but that was as close as it got. From there, the Tide went on a

22-0 run and never looked back. Sophomore guard Levi Randolph said the energy he and his teammates played with after Northeastern trimmed their lead was what allowed the Tide take back control of the second half. “We were just trying to create energy with our defense and trying to play our style of playing and do the things that coach asked us to do,” Randolph said. Junior guard Trevor Releford said the energy that sparked the Tide’s 22-0 run originated from Randolph, who led Alabama with 13 points. “We had players on our team that stepped up, like Levi,” Releford said. “He had

We were just trying to create energy with our defense and trying to play our style of playing and do the things that coach asked us to do. — Levi Randolph

a couple of possessions where he just ripped through and just wouldn’t let the defensive player stop him and made good plays. He gave the team some energy.” Head coach Anthony Grant said Randolph’s contribution was not just on the offensive end of the floor. His efforts on

defense helped shut down the Huskies, forcing them to shoot 33 percent (15-45) from the field. “Levi did a very good job from a defensive standpoint,” Grant said. “They were a team that was very dangerous shooting the three. That was the focus. But it was great to see him be aggressive like he was from an offensive standpoint.” Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey scored 11 points, and freshman guard Retin Obasohan tacked on nine. Moussa Gueye, Nick Jacobs and Devonta Pollard each recorded six rebounds. SEE BASKETBALL PAGE 2

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Sophomore forward Nick Jacobs makes a play in Tuesday night’s game against the Northeastern Huskies, the Tide’s first NIT match-up.


Newly elected SGA officers discuss low voter participation in 2013 Student participation decreased nearly 42% By Ashley Tripp Staff Reporter Though the student population at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 33,602 students last fall, participation in the 2013 SGA elections drastically declined. In 2012 there were 10,115 votes for SGA president, and in 2013 this fell to 5,873 – a 41.94 er • Plea s

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percent decrease. While 7,572 students are currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, only 1,652 voted this year. Some students wrote in names such as Nick Saban, Mickey Mouse, Batman, His Glorious Eminence, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Abraham Lincoln. Laura Gregory, a newly elected arts and sciences senator, said as entertaining as some of the write-in suggestions were, she would prefer to see more students taking the

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consider a coalition government to include the Pope, When people believe that Batman and Honest Abe,” their votes do not matter, Gregory said. “Each of the canthe incentive to participate didates puts in a lot of effort in the process dramatically and hard work during the campaign season, and many of the decreases. elections, especially in senate, come down to just a few votes.” —Mary Wills Kelli Knox-Hall, the assistant director of Ferguson Center voting process more seriously. operations who directs stu“My dad actually made a dent elections board business, funny comment after I sent did not comment when asked him the election results say- about her thoughts on the low ing that I might have had to student participation in this

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year’s elections. Mary Wills, the newly elected executive secretary, said because of the number of uncontested races in this year’s elections, she was not surprised that the turnout was low. “Personally, I was disappointed by the turnout of the election,” Wills said. “Last year’s election garnered a great deal of attention, but the dramatic decrease from one year to the next was disconcerting.”


Wills said voting turnouts, in campus elections as well as any other type of election, depends on the level of voter apathy. “When people believe that their votes do not matter, the incentive to participate in the process dramatically decreases,” Wills said. “The process could not be much simpler than it is now – students do not have to do anything but log on to myBama.”




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Righting the ship: the paper’s first step

EDITORIAL Will Tucker editor-in-chief Ashley Chaffin managing editor Stephen Dethrage production editor Mackenzie Brown visuals editor Melissa Brown online editor Adrienne Burch Chandler Wright assistant news editors Lauren Ferguson culture editor Marquavius Burnett sports editor John Brinkerhoff opinion editor Ashanka Kumari chief copy editor Shannon Auvil photo editor Anna Waters lead designer Whitney Hendrix lead graphic designer Alex Clark community manager

ADVERTISING Will DeShazo 348-8995 Advertising Manager Tori Hall Territory Manager 348-2598 Classified Manager 348-7355 Coleman Richards Special Projects Manager Natalie Selman 348-8042 Creative Services Manager Robert Clark 348-8742 Emily Diab 348-8054 Chloe Ledet 348-6153 Keenan Madden 348-2670 Camille Dishongh 348-6875 Will Whitlock 348-8735 Amy Metzler Jake Morrow The Crimson White is the community newspaper of The University of Alabama. The Crimson White is an editorially free newspaper produced by students. The University of Alabama cannot influence editorial decisions and editorial opinions are those of the editorial board and do not represent the official opinions of the University. Advertising offices of The Crimson White are in room 1014, Student Media Building, 414 Campus Drive East. The advertising mailing address is P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. The Crimson White (USPS 138020) is published four times weekly when classes are in session during Fall and Spring Semester except for the Monday after Spring Break and the Monday after Thanksgiving, and once a week when school is in session for the summer. Marked calendar provided. The Crimson White is provided for free up to three issues. Any other papers are $1.00. The subscription rate for The Crimson White is $125 per year. Checks should be made payable to The University of Alabama and sent to: The Crimson White Subscription Department, P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. The Crimson White is entered as periodical postage at Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Crimson White, P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. All material contained herein, except advertising or where indicated otherwise, is Copyright © 2013 by The Crimson White and protected under the “Work Made for Hire” and “Periodical Publication” categories of the U.S. copyright laws. Material herein may not be reprinted without the expressed, written permission of The Crimson White.

DINNER Smoked BBQ Brisket Country-Style Cabbage Black-Eyed Peas Tomato Soup Apple Frudel (Vegetarian)

LUNCH Grilled Chicken Salad Chili Rubbed Spare Ribs Mashed Potatoes Baked Beans Penne Pasta Salad (Vegetarian)


In the March 19 edition of The Crimson White, in the story “Poet BJ Hollars to speak on new civil rights book,” Hollars was incorrectly labelled as a poet. Hollars is a nonfiction writer. The Crimson White regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.

