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The SEC Championship was supposed to be a preview of the NCAA Championship four weeks later. It was in the same arena, had the same setup and even used the same equipment. But the Alabama gymnastics team hopes the battle for the national title will have a different outcome than last week’s conference championship. The Tide finished second to the Florida Gators and could only watch as the SEC championship was awarded. “The whole environment was a direct mirror of what we’re going to see at the NCAA championships,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “From that, it was a tremendous learning experience.” Sophomore Diandra Milliner said the Tide suffered because of small mistakes. “We just had a couple of mistakes and letdowns,” she said. “And then, it kind of overtook us a little at the end.” Before the Tide can start thinking about a return trip to Duluth, Ga., for the NCAA Championships, however, it must compete at the Regional Championships this weekend. Alabama was selected as the No. 1 seed in the Seattle Region, along with Washington, Central Michigan, LSU, Iowa and Arizona. Only the top two teams from each of the six regions advance to the NCAA Championships. It’s win or go home. “This is where our sport becomes like basketball,” Patterson said. “If you don’t do it on that night, you don’t advance.” “Our number one goal for Regionals is to go on to Nationals, and that’s really the only thing we can focus on,” senior Ashley Priess said. “We want to hit four events to the best of our ability and just be consistent.”

The Alabama gymnastics team will face LSU, Washington and others in the NCAA Regional.

By Jordan Cissell Staff Reporter Santa has his elves, Sherlock Holmes has Dr. Watson and, as it turns out, even Big Bird sometimes needs a little help from his friends. Jamie Naidoo, a professor for UA’s School of Library and Information Studies, is ready and able to provide it.

tise in Latino heritage and Latino children’s literature. “Basically, I just received an email from Sesame Street sayI just received an email from ing they had read my research Sesame Street saying they had and my blog on the subject, read my research and my blog and they wanted me to come on the subject. consult for them,” Naidoo said. “I didn’t believe that it was — Jamie Naidoo real at first, so I just ignored it. Eventually, they sent me another email, and I figured Naidoo was recently called this had to be legit, so I gave to New York by the makers of them a call and they flew me the popular children’s televion up.” sion program Sesame Street as a consultant for his experSEE SESAME STREET PAGE 5

By Will Edwards Staff Reporter

Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal will be on campus tomorrow to help film a public service announcement about the dangers of binge drinking. The PSA is in conjunction with LessThanUThink, an anti-binge drinking public relations campaign organized by UA students. The 7-foot-1 former professional basketball play-

er and media personality announced his visit on Twitter last November after a lengthy social media courtship by the LessThanUThink media campaign. Justin Posey, director of government relations for the LTUT campaign, said having O’Neal on campus will help the University on two different levels. “First, I think its going to bring attention to the LessThanUThink campaign,” Posey said, “and it will also bring attention to the national problem of college-age binge drinking.


By Jasmine Cannon Senior Staff Reporter

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What: Arts and Sciences

What: The 16th Annual JCC


Sanders Lecture Series

Where: Clarke Building,

Where: Moody Music Build-

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When: 5 to 9 p.m.

When: 10 a.m.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Oh What a Year: Sharing Reflections on the 2011-2012 Year

What: Sonic Frontiers Con-

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cert Series Presents Endangered Blood Quartet

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Percussion group performs at the Bama Theatre downtown. Check out for a slideshow of their performance.

When: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Accused 9/11 plotters to face death penalty trial at Guantanamo From MCT Campus Five senior members of al-Qaida who are accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will face a death penalty trial at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay later this year, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the coordinated skyjackings, and four co-defendants will be tried together in a military judicial system that was revamped by the Obama administration in 2009 to give defendants more legal protections and to prohibit the use of evidence obtained through torture. Retired Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald, the head of the military commissions, officially referred the case for trial Wednesday. The five men will appear before a military judge for an arraignment within 30 days, said the Pentagon. They will be represented by military and civilian defense attorneys. Charged with Mohammed are Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, a Pakistani; Ramzi Binalshibh and Walid bin Attash, both Yemenis; and Mustafa al-Hawsawi, a Saudi. The men face charges of terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy and murder in violation of the law of war, among other charges. If convicted, they could be sentenced to death. All five men were held in secret CIA “black sites” before

they were transferred to the U.S. naval station in Cuba in 2006. Mohammed was repeatedly waterboarded, a technique that critics call torture, which has complicated efforts to prosecute him. The start of the military trial process comes after a long and stuttering effort to bring to justice those responsible for the worst terrorist act in U.S. history. The attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., killed 2,976 people. The five were first charged by the military in 2008 under the George W. Bush administration. But the case was suspended after President Barack Obama sought to try the men in federal court in New York City, and to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The civilian trial was derailed by fierce opposition in Congress and by local officials in New York. In April 2011, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that military would handle the case. The trial will test changes made to the military commissions that prohibit the use of evidence received through torture, cruel or degrading treatment. Opponents of the military trials said that, despite Obama’s reforms, the commissions are still biased against defendants because the court rules allow the use of hearsay and secret evidence.

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ON CAMPUS CORRECTIONS In the April 3 article titled “More than 10 percent of Dining Dollars go unused each year,” the quotations about Bama Dining were misattributed to UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. The quotes should have

been attributed to Kristina Hopton-Jones, director of University Dining Service. The CW regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.

In the April 3 article “UA honors student achievement,” the time for the English department’s Honors Day reception was incorrect due to incorrect information on the

UA website. The correct time for the event is Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m., in Room 301 of Morgan Hall. The Crimson White regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.

In the April 4 article “Handicapped patrons lack balcony access at Moody,” Skip Snead, director of the School of Music, was misquoted saying, “That’s why you have a lot of people who don’t go because they can’t get a ticket on the first floor,” Snead said in reference to older patrons who might dislike

the climbing of stairs because of the physical discomfort that the act produces. The quote should have been attributed to Rene Katsinas, director of residential services for Capstone Village. The Crimson White regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.

Nick Saban and John Croyle to speak to UA students Head football coach Nick Saban and John Croyle, founder of the Big Oak Ranch, will speak to UA students in Coleman Coliseum about character development, making good choices and creating a more positive atmosphere around campus. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. on April 12. The event starts at 6:30. Action Cards

will be required for entry. Attendees will have the opportunity to tweet questions that will be answered during a short question-and-answer session with both men at the conclusion of the event. For more information, contact Joe Hart at

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA March 29, 11:18 a.m. 800 block of Campus Drive CRIMINAL TAMPERING II March 29, 3:28 p.m. 900 block of Bryant Drive

BURGLARY III March 29, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 400 block of Bryce Lawn Drive POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA II March 31, 7:26 p.m. Hackberry Lane and 11th Street SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

RAPE I DOMESTIC VIOLENCE III/ April 1, 12-2 a.m. HARASSING COMMUNICATION 300 block of Jefferson Avenue Feb. 15-March 29, 4:11 p.m. MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 1100 block of Jackson Avenue DUI/RESISTING ARREST March 29, 7:59-8:29 p.m. 2nd Street/McCorvey Drive

THEFT OF PROPERTY II April 1-2, 9:15 p.m.-12:40 a.m. 700 block of Capstone Drive

UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT II March 28-29, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 100 block of Hackberry Lane

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF III March 31-April 1, 2 p.m.-4 a.m. 600 block of Bryce Lawn Drive TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012


THEFT OF PROPERTY II March 25-April 3, 6 p.m.-11:42 a.m. 900 block of 6th Avenue

THEFT OF PROPERTY III April 3, 1-1:15 p.m. POSSESSION/USE OF CREDIT/ 500 block of 6th Avenue DEBIT CARD III THEFT OF PROPERTY III March 1-29, No time recorded 400 block of 7 th Avenue March 29-April 3, 5 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Northeast 100 block of Hackberry Lane THEFT OF PROPERTY II POSSESSION/USE OF CREDIT/ March 30, 5:10-5:15 p.m. DEBIT CARD III 100 block of Hackberry Lane March 31-April 3, 3 a.m.-9:23 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 1100 block of 14th Avenue 2012

