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NEWS | ENVIRONMENT
Lake Tuscaloosa an abundant reservoir for high-quality water By Samuel Yang | Staff Reporter A drop of water hoping to end up in the city of Tuscaloosa’s drinking water is first born – or reborn – in a cloud. There, it condenses and precipitates, falling as a droplet to the earth. If it avoids being trapped in the soil as groundwater, the droplet makes its way towards its first stop: Lake Tuscaloosa. This begins the process that provides University of
Alabama students and Tuscaloosa residents their daily water supply. Mary Wallace Pitts, UA geography instructor and director of undergraduate studies, specializes in watershed programs and water resources research. She said the overland journey water takes to its reservoir has a significant impact on its initial quality. “One thing that people need to understand is that water management as a resource is based on land use, land management because everything’s that done on the land affects the quality of the water,” Pitts said. “What’s happening in terms of land use in your watershed
is the most significant thing when you start looking at water quality.” Droplets that end up in Lake Tuscaloosa are likely to travel through forested areas, which are ideal. Pitts said the natural quality and potential quantity of water in Lake Tuscaloosa is high and required treatment is minimal. “That’s why Tuscaloosa thrives economically – because we have a good quality water source that’s kind of guaranteed,” she said. “Tuscaloosa’s pretty unique from that perspective.” Now incorporated into Lake Tuscaloosa,
the droplet is part of a 40-billion-gallon reservoir. That raw water leaves the lake through treatment plants and encounters a series of membranes, chemicals and chambers that remove contaminants and ensure quality. Here, the droplet has options. Before 2008, the only option would have been the Ed Love Water Treatment Plant near the intersection of Jack Warner Parkway and Helen Keller Boulevard, but a drought prompted the opening of the Jerry Plott Water Treatment Plant by the Lake Tuscaloosa dam. SEE WATER PAGE 8
CULTURE | FESTIVAL
TODAYON CAMPUS Campus exhibit WHAT: Katherine Bradford: The Golden Age of Exploration WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Garland Hall
Community art WHAT: The Whole Mine WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Paul R. Jones Gallery
DCAF brings local art to community Festival celebrates regional musicians, artists, craftsmen By Hannah Widener | Contributing Writer Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza hosted more than 75 tents on Saturday featuring artists, jewelers and craftsmen. Children flooded the fountain area with chalk drawings, and the day was packed with music from local bands. Druid City Arts Festival, originally founded five years ago by The University of Alabama’s Creative Campus, was handed off to the Tuscaloosa Sports and Tourism Commission to sponsor the event on its
Human rights campaign WHAT: Filling the Well: Addressing Sexual Slavery in Alabama WHEN: 3:30-5 p.m. WHERE: Alston Hall, 4th Floor Parlor
Campus music WHAT: Trombone Choir WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Moody Music Building
Theater performance WHAT: “The Birthday Party” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Allen Bales Theatre
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CW | Lindsey Leonard Community members peruse the art for sale at the fifth annual Druid City Arts Festival.
SPORTS | SOFTBALL
UA softball team earns 4th SEC sweep Alabama defeats Arkansas in Power of Pink double-header By Leila Beem | Contributing Writer The No. 4 Crimson Tide softball team donned pink jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness in the Power of Pink doubleheader against Arkansas on Saturday and won both games. Alabama handed the Razorbacks a 12-1 loss in five innings to take the first game and took the second game 4-3. The series marked the Crimson Tide’s fourth SEC sweep of the season, bringing its SEC record to 14-1. First baseman Leona
Lafaele, who went 6-for-8 on the weekend with nine RBIs, said Saturday’s play was all for a bigger cause. “Today we really were playing for something bigger than ourselves,” she said. “And it wasn’t a win – it was for every other woman out there that’s battling those real problems out there. They’re fighting a real battle, so the least we can do is play our hearts out. And it was for them – not for the win – it was for them.” The Alabama batters showcased explosive offense in the first game of the day, scoring 12 runs on 11 hits. The second inning was the biggest display, as the
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Monday April 7, 2014
Director applications now available Applications for director positions for the SGA are now available online. More than 80 positions are available under the chief of staff and each of the elected vice presidents, the directors of communications, engagement, programming and advancement, chief implementation officer and the attorney general. Descriptions of the roles for each director position can be accessed on the SGA website. Applications are due April 13 at noon, and sign-ups for interviews will be open April 14-15. The sign-up sheets will be in the temporary SGA office in 308-A Russell Hall, where the interviews will be held April 16-18. The application and descriptions can be accessed at sga.ua.edu/sga-director-applications.
UA engineers to visit Black Belt The University of Alabama College of Engineering and the 57 Miles Initiative will host Engineering Day for high school students from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Francis Marion High School in Perry County. University of Alabama students will present on various engineering disciplines to students from the state’s Black Belt region and will also lead experiments for the high school students to participate in. The event is intended to educate high school students about engineering’s role in society and possible career paths in the field. The event is sponsored in by part by the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi and the University Hovercraft Team. For more information contact Chris Joiner at email@example.com or 850-698-9175.
Submitted A mannequin head is found sitting on a chair in the basement of Woods Hall on Sunday evening.
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Rowing team wins 3 races The UA rowing team earned wins in three of its four races Saturday morning as the team hosted SMU and Eastern Michigan. The Crimson Tide continues its season next weekend in Camden, N.J., at the Knecht Cup Regatta on Saturday, April 12. Compiled by Charlie Potter
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WHAT: “How Things Are, How Things Were”: Virginia Eckinger MFA Exhibition WHEN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. WHERE: Woods Hall WHAT: What’s Faith Got To Do With It?: Addressing Sexual Slavery in Alabama WHEN: 6-7 p.m. WHERE: Baptist Campus Ministries
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WHAT: Off-Campus Housing Fair WHEN: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. WHERE: Ferguson Center
WHAT: The REEL Story of Sexual Assault at Florida State University WHEN: 5-7 p.m. WHERE: 120 Lloyd Hall
WHAT: “African American English: Race, Grammar and History” lecture WHEN: 4:30 p.m. WHERE: 120 Farrah Hall
WHAT: University Chorus Spring Recital WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Moody Music Hall
WHAT: Stand for Freedom WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: The Strip
WHAT: “The Birthday Party” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Allen Bales Theatre
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“The term ‘public records’ shall include all written, typed or printed books, papers, letters, documents and maps made or received in pursuance of law by the public officers of the state, counties, municipalities and other subdivisions of government in the transactions of public business and shall also include any record authorized to be made by any law of this state belonging or pertaining to any court of record or any other public record authorized by law or any paper, pleading, exhibit or other writing filed with, in or by any such court, office or officer.” From statute 41.13.1 of the Code of Alabama
WHAT WE REQUESTED: List of applicants considered for vice chancellor of government relations, email correspondence between Judy Bonner and Robert Witt correlated to ‘vice chancellor for government relations’ and ‘Jo Bonner’ between April 1 and July 31, 2013. WHO REQUESTED IT: Lauren Ferguson FROM WHOM WE REQUESTED IT: Kellee Reinhart, vice chancellor for System Relations WHEN WE REQUESTED IT: Feb. 10, 2014 STATUS: March 5, 2014, response from Reinhart: “There are no public records that are responsive to your request. I can confirm that Congressman Bonner was interviewed on May 3, 2013.” WHAT WE REQUESTED: Documents pertaining to the murder investigation of Paula Lee Ellis, including the names of investigating officers; incident reports; police reports; correspondence regarding the investigation between UAPD and the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Northport Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation; any correspondence regarding the conveyance of evidence and any photographs related to the investigation. WHO REQUESTED IT: Lauren Ferguson FROM WHOM WE REQUESTED IT: UA Media Relations on behalf of UAPD WHEN WE REQUESTED IT: March 18, 2014 STATUS: Pending
MCT Campus The two new tunnels discovered this past week along the San Diego-Mexico border mark the sixth and seventh cross-border passages that authorities have located in the last four years. Officials have found more than 80 tunnels from California to Arizona since 2006. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in San Diego announced the discovery of the two new drug-smuggling tunnels Friday, calling them sophisticated and elaborate. On Wednesday, ICE officials arrested a 73-year-old Chula Vista, Calif., woman on suspicion of overseeing the operation of an underground tunnel leading under the border to an Otay Mesa industrial park in San Diego. On Thursday, they found a second tunnel, which is longer and more sophisticated than the first. The busts “eliminated a multimillion-dollar drug smuggling venture and have reduced it to nothing more than a colossal waste of money on the part of the drug cartels,” said William Sherman, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s San Diego special agent in charge, in a statement. “Our goal is to not only shut these tunnels down before they become operational, but to ensure that the cartels backing these elaborate smuggling operations are investigated and prosecuted.” But the quantity of drugs that were successfully channeled through the tunnels is unknown, authorities said. According to the federal complaint against Glennys Rodriguez of Chula Vista – who is accused of supervising the pathways – the warehouse where the first tunnel was found was purchased last May. The first tunnel was approximately 600 yards long, secured with wooden trusses and equipped with lighting and a crude rail system. Its exit on the U.S. side was 70 feet below ground and had a pulley system for hoisting packages to the surface. Children’s toys were found strewn in the warehouse where the tunnel ended, officials said. Agents have found similar settings outside other tunnels they’ve uncovered. The second tunnel was discovered by Mexican authorities on Thursday. Authorities found the second tunnel exited just around the corner from the first and was noticeably more advanced. The second tunnel was about 700 yards long, had ventilation and an electrical rail system. So far, Rodriguez is the only person facing charges, but her criminal complaint names several other people who authorities believe are related to the tunnels, including a man who authorities said has been caught constructing cross-border tunnels before.
