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families in 2011. “We are never going to food bank our way out of hunger,” said Kristina Scott, the executive director of the Alabama Poverty By Mazie Bryant Project. “We see the abilities Contributing Writer that universities, churches and The Black Warrior River may other organizations of education flow right between Tuscaloosa and faith have to create a conand Northport and the Quad stituency for change. We need may flood regularly when it to address the cultural problems of hunger instead rains, but as far of just the sympas the USDA is toms.” concerned, the The FRAC’s UA campus is in We need to address the February Food the middle of a cultural problems of hunger Hardship in desert. instead of just the symptoms. America report According to analyzed data the USDA, the — Kristina Scott collected through University of the GallupAlabama, along Healthways with several Well-Being Index other regions in Tuscaloosa, is located in a food project. The initiative has interdesert, or a low-income area that viewed 1,000 households daily provides little access to healthy since January 2008, documenting food options, such as grocery responses to questions involving the inability to purchase food. stores and supermarkets. The data concluded that The state as a whole doesn’t fare much better when it comes Alabama ranked as the second to food for its poorest residents. hungriest state in the country The Food Research and Action and that Birmingham is the 12th Center recently released a hungriest metropolitan area in report that found 23.4 percent the country. of Alabamians were unable to SEE FOOD PAGE 5 afford enough food for their

Food costs too high for average family

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Max Dolensky performs chip-tune using Nintendo Gameboys and other old game systems.

Student-produced music takes stage at Starbucks By Briana Harris Contributing writer Last night, students gathered inside of the Ferguson Center’s Starbucks to participate in Xpress Night, which gave them an opportunity to showcase their talent to

a group of peers. Some participants sang and played the guitar while others recited poetry. The creators of Xpress Night wanted the event to be held in a neutral and inclusive place on campus, which is why they chose Starbucks as the location for the event, said Colby Leopard, Xpress Night director. Leopard said the event started because there was a need to have a common place

on campus where students could share their talent with one another. “People were really looking for an outlet like Xpress Night, and I think that we have done a good job of meeting that need,” he said. On an average night, eight to 12 students perform at the event and Max Dolensky, a chip-tune musician, was one SEE XPRESS PAGE 5

PixelCon advances to level three In third year, convention highlighted by concert By Nathan Proctor Staff Reporter

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A live-action Mario Party is among the many activies convention-goers can participate in this weekend at PixelCon.

Hosted by UA’s ABXY Gaming Network, PixelCon 2012 kicks off its slate of video game-related events on Friday night with PixelCon Live!, a free video game music concert featuring student and alumni musicians in Moody Recital Hall at 7 p.m. The convention itself, celebrating video game culture through tournaments, panels and a variety of events, will take place in the Ferguson Center from 10 a.m. on Friday until 9:30 p.m. the following day. Begun in 2010 as a cooperative effort between Creative Campus and ABXY, the first PixelCon brought in approximately 500 students (a number doubled

the following year) according to Creative Campus graduate assistant Ryan Davis. An intern playing a role in the Con’s foundation, Davis said PixelCon was done independently by ABXY this year, something he said all Creative Campus projects are hoping to achieve. “I’m really glad that they’re taking it on,” Davis said, “and I’m glad to see the concert be such a big and powerful thing within itself and be its own event.” Davis, or Kadesh, his musical persona, will still have a presence at PixelCon this year, as he is performing at PixelCon Live! Davis will perform for the show for the third time, but without the backing of his usual band, The Perfect Strangers, due to scheduling conflict. He’ll branch more into his personal remixes of video game music and raps, including “Dragonborn,” the Skyrim rap of some YouTube acclaim. SEE PIXELCON PAGE 11

By Ashanka Kumari Staff Reporter From 8 p.m. last night to 6 a.m. this morning, students took part in Sleep Out on the Quad, an event that was intended to promote awareness of homelessness in both Alabama and across the nation. Hosted by the UA Community Service Center, the event took place on the Quad in front of Lloyd Hall. Robert Scholl, a sophomore math major, said he came to the event because he felt students needed to experience something like this to get a taste of what homelessness is like. “I think campus is isolated from the rest of the world, and I think this helped make people realize that there are people right outside campus that don’t have it nearly as well as we do,” Scholl said. “You aren’t going to be able to live under your parent’s money forever. Homelessness and poverty are big issues.” SEE QUAD PAGE 6

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First Amendment Festival provides food for thought Freedom of speech the focus of festival By April Ivey Contributing Writer

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Senior Austin Lafferty and sophomore Lena Oshinskie hold up signs at the First Amendment Free Food festival Wednesday on the Quad.

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Students set up sleeping bags on the quad March 28 for the sleep out. The sleep out was organized to raise awareness for homelessness in Alabama.

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More than 350 students signed away their First Amendment rights of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition in exchange for a barbecue sandwich, chips and a drink Tuesday. The First Amendment Free Food Festival, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Academic Honor Council and the Corolla yearbook was held Wednesday on the Quad across from Reese Phifer Hall. Participants were harassed by the goon squad, deprived of personal property, forced to submit to the searching of their bags, denied the food they were promised and illegally placed in jail with no way of protesting against their harsh treatment. “I think students need an appreciation of the First Amendment rights, and some-


times, that takes a guy in a mask yelling in your face,” said Chris Roberts, an associate professor of journalism and SPJ sponsor. “If you don’t have your First Amendment rights, how can you have any other rights?” The message resonated with participants. “The First Amendment is one of the biggest reasons I joined the army,” said Alex Standridge, a freshman majoring in history and Army ROTC cadet private. “We are so privileged in this country. I think it’s good to let students experience life without the First Amendment.” The message affected David Cifelli, a junior majoring in history. “While’s it’s just a simulation, it does illustrate that living under a police state would inhibit people,” Cifelli said. Caroline Bowman, a senior majoring in psychology, said she was troubled by how restricted life would be without the First Amendment.

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What: Community Conversations: How do you express yourself?

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Moundville Pottery Gathering and Expo

Where: Crossroads Lounge,

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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SB 5 PROTEST UA College Democrats protested SB 5, a far-reaching anti-abortion bill, on Monday.

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THEFT OF PROPERTY II March 26, 12:50-2:54 p.m. POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA 500 block of University II/POSSESSION OF DRUG Boulevard PARAPHERNALIA March 27, 8:56 p.m. FORGERY II 100 block of Hackberry Lane March 22-23, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. 100 block of McCorvey Drive THEFT OF PROPERTY III March 27, 10:20 p.m. TUESDAY MARCH 27, 2012 100 block of Hackberry Lane

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ON CAMPUS Applications for University Stewards available now The University Stewards are accepting applications for membership for the 2012-13 school year. Qualified candidates will have at least a 3.0 GPA, a welcoming personality and a passion for the University. Applications

are available at bama. and must be turned into the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in 203 Student Services on Wednesday by 4 p.m.

‘Spin-a-thon’ for diabetes to be held at Rec Center The UA Diabetes Association will host a spin-a-thon at the Student Recreation Center Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Participants can spin for 50 minutes for a donation of $20. Groups can get together and tag in and out if they do not want to spin the entire time. Information

tables will be in the Ferguson Center until Friday, at which time students can purchase shoe prints for $1 each to honor someone they know who has diabetes. The prints will be placed on a large bulletin board. For more information, contact Amber Foster

Last Thursday, despite poor weather, Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta and Chi Omega hosted their annual Crawfish boil on at the Beta house. The event raised over $2000 to benefit the SGA’s Bama Blitz initiative for Habitat for Humanity. Over 700 lbs of Crawfish, along with corn and sausage were served to raise money to rebuild homes that were destroyed in the April 27th

tornado. “Despite the inadequate weather for a crawfish boil, we had a great crowd and I was very pleased with the turnout,” said Tyler Mattox, Beta Theta Pi’s Philanthropy chair. “We wanted to do our part in helping tornado victims and were able to do that while having fun at the same time. We are very appreciative of everyone who came out to help raise money to rebuild Tuscaloosa.”

