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ay Barker’s last conversation with Mal Moore went like many they had during Barker’s career as quarterback for The University of Alabama in the early 1990s while Moore was offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. Moore, as Barker recalls, spent much of the time asking how Barker was doing rather than discussing his own health issues. “He always worried about you; he always worried about the other person,” Barker said during a telephone interview late Monday. “He always wanted to know how people were doing. I just wanted to go in and thank him

and tell him how much of a father figure he was for me and how much I loved him.” Barker and countless others will remember Moore as a selfless man who always went out of his way to help others. Moore died Saturday at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., after a career with Alabama that spanned six decades as a player, coach and administrator. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Cook, granddaughter, Anna Lee, and his grandson, Charles Cannon. SEE MOORE PAGE 9

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Bailey to speak Class to offer in-depth study of trials on his linguistic studies Tuesday ‘Anatomy of a Trial’ will push students to create media projects about justice system By Samuel Yang Contributing Writer

When the state of Alabama executes someone, the cause of death is listed as homicide. “The perpetrator of that murder is us, the people,” Andrew Grace, a telecommunication and film professor, said.

Former president to teach classes in 2013 By Adrienne Burch Assistant News Editor Former University of Alabama president Guy Bailey will give an overview of his work on Southern English Tuesday at 2 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library. Bailey will return to the classroom this fall, teaching two courses in the English department: EN 320, an Intro to Linguistics course and a combination EN 423/523 course on the History of the English Language. Bailey was hired as the new president of the University on July 11, 2012, and took over the position in September 2012. He stepped down just two months later on Oct. 31, 2012, citing his wife’s ill health. Despite his resignation, Bailey remains an employee of the University, continuing to draw a $535,000 salary per his employment agreement. Though the University president never operates under an employment contract, Bailey’s original letter of understanding or appointment outlined his status as a tenured professor upon his hiring as president. In a November 2012 er • Plea s

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will set out to create a webbased narrative telling the story of an inmate on the state of Alabama’s death row. “Anatomy of a Trial is a completely new thing,” Grace said. “It’s a hybrid kind of new thing. It takes a lot of the same principles and techniques of [CESR course] ‘Documenting Justice,’ but it’s a different class altogether.”



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Guy Bailey interview with The Crimson White, UA Chancellor Robert Witt said Bailey would receive a paid developmental leave until August 2013, during which he could elect to return to the classroom as a professor. This one-year paid sabbatical leave is outlined in Rule 309 of the Board of Trustees Board Manual, but the rule stipulates that the retreated president should have served five or more years. In the November 2012 interview, Witt said the University was basing the decision on circumstances rather than Bailey’s length of tenure.

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Several months ago, a federal defender for a capital murder case in which she believed her client was innocent approached Grace about making a documentary. After a meeting, he realized the case was too complex for the documentary film format. “There’s so many different elements to them that it really

deserves a holistic treatment that maybe my film couldn’t provide,” he said. “I began to think about ways to tell that story in a different way, not as a documentary film but as something larger.” That “something larger” will be a new yearlong class produced from a partnership between the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and several departments at The University of Alabama. The class, Anatomy of a Trial,

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Tuscaloosa native started line in 2006 By Abbey Crain Staff Reporter Lauren Leonard doesn’t even need to go to one of the 150 boutiques around the country that sell her collection to see the clothes she designed. All the Tuscaloosa native and 2006 Alabama graduate needs to do is turn on the TV. “The first time I saw my clothes on television was on ‘Gossip Girl,’” Leonard said. “You know you’ve reached a certain level of success when you’re selling to so many stores, but there’s a whole legitimacy that people see you with when they see your clothes on a show like that.” Leonard has lived in Atlanta,

Ga., Nashville, Tenn., and most recently New York City, N.Y. to cultivate her clothing line, Leona. The collection has appeared on “Gossip Girl” and “90210.” Leonard grew up in Tu s c a l o o s a , att e n d i n g Tuscaloosa County High School and then The University of Alabama. Her parents encouraged her to cultivate her artistic talents at a young age. “My mother was always sewing clothes for us,” Leonard said. “She and my father both were very artistic, so that was a lot of our time spent together was doing art projects like painting and drawing. I knew how to use pastels and charcoal when I was like 5 years old. That really was my first love.”

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‘Trial’ class to create multimedia projects TRIAL FROM PAGE 1 Grace and journalism professor Chip Brantley will teach Anatomy of a Trial for the first time next year. Brantley said the class is really a servicelearning course, and while expectations have been set, not even he knows exactly what they will find. “It’s a discovery process. Students need to be willing to commit to that process, which is tricky when you’re not exactly sure what you’re going to find. I think that’s what makes the course exciting,” Brantley said. “It takes a real commitment of time and empathy and real-world professionalism that a lot of classroom classes don’t offer or require of students.” Grace said the beginning of the class will focus on creating a “structural framework” that familiarizes students with the legal process. “We’ll be doing a lot of reading and documentary viewing,” Grace said. “Students will not only be investigating this case, they’ll be learning about other work that people have undertaken over the years.” From there, students will investigate the case in-depth and work to create a webbased, multimedia narrative about the case. Grace said the

Designer, UA alumna started at Shirt Shop LEONA FROM PAGE 1 Leonard worked in local boutiques around town starting at age 16, where she learned about the business side of fashion. “I started working at the Shirt Shop freshman year [of college],” Leonard said. “That’s when I really got into the buying process and helped build their women’s department and really sort of learned what it took to manage a budget and really analyzing what the customer is looking for and understanding how and why things perform on a retail level. It was a really important experience.” The Shirt Shop went on to be the first boutique to carry

class could require a large time commitment but is a significant opportunity for students to engage in their community. “[Do not] think of this so much as a class but as a professional project,” Brantley said. “We’re assembling a team. Within that team, people will have very defined roles. The expectations across the board will be the same, but people will be participating in different ways.” Brantley said he hopes the team will ultimately include “different types of thinkers,” resulting in an inter-disciplinary team. While some will be interviewing at a prison, others will be programming. “Traditionally, we think of the reporter and the editor and maybe the photographer,” Brantley said. “We don’t think as much traditionally about the designer and the programmer, and I think more and more this is what you have these teams of people who come together to create this one story or one site.” Together, that team will set out to answer questions not only about the technical details within the case but the story behind it – for example, the circumstances behind the crime and the appeals process behind the case. “I think right now the goal is to really honestly and accurately tell what often times is a very confusing and complicated story,” Grace said. “[We’re

doing it to] bring light to a system that affects us all and that we’re all implicated in.” Though the exact outcome of the class is hard to predict, Grace said the students in the class can expect “the opportunity to create a significant change.” “We’re going to have to explain to students the gravity of the project they’re undertaking,” Grace said. “Few classes offer students the opportunity to create something really tangible that will have real-world impact. They will explore a world they’ve probably never thought about or encountered before.” Grace said “Anatomy of a Trial” coordinators will be looking for sincere students who are committed to the unique aspects of the class and the good that can come of it – “students who are passionate about story-telling.” Brantley points to the class’s collaborative nature as an emulation of past successes (for example, the New York Times’ awardwinning web-based narrative “Snow Fall,” about an avalanche) and a sign of things to come. “Everyone’s going to bring their expertise and responsibility. That definitely is the future,” Brantley said. “[Those committed to it] want to do a story justice.” Applications for the class will be accepted at until spots are filled.

Leona’s first collection, a gameday collection. They are now the only store that carries Leona’s gameday attire. “We felt like with her talent and drive it would work,” Laura Spurlin, co-owner of The Shirt Shop, said. “I’ve never seen anyone except my husband work so hard. I just felt like it would be a winner. There were a few hits and a few misses, but we made money and she made money off of it so it worked.” Spurlin said Leonard was important to the buying process at The Shirt Shop when she was a student at the University. “She was obviously very up on fashion trends,” Spurlin said. “Her knowledge of so many aspects of the fashion industry helped us market. When you’re in this business

it’s important to know all these trends.” Leonard keeps in touch with the Spurlins at The Shirt Shop, often hosting trunk shows at the Tuscaloosa location. “Local boutiques will always be the bread and butter of our business,” Leonard said. That’s where our customers are. The Shirt Shop, they really supported me when I was starting my business. We see them as an integral part of why we continue to grow and have these solid relationships with Leona customers that are wearing our clothes.” Leonard majored in fashion design at the University and was a member of Phi Mu. Sue Parker, professor emerita in the department of clothing and textiles, said she is proud of Leonard’s success since she left the Capstone.