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By Will Tucker The Crimson White often holds those in our campus community to a high standard of transparency. We can – and should – do no less when it comes to our own staff. The work of one deliberately deceitful reporter willing to risk her reputation and ours will not shake the dedication I, and everyone else in the CW newsroom, have to the product we produce for you every day. It is a terribly unfortunate ordeal, but we will do all we can to right the ship. Like you, we were unaware that CW Staff Reporter Madison Roberts was fabricating sources in her stories this semester. Because we trusted her and delivered that information to you, we have thoroughly reviewed her work and placed our findings on the front page. Today, we have taken the first step in re-establishing our credibility and integrity. For your evaluation, we have presented Roberts’ deceptions and all the information we have concerning them. In doing so, it is my hope that our dedication to transparency shows. We discovered Roberts’ fabrications last Wednesday afternoon during routine fact-checking, and immediately began planning this column, the review of her articles and the story that resulted. Our code of ethics

Roberts fabricated sources in 12 stories ROBERTS FROM PAGE 1 Some students find University ‘Drop/Add’ period too short, Jan. 10 UA transportation services grosses $7 million, Jan. 28 On-campus residents must register guns, Jan. 29 Many Alabama graduates overqualified, unemployed, Feb. 7 Some students have difficulty ‘Finishing in Four,’ Feb. 7

and our personal relationships with you demanded nothing less. It is hard to tell how long or to what depth this one rogue reporter’s actions will tarnish our image, our credibility and our integrity. But The Crimson White will carry on. We still have the same high standards for reporting that we have always had. We have also determined that an April Fool’s Day paper, a tradition of the past few years, is entirely inappropriate in light of this discovery. The April 1 paper, for the past few years, has used fabricated sources to create satire and jokes about topical campus issues. I hope you will see these decisions for what they are – an indication of how seriously we take the issue and how much we value your trust, because should we lose that, we have nothing. This week, the leaders of The Crimson White have hung our heads in grief because we know we have presented you with deceit disguised by a reporter as truth. We will accept your submitted columns, your phone calls, your emails, your comments and your tweets and present them back to the community. As we do that, The Crimson White will carry on. We are, and I am, very deeply sorry.

UA Alum produces Super Bowl ad, Feb. 13 Dining Halls waste only 4.6% of food, Feb. 19 Nationally, women choosing workforce over marriage, Feb. 20 Some students question shift to suite-style, Feb. 26 Employers, students use social media to hunt for jobs, internships, Feb. 28 Bama Dining addresses overcrowding of dining halls, March 5 When it doesn’t ‘get better’: recent study shows 15% of college students bullied, March 7

Releford said the team’s focus is to get back to Madison Square Garden and the NIT Championship game. “Our goal before this game BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 1 was to make a run in this tourAlabama shot 46 percent (25- nament and win it,” Releford 55) from the floor and outscored said. “This game, we had to win Northeastern in the paint 36-14. and just move on to the next The Tide also out-rebounded one.” the Huskies 37-27. Randolph said the Tide

Tide sets focus on NIT Championship game

needs to approach each game like it did all season, following Grant’s one-game-at-a-time mantra. “We just want to take it one day at a time, and each day just try to get better and try to get ready for the next game,” Randolph said. Alabama will host a secondround game later in the week.

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Levi Randolph led the Tide with 13 points over the Huskies.

New president: every campaign different SGA FROM PAGE 1 Wills said the process is as clear, easy and accessible as it could possibly be. Any individual can run, and any person can use social media or free online sources for advertisements. Also, voting occurs online during a 12-hour window. “The biggest issue is reinforcing the idea that every single vote matters,” Wills said. “The problem is not accessibility or ease but a desire to participate in the voting process.” Tate Thomas, the newly elected College of Engineering senator, received 19.89 percent of the votes out of the 543 students who voted. Thomas felt that the SGA election participation this year was low due to poor communication. “While campaigning on election day, several potential voters mentioned to me that they had no idea voting was even taking place,” Thomas said. “I definitely do not think that the issue is apathy.” However, Tate had a core

Studio focuses on form, not recitals BALLET FROM PAGE 1 Ault said she enjoys the classes, and the instruction is catered to inviduals. “She takes the time to get to know her students, and she’s very understanding of different format levels,” Ault said. “It’s easy to tell that she loves dance.” Hollingsworth said the main reason the studio doesn’t host recitals is because those types of performances don’t typically appeal to adults. “There’re so many recitals that technique becomes secondary in the process,” Hollingsworth said. “We focus on improving technique and

group of friends who helped him communicate his candidacy through fliers, social media and word of mouth. “The reason I had any chance of winning was their contribution to the campaign,” Thomas said. “My biggest tactic, in general, was merely getting my name out there and letting people know the date to vote.” Jimmy Taylor, the newly elected SGA president, said he did not focus on numbers or potential voter turnout. “My focus was meeting with as many students and student organizations as possible to let them hear my ideas and potential initiatives for next year,” Taylor said. Taylor also said that being unopposed did not change his campaign process. “I did not want the fact that I was unopposed to change anything from what we wanted to accomplish this year,” Taylor said. “For me, it did not matter if I was running unopposed or against five people… My approach would be the same: Continue to meet with as many students and student organizations as possible.” Taylor has been involved

in three different SGA campaigns: senate, vice president for external affairs and now president. Taylor said he feels tremendously blessed to have received the amount of help and support that he did over the years. “I can tell you that every election is different,” Taylor said. “There will always be different issues and topics that are unique each year that will motivate people to vote.” Even though the candidates do not have much say in campaign rules and regulations, Taylor feels that the board of students and faculty that make up the Elections Board are fully capable of making any adjustments to the rules if they feel like it is needed. “In the past three years that I have been involved in a campaign, the director of the elections board, Ms. Kelli Knox-Hall, has been extremely helpful and clear in informing us of campaign rules and regulations,” Taylor said. “I know how hard she has worked in the past to foster the best and most efficient election process possible. I am confident that she will continue that in the future.”

