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Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Which seat will you take on Friday? Tuscaloosa Amphitheater ready for opening night with The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses

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The Avett Brothers with special guest Band of Horses ($10) Patti LaBelle & The O’Jays ($25/$35) Sugarland with special guest Little Big Town & Matt Nathanson ($60) Kenny Chesney with special guest Uncle Kracker ($99) Steely Dan ($69/$49/$29)


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Alabama gymnastics Community Service focuses on regionals Center plans end of year By Bethany Blair Contributing Writer

By Jason Galloway Sports Editor The Alabama gymnastics team has won a Regional Championship 25 of the last 28 years and has advanced to nationals each of the past 29 seasons. That is still not quite enough for the Crimson Tide to look past the 2011 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on Saturday. “We find ourselves thinking about nationals a lot, but then we remember we just have to take it one step at a time,” freshman Kim Jacob said. “We’ve decided as a group that we’re not going to worry about nationals. We just want to take every event, every meet, one step at a

See GYMNASTICS, page 11

CW | Margo Smith Tide fans show their support for the Alabama gymnastics team at the SEC Championships in Birmingham on March 19. The Tide will likely have even more support on Saturday, as Alabama is hosting regionals in Coleman Coliseum.

Students passing through the Ferguson Center Plaza earlier this week may have noticed a small, seemingly misplaced shed being constructed in the middle of the bustling student center. But the oddly placed table saw and student construction crew were doing a lot more than making noise. They were part of the UA Community Service Center building a tool shed for the Tuscaloosa branch of Habitat for Humanity. As a part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, volunteers built the Habitat shed Monday through Wednesday, but according to Wahnee Sherman, director of the Community Service Center, there will be many more service opportunities to come as the school year closes.

Sherman said the Community Service Center has weekly opportunities to volunteer. This week, the center hosted two projects involving homelessness: the Habitat for Humanity shed and Wednesday night’s Sleep Out on the Quad. “Both projects deal with homelessness and raising awareness for it,” Sherman said. “Also, on April 8, we have an event called Hands on Tuscaloosa where we’re teaming up with SGA and Housing and Residential Communities, which we’re hoping to have more than 300 students attend.” Whether students need to fulfill community service requirements, or are simply looking for a way to reach out to their community, Sherman said the possibilities are endless for those looking to help out. “We have over 150 partners in Tuscaloosa,” she said. “We

work with after-school mentor programs, animal shelters, soup kitchens, nursing homes and hospices. We work with a lot of major organizations like Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army and the Red Cross, too.” Sherman said the Community Service Center strives to make community service both enjoyable and accessible to students. “I think the good thing about community service is it’s available to any student at any time,” she said. “You don’t have to have any special requirements or fill out any extensive applications to be able to help others around you. And the Community Service Center wants to make sure students have the same volunteering opportunities in college as they had in high

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Hughes takes Honors College Assembly presidency By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter

I am energized and ready to move the Honors College Assembly forward for the benefit of the entire honors college student population and for our entire campus

The Honors College Assembly concluded elections Wednesday and named Sarah —Sarah Hughes Hughes as president for HCA with a 169 to 105 victory over the incredible work already ously taking into account the established by the current feedback I’ve received from her opponent, Michael Forst. “I am excited to continue president, while simultane- Honors College students in le this


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could have been due to the weather for the past two days as last year they welcomed sunny weather both days. Hughes said she was truly inspired by the immense support she received from such a diverse group of students throughout her campaign. “I am energized and ready to move the Honors College

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recent weeks,” Hughes said. Jackie Wuska-Hurt, adviser for HCA, said the turnout for this year’s election was a total of 274 voters, which is a little less than last year. “Going forward, I hope we continue to increase the number of participants in future elections,” she said. She said the low turnout

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ON THE MENU LAKESIDE Lunch Chicken fried Pork Chop with Onion Gravy Sweet Potatoes Casserole Macaroni and Cheese Mozzarella Garden Burger (vegetarian) Peas with Mushrooms and Red Peppers (Vegetarian) Dinner Italian Marinated Chicken Red Roasted Potatoes Seasoned Corn Green Beans with Almonds Black Been Burger over Greens

What: Dollars for Disaster - local venues where different drink specials, cover charges and percentages of sales will go towards the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross

BRYANT Beef Stroganoff Chipotle Glazed Pork Loin Herb Roasted Red Potatoes Seasoned Peas Vegetarian Mediterranean Pasta

FRESH FOOD Buttermilk Fried Chicken Herb-Roasted Potatoes Breaded Okra Deep Fried Collard Greens White rice and Stewed Tomatoes & Okra (Vegetarian)

On Friday, April 1, from 12 to 3 p.m., the UA Relay For Life Committee is hosting a lunch at the President’s Mansion with President Robert Witt and his wife. Students can stop by the table in the Ferguson Center today and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to register for the chance to be one of the five students selected to attend. There is a suggested $5 donation when entering the donation. The five students will be notified on Sunday, March 27. For any questions, contact cac.

Innisfree, The Red Shed, The Booth, 4th & 23rd, and Alcove

When: 7 - 12 p.m. What: Grits and The Great Beyond - a dialogue between all belief systems on the afterlife featuring free breakfast for dinner

Where: East Dining Hall Ferguson Student Center

When: 6 p.m.

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Initiative - Greece and Global Culture Symposium

Where: 205 Gorgas

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Where: Recital Hall, Moody Music Building

When: 5:30 p.m. What: Alabama Greece

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What: Freshman Forum Track 3 book drive

Where: Donation table will be located on 2nd floor, Ferguson Student Center When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

What: Alabama American

community focused event sponsored by the Crossroads Community Center. It is free and open to the public and will provide a wide range of activities and feature artists.

Where: Holt High School When: 1 - 6 p.m.

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When: Untimed event All proceeds Phifer Hall. collected will go toward The The speakers are: Jerry University of Alabama Relay For Mitchell of the Jackson (Miss.) Life. Clarion-Ledger, who won a MacArthur genius award in 2009 for reporting that has led to four convictions; Stanley Journalists to disNelson of The Concordia (La.) cuss civil rights Sentinel, whose recent work on a 1965 killing led to a grand jury Three Southern journal- meeting in February; and John ists whose reporting has led Fleming of The Anniston Star, to numerous convictions in whose work led to a guilty plea decades-old killings during by a former state trooper who the civil rights era will speak killed a man at a Marion civil Thursday on campus. The lec- rights protest in 1965. The three are part of ture, entitled, “Let No Victim Be Forgotten: Reporting Cold the Civil Rights Cold Case Cases from the Civil Rights Project, a project of the Center Era” begins at 6:45 p.m. in 216 for Investigative Reporting. Its

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What: JCC Sanders Lecture Series featuring Joseph G. Dawson III, Professor of History at Texas A & M; Craig Symonds, Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy; and Steven E. Woodworth, Professor of History at TCU. Please make reservations by emailing or calling 348-7551.

