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By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor In 2009, Florida ended Alabama’s season, hitting a two-out, walk-off grand slam in the Women’s College World Series semi-final. In 2010, the Tide couldn’t make it back to Omaha, losing in the Super Regional on a walk-off home run to Hawaii. There was no walk-off in 2011, but instead, the Tide was stunned by Florida twice in one day – 16-2 and 9-2 losses – once again sending the Tide home empty-handed Alabama enters the 2012 Women’s College World Series with the memories of the previous three years still fresh in its mind. The Tide is still looking for the first national title in program history and believes 2012 could be the year to do it. Sophomore Kaila Hunt said the team is very confident going into this series. “I would not want to be playing with anyone else,” Hunt said. “We have the pitching staff, we have the hitters, and everybody’s on the same page.” The Tide had a relatively smooth path to Oklahoma City, going undefeated in the SEC Championship, Regionals and Super Regional play, but the competition will only ramp up this weekend. SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 9

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By Abbey Crain Contributing Writer Tuscaloosa may be in the heart of the Bible Belt, but for now, at least, the city’s libraries intend to keep a nationwide topic of controversy on their bookshelves. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” book one of a trilogy by E.L. James and a New York Times bestseller, tells the story of the relationship between recent college graduate Ana Steele and manipulative businessman Christian Grey while detailing erotic scenes featuring bondage and sadism. Libraries in Wisconsin, Florida and Georgia have either pulled the book from their shelves


On April 19, between 2 and 2:30 a.m., two men were arrested for reckless endangerment after firing shots from handguns into the air to disperse an ongoing fight. On May 3 at 1:36 a.m., a 19-year-old was arrested for firing a handgun into the air to disperse a fight.

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The beer aisles of grocery stores in Alabama will look a little different in August. The drink menus of bars and restaurants will be a little longer, and package stores will make room on their shelves for the new beers in town. On May 16, Gov. Robert B e n t l e y signed into Just because you have a law a bill that bigger beer doesn’t mean will increase you’re going to be standthe maximum ing on the corner with a size of beer bigger brown bag. bottles sold in Alabama. The —Michael Hixson state became the 49th state to allow the sale of beer in containers larger than 16 ounces. The Gourmet Bottle Bill will allow retailers to sell containers up to 25.4 ounces. Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) voted in favor of the Gourmet Bottle Bill. “This law brings Alabama into conformity with the rest of the nation,” Poole said. Michael Hixson, the owner of a beverage store in Tuscaloosa named Corks and Tops, said Alabama was the last state to pass a bill like this because it just takes longer for the state to change. “We tend to drag our feet for change for some reason,” Hixson said. “I think a lot of people are afraid of change, and it’s either because A, fear or B, they’re misinformed. Just because you have a bigger beer doesn’t mean you’re going to be standing on the corner with a bigger brown bag.” Bo Hicks, Tuscaloosa chapter head for Free the Hops, the organization that pushed for the bill to be passed this year, said he wasn’t sure why it took Alabama so long.


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iolent altercations on the Strip in late April and early May that resulted in gunfire have spurred discussions and initiatives to create a safer atmosphere on the Strip. Early on the morning of Thursday, April 19, University Police quickly responded to a fight that had occurred on the 1200 block of University Boulevard, in which two suspects had fired weapons into the air to disperse the crowd that had surrounded the brawl. The altercation left two men hospitalized, including University of Alabama

Crimson Tide receiver DeAndrew White. The two 22-year-old men who fired the handguns were apprehended and charged with reckless endangerment. On Thursday, May 3, a similar situation occurred, in which police responded at 1:36 a.m. to reports that a 19-year-old man fired shots into the air during a fight involving approximately ten people outside of The Bear Trap on University Boulevard.

after receiving complaints from patrons or chosen not to purchase the work altogether, but Tuscaloosa shows no signs of taking similar actions. Cay Hohmeister, director of the Leon County Public Library in Florida, said he decided not to purchase the books for the county’s library patrons. “We have a number of criteria that we use that determines the quality of the material,” Hohmeister said. “We can only buy a small portion of books, and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ didn’t meet our selection material.” The Tuscaloosa Public Library, though, is letting the public decide for themselves whether to read the critically acclaimed romance erotica.

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By the end of the summer, the University of Alabama’s Department of Transportation Services promises to add more than 700 additional parking spaces to the 20,644 that already exist via the Northeast Commuter parking lot. This change is coming as part of a campus-wide renovation this summer. The new commuter parking lot will be located near the Capstone College of Nursing, the Stallings Center and the Child Development Research Center on campus. Chris D’Esposito, assistant director of Transportation Services, said the new parking lot will be listed online as on


option for student purchase by this summer, when parking registration begins. “Also, as a result of the pending expansion of the Ferguson Center, the South Ferguson Reserve Lot has been reclassified,” D’Esposito said. The lot will now only have handicap, state official, time limit and faculty and staff parking options. In addition to more parking availability on campus, more bike lanes have been put in place. Both sides of McCorvey Drive now have a bike lane, according to D’Esposito. “The addition of bike lanes required the removal of 33 parallel spaces that were designated as yellow residential,” D’Esposito said. “The loss of the space did not create any hardship, since these spaces could be easily absorbed into the Ferguson Deck, which is also designated as yellow residential.”


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MIAMI-- Only the police tape, the bloodstain on the ground and a grotesque mystery remained after the brutal attack on the MacArthur Causeway in which one naked man was shot dead by police after he attacked another naked man and began eating his face. Security video from the adjacent Miami Herald building captured snippets of the violence on the MacArthur’s off-ramp to Biscayne Boulevard as the two men, one dead, the other gravely injured, lay on the sidewalk as scores of officers arrived. The victim remained at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. In addition to eating the man’s flesh, his attacker, according to police sources, tried to gouge out his eyes. Police said it all began about 2 p.m. Saturday when a Road Ranger spotted the men and shouted on his loudspeaker for the attacker to back away. Meanwhile, a woman also saw what was happening and flagged down an officer. One witness, Larry Vega, told WSVN-Fox 7 he was riding his bicycle on the MacArthur when he saw a man tearing off pieces of the victim’s flesh with his mouth. “I told him to get off,” Vega told the station, “and the guy just kept eating the other guy

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away.” Vega said he found a police officer, who approached and told the attacker to get off the man. “The guy just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled.” The officer fired, striking the attacker, but the man kept chewing, Vega said. The officer fired again, hitting him several more times, eventually killing him. After that, Vega said, all he saw was blood. “It’s one of the most gruesome things I’ve ever seen in my life in person,” he told the station. Police theorized that the attacker might have suffered from “cocaine psychosis,” a drug-induced craze that bakes the body internally and often leads those it affects to strip naked to try to cool off. Other theories abounded, of course, sometimes leading to comparisons to one horrormovie staple, zombies. Police sources said Monday the attacker was 31-year-old Rudy Eugene. The name of the man Eugene seriously hurt remained a mystery. On Monday, the man was still at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in critical condition. “We’re hoping that he pulls through, for his well-being, but also so he can tell us what happened,” said Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami police union. “Only he knows.”

Summer dining hall hours For University of Alabama students spending their time on campus this summer, the dining hall schedules will differ from the traditional hours during the academic year. Bryant Sports Grill will be closed throughout the summer, and Burke Dining Hall will have varying hours and will serve camps.

Crime spike prompts increased security STRIP FROM PAGE 1 The recent altercations have called the safety of the Strip into question, as it serves as popular late-night entertainment for UA students and Tuscaloosa residents alike. “A lot of people I know go to the Strip a lot, whether for dinner or going out,” said Anna Stevens, a sophomore chemical and biological engineering student. “It’s scary to think that people are just walking around with guns out there.” The Tuscaloosa Police Department and the UA Police Department share the responsibility of patrolling the Strip. During the times these altercations occurred, TPD only monitored the area during weekends, from Thursday through Saturday nights. However, the two most recent shootings occured during the week, which has caused the TPD to alter their surveillance of the late-night hotspot. “We consider the Strip to still be very safe, but anytime a situation occurs, we are going to add more officers for security,” said TPD spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley. “Now, we have five or six officers both on the Strip and downtown during the week when we didn’t normally have them.” Along with an increase in officers patrolling the area, many surveillance cameras line the streets of the Strip, providing another measure of safety. In the past decade, police have used the footage to catch criminals. “We have several video cameras on the Strip, primarily for traffic purposes,” Blankley said. “However, we have used

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them to monitor crime, too. We hope that they are a deterrent [for crime], but they are also used as a tool to get information if and when a crime does happen.” Some business owners along the Strip agree that changes must be made, not only for the safety of their customers and workers, but also for the survival of their businesses. “The problem is stemming from people standing outside businesses and not going inside – loitering by people who aren’t necessarily students,” said Jon Alford, the general manager of Houndstooth Sports Bar on the Strip and president of the Alabama Beverage Licensees Association. The ABLA is working directly with the TPD to create a cooperative relationship between the businesses of the area and the police force. They are currently in the process of scheduling a meeting to brainstorm methods of creating a safe environment in Tuscaloosa, according to ABLA executive director Brandon Owens. “We are for anything that will help to make the area a safer place for residents, visitors and students,” Alford said of a plan to increase the number of informatie signs of the Strip that detail the use of cameras in the area. However, Jeremiah Jones, owner of Jupiter Bar on the Strip, said he realizes that there is always risk involved in owning a bar. “From a bar perspective, safety is the number one concern,” Jones said, estimating that his routine customers are about 90 percent students. “There is liability that comes with serving alcohol. But am I any more concerned now than

I was before? No. There is no increase or decrease – the concern remains constant. “I don’t want things to happen that are bad for business. If people believe the area isn’t safe, that isn’t going to help business. I can say that the fights didn’t involve customers of The Jupiter. It’s important for people not to associate my business with fights.” In 2009, the University introduced a new alert system, UA Alerts, which replaced the earlier model, Tide Text Alerts. The system is used to notify students, faculty and staff in case of a campus emergency through text messages, email and phone calls, said UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. Although the UA Alerts system is used primarily for severe weather warnings, the notifications were sent throughout the UA community at 2:47 a.m. on April 19, describing the incident and cautioning people against migrating towards the Strip. Another alert followed at 3:48 a.m., reading, “Situation cleared. Both suspects in custody. No gunshot injuries. Follow up investigations continue.” However successful the alerts may have been, the system did not notify the UA community of the second shooting on May 3, due to the differences between the crimes, which Andreen identified as the quick apprehension of the suspect in the May 3 shooting and the lack of an indication of continued danger. Nolan Bush, a sophomore political science major, believes that students shouldn’t fear for their safety around campus. “I don’t feel particularly unsafe, he said. “I feel like they were isolated incidents and not anything the average student should be worried about.”


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Alabama Robotics Team takes home first prize By Eric Yaron Contributing Writer The University of Alabama made huge waves in space science recently as a team of students from the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College took home first prize in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. The competition, from May 21 to May 27, was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., where the Alabama team won both the overall competition and the team demonstration competition. Named Alabama Lunabotics, the team includes both undergraduate and graduate level students competing against 55 other teams from around the world. The teams involved in the

faculty advisor for Alabama Lunabotics. “Many of the teams in attendance came from top engineering and mining universities in either the United States or elsewhere in the world. Just qualifying for the event was difficult enough, but winning it is an entirely different level of achievement.” Exactly how the excavators were judged depended on a strict set of guidelines and criteria that appointed judges took into consideration when assessing each robot’s capacity to perform. Submitted Known as lunabots, these Alabama Lunabotics competes against other teams from around the robotic constructs were tasked world. with collecting a minimum of competition were tasked with build the most effective remote- 10 kilograms of imitation lunar a singular objective, in which controlled excavator possible. material within 10 minutes. Alabama students achieved “The level of competition Each team was given two opporabove and beyond the other at this event was extremely tunities to complete this phase competitors: To design and intense,” said Kenneth Ricks, of the evaluation, and many

of the teams were unable to even complete this task once. Alabama Lunabotics completed the task in both attempts. The amount of material collected, as well as how quickly the lunabot collected the material, is not the only thing that was closely observed by the judges. Judging of the lunabots also included rating the design quality of the individual constructs. How well the individual teams were able to conform to the weight and size limitations for the lunabots, along with the amount of communication necessary between the operators and their creations, both played a pivotal role in deciding which team would be taking home first prize. “It was a great event, but seeing our hard work pay off made it all that much better,” said

Justin Headley, team member and co-team leader for Alabama Lunabotics. The teams themselves were also judged alongside their inventions. How well the lunabot was engineered on paper, community outreach, team spirit and the multidisciplinary level of the team all helped to provide a score to grade the individual teams. “Something that really made our team stand out and ultimately helped in winning the competition was the level of professionalism exhibited by the team members,” said Adam Melton, a team leader for Alabama Lunabotics. “We began work on our design around this time last year. With as many interchangeable parts as we engineered, we were able to tailor-make our robot to obtain as high of a score

Local businesses bend but don’t break in summer

By Katherine Owen Staff Reporter

Tuscaloosa retailers and restaurants are fighting to survive the summer, when students, who make up a majority of their profits, have fled the city. Some stores are lucky enough to have a regular local clientele to keep business in shape. “During the daytime and early evening hours, there’s not been much of a change in business,” Marie Eddins, a junior majoring in nursing who works at TCBY near Midtown,

Bottle law could boost economy BEER BOTTLE FROM PAGE 1 Hicks said Free the Hops began advocating the legislation in earnest this year after helping to pass the Brewery Modernization Act in June 2011. That law allowed breweries in the state to have a taproom on their premises. Many fiscal conservatives, he said, favored the Gourmet Bottle Bill because of its potential to bring more business into the state and keep people from crossing state lines for bigger bottles. The bottle limit of 25.4 ounces, Hicks said, was settled on because it is the size many “bomber bottles” come in. Poole said he hoped other beer manufacturers will locate in Alabama and create jobs and additional economic activity. “There are some breweries that never came into their market because they couldn’t have their full portfolio,” Hicks said. “Why enter a new state if you can’t bring all that you have?” Hixson said one potential distributor, Shelton Brothers, carries between 430-440 different beers from Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and Japan that aren’t currently available in Alabama. Most of their beers are 16.9 ounces, Hixson said, but some come in 750-milliliter bottles, which will be allowed under the new law. “It gives us an opportunity to offer better beer,” Hixson said. “Not just beer you want to sit down and drink one of, but better beer for parties and entertaining.” Bomber bottles are often used for more expensive gourmet or craft beers, Hixson said. Most people plan on buying them and enjoying them in an entertaining atmosphere. Hixson said he doesn’t expect to see any more negative effects come from the passing of the bill than already exist with wine and liquor. When the bill goes into effect in August, Hixson plans on adding an additional 200-300 beers to his inventory over the next few years. “This bill passing will be a big boost to my business,” he said. “It’s a boost to the idea of the reason I started this – to offer people in Alabama something totally different

said. “The TCBY at Midtown primarily serves residents of Tuscaloosa. Students seemed to have primarily fueled the late night business, at least at our location.” Restaurants and retailers closer to campus seem to experience a more dramatic decrease in sales during the summer months. Jared Lovett, the general manager at Moe’s Southwest Grill on the Strip, said his store feels the summer crunch. “There’s a slight decrease in the lunchtime shift, but a sharp decline in dinner time

that they can’t get from your regular store.” Good People Brewing Company, based in Birmingham, already manufactures a bomber bottle beer, even though it currently can’t sell it in the state, Poole said. He hopes other local breweries will follow suit. As part of their “County Line” project, Good People sells its small batch ales at All in One Exxon in Kellyton, in Coosa County, the only county in Alabama where it is currently legal to sell these beers in their 22-ounce bottles. Hicks said some local breweries may not benefit from the law because it will lead to more options and therefore limited shelf space. Still, he said, people like to support their local breweries. At Corks and Tops, Hixson plans to continue representing local breweries both on tap and in bottles. Smaller breweries are already competing in a crowded market, Hicks said, so the bill will add even more competition for them. More competition, he said, leads to a better product, which is good for the consumer.

business,” he said. “It’s just kind of an understood thing that May will be slow.” Kelsey Carpenter, the manager of Sassy Britches, a clothing retailer located on the Strip, said they also experience a dramatic decrease in sales, especially during the month of May. Carpenter noted summer activities, such as Bama Bound and various camps at the University, help during the slow summer months. “Orientations help business by bringing more and new students to campus,” Carpenter

Buildings will also undergo renovations CONSTRUCTION FROM PAGE 1 Parking availability is not the only change taking place on campus. Various buildings across campus are receiving facelifts and will be ready for the masses this coming fall. Moore, Little and Doster Halls, as well as Rose Administration Building, will be undergoing major renovations this summer, said Dan Wolfe, University planner and designer. Paty Hall will be receiving a new fire alarm system, a new roof and elevator upgrades, as well. “Beautiful new landscaping, turf and irrigation will be installed,” Wolfe said. “New lighting, wider sidewalks and student gathering areas will be created to accommodate the growth on campus.” Every project that is completed adds to the quality of life on campus and the aesthetic of campus, Wolfe said. “We are also working to reforest many areas of campus,” he said. “This is a part of our new 2012 Campus Master Plan, and we have

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said, though the majority of their customer base during the summer comes from locals. Some businesses attempt to make up for lack of students by pushing advertising or having sales or student deals in order to attract spending from the students left on campus. “We run so many sales and do a lot of Facebook advertising, and we do radio advertisements,” Carpenter said. Lovett said Moe’s actually just depends on the regulars during the summer for business. “We’ve done a couple promoalready added thousands of trees to campus over the last five years.” A part of that aesthetic includes the quality of roads, according to Tim Leopard, assistant vice president of construction. The University is responsible for the care and management of roads. “Every summer, we repave roads,” Leopard said. “Right

tions, but really, we have a few regulars that keep everything up,” he said. “We’ll probably start more promotions the closer we get to school starting.” As for TCBY, Eddins said she is not aware of any specific attempts to bring in more students, but there are always promotions and coupons circulating. However, she noted those are normally geared towards bringing in local families. According to economics professor William Aldridge, business, just like everything else in nature, is cyclical. A business that properly prepares for now, we are repaving Colonial Drive. It was in great need of some work.” Summer is the ideal time for construction to take place on campus because the amount of student traffic is significantly lower, according to Leopard. Working over the summer helps to minimize the impact construction has on the teaching and

the economically dry summer should be fine. “Businesses that understand the dormant season in Tuscaloosa and plan accordingly will do fine,” Aldridge said. “Those that do not will make way for others that do.” So, in this professor’s opinion, what is the key to summer survival? “Survival in business is to remain flexible to changing tides but have a strong working capital base to weather unexpected storms,” Aldridge said.

learning environment. Leopard said he believes all the work being done on campus will improve the overall teaching and learning experience on campus. “Our intent is to continue these improvements and strive to make UA the most beautiful and productive campus in America,” Wolfe said.


Alabama should take another look at immigration reform By Henry Downes

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A conservative case for marriage equality By Austin Gaddis

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In early May, President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage in an impromptu interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, completing his oftenparodied evolution on the issue. On Sunday of that week, Vice President Joe Biden had forced Obama to address the issue after a candid appearance on “Meet the Press,” where he said he “absolutely” supported same-sex couples being allowed to marry. Public reaction to Obama’s endorsement has been as expected – the president enjoyed a tidal wave of coverage from the media and gave his base a major issue to rally around in the face of a tough reelection campaign. Subsequently and unsurprisingly, the overwhelming Republican reaction was less accepting. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney immediately shot back at Obama’s endorsement, reinforcing that he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. Romney later said he also does not support the recognition of civil unions. His staunch objection to LGBT rights seems bizarre, given that while running for Senate in 1994, he said he would be more pro-gay rights than his rival, liberal-powerhouse Ted Kennedy. A recent USA Today/Gallup poll revealed, for the first time, a majority of Americans now believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, and the percentage of support shows no sign of slowing down. Public support for the matter makes it inevitable that the Republican Party will eventually have to drop its exorbitant crusade against same-sex marriage if they want a fighting shot at winning seats in Congress or the White House. This draconian opposition held by many of the GOP elite is simply unsustainable. As a conservative, I frankly cannot accept that opposition to samesex marriage falls in line with our

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Following the announcment of President Barak Obama’s support for same-sex marriage, his campaign debuted their newest advertising campaigns. values and goals for our society. A fundamental principle associated with conservative philosophy is that of limited government intervention in the lives of private citizens and the private business sector. At its legal core, marriage is a contract between two individuals. Yes, it has overwhelming religious and relational connotations; but in a legal sense, it’s a contract that extends over one thousand benefits to the two parties involved. In an astounding way, we make it our government’s assignment to dictate aggressive and unnecessary contractual restrictions for

law-abiding, taxpaying citizens. This very notion seems to blatantly conflict with the scope and role that conservatives see appropriate for Washington in the lives of everyday Americans. If we truly desire limited intrusion, it must translate across the board, and issues cannot be cherry-picked. Sure, a significant amount of conservatives disagree with samesex marriage due to religious and moral conviction; but that doesn’t mean our inherently American values of liberty and freedom should not apply universally to all of our fellow Americans. Having a personal objection to a practice doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not essential to ensuring that we live up to the fundamental American idea that all men are created equal. The institution of a family being a healthy, nurturing environment where growth is encouraged is intrinsic to conservatism. It is near impossible to argue that a child growing up in a loving household of two parents, regardless of gender, is a worse option than living with one parent or none at all. That is not to say that single-parent households can’t be healthy and nurturing, but in this case, two is really better than one. Same-sex marriage will continue to be a hot-button issue throughout the remainder of this presidential election, and with the amount of attention devoted to both sides of the argument, it is a debate that is likely here to stay. Conservatives cannot ignore the drastic shift in public opinion and must begin to gravitate towards acceptance of true equality under the law. Throughout the history of our incredible country, we have never failed by spreading freedom and liberty or by fighting intolerance and discrimination. In essence, that is what America does best. Austin Gaddis is a senior columnist for The Crimson White, majoring in communication studies and public relations.

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directly. So, I kept doing the awesome My freshman year, I wish some- things I was good at. A look at my one told me that I am, in fact, not schedule would reveal a hodgeawesome, and contrary to what podge of subjects I registered I may believe, I cannot do every- for impulsively. I hunted down booths sprawled across campus thing. Let me explain. In high school, I was taught to that broadcasted “opportunities.” be “well-rounded.” I launched I became a sucker for random organizations that myself into aftersent out enticing school clubs and emails to freshloaded my schedman. ule with diverse Our ambitions may tell us It was not long courses – basically, otherwise, but the day will before I grew tired I tried to be awecome when we will have to of doing new, awesome at everything. choose singular career paths. some things. What Perfectionist? Of kind of sick game course. Superficially — Tarif Haque was this? I didn’t m o t i v a t e d ? want to branch Undoubtedly. out anymore. I just I grew up in a traditional Bengali household, and as wanted to choose one thing I loved much as I hate to reinforce stereo- and be awesome at it. I did not tell types, my Asian upbringing cen- anybody that. Instead, I silently tered on academic success. Save planned my quest to triple major me the humor. What’s important for three times the awesome, tried here is that I never really learned to invent the new Facebook, hoped how to explore my interests. to open a chocolate factory for My time was spent immersed in disadvantaged Malaysian orangschoolwork and being the multi- utans, all as I pursued an underfaceted, awesome person I was cover pre-med track as an aspiring, undiscovered actor/singer(or so I thought). And then college hit me. I had songwriter, perhaps working in a to choose a major. And since I’m cancer-curing research lab on the already being dramatic, I was told side, and if time permitted, run to choose one thing to do for the for SGA president after befriendrest of my life. Are you kidding ing members of an Old Row, white me? Somebody please tell me the fraternity, all whilst working on awesome mash-up of things I did my debut Pulitzer Prize-winning in high school was not a waste. novel about being triple awesome. Nobody told me this, at least not As a naïve, impressionable fresh-

man, my future looked bright. The sad part is that most people I knew would tell me to “Go for it!” If I have not yet made my point, let me. The time for Renaissance men and women who do everything is over. Humans may not be one-dimensional, but increasingly, society forces us to be. The majority of college graduates will go on to pursue careers in a narrow field of interest. Our ambitions may tell us otherwise, but the day will come when we will have to choose singular career paths. For some of us, it will be a traumatic reality check. For others, who have been cultivating a linear skill set for the work force, the transition from college to career will be seamless. There are two kinds of awesome. One of them tells us to do everything. The other tells us to man up and choose that one thing we are passionate about. So the question arises. Are you the student who will attempt every spontaneous opportunity thrown at you, living in the moment, or are you the student who will carefully construct a repertoire in a single area? Whatever the case, we can only be one kind of awesome. Tarif Haque is a sophomore majoring in computer science.

Less than a year after House Bill 56 shocked the national consciousness (and drew a federal lawsuit) with its stringent and unprecedented anti-illegal immigration measures, lawmakers in the state of Alabama again boldly targeted immigration reform a few weeks ago with the passage of House Bill 658. Alabama governor Robert Bentley called for a special legislative session to revise and “clarify” HB 658 and signed it into law on May 19. New provisions include a requirement that the names of illegal immigrants be published if they appear in court on charges involving violations of state law (regardless of conviction) and a stipulation that school systems account for the status of students unable to provide valid proof of residency. In addition to the political and judicial challenges HB 658 is likely to face, it has already added fuel to the fiery culture wars in this country that have centered for years on illegal immigration – especially in the South and Southwest. There’s not much that activists on either side of the immigration divide can readily agree upon, and the debate about what to do with illegal aliens has become perhaps the most salient issue in American social politics. But why is this issue so complicated and emotionally charged? From a moral standpoint, it’s hard to say with certainty what the role of the U.S. should be in dealing with illegal aliens. Supporters of tougher immigration laws will appeal to a nationalistic view of “defending” our borders and “protecting” our citizens. As they see it, illegals have no right to enjoy the benefits of American life and take jobs from American citizens. Since illegal immigrants have, by definition, broken the law, they are therefore not entitled to the same moral considerations we afford our legal countrymen. The major flaw with this argument is that on an ethical level, we cannot condemn illegals simply because they are breaking the law. Our history is scarred with shameful examples of immoral, racist and hateful laws. Although most of the time our laws point us in the right direction ethically, they are subject to the same imperfections and flaws that characterize the humans who draft them. Civil disobedience was not only a key instrument in Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for racial equality, but it largely led to the creation of this nation by rebellious (and criminal) colonists. Even if we were to disregard the abstract moral discussions about immigration (which admittedly extend far beyond the scope of this article), what else would proponents of strict anti-illegal immigration laws argue in defense? They might say that the economy cannot support illegal aliens – many of whom are living in poverty, don’t speak English proficiently and possess few real vocational skills. Worse still, most of these illegals don’t pay taxes but reap many of the benefits (like education and healthcare) funded by taxpayer dollars. Yet in truth, illegal immigrants do pay some taxes: The sales tax on your groceries doesn’t much care what citizenship status you claim. Many illegals are also subjected to the payroll tax, which funds entitlement programs for legal Americans. Upon closer examination, however, the logic of excluding people from national life based on tax contributions might not be such an attractive idea. Two out of every five citizens essentially pay no personal income taxes to the federal government. Should we kick these folks out, too? Are these people any more or less “American” based on their tax reports? After all, they get sick in hospitals and their children attend schools that are financed by the richest 60 percent of Americans. How can we distinguish between one group of alleged free riders from the other? The logic of exclusionary tax-based immigration would not only bar many immigrants from gaining legal citizenship, but would require the eviction of nearly half of the national population (and the majority of Alabamians). These facts might make one think more carefully about the standards we use to connote citizenship and what it means to be “American.” The full impact that illegal immigrants have on the economy is not entirely clear. While some say they drain our fiscal resources, others cite evidence that they actually promote economic growth. In any event, it seems true that most illegals don’t take jobs from hardworking Americans; rather, they are often happy to work jobs that legal citizens won’t. In addition, University of Alabama economist Samuel Addy has estimated that HB 56 could cause state GDP to drop by as much as $10.8 billion, and the state stood to lose up to $264 million in tax revenues (this is on top of whatever costs are incurred from the actual enforcement and implementation of the new law). Although the jury may still be out regarding the economics of illegal immigration, the one apparent constant in the discussion is the maddening inefficiency of the system. People who want to enter this country through the legal naturalization process are put through a bureaucratic ringer for months and years – it’s no wonder illegals take the fast lane to American life. If the process were made simpler, the government could better account for who was entering the country because immigrants would have less incentive to circumvent the system. So what should be done about illegal immigration? For starters, we need to begin having intelligent discussions about the moral and economic facts surrounding immigration instead of emotionally heated (and often racist) partisan arguments. We should simplify the naturalization process, which will not only facilitate government oversight of lawful immigration, but will save millions of dollars in enforcement costs. Some of these savings could be invested in the poor economies of Latin America where the majority of U.S. illegal immigrants hail from. Politically and economically stabilizing our southern neighbors will reduce incentives for people to sneak into the States, which will allow the U.S. to bear the burden of its own population more effectively. Finally, we should stop demonizing illegal aliens in political rhetoric and the news media. Americans ought to ask themselves – if I were in the shoes of these human beings, would I have made the same decision?

Henry Downes is a sophomore majoring in economics.

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Engineers gather for the 53rd international Field Emissions Symposium, hosted at the Bryant Conference Center

Prestigious engineering symposium held on UA’s campus By Ben Smith Contributing Writer The 53rd biennial International Field Emissions Symposium, held in Tuscaloosa from May 20 to 25, hosted over 180 professionals from 12 countries in a conference detailing and discussing new strides being made in atomic science. Traditionally held every two years in different parts of the world, its previous hosts include Sydney, Australia and Rouen, France. The 2014 IFES will be held at the University of

Münster in Münster, Germany. Tuscaloosa cemented its place beside these international cities through the efforts of Gregory Thompson and Mark Weaver, professors of metallurgical and materials engineering, and Rich Martens, manager of the Central Analytical Facility at UA. The bid was first received in 2010, and with help from the College of Engineering staff and the Central Analytical Facility, the IFES came to the Bryant Conference Center. “It was a huge success,” Thompson said. “One of the

best [conferences] I’ve ever been to.” Throughout the week, many lectures and discussions were held at the University. The IFES committee held its business meeting, where the future and direction of the organization were decided, at the conference as well. The most important part of the conference, however, was its collaborative aspects. “It’s all about the scientists having access to equipment that they might not normally have access to,” Martens said.

On May 24, the attendees were bussed to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, where they spent the day before convening for an awards banquet at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Awards were presented for Best Scientific Presentation and Best Poster Presentation, among other categories. Another award presented at the banquet was the E.W. Müller Young Scientist Award, which honors the up-andcoming scientists in relevant

fields. The award, named for Erwin Wilhelm Müller, the first person to experimentally observe atoms, was presented to Manuel Roussei, a student at the University of Rouen in Rouen, France. Over the last decade, the department has worked to improve their research capabilities. In 2007, the University acquired a Local Electron Atom Probe, or LEAP, which is a powerful microscope that can be used to view the inner workings of various materials on an atomic level. UA was the fourth

in the nation to acquire the LEAP, and is the only school in the Southeast with one. “I feel that having our big international conference in Tuscaloosa validates investment in the field and places us at the forefront of visibility in the community,” Weaver said. He said the relationships the attendees have with UA will last a lifetime, which adds to the prestige of UA’s engineering program. “You can’t put a price on that. This has put us on the map,” he said.

Students complete three weeks of service in Marion By Ashley Chaffin Managing Editor Thirty University of Alabama students spent May 7-25 in Marion, Ala., carrying out projects aimed to help the small Black Belt community. “[Community members] seemed really happy to be able to partner with the University Fellows Experience,” said Brianna Adams, a sophomore majoring in English who worked on a public relations project. “I think it’s a win-win… they expressed what a benefit it was for them when we come into the community because we provided fresh energy, new ideas and new perspectives.” From incorporating exercise into classroom curriculums with the Exergaming Initiative to encouraging Perry County’s economic development with the Economic Development Project of Alabama, the freshmen from the University Fellows Experience spent their first year at UA developing these ideas and also spent three weeks working hands-on in the community. The projects are created through a three-hour seminar the students take in the spring. During that time, community members from Marion visit the class to discuss the

biggest issues facing the area. Students also visited Marion on the weekends to meet with other organizations about their ideas. “It was a multi-step brainstorming process as a whole class where we took up a huge chunk of a three-hour seminar learning about the community,” said Jason Arterburn, a sophomore majoring in Spanish and economics who worked on the ACT prep project and the Exergaming Initiative. “It was a rigorous process of making sure the projects specifically met the needs of the community. The main goal isn’t about us being a savior or us doing cool things, it’s about targeting specific needs in the community with the resources, both intellectual and monetary, that we have to help Marion.” In the program’s five-year history, each freshman class has gone into Marion to implement its own set of projects. While there, they sleep and eat at Judson College, aiming to become members of the community. “The community is really our home for three weeks, so we’re at the local restaurants, eating dinner at Lottie’s or eating lunch at Jim’s Little Store,” Wellon Bridgers, coordinator of the University Fellows

Experience, said. Some projects, such as the ACT prep course, are done each year. Other projects, such as the EDPA, are new to this group of students. “Every time we visited Marion or had members of the community come to our class, our concern was always, ‘What are the issues you think need to be addressed?’” Kyle Leopard, a sophomore majoring in history, said. “There are a plethora of issues, including education and ACT scores, but at the core, everybody always mentioned economic development.” In order to address the problems of economic development, Leopard and his partners established three economic profiles of different industrial sites in Perry County on the Economic Development Project of Alabama website. Going into Marion this summer, their goal was to create just one profile, so creating three just went above and beyond their expectations. Bridgers agreed that the EDPA, as well as all the other projects, accomplished the goals they set out to accomplish. “One of the things we really talk about in the class they have to take is to look at the big

picture and to define the key questions they have that relate to their projects,” she said. “In that sense, they have objectives and some very concrete goals, but they also have a larger sense of how it connects to the

bigger picture and how it connects to the needs the Black Belt area has.” Going into their sophomore years, the students will continue to work on their individual projects, keeping up with the

progress. The projects Adams, Leopard and Arterburn worked on will on be ongoing, yearlong initiatives.

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Festival season open in Alabama By Lauren Ferguson Culture Editor As summer kicks into full swing, some students choose to venture home, study abroad or stay in Tuscaloosa. If Alabama is where you will be spending the next two months, the state offers a variety of festivals as fun weekend alternatives.

First Fridays

Florence From March to December, historic downtown Florence is filled with art, live music and shopping for families and locals of North Alabama. Two blocks of the downtown area are closed off for the pedestrian-friendly activities. Regardless of rain or shine, the event will go on as scheduled to showcase the talents of the Shoals. Cost: Free Dates: June 1, July 6

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this weekend WEDNESDAY • Druid City Opera Workshop performance: Moody Music Building 7 p.m.

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Magic City Brewfest Birmingham Sponsored by Free the Hops, a grassroots nonprofit organization striving to bring high quality beers to Alabama, Magic City Brewfest will be celebrating its sixth year as a festival at Sloss Furnace. The weekend is dedicated to learning about craft beers and sampling products from local breweries in Alabama. The festival will feature over 200 individual beers, including rare brands not sold in Alabama, and live music. Cost: $33-83 Date: June 1-2


The Preserve Jazz Festival


Birmingham Alabama offers its own celebration of soulful music and bluesy tunes with The Preserve Jazz Festival, an outdoor jazz festival featuring renowned artists such as Kirk Whalum, Eric Darius, Alex Bugnon and Keith Williams. Bring your own chairs, food and beverages or purchase a snack from local vendors while enjoying the music. Cost: $40 Date: June 3


FRIDAY • Mark Cunningham: The Green Bar, 8 p.m.

MONDAY • Aminon Quartet Concert: Moody Concert Hall, time TBA

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Foley Presented by Tanger Outlets, this festival showcases over 50 hot air balloons from across the United States. Festival attendees can meet the pilots of the balloons during the day and watch the balloons light up the summer skies during nightly balloon glows. Additional festival activities include live music from rock ‘n’ roll bands, Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show, a children’s village and an arts and crafts exhibit. Cost: Free Dates: June 15-17

Hot Air Balloon Festival



Started in 1986, this once-local entertainment event now draws thousands each year to the stages. From classic rock, rap, country and rhythm and blues, this music festival appeals to a wide audience. Past performers have included Martina McBride, The Beach Boys and Gin Blossoms, and this year’s lineup features Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lou Gramm and more. Cost: $25-35 Dates: June 8-9

Blueberry Festival Alabama Blueberry Festival

Brewton This festival not only celebrates the delicious and healthy goodness packed in each little berry, but also provides a day full of activities for attendees to enjoy. In addition to buying freshly picked Alabama blueberries or your own blueberry bush, festival goers can sample blueberry ice cream, tour an antique car show, take a picture with Ronald McDonald and watch a motorcycle show and rally. Cost: Free Date: June 16

COLUMN | FOOD By Sophia Jones

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is the most-consumed melon in the U.S. You It’s summer, and can’t get more sumyou’re relaxing on the mery than watermelon. beach – parking lots Watermelon is low in packed, umbrellas span- calories and made up ning for miles, kids of 92 percent water, splashing in the sandbar, so it’s guaranteed to tide’s low, sun’s high. hydrate you in this heat. Summer is here, and no Early explorers even season is complete with- used watermelons as out the food that comes canteens. The modern watermelon has options: along with it. Two things I love: Seeded, seedless, mini, Summer and the South. yellow and orange, to However, summer in the name a few. There’s South is hot. We’re talk- nothing like sinking ing skin scorching, blood your teeth into a juicy, boiling, Nelly’s ‘Hot in bright red wedge of Here’ kind of heat. So, on freshly cut watermelon. that sweltering summer It’s seasonal to the sumday when all you want is mer months, so enjoy it an igloo to hide in, some- while you can! times only specific sum2. Drink: Homemade mer treats can truly cool lemonade. Summer is all you down. From experience, I’ve about fresh fruit – take learned that when you advantage of it! To avoid are having fun, food the sugar rush and calobecomes even more ries, use fresh lemons scrumptious, and let’s and splenda to create face it, summer guar- homemade lemonade. antees a good time, Lemons speed up your which is precisely what metabolism, are packed makes summer food so with vitamin C and are delicious. When you’re good for your skin, so eating these foods, you they’ll ensure that sumare surrounded by your mer glow. Put a pitcher friends and family – eat- in the fridge and enjoy ing the food you love for day. If it gets dull, with the people you love. throw in some fresh Summer food offers a strawberries or raspberplethora of fun colors, ries to add a twist. unique textures and a 3. Appetizer: Fresh festive variety you can’t salsa. This dip is a help but try. Here are my top five healthy, refreshing way summer eats and treats: to end a summer day. To make salsa, all you need 1. Snack: Watermelon. are tomatoes, an onion, By weight, watermelon a jalapeno pepper and

lime juice, topped off with salt, pepper and garlic. In August, tomatoes and peppers are in full season, and a multitude of simple recipes with cilantro and fresh tomatoes can be found online. Pair your salsa with tortilla chips and a frozen margarita, and you’ll put the happy in happy hour.

4. Main meal: Throw it on the grill. We’ve got vegetables, chicken, fish, pork, hot dogs and hamburgers. Food just tastes better when it comes straight off a fiery grill, a little charred. I personally prefer charcoal over gas grills. Kebobs make for the perfect summer meal. You can call them shish kebobs, kebabs, satays or skewers: Food on a stick is great for the grill. Slide on steak, chicken or shrimp, along with vegetables, like bell peppers or cherry tomatoes. Kebobs are high in protein and also low in calories.

5. Treat: Popsicles. Strawberry, grape, lime, orange, cherry, banana, blueberry – any flavor you want. Popsicles are the ultimate symbol of summer; more than two billion are sold each year. A childhood favorite that has been reinvented for grownup tastes, popsicles are sure to help you beat the monstrous heat.

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UA professor’s book on education named bestseller By Becky Robinson Contributing Writer The American Educational Research Association named “Leaders in the Historical Study of American Education” by Wayne Urban, a University of Alabama professor and associate director of the educational policy center, a bestseller. Urban’s book is composed of 26 autobiographies written by historical leaders in the field of American education. It focuses on how these individuals came to work in their scholastic professions. In Urban’s case, his journey into education was purely accidental.

“I went down to Ohio State to study history and got a job at the residence hall,” Urban said. “In order to work at the residence hall, I had to take some education courses. I took them and wound up in history of education.” Kate Rousmaniere, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University, Ohio, wrote the afterword for Urban’s book upon his request. She and Urban have been friends for over 25 years, and Rousmaniere is familiar with all of the educators discussed in the book. “Actually, I have met and know to a varying extent all of

the educators who wrote for is third in a series edited by this book,” Rousmaniere said. Leonard Waks, a retired profes“This made my sor from Temple reading of their University, who essays especialfocuses on theoly meaningful rists of curricuThe idea of the series is to and fulfilling for lum and philososee what impact history, me, as I was able phy. philosophy and sociology to find a connec“Beginning have on education. tion between the in the 1960s, colscholarship of leges of educa— Wayne Urban each author with tion began to their lives.” have people on “Leaders in staff with liberal the Historical arts disciplines, Study of American Education” such as history, philosophy and took Urban two years to com- sociology backgrounds in disciplete and was written for the plines,” Urban said in a press 50th anniversary of the History release. “The idea of the series of Education Society. His book is to see what impact history,

UA hosts opera workshop

Tuscaloosa libraries avoid banning books

By Lauren Ferguson Culture Editor


The third annual Druid City Opera Workshop, hosted by the University of Alabama School of Music, will conclude today with a final performance. The workshop focuses on intensive opera training for young artists and performance opportunities for singers, pianists and directors. “The voice faculty, particularly Dr. Susan Fleming, wanted a summer program because a lot of other schools have them,” artistic director Paul Houghtaling said, “I’ve sung and taught in other programs around the country, and for this program, we wanted to focus on the experience.” Participants are selected for the program through an application process of sending in resumes, headshot photos and recording information. The top sixteen voices are then chosen from the applications and many of the selected students are from out of state.

“It is one of the highlights of my career to establish a program like this,” Houghtaling said. “We have been featured in a national magazine and are on the map now.” During the nine-day workshop, the students perform with piano accompaniment, daily coaching and rehearsals of assigned repertoire, classes featuring improvisation and acting for singers, movement, stage combat and audition techniques, as well as special sessions focusing on body mapping, yoga for singers, diction for singers and master classes. “Many students have never had the experience before coming here,” Houghtaling said. “It’s an exciting recruiting process, as some of the students audition for the UA graduate program after this.” Houghtaling said the workshop days last from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with lunch brought in so that students can also participate in lunch seminars detailing areas such as the business of singing. Ryan Landis, a graduate

assistant in opera, said the intensive workshop training is very similar to what a student would receive during a year at the University’s opera program. “This is my first year involved with the workshop, but students have gone through in the past and gone on to other companies,” Landis said. “It’s definitely been a successful week.” The workshop staff is comprised of UA faculty, guest artists and clinicians including participants from Iowa, Texas, and even Las Vegas. A final performance will be held this evening highlighting what the students have learned throughout the week. The event will be held in the Choral Opera Room of the Moody Music Building at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. “Watching the students come in nervous and come out as budding artists is one of the most rewarding parts,” Houghtaling said. “It makes me very proud to offer something so important to these students.”

“We try to bring in material for the entire community,” said Vince Bellofatto, director of public relations and communications at Tuscaloosa Public Library. “Our thought is that we don’t want to censor something and not give someone the opportunity because then we are deciding what people should read.” There are currently nine copies of the book in circulation in Tuscaloosa public libraries and 23 people on the waiting list. Bellofatto said there have been no complaints, and they have no plans of removing the book from shelves. Tuscaloosa libraries abide by American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, as do most libraries in the United States. The first article emphasizes the importance of variety. “Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of

philosophy and sociology have on education.” Although Urban’s book focuses on autobiographies of educational leaders, Urban said he hopes readers will take away a simpler lesson from his writing. “We’re not really in control to the things that happen to us,” Urban said. “We need to kind of adjust and readjust and try and make the best of things.” Rousmaniere said Urban’s positivity and relatable attitude defined him. “In both person and in writing, he is very ‘down-to-earth’ in that he speaks and writes clearly and without disguise or

those contributing to their creation,” the article states. The Tuscaloosa public libraries support ALA’s idea of the freedom to read. The rights explained by the First Amendment state it is the libraries’ job to provide a range of material for their patrons and let them decide to view or not view the material. “I’ve been here five years, and we’ve never officially had a book pulled; we’ve had two evaluations, but they were reviewed, and it stayed in our system,” Bellofatto said. The book “Sandpiper” by Ellen Wittlinger was reviewed in 2007 after a high school student refused to return the book back to Brookwood High School because of its graphic nature. ALA holds Banned Books Week (BBW) the last week of every September to draw attention to the benefits of free access of information and highlights the harms of censorship in the attempted banning of books. University libraries also abide by the ALA’s guidelines, governing censorship and intellectual freedom.

subterfuge,” she said. “His historical insights have powerful implications for historical theory and practice, even though he does not write about or with theory.” When asked how it felt to be a bestseller, Urban chuckled modestly. “I was kind of happy,” he said. Urban is the author or coauthor of 10 books and is currently working on a biography of James Bryant Conant, a former president of Harvard University. His book is available through SensePublishers.

“Collection development librarians are guided by these principles of intellectual freedom, rather than political, religious or personal biases in making selection decisions,” said Donna Adcock, director of public relations for The University of Alabama Libraries. “The libraries do not withdraw items simply because they are controversial. Withdrawal of items typically occurs when a book or item has been damaged or if there are duplicate materials in the collection that are no longer needed.” Adcock said ‘50 Shades of Grey’ falls into the category of romance novel and popular reading, and University Libraries do not normally acquire materials in those categories unless specifically requested to do so by a faculty member for research purposes. Whether this trilogy appeals to students or an older audience, members of Tuscaloosa libraries will continue to be able to read “Fifty Shades of Grey,” provided that they sign up on the waitlist.



Crimson Tide brings momentum into nationals By Zac Al-Khateeb Senior Sports Reporter

this week TODAY

• Men’s Golf NCAA Championships: Los Angeles, Calif., All Day

THURSDAY • Softball vs. Tennessee: Oklahoma City, Okla., 8 p.m.

for National Player of the Year, which is unbelievable.” Alabama will not be without some difficulties in the championships, however. Despite its impressive level of play recently, the Tide has yet to play at the Riviera Country Club golf course, which hosts the championship this year. The par-71 course is considered difficult and has played host to the U.S. Open, two PGA Championships and the U.S. Senior Open. Seawell said this would be the most difficult course his team has faced all season. “It’s got a great historic background with

golf,” Seawell said. “But when it really gets down to it on Tuesday, it’s all about the players. It’s all about playing good golf.” Amid the excitement heading into the championship, it hasn’t been lost on Hamrick that this will be his last chance to help earn himself and his team their first national program. Still, Hamrick said the only thing he’s focusing on is his next shot. “You can’t really think about that,” Hamrick said. “It’s a long tournament, and you have to play one day at a time, one shot at a time, and see where it takes you.”


Mal Moore should be celebrated more By Marquavius Burnett Sports Editor Mal Moore inherited an Alabama program in turmoil when he took over as director of athletics in November of 1999. The football team was in the NCAA’s doghouse after multiple violations. Some were before Moore took over and some during the early parts of his career. Probations were levied while he was AD. There were the Dennis Franchione years. There was the Mike Price debacle. And who can forget the inept teams Mike Shula put on the field? Moore’s early years as the athletic director showed no signs of him having a promising future. Now, 13 years later, Moore is

the man behind one of the most successful athletic departments in the country. The athletic budget has grown from $35 million to nearly $100 million. Moore hired arguably the best coach in all of college football – Nick Saban. Saban’s initial eight-year, $32 million contract seemed ridiculous to fans and media pundits, but after two national championships in three years, most can agree it was worth every penny. Moore hired women’s head golf coach Mic Potter seven years ago. Potter, along with senior Brooke Pancake, led his team to its first national championship in school history, becoming the first sport other than football and gymnastics to win a national championship. Moore didn’t hire gymnas-

tics coach Sarah Patterson, but during his tenure, renovations to Coleman Coliseum have helped Patterson and the Tide win back-to-back national championships. If you’re keeping count that makes three national championships this academic year, and Alabama may not be done yet. Head coach Patrick Murphy and ace pitcher Jackie Traina have the softball team in the Women’s College World Series for the eighth time in school history. Head coach Jay Seawell has the No. 2 seed men’s golf team in its sixth NCAA Championship appearance in eight years. If both teams are successful, that will bring the Tide’s total to five – one shy of Stanford’s record of six in an academic year in 1992.

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the top 20 individual players in the nation by Golfweek: Thomas at No. 2, Wyatt at No. 17 and Whitsett at No. 18. Of the seven spring events Alabama has competed in this year, the Tide has placed first in five of them. Thomas will also be in the running for best individual in the nation at the tournament. He has had a stellar freshman year, leading the team in individual scoring numerous times in the spring. Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said Thomas has a good chance to be one of the best at the tournament this year. “I think he’s the player of the year,” Seawell said of Thomas. “He was the Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference, which is the first time a freshman’s won player of the year, which is amazing. I think he’s the favorite


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The University of Alabama men’s golf team is set to start the NCAA Championships Tuesday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Alabama, ranked as the No. 2 team by Golfweek, enters the six-day tournament coming off two impressive performances at the Southeastern Conference Championships and Atlanta Regional Tournament. Alabama finished first in both events, with scores of 12-under-par 840 and 24-under-par 852, respectively. In regional play, freshman Justin Thomas and sophomores Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett finished in the top three spots individually, with scores of 204, 205 and 208, respectively. Despite the team’s success and talent, senior Hunter

Hamrick said his team can still make improvements. When asked how his team could improve from regional play, Hamrick said his team should have four or five of the top spots, not just three. “I think it’s reality,” Hamrick said. “And that’s what you’ve got to wish for. That’s how you win, just everybody trying to get to the top. That’s how you shoot a good team score.” Still, Thomas said his team will just have to remain consistent heading in. “We’re just going to try to maintain the things we’ve been doing,” Thomas said. “We all know we’re good players, we know we can play well and hang with any other team, we just have to believe in that.” Talent is one thing Alabama has no shortage of heading into the championships. The Tide currently has three players ranked in

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Alabama thin at the game’s most important position, but the Tide was able to land a big-time prospect, according to most recruiting services. “Huge. It can’t be overstated how big it was,” Suttles said. “It really fills a need for their team and also, from a perception standpoint, future classes, it says, ‘Hey, Alabama can develop my talents too.’ And this kid’s showing some faith in that in doing it from Utah.” The 6-foot-3 Salt Lake City, Utah native is listed as a fourstar prospect by 247 Sports, Rivals, and Suttles said he is a pro-style quarterback who will fit right into Alabama’s offense. “Alabama always wants someone that knows when to get them into the right play, knows how to command an offense and the huddle,” he said. “That’s what Cooper can do.” Jonathan Allen is the highest-rated prospect of the three. Scout and Rivals both rank him as a four-star prospect, while 247 Sports has him at five stars. Allen will most likely fit in at the jack linebacker spot in the Crimson Tide’s 3-4 defense. The jack linebacker’s main responsibility is rushing the passer – a role Courtney Upshaw thrived in for four years in Tuscaloosa. “I think he’ll be, from a pass-rushing standpoint, just phenomenal. He’ll have to get bigger, but that’s never been a problem at Alabama,” Suttles

said about Allen. “He’s got an explosive first step. He’s going to be a monster off the edge in rushing, and he’ll fill that Courtney Upshaw jack linebacker spot perfectly.” Darius Paige, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Pensacola, Fla., did not make the splash that Allen or Bateman made – 247 Sports and Scout list him as a three-star, while Rivals does not have him ranked at all – but

he still has a chance to make an impact. Suttles compared Paige to Marcel Dareus, a former Alabama defensive end who was only rated as a three-star prospect coming out of high school but played an important role in Alabama’s 2009 national championship team and was selected number three overall in the NFL Draft. “Sometimes, Alabama just

sees something that fits their system better,” Suttles said. With fourteen commitments, Alabama still has a few spots left to fill to complete the 2013 class. Suttles said cornerback, safety and offensive tackle are still positions Alabama will target. He also believes Alabama will try to add a few more defensive linemen, as well as another quarterback. “Two positions that they will

double-elimination tournament. If Alabama advances to the finals, it would play a best-of-three series against the winner of the other bracket, SOFTBALL FROM PAGE 1 which includes South Florida, No. 2-seed Alabama will begin No. 4 Oklahoma, LSU and No. 1 its quest for the title against California. a familiar foe, playing the “We’re very excited,” senior No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers Jennifer Fenton said. “From a on Thursday at 6 p.m. From little kid, we’ve all wanted to be there, the Tide could play able to play in the World Series. either No. 11 Oregon State It’s a dream come true, and it’s or No. 3 Arizona State in the humbling, and we’re just very

excited to play the best teams in the country and peak at the right time and get out there and play.” It all starts in the circle for Alabama, where the Tide has depended on ace right-hander Jackie Traina all season. Traina went 37-2 on the year, posting an ERA of 1.67. She pitched in all of Alabama’s Regional and Super Regional games and will more than likely get the start in all of the

Tide’s games in Oklahoma City. “She’s got that uncanny ability to not worry about stuff,” head coach Patrick Murphy said. “It doesn’t get to her. She’s very even-keeled.” Murphy said the whole team needs the same attitude if they want to finally reach the top in Oklahoma City. This will be the Tide’s eighth trip to the World Series, and with what he called the best team depth he’s ever coached, Murphy believes this

could be the year. “I’ve asked [Alabama gymnastics coach] Sarah Patterson several things. I’ve asked coaches who have won softball championships. They all say the same thing,” Murphy said. “Just do what you’ve been doing. Don’t do anything different. Just be loose. So that’s what I’m trying to do.”

While many of the Alabama football players are enjoying a few weeks off after final exams before getting ready for the upcoming season, head coach Nick Saban and his staff have been hot on the recruiting trail and have recently gotten commitments from a few big names. Between May 16 and May 21, the Tide received commitments from quarterback Cooper Bateman, defensive end Darius Paige and defensive end Jonathan Allen, bringing Alabama’s total number of pledges to 14 for the class of 2013. lists the Tide’s class as the seventh-best nationally so far, but 247 Sports has Alabama at number two, trailing only Michigan. “The 2013 class, these guys have watched Alabama on the TV a lot. They’ve seen them play in the national championship,” said Aaron Suttles, senior recruiting analyst for, part of the Rivals network. “Alabama right now is really hot for a lot of different reasons…they’re putting guys in the League, and they’re proving it, and that’s really important to a lot of these kids.” Among the three who recently pledged, Bateman’s commitment may have been the biggest. The recent transfer of quarterback Phillip Sims left

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always take every year, regardless of the depth chart, is defensive line and offensive line,” he said. Robert Nkimdeche, a defensive end from Loganville, Ga., is regarded as the consensus top prospect for the class of 2013 and remains uncommitted. But Alabama is making a strong push for Nkimdeche, who Suttles believes could play outside linebacker.

They all say the same thing, just do what you’ve been doing. Don’t do anything different. Just be loose. So that’s what I’m trying to do. — Patrick Murphy, Tide Softball Coach

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Alabama looks back on a disappointing season By Zac Al-Khateeb Senior Sports Reporter The Alabama baseball team beat the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, May 19 to earn the Tide a win in its final series and game of the season. With the win, Alabama improved to 21-34 on the season, its worst record since 1994, when the Tide went 21-35 and 9-21 in the Southeastern Conference. Despite the team’s record, head coach Mitch Gaspard said he was proud that his team, especially his seniors, could exit the season on a winning note. “I was certainly proud of the guys the last two nights to show a lot of character,” Gaspard said. “Overall, certainly the last two nights, some good things happened, and I’m happy for our seniors. We get to leave today on a good note after a win.” Still, Gaspard said leaving on a good note wasn’t quite good enough to make up for his team’s season. “It was disappointing, over-

all,” Gaspard said. “I ond game of a threethought we undergame series with achieved in a lot of South Carolina in areas this year, and late April. It was a there’s a lot of things hard-fought game for us, as a coachfor both teams, ing staff, that we’ve but South Carolina got to evaluate and ended up pulling get going. For me, out the 12-11 victory. as a head coach, I’m “I’d have to say South ultimately responCarolina,” Rosecrans sible for the way said. “We battle, they we played this year. battle, we battle, Any time you’re they battle. End up 21-34 at Alabama, losing, I think 11-10, you’re not meeton a little dink hit ing expectations.” right over shortstop. Coming into the Great baseball game, season, Alabama had but it was just a terno reason to believe rible way to end it.” it couldn’t be successAlabama did manful. It returned the age to pull off some core of a team that wins against ranked had made it to the opponents; it was, UA Athletics championship game however, with wins of the Tallahassee, Alabama beat Georgia on May 19 to improve to 21-34 overall, its worst record since 1994. coming against No. Fla. regional tourna20 Louisville, No. 17 Alabama was struggling on the wins, it never could gain the ment the previous year and diamond. A season-opening momentum it needed to really Mississippi and a series sweep had veteran leadership in series sweep at the hands of take off, and the Tide had to over rival Auburn, ranked 23rd players such as seniors Taylor Florida Atlantic set the tone labor for the rest of the season. at the time. Still, Alabama Dugas and Jared Reaves. for the Tide for the entire seaFor senior Josh Rosecrans, could never muster more But from the beginning of son. Although Alabama fol- the worst loss of the season than a four-game win streak the season, it became apparent lowed up with four straight came against the team’s sec- and often had five-game los-

ing streaks in between wins. Statistically, Alabama ranked among the worst in the SEC. It had the worst overall record and the secondworst SEC record behind rival Tennessee. The Tide didn’t fare much better in any certain aspect of the game. Alabama ranked 10th in the SEC in batting average, with .259, and last in ERA, with 5.07. One bright spot of the season for the Tide was senior Taylor Dugas, who led the team with a .343 batting average and placed second in the SEC with 7 triples this season. In his senior season, Dugas was also able to earn the school record in triples and hits, with 18 and 334, respectively. He also finished with 232 runs, one run behind the No. 2 spot overall. Despite his performance this season, Dugas said he wished his senior season could have gone better. “You’ll always remember that,” Dugas said. “Should have, could have, would have. It didn’t work out, and you just got to move on.”


Pancake leads Crimson Tide to title By Marquavius Burnett Sports Editor


As collegiate golfers, players must balance being a part of a team, along with keeping a competitive edge to perform well as an individual. That balance comes full circle on the putting green. Teammates count on each other to make clutch putts, and players must seize the moment when it presents itself. Last Friday, Brooke Pancake seized the moment. On the 18th hole, Pancake delivered with a two-putt for par on the par-five, securing a one-shot lead over Southern California, clinching the wom-

en’s golf team’s first national championship. “Of course there are nerves and adrenaline going, but at the same time, I couldn’t think of a better opportunity to represent the University and the golf program,” Pancake said. “I knew the national championship was in my hands.” Pancake entered the season as the Tide’s lone senior and knew her leadership would be a key to the team’s success. She said team struggles early in her career helped bring her to this moment. “I wanted to leave the program better off than it was when I first arrived here,” Pancake said. “I wanted to lead

by example through my work ethic, my academics and so forth. I told [head coach] Mic [Potter] this was going to be the best year ever. I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life.” Along with head coach Mic Potter, Pancake was one of the main catalysts who helped build Alabama’s golf program into a national contender. Their relationship blossomed both on and off the golf course, and Potter said he was glad she was put in a position to win it for her team. “I had a lot of confidence [Brooke] was going to make it, so I don’t think I was real surprised, but definitely, I was

relieved,” Potter said. But Pancake did not have much time to enjoy her shining moment. Now a professional, Pancake left the team and immediately began preparing for the U.S. Open in July. Pancake continued her storybook run by qualifying for the tournament by shooting 72 on the first day of qualifying and 70 on the second day. “I feel like I’m on cloud nine,” Pancake said. “It has literally been a dream come true to be a part of that program, and I can’t explain how blessed I am and how many doors have opened. To qualify for the U.S. Open and to have qualified for a major my first year out is amazing.”

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