becoming strong and powerful dancers, and they can go off and perform at another venue if they want to do that.” Hollingsworth said most classes last an hour, and each one is structured with 30 minutes of barre work first and then 30 minutes of center work. At the barre, dancers start with gentle warming exercises to warm up their hips and feet, then move to plies, tendus, faster leg work and arm movements. When the dancers move to the center, they repeat many of the exercises they already did at the barre, including tendus and full arm lines. They also incorporate full sequences of movement, moving side to side and transferring weight. Hollingsworth said the teen programs cater to 12-14 year

olds and 15-17 year olds, with the adult program catering to 18 years of age through retirement. “I’ve had college girls contact me about classes, and retired people too,” Hollingsworth said. “The adult program is designed to fit all of those ages.” Hollingsworth said for those considering taking a class, they can expect to walk away with improved coordination and posture, as well as improved muscle strength and a better understanding of ballet when they watch it. Ault said she’s only taken three classes so far but has already seen improvement in her technique. “Alison pays close attention to technique, which is actually very refreshing for an adult teacher, and she is quick to correct errors so that we don’t develop injuries or learn incorrectly,” Ault said. “It gives me a way to be physically active and stay in shape without having to join a gym or run, which I find tedious and boring.” Hollingsworth said she always leaves ballet class with a lighter and brighter spirit because it’s uplifting. Class sessions are Monday through Friday with times ranging from 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Levels of classes vary from basic and beginning to intermediate and advanced. Yoga classes will also be added soon to add another fitness element to the studio. Ballet Arts and Fitness will host an open house Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., during which potential students can see the studio, pick up a schedule and enter a raffle for free classes. More information is available at



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UA AdTeam wins 5 awards, Best in Show at ADDYs By Taylor Veazey Contributing Writer The Tuscaloosa chapter of the American Advertising Federation awarded several University of Alabama students for their creative advertising efforts at the 2012 ADDY awards ceremony in February. Entrants of the ADDY awards included professionals from Tuscaloosa and East Mississippi, and students from The University of Alabama and

Mississippi State University. Entries include all forms of advertising from all media outlets and are judged in many areas including concept, quality, copy and design. The UA AdTeam won three gold ADDYs, two silver ADDYs and Best in Show in the student category for its “The Push,” an integrated marketing campaign for Nissan, which also won second place in the nation at the 2012 National Student Advertising Competition.


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Myreete Wolford, AdTeam president, said its winning entries will automatically be submitted to the district level, and she hopes they will eventually make it to the national ADDY competition June 6. Wolford said the Tuscaloosa AAF chapter always brings in a lot of tough competition. “Everyone, from our professors at school to professionals in Tuscaloosa, is involved,” Wolford said. “Every single person in Tuscaloosa, if they have some kind of impact, can enter.” Wolford said the AdTeam was excited to be recognized

by the whole city for all its hard work on the campaign. “When you doing something like an integrated marketing campaign, you forget how good it is after months of working on it,” Wolford said. “You become numb to it. When someone says how good it really is, it’s rewarding.” Students in the Capstone Agency also won ADDYs in the professional category for their contribution to the LessThanUThink campaign. Lauren Gallas, a senior in advertising, served as director of design for the

LessThanUThink Spring Break Beach Ball campaign that won a silver ADDY in the professional category. She said she designed promotional items from T-shirts to lanyards and a beach ball. “I’m glad I had the opportunity to do so,” Gallas said. “I got so much real-world experience, and I feel like I could do anything after working on that campaign.” Julia Ludlam, who studied advertising and graduated in May 2012, was awarded two silver ADDYs in the student category for her out-of-home

print and out-of-home alternative ads as part of a mock-campaign for Ludlam said she felt she had done a good job with the campaign, which was a class assignment, and was flattered when her instructor asked if he could submit her ads for the ADDYs. She said the project occupied much of her time, as she perfected the details of her work even up until her graduation. “It was a lot of work, and on top of that, there was the nonstop creative thinking even out of class,” Ludlam said. “It seemed like all that paid off.”

Grad student researches Haitian health By Tori Linville Contributing Writer Haley Beech, a social work graduate student, went to Haiti to give back through relief work and community building, and presented preliminary research she gathered during the third International Conference on Heath, Wellness and Society last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She presented a paper, “Access to Health Care in Rural Haiti: A Descriptive Study on Preventable and Manageable Disease States,” in poster form. “I wanted to go so I could have the opportunity to meet with other health care professionals in different disciplines and to meet other people who were doing similar research,” Beech said. “I gained a lot of affirmation that what I’m doing is important, and it was encouraging to meet with others that valued my research and are doing similar things.” Beech’s paper focused on her

experience during her second trip to Haiti working at a medical clinic in July 2011. She was given permission to gather data used that wasn’t being used for other research and focused on female diseases. “I quantified it, ran analysis and received basic descriptive stats in order to better understand what illnesses were present, and primarily focused on females,” Beech said. “There were six prominent categories that were ‘most prevalent.’ These were gastro-intestinal problems, vitamin deficiencies, vaginal infections, lung infections, cardiovascular problems and parasitic diseases.” She hypothesized that all of the most prevalent problems were either preventable or manageable with proper medical care. Beech was able to write her paper while enrolled in an independent study course under Jo Pryce, a professor in the school of social work. Pryce explained how Beech’s research made

a difference. “Haley’s work focuses on sensitivity of cultural difference and letting people you are working with tell you what it is they need. Sometimes efforts to assist people, especially after disasters, are misguided because people don’t listen,” Pryce said. “Haley’s work discovered that people need basic medical supplies for health concerns common to us but not to Haitians. They need overthe-counter medicines.” Along with presenting her paper, Beech helped facilitate other sessions with questionand-answer segments, made introductions and served as a go-to person for anyone who needed assistance. She also helped with registration throughout the three 100-minute sessions, but said there were differences between her Haitian work and presenting that work in Brazil. “Sao Paulo is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and the only difference from

the U.S. was that people spoke Portuguese, Beech said. “In Haiti there was a lot of poverty, there was a struggle for shelter, water and health care was limited.” Beech didn’t enter the Haitian community with the intention of doing research, but saw she had an opportunity to bring to light the health care problems that the people face. Jayme Cloninger, who was an undergraduate with Beech at Samford University, said Beech has always been a leader in issues through personal investments in relationships and through advocacy. “Haley lives out what she preaches, and her involvement to everything from work in Haiti to publicly declaring her information is her personal testament to her commitment,” Cloninger said. “She has a lot of tenacity and won’t stop until she finds a solution, and she’s become a voice for the marginalized.”



