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The two-time defending NCAA Champion Alabama gymnastics team is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championships, which will be held in Coleman Coliseum Saturday at 6 p.m. The Crimson Tide will host No. 2 seed Utah, No. 3 seed Denver, Kent State, BYU and Iowa State. The top 18 teams in the nation by regional qualifying score are seeded into the six regional sites. The remaining three teams are slotted into regionals by proximity and national ranking. “This is the most important meet of the year and certainly the most pressure-packed for all the teams,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “For us to have a chance to defend our title, we have to do a great job at this meet.” The team last competed in the Southeastern Conference championships, where it placed second behind the Florida Gators. The Tide was without senior Ashley Sledge due to a sore back. Nonetheless, Alabama posted a season-best score 197.900, showing the depth of the team. Now, after a week of rest, Sledge said she’s ready for regionals. “I took the entire week off just with my back and getting it ready and I felt great. I’m ready to compete,” Sledge said. “I have a fire in me and so does the entire team, to be strong for these last two meets.” Senior Marissa Gutierrez returned to action after spraining her ankle a month ago at Arkansas, scoring a 9.9 to secure the Tide’s second-place finish. With both seniors back in the lineup, the team is focused on continuing its hot performances.

By Kyle Dennan Staff Reporter “Tradition is more than an allegiance to the past,” according to a booklet commemorating the restoration of the Little Round House by the Jasons. “Tradition is the cement that gives continuity to greatness. It is the foundation for tomorrow.” Highly achieving students at The University of Alabama will be inducted into its most prestigious and selective honor societies during Friday’s “Tapping on the Mound,” which has occurred at the Capstone since the early 1900s, according to the University’s description of the mound. “Tapping on the Mound is something that has occurred for a really long time here at the University,” said AJ Collins, a senior majoring in economics and political science, and the president of the Coordinating Council for Honor Societies. “There haven’t been a lot of changes for an extended period of time.” Austin Gaddis, a senior majoring in communication studies who serves as president of the Anderson Society, said the tapping ceremony is an important part of honoring worthy UA students. “The tapping process on the Mound has become ingrained as a storied university tradition,” Gaddis said. “It really does allow from an institution of tradition, and [it’s] a really good way to recognize students who are doing their part, who are doing what is supposed to be done, who are going above and beyond the call of duty, [and] who are really investing themselves in the University community and the local community.” One of Alabama’s oldest honor societies is Mortar Board, which began in 1929, according to materials put out by Mortar Board in 1979 to honor the organization’s 50th anniversary. Mortar Board arose from an older organization at the University, Hypatia, which had been formed as an all female honor society.

CDRC allows students to learn from area children By Tori Linville Contributing Writer The first time a child says “Roll Tide,” what makes them do so? University of Alabama students from many different departments are looking to answer this question and many more as they observe and write about children and child development through programs facilitated at the on-campus Child Development Research Center. The CDRC is part of the department of human development and family studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences and houses several programs to assist and teach students and serve the community, including the Children’s Program, a nationally accredited laboratory school program that enrolls around 110 children. Their ages vary from 2 months to 5 years old. “In addition to our teaching roles, we are a research site. We have about 20 research projects ongoing at any one time, and it’s a lot of bells and whistles to go through to get your research approved, because you’re really doing research on human subjects,” Robin Hollingsworth, the Children’s Program director, said. “We’ve had people look at speech

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Top Left: Jared Denney, a senior majoring in early childhood education, is a spring intern in the Children’s Program at the Child Development Research Center. Top Right: Brittany Yearwood, a senior majoring in psychology and early childhood education, reads to children in her class. Bottom: Pre-Kindergarten teacher Whitney Jameson teaches Kindergarten Connection science class four 4-year-olds at the Child Development Research Center Tuesday afternoon. and language development, we’ve had students look at what teacher involvement takes away from play – [there is] just a wide variety of things.” An upcoming project, The Roll Tide Study, supervised by Angie Barber from communicative disorders, asks whether early vocabulary development reflects cultural influences – like a young child saying “Roll Tide,” because they’ve heard it during their earliest

periods of language development. “[The children] really are the last people who really do think outside the box – somebody really hasn’t put them in a box yet as far as their thinking goes,” Hollingsworth said. “People try to look at what makes them different, because once we start getting into elementary school, that box kind of starts coming around you.”

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Alabama’s only all-female honor society welcomes new members The XXXI taps women based on involvement By Taylor Veazey Contributing Writer As a part of the 2013 Honors Week, 18 female juniors will begin their initiation into the order of The University of Alabama’s only all-female honor society, The XXXI. Founded in 1989, The XXXI recognizes female students and faculty who have positively contributed to the University. The name is a play on the University’s founding er • Plea s

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year, 1831. “What they have in common is they have all made a significant impact on campus or an accomplishment while they are here,” Tonya Nelson, senior advisor for The XXXI, said. Along with 18 rising senior members, each order also includes eight honorary senior or graduate members, three alumnae, one faculty member and one honorary member. Honorary members are usually women on a state or national stage that are connected to Alabama, such as recent honoree

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They are all so accomplished but so down to earth. They are cool people that want to do great things. They are not so full of themselves that they want to help others. — Tonya Nelson

Condoleezza Rice. Sarah Hughes, a senior majoring in political science and a member of the 24th order, said the society was started by women who felt they needed a way to honor and praise the accomplishments of other women they knew were involved and had

done great things on campus. “It’s a very diverse group of women,” Hughes said. “From greek to non-greek, Honors College students, Creative Campus members, it’s across the spectrum on campus.” Hughes said new members are chosen by current members. Any member of

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The XXXI can submit a blind nomination, meaning the new members do not know about it until they are tapped in. “It’s unique because we have such a wide variety of nominations,” Hughes said. “It’s a very difficult process to narrow it down.” Nelson said the group celebrates women of all spectrums who are committed to their paths. Current members include women from the founder of Rocket Girls, an allfemale engineering team, to the innovator of Quidditch on the Quad. “The best thing about XXXI


is there isn’t one type of woman,” Nelson said. Nelson said that it is great to see women talk about other women in a positive and generous manner. “I love that this early in their careers, they are sharing their success with other women,” Nelson said. The XXXI is involved in community projects every year including Christmas clothing drives for families in Tuscaloosa and hosting a fall festival with Tuscaloosa’s OnePlace.

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The world’s leading smartphone maker managed to spotlight a youthful tap-dancer, Broadway actors and plenty of lame jokes during an hourlong event to show off its latest high-end gadget — but there was barely a mention of the Android software that makes Samsung’s most successful phones work. That snub didn’t go unnoticed by tech analysts who are watching for signs of strain in the lucrative partnership between Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc., which developed Android. Some have wondered if Samsung’s tremendous growth could tip the balance in that relationship. “After the announcement for the Galaxy S4 there was a lot of questioning about whether Samsung was trying to subsume Android or even move away from it,” said Ross Rubin, a veteran tech analyst at Reticle Research. Google lets Samsung and other hardware makers use Android without charge. To

date, that arrangement has paid off for both companies. Samsung relied on Android devices to achieve dominance in the smartphone business, while Google says its mobile revenue has reached $8 billion a year from showing ads and selling digital goods on a variety of handheld devices, including Samsung’s. Google also counts on Android to balance the ambitions of Apple, which has begun de-emphasizing Google apps on the iPhone and iPad. But Samsung has begun building its own features on top of Android for its Galaxy phones. And some analysts have speculated Samsung’s success might give the Korean tech giant enough clout to create its own version of Android, demand special features from Google or install more of its own software to replace Google’s ad-supported services. Almost 70 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year use Android, as opposed to operating software from Apple, Microsoft and others, according to the Canalys

research firm. Analysts at IDC estimate Samsung sold more than 215 million smartphones last year, almost half of all Android phones sold. Samsung also sells phones

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founded in response to The Jasons, an all-male honors society on campus, the original founders of the group did think that there should be a XXXI FROM PAGE 1 representation of women on “They are all so accom- campus too. She said she never plished but so down to earth,” dreamed The XXXI would conNelson said. “They are cool tinue for this long. people that want to do great “Even though I was a foundthings. They are not so full of er, I am still really honored themselves that they want to and amazed to be a part of it,” help others.” Reynolds said. “Over time, Kristy Reynolds, one of the these women have done a great three founding members of job of enabling the group to The XXXI, is now a market- persevere and remain as someing professor on campus. She thing that people aspire to said while The XXXI was not be in.”

