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Groups push for block seating

Long lines continue in ten Hoor commuter lot throughout day

By Charles Scarborough Senior Staff Reporter cjscarborough@crimson.ua.edu

This fall, things are set to change with block seating. The Student Government Association has encouraged student organizations from all corners of campus to apply for Student Organization Seating as a way to unite the campus. “Student Organization Seating has always been open to all SOURCE-registered student organizations,” said Stephen Swinson, SGA vice president of student affairs. “However, this year the SGA has enhanced its efforts to recruit more student organizations to apply in hopes that it will result in a more diverse and inclusive student organization section.” Alpha Phi Alpha, a traditionally black fraternity, has decided to apply this year because of SGA outreach efforts. “The openness that the SGA is trying to project is what made us want to apply,” said

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FAST FACTS • Student organization applications for block seating are due today at 4:45 p.m. in the SGA Office located in the Ferguson Center, Room 231.

CW | Drew Hoover Parkers search for space in the congested ten Hoor parking lot at 10:43 a.m. Thursday morning. Look for more coverage in next week’s CW, and tweet #UAparking with your thoughts.

Greekfest returns to raise money for Gulf By Cameron Kiszla Staff Reporter wckiszla@crimson.ua.edu

The 2010 Costa del Mar U. of Blue Greekfest returns to Tuscaloosa tonight at 7 p.m. with nationally renowned performers Pretty Lights, Slightly Stoopid and Grammy Award-winning Bone Thugsn-Harmony to raise money for the Gulf cleanup effort. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Alabama Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association in order to benefit their efforts in

The third annual Greekfest will be held tonight in the Bryant Hall parking lot. Proceeds will go to help the Gulf cleanup effort. Submitted photo

protecting the coastline. All three artists at this year’s Greekfest have strong national followings, though the styles of • What: Greekfest music they play are quite different. • Where: Bryant Hall “This is the third year we’ve parking lot had it, and each year it gets better and better,” said Elliot • When: Tonight at 7 p.m. Rowe, the president of the Interfraternity Council and an • Cost: $25 per ticket organizer of the event. “I’m not expecting anything less from this year’s Greekfest. … We have the best lineup we’ve had consists of members Krayzie so far.” Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Playing first is hip-hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, which See GREEKFEST, page 7

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Student organizes blood drive By Sydney Holtzclaw Staff Reporter sydneyholtzclaw@knology.net Catherine Briscoe finally decided she was going to do it. She finally built up the courage to donate blood. In 2008, Briscoe, then a senior, walked into Vestavia Hills High School’s blood drive to learn she was anemic. “Donating blood can be such a scary thing,” Briscoe said. “When I finally worked up enough courage to do it, I learned I was anemic. I was devastated. I view giving blood as being an unsung le this

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The 7th annual “Buy for Rise” sale to benefit the Stallings’s Rise Center on the UA campus will be held today and Saturday, Martha Cook, executive director of all Rise schools, said. More than 50 local merchants, including Effie’s, Part Two and Solo, donate merchandise that is marked 75 percent

• What: Buy for Rise • Where: Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday is free and opened from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• When: Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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idea I had that I just grabbed and ran with,” Briscoe said. Over the past month, Briscoe has worked with Ryan • What: Greek blood Sherman, the account managdrive er for the American Red Cross of Tuscaloosa, and University • When and where: Hospital to bring next week’s Aug. 30-31 in the Ferg Back to School Blood Drive to Ballroom. the University. Sept. 1 at the Student “It’s been really cool to work with Catherine and hear Recreation Center her story. There are so many people who are told they can’t donate that afterwards feel thinking of different ways to like that’s it; there’s nothing help,” Sherman said. The blood drive will be held else they can do. It’s remarkable that this news stuck with Catherine and got her See DRIVE, page 3

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hero. Every time you give blood you’re saving lives; it’s such an amazing gift to give.” After several years of passing bloodmobiles and wishing she could contribute to the cause, Briscoe, a junior majoring in accounting, said she had an epiphany this summer. “My mother, Mary Beth Briscoe, is the chief financial officer at UAB Hospital. For years I have seen her organize and work with several blood drives in coordination with the American Red Cross. This summer it just hit me: ‘Hey, if they can do this at UAB, why can’t we do it at UA?’ It’s an

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(Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 to Monday, Aug. 23, 2010) Compiled by Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter jfkush@gmail.com

PUBLIC INTOXICATION Date: Aug. 20 Time: 12:45 a.m. Date: Aug. 19 Time: 12 a.m. Location: 600 Block of Bryce Lawn Drive

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Date: Aug. 20 Time: 9 p.m. Date: Aug. 20 Time: 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Location: 800 Block of 2nd Avenue

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SGA Senate discusses new programs By Ethan Summers Contributing Writer David Wilson, a senator for the College of Business and a sophomore majoring in economics, and Sophie Santos, a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and a sophomore majoring in economics, both provided plans for new programs to kick-start the SGA Senate’s 2010-11 meetings Thursday night. Wilson proposed a program called We Are UA, a collection of stories about the University, its students and alumni. The idea for the program was inspired by the University’s You Are UA recruitment drive, Wilson said. “[President] Robert Witt has said that the most effective way to sell something is through storytelling,” Wilson said. “You don’t just hit the mind, you hit their soul. “Something Witt has stressed is that we’re not just athletics,” Wilson said. “We’re education and research.” Part of the program’s focus would be on famous and