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I still can vividly remember watching the Iron Bowl on television three seasons ago, when a breaking news story cut short one of the commercial breaks. A CBS broadcaster came unto the screen, reporting that Tiger Woods had been involved in a single car accident in the early hours of the morning. While the news was concerning, it was just a minor accident, and Tiger was said to have received only very minor injuries. It seemed, from the original details of the situation, that this was, at most, just an example of how even the most dominant of professional athletes can, just like us, get into a fender bender every once in a while. Unfortunately for Tiger and his fan base around the world, the story did not end there. In the weeks to follow, information began to surface about the events surrounding the accident, turning the story into much more than anyone could have ever imagined. Juicy details of numerous affairs, multiple mistresses and an enraged spouse began to be reported from the media, leaving sports fans wondering if they were watching “SportsCenter” or a new episode of “Desperate Housewives.” But this was not a TV show or a falsified tabloid story. This was a man’s

mistake being put into the spotlight and being exposed for the world to see. In just a short time span, the image of Tiger went from the aweinspiring picture of him hobbling across the green at Torrey Pines, sealing an unlikely U.S. Open victory, to him sitting behind the alltoo-familiar microphones with an ashamed look on his face, apologizing for his scandalous transgressions. The face of golf, the richest athlete in the world, began to face a challenge much tougher than anything he had ever gone against. As his fans and supporters around the world began to lose faith in the man whom they had, through the years, seen grow into one of the best golfers ever to live. A tough road to redemption lay ahead for the 14-time major winner. Fast forward to today. It is now the start to this year’s Masters, the biggest stage in the golf world, and all eyes are once again focused directly on Tiger. After struggling in the

ber 2009 time since his November nts that accident and the events followed, winning has become an anomaly for the man who e world’s once stood alone as the No. 1-ranked golfer. ally out With Tiger essentially ers like of the picture, players e taken Rory McIlroy have advantage of the opportug as the nity and are emerging orld. But best players in the world. ans will I think that sports fans agree on one thing: It’s just ut Tiger. not the same without eems to Professional golf seems have lost some of itss luster out havand excitement without ther you ing Tiger there. Whether inst him, are rooting for or against it’s quite amazing to witness ow away his ability to either blow the rest of the field with his ces or to dominant performances hallenge make an incredible challenge petition. for the rest of the competition. citing to It’s not that it isn’t exciting see different golfers have the opportunity to win; it just p that almost seems cheap et past they didn’t have to get Tiger to do it. ndless After hearing endless amounts of analysiss and predictions about what kend, could happen this weekend, it all seems pointless until we find out which Tiger p at will decide to show up Augusta, especially on Sunday. Will it be the one who won two straight green jackets and is on the heels of

Complaining won’t help Obama In a speech indicative of the mounting pressure on his administration, President Barack Obama lambasted Republicans Tuesday on the budget proposal authored by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) during an Associated Press luncheon. Calling the proposal “thinly-veiled social Darwinism” and accusing Republicans of trying to “impose a radical vision on our country,” Obama’s fiery rhetoric is an ever-present reminder that that the gloves are coming off fast in the race to claim the White House in November. But this isn’t the only time this week that Obama has taken aim at his colleagues in another branch of government. At a news conference in the Rose Garden on Monday, Obama challenged the members of the Supreme Court to uphold his healthcare law, stating that overturning the law’s individual mandate would be an act of “judicial activism.” He also noted that the justices were “unelected” and warned them against taking an unprecedented step by overturning a “law that was passed by a strong majority of a democraticallyelected Congress.” With all of this hyper-partisan rhetoric, Obama is not displaying a unifying message or any desire to work toward compromise — granted, neither are Republicans — but as an incumbent during an election year, Obama has the ability to use hot-button issues and at least pretend to encourage compromise, in turn drawing in more independent voters who are tired of the stalemate in Washington. By Obama taking direct, repeated aim at members of both the legislative and judicial branches, he’s starting to sound like a whining child, obviously upset that the constitutionality of his presidency’s signature achievement now rests in the hands of nine justices. Additionally, he can’t be pleased with the mediocre performance of the solicitor general in defending the law’s constitutionality before the Court. But Obama’s complaining does nothing to help his bid for re-election. In fact, his seemingly intimidating state-

Jack Nicklaus’ records? Or will it be the Tiger who has been hidden in the shadows of his personal life and struggling to be at full, competitive strength? If the Tiger who dominated the PGA for so long decides to come to play, I would put my money on him over the rest of the field any day. It will mean the return of the game’s best athlete to his

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

Brad Tipper is a sophomore majoring in political science and economics. His column runs biweekly on Thursdays.


My proposal to end Aramark’s dining monopoly By Bryan Anderson

ments on the Supreme Court show a gross misstep in the role of the executive branch and the pressure it exerts on the members of the Court. As a constitutional law professor, one would assume that Obama is well-versed in the history of judicial review. Dating back to the early 1800s, the Court has provided the reigns to control an everchanging and ever-polarizing Congress and White House. On numerous instances, it has ruled against federal and state measures it deemed unconstitutional. Simply put, the Affordable Care Act allows the government to create, regulate and force participation in commerce through a mandate for healthcare insurance. It is completely within the power and scope of the Supreme Court to review this type of legislation and, as should happen, the ability to strike it down. Pulling from the political playbook of former U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt, Obama seems to be launching a re-election platform based on opposition to the judicial branch, as well as his conservative counterparts in the legislative branch. But this new messaging strategy of complaining about opposition to his administration’s invasive policies makes Obama look weak and unable to control his response to legitimate, sound resistance to his healthcare law and spending sprees. Obama should stop focusing on bashing and intimidating his rivals in Washington and return to talking about solutions to real issues that face Americans.

rightful position on top of the sport. I can only hope that if this does happen, people will be able to once again look at him and think of one his amazing feats on the golf course, instead of the times where he reached his lowest points.

stores on campus. Aramark could still be one of them if they wanted to, but their competitors would get a shot, as well. This could include other campus dining specialists like Chartwells and Sodexo, who have bid on the Bama Dining contract, as well as other food vendors who want to operate locations on campus. Since the vendors would have to compete for our business, they would have to keep quality high and prices low in order to keep up with the competition. Students would have a wide variety of choices, especially with the trustees approving two new dining halls this past November, so vendors would have to deal with a very competitive market. Meal plans and Dining Dollars, which don’t serve any real purpose other than to increase Aramark’s profit margin, would be abolished. No longer would we be forced to pay $300 (or, in the case of freshmen, $1,650) per semester for food we might not want. All meals would be purchased with Bama Cash or U.S. dollars — whichever each individual student prefers. While this system would largely be a free-market one, the University would still maintain some degree of control over the operations of the vendors. Dining hall vendors would be contractually obligated to keep their menus diverse enough for a variety of tastes, and all vendors would be required to keep their food in a reasonable price range and at an acceptable quality level. By forcing food vendors to compete, the on-campus dining experience would be greatly improved. Competition-based capitalism, maligned as it has been in the past few years, is infinitely superior to monopolism because freedom of choice in consumer purchases is important. It’s time for the University to decide whether students should have freedom of choice in on-campus dining.

Early this semester, UA accepted proposals from vendors to determine who will operate Bama Dining’s monopoly on all on-campus dining. However, before the University decides whom to grant this monopoly to, it should carefully consider whether such a monopoly is in the best interests of the students at all. For those who don’t know, the current operator of the on-campus dining monopoly is the Aramark Corporation. If we don’t like Aramark’s food or pricing options, there is nothing we can do other than make the trek off campus or pay to have food delivered. Also, UA requires us to purchase $300 worth of Dining Dollars per semester, which are only usable at Aramark locations and a small number of off-campus vendors. Freshmen and any other students who care to eat in the dining halls are also forced to purchase expensive bulk meal plans which are, again, only redeemable with Aramark. Not only are students generally unhappy with the food quality in Aramark’s dining halls, but it may actually be in Aramark’s interest to keep the food quality relatively low. Students must buy dining hall meals in bulk, so they have already paid Aramark before the semester begins. Since the dining hall food is generally boring and unappetizing, students may get tired of it and not eat on campus as much as they had planned. Fewer students eating less food means lower operating costs for Aramark, but a drop in dining hall customers isn’t likely to hurt their income, because students have already paid for the meals they aren’t eating. I propose an end to the monopoly and the introduction of a system where multiple on-campus vendors compete for our business. Under my proposal, different companies would operate the dining Bryan Anderson is a freshman halls, food courts and convenience majoring in aerospace engineering.

