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Vigil to honor victims tonight

Vol. 118, Issue 1

Tuscaloosa picks up pieces Help from volunteers, FEMA move city forward

By Robert More Contributing Writer Tonight at 8 p.m., the city of Tuscaloosa will hold a candlelight vigil at Government Plaza to honor those affected by the EF-4 tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa. The event will begin with a live performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra at 7:30. In addition to music, a video will be shown. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said sections of the program will honor victims, survivors and first responders of the April 27 tornado. “I think it’s going to be an emotional night for all of us, because I think in some ways it signifies the columniation of our mourning, but is also symbolic in that we are going to turn a page,” Maddox said. “We are going to be that shining city on a hill.” The University of Alabama has been a partner in organizing the event with the city of Tuscaloosa, Maddox said. “The University has been absolutely phenomenal,” he said. “We haven’t had the time in the past four weeks to organize an event or provide logistical support and the University just said ‘we want to do this for the community.’ That’s just another example of the University stepping up and being a community partner. “I know for me, and for a lot of people who really haven’t had a lot of time to process what has happened, I’m looking forward to it as that moment of reflection.”

See VIGIL, page 5

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A truck removes debris from a Tuscaloosa Street on May 17.

• What: Candlelight vigil

By Taylor Holland Assistant News Editor

later, the city is focused on sorting through the rubble. “We had six and a half square miles of our city completely By Aug. 1, the city of Tuscaloosa removed from the map,” Tuscaloosa will announce a plan to rebuild Mayor Walt Maddox said. “When what was destroyed by a tornado on you couple that with thousands of April 27. Now, more than a month structures damaged or destroyed,

honoring those affected by the tornado

• Where: Government Plaza • When: Tonight at 8 p.m.

infrastructure needs are critical.” Maddox said debris removal is what the city will focus on in the coming months, but that officials are also putting together a plan for rebuilding. “What the tornado did in six minutes may take us six years to actual-


Student dies of Illness claims unknown cause UA student’s life By Phil Hudson Contributing Writer

Nikil Rajanikant Patel, 22, of Alpharetta, Ga. died of unknown causes in his hometown on May 23. He was a senior majoring in marketing. Patel was born May 1, 1989 in Zambia, Africa to Mr. and Mrs. Raj Patel. He graduated from Alpharetta High School in 2007 and decided to attend the University after a conversation with his friend Nick Paladino. “In November of 2006, he and I were talking on the phone, and we were going through all the schools we were considering,” said Paladino. “I mentioned Alabama, and he said that was one of his also. He said ‘If you go, I’ll go.’ We were roommates freshman year.” Paladino, a senior majoring in telecommunication and film, met Patel in 6th grade at le this

Nikil Patel Northwestern Middle School in Alpharetta. “We are both huge Atlanta Braves fans,” he said. “He wanted to eventually work for the Braves. We used to go to the games together all the time. We even went to their home opener this year together. We will be best friends forever.”

See PATEL, page 6

William W. Malnati Jr., 24, a junior majoring in journalism from Centennial, Colo., died on May 16, leaving an unmistakable void in the College of Communication and Information Sciences and at the University of Alabama. “Billy was in my JN 200 Introduction to Journalism class,” said George Daniels, associate professor of journalism, in an emailed statement. “He was one of my enthusiastic students of the more than 30 enrolled this past spring. He was a joy to have as a student.” Daniels said Malnati asked lots of questions about the things going on in the news and was passionate about journalism.


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William Malnati “I think it was his excitement about journalism that I admired,” Daniels said. “But, beyond that passion, he was very driven to accomplish his goals. He would turn in a paper and want to know almost immediately what I thought about it. He took pride in all of his assignments.”

See MALNATI, page 6

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By May 3, the organization had repaired about 10 homes in the city of Tuscaloosa, said Cathrine Taylor, a member Project Blessings is a non- of Project Blessings college profit organization whose board. Allie Wilborn, another mission is to help local lowincome and underprivileged member of the college board, homeowners repair their said the projects the organihomes to achieve a better zation has worked on since quality of living, according to their Facebook page. See PROJECT, page 2

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ly recover from,” he said. “We have to be patient and we have to understand that this is a marathon.” The support of countless volunteers, as well as the continued presence of the Federal Emergency

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“‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ message felt in Tuscaloosa” -by Erich Hilkert The inspirational power of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” will help guide Tuscaloosa toward recovery.

TODAY What: SUPe Store Student Employee Supply Donation Drive for schools around Tuscaloosa County

Where: SUPe Store, Ferguson Student Center

When: All Day

“Embracing differences will help Tuscaloosa heal” -by Trey Irby The best way to help Tuscaloosa rebound from the tornado is to put aside our differences -- and get behind all of the relief concerts going on in town.

Follow @ TheCrimsonWhite on twitter and like The Crimson White on Facebook for up-to-date volunteer opportunities and ways to help out in Tuscaloosa.

THURSDAY What: Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market

FRIDAY What: Graduate Parent

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Support Summer Camp Expo for students who are parents and for families in the Tuscaloosa community

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present Shakespeare’s The Tempest

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What:Using Applied Anthropology to Understand Analytic, Program and Policy Impact in Public Health

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When: 4 p.m. What: Jazz Cavaliers Reunion Concert

Where: Concert Hall, Moody Music Building

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UA’s SIFE team competes, places at nationals By Lauren Crain Contributing Writer

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EDITORIAL • Jonathan Reed, editor-in-chief, • Adam Greene, managing editor • Katherine Martin, news editor, • Stephanie Brumfield, lifestyles editor • Tony Tsoukalas, sports editor • Wesley Vaughn, opinions editor • Brandee Easter, design editor • Brian Pohuski, graphics editor • Drew Hoover, photo editor • Brian Connell, web editor • Daniel Roth, multimedia editor • Malcolm Cammeron, community manager,

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The Students in Free Enterprise organization recently won first runner-up at the SIFE USA National Exposition, which was held in Minneapolis, Minn., May 10 through 12. The competition was composed of top colleges that qualified to participate in front of 20 to 25 prestigious companies and their CEOs. SIFE is an international organization that helps make differences globally and in the local community. The organization uses basic principles to first impact the local community and later the global community. The UA program is composed of about 25 members who create and launch new programs.

Every program has a team, its own coordinator, leaders and members, Cole Moten, vice president of the UA SIFE team, said. Members of the UA SIFE presentation team said they overcame obstacles to make it to nationals because of the recent tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa. Though the team thought at first that they wouldn’t be able to make it to nationals, UA SIFE finished at the top of the competition with the program’s saying “SIFE for Life.” Cory Ferraez, senior and Project Committee Chairman, said the best part of the competition was speaking to vice presidents and CEOs of major companies who were looking to hire SIFE members.

