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Student-run radio station features shows dedicated to various music tastes, genres By Becky Robinson Culture Editor For Maggie Brown, a sophomore majoring in telecommunication and film, becoming the boss at The University of Alabama’s radio station, WVUA-FM, was far from things she thought she would accomplish. When a station representative came to Brown’s TCF class last year, she ignored him the first few times, thinking there was no way she could be hired. After finally giving in, Brown was offered a job to be the program director’s assistant. “I’m very work-oriented. That’s how my whole life is,” Brown said. “Everybody has hobbies, and my hobby is work.” At only 19 years old, Brown is the youngest station manager WVUA has ever had. She is also only the second girl to ever hold the position. When Brown became manager, she said she had no problem volunteering her age, but other people did. “[Some people] just didn’t respect me at all and my authority,” Brown said. “My advisor thought it was because I was a girl, but some of the guys on staff thought it was because I’m so much younger.” While Brown said she loves her current staff, she admitted it wasn’t always easy in the beginning. “I was new to the position – I was taking over a lot of work, and some of it, I didn’t even know what was going on,” she said. “I kind of just keep going.” With the kinks straightened out, Brown is now on-call 24/7 managing the station’s playlists, DJ selection and show grids. She said she’s focused on cleaning up the station and organizing what her predecessors left behind. “It’s like we’ve gone piece by piece to try and give SEE WVUA PAGE 11 CW | Stephanie McNeal, Daniel Roth, Anna Waters; Content obtained from Connor Hughes
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The Ferguson Center was bustling with students as usual in January 2012. Several tables were lined up around the room with sign-up sheets, information cards and free T-shirts or pens. For John Fleischauer, it was the Red Cross table that caught his eye. “I have always been interested [in emergency services] to some degree,” said Fleischauer, a junior majoring in emergency management through New College. “I hadn’t thought about it much though until last January.” Volunteering with the Red Cross led Fleischauer to reconsider his undergraduate plans. “The more I worked with [Red Cross], the more I saw I wanted to do it full time,
The 2013 Southeastern Conference Media Days kicked off Tuesday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Hundreds of members of the media gathered to usher in the upcoming college football season by talking with head coaches and players from Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss and South Carolina. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive began the event by bragging on the success of the conference in 2012 and announcing new specifics concerning the SEC Network, like a signature two-hour pregame show that will air each Saturday. But Slive also touched on the darker subjects circulating around the league, namely the recent arrest of former
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Tennessee and New Mexico give money to public colleges and universities for graduating high numbers of older and low-income students. Mississippi uses the power of the purse to promote science and technology programs. And Missouri is tying taxpayer dollars to graduation rates and students’ scores on tests and professional licensing exams. The goals differ from state to state, but performancebased funding is a growing trend in higher education. Traditionally, states subsidize schools based on how many students they enroll. But a dozen states now tie funding to performance, four are moving in that direction and another 20 are considering it, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In most states, the portion of public money tied to performance is still relatively small – typically between 2 percent and 5 percent. But tight state budgets, rising tuition rates and a sharper focus on producing graduates with marketable skills may change that. “There is a strong push to have a well-educated workforce. At the same time, there’s been a lot of pressure on state budgets,” said Brenda Albright, a Tennesseebased educational consultant who has advised states on performance-based funding. “This all leads to a focus on productivity and a desire that (colleges and universities) educate more students at a lower cost.” Albright’s home state may offer a glimpse of the future: In 2010, Tennessee began tying all of the money it gives to public colleges and
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universities to graduation rates and other benchmarks, which are tailored to fit each individual institution. Ohio is phasing in a similar system, though it does not apply to community colleges. And Louisiana ties 15 percent of its higher education funding to specific outcomes, and schools can increase that to 25 percent if they achieve the state standards. “Our campuses have completely changed the way they interact with students,” said Russ Deaton of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In the past few years, Deaton said, “degrees are up, graduations are up and the number of low-income students is up. Is there a causal relationship that can be determined? Probably not, but we like to think the formula model has indeed contributed to that.” Private colleges and universities are not immune from the sharper scrutiny. Last fall, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia released a database showing how much graduates from specific college programs, public and private, earn when they find jobs. Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas have embarked on similar disclosure efforts. For states, the idea of tying pay to performance is especially appealing at a time when many of them are still struggling to recover from the recession. A March report on higher education by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that states now spend an average of $2,353 less per student (adjusted for inflation) than they did five years ago. The Washington-based think tank also found that, with the exception of North Dakota and
Wyoming, every state now spends less per student than before the recession. Arizona and New Hampshire have cut their higher education spending in half. One reason per-student spending has declined is that the number of students has gone up: The undergraduate population in the U.S. increased 34 percent between 2000 and 2009, according to the Department of Education. Though students and their parents bristle at fast-rising tuition rates, there is ample evidence that a college degree pays off in the long run. A study released earlier this year by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that during the recession, college graduates 21 to 24 years old were far less likely to lose their jobs or have their pay cut than high school graduates of the same age. (Stateline is a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts.) A 2011 report by the Brookings Institution concluded that college graduates who pay an average of $102,000 in college tuition will earn an average of $570,000 more than high school graduates over the course of their lifetimes. But a dvo c a t e s of performance-based funding insist colleges and universities have to concentrate even more on preparing students for the workforce. They say financial incentives will spur public institutions to make the most of scarce public dollars by graduating students more quickly and with more marketable degrees. “Governors and state legislatures have recognized that more college graduates will be needed as their states adjust to a knowledge-based economy, and yet many states don’t have the resources to substantially increase funding for higher education,” said Thomas Harnisch of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. “They are looking for opportunities to boost productivity with existing resources.” A handful of states tried performance-based funding in the 1980s and 1990s, but those efforts sputtered because of a lack of data and strong resistance from schools. Some college administrators and professors are still wary. They
argue that the college experience should be about more than preparing students for jobs and fear that schools will pressure professors to dumb down courses or pass unworthy students to meet certain benchmarks. “I do think there is sort of a general push for more of an emphasis on training and job preparation as opposed to education conceived of more broadly, such as being a citizen, or preparing a student to think for him- or herself,” said John Curtis of the American Association of University Professors. “It’s not about efficiency. It’s not about doing it in a specific time frame. It’s about making sure students get a quality education.” In California, state colleges and universities defeated Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to give roughly 5 percent bonuses to schools that improved their four-year graduation rates and accepted more transfers from community colleges. Instead, under a recent budget deal, the schools will have to track certain trends, such as the number of low-income students and the percentage of students who finish in four or six years. “Some of what they are asking are common-sense goals and what we are already doing. The question is, are we measuring the right things?” Cal State spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said during the debate. Supporters emphasize that performance-based funding should be tailored to fit particular schools. In Missouri, for example, all public colleges and universities get more money if they show improvement in four categories: student retention rate; graduation rate and degree completion; the quality of student learning (as measured by test scores); and financial responsibility and efficiency. But there also is a fifth area that is different for each institution, based on its needs and mission. “We aren’t measuring anything the schools weren’t already trying to improve,” said Paul Wagner, executive director of the Council on Public Higher Education in Missouri, which represents the state’s four-year institutions. “These are so common-sense.”
One-year mark since shooting at Copper Top bar, located in downtown Tuscaloosa
Today marks the anniversary of the Temerson Square shooting by Northport, Ala., resident Nathan Van Wilkins. He was arrested the same day at a FedEx located in Jasper, Ala. Wilkins currently faces 68 seperate charges for the July 2012 shooting events. By Andy McWhorter Staff Reporter
One year ago today, shortly after midnight, Nathan Van Wilkins, a 44-year-old Northport, Ala., resident, went to Temerson Square in downtown Tuscaloosa and opened fire with a military style assault rifle, injuring 18 people, including three University of Alabama students, at the Copper Top bar. Wilkins was arrested later that day after turning himself in at a Jasper FedEx. No one was killed in the incident, but Wilkins was charged with 18 counts of attempted murder. Tip Alexander, owner and manager of Copper Top, simply wants to keep those traumatic events in the past. “We just want to put it behind us,” Alexander said. “We’re not going to celebrate. It’s not anything to be happy about, of course.” Wi l k i n s ’ rampage came after he fired into a Northport, Ala., home earlier on the night of July 16, 2012. Wilkins faces 68 separate charges for the events of July 16 and 17. In a letter to Tuscaloosa Sixth Circuit Court Judge Brad Almonds, Wilkins asked for the death penalty, saying, “Why send me to prison for life and support me with taxpayer money? That used to make me so mad when I wasn’t in jail and paying taxes and had to support people like that.” Attempted murder is not a capital offense under Alabama law. A trial date was set for May 6 earlier this year but did not take place.
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Four councils govern campus greek life By Andy McWhorter Staff Reporter With more than 7,000 members spread out over 58 different organizations, The University of Alabama has the largest greek student body of any institution in North America, Ryan Powell, assistant director of Greek Affairs at the University, said. But many of those greek letter organizations are governed by larger umbrella organizations known as greek councils. There are currently four separate greek councils operating at the University,
with each playing a slightly different role for their member organizations and within the University administrative environment. Powell said the four governing councils are the Alabama Panhellenic Association, the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Greek Council. The two largest greek councils at the University are the APA and the IFC, which have 18 and 29 member organizations, respectively. The APA’s membership is dictated by each sorority’s membership
in the National Panhellenic Conference. “The NPC is the umbrella organization for 26 international women’s sororities and fraternities and provides support and guidance for its member organizations and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life,” Powell said. Member organizations of the IFC, on the other hand, are not all bound together by a larger national group, though such an organization exists. “Fraternities are not governed by an umbrella organization per se, but many are connected through their national organizations to the North American Interfraternity Conference, which is the trade association that represents 75 international and national men’s fraternities,” Powell said. The third greek council is the NPHC, which is comprised of the eight fraternities and sororities that are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. “The NPHC, Inc. is a col-
laborative organization of nine historically AfricanAmerican fraternities and sororities, known as the ‘Divine Nine,’” Powell said. The smallest of the four councils is the UGC, which is comprised of one multicultural fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta, and one multicultural sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma. “This council is not affiliated to one specific national conference or council, but is comprised of those organizations that have a specific cultural component as a corner stone of their organization’s membership,” Powell said. Aside from developing and enforcing the policies that govern their member organization, greek councils also represent their members in the larger community and provide the organizational structure for collaborative projects. “Each of these student governing organizations is responsible to represent their membership to the greater UA community and to foster a collaborative relationship
between the larger greek community,” Powell said. “Each council has an executive board, which is elected by its member organizations to represent them to the University and greater Tuscaloosa communities. Also, the councils host a variety of social, leadership, educational, community service and philanthropic events and programs throughout the year in which their organizations’ members can participate.” While the governing council of any given greek letter organization is typically dictated by the affiliation of their national organization, some fraternities and sororities choose the council they feel best represents their interests. “For organizations that are not required by their national policy to maintain membership in their local campus governing council, many choose to join a council that they feel will best represent their membership and that is in line with the values and policies governing their local chapter,” Powell said.
