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FINISH IT The softball team has a chance to win UA’s third championship this year in women’s sports.

By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor Just minutes after senior Brooke Pancake sunk her four-foot putt that won the Alabama women’s golf team a national championship, some of the golfers could be overheard talking about how excited they were to get rings presented to them at an upcoming football game. It’s become customary for “other” teams to be honored in Bryant-Denny Stadium after taking home their sport’s ultimate prize. But before the 2011-2012 season, it was only gymnastics that stepped in front of 101,000 fans to receive such an award. This year, the halftime schedule might get pretty full. The Tide won national championships in gymnastics and women’s golf and is one win away from having a 3rd this year in softball. The women’s sports at Alabama have ruled the spring, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say this has been the most successful year for women’s sports in the school’s history. SEE WOMEN’S SPORTS PAGE 11

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When last season’s Women’s College World Series was coming to an end, Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy was preparing to leave Tuscaloosa for Baton Rouge. Now, nearly a year removed from his job change, which lasted only a weekend, Murphy has the Crimson Tide softball team on the cusp of winning its first national championship with game three of the championship against Oklahoma scheduled for tonight. The motto for this year’s team has been “Finish it,” and Murphy and the players wear wristbands that display the saying. “It’s something that the seniors, the girls came up with maybe at the beginning of the semester,” Murphy said. “When we leave our hitting facility, they’ve got a sign, and there’s basically a handprint. And it says ‘finish it’. Everybody slaps that handprint as they walk out into the field every day.”

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Farmers market seeks theme song Songwriting contest marks fifth anniversary By Lauren Ferguson Culture Editor

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Whether songwriting comes naturally or is unfamiliar territory, Homegrown Alabama farmers market is inviting all members of the community to participate in their sing-off competition at Thursday’s market. Homegrown Alabama is a University of Alabama studentled group educating students on the importance of local produce and farming in Alabama. The competition will be one of many activities being held at Thursday’s market celebrating Homegrown Alabama’s fifth year in operation. “We have had the farmer’s

market for five years and have established a loyal clientele, including many musicians,” Andrea Mabry, assistant market manager, said. “We always have live music at the market,

and the musicians enjoy coming to it. We thought it would be cool to have a theme song that people could hear and recognize us.” Contestants were asked to

write a theme song for the farmer’s market and then participate in a sing-off starting at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Film takes UA student from Campus MovieFest to Cannes, France Beatty will also show movie in Hollywood By Becky Robinson Staff Writer Some students dream of vacations to Hollywood and France, but for UA student Alex Beatty, these dreams came true, thanks to his love and talent for filmmaking. Beatty was selected to show his short film “Here and Now” at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in France this summer. Beatty’s film showcases er • Plea s

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the story of an “emotionallydetached teenager” and his journey to better his life following the death of his mother. The five-minute film won Best Drama at UA’s Campus MovieFest and, in addition to the Cannes Film Festival, will be shown at a Hollywood competition in two weeks. Beatty, an upcoming junior majoring in telecommunications and film, developed his interest in filmmaking at an early age. “I always kind of had an interest in film when I was little, trying to just play around with

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I always kind of had an interest in film when I was little, trying to just play around with video cameras and doing little short things with my neighbors and friends. — Alex Beatty

video cameras and doing little short things with my neighbors and friends,” Beatty said. “I started to get more involved in live production – like concerts

and making music videos, just with friends and other local bands, I guess – my freshman year of college.” Beatty said his access to the University’s equipment and involvement in Campus MovieFest propelled his interest in filmmaking. Last year, Beatty entered a music video, “A Certain Woman,” in the Campus MovieFest and won his first trip to Hollywood. The video was made for a local band and is a dramatic piece telling the story of an emotionally and physically abused woman who overcomes her hardships.

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After winning Best Drama at Campus MovieFest this year, Beatty was one of 22 students chosen out of 105,000 international submissions to attend the Cannes Film Festival. This was the first year student filmmakers were invited to the festival. “It was an amazing experience,” Beatty said. “That was my first time in Europe. We were right on the beach, right on the coastline. Our hotel and the whole festival was right there, too, just right down the street on the coast.” Beatty’s experience in

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Cannes also allowed him the opportunity to network with other filmmakers, take part in special workshops with directors and even walk the red carpet with Hollywood heavyweights like Brad Pitt and Steven Spielberg. Laura Willoughby, an actress in “Here and Now” and a senior majoring in fashion merchandising, said she had a great experience filming Beatty’s movie. Willoughby said she was new to filming but had fun participating in it, even though

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a national symbol of conservative heroism and labor union and liberal disdain, overcame a spirited Democratic effort Tuesday to recall him from office. Milwaukee Mayor Thomas Barrett was vying to make Walker only the third governor ever to be ousted by voters before the end of his term. With 33 percent of the vote counted, Walker had 59 percent to Barrett’s 41 percent. The Associated Press and multiple television networks projected Walker as the winner. The race has drawn national attention for weeks and will be scrutinized in the days ahead for clues about 2012 political trends. Many experts, though, warned against reading too much into the result — the issues and personalities were often

too unique to Wisconsin. That didn’t stop the two parties from trying to send national messages. Democrats had seen the recall as a chance to vividly show the country how voters reject the kind of rigid conservative ideology Walker has promoted. He’s stabilized state finances with some tough measures, including curbing state government workers’ bargaining rights. Walker won the governorship in 2010, beating Barrett by 5 percentage points. Walker quickly took on the public employees, and the ugly war that erupted wound up sparking the effort to recall the governor. National Democratic figures, such as former President Bill Clinton, have campaigned on Barrett’s behalf. President Barack Obama, who has largely stayed out of the fray, tweeted a message of support this week.

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Pancake first Alabama golfer to win Honda Sports Award Alabama senior golfer Brooke Pancake won the 2012 Honda Sports Award, given annually to the nation’s top female collegiate golfer. The award is given to the top women athletes in 12 NCAAsanctioned sports who are then automatically eligible to become a “Top Three” finalist for the Collegiate Woman

Athlete of the Year. Pancake was voted over three other nominees for the 2012 award. “I am ecstatic about the Honda Award,” Pancake said in a statement. “I honestly couldn’t ask for a better way to cap off my collegiate career.” Pancake followed the NCAA Championships by playing in a U.S. Open qualifier before traveling to Scotland, where she is currently preparing to compete as part of the United States Curtis Cup team.

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“A win here would resonate with conservatives across the country who see Walker as a symbol of the changes they want,” Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School poll, said. Democrats started the race at a disadvantage. Barrett had to survive a May 8 primary against former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, the choice of labor, teachers and environmental groups. Walker has maintained a lead in most polls, and Democratic strategists have been concerned whether party loyalists would show up Tuesday. The White House on Tuesday sought to lower expectations ahead of the vote, with spokesman Jay Carney saying that “a race where one side is outspending the other by a ratio of at least eight to one probably won’t tell us much about a future race.”

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Walker had the aid of his own national army. Leading conservatives and their generous contributions have poured into the state. Candidates and independent groups have spent more than $63.5 million on the race since November, the Center for Public Integrity reported Tuesday. That easily surpassed the $37.4 million spent on the 2010 gubernatorial battle. Since late 2011, Walker has outraised Barrett by better than 7-to-1, the center found. About one-fourth of Barrett’s money and nearly two-thirds of Walker’s funds came from out of state. Conservatives looked for a Walker win as a high-profile victory in their crusade to pare government. Other Republican governors, as well as Republican members of Congress, have been pushing a similar, no-compromise agenda of tough spending cuts.

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“I have been on cloud nine and hope to keep the joy and success going here in Scotland,” Pancake said. “I am honored to know I have left the University on such a high and am excited to see the future success of the program.” Pancake’s collegiate career culminated with a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole that secured the Tide’s first national championship in women’s golf with a one-stroke victory over Southern California. A three-time All-American, twice garnering first team honors, she finished her career with a 73.08 scoring average and led the team in 2011-12 with a 72.52 stroke average. “For me, there was no player I would rather have with that last shot,” head coach Mic Potter said. “Over the course of her career, she’s become such a complete player, a great competitor and a

tremendous ambassador for our program. Off the course, I can’t say enough about what she’s accomplished. She’s the best scholar-athlete in women’s golf and the epitome of the complete student-athlete.” A first-team Capital One Academic All-American, Pancake earned the Edith Cummings Munson Award from the NGCA in 2011 as the student-athlete with the highest GPA among firstteam All-Americans. She also earned the Elite 88 award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at an NCAA Championships final site in 2010. A three-time SEC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a three-time NGCA Scholar Athlete, she is also a four-year All-SEC performer. Pancake is the first Alabama golfer to earn the award and joins UA gymnasts Penney Hauschild (1985 and 1986), Dee

Foster (1993), Andreé Pickens (2002), Jeana Rice (2004), Ashley Miles (2006) and Kayla Hoffman (2011) as the Tide’s Honda Award winners.

Dugas drafted by the Yankees

Alabama’s center fielder Taylor Dugas of Lafayette, La., was selected by the New York Yankees with the 277 overall selection in the eighth round of the 2012 Major League Draft First Year Player Draft. Dugas is the first Crimson Tide player to be selected in this year’s draft. A first team AllSoutheastern Conference selection in 2012, Dugas finished his senior season with a team-high .343 batting average. Dugas also led the team in hits (71), runs (41), doubles (12), triples (7) and walks (24). During SEC play, Dugas posted a .325 average, which included five doubles, four triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs. He also hit a gamewinning, walk-off home run against Auburn on April 7 and was named the SEC Co-Player of the Week after posting a .461 (6-for-13) average against the Tigers. In four years at Alabama, Dugas posted a career batting average of .360, which ranks seventh best in school history. He finished his career as the school’s all-time hits leader with 334, while setting the school’s record with 235 career singles, 67 career doubles and 18 career triples. He is second all-time in walks (151) and atbats (927), third in runs scored (232) and fourth in on-base percentage (.466). Dugas was a first team AllAmerican in 2009 after hitting .395, while earning first team All-SEC honors as a sophomore. A 2011 American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Award winner in 2011, Dugas was a second team All-SEC selection and a SEC All-Defensive team honoree as a junior. Dugas was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 249th overall pick in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft before returning to Alabama for his record-breaking senior season.


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Crowd gathers to watch Venus cross the sun With help from professor William Keel, community members witness once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon

By Benjamin Smith Contributing Writer Venus won’t move across the face of the Sun again for another 105 years, and on June 5, all astronomy professor William Keel wanted was for the typical Alabama lateafternoon cumulus clouds to clear. “All we’ve got to do is be able to see the sun,” Keel said with a laugh. “Is that too much to ask?” The viewing Keel organized for students didn’t last long. A large gathering of people waited on the roof of Gallalee Hall with three telescopes, several pairs of viewing glasses and a “sunspotter,” a telescopic

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Top: Keel shows astronomical photos. Above: A projector shows Venus as it crosses the sun. Left: Around fifty people came out for the viewing. device designed for viewing solar phenomena. Ultimately, though, the group got to see the once-in-alifetime event. The wait for the clouds to clear lasted approximately twenty minutes. The sun appeared shortly, only to vanish again behind the clouds. Its appearances were brief, but, in the eyes of the spectators, well worth it. “I thought it would be cool to come out and get a hands-on opportunity,” Christy Holland said. She brought her two daughters, Carlee and Jacey, to see the passing of Venus. Holland, who homeschools her children, thought that the

viewing would serve as an excellent educational opportunity, as well as a memory that will make a great story. “It will be something neat to talk to their kids about,” she said. “Really, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.” “It was really cool, but it was just so small,” Carlee said. Jaycee added that since Venus is Earth’s sister planet, the earth itself is equally small. The passing of Venus between Earth and the sun happens fairly frequently, but the planet usually – 98 times out of 100 – passes either to the north or south of the sun, Keel said. Before the eve-

ning of June 5, the event had occurred in 2004 and 1882. “Not many scientific events are predictable and yet happen this infrequently,” Keel said. “There have only been seven that people have known were coming.” While they occur on a monthly basis during the school year, public viewings with the department of astronomy are only held on special occasions during the summer because of interest level and the late hour of sunsets. “Unless a bright comet appears from nowhere or something, this should be the only one,” Keel said.

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‘Morbidly obese’ has lost its weight as a term By Cheyenne Paiva

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When a politician does something that breaks the stereotypes of their party, they’ll usually be congratulated for it. Say what you will about party politics, but Americans like to see our leaders defy expectations. Sometimes, such as with Bush’s bailouts, we like it so much that we fail to properly analyze the merit of an unexpected decision. This is exactly what happened in late May when the country learned of President Obama’s “kill list.” For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the kill list is a program that marks suspected terrorists for death, regardless of the circumstances in which they are discovered and confronted. Individuals on this kill list have been killed in droves by airstrikes from unmanned aerial vehicles, with the order to carry out each strike coming from Obama himself. The moral implications of this policy are, frankly, staggering. The CIA has claimed the list incurs limited civilian casualties, but according to senior military officers, this is only true if you count every Pakistani male youth as an enemy combatant. In other words, it implies that having a Y-chromosome and being from Pakistan makes you an enemy of the United States, which is not conducive to healthy international relations. Furthermore, even when the targets are confirmed terrorists, killing them with drones while they are inactive and defenseless violates countless international treaties. Not least among these is the Geneva Convention. And, of course, Obama should have learned from Bush’s handling of Guantanamo that intelligence regarding who is and who is not a terrorist can be tenuous. What’s frustrating about all this is that Obama has once again failed to display moral fortitude in his handling of the war on ter-

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ror. The first warning sign came when, despite his promises to the contrary, Obama neglected to close Guantanamo Bay or even seriously revise its operating policies. The next red flag was Obama’s suspiciously ambivalent stance on “enhanced interrogation.” Although he claimed to be opposed to it, he has never moved to ban it or denied its usage in ongoing military operations. However, in spite of these serious human rights violations, no one seems terribly concerned about Obama’s handling of the war. The unfortunate fact seems to be that no one is willing to call Obama out. Democrats won’t because, well, they’re Democrats, and Republicans are pleasantly surprised that, for once, Obama is acting just like Bush. No one is keeping him in line. I don’t mean to imply that Obama hasn’t handled some aspects of the war well. I thoroughly support his repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and I believe he’s making the right move by gradually removing

troops from Afghanistan. But when it comes to addressing human rights violations committed by the Bush administration, Obama has been alarmingly passive. In fact, he doesn’t seem to have any more respect for the lives and rights of Afghanis, Pakistanis or Yemenis than his predecessor. The kill list should be a wakeup call for Americans. Is it kind of cool that our liberal president is taking a tough stance on terror? Absolutely. But just because he isn’t the weakling Republicans said he would be doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t expect him to show some restraint. A Democrat can commit war crimes just like a Republican if his constituents allow him to. And Obama’s political affiliation doesn’t make his offenses any less egregious than those of Bush. It’s a painful cliché, but Obama promised change. And as far as the war goes, it’s about time Americans asked to see some. Nathan James is a sophomore majoring in public relations.

In America, these are the three main categories for the weight of the average citizen: Normal weight, overweight and obese. Following closely is morbidly obese, slowly but surely catching up to the pack, hungry for that delicious fourth place finish. Still, a fifth contender has emerged in this race, one far heavier than each of its forerunners. This anonymous competitor continues to stagger forward at a nearly fatal pace, beating hefty odds for an even beefier chance to give America a bigger, rounder shape. Such a colossal effort deserves a name of its own. The word obese has lost its weight. The scales have always tipped in favor of the double-plus sized, but now that the country’s obese outnumber the merely overweight, those scales read off the charts. Something must change before they simply break. Obese can no longer meaningfully describe a person weighing 20 percent or more above their recommended weight. Typical of American society, the visual distinctions among normal weight, overweight and obese are as easy to pick apart as the petals on a deep-fried blooming onion. Beyond that, however, cellulitic lines begin to blur. Obesity rates have dramatically gained over the past 20 years (the South proudly boasts the fattest people in the world’s fattest developed country). It’s no wonder scientists felt the need to classify another body size and give identity to this ever-growing section of America. As it turns out, tacking the adjective “morbidly” to an already morbid condition creates little distinction between obesity and its slightly more depressing successor. Is it fair to a 300-pound person that a 700-pound person gets squeezed into the same category? Yeah, didn’t think so. That 400-pound difference deserves a league of its own. It’s an elephant in the room that’s hard to ignore, even when surrounded by its similarly sized human friends. More than a third of the country’s adult population confirm that obese is the new skinny, so what is the new obese? It’s when that perfectly capable man hops on the electric cart at Target, expectedly fulfilling the lazy habits that brought on his size in the first place. It’s when that one plus-sized classmate uses the elevator instead of unimaginably walking up the 10 steps of stairs. But, size does not always relate to physical fitness. There are many, many overweight and technically obese people who physically outlast me in nearly every way, but they aren’t the type I’m addressing in this column. To me, obese only still describes two things: When a person is so unusually large that they get their own TLC show or when someone’s laziness directly causes their size. The latter has remained unchallenged for so long that America has a better chance of electing a minority lesbian in an interracial relationship for president than of reversing that unfortunate mindset. Therefore, focus lies on the former. We know what it looks like (gross), and we try not to imagine what it smells like (even grosser). Now it’s time to give it a name. I realize there’s a fine line between being funny and offensive, assuming at least one person besides me finds this funny and/or offensive, and I haven’t practiced enough to better resist this trap I’ve willingly written for myself. This column’s natural course suggests that I think of funny names to call whatever can possibly exist beyond morbid obesity, but I won’t do it. Casual Star Wars fans, don’t expect me to make any Jabba the Hutt references. Hardcore Trekkies, dismiss how accurately Lardassian captures the alien-like essence that accompanies being fused to a chair. No one can convince me to release the name whoa-bese, despite how proud I am for thinking of it, and I’m above suggesting the name Dimples even though it paints a light, fluffy picture, almost like hand-whipped cream, except not really, because whipping cream by hand takes effort that a Dimple wastes on trying to not to die. Not going to do it. But all kidding aside, America needs to learn that bigger isn’t always better. While we’re at it, let’s shift the bulk of the blame for obesity from genetics to poor habits and finally abide by common sense. Yes, obesity results from genetics, behavioral and environmental factors, but since we can’t control our genes, the only way to combat obesity is to control our environment by controlling our behavior. Come to think of it, there’s already a name for the morbidly, morbidly obese. It’s marked on a gravestone by that extra-large hole in the ground, usually beginning with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, macular degeneration or cancer and ending with something like “R.I.P.” Cheyenne Paiva is a junior majoring in biology.

Summer free time gives an opportunity to read the right way By Tarif Haque

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Every summer, when life comes to a standstill and classes finish, we should all take some time to sit down, calm down and read a good book. I’m talking about the kind of book whose words settle in our thoughts, whose characters speak to us, whose story navigates its way through our dreams. For a long time, books were this: A place to escape reality. Yet more and more, free reading takes the backseat when it comes to how we, as students, spend our free time. At times, we psych ourselves out. “I’ll read later,” my friends say, among other excuses. “I read on the Internet;” you don’t read on the Internet, you information hunt on the Internet. “I read a lot for school;” when’s the last time you’ve read for yourself? “I’m busy;” set aside 20 minutes before you go to sleep. Carry a book with you in your backpack, always. Or, “I’m lazy,” but I can’t argue that. There is a certain stigma associated with free reading. The introvert and lonely librarian comes to mind. The excitement of college leads us away from books. If nothing else, reading feels boring. At large, free reading has become uncool and unexciting. That is, if we don’t know how to read the right way. We cannot deny the benefits of free reading. When I say “free reading,” I mean reading aside from school or work. Several months ago, a medical Fellow mentioned to me that he only reads “medical books” in his free time. My skin crawled. Our free time should be spent acquainting ourselves to the other side, the stories we don’t experience ourselves. Free reading should take us away from the mundane, our everyday lives, equip us with ideas of which we’d otherwise be ignorant. Sometimes, we get so occupied in a narrow field of interest that we distance ourselves from the rest of the world. College coursework will definitely do this us, if we don’t do it to ourselves already. In every way, free reading calms our self-absorption. So, as I write this in a bookstore, I can’t help but feel

sorry for those who don’t have the attention span to pick up a book and read it. Here, in silence, I’m surrounded by people who’ve been sitting for hours, captivated by words on a page. I see fingers thumping and feet tapping, to the rhythm and pace of reading. These people know how to read the right way. I find it amazing how books can do this to us, how they hypnotize our brains. Reading for pleasure takes us beyond what we encounter on the Internet. It is not entertainment. It is illumination. Reading, pondering each sentence, slowly, is not a passive activity. It requires a different kind of attention; it makes us slow down and take a little time for ourselves. As fast-paced, recreation-driven, and smug our lives are, we could all do for some calm humility, listening to the voice of another, a writer we don’t know. With reading, we’re here to listen. That’s all. Reading, at times, feels like self-sacrifice, but it shouldn’t be like this. With behemoth textbook reading assignments, the lot of us has grown apathetic about reading. A professor of mine assigned thirty pages of textbook material weekly last semester. A friend of mine taught me to approach the reading like a novel. Let the sentences run together. Let the words and ideas settle overnight. Don’t worry about taking notes, or getting every detail. The textbook writers know that we’re not familiar with the technical jargon, just as the best novelists paint vivid storylines and craft memorable characters. We’re able to run through 800-page Harry Potter novels in a couple days, so why can’t we read our textbooks like this? My friend, who rarely studied the traditional way, spent eight hours reading the textbook quietly the day before exams. He came out with an A+. If not anything else, free reading will teach us how to read the right way, to slow down and take in information, to truly listen. If we are reading the right way, we shouldn’t be targeting juicy bits of information, finding headlines or bold print. We read the information as it’s presented to us sequentially, taking in the ideas as they come.

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Reading is a task in patience and persistence. Talented readers see life in shades that our singular lives cannot offer us, drawing from past and present writers. They know how to appreciate the little things and find significance in nothing. So pick up a book this summer. Find something that you’re not familiar with, but interested in, and read it from cover-to-cover. You won’t regret it.

Tarif Haque is a sophomore majoring in computer science.


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Tuscaloosa firefighters built Patrice Johnson’s home in Alberta on the same lot her house stood before April 27. By Benjamin Smith Contributing Writer Thirty members of the Tuscaloosa Fire Department paired with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild an Alberta home destroyed by the April 27 tornado. They completed the build in only five days, one day less than their original goal. “We just thought it would be a good idea, with there being so much destruction, to give back,” Lieutenant Ron Kirkland of the TFD said. Habitat for Humanity works worldwide to ensure that low-income families have a place to live. Ten years ago, the fire department worked with the organization on the renovation of old houses in the Tuscaloosa area. Similarly, in the wake of last year’s tornado, the department decided to go the extra mile in their service to the community. Once Fire Chief Alan Martin decided it was

high time they worked again with the philanthropic organization — Kirkland and Lt. Richard Schoolar began organizing the event, which took place during the week of May 21. The men partnered with the Major League Baseball/ State Farm Players Trust, which is providing funds to rebuild homes in Tuscaloosa and Joplin, Mo., to complete a blitz build. The build relies on determined volunteers to assemble an entire house — both interior and exterior — in six days. “We had been wanting to work with Habitat again,” Martin said. “I thought it would be neat to build a house up from the foundation in a week’s time.” The firefighters showed up each day and worked continuously from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., only taking a 45-minute break in the afternoon for lunch prepared by the firemen’s wives. The constant

dedication to the project made it possible to beat their original six-day goal. “Everybody that showed up, they showed up to work and I think that made a big difference,” Martin said. Though she had to take off work to be there, Patrice Johnson, the homeowner, also assisted in the effort. She often brought her four children to the site with her to contribute to the rebuilding. Johnson’s son and three daughters had been with her when the tornado barreled toward their home. According to a report by Katie Palmer of Habitat for Humanity, the family was in the house because Johnson said she had several chores to do. By the time they realized the tornado was headed straight for them, it was too late. They had no other option but to pray in the bathroom as the house collapsed around them. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, and the

family has been living with Johnson’s mother in the mean time. They moved into the new house, which is located on the original lot in their old neighborhood, on June 5 after a dedication ceremony. The success of the project, though, is nothing unusual, according to Lt. Kirkland. “I think we’ve had a lot of good community reaction,” he said, highlighting the selflessness and willingness of the people of Tuscaloosa to help in the wake of the disaster. Based on the success of both this project and the rebuilding effort as a whole, this is a trend that can be expected to continue. “After the tornado, there were so many people both inside and outside Tuscaloosa who came to help,” Martin said. “Everyone was helping everyone. It was a communitywide effort, and this was a continuation of that effort. We’ll definitely be working with Habitat again in the future.”

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Alabama scores high on small business survey By Katherine Owen Staff Reporter Southern charm, welcoming small communities and friendly citizens may make Alabama one of the top states in which to start a small business, according to a recent study by Thumbtack. com, a website designed to allow people to easily hire local help, like photographers, tutors or carpenters. To conduct its survey of the 6,000 businesses featured on the site, Thumbtack. com partnered with the Kauffman Foundation, a national organization that focuses on American entrepreneurship. According to the study, Alabama ranks among the top 10 states welcoming to small businesses. Central Alabama— which includes Tuscaloosa—ranked as the friendliest region of the state for small businesses, as well. Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com, said they decided to conduct the survey to really find out what was important to the small businesses they interact with every day. “For example, people always talk about tax rates when discussing business policy,” Daniels said. “But how important are tax rates to small businesses? Small businesses — both nationwide and in Alabama — told us that they actually care almost twice as much about professional licensing regulations as they do about tax rates and tax-related regulations.”

The results show Alabama to receive an A- in overall friendliness and an A+ in various areas, such as regulations, health and safety and networking programs. Alabama’s lowest grade was a C+ in hiring costs. When told of Alabama’s rankings in the survey, many local small business owners did not seem surprised. “Honestly, I think it’s the sense of community that’s so welcoming to small business and the one-on-one interactions,” Mary Catherine Booth, owner of Sweets Cupcakes in downtown Tuscaloosa, said. Sweets Cupcakes will have been open for a year this month, and it is Booth’s first business. Booth says she would absolutely encourage someone to start a small business in Alabama. Gail Faulkner, owner of Chloe’s cup sees the upside to having her coffee shop of two years in a college town. “It’s been such a great experience with all the students,” Faulkner said. “They are so friendly and so nice.” Female entrepreneurs felt significantly better supported by the state than their male counterparts, according to the study. Women who owned small businesses were 33 percent more likely to rate Alabama as supportive or very supportive of small business. Tiffany Denson, the owner of T.Lish Dressings, Marinades and Sauces, says Alabama and her local community have been significant in the start

of her business. “Yes, I believe that Alabama, my community in particular, has been very welcoming to starting a new business,” Denson said. “My local customers are extremely loyal and supportive. I have always said I was in the perfect place to start a business like this.” Denson started T.Lish out of her own kitchen and now sells her product at the Pants Store locations and various local grocery stores throughout Alabama. The only downside she sees to being the owner of a small business in Alabama is the tax rules and regulations. “The obvious downsides are the additional state tax regulation on top of federal,” she said. “Honestly, it is just a major learning curve on my end to learn the additional rules and regulations.” Other factors surveyed were topics such as current economic health, optimism about the future and the growth rate last year. In all three, Alabama scored well, taking 24th in current economic health, 10th in optimism about the future and 5th in growth rate last year. Denson exemplifies such optimism, encouraging anyone to follow their dreams regardless of whether environment is perfect for it. “Of course, it is hard for me to speak outside the food industry, but if you have a quality product and the drive to succeed, then you must go for it. It never hurts to try.”

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UA AdTeam takes home second place The University of Alabama advertising team dedicated 890 hours, took over 1,100 research impressions and sacrificed spring break to defeat 150 teams and place second in the National Student Advertising Competition. The team beat out eight other southeastern competitors in the American Advertising Federation’s district seven competition in Nashville, Tenn., including major opponent Savannah College of Art and Design. This year’s NSAC, hosted from May 3 to June 6 in Austin, Texas, was sponsored by Nissan North America. The team created a website, adteam.org, to raise money in order to fund their trip to the competition. In Austin, each of the 19 competing teams was given a fictitious $100 million to design a campaign that targeted multicultural millennials, which

includes African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics from the ages of 18 to 29. “We called this target market ‘the adapters,’ and our campaign was ‘The Push Campaign,’ with the tagline ‘push to start,’” advertising team member Myreete Wolford said. “Push encourages adapters to push beyond their social media screen in pursuit of their passions by using Nissan as the connector. We focused on the fact that the word ‘push’ is this generation’s word for ‘innovation.’” All teams at the national competition had to explain their campaign in a 20-minute presentation, as well as submit a 32-page plans book, for which Alabama received the highest score. “What’s cool about our campaign is that it inspires a difference in the target audience,” Meredith Hawkins,

president of the advertising team, said. “We made a campaign that can sell cars, for sure, but it’s also something that motivates consumers to live their dreams. It isn’t enough to talk big or to dream big; you have to live big. And I guess the same goes for AdTeam, as well.” Team adviser Teri Henley implemented a new, handsoff approach this year, which gave the students a glimpse into the professional world, Wolford explained. However, Henley gives credit for the success to the students. “Our students continue to prove how our Alabama advertising program is one of the best programs in the nation,” Henley said. “I chose the most promising, hard working and innovative students that this University has to offer, and I could not be more proud of my kids.”

Student attends Cannes Film Festival

Homegrown market celebrates fifth year

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participating in it, even though she did not get to travel to Cannes with Beatty. Beatty still has two more years at UA and admits that although it presents a problem with self-promotion to directors and job opportunities, he is optimistic. In fact, Beatty said he hopes to return to the Cannes Film Festival. “Hopefully, I can end up going back again next year because that’s kind of my goal,” Beatty said. While in school, Beatty works with the University’s film department making many of UA’s commercials. He did a documentary on the April 27 tornado called “The Face of the Storm.” Beatty also owns a production company, Project One Studios, that is based out of his hometown of Orlando, Fla. Beatty said the production company is more of a summer project where he works on everything from promotional videos for corporations to weddings. “I can do a lot more projects, but I don’t really know where I’m going to go with that, depending on what I end up doing in the actual film industry,” Beatty said. “But, if anything, it’s just a side production company that I’ve got going for me right now.” As for future plans, Beatty said he is focused on his film for next year’s Campus MovieFest.

Songs were asked to be less than three minutes long, include the line “I’m Homegrown” and feature Homegrown Alabama information, including time, date, location, facts about vendors and why they love Homegrown. Songwriters may also submit videos of their songs for a chance to win the “Favorite YouTube” category. The songs are meant to be family-friendly and will be judged on creativity, best descriptions, best YouTube submission and the market’s favorite. “We have been working on promotional material for the market and hope to have five to ten competitors,” Mo Fiorella, upcoming market manager, said. “Ham Bagby will be the MC in the contest and also talk about Homegrown. We will also have three judges: A person from Homegrown, a staff member or professor and Ham.” Fiorella said they want the show to be entertaining for others and representative of the market. She said their most successful markets have always included a contest- or voting-type event, such as a salsa competition or chili cook off, both of which they plan to have later in the summer. After the sing-off, customers at the market will be allowed to cast their votes for their favorite performance and select the crowd favorite. Winners will

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The Bama Belle sits on the Great Warrior River where it will depart from for tonight’s Cruisin’ on the River. receive a selection of prizes ranging from Homegrown T-shirts and bags to posters made by local artists. The songwriting contest will be the main interactive event during Thursday’s birthdaythemed market, but other activities will include a large birthday cake made with local fruits by Snap Decisions and a craft table to make birthday hats and streamers. Lindsay Turner, market manager for Homegrown Alabama, said two new improvements to the market will be available on Thursday, as well. Homegrown Alabama will now provide information about the vendors next to each booth so that shoppers can learn more about their produce. Additionally, the market will start accepting debit cards, credit cards, and SNAP/ EBT cards (formerly food stamps). Customers wishing to use these forms of payment must visit the information table to swipe their cards and collect market bucks – wooden tokens – used for shopping. Turner said they are the first farmer’s market in Alabama to accept EBT cards. “We try to cultivate a space for the community that has a fun and laidback atmosphere,” Turner said. “We have live music every week and work hard to make it an event people want to come to.” The summer markets are held weekly on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. at Canterbury Chapel lawn on Hackberry Lane. For more information about Homegrown Alabama or the songwriting contest, visit

Boat sails to save river By Katie Thurbur Contributing Writer The Black Warrior Riverkeeper will mark its 10th year of advocating clean water practices in the Birmingham area with beer, food and live music. Though the actual 10-year anniversary of the group is September 22, the Riverkeepers have been celebrating all year, and decided to bring the party to Tuscaloosa early. The organization’s event, Cruisin’ on the River, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight. SweetWater Brewing Company will provide the beer as a promotion for its monthlong collaboration with the Riverkeepers, and Food Studio B will provide the dinner. Charles Scribner, executive president of the Riverkeepers, said he’s excited for the event for several reasons. “It’s a great opportunity for us to celebrate what we’ve

done but also to get the word out to new people to support us,” he said. Scribner said that not many people understand that the Riverkeepers protect not only the Black Warrior River, but they make sure the watershed, from which much of the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas get their drinking water, stays clean and viable. “It’s about much more than environmentalism,” he said. “It’s about public health and preserving the natural water supply.” Blake Ellett, an intern for the Riverkeepers, said he has enjoyed working with the group and is looking forward to the event. “It’s pretty impressive,” he said. “The organization has grown substantially in the last couple of years, and the celebration will be a good opportunity for it to continue to grow.” Jenn Patterson, program director for the organiza-

tion, said the cruise should be just perfect for sunset, with check-in starting at 5:30 p.m. at the dock of the Bama Belle Riverboat. The event is limited to those 21 and up, but children 12 and under are welcome if accompanied by their parents. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at bwrk.eventbrite.com.

IF YOU GO ... • What: The Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Cruisin’ on the River

• Where: Bama Belle Riverboat dock

• When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 6 with check-in at 5:30 p.m.

• Cost: $40 per person

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ShootLocal app Jack White gets ‘intensely introspective’ promoters hold photo contest By Francie Johnson

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Jack White is no stranger to lying. In early interviews with The White Stripes, the eccentric blues-rock band made up of White and ex-wife Meg White, he repeatedly insisted that the two bandmates were siblings, rather than former lovers (it would be years after the Detroit Free Press uncovered copies of both their marriage license and divorce certificate in 2001 before he would finally come clean and admit to their past as a married couple). White’s new album, “Blunderbuss,” however, combats the notion of truth head-on, resulting in a twisted, often cryptic admission of vulnerability that, despite its painstaking honesty, still manages to maintain a front of ambiguity. For years before the release of this new album, Jack White refused to embark on a solo career, partially because he knew it was what everyone expected of him. Instead, White focused his energy on three different bands: The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and Dead Weather. However, the year 2011 brought forth many changes for White. The White Stripes officially called it quits in February, and White divorced his second wife, British model Karen Elson, in June 2011. Less than a year later, on April 24, 2012, White released “Blunderbuss,” with the influence of these two events ever-present in the album’s core. Musically, “Blunderbuss” sounds like it could be another White Stripes album – influences of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll and 1960s and 70s bluesrock ooze from virtually every song. The heavy, hardhitting guitar riffs on the track “Sixteen Saltines” conjure memories of The White

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Stripes classic “Blue Orchid.” What set this new album apart, though, are the intensely introspective lyrics, dissecting White’s personal relationship with love in ways that render the listener speechless. In “Love Interruption,” the album’s first single, White sings, “I want love/To roll me over slowly/Stick a knife inside me/And twist it all around,” personifying love as a violent force that rips victims apart from the inside out. White continues to explore the concept of love and relationships throughout the album, with lyrics such as, “And when they tell you that they just can’t live without you/They ain’t lyin’, they’ll take pieces of you/And they’ll stand above you and walk away,” from the album’s opening track, “Missing Pieces.” On other tracks, such as “Freedom at 21,” White takes on an angrier tone, singing,

“She don’t care what kind of wounds she’s inflicted on me/She don’t care what color bruises that she’s leavin’ on me.” White’s lyrics, though insightful and thoughtprovoking, are vague and ambiguous enough to put a comfortable amount of distance between himself and his audience. “Blunderbuss” is like a letter left out in the rain, soaking wet, with ink running down the page. Everything is plainly written out, yet the words have bled together and are impossible to read. Their meaning stares you directly in the face, but you may never truly understand it. Ambiguity is a game Jack White loves to play, and he’s quite the expert at it. Overall, “Blunderbuss” is some of White’s best work, and hopefully, this is only the beginning of his long-anticipated solo career.

A contest designed to promote the iPhone photography app ShootLocal could yield prizes for students interested in filmmaking and photography for taking pictures of Tuscaloosa. Students have an opportunity to win a Canon Rebel T31 camera and Composer Pro and Fisheye lenses by competing from now until August 15. The app is designed to be a free location resource for photographers, filmmakers, advertisers and brand managers searching for new and interesting environments, ShootLocal Chief Development Officer Beverly Ingle said. It allows users to add a location marker to photos using the iPhone’s built in GPS. “As a creative [photographer] is scouting for a shoot location and comes across something with potential, he can take a quick photo with his iPhone, post it to ShootLocal, map its location, add a description and add it to the community,” Ingle said. The ShootLocal Location Hunt Student Competition, sponsored by Lensbaby, calls for the students who enter the contest to do just that — take pictures of locations in their town using their iPhone and post it to ShootLocal along with a description. “People who are new to a city often see the place differently than the natives,” Lead Developer Aaron Sherrill said. “Students know the cool places that should be unlocked and available to the rest of the city to enjoy.” The competition, which launched May 15, is open to enrolled college students throughout the country. The competition features various categories for which a winner will be named and prizes awarded. The categories include best private property, most unusual location, best natural landscape, best rustic location, best contemporary location, best industrial location and best public location. ShootLocal’s independent judges will choose a winner for each category, as well as a best overall location winner. The overall winner will also be given the title of ShootLocal student photographer of the year. David Salinas, CEO and founder of ShootLocal, said he hopes this competition will increase awareness of the app, build a community of users and add locations to the database. “We want fresh, young, aspiring students to break new ground with us,” Salinas said. “Today’s youth is 100 percent digital and social. They have an uncanny understanding of the value of social media and mobile applications.” While the focus of this competition may be to help scout new locations and raise awareness about ShootLocal, Sherrill hopes students also realize they can help “put their city on the map.” To enter the competition and find complete rules and eligibility requirements, go online to shootlocalapp.com/ competition.

• Swimming vs Tennessee: 12 p.m.

Get your picture taken with the University of Alabama’s beloved Mascot at the SUPe Store. Big Al will be at the Ferguson Center on the first day of each Bama Bound Orientation Session from 11:00AM until 12:30 PM.


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Average off-campus rent rises slightly in 2012 By Eric Yaron Contributing Writer

Both locations are fully furnished, both rates include utility fees, and both apartments It’s no secret that a lot of are of similar dimensions and money can be saved by stu- size. The deciding factor that dents and parents by choos- pushes many students off caming to move off pus often comes campus when down to what else the time is they’re getting for right. their money. Over the next “The extra The gym and the pool are a year, though, resources offered definite plus, but between upperclassmen to tenants really having your own place, own moving offpushed me to try stove and own living area, campus may to find a good save slightly apartment off the cost of living off campus less. campus early is far better than the cost of As the price on in my college living on campus. of on-campus career,” Matt housing at Guthrie, a senior — Matt Guthrie Alabama has living at the recently risen, Woodlands resithe average dential communirent for apartty, said. “The gym ments within and the pool are a the city limits of Tuscaloosa definite plus, but between havhas also risen by $24 per ing your own place, own stove month in the past year alone. and own living area, the cost of The average cost for a two- living off campus is far better bedroom/two-bathroom apart- than the cost of living on camment, the most common floor pus.” plan leased by college students, At living communities such at one of the newer complexes as The Retreat in northeast in Tuscaloosa now reaches to Tuscaloosa, more roommates roughly $600 per month for per house keep the prices lower 12-month leases beginning in and amenities high. Hidden August 2012. fees, though, can add to the Off-campus rates will not cost. outpace on-campus rates this “For what you get, the rent year, though. On-campus, the is pretty reasonable,” Everett per-room rate for the four- Yeaw, a junior living at the bedroom/two-bathroom suites Retreat, said. “I only have two in any of the newer residence other roommates right now halls equates to slightly more in a five-bedroom house, but than $975 per month for the we still manage to go over the 2012/2013 school year. monthly utilities cap included Nearby Campus Way apart- in our rent by at least $20 each ments, an apartment complex every month. Between hidden within biking distance of the fees for going over allowances University, offers a similarly and being located so far away designed four-bedroom/two- from campus, it’s sometimes bathroom floor plan but costs just as expensive in time and only $444 per month, less money to live off campus.” than half of the rate of some For some students, living on University-operated residence campus or within a short walkhalls. ing distance becomes their

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largest selling point when searching for an apartment, even if it means getting fewer perks for the same price as offcampus resort-style living communities. “Living on campus is just so convenient that I sometimes can’t see why anyone would ever want to live off campus,” said Trinity Stennfeld, a junior who has lived on campus since arriving at UA her freshman year. “The money saved on gas and short walks to class alone are worth more to me than access to a free tanning salon and public pool.”

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AU student organization still providing tornado relief By Katherine Owen Staff Reporter Bama Rocks!, a benefit concert held at WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, proved that a year after the devastating April 27 tornadoes, even the greatest of rivals can still work together to rebuild a state. Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa is a relief organization that connects Auburn, Ala. to the devastation in the Tuscaloosa area on April 27. Toomer’s held the concert on June 1. It featured acts such as Todd Simpson, Hope For A Downfall and Alive in Wonderland. All of the musical guests played to promote storm recovery and tornado safety awareness. Holly Shirley, executive director of Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa, said they were pleased with a

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“decent” turnout that raised $800 dollars in one night, despite fears the ticket price of $20 would keep some people from coming out. Shirley said over a year after the destructive tornadoes swept through the state, Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa is not only hosting events such as Bama Rocks!, but also “still acts as a virtual command center and information

clearing house.” “There’s not as many of us — 20 to 30 people at any given time, a core group of 10 people — but when something happens, someone is on it,” she said. Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa is starting to quantify the work it has done over the past year. However, with all that goes into the efforts, Shirley said it is hard to really measure. She reported the organization has raised about $86,000 and provided 122,000 meals over the past year. The effort has not been isolated, though. Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa immediately started with a big picture perspective. “It started with Auburn grads all across the nation,” Shirley said. “We just set up drop boxes to collect supplies. But we didn’t even know how we were going to get it back to Tuscaloosa. We

ended up connecting with truck drivers, who would bring the supplies back to Tuscaloosa. Wherever the need was most urgent, that’s where the truck went.” Now, Toomer’s For Tuscaloosa works to provide aid all over the state. “We worked in Clay for eight weeks, helping set up a distribution center,” she said. “We worked with Tuscaloosa citizens — it was so cool.” Students from both schools agree the alliance is proof of a united statewide community. “Even though we take football seriously in the state of Alabama, we take helping our state seriously, too,” Tina Sheikhzeinoddin, a UA junior majoring in civil engineering, said. “In the end, football is just a sport. It was great for them to come help rebuild

Tuscaloosa.” As for the continuing efforts to help Tuscaloosa, Shirley said Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa is working on plans for future events, including another big concert for next spring. They have already collaborated with Tuscaloosa’s One Place this past winter to bring Christmas to 130 local kids who would not have had a Christmas otherwise. Now, plans to join forces again for Tuscaloosa’s One Place’s “Summer Fling” are in the works. Haley Bruce, a sophomore studying pre-nursing at Auburn, commends the united front the two schools have been able to develop for a cause. “I think it is extremely important that Alabama and Auburn students are able to put aside their differences and come

together for a much bigger purpose: To provide for families in their communities who are in need,” she said. Overall, Shirley said she is still amazed to see the schools’ mutual efforts. “It’s been wild to see what people in this state will do to help other people. Everyone has given something.”

FAST FACTS • Organization formed by AU students to aid Tuscaloosa after April 2011 tornado • Raised $86,000, provided 122,000 meals in the last year

Seattle nonprofit seeks to unite Alberta with art By Katie Thurber Contributing Writer More than a year after the April 27 tornado, Alberta City is still recovering from the damage, but residents have an opportunity to build a community center through a project that began June 2 and continues until June 9. The community center hopes to service and renew hope. The Alberta City Gathering Place Project is sponsored by the Pomegranate Center, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting communities through art and service. With the help of Tully’s Coffee, Green Mountain Roasters, the group was able to give a $100,000 grant to help fund the project. Milenko Matanovic, executive director and founder of the Pomegranate Center, said one of the goals of the project is to encourage the surrounding community to work together for a main goal. “The Pomegranate Center believes that we find the greatest truth through collaborating with each other,” Matanovic said. “Having something in common to work for leads to

great things.” After the April 27 tornado, the goal to reunite Community members, along with the community became stronger than ever. Tuscaloosa’s Parks and Recreation Department, Matanovic said the gathering place has become have worked with the Pomegranate Center since a symbol of rebirth for the city. January 2012 to design the perfect addition to “We want to show that when something bad Alberta City’s happens, all Jaycee Park, of us have the but the idea power to turn it I searched all around Tuscaloosa and couldn’t find any public art or for a gathering into something any places where everybody could gather,” she said. “I wanted to do place goes back good,” he said. to even before “It represents something that would really bring the community together. April 2011. something Kimberly springing forth, — Kimberly Conway Conway, an life happening art teacher after death.” at Matthew’s Un ive r s i ty Elementary School, said she wanted to plan a of Alabama student Katerina Puzinauskas got project that would incorporate public art and a involved with the project and brought along community center months before the tornado, the Slash Pine Press, a printing press associand when she heard about the Pomegranate ated with UA’s English department. She said Center, she applied for a grant. the press has been receiving poems and works “I searched all around Tuscaloosa and from community members about their tornado couldn’t find any public art or any places where experiences and eventually 20 compositions everybody could gather,” she said. “I wanted to will be burned into the wood tables at the gathdo something that would really bring the com- ering place. These will serve as a remembrance munity together.” for the many people who were impacted by

the disaster. “We are trying to get a good cross-section of pieces to represent how the community felt during and after April 27, 2011,” Puzinauskas said. “We feel that it is important to honor and remember the events of that day but also to move forward as a community.” Puzinauskas said she, like so many others, has a story to tell and this project has helped her cope with the loss she feels. “Volunteering with the Alberta City GPP has been cathartic because I can finally make a small contribution to the community as a whole,” she said. “It has given me closure, and for that I am so grateful.” According to Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation, construction is scheduled to conclude on Saturday night, but before then, many volunteers are still needed. Becky Booker, public relations manager, said all volunteers, regardless of age or skill level, are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Erin F. Wiggins with the Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority at 205-562-3220, or go to www.tcpara.org.


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Tuscaloosa Pure Barre boutique opening in fall Pure Barre, a dance-inspired workout studio that is often referred to as “the workout that is sweeping the nation,� is set to open its Tuscaloosa location on Aug.1 next to Bow Regards on McFarland Boulevard. Owner Jodi Bearman said Pure Barre fitness combines the benefits of many other trendy workouts, such as yoga and Zumba, so the customer gets more out of the workout. She said Pure Barre customers will see guaranteed changes if they go to 10 classes in three weeks. Pure Barre’s was founded in 2001 by Carrie Rezabek Dorr, a dancer and choreographer, and has grown to be nationwide after franchising in 2009. The fitness phenomenon has been featured on “The Today Show� and in magazines such as Health, Cosmopolitan and Allure. “It is literally the fastest,

most effective way to change your body — by utilizing a ballet bar to perform small isometric movements — and it’s all set to music,� Bearman said. “It’s always challenging, but depending on the level you are at, you can change the resistance.� The long, lean muscles of a dancer are guaranteed to women who regularly participate in Pure Barre classes by lifting the butt and toning the thighs and upper body. The prices for Tuscaloosa’s Pure Barre have not been set, but studios in Birmingham and other locations typically cost around $20 per class and have a number of monthly payment options. Like many other fitness fads, the classes are aimed at women seeking fitter figures. Emily Rogers, a junior majoring in management and marketing, said she would much rather go to a group workout class than sit on a machine by herself. She said she enjoys

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Caroline Meyers, a junior majoring in communication studies, has participated in multiple group workouts such as Crossfit, yoga and spinning. “I’m a runner, but I have heard of Pure Barre,� Meyers said. “I would definitely be willing to try it, but I think it’s too expensive for college kids.� To keep students from being

deterred by the cost, Bearman plans on offering the first class for free, as well as student discount rates. For more information regarding discounts and opening specials closer to August, Bearman encourages students to check Pure Barre Tuscaloosa’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ purebarretuscaloosa.

Gulf Shores hosts UA summer play Moody Hall hosts By Noelle Brake Contributing Writer When the academic year is done and the curtain closes on the semester’s last performance in Galloway or Allen Bales theatre, most of the UA’s student actors go home. Some, though, who auditioned and were cast before the school year ended, are preparing to begin rehearsals for the UA SummerTide Theatre, the professional summer theatre program of the University. This year, the SummerTide theatre group will perform “Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.� Performed in revue-style and featuring popular songs such as “There Goes My Baby,� “Love Potion #9,� “Jailhouse Rock� and “Yakety

Yak,� the performance incorporates the hit music of the 1940s and 1950s. SummerTide Theatre business manager Christopher Montpetit said he enjoys every one of the show’s songs. “The entire production is a collection of songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,� Montpetit said. “Many people don’t recognize their names, but everyone knows their songs. From ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Poison Ivy’ to ‘I’m a Woman’ and ‘Stand By Me,’ it’s a great night of classic songs.� The production is set during the 1950s and features the classic themes of love lost and love won mixed with nostalgia and emotions. The musical first ran in Los Angeles in 1994 and has

been performed since by various theatre companies. Montpetit said SummerTide Theatre chose “Smokey Joe’s CafĂŠâ€? because it was familyfriendly oriented. “We wanted to find a familyfriendly musical, with a lot of singing and dancing, preferably with a small cast,â€? Montpetit said. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe was a perfect fit for this year. It has eight cast members total and is a popular jukebox musical.â€? This year’s performance is directed by Edmond Williams, professor of theatre and founding chairman of UA’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Cast members include Alyssa Grubbs, Allie Jones, Drey Mitchell, Renee Reinicke, Corey Rives, Caroline Schmidt, Will

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Travis and Adam Vanek. Montpetit said SummerTide Theatre, which debuted in 2004, runs in June of each summer. “We always try to do it between the two summer holidays, Memorial Day and July 4, to get the most exposure,� Montpetit said. “We rehearse in our Tuscaloosa theater on campus during the month of May and then we travel down to Gulf Shores, Alabama where we perform the production in the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center.� The show will be performed from June 1-29, Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children under 10, and $12 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at summertide.org, by phone at 251-9686721, or in person at the box office Tuesday through Sunday. The Performing Arts Center is located at 2022 West 2nd Street in Gulf Shores, Ala.

By Meredith Davis Contributing Writer Sounds not often heard in Tuscaloosa rang out in Moody Music Hall last Saturday as the Alabama Cavaliers and the University of Alabama Jazz Ensemble presented a free concert featuring a variety of jazz tunes and big band style music with accompanying vocals. The concert also featured dancers, both professional and otherwise. The Dance Clubs of Tuscaloosa performed alongside the ensemble and the Alabama Cavaliers, who played near the front of the stage, and encouraged those in the audience to come on stage and dance to the music. The bands played two fortyminute sets separated by a

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From T-Town to Title Town: Athletics excel beyond Saban’s football program By Zac Al-Khateeb Staff reporter Late in the spring semester, I wrote a column about how the athletics program at Alabama is not only among the best in the nation, but a part of our lives, culture and identity as students at the University. Looking back on that column, I’d say I got it right. Unless you’ve absolutely refused to open your emails or turn on the TV, you should know that Alabama is having what is arguably its best year athletically. Obviously, you have the national champions in football and gymnastics, but Alabama has proved it has more talent than just on the gridiron and in the gym. The women’s golf team has quickly become one of those programs. When you look at the

team closely, they’ve been there ever since the arrival of head coach Mic Potter, especially in the last two seasons. For the past two years, the Tide finished in third, but they have finally come away with some hardware this year to earn the program’s and Potter’s first ever national title. Speaking of golf, the men’s team did very well, too. The Tide entered the NCAA Tournament last week as the No. 2 seed, dominated course play for the first three days of the tournament and won its first two matches against Kent State and California to earn a chance at the national title against Texas. It was a hard-fought match that literally came down to the last hole, but the Tide could only come up with the second-place finish. Still, for a team that had previously never finished better than

tied for third, it’s a huge accomplishment. What’s more, the Tide is only losing one senior off this team and is returning a lot of young talent in Cory Whitsett and Justin Thomas. Look for the Tide to be strong again next year. Of course, the team that’s making headlines for Alabama so far this summer is the softball team. As I write this, the Tide is currently down 1-0 to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Women’s College World Series Championship series. While a championship is the only thing for which the team will settle, that they made it there in the first place is a testament to the talent present in the team and coaching. And who didn’t breathe a sigh of relief when Alabama finally made it past the semis? The past two times Alabama has made it there, they choked

and were unable to make it to the big game. The fact that they were on the cusp so much so recently was heartbreaking for the team. But for them to finally overcome that hurdle is perhaps one of Alabama’s feel-good stories of the year. So, that leaves Alabama in one of two scenarios: Three national championships and two runnerups or four national championships and one runner-up. And while the Tide’s faithful fans will always want that second option, the fact that our athletics have been so dominant in so many different sports is unbelievable. Athletic Director Mal Moore has done a fantastic job with the sports teams at Alabama, UA Athletics and it’s showing. Not only that Sarah Patterson celebrated her sixth national championship this year. – the amount of support for the teams has also been incredible. is really gratifying to see. however, if this year has proved The amount of tweets I’ve read Alabama fans can only hope anything, it’s that Alabama isn’t that had #rolltide or #champs! the trend continues in the future; just a football school anymore.

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Coach helps athlete to overcome sophmore slump By Alexis Paine Sports Reporter Editor’s note: Alexis Paine is a sports reporter for The Crimson White and a member of Alabama’s track and field team. She will report her experience at nationals next week as a member of the team. Terrible. That’s how I felt after last year’s track and field season. My high jump and pole vault clearances were poor for a Division-I college level athlete, and the coaching staff didn’t even consider me to compete with the team at the Southeastern Conference meet. So, when an entirely new staff of coaches with multiple individual and team conference and national championships to their names took over, I figured there wouldn’t be a place for someone like me on the Crimson Tide’s track and field team. Just when I saw my dreams vanishing, I met coach Brad Smith, who saw potential in a slow, weak girl with no idea what

Tide women have standout year WOMEN’S SPORTS FROM PAGE 1 Even beyond that, the women’s soccer team made the NCAA championships for the second time in school history, and women’s tennis hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAAs for the first time. “I don’t think there’s any question of that,” Don Kausler of al.com said, when asked if 2011-2012 was the best it’s ever been for women’s athletics. “It’s unprecedented success.” “It’s one of the finest, if not the finest years,” Alabama gymnastics head coach Sarah Patterson said, whose team won its sixth national championship and second in as many years. “To see how far we have come over these last 35 years, it’s amazing.” Kausler points to Athletic Director Mal Moore as the reason for the success of women’s sports. Not only has Moore hired many of the coaches that are succeeding at Alabama today, he has supplied those coaches with world-class facilities with which to work. “Coaches are coming in. They’re asking for better facilities, and they’re getting it,” Kausler said. “And once they have it, it becomes a recruiting chip, and they’re bringing in better athletes.” The Jerry Pate Golf Center, which both the men and women’s golf team uses as a practice

she was doing in the pole vault. I had never been coached in the event - I was always a high jumper. Previous coaches had just sent me down the runway with a pole when they needed someone in the event, and I would wiggle over the crossbar any way I could. So, I dropped high jump, an event I had done since the 7th grade, and focused on pole vault. Learning a new event was a struggle. Coach Smith started with the very basic aspects of pole-vaulting technique. Each new step was more daunting than the last, and my frustration built up everyday. Everything seemed impossible until something clicked, and then it was on to the next frustrating hurdle. Coach Smith also worked on building back my selfesteem that had been torn down by spending two years labeled a walk-on with no potential. He told me he knew I would jump 13 feet and possibly clear the school record. I thought he was crazy, but it was amazing to hear that someone believed in my abilities. The first meet of the indoor

facility, was renovated in August of 2010. Foster Auditorium was renovated and upgraded and now hosts the volleyball and women’s basketball teams. Alabama also opened a state-of-the-art indoor tennis facility this season, which hosts both the men’s and women’s teams. “[Moore] has helped build the facilities throughout the Athletic Department, raise the funds, along with hiring successful coaches,” Patterson said. There is also a trickle down effect from the one sport that runs the University of Alabama: Football. “The success of our football program, that’s what enables all of our sports to have the kind of opportunities to compete at the highest level,” Patterson said. “I’ve been to 30 NCAA championships in a row, and I know that without our football team, those opportunities would not be possible.” The football program has an effect on the various women’s programs in many ways. Before the gymnastics team left for Duluth, Ga., where it eventually won the national championship, Patterson had Alabama football head coach Nick Saban address her team. Subsequently, after winning the championship, Patterson was invited to speak to the softball team and women’s golf team, even baking them some of her signature “championship cookies.” “It’s amazing to win a championship. I can’t tell you how hard

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After years as a high jumper, Alexis Paine heads to the NCAA national championship in the fourth of 12 pole vaulting spots. season came, and somehow, I cleared a bar at 12’7. It was a foot over my previous personal best. “Did that really just happen?” I thought. “Is it even possible?” I couldn’t believe it. I went from being a nobody to being ranked in the SEC. It was such a weird feeling. By the end of the indoor season, I had gone from never competing in an indoor conference championship to scoring for the Tide. The year progressed, and so did my vault performances. In

the last regular season meet, I claimed the school record at 13’5.25’’. It hadn’t hit me that my name was going in the record books. But my season didn’t end there. Last weekend, I competed in my first regional qualifying meet for a chance to compete at the national championship. I entered the competition ranked 11th in the region, but I still didn’t think I could be in the top 12 who qualified for the championship. I didn’t even consider

it is,” Patterson said. “And then to see another team be successful and to be the second women’s team to win a championship, I couldn’t be more proud.” And when football is winning, it only motivates the other sports on campus to do so. Recruits are often brought to football games and national championship celebrations to get a feel for the passion and support Alabama athletics has. “It rubs off,” Kausler said. Softball has a chance to become the third women’s sport to win a championship tomorrow night when it squares off

with Oklahoma for game three of the Women’s College World Series. Patterson, whose daughter is a UA softball player, said she remembers when the team played at a local park in its early days. And seeing softball cap off the most successful year in women’s sports history would mean everything to Patterson. “If I could give up one of my six [championships] so that they could have one, I would do it in a heartbeat,” she said. “Building rich tradition and winning programs, that’s what we represent at the University of Alabama.”

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myself a vaulter compared to the girls against whom I was competing. Still, I stepped on the runway and did what I had done every weekend of the season. I knew my form and experience weren’t on the same level as the other girls’, but I wanted my ticket to nationals. I claimed the 4th spot to Des Moines, Iowa. What? That can’t be right. I’m not even good at this sport. How did I qualify for nationals? How did I improve by almost two feet in a year? The only reason I can give for my success is my coach and his ability to believe in someone who had no chance before he showed interest. Without him, I wouldn’t have had the tools or the courage to attempt what, last year, I thought were unattainable goals. He knew all along that I had the potential to do

great things. I just had to believe it and put in the work to achieve what seemed impossible. I have learned so much this year. Not just about pole vault, but about life. First, we all deserve someone who believes in us. We are all a diamond in the rough at something, and if shown our potential, we could become great. Also, giving up isn’t an option. Even with struggles of previous years and new obstacles during this one, I never gave up the passion or work ethic I had for track. Mostly, I learned to believe in myself. Everything I’m doing now seemed ridiculous, even a few weeks ago. I never imagined I would make it to a national championship or have a school record in my name. Every time I step on the runway, I tell myself I can, and I believe it.


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Alabama loses NCAA Championship on final hole

Longhorns named National Champion after approach shot put Alabama’s final golfer in a rough spot By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor It looked, for a moment, like the Alabama men’s golf team would win the University’s fourth national championship of 2012 and the first in program history. But a strange twist of fate on the 18th hole left the Tide wondering what could have been at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca., on Sunday. Alabama fell to the Texas Longhorns on the final day of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships — a day that saw the Tide battle back from several early deficits, leaving them with a chance to win it at the end. Texas and Alabama were

all tied up heading to the final hole, where Alabama’s Cory Whitsett and Dylan Frittelli would play for the rights to the national championship. Whitsett’s approach found the rough just off the 18th green, and Frittelli’s landed on the green 20 feet from the hole. But Whitsett lost his ball in the thick Kikuyu grass and whiffed on his chip, while Frittelli sunk a 20-foot putt to win the title. “I am not as mad at that shot as the shots that led up to it,” Whitsett said. “You can’t be in that position. I didn’t hit a good tee shot. Dylan played great, and I didn’t take advantage of some opportunities.” Head coach Jay Seawell isn’t dwelling on his performance on the 18th hole.

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“We would’ve never even been in that position without Cory,” head coach Jay Seawell said. “The only reason we had a chance to win a national championship was because of Cory Whittsett.” It took a come-from-behind effort to put the Tide in a position even to have a chance to win the title. In the first match, sophomore Bobby Wyatt trailed by one heading into the final two holes against Toni Hakula. And with the Tide already down two matches to one, Wyatt needed to at least tie the hole. Wyatt birdied the 17th hole to pull even and won the match on a birdie chip on the 18th hole that even Seawell couldn’t believe went in.

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“I was right beside him, acting a fool after he did it. It was a beautiful thing. Probably the most spectacular, exciting thing I’ve seen in college golf,” Seawell said. “When it went in, it was probably the most euphoric feeling I’ve ever had.” Junior Scott Strohmeyer fell two and one, and freshman Justin Thomas fell three and two in the third and fourth matches of the day, respectively. Senior Hunter Hamrick dominated his match against Texas’ Julio Vegas, whom Seawell

called the hottest player in the Texas lineup, winning six and five. “He’s been such a huge part in Alabama golf and what we’re trying to build,” Seawell said of Hamrick, who played his last round of golf in an Alabama uniform on Sunday. Alabama won the stroke play portion of the championships, shooting a +7 over the first three days and giving the Tide the No. 1 seed heading into the match play portion of the event. The Tide defeated Kent State

in the quarterfinals 3-1-1 and took down California 3-2 in the semis. But Alabama fell one hole short against Texas in the finals, leaving the team with a sense of pride for making it so far, but disappointment for coming so close. “It hurts to feel like the national championship was right there, and the guys played so hard,” head coach Jay Seawell said. “To lose on the last hole, that has a pretty good sting to it.”

SPORTS IN BRIEF Mal Moore named top athletic director

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame named Mal Moore the 2012 recipient of the John L. Toner Award last Wednesday. The Toner Award is presented annually to the athletic director “who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football.” “Mal’s leadership of Alabama football has been impeccable,” NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell said in a statement. “The Crimson Tide’s success on the gridiron is undeniable, but his leadership can be felt throughout the University of Alabama and the NCAA as a whole. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.” Moore has presided over Alabama athletics since 1999, and in that time, Alabama has won five NCAA team championships, 18 Southeastern Conference team championships and numerous individual awards. During Moore’s tenure, the Crimson Tide football team has won two national championships, posted six 10-win seasons, a 5-4 bowl record and appearances in four BCS bowl games and SEC championships in 1999, 2009 and 2011. In 2010, Moore was among five finalists for the Sports Business Athletic Director of the Year. Moore will be honored at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4 at the WaldorfAstoria in New York City.

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Alabama freshman Justin Thomas was named the 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award recipient for Division-I men’s golf, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Sunday morning. Thomas was also previously honored with the Phil Mickelson Award, presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation, as the nation’s most outstanding freshman. He was also named a PING First-Team All-American selection. A native of Goshen, Ky., Thomas got off to a quick start in his college career, claiming his first tournament, the Carpet Capital Collegiate. He went on to win three more times: The Puerto Rico Classic, SEC Men’s Golf Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional. Thomas tied for seventh at the NCAA Championships and collected four other top-10 finishes. He has only finished outside of the top 20 twice and was named the SEC Player and Freshman of the Year. He is the first Alabama player to win the Nicklaus Award. Since 1988, the award for the GCAA Collegiate Players of the Year has been named after Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at Ohio State University.

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Softball team beats Oklahoma, 8-6 SOFTBALL FROM PAGE 1 “That sign also comes with us, another one comes with us in the dugout. If you were on the field side, you could see it in the dugout, but that would be the ultimate finishing it this season.” After getting no run support in game one, sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina took matters into her own hands and led the Tide from the plate and the circle. Traina earned the win, improving to a nation-leading 41-3 on the year, and added two hits and three RBIs. Traina threw a complete game, giving up the six runs on nine hits while striking out eight batters with two hits and three RBIs, propelling Alabama

Schade said anything is possible at nationals. “Coming into this meet knowing I have everyone wanting me to win does put tremendous pressure on me,” she said, referring to early predictions on her performance. “I never want to let my team, my fans or me down.” Schade also said she feels all of her teammates have a shot to win. Sophomore Kamal Fuller is among those joining Schade after finishing 11th in the men’s long jump at the East Region Preliminary to earn his spot in the NCAA Championship field for the second straight season. Alexis Paine matched her personal best and school record height of 13-5.25 in the women’s pole vault — equaling the highest mark of the day in the East Region Preliminary. Paine broke the Alabama school record this season topping the previous record by three-fourths of an inch. Tyler Campbell, senior high jumper, cleared 7-2.25 to secure his spot in the NCAA Championships on the

to an 8-6 victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday. The Tide took advantage of four Sooner walks and six hits by pitches, needing only four hits to score eight runs. Offensively, Traina led the way in the circle with eight strikeouts, and defensively senior Amanda Locke also drove in three RBIs on the night. Oklahoma made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five times to get within two runs of the Tide. Traina said she was able to stay calm, and her teammates picked her up. “Cass [Cassie Reilly-Boccia] looks at me like, ‘Stop it right here, new inning. There is no one on base. Start over right here,’” Traina said. “And Kendall [Dawson] came out to me, and she always makes me smile and can put a lot of fire in my heart with the stuff that she says.”

Now, it all comes down to a winner-take-all game three. Alabama can become the first team from the Southeastern Conference to win a national championship, while Oklahoma is vying for its second in school history. Alabama has been knocking on the door of a championship for three of the past four years and seems ready to kick the door in. “It comes down to Jackie Traina,” Chad Haynie, WVUAFM’s play-by-play voice for Alabama softball, said. “She has that killer mentality in the circle. That, along with her supporting cast, makes this team better.” The WCWS has only gone to a three-game series twice before, with the winner of game two winning the national championship (Michigan 2000, Arizona 2006).

final day of the East Region Preliminary. Campbell’s jump matched his season best and was the highest clearance of the day. Senior Kaylon Eppinger will compete in the women’s heptathlon after her personal best score of 5,560 at the SEC Championships automatically qualified her for the event. Following the East Region Preliminary Round, Waters said he was most pleased with the team’s focus, dedication and overall approach to the meet. “I thought everyone competed extremely hard and was at, or better than their

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The Alabama track and field team begins competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with competitors in the long jump and pole vault on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Five members of the Alabama track and field team arrived in Des Moines Monday with one thing in mind: leaving with national titles. “The athletes that have made it this far have done exactly what we’ve asked of them, which is learning to compete and get the job done,” head coach Dan Waters said. “Hopefully this meet will draw something special out of them. Physically, they’re as ready as they can be, and the coaches have done a fantastic job of preparing them for the meet. I know they’ll have the great performances we expect out of them.” For Krystle Schade, a national title is one of the only titles she lacks. Schade, a senior high jumper, spent the last four years with the

Crimson Tide building a resume that includes being a three-time indoor AllAmerican and a two-time outdoor All-American. “I feel like I am as prepared as I can be,” Schade said. “I have trained hard all year for this meet. I’ve told myself that it’s my time to step up and be motivated.” Schade broke the 29-yearold school record this season when she cleared 6 feet, 2 inches to win the women’s high jump on the final day of the SEC Indoor Championships. NCAA Champion and Olympian Disa Gisladottir set the previous record of 6-1.5. Schade, the NCAA Indoor Runner-Up (2012) cleared 5-9.75 to place in the top 12 of her event at the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Round securing her spot in the NCAA Championships. The top 12 competitors in each event of the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round, which took place in Jacksonville, Fla., automatically qualified along with the top 12 from the West Region for the NCAA Championships.

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