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because we knew how many students were interested in purchasing tickets through the opt-in process,” Swinson said. After opting in, students will Students interested in purchasing football tickets for next receive an email informing year can opt in to purchase on them of what day they can go myBama between 8:30 a.m. on online to purchase. Tickets go on sale April 18 April 4 and 4:30 p.m. on April 6. Vice President of Student through 22. Each student will Affairs Stephen Swinson said be assigned a day to purchase in an emailed statement that tickets, and tickets will be sold the purchasing process imple- on each day on a first-come, mented last year was success- first-serve basis. “By separating the on-sale ful and will be reused. “The software was able to days by credit hours, there handle the student traffic, will be less congestion for the

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leads Tide to national tourney Kayla Hoffman performs on the balance beam during Saturday’s Tuscaloosa Regional. The senior led the Tide to victory, winning the all around with a 39.65. CW | Mitchell Hughes

By Kelsey Stein Lifestyles Editor By Jason Galloway Sports Editor

A sea of fans rose to their feet and cheered as Band of Horses, the opening act for the Avett Brothers at the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, took the stage on the venue’s opening night last Friday. The two groups played the sold-out opening concert to an amphitheater packed to its capacity of 7,470. A staff of more than 350 people worked to make opening night run smoothly.

considering people who don’t always have a seat at the leadership table,” Fowler said. “If we don’t do everything we can to leave this James Fowler place better then we found it, how are we going to sleep at night?” When Fowler and the rest

Kayla Hoffman’s last ever performance in Coleman Coliseum may have been her best. As Alabama cruised @ its way to an NCAAleading 26th Regional Watch Championship Saturday a video night, she breezed past the rest of the competirecap at tion and scored a 39.65 to easily win the all-around title. edu “I just realized it was my last meet in Coleman when I got off beam [the Tide’s final event],” Hoffman said. “And then it was real special and I went and shared it with everybody. I think it was much better that I didn’t focus on the fact that it was my last meet.” Of the all-around performers in Saturday’s meet, only six routines scored a 9.9 or higher. Four of the six were Hoffman’s, as she scored two 9.925’s and two 9.9’s, defeating the secondplace all arounder, teammate Geralen StackEaton, by two tenths of a point. Hoffman’s 39.65 was just .025 off her career high. “[Hoffman’s] balance beam routine was beautiful,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “I have just been trying to encourage Kayla all along that if she just relaxes and doesn’t place too much pressure on herself, she’s going to do the best she can do.” Alabama scored a 197.275 and won the

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CW | Katie Bennett Top: The Avett Brothers sing during the Friday night concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Bottom: Fans cheer at the opening night concert at the amphitheater.

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Hillel Center opens Fowler reflects as his presidency concludes near synagogue By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter On Saturday afternoon, University students, alumni and others celebrated the grand opening of the Bloom Hillel Student Center, a new Jewish student center on campus. Hillel lies about ten feet from Temple Emanu-El, a synagogue on campus in between Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street. In 2008, Hillel moved from its previous location near BryantDenny Stadium on Wallace le this

As one presidency is about to begin and make its mark on the University of Alabama, another is drawing to a close in leaving its legacy behind. Over the last year, the UA student body has seen James Fowler lead the Student Government Association as president and form his legacy, focusing on uniting the student body and not leaving anyone out. “With every decision we made over the last year, we made it


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Tuscaloosa grows alongside University By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

The University is not alone in its rising population. The city of Tuscaloosa experienced a 16 percent growth in population from 2000 to 2010, gaining about 12,500 more residents to reach a total of 90,468, according to U.S. Census estimates released in February. Tuscaloosa held it position as the fifth-largest city in the state of Alabama, falling behind Mobile, Ala. but ahead of Hoover, Ala. Although Tuscaloosa city leaders hoped to reach 100,000 residents by 2010, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said he is happy to see Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

population on the rise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We fell short, but I feel confident in the years ahead,â&#x20AC;? he said. The 100,000-benchmark is a symbolic goal city leaders established because population density is a factor researchers look at to evaluate the general nature of a city, Maddox said. Student enrollment growth played a key role in Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population increase, said Carolyn Trent, socioeconomic analyst of the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center for business and economic research, in an emailed statement. Enrollment rose from 19,318 in 2000 to 30,232 in 2010, bringing 10,914 more students to campus. The expansion of the

student body has stimulated the local economy during the doldrums of the recession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[T]he larger student body contributes to retail demand and sales in Tuscaloosa, which has helped Midtown Village add stores and restaurants even during the recession,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The University enriches the community with its cultural offerings and provides student volunteers for many local social service needs.â&#x20AC;? The newly constructed amphitheater in downtown Tuscaloosa represents the attractions made possible for a college town with a large student population, which also facilitates recruiting new businesses and restaurants to the city, she said.

Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s automobile industry, such as the MercedesBenz U.S. International plant in Tuscaloosa County, also contributed to the population increase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other factors in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population growth this decade include people moving from out of state for jobs in the auto industry, as well as people relocating from nearby counties for job opportunities or to be closer to work,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though jobs declined in the recession, people tended to stay put as opportunities elsewhere didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look any better.â&#x20AC;? The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population growth challenges city leaders to accommodate the new residents with local infrastructure, she said.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rapid growth places demands on local infrastructure, including public services, roads and schools,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But growth from an expanding University population is the easiest in this respect as few students have school-aged children and the University itself provides some of the services and other infrastructure needed.â&#x20AC;?

