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ly, but that did not hinder attendees. Some brought lawn chairs and others stood as the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra

Like most graduating seniors, Michael Wynn left Tuscaloosa much earlier than he had planned. Rather than having a week and a half to say goodbye to his friends and newfound home, he had two days. Little more than one week before Wynn was scheduled to graduate, his new home was devastated by a tornado, and widespread power outages and rumors of water shortages left him no other choice but to leave. To savor the last moments of his undergraduate career became impossible. After arriving at his home in Marianna, Fla., on Friday, April 29, Wynn created a Facebook group called “Walking for those Who Can’t: UA Graduation 2011.” His idea was to create an extra event for May graduates to attend, and his message was simple. “This is our chance to show the campus, community and country that we are a united family,” he said. “To show that though a catastrophic event may try to disperse us without a goodbye, we will rebuild and regroup and come back.” Wynn came back to Tuscaloosa the very next day, and he came back with cases of water, a chainsaw and a longing to help with relief efforts. He didn’t have Internet access for a week, so his plan to reunite 2011 graduates by organizing an event got put on the backburner. Then, one week later, he logged on to

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CW | Sumerlin Brandon The city of Tuscaloosa hosted a candlelight vigil last week for victims of the April 27 tornado. The vigil features speakers from the city and the University. By Robert Moore Contributing Writer

dedicated their time and effort in the aftermath of the April 27 tornado. Vigil attendees began to gather On June 1, Tuscaloosa held a candlelight vigil to honor those in downtown Tuscaloosa around 7 who lost their lives and those who p.m. in anticipation of a large turn-

Softball team falls short of championship Jakie Traina pitches against Florida on Sunday. The Tide dropped both games, falling out of the title hunt. UA Athletics

By Marquavius Burnett Assistant Sports Editor The Alabama softball team had its season come to an end on Sunday after dropping its second game in the Women’s College World Series to the Florida Gators, 9-2. The Crimson Tide finished in the final four for the third consecutive trip at the WCWS and ended the 2011 season with a 53-11 record. They defeated California and Baylor before losing two straight games to the Florida Gators, dropping the first game 16-2 before the 9-2 defeat later that same day. The Tide was down early in both losses to Florida and le this

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Below: A home in Joplin, Mo., near where a UA student lived. Submitted photos

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Greek community raises $135,000 for relief By Marquavius Burnett Assistant Sports Editor When the record-breaking tornado struck the city of Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama officials advised students to get out of the city and travel home, if possible. Instead of leaving, members of the University’s greek community decided to take matters into their own hands and


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Above: A neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., 20 minutes after the tornado hit.

Like many University of Alabama students, Emily Fuller decided to head home after the University cancelled finals in the wake of the April 27 tornado. Looking forward to being home and away from the destruction, she packed up and headed to Joplin, Mo., just two days after the tornado. Fuller never imagined that after three weeks of being home, she would survive a second deadly tornado. “It’s really surreal,” she said. “It hasn’t really hit me that I survived two of the strongest storms in history, but it’s crazy to think about.” On April 27, Fuller knew of the thunderstorms that were supposed to come through

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Students collect food at the Delta Kappa Epsilon house to distribute to tornado victims.

form a relief effort comprised of current students, alumni, University officials and city representatives to help the city. “Right now, we are up to $135,000 raised with donations coming from all across the country,” Patrick Morris, cochairman of UA Greek Relief, said. “We have begun to meet, and we are working with the city on ways we can use this

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were never able to recover. In the first game, they allowed 11 runs in the first inning. In the second game, they allowed the Gators to go up 9-0 before scoring a run late in the seventh inning. Alabama senior Kelsi Dunne started and lost both games for the Tide, finishing off her season with a 29-6 record. She finished off her career with a school record of 1,219 strikeouts. Senior Whitney Larsen also played her final game with the Tide. This is the ninth time the Tide has had a 50-plus win season and the seventh in a row. The Tide also finished this season by making its 13th straight NCAA tournament appearance.

out. Volunteers handed out candles and wristbands that boasted houndstooth print and the words “Spirit of Tuscaloosa” on them. Limited seating was available to handicapped and elder-

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located in those storm areas.” According to Blankley, the initial goal of TPD after the tornado hit was to try to get all injured persons out of houses and to get them to hospitals and other places that were providing medical assistant. After houses were searched, the department’s goals were switched to protecting property. “There was the looting that was going on, so we switched roles into that and protecting our city,” Blankley said. “We still had normal calls from dayto-day operations that we had to respond to.” TPD had a command station located at UAPD, which worked specific storm-affected areas along with officers from out of town and assisted TPD in their CID division. Following the storm, UAPD implemented 12-hour, seven-day-a-week work shifts.

“UAPD remained in emergency scheduling and continued to assign the majority of its staff to directly support the recovery efforts through May 15,” Andreen said. “This includes assigning personnel to field response efforts, the missing persons task force, and to incident command.” TPD officers began working 12- to 16-hour shifts daily while transforming into one unit and dividing up into the three badly affected areas. By the end of the second week following the storm, the department began moving back towards eighthour shifts. “One thing we learned is how much everyone is willing to pitch in,” Blankley said. “I was amazed. There were just tons of officers here from different jurisdictions, states, troopers. That was one of the overwhelming things. In a time of crisis, it’s amazing to see how

the community pulls together. We had people in the community donating food [for the officers] and bringing supplies in to us. You knew we could depend on the community and the community could depend on us.” TPD continues to patrol and run details in areas in and around Tuscaloosa. Blankley said TPD has learned from the experience and gathered knowledge that can be useful to local departments and those abroad. “One of the big things that we do have now, is we’ve got a plan, so if anything like this happens in the future we can say ‘this is what we did last time,’” he said. “We’ll go back and look at stuff that could have been improved and fix that.” Andreen said UAPD is continuing to provide patrol support in Cedar Crest and Forest Lake areas.


cal devastation of our land, but an emotional assault on our hearts,” Roberts said. “However, since that date, there has been an outpouring of support and service that absolutely defies description. We have seen assistance by the truckload, and it has come from every point on the map.” Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton thanked residents for their faith in a time where so much was lost. “Our city’s hope for the future is in the Lord God,” Sexton said. “He will turn our sorrow into rejoicing and our despair into hope and He will rebuild, restore and renew the city of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County.” Probate Judge Hardy McCollum acknowledged Tuscaloosa’s elected officials for their efforts. “There are those entrusted with public office and public service elected by our fellow citizens to serve and be community problem solvers,” McCollum said. “Elected local leaders stepped forward and met the local challenges head on, working tirelessly, attempting to relieve the pain inflicted on our communities.” Tuscaloosa police chief Steve Anderson recognized the first responders for their involvement in the process. “The first responders of Tuscaloosa County demonstrated their love for the citizens of our city and our county,” he said. “They put their lives in danger when the lives of others were in jeopardy.” University of Alabama senior vice president and provost Judy Bonner gave thanks to the unsung heroes not for the great things, but in “doing small things with great love.” Following the recognition of those who helped in the time of need, members of the community read off the names of those lost in the disaster.