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Reasons to study abroad and how to make the most of it

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Experience trumps college grades in real world

Amber Patterson

By Amber Patterson Staff Columnist As the semester winds down and spring break finally approaches, many students are scheduling meetings with their advisors to prepare for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. I recently attended my advising appointment, and I must say I left feeling awfully defeated and overwhelmed. As I maneuvered my schedule and took my advisor’s advice, I found myself with little room for internships due to a heavy load of classes that would force me to have two summers full of classes. Facing this dilemma, I started to contemplate if experience is worth the risk of not graduating on time. At the end of it all, will all these classes and training mean nothing

if I never had a chance to put what I have learned into effect? The debate eventually boils down to GPA or experience. What do employers really look for in future employees? I have always been under the assumption that if I have to study so hard and take all the tests to obtain this important decimal value; for it to ultimately to be looked over is just frustrating. I will not even go into the amount of money spent on my education to have the value put on my hard work to be just numbers on a paper. We all know that education is an investment in our futures, but has the value of a classroom education been depreciated and the value of a real world education become suddenly more valuable? Employers who have taken this new approach for recruiting argue that good grades don’t always translate well to being successful in a work environment. Sitting in a classroom and obtaining information is something that is done automatically for some, but hands-on experience actually reinforces what is heard through lectures.

The business world is constantly evolving and becoming more competitive. As students, we must adapt. Is is not all about grades anymore.When we walk into the door of an actual job, we are expected to know what we are doing.

They suggest students get their feet wet at small start-ups and businesses to gain that real world experience. Internships in a sense offer an alternative classroom experience. They teach things that cannot be put on a PowerPoint slide show. Office politics, networking and business etiquette are classes that cannot be found in the normal curriculum. Coming to this realization I began to panic. I did not want to sacrifice graduating on time because I have to adjust the new hiring procedures. I began to search for a solution, and after brief searching and bugging my advisor with questions, he showed me classes called practicums. They essentially are internships that go towards class credits, similar to co-ops

but through the University. I have access to experience and can still stay on track to graduation. The business world is constantly evolving and becoming more competitive. As students, we must adapt. It is not all about grades anymore. When we walk into the door of an actual job, we are expected to know what we are doing. The learning process is done, it is time to perform, and internships prevent that feeling of being a small fish in a little pond. This is not license to let your GPA slip, but encouragement to become a well-rounded student and take advantage of the opportunities that are put at your feet. Amber Patterson is a sophomore majoring in public relations. Her column runs weekly on Wednesdays.

So take advantage. Secondly, financially, there is so much support out there. Scholarships are offered for almost anything these days and as long as you are looking in the right places, studying abroad doesn’t have to cost the earth (if you will excuse the pun). To me, and as I’m sure Lucy Cheseldine it is to many others, this was one of the biggest hurdles to By Lucy Cheseldine my decision, until I sat down Staff Columnist and looked into all the different As the carpet of the academic kinds of support I could take year begins to roll further and advantage of. It just takes time. That’s the material side. But further to an end, I have been speaking to quite a few stu- the more personal side of it all dents about their plans for the needs a little consideration. coming summer and fall semes- Experience is the best way to ters. Many students seem to learn, and so for as long as you have their eyes on sights a bit can be moving forward in as farther from home and, as dead- many directions as possible, lines for applications are loom- I would say do it – this means ing, here are a few thoughts on in terms of academia and the why you might choose to study world outside the library. Studying abroad covers both abroad. There’s no one reason that I these aspects. And, despite a can pinpoint in my persuading, few lonely hours and a newly but I can advise you to think required state of independence, moving of the positives. in new social cirThere are a huncles and settling dred excuses to I suppose what I am trying in (after a few stay within your weeks of severe to say is do it if you can. And comfort zone culture shock) is – believe me, I then when you are there, in never as daunttried them all out the experience, do everying as it first on myself before thing you can to make the seems. In fact, taking off to the most of it. you learn just deep South. “I as much about don’t have the yourself in those money,” and “I first few weeks won’t understand how to fill out the paper- as you do about your new surwork,” and even “It’s easier to roundings. It is never an easy decision, stick with the familiar rather than having to start over some- and some people arrive at a where new.” But none of these college or university with the excuses were really enough to intent to study abroad. Others stop me making the decision to – like me – grow into the decision over the first few semesstudy abroad. In reality, it’s an opportunity I ters. To me, it’s something to knew I would never have again. take away on top of my degree, First of all, this is the only not just as part of it. It’s an time in your life you will have individual journey, but you’re the help and resources of your never alone in making it. I suphome university to help you pose what I am trying to say is, organize your time abroad and do it if you can. And then when to guide you in getting together you are there, in the experithe financial and legal require- ence, do everything you can to ments needed. There’s no way – make the most of it. with my idealistic and creative mind – that I would have had Lucy Cheseldine is an English the ability to realize this trip international student studying without the help of both my English literature. Her column home and abroad institutions. runs weekly on Tuesdays.


Smith’s assertions about Alabama education, Accountability Act equate to absurdity By John Speer Senior Staff Columnist In light of the opinion editor’s recent call for purpose and accuracy on the opinions page, I feel this is a rather apt moment to discuss the illinformed arguments of my colleague Tray Smith with regards to the new education bill. As a caveat, I am well aware that I will be branded as a liberal union supporter with no concern for children, but this is part of the problem that I must address. Political dogma is not a substitution for fact. Regardless of your opinion on unions, we must understand the basic principles established by this bill and learn what actual reform means. Mr. Smith argues that the new education bill represents a refreshing change from the “decades of mismanagement inspired by the AEA” because it initiates a tax credit for fami-

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lies to send their children to private schools and reduces the amount of restrictions necessary to establish a charter school. Unfortunately, this opinion has little basis in reality. First, the AEA is not responsible for the management of public schools – that responsibility falls on the local school boards, the state school board and the Alabama legislature. If you have questions about why our state regularly borrows money from the Education Trust Fund to pay down its $60 billion in debt, why teach-

EDITORIAL BOARD Will Tucker Editor-in-Chief Ashley Chaffin Managing Editor Stephen Dethrage Production Editor Mackenzie Brown Visuals Editor