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“We have observation students that are taking our Human Development 202 and our Human Development 205, and not only our students, but CDRC FROM PAGE 1 typically some psychology, The lab benefits more than some education, some nurshuman development students, ing, various different colleges Hollingsworth said. send their students here for

Research lab offers classes, internships

Tide has won NCAA regionals 27 times GYMNASTICS FROM PAGE 1 “That’s huge for us,” Kayla Williams said. “We got our highest score of the season at SECs and it was one of the greatest meets, but we also did it without Sledge. She’s a huge part of this team and a huge contributor, just her leadership and her scores. So to have her back is going to be really great for us. And the week off, I’m sure, helped Marissa. So I’m sure

observation,” Hollingsworth said. “Their role is to come in and do a lab here, and they usually come an hour a week and observe a child of a specific age and write about them.” Students are also enrolled in practicum-level courses, which allow them to work in the classrooms and to make lesson plans. The center carries six- and 12-hour internships, and even graduate assistantships. Jason Scofield, an associate professor, runs Bama Cognitive Development Lab within the CDRC. “If I have a student working with me, often times we’re asking a specific research question. We’ve been asking a lot of questions like, ‘How do children decide who’s more trustworthy in their

she’ll be stronger and ready to go.” This will mark the 13th time Alabama has hosted a regional, with the last time coming in 2011 when the Tide won the regional and led the nation in regional attendance. Alabama has won an NCAA-best 27 regional titles and advanced to the NCAA Championships 30 years in a row. Alabama will start the regional on the vault and will then move to a bye before advancing to the uneven bars and balance beam. After the balance beam, the Tide moves to its second bye

environment?’” Scofield said. “Students have a lot of opportunities to get involved with the research that involves working with children and their families, and can see how kids learn information and interact with other people.” Other research opportunities include working with the Mobile Youth Survey and the Autism Clinic within the CDRC, Scofield said. Margaret Davis, a senior majoring in human development, is enrolled in labs within the CDRC and substitute teaches while applying for an internship. “I am in HD 322, which is where I’m involved here as well – I came in this morning and did an activity about the physical world, so I did the rain

before finishing the meet off on the floor exercise. Unlike the regular season, there is no free admission for UA students, but the Medalist Club, the gymnastics team’s booster organization, purchased 2,000 tickets for students to get in free with a valid ACT card. “I didn’t want them to have to pay to get in, so their $5 ticket is paid for by the Medalist Club,” Patterson said. The top two teams from each regional will move on to the NCAA Championships, which will be held April 19-21 in Los Angeles, Calif.

cycle. Each of the kids got a cotton ball and dipped it in water, just doing fun things like that,” Davis said. “It just breaks up your day and really touches your heart to be able to build relationships with these kids and I look forward to my future in it.” The CDRC provides the University with other programs such as Child Development Resources, a program that helps Alabama families with children and the Capstone Family Therapy Clinic, which provides help to community members along with training graduate students who specialize in marriage and family therapy. The Pediatric Development Research laboratory also calls the CDRC home.





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Pants, campus attire ‘silly thing to be concerned over’ By Elizabeth Lowder Assistant Community Manager

I believe Kirby Johnson’s strongly written letter to the editor concerning the lack of pants at The University of Alabama comes off as a bit misguided, and in some parts, just plain wrong. As I read through her column as she intricately described all the wardrobe possibilities and alternatives for ladies of the Capstone, I instantly realized that I wasn’t wearing “pants,” as she likes to call them. Does that make me a disrespectful, lazy student who just rolled out of bed? Absolutely not. This is such a silly thing to be concerned over. There have to be more pertinent issues on campus besides the length of one’s Nike shorts or how baggy their T-shirt may be. Maybe we should shift our focus toward improving the community, or perhaps the novel idea of focusing on academia. When I walk over to campus for class, I am not concerned about the contour of my T-shirt. I’m more concerned with completing all assignments and being prepared for that day’s discussion. Kirby mentions in her letter, “If you dress for success

then you will succeed.” I have trouble believing that this is the source of success. You have to put in hard work and effort, and especially in the modern world, you’ve got to be clever and persistent in order to achieve success. Just because you may look the part, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the part. By this same logic, Mark Zuckerburg shouldn’t be successful because he chose the effortless look of his hoodie in the early days of the creation of Facebook. Many work environments such as Google, have shifted toward a more casual dress. The company may have a relaxed dress code, but clearly they’re doing something right. The letter also cited that she understands getting dressed can be the most difficult part of one’s day, and that it can be a chore. I’ve had corrective lenses since age 2, but I’m pretty sure my eyes don’t deceive me – we aren’t attending a nudist university. Additionally, if getting dressed is the most difficult part of any reader’s day then clearly our generation has other looming issues. Since I first became a student at The University of Alabama in 2007, I noticed

Instead, I’ll continue to rock my super-comfy T-shirts, paired perfectly with Nike shorts and leggings. Maybe I’ll even throw on some tennis shoes and run circles around you, as you pass by with judging looks.

that many of my peers looked remarkably nicer than others heading to class. I haven’t seen anyone so far walking into a lecture hall with printed pajama pants on, though. I respect the decision of others to meticulously plan their attire each morning, but I’m just not one of them. It doesn’t make me any less of an adult than anyone else on campus. As for the leggings issue, there isn’t much I can say to refute that. Women should know by this point what items in their closet are too revealing and inappropriate to wear in public. Thank you for the kind suggestion to welcome spring with bright, fun, coordinated outfits. Instead, I’ll continue to rock my supercomfy T-shirts, paired perfectly with Nike shorts and leggings. Maybe I’ll even throw on some tennis shoes and run circles around you, as you pass by with judging looks.

So when you see ladies in leggings and oversized shirts, take a moment to think that they aren’t nearly as lazy or disrespectful as you may think. Rushing from class, to meetings with peers, jobs to get to, heading to the library or Rec – these ladies are on the go. This trend isn’t exclusive to our campus; it’s happening at college campuses all over the country. It’s evident that young women our age are more active than in the past, and that’s something we should embrace. As women, we don’t need to rely on our clothes or accessories in order to get noticed in this world. It may sound cliché, but didn’t your mother ever teach you not to judge a book by its cover? Elizabeth Lowder is a graduate student studying advertising and public relations. She is also the assistant community manager of The Crimson White.