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@EmmanuelStewart: “Yeah, Hunger Games was pretty darn good. #hungergames”

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@bsb1945: “Something about going to see this big movie release is making me hungry. #HungerGames”

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{ YOUR VIEW } (WEB COMMENTS) In response to: “Affirmative Action no longer an excuse: diversity comes from socioeconomic status, not race” “I donʼt see how being poor makes somebody a better candidate for college. Nor do I see how being black, brown, yellow or red makes one more qualified … The point is to ʻlevel the playing fieldʼ for people that would not otherwise have the same opportunities as somebody born into a privileged family.” — Jeb

“He never said that one socio-economic class was ʻbetterʼ than the other, but simply a guideline for admissions instead of race.” — Jordan Caiola

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An open letter to Rick Santorum: For the love of Reagan, go away

Dear Mr. Santorum,



As you approach the final days of your campaign to set American culture back several decades, I can only express my absolute gratitude, joy and relief that you will soon have your time to fade into the reams of our history books. I’ll admit, when you launched your campaign in June of last year, I didn’t give you much of a chance past the first few primaries of 2012. Given your arcane views on numerous major issues, I assumed you would be considered a fringe candidate with no real shot of clinching the Republican nomination. For a while, I was right. Your performance in Iowa shocked the country — apparently grassroots campaigning and old-fashioned hand shaking still work in the digital age — and your ability to win über-conservative states based mainly on social issues is to be commended. However, as a young Republican worried about the future of our nation under another Obama presidency, your meaningless publicity stunts and unnecessarily harsh and hateful rhetoric could not go away any faster. You are the epitome of all that is wrong with today’s Republican Party. You’ve

championed draconian values that cater to a limited number of party members while alienating the overwhelming number of center-right and independent voters looking for an alternative to Obama. You’ve said contraceptives pose a danger to our country, compared homosexuals to child rapists and suggested that women should have no say in reproductive choices, even when it involves rape. With those sort of heartless, callous statements, you’ve shown that you don’t display any sort of the compassion you preach; you don’t set an awe-inspiring, presidential example to the American people. For all intents and purposes, you’re a right-wing extremist appealing to a small, but notoriously loud, base of

supporters. The conservative that even most conservatives are embarrassed to be around. You’re like the crazy uncle that everyone avoids at the family reunion. Your track record on how to handle international affairs and crises is simply unsustainable. Saying that you would bomb Iran is an easy thing for a presidential candidate to say to get a roar of applause, but unless you’re in the daily presidential briefings and meeting regularly with national security advisers, your opinion is meaningless. Not to mention, campaigning on promises to bomb another nation sounds like a presidential platform idea from a third-world nation, not from the global powerhouse of military and economic capability. On the campaign trail, you started the mildly amusing game among the GOP candidates to be the “most conservative,” and have not missed out on an opportunity to slam Gov. Mitt Romney as unprepared and unfit to face Obama in the general election. In reality, Romney appeals to many voters because he isn’t as polarizing and has an ability to rally both conservatives and independents. Sure, he’s made some mistakes and gaffes, but compared

to some of your statements, he almost looks angelic. You campaign on the platform of small government and want to drive down outrageous Washington spending, but while you served as a senator, you added trillions of dollars to the nation’s debt by voting to increase the debt limit five times. The size of the federal government also grew by 80 percent during your tenure in the Senate, and you brought over $1 billion in earmarked spending to Pennsylvania. Clearly, your idea of a fiscal conservative is different than that of most Americans. Now that clinching the nomination is mathematically impossible for you, many Republicans would ask that you not attempt to divide our party any further. In your quest to eliminate Romney, you lost sight of your real competitor this year: Barack Obama. For the best interest of the party, it is imperative that we rally behind one candidate and that you leave as soon as humanly possible. Meanwhile, I’ll still chuckle every time I Google your last name.

Austin Gaddis is a junior majoring in communication studies and public relations. His column runs on Thursdays.

More pedestrian-friendly campus would help prevent accidents On Tuesday, when Twitter blew up about a University of Alabama student getting hit by a car, the immediate reaction was worry and compassion. But eventually, as the story spread, I witnessed unsurprised expressions. Just another student hit by a car? I heard countless personal anecdotes about a friend or a friend of a friend who had been hit (or nearly hit) by a car or bus. Naturally, my sentiments go out to both skateboarder and driver. Car accidents of any sort are a traumatizing event. But nonetheless, on-campus car accidents, especially those involving pedestrians, are easily avoidable. But before you shake your head, I’m not pointing fingers at pedestrian or driver. Car accidents are inevitable, especially with college students driving; my area of focus is not on them, but rather on our campus. The street circling the quad is cut off from non-University-operated traffic on three-fourths of its sides. But it’s the last side, University Boulevard, where my walk to class becomes the most

time-consuming and dangerous. Areas on Hackberry Lane near Lakeside and Burke, as well as streets that pass Mallet and the Ferguson Center, are unnecessarily stuffy. Pedestrians face a risk, yet at the same time, drivers must take into account the flow of human traffic as they go to and from class. But, if you think about it, our campus is maybe two miles wide. I’ll even give you 2.5 if you are trekking to Shelby. And most students’ starting points are in parking lots closest to their major buildings, making their walk even shorter. Each parking

lot is reachable by roads that run along the outside border of campus (the Ferg parking lot and Paty are somewhat of an exception, but those cars, belonging to residents of nearby dorms, stay there until the student needs to go off-campus). I’m having trouble understanding the need for cars through our Quad, in front of Tutwiler, past Morgan Hall or next to the sight of our most recent accident, Alston Hall. Limiting these roads to specific traffic would then force students to travel around the University, rather than through the University. Students would undoubtedly be safer. But closing these roads has even more benefits than student safety; it would also improve our ailing transportation system. When buses are forced to weave in and out of traffic infused with students, tourists and faculty, they are going to be inconsistently slowed down. If campus were instead completely closed off from all outside traffic, and only Universityoperated transportation was permitted to drive, the stops would be smoother and

more formulaic. But wait, it even goes full-circle: a more efficient transportation system would then lead to more people using the buses. Which would lead to fewer people feeling the need to drive through campus, limiting traffic and increasing safety. It seems like a simple concept and is definitely manageable. So, what is preventing something like this from happening? I don’t want to use the “L” word, but I am: Don’t be lazy. Walk to class, walk to the Ferg, walk to your dorm. And yes, it may be annoying to drive around the campus rather than through the campus, but through personal experience, I’ve learned it’s actually quicker because you’re avoiding pedestrians. The University should now be proactive. I don’t know their current stance or the potential of creating a walking campus, but I what do know is that there is one more student in the hospital.

SoRelle Wyckoff is the opinions editor of The Crimson White.

KONY 2012: Did it create slacktivists or newfound activists? EDITORIAL BOARD Victor Luckerson Editor Jonathan Reed Managing Editor Will Tucker Assistant Managing Editor SoRelle Wyckoff Opinions Editor John Davis Chief Copy Editor Drew Hoover Photo Editor Sarah Massey Magazine Art Director

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By Samantha Romo On March 5, 2012, Invisible Children, a California-based nonprofit organization, released the most viral video in Internet history. The video, titled “KONY 2012,” had more than 80 million hits within five days of its release and has only continued to create a nationwide craze. With a tagline stating its mission to “make Joseph Kony famous,” the movement proposes the idea that we can utilize media outlets, such as Facebook, to spread the video to a large number of people, for the greater good. This video, which features co-founder Jason Russell, was created to promote the awareness of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group that has operated out of central Africa for several decades, but more importantly, its leader and war criminal, Joseph Kony. Using personal footage and interviews from Russell’s multiple visits to Uganda, it highlights the atrocities committed by the LRA, such as kidnapping children, arming them, forcing them to fight and even forcing them to kill their own parents. Their goal is to capture Kony by the end of this year, and the producers invite viewers to join the movement by purchasing a $30 KONY 2012 “action kit.” The kit includes posters, stickers and bracelets, which feature the KONY 2012 campaign

