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CrimsonRide to cut number of routes By Hannah McDaniel Contributing Writer

The CrimsonRide will cut its routes in half from eight to four when the fall semester begins Aug. 18. The current system consists of eight routes with 15 buses. Under the new system, 14 buses will run four routes, but no jobs will be lost, Cathy Andreen, University spokeswoman, said. Decreasing the fleet size will allow the buses to have a bet-

ter flexibility ratio—meaning the extra buses can be used for other University events as well as to run routes when a bus requires maintenance, said Ralph Clayton, assistant director of Transportation Services. “We were running too close to capacity,” he said. The University’s Transportation Services hired Solstice Transportation Services, a consulting company from Georgia, to study students’ ridership habits between February

Andreen said. “The routes should be more convenient and less confusing. More buses will be available for each route, providing faster service and shorter wait times. All routes will go into the hub, and most people are expected to have fewer bus changes as they travel across campus.” With the buses’ current routes, waiting times are about

and June, Andreen said. The study analyzed what is most important to the riders on campus and identified the biggest problems with the current routes. Based on their findings, Solstice recommended a plan that would reduce waiting times, save fuel and simplify the transit system by offering fewer routes. “The new four-route system is expected to provide faster, more efficient and greener service,”

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Football game Support group helps veterans adjust rescheduled By Jaley Cranford Contributing Writer

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The University of Alabama and Georgia State University have agreed to move their game up two days from the original Nov. 20 to Nov. 18, making it a rare Thursday night game for the Crimson Tide. It will be the first Thursday night game for the Tide since facing Southern Miss on Nov. 29, 2001, which was rescheduled due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Alabama won at Legion Field in Birmingham, 28-15. With this football change, the academic calendar also changes. Originally, fall break for students was scheduled for October 28-31, giving students two days off from classes. Now, classes will still be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, and classes are cancelled for the Thursday gameday. “We have a number of scheduling challenges this year in football and this was the best way for us to deal with one of those,” athletics director Mal Moore said in a statement. “We explored all options available to us, with our players’ health and safety in mind. This was our best remedy. We deeply appreciate everyone’s cooperation, particularly Dr. [Robert] Witt and Georgia State.” The Georgia State football team is in its inaugural season, and it was recently joined by former Alabama quarterback Star Jackson. Additionally, former Alabama head coach Bill Curry has taken on the job as head football coach at Georgia State. Last year, Alabama had only six days to prepare for Auburn, while the Tigers had a bye week before the Iron Bowl and therefore an extra week to practice. With this game change, the Tide has only five days between

They walk among us: unsung heroes, students who attend class and take tests but who once defended the freedom of the United States. There are more than 500 student veterans at the Capstone, and the Campus Veterans Association is dedicated to helping them adjust to student life at The University of Alabama. The Campus Veterans Association’s goal is to be a support group for students who are returning to civilian life following military service, said Joshua Folmar, vice president of the group. “We want to give our fellow veterans information on the benefits they are entitled to, build a social network for them, and help them out in whatever way possible, but more than anything else, we want them to have a voice that can reach the ears of the people at the Capstone that can make a positive difference for our veterans whether it be the faculty, administration or student media,” he said. Folmar said that for many student veterans, returning to class and civilian life can be difficult. “The most difficult thing to adjust to is how much everything changes while you’re away, whether it’s a new buildSubmitted photo ing on campus or having to make Joshua Folmar is the vice president of the Campus Veterans Asnew friends because your old sociation.

FAST FACTS • Georgia State vs. UA will be Nov. 18 • Classes will be held Oct. 28 • Classes will be cancelled for Nov. 18 the games against Mississippi State and Georgia State, but then will have two extra days before the game against instate rival Auburn, which is being played in Bryant-Denny Stadium Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. The Iron Bowl, traditionally played on Saturday, has been moved up to Friday two years in a row due to television scheduling. Auburn again has a bye week before the team comes into Tuscaloosa. They’re not the only team either. Of Alabama’s eight SEC opponents, five other teams have a bye week before their own Alabama games. This is the second consecutive school year the University has changed its academic calendar to accommodate football. In spring 2009 the University cancelled three days of class when the Tide headed to Pasadena, Calif., for the national championship. “Alabama has more students in class and on campus on Thursdays than any other day of the week,” said University spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. “With several thousand fans and visitors coming to campus for a Thursday game, it is not logistically possible for the campus to continue to operate in a ‘business as usual’ manner.

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ones graduated while you were away,” Folmar said. Folmar also said civilian life is completely different from life in the military, and adjusting to either can take time. “With more time away, you have to readjust to the difference between being a civilian and being a Marine and recognizing the age differences and social differences is just something that comes along with the territory,” he said. More than 50 student veterans like Folmar belong to the UA Campus Veterans Association. Gregory Chiadika is a junior majoring in criminal justice and has served in the Army and Air National Guard since 2005. Adjusting to the college experience and freedom that most take for granted took a while, Chiadika said. “It’s nice to be in an organization with people who understand how hard it is sometimes to be a veteran at UA,” he said. He also said that while organizations like the Campus Veterans Association make the switch from military to civilian life easier for some, the University can sometimes make the transition more difficult. “I have seen veterans come here from out of state and get charged out of state tuition,” Chiadika said. “I think to myself ‘This person served their country

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SGA to review constitution this fall By Ethan Summers Contributing Writer

was in 1996, when the SGA was brought back to campus, Breaseale said. • SGA strives to make According to SGA President constitution more James Fowler, the review followed the course of the inclusive University’s natural growth. • The constitution was “We have recognized that last reviewed in 1996 it’s time to investigate the possibility of updating our govby the 2009-2010 SGA Senate at ernment documents,” Fowler the end of the spring semester. said. “This decision spawns The last known comprehen- from our deep need to modernsive review of the constitution ize and make our SGA more


The University of Alabama’s Student Government Association will conduct a full review of their constitution this fall, according to SGA Press Secretary Katie Breaseale. The review, which Breaseale said the SGA would conduct in a transparent and inclusive manner, is the result of a vote

representative of the students at our growing university. “I have charged myself and our administration to create the most transparent, accountable and inclusive student government.” While the entire constitution will be reviewed this summer, SGA Attorney General Ryan Sprinkle was chosen as the executive officer overseeing


By Charles Scarborough Staff Reporter Housing opportunities for UA students have exploded over the last decade. The planned North Bluff Residential community continues the rapid on-campus residential expansion. North Bluff, which will be located near the intersection of Hackberry Lane and Jack Warner Parkway, will be a sevenstory complex featuring a student courtyard and surface parking, opposed to the underneath le this





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UA professor receives ExCEEd Leadership Award Kenneth J. Fridley, University of Alabama professor and head of civil, construction and environmental engineering, recently received the American Society of Civil Engineeringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ExCEEd Leadership Award. The award honors an ASCE member who has shown exceptional leadership and dedication to educational activities within the organization and is presented by the ASCE Education Activities Committee at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference



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Companies Recognized for Energy Savings Garnered From UAĘźs AIAC Recently, President Barack Obama ordered federal agencies to cut building costs by the end of fiscal year 2012 as vital energy resources are being wasted. While he is supporting green initiatives on a national scale, The University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alabama Industrial Assessment Center is putting these efforts into play throughout the state. At least six Alabama companies working with the AIAC have significantly reduced energy usage and therefore improved cost savings.


will simply be known as Gold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students often give feedback on ways to improve the transit system,â&#x20AC;? Breaseale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those concerns often come to their SGA because they often feel that the SGA is the best way to voice their concerns and ideas to the proper channels, as we have done in the situation.â&#x20AC;? Some of the complaints the SGA received cited overcrowding in certain areas of campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Quad was congested, according to studies and student feedback,â&#x20AC;? Breaseale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This system further eliminates that congestion.â&#x20AC;? After the new routes are implemented, she said, the SGA plans to get feedback from students. Further information will be released closer to the beginning of the fall semester, Clayton said, and all of the changes are preliminary and subject to change.