FAST FACTS • 7,000 members within 58 organizations • 4 governing umbrella organizations: Alabama Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, United Greek Council • 2 largest are the IFC, with 29 member organizations, and APA, with 18 member organizations • APA’s membership is dictated by a larger organization, the National Panhellenic Conference • IFC is not dictated by a larger organization, even though one exists • NPHC has 9 fraternities and sororities total, but only 8 are represented at UA • UGC is the smallest of the 4 councils and has 1 fraternity and 1 sorority that are multicultural
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Catherine Roach, a University of Alabama New College professor, has received a Fulbright-University of Leeds Distinguished Chair Award for 2013-14 to spend time researching and speaking overseas. One award is offered each year to a United States citizen who has substantially contributed to the University of Leeds through seminars and academic development. In total, the Distinguished Chair Program offers 40 fellowships in the United States. During this upcoming year, Roach will spend her time at
“Dr. Roach is an exemplary teacher, colleague, and scholar who has been a vital part of New College since arriving at UA from Harvard in 1998,” Adams said. “She is a very disciplined writer and a caring, accessible professor.” Roach has published academic books, research articles, book chapters and essays Catherine Roach and has also written romance novels under the pen name, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Catherine LaRoche. This year, Roach and several Gender Studies at the University of Leeds in the New College students created the “All Bodies are Beautiful” United Kingdom. Natalie Adams, director of campaign to highlight the beauNew College, said Roach is an ty in different body images. instrumental part to the New The calendars and exhibit housed in the New College College staff.
lounge are open for UA faculty and students to view. Adams said Roach’s selection as a finalist for the 2013 Last Lecture series revealed her passion and her value as a professor to both the University and to students. Roach’s appointment at the University of Leeds will last up to one year. “This award will give UA and New College international exposure,” Adams said. “We are very proud of all her accomplishments and very pleased that the international community also recognizes what an outstanding professor, scholar and colleague she is.”
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OPPOSING VIEWS : ZIMMERMAN TRIAL By Mackenzie Brown Online Editor
George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of 17-yearold Trayvon Martin July 13. The encounter happened on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, called 911 after seeing the allegedly suspicious Martin walking to his father’s fiancée’s house in the rain. A 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to approach Martin, but Zimmerman proceeded. According to the prosecution, Zimmerman then attacked Martin and shot the unarmed teenager. The defense, however, argued that Martin instigated the attack,
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forcing Zimmerman to shoot Martin in self-defense. After deliberating for more than 16 hours, the six members of the all-female jury decided that Zimmerman shot and killed the teenager in self-defense. To many, the case came down to racial prejudice. Some argue that Zimmerman shot Martin simply because he was black. Others argue that the media would not have given so much attention to the case had the victim been white. The controversial case has sparked intense response from protesters who believe Zimmerman’s verdict was unfair, as well as those who believe the media has overreacted.
Americans should prioritize evidence Do not clamor for Zimmerman’s over race in Zimmerman murder trial conviction; demand new state laws Not guilty. As the verdict was announced Saturday night, people all over my Facebook news feed seemed to be in an uproar. Well, my black friends at least. From day one, the media has played the George Zimmerman trial as a case of racial prejudice. Zimmerman was widely portrayed as the villain who preyed upon a black teenager. People immediately began to form a biased opinion of the case, and I found it sad that it seemed like black people as a whole were immediately siding against Zimmerman simply because the victim was black and not on the merits of the case.
If the victim was any other race, would black people be as interested in this trial? What if the victim was Latino? They are a minority too in this country. Or how about Asian? What if Zimmerman was black and the victim was Latino? Who is to say that black people wouldn’t side with a black Zimmerman, simply because of “alleged racism” or he was another black person who was “wrongly targeted” for murder? Let me make this clear: I do not care for Zimmerman. I could not care less whether he was found innocent or guilty. But what I also don’t support is blind racial prejudice.
Siding with Trayvon Martin’s family simply because they’re black or with Zimmerman because he isn’t black is only making the racial divide in America that much greater. Last I checked, justice was blind. This trial should be no different were the defendant a black man and the victim a Latino teenager, but unfortunately, people in America want justice to see in color. And as long as people take sides based on race instead of facts, then racial relations in this country will never be completely fixed. Hakeem Hasan is a senior majoring in electrical engineering.
By Nathan James Senior Staff Columnist On February 26 last year, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman saw 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walking through his Florida town and decided he looked suspicious. Zimmerman followed Martin on foot, and killed him with a pistol. Saturday, Zimmerman was declared not guilty of any crime related to Martin’s death. The media covered the trial extensively, and many people are outraged that the jury chose to acquit Zimmerman. But Zimmerman should not have been convicted. The fact of the matter is that he did nothing illegal. And that’s what people should be upset about. What everyone needs to understand is that in Florida, you are allowed to kill someone if you feel threatened by them. This is what now-infamous “stand your ground” laws accomplish. And so even though Zimmerman stalked Martin, initiated the conflict between the two of them and escalated that conflict from fisticuffs to a gunshot, he didn’t break the law. We shouldn’t be clamoring for Zimmerman’s conviction. We should be clamoring for new laws. We are a culture enamored with guns, because
Sandy Hook and Newtown shooters to obtain AR-15 rifles designed specifically for mass shootings. And it contributes to an American death toll that we simply wouldn’t accept from any other source. The Zimmerman case should be a wake-up call for us to reconsider the way we think about guns. It should make us think ab o u t the fact that self-defense is a legal excuse even if you started the fight. It should make us think about the fact that neighborhood watch members have some of the authority of police officers but little of the accountability. It should make us question why we so desperately want guns for protection, even when nobody has any idea how many crimes are actually thwarted by guns. Most of all, it should make us question why violence is our preferred peacekeeping tool. And it should make us think about ways of preventing crime that don’t rely on the judgment of people like Zimmerman. Because when you boil it all down, Zimmerman is a murderer but not a criminal. And that’s something no American should be prepared to accept.
independence through martial strength is part of our national origin. And for years, our courts have defended gun rights ,even while statistics show horrifying trends in gun-related deaths. Last year, 30,000 Americans were killed by firearms; this year, congress voted against a bill that would have required universal background checks for gun purchases. This is partially because the NRA and other lobbyist groups have a stupefying level of influence over our lawmaking process, but it’s also because our country has a fetishistic relationship with firearms and selfdefense. We allow absurd laws and norms because we love the idea of defending our possessions and loved ones with guns. It’s part of our national identity. This is what allows someone like Zimmerman to murder – yes, I said murder – an unarmed boy with- Nathan James is a junior out breaking any laws. It’s majoring in public what allowed the Aurora, relations.
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‘Glee’ star’s death wake-up call to protect one’s friends from harm By Beth Lindly Staff Columnist The death of 31-yearold Canadian actor Cory Monteith Saturday night shocked millions of people around the world, “Glee” lovers and non-fans alike. The lead star of the hit musical TV show was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room, and with the release of the star’s autopsy Tuesday, what at first was an unknown cause of death was revealed to be a heroin overdose. Reports have also surfaced that he was with friends that night – but he returned to the hotel where he would eventually die alone. I am absolutely torn apart about his death. I was a huge “Glee” fan for two years,
and Cory’s character, Finn, had a lot to do with how much I grew in high school and how I saw myself. To hear that such a sunny, goofy guy was all by himself when he died not only saddens me but angers me as well. Monteith struggled with substance abuse since he was 13 years old, entering rehabilitation for the first
time when he was 19. March 31 of this year, he checked himself into rehabilitation again and finished treatment April 26. It was well known that he was dealing with a very serious drug addiction. If he came out with it to the press and all his fans, surely those whom he regarded as his friends would also be aware of his struggles. As any decent college student knows, when your friend is intoxicated to the point that you’re afraid for his or her life, you stay with them. You don’t leave them by themselves, and you definitely don’t let them go back to their hotel rooms with hard drugs and alcohol – a lethal combination even for someone who doesn’t struggle with addiction.
I was not at the hotel. I weren’t there to prevent his was not there with him and death, and I don’t want to his friends. I don’t know place direct blame on anyone, exactly what happened that because addiction is a terconvinced Monteith’s friends rible and unpredictable monthat he was “good to go” back ster that can rear its head at any moment. to his hotel But they should all alone. be analyzing Obviously he Monteith’s death should be a their actions from was an adult, wake-up call not only to his that night, so and it was not hopefully they their job or friends, but also to those of will know what responsibility us who are placed in to do if anything to stop him the situation where we have like this ever from buythe opportunity to leave our happens again. ing drugs or friends or stay. Monteith’s taking them. death should be It was their a wake-up call responsibility, however, not only to his to make sure he was safe that friends, but also to those night and that he wouldn’t do of us who are placed in anything to harm himself. the situation where we have I’m sure his friends feel the opportunity to leave our awful enough that they friends or stay. If you question
your friend’s ability to last the night, 10 times out of 10 your answer should be “stay.” Even if they say they’re all right. Even if you have somewhere to be. There’s a sort of duty you assume when you enter that type of situation with your friends, so if the tables are ever turned they would hopefully do the same for you. It’s tragic that a bright, young, talented person had to be taken from us for this topic to be brought to light. In his last filmed interview, Monteith said he was “happy to be here” after his time in rehab. We were happy you were here, too, Cory.
Beth Lindly is a junior majoring in journalism.