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ers have not received adequate funds for supplies in over a decade or why funding sources for schools always run short, look no further than your state legislature. Do not rely on reactionary opinion about unions when you question why students do not have access to proper equipment. They do not manage or create those funds, but your elected officials most certainly do. Secondly, Mr. Smith claims that the tax credit will allow for three things: 1.) an unbounded opportunity for parents in failing school districts to send their children to private schools, 2.) a decrease social barriers in allwhite private institutions, and 3). a new era of achievement based on performance and not demographics, especially for poor rural areas. These are all laughably absurd assertions. Tax credits, much like tax cuts, cost the government money, which translates into

fewer funds for schools due to restricted revenue sources. Nothing is free, and this almost entirely invalidates Mr. Smith’s argument that credit will not cost Alabama schools. Also, you must understand basic math. 20 is less than 80, thus public schools will lose 80 percent of the per capita cost per pupil for each one who leaves. How does that not constitute harm? More importantly, how much you can get for these credits is based off of what you make and how much you owe. When the median income in rural Alabama counties is just $20,000 a year, they cannot expect a $4,000 credit for their children. Moreover, Mr. Smith’s argument for the cost of private schools is wrong – the average cost of a private institution in Alabama is $10,000 a year, not four. This credit will help middle class families with moderate means send their children to private schools at a lower

cost; it will do nothing at all for the majority of poor families in the state. Similarly, the social argument he poses relies entirely on assumption. The lawmakers have pledged that no school will be forced to accept any student. This means that schools that were designed to segregate, i.e., most of the schools in the Alabama Independent School Association, will not open their doors to new students. Additionally, suburban schools are safe from admitting any student they do not wish to. The recent bill passed poses an evasion of the school problem, not reform. Reform attempts to improve existing systems, not eradicate them by draining funding. School reform would be requiring teachers to do regular continuing education and training, partnering with community programs for tutoring or counseling services, implementing a new curriculum based on



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academic research or allowing school principals and teachers to implement new measures to improve their school. None of these things involve a tax credit or a charter school. Before you misguidedly place blame on the AEA for monopolizing parents in the state, consider carefully who makes education policy decisions. Ask yourself if you would attempt to implement new measures or regulations for emergency room procedure if you had never been a nurse or an E.R. doctor? If you want real school reform, realize that those who make decisions about education spend no time in the schools at all. They are entirely unaware of what it takes to manage a classroom, much less an entire school system.

John Speer is a graduate student in secondary education. His column runs weekly on Wednesdays.





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Sports communication program hosts Mike Hill Inaugural symposium to feature ESPN anchor, sports communication students’ research presentations By Sarah Robinson Contributing Writer The University of Alabama Program in Sports Communication will host its inaugural Academic Symposium Wednesday with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Mike Hill serving as the keynote speaker. Sports communication researchers from the University’s College of Communication and I n fo r m at i o n Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Culverhouse College of

Commerce and College of Education and Stillman College will present their findings throughout the day. “We have had so many people, not just in our college but across the University, that are working on different aspects of sports,� said Lance Kinney, the symposium coordinator and associate professor of advertising and public relations. “We wanted to have a symposium to make sure everyone meets and has an opportunity to present their research, meet colleagues and form research contacts.� He said it also gives students

a chance to see the kind of work in sports that goes on at the University. The researchers will cover a wide variety of sports-related topics, including new media, LGBTQ issues in sports, racial representation in sports, mobile apps and the history of different types of sports. “I think people are going to be intrigued by not just the research, but the documentary we are showing,� said Andrew Billings, the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting and director of APSC. The day’s events include a

screening of “Amends with the Past,� a 17-minute studentproduced film that was prepared under the supervision of Dwight Cammeron, an instructor in the department of telecommunication and film. “It’s about an athlete who suffers an injury that takes him out of competition and how he has had to readjust his life and priorities to build a life for himself apart from his sporting participation,� Kinney said. “He has moved into sports writing and sports broadcasting.� Kinney said all the day’s events cover almost every

avenue of the University, and most students could easily find a link to their fields of study. “If you are doing most anything around the University, we have such a range on that day that it will difficult for you to not see yourself somewhere,� Kinney said. Opening remarks begin at 9 a.m., researchers will present until 4 p.m., the film will begin at 12:15 p.m. and Hill will speak at 1:15 p.m. The symposium will be held in Room 205 of Gorgas Library. All events are free and open to the public.

IF YOU GO... • What: Sports Communication’s Academic Symposium • When: Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Where: Gorgas Library, Room 206

Forensic Council to hold showcase before competition By Alex Eigel Contributing Writer The University of Alabama Forensic Council is inviting students and the public to see The University of Alabama Speech Team showcase their skills Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater as they prepare for their national competition. The speech team will be performing everything from poetry

to after-dinner speeches to oral interpretations of literature. Students will have the opportunity to see the 19-time national championship-winning team perform while the speech team practices their presentations in front of a large audience before the actual competition, which will take place a week later on March 29. Katerina Pena, a junior at the University and second-year member of the Forensics Team,

said each student has 10 minutes individually to make an impact on the audience, and students who attend can gain more awareness about the Alabama Forensic Council. “By attending the event, individuals have the chance to get a taste of what the Alabama Forensic Council is,� Pena said. “People think that we look at crime scenes, but instead we do the activity some people fear more than death: public

speaking. I think attendees should look forward to being moved by the thoughts, facts and emotion in our performances.� Bobby Imbody, director of the Forensic Council, said attendees will get to see some of the best competitive speakers and performers in the entire country. “My favorite part of the national tournament is seeing my students come together as

a team to achieve a goal they’ve had in mind for a full year,� Imbody said. “The showcase is a great way for the Forensic Council to publicly say ‘thank you’ to the people that support us in all that we do. President Bonner, Provost Benson, Vice Provost Nelson, Dean Singleton, Dr. Thompson and Dr. Bennett give us so much that this night to say thanks is the least we can do.�

IF YOU GO... • What: UA’s Forensic Council Showcase • When: Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. • Where: Ferguson Center Theater

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By Margaret Wilbourne Contributing Writer Through the Doors, a campuswide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of The University of Alabama, is being represented visually at the Paul R. Jones Gallery in Tuscaloosa. The art exhibit, entitled “Migration/s,” was the brainchild of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Black Faculty Association of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The mission of the Jones Collection is to promote education through art and the theme of ‘migration,’ because it is so

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The “Migration/s” exhibit is located at the Paul R. Jones Gallery. historically rich and broad in scope,” Lucy Curzon, the director of education and outreach for the Jones Collection of African American Art, said. “[This art exhibit] seemed an optimal way to span the many different

interests of departments and communities across the college.” The interests “Migration/s” hopes to pique are essential to grasping the past, living in the present and shaping the future, Jessica Dallow, the guest curator

for the show and an art professor at UAB, said. “[Migration] is central in understanding the historical and contemporary formation of identities, politics, ethnicity, race, culture – issues and institutions in which we all have a personal investment,” Dallow said. “And, certainly, it can help us think through present clashes and debates over immigration and community.” The exhibit is home to 35 pieces of art ranging in medium from painting, print, photography and mixed media. The works were chosen specifically to both fit and emulate the migration theme.