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school.” Rachel Edington, assistant director of the Community Service Center, said the Center also looks to strengthen students’ relationships with the faculty, staff and community members around them. “The goals of our office are to educate students to become advocates for service, increase awareness of civic responsibility, strengthen relationships between students and their communities and cultivate relationships with faculty to create service-learning opportunities across all disciplines for students,” Edington said. Like Sherman, Edington said there are countless service opportunities for students, and these numerous options help volunteers find their true callings. “Everyone has a different passion for something, so it is rewarding to be able to help provide that for students and the University,” she said. “You also get connected with Tuscaloosa

manager is Alabama native Hank Klibanoff, who shared a Pulitzer in 2007 for his book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. The panel is sponsored by the University’s journalism department and the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Banner to help fund higher education The Student Government Association Lobby Affairs Board will have a large banner on the

Quad in front of Gorgas Library today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for students, faculty and the public to sign to fund higher education. The banner will be mailed to local representatives to encourage more funding opportunities for students at The University of Alabama. The State and National Lobby Affairs Board is a division of the SGA External Affairs Office whose primary goal is to push the state legislature for greater funding to support higher education, among others. Banner Day will be a chance for students to have their voices heard in support of higher education funding.

Taking time out of your day to do something that benefits others definitely sets you apart from other applicants. It shows that you can put yourself aside for a little while and do something that doesn’t benefit you in any way, but will help out others. — Passione Cooper and get to see firsthand the needs of the community and be able to share it with others. You also get to see service needs not only in Tuscaloosa, but with our Alternative Break trips you get to see the needs across the nation and internationally.” Passione Cooper, a freshman majoring in elementary education, has experienced some of these opportunities firsthand. As a member of Freshman Forum, Cooper is required to fulfill a certain number of service hours and said the Community Service Center has helped her to both set and realize some of her future goals. “Being involved in community service looks good when you go to apply for a job,” Cooper said. “Taking time out of your day to do something that benefits others definitely sets you apart from other applicants. It shows that you can put yourself aside

for a little while and do something that doesn’t benefit you in any way, but will help out others.” Although raising student awareness for certain on-campus clubs and organizations is an important part of membership, Cooper said she prefers the Community Service Center’s hands-on approach. “Since community service is all about service, the projects are mostly hands-on, which I really like,” she said. “Actually coming out to do something with your hands, like building a Habitat for Humanity house, is very fulfilling. So instead of sitting behind a table at the Ferg all day, we get to go out in the community and do something for others.” For a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities and information about the Community Service Center, visit its website at

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Publishing New frozen yogurt venue options for holds opening celebration PhDs drop Stephen Walker Contributing Writer

By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter Nancy Gray Schoonmaker, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of North Carolina’s history department, said she was stunned and not at all pleased with UNC as she was nearing the completion of her 700-page dissertation. “They would not allow me to graduate without giving them the right to give away my dissertation to the general public at no charge,” she said. “In order to have a successful academic career, a Ph.D. in history must have a dissertation that shows promise of becoming a book and publish a second book within a few years of being hired. Since all 720 pages of my work is being given away by UNC, and the economy is sluggish, and library funding is being slashed, I think it severely diminishes my chances of getting a book deal.” Schoonmaker said that had she been aware that UNC planned to give her work to any and all for no charge, she would have written a very different and much shorter dissertation so she could protect much of her research for future projects. The University implemented a similar rule beginning in August 2009, which declared that all of the University’s graduate school students were required to post their theses and dissertations online. Donna Cox Baker, editor of Alabama Heritage magazine, said doctoral students have, in recent years, been advised by faculty to write their dissertation like a book, which allowed new Ph.D.s to approach an academic press with a book manuscript that was nearly ready for the market. “Having a book deal as you started your job search was a great asset, since publishing a book is going to be critical to getting tenure in humanities and other similar fields,” she said. “But today, the dissertation might be the one manuscript you can’t sell.” According to the graduate school’s website, one reason for the change is because it is a good way for students to possibly reduce or eliminate the costs of printing and binding. “Rather than printing your manuscript dozens of times as you make changes and progress through the various stages of review, you will be able simply to make corrections to the electronic file, convert the final version to a PDF file, and submit that file,” the website states. “Whereas paper copies can spend months waiting to be bound and distributed, your electronic document can be available much more quickly and, if you so choose, to a much wider audience.” Cox Baker said it was important to bring awareness to the new requirement because an awareness of the changing winds in the publishing field will help graduate students make the best choices and understand the possible repercussions. “The mandatory publication of dissertations through the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database can have great benefits to scholarly research, but it has created a problem for academic presses,” Cox Baker said. “Libraries are one of their biggest sales markets, but as libraries tighten their belts financially, they have begun to reduce their

expenditures for new books. In the past, a new book was often a rehashing of a dissertation. But now that most dissertations are available through ProQuest, libraries see the new book as a duplication of material they already have available—therefore dispensable.” Despite the recent changes, Cox Baker said there are still ways for students to protect themselves and their research, such as choosing to embargo, or restricting access to the work. “Students who already have a dissertation near completion can protect themselves in a limited way by choosing to embargo their dissertation for two years,” she said. “But they need to keep in mind that it can take two years for a press to turn their manuscript into a book and get it to market. This means that their dissertation will show up online at about the same time their books shows up for sale. Academic presses will have to take this into consideration as they decide whether to publish your work. “For students who are in the early phases of their doctoral work or dissertation planning, it’s a good idea to talk to your advisors about creating a dissertation that doesn’t give away everything you have to say about a subject.”

On Wednesday, the YogurtLab frozen yogurt store in the South End Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium held its grand opening. “We opened in the fall, but never had the chance for a grand opening,” said John Fulkerson, chief operating officer of Yogurt Lab. The shop has already been successful since it opened in October. “We have had a great response from the students and community members so far,” he said. Currently, YogurtLab is the only vendor located in the stadium that can be visited during the off-season. Construction is underway at Zoe’s Kitchen, a restaurant serving sandwiches and salads. “The market in BryantDenny Stadium is designed to be a year-round atmosphere for students, alumni and community members,” Fulkerson said. YogurtLab offers 12 flavors and 40 toppings, many of which are catered specifically to the University. One of our best-selling flavors at UA YogurtTime is Crimson Tide Twist, a swirl of vanilla and red velvet, Fulkerson said. They also stock a flavor called “Greek.” The yogurt shop stocks many unique toppings such as Ashley Mac’s strawberry cake and double chocolate chip pound cake. They also stock a topping called “Houndstooth.” “YogurtLab is really good,” said Devin Grissom, a sophomore majoring in public relations. “Red velvet is really cool.” Customers at the grand opening agreed that the loca-

tion was one of the greatest assets to the shop. “I think YogurtLab is good for games because it’s right inside the stadium,” said Brittany Schoen, a sophomore majoring in nursing. Still, others felt that the location of the store might be too close and may tempt one to visit too often. “I’m just a little worried about it being so close,” Grissom said. “I live right around the corner.” Although there is no parking available in front of YogurtLab, parking is available just a short distance away.

“Many community members are not aware of this but there is free gated parking across from Rama Jama’s,” he said. “Customers may park there and we will give them a token that they can use to get out of the parking lot.” YogurtLab’s location is an advantage because they are able to open the South End Zone and use the seating for birthday parties and other events. “We can do birthday parties, philanthropic events, greek events – anyone that wants to hold an event,” Fulkerson said. “We can also cater events. You don’t have

to come to us. We can bring the yogurt to you and cater your event.” The grand opening is the culmination of a semester of work by a UA student public relations team. “We were given a $200 budget to put on a public relations campaign for YogurtLab,” Amy Castleberry, a senior majoring in public relations, said. “As a group, we had to utilize our skills to implement a PR campaign. Awareness was our really big issue.” YogurtLab is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight and closed on Sundays.