successful alumni such as Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, said Wilson. Wales earned a master’s degree at the University’s School of Business. The approval of We Are UA by the Senate was the last step before hiring a paid director for the program, Wilson said. The program would be based off a current UA website for now, Wilson said. He plans for the We Are UA to eventually have its own independent site, “weare.ua.edu.” Wilson said anyone interested would be able to access the site and find the stories. “We Are UA has been in the works for a few months and we’re really excited to see where it leads in the way of recruiting,” said Nicole Bohannon, executive vice president of the SGA. The Senate approved another resolution, the Student 2 Student plan. The plan, authored by Santos, would allow students to donate unused meal plan credits. “It’s not like rollover minutes,” Santos said. “I’d rather

they be used and donated than not used at all.” “Students who are in need can apply,” Santos said. “I hope people like the idea. It’s helping students who actually need it.” The SGA also approved two bills. The first allowed certain members of the SGA to make up office hours. Bohannon said during the summer, many members of the SGA were traveling and could not be present for their service hours or for votes. “It’s actually a new procedure put in place in the summer,” Bohannon said. “But we can’t codify during the summer.” The second bill approved by the SGA allowed for the blinding of applications for First Year Council. Blinding means the removal of names from applications, Bohannon said. She said such an action would make applications easier to evaluate on merits alone. “That’s just to ensure we have a fair application process,” Bohannon said.

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Aug. 30-31 in the Ferguson Ballroom and Sept. 1 at the Student Recreation Center. Briscoe and Sherman are setting their sights high as they “Drive for 5,” by working to collect 500 pints of blood. “We’ve wanted to do a big blood drive like this for a while. Finally, we’re able to pull it off with the help of the Greek system as well as the student body at UA. Students at UA and folks at UAB have been very influential in getting this off the ground,” Sherman said. In order to encourage students to donate, every participant will have the choice of receiving a free round of golf at participating Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses or an American Red Cross T-shirt. In addition, donors will be entered into drawings for several door prizes including an Apple iPad donated by the SUPe Store, a Nintendo Wii donated by American

Friday, August 27, 2010 Red Cross, Oakley Sunglass donated by Woods and Water; and gift certificates to numerous local businesses. Also, any greek student who participates will earn one Pan-Hellenic Point for their fraternity or sorority by donating and an additional point for making an appointment online. “We’re definitely looking to make this an annual event. We want everyone to be involved— greeks and independents. At the end of the day we’re all people and we all need to help our fellow people,” Briscoe said. To avoid lines and possibly score an extra Pan-Hellenic point, students are encouraged to sign-up online. To make an appointment visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “BAMA.” “You don’t have to sign-up for an appointment, but it will really help to streamline the whole process if you do. We’re trying to prevent huge crowds from appearing during the peak lunch hour so students don’t miss out on giving due to

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class times,” Briscoe said. For those who have never given blood, Sherman advises eating prior to donating and drinking a lot of water. “I don’t know anyone who looks forward to the process, but every time you do it you’re making a huge impact on the lives of up to three people. You’re helping to save the lives of emergency room patients, cancer patients, burn victims and the list can go on and on,” he said. Though Briscoe has not had the chance to personally donate blood, she offered first timers some advice. “I was so nervous to go to my first drive, but the main thing for me was I kept thinking that I would be helping to save somebody’s life and while doing that I would get to watch T.V. and relax,” she said. “Giving blood is so much bigger than the small amount of pain you may feel for a minute, and you leave feeling like you’ve done a great thing. You’ll be on top of the world. I really wish I were able to do it.“

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OPINIONS

OUR VIEW

Dining Dollars in need of reform

CMT COMICS

Friday, August 27, 2010 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

Ground Zero mosque questions need answers By Austin Gaddis

{ YOUR VIEW } (WEB COMMENTS) IN RESPONSE TO “UA FACES DINING DOLLARS LAWSUIT” “We have two [students] at Alabama at the same time. Our children never use Dining Dollars. We have one who is a senior and one who is a freshman. The scholarships that they both received are just drops in the buckets compared to all of the extra fees tacked on … Bottom line: Dinning Dollars should be a choice not mandatory.” – Mary

“This sounds like a waste of time; if you donʼt spend the money the school gives it back to you … This lawsuit is a waste of time and money.” – Jim

“Dining dollars are a tax on students, their parents, or the federal government. It forces limited choices on students at higher than market rates. That 250 dollars when I was at UA could have fed me for three months or more. In the dining dollars system it was gone in one month.” – Patrick

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A proposed mega-mosque, to be built just two blocks from Ground Zero, has dominated political headlines for the past few months. When speaking at a dinner honoring Ramadan, President Obama stated, “I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.” There are few times nowadays that President Obama and I agree – this is one of those instances. When our government begins to dictate where a religious building can be located, we are treading in dangerous waters. The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees us the freedom of religion, and one can argue that our country was founded based on the desire to practice faith in a free and voluntary fashion. Our founding fathers chose to free themselves from the religious persecution of the British monarchy. Thomas Jefferson once said “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.” The issue of constitutional legality, however, is not the core issue behind opposition to the mosque. Many Americans believe, as I do, that the location of the mosque is legal, but simply inappropriate. A poll conducted by CBS News found that 67 percent of Americans feel the developer has a right to build the mosque. In the same poll, however, 71 percent of them said that it was inappropriate. My concerns surrounding the mosque do not question legality or appropriateness. I question the details surrounding the developer,

his organization and the source Americans have made it clear that they do not of funddesire an Islamic mosque two blocks away from ing for the our sacred ground. $100 million project. non-Muslim army, a mosque was Developer Imam Feisal Abdul built on the site to commemorate Rauf and his eyebrow-raising com- the victorious battle. Strangely, the ments throughout the past decade Cordoba Initiative wants to build are a driving force behind the a mosque just a few blocks away opposition to the construction of from the site of a successful jihad the mosque. mission on the infamous morning There is no question that lib- of September 11, 2001. eral media outlets have gone out Imam Rauf also refuses to disof their way to paint Imam Rauf close the source of the funding as a peaceful, moderate Muslim. for the mosque, leading many to However, further investigation into believe that money is coming from his views on America and terror- Iran, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist ism begin to show that he is far organizations and governments. from moderate. While many Americans are askImam Rauf refuses to condemn ing about funding for the mosque, Hamas, the terrorist organization House Speaker Nancy Pelosi currently ruling Palestine. He has shocked many when she asked for publicly stated that Osama bin information regarding the funding Laden was “made in the USA” and against the mosque, only further that America has “more Muslim showing how out-of-touch she is blood on its hands than al-Qaeda with American public opinion. has on its hands of innocent nonThere is no doubt that this hotMuslims.” button issue will be at the forefront We must also look at Imam’s of the debates for the upcoming organization, the Cordoba midterm election. With Democrats Initiative. Historically, the Islamic likely to lose control of Congress, city of Cordoba was a thriving their widespread support of this place in what is now Spain about issue can only be a hindrance in 1,000 years ago. The city was con- their plan for re-election. quered by jihad, or Muslim holy Americans have made it clear war, and was considered by most that they do not desire an Islamic to be one of the most advanced cit- mosque two blocks away from our ies of the time. sacred ground. While the dispute However, the power and gran- may be more moral-oriented than deur of the city was not without legal-oriented, I feel that we should bloodshed. During this time peri- be urging our lawmakers to ask the od, Arabs declared jihad against tough questions about the details many areas of the surrounding of the project. Our politicians, howregion, including France and the ever, do not seem to listen. Pyrenees. During the jihads, they would Austin Gaddis is a sophomore plunder the city and murder all majoring in public relations and non-Muslim inhabitants. After the communications studies. armies of Cordoba conquered a

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Three class action lawsuits filed against The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University for imposing mandatory fees for Dining Dollars seem frivolous. While Dining Dollars are an inconvenience for In short: Even though some stuthe Dining Dollars dents, they lawsuit may be are convertfrivolous, it is time ed to Bama for the University Cash at the to seriously conend of each term, and sider new options students for campus food can choose services. to be issued a check for their Bama Cash balance when they graduate. Furthermore, they are also an added convenience for many students who grab Starbucks on the way to class in the morning or stop by the Ferg for lunch. They are especially helpful for freshmen not familiar with managing money, because Dining Dollars gives them $300 specifically designated for food. However, the Dining Dollars program would likely not be as controversial if they were accepted at more locations. Going forward, the University and Aramark, the contractor that administers Dining Dollars, should make a more aggressive effort to increase the number of vendors that accept this form of payment. If Dining Dollars were more widely accepted, students would have more freedom in deciding where to use them. This would likely make students more willing to pay $300 at the beginning of every semester. Expanding Dining Dollars may require reducing the exorbitant fees merchants who accept Dining Dollars are charged. According to the lawsuit, vendors have to pay between 15 and 26 percent of each Dining Dollars sale in order to use the program. These fees drive up the cost of food in order to benefit The University of Alabama and its contractor, who are already supported by our tuition dollars and meal plans. This issue also brings up the University’s relationship with Aramark. The Board of Trustees contracted Aramark to handle food services on campus 14 years ago. Since then, our campus has grown tremendously even as our dining services have been overwhelmed. Several dining halls are now so crowded it is impossible for students to eat between class times. Students are forced to buy meal plans their freshman year, but dining options on campus have been consistently dwindling. The restaurant on the second floor of Lakeside Dining Hall, for instance, has been three different enterprises in the last three years. Aramark has yet to find a sustainable business model that meets student needs. It is time for the University to consider other options. The lawsuit against Dining Dollars may be frivolous, but dining options on campus could definitely be improved.

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Government must secure borders By Tray Smith Recently, while filling out paperwork to get on payroll for my job, I came to a form required to verify my legal status. Over previous years, I have vocally participated in the debate over illegal immigration. However, this required documentation was my first actual encounter with our immigration policy. Since 1986, the federal government has required employers to verify the legal status of their employees. Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have since embraced this outrageous delegation of government responsibility. Securing our borders is mostly a federal priority. The Obama administration asserted as much last month when it sued Arizona for its stringent anti-illegal immigration law on the premise that the state is preempting the federal government’s power. This may be a legally dubious claim. However, regardless of whether the federal government or the states enforce immigration laws, bor-

der security is a government responsibility, and the private sector should not be responsible for keeping illegal immigration in check. There are two main reasons for requiring immigrants to go through the naturalization process. First, because our cultural identity and national cohesion require that immigrants assimilate. Before becoming citizens, immigrants should learn about our language, our heritage and the rights and privileges that will be bestowed upon them should they become Americans. A country without borders is not really a country. Secondly, our national security priorities require that we know who is coming into the country. According to the latest estimates, 92 percent of the cocaine that comes into the country enters along the U.S.–Mexican border. This is the root cause of the violence being spawned by drug cartels in northern Mexico and in U.S. border towns. As damaging as the drug cartels have been, most con-

cerning is the prospect that terrorist organizations could infiltrate the country through gaps on the border. Yet, none of these priorities are fulfilled by placing the burden of verifying immigration status on private businesses. By the time an undocumented immigrant shows up looking for work, he or she has already gotten into the country. And drug dealers and terrorists are unlikely to apply for a job with a construction company or a fast food restaurant. Furthermore, employers who want to hire illegal immigrants are not going to go through the process of filling out bureaucratic paperwork. They will hire and pay them under the table, allowing companies to pay illegal workers less than the minimum wage and thus price ordinary Americans out of jobs. The result is that law-abiding companies are left devoting their resources to pointless forms that have absolutely no effect on the number of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S.

If we are going to make employers responsible for immigration enforcement, why not also require them to drug test their employees and enforce drug laws? Why not hold companies accountable if one of their workers commits a robbery, rape or murder? All of those offenses are illegal, as is coming into the country without receiving a visa. All of those offenses are also committed by individuals, for which they are punished individually. Illegal immigration should be handled the same way. Private sector companies, especially small businesses, simply do not have the resources or the responsibility to also be law enforcement agencies. Instead, the federal government should step up and begin enforcing its own immigration laws. No new laws are needed; we simply need to enforce the statutes already on the books. Additionally, we should complete and expand the border fence. No amount of armed agents are going to be able to completely seal off the border

unless they stand together and hold hands from the Pacific Coast in California to the Gulf Coast in Texas. A border fence would stall potential smugglers until border agents can arrive. After the border is secured, policymakers should then turn the focus to improving the immigration system. Allowing more immigrants to come into the country, giving greater preference to highly skilled foreigners who will contribute greatly to our economy and establishing a temporary guest worker program are all good ideas that would offer legal venues for immigrants seeking to build better lives for themselves and their families in our great nation. None of these programs will make a significant difference, though, if enormous gaps remain along the border. Why go through the cumbersome process of applying for a green card when it is easier to penetrate miles of open desert?

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


The Crimson White

NEWS

RISE

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off the lowest marked price, Cook said. Jennifer Hamner, owner of Bow Regards and a parent of a child at Rise, started the “Buy for Rise” event in 2004. “As a local business owner, there’s a lot of leftover merchandise, and you want to keep things in the store fresh and new,” Hamner said. “I contacted friends that were also local business owners, and they were on board. “I don’t really know where we would be without the Rise program,” Hamner said. “It’s huge.” Last year, proceeds from the sale reached more than $38,000, and both Cook and Hamner expect around $40,000 this year. “We have no operating budget at Rise,” Cook said. “All of the proceeds go directly to the children.” “We encourage people to come on Friday,” Hamner said. “You get the first look at the merchandise and there is food catered by Wintzell’s and FIG.” Courtney Davis, a sophomore majoring in graphic design, said she attended the “Buy for Rise” sale last year. “It’s a great opportunity for students because you can get nice clothes at a really good price, and the money goes to a great program,” Davis said. “Buy for Rise” will also be holding a silent auction throughout the sale with items that include Daniel Moore prints, football tickets and items from Hudson Poole. Hamner said that because there are so many volunteers willing to help out, there really is not a problem getting the sale together.

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“It’s a great opportunity for students because you can get nice clothes at a really good price, and the money goes to a great program.” — Courtney Davis

“The hardest part is letting all the merchants and volunteers know how thankful we are for their help,” Hamner said. The Rise program has been a part of the University’s campus since 1974, when the U.S. Office of Health Education and Welfare funded the Rise program as a demonstration program designed to serve children from birth to age 5 with physical disabilities. The program was one of the first 150 early intervention programs that were federally funded, according to riseschool.ua.edu. The program started with six children, one teacher, a teacher’s aide and a family service coordinator operating out of one room of a house on the University’s campus, the website stated. In 1977, after three years of federal funding, the University began funding the program. At this time, Rise had grown to an enrollment of 24 students in three classrooms. The program also expanded to include more diversity in enrollment. In addition to children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida, Rise began working with children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, according to the website. When Gene Stallings became head football coach at the University in 1990, he immediately became an advocate of the Rise Program, which then had over 60 students. Stallings’ so, Johnny was born with Down syndrome in 1962 when Stallings

was an assistant to Coach Paul W. Bryant. Currently, Rise is home to 94 students and is “in the best place we’ve ever been,” Cook, who has been with the program for 35 years, said. “We went from a program that lived from year to year in substantial housing with little funding, with a small staff, to having the most elite program in the country for students with disabilities,” Cook said. “We went from nothing to a premier program.” The Rise school in Tuscaloosa is the only Rise school in the country that is free to students with disabilities, Cook said. “What speaks volumes is when people have a child [with disabilities] they seek out the best for them,” Hamner said. “We’ve had families that have moved from New York and California to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. just so their children can attend the Rise school.” “We have a great facility, children, parents and teachers,” Cook said. “But we can’t be a premier program without money.” Cook said she and others involved in the Rise program work to raise money for every service they need. “It’s optimistic thinking,” Cook said. “We meet the needs regardless of the cost.” Any student can get involved at Rise by contacting the Rise center and checking out additional information on the website.

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Teddy Phillips, National Panhellenic Council president and Alpha Phi Alpha member. “Taking the time to change it from Student Block Seating to Student Organization Seating was definitely something that we felt embraced us. We decided to do it because we felt the SGA is trying to embrace every part of campus.” Phillips said he trusts the process and is optimistic about Alpha’s chances. “I think it’s going to be a fair process,” he said. “I think they are going to look at the credentials and match them up. The best applications are going to win. I’m pretty confident about us.” Alpha Phi Alpha President Thomas Walker, along with Phillips, applied to be members of the Student Organization Seating committee. Phillips said he encourages all other NPHD organizations to apply, but doesn’t believe any others have submitted an application. The newly formed Honors College Assembly will also be vying for Student

O r g a n i z at i o n S e at i n g . President Hallie Paul said HCA is applying for seating because she feels it is a great way to build camaraderie across her organization. “I think it’s a great opportunity to get to know people and experience Alabama football with your peers, who you’re also in the Honors College with,” she said. Paul said she believes the student body must help the SGA by applying for Student Organization Seating or else the campus will remain divided. “It promotes unity across the campus, and I think that’s the goal of promoting block seating this year,” Paul said. “If the SGA wants to break down these barriers, I think it’s something the student body should respond to and support.” Air Force ROTC will be applying for Student Organization Seating for the first time. Executive Officer Nate Culora said they haven’t applied in the past because their student leaders “had no real interest in the applying,” but now feel they can be competitive for a spot in Student Organization Seating. “We decided to apply for block seating because we

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felt our organization’s size, GPA and group involvement around campus had reached a point where we could compete,” Culora said. Culora said he believes the application process will allow Air Force ROTC to provide a clear and comprehensive view of what they have achieved. “Organizations must be involved around campus and must have a good average GPA, which I feel are fair criteria for evaluation,” Culora said. “I think we figured out a way to provide answers that will represent our organization accurately and in the best way possible.” Culora said the new application is an improvement upon previous years’ applications and caters more to student organizations. “I believe the requirements have been fair in the past,” he said. “However, I feel the new application gives a lot more organizations a better chance to get a block of seating.” Culora said no members of the Air Force ROTC applied for the Student Organization Seating Committee. Student Organization Seating applications are due Aug. 27 by 4:45 p.m. in the SGA office, 231 Ferguson Center.

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LIFESTYLES

Vintage T-shirt sale comes to campus

Page 6 â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, August 27, 2010 Editor â&#x20AC;˘ Kelsey Stein kmstein@crimson.ua.edu

LIFESTYLES this weekend FRIDAY â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clueâ&#x20AC;? presented by Pink Box Burlesque: 8 p.m., Bama Theatre

SATURDAY â&#x20AC;˘ Free showing of live UFC fight: 9 p.m., Ferguson Center ballroom â&#x20AC;˘ Jessie Payne: 9:30 p.m., Mellow Mushroom

By Lauren Cuervo Contributing Writer

Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Macâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Brandon Gardner has a host of vintage rock T-shirts. Gardner, a former UA student, is a vintage clothing dealer whose next show will be in the TV lounge of the Ferguson Center today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. He will showcase more than 2,000 shirts, most in the $10$20 range, that are available for purchase. All are authentic 70s and 80s vintage shirts that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be found at just any local retailer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy it at Abercrombie or Hollister, buying one of my shirts means that you are probably never going to go somewhere and run into someone who has the same shirt on,â&#x20AC;? Gardner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I offer so many kinds, not just rock shirts, but sports ones and even ones from random events that happened during the 70s and 80s.â&#x20AC;? Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage career began when he worked at his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; antique store, but he said he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very successful and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make them â&#x20AC;&#x153;one cent.â&#x20AC;? He began selling vintage items on eBay for himself and started experiencing some success. The idea for a vintage T-shirt line came when he saw a woman with a jewelry show at a bar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always loved vintage

IF YOU GO ... â&#x20AC;˘ What: Vintage T-shirt sale

â&#x20AC;˘ Where: Ferguson TV lounge

â&#x20AC;˘ When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Cost: $10 to $20 T-shirts, and my entire room used to be covered in them so when my wife and I saw this girl doing a jewelry show at a bar, the idea just kind of hit us right away that I should do a vintage T-shirt show,â&#x20AC;? Gardner said. His first shows, at a bar in Birmingham called Rojo, proved to be successful. Choosing his next venue was easy and because he attended the University, Gardner said he thought campus would be the future site of his best shows. Now, returning for his showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth year at the University, his hobby has turned into a full-fledged business called 8 on Repeat Vintage Clothing. His last show had more than 5,000 invites, and he has recently been asked to do his first shows at Auburn and Mississippi State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to the show last year, and I will definitely go again this year,â&#x20AC;? said Cameron

CW File Brandon Gardner, a UA graduate, returns today for his fourth year selling vintage T-shirts. Bass, a junior majoring in psychology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that if I find a cool shirt here I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go out and be wearing the same one as everybody else I see.â&#x20AC;? Gardner purchases most of his shirts from vintage shows around the country, particularly one in Massachusetts that is one of the only shows with an entire T-shirt section. He also buys some from Antiques Road Show, and many just come from meeting

people at his own shows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love when people come up to me at shows and ask if I want a bag of old T-shirts their parents might have,â&#x20AC;? Gardner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my job to sell you the favorite shirt your mom threw away.â&#x20AC;? Hoping to attract new and returning customers alike, Gardner will pick up any shirt he thinks somebody will like, even the most rare, which will sell for about $200. Although

he specializes in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparel, Gardner also carries womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shirts and, unlike most T-shirts available today, almost all of his were made in America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The shows I do here usually have really steady business and, I hope a lot of people will come out even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a Friday,â&#x20AC;? Gardner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great show because nothing is more American than blue jeans and a T-shirt.â&#x20AC;?

Johnny Shines Blues Festival to be held Saturday By SoRelle Wyckoff Contributing Writer The South has a culture of its own. Few Southerners would not proudly claim the gems of their region, whether it is barbeque, good music or hospitality. Many of these things have become symbols of the Southern culture and way of life. Th i s S atu r d ay, the Tuscaloosa community has an opportunity to experience all three of those Southern traditions. The first-ever Johnny Shines Blues Festival will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Johnny Shines Street in Tuscaloosa. Johnny Shines Street, formally 11th Street, is located near Holt Elementary School. The street was renamed after the late blues singer last December and serves as the

grounds to celebrate the artist and his music. The festival will support the Johnny Shines Foundation, which strives to promote the blues in schools and gives scholarships to students studying the blues. Carroline Shines, the late artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, has been working with Tuscaloosa City, Tuscaloosa County and a team of friends to make this festival possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I put the idea out there, they were there from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I wanna,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Shines said. The festival has come a long way since â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanna.â&#x20AC;? Not only will Carroline Shines herself be performing, but other blues artists will be performing as well. Liâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gee Weevil, Bobby Rush, Kent DuChaine, Die Dra and the Ruff Pro Band and others will be performing throughout the day

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â&#x20AC;˘ When: Noon to 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate on Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. VIP passes are also available for $50. Tickets are available at Jim Myers Drug, Woodrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ, Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Wilhaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Shines said they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;trying to establish this festival for Tuscaloosa,â&#x20AC;? in hopes that the blues can continue to grow in popularity and influence in the region. The presence of the blues in Tuscaloosa may go unnoticed by some but is alive nonetheless. Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a bar in downtown Tuscaloosa, will host the Blues Festival pre-party tonight. Carroline Shines will perform there at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5 for 21 and up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carroline has an amazing presence on stage,â&#x20AC;? said Billa Bartlett, a bartender at Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, where Shines has often played. Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a rare venue because it offers one of the only blues scenes in Tuscaloosa, Bartlett said.

Submitted Photo Liâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gee Weevil will be among the artists performing this Saturday at the Johnny Shines Blues Festival. Other artists will include Bobby Rush, Kent DuChaine, Carroline Shines and Die Dra and the Ruff Pro Band. Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is home to many blues artists throughout the year and will host the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after party Saturday night. Tuscaloosa natives â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hypsysâ&#x20AC;? will be opening for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen 2 Three,â&#x20AC;? a rock/ blues/acoustic band from Savannah, Ga. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come here after the festival,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Lloyd, owner of

Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These bands will be a nice finish to a day of the blues.â&#x20AC;? The Johnny Shines Blues Festival will contain a day of Southern classics: barbeque, blues and good company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be awesome, baby,â&#x20AC;? Shines said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I say awesomeâ&#x20AC;Ś as you young people say, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;off the chain.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?


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Welcome back to the wonderful world of Pokémon By Stephen Swain

and White slated for North American releases next spring, now is a great time to get into the phenomenon Pokémon has evolved into. The University boasts wireless signals in most dorms and buildings on campus, so it’s a great hub for Pokémon trading and training. There are far more than the 151 Pokémon you remember. Now, with the fifth generation of Pokémon approaching, there are 493 Pokémon to date, and the amount of variety and versatility between Pokémon allows players to approach the game in many ways. Pokémon encourages interaction between other people to obtain all 493 Pokémon.

Fortunately, Nintendo has included features like global linking, which allows players to get trades from anywhere in the world with a wireless connection. Being able to post trade bait online, go to a class and check it after class to find that someone in Singapore traded you that Mewtwo you wanted is all too easy when many people oncampus play or you can connect to the global link anywhere. The DS proves to be the perfect platform for Pokémon and college students as it is portable and has a sleep mode. This translates well into training or quick plays since students can take the portable system to play between classes.

With different types, natures, abilities, items and attacks, Pokémon can be overwhelming for gamers new to it. However, Pokémon has an excellent balance between competitive and casual play. For more competitive players, such as those who competed in the recent Pokémon Video Game Championships, game mechanics like breeding can be used to strengthen Pokémon. For those that do not want to compete on that level, Pokémon can be a compelling game to play just for the challenge (and subsequent bragging rights) of beating in-game gauntlets like the Battle Tower, Pokéathelon, or the Sudoku-like Voltorb Flip game. As you get better, the

Mama Dixie, madam of The Pink Box Burlesque, said the performance is a “Rocky Horror Picture Show”-esque performance that features a By Jessica Kelly 1950s costume contest, live preContributing Writer show music by The PBB Band The Pink Box Burlesque and burlesque performances. “[The audience] will see men will be performing their stage, film and audience participa- in dapper suits, women in cortion adaptation of “Clue” at the sets, and dancing and singing,” Bama Theatre tonight from 8 Dixie said. “There are screambacks and props and noise until 11 p.m.

makers that the audience can use to participate. They will be able to participate and interact with the performers that come into the audience.” This performance is different from The Pink Box Burlesque’s usual performances, she said. “We do ‘Rocky Horror’ every year. ‘Clue’ is a departure from our usual ensemble,” Dixie said. “It has a vaudeville feel. It’s a new show for us. We had

to build it from the ground up.” Dixie said students would enjoy tonight’s performance of “Clue.” “[Burlesque] is a unique part of Tuscaloosa culture,” Dixie said. “If they like ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ they will like our performance of ‘Clue.’” Presale tickets are $12 and tickets at the door are $15. Audience members must be 18 and older.

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Colorado-based duo Pretty Lights, known for their upbeat electronic music. Made up of DJ Derek Vincent Smith and drummer Adam Deitch, Pretty Lights are known for party music and have attracted large followings at many schools around the country. Costa del Mar is sponsoring the event and has arranged for Matt Eastman, the host of television’s “Wanna Go Fishing,” to emcee. Throughout the night, Costa del Mar will be giving away sunglasses and other merchandise. “They’ve been a big help,” Rowe said. “They donate a good bit of money…they’re just a huge help.” Tickets are reserved for UA students, but each student may

purchase up to two guest tickets. Guests must be with the UA student who bought their ticket upon entry, and all UA students need to bring their student ID card. The show begins at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www. crimsonartstickets.com. The entrance for the concert is located between the Alpha Kappa Lambda and Zeta Beta Tau fraternity houses. The three groups will take the stage on Friday in the Bryant Hall parking lot, facing down Jefferson Avenue. For more information about the musical acts, visit www. b o n e t h u g s n h a r m o ny. c o m , www.slightlystoopid.com and www.myspace.com/prettylights.

The question here is: Why don’t you play Pokémon? Its interface and gameplay is perfect for a UA student, and after Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver sold more than eight million copies, it’s easy to find someone to play with. Most college students probably saw or played Pokémon Red and Blue when they were younger, and the basic game idea has not changed much. You pick a starter Pokémon, catch other Pokémon and train them to beat others. The difference is how the series has grown since its inception in 1996. With Pokémon Black

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Wish Bone and Flesh-n-Bone. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1997 for their hit “Tha Crossroads.” The Cleveland-based group has also had success with songs like “I Tried (So Hard),” which featured Akon, and has performed with many other well-known rap artists, like 2Pac, Eazy-E and the Notorious B.I.G. California-based reggae and alternative rock group Slightly Stoopid will play next. Slightly Stoopid consists of a pair of singers and guitarists – childhood best friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald – and

drummer Ryan Moran, percussionist Oguer Ocon, saxophonist DeLa and trumpeter C-Money. The band was signed by the late Sublime front man Bradley Nowell while Doughty and McDonald were still in high school, and the reggae rockers have recorded and played shows almost nonstop since then. “If you haven’t heard of Slightly Stoopid, I suggest you check them out,” said John Vallas, a sophomore majoring in microbiology. “They’re a very instrumentally talented group with a flair for creating funky grooves and sick guitar riffs. I still jam to their ‘Cronchitis’ album in the shower every morning.” The headlining act is

difficulty increases, providing players with additional challenges. If you are having trouble spotting other Pokémon trainers out and about, be sure to look for someone with a Pokéwalker on them. This pedometer was included with retail versions of HeartGold and SoulSilver and is quickly becoming the easiest way to tell if someone else plays Pokémon. This is where Pokémon is most successful. Through wireless connection and the easily visible Pokéwalker, it is easy to tell who plays Pokémon and connect with them. These

connections are important as Nintendo releases new events and data that can be downloaded from a wireless connection and connecting with other Pokéwalkers nets you items and experience points for your Pokémon. Pokémon is a game that will be around for a long time, so why not get in on it now? The University is virtually a Pokémon Center itself with its wireless connectivity and areas that many students walk through. With so many different types of students who are likely to connect with you, you should begin training now!

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Freshman midďŹ elder Molly Atherton steals the ball from a Samford player in the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs in the season opener Friday.

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Black shirts, camouflage pants and eye black â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the 13 members of the Alabama volleyball team and its five coaches darted onto the paintball field. Suddenly, the eight upperclassmen who had spent all offseason together helping one another were divided, and the five giddy freshman werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to rely on each other for what was about to happen. Judy Green, the coach who usually roams the clean indoor volleyball court, now showed that her competitive spirit could also be found in the woods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judy got really into it,â&#x20AC;? said junior Stephanie Riley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was getting us all. She shot people pretty good. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small so she was sneaking around the corner, which really helped her.â&#x20AC;? After the strenuous two-adays from this summer brought together two different groups of girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the veterans and the first-year playersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Green said shooting bright-colored paint at one another, sharing laughs and seeing a new side to their coach was exactly what the team needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kind of got into it; its kind of my background growing up as a kid,â&#x20AC;? Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up in a neighborhood that had all boys in it so they wanted to play army all the time. So, I played army. I learned to hide behind things and shoot things. I had a BB gun. I think I probably took them by surprise that day.â&#x20AC;? The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high energy and positive approach to paintball is similar to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new identity this season. With almost half of the team comprised of incoming freshmen, the

Tide starts season strong UA Athletics Senior Mary Catherine Aune prepares to hit the ball during practice this year. Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new, enthusiastic approach to the season has rubbed off on a team that, before their arrival, was still dwelling on the disappointing finish to the 2009 season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really impressed with our cohesiveness as a unit,â&#x20AC;? Riley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The freshmen, they have a different personality as a whole than the team has. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a lot louder and more energetic than the team was. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going to help. In the past weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve struggled with finding energy and finding passion. They have a hunger for volleyball.â&#x20AC;? The fresh additions to the team come from Texas, Georgia and Colorado, yet each of them brings the same optimism. In a sport where keeping your teammatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

mental state positive can be the difference between an ace and an opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential to have this kind of attitude boost at the beginning of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This summer, [the freshmen] were begging the upperclassmen to play in the gym with them,â&#x20AC;? said Green, who announced last spring that this will be her last year coaching. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They want to be the next group that makes an impact here at Alabama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I made the call to them that I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be returning to Alabama, this is how I knew they were special. They all still kept their commitment to Alabama, because had they not really loved Alabama they would have just been coming here for me, and they all five are here right now.â&#x20AC;?

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By Paige Niewerth Contributing Writer The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team will be taking on the Furman Paladins for the first time in UA soccer history this Saturday. Though the Crimson Tide has entered the 2010 season on a five-game losing streak based on last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results, they will be playing the Paladins after two back-to-back wins this season against in-state rivals Samford and UAB. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased with the wins but not close to being satisfied,â&#x20AC;? head coach Todd Bramble said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen close to what we are capable of.â&#x20AC;? Last weekend was the first time the Tide had ever beaten UAB on its campus. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team lost to both UAB and Samford with a combined score of 5-0 last season. This week the team has been preparing for Furman by working on noticeable errors from their last two games. The team

has focused mainly on switching the point of attack and playing simple in the middle. The team is also adjusting to the transition from defense to offense and reducing the number of goals scored by their opponent. Since this weekend is the first time the team has ever played Furman, they are preparing for a tough run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to go out with the same mentality, maybe a little more,â&#x20AC;? senior Rosaly Petriello said. Including the two preseason exhibitions and two soccer matches already played this season, the Tide has scored a total of nine goals. Last year, the team scored 14 goals over the course of the entire season. Standout senior Brooke Rodgers has led the team in the past two games by finding the net and scoring two of the three goals for the Tide. Both goals were within the first 10 minutes of play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brooke is a senior that is

doing everything she can to finish her career,â&#x20AC;? Bramble said. Along with concentrating on play, the team already has great chemistry on and off the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our team chemistry is at an entirely new level,â&#x20AC;? Rodgers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one is ready to settle with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already happened. Everyone has a great attitude.â&#x20AC;? Before every game, the team sets goals. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main priority is getting within the top five at the SEC Tournament, where 11 other SEC schools will be competing for spots in the NCAA Tournament. Even though the season is young, the team feels Bramble and the rest of the staff have been supportive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have prepared us mentally, physically, emotionally and psychologically every day on and off the field,â&#x20AC;? Petriello said. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alabama Soccer Complex next to the Student Recreational Center.

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SPORTS Page 10 • Friday, August 27, 2010 Editor • Jason Galloway crimsonwhitesports@ gmail.com

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Saban pleased with talks regarding agents By Tony Tsoukalas Senior Sports Reporter ajtsoukalas@crimson.ua.edu The early theme of the 2010 college football season has centered around agents and their dealings with student athletes. Alabama head coach Nick Saban voiced his disgust with agents at the SEC Media Days in July, when he went as far as to ask how such agents differed from pimps. Saban’s own player, junior defensive end Marcell Dareus, is under investigation for attending an agent’s party. The NCAA, NFL and other organizations have since discussed ways in which to limit agents’ involvement with student athletes. “We had several conference calls,” Saban said. “We have gotten really good cooperation from every group. There have been and there will be more meetings with all these groups in the same room. I am very

pleased with how people are approaching this, the attitude they have toward approaching it, and how aggressively everyone has tried to move to help solve this problem.” Alabama has had many speakers come talk to the team during fall camp, and Saban said Wednesday that one of the speakers this year talked to the Crimson Tide about agents and gambling.

Holding on under pressure The position of holder during field goals and extra points is a position often overlooked in college football. Last year, the Tide had a solid option at the position in senior punter P.J. Fitzgerald. However, Fitzgerald graduated, and the Tide must look to someone else to fill the void. Saban noted that the position is usually handed to

someone like the punter, as Fitzgerald was, because they can work together with the field goal unit. However, he said that will not be the case for the Tide in this upcoming season. “Because our punters are so young and they have enough on their plate just to do what they need to do, we will probably have holders come from some other part of our team,” he said. Two players mentioned were redshirt freshman A.J. McCarron and senior Greg McElroy. “Those two guys [McElroy and McCarron] are very good at it and they have a very good attitude about doing it,” Saban said. McElroy says he is confident he can perform the job if he is called on to do so. “I feel pretty good about that,” McElroy said. “I’ve been working on that for some time now. If need be, I’ve put in the

Kelly Returns The Tide has finally returned all inactive players today as redshirt freshman Kendall Kelly returned to practice after missing time due to heat issues and dizziness. Kelly’s return means that the Tide can finally focus on finding the best athletes for each package in the secondary without having to worry about a player not being able to practice, something that Saban stressed was important for the team. “Without having everybody healthy on the field, it’s hard to figure out which best combination would be for us,” Saban said. “We are going to try to put the four best guys on the field during regular, the five best guys during nickel and the six best guys in the dime.”

Practice notes • William Vlachos was named to the Remington Award watch list Thursday.

• Coming off of an ankle injury, freshman defensive back DeMarcus Milliner participated in a group that included defensive backs Mark Barron, Robert Lester and Dre Kirkpatrick when the team practiced out of the nickel package during the media viewing period Thursday. • There were no Tide players withheld from practice due to injury Thursday.

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Gates changed due to south End Zone additions From staff reports Fans visiting Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Sept. 4 football game against San Jose State will notice some changes in gate numbers due to the expansion of the South End Zone. These gate number changes affect almost every gate of the facility, not just those on the south end of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Gates 1, 2 and 3 are unchanged, but all other gate numbers have been affected. While the physical location of the gates for most sections remains the same, the numbers corresponding to those points of entry are most likely slightly different than in the past, so fans should play close attention to the gate number on their ticket and be sure to enter the stadium through the proper gate to assure quick access to their seats.

Some areas of note and their corresponding entry gates for 2010:

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Gate 3 - Media Will Call/Media Entrance

Gate 31 - Student Entrance

Gate 3 - High School Football Coaches

Gate 32 - Public Will Call

Gates 3 & 32 - Wheelchair Ticket Exchange Gates 6 & 43 - Public Elevator

Gate 33 - A Club & Scholarship Club Pre-Game Luncheon

Gate 8 - President’s Box Elevator

Gate 35 - Student-Athletes

Gate 9 - First Aid

Gate 35 - Students with Disabilities

Gate 14 - Press Box & Ivory Club Elevator

Gate 36 - Non-football Recruits

Gate 15 - Media/Photographers Entrance

Gate 37 - Alabama Team Player Pass Gate

Gate 19 - Lost & Found

Gate 40 - Visiting Team Player Pass Gate

Gate 30 - Student Entrance for Special Groups

Gate 44 - Bands & Cheerleaders Gate 47 - Football Recruits

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