Maddox said the disadvantages of declines in population outweigh the challenges to population growth, and it will increase tax revenue for the city, which will aid city leaders in their public works, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are always challenges to growth, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not as bad as the liabilities [of ] not having growth,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center battles abuse By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center begins its second annual We Speak Up campaign today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is actually the second year we have done We Speak Up,â&#x20AC;? Maria-Victoria PerezFisher, peer education program coordinator, said in an emailed statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started it in my first year at the WRC because I wanted to have the students see their peers, friends and classmates standing up for something that is really importantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to say that we are not putting up with this part of the culture and to say that it is not the victimsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fault, that people do care what happens to others who are sexually abused. It is really powerful to see the display board in the Ferguson Center covered in teal and studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; words of wisdom and power.â&#x20AC;? There will be a table set up in the Ferguson Center for students to come by to participate in We Speak Up all week. Students can have their picture taken and write messages speaking out against sexual assault. The messages will be displayed in the Ferg throughout April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes less than a minute to lend your words/voice to a community that wants to see the support in this area,â&#x20AC;? Perez-Fisher said. Tiffany Chess, a graduate student in the School of Social Work, said she feels the We Speak Up campaign is very

â&#x20AC;&#x153;With this campaign, students on campus that are victims of violent relationship will [also] feel conďŹ dent about speaking out and receiving the resources and support that they needâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tiffany Chess important to campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With this campaign, students on campus that are victims of a violent relationship will [also] feel confident about speaking out and receiving

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In the interest of full disclosure, I am the current Student Government Association Communications Director. My time in that capacity will come to an end at 5 p.m. Tuesday, when a new SGA administration is inaugurated at the Gorgas House. I am biased; I do believe the SGA is an important organization with immense potential to improve the student experience at the University of Alabama. That being said, I think it’s time to reflect a bit on the past year, as we look forward to a new SGA taking office and laying its foundation for the coming year. In April 2010, James Fowler asked me to join his staff in SGA as communications director. I had already accepted a position as the opinions editor of this newspaper, and, initially, I didn’t feel that turning my back on my responsibilities at the CW was an appropriate decision. But after several conversations — conversations in which James showed me the open, inclusive vision he had for SGA — I changed my mind. I felt that I needed to be a part of the team that sought to transform SGA into a new organization. After spending much of the spring of 2010 criticizing SGA officers, including James, for traveling to the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena on the University’s dime, the mere decision of James to ask me to come onboard was telling.

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James’ demands that we craft a more diverse government, in every facet. Those demands have made a difference, and our campus is better off for his leadership. But the SGA alone cannot institute lasting change. This year, we’ve seen incredible coordination between the SGA, the CW, student affairs offices, and other student organizations. The relationships between these entities have morphed from being about competing for power to being about pursuing common purpose and unity. They’re now built on mutual respect, not envy and skepticism. As we move into a new year, it’s important that the students taking the reins of all these organizations mind our progress and seek to expand it, not simply continue it. In the SGA, Grant Cochran will take over an SGA with much still to do. A new SGA Code of Laws must be written in the Senate and new amendments to our constitution passed. Real issues, like parking, dining and overcrowding, must be addressed, not just paid lip service to during a campaign. In the Honors College, Sarah Hughes will begin her tenure as president of Honors College Assembly, and she must work to address the grow-

ing misperception of the Honors College as elitist and catering more towards one class of students than those below it. In greek houses, new officers are continuing their work to strengthen our system and rid itself of the culture that turns a blind eye towards the racial intolerance demonstrated at one greek house only weeks ago. The SOURCE has chosen new leadership, and they must find ways to continue empowering the 300-plus student organizations on campus through partnerships with other institutions like the SGA. It is my unyielding belief that our campus is in the midst of progress. Students work daily to lift our campus out of a poorer past and into a unique, more appropriate present. And they do it with courage and optimism. This week, as we honor the students who give our University the rich reputation it maintains, we must also honzor the actions of progressive campus leaders this past year. And, we should use that honor to push the coming year’s leaders to carry on this new tradition and expand it into new corners of this university. Ian Sams is a senior majoring in political science. His column runs on Mondays.

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Over the course of the next twelve months, James and his administration would make valuable steps in improving the quality of student life and of student government. We transitioned to a more inclusive and transparent selection process for block seating, wrote a new SGA constitution, and created and executed programs like a 2010 gubernatorial debate and a new student seating section at UA football games. Looking back, I wholeheartedly believe that James’ willingness — and downright resolve — to build a sort of “coalition government” of independents, greeks, blacks, whites and more changed the SGA. I’ve been around SGA for going on four years now, and the atmosphere inside that office is fundamentally different than it was when I first got involved. On a daily basis, you see unlikely friendships forming and formerly unimaginable compromises being forged. The products are a more representative SGA and a truer sense of mission for the betterment of our campus community as a whole. From my first action in office this year — organizing outreach for SGA director applications — I saw

The time is upon us. After electronically — or manually, if you lack technological savvy or friends — filling out your brackets, the weeks have advanced. Most individuals, including myself, ended up writing a death certificate along with a prescription for high blood pressure medication. Michigan turned my pick of Tennessee advancing to the Sweet Sixteen into the stereotypical blonde girl in the opening of any slasher flick. Other decisions, such as Kansas State in the Final Four, did not support my bracket, and I began my slow decline to the depths of my bracket standings. But alas, like the metallic, shape-shifting policeman in Terminator 2, my bracket just would not die. I have the opportunity to win my bracket pool on Monday night if UConn and the fighting Kemba Walkers take home the trophy. It will not only be a victory for myself, but also a victory for the basketball world. I say this because the current leader in my bracket pool of twenty is from Canada, and she picked the winners based on the collaborative cuteness of their colors and mascots. However, she did teach me the first valuable lesson of March Madness, and I discovered more throughout this tournament.

am not condoning the picks of fifteen and sixteen seeds, but statistical strength of teams has meant little when deciding the advancement of teams over the past two years. Instead, be in touch with your feelings— your gut feelings, that is. I had a feeling that an experienced Butler team would make a run into the late stages, but you could not tell me that a Gordon Hayward-less Butler team could match up against a dominant Pittsburgh team. Human intuition is much stronger than we know, and the most commonly used phrase of any NCAA tournament is, “I knew I should have picked them.”