Local Catch prides itself on fresh seafood By Francie Johnson Contributing Writer Local Catch, a new restaurant in downtown Tuscaloosa, is aiming to bring the taste and quality of fine seafood restaurants to Tuscaloosa but with a casual environment and lighter price tag. “I’ve worked at a lot of finedining restaurants,” Adam Friedman Yellin, the restaurant’s chef, said. “The idea behind the Local Catch was to take some of this fine food that we do and put it on tacos, put it on po’ boys, put it on things that can bring it down to more of a simple level.” Yellin said the restaurant prides itself on its fresh, handmade food. “At corporate places, a lot of the food is made in a big kitchen somewhere and flown in, but not for us,” Yellin said. “Everything is made here, from scratch. Every sauce, every single thing besides the bread and french

fries, is made in-house.” Local Catch, which opened its doors March 6, specializes in seafood but with a New Orleans twist. Yellin said the fish tacos are the most popular menu item, but the restaurant offers a diverse selection of foods. Yellin and Jimmy Hasser, the general manager, opened the original Local Catch in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. about a year ago. Both University of Alabama alumni, the two friends decided to return to their roots and open a second location in Tuscaloosa. “I went to school here,” Yellin said. “I feel like I know the area really well, and I feel like also there’s definitely a niche here for fresh seafood.” Having “local” in the restaurant’s name is no coincidence. Yellin said Local Catch, from the artwork on the walls to the food itself, is deeply embedded within the Tuscaloosa community. “We like to support local artists. We like to support local musicians. We employ locally,

so that’s big for us,” Yellin said. “We want to support the local community, farmers markets, things like that. I go out of my way to use produce companies that are local to the area.” Yellin said opening a new restaurant, no matter the location, is always a risk. “The risk for us was going to a new demographic away from the beach, but we feel like by staying true to what we know, which is good food, we’ll be able to overcome the risk of opening a new place,” Yellin said. Rooster’s Blues House, the previous tenant of Local Catch’s 2321 University Blvd. location, closed down after about a year of being open, but Yellin remains optimistic that Local Catch will thrive in Tuscaloosa. “With a second location comes twice as much responsibility and twice as much work, so we’ve definitely put more work on our shoulders, but I’m confident that it will pay off,”

he said. Edwin McMillan, Local Catch’s kitchen manager, said one of the most difficult parts of opening a new restaurant is training the staff. “We have very high standards,” said McMillan, who began working with Yellin and Hasser about a year and a half ago at the original Florida location. “We’re very specific on how we want things done and how we want the food prepared.” Yellin said to be a good chef he has to evolve with the everchanging food service industry. “Every day I learn something new,” he said. “You have to be able to take in everything. Never stop adapting, never stop learning.” Local Catch is located at 2321 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa, next to Glory Bound Gyros. It is open every day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, visit

The theme of the show itself, migration, was treated as having narrative aspects, as reflected by the layout of the exhibit. “The exhibit is organized into four sections: the migration impulse; the migrant experience; political movements, protest, and practices of resistance; and the migrant artist,” Dallow said. “Overall, these sections together suggest a kind of migration narrative.” The name of the show – which

uses a slash to separate singular tales from plural ones – was also conceptualized with the intent of suggesting a story of migration. “The title as such mirrors the collective narrative/individual stories structure of the exhibit,” Dallow said. “Migration/s” will be featured at the Paul R. Jones Gallery through April 17. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday.





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Cultural Experiences host St. Patrick’s Day event By Ryan Phillips Contributing Writer


Cultural Experiences, a branch of the student-run Honors College Assembly, will host a St. Patrick’s Day Hangout Wednesday. Kaycee McFalls, director of Cultural Experiences, encourages all students to attend the event. “We typically format our smaller First Friends events to be very casual,” McFalls said. “So the St. Patrick’s Day Hangout will be just that – a hangout. We usually have food, music and games going on,

• What: St. Patrick’s Day Hangout • When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. • Where: Rotunda of Carmichael Hall with the idea being that people should feel free to come and do whatever they feel like doing. It’s not scripted.” The event is part of First

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Friends, a program through Cultural Experiences, which aims to provide a fun, casual atmosphere for international students to meet and interact. The event will feature themed activities geared toward bringing exchange students closer together in the spirit of the holiday. “The St. Patrick’s Day Hangout is an opportunity for our First Friends members, as well as any other UA students who wish to attend, to spend time together in a non-academic environment and learn more about each other’s cultures and lives,” McFalls said. First Friends is an organization that pairs international students who are new to campus. Together it and Cultural Experiences strive to provide stimulating atmospheres for new students to interact. This group has seen positive growth in recent years.

“The First Friends program has almost doubled in the three years that I have worked with it,” McFalls said. “The group hangouts are always a great way for the exchange students to meet new friends.” Cultural Experiences has hosted events in the past that brought together exchange students in fun environments. Some of the events are centered on American holidays in order to introduce the students to a new culture while giving them a chance to interact with one another in a festive atmosphere. “These events are usually based on an American holiday theme,” McFalls said. “So there is the added benefit of learning about how American students celebrate.” The holiday events have had great turnouts in recently bringing students together from around the world.

