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SGA opens up block seating By Charles Scarborough Staff Reporter cjscarborough@gmail.com The University of Alabama’s Student Government Association is making dramatic changes to its student block seating system for the 2010 football season. The SGA says its new approach to student group seating at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be more inclusive and encourage diverse student groups to be a part of the system. To emphasize that change, student leaders have renamed the block seating area to “Student Organization Seating.” SGA President James Fowler said the name change is an effort to promote the inclusion of a wide variety of student organizations across the UA campus. “I hope the new system and name change will encourage student organizations from all corners of campus to apply for student organization seating,” Fowler said. “The goal is to eliminate any divisiveness within the student body that has existed in years past and promote unity going forward.”

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UA ranks 13 on party schools list ALABAMA PARTY RANKINGS #6: Lots of Beer #6: Best Athletic Facilities

#8: Lots of Hard Liquor

#13: Party Schools

#15: Students Pack the Stadiums

#15: Students Study the Least CW File By Amanda Bayhi Contributing Writer In addition to 13 national championships, the University now has another reason to hold the number 13 dear to its heart. The Princeton Review named the University number 13 on its list of the top 20 party schools for the 2010-2011 school year. The Capstone missed the 2009-2010 le this

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Nursing students have a new place to call home. The $16.9 million Capstone College of Nursing building opened its doors this week to a recently finished facility built in response to the rapidly growing college. Construction began in October 2008 and concluded in July. “In the last 10 years, our undergraduate program has increased from 350 students to 1,200,” Dean of the College of Nursing Sara Barger said. “We now have 300 students at the master’s level and a doctorate program. We have previously used classrooms all over campus and finally having the rooms for our students to learn is dynamite.” The 64,000-square-foot building, located off University Drive across the street from DCH Regional Medical Center, provides a highly interactive education for nursing students, according to a UA news release. “Our goal is to produce graduates who can provide quality,

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proudest area. Maddox has approved a plan by Cooper Consulting out of Dallas, Texas for the greater Downtown is nothing short downtown area. The plan is of a picturesque scene, but meant to grow downtown to the city of Tuscaloosa, under meet the needs of residents, the direction of Mayor Walt tourists and UA students alike. “Your central city is the Maddox, is preparing itself for a revitalization in its gateway to your community,”

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River on the north and Queen City Avenue on the east, to 15th Street on the south and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the west. It makes suggestions for improvements downtown that include everything from increasing residency in

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What: Women’s Soccer vs. Samford University Alabama Soccer Complex

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SUNDAY What: Hillel Jewish Center groundbreaking ceremony

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UA ranked among U.S. Newsʼ top 50 public universities

CAMPUS CRIME:

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The University of Alabama is ranked 34th among public national universities and 79th among all universities, both public and private, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings for 2011. The ranking places UA in the top 6 percent of the 1,400 colleges and universities surveyed by U.S. News. There are approximately 2,700 four-year public and private colleges and universities in the country. The Capstone has been ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation for the last 10 years.

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UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA II Date: Aug. 17 Time: 2:30 a.m. Location: 100 Block Hackberry Lane

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA II

UA sorority pledges announced

Date: Aug. 17 Time: 3:45 a.m. Location: 900 Block of 2nd Street

Pledging sororities recently at The University of Alabama were 1,398 women. For the complete list, visit uanews.ua.edu.

THEFT OF PROPERTY Date: Aug. 17 Time: 4:50 p.m. Date: Aug. 17 Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: 800 Block of Magnolia Drive

UAʼs Celebrity Series to Bring Internationally Acclaimed Stars The University of Alabama’s 2010-2011 Celebrity Series will dazzle audiences with internationally acclaimed stars ranging from soloists from the Russian National Orchestra to an award-winning bluegrass band.

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Deborah Lane, assistant vice president for University relations, said in an e-mailed statement. “UA places more emphasis on our academic reputation,” she said. “Clearly, as indicated from both the increased number of applicants and our growth, prospective students are attracted to the academic quality they are finding at The University of Alabama.” The Princeton Review decides the order of the rankings by acquiring information from students nationwide about their college experiences. The main factors that make a college or university a party school, the Princeton Review website states, are Greek life, time spent studying and drug and alcohol usage. Students’ feelings varied about the University’s placing on the list. Jessica Bisset, a senior majoring in music management, said she thinks the University deserves to be on the list, though she thinks it should be closer to the top.

Date: Aug 16 Timee: 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Location: 500 Block of Jefferson Avenue.

THEFT OF PROPERTY II Date: Aug 16 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: 400 Block of Stadium Drive.

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“We are definitely active on the party scene,” she said. Grayson Martin, a junior majoring in public relations, said he also thinks the University placing in the top 20 is appropriate, as he’s heard groups of people who have parties planned nearly every weekend, though it’s not necessarily something in which he takes pride. “I think we kind of live up to that reputation in a way I wish we didn’t,” Martin said. Despite differing opinions about the University making the list, Chris Thompson, a freshman majoring in math, said academics are not affected, regardless. As long as students keep good grades, he said, it’s OK to party. Another issue the University’s ranking raised is how the party school distinction will affect recruitment. Chelsea Manning, a senior majoring in dance, said she thinks the University’s place on the list of top party schools could affect enrollment both positively and negatively—it could boost enrollment from students who like to party, but it could also lower enrollment from students who are looking

for a school based more strictly on academics. On the other hand, Joe Dees, a graduate student in economics, said he doesn’t think the list will sway students’ decisions to attend the University one way or the other because usually, he said, many factors go into college selection. “People are going to go where they’re going to go,” he said. Jessica Sorrell, a former Ohio University student, shared some UA students’ sentiments. She said she doesn’t think the list or partying affects the education at the school. There isn’t much else to do besides party in a small town, she said. Ohio University is located in Athens, about an hour and a half from Columbus and has a population of 63,255, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “The academics were really good, but when the sun went down everything changed,” Sorrell said. Sorrell said the list could have an effect on enrollment. “That probably changes [prospective students’] thinking; like, yeah, I think I could have a good time here,” she said.

