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BAMA LIFE: 2011 BACK TO SCHOOL MAGAZINE

Monday, August 29, 2011

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Vol. 118, Issue 13

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Source: Tuscaloosa Forward

By Alyssa Locklar and Taylor Holland The Crimson White

When it comes to recovery, it is no secret that Tuscaloosa has never faced devastation as vast as the aftermath of the April 27 tornado. Therefore, when it came to moving forward and taking steps toward revitalization, Mayor Walt Maddox took his sights outside of Tuscaloosa and into the various communities that have not

only faced such disaster, but those who have taken a tragedy and flourished from its debris. “None of us should ever forget what hapLess than five years before April 27, a 1.7-mile pened here, but I think that we should use wide EF5 tornado devastated the two-mile wide it as motivation to improve our lives; if we town of Greensburg, Kan., killing 11 and leveling don’t, we’ve failed,� at least 95 percent of the city, according to The Washington Post. — Mayor Walt Maddox Surrounded by wreckage, the small town had to move forward and begin the strenuous path to recovery. It looked for ways to not only establish a stronger sense of community than rebuild in a financially responsible way, but also ever before. Community members found one of

their answers in Coordinated Public Facilities, a concept that takes separate establishments and rebuilds them under one roof. Their success came by way of the Greenburg School Facility, a building that houses the city’s local school and also a community center used for meetings, events and various social functions. “By combining the buildings we were really

See REBUILD, page 3

Block seating Victims honored Sunday night outside scope of Code of Laws By Jasmine Cannon and Elisabeth Garcia The Crimson White

By Katherine Martin, Tray Smith and Will Tucker The Crimson White The Student Government Association student organization seating committee met last night to begin allocating football seating privileges to selected student organizations despite the fact that no University policy permits the SGA to regulate the student section in Bryant-Denny Stadium. “There’s not a policy you could look up and read,� said UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. “Student organizations determine their own operating procedures and bylaws, which are subject to review and approval by Student Affairs.� However, neither the SGA Constitution nor the Code of Laws establishes operating procedures to regulate the block seating process. SGA communications director Seth Morrow said the SGA president can create committees with the power to regulate student life without being authorized to do so by any of the University’s governing documents. “It is not and does not require a policy or le this

constitutional authority to implement,� Morrow said. “The SGA president has the authority to create committees and assign them tasks.� Andreen mentioned a Student Organization Seating Handbook available from the SGA that was later released to The Crimson White. Ryan Flamerich, speaker of the SGA senate and a member of the SOS committee, said members had not been informed of the handbook or voted on making any changes to it. “I am not aware that there is one,� Flamerich said. Morrow said organizations that use other people’s blocks are subject to disciplinary actions. However, neither Morrow

See SEATING, page 6

After closing earlier this summer, the cafe returns to The Strip By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter wjevans@crimson.ua.edu Editors Note: A story in Bama Life magazine, included in this issue, was printed just as Crimson CafĂŠ announced its reopening. The CW regrets any confusion this may cause. The Crimson CafĂŠ on The Strip will reopen within one week with some changes made

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Crimson CafÊ set to reopen its doors FAST FACTS • Changes: No longer accepting Dining Dollars

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to its appearance and service. Rhett Madden, co-owner and founder of the cafe, said he closed the restaurant this past June after 18 years of business because the cafe had lost its privileges to accept Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars is managed by Aramark, a private company the University hired in 1996 to handle its dining services. Although the fee set by Aramark cut his profits,

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S tu d e n t G ove r n m e n t Association president Grant Cochran urged the student body to look forward without forgetting the six UA student lives lost in the April 27 tornado. “We will never forget the events of April 27, but we must move forward,� he said Sunday evening during UA’s Day of Remembrance ceremony, “Forward towards a tomorrow that is even brighter than today. Forward as a community.� Cochran said he wants to assure students that opportuCW | Katie Bennett nities to participate in the torStudents and community members gather around Lake Palmer to nado relief effort will remain honor and remember the lives of the students lost in the April 27 open. tornado. Mark Nelson, vice president

of Student Affairs, spoke about the dedication each of the student victims had for their school and community. He went on to describe the qualities and personal ambitions of the students who died. The speakers at the ceremony, including head basketball coach Anthony Grant and head football coach Nick Saban, encouraged those in attendance to honor the victims of the storm by making a positive difference in the community, as exemplified by the recipients of the Capstone Heroes Award. Grant then announced the recipients of the award and presented them with plaques. The awards, he said, were given to those who best demonstrated the community

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Madden said he saw Dining Dollars as a necessity to draw in students, his main customer base. Now without Dining Dollars, Madden said he will refocus his business model to appeal to the larger Tuscaloosa community by placing an emphasis on the nights and weekends with more live music inside the cafe.

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Watch highlights of speeches by head football coach Nick Saban, head basketball coach Anthony Grant, and SGA President Grant Cochran from the tornado remembrance ceremony Sunday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Art House Film Series

View short descriptions of the films to be screened at the Bama Theatre every Thursday night this fall as part of the Art House Film Series.

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EDITORIAL Victor Luckerson editor-in-chief editor@cw.ua.edu Jonathan Reed managing editor jonathanreedcw@gmail.com

WHAT: Honors College Assembly Pool Party & Pizza

WHAT: Get On Board Day

WHERE: Rose Administration, G-54

WHERE: Riverside Clubhouse Pool

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHEN: 9 a.m.

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHAT: A Photographic Display of American Cistercian Abbeys: My Travels to all 17 Trappist Monasteries in the United States

WHAT: Circle K General Meeting

WHAT: Capstone International Information Sessions

Malcolm Cammeron community manager outreach@cw.ua.edu Stephanie Brumfield lifestyles editor Tony Tsoukalas sports editor

WHAT: Help Plan Hispanic Latino Heritage Month

WHERE: Gorgas Library WHEN: Throughout the day

WHERE: 204 A Ferguson Student Center

Submit your events to calendar@cw.ua.edu

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.

Check out a recap of the day of remembrance ceremony composed of social media posts during event.

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Chicken Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Spicy Orange Chicken with Broccoli Oriental Beef Noodle Soup Buttered Noodles Ricotta Fa r a l l e Broccoli(vegetarian)

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Brian Connell web editor Daniel Roth multimedia editor

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Chicken Marsala Macaroni Beef and Tomato Cassorole Pinto Beans and Steamed Broccoli Cream of Vegetable soup Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich Pest Cream Penne(Vegetarian)

Deep Fried Pork Sausage, Onion & Pepper Stromboli Fresca Chicken Quesadilla Steamed Green Beans Italian Sausage Sandwich with Peppers & Onions Marinated Tomato, Portobello, & Grilled Red Onion Crostini (Vegetarian)

ON CAMPUS

Kyle Carey design editor

Drew Hoover photo editor

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHAT: Chemistry and Physics Tutoring

Tray Smith opinions editor

Brian Pohuski graphics editor

WHERE: 360 Forum, Ferguson Student Center

WHEN: 8:15 p.m.

WHEN: 1:00 p.m.