Chloe Smith, assistant director of Cultural Experiences, said activities were provided to help break the ice so friendships could be made in an unconventional yet enjoyable way. “Our past holiday hangouts have been very fun,” Smith said. “For Valentine’s Day, we did speed meeting – like speed dating for friends. About 40 people got to talk to each other.” Cultural Experiences also hosts events for the UA’s Study Abroad program, along with other events around campus throughout the year. “We also hosts Study Abroad Interest Nights,” Smith said. “We like to be involved with other cultural events as they come up through out the year. Last week we sponsored International Coffee Hour.” These groups aim to strengthen international ties

by facilitating a fun environment for the exchange students to mingle. “Cultural Experiences has three major purposes,” McFalls said. “To encourage Study Abroad among Honors College students, to promote intercultural awareness through our Cultural Nights and to improve international relations on campus while assisting exchange students with the First Friends program.” All students are encouraged to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Hangout and participate in the festivities. “Anyone is welcome to attend this event and all other HCA events,” McFalls said. “Not just Honors College students or international students.” The hangout will start at 8 p.m. in the rotunda of Carmichael Hall. Admission is free.


Vinyls, record players still enhance music experience By Amy Marino In a world of instant downloads and iPods, the classic music medium of vinyl has continued to hold its own and prove that it truly cannot be kicked. Not only are record players still being sold, I would also go as far to say they are currently a hot commodity among music lovers. Lately I have realized I am among many college students who own a record player, and it has given me a new-found faith in a seemingly “MP3-only” music generation. It is encouraging to know that I am among other young people who value the quality of vinyl. According to Digital Music News’s publisher Paul Resnikoff, LP sales went up by 16.3 percent in 2012. After doing some research, I found that LP sales have

actually been continually growing for the past six years. Instead of the music world fighting against the demand of such a seemingly “digressive” form of music technology, artists have happily embraced it. Now, in addition to releasing albums via iTunes and CDs, many artists have also started releasing their music on vinyl. Record players and records are even being manufactured and sold at trendy stores like Urban Outfitters. So, what is the buzz about? Here are some reasons why people are investing in record players and reasons why you should think about it, too. It does not get much better when it comes to sound. I wish I could listen to every song I have on vinyl. There is something about vinyl that makes the music so much more real

than anything I have ever listened to electronically. Natalie Thompson, a junior majoring in history, has added vinyl to her music repertoire. “Most were previously my mom’s so some of them are warped, and they tend to crack and pop a bit, but for me that adds much more to the beauty of listening to music on vinyl,” she said. Using a record player also makes listening to music more of an experience. Because most records must be flipped in order to hear all of the songs, the whole listening process is changed. The music is less likely to just become background noise. The listener has no other choice than to become aware. Also, the process of picking out a record, putting it on the turntable and setting down the needle allows

a listener to feel so much more involved with what he or she is listening to. Not only do records sound great and enhance the whole listening experience, their exteriors look awesome. It is not rare to see records or record cases framed. Personally, one of my favorite things about buying a new record is the cover. The durable cardboardtype material can easily double as wall art. Plus, this aesthetically pleasing aspect makes creating a collection more fun. For anyone whose interest in vinyl may have been sparked, our local music store, Oz Music, has a great selection of records. For those of you who really want the record store experience, I suggest taking a well-worth trip to Birmingham and checking out Charlemagne Record Exchange downtown.

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Bama looking for redemption against Panthers By Alexis Paine Staff Reporter

between two Southeastern Conference weekends. It was the Tide’s first non-conference The No. 4 University of loss since 2010. Alabama Crimson Tide softSeveral players agree ball team will play the Georgia Alabama took the Panthers State Panthers at home on lightly last year when they Wednesday, and the Alabama should not have, and this conplayers want revenge. tributed to the Tide’s loss. Last year, the Tide lost to “Last year we didn’t play the Panthers 5-1 in another up to our level,� senior Kayla midweek game sandwiched Braud said. “We weren’t as

focused as we should have been, and I think we learned a valuable lesson that day.� Senior Jackey Branham said it is always tough to play a midweek game against a non-conference opponent when the team is looking ahead to SEC games the next weekend. This weekend the Tide will play Auburn, but Branham said they will focus on Georgia State on Wednesday.


Gators, Gamecocks up next for Tide tennis team By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The Alabama men’s tennis team will host two Southeastern Conference matches this weekend at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. First, the Crimson Tide will face the No. 18 Florida Gators at 3 p.m. Friday. Then at 1 p.m. Sunday, Alabama will square off against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Tide is coming off a nail-biting 4-3 victory over the Auburn Tigers. The Auburn match came down to the wire as freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey clinched the match for the Tide in his third and final set. Alabama is currently ranked No. 26 in the country and is 3-2 in SEC play. Junior Daniil Proskura said the team is playing with a lot of confidence, which has contributed to its overall success. “We have had three really good SEC matches in a row, and even the matches we lost were really close too,�


When we compete, we have opportunities to win, and that’s exactly what we have to do Friday and Sunday. — George Husack

Proskura said. “Everyone seems to be feeling really good and playing really well, so that can only help us.� The match against Florida will be the Tide’s first against an SEC East team this season. Head coach George Husack said he likes what he has seen from Alabama against conference opponents. “We have played well in the SEC so far,� Husack said. “We are 3-2 right now and only a few points short of being 5-0; I think we have faced our competition and competed well against them.� Proskura said Alabama needs to get out to a quick

She said the team knows it has to take the Panthers seriously. After all, last year this opponent showed it has the ability to defeat the Tide. “[Georgia State players] know that they’re capable of beating us, and we can’t take them lightly like we did last year,� Branham said. “We were looking ahead at the next SEC series, and we weren’t focused at the task at hand.� Branham said the Panthers maintain morale throughout the game, which makes them a difficult competitor. The players are loud and motivated every inning. Branham said many teams get down when Alabama pulls ahead on the scoreboard, but not Georgia State. The Panther team is a tough team, Branham said, which will make

this a good game. “They’re never out of the game,� Branham said. “They’re always cheering, and they’re always loud.� The Tide hopes to improve its 26-3 record with this game after losing its first three conference games. Braud said the team has some improvements to make in certain areas. It has had to come from behind too often this season, the senior said, and needs to score and be aggressive at the plate early in the game to ensnare opponents at the game’s outset. Braud said the team also needs to focus on sharpening areas of defense, but overall the team has progressed through the season. “I think our team has been on the incline and has been getting

better every single day,� Braud said. “We’re going to work hard this week and make some adjustments from this weekend [against the University of South Carolina].� The Tide will host the Panthers at Rhoads Stadium Wednesday. The first pitch will be thrown at 6 p.m.