Bailey to teach fall 2013 linguistics class BAILEY FROM PAGE 1 “I felt that the honorable thing for the University to do was to give him the same type of developmental leave appointment as if he had served here for years,” Witt said in the November 2012 interview. According to Rule 309, Compensation Guidelines for Retreating Presidents and Chancellor, retreating presidents who have served five or more years can return to active faculty and receive a salary equal to that of the highestpaid faculty member in the individual’s department. The manual states that retreating presidents who have not served five years are entitled to “compensation and benefits comparable to tenured faculty members at that department.” Bailey was a first-generation college student from Montgomery, Ala. He graduated from the University in 1972 with a degree in English and again in 1974 with a master’s in English. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Tennessee. “Former president Guy Bailey is a scholar who also became an administrator but

has continued with his academic research throughout his career,” linguistics professor Catherine Davies said. Bailey studied linguistics while at the University with professor James MacMillan, one of the founders of Southern dialectology and chair of the UA English department in the 1970s. He also worked on the Linguistics Atlas of the Gulf States while attending UT, Davies said. “He has been a prolific scholar in the sociolinguistics of Southern American English even while he has taken on important administrative jobs, and has made major contributions to our understanding of its history and development, including African American Vernacular English,” Davies said. Throughout his career, Bailey has conducted various studies of different dialects across the country – one of his most known ones being a 17-year study he conducted with Patricia Cukor-Avila about the local language of a small Texas town renamed for privacy reasons as “Springville.” Davies said Bailey will speak on Tuesday about the sociolinguistics of Southern American English. “[It is] for anybody who is interested in the way we talk here in the Heart of Dixie,” Davies said.

“As we teach there are certain students who stand out, who have a focus, and Lauren also was a person that she seemed to have a goal, a direction,” Parker said. “She knew that she would like to have her own line of garments.” Leonard said she is thankful for her time spent in the University’s apparel design program, but did not create her first collection until after college in spring 2008. She chalks the rise in popularity amongst fashion-related majors up to the glamorous lifestyles portrayed on television. “I think all of the television shows like Project Runway, Fashion Star, Rachel Zoe — all of these things have really shed light on the fashion industry, so it’s really becoming more popular for people to want to pursue the career that what

seems like the very glamorous industry portrayed on television,” Leonard said. Although Leonard moved to the fashion touchstone city, a paradigm of glamour, she stresses the real life struggles faced, as with any entrepreneurial endeavor. “Of course there are aspects of the industry that are glamorous, especially with luxury brands,” Leonard said. “Fashion is a business like any other. We deal with the same issues as any other industry. Magazines, television, fashion labels, we are all doing the same thing: selling an aspirational lifestyle. I am very lucky in that I am truly passionate about all of the nitty-gritty details of the business. If I wasn’t, then there is no way I would’ve made it past my first year with a smile on my face.”

of the Washington D.C.-based American Association of University Professors. But this exercise was out of line, says Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Orlandobased Liberty Counsel, a legal group focusing on religious liberty issues. “Teachers obviously have a broad spectrum of ways they can instruct, but some things just defy common sense,” he said. “I can’t imagine any educational or pedagogical reasons to take the name of Jesus and stomp it on the floor.” Poole, who is also the vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, and FAU became the subject of

numerous national stories in recent days. Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee questioned whether the assignment would be allowed had students been asked to stomp on “Muhammad,” the sacred figure in Islam. So far, 2013 has been a controversial year for the university. In January, associate professor James Tracy questioned on his personal blog whether the Sandy Hook massacre happened. Then in February, FAU became the subject of protests when it named its stadium after the GEO Group, a prison company that donated $6 million to the university.


FAU apologizes after ‘Jesus’ assignment sparks outrage From MCT Campus FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Atlantic University has apologized for a class assignment in which students were asked to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper, and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it. Instructor Deandre Poole’s March 4 exercise in the Intercultural Communications class on the FAU Davie campus created a nationwide stir, with blogs and social media sites abuzz with complaints from critics who called it an affront to Christianity. “This exercise will not be used again,” an FAU statement said. “ …We sincerely apolo-

gize for any offense this caused. Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.” FAU had initially defended the assignment, with communications department director Noemi Marin saying, “While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.” Poole, a non-tenured instructor who has worked at FAU since 2010, couldn’t be reached for comment, despite repeated attempts. The exercise was part of an instructor’s manual, written by Jim Neuliep, a communications

professor at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. It was part of a chapter dealing with the power of certain words. “This exercise is a bit sensitive, but really drives home the point that even though symbols are arbitrary, they take on very strong and emotional meanings,” the exercise states. Of the stomping, it said: “Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.” Academic freedom generally allows instructors to conduct controversial lessons as long as the material is relevant to the lesson and the instructor is competent, said Jenn Nichols,


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Beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. in Smith Hall, three speakers will lecture as part of the JCC Sanders series, dedicated to remembering The University of Alabama’s student soldiers of the Confederacy. “It brings some of the top Civil War speakers to the University,� George Rable, Charles Summersell Chair in southern history, said. The lecture series is funded by the JCC Sanders Endowment Fund established by Paul Bryant Jr. in memory of the cadets from the University who served in the Confederate army. “[The University’s cadets] are an important part of state

history and University history,� Rable said. Rable dismissed concerns of controversy about honoring Confederate soldiers. “There’s a difference between celebrating and remembering,� Rable said. “The purpose of the talks is strictly historical, it’s not to say the Confederates were right.� Colonel John Brinsfield, a retired army chaplain, will be delivering the first speech about chaplains during the Civil War, titled, “With a Bible, a Horse and a Calling.� He has authored and co-authored nine books. Additionally, Christian McWhirter, an assistant editor for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln and a researcher for the National Archives, will be


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and we lost interest pretty quickly due to commercialization,� Hillery said. “Our focus now is K2.� K2, also known as Savage Mountain, is the second largest mountain in the world, located in Pakistan. For every four people who have attempted to ascend K2, one has died trying, he said. Regardless of his unorthodox career path, Hillery said maintaining a college degree is an important staple that sets you apart from others and opens your future to many new things. “It helps to have strong ambition and never be content,� Hillery said. “I’m always improving, but man without that degree I would definitely not be where I am today.� Hillery currently resides in Australia where he works selling medical lasers and spends his spare time surfing and rock climbing. “Unfortunately I haven’t been back since I graduated in 2008, but that school is with me everyday,� Hillery said. “I knew I wasn’t going to be back for a long time when I left but that’s life. It’s a chapter.�


he said. Hillery and Batt formed a nonprofit called Hill Batt after Katrina to give back to the victims, as well as donate money toward things they are passionate about such as Muscular Dystrophy and the Bengal tiger. They have created T-shirts representing the brand along with other merchandise. “When I was in school I used to take T-shirts to Gallettes and sell them,� Hillery said. “Everything we do we use to give back.� When asked what’s next, Hillery said he has many plans that include scaling the Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea and breaking the record there. “The record is 18 days, and we plan to do it in four,� Hillery said. “It’s in the Indonesian jungle, and there are things like cannibals out there so you have to be really careful.� Hillery said while he still plans to reach his longterm goal of climbing Mount Everest, he has his sights set on a new mountain. “Our main focus was Everest


Hillery said he worked a lot on lung expansion. “I like raw workouts like flipping a tire up a hill or sprinting with a rope around you tied to a weight on the beach,� Hillery said. “Anything to get your heart pumping. Those brutal workouts are great but I like to focus on things that make me happy like surfing and paddle boarding.� Aside from scaling mountains, Hillery’s extreme hobbies include ice climbing, paddle boarding and head diving off of various sized cliffs. “It wakes you up and never gets any easier before you jump,� Hillery said. “A few weeks ago we heard about a 100-foot waterfall jump, but it was a seven-hour trek in the Australian jungle. Nevertheless, we found it and both had some crazy head dives. It’s so high my head was bruised for a week.� Hillery said even in his undergrad days he enjoyed a milder version of cliff jumping. “Even at Bama I loved to go to the cliffs and jump. I wouldn’t say I was doing the things I’m doing now though,�



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Andrew Hillery said when he told people he wanted to climb mountains after graduating from college everyone laughed at him. However, after graduating from The University of Alabama in 2008 with a communications degree, Hillery has not only climbed mountains, he has broken records. Hillery and his climbing partner and best friend, Brendan Batt, set the American record for fastest time up the most dangerous route on Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain. The route taken by Hillery and Batt is known as the Umbwe via the Western Breach, which had been closed for eight years. “It’s not even a trail,� Hillery said. “It’s raw and very, very tough. The path is almost entirely vertical.� The high altitude of the climb created a limited amount of oxygen, along with a limited supply of food. The original record was set in three days, and Hillery and his partner managed to make it in two and a half. “The toughest parts were climbing 48 hours straight on a pure vertical sect,� Hillery said. “And my partner throwing up because the high altitude was making him sick.� Among the many difficulties, Hillery said they experienced loose rock, gravel and ice as they traveled 1,700 feet up with no sleep or rest. “Mentally, I try to never think about the top of the mountain,� Hillery said. “I just think one step, one more maneuver.� Hillery’s interest in climbing began at age 18, during college, when the first thing he spent his income on was glacier climbing and safety school, he said. “I had always had a interest in large mountains,� Hillery said. “I guess the older I got the more I felt a bit of a void

in my life.� After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his parents’ home in 2005, Hillery became more determined than ever to achieve his goals. During a sushi lunch with Batt, it was decided they would begin their climbing journey. “By the end of the lunch it was settled that we were going to take all the money we had, work the entire summer, and head to the cascade mountains to start and refine our alpinism skills,� Hillery said. “We both agreed that we would start to climb large mountains right then and there.� Hillery has since ascended many mountains, including San Jacinto in California. “We used to live together in California, and one weekend we saw a mountain while driving and made an attempt at it the following weekend,� Chris Cannizzaro, a long-time friend, said. “Andrew was leading the way but he didn’t know the route, and we got lost and ran out of food.� Cannizzarro said the local sheriff’s department was contacted, and they were airlifted off the mountain. “I have the news clip from that day, which is always good for a laugh,� Cannizzarro said. Despite the difficulties they faced with San Jacinto, Cannizzarro said they followed it with a successful climb. “We also climbed Aconcagua together, which we did summit and was a good expedition,� Cannizzarro said. In 2009, Hillery ascended Mount Aconcagua, the largest mountain in the southern hemisphere, located in Argentina. He planted a UA flag on the mountain’s peak that stands at 6,960 meters high. “I usually try to plant an Alabama flag on all my climbs,� Hillery said. “I always try to represent Alabama, especially here in Australia. But when I climbed Kilimanjaro, we barely brought anything.� To prepare for his climbs,





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In defense of pants By Kirby Johnson

As the weather begins to change and our days become a little longer and a little warmer, I’d like to reach out to all the young women and ask them to keep those jeans on. Now I realize that many of you reading this aren’t wearing jeans; you may be wearing leggings or maybe even Nike shorts. To those ladies reading who are not actually wearing pants: Now is the time to put some on. Let me explain. It has been several years since I was last on a college campus and during that time there were students who would come to class in various levels of dress. Most of the students came dressed in jeans or other forms of casual garb. Then there were the go-getters, the students that had jobs to get to afterward. On a rare occasion there was a student in pajama bottoms, which were frayed and gray at the bottom. The disheveled pajama bottom student wasn’t the norm, it was a rare flower – albeit a wilted, sort of unwashed one. So it is much to my surprise that the rare flower that was the pajama Let me assure you that I bottom student am not crazy. I am a young has morphed into woman and I just happen to something more socially acceptable be wearing pants. at The University of Alabama: the baggy T-shirt stacked on top of Nike shorts or leggings student. Somehow dressing like you just got out of bed is a socially accepted norm and for this, I am begging all of the young women out there to sit with me while I share a few reasons to keep those winterinspired pants on. I am sure by now you think I’m crazy. Let me assure you that I am not crazy. I am a young woman and I just happen to be wearing pants. Clothing is this wonderful invention that at its height, can be used to express one’s self and at its most basic use, works to cover one’s body. When I came back from winter break, I was amazed to see that many young women had used the cold to their advantage. They had decided to dress in clothing appropriate for the weather and the occasion of getting out of bed/going to school. Yet there are still some young women who brave the cold and tramp around campus in thin leggings or, even worse, the majestic Nike shorts. But why? This is masochism! There is no reason to be cold while also in a shapeless baggy shirt. Not only does winter provide you with the opportunity to create fun warm outfits with boots, scarves, and chunky Cosby Show sweaters, but it also gives you the opportunity to express yourself through many layers and textures. Clothing can be fun, it can keep you warm (or cool), and it can complement a person’s shape in ways an old T-shirt and leggings cannot. The topic of one’s shape brings me to my second point: There are parts of everyone’s anatomy that should not be represented in the classroom. Unfortunately, leggings have the special power of accentuating them in a very inappropriate way. A similar dilemma happens when young women wear shorts so short that their T-shirts provide the illusion that the woman has nothing on underneath. This is not appropriate! One should have an acceptable amount of clothing over the delicate parts of our bodies. When students come to class in a way that emphasizes the illusions of nudity they are not only being disrespectful to their instructors but to the institution as a whole. Not only is rolling out of bed and coming to class half-dressed disrespectful, but it dulls one’s senses as well. Being dressed, even in just jeans and a well-fitted T-shirt, allows a person the certain kind of alertness that prepares them to think critically and learn. The soft material of sleepwear or the breezy athletic nature of Nike shorts does not sharpen one’s senses. Being in non-elastic based clothing can be uncomfortable, but the discomfort is a reality you must quickly overcome. Wearing appropriate clothing shows that you respect yourself and those around you. If you dress for success then you will succeed. If you are dressed for a slumber party, then maybe you shouldn’t have left the house. With that said, I do understand that getting dressed can be the most difficult part of one’s day. I often have difficulty doing both of these things, but I do them because I am an adult. Learning to get out of bed and put on a real outfit prepared me for work after college. In fact, the repetition of dressing in college gave me the tools to do it mindlessly and quickly for work while hungover. Yes, wearing clothes can be a chore, but it’s a chore that makes us human, a chore that we can have a sense of pride in, and a chore that can garner respect and prepare us for the day. So I ask all of the ladies reading: Let’s welcome spring with bright, fun, coordinated outfits. Let’s keep those pants on, or slip into a fun dress, or maybe even a pair of length appropriate shorts. School is not an extension of the gym or bedroom. We should dress accordingly.

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On same-sex marriage issue, demographics are destiny By Brad Erthal Senior Staff Columnist Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases relating to gay marriage. The smart money seems to be on SCOTUS striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, and throwing out the case on California’s Proposition 8 altogether, thus letting the lower court ruling enabling same-sex couples to get married stand. Although the court is hard to predict, most court watchers believe it will punt its responsibility to protect the rights of all citizens and allow the lower court ruling to stand, thus allowing gay marriage in California, but not ignoring the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection for all citizens. Proposition 8 passed in the 2008 election, and it is remarkable how far the politics of gay marriage have changed in the last four years. You may recall that in the 2008 Democratic primaries, the debate was mostly over whether to allow civil unions, and those of us who supported civil unions as a move in the right direction were considered the utopia-seeking leftists. The question was not even asked on the Republican side.