Day of Remembrance

WHERE: Ferguson Plaza

WHERE: Room 300, Mortar Board Room, Ferguson Student Center

WHERE: Pearce Foyer Gorgas Library

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Will Tucker assistant managing editor wjtucker1@gmail.com Amanda Sams news editor newsdesk@cw.ua.edu

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CORRECTION

UA Engineering professors awarded fellowships

In the article “Crimson Tide picked high in preseason” in the Thursday, Aug. 25 edition of the Crimson White, offensive lineman Barrett Jones was referred to as a center. Jones is not a center and has been practicing this preseason at left tackle. The CW regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.

Accounting Professor Receives National Education Award Ed Schnee, the Hugh Culverhouse Professor of Accounting at the Culverhouse School of Accountancy, won the Outstanding Tax Educator Award, presented by the American Taxation Association, earlier this month. In choosing who will receive the award, the ATA Awards Committee considers contributions to curriculum or program develop-

ment, participation in student activities, service to an academic institution, participation in professional activities and activities furthering taxation as an academic field of study and research. Schnee has coordinated the Culverhouse School of Accountancy Master in Tax Accounting program for the past 26 years.

Two University of Alabama mechanical engineering professors have been elected as Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Yuebin Guo, professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Beth Todd, associate professor of mechanical engineering, recently received this distinction. The election to the grade of

Fellow is the highest honor awarded to ASME members. According to ASME, a Fellow is one who has attained a membership grade of distinction and, at the time of advancement, shall have been responsible for significant engineering achievements and shall not have less than 10 years of active practice.

University, SGA implement ridesharing program The Student Government Association, Transportation Services and RHC have worked together to implement a new way for students to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Zimride is a ride sharing network which enables UA students to find friends and classmates going

to and from campus, away games and home. This new campus carpool system will help reduce parking congestion on campus as well as ease the financial burden of gas prices. To sign up for Zimride and connect with other UA students, log onto www.zimride.ua.edu.

ON THE RADAR Irene causes flooding, damage along East Coast From MCT Campus NEW YORK - Already a killer storm, Irene sloshed through the New York metropolitan area Sunday, briefly flooding parts of the city and severing power to a million people but not provoking the doomsday urban disaster that had been feared. Diminished to a tropical storm and racing to its own overnight demise in New England and Canada, Irene killed at least 18 people in six states. More than 4.5 million

customers lost power along the East Coast and well inland. Initial property damage estimates ranged up to $7 billion. And it was not over yet. “Many Americans are still at serious risk of power outages and flooding, which could get worse in coming days as rivers swell past their banks...” President Barack Obama said Sunday evening. “There are a lot of communities that are still being affected.” Irene dumped immense amounts of rain on a region

already saturated by summer downpours. Many communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, upstate New York, Connecticut, Vermont and elsewhere endured lifethreatening floods and toppling trees. State and local authorities warned of more to come, and they begged residents not to become complacent. It takes some time for rain runoff to accumulate, they said. Tree roots were weakening in the over-moist soil and the danger will not end for days.

Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT National Park Service Ranger Jeff Goad views the destruction to N.C. Hwy 12 on the north edge of Rodanthe, North Carolina due to the storm surge from Hurricane Irene.

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able to increase awareness and bring the community together in one place,” said Pam Reves, Greensburg city treasurer. “It has become so special to us. It’s not what it used to be before the tornado, but everyone has really rallied together around the facility and it has created strong community ties. It’s a place where we can come together and cheer for our kids in the gymnasium. It is the heart of our town.” Not unlike Greensburg and Tuscaloosa, Waveland, Miss., was struck by natural disaster in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The hurricane, listed as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history, killed more than 1,800 people in seven different states, including 238 in Mississippi, according to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Federal authorities deemed Waveland as Mississippi’s ground zero, as the town of 10,000 people and much of surrounding Hancock County had virtually no infrastructure following her landfall, according to The Washington Post. As the town began to rebuild, Art Schuldt, of SGB Architects, LLC, said the key goal was to involve more of the community in the planning process. As town builders began construction on Oak Haven, a residential community for elders, they elected to rebuild using insulated concrete forms, walls strengthened with concrete to assist in withstanding future natural disasters. “We really wanted to go out there and rebuild safer and better,” Schuldt said. “We started with a clean slate after Katrina destroyed many of our residential communities. “There’s definitely a sense of perception involved, as the residents want to make sure that they’re not moving into what they just left. With this design, the residents can focus on their safety.” Builders also focused on location, as the community was designed as a pedestrian-friendly development near Waveland’s main economic and transportation arteries, something Maddox said he hopes to accomplish in Tuscaloosa.

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“Tuscaloosa can boldly step into the future by setting the standards and creating a plan to finance and rebuild homes that are green, affordable, well-designed and transit-accessible, and to offer a full range of housing choices to its citizens in connected and thriving mixed-income communities.” — Tuscaloosa Forward plan A key section of the Tuscaloosa Forward plan involves building homes and townhomes that are affordable to those with a wide range of incomes. In the 5.9 miles that that EF4 tornado covered while on the ground in Tuscaloosa, it damaged approximately 5,000 units, which equates to over 12 percent of the city’s housing stock, according to numbers provided in the plan. “The residents of Tuscaloosa overwhelmingly welcome the opportunity to rebuild Tuscaloosa into a 21st century city,” the section reads. “Rebuilding homes to meet the needs of returning residents and newcomers will be an important step towards realizing that goal. Tuscaloosa can boldly step into the future by setting the standards and creating a plan to finance and rebuild homes that are green, affordable, welldesigned and transit-accessible, and to offer a full range of housing choices to its citizens in connected and thriving mixedincome communities.” Although Maddox took many components of the plan from cities devastated by natural disaster, he also looked at cities that have chosen to make improvements by their own accord. More than 2,000 miles away in Morgan Hill, Calif., Madrone Plaza is a community built not only with green aspects in mind, but also as a community whose main priority is middle and low-income residents. Madrone Plaza also provides specific ways for low-income residents to obtain deferred payment loans and assistance to make Madrone Plaza more available. “The city cares [about Madrone Plaza] because we want to provide housing for the entire spectrum of our residents,” said Erwin Ordonez, housing manager for the city of Morgan Hill. “We want to provide housing for current residents, employees, employers and for future residents of Morgan Hill.” In the Tuscaloosa Forward plan, Maddox emphasized the

importance of the various green aspects of Madrone Plaza as well as its availability to local residents who work and thrive in the city. As outlined in the Tuscaloosa Forward plan, Tuscaloosa hopes to create such communities that are readily available to the entire range of the city’s residents. In addition to seeking out financial benefits for the city of Tuscaloosa’s residents, Maddox looked to Milwaukee for inspiration when it came to encouraging a healthier Tuscaloosa in response to Tuscaloosa’s 33 percent obesity rate. In Milwaukee, various community leaders and residents decided to create the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network, a network that encourages local agriculture to better benefit the community. In the Tuscaloosa Forward plan, the network is described as a collaborative effort to raise awareness of the local production of food within the community as well as a way to support a healthier lifestyle. “Another way to look at urban agriculture is that it is providing good food for people who are sometimes in neighborhoods that don’t have access to local grocery stores,” said Jeff Fleming, spokesperson for the Department of City Development in Milwaukee. “It also encourages community building which is something that really adds strength to communities. Urban agriculture brings people together, but once they are together, these neighbors can work together to find resolutions to more local problems.” Maddox said the city must move quickly to rebuild. “None of us should ever forget what happened here, but I think that we should use it as motivation to improve our lives; if we don’t, we’ve failed,” Maddox said. “Then we really will be just captured by 5:13 p.m. on April 27. But if we grow this city and we grow ourselves, then that’s where the silver lining can be found.”