Lesson 2: One player can carry a team. Strong, fundamentally sound teams win championships. However, this tournament has taught the nation that strong, fundamentally sound players can win championships. I will admit that I have a strong ‘bromance’ for Kemba Walker, but his play on the court has amazed fans and confused critics. UConn has won an astonishing ten consecutive games including the Big East tournament. In those games, Walker has averaged 25.5 points per game. Sure, players such as Jeremy Lamb have stepped up to provide support for Walker, but it would be idiotic to believe that this UConn team would have won a majority of those games without Walker. Lesson 1: Don’t use your head. Lesson 3: Do not pick all five Seeding does not matter. I seeds to defeat twelve seeds,

as well as all one seeds to make it to the Final Four. The first has always been a rule of thumb, which I decided to break this year. A 12 seed has advanced to the second round 23 of the last 26 years. Vanderbilt has played poorly in their NCAA tournament past. Richmond was considered by many to be one of the smartest Cinderella picks. This is just one of the many mysteries of the tournament that must be respected. The second rule applies mostly to Barack Obama, and the sheer stupidity of the concept. The only year in which all four one seeds made the Final Four was in 2008. If you think about it, each one seed must play a cupcake team, a mediocre team, a strong four seed, and a team that just missed being that one seed — disbarring upset — in order to make it to the Final Four. In reality, seeds one through four all have legitimate claims to being a one seed. The percentage chance of all four teams advancing is next to zero. Lesson 4: Alabama would most likely have made a run in this tournament. It is very disappointing that Alabama did not make the NCAA tournament this year. Through watching the tournament, most fans should feel even more jilted due to the success of the underdog. I compare Alabama to Florida State in this tournament. Florida State showed the nation what good defense provides come tournament

time. Besides VCU’s loss to Butler, the only team that had a chance to beat them was Florida State. They held Texas A&M to 50 points, as well as favorite Notre Dame to 57. Seeing these results by a team, which many analysts considered the most purely defensive team in the entire tournament, shows how well Alabama could have played there. This leads me to my last lesson learned. Lesson 5: Alabama has a bright future ahead of them with Anthony Grant. No disrespect to Shaka Smart, but the VCU team that made a run in the tournament is composed of mostly Grant’s recruits. Star players Jamie Skeen and Bradford Burgess are signs that Grant can attract shooters to a program, which is dire for the growth of the Alabama Crimson Tide. With the resources and recruiting base available for Grant, expect this team to be a consistent contender within the next few years. As this tournament winds down, remember these lessons for future brackets as well as keeping faith in the Alabama team. Hopefully, the UConn Huskies can bring me a bracket championship as well. Thank goodness Huskies are cuter than Bulldogs; it is a definite win now. Tyler Rigdon is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and economics. His column runs biweekly on Mondays.

The Alabama State Legislature, whose capacity to act rationally is rarely underestimated, has produced some especially concerning proposals in its attempt to absorb the loss of federal stimulus funds in next year’s budget. Perhaps the most dubious proposal is one by State Senator Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, which would shorten the school year to 175 days. The Alabama school year was 175 days until 2006, when Governor Riley and the then-Democratic legislature extended it to 180 days. Brewbaker suggests returning to the previous calendar for two years, at which point the economy, and tax revenues, will hopefully have rebounded. In the meantime, though, he would establish what would certainly be a terrible precedent – basing the school calendar on the state of the economy. Obviously, when state revenues decline, state spending must also be cut. The Alabama Constitution requires that the state balance its annual budget. The challenge to policymakers is identifying smart cuts that will make the state more efficient without forcing structural changes that will cost the state more money over the long run. Reducing the number of days children spend in school is not a smart cut. Our school calendar, based on the farm economy of the 19th century, is already inadequate for today’s integrated, knowledge-based economy. Children rush out of the school doors at the end of every May, only to spend the first quarter of the next year re-learning everything they forgot over the summer. Students in other countries, who frequently outperform the U.S. on international education assessments, spend significantly more days, and more hours per day, in school than ours do. The Japanese school year is 240 days; the German and South Korean school years are 220. Policymakers would be more constructive spending their time devising ways to make us more competitive against these foreign peers, rather than altering education policies to absorb a loss of revenue. We already know that the summer months are a great force of inequality. Research has shown that student performance on standardized tests declines an average of one month, in relation to grade level, over the summer. For lower income students, the effect of summer vacation can be three times that. Children from higher income families spend their summer at camp, in leadership programs, attending artistic events or museums with their families, or reading. Children from lower income families, meanwhile, do not have those opportunities. In fact, childcare is already a burden on lower-income workers. Inadequate supervision during the summer results in higher rates of youth crime and more first-time incidents of underage drinking. According to the Aspen Education Group, there is a 40 percent increase in first-time youth marijuana use in June and July over the rest of the year. Five days at the end of the school year is unlikely to have a significant impact on these trends. In fact, some experts think the school year would have to be extended as much as 35 days to have a measurable impact on student achievement, the cost of which may prohibit other investments like lower class sizes. However, a shorter school year would certainly not help. For many students, more days out of school is simply more days on the streets. As schools are spending an increasing amount of days administering standardized tests and sponsoring extracurricular activities, every individual school day is even more essential to providing students with the time necessary to learn and grow in their academic environment. Brewbaker’s bill would save the state a total of $2 million, a paltry sum in comparison to the rest of the budget. The long-term cost of failing to address the inadequacies of the current school calendar, or of enhancing those flaws, would surely be much greater. Hopefully the legislature will reject this foolish attempt to save money and find other ways to balance the budget. If they don’t, they could set a dangerous example by granting children school time based on the state’s volatile financial circumstances. Tray Smith is the opinions editor of The Crimson White. His column runs on Mondays.

