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Serving the University of Alabama since 1894

Vol. 117, Issue 2

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Baseball upsets Georgia Tech, advances to Super Regional

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More than 14,000 students will vie for 13,000 football season ticket packages next week. “The student football ticketing process has really gotten off to a great start, and we expect more good news in the coming weeks,” said Stephen Swinson, SGA Vice President of Student Affairs. “Every student deserves the chance to watch the national champions play football this fall. “With the additional 2,000 seats allocated to the student body, the chances of a student receiving a ticket during the summer sale has been dramatically increased. That’s great for students and great news for the entire Alabama community.” The ticket sales will consist of five credit-hour brackets, each with a corresponding sales day between June 14 and 18. Students who filled out the required online forms to be eligible for student tickets received an e-mail on May 24 stating which day they could buy tickets. Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. Central time on each designated day. “Participants in each bracket will have close to a 90 percent chance of receiving tickets,” Swinson said. “That’s a big increase from last year.” Swinson said he expects the online sales to run much more smoothly than last year. “With students spread throughout the country and participating in smaller groups, the software is relieved and less vulnerable to malfunction,” he said. The date for away game ticket packages is yet to be determined, but Swinson said they will be available sometime after the home season package sale. Those who were not enrolled at the University last semester are ineligible for full season packages, but Swinson said exceptions were made in some circumstances. “Appeals were heard and exceptions were made for our fellow students deployed with the military and those with an approved medical absence,” he said. Students who twice neglected to donate their unused tickets are ineligible to participate in the student ticket sale, Swinson said. “The ticket policy is enforced to ensure all students who have tickets will attend the game or donate the ticket to another student who will,” Swinson said.

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Baseball players celebrate a 10-8 victory over regional host Georgia Tech. The team will travel to Clemson this weekend to play for a spot in the College World Series. More can be found on this story on page 11.

Gulf residents, visitors face uncertainty By Chelsea Pickett Contributing Writer After the Gulf Coast oil spill, the recovery process poses substantial challenges, said Jim Burkhart, a representative of the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. However, residents are strong, capable and up to the challenge, he said. “The people here are extremely resilient,” Burkhart said. “It’s been encouraging. They know we’re facing a daunting task, but they’re willing to do anything.” As tar balls washed onto the shore, Mobile residents Sandee Kelly and Debbie Clark continued vacationing on the beach. “The businesses need us and our money,” Kelly said. “We’re staying here until someone tells us we’re not allowed to or that it isn’t safe. If we stop coming here, who knows what

will happen to the economy.” Realty agencies, souvenir shops and other tourism businesses are pleading with tourists to continue visiting the beaches, Kelly said, while other businesses have adapted to salvage profits. For example, The Gulf Shores Marina in Fort Morgan would typically be entering its peak season this month, and this year was expected to be a record year for fishing, said the marina’s manager, Jason Pepperman. However, because all state and federal waters are closed to fishing, the Marina caters to contracted BP workers by providing fuel for the boats and slips to dock at night, he said. The Marina has also altered operations in the dock store. Now, energy drinks, work gloves and other

CW | Chelsea Pickett Birmingham native Sonja Daniel sunbathes wearing a gas mask. “The gas mask is a joke, but I’m really heartbroken over the whole thing,” Daniel said.

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UA students raise $300K for African orphan charity Adriene LaPorte Contributing Writer

Forget Me Not NOLA, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by two University students and five of their friends, raised about $300,000 for a charity in Africa. Adele Humphreys, a junior majoring in advertising and Kaler Zetzmann, a freshman majoring in fashion retail, hosted the High Heels for High Hopes Fashion Show at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans

on May 22. More than 650 people attended, a UA news release stated. The money raised went to Sentebale, a non-profit organization that benefits orphans in Lesotho, Africa. “We went to a fundraiser for Sentebale in New York last June,” Humphreys said. “We were so inspired by the photographs of the orphans and by [the founders, Prince Seeiso from the Lesotho Royal family and Prince Harry from the British Royal family], who both lost their mothers.”

Following the Sentebale fundraiser, Zetzmann and Humphreys, both New Orleans natives, said they decided to start an organization of their own. “After [Hurricane] Katrina, people gave to us [when] we lost our homes,” Zetzmann said. “So we wanted to give back to these children who are displaced like we were.” Forget Me Not NOLA was founded with the goal of hosting a different charity event each year, Zetzmann said.

Through contacts at Saks Fifth Avenue, Zetzmann and Humphreys developed a presentation and media packet for the manager of Saks in New Orleans. After seeing the presentation, Zetzmann said, Saks loaned clothes for the fashion show the duo planned to host. In conjunction with Papo D’Anjo, a European clothing company, more than $1 million in clothing and accessories for 50 models was donated to the

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Submitted photo The seven founders of the Forget Me Not NOLA foundation.

Outdoor Rec offers relief from slow summer with trip opportunities By Ethan Summers Contributing Writer Multiple outdoor activities are available to help make a slow summer more exciting, said Lance Haynie, the Outdoor Recreation Center’s program coordinator. Facilitated through Outdoor Rec, a le this

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feel like driving an hour away,” she said. Daniel Nikles, a junior majoring in construction engineering, said one of the best places in the area for outdoor activities is in Hoover. “I’m a big fan of Boulder Field,

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EDITORIAL • Victor Luckerson, editor-in-chief, vic.luckerson@gmail.com • Jonathan Reed, managing editor, jonathanreedcw@gmail.com • Brandee Easter, print production editor • Ben Culpepper, online production editor • Will Tucker, news editor, wjtucker1@gmail.com • Kelsey Stein, lifestyles editor • Jason Galloway, sports editor • Tray Smith, opinions editor • Adam Greene, chief copy editor • Emily Johnson, design editor • Brian Pohuski, graphics editor • Jerrod Seaton, photo editor • Brian Connell, web editor • Marion Steinberg, community manager • Paul Thompson, staff development manager

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WVUA features sports talk show Be sure to tune in to 90.7 every Sunday 12-2pm for the Buzzer Beater with Jordan Eichenblatt and Sam Bone. The show features guests such as USA soccer coach Bob Bradley, NBA star Mo Williams, ESPN Analysts and Alabama Crimson Tide sports writers, Coaches and alumni.

UA receives grant for carbon storage research The University has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant totaling more than $4.85 million for a multidisciplinary project that will characterize geologic formations for carbon dioxide storage in Alabama. The overall project goal is to increase knowledge about the potential for these formations to safely and permanently store carbon dioxide.

UA professor receives Powe Award Dr. Yuping Bao, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been named a recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Bao is one of 32 recipients of the award, selected from some 114 applicants. Bao will use the grant funds to support her research project with the ultimate goal of developing efficient heterogeneous ctalysts for fuel cell applications.

Senior goes to China on Fulbright Scholarship Jessica Hetherington, a senior majoring in economics, will visit China for the fifth time, working on research after winning a Fulbright Scholarship. Hetherington said she dreamed of winning a Fulbright since she arrived for a tour of the University’s campus in 2006. She also said she plans to research the personal economic profiles of urban migrant workers with the rural peasants who remain in rural areas and analyze the impact the workers have on the economy.

TODAY What: The Rude Mechanicals, Tuscaloosa’s free Shakespeare in the park, presents for its 8th season Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Tickets are free and it is recomended that attendees bring blankets or chairs and bug spray. In the case of inclement weather, the performance will take place indoors at the Allen Bales Theatre

Where: The Park at Manderson Landing

When: 7:30 - 9 p.m. What: The student-led organization Homegrown Alabama will host its weekly farmer’s market.

Where: Canterbury Episcopal Church

When: 3 - 6 p.m.

SATURDAY What: Saturdays in the Park

Where: UA’s Moundville Archeological Park

When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

TUESDAY What: Graduating students may visit with a number of vendors during the Graduation Celebration and place orders for class rings, graduation announcements, regalia and diploma frames. A representative from Stacy Jones Photography will be on hand to take cap and gown graduation portraits and will offer various packages for purchase. Representatives from Balfour will also be on hand to allow students to order class rings.

Where: SUPe Store When: Tuesday, Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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necessary items for BP workers stock the shelves. Pepperman said he will do all he can to keep the operation running. “I look at it like every other challenge I face. We’ve got to figure out a way to survive through it,” he said. “I have to recognize what opportunities are out there and make decisions to move forward. “I’d love to tell you what exactly is going to happen, but I just don’t know.” Because the timeframe for

the clean up is unclear, many seasonal visitors and citizens are left wondering how their lifestyles will change. Birmingham native Sonja Daniel donned a gas mask while sunbathing to poke fun at the situation, though she harbors strong emotions regarding the uncertainty about how long it will take to clean the tarred coastline. “I’ve been coming here since I was 3 years old,” she said. “I’m 46 now. This may take 20 years to clean up. What if I don’t have 20 years? They’re taking away my youth. This may never be the same in my lifetime.”

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the fashion show and dinner, Humphreys said. “We wrote a letter to the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CEO [of Veuve Clicquot],” Zetsmann said. “He called us organization, according to the and said he was so impressed news release. that they helped us throughout Forget Me Not NOLA also the whole thing. partnered with Veuve Clicquot, “Most of the time the peoa champagne company, as ple were more than happy to well as other businesses, bak- donate,” she said. “They were ers, artists and jewelers. The so impressed by how young we sponsors donated items for were and would give anything the silent auction that followed they could.”

Humphreys said overall, the idea was to show New Orleans residents’ appreciation for the help they’ve received. “So many different cities and places gave to New Orleans after Katrina,” she said. “So we wanted to give to another place … on behalf of New Orleans. “We know how it feels to be displaced and lonely,” she said. “We wanted to help these children because we know how they feel.”

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because it’s a pretty place to enjoy the outdoors,” he said. “It’s a great place to go climbing or hiking.” Hurricane Creek is the closest and best place to climb in Tuscaloosa, Nikles said, but Boulder Field has better climbing and bigger rocks.