Honors College should require courses fostering community, civic engagement By John Brinkerhoff Opinion Editor I have never been more proud to call myself a student of The University of Alabama than I was in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011, tornado. I witnessed an outpouring of support from all corners of campus that broke down traditional divisions and made a genuine difference in the city’s recovery. And I know that I am not alone. I have heard countless students say their service after the tornado defined their collegiate experience. While the media hype and out-of-state support has largely faded, that potential still exists. The recovery process is far from complete, and other service needs have arisen since the tornado. Unfortunately, the poten-
tial of service remains disconnected from the education of many students. While the University, and in particular the Honors College, has created an impressive array of service-based opportunities, none of them are required for students in most programs at the University. Students do not have the image of an F4 tornado to remind them of the need for service. If a student isn’t look-
ing for it, he or she could easily graduate without ever fully participating in the giving back to the community that gives the Capstone so much. Obviously requiring all students to complete a service-learning course would be unfeasible, as many majors lack the flexibility to add another course and some programs would object to the addition. However, the University Honors Program sits in a perfect position to incorporate it into its required curriculum. From a functional standpoint, the program does not have many required courses for completion, giving it the flexibility to add a servicelearning course. Given the wide range of service options already supported by the Honors College, students would not exactly be hurting for options either.
Further, it would help to advance the Honors College’s stated pillar of fostering civic engagement. The University Honors Program has already proven its ability to augment student education through smaller classes and tailored educational experiences. It only makes sense to take it one step further by ensuring that Honors College students get the most out of their collegiate educations through service learning. Regardless of future plans, community service is a valuable experience that can be applied to any field. Requiring Honors College students to take a servicelearning course would also help to build stronger relationships between the University and the larger Tuscaloosa community. Despite the fact that
many in the community dedicate their lives to the University, many students never manage to venture beyond the bars of downtown Tuscaloosa. It is understandable. Venturing beyond the UA community can be unsettling. However, college is, in part, about venturing outside of one’s comfort zone. Requiring one service-learning course would give honors students that necessary push. In the process, a better relationship can be forged between Tuscaloosa’s citizens and students. It almost goes without saying that the increase in students serving would be of tremendous benefit to the community. Programs already in place have mentored hundreds of children from elementary through high school,
provided thousands of vision screenings, cleaned up tons of tornado debris and assisted in an array of other services. So much more could be done if the interest was expanded. The tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa brought communities together and taught students the value of service to their community. After three years, most students who witnessed the disaster have graduated, leaving behind a student body that has not shared in that experience. The Honors College has the opportunity to create a sustained commitment to developing servant leaders, but only if it points them in the right direction.
John Brinkerhoff is the Opinion Editor of the Crimson White.
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Meal donation program helps students in need By Ryan Phillips Contributing Writer Through a collaborative effort between the Parent Association, the Student Government Association, Bama Dining and the Dean of Students Office, a new program will offer nutritional meals to students in need. Leela Foley, director of media relations for SGA, cited prior success with food assistance programs in the past as the driving force and inspiration behind the new “Got Meals?” program. “The SGA led by Brielle Appelbaum created ‘Got Meals?’ after seeing the overwhelming student support for Meaningful Meals, which provided a Thanksgiving meal to local elementary school students in the fall of 2012,” Foley
We are building upon an already exciting program, improving the marketing aspect to better serve and reach a wider range of students — Dawit Soloman
said. “Got Meals?,” which first began in spring 2013, aims to provide University of Alabama students with adequate access to the food they need, Appelbaum, SGA deputy director of programming and advancement, said. She also said the process had been streamlined to provide easier access for students. “Our vision when creating ‘Got Meals?’ was to create a
Away ticket optin for students to begin in late July By Rachel Brown Contributing Writer Students may be questioning the reason behind the late release of away game ticket sales this year. Away game tickets were finally announced Wednesday, July 10. UA ticket office representatives said away game tickets only become available once they are received from the schools hosting the away football games. Unlike years past, when away game ticket opt-in became available in April or May, all student tickets from schools hosting away games were
not received until late June and early July, thus opt-in this year is at the end of July. Away game ticket opt-in will begin Monday, July 22, at 7 a.m. and end on Wednesday, July 24, at 5 p.m. Emails will be sent out reminding students of the opt-in period July 19 and 20. After the optin period ends Wednesday, eligible students will be sent an email notifying them of the option to purchase tickets as well as an explanation of payment and procedures for obtaining tickets for each away game this fall.
program that bolstered meal donation numbers across campus and provided students in need with easier access to meal donations and assistance from the University,” Appelbaum said. “Students in need are now provided with immediate access to the Dean of Students Office from the comfort of their own home and can request up to seven meals before meeting with a counselor to assess further options.” Appelbaum said students looking for assistance are provided an online medium managed by UA Information Technology, with the intention of running the program with efficiency while also providing confidentiality. “The donation and request process is completely online,” Appelbaum said. “The ‘Got Meals?’ team is working with
Major designed for natural disaster relief EMERGENCY FROM PAGE 1 as a career after school,” he said. Fleischauer wanted to change his major from management and information sciences to emergency management, a major that the university does not offer. Enter New College, a University program first developed in 1971. Fleischauer could create his own major specific to his interests through the program. From the outset, the purpose of New College has been to offer ambitious, responsible and selfdisciplined students the freedom to build a curriculum from several departments, according to the New College website. This interdisciplinary learning experience is not specific to The University of Alabama, though. There are a number of programs like it throughout the country. “I believe that the New College
IT to have the donation and request page placed on the MyBama homepage for easier student access. We hope to encourage more students to come forward to request and donate meals.” Dawit Soloman, SGA advisor to the executive vice president, said the process was born out of other programs aimed at providing assistance to those in need. He also said the program would offer a more confidential approach for students seeking food. “We are building upon an already exciting program, improving the marketing aspect to better serve and reach a wider range of students,” he said. “Before you would have to go to the Dean of Students Office. Now we have a complete online process.”
experience is a great place for a student to find a community of faculty and peer members who genuinely believe in the student and work hard to help him or her meet individualized goals,” Margaret Purcell, Fleischauer’s New College advisor, said. Fleischauer is able to choose classes from all over campus to make his major. He has taken a number of classes from geography and studying weather patterns to criminal justice and public relations. “It’s not your normal emergency management program, but I can incorporate a lot of different classes here, and I think that expands my education even more,” Fleischauer said. Purcell spends a considerable amount of time with Fleischauer as his advisor. “John is very focused on his goals and is a serious student,” Purcell said. “He comes across as quiet at first, but the more you know him, the more he speaks up. I think that his thoughtful nature and quiet persona are good matches for a person who assists others
Appelbaum said she values the program that she and the SGA started and hopes to see it bring help to students in need for years to come. “I knew we could make a difference in students’ lives by creating a meal request process online and incentivize students with a current meal plan to donate more meals,” Appelbaum said. “The majority of students have an excess of meals at the end of the semester, and ‘Got Meals?’ allows them to take advantage of the surplus. My passion for helping students at The University of Alabama will continue to motivate me to serve. I look forward to the longevity and success of this program.” Kristina Hopton-Jones, director of University Dining Service, said 642 meals were donated to 49 students last
year. She also said meals would be given out according to the need of the student. Students could donate toward the program. “Donated meals are given out on an as-needed basis,” Hopton-Jones said. “Donations and requests may be taken and given out throughout the year through the Dean Students Office. Every student who purchases a meal plan is allowed to donate one meal per semester.”
during tense and frightening situations. Since he will be the person to whom others go for help, he will do well to remain calm when others are in a period of duress.” However, emergency management is not actually what most people probably think it is, Fleischauer said. “A lot of people think we are firefighters or EMTs – the boots on the ground right after a disaster people,” he said. “But really, we handle the if and when this happens, how are we going to handle this type of stuff.” Emergency management is not about disaster prevention, but disaster preparedness and assistance during a natural disaster. Fleischauer said his favorite part was seeing community reaction in the midst of disaster. “I love getting to see how all the different parts of the puzzle fit together,” he said. “I get to see how all the agencies, organizations and community members come together and help the community get back on
their feet.” Fleischauer was not in Tuscaloosa for the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. He was a senior in high school at the time, living in Decatur, Ala.; however, he said he was still moderately affected by the storm. “We were fortunate that our city was not hit,” he said. “The power was out for a few days, but that was pretty much all.” Fleischauer went to stay with some friends while the power was out, but he said his role in a disaster today would be very different. “It’s kind of weird to think that doing what I do now, my experience would look very different than it did on April 27, ,” he said. After graduation, Fleischauer said he has several options – he could take a staff position with the Red Cross, and there are several government positions he is looking into. “It just depends on where my interests are when I graduate,” he said. “I am really enjoying where I am now and what I am doing though.”
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High enrollment may result in more bike thefts By Ryan Phillips Contributing Writer
Bike theft appears to be on the rise and some blame the ever-growing student body as the cause. The enrollment numbers at The University of Alabama continue to climb, and the influx of more students can only mean the risk of property theft will heighten, most notably with bicycles on campus. Jason Capely, owner of Queen City Cycles, said he firmly believes the increase in theft is due to climbing student numbers. “Bike theft has definitely picked up – more students means more bikes,” Capely said. “I’ve seen a sharp increase even in just the last year or so, and it definitely has to do with more students. I think it is pretty easy to get the bike, then pretty easy to move it on to some place else.” Capely said most bike thefts occur because of how easy they are to steal and then subsequently sell, which in turn, makes it difficult for bicycle store owners who buy and sell back bicycles to know which bikes are or are not stolen property. “I actually accidentally purchased a stolen bike not too long ago,” Capely said. “We got it worked out to where I could keep the bike in the end, but it was kind of a pain to deal with.” Capely said the University is taking some steps to prevent bike theft, but when thefts are reported, results are typically scarce after the initial investigation due to the difficulty associated with tracking such a small item. “The University is having everyone register their bikes, and I guess that is helping a little bit, but other than that, they aren’t doing a whole lot,” Capely said. “A lot of times a bike gets stolen, the police do a write up of it, and nothing comes of it because they know pretty much once it’s stolen, most of the time
• Those interested in registering their bicycles can visit bamaparking.ua.edu/ pages/bicycle.html the bikes are leaving town, making it harder to track.” Capely said those concerned about the safety of their bikes should invest in a good bike lock which, although somewhat expensive, is essentially theftproof. “If someone is leaving their bike out at night, then they will want a more expensive lock,” Capely said. “Especially at night, you do not want to use a cheap lock. Lock your bikes up, because there is someone out there stealing them.” UA policy regarding proper bicycle procedure on campus is specific in providing the way students should handle their property on campus. According to the policy: “Bicycles should be secured to a bike rack each time they are left unattended on campus for any period of time. Locking devices and methods may vary, but the U-shaped type of bicycle lock is the preferred type of locking device. When physically possible, secure the main frame to the security rack. If wheels are of the quick-release type, attempt to secure the lock through the security rack, the bike frame and the wheel. If necessary, use an additional lock with a long shackle or a cable and lock to secure all the parts together.” It establishes that the University is not responsible in the event of a bike being stolen, which puts the responsibility of the property on the owner. “The University of Alabama assumes no responsibility for the loss, damage, theft, care or protection of any bicycle or
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Jason Capely of Queen City Cycles said students concerned about the safety of their bikes should invest in a good bike lock. attached accessory, including locking devices or contents, at any time. Individuals who bring a bicycle onto the University’s
campus assume all risk of loss or damage of the bicycle. All persons on campus should be reasonably aware of his/
her own safety, whether as a UAPD and UA administration pedestrian, cyclist, or vehicle did not comment directly when operator, according to the asked about the increase in bike policy.” thefts on campus.