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Bridgestone sponsers scholarship, film contest By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter

Last year, Alabama had yet another victory to boast of as one student received a $5,000 academic scholarship after winning the Bridgestone Americas Safety Scholars Video Contest. This year, Bridgestone Americas is inviting students nationwide to vie for the scholarship by entering a video educating young drivers regarding safety behind the wheel, both as a driver and a passenger. Winning submissions may be used as a public service announcement nationwide. In 2010, Safety Scholars videos that were included in the PSA campaign aired more than 7,600 times. Henry Busby, a junior double majoring in telecommunication


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University Vice President for Advancement Pam Parker untied, rather than cut, the ribbon for the ceremony. Because the ceremony fell on the Jewish day of rest, which disallows labor that includes using scissors to cut material, the ribbon had to be unraveled. “You are going to witness your first ribbon-untying ceremony,” Bloom said. The new Hillel building, which includes a kitchen, courtyard and multipurpose common area, comes at a time of expansion in the Jewish student population, Parker said. “In 2007, we had a little over 170 Jewish students on this campus, and now we have grown to more than 700,” she said. “It is my hope that with this new home, that number will continue to grow and that Bloom Hillel will continue to serve as a home away from home for Jewish students at UA.” Isa Dorsky, a UA alumna and

and film and American studies won the contest last year. “Last year my video showed the consequences of reckless driving by showing wrecked cars in a junk yard accompanied by on-screen text of all the excuses we make while driving recklessly,” he said. “It was a sort of whirlwind experience. I planned on doing a video all along, but I sort of let it get out of my mind for a little while. I finally remembered on the last day, so it was a little bit hectic trying to brainstorm, shoot and edit in the same day against the deadline.” The competition, now in its fifth year, was initially created as a way to get young drivers to communicate with their peers concerning safe driving, said Kristin Hampel, a spokeswoman for Bridgestone Americas. “Auto accidents are the leading cause of death in this

age group, and the number is scary,” she said. “Since peer-topeer communication in this age group proves to be one of the best forms, we hope that young drivers will use this opportunity to speak to their peers as well as listen.” Any driver between the ages of 16 and 21 who is enrolled in an accredited secondary, college-level or trade school are eligible to submit, Hampel said. “Students may only use original content and ideas in their videos,” she said. “No copyright music/images/etc. are allowed. We welcome original music or royalty-free music.” Hampel said last year, 1,200 students submitted videos. Three students were grand prize winners, and there was also a Critic’s Choice winner. This year, Hampel hopes to surpass the number of entrants.

“It is my hope that with this new home, that number will continue to grow and that Bloom Hillel will continue to serve as a home away from home for Jewish students at UA.” —Pam Parker, Vice President for Advancement past president of Hillel, said she found only 10 people at her first Hillel meeting in 2005. Hillel grew in strength through the years by hosting events, she said. “By the time we got to 30 students coming to each event, we realized we had hit it big,” she said. “I have been amazed to see what Bama Hillel has grown into now.” Alex Grodner, co-student president of Hillel, said he enrolled in the University with two certain desires: to join a fraternity and to seek membership in Hillel. Hailing from New Jersey, he said he expected to find a large Jewish student organization on campus in the form of Hillel, but he kept an open mind for surprises to his expectations. “And when I envisioned

Hillel at UA, I pictured a large building with a lot of Jewish students coming and going,” he said. “But what I found at UA was much better than I’d had in New Jersey, and that was a small, tight-knit group of Jewish students who knew each other and acted like a family.” Kathy Merrell, program director of Hillel, said University President Witt has worked to recruit Jewish students to the University by traveling to major cities across the nation and showing the Hillel building along with the adjacent Temple to prospective students with a PowerPoint presentation. “They realize that this is a growing segment of the population anyway, and they want to encourage it,” Merrell said.

“This is our fifth year to offer this scholarship contest, and each year we have increasingly better results,” she said. “It’s difficult to project a number, but I hope we succeed in surpassing last year’s number.” “The videos are judged by a panel of Safety Scholars and Bridgestone representatives to narrow the pool down to 10,” she said. “Then, the top 10 are posted on where it is up to the general public to vote for their favorite.” Joey Singleton, a junior majoring journalism, is planning on entering the competition. He said the competition involves two of his favorite things, video production and money. “Of course I am going to submit a video,” he said. “I enjoy the challenge of bringing humor to a dark subject, and

winning some extra scholarship money can never hurt.” Hampel encourages students to enter. “Go for it,” she said. “It is a great way to share safe driving tips with other drivers, while earning money for college and expressing yourself creatively.” Clay Neels, a freshman mechanical engineering major, is planning on entering the contest to educate his peers. “I have known way too many kids my age who have passed away from car wrecks,” Smith said. “I think it is great that Bridgestone Americas is encouraging such a positive competition. It is great that they are rewarding educating with education money.” Busby said to really think about the audience. “Just think honestly about what would affect you as a viewer,” he said. “Think about

what it would take to get your attention as a driver and force you to confront your driving habits.” Videos must be 25 to 55 seconds in length. Entrants can submit videos through May 13 at Winning videos will be announced on June 28 on their website.