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Class sizes grow over the years By Will Tucker News Editor wjtucker1@gmail.com

As the University continues to grow, so does students’ awareness of the growing pains—specifically in class sizes. “[The growth] has certainly pressed the limits,” said Larry Bowen, associate director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Bowen also teaches one class a semester, Mathematics 110. “I’m not sure if limits on class sizes have gone overboard, but if a class was limited at, say, 60, in the past, you would have had only maybe 53

or 54 even though it would hold 60,” he said. “Now you’re going to have 60. Whatever the limit was, the growth has made sure that [class sizes] were there.” Bowen graduated from here in 1979 and joined the faculty in 1981. He mentioned that certain facility developments, like the construction of the Mathematics Technology Learning Center in Tutwiler Hall, correlate to changes in class sizes. “When I first started teaching, the Math Lab wasn’t there, and we just had the classrooms in Gordon Palmer,” he said. “No room in that building other than the auditorium would hold, at that time, more

than about 40 people. “The Math Lab has changed things now…[mathematics classes] don’t necessarily meet but once a week, and maybe some of the upper level courses have gotten smaller.” Matt Garmon, a junior majoring in accounting, agreed with Bowen’s idea that upper level classes, even in majors other than mathematics, are getting smaller. “It seems like they’ve been getting a little smaller as I’m getting into my upper level classes, but starting off, they were huge,” he said. “They were around 200 people.” Amber Moore a sophomore majoring in business said

through Honors College, she has only experienced small classes until this year. “The classes I’ve had in the past have always been something like 15 students,” she said. “So, this is the first semester I’ve had huge classes.” Moore said she sees Honors College class sizes staying the same and noted that she mainly chose to attend UA because of the University Honors Program. She said her entry-level classes this year, like Geography 101 and Accounting 210, seem large. “They’re at least 150 [students]. They’re in the big lecture classes.”

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Class sizes seem to vary across the board, according to Austin Curry, a freshman majoring in biology. who is taking all entry-level courses. “Some are just about like high school with about 30 to 40 people,” he said. “In my English class, though, there’s about a hundred in there…I’ve never seen that before.” Larry Bowen said he’s seen

freshman class sizes consistently growing. “Definitely with the major universities, the class sizes of at least the freshmen have been creeping up for years,” he said. “The rooms won’t hold more than they’ll hold,” he said. “As much as you want more people in there, the room will only hold that much.”

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care and who feel comfortable in a technology-driven environment,” said Marsha Adams, professor of nursing and assistant dean of the undergraduate program. “We want to reduce the orientation time for our graduates when they start with a health care agency.” Two seminar rooms, three classrooms, computer labs, two study rooms and a student lounge, as well as an auditorium with seating for 148, are featured in the Neo-classical, three-story building, according to the news release. A 34-bed clinical practice lab, six computer-controlled patient simulation rooms in the Simulation Center for Clinical Excellence will contribute to the nursing students’ education. Shelley Jordan, director of advancement for the College of Nursing, said the simulation labs contain life-sized, computer-controlled simulators that imitate real patient conditions. The students can come into a simulation lab with a scenario such as a drug overdose or gunshot wound and gain hands-on experience as the situation is broadcasted to classrooms. “All the amenities are so hightech. It is nice,” said Chelsea Colagross a junior majoring in nursing,. “Everything is more technologically based and [the facilities] help learning.” The building will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10. UA President Robert Witt, Barger and guests representing nursing faculty, staff, students and alumni are expected to attend the ceremony. “A new Capstone College of Nursing building serves as a visible example of The University of Alabama’s commitment to providing our students with a state-of-the-art learning environment,” Witt said.

Above: Nursing students train in the new 34-bed clinincal practice lab. Far left: The nursing facility features human body simulators to best prepare students for real life situations. Left: Instructor offices are located on the third floor of the building, as well as a lounge area for students. CW | Julie Miller

The simulation labs contain life-sized, computercontrolled simulators that imitate real conditions. CW | Julie Miller

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Friday, August 20, 2010

By David Simpson

Editor • Tray Smith

Two weeks ago, state Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, was quoted in the Birmingham News as saying he believes Alabamians are satisfied with average services and the current tax structure. On the contrary, I don’t believe there are many citizens satisfied with the current quality of state public services, and we are certainly not satisfied with the country’s most regressive and inefficient tax system. A simple drive down the Birmingham portion of I-65 will convince anybody of the need for increased infrastructure funding. A look at state departmental budgets will reflect a state government that is struggling to make ends meet. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the department responsible for monitoring air and water quality, is so underfunded that it only receives 10 percent of its annual budget from the state. The rest of the funding comes from federal grants. The need for federal funding is troubling when you consider ADEM not only helps ensure that we have safe drinking water, but has also had to work closely with BP to protect the Gulf Coast. Alabama is temporarily holding 49th place in total per capita taxes among the 50 states. However, once the recession is over, we are expected to drop back behind South Carolina to our traditional place of lowest in the country. Currently, our low taxes translate not into average services, but below average services. Recently Alabama evaluated its education performance during its 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress meeting. To “meet AYP” school systems must show improvement in multiple student subcategories broken up by factors such as race, learning

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disability, and economic status. Alabama had 51 school systems fail to “meet AYP,” and collectively the state came up short in the category of special education. Many argue that No Child Left Behind’s impossible standards will eventually cause the state not to meet AYP, and this is true. However, the real problem with state education will become evident under a new graduation rate formula to be implemented in 2012. The Mobile Press-Register reported that under the new formula Alabama will post a graduation rate close to 65 percent, a far cry from the current rate of 87 percent. Mr. Barron, our state services are not average. They are close to failing. Unfortunately, neither of the state’s gubernatorial candidates is clued into the economic realities of the state. Basic math proves that it is nearly impossible to improve service quality by decreasing revenue, especially when our state has an average per capita tax bill of $3002. As reported by the Birmingham News, simply raising taxes to the 50-state median of $4007 would bring in an additional $4.7 billion in revenue. This money could be used to improve public education, invest in community development, or finally honor Sen. Richard Shelby’s hard work and provide matching dollars for a Birmingham light rail system. Regardless, we can expect our two candidates to tick the clock backwards on tax progressiveness. Both Dr. Robert Bentley and Commissioner Ron Sparks have pledged to return the state to fouryear property tax appraisals. This, combined with campaign promises not to raise taxes, only forecasts an increase in the regressive nature of our tax structure and a decrease in both the quantity and quality of

state public programs. Although Bentley has not identified new state revenue sources, Sparks has offered ideas for increased revenue by legalizing and taxing gambling and the lottery. Unfortunately, Alabama is located between two states with legalized gaming, Mississippi and Florida, who respectively raised $296.34 million and $108.37 million in gaming tax revenue during the 2009 fiscal year. On the eastern boarder Georgia enjoys a lottery tax revenue of under a billion dollars. Even if the state could emulate Mississippi gaming and Georgia lotteries, Alabama would collect far less than $4.7 billion. If anything, the additional gaming tax revenue would likely come at a cost of increased regression. If our state hopes to improve in areas of public education, work force development, or job creation, we must restructure the state tax system in such a way that increases fairness, equity, efficiency, and most importantly revenue. In Alabama, we too often get the political conversation wrong. Every election cycle debate centers on how we can continue to provide current services at the lowest possible cost. The debate should instead focus on what is necessary to provide the country’s best programs. Sadly, many of Alabama’s state leaders have lacked the political will to stand up to special interests and as a result the state struggles in most areas. To quote Mr. Barron again, “If the people begin to demand more, they’ll have to pay more…but at this point in time, they’re satisfied...” Alabamians are not satisfied, and we are demanding what is necessary to provide higher quality public services.