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CW File Sleep Out on the Quad, a UA Community Service Center event, is an opportunity for students to spend a night learning about the effects of being homeless.
Students to sleep on Quad for homelessness awareness By Kailey McCarthy | Contributing Writer Students at The University of Alabama will briefly experience homelessness during Sleep Out on the Quad on Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Camille Driver, a student coordinator for the event and director of the Hunger and Homelessness focus area at the University’s Community Service Center, said Sleep Out on the Quad’s goal is to get the student body involved and encourage students to help volunteer in the community. Furthermore, she said the event is intended to empower students to question their own prejudices about homelessness. “There are a lot of stigmas attached to homelessness. If they just worked harder, if
they didn’t drink as much, they are probably on drugs, etc., then they wouldn’t be homeless,” Driver said. “However, the minority of homelessness is caused by these factors.” Driver said Sleep Out is especially important in helping to communicate the universality of homelessness. “Homelessness affects all people of all walks of life, including income levels,” she said. “We want students to realize that homelessness is not always a choice. There is a problem that needs to be addressed, and there are small steps that each individual can make to help.” Students should expect to spend the night on the ground, much like a homeless person would. According to the Community Service Center website, there were more than 400
participants during the 2012 event. Driver also said the event will have speakers, a movie, games and more. Chisolm Allenlundy, an event supervisor and assistant director for Hunger and Homelessness, said the Sleep Out isn’t just intended to give students a taste of what it is like to be homeless. “One night, regardless of how cold or wet, cannot replicate the personal pain of actually being homeless,” she said. “Rather, this event is about raising awareness of the problem, and its sources, in a way that students can actually feel engaged and active.” Benjamin McCormick, also an event supervisor and assistant director for Hunger and Homelessness, said while no event could truly simulate the struggles of homelessness,
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the student organizers want to help remind students of the often overlooked issues facing the community around them, especially homelessness. He said it gives students a chance to reflect on homelessness in their communities. “Spending a night on the Quad can serve as an opportunity for students not only to take a step back from the comfort of a warm bed to experience just how tough it is to spend one night without shelter, but also to realize that homelessness isn’t a choice, unlike the volunteer participation in this community awareness event,” he said. Students can register for the event on SLPro.ua.edu. Panhellenic points are available for participants in addition to opportunities for up to 10 hours of community service.
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COLUMN | SGA
Even if Machine still won’t learn, student body can By Patrick Crowley | Senior Staff Columnist
acre of pulpwood land is far more effective than an acre of natural forest. The paper industry, it turns out, is nothing more than a solar-powered carbon-capturing service. Indeed, per the respective molecular weights of carbon and oxygen, roughly 3.6 pounds of carbon dioxide are removed from the atmosphere to produce 1 pound of paper. So rather than pondering the fate of the forest, we ought to concern ourselves with the fate of the paper. After we’ve made use of it, will we throw it away and deposit this carbon remnant into the ground? Or will we expend substantial financial and energy resources to recycle it back into the paper supply chain? As environmentally conscious consumers, we should adopt fresh paper consumption habits and help the paper industry realize its full carbon-capturing potential.
Prof. Horwitz’s opinion column last week in The Crimson White tactfully delineated the problems that have affected the University over the past year (school board elections, sorority integration Patrick Crowley and the Student Government Association’s recent failing to pass a resolution supporting full integration of the Greek community), attempted to explain the underlying causes and detailed some possible ramifications. He leaves the reader with a simple question, “What if the Machine can’t learn?” His kindheartedness and generosity is appreciated, since his question implies that the Machine is capable of learning. But if any lesson is to be learned from this past year, it is that the Machine is altogether incompetent and incapable of learning. If the Machine is truly capable of extending its dark hand to courthouses across the state, to the Alabama State Legislature and to the governor, it is utterly failing at producing quality future talent via the University of Alabama SGA. Not only do the Machine representatives who attempted to buy votes last summer appear in court filings, but also the names of SGA presidents, vice presidents, senators and directors can be found online or in archives. What can be worse to a secret society than to have the names of your members be discovered and associated numerous times to malfeasances and blatant disregards toward civic duty? Of course, there are two ways I can think of to wreak havoc to, if not destroy, the Machine. First, paradoxical to many, do not even try to contest the SGA elections and ignore the SGA entirely – really, independent candidates should just quit trying. Remember being a kid playing against that one terrible kid who always changed the rules on you and created invisible items giving him super powers? Apologies for the awful recall of those memories, but it is high time to be that annoying pest of a kid, because he or she pissed you off and you stopped playing the game against him or her. That kid won by default because he changed the rules of the game. Any components of the SGA that greatly impact the events on campus and student organizations, such as the Financial Affairs Committee, can be petitioned to be moved directly under control of Student Affairs and out of the SGA. By not playing the game, by ignoring the SGA and not-contesting the elections, by being that annoying kid we all hated playing with, the game and the SGA must undoubtedly change. The training grounds for the Machine will no longer be the same, and collegiate members will lack the preparation for future roles, whatever those may be. Second, and humorously, create more secret societies. The University of Virginia has more secret societies than most colleges have buildings. A multitude of secret societies have symbols adorning the buildings and sidewalks, and one receives the impression that they actually do something of benefit to the campus. And they do, because the majority of the secret societies actually greatly benefit UVA via donations toward academic buildings and not fraternity houses, chairmanships for professors and advancements in degree programs. It is easy for the Machine to have complete control of a campus when it is the only secret society on campus. A pluralistic campus is a much better campus. Through the creation of more secret societies, the Machine will have to support positive endeavors and focus on the entirety of campus, not just themselves. While there are certainly more than two ways to combat the Machine, the point still remains that trying to play them at their own game will not work as they have decades of experience. So, let’s change the game played by the Machine and, in doing so, change the conversation on campus toward something more positive. The Machine may be incapable of learning, which will be beneficial when changing rules to a game, but according to me, the student body is extremely capable of learning and will adapt to combat the Machine and lead the University where it should be.
Cruise Hall is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. His column runs biweekly.
Patrick Crowley is a junior majoring in mathematics, finance and economics. His column runs weekly.
COLUMN | SGA ELECTIONS
Do election rules matter anymore? By Andrew Parks | Staff Columnist On March 21, the Student Government Association Elections Board released a decision on the penalty for election violations committed by newly elected SGA Vice President for Student Affairs Stephen Keller. Keller stood accused of passing out fliers endorsing both himself and candidates for the six other SGA executive offices that were not reported on his original financial disclosure forms at the time of their submission. While such a violation may seem minor at first glance, Article VI of the 2014 SGA Elections Manual makes it clear that the failure to file an accurate financial disclosure report by the given deadline is a violation that should result in immediate disqualification. Keller, however, received only 75 hours of community service. To be fair, Keller submitted a modified financial disclosure form the day after the election and 48 hours after the final deadline for such forms that listed the fliers in question. However, this came after a WVUA report in which Keller first denied any connection to the faction that printed the fliers, Students for Experienced Leadership, and stated clearly that the fliers donated to his campaign would not be listed on his disclosure forms. Keller’s denial of any connection with SEL clearly contradicted statements he made on the record while speaking with a whistle–blower who later brought that recording to media attention. Given Keller’s statements in his interview with
substantive effect on the election’s outcome from a disclosure report is hardly a significant offense. However, it nonetheless constitutes a specific violation with a very specific penalty. That penalty was not the one assigned to Keller. While 75 hours of anything, even something as charitable as community service, is a significant burden on the violator, it still isn’t what the Elections Manual calls for. That begs the question: If the Elections Board doesn’t always follow the Elections Manual, should anyone else? How seriously can we really consider a code if the very institution charged with enforcing it doesn’t always follow it? I can respect Andrew Parks an attempt at leniency, which is admittedly called for in this case, as long as it WVUA regarding the absence of fliers in falls within the bounds of statutory conhis original disclosure report, it stands straints. This ruling didn’t. to reason that had his If the Elections Board direct involvement with doesn’t respect statuSEL not been brought tory constraints, should to light, no modified candidates? And, more financial disclosure form to the point, will they in would have ever been the future? If the Elections Board doesn’t submitted. Perhaps that’s the Given this set of facts, question that the SGA respect statutory constraints, any rational observer Board, which should candidates? And, more to Judicial must wonder why the is set to hear Keller’s sentence of disqualifithe point, will they in the future? appeal of the Election cation – the codified, Board’s ruling, should required penalty for be asking itself right this exact violation – now. was commuted in favor of community service. Andrew Parks is a junior Granted, the absence of a few dollars’ majoring in political science. His column worth of fliers that probably had no real, runs biweekly.
COLUMN | RECYCLING
It’s time we rethink environmentalism, recycling By Cruise Hall | Staff Columnist Paper comes from trees, trees come from forests and forests eat carbon dioxide. It is with this logic that environmental crusaders wage war on the pulpwood industry and recycling evangelists preach the good news of post-consumer paper. They are, however, a detriment to their own cause, for the logic behind the hype is fundamentally flawed. It is true that paper is made of trees and the demand for paper is so great that naturally occurring forests could never sustain the demand for pulpwood. If paper production was linked to deforestation, though, we would have toppled Mother Earth’s last forest long ago. Fortunately, pulpwood harvesting does not drive deforestation. In fact, paper trees don’t come from forests at all. Paper trees come from pulpwood farms. And like any other agricultural product, when one tree is cut, another is immediately sown in its place. In light of this sustainable business model, we cannot treat trees like a nonrenewable
Rather than pondering the fate of the forest, we ought to concern ourselves with the fate of the paper.
natural resource. Pulpwood farms are actually entirely renewable and hardly natural. As far as paper companies are concerned, the tree is merely a refinery that converts a natural resource, carbon dioxide, into a useful product, paper. As such, the industry has adopted an array of forest management practices that maximize the photosynthetic capacity of pulpwood farms and ensure their long-term sustainability. So when it comes to greenhouse gas reduction, an
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TEAL RIBBON EVENTS
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT Take Back the Night is an international march and rally designed to bring communities together to take a stand against violence against women. The event includes guest speeches and stories from victims of sexual assault.
WHEN: April 15, 6 p.m. WHERE: Denny Chimes
LESSONS FROM MONTANA: AN OVERVIEW OF TITLE IX
CAMPUS SAVE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Matt Gregory, associate dean of students at Louisianna State University, will provide training to help faculty and staff on campus respond to and prevent sexual assault on campus. The Campus SaVE Act was enacted in March 2013 to mandate primary prevention and awareness programs on college campuses.
Matt Gregory will deliver a lecture on a sexual assault investigation at the University of Montana, Missoula, where a former quarterback was accused of sexual intercourse without consent and later found not guilty.
WHEN: April 16, 2 p.m. WHERE: 34 Bidgood Hall
WHEN: April 16, 10 a.m. WHERE: Student Recreation
The University will recognize Denim Day, a national day to raise awareness of sexual violence. The campaign began when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices believed the victim was wearing tight jeans and must have therefore helped her rapist remove them, implying consent. This event is co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.
Faculty, staff and students will have a chance to learn about resources available to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking in a Harbor training session. Participants will be able to gain insight and sensitivity to violence against women, and learn how to provide support to those in need.
WHEN: April 23 WHERE: Campus
WHEN: April 24, 9 a.m. WHERE: Women’s Resource
WRC leads sexual assault awareness campaign By Emmalee Molay | Contributing Writer Students and advocates are hoping to spread the message of sexual assault awareness month through the Teal Ribbon Campaign sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. WRC Director Elle ShaabanMagaña said the campaign is nationally recognized, and teal is the color assigned to sexual assault awareness. The University of Alabama began supporting the campaign in 1999. “We want to kind of break the silence and the metaphorical silence that is around this difficult issue,”
Shaaban-Magaña said. She said her main goal is to bring as much awareness to campus as possible. “It’s a way of showing support for survivors and also saying this is not okay,” Shaaban-Magaña said. “We need to give people lots of ways to get connected to being part of the solution, and wearing a ribbon is something that might be a good start or something simple that many people can do.” The WRC will host a number of events geared toward spreading knowledge about sexual assault throughout the month. One of the largest is Take Back the Night, a
march and rally to raise awareness and teach individuals about prevention and ways to help. Tiara Dees, public relations coordinator and graduate assistant for the WRC, said the event is significant because of the message it sends. “It’s to show others that we are not okay with it,” Dees said. “And we are not going to let victims’ voices become silent.” Mollie Tinney, a programming graduate assistant for the WRC, highlighted an event called Filling the Well: Addressing Sexual Slavery in Alabama. She said she is looking forward to reaching out to different populations and hopes that aware-
ness continues to spread at the University. “People don’t think that that happens here,” Tinney said. “People think about pictures in popular culture about sexual assault, but sex trafficking and sex slavery happens all over the country, not just in major cities like Atlanta or Birmingham.” The WRC will host several other events through April to spread awareness of sexual assault and provide training and information on how to help victims. On Tuesday, the WRC Student Leadership Council will host The REEL Story of Sexual Assault at Florida State University, examining the media’s depiction and
influence on the Jameis Winston sexual assault case. Shaaban-Magaña said she would love to see a teal ribbon in every building on campus. “We want to address issues that are specific to our UA campus, but we also want to acknowledge sexual assault within a broader context,” Shaaban-Magaña said. “I think that students bring a lot of energy and creativity and can be part of a social movement to end sexual violence.” Teal ribbons can be picked up at the Women’s Resource Center anytime during April. Packets of ribbons can also be requested for organizations by calling (205) 348-5040.
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UA eventing team provides home for equestrian sports By Sarah Ferguson | Contributing Writer
CW | Shelby Akin K-12 students competed with pre-built robots at the Alabama Robotics Competition on Saturday, hosted by The University of Alabama’s department of computer science.
Students compete with robots By Emily Sturgeon | Contributing Writer Students ranging from elementary to high school showed off their talents during the Alabama Robotics Competition on Saturday in one of the newest but fastest growing modern fields, computer science. The three-hour competition, which was held in the Bryant Conference Center for the fourth year running, followed a “Winter Olympics” theme, with obstacle courses using the ideas of events like figure skating and hockey. More than 300 students on 70 teams used pre-built vehicular robots with sensors responding to color, light and obstacles in their surrounding environment. After receiving instructions about the course and performing measurements and observations, the teams programmed the robots to run autonomously. The event, hosted by the University of Alabama department of computer science, differed from other robotics competitions in that it required robots to run based on the student-developed programs, rather than by remote control. “The focus of this contest is not so much on building or the hardware, but more so on programming the robot. This is more about the software side,” Jeff Gray, associate professor of computer science, said. Gray said because of this notable aspect of the competition, they are able to provide a new learning experience that strengthens the problem-solving skills that come with a computer science education. “They’re also learning to stick to it, in a sense,” Gray said. “Most of the time they’ll try their first program out on the course and it will fail, and they’re learning to go back and refine the solution and try to get better each time they try. “So if their robot fails on the obstacle course, they can go back to the drawing board, so to speak, and keep trying. You see the
kids notice the mistakes they made and try to fix them. They hurry to get back to the obstacle course to try again.” Julie Altmark, coach of the Shades Mountain Elementary School team, said she saw students learn about problem solving, communication, teamwork, patience and persistence at the competition. “They have to read what the problem is, interpret what the challenge is and then turn that into a program. So they’re getting all kinds of skill sets,” Altmark said. Azim Merchant, a member of the Alabama School of Fine Arts team, said he noticed his problem-solving abilities improve from being in the competition. “It helped me basically reinstate my logical thinking,” Merchant said. “It helps me visualize problems in my head and solve them. I also have to think about experimentation, trial and error, what I’d do with this, what can I do with that.” Gray said one of the goals of the contest was to raise awareness of the opportunities that come from programming skills. Altmark, who leads a computer science club for students at Shades Mountain, said she hopes schools will recognize the importance of teaching computer science. “That’s where the future is,” she said. “If they’re not able to program, they’re going to be left way, way behind. Not necessarily every person will have to program, but if they want a guaranteed career, they need to be able to problem solve and they need to be able to use the computer effectively.” About one-third of the teams came from Tuscaloosa. Gray said the department’s way of giving back to the community and ensuring the need for computer science education is met through a spring program, in which undergraduates from the University train students for one hour per week for six to eight weeks. The event was sponsored by Microsoft, Google, CTS, Pearson and the National Science Foundation.
The University of Alabama’s newly established eventing team is providing horse-loving students a community to call their own. Eventing, a form of equestrianism, involves a single rider on horseback performing in areas of dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country racing and is commonly held over a three-day period. Before the UA equestrian team was founded in 2010, the University did not have any programs available for those who were passionate about equine activities. Recently, one student decided she wanted to add eventing to the growing list of equestrian opportunities on campus. “I got the idea after the University of Georgia got a lot of publicity on starting [an eventing team] that became so successful just a year ago,” Lizzie Walters, president of UA Eventing, said. “I decided to start the process in September of 2013, and we were approved by November.” The eventing team has been a long-awaited opportunity for horse lovers at The University of Alabama, including long-time rider Meagan Majchszak. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native said she jumped at the opportunity to get back in the saddle and to be around horses again. Majchszak said she considers the camaraderie within the group to be an invaluable part of her time in college. “My freshman year, I had trouble finding other
horse-loving friends and really missed the horse community that I had at home,” Majchszak said. Fellow UA eventer Whitfield Broughton said she is equally grateful for the community the club provides. “My favorite part of the team is the network we have created,” Broughton said. “There are so many more people to go to shows with now, and that always makes it more fun.” The club works out of multiple barns in Tuscaloosa, including Timber Acres Ranch and Harper Farms. Majchszak said students who are interested in getting involved do not have to own a horse, and there is no competition experience required. She encouraged anyone interested, regardless of skill, to get involved. “I would recommend UA Eventing to anyone who is already involved or just interested in learning more about horses,” Majchszak said. “We are a very friendly bunch and accepting of riders from all disciplines, and we are eager to meet more people who share our love for horses.” For now, Walters and the UA eventers said they are looking forward to making their first debut as a team in April, where they will compete against other collegiate teams, including Georgia, Clemson and Auburn. The club will hold a schooling show as a fundraiser in March. For event details and information on how to get involved, students can visit the Facebook page, UA Eventing.
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Groups to address human trafﬁcking By Samuel Yang | Staff Reporter Human trafficking and sexual slavery have long been pressing issues in the international community, and a Birmingham shelter ministry will be joining with campus groups Monday to raise student awareness. “Filling the Well: Addressing Sexual Slavery in Alabama” will address a topic that may be familiar to many students – human trafficking. However, students may be surprised to hear that this issue hits closer to home than they may have realized. “I-20 is the super highway for trafficking as it connects some of the largest cities in America on the same roadway. I-20 passes right through Tuscaloosa,” said Kaitlyn Patrick, case manager for The WellHouse, a faith-based Birmingham nonprofit that rescues and shelters victims of trafficking. “This means trafficking is happening right here, in your own backyard.” The WellHouse will be joining with the Women’s Resource Center and the Campus Ministry Association in two events Monday. At 3:30 p.m. Monday in Alston Hall’s fourth floor parlor, Patrick will be showing a video, speaking about the issue and discussing her work at The WellHouse. “Human trafficking is the second highest grossing illegal act in the world, second to illegal drug sales,” she said. “This fact is enough to show that it is an issue. It is not an issue that began yesterday but rather one that has been around for much longer. Here in America, our society and media paint sexual trafficking as a voluntary action, when in reality, we do not know who the victim’s pimp has threatened or how much they have been beaten. The WellHouse’s goal is to help rescue those who have been victims of this exploitation to help put the pieces of their lives back together.” Paige Miller, coordinator of campus violence programs for the WRC,
PLAN TO GO WHAT: Filling the Well: Addressing Sexual Slavery in Alabama WHEN: Monday, 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Alston Hall 4th floor parlor WHAT: What’s Faith Got to Do With It?: Addressing Sexual Slavery in Alabama WHEN: Monday, 6 p.m. WHERE: Baptist Campus Ministries said the event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “Sex trafficking is a form of sexual violence and many people are not aware that it exists in the U.S., or even in the state of Alabama, so this program is intended to provide information about the problem,” Miller said. She said the WRC also provides services for on-campus victims of interpersonal violence. “The Campus Ministry Association became involved as a co-host because The WellHouse is the only shelter in Alabama that serves victims of sex trafficking and prostitution, and it is a faith-based organization,” she said. “The Women’s Resource Center and the Campus Ministry Association thought this was a natural partnership for our two organizations.” At 6 p.m. Monday night, the three organizations will also be joining to present “What’s Faith Got to Do With It?: Addressing Sexual Slavery in Alabama.” Dinner will be provided. Students can RSVP for the event by texting “WellHouse” to (205) 7032775. Afterwards, students will have a chance to explore volunteer opportunities with The WellHouse in Birmingham or the Women’s Resource Center.
CW | Austin Bigoney The Honors College Town Hall series will host a former U.S. Congressman and two professors on Monday, who will speak on the polarization of politics on a campus, state and national level.
Town Hall to discuss extremism By Emily Williams | Staff Reporter With approval ratings in Washington, D.C., reaching all-time lows in the last few years, many Americans seem fed up with the lack of cooperation coming out of the nation’s capital. As part of the Honors College Town Hall series, a former U.S. Congressman and two professors will speak Monday night about the lack of agreement and progress in government. “Polarized Politics: How to Restore Trust in Government” is the topic for the the fourth Town Hall Meeting of the year. The most recent event discussed the Affordable Care Act and its effect on students. “We kind of thought of the idea because this generation is more moderate than it has been in years, and we felt like in the most recent presidential election it was really very polarized,” Claire Armstrong, an Honors College student and organizer of the event, said. “People on the Alabama campus were having trouble identifying with being 100 percent Republican or 100 percent Democrat. So we started talking about why had politics become so polarized and how do we fit here?” Former U.S. Representative Jo
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Robert McCurley, who teaches the course in the Honors College responsible for planning and orchestrating the town hall events, said the discussion can apply to all areas of government – national, state and campus. “The whole thing is how we got ourselves in this situation, where it doesn’t matter what the other side says. It’s bad,” McCurley said. “What can we do to make people have faith in government again? Are we doomed to be where we are forever? It’s happening in Montgomery with the legislature. Republicans, Democrats, doesn’t matter. It’s like the music is the same, the words are different.” Armstrong said students will have the opportunity to ask questions. “I think young people need to be informed, because we are the future of American politics,” Armstrong said. “I think a big percentage of our age group feel like they are more moderate than their parents or their grandparents were. And I think that the ‘moderate party’ is something that people should talk about in politics and where moderates should fit in.” The Honors College Town Hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Farrah Hall Room 214. The event is free and open to the public.
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CW | Lindsey Leonard DCAF attendees enjoy the spring weather while listening to various performers.
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own. Last year, more than 7,500 people attended the festival, and 60 vendors decorated the lawn. “Honestly, I was expecting a pretty big turnout. TTSC did a great job of promoting the event, and having the festival downtown helped increase its visibility more so than if the event were held on campus,” said Marissa Leshnov, a sophomore majoring in physics who works with Creative Campus. “It’s just reassuring to know that the Tuscaloosa community supports its local artists and musicians.” Madison Higgins, a sophomore majoring in fashion retail, said she found a plethora of items that suited her interests. “I really like this cool ring that I found that has jade and all this delicate wiring,” she said. “There are a lot more clothing vendors than I was expecting to see. It’s cool to be able to see the different ways people express their love for the arts. From the paintings and pottery to the clothes and jewelry, and also from the many different musical artists featured.” Some of the tents may have been
geared more toward women’s clothing and jewelry, but the men were just as well represented. Evan Perry, a sophomore majoring in biology, said he managed to find good items. “There was one booth with paintings of downtown Tuscaloosa that caught my eye,” Perry said. “Another booth had some unique posters from Jimi Hendrix and even KISS playing card games.” There were nine bands featured throughout the day, but Perry said he wished there had been more because he enjoyed them so much. He said next year he would love to see a wider range of music genres to expose Tuscaloosa to different, unknown artists. While Tuscaloosa is a that always backs up its football team, Higgins said she believes it is important to support the arts, as well. Leshnov said she believes it is events like DCAF that keep the arts going. “Having a free event like DCAF creates a sense of belonging that I think is really important to have in the Tuscaloosa community, because our town is so richly diverse,” Leshnov said. “It’s comforting to see everyone together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, celebrating the people, talents and stories that make Tuscaloosa so great.”
Jimmy Junkin, director of the City of Tuscaloosa Water and Sewer Department, said Lake Tuscaloosa was never in danger of running dry, but the drought pushed the Ed Love site to its output limit. “With that, we’re many years from ever getting into a situation where we’re running close to the edge again,” he said. “We have ample capacity to deal with any demand, even during a severe drought summer, right now.” The new site uses more reliable, efficient and effective membrane technology to treat the water, he said. As seasons change, natural and mostly harmless chemicals shift and accumulate in the lake. And given that Lake Tuscaloosa is also recreational, activities can add man-made ingredients to the natural supply. However, the sheer size of the lake and the constant monitoring make Junkin confident that a drop in water quality or quantity is not a threat. “We’re always aware of activities in and around our lakes,” he said. “The capabilities of the plant have never been stretched to their max. We can do much more than we currently do if we had to.” After a chaotic and chemical trip through the treatment plant, the droplet comes to rest in a storage tank where it waits for the call of a faucet turning on. Once summoned, it begins its journey through a series of shrinking pipes until it reaches a neighborhood. Eventually the water will re-enter the system via plumbing or natural systems. Pauline Johnson, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, said sewage, which returns in a series of increasingly larger pipes, is treated and inspected for quality before discharge. After discharge, the droplet may be called up again to a cloud or drafted into service as drinking water farther upstream. “One man’s wastewater is the
next person’s drinking water,” she said. “We’re drinking the same water that the dinosaurs drank, and it’s being continuously refreshed through the hydrologic cycle.” Lake Tuscaloosa was created by damming North River upstream of where it dumps into the Black Warrior River, so becoming wastewater is the droplet’s only way of reaching the 6000-plus square-mile river system, which serves 17 counties. William Andreen, UA professor of law, said discharge from a surface mine at Shepherd Bend Mine near Birmingham would be in close proximity to a drinking water intake. Pollution potential aside, he said, the treatments and costs associated with the water will increase. “That’s rather unprecedented,” he said. “I think it’s a real problem.” Coal ash impoundments – combustion byproduct stored in unlined ponds along the river – are loosely regulated, if at all. Andreen said coal ash is currently being studied and reviewed by the EPA, which may decide to impose federal regulations. In the meantime, states have leeway in how strong their regulations are. Cindy Lowry, executive director of Alabama Rivers Alliance, said current requirements are not strong enough to protect drinking water sources. Lowry and ARA have been pushing for strong permits surrounding coal ash regulation, as well as a comprehensive water management plan for protecting and sustaining the state’s water resources. “Ideally, you would want to prevent it rather than have to respond to it,” she said. In April 2012, Gov. Robert Bentley created the Alabama Water Agencies Working Group, a group of state agencies that in August 2012 released a report detailing findings and recommendations concerning water resources and a management plan for the state. A more formal water management plan would be a break from the current common law system, in which the state is not involved, under which Alabama operates. Water usage, especially in times
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of water shortage, has become especially contentious. Andreen said the lack of a water management plan could hurt Alabama if the 24-year-old tri-state water dispute over Alabama, Georgia and Florida’s usage of shared rivers and basins eventually rolls upstream to the Supreme Court. “It’s not a really compelling argument if we don’t have a system that would itself help conserve and produce a sustainable river system,” he said. The custody battle over the water in the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint River Basin is partially driven by environmental concerns. Recent droughts have been felt in the heart of booming Atlanta, a sign that the droplet’s courtroom appearances may be part of a bigger problem. Glenn Tootle, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, said the South’s ability to use water for commerce and agriculture has only recently been threatened. Since consistent rainfall has traditionally kept the South’s greenery lush, Tootle said drought plans in the South are relatively undeveloped. “We’ve had a lot of growth in the South,” he said. “All of a sudden now you’re experiencing challenges in water and [dealing with] the fact that we’re experiencing periods of drought.” Now roaming the American Southeast, the droplet is far from home, having survived local pollution, territorial litigation and regional drought. On a sunny day, it might evaporate back into a cloud and drift around the world. Or it might rain back onto Lake Tuscaloosa, a generous and clean water source, itself a man-made addition to the natural landscape. In the four decades since its creation, Junkin said, the lake has become the community’s number one asset. Tuscaloosa and Northport use about 35 million gallons of water a day. Lake Tuscaloosa can produce 200 million gallons. “You can get along without a lot of things and compensate for a lot of things, but you can’t compensate for a lack of raw water. And we got it,” he said. “We’re very blessed.”
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Tide for Troops spreads school pride overseas By Elayne Smith | Contributing Writer
Photo Courtesy of Justin Chrisler Soldiers don Tide for Troops T-shirts, supporting the Tide while they serve.
The phrase “Roll Tide,” often heard at The University of Alabama has now traveled across the globe in the form of a T-shirt. The nonprofit organization Tide for Troops has sent more than 6,500 “Can I Get a Roll Tide” T-shirts to military members. Each member gets to apply for one shirt, which is sent to them along with a thank-you note. Justin Crisler, president of Tide for Troops, said the goal is to give people in the military a moment to smile. “I just like knowing that the military men and women can enjoy getting something from home, and they can have a good time thinking about that shirt and feeling a little bit of pride while they’re serving their country,” Crisler said. “That’s the main concept of this idea, to show appreciation to the troops and help them know that there are people thinking about them in the form of a T-shirt.” Crisler said the idea came after posting a T-shirt design on his Facebook page called “Can I Get a Roll Tide?”A contractor stationed in Afghanistan
saw the design and asked if Crisler could send shirts to him and his battalion. When Crisler got the pictures back of the group wearing his shirts, he said he decided the idea was worth pursuing. “I know what a T-shirt means to them, so I hope to relay that message to [people], and they can find out that we can all help out and boost morale in the military if we can all jump onboard with this,” Crisler said. The compassion makes the shirt stand out from other online purchases, said Steven Thompson, a UA alumnus and a first lieutenant and infantry platoon leader serving in Fort Stewart, Ga. Thompson asked for a shirt after a friend sent him the link. “Being deployed, it’s a pretty big deal because you’re so far away,” Thompson said. “To know that someone is doing all this for you back here without knowing you and then to receive it is an amazing feeling, to know that someone back here is thinking so much of you to actually mail it to Afghanistan.” Tide for Troops holds various fundraisers to raise money for the organization. Crisler also sets up a tent before football games to raise awareness and sell shirts.
The Crimson Tide’s softball team also supports Tide for Troops. Kate Harris, director of operations for the team, connected with the organization after her brother received a shirt. “I think the Tide for Troops ‘Can I get a Roll Tide’ T-shirts are a great example of how we celebrate life, being Alabama fans for example, and how we are able to do so all because of our brave men and women serving and defending our freedoms every single day,” Harris said. “It brings a smile to their face, I think, and it’s just something fun. During football season, even though they can’t watch the games, when they’re doing their workouts, they can throw on their Alabama shirt.” Crisler said he hopes to get other schools involved to expand the group’s reach. His next event is April 19 at University Mall, where he will hand out free shirts to active duty military members from 4:30 to 6 p.m. He is also working on a new T-shirt design to keep the organization moving forward. “If they’re serving our country and they’re also a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, then our T-shirt designs will fit the need, we hope, and make them happy,” Crisler said.
COLUMN | FASHION
Coachella inspires bohemian trends for everyday life By Bianca Martin Between various fashion weeks and award shows, the first half of the year is full of influences for fashion lovers everywhere. Although we see emerging trends on the runway and elegant dresses at the Oscars, there is one fashion event of the year that is definitely my favorite: The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Coachella is two weekends of heat, music and fashion in California. The first weekend of this year’s event will begin Friday, and I could not be more jealous of everyone who is going. Yes, the main purpose of Coachella has always been, of course, the music. With performances by Lorde, OutKast and Lana Del Rey, this year’s lineup seems to be as great as it has always been. However, in recent years, Coachella has become more famous for its fashion than its music lineup. Celebrities battle it out to see who has the cutest, craziest and most bohemian outfit of the weekend. “High School Musical” actress Vanessa Hudgens,
for example, is known for her many intricate outfits, wearing everything from floral cropped tops and maxi skirts to flower headbands. The bohemian theme is heavy at Coachella. Even though the outfits may only be considered fashionable at the music festival itself, there is still much inspiration that can be drawn from them. The bohemian style is perfect for spring and summer and is one that can be easily implemented into any closet. When one thinks of a bohemian style, the word “hippie” may immediately come to mind. But there are many ways to go boho without going overboard. One easy outfit that is perfect for the hot spring we have here in Alabama is a loose tribal print dress. My personal favorites are by Brandy Melville. Just pair one with some short boots and throw a crocheted cardigan over your shoulders it if it’s cold. Another easy way to implement the boho style is cropped tops. Try wearing a floral cropped top paired with high-waisted, light washed jeans. It combines bohemian with feminine, and the jeans will
keep you from showing too much skin. If you want to go one more step, look for accessories like a flower headband. One of the more famous bohemian brands is Free People. From tribal print maxi dresses to crocheted tops, this brand has everything a bohemian girl needs. Well, unless she’s broke. Free People’s clothes tend to run from $100-300, but you can find some good deals in their sales and clearance sections. There are plenty of other shops to find bohemian style clothes for less. Stores like Pac Sun and Forever 21 carry many floral pants and tops, tribal print dresses and crochet cropped tops. There are also many online boutiques, such as Sin, that carry bohemian-influenced clothes for cheaper prices. So if you are like me and are feeling eternal sorrow from not being able to attend Coachella, don’t feel like you can’t still take some inspiration from its fashion. Throw on a tribal print dress, put on a live session of your favorite band and pretend you are there. We’ll cross it off our bucket lists one day.
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COLUMN | THEATER
Broadway revivals best when they add new twists to classic shows By Luke Haynes
commonly revived to provide star vehicles for big name actors. Most of the time Over spring break, I had the incred- when famous Hollywood actors come to ible experience of going to New York for Broadway, such as Denzel Washington the first time and seeing my first ever and James Franco, who are each currently Broadway show: â€œPippin.â€? Now, â€œPippinâ€? working on the revivals of â€œA Raisin in the is amazing for several reasons including a Sunâ€? and â€œOf Mice and Menâ€? respectively, Tony Award-winning director and actors, they prefer to do so in a well-known classic an incredible Steven Schwartz score and instead of taking a chance on a new show. some death-defying circus feats. But what While this is a good way for Hollywood struck me most about the show is that it is stars to make Broadway debuts, itâ€™s also a such a good example of a Broadway revival. good opportunity for big Broadway names, For those unfamiliar with this termi- such as Alan Cumming and Sutton Foster, nology, you must first who are currently staring understand that there in the revivals of â€œCabaretâ€? are two types of shows on and â€œVioletâ€? respectively, to Broadway: original producremind New York audienctions and revivals. Original I think itâ€™s important that old es why they deserve to be shows have usually been classics stay current and fresh known as Broadway greats. in development for years Now, itâ€™s difficult to make in the mind of every and have put on tryout any generalizations about performances all over the these kinds of revivals generation, so I support this country, but this is the firstbecause it includes probbrand of revival. ever run on a Broadway ably 85 percent of all revivstage. Conversely, a revival als. Personally I love the is a show that opened on idea of the best actors in the Broadway before, subsecountry taking on the greatquently closed and then came back. est shows of all time, so these revivals are There are several reasons to bring a usually very fun and fairly successful. show back from the depths, some better However, often the actor either has other than others. Generally speaking, the most commitments, and so the show is not able common reason for a revival is producers to run for more than a few months or the thinking ticket-buying tourists would want performer uses his or her name to â€œbuy to see an old award-winning classic when their wayâ€? onto the stage and end up perthey come to New York City. Tourists who forming in roles that they donâ€™t deserve, come to the city like to see shows that they in which case the showâ€™s life is, again, cut know, or at least heard of, so classic crowd- prematurely short. pleasers like â€œFiddler on the Roofâ€? (which The third type of revival that we comhas been revived four times on Broadway monly see on Broadway is what I like to with one more in development) and â€œLes call â€œlost treasures.â€? These are shows Miserablesâ€? (which just opened its sec- that have been off the stage for years, ond revival) are popular choices among usually because they were financial flops producers. even if they earned great respect and While I realize that there is nothing awards amongst the theatrical community. wrong with making money, and I love to Because of the lack of monetary incensee a classic revived, I donâ€™t usually care tives, these shows sink to the bottom of a for this kind of revival because it typi- producerâ€™s list until some inspired artist cally fails to surprise me. As a self-diag- plucks it from the vaults and gives it a new nosed Broadway-aholic, Iâ€™ve memorized life on Broadway. every nut and bolt of these classics, and, More often than not, these revivals still since the producerâ€™s aim is to give the donâ€™t bring in big box office numbers, but people something they know, the revivals I think itâ€™s important that old classics stay tend to be carbon copies of the original current and fresh in the mind of every genproduction. eration, so I support this brand of revival. Old shows (especially old plays) are My personal favorite revival type is often
Wikimedia Barry Williams , I.M. Hogson, Louisa Flaningam and Adam Grammis promoting an original 1975 theatrical production of â€œPippin,â€? the musical. seen on Broadway: the re-envisioned. This comes about when a brilliant writer or director is inspired by a piece but wants to make it his or her own so they add in something to make a completely new show that just happens to use the old script. Thatâ€™s something that â€œPippinâ€? is a pristine example of. Whereas the original show was set around a band of traveling thespians putting on a show about an ancient prince, director Dianne Paulus looked at and decided to add a whole new element, trans-
forming it into a band of circus performers complete with jugglers, lion tamers and trapeze artists. This kind of re-envisioning can transform a familiar story with familiar music into a whole new show. To me, the best revivals are the ones that re-envision old works because I consider that the pinnacle of innovation. Art is impressive, but recycled art is ingenious and honors the old while celebrating the new. And, in my opinion, that is what Broadway is all about.
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CW | Austin Bigoney “Birthday Party” follows the stories of the absurd happenings of a birthday celebration, evoking a range of emotions from the audience.
‘Birthday Party’ brings expanded cast to stage By Laura Testino | Contributing Writer Possibilities may seem endless when a group of people unite for a celebration. Playwright Harold Pinter explores some of the most unconventional of these possibilities in his play “The Birthday Party,” which will be performed by The University of Alabama’s Theatre and Dance Department in the Allen Bales Theatre this week. Matt Davis, a second–year MFA directing candidate, directed the production. Davis said directing a play from the theater of the absurd offered him a memorable experience, as he was able to lead his cast through the ambiguous nature of the play and to challenge them to think critically. “It’s a pleasure to work in the college, at the collegiate level, directing, because it’s rare that you get to have the opportunity to do works like this,” he said. “The Birthday Party” features six characters, allowing Davis to expand his cast size to include additional understudies while still keeping it small, something he said he considers to be a luxury. “I love working with the understudies with a small cast like this because they bring flavor and nuance to their character
development that helps me gain different and new aspects on the character and how I interpret the show,” Davis said. “Each person has a personal voice, and they come to a project with their own ideas.” Carrie Poh, a second–year MFA acting candidate, plays Meg, a 60-year-old British woman, in the play. She and her understudy, Kelly Kohlman, have collaborated with one another to understand the character’s interesting interpretation on the universal theme of control. “Everyone else is trying to establish control on a very large scale, in almost sort of life or death terms,” Poh said. “But to [Meg], control is fixing people’s breakfasts in the morning and making sure that the house is clean, and knowing that she owns the key to the cornflakes is a very important thing to her.” Kohlman, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre and business, said she has found working with the small cast on this production for her debut on the UATD stage to be an enriching experience. “As I understood where [Davis] was coming from with this play, I understood how to put my own voice into the character. And while I did look to [Poh] a lot at times for
her process, it was cool that I learned how to make my own choices in something that is so strange,” Kohlman said. Throughout the rehearsal process, Davis led the actors from a sense of realism toward the absurdist elements of the play. Kohlman said she believes the nature of the play allows audiences to have a personalized experience. “[‘The Birthday Party’] is very ambiguous, and I think that everyone who sees it might have a different take on it, or a different emotional reaction, but it’ll definitely evoke a strong reaction,” Kohlman said. Brandon Kalusa, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre, is an understudy for the role of Goldberg, played by Jordan DeWitt. While developing his character, Kalusa said he readily accepted guidance from both DeWitt and Davis. “Well, the best advice anyone can give you is, what [Davis] always says, which is to be as honest as you can,” Kalusa said. “It’s just a good reinforcement to remember that you’ve got to be as honest as possible and stray away from the term ‘acting.’ You’re not acting, you’re being.” DeWitt, a junior majoring in theatre, said his role is one of the most difficult he has ever had the chance to play. Throughout the
rehearsal process, he worked closely with other members of the cast to understand the character relationships and particular nuances, making the journey a rewarding one. “This experience has been educational in a way acting classes aren’t,” he said. “I’ve been in a show every semester since I’ve been here, but this has been one of the most powerful, rewarding and rich experiences I’ve had on the stage, ever.” Davis said he hopes audiences see these character relationships and the honesty each actor brings to the stage, despite the somewhat unusual circumstances of the play. “I think the core of great theater is the actor’s ability to act but, more importantly, react to one another,” Davis said. “And that’s where you find honesty. That’s where you find the truth. If you find an honest reaction within each other, then you’re going to present something on the stage that is truthful. And if it’s truthful, you’re doing your job. Even if it’s absurd.” “The Birthday Party” will be performed in the Allen Bales Theatre from April 7 to 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in the box office or online at ua.tix.com.
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Wes Anderson fans new and old can appreciate latest film release By Drew Pendleton Wes Anderson’s films define quirky filmmaking. Ranging from a dysfunctional family in “The Royal Tenenbaums” to a documentarian out for revenge in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” from the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” to the 1960s preteen love story “Moonrise Kingdom,” Anderson has made himself a staple in modern cinema. With visible influences from Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic thrillers to the screwball comedies of Hollywood’s golden age, Anderson’s latest film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is no exception. Set in the fictional Eastern European country of Zubrowka, the film opens in the late 1960s, where a writer (Jude Law) arrives at the titular hotel, now a slowly decaying and cavernous shell of its glory days. He sits down for dinner with the hotel’s enigmatic owner, Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), who tells him the story of how the hotel once was. Flash back to the 1930s, where the Grand Budapest is a booming business and young “lobby boy-in-training” Zero (newcomer Tony Revolori) works under the watchful eye of the hotel’s concierge, Monsieur Gustave H. Played in an inspired bit of casting by Ralph Fiennes, Gustave is flamboyant, slick, charming and cultured. He’s particularly popular amongst the hotel’s elderly female guests, who receive a service Gustave just sees as part of a concierge’s job. When one of these guests, the wealthy Madame Desgoffe-undTaxis (Tilda Swinton), is found mysteriously murdered, Gustave finds himself on the run and brings the young Zero – by this time in a relationship of his own with a local baker (Saoirse Ronan) – along for the ride. From here on out, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” becomes many things: a thriller, a screwball comedy and a buddy movie. But Anderson – who wrote the screenplay alongside Hugo Guinness – adds a subtle, political and somber MCT Campus undertone to the film that makes it Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” gives a new twist to Anderson’s iconic style. all the more poignant: Gustave and
CULTUREIN BRIEF ‘Hairspray’ auditions to be held at Bean-Brown Theatre Theatre Tuscaloosa is ending its season with a summer showing of the musical “Hairspray.” The play has various roles available. Auditions will include singing, acting and dancing. Auditions for the musical will be held May 3 at 6 p.m. and May 4 at 2 p.m. in the Bean-Brown Theatre on Shelton State’s Martin campus. More information can be found on theatretusc.com.
TCPS hosts Sundown Lecture Series The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society will host the next installment of the Sundown Lecture Series on Thursday, with the topic for the evening listed as “19th Century Wedding Dresses.” The dress will be on display Wednesday and Thursday at the Battle-Friedman House. Refreshments will be served at the house Thursday at 5:15 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 5:45 p.m.
University Chorus to hold Spring Choral Recital The University Chorus will perform its Spring Choral Recital at Moody Music Hall on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The University Chamber Chorus will perform first, conducted by three students majoring in choral music education. The University Chorus, composed of 60 students, 50 percent non-music majors, will perform subsequently. The program is available to livestream at ustream.tv/channel/uofa-som. Compiled by Deanne Winslett and Abbey Crain
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Daines sees success in last match By Elliott Propes | Contributing Writer The end of an era came Sunday when an Alabama women’s tennis senior played her last regular season home match. Mary Anne Daines was acknowledged for her accomplishments on senior day when the Crimson Tide defeated the Missouri Tigers 4-0. “It was a real great day,” Daines said. “It was fun to be a part of it and to see how it helped the team come along.” Sophomore Maya Jansen clinched Alabama’s second straight match with her 6-4, 6-1 victory. Jansen had the matchclinching point against Texas A&M on Friday. The 4-0 win increases Alabama’s record to 18-3 (10-1 SEC). Missouri falls to 6-19 (0-11). “You couldn’t have scripted the weekend any better,” Alabama coach Jenny Mainz said. “I’m proud of the team.” The Crimson Tide got to a quick start by winning the doubles point. Mainz stuck with CW | Austin Bigoney the new doubles lineups that were used Friday. Junior Emily Mary Anne Daines’ last regular season home match resulted in a win over Missouri on Sunday. Zabor and freshman Danielle Spielmann won 8-0 on court a great way to finish at home for All-SEC selection and was Mcfarlane, said. “And [we are the 2011 SEC Freshman of the proud of] all the people she’s three. Junior Luicelena Perez the regular season.” For Daines, it was the last Year and ITA Southern Region been able to touch and be part and freshman Erin Routliffe claimed the second doubles win regular season home match of Rookie of the Year. Daines is of their lives. That’s the best her career. Daines compiled fourth on the Crimson Tide’s part.” 8-3 on court two. a large list of career singles victories list with Daines’ father hit the honorSpielmann a c c o m p l i s h - 89. She has also been in the ary first serve to his daughter quickly added ments over the national standings, ranking as at the beginning of her match. to the onepast four years high as No. 10 in singles and No. “It was kind of an honor to get point lead when in Tuscaloosa. 2 in doubles, which is the high- chosen, and I just didn’t want to she won 6-1, While playing est ranking in Alabama history. double-fault, but it was nice to 6-1 in singles. on court one Her final ranking of No. 15 at be able to be part of the day,” Routliffe folfor the Crimson the end of the 2012 season is the Mcfarlane said. lowed her up Tide all four second-highest final ranking If Alabama keeps up the winwith a 6-1, 6-3 years, Daines ever by a Crimson Tide player. ning pace, the Tide has a chance win to give has been a “She’s excelled beyond mea- to play at home again and host Alabama a 3-0 — Jenny Mainz two-time All- sure. We are really proud the regionals May 9-11. lead. American, once of what she’s accomplished “I really hope we get to host “I thought the in singles and and what she’s done here at regionals. Nothing’s set in team did a great job of playing out of respect once in doubles, and a member Alabama, not only on the ten- stone, so that’s why we just have of Mary Anne Daines and her of the 2013 ITA All-Star Team. nis court, but also in the class- to keep working hard and keep senior day,” Mainz said. “It was She is a three-time First-Team room,” Daines’ father, Garrett getting better,” Daines said.
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UA Athletics The Tide beat the Razorbacks over the weekend, citing defense as a major factor for the wins.
Tide overcomes Arkansas with solid defense, quick adjustments SOFTBALL FROM PAGE 1
Crimson Tide’s bats drove in five runs on five hits. Second baseman Kaila Hunt, who went 3-for-3 during the game with three RBIs, said team focus was key. “That just attests to making adjustments, learning from our at bats, getting good, timely hits when there are runners on base,” Hunt said. “So, I felt like we had almost as many hits as we did runs.” During her five innings pitched, junior Leslie Jury (13-3) held Arkansas to just one run on three hits and struck out two. Her ERA now stands at 1.98. The second game saw a quieting of the bats, as the Crimson Tide scored four runs on seven hits and beat the Razorbacks by just one run through seven innings. Hunt said it wasn’t all about offense during this series. “We played good defense,” Hunt said. “We made some good plays, like Haylie [McCleney] stealing the home run ball. So, we just have to be consistent with that, because I think on the weekend we had zero errors, which is really good for us.” Senior pitcher Jaclyn Traina (15-2, 1.69 ERA) got the win after pitching nearly seven nonconsecutive innings. After putting two on in the top of the seventh with one out, freshman Sydney Littlejohn came in for the second out before Traina finished the game. Coach Patrick Murphy said the sweep against an SEC foe was big for the Crimson Tide. “It’s unbelievable,” Murphy said. “You hope going in that you win the series. And then to come out with three is just awesome. It’s good for our confidence for sure, and we just need to keep getting better.” Alabama now holds a 35-5 record on the season. The Crimson Tide will face UAB at home Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.
SPORTSIN BRIEF Gymnastics team wins regional championship The Alabama gymnastics team won its NCAA-best 29th regional championship Saturday night in Seattle, Wash. The Crimson Tide outscored second-place Nebraska 197.55 to 196.975 to claim the NCAA Seattle Regional Championship. Both schools advance to the NCAA Championships, which will take place April 18-20 in Birmingham. The victory also gave Alabama coach Sarah Patterson the 1,000th win of her career. Patterson is only the second coach in collegiate gymnastics to earn 1,000 wins.
Men’s golf team wins Mason Rudolph Championship The No. 1 Alabama men’s golf team posted a nine-shot victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the par 71, 7,100-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Crimson Tide shot 12-under-par 272 in the final round to overcome Vanderbilt’s two-shot lead to tally its sixth win of the season. Freshman Robby Shelton and senior Bobby Wyatt led the Alabama scoring barrage on Sunday with a pair of 4-under-par 67s.
Baseball team wins series at Texas A&M The Crimson Tide claimed two of three in the three-game series at Texas A&M over the weekend. Alabama downed the Aggies 5-1 Friday night to begin the series and split Saturday’s doubleheader. Texas A&M won the first game 13-8, and Alabama took the second game with a 6-4 victory. Alabama returns to action Tuesday when it hosts the UAB Blazers at 6:05 p.m. Compiled by Charlie Potter
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TRACK AND FIELD
Alabama claims multiple victories at home By Danielle Walker | Staff Reporter The University of Alabama track and field team won 18 events at the Crimson Tide Invitational at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. The men took 11 victories, winning the meet with an overall team score of 165 points. The women had seven wins and 125 points to earn the second place. The all-day event hosted teams from Indiana, Missouri, Florida State, TexasArlington, Louisville, Penn State and Oklahoma. “We had really great focus and a very competitive nature,” Alabama coach Dan Waters said. “The way we competed and the fact that we won races shows us that we’re on the right track and brought the right focus, energy and mindset into the meet this weekend.” The men earned victories in the hammer throw, discus, long jump, shotput,
high jump, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 1500-meter run, 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. The women won in the hammer throw, shotput, long jump, triple jump, 100-meter dash, 800-meter run and the 4x100-meter relay. In the men’s 4x100-meter relay, seniors Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes and sophomore Dwight Davis set a new meet and stadium record with a time of 38.91. Batson also set a new meet and personal record for the 200-meter dash, clinching the victory with a time of 20.49. Batson ran into a headwind of 0.4 meters per second. While Batson said he was happy with his season-opener win, he knows his time could have been better had there not been a headwind. Many other athletes faced the cooler temperatures that
came late in the afternoon. Batson said athletes have to do extra warm ups and drills to keep their bodies warm and ready for their races. “Imagine you are at a beach and there is a breeze, and you are like, ‘Oh that feels good,’ but as soon as the sun goes down that breeze doesn’t feel too good,” Batson said. “The weather plays a big part, especially in the sprints.” The Crimson Tide finished first and second in discus, with Hayden Reed throwing a lifetime best of 59.08 meters and Joe Williams throwing for 54.83 meters. Senior Yanique Malcolm earned the women 10 points by winning the women’s 800-meter with a time of 2:06.83. Junior Ramona Burchell also earned a first-place finish in the 100meter dash with a time of 11.42. Next weekend, the Crimson Tide will host the Border Clash, racing teams from across Mississippi and Alabama.
CW | Austin Bigoney The UA track and field women’s team won in seven events at the Crimson Tide Invitational on Saturday.
COLUMN | BASKETBALL
Kentucky basketball mirrors Tide football By Keegan Elsner | Contributing Writer
MCT Campus Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari celebrates at the end of the game. The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 75-72 during the NCAA Tournament.
There’s a reason why Kentucky men’s basketball and Alabama football are traditionally hated nationally – they win. But could it be jealousy? In many ways, these two successful programs are mirror images. Kentucky is widely known as a basketball school. The football program in Lexington has the constant struggle of getting fans excited for September rather than November, when basketball season begins. Alabama’s basketball program faces similar challenges. Fans in Tuscaloosa are usually already looking forward to spring football practice before the basketball season is even over. Kentucky playing for the national championship against UConn Monday night is nothing new for the Big Blue Nation. The Wildcats have won eight national championships, including their most recent title in 2012. Alabama football recognizes 15 national
championships. Alabama fans expect nothing short of championships, and a season like 2013 where the Crimson Tide reached the Sugar Bowl is widely considered a failure by Alabama’s standards. Having a top coach is vital in collegiate athletics. Both Alabama and Kentucky have coaches who are criticized heavily by the rest of the country, but the fans couldn’t care less for the most part. John Calipari has faced scrutiny after getting in trouble with recruiting violations at his former schools, UMass and Memphis. Nick Saban has been hated by many since he left the Miami Dolphins for Alabama after saying he wouldn’t be the coach of the Crimson Tide. But fans of both schools will take the scrutiny as long as championships and winning remain traditions. Calipari and Saban have definitely made that a reality. If you want your school to be talented, you better have strong recruiting. Alabama football and Kentucky basketball traditionally have top recruiting
classes. Each program signs top prospects from all over the country each year. Kentucky has been starting five freshmen in this year’s NCAA tournament. Alabama finds a way to get freshmen on the field each year, no matter how deep the team is overall. Kentucky and Alabama recruit well for many reasons but mainly because of the chance to play professionally. The Wildcats are becoming known as a school that signs top prospects who play for the NCAA minimum one season, then bolt for the NBA. Alabama football rarely has a top recruit who doesn’t eventually become an NFL player. As long as Calipari and Saban are running things in Lexington and Tuscaloosa, Kentucky basketball and Alabama football will be in good shape. Each school will continue to recruit well and win with the talent they pull in each year. And for the foreseeable future, these two programs will remain dynasty-like in the way each school operates and performs.
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UA Athletics The Crimson Tide played on the grass of Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday for the first time since November.
Tide holds 1st spring scrimmage By Charlie Potter | Sports Editor Alabama held its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday, marking the first time the Crimson Tide players have touched the grass inside Bryant-Denny Stadium since Nov. 23. “For the first scrimmage, I was really pleased with the effort and intensity that the players had,” coach Nick Saban said. “I really like the attitude of this team in terms of how they go about what they try to do, how they work and the effort that they give, the mental and physical toughness they play with.” Despite the kind words from Saban, there were some injuries that emerged from Saturday’s practice. Sophomore cornerback Eddie Jackson injured his knee on a noncontact play. He was jumping for a ball and “came down funny,” Saban said. Jackson had an MRI on his knee scheduled for Sunday. “Eddie was having a great spring and probably our best corner, most
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consistent,” Saban said. Sophomore linebacker Reuben Foster also sustained an injury during the scrimmage and was unable to finish. “This is something Reuben has been sort of dealing with all spring long,” Saban said. “It kind of was a little bit of a neck stinger, and you have to shut them down for a while.” With the task of replacing AJ McCarron ahead of them, the spotlight is burning bright on several Alabama quarterbacks. Senior signal caller Blake Sims led the quarterbacks Saturday with 227 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard strike to Amari Cooper. Saban said he has been pleased with Sims’ progression this spring. “Blake has had a really good spring and has taken some command,” Saban said. “Cooper Bateman has made a lot of improvement. He’s done a nice job. Alec’s still competing. Those three guys have sort of emerged as the three guys that look like they’re most
ready to play.” Alabama will return to the practice fields Monday at 3:30 p.m. Other notes from the scrimmage: – There was movement along the offensive line, as Austin Shepherd was lined up at left tackle with what appeared to be the first group. Shepherd and Leon Brown switched places, as Brown was working at right tackle with the first team. Arie Kouandjio was at left guard, Ryan Kelly was at center and Alphonse Taylor was at right guard like they have been all spring. – Early-enrollee wide receiver Cam Sims has moved up in the receiver line. The 6-foot-4-inch wideout was second in line behind Amari Cooper during individual drills leading up to the scrimmage. – Wide receiver DeAndrew White and defensive lineman Darren Lake walked bleachers as their teammates prepared for the scrimmage. This was Lake’s first appearance at practice after undergoing surgery to repair an injured pectoral muscle.
Kenyan Drake: 11 rushes, 1 TD TD 60 Tyren Jones: 10 rushes 49 Derrick Henry: 12 rushes 40 Altee Tenpenny: 13 rushes 40 T.J. Yeldon: 7 rushes 20
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 10 rec, 2 TD Cam Sims: 2 rec Altee Tenpenny: 3 rec Christion Jones: 3 rec Raheem Falkins: 2 rec
190 48 23 21 21
DEFENSIVE Trey DePriest: 8 tackles Denzel Devall: 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack Reggie Ragland: 5 tackles, 2 sack, 1 PBU Landon Collins: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FG block
SCORING Passing Touchdowns: Blake Sims – 2 (1 yard, 75 yards) Rushing Touchdowns: Kenyan Drake – 1 (7 yards) *Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goal-line, two-minute *PBU: Pass broken up *TFL: Tackle for loss
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