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A few dozen fans arrived hours before the venue opened, some lining up as early as noon to await the gates opening at 6:30 p.m., eager to be the first ones to enter the venue. James Fowler, president of the Student Government Association, and Deputy Chief of Staff Peyton Falkenburg took the stage first to welcome attendees to the concert, which was put on with the collaboration of the Ferguson Center staff, the SGA and Birminghambased Red Mountain Entertainment. Fowler announced that ticket sales for the event raised $20,000 for student scholarships. When Band of Horses took the stage, lead singer Ben Bridwell acknowledged the crowd’s excitement before the

NEWS group began playing around 8 p.m. “Welcome. First night, huh? Let’s break this thing in.” The band opened with “Ode to LRC” from their second album, “Cease to Begin,” followed by many of their more well-known songs like “Is There A Ghost” and “No One’s Gonna Love You,” closing with “The Funeral.” “It’s the first time we’ve ever had the honor of being able to say we played first at anything really… especially someplace that gorgeous and pristine. It’s kind of overwhelming,” Bridwell said in a video interview on the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater’s Facebook page. At 9:20 the Avett Brothers, the night’s headliners, opened with “Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise,” immediately saying they were happy to return to Tuscaloosa, having played here previously at The

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Jupiter, now The Dixie on the Strip. Christin Clevenger, a junior majoring in telecommunication and film who attended Friday’s show, saw the Avett Brothers’ performance at The Jupiter in August 2007. “The Avett Brothers consistently put on an awesome show,” she said. “They gave it their all, and they’re always true to who they are when they perform.” The outdoor amphitheater was the perfect place for the Avett Brothers to perform because of its atmosphere and a friendly staff who made everything run smoothly, Clevenger said. She said she didn’t have a single complaint about Friday’s show. “It was a great show because everyone in the crowd just seemed really happy and excited to be there,” she said. “The amphitheater was beautiful, and, even though it was sold out, it still seemed really spacious. I don’t think there was a bad seat in the house.” Clevenger said another benefit is that the venue is close to many downtown bars and restaurants, so it attracts people to not only the amphitheater itself, but also the city of Tuscaloosa. “It’s good to have people here for something other than football,” she said. “Now we don’t have to go to Birmingham to see artists and shows like this.”

Mikee Mosley, a freshman majoring in secondary education, attended the concert without ever having listened to music by either group. “My friends were going, and I just really enjoy live music,” he said. “The Avett Brothers played a great show.” Mosley and his friends had general admission tickets, so they stood in the lower bowl instead of having assigned seats farther up. “We were pretty damn close to the stage, considering we didn’t get there until 8, right before Band of Horses started,” he said. The entire crowd became increasingly excited as the night wore on, until the Avett Brothers closed their set with “I And Love And You.” When they left the stage, a chant of “One more song” began until the group returned for a three-song encore to end the night. “I didn’t hear a single negative thing about the entire night,” Mosley said. “[The amphitheater] is going to benefit the town, and it’s only going to get better from here.” The second concert of opening weekend was Patti LaBelle and the O’Jays, who performed on Saturday night. There are currently four more acts booked at the amphitheater through August. For more information about the venue and upcoming events, visit


to earn our way to change perception. “A lot of that we were able to do by showing that we were going to be completely transparent and showing them that we were going to do whatever it took to earn the students’ trust back,” he said. “The student government is not worth anything if you don’t have the students’ trust. And so that was our main goal coming in and I think throughout the year we were able to earn the students’ trust back.” Fowler explained that in order to correct the damage done in the Pasadena incident, the SGA pledged to post all SGA finances publicly. “Transparency is one of the first things that we tackled,” Fowler said. “And people wanted to know where the SGA was spending money. That was a big thing, especially at the beginning of the term, and so we said, listen, we are going to put everything we’ve got online, every penny that we spend and every nickel, every dime. You can track it all on the SGA website. That was the first time the SGA had ever done that.” Along with gaining the trust of the student body through

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of the 2010-11 SGA came into office, they inherited turmoil. Last year’s SGA, led by President Steven Oliver, had used University funds without proper authorization to travel to the National Championship Game in Pasadena. “I certainly think we entered our administration with many perceptions that we had to work through,” Folwer said. “We were coming off of the months of Pasadena and so we had a lot of work to do with gaining students’ trust back and beginning

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follows: Monday, April 18: graduate/professional students; Tuesday, April 19: 91 or more credit hours; Wednesday, April 20: 61-90 credit hours; Thursday, April 21: 31-60 credit hours; Friday, April 22: 0-30 credit hours. “No one is guaranteed to get tickets just because they opted in during April 4–6,” Swinson said. “There is a high demand for student tickets and we are working to ensure as many students as possible get into the game.” Swinson said the SGA hopes to ease the process by selling tickets during the school year, not during the summer. “This year we have enhanced communication with the student body by conducting the sale in April instead of the summer,” Swinson said. “There is a high demand for student tickets. Our goal is to simply provide the opportunity for as many students as possible to attend football games. “Those who violated the

student football ticket attendance policy last season are ineligible for this year’s sale,” he said. “We believe this will increase the likelihood for students who attend majority of the games to receive student football tickets.” Andrew Stevens, a junior majoring in marketing, dislikes the system and wishes the purchasing process were more hands on. “I hate that I have to purchase my tickets online, and I don’t even get the actual ticket,” Stevens said. “It is annoying how I have to get online and purchase them that way, and then use my ACTion card as my ticket. I wish we could just go back to the old fashion way, people get in a line and wait, and then they are handed the actual tickets.” Jessica Stone, a freshman majoring in fashion retailing, is content with the process. “I don’t have anything to compare it to,” she said. “I had no problem purchasing my tickets last year. This seems like a carefree and easy way to get tickets. There are so many students here, I don’t see how they could make it any easier than it already is.”

“No one is guaranteed to get tickets just because they opted in during April 4–6,” Swinson said. “There is a high demand for student tickets and we are working to ensure as many students as possible get into the game.” — Stephen Swinson, SGA VP for student affairs transparency, Fowler and his administration have focused on accountability and inclusivity. “James acknowledged it was time for a more transparent, accountable and inclusive student government at UA,” SGA Press Secretary Katie Breaseale said. “By making those three principles the foundation of his term, James was effective at achieving all three. All events and initiatives from the past year echo those three principles.” During his presidential term, Fowler implemented the three standards and put them into motion throughout campus. “As far as inclusivity, I think we came right out of the gates in the fall with changing the name of block seating to student organization seating and changing some of the rules and regulations, which tightened the selection process and then actively recruiting organizations that had not traditionally sat in block seating,” Fowler said. “I felt like that was certainly a symbol of division in our student body every Saturday,” Fowler said. “You would go to the student section and you would have one group of

students on one side and one on the other and I wanted to begin the process of bridging those gaps.” In terms of inclusivity, the Fowler administration didn’t stop at stadium seating. “What made James’ term so successful is that he included students from every corner of campus,” Breaseale said. “By having a diverse student government, we were better able to represent our student body, listen to their concerns and make a change for the better.” Fowler’s administration also worked on a yearly endowment fund for student scholarships, the 348-RIDE Express program, the Ride with the Tide and several other new programs. Fowler encouraged next years SGA to continue the foundation his administration had laid out. “My advice for Grant and next year’s SGA is to continue to fight for an SGA that will take up those three principles: transparency, accountability and inclusivity,” he said. “If you can have a government that works with those three, they will be successful.” The new SGA for 2011-12 will be inaugurated on April 5 at 5 p.m.

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No. 12 MARK BARRON, football, safety â&#x20AC;˘ Honors: Twotime first-team AllSEC (2009, 2010), 2009 third-team All-American, 2010 second-team AllAmerican) â&#x20AC;˘ Key Stats: 169 total tackles in three years, including leading the team in tackles in 2010 with 75; 10 interceptions in three years, including seven interceptions in 2009, tied for eighth in the nation and first in the SEC CW File Photo

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark has been a great player for us and productive as any player on our team, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s including the guys who are going out for the draft. Not only in terms of the tackles that he made, the interceptions that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made, but the leadership that he provided and being selected captain by his teammates as a junior I think really goes a long way.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;˘ Great Moment: Caused havoc against Mississippi State in 2009, recording two interceptions, two pass breakups and five tackles en route to holding the Bulldogs to 99 passing yards and 213 total yards

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Head coach Nick Sabaan 13. Catalin Cosma 14. Marcell Dareus 15. JaMychal Green 16. Tierney Jenkins 17. Mary Anne Macfarlane 18. Tony Mitchell 19. Barrett Jones

20. Bobby Wyatt 21. Jackie Traina 22. Robert Lester 23. Courtney Upshaw 24. Justine Bernier 25. Dontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a Hightower

Arkansas ends Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SEC winning streak By Tony Tsoukalas Assistant Sports Editor It had to end sometime. The Crimson Tide baseball teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streak of seven straight SEC wins ended Sunday, as Alabama fell to Arkansas 4-3 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arkansas did a good job today and put some hits together,â&#x20AC;? head coach Mitch Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was a well-played game on both sides.â&#x20AC;? Despite getting on the board early, the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bats were quiet, as Alabama only managed three hits against the Razorbacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We probably hit five balls on the nose right at them,â&#x20AC;? Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their third baseman made about four or five plays. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of it.â&#x20AC;? Arkansas third baseman Matt Reynolds caused fits for the Tide, as he served as a vacuum for any ball hit in his direction. He made numerous plays that quelled a Tide rally before it started. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Reynolds] made a couple nice plays over there today,â&#x20AC;? center fielder Taylor Dugas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hit a few balls hard, but not everything is going to fall.â&#x20AC;? It was an uncharacteristic day for Tide pitcher Tucker Hawley. The usually dominant Hawley was roughed up for four runs over six innings.

Football scrimmage statistics Running back Eddie Lacy participates in practice last week. Lacy was impressive in SaturdayĘźs scrimmage, gaining 92 yards on 10 carries and scoring three touchdowns.

