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Head coach reassigned for administrative role Hudson has been reassigned to an administrative position within the athletic department and will not return as head coach of the women’s By Marquavius Burnett team for the 2013-14 season. Sports Editor “Today’s decision is a In one of his first moves as mutual one between Wendell athletic director, Bill Battle and me,” Battle said in a announced Monday that statement released by the Crimson Tide women’s bas- University. “We have had ketball head coach Wendell several discussions over the

Battle says Hudson decision was mutual

last few weeks that led to this decision. Wendell has been an excellent ambassador for Alabama Athletics for many years and I am pleased that he will continue to serve in that manner for us while also contributing to our ongoing mission in a variety of other ways as well.” In an April 2 interview with The Crimson White, when

asked if he was evaluating any coaches, in particular the women’s basketball staff, Battle said he would wait to get a sense for the big picture of every program. “I will try to evaluate all coaches,” Battle said. “I have not gotten that far. I plan to spend the next six weeks listening and learning to see where we are. I think we’ve


got some time throughout the summer to get there, but I’m on a steep learning curve trying to figure out where our priorities are. I want to see what’s going good and how we need to keep that going good. I also want to see what needs fixing and how we need to go about fixing that.”

Today’s decision is a mutual one between Wendell and me. — Bill Battle




A Northport tattoo artist says he sees laser removal as most common between ages 22-26. That’s not stopping students from getting

hether it’s a cute butterfly, an intricate sleeve or the letters of a greek organization, tattoos are a growing trend among college-aged students. In a 2004 study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology, 24 percent of college students had tattoos. A mere eight years later, in 2012, 36 percent of college students were reportedly inked up. Connor Cook (pictured left), a sophomore majoring in political science, has four tattoos: one on his arm and three on his back. “My first [tattoo] was after a bible verse, my second was after a pet and a quote I love, and my most recent were my brothers’ signatures,” Cook said. “They really are just cool, simple designs that I enjoy having on me.” Chris Howton, the owner of Cynical Tattoos in Northport, Ala., has been tattooing for more than 20 years. “There’s an increase overall in younger people getting tattoos and not looking at the consequences of what they’re doing,” Howton said. “The ages 22-26 are the most common for people to get a tattoo removed by lasers.” The decision on where to get tattoos placed is becoming a major decision for students, especially those ready to enter the work force. Mary Lowrey, the director of career education and development at the UA Career Center, said there is no official policy when it comes to visible tattoos in a professional environment. “The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission does not provide a policy on tattoos specifically, however, there are policies related to implementing dress codes consistently,” Lowrey said.

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Panel of students to discuss body issues, consent New College project addresses sexuality By Kyle Dennan Staff Reporter According to UAPD’s most recent Annual Campus Safety report, there were 16 forcible sexual offenses reported on campus between 2008 and 2011. Three students in The University of Alabama’s New College hope to increase awareness of what constitutes sexual consent and encourage students to feel at home in their own bodies. “There were two things that we wanted to do with this project,” Amelia Brock, a senior in New College, said. “We wanted to start a conversation about consent on The University of Alabama campus. Our two maxims were that all bodies are beautiful, and all sexually active [people] should be engaged in conversation about consent.” The panel is Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Ferguson Center, Room 360 and will feature undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty members and will focus on issues surrounding sexuality at the University. Brock and fellow New College seniors Libby Loveless and Ann Hataway facilitated this project as part of their New College Capstone Course. “We’re going to be talking about what consent is and how to give it, how media skews our view of sex,” Brock said. “[About] how [being in the South] skews our views of sex, how to empower ourselves and how to have these conversations with the people we’re

engaging in those activities with.” Loveless said the conversation around consent does not need to be terribly difficult, and the group will address how to make that conversation easier. “[We’re] going to talk about how to make the conversation not a scary thing, how to make it a sexy conversation,” Loveless said. “Talk about [how] you can make this a better situation for yourself and other people.” Loveless also said the University should provide this type of training to students. “Some of our friends who go to schools in the North have this intense thing, kind of the same as AlcoholEdu, about [sexual assault], and I just can’t believe we don’t have that here,” Loveless said. Brock said she agrees the University is failing to provide this type of training to students. “On other campuses, they do an AlcoholEdu, but they also do a Sexual Assault Edu, basically,” Brock said. “They have to do a whole separate program around learning about consent, how to give it, and when consent hasn’t been given, how to intervene in situations where someone might be taken advantage of, and how to have these conversations. That’s something that’s sorely lacking on our campus.” Brock said she was unsure of the cause for this deficiency. “I don’t know if that’s because where our campus is or if it’s because the administration hasn’t pinpointed this as as big of an issue as it is,” she said.



Simon ‘speaks the truth’ for Last Lecture Professor talks about UA’s double standards, injustices By Judah Martin Contributing Writer With many obstacles thrown at her throughout her life, some might say it’s amazing that Cassandra Simon grew up to receive a doctorate degree and present the 2013 Last Lecture at The University of Alabama. For a while, things only seemed to get worse. When she was 9 years old, Simon er • Plea s

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said her father was wrongfully incarcerated for murder, a case she described as one “full of intrigue … it’s about sex, drugs and power.” Around age 11, Simon and her family moved into a public housing development when, after integrating a white neighborhood, their house was bombed. To complicate matters, Simon didn’t seem to have a place with the black kids who lived in her neighborhood either. Because remnants of white ancestry dominate her appearance, Simon said her peers made it clear she wasn’t one of them.

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“Growing up, sometimes I had to fight,” she said. “Some of the reasons I had to fight is because of my light complexion. The kids teased me and called me white girl, and it wasn’t meant as a compliment.” Although she was surrounded by drug addiction, prison and prostitution, Simon credited her successes to Abraham Maslow’s theory of self-actualization, defined as the achievement of one’s full potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity and a grasp of the real world.

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Caspar, said Google captured data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks from 2008 until 2010. The company has been under fire for the data collection, which it said was unintentional, and has faced fines and investigations in the U.S. and abroad. After a two-year investigation, the Hamburg regulator determined Google had “negligently and without authorization” captured and stored personal information. “It had never been the

intention to store personal data, Google said,” Caspar said. “But the fact that this nevertheless happened over such a long period of time and to the wide extent established by us allows only one conclusion: that the company internal control mechanisms failed seriously.” Google said Monday that it “quickly tightened” its data collection systems to address the issue when it learned its Street View fleet was capturing Wi-Fi data. Google was fined 145,000

euros, just short of the 150,000euro maximum fine for negligent violations. The company could have been fined 300,000 euros, or about $392,000, for intentional breaches. Caspar complained that the maximum fines available were “totally inadequate for the punishment of such serious breaches of data protection.” Google last week reported $14 billion in revenue for the first three months of the year. “As long as violations of data protection laws are punishable

by discount rates, the enforcement of data protection laws in a digital world with its high potential for abuse will be all but impossible,” he said. European regulators are discussing increasing the maximum fines, he said. Last month, Google agreed to pay a $7 million fine to settle an investigation by almost 40 states regarding improper collection of personal data from unsecured wireless networks as part of its Street View mapping.

of straps.” With two brothers who have paranoid schizophrenia and another with a personality disorder, Simon thought she would become a psychologist. Instead, she pursued social work with an intense commitment to issues of social justice, which she made clear she would be addressing in her lecture. “I intend to speak the truth about some things,” she said. “And the truth is what it is.” Over the next two hours of her lecture, Simon addressed issues of double standards on

the UA campus, requesting the audience become aware of injustices around them. “When I tell you that there are many people on this campus who don’t feel included, I’m telling you the truth, and we need to do something about this,” she said. Simon instructed the audience the way she would instruct her students. “I want you to question all sources of knowledge,” she said. “Yes, I want you to question what your momma told you, I want you to question

what your daddy told you … what your grandma told you, what your preacher told you, question what your teacher told you and, yes, that includes me.” Collin Whitworth, a graduate student in communication studies and member of the Last Lecture selection committee, said Simon’s lecture was remarkably different from those in the past. “By the nature of the Last Lecture and award, every lecture is unique and is shaped by who’s delivering it,”

Whitworth said. After listening to Simon’s lecture, Utz Mcknight, professor of political science and 2009 Last Lecture award recipient, described Simon as generous and gifted. “With this, it is a lecture to the students,” McKnight said. “A lot of people feel it should be something else. I think what all students will take away is that social justice requires the willingness to tell the truth as you see it and to be able to have a conversation about how we should live.”

applicant with a visible tattoo may have a greater challenge when interviewing there.” In Cook’s case, all of his tattoos are easily covered with a T-shirt. may have a “That was my dad’s rule and against reveal- I follow it,” Cook said. “We which case an live in a professional society,

but at the same time tattoos are becoming more and more prevalent. I know multiple doctors and lawyers who have tattoos everywhere. One surgeon I know personally has sleeves and his entire back done, but he is still a respected professional in his field.”

Lucia di Prima, a senior majoring in early childhood education, got a small tattoo on her foot to honor her Italian heritage. “I have a tattoo of a Trinacria, which is simply a symbol of Sicily,” di Prima said. “I got it because my grandparents and aunts still live there and it’s basically a second home to me.” Like Cook, di Prima said it was important that she be able to cover her tattoo if needed. “There wasn’t a specific reason I got it on my foot other than the fact that it makes it easy to hide and not quite as distracting to others,” di Prima said. “I think in certain job settings, having tattoos can have a part in someone getting or not getting a job. Some job settings are more corporate and strict while others allow people to be freer in their personal appearance.” If you’re debating on whether or not to get a tattoo because of professional reasons, Lowrey said it is imperative for an applicant to learn about the job position before applying. “Employers tend to want their employees to project the company image, so a more conservative organization is less likely to be accepting of visible tattoos,” Lowrey said. “Researching an organization is an important step for a job applicant for many reasons,

including learning about the company’s culture.” Howton said young professionals should establish themselves in their field before getting a tattoo, particularly if it’s a large one. “No job will not hire you because of a tattoo, but some will make it hard for you,” Howton said. “I would think about it for at least a year before I got [a tattoo].” Regardless of job prospects, tattooing among younger generations is on the rise and will most likely continue to grow. The legitimization of tattoo parlors as an acceptable business and industry is another reason for the growth of inking. Cook said there was no doubt he wanted more tattoos in the future. “It’s a fun experience and I enjoy the idea of that personalization of my body,” Cook said. “I think that the stigma that has been associated with tattoos is fading rapidly, like many other stigmas that were prevalent in the last generation.” di Prima also said she would consider adding tattoos to her tiny foot piece. “I have considered getting another tattoo but only when I find something that speaks to me,” di Prima said. “I’m not one that is going to get a tattoo just to have one.”

WASHINGTON – A German regulator on Monday fined Google Inc. about $190,000 for illegally recording data from Wi-Fi networks while taking mapping photos for its Street View service. The regulator complained the amount, limited by law, was too little to dissuade large companies from violating privacy laws. The Hamburg commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, Johannes

Simon used own life to add to her lecture SIMON FROM PAGE 1 The first black valedictorian at her all-white high school said others in her circumstances with less favorable outcomes are not necessarily to blame for their condition. “Some people will just tell you to pull up your boot straps,” Simon said. “But everybody isn’t given the same quality of boots or the same quality

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Do what you love and you’ll love what you do By Charlie Bice

“Do things that you like to do and eventually you will find people who like to do them, too,� she said to me during one of our 45-minute phone conversations. I’m sure I rolled my eyes and may have even scoffed. In the end, however, that may have

Campus, I began to see myself differently. I began to see that the University wasn’t such a big place after all. Impressive? Still is. Too big for me? Not anymore. The thing that makes my perspective different is the fact that now I can see myself in the game. I can see myself interacting with it, growing with it and learning from it. I don’t think that can be learned in a classroom. I don’t think my experiences have a CRN number or an accompanying textbook. It came from me doing what I like to do and from all those who made me believe that I can. Charlie Bice worked for Creative Campus for the past two years.


that being a part of the Tuscaloosa community isn’t just fun and games (although there is plenty of room for that as well). Being a part of this community means actively engaging the people and working every day to make it a better place. As I say goodbye to this campus, to this community that I love so much, I want to share with you two realizations. One, even though living in Tuscaloosa for four years is a minute

amount of time in the grand scheme of things, it could make all the difference in the world if you dedicate yourself to the right cause in the right way. Two, even if you don’t live in Tuscaloosa after graduation, even if you aren’t from here originally, you will always be a part of the Tuscaloosa community. Now go make a difference. Colby Leopard was the founder of READ Alabama.

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Community. An interesting word, if you think about it, that means something different to every single person in the world. When I arrived at The University of Alabama almost four years ago, I had a definition for community, but certainly didn’t actually understand what it meant to be a part of a community until I became a part of this community. Community is defined by the situations presented to the community, the constructs in place to address these situations, and the people, the faces, the very ideas that live in the community. In Tuscaloosa, we have the added challenge of being a college town, which means the constantly revolving door on our community is seeing large numbers of people move in and large numbers of people move out every few months at the end of each semester. Looking around campus now I can see that, because so many people view Tuscaloosa as an impermanent home, they do not view themselves as a part of the community. But they are wrong. Everyone at The University of Alabama is a member of the Tuscaloosa community. If you go City CafÊ at 4 a.m. during finals week because you were up late studying, you’re a member of this community. If you find yourself going to house parties, bars, frat houses, and doing all those things that the high school version you thought college was supposed to be like, you’re a member of this community. If you enjoy going to football games on Saturdays in the fall, you are undeniably a part of this community. The problem is people don’t think of things like football games or eating at restaurants as something that makes you a part of a community because those are fun things, trivial things that don’t

plagues our campus. The list of glaring injustices in our community is simply far too long. Here’s the good news: these problems are all things that we can fix, and fix quickly. This can happen if our community comes together, unites in the same way we did after the tornado, to eradicate these social issues for good. Choose what speaks to your heart Colby Leopard and go make a difference. Lead by example and inspire others require a care in the world. But to make a difference. Remember being a part of this community means you have an obligation to accept the community for everything it is, whether those attributes are good or bad. Community isn’t a sometimes thing, it’s an all-the-time thing. That has to be the case, especially in this community. Tuscaloosa has too many problems that need fixing for community to be a sometimes thing. Two years ago this week I saw and was a part of one of the most beautiful, encouraging showings of community when an EF4 tornado ripped through my home, my community. Out of so much destruction emerged a united community that would not stop until the ship was righted. Tuscaloosa stood together after that day, lifted each other up in our collective time of need, and put community over self. As inspirational as the Tuscaloosa community was after the tornado, I have to say that the tornado should be the least of our worries. West Alabama is crippled by poverty and the inability spark economic growth. Illiteracy is rampant in Tuscaloosa, where 1 in 4 people do not know how to read. The telltale signs of both hunger and obesity are etched on the faces of the members of our community. The education system is failing, politicians are greedy and corrupt, and racism



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of us at some level strive for. I know for me, it took more than two years of searching. I went to Spain for a year searching, heck, I may have even gone as a way of avoiding the fact that I hadn’t found it yet. But, eventually, I did find it. I came back from Spain and became involved in the Creative Campus as an intern. I never felt empowered when I arrived at the University as a freshman. I never felt empowered in Spain. I was constantly overwhelmed by the gravity of it all. I felt like a small insignificant piece in a game of Monopoly being played out on a massive scale. When I joined Creative



When I first came here, I was overwhelmed and frightened by everything the University was and still is. It was one of the darkest periods in my life because I had no one that I considered a close friend here on campus. My cellphone bill skyrocketed because of my constant calls to my mother and my father, complaining about everything and anything. That’s when my mother gave me some advice. It was the type of advice that you disregard, but in the end, you kick yourself for not following sooner. It was the type of advice that I hated learning from my mother of all people.

made all the difference. One of the nights of my first semester, I came to Maxwell Hall for one of the Creative Campus’ Art Nights. There, I met Jackie Pitts and Naomi Thompson. They were and are some of my strongest friends that I have made during my college career. Some people think of the University as only a stepping stone to a better job, only an obstacle they have to overcome to get where they want to be in life. For them, the University is only a place of academics. They come every week, listen to their professor lecture, take tests and then leave. It does not provide the sense of community that all




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Moving into the fraternity house was the best decision I made in college By Tray Smith

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Impact of wise decisions; what I learned at the CW By Ashanka Kumari Chief Copy Editor Although I’ve written more than 100 news articles and almost that many papers for classes over the last four years, this column has definitely been one of the hardest. Bear with me. I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities during my time at The University of Alabama. From witnessing the Tide win three national championships in four years to interning in Barcelona, Spain, these experiences were a direct reflection of the choices I made early on. I knew I needed to choose wisely, and I was determined to get the most out of my undergraduate experience. So, I joined the Million Dollar Band. This meant I had chosen to give up the majority of my time to rehearsals, gamedays and working with more than 400 outstanding men and women. It also meant having the largest support system I could ever ask for. That was the best decision I had made, until I chose to write for The Crimson White at the beginning of my sophomore year – then I was set. I expected to write one or two articles a month over the semester,

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but quickly learned that was below the amount of work required. I was also scared by the prospect of thousands of strangers reading my attempt at writing news. I still remember my first major article in the paper – it was about the Avanti Team selection process. I remember revising it repeatedly before submitting it to the news desk, because I thought I would be fired on the spot if I made any kind of mistake – though this has never been the way this newspaper operates. Editors at the CW have helped me improve as a journalist through their patience, willingness to read my writing and honesty in criticism so I could do better. When I saw my article in print the next day, I finally began to feel like a journalist. I was so proud to

have my work published. But this was just the beginning. At the end of my first year at the CW came the April 27, 2011 tornado. The year came to an abrupt end. While I wasn’t able to stay in Tuscaloosa and contribute to the incredible journalism that took place following the tornado, I remember spending hours a day on reading each new word as it became available. Like many, I craved news about the aftermath of the tornado. But I digress. When I came back for my third year at the Capstone, I worked harder to get published. To this day, my fifth semester was the busiest time of my undergraduate career. Balancing band, 18-plus hours of classes and writing articles almost daily was difficult at times, but I loved every minute. Fortunately, hard work leads to rewards. By the end of my junior year, I was named the chief copy editor of the 119th volume of The Crimson White. So, here I am today. I have read, edited and reread almost every article you have seen in print and online this past year. I can honestly say it’s been one heck of a news year from changing University presidents (twice) to wide-scale

drug busts on campus to a horrendous display on the Quad. I could never have survived the long nights of editing without the help of my incredible staff of copy editors. To Christopher Edmunds, Larsen Lien, Beth Lindly, Lauren Pratt, Kelcey Sexton and Eliza Sheffield, thank you for putting up with me this year, even when I was at my craziest. I also want to express my gratitude to the many people I have met and worked with here. I have learned more from my time working at The Crimson White than in any journalism classroom. Thank you for making me love my job. My time at the Capstone has been unforgettable and packed with numerous experiences, to say the least. Joining The Crimson White has been one of the best decisions I ever made, and for that I am grateful. When I begin graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln next fall, it will be strange not coming into this office each day. I’ve always been terrible at writing endings. Goodbye CW, stay classy Tuscaloosa and Roll Tide. Ashanka Kumari was the chief copy editor of The Crimson White for the 2012-2013 year.


Live authentically and seek growth By Austin Gaddis I’ve thought about having to write this column for a long time. It’s amazing for me to see how the script of what I thought I would say has changed as I’ve grown as a student, a writer and a person. In many ways, I’ve dreaded this column. As I sit just a few days from graduation, bittersweet seems a feeble word to sum up my feelings about leaving the Capstone. For the past three years, I’ve been given the extraordinary opportunity to write in this space. I’m truly lucky to have been able to document my thoughts and critiques in a very public forum. I don’t take this space for granted, and I’m so thankful for the people who have provided me the inspiration and freedom to share my opinion on issues that matter to me. From reforming block seating, to enacting measured progress in our greek system, to holding our student leaders to a higher standard of accountability, I wanted to provide a different perspective instead of merely accepting the way things have always been. While my positions have often been unpopular within certain

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circles, I always tried to show the other side of the coin and push others to consider another point of view. I admire and appreciate all of the feedback, good and bad, I’ve received in comments, through emails and in person over the years. I’m thankful for the students who took the time to read my columns. I’m thankful for the administrators who were always willing to meet with me to dissect issues and discuss ways to make our university better. While there is no question that we still face a difficult road to progress, I’ve never felt so optimistic that one day we will get there as I do with the administrative leadership that we have now. But we must never stop challenging ourselves to think bigger, and we should always question our

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leaders when we grow complacent. We must tackle the “schoolhouse doors” that we still face on our campus, accepting a mindset that moving forward sometimes requires facing uncomfortable realities. In keeping with senior column fashion, I’m supposed to offer some sort of advice to my fellow students as I leave a place where I’ve learned innumerable lessons about life, relationships and what truly matters in our individual pursuits of happiness. You can take it with a grain of salt, but I believe there is a lesson in every opportunity that comes into our lives. To my fellow graduating class, what a ride it’s been. We’ve celebrated and rallied during the highest of highs as the winningest class of students in university history. From national championships, unprecedented growth of our student body, even the selection of the first woman to lead our campus, it has truly been an exciting time to be a part of this university. But we’ve also experienced the lowest of lows. Not one person in Tuscaloosa on that fateful April afternoon walked away from the

tornado unaffected or without a story. That day, we felt loss. Yet even in the midst of such tragedy, we persevered as one community, one whole. May we always remember that together we are infinitely stronger. Our unity triumphs all destruction. Get outside of your place of comfort. Be controversial. Allow yourself to find inspiration in obscurity. Keep an open mind, and foster real dialogue. Strive to make a measurable difference. But most of all, live an authentic life. In my own experience, I’ve found that living honestly and with purpose is the only way to truly grow. I can’t end this column without thanking every single person who has played a role in making the past four years all I could ever have asked for and more. Thank you for reading over the years. Thank you for the laughs, the friendships, the wins and the losses. Thank you for sharing your own lives with me. Thank you for your unconditional acceptance. Thank you for the great memories. Austin Gaddis was a senior majoring in communication studies. He is the outgoing president of The Anderson Society.

I started college as a senior but am graduating as a freshman. For my first three years at Alabama, I spent most of my time saving the world, first as a freshman SGA representative, then as a campaign worker, Crimson White staffer, intern and Blackburn Tray Smith Fellow. I’ve spent most of my last year going to parties I was never able to attend before, traveling to places I’ve never been, fulfilling commitments I’ve always pushed aside, and spending time with people I may not be able to see as often in the future. Ideally, I would have maintained a better balance all along, but everything worked out just fine in the end. Having been a part of so many different communities and experiences has given me a much greater appreciation for our campus as a whole, and it has been one hell of a time. I’ve seen the arrival of craft beer, the revival of Little Italy, and the decline of Gallettes. I’ve mastered “Find my iPhone” and learned the hard way to use my mirrors when backing out of packed parking lots. I saw innocent people suffer and watched heroes respond after the April 27, 2011 tornado, celebrated in New Orleans and Miami when our football team twice brought renewed hope to a recovering city, and realized that even the greatest joy can be interrupted by terrible tragedy. I’ve learned that life is a finite gift of God’s grace, that everyone and everything has a purpose, and that we fulfill our own purpose in the way we love and care for each other. I was a junior CW editor when I moved into my fraternity house, which was the best decision I made in college. I wanted to live on campus, and I knew if I lived anywhere else work would prevent me from seeing my friends. The dilapidated rooms and broken ceiling tiles in the old Sigma Chi house would have never made it into a UA recruiting brochure, but living there was a great challenge for an only child from Atmore, Ala., who grew up with just one neighbor. Being part of a close-knit community of other students is the best opportunity we have in college, and I have made many great friends through my fraternity and from living in the house. As our campus has grown to include over 32,000 students and suite-style dorms have proliferated, living with a community of friends and roommates has become an increasingly rare privilege. Greek organizations and living-learning communities like Blount, Parker Adams and Mallet are a welcome exception to this trend, and serve as great models for providing students with a home in the social fabric of our rapidly growing university. Of course, there are many other sources of community on campus, and I was fortunate to have relationships across campus, from my excellent roommates sophomore year to my many friends and co-workers at the CW to the outstanding upperclassmen who mentored me and introduced me to campus. While expanding enrollment has made it more important for students to find specific activities and groups they can take part in, it has also made it more imperative for us to strengthen the unity and common identity we all share as Alabama students. I am proud that during my time here, tired divisions began to dissolve, established dogmas were disproved, and people who were never supposed to be friends came together to do great things. The greek system is often portrayed, and perceived, as a monolithic political force conspiring to control campus, but I lived in my fraternity house for over a year while I still worked as an editor at the CW. Next year, a greek student will serve as the editor-in-chief. UA students are realizing that old rules don’t apply, that belonging to one organization shouldn’t stop anyone from embracing another, and that questioning and challenging our peers and ourselves is the source of our growth as a student body. While we may disagree or come from different backgrounds, we can still build friendships and collaborate as students. This may sound obvious, but it has not always been this way. New students from different backgrounds are energetically infusing campus with their attitudes and ideas, and I look forward to seeing the progress and change another decade of growth brings. I am hopeful about the future because of the Machine member at the bar who said he respects the CW’s work and purpose even if he objects to some of its coverage; the greeks who want students of every color in their house even if they aren’t sure of the best way to get there; the decent, hardworking administrators from the Dean of Students office to the Honors College who are working to help our students adapt to new realities and take advantage of new opportunities. I am hopeful because I know I am leaving a campus infinitely richer and stronger than the one I stepped foot on four years ago, and I don’t expect our momentum to slow down anytime soon.

Tray Smith served as the opinion editor of The Crimson White. His column ran weekly.



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Move past your differences, divisions; work together, make this place better By Stephen N. Dethrage Production Editor Anyone who’s been around me for very long knows that my Radiohead fandom knows no bounds, so whether we’re old friends or complete strangers, I hope you’ll forgive me dragging them into my farewell column. In their song “No Surprises,” from the OK Computer album, Thom Yorke wails, “This is my final fit, my final bellyache.” I’ll admit that I’ve been planning this column for about as long as I’ve worked here (nearly three years.) Until a few weeks ago, I thought those lyrics would be an accurate descriptor of my goodbye to the University – one final bellyache. God, how I wanted to whine. For months, I looked forward to the day when I finally got to sit down and ventilate my thoughts and frustrations, to burn off some righteous anger about the problems I haven’t been able to change during my time on campus. Things felt so close sometimes, like we as a student body were right on the edge of a much-needed shift and then, inexplicably, we faltered, fell backwards and got stuck again in an embarrassing, outdated status quo. I wanted to bitch and moan. Now, though, so close to the end of my time here, I’m over it. I’m over my negativity and complaining and discontent at the things I haven’t been able to control. I’ve decided to dedicate this short space to trying to encourage the friends and peers and campus I’m leaving behind. As much as I love Radiohead, I’m going to frame it around the other love in my life, The Crimson White. At this paper, something magical happens. Every day, more than a hundred people of all races, men and women, greeks and independents and

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me and have already gone, to Taylor and Jon, Kat and Laura, Victor and John and Sarah and Patty, thank you. Your strength and advice and examples got me through the best times and the darkest times. To the people leaving with me, to my No. 1 bro and solid rock Ashley, to Melissa, who kept my head mostly in check, and to Will, who believed in me from my first article to my last, thank you. You will all do amazing things, and I can’t say how privileged I am to have worked with you for as long as I have. To those we’re leaving behind, to Anna and Mackenzie, to Mazie and Lauren, to Marc and Chandler and Daniel and John, thank you. I have loved this paper more than anything for the last three years, I have fiercely protected and defended it, and I can honestly say I feel fine leaving it in your hands. You’re going to make the rest of us look bad with what you accomplish here in the years to come. To the rest of my support group, to Mom and Dad, Carly and Aaron, Skiv and Colby and ‘niqua, Meme and Papa and GG, thank you. Who would have thought it? Somehow you helped me through and we’ve made it out on the other side, which surprises me just as much as it must surprise all of you. I can step into whatever’s next knowing that some of the best people on the planet have my back. To everyone else who stumbles on this, friends and strangers alike, get with your peers and do something good. It will be noticed, it will help you through the bad and it will make the good better. Thanks for everything, UA, and Roll Tide forever.

liberals and conservatives come together to make something for The University of Alabama student body. We set aside our differences, and every damn day, we create one of the best products of its kind in the United States. I have tried to imagine something else like it at the Capstone other than our athletic programs, and I have failed. I want to leave campus having encouraged everyone – student engineers building something, student nurses treating people, student lawyers working pro bono and every other path of study that our campus offers – to work together in that way. Get together, put aside your differences and do something worth being proud of. Unite for something and do good work. Speaking from three years at the paper, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that with or without recognition or pay or glory, it will be the most rewarding thing you can do during your years here. It will build bonds and create friendships and, ideally, it will help people. What you do is up to you, but please, do something. Let the legacy you leave behind be that you have worked to make The University of Alabama a better place for everyone involved. I’m tragically limiting what I can say about family and friends and coworkers, but here it goes, Stephen Dethrage was the anyway. production editor of The Crimson To those who came before White for the 2012-2013 year.



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AIDS remains an issue for Alabama’s poor, young By Judah Martin Contributing Writer You might say Paul Johnson, whose real name editors have withheld because he wished to remain anonymous, was lucky. Now 49 years old, he came of age during the 1980s when a peculiar new virus began surfacing. “There was people who was dying, but back then I didn’t know it was AIDS,” Johnson said. “Their family hid it. They told folks it was something else.” Gripped with that certain feeling of invincibility that is the downfall of so many teens, Johnson began what became a lifestyle of secret hook-ups with various other men. “Yeah, back then I didn’t think I could get it (the virus),” he said. “Really, I didn’t know nobody that had it.” Last year, though, Johnson

was presented with some bad news. “I found out I had [HIV] in June of last year,” he said. “I had got sick in March of 2011 and had been going to the emergency room, but they never could figure out what was wrong with me.” In the black community, Johnson is what is referred to as a “down-low brother,” a bisexual man who deceptively carries on heterosexual relationships while secretly sleeping with men. Billy Kilpatrick, executive director of West Alabama AIDS Outreach, works with Johnson and said his case is all too similar to many that he sees daily. “Down-low is a huge problem; you just don’t see this in the white community,” Kilpatrick said. “I’m not black and I’m not gay, but I do know it’s a hell of a lot harder to come out as a

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gay black man, especially in the circles that I’ve seen.” The down-low phenomenon has become such a problem in the U.S. that the Center for Disease Control recently created a separate category for these men called Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). According to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, black males between ages 25 and 34 in the MSM category now make up the largest number of HIV/AIDS cases in the state. “If I ask a black male, ‘Are you gay or homosexual?’ they might say no, but if I ask they them if they have sex with men, they might say yes, which means they are so focused on rejecting the negative images associated with the labels, they forget to focus on the risky behavior,” said Pamela Foster, deputy director of the UA Institute for

Rural Health Research and principal director of a 4-year CDC-funded project to decrease AIDS stigma in the black community. Kilpatrick said though the disease has shifted from a gay man’s disease to one that affects largely people of color, most of his clients have one thing in common – poverty. “About 85 percent of our clients are African-American, 99 percent are at or below poverty level,” Kilpatrick said. “We’ve seen it become a disease of poverty, and the south has the most poor, rural areas in the country.” As of March 2013, 536 HIV/ AIDS cases were reported in Tuscaloosa by the ADPH. Trailing closely behind the leading category, the impoverished, are young people ages 13-24, who make up 2,710 cases in Alabama.

“If you look at the peaks [of HIV/AIDS cases] they’re definitely in their young 20s,” Foster said. “College campuses are definitely a target for prevention because college students are young adults who often engage in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex, which increases their risk for all STDs including HIV, and they also are at increased risk for engaging in using drugs such as alcohol, prescription drugs which increases their risk of intravenous use or unprotected sexual activity.” Although Johnson can’t undo his past, he now wants to focus on preventing more cases like his own. “I think people should be more educated about it. I think nowadays people are just not using condoms like they should,” Johnson said. “That’s why I think it’s spreading a lot.

I know it’s a lot of people who have it, and know they have it, but they’re not practicing safe sex. I found out my partner knew he had it but didn’t tell me.” He said he’s made a lot of progress over the past year, attending weekly sessions with a group at the WAAO clinic. His doctors tell him it’s okay for him to have sex as long as he uses a condom, but Johnson said he’s given that up. “I just don’t want anybody to go through what I done had to go through,” he said. “Before I got on my medicine, I remember I went from 140 pounds to 119 in a week. I was walking on a cane, [and] I would pass out. When I first found out I had [it], I thought I was going to die the next day. But I learned from WAAO that I’m gonna die one day, but I ain’t going to die of AIDS.”

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By Tori Linville Contributing Writer

After dedicating their Tuesdays and Thursdays to perform their writings, the 12 students of EN 408: Spoken Word Performance will have their last performance May 2 at Green Bar at 7 p.m. In each class, students stand and perform their selected pieces of writing for input from others. After moving the tables out of their classroom and creating a circle of chairs around the room, they begin to open up and share their feelings with their classmates. Andy Johnson, the course instructor, explained the reason for the class’ open feel. “The feeling of the class is very much driven by the people who take the class for that semester. This class and this group of students – they’re wonderful, they are very open and they’re very laid back and kind of casual,” Johnson said. “They’re very comfortable talking to each other; they’re fairly comfortable exploring their feeling with each other (the feelings that come up in their poetry and their prose), so that’s why it feels casual.” Their last event at Green Bar counts as the class’ final exam. The students perform in class at least six times each to prepare them for their public performances and find a way that is comfortable for them. “Typically, students embody their texts in some way,” Johnson said. “They not only read it, but they express it through their body in some way. That has involved singing, it’s involved dance, it’s involved some acting; usually some combination of those.” Allie Walsh, a senior majoring in communication studies, is performing five pieces she has worked on throughout college. “The description for this course seemed completely out of my comfort zone. I felt like I should take it for that reason exactly. I love to write, but to perform my own work was something I wasn’t sure that I could do,” Walsh said. “There are only about 12 of us in class and throughout the semester we have really gotten to know each other; everyone is so supportive, and each time I leave class I feel like they have helped me feel proud of my work.” Kelsey McShane, a senior majoring in journalism, said the classmates are supportive of each other and allow for room standing up and expressing emotions freely. “I love being able to express myself and read my words to people who truly want to listen. It’s always nice to be able to do my poetry to the class and they’re truly watching and listening to my words, as I do for them,” McShane said. “Andy is always trying to help us and give us advice on how to read or perform. I enjoy hearing what he has to say and I really enjoy this class.”

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A 75,000-square-foot addition to the Ferguson Center is currently under construction and will include a SUPeStore expansion and more office space. By Ashanka Kumari Chief Copy Editor The North Engineering Research Center, ten Hoor renovation and a new digital media center at the north end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium are among the construction projects currently slated to be complete in August, Tim Leopard, assistant vice president for construction, said. “When students return in August, they will see some major changes that will be exciting,” Leopard said. “Especially with the completion of the science and engineering complex. I think that will help students; it will make travel better. It will make their daily lives better.” At any given time, Leopard said UA construction tracks about 100 different projects, but there are several major projects in progress. “In construction is the

Calendar to promote positive body image CONSENT FROM PAGE 1 The group also created the “All Bodies are Beautiful Calendar,” which pictures UA students who agreed to be photographed for this project. “To engage the issue of body image, we created the All Bodies are Beautiful Calendar,” Brock said. “We took pictures of UA students [who] were volunteers that

Search for new coach to begin immediately HUDSON FROM PAGE 1 During Hudson’s five-year tenure, Alabama compiled a 68-87 overall record and a 14-64 mark in Southeastern Conference play, while going 1-5 in the SEC Tournament.

Presidential Phase II and the student center at Presidential Village,” he said. “Both of those are just in progress and will not open until August 2014. The Presidential Phase II is an 860-bed residential facility. The student center will feature a recreation center, office for housing and residential communities, and a dedicated storm shelter.” The area near the Ferguson Center and the Crimson Promenade is also currently under construction. Leopard said this construction is part of a 75,000-square-foot addition to the Ferguson Center, which will include additional space for the SUPeStore, Career Center and new offices, but will not open until 2014. Chase Sanders, a senior majoring in music administration, said he feels construction is necessary to grow the campus and better serve students. “Although it can be noisy and

inconvenient at times, the construction is just a part of the continual growth of UA,” he said. “As a senior, I know that the changes will not directly affect me; however, the construction is going to create a better campus for future students.” Leopard said Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega and Gamma Phi Beta sorority as well as Pi Kappa Phi and Theta Kai fraternity houses are also in progress, though they are not slated to open until summer 2014. There will also be a renovation and addition to the Chi Omega sorority house. Madison Butz, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said she understands the University’s motives for construction, but feels it detracts from the campus aesthetics. “If there is constant construction going on, it prevents us from enjoying the beautiful campus we already have,” she said. “It seems

like there’s been constant construction for the two years I’ve been here, and I’m just waiting for it to be over so we don’t have messy, dirty and loud areas that I’m embarrassed to bring visitors to. It’s inconvenient, annoying and tiring.” Nicholas Caluda, a sophomore majoring in English and resident in the Riverside community, said he wishes the Presidential Village construction could have waited to start in the summer. “What good is the construction in front of the Ferguson Center doing, though?” he said. “Why couldn’t the Riverside construction have started during the summer instead of incapacitating students for an entire semester? Really, the construction raises more questions than anything else. There just seems to be so much of it and not a whole lot seems to be getting done.”

agreed to strip down to a state where consent would be a necessary topic – if you’re to this stage with another person, it’s time to have that conversation about consent before you proceed.” Brock said it is also important to reflect a realistic body image. “We wanted to reflect body types that weren’t necessarily in mainstream media,” Brock said. “We thought it was really powerful just being able to see real bodies that were just stripped down – not

Photoshopped, not edited – just bodies.” The calendar is on sale for a suggested donation of $10. Proceeds will benefit Turning Point, an agency serving victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The photographs will be on exhibit Wednesday in the New College Gallery in Lloyd Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brock said the calendar and the promotion of a positive body image is a large part of empowering people to demand consent for sexual activity.

“Another connection I’ve been seeing a lot, and I don’t know that we even conceptualized this in the beginning, but one of our participants brought it up, when you start targeting issues of body images, you empower people to be at home in their body, to have a voice and be at home in their body,” she said. “Your body is your own, and just because it doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve respect or pleasure or anything else that the bodies you see in magazines

deserve.” She also said the point of emphasizing consent in this way is not simply to put a stop to unwanted sexual behaviors or advances, but to allow both parties to engage with each other in a way with which they are comfortable. “A lot of people think that this is a ‘no, no, no’ situation; that consent is all about no, but the purpose of consent to us is to have great experiences,” Brock said. “You can go places with other people that you haven’t been before.”

Alabama had its most successful season during the 2010-11 year, finishing with an 18-15 mark and advancing to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the first time in nine years. “I want to thank the University for the opportunity to help rebuild the women’s basketball program over the last five years,” Hudson

said. “I am particularly thankful for the efforts of the young ladies that competed for us these last five seasons, in addition to the dedication of the coaches that have worked on our staff and the many people throughout the University that have provided such tremendous support over the years. I look forward to continuing to serve my

school in a productive way over the next few years.” Hudson was hired on March 15, 2008 after a fiveyear stint as associate athletic director for alumni relations at Alabama. Hudson, a 1973 graduate of The University of Alabama and the first African-American scholarship student-athlete

at the Capstone, played forward for the Crimson Tide from 1970-73 under thenhead coach C.M. Newton. The 1973 SEC Player of the Year, Hudson finished his career with 1,326 points and 826 rebounds. A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately, a UA spokesperson said.





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Disability services office strives to help students By McKenzie Pope Contributing Writer Approximately 3.7 percent of students at The University of Alabama have registered with the Office of Disability Services, according to the University’s fall enrollment numbers. UA students Mina Lubel and Chelsea Thrash are just two of the more than 1,000 students who use services offered by ODS to ensure they have the opportunity to succeed at the Capstone. Lubel, a junior, said she has been suffering from intense pain in both knees for about eight years. She said her injuries occurred after playing catcher in softball for five years. “My doctor likes to say I’m 85 years old in my left knee and I am 65 in my right knee,” Lubel said. She said her condition creates challenges every day and walking to class is often the hardest part of her daily routine. Lubel said changes in the weather frequently make her knees hurt, and that makes getting from building to building painful. Lubel is not the only student who suffers from arthritis. Thrash, a senior, said she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis when she was 19. While it is generally a genetic condition, the seven years of volleyball she played contributed to the damage, she said. Thrash was also injured in the April 27, 2011 tornado and suffered injuries that required her to have a spinal fusion. “I no longer have pain related to that injury, but I am limited in the amount of exercise or walking around I can do now,” Thrash said. “I also walk with a slight limp because of it.” She said there are many physical and emotional difficulties she deals with as a student with a disability, but the most difficult

is the stigma associated with being handicapped in some way. “Many people picture handicap in one set framework, when in reality it encompasses more [areas] than most think,” Thrash said. Judy Thorpe, director of ODS, said the University does its best to accommodate students who have special circumstances. She said accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis but commonly use services such as alternate testing formats or lengthened testing times, books in alternative formats, note takers, real-time transcriptions of material normally presented orally and captioned videos. Thorpe said while the University is willing to make accommodations for students who need it, an issue often arises because students ignore their own needs, in fear that registering with ODS will detract from their ability to interact normally in social circles. “Students with disabilities may be met with skepticism about whether or not their disabilities are real since the disabilities aren’t [always] completely obvious,” Thorpe said. Thorpe said parking services offers passes that allow students with disabilities to park anywhere on campus, as well as authorization to park in handicap spots, as long as the necessary paperwork is on record. Both Lubel and Thrash said a big problem for them is the accessibility of these parking spots. Thrash said some areas of campus seem to be more accessible than others. “I also see many students parking in and leaving handicap spots who do not have a placard,” Thrash said. Lubel said she has a universal parking pass and a handicap tag that allows her to park anywhere on campus, but she often

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can’t find parking spots near her classes. “With all the recent roadblocks and changes to parking, I’m finding it hard to get places when I’m in pain and sometimes no one is able to help me,” Lubel said. Lubel and Thrash both said they think the university does a good job working with students to make the college experience as normal as possible. Thorpe said the University has done a lot to maintain a sense of family and community for all students. “I think UA, from the upper administration on down, promotes a culture of belonging,” Thorpe said. “The UA disability sports program has done so much to promote inclusion and to show that a disability is just a characteristic and not the defining characteristic of people with disabilities.” Thrash said she wants people to realize that her disability is just one part of who she is, and it has helped her strive to succeed. “We are not less of a person because we do things differently, if anything, we face more adversity than most people,” Thrash said. If you or someone you know needs assistance from the ODS, visit the website at






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New arts Students help veterans’ center center set to open on Aug. 29 By Alexandra Ellsworth Staff Reporter

After three years of construction, a new cultural arts center will be opening in August 2013 to bring local arts together in Tuscaloosa. Kevin Ledgewood, publicist for The Arts Council, said The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center should benefit the area in several ways. The grand opening is scheduled for Aug. 29, Dinah Washington’s birthday. “People may not always see it this way, but we believe the arts is always a boost to the local economy wherever you are,” Ledgewood said. “We see many benefits as far as its impact in the community goes.” The CAC will also benefit the downtown area. The center will be located in the former Allen & Jemison building on the corner of 7th Street and Greensboro Avenue, on the same block as the Bama Theatre. Renovations on the building began in May 2010, and after three years of work, The Arts Council is looking forward to it becoming a central location for the arts. The center is named after the famous American blues singer and pianist Dinah Washington. A native of and prominent figure of Tuscaloosa, he was heavily involved in the arts. James Davis, a third-year UA graduate student studying art, said he was looking forward to the gallery opening. “I think it will further bridge the gap between academic arts and community achievement,” he said. “The central location will entice viewers to come by. I think it’s a good thing for Tuscaloosa.” Davis said he hopes the center will provide an added spotlight for the arts in Tuscaloosa. “I think it will bring exposure to the arts in this town,” he said. “We have Kentuck and the University and the Paul Jones Gallery, but we don’t have much else. And that just gives a small glimpse of the arts in Tuscaloosa.” The space will also provide the community with educational programs and opportunities. “It will be another venue for students to come and learn, and so it will add a lot to the community through that as well,” Ledgewood said. The center will have two gallery spaces. One will be The Art Council’s space and one will be for the University. The galleries will be free and open to the public. There will also be a black box theatre space. In addition, the center will house offices for local arts groups. With one exhibit space dedicated to University students, the arts center will bring campus into the heart of downtown. “I think it will be a good way to connect the University with the surrounding Tuscaloosa area,” said Andrea Muñoz, a junior majoring in biology. “It’s a cool idea and I like that there is a space for student work. Although I am not an artist myself, I enjoy looking at artists’ work, especially when it is my peers.” Ledgewood said they would be unable to advertise space in the building until it was officially open in August. The City of Tuscaloosa received a $1.5 million grant to renovate the infrastructure of the building with The Arts Council concluding the project at an estimated cost of $1.25 million. These funds are currently being raised by The Arts Council from within the community. As of March 20, 2013, The Arts Council has raised $991,365, including the $500,000 from the Tuscaloosa County Commission. They are still looking to raise $130,000 to complete the construction of the first floor. Additional funds will be needed to outfit offices, construct the black box theatre and for operating costs. In 2013, a manager will be needed to run night and weekend events at the CAC galleries and black box theatre space. Ledgewood said The Arts Council has taken out the first loan in the organization’s history to complete construction on the first floor. All current donors can be seen on Tours of the CAC while under construction are available anytime by contacting The Arts Council.

By Abbey Crain Staff Reporter

Interior design students experienced a change of heart after pairing with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center to help prepare an exhibit for the facility honoring veterans. “We were trying to understand what it was like to design for people in special populations, under special care and in retirement homes,” Lauren St. John, a junior majoring in interior design, said. “In order to do that, you kind of have to step into their world.” The class separated into five groups: photography, storytelling, sports, food and art therapy. They were able to gather information from the veterans to then memorialize the veterans in an exhibit titled “A Sentimental Journey: a Therapy Collaboration Between Interior Design Students and Veterans Affairs Residents,” which will open May 2. “The students went back there doing more in-depth service projects with the veterans, working closely with the recreation therapy team,” professor Stephanie Sickler said. “The recreation therapy team has activities and things that we’ve scheduled with them that the students planned.” Interior design students from CTD 325, design for special populations, first worked with the VA to help design floor plans for the new cottage-style housing and went back this semester for CTD 326, exhibition design, pairing with the Tuscaloosa VA to provide volunteer rehabilitation activities with the veterans. What started as a school project ended with a new understanding and respect of local veterans. St. John garnered a new respect for the veterans after being a part of the photography team. “At first, we were asked to volunteer and help Mrs. Sickler with this project and it was just going to be a few of us, but by the time she explained it the whole


Interior design students met with veterans at the Tuscaloosa VA, planned rehabilitation activities for them, and then made an exhibit to memorialize them. classes wanted to join in because to make them proud,” Pendley you kind of become attached to said. “I have respect for the men these people,” St. John said. “It over there now, but the men who was kind of emotional the last already served, you don’t want day for me; you understand them them to be forgotten. You want and they just them to know need someone that they’re still to talk to. I gathrespected. It’s ered so much for an honor to get I feel like students are more the future.” to work with invested in something when they Kayla Pendley, them.” know that its got a level of proDepartment a junior majorfessionalism attached to it. chair Shirley ing in interior Foster emphadesign, was also — Shirley Foster sized the impora part of making tance of comthe photography munity engageexhibit. “Actually getment within ting to talk to them and hearing the University. their stories, working on this “It gives them an opportunity project for them really makes to talk with community partners you proud and you really want and engages them on a personal

level,” Foster said. “I feel like students are more invested in something when they know that its got a level of professionalism attached to it.” The exhibit will remain at the VA until Memorial Day. The exhibit was requested to be a part of The Way We Worked next spring, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit that will eventually make its way to the Tuscaloosa area. “Stephanie has taken this in a lot of directions. The end result being evidence that can be shared,” Foster said. “It’s what we call evidence-based design and so the idea that exposing students to all different kinds of design. It’s an experience that’s much broader than any class syllabus.”

Documenting Justice films to show Tuesday By Deanne Winslett Staff Reporter Each year professor and director of Documenting Justice Andrew Grace dedicates his time to helping his students develop a professional documentary-style film. The films are presented to the public at the end of the year. This semester is coming to a close, and Grace’s students are preparing for their premiere event Tuesday. The class, called Documenting Justice, equips students with the film experience they will need and then sends them out to search for lifestyle stories within the local community. Documenting Justice is a twosemester class, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring. The class is open to students of any major and they do not need any prior film experience to be accepted into the application-based class. “The first semester of class is dedicated entirely to learning the craft of doc-

I have learned more about myself, Alabama and other peoples’ perspectives from working on my film than from any other creative project or experience. — Hunter Holt

umentary filmmaking and learning the background and methodology of making films, and they also start developing their ideas,” Grace said. “The second semester is dedicated almost exclusively to the making of the film.” To make their films, students work in teams of two. They develop their ideas together and then continue to work as a team throughout the filming and editing process. Hunter Holt, a Documenting Justice student and senior majoring in English, and his film partner have spent their spring semester developing a film about a mother and her struggling relationship with her son.

“Our film is about a conservative Christian mother who contemplates her beliefs and relationship with her son months following his coming out,” Holt said. Holt said he believes stories like this make the Documenting Justice class worthwhile. The class has especially impacted the way that he regards his local community, Holt said. “Documenting Justice has been the most meaningful class I’ve taken at The University of Alabama,” Holt said. “I have learned more about myself, Alabama and other peoples’ perspectives from working on my film than from any other creative

project or experience.” Each of the seven films that will be shown at the Documenting Justice premiere will highlight different individuals within the local area. “All seven films are compelling and thoughtful,” Holt said. “They showcase vital issues in our community and highlight the importance of sharing our experiences with one another.” Grace said the event gives the audience the opportunity to connect with the documentary subjects, who are people they may have not otherwise have learned about. It exposes them to new and noteworthy members of their community. “I think that the class is bringing together a lot of unique and idyllic voices that otherwise wouldn’t be heard,” Grace said. This year’s Documenting Justice event will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Bama Theatre. Attendance is free and seating is first come, first serve.


How to win the college budget battle when shopping for groceries By Christopher Chase Edmunds College life is not conducive for Hungry-Hungry Hippos. After feeding myself for two semesters, I have gained an incredible amount of respect for parents, the pantry protectors, who devote their lives to keeping the shelves stocked for ravenous dependents. Eating on a budget is not easy, so I have compiled a few helpful tips to keep your belly and wallet full. Beginning in January, I developed a routine. I would walk into Moe’s and leave with a massive burrito, all without spending a dime. I was able to do this for six consecutive weeks because I combined several of my guaranteed budget-dining tactics. First, you need to acquire your

target. It is very important to choose the right time and place for your mission. My excursions to Moe’s always occurred on Mondays because the price of any burrito drops to $5. This meant my $8 Homewrecker was suddenly affordable. Mondays are great for promos like this. For example, you can score a 5 percent discount on all of your groceries at Belle Foods on Mondays with a student ID. Also, La Lola Loca offers discount tacos to start your week properly. Once you have acquired your target, you need to gather supplies. Rummage through your junk drawer for any coupons or gift cards. Be sure to check for expiration dates and required purchases. My Moe’s mission began when I found five gift

cards, each worth five dollars. This is where the real savings begin. Do not be afraid to stack coupons, specials and offers. Armed with a $5 gift card, I would walk into Moe’s and pick up a $5 Homewrecker. The total came to $5.45, but the sales tax was voided with the gift card. Now let’s apply this tactic to another situation. Imagine how much you could save by walking into Belle Foods on Monday with a handful of coupons. But before you frustrate everybody in the checkout line, remember to check the fine print on your coupons and gift cards. Once you have gathered your supplies, you need to use them effectively. The gift cards got me five free Homewreckers, but I was able to walk out with my sixth because

I made use of the rewards program at Moe’s. After making five “purchases,” remembering to key in my phone number on the mounted iPad each time, I earned a free entrée. There are plenty of restaurants around campus that offer loyalty programs. Usually, they are incredibly easy to join. Email addresses are free to create, so make use of a junk inbox. It is worth checking another inbox every now and then if there is free food on the line. Never be afraid to ask employees at your favorite restaurants or grocery stores about promos or coupons. In the collegiate budget battle, information is key. Arm yourself with these tactics and get out there to the front lines. It’s a war of nutrition, and Hippos never surrender.



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Junior Diandra Milliner wins NCAA vault title CW Staff A year after placing second, Alabama gymnast Diandra Milliner won the NCAA Vault Championship Sunday in Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. Milliner shared the title with LSU’s Rheagan Courville after both women scored 9.925s in front of a six-judge panel. It was Alabama’s 24th individual NCAA title and

10th over the past decade. Milliner is the second UA gymnast to win an NCAA vault title, joining Ashley Miles who won vault in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Milliner was also second on the floor exercise with a 9.925, just .0125 away from first. Her floor finish marked the third year in a row that a UA gymnast has finished first or second on the floor. In individual finals there

are six judges on each event. On the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise the score is determined by taking out the high and low scores and averaging the remaining four. On the vault all six scores are averaged. Sophomore Kayla Williams was fifth on the balance beam with a 9.85 while junior Kim Jacob was 1oth on the floor exercise with a 9.8. Sophomore Kaitlyn Clark and

freshman Lauren Beers both scored 9.875 on the vault to take 11th place out of 24 vaulters. All the individual event finalists earned first team AllAmerican honors in the events they competed. Overall, seven UA gymnasts earned 12 AllAmerican honors in 2013, giving the Tide 64 athletes with 289 honors all-time. Jacob and Milliner led the way with three All-American

honors apiece. It bumped Jacob’s career total to seven and Milliner’s to six. Jacob was first-team on the floor exercise and second team in the all-around and on balance beam, while Milliner was first team on the vault and floor and second team on the balance beam. Williams earned firstteam honors on the balance beam and is now a two-time All-American for her career.

Clark and Beers both earned first-team honors on the vault for the first honors of their careers. Fifth-year senior Ashley Priess earned second-team honors in the all-around and on the uneven bars, giving her 10 All-American accolades for her career. Junior Sarah DeMeo earned secondteam honors on the beam to make her a three-time AllAmerican.


Pitcher Leslie Jury adds depth to Tide’s pitching staff By Kelly Ward Contributing Writer It is hard to imagine a softball crossing the plate at roughly the same speed as a car driving on the interstate. Step up to the plate against Leslie Jury, however, and this becomes a reality. The University of Alabama sophomore tops out at 72 mph and said she throws consistently at 66 or 67 mph. She is 15-3 on the season and has the lowest ERA (1.91) on the team. But softball was not her first love. At least, it was not her only love. “When I was actually younger, I played all of that travel ball – volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer,” Jury said. “I was on the elite travel teams for my age and all that. It was crazy, and I was choosing between soccer and softball because they’re the same season.” She chose softball, but not for pitching.

“I actually played shortstop back then,” Jury said. “For some reason, I thought I was going to be a college shortstop, which I don’t ever see that happening, and that’s why I chose [softball]. Then I really started to focus on pitching, and I realized that that was what I was best at.” She started pitching at 11 years old and has not stopped. Jury competed in six state championships in South Carolina, winning two. She was also a four-time all-state, five-time all-region and twotime South Carolina AAA Player of the Year. Her freshman year did not have the same aura around it as her high school career had. Jury ended up with a 2.75 ERA and was 11-4 on her 2012 season. “That freshman year when things don’t go her way, it’s tough, and it’s tough for every kid to have to deal with that,” head coach Patrick Murphy said. “You can look

all the way to Monica Abbott to Cat Osterman who were some of the greatest pitchers in NCAA history, and they struggled their freshman year. [Stephanie VanBrakle] did, our pitching coach, but [Jury] has just gotten better and better mentally.” This season has been quite a turnaround for the sophomore pitcher. She has had only two more appearances this season than in 2012 season, but she has improved her ERA by .84 and has four more wins and one less loss than in 2012. “My whole mindset this year is I just want to be more confident,” Jury said. “I told myself when I came back for my sophomore year I had to be more confident, and it was the only way I was going to succeed. So I really worked on that, and it didn’t just start with pitching. I hit the weight room harder … and I really think that that’s helped me a lot this year.” It is this confidence that has transformed the Alabama

pitching rotation from one previously dominated by one pitcher into a more balanced roster. “I have full confidence in every single one of them that you put out there,” shortstop Danae Hays said. “I feel like every single one that you put out there is going to be our ace. So I have full confidence, and I know the other eight players have full confidence in [Jury].” Jury said she thrives when she knows her teammates are behind her. “Being thrown into situations like [the final Mississippi State game] is really where I’ve succeeded and now I know I can, and I just have the full support of my teammates,” Jury said. “Like every time I turn around, I see Kayla Braud and Haylie McCleney firing me up from the outfield, and that really just blows [up] my confidence, and I just love it. My teammates are why I’m so cutline confident.”

CW | Alaina Clark

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Track and ďŹ eld star records fastest time of season Batson runs 100-meter dash in 10.06 seconds; coaches say speed could carry sprinter to Olympic Games

By Nick Sellers Contributing Writer

Junior Diondre Batson of The University of Alabama’s track and field team recently recorded the world’s fastest time in the 100-meter dash this season at the Spec Towns Invitational. Clocking in at 10.06 seconds, Batson showed the blazing speed and potential that Alabama coaches said could send him all the way to the Olympics one day. Batson wasn’t always a track athlete, however, and he certainly didn’t see himself attending college roughly 1,700 miles from his hometown.

Originally an all-district wide receiver at his high school in Sacramento, Calif., Batson settled on his hometown American River College. Setting out to play football there, it wasn’t until he made an agreement with his mother to run track that he gained attention from big-time college programs. “Coach sent me a message on Facebook, actually,� Batson said, referring to assistant coach Matt Kane, who’s in charge of sprints and hurdles. “It was weird, I guess, someone from Alabama talking to me there.� It must not have been too strange, however, because

Kane said within 30 minutes, coming to the University was Batson sent along his contact the facilities,â€? Batson said. information to the team. In his short time at the “I had seen U n i v e r s i t y, him at the Batson has Olympic Trials achieved great in Eugene, success, evi“I’d compare him to the best Ore.,â€? Kane denced by his people I’ve ever coached. That said. “I thought aforemenincludes silver medalists at the I’d just hit tioned world championships. He’s got the him up on record and Facebook.â€? the recentability to be the next big thing in With that ly awarded American track and ďŹ eld.â€? o u t r e a c h Southeastern to a young, Conference — Matt Kane athlete, the Athlete of the Crimson Tide Week. Though brought him an athlete to Tuscaloosa such as Batson for a recruiting visit and sealed may make the whole routine the deal. look easy, he admits it’s far “The biggest factor in me from it.


“Running track here is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,� Batson said. “I’m tired a lot, with all the practices and study halls I have to do. Training is a lot of time, too.� However, his coaches have complete faith in him to keep carrying the Tide mantle this season and throughout his track career. “I’d compare him to the best people I’ve ever coached,� Kane said. “That includes silver medalists at the championships. He’s got the ability to be the next big thing in American track and field.� The progression Batson has undergone since his first prac-

tice with the Tide is another thing coaches said will bring him to amazing heights. “He was like a baby deer on ice the first time I had seen him try to run outdoor track,� Kane said. “He had the tools, but he just wasn’t comfortable. He has improved drastically in just a few short months.� When asked where he could see Batson going in the next few years of his career, Kane was unequivocal in his answer. “Representing the United States in the Olympics,� Kane said. “He has that kind of potential. Everyone here knows it.�


Build your Nick Saban All-star Alabama squad to pass time until football season

By Zac Al-Khateeb

Spring training has come and gone, and once again it’s got me in the mood for college football. Unfortunately, we have a whole summer before that comes around, so here’s something to give you something to think about until then: What is the all-time Nick Saban team at Alabama? Here’s my opinion on what that team would look like. See you in the fall. Offensive line Here is my starting lineup, from left tackle to right tackle: Andre Smith, Mike Johnson, Antoine Caldwell, Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones. All players were All-Americans at their respective positions, with two (Smith and Jones) winning the Outland Trophy


AJ McCarron is the obvious choice here. He’s easily the most talented and efďŹ cient quarterback Saban’s put on a ďŹ eld for Alabama.

for their performances at tackle. Putting Caldwell at center would allow for the best array of talent possible on the line. Tight end Brad Smelley and Michael Williams are the best bets here if Alabama goes in a two-tight-end set. Williams’ main role at the position was to block, something he did very well. On the other hand, Smelley was more of a receiver, and has had the most receiving yards of any tight end in a season under Saban.

Wide receiver Here is my starting lineup at wide receiver, assuming Alabama goes 5-wide: Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, D.J. Hall, Marquis Maze and Kevin Norwood. Jones was the whole package for Alabama, while Cooper became the first freshman to accumulate 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Hall – also a 1,000-yard receiver in 2007 – was Alabama’s best receiving threat for years, while Maze and Norwood both have shown flashes of brilliance. Running back My starting rotation for running back actually existed in 2010: Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy. Each rushed for over 1,000 yards the year they started. Ingram won the Heisman, Richardson won

the Doak Walker Award, and Lacy is likely to be the third consecutive Alabama running back to be the first one off the board in the NFL Draft. That’s scary talent. Quarterback AJ McCarron is the obvious choice here. He’s easily the most talented and efficient quarterback Saban’s put on a field for Alabama, and one of a very select group of players to lead two teams to national titles. Defensive line Marcell Dareus, Jesse Williams, Terrence Cody and Wallace Gilberry make up my starting defensive line in a 3-4 set. Dareus has the most talent at the end position, while Cody and Williams could rotate to eat blocks and stuff runs in the middle. Gilberry might surprise some people at

the other end position, but he turned in 10 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 2007. Linebackers Rolando McClain, Dont’a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw and C.J. Mosley make up this ultra-talented linebackers corps. Butkus Awardwinner McClain would lead from Mike position, while the versatile and speedy Hightower and Mosley take over the Will and Sam spots, respectively. Upshaw can wreak havoc in the backfield at his Jack position. Secondary Here is my starting defensive secondary: Rashad Johnson and Mark Barron at the safety spots, with Dee Milliner and Dre Kirkpatrick at the corner positions. Johnson and Barron both led the second-








aries when they were on the team in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Kirkpatrick was an ultra-talented defender in 2011, and Milliner will likely be a top-5 pick in Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s draft. Special teams Javier Arenas was an unbelievable punt returner, able to turn the smallest juke into an incredible return. Cody Mandell has the most punts per average of any Sabancoached team at Alabama, and also has a knack of pinning the ball deep in opposing territory. Leigh Tiffin was also a clutch kicker for Alabama and is the all-time leading scorer in Crimson Tide history. Add the sure-handed Carson Tinker at the long snapper position, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got yourself a heck of special teams squad.

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Highly recruited Strohmeyer a solid anchor for Tide By Nick Sellers Contributing Writer

The University of Alabama men’s golf team has its usual headliners, including sophomore Justin Thomas and juniors Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt, who are all currently ranked in the collegiate top 10. However, there is one golfer who has been at the University longer than any of those three, and he comes from the least likely of places. One of only two seniors, Scott Strohmeyer has had the opportunity to witness Alabama’s meteoric rise to the elite ranks of collegiate golf. Just as he has an eye for the ball, he had an eye on the

He’s progressed so much since his freshman year. You might not see a college player hit the ball like he does. I would definitely call his play aggressive. — Jay Seawell

Crimson Tide’s potential when he was being recruited out of none other than Auburn High School. “I was very heavily recruited by Auburn to be on their golf team,” Strohmeyer said. “In fact, I actually lived next door to Auburn’s golf coach. I still was just attracted to Alabama from the start, with the way they do things and the

potential they had.” Coming out of high school, Strohmeyer was raw. He had a reputation for being somewhat of a long hitter, at times perhaps too long. He was redshirted his first season at Alabama in 2008-09. Strohmeyer saw more action as the seasons progressed and proved to be the team’s most critical component in last

year’s NCAA championship run. Alabama was in a bind. Having conceded a few individual pairings earlier in the tournament, the Tide needed Strohmeyer to pull through – or face elimination. Holding on to a 2-stroke lead with only two holes to play, Strohmeyer had just come off a 20-foot putt to remain at par. Clinching the individual win would advance Alabama to the semifinals, and that’s just what he did, birdying the 17th hole with a 3-foot putt. “That was definitely the most nervous I’ve ever been, on a golf course or anywhere,” Strohmeyer said. “It was an unbelievable feeling to do that

for the team. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.” Cracking the starting lineup this year, Strohmeyer finished third individually in the Aggie Invitational, one of the best finishes of his career. Despite his seniority and success, Strohmeyer prefers the humble, modest route. “I don’t really get too loud or anything,” he said. “I’m usually pretty soft-spoken. I try to lead by example.” Head coach Jay Seawell agreed with his sentiments, adding that Strohmeyer usually lets his clubs – more specifically, his drivers – do the talking. “It’s been just great seeing [Strohmeyer] improve since

he’s been here,” Seawell said. “He’s progressed so much since his freshman year. You might not see a college player hit the ball like he does. I would definitely call his play aggressive.” Last year saw the Crimson Tide finish second in the nation. This year, Strohmeyer is out to finish what he and everyone else on the team started. “To win the championship my last year here would definitely be the perfect ending,” Strohmeyer said. “If we keep doing what we’re doing, stay consistent and keep tightening up all around, we could finish first this year. That’s the ultimate goal.”



Former Alabama soccer player Victoria Frederick earns spot with Seattle Reign Senior Alexa Guarachi earns spot on Japan. While there, the team me to get confidence and expe- aspire to join Victoria and SEC championship All-tournament Team CW Staff played three matches, includ- rience, which has translated extend their playing careers CW Staff

Alabama senior Alexa Guarachi was one of six student-athletes named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference Women’s Tennis Championship All-Tournament Team, announced at the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday. Guarachi is only the second member of the Crimson Tide to earn alltournament honors, joining Taylor Lindsey, who made the team in 2012. “Alexa has really elevated her game and has been the front runner on the court toward the end of the season,” Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. “She hit a little bit of a rough patch at the beginning of the season, but worked through it, stayed the course and believed in

herself. She continues to lead us and is very deserving of this honor.” In Friday’s quarterfinal match against Tennessee, Guarachi and partner Mary Anne Macfarlane beat the fifth-ranked duo in the nation of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely to help win the crucial doubles point. Perhaps her biggest win of the season came Saturday against third-ranked Georgia as she defeated No. 13 Maho Kowase, who had won 13-straight matches prior to the straight-set loss to Guarachi. Guarachi was joined by Florida’s Lauren Embree and Olivia Janowicz, who was also named MVP, Georgia’s Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring and Texas A&M’s Paula Deheza for the All-Tournament Team.

Former University of Alabama soccer player Victoria Frederick earned a spot with the Seattle Reign in the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League. Frederick, who played at Alabama from 2007-10 under current head coach Todd Bramble, will suit up alongside the likes of United States National Team members Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Amy Rodriguez as a member of the Reign squad. The road to playing professional soccer was not an easy one, Frederick said. She played two different stints at the semi-professional level with the Seattle Sounders of the USL W-League in 2010 and 2012. After the NWSL’s inception, Frederick jumped at the opportunity. In March, she was invited to travel with the Reign on its preseason tour to

ing facing the renowned INAC Kobe Leonessa squad. After making an impression during the tour and throughout Seattle’s preseason camp, she was invited to join the inaugural Seattle Reign roster. “Playing professional soccer has been my dream since I was a little kid,” Frederick said. “It was pretty overwhelming when I achieved it. I have a great sense of accomplishment and I’m just thankful for everyone who has helped and coached me along the way.” Frederick credits her time at Alabama as a big factor on her preparations for reaching the next level of professional soccer and is something she certainly does not overlook. “I learned to have a good work ethic during my time at Alabama,” Frederick said. “Just working hard and trying to stay positive is a big thing. Playing at Alabama allowed

into playing professionally. “There isn’t one thing specifically that stands out, but I just remind myself about all the hard work that I put in during my time at Alabama. During the spring offseason when I worked really hard and it doesn’t always count, I just stayed with it and it has paid off.” It is an opportunity to compete at the highest level of professional soccer, Bramble said. “We are certainly proud of Victoria, but not surprised that she earned a spot on the Reign roster,” Bramble said. “She had a great summer with the Seattle Sounders in 2012 and is making a name for herself on the professional scene in the Pacific Northwest. All of this follows an impressive playing career at The Capstone. “We are hopeful this league can pass the test of time as more of our current players

beyond their time at Alabama.” During her four seasons at the Capstone, Frederick played in 70 matches, making 63 starts, including starting every game in each of her last three seasons. She finished her career with 47 points on 16 goals and 15 assists and ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in goals, assists, points and shots on goal. As a senior in 2010, the Huntsville, Ala., native led the Tide in assists (6), points (14), shots (21) and shots per game (2.27) on her way to second-team All-SEC accolades. She was twice named to the NSCAA Scholar All-South Region team and was a fourtime SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient. Frederick and the Reign are gearing up for the first home game when the squad welcomes FC Kansas City on May 4.





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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (04/23/13). For the next three weeks, renew old friendships. The first six months of 2013 bring a nice financial boost, so hide away savings. Discover hidden resources. Communications go farther, and networks grow. Focus on partnership, and learn about new cultures. Network with groups that share your passion. Strengthen ties. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 9 -- A hero comes to your rescue when least expected. Continue to put in the effort, though. Don’t depend on others to do the work for you. Stay active, and remain open to contributions. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Two days of intense work begin. Getting it done is easier than thinking about doing it. Avoid distractions; you’ll have time to stop and acknowledge efforts later. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and return the favor. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- You’ll have more time for love and relaxation. How will you take your romance to a new level? Don’t look at what you want, but rather at what you can contribute. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Repetitiveness can be especially tiresome right now. Break the routine and add some wild creativity. Get outside, too. Then take care of yourself at your home sweet home with a good night’s sleep. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- There’s still plenty of work to do, but suddenly everything starts making sense. Continue exploring new directions in your career. You’ll be surprised by what you learn about yourself. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a

8 -- Your ideas are attracting attention. Cash flow improves. Pay expenses before splurging. You’re really cooking now, and the orders flow in. Get help if needed, and stash profits. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -You’re stronger, more self-confident and sensitive for the next two days. Watch out, world! Take charge of your destiny. This week should be very active and fun. Get outside and play. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Be sensitive to a loved one’s wishes. You’re under pressure regarding deadlines. If you can get away, it’s also a good time for treasure hunting. Notice your dreams. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Celebrate accomplishments. Your friends are your inspiration, and they provide solid support. Get out and play together, but remember your budget. Make it a potluck or go Dutch. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- This phase brings lots of career action. Take charge and manage responsibilities. It may require discipline, determination and patience. Reward yourself later with a thought-provoking film or book. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- By now you should know how much you can spend. If you can get away for a little while, go. Watch the big picture, and plan your agenda. Then put on your rambling shoes. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Focus on finances; get organized and practical. Things are beginning to shift. Consider an investment in your education. Study profitable ventures. Rejuvenate your relationship. Sensuality takes front stage.

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