When he doesn’t climb in Hoover, Nikles said he likes to float on a tube down the Cahaba River. Limestone Parks Canoes and Tube Rentals, located in Centreville, rents canoes and inner tubes to anyone who can find their way down the dirt road and past the private property sign to the property. “When you get there you think you’re in Deliverance,” Nikles said. “But don’t be scared. It’s a great way to unwind with good friends on a hot summer day.” For $10, he said, a person can grab a tube and float down a section of the Cahaba River for an afternoon, and the river features a rope swing as well as cliff diving at the beach at the end of the run. “It takes a good … two and a half hours to float the river, unless you stop to bust your

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butt on the rope swing,” Nikles said. Despite a person’s preferred outdoor activity, Jensen said, there is always something to do. “The outdoor Rec community in Tuscaloosa is definitely out there with open arms,” she said. Haynie agreed, saying the local outdoor recreation community is willing to help anyone get into the outdoors through friendly advice or through Rec Center trips. “I simply enjoy the fact that it enables me to get away from my normal daily routine,” Haynie said. “I would assume that most people feel a larger connectedness with things and experience clarity of thought when they are out of their normal environments.”


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Alabama in France students adapt to French culture By Alexandra Tucci and Christy Boardman Editor’s Note: “Where in the World” is a summer series giving UA students studying abroad an opportunity to write about their summer adventures in their own words. If you’re studying abroad in a fascinating place and would like to tell your story, e-mail editor@cw.ua.edu. We are writing this article on a bus headed to the Chateau Chenonceau situated on the edge of the Cher River. Around us, the French countryside whirls from one impressionist painting to another—first haystacks, then cathedrals, farm lands, poppy fields, stone cottages and bright explosions of flowers. It feels as though we are living in a dream. Maybe it is just a combination of too many pastries, the warm bus and the lullaby-like descriptions from our French tour guide that is making us a bit sleepy. Whatever the cause, we are very thankful to be a part of this study abroad program in France. Alabama in France is a study abroad program through the

University in which students spend one week in Paris and four weeks in Tours. With the guidance of our professor, Michael Picone, we visited all the “must-see” attractions in Paris during our first week. We gazed at the treasures within the Louvre, watched French theatrical performances, got lost in the seemingly endless gardens of Versailles and mastered the Paris metro, among many other activities. Although little could replace the exciting songs and colorful costumes of “Le Roi Lion” (“The Lion King” musical) or the traveling eyes of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” we both agree that we began the transition from American tourists to French inhabitants while living in Tours. Upon arrival in Tours, the Insitut de Touraine, the university through which we are studying while in France, put us into different class levels, depending on our proficiency in French. Monday through Friday, we return to the Institute for classes with students from around the world. Additionally, the Institute separated our group of 23 students, placing

us in various French homes. The vast majority of us were placed with nonEnglish speaking families isolated from other students. In order to have a common language with our families, our professors and other non-English speaking students, we are forced to speak almost exclusively in French both at the Institute and at our homes. We have found that living with a French family is the best way both to dive into and to heal “culture shock.” After over two weeks in France, we have become accustomed to bread with every meal and toilets on separate floors from sinks, and we are trying all the cheeses—despite the colors or smells. It is now understandable to us why French women stormed Versailles in 1789 in search of bread; this staple food is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. No French meal is complete without it. Food—whether it is bread or pastries—truly is a major facet of the culture here. Fortunately for us, eating is one of our favorite pastimes. We have gotten to experience a variety of French foods. Our families provide us with a traditional break-

fast and dinner. Our lunches, however, are open to trying local cafés and restaurants. Even on a student’s budget, we have found plenty of delicious food for lunch—from a baguette with tomatoes and chevre to a Nutella crepe, fresh apples and raspberries from the market. Not only have we been able to enjoy the food, monuments and countrysides that make this country famous, but we have also been able to truly experience France. In fact, we have become so Alexandra Tucci is a junior immersed in the culture that we have begun to dream in French. Having majoring in international studies and reached this level in our French is a advertising. Christy Boardman is a junior dream-come-true itself. If that sentiment is too cliché, we apologize. But, majoring in economics and French. at least “cliché” is a French word.

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Photo submitted by Benjamin Picone Photo submited by Parker Watt Left: Students in the Alabama in France group stand next to an elephant outside of the Musee DʼOrsay in Paris, France. The museum features work by painters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh. Right: UA students visit Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. Mont-Saint-Michel is tidal island only accessible during low tide.

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OPINIONS

A case for charter schools

Thursday, June 10, 2010 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TCBY REPLACING STRIP TEAS?

“I think it will create a riff between Coldstone and TCBY. Especially if TCBY gets the Dining Dollars option. That scenario would show just how much influence the University can exert on local business by basically endorsing certain ones.” -Jasmin Bush, senior, health sciences

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Obama must address oil spill By Austin Gaddis As we approach day 55 of the BP oil spill, now the worst environmental disaster in United States history, President Obama is finally developing “tough” language regarding his frustration with the lack of progress in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama’s tough talk, though, is merely that: talk. In an interview with NBC that aired Sunday, Obama said he was looking for “whose ass to kick.” This language is obviously not typical of Obama and almost sounded fake and forced. It seems the White House is trying to display a tough face to the American people due to recent criticism that the president’s administration has not done enough to help the people affected by the massive oil spill. The federal response to the oil spill has indeed been slow and caught up in government bureaucracy in Washington D.C. The New York Times reported that, “[a]t least a dozen federal agencies have

-Sarah Massey, junior, English

EDITORIAL BOARD Victor Luckerson Editor Tray Smith Opinions Editor

WE WELCOME YOUR OPINIONS Letters to the editor must be less than 300 words and guest columns less than 800. Send submissions to letters@ cw.ua.edu. Submissions must include the author’s name, year, major and daytime phone number. Phone numbers are for verification and will not be published. For more information, call 3486144. The CW reserves the right to edit all submissions.

federal government not been stalled in allowing a permit. With the failed result of the “top kill” procedure, we must now wait for a relief well to be drilled, which will take until August at the earliest. The people of the Gulf, however, cannot wait until August for help to come. They need help now and the federal government must realize that while the clean-up effort may be BP’s responsibility, it is the government’s duty to protect the welfare of the citizens affected by the horrible catastrophe. President Obama and Congress must act to ensure that legislation is passed quickly so that federal aid can reach the Gulf of Mexico as soon as possible. The endless cycle of federal bureaucracy must not continue to delay relief efforts. The people affected are real and need their government to do its job and send help in their time of need. Austin Gaddis is a sophomore majoring in public relations and communications studies.

Politicians must keep the torch lit By Wesley Vaughn

“TCBY just isnʼt going to cut it. I think the Strip needs a coffee shop. And Coldstone already provides frozen treats for the area, so I am not a fan.”

taken part in the spill response, making decision-making slow, conflicted and confusing, as they sought to apply numerous federal statutes.” The Times goes on to say that, “officials from the White House, Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency debated the best approach.” With every hoop the agencies had to jump through, fisherman, wildlife and beaches suffered. Disapproval of Obama’s handling of the oil spill has risen to a staggering 70 percent. The American people simply do not believe that the president is doing everything he can to help the people of the Gulf Coast affected by this tragedy. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed the public’s concerns Tuesday when he told CNN that barrier islands scheduled to begin construction by Thursday would have been able to start earlier had the

U.S. Representative Artur Davis did not win the Alabama Democratic primary for governor last Tuesday. Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks crushed him by 24 percentage points. The hopes and dreams of Davis’s followers were also crushed by an immeasurable amount. I and countless others lost employment and a channel for a passion that night. But, the pain was necessary; vital for the struggle we subjected ourselves to. Reforming the perennial last place state of Alabama takes more than one campaign or election cycle. It would have taken more than the improbable election of Davis as governor. His role was to serve as the spearhead of a historically futile movement. Davis’ campaign manager said it best. Davis picked up the ball and carried it as far as he could. Now it is up to someone else to pick it back up, and eventually, it will cross the goal line. It would be too easy to walk away from that night cynical. Patience marks the divide between cynics and optimists. The hyper-speed society that we live in commands that change must come almost instantly. If some grieve over a slow Internet connection, that traffic light that never changes, or the time necessary for a quality meal, then how can it be expected that they will withstand the tediousness of any worthwhile

endeavor? I use Davis’ run as an example of a disheartening political defeat because of its recency and, obviously, my bias. I know there are many other suitable examples and they all can apply here. Naming apathy as the culprit that limits political participation in younger generations is a cop-out. Apathy does not occur naturally, it develops out of personal experience and environmental factors. Commentators such as Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, label this generation as optimistic. Yes, we do tend to expect favorable outcomes, but what happens when the result is not what we wanted? So far, just superficial objections raised in the social media realm. A recent New York Times column by Timothy Egan called for Millennials to stand up and voice their outrage. However dulcet Egan’s piece may be, it is simply that and no more. He does point out the obvious explanations for why the youth of this country should be voicing their anger. Then, resembling every other pundit before him, Egan presents the one way that our generation can be heard in this volatile time: voting in the 2010 midterm elections. Wow, thanks. Reminding us that we are simply the “youth vote” and nothing more is a surefire way to ignite our political participation. We have no representation for us to unite behind and facilitate our sup-

posed outrage. U.S. Representative Aaron Shock, 29, constitutes the one member of Congress under the age of 30. A recent NBC article reported that Congress is “the grayest it’s ever been” and to not “expect this to change much after the November midterms. The average age of a senator is 60 (the oldest ever) and the average age of a member of the House is 55 (the oldest in more than a century).” Additionally, we have no powerbroker such as the AARP to defend us. In the 2008 election, the 18-29 age group outvoted the 65+ cohort, but in terms of a lobbying force in Washington, D.C., we are literally years behind. A few days after his defeat, Representative Davis announced he would not seek public office again. I was not as much shocked as I was disappointed. He has a wonderful vision for this state, but that diminishes with his supposed political departure. I hope he decides to further address his decision, unlike what he did with his (arguably) career-ending vote on health care, so that those who followed him will not fall victim to cynicism. To all the politicians who care about the younger generation, remember that we cannot take up a torch that you do not keep lit. Wesley Vaughn is a junior majoring in public relations and political science.

June 24, 2010, will be a big day in Atmore, Al. That is when the Escambia County Board of Education is scheduled to select a new principal for the troubled Escambia County High School. Their choice will replace Joseph Dean, who resigned Monday after only three working days. Dean, who was hired last month, was the school’s ninth principal in 14 years. Last year, ECHS narrowly avoided entering its fourth year of school of improvement status, which would have made it eligible for a takeover by the Alabama State Department of Education. It did so by meeting its No Child Left Behind goals for the first time since the law was enacted in 2002. It still is not in the clear, though. These events are worth mentioning because they speak to a larger issue in the state, which has been made politically relevant by the gubernatorial campaign. I use Escambia County High School’s story to illustrate this statewide challenge because I am familiar with it. I graduated from ECHS in 2009. There are, however, many other schools in Alabama plagued by constant instability and underperformance. They all suffer from the same sicknesses: union self-interests, murky accountability systems and failed leadership at the state and local levels. How can these deficiencies be corrected? One option, which has received considerable public attention and been rejected by the union controlled legislature in Montgomery, is charter schools. There are other potential solutions for addressing the problems listed above, but charter schools are the only option that would simultaneously address all three. Charter schools are public schools allowed to operate outside of the standard regulatory and administrative framework in return for pledging to achieve certain performance benchmarks. They still receive public funding and do not charge tuition. However, nonprofit groups not affiliated with or supervised by local public school boards manage charter schools. These organizations typically consist of parents, teachers, universities, corporations, community organizations, or other governmental entities. If the state were allowed to take over perennially mismanaged and underperforming schools like ECHS and hand them over to local groups concerned about the state of education in their communities, incompetent school boards and central office bureaucracies would finally lose their grip on public schools. Instead, they would be required to either manage their schools more effectively or surrender authority to third party groups. Those third party groups would be bound by contract to offer a rigorous education for their students, ensure high graduation rates, and meet benchmarks on state tests. If they failed, new groups would be contracted. Clear lines of accountability would be established. Organizations running charter schools would be free to hire and fire teachers at will. They could thus avoid cumbersome tenure requirements that often allow hapless teachers to sit in their classrooms until retirement. A comprehensive charter school law would drastically alter the dynamic of Alabama’s public education system. Already, places like New York City are employing charter schools to circumvent the constraints of the traditional public education system and the unions that dominate it. In New Orleans, a majority of students attend charter schools, as the city has relied on outside organizations to help rebuild its public education system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Imagine if hundreds of floundering schools in the Black Belt and other struggling regions could be liberated in a similar fashion. Imagine if universities across the state could open their own charter schools and allow their brightest students and professors to play a role in turning those schools around. Yet Alabama continues to prohibit charter schools. This despite the fact that the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” program offers hundreds of millions of dollars to states proposing ambitious education reform plans, with an emphasis on charter schools. Why? Because the Alabama Education Association and its boss, Paul Hubbard, vehemently oppose reforms that could loosen their grip on education and be used to hold members of the union accountable. As a result, schools like my alma mater will march on slowly into the abysses of educational failure. Thousands of students will fall through the cracks. Ultimately, the potential for a bright future will elude Alabama. Tray Smith is the opinions editor of the Crimson White.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Keep religion off opinions page Reed Watson

tantly, I have to admit that I’m a bit confused by the article in question. As a believer, I find it comical that someone who shares my beliefs would waste his time writing columns about it. A message as important as his should be shared with respect, after a relationship with a person has been built. Is the message of Christ really appropriate for a student newspaper? I don’t question the intention of the writer, just the expectations. Frankly, if someone is converted by a newspaper article — well, good luck to him, I suppose. I doubt Christ would have written op-eds in the student newspaper. He would have probably been out investing in the lives of people. Isn’t that how the message is supposed to be shared?

Last Thursday’s opinion section in The Crimson White made me curious about a lot of things. I thought I’d share. Firstly, I’m curious as to why the editors of this paper would allow someone to take up nearly half a page proselytizing. Are there really no other opinions fit to print? Come to think of it, I heard there was a little oil spill happening in the Gulf. No opinions on that? I mean, if not that, I’m sure we could find a student to get upset about football tickets. Secondly, I wonder if “The Glory of Allah” or “Radical Buddhism”-- or even “Joseph Smith: Not Just a Common Name”-- would have gotten the same precedence that this piece got. If we’re going to endorse religions, lets just Reed Watson is an alumstart a series! nus of the University of Finally, and most impor- Alabama.


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The University’s New College blended history, science and music in a course offered in the three-week Interim semester in May. The New College course, Handmade Sounds: Electronic Music in Theory and Practice, is based on the history of electronic music, but students spent a great deal of time learning how to construct electronic instruments. Andrew Dewar, a New College professor, educated the students on methods such as circuit bending, and he oversaw their construction of personal and unique electronic instruments. Dewar said his primary goal with the class is to encourage the students to think about their relationship to technology. “The way we’re programmed is to passively use technology,� he said. “You buy a product to do a thing and you use it to do that thing that it’s for, and it’s ‘magical.’ “This is giving them the opportunity to say, ‘No it’s not magic. It is technology. It is science, and it is something that isn’t beyond what you can understand.’� The class is eye-opening, he said, and it changes the way students feel about the technology around them. Many students said they didn’t have a background in science or engineering but still learned the techniques of electronic circuit building. Parker White, a senior, said he was most drawn to the class by its history component. “I usually don’t consider myself a musician, I’m just interested in music generally,� he said. “I host a radio show on the college station, so I listen to a lot of music. When I heard about an electronic music course, I felt like it would be an insightful and fun elective. “Virtually everything that

we listen to today is influenced by what we study in this class, which is very interesting to me.� Despite lacking an engineering background, White was able to create an instrument by changing the circuitry of a children’s toy and adding photo resistors to generate abstract tones. White said Dewar did an excellent job teaching the various techniques to those who didn’t have experience. “It was surprising how much technical information we covered in this class, but not in a way that you had to know things about it beforehand,� he said. Adrian Marmolejo, a sophomore, said he took the class so he could learn how to build electronic instruments. “I’m a music major, but I’m trying to get into New College to build synthesizers and stuff like that, so this is a perfect class for what I’m trying to do.� Marmolejo constructed an instrument he said he believes can be used in a variety of musical genres. The instrument was built by attaching several capacitors and resistors to a microchip, he said. The capacitors manipulated the pitch of the instrument and the resistors controlled volume. “Ideally I’d like to integrate it into my music,� Marmolejo said. “I’m a jazz studies major, but I’m also in a rock hip-hop band.� Dewar said he wants to instill the idea that one can take an active role in his or her relationship to technology. “Even if we are not engineers or scientists, we can take things apart; try to do something creative with them,� he said. The majority of the students worked with the same electronic chip, but they were able to create a wide range of different instruments. “That is pretty amazing,� he said. “They aren’t scientists, and they aren’t engineers, but they are designing a circuit that is unique to them and they are taking an active role in their relationship with technology.�

By Charles Scarborough Staff Reporter cjscarborough@crimson.ua.edu Tim James held a news conference at 5 p.m. Wednesday to announce his decision to formally ask for a recount. James now trails Robert Bentley by AP 167 votes for second place in the GOP primary, a spot that earns a place in the July 13 runoff election. James requested for a recount of 85 percent of the counties, starting with those that have the most Republican votes. James will be paying for the recount and hopes that it should be finished sometime next week. The Crimson White spoke with James Tuesday to ask about the current state of the race and his campaign.

Robert Bentley held a narrow 140-vote lead over Tim James after election night, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting. The final vote tally gave Bentley a 167vote advantage. James said Wednesday in a 5 AP p.m. news conference that he would be paying for a recount. Bentley, a former Tuscaloosa State House Representative who vacated his seat to run for governor, was able to overcome substantial fundraising disadvantage and name recognition concerns. The Crimson White sat down with Bentley to discuss the current state of the Alabama Republican Primary.

Crimson White: What’s the latest you can tell Alabama students about the recount process? Tim James: We are just waiting on the Secretary of State to certify the race. They cannot even count the provincial ballots until Tuesday. We’re really just waiting on the Secretary of State to tell us where the race is. But, I think it’s a very close race, far less than one half of 1 percent. In football terms, this is about one minute left in the fourth quarter, and you play the game until the last second ticks off the clock. There is just this large number of provincial ballots that need to be counted, and they can’t be counted until Tuesday.

Crimson White: What’s the latest you can tell Alabama students about the recount process? Robert Bentley: As of right now they are calling for the count of the provisional ballots. Usually, people disregard the provisional ballots. Many times they aren’t even counted, but they are going to go ahead and ask for a count of the provisional ballots. So it’s just a waiting game, but it really puts everybody in a difficult situation. But, here again, I harbor no ill feelings at all toward Tim James. I think he is an honorable man and a good man. Do I blame him for what he is doing? No, not at all. We would all just like the process to speed up, and let’s get past it, and let’s move on, because as of now, I am in the runoff with Bradley Byrne.

CW: Do you expect to be in the runoff? TJ: We’ll just have to wait and see. We are down by 208 votes and we know that the number of provincial ballots is [more than] a thousand or considerably higher. The data from every ballot from every county and every box is being transferred to the secretary of state, so all the math has to be checked out. We’ll just have to wait and see where the Secretary of State ‌ lands on certification.

CW: How did you overcome a major fundraising and name recognition disadvantage? RB: I think there were a couple of things. I believe that my ads on television resonated with people across the state. I believe when they saw me on TV, they liked me. Television can make or break you, and television helped me.

CW: What do you think contributed to your surge in the polls? TJ: I think it’s just the theme of the campaign, the common sense message to the people of Alabama—returning to the basics of Common Sense resonated. That’s what this campaign has been about since day one. If we’re fortunate enough to take it to the next level, the message will not change: common sense, living within our means, things that matter to Alabamians.

CW: Did you expect to receive as many votes? RB: I thought I was going to be in the runoff when nobody else thought I was going to be in the runoff. I always said I was going to be in the runoff. We watched the tracking polls the last 10 days. Every day you could see it go up and up and up. Tim James tracked up just a little bit the last three days. We knew it was going to be extremely close. Whether or not we had enough tot overtake him, we didn’t know, but we felt like we did, and it looks like we did.

CW: Are you concerned that your ads led to national media figures mocking Alabama’s political process? TJ: Not a bit, it comes with the territory ‌ When The New York Times and Rachel Maddow [are] attacking me, then we must be doing something right.

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With the economy suffering, the summer’s mass exodus of University students could leave a mark on the revenue local businesses generate. But despite the financial woes that plague the nation, some restaurants in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas haven’t experienced a sales drop, said City CafÊ’s owner, Joe Berger. “We’ve been pretty stable,â€? he said. “We’ve only seen a 3 to 5 percent difference in sales during the summer.â€? In Birmingham, where schools such as UAB have also dismissed students for the summer, restaurant workers said they, too, are enjoying a steady stream of business. “We usually see a 10 to 40 percent drop in sales during the summer,â€? said Keith Hamilton, associate manager of a Birmingham Golden Corral, “But this year, we’re not seeing much of a difference.â€? However, Lauren Meek, a bartender at Chili’s Bar and Grill in Tuscaloosa, said she notices a substantial decline in the amount of money she makes in the summer. “Summer is the worst time of year,â€? she said. “I’m just waiting, because football season makes everything better.â€? Hamilton said Tuscaloosa businesses might see less money than those in Birmingham because it fails to draw in guests from other cities. “During the rough months,â€? he said, “Birmingham still has things that attract visitors, and Tuscaloosa lacks that.â€? Kailin Duncan, a resident of Pelham, says she would not trade her favorite bar, Tuscaloosa’s Jackie’s, for a less expensive place to unwind. “I drive over sixty miles to be here,â€? said Duncan, “I could go to a bar in Birmingham but I choose to make the trip to Tuscaloosa because it feels like home,â€? said Duncan.


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Avantis prepare for orientation sessions Patty Vaughan Assistant News Editor Competition, time management and the creation of a new family are just three aspects new Avanti members face as they take the stage through the summer months to welcome new University students. Danny Davidson, coordinator of orientation and special programs, said the overall process of becoming an Avanti is extremely competitive. “It’s not an easy process,” Davidson said. “We had a ton of applications this year, and we end up hiring about 40 or so students. I will tell you that we probably have closer to four times that in applications.” Students submit an application and are called in for two interviews, a group interview and then an individual interview if the student is called back. “Once they’re selected, we contact them and let them know,” Davidson said. “We start with initial meetings with them, explaining what the process is.” The students who are chosen are required to sign a contract explaining the extensive time commitment through the spring and summer months. “We try to make it very clear to them that while we’re going to have a good time, we’re going to learn a lot, and there is a lot of work involved as well,” Davidson said. Christi Cowan, a new Avanti member and a senior majoring in journalism and French, said she’s excited about being selected. “It something that I’ve always wanted to do since I did Bama Bound,” Cowan said. “I always thought that it would be fun to help people at orientation.” Jill Driver, also a new member and a senior majoring in biology, said the experience

has been a positive one so far. “I would recommend it to people, because it’s something good to get involved with,” Driver said. “You’re mostly around positive people all day, and it’s a good way to develop leadership skills.” Avantis attended the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop beginning in March, with members training from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday through the spring semester. “We do various training with them, whether it is specifically for Bama Bound or some song, skit and dance-type preparation,” Davidson said. “We continue that Tuesday training all the way through April.” Cowan said the sessions were situational training and they also allowed Avanti team members to receive information about the CrimsonRide, Bama Dining and Housing and Residential Communities. “It was like ‘what you do if this happens, or what you do if you get this question,’” Cowan said. “We had a lot of people come talk to us and give us flyers and advice. It was so we had information to give to students so that they would know everything that they need to know when they come here.” After a break in April, Avanti members came back the week before the first Bama Bound orientation to an intensive weeklong training program called Orientation Mania. The week started with a retreat Monday morning that lasted until Tuesday afternoon. Davidson said the program is a great way for students to learn about themselves and learn some leadership along the way. “I think it’s just a great program, and it’s a leadership program,” Davidson said. “They’re getting to know a lot about the campus through the process, and they’re getting to know a

CW | Jerrod Seaton Jill Driver, a senior biology major, passes out pamphlets to incoming freshmen and their parents during an orientation session in the Ferguson ballroom Wednesday. lot about themselves as to what type of individuals they are.” Driver said her favorite part was making a whole new family among the new members. “We are assigned little families, and we’re always with that family,” Driver said. “We’re kind of matched up to where our personalities go well together in the groups, so you get to meet new people that you wouldn’t probably meet. You make really good friends.” Along with learning about themselves, students are able to give back to the University. “Some of the valuable things that they get out of it would be the camaraderie, the friendship and the family atmosphere that the team has,” Davidson said. “Most Avantis all have a heart for service, and they’re serving their University. I think, of all the programs on campus, it’s one of the best as far as preparing for future jobs and learning about the campus, as well as learning about yourself.”

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UA program provides aid to Hannah Homes Ashley D. McDaniel Contributing Writer After the spring semester, the University’s Give-N-Go program collected a record 35,040 pounds of donated items for Hannah Homes across Tuscaloosa, Shelby and Jefferson counties, providing basic necessities to victims of domestic violence, according to a UA news release. Through the program, students could donate unwanted items at any of the 16 locations set up near residential communities in the last weeks of spring classes, the news release also stated. Sponsored by the Community Service Center and Housing and Residential Communities, the Give-N-Go program began in 2006 and has grown every

year, said Joshua Burford, the Community Service Center’s coordinator of freshman outreach. “We have made some great partnerships over the years and have been able to help a lot of people in Tuscaloosa in need,” he said. “The program has been such a success, housing and the community service center are in talks of having a second Give-N-Go donation during the summer term.” Kyle Holt, a junior majoring in business who works as a desk assistant at the Ridgecrest South Residential Community, said the process went smoothly. “It is extremely beneficial to students moving out because it allows them to rid themselves of their unwanted items, while still providing for the less fortunate,” he said. Noomi Grootens, a sopho-

more majoring in public relations who donated from Tutwiler Hall, said she feels it was a success, though some things could be changed. “Although I donated, I wasn’t really sure where my items were going,” she said. “I think that students should be made more aware of the donation process and that it’s going to needy families in the community, and maybe then our donations can increase even more.” Kathy Porter, a representative from the Hannah Home, said the donations are always beneficial. “We provide counseling, shelter and even transportation to families in need; here at the Hannah Home, our main goal is to assist families of domestic violence in starting over, and with these donations, the first step is made a little bit easier.”

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“Born Free� is a great single. Built around a sample of the song “Ghost Rider� by legendary no-wave band Suicide, the track’s diabolical punk grind is well-suited to MIA’s confrontational lyrics. Both instrumentation and lyrics work well with her airily fervent vocal delivery, especially during the effervescent chorus. Delivered with electric zeal, MIA (born Maya Arulpragasam) pulls off an aggressive, stylish anthem. Unfortunately, it’s not the single that has yielded the loudest MIA buzz as of late. The 9-minute minifilm that serves as music video for “Born Free� depicts a SWATlike operation in which a redheaded man is plucked from a dilapidated tenement at gunpoint, transported alongside other redheads via jail bus to the desert, and viciously beaten, shot and blown up, as the sun sinks toward the horizon. One particularly jarring scene involves the point-blank execution of a young redheaded boy by way of a bullet through the head, in a manner pretty clearly alluding to Eddie Adam’s famous Vietnam photograph of the execution of a suspected Viet Cong man. The scene’s detail is explicit; slow motion highlights the gore. Moments later another young redhead runs over a land mine and graphically explodes, chunks of meat visibly soaring through the air. No one could’ve been too surprised when Universal Music Group instantly banned the video from YouTube. For her part, Maya threw what might be termed a Twitter tantrum, cursing the label in declarative upper-case lettering, and offering a link to the uncut video hosted on her website. The controversy surrounding the video, which was basically tailor-made to wreak havoc, was nothing compared to the peculiar “feud� Maya initiated last week with journalist Lynn Hirschberg, whose profile of the artist had just been published in New York Times

Magazine. Maya, ostensibly enraged by Hirschberg’s portrayal, again took to Twitter, where she posted Hirschberg’s personal phone number as her own, asking fans to call and discuss the article. Needless to say this resulted in Hirschberg’s phone being inundated by thousands of calls until the number was disconnected. Soon after, Hirschberg provided a brief, deadpan statement in which she called Maya’s actions “unethical� and “unsurprising.� That should’ve been the end of it, but on June 1 Maya released a sparsely produced diss track on her website entitled “I’m a Singer.� It doesn’t take much to cast a cynical gaze on these two recent tumults, and assume Maya’s trying to stir up some old-fashioned controversy leading into the release of her upcoming album “/\/\/\Y/\� (that spells MAYA, if you didn’t catch it), due in July. Such stunts are so routine in the entertainment industry that only the most delusional idealist might take offense. This particular case is fishier than usual, especially for someone whose posturing exploits issues that actually matter quite a bit—ethnic cleansing and genocide, for example. Not that the “Born Free� video isn’t a legitimate, powerful sociopolitical commentary. In many ways it is. Notable director Romain Gavras—who more or less conceived and executed the minifilm with little input from Maya herself— effectively challenges the viewer by re-contextualizing modern genocide in an American setting. Aside from pointing out the absurd, arbitrary nature of ethnic conflict, the video is particularly evocative in light of Arizona’s recent immigration law, and amid still-lingering memories of the torture at Abu Ghraib. Certainly the common knowledge of Maya’s formative years as an ethnic Tamil in war-torn Sri Lanka lends weight to the video’s violent depictions. Regardless, everything feels

somewhat hollowed by the way she has co-opted that personal history, twisting it over the years into her own stylish version of radical chic. Which brings up the Hirschberg article, in my view a pretty well-researched and reasonable assessment of the particular paradox of MIA: the tension between radical political heritage and contemporary superstar lifestyle. Hirschberg notes several factual inconsistencies with the media image Maya portrays, including a few concerning her past. For instance, though her father was a radical Tamil activist, he was never a member of the terrorist organization the Tamil Tigers, a rumor she often embraced, and one she has recently flip-flopped on. Indeed, Hirschberg appropriately raises moral questions about Maya’s espoused political stances. It’s worth noting that Maya’s public posting of the phone

prettymuchamazing.com MIA has been battling controversy in the midst of a new single release. number was petty at best, and actually much closer to “unethical,� as Hirschberg said. The decision to create and release “I’m a Singer� was similarly lacking in good judgment, as if the incident wasn’t already egregiously uncalled for. Musically and conceptually, the song is neither well-developed nor particularly interesting. Unsurprising considering Maya must’ve thrown it together over the few days following the initial conflict.

MIA’s public identity is one in which posh celebrity and radical politicizing are inextricable. Such contradictions, if nothing else, make for a compelling pop artist who’s as human as anyone, despite the always-dangerous nature of political oversimplification. And looking past all the recent hoopla, whether manufactured or not, “Born Free� itself is a great tune. Exercise your radical imperative and go download it for free.

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Music video contest leads student to Nashville By Brooke Marshall Contributing Writer University graduate Katy Montalto recently used her love of music and natural ability to enter Country Music Television’s 2009 Music City Madness contest, not anticipating that her video would make it to the final eight. Montalto, a May 2010 graduate from the University with a double major in telecommunication and film and musical theater, entered the contest with an original song she wrote called “Drivin’ On.� The first round winners of the contest were chosen in October 2009 and lasted until the first week of December. The first round began with 64 music video entries, and Montalto’s entry

made Katy Montalto it to the fourth round, where she was one of the final eight contestants. “I’ve always known I wanted to do music,� Montalto said. “‘Drivin’ On’ is a song you can sing along to. It was the most polished song and one of the first songs I wrote. “I always loved country music, growing up,� Montalto

said. “I like the simpleness and honesty in country music.� Montalto is currently in Nashville and said the contest has encouraged her to go further with music. She is currently an Associate Producer for Channel 5 News in Nashville, working the night shift and the morning show. “I knew music was here, and there were opportunities,� she said. “I’ve always thought this was a great town.� Montalto grew up in Trussville with a sister who was involved in the music scene for four years before Montalto came to the University. Her sister plays locally, but this is the first time Montalto has done anything comparable. Her brother encouraged her to enter the contest.

A-Team is at-out fun By Christy Lemire Associated Press

smarmy as the CIA operative with mysterious motives and allegiances. While several of the action sequences flow beautifully and have a great energy about them, others look fake and cheesy, with distractingly cartoony special effects. Still, the pyrotechnics should please the guys in the audience looking

for mindless summer fun. And for the women ... Cooper has his shirt off early and often. And he’s clearly been to the gym. “The A-Team,� a 20th Century Fox release, is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking. Running time: 118 minutes. Three stars out of four.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overkill is underrated,â&#x20AC;? says Hannibal Smith, leader of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The A-Team,â&#x20AC;? while planning a particularly elaborate and explosive scheme to trap a bad guy. Director and co-writer Joe Carnahan apparently subscribes to this school of thought, as well. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for subtlety, look elsewhere. Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big-screen version of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s TV series is ridiculously overthe-top, full of wild helicopter chases and exploding sport utility vehicles and tumbling cargo containers. At times it feels like little more than a cacophony of automatic gunfire and shattered glass. Then again, you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really expect anything else given the source material and the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own filmography. Carnahan previously wrote and directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Acesâ&#x20AC;? from 2007, a piece of wannabe Guy Ritchie bombast about a Vegas assassination attempt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but he also made the tremendous and little-seen drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Narcâ&#x20AC;? from 2002, starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric as Detroit cops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The A-Teamâ&#x20AC;? combines the enormity and stylishness of the former with (some of) the intelligence and character development of the latter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a surprising amount, given the time of year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hitting theaters. But mainly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just flat-out fun, with a cheeky sense of humor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; way rottentomatoes.com more enjoyable than you might Above: Bradley Cooper stars as Face in the A-Team. Below: expect when you consider the Quinton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rampageâ&#x20AC;? Jackson plays Mr. T. ignominious history of movies inspired by TV shows. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leave It to Beaver,â&#x20AC;? anyone?) Carnahan keeps things moving, making the two-hour running time fly by. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fluid editing is especially noticeable during the big set pieces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; impossibly complex, intricately timed missions that the team makes look easy. The strength of the cast helps: Liam Neeson as Hannibal, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cigar-chomping mastermind, whom George Peppard played on television; Bradley Cooper, an ideal choice to step into the Dirk Benedict role as charmer Templeton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faceâ&#x20AC;? Peck; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;District 9â&#x20AC;? star Sharlto Copley bringing equal amounts of humor and danger to the role of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Madâ&#x20AC;? Murdock. Even mixed martial arts star Quinton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rampageâ&#x20AC;? Jackson offers a solid presence, filling the intimidating shoes of Mr. T to play B.A. Baracus. One rottentomatoes.com would, in theory, pity the fool asked to do that; Jackson does just fine in his first film role. The basic details are the same, though the period has %(;$5&2817<Âą$IWHUXVLQJ7KHUD*HVLF SDLQFUHPHRQDVRUH shifted to the present day; havEDFNPXVFOH7RP:DFFHSWHGDQDUPZUHVWOLQJFKDOOHQJHIURPD \RXQJPXVFOHPDQDWDORFDOWDYHUQ ing said that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a bit of a prequel to the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adven:LWKLQVHFRQGVWKH\RXQJZKLSSHUVQDSSHUÂśVDUPZDVĂ&#x20AC;DWDFFRUGLQJWR tures. Instead of being Vietnam VHYHQSDWURQV:KHQDVNHGWRH[SODLQWKHVWUHQJWK veterans, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the final KHSDLQOHVVO\UHSOLHGÂłQRQHRI\RXUGDQJEXVLQHVV´ days of troop withdrawal from Iraq in the script Carnahan co*RSDLQOHVVO\ wrote with Brian Bloom, who Compare, Win and Save has a small but pivotal supportwith Thera-Gesic ing part. Still, Hannibal, Face, Murdock and B.A. are former Germaine Champion State Farm Agent Army Rangers framed for a crime they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The It started as a decision of A-Teamâ&#x20AC;? follows their efforts to the heart. To do more for clear their names and find the my neighborhood... dedicating myself to something I believe real culprits behind a botched in. By helping others, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m attempt at stealing back some building a business that will U.S. currency plates. Jessica last. Imagine cçê ãçêĂ&#x2030; ĂĄĂĽĂ&#x2018;çêã~íåçüI Ă&#x2026;çüí~Ă&#x2026;Ă­ ^Ă&#x2013;Ă&#x2030;ĂĽĂ&#x2026;Ăł oĂ&#x2030;Ă&#x2026;ĂŞĂŹĂĄĂ­Ă&#x2030;ĂŞĂŤ Biel is all business as the Army what you can South AL/MS North AL/MS captain who chases them once build if you put ^ĂŁĂł pĂŁĂĄĂ­Ă&#x153; ~Ă­ OMRJRMQJQMNS s~äÊ~ĂŞĂĄĂŤĂĄ~ qĂ&#x153;çã~ĂŤ ~Ă­ OMRJRMQJTRUU they escape and go on the run, ç ĂŞ ^ĂŁĂłKpĂŁĂĄĂ­Ă&#x153;KkvTi]ĂŤĂ­~Ă­Ă&#x2030;Ă&#x2018;~ĂŞĂŁKĂ&#x2026;çã ç ĂŞ s~äKqĂ&#x153;çã~ĂŤK`cv_]ĂŤĂ­~Ă­Ă&#x2030;Ă&#x2018;~ĂŞĂŁKĂ&#x2026;çã your mind to it. and Patrick Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prettyBECOME A STATE FARMÂŽ AGENT boy looks make him ideally

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great.â&#x20AC;? Montalto played the piano growing up, but just started playing guitar in college. She said she tried playing it in high school, but that it hurt her fingers, and she quickly became frustrated with it. The encouragement from her hometown and UA students about her contest entry helped Montalto to pursue music with more confidence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing I had the support of so many people was encouraging,â&#x20AC;? she said. Montalto shot the video with her boyfriend, Daniel Lincoln, a December graduate from the University with a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in finance. Lincoln said the staff at the Sanford Media Center helped them a lot with the video, which

was shot in one day at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. He chose the place because it had country roads that went with the song. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rain part of the video was like taking a lucky picture,â&#x20AC;? Lincoln said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way she acted was just so natural. I felt comfortable watching it afterwards.â&#x20AC;? Montalto said she just wants to get situated in Nashville with her new job before she goes out pursuing a music career. Nashville is all about music, and she looks forward to having time to work more on it later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s realistic enough to have a regular career and be happy with that,â&#x20AC;? Lincoln said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She can just let the music career happen if it is going to.â&#x20AC;? You can watch Katy Montaltoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video at www.cmt.

Midtown Village presents Sounds of Tuscaloosa By Jordan Staggs Senior Staff Reporter jlstaggs@crimson.ua.edu Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music scene is getting the chance to spread its influence with the firstever Sounds of Tuscaloosa concert series. The event will take place on The Green at Midtown Village, located between Panera Bread and Barnes & Noble, on June 11 and 25 starting at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, both concerts will be hosted on the Saturday following each scheduled date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to do an evening event because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hotter in the summer,â&#x20AC;? event manager Carol Woodruff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuscaloosa has so much local talent, and we wanted to showcase that.â&#x20AC;? There will be two acts in each concert. Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening act, the duo Slow Motion Walter, will add a fiddle to the band. They will be followed by another duo,

Tuscaloosa favorite Sparrow & the Ghost. Stuart Bond and Rachael Roberts, who make up Sparrow & the Ghost, focus on the idea of freedom and bringing the world together through the joy of music. Their style mixes folk, blues and country, all with their own unique spin. June 25 will feature Debbie Bond, who is a member of the Alabama Blues Project, followed by singer-guitarist Ethan Gardiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a come-and-go type of event,â&#x20AC;? Woodruff said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a time to relax after a busy week and listen to some great music.â&#x20AC;? Adam Morrow, a University of Alabama senior in the New College program, said he is impressed that Midtown Village is putting on this concert series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m good friends with Sparrow & the Ghost and have heard their stuff quite a bit,â&#x20AC;? Morrow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad

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that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve asked local talent to be on display, specifically talent that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover bands.â&#x20AC;? The event is free and open to the public, so bring your lawn chairs or blankets, peruse the shops and restaurants at Midtown, and enjoy some of Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original musicians. The Village Green will also be hosting a Tuscaloosa Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market on June 19, beginning at 3 p.m.


10 Thursday, June 10, 2010

LIFESTYLES

The Crimson White

COLUMN | FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

Video game films: Forever failures? By Sean Randall Assistant Lifestyles Editor Here’s a challenge for you: give yourself about a minute and try to think of any good live-action video game films. Couldn’t think of any? That’s not really surprising. Even if there are some video game films that are enjoyable to watch, like the so-bad-it’s-good “Super Mario Bros.,” the industry has never managed to come out with a single film that can really be called good. But why not? When it comes to translating pretty much any other form of entertainment, even among a glut of bad movies, there’s been at least one good one to come out, be it books (“Precious”), television (“Serenity”), comics (“The Dark Knight”), musicals (“Fiddler on the Roof”) or even amusement park rides (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl”). So what’s the problem with video games? Unlike the rest of the categories I mentioned, video games are relatively new. The first commercially sold video game, Computer Space, only appeared in 1971. The video game industry also suffered two major crashes in its beginning, first in 1977 and second in 1983. The crash of 1983 lasted for two years before the NES saved the industry. So, we’re talking about a form of entertainment that’s been around for 40 years at most. Compare that to the next most recent entertainments, musicals and comic books, which both found their niche 70 years ago. That’s only one problem the industry faces. Its newness adds to a second problem: the nerd stigma. For many years, even while video games were reaching the height of their soaring popularity in the 90s, they were by and large shunned by the public. There was a thought that people who played video games were “nerds” and socially ill-equipped. That’s not to say people who thought that still

didn’t play video games. The industry reached out to that (predominantly male) market of thought through games like Street Fighter and Area 51. But the older generations in particular still shunned the video gaming industry by and large. It’s only with the current generation of video games, and the Nintendo Wii in particular, that we find the generational gap starting to be crossed, and with the PS3 and Xbox 360 coming out with games that look appealing, even those in the video game generation that shunned them are being pulled in. Video games are only recently reaching the potential movie makers like to risk money on. If you think about it, there weren’t really any video game movies with big names attached before Tomb Raider and the recent Prince of Persia, though it was arguably Tomb Raider that made Angelina’s name well known. So, what do video game movie makers need to do to make a quality film? I went to see Prince of Persia this past week, and I have a few suggestions based on my experience with that film and the other video game films I’ve seen. First, stay in the world of the video games. I enjoy Alfred Molina (Doc Oc in “Spiderman 2”) as an actor very much, but his character in “Prince of Persia” seemed to serve little more than to fill in any lack of plot with humor directly related to problems in the world today. Talk of taxes and the small business owner did nothing but distract. There was no such character in Pirates of the Caribbean or Lord of the Rings. They found their humor honestly within the world they were set in. Second, get people who love the medium. I can’t say whether or not they were there for Prince of Persia, since one of the video game’s writers helped with the story’s creation, though director Mike Newell is quoted on RottenTomatoes.com as having said, “It’s not a video game movie. It’s a great story. If you had read the script, you would know that it wasn’t a video game.”

Such quotes don’t make me think “strong video game lover.” But with the video game movie industry being tainted by people like Uwe Boll, whose movies can’t be called much beyond disastrous, there’s a serious need for people that actually appreciate the source material to be in charge. I can’t really give any more suggestions beyond the general “get good actors” and the like that apply to pretty much every film. But the industry does have one last problem, and if they don’t make a solid effort to create good video game movies they may find themrottentomatoes.com selves struggling. The problem is video The Prince of Persia franchise has produced three video games and a film. games. As technology grows, graphics become bet- movie about a game when there’s already one in ter and better in video games, and video game the game? Prince of Persia made some steps in the right makers like showing them off more and more. It’s nearing a point where video games will be direction. It got a decent cast, a video game that like interactive films. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of had good story potential and some good money to the Patriots is a game known for its rather long back it. Despite it not being that great of a movie, cut scenes, an example of how games are mov- it shows the industry has the potential. I have faith ing more toward films. They’ll probably never that, eventually, the industry will get one right. reach the point of becoming simple films, but the And, it had better be in my life time. Otherwise, movement is there. That makes making a film out I’ll have to go out there and do it myself. of the game more difficult. How do you make a

Sleigh Bells new album “Treats” dazzles By Trey Irby Contributing Writer

Sleigh Bells new release “Treats” comes off of a massive wave of Internet hype and a label connection with highly acclaimed hip-hop savant M.I.A. (of “Paper Planes” fame). Sleigh Bells brandishes a continued emphasis on lo-fi doit-yourself recording in independent acts that truly need

less and less to produce fascinating material. The album literally blasts into the ears from the get-go. Opening track “Tell ‘Em” is what would happen if an 8-bit arcade machine, 1980s arena rock and modern day hip-hop somehow got mixed together. Naturally, this is the reason the record is so wonderfully alluring. Songwriter and instrumentalist Derek Miller

knows exactly where to place vocalist Alexis Krauss, and their chemistry as artist and musician is one of shocking distance. Miller’s background is in the scruffy post-hardcore music scene of less critically accepted (and more popular) bands like Underoath. Krauss’ history brings up a past in teen pop. They combine the best of their particular fields in the

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process: sunny, sweet vocals and the blistering noise surrounding it. It seems simplistic, but popular music is really a field of few changes. A re-evaluation of dance by turning up the volume on listener tolerance is a particular risk that is not often tried, even if the risk doesn’t take much to change. Now, it likely isn’t a risk if the appeal is still to get feet tapping, but the most jarring of approaches could prove to be a failure because no one likes dance music, causing no one to dance. Instead, “Treats” is restrained noise, if such a thing

is possible. When Miller and Krauss go loud, it isn’t merely to startle so much as to attract. Their risk is backed with youthful confidence and brash bass, and they fail to accept failure. Standout track “Crown on the Ground” shocks ears with its guitar shredding, and yet runs on such a timely rhythm and never veers off. Miller’s guitars never overshadow the beat, and barely overshadow the cute hues of Krauss’ voice. The hooks are all over this track and the entirety of “Treats,” especially the cool peace of “Rill Rill,” the rare moment where even the loud

exterior of the record is toned down and placed into the background. Small chimes instead lead the shocking peace to a perfect embodiment of the summer season. And in that rare moment, Krauss’ chanting of “Have a heart” could be sung by William Hung and still incite cheers. The off-kilter record and off key vocals are entirely the song’s charm. “Rill Rill” proves the genius of Sleigh Bells is done by the little things. A Beach Boys-style 60s pop rhythm is faintly altered to produce a feeling of originality, and the feeling totally works.

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By Jordan Eichenblatt Contributing Writer On Sunday, the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team furthered their run to the College World Series. Facing the No. 8 overall seed Georgia Tech in an elimination game, Alabama came out swinging, winning 8-1 behind the pitching of Adam Morgan. Morgan retired 10 batters in a row. On Monday, Alabama again faced Georgia Tech in a win or die game. After tossing 99 pitches on Friday versus Elon in the first round, Nathan Kilcrease pitched the Tide to a 10-8 victory and a spot in the Super Regionals against Clemson in Clemson, S.C. This tournament win marks the first time Alabama has won an away regional since 1983. Clemson has been the final team the Crimson Tide has faced the past two years, and each year Clemson has won. Coach Mitch Gaspard, who is in his first year as head coach for the Tide,

has no time to think about the past, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is so difficult to get to where we are, playing in the Super Regional, that I am so busy putting the pieces together, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to think back to my first two years in crimson and white and think about those games,â&#x20AC;? Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are focused on right now. Not back then.â&#x20AC;? Focusing on the present is what five Tide players needed to do on Sunday during the game because the MLB draft was going on at the same time. Pitcher Jake Smith was taken by the Phillies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been an unbelievable ride,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so glad I came back for my senior season to be part of this. And hopefully after my work here, I can go on to my MLB career.â&#x20AC;? Smith was at his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house in Birmingham when he found out he was drafted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were watching TV and looking back at the draft on the computer,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My brother goes, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Holy crap! You got drafted!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I told

him to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shut up,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and all of a sudden, he was too excited to talk because my phone started ringing, and it was the Phillies.â&#x20AC;? Juniors Ross Wilson and Josh Rutledge were also drafted. Wilson went to the Chicago White Sox, and Rutledge went to the Colorado Rockies. Wilson is not sure if he will return for his senior season yet, saying he is too busy focusing on Clemson to focus on the draft. Rutledge seems to have made his decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This team, we are so close and they are like brothers to me,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, brothers see brothers go to college or in my case go to the MLB. So yeah, it is most likely I will not be returning for my senior season.â&#x20AC;? After the draft, the entire team got together again to start practicing for Clemson. The Tide will travel once again, making this their 13th, 14th and, if necessary, 15th consecutive game on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter home or away,â&#x20AC;? Rutledge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the most con-

fident team I have played on. Home or away, I think we can win. Our fan base has traveled well these past couple of series, so hopefully they will show up in South Carolina.â&#x20AC;? Gaspard motivated his players in the regional by telling them they were there to win, not go 2-2. This time he does not know what he will say to motivate them but, said he will tell them that getting the Gatorade dumped on him was one of the greatest feelings he has experienced, and he wants to feel it several more times. With three games total and two guaranteed, to move on the College World Series the Tide must defeat Clemson twice in the double elimination playoff. If the Tide does move on, they will travel to Omaha, Neb., home of famed Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, which has been home to the College World Series since 1950. This is Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth appearance in a Super Regional, and with a win, will be its sixth appearance in the College World Series.

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Lymphoma causes Kindred to miss rest of season The disease was caught in the early stages, and the odds for a full and complete recovery are very From staff reports high, according to UA Athletics. Alabama junior designated hitter â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very David Kindred has been diagnosed sad at the news with Hodgkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lymphoma, which c o n c e r n i n g forced him to miss the 2010 NCAA Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, David Kindred Atlanta Regional. but we are also He missed the final two games very supportive of him and his famof the Southeastern Conference ily at this difficult time,â&#x20AC;? head coach Tournament after experiencing Mitch Gaspard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David is a very shortness of breath and chest pains. positive person and always has a

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great attitude. I have spoken with him and his family, and they are very confident that his treatments will go well and he will have a full recovery. I wish him the best, and my thoughts and prayers are with the Kindred family right now.â&#x20AC;? Kindred met with the Alabama team prior to its departure for the NCAA Atlanta Regional. He informed the team of his medical condition and thanked his teammates for their support over the last several days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very appreciative of my coaches and teammates for their support during this difficult time,â&#x20AC;? Kindred said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a close team and I do

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SPORTS

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Teams fall short in NCAA Tournament By Jessica Brown Contributing Writer All good things must come to an end for senior tennis star Saketh Myneni. His run at a NCAA singles championship ended when he lost to Georgia Tech’s Guillermo Gomez in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, May 27. Myneni kept a tight match against the No. 4 seed but fell short with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss. “He had a real opportunity in the first set, and it was close,” said men’s head coach Billy Pate. “Both players held their serve and in the tie breaker Myneni was up 3-2. He missed a couple of routine volleys and that ultimately gave Gomez the win. In the second set he dug himself in a hole before coming back to rally later on in the set.” Gomez eventually came out on top, winning the match. This loss ended not only Myneni’s season but also his career at Alabama. Myneni has come a long way since his freshman year. During his four

years with the Tide, he was never 100 percent healthy, but he quickly proved he could win matches no matter what the circumstances were. This past season, Myneni played with a shoulder injury, but it wasn’t the main cause for his loss at the tournament. “I would say the injury affected my match a little bit,” Myneni said. “It was really hard to play back-to-back day matches as you have a short recovery time. I had a tough match against a good player and just came up short on that day.” Myneni’s game matured during his career at the University, and Pate soon discovered he was going to be a great asset for the team. “As a freshman he started out playing the number six spot, and by his sophomore year he was playing at the number one spot,” Pate said. “He developed more as a player and became more solid. He pulled out a lot of matches that were on the line for the team.”

Myneni is returning to Alabama in the fall to finish up his undergraduate degree. He is majoring in finance and economics and is set to graduate in December. After graduating, one of his goals is to play in the Indian Davis Cup. He has to play in the professional circuit for that dream to come true, but Myneni has showed his fans and team during his years at Alabama that anything is possible no matter how many obstacles he has to face. Freshman Alexa Guarachi closed out her NCAA Singles Championship hopes by losing to Stanford freshman Mallory Burdette in the first round, losing 6-1, 6-3. “Alexa had a very good year and battled her way to the top of the lineup,” women’s head coach Jenny Mainz said. “She is very competitive, but Stanford’s Mallory Burdette played really well with a lot of confidence. Alexa played and trained well but at this tournament everyone is good and deserves to be there. There isn’t a bad player.”

Guarachi’s singles season came to an end, but she still had the NCAA doubles tournament to look forward to with her partner, sophomore Courtney McLane. The duo advanced to the Round of 16 after they defeated Boise State senior Pichittra Thongdach and junior Lauren Megale. Guarachi and McLane won in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. “Coming into the doubles tournament, Guarachi and McLane were ranked 17th in the country,” Mainz said. “Boise State is a quality team, but our girls played a better match.” In the Round of 16, Guarachi and McLane ended their season with a loss to Stanford senior Lindsay Burdette and junior Hilary Barte. The Cardinal twosome was the No. 2 seed and finished the match in just two sets 6-3, 6-2. “Stanford is a very experienced and poised team,” Mainz said. “They were consistent, solid and executed very well throughout the match. Stanford didn’t have a weakness, and they didn’t miss a lot.”

CW | Bethany Martin Courtney McLane takes her shot at the ball during doubles play in the match against Ole Miss played in April. She and her partner, Alexa Guarachi made a run in the NCAA doubles tournament, but eventually fell.

Bryant, Fisher, lead Lakers to victory in Game 3 By Jimmy Golen Associated Press Derek Fisher rallied his teammates with a motivational speech on the bench during the break before the fourth quarter. Then he went out and showed them how it’s done. “Derek, he’s our vocal leader. He’s the guy that pulls everybody together and is always giving positive reinforcement,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said after Fisher made five baskets in the final period to lead Los Angeles to a 91-84 victory Tuesday night over the Boston Celtics and a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals. “That’s what he does. That’s what he’s been doing extremely well. He has a knack for saying the right thing at the right time.” AP | Michael Dwyer Bryant scored 29 points and Fisher had 16, including 11 in Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant, left, and Derek the fourth quarter after Boston Fisher react during the fourth quarter in Game 3 of the cut a 17-point first-half lead to NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics. one point.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Boston, and a Lakers victory would put them within one win of avenging the loss to their longtime rivals in the 2008 finals — not to mention the eight other times the Celtics have won an NBA title at the Lakers’ expense. “Our thoughts are really just still on how disappointed we are, or were, losing that second game on our home court. I think that had more of our attention and focus than what happened in ‘08,” Fisher said. “We didn’t doubt our ability to win here. ... We understand when you want to be the best, you have to win wherever, whenever.” Bryant had 25 points after three quarters, but he did not score for the first 10 minutes of the fourth. That’s when Fisher took over, hitting four out of five Lakers baskets to help them reclaim the home-court advantage they lost when the Celtics won Game 2 in L.A. “Derek Fisher was the difference in the game,” Celtics

coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s just a gutty, gritty player and he gutted the game out for them. I thought Kobe was struggling a little bit, and Fisher — he basically took the game over. ... I don’t know what he had in the fourth quarter ... but most of them were down the stretch.” Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum had 10 rebounds apiece for Los Angeles. Kevin Garnett, who had just six points in Boston’s victory Sunday, had 25 in Game 3. But Allen, who had 32 points in Game 2, missed all 13 field goal attempts — one shy of the NBA finals futility record — many of them while Fisher was guarding him. “It’s a hell of a swing, I’ll tell you that,” Rivers said. “It’s basketball. That’s why you can’t worry about it. He’ll be back in the gym tomorrow and getting ready for the next game. ... It happens to the best of us.” The Celtics had high hopes after splitting the opening two games in Los Angeles, but the

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“Beat L.A.!” chants at the TD Garden couldn’t help them overcome poor shooting. And it couldn’t stop Fisher. Fisher, 34, came into the league with Bryant in 1996 and has a history of clutch shots, from the heave with 0.4 seconds left to beat San Antonio in the 2004 playoffs to the late jumpers in a series-swinging victory over Orlando in Game 4 of last year’s finals. The Lakers went on to beat the Magic in five games, earning their 15th NBA title — second only to Boston’s 17. “I think as you grow in this game and you put in the work that’s required to still be around 14 years later, you start to recognize that being in this moment, on this stage, it’s not a given. It’s not something that happens every season,” Fisher said. “Five or 10 years from now, when I’m long gone, I would have hated to feel like I didn’t just do everything I could have to help my team. Things have worked out well, and we have two more wins to get to really put a nice cap on it.” The Lakers opened a 37-20 first-half lead, but Boston cut the deficit to four late in the third quarter and then made it 68-67 early in the fourth on consecutive drives by Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Rajon Rondo. With a chance to take the lead, Allen was called for an offensive foul away from the ball. Fisher then scored four of the Lakers’ next five baskets to give them a five-point lead with about 4½ minutes left. He scored another with 49 seconds left before being flattened by Davis, among others, and adding the free throw to make it a three-possession game. “He saw the opening and went and made a very bold play. ... It was imperative that it goes in for us to win,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “When he’s got an opportunity to hit a key shot, it seems like he’s always there and ready.” Allen missed all eight 3-pointers, all five 2-pointers and got to the line just twice. He was spared of matching the worst shooting performance in NBA finals history when Garnett was called for an offensive foul away from the ball in the final minute while Allen clanged another shot off the rim.

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“We obviously didn’t expect him to go 0 for 13, but it’s a tough gig for him to run around offensively the way he has to and then have to guard Kobe on the other end,” Fisher said. “I mean, that takes anybody’s legs out. It takes my legs out chasing him. So there are going to be nights maybe when his legs aren’t there because he’s having to work so hard on both ends, but we won’t see 0 for 13 on Thursday night, that’s for sure.”


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Seven athletes advance to national championships Tide will compete in four events at nationals. By Jon Ballenger Contributing Writer Seven members of the University of Alabama women’s track and field team reached the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The inaugural NCAA East Preliminary Round, held May 27-29 and hosted by North Carolina A&T State University at Irwin Belk Track, culminated on Saturday evening with seven of Alabama’s 10 competitors advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. A total of 96 athletes in each event, except the combined events and relays, competed in the opening rounds in each of the individual events over the weekend in Greensboro. In the 4x100 meter relay, the squad consisting of sophomore Audra

Frimpong, junior Kim Laing and seniors Heather Matherson and Chealsea Taylor started their tournament off on the right foot for the Tide. The foursome combined for the eighth fastest time in school history, 44.66, and qualified for the NCAA Championships with the eighth fastest time of the day. The relay squad cut their previous best time by a remarkable six-tenths of a second. Junior Meghan Austin, freshman Wilamena Hopkins and sophomore Krystle Schade each advanced to the national championships in individual events. Head coach Sandy Fowler said she was extremely proud of her girls and has high expectations for those competing in Eugene. “I think they will do very well,” she said. “They’re hard to break down.” Fowler said her own national championship triumphs help her relate, but it is ultimately the girls’ responsibility to finish the job. Hopkins and Austin will be making their first appearance in the national championships with Hopkins competing in shot put and Austin in the javelin.

K r ys t l e Schade will be “The inaugural NCAA East Preliminary Round... competing in culminated on Saturday evening with seven of the high jump, Alabama’s ten competitors advancing to the NCAA her third overOutdoor Track and Field Championships.” all national championship competition in her short enough for them to build on,” she career at the University. said. Chelsea Taylor and Kim Laing will The two remaining members of the be competing in the 4x100 meter relay, 4x100 relay team, Audra Frimpong in addition to their respective individ- and Heather Matherson, will comual events. Taylor is also competing in pete at the highest level for the first the heptathlon, while Laing will be a time in their careers. part of the 100-meter hurdles national Three members of the team comchampionship event. peted well, but fell short of the nation“We’ve had some fantastic hur- al championships. Sophomores dlers over the years, and she’s right Brittany Hines and Kelsey Johnson up there with the best of them,” along with freshman Bekah Hoppis assistant coach Scott Roberts said of just missed out on qualifying for the Laing’s performance. championships. Fowler said these Both athletes have prior nation- girls would take it to heart, and this al championship experience with experience would provide the drive Taylor competing in her fifth overall and hunger to reach the final compenational championship, while Laing tition next year. will compete in her third. The national championship comCW | Courtney David Fowler also said she has confi- petition started Wednesday and dence in the girls without national will continue through Saturday at Chealsea Taylor and her team compete in the 4x100 meter relay. They recorded the championship experience. Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. eighth-fastest time in school history. “The first round qualifiers were

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AU’s 11 MLB draft picks ties SEC record AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn had 11 players selected in the baseball draft to tie UCLA for the national lead and match the Southeastern Conference record. The Tigers’ Justin Fradejas and Stephen Kohlscheen were picked Wednesday, the final day of the draft. Fradejas was taken in the 35th round by

Colorado while Kohlscheen went to Seattle in the 45th round. Auburn had nine players chosen on Tuesday on the draft’s second day. That group was led by fourth-round picks Trent Mummey (Baltimore) and Hunter Morris (Milwaukee). Georgia and Mississippi both had 11 picks last year.

Tide escapes penalties; AU men’s track hit MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama didn’t receive penalties in any sports under the NCAA’s Academic Progress Report, while Auburn’s men’s indoor and outdoor track programs were sanctioned. The report released Wednesday said Jacksonville State football and UAB men’s basketball lost scholarships for falling short of the Academic Progress rate cutline of 925. The numbers were based on classroom per-

formance data collected from 2005-06 to 2008-09. The Auburn track teams will lose half a scholarship. UAB basketball loses two scholarships and is limited to 16 hours of practice time weekly instead of 20. Jacksonville State loses a partial scholarship and is only allowed 29 scholarship freshmen instead of 30.

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2010 World Cup kicks off Friday in S. Africa By Jon Ballenger Contributing Writer The world’s largest sporting event will be held on African soil for the first time, and it will likely be a momentous spectacle. On Friday, the 2010 World Cup will kick off in South Africa. On Saturday, USA plays its first game against England at 12:30 p.m. on ABC. The 32-team field is broken down into eight groups of four. These teams range worldwide from New Zealand to Honduras. Europe leads the way with 13 participants, while the host continent, Africa, has six participants. South America and Asia have five countries competing. The final three countries represent North America. There are many positive factors about this tournament being held in South Africa, but some questions remain unanswered. “[It’s] curious from a political and security standpoint,” said University of Alabama women’s soccer coach Todd Bramble. “Do they have the infrastructure to handle safety concerns such as terrorism?” Brazil and Spain, two of the most prolific soccer teams, are heavy favorites to win the 2010 World Cup. Bramble also picked another favorite. “Behind those two, Argentina,” Bramble said. “They have the best player in the world in Leo Messi, but can the much maligned Diego Maradona pull it off?” The United States will come into

the tournament with what’s likely to be its strongest squad ever. This, along with being drawn in a relatively easy group, gives the Americans hope. “Tim Howard will be a big key,” Bramble said. “With a banged-up backline for the U.S., the goalkeeper will have to come up big. I think they will get out of the group, but probably no further.” “We have a great chance to get through the group,” said Korey Donahoo, the president of American Outlaws, an unofficial support group for the U.S. men’s team. “Our likely opponent in the round of 16 would be Germany, and they have a lot of question marks right now.” There are many balanced groups in this year’s field. Given that, there will be many huge group games that will determine who moves on. Bramble said he is most looking forward to the Brazil and Portugal game. “[It] should be a very open, attacking match,” he said. World-class players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi are well known for their illustrious young club careers, but the jury is still out on their international performances for Portugal and Argentina respectively. “This is the knock on Messi,” said Bramble. “He tears it up for club team Barcelona but has yet to translate this form for the Argentinean side.” In the 2010 World Cup, there are many established players around the

AP | Andre Penner United States’ Landon Donovan scores their second goal during their Confederations Cup final soccer match against Brazil at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

world and also some lesser-known stars who will take the big stage for the first time. Bramble believes Holland’s Wesley Sneijder and Argentina’s Diego Milito will have big tournaments. “They both had great club seasons for Champions League winner Inernazionale and will be hot coming into South Africa,” he said. The winner of this tournament will play a total of seven games. Certain players have raised cold weather and altitude concerns in South Africa. Bramble doesn’t think those factors should be a concern. Medical technology and training methods are so sophisticated that it shouldn’t have a long-term effect on the players,” he said. Another issue of concern is this year’s style of soccer ball. It seems to have a violent swerve, along with exceptional velocity. “[It] could favor more skillful players and teams,” said Bramble. “Very few teams have the ability to attack through the middle. Teams that rely on crosses will have a tougher time getting goals at the tournament.” Bramble went with the consensus in predicting the outcome of the tournament, choosing Spain over Brazil in the final. “Spain plays as more of a team,” he said. “They have six or seven guys who play on the same club for the Catalan side Barcelona. They play with brilliant rhythm and cohesiveness, but the fact that Spain has never won it before is concerning.”

Blackhawks want to clinch Stanley Cup in Philly By Dan Gelston Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scrubbed and polished, the Stanley Cup will be in the arena for Game 6. The Philadelphia Flyers hope it will stay in its case. The Chicago Blackhawks would love to leave Philadelphia with a new carry-on for the plane. Beat the Flyers in Game 6 on Wednesday, and the Blackhawks will win their first

championship since the days of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in 1961, ending the longest active drought in the NHL. “That’s the dream,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Tuesday. “That’s the one thing you keep telling yourself, in your heart you know you’re going to do it some day.” Toews and his teammates know the Stanley Cup will be the guest of honor in Philadelphia. No celebrity, no dignitary will mean more than the nearly 3 feet and 35 pounds of one of

sports’ great trophies. A victory by Chicago would turn it into the world’s largest champagne flute. “The more time you spend away from the rink, the easier it is to think about how close you are to winning the Cup,” Toews said. Holding the Stanley Cup high and giving it a celebratory shake is the dream of every hockey player. It could come true faster than most for the 22-year-old Toews, already the star and captain in just his third

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Ah, yes. That DetroitPittsburgh final. Turns out, a year later it’s just as inspirational to the Flyers as it’s been to Toews. In that series, the Penguins lost the first two games on the road, were pounded in Game 5, and trailed 3-2 in the series before storming back to win the championship. Sound familiar, Philly? The Flyers opened the finals with two straight losses in Chicago, won Games 3 and 4 at home and were pounded 7-4 back in Chicago in Game 5. They’re trying to get back to Chicago for a Game 7 on Friday. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has earned rave reviews from his team for his passionate pregame talks. His job is as much motivational speaker as it is breaking down gameplans.

He’ll reference the 2009 finals and say, “We can do this.” Wiping out the Flyers at home will be tough. The home team has won every game this series and the Flyers are 9-1 at home in the postseason. “We know what we’re up against,” said Pronger, who was on the ice for six of Chicago’s seven goals in Game 5 and had one of the worst playoff games of his career (minus-5). Then, the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday turned him into Pronger the Pinup with an unflattering picture of him in a skirt beside a bold headline that declares, “Chrissy Pronger. Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane.” “I really couldn’t care, to be honest with you,” Pronger said. “I’m worried about playing the game.”

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