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OPINIONS

In need of growth, not just numbers By SoRelle Wyckoff

Originally ran Sept. 29, 1977 in the CW.

Monday, August 29, 2011 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

A guide to page four of the CW By John Davis

{ YOUR VIEW } WEB COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO, “SOON-TO BE EXPANDING CONFERENCE” “At least one Texas team belongs in the SEC. Texas football is a huge thing to us Texans, and when the NCAA has us going against teams like Iowa, Colorado, & Kansas weʼre naturally going to want tougher teams to play against.” — Peter Garcia

“College Station is less than a days trip from Mobile. Eastern Texas is a lot like the Southeast (culturally).” — William

“I totally agree with adding Texas A&M as the 13th member of the SEC. Doing so (you) add (two) Giant Markets in Houston and Dallas/ Fort Worth. A&M is located 1 hour and 40 (minutes) Northwest of Houston (95 miles) on US-290.” — Dean Taylor

EDITORIAL BOARD Victor Luckerson Editor Jonathan Reed Managing Editor Tray Smith Opinions Editor Adam Greene Chief Copy Editor

WE WELCOME YOUR OPINIONS Letters to the editor must be less than 300 words and guest columns less than 800. Send submissions to letters@ cw.ua.edu. Submissions must include the author’s name, year, major and daytime phone number. Phone numbers are for verification and will not be published. Students should also include their year in school and major. For more information, call 348-6144. The CW reserves the right to edit all submissions.

When I sat down to write my first column of the year I found myself at an impasse. See, I never actually had a “final” column for this past school year due to the tornado. Chronologically, my last column from last year was a cannonball directed at UA TOMS; I enjoyed writing it tremendously as well as the comments and response(s) that followed. That being said, I was hoping for a last go around that would allow me to neatly wrap up my first year as a columnist. The first piece I wrote as a staff columnist for The Crimson White was entitled “Guide to Opinions Page Fame,” and it was, at its essence, a release for two years of pent up frustration with the general riff raff that one finds wandering about the campus. It was a guide, to be sure, but it offered no real constructive advice. After a year of service, I’ve gained a greater understanding for the monster that is The Crimson White’s opinions page and what to expect over the next two semesters from both my fellow columnists and the readers who chime in with letters and guest columns. And while “Guide to Opinions Page Fame” was massively entertaining to write, I feel it is almost required to write a legitimate advice column lest we see the battle between theists and atheists play out on page four again.

By now you’ve heard from various administrators and student leaders on campus or at least their communication directors (Hi, Seth!) as well as a couple of The CW’s regular contributors. If I were to use a relationship as a metaphor, this is the honeymoon stage. The crazy hasn’t come out quite yet, but believe me; it’s on its way. There are a few basic truths every reader needs to know about what appears on the opinions page, the first being that literally no one is a journalist. The biggest misconception I see in reader comments is that we, as columnists, are somehow bound by this abstract concept called credibility. The fact of the matter is that the opinions page is the exact place for rampant speculation and grossly over-exaggerated rumors. You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is the point of publishing pieces that have no real value?” Well, here’s the deal: page four starts each production day as a blank page. The overriding goal is to create and/or maintain some sort of dialogue about any issue the readership feels is important enough to talk about. The best way to generate this dialogue, believe it or not, is to publish the most absolute extremes of any one viewpoint. It’s the same reason Rush Limbaugh and Skip Bayless are so successful – nobody reacts to a wet noodle argument that follows the pattern, “I think X is correct,

but I can see why someone might think Y.” I know it seems counter-intuitive for anyone trying to foster constructive conversation to give a platform for nut jobs to spew their nonsense, believe me I do, but an extremist is the perfect way to get both the other side riled up and have more sane voices speak up to disown insane ones. So yes, at some point I will write something that is probably going to make many of you upset - frankly, I might do it just for the hell of it. You know why? There’s nothing less constructive than “0 comments” next to the title on The CW’s website. Moving on (because I’ve only got about a hundred words left), there’s a critical piece of knowledge y’all need to know when it comes to writing a letter to the editor. Writing a letter is like trying to start a successful band: people have done it before, and they sounded just like you. What is it about your point of view that is different than the last guy writing about how much he hates fraternities? The opinions page is fun, and anyone can play. Last year I had people living in Qatar commenting on a piece I wrote to tell me how much they hate me. Be funny. Be angry. Be sad. Just be something. John Davis is a senior majoring in NCAA compliance.

Be pro choice with student housing By John Brinkerhoff It is no secret that the University of Alabama possesses an unwavering focus on recruitment and expanding enrollment, especially within the Honors College. Prospective honors students can expect individual meetings with President Witt, regular phone calls from college deans and, at the very least, a constant stream of recruitment letters. However, perhaps its most publicized recruitment tools are the suite-style residence halls, which have begun to replace the smaller, traditional residence halls on campus. Their appeal is obvious; after all, they have individual rooms, modern appliances and two bathrooms per suite. However, when last year’s demolition of three traditional dorms is combined with the University’s bold new plan for more large suite-style residence halls on the recently purchased Bryce property, a distinct challenge to student choice is created. This is not to say that constructing new honors residence halls is inherently bad. Modernization is good and the University must continue to update its facilities in order to maintain its competitive recruitment. Problems arise when it is done at the cost of eliminating small traditional dorms from campus and homogenizing all of campus housing. Students deserve to have a choice regarding where they

live. At the most basic level, this trend has restricted the variation in housing costs. Students should be able to decide whether or not the higher living cost of these Honors residence halls is worth it. If the housing options continue to trend towards the more expensive, then the very frills that have been so effective in recruitment might actually bar some students from attending because of their cost. The size of residence halls is also a distinct concern, especially for Living Learning Communities such as the Mallet Assembly. As odd as the comparison is, these communities are similar to greek organizations in that they require the autonomy provided by living in their own building to properly function. Simply moving them to a wing of a larger dorm, which was the University’s solution to those residing in Parker Adams, would limit their ability to host events, set their own policies and thrive as a community. Finally, students should be given a choice in what type of housing experience they want to have, which drastically varies between housing styles. Because traditional residence halls limit the space in each individual dorm room, student socialization is directed away from a living room and into a common area, which mashes residents who would not have otherwise met. The suite-style housing offers

more comfort and privacy; however, the extra space provided by suites leads residents to spend their time in their personal living room, which limits interaction by literally placing a wall between them and the rest of the residence hall. Students should be allowed to choose between all of these options. If they prefer to pay more to live in a deluxe suite and seek community elsewhere, then they should have that option. On that same token, a student should not be denied the opportunity to become part of a community in a smaller dorm and share common space with everyone. An interest definitely exists for all types and none should be discounted. As this campus experiences rapid growth and change, it must take the needs of the entire student body into account. We cannot allow the student who is unable to afford the extra costs of suite style living, the Living Learning Community who needs its own facility, or the freshman who would benefit the community of a residence hall to be casualties in a giant plan for recruitment. In fact, constructing modern residence halls of multiple styles may prove to be more of a boon to recruitment than any private meeting with President Witt. John Brinkerhoff is a sophomore majoring in political science and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Mondays.