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Shaq to promote LessThanUThink campaign SHAQ FROM PAGE 1 Additionally, I think it will bring attention to the University and to the outstanding communications school and public relations program that we have at Alabama.” Mariah Fairweather, account executive for LTUT, said the group is excited to be working with O’Neal on the campaign. “It really allows us to reach out to more people,” Fairweather said. “I think it’s really awesome that it’s Shaquille O’Neal because our generation watched him in his basketball career and in movies, and it’s nice that he’s coming to meet us and help us with our campaign.” Misty Matthews, a communication specialist at the University, said that the work of the LessThanUThink campaign is important to the campus. “There are a lot of collegeaged kids who face this issue,” Matthews said. Binge drinking is a national epidemic that has rocked college campuses particularly hard. A Center for Disease Control report states that about 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is done so in a way that constitutes binge drinking. The CDC further reports that more than half of binge drinking is done


Shaquille O’Neal by people in the 18- to 20-yearold age group. Campus health leaders are recognizing the campaign for its effective nature. In a joint statement released on the Century Council website, Margaret Garner, the assistant dean for Health Education at Alabama and Delynne Wilcox of the University’s Health and Wellness department praised the campaign. “The sometimes funny, somewhat dramatic posters and situations demonstrated throughout the campaign encouraged students to think about how they personally want to be seen and remembered, engaging them through the importance of social venues in their lives as students,” the statement said. During his trip to Tuscaloosa, O’Neal is acting in his capacity as an ambassador for the Century Council, a national not-for-profit funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk

driving and underage drinking. “We believe that collective action brings about lasting change,” the Century Council website reads. “We work with all members of the community — law enforcement, public officials, educators, parents and students — in our fight against drunk driving and underage drinking.” “We expected good things from the University of Alabama when we gave the green light to the students behind the LessThanUThink campaign,” they said in a statement. “But once we started seeing their campaign in action, we were blown away. The students had a clear, convincing and novel message and made sure that everyone saw it.” The UA LTUT movement is also spreading to other parts of the state. Alabama State, Auburn, UAB, Troy and the University of South Alabama have all started active chapters.

UA professor tapped for Sesame Street SESAME STREET FROM PAGE 1 Naidoo said the show currently has one Hispanic character, the puppet Rosita. He was asked by instructors to review past episodes that included Rosita or other Latino elements to make sure they accurately portrayed the diversity and richness of the demographic. Naidoo also provided advice on how to expand Rosita’s character and incorporate more such roles, both human and puppet, in future episodes, books and product lines. “They wanted to know things that I thought were great and that they should continue to do, and they wanted to know what things I thought could be misconstrued as stereotypical or disrespectful — things I recommended they should change g forward,” , he said. moving

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Jamie Naidoo Naidoo’s recruitment was not a one-off job; he said Sesame Street producers want him to continue to provide ongoing consulting work on specific questions they send him via email and p phone. respe His passion for respectful portrayal of Latino cu culture ei is no temporary gig, either. Naidoo said he first took interest in the su subject li while working as a librarAl at ian in Pelham, Ala., a school with a si signifipo cant Hispanic populateac tion. Several teachers administrator did and administrators not have a full un underun standing of the unique needs and issues that applied to the childre children, as many of them were re recent transfers to the area. “I felt sorry for those children trying to naviga navigate a new culture,” he said, “and I wanted to help tthem by pro promoting underun standing and brea breaking down the stereotypes with which people lo looked u p o n them. So I was d determined to make th that a focus as I continued into my doctoral stud studies.” His focus has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated by his colleagues. “Dr. Naidoo’s work in the field of Latino children’s literature, literacy advocacy and library service to Spa Spanishspeaking people is im immeasurable,” Monica Brown Brown, an award-winning child children’s author and English proMCT Campus

fessor at Northern Arizona University, said via email. “He is one of our greatest advocates, and his work has had far reaching influence on librarians, scholars and most importantly, children.” Gail Sheldon, director of Oneonta Public Library, said Naidoo’s passion for his work has significantly deepened her personal investment in the subject. “Dr. Naidoo has worked tirelessly to promote library services for the Latino community,” she said in an email. “As a public library director and a former student of Dr. Naidoo, I have found that he has influenced my interest in actively developing and promoting library services to the Latino community in my area. His devotion to this work is truly inspirational.” Last week, Naidoo hosted the fourth National Latino Children’s Literature Conference at Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. Writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians and writers, including Brown, came from around the country to “discover how to meet the informational and literacy needs of Latino children” and “explore how to make intercultural connections and serve this rapidly growing, uniquely diverse population,” according to a description on the Conference’s website. For Naidoo, whether the forum is a conference or television program, the message remains the same. “We need to provide opportunities for Latino children to see more positive representatives on TV, in books and throughout our culture and promote better understanding of their culture,” he said. “They’re people, just like you and me. Get a chance to learn about the people beside you before you judge them or stereotype them.”

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Rush at food bank prompts food drive By Ashanka Kumari Staff Reporter

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Members of the Jasons, a historic honor society who tapped their newest class of members on Monday, walk to the Strip wearing their recognizable bowler hats and canes.

Easter lunch provides home for international students By Adrienne Burch Staff Reporter Hundreds of international students study at the University of Alabama each semester, but many of them never experience being in an American household. In fact, more than 75 percent of international students never step foot in an American home during their time in the United States. Lisa Brady, a junior majoring in psychology, and several of her friends have organized an Easter lunch for international students Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Beta Theta Pi house located at 960 University Blvd. While discussing her Easter plans with friends a few weeks ago, they came up with the idea to have a lunch for international students. It will give them somewhere to go during the holiday and give them a chance to experience an American household type of environment, Brady said. “I studied abroad last year and

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felt very welcomed and thought that Easter would be a good opportunity to host international students because they can’t go home for the holiday,” said John Riggins, a junior majoring in international business. Both international and American students are invited to attend the lunch. Brady said they want to reach as many international students and different cultures as possible. She also hopes that lasting relationships are formed between American and international students. “The dinner is going to be

mainly a gathering for those who are not able to go home, but there will be an evangelical and outreach aspect,” Brady said. Reformed Un ive r s i ty Fellowship, a campus ministry, has offered to donate food for the event. However, Brady said there is still a need for other religious or campus organizations who might want to sponsor or donate to the event. Riggins said the event will not be overbearingly spiritual, but is just a fun way to meet people and have good food. He said they will also watch the Masters PGA golf tournament, something Riggins considers a great American tradition. “However, it is Easter, and we will pray before eating, and discussing the reasons for the holiday will not be off-limits,” Riggins said. “If people have questions, we will be there to answer.” Students can RSVP to the event by visiting the Facebook event “Easter Lunch for International Students!”

“Families who were once considered middle class are now falling down the socioeconomic ladder because of a depleted economy and increasing gas and food The University of Alabama’s Leadership prices,” Lambert said. “This is causing UA organization is sponsoring an on-cam- an unexpected rush at the West Alabama pus food drive in partnership with the Food Bank, and we want to help ensure West Alabama Food Bank from now until that they have enough food to provide to April 20. everyone in need.” All nonperishable foods will be acceptRachel Crutchfield, a sophomore majored and can be dropped off in designated ing in telecommunication and film who containers at Bidgood Hall, ten Hoor Hall, works at the Community Service Center, Morgan Hall, Shelby Hall and the Office said the drive looks to raise awareness to of Judicial Affairs in the Ferguson Center, those not fortunate enough to have a hot said Cole Napoleon, Leadership UA phi- meal three times a day and allow students lanthropy chairman. and faculty an opportunity to give to these “The overall goal is to provide students families. with an easy way to help the underprivi“We hope to raise more than enough leged in our Tuscaloosa community,” cans of food to serve four families for a Napoleon said. “Leadership month,” Crutchfield said. UA has teamed up with “The West Alabama Food the Judicial Affairs Office Bank is always accepting Increasing gas and food to collect as much food as donations; there does not prices... are causing an possible, and sorority memneed to be a canned food bers are eligible to receive drive — anyone can donate unexpected rush at the West Panhellenic points for canned foods whenever Alabama Food Bank. donating.” they please.” Nick Lambert, graduate The goal of Leadership — Nick Lambert assistant for the dean of UA is to develop students students, said the food bank into future leaders on this is overcrowded during the campus, Lambert said. summer months because low-income fam“Most people associate leadership with ilies with children who qualify for free or good public speaking skills or the ability reduced meals are out of school. to step up in a foreign situation. However, “More meals have to be provided by the being a good leader is more than that, and parents of these children, many of whom helping people in need is a great example are working on a very tight budget,” of something a leader should be naturally Lambert said. “The West Alabama Food inclined to do,” Lambert said. “At the end Bank can help alleviate some of these costs of this drive, the students of Leadership by providing food, and with this drive, we UA will have hopefully developed an are trying to make sure the food bank has inherent need to help others in their time sufficient food for these families.” of need.” In 2011, 23.5 percent of Alabamians Organizations with large donations are reported, on average, that they could not encouraged to contact Cole Napoleon at afford enough food during the year, with 407-754-4478, Nick Lambert at ntlambert@ many counties in west Alabama experi- or Rachel Crutchfield at encing higher percentages, according to to arrange the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 statistics. a drop-off.