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seven and a half to 15 minutes, she said. After the new routes are implementPage 2â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, ed, waiting times should be July 8, 2010 around four and a half to 12 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Depending on schedule EDITORIAL and timing, it is possible to â&#x20AC;˘ Victor Luckerson, editor-inhave a bus arrive at each chief, stop approximately every â&#x20AC;˘ Ben Culpepper, online prosix to seven minutes in oppoduction editor site directions,â&#x20AC;? the Solstice â&#x20AC;˘ Hannah Mask, news editor, study states. Several campus â&#x20AC;˘ Kelsey Stein, lifestyles editor nizations played a role in â&#x20AC;˘ Laura Owens, sports editor the study and the decision to move forward with â&#x20AC;˘ Tray Smith, opinions editor the route changes. These â&#x20AC;˘ Adam Greene, chief copy groups include the SGA, the editor Parking and Transportation â&#x20AC;˘ Hannah Lewis, design editor Committee, the â&#x20AC;˘ Brian Pohuski, graphics Transportation Operations editor Management Te a m , â&#x20AC;˘ Jerrod Seaton, photo editor Emergency Preparedness, â&#x20AC;˘ Jon Lunceford, web editor Disability Services and â&#x20AC;˘ Marion Steinberg, Master Planning, as well as community manager bus operators and a random selection of riders. â&#x20AC;˘ Paul Thompson, staff â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students complained CW News Editor Hannah development manager about not knowing which Mask contributed to this route to take and which report. bus on the route to take,â&#x20AC;? ADVERTISING SGA Press Secretary Katie â&#x20AC;˘ Dana Andrzejewski, Advertising View Breaseale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This consolManager, 348-8995, cwadmathe new idates routes and eliminates the directional routes.â&#x20AC;? routes at â&#x20AC;˘ Drew Gunn, Advertising For example, she said, Coordinator, 348-8044 Gold 1 and Gold 2 will no lonâ&#x20AC;˘ Hallett Ogburn, Territory ger exist; rather, the route Manager, 348-2598

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and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even charge him in-state tuition?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? He also said veteran students sometimes have military duties that can cause them to miss class. After realizing he had training on the same day as a test, Chiadika said he asked to take a test early and found that his instructor did not feel mili-


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the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The SGA Constitution review process is an opportunity to foster greater ownership among the student body in their governing process,â&#x20AC;? Sprinkle said. Sprinkle and his office staff will begin the planning process for the review, with the actual review occurring

tary duty was an adequate reason to miss the test. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She told me that it was my fault I am in the Guard and there would be no taking the test early, nor could I make it up,â&#x20AC;? Chiadika said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, there were a few athletes who took the class with me and were allowed to make up the test.â&#x20AC;? Other students sometimes take veterans for granted here, said Tracey Benton, a junior majoring in art. She said stu-

dents should be mindful of the sacrifice military personnel make, especially when considering that a student veteran may be sitting next to you in class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that I have been guilty of not appreciating veterans here the way that I should,â&#x20AC;? Benton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to think of veterans as senior citizens, and we forget sometimes that people our own age have already served our country.â&#x20AC;?

during the fall semester with the full SGA and student population present. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our student government can only govern when all students are represented,â&#x20AC;? Sprinkle said. The review will be open to formal recommendations by the student body, Fowler said. Breaseale said all UA students will have adequate time to review and offer suggestions to the constitution before recommendations are

presented to the Senate later this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two of the ways that students will have an opportunity to voice opinions and ideas are in person at SGAhosted discussions regarding the constitutional reform, and through the SGA website,â&#x20AC;? Breaseale said. Ben Baxter, a UA alumnus and College of Engineering Senator for the 2009-2010 year, supported the spring push for the review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The review and revision were necessary,â&#x20AC;? Baxter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad our Senate [2009-2010] was able to get that in motion.â&#x20AC;? Baxter said accountability, accessibility and practicality were high on the list of necessary changes. He added that the spring push included many revisions that did not make it to the approved review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the helpful revisions were shot down by the majority vote,â&#x20AC;? Baxter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think most of the student body would have appreciated those revisions.â&#x20AC;? For any changes to the constitution to be put to a vote by the student body, the Senate must pass legislation approving the changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any proposed changes to the constitution will likely be on the Homecoming ballot this fall,â&#x20AC;? Breaseale said.

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Student enjoys first-ever UA in New Zealand trip By Stephanie Brumfield How are you going? How do you go? These are the greetings I received during my one-month stay in New Zealand. It took me a little while to figure out what I was being asked, but I’ve since learned that these phrases mean “How are you doing?” and “How do you do?” I’m still not sure whether the wordswitch originated in New Zealand or whether the phrases were simply brought to New Zealand by its many European immigrants. What I do know is that New Zealand is one of the most fascinating places on the planet. Nine of us travelled to New Zealand this summer through the University’s first-ever UA in New Zealand program. We visited Sumner Beach, where we stuck our feet in the cold waters of the Pacific and climbed and explored Cave Rock. We did a one-hour hike, culminating in a beautiful overlook of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean. We learned about New Zealand sheep farming by actually going to a sheep farm in Oxford. We travelled to Akaroa, New Zealand’s only French settlement, where we went on a boat ride and saw the world’s smallest dolphin and a sleeping fur seal. We relaxed in the geothermal pools of Hanmer Springs. Submitted photo We took a train up the south Top: Stephanie Brumfield reaches the top of Sumner Hill. Bottom: Alabama students pose for a picture in island’s eastern coast where front Cave Rock at Sumner Beach. wesawbeautifulbeachestoour

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North Bluff’s construction will cost an estimated $66 million and was approved unanimously by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees at the same meeting that resulted in the approval of the tuition hike. North Bluff’s construction costs are only slightly higher than the nearly $62 million spent on the construction of Ridgecrest South. Upon its completion, the University of Alabama’s oncampus housing space will increase to 8,900, nearly doubling its capacity of just 4,500 in 2000. The last decade has seen the construction of Riverside Residential Community in 2005, Bryant Residence Hall and Lakeside Residential Community in 2006, followed by the construction of Ridgecrest East and West in 2007. Almost doubling Alabama’s housing capacity has come at a high cost with the University investing more than $240 million over the last ten years. By stark contrast to the last several years, the 1990s only saw two residential properties added to the campus complex, with the Highlands being completed in 1990 and Bryce Lawn in 1995. Those two residences combined to add 450 beds to the University’s on-campus housing capacity. Blount-Living Learning Center began construction in

1999 but was not completed until 2000. Browne said only since 2005 has dorm construction been a direct response to the growth in student population, particularly the freshman class. Additionally, Browne said she believes HRC continually changes the residential opportunities offered to students because of demand. But assisting incoming freshman is always a priority. “We manage demand for housing, especially from freshmen, by closely monitoring how many returning students are allowed to apply for housing and whether we allow incoming transfer students to apply for housing. “Because of our freshman residency program, we have a special commitment to incoming freshmen and work very hard to meet their housing needs.” Browne also said HRC added new positions to assist those who will not be eligible for oncampus housing. The Assistant Director for Off-campus Housing organized off-campus housing fairs, has an off-campus housing website and holds educational programs about off-campus housing opportunities. “Because we have not always been able to allow transfer students to apply for housing, we added a new staff position in our office a couple of years ago to assist students in making educated decisions about offcampus housing,” Browne said.

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Equally as astonishing is New Zealand’s many accomplishments. In 1893, it was the first country to give women the right to vote, and its last two prime ministers have been women. Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, was the first man to successfully climb Mount Everest in 1953. The All-Blacks, New Zealand’s professional rugby team, is the most successful rugby team of all time. Over 100,000 New Zealanders fought alongside Great Britain in each of the World Wars, and during World War II, New Zealand lost more men per million than any other member of the Commonwealth, which speaks both to the country’s fighting spirit and its commitment to justice. Despite its beautiful people and landscape, New Zealand is a relatively unknown country to the rest of the world. When I first called my credit card companies to tell them where I would be going, the operator asked me, “Is that in Europe?” No, it’s southeast of Australia, near the Antarctic. Although my summer destination of choice was not typical, I don’t regret it at all. I have fallen in love with the tiny country of New Zealand for all that it is, and I only hope that more people will someday decide to pay it a visit.

east and the snow-capped Southern Alps to our west. We travelled to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, where we visited New Zealand’s government buildings and got to stand on the floor of the debating room in Parliament. Although slightly smaller than Colorado, New Zealand has a lot to offer and truly seems much, much bigger than it actually is. For example, it is common to drive through the countryside for hours and see nothing but big, open, beautiful space. Despite my own considerable amount of traveling in the United States and the rural South, I have never seen anything like the untouched, beautiful land of New Zealand. Nor have I seen a place where the landscape changes as quickly. It is a place where one can walk along a beach in the morning and ski down mountains in the afternoon. For a country so small, it is truly astonishStephanie Brumfield is a ing. junior majoring in English.

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“By taking advantage of and shifting an already planned semester break day, there will be no loss of class time. We are announcing this now, to give students, faculty and staff as much time as possible so they can make adjustments, if needed, to their plans for the semester break.” However, classes on Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 19 are still being held. Some students expressed frustration with the calendar change. “Basically, that means I don’t get to go home for fall break,” said Brad Erthal, a junior majoring in economics from Denver, Colo. In-state student Kayla Glass, a junior majoring in nursing, also realized the inconvenience the scheduling change had on others. “I think it’s great that the University is giving us the day off for the football game, but I think that the scheduling could have been better done to avoid costing students, faculty and staff a day off their fall break for this event,” she said. Thursday night games will not become a regular occurrence for the Tide, said Doug Walker, associate athletics director for media relations. “The situation we addressed solely concerned our scheduling difficulties this season,” he said.