The search for a college home is one of the most instrumental decisions a student can make. For our freshman class, this process is still fresh on the mind, having just made the commitment to Alabama months ago. As a junior, I am still asked why I chose to attend the University of Alabama. Each checklist of ideal college attributes is different, and different characteristics weigh heavier for different people. Logistically, I considered location, majors offered, social scene and scholarship, and these are common influences in the final decision of college attendance for many students. One characteristic that consistently plays a large part in the decision making process is size. On paper, student to teacher ratio, student involvement and graduation rates are measures of size. Traffic congestion, class registration, athletic seating, housing and parking are more personal measures of a university’s population.

As idealistic as President Witt is about our population increase and the changes that will come with it, let’s consider a more realistic approach. Let the University of Alabama keep the charm that so many of us, and students before us, fell in love with. Allow Tuscaloosa to naturally grow as a college town, rather than be force fed a population it cannot handle in such a short amount of time.

Last year, President Witt set a goal of reaching a 35,000-student population by 2020. His initial goal of 28,000 by 2009 has already been reached, and he has set records with the largest freshman class in University history. Before President Witt accepted his current position at the Capstone, he served in administration at the University of Texas from 1973 through 1995. During the 22 years Witt served at UT, the student population more than doubled. Texas had a student population of 16,477 in 1960. By1990, it had 37,152 students. When President Witt arrived at the University of Alabama in March 2003, the Fall 2002 undergraduate population was at 15,892 students. If Witt continues with his plans, the University of Alabama will see the same 20,000 student increase that the University of Texas experienced, in which Witt played a part. Without a doubt, there are definite positives to an increased student population. More students mean more academic talent. If Witt plans to follow the same plans as his former employer, Alabama will have the opportunity to become more exclusive with its application process, much like Texas did. However, reusing the same blueprints for growth is a dangerous game plan. The differences between the University of Texas and Alabama are extensive. Let’s first consider the cities and states of each. Austin, Texas and Tuscaloosa, Ala. provide two completely different examples of college towns. The economy and size of Austin provides some form of cushion to the influx of students. While Tuscaloosa does have the classic “college town” vibe, it is not large enough, or ready, to accept a similar increase in people. This is especially true considering President Witt has stated, “The University can grow from where we are now without having to construct any new academic buildings.” Now, consider parking, housing, traffic and class registration. As flawless as these aspects of our institution are, more students won’t help the pre-existing issues students already have. But most importantly, a change in size will change the spirit of the University of Alabama. Sure, the possibility of growth could be beneficial in some aspects, and even make UA a more academically prestigious institution. But, much of the reason students love and choose Alabama is its size. At its current size, Alabama is large enough to provide opportunities that only large academic institutions can provide. Things like multiple career opportunities, premier facilities and teaching tools and enough extra- curricular organizations for each student are only going to be available at a school the size of Alabama or larger. However, unlike the other universities with 40,000 or more students, Alabama students actually have an opportunity to become involved and connected with their school. Once a school reaches a certain size, organizations and groups become more competitive. For example, spirit groups at the University of Texas include a rigorous application process with rounds of interviews. As idealistic as President Witt is about our population increase and the changes that will come with it, let’s consider a more realistic approach. Let the University of Alabama keep the charm that so many of us, and students before us, fell in love with. Allow Tuscaloosa to naturally grow as a college town, rather than be force fed a population it cannot handle in such a short amount of time. There are ways to build a University without building numbers. Instead of lowering our standards to raise our numbers, how about we raise our standards and let the numbers fall in line on their own.

SoRelle Wyckoff is a junior majoring in history and English. Her column runs weekly on Mondays.


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opportunities. “When a student comes to our office, we introduce them to SLPro so they can continue • Red Cross of West to search for opportunities Alabama, 205-758to be involved,” said Wahnee 3608, alredcross.org Sherman, director of community service. “We also give • UA Community Serthem information about any vice Center, 205348service projects that the CSC 2865, volunteer. is sponsoring at that time as ua.edu well as passing along other volunteer opportunities that • Women’s Resource our community partners have Center, 348-5040, shared with us.” wrc.ua.edu Students interested in the CSC can stop by their office • Tuscaloosa Metro in the Ferg or visit volunteer. Animal Shelter, (205) ua.edu. 752-9101, metroaniAnother on-campus volunmalshelter.org teer opportunity can be found at the Women’s Resource Center. Elle Shaaban-Magaña, system called SLPro, which the WRC director, said the allows students to log volun- center is always looking for teer hours and learn about volunteers to accomplish a potential volunteer project broad spectrum of goals.

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University of Alabama students are no strangers to volunteering their time for a greater cause. Even before the volunteer response to the events of April 27, the Capstone had been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for five years running. However, the volunteer options and opportunities may be daunting for those who are just beginning their community service experience. So, how can you get involved? The University’s Community Service Center, located in the Ferguson Center, organizes volunteer opportunities for students in addition to acting as a liaison between UA students and community partners. The CSC also utilizes a

“One of the myths about the center is that we only work with and for women,” Shaaban-Magaña said. “We offer a range of activism and leadership opportunities for people to become involved based on their interests, experience, and level of commitment of time.” Shaaban-Magaña urges interested volunteers to call 348-5040 or visit the Get Involved portion of the WRC website at wrc.ua.edu. For off-campus opportunities, the Red Cross West Alabama Chapter’s main office is located in Tuscaloosa. An online volunteer application can be found at alredcross.org, or you can call the office at 205758-3608. Animal lovers can donate time to a local animal shelter or rescue mission. The Tuscaloosa Metro Animal

Shelter holds volunteer orientation sessions every Thursday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Download the volunteer application from metroanimalshelter.org and take it to their office at 3140 35th Street to learn more about the opportunities there. Large student organizations and clubs often take part in their own philanthropy or volunteer endeavors but there are always opportunities for individual volunteers to plug into a bigger group. UA student Will Dodd recently participated in the Lake Tuscaloosa Clean-Up, a community-wide service day put on by the City of Tuscaloosa he learned about through social media. “I found out about the Lake Tuscaloosa clean up day through various Facebook and Twitter posts by The Black

Warrior Riverkeeper and The UA Environmental Council,” Dodd, a junior majoring in political science, said. Stay up to date on organizations and causes you care about by subscribing to newsletters, liking their Facebook pages, or following them on Twitter. The Community Service Center’s Twitter, @ VolunteerBama, continually updates students on service opportunities they can take part in. “I would encourage other UA students to volunteer as much as you can. Find something you are passionate about and give your time to the cause,” Dodd said. “Not only is it a great way to work with organizations and causes you believe in, but it is also a great way to meet new people and it can open the door for more opportunities later on.”