BRIEFS Homegrown Alabama to open for fifth year on April 12 The Homegrown Alabama farmers market opens April 12 for its fifth year of operation. The market will be held each Thursday through October from 3 to 6 p.m. on the lawn of Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, which is located across from Mary Burke Hall on

Hackberry Lane. The market offers fresh produce, goat cheese, grass-fed beef and pork, cut flowers, baked goods and more. The first market will feature chef demonstrations, childrens’ crafts and music. Bama Cash and EBT are accepted.

Several UA buildings to have pre-scheduled gas and power outages The following buildings will experience a gas and water shutdown April 6 from 6 a.m. to noon: U.S. Bureau of Mines, Hardaway Hall and annex, Smith

Hall and Woods Hall. For more information contact UA project manager Wes Hokanson at or (205) 348-2133.

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Graduate student wins grand prize for case study By Brett Saunders Contributing Writer A UA graduate student added prestige to her resume and $5,000 to her bank account last week when she won the grand prize of the Arthur W. Page Society’s 2012 Corporate Communications Case Study competition. Jessica Carlton wrote a case study on ExxonMobil’s controversial method of extracting fuels, known as hydraulic fracturing. The competition, which had 50 entries this year, brings in students from all over the nation. “I was shocked,” Carlton said. “This case study competition draws over 50 fantastic entries from masters and doctoral students across the globe, including a wonderful entry from my fellow graduate student, Carleton Rafield. So, I

was elated to win and humbled Working with Carlton to be in such good company throughout her case study was and judged by such good com- her teacher and advisor, Bruce pany.” Berger, a professor of advertisCarlton is majoring in adver- ing and public relations. tising and public relations and “Jessica did virtually this will be graduating in August. entire project on her own. We She has always met several been interested times to talk in how organiabout the struczations handle ture of the case controversy and — what conLearning from these specific found this issue tents ought to cases is such an important to be a great be considered tool for both students and opportunity to for inclusion, professionals. address a debatwriting tone able topic. and so forth. — Jessica Carlton “I think ethThese were ics in communiless issues cation is one of and more just the most fundaclarification,” mental issues of Berger said. our field,” Carlton said. “And “Jessica is an excellent, serilearning from these specific ous student who is disciplined, cases is such an important tool collegial, easy to work with for both students and profes- and a most promising young sionals.” professional.”

Carlton worked on the case study from October to January, including many hours during the holiday season and outside of class. Carlton was recognized at an awards dinner on March 22 in New York City by the Arthur W. Page Society. “As someone who is looking for a job in public relations, this case study has a tremendous connection with my professional life,” Carlton said. “Ethics in communication is an essential part of adding value to your workplace.” At the awards dinner, UA student Carleton Rafield took third prize in the communications schools category. Rafield wrote a case study on how Phusion Projects deals with government agencies, parents and media after the controversy following the release of their alcoholic energy drink Four Loko in 2008. Berger was


Jessica Carlton won the grand prize of the Arthur W. Page Society Corporate Communications Case study competition. also recognized at the dinner and received $1,500. “Dr. Berger’s guidance and leadership on this project was absolutely invaluable,”

Carlton said. “He is a great mentor and one of the smartest minds in the public relations world.”

Former student looks for lifesaving donor on campus By Mazie Bryant Staff Reporter Virgie Townsend was devastated when she discovered that her 20-year old son, Martin, was diagnosed with biphenotypic leukemia, a rare form of the disease, last March. “It’s a complete shock,” she said. “It’s like a bomb that just knocks you straight off your feet.” Martin Townsend, a former student at the University of Alabama, was preparing for a degree in biology when he discovered his illness. “Having to leave school and start therapy felt as if my entire world was being swept from under me,” he said. “Receiving a diagnosis of leukemia when I was expecting something flu-like left me

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• When: Today • Cost: Free stunned. To be honest, I didn’t understand what it all meant until months into therapy. I just looked forward to the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.” According to the National Marrow Donor Program, many patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening illnesses must rely on bone marrow transplants from donors

who are a genetic match as an only hope of survival. Statistics from the NMDP show that around 30 percent of patients with lymphoma or leukemia can find a donor through familial relations. However, more than 10,000 patients a year in the United States, like Martin, must wait for unrelated donors, and only half of these patients receive a transplant in time. The Be The Match Foundation, an extension of the NMDP, raises awareness and funds to accumulate donors for the bone marrow registry, which costs $100 per donor. Be The Match hosts bone marrow drives where potential donors fill out forms and consent to a cheek swab to join the registry. “These bone marrow drives give people an opportunity to save a life,” said Rachel

These bone marrow drives give people an opportunity to save a life. Many people use our registry often as their only hope for a cure. — Rachel Harris

Harris, the NMDP account executive for Alabama. “Many people use our registry often as their only hope for a cure.” Be The Match has partnered with the University of Alabama Public Relations Student Society of America to publicize bone marrow drives on campus, targeting student donors. “The best donors are between the ages of 18 and 44,” Harris said. “Younger, healthier cells work better in

marrow transplants, so college campuses are great places to find donors.” However, leaders of the drives have noticed that many people are uneducated about the updated donation process. “There are major exaggerations about giving bone marrow,” Melissa Stewart, UA PRSSA fundraiser committee leader, said. “There are two ways you can donate. The most common is a PBSC donation, which is nonsurgical and outpatient. Typically, you would be back to your regular life in 1-2 days. “About 24 percent of the time, donors actually have to give bone marrow, which does require surgery. However, people who undergo this procedure are usually back to their normal activities within 1-7 days.” The organization is hosting

drives today in the Ferguson Plaza and Reese Phifer Hall with hopes of adding 300 new donors to the registry and potentially saving more lives. Be The Match estimates that 66 to 93 percent of patients can find a willing donor through their registry, with minorities having a decreased likelihood. “Be The Match has encouraged us by setting up drives and giving us an opportunity to find a possible match,” Virgie Townsend said. “It’s like we got slapped in the face, knocked off of our feet and now have to get up again. “Some people may not share my faith, but I always tell Martin, ‘God gave you a purpose in life, and your purpose isn’t fulfilled yet.’ There have been tough moments, but you have to hope. God’s going to get us through this one way or another.”

UA gradutes read own writings to celebrate Poetry Month By Mazie Bryant Staff Reporter

Adcock, public relations director for the University libraries and the Alabama Center for the Book. “We are working Returning back to their together with the Alabama creative roots, two Master of Writers’ Forum to promote Fine Arts graduates from the reading and literacy, but ultiUniversity of Alabama, Jeanie mately, we are trying to proThompson and Abraham mote these writers.” Smith, hosted a poetry reading Thompson and Smith, who on campus, bringing to light graduated from the univervarious statewide sity’s MFA arts programs in program in honor of National 1977 and 2004, We are working together Poetry Month. r e s p e c t i ve l y, with the Alabama Writers’ The Alabama we r e both Forum to promote reading Writers’ Forum, recently selecta group focused ed as the 2012 and literacy, but ultimately, on the advanceAlabama State we are trying to promote ment of literature Council on the these writers. throughout the Arts literature state, organized fellows. This — Donna Adcock the event in assofellowship for ciation with the artistic excelAlabama Center lence and service to the comfor the Book, which is head- munity includes a $5,000 award quartered in Gorgas Library of to assist the recipients in takthe UA campus. The Center for ing their next career steps. the Book is a national project “Everyone should have a to strengthen literacy within consciousness that there’s each state. a circling back here,” said “We hosted this event to try Thompson, who also serves to let the public know about as the executive director of the Alabama Center for the the Alabama Writer’s Forum. Book and establish a presence “It was just a natural thing to here on campus,” said Donna have the reading at the univer-

feelings, emotions and desires just like everyone else.” Smith is an English professor at UA and the assistant editor of Slash Pine Press. He used the event to recite and perform a variety of his poems, which proved to enhance the feeling of community on campus. “It was exciting to read my poetry in front of fellow faculty and staff,” Smith said. “Everyone gets nervous when reading their own material. Stage fright has to be there. But it grows bonds of community the stronger.” Audience members enjoyed the readings as an enlightening and engaging experience. “It is really great that we have the ability to attend cultural events such as these,” said sophomore English student Joey Gamble. “There was a variety of different readings Submitted — each poet had their own Abraham Smith and Jeanie Thompson read their poetry Tuesday in Gorgas Library. style. It’s great that as students, or as non-students, we sity that both of the writers focus of the night was foster- of W-a-t-e-r, delves into the can have a forum to showcase graduated from in honor of ing the relationship between life of Alabama native Helen these differences.” both of our fellowships.” the various statewide arts pro- Keller, with both fiction and Both Thompson and Smith As a founding editor of grams and reading selections nonfiction aspects. will perform another reading the Black Warrior Review, from her developing new book “Helen Keller was probably a in Montgomery on April 21 in Thompson enjoyed returning for the first time. The collec- genius and some sort of saint,” the poetry tent of the Alabama to campus. However, her main tion of poetry, titled The Myth Thompson said. “But she had Book Festival.