PASSING LEADERS Phillip Sims â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 for 30, 225 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT AJ McCarron â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 18 for 33, 189 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

RUSHING LEADERS Eddie Lacy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 rush, 92 yards, 3 TD Trent Richardson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 rush, 40 yards Jalston Fowler â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 rush, 31 yards Demetrius Hart â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 rush, 25 yards

RECEIVING LEADERS Kenny Bell â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 rec., 89 yards, 2 TD Marquis Maze â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 rec., 76 yard, 2 TD Darius Hanks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 rec., 61 yards DeAndrew White â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 rec., 61 yards Brandon Gibson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 rec., 28 yards Trent Richardson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 rec., 25 yards, 1 TD Brad Smelley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 rec., 17 yards Kevin Norwood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 rec., 16 yards

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arkansas did a good job today and put some hits together. I thought it was a well-played game on both sides.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Head coach Mitch Gaspard â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to tip my hat to [Arkansas] today. They had my number,â&#x20AC;? Hawley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I made a couple of good pitches, and they were able to hit them right back up the middle. You just got to take everything how it goes.â&#x20AC;? Even without much offense, the Tide was able to keep it close, holding a talented Razorback lineup to only four runs. Alabama reliever Trey Pilkington pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen after it appeared the Arkansas bats were heating up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Pilkington] has been good,â&#x20AC;? Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is his second time out in SEC competition, and he gave us three quality innings. Trey looks like a guy who can definitely get SEC hitters out right now, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting better and better.â&#x20AC;? The Tide had a chance to tie the game with runners on first and third with two outs. However, Dugas was not able to bring in the run and grounded out to end the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Arkansas closer Nolan Sandburn] was throwing it in there pretty good,â&#x20AC;? Dugas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had a flat fastball. I just missed it. He did a good job.â&#x20AC;?

Although the Tide dropped Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game, Alabama won the weekend series against the Razorbacks, picking up wins on both Friday and Saturday. The weekend showed that the Tide has what it takes to play with some of the SECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best, as Arkansas came into the series ranked 13th in the nation. With the series win, the Tide moves to (21-9, 7-2 SEC) on the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m obviously disappointed every time we lose,â&#x20AC;? Gaspard said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a lot more encouraged with our team this weekend than even last week.â&#x20AC;? Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next test will come Tuesday when the Tide faces in-state foe Samford at 6:05 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The identity is forming of who they are and they are starting to understand that,â&#x20AC;? Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really fight every night they come out.â&#x20AC;?

Cade Foster - Made: 32, 47, 52; Missed: 32, 52 Jeremy Shelley - Made: 29

DEFENSIVE LEADERS C.J. Mosley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 tackles, 1 INT Nico Johnson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 tackles, 1 TFL

DeQuan Menzie â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 tackles, 1 TFL Trey DePriest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 tackles, 1 TFL Dontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a Hightower â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 tackles, 2 sacks Courtney Upshaw â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT John Fulton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 INT

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KEY MOMENT Geralen Stack-Eaton’s 9.95 on beam not only finished Saturday’s competition for the Tide, it was the last of a streak of four straight routines that scored 9.9 or higher. The 49.5 team beam score was the best segue to the NCAA Championships Alabama could have asked for.

Alabama did not take its competition lightly. While other No. 1 seeds were on the ropes during Saturday’s regionals, the Tide understood what was at stake and took care of business.

QUOTE OF THE MEET “There’s really no limit. It’s all within our reach. Just doing the best we can do at each meet is all we can really do. The outcome will take care of itself.” — Kayla Hoffman

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| Kayla Hoffman owned four of the six scores of 9.9 or higher by all-around competitors of the six teams at regionals Saturday.


| Alabama has advanced to 29 straight NCAA Championships.


| The Crimson Tide has won 26 Regional Championships, the most all time.


| Alabama has scored higher than 197 in six of its last seven meets after scoring less than 197 in each of its first five meets.


| When Alabama begins play in Cleveland at the NCAA Championships on April 15, it will be the Tide’s first competition outside the state of Alabama in 42 days.



| The Tide scored the four highest team scores of the

meet. Alabama’s worst score (49.25’s on vault and bars) was better than every other team’s best score.

regional by more than a point. Illinois also advanced to the NCAA Championships with a second-place score of 195.925. Penn State (195.85) finished third, Auburn (195.6) was fourth, Kentucky (195.175) was fifth, and Central Michigan (195.075) finished sixth. This is the 29th straight year Alabama has advanced to nationals under Patterson, but some of the country’s top teams have had trouble in regionals the past couple seasons. Last year, five-time defending national champion Georgia did not advance. This year, No. 4 Stanford did not advance and No. 1 Florida came .025 away from being knocked out before the NCAA Championships. “I can tell you, it doesn’t [get

SPORTS in brief Softball pitcher Kelsi Dunne throws no-hitter. From Staff Reports

GYMNAST OF THE MEET Kayla Hoffman The senior was spectacular in her final meet in Coleman Coliseum. She scored two 9.9’s and two 9.925’s to win the all-around title with a 39.65, just .025 shy of her career-best all-around score.


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Senior pitcher Kelsi Dunne threw her second no-hitter of the season on Sunday, as the University of Alabama softball team beat South Carolina 1-0. Dunne struck out 10 and walked two in her second no-hitter of the season. The senior no-hit the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Feb. 12. With the win, the right-hander improves to 18-1 on the year. Alabama scored its only run in the first inning. Kayla Braud started the rally with a leadoff walk. Braud then stole second base, and Jennifer Fenton sacrificed her to third. Whitney Larsen finished the job, as the senior singled home the run to give the Crimson Tide the only run it would need. The no-hitter was the eighth in Dunne’s career, and the win moved the Tide to 37-2, 12-1 in the SEC on the year.