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Student ﬁlm wins top awards at Campus MovieFest By Ryan Phillips Contributing Writer Student filmmakers from The University of Alabama were recently presented awards from The Campus MovieFest International at the Fox Studios in Hollywood, Calif., for their achievements in creating student films. June 22, Connor Simpson, a 2013 UA graduate with a degree in media production, and Alex Beatty, a junior majoring in media production, were both recipients of awards, an indication of the quality of the filmmaking programs offered to students at the University, Rachel Raimist, assistant director of Creative Campus, said. “I am extremely proud that our media production students in the department of telecommunication and film are not just competing against the top film schools in the country and placing high, but are winning the top prizes at national showcases such as Campus MovieFest,” Raimist said. “The department of telecommunication and film is emerging as a top film school in the South and a leader in the nation.” Raimist said student participation is important in film competitions for those interested in breaking into the industry. Festivals and showcases allow students to have their work released to audiences, critics and industry professionals for feedback and opportunities. “Film is an extremely competitive career,” Raimist said. “If our majors want to develop their vision and skills and graduate with the ability to compete on a national level, they need to make films and submit them to student festivals such as Campus MovieFest.” Simpson, who won Best Director and Best Picture awards for his movie “Manta,” said making an award-winning motion picture is no small feat. It involves story and script development, story boards,
The department of telecommunication and ﬁlm is emerging as a top ﬁlm school in the South and a leader in the nation. — Rachel Raimist
casting, finding filming locations, shooting, and, finally, editing. Simpson said the process is typically time–consuming, but he and his team did not have the luxury of a large time frame. “The interesting thing about ‘Manta’ is that we had to do most of this in one week,” Simpson said. “It was an incredibly fun and rewarding process, but it was definitely stressful. Having a talented and dedicated team made it possible.” After shooting his film quickly at the beginning of the year, Simpson saw his movie begin to gain notoriety after entering in a local film competition called Campus MovieFest. They then went on to CMF International in Hollywood, Calif., in June, where “Manta” took home Best Director and Best Picture. Simpson said he was unaware of his film’s nomination for more than one award and was in disbelief when the movie took home two of the top awards. “There was a mix of über excitement and disbelief when we won both awards,” Simpson said. “We knew that the film was nominated for Best Director, but finding out that we were also nominated for Best Picture was a complete surprise. And actually winning both was an unreal experience. There were a lot of high fives.” Simpson said festivals and competitions such as Campus MovieFest are vitally important in fostering the next generation of filmmakers in order to keep the industry moving forward. “It’s important to promote student filmmaking because, as corny as it sounds, students are the future of the industry,” Simpson said. “If we aren’t
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given the opportunity to pursue our passions and grow, then the industry will become stale and talent-starved. Great ideas aren’t and shouldn’t be reserved for ‘professionals.’ There are thousands of young people with a story to tell, and they need to
be able to have the opportunity to tell it.” For students interested in filmmaking, Simpson said understanding film and then using trial and error will spawn the best results, simply by getting a feel for your camera and
what you are doing with it. “If you’re interested in filmmaking, the best thing you can do to start out is watch movies,” Simspon said. “Figure out what kind of stories resonate with you and what visual styles catch your eye. Then, it’s a
matter of getting out and shooting. There’s nothing better than constant practice to make you a better filmmaker. Of course, it also takes a lot of reading and research for the technical stuff, but just get out there and shoot.”
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Top 6 college essentials
Your go-to list that will help you survive dorm life, late night study sessions and everything in between. By Anna Waters | Visuals Editor
The beginning of freshman year is a tumultuous adventure. Things can seem crazy as you adjust to new classes, a new campus and the newfound freedom of being on your own for the ﬁrst time. Below are some tips provided by veteran students on what items to invest in for your sanity’s sake.
Sleep deprivation, hangovers and black mold illness are just a few things you will need ADVIL to combat. After those stressful all-nighters, house parties and grungy shower-induced fevers, it’s in your best interest to invest in a 160-count bottle of ibuprofen. $12.99
They’re cheap and microwavable. When walking to the dining hall requires too much energy or when it’s midnight and you’ve got the munchies, nuke a bowl of RAMEN. But don’t overdo it, Ramen noodles are loaded with sodium and can ultimately lead to the “Freshman 15.” $1.52 FOR A SIX-
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No computer on campus will save your work from day to day. In order to keep up with your ﬁles, invest in a key ring USB DRIVE. Don’t put all your eggs in the “I’ll-justemail-it-to-myself” basket. Campus Internet is less reliable than freshmen who are likely to start a paper before the day it’s due. 8G FOR
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5-HOUR ENERGY is your best friend during all-nighters. The crash isn’t as intense as coffee, and they’re available in some campus vending machines with Dining Dollars. But, just like Ramen, use in moderation. You can’t write a paper if you’re having a heart attack. $11.99
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No matter where you live on campus, you will never have enough wall outlets. Put a POWER STRIP under your desk for your printer, desk lamp, laptop charger and coffee maker. Spring for the surge protector to defend your electronics from bad weather, and turn the switch off when you aren’t using it. Just make sure you don’t overcrowd the area - that’s a ﬁre hazard.
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Kentuck offers new perspective on community
For incoming freshmen, sometimes it can take a while to find a place in the college scene. Instead of waiting for social opportunities to come your way, students can be proactive and join the Kentuck Art Center for many opportunities to get in touch with the local art scene. Emily Leigh, the interim director for Kentuck Art Center, said volunteering is a great way for new students to make friends and connections. “I think a really good thing is to volunteer for the [Kentuck] Festival,” Leigh said. “It’s the third weekend in October, and it’s two full days, but we’re preparing for it year-round. If you want to volunteer through a group, through the University or individually, you get a free ticket, and it’s a great way to meet other volunteers and also the artists.” Kentuck also uses student volunteers for Art Night, which is held the first Thursday of every month. “[Freshmen] can realize that there’s something beyond the University, which, for most freshmen, tends to be their whole world for a while,” Leigh said. The University uses the Kentuck facility for some of its classes, including Marysia Galbraith’s New College pottery class. Galbraith, an associate professor, said she started working with
[Freshmen] can realize that there’s something beyond the University, which, for most freshmen, tends to be their whole world for a while.
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— Emily Leigh, interim Kentuck Art Center director
Kentuck Art Center when she needed additional space to work. “When New College moved to Lloyd Hall, I needed to also move the pottery lab for my class, NEW 473: Globalization and Folk Craft Production, but there was no space available on campus,” Galbraith said. “Kentuck agreed to let me move into a space that was being turned into the Kentuck Clay Coop.” By being able to use the space, Galbraith said she hoped it instilled a sense of creativity in her students. “I don’t expect students to be artists but to have fun learning to express themselves through clay,” she said. “Students also gain a healthy respect for folk potters who must have full command of their materials to make extraordinary work that is both beautiful and functional.” In addition to giving Galbraith more room, the change gave UA students an opportunity to work with the professional Kentuck artists, who have their own studios on site, and the people who
came to Art Nights. The Clay Coop is not just available for students, though. Leigh said UA students often sign up to continue taking art classes, especially if that isn’t their major. The space is also open to hobby potters 19 and older. Leigh suggested new students venture to Northport, Ala., where the Kentuck Art Center is located. “Northport is a place where sometimes people can go to school for four years at UA and not really venture out off campus much, but if you can get familiar with Northport, it’s very small and easy to get around,” she said. Leigh said freshmen should also take time to explore downtown Northport, Ala., for more opportunities. “I hope that they’ll be proactive looking around the community,” Leigh said. “It’s very walkable downtown, if they’ll just walk around and look at what’s there within the three-block area. I think you’ll be much happier if you have that aspect, not just the University.”
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Clockwise from top left: Top left: Brooks Carter (left) and Richard Lee (right) host the show In Layman’s Terms Tuesday afternoon. Top right: WVUA’s studio is currently located in Reese Phifer, but will move to the new Ofﬁce of Student Media Building within the next two years. Middle left: (From left to right) Charlie Argo, Kristian Corpuz, Chris Richmond Middle right: (From left to right) Chris Richmond, Charlie Argo, Kristian Corpuz, Connor Hughes and Maggie Brown wait outside the studio for a break from live broadcast. Below: Maggie Brown and Connor Hughes relax at the station.
WVUA lets students play their own music WVUA FROM PAGE 1 everything some kind of order,” she said. WVUA has been entertaining The University of Alabama for years with specialty programs and lively DJs. In the summer, the station has around 12 shows and 25 DJs, a number which drastically increases in the fall. One of the station DJs is Charlie Argo, who also serves as the program director. “[WVUA’s] general format is just alternative rock, so that’s what our playlist DJs come in and play,” said Argo, a junior majoring in TCF. “We have one called Reel Tracks, and they’re more of a movie-based talk show, which is really cool.”