Recycling revenue keeps campus ‘green’ RECYCLING FROM PAGE 1


“Our revenue that we generate just goes back in to help our operational budget to supply and help pay for the payroll and expenses,” executive director Tony Johnson said. Revenue goes into funding items such as the bins seen on campus and the recycling bags put into these bins. Blue carts used to maneuver materials in the warehouse costs nearly $500. The round blue receptacles cost $100 each, and the flat blue ones seen in every building on campus cost between $70 and $80. The tri-bins on the Quad will be replaced with bins that cost almost $700. Some of the bags used in the bins cost 38 cents, while others cost close to

$1.50. “At a $1.47 each, even when they’re full of plastic, the amount of income we generate from that doesn’t even pay for that bag,” said Tim Mask, warehouse services coordinator. “We have a lot of expenses … and we’ve got three guys coming back all day long bringing stuff back.” At least 5,000 pounds of recycled material is brought from campus to the warehouse daily. Revenue is not generated for every item that is recycled, and the amount of money that will be earned varies depending on the market. For instance, last April, when the tornado hit, the need for recycled wood decreased because of its abundance. The last yellow sheet that Johnson received last week featured prices per short ton for the following items in the

month of March: newspapers at $90, sorted office paper at $155 and corrugated paper at $125. For items such as computers, Johnson said they have a contract with Georgia Computers that does all e-recycling. Some computer monitors have mercury that can be hazardous in landfills. “Instead of us just selling them in a surplus lot where we don’t know who’s getting them or we don’t know who it goes to, this is a way it is recycled accordingly,” he said. Print cartridges are also recycled, but not for revenue. The department works with HP and Staples with recycling of the cartridges that come from various locations around campus. Though the Recycling Department gets funds for some of the materials they recycle, the focus of the facility

is strictly on bettering the environment and keeping materials out of the landfills. “Every pound we recycle, that’s a pound that we don’t have to pay for us to carry to the landfill,” Mask said. “Not only are we generating revenue, we’re saving money on the other end from keeping it out of the landfill. We’re also keeping it out of the landfill to help the environment.” As of March 27, the department has saved more than 6,000 trees, 135,000 gallons of oil, 1.5 million kilowatts of energy and 2.5 million gallons of water. The Recycling Department has won numerous national awards for its work, and the staff hopes progress will continue. For more information on the recycling work at UA, visit their website, visit them on 14th Street or call 205-348-8798.

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Tide ends losing streak, defeats Memphis By Chris Moran Contributing Writer

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this weekend FRIDAY • Women’s Tennis vs Georgia: 1 p.m., Athens, Ga. • Men’s Tennis vs Georgia: 3 p.m. • Baseball vs Auburn: 7 p.m. • Softball vs LSU: 7 p.m.

SATURDAY • Softball vs LSU: 1:30 p.m. • Baseball vs Auburn: 3:05 p.m.

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Senior Vikram Reddy and Sophomore Carlos Taborga compete in doubles matches against the Memphis Tigers Wednesday. won’t take anything lightly. “The coaching staff does a good job of pointing out that nobody gives this to us,” Patterson said. “I’ve been in a GYMNASTICS FROM PAGE 1 regional before where one of The Regional Championships our All-American athletes had have been kind to Alabama in to score 9.9 on bars the last the past. The Tide leads the event for us to advance — we NCAA with 26 regional titles, were the second place team. including seven straight. You don’t take anything for Still, Patterson said the Tide granted.”

Tide hopes for success in regionals

The Alabama men’s tennis team beat the Memphis Tigers 4-3 at home Wednesday to end a five-game losing streak. With the win, Alabama improves to 7-12 on the season. The Tide started the match by winning two of its three doubles matches. Senior Michael Thompson and freshman David Vieyra dropped the first doubles match, 8-6. With the pressure of losing the doubles point, senior Vikram Reddy and sophomore Carlos Taborga earned the Tide its first doubles win with a score of 8-6. Senior Ricky Doverspike and junior Jarryd Botha then clinched the tiebreaker by beating their opponents with a score of 9-7. Doverspike played the doubles matches well, using nearly unhittable serves and aces to grind out the 9-7 win. Head coach Billy Pate had high praise for his first doubles team. “The number one doubles match really was just four big hitters out there,” Pate said. “They were really ripping the ball, lots of service winners, tons of aces, guys ripping returns at each other. It was definitely a serving duel.” After the doubles matches, Doverspike continued his torrid pace in the first singles spot, finishing off Memphis’ David O’Hare almost an hour earlier than any other singles match. He won through two sets with scores of 6-2 and 6-1, respectively. Memphis responded by winning the next two singles matches

But the sting of coming up short at the SEC Championships still remains, and the question now becomes, how will the Tide respond? “There’s always disappointment. My comments to the ladies are, it’s how you respond,” Patterson said. “There was a quote [Alabama head football coach Nick Saban] said, — ‘You’re either

against Reddy and Botha, tying the score at 2-2. After trading wins in the next two matches, Alabama and Memphis entered the final match tied at 3-3. With the win on the line, the match came down to Thompson’s match against Memphis’ Leon Nasemann. Thompson won the first set fairly easily with a score of 6-3 but had a back-and-forth match in the second set, which eventually went into a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Thompson grabbed an early 5-2 lead but had to weather a furious comeback from Nasemenn before he won the match 7-6. “It was tough. I mean, giving up a double fault on my part and letting him back in the match was brutal,” Thompson said. “The main thing in that situation was just to keep calm and keep doing what I’ve been doing the whole match. “I certainly didn’t play the best I have played this year, but I played the big points well, and that’s what it came down to.” Alabama will return to action Friday at 3 p.m. when the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Tide. Despite the Bulldogs’ high ranking, Thompson said he sees this as a potential trap game for Georgia and a huge opportunity for the Tide. “They’re a tough outing, obviously, but we expect to give them a good run,” Thompson said. “We’ve never really had that top-five win that we’ve been itching for. But a win like this could change the whole program.”

hungry or you’re satisfied.’ Are you satisfied where you are, or are you hungry to move forward?” To help her team move forward, Patterson took the gymnasts through an exercise she hopes will make them forget the SEC Championships and shift the focus to Regionals. “We wrote down a list of all the things that could have

gone better that we wanted to change in the next few meets and how we were going to advance,” Patterson said. “We wrote all the bad things down, we rolled them up, burned them and then moved down a different path.” They hope that path will lead right back to Duluth — just with a different result the second time around.

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Saban emphasizes steady development in spring By Brett Hudson Senior Sports Reporter @Brett_Hudson Head coach Nick Saban continued to focus on the improvements he wanted his team to make after their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. “The big focus after watching the scrimmage film on Monday was everybody’s got to have sort of an individual, collective responsibility to do what they need to do to improve so that we can improve as a team,” Saban said. “Everybody has an opportunity to improve.” Saban then drew parallels to teams that showed improvements and teams that didn’t. Saban said he thought the 2009 team, which won the national championship, showed improvement throughout the season. In contrast, the 2010 team, which finished with a 10-3 record, did not improve very much, which Saban

identified as the reason for the three losses that season. Saban said he thought the players responded to that idea in practice. “I thought that the players responded very positively today and had a little more intensity, a little more energy, a little more enthusiasm about doing what they were doing,” Saban said.