The crowd cheered as Mayor Walt Maddox approached the podium and addressed the audience. “We gather here tonight as one people who have been called by circumstance, burdened by tragedy, yet inspired by a confident hope,” Maddox said. He spoke first on the tragic yet heroic and inspiring stories and then spoke of the spirit of the city and the process of rebuilding. “Throughout Tuscaloosa County, our confident hope was displayed on street corners and in neighborhoods, where thousands of citizens transformed themselves into heroes by aiding the injured, searching for the missing, clearing debris and volunteering from dawn to dusk,” he said. “With one voice and one heart, Tuscaloosa refused to be defined by April 27. Rather, our resiliency, our generosity and our poise became profiles in courage and a lamp to so many who had lost so much. How we fight back, how we refuse to quit, and how we rebuild will ensure that we never forget our victims, our survivors and our heroes.” After Maddox spoke, attendees lit the hope candle, which rested in a holder made out of a splintered tree from the devastated Forest Lake neighborhood. One by one the flames of the candles spread, as Chris Tomlin’s “God of this City” sang a message for Tuscaloosa, “For greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city.” In the final statements of Maddox’s speech he said, “Tonight, as we raise our lights to heaven, we declare that Tuscaloosa’s darkest hour has passed.”

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played music. The vigil began promptly at 8 p.m. with the introduction of the attending special guest. Members on the program included Council Men and Women, members of the Police Department, University of Alabama Provost, and many others who were key in helping Tuscaloosa following the tornado. LaDonna Roberts, Tuscaloosa’s volunteer coordinator, spoke first and thanked the numerous volunteers who selflessly came out and helped any way they could. “On April 27, our city experienced not only the physi-

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Boys State ‘citizens’ talk to public officials By Robert Moore Contributing Writer

This past week, The University of Alabama and the West Alabama community welcomed more than 500 high school students to the city of Tuscaloosa for the 74th Annual American Legion Boys State convention. The convention was held from May 29 through June 4, bringing together rising high school seniors from across the state. Boys State is a program that expands on the information normally taught in a high school civics class. It is intended to give its participants a deeper understanding of the government and ways to preserve it. It trains the young men in the practical aspects of government. The members spoke with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox. “In the past few weeks, we have seen the generosity of the people of Alabama as we rebuild our city,” Maddox said in reference to the tornado that devastated the city on April 27. “Boys State will continue this spirit and tradition of making a difference for Tuscaloosa during this most critical hour in

Tuscaloosa News Left: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard talks to Boys State participants. Above: Boys State students play basketball. our history. We are honored by their presence and their willingness to give back to those in need.” In the wake of the disaster, each member participated in community service throughout the week. They lent a helping hand to Temporary Emergency Services, where they sorted warehouse donations, as well as volunteered at McKinney and Snow Hinton Park, restoring a playground there that would benefit children throughout

the city. Kyle Haynes, a rising senior from Cullman, said, “To me, Boys State is a leadership conference that brings out the great in everybody and really explains who you are as a leader and what type of leader you are.” “Citizens” of Boys State find themselves learning and expanding on their knowledge of the political system but will also perform and participate as real office-holders of the state.


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Tuscaloosa that night, but like many people, she wasn’t taking the warnings too seriously. It wasn’t until her sister called from Birmingham and told her that a tornado was on the ground that she and her roommates took cover in a closet of their Meador Drive home, just two blocks from Forest Lake. Right after they hid in the closet, neighbors from upstairs and across the street knocked on their door, asking to come in and take cover also because they had just seen the storm going down 15th Street. “It seems like it was over before it started,” she said. “After it hit, we didn’t really know anything had happened ,until later that night when we went further onto campus and we started picking up bits and pieces of what had been hit.” Fuller, who said she had always been afraid of storms, decided to take the news seriously when the weather


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money to help, because we want to get this money to the right people. “People could have donated the money to Red Cross, but they donated the money to us, and they wanted to make sure it stayed in the city of Tuscaloosa. Our promise to them is no matter what, this money will go purely to the relief effort of Tuscaloosa.” When this relief effort first started, it consisted only of Greek students. Soon after, non-greeks, people from the community and across the country, joined in to help. Not only did they raise money, they served meals and gave out supplies at various shelters and distribution centers. June 2, the group had a conference call with their board of trustees that Morris says was beneficial to their cause. “The call went great and was very helpful,” Morris said. “James [Fowler] and I are the co-chairmen of the board. Everybody has an equal voice. Our city representatives have been very helpful and have given us ideas on ways to help the city and how to distribute the money. One way we have been discussing is having a grant application where organizations that may not be funded could apply for funding.” Morris said the tragedy really hit home and he felt obligated to help in some way. “I have never seen a tornado, and I assumed that this one wouldn’t be a big deal,” Morris said. “After seeing the damage that night, it put me in shock. I knew we had to do something. Realizing the power and the resources we had within the greek system, I knew that

Submitted photo This house was in a neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., hit by the center of the storm. reports called for thunderstorms with possible tornados on May 22 in Joplin. “It was still sunny in Joplin, but I was already freaked out from Tuscaloosa, so I went home and asked my mom to do the same,” she said. “My mom, my dad and I were all

home when it hit.” Fuller and her family took cover in their basement as the skies got dark and it started to hail. She said she could still hear the strong winds from inside a closest in her basement. Like in Tuscaloosa, she was

if we could harness all of that together, we could really make a huge impact. It started as a small operation and has steamrolled into one of the biggest relief efforts the city has.” Even though they have already done a lot for the city, there is still more to be done. Morris said the group plans to continue raising money and helping the city until the end of the calendar year.

“We have decided that our end date will be the end of the calendar year,” Morris said. “We don’t have a specific number goal, but I can tell you that we are going to be full force fundraising as much as we can. I would love to double what we have now. We have $135,000 now, and I would love to be at $300,000 or $400,000 by the time we are done. The sky is the limit.

The positions include Boys State official, appointed city official, elected county official, elected state official and state official appointed by the Governor. When the students come to the convention, they are placed into a political party within their city. They then write their platforms and nominate a candidate for office. Next, they elect city officials as well as write laws that the city will follow. The Boys State has a legislature that will convene and pass on

bills that were prepared during the week. During their stay in Tuscaloosa, the attendees also had the chance to participate in recreational activities such as sports, an academic bowl, drama, chorus, or journalism during their down time. Boys State joined forces with NBA star Dwight Howard on Friday, June 3 hosting a “Fun Day.” The event included speakers such as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

David Jones, Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox, Boys State Director Judge Pete Johnson and Dwight Howard. The community enjoyed a space jump, free food, activities and a football game with Howard. “Along with the official Boys State activities, the best thing about the convention is meeting new people, the friends you make, and learning about them and their lives,” said Blake Mizzel, a rising senior from Tuscaloosa.