Argo said he has always been interested in doing radio and decided to audition for WVUA. He now hosts his own specialty show called Barefoot Blues. “I just always loved blues music. It’s always been the type of music that means the most to me and I’m passionate about,” Argo said. “That’s what we’re trying to gear our DJs more toward is shows they’re more passionate about.” WVUA also features shows dedicated solely to all-female artists, folk music and a 2000s alternative rock revival. Kristian Corpuz, a senior majoring in public relations, doubles as assistant new media director and a DJ. He hosts The Hub, a station dedicated to music heard at festivals. Featuring bands like Electronic Forest, Wookiefoot and String Cheese Incident, Corpuz gives listeners previews of what
to expect to see at festivals. “Most of the other shows are towards other [genres], but there wasn’t really anyone that featured music festivals,” Corpuz said. “They might mention it, but I noticed a lot of people in college know about music festivals, especially the Hangout, since it’s in Alabama.” Corpuz said his show worked out well since his show is in the summer and coincides with the festivals. “It kind of gave people an idea of what they could do in the summer if they didn’t know,” he said. Connor Hughes, a senior majoring in public relations and music director, started doing radio through Creative Campus’ station. He hosts the alternative rock station alongside media director Chris Richmond. “It keeps [music] outside of the mainstream but not too far out
there to where we’re playing the avant garde,” Hughes said. “It’s a lot more easily accessible to the Tuscaloosa crowd, but I’m still able to introduce them to a lot of newer stuff.” Richmond, a junior majoring in TCF, said Hughes had done an “excellent job developing [their] sound.” “It’s edgy enough where you wouldn’t hear it in the Top 40 stations, but it’s accessible to people who don’t usually get into the indie rock scene.” With plans to move to a new location in the next two years, Brown looks forward to her time as the WVUA station manager. “It’s been a really good experience overall,” Brown said. “I’ve learned a lot, and I want to do a lot with the station,” Brown said. “We have really, really high hopes for everything that’s going to go on this year.”
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Students explore app creation By Becky Robinson Culture Editor Cheyenne Paiva, a junior majoring in biology, is designing an app that will make it possible for users to send a text at a specific time and date. â€œIâ€™ve written a couple databases and coded some programs for school-related things, so I figured itâ€™d be fun to build some apps and websites on things that I personally find interesting,â€? Paiva said. Paiva is minoring in computer -based honors, which gave her the opportunity to work with various professors on campus. To create her app, Paiva downloaded the iPhone Software Development Kit from Apple Inc. If Paiva is successful in creating her app, she will have to pay $99 to distribute it in the Apple App Store. In addition to the developer fee, Paiva said there are other costs associated with creating an app. â€œI might have to pay into advertisement programs and buy Photoshop to make the app look
pretty, so I honestly donâ€™t know how much itâ€™ll cost,â€? Paiva said. â€œCould be more than $1,000. I really have no idea.â€? She said it is best to create apps on Mac products, so Paiva includes the cost of her MacBook Pro in her app creation. The number of apps available to the public through companies like Apple and Google is consistently increasing. Appleâ€™s App Store has more than 900,000 apps, while Googleâ€™s Android Market has more than 700,000. Jeff Gray, associate professor of computer sciences, said there are two steps to creating any app. â€œYou have to know how to write a computer program, so writing apps means writing a computer program,â€? Gray said. Gray also said writing an app program is not much different than writing any other computer program. Additionally, the app designer must have knowledge of the different phone components. Someone creating an app must program the computer software not only on the phone, but also on
a server, which connects to the phone to store information. Most computer languages are free to users, but some companies, like Apple, require payment. â€œAppleâ€™s is more closed. You have to pay extra,â€? Gray said. â€œ[Theyâ€™re] not as open or friendly as Google is. Google literally gives you stuff; theyâ€™ve given us a lot of money to promote some of our things.â€? Gray teaches two app developing classes, one for non-majors and one for computer science majors. Elizabeth Williams, a doctorate student in computer science, took Grayâ€™s course, where she had the opportunity to develop her own app. â€œDesigning an app is exciting because you usually get to see an idea from start to finish,â€? Williams said. â€œAlmost everyone I talk to seems to have an idea for an app they want. So I think that there is an unending stream of ideas for apps.â€? Williams created an app
called â€œDigit-Eyes,â€? which allows people with vision impediments to safely navigate around buildings. Users scan a barcode at the entrance and the app then speaks about points of interest and rooms in the building. When it comes to publishing an app, each company is different. â€œWith the Windows phone, we had to go through a painful, extensive process of creating all sorts of accounts just to test our app on a personal phone,â€? Williams said. â€œAndroid is the easiest. You donâ€™t have to do any sort of licensing or anything to test your app on your own phone.â€? To publish an app through Apple, users have to go through a licensing process and pay a yearly fee. While creating an app has the potential to become expensive, there are rewards in the Apple App Store long run. UA doctoral student Elizabeth Williams developed an app â€œIf all goes well, then Apple called Digit-Eyes which allows users with vision impediments will buy me out for millions, to safely navigate around buildings. and I wonâ€™t ever have to work a day job,â€? Paiva said.
Birmingham soul group St. Paul to croon Tuscaloosa St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a new Birmingham, Ala., band, is bringing its soulful sound to Green Bar Thursday night. St. Paul is a six-member band that includes lead singer Paul Janeway, trombone player Ben Griner, trumpet player Allen Branstetter, bassist Jesse Phillips, drummer Andrew Lee and guitarist Browan Lololar. The band, which has been performing together for almost a year, has a very specific sound. â€œWe consider ourselves a soul band with influences from all around,â€? Janeway said.
Phillips said the band had a rocky start, but this allowed them to develop their sound more throughly. â€œPaul [Janeway] and I started playing together a while ago in various other bands that didnâ€™t take off,â€? Phillips said. â€œWe played small shows and coffee shops together and caught the attention of a studio owner who brought us in, and we started toying with sounds and writing songs together. In the end, we discovered we should play music with a R&B, soul, gospel feel.â€? The membersâ€™ backgrounds also served as an idea pad for the mixing of genres, which Green Bar manager David
Allen described as â€œsoul music, but definitely not a throwback.â€? â€œPaul [Janeway] is a serious record collector, and soul/R&B music is his favorite genre,â€? Phillips said. â€œHe also sang in church as a kid, so parts of our music has gospel roots as well. I, on the other hand, got into R&B music as I got older, and I am a fan of folk and rock music. Our sound is a combination of the genres that we like the most.â€? Though it is a relatively new band, St. Paul is no stranger to performing in Tuscaloosa. Soul crooner Janeway and the band have performed at Green Bar once before, as well as at the
Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre. Gaining popularity, the soul sextet will continue to perform throughout the Southeast this summer. â€œWeâ€™ll be performing throughout the region, with shows in Atlanta, Athens, Birmingham and several more places,â€? Janeway said. To go along with its infused sound, the band decided on a name stemming from one of their inside jokes about Janeway. â€œI donâ€™t drink or smoke or any of those things, so the guys started calling me St. Paul,â€? Janeway said. â€œThe Broken Bones thing came from us being a group of rag-tag guys
from all over coming together to form a band.â€? St. Paul and the Broken Bones wonâ€™t be performing alone for its set at Green Bar. DJ Shake, a vinyl-only soul DJ, and fellow Birmingham, Ala., band Downright will also be playing. Downright is a musical trio that combines elements of soul, funk and psychedelic rock with instruments like the string bass, guitar and Hammond organ to form its sound. The group has previously opened for Widespread Panic, Rod Stewart and the Nappy Roots and has also performed at every music festival hosted in Alabama.
IF YOU GO... â€˘ What: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Downright and DJ Shake â€˘ When: Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. â€˘ Where: Green Bar â€˘ Tickets: Advanced tickets $10, night of the show $12
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COLUMN | MUSIC
Alabama native Yelawolf earns fame, doesn’t stray from hometown roots By Kevin Brophy Alabama native Yelawolf is projected to release his second album with Shady Records later this year. “Love Story” will precede his debut album with Shady Records, “Radioactive” in November 2011, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200. Radioactive included hits like “Let’s Roll” featuring Kid Rock, which is now known across the state as an anthem for Alabama pride. Yelawolf is currently signed to Shady Records Ghet-O-Vision, Interscope his own independent label Slumerican. He has been releasing music since 2005 with his first studio album “Creek Water”.
Covered in tattoos from head to toe and currently rocking a beard and grill, Yelawolf’s style is like no one else’s. Between his quick raps and Southern flow he brings out in his music, Yelawolf is definitely making his own lane in the music industry. Yelawolf, also a skateboarder, brings the skating culture to life with his songs. He’s the first white rapper to be signed to Eminem’s Shady records, which is an achievement in itself. For legendary rapper Eminem to back you up and sign you, you must have some real talent. He didn’t keep quiet in b e t we e n . Since “Radioactive,” Yela has collaborated with different musicians on albums.
Some projects include “The Slumdon Bridge” with Ed Sheeran and “Psycho White” with drummer Travis Barker, mostly known for his drum work in Blink-182. Yelawolf has also released two mix tapes since “Radioactive,” both featuring original music. “Heart of Dixie” was produced by Tuscaloosa’s own M-16 and includes 10 original tracks from the duo. He recently released a follow-up to “Trunk Muzik,” “Trunk Muzik Returns,” under Slumerican. The mix tape is produced by Supahotbeats and features selections from Killer Mike, Raekwon, Big Henry and ASAP Rocky. Even with all of the music under his belt, he still finds
time for his other love: skateboarding. Growing up in skating culture, he pens in many references to the sport in his songs, even going for a career as a professional. He recently released a series of Trunk Muzik Returns skateboards. That’s not all Yela has dipped his hand into. He also has co-directed the music video for his song “Way Out” of TMR. And it doesn’t stop there – Country Fresh is his clothing line with Travis Barker’s Famous Stars and Straps. With legendary supporters like Eminem, Raekwon, Bun B and Big Boi, Yelawolf has gained the credibility to make it far in the rap game. And with an increasing fan base around the world
known as the Wolfpack, “Love Story” is one of his most anticipated albums to date. He feels like he let his fans down with “Radioactive” because of the label’s influence on the record. For “Love Story,” Yela kept himself away from the media and buckled down in his studio in Nashville, Tenn., to get it done. He promises something special for music lovers. For this album, he really wanted get back to his own work and not try and please anyone. All he wants to do is put out what he thinks is an incredible album and whatever people think, they can be their own judge. With all of his success he has never forgotten where he’s come from, and
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Yelawolf has been releasing music since 2005. he represents Alabama in everything he does, letting out a “Roll Tide” in several of his songs.
Birmingham • Who: Widespread Panic • Where: Oak Mountain Ampitheater
• Who: YES • Where: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex • When: Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
• When: Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m.
