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[a fork watershed of the Black Warrior], camped and canoed up there all my life,” Palmer, a member of Citizens Opposed to the Strip Mining on the Black Warrior River, said. “My father took our family up to the Bankhead forest when we were children, and that’s where we vacationed.” The possibility of a Shepherd Bend mine has been a point of contention for six years. In 2007, the University submitted a request for proposals “to lease certain surface, mineral rights and fee simple lands to surface mine coal,” just 800 feet from the Birmingham Water Works Board’s intake, which spurred concern among residents.
Students who attempted to hand out fliers near last week’s Bama Students for Life anti-abortion protest on the Quad were told by a police officer to stop or be arrested, said Samaria Johnson, the incoming president of the Alabama Alliance for Sexual & Reproductive Justice. After learning about the Genocide No one had adequate warnAw a r e n e s s ing about the GAP’s display P r o j e c t until the afternoon before sponsored it arrived. p r o t e s t , the AASRJ — Samaria Johnson applied for a grounds use permit in order to pass out fliers in response to the display. The AASRJ applied for the grounds use permit the same day they started passing out fliers. “No one had adequate warning about the GAP’s display until the afternoon before it arrived,” Johnson said.
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merican Rivers, a national nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore U.S. rivers, announced Wednesday that the Black Warrior River is number seven on its list of most endangered rivers in the U.S., saying the river’s quality of drinking water is “at risk.” “Drinking water for the greater Birmingham area is threatened by a proposed coal mine on property primarily owned by The University of Alabama,” the 2013 report reads. “Drummond Company’s Shepherd Bend Mine would discharge wastewater into the Black Warrior
River’s Mulberry Fork only 800 feet equate water supply to meet basin from the Birmingham Water Works water demands and is followed by Board’s intake, which provides the Flint River in second, which drinking water for 200,000 citizens.” flows through the southeastern American Rivers part of Alabama, is a national nonfor outdated water profit organization management. Drinking water for the that works to proThe Black greater Birmingham area is tect and restore U.S. Warrior’s placement threatened by a proposed rivers and streams. on this national list coal mine on property priAccording to their comes as no surprise website, American for some Alabama marily owned by UA. Rivers has helped residents. For Randy protect and restore Palmer, childhood — American Rivers more than 150,000 memories have been miles of rivers enough to devote through programs like their annu- six years to fighting to protect the al release of the America’s Most river. Endangered Rivers list. “I went on all my life using the The seven-state Colorado River Black Warrior River and all its tops the 2013 list because of inad- forks. I hiked up on the Sipsey
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Assistant coaches’ salaries rise, Saban’s contract altered three of his contract, an additional $200,000 increase. The Board of Trustees approved new contracts for Alabama head and assistant By Adrienne Burch coaches during a conference Assistant News Editor call on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Head coach Nick Saban did Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is now the highest paid not receive a raise. His salary assistant coach in University of remains $5.6 million per year Alabama history, and the first after his raise around this same assistant to earn over $1 million time last year. The only change made to a year. Smart will earn $1.15 million in year one of his new con- Saban’s contract was the adjusttract, a $200,000 increase from ing of bonus amounts for posthis preview salary, and then season appearances because $1.35 million in years two and of the new BCS playoff system
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to begin in 2014. He will earn $200,000 for making the BCS semi-finals, $300,000 for playing in the championship game and $400,000 for winning the title. Smart’s contract was also extended for an additional year, until Feb. 28, 2016. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier received a raise from $590,000 to $680,000. New offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was the only new coaching contract approved. Cristobal is the former head coach at Florida International University. He will
earn $475,000 per year on a twoyear contract. Lance Thompson, outside linebackers coach, will now earn $400,000 per year, which is a $25,000 raise. Tight ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams will also earn $400,000 per year, which is a $50,000 raise. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph received a $50,000 raise from $310,000 to $360,000 per year. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran received a $25,000 raise from $325,000 to $350,000 per year and running back coach Burton
Burns received a $25,000 raise from $290,000 to $315,000 per year. Secondary coach Greg Brown did not receive a raise, and his salary will remain $300,000 per year. Secondary coach William Napier will receive $300,000 in year one of his contract and $325,000 in his second year. Kevin Steele, director of player personnel, will receive $200,000 per year. The board also approved the hiring of athletic director Bill Battle. Battle will receive $620,000 per year through 2017.
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‘Vagina Monologues’ brings light to violence against women, girls WRC, Alpha Psi Omega present play By Megan Miller Staff Reporter As part of an effort to stop violence against women and girls, the Women’s Resource Center Student Leadership Council and Alpha Psi Omega will be presenting a two-night-only production of “The Vagina Monologues,” a play by Eve Ensler. Zoe Storey, one of the student coordinators of the production, er • Plea s
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said the production of “The Vagina Monologues” gives the leadership council the opportunity to raise awareness about issues affecting women while putting together an entertaining production. “We really wanted to engage the campus and community in a discussion about women and their bodies,” Storey said. “My hope is that by entering a space where conversations about vaginas and women’s bodies is open and encouraged and very safe, women on campus feel safe to talk about their lives.”
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Storey said approximately 1 in 3 women will be raped, beaten, sexually assaulted or subjected to violence because of their gender at some point in their lives. She said this is something that affects everyone, directly or indirectly. “It is a way to unify women in Tuscaloosa and across the world,” Storey said. “Because violence towards women happens everywhere and through talking about it, I hope we are able to empower women to talk about their experiences and I hope we empower more men to
join us in the movement against violence against women.” Bailie Schantz, a graduate student in the department of gender and race studies and student coordinator on the production, said it is important for both men and women to attend, as these issues also affect men. “We all need to join together in solidarity against violence,” Schantz said. Storey said the show is informative and delves into a variety of issues women may face. “While the show covers a huge range of topics about women,
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a major theme throughout it is different ways women have been subject to violence, raped or even simply belittled for as something as mundane as body hair,” Storey said. “While most men are not violent, do not rape and do not belittle women, seeing the repercussions of these actions will definitely give men a different perspective. And not to oversell the show, but the audience will literally have bellyaching laughs and a few crocodile tears.” Storey said students, faculty and staff that attend the
event can first expect to be entertained. “My hope is that the audience gains a new perspective on some aspect of women’s lives,” Storey said. “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty and staff and $10 for community members, and all proceeds will go directly to victim counseling and advocacy services at the Women’s Resource Center.
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Henry to miss anticipated A-Day debut with leg injury By Charlie Potter Staff Reporter The awaited debut of freshman running back Derrick Henry will be put on hold
for Alabama fans expecting to see the early enrollee in Saturday’s A-Day game. Henry will be out for the remainder of the spring because of a broken leg
suffered in the Crimson Tide’s second spring scrimmage April 13. He had successful surgery Monday to repair his leg and should make a full recovery before August’s
preseason camp. Senior linebacker C.J. Mosley, who has praised Henry all spring, said he was unaware of the freshman’s injury until the team arrived at the White House Monday. But he was confident Henry will make a full recovery. “I know he’s going to get better,” Mosley said. “We have a great training staff, and he’s just going to have to do his job and come in and get better.” Henry’s debut will have to wait until Alabama’s regular season opener against Virginia Tech on Oct. 31. “We’ll be expecting him in CW | Alaina Clark the fall,” Mosley said. “He’s Early enrollee Derrick Henry will going to be a big key for us.” be out for the rest of the spring.
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Forensics team places 5th in national tournament By William Barshop Contributing Writer The University of Alabama Forensics Team placed fifth in the nation last week for the first time since 2006. The speech team traveled to Hutchinson, Kan., April 6 -- 8 to compete in the American Forensics Association National Individual Event Tournament where they individually spoke 12 times in the quarterfinals, six times in semis and four
times in the final round. “If one person hadn’t competed, we might not have gotten that rank,” Katerina Pena, a junior and member of the team, said. “Every single person contributed.” The University’s team beat out the sixth-place team by just a point and a half, a margin that could be skewed by one person ranking higher or lower in a preliminary round. Speakers including junior Collin Metcalf competed in
“limited prep” events in which they deliver a speech like they’ve been practicing it for months after only hearing the topic minutes before. In extemporaneous speaking, speakers are given prompts about global issues and give a seven-minute speech with at least seven sources just a half hour later. “Mentally grueling stuff,” Metcalf said. “My question was something like, ‘How can the Muslim Brotherhood leverage relations with Israel to force the EU to give it a financial bailout package?’” The other events range from informative and persuasive speeches to dramatic interpretations of prose and poetry. “We hold a black book that signifies that someone else wrote it,” Pena, who
competed in Program Oral Interpretation, said. “For POI it could be prose. It could be poetry. It could be a YouTube video.” Team members spend at least an hour with the coaches every week for each event in which they participate, and they spend hours writing, revising and learning everything by heart. For speakers like sophomore Kevin Pabst, who competed in six events at nationals, this amounts to a huge time commitment. “Six is the limit to what you can do in one year,” Pabst said. “The more you do, the more time you have to devote.” Their public speaking skills aren’t the only things under scrutiny by the judges. The content of their arguments
also has to be sound and convincing. This requires a great deal of research before they even open their mouths. “One Sunday, I spent six or seven hours in the library looking up more current sources for my speech,” Metcalf said. “And that’s just one.” All three interviewed speakers accredited much of the team’s success to the nine coaches who work with them throughout the year. “It’s easy to forget when we’re worrying about four or five events,” Pena said. “[The coaches] are worrying about 60. It’s incredible.” Pabst agreed, saying the time spent with coaches is imperative to giving a highquality speech. “All these coaches are
people who have competed in forensics themselves when they were undergrads, a lot of them to great success, winning national titles and breaking to multiple final rounds,” Pabst said. “Their advice and help in these events are really priceless.” The speakers said fifth place was their goal at the beginning of the year, and they are very proud of the outcome. This year continues a strong record of top-ten finishes, and the team has high hopes that next year will be as successful, if not better. “Basically, the bottom line is we set a really high goal, and we accomplished a monumental task,” Metcalf said. “We were on top of the world.”
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Thursday, the Business Honors Program is hosting Sustainability Day at the Capstone. This is a day filled with on-campus events designed to shed light on all of the sustainable practices on campus. “The goal of Sustainability Day is to show students how easy it is to be environmentally friendly at UA even if the environment isn’t something you’re super passionate about,” Caroline Murray, president of the Business Honors Program sustainability committee, said. “We want to provide students useful information on what they can do to reduce UA’s impact and how to do it.” During the day, members
sustainable practices. “Because UA is doing so much, it can be difficult to fig• What: Sustainability ure out where to start if you’re new to going green,” Murray Day said. “Stop by the tables at the Quad or in the Ferg, and we’ll • When/Where: give you a starting point and Thursday on the Quad answer your questions. You don’t have to sign up or comand in the Ferguson mit to anything. We just want to give you a snow cone and Center from 11 a.m. teach you a little bit about how to 2 p.m., Lakeside easy it is to be green, and all you have to commit is about Dining Hall from 11 five minutes of your time.” At the same time, Bama a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Dining will host the “Clean Homegrown Alabama Your Plate” event to make stuFarmers Market from 3 dents aware of how much food they waste at the all-you-canto 6 p.m. eat dining halls. “[Bama Dining] will be of the sustainability com- weighing all the waste from mittee will hand out free Lakeside during lunch to items and information about show that we need to be more
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Alabama Democrats must move beyond the likes of Joe Reed By John Speer Senior Staff Columnist
Marriage rights about liberty, not church or politics By Amber Patterson Staff Columnist In the world of politics, the hot topic has shifted from gun control to gay marriage. President Obama has spoken out in support of gay marriage, making him the first president to do so. For the president, it came down to the people involved in gay marriage not the politics or religion. In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, the president said, “The only reason presented for treating gays and lesbians differently was, ‘Well, they’re gay and lesbian.’ There wasn’t a real rationale beyond that.” I have to agree with the president. The violence that is committed against gay and lesbian citizens is staggering and at times horrifying, and the only reason is because of who they decide to go against and what is perceived as the social norm. When examining this issue further, I have come to the conclusion that this issue is not about the church, civil rights or politics, as many have portrayed
church into the issue. this debate into a web of opinTo really get to the heart of ions and self-righteousness. this debate, it is essential to mud Both sides are guilty of this. The through the excess issues that government should not decide have been thrown into it. Take what falls under the right to out the politics and the religion. marriage and should not use the When putting it church to defend in perspective, their position like imagine spending it has done in the your life with the past. That is the love of your life, base of separating We as a society have turned creating memochurch and state. this debate into a web of ries good and bad. The same goes opinions and self-righteousNow, imagine the for the supporters ness. Both sides are guilty person you love of gay marriage, becoming sick. taking a word that of this. You take care of is the hot button them until their of the church and last breath, but using it to prove you aren’t allowed a point, when to see them in the simply calling it hospital, and when they pass on a civil union will give the same you get kicked out of the house result. “Marriage” is just word in which you have shared so outside of the church, and like many memories. most words, they can be substiYou cannot even use their life tuted. Fighting over semantics insurance money to pay off their has gotten us nowhere and will last expenses because insurance continue until both sides decide companies and hospitals do not to compromise. recognize your devotion as a “marriage.” These are the issues Amber Patterson is a sophomore I believe that the gay marriage majoring in public relations. debate should center around. Her column runs weekly on We as a society have turned Wednesdays.
it, but about civil liberties. Civil liberties are outlined in the Constitution. These include the right of speech, right to assemble and the right to marry. Trying to connect the gay marriage debate, as valuable as it is, to the civil right movement seems like a way to ignite controversy. A key component of this debate is the benefit of being married, specifically those recognized by insurance companies. All these benefits can be accessed if insurance companies recognize civil unions, giving gay couples access to health and life insurance. Why does the word “marriage” have to be put on it? This is what puts the
‘Helpers’ stand out after Boston Marathon tragedy By Hannah Waid Staff Columnist Only a few shorts weeks ago, I stood at the 9/11 memorial in New York in awe of the loss and heartache it commemorated. Now as I read headlines about the Boston Marathon bombing, I am again in that state at such a shocking and tragic event. It was meant to be a day of life and achievement. Completing a 26-mile marathon is no small accomplishment. Friends, families and onlookers were supposed to gather in support and encouragement of the runners. Instead, runners and onlookers alike ran not for enjoyment but for their lives. I can’t even begin to imagine the feeling of fear and exhaustion as some of the marathon runners either crossed the
finished line and continued to run to safety or turned around and ran away from the finish line and the destruction. While a devastating event like the bombing at the Boston Marathon shows the trouble and evil in this world, it also brings about a display that there is still good in the world
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too. There have been numerous news, my mother would say to accounts of marathon runners me, ‘Look for the helpers. You running straight from the race will always find people who are to the hospital to donate blood. helping.’” Photos are spread across newsSo as fear sets in and the counpapers that show try goes on alert civilians helping with increased strangers alongsecurity, look for side police offithe helpers. Look While a devastating event cers and medical for those who are like the bombing at the staff. doing good in the Boston Marathon shows the Mister Rogers, midst of fear of trouble and evil in this world, who we may all the bad. Or betremember from ter yet, be one of it also brings about a display the childhood the good helpers that there is still good in the PBS program yourself to better world too. “Mister Rogers’ the world and the Neighborhood,” troubles around once offered a you in your everysimilar sentiment day life, as well as that encouraged everyone to times of tragedy. see the good in a situation to help them deal with the bad. He Hannah Waid is a junior majorwrote, “When I was a boy, and ing in English. Her column runs I would see scary things in the biweekly on Wednesdays.
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I must leave the anger, wounded feelings and misery of the abortion debate to another pen; my conscience is anxious to provoke thought on another score and leave the murky waters of the pro-life argument behind. Instead, I want to question the words and labels we use to define ourselves politically in Alabama. There is a long history in our state of conservative ideology, but very little discussion of what liberal-minded citizens in this state John Speer believe or where they fall along political lines. The pro-life circus demonstrations generated an interesting and offtopic question concerning republican and democratic ideology – what does an Alabama Democrat look like? I must ask this question, because there is little space for Democrats in the vocabulary which surrounds the culture in Alabama, although there are certainly liberals few and far between. The Alabama Democratic Party was virtually wiped out in the wave of Tea Party elections in 2010 after 136 years of dominance. Additionally, they left slightly disgraced after the scandals of Don Siegleman shook the party and garnered nationwide attention. However, Democrats in Alabama were never closely aligned with the values or stances espoused by the national party. During the reconstruction era, they were shameless racists militantly opposed to ceding power to the poor and black people. In the wave of civil rights, they were staunch segregationists, and in the 21st century most of Alabama’s democrats are pro-life, pro-guns without restrictions, and opposed to most social welfare programs under the auspices of fiscal responsibility and individual independence. Most of this ideology, though not invalid, is Republican. It is high time for Democrats in Alabama to really structure a party which represents a reasonable opposition to Alabama Republicans. Alabama is ruled by friends-and-neighbors politics. Our citizens are more likely to vote on whether or not our elected officials have “family values” than the quality of their management. We care more about whether or not our officials “believe in evolution” as opposed to their stance towards scientific education and progress. These endless social debates are counter-intuitive to success for any party and only serve as distractions to real issues of governance. The Alabama Democratic Party must question why we live in a state that touts fiscal responsibility, but is heavily in debt and constantly in proration or borrowing from the Education Trust Fund. They must question why poor Alabamians staunchly oppose increases in property tax, but suffer under the highest sales taxes in the nation. They must question why we praise home rule, but restrict local control from Montgomery. They must question why there is such attention paid to who is president, but turnout for local and gubernatorial elections are abysmal. The Alabama Democratic Party must fight to end the hysteria and fear of national dialogue and distrust of government constantly churned out by our governor. We must question whether or not it was wise for Gov. Bentley to refuse to set up a health care exchange and cost Alabamians without health insurance thousands in federal fines. Alabama Democrats must ask why HB 56 is a national embarrassment but praised by our governor. They must question why public education is viewed as privilege and failure in this state, but required to educate our predominantly poor and agrarian populace. There is no longer any place in state politics for divisive old-school Democrats like Joe Reed. They impede the progress of establishing a reasonable opposition party that is not crippled by conflicting interests and debt. Democrats in our state, as well as the national party, must learn to put individual preferences and agendas aside. Alabama Democrats must embrace those more conservative liberals not entirely aligned with the national agenda in Washington. They must solidify a power base, as well as an understanding of what a Democrat in Alabama will represent. They must turn the political dialogue away from fear and hysteria to information and governance. Many of the national debates are not applicable on the state level. It is time for Alabama Democrats to look for and foster new leadership which turns the trend away from Dixie-crats and leaves room for Joe Hubbard and Mike Kennedy. The Republican party has Del Marsh and Brian Taylor and has successfully meshed new and old ideology. Democrats must decide which is more important, their own power interests or leaving their constituents with a complete lack of faith in their ability to work together internally and govern the state.
John Speer is a graduate student in secondary education. His column runs weekly on Wednesdays.
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Engineering majors to compete in aircraft contest By Sarah Robinson Contributing Writer A team of University of Alabama aerospace engineering majors will compete in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Design/Build/Fly competition Friday through Sunday. The aircraft contest, which will be held in Tucson, Ariz., requires teams to design, fabri-
Counter protesters kicked off of Quad GROUNDS FROM PAGE 1 “A handful of us stood in front of the GAP’s display or nearby to hand them out, and for about an hour we did this freely without interference from either the GAP or the police officers,” Johnson said. After that hour, Johnson said, things went south after someone made a complaint about the content of their fliers. “A woman received one of
UA: No current plans to lease or sell land BLACK WARRIOR FROM PAGE 1 “After we saw the solicitation to mine Shepherd Bend in the newspaper, we came down to meet with Lynda Gilbert, [UA vice president of financial affairs],” Palmer said. “She told us that while they were sorry and they understood what we were trying to do, this was a done deal.” Palmer said Gilbert cited Garry Drummond, chairman and chief executive officer of Drummond Company, Inc., a privately owned mining and coal product processing company, as the reason it was a “done deal.” Drummond is a trustee emeritus on The University
cate and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft that best meets three missions. “Mission one is empty flight,” Tyler Brooker, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering and team member, said. “You complete as many laps as you possibly can in a certain time limit. Mission two includes flying as many rockets as you are willing to in the internal load.
Mission three involves external and internal loads. There are four or five separate rockets we have to use, different sizes and weights. We have to be able to keep the balance of the plane equal, so we’ll have an asymmetric loading on the wings.” The top three winners will earn cash prizes up to $25,000. The first-place winner will receive an opportunity to present their design at an
AIAA conference, and the team with the best report score will win a $100 prize from the Design Engineering Technical Committee. The group has been preparing for the contest since late August, spending 30-40 hours a week designing and creating the plane. Thomas Zelier, an associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator for the department of aerospace engi-
neering and mechanics, is the advisor for UA Design/Build/ Fly, and said getting a UA team into the competition is a recent phenomenon. In the past, they have had problems providing the funds needed for supplies and travel. “Travel is the single most expensive line in the budgets since the competitions are alternate between Tucson and Wichita,” Zelier said. “Several years ago, we got a
gift of $15,000 from NorthropGrumman for the design lab that made a tremendous difference in developing basic capabilities in terms of tools.” More recent teams have been able to compete because of contributions from Alabama Space Grant Consortium, SGA and some AEM department funds. “I am happy to see improvement and something new and clever with each team,” Zelier said.
our fliers,” Johnson said. “She then complained to a nearby officer that it was obscene, and our members passing out fliers were approached by an officer and told to stop under threat of arrest.” Johnson said more officers arrived and moved to arrest two AARSJ members, but after one of them explained the situation, both members were let go. “We were then warned,” Johnson said, “Without a grounds permit, any member distributing fliers as part of AARSJ would be arrested.” Johnson sent the Crimson
White the text of the “obscene” flier. “You cannot stop abortion by making it illegal. Each year 47,000 women die as a result of complications from unsafe abortions. Closing clinics kills women. http://www.guttmacher.org/media/presskits/ abortion-WW/index.html,” the flier read. “Why not address the issues that cause unintended pregnancy? Many women have unintended pregnancies because they lack access to reliable contraceptive methods. Oppose legislation that would allow employers to refuse contraceptive
access to their employees! Ask The University of Alabama to make condoms available free of charge at the Student Health Center, the Ferguson Center and in all residence halls.” Courtney Pixler, president of Bama Students For Life, said the process of applying for a grounds permit is simple and allows for the right to free speech. “Bama Students For Life followed University policy when applying for permission to host Genocide Awareness Project,” Pixler said. “We submitted our grounds use
permit application for GAP on March 11, 2013. We had a meeting with the grounds office and various university personnel to discuss the logistics of GAP. On April 1, 2013 we received a letter informing us that our event request was approved. The process of applying for a grounds permit is simple, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with the grounds office.” But Johnson said the length of time between applying for and receiving a grounds permit limits protests that develop spontaneously and organically.
“Obviously UA Facilities is not at fault here for the near-arrest of our counter protesters or the rejection of the grounds permit we filed that same day, but we gave the perfect example of protest developing spontaneously and organically,” she said. “We weren’t filing to host Quidditch on the Quad or film the Harlem Shake; we were responding to a very real issue that demanded direct, immediate address.” University of Alabama media relations did not respond to questions by press time.
of Alabama System Board of Trustees. “That’s what they told us. It was a done deal,” Palmer said. “When we asked why, they said, ‘it’s because we received pressure from Drummond to do this.’” In a fall 2012 interview with then-University president Guy Bailey, Bailey said no one had approached the University with inquiries about mining on the Shepherd Bend land owned by the Capstone. “Nobody has actually approached us about mining there,” Bailey said. “My understanding in talking to my predecessors is that we’ve never been approached with that. I don’t think that’s an issue at all.” Debbie Lane, assistant to the president, said in the fall 2012
interview that the 2007 request had no responses. “We did a [request for proposals] in 2007 and got no takers, and even if a [request for proposal] is issued that doesn’t mean the University would take bid. It’s a very public process,” Lane said. “We haven’t been asked; we have no plans to do that.” Although the Drummond company did not bid on the request for proposal, they did pursue permits from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and in 2010 from the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to mine in the area, according to al.com. Bailey suggested the permits were used to exclude other competitors from pursuing a lease from the University. “They may have gotten that
permit to exclude other people from doing it,” Bailey said. “Sometimes you do something because you don’t want a competitor to do something.” Charles Scribner, executive director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, said although Drummond doesn’t have a vote on the Board of Trustees anymore, he believes Drummond’s pressure on administration has prolonged a definitive statement about Shepherd Bend. “He can’t vote on this issue, but I suspect that one reason why this issue has dragged out so long is because, while there is such widespread pressure on UA to do the right thing from so many different corners, I’m sure they’re also getting some pressure from Drummond who has been actively applying for permits for a mine and fighting
for his mine proposal in court,” Scribner said. “He obviously has a big stake in this.” Scribner also said University administrators continue to be noncommittal about making a definitive statement about the possibility of a mine. “The UA system keeps emphasizing the word current when they make their statements. They keep saying that over and over again, they have no current plans,” Scribner said. “Try to get a quote from someone there, but I guarantee it’s just going to be the same comment that they keep making for years now, ‘We have no current plans.’” UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said in an emailed statement on Tuesday that the University has not been approached about the land.
“The University has not been approached about leasing or selling the land, and has no current plans to sell or lease the land,” Andreen said. Scribner said he hopes the national attention the University will receive following American Rivers’ designation will motivate administrators to speak up more clearly. “The process has really evolved where UA was actively shopping that property, but now they keep saying, ‘we have no current plans to lease or sell our land for mining at Shepherd Bend,’” Scribner said. “I’m glad that they’ve backed off the initial shopping process, but I think it would put the 200,000 people who rely on that particular Birmingham waterworks facility for drinking water at ease if they said that.”
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Dining halls adjust as more students go gluten-free By Megan Miller Staff Reporter With the the number of people with gluten allergies and celiac disease increasing, restaurants have started to take notice. Now, as more students go gluten-free, dining halls are trying to catch up as well. “Bama Dining has offered gluten-free options for a while, but over the past two to three years, we increased our options due to the rising number of celiac disease cases that occur each year nationwide,” Kelsey Faust, marketing manager for Bama Dining, said. Bama Dining currently offers gluten-free pizza crust, deli bread, hamburger and hot dog buns and pasta in the all-youcare-to-eat dining locations, and its convenience stores on campus offer gluten-free cereal,
pretzels, chips, frozen entrees, granola bars and more. “We can alter most recipes safely without cross-contamination to provide gluten-free options upon the request of a student,” Faust said. Students who are glutenintolerant have the opportunity to work with Bama Dining’s food service director to create a menu that meets their specific needs. “We currently have a wide variety of gluten-free options and in the future we encourage any student on a gluten-free diet to contact our food service director to tour the locations and build a food plan that meets their needs,” Faust said. Kali Coleman, a junior majoring in exercise sports science and nutrition, found out she had a gluten intolerance in January, and has been adjust-
ing to a gluten-free diet for the last four months. Coleman said the transition got easier the second month, and she now considers eating gluten-free a lifestyle. “I think the campus does a great job providing options,” Coleman said. “I have a limited meal plan, but when I do eat on campus, I definitely have the options in the dining areas. The only thing that is unfortunate is finding things in the vending machines at the libraries when I’m studying. Those options are pretty limited.” Coleman said she works at Outback and working at a place that has a gluten-free menu helps show her more of what she can and cannot eat. “It shows you can eat out and stay on a gluten-free diet,” Coleman said. “I still feel weird asking for the gluten-free menu
when I go to restaurants, but when they do say they accommodate, it definitely makes my day.” Kathleen Cook, a junior majoring in public relations, went gluten-free in May 2012 when she found out she had a gluten intolerance, and Cook said she went through two periods of transition after finding out about her condition. “Initially after the doctor’s appointment, it was hard to remember not to eat gluten, and it was challenging in restaurants,” Cook said. “But after about two weeks, it seemed like second nature.” Cook said the second transition took place when she returned to school in August. “Not eating gluten was not that hard during the summer, but because of Tuscaloosa’s sometimes lack of healthy
foods, it was even more challenging to return to school, especially in the dining halls,” Cook said. “But again, after about two weeks, I learned where to eat, and it seems pretty easy now. I don’t even miss it.” Cook said Bama Dining does not market some of their foods as gluten-free, but after doing research, she found there were a lot of gluten-free options. Cook also said she sees restaurants making a transition to accommodate those with gluten allergies. “Restaurants are starting to catch up with not only the increasingly common allergy, but also the trend,” Cook said. “For example, Taziki’s now has a gluten-free menu.” Coleman said she misses certain things, like bread, but her friends, family and co-workers
have been helpful in her dietary transition. “My friends and family have definitely been my stronghold through this transition,” Coleman said. “My older sister, Tabitha, did her best to lay off the products when I first cut them out, and also helped me do some shopping to redecorate our kitchen cabinet.” Coleman said her co-workers have also been mindful of her transition and have offered support. “I definitely think surrounding yourself with a supportive network is important in order to make something like this possible and successful,” she said. Any questions about glutenfree options on campus can be directed to the food service manager or supervisor for Bama Dining.
The Bear and Callooh! Callay! to perform at Bama Theatre By Francie Johnson Contributing Writer Muscle Shoals-based band The Bear strives to blend elements of country, folk and indie-pop to create a sound that transcends these typical genre descriptions and fits into all of them, and yet none of them, at the same time. “There are elements of several different genres in our music, so one genre doesn’t encompass our sound,” band member Nathan Pitts said. “We aren’t really doing anything overtly experimental, but we don’t feel a need to confine ourselves to one style of music.” The Bear and Tuscaloosa’s own Callooh! Callay! will perform Friday at the Bama
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Theatre’s Acoustic Nights. The Bear, formed in 2006, originally featured just Pitts on guitar and vocals and Louisa Murray on banjo and vocals. Not long after, Ben Tanner joined the band on keys, followed by Kyle Minckler on percussion, Ben Stedman on bass and Daniel Stoddard on pedal steel. The band is based out of Muscle Shoals, Ala., a city famous for its contributions to the music industry and for its own bluesy, soulful sound. Although The Bear’s music doesn’t quite fit that mold, Pitts said the band enjoys performing there. “To me, playing in Tuscaloosa isn’t drastically different [from playing in Muscle Shoals],” Pitts said. “Both cities
have a great core of musicians and supporters who come out for shows. There always seems to be an energetic crowd.” The Bear released their second full-length album, “Oversees Then Under,”in March, a followup to their 2011 self-titled debut album. “I think the new album is a little more polished than our first,” Murray said. “There is a little more pop influence, and I think we experimented more with recording techniques. Also, the band has had time to grow a little tighter and more mature, and hopefully that shows.” Pitts and Murray said they draw inspiration from a variety of sources, including the music they listen to and the books they read.
“I’m a pretty avid reader, so I get a lot of inspiration from my favorite writers,” Murray said. “Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Haruki Murakami and Flannery O’Connor.” Adam Morrow, vocalist and guitarist for Tuscaloosa-based Callooh! Callay!, said he is a fan of The Bear and looks forward to seeing them at Acoustic Nights. “The Bear are one of the best bands in Alabama, which is really saying something these days,” Morrow said. “[Their new album] is absolutely incredible. It’s ambitious and beautiful and catchy” Callooh! Callay!, long-time favorites of the Tuscaloosa music scene, is comprised of Morrow, as well as Natalie Jensen on bass, keys and
vocals, and Bowen Robertson on drums. Friday, Morrow and Jensen will share the stage, and they’ll be joined by a surprise guest for the second half of their set. For the members of Callooh! Callay!, the Greensboro Room at the Bama Theatre holds sentimental value. Morrow said the band played some of its first “serious” shows there, one of which was recorded and put online as the band’s first release. “It has been some time since we played Acoustic Night at the Bama, but that room is really important to us, as a band and as fans of music,” Morrow said. “It’s a listening room, somewhere where the music is the focus, and I think that lends itself to really rewarding
experiences for both the artist and the audience.” Morrow said for Acoustic Nights the band plans on making some slight changes to its usual set. “It’s a fun challenge, to strip away all of the noise and rethink how to present the song in a way that may be seen as a little more pure,” Morrow said. “We hope that maybe leaving more quiet spaces will let our songs breathe a little more for the night. We also try and work up a cover or two for these shows – we almost never do that for the full band show – so it’s fun to pick something out and go after it.” The Bear and Callooh! Callay! will perform at the Bama Theatre’s Acoustic Nights Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Crimson Tide defeats Southern Miss Eagles 11-0 By Alexis Paine Staff Reporter
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Sophomore pitcher Lauren Sewell begins the game pitching again, giving the Tide a comfortable lead to close out the Golden Eagles 11-0.
The University of Alabama softball team defeated the University of Southern Mississippi Eagles 11-0 Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide started the game off strong with a first inning riddled with runs. The team made it through its batting lineup and accumulated a fourrun total. Senior Kayla Braud led the scoring effort as the lead-off hitter. The senior said she thought the team did great offensively. â€œTo come out and score every single inning and threaten every single inning, itâ€™s just a testament to the batters and making adjustments throughout the game,â€? Braud said. A pair of stolen bases highlighted the second inning,
allowing the Tide one run. Braud collected her 35th single on the season, and Haylie McCleney brought her stolen base count to 27. The Tide came out strong in the fourth inning. Pitcher Lauren Sewell collected three outs in as many at bats and left the game after allowing only one hit. Murphy said Sewell did a great job on the mound, despite walking three batters, one more than her goal of two or fewer. Sewell gave credit to her teammates for keeping her run total low. â€œThe way I look at it, people are going to get hits,â€? Sewell said. â€œThatâ€™s just part of the game, but knowing that my defense has my back, which a lot of those hits that the defense made the plays would probably have fell in.â€? Jordan Patterson hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth
inning to increase the Tideâ€™s lead to eight runs. The home run was Pattersonâ€™s fourth on the season. Four batters later, Jaydn Spencer also hit one out of the park, collecting two RBIs. Murphy said his team showed respect for the Eagles by playing its best game. â€œI think the best way to show respect is to come out and beat them,â€? Murphy said. â€œI think they realized that we respected them. If you come out and play around with them, youâ€™re not really respecting them.â€? Jackie Traina entered the game, and the Tide allowed only one Eagle base hit in the top of the fifth to finish out the game. The Tide held its opponent to just two hits throughout the game while the Eagles gave up nine hits to the home team. The Tide will next take on Southeastern Conference opponent Mississippi State
University in a three-game series at home beginning Friday. Murphy said he hopes the win against the Eagles will bring momentum to the teamâ€™s weekend games. â€œTheyâ€™ve got some great pitchers,â€? Murphy said. â€œWeâ€™ve got three more weekends, nine regular season games, and weâ€™re getting down to the nitty gritty. So, I like to see people getting off the bench and getting a part of the ball.â€? Braud said the win Tuesday will give the team confidence as it looks to its SEC opponent. â€œI think we came out really, really well tonight, and I think thatâ€™s just going to lead us into this weekend,â€? Braud said. â€œOur hitters were on point, and we made good adjustments, and weâ€™re getting better. If we can get better going into an SEC series, weâ€™re going to be good.â€?
Gaspard makes position changes, Alabama beats UAB By Kevin Connell Staff Reporter After being held to just four hits and no runs in a 1-0 loss to
UAB March 26, Alabama pounded out 11 hits in an easy 7-4 win over the Blazers Tuesday. Sophomore Ben Moore led the way for the Tide, going
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2-for-4 at the plate, with a double and a triple in his third three-RBI game of the season. But the performance came from an unusual spot for the sophomore. The everyday starter for Alabama in right field made his first start of the season at catcher â€“ his first start behind the plate since almost a year ago to the day in a 5-1 Sunday loss at LSU. â€œI actually felt a lot better than I thought I was going to feel,â€? Moore said on the position change. â€œWe make jokes about it being like riding a bike, but I donâ€™t really see it [as] anything like riding a bike.â€? Mooreâ€™s move from his
regular right field position was just one of many position changes made by Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard following No. 18 Ole Missâ€™s sweep against the Tide in Oxford, Miss., last weekend. The changes included senior Kenny Roberts moving from third base to left field, senior Brett Booth from catcher to first baseman, junior Austen Smith from first baseman to designated hitter and senior Andrew Miller from left field to right field. Roberts and freshman center fielder Georgie Salem also swapped places in the lineup, with Roberts moving into the
leadoff spot and Salem dropping down to second in the order for the first time all season. â€œTwo things, we wanted to get Brett [Booth] a night off from behind the plate,â€? Gaspard said. â€œSecondly, weâ€™ve been discussing putting Kenny [Roberts] in the hole and having Georgie [Salem] in the two-hole.â€? Alabama (23-16, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) is now 9-3 in midweek games and 6-3 against in-state opponents this season. Freshman right-hander Mike Oczypok (3-0) was credited with the win, allowing five hits and one run in six innings of work
in his second career start. The walk-on has now allowed just a single run in his first two career starts combined after allowing no runs and no hits in a 7-3 win against Alcorn State last week. â€œCertainly couldnâ€™t ask anything more from Mike,â€? Gaspard said. â€œQuite honestly, Iâ€™m not surprised. Heâ€™s pitched that way since the fall. He really just needed an opportunity, and heâ€™s taken advantage of his opportunities in the last couple weeks.â€? Alabama continues its four-game home stand with a three-game series against No. 2 LSU beginning this Friday at 6:35 p.m.
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Tide to take on Arkansas in SEC tournament By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The Alabama men’s tennis team is set to face the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first round of the Southeastern Conference championships Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Oxford, Miss. The Crimson Tide finished the regular season 12-12 as it lost its final seven matches of the season. Alabama’s conference record was 3-8 as it finished 12th in the SEC, only ahead of Arkansas.
“Right now I actually think we are playing better tennis,” Despite the streak that we have been on, I think we are competing Husack said. “Despite the better now, and we got energy. Guys are excited to play, and they streak that we have been on, I want to win. think we are competing better now, and we got energy. Guys — George Husack are excited to play, and they want to win.” Alabama beat Arkansas 6-1 “Everybody progressively match since beating Auburn in the two schools’ only meetimproved their game through 4-3 on March 16. Even though ing of the regular season on the season,” Proskura said. the team hasn’t won a match March 8 in Fayetteville, Ark. “We let a couple of matches in more than a month, head Husack said it’s good for the go in the middle of the season, coach George Husack said the team to face an opponent it but I feel like we have a great Tide is currently playing at has already defeated. the highest level it has played opportunity in the SECs.” “I think the Arkansas match Alabama has not won a at all year. will be a good challenge for
Women’s tennis team to face Rebels By Andrew Clare Contributing Writer The Alabama women’s tennis team is ready to compete in the Southeastern Conference championships this weekend in Starkville, Miss. The Crimson Tide finished the regular season as the No. 8 team in the nation and compiled an 18-4 record, finishing fourth in the SEC behind Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M. Sophomore Emily Zabor said everyone on the team stepped up to contribute to make it a successful regular season. “The season has been really encouraging,” Zabor said. “A lot of us have stepped to the plate this season, especially freshmen, and we just took on our roles in whatever way we need to do.” Head coach Jenny Mainz said the team has done some really good things this season, which it hopes to carry over into the postseason.
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Despite the slump it has recently been in, the Tide is confident and focused headed into the conference tournament. Proskura said the team is ready to compete for the opportunity to win the SEC Tournament. “Everyone is really excited to go to the SECs every year. It’s the biggest tournament of the year for us,” Proskura said. “Everyone is ready to compete, and we will see what happens when we start.”
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“Everyone has played together, which is really inspiring,” Mainz said. “There has been a lot of good things come out of it, and even in the defeats we have had some good learning tools come out of it. “The first thing I said to the team after the final match against Georgia is, it’s a new season, postseason, conference, NCAA’s – it’s 0-0. Anything can happen. You have to be ready for anything.” Finishing fourth in the SEC earned Alabama a double-bye in the SEC Tournament. The Tide’s first match will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the quarterfinals against Missouri, Mississippi State or Tennessee. Zabor said the team is
us, because we have beaten them already,” Husack said. Proskura said the key against the Razorbacks is to go out and play well early and control the match. “I feel that we need to get a good start in doubles,” Proskura said. “Then we need to start well in singles and keep things rolling. We do that [and] we will have a great opportunity to beat Arkansas.” If Alabama beats Arkansas, it will go on to face the Ole Miss Rebels in the second round on Thursday. Ole Miss is a team the Tide competed well against this season but fell just short in the two teams’ only match of the year. “If we were to win, we would play Ole Miss, who we had match points on,” Husack said. “Having a match before that match is great, but we have to get there first by beating Arkansas.”
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preparing for the conference tournament by working on its own game and not focusing on any opponent in particular. “We are focusing on what we can do better instead of who were going to play,” Zabor said. “We are building ourselves up both individually and as a team, continuing to work on our strengths so we can feel completely prepared before we go in on what we need to do.” Last season, Alabama lost to Georgia 4-2 in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. There are a few things the Tide needs to do if they want to improve from last year’s result. Zabor said the biggest thing for the team is to give it all it has on
every point. “We need to take one match at a time and really fight as a team,” Zabor said. “We need to focus on every single point and fight for every single point. We just need to worry about what we’re going to do every point. “We feel good about it,” Mainz said. “In the SEC Tournament, you have to be ready to compete, ready to show up and ready to bring your best. I think we are in a good position, and I’m encouraged and optimistic.”
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solicited. Simplify matters, and reassess priorities. Clear out the superfluous. Get the family behind you by listening and maintaining flexibility. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Don’t waste a cent. A change in plans is required, as conditions are unstable. Don’t be stopped by past failures or take things personally. You can replace what you leave behind. Explore the unknown. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Expect change on the financial front. The best things are still free. Stick to basics. Entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive ... it can be a collaborative effort. Transform an obligation into an opportunity. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Feelings run very deep. Adopting another perspective increases your authority. Learn from an adversary. Show you understand. Verify the bottom line. It’s an uncomfortably empowering phase. The competition is fierce, and you’re up to it. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Make quiet inroads. Find out what’s really going on. Streamline your business procedures. Don’t leave before you’re sure the job is done right. Keep a loved one’s secret. New facts dispel old fears. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Gather information and schedule carefully. Practice with your tools. Try not to provoke jealousies, and watch for hidden dangers. Avoid somebody else’s argument. There could be an emotional release. Others want your attention. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Cool down a scandal. Listen to all the considerations to get the whole story. You see what all the fuss is about. There’s a disagreement about priorities. Try to turn down the heat.
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