Student dress choice should not be rigid mandate By Nathan James Senior Staff Columnist

Everyone at the University with functioning eyes and a basic level of situational awareness knows about the “Pants Guessing Game,” although some know it by other names. The Guessing Game is a mode of dress popular among female students, wherein a baggy shirt is worn over Nike shorts or leggings. Most agree that it’s pretty silly, and some find it tasteless. But Kirby Johnson, in her recent letter to the CW, argues that it’s a little worse than that. Her letter made the case that wearing “inappropriate” clothing is disrespectful to profes-

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sors and The University of Alabama as an institution. “School is not an extension of the gym or bedroom,” she argues. “We should dress accordingly.” Kirby Johnson means well, and I respect her values. In as much as I think The Guessing Game is pretty ridiculous, I

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even share some of them. But I disagree with her assertion that girls somehow owe it to the University to dress in a certain way. Fashion is a personal choice. If you prefer to shell out for high-end designer clothes, then do so. If you dress for comfort, that’s your right. And if you want to show off your body, as long as you aren’t stepping outside the law or the Code of Student Conduct, that’s also your choice. It’s a choice that we wouldn’t have had in high school, admittedly, but everyone at UA is an adult vested with the power to manage their own lives. Furthermore, I contest Johnson’s argument that revealing clothes are wrong

because they disrespect the University. Like every student at the University, I pay to go to school here. I also have to follow a student code of conduct or be expelled. And I have to maintain a certain standard of academic rigor or be put on academic probation. These are my obligations to the University, and I – like every student here – fulfill them. My obligations do not extend so far as to require me to dress a certain way. That’s a personal choice that is extended to me, and only me. And, finally, I don’t agree with Johnson’s assumption that female legs are inappropriate. They’re legs. Everyone sees at least

Hear me out, readers. As a their image and keep in mind young, prospective student the health of their respective touring the grounds of The employees and students. University of Alabama, you Unfortunately, by trying to probably noticed the grandeur maintain a sort of Southern of the pristine columns high- tradition, the Crimson Tide lighting the southern archi- has lagged behind the rest of tecture of the academic build- the country, including Auburn, ings, and the crisp green of the in terms of eradicating or at expansive Quad that invites least controlling smoking on students to embark on friend- campus. However many stuly sporting competition or just dents, professors and adminto lounge in jubilant apathy. istrators have taken notice, These features, along with and the first tobacco-related the vast shadow cast by the survey ever was done on camgreat Bryant-Denny Stadium, pus last year. allured us all to this instituThe results were both tion and allowed both our par- alarming and promising, and ents and ourselves to overlook are outlined as follows: Only an unfortunately prevalent 10 percent of current students problem on campus: student are smokers, but 59 percent, smoking. a clear majority, acknowlThe use of cigarettes has edge smoking as dangerous become so mainstream and very harmful to health. among the student body that The University of Alabama’s the adverse health effects of traditional Southern lifestyle smoking are too often forgot- is guilty of getting younger ten. For instance, every stu- students hooked on smokdent that was required to take ing, as the survey revealed an a middle school level health increase in the percentage of class knows student smokthe inhalation ers based on of smoke can time on campus, lead to mouth from eight perThe real tragedy on campus and lung cancent of freshis the amount of students cer due to man to a scary who suffer from secondhand the dozens of 26 percent of smoke, whether it be from known carcinseniors. walking into a dorm whose enogens present The greatest trance is blanketed by smokin cigarettes, statistic surand most probfaced by the poll ers or the familiarity of getting ably know the was the numstuck behind a slow moving average smokber of students gaggle of cigarette users on a er is prone to in favor of a narrow sidewalk. lose fourteen University-wide years of their policy change: projected Nearly 57 perlifespan. But cent of all studid you know that one of the dents, a clear majority, are in main ingredients that gives favor of banning smoking outa cigarette its flavor is urea, right on campus. the same substance found in Thus today a team of stuhuman urine? dents, backed by an increasDespite the general decline ing number of administrators in the popularity of smok- and student-run organizaing since President Nixon tions, is pushing for a blanket signed a bill in 1970 banning ban on campus, and the movethe advertising of cigarettes ment is seeking the support of on television, the concentra- the student body. Of course it tion of nicotine present in would be wrongly optimistic each individual cigarette has to expect current smokers to increased as much as 11 per- immediately relinquish their cent since 1995. More nicotine habit, so a second plan for means more individuals are designated smoking areas, likely to become dangerously which would be a great comaddicted, thus instances of promise between the two sides cancer, emphysema, coronary of smokers and non-smokers, heart disease and even infer- has been proposed. tility are likely to increase proThe purpose of this column portionally. and the goal of the moveThe real tragedy on cam- ment is to raise awareness pus is the amount of students and unify the University who suffer from secondhand population in an effort to smoke, whether it be from address the issue of cigawalking into a dorm whose rette use and quickly create entrance is blanketed by a mandate that will control smokers or the familiarity of smoking to both improve the getting stuck behind a slow image of the Crimson Tide as moving gaggle of cigarette it continues to splash onto the users on a narrow sidewalk. national scene as one of the Nearly 50,000 people in the best public schools in the counUnited States die from the try and also better the overall effects of secondhand smok- health of the student body so ing every year, but luckily each individual will live longer the American public is taking and continue to touch lives all action. More and more busi- around the world. nesses and college campuses are taking the initiative to Christian Shannon is a freshban smoking from their prop- man majoring in chemical erty in an effort to improve engineering.

a few of them every day, and I like to imagine that most men have the strength of will to ignore them during class. I don’t feel degraded when I wear a muscle shirt to the gym, and I don’t think anyone is degraded by looking at me. Frankly, I’m a little tired of the idea that a woman is reduced in worth when someone sees her shape. It hearkens back to the times



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when society thought a woman’s only value came from her body. In short, I think the Pants Guessing Game is ridiculous, ugly and unoriginal. But I’ll stand up to anyone who says it’s wrong.

Nathan James is a sophomore majoring in public relations. His column runs weekly on Thursdays.



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College Republicans to host congressman By Ellen Coogan Contributing Writer College Republicans will host Congressman Mo Brooks for a speech and question-andanswer session open to all students, Thursday at 5 p.m. in Russell Hall. “He will be speaking about his life and career, on many issues of the day and some of his work in Congress. He’s had such a great career, so we’ll all have a lot to learn and talk about,” said Joe Elia, a freshman majoring in accounting and treasurer of College Republicans.

Steph Petelos, a senior majoring in economics and environmental science and president of College Republicans, said the congressman is excited to answer the tough questions anyone may have for him. “He takes pride in being accountable to his constituents,” Petelos said. “I would imagine he will discuss sequestration and gun control. He may discuss the Supreme Court and DOMA. He knows that the event is open to all students, so I think that the event will be a lot of discussion about what is happening in Congress and in D.C.”

Petelos said the talk should be beneficial to non-Republicans as well. “I do not see him giving a big rhetorical conservative action empowerment speech,” Petelos said. On the other side of the aisle, Robert Christl, a senior majoring in history and political science and College Democrats president, said he hopes to hear about Brooks’ position on immigration reform. “I am attending this event because Congressman Brooks is my congressman, and so I have a personal interest for attending. I am also attending

because I am greatly interested in hearing whether or not Mr. Brooks will change his stance on immigration reform,” Christl said. “Since it’s expected that Congress will have a comprehensive piece of immigration legislation before it soon, I hope to find out if Mr. Brooks will go along with reform-minded Republicans in crafting a realistic, pragmatic and compassionate approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants.” Petelos said she organized the event because she feels it is important for students to hear policy straight from the source,

instead of getting caught up in national media hype. “The congressman reached out to us first offering to speak if we could put everything together for him,” Petelos said. “He is thrilled to get to meet some of the students he represents to hear our concerns and answer our questions. I think it is commendable that he is coming to town to do a fundraiser and he made sure to try to get something set up for the students; he could have very easily come and gone for his fundraiser, but he contacted us, trying to reach as

many students as possible on his visit.” Although College Republicans is hosting the event, Christl said it is important for Democrats to attend. “Party aside, public pressure will often prevail in getting a representative to rethink their position on an issue,” Christl said. “I think as Democrats it is our responsibility to see to it that Republican leaders moderate their positions to be more in line with mainstream America; and if not, we know exactly why it is we need to turn out at the polls to get Democrats elected.”

Senior receives Mayer Award for selfless service By Justin Heck Contributing Writer

Michael Forst, a senior majoring in economics, recently won the Morris Lehman Mayer Award. The Mayer Award is one of The University of Alabama’s Premier Awards and is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies the life of Morris L. Mayer through selfless and significant service and leadership for the UA community, significant contributions to student life, and integrity. Forst served as the director of outreach for The SOURCE for two years, the director of student life for the Honors College Assembly for two years and the president of the Honors College Assembly for the past year.