IF YOU GO... • What: Softball v. Georgia State • When: Wednesday at 6 p.m. • Where: Rhoads Stadium

start in the doubles portion of the match, and everyone on the team needs to focus and play hard. “We definitely need to try to win the doubles point first,� Proskura said. “That pretty much decided the Auburn game, so we need to get out early. Everybody has to do their best and play their best to win these matches coming up.� Husack said Alabama needs to show up and compete this weekend, because good things happen when they do so. “Every week we have had to compete,� Husack said. “When we compete, we have opportunities to win, and that’s exactly what we have to do Friday and Sunday.� Proskura said the team is ready for the matches and looking forward to taking the courts again. “We are very excited for the opportunity to play Florida and South Carolina over the weekend,� Proskura said. “We are going to play our best to win both matches.�

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Tide swimmers take on the NCAA championships By Caroline Gazzara Staff Reporter Three Alabama swimmers will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., over the next two weeks to compete in the NCAA championships. Alabama will be competing against schools across the country in hopes to achieve career-high performances. From the women’s team, senior Jenna Gallo and sophomore Kaylin Burchell will represent Alabama in the upcoming championship meet. Junior BJ Hornikel will be the sole swimmer for the men’s team. Coach Dennis Pursley said each swimmer has worked hard over the course of the year. “I’m very pleased with the progress the team made this year,” Pursley said. “We knew coming into this year we would not be competing for

We just want to see each of the athletes get personal best performance, which is going to be reall challenging. — Dennis Pursley

conference championships or national championships. We want to go to the championships to set personal best records.” Both Burchell and Hornikel have previously been to the NCAA tournament, but this will be the first time Gallo will compete. Previously, Gallo bested her own and the school’s record at the SEC championships. Gallo swam a 1650 freestyle in 16:13.56, shaving 13 seconds off of her previous time as well as five seconds of the school’s best time.

Burchell also posted careerhigh times at the SEC championships for her 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Burchell will be swimming the 200 breaststroke in the upcoming meet. Though both women posted career-best times during the SEC championships, Pursley said it was a challenge to improve in such a short period of time. “Well, both [Burchell and Gallo] turned in lifetime best performances [at the SEC championship] to qualify for the NCAAs, so it’s a challenge because we only have a short amount of time between the championships,” Pursley said. “We’re trying to ratchet it up a

notch and get it to the next level. It’s a matter of maintaining and tweaking what we already have.” Hornikel will swim both the 100 and 200 freestyle the second week of the NCAA championships. Hornikel also bested his previous career records at the conference championships. “Hornikel is a veteran,” Pursley said. “He also had personal best times at the conference championships in order to qualify, but he wants to move forward more in the season. He’s going to be focusing on fine tuning things and tweaking things. He wants to get a step ahead.”

Pursley’s main concern with this event is that all three swimmers will have to focus solely on themselves and not the competition.” “At this level, there are just so many swimmers, any one of them could step up and get to the finals,” Pursley said. “They’re going to have quite a few swimmers in front of them. There are many swimmers that are unknowns, but the focus is on swimming the perfect race and getting the very best out of themselves.” Though Alabama has three swimmers in the championships, Pursley doesn’t expect a team win. Because of the new

coaching staff and the young team, Pursley said Alabama isn’t ranked high enough just yet. “We don’t have enough athletes there that are ranked high enough to be contenders for the top team rankings,” Pursley said. “We just want to see each of the athletes get a personal best performance, which is going to be really challenging. Statistically, 20 to 40 percent of swimmers swim their personal best at the championship, so our goal is to be in that percentage.” Burchell and Gallo will compete in the competition March 21-23. Hornikel will compete the following week March 28-30.


Crimson Tide ready for tough weekend By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The Alabama women’s tennis team is set for two top-10 showdowns this weekend as it will travel to Gainesville, Fla. and Columbia, SC. The No. 8 Crimson Tide will do battle against the No. 2 team in the country, the Florida Gators, on Friday. Alabama will then travel to face the No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks Sunday. In its last match the Tide rallied in a dramatic, come-frombehind victory over its in-state foe Auburn. Alabama defeated the Tigers 4-3 as freshman Natalia Maynetto rallied to win six straight games to help clinch the match for the Tide. “It was a really exciting match,” senior Alexa Guarachi said. “Auburn always wants to

come after us and they did; they played well. We battled back to win. We have had a lot of close matches this year.” Several times this season Alabama has fought back to win tough matches. Guarachi said the never-give-up mentality has boosted the team’s confidence. “Our fight is something we pride ourselves on,” Guarachi said. “It is something we work on every day in practice; we go out and compete, and it means a lot to us to never stop.” The Tide is currently on a nine-match winning streak and enters two tough matches against two highly ranked opponents. Despite the winning streak and the rankings, Guarachi said the team is preparing for the match just like any other. “We really don’t like to think

about it too much,” Guarachi said. “We are focusing on the schedule; we are pumped up to play this match like any other no matter the opponent. We are going to continue to do what we have been doing, and hopefully it works out.” Head coach Jenny Mainz said the Tide is really excited to play a top-tier team like Florida. “I think everyone is looking forward to playing Florida,” Mainz said. “I think having the opportunity to play a perennial team like Florida is a great opportunity for us at Alabama.” The Tide has received contributions all season from many different players, and it will look to do the same when it faces the Gators. “We are getting help from a lot of different places,” Mainz said. “It’s not the same people every time pulling through.

We are getting help from all spots, which is a positive thing for us.” There have been many things that have contributed to the Tide’s success this season. Mainz said the little things have helped the team all year and will continue to help this weekend. “We have been playing well and getting better every week,” Mainz said. “Things like that have helped us improve.” Mainz said the team has a tough task ahead of it, but is working hard and will be prepared to face the Gators. “I feel good going into the weekend,” Mainz said. “I think we are getting better. We are working on things we need to work on, we have good energy, the team is in good spirits, and I think we are going to be ready to go against Florida.”

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