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One party has moved very far on the issue, and now stands in favor of gay marriage. The Republicans maintain the same homophobic position now as then. Congressional Republicans opted to spend your tax dollars to hire a counsel to defend DOMA, money which will prove to have been wasted when SCOTUS declares it unconstitutional anyway. In a party still firmly committed to public funding of efforts to keep our country discriminatory toward homosexuals, the supposed paragon of the forwardlooking Republicans stands virtually alone. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, changed his mind on gay marriage because his son came out publicly as a gay man. While I welcome Sen. Portman to the team, I don’t feel that he is owed

much applause for ceasing to be a bigot against his own family member; he has known his son was gay for some time, but his position has just now changed. This is a profile in courage the justices can only hope to match. About the only legal argument remaining to the defenders of Proposition 8 last week was to claim that the state had an interest in regulating marriages for the societal interest in responsible procreation. This is transparently silly. I am not required to help conceive children at all if I marry a female. In fact, she or I can be entirely infertile, by choice or by bad (some might say “good”) luck, and there is no bar to us being married. I can marry as many infertile women as I want, so long as I serve those sentences consecutively and not concurrently. But if I decided to marry another male, I would be prevented because the same number of children would result, no matter how frequently we tried. Opponents of gay marriage should take solace in their last line of defense. As always, if you don’t like gay marriage, you don’t have to get one. The First Amendment guarantees that your church, mosque, synagogue, temple, coven or book club can be as bigoted or

as inclusive as it wants. Just as no one forces churches to recognize divorce or interracial marriages, we can’t force recognition of same-sex marriages. This is only a plea for the civil right of marriage, and the recognition of citizens’ unfettered right to an institution mentioned more than 1,100 times in just the Federal code. Since Republicans will continue to try to block equal rights, the best thing the court could do for the Republican Party would be to find a general right to marriage (something that is already very close to being the law for straight people; states can’t bar incarcerated felons from getting hitched, except to their cellmate). A solid majority of Americans is now in favor of equality, and since there is an age gradient, with younger generations being much more accepting, demographics are destiny. This shouldn’t matter; we should not be in the business of voting on each other’s civil rights. But when we lose this battle in the courts, those of us in favor of treating all citizens equally will win the war at the ballot box, eventually. Brad Erthal is a doctoral student studying economics. His column runs on Tuesdays.


WWOOFing over break makes for good, soulful week By Lucy Cheseldine Staff Columnist My next all-American holiday experience, spring break, couldn’t come quick enough. To avoid the hoards of string bikinis and beerloaded pick-ups heading to the beach, I decided to exchange the past few months of intellectual laboring with a little of the manual kind. The idea of “WWOOFing” (WWOOF stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is much like the concept of couch surfing except the sofa bed is exchanged for a farm. You can go and stay on an organic farm – for free with food and board – in exchange for helping out and being actively involved in learning about the processes of sustainable agriculture itself. So my friend and I loaded up the car trunk with an unnecessarily large pile of summer dresses, denim shorts, hiking boots and an armful of Gothic literature, only to find that it was so cold and wet that we wore the same jeans, woolly sweater and waterproof jacket combination every day and were too tired at the end of the sunlight hours to do anything but crack open a few

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beers, look up into the eyes of the full moon and listen to the far-off sound of coyotes whilst convincing ourselves that north Alabama had suddenly acquired a full pack of wolves that were heading directly over the hill toward us and our precious High Life cans. But we always felt complete after a day’s work. We found the farm on the website and were not quite sure what to expect when we arrived, which ended up being well into the dark hours after we successfully managed to take every wrong turn possible. This was due partly to our lack of sense of direction and sustained states of indecision and partly to the fact that both of us

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refuse to integrate fully into the ‘iPhone generation’ – as our youth movement is now being referred to – and so couldn’t utilize the wonders of technology to get us onto the right interstate. This latter excuse chimed rather well with our host farmer Joan, as her farm, Luddite Farm was a site without modern machinery. Instead she is in the process of training her team of horses to plough her two fields in the fall, ready again to begin planting her garlic and herbs to make pesto and herbal teas to take to the local stores, sold alongside home-reared organic lamb. The farm was on a very small scale run by Joan herself, as she lives alone but with a constant stream of travelling WWOOFers and friends passing through to help her in her various projects. We planted shiitake mushrooms and placed them carefully in the nearby, damp woods and started training the horse to work the plough in her regal harness. No temperature or rain water could take away from a week spent on a farm with only three women working it, two of whom (me included) had no extensive experience of working in the farm-

ing industry. But somehow, we made it work and felt empowered and liberated. Our reward was nights spent shoving logs we had chopped ourselves into the wood burning stove whilst eating sweet potato pie and green onions we had picked earlier, and then there was story time with Joan. We stirred up her past with questions about the pimped-out old school bus we were sleeping in that she had picked up in New York and driven across to California to be greeted by the strange communes in Slab City and Oh My God hot springs where men organise their belongings into neat piles of broken clocks and Barbie dolls and where she attended one of her first rainbow gatherings. It was a soulful week learning about food, farms and life on the road. Leaving out the fact that we missed coinciding our visit with two young – apparently rather attractive – male German carpenters by two days, everything fell into place. And now it really feels like spring. Lucy Cheseldine is an English international student studying English literature. Her column runs weekly on Tuesdays.

Kirby Johnson is a graduate student studying creative writing.



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Students begin to enjoy daily highs in 70s by studying, relaxing on the Quad

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Males make up 40% of eating disorder victims By Tricia Vaughan

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Emily Simon, a junior majoring in international studies and Spanish, enjoys the spring weather studying on the Quad Monday afternoon.

Walking through The University of Alabama student recreation center, the weight station is filled with college men pumping iron to build a Grecian godlike body as seen gracing the glossy covers of magazines like “Men’s Health” and “Men’s Fitness.” New research shows there may be more to men’s desire to bulk up than looking like Ryan Gosling – it suggests masculine and feminine gender roles influence male body image. Although women are stereotyped as the primary victims of eating disorders, men now account for an estimated 40 percent of diagnoses, a record high. Of the reported men with an

eating disorder, 4 to 10 percent of them are male college students. Men are also reportedly less likely to seek treatment because of the perception that eating disorders are a “woman’s disease,” which could lead to more unreported cases. The study published on March 27 in “Journal of Eating Disorders” examined the relationship between a man’s self perception and his body image concerns. Researchers looked at “bigorexia,” the constant obsession with being too small, and anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder where a person with an extreme fear of gaining weight restricts the amount of food they eat, among 75 male patients. Male participants with

muscle dysmorphia associated themselves with more masculine norms whereas those with anorexia nervosa identified themselves with feminine roles. “This does not mean that the men with anorexia were any less masculine, nor that the men with muscle dysmorphia were less feminine than the control subjects we recruited,” clinical psychologist and study leader Stuart Murray said in a journal news release. “It is, however, an indication of the increasing pressures men are under to define their masculinity in the modern world.” With male body dissatisfaction increasing over the past three decades from 15 to 43 percent, unhealthy habits may be forming to

achieve the desired male body type. Some turn to steroids while others may turn to dangerous diets and over-exercising. Either way, the outcome could be detrimental. Not only can bigorexia and anorexia nervosa negatively affect health, they can also destroy a person’s social life. Most sufferers will avoid social situations in which they are forced to diverge from their strict diet or will sacrifice time with friends to put in extra time at the gym. Women aren’t the only victims of eating disorders or body image dysmorphia. Just as many women feel pressure to look like Victoria’s Secret models, men think they have to look a certain way, too.

App allows users to develop plans for a night out By Courtney Stinson Staff Reporter In today’s “pics or it didn’t happen” world, Instagrams, Tweets and Foursquare checkins are a crucial part of a good night out for many. The CouchCachet mobile app aims to take advantage of that. “CouchCachet gets its inspiration from that desire we all have to live an exciting life colliding with our need to stay home and watch TV,” CouchCachet co-founder Brian Fountain said. The app uses the check-in app Foursquare and Mashery’s APIs to create an itinerary for a night out. Once users authorize the itinerary, the app can check them in at these places and post

pressure social media puts on people to maintain the appearance of having an exciting life. CouchCachet gets its inspira“I feel like if you’re not havtion from that desire we all ing the coolest pictures on have to live an exciting life Instagram and your like, ‘Oh, colliding with our need to I’m sitting there with my cat’ or something, then you’re stay home and watch TV. just looking lonely,” she said. “Social media’s the top thing — Brian Fountain now, and there’s so many apps for everything, so I feel like if you’re not doing something, no appropriate updates to Twitter, one will care if you’re not doing Facebook and Foursquare. anything cool at all.” Porscha Alonzo, a sophoThe joking nature of more majoring in human devel- CouchCachet implies that opment, uses Foursquare to maybe users should not take check into places so people can the app too seriously. see where she is going. While “I feel like everything could Alonzo says she would not probably be a joke, except for check into places where she is LinkedIn and maybe Twitter not, she does understand the these days,” Alonzo said. “I feel

like all social media is a joke.” Mandi Miller, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice, said living an active online life as opposed to a real one might lead to a rise in sedentary behaviors. “I think it’s kind of weird to pretend to be going somewhere if you’re not, but to each their own,” Miller said. “I think [CouchCachet] might just make [users] live on the couch more. They should probably just go out and actually do it instead of pretending.” Fountain acknowledges the risks of such a program making people less social, but in addition to making users just look cool, CouchCachet does offer real alternatives to staying in.