An open letter from James Madison, Founding Father: Joe Hart knows exactly how I think the Constitution should apply two-hundred years after my death. Obviously, health insurance mandates do not count as “Commerce among the several states,” even though it’s commerce that happens among several states, because we didn’t have Blue Cross in 1789, so I couldn’t possibly have been talking about that. It’s well known that we Founding Fathers were the smartest people ever, but there’s something important that most people don’t know about us. We were also visited by the goddess Minerva who bestowed us with a DeLorean that travels through all of American history. We sampled every age to see if a minimal, lassiez faire interpretation of our abstractly worded document works to make a more perfect union, and it totally does. I saw that whole Industrial Revolution. I saw the Gilded Age, with its rise in paternal wage slavery and an industrial economy that allowed for over one percent of all America’s wealth to be enjoyed by a single man. I saw the Great Depression, and the rise of postwar consumerism that put large corporations at the forefront of people’s lives and livelihood. I saw the switch to a financial economy and the digital age, and I totally get globalism.

Guys, we covered all of that. Joe Hart knows all of this, because I told him when he sprinkled gypsy tears into a cauldron. We meant tariffs, and that’s it. For all eternity, just deal with tariffs. What’s with all these regulations on anything besides tariffs? What’s all the federalist hullabaloo over “hedge funds” and “requiring publicly traded companies to disclose their finances,” and “dangerous diet pills,” and “harmful children’s toys,” and “false advertising” and “people murdering innocent people by blowing up federal buildings?” Those did not come directly from us, so they couldn’t possibly be rational endeavors. Who needs this “health insurance” so much, anyway? How much could it possibly cost to throw snakes and leeches on a writhing body and call it the old college try? Look, I’m no anti-federalist kook. I understand the occasional need for central government to put its foot down. It was me who recognized that the weakness of the Articles of Confederacy was its inability to tax states for revenue. Now Uncle Sam can tax, as I so eloquently put it, for “the general welfare.” Pretty vague, I know. Sorry. So, I guess if the government wanted to alter people’s economic behavior, they could rightly insert a tax as a penalty for not buying … I digress. We covered all possible problems when we wrote the thing. Yes, there

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were mistakes. Like that one clause that, in 1841, resulted in mass confusion over who the hell was president. And we’re sorry about that “civil war” and the “systematic disenfranchisement of millions of people.” But we totally did all those mistakes on purpose so you’d have to deal with them. It builds character. See, when it comes to the legal history of the U.S., the Constitution isn’t the most important thing – it’s the only thing. I’m flipping through all your legal history … yawn … something about the necessity of regulating intrastate goods, because they inevitably effect supply and demand of interstate goods … snooze. Something about distinguishing between the production of a good and the marketing of it, the latter of which would obviously best describe buying insurance … snore. Look, we took care of all of this for you two hundred years ago. Stop worrying your post-industrial little heads about this stuff and do as we say, as we laid it out for you in Federalist 45, which pretty much is what kind of runs this country. Your entire legal mores should basically be a Founding Fathers RPG game. Put down that book by Mr. Oliver Wendell Whatever, and start channeling Hamilton, you crazy posterity, you.

The choice between food stamps and teachers is obviously not a glamorous tradeoff politically. However, these are the types of choices our policymakers are going to have to make if they want to get federal spending under control. We do not live in a world of limitless resources. If the government continues to budget as if we do, another financial crisis far worse than the one we just survived will come in the near future. Besides, the cuts in food stamps Snowe and Collins agreed to do not take effect until 2014. Even then, benefits will be reduced only to their pre-stimulus level. The Obama administration, while selling its stimulus program to the public and Congress, insisted the spending would be temporary. Now, liberals are labeling any attempt to curb that spending back as a “cut,” proving their intention all along was to permanently increase the federal spending baseline. Vanden Heuvel went on to criticize Republicans for supporting the extension of the Bush tax cuts while simultaneously opposing spending on social programs for the sake of deficit reduction. Democrats are clamoring that permanently extending the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers would be “fiscally irresponsible.” Really, now? President Obama has proposed extending the Bush tax cuts for all but the top 3 percent of income earners. The Treasury Department recently estimated such a policy would cost $3 trillion over 10 years. Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for everyone, which would add an additional $700 billion to the tab. That means the additional cost of maintaining tax cuts for all tax payers would be $162 billion less than the stimulus bill and $240 billion less than health care reform. After recklessly adding to the budget deficit with bill after bill over the past year, Democrats are now calling Republicans fiscally irresponsible for trying to shield taxpayers from the financial consequences of the Obama-Pelosi spending spree. Only in the Democratic Party could passing the costs of huge new government programs onto taxpayers be considered fiscally responsible. But middle- and upper-income families alike work hard for their money and, regardless of their economic status, those families should not have to sacrifice more in this time of economic hardship to finance President Obama’s agenda. Instead, lawmakers should begin making tough choices on how to bring spending and entitlement obligations in line over the long-term. That is the only way to reduce our debt and keep our economy competitive. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, for instance, has proposed reducing all non-defense discretionary spending to pre-Obama (FY2008) levels. That would save over $900 billion over the next 10 years. Congresswoman Cynthia Lumis of Wyoming has proposed hiring one person for every two who leave government service until the number of federal employees is equal to what it was when Barack Obama took office, which would save $35 billion. Congressman Tom Price of Georgia has proposed canceling all unspent stimulus funds, which would save an extra $266 billion. There are numerous other ideas that offer equally great potential for reducing our debt. Unfortunately, these ideas are unlikely to receive serious consideration because the Democratic majority in Washington is responsible for several of these very programs. In 1964, when campaigning for Barry Goldwater, a former Democrat and actor by the name of Ronald Reagan traveled the country giving a speech entitled “A Time for Choosing.” This election year is also a time for choosing. A time for either making the difficult decisions that will put this nation on a path to remain the greatest, most dynamic country on earth, or allowing the government to control more and more of our economy. Some of these decisions may be even more difficult than choosing between food stamps and teachers. Hopefully, however, we will elect people to office who are up for the task.