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line, and that bitterly hates any administration that tries to control the actions of its producers, must welcome oilslicked tides with open arms. These people must embrace the impoverished immigrants from neighboring nations who we pay to come here illegally, to toil and keep our double cheeseburgers on the value menu. They must cheerfully wave goodbye to ice caps and polar bears. To do anything else means to eat less, to wear less, to have much, much less. How can we demand more and more, for less and less money, and have the gall to gallop by on high horses and hoot at industrial accidents? How out of touch are the rich corporate executives, in light of all this? At least they embrace the reality of their lives with more honesty and authenticity than we are apparently capable of. Our addictions blind us to the truth: that we cannot sustain, much less expand, our consumption without considerable cost to the world. It is a painful realization, and perhaps it will take many more oil spills and wars for us to truly wake up, and just make our own damned coffee.

Bradley Byrne’s ambitious vision for the state of Alabama makes him the best choice for Republican voters selecting their nominee for govIn short: Byrne’s long ernor in the runoff election Tuesday. record of service and amFor too long, politics in this state bitious vision for Alabama have been dictated by narrow-minded make him the best candispecial interests in Montgomery, who date for Republicans. wield a disturbing amount of power over our elected officials. Bradley Byrne is the rare candidate who not only publicly bemoans these special interests, but also possesses the passion and determination that will be necessary to overcome their influence once in office. No interest group has had a more corrupting impact on our state than the Alabama Education Association and its leader Paul Hubbert. Byrne has an especially strong track record of fighting and defeating the AEA. As chancellor of the two-year college system, he banned double dipping by legislators who were also getting paid to work at community colleges. He replaced college presidents and other administrators and left the system in a better position to educate its students. As governor, Byrne would be free to pursue similarly meaningful reforms across the entire spectrum of our education system. He has already laid out a comprehensive education reform plan that calls for making some of the most sweeping changes to Alabama schools in history. Through the implementation of a charter school law, tenure reform and a more transparent system for measuring and reporting school performance, Byrne would reorient the focus of our K-12 schools. Rather than focusing on inputs, like the number of teacher units and the amount of money schools receive, Byrne’s plan focuses on outputs, such as student achievement and graduation rates. Education reform is important to this state. There are students at this university who will not graduate because they are a product of a failing school in Alabama and were not prepared for the challenge of college in high school. Furthermore, sustaining the great gains we have made in recent years in economic development will require having an educated workforce and a high quality school system. Bradley Byrne understands this. That is why he is so passionate about fighting the AEA. Luckily, his ethics reform plan will also tame the power of the many other special interests in Montgomery by restricting their ability to game the campaign finance system and funnel money to candidates without disclosing where that money is coming from. While the erratic tone and sporadic negativity of Byrne’s campaign have not always brought out his full potential to be a transformative governor, Bradley Byrne has proven his leadership capabilities through many years of service to the people of Alabama, first as a member of the State Board of Education, then as a state senator and most recently as chancellor of the community colleges. Byrne’s runoff opponent, Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa, is a good man with earnest intentions. It is, however, hard to imagine the state changing much under his leadership. Given the challenges we face, Alabama needs a proven reformer. Republicans have the opportunity to nominate such a candidate Tuesday in Bradley Byrne.

Sam Arnold is a junior majoring in philosophy.

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“I donʼt agree with it at all. Itʼs bad enough that we donʼt get the entire week for Thanksgiving, and now they want to take away part of Fall Break, too?” -Adam Nason, senior majoring in aerospace engineering

“I guess there isn't much of a course for reconciliation... But we have to voice our opinion or the education board will have free reign to take what it wants in the future.” -Loren Nason, senior majoring in criminal justice

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By Sam Arnold

It is hard to write on this subject without feeling like a giant hypocrite. I am sitting down in what is basically a small mansion in the suburbs of Birmingham, shielded quite well from the rampant poverty that makes up the majority of the region. As I type, I occasionally pause to sip on my venti iced coffee ($2.99), and wipe off the condensation droplets that fall on my Macbook ($999.99). A text message (unlimited plan, $19.99/mo.) just chimed on my iPhone ($199.99 with two year $59.99/mo. activation). When I get stuck on a thought, I switch over to Facebook for a bit, which I am able to browse wirelessly with a router ($59.99) on a 10-megabit-per-second cable broadband line ($69.99/mo.). These are just the luxuries I use within 30 minutes of my day starting. And despite all of this, I am not rich. My parents’ income plus my own puts me at the lower end of the middle class. By the standards of this university, with its many Beamers and Benzes, I feel downright poor. After all, the only way I can even attend classes here is with copious amounts of financial aid in the form of grants, loans and

scholarships…and I’m in state! Something feels wrong when I see the status updates on Facebook complaining about the BP oil spill. These students, all in economic positions similar to or better than my own, foam at the mouth at the grave injustices committed by the evil Big Oil executives. “How dare the CEO take a vacation when one of his thousands of oil rigs is leaking! How out of touch those fat-cats are with the plight of us, the poor!” These same students crying foul were, a year ago, all outraged at having to pay an extra dollar for a gallon of gasoline. If offered a choice between paying $6 per gallon at the pump and having a clean coastline for their Spring Break vacation, or paying $2 per gallon and turning a blind eye, which would these students choose? How many ski resort profile pictures would we see in place of beach shots next March? Our lifestyle has inflated to a point where the issues of the day should be expected. A population that consumes more each day than the day before, that destroys any company that would place the environment and human decency above its own bottom

Celebrating our oil dependence on the Fourth By Wesley Vaughn Fourth of July weekend is a time for relaxation and celebration. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, officially recognizing our move to break away from England. On July 4, 2010, I found oil on Alabama’s beaches. Embracing the view from a beachfront condominium or taking a long walk on a sandy shore should never garner a negative connotation. They belong in eHarmony profiles, not tear-jerking stories. This past weekend, Orange Beach did not seem like a normal beach, especially one on July Fourth weekend. Some 90 miles away, a BP-owned oil well has tarnished the natural beauty of the Gulf shoreline. Oil containment booms, large unsightly floats designed to stifle oil and debris flow, litter the waters. Tarballs mix with the once purely white sand. Orange-clad workers mosey about. The smell is faint, but crude – in more ways than one. Lines of beach chairs sit vacated. Tar wash buckets remind guests to scrub off the oil latched on to

their feet. Simply washing it off with the sand is not enough; you need to scrub. Hopefully, BP does not expect a well-developed public relations campaign to wash away this incident. They need to scrub. Images such as these have scared off the usual beachgoers. Uncommonly sparse traffic frees the roads, and major restaurants miss the expectedly long wait times for dinner. Everyone just wants to help, but they are forced to idly watch and decide who to blame. The pervading belief is that no one is doing much at all. BP has yet to fix the leak, President Barack Obama expertly impersonates former President Geoge W. Bush’s Hurricane Katrina debacle, oil skimming boats wait for authorization and calm seas, local boat operators struggle with BP’s “Vessels of Opportunity Program” and the BP workers on the beach might as well be making sand castles. Business owners cannot possibly discuss the spill with a level head. Some business owners are no longer business owners. Some have tragically taken their own lives.

On June 24, the Montgomery Advertiser reported that Allen “Rookie” Kruse, an operator of two charter boats for an Orange Beach marina, was “found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on one of his boats.” Jason Bell, who knew and worked for Kruse, described the problems facing Kruse and others in a similar situation. “It’s a nightmare with just all of the paperwork and training and then waiting to get hired on top of the fact we’re all stressed about losing our entire season anyway,” Bell told the paper. “I hate to say it, but I’m surprised something like this hasn’t already happened.” At least Hurricane Ivan, which crashed into Alabama’s beaches in 2004, was natural; no one deserved responsibility for the disaster itself. Only the cleanup efforts involved finger pointing. Now, too many deserve a share of the public ridicule. This incident represents both an environmental and energy crisis. Where is the motivation to solve an issue that has loomed over our country since former President Richard Nixon resided in the White House? President Obama should know the

“Chicago way” of confronting a problem such as this. It’s how Sean Connery in “The Untouchables” explains to Kevin Costner how they can catch Al Capone: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital; you send one of his to the morgue.” Do not get caught up in the special interests that constrict Washington, D.C. No president has fought hard enough to break free of them. Congress has proven their ineptitude to even broach the subject beyond silly meetings, let alone demand transformation of our country’s comprehensive energy layout. This past weekend should have been a time for beachside celebration. However, all I experienced was consternation. It is about time we declared independence from this destructive resource. Big Oil has already pulled a knife and sent one of ours to the hospital. The Supreme Court recently overturned Chicago’s ban on handguns. I’ll take that as a sign for the “Chicago way” to begin.