“There’s always the risk of couch-addiction, but we try and encourage our users with a follow up email the next day that includes a list of upcoming local events,” Fountain said. Despite it’s name, CouchCachet does not have to

be all about staying in. The app can plan a great night out, but it is up to the user to make it an itinerary or a cover story. “Have fun and remember you can always go legit and actually get off the couch,” Fountain said.





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Jasons tap new members Monday on the Quad’s historic mound

UA opera theatre to perform annual ‘One Night Only’ By Hannah Widener Contributing Writer

CW | Shannon Auvil

Old members gave their bowler hats, ties and canes to new inductees Monday afternoon on the Quad.

Service transforms studying abroad By Bianca Martin Contributing Writer

Many students use the opportunity of studying abroad to learn in a new environment, experience a different culture, have fun and make friends. Some students choose to go abroad, though, with an entirely different goal – to volunteer. The University of Alabama offers several opportunities to travel internationally to volunteer and provide service in third-world countries. Students can participate through programs like Alternative Breaks and summer service trips. Douglas Fair, a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish, heard about his opportunity to volunteer in Nicaragua last year through the Honors College Student Advisory Board. “I spoke to the director of the program, Dr. Fran Oneal,” Fair said. “She convinced me that it is one of the best experiences available for a pre-medical student with Spanish interests.” Each trip has a purpose to help locals in the country in different ways, such as teaching English, mentoring, construction and

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medical treatment. “At the clinic each day we would have one of three jobs: taking vitals, shadowing one of the resident doctors, or assisting with filling out patient prescriptions,” Fair said. “My favorite job was shadowing the doctors because I was able to quickly learn medical Spanish terms as well as how to recognize and treat specific diseases.” Not all volunteer trips are focused on medicine. Rachel Ramey, a freshman majoring in civil engineering, will be participating in the Engineers Without Borders service trip to Peru in May. “We’re going to the middle of the Amazon rainforest into a indigenous village, and we’re helping them add technology to the visitor center that they’re building, and we’re helping them build a bathroom,” Ramey said. “We’re also helping them record their history because they’ve never really recorded it, and they’d like to do that before they no longer have a chance to. There are only 200 of them left in the world.” Even though they do not learn in a traditional classroom setting, students who

participate learn through experience and interaction with the locals. Fair said he believes volunteering abroad is very beneficial if one is learning a language. “The Nicaragua Clinical Experience allowed me to immerse myself in Nicaraguan culture through my interactions with the residents,” Fair said. “Without homework to worry about, I was able to use my free time to explore the city and learn even more about how to not only speak Spanish, but how to properly interact with others.” Andrew Davis, a freshman majoring in biology, participated in another medical volunteer trip in Nicaragua this past spring break. He said the trip was designed to teach the participants, as well as to help others. “The program is called I n t e r n at i o n a l Service Learning, so you go and you perform what can be a service trip, but it’s more learning,” Davis said. “We diagnosed and prescribed medicine, but it was double-checked by a doctor. We learned Spanish medical terms and were helped by doctors. We were given suturing seminars and pharmacol-

ogy seminars. We helped, but we learned more.” Davis also said volunteering abroad gives you the experience of observing and helping people that traditional study abroad does not. “If you’re just studying abroad, you’re learning the same things you’d learn here, just in a different country, with a cultural aspect,” he said. “Volunteering abroad in a third-world country lets you see parts of the world, parts of humanity that you won’t see in first-world countries and most places that you would study abroad.” Ramey said regardless of the goals a volunteer may leave with, volunteering abroad transforms the whole experience. “Some people say you don’t make that much of a difference by going,” Ramey said. “But I think whether it’s a difference for you or others, going there with a purpose of serving others kind of puts another focus on the trip. It’s not about yourself; it’s about what you give back.” For more information on study abroad opportunities, visit 135 B.B. Comer Hall or visit

“One Night Only,” a performance presented by the department of opera theatre, will feature a different blend of music than usual Tuesday night at the Moody Music Building. “It’s an annual evening we do every year which has punk and jazz favorites,” said Paul Houghtaling, assistant professor of voice and director of opera theatre. “It’s a cabaret environment with tables and wine glasses filled with grape juice and all that.” This year will mark the performance’s sixth year in production. This event allows opera students to break from the traditional classical music and move their repertoire into more modern times. “It’s a lot of songs from standard American song books to jazz to a little bit of Adele, as well as Carrie Underwood,” Houghtaling said. The Adele and Carrie Underwood songs will be performed in the mash-up sung by Jessie Echeverria, a sophomore majoring in vocal performance, and Preston Thompson, a sophomore majoring in music administration. While Thompson is not an opera student, he said that’s what makes this event different. “I’m allowed to do it,” Thompson said. “I’m not technically in the opera program, but Dr. Houghtaling allows his opera students to bring [in] duet partners if they want.” Echeverria said this duet is a combination of the two songs “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood and “Skyfall” by Adele.

IF YOU GO... • What: “One Night Only” opera performance • When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. • Where: Moody Music Building

“The atmosphere for this event is different from our other events because we’re not singing classical music,” Echeverria said. “It’s much more intimate.” This is Echeverria’s first time being featured in “One Night Only,” but for some it’s becoming a tradition. For Heather Jaques, a second year graduate student studying vocal performance, this is her second time performing at the event. “I will be performing ‘Spark of Creation’ from Children of Eden,” Jaques said. “I’ve been preparing this since spring break.” Among this year’s guest performers will be Tom Robinson of the School of Music who has previous experience in pop and jazz piano styles. “This is a very imitate setting and it sells out fast,” Houghtaling said. “It’s a chance for students to show their versatility and their artistry in a repertoire that’s not opera. They’ve been working on this for a month and they choose stuff that they already know or that they’ve always wanted to sing. We have one rehearsal and then the performance.”

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UAB offers students social media graduate certificate By Courtney Stinson Staff Reporter While Facebooking and tweeting in class are still taboo, The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s new graduate certificate program in social networking will begin teaching students to use social media tools for more than sharing their spring break pictures, starting this fall. Students of the social networking program will learn to use a variety of social media, create social media campaigns, and use analytics and performance indicators to measure outcomes. Molly Wasko, UAB associate professor and MISQ chair, said learning to use these tools is particularly important for interacting with customers. “So much of how our consumers are expecting us to interact with an organization is

through social media.” Wasko said. “Given how much effort it takes to maintain a social media presence, companies really have to be thoughtful of the way they use these tools because it’s a direct line into their consumers.” There is currently not a wide availability of educational programming focused solely on social media, but with its prevalence in the business world, the social networking certificate allows students to hone social networking skills as a professional body of knowledge. The social networking program consists of four courses – two per semester – including web analytics, social media and virtual communities in business, intro to business intelligence and a social media course approved by an advisor. Students can expect a workload of 10 hours per week for

each class, a typical workload for a graduate program. “This is something that we can offer in lieu of some type of professional certification,” Wasko said. “What [the program] does is develop the skills around how to leverage social media as part of your business strategy.” The social media certificate may be especially useful for professionals who have not grown up with social media tools or used them in academic settings because they simply did not exist. However, there is plenty for more recent graduates to gain from the program even if they are familiar with social media, Wasko said. “For older professionals who may not have social media skills because the technology just wasn’t available, [the program] is essential because so much of our contact with our

consumers will be through social media going forward,” Wasko said. “For newly minted grads, while they are great consumers of social media, understanding how to use those skills to develop a career around social media is important as well.” Social networking is a critical part of the job for Birmingham public relations professional Ashlan Yielding. Yielding said the social networking certificate could be a valuable tool for marketing and business professionals looking to expand their professional toolbox. “Over the past three or four years, social media has evolved into something the business world never anticipated. Effective marketing on social media is a necessary tool for a vast majority of industries out there,” Yielding said. “Whether you’re on social media for


Air Force Ones make girly appearance for spring By Becky Robinson A few weeks ago I impulsively bought a pair of knock-off Nike Air Force Ones at Target. They’re metallic, they’re a bit odd, and they’re my new favorite thing. Knock-off Airs, or my “moon boots” as my friends jokingly call them, are popping up everywhere and in seemingly every color. Steve Madden just released his Olympiaa shoe in neutral, black and beige. If you’re feeling more daring, he even has some with gold spikes. While Steve Madden’s shoe runs about $100, I scored mine for $35, a much more reasonable deal for something you aren’t going to wear every day. Unlike Nike Airs, most of the knock-offs – including my own – have a small, hidden wedge

Whatever your taste or price range, it’s no question that these quirky “moon boots” are here to stay for spring and summer.

inside. This added height is surprisingly comfortable to walk around campus in, even though the thought of a tennis shoe with a wedge takes a bit of getting used to. So, what do you wear with these awesome new shoes? Personally, I love a pair of skinnies since they offer a bit of balance against the bulky shoe. Skinnies in a bright color, like

red or springy neon is a great choice for this fun trend. To avoid looking trashy, don’t mix two metallics, especially if your awesome new shoes have shiny stripes like mine. If you opt for the neutral color, you have more of a choice when it comes to color palette and textures. Even though it’s going to be heating up soon – hopefully – I wouldn’t recommend wearing these hidden wedge sneakers with skirts. The shoes are just too powerful for a delicate spring dress and anything tighter will make you look like someone with questionable morals. And you don’t want that. Shorts can be tricky with this chunky tennis shoe, too. If you must wear shorts, go for a texture like linen or canvas and

stay more neutral. That way, your shoes can be the focus of your outfit and will surely get people’s attention. If you’re not feeling metal or neutrals, Nike has a line of colorful options that you can find in a few retailers like Urban Outfitters. Urban has a pair of bright purple Airs in stock for the adventuring hipster but with a price tag of more than $100. Their Ash Bowie pastel sneakers and Sam Edelman’s are even pricier at more than $200. Whatever your taste or price range, it’s no question that these quirky “moon boots” are here to stay for spring and summer. Even if you wear them a couple of times before they find their way to the back of you closet, it’s still a really great, fun trend to try.

personal or professional purposes, everyone can benefit from knowing the ins and outs of these platforms and what we should be doing with them.” In the public relations industry, Yielding deals with constant change. Adapting to that change and how it relates to their work and clients is a major task for her and her coworkers. “Social media is always changing. It’s our job to stay on top of the latest with each social media platform, inform our clients of those changes and implement new strategies on how we need to move forward in managing a presence

on these platforms. Our department is constantly sending emails to each other with the latest updates on what’s going on so we’re on top of these things,” she said. Much of the social networking program deals with learning to use available social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, but with the world of social media in a constant state of evolution, the program teaches students to adapt foundational knowledge to these tools. “The foundational knowledge of business is strategy and developing evaluation systems, those things don’t change,” Wasko said.

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Remembering A Legend Moore’s years at UA an unshakable legacy MOORE FROM PAGE 1 Barker spent much of Monday afternoon reminiscing with former Alabama coach Gene Stallings and sharing stories about Moore. The two went back and forth on Moore’s greatness. Moore recruited Barker when he was a 17-yearold quarterback coming out of high school, and Barker said his time with Moore helped him become the man he is today. “He always kept things on an even-keel and his

personality was so warm,” he said. “He was such a gentleman. I could always go in and talk to him as a young quarterback when I got to Alabama, and he helped me work through all the pressure and things expected of you when you play quarterback at Alabama.” Moore had brief stops in the NFL and at Notre Dame, but his heart was always at the Capstone. In just one man, Alabama lost so much. Moore was a father figure, coach, teacher, boss, role model, philanthropist and friend to so many, while making the University one of his top priorities throughout an illustrious career

that is sure to leave an unshakable legacy. “He was such a compassionate person and had to work so hard to get where he was,” Barker said. “I think that process and other things helped humble him and gave him what it took to put Alabama back on top.” Moore, like any true family member, saw the University during the best and worst of times throughout its athletic history. Since 1941, Moore has been involved with every national championship Alabama has won in some fashion. “I remember those days – the turnover and the

difficulty,” gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson said. “There is not a more gracious man than Mal. There’s not a man of more integrity. From my perspective, this is my 35th year; there is no person that loves the University more than Mal Moore.” But it’s Moore’s reputation away from athletics that will ultimately define how he is remembered. “There are very few people that you’ll meet in your life that you won’t have a single bad thing to say about the guy,” said Richard Todd, who played quarterback under Moore in the 1970s. “Mal was a class act.”

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Moore a ‘warming presence’ at Capstone By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor I didn’t come across Mal Moore that often during my short time since coming to The University of Alabama. It was either a press conference here or a dedication there. But every time I did, he was extremely warm, welcoming and personable, just like so many others have described since his passing. The last time I saw Moore, he was on the field in Miami, Fla., after Alabama had won its third

national championship in four years under his watch, struggling to find words while admiring all that he had helped build. “When we hired Coach Saban, I said to him, he’d won a national championship and I wanted to him to have the opportunity to do it again at Alabama,” Moore said at the time. “And has he ever performed.” And even in a time like that, he would make sure to shake the hand of me or Marquavius Burnett, our sports editor. In a setting with ESPN, Sports

Illustrated and every other major news outlet in the country there, he took time to acknowledge the student newspaper. Moore truly loved everyone at the University from the top down. Before Florida, I saw Moore at a reunion of former Alabama All-Americans before the Crimson Tide’s game against Texas A&M. Moore was not an All-American himself as a player at Alabama, but he was extremely proud of the gathering, which featured players from countless generations, all

the way back to the early Paul “Bear” Bryant years. Again, in that moment he took the time to shake hands with the student newspaper and answer a few of our questions. I met Moore at the announcement of the Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza, which will honor all champions in sports other than football. Much of that plaza will be filled with accolades achieved under Moore, like the first two national championships of sports outside of football and gymnastics. Moore hired both women’s golf

coach Mic Potter and softball coach Patrick Murphy, who won those championships in 2012. After the announcement, media gathered around Moore and he fielded questions from reporters all across the state about the new plaza. Afterward, as the crowd dispersed and I was about to walk away, he asked me my name – he hadn’t seen me at previous media gatherings. I told him my name and that I was with the student paper and he shook my hand and said nice

to meet me. That’s the kind of person Moore was. And from the countless other stories people have told of him since his passing, it’s hard for me to believe he was being anything other than completely genuine in those three moments. It’s difficult for me to place Moore in Crimson Tide history because I haven’t been alive for much of the University’s storied athletic tradition. But I do know that in the midst of all his success, he took time to say hello and shake a hand.

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he University of Alabama will host a “Celebration of Life” in memory of former UA Athletics Director Mal Moore in Coleman Coliseum on Thursday, April 4, at 3 p.m. Further details will be announced as they are finalized. In lieu of flowers, gifts or letters, the Moore family requests that those wishing to express condolences consider a donation in memory of Mal Moore to the Crimson Tide Foundation or the Mal and Charlotte Moore Caring Days Center.

Nick Saban

Head football coach “Mal was truly a special person in every sense of the word. We can talk about all the championships Mal has been involved with, but I think what will be remembered most was the man he was. He always put the best interests of others ahead of his own. He carried himself as a first-class gentleman, and he helped bring out the best in those around him. “Mal was an outstanding leader in terms of all he did for Alabama athletics. Most importantly, he was a great friend to me and my family. Mal was the number one reason we decided to make the move to Tuscaloosa. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his daughter Heather. There’s no question we have lost a great man today. What won’t be lost is Mal’s legacy in serving our university to make it a better place today and in the future. Nobody genuinely cared more about the Crimson Tide than Mal did. Mal has positively impacted athletics at Alabama unlike anyone ever has or probably ever will.”