Josh Veazey is an alumnus of the University of Alabama.

Tray Smith is the opinions editor of the Crimson White. His column runs on Fridays.

David Simpson is a junior majoring in economics and political science.

Joe Hart took the words right out of my enlightened mouth By Josh Veazey

Earlier this month, the liberal weekly The Nation published a column by Katrina vanden Heuvel entitled “Food Stamps or Teachers.” The article criticized moderate Republican Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine for agreeing to break the Republican filibuster of Tray Smith a $26 billion program to help states avoid teacher layoffs only after Democrats agreed to offset the costs of the bill by cutting food stamps. The implication was that Republicans were heartlessly forcing Democrats to choose between cutting food stamps or helping teachers keep their jobs. The column struck me because of its sheer superficiality.


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WRC caters to both men and women By Jesse Smith Contributing Writer Service opportunities, such as the Young Women’s Leadership Program and the Young Men’s Leadership Program, allow UA students to mentor middle school students in the Tuscaloosa area. The Women’s Resource Center facilitates these programs. These programs partner with the University Union and are similar to the Boys and Girls Club’s “Big Brothers/Big Sisters” program in that both are aimed at one-on-one pairing. “The specific training and content areas set these programs apart,” said Jessi Hitchins, assistant director of the WRC. “These programs are built on a system of three tiers.” For women, these three tiers are competence, autonomy and connections with one another. For men, the three tiers are authenticity, respect and strength. Each program requires a one-year commitment, 20 hours of training in the fall and 10 weeks of mentoring in the spring. Andres Peña, a senior majoring in management and political science, said many people are under the impression that the WRC is for women only. “When I tell people that I work and volunteer with the WRC, sometimes they are drawn back because I’m a male,” Peña said. Peña has been a part of the Young Men’s Leadership Program for three years as a mentor and has been on staff at the WRC for two years.

He said he first heard about the program through Get On Board Day his sophomore year. “I volunteered, enjoyed it, but wanted to be more involved in the coordinating and planning, so I joined the staff,” he said. Along with mentoring a middle school boy every year, he also plans the curriculum and trains other mentors. “The main goal [of the WRC] is empowering women but also to serve the underserved,” Peña said. The Women’s Resource Center moved to a new home recently and is continuing to create programs that support both men and women. Located at 1101 Jackson Ave., the WRC is inside the South Lawn office building, across from the Alabama Credit Union on Bryant Drive. “We are excited about the new space and are moving forward with all of our programs,” Hitchins said. Th e Yo u n g M e n ’s Leadership Program and the Young Women Leaders Program are accepting applications for the 2010-2011 year. Those interested in applying to the program can visit wrc.ua.edu for an online application. Training will take place in the fall every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. for women and every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. for men. In the spring, mentoring will take place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Mondays for both programs. The programs are open to female and male students at the University, as well as those at Shelton State Community College.

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Exchange students adapt to U.S. By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter bsknox@crimson.ua.edu As a Chinese to English dictionary sits on her bed in New Hall, Lauren Howton, a sophomore majoring in history, uses it to break the language barrier between herself and her Chinese roommate Juno Xia, a freshman in the English Language Institute who is majoring in finance. Because the University is a melting pot of cultures, international students share oncampus housing with those of American descent. While some may think this could be a complicated living situation, Howton and Xia see it as an opportunity to learn more about another person’s culture. Alicia Browne, associate director for information and communication in housing, said there is much to learn from these types of relationships. “Just as with any situation in

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SGA Vice President for Student Affairs Stephen Swinson said the SGA is partnering with The Source and Student Affairs administrators to actively recruit a broad community of student organizations for the revamped Student Organization Seating. “The SGA is encouraging all student organizations to apply for seating,” Swinson said. “We are eager for new student organizations to participate in Student Organization Seating and are excited about implementing a more inclusive student organization section.” The SGA will also make adjustments to the mandatory arrival times for student organizations hoping to occupy their designated seating section. All seating not occupied 45 minutes prior to kickoff

they also get to learn about each other’s culture, ranging from things such as food, traditions and fashion. “[Xia] makes Chinese dishes often,” Howton said. “Although their food is different, it is interesting to learn about the culture.” Xia said the American food served in China is different from the food here, and it would take some getting used to. “[Xia] gave me a present that they use for a bracelet and a hair tie, and I taught her about silly bands,” Howton said. “It was fun to trade fashion.” They talked about everything from Ugg boots to American food such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut. Howton said learning about different cultures is very important to her because of the importance of international relations and learning about others. “I learn a lot about American culture from my roommate,” Xia said. “I love my roommate. She has been so helpful.”

college, it is what you make of it, and the experience is very beneficial for those who may want to study abroad or ultimately work abroad,” Browne said. There are several hundred international students who stay in on-campus housing, including those that may come for a few weeks with the University’s English Language Institute. “Sometimes this may create a problem when a student comes to ELI in the middle of the year, in maybe September, while the other student has already settled into their dorm space,” Browne said. The ELI is one example of how differences between the lives of some international students and the lives of U.S. citizen students have become pronounced. Another is the need to overcome a language barrier. “While many students do speak the language very well, it is hard for some students, and they have to find creative ways

to communicate,” Browne said. She said one Englishspeaking student moved into her room and knew that her roommate would be moving in later and that she spoke Japanese. “The girl wanted to leave a note to tell her roommate where she had gone and what was going on in the apartment, so she decided to draw a picture,” Browne said. “I thought this was a very clever way to communicate.” She said there is an international living learning community in Rose Towers that started more than two years ago, and it is on two floors. “As one may imagine, not every international student gets a great perception when they get here, and that was an issue we wanted to improve,” Browne said. “The students on these floors are those students that want to get a cultural experience from having an international roommate.” Although Xia and Howton have to translate many things,

will be open to the general student population, a fifteenminute extension from last year’s 30 minutes prior mandatory arrival time. In addition, the Student Organization Committee will be imposing stricter regulations for those organizations with designated seating areas. Any student organization that on repeated occasion arrives late or departs early will be forced to go before a judicial review. Swinson believes these changes will force student organizations to take full advantage of the section they have received. “The SGA has made positive adjustments to Student Organization Seating in an effort to motivate early arrival by decreasing the amount of time that the section is reserved,” Swinson said. “To deter early departure, organizations will be subject to judicial review if a significant por-

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For the political and social activists who gathered at UA’s Bryant Conference Center Thursday, there is a bigger political issue facing the state than bingo and health care. Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, a nonprofit organization devoted to creating a new constitution for Alabama, brought reform-minded Alabamians to Tuscaloosa for its fourth annual Bailey Thomson Awards Luncheon. The luncheon also honored ACCR’s tenth anniversary. “This is the largest, most sustained, indigenous civic reform movement in our state,” said

David Mathews, a former UA president and CEO of the nonprofit Kettering Foundation. Mathews praised ACCR’s efforts to promote constitutional reform as a bipartisan issue. “What you’ve created is a political network that spans the entire state, despite all of the state’s divisions,” he said. “Alabama is good at a lot of things, but none any better than dividing up.” In 1995 and 2002, Auburn University produced issue books on the government of Alabama. “In these 15 years, you’ve been able to introduce a new element into Alabama politics,” Mathews said. “[The issue books] provided a context for talking about the constitution.” The ACCR began in 2000 with a rally at the site of the old state

capitol building in Tuscaloosa ten years ago. The organization has grown dramatically in its first decade, conducting a mock constitutional convention in 2009. The focus is not on political expediency, it’s on real, honest reform, Mathews said. “The rhetoric of politics is always ‘do this and everything’s going to be perfect,’” Mathews said. “Anything we do to improve the state of Alabama is going to cost us something that’s dear to us.” Mark Berte, ACCR’s grassroots education director, and Hill Carmichael of Greater Birmingham Ministries received the organization’s first-ever Spirit Awards. Berte produced the documentary “It’s a Thick Book,” and has traveled the state raising aware-

ness for constitutional reform. Carmichael, whose greatgrandfather was one of the 155 men who wrote the 1901 Constitution, founded the Constitution Convention Coalition to campaign for a constitutional convention. “Everything here today speaks of good news,” he said. “It speaks of bad news for the 1901 Constitution, and it speaks of good news for the people of Alabama.” Filmmaker Melanie Jeffcoat was awarded the Citizen Educator of the Year Award for her film, “Open Secret.” The film is a re-enactment of the 1901 Constitutional Convention based on the convention’s actual transcripts. Having grown up in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Jeffcoat

Students sell cookies at Baila for pediatric cancer research By Ashlie Bowman Contributing Writer Where can you find raffle prizes and all the cookies you could ever want? Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale will offer both. The event will be held tomorrow at Baila Venues in Northport from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Brooke Falls, a sophomore studying pre-med, and Julia Perkins, a freshman majoring in nursing, will be hosting the event to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Although neither of the girls has personal experience with the disease, they both feel strongly about helping the community and those affected by the illness. “It’s sad because pediatrics doesn’t get as much funding because pharmaceutical companies don’t make as much money off of them,” Falls said.

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• Where: Baila Venues • When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Being pre-med, I wanted to do something for the community to raise money for pediatric research.” Neither of the girls knew anything about the organization until early this summer when Falls saw a commercial advertising the group. She immediately called one of her friends to help organize an event of their own. “Brooke called and needed help, so I said sure,” Perkins said. “I love doing community service. Plus, I love cookies.”

For these two students, the summer was spent going from store to store and from business to business asking for help and donations. Several places such as Publix, McAlister’s Deli and Buffalo Rock Bottling Co. provided cookies, drinks and raffle prizes to aid the charity. The girls said they were grateful for the support from businesses and the community. “We’re really fortunate that people have been willing to help. I really hope a lot of people come out,” Falls said. The girls said they are trying to encourage other students and community members to get involved by donating money, purchasing raffle tickets and cookies, or simply showing up. Although the main point of the event is to help fund a cure for pediatric cancer, another important goal is spreading awareness

of the disease and the impact it has on the community. “There are so many scams out there. I don’t want people to think it’s all about the money,” Perkins said. Falls said they understand the country is going through an economic recession and many may not feel they have the means to help, but she wants to reassure the community that every little bit counts. “I volunteered at the hospital, so I know there are a lot of sick people, and any donation makes a difference,” she said. C o o k i e s f o r k i d s c a n c e r. org or the event’s page on Facebook offer more information to anyone interested. To donate directly, checks can be mailed to Cookies for Kids Cancer Research P.O. Box 75 in Samantha, Ala. 35482.

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was not aware of the controversies surrounding the constitution when she moved to Birmingham. “When I moved to Alabama nine years ago and I cast my ballot for the first time,” she said, “I wondered why I was asked to vote on an issue that didn’t matter to me in a county I’d never heard of.” The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham was recognized as ACCR’s Partner of the Year. The Community Foundation has supported ACCR with more than $120,000 in grants, said Foundation president Kate Nielsen. Edgar Gentle, a Birmingham lawyer who filed a lawsuit in 2009 challenging the validity of the 1901 constitution, was awarded the Bailey Thomson Award.

Gentle’s lawsuit alleged the constitution only passed because of massive voter fraud. “Before the 1901 constitution, there were 100,000 black voters,” Gentle said. “After the 1901 constitution, there were 3500.” Gentle said constitutional reform is vital for Alabama right now, as the state is at a turning point. “Alabama is really in political turmoil right now,” he said. “Both parties are really surprised by their candidates for governor, for example.” A forum on constitutional reform featuring former Gov. Albert Brewer, Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom, Jr., and gubernatorial candidate Dr. Robert Bentley was originally slated to take place before the luncheon, but was cancelled.

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“This plan is attractive in terms of recruitment for the University,” Maddox said. “The University not only has to sell itself but the city that the students live in. It’s important that we have a first class city for our students to arrive to. It’s also important for the University because the opportunity to live, work and play will likely happen outside of campus. We want to create a fun environment for our students and we’re well on the way to making that happen.” “This is a complete plan,” Maddox said. “We hope everyone, whether 18 or 80, will now be able to enjoy coming downtown.” UA students agree, hoping that the new plan will offer a plethora of exciting entertainment options in an area that some say has seemed run-down for so long. “More music venues are definitely something I’d like to see more of downtown, especially venues that aren’t also bars,” said Savanna Lauderdale, a junior majoring in English. said. “I don’t spend a ton of time downtown unless I’m going to dinner because there’s not a whole lot to do down there at night other than eating. I’d really like to see other things that students can do open up there.”