in a house a few blocks from where the tornado had ripped apart homes. “We just lost really big branches in our backyard, and the entrance to our neighborhood is pretty damaged,” she said. “Across the street it was ground zero from the tornado.” In both cities, Fuller was lucky to say that her homes, cars and belongings were not taken away by the tornadoes. She said, however, that it has given her a case of survivor’s guilt because she knew so many people, especially in Joplin, who lost everything. The reality of what

happened in Tuscaloosa set in quickly for Fuller, and she was happy to be leaving to get home and away from the destruction. But now she is faced with it in both of the cities she calls home. The tornado in Joplin was an EF-5, compared to the EF-4 in Tuscaloosa, and she said the damage seemed much worse there. “It went through the center of the town,” she said. “It hit a hospital, it hit the high school, it hit the elementary school, and it basically went through the heart of the city.” A CNN reporter Fuller talked to in Joplin told her that

instead of the F-5 forming in five to ten minutes as it normally would, it had only taken 30 seconds for the storm to go from a funnel cloud to one of the deadliest storms in history. Now that Fuller is back in Tuscaloosa, she said she is sad to leave her family behind to deal with the aftermath of the tornado and to rebuild the city she grew up in. “I think it’s going to take a lot of time; Tuscaloosa looks better, but it’s got a long way to go,” she said. “I think Joplin does too, but I think both cities are going to be fine and hopefully better.”


A reflection about river towns By Stephanie Brumfield


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Immigration bill promotes racial profiling By Michael Patrick The state of Alabama came from behind to declare itself king of regression last week. Alabama legislators often get really antsy when other states are stealing the spotlight over being the most racist in America, and last week, Alabama’s legislators put the argument to rest by passing what some claim to be the strictest anti-immigration law yet. Alabama’s legislature passed the final version of its anti-immigration bill last week, and now it only awaits the signature of the governor before it becomes law. The bill is being extensively compared to the similarly controversial bill that was signed into law in the state of Arizona. State Republicans and multiple news sources are touting that it is the strictest law of its kind, stepping even further than the Arizona law. Alabama’s bill covers many of the same issues as bills from Arizona and Georgia, especially in regards to punishing businesses that solicit help from undocumented workers and giving local law enforcement the authority to verify legal status of persons suspected of being in the country illegally. That alone is controversial, because no matter how you try to dance around it, the ambiguity of “reasonable suspicion” does invite racial profiling, which is unconstitutional. Therefore, Alabama is guaranteed to face legal challenges. In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union has already threatened to challenge the constitutionality of Alabama’s bill if Governor Robert Bentley does decide to sign

This boils down to a simple question: Would we rather see undocumented citizens on the street or in the classroom?

it into law. The American Civil Liberties Union has likened the bill to segregation and has already begun building a case against it, because although Bentley’s official spokesperson said he’s going to spend the weekend looking over it, his call for stronger immigration laws on the campaign trail indicate that he will not find any trouble signing it. And if that was not enough, Alabama’s law went a step further by disabling undocumented citizens from enrolling in any public college after graduating from high school and makes it a crime to rent property or housing to an illegal immigrant. These provisions of the bill go against everything progressive immigration solutions propose and put the burden of undocumented citizens’ mistakes upon their children. This boils down to a simple question: Would we rather see undocumented citizens on the street or in the classroom? This bill does nothing to help with the problem of illegal immigration, but instead attacks victims of a flawed immigration system. It is important to keep Alabamians safe and create jobs for our citizens, but this isn’t the righteous path. We must remain principled and moral in our mission to keep Alabama great. Representative Micky Hammon,

R-Decatur, claims, “This is a jobscreation bill for Americans.” But in reality, Republicans have yet to come up with any sustainable solutions for job creation in Alabama and have decided to blame our most disadvantaged brothers and sisters instead of actually creating jobs for Alabamians. A bill similar to the one in Alabama and the law in Arizona was passed in Prince Williams County, Virginia in 2007. In three years, that law cost the county in Virginia approximately $3 million. Those figures, projected onto an entire state and including a hefty lawsuit, will cost taxpayers a hefty amount, all because we have allowed incompetent legislators to make it into office. We as Alabamians should demand to see the jobs that our legislators promised us and not settle for the garbage our elected officials are calling “job creation.” We also have a right to a brighter future, and pulling children willing to learn out of the classroom can hardly qualify as a step toward a better tomorrow. Legislators in Alabama owe their citizens substantive and sustainable investments in a future worth seeing, and in order to do that they must discontinue this attack on children and families. Michael Patrick is a senior majoring in political science.

Tornado shattered barrier between students, city By John Brinkerhoff While this campus seems to place a great deal of importance upon the idea of “unity” in the student body, a different division has largely been ignored: one between the student body and the city at large. Because most students’ exposure to the city is limited to the bars on The Strip and the commercial areas along McFarland, it has always been easy to ignore the city’s culture, people and needs. For the city, I would assume the temporary residence of most students prohibits real relationships from forming and in some cases, such as the Sunday alcohol sales vote, serves to breed tension. The recent disaster that overtook Tuscaloosa shattered that barrier; it was quite frankly impossible to ignore the devastation across the city. From UA Greek Relief, which raised more than $100,000 and prepared over 46,000 meals for the Tuscaloosa community, to the Mallet Assembly, which maintained a continued presence in several volunteer outlets across Tuscaloosa, students have strongly asserted their willingness to acknowledge the needs of Tuscaloosa and work towards its recovery. However, this connection between the campus and city will not be sustained on its own merits. While media attention was crucial in providing national support for relief, its fickle gaze has shifted. And while strong assistance from service groups across the country led to universal praise, they will eventually stop pouring into the city and return home. Unless the desire to serve is maintained, as classes resume, this sense of complacency and normalcy will overtake the

From UA Greek Relief, which raised more than $100,000 and prepared over 46,000 meals for the Tuscaloosa community, to the Mallet Assembly, which maintained a continued presence in several volunteer outlets across Tuscaloosa, students have strongly asserted their willingness to acknowledge the needs of Tuscaloosa and work towards its recovery. student body as well. After all, the campus was not directly affected, and the high value shopping areas frequented most by students will be among the first to rebuild. Retreating into a world that is devoid of the tornado’s effects will naturally occur to many, especially with the incoming freshman class who did not experience the tornado firsthand. This is where the University itself must play its part. While it possesses the unenviable role of balancing a call to help the city with a need to prevent the perception that the tornado will negatively affect the collegiate experience of its students, the University cannot maintain its limited presence in the relief efforts; it has an obligation to help the community around it. Many of the people who lost everything they owned are the very same people who run its dining facilities, keep its grounds pristine, and clean its buildings. Their needs have been made crystal clear, and while the University’s financial assistance for affected employees is unprecedented, it must not ignore the fact that it alone possesses the ability to channel both an eager student body and its considerable resources into an organized and concentrated effort. This assistance would not need to come at the cost of positive percep-

tion. For example, if the University were to create service-learning courses available to the entire student body that specifically focus on disaster relief, then it would be able to play a role in recovery and provide students with an outlet to serve their community, while also leaving the ability to plan one’s collegiate experience in the hands of students. This relationship between the University and the city would be mutually beneficial. Beyond simply serving the community, relief efforts present a unique opportunity to expand its educational offerings beyond lectures and classrooms to students through exposure to the city. Over the past few weeks, I have been able to witness fellow students prove that they are more than simply temporary residents, but dedicated citizens of a city that they love. Both the student body and the University must work to ensure that this desire to serve does not die. Whether we like it or not, we are all are a part of the Tuscaloosa community. The city has been integral in crafting the collegiate experience of each student. Now is the time for us to give back. John Brinkerhoff is a sophomore majoring in political science and communication studies.