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Election guidelines should be revised MCT Campus

Eight top Twitter feeds to follow

Thursday, March 31, 2011 Editor • Tray Smith Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } TWEET OF THE WEEK IN RESPONSE TO “DORM ROOMS NEED CLEANING SERVICE” “Being in college and having to do so is the last thing on my mind.” — @JacobTygielski, Jacob Tygielski, junior, economics and finance

“Maid services are fine as long as the student pays for them out of their own pocket. Donʼt use my money for their laziness.” — @ajmorgan25, Adam Morgan, junior, management information systems

“Students need to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. They dont have their mothers cleaning for them anymore.” — @ohboyitsanna, Anna Ramia, freshman, visual journalism

EDITORIAL BOARD Victor Luckerson Editor Jonathan Reed Managing Editor Tray Smith Opinions Editor Adam Greene Chief Copy Editor

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

By Michael Patrick July 15 of this year will mark the fifth anniversary of the formal launch of the website Twitter. Twitter, our favorite micro-blogging service, allows for us to, as Kingsley Clark pointed out last week, “do everything from keeping up with the headlines of all my favorite web media sources; to reading my favorite funny celebrities’ latest bit of comedic wit; to keeping tabs on my friends; to seeing funny pictures.” This week TIME released its list of the top 140 Twitter feeds, and following suit I thought I would create my own list of top Twitter feeds, in no particular order: @whitegrlproblem: “Try this top on. It’s hideous but I feel like that’s kind of your thing. #whitegirlproblems” This is someone we can all relate to, either because you are this girl or you know someone just like her. This is the rich girl who has to have everything her way, but in a funny satirical way. We do love to hate her, but our inner diva can also relate entirely. @TheUAMachine: “We got mentioned in the debate? We thought we were secret! This is embarrassing.” We all know what the Machine is, and sometimes its divisive tendencies get our campus community up in arms; however, this Twitter feed gives the historically “secret” organization a snarky

transplant to New York City who is trying to cope with her white @RepWeiner: “its the 1 year anni- privilege and still keep up with the versary of health care reform. In hustle and bustle of city life. She honor im going to read the bill adds witty and satirical commento Sean Hannity. #noneofthebig- tary on our generation’s mindset. words” Congressman Anthony Weiner @StephenAtHome: “Part of me represents the 9th district of New wonders if the inside of a pig’s York, and I first heard of him dur- mouth constantly tastes like ing the healthcare reform repeal bacon. And the other part says I debates, when he said, “You know don’t need to test that again.” Stephen Colbert appeals to a I want to just advise people watching at home playing that now- wide variety of people with his popular drinking game where ironic style of humor. His political you take a shot whenever the satire is wonderfully entertaining Republicans say something that’s and transfers well to Twitter. not true, please assign a designated driver. This is going to be a @DalaiLama: “Large human long afternoon.” His Twitter feed movements spring from individumaintains that sass and flair he is al human initiatives.” This is the Twitter feed from known for on the House floor. the Office of His Holiness the 14th @TheCrimsonWhite: “Wondering Dalai Lama. It emphasizes the where the massive oak tree on the importance of self-improvement Quad went? We have the answer: by way of altruism, respect and Who misses compassion. Although his Twitter feed is not very often humorous, it it?” The Crimson White’s Twitter is humbling. feed allows students to take advantage of micro-blogging at @Pres_Bartlet: “Newt Gingrich its finest. You can just go through is afraid the US could be run over the feed and decide what you find by Islamic theocrats and secular interesting and follow the respec- atheists. I’m afraid the US could tive links to read more about cam- be run by Newt Gingrich.” This feed may only appeal to me pus issues. because of my love for The West @LilyPuckett: “‘I did that,’ said Wing, but I enjoy the wittiness of god, as he watched my cheese and Josiah Bartlet and his commencrackers run out at the very same tary on current events. moment.” Lily Puckett has many quali- Michael Patrick is a junior majorties similar to WhiteGrlProblems, ing in political science. His colbut in living color. Lily is a UA umn runs biweekly on Thursdays. and satirical voice.

Even in politics, it’s OK to change your mind By Ben Friedman Earlier this week, I committed an unpardonable political offense. This offense reminded me of the fact that I would virtually be eaten alive as a politician. The unpardonable offense: I changed my mind. As a freshman last year, I was strongly against the idea of anything “green.” I touted the importance of domestic oil companies, laughed at the inefficiencies of certain early alternative energy sources, and even denied the severity of our energy problems and their economic implications. Many of my arguments were grounded in legitimate logic, but many were purely cultural; I didn’t want to dirty my “staunch conservative” image. Over the past year, though, I’ve realized the importance of ending our addiction to foreign oil. Everything from my college classes to news articles to even Gregory Poole’s well-reasoned argument in yesterday’s Crimson White have led me to change my mind and become a supporter of “going green.” Luckily, as a college student and opinion columnist, I have the luxury of changing my mind. It is ridiculous, however, that politicians are not afforded this same opportunity. When politicians change their minds, they are quickly labeled as “flip-floppers” and characterized as spinelessly indecisive. What human being, though, does not change his or her mind? Politicians are surely allowed to change their minds on the minutia of daily life as they uncover new information, so why can’t they do the same with larger political decisions? Our inflexibility in allowing politicians to change their minds is a toxic blockade to our success as a country. George W. Bush’s

eight years in office were a perfect example of this. When we went to war with Iraq, there was a large consensus and comparatively few strongly dissenting voices. Because we hadn’t even begun the search for weapons of mass destruction, we were simply unaware that we wouldn’t find any. As the war dragged on for years, however, we didn’t find what we were looking for. Though Saddam Hussein was toppled and progress was made in many areas, it is safe to say, regardless of your political leaning, that we discovered new challenges in fighting insurgency and that the majority’s opinion on the war slowly turned from positive to negative. Even if Bush wanted a full-out withdrawal of troops, however, he would have never been able to do this politically because people have such a disdain for political mind-changing. To admit that he changed his views on the war would have cost Bush so much support that it would have rendered him practically ineffective on other domestic issues he surely cared deeply about. President Obama faces this challenge as well. If his health care plan ends up causing great harm to our economy, he will never have the chance to admit it or do anything about it. Obama cannot predict the future with complete accuracy, and he will know much more a year from now than he does today, simply by tracking the effects of his policies. I myself have no clue how effective or destructive Obama’s health care legislation will be, but I can say with almost absolute certainty that he will be forced to stand by it, no matter the results. Analyzing the likely future effects of political actions is, of course, essential, but allowing our politicians the liberty to react to

these effects appropriately is just as important. Though quarterbacks and football coaches will pore over the opposing team’s film the entire week before the game and draw up plays they think will be effective, they often learn, within even the first few minutes of the actual game, that they will need a completely different strategy. Imagine a defensive coordinator who kept calling blitzes because that was “what he was known for” despite the fact that the opposing team’s quarterback was picking him apart. That coordinator would be fired in a week. Granted, not all inflexibility is bad. Politicians should surely be able to hold unwavering moral stances. These stances, however, are a product of one’s natural character and are typically not overturned by any piece of future evidence. No quantifiable statistic will change a politician’s stance on the morality of abortion. Politicians can be inflexible in their morality, however, and flexible in their reactions to results. Obama could openly admit to changing his mind on his previous health care proposals, while still holding the deep conviction that every American deserves affordable health care. Similarly, Bush could admit to changing his mind on the effectiveness of the Iraq war while still openly sticking to the deep conviction that every nation should be allowed to experience democracy. I long for a day when politicians can actually be reasonable in this way, but as of now, the two examples above would never take place. Our country will be much better off, however, when they do. Ben Friedman is a sophomore majoring in social entrepreneurship.