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the area to improving the landscape and overall view. “Revitalization is going to be a long, on-going process,” said John McConnell, deputy director of planning and economic development. “All of it depends on money, and the types of infrastructure projects you’re seeing out here take lots and lots of money. We’re lucky to have a senator in Washington who can obtain federal dollars for us to do these projects because the city can only do public [not private] projects.” McConnell said he believes that improving infrastructure is the key to the complete revitalization of downtown. “Infrastructure encourages private reinvestment,” McConnell said. “Downtown was dead, and the businesses had moved out to the suburbs. There was no encouragement for private property owners to do more, but this plan generates excitement and increases property values.” The plan has also incorporated the wants and needs of students in the Tuscaloosa area, Maddox said.

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Student featured in Sloss documentary By Brooke Marshall Contributing Writer

mature as an artist. “Sloss has really been a good deal for me,” McCreary said. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” The sculpture outside of Woods Hall named “Goldie 1971” is one of McCreary’s sculptures and is featured in the documentary, along with another of his pieces. The artists at Sloss are community-based, and it’s a collaborative process, said Craig Wedderspoon, a UA associate professor of sculpture. “Those guys at Sloss really have it figured out,” Wedderspoon said. “Sloss is the only reason Birmingham is there. Birmingham grew around it.”

Wedderspoon currently teaches McCreary in his graduate school sculpture program. “I’ve learned all kinds of new stuff from [McCreary],” he said. “A lot of his work has a sense of humor to it.” McCreary demonstrates this sense of humor in a video clip, which can be found at aptv.org. The clip, titled “Joe McCreary’s Giant Skillet and Egg,” shows McCreary and other Sloss artists frying an egg in a six-foot iron skillet with a burner and spatula that he made especially for the occasion. Though the documentary originally aired in July, there will be follow-up showings Aug. 22 at 8 p.m., Aug. 23 at

Additional information 5 a.m., Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. on Alabama about the documentary can be found at www.aptv.org/sloss. Public Television. Anyone can see the art featured at Sloss during regular business hours. Sloss Furnaces is open to the public with free admission Tuesday through • “Sloss: Industry to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Art” on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Sloss Furnaces’ website, • Alabama Public w w w. s l o s s f u r n a c e s . c o m , includes information about Television its history as well as all of the programs they currently offer. • Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Sloss also offers many educa• Aug. 23 at 5 a.m. tional classes to teach about its history as well as a sum• Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. mer program for high school students who are hired and • Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. taught the processes of cast iron, McCreary said.

Sloss Furnaces has become much more than just a historic site that once produced iron in Birmingham in the 19th and 20th centuries. It has transformed into a place where many different artists can work, and now Alabama Public Television has created a comprehensive documentary focusing on the history of Sloss and looking towards its future. The documentary, “Sloss: Industry to Art,” serves a number of purposes. According to the APT website, it “provides a look at the historic importance of Sloss as a working furnace that gave rise to the city of Birmingham, the successful grassroots effort to preserve Sloss from destruction and its current role as a national historic landmark functioning as an art education facility gaining recognition on a national level.” It highlights how close Sloss came to shutting down, said Joe McCreary, Sloss Metal Arts Education Coordinator, resident artist and a UA graduate student in sculpture. McCreary is a featured cast iron artist in the documentary. Sloss has become a center for artistic research and development, as well as a popular destination for cast iron artists, he said. McCreary started by volunteering at Sloss in 2000 and said it is a historical industrial museum. “The site itself is gorgeous,” McCreary said. “It was built before welding and is put together by rivets. It’s amazing to think how someone figured out how to make it work.” Both the site and the energy of the artists who work there attracted him to Sloss in the first place. Sculpture requires teamwork, and at Sloss they emphasize teamwork instead of competition. McCreary said he likes Sloss because it gives him exposure with other artists, which he feels has allowed him to Joe McGreary, a graduate student in sculpture, fries an egg in a six-foot iron skillet with a spatula he made for the occasion.

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LIFESTYLES in brief Wyclef Jean prepares for Haiti presidential election CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (AP) — Wyclef Jean’s glamorous hip hop lifestyle seems far away as he sits in hiding in a white stucco building on a rutted, dirt road where chickens scurry and Haitian women carry sacks of laundry atop their heads. The former Fugees frontman, multimillionaire philanthropist and Haitian presidential hopeful tells The Associated Press he is confident that election officials will accept his candidacy despite doubts as to whether he meets the five-year residency requirement needed to run for office. Jean — who was born in Haiti but raised in New York — said Wednesday that he has filed “every piece of paper the electoral council has asked for.” “We are winning on law,” added the 40-year-old, speaking from a rattan chair in his hideaway about two hours

from the presidential palace in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. He argues his appointment as a roving ambassador to Haiti in 2007 exempts him from the residency requirement. But even if he is barred from running in Haiti’s Nov. 28 elections, Jean said he will call for peace among his supporters. “I will ask people to move in peace and move calmly,” he said. Haiti’s electoral council was supposed to publish a list of candidates on Tuesday but postponed the decision until Friday, a move some speculate was due to Jean’s bid even though dozens of other candidacies must be decided on. The wait has gripped the impoverished Caribbean country for days. Jean, dressed casually in a blue-and-white striped shirt and blue slacks, spoke for 20 minutes with the AP. There

were men with machine guns present, and men drinking rum, and lawyers. “I think my candidacy is a wild card for Haiti,” he said. Jean acknowledged that he has rankled some in Haitian politics by running and added that he has received death threats in Creole, one of the country’s main languages, which have led him to go into hiding. “We have taken measures of security,” he said. “Even with security, anything is possible.” Haiti’s next president will preside over the spending of billions in foreign reconstruction aid following a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake that left a government-estimated 300,000 people dead and the capital in ruins. He also would take over a country with a long history of political turmoil, corruption and poverty.