logo, the hallmarked red and blue Kony face. Ideally, participants spread awareness by covering the streets and using their kits on April 20, 2012, in efforts to make Kony’s publicity and chances of being captured even greater. Since the video went viral, the KONY 2012 campaign has gained a vast amount of notoriety for its unique approach to activism. It has also, however, gained a vast amount of scrutiny and skepticism. Invisible Children, the charity behind KONY 2012, has been highly criticized on its financial integrity and has been slammed with accusations implying their over-simplification of the human rights issue, along with a “white man’s burden” undertone. Critics have gone so far as labeling the charity’s supporters as “slacktivists,” taking minimal measures to show support of social causes and having little or no practical effect on the underlying issue. The video, undoubtedly well intentioned, has raised awareness across the nation. It is no secret that there is a big difference between volunteering in a war zone and volunteering locally or posting online to promote awareness about a war zone. However, that should not undermine the fact that this campaign has created a stepping-stone in the world of media activism and created a craze

of international consciousness in rapid numbers. With media outlets seeping into our schools, homes and everyday lives, what better way to educate people than to pinpoint our favorite entertainment gadgets? The important question that still lingers in many of these critics’ minds, however, is whether or not this newfound enlightenment actually can make a difference. Ben Keesey, CEO of the Invisible Children charity, responded to criticisms of the video, explaining that the group’s main focus was to share the story of Joseph Kony and spread awareness through creative and compelling films. “Once people care, once they see the movie and they start to care, we ask them to get involved,” Keesey said. All around the world and even here on our campus, the “Kony craze” continues to grow as more support groups are formed every day to stop Kony and the LRA. Even if these efforts may seem “slacking,” or small to some, in the big scheme of things, isn’t doing something better than doing nothing? The vicious media hype that has surrounded the video, whether portraying it in a positive or negative light, has only acted as a catalyst in surfacing the intrigue of millions and doing its job in creating overnight fame for Joseph Kony.

As viewer numbers continue to rise, critics who say this movement will have little or no effect on the issue at hand have already been proven wrong. There have been copious amounts of time and energy exhibited into picking apart the organization’s efforts and steering people away from supporting it. Imagine the alternative impact that could be made if that energy was better spent on improving or aiding the movement. Although Joseph Kony may be running free, this groundbreaking film has gone above and beyond in its purpose of raising awareness among the masses and creating a new foundation of activism for generations to come that will be impossible to forget. And by the end of this year, we will know whether the efforts put forth have been successful in bringing justice and capturing Joseph Kony. Regardless of whether this mission is promptly successful, knowledge is power. With the tens of millions of people who have already become educated on the crisis at hand, the possibility of positive change only continues to grow as we move forward in our efforts to work together, spreading awareness, keeping the world informed and utilizing the developing resources around us to do so.

Samantha Romo is a sophomore majoring in journalism. Her column runs bi-weekly.

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“It’s a good way for me to get away from the stress of my classes,” she said. Although last night was Leopard’s last time serving as the director of the event, he said that Xpress Night was designed to be a sustainable event. He expects it to be a part of UA for years to come.

FOOD FROM PAGE 1 “At the most basic level, hunger results from a lack of economic resources,” Scott said. “The median household income in Alabama is $42,081, versus $51,914 nationally. That is not enough for most families to have a level of economic security, and it results in poor nutrition.” Scott said the Alabama Poverty Project strives to equip higher education institutions and faith communities with data, professional education and other resources to address and improve the structural problems with poverty and hunger. In Tuscaloosa, Homegrown Alabama, a UA student-led initiative, provides education of and access to healthy food options for the region. Beginning on April 12, the group will host its annual farmer’s market at Canterbury Episcopal Church, which is



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Forensics Council brings public speaking to stage By Dontavius Wade Contributing Writer Students waited in anticipation outside the Ferguson Theatre Wednesday for the Forensics Council to present its first Alabama National Showcase. Amy Blackwell, a junior majoring in political science, was among those students. Blackwell was there to see the production to gain class credit, but she said she hoped it would be as interesting as her professor said it would be. “I really do not like to sit in on speech productions, but my professor said that everyone would enjoy the show, so I’m excited to see what is in store,” Blackwell said. She also said this was her first speech production that she’d been to, so she did not know what to expect. The team, which has been ranked in the top 10 since 2003, boasts unprecedented success. From a studies standpoint, the competitors are very diverse. Competitors major in everything from biology to public relations. Robert Imboduy, director of forensics, said he had high hopes for the event and that the students would enjoy the production. “Our main purpose is to show off the forensics students,” Imboduy said. “We really just want to showcase their skills and talents and public

speaking. They are all very talented.” Imboduy said he also wanted everyone to learn that public speaking can also be enjoyable. The program consisted of seven competitors, each with different showcases. The showcases ranged from persuasive speaking to dramatic interpretation. Taylor McDonald, a sophomore majoring in communicative studies, performed the last showcase. After the show, Rebecca Lawson, a freshman majoring in public relations, commented on the production and its quality. “It was amazing. Everyone was so enthusiastic and on point,” Lawson said. “Julia Ovienyk’s performance was my favorite.” She also said she was interested in joining next year. Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, one of the competitors who showcased prose interpretation, said his friend Austin, who was a coach at the time, first introduced him to the program. Fitzpatrick said he most enjoyed that everyone on the team was very close, just like a family, and that though they compete against each other, they all support one another because they all enjoy what they do. The team will head to Texas next week for a competition.

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Skateboarding into danger Senate conďŹ rms new member for trustees By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

Will Taylor does not look both ways before crossing the street. Taylor, a senior majoring in journalism, rides a skateboard on campus streets. He skates from his house on Reed Street to Reese Phifer Hall on weekdays, sometimes rolling into the middle of the road as he weaves between cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be doing that now,â&#x20AC;? he said when told about the collision outside of ten Hoor on Monday. Taylor knows of two friends who have been hit by cars while riding bikes on campus. Last semester, while eating at Swen Chinese Restaurant, he said he looked up from his plate to see a female student lying in the road. A car hit her, as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think, unfortunately, that it frequently occurs,â&#x20AC;? he said of cars hitting student pedestrians on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess it boils down to preoccupied driving and stress.â&#x20AC;? Taylor prefers to skateboard on the street rather than the sidewalk because of the smooth sur-

face of asphalt. He said he rides only on University Boulevard, though, because campus streets and sidewalks are too crowded and noisy for a smooth ride. According to Chris Bryant, a spokesman for the University, when Taylor, or any student, is on a skateboard, state law understands Taylor to be a pedestrian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skateboarders are considered pedestrians primarily because they are in the street on something other than a defined vehicle,â&#x20AC;? Bryant said in an emailed statement. Bryant added that the University dislikes the use of skateboards because of the increased likelihood of collisions occurring between skateboarders and vehicles, such as Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skateboards are not apparently specifically prohibited in UA policy, but their usage is frowned upon, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m told, because of the increased potential for the type of accident that occurred today,â&#x20AC;? he said. When asked where students ought to ride recreational transportation devices such as skateboards or bikes, Bryant said loca-

tion is less the point than responsible decision making. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an issue of where they can be ridden, but how carefully they should be ridden,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are walking or skateboarding within a pedestrian crosswalk, state law prohibits you from suddenly or carelessly darting into the street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And, when skateboards are used on campus for recreational trick-riding, this can result in property damage, including scrapes and gouges on sidewalks, handrails and curbs. Students who damage UA property as a result of their careless use of a skateboard could be issued a Student NonAcademic Misconduct citation.â&#x20AC;? The University does have bike lines set to the side of some campus streets, such as along University Boulevard and Hackberry Lane, but that geographic separation for bikes and vehicles does not mean bikes fall under different regulations in state law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bicycles are considered just like vehicles, and, when on the road, the rider should adhere to all of the same laws and considerations applicable to motor vehicles,â&#x20AC;? Bryant said.

WVUA chief meteorologist recalls working on April 27 By Mazie Bryant Staff Reporter The smells and sounds of April 27 still resonate with Richard Scott. As if the tornadoes ravaged the Southeast only yesterday, he can smell the stench of mud leftover from the passing rains, the sweet sap dripping from the mangled trees and the fusion of natural gas into the hazy air. He can still hear the jarring blend of sirens from police cars, ambulances, fire trucks and the emergency warning system that seemed to encircle him. Scott, the 25-year-old chief meteorologist at WVUA in Tuscaloosa, still has nightmares about the power of the atmosphere after the severe weather that swept across Alabama in late April. Only three months before, Scott had been promoted at WVUA to fill the esteemed position as chief meteorologist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After three months as chief meteorologist, I saw April 15, 2011 break the record for the most tornadoes ever in the state of Alabama in a 24-hour period,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then, April 27 came along and broke that record.â&#x20AC;? Although a natural disaster jolted the beginning of his career, Scott knew the experience was what he had been preparing for his whole life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a passion for weather as long as I can remember,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always enjoyed being outside, and I grew up watching the Weather Channel every day. There was nothing else I wanted to do.â&#x20AC;? In high school, Scott decided to pursue a career in weather. Upon graduation, he worked at WVUA as an intern in 2006 under previous chief meteorologist Wes Wyatt. He was certain of a future in meteorology after the internship.