“I’ve tried to be involved in a wide variety of organizations on campus, but most of my time has been dedicated to the Honors College Assembly and The SOURCE,” Forst said. “Working with both of these organizations has given me the chance to work toward building new opportunities for my fellow students to become actively involved and engaged on campus.” Forst said he is most proud of the successes he has seen in those around him. “I’m most proud of the opportunity I’ve had to work with HCA’s Leadership Team this year,” he said. “These student leaders give of themselves to put on events and start initiatives for the Honors College and it has been a privilege to be a part

of the success they’ve had.” Stephanie Brewer, coordinator of the University Fellows Experience, said Forst is passionate about helping other students. “Michael Forst is a strong leader with a kind heart. He is passionate about his role in student and personal development, and feels both his successes and missteps with great emotion,” Brewer said. “Michael is always seeking to be an advocate for those who may not be able to advocate for themselves. I’m proud of who Michael is as a person, as well as what he has accomplished and will accomplish in the future.” Forst grew up in Prattville, Ala., and will return to Tuscaloosa to pursue a masters degree in communication studies at the University.

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Waterfest focuses on cleaning up Tuscaloosa’s main water source By Alexis Paine Staff Reporter As part of the second annual Lake Tuscaloosa-North River Waterfest, volunteers will clean the city’s main water source, where they have previously found items such as dishwashers and furniture discarded at the bottom of the lake. Waterfest is a three-day event coordinated by the North River Watershed Management Plan along with other sponsors to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining Tuscaloosa water resources, Mary Wallace Pitts, the plan’s coordinator, said. The fifth annual Clean Our Lake Day on Saturday, is included in this year’s Waterfest. The public is welcome to volunteer for this event, which will start at 8 a.m. at the Binion Creek boat

landing. The Clean Our Lake Day was an initiative started by the city of Tuscaloosa to show residents the amount of trash that lands in Lake Tuscaloosa, the area’s water source. Scott Sandeford, Tuscaloosa’s lake manager, said the event has had a great impact. “Total, we’ve cleaned out a little over 62,000 pounds of waste out of the lake over the years,” Sandeford said. “The biggest impact is the awareness of those who live on the lake or the watershed around the lake. And people are aware not to dispose of trash in the lake or in the watershed.” Sandeford said volunteers in the early years of this event would find large items such as household appliances and furniture in the lake. Now, he said awareness has grown, and

people know not to discard dishwashers and furniture in the lake or its tributaries. He said the emphasis this year will be on gathering smaller items such as plastic bottles and Styrofoam cups that have accumulated around the lake. Volunteers should come ready to work, Sandeford said. Those attending the event will be picking up litter from the banks of the lake as well as on the sides of roads around the lake. Sandeford said most of the waste found in the lake is litter thrown onto the sides of roads and then blown or washed into the water. Volunteers who have and are willing to bring boats will be cleaning up deeper areas of the water. The Waterfest will also include a Water Talk and Student Expo in conjunction with the Clean Our Lake Day. The weekend will

Walk for Autism to be held Saturday By Jessica Smith Contributing Writer The Autism Society of Alabama will host its annual Walk for Autism Saturday at Tuscaloosa Magnet School. Autism affects 1 in 88 people and more than 45,000 people in our state. The Walk for Autism is ASA’s largest fundraising event every year, with 16 different events held throughout the state. Jaquie McMahon, a sophomore majoring in public relations, is working to promote the event with her public relations writing class. “I hadn’t even heard of Autism Society of Alabama before this class, but it’s been incredible to see all the work the organization does,” McMahon said. “It truly is a great cause that everyone should know about, so I’m happy we’re helping to spread the word.” This year ASA has partnered with CrossFit Northridge to organize a CrossFit competition

to add something new to the event. Kelly Dickey, co-chair for the Tuscaloosa walk, believed in growing the numbers for the walk and knew that the CrossFit community would help her do that. “As a member of CrossFit NorthRidge, I personally have experienced how the CrossFit community will come together to support different causes and each other,” Dickey said. In April 2012, Gov. Robert Bentley, along with the ASA, declared April as Autism Awareness Month in Alabama. ASA also has a partnership with Autism Speaks and its “Light It Up Blue” initiative. Area businesses, University of Alabama sororities and fraternities, as well as Tuscaloosa and Northport residents have been asked to change their lighting to blue to shine a light on autism awareness. Bama Hager, policy advisor for ASA, has a child with autism and has been working

with the legislature to help support families living with autism spectrum disorders. Hager said the Autism Society of Alabama works very closely with several state agencies to fulfill ASA’s mission of improving the lives of families living with ASD through education and advocacy. “It is a great honor that Gov. Bentley proclaimed April as Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month in Alabama,” Hager said. “The proclamation is a nice reminder that our state government is supportive of families facing the challenges of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.” Check-in for the walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m. The CrossFit competition requires pre-registration to compete. For more information about the walk, please email Dickey at kelly. or visit For information about the CrossFit competition, visit

kick off with the Water Talk at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Phelps Activity Center. The talk is open to the public and will provide information regarding the North River Watershed. The Water Talk will also feature an open forum where community members can ask questions about their water supply. “The Water Talk is geared toward members of the public who want to learn about our water supply, the source of our water supply, and what should be done to protect it,” Pitts said. “We’re really lucky in Tuscaloosa that we have a good clean source of water, but we

need to keep it that way.” The Waterfest Student Expo on Friday will be geared toward school children from the area. Pre-registered classes from schools within the North River Watershed will team up with volunteers to learn more about the Tuscaloosa water supply said Randy Mecredy, director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History at The University of Alabama. Mecredy, who helped coordinate the expo, said last year’s event received positive reviews and many teachers wanted to return for the event this year. The Student Expo will offer an information fair from

the Alabama Clean Water Partnership, which is made up of people who work, live, or have some type of organization in the watershed. There will also be a hands-on event, which includes activities that will teach students how to protect their water supply and why doing so is important. Mecredy said the Expo is a great opportunity for students to learn about their water and how to keep it clean. “What we hope they would take away is becoming informed citizens and then wanting to take some sort of action like the lake clean-up day and keeping Lake Tuscaloosa clean in the future,” Mecredy said.





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Multitasking musician given top university honor By Ashanka Kumari Chief Copy Editor

Christine Evans juggles many responsibilities and plays a few instruments on the side. A senior majoring in mechanical engineering, Evans acts as current president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, has played mellophone in the Million Dollar Band for three years, plays oboe in the University’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band, leads Bible studies in the Navigators campus ministry and interned abroad for nine weeks in Kenya. This year, Evans is the female recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Premier Award, one of the highest honors given by The University of Alabama.

and such incredible experiences. I have followed my passions throughout my college career, and this award has unexpectedly fallen into my lap.” The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is awarded to two graduating seniors and one non-student winner who demonstrate excellence of character and service to humanity, according to “To earn this award, I wrote my application essay on my definition of character, and my experiences in college,” Evans CW | Shannon Auvil said. “I was also recommended for the award by one of my Christine Evans professors.” A native of Madison, Ala., “This award is a nationally recognized award which iden- Evans has worked for the U.S. tifies high standards in schol- Army Aviation and Missile Development arship, leadership and ser- Research, and Engineering Center in vice,” Evans said. “I have been overwhelmed with blessings Huntsville, Ala., for three

Wherever I am sent, I plan to remain active in serving the people around me. —Christine Evans

semesters through the UA Co-op Program. “In this co-op position, I developed professionally, improved academically and saw how I can contribute to

society through my work,” Evans said. During her time in Kenya, Evans interned for Africa Exchange, a nonprofit organization. As one of three female interns, Evans said she had the opportunity to travel all over western and central Kenya to different ICDCs to work with children and to do development projects. For the future, Evans said she has accepted a job in mechanical engineering that will send her to live and work internationally. “Wherever I am sent, I plan to remain active in serving the

people around me,” she said. “Through development projects using appropriate technology such as those we did in Kenya, my mechanical engineering background will allow me to contribute in unique ways to my community.” Evans said she would not be where she is today without her college experiences. “My experiences and friendships have shaped me into the person I am today.” she said “I hope to be able to pass those blessings on to others I meet, to continue serving, and to represent this award and the University well.”

Social work professor splits time between class, service By Mark Hammontree Staff Reporter Debra Nelson-Gardell, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, has been selected as the faculty recipient of the Morris L. Mayer Award, one of the premier awards given out by The University of Alabama. The award commemorates Morris Mayer, a longtime UA professor of marketing. The honor is designed to recognize a student and a faculty member who have shown integrity, selfless service and leadership at the Capstone while making efforts to improve the quality of life on campus and in the community. Nelson-Gardell graduated from Clark University in Worchester, Massachusetts before completing her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in social work at Florida State University. She has been teaching at the Capstone since 1995, almost 20

years, although she said that was not her plan. “I finished my Ph.D. at Florida State, came here and didn’t leave,” Nelson-Gadell said. “I didn’t anticipate it.” Nelson-Gardell was nominated for the prestigious award by her colleagues and said she was very surprised by the news. “I was on my way to a yoga class and saw I had a missed call from a University number, so I called it back,” she said. “It was Mark Nelson telling me that I had won the award, and I just kind of burst into tears, because I had no idea.” Nelson-Gardell, who came to the University three years after Mayer retired in 1992, said she never had the privilege of meeting the beloved professor, who passed away in 2008. She said she has heard a great deal about him however, and considers the award a huge honor. “I looked up what people had

said about him and what kinds of things he had done, and I’m not even close to being in his league, so it is very much honor for people to say think I should get the award,” she said. Nelson-Gardell, who serves as president of the board for Tuscaloosa’s One Place, says her service and research focus tends to be on children and child maltreatment. She has also been a key part of the partnership between Alabama’s School of Social Work and Shue Yan University in Hong Kong where she has traveled many times. Nelson-Gardell said she considers herself both a teacher and a social worker, so the award’s emphasis on service and improvement of quality of life are her job description. “Social workers have as part of their ethical duty to provide service,” she said. “So the award is in line with how I try to live my life; it’s what being a social worker is about.”

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Students attend protests at Supreme Court UA senior joined crowds in D.C. protesting, supporting DOMA and other SCOTUS cases on spring break By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker Staff Reporter Last week UA student Valerie Walters found herself at the steps of the courthouse in Washington, D.C. in the middle of the Supreme Court’s hearings on several major gay rights cases – somewhat accidentally. “So, my roommate and I were on a road trip anyway and stopped by Washington, D.C. to see some family,” Walters, a senior majoring in economics and history, said. “When we got there Tuesday night, we realized two huge Supreme Court cases were happening and the one about DOMA was on Wednesday at

noon.” Walters arrived with friends at the court around 11:30 a.m. and said she met several inspiring people at the protests, including a lesbian couple from Wisconsin and a local mother who attended to support her gay son. “Although we got a ticket to see the case, the room ran out of seats about ten people ahead of us and unfortunately the case ended too quickly for us to witness any of the arguments,” she said. “We did see probably a dozen newscasters, protesters for marriage equality, against it, and even some fighting other issues.” Walters explained that she has spent a good bit of time

this semester learning about gender, sex and political movements, which have made her passionate about the marriage equality cause. “It’s so important for UA to be understanding of highprofile movements and more importantly the arguments behind the movement,” she said. “Too many educated and smart people judge an issue like equal rights for LGBT individuals without truly understanding the reasoning behind both sides of the argument.” Though she is graduating in May, Walters plans to contribute to this cause in Tuscaloosa by bringing a staged reading of the play “8” to campus.

“This documentary play is based on part of the California Supreme Court case ruling on Proposition 8 and advocates for marriage equality,” she said. “The play will happen April 19 at the Ferguson Theater and will be followed by a panel discussion to ensure everyone has the opportunity to truly understand the arguments and the movement.” Meredith Bagley, the advisor of Spectrum, the University’s LGBTQ student organization, said she thinks there is value in being present at historic social change moments, especially in this era of online technology and 24-hour news cycles.

“There is something qualitatively different about being literally on the steps of the Supreme Court instead of seeing the steps on your TV or phone,” she said. “Often LGBTQ persons, especially activist ones, can feel alone or isolated in their work, so seeing a hearty crowd of people on your side can feel really good.” For other students who are interested in learning more about the Supreme Court cases, Bagley said the University has a legal panel

meeting Monday, April 15 at noon in the law school with three law professors discussing what was said in the arguments and what the justices may rule. “On other levels, never underestimate the power of having a smart, sincere conversation with your peers or family about these topics, what you know or have learned about them, or the effect of reading scholarly books, writing letters to editors and blogging,” Bagley said.

White receives Sullivan Award By Chandler Wright Assistant News Editor Although campus and his involvements have evolved with him throughout his time at the Capstone, Joshua White, recipient of The University of Alabama’s Algernon Sullivan Award, has largely stayed the same. “He hasn’t really changed that much over the four years. Yes, he’s matured. But the core ‘good person’ was there when I first met him,” Ron Dulek, John R. Miller professor of management and marketing and White’s faculty mentor, said. “Now he may be a little more confident and certain in his progression, and he knows more, but he is still a good person at his core.” The Sullivan Award is considered the highest honor The University of Alabama offers, according to the Premier Awards website. It

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Josh White is given to graduating seniors to recognize excellence of character and service to humanity. “Words cannot express how honored and humbled I am to have received this award,” White said. “It is by far the

greatest honor of my life.” During his time at the Capstone, the senior majoring in economics and finance has served his community in a number of ways from acting as student chairman of the Blackburn Institute to founding the Audie and Kathy White Cancer Research Foundation, a volunteer organization in partnership with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Yet, White tips his hat to those who helped him get to where he is today. “More than anything, I am grateful to those who supported and encouraged me during my time at the Capstone: Dr. Ronald Dulek, Dr. Shane Sharpe, Dr. Jacqueline Morgan, Dr. Philip Westbrook and Ms. Mary Lee Caldwell,” White said. “I truly do not know where I would be had it not been for their wisdom and guidance.”

Dulek said his relationship with White is one of the highlights of his 36 years at the Capstone. “Together I think that Joshua and I have discovered how a mentor relationship should develop,” Dulek said. “It begins professionally, but with some distance; then, if it works, it progresses into a very meaningful friendship. The truth is, I regard Joshua with the same affection as a son.” Although White will start working at Regions Financial after his graduation, he said he is most looking forward to getting married this summer. “I am most looking forward to getting married,” White said. “I will marry my high school sweetheart, Brittany Bullock, in June. I asked her to go to junior prom, and we’ve been together ever since.”

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Nelson to receive faculty premier service award By Sarah Robinson Contributing Writer For administrator and professor Mark Nelson, The University of Alabama is not just his workplace, but also an institution that has helped him learn and evolve as a person. “Being a part of this community of scholars has helped me to grow in my scholarship and in my perspective on life and on education as well,” said Nelson, vice president for student affairs, vice provost and professor of communication studies at the University. Nelson started at the University in 1991 as a professor in the communication studies department. From 1996-2006, he served as associate dean for the College of Communication and Information Sciences. He

Hagood Outstanding Faculty Member in Communication, UA’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the DSRTKA Outstanding Alumnus Award, and the John Blackburn Outstanding University Advisor Award. Nelson’s 23 years of work at the Capstone have recently earned him another honor. The University has awarded him the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, which recognizes one female, one male and a nonstudent for their excellent character and service to humanity. CW | Shannon Auvil The award, which is one of the Mark Nelson University’s Premier Awards, is became vice president for stu- given to those who have demondent affairs and vice provost in strated the highest standards of scholarship, leadership and 2008. Nelson has earned vari- service. Nelson said he was thrilled, ous awards throughout his shocked and honored to have career, including the Knox

been awarded the Sullivan Award. Several of Nelson’s colleagues, friends and staff members wrote letters in support of his nomination. “The award is certainly one of the highest awards given at the University, and I was very humbled to be selected,” Nelson said. “The fact that my own colleagues, friends and staff members participated in the nomination made it extra special.”