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Scott Pilgrim: The Game packs a punch By Tiara Dees

will find loads of references and throwbacks to other Have you ever been madly video game series. Be sure to in love with someone? Would look carefully at each enviyou do anything to win their ronment, as you may find eleheart, even if it meant risking ments of your favorite games all of your extra lives or your in each new area. spare quarters? Gameplay For just $10 on the Playstation Network, you can As the title of the game sugwin Ramona Flowers’s heart from the safety of your living gests, you literally face the room couch in Scott Pilgrim world as you play through vs. The World: The Game by this side-scrolling beat-em-up. The game is similar to other Ubisoft. However, the task is still classics, such as Streets of daunting. You must travel Rage or River City Ransom, in through Toronto, Canada, to that you must bash hordes of defeat all seven of her evil AI in order to reach the stage exes and their persistent cro- mini-boss or main boss. As you travel through all nies in order to claim your prize: a kiss from Ramona seven stages, you can collect money to buy items that can herself. help increase your health and stat points. Story Defeating your foes is also Scott Pilgrim: The Game important in Scott Pilgrim. is more based on Bryan Lee The experience you gain O’Malley’s graphic novels through fighting helps you than the newly released level up and unlock powermovie. If you have not heard ful moves. These moves can of Scott Pilgrim at all and you increase the amount of damstill want to play the game, age you give, as well as add the good news is there are new abilities such as double not too many spoilers because jumping. Scott Pilgrim: The Game can there is little story or dialogue be played with up to four playthroughout the game. However, this is not really ers locally. Each player can a problem. The goal of this select their own Playstation game is to imitate other clas- profile to play with their charsic arcade beat-em-up games acter. However, there are sev– where you would have to eral disadvantages to co-op. One drawback to the multiinsert quarters after every restart – so storytelling takes player mode is that each player a backseat to playing the must level their own individual character from the start. No game. matter where you are in the game, if another player joins Graphics/ that has not previously played, the rest of your team may be at Aesthetics a sudden disadvantage. Another issue with mulThe art style of Scott Pilgrim is reminiscent of a Super tiplayer mode is that Scott Nintendo game, with bright, Pilgrim scales the amount of two-dimensional graphics enemies on the screen based and pixelated characters and on how many players you environments. Art direction have. So if you have a poorly is based on the graphic novel, leveled teammate, you may be so characters from the game forced to pick up the slack. look more like their counterSound parts from the comics than the movie. The music and sound of Throughout the game, you

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Genre: Action/Adventure

Developer: Ubisoft Chengdu & Montreal

Systems: Playstation Network and Xbox 360 Live Arcade (downloadable)

Release Dates: Aug. 1 (PSN), Aug. 25 (XBLA)

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Scott Pilgrim: The Game is an exciting and interesting fusion of guitar, drums and retro chip tunes (eight-bit sound effects or instruments). The game’s music was written by Anamanaguchi, a chip tune punk band from New York. Most of the music is very upbeat during the game, and the eight-bit style added an additional level of nostalgia.

Overview/Closing Thoughts Overall, Scott Pilgrim: The Game is really worth the download. With its vibrant 2D graphics, original eightbit fusion soundtrack and multiplayer options, you will have fun beating up on all of the bad guys. And if you happen to have an Xbox instead of a PS3, do not fret! Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game will be released on Aug. 25 for Xbox Live Arcade download.

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Seymour Blue, Deep South Dread to play Mellow Mushroom By Cameron Kiszla Staff Reporter wckiszla@crimson.ua.edu The recently founded Tuscaloosa band Seymour Blue will play its first show on Friday to benefit radio station WVUA 90.7 FM, “The Capstone,” at the downtown Tuscaloosa location of Mellow Mushroom. The band, comprised of John Caleb Goertz, Alexander Michael Hinson, Joseph Arden Hollingsworth and Joseph Tillman Allen, recently had their first album, “One Day We Will Be Children Again,” added to the iTunes music store. The freshman effort was recorded in a barn behind Goertz’s house in Tuscaloosa. “I feel like a lot of it is derived from Sigur Ros, Muse and Arcade Fire,” said Hollingsworth, the group’s guitar and banjo player. “We have a lot of different sounds. We’re indie-sounding, but we have some more hardcore rock in there. “[This show] gets us out there. We have some high-energy stuff … we just want a good show.” Though the band is new, students and football fans alike are familiar with some work by the individual members. Allen and Goertz have played with other local music groups, and Hinson has com-

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Opening for Seymour Blue will be Deep South Dread, which consists of Ryan Beams, Sarah Beams, Josh Rutherford, Kris Gottlieb, Deshawndre Hill and Glenn Dillard. Deep South Dread, another Tuscaloosa band, plays a mix of reggae and rock. WVUA will host Deep South Dread in an on-air interview today at 5 p.m. prior to the show. They will be discussing the band in general and will be available to answer questions about the band and its music, Brucker said. “We always play two local songs an hour, and their songs will be played a little bit more often now,” she said. “We’d like to have both bands’ music playing in the rotation regularly.” The show begins tonight at 10 p.m., with doors opening at 9 p.m., at the Mellow Mushroom on University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa. There is a $5 cover charge, which will go to support WVUA operating costs and its desire to support local artists and bands.

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By Zackary Al-Khateeb Contributing Writer After a long offseason, the Alabama Women’s Soccer team feels optimistic for the upcoming season. Looking at the way they’ve competed in the preseason, it’s easy to understand why. The Crimson Tide is 2-0 in exhibition play vs. Tennessee Tech University and Mercer University. The Tide won 3-0 and 3-1, respectively. Tide senior forward Victoria Frederick, from Huntsville, noted the vast improvement from the beginning of the preseason up to now. “[There’s a] huge improvement,” Frederick said. “Our mentality’s a lot better, a winning mentality. The team chemistry is good.” Alabama will attempt to put that winning mentality into action tonight, as the Tide tries to avenge last year’s 3-0 loss to the Samford Bulldogs in the season opener at 7 p.m. in the Alabama Soccer Stadium. “They [Samford] are going to give us everything we can handle,” Head Coach Todd Bramble said. “Fortunately, I won’t have to come up with anything special in terms of motivation. It’s our first match of the season, the first athletic event of the entire year.” Senior midfielder Rosaly Petriello agreed. “I expect [Samford] to come out hard, to give us a lot of pressure,” she said. “I think it’ll be a close game.” Brooke Rogers, a senior forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, said the Tide’s history with its in-state foe brings extra intrigue to the matchup. “There are definitely bragging rights with Samford,” she said. “But, it doesn’t matter [who we’re playing], we need to set the tone for the rest of the year.” Fortunately for the Tide players, they have complete confidence in the way their coach preps them for each match. “Coach Bramble gets you

Former Alabama soccer player Kelsey King battles for a header in Alabamaʼs loss to UAB last season. The Crimson Tide will try to avenge two losses from last year this weekend, takimg on Samford and UAB to open the season. UA Athletics

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FRIDAY prepared,” Petriello said. “Physically, emotionally, mentally, anything you need. He’s really smart. [All the coaching staff ] is amazing.” Moreover, the Tide won’t have to rely on any one player, veteran or rookie, this season. “Our team’s pretty good on not just relying on any [one] senior,” Petriello said. “I feel like we have everyone to rely on. We’re all leaders. It doesn’t matter what class you’re in.” Following the Tide’s season opener, Bramble and company will head to Birmingham to play another in-state rival, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Blazers lost their only exhibition match 3-0 to the 11th-ranked Florida

Gators. For Alabama, a win against its sister school would be huge, considering Alabama also lost to this team last year. “It’s a game that we lost last year at home,” Bramble said. “We have no reason to expect it to be an easy game.” Rogers said, “There’s definitely a bigger rivalry with UAB, being a sister school. We’re looking to redeem ourselves.” Looking even past the first two games, Tide players have high expectations for the entire season. “I expect [the team] to be the best we’ve ever been since I’ve been here,” Petriello said. “I’m ready to beat those SEC teams.”