Students create checking accounts away from home Caroline Murray Contributing Writer Between books, burgers and bar tabs, college budgets can be tight. There is little room for the fees that often come with checking accounts. Several banks in the Tuscaloosa area offer products

specifically designed with the unique needs of students in mind. Students like Elizabeth Loftin, a junior majoring in elementary education from Dothan, Ala., have multiple checking accounts. “I have accounts at four different banks,” Loftin said. “I

ANNUAL PERCENTAGE YIELD (APY) AND INTEREST RATE: These two terms are not exactly the same, but very similar. APY considers compounding and interest rate is more basic but in short, they both signify how much money the bank pays

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nor Andreen provided details about how individual students can be penalized for sitting in a block reserved for an organization to which they don’t belong. No such penalties are mentioned in the Student Organization Seating Handbook or the Code of Student Conduct. According to Andreen, block seating was first implemented “decades ago because students have always wanted to sit with their friends at football games.” Block seating became an

the customer for keeping money in the account. For example, if the interest rate for a checking account is 0.50 percent, the account will earn $0.50 a year for every $100.

count an organization’s diversity towards its application was not included in the final application posted by the SGA last month. The current Student Organization Seating Committee was created through an executive order signed by SGA president Grant Cochran. It called for seven members to be appointed from the SGA legislative branch by Flamerich and another seven at large members to be appointed by the SGA executive council. The executive order also stipulated that that the executive council would appoint the committee chair. The SGA executive council includes the SGA president, vice presidents, executive

According to Andreen, block seating was first implemented “decades ago because students have always wanted to sit with their friends at football games.” issue in the 70s because a number of students saved seats in the student section of Bryant-Denny, according to CW archives. An editorial in the Sept. 29, 1977 issue of the Crimson White states large signs with fraternity letters were placed over seats and those students who did not move were often subjected to having drinks poured on them among other forms of abuse. On Oct. 13, 1977, SGA senators approved the establishment of the Student Organization Seating Commission to finalize and implement a block seating plan. Over the past three decades, the number of organizations officially represented on the block seating committee has decreased. The original commission consisted of a director, three members appointed by the SGA president and approved by the senate and representatives from Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic, Association for Women Students, Afro American Association and the Student Dorm Association. Those specifications are no longer in the SGA Code of Laws. Of the 34 organizations awarded seating sections last year, at least 16, including all organizations on the front row, had no black members. A proposal by Flamerich to

secretary and the chief of staff. The executive order was signed on May 10, 2011, and Flamerich made his appointments on June 27. The executive council made its appointments almost two months after the executive order was signed, and the committee was officially formed on July 7. The SOS committee did not meet until last night. Because members came to the meeting to score student organization’s applications on a rolling basis, the full committee has not discussed the application process. The first home game against Kent State is Saturday. Flamerich appointed himself, Carly Evans, Sydney Page, John Brinkerhoff, Fred Horn, Jonathan Thompson and Laura Sojka to the committee. All are elected SGA senators. The executive council appointed Meredith Julian, Harrison Webb, Raymond Dawkins, Sean Keeler, Matthew Calderone, Jesse Blount and Robert Fender, with McKenzie Jones serving as chair. None hold elected positions within the SGA. According to Morrow, committee members will not be able to participate in drawing up the seating chart. Instead, the committee chair will work with athletics and the faculty block-seating advisor to develop a map the committee will vote on later in the week.

like having several accounts, and I also like that several of my Dothan banks have branches here in Tuscaloosa. I didn’t have to open any new accounts when I came to college, and that has been really convenient.” Trista Dowdy, however, a junior majoring in education, did open a new account for college. Dowdy, a native of Rome, Ga., opened her checking account with Coosa Valley Federal Credit Union six years ago. She opened her account with Regions Bank when she began working in Tuscaloosa. “I only use my Regions account for my paychecks,” Dowdy said. “I’ve never had any problems with Regions, but I use my other account more because the interest rate is better.” Fees and interest rates like

the one Dowdy mentioned vary at every bank, but basic features of free checking accounts are similar. Lindsey Self, a junior majoring in public relations, has recently become familiar with minimum balance policies. “I’ve always banked with Wells Fargo and I like the bank,” Self said. “But now they are making changes and I’m going to have to pay every month if I don’t have a certain amount of money in my account. I’m not getting anything extra but I’m paying extra.” Loftin recommends asking lots of questions when it comes to checking accounts. “I’ve had my accounts forever, but I never really knew how banking worked until I started seeing fraudulent purchases on my account,” Loftin said. “That experience forced me to learn

OVERDRAFT PROTECTION:

MINIMUM BALANCE:

If a customer qualifies, the bank will pay charges that exceed the account balance. For example, if an $8 check card purchase is made and there is only $7 in the account with overdraft protection, the bank will cover the difference and charge the customer a fee.

Some banks require that customers keep a minimum balance in their account. If the account falls below this balance, a fee is charged quarterly. Minimum balance is not to be confused with minimum to open. Minimum to open only applies to the initial deposit a customer must make to open the account.

how banking actually works instead of just swiping my debit card all the time, and I’m glad I know what I do now.” For information on opening a checking account, visit a

local branch with your driver’s license, social security card and deposit, or visit their website.

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ideals of service, generosity and compassion. Mayor Walt Maddox, who was commended for his exceptional leadership and dedication to the Tuscaloosa community, was the first recipient of the Heroes Award. Cadet Charlie Stimpson was the second recipient. Stimpson, a medic with the Army Reserve, was on hand after the disaster to provide medical assistance to those in need, often using his own clothing as bandages for the victims. The third to accept an award was UA student Amanda Phillips for her efforts in aiding the Tuscaloosa community. Though Phillips returned home to Dallas shortly after the tornado, she collected and delivered thousands of dollars in relief supplies. Derek and Susan DeBruin were recognized for their efforts as first responders. The couple provided comfort to Nicole Mixon during her final hours. Patrick Morris accepted the final award on behalf of UA Greek Relief for their extensive efforts immediately following the day of the tornado. Together, they provided over 52,000 meals and collected more than $180,000 in relief funds. Saban then addressed the hundreds in attendance, describing how everyone can make a difference while seizing opportunities. “Each and every one of us have some kind of memory in our heart and mind,” he said. “Hopefully we all have gratitude for those memories that we have, but we also have a deep appreciation of life itself and an appreciation for the lives that we have and what we can accomplish.” Saban said the football team would wear ribbons on their helmets to represent everyone affected on April 27. Cochran then spoke about the power of community, as students lit crimson and white luminaries around Palmer Lake, each signifying a beacon of progress and of hope. “These luminaries represent each action, each person,

each life, each moment in time and together they create a collective light,” Cochran said. Cochran said the relief effort helped shed light on the power of community. “It is in times like these that the true essence of community is on display,” he said. “A community is more than a group of friends or acquaintances. A community is greater than a single university. A community expands beyond one’s comfort zones. A true community is when students and employees help neighbors and strangers rebuild their homes and businesses. A true community holds strong and together through hard times and adversity. “The Tuscaloosa and Alabama communities are alive and well tonight.” William Evans contributed to this article.

Above: Students and community members gather around Lake Palmer to honor and remember the lives of the students lost in the April 27th tornado. Left: UA basketball coach Anthony Grant speaks and announces the recipients of the Capstone Heros Award at UA Remembers. CW | Katie Bennett


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Program helps veterans adjust to college life By Heather Lightsey Contributing Writer

FAST FACTS

Adjusting from life as a soldier to life as a college student can be a difficult process for many veterans. That’s why the University of Alabama is working with the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center to set up a new program to help these veterans returning to college. The program, called the Veteran-Student Academic and Wellness Program, helps to ensure that veterans returning from places like Iraq and Afghanistan have a safe haven within reach while transitioning from military life to college life. Damon Stevenson, spokesman for the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, said the center wants to give veterans every opportunity to succeed in college. “We understand that veteran students are not typical

To enroll for the program, please contact the University of Alabama Veterans Services at 205-3486770 or LaWanda Van Horn at 205-554-3791.