Nashville • Who: The Black Crows/Tedeschi Trucks Band • Where: Mansion at Fontanel • When: Friday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m.
• Who: Imagine Dragons
• Who: Barenaked Ladies with Ben Folds Five • Where: Verizon Wireless Ampitheater • When: Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m.
• Who: New Order • Where: Chastain Park Ampitheater • When: Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
• Who: Phish • Where: Verizon Wireless Ampitheater • When: Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
• Who: Train • Where: Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood • When: Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
• Who: Vans Warped Tour • Where: Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood • When: Thursday, July 25 all day
• Where: Mansion at Fontanel • When: Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. • Who: The Monkees • Where: Ryman Auditorium • When: Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
• Who: The Used • Where: The New Daisy Theatre • When: Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
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Nobel Laureates speak to grad students abroad By Becky Robinson Culture Editor When Steven Kelley became a graduate student studying inorganic chemistry, he had no idea he would have the opportunity to listen to the 2013 Nobel Laureates speak in Lindau, Germany. â€œThis was actually my first time travelling abroad,â€? Kelley said. â€œI enjoyed it a lot. There was in general a huge emphasis on international culture at the meeting, so I wound up meeting and hanging out with many people from all parts of the world.â€? Michele Stover, a graduate student studying physical chemistry, was the other UA student selected to attend the conference. â€œIt was absolutely amazing â€“ truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,â€? Stover said. â€œIt is hard to explain in words, but there is one thing I do know: I have never before felt more inspired and encouraged to continue
performing my own research.â€? At the conference, which was held the last week of June and featured the Nobel Laureates in the field of chemistry, Kelley and Stover had the chance to meet some of the scientific minds whose research and methods they use in classes at the University. â€œMy favorite speakers were Ada Yonath, Walter Kohn, Steven Chu and Mario Molina,â€? Stover said. â€œAda Yonath, who is the only living female Nobel Laureate in chemistry, said a few special words of encouragement to the female graduate students. Walter Kohn won his Nobel prize for developing density functional theory, a method that I use everyday in my research at UA.â€? Stover also said Chu and Molina discussed climate change, an issue that resonated with her. â€œI have heard many times before how important environmental chemistry is,
â€œ It was absolutely amazing â€“ truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. â€” Michele Stover
and I have believed it,â€? she said. â€œHowever, after hearing these two professors speak and multiple panels on the subject, I cannot help but feel a since of urgency for the solution to these problems.â€? For Kelley, one aspect of the trip that stood out to him was getting to see the â€œhumanâ€? side of the Laureates, who are often presented very academically. â€œWhat left the biggest impression on me, however, was that every Laureate I heard speak knew their work
and their field inside and out, front to back,â€? Kelley said. â€œThey were astonishingly sharp, and it really gave me a concrete image of what we ought to aspire to be as scientists and future educators.â€? To participate in the trip, each potential student is first nominated by a professor at The University of Alabama. Once the University approves their application, the student can appeal to an organization for funding. In Stoverâ€™s case, she went to the National Science Foundation, while Kelley went through Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The last step is for the applications to be reviewed by the Lindau Council, which makes the final selections. â€œI learned a little bit about almost everything,â€? Kelley said. â€œThis is very important in research, since researchers have to be creative in looking for problems to solve and
solutions to those problems.â€? Ke l l e y said the Laureates reminded the students that research isnâ€™t about winning prizes, but about patience, persistence and passion. â€œThe famous scientists
became famous for work they began when they were around our age, still unknown and conducting investigations with no idea how they would turn out but driven by curiosity,â€? Kelley said.
Members of the 2013 Nobel Laureates discuss policies regarding energy during a panel in Germany.
UA graduate student Michele Stover (far left) had the opportunity to travel to Lindau, Germany to listen to the 2013 Nobel Laureates speak. She attended the event along with other college students such as (from left to right) Sivasangar Seenivasagam, Matthew Oâ€™Reilly, Noir Idayu Mat Aahid and Diane Wu.
Nobel Laureates (left to right) Ada Yonath, Simon Envelope, Adam Smith, Brian Knoblike, Beatrice Lugger and Harold Kroto participate in panel discussion titled, â€œWhy Communicate.â€?
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Students’ technology addiction disrupts sleep By Megan Miller Staff Reporter
You need to shut down the world... Allow your body and mind time to wind down before bed.
ith the everincreasing presence of social networking, negative side effects like disrupted sleeping patterns seem to be growing, too. “Having a smartphone in your bedroom creates a number of problems,” Justin Thomas, a doctoral candidate in the University’s psychology department, said. “A lot of people get on websites and social media, which is a form of social interaction, right up until they go to sleep.” Thomas said another issue is getting phone calls, text messages and notifications in the middle of the night, similar to being a medical resident who is always on call. “Instead of relaxing and trying to go back to sleep, they check to make sure they’re not missing anything,” Thomas said. “They feel like they need to be in touch with the world 24/7, and it’s a bad thing. It allows them to surf the Internet so their mind doesn’t shut off naturally before bedtime, which pushes their bedtime back further.” UA graduate Lauren Ault said she uses her phone as an alarm clock, so she sleeps with it beside her. “I also fall asleep watching Netflix on my phone every night,” Ault said. “Something about that extra background noise helps me to sleep and stay asleep better than just silence.” Ault said she tends to use her phone right up until she falls asleep each night. “If I wake up in the night, I check to see what time it is, and if I have texts or notifications, I check those sometimes,” she said.
— Justin Thomas Presley Morgan, a senior majoring in accounting, said she also uses her phone right up until she goes to sleep each night. “Normally right before I go to sleep I check my Twitter one more time, then close out my apps and try to go to sleep,” Morgan said. Morgan said sometimes if she wakes up in the middle of the night and has the urge to check her phone, she will look at pictures on Instagram or use the Internet to check celebrity news. “It’s a bad habit to have developed because you can’t just put your phone down and go back to sleep because your brain has to re-enter that ‘sleep’ mode,” Morgan said. “If you have your phone lying on your bedside table, it’s a temptation to grab it in the middle of the night to see what’s going on.” Thomas said his recommendation is to gain control over technologies students may be using for assistance but to also turn your devices off before bed. One way students can make sure they are getting proper sleep is to allow a 30minute to one-hour window of time to wind down and prepare for bed each night, Thomas said. “You need to shut down the world and put social media devices down,” Thomas said. “Allow your body and mind time to wind down before bed.” According to a June 2013 study published by the Mayo Clinic, the brightness of the
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Social media adversely affects many students, resulting in conditions such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, upset stomach and hallucinations. devices people are using and the distance they hold it from their face can negatively affect the amount of melatonin a body produces. Melatonin is a hormone that helps control the natural sleep-wake cycle. The study showed that if the device is on a low light setting and is held at least one foot away from the user’s face, it reduces the risk that
the user’s melatonin level would be affected to the point it would disrupt sleep. Moreover, Thomas said lack of sleep produces many negative side effects, including health, general illness and different effects on cognitive performance. “When students deprive themselves of sleep, they can experience symptoms very similar to those of
ADHD,” Thomas said. “It negatively affects memory, concentration and a whole host of cognitive problems.” According to a July 2013 Huffington Post article, lack of sleep can not only make someone cranky or irritable and contribute to higher levels of anxiety and depression, but it can impair the frontal lobe of the brain which can interfere with cognitive processes called executive functions. When these executive functions are affected, judgment, critical thinking, relationships, problem solving, planning and organization can all take a turn for the worse. Thomas said eventually, when a person deprives himself of herself of sleep, they won’t perform as well in the classroom, and this can manifest in the form of depression or health-related problems like stomach issues. “When people start getting busy, sleep and eating and all of the basic functions get thrown on the back burner,” Thomas said. “People cut back on eating proper meals and getting enough sleep, because it’s a natural tendency.” Thomas said when he is working with young adults, he stresses to them that they need at least eight hours of sleep per night or more. “People go through their lives constantly sleepy and fatigued because they don’t know how much sleep they really need,” Thomas said. “College students and most young adults around the age of 18 even up to the mid20s need more sleep than the typical eight hours of sleep you hear about. Most people need 10 at that age.” Ault has insomnia, which frequently prevents her from being able to sleep and causes her to spend most nights tossing and turning.
However, when she does get a good night’s sleep, Ault said she needs an average of six to seven hours to feel well-rested. “During the school year, since I’m a teacher, it isn’t unusual for me to be in the bed by 8:30 or 9 p.m. every night and be up between 5 and 5:30 a.m.,” Ault said. “I unfortunately never sleep through the night. It’s mostly spent tossing and turning, and I don’t let myself take naps during the school year.” Thomas said a major factor to examine when a student is having trouble sleeping is how much they procrastinate. “The more you procrastinate, the more likely it is you’ll pull an allnighter, which can screw up your sleep,” Thomas said. “If you’re not pulling an all-nighter, you’re staying up late the three nights leading up to a test.” He said it is also important to keep weekday and weekend sleep schedules as consistent as possible. “Students have one bed time and wake time during the week, and one that’s completely later on the weekend,” Thomas said. “Shifting back and forth is not good for the body. It’s a tough thing to recommend, but consistency is the key for a lot of sleep problems.” Thomas said if a student’s sleep problems are causing them to have anxiety or depression, they should seek help from the psychology clinic or the Counseling Center, or from the Sleep Center so they can learn specific techniques to improve their sleep. “You need to understand how much sleep you need and make it a priority,” Thomas said.
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By Megan Miller Staff Reporter Play: A Show of Sports and Leisure will hang in the Paul R. Jones Gallery through August 16 and shows photographs ranging from softball, to video games, to race cars, music and more. “We were looking to play on the idea of summer fun,” said Katie McAllister, co-curator and director of the Jones Gallery. “We came up with a theme and went through the Paul Jones Collection of American Art and picked pieces that went well with the theme and hung them up.” McAllister said the show exhibits photographs of sports and leisure, and the staff was looking for a show that would be a fun show before school starts back. “Summer is really lightheart-
ed, so this show is lighthearted,” McAllister said. “Anyone who comes and sees this exhibit will recognize some of themselves in some of these pieces.” Emily Dibb, collections manager for the Jones Gallery said the exhibit contains around 26 pieces. “First we look at what we have available in the collection of art,” Dibb said. “We then look at themes of previous shows and see if there’s gaps we’d like to fill. We tried to pick works that were fun and light-hearted and that showed activities people would enjoy doing in their leisure.” Dibb said the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art currently contains around 1700 pieces. “We occasionally add pieces, but not in great numbers,” Dibb
said. “Most of the collection came as a whole in 2008, and we’ve added a couple more pieces since then, but most pieces came in that one big swoop.”