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Junior premier recipient credits award to advisors By Chandler Wright Assistant News Editor Koushik Kasanagottu, the 2013 William P. Bloom Award recipient, knows how to make his visions a reality. The junior majoring in biology has devoted much of his time at The University of Alabama to diabetes prevention education as the founder and president of the Diabetes Education Team. “I often run into students who are so overwhelmed with trying to do well in their classes and schoolwork, that they have a hard time managing and developing other skills that are just as important for their future career choices,” Pamela Payne-Foster, Kasanagottu’s mentor and faculty in the College of Community Health Sciences, said. “Koushik seems to have learned how to delegate to others as well as provide vision when needed to make Project DIET work. I have seen the constant work, commitment and vision that he has put in to start an organization from scratch and make it grow and flourish.” According to the premier awards website, students are

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As a part of the University, Nelson hopes to make a great impact on student life on campus. He looks to education as the key to accomplishing that goal. “Everything we do should be an educational experience for our students. We know that students spend 80 percent of their time outside of the classroom,” Nelson said. “To think or believe that edu-

chosen for the Bloom Award primarily for improving, understanding and supporting interaction among groups for a common cause. Kasanagottu dedicated his award to the advisors who have helped guide him throughout his time at the Capstone. “[The award] is a testament to the work my colleagues and I have done together to better the campus and community. Furthermore, this award is dedicated to my wonderful advisors and mentors that I have had over the past three years,” Kasanagottu said. “These advisors include, but not limited to Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster, Dr. Rebecca Kelly, and Dr. Janis O’Donnell. They have helped foster my ideas and inspired me to achieve my goals.” Kasanagottu said the Diabetes Prevention Team’s purpose is to decrease the percentage of diabetics in underserved counties in Alabama though health education sessions specifically dealing with nutrition, exercise, stress management and medication. This year, the team hosted the on campus events related to the First Annual World Diabetes

Day. “We held a communitywide diabetes awareness campaign which culminated in an event on the campus Quad,” Kasanagottu said. “It was very exciting to bring different campus and community groups together for a single event in an effort to raise awareness for Diabetes. Diabetes is a preventable disorder and I think we relayed that message effectively on that day.” P a y n e - Fo s t e r said Kasanagottu’s ability to listen and incorporate his colleagues ideas into the real-life implementation of the goals of the Diabetes Education Team set him apart from his peers. “One of Koushik’s strongest qualities is listening,” PayneFoster said. “I get the impression that he actually listens to me and other advisors as well as his fellow Project DIET student partners because he often incorporates our ideas into planning and implementation of the project. Therefore, everyone is fully engaged in making Project DIET work effectively.” As a recipient of the Bloom Award, Kasanagottu will receive $2500.

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Biology student to receive award for humanism By Ben Clark Contributing Writer Samuel Hand is not a typical college student. Hand, a junior majoring in biology, has split much of his free time as a student at The University of Alabama working on medical mission trips in the Philippines and Kenya and volunteering at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic in Northport, Ala. All of this work has not gone unnoticed. Hand is the recipient of the 2013 John Fraser Ramsey Premier Award. One of the four Premier awards presented to honors students, the Ramsey Award

New AD Bill Battle tapped as Jason in ‘74 HONORS FROM PAGE 1 By 1979, Mortar Board had grown significantly since its founding and began admitting men. “We will tap 35 new members on April 12, 1979, out of some 1,000 applicants. There is another noticeable change: Some of these members are men,” a program from the 1979 tapping says. Perhaps the most renowned honor society at the University, the Jasons,was formed in 1914 by Lister Hill, who later became a senator, according to materials

recognizes a junior who has broad humanistic interests and has been a positive influence on their contemporaries, according to the Premier Awards website. “When I found out that I had been awarded the Ramsey, I was quite surprised,” Hand said. “The two previous Ramsey Award winners are friends of mine, and they are incredible people who are have done much for the University. It was hard to believe, and remains somewhat surreal, that I was given the same award that they received in the recent past.” Jeffrey Lozier, however,

said he was not surprised at all that Hand won the award, after spending time with him in the classroom and the lab. Hand volunteered in Lozier’s lab on campus, helping to determine patterns of gene inheritance and expression in bee species found scattered along the West Coast. “It’s the way he looks at the world. Students with a strong aptitude may want to go to medical school to be a doctor to make a ton of money,” Lozier said. “Sam’s interests are in doing work that will benefit people. That’s just Sam.” Currently, Hand is studying

released by the Jasons. At the Jasons’ Diamond Jubilee celebration in 1974, Sen. Hill spoke, along with Sen. John Sparkman and Coach Steve Sloan, who were also Jasons. Listed in the directory of Jasons released in the same year is William Raines Battle III – better known as UA Athletic Director Bill Battle. The Jasons are not a part of the Tapping on the Mound because they only admit men, and are therefore not officially recognized by the University. A similar restriction applies to the XXXI, which only admits women. Colin Whitworth, a 2012 graduate of Alabama who was tapped into Blue Key

during his time as an undergraduate at Alabama, said the ceremony was meaningful for him. “My parents came, and they didn’t even come to graduation,” he said “When you get tapped, you really feel the prestige of it.” Collins said the Tapping on the Mound has significance beyond simply those who are being honored and their families, however. “It’s a good way for freshmen and sophomores at the University see what can be in store for them in the future, and also see a lot of people they look up to get recognized,” he said. “It’s the best way to show and embody Capstone unity and success.”

abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. As a French minor, Hand is using his time overseas to learn more about the culture and language, which he hopes will help him in the future. After graduating, Hand said he would like to work as a physician in Frenchspeaking areas of Africa. Aside from the $6,000 he

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received for winning the award, he will also be provided with the University’s “Great Ideas Tour,” a trip

across Europe. Hand said he plans to take the trip in summer 2014, beginning with the British Isles.



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Sexuality, illness focus of grad student art exhibition By Alexandra Ellsworth Staff Reporter Students and community members grabbing a bite to eat downtown can also stop by Harrison Galleries on University Boulevard afterward to see Virginia Eckinger and Mark Robert Barry’s art exhibition, A Version of Events. From 6 to 9 p.m. until April 19, Eckinger and Barry will be holding an artist’s reception for their art exhibition. The

reception is free and open to the public. The thesis exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree. Both Eckinger and Barry are in their fourth semester of graduate school at the University. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Eckinger received her BFA in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, and has now returned to Alabama. Her work is both twoand three-dimensional. She

creates ceramic figures combining both humans and animals as a way to provoke thought about society’s ideas of femininity and sexuality. Usually, the head is some kind of animal and the body is a human. Eckinger said the figures are always female. “In order to tell a story with these figures, I pull from past events from my life to build the underlying narrative structure of the work,” Eckinger said. “They are inspired by fairytales somewhat, and deal with identity and sexuality and society’s perceptions of that.” Eckinger will have three ceramics scenes displayed in the gallery. Each one is inspired by a domestic scene. Two of the scenes will be accompanied by two-dimensional drawings in the background. Barry spent 14 years working in the corporate world as a graphic designer and brand

strategist before deciding to go back to school. His work is a personal investigation of the physical and emotional effects of illness and disease. Barry will have seven paintings in the gallery. “They are all personal looks into it, but I am hoping that other people can find ways of connecting with the work,” he said. “I haven’t given a way to much information in the paintings themselves to fully define it. We all are affected, either directly or indirectly, by disease, depression, aging or some other sort of health related stress. As such, I hope that people will be able to connect with these pieces in a personal and meaningful way.” The name of the exhibit comes from Eckinger and Barry’s narrative style of art. “Both of our work is narrative based,” Eckinger said. “Mine