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

Obama’s foreign policy concerning Russia lacks results By Tray Smith Perhaps the worst thing about President Barack Obama’s failing economic policy is that it has distracted attention from his disastrous foreign policy, which might make the United States more vulnerable over the long-term. Last week, Justice Department officials arrested 10 Russian spies inside the United States. The spies had infiltrated suburbia and were living typical American lifestyles, even as they were secretly gathering sensitive information about U.S. activities. The arrests came just days after a summit between President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, which included a high-profile lunch trip to Ray’s Hell Burger in northern Virginia. That summit was the latest event in a year-and-a-half long effort by the Obama administration to “reset” our relation-

ship with the former Soviet Union. After the spies were captured, the White House and the State Department moved aggressively to downplay any suggestion that the episode would have an affect on U.S.-Russian relations. State Department spokesman Phil Gordon even went so far as to say that it was not a surprise to discover Russian spies operating inside the U.S. Gordon may indeed be right. During the Cold War, Russia maintained a sophisticated espionage operation inside the U.S., and we responded likewise with spies of our own in Russia. The fact that relics of these programs remain in operation makes sense, as relations between our two countries have grown tense in recent years. However, Russia’s response to the incident was a surprise. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called U.S. law enforcement “out of control.”

The Foreign Ministry itself said, “We do not understand what prompted the U.S. Justice Department to make a public statement in the spirit of Cold War espionage.” So to the Russians, it was our Justice Department, not their spies, that was making a statement of Cold War espionage. While Moscow later backed away from some of these comments, we still must question the foreign policy wisdom of an administration that makes repeated overtures to another country after arresting 10 of its spies. The Obama administration has sent the Russian government an unmistakable signal that good relations between our two countries are more important to us than they are to them. The Russians got the message, and have been using it to their advantage. Last year, for instance, the Obama administration caved to Russian objections and

cancelled the planned installation of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia opposed it on the grounds that Poland and the Czech Republic belong to its “sphere of influence” in Eastern Europe. While the U.S. does not officially acknowledge any privileged area of Russian influence, the Obama administration’s decision to axe the missile defense shield greatly emboldened the Kremlin inside the old Soviet block. Without a strong partner in Washington, our fledgling democratic allies in Eastern Europe will be much more susceptible to pressure from Moscow. In this context, the Obama administration negotiated an arms control agreement with the Russians that it is currently trying to advance through the U.S. Senate. While the agreement may indeed limit some excesses from the nuclear arsenals of both countries, the

high profile the administration awarded the negotiations returned Russia to its Cold War parity. Although Russia still posses a vast array of nuclear weapons, it is not a superpower anymore, and it should not be at the center of our foreign policy. It should be recognized for what it is: a troubling menace determined to preserve at least shreds of the power and influence it commanded during its Cold War heyday. Instead, President Obama has touted his “reset” with Russia as a significant foreign policy accomplishment despite the fact that the “reset” has accomplished virtually nothing. Maybe when the economy picks up, Americans will begin to more carefully scrutinize the administrations equally disappointing record on foreign policy.

Tray Smith is the opinions editor of the Crimson White.

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Graduate teaches senior citizens computers

Brian Maloney, a U graduate, helps older citizens communicate electronically. By Ethan Summers Contributing Writer

Brian Maloney said he believes that those late to learning computer skills needed to learn to communicate electronically with the world. So he created a program to teach them. His organization, the nonprofit The Social Network Technology Initiative, offers one-on-one tutoring for adults who are late to learning technology, according to the group’s official website, tsnti. org. Maloney, a graduate of the University of Alabama’s masters program in social work, said the idea came to him from his relationship with his mother. “Years ago I taught my mother, who was in her eighties then, how to email,” Maloney said. “Over the course of time, age related losses started to mount up for her.

“She often tells me that without the Internet she would not feel connected. She is 86 and still going strong.” Maloney also drew inspiration from his university work. “Before I started this nonprofit, I was leading older adults in group therapy and noticed that the 70 and 80 year-olds were talking about the computer and emailing,” Maloney said. “I also noticed those with younger grandchildren or relatives living with them had available resources to help them and those without children nearby were struggling with public programs.” Maloney said the older adults were struggling to learn for a variety of reasons, including being embarrassed to ask questions in front of a group, hearing issues and limited teacher-to-student interaction when they were being taught.” Kathleen Bolland, assistant

dean for educational programs and student services within the University’s School of Social Work, supported the program from a social welfare perspective. Bolland described the project as focused on a guiding principle of social work, “starting where the client is.” “One is ‘self-determination,’ which is often expressed as ‘start where the client is,’” Bolland said. “This project ‘starts where the client is’ and helps the client to be self-sufficient with regard to the computer technology the client desires to use. “This is indeed a good social work idea.” Maloney began his pilot program in Linden, Alabama, a town south of Selma. Linden’s mayor, Mitzi Gates, said Maloney had the support of the entire town. “The Linden City Council was delighted to hear the preliminary details of The

Social Network Te c h n o l o g y Initiative, and they are 100 percent behind it,” Gates said. Gates added that Linden was already set up for the kind of program Maloney wanted to create. “Many of the active adults who frequent our Nutrition Center are likely excellent candidates to become peer computer tutors for their lunch buddies who don’t share their level of competence in computer use,” Gates CW | Jerrod Seaton s a i d . “I’m sure there are many Nutrition Center diners who have never even sat in front of a computer screen.” “Those few frequent computer users at the Nutrition Center represent a wealth of information that can and will open up a whole new world to the ones who currently aren’t computer literate.” Gates said the Marengo Nursing Home and the Nutrition Center would be ideal for Maloney’s program. The Nutrition Center, formerly Linden High School’s cafeteria, is still located on the active Linden High School campus. “The juxtaposition of the two facilities makes the possibility of making TSNTI an intergenerational project a very real and exciting possibility,” Gates said. For Maloney, Linden is the starting point for a program he hopes will set an example across the state and beyond. “What we are starting to

look for is sustainable projects,” Maloney said. “A benefit behind our program is that it is flexible enough to adapt with other disciplines who also require student volunteerism and community projects,” Maloney said. “I eventually want it connected to the University of Alabama as part of a sustainable community project’s class but with a focus on older adults.” The program is currently competing for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to help lower costs for participants and increase advertising. For Maloney, while branching out from Linden is his goal, he does not want to leave

Linden behind should success come his way. “Linden has been behind me the entire time and although this program would be wonderful closer to UA, I’m not going to ditch them now,” Maloney said. At the end of the day for Maloney, however, his focus is still helping people. “I taught Skype to this older lady who had not seen her friend who lives overseas for years and when she saw her face and heard her voice, her face immediately filled with amazement,” Maloney said. “She instinctively reached out and grabbed my arm and the look on her face was worth everything.”

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UCA mascot camps prepare students for life as Big Al By Hailey Grace Allen Contributing Writer

This summer, middle school and high school students from across the state of Alabama are attending the Universal Cheerleading Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mascot camps at the University of Alabama. The campers learn new skills to enhance their school spirit and become more involved with their schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheerleading programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are six cheerleading camps over the summer,â&#x20AC;? said John Markle, a senior majoring in business management and a UCA summer camp mascot instructor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually, anywhere between two and 25 students attend the mascot portion of the camp.â&#x20AC;? Macee Thomas, a freshman majoring in secondary education and a UCA summer camp mascot instructor, said the camp is a great experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every student learns a great deal more about what it means to be a mascot,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They go back home knowing how to lead their school in pep-rallies and football games.â&#x20AC;? During the four days the campers attend mascot camp, they learn skits, how to interact with a crowd and how to make props.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mascots-in-training spend three days preparing for their big show on the last day,â&#x20AC;? Markle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The final show is a skit that incorporates all of the skills that the campers learned throughout the week. The skit includes a choreographed dance and a line dance.â&#x20AC;? Outstanding high school seniors who attend UCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mascot camps are given the opportunity to try out for the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mascot: Big Al. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were five Big Als for the 2009-2010 school year,â&#x20AC;? Markle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next year, we are hoping to add at least two more Big Als. There are already six confirmed students trying out for a Big Al position in the fall.â&#x20AC;? Participating in the Big Al mascot camp as a middle school or high school student gives the students an advantage when it comes to being chosen as Big Al, Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attending a summer camp points the students in the right direction for being a mascot at the collegiate level,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Als CW File stay busy year round. Big Al has been a staple at Tide football games since the 1979 Sugar Bowl. His debut helped UA defeat Penn State for the national title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Als have anywhere from 12 to 16 public appearances every week,â&#x20AC;? Markle said. to weddings and bar mitzvahs.â&#x20AC;? two Big Als travel to away games, but around the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; class schedule,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Als make appearances at Markle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;School comes first.â&#x20AC;? During the fall, all five Big Als rotate school is their first priority. anything from campus events performing at home football games. Only â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Al appearances are scheduled

Summer offers numerous volunteer opportunities Kaitlin Bible Special to The Crimson White