Richard Scott A couple of years later, he packed his bags and left his hometown of Lindon, Ala. for Mississippi State University. He decided to put his strong love for Alabama football on hold for his love of meteorology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up an Alabama fan, but I love weather so much that football was not a problem,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew growing up what I wanted to do. My parents were all for it.â&#x20AC;? During college, he joined several meteorological societies and became the first winner of the National Weather Association B r o a d c a st Meteorology Scholarship. He graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in geosciences and a concentration in broadcast meteorology. After graduation, Scott reconnected with WVUA in his short stint as the full-time weekend meteorologist and weekday producer in 2010. Six months later, he was offered the position of chief meteorologist. He assumed the role with ease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting to work with someone who is enthusiastic about weather,â&#x20AC;? said Daniel Sparkman, the weekend meteorologist at WVUA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of friends who talk

about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on in the world, we are the friends who talk about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on with the weather. He is always a good source to turn to because he is so knowledgeable about the weather.â&#x20AC;? However, no experience or knowledge could prepare Scott for the severe weather of April 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I, without a doubt, knew that the storm was coming, but there was nothing to stop it,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. Scott used his television airtime, radio broadcasts and social media to warn civilians of the potentially life-threatening storm. After the power went out during the storm, Scott watched the tornado pass outside of the WVUA offices, but he was overcome with a fear that his house and his roommate were hurt from the storm. He rushed home, still clad in a suit and microphone, to find that the house was severely damaged. His roommate had survived. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My experience during the tornado was terrifying,. to say the least,â&#x20AC;? said Jonathon Newman, Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roommate and WVUA director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just started praying to God to somehow let me live through it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to admit I was very happy to see [Richard] come around the corner of our neighborhood after the tornado hit. I could tell he was relieved to see me standing in our front yard when he arrived. He really is a good roommate.â&#x20AC;? Following the storm, Scott continued to serve the Tuscaloosa community by reporting on updates in weather movements and teaching others of the safety precautions to take during severe weather. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a true blessing to be okay after that storm,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loss is hard, but you have to work with it. The storms of April 27 not only changed my career, but also changed my life.â&#x20AC;?

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Health Care Management Award, Afro American Association Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Senior Awards and Black Law Student Association Last week, the Alabama Senate Outstanding Service Award. approved two members of the Alabama After UA, Leonard received an MBA Board of Trustees. Incumbent trust- from the University of Mississippi. ee Vanessa Leonard and newcomer She is now a practicing attorney in Kenneth Luckie Vandervoort were con- Rockford, Ala. Her work focuses on firmed by a vote of 28-0 and 30-0, respec- â&#x20AC;&#x153;probate, property and juvenile mattively. Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term will end in 2017, ters,â&#x20AC;? according to the Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. and Vandervoortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will end in 2018. State Democratic Senator Rodger Vandervoort was elected to the board Smitherman expressed some concerns in February of this year over the amount of minorand is a 1978 graduate of ities and women on the the University of Alabama. various boards of state The Board of Trustees is He was an active student universities, especially very proud with our record at the Capstone, a memthat of Auburn University. of diversity, both in race ber of Phi Beta Kappa, During the same sesand by gender. There is a Omicron Delta Kappa, sion that confirmed commitment to diversity Mortar Board and the Va n d e r vo o r t and prestigious Anderson that will continue in the Leonard, the senate conSociety. firmed three Auburn years to come. He graduated magna trustees. cum laude with a bachelor All three were male â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kellee Reinhart of science, then attended and also white. the University of Alabama The Auburn board of at Birmingham School of Medicine, trustees consists of 12 members, only where he left with an M.D. in 1982. one of whom is not white. Vandervoort has been a partner with â&#x20AC;&#x153;We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be here in 2012 dealAnniston Orthopedic Associates since ing with this,â&#x20AC;? Smitherman said. 1987 and received his board certification â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sensitivity shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be done here. from the American Board of Orthopedic It should be done by the appointing Surgery in 1989. authorities.â&#x20AC;? The Board of Trustees is comprised Reinhart did not believe that of fifteen elected members and two ex- Smithermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments were directed officio members, the governor and the to the Alabama system. state superintendent of education. Of â&#x20AC;&#x153;In his remarks, and I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the the elected members, 11 are men and room; the issue of diversity did come up, four are women. and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my understanding that Rodger â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of the 15 elected, we have three Smitherman actually complemented the African Americans and four females,â&#x20AC;? University of Alabama board,â&#x20AC;? she said. Kellee Reinhart, vice chancellor for sys- â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think those comments were directed tem relations, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, we feel like, in at other institutions.â&#x20AC;? comparison, we are doing a good job in Smitherman represents the that regard.â&#x20AC;? Birmingham area in the senate and is Leonard, who was redistricted and also black. therefore needed Senate approval â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Board of Trustees is very proud again, went to UA for undergrad and law with our record of diversity, both in race school. While at UA, she was a member and by gender. There is a commitment of the Anderson Society and won many to diversity that will continue in the awards, including the Outstanding years to come,â&#x20AC;? Reinhart said.


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sleep Outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shows students struggles of homelessness QUAD FROM PAGE 1 Some students, such as Beth Barnes, a secondary education social science major, were drawn to the event because of their love for TOMS shoes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The TOMS Walk Without Shoes at Midnight, as well as the documentary we are seeing tonight, really interested me because I am a big advocate for TOMS shoes and what they are trying to do,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. Many students came to the event to fulfill volunteer hours or other community service work. Sebastian Pasara, a junior majoring in criminal justice, said he came because he had never done anything like this before and it was a good way for him to earn 10 service hours for Alpha Epsilon Delta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve slept outside before, so that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

Program demonstrates importance of free speech SPJ FROM PAGE 1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really sad,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad


really the challenge here, but I think homelessness is something you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear about enough, and this was a good way to see it firsthand,â&#x20AC;? Pasara said. Freshman Chandler Moore said she believes sleeping through the night on the Quad may be her biggest challenge in doing this event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring a sleeping bag and brought a towel may be difficult, but in reality, homeless people wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have a sleeping bag,â&#x20AC;? Moore said. Charlotte Brown, director of hunger and homelessness awareness at the Community Service Center, said the biggest challenge is keeping strong numbers until the morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a larger turnout than in the past. We had close to 200 people register online on SLPro,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that UA students will come away from this event with a greater awareness and feel compelled to serve those that need help in the community. In one night, they will have experienced something similar to what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like for some people every night.â&#x20AC;?

somebody put on an event like this.â&#x20AC;? The First Amendment Free Food Festival is a nationwide event held on more than 20 campuses, but this was the first time on UAs campus. The goal of the event was to get students to stop and think about how valuable First Amendment rights truly are.





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Easter egg hunt encourages positive greek image By Helen Buckley Contributing Writer Children of all ages are invited to the annual Panhellenic Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday at 2 p.m. on the lawn of the President’s Mansion. The University of Alabama and the Alabama Panhellenic Association collaborated on the event as a way for greeks to give back to the Tuscaloosa community.

Each Panhellenic sorority is asked to bring in candy-filled eggs, and Panhellenic delegates We are constantly striving to and junior delegates, as well as strengthen our wonderful Panhellenic Executive Council relationship with the members, hide eggs and run Tuscaloosa community. the event. This year, the InterFraternity Council will also be in — Olivia Hanceri, director of attendance and is helping to host public relations for the Alabama the event. Panhellenic Association There is no set age limit for children looking to participate. The Easter Bunny will make an will be available for pictures. appearance during the hunt and Bama Dining will cater

refreshments for those in attendance, and face painting and other outdoor activities will also be available. All members of the Tuscaloosa community are invited to participate in this event. Olivia Hanceri, director of public relations for the Alabama Panhellenic Association, said she encourages student and community participation in the event in order to represent greek life positively to the members of

the Tuscaloosa community. “We are constantly striving to strengthen our wonderful relationship with the Tuscaloosa community,” Hanceri said. “Many residents are alumni and volunteers who unwaveringly support to our greek community. We can’t begin to thank them enough for all that they do, but we hope that they enjoy the day we will be sharing with them.” This event looks to showcase UA’s respect for the Tuscaloosa

community and attempts to foster a spirit of community between UA students and those living in the Tuscaloosa community. “We just want to provide students with an opportunity to serve our community and create good relations in a fun atmosphere,” said Katie Jackson, secretary and treasurer of Alabama Panhellenic. The event will last until each egg is found.

Professor called to D.C. for community college expertise By Jordan Cissell Staff Reporter Stephen Katsinas, director of the Education Policy Center and professor of higher education administration, visited Washington, D.C. in early March to discuss the importance of rural community colleges and Pell Grant funding’s crucial role in the 3.3 million students’ enrollment in these institutions. The White House domestic policy issues staff invited the Rural Community College Alliance to present information on community colleges’ significance, and the agency in turn asked Katsinas to speak on studies the Education Policy Center recently conducted in conjunction with researchers from Iowa State and Mississippi State Universities, among others. During his three days in Washington, Katsinas spoke to the domestic policies issues staff; staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the Department of Agriculture. “The Obama administration is clearly interested in using rural community colleges as critical intermediaries to lift up

rural America,” Katsinas said. Katsinas believes rural community colleges are critical to the economic and social development of place-based regional innovation, in Alabama and the rest of the nation. “Rural community colleges serve more first-time, full-time students than their urban and suburban counterparts,” he said. “They are tools of social uplift and economic development.” “The role of community colleges is vital in rural America,” said Randy Smith, RCCA president. “In many cases, rural institutions are the only access rural students have to higher education.” According to one of the Education Policy Center studies prepared for D.C. officials, the nation’s 553 rural institutions constitute 38 percent of all community college enrollments. They award 43 percent of associate’s degrees, including more diplomas in science, technology and engineering than urban and suburban community colleges. Despite their importance to the local, state and national development, state funding for community colleges has been significantly reduced in recent years. State budget cuts in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2011 have forced


Stephen Katsinas visited D.C. to discuss the importance of rural community colleges with White House. tuition prices up while pushing student assistance down. Katsinas said this price dynamic makes it difficult to predict cost of attendance for two to four years of college education. “That really makes it hard on the low income families to plan, when the target is moving,” he said.

These decreases in state funding have created the need for Pell Grants to pick up the slack. “In states like Alabama that have limited state funding for higher education,” Katsinas said, “the Pell Grant program is in effect the de facto state student aid program, so therefore,

how Pell goes has a lot to do with how opportunities for lowincome students are extended in our state.” The UA studies show how increases in federal Pell funding since 2007, after two decades of stagnation, have expanded opportunities, especially in rural community colleges. The February state-wide study of Kansas shows that between fall 2008 and fall 2010, Pell spending awards for Kansas community colleges grew from $20.5 to $40.4 million, increasing Kansas’ community college head count by 12 percent and full-time equivalent enrollment by 16 percent. With increased Pell funding, as Katsinas puts it, “by definition more students are taking more credit hours.” According to Smith, no one has put in more hours of research on the subject than Katsinas — his nationally recognized expertise is the reason Smith asked Katsinas to lead the White House presentations. “Dr. Katsinas has been the preeminent researcher for rural community colleges for years,” Smith said. “We’re really grateful for the amount of research he has put in — more than any other person.” Smith said higher education researchers largely overlook community colleges, especially

those in rural communities. For Katsinas, though, study of the institutions is a passion, one that has rubbed off on those around him. “This isn’t even something in my major,” said Rebecca Midkiff, a senior majoring in civil engineering and student assistant in the Education Policy Center, who helped conduct the study. “But through all my work in these research studies, I really see that this is an important issue.” Katsinas first began his study of community college issues between 1985 and 1987, during his initial stint of professorship at the University. During this time, he visited every community college in the state and was inspired by the defining characteristics he found, both the positive and the negative. “When I made the visits in the mid-80s, every single one of the 20 technical colleges had a program in textiles that was training women for careers as seamstresses in a textile industry that no longer existed,” he said. “Many of these students were taking out loans. Something got in the craw of my stomach, and it’s been there ever since. Those programs no longer exist in the system, and it’s much stronger now than in my first stint here.”



Tide faces former coach at Mississippi State

By Morgan Upton Sports Reporter @Morgan_U

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The No. 2 Alabama softball team will face former pitching coach Vann Stuedeman in Starkville for a three-game series against Mississippi State this weekend. For 11 years, Stuedeman served as pitching coach at Alabama. She developed six All-American pitchers, most recently Kelsi Dunne and Jackie Traina from the 2011 season. Head coach Patrick Murphy said coaching against Stuedeman wouldn’t be easy at first. “The first couple times are rough,” Murphy said. “Once the first time happens, then it becomes another opponent really. I think that’s the same thing for her. It’ll be difficult at first, then after that, it’ll be [Mississippi] State versus Alabama.” The Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2008 at 18-15 overall and 3-10 in Southeastern Conference play, including a 5-3 win against then-No. 7 Georgia. Georgia was the highest-ranked opponent a Mississippi State softball team has ever defeated.

IF YOU GO ... • What: Three-game series vs. Mississippi State • Where: Starkville, Miss. • When: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Freshman Jadyn Spencer slides into third base earlier this season State’s pitching staff has already seen improvement under Stuedeman. Bulldog pitchers have thrown 14 complete games in the 2012 season. State has also lowered its ERA to 2.48, significantly lower than the 4.90 it posted last season. Murphy had high praise for Stuedeman’s coaching performance in her first year.

“They got beat at Florida 1-0,” Murphy said. “They played them really tough. We’re happy for her. She was here 11 years with us, and I know she took a lot with her.” Murphy showed no concern over whether Stuedeman had an advantage in understanding the Alabama pitchers. He said first year coach Stephanie

FRIDAY • Women’s Tennis vs South Carolina: 3 p.m. • Men’s Tennis vs South Carolina: 4 p.m. @ Columbia, S.C. • Baseball vs Tennessee: 5 p.m. @ Tennessee • Softball vs Mississippi State: 7 p.m. @ Starkville, Miss.

SATURDAY • Men’s track and field vs Ole Miss: TBA @ Ole Miss •Softball vs Mississippi State: 1 p.m. @ Mississippi

SUNDAY • Women’s Rowing: All day, San Diego Crew Classic

VanBrakle has done enough to tweak the Tide pitching staff. “They’ve learned stuff from [VanBrakle] too this year,” he said. “They’re a little bit different in that respect.” The Bulldogs are led by left-handed pitcher Stephanie Becker. Becker has a 10-7 record, with eight complete games and an ERA of 1.98 with

94 strikeouts. The Tide’s own pitching staff took a hit when junior pitcher Lauren Sewell underwent knee surgery Tuesday. Sewell was injured in last Friday’s game against DePaul and will be out for the remainder of the season. Sewell was 2-0 on the year, starting five games and appearing in seven. She had an ERA of 1.75 and hadn’t given up a home run this season. After missing the doubleheader at Auburn, Jazlyn Lunceford should be available for the Tide in the weekend series. Lunceford collided with Longwood’s catcher trying to reach home plate in last Sunday’s game. Lunceford stayed down for a few minutes before walking off the field. She was held out as a precautionary measure.


Tide looks to rebound against Gamecocks, Gators By Billy Whyte Contributing Writer The Alabama men’s tennis team will travel to Columbia, S.C., tomorrow to take on the No. 40 South Carolina Gamecocks. Alabama will resume play Sunday when it travels to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the No. 11 Florida Gators. The Tide (6-10, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) is coming off a 4-1 loss to No. 9 Kentucky Sunday. The team uncharacteristically fell behind initially, losing the doubles point for the first time in four matches. Head coach Billy Pate said it is important to continue winning the doubles point this weekend so they can avoid having to dig themselves out of an early hole. “Losing that doubles point really hurt us because we have been winning doubles points a lot, and that put us in a hole,” Pate said. “We need to continue our success in doubles. It’s going to be essential because it gets you that 1-0 lead, and I would like to see us consolidating the leads we earn, manage that

IF YOU GO ... • What: Men’s Tennis vs. South Carolina • Where: Columbia, S.C. • When: Friday at 4 p.m. momentum and build off it.” It will be important for the Tide to rebound this weekend if it wants to have a shot at making the NCAAs. Pate said it’s crucial to come out strong against South Carolina so the team can carry some momentum into the Florida match Sunday. “It starts Friday with South Carolina, and I don’t want to say it’s a must-win, but it’s a real important win if we are still going to achieve our goal of making the NCAA [tournament] and marching on through that,” Pate said. “And we need the confidence coming out of that match, win or lose, to play Florida. If we are successful Friday, it will certainly help our chances on Sunday.”

With the team struggling in SEC play, senior Ricky Doverspike has been a bright spot for the team, winning three of the last four matches in singles and doubles, where he is partnered with junior Jarryd Botha. Doverspike said the game experience and practice with Botha will continue to help them progress as a team. “We have been getting better every match, and we are definitely just getting more comfortable playing with each other,” Doverspike said. “We are just going to keep getting better as we continue playing throughout the season.” Doverspike said it will be important to get a win this weekend in order for the team to gain confidence moving forward. “We have to get a win,” Doverspike said. “I would love a win against South Carolina. We have never lost to them since I’ve been here, and I would love to go 4-0 against them in my career as an Alabama tennis player. But we need to pick up a win this weekend and use that as confidence to build us into next week.”

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Gaspard sticks with same rotation against Vols By Brett Hudson Senior Sports Reporter @Brett_Hudson Alabama baseball has been a revolving door all season long. Head coach Mitch Gaspard changed his lineup and pitching rotation repeatedly, never using both the same rotation and lineup for all three games in two consecutive weekends. Now, it looks like Gaspard may be slowing things down a bit in his starting rotation, heading into a three-game series on the road against the rival Tennessee Volunteers. Gaspard said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stick with the same weekend pitching

rotation he did last weekend against Ole Miss, a move that did not surprise some team members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming into the season, that was kind of a question mark,â&#x20AC;? third baseman Brett Booth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lately, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given everything they had. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for much better than what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done.â&#x20AC;? Junior Charley Sullivan will be the Friday night starter. In Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friday night start last weekend, he pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and four earned runs, earning a no decision. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start belongs to freshman Justin Kamplain, who held the Rebels in six of his seven

innings on the mound and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offensively, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue carries a 2.54 ERA into the to juggle until we find someTennessee series. thing that we feel like can The Sunday start will find some offense for us and remain in the hands of Jon puts some runs on the board,â&#x20AC;? Keller, who Gaspard said. pitched a seaAlthough son-high 6.2 changes will Lately, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given everyinnings against likely be made, Ole Miss and Gaspard is not thing they had. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask was able to going to do anyfor much better than what lower his ERA thing drastic. theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done. from 3.38 to 3.18 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got in the start. our core of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brett Booth Although the about 12 or 14 pitching staff is players that set for the weekhave been in end, the batting order, and and out, and we kind of give even decisions on who will them that two- or three-game play and who will not, is far run to spark us a little bit,â&#x20AC;? from completed. Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you look


at the lineup right now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not one or two guys struggling, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven to eight guys that are all struggling and have been struggling at the same period of time for a long time.â&#x20AC;? Finding the right combination is key for Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances of beating the Volunteers this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an improved team from last year,â&#x20AC;? Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a new coach in Dave Serrano, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really brought some energy into the program.â&#x20AC;? Gaspard continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the same players, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to play a different style. They kind of have that West Coast flair, a lot more running

and bunting, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really good at it.â&#x20AC;? The Crimson Tide will be thrown in the fire early in this series, facing the reigning Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week to open the series. Zack Godley earned the accolade after handing the Kentucky Wildcats their first loss in an eight-inning, threehit and four-strikeout effort last weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday night really sets the tone for the rest of the weekend,â&#x20AC;? Booth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the mound or offensively, if we can get a good start and get a big win Friday night, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely build some momentum for us.â&#x20AC;?

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Tide prepares for tough opponents over weekend By Chris Moran Contributing Writer

thoughts. “You can’t overlook any opponent,” Macfarlane said. “Everyone is ready The No. 15 Crimson Tide wom- to play everyone, especially in the en’s tennis team faces what could SEC. You just have to keep that in be the most grueling part of their mind and take it one match at a time, schedule this weekend. They will one point at a time. They are such face the South Carolina Gamecocks good fighters. Everyone on their team and No. 2 Florida Gators on is a really good competitor.” Friday and Sunday, respectively. After the Tide plays the Gamecocks, Head coach Jenny it will next face the team Mainz said the that they have had cirGamecocks present a cled on their calendars You can’t overlook any opchallenge for her team. all year: the Florida ponent. Everyone is ready “They fight hard,” Gators. Both teams will Mainz said. “We to play everyone, especially enter the matchup undealways have good feated in Southeastern in the SEC. matches against South Conference play. Carolina. I remember “Something that — Mary Anne Macfarlane looking at them last I really respect about year during the match them so much is that and thinking, ‘This they’re so disciplined,” team is relentless. Like, they won’t go Mainz said. “They’re not just raw away.’ That’s their biggest strength: talent. They don’t give you any free They fight hard.” points. You can’t take a single point Mainz also said they have talent off against those guys.” throughout their lineup and her team With having such a disciplined and can’t look past them in preparation talented team coming to Tuscaloosa for the Gators. Sophomore Mary this weekend, Mainz said she can’t Anne Macfarlane echoed her coach’s rely on just a few players to get the

team through the match. “Against a team like [Florida], everybody’s got to show up,” Mainz said. “One of the keys to this match will be the doubles point. We need that.” Still, Mainz said her players are well aware of how good the Gators are, and they are confident in their ability to have a good showing. Mainz also said that the Gators are beatable. “As long as we’re taking care of the things on our end on not just every point but every ball, then we will be fine,” Mainz said. “We need to let them know that we are here to play.”

IF YOU GO ... • What: Women’s tennis • Where: Tennis facility • When: South Carolina, Friday, 3 p.m. Florida, Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Sophomore Mary Anne Macfarlane and Junior Antonia Foeshse took on Ole Miss in doubles on Sunday Afternoon.


Team overcomes loss by playing ‘one shot at a time’

By Mary Grace Showfety Contributing Writer

The No. 2 Alabama women’s golf team plays its final tournament of the regular season in Athens, Ga. this weekend. Having come up just short in their last tournament, the Crimson Tide is determined to finish the season on a positive note. The Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, hosted by the No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs, catches the Crimson Tide at an opportune time, senior Brooke Pancake said. “I expect us to do really well,” Pancake said. “We just got out of a tournament, and it wasn’t our best. It was a bit sloppy, and we lost by one. So,

we’re definitely in the position of being really hungry and definitely want to be back on a winning streak. But also, I expect us to keep getting better. I think that we’re in a great position because we’re peaking going into the postseason.” Though the coming weeks will be the last time Pancake will play for the Crimson Tide, she will not be disappearing from the golf scene any time soon. She will represent the United States as a member of the 2012 Curtis Cup team in June, where she will compete against her current teammate, Stephanie Meadow, who has been selected to represent the team from Great Britain and Ireland.

Curtis Cup selection is not play one shot at a time, we’re Meadow’s only honor. Earlier going to come out with a great in March she was named SEC result.” Golfer of the Meadow, Week. along with Meadow prethe rest of the dicts this weekteam, is lookWe’re definitely in the posiend to be a good ing forward tion of being really hungry transition toward to the coming and definitely want to be the postseason, months of comback on a winning streak. which includes petition. But also, I expect us to keep Southeastern Head coach Conference Mic Potter getting better. Championships, said the key to — Brooke Pancake NCAA Regionals achieving sucand N CA A cess is taking Nationals. it each shot at “The course a time. is always in great shape,” “We’ve made it a point this Meadow said. “If you have a year to think of every tournagood short game there, you’re ment as a championship, and going to do well, so I think if in order to prepare ourselves, we all just go out there and not only for the postseason for

us, but also for these girls personally,” Potter said. Though the spring and summer offer a good bit of excitement, Potter does not want to look too far into the future. “I expect nothing different from what we always do, and that is the first tee shot is the most important, and after that, the next approach is important, as well,” Potter said. “We don’t really think a whole lot about scores and results. All we care about is getting each girl to perform up to her full capability. So, the closer we can get to that over this week, the better we’re going to be leading into the postseason.” Pancake and the rest of the squad hope to continue to

build on their success mentally and physically as they make their way to the end of the season. “Not only have we had extremely talented, great players, but there’s a lot of competition on the team, so it forces us to keep getting better,” Pancake said. “You have technically some of the best collegiate players just on this team, so we’re learning and getting better every single day in practice. I would say that the past four years, we’ve skimmed in under the radar a little bit. I think that it was more or less that we realized that we were a winning team and a team that other competitors should really take into account.”


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UA alumna could be the new Face of BCBG By Alexandra Ellsworth Senior Staff Reporter Sue Parker of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences loves any opportunity to brag about her students, and alumna Carlisha Hartzog Bagsby is no different. “I’m very excited, but I am not surprised,” Parker said. “Her success is because of her hard work, focus and passion. I am delighted and very proud of her.” Bagsby is in a contest to be considered for the Face of BCBG Max Azria Spring 2013 line. She is also the owner of her own consulting company in Mobile. Hartzog-Bagsby Consulting is a firm that offers fashion consulting and branding services to individuals and corporations. Although based in Mobile, the company works with clients nationally. Bagsby attributes much of her success to the instrumental role UA played in her life. “UA was the primary reason I was able to get the internship

I had in New York,” she said. “One of my professors made sure we all had great internships in great cities after we graduated. Without that, it would not have happened as easily.” Bagsby interned at the BCBG Max Azria corporate showroom in New York City in 2006, which further enhanced her branding and consulting skills and gave her the connections that produced an opportunity to be considered for the Face of BCBG. “I don’t think there is anyone else from the state of Alabama in the top 50,” Bagsby said. “This would be a great representation of our state and of our school.” Whenever a student does succeed, it is a testament to the program he or she is in, Parker said. She said that UA’s design program is very competitive with other schools. “You have to prepare yourself to excel,” she said. “Students who are driven to success will excel. When you work with students who do that, it is a joy. The fashion

industry is not easy. It is very competitive.” Parker described Bagsby as an outstanding student. “I enjoyed having her as a student,” Parker said. “She had a passion for her major and a willingness to work hard to accomplish her training.” Parker said she hoped that not only would students interested in the apparel design program find Bagsby’s success encouraging, but that students in other majors would, as well. “We want students to know that, yes, we excel at football, but we also excel in fashion design and in many other areas at the University of Alabama. We provide education and curriculum that helps them develop and be students who are competitive.” Although Bagsby is currently in the top 50, she will need at least 200 more votes to make it into the top 10. The 10 highest voted models will have their submissions judged to determine the people’s choice winner, who will be featured across BCBG Max

Azria’s social media channels and will receive BCBG merchandise to the value of $1,000. Lubov Azria, crea t ive director of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, along with Refinery29, will also select 10 women from around the U.S. to be flown to Los Angeles, photographed

by a renowned fashion photographer and featured on the brand’s social media channels online and in boutiques. To vote for Carlisha Bagsby, visit hartzogbagsbyconsulting. Scroll down to “Carlisha’s Submissions,” and click to pull up her profile on Talenthouse

with the option to vote. Voters must have a Facebook, Twitter, or Talent House account. “It is a real joy to see students become successful,” Parker said. “When they accomplish something, I am very happy I had a small part. I’m excited for [Carlisha]. Hey, it makes my day!”


Carlisha Bagsby is one of 50 models up for vote to become the new Face of BCBG.


‘Brothers’ food truck puts quality cajun food just steps away from the Quad By Avery Driggers Food trucks are nothing new. Originally, they were just the next evolutionary step up from sidewalk food carts. But simple pizza and taco trucks have made way for ones selling curries, cupcakes and even creole cooking. The latter is served up at Brothers Street Eats, which you can find roaming the streets between Temerson Square downtown and Colonial Drive across from Bibb Graves Hall. Right at 10:30 a.m., the sunny yellow truck opened its windows for business. Part-owner Jordon Warren manned the truck, along with two other coworkers. I asked for two of their most popular items, the chicken taco and shrimp po’boy and got some gumbo thrown in, ‘cause this is a creole food truck, after all. The gumbo was tasty, with big, fat shrimp and Andouille sausage floating atop perfectly cooked rice and well-seasoned broth. I bit into the chicken taco next and got a mouthful of hot sauce. The tortilla was delicious, but proved to be only a vehicle for slightly dry chicken and Cholula. Maybe the taco was less than stellar because the chicken pieces were too small and the portions were off with the seasoning. Or it might have been sitting too long while I waited for the

Students showcase love of video games PIXELCON FROM PAGE 1 “I’ve always been into not just video games, but video game music,” said Davis. “And now, people really take it more seriously, and that’s really exciting to be part of, in a way.” A senior majoring in general music and visual journalism, Tiara Dees is the co-founder of PixelCon and at the head of PixelCon Live! this year, after coordinating PixelCon 2011. Dees acknowledged some diffi-

po’boy to finish-up. However, the po’boy was worth the wait. The shrimp were battered and fried to order, which explains the wait. The tartar sauce was homemade, and it all was situated on a buttered and toasted bun. The po’boy tasted just like what I hoped to find at a place like Brothers: homemade, flavorful and local. They have a deal set up with Bama Dining that allows them to open up on the Quad from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting, and they accept Dining Dollars and Bama Cash while on campus. There is little overhead and even fewer workers, so Warren and crew are trying to keep prices low. And, since they take Dining Dollars, there is little excuse not to try this place out. Warren said they hope to add shrimp and grits and shaved ice to the menu. Offering some sides like hand-cut fries and homemade chips and salsa to accompany the tacos and po’boys would also help bolster the menu. Brothers Street Eats has only been serving lunch on campus for three weeks, so they have a few kinks to work out. But, if given a little time and shown a lot of love, the Brothers Street Eats truck should be here to stay. Brothers Street Eats can be found by the quad and offers authentic creole food.

culties around fundraising and coordination, but said she was pleased with how the Con has come together and collectively made the decision to give the concert. This year will feature Kadesh, an a capella group, a new woodwind quintet, individuals playing video game music and one student performing his own chiptune music, featuring specially programmed Gameboys as instruments. However, Dees was most excited to again showcase Danny Wiessner, a musician from Washington whose song “The World Is Saved” has brought him industry and enthusiast acclaim after being

featured by the popular gaming news website, and a performance of Aria Di Mezzo Carattere, a piece from the Final Fantasy VI opera. “Usually, the concert is the highlight of the convention,” Dees said. “I think it’s a unique opportunity that the music school hasn’t seen before.” According to Lauren Liebe, president of ABXY, the convention’s schedule spreads a mass of video game tournaments, culturally related panels and an assortment of other video, card-based and live action games throughout the Ferguson Center. Saturday’s events begin with

their opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., followed by the opening of free play (non-competitive) games at 10:30 a.m. and the beginning of tournaments at 11 a.m. “This year, we have so much more going,” said Liebe. “It’s everything we’ve had before but with new events and a bigger focus.” According to the PixelCon schedule, available on their website, the main bill of video game tournaments is divided between fighting games, firstperson shooters, sports games and Super Smash Bros. brackets. Any student may register for these tournaments online,

through PixelCon’s University website, with a required $10 entry fee before the event. Students may also register for other free tournaments or events, such as a Magic the Gathering: Dark Ascension card tournament, a cosplay contest and a new game of Live Action Mario Party. The new “Mystery Challenge” pits the 16 top players of a qualifying puzzle game into a four-round bout, featuring a racing game, a music game, an action game and a final game of an unannounced genre. Throughout the day’s schedule are also student panels on

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video game-related topics from “Cosplay 101” and “My Little Pony: Friendship is Memes” to the often debated “Legend of Zelda Timeline” and “Gaming and Morality” panels. Admittance into PixelCon Live!, PixelCon and its nontournament events are free of charge. Photo ID is required for free-play gaming rental, and registration for all tournaments begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, and ends at the time the tournament is set to begin. “There’s something here for everyone,” said Liebe. “If you like playing games at all, you have to come down and see what it’s all about.”

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‘Spartacus’ starts out predictable and too graphic, but grows into great TV By Asher Elbein “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is a seriously trashy show. The fights are bloody, the sex scenes plentiful and the level of (equal opportunity) background nudity staggeringly high. To casual inspection, the Starz-produced “Spartacus” looks like nothing more than pseudo-historical pornography. But the casual observer would be wrong. Despite its lurid trappings and often-cheap effects, “Spartacus” is the kind of series that sneaks up on you — and before you know it, you’re hooked. The time is 73 B.C. The Roman Republic is faltering, wracked by internal scheming and an overextended military. An unnamed Thracian soldier (played by Andy Whitfield and subsequently by Liam McIntyre) loses his wife and his freedom when he deserts from the Roman army. Enslaved and sold as a gladiator to the desperately ambitious Batiatus (a brilliant

John Hannah), he is given a new and scheme for position, loves name, one that will echo down both public and forbidden sulk through history as the leader in the corridors and violent of the largest slave rebellion in death is around every corner. Roman history: Spartacus. Storylines that some shows The first episode of would milk for seasons often “Spartacus” is, admittedly, hor- reach their payoff within a few rible. The visuals episodes, and the are cheap, the pactangle of plots and ing strange, the counterplots make c h a r a c t e r i z at i o n for a thrilling serishallow. It is buralized story. It’s If you can look past the dened with not one, pretty much imposlopped arms and heaving but two laughable sible to be bored bosoms, you’ll find a visex scenes, and the while watching it, violent fights are but what makes it ciously satisfying and fastunimaginative. The rise above the level paced story that will have second episode is of guilty pleasure you begging for more. a little better, but is its thematic comstill nothing to plexity. write home about. “Spartacus” But then somefocuses strongly on thing strange happens — with underdogs, and a strong part of every subsequent episode, the its appeal is in how it forces even show leaps forward in quality, hugely competent characters until you are utterly absorbed by into nearly impossible positions. the events unfolding inside the There are no easy choices in the gladiatorial school. show’s world, and everyone, pro“Spartacus” is an eventful tagonist and antagonist alike, show. Slaves and masters feud suffers in the pursuit of their

desires. “Spartacus” doesn’t shy away from unpleasant consequences, and the results of any given event tend to ripple out in unpredictable and exciting ways. Nor do the writers lose sight of the show’s strong moral underpinnings. Despite the rampant gore and sexuality, “Spartacus” never misses an opportunity to point out how the dehumanizing nature of slavery corrupts both slave and master and never for a moment lets us forget that the lavish lifestyle of the Romans is built on the backs of slaves. This gives the series a weird, unpredictable energy; we are as titillated by the sexuality and violence as any Roman, but we see the horror and misery that goes on under the arena, as well. The best television shows teach you how to watch them, and the same is true of “Spartacus.” If you can look past the lopped arms and heaving bosoms, you’ll find a viciously satisfying and fast-paced story that will have you begging for more.










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Dog owners help animal shelters with photoshoot By Will Edwards Staff Reporter Community animal welfare organization T-Town Paws is teaming with the Animal League of Birmingham to create a coffee table book featuring the dogs of Tuscaloosa. The book will be called “Hottest Hounds of Tuscaloosa,” and one of the final photo shoots for it is taking place Sunday at Shelby Park. “Anyone and any dog is welcome, rescue or pure breed,” said Cassie Moore, the book’s coordinator. “It’s really fun, and the book has become a popular thing.” Moore, a Birmingham resident, completed the Birmingham edition in November with the help of The Animal League of Birmingham and said the response was so great they decided to take their idea to different cities. Tuscaloosa is their second. “People loved it so much that we wanted to do it more, plus it’s a great way to raise money for local animal organizations,” Moore said. When they decided to expand their reach, Tuscaloosa was their first choice, and upon asking around about which animal organization to support, Moore said almost every person told her about T-Town Paws. “They are a great organization, and we are happy to be in partnership in this book,” Moore said. T-Town Paws will get a percentage of every book purchase, as will the Animal League of Birmingham. The Birmingham edition of the book, released last November, featured over 270 dogs and currently sells for $40. For its release, the Animal League of Birmingham put on a premiere party, complete with a red carpet and “puparazzi.”


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Birmingham exhibit puts family in focus By Becky Robinson Contributing Writer

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will be showcasing “Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South,” a modern art exhibit depicting portraits of lesbian couples and families with roots in Alabama. Created and shot by award-winning Birmingham photographer Carolyn Sherer, “Living in Limbo” focuses solely on lesbian couples, a group that is an underrepresented minority in public art displays, Sherer said on her website. In addition to the portraits, a full-color catalogue, including essays on the topic by author Dr. Ellen Dossett, will accompany the exhibition. “Living in Limbo” showcases lesbian famSherer, a lesbian, created the exhibily portaits. it to include subjects from a variety of racial, social and economic backpeople and families that are a part of our communities right in front of them,” Jacobs said. “It’s harder to promote a culture of hatred when you’re It forces the South to stop looking at someone’s photograph than talking about LGBTQ+ rights when you can talk about them in theoin the abstract and recognize ry.” that there are LGBTQ+ Alex Hollinghead, a senior double people and families that are majoring in philosophy and mathemata part of our communities ics and outreach chair of Spectrum, right in front of them said he agrees with Jacobs. “LGBT people are considered by — Lauren Jacobs many to be antagonistic to family values, and this is used a basis to dismiss their calls for equality,” Hollinghead grounds. said. “This sort of exhibit makes it In a description of the exhibit pro- clear that lesbian women want to have vided by the BCRI’s website, it says families of their own, and it is cruel for “Living in Limbo” seeks to confront society to try to deprive them of their viewers to “consider their own percep- pursuit of happiness.” tions and biases about how they define Noah Cannon, a freshman majoring family, equality and community.” in telecommunication and film and Some LGBT students at the social chair for UA Spectrum, said he University of Alabama believe Sherer’s hopes this exhibit will act as a step exhibit is a positive step in recognizing toward LGBT inclusivity by the Civil lesbian families, especially in Alabama. Rights Institute. Lauren Jacobs, a junior majoring in “LGBT rights truly are civil rights, telecommunications and film and pres- and it’s about time they are supported ident of UA Spectrum, a student group by the museum,” Cannon said. that advocates for LGBT interests, said An opening reception for “Living in that it is important for people living in Limbo” will be held Friday, March 30, the South to see this exhibit. from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on “It forces the South to stop talking display until June 11, and admission is about LGBTQ+ rights in the abstract free to the public. For more informaand recognize that there are LGBTQ+ tion, visit

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The Tuscaloosa edition of “Hottest Hounds” will come out in May or June.

Moore hopes to hold a similar event still room for more appointments. for the Tuscaloosa release. The book is being published and It does cost money to have your printed in Birmingham by Ebsco dog or dogs in the book, but prices Industries, who also published the Birmingham edition. The photos will be taken by professional photographer Ann Wade Parrish, who worked on the Birmingham edition, Anyone and any dog is welas well. Moore said the first book come, rescue or pure breed. turned out so well that she didn’t It’s really fun, and the book want to change anything. has become a popular thing. The book is slated for a May or June release, and the cost will be — Cassie Moore, either $40 or $45. book coordinator “It’s a great way to support the local animal organizations and to are according to page space, not get a really good coffee table book,” number of dogs in the photo. A half Moore said. page picture costs $50, a full page Those interested in signing up for is $100 and a full two-page spread the Sunday shoot should contact runs $200. There are over 30 dogs Cassie Moore by phone at 205-752signed up for the photo shoot on 8298 or e-mail at HottestHounds@ Sunday, and Moore said there is




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