IF YOU GO... • What: Play: A Show of Sports and Leisure • When: MondayThurdsay 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday noon-8 p.m. • Where: Paul R. Jones Gallery • Tickets: Free for public viewing
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Mark Ingram hosts Tuscaloosa football camp By Charlie Potter Sports Editor Former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram returned to Tuscaloosa Saturday to host the Mark Ingram Football ProCamp at Tuscaloosa County High School. More than 350 kids ages 7-14 participated in various stations, specializing in the fundamental skills of the sport. Ingram spoke briefly to the media when he arrived at the event. Q: What is it like coming back to Tuscaloosa and running this camp? A: It’s always good to come back to Tuscaloosa, just to be able to have the camp for the kids and to be able to give back to the community – a place that was so good to me and so supportive of me during my time
and experience. Just to give this opportunity back to the children, that means a lot to me. Q: Do you see yourself in some of these kids out here today? A: Definitely. They’re just having fun. They’re doing something that they love to do. I love playing [football] – that’s why I started playing it, and I still love playing it. I definitely see myself in them. Hopefully, someday they’ll go out and achieve their dreams, whether it’s to be a coach or a football player or a doctor, whatever. Hopefully they can achieve it. Q: How are you feeling going into your third season with the New Orleans Saints? A: I’m feeling good for the whole team. I’ve been training hard this offseason. I’m looking forward to having a good year
this year. Q: What’s going to be the biggest difference having Coach Sean Payton back? A: We’ve got our guy back, the commander-in-chief. We’ve got him back. Everybody’s excited about that. We should benefit a lot from him being back. Q: How would you assess your first two years in the league? A: They’ve been good. I’ve been getting better every year. I battled some injuries in my first year. I was healthy all year last year. I’ve just got to continue to work harder each and every year. Q: Thoughts on this year’s running backs at Alabama? A: They’ve just got to keep it up. T.J. [Yeldon]’s a phenomenal back. Jalston [Fowler]’s
a phenomenal back. Kenyan [Drake] is a phenomenal back. And they’ve got some young guys that came in. Derrick Henry, who broke his leg, he’s good too. They’re just keeping it up. It’s going to be another great year in the backfield. Q: How proud are you to be the only Heisman Trophy winner in Alabama history? A: I’m happy to have it. All the tradition and victories and accolades that have come through Alabama and not have a Heisman Trophy, to just be able to fill that void and represent all of Alabama nation, I’m proud to hold that title. Q: Do you still keep in touch with Trent Richardson? A: Yeah. He, Eddie [Lacy] and I went out not too long ago for an autograph signing. We keep in touch.
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Former Tide running back Mark Ingram participates in practice drills at Tuscaloosa County High School Saturday, July 13.
Alabama faces Virginia Tech in sold-out Georgia Dome
By Charlie Potter Sports Editor
The matchup in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome between defending national champion Alabama and Virginia Tech is now a sellout, Chick-fil-A Bowl officials announced Tuesday. The game and both teams have completely sold their allotted amount of tickets. “This is a nationally compelling matchup with two legendary coaches, passionate fan bases and perennial top-10 teams in the country,” said Chick-fil-A Bowl President and CEO Gary Stokan. “For Alabama, this is a chance to start another championship run, to make history and go for the three-peat. For
Virginia Tech, you can’t make much bigger of a statement than knocking off No. 1.” The teams, which last met in 2009 when the No. 5 Crimson Tide defeated the No. 7 Hokies 34-24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, will meet this year at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, to open the 2013-14 college football season. Since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game began in 2008, the two meetings between Alabama and Virginia Tech have been the two fastest sellouts in the game’s history. “We are looking forward to another great game, and we have a lot of respect for Coach [Frank] Beamer and Virginia Tech,” Alabama head coach
Nick Saban said. “We’ve had the opportunity to open the season twice before in Atlanta, and the experience has been extremely positive for our team and our fans. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome is a great venue for college football. It has the bowl game feel, and the staff has done an outstanding job of making it a first-class event.” In its third appearance in the Atlanta, Ga., season opener, Alabama will not only look to increase its record to 3-0 in the event, but also look to secure a victory that could prove to be crucial in appearing in its third consecutive BCS National Championship Game. For Virginia Tech, a victory
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Tide could play overseas in near future By Benjamin Clark With the announcement on Sunday that Penn State and The University of Central Florida will be opening the 2014 college football season at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, the NCAA has taken another step to increase the popularity of American football worldwide. Like the NFL, which has had international games in London since 2005, the NCAA is trying to help get football the recognition it deserves on the world stage just as the other “big” sports – baseball and basketball – have. Along with the announcement, it was reported by The Journal, an Irish publication, that the Gaelic Athletic Association is looking to make a five-year deal to host more games in Croke Park in
2016 and 2018. These games would feature high-profile teams that are interested, including The University of Alabama. Although a game featuring the Crimson Tide would surely be a success, most UA students and fans would have to witness it through their television screens. For those not attending the game, watching it on television shouldn’t be a problem, as long as they set an alarm clock. Because of the time zone difference, Penn State and UCF will be televised at 7:30 a.m. Tailgating at breakfast may soon become a reality if these games continue the success of last year’s Emerald Isle Classic. The Emerald Isle Classic opened up the 2012 season with Notre Dame and Navy playing at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Notre Dame won the game
50-10 in front of a crowd of more than 48,000. The same process could be used to get those from countries overseas to come to the United States, instead of taking the games overseas. With packages offered for those interested in the sport, they could expand its popularity without alienating the fans they already have. It has also been reported Notre Dame could possibly be returning to Dublin for either the 2016 and 2018 game, which could put them in a rematch of the 2012 BCS National Championship game with Alabama. While only the matchup between Penn State and UCF is official, Alabama fans may soon be traveling a lot farther outside of the Southeastern Conference to watch the Tide play.
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over the Crimson Tide would immediately shove the Hokies into the national spotlight again and set them up for a championship run of its own. Beamer said his team is ready for the opportunity to face Alabama. “The Georgia Dome is always an exciting place to play, and a sold out Georgia Dome is going to be very special,” he said. “I think it’s a great atmosphere, and us playing the top program in the country in front of a packed house … that is why you come to Virginia Tech.” Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle, who will experience his first Crimson Tide football season at the head of Alabama athletics, said the news of the
sellout is great for players and fans alike. “The University of Alabama is very excited to renew our long-standing relationship with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,” Battle said. “As usual, the matchup is an exciting one as we take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Georgia Dome. I know our fans, players and coaches are looking forward to kicking off the 2013 season in an outstanding setting along with the chance to play before a national audience.” Despite ticket allotments being sold out, fans looking to get to the game still have options from PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game’s official ticket exchange and VIP
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SEC MEDIA DAYS
SEC Media Days showcases players, coaches Coaches, players speak at Media Days MEDIA FROM PAGE 1
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Tuesday of SEC Media Days featured coaches and athletes from Ole Miss, South Carolina (head coach Steve Spurrier, featured above right), Florida and Missouri.
Finebaum answers questions regarding new media roles, predictions By Marc Torrence Contributing Writer SEC Media Days was in full swing Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency in Hoover, Ala. The Crimson White caught up with radio personality Paul Finebaum to get his thoughts on his new role with the SEC Network, SEC Media Days and Alabama. Crimson White: What’s your new role going to be with ESPN? Paul Finebaum: It will be interesting. For the most part, the network will simulcast the radio show. So whatever happens there will be on television. And obviously there will be other things I’ll do there. CW: Is your show going to change at all? PF: I think it will. I don’t think it’s going to be unrecognizable, but I think when you broaden the program like
we’re going to broaden it, it will be a little different. CW: Is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel the biggest SEC Media Days story since Tim Tebow? PF: Easily since Tebow. I think [Wednesday] will determine where he stands. But I’ll say that right now – obviously I’m pretty tied into ESPN – ESPN didn’t cover Tebow like they’re going to cover [Manziel] tomorrow. You’ll have the [MLB All-Star Game] over with, but it’ll just be nonstop [Manziel] tomorrow. It’s unprecedented. CW: What’s going to be the big story when Alabama is here on Thursday? PF: Well the real question is whether AJ [McCarron], to try to keep up with Manziel, brings Katherine Webb. I think that’s AJ’s only shot. I will say this. For the first time, Nick Saban is – I won’t
say this too loudly – but he’s almost an afterthought. For two reasons: One, Manziel. And secondly, everyone seems to think they’re going to win again. So there’s just not a lot of drama connected to Saban. CW: Do Alabama and Nick Saban like not being in the spotlight? PF: Yeah. That doesn’t mean he won’t say something that is quotable. He will. The thing about Nick Saban is he doesn’t just walk in here. But it’s still Alabama – there will be people in the lobby. But as far as people that I talk to in the media, it’s all about Manziel. CW: Is Alabama your favorite to win the national championship? PF: Absolutely. This is not a joke – I will pick Alabama to win as long as Nick Saban is there.