Experimenting with personnel Wednesday’s practice saw numerous players receive practice time at new positions, something Saban said was nothing more than a simple trial. There was a good bit of shuffling among the linebacker corps, with players who normally play inside linebacker moving to the outside, and vice versa. Saban also said earlyenrollee defensive tackle prospect Alphonse Taylor saw time as an offensive guard in Wednesday’s

such incidents. “I try to enjoy life,” Saban said. “I still waterski. I ride them jet skis as fast as they’ll go, and every two years, I get the fastest ones they make to replace the last ones. Every year, Miss Terry [Saban’s wife, Terry Saban] has a fit, but that’s just the way it goes.” Despite the contrast between his public and personal personas, Saban said he would continue enjoying his personal life. “I try to not be stupid, but I’m not going to not do things that I enjoy doing,” Saban said. “You could get hit with a golf ball, and I like playing golf, too. You could have a fatal accident there, but I’m not going to not play golf because of it.” The thought of Saban waterSaban’s personal life skiing was tough for his players to imagine. In response to the motor“I really can’t [imagine cycle accident that injured coach Saban on a jet ski],” Arkansas football head coach Lester said. “The only action Bobby Petrino, Saban was I see of Coach Saban is when asked if he restricted his life he’s chewing someone out on outside of football to avoid the field.”

practice. Taylor played offensive line, in addition to defensive line, at Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala. Brent Calloway, who has predominately practiced at running back or linebacker, practiced at H-Back today, a version of the tight end position. “The decisions about where those guys end up playing will be made as we gather information about how they do,” Saban said. “Then we’ll be able to make a better assessment of what the best position and what role that they have on the team really is.” Senior safety Robert Lester added, “I guess he’s trying to get the best out of the guys he moved around.”

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Coach Nick Saban watches as Dee Milliner catches a football.


Tide looks to keep top ranking in SEC against LSU By Miranda Murphy Sports Reporter The No. 2 Alabama softball team looks to stay in first place in the Southeastern Conference this weekend against LSU. Last season, the Tigers (278) swept the Crimson Tide (351) in a three-game series, but head coach Patrick Murphy said the team hasn’t thought about any other games except the ones they are facing during that week, so now is the time to focus on LSU. “LSU has two very good

pitchers that we’re going to work hard to score against,” Murphy said. “I told the team at the very beginning of the season that softball and baseball are marathons, not sprints. If you look past one opponent and look forward to another, you’re going to get your butt beat.” The No. 24 LSU Tigers are currently 10-1 in SEC play, while the Tide is 12-1. The Tigers are coming off of an eleven game winning streak. Murphy said the games mean a lot to the team since they are both first in the SEC

West. the mid-week for about three “It’s going to be a heck of a weeks due to their recent road series,” Murphy trips. said. “You never “[While] know where being on the It’s going to be a heck of you’re going to road, playing be at in a season, and playing, a series. You never know and it just so hapnot getting to where you’re going to be at pened that both practice, we in a season, and it just so of us are tied for don’t get to happened that both of us are first.” work on the tied for first. Players said little things, they were lookbut being back — Patrick Murphy ing forward to and practicing, practicing three we can work times this week. on them now,” The team hasn’t been able to senior Amanda Locke said. hold normal practices during Murphy said the team needs

to work on their defense at practice to prepare for the weekend. “Our defense is way too sloppy,” Murphy said. “It’s going to come back and bite us if we don’t clean it up. We need to finish teams when we have them down.” Senior Kendall Dawson said she hopes this is the series the team has been looking for to show they are at the top of their game. “We want to peak at a good time and make sure that that’s the right time,” Dawson said. Even though the Tide is 35-1,

Locke said the team is always looking to improve. “Our team is getting better every day,” Locke said. “We’re working on the little things, but we’re never satisfied. We’re never going to have twenty people on their game at the same time. We hope to have that, but it’s a game of failure.” The Tide will host the rival Tigers this weekend beginning Friday at 7 p.m. “We know they have a lot of fans and support,” Dawson said. “Their fans are going to be loud, just like ours will, so it’ll be a fun game.”

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Bama looks to start winning streak against Auburn By Brett Hudson Senior Sports Reporter @Brett_Hudson Head coach Mitch Gaspard said before Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9-5 win over South Alabama on Tuesday that a lot of his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles (10-19, 1-8 Southeastern Conference) have come from an inability to build a winning streak and to take the momentum from a win into the next game. The Crimson Tide will have a chance to retain momentum going forward this weekend in the Iron Bowl of baseball, as the Auburn Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa for a three-game series beginning Friday night. Alabama had one of its best offensive performances of the season against the Jaguars. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nine-run outburst was the highest run output since a 9-3 win over Arkansas-

Pine Bluff on Feb. 26. Senior centerfielder Taylor Dugas and freshman catcher Ben Moore both had three hits against South Alabama, and the two combined for four RBIs and four runs scored. Alabama also got two-hit performances from James Tullidge and Brett Booth against the Jaguars. The Tide showed an unusual consistency in scoring against the Jaguars, scoring in the third, sixth, seventh and eighth innings, as opposed to having only one offensive explosion, a big reason behind Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles this season. Alabama will struggle to keep the offensive momentum against the Tigers, who kept the Tide offense subdued in an 8-3 win on March 6. The Tigers were able to keep four Alabama batters without a hit, including some of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most consistent hit-

ters, such as shortstop Jared Reaves and leftfielder Hunter Gregory. Alabama was unable to get anything more than a single against the Tigers in the last meeting. The task will be increasingly difficult against a strong Tiger pitching staff, featuring true freshman Daniel Koger. Koger has started seven games for the Tigers this season, tied for a team-high, and leads the starting pitchers in ERA with a 1.85. Koger has held opponents to a .225 batting average so far this season. Auburn will also bring Jon Luke Jacobs and Will Kendall to Tuscaloosa this weekend, both of whom have an ERA of under 2.15 and have a perfect 4-0 record this season. Jacobs has held opponents to a .192 batting average, and Kendall has walked only eight batters in 122 at-bats.

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Tide shortstop Jared Reaves was held without a hit against South Alabama on Tuesday, but he will look to rebound when Alabama takes on Auburn in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TENNIS

Tide goes for the upset against No. 5 Georgia in Athens By Aldo Amato Contributing Writer

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Tide senior Courtney McLane competes against Florida on April 1.

The No. 11 womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team is looking to rebound from its first Southeastern Conference loss of the year when it takes on the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs in Athens Friday. Alabama lost their first SEC match of the year Sunday when the No. 2 Florida Gators shut out the Tide, 7-0. Still, head coach Jenny Mainz said her team has been able to improve their play through the first eight SEC matches this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We continue to get a little bit sharper and play well,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team collectively has found ways to win, match to match.â&#x20AC;? The Crimson Tide has

fared well in the SEC this season, winning seven of their eight matches against in-conference foes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We play in such a great conference,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, I believe the competition we face from match to match is the best in the nation.â&#x20AC;? The Bulldogs currently have a number of players ranked in both doubles and singles play. In singles, the Tide will once again face ranked competition. The Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chelsey Gullickson, who is currently ranked 8th nationally, is coming off of a convincing win over Vanderbilt. The Tide will also face sophomore Maho Kowaseh, ranked 50th in the nation. Kowase and sophomore doubles partner Lilly Kimbell are on a 15-game win streak coming into the

matchup with the Tide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like every SEC opponent weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve faced this season, each of their players is going to pose a quality threat,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are just looking to go into Athens and dominate.â&#x20AC;? Dominance has led the Tide to its No. 11 ranking, but Mainz said dominance would not be possible without the confidence the players show in each of their matches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This team really builds on each other,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a collective effort each week, and with every win comes another shot of confidence. We are finding ways to impose our game on all of our opponents, and I think that is where the confidence is found, in the battle.â&#x20AC;? Alabama will rely on sophomore Mary Anne Macfarlane

and junior Alexa Guarachi against the Bulldogs. Macfarlane and Guarachi are ranked 23rd and 56th in singles, respectfully, but both are coming off loses to Florida. Macfarlane and Guarachi are both ranked in doubles as well, with partners junior Antonia Foehse and senior Courtney McLane, r e s p e c t f u l l y. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of our players are playing at a great level right now,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From players one through eight, each of them have stepped up when needed. This is a special group we have this year.â&#x20AC;? Despite their high ranking, Mainz said Georgia does not intimidate the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking at this as an opportunity to show our fight,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will not be denied.â&#x20AC;?