Ronny Robertson

Sr. Associate Athletics Director for Development “Mal was a true Southern gentleman in every way. He did things the right way. He was always considerate of others and their feelings in any decision that he made. He was not only my boss, he was a great friend. I spent many happy times with him. I can say unequivocally that he loved The University of Alabama more than any person I have ever met. Not just the athletic teams but the University as a whole.”

Judy L. Bonner

President, The University of Alabama “Coach Moore was a transformational figure, a true visionary and a real friend to all who worked at The University of Alabama and loved it like Mal did. He was one of our best ambassadors and spent the vast majority of his life in service to his beloved Crimson Tide. Some people hope they can make a difference in life but Mal showed us all how to do it. Mal was a special friend to many and our collective thoughts and prayers are with his family, whom he loved with all of his heart.”

Robert E. Witt

Chancellor, The University of Alabama System “Mal Moore was a champion by every measure and his impact on his alma mater and his native state will be felt for many years to come. We greatly respect his constant commitment to excellence, his unwavering professional and personal integrity, and his lifetime of exemplary service. Sandee and I mourn the passing of our dear friend and we extend our deepest sympathies to Heather and their family.”

Bill Battle

Athletics Director “The University of Alabama and the world of intercollegiate athletics have lost a legend, and I have lost a dear friend. My heart goes out to his family and close friends in this time of sadness. After a time of grieving, we can begin to celebrate Mal’s life, as his legacy will last for generations.”

Donations Send donations in lieu of flowers, gifts or letters to: The Crimson Tide Foundation: c/o Telisa Blanton, P.O. Box 870343, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0343 The Mal and Charlotte Moore Caring Days Center: P.O. Box 3049, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403





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Alabama prepares for 1st scrimmage, adjusts after break By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor

felt hot, and we just weren’t used to it. I definitely feel it right now.”

The University of Alabama’s first day back in practice after spring break was a lot like what many students probably felt like returning to class. “It was what you’d expect for a day back after eight or nine days off,” head coach Nick Saban said. “We probably took a step back having this break. We need to get people back on track and doing the right thing, and playing to a higher standard, paying a little better attention to detail.” Linebacker C.J. Mosley said it was especially hard for some of the bigger players who have to get back in shape in such a short amount of time. Alabama will practice again Wednesday, where it will try to get back in full form before its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. “It’s hard. Any time you get a vacation – summer job or growing up or whenever – and you get a vacation then you have to come back, it’s always like, ‘Man, we gotta come back already?’” quarterback AJ McCarron said. “But like I said, it’s spring ball. We’re going to have rough days, you just gotta fight through it and be ready to practice Wednesday.” It was also one of the hottest days of spring practice so far, with temperatures reaching a high of 75 degrees. “I think it was more of we hadn’t really had any kind of hot weather yet,” guard Anthony Steen said. “When I went home for my spring break, it was cold. The coldest day was 25 degrees. Today, it

Tide prepares for first scrimmage Alabama will hold its first spring scrimmage Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, the first of three which will conclude with the annual A-Day game. It will be a chance for players to tackle each other again and for early enrollees to line up against Alabama players. “I remember the first time I got laid out by Dont’a [Hightower] on a linebacker blitz,” Steen said of his first scrimmage. “I wasn’t even looking. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.” Saban dismisses Bielema’s comments New Arkansas coach Brett Bielema made news last weekend when he took a few shots at Saban during a booster club function Thursday. According to Arkansas fan website, the former University of Wisconsin coach told the crowd, “I didn’t come here to play Alabama. I came here to beat Alabama.” Bielema also compared his record at Wisconsin (6824) to Saban when he was at Michigan State (34-24-1). However, when asked about the comments Monday, Saban simply shrugged them off. “I really don’t have any reaction to it,” Saban said. “I’m really concerned about what we do here with our players and how we try to get the people in our organization to play at a high standard.”

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Tide looks to continue winning after spring break performances By Kevin Connell Staff Reporter As students return for classes this week in Tuscaloosa, so does the Alabama baseball team, which will begin a six-game home stand when it plays host to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at SewellThomas Baseball Stadium. Alabama (18-11, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) returns home after posting a 5-2 record on the road over the University’s spring break. The Crimson Tide swept Georgia in a three-game series and took two out of three from Auburn with a 1-0 loss to UAB in between. The Tide faces a Southeastern Louisiana team that enters the midweek matchup with an overall record of 21-8. The two teams last met during the 2011 season when the Lions came out victorious in a 6-2 win in the South

Alabama Tournament in Mobile, Ala. After defeating Nicholls State 10-9 Saturday, the Lions improved to 6-0 in Southland Conference play – its best start in school history. Three everyday starters for Southeastern Louisiana possess a batting average of .327 or better. In the Tide’s most recent outing – a 2-0 win over Auburn last Saturday – sophomore right-hander Spencer Turnbull earned an SEC Pitcher of the Week nomination after throwing a complete game shutout with four strikeouts, while allowing four hits and three walks. The stellar performance gave Alabama its first pitcher with a complete-game shutout since Nathan Kilcrease did it against Kentucky on March 25, 2011. Turnbull, who has now thrown 20.2 consecutive scoreless innings, is not the only Tide pitcher currently pitching

well for Alabama. Senior righthander Charley Sullivan leads the team with 42 strikeouts on the season, including 19 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts during SEC play. In relief, freshman closer Ray Castillo has a team-high five saves and has held opponents to a .169 batting average with a 1.59 ERA this season. Freshman setup man Keaton Haack posts a .182 opponent’s batting average in 11 appearances this season. The Tide offense has also begun to click on all cylinders with junior first baseman Austen Smith and sophomore right fielder Ben Moore hitting well over .300 this past week. Senior catcher Brett Booth recorded the most RBIs with four during the week to improve his total to a team-high 21 on the year. Alabama received five votes in Monday’s USA Today Sports Top 25 coaches’ poll placing them just outside the top 25.

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Tide wins 5 of 7 during break, will face JSU at home Tuesday

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By Alexis Paine Staff Reporter The University of Alabama Crimson Tide softball team returns home Tuesday to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks after four games away. The team will play the Gamecocks in the first game of a 10-game stint at home. The Tide and the Gamecocks have clashed in 15 previous games, with Alabama winning each time. The Gamecocks sport a 19-15 overall record this year and have outscored opponents 189-130 this season. The Tide has not allowed a Jacksonville State run in the last five meetings of the two teams. The Gamecocks played four games last week, winning a game against both the Belmont University Bruins and the Samford University Bulldogs. The Tide opponent lost one game to Belmont, while another game between the two schools was rained out. Gamecock pitcher Tiffany Harbin has won 11 of 17 games this season. The senior has struck out 168 batters in 124 innings. Harbin’s teammate, senior Kalee Tabor, has a .317 batting average and seven home runs on the season. Over spring break, the Tide played the Auburn Tigers, University of Houston Cougars, and the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies. The team went 5-2 with one loss each to both the Tigers and the Aggies, bringing the Tide’s


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The Tide went 5-2 during spring break. record to 8-4 in Southeastern Conference play and 32-5 overall this season. Although the Tide lost its first game to the Aggies 3-2, the team was able to fight back and outscore the Texas team 10-3 in the final two games of the series to take away two wins in the threegame sequence. While in Texas, junior Jackie Traina shined at the bat and on the mound. Traina hit four home runs in as many at bats to aid in the Tide’s three wins. She struck out 20 opponents in the 15 innings she pitched and

kept the Tide’s opponents to .160 average at the plate. Tide senior Kayla Braud also came out to bat in Texas accumulating a .429 average with six hits and two runners batted in. Braud also stole two bases in the Tide’s four-game stretch in Texas. The Tide will take to the Rhoads Stadium field at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the Gamecocks in the first of its 10-game homestand. Next up will be the University of Missouri Tigers in a threegame SEC matchup starting on Friday.