is sort of elaborations on personal narratives, and [Barry’s] is elaborations on dealing with concepts of disease. So they are both different version of events that have transpired.” Both Eckinger and Barry hope to see a good turn out for the exhibit and are excited to see the public’s reactions to their art. “When you are in grad school for art you are showing a lot of the work often, but you are showing it to the same people all the time – colleagues, other students, faculty,” Barry said. “So it will be nice to put it out there in a public setting and get a broader public reaction to it.” Eckinger and Barry acknowledged that the reception provides good opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives. “There is a lot going on in Tuscaloosa, that it doesn’t

seems that the majority of the population is aware of,” Eckinger said. Barry said he sees art as a way of engaging ideas in a completely different way. “Ideas or concepts can be represented in a visual way and not by words on a paper or a book,” he said. “Books are great; I love books, but it is just a different experience. And seeing art in a book is not the same as seeing it in person. There is a big difference in seeing a painting and experiencing it in person from just looking at it in a book. You can’t experience the art unless you are there with it in the room, and it can be a pretty great moment.” The exhibit will remain at Harrison Galleries until April 19. For more information about Eckinger or Barry’s work, visit and

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with events designed to honor this year’s theme “It’s Easy to be Green.” This sustainable theme is in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22. The Gardens has compiled a series of informative hands-on events and displays to get gardeners and their families in a green state of mind. There will be children’s materials on recycling as well as information on water barreling, collecting and conserving rainwater, in addition to unconventional potting methods and many other ways to “green-ify” gardens and spaces. “People will also have the opportunity to check out our potted tomato plants and learn to care for them so they can take them home,” Murphy said.

The garden show looks to be an appealing event to gardeners, both at a master and novice level. Tricia McElroy, associate professor in the English department at The University of Alabama, is a novice gardener whose interest in gardening peaked after the April 27, 2011 tornado. “I became interested in gardening after the tornado, which felled two enormous trees in my back yard and forced me into a major project of repair,” she said. “Since then, I have taught myself as much as possible about planting perennials especially, and old garden roses.” McElroy said she is interested in learning about environmentally friendly methods at the show.

“I would definitely find it interesting, as I try to limit the use of chemicals in the garden because of my little girl and two dogs who play outdoors all the time,” McElroy said. Murphy said the Gardens is prepared to get people interested and active in its “go green” message this year. “We’ll also have local vendors on hand like Lowe’s and Crosstie [Stone Supply Inc.],” Murphy said. “Everyone will also leave with a goodie bag. The goal is to have people leave with a lot more than they came in with.” The Battle-Friedman House is located on 1010 Greensboro Ave. The house and gardens are now maintained by the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.

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Defensive line steps up to fill voids left by key players By Charlie Potter Staff Reporter Alabama is faced with replacing several key contributors from last year’s nationalchampionship-winning team. But the defensive line seems to be adjusting just fine, junior defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan said. “We lost some really good guys from the [defensive] line,

and that just opened up doors for younger players like myself to come in and be able to help out and actually play a role,” Pagan said. “I feel like my role is actually greater than it was. I have an opportunity to do something special.” Pagan finished the 2012-13 season with 22 total tackles as a reserve for head coach Nick Saban. He played in all 14 games and recorded 1.5

sacks. But he wants to see his sack total increase in 2013 by paying more attention to his pass-rushing technique during practice. “My pass rushing is an area in which I would like to do better this year,” Pagan said. “This year I’m going to try to do a little bit of both.” The experience of senior Ed Stinson should help Pagan in his personal critique. Pagan


Tide to host No. 9 Razorbacks By Kevin Connell Staff Reporter

The No. 22 Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team continues its six-game home stand with a three-game series beginning Thursday against the No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. First pitches are set for Thursday at 7:05 p.m. on ESPNU, Friday at 6:35 p.m. and Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The Crimson Tide (19-11, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) has won 11 of its last 14 games, including a 9-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday. The upcoming series against Arkansas will be the Tide’s fourth in conference play this season and its toughest to date. “There was a reason why they were picked No. 1 in the country at the beginning of the year,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I know they’ve had a few scuffles here and there, but they’re awfully deep and a very good ball club.” The Razorbacks (21-8, 6-3

SEC), who currently sit in third place in the SEC West behind first-place LSU and secondplace Alabama, enter the series with a well-known strength. “They have one of the top pitching staffs in the country,” senior right-hander Charley Sullivan said. “So we’re going to have to swing the bats well, get deep in pitch counts with their pitchers.” Although Alabama holds the top batting average in the SEC against conference opponents at .305, they know they have to do their part on the defensive end as well. In addition to Sullivan, sophomore lefty Jon Keller (3-3, 3.86 ERA) will start Friday and sophomore right-hander Spencer Turnbull (3-1, 2.59 ERA) will get the nod to conclude the series on Saturday. Gaspard said he likes what he sees for the most part out of the starting rotation. “I think there’s still a ceiling where we can get a little better, but I think right now those guys are competing, and that’s what you ask,” he said. In the back ends of games,

freshman pitcher Ray Castillo (2-0) will play a crucial role for the Tide against the Razorbacks after moving his way into the closer role with a team-high five saves. “Right now, he’s our closer, and what I’ve seen he’ll continue to be our closer,” Gaspard said. “He’s a guy I’m comfortable with where we can give him the ball in the seventh and the eighth inning and let him take us home from there if the situation arises that way.” Although the Tide boasts a 7-2 conference record so far, the combined conference record of the three SEC opponents Alabama has faced this season – Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn – is 5-22. An impressive showing against a highly-ranked Arkansas team can put that argument to rest, freshman second baseman Mikey White said. “Arkansas is one of the top teams in the country so going out and having good outings against them will definitely show that we’re one of the top teams in the SEC.”

said Stinson’s presence around the younger players has benefited them with their workload increase this spring. “Ed’s like the old guy on the [defensive] line, and he’s like the father,” he said. “He’s somebody that we can always go to if we need help. He’s just somebody that knows the game.” Stinson is especially beneficial to linebacker-turned-defensive end Xzavier Dickson, as Stinson went through the same position change in his earlier years at the Capstone. Pagan said Dickson could line up as a tackle or an end on the defensive front and the Crimson Tide would not suffer. “He’s battling at both

positions,” Pagan said. “He’s really talented on the outside, but then again, he’s really talented on the inside. Xzavier could really line up either way, and wherever he’s at he’s going to make an impact.” Some other players that have stood out to Pagan thus far are the guys working in at nose guard: Brandon Ivory, Darren Lake and Wilson Love. Pagan said he can’t tell the difference between the three when he has worked with them in practice. “I’ve taken reps with all three of them, and I would line up with any of them and be confident that they will all three get the job done,” he said. But Pagan isn’t the only

Alabama player to take notice of the defensive line this spring. Junior tight end Harrison Jones said the defensive line will be one of the sparks for the Tide in 2013. “We’ve got some really talented guys, some guys that have really worked hard on the defensive line, Pagan especially,” Jones said. “I see those guys really stepping up and filling the spots that were left open last year from guys leaving the team. “That’s something that is going to be a big part for our team this year is the defensive line stepping up, and I’ve thought they’ve done a good job of that so far.”