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old],” Patterson said. “This is 29 in a row for my husband and I, but I can tell you that the feeling of going tonight, it doesn’t get any better than this.” Alabama was solid but not spectacular on its first three events of the night, scoring 49.275, 49.25 and 49.25 on floor, vault and bars, respectively. The Tide’s final event, beam, was when it really looked like a national championship team. Alabama reeled off four consecutive scores of 9.9 or higher to end the meet, the last a meet-high 9.95 from Stack-Eaton, to score a 49.5 on the event. “I can’t think of a better balance beam performance that we’ve had,” Patterson said. “Those routines were pretty amazing. As the meet went on, I think we just got in a comfort zone. Our team did a great job of settling in and doing exactly what they needed to do.”

Tide catches a break, gets big receiver After the departure of standout wide receiver Julio Jones, some were questioning if the Crimson Tide would be able to replace his production on the field. While the Tide had plenty of talent at wide receiver, the team did not have a player of Jones’ size. That was until Saturday night, when Alabama got some big news. Former Ohio State Buckeye and son of former NFL receiver Cris Carter Duron Carter told coach Nick Saban he’d be joining the Tide. The 6-foot-5 210 pound Carter played at Ohio State during his freshman season in 2009 before being ruled academically ineligible for the 2010 Rose Bowl. After sitting out spring practice in 2010, Carter decided to leave Ohio State and enroll at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Carter plans to finish up at Coffeyville before joining the Tide in June. Carter will be eligible to play immediately and should compete for a starting role with the Tide.

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By Lauren Ferguson Contributing Writer Many writers, students and faculty came out to support the third annual Slash Pine Writers Festival that spanned four days of readings at different venues in Tuscaloosa. Saturday featured four reading locations. The first reading took place in Room 205 of Gorgas Library from 11 to 1:30 p.m. Nine writers were given 10 to 12 minutes to read their poems, short stories and prose. “This is my first time to participate in the festival,” said Brian Barker, a participating writer in the festival. “It’s a great mix of readers and styles and aesthetics. I plan to attend more of the readings this afternoon.” Barker read works from his new book “The Black Ocean,” which will go on sale later this year. One of the works Barker read was a dramatic monologue of Mikhail Gorbachev. “Since we only had 12 minutes, I chose to read good, voice-driven poems,” Barker said. Sue Brannon Walker, a professor for undergraduate and graduate poetry and Southern literature at the University of South Alabama, also presented works to the audience in Gorgas. Walker read poems titled “Pursuit,” “Different Views” and “ABCing.” She sang her final poem “Love Song. Love Story. Love Poem.” The audience erupted with applause after her finish. “I was here at last year’s

CW | Drew Hoover On Friday afternoon, at one of the first readings sponsored by the Slash Pine Writers Festival, audiene members listened to undergraduates from three different colleges read original works of prose and poetry. festival and I love the mobility of all the different venues,” Walker said. “Slash Pine Press has an enviable job of covering everything poetic on the most gorgeous campus.” Walker just got back from reading poetry at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the National Convergence of Poets Laureate conference in Lawrence, Kansas. Lisa Tallin read a short story “The Red Birds.” After Tallin, was Stephanie Anderson, a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, who read a collection of short poems. There was a 10-minute

intermission where the audience could eat snacks at the refreshment table or purchase chapbooks for sale by Slash Pine Press and the participating writers. The Slash Pine interns were also selling a special edition Slash Pine Writers Festival Anthology for $15. Brian Oliu, a UA English instructor and partner of Slash Pine Press, said everything’s been “so far, so good.” “The undergraduate reading yesterday was great,” he said. “Also, the six readers at the Children’s Hands On Museum were really nice. Each of the venues is roughly the same

LIFESTYLES in brief Opera Theatre performs Broadway favorites

concert occurs annually and is a celebration of Broadway hits. This year, it will be held in the Choral Opera Room of the Moody Music Building, and the setting will be intiTomorrow night, April 5, mate. The show will start at the University of Alabama 7:30 and is free to attend. Opera Theatre will present In the past, the UA Opera “One Night Only: An Evening Theatre has performed of Broadway Favorites.” The opera as well as musical

theatre songs ranging from the Baroque to present-day, according to their website. They had two sold-out shows for their fall 2010 production of “Real to Real: Opera Goes to the Movies.” For more information, visit the school of music website at

size, and there has been great attendance. I’m sure the 2 p.m. event at the Green Bar will have a lot of people come out because it’s a bar.” Joey Gamble, a sophomore majoring in English and attendee of the Gorgas Library reading, said he heard about the festival through his friend, who interns at Slash Pine Press. “This is my first time to attend, and I have enjoyed seeing the different groups of people and how Slash Pine Press recruited voices from different colleges,” Gamble said. “I will hopefully be interning with Slash Pine Press next year.” Ryan J. Browne read poems titled “Theory of a Translator Traitor” and “Litany at the Gates.” Browne holds an MFA from UA and currently teaches poetry and literature classes in Alabama state prisons. David Welch, a 2008 UA graduate with an MFA in creative



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writing, read “The Audience” and “Questioning Manner.” After Welch, Laura Kochman, currently an MFA candidate at UA, read six sections of prose poem sequences. Tom Fick, an attendee and father of one of the Slash Pine Press interns, said the festival impressed him. “In addition to today, I attended yesterday’s readings at the Gorgas House,” he said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to hear professional and student authors share their work.” The Gorgas Library readings ended with writer Andrew Zawacki reading selected poems from his chapbook “Glassscape.” “It’s great to be back in Tuscaloosa,” Zawacki said. “Thanks to Slash Pine Press for putting on this massive event together. They make it look so easy.”

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