Athletics are the heart and soul of student life at the University of Alabama By Zac Al-Khateeb @ZacAlKhateeb You know, everyone talks about it, but it really is amazing to see how big of a role athletics play in the identity of the University of Alabama. For anyone who may have missed it, a report was recently released listing Alabama as having the single-most profitable athletic program in the country for the 2010-2011 academic year. Granted, most of the profits came from football and basketball, but you can still see how big of an impact that type of money has on the athletic programs. Of course, there are some traditional teams for Alabama that


simply dominate all the time. One of those teams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; softball â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has seemed simply unstoppable lately. With a 35-1 record, an unbelievable pitching corps and consistent talent at the plate, this team isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going away. Gymnastics is cut from the same cloth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those teams weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to expect results from. Currently ranked No. 4 by the NCAA, the Tide is the returning national champion and is expected to do amazing things in the NCAA tournament later this month. Under the leadership of head coach Sarah Patterson and elite talent like Geralen Stack-Eaton and Ashley Sledge, gymnastics can make it two in a row for Alabama. Of course, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget



football. With another champi- golf programs were among the onship under Sabanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belt, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best in the nation? According to hard to avoid seeing some foot- the NCAA website, our menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ball-related news on campus. program is ranked sixth in the Spring training, nation. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re recruiting, sumcoming off backmer workouts, to-back tournafall camp, more ment wins in the Alabama hosts one of the recruiting, Schenkel E-Z-Go most loyal, demanding and regular seaInvitational and frenzied fan bases in the son, postseason the Linger Longer country. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of who and recruiting Invitational. The we are, who weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been and, again. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program no e s c ap is ranked second more than likely, who we ing it, and no and has won two will be. one wants to. of the last three But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tournaments it think suchas competed cess has been limited to just in. The other competition was these programs. For instance, a second-place finish in the how many people knew that Gator Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Invitational. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis has also




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been among the elite in its sport. The Tide is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation, has a 13-2 overall record and a 7-1 record in Southeastern Conference play heading into the rest of its season. Like I said, the role athletics plays here is huge. We have five teams that all have legitimate opportunities to win championships for the University. Alabama could potentially have six national champions at the end of this year, seven if you count football recruiting (which, of course, you will). I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about you, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole lot of winning for just one school year. When it comes to athletics, Alabama does more

than compete â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it dominates, and it shows. Take a look at the facilities offered to the programs I just talked about if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe me And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just isolated to the teams themselves, either Look around. Look at the students walking around on the Quad. Every time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been out there, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a smattering of Alabama athletic T-shirts. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to look, then listen: See how long it takes you to hear someone saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roll Tide.â&#x20AC;? I bet it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long Alabama hosts one of the most loyal, demanding and frenzied fan bases in the country. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of who we are, who weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been and, more than likely, who we will be.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Drive By Truckers frontman to speak, play on campus

Art Kitchen to host silent auction


By Courtney Stinson Staff Reporter The Alabama Art Kitchen, an art collective that offers local artists workspace and equipment, will host its second fundraiser on Friday and Saturday nights. Money raised by the weekend’s fundraising events will benefit the Alabama Art Kitchen. They hope to raise enough money to move and pay rent in a new space. They also hope to raise enough money to sponsor some memberships. Money will be raised through a silent art auction that will include paintings, photographs and other visual art from artists Aynslee Moon, Jim Morrison and others. The silent auction will begin Friday night at 6 p.m. and will end at 9. Guests can view the auction pieces tonight at the Art Kitchen’s art night. Beginning almost two years ago as a hub for the artistic community in Tuscaloosa, the Art Kitchen offers members equipment and shared space to work in, as well as the opportunity to interact with other artists and the community. Art Kitchen director Claire Siepser said it is important for artists to be able to work and connect with others through their art. “For artists who are makers of things, to have other people to talk with about your work or what you’re doing or to collaborate with is really important,” Siepser said. “It’s hard to make work on an island, and if you’re not connected with other people, then why are you even making work?” For those who wish to become a member of the Art Kitchen, memberships are available between $20 and $100, and members receive access to studios, discounts on class rates and the chance to work collaboratively with other members. The Art Kitchen also offers supporting memberships which fund


The Alabama Art Kitchen’s goal is to connect Tuscaloosa artists. exhibits, lectures and classes. Supporting members receive invitations to all Art Kitchen events and a special item created at the Art Kitchen. The Art Kitchen offers more than just space and equipment. They host events, classes and workshops to promote the art community in Tuscaloosa. Past events include a jazz performance, art shows and a pumpkin-carving contest in collaboration with Homegrown Alabama. They also host a weekly craft night and regular yoga classes. The Art Kitchen’s fundraiser will also include a party at Green Bar on Saturday at 7 p.m. Green Bar, usually open to ages 21 and older, will admit ages 19 and older for the party. The cover charge is a donation that will benefit the Art Kitchen. Green Bar will host Birmingham’s The Great American Breakdown and Tuscaloosa’s own Piss Shivers. In addition to the live music, Saturday’s fundraiser will also offer live screen-printing at the party. Guests can bring T-shirts, bags or whatever item they


want to have screen-printed events, memberships and classfor a $1-2 donation, and the Art es, visit alabamaartkitchen. Kitchen may have cloth patches com. available for screen-printing. At the party, there will be a second silent auction of items, such as gift certificates from • What: Silent auction and local vendors, homemade party at Green Bar bread and a pet portrait session offered by one of the members • Where: Alabama Art of the Art Kitchen. Guests can Kitchen also win door prizes, such as Art Kitchen T-shirts, as well as • When: 6 p.m. Friday raffle for a membership. • Cost: Free For more information about


in music,” said Eric Weisbard, a University of Alabama professor and organizer of the event. Weisbard said he has wanted to do something like this for a while. He and his wife, Ann Powers, who has been a professional music critic for The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, have been friends with Hood since the early years of DBT. “We both wrote about them in 1999, me for The Village Voice and [Powers] for The New York Times, and ever since then, I have wanted to do some kind of public event with Patterson.” Hood, a Florence native, started Drive-By Truckers with Mike Cooley in 1996, headquartered in Athens, Ga. Since then, the band has released nine full-length albums and has become famous for being a Southern rock band that presents the fallacies of the South. Although now based in Georgia, the Truckers write songs that often deal with their time growing up in a turbulent Alabama. But it wasn’t easy to get Hood on a free day, seeing that he has so few. “Patterson has always got a million things going on, whether its solo stuff or with the Truckers,” Weisbard said. “We were lucky to catch him on a free night right before a show in Birmingham.” DBT are scheduled to play at Workplay on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. The discussion tonight will feature Weisbard and Powers on stage with Hood, asking questions that give him the opportunity to look back onto his nearly quarter-century-long music career. Weisbard said he hopes to get Hood talking about things he normally wouldn’t at a concert, like stories from the road about Mike Cooley, the Truckers’ co-front man, and his opinion on what DBT have called “the duality of the Southern thing.” There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Hood will bring his guitar, and Weisbard hopes the audience will hear some of the new music he has been working on recently. Hood has a solo album soon to be released, and some of the music played tonight will be from it. However, tonight’s session is not as much about the musical concert as it is about picking the brain of a person who many value as a great songwriter. “It’s a chance to see a side of him that we usually don’t really see or even think about at a show,” Weisbard said. Martin Leavitt, a senior majoring in geography and avid fan of DBT, said he never misses an opportunity to see the band when they’re close and is certainly not going to miss this. “His songs are very gritty and always paint vivid pictures in your mind,” Leavitt said. “I hope he’ll shed light on what’s behind some of them.” The event is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. “This is a really great opportunity to get up-close with someone who has been making great music for a long time,” Weisbard said. “That’s not a real common thing.”

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‘The Dude’ hitting the big screen at the Bama By Nathan Proctor Staff Reporter “Way out west, there was this fella that I wanna tell ya about. A fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski,” Sam Elliot says during the opening scene of “The Big Lebowski.” Bo Hicks of and his cohorts share this wish with Elliot and will be reintroducing Jeff Lebowski, or The Dude, to Tuscaloosa with Tuscaloosa Abides. will screen the 1998 comedy “The Big Lebowski” at the Bama Theatre on Saturday, with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the screening at 8:30 p.m. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film follows aimless slacker and recreational bowler The Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, around Los Angeles. Though not a box office success, something about the film’s off-the-wall plot and characters earned it its label as a cult classic by The Wall Street Journal in 2006 and has shown continued popularity through scores of Lebowski screenings and festivals across the country every year. Started in 2009 by the Druid City Drinking Club, which produced in 2008, the Tuscaloosa-based Lebowski showing was brought back last year under the direction of “It’s a movie that’s infinitely quotable,” Hicks said. “So many people like it, it has so many memorable characters, and it lends itself well [to such an event].” According to Hicks, this year’s showing will feature a costume contest run by Mama Dixie of the Pink Box Burlesque, a sponsor of, games of Wii bowling and a special on The Dude’s drink of choice: the White Russian. Through a more organized effort and hints at more interesting Lebowski-themed prizes, Hicks said he hopes the costume contest will grow in size and enthusiasm and that Tuscaloosa Abides could grow into something akin to the wild showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “Every year, we learn things that we could do better,” said Hicks. “I think this is another one of those things where each year, things will get smoother and smoother.” Hicks expressed excitement over the turnaround of the collegiate segment of Tuscaloosa, which provides a steady stream of young adults excited about local culture and events and ready to be exposed

