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Sites such as Rose Towers, the Ferguson Center, the Bryce Complex and the Kilgore House exemplify the perceived constant demolition olition of landmark buildings on campus to make room for the expansion of the University. Despite need for space, some say new construction destroys historically cally signiﬁcant structures.
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tural historian. “It is regrettable that the University chose to demolish the Kilgore House, which was an important part of In light of the recent destruction of its own history and that of the [Bryce] the Kilgore House on the University of hospital.” Alabama campus, many locals, students The University plans to save the outdoor and preservationists are raiskitchen or storehouse area ing into question what pieces of the Kilgore House as part It is regrettable that the Uniof history can be protected of a new outdoor dining versity chose to demolish the and what can be destroyed to area, which will be part of make way for newer, bigger the new Fresh Food. Kilgore House which was an projects. “The University’s intenimportant part of its own hisThe Kilgore House is an tion of ‘saving’ the outtory and that of the [Bryce] example of an historic site door kitchen or storehouse hospital. that, although it was deemed shows a complete misunderhistoric, was not offered a standing of the significance — Robert Mellown great deal of protection from of the site,” Mellown said. impending demolition. “The main house, not the “The first any of us knew outbuilding, had important of the impending demolition of the Kilgore historical associations with the manageHouse was the erection of a chain-link ment of Bryce Hospital and with the hisfence around it a couple of days before it tory of female education at The University was razed,” said Robert Mellown, retired professor of art history and architecSEE HISTORICAL PAGE 2
housing community, the renovation and repurposing of the Bryce compound, and the expansion of the Ferguson Center. At a school where the cutting edge and The second installment of Presidential the up-to-date are areas of pride, the cam- Village, and its accompanying student recpus of The University of Alabama is a con- reation center, is the biggest single project sistent construction zone at the moment. with new projects always on The reason for beginning the horizon. the second of the twin housThere was always a plan for And while there are many ing facilities so much later both buildings, but we had to sides to the debate of the than the first was the need have replacement beds ready benefits of expansion and for rooms in lieu of Rose before we could tear down renovation, there is no denyTowers, which was torn Rose, otherwise we would ing that change is happening down in order to make room have been in the negative all over campus, and it’s hapfor the Presidential Village for beds. pening constantly. project. Tim Leopard, assistant “There was always a plan — Tim Leopard vice president of construcfor both buildings, but we tion administration at the had to have replacement University, said there are beds ready before we could anywhere from 12 to 15 major construction tear down Rose, otherwise we would have projects currently taking place on campus. been in the negative for beds,” Leopard said. The most notable include the continued construction of the second Presidential Village SEE CONSTRUCTION PAGE 6
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Bonner hopes to impact UA campuses, state economics By Katherine Owen Production Editor Following an announcement on May 23 about his plans to resign from his congressional office to take a position with The University of Alabama System, U.S. Rep. Josiah “Jo” Bonner, R-Ala., said he has a wealth of ideas for his new position but first wants to learn from those already in the system’s office. Starting August 16, Bonner will assume the position of vice chancellor of government relations and economic development with the UA system. Kellee Reinhart, vice chancellor for system relations, said the position was established from the outgrowth and er • Plea s
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of the UA system] and the other people in the system’s office for By helping our state prosper guidance,” Bonner said. “And economically, we are increasI want to touch base with Bill ing the state’s ability to Jones. He has been the director of the government relations ﬁnancially support higher branch for many years and did a education. great job with that. He’ll have a wealth of knowledge about that — Kellee Reinhart aspect of this job.” Bonner said he has already reorganization of the govern- discussed the potential of his ment relations branch of the position with Witt and said he system under Bill Jones, the sees economic development recently retired director of the playing a much larger role than government relations initia- before with the government tive. Bonner’s official salary relations branch. “What made this so attracis unknown but will be determined closer to his start date, tive was, in addition to this opportunity to work for this Reinhart said. “First of all, I’m going to look system,” Bonner said, “it is to Dr. Robert Witt [Chancellor also exciting to see economic
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development become an enhanced part of this system.” He said each campus of the UA system – Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville – has something valuable to offer, and it is his hope to figure out how to tie those together to enhance business in the state. “Dr. Witt was telling me his vision,” Bonner said, “and he was talking about a much more enhanced role for higher education to play and that the UA system could play. When you think about the unique nature of our system, all three universities have programs that overlap, but they also all [have] some programs that they are really good at.” Reinhart said focusing on the
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strengths of the three campuses to benefit state economics was part of the intended role of Bonner’s new position. “By expanding the government relations position to formally include economic development, our goal is to harness the diverse strengths of the three campuses for the economic betterment of the state and nation,” Reinhart said. “By helping our state prosper economically, we are increasing the state’s ability to financially support higher education.” Bonner also cited the impact Bonner.house.gov government relations could have on individual campus U.S. Rep. Josiah “Jo” Bonner will join the UA system as vice changrowth for UA system schools. cellor of government relations SEE BONNER PAGE 7 and economic development.
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The recent destruction of the Kilgore House has brought into question the historical identiﬁcations necessary to preserve buildings. The age of the building is a large deciding factor in what weight the building carries, as well as what the building was originally used for, said Katherine Richter, executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. “It depends on what the house was used for, who lived there, and how vital that person was to the community,” Richter said. “We also take into account what the commercial value is, as well as the building’s role in the community.” There are two levels of classification of historic buildings: one is honorary, which receives a plaque from the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, and the other is recognition from the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings that receive honorary recognition are 50 years of age or older but receive no special protection from possible demolition. Buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places offer slightly more protection, but Richter said this distinction does not always protect the structure from being demolished. “Just because it’s listed on the National Register doesn’t protect it, but it carries a little bit more weight than one of the plaques from the Preservation Society because it’s a more complicated application process,” Richter said. “The larger a list is regionally, statewide or nationally
carries more weight than if it’s local because it requires more detail.” Andreen said a common misconception about the University’s campus is which buildings are classified as historic and which are not. “ UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service,” Andreen said. “A few buildings on campus, including the President’s Mansion and Foster Auditorium, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. People often refer to buildings that are old, unusual or have some special significance as historic, but that is not an official designation.” Higgins said he thinks the Capstone has done a good job of restoring 1960s buildings on campus and adding uniformity to them, instead of tearing them down to build a new set of uniform buildings. “The University makes every effort to maintain, renovate and upgrade buildings on campus,” Andreen said. “For example, Lloyd, Graves, Moore, Little and Russell halls all have undergone major renovations in the last few years. Ten Hoor is currently being renovated as well, and the University has also made a significant investment in restoring the historic Gorgas House.” Higgins said downtown
Tuscaloosa and the city as a whole are losing their sense of place because of the demolition of buildings with historic value, which he has seen firsthand with the city of Tuscaloosa trying to build a five-story tall apartment building next to his block, which he said currently consists of turn-of-the-century housing that has been converted into offices. The project is what prompted the formation of Preserve Tuscaloosa, which helps Tuscaloosa residents stay abreast to information about preserving the community. “We started the group to protect our community, and we branched out to protect the Tuscaloosa community as a whole,” Higgins said. “Our purpose is to keep the community informed about historic structures around town, because there’s a lot of things that the University and the city can do without letting people know, under the table.” Richter said Tuscaloosa went through a period of change during the 1960s where the community lost many of its historic and one-of-a-kind buildings. “I fully believe in preservation, because the greenest building is a building that is already standing,” Richter said. “Because we’ve already lost so much, there’s a proper way to go about it so that everything is handled in a professional manner.” Richter said because Tuscaloosa is a community that uses traditions to describe itself as a whole, it is important the traditions of the community are well preserved. “There’s no better way to explain your tradition than in the physical existence of where that tradition came from,” Richter said. Higgins said radical actions are what get young people to pay attention to their community, and he’s glad these actions are receiving attention. “The University is a progressive entity in the South,” Higgins said. “UA should really be trying to protect its heritage and its culture. This is our heritage – it’s where we came from and where we’re going.”
Women’s golf team takes 7th place in ﬁnal round of NCAA Championship CW Staff The No. 2 Alabama women’s golf team struggled to the finish in the final round of the NCAA Championships on the par-72, 6,372-yard University of Georgia Golf Course Friday. The Crimson Tide posted a 37-over 1,189 to finish seventh. The team shot a season-high 28-over-par 316 to slide from a tie for third as winds gusted through a difficult UGA course. “I wish I knew what went wrong so I could correct it,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “I asked myself the question, ‘What happened to the team that was 4-under par after 36 holes?’ Obviously, the wind was a factor, and the greens got firmer and faster. I think we mentally need to get stronger and tougher. “We have to come away from this and [ask], ‘What do we need to do to get better?’ Clearly we have to practice differently and practice for this
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occasion, and we need to learn to ride that momentum we had coming in all the way through the tournament.” Top-ranked Southern California cruised to the national championship with a 19-under 1,133 to win by 21 strokes over second-place Duke (+4) and 40 over third-place Purdue (+21, 1,173). UCLA finished fourth at 22-over 1,174 and Arizona State was fifth at 29-over 1,181. Junior Stephanie Meadow, who played well over the first three rounds, struggled in the final round with 9-over 81 to finish 1-over-par 289 for the tournament. The 81 was the highest round of her Alabama career. USC’s Annie Park won medalist honors at 10-under 278. Emma Talley finished tied for 23rd individually at 6-over 294. Talley, a freshman from Princeton, Ky., carded a 3-over 75 on Friday and was victimized by a triple bogey on the difficult par-3 15th hole. Sophomore Daniela Lendl carded a 79 in round four to finish tied for 73rd at 17-over 305. Senior Jennifer Kirby and junior Hannah Collier shot 82 and 84 in the final round, respectively. Kirby, from Paris, Ontario, finished tied for 73rd at 17-over 305 while Collier, from Birmingham, Ala., tied for 109th at 21-over 313.
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University Fellows travel to Black Belt region Student projects attempt to aid Perry County citizens through health care data, education, local art By Judah Martin Contributing Writer For the fifth year, a group of hopeful, rising sophomores in the University Fellows Experience program descended upon the Marion community in Perry County with new ideas to impacting the lives of its residents.
Located in Alabama’s impoverished Black Belt region, Marion’s citizens are united by a classic small-town sense of community but are plagued with a crippling generational poverty. It’s something Abby Paulson had to see to believe. A rising sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, Paulson was
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one of many students chosen to participate in the University Fellows Experience’s community service trip to Marion and was intent on making a difference. She had to stand in front of local Dollar Generals, grocery stores and nutrition centers for six hours most days during the three-week service project, but she ultimately got what she needed: data. Partnering with Sowing Seeds of Hope, a nonprofit health awareness group based in Marion, Paulson helped collect data from 130 residents concerning their healthcare needs. In a place where the closest emergency room is 27 miles away in Selma, Ala., a third of the Perry County residents say there has been a time they needed to see a physician but just couldn’t afford it. “We found that a good majority of the community has high blood pressure,” Paulson said. “A lot of it’s what we expected to find. Perry County has never had hard data like this, so physicians knew there were a lot of people with high blood pressure, they just didn’t have any numbers to back it up.” Paulson said most residents agreed there was an unquestionable need for an urgent care center. “I think a lot of [residents] were really excited about seeing some health care changes. A lot of the community said they saw a need,” she said. At Francis Marion High School, Derek Carter, a rising sophomore majoring in economics, finance and math, worked with teens hardly younger than himself. Under Carter’s instruction,
I was really impressed with the sense of community in the town down there. Coming from bigger cities, you don’t have the experience like that. I was amazed at all the people coming out to support their graduates. It was very impressive to see that sense of community. — Derek Carter
the kids experimented with a liquid nitrogen lab, built rockets and raced pine wood derbyars. “What we were doing was trying to expose the students in the high schools to careers they wouldn’t have learned about otherwise,” he said. “One of the big obstacles is being in Perry County is that they can be isolated from a lot of the major opportunities. They don’t have easy access to any university. Having the resources and the ability to go outside their small community can be very difficult.” Carter described a sense of fulfillment when collegebound graduating seniors told him they were now considering pursuing a career in engineering. “I think the experience as a whole, it changed me a lot in many different ways – my views on education … just a lot of things,” Carter said. “I was really impressed with the sense of community in the town down there. Coming from bigger cities, you don’t have the experience like that. I was amazed at all the people coming out to support their graduates. It was very impressive to see that sense of community.” Like Carter, Khortlan
Patterson, a rising sophomore studying Spanish and religious studies, worked with teens on her project. After taking an African-American literature class during her freshman year, Patterson said she realized a great deal of black culture is excluded from the syllabus in traditional courses. This led her to design a course, “Deconstructing the Myth of Absence,” for eighth grade students at Francis Marion Junior High School. “I wanted to work with African-American students,” Patterson said. “I wanted to expose them to their history and culture as AfricanAmericans to help them form a sense of identity, reconcile the past and learn some things that they didn’t know before.” In addition to exposing students to excerpts from classic works like “Copper Sun,” “The Mis-Education of the Negro” and “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Written by Himself,” Patterson incorporated “Slavery by Another Name,” a documentary explaining how Southern black people were institutionally re-enslaved after the Civil War through peonage and prison-labor systems, into her
lesson plan. “We hoped to spark curiosity as to why the education system is like this, why the social structure is the way it is and why African-Americans are in the position they’re in,” Patterson said. “One student in particular, she didn’t seem like she cared much about much the material,” Patterson said. “I met her cousin later in the week, and he told me the girl would actually go out and tell her family about what she was learning in our class and that he hadn’t ever seen her more interested in a subject.” Other projects included inventorying the signs on Marion streets, introducing Marion High School sophomores to the college admissions process and leading service projects performed by high school juniors and seniors. Students also hosted Alabama Art Night to showcase Perry County Nursing Home, featuring a picnic, its newly installed flowerbeds and local student-produced art.
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In a press conference in Mobile, Ala., In short: Although on May 23 amid cirthere are traces culating rumors, of nepotism and U.S. Rep. Josiah vague job expec“Jo” Bonner, R-Ala., tations, Bonner announced his decishould grab the sion to step down reins of his new from his congressioposition. nal duties to assume the newly established position of vice chancellor for government relations and economic development for The University of Alabama System. Beyond the fancy title, we are not sure what this position will entail, and frankly, it doesn’t seem like the University does either. UA system spokeswoman Kellee Reinhardt stated the position will incorporate harnessing “the diverse strengths of the three campuses for the economic betterment of the state and nation,” which will, in turn, increase “the state’s ability to financially support higher education.” However, the actual responsibilities of the position remain unclear. If the University’s statements are taken at face value, it seems like Bonner just left a stable position in which he made $174,000 per year to draft government decisions in order to take a position in which he makes a still-undetermined salary to hope that the government makes the right decisions. We can assume the new salary will be a bit higher than his previous. Bonner’s predecessor Bill Jones, the former director of the government relations branch of the UA system, made $222,487 in 2012 However, Bonner’s position comes after an expansion and redevelopment of this old branch, and Bonner will be declared a vice chancellor. The four current vice chancellors’ average salary is $287,375. Still, coincidental concerns should not cloud the position’s potential. There is a dire need on this campus for strengthening the ties of higher education with government and assisting students with tuition costs. And in spite of all the uncertainty and potential nepotism surrounding the position, we are in support of Bonner’s selection. When we look at his background, it is clear he is a perfect fit for the position. For five terms spanning 10 years, Bonner has represented the traditionally conservative Gulf Coast communities of Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. He stood up against increasing taxes in Congress and was key to bringing the economic catalyst of an aircraft manufacturer Airbus to Alabama last year. He was so popular in his district that he ran unopposed last year into his sixth term, which he is only leaving behind for the UA system. If anyone can innovate the blank canvas of a position of vice chancellor for government relations and economic development, it is Jo Bonner. However, we must ensure that he fulfills the greatest possibilities of this position. If he will be lobbying to the state, we should see a decrease in tuition based off an increase in state funding. We should see an explansion in opportunities for our campuses and their students. We should see a greater University. Jo Bonner, you will be held accountable for this position.
Abercrombie & Fitch offensive on more than one front By Nathan James Senior Staff Columnist When Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries explained why his store doesn’t carry women’s clothes larger than size 10, he may have explained more about his brand than he wanted consumers to know. “A lot of people want to market to everyone,” Jeffries said in an interview with the magazine Salon. “We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” These comments, which have resurfaced recently on the Internet, were made years ago. But in spite of their age, they show an ugly side of A&F’s brand that hasn’t changed over time. Let’s get right to the point: When you distill his meaning, Jeffries seems to be saying that a large woman can’t be attractive or popular. A size 10 is only a 32-inch waist, which is 2-3 inches smaller than the average American woman. So apparently, Jeffries disqualifies more than half of all women
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from shopping at his stores, because their size renders them unworthy. Let it never be said that A&F is universally intolerant, however; large men are always welcome. Based on the sizes A&F offers, a man can be attractive and cool if he wears up to an XXL. In all seriousness, I’m not trying to argue that A&F is the only brand to perpetuate unhealthy physical ideals. But I’m hardpressed to think of another brand that has publicly claimed that’s not a bad thing. Where as other companies labor under the pretense of inclusion, A&F’s CEO came straight out and said heavy people are less valuable than skinny people.
Jeffries has never openly spoken out against the poor, disabled or nonwhite, but his company’s practices make it pretty clear what he thinks about them.
This of course begs the question: Who else doesn’t belong in A&F’s brand? For starters, there are handicapped consumers. Earlier this month, over 250 stores owned by A&F were found by a judge to have inadequate or absent handicapped access. In some cases, handicapped ramps were obscured or obstructed by shutters and other décor. And since A&F opts to destroy surplus clothes rather than donate them, it seems that the financially disadvantaged and homeless aren’t good enough for A&F either. Oh, and don’t forget minorities. In 2004 the brand was successfully sued for giving preferential treatment to white applicants. Jeffries has never openly spoken out against the poor, disabled or nonwhite, but his company’s practices make it pretty clear what he thinks about them.
I think this is a serious problem for anyone who cares about social issues. Eating disorders already affect 7 million American women; in order to combat this, the media absolutely must move forward in its portrayal of acceptable body types. And maybe we can’t force every company to abandon unrealistic ideals right now, but we can sure as hell ostracize A&F for openly discriminating against healthy women (and others). So, as college students who are a part of A&F’s target demographic, here’s what I have to say: Don’t shop at Abercrombie & Fitch. Don’t shop at Hollister, which A&F owns. You can get by without overpriced khakis, but you shouldn’t be okay with supporting a store that upholds harmful social values. Nathan James is a sophomore majoring in public relations.
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University needs to take students into account during construction decisions By Amber Patterson Staff Columnist The one thing that is hard to miss on campus recently is the constant construction. It is everywhere from the Ferguson Center all the way to the Highlands. I am also pretty sure they have been working on Shelby Hall since I arrived to the University as a freshman. Our campus is constantly evolving and becoming bigger and bigger, but is there a point where it will all just stop, so we as students can actually admire our beautiful campus as it stands? The construction has reached the point of excess. Every semester a new project is getting started before
the previous one is complete. Many argue that most expansions are for the benefit of the University, but progress is a process and does not need to be this rapid. Building structures like Legos isn’t going to help the University if it has to be rebuilt in four or five years. Expanding the University
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adds to the already huge parking problem and causes an inconvenience for students by blocking roads to campus that are already full of one-way streets. If the projects were planned far apart from each other, it would minimize the inconvenience they cause to students. This isn’t an argument against expansion but an argument for better planning. I do not have my degree yet, and I will admit I know the last thing about what goes into construction; however, I am a student and am friends with other students on this campus. I hear the constant griping about parking and roads being blocked and how poorly some of the structure of the buildings is.
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year. As stated previously, I am not against expansion. A growing campus is a good thing and contributes to the attractiveness of our campus, but it would be nice to go one semester without having to reroute my way to campus or deal with fewer parking spaces, which adds to the increase of the overall price of a parking permit. The administration is so focused on being the best and the biggest that it is losing sight of what would be efficient and cause less of a inconvenience to what keeps the University afloat: the students.
Amber Patterson is a sophomore majoring in public relations.
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GOTCHA offers students free rides, entertainment By Kelsey Farman Contributing Writer It’s smaller than a car. It seats more people than a taxi. Riding costs nothing. Whether it’s 2 p.m. and you’re late for class or it’s 2 a.m. and you don’t have a ride home, GOTCHA Ride has “got ya.” GOTCHA Ride is an open-air electric vehicle that seats six people. It is approved on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less and travels anywhere within four miles of campus. The GOTCHA Ride operates during the day and at night. The name stands for Green Operated Transportation Carrying Humanity Around. The goal is to provide students and faculty with safe transportation free of charge. Sean Flood, CEO of GOTCHA
Ride, came up with the idea while talking to college students after a football game at Florida State. He found that all of the students shared similar complaints about the transportation situation on campus. Flood recalled the struggle to find rides around campus when he was in school. “I believe that students need as many options available as possible, and GOTCHA definitely fills a need on and around campus,” Flood said. The GOTCHA Ride originated at Florida State University in 2009 and has since expanded to the University of Florida, Auburn University and Georgia Tech. It started running at The University of Alabama last fall. In addition to being a large university, the campus setup met the criteria.
“It fit exactly what we wanted,” Flood said. “The areas for the bars, restaurants and offcampus apartments are close, but not an easy-little-walk close.” Students went through an application process to be hired as drivers and were selected based on their driving history, social skills, and campus involvement. “We narrow it down to people who are the most outgoing. It’s not like riding a taxi where people might not be as friendly, we always want GOTCHA to be fun,” Flood said. Senior Darrin Shafer received an email about the opportunity and was immediately interested. Shafer’s cousin was killed in a drunken driving accident and he has since advocated for safe driving habits.
“I was up driving my friends around all the time, so I thought to myself, ‘why not?’” Shafer said. In addition to making tips, the social aspect has been a highlight of driving the GOTCHA Ride for Shafer. He said it has allowed him to meet a ton of new people and that he has been asked to many sorority date parties since becoming a driver. In addition to the large “free ride” sticker pasted on the front of the vehicle, the GOTCHA Ride plays videos on mini television screens and blasts music to attract riders. Advertising pays for the vehicle and operation costs. Businesses can pay to paste stickers with their names on the vehicle or advertise on television screens between
GOTCHA uses mobile advertising to provide free rides. music videos. At the University, GOTCHA Ride is sponsored by Bama Dining to promote its various dining halls and eateries. “While students are riding, they see that Bama Dining is paying for them to get around for free,” Flood said. “Our hope
is that they not only see the messaging on the GOTCHA Ride, but then go visit the great Bama Dining locations. Advertisers are always trying to find ways to reach college students and drive traffic back to their business, and GOTCHA Ride does just that.”
Symposium to highlight medicine’s role in civil rights By Karly Weigel Contributing Writer On Tuesday, The University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences will host a symposium highlighting the changes in medicine over the years. The event will be part of the University’s “Through The Doors” series, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door to honor the desegregation of the University in June 1963. The symposium will take place at the University Church of Christ, 1200 Julia Tutwiler Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. While the event is free and open to the public, an RSVP is needed at email@example.com. Pamela Payne Foster, associate professor for the College of Community Health Sciences,
said the program is different from other events and seminars because of the mentoring component that will be included at the end of the symposium. This aspect is intended to help students get motivated about going into medicine and having the confidence to try. “The program intentionally networks and mentors high school students,” Foster said. “As health professionals, it is very important to help increase diversity in the profession.” The daylong program will include lunch with two panels highlighting the history of the Stand in the School House Door and diversity in the College of Community Health Sciences. A keynote address detailing the future of medicine will follow. In the evening, a Trailblazers recognition ceremony and
dinner will take place. The night will conclude with a mentoring option for high school students. Richard Streiffer, dean of the College of Community Health Sciences, hopes attendees will enjoy looking from the past to the future of medicine and the role medicine played and continues to play in the fight for civil rights. “The symposium is part of the yearlong commemoration of the 1963 events with regards to civil rights across the state and in Tuscaloosa. This was an extremely important step in our state and country’s development,” Streiffer said. “This is our contribution by taking some time to look at the impact of medicine on the civil rights movement by looking at where we came from and where we still need to go.”
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New businesses spread through Tuscaloosa
Economy, landscape continue to improve 2 years after tornadoes due to help from supportive locals
By Ryan Phillips Contributing Writer
New restaurants have been popping up all over Tuscaloosa in recent months, and the growth shows no signs of stopping soon. In March and April of 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the city of Tuscaloosa approximately $48 million in recovery funds to be used to refurbish and boost the local economy and landscape. With the Tuscaloosa economy on a developmental upswing, new businesses like Chipotle and Which Wich have opened after much public anticipation. This growth is due, in part, to the ever-increasing size of The University of Alabama. Donny Jones, president of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, said the school is a driving force behind the economic expansion.
“The student body is growing, and local business is growing with it,” he said. “Those new businesses offer more choices to students. Students represent a large part of the city’s economy and this gives them more of a reason to spend their money on a local business as opposed to spending their money out of town.” Jones also said the idea of supporting local business is essential to the city’s continuing growth and future wellbeing. “If we are bringing more diverse business that appeals to local taste then ultimately that money that is spent stays in Tuscaloosa,” he said. “The taxpayers will see that money spent being put to use in the schools, infrastructure and public projects.” After experiencing success at its Midtown Village location, Chipotle opened a second Tuscaloosa location in May on the Strip in order to
offer students a closer location to enjoy a state-of-the-art fast-food experience. Lee Williams, general manager of Chipotle on the Strip, is excited to be a part of the newest edition to an already thriving area. “Looking around the Tuscaloosa area as a whole, it’s really amazing to see how far the city has come after the tornado, economically speaking,” Williams said. “The city has a brand new court house, the city is cleaner and it’s just a great place to do business.” Restaurants are key to commercial expansion, and around Tuscaloosa, a variety of eateries like Which Wich continue to offer options to the citizens of a rapidly developing city. Lee Henderson owns the University Boulevard location of the specialty sandwich restaurant chain and plans to open a second Which Wich in July in Midtown Village. Henderson said he was excit-
ed about the new opportunities he has had after losing one of his three Smoothie King franchises in the area to the April 27, 2011 tornado. “I would like to think that I am playing a role in our community in the expansion that we are seeing since the tornado,” he said. “I know personally it is an emotional experience to me and my family with our second Which Wich store opening in July because it is in the area where one of our businesses was destroyed. The fact we are able to return in that area, although with a different business, is special.” With business on the rise, Henderson said new businesses will ultimately benefit the city and its inhabitants. “Hopefully all that is going on around the city with economic growth will continue to encourage people to shop CW | Ryan Phillips locally and keep our tax dollars in our community,” Chipotle, one of many new business for Tuscaloosa opened on the Strip recently. Henderson said.
UA campus remains historical yet modern CONSTRUCTION FROM PAGE 1
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The former Ofﬁce of Student Media on the Bryant Denny lawn faces its ﬁrst steps of demolition.
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A rising Greek population results in several expansion projects including the addition to Alpha Chi Omega sorority on Tenth Avenue.
Major construction at the Ferguson Center encompasses the entire southern side of the building and continues to divert foot trafﬁc.
“Presidential Village one was done, or basically done, by the time we started deconstruction on Rose Towers.” Dorms are not the only buildings that have been constructed and renovated over the past few years. The Ferguson Center, originally built in 1973, is undergoing a large expansion, and the University is also working to renovate the Bryce Hospital in order to take over use of the compounds in years to come. Leopard said there are still patients being treated in some buildings on the property, so until those patients are moved to another location, there are limits to what the University can do to re-purpose all of the areas and buildings of the compound. “It will take several years
to fully transition that campus over to UA, but we have already renovated and moved into many of the buildings there,” Leopard said. For the various and simultaneous projects occurring on campus, the University uses several different companies and allows contractors to make bids on different projects, which are awarded through a selection process. Leopard said it is important that the the University keeps preserving the integrity and history of the campus while maintaining a level of quality and functionality to keep the campus up-to-date. “The University takes an incredible effort to save our significant, historic buildings,” Leopard said. “We work to maintain the outside façades even while we have worked extensively to renovate the inside. We realize that many of these buildings have a lot of value.”
Alabama Democrats split over formation of new group Kennedy leaves state party after disputes with board members, forms Alabama Democratic Majority
By Andy McWhorter Staff Reporter
Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party Mark Kennedy resigned his position on April 22 and soon after formed the Alabama Democratic Majority, a new political organization focused on getting more Democratic candidates elected in a state where Republicans control all state-level elected offices and retain a majority in both houses of the legislature. Kennedy resigned after disputes with Nancy Worley and Joe Reed, two prominent Democrats and members of the party’s executive board, over the direction and finances of a state party experiencing significant financial woes. After his resignation, Kennedy faced accusations that he wrongfully diverted resources away from the Democratic Party. Nancy Worley, acting chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, said Kennedy’s decision was based on the party’s current financial situation. “Our former chairman saw that there were many bills that were not paid. There was a great deal of indebtedness, and they were about to turn off some things here at the building,” Worley said. “Apparently he chose to leave the party and go form another entity.” Kennedy and the Alabama Democratic Majority have rejected the claims that they diverted resources when forming the new organi-
can’t do.” The Alabama Democratic Majority is not meant to be There is still a little bit of ambiguity about what the Alabama Democratic a new party, but its primary Majority explicitly does. It’s not designed to be competition or meant to purpose will be to aid undermine the Alabama Democratic Party. It’s more meant to create a Democratic candidates support network. through voter registration and other support roles. — Sam Gerard “It’s not designed to be competition or meant to undermine the Alabama zation. Bradley Davidson, create new problems as it Democratic Party,” Gerard executive director of the reopened old wounds. said. “It’s more meant to A l ab a m a D e m o c r at i c “I feel like the forming of create a support network.” Majority, said any donors who the Alabama Democratic H oweve r, c o l l ab o r a moved did so of their own Majority did nothing to tion between the two orgavolition. worsen the economic condi“We did not take any donors tions,” Gerard said. “Kennedy with us. Any donors that leaving the Alabama are giving to us that are not Democratic Party to become giving to the party did so on the chair of the Alabama their own,” Davidson said. Democratic Majority just “We didn’t divert any donors. brought to light these We did not divert money conditions.” from the party to the new In spite of present tension, organization.” the Alabama Democratic The financial difficulties Majority still hopes to work of the Alabama Democratic with the Alabama Democratic Party are hardly new. Most Party to get Democratic candiof the party’s current debt dates elected to office. was accrued during former “We hope to be a partner Gov. Don Siegelman’s failed organization,” Davidson said. 1999 education lottery “There are a lot of restrictions campaign. Sam Gerard, presi- the party has on it that our dent of UA College Democrats, organization does not, so we said he believes Kennedy’s are freed up to do a lot of fund resignation did not so much raising activity that the party
nizations seems to be a distant prospect. “It’s questionable, at least in my mind, if someone takes your intellectual property, in terms of your email addresses, that the party had built up through the years, [like] your donor list, your Facebook account,” Worley said. “If somebody steals that, they’re certainly not telling me that they want to partner with the Alabama Democratic Party.” The Alabama Democratic
Party’s Executive Board will meet June 1 to select a new party chair. Davidson said the Alabama Democratic Majority hopes the new chairman of the state party will be someone who is more open to the new organization. “We hope that when they elect a new chair on June 1, that that chairman or chairwoman, whoever he or she may be, is a willing and trusting partner with the Democratic Majority,” Davidson said.
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‘Tuscaloosa Monorail’ displays local music acts UA graduates produce biweekly television show as new platform to showcase local, regional talent By Alexandra Ellsworth Staff Reporter University of Alabama graduates Frank Thagard and Robin Rains have put their telecommunication and film degrees into action with their new biweekly television show, “Tuscaloosa Monorail.” “Tuscaloosa Monorail” is a television show produced by Thagard and Rains and hosted by Zach Travis, featuring local and regional music acts. The show airs every other Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Comcast channel 21. The episodes are uploaded to YouTube after they air for anyone who is unable to catch the show on television. The show began when Thagard and Rains found they could put television programming on Comcast 21 through Charter Cable. They won an auction for some old WVUA film equipment, and with help of many people, they now have five episodes, three of which have been aired on television. “It’s really coming together, and I am pretty proud that it’s all local people doing
it,” Rains said. Rains graduated from the University in 2009. She is currently back at school at UAB to pursue another undergraduate degree in structural engineering. “There is no other feeling like seeing people respond to your work,” Rains said. “It’s like being interested in a work of art, and there is like a million steps involved. Just to see people watch an episode, and they get it, it’s the best feeling in the world.” The shows are filmed live at Green Bar for free every other Thursday, then put to tape and edited. Thagard graduated from the University in 2010. He is currently doing freelance videography work for the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. He said people tuning into the show will get to see a charismatic host, creative intros and outros and hopefully something that is a little different from the typical television experience. “It will be something that is familiar — there is nothing more familiar to TV than a music show — but hopefully
they will also get something that is a slightly skewed spin on that,” Thagard said. Thagard and Rains knew Travis, the show’s host, from Mallet Assembly, an independent living community on the UA campus. “We love working with him,” Rains said. “He does a really great job.” Travis, a senior majoring in telecommunication and film, said he has really enjoyed working on the show. “It’s always a blast to have folks coming through,” he said. “I enjoy being on camera, and I like the creative aspects a lot and coming up with jokes and bits. The creative aspect is a lot of fun. I like trying to figure out what questions to ask bands because they are all different and they all have
different stories and they all react differently to being interviewed.” Travis said the trio is still learning what they want the show to be. “We decided early on that we didn’t want it to be a serious round table discussion,” Travis said. “We only have 30 minutes, and I don’t think anyone is going to get any major insight into the lives of the band members that way. We decided we wanted to have as much fun as possible.” Mitch McSteamy from the band Red Light District Attorney, who was featured on the show’s second episode, said he thoroughly enjoyed being on the show. “It was great having fun with Travis and getting that exposure as well as helping
out our friends on the show,” McSteamy said. “I think it provides great exposure for bands that aren’t as popular, and it exposes people to different types of music.” However, “Tuscaloosa Monorail” is not the end-all goal for Thagard and Rains. They hope it will lead to more opportunities for creative television work down the road. “I love doing this,” Rains said. “But I hope it’s a step in the direction of some bigger, more narrative projects.” Thagard and Rains both have an interest in doing a show that is an anthology of short films and sketches that would be a mix of comedy and more surreal and serious short films. “We kind of wanted to do some stranger stuff,” Thagard said. “That is really more of where our heart is.” They decided to do a more conventional music show like “Tuscaloosa Monorail” to show sponsors they were reliable. “The music show is fun to do, and it’s true there is a music scene in Tuscaloosa, but not a whole lot of people
Bonner to strengthen government relations
can’t do that without strong partnership in state level.” Reinhart said the system hopes Bonner’s experience will bring strength to the government relations branch and eventually a positive impact on the state’s economics. Bonner, who is the brother of current UA President Judy Bonner, will be returning to his alma mater with the position, having graduated from the university in 1982 with an undergraduate degree in journalism and attended law school. As native and resident of south Alabama, Bonner
was first elected in 2002 to represent Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, which includes Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties. In 2012, he ran unopposed in the general election and was re-elected to his sixth term serving the largely conservative Gulf Coast-area communities. “Congressman Bonner is a native son of Alabama with extensive experience in diverse areas ranging from public policy and legislative matters to industrial recruitment and job creation,” Reinhart said. “A
There is a lot of talent in town, and we thought that doing the music show might be a way to get more exposure to that. — Frank Thagard
BONNER FROM PAGE 1 “There has been remarkable growth,” he said. “That didn’t happen by accident. Working with state government, Robert Witt was able to secure Bryce complex as part of a new campus for the University. That was a long time in coming. Other governors and presidents worked on that. But it was Witt and [former Gov. Bob] Riley that made that happen. You
know about it or are very interested in it,” Thagard said. “But there is a lot of talent in town, and we thought that doing the music show might be a way to get more exposure to that.” Thagard hopes people will watch the show and then go and see some of the bands on the show perform. “Right now, Tuscaloosa doesn’t have a really reliable aggregator of the talent that is going on in Tuscaloosa right now, and hopefully the show will be a kind of touchstone for people when they are looking to go out at night,” he said.
solid foundation is in place, and we look forward to working with Jo Bonner to expand the system’s economic impact on Alabama and leverage resources to maximum advantage.” As a congressman, Jo Bonner served on both the House Committee on Appropriations and House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, also known as the Ethics Committee. His website states he is a staunch defender of taxpayer money and played a role in bringing the assembly plant for aircraft manufacturer Airbus to Alabama in 2012.
IF YOU WATCH... • What: The Tuscaloosa Monorail • When: Every other Tuesday at 8 p.m. • Where: Comcast channel 21
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Students, groups send supplies to Oklahoma By Kyle Dennan and Rachel Brown CW Staff Following the tornado that devastated Oklahoma last week, several Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama community members have been doing what they can to help with relief efforts, feeling a connection to their own experiences with the April 27, 2011, tornado that tore through the state of Alabama. The Silent Tide, an organization originally formed to protest the Westboro Baptist Church’s recent visit to the University, is organizing a wine and cheese benefit at Hotel Capstone to benefit tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma and Kansas, Cassandra Kaplan, a senior majoring in public relations, said. “The group was founded a week before Westboro Baptist Church came to Tuscaloosa,” Kaplan said. “[We] put together The Silent Tide as a peaceful, nonconfrontational protest for that day. We planned on this being a one-time event, but when the tornadoes happened, we decided to find a way to help.” Part of the inspiration for
We wanted to let them know that we haven’t forgotten the impact of the outside people coming to us to help. — Cassandra Kaplan
the group’s efforts to aid Oklahoma came from the comments made by Westboro after the natural disaster, she said. “Half an hour after storms hit Moore, [Okla.,] Westboro Baptist Church was on Twitter talking about how this was God’s will and talking about an elementary school with kids thought to be trapped inside,” Kaplan said. “They were saying all these horrible things about how they hoped these kids were dead.” The main driving force behind The Silent Tide’s fundraising, though, came from group members’ own experiences following the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, Kaplan said. “The reason we wanted to do this is that we were so impacted by the tornado that hit here, and we wanted to let them
know that we haven’t forgotten the impact of the outside people coming to us to help,” Kaplan said. The fundraiser will take place Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at Canterbury Chapel. Catherine Shelby, a UA graduate with a degree in social work, has been heavily involved with Alabama for Oklahoma Animals, a statewide group that is providing pet supplies, veterinary equipment and feed for larger animals of the affected areas in and around Norman, Okla. Shelby, who is interested in the use of animal therapy for her clients, has worked with animal rescue organizations in the past. When she saw the news coverage of the Oklahoma tornadoes, something stood out to her. “Seeing all of the dogs and the cats on the news coverage in Oklahoma, I didn’t see one dog or cat walk by without a collar on, which means that they belong to someone,” Shelby said. “Just knowing that we are sending these supplies out there that are taking care of people’s pets – the pets that have become such a huge part of their – family, makes me
feel a lot better.” Shelby said these animals are vital to victims of the tornadoes who might have lost everything else they owned. “There are a lot of people who have lost all of their material things but have their animal left, and that’s all they have,” Shelby said. “It makes them stronger; it’s something familiar to them, something they can relate to, a companion they did not lose.” So far, Alabama for Oklahoma Animals has teamed up with Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa, the Auburn University organization formed to aid Tuscaloosa and other affected communities after the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, to send a large semi-trailer truck filled with supplies for both humans and animals to Oklahoma. They will be sending another truck with animal supplies soon. Additionally, Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa began developing their own relief effort for Oklahoma soon after the tornadoes hit. Holly Shirley, the executive director of Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa, said the organization is also collaborating with local radio station 95.3 The Bear in Tuscaloosa and
Students and local residents begin relief following the April 27 tornado. Journey Church in Norman, effort for as long as they need. Okla., to help the city of Moore More information on supplies currently needed can be found and surrounding areas. “The first truck was sent on its Facebook page. out within 24 hours from Tuscaloosa,” Shirley said. “We set up drop spots for supplies all over the state.” • What: The Silent Tide Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa has also set up an Amazon wish Wine and Cheese list for supplies still needed in Benefit for Oklahoma Oklahoma. “What is needed now is • Where: Hotel Capstone clean up supplies, like wheelbarrows and shovels,” Shirley • When: Friday, 6:30 to said. Shirley says Toomer’s for 9 p.m. Tuscaloosa will continue helping with the Oklahoma relief
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Workshop fosters creativity, curiosity in local youth By Allison Hobson Contributing Writer Every summer, the College of Education at The University of Alabama holds their Summer Enrichment Workshop for gifted and talented youth. The three-week program is held at Matthews Elementary School in Northport, Ala., in June hosting two daily sessions, each one hour and 45 minutes long. Th e program wa s started 35 years ago by Carol
Schlichter as a way to provide enrichment activities for gifted students whose needs were not always being met in the classrooms. One of the directors of the program, Jane Newman, said the workshop was also started as a practicum for masters students in the College of Education. Now, Newman said each student has two classes a day they can pick based on what they are interested in. Each class is then an hour and 45 minutes with a 15-minute
break. “The classes are given with a break to give each student time to experience the things that were taught in regular school,” Newman said. “We use a program called Talents Unlimited Productive, which helps the students to use their thinking skills for decision making, planning, forecasting and communication strategies that are not learned in regular school.” The other director of the program, Kevin Besnoy, added that the classes are
steered toward a lot of handson activities based on what courses each student takes. The program offers more than 32 different courses that explore creativity and each student’s different area of interest. Although this is the 35th year of the program, changes come every year whether big or small. The program is providing one-third of the students a scholarship. This gives more gifted students from various backgrounds an opportunity to come to the program.
“The 35th year does not show anything more special than the other years. It just demonstrates a critical need to provide for gifted students and gives them a chance to learn at the pace they should be learning at,” Besnoy said. “It also shows that the quality service is always needed.” The directors stressed that S.E.W. is nothing like summer school or summer camp. The focus is not entirely on having fun but on allowing students to tap into their curiosity with the teachers
as their guides. The teachers also get the opportunity to create their own lessons and classes that don’t need an end-of-the-year test. It is a high-quality service for the teachers and the students. The only thing needed is high standards and curiosity. “The real story is in the teachers, because without them, there would be no reason for the students to come,” Besnoy said. “Real power in the program, real success flies with the teachers.”
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Artist couple opens studio downtown
By Taiza Troutman Contributing Writer Tuscaloosa artists Caleb and Ruth O’Connor recently celebrated the grand opening of their new art studio located downtown on University Boulevard. The couple found the large, open space while they were looking for personal studio space, bringing a new flair to Tuscaloosa’s art scene. “It was such a large, raw space with so much potential that it was perfect for both gallery and instructional space,” said Ruth O’Connor.
The O’Connors are both professional artists who met in an art class at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The couple moved to Tuscaloosa when Caleb O’Connor, whose specialty is figurative narrative art, was commissioned to paint the mural at the Tuscaloosa Federal Building depicting scenes from Alabama history. Both have years of prior art teaching experience. Ruth O’Connor was a visual and fine arts instructor for more than 10 years and taught mainly children and high school students, while Caleb O’Connor taught adults. “It has always been a dream of ours to open our own instructional studio,” Ruth O’Connor said. “And finding this space made our dream a reality earlier than we expected.”
The O’Connors hope to create a laid-back environment where personal expression is just as important as learning great art techniques. “In my studio, I want people to know we aren’t prejudiced against any art form. We want people to be able to express themselves freely,” Caleb O’Connor said. The O’Connors said helping students gain a good foundation of the fundamentals of art is important as well as providing students lessons on modern art culture as well. “Art has grown outside of painting. I want to communicate a modern message and make sure that my students know that the fundamentals of painting are the gateway for new art forms like graphic design and figurative arts,” Caleb O’Connor said.
O’Connor Art Studios is currently offering enrollment in a variety of art classes including figure and plein-air painting, fundamentals of drawing, and figure drawing. There will also be noninstructional, open studio sessions every Friday night with nude models for $15. Classes usually last six to eight weeks and the O’Connors welcome artists of all skill levels. “[The studio’s philosophy is to] train and help artists with basic foundations of art, not to make artists into copies of [me] and [my] husband, but encourage them to develop their own style,” Ruth O’Connor said. Caleb O’Connor said the arts are a very important part of any community. “I wanted to open the studio to feed the want for the arts and culture in the community,”
Caleb O’Connor said. “Art is a large part of our society and everyday life whether we realize it or not. Unfortunately, art has been cut out of many educational systems, and I would like to be a part [of] strengthening community art education where I can.” Starting fall 2013, the studio will offer a series of featured artists who will come in to teach their techniques and display their work. Some of the featured artists include graphic artist and painter Kevin Margo, realist painter and photographer Kit Gentry and traditional artist Danni Dawson. The O’Connors are now enrolling new students in their many courses. For more information about the studio or to enroll in classes, call O’Connor Art Studios at (205) 396-9892.
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Bama Theatre hosts rock ‘n’ roll-themed art show By Grace Hagemann Contributing Writer
The Bama Theatre will be hosting its “B Side: Rock & Roll Art Show” exhibit this summer that features the work of artists Linda Bell, Jeff Bertrand, Tony Bratina and Tony Brock. Linda Bell, a graduate of The University of Alabama with an emphasis on art history, has exhibited her work in textile and digital medias since 2008. She currently works under the name Elles Beles and creates storytelling artwork on fabric, usually deriving
inspiration from fairytales. For the “B Side” exhibit, Bell focused on the myth and legend associated with the idols of rock music. Tony Brock is a Tuscaloosa artist who specializes in popsurrealism. “Pop-surrealism is hard to describe, but my definition of it is vivid colors with unreal and exaggerated subject matter that’s associated with popular culture,” Brock said. A comic fan at heart, Brock is influenced by the cartoon style and non-realistic structures that allow him to create art
without boundaries. His subject matter is broad, ranging from paintings of zombie bowlers to roller derby girls. Another artist featured in the show, Jeff Bertrand, found inspiration in the outsider art, graffiti and tattoo culture of his hometown, Nashville, Tenn. Bertrand is the recipient of a Scholastic American Vision Award, which recognizes prestigious young artists, when he was 17. Tony Bratina works as a graphic artist and illustrator at The Tuscaloosa News as well as various magazines that have
won numerous awards. He is known for his graphic style that can be seen in the paper, but his art tends to be more expressive and loosely painted. For the “B Side” show, Bratina fused his smooth graphic style with his expressive technique. He also chose to focus on rock and roll’s most influential songs instead of the famous faces behind the microphone. “While I think it’s really cool to capture the likeness and the soul of the artist in a portrait, I wanted to be just a little different and focus on their
artwork,” Bratina said. “Also, I already knew that Tony Brock and the others were focusing on the portraits, so I decided to add just a little wrinkle.” The “B Side: Rock & Roll Art Show” is presented by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and was the result of planning and discussion between artist Brock and Bama Theatre education director Sharron Rudowski. “The ‘B Side’ exhibit came about from a conversation I had during one of the Thursday night art nights with Sharron Rudowski of the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa,” Brock said.
“We thought it would be cool to do an art exhibit with a rock and music theme. It grew from there.” The four featured artists are creating all new pieces for the exhibit. “I love that the public can go to an art show and get a wide variety of styles all based on the same theme of rock and roll,” Bratina said. “It’s always interesting to see how other artists interpret the same subject.” The exhibit will be on display from June 7 to July 5, with a public reception Friday, June 7, from 6–9 p.m.
Education, literacy key to state health Local band brings mix By Katherine Owen Production Editor In a state where 1 in 4 adults is functionally illiterate, high rates of obesity, diabetes and hospitalization may not be as arbitrary as they seem. According to the National Adult Literacy survey by Center for Health Care Strategies, 75 percent of Americans who reported having a long-term illness also had limited literacy. This means they are less likely to understand how to dictate, diagnose and treat their own symptoms. “There are a lot of things that go into your health literacy skills,” Kay Smith, a member of the Alabama Health Literacy Coalition, said. “Some personal things such as your ability to see, your memory, reasoning skills, your background, your language, culture, education and social support.” Smith said the coalition aims to improve the health literacy rates in Alabama by providing resources and information to residents. She said though the root of the problem often comes
There’s evidence that shows that people with low health literacy skills have increased hospitalizations. — Kay Smith
from individual situations, the impact is widespread. “Some of that interacts with some broader issues, such as the health care system, and our ability to navigate that system,” Smith said. “There’s evidence that shows that people with low health literacy skills have increased hospitalizations, which lead to higher health care cost for all of us really. It’s pretty critical we all take notice.” Koushik Kasanagottu, a junior at The University of Alabama and president of the Diabetes Education Team, has worked to set up several diabetes educational opportunities in the Black Belt region for residents. He said he has consistently seen better outcomes in diabetes management in areas
with higher literacy rates as opposed to places with lower literacy rates, such as the Black Belt. “The people whom we serve in the Black Belt are not as educated and are on the lower socioeconomic status,” Kasanagottu said. “They usually realize they have diabetes when it’s too late, which leads to serious complications such as seizures, amputations and neuropathy.” He said diabetes is an easily diagnosed disease, and if more people are educated and aware of the causes and symptoms of diabetes, they are able to prevent or catch the disorder. For example, drinking a can of Coke a day has been linked an increase your risk of acquiring diabetes by 25 % according to a study done by Harvard. “If people are made aware of facts like this, they can prevent the disorder before they even get it,” he said. Marie Eddins, a junior in the UA nursing program, said she sees a difference in her patients’ education and personal health levels based on what hospital she is assigned to. “Rural areas have seemed to produce more health-illiterate patients than the urban areas,” Eddins said. “You definitely see diet issues, understanding what calories are, what are the right foods to eat and why they’re gaining weight. I personally worked with a man who was going to loose his foot because he was not educated in diabetes awareness. “I know for nurses, one of our main roles is education. If patients do come in for their annual routine physical exam, it is part of nurses’ job to provide knowledge to patients. But for people who don’t
come in, that really creates a problem.” Kasanagottu said he believes education to be key in increasing health literacy and lessening the impact of some of these issues. “Breast cancer activists have done a great job with this,” he said. “They have been strong proponents of individual screening and prevention. Thus, breast cancer has had a higher survival rate over the years. Education seems to be the key in solving this problem.” The CHCS also found that in a study of 483 asthma patients, only 60 percent had the ability to read above the sixth-grade level, though two-thirds had reported graduating from high school. “When the education material requires a sixth grade reading level, there is a significant problem for rural diabetics who are unable to read the information on this material,” Kasanagottu said. “There is a disconnect of communication between educators and the population. But, there has been a lot of progress in this area, and educators are using other media, not only fliers, to disseminate the information.” Smith also noted the connection between education and health literacy. One way to help, she said, was to get to the root of the problem: education. “I would say, you know, get involved in a local literacy council. Or get involved in the schools, and help mentor kids,” Smith said. “And you know, on a personal level, not being afraid to speak up with your health care provider and institutions when you don’t understand anything. People should use their libraries for self-education, and learn as much as possible.”
of classic rock to local audiences, across South By Kevin Brophy Contributing Writer Making its way throughout the South, Farmer’s Daughter performed a variety of songs at Rhythm & Brews Friday night. The members said they do have some original songs, but decided to play covers for this particular show because of the crowd participation. “We want [the audience] to think we’re a fresh, different approach, [so] we try to bring a mix of different musicians to our show,” Liz Whipple of Farmer’s Daughter said before the show. With a variety of more than 40 classic rock songs in their set list from artists such as Janis Joplin and Aerosmith to more recent artists like the Black Keys and Miranda Lambert, Farmer’s Daughter brought a mix that the audience enjoyed. Their influences include No Doubt, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and 80s hair bands. All of these artists were included the band’s setlist at their Tuscaloosa show. “We really try and focus on the music versus how some bands focus on show. We try to make it a mix,” Whipple said. “We play music that’s close to us, and the audience can feel our passion for it.” The band got the crowd out of their seats and on the dance floor for the entire set. They played songs recognizable to many at the show. “They have a good mix of songs that people could sing to and songs that people could dance to,” Rachel Mills, a student visiting from Mississippi College, said. “They have a great variety.”
Although this was Mills’ first time hearing Farmer’s Daughter, she said she would definitely see them again. Farmer’s Daughter is comprised of singer Liz Whipple, her husband and lead guitarist Brian Whipple, bassist Joe Massone and drummer Lee Turner. The Whipples are Tuscaloosa locals, while Massone and Turner are from Birmingham, Ala. “We play so well together because we have a common goal, bringing good music to the audience,” Liz Whipple said. Farmer’s Daughter formed while the musicians were studying at The University of Alabama. Their name stems from Liz Whipple’s life growing up as a peach farmer’s daughter. The band began performing at Rhythm & Brews on Thursday nights and became a regular performer after management was impressed. Although the crowd was small, it brought in a wide age range of people in their early 20s to those in their late 70s. Some of the audience members thought the band was too good for the size of the crowd. “I think the band is better than the crowd here,” Lester Grimes, an attendee from Tuscaloosa, said. “She’s the best vocalist I’ve heard locally, and I think that’s important because people tend to perceive the vocalist the most, but I really appreciate the talent of the band as well.” Farmer’s Daughter tours around the South, playing shows in Birmingham, Ala., and in Meridian, Miss., where another Rhythm & Brews is located. For more information, visit Farmer’s Daughter’s Facebook page.
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Extremism still major factor for changing Bible Belt By Katherine Owen Production Editor When Westboro Baptist Church members arrived in Tuscaloosa Saturday, May 18, the picketers came prepared with a message spouting hate and biblical warning. The church’s message, denouncing The University of Alabama, said it is one of many American colleges that has become a “hotbed” of sin. And it is part of the so-called Bible Belt that, they believe, is just as bad. “Bibles are everywhere. People don’t read them,” Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the church, said. “Stop lying about it being a Bible Belt. Those cities are just like everywhere else. It’s like an unwashed mass of the same thing everywhere. Everywhere. Corner to corner.” WBC had come to a school in the heart of the perceived Bible Belt and was met with mixed reactions but often ones of love, forgiveness and even just quiet disregard. Regardless, WBC was met by a changing Bible Belt. And whether or not it would
have agreed with the old one, the Bible Belt it came to denounce is one already under construction. According to a January 2013 study by the American Bible Society, Alabama still has three cities in the top10 “Bible-minded” cities list, with Birmingham/Anniston/ Tuscaloosa ranked No. 4. The study ranked cities on Biblemindedness based on residents’ Bible reading habits and beliefs. But the study also pointed out that what was previously the traditional Bible Belt is changing. Previously stereotypical Bible Belt cities such as Houston, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, and Tulsa, Okla., have fallen off the list, and the belt has become less a region and more a series of hot spots. Geoffrey Morin, chief communications officer for the American Bible Society, said the study helps their organization look at cities, not only comparatively, but also individually. A study like this helps the society track the “Bible landscape” of the U.S., one that is apparently morphing. He said the southeastern
cities still dominate the top of the Bible-minded list, and northeastern cities tend to rank lower, but the list is now more specific. “The traditional Bible Belt is now probably more accurately descried as Bible polka dots, “dominated by Southeast metros, but spotty,” Morin said. John Giggie, associate professor of American and Southern history at the University, said the “Bible Belt” metaphor was never completely accurate. “What it failed to capture was not the diversity of the kinds of religion in the South but the differences among Southern Christians,” Giggie said. “I think as a catch-all phrase, it’s waning in accuracy and utility.” Giggie and Morin both said unwavering faith in the Bible is a consistently defining characteristic of Southern Bible Belt/ Bible minded cities. What’s changing, Giggie said, is the openness of Southern religion. “Fifty years ago, AfricanAmericans were seen by white Christians as not being able to be worshipped with,” Giggie said. “Now, interracial fellowships are growing quite rapidly in Pentecostal churches.”
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Picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church were met with aggressive counter-protests from various local groups. Giggie also said the presence of women in higher roles was evidence of change. “They’re rising in power in lay ministries,” he said. “As missionaries, as mission directors, they’re in charge of youth groups – that’s different.” What has always distinguished religion in the South, Giggie said, was the ease with which people discussed their faith. “It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about it in a coffee shop or at a party or just in the street. In the South, it just rolled off people’s
tongues,” Giggie said. He said that and the fact most people belonged to a Christian denomination was the makeup of the previous Bible Belt. Now, he said, the South is much more “cosmopolitan” in its makeup of religions. The new face of the Bible Belt includes new Christian denominations, a blending of Christian denominations as well as openness to non-Christian, non-traditional beliefs. What will always remain are the groups that lean on the side of the extreme. “There are always groups
that are on the extreme side of polite society,” Giggie said. “That is, those who are willing to try to manipulate the media or people’s emotions to broadcast a message.” Giggie said WBC is part of a longer tradition of extremism in America that 50 years ago was more racially based. “But that’s faded away recently,” he said. “Much in the same way, I think Westboro will eventually fade away because their message of hatred and extremism and intolerance is not garnering an audience of supporters, only detractors.”
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Bands turning to social platforms like Facebook to share music with audiences By Kevin Brophy
broader demographic for artists to do this. For example, The way music artists are if a band had a Facebook getting heard has changed page and put its songs on it quite drastically over the years. for people to listen to, then New technology and social their friends would hear and media are allowing artists to share it with their friends, share their music to a much who would then post it on bigger audience all at once. someone’s wall. Even liking the song would Social networking sites like SoundCloud, Facebook and post your actions on everyone’s Twitter are used as outlets homepage. They can receive by many bands to get their honest critiques from people because they aren’t speaking voices heard. The Internet creates a face to face. People tend to be
more honest online; therefore, you can easily find your weaknesses in order to make your music stronger. Before social media technology, musicians had to travel the country and tour to promote their music, as well as sell CDs or merchandise. Sometimes they went so far as to sell CDs out of their trunk or perform on the streets. They had to go out to get their fans. The more bands expanded themselves the more likely
they’d be to make it big. Now all of that can be done at home on a laptop by making a Facebook page or a website. Some would argue social media is making it easier for anyone to make it big, but those who actually use the technology to spread their music beg to differ. They argue the struggles are still present, just in different ways. For example, they still have to get their music heard. And that can be difficult if your demographics are not reached,
which can happen with inexperienced artists. Others argue it’s affecting the music as a whole. They’re saying it’s just not the same. One could say in older music, the struggle and emotion is more powerful and is alive in the lyrics -- you can feel the effort to make it. Some say now it takes little talent to make music because technology is more efficient and does more work than the artist, which shows in the finished product.
I feel there is some truth to all of the ideas about the way new artists promote, but I don’t think the struggle is that much easier or the music is that much affected. The struggle is coming up with a new sound, something that has never been done. Plenty of great artists came before bands, and it’s difficult making your own sound without copying the ones who paved the way for you. Your opinion is your own, and no one is more right than the other.
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Following loss to LSU, Tide exits conference tournament
Cory Whitsett wins NCAA Elite 89 award for 2nd straight year
By Nick Sellers Staff Reporter
on top in the first inning, 3-0, a improbable single, double
â€˘ Name: Mike Oczypok
â€˘ Name: Mikey White
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â€˘ RBIs: 1 lead that would not be altered. The loss put Alabama fighting for its life against the Ole Miss Rebels the next day. The Tide fought through another roller coaster of a game, trading hits and runs in a contest that had to be settled with one extra inning. However, the Rebels succumbed to Alabamaâ€™s offense in the 10th frame, 7-5. The win had the Tide headed to a rematch against the nowestablished villain in the tournament, LSU. In the quarterfinals, playing in front of an announced crowd of 11,207, runs certainly did not come easy for the two squads. Playing into a 2-1 lead, Alabama pitcher Mike Oczypok secured two outs in the ninth inning and looked to have the win all but wrapped up. With their back against the wall, however, the Tigers hijacked a one-run lead off of an
and single. All three Crimson Tide batters struck out in the bottom of the ninth to seal the deal in an unlikely 3-2 comeback for LSU and a heartbreaking elimination for Alabama. Gaspard said he had confidence in the Tide getting into the national postseason race in the postgame conference. â€œWherever we go, weâ€™re playing some pretty good baseball,â€? Gaspard said. â€œI know what theyâ€™re getting right now. Theyâ€™re getting just what they deserve right now, which is getting an opportunity to go to the NCAA postseason.â€? The conference tournament effort from the Tide was the farthest the team had been since the 2010 event, which saw the team lose to LSU in the championship game in a one-run contest. Action in the NCAA playoffs will begin Friday for the Tide.
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achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAAâ€™s championships. Whitsett, a junior from Houston, Texas, was presented the award at a welcome banquet for the 2013 NCAA Menâ€™s Golf Championship, hosted by Georgia Tech. He has a 4.0 grade-point average in management at the University of Alabama. Whitsett barely edged his teammate, junior Bobby Wyatt, for the award, who also boasts a 4.0 GPA.
Whitsett is competing in his third NCAA Championship and is ranked fourth in the most recent Golfweek/ Sagarin Performance Index. He leads the team with a 71.26 scoring average and has two tournament victories on the season and five for his career. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be traveling with the team, an active member and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
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Alabama junior golfer Cory Whitsett was named the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Menâ€™s Golf Championship Monday evening. He is the first menâ€™s golf student-athlete at the NCAA Division-I level to be a two-time recipient. The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national level in his or her sport while also
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After missing out on last yearâ€™s Southeastern Conference tournament, the Alabama baseball team (3426) put up an effort in the 2013 tournament at the nearby Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, reaching the quarterfinal knockout game against LSU. Though the Crimson Tide fell 3-2 in the game, its tournament performance was enough to improve an already impressive rĂŠsumĂŠ. As a No. 7 seed, the Crimson Tide was paired with none other than the Auburn Tigers for the first round, singleelimination stage of the tournament. The back-and-forth game saw Alabama eventually prevail over its cross-state rival 6-3, a result that likely secured the Tigerâ€™s fate as a non-postseason team. After the first-round game, head coach Mitch Gaspard stressed the importance of playing well in the conference tournament to improve his teamâ€™s chances on getting into the NCAA postseason. â€œI felt like a win today would certainly solidify us getting in,â€? Gaspard said. â€œI know a lot can happen this week with tournament play. Good play in this tournament could potentially move you from a threeseed to a two-seed.â€? Getting no rest throughout the week, the Tide went straight into a second-round matchup against the No. 2 seeded LSU Tigers, who were the eventual tournament champions. LSU jumped out
Crimson Tide to send 15 qualifying athletes to participate in 11 events at NCAA outdoor Track and Field Championships in June CW Staff Five Crimson Tide athletes led the way in qualifying for The University of Alabama track and field team Saturday â€“ the third and final day of the 2013 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries held at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center at North Carolina A&T State University. The Crimson Tide will send 15 athletes in 11 events for an overall 11 entries to Eugene, Ore., next month for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The 4x100-meter relay team of Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson, Akeem Haynes and Dushane Farrier earned qualification by winning its heat and recording the fastest time of the day with a 39.09. The next fastest time was LSU with a 39.19, a team that beat the Crimson Tide just 13
days ago at the SEC Outdoor Championships. In addition to the 4x100-meter relay team, the menâ€™s 4x400-meter relay team qualified by finishing seventh overall. Joel Lynch, Dwight Davis, Ken Taylor and Quincy Smith earned their way to the 2013 finals by running a qualifying time of 3:07.7. Diondre Batson qualified for the 200 meters, running a time of 20.57 and finishing fifth overall. Batson will run in the 100- and 200-meters, while also running a leg in the 4x100meter relay team in Eugene, Ore. Three freshmen qualified for the 2013 edition of the outdoor championships on the menâ€™s side Saturday, including Elias Hakansson in the hammer throw, Imani Brown in the triple jump and Justin Fondren in the high jump. Hakansson registered a throw
of 211-1 (64.35 m), before passing on his final three attempts, while Fondren cleared a mark of 7-0 1/4 (2.14 m) to qualify for his first NCAA Championship meet. On the womenâ€™s side, Wilamena Hopkins punched her ticket to the championships in the shot put by finishing 10th in the East Regional, throwing 52 feet, 4 inches (15.95m). Hopkins, a senior from Archer, Fla., saved her best throw of the year for when it mattered most, as she qualifies for the NCAA Championships for the first time since her freshman year in 2010. The 15 athletes who qualified at the preliminaries will travel to Eugene, Ore., for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon. The championships run June 5-8.
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Alabama Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Saban By Charlie Potter Sports Editor University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, May 18. Honored at a banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Saban became the latest in a long line of great Crimson Tide sports figures to be enshrined in the ASHOF. He arrived at the University in 2007 and resurrected the Crimson Tide football program back into the national spotlight in the 2008 season. He won his first BCS National Championship at Alabama in 2009 and recently claimed back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, something almost no other coach has done in their career. â€œWhen youâ€™re growing up as a kid, you always want to be able to do something of significance,â€? Saban said. â€œYou hope that you can do something that
affects people in a positive way and you leave some legacy at what youâ€™ve done. Things like this make you realize that maybe youâ€™ve done that, that your work has been recognized and that all the miles you drove in recruiting and all the family sacrifices that everybody had to make â€Ś it somehow makes you realize that itâ€™s all worthwhile.â€? In his past eight years of coaching college football, Saban has won four national championships, with one coming in 2003 while he was at the helms at LSU. He has compiled a 154-55-1 (.737) record as a collegiate head coach, with a 61-7 (.897) record in the past five years. Saban was one of eight members elected in the hall in the class of 2013. The group included Ronnie Baynes (SEC and NFL official), the late Forrest Blue (Auburn center), Eric Davis (Jacksonville State football player), the late Bill Jones
(North Alabama basketball coach), Bill Oliver (defensive coach at Alabama and Auburn), Vickie Orr (Auburn basketball) and Dannette Young State (Alabama A&M track and field). â€œAnytime you get recognized with such a prestigious group of people that have been inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, itâ€™s a tremendous honor,â€? Saban said. Saban is entering his seventh season at the University this fall. He is a five-time National Coach of the Year. He is also one of only four coaches in the modern-poll era of college football to win four national championships, joining Paul â€œBearâ€? Bryant (Alabama: 1961, 64-65, 73, 78-79), Frank Leahy (Notre Dame: 1943, 46-47, 49) and John McKay (USC: 1962, 67, 72, 74). He is also one of three coaches in the poll era to win three national titles in a fouryear span, joining Leahy and Nebraskaâ€™s Tom Osborne.
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Nick Saban addresses the media following his fourth national championship victory. After eight years as head coach of college football teams, he is inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Saban was quick to point out who was missing in the crowd. The late Mal Moore was a very important figure in Sabanâ€™s recruitment to the University and a mentor to the successful coach. â€œThe one regret that I have
is the man who is responsible for me being at The University of Alabama and having maybe the greatest coaching job in the world, who was my partner in all the success that we had over the last six years, Mal Moore, is not here to be a part
of this with us tonight,â€? Saban said. â€œAnd that makes me very very sad because I have a tremendous amount of respect for a genuine human being and a great man â€Ś The University of Alabama was everything to him.â€?
Tide to face Troy in 2013 NCAA Tallahassee Regional By Caroline Gazzara Staff Reporter The NCAA Division Baseball Committee revealed Monday on ESPNU that the Crimson Tide earned a No. 2 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tallahassee Regional. Alabama will take on Troy University in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday. This will be the first regional pairing for the Crimson Tide, which will then take on either Florida State or Savannah State in the second
game Saturday. Alabama (34-26) previously defeated Troy 11-2 in early May, and it holds a 19-8 overall record against the Trojans. The previous victory leaves the Crimson Tide confident it can win again. â€œ[Troy] is a really good offensive team, but weâ€™re going to look at some things we did against them â€Ś and how to be successful,â€? head coach Mitch Gaspard said. â€œWe have to get good quality starting pitching. Right now weâ€™re in a
really good place both offensively and defensively. A lot of it comes down to sharpening things up and continuing to be crisp because itâ€™s now or never right now.â€? This will be Alabamaâ€™s fifth appearance in the NCAA Regionals in the past six years. It will also be the second time the Tide has played at Mike Martin Field in Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. Senior catcher Brett Booth said returning to Mike Martin Field gives the team a more
Softball team sees season end at Knoxville Super Regional CW Staff The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team saw its season come to an end as it fell 5-3 in game two against Tennessee, in the Knoxville Super Regional Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The Tide finished its season with a 45-15 record while the Lady Vols advance to the Womenâ€™s College World Series with a 49-10 mark. Alabama raced out to an early 3-0 lead, but Tennessee was able to chip away and eventually took the lead for good, scoring four runs over a three inning span to advance to Oklahoma City. Jackie Traina was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs â€“ three earned on eight hits to finish the season 19-8. Senior Kayla Braud finished her final game in a Crimson
Tide uniform with a 2-for3 effort. Freshman Haylie McCleney and junior Molly Fichtner also tallied two hits each. Fichtner added two RBIs and a double. What eluded the Tide in the first game of the series was not a problem in the first inning against Tennessee as Alabama cashed in on its first opportunity of the contest. Fichtner gave the Tide a 2-0 lead when she grounded a two-run single up the middle to score Braud and McCleney. Alabama added another, taking advantage of a couple of Tennessee mishaps. With the bases loaded, McCleney hit a fly ball to center that was dropped and enabled sophomore Danae Hays to score and give the Tide a 3-0 lead in the second. Tennessee would fight all the
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way back and then take its first lead of the contest in the fifth inning. Madison Shipmanâ€™s sac-fly in the third got the Lady Vols on the board. Tennessee then added two more in the fourth on another sac-fly, this time off the bat of Rainey Gaffin. Raven Chavanne then evened the score with a single to left. Kat Dotson tallied the go-ahead run on another sacfly in the fifth. Tennessee would cap off its scoring and add an insurance run in the seventh when Melissa Brown singled in a run on a ball that sneaked through up the middle. Braud finished her AllAmerican career as the alltime leader in batting average (.438) at Alabama. She finished ranked No. 2 in on-base percentage (.512), runs (271), hits (344) and stolen bases (182).
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Whether Alabama wins or loses Friday, it will still go on to play the loser of the opposite contest. If the Tide wins both games this weekend, it will move onto Super Regionals and will face the winner of the Bloomington Regional. â€œWe have to play like we have been playing the past couple of weeks [to get to Super Regionals],â€? Booth said. â€œWe have been swinging the bats really well and pitches have been coming along a lot better. The biggest thing this week will be the bullpen but we have to do what we have to do. We have to play well, play error free, and look for some
good opportunities.â€? Last season, Alabama was not selected to compete in the postseason, which was a let down for the team. But after turning this season around, freshman shortstop Mickey White said it is exciting to help turn the program in the right direction. â€œComing into this year, you really want to turn the program back around and to get back to the postseason,â€? White said. â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun and it feels like you are part of something special.â€? Alabama is slated to meet Troy at 11 a.m. Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.
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only if asked. Spend later. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- You have less than you thought. Donâ€™t give to groups, yet. Heed a friendâ€™s warning to be frugal. An older person gets an emotional rise out of you. Donâ€™t follow blindly. Accept new responsibilities. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -Turn down an expensive invitation. Reassess priorities. Handle unfinished work without getting snarky. Do your part in private. Itâ€™s a good day for a haircut or a new look. Take time for yourself. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Ignore someone elseâ€™s rudeness. Treat yourself with more respect. Itâ€™s not a good time to travel or launch. Let the others figure out the details, as you handle the basics. Then relax. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Focus on practical career action. Confidence could seem challenging. Put up with an annoying restriction. Moneyâ€™s not required. Work cuts into your social life. Donâ€™t try something new just yet, although you could plan it. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Chaos reigns. Get support from someone with more experience. Stick close to home, but donâ€™t let friends spend all your money. Consult a teacher, and follow their advice. Put those friends to work. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- New information challenges old practices. This is a good thing. Till the rich soil for revelations. Get chores done early. There may be a disagreement about priorities. Run a reality check, and strengthen infrastructure. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Attend a public event with your partner. Practical effort sets the stage. Slow and easy does it. So bid high. Choose to work now, and play later. An older person offers instruction.
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