This summer holds potential to make an impact on the Tuscaloosa community through the numerous volunteering opportunities available throughout the city. The Boys and Girls Club of Tuscaloosa is an after-school club that has been present in the Tuscaloosa community for 49 years and provides a place for children to play and learn. Over the summer they provide a day camp for the children in the community. The Boys and Girls Club provides

services for about 130 kids over the summer, which is a much larger group than they serve during the school year. Ellis Taylor, the community service director at the Boys and Girls Club said volunteers are always needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking for volunteers that are goal-oriented, positive, relatable and who can set an example for the kids.â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. Taylor also said college students often make good role models for the young students at the Boy and Girls Club. The University of Alabama offers volunteering opportunities through the Community Service Center locat-

ed on the third floor of the Ferguson Center. This resource provides many volunteering in Tuscaloosa as well as throughout the state. Through the Community Service Center, one can also find out about SL Pro, a service learning website that connects students and faculty to many volunteer opportunities in Tuscaloosa. Once aprofile is created on SL Pro, you can find new volunteering opportunities in your area of interest using a search button that narrows down the options and also tracks the number of hours you have volunteered. The SL Pro website lets you browse through a variety of different service

projects taking place in many different locations. Projects include river clean-ups, an alternative interim service trip to Chicago, Meals on Wheels, and volunteering with senior citizens. Kayla Rhodes is the Alternative Break Assistant Director at the Community Service Center at the University of Alabama and is active in the volunteering community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students benefit from volunteering because they connect with the community on a different level,â&#x20AC;? Rhodes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Serving others is a very humbling experience and allows the students to open their eyes to the real world around them.â&#x20AC;? Rhodes has helped with numerous

projects throughout Tuscaloosa, including helping build the Habitat for Humanity house in the spring of this year. Rhodes also took part in an alternative spring break trip to Chicago over spring break where she volunteered at a homeless shelter as well as at an after-school program in the inner city of Chicago. Rhodes participates in volunteer activities throughout the year and believes that more people need to volunteer over the summer months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is important for college students to continue volunteering over the summer because the need for service doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end with the school year,â&#x20AC;? Rhodes said.

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Camp Cash teaches preteens about finance By Katherine Martin Contributing Writer The University hosted 10 boys, from ages 11-14, at Camp Cash, a program that teaches the importance of money management and budgeting. The camp ran from June 21-July 2. Jan Brakefield, assistant professor of consumer sciences, started Camp Cash three years ago in hopes that students would learn to be accountable and make good financial decisions. “I think the main lesson is that they exercise good stewardship over the money they will have in years to come,” she said. Camp Cash is aimed toward middle school students with

an A or B grade point average who are willing to work hard. The idea for Camp Cash came after experiencing failure when working with high school students. “I have been trying for many years to find a community service project like this, and I’ve spent many years with high school students and got nowhere,” Brakefield said. After reading about the middle school age group, Brakefield said she realized she needed to reach students before high school. “I learned that the middle school age group eagerly soaks up information, whereas high school students filter it out,” she said. The key to getting the camp-

ers to understand complex ideas like budgeting, credit use and investing, Brakefield said, is to break up the ideas into smaller pieces. “We then relate that little bite into something they can understand,” she said. Brakefield said she and four other Camp Cash counselors relate the ideas to things like sports and pets. She ultimately hopes the graduates of Camp Cash will come to the University and major in financial planning. Over the past three years of Camp Cash, attendance has not grown, which has been a disappointment for Brakefield. “I do all I can to communicate,” she said. “I target all the local middle schools by send-

ing information to principals and counselors. I do posters, fliers and contact the media. I also use all of the University’s means, like intra-campus mail and sending fliers to all faculty members.” Brakefield said she thinks the idea of a camp about money doesn’t seem fun or cool to middle school students. “I ask upfront on the application why they are coming to the camp,” Brakefield said. “Some are straightforward and answer that their mom is making them come.” Staying ahead of the students so they have fun and learn valuable lessons at the same time is key, Brakefield said. “Teaching techniques like delayed gratification and build-

ing a savings account can save the family money now,” she said, “but more importantly, [it can] lead young people down a path of wise financial planning in the future.” Nathan Cross, an eighth grader at Rock Quarry Middle School, said his mother heard about the camp and thought it would be a good experience for him. “My mom thought it would be good for me because as soon as I get money, I want to spend it,” Cross said. “She said it’s like the money is burning a hole in my pocket.” The camp was not only about learning how to take care of money, Cross said. It was fun, too. He said the campers played games, like financial soccer,

in the computer labs and won prizes for getting answers right. “We also got to tour the football stadium and locker room,” Cross said, showing a picture on his cell phone of himself in a Julio Jones jersey and helmet. Cross said he wants to be a doctor and Camp Cash will help him manage his bills in a smart way. James Roberts, a freshman at Northridge High School, said he heard his dad, a professor at the University, talking about Camp Cash and thought it would be both fun and educational. “No matter what job you want to have, [Camp Cash] can help anybody,” Roberts said. “I would highly recommend it to kids my age.”

Oil spill hasn’t affected local seafood restaurants Marissa Stabler Special to The Crimson White Despite the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Tuscaloosa seafood restaurants Chuck’s Fish and Wintzell’s Oyster House continue to serve Gulf Coast seafood. President Barack Obama declared seafood from the Gulf of Mexico safe to eat at a June 18 press briefing in Theodore, Ala. Obama said that government inspections and monitoring of Gulf Coast seafood would be stepped up through efforts of the Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The main concern [when the oil spill occurred] was our ability to obtain fresh fish and the safety of it,” said Cris Eddings, managing partner of Chuck’s Fish. “We are not going to be able to obtain fish if it’s not safe because the government is so involved and [parts of the Gulf] are regulated.” Bob Omainsky, president of

Wintzell’s Oyster House, said there is a lot of “media hype” concerning the quality of Gulf seafood. “I can assure you at this specific time that seafood is being inspected even more diligently than before,” Omainsky said. “We are only dealing with FDA-approved suppliers ... [and] that is not going to change.” Chuck’s Fish has continued to acquire its seafood from Gulf waters. “[Our seafood] is still all from the Gulf. Nothing has really changed,” Eddings said. “It’s just the means and how we are obtaining it.” The website for Chuck’s Fish states, “All of our seafood comes from our wholesale market in Destin, Florida. The fish is strictly ‘hook and line’ caught, by either our own boats or boats we have contracts with.” Eddings said that while Chuck’s is still using some of its own boats to catch seafood, many of the restaurant’s boats are being used to clean up the oil spill on the Florida

Gulf Coast. For the seafood they cannot obtain, Chuck’s buys from other wholesalers on the Gulf. Omainsky said Wintzell’s continues to get a “fair amount” of its seafood from the Gulf, although their fish comes from other regions such as the Pacific. “We continue to get our oysters from the coast of Texas that’s not affected and areas of west Louisiana that’s not being affected,” said Omainsky. “We get a lot of shrimp from the Gulf that’s so far south of where the oil spill is that it’s not an issue.” Eddings said Chuck’s has not experienced much of a price increase from their wholesalers. He said the price of fish remains about the same, while the price of shrimp has gone up slightly. Wintzell’s, however, has experienced a “dramatic price increase” from their suppliers, according to Omainsky. “We want you to know that it is possible that there may be times of interrupted product from our suppliers,” Bob

Donlon, Wintzell’s CEO, wrote in a May 4 letter to customers posted on the Wintzell’s website. “At this time, we have discontinued half-price dozen oysters during happy hour,” Donlon said. “However, we have added 25 cent wings to happy hour for the near term.” Aside from Wintzell’s discontinuation of half-priced happy hour oysters, neither Chuck’s nor Wintzell’s has taken anything off of its menu and menu prices have remained the same. Both restaurants assure patrons that the quality of their seafood is not going to change, regardless of the circumstances. “We pride ourselves on fresh seafood,” Eddings said. “As opposed to resorting to something that’s not fresh—something frozen — I would take it off the menu if it wasn’t fresh.” Omainsky said Wintzell’s is committed to serving a high quality product to its guests. “We are never going to compromise quality,” Omainsky said.

AP Rick Groomer, president of Groomerʼs Seafood, inspects a load of shrimp, Wednesday in San Antonio. From shrimp to snapper, blue crab to red grouper, the Gulf is swimming with seafood. Gushing oil has devastated Louisianaʼs fishing industry and dramatically driven up prices for oysters and some other seafood.


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Alcove serves alcohol with a twist By Kelsey Stein Lifestyles Editor Alcove International Tavern is not the typical college bar experience. For starters, you drink out of mason jars and goblets instead of plastic cups. The lights are dimmed to suit the atmosphere instead of to hide the myriad spills and stains. The walls are decked with Peruvian artwork instead of Daniel Moore prints. If you skim the draft beers, Miller Lite is nowhere to be found. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unique place with an upscale environment thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off the beaten path where people can get both mixed drinks and exclusive craft beers,â&#x20AC;? said founder Chad Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big idea behind the Alcove, to create that kind of environment, instead of just a ton of people drinking the cheapest beer specials and getting rowdy somewhere the bartenders donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know your name.â&#x20AC;? Not that there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a place for

that, Smith said, but the mainstream college sports bar is already covered in Tuscaloosa. The Alcove, which opened downtown in September 2009, aims to fill a niche that was otherwise lacking. Smith, who received his masters in international marketing at the University in 2002, has traveled extensively and strives to incorporate that into the environment at the Alcove. A beach cabana back patio, sword designs hand-burnt into the bar and Brazilian samba music at happy hour certainly fit the bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best compliment I can get is when someone comes in and says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in Tuscaloosa when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in here,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Smith said. Because of its international influence, the Alcove has been a popular viewing spot for World Cup matches this summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of other places have jumped onto the World Cup to give people reasons to drink,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people here are actually really into soccer




and really enjoy coming to a cool, small neighborhood pub to watch it.â&#x20AC;? While many undergraduates stick to the usual haunts in Temerson Square or on The Strip, a number of graduate students, UA faculty and staff frequent the Alcove, Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laid back but still sophisticated,â&#x20AC;? said Kenon Brown, a doctoral student in communication at the University, after his first visit to the Alcove. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combination you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find many places in Tuscaloosa.â&#x20AC;? Many factors besides the atmosphere contribute to making the Alcove unique, including its indoor smoking ban and, most notably, its selection of more than 100 different styles of beer. It also boasts to be the only bar in town that serves 2-oz. mixed drinks made with nothing but middle and top-shelf liquors. Smith had the good fortune of opening the bar soon after Free the Hops legislation passed, allowing him to offer a number

of new high gravity and specialty beers that were previously unavailable in Tuscaloosa. The Alcove quickly became a place people knew they could sample these exotic beers, ranging in price from $4 to $7, although one particular brew costs a pretty penny at $20 a pop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ironic because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the smallest bar in town, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve secured a status among people in Tuscaloosa as being the bar that has the best selection,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. As manager at the Alcove, Derek Thompson has his hands full dealing with the different beer distributors, as well as maintaining his knowledge of everything he serves. Thompson, who has been in the Tuscaloosa service industry for nine years now, described this as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good problem to have.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people are blown away when they come in and are especially overwhelmed standing in front of the beer cooler,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can talk about your

tastes and find something that will suit you.â&#x20AC;? The bar appeared gradually on the Tuscaloosa bar scene, leaving it up to word-of-mouth to build reputation and lure in those who really want to be there. A testament to the power of these methods was a surprise mention in Garden & Gun magazine that named Alcove as one of the Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best watering holes. Events like this serve to bolster the confidence Smith has in his five-year plan for the Alcove, which may include annexing the adjoining units to create a small international diner or simply provide more space for patrons. Whatever changes will be made, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to jeopardize what people know the Alcove as now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want it to be a place thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldly enough where different people from different backgrounds and generations can all come in and brush shoulders with each other,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Theater announces new season By Ethan Summers Contributing Writer Those looking for local entertainment this year need not look further than the University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater and Dance program. The 2010-2011 theatrical seasons will feature 12 productions, according to Christopher Montpetit, director of the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater management program. Montpetit said this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings focus on the classics of theater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to go back to some of the classic playwrights of the theater industry,â&#x20AC;? Montpetit said. Graduate students chose to direct four productions, Montpetit said. The four graduate productions include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Screwtape,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bourgeois Gentleman,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flora, The Red Menaceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Baby Dance.â&#x20AC;? Karen Baker, a second year student in the three-year

graduate program, chose â&#x20AC;&#x153;Screwtapeâ&#x20AC;? as her theatrical project. The play is based on the C.S. Lewis book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Screwtape Letters.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked the story because it deals with serious topics, obviously. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking â&#x20AC;Ś about your eternal soul, but it has some comic elements because it sort of shows the demons, the fiends, as really out for themselves,â&#x20AC;? Baker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They could probably really take over the human race if it werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for the fact that they were really botching the job,â&#x20AC;? Baker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Screwtapeâ&#x20AC;? is the first offering of the year by the Theater and Dance program. Among the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moby-Dick,â&#x20AC;? a stage adaptation written by Steve Burch, a professor at the University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big River,â&#x20AC;? a musical adaptation of Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huckleberry Finn,â&#x20AC;? closes out the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually try to follow

up and end our season with a musical, which everyone likes,â&#x20AC;? Montpetit said. Whether you come to see a philosophical production on demons, a musical about Huckleberry Finn or any of the 10 productions between, Montpetit said all are welcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the gentleman in charge of the box office, I try and encourage groups to attend as well as classrooms,â&#x20AC;? Montpetit said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to get information out to other professors on campus to let them know what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing.â&#x20AC;? The program gives students valuable professional experience, according to Montpetit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no course credit attached to being a part of a production, it gives them skills as part of their training to become a performer,â&#x20AC;? Montpetit said. The first production of the season, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Screwtape,â&#x20AC;? premieres September 20 in the Allen Bales Theater in Rowand-Johnson Hall.

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Three free online games to beat the summer heat By Tiara Dees Contributing Writer

Summer may be boring for some, but many students find ways to keep it fun and interesting — and for free. These are three unique games that you can play for free on the Internet, all recommended by students.

Unlocked is “a good time- of play. waster” between studying and This Flash game can be classes. found on several different sites like freeworldgroup. com or

Grepolis can be found at Tiara Dees is a senior majorfor many, Franklin said he believes this game is great for The game is ing in music and visual jourthose who enjoy civilization free to play; however, many of nalism. the upgrades are not free. games.


If you enjoy building and battling ancient civilizations in your spare Achievement time, Blake Franklin, a junior majoring in Unlocked music therapy, suggests Meg Brandl, a senior Curveball is an updated take on the classic the game Grepolis may be the best online majoring in English, pong. option. Curveball recommends an Adobe FlashGrepolis is a battle and based platformer called civilization strategy game set Achievement Unlocked, which The Flash game Curveball in the times of the ancient can be found at armorgames. by Paragon Digital Media is Greeks. It is very similar to com. This game was created by an interesting twist on the old other game series such as “Age of Empires,” except that the head of game development arcade game Pong. William Noble, a junior you are given access to the for Armor Games and is based on one of his earlier flash majoring in international powers of the Greek gods. Players can build cities, as games called This is the Only studies and history, enjoys this take on the side-scrolling well as form alliances with A screenshot from a cinematic in Greopolis, an online battle and strategy game. Level. The rules are simple: just physics game because of its other cities. By forming alliances with nearby players, unlock as many achievements simplicity and challenge. This game is very similar to you are more able to protect as you can. The player must discover ways to unlock the ping-pong and is played from your cities from sieges. It is achievements in the sidebar a first person perspective. also very important to colof the game through jumping, In order to hit the ball, you lect as many resources as you dying or just doing absolutely must move the mouse quickly can in Grepolis as they can be enough before it reaches out used to trade with other playnothing. “What amuses me the most of bounds. As you increase ers online. However, according to are all the ridiculous achieve- in levels of difficulty, the ball ments. To win, you must get curves more and moves faster. Franklin, there are many disWhile some may find the advantages of playing with all of them,” said Brandl. However, Brandl said, difficulty curve frustrating, other people online, especialUnlimited Tanning Available achievement collecting may Noble said the game offers a ly when it comes to paying actual money for accessories challenge for the reflexes. get frustrating. Daily Group Fitness Classes “It gets ridiculously hard as and upgrades. Players are Achievement Unlocked is Sauna / Steam Room also very laptop friendly. You you progress into the higher given the option to purchase can use your arrow keys on levels, but it’s not a bad thing.” bonuses that upgrade their civilizations faster, such as your computer to control your Noble said. However, Noble warns an “administrator” that helps character, a tiny blue elephant. The simpler controls may that this game may not be as build structures faster by cause several issues, though, control-friendly as other free allowing you to place more construction bids. like controlling the jumps of Internet games. According to Franklin, these “Curveball requires extreme your elephant over spikes. Regardless, you will most hand-eye coordination. You upgrades can really hurt playlikely get an achievement for must have a mouse to play,” he ers who do not spend much time on Grepolis. any mishap caused by control said. “I am not as serious a Overall, Curveball is a great issues. What makes this a choice game for students to play to Grepolis player as other peogame for students is that this test their accuracy and speed. ple, so there is no reason to game has very little to no com- However, do not try to play on pay for those advantages,” mitment. It is easy to start a laptop without a mouse. The said Franklin. Although Grepolis may and simple to play. According speed of the game increases to Brandl, Achievement significantly within minutes be more of a commitment


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Films do not benefit from 3-D

Mellow Mushroom to show “Lightboxes”

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Hollywood is at it again. It has introduced yet another technology in hopes of enhancing audiences’ experiences. Like sound and color before it, 3-D is being met with the usual schism that accompanies such technological advancements. This division is usually along the line of which part of “show business” should be emphasized. For studio heads, 3-D represents a wonderful business opportunity. Like the film advancements that came before it, 3-D offers moviegoers something innovative. It is not something that has emerged in too many homes — for now. The allure of 3-D is a great way to draw in audiences. However, filmmakers (the “show”) and studio heads (the “business”) clash over whether this desire to increase profit will hurt the quality and the future of movies. If studios decide that 3-D is the exclusive path they should take for movies, then filmmakers become limited in having the freedom to makes movies as they desire. It is this lack of freedom that could put a damper on the film industry. Opponents of 3-D offer many of the same arguments. Viewers can experience headaches or nausea. It adds little or nothing to the experience. In addition to these, an excessive surcharge is added to ticket prices. I must confess I am sympathetic to the 2-D cause. 3-D has its place in the entertainment business, but I am convinced it should remain a secondary option instead of becoming the sole future of movies. I think it is fair to admit that “Avatar” is a great example of how 3-D movies can be an astonishing visual ride. (James Cameron has proven that he is a great choice to lead the 3-D movement.) But 3-D adds nothing more than that, and the story is not enhanced in any way. What does 3-D do for movies like “An Education” or “Sideways”? Nothing. One could say that the color palette is improved, but this is not so. Images in 3-D are dimmer than those in 2-D. An advocate of 3-D may claim that those films are obvious examples of films that do not benefit from the technology. So let us examine a movie that is a little less obvious: “The Hurt Locker.” “The Hurt Locker” is a war film with its fair share of action. The cinematography essentially gives the audience a rat’s eye view. Increased depth could really give a whole new dimension to war films. However, when I think of “The Hurt Locker,” the phrase “palpable tension” “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” are two recent films that prominently featured 3-D viewing. However, the Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker” did not utilize 3-D. comes to mind. This movie, for better or for worse, decided that it would stake itself upon a premise of suspended tension. The payoff is rarely the explosion or lack thereof; it is a film that winds up showing just what it is that makes some soldiers addicted to war. In other words, the payoff is the wait. So, the movie has some moments of action. But since the core of the film is staked upon a premise that is really not enhanced by 3-D technology, it seems as if 3-D should look elsewhere. One of the biggest problems with my argument is there is no way to quantify whether or not 3-D adds to the experience of

watching a movie. It differs for everyone, and even then, different people may like it in some instances and not others. All we know is what we like, feel, etc. Opponents cannot prove that 3-D does not add to their experience, just like 3-D supporters cannot prove it does add to their experience. We are just stuck with what we know to be true for us. I do think most people would agree that 3-D does not enrich certain films or genres. I just cannot help but think that their number is so great as not to warrant the wide-scale expansion to 3-D as the dominant medium for motion pictures.


An art exhibit of chilled expression will take place at Mellow Mushroom tonight at 9 p.m., as Elliott McPherson showcases his “Lightboxes” for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Art Show. Rabid Tuscaloosa music fans might better know McPherson as the singer/ guitarist for the beloved Dexateens, but his friends have seen the other artistic talents he brings to the table. “He does this type of art called lightboxes,” said Shane Lollar, the house engineer and booking agent for the Mellow Mushroom. “And when I saw him [create the lightboxes], I was blown away.” It may be difficult to describe what exactly lightboxes are, but McPherson is up to the task of explaining his work. “I guess it’s sort of a play on words,” said McPherson. “These things are like shadowboxes. It’s just a word I’ve used to play on that name. They’re just found objects.” A description is elusive because of the varying sizes and appearances of the pieces of art. “Each piece is handmade, and it could be as small as a bottle cap or as big as a traffic cone,” Lollar said. The show will feature the art, and vinyl records from the ‘60s will be played by a group of guest deejays, which a skeptic might deem overly nostalgic. McPherson feels that label is not true at all, though. “I wouldn’t say that [it is just nostalgia] at all,” he said. “I think the event itself is not anything like nostalgic times. This is just a gettogether with old friends. A lot of times you have an art show and it’s real stuffy, real wine-and-cheese. I thought it would be way cooler to just

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bring some friends. I thought it would be a good twist on art shows.” McPherson’s own history is as varied as his inspirations for art. Other than his Dexateens work, he has worked on art in some capacity over the past decade ranging back to when he attended the University of Alabama. “I think the artwork may be looking back,” he said. “A lot of the stuff belongs to my family and older.” The show costs $5, and proceeds are going to Gulf Aid to help with the oil spill crisis. “They’re the biggest presence online doing gulf relief efforts,” said McPherson. “They hosted an event in May that had Lenny Kravitz and Dr. John, and it was a huge deal. They raised a bunch of money and their efforts are ongoing.” McPherson and his bandmates seem more impacted than ever by the crisis. “The Dexateens are actually planning a relief group similar to Gulf Aid,” McPherson said. “I don’t think [college students and Tuscaloosa residents] realize what is happening on the coast down there. I don’t think they realized what happened to our neighbors. We’re calling our effort ‘The Cleansing Tide.’ We plan on doing events very similar to Gulf Aid, just on a smaller scale.”

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Kirby brings positive outlook to US Open By Morgan Upton Contributing Writer University of Alabama sophomore golfer Jennifer Kirby arrived Sunday in Oakmont, Penn. for the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open. She has only positive momentum behind her, having finished the NCAA Championships and the British Open Amateurs in the past few months. In her freshman year at Alabama, Kirby finished seventh at the NCAA Championships, a school best for an individual finish. Also, she finished in the quarterfinals in her run at the British Open at the end of June. With one week off, Kirby rested and relaxed to get ready for the U.S. Open. The course at Oakmont is hyped to be one of the toughest to be used for the U.S. Open. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a difficult course but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manageable, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the right position and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the right fairway,â&#x20AC;? Kirby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about positioning yourself. The most difficult thing for me will be keeping my emotions in check,

not getting caught up in the hype.â&#x20AC;? With strong finishes in both the NCAA Championships and the British Open, Kirby says the tournaments have given her confidence. She hopes to place in the top 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The British Open course was very similar to the U.S. Open course,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a placement course with lots of bunkers where you need to stay below the greens.â&#x20AC;? Kirby has been to the British Open three times. She played in Scotland and Wales for the tournament. The British Open moves from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, allowing each county in the United Kingdom the opportunity to host. Monday was the start of practice rounds. Kirby played 18 holes on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday she played nine holes each day. Kirby said the past few days have been very hot, with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. She said a chance of rain is mentioned in the forecast

for the weekend, but that would be dealt with when the time comes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The course is very firm,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent more time on the greens and the range here, working through what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do on the course, just trying to get a feel of it all.â&#x20AC;? Kirby is a native of Paris, Ontario and said being able to represent Canada in the U.S. Open is an honor. She hopes to become a role model for girls picking up golf. She said she is pleased with her record finish in the NCAA tournament but hopes the incoming freshmen beat her record. She wants to incorporate her experiences from the courses this summer into the upcoming season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope we pick up right where we left off,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played great at the NCAA tournament. Our team is only going to get stronger and stronger. I hope we win more tournaments. We are in a great position with a great coach and a great team to make UA Athletics that happen.â&#x20AC;? Kirby is set to tee off at Jennifer Kirby putts during the NCAA Tournament last May. There she placed seventh in the individual tournament. This week she starts the U.S. Open. 6:11 a.m. on Thursday.


Four All-Americans highlight womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track season By Alex Austin Contributing Writer

good season, which culminated in three athletes receiving All-American honors: senior The University of Alabama Chealsea Taylor, junior Kim womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field team Laing and sophomore Krystle recently completed a very Schade.

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Taylor garnered AllAmerican honors in the outdoor high jump and the heptathlon. Laing earned recognition by finishing seventh in the 100meter hurdles. Schade became the third Alabama female athlete to garner All-American honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in the same year, and the first since 1985 with honors in both the indoor and outdoor high jump. This marks the first time since 2001 that the Alabama women have been awarded four All-American honors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we had a terrific sea-

son,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Sandy Fowler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the beginning, we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even ranked. I told the team that you have to be ranked at the right time, and that is what happened.â&#x20AC;? Fowler was proud of her four All-Americans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that is the ultimate goal,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at a major university that has to be your goal. They did fantastic.â&#x20AC;? Fowler said the outlook for future teams is looking good right now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be very strong,â&#x20AC;? Fowler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top six in the SEC, top 10 to top 15 at the NCAA

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Chris Bosh joins Wade in Miami Associated Press Dwyane Wade had already decided that if he were to stay with the Miami Heat, he would have either LeBron James or Chris Bosh as a teammate. He got Bosh. He might get both. Ending months of speculation, Wade and Bosh made their decisions official on Wednesday, saying their trip through the world of NBA free agency would end in Miami. Wade is staying, Bosh is coming, and now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re waiting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like the rest of the league â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to see what LeBron James will do Thursday night when he unveils his plans in a special to be televised on ESPN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so glad itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over,â&#x20AC;? Wade said in an interview with The Associated Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to do what was best for me. And I know I did that.â&#x20AC;? Wade does not know what the terms of the next contract heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sign with Miami will be, nor when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sign the paper. Bosh doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have terms of his next deal done either. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all contingent on what James says Thursday night, and Wade insisted he knows nothing about what the two-time MVP will say or where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be saying it from. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak to him again until he makes his decision,â&#x20AC;? Wade said in the AP interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over, I will congratulate him. But I will be watching.â&#x20AC;? Either way, Wade is already

thrilled with how free agency played out. He, James and Bosh were the three kingpins of this longhyped market, a trio of AllStars who came into the league together seven years ago and structured their last contracts just to hit the open market together this summer, the last under the current terms of the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collective bargaining agreement. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked often about playing together. Now, the ball is clearly in King Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect us to compete for a championship,â&#x20AC;? Bosh told ESPN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think both Dwyane and I, we both wanted an opportunity where right away we would be competing. ... Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to sacrifice a lot of things in order to do that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about the money. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about anything else except for winning. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a winner. Dwyaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a winner. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to bring winning to Miami.â&#x20AC;? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need some help. Regardless of whether James comes to Miami, the Heat still have only four players currently in the picture for this coming season: Wade, Bosh, Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers. Miami is deeply in discussions with several free agents, including Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, Raymond Felton and Udonis Haslem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whom Wade has played with in all seven of his previous seasons.


UA Athletics Josh Rutledge slides into home plate during an Alabama home game. Rutledge left for the MLB at the end of this season, opting out of his senior season.

Rutledge leaves Bama after solid season By Marquavius Burnett Sports Reporter Former University of Alabama baseball player Joshua Rutledge started at shortstop for three years for the Crimson Tide and has now moved up into the major league, opting to leave after his junior year. Rutledge was highly recruited out of high school after he hit a .445 batting average, with 17 home runs and 102 runs batted in during his junior and senior seasons at Cullman High School. He carried that momentum into his freshman year at Alabama and had a phenomenal season. Rutledge played and started 61 games for the Tide and led the team in hitting with a .369 (99 for 268) batting average. He became the second

freshman in Tide history to lead the team in hitting. His 99 hits that year were the most ever by a freshman. He also led the Tide in other important statistical categories such as runs scored, stolen bases and multi-hit games. Those numbers earned him freshman All-American honors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My greatest personal accomplishments at UA were earning freshman AllAmerican and being All-SEC for three straight years,â&#x20AC;? Rutledge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of my greatest team accomplishments were making it to the Super Regional and playing well there this year and also making the SEC tournament all three years. We always went deep in the post season. We had great teams, great team chemistry.â&#x20AC;? Now Rutledge has passed

up his senior season and taken his talents to the next level. He was the 107th pick of the draft in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Major League Baseball draft, selected in the third round by the Colorado Rockies. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently playing shortstop in the minor leagues for the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco, Washington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main difference between college and the pros is never knowing where you are going to be,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are always traveling and you have to get used to a new team and build new team chemistry. The game itself stays the same, though.â&#x20AC;? Rutledge was a 2010 firstteam All-SEC selection and was a semifinalist for the 2010 Brooks Wallace Award, presented annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the top collegiate shortstop.

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His 107 hits tied G.W. Keller (1999) for the second-most in Alabama history. David Magadan, who will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame later this week, holds the single-season record with 114 hits in 1983. In 30 SEC games, Rutledge hit .353 (49-for-139) with five home runs and 33 RBI. He led the Tide in hits and RBIs in conference play. He hit safely in 29 of the 30 SEC games and posted a 21-game hitting streak in conference play. The team will miss his stability on defense and his clutch hitting on offense. Tide second baseman Ross Wilson, who also left for the draft, and Rutledge were one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top middle infield units. In his years at Alabama, he secured his spot in the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record books.

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The University of Alabama softball coaching staff was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association South Region Coaching Staff of the Year, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Head coach Patrick Murphy and his staff claimed the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles in the same season for the first time in program history in 2010 and were named No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. It is the sixth time Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff has been named the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year. The 2000 staff was the first to be selected, and the current staff was also honored in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Alabama had four players earn Louisville Slugger/ NFCA All-region honors with three being tabbed AllAmericans. Senior Charlotte Morgan and freshman Kayla Braud were named to the second team while junior hurler Kelsi Dunne nabbed third team accolades. Murphy led the Crimson Tide to a 52-11 overall record and a 23-4 mark in SEC play. The Crimson Tide claimed the SEC Player of the Year in Morgan, SEC Pitcher of the Year in Dunne and SEC Freshman of the Year in Braud while Murphy was tabbed the SEC Coach of the Year. The four major honors in the same season were a first for a single program in league history.

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Spain, Netherlands to face off in ďŹ nal By Jon Ballenger Contributing Writer For the first time in history, Spain has reached the World Cup Final. They defeated Germany by a score of 1-0, and they will face the Netherlands on Sunday at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. This semi-final had all the makings of a final. Spain was the pre-tournament favorite to win it all, but the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances had been sub-par, leaving many doubting that they had the mettle to win the whole thing. Germany came into the tournament with a very young squad that was largely unproven. Their performances to reach the semis, however, left many thinking Germany was going to win it all. They dismantled both England and Argentina to get there, putting up four goals in each contest. The first half of the semi-final was very lackluster, as neither side wanted to make the crucial mistake that could decide the game. Germany had only one shot attempt in the first half, yet they were more impressive in attack in the final 10 minutes of the first. Spain had a couple of shots on target, but neither challenged Schalke keeper Manny Neur. The second half started out very similar to first, but the tempo picked up in the 60th minute on both ends. Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forward Miroslav Klose and midfielder Toni Kroos had a few good chances, but neither was able to open up the scoring. Finally, in the 73rd minute, Spanish captain Carlos Puyol scored on a header. The Barcelona defender was one of the least likely to score on the pitch, but the captain stepped up for his biggest goal ever. In the final 20 minutes, Spain looked more likely to score again than Germany. The Spanish defense was able to stay compact and did not allow a chance for a German equalizer. And for the first time since 1978, the Netherlands has reached the World Cup final. The Dutch defeated Uruguay 3-2 in one semifinal to get to the final game in Johannesburg. Thanks to a 40-yard screamer from left back Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, the Netherlands opened the scoring about midway through the first half. The defender could hardly believe it himself, scoring one of the finest strikes of World Cup 2010. The Dutch looked in complete control until the 41st minute, when Uruguayan star forward Diego Forlan connected on a free kick just outside the Netherlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penalty box, evening things up right at halftime. Uruguay did a nice job of containing the potent Dutch offense for much of the second

half, but finally conceded in the 70th minute. The second halfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first goal came in controversial circumstances, as it appeared an offside could have been called against the Netherlands. Welsey Sneijder found the net with a leftfooted shot on the edge of the penalty box. It appeared the strike might have deflected off of Robin Van Persie who was offside, but further replay showed it was a proper non-call. Just a few minutes later in the 73rd, the Dutch struck again. Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt found space on the left flank, and his cross was met by winger Arjen Robben. The Dutch players could sense the final, they just had to protect their net in the last 20 minutes of the contest. Uruguay stopped Dutch hearts for a moment, as Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro Pereira scored in stoppage time to make the game 3-2. It was only for a moment, though, as the sound of the officials whistle two minutes later signified victory for the Netherlands.

AP Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer fails to save the ball as Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carles Puyol, unseen, scores the opening goal during the World Cup semiďŹ nal soccer match between Germany and Spain at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa. Spain defeated Germany 1-0.

Brant named athletics director of Crimson Tide Productions From staff reports

The University of Alabama Athletics Department announced the hiring of Justin Brant as the director of Crimson Tide Productions this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to welcome Justin to our UA Athletics Department family,â&#x20AC;? senior associate athletics director Milton Overton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He brings a tremendous amount of talent and know-how to a position that I feel will be critical to our growth over the next several years. Crimson Tide Productions is a new department within athletics and the range of projects they are tasked with is extremely wide and I know Justin will do a great job for us.â&#x20AC;? One of the major roles Brant and his staff will undertake is helping facilitate the athletics departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission to strengthen the Crimson Tide brand through new media. CTP is responsible for a wide variety of visual

elements associated with the athletic department, including video productions for the big screens at Bryant Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, Foster Auditorium, the baseball and softball stadiums and the soccer complex. Crimson Tide Productions is also charged with the graphical look and feel of the athletics departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internally produced print and digital media publications and the production of highlight videos for different UA teams. CTP produces all video content for Tide TV on as well providing graphical elements and the webmaster services for the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official website. Prior to joining Alabama, Brant served as a big screen producer with Daktronics and the Tennessee Titans organization. A native of Nashville, Tenn., he is married to the former Miriam Haddock and the couple have a son, Elijah.

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