IF YOU GO ... • What: Tuscaloosa Abides “Big Lebowski” screening

• Where: Bama Theatre • When: Saturday, festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., screening at 8:30

• Cost: $7.50 in advance, $10 day


of screening to The Dude. Hicks said Lebowski’s cult following was something sparked by a quirky humor that gets laughs from any age group but is mostly just a bit different from anything else. Though young and unaware of the film at the time of its release, it was a movie that hit home immediately for Hicks when he saw it years later, an experience he said he hopes to share not just with the people of Tuscaloosa, but someday his young daughter, Audrey. “There are always going to be bowling alleys, and there will always be odd movies,” said Hicks. “In my opinion, it needs to be seen across generations.” Mama Dixie, matron of the Pink Box Burlesque, Tuscaloosa’s burlesque troupe, will be overseeing the costume contest for her second year in a row. Though the voting is determined by the audience, she issued a challenge to this year’s costumed participants. “There were a lot of Dudes, of course — [last year], the entire bowling team was represented in one way or another,” said Dixie. “I want it to be bigger and better. I want to see more Dudes. I want to see bowling teams actually have bowling balls.” Dixie shared Hicks’ enthusiasm for the film and said she believes it is a movie still best experienced in the theater. “I’ve sat next to 75-year-old people and sat next to high school kids laughing and loving it,” Dixie said. “It’s a very Americana film, and it’s nice to see an Americana film in a house that screened some of the originals.” Hicks said he intends to continue screening the cult classic for as long as he can possibly manage, or at least until he’s “too old to know what’s cool.” “Some people throw out things like ‘Citizen Kane or ‘Gone With the Wind’ as the greatest movie of all time,” said Hicks. “But for us, ‘The Big Lebowski’ is our ‘Citizen Kane.’ It’s our Rosebud.”

Fox’s ‘New Girl’ is a pleasant surprise By Billy Whyte All right, I give up. I surrender. I tried, but after months of fighting it, I realized I can’t keep pretending anymore. I love “New Girl.” I really did try to dislike the show, too. When I first heard of “New Girl,” I initially thought the show would be a huge bust. And just by judging from the pilot, I still didn’t believe the show would be able to last long. The premise of the show is Jess, who is portrayed by the quirky Zooey Deschanel. Jess had recently broken up and needed a new place to live. She sees an ad on CraigsList about a room available in an apartment shared by three guys, who she mistakenly thought were women, and was allowed to move in mostly because of the fact she has friends that are models. I didn’t find the pilot particularly funny and wasn’t initially interested in any of the main characters besides the adorably absurd Jess, who is really the reason I gave the show a try. She is cute, bubbly and awkward. She sings about everything. She is almost child-like in a sense because of her naivety, but is also an invested middle school teacher. She just got out of a breakup and, as a result, has humorously incompetent and confusing behavior toward guys she tries to date or is attracted to. She is one of those characters that you can’t help but like, and you smile at every little dumb or strange thing she says or does. Where a lesser actress would make the character come off as more irritating than affable, Deschanel does an incredible job as Jess, to the point she is a possible Emmy candidate. As great as Jess is, the show wouldn’t work without a strong surrounding cast. Her supporting cast came across as nothing more than one-note characters initially, but as the season progressed, their qualities that came across as repetitive and bothersome began to evolve into humorous and amiable. And once the supporting cast began to evolve, the show really began to shine. Jess’ three roommates, Nick, Schmidt and Winston, are the core of the supporting cast. Nick,

played by Jake Johnson, is the most emotionally invested of the three. Nick is a 30-year-old law-school dropout from Chicago and is currently working as a bartender. He is the voice of reason and the more mature member of the group; he seems to understand Jess the best. The two characters share many touching and entertaining moments throughout the series. In just 19 episodes, Nick has already become one of the more endearing men on television. Winston, played by Lamorne Morris, is also a great character. Winston is a former professional Latvia basketball player who just moved back to America. Having no idea how to function without basketball driving his life, he provides some of the best laughs on the show — whether he is teaching a group of kids how to play “Eye of the Tiger” using bells or trying to outdo a child usher at a wedding. But the best character of the three roommates is Schmidt, played by Max Greenfield. He is that egotistical, cocky guy that everyone knows. He shamelessly goes after every attractive woman he encounters, uses more hygiene products than most women and shortens almost every word to one syllable — calling an airport “airp” or ketchup “ketch.” His roommates even created a “douchebag jar” for Schmidt to put money in whenever he does anything more shocking than his normally offensive characteristics. And as appalling this wannabe ladies’ man can be at times, he is often the sweetest character of the group — whether giving Jess great advice or helping one of Jess’ best friends, Cece. The hilarity of Schmidt’s everyday actions make him one of the funnier characters on television and make the show worth watching on his merit alone. “New Girl” isn’t a perfect show. The story can be too outrageous at times, the writing can be messy and not all the jokes land. But like shows such as “How I Met Your Mother” or “The Big Bang Theory,” the quality of the cast helps “New Girl” remain a must-watch show — even if only to see Jess or watch Schmidt put more money in the “douchebag jar.”

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As summer approaches, students are choosing to spend their free time outdoors. If you’re looking for activities that are a little more daring or adventurous, The Scene has outlined extreme sports available for Alabama’s thrill-seekers.

By Lauren Ferguson Assistant Lifestyles Editor

Skydive Alabama: Located 30 minutes north of Birmingham, this company provides a variety of skydiving packages, with their most popular being tandem, two-person skydiving with the client and instructor. While free falling anywhere from 13,500 to 18,000 feet at 120 miles per hour, the instructor will give directions for when to pull the ripcord and how to land safely. Cost: $ $ $199-$299.

LIFESTYLES Page 16• Thursday, April 5, 2012 Editor • Ashley Chaffin

LIFESTYLES this weekend FRIDAY • Well That’s Cool presents “The Big Lebowski”: The Bama Theatre, 7 p.m.

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, prefer bouldering or top roping, Alabama offers multiple locations where you can satisfy a craving to climb. Sandrock: Located in northeast Alabama, Sandrock offers climbing for all levels. The area consists of large islands of sandstone with canyons, passages and caverns between the rocks. Climbing approaches are short and easy and can be top-roped. Cost: Free.

SATURDAY • Baak Gwai and Diarrhea Planet: Green Bar, 10 p.m.

If you prefer to not have to dodge cars and stay in the bike lane, then mountain biking may be a more suitable option. Oak Mountain State Park: Just 20 minutes south of Birmingham, Oak Mountain offers moderately easy to hard biking trails. Each trail is color-coded similar to skiing with easy greens, intermediate blues and expert blacks. The park offers a 20.5-mile trail in addition to a one-mile family trail. Cost: $3. Munny Sokol Park: Conveniently located in Tuscaloosa, Sokol Park offers both single and double track mountain bike trails. Intermediate skill is advised for bikers, as the 11 miles of trails are very technical. New trails are always being added. Cost: free.

Horse Pens 40: Located in Steele, this outdoor nature park is home to one of the most concentrated boulder fields in the world. The park hosts annual climbing competitions and requires more intermediate to advanced knowledge of climbing. Cost: $5 a day. First Avenue Rocks: Located in Birmingham, this indoor climbing facility offers 4000 square feet of climbing space. The facility features areas for bouldering and top roping and also includes weights, cross fit equipment and a yoga studio. Cost: $13 a day for students, or purchase of a membership package.

Don’t be misinformed; white water paddling includes rapids, not a leisurely paddle on Lake Tuscaloosa. Nevertheless, Alabama features many rivers for advanced and beginner paddlers. Locust Fork River: Located in Cleveland, Ala., this river offers scenic views and a mix of easy and more experienced sections for paddling. Most of the river consists of class two and above rapids in addition to an eight-foot waterfall. Cost: free. Little River Canyon, Suicide Section: Appropriately named, this six-mile run of class three, four and five rapids is the granddaddy of all Alabama white water. LRC provides an intense, yet satisfying run for experienced paddlers only. Cost: free, but maybe your life.

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The Crimson White 04.05.12  

The Crimson White is a student published newspaper that seeks to inform the University of Alabama and the surrounding community. Roll Tide