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“Our focus before was 100 percent on the students but now we want to shift some of our focus to the local community,” Madden said. However, students will still be a key focus for the cafe, he said. Madden said the restaurants that are succeeding on the Strip have integrated a pub-like atmosphere into their business models for the night crowd, which he will do for the cafe. “Our concept was more of a day-time setting where people could sit down and study and drink coffee, but that market is being serviced on campus,” he said. “We want to be a place where you can bring your group of friends and

college students,” Stevenson said. “Many have issues adjusting to college life as well as civilian life after returning from deployment, and also have concerns that a typical college student would not have.” The program will offer a variety of services, such as counseling, tutoring, primary care, case management and peer support. LaWanda Van Horn, social work coordinator of VSAWP, said the available peer support is important because it allows other veteran students

to build reports among one another. Van Horn also said that commonalities among veterans mean that they can offer better support and relief for each other. Ch r i st o p h e r S p e n c e r, University spokesman for VSAWP, said the initial program hopes to enroll 20 to 25 veterans in the first year. The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, one of five centers in the country chosen to host this program, will also take part in outreach activities in the community to educate other veterans about VSAWP. The program is free and is funded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “As a veteran myself, I would encourage veterans to enroll in programs like this,” Spencer said. “They put their life on the line for this country, and should have every opportunity to succeed.”

have a pleasant night atmosphere where you can enjoy good food and drinks and have some live music.” The cafe will feature a remodeled interior with new flooring, countertops and a redesigned kitchen area to facilitate the cooking process. “The way we rearranged things will make our service twice as fast,” he said. Madden has also hired Rebecca Skelton, a chef with a specialty for homemade desserts, to oversee the making of the food. Fresh-baked desserts, including homemade cakes and cookies, will be a regular item for customers to enjoy, Skelton said. The menu will remain as it was before the cafe’s closing until Skelton notices any meals that aren’t selling, which will be replaced, she

said. Madden said he wants to stay optimistic. “The main thing I don’t want anybody to think is that we dropped Dining Dollars, but since we’ve been dropped and there’s no commission involved, we’ll be offering the lowest prices we can and pass it on to the students,” he said. “I think the students are going to be pleasantly surprised. “We firmly believe we have found a path to keep the Crimson Cafe here another 20 years.” Stephen Killen, a junior studying in New College, said he sees the Crimson Cafe as a valuable asset to The Strip. “The atmosphere was worth going to,” he said. “I wasn’t a big fan of the food but for the old tavern-like interior – I would go back to that in a heartbeat.”

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The VA Medical Center provides a variety of resources for veterans in the Tuscaloosa area.

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The Crimson White Marissa Fernandez decorates the Crimson Pride cupcake with an elephant Friday afternoon at Sweets Cupcakes and Cakes.

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Downtown gets new cupcake shop Mom-and-daughter cupcake cafe offers icing shots, SEC-themed desserts and seasonal changes to the menu. CW | Margo Smith Above: Ashley Williams and Paige Brunson prepare ingredients at Sweets Cupcakes and Cakes Friday afternoon. Below: Sweets Cupakes and Cakes, located on Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa, is open and ready for new business.

By SoRelle Wyckoff Staff Reporter scwyckoff@crimson.ua.edu Selma natives Mary Caroline Booth and her mother have always wanted to own a store and share their culinary creations with others. This summer, their dream came true when they opened a shop that features cupcakes with hand-piped Big Al’s and cupcakes that resemble peanut butter cups downtown. Sweets Cupcakes and Cakes opened two months ago, and Booth said business has been great so far. “We are getting an awesome response from the community,” Booth said. “We love our downtown location. It’s perfect for a local business like ours, and both college students and families can enjoy it.” The shop’s Facebook page is covered with positive feedback, pictures and announcements from fans and Sweets employees. Elizabeth Stroecker, a junior majoring in psychology, said her experience at Sweets was just that: “sweet.” “The girls who work there were so nice, and the cupcake choices were unbelievable,” Stroecker said. “And once they served me the cupcake, it was almost too cute to eat.” The store is located on Sixth Street and Greensboro Avenue and is open Monday

with the first game.

“This is a college town. You can’t have a “Also, for each home game, we are making a competitor cupcake,” Booth said. “It shop without shots here.” — Mary Caroline Booth, co-owner of Sweets Cupcakes and Cakes through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. The store offers a variety of specialty cupcakes like “Crimson Pride,” or a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing and hand-decorated with an icing elephant, and “Peanut Butter Cup,” a mix of peanut butter and chocolate cake and icing. There is also a “weekly sweet,” a cupcake that changes weekly, often after customer feedback. “We used things like our Facebook and Twitter to hear what customers want,” Booth said. “Over the summer, we had a lot of requests for raspberry, so we made a raspberry cupcake.” Their menu is seasonal, and Booth said they are planning on switching to a fall menu Sept. 23. Sweets encourages community members and students to suggest ideas for cupcakes on their social media page. In addition to cupcakes, Sweets’ also takes orders for custom cakes and cupcakes. Booth said they are preparing for tailgating season and are busy starting

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broke my heart to decorate other SEC cupcakes though. I hated having to decorate anything for Florida and Auburn.” Booth and her mother are not the only Alabama fans at Sweets though. Almost every employee at Sweets is a student at the University of Alabama. “They all have different backgrounds, ranging from a graphic designer who uses her creativity to help us, and we have a student who is culinary school-bound,” Booth said. Despite the cupcake fad that has hit many towns, including Tuscaloosa’s other cupcake store, Gigi’s, Booth said she and her mother decided to open the store simply to share their product. “We love our product,” she said. “We want to share our flavor combinations and ideas with our customers.” Booth’s favorite cupcake is the banana cream pie but said the most popular are the peanut butter cup and Crimson Pride cupcakes. And because this is a college town, Booth said one of her favorite things on the menu are the shots. The “sweet shots,” that is. The alcohol-free icing shots are unique to Sweets, and as Booth pointed out, sometimes icing is the favorite part of a cupcake.


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Bama Theatre shows variety of films

When students are looking for movies with plots that are a little out of the ordinary, such as a girl who sleeps with men to change their political opinions or a boy who tries to save his parents marriage by tracking their sex life, they should look no further than The Art

The Names of Love

House Film Series at The Bama Theatre. Every Tuesday night this fall, The Bama Theatre will screen a contemporary independent film at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6 for students and can be purchased at the box office starting at 6 p.m. the night of the show.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

September 6 Starring: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin and Zinedine Soualem Rotten Tomatoes: 70 percent fresh by critics and 84 percent fresh by audiences Plot: A left-wing acitivist, Baya Benmahmoud, does everything in her power to convert her political enemies. Her plan of attack is usually to get in bed with the enemy, literally, and she sees success until she finally meets her match in Arthur Martin.

September 27 Attendees of The Bama Theatre tonight will take place in the world-wide Manhattan Short Film Festival. MSFF spans six continents and will take place in over 100,000 cities. Moviegoers will be given a scorecard and asked to rate the 10 films they see over the course of the night. The scorecards will be sent to MSFF and the winner of the festival will be announced on Sunday, October 2.