In a memorandum sent to Mark In short: The Nelson, University administration of Alabama Vice should consider President for Student reforming the Affairs, SGA presiSGA election dent James Fowler process. has recommended a series of revisions to student government elections policies. Judging by the lack of interest in this year’s election, his advice should be seriously considered. In previous years, students running for office have passed out stickers and used chalk to write their name on sidewalks across campus in order to generate interest in their candidacies, build name recognition and engage students in the elections process. This year, though, the use of stickers and chalk was banned. The result was much less student interest in the campaign. When we interviewed students for The Crimson White’s Student Sound-Off during campaign season, many were unaware that campaigns were even underway. Such a scenario was unimaginable before chalking was prohibited, when chalk-covered sidewalks served as a daily, unavoidable reminder that the election loomed. Fowler has produced two sets of recommendations. The first would allow chalking and stickers without changing the current campaign spending limits. The second would allow chalking, prohibit stickers, and raise the amount of money candidates can spend on their campaigns. This would allow them to replace inexpensive stickers by permitting more money to be spent on expensive promotions like koozies, banners, cups and buttons. Both proposals would allow candidates to take out SGA loans equal to the spending limit for the office they are seeking. Both proposals would also set a minimum and maximum number of debates and establish a clear process for student organizations wanting to host a debate. While either set of recommendations would be an improvement over the status quo, we believe the second set of recommendations offers the best hope for creating a fair and engaging election process in the future. An increase in campaign spending limits is long overdue, and allowing candidates to secure campaign loans would help students from lower-income backgrounds. SGA president-elect Grant Cochran and his former opponent, Coresa Nancy Hogan, have both expressed support for Fowler’s proposals. “The stimulating atmosphere that normally surrounds campaign season was largely lacking from the 2011 elections. I believe this is due in large part to withholding chalking as a campaign method,” Cochran was quoted as saying in the memo. Hogan said, “One important tool for visibility is chalking. This is an invaluable resource that is also the most cost effective.” Some University departments have opposed chalking on the grounds that private businesses use chalk to solicit students. Therefore, chalking privileges have been limited to student organizations, which does not include campaigns. We see no reason why campaigns cannot or should not be allowed to gain these privileges next year, though. We hope the administration will consider these reforms and help make elections more energetic and, hopefully, more competitive.


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Obama violates the Constitution By Jon Chapin

President Barack Obama violated the Constitution by attacking Libya without authorization from Congress. The constitution states in Article 1, Section 8 that Congress has the power to declare war. This, in turn, has been interpreted to either mean a formal declaration of war against a foreign nation or an authorization of military action. Congress has done neither of these two things, thus making this intervention unconstitutional. On the other hand, in Article 2, Section 2 the Constitution states that the president has the power to make war. The war powers clause has been interpreted to mean that the president has the power to repel attacks on American soil and to lead the military in times of national emergency. The Libyan military poses no direct threat to American soil nor does it pose a direct threat to American lives. President George W. Bush, after America had been attacked by al-Qaida operating out of Afghanistan, asked Congress for and received an authorization of military force against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He even asked Congress for and received an authorization of military force against Iraq. President Obama did not ask and did not receive any sort of authorization. He consulted with the United Nations, specifically France and Great Britain, before pressing the button and saying go. In 2007, presidential candidate Obama said “the president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” So the problem now is not the fact that we attacked another country that was doing things that we didn’t like, but the fact that the president of the United States of America unilaterally attacked another country without the consent of Congress. Jon Chapin is a junior majoring in political science and history.

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West Alabama Mentoring helps students give back Red Cross comes to Rec By Sarah Papadelias Changing Tides Staff

By Brett Saunders Contributing Writer The West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold an awareness event about the health and safety services the chapter offers today from 3-5 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. The event is called “Health in your Hands,” and according to West Alabama Chapter reports, the event will be free, although they will accept donations to help with the Red Cross efforts. For every dollar that is donated, 91 cents is put into programming, according to the Red Cross. At the event, students will be able to see demonstrations of CPR, an automated external defibrillator, babysitting techniques and pet first aid. The Red Cross hopes to have people come out to support this event and to raise awareness about safety situations. A group of graduating seniors in Susan Horsley’s public relations class decided to take on the West Alabama Chapter as their semester project and offer an assortment of events, according to Bev Leigh III, development director at the West Alabama Chapter of the Red Cross. Throughout the month of March, the graduate students have been offering events for people to get involved. “We hope to have at least 300 students show up and participate at the Rec Center,” Leigh said. “We are all about education and trying to help the community avoid accidents.” The West Alabama Chapter of the Red Cross has been around for 60 years. Last year, the chapter responded to 181 disasters in West Alabama,

IF YOU GO ... • What: Health in Your Hands

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collected more than 2,800 units of blood and helped 1,181 local children get a free community education, according to West Alabama Red Cross reports. The West Alabama Chapter serves seven counties in Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Lamar, Greene, Hale, Sumpter and Pickens counties. This chapter also offers classes for members of the community about health and safety issues. At the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center the Red Cross offers free haircuts, bus passes, clothing and coffee to low-income veterans, according to Red Cross reports. Sarah McPherson, Health and Safety director at the West Alabama Red Cross, will be doing the demonstrations at the event. There will be some hands-on demonstrations and students will have the opportunity to practice techniques on the dummies the Red Cross provides, Leigh said. For more information about this event contact the West Alabama Chapter of the Red Cross at 758-3608 or email them at westal@

The University has many different impacts on the greater Tuscaloosa community, and many students are striving to improve and strengthen this relationship as the University and city grow simultaneously. There are a wide variety of student initiatives based on serving the Tuscaloosa community, and various projects have been created for Tuscaloosa County schools. The Honors College facilitates some of these initiatives focused on academic mentoring, arts and crafts and reading. “We have a great partnership with the Tuscaloosa community,” said Kathryn Merritt, director of external relations for the Honors College. “We emphasize looking at specific needs, so that each outreach effort is crafted specifically to meet the needs of each school.” This year, the Honors College is overseeing projects in ten Tuscaloosa County schools, ranging from elementary to high school. READ Alabama, a literacy initiative, is one of the many outreach projects offered through the Honors College this year. Colby Leopard, the director of READ Alabama, said this program was started to help the community with the growing problem of illiteracy. “One of READ’s most important missions is to show the Tuscaloosa community that we, as students, do care,” said Leopard. “We do want to be a part of actively improving the community as a whole.” Angela Nelson, librarian at Hillcrest Middle School, said the effects of READ Alabama are already far-reaching. “They have been reaching so many students,” Nelson said. “These are students who typically fall through the cracks when it comes to individual attention. The program has helped their grades and their confidence.” In addition to the positive impact on her students, Nelson

said the presence of college students in each of the schools is also extremely encouraging. “A lot of these students don’t know a lot about college,” Nelson said. “A lot of them don’t aspire to go to college. University students serve as great role models for what they can do.” The University’s presence in Tuscaloosa county schools has expanded exponentially in the past two years. In 2009, there were programs in two schools, but now there are projects in almost all of the county schools, Merritt said. The Honors College is not the only facilitator for projects in county schools, however. There are a variety of mentoring programs offered through other student groups such as greek organizations, honors societies and the Student Government


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Association. There are also active chapters of larger organizations, such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, in the Tuscaloosa community. University students participating in projects through the Honors College logged more than 9,400 community service hours during the fall 2010 semester, Merritt said. “The need for these

programs is there,” Merritt said. “The challenge then becomes expanding our infrastructure to make sure the integrity of every experience is maintained.” Despite the perceived burden thousands of students may have on the community, there are many students looking to improve the Tuscaloosa community by reaching out to its schools.