Do you have a favorite body of water? Mine is the river. I love rivers, especially because of what they do to cities – that is, they authenticate them, give them resiliency, knowledge, history, life. Let me explain. Generally speaking, I hate cities, especially big ones, and the ones that I do like – Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Birmingham – are all located on or very near rivers. Ever wonder why Paris and London are so well loved? Rivers, people. This river-city connection isn’t something I discovered until I moved from the big (non-river) city of Houston to the river town of Tuscaloosa for college. The first time I visited Tuscaloosa, I was fascinated by the Black Warrior River, and to this day my favorite places in town are the River Walk and the all-wooden trestle bridge that crosses the river and connects us to the other shore. My favorite street is Jack Warner Parkway, the only street in town that follows the river from city limit to city limit. My favorite thing about the city, and other cities with rivers, is its people who seem to care, not about money or prestige, but rather about community,

It’s as if the river – whose waters change every second of every hour of every day, carving new shorelines with every flood of its banks and revealing in stages tree roots that had previously been buried for centuries – reminds its city that nothing is stagnant.

the environment, art, history and most importantly, other people. These aren’t typical characteristics of cities, which tend to isolate and seclude rather than bring together, and which tend to display incredible amounts of arrogance and ingratitude. No, it’s the citizens of river towns who seem most attentive to the passage of time and the importance of people. It’s the citizens of river towns who seem most aware that every human being is fallible but also precious. It’s the citizens of river towns who understand that nothing is ever created in isolation. It’s as if the river – whose waters change every second of every hour of every day, carving new shorelines with every flood of its banks and revealing in stages tree roots that had previously been buried for centuries – reminds its city that nothing is stagnant. Even today, in an age when motor vehicles have taken over and rivers transport less than what they used to, I can look at the river every day and see barges pushing cargo across miles and miles of land, just like travelers, goods and ideas were pushed down rivers in previous decades. How can we not be reminded that history is made in the present? Just over one month ago, a half-milewide tornado ravaged this river town where I’ve lived the last three years, the place I’ve come to call “home.” It left 43 residents dead, including six UA students. Hundreds of homes were destroyed, including the homes of four of my former professors (that I am aware of – there could always be more) as well as my own. Since April 27, Tuscaloosa has received steady amounts of praise for pulling together and for helping neighbors who need help. But this praise comes as no surprise to me – it’s the river town in us. We don’t need a tornado to tell us what’s important. We already know that wallowing in self-pity does nothing. We already know that what is destroyed can always be rebuilt. We already know that what is bad can always be worse. We already know that there are things more powerful than us. In this case, we know when we survey the damage that more students and residents could have and probably should have died, and we thank God they didn’t. Personally, I know that my house is gone, but I also know that my favorite parts of this city, both tangible and intangible, are still here. We still have the river, its huge trees, the Historic District and downtown. We still have our community, our parks, our art and our history. We still have our spirit. As I start my fourth and final year at the University of Alabama, I’m living in a town that many people have said is unrecognizable. I say it’s perfectly recognizable, at least in spirit. Physically, it’s only a matter of time before it will be recognizable again. New Orleans overcame Katrina. Nashville overcame its floods. Tuscaloosa will overcome its tornado.

Stephanie Brumfield is the lifestyles editor of The Crimson White.

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ZBT teams up with designer to help dress up Tuscaloosa By Katherine Mitchell Copy Editor After the tornado swept through Tuscaloosa on April 27, many people lost their homes, cars and all of their possessions. Immediate needs such as food, shelter and water were the top priorities for many victims, and items such as clothing and bath supplies were considered luxuries. MeetUP for Change, a non-profit organization, has partnered with the University’s College of Human Environmental Sciences, the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, and apparel designer Alfred Dunner to sponsor an event called Dressing Up! Tuscaloosa that will provide clothing to those impacted by the storm. “ZBT is mostly doing the grassroots of the event,” said Steven Allon, a senior and vice president of Zeta Beta Tau. “David Aresty was a ZBT here at Alabama, and he works for Alfred Dunner. He decided to make a huge donation to Tuscaloosa in clothing, and then he called us to help coordinate the event.” The fraternity has been actively helping out by spreading the awareness of the event through social networks, as well as by donating manpower. The dresses are coming in a 53-foot trailer, and if the clothes were all lined up end to end, the path would be over a halfmile long. “We really need people to man this event,” said Allon. “We need babysitters, personal shoppers, we need people for restocking. It’s hard to anticipate how many people will show up, so the more help, the better.” Dressing Up! Tuscaloosa

was created for women who lost most of their belongings in the midst of the storm. On June 9 through 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Central High School, residents can come and shop through tens of thousands of designer dresses, skirts and pants to rebuild their wardrobes. The dresses are from Dunner’s spring and summer collections; most are coming straight from the warehouse and haven’t even been sold in stores yet. All items of clothing will come at no cost to any woman who arrives. “This is a true giveaway of clothing,” said Babs Davis, director of fashion retailing at the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Additionally, those come to the event will have the opportunity to be assigned “personal shoppers” – students of CHES – to assist them in creating outfits. “Some of these ladies haven’t been shopping in so long that they do not remember or even know what sizes they wear,” said Davis. “So we will have fitting rooms, and if they need to try something on or have a different size brought to them, somebody will be there to assist them.” Each woman will be able to take home eight garments, or enough to make four new outfits. “We realize that some of these women are moms, and so babysitting and toys will be provided,” said Vikki Grodner, executive director of MeetUP for Change. “The reason that the high school was selected as our set-up location was because it’s kid safe.” The school will be providing snacks throughout the days as

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• When: June 9-13, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. well as food to the women and children, Grodner said. The toys donated are educational toys and stuffed animals that have come from several toy stores, including A Tiny Kingdom, a toy store in Mountain Brook, Ala. In addition to personal shoppers, babysitting services, toys and snacks, Grodner said the women would be able to get makeovers and meet with consultants from Arbonne Cosmetics. “Arbonne Cosmetics has agreed to come in and bring consultants for free,” Grodner said, “and Hands of Hope will be providing chair massages.” To top off the day, the first 200 women who check out will receive goodie bags donated from Johnson & Johnson, each containing five full-sized products ranging from shampoo to face wash to lotion. Also provided at the checkout will be various free medical supplies, water, mental health counselors and other resources to help get the community back on their feet. “We want to make sure that the clothing they get will be useful to these women and will be something that they feel good in,” said Davis. “The clothing has to be something that will help them get started back to a normal life again.”

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UA hosts tornado research By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Senior Staff Reporter A research team featuring professors and scientists from all over America has been gathered in Tuscaloosa since late April to investigate and gather data about the damage to buildings and structures affected by the tornado that ripped through the city on April 27. John W. van de Lindt, a University of Alabama professor of civil engineering and member of the team, said the goal of their research in the city was twofold. The team was looking for ways that better engineering and building could save lives and protect residents during dangerous storms and tornadoes. He also said the team was researching ways in which they could minimize damage to property. “The sole answer for personal safety is a shelter or a storm

room, something of that effect,” van de Lindt said. “Still, people have to design their homes with both of those things in mind, their own safety and minimal damage to their homes during a tornado, because there’s just no way to predict where in the path of the tornado they will be or how much danger they will be in.” “As engineers and builders, we’re no longer willing to throw up our hands and say that we can’t create buildings that can resist the damage of tornadoes,” he said. Van de Lindt said that in the center of EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes, major and even total devastation was unavoidable. However, he added that 97 percent of tornadoes are EF-3 or less. “Those are still very scary,” he said, “but we can design buildings to resist the damage caused by tornadoes of that scale.” Van de Lindt said that even

in a larger tornado, an EF-4 or EF-5, only the center of the storm has wind speeds that merit such a high classification. Farther away from the center, the classification drops to lower levels, so even structures that are hit by the edges of a major tornado can be designed and built to protect its residents and withstand major damage. The group’s research and transportation is being funded by a Rapid Response Grant for Exploratory Research by the National Science Foundation. This has allowed the team to work quickly and effectively and later have their costs covered by the grant. According to van de Lindt, a draft of a report of their findings, primarily concerned with structures supported by wooden frames and methods of construction to improve their tornado resistance, will be written sometime this week, and the group hopes to see it published within the next few weeks.




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Samaritan’s Purse focuses on the people By Jasmine Cannon Senior Staff Reporter

at many homes and locations that were hit by the tornado. Pati Bartholme said many students and local citizens have volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse. There are a number of operations such as cleaning up debris, moving trees and setting up tarps that have been

completed every day. “We get all the volunteers to come in and that’s our platform to work from,” Brian Bartholme said. “The main objective of Samaritan’s Purse is to share the gospel. We do that in various ways – either by speaking with people or by the works

that we do.” The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse work as brother and sister organizations. BGEA’s rapid response team members have been traveling to Tuscaloosa alongside Samaritan’s Purse as they ven-

ture out into the community. As stated through the official website, the Rapid Response Team “exists to recruit, train and deploy Chaplains to disaster areas to offer God’s compassion and hope through Jesus Christ to those affected by a man-made disaster or natural disaster.” Suzanne Thompson is a Rapid Response Team Chaplain and has been helping in Tuscaloosa for nearly three weeks. “Our job is to come up alongside Samaritan’s Purse and offer them spiritual and emotional care and then also to come up alongside the home owners and offer them spiritual and emotional care,” Thompson said. Thompson said she feels the work that Samaritan’s Purse has done for tornado disaster relief is pleasing. “I think it’s amazing what Samaritan’s Purse has done here,” she said. “They’ve had work orders that they’ve gone through. I think this is one of the biggest deployments they’ve ever had and the peo-

exchanged emails and Facebook messages with countless numbers of graduating Continued from page 1 seniors. He has also talked to The group he created had more University officials, includthan 1,000 attendees. Since then, Wynn has ing Vice Provost and Vice

President of Student Affairs Mark Nelson, who plan on working with Wynn during the planning stages because of how many students Wynn has been in contact with. “Once we know how many May grads plan to return for the ceremony, we can begin planning and working through the logistics,” Nelson said in an emailed statement. “We are working on a plan to honor both classes during commencement.” Director of Media Relations Cathy Andreen said most of the decisions regarding commencement have not yet been finalized, mainly because officials are waiting to hear back from the Registrar’s office, which sent out a survey to graduates to see if they are planning on attending the August commencement. Once University officials have those numbers, she said

they can begin planning for things like the appropriate number of ceremonies. The survey is due June 15. “Our goal is to have a memorable Commencement for every graduate,” Provost Judy Bonner said. “We appreciate Michael’s and other students’ input as we finalize plans.” Although nothing has been finalized as of yet, Wynn has several ideas about how he would like the August commencement ceremony to be different than ceremonies of previous years, ideas that reflect the wishes of other students as well as his own. Wynn said he’d like to have an event on the Friday night before graduation that would commemorate May graduates. “The sentiment behind all of this is that we had the fruition of our collegiate experience taken away from us,” he said. “We want an event that allows

us to say goodbye to our friends and that will give us the closure we deserve.” In recent years, there has been a reception for graduates at the President’s Mansion on the Friday night before graduation, and Wynn envisions a celebratory event and candlelight vigil being added on to this reception. At this reception, Wynn said he hopes not to convey a message of mourning but one of celebration and reflection, and he sees a candlelight vigil as a perfect opportunity for seniors to “come together and reflect and remember the victims” of April’s tornadoes. He imagines everyone in attendance walking together from the President’s Mansion to Denny Chimes for the vigil. “I know the city hosted a vigil last week,” he said. “But a lot of students who call Tuscaloosa home weren’t able to be there.”

According to the Samaritan’s Purse website, the organization has worked for more than 40 years to help those in need all over the world. After the tornado that devastated areas of Tuscaloosa on April 27, Samaritan’s Purse began offering a helping hand and an uplifting voice to those in need. Brian and Pati Bartholme of Ft. Wayne, Ind. are two members of Samaritan’s Purse and part of the disaster relief team stationed in Tuscaloosa. “The biggest goal is sharing the gospel – that’s the number one priority,” Brian Bartholme said. “To do that is by showing love. There’s not a specific goal to go to a house and do a specific thing; it’s we need to do whatever needs to be done for that person.” Samaritan’s Purse has specially equipped RVs for disastrous events. Teams of workers have been assisting

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ple’s lives that they’ve touched is incredible.” The Samaritan’s Purse Reconstruction Team, which is responsible for tasks such as rebuilding, will move into town following the completion of the disaster relief team’s work. Samaritan’s Purse conducts daily orientations for local persons interested in volunteering with the organization. The meetings are held at First Baptist Church in downtown Tuscaloosa at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration can also be done online. “You have to look at the people. The work is secondary. Part of the thing we want the people that come and volunteer to understand is absorb the people, and listen to them, because they need to talk through things, and it gives you a chance to get to know them and experience what they are going through and to minister to them.” For more information on Samaritan’s Purse visit their official website at

Wynn also envisions having something commemorative added to this year’s graduation caps, something like a ribbon, date or script that would serve as a “unified memorial.” In the spirit of unification, he would also like to have a single commencement ceremony, if the numbers allow for it, in addition to a commencement speaker. Regarding commencement speakers, Wynn nominates Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who he says has done a “phenomenal job for students, the community and the state.” Regardless of the specifics, Wynn said he hopes to work with University officials to make this year’s ceremony particularly special for students. “This isn’t a normal graduation,” he said, “so it shouldn’t be the way it’s always been.”

Tornado song UA students in Ecuador trek sends hopeful jungle for science message By MariAna Johnson Staff Reporter

About a month after the April 27 tornado, citizens of Tuscaloosa are still finding ways to help uplift the community. One of these ways is through music. Three UA alumni, Ryan Davis, Andrew Cotten and Michael Battito, wrote a song called “5:13” to send a message of hope to the people of Tuscaloosa. According to Davis, the song’s title was inspired by the moment that the tornado first touched down in the city. Davis, who also goes by his rap alter ego Kadesh, rapped on the song and described it as alternative hip-hop. “It’s kinda poppy,” Davis said. “There are a lot of critical lines in the song, but it’s all about transition.” The song was made in the one of the artist’s living room and has accumulated over 1,300 views on YouTube. The video features the three students rapping while showing shot footage of the devastation from the April 27 tornado. Cotten, who goes by a2z, produced the song and said that he and Ryan had done a ton of work together in the past as well as played multiple shows in Tuscaloosa. “I wanted to be able to help out in whatever capacity possible, so I approached them about the song and it just went from there,” Cotten said. “Since the tornado is so important, we wanted to highlight the opportunity for hope in situations like these. The best way I could think to do

my part was a song.” Cotten also said the group wanted the song to have a serious but uplifting tone. “Given the levity of the situation, we didn’t want to make light of it,” he said. “We wanted to rebuild where possible, so the song is sentimental but also hopeful.” Cotten, who moved to Atlanta with his girlfriend weeks before the storm hit, said that the hardest part is not being here to help. “We missed it by a month,” Cotten said. “Both of our old houses got destroyed, and my girlfriend’s house was totally smushed.” In the song, the artists said that weather has brought us together. Davis described the verses as turning something negative into something positive. “Some people may have lost everything,” he said. “Nature has no boundaries and has torn everything around us. We just want everybody to stay positive and know that they can still achieve their goals.” Davis also said he admires the strength of the tornado survivors. “The community shows this incredible sense of pride, so tangibly, that hasn’t been there before,” he said. The students said the song is for sale and will be put on iTunes soon. For now, the song can be found on cdbaby. com. The proceeds from the song will go directly to the Tornado Relief Fund. “Even if it doesn’t raise a lot of money, it could raise somebody’s day,” Davis said.

Students abroad in Ecuador studied plant life in the jungle. Submitted photo

By Caroline Murray Only two weeks after the first trek through the jungle, the last had arrived. The now familiar sights and sounds were all around on this final hike. The water from the river we had just trudged through sloshed in my nearly knee-high black rubber jungle galoshes. The sun gleamed through the vibrant red tips of the columnea leaves, creating the “stained-glass of the forest.” The moss and vines covering the trees I clung to for support released their water reserves as I stumbled through the tangle of roots and dead foliage on the forest floor. Occasional rays of sunshine peeked through the dense canopy to hit my skin and leave me with an unexpected touch of warmth. From May 7 to May 25, 16 other Alabama students and I were immersed in these surroundings daily. Our group traveled through Ecuador studying tropical plant diversity as part of Capstone International’s Alabama in Ecuador program and was led by Dr. John Clark, Cassandra Coleman and Steve Ginzbarg. Bilsa Biological Station, where the group spent six of the 18 nights in Ecuador, was the location of the abovedescribed jungle scene. The 7,500 acre reserve is located in western Ecuador and is part of the 300,000-acre Mache Chindul

Ecological Reserve. Ecuador, which is slightly smaller than the state of Nevada, boasts some of the highest biodiversity levels in the world, providing opportunity for students to interact with many rare flora and fauna. The closeness to nature provoked interesting behavior from some students. “When you’ve got a 200 pound, six-foot 21 year-old barricading the door to keep the monkeys out, you know you’re in a unique place,” said Schilling Nechtman, a junior majoring in biology. Bilsa’s main facilities are located in the natural habitat of howler monkeys, which make a noise quite unlike the noise of the monkeys in the Birmingham Zoo. “They sounded just like you would imagine a dinosaur to sound: a deep, loud roar,” said John Nelson Williams, a senior majoring in management who built the barricade Nechtman described in their shared bedroom one night. Though not a luxury resort by American standards, Bilsa is an incredible place. Sloths, caterpillars the size of your hand and hummingbirds joined the monkeys in the forests, mere footsteps away from the house we slept in. The universal sounds of laughter and a ping-pong ball bouncing off a table combined with the welcoming smiles of the staff mirrored the Southern



hospitality of home, even deep in the Latin American jungle. The library, which depicted the wildlife that was only steps away, was shelved next to a hammock, illustrating the effortless intermingling of academia and joy that fills Bilsa. “I had no idea I could be so happy while studying,” said Katie Boswell, a senior majoring in biology. Though each student was looking for different plant species in the forest, from melastomes to orchids to pipers, we all found one thing that wasn’t listed on the syllabus: camaraderie. “From the plant diversity to the culture, I have learned so much from the weeks I spent in Ecuador,” said Blake Ellett, a senior majoring in human and environmental sciences. “I will always remember the people and memories gained on this unbelievable trip.” For more information on Bilsa Biological Station and the Alabama in Ecuador program, contact Dr. John Clark at jlc@

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LIFESTYLES this weekend THURSDAY • Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market: 3 p.m., Canterbury Episcopal Chapel • Rude Mechanicals presents “The Tempest”: 7 p.m., The Park at Manderson Landing • DJ Red Five: Green Bar

FRIDAY • Rude Mechanicals presents “The Tempest”: 7 p.m., The Park at Manderson Landing • The Motions and Ghost Bikini: Green Bar

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So who knew Ayn Rand wrote science fiction? By Isabela Morales Ayn Rand’s name was everywhere a couple of years ago, when Tea Partiers started brandishing “Who is John Galt?” signs to protest increasing government intervention in the economy (and various other things). It’s a reference to her magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged,” the 1,200 page economic epic of railroads, utopia and a collapsing welfare state. Add some of the sex scenes Rand is (in)famous for (see: “The Fountainhead”), and you’ve got a bestseller. Interestingly, in the midst

of our own economic downward spiral and government bailout fad, 2009 was the novel’s best year in sales – ever – which is pretty impressive considering it was published in 1957. Right now, it’s number one in Literature/Classics on Amazon. In other words, Dagny Taggart just pwned Elizabeth Bennet. And don’t forget the “Atlas Shrugged” movie that opened last spring, starring a whole bunch of actors no one’s ever heard of and two ex-LOST cast members. Now, I realize that Ayn Rand is not universally loved

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political thrillers or 60-page radio speeches. She was writing science fiction. De-individuation is one of the most horrible futures novelists and television producers have given us. We recognize that. We hate Big Brother and we hate the Borg. Nobody, after all, likes a Hive Mind. Ayn Rand’s individualist novella “Anthem” (1946) tackles this dystopian nightmare in an elegant 75 pages, three years before Orwell and decades before “Star Trek.” Equality 7-2521 is a man struggling against a completely collectivized society—to the point that the word “I” has disappeared completely from the vocabulary (which makes the first-person narrative… plural, and unique). “Anthem” is the story of the discovery of his individuality—and an anthem (see what I did there?) to the

‘ANTHEM’ • If you like: “Anthem” by Ayn Rand • You might also like: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, “The Penultimate Truth” by Philip K. Dick, “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “We the Living” by Ayn Rand value and power of the human mind, human creativity, and, well, the human. It’s classic Ayn Rand philosophy in a short, highly readable format that’ll stick with you. For Ayn Rand newbies, it’s a great introduction to her ideas. For veteran readers of her more famous fiction and nonfiction, “Anthem” shows a different, more innovative side to her writing that might be refreshing after spending a month or two, or three or four

on “Atlas Shrugged.” And for those who find Rand’s politics grating (understatement), “Anthem” is blessedly free of collapsing economies. Call it Ayn Rand Light. “Anthem” is a one-afternoon read, and well worth the time. Makes me wonder what the genre would be like if she had kept writing science fiction… somewhere in the multiverse, Ayn Rand’s having drinks with Isaac Asimov. I’m sure of it.

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Famous musicians donacte to auction for Alabama The Civil Wars have created an online auction to raise money for the relief efforts for the recent tornados in northern Alabama. The auction will start tomorrow, June 8, and run through June 18. It can be found at The auction itself will be run through The Civil Wars will put their own limited edition items up for auction and have recruited around 50 musicians to donate items as well. Adele, Rascal Flatts, Secondhand Serenade and Wiz Khalifa are just four of the big names in music that are donating. John Paul White of The Civil Wars was impacted personally by the tornados when his hometown of Florence, Ala. was hit. This auction is the second fundraiser they have done, the first being a benefit concert that raised more than $20,000. All proceeds from the auction will go to The Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund of Alabama.

Rude Mechanicals perform ‘The Tempest’ in the park Rude Mechanicals performing “The Tempest” on the play’s 400-year anniversary. CW| Caitlin Trotter

The Rude Mechanicals, Tuscaloosa’s Shakespeare in the park acting company, preformed Shakespeare’s final play, “The Tempest,” over the weekend on the play’s 400-year anniversary. The play opened the company’s ninth season on June 2 and has more performances starting Thursday, June 9 and running through Saturday, June 11. Music will

start at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Park at Manderson Landing’s lower level. “The Tempest” centers on Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, on a remote island as he attempts to restore his daughter’s rightful place through illusion and manipulation. Each of the showings is free and will be moved indoors if the weather is bad.

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When Tim Lippe leaves his small hometown for the first time to go represent his insurance company at a convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he doesn’t know what to expect, until three convention veterans decide to show him the ropes and force him to push his boundaries.

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Page 10 • Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Editor • Tony Tsoukalas crimsonwhitesports

By Tony Tsoukalas Sports Editor

As Kevin Costner said in the movie “Bull Durham:” Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains. It turns out not even rain could save the Alabama baseball team Monday, as the Crimson Tide fell 11-1 to Florida State. The game was set to start on Sunday, but severe weather postponed the game with the Tide trailing 8-1 in the sixth inning. “Being down seven was pretty tough,” centerfielder Taylor Dugas said. “We knew we needed to put some hits together, and FSU did a great job coming right at us and locating down in the zone. We swung the bats pretty well, but it wasn’t easy starting in such a hole.” The Crimson Tide fought its way to within two wins of reaching its second straight Super Regional, beating UCF twice to advance to a final matchup with Florida State.

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Though Alabama did not attain its goal of reaching the College World Series, the team has much to celebrate. “I think when you look back to last year and finishing in a Super Regional, we had an older and more experienced team compared to this year’s,” head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “This was a rebuilt team, losing our two-through-six hitters in our lineup and some frontline pitchers made things difficult at times. What I’m most proud about with this team was that it was a real team; we aren’t going to have a top pick in the draft, but we have a lot of players that love one another and the staff.” The team bonded through adversities such as the April 27 tornado, something that players said made the team stronger. “That day isn’t one we like to look back on,” shortstop Jared Reaves said. “But after it happened, we sort of came together and wanted to win for the team and city. It made us closer, and we put it all on the table.” Reaves said that despite the loss, he is proud of his team,

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AP photo Infielder Jared Reaves makes a double play for Alabama. Reaves and the Crimson Tide fell short of making the College World Series after losing to Florida State University.

and he looks at the past season day, it’s difficult to go out like but making it to this game this,” Reaves said. “Our main would still make this season a as a positive one. “Looking back to opening goal was to make it to Omaha, success.” Philadelphia Phillies took Morgan in the third round, and the Chicago Cubs drafted Dugas in the eighth round. Morgan was the 120th pick overall. The left-handed junior pitcher finished his career with a 16-14 record with the Crimson Tide. This year, Morgan went 5-7 with a 4.64 earned run average. In 16 starts, he pitched 97 innings while striking out 77 and walking 26. Taylor Dugas was drafted with the 249th pick of the draft.

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Tide falls flat after third round of NCAAs By O.P. Galt IV Contributing Writer

After going into the NCAA Championship tournament as the third-seeded team in the nation, the Alabama golf team endured a tough third round at the challenging Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma to finish 14th in the NCAA Men’s Championship. After opening up the tournament in third after the first round, the team slid down to fifth place after the second round. It looked as if the Crimson Tide was going to easily be inside the top eight teams heading into the final three days of play. But, after a disastrous third round which saw three of Alabama’s five golfers shoot their season-worst scores, the Tide found themselves out of contention, finishing 14th after the third round. “We are the youngest team in the country, and we had a good year, but unfortunately, we had a bad day,” head coach Jay Seawell said. When asked if there were any aspects of the tournament that the team will learn from and take with them, Coach Seawell talked about being mentally prepared. “I think, at any time, if you are smart and you are good – and I think we are both – you can learn from things like that third round,” Seawell said. “It was a situation that exposed a


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Cauley to make professional debut at U.S. Open Former Alabama golfer Bud Cauley will make his professional debut at the 2011 United States Open at Congressional Country Club next week, after shooting 67-65 in his sectional qualifying event in Tunica,

fect display of toughness and courage as he shot a team-low 4 over par 76 in the final round. It is certainly not Hamrick’s best round of golf, but considering the circumstances of having mononucleosis, it was a solid act of courage and showed his passion for his team and the University. Hamrick checked out from the hospital at 11:00 a.m. Thursday so he could make his tee time at 12:40 p.m. “Hunter Hamrick was in the hospital two days while we were there, before the first round and before the third round with a severe case of mono,” Seawell said. “He was actually sent to the hospital another two times to get fluids and medicine. So for him just to be willing to put himself out there, I really think it shows his character and what Alabama golf means to him and what his teammates mean to him. I think it also portrays to the other players the toughness that it takes to be the best.” Hamrick has all the ability to play well when it matters, but it is his solid attitude and amazing mental toughness that have made Coach Seawell want to model the program after Hamrick. “He is the heart and soul of UA Athletics this program, of our team,” Cory Whitsett putts during the second round of the NCAA Seawell said. “He cares. He has Championships on June 1. matured so much in his time little bit of who we were. We think it will make us hungri- here. He has passion for his teammates and for our school. were young and inexperienced er.” Hunter Hamrick was a per- You want someone like that to to a certain extent, and so I Miss., on Monday. Cauley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and a threetime first-team All-American at Alabama, joined South Korea’s Sunghoon Kang atop the leader board at 12-underpar 132 in one of the most difficult sectionals in the country at Tunica National Golf Club. It is the first time Cauley has qualified to play in the U.S. Open. “That all really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Cauley told the Florida Times-Union. “What’s impor-

tant is I’m going to play in my first major championship. I’m pretty happy with how I’m playing right now.” Cauley finished his Alabama career as the school’s first three-time first-team AllAmerican and its career leader in scoring average at 71.39. He was also a three-time Ben Hogan Award semifinalist and a finalist in 2010. He UA Athletics played for the United States in Bud Cauley lines up a putt the 2009 Walker Cup and won four career tournaments with during the second round of this yearʼs NCAA Championships. the Tide.

be a leader in whatever you do, and he will be our leader on the golf course, for sure, all next year.” With Bud Cauley recently turning professional, there will be a major spot to fill for the Alabama golf team, but Coach Seawell said he is confident in his team and the golfers he has signed for the 2011-2012 golf season. “We returned four people,” Seawell said. “We started three true freshmen 18-year-olds in the NCAAs. Corey [Whitsett] was a borderline first-team All-American – he’s probably going to be a second or a

third team All-American and Bobby [Wyatt] was an AllSEC performer. We have good recruits in ‘11 that we believe can step in, that have signed: Justin Thomas out of Kentucky and Tom Lovelady out of Birmingham, Alabama. I think we are going to have an eightman roster, and all eight guys can start at any time. I think it’s going to be a great team that is going to really push each other. It’s a long time, but it’s really not that long if you really look at it, so we are looking forward to hitting the ground running again in September and giving it a good run again.”

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Looking into the crystal ball for the Ohio State Buckeyes By Brett Hudson

Have you ever had a gut feeling about something? To the point where you can literally ‘see’ the future unfolding right in front of you? Yeah, I’m there. No, I’m not going to bore you with my master plan to get a date with Erin Andrews. I’m talking about the absolute train wreck that is Ohio State Buckeye football. First things first, let’s be honest. You cannot convince me that Tressel resigned of his own accord. That was a forced resignation. Truth be told, Tressel should have been fired, but the payout of his contract would have been way too expensive, so they went with the forced resignation. That resignation announcement was Ohio State President

E. Gordon Gee pleading to the NCAA Committee like a little brother does to his bully of a big brother. Please, please don’t hurt me! Not the face! Not the face! Nice try, President Gee, but no dice. So, now we can talk actual football. With interim head coach Luke Fickell running the show for the entire season instead of just the first five games, look for the Buckeyes to disappoint. The Buckeyes will open with two home wins against Akron and Toledo, since there are high schools that could beat those two teams. Then a big game at the Miami Hurricanes. Loss. Under normal circumstances, I would give the Buckeyes the edge on a rebuilding Hurricane squad. But Ohio State without

While the Buckeyes are scratching and clawing to reach the record I predicted for them of as bad as 6-6 or as good as 8-4, they fight another battle: in the NCAA courtroom. Terrelle Pryor and company is not strong enough to win in Miami. The Buckeyes will pull it out in Week 4 against Colorado at home. That very well could be the highlight of the year. Michigan State comes to Columbus in Week 5, and probably still reeling from that Capital One Bowl whooping, puts one on the weak Buckeyes. Their suspended players return after that. The following four games are at Nebraska, at Illinois, versus Wisconsin and

versus Indiana. I’m expecting two wins, but the surge of getting the suspended players back could earn them a third. They wrap up the year by beating Purdue on the road, coming back to Columbus and getting locked in a tight game by Penn State and their dinosaur of a coach; this game is too close to call. Then (bold prediction) suffering a heartbreaking loss to Michigan in the Big House. While the Buckeyes are scratching and clawing to reach the record I predicted


for them of as bad as 6-6 or as good as 8-4, they fight another battle: in the NCAA courtroom. This is where the real blow is dealt. Sure, losing to Michigan will hurt worse than being forced to listen to a Les Miles press conference. But the NCAA has no choice here. The hammer shall be dropped on Ohio State. After imposing such severe penalties against USC, if they want to remain a legitimate overseer of collegiate sports, they have to be consistent and put serious sanctions on THE Ohio State University (what a joke). My next bold prediction of the day? His successor? Urban Meyer. Now, as rebuttal, you could say that Meyer is an Ohio guy at heart, and he’s just return-

Jim Tressel

ing home. That is true. But would a Cincinnati alumnus willingly surround himself with the fan base of the in-state rival if not for the sake of one of college football’s biggest coaching jobs and a fat paycheck? Future, revealed. Is it too late to say Spoiler Alert?

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Penn State game to be nationally televised by ABC The Alabama-Penn State football game will be nationally televised on ABC. The kickoff time is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2011. The Crimson Tide led the alltime series against the Nittany Lions with a 9-5 head-to-head record, including a 24-3 victory last year in Tuscaloosa. The Tide has not visited Happy Valley since 1989, defeating Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions by a final score of 17-16. Alabama’s season opener will be against Kent State on Sept 3, 2011 and is scheduled to start at 11:20 a.m. CT and will be televised by the SEC Network. Kent State is head coach Nick Saban’s alma mater. Last year, Alabama had 11 of their 13 games broadcast on national television. Alabama has had a total of 31 games nationally televised since the 2008 season.

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Tech Support Assistant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0804979. Assistants needed to support computer technical needs at Ferguson Center. Applicants must have experience with computer software/ hardware setup and maintenance. Job close date: 6/6/2011. Student Event Assistant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0804817. Assistants needed to work during football season greeting guests, providing directions DQGPDQDJLQJWUDIÂżFLQ9,3ORWVDQGRWKHU venues on game days. Applicants familiar with UA campus and able to give accurate directions are preferred. Job close date: 6/20/2011. Campus Truck Attendant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0804980. Attendants needed to staff campus locations for local laundry service. Applicants must have valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, be able to operate small moving truck, reliable and available for training. Job close date: 6/27/2011. Communications Assistant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0804978. Assistant needed to follow up on sales leads IRUDORFDOUHDOHVWDWHRIÂżFH$SSOLFDQWVPXVW have computer/internet access, and be able to provide requested information and respond to sales leads promptly, effectively and professionally via email. Job close date: 6/27/2011. Cashier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0804991. Assistants needed to provide retail/customer service support at the Supply Store. Applicants must be available to work Saturdays and during extended hours. 3 positions available. Job close date: 6/30/2011.

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