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Tide to host Aggies in ďŹ nal home tennis match By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The Alabama men’s tennis team will host the Texas A&M Aggies in its final home match of the season on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. Going into this weekend the Crimson Tide only has three matches left in the regular season. Freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey said the team is excited for its final home match of the year. “It’s going to be a great match; hopefully we get a big crowd out

for it,� O’Shaughnessey said. “It’s going to be a little sad that it’s our final home match of the year, but we’re excited for A&M.� Alabama is looking to get back on the winning track, as it has lost its last four matches. Alabama’s last win was on March 16 when it defeated instate rival Auburn 4-3. In its four-match losing streak the Tide has been defeated by Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Despite dropping its last four matches, head coach George

Husack said Alabama is a team on the rise. “I think we competed well against Vanderbilt, but we did not compete well against Kentucky,� Husack said. “I think we are on the uptick, as much as that may sound.� This match will be the first time Texas A&M and Alabama will meet as Southeastern Conference opponents. The No. 12 Aggies come into the match against the Tide with a 13-10 record. O’Shaughnessey said the team is ready to square off

against one of the new additions to the SEC. “They are a really good team and have had a really good season so far,� O’Shaughnessey said. “Hopefully we can compete and play to go out and get the win against them.� The mindset for Alabama headed into the match is to compete and treat it like just another match. Husack said they got away from this mindset a little during the last four matches. “We just have to compete and not worry what the score is, what we’re ranked, what our

record is – nothing matters. It’s a simple tennis match.â€? Husack said. “In the grand scheme of • What: Tennis v. Texas things this is just another tennis match and that’s what we need A&M to treat each one like.â€? O’Shaughnessey said if the • When: Sunday at Tide wants to get back in the 1 p.m. win column it’s going to need to continue to fight and to improve • Where: Alabama in practice. Husack said playing in the Tennis Stadium SEC really allows the team to compete and be challenged and this is what Alabama will see is it’s another challenge, and yet it’s another opportunity for us,â€? when they face the Aggies. “The beauty of our conference Husack said.



Alabama hosts three-game series with Missouri Tigers By Kelly Ward Contributing writer The No. 4 Alabama softball team will host the No. 7 Missouri Tigers for a threegame series this weekend. The Southeastern Conference newcomer is on a 10-game winning streak. Alabama is 8-2 in its last 10 games, including its last three in a row. The Tide is 33-5 overall and 8-4 in the SEC, while Missouri is 20-2 overall and 7-1 in

conference play. “It’s probably one of the best series all year in the SEC and two of the best pitchers in the country going head to head,� head coach Patrick Murphy said. “I think it’s going to be a great battle. It’s going to be two heavyweights going at it, and Chelsea [Thomas], we respect the hell out of her. Their pitcher and Jackie Traina, they were teammates on Team USA this summer, so a little bit of reunion there, but it’s going to be two really good

teams going at it.� The last matchup between Alabama and Missouri took place in February 2010. Missouri won two of the three-game series. Alabama’s record against Missouri is 4-4. “We’re looking to just play Alabama softball,� sophomore pitcher Leslie Jury said. “It’s going to be a great series. Missouri’s a great team. They have great pitching, but we’re going to step up, and we’re going to play Alabama softball

and hopefully come away with a sweep.� After winning the series in College Station, Texas over Texas A&M, Alabama is 2-1 over former Big 12 schools this season. “You never know,� Murphy said. “[Chelsea Thomas] is difficult to score against, and I think she’s probably going to pitch all three so that’ll make it even more difficult, and hopefully as the series goes along, we need to make her throw. She gets outs, you know, one-pitch at-bats,

that’s not going to be good for us. We need to throw seven, eight pitches to a hitter so [by] the third game, she’s tired.� The series has a special meaning for senior Courtney Conley from Robertsville, Mo. “They’re all Mizzou fans, all my family, but they always say they’re going to root for Alabama softball because of me until I leave,� Conley said. “I would’ve never imagined they would be in the SEC when I came to Alabama my freshman year, and I think

it’s really cool honestly that they joined, and we’re really looking forward a good series. “They’re a great team. They have a great pitcher, Chelsea Thomas, and we’re going to work hard this week obviously to prepare for them. But they’re a good team. We’re going to respect them.� ESPNU will cover Friday and Saturday’s games. Friday’s crimson and white stripe-out game starts at 8 p.m. at Rhoads Stadium.


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Track and Field team prepares for home invitational By Nick Sellers Contributing Writer The Alabama track and field team will return to Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Crimson Tide Invite. The all-day Saturday meet is the team’s third event of the outdoor season and the second at Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium. Head coach Dan Waters said his athletes are looking forward to defending their turf. “It will be great to compete on our home track,� Waters

said. “The weather should be good on Saturday, so it’s a great chance for our team to show what they can do in a home meet.� The team is coming off a solid performance at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., where it claimed victories in three relay events and five individual competitions, including senior Alexis Paine’s school-record breaking pole vault outing. Paine notched a vertical of 14 feet 7 1/4 inches�, breaking the previous record, her own, by 10


go. If we can be inches. consistent and With Tide stay focused and records havI’ve been encouraged. We healthy, I am ing recently are a more diverse team this optimistic that been broken by year as our strengths go. we can develop freshman Elias into a good team Hakansson in — Dan Waters this season.� the hammer Bama will throw and Paine be facing in the pole vault, Southeastern Waters noted opponents the progress the team has Conference made early in the outdoor sea- Missouri and Mississippi State this weekend, along with Big son. “I’ve been encouraged,� he Ten competitors Nebraska, said. “We are a more diverse Penn State and the Minnesota team this year as our strengths women’s team. The Mississippi State Bulldogs currently have the No. 13 men’s team, while Penn State and Nebraska also have nationally ranked squads. Though Waters said this weekend’s match won’t be more competitive home races that we’ve had,� Davis said. “I think we’re all fairly wellmatched, but now we just have to go out and execute well. This should be a good conference race for us.� Over the past few weeks, Alabama has been striving for a more polished and consistent performance. Davis said though his team is young, they are highly motivated to compete and win against both schools. The Black Warrior River race will be a tribute to both senior day and the Power of Pink event. Davis said his team should have all the motivation and encouragement they need since they are competing at home. “It’s always nice to have the home court advantage,� Davis said. “We’re hoping, even though there are a lot of activities going on Saturday, that there will be a good crowd at the waterfront. It’s always good to have people cheering for you, especially in the last 500 meters of the race. The team is excited about that and they are excited about competing.�


Tide team to race on Black Warrior By Caroline Gazzara Staff Reporter


The University of Alabama women’s rowing team will host its only home regatta of the season against Central Florida and West Virginia University Saturday. This will be the only time that the Crimson Tide will compete on the Black Warrior River. Saturday’s race marks the fourth race of the spring season for the Tide. Coach Larry Davis said competing at home should help his team win a majority of the races. “I think we’re going to do really well this weekend,� Davis said. “If we can win a majority of the races, we might be able to win them all. It’s not going to be easy or simple at all; we’re going to have to fight for every inch of the race court. If we really put our ‘A’ race out there, we will have the opportunity to win. We have the potential, we just have to go out there and do it.� Previously, Alabama competed in a dual meet against Clemson but fell short in all six races. Davis said the dual

• What: Rowing vs. WVU and Central Florida • When: Saturday at 9 a.m. • Where: Manderson Landing off Jack Warner Parkway and McCorvey Drive meet helped his team maintain composure when competing against a top-20 team, and said he hopes that will be apparent during Saturday’s races. When comparing Alabama to Central Florida and WVU, Davis said all three teams are very similar. All three teams have had at least two weeks to prepare for the upcoming race, but Davis said Central Florida is slightly stronger than WVU. “Each team has strong crews in certain areas and I think this will be one of the


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This should be a good measuring stick – good schools to compete against.� With another month to go before the SEC outdoor championships, Alabama has time to develop last year’s No. 3 recruiting class. Waters acknowledged that the raw talent on the squad is progressing as the season goes along, but added that the team hasn’t quite reached its ceiling. “We’ve had a good start to our outdoor season, but it’s time for us to take things to another level,� he said. The Crimson Tide will head to Athens, Ga., next weekend to compete in the Spec Towns Invitational, followed by a date at the LSU Alumni Gold competition in Baton Rouge, La., the weekend after.

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