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Challenger anniversary to be honored By Ashanka Kumari Contributing Writer

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle tragedy, president of McNair Achievement Programs Carl McNair will be a guest speaker at the annual convocation and reception honoring the accomplishments of the University’s McNair Scholars. McNair is the brother of the program’s namesake, Ronald E. McNair, and also the founder of the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Foundation. Ronald E. McNair died along with the other six members of his astronaut crew aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, according to the program’s website.

Nancy Campbell, director of the University of Alabama’s McNair Scholars program, said McNair is a highlysought-after speaker committed to educational programs that inspire and encourage students, especially those from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, like McNair Scholars, and those interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Ron McNair embodies the ideals of the McNair program and leaves a rich legacy in the areas of education, science, family life and community service,” Campbell said. The event will be held Thursday in the Grand Gallery in Smith Hall at 5:30 p.m. and will recognize the

accomplishments of current McNair Scholars. All members of campus community are invited. “The accomplishments include students’ completion of year-long research projects as McNair Scholars, publication of most Scholars’ research in the University of Alabama McNair Journal and/ or other journals, and graduating seniors’ plans—typically for graduate study—for the coming year,” Campbell said. Maggie Espino, a 2010 scholar who will be graduating this year, said the 2011 group will be introduced at the convocation. “We are going to introduce and honor the 2011 cohorts who just started their research year and will talk

PR students support Red Cross with fundraiser By Katherine Martin Staff Reporter

Dollars for Disaster, a student led fundraiser benefiting the West Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross, will begin at 7 p.m. and last until midnight at various venues around town, according to a UA news release. The Bear Trap, Innisfree, The Red Shed, The Booth, 4th&23rd and The Alcove will offer drink specials, cover charges and donation boxes to support the event, said Jennifer Neill, account executive for the project. “We wanted to appeal to everyone on campus,” Neill said. “We thought that a dollar was easy and doable for almost everyone on campus. Every single dime will go to the West Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross.”

Bev Leigh, III, development director for the West Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross, said a group of public relations students has helped immensely by putting out public service announcements and commercials that educate the community about prevention and response to disasters as they occur. “It means the world to the chapter,” Leigh said. “The American Red Cross does not enjoy any federal funding. We rely on funding from our neighbors.” Leigh said the group of students from Suzanne Horsley’s public relations campaign class has been going door to door asking people to come out and enjoy the night and maybe make a monetary contribution. Neill said the senior public relations class was tasked with creating a project that

IF YOU GO ... • What: Dollars for Disaster

• Where: Bear Trap, Innisfree, Red Shed, The Booth, 4th&23rd and The Alcove

• When: Tonight, 7 – midnight would benefit the American Red Cross, and her group came up with Dollars for Disaster hoping to appeal to college students. “The West Alabama chapter of the Red Cross helps Tuscaloosa and six surrounding counties with everything from fires and floods to family emergencies,” Neill said. “Just coming out will support everything the Red Cross does.”

“Each of the scholars gets close to a faculty member and works on an independent research project, which we present at a National McNair Conference. “ — Maggie Espino

about the graduating seniors and all of their accomplishments in and outside the McNair scholars program,” said Espino, a senior majoring in English. McNair Scholars participate in full-time, funded summer research internships and a range of other scholarly activities, some of which are also funded, Campbell said. “Each of the scholars gets close to a faculty member and works on an independent

research project, which we present at a National McNair Conference. Last year it was in Berkeley, Calif.,” Espino said. According to the program’s website, new McNair scholars are selected during the fall semester to begin the program during the upcoming spring semester. New scholars work together in January on a yearlong research experience, with individual students working on their own research

with a faculty mentor. “The mission of the McNair program is to help students be competitive for and successful in graduate study, so completing research and enrolling in graduate school are key accomplishments,” Campbell said. “The McNair Scholars Program serves academically talented undergraduates who are either first generation college students with low-income or members of groups historically underrepresented in graduate study, to help them prepare for doctoral study in graduate school,” Campbell said. The next deadline for applications for the 2012 cohort of McNair Scholars is Nov. 4. Students may apply online.

Forum educates about Middle East revolutions By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter The events currently taking place overseas have both social and political implications on the United States, according to members of the Alabama International Relations Club. Consequently, the club will be hosting a panel discussion, comprised entirely of students who are from the Middle East, to better explain these events and revolutions occurring in the region. The forum, which takes place on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Gallalee Hall Room 227, is open to all UA students, faculty and staff and will be done in a question-answer format. Michael Robson, Alabama International Relations Club communication director, said the student panelists, who are from Lebanon, Iran and Saudi Arabia, will give a brief introduction and opening statements about the situation as a whole before answering questions from members of the audience. “The purpose of this forum is to educate students about the revolutions occurring throughout the Middle East but to do so

“The purpose of this forum is to educate students about the revolutions occurring throughout the Middle East but to do so in an accessible way.” —Michael Robson in an accessible way,” Robson said. “There have been other forums which have been purely lectures or smaller more round table discussions. However, we wanted to put together an event which all, especially students, are welcome to and can freely ask questions from the individuals who are most knowledgeable on the situation. We also wanted to have panelists which people, again mainly students, can relate to.” Robson said an introductory video of clips from the protests and news related to the revolutions in the Middle East will precede the student panel. He said the forum will also feature a video recorded guest speaker who is a former senator of Saudi Arabia. Kayla Albanese, a freshman majoring in geology, said she heard about the forum while she was getting lunch in the Ferguson Center and plans to attend.

“I think that hosting an event such as this is a great way to inform a great deal of the University’s students about what is happening over in the Middle East,” she said. “It is also a great way to localize the events and show our student body how it affects them firsthand. I am excited to learn about the events from students who are from the Middle East, as well. I think that really helps people better understand the situation. “There is no better way to learn about conflicts and revolutions than to learn from those who experienced the hardships themselves or who know a lot about what’s going on over there,” Albanese said. “I really think the Alabama International Relations Club’s forum will help students get a better grasp on what’s happen in the Middle East. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say about all of the differ-


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She said a focus of her campaign was to connect within the established leadership and with the Honors College students to promote involvement. Hallie Paul said she wishes Hughes the best of luck, and although the position is very challenging, she knows Hughes will do well. “I encourage all Honors College students to come to me with your concerns and ideas so we can accurately represent all of you in the coming year,” Hughes said.