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Crimson Tide alumni players in Major League play Opening Day CW Staff Five former University of Alabama baseball players were on Major League Baseball opening day rosters when the season got underway Monday. Former Crimson Tide standouts Alex Avila (Detroit Tigers), Josh Rutledge (Colorado Rockies), David Robertson (New York Yankees), Tommy Hunter (Baltimore Orioles) and Wade LeBlanc (Miami Marlins) will open the 2013 MLB season on the 25-man rosters for their respective clubs. Alex Avila returns to the Tigers for his fifth season, after playing in the World Series last year. Avila enters the 2013 season with a career batting

average of .261 with 40 home runs and 175 RBI in 390 games. Avila will be the starting catcher and batting eighth in the Tigers order when they take the field against Minnesota tonight. Josh Rutledge, who is entering his second MLB season and first on the opening day roster, will bat second and play second base for the Colorado Rockies in the season opener. In 73 games during the 2012 season, Rutledge hit .275 with eight home runs and 37 RBI as the Rockies’ shortstop. David Robertson will return for his sixth season as a setup man in the New York Yankees bullpen. In five seasons with the Yankees, Robertson has appeared in 269 games, totaling

262.2 innings pitched. He has a 16-13 overall record with five saves and 351 strikeouts. Tommy Hunter returns for his sixth season and second with the Orioles. Hunter has a career record of 33-24 to go along with a 4.77 career ERA, while making 98 appearances with 75 starts, totaling 469.1 innings pitched. Rounding out the Tide players on MLB rosters is Wade LeBlanc, who will open this season as the third starting pitcher on the Miami Marlins depth chart. In five MLB campaigns, LeBlanc has appeared in 79 games with 61 starts for a 19-27 overall record. He has a 4.38 career ERA with 248 strikeouts in 362.0 innings pitched entering the 2013 season.


UA men’s tennis team drops 4-1 decision at No. 14 Vanderbilt CW Staff The Alabama men’s tennis team fell 4-1 to 14thranked Vanderbilt Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville. The loss moves the Crimson Tide to 12-9 on the season and 3-6 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the Commodores advance to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in the league. Alabama had a dominant performance in doubles,

earning wins on courts two and three to take a 1-0 lead. The Tide’s Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura were first to finish, posting an 8-2 victory on court two over Vanderbilt’s Gonzales Austin and Anton Kovrigin. Alabama’s Stuart Kenyon and Philippe Tsangarides followed up on court three with an 8-4 win over the Commodores’ Rhys Johnson and Kris Lee to award the Tide the point.

Vanderbilt would come back in singles, winning four consecutive matches to take the overall victory. The Commodores clinched the win on court one as 17th-ranked Ryan Lipman won in three sets over No. 49 Jarryd Botha, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. The remaining two matches were suspended once the fourth point was clinched. Alabama will take on Texas A&M in the Tide’s final home match of the regular season on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Hornikel breaks school record, places 5th in NCAA 100 Freestyle CW Staff

Alabama sprinter BJ Hornikel closed out his second appearance at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships by taking fifth place in the 100 freestyle with a school record time, earning first team All-American honors in the process at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Hornikel posted a career-

best 42.46 in the finals of the 100 freestyle, posting his fourth personal best in a month and breaking the school mark set by four-time Olympic gold medalist Jon Olsen in 1991. The junior tied Olsen’s mark during prelims with a 42.69. Hornikel was seeded 17th in the 100 freestyle coming into this year’s championships after posting a then career-best 42.87 at the Southeastern Conference Championship in February.

Hornikel now has a trio of All-American honors after earning honorable mention accolades in the 100 freestyle in 2012 and in the 200 freestyle on Friday. His finish in the 100 freestyle earned the Tide 14 additional team points for a total of 20 on the week. He also took 11th in the 200 freestyle at these championships on Friday with a career-best 1:34.44 and 21st in the 50 freestyle on Thursday, the meet’s first day.

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Grant reflects on 2012-13 season By Charlie Potter Staff Reporter The 2012-13 men’s basketball season ended for the Crimson Tide in the National Invitation Tournament, but head coach Anthony Grant said he will waste no time preparing himself and his team for next year. “Let’s make sure that we understand that next year starts with our choices and decisions and work ethic and habits right now,” Grant said. “Not in October or when the games start in November, it’s right now.” The Alabama men’s basketball team fell to Maryland, 58-57, in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Friday, March 26, ending the Crimson Tide’s season with a 23-13 record. Sophomore guard Levi Randolph said the team must observe the 2012 season as a whole to detect what it needs to improve during summer workouts.

“We have to go back and look and reflect on the things that we went through this year,” Randolph said. “Then we’ll start working on the offseason.” Alabama finished the regular season with a 2K Sports Classic championship, a home win over Kentucky and a couple of buzzer beaters to defeat South Dakota State and Georgia. But everything wasn’t always positive for the Tide. “If I had to say, the worst [are] the struggles we went through during the month of December,” Grant said. “I thought that kind of put us in a hole for what our goals and aspirations were, and combine that with some of the injuries, the unfortunate injuries that we had that kind of coincided with that stretch that we went through.” Injuries to senior guard Andrew Steele and junior center Carl Engstrom hampered Alabama in terms of depth and

experience. But Grant said his team never let the injuries and 1-5 record in December ruin its season, and that was the best aspect of this year’s team. It never gave up. “Our guys never wavered in terms of their effort, in terms of the focus,” Grant said. “For our team to be able to get 23 wins, to finish tied for second overall in the league, I think it’s progress. I think we had to be better, had to get better as a team over the course of the season.” Junior guard Trevor Releford led the Tide in minutes, points and steals per game in 2012. He averaged 14.9 points and 2.1 steals per contest. He also led Alabama in 3-point shooting efficiency by averaging 41 percent from beyond the arc. Releford and sophomore guards Trevor Lacey and Rodney Cooper each finished the season with double digit points per game averages.

But Grant said his relatively young team still has a lot to accomplish at the Capstone. “I think all of our guys have tremendous room for improvement,” Grant said. “I don’t think anybody’s come close to reaching their potential. I think skill-wise we can get better. I think physically we can get better. “We’ll add some pieces to our team, which should help as well in terms of depth, and hopefully we can remain injury-free as much as you can over the course of the season.” The Tide has already signed two recruits from the 2013 class in Jimmie Taylor and Shannon Hale. But Grant and his staff have shifted their effort toward the recruiting trail to try and add some much needed depth to the current nine-man roster. “Without question,” Grant said. “We’re going to actively CW | Jingyu Wan recruit, and hopefully we’ll add one or two more pieces to Guard Retin Obasohan drives to the basket during a home game versus Dayton during the 2012-2013 season. our team.”


Women’s tennis team moves to 8-1 in conference play CW Staff

Freshman Natalia Maynetto fought her way through cramps in a three-hour singles match to clinch No. 8 Alabama’s 4-3 win over No. 19 Vanderbilt on Sunday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Center. With the victory, the Crimson Tide improves to 16-2 overall and 8-1 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while

the Commodores drop to 12-9 on the season and 5-5 in the league. “I wanted this match so bad,” Maynetto said. “I had to make some adjustments physically, but I was in it mentally the entire time. This is definitely a confidence booster and gives me the fight I need as we move forward in our season.” Alabama edged out Vanderbilt to take a 1-0 lead

following doubles with wins on courts two and three. The Tide’s Maynetto and Emily Zabor dominated on court three, earning an 8-3 victory over the Commodores’ Georgina Sellyn and Frances Altick. Because Vanderbilt collected the win on court one, the doubles point would come down to the matchup on court two that was close in the early stages, but Alabama’s Antonia Foehse and Maya

Jansen came up big in the end to secure the point with an 8-5 victory over Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares. The two teams traded points in singles, which eventually tied the match at 3-3. No. 56 Alexa Guarachi tallied the Tide’s first singles point, winning 6-1, 6-1 over Casares. Antal got the Commodores on the board next, as she collected a 6-1, 6-3 victory on court five, before a 6-2, 6-4

win from 26th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane on court one over No. 61 Lauren Mira put Alabama ahead 3-1. From there, Vanderbilt won the next two matches to even the score, leaving the clincher up for grabs on court six. “That was an incredible performance,” Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. “The spirit, fight and tenacity we showed today are all characteristics that have carried

us throughout the season. The bottom line is this team won’t quit. I think today we also played with Coach [Mal] Moore in our hearts. He has supported this team, and I really believe they played in his honor.” Alabama will take on SEC newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M in the Tide’s final road trip of the regular season on Friday and Sunday, respectively.




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