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Florida star Aaron Hernandez. “We cannot ignore the recent off-the-field incidents involving both current and former student-athletes,” Slive said. “Not all student-athletes fulfill the high expectations we have for them. And while many actions of a few garner headlines, the fact is that the vast majority of these young people conduct themselves appropriately. “We are not naïve enough to think we can put an end to all unacceptable behavior. But that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to try, try and try.” Florida head coach Will Muschamp was asked how much a head coach is responsible for the off-the-field behavior of his players. “You’re 100 percent responsible,” Muschamp said. “When we sign a student-athlete to come to the University of Florida, I look at his parents, guardians, whoever is important to him in his life, tell them it’s my job to be an extension of what’s already happened at home. But you’re 100 percent responsible for the young man.” Ole Miss’s stellar recruiting class The Ole Miss Rebels shocked the college football world by reeling in the No. 5 recruiting class for 2013, according to ESPN.com. Head coach Hugh Freeze convinced some of the country’s best players into going to Oxford, Miss., and playing for him in his second season at Ole Miss. The Rebels finished out the 2012 season in impressive fashion by defeating rival Mississippi State and Pittsburgh in the BBVA
Compass Bowl. Freeze said the way his team completed the season affected its success on the recruiting trail at the beginning of the offseason. “The momentum that was created around our place from winning the Egg Bowl and the bowl game was huge,” Freeze said. “One of the recruits, Robert Nkemdiche, we talked about all year long, he wanted to see that. When that came true, he felt like he was coming with us. That helped. He carried a lot of weight in a lot of ears of recruits. There’s no question the momentum that was created at the end of the year was greatly beneficial to us in recruiting.” Junior wide receiver Donte Moncrief said he was excited about the talented group of players coming into the fold at Ole Miss. But the 6-foot-3-inch wideout made it clear that the team to beat in the SEC was the Crimson Tide. “Alabama’s defense is awesome,” Moncrief said. “They’re a very good team. Their fans are great. … We’ve just got to stay focused.” Spurrier being Spurrier South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier was up to his usual antics, enlightening the media members about the coach’s meeting that took place in Destin, Fla., earlier in the offseason. He said the 14 head coaches of the SEC took a vote that involved the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. “For whatever reason, all 14 of our head coaches thought that Notre Dame should join the ACC and play football like the rest of us … We all voted 14-0 that they ought to be in a conference,” Spurrier said smiling. “All 14 coaches, Nick Saban, Mark Richt, Les Miles, we all voted that.” Spurrier was in a light hearted mood throughout his press conference but spoke with a
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certainty when referring to his star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He praised Clowney’s offseason efforts and ability to stay out of trouble. “Jadeveon has done an excellent job of sort of staying out of the limelight all summer,” Spurrier said. “He’s been a good teammate. He’s been there for workouts, and he’s been there doing what he’s supposed to do.” Spurrier might have been hinting at Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in terms of offseason foul play. Clowney said he stays out of trouble by staying out of the bars and off of Twitter. By doing that, he has had a productive offseason in which he has recorded a 4.46 second 40-yard dash. “He’s actually a little lighter than he was at the end of last year, I think he told me,” Spurrier said. “He’s going to be ready to go. Individual awards, obviously he’s up for all of them that a defensive lineman can be up for. Individual awards are nice, but hopefully the most important thing for him is helping us win the SEC. That would be the highlight for all of us if that were to happen.”
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Mike Johnson visits for 1st annual Sportsman’s Expo By Nick Sellers Staff Reporter Former offensive lineman and captain for the Crimson Tide football team, Mike Johnson, recently visited The University of Alabama campus for the first annual Tuscaloosa Sportsman’s Expo at the Bryant Conference Center on July 12. Johnson was the featured guest on Friday for the two-day exhibition that involved more than 50 vendors from across the Southeast. Now an Atlanta Falcon, Johnson earned consensus first-team All-American honors in 2009 as a starter at left guard. As a member of the last undefeated team for the Tide, Johnson expressed some healthy doubt as to whether the 2013 roster could pull off a perfect season.
“I want to say they’ll go all the way, but I think asking for four out of five [national championships] is a little much,” Johnson said with a laugh. “But they’ve got the leadership, and I know Coach Saban’s got them headed in the right direction.” Johnson also mentioned the offensive line’s turnover as a potential Achilles’ heel this season, though he was no stranger to reloading during his time at the Capstone. “I know they’re missing some guys on the offensive line, but we lost three guys, too, when I was a senior in 2009,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, they can do some of the same things we did back then and replace some big names. It’s tough, but it’s been done before, so they can pull it off.” Entering his fourth season
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Students from Tuscaloosa County High School’s Bass Fishing team teach young anglers to cast on a makeshift set. in the NFL, Johnson saw the most playing time last season, serving as a backup guard and an extra body in goal line situations. He even caught a
touchdown pass against former teammate Mark Ingram and the New Orleans Saints. His rich professional experience lent Johnson a valuable
perspective on the stellar 2012 Tide offensive line. “It was incredible, especially being a senior back then and watching those guys grow up,” Johnson said. “Chance [Warmack] was my backup when he was a true freshman, and DJ Fluker was there, too. It’s been incredible to watch them age. I got a chance to talk with all of them them at A-Day, and I’m just really proud of them.” After the Falcons’ first playoff win in the Matt Ryan/Mike Smith era last season and nearly reaching the Super Bowl, Johnson is confident the experience and offseason moves will bolster Atlanta’s championship hopes. “We added some pieces in Osi Umenyiora and Steven Jackson, a couple of pieces that we felt like we needed to have,”
he said. “We added some secondary depth in the draft, and it’s just going to be a matter of taking it one game at a time. Just [because] we got close last year doesn’t mean we’re going to get close this year.” Aside from the high-profile guests, attendees were treated to a variety of outdoor-themed product samples and services, including information on Outdoors Without Limits, an organization aiming “to promote awareness and teamwork between disabled and nondisabled individuals through education and outdoor recreational activities,” according to its website. “We are a people organization,” said Kirk Thomas, executive director and founder. “We’re hoping to start a chapter here. Our mission, what we try to do, is to change lives.”
Seawell adds former national champion Mike McGraw to staff By Benjamin Clark Contributing Writer The University of Alabama men’s golf team and head coach Jay Seawell have added another national championship winning coach to the staff with the hiring of former Oklahoma State head coach Mike McGraw as the new assistant coach for the team. “I’m really excited to have Mike [McGraw] on board,” Seawell said. “He is one of the great coaches in college golf. He is a good friend, but more importantly, he has a track record of knowing how to win championships. We are just thrilled that he has accepted the opportunity to be a part of Alabama golf. Mike will be an excellent asset for our players and will help us continue our pursuit to be the
best college program in the country.” McGraw spent 16 years at Oklahoma State, with the past eight as head coach. His team won the 2006 NCAA Championship and finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2010. His teams won 30 times overall and advanced to the championships seven times. The Cowboys finished in the Top 5 five separate times and won five Big 12 Championships. During his tenure, his players also received 30 medalist honors. “I’m excited for the opportunity at Alabama and the chance to get to work with some really incredible players,” McGraw said. “Jay Seawell has been a good friend of mine for a long time, and he is obviously a great coach. There is some-
thing to be learned from Jay for sure, and hopefully my experience and background can help strengthen an already successful program. Before taking over as the Cowboy’s head coach in 2006, McGraw was the head coach for the women’s golf team for the 2004-2005 season, when the Cowgirls won the Big 12 Championship. Before that, he had been the Cowboys assistant coach since 1997. In his time as an assistant coach, the Cowboys won 16 tournament titles, and had 19 All-Americans. Oklahoma State also won their ninth national title in 2000 with McGraw on the staff. Not only is McGraw well regarded as a coach, but he has also been considered as a top recruiter. ESPN The
Magazine recognized him as one of the top 20 recruiters in the nation, across all sports. McGraw has recruited and coached many PGA Tour players, including Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Morgan Hoffman and Casey Wittenburg. McGraw will be filling the position voided by Rob Bradley, who left Tuscaloosa to become the new head coach at Purdue. Bradley became the assistant coach for Alabama in 2012 after he replaced Scott Limbaugh, who left to become the head coach at Vanderbilt. During his playing time at Central Oklahoma, McGraw was a three-year letter winner and an honorable mention All-American in 1981 after he finished 16th at the NAIA Championships. He
Rickie Fowler and Mike McGraw at a Big 12 Championship match. graduated from Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications in 1982. McGraw’s new duties will include assisting Seawell in day-to-day operations of the program and serve as
recruiting coordinator, as well as assisting in player development. He will also serve as the director of the Alabama Golf Academy, while overseeing alumni relations and the Crimson Tide Open.
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Athletes should not have to apologize for voicing opinions on social media By Nick Sellers When a high-profile case such as the George Zimmerman trial occurs and elicits strong reactions from the general public, the controversy is bound to spill over onto Twitter. The nation has seen several big stories break since the social media site has become mainstream, with professional athletes chiming in on the issues from time to time. Savvy Twitter users should expect it by now. The phrase â€œeverybodyâ€™s got their own opinionâ€? has only become truer with the revelation of tweeting, which is why no one should be surprised that more than a few offended some people with their 140-character opinions Saturday night after Zimmermanâ€™s â€œnot guiltyâ€? verdict was announced. Letâ€™s go through a few examples. First up in the â€œI-canâ€™tbelieve-he-tweeted-that!â€? lineup is New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz. His initial reaction he decided to put out there for all his followers to see was: â€œThoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesnâ€™t
last a year before the hood catches up to him.â€? After much outrage, mostly by people who donâ€™t know much about the â€œhoodâ€? Cruz speaks of (he does, by the way), Cruz went on Mike & Mike In the Morning to more or less apologize, stating that he didnâ€™t really mean what he said. DeAndre Jordan of the NBAâ€™s Los Angeles Clippers imparted: â€œYou get jail time for dog fighting or shooting yourself but get off after killing a teenager â€Ś doesnâ€™t make sense to me.â€? Oklahoma City Thunderâ€™s Kendrick Perkins added: â€œAmericaâ€™s justice system is a joke.â€? Another top NFL wide receiver, Atlanta Falcon Roddy White, suggested the jurors kill themselves for coming to the conclusion they did. Of course, he had to go on record and apologize to everyone for saying a few words, caving into pressure. The whole charade just seems stale now. An athlete says something, people donâ€™t like it, then the public figure has to say, â€œNo wait thatâ€™s not what I meant, what I really meant to say
wasâ€Śâ€? and cue some watereddown, middle-of-the-road PR statement that reeks of insincerity. Some fans must simply come to terms with the fact that their favorite quarterback/point guard/left wing/center fielder (whom
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Sensible people will not take Whiteâ€™s tweet literally. You donâ€™t have to respect Perkinsâ€™ views on the American justice system, much less agree with them. What must be realized is professional athletes lead vastly different lives and have come from
George Zimmerman listens as the verdict is announced that the jury ďŹ nds him not guilty, with Mark Oâ€™Mara, left, and co-counsel, Don West and Lorna Truett, on the 25th day of Zimmermanâ€™s trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, July 13.
theyâ€™ve never actually met in real life) will tweet certain opposing views from time to time â€“ so what? Is there no room for selective outrage anymore? Must every message be sanitized to conform with the general consensus of right and wrong?
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