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Mallet celebrates 50th anniversary By Alyssa Locklar Contributing Writer Fifty years ago, John Blackburn, Dean of Men, created a Men’s Honors Program known as the Mallet Assembly. When Blackburn created the organization, he wanted to establish a group of students dedicated to innovative thinking and even a group that could be the future of the state of Alabama and beyond. “His intentions were pretty clear,� said Mallet Minister of Information Stephen Cheek. “Blackburn wanted to create an environment that helped

make leaders that could help speed along and ease the process of integration and create a more culturally open UA.� Although Blackburn had planned to have a group of pioneers who would fight for desegregation, his legacy has formed into something else. “We are about individuals making their own choices,� said vice president and resident advisor of Mallet Assembly, Chris Luehmann. “We are about self-discovery and self-growth. Sometimes without making bad decisions you can’t make good decisions.�

Fifty years later as they celebrate their anniversary, they celebrate the little things that make being a Malleteer worthwhile. “You come to Mallet with your own ideas and your own passions,� said Max Hill, the Third Member of the Tribunal, Mallet Assembly’s Judicial Board. “It is guaranteed that there will be someone who feels the exact opposite and will be willing to challenge you everyday.� Unlike many organizations on campus, once you become a Malleteer you can always be a member even after

g r a d u at i o n from the University. Long after your time in Mallet Hall, fellow Malleteers will still welcome you. “There have been numerous times that I have been traveling and looked up a Malleteer on the alumni list and stayed with people I have never met,� Luehmann said. “You just call them up and say ‘Hey, I am a Malleteer and you’re a Malleteer. Can I stay on your couch?’� Although the Mallet Assembly is a strictly UA campus organization with membership in the thousands,

We are about individuals making their own choices. We are about self-discovery and self-growth. Sometimes without making bad decisions you can’t make good decisions. — Chris Luehmann members are still capable of forming tight bonds, according to Malleteers. “Mallet truly is a family,� Luehmann said. “You know everyone that lives in the dorm and you get to know many of the alumni. All you need to say is that you are a Malleteer and you are family.�

While the Mallet Assembly plays a large role in the UA community, they are in actuality a separate entity. “When we created the Mallet Hall Resolution in 1970, we basically signed and created our Declaration of Independence from the University,� Hill said.

Assembly seeks to unite grad students A new graduate student assembly is looking to build an effective government for graduate students. Robert Harris III, the president of the Graduate Student Association, said the formal inauguration of the first Graduate Student Assembly is a major milestone for graduate student government at the University. “Before, the Graduate Student Association only consisted of an executive council, which allowed for limited input and perspectives regarding the graduate experience,� Harris said. “With the new Assembly, every graduate department on campus will be represented. This is a major step forward for graduate student government.� All of the new Assembly representatives took an oath of office at the inauguration ceremony, which was held Friday afternoon in Shelby

Hall, according to a UA news release. Will Nevin, spokesman for the Graduate Student Association, said he is amazed by what the Graduate Student Association has been able to accomplish this year. “This is an organization that was built from the ground up in the span of just a few months. As grad students, we went from having nothing to having a fully-formed governmental organization,� Nevin said. The new Graduate Assembly will serve to aid the University in making decisions regarding policy, development and curriculum as it relates specifically to the experience of graduate students, Harris said. Additionally, the new Assembly will allow for diversity in graduate perspectives and will enhance the flow of communication between students, departments and administrators, Harris said. Rosalind Moore, director of graduate student services,

said the Assembly was a welcome change that will provide for more streamlined and effective communication with the graduate student population.� The group of students charged as representatives of the Assembly will be instrumental in establishing a voice for needs that only they can fully understand and ascertain as graduate students at the Capstone,� Moore said. Harris said the Assembly will play a vital role in the lives of UA graduate students, as it represents an opportunity for graduate students to fully engage their campus at every level. “The University has done a terrific job of improving the graduate experience, but there remains much more to do,� Harris said. “The creation of the Assembly will secure graduate students a voice in the administrative process as well as provide University administrators with a readily available graduate

cross-section to consult on new policy going forward.� Harris said the future for graduate student government looks bright. After serving many roles during his tenure

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Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day. Whether you’ve been planning the perfect prank for weeks or don’t even remember what all the hubbub is about, here are some recipes that are great for a laugh.

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Festival features more than 60 writers An author reads poetry at last yearʼs Slash Pine Festival.

By Lauren Ferguson Contributing Writer A crowd of writers will spend the weekend in Tuscaloosa for the 3rd annual Slash Pine Writers Festival. Today through Saturday, writers from across the United States, as well as the UA and Tuscaloosa community, will share their literary works with the public at a variety of venues. The Slash Pine Writers Festival started Wednesday with eight writers visiting two correctional facilities to read their work and teach writing. Wednesday’s event was closed to the public, but the rest are open for public attendance Thursday through Saturday. The first open event will be Thursday night from 6 to 8 in Room 301 of Morgan Hall. There will be a colloquium panel consisting of eight poets discussing how to start a small press and its benefits. Friday will consist of an undergraduate exchange reading at the Gorgas House from 3 to 5 p.m. The exchange program sends UA students and other participating students to other universities’ reading and writing programs. Slash Pine Press will host exchange undergraduate writers from Flagler College, Ball

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• What: Coloqium panel on how to start a small press

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• Where: Morgan 301

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• When: 11 a.m. to State University and Stillman College. Five Stillman College undergraduate readers will begin the reading event, said Brian Morrisson, an English instructor and event coordinator. In addition, PieLab will offer free pie at the reading. “The University of Alabama and Stillman rarely work together,” Morrisson said. “Some people don’t even know where it is. I think they should know more about it, and we hope to work with Stillman College next year.” Following the reading at the Gorgas House, there will be a reading at the Children’s Hands On Museum in downtown Tuscaloosa. The reading

will feature nine writers and their work from 8 to 11 p.m. “It’s always nice to have events on campus, but since there has been a movement to revitalize downtown, we have incorporated downtown venues for our readings,” said Brian Oliu, a UA English instructor and partner of Slash Pine Press. The festival will conclude on Saturday with four venue readings that, together, will span the entire day from morning to midnight. The first reading will be held at Gorgas Library from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The second reading will be at the Green Bar from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The third reading will be at Stillman College’s Stinson

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Auditorium from 6 to 9 p.m. and will end with a midnight reading at the Bama Theatre from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. “It’s nice to work with the community to bring poetry to Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama,” Oliu said. “The work is always great, and it’s good to be exposed to different writers.” Slash Pine Press started at the University as a small publisher for chapbooks, small pamphlets of literature. The founders decided to begin holding readings and eventually launched the festival. The origi-

nal name was Slash Pine Poetry Festival, but was changed last year to the Slash Pine Writers Festival. Oliu said that using the word “writer” instead of “poet” allowed work to range from poetry and short fiction to non-fiction, and everything in between. Writers appearing at the festival are from Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Tennessee, Indiana and Alabama. “This is an incredibly unique event,” Morrisson said. “Sixtyplus writers gather together to share their work. I know of no

other comparable event.” All events are open to the public and free to attend, and Slash Pine Press encourages the community to come out and support the writers. “We had huge crowds at last year’s festival,” Morrisson said. “You can hear a wide array of voices, but what is so great is the audience can understand the link between the writer, the voice and the place.” For more information about the event and writers who will perform, visit slashpinepress. com.

Hominy fosters harmony By Alex Cohen Staff Reporter Last semester, the Canterbury Chapel Student Organization hosted “God and Grits,” an interfaith dinner and discussion. More than 40 people used the opportunity to voice their beliefs without fear of persecution. The result was successful conversation. “I was extremely pleased,” said Reverend Marc Burnette of the Canterbury Chapel. “I was elated at how well the conversation went and how much positive energy it had.” Hoping to build more positive energy, Canterbury will host “Grits and the Great Beyond,” tonight at 6. The event, which will take place in the East Dining Hall across from the Ferguson Theater, is open to the entire community free of charge. This food and forum series spawned from Canterbury’s desire to raise awareness for local food pantries. The Christian fundraiser quickly morphed into an interfaith effort. Canterbury saw possibility in this diversity. “We can’t waste the opportunity of having all these diverse people and beliefs in one room,” said Lindsay Turner, a junior majoring in musical theatre and outreach officer of the Canterbury student forum. Turner and others sought to use the opportunity to discuss religious differences. While the first installment of the discussion series was broad in scope, tonight’s conversation will have a specific focus—the afterlife. “Last time the conversation went in a number of

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submitted art different directions,” Turner said. “Hopefully a more focused theme will make for a more focused discussion.” Once again, attendees will enjoy a free breakfast for dinner followed by stimulating dialogue. To provide a setting where participants can voice their opinions comfortably, the discussion will feature a moderator. Linn Groft, once again, will act as the discussion’s facilitator. “When people talk about their beliefs, they can feel vulnerable,” said Groft, a senior in New College interdisciplinary studies. “My role is to encourage participation, to ensure no one party dominates and to hopefully help the conversation go a little bit deeper.” Groft said she feels her job gets easier as people embrace the respectful atmosphere. “If the moderator doesn’t have to do much, the conversation is going pretty well,” Groft said. But facilitating Groft’s job shouldn’t downplay the importance of her service. People, of course, do disagree. Rev. Burnette said he believes that guiding an interfaith discussion can lead to fruitful lessons. “We are all eager to learn about on another’s traditions and beliefs,” Burnette said. “We have to learn from each other in order to learn how to live together.”

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Burnette said he feels that the “Great Beyond” is a topic where people can find common ground. After all, most belief systems represented on campus include some view of the afterlife. Often, people’s concepts of afterlife can affect how they live today. “Our beliefs affect the present moment,” Burnette said. “What we think happens later can change the way we live together today—that’s pretty cool.” Maybe that promise of paradise will help encourage respectful participation in the forum. Or maybe attendees’ intrinsic curiosity will be enough. Regardless, events like “Grits and the Great Beyond” can foster friendships and tolerance on campus and in the community. “We can use these meetings to begin relationships,” Burnette said. “Hopefully people will extend [the relationships] beyond these meetings and into the great beyond.”

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Booher hits his stride at championships By Mike Albanese Contributing Writer French author Victor Hugo once said, “Perseverance, the secret of all triumphs.” When it comes to senior diver, Adam Booher, these words best describe his triumph at the NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn. After falling short the past three seasons, All-American honoree Booher captured three top-25 finishes during the meet. “It meant so much,” Booher said of his performance. “That’s been my goal for a long time, to compete at that level.” On the first day of action, after a 15th place finish in the preliminary round of the


1-meter board, he rocketed to 10th place with a score of 375.85, earning him AllAmerican honors. Booher followed up that performance with a 14th place finish from the 3-meter boards, with a combined score of 359.95 on six dives, again earning him All-American honors. Upon conclusion of the spring-board events, he was the second-ranked diver from the Southeastern Conference behind Michael Wright from the University of Tennessee. The final day of the championships saw Booher take home his third All-American honor in as many days, as he placed 21st on the platform with 270.80 points. Although Booher can bask in his accomplishments, the past three years have been

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filled with hard work, perseverance and heartbreak. Last season Booher was on the cusp of competing in the national championship, but fell just short as he was named a reserve for the squad as a junior. “With Adam, it’s been something that’s been four years in the making,” Head Coach Eric McIlquham said. “He came in here pretty raw, very talented, but pretty raw. He just missed out on qualifying for the NCAAs as a junior. So his senior year he had a mission and a purpose to qualify for the NCAAs, and once you’re there it’s all about scoring.” Although possessing the ability, the past three seasons have been tragic for Booher, as they ended with him missing out on accomplishing his goal

due to the stiff competition they face on a regular basis. “It’s kind of been a heartbreak the previous three years,” he said. “I was hoping to be there, I knew I was good enough, but the politics of diving is such that it’s really difficult to make it out of our zone.” However, he didn’t let those failures affect him. Booher set out this season with the same focus as previous seasons, to compete and perform at the national championship. “I knew I belonged, I knew if I keep training like I did with

my commitment that I’d be there,” Booher said. “[Diving Coach Pat Greenwell] believed that, too, and that’s the standpoint we were training with the whole season, to peak at NCAAs.” After coming so close, the change in Booher’s attitude was evident heading into his senior season as the heartbreak of years past fuel his drive to be one the best divers in the region and nationally. “You go through different experiences and you really get some tunnel vision in certain areas,” McIlquham said. “It’s

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• Honors: First-team All-SEC performer in 2011; Defensive MVP of 2010 BCS National Championship Game. • Key Stats: Recorded 4.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2010, both second on the team. • Great Moment: Intercepted pass and returned it for a touchdown in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

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No separation at quarterback postition By Marquavius Burnett Sports Reporter The biggest question on every Alabama fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind is who will be the next starting quarterback for the Tide. AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims are the two players competing for the position. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that neither player has separated himself from the other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both guys get equal reps every day in practice,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are both doing a good job and making a lot of good throws. They are having some learning opportunities, and they are having some things come up in practice that they probably werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready for. I am very pleased with the progress that both guys have made. We are looking for them to show

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time.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fate last season was enough to open everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes to the importance of regionals. The Gymdogs, who were the five-time defending national champions at the time, finished third in their regional and did not qualify for the NCAA Championships last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tell our athletes, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams advance,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be perfect. We just need to be very, very good. Everything is about making decisions toward advancement.â&#x20AC;? No. 2 Alabama is hosting regionals for the 12th time and will be joined by No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Illinois, No. 22 Auburn, No. 25 Central Michigan and No. 30 Kentucky. The Tide has already beaten Penn State, Auburn and Kentucky this season and topped Illinois and Central Michigan in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to take for granted that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve beaten these teams before,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Ashley Sledge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They could have had an off night that night. We could have an off night. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the beauty of gymnastics. Any team can win on any given day. Whoever has the best meet wins. We have to come in with the mindset that we have to do our job.â&#x20AC;? Alabama has looked like the best team in the country since mid-season, capping off a run of impressive performances with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh SEC Championship two weeks ago,

the defenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strongest units this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a lot more comfortable with the defense and playing with each other,â&#x20AC;? junior safety Robert Lester said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are building a lot more chemistry this season and we are trying to cut out all of the mental errors.â&#x20AC;? Along with creating chemistry, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondary has been banged up all spring with injuries to three key players â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mark Barron, Jarrick Williams and Nick Perry. Lester said things are still the same at practice, even with the guys wearing black jerseys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see much of a differSecondary gaining ence because they are still doing they need to do,â&#x20AC;? Lester chemistry despite what said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t injured to the point where they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t practice. injuries They are still out there making After a year full of growing calls and getting into position. pains last season, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The only thing that they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t secondary will look to be one of doing is tackling guys.â&#x20AC;? leadership and how they affect other people. We will also evaluate them on how they affect the unit that they are with.â&#x20AC;? Saban also said that anything is possible, even a two-quarterback system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have two good quarterbacks and we feel that they both could win for us at that position,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not out the question that two different guys could have roles at that position. We went through that a little bit at LSU. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not ready to say that we are heading down that road, but anything is a possibility.â&#x20AC;?

which included defeating current No. 1 Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like [our team] to do exactly what they did [at SECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s],â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They truly focused on what they were doing. They handled some pressure situations very well. Just to have that confidence that if somebody makes a mistake, the next person in the lineup has their back and they can recover.â&#x20AC;? Student tickets are $3 for Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional, which begins at 6 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. However, because of a donation from the medalist club, the first 1,500 students get in free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason I asked the medalist club to do this is because we have had such tremendous support from the students this year,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It kind of bothered me

that they would have to pay to get in. I felt like that sponsorship was a really important thing for our students and a big thank you for what they have done for our team this year.â&#x20AC;?

Tide set to scrimmage Saturday The Alabama football team will have its first organized scrimmage of the spring season this Saturday. Saban said it will be a great learning tool for the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important thing we want to see on Saturday is how the guys compete when there is no coach standing right there,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to see how they act when there is no coach there encouraging them, telling them what to do or making a call for them. The next step is taking it to the field and going out there on your own and applying the knowledge that you have to make plays and execute while doing your job.â&#x20AC;? Players are also looking forward to the upcoming scrimmage and are embracing the

CW | Margo Smith Head coach Nick Saban talks to the defensive backs during Monday afternoonĘźs practice. opportunity for live game action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to scrimmage last year because I was hurt,â&#x20AC;? linebacker Nico Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be exciting to me, and

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Tide wins third straight national title By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

The Crimson Tide women’s weelchair basketball team defeated The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 58-56 in Arlington, Texas, to claim its third straight national championship last week. “It was a really good game for us,” head coach Brent Hardin said. “I really felt like we controlled the tempo of the game, and the game was played the way we wanted it to be played. The pace was what we wanted. We switched defenses on them a lot. We felt like we had control of the game. I’m just real proud of the team. I thought they played a great game, and they put us in position to win.” “This year was even sweeter

because no one wanted us to win; but yet we went out there and still did what we needed to do and we still took care of business and we won,” said Kimberly Champion, president of the club. The championship was the fifth time that the two teams met this season. The teams went 2-2 against each other, with Alabama’s last two regular season conference losses coming from the Warhawks. UW-Whitewater proved to be Alabama’s toughest competition this season. “After our last loss to [UW-Whitewater] at home, we all met as a team,” Hardin said. “We looked each other in the eye and we committed to becoming a different team when they saw us again. We

had a big list of things that we were going to do, that we were going to change, that would make us a different team when they saw us again. And they did it.” The score was tied seven times during the game, and both teams took turns leading the game. The Tide went into halftime up by three after the Warhawks sunk a 3-pointer before the end of the first half. Alabama never trailed after halftime and were up by as many as 12 points before sealing the deal on another championship victory. Karolina Lingyte led the Tide with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Elisha Williams pulled in a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cindy Oulette and Katie Harnock both scored

Submitted Photo This year’s women’s wheelchair basketball team included no starters from the 2009 championhip season. 10 points, while Oulette also accounted for 6 assists. Emily Seelenfruend led the Tide on the defensive end, shutting down UW-Whitewater’s shooting. “I definitely got nervous in the second half whenever they started coming back, because they are a really good team,” Champion said. “I never got scared that we weren’t going to win. I was very proud of our players because they never let up for a minute. Seelenfruend dominated. She shut down their best shooter and it was awesome. Even though we

kind of let them come back, we stayed together and we stayed focused and we finished the game.” This was the third time in four years the team made it to the national championship game. The team’s first title came in 2009, only six years after the team’s inception. Hardin said this year was very much different from the past two championship runs. This year’s team started five players who were not starters on the 2009 squad and who include only one senior. Many critics thought the Tide

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By Tony Tsoukalas Assistant Sports Editor

Though the Crimson Tide did not have a spectacular day at the plate, it got the only hit that mattered as Alabama got a walk-off win against South Alabama on Wednesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. “One thing that this team has been able to do is to find ways to win games,” head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Those mid-week games can be tough at times, but we battled and we did a good job in the ninth.” The ninth inning rally started with a walk by centerfielder Taylor Dugas. Dugas stole second on the next pitch, setting catcher Brock Bennett up to be the hero. Thinking Bennet was going to bunt, South Alabama sent its third baseman in to cover the bunter and ran its shortstop over to cover third. However, instead of bunting Bennett swung away and poked a single through the cheating infield to score Dugas and win the game for the Tide. “It was just nice to come out with a win,” Bennnett said. “After last night and all these mid-week games, it has been tough, but it was nice to get back on the winning track.” It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Jaguars were expecting a bunt from Bennett. After all, that is what he has been doing all year for the Tide. With Taylor Dugas getting on base as much as he does, it has regularly been Bennnett’s job to move him into scoring position, a job the catcher openly accepts. “[Dugas] gets on pretty much every at-bat and I just move him up,” Bennett said. “He ends up scoring every time.” Wednesday was no different for Dugas, as he walked four times and recorded a single to reach all five times he was up to bat. “I had a few walks tonight

CW | John Michael Simpson Above: Starting pitcher Taylor Wolfe allowed just two runs on four hits and struck out eight batters in six innings of work in the Crimson Tide’s 4-3 victory over South Alabama Wednesday night. Above right: Sophmore Brett Booth celebrates with the team after a great inning. and I was seeing the ball really well,” Dugas said. “It was a good night, a good night to get a win.” The Tide sent sophomore Taylor Wolfe to the mound in what was his fifth start of the season for the Tide. Wolfe did not disappoint, puzzling the Jaguars to only two runs over six innings of work while striking out eight and leaving with a 3-2 lead. Along with the strong outing from Wolfe, the Tide received a solid performance from pitcher Adam Windsor in his first appearance since breaking his finger. “Obviously pitching Taylor Wolfe gave us a great start going six innings,” Gaspard said. “I thought the story of the night was Adam Windsor. He actually had a broken finger and that was his first time back. That was really good to see, because not only is it good to see him pitch well,

it also gives us another left hander in the bullpen.” The win was extra sweet for the Tide, as it served as revenge against a Jaguar team that beat the Tide by a walk-off in the teams’ last meeting. “We definitely remember that game,” Bennett said. “It was nice to come out on top this time.” Up next for the Tide is a highly touted series against Arkansas, beginning on Friday at 6:35 p.m. “They are really athletic. They’ve got about 50 stolen bases,” Gaspard said. “They are another really good SEC team and we are going to be in for a real challenge. I think at home we have found ways to win games, and that is what we have to continue to do – take care of the home field and try to win series at home.”


The Crimson White, 03.31.11