Beginners

Tabloid October 4 Starring: Kent Gavin Rotten Tomatoes: 91 percent fresh by critics and 80 percent fresh by audiences Plot: Tabloid follows former Miss Wyoming, Joyce McKinney, who was charged with kidnapping and imprisonment. Her devotion to the man she loves takes her around the world, puts her in jail, and lands her on the front page of the tabloids.

September 13 Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent Rotten Tomatoes: 83 percent fresh by critics and 82 percent fresh by audiences Plot: After finding love only months after his father’s death, Oliver is overwhelmed by memories of his father who changed his life after telling him that he had terminal cancer and that he was seeing another man at the age of 75.

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The Trip August 30 Starring: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Rotten Tomatoes: 89 percent fresh by critics and 72 percent

fresh by audiences Plot: Playing loose versions of themselves, Coogan invites Brydon on tour at the English countryside reviewing restaurants for The Observer.

5 Easy Tips for Dorm Decorating By Jordan Staggs Senior Lifestyles Reporter jlstaggs1@crimson.ua.edu

Wall decor such as artwork, photographs and posters will give your room a “lived-in” feeling and Many freshmen and oth- can enhance the neutral ers who are living in the walls. Corkboards are a residence halls this year great way to stay organized might be wondering how to and display photos of friends take their space to the next and family. To

Personalization of any kind can quickly turn any stale, empty space into a warm and comfy home away from home. — Stephanie Sickler

level. Without decorating and adding your own personal touches to your room, it will probably feel cold and uninviting. Stephanie Sickler, assistant professor in the College of Human and Environmental Sciences, has been researching the topic of students’ personalization of college residence halls with her partner Beverly Roskos. Here are a few easy tips from Sickler to help make the most of your time in the residence hall, whether you’re living in Ridgecrest, Paty or Parham. Be careful not to use large scale items in a small space; that can quickly make it seem crowded. Also, lifting the adjustable bed to the taller setting and placing the dresser and other storage underneath is a great way to save space. An area rug can quickly soften the feel of any space and easily provide warmth for bare feet on the cold floor. You can find rugs in every size, color and price range all over town. For a good deal, try searching at TJ Maxx, Pier 1 or Walmart.

block out sunlight and warm up the walls, use a room darkening window treatment such as one with blackout lining. Just be sure you also have a good alarm clock so you don’t miss class! Using a color scheme throughout the room can help the cohesion of the space and reduce the appearance of clutter and disorder. Pick a couple of your favorite colors and use them throughout the space with accessories, bedding and storage. If you live in one of the suite-style residence halls, be sure to team up with your suitemates and carry the decorating into the living room area. This will be a great way to bond with each other and create a cool, comfortable space people will want to hangout in. “Personalization of any kind can quickly turn any stale, empty space into a warm and comfy home away from home,” Sickler said. Keep a lookout for a residence hall decorating survey, which residence advisors will be passing around sometime this semester.

October 11 Starring: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine Rotten Tomatoes: 86 percent fresh by critics and 82 percent fresh by audiences Plot: At 15 years old, Oliver’s two main goals in life are to save his parents’ marriage and to lose his virginity. To accomplish the goal of saving his parents’ marriage, he tries to interfere with their relationship. To accomplish the goal of losing his virginity, he attempts to woo a girl from school, Jordana.

September 20 Starring: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki and Bridger Zadina Rotten Tomatoes: 88 percent fresh by critics and 66 percent fresh by audiences Plot: Terri explores the life of a 15-year-old boy in a small town and his relationship with a talkative and well-meaning vice principal who takes an interest in him.

Acoustic Nights to begin again Mark Cobb to perform at first Acoustic Night of the season at Bama By Amy Hicks Contributing Writer Throughout the year The Bama Theatre will host Acoustic Night in The Greensboro Room. The series is random, although they are usually set for Monday through Wednesday, and happen after a band or booking agent reaches out to The Bama Theatre. David Allgood, manager of The Bama Theatre, said that with the correct advertising, bands are able bring in 30-50 people on average. The first Acoustic Night of the fall semester will take place on August 31, doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. It will feature Mark Cobb and Andy Jones. The cover for the event is $5 and drink specials will be offered. To find out when Acoustic Nights are scheduled continue to check the calendar on bamatheatre.org.

Q&A’s from David Allgood, Bama Theatre Q: How do you get people to participate in Acoustic Night at the Bama Theatre? A: Artists will send in CDs with their music on them. Also, national booking agents will book the show for them and handle their business. It is mainly for solo or duo artists but some bands perform depending on sound quality and how many people are in the band. Usually no drums are included. Q: How often does Acoustic Night happen? A: It happens in a random series. There are no set dates for months in advance. It is only available to happen when no other big performances are booked for the large theater. Mostly it is set for Monday-

Wednesday. The public can always check the website to see when the dates are. Q: What is the difference between Acoustic Night at Bama Theatre and other music concerts, shows and music venues around Tuscaloosa? A: It is the only actual listening room. It begins earlier than most bars that hire bands. It begins at 7:30 and usually is over around 10:30. They make sure to have at least two artists and three if they can fit them in the set. It is a no smoking venue and no talking is highly requested. The music that is provided is mostly original and they do not really accept cover artists. All the proceeds from the Acoustic Night go 100 percent to the artist who played. The venue does not take any portions. Also, merchandise is always sold to support the music that was provided.

Q&A’s with Mark Cobb Q: What do you love about music? A: Singing came before talking. (Thank you, science!) Music does things to us we can’t always explain; it’s like laughter and its medicinal properties. Sometimes the feeling is funky or weird or silly or inappropriate; sometimes music lifts us up out of the mundane, and makes the blood pound in our arms ‘til we believe we can do anything. A great song can make you fall in love with life and everyone around you. It can take you to a higher ground, or down to the gutter, where there’s a great view of the stars. And then sometimes it just makes us dance. Q: What makes you passionate about performing music live? A: I’m a shy guy. I suck at parties. You can only loiter in the kitchen for so long, and there’s only so much booze you can shovel

Submitted Photo Acoustic Night at the Bama Theatre is an intimate alternative to the louder, larger shows. down your gullet. So I used to be the guy who looked around the party for the guitar or piano. Gradually I got louder, and slightly better. In my day job, I write things that go out on paper the next day. Despite occasional nice emails or people who stop me at the diner to say thanks, I rarely know if what I’m doing has reached anyone. With live music, you know in the moment. If a song works, you can feel it, a connection with the crowd. It’s something – Thank you science! Again! – to do with the theory of entanglement, the way our lives intersect in ways other than the purely physical. Since I play guitar, maybe I should call it “entwanglement.” Q: What do you do besides play music? A: Besides music, I write, act, swim and occasionally marry people. My day job is editor of Tusk and arts/feature writer for The Tuscaloosa News. I’m also completing rewrites on a novel, gradually composing a stock-car-racing-meets“Hamlet” musical called “Big Wheels,” and have written a handful of 10-minute plays, which have been performed at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts,

Shelton State and UA’s Guerrilla Theatre. I’m a co-founder of The Rude Mechanicals, a summer outdoor Shakespeare troupe, about to enter its 10th season. I write original music for our shows. I’ve performed with UA’s theater department in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Ragtime,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” “You Can’t Take It With You” and a few others.