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Alabama sophomore defensive lineman Damion Square is still working his way back to form as the 2010 season approaches. In 2009, Square’s freshman season was cut short when he tore his ACL in the second game of the season against Florida International. “I was pass-rushing, and then I was on the ground,” he said. “That’s what happened.” After his injury, he first rejoined practice in California before the national championship game. While he said he wasn’t back to full health then, he would be in the spring. Spring turned to fall, and Square now says his knee is better than ever. “My knee couldn’t be better than what it is right now,” he said. “Every day I just go out there as if I’m 100 percent even if I’m not.” He redshirted his initial season at The Capstone in 2008 and played in both games he was healthy for in the following season. Head coach Nick Saban said the coaches have been very pleased with his progress since returning to practices. “He’s probably got a good chance to play for us some in nickel and probably be the third end,” he said. “He’s a good ath-

lete. He’s worked hard. He’s gotten a little bigger, a little stronger. He hasn’t had any issues coming back from his injury, so we’re very pleased with the progress that he’s made. He’s got some pass-rush ability, so we’re excited to have him back.” Square said he’s open to playing whatever position will help his team the most. “I’m going to play whatever Coach needs me to play, passrush, goal line, whatever it takes to win,” he said. On the offensive side of the football, tight end Mike Williams said he’s been impressed with Square’s recovery. “He’s come out from knee surgery and you couldn’t even tell coming off the edge,” he said. “Run blocking, he’s just as strong as any D-lineman we have.” While he was recovering, he spent most of his time in the training room with linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who was also out most of last season due to a severe knee injury. “We had a lot of good times down there in the training room despite the situation,” Square said. “After a while you have to take the situation for what it is, understand that he’s my motivation to come in and get better every day, and I’m his motivation to come in and get better every day because we knew what we would have to bring to the team this year.”

CW | Rachel Hill Sophomore defensive lineman Damion Square runs drills during spring practice earlier this year. Square played just two games his freshman season before tearing his ACL against Florida International. Square said though it was frustrating that he couldn’t play, he had other people around him to inspire and encourage him.

Outside the team, he said his mom and pastor really helped him to get through the injury. On the team, Saban and defensive line coach Bo Davis

encouraged him, as well as fellow teammates Robby Green and Mark Ingram. “They came into the training room and stopped by and saw

me every day,” Square said. “[They] put a smile on my face and let me know that they’re going to take care of their job on the field.”

McCullough’s versatility a luxury for Tide By Britton Lynn Senior Sports Reporter bmlynn@crimson.ua.edu If junior offensive lineman Alfred McCullough finds solid playing time in 2010, it could be because of his versatility. McCullough made the change from the defensive line to offensive tackle in 2008, but head coach Nick Saban said the team’s current third tackle could also fill in at guard. “[McCullough’s] probably our third tackle on the team right now and certainly a guy who’s athletic enough to play left tackle if we need him to,” Saban said. “Alfred has continued to work hard. I think he could play other positions for us to if we need him to. I think he

could play guard if we need him to play positions other than right tackle.” Saban also didn’t forget to mention the rest of the offensive linemen alongside McCullough. With three of five starters returning up front this year, he voiced his confidence in that unit. “I feel like we have a good group of offensive linemen coming up,” Saban said, “some guys that have a chance to be really good players.” Senior center William Vlachos already has some battle wounds from practice. Courtney Upshaw’s uncovered shoulder pad caught Vlachos above his nose, resulting in a cut that required six stitches. When asked if he liked his “Braveheart-type” wound,

“Once 5:30 comes, you’re done for the day, unless you want to get extra for yourself, which I found a lot of people are getting extra reps by choice.”

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CW | Julie K Miller Junior Alfred McCullough (52) runs drills with other members of the Crimson Tide’s offensive line during Thursday’s practice. McCullough is competing for a starting job this season.



Vlachos laughed and said, “It We continue to emphasize that is kind of cool.” everybody needs one of us all the time. And everybody has to do their job everyday.” Start of school Saban also referred to manWith classes beginning, the aging their lifestyles as being challenge of balancing aca- similar to a “three-ring cirdemics and football begins cus.” Vlachos voiced his confiagain as well. Saban emphasized the struggles with class- dence in the team to correctly es starting amongst practices. handle the balance. “It’s very important,” he “It’s always a little bit challenging when guys change rou- said. “I’m sure some people tine,” he said. “Yesterday was aren’t as good of a player the first day of class so it was a because of that type of stuff little bit challenging, but I saw if they don’t balance it right. the players bounce back today. Coach Saban talks about that a

lot, just doing the right things on and off the field… The people that play on our team, most of them know that it’s really not an issue anymore.” Sophomore tight end Michael Williams commented on the number of guys staying after practice and continuing to work, despite the official practice being done. To Williams, the start of school gives players the opportunity to show their determination. “The only difference [with school starting] is there’s no meetings at night,” he said.

According to a statement from Mike Ward, the Eligibility Center has declined to accept certain courses taken at Alfy Hill’s high school as core courses in certification. This results in Hill being deemed ineligible for football this season. Although Alabama has repealed the decision, Harrison Jones has joined the team as Hill’s roster spot replacement. “There’s a new emphasis with any kind of correspondence courses that young guys take,” Saban said. “There’s a new standard. For whatever reasons, a few of his courses were not accepted after they were reviewed and that put him as a nonqualifer. We had limited options with him and we will continue to support him. If we can get him to do the right things he’ll always have the opportunity to come back to Alabama when he is qualified.” Jones returned to the team on Wednesday after originally planning to delay his enrollment until January. Hill’s situation allowed another scholarship to become available.


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