UA SIFE has four projects: 6 Sides, Microfinance, the Green Team and the ABC Project, Moten said. The 6 Sides program, lead by Ferraez, helps local artists, entrepreneurs and students sell and promote their items on a web store. This was the first business created for UA SIFE, which helps funds initiatives. The program will soon become a non-profit organization in June. Money earned will be put back into the company or to fund SIFE and 6 Sides. The ABC project was initiated at Brookwood Middle School to educate eighth-graders on business principles such as writing business emails and memos via web-blog. Students also learned about Chinese culture by coordinat-

ing with a school in Hangzhou, China. Students from each school would send words and phrases to learn in each other’s language. Gabriela Medina, a senior majoring in management, joined the SIFE team in January and has worked on to two different projects including Microfinance and the Green Project. “The Microfinance Program is an organization that lends out between $25-$1000 loans to help people globally,” she said. “These small loans are intended to start up small businesses and help provide for poor families who pay back the money on small interest.” Medina also helped on the Green Project, which initiates energy efficient programs. This program has instituted

recycling at the University of Alabama’s Business School and has provided recycling bins at the business buildings that once did not have them, she said. The Green Project also partnered with ReLife, the first curbside recycling pick-up business in Northport, AL. Other endeavors of the Green Project included establishing a program at Huntington Place Elementary School that taught students the importance of recycling. Through project initiatives, the UA SIFE program is making an impact globally and on the local community, members of the team said. Their hard work has placed them at the top of the competition. More great things are expected to come from this organization next year.


smaller towns. “That’s where we need to get the word out that in those small towns [near] Tuscaloosa, nobody realizes how bad it is,” she said. “One swipe through a small town and it’s gone.” Maggie Sutlive, a Project Blessings volunteer, said she came back to Tuscaloosa from her home in Savannah to be involved in the cleanup efforts because she felt the community needed help. “They’re getting in to areas that are further out in the community that maybe people have overlooked,” Sutlive said. “It’s just a great organization.” Wilborn said recovery would be a slow and steady process. “Like Mayor Maddox has said, we’re not just going to need help now, we’re going to need help three weeks from now, football season,” she said. “This is going to be a very long growing and healing process. I think that a lot of people will realize that.” Wilborn said she does expect to lose volunteers as relief efforts continue, but she is confident that those who really care will be there for the long run. Eight-year-old Taylor Maddox, a student at Verner Elementary, started working with Project Blessings last week with her mother. Maddox said she helped package food and make sandwiches. “[It’s important] because people don’t have houses anymore and they need help,” she said. Volunteers can sign up to help Project Blessings at Woodland Forrest Baptist Church. Donations are being accepted at Bow Regards in Tuscaloosa.

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it started had somewhat prepared them for dealing with the disaster. “My aunt is the founder of Project Blessings, and when it happened, she gathered everyone she knew from Project Blessings and said there’s something we have to do, and we immediately started contacting everyone we knew from Project Blessings, and immediate action was taken,” Wilborn said. “Right after the tornado hit we got in our cars and went to Rosedale because some of the houses, the projects that we had done, were in Rosedale,” Taylor said. Since the tornado hit on April 27, the group started forming a plan of action. Today, they are operating out of Woodland Forrest Baptist Church and delivering supplies to those in need. Taylor said people listening to the radio are calling in with what supplies they need. Project Blessings then gets the addresses and delivers the items. On a single day, Taylor said they took more than 200 phone calls, made over 5,000 meals and packaged about 500 care boxes. Wilborn said the new focus of the organization is to reach out to the smaller towns surrounding Tuscaloosa. “I traveled to Greensboro yesterday and those people are helpless,” Wilborn said. “They’re sitting on their rubble with absolutely nothing.” With all the focus on the city of Tuscaloosa, she said no one seems to be reaching out to

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University Fellows help with tornado relief efforts By Jonathan Reed Editor

In late April, many students in the University Fellows Experience planned service projects for their annual Black Belt Experience in Marion, Ala., which takes place every May. After the tornado struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, those students decided Tuscaloosa needed their help more. “It was widely agreed upon that we needed immediate help in Tuscaloosa,” said Wellon Bridgers, coordinator of the University Fellows Experience. Students researched various relief efforts around Tuscaloosa and then began putting together projects where they could be most helpful, Bridgers said. Students organized an after-school program at Holt Elementary School, helped with relief efforts for Spanish-speaking residents at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, volunteered with the distribution of donations at Temporary Emergency Services, and created a logistical system to organize volunteers at the Volunteer Reception Center. “The students really took ownership of working in these various places,” Bridgers said. “Students have been able to start building relationships with people in the community.” David Phelps, a sophomore with an undecided major, helped create the system that organizes volunteers at the Volunteer Reception Center. Phelps said that keeping detailed and accurate infor-

Acts of Kindness Fund gives first round of aid By Ashley Chaffin Assistant Lifestyles Editor

Joshua White and Hanna Rath teach kids at Holt Elementary School mation about how much work volunteers do is important because FEMA reimburses the city for a portion of volunteer expenses. The Wednesday after the storm hit, the VRC opened up to keep track of the countless volunteers flocking into the city, and Phelps and other Fellows saw a way to lend a hand. “We set up the form people fill out on and some of the other logistical things,” Phelps said. “They said if we wanted to do it, we could run with it.” Phelps said Fellows also helped the VRC set up the traffic flow system at the McAbee Center and designed badges for volunteers. Marina Roberts, a sophomore majoring in anthropology, participated in a few differ-

ent activities throughout the three-week program. In one, she aided Spanish-speaking tornado victims at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. “Holy Spirit was interesting because I didn’t even realize Tuscaloosa had a sizable Hispanic population,” she said. “I don’t speak Spanish, but I felt really attached to the people there.” Hallie Paul, a senior in New College, said this program was designed not just to provide immediate aid, but to show students how they can continue to help out. “A huge part of this experience has been realizing that these three weeks are only the first chapter in the role that we hope to play as students,” she said. “The hope is absolutely to facilitate connections

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between UA students and the wider Tuscaloosa community in the coming year.” In addition to service, Paul said the Fellows hoped to learn more about the community from the people they helped. “The hope is that will be able to combine their experience volunteering in the community with the stories they learn from community members in order to begin seeing the big picture. Hopefully this will result in innovative ways for students to begin filling the needs of this community.” Phelps said spending time helping people recover is something all students should consider. “There’s a huge sense of responsibility since we all live here as well, even if we aren’t here all year round.”

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The University of Alabama will hand out the first sets of funds raised for tornado victims as a part of the Acts of Kindness Fund this week. Since the application process started on May 6, the committee has received 339 applications, 120 of which will receive aid. “The applications include 221 students, 102 staff and 16 faculty,” said Cathy Andreen, director of UA of media relations. “The funds will be distributed based on need.” The fund was set up in the days following the April 27 tornado and has raised more than $2 million to date, she said. It has taken longer than expected for the first set of aid to be distributed because the committee behind the applications had to fine tune the process. “We expect to respond more quickly now that the process for evaluating applications is established and under way,” said Andreen. The committee will try to make the decision process quicker because of the difficult circumstances surrounding those applying for assistance. The committee will be made up of seven people from faculty, staff and students. The representation comes from recommendations by the Provost, the vice presidents for advancement, student affairs, financial affairs, the athletic director and President Robert Witt. In order to qualify for assistance, those in need must be current faculty and students who can no longer help themselves financially after a tragedy. To apply for assistance, individuals must fill out the two-page application found at

$2 Million dollars raised 339 applications submitted 120 recieve aid this week Applicant Breakdown

221 student 102 staff 16 faculty

Once everyone in need from the tornado has been helped, the rest of the funds will be saved to continue the Acts of Kindness program. “The fund is set up to become a long-term benevolence fund to be used for all types of emergencies,” Andreen said. Other types of emergences that will qualify faculty or students for aid will include, but are not limited to, car accidents, fires, floods and medical expenses. The aid that will be given is intended to help victims pay for food, rent, transportation and other essentials for life. All of the funds raised for Acts of Kindness come directly from donations made to the fund. Nearly half of the funds already raised are from the $1 million that the University of Alabama Athletic Department donated; the other half is coming from various individuals and groups who have donated. Although the plan is to maintain Acts of Kindness after the needs of tornado victims have been met, no certain amount of money is being put aside to help with later emergencies. “The current funds will be used to meet the needs of tornado survivors as long as the need is there,” Andreen said. To donate, go to advancement/giving/donate. Direct the gift to “General University” and select the account “UA Acts of Kindness Fund.”



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Oh, how fortunate I have been

Thursday, June 1, 2011 Editor • Wesley Vaughn Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } WEB COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO “UA REACHES OUT TO AFFECTED STUDENTS” “I was very impressed that UA called to check on me after the storm. I think it is somewhat selfish to complain that the call was not made quickly enough, because these employees were also affected by the storm.” — Margaret Bishop

“They did not reach out to all staff. I never received a phone call from HR. Then after two weeks I did receive a call from Student Affairs, because I am a part time student.” — Sara Beth Riddle

“To be fair, there are probably several thousands of students living in ʻaffected areas.ʼ Iʼm still upset about the sluggishness of a united administrative plan—we had heard how bad this storm was going to be for a week or so before, and methinks a contingency plan would not have been out of the question.” — Jake Smith

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By Jason Galloway

I remember pacing the field of the Rose Bowl hours before kickoff of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Former assistant sports editor Spencer White and I were taking in the atmosphere in Southern California – the 75-degree January weather, the old bleachers surrounding us that hosted decades of tradition, and the perfectly painted and maintained field that only a select few get to place under their feet. “Isn’t it crazy,” Spencer said to me after minutes of awed silence. “We’re 20 and 21 years old, and our careers have already peaked. We’ll probably never do anything this cool again.” Although I hope he’s wrong, it doesn’t get much better than that day in Pasadena. The days leading up to the game included locker room access after a Los Angeles Lakers game, sitting by the swimming pool next to Joe Schad and playing on an ice pool table right after Pat Forde. I mean, how many college journalists even get to cover big-time college football, much less experience all of the festivities of a national championship game? On top of that, I also lucked into covering the Alabama gymnastics team’s national championship a couple of weeks ago, becoming the first person in The Crimson White’s 117-year history to cover

national championship teams in two different sports. I guess my first thank you, then, is to the Alabama football and gymnastics teams, for winning it all the years that I was the sports editor here. In my four years at the paper and two years as the sports editor, I have been extremely fortunate, and I feel like my experiences have been more wonderful and complete than anyone’s. But trust me when I say I haven’t forgotten how I got here and everyone who helped me along the way. I want to thank my high school journalism teacher at Bob Jones High, Mrs. Powell, for getting me started, teaching me the basics and helping me realize that sports journalism is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Thank you Dan Sellers, my first sports editor here at The Crimson White, for recognizing my potential and giving me a chance to move up the food chain. Thank you to all of my journalism professors at the University for their knowledge and support, especially Rick Bragg, who taught me how to write with color and grace. Thank you to all of my editors at The Crimson White and at my various internships for your guidance and constructive criticism, especially the Orlando Sentinel’s Steve Ruiz, who taught me how to report and write more efficiently and helped me understand that

Students returning for summer classes this week will find a community still very much in need of their service and supIn short: Tuscaport. Over a month after a tornaloosa is our city. do ravaged much of Tuscaloosa, and we must it is important that our student help bring it body continue to maintain the back to its feet. remarkable spirit of volunteerism and generosity we saw after the spring semester came to an abrupt end in April. As UA students, all of us depend on the community of Tuscaloosa. Yet, too often, we see the University as separate from the broader Tuscaloosa area. It is tempting to view ourselves less as citizens than as transient residents, here temporarily to accomplish our own goals and objectives before we depart into the larger world. Over the past five weeks, that has changed. We have seen firsthand the suffering and loss felt by our neighbors in the community and our fellow students. We have seen our fates linked to people we never before knew or hoped to know. And we have seen our own students respond to the need for unity and engagement in this community in an unprecedented fashion. This sense of compassion and civic responsibility has flown naturally from our students; we must make sure it is now embodied into the fabric and purpose of our University. Everyone can take part in the recovery. There is a need for a diverse array of talents, from communications students working for FEMA to crews clearing debris with chainsaws. In order for us to be able to channel our different capabilities productively into the relief effort, the University itself has an important role to play in engaging students through longterm, campus-wide relief programs. Over the next year, The Crimson White will continue to report on the recovery effort, but more importantly, we will spotlight important events throughout Tuscaloosa. It is our hope that more and better information about local events will help our readers take more ownership in this community, as we seek to fulfill our own responsibilities as student-citizens. Just as we now have a responsibility to serve the city, we also have a chance to unite as students. The student response so far has been incredible, but we can still grow and learn from the recovery effort. On a campus infamous for deep divides, this is our opportunity to show the world, and ourselves, that tragedy can change us and make us stronger, that we are willing to come together in service for the sake of our community, and that we are capable of finding a greater purpose in the rubble of this terrible disaster. Innocent, unsuspecting students died in the tornado; it is now our task to honor their sacrifice by finding meaning in our loss. If we grow out of this as a more unified student body and a more committed citizenry, hopefully one day what we all now view as a terrible tragedy will be seen instead as a time of tremendous growth and renewal.

I still have a huge window for improvement. Thank you to everyone who worked under me in The Crimson White sports department the last two years, especially assistant sports editors Spencer White, Laura Owens and Tony Tsoukalas. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this newspaper. Thank you Brandee Easter, Emily Johnson and Chris Jackson, for helping make our GameDay section engaging, and professional and operate smoothly. A thank you also goes to videographer Daniel Roth for putting up with me during football videos and helping me out with other various projects throughout this year. Finally, but definitely not least importantly, I want to thank Victor Luckerson for giving me a second chance when he didn’t have to. My four years here have been filled with great memories, great people and great relationships that I will never forget. I will always miss my time at The Crimson White. I hope those who come after me understand how fortunate they are and never take this experience for granted. Jason Galloway was the sports editor of The Crimson White for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years.

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Student newspaper reels (reals?) as best copy editor leaves By Parker White As far as advice and farewells go, I’ve always liked what Conan O’Brian said on his last Tonight Show: “All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism – it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” Before this year, The Crimson White always felt like a vague sort of monster to me – sometimes a source of insight, sometimes a source of controversy, and never too personally significant (a sentiment, which, now that I think about it, is probably held by many students towards many organizations on a campus this large). I applied to work as a copy editor for the 2010-2011 year. Twelve months later, I do not regret this decision at all. Since I am a senior and will be

graduating this May, this year was my first and last as an editor for The Crimson White, and it’s been a blast. Sure, staying in the newsroom until 2 a.m. on a Wednesday night in the summer isn’t ideal, but the experience of meeting deadlines, editing copies, and updating the website is excellent. More importantly than that, you get the opportunity to make new friends and work as a part of a team of talented and intelligent people to consistently produce a product numerous times a week, which is highly rewarding. To limit myself to three names, Jon Reed, this year’s managing editor; Adam Greene, this year’s chief copy editor; and Victor have all been tremendous assets to both the paper itself as well as to all the newcomers who didn’t have the first clue that AP style in journalism classes meant something different than AP style in English classes, let alone everything else it takes to make a newspa-

per every day. I owe a great deal to them for making my time in the newsroom successful and enjoyable. It’s a stroke of good fortune that they, as well as a swath of returning and incoming talents, will still remain to protect the CW’s house for the 2011-2012 year. To all the English majors reading this, seriously consider copy editing, at the CW or elsewhere, as a viable career opportunity. If you haven’t already, you’ll soon be going through a senior year crisis mode, and this is one base you may want to have covered. To all the creative writers, as your next writing prompt, I challenge you to come to the newsroom and help our designers write headlines. Highly limited space, highly limited subject matter—it’s harder than you think. One hint: “Alabama,” “Bama,” “Tide,” and “UA” are all acceptable and interchangeable. On two more personal notes, I encourage everyone to sup-

port UA’s new literary magazine, DewPoint, as it proceeds into its second year in 2011-2012. The email address for all questions or submissions is Additionally, I encourage anyone interested in being a dj for WVUA to go to the station in Reese Phifer and sign up to do it. In addition to the CW, working for WVUA has been one of the most influential aspects of my college career. May 2, 2011 at 8 p.m. will begin Up Beat Up’s four-hour series finale episode on 90.7 FM, The Capstone. And to all of next year’s copy editors, I encourage you to have patience, energy, and a sense of humor. Don’t be afraid to keep picking the AP Style Manual right back up again. Remember, an ellipsis at the end of a sentence is still followed by a period; an Oxford comma is never OK, ever, except for sometimes when it is OK; and there are three kinds of dashes—the hyphen, the en (short) dash, and the em (long) dash—and

while there usage is often littlecelebrated, they can be your best friends – especially the en dashes. Also, cling tightly to your red pens. You will be able to trade them for money, food, and allies by the end of your spring semester. In this column alone, there are five improper instances of punctuation, one case of homophonic word confusion, one mistake regarding numerals, one mistake regarding time and date citation, one mistake regarding composition titles, one mistake regarding acronyms for the University, and one important person’s name misspelled. At least. Additionally, copy editors, you now find yourself burdened with perhaps your first case of making a headline for a rambling, disjointed column. Have a wonderful year!

Parker White was a copy editor for The Crimson White for the 2010-2011 school year.

We have all been witnesses to the University’s Witt-less tornado response By Wesley Vaughn In times of crisis, leaders emerge. After the April 27 tornado devastated parts of Tuscaloosa, leaders across our campus responded incredibly. Faculty members accounted for students, staff members worked to help those affected, and students organized relief efforts and volunteered across the city. The reactionary mentality of helping others first was innate in all who served in the days following the tragic natural disaster. These individuals became unofficial leaders in a time of need. They did it because they felt compelled to, not because they wanted attention or praise. Sometimes, it takes an unfortunate event to reveal the greatness and kindness in society that we take for granted far too

often. The UA community’s overwhelming response revealed how great our campus can be, but it also revealed what holds us back. Despite the presence of many strong leaders at this University, we have a crisis of leadership in our administration. Many public officials and figures did respond. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox led the city remarkably well in the days following the tornado and has continued to do so. Coach Nick Saban and other members of the University’s athletic department led relief efforts. President Barack Obama toured the destruction and talked to city officials. Even Charlie Sheen made an appearance. Let me repeat that. Even Charlie Sheen made a public appearance, something that our

University’s president, the de facto mayor of 30,000 plus, did not do. I am not asking for an administration with all of the answers. I am just asking for an administration that is willing to lead. If that is crazy and unheard of, then I must be nuts. But when we, as students, expect nothing more than an email from our president after a crisis – whether it is a natural disaster or campus incident – something must be wrong. I am certain that President Witt and other members of the administration care about the Tuscaloosa and UA community – but they failed to show it. . To reward groups and individuals who responded to the April 27 tornado, UA Student Affairs has opened up nominations for the Capstone Heroes Award. I take offense to this

though. Instead of recognizing just one individual or one organization, the University of Alabama should recognize everyone who helped. It would be a disservice and ignorant to only award a few individuals when many have devoted their time, energy and resources to tornado relief efforts. The notion that someone or some group went above and beyond others is ridiculous since so many people did after the storm. Those who responded to the natural disaster of April 27 did so in order to help, not to be awarded for their actions. Therefore, I think the Capstone Heroes Award should be given to everyone who helped, not just a select few. Writer Elbert Hubbard writes, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and

be nothing.” Most would and should read this as a motivational quote. Our administration reads it as advice. Strong leadership evokes determination, optimism and passion. We saw and have continued to see that in Tuscaloosa with Mayor Maddox and other communities and organizations across the country. I have never been prouder of this University than I was when members of the student body, faculty and staff began organizing tornado relief efforts. It is a shame that the administration failed to take part. Fortunately, we have proven that we are strong enough to act responsibly without the administration’s faux leadership.

Wesley Vaughn is a senior majoring in public relations and political science.

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River makes endangered list By Melissa Brown Contributing Writer American Rivers, a national conservation organization, has named the Black Warrior River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers due to local coal mining pollution. American Rivers has published the Most Endangered list annually for 26 years, Southeast Regional Director Gerrit Jobsis said. The organization is based in Washington D.C. and focuses on clean water for people and wildlife, protection of rivers and critical landscapes, and restoration. “American Rivers is looking to protect healthy rivers for healthy communities,” Jobsis said. The Black Warrior is listed eighth out of ten on the 2011 Most Endangered list. Although pollution is a hot button issue, “most endangered” does not necessarily mean the river is contaminated or is the dirtiest, he said. “Endangered doesn’t mean polluted – it [the list] focuses on rivers that have an active threat endangering the longterm health of that river system,” Jobsis said. Coal mining, he said, is the active threat against the Black Warrior. According to, about 95 coal mines operate along the Black Warrior watershed. These methods can contaminate Black Warrior streams with heavy metals, polluting local waters used for fishing, recreation and drinking water for


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The mayor’s office released a statement via the city website saying, “…Tuscaloosa refuses to let this disaster define us; rather, we believe the real story to be written is the resilient spirit of our citizens and the compassion and generosity of the people of Alabama.”

the greater Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. Eva Dillard, staff attorney for Black Warrior Riverkeeper, said the organization worked hard to include the Black Warrior on the list because of vital decisions concerning the river that will be made in the near future. “It’s not the dirtiest rivers, but rivers that are facing a critical point where there’s a decision that can affect their future is a positive or negative way,” Dillard said. The critical point is Nationwide Permit 21, a general permit used by the Army Corps of Engineers that has allowed coal mines across the Appalachian coal mining region to operate, Dillard said. The Army Corps of Engineers has suspended the use of NWP 21 in all other Appalachian states, yet continues to issue multiple permits in Alabama, she said. The permit comes up for renewal in 2012. “What’s significant for us is that the Army Corps stopped using rubber stamps permits in other Appalachian states because they acknowledged that the permit was doing harm,” Dillard said. “We don’t understand how they can justify suspending the rubber stamp permit in other states but still use it in Alabama.” Jobsis echoed Dillard’s sentiments. “Why is Alabama the only state in the Appalachian coal region that is still allowing these nationwide permits where the agencies don’t conThese words are the foundation for which The Candlelight Vigil is being held, the website stated. Matthew Hutchins, a senior, said the candlelight vigil is an important event for the city. “It is a chance for the community to come together to remember the loved ones and fellow students we’ve lost and to honor those who have helped,” Hutchins said. “Not just FEMA, Red Cross,

CW file Students protest Shepherd Bend strip mine in September 2010. duct thorough environmental analysis to ensure that these are safe projects,” he said. “It should be in the best interest of the public, of society – not the coal mining companies.” The proposed Shepherd Bend mine, which would be located in part on land owned by the University, is a part of the problem, Dillard said. “Shepherd Bend is just another issue presented by coal-mining,” she said. “We’re asking that if mining be done in the watershed, it be done with the appropriate permit limits and in the appropriate places. We believe that a place that provides drinking water for 200,000 is not a place to place this mine.” Dillard said she believes the inclusion of the Black Warrior on the Most Endangered list is a positive event, and hopes it will bring more awareness to the problems the river faces.

“We were pleased by the designation because it gives us an opportunity to educate people on some of the threats of the river,” she said. Jobsis urges University students and Tuscaloosa residents who are concerned about Black Warrior conservation to get involved, even if it just means spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter. “People should realize that they can make a difference, and they can only make a difference if they get involved,” he said. “I encourage them to use social media to post this information to help spread the word among their friends and contacts, that this is an important issue for Alabama and people in the Black Warrior area.” You can learn more about Black Warrior’s inclusion in America’s Most Endangered Rivers list at americanrivers. org.

or other agencies, but people who live here and those from other cities who just wanted to lend a hand.” Collin Taylor, a UA senior, was a resident of the Arlington Square apartment complex in Alberta City, which was completely destroyed by the tornado. Taylor was in his apartment during the tornado, and said he had a heavy heart from experiencing the disaster and

witnessing the devastation it caused. Taylor said he was blessed to have survived the storm and plans on attending tonight’s ceremony. “It will be comforting to be there amongst other survivors, citizens and classmates,” he said. “As a community we must come together to support each other and show remembrance to those lost, and thank those who have earned it.”





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UA students receive research fellowships By Ethan Summers Contributing Writer Out of more than 12,000 applicants, three University of Alabama students received graduate research fellowships. Amanda Hanninen, Zack Coppens and Rachel McCarty were among 2,000 students selected nationwide. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program grants up to $121,500 per student to be used for a research-focused master’s or doctoral degree. Hanninen, a Tuscaloosa native, is earning a master’s degree in biology, studying how tidal environments and food availability affect agedependent changes in hormones, metabolism and reproduction in clonal fish. Hanninen said she shifted to biology after earning her bach-

elor’s in food and nutrition. “I didn’t become interested in biology per se until quite late in my academic career, when I decided to gain research experience for my resume after hearing about Dr. Earley’s research in one of his classes,” Hanninen said. “I inquired about working in his lab and the rest is kind of history, I suppose. I fell in love with all things research.” Hanninen said the award came at the end of a lengthy and very complex application process. “Only 17 percent of the candidates this year were awarded a fellowship, and the odds were slim; however, I believe that percentage is misleading, as there are so many factors that are taken into consideration, and a single misstep can eliminate you, regardless

of how strong the rest of your application is,” Hanninen said. “In other words, 17 percent seems like tough odds, but in reality the odds are much slimmer.” Because of this difficulty, Hanninen said, the news came as a surprise. “Needless to say, I was not expecting this at all,” she said. “It came as quite a shock, and I am extremely grateful to Dr. Earley for all of the time, support, and encouragement he has given me.” Zack Coppens, another recipient, currently studies mechanical engineering and plans to attend Vanderbilt University in the fall to obtain a master’s in that field. “My project will explore the heat transfer characteristics of metamaterials,” Coppens said. “These materials, according to


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Management Agency, will help Tuscaloosa citizens get back on their feet, Maddox said. “What we have to do is take full advantage of these resources while they’re here now, and I think we’re maximizing the effectiveness of what we’ve received, whether it’s donations or volunteers,” he said. Although FEMA’s resources are spread to areas suffering from other natural disasters, including tornado damage in Joplin, Mo. and Mississippi River flooding, FEMA spokesman Tim Tyson said the number of FEMA workers in Tuscaloosa would not decline. “It’s always a constant number for us,” Tyson said. “Very few people have been pulled out of Alabama, only a couple that I know of, and that was for personal reasons. If and when someone is reassigned, someone is immediately brought in to replace them. But, for the most part, the people that you’ve been seeing around town are here until the job is done. They’ll be no reduction of commitment.” Tyson said there are still four disaster recovery centers open – one at Holt Elementary School, one at the American Legion Post, one at Shelby Park and one at the McDonald’s Center. Tyson said community relations specialists are still canvassing the area to see if they can help those affected by the tornado register for assistance or get in contact with other federal agencies

some experts, have the ability to make objects invisible. It should be interesting.” After graduating from Vanderbilt, Coppens said he plans to attend Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is spending the summer working. Coppens’ reaction mirrored Hanninen’s. “When I received the email, I couldn’t believe it. I was hopeful, but I didn’t really expect to be awarded the fellowship,” Coppens said. “It’s been a great ride ever since.“ Coppens said it isn’t surprising that the University produced three winners of such awards. “The University of Alabama is a tremendous university with an excellent faculty. What I’ve found through my internships and meetings with

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students from other higherranked schools is that we receive the exact same education,” Coppens said. “I’m proud to say that I attended The University of Alabama, and it doesn’t surprise me that three UA students were awarded this fellowship.” Hanninen agreed. “If you look at the list of universities that had multiple fellowship winners, you’ll see the names of the typical ‘top tier’ research universities,” Hanninen said. “The fact that UA had three awardees speaks to its increasing presence as a higher research institution and the fantastic support the faculty gives to its students who are pursuing research.” McCarty, a graduate student pursuing a doctorate in engineering, was unavailable for comment.

Robert Olin, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, praised Hanninen, her college, and the University in an emailed statement. “Amanda’s selection as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow brings distinction not only to this bright young woman, but also to the College and the University,” Olin said. “Having NSF fellows in our graduate programs is a high mark of quality. It reflects admirably on the teaching and research of our faculty and on the caliber of students who are mentored and accepted into our programs. “For Amanda, a first-year grad student, to be selected for this prestigious honor is an accomplishment indeed. We are all extremely proud of her work and look forward to her continued success.”


and he was just one of the few people you meet who is genuinely nice.” Arnold said Patel was in Huntsville for a little more than a week before Patel was in a car accident that caused him to lose almost all of his memories from the last two years. “He was very intelligent and just generally a good guy,” Arnold said. Patel’s funeral was held at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel in Lawrenceville, Ga. last Friday.

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Sam Arnold, a senior majoring in philosophy, worked with Patel at Best Buy in Tuscaloosa and said he knew Patel for seven months before Patel transferred to the Huntsville store after getting a better job offer. “He was extremely nice,” Arnold said. “One of the nicest guys I’ve worked with, and I’m not just saying that. He was always eager to help,

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for assistance. In addition to the community relations specialists, Tyson said FEMA has started with mitigation assistance. “In some of Tuscaloosa’s larger retail stores, there are tables set up so the mitigation people can talk to survivors and anyone who wants insight on how to build back safer and stronger, or if they need consultation on ways to protect their homes from future storms, primarily by building safe rooms and shelters,” Tyson said. Tyson said modular housing is now being brought into the county to provide temporary housing for those who lost their homes. “The best way to fully engage in a full recovery is to be close to where you live, close to where your life revolved before the storm,” Tyson said. “Modular housing enables us to do that.” As of last week, 76,200 people had registered with FEMA statewide, 11,665 of whom are

from Tuscaloosa. The amount of FEMA grants given statewide was more than $43 million. Of that, over $30 million is for housing assistance and over $12 million was for other needs, such as funeral expenses. So far, over $10 million in FEMA grants has been given to those in Tuscaloosa, Tyson said. Tyson estimated that a total of 3.5 million cubic yards of debris was created by the tornado, 1.5 million of which was in Tuscaloosa County. As of last week, Tyson estimated 1 million cubic yards of debris had been removed from Tuscaloosa. David Bevens, public information specialist with Alabama Emergency Management Agency, said EMA and its partners are involved on several fronts regarding assistance to those in Tuscaloosa, including assisting with debris cleanup, individual and household assistance and mitigation. ` “So far, debris removal in public rights-of-way for both

the City of Tuscaloosa and the County of Tuscaloosa are just over 40 percent complete,” Bevens said. “Also, a private debris removal agreement between Tuscaloosa and FEMA has been approved. “ Bevens said EMA will continue to be committed to helping Alabama rebuild. “Our goal is to help Alabama and its people on the road to recovery from this disaster,” Bevens said. “It is the collective goal of our local and federal partners. In addition, our priorities are the same as those of all survivors: to have a livable home, clearing out debris and rebuilding wisely.” In regards to moving forward, Bevens said EMA will continue to facilitate and participate in the recovery and rebuilding efforts with their local and federal partners. “Our focus will be on building a stronger Tuscaloosa, ensuring we don’t forget those who lost their lives in this storm,” Bevens said. “Together we will rebuild Alabama.”

Malnati was conscientious and focused as a student, Daniels said. “I admire his perseverance, the type of perseverance that he exhibited while fighting an illness,” he said. “He made up every single assignment in spite of an extended hospitalization during the semester. “The death of William Malnati is a loss to journalism and a loss to the University of Alabama,” Daniels said. “We will miss his smile, his passion for journalism and the go-getter attitude that made him such a great student to have in any class.” Malnati’s sixth grade teacher, Sandy Garrettson Underwood, shared similar sentiments describing him in the online guest book at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary and Cemetery, as a 12-year-old with a twinkle in his eye and an infectious laugh. “He was one of those students who made making a seating chart a challenge,” Underwood wrote. “It didn’t matter where he was seated because he talked to anyone. What a delightful,

special young man he was. You couldn’t be upset with him for very long because he gave you that smile, and you quickly forgot what it was that had upset you.” Jennifer Greer, chair of the department of journalism, said the faculty will remember Malnati as a dedicated student who wanted to do his best at all times, and one who fought to overcome illness to succeed. “I had advised William a few times, and what I remember most was his drive to succeed and his energy,” Greer said. “He seemed to approach everything with gusto. He made an impression on all of us from the first time we met him.” She said she was looking forward to having Malnati in her journalism class in the fall and regrets not being able to have that chance. Melanie Miller, associate dean of students, agreed that Malnati will be sorely missed. “As a University, we mourn the loss of our student William Malnati,” she said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

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By Robert Moore Contributing Writer A picture of Tuscaloosa both before and after the tornado has been put together in the form of an E-Book. “The next day, the weight of what had occurred settled on our chests: the residential areas of Forest Lake and Alberta City decimated, people missing, friends without roofs,” is the set up given on the website by the E-Book’s creator Brian Oliu. Oliu is a creative writing professor at The University of Alabama who brought together a group of authors to publish the book called “Tuscaloosa Runs This.” “In one sense when everything happened we didn’t know what to do, but we knew that we needed to do something,” Oliu wrote on the website. “And so, we played to our strength – our counseling, our writing.” The E-Book is a compilation of works from 44 authors, some written before the tornado and others written after. Oliu describes the works in the anthology as “attempts to capture what it is we love about this city and what it means to us to repair and rebuild our home.” The book is free and can be

There is an amazing amount of talent here in Tuscaloosa and it was also an opportunity to showcase that talent in a way that could help our city. —Kori Hensell downloaded from the book’s website at www.brianoliu. com/ebook/ as well as viewed in Issuu, a program that allows you to read the book as you would if you had it in your hand. Kori Hensell, a contributing writer to the E-Book, submitted a piece called “Tuscaloosa.” The piece, which was written after the storm, expressed her emotions towards this city she has grown to love calling it “absurd but endearing.” Hensell got involved with the project after being asked by Oliu because she thought it was a great creative outlet that unified the writers in Tuscaloosa. “There is an amazing amount of talent here in Tuscaloosa and it was also an opportunity to showcase that talent in a way that could help our city,” she said. Lauren Smith, another contributing writer, wrote a piece called “Location: 33° 12’ 24” N, 87° 32’ 5” W.” She said


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her piece is in the fashion of a long form haiku that expresses the beauty of nature and that sometimes beauty can be disastrous. She said that while everyone has his or her own personal story with the tornado, this is hers. The lines “How everything that has vanished will be remembered, will be carried by thought and other hands. Open your eyes. Know your city breathes,” end her poem and encourages the readers, and it also leaves them with the hope that pre-tornado Tuscaloosa will not be forgotten. “Tuscaloosa Runs This” offers both fiction and non-fictions pieces that stir emotions, uplifts and unites readers just as it did its authors. All of the contributors hope that readers will make donations on the website that will go towards Recover Tuscaloosa. “All of the writings are Submitted Photo about Tuscaloosa – the peo“Tuscaloosa Runs This” is a free EBook by Tusaloosa writers ple, place and things that we about the city and the tornado. love,” Oliu said.

Roll Tide Relief show aims to help town By MariAna Johnson Staff Reporter The Roll Tide Relief Benefit Show hopes to lift the spirits of citizens of Tuscaloosa and to also raise money for tornado relief this weekend. The show will start at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 3 and lasts until 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Throughout that time local artists will play shows at downtown locations including L & N Train Station, Brown’s Corner, Wilhagen’s, Green Bar and 4th & 23rd. The idea for the Roll Tide Relief Benefit Show came from a group of students who wanted to do something that would

help. Anne Miles Wilkerson, one of the organizers of the event, said that once they got the word out there many of the bands came to them wanting to participate. Around 50 local bands are scheduled to play at the event. One of those acts is Wesley Cook of Atlanta. Cook described his band’s sound as “beachy folk rock” and compared their sound to that of Dave Matthew’s, Paul Simon and Jason Mraz. “They all have that live and upbeat beachy world sound,” he said. Cook said the news of the tornado hits home with him because he was only one state over.

“We’re neighbor states,” he said. “I’ve played in Alabama before at the Red Cross Benefit. I just hope to contribute.” Wilkerson said the concerts will be family friendly during the day. “Right now, we have every genre of music,” she said. “During the day we will have family bands and a [designated] child’s area.” Other donations will be accepted throughout the day and a donation lock box will be provided for safety. She also said that anyone who wanted to donate but could not attend the show can do so through their PayPal account on the relief show website.

“I know people are still worn out from the tornado; this is just a way for them to relax,” Wilkerson said. Along with the music there will also be a silent auction at L & N Train Station from 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. “We’re going to have pieces from local artists and photographers for people to bid on,” she said. “We hoped that it would be a great way for people to give large amounts of money in case they didn’t get a chance to donate when the storm first hit.” Items to be auctioned off included an autographed Daniel Moore print, Mark Ingram jersey and a Greg Maddux signed baseball.

IF YOU GO ... • What: Roll Tide Relief • Where: Various Tuscaloosa Locations

• When: Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

• Cost: $10 Admission will be $10 for a wristband that lasts all day and night. Further donations are encouraged. All of the proceeds for the Roll Tide Benefit Relief Show will go to the United Way of West Alabama.

Photography exhibit remembers city before storm By Hannah Muncher Contributing Writer It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but do words and pictures really have an effect on our society? Jeannie Guthrie, a Tuscaloosa elementary school teacher, was inspired to set up a project in January called “Be A Part of Art!” after seeing a university bulletin board covered in flyers and advertisements. Guthrie said she wondered what effects these message boards and texts have on our community. Working with a grant from the Tuscaloosa Art Council, Guthrie was able to create 10 boxes filled with 10 disposable cameras and a list of simple

IF YOU GO ... • What: “A Portal of

My pictures represent parts of Tuscaloosa not many people knew existed. — Jeannie Guthrie


• Where: Bama Theatre Greensboro Room

• When: June 2 – June 30

instructions: take photos, mail the camera in, and have your art in a gallery show. She then placed each box at a different location within the Tuscaloosa City limits and waited for the cameras to be returned to her. The project was supposed to test how well the commu-

nity responded to text and message boards, but ended up representing much more. Since the tornado on April 27, the Tuscaloosa community has been filled with images of terror, tragedy and devastation. Guthrie has accomplished something other people have not been able to do: bring back those happy memories to Tuscaloosa residents. Her project that started out as a simple experiment now has grown into as what she calls “A Portal of Life.”

Even though Guthrie only received one roll of film that had a picture of 15th Street, she says that her artwork represents what we no longer have. “My pictures represent parts of Tuscaloosa not many people knew existed,” Guthrie said. “They also represent a community and the daily lives of the people in it, and most importantly they tie our community together to help ease the heartache and suffering we are all going through at this time.”

On June 2, Guthrie’s photographs will be displayed at the Bama Theatre in the Greensboro Room. The exhibit will continue to run through the entire month of June. The show will consist of the selected photographs as well as a geographical display of the project’s locations. “This unique and enlightening glimpse into the diversity of the lives around us is the first community art project of its kind in Tuscaloosa (or perhaps anywhere),” she said. “And I think people will really enjoy the ways in which our ‘photographers’ have interpreted our town. In arranging and printing the images, I have been taken aback by how remarkably beautiful the lives of the participants appear.”

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LIFESTYLES this weekend WEDNESDAY • Candlelight Vigil: 8 p.m., Government Plaza

THURSDAY • Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market: 3 p.m., Canterbury Episcopal Chapel • Rude Mechanicals presents “The Tempest”: 7 p.m., The Park at Manderson Landing • Art Night: Tuscaloosa and Northport art galleries

FRIDAY • “Sweeny Todd”: 7:30 p.m., Bama Theatre

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Living in Italy vs. living in Alabama By Kirsten MacKay Before I left to study abroad in Florence, Italy for my spring semester of my junior year, I had no idea what to expect. I was anxious but excited to live in a foreign country for nearly six months – I knew I would have a lot of fun, see some amazing things, and make memories I would never forget, but I wasn’t sure how I would react to living in an environment so different from the United States, especially so different from Alabama. How would I cope with the discrepancy between my busy college life in Tuscaloosa and the slower pace of the Italian dolce vita? How would I live without Wal-Mart, how would I live without the ease and instant gratification of American consumerism in a country where you have to get different types of food at different stores (bread at the bakery, fruit at the fruit stand, meat at the butcher, etc.)? But I learned a couple of things from my life in Europe that I think I’ll keep with me when I return to Tuscaloosa in the fall: • Sometimes it’s much healthier, and even more fun, to walk somewhere instead of driving your car. I loved to make scenic excursions out of my errand runs in Florence – taking the long way to the market to walk by the Arno, going for a stroll through the historic center instead of going home straight after class, etc. You never know what you’ll see or who you’ll meet when you change up your normal route. • Your daily coffee fix can be both fun AND functional. In Tuscaloosa, I used to just speed through the Starbucks in the Ferguson Center to grab my standard grande nonfat no-whip white mocha on the way to whatever class or meeting I was heading to, but in Europe a cup of coffee is never rushed. I would often order my daily cappuccino at my local café and drink it right there

Submitted Photo Kirsten MacKay and Kathryne Lopez pose with Florence behind them.

How would I live without the ease and instant gratification of American consumerism in a country where you have to get different types of food at different stores (bread at the bakery, fruit at the fruit stand, meat at the butcher, etc.)? — Kirsten MacKay at the bar in (gasp!) a ceramic mug instead of a paper cup. This little pit stop in my morning routine allowed me to chat with my friends as we drank our coffees and even get to know the regulars and the waiters, many of whom I became friends with by the end of my semester. Living in Florence helped me see that my daily coffee run can be a social activity instead of merely an errand. • Don’t make so many plans. My natural approach to travel is to map out my entire itinerary,

make hotel reservations months in advance, and budget every day down to the last cent. But the summer backpacking trip I took after my semester in Italy taught me that sometimes it’s better to leave things up in the air. For example, on a whim I stayed in Bruges, Belgium an extra day because it was so beautiful, throwing that day’s itinerary out the window and living in the moment. I really hope that I can keep this open-minded, adventurous, go-with-the-flow attitude when I return to Alabama.

Tide to compete in College World Series By Marquavius Burnett Assistant Sports Editor

group. They had one heck of a year. That was one of the best ball games we have had in the stadium, one of the best crowds, one of the best atmospheres. It was awesome.” The Tide has advanced to 13 NCAA tournaments in its 15 years and has won five Super Regional titles. This will be the Tide’s seventh time advancing to the Women’s College World Series and its first since earning back-to-back berths in 2008 and 2009. “There are only eight schools [that advance to the WCWS], and you never know when you are going to do it again,” Murphy said. “Like I said in Wednesday’s press conference, this is the toughest part, getting there. For those two [Kelsi Dunne and Whitney Larsen] to get to go again is awesome. I hope that Jackie [Traina] starts on her road of four straight. It is just a Alabama’s softball team celebrates after defeating the Stanford Cardinals this weekend. great feeling for them.”

The No. 2 seed Alabama softball team (51-9) will compete in the Women’s College World Series against No. 7 seed California (44-11). The two teams will play in Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Crimson Tide earned the berth after defeating the No. 15 seed Stanford Cardinals this past weekend at Rhoads Stadium. After losing the first game, the Tide battled back to win two straight. “First, Stanford was incredible, and they have a great program with great coaches,” head coach Patrick Murphy said. “I told them at the beginning when I gave them a tour around that I wish it wasn’t them, because I wanted to see them in Oklahoma City. I just respect the heck out of John (Rittman), his staff, his players; his team is a very classy




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Alabama snags top recruits By Marquavius Burnett Assistant Sports Editor

can play all three guard positions. Jacobs averaged a doubledouble as a senior in high school. At 6’8, 255 pounds, he is a backto-the-basket player that should help the Tide inside. Cooper is a versatile perimeter player that gives opponents fits with his defensive play. He is a knock down three-point shooter that will help the Tide stretch the floor. Gueye is a 7’0 center from Africa with good ball skills and the ability to knock down 12-foot jumpers. His length also makes him a force on the defensive end. Ojomoh is a 6’1 guard from Europe that played on the Belgium U20 National Team. Another high note for the Crimson Tide is that proven veterans from last year’s NIT Championship game, Trevor Releford, Tony Mitchell and

The Alabama men’s basketball team earned a nationally ranked 2011 recruiting class. The class is ranked fifth according to and No. 13 according to This year’s class includes Trevor Lacey, Levi Randolph, Nick Jacobs, Rodney Cooper, Moussa Gueye and Retin Ojomoh. Lacey, a two-time winner of Alabama’s Mr. Basketball award, signed his National Letter of Intent with the Crimson Tide this summer. A 6’3, 190-pound shooting guard, Lacey is a fivestar recruit according to rivals. com and is ranked sixth at his position and 24th overall. Randolph was the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama. He is a wingman that, Trevor Lacey JaMychal Green, all return for the Tide in 2011. The 2011-2012 team will feature multi-talented players eager to play in head coach Anthony Grant’s up-tempo system. With this year’s class and the returning talent, look for the Tide to contend for the Southeastern Conference championship title and a berth in the NCAA tournament bid.



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Tide travels to Tallahassee for regional play From staff reports There is a new champion in the world of Southeastern Conference baseball, as the Florida Gators took home the SEC tournament trophy on Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Vanderbilt. Widely considered the best two teams in the SEC, the top powerhouses met in a less than stellar matchup, as the No. 2 ranked Commandeers’ bats fell flat against Florida pitcher Alex Panteliodis and the Gator bullpen. The University of Alabama was eliminated after going 1-2 in the SEC with a win against

Arkansas and losses to Florida and Arkansas. Alabama got a win in its first game against Arkansas, with Nathan Kilcrease leading the way, throwing a career-high 10 strikeouts over eight innings. However, that is where the Tide’s luck ended. Alabama lost against Florida in the following game (6-0) and were eliminated on Friday in their second tournament meeting with Arkansas (4-1). Next for the Crimson Tide is a spot in the NCAA tournament, as Alabama earned a No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Tide will start out against the University of Central Florida on

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Friday at 11:00 a.m. Alabama lost to UCF in its previous meeting with the Knights (12-4) during the South Alabama Tournament in February. Host Florida State will take No. 4 seeded BethuneCookman in the region’s other

game. The Seminoles are the No. 5 team in the country and look to be a huge test for the Tide’s plans of a second straight Super Regional appearance. “It feels good to see our name up there, but it’s a really

tough regional,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We played Central Florida earlier in the season, so we know they have a really good club, and Florida State is a tough place to play. We’re excited to be in, and we

have a lot of guys back from last year that played extremely well and won a regional. I think we’re going to lean on that. We’re excited to still be playing, and this team deserves to continue on.”


2011’s Southeastern Conference All-Name team By Tony Tsoukalas The Southeastern Conference baseball season is over for now; the player awards have been divvied out, All-SEC teams have been named and Florida has been crowned Champion. There is but one award left to hand out. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: I present you with the most prestigious SEC award yet- the 2011 SEC All-Name team. Pitcher. We will start on the mound, from the University of Florida, Tommy Toledo. Holy Toledo Batman, could there be a better baseball name out there? Alliteration aside, Toledo is just an awesome last name. The only thing better for Tommy would be a last name of Torpedo, but that would be too much to ask for now, wouldn’t it? Catcher. Behind the plate, from LSU, we have Jordy Snikeris. This is one of the most unique names in the SEC by far. I’m not too sure which part is better, Jordy or Snikeris. On one hand you have Jordy; did

he come up with that? Jordy is a short and about 1000 percent less cool abbreviation of Jordan. Forgive me, but I just can’t see fear bubbling up in an opposing pitcher’s chest when the name Jordy comes over the loudspeaker. On the other hand you have Snikeris. I don’t know what to say about this one, I just hope my next girlfriend doesn’t have it. First base. At first base, from the University of Florida, Vickash Ramjit. Not going to lie, there are not a lot of first basemen with unique names in the SEC. Vickash you get on the list because I’m willing to bet that you are the only Vickash in baseball. If anybody doesn’t like this pick you can tell them I don’t give a ramj. Second base. At second, from the University of Arkansas, Bo Bingham. By far my favorite name in the SEC. Every time Bo gets a hit I have the uttermost desire to hear the announcer say ‘bing bam Bo Bingham with a hit.’ Seriously, it would make

my day. Third base. At third base, from Auburn University, Wes Gilmer. I know what you are thinking: why is this on the list? Simply put, it is just a baseball name. Wes Gilmer is the kind of name that MLB2K11 would make as a made up player. The name is just gritty and tough. When I hear Wes Gilmer I think, I want that guy on my team. Shortstop. At shortstop from the University of Florida, Nolan Fontana. Boy, Florida is really racking these up and very well could be the best named team ever. Fontana is cool because it reminds me of the Fantanas, the singing group that invaded your television screen asking you the infectious question, ‘Wanta Fanta? Don’t you wanta, wanta Fanta?’ Coincidence that Fanta’s colors are blue and orange? I think not. Outfield. Our first outfielder is from Vanderbilt University, Mike Yastremski. As an avid Red Sox fan, I have to put the grandson of former Sox legend on the list.

Mike, you have big shoes to fill; make the Yaz proud. Outfield. Our next outfielder is from Auburn, Cullen Wacker. Wow Cullen, you were born to play baseball. A batter named Wacker? This would be the equivalent of Lizzie Borden having the last name of Hacker, or Albert Einstein having the last name of Smart. Outfield. Our final outfielder comes from LSU, Mikie Mahtook. Another case of alliteration amusing me. On top of the alliteration is the fact that Mikie, Michael Anthony Mahtook, decided to not only abbreviate his name, but also choose the more feminine -ie approach. If this truly was a team, we all know Mikie and Jordy would be besties. Of course it is only natural that writing this column is a man that spells his last name with a T but pronounces it with an S… go figure. Well there you have it, your 2011 SEC All-Name team, the best team you can… well, name.

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