Q: For Acoustic Night, what do you plan on performing? A: For Acoustic Night I’ll be playing original material, going back about 15 years to when I first started trying to write songs. Some of them were written for my bands The Corvairs, The Crying Jags, The Damn Dirty Apes and The Simpletones. Some are more personal. I’ll probably throw in a few from my co-writing gig with Shakespeare – perfect collaborator, because he writes great lyrics and is too dead to argue – and a couple of songs so new I’m not even finished with them as I write this, nine days out. I’ve got one song that’s pure happy, “Hot Now,” about falling into sweaty summer love with a Krispy Kreme waitress. I usually close with that.


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Monday, August 29, 2011

FILM | COLUMN

Hollywood should take it easy with the remakes By Erich Hilkert 2011 has been an abysmal summer for movies. We could call it the summer of the remakes, or maybe the summer of the sequels. Better yet, how about the summer of the remake sequels? After all, the number two movie in America last week (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes�) is just that: a remake of a sequel. While that movie’s box office numbers are tapering off, a top new release “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,� is a remake of the 1973 film of the same title. The number three movie from last week is the fourth installment in the “Spy Kids� series, number four is a remake of the 1982 movie “Conan the Barbarian,� and coming in at number five is, you guessed it, a remake of the 1985 horror movie

“Not all remakes are bad, but I can’t think of many good ones either. Furthermore, an audience knows what they’re getting into with a sequel. The story template is already laid out and clear.� “Fright Night.� I’m beginning to wonder how we will keep track of movie titles in the coming years. We will have no choice but to add the year the film was released “Assault on Precinct 13� will suddenly become “Assault on Precinct 13, 2005 release� or “2001, 1968 release.� Why are well-regarded, classic movies remade? Why is “Straw Dogs� soon to be released when the original was successful in part because it was shocking at the time of its release and critically acclaimed? No offense to James Marsden, but I don’t

imagine he’s in the same league as Dustin Hoffman. Also, I don’t think the movie will be all that shocking today. We hear elected officials compare rape to having a flat tire today. I’m okay with sequels. One of the greatest movies ever made, “The Godfather II,â€? is a sequel. It features three of the greatest actors of the 1970s together in one film: Robert Duvall, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. In a trilogy, the second movie is often the best because the story has already been set up and the ending doesn’t seem a foregone conclusion yet. Above: “Rise of the Planet of the Apesâ€? is a prequel to the 1968 Charlton Heston ďŹ lm. Left: Another ďŹ lm at the top of the box ofďŹ ce is the remake of “Conan the Barbarian.â€?

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

By Miranda Murphy Sports Reporter mjmurphy2@crimson.ua.edu

The women’s soccer team experienced defeat for the first time over the past week, as the team fell to Memphis on Friday before playing New Mexico to a 0-0 draw on Sunday. “This weekend was a huge learning weekend for us,” senior defender Carly Mygrants said. “I think we were finally able to put certain elements into play. It’s games like these that we want to learn from. If we make mistakes now, it helps prepare us for SEC play.” The team lost on Friday against Memphis 1-0. Memphis outshot the Tide 14-11. Alabama would go scoreless again against New Mexico on Sunday in a game that ended in a draw after double overtime. The game against New Mexico started off at a slow pace for both teams. “It seemed like today we

didn’t feel it on the ground so much, but the wind was a bigger factor,” head coach Todd Bramble said. “When we look at how the game unfolded, it seemed the team with the wind at their back got a ton of the territory, more chances, the shots and the momentum.” After the first half, Memphis led 8-2 in shots on goal. Bramble said the momentum changed in the second half because of a change in the lineup at halftime. “When you talk about team effort, we got contributions from quite a few people today that played well that weren’t in our starting lineup,” Bramble said. “That’s always a good sign. At this time in the year, we’re trying to develop the depth of our team. Today was a great match for us to gain ground in that area.” The team had a lot of opportunities during the game, including a breakaway by freshman Laura Lee Smith during the second overtime, but the team was not able to

find the net. “We’ve got to make sure when we get back to training this week that we don’t have any frustration creeping in coming out of this weekend,” Bramble said. Memphis had 17 shots, while the Tide only had 12. Tide keeper Justine Bernier made eight saves, while New Mexico keeper Kelli Cornell made three saves. “[Bernier] is a fifth year senior and has world class goalkeeping ability,” Bramble said. “She was there when we needed her today. I’m really happy with her performance as our goalkeeper.” Mygrants said she feels the team has done well so far, but they want to take advantage of their opportunities. “We definitely know what our strengths and weaknesses are,” Mygrants said. “We know each other very well and know how to play together as a team because of that.” Mygrants said the team is looking forward to playing other SEC teams.

Freshman Laura Lee Smith approaches a ball in Fridayʼs 1-0 loss to New Mexico. The loss was the Crimson Tideʼs first loss of the season.| Simpson

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Tide falls to Memphis, ties New Mexico

CW | John Michael Simpson “If we’re just using this weekend as a measuring stick to see if we’re closing the gap on the top 30 teams in the nation, the answer is — yes we

are,” Bramble said. “There’s no doubt about it that these games are going to prepare us for SEC play when we start back.”

Team kills, clenches championship victory

The volleyball team started the year as champions after winning the Hampton Inn Bama Bash Tournament Championship at Foster Auditorium. The team went 3-0 against Alabama State, Austin Peay and Texas State. “I’m really pleased with the team’s growth over the two days and where I think we’re capable of being as we move through the next two months,” head coach Ed Allen said. The Crimson Tide closed out the tournament on Saturday night after a five-set match against a Texas State team that is perennially in the running

for a championship. From the beginning of the match, one would think UA was the defending tournament team. The Tide took the first two sets 25-23, 25-13. Junior Kayla Fitterer had four kills in the first set, while Leigh Moyer accounted for three digs. The first two sets were full of high energy and hustle plays from Alabama with some big plays coming from freshman Katherine White. White had a block in the second set that led to a crowd and team uproar and forced TSU to take a timeout with a 19-10 Bama lead. With the crowd on their feet, Fitterer ended the second set with a block. The Bobcats refused to go

down easy and fired back winning the next two sets, 22-25, 15-25. However, the Tide was not about to lose a grasp on a victory. Fitterer scored the team’s first three points in the fifth set with three kills. Sophomores Cortney Warren and Brianne Vande Griend came in big with major kills in the set. The set ended 15-9 with TSU hitting a ball out of bounds. Fitterer collected her 15th career double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs. For the match, junior Kelsey Anderson led all players with 19 digs, senior Stephanie Riley had a match high 28 assists and Warren accounted for nine kills and a .409 hitting percentage. “In the fifth game we knew

SPORTS this week

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it was our house; we wanted to win,” Fitterer said. “We knew we were going to win, so we just had to come back and show them that we were the better team tonight.” Allen said, “Our kids played with a lot of composure and our ball control came back in the fifth set. Kayla Fitterer did a nice job getting us going. Cortney Warren showed up tremendously in the match and is showing flashes of what she’s capable of doing all the time, and the swing that Brianne had at a critical point of the match energized the team.” The tournament began Friday with Alabama facing instate opponent Alabama State. The Tide proved to be too much

for the Hornets, defeating them in straight sets (25-12, 25-15, 25-15). Fitterer and Warren both had double-doubles in the match. Later that night, the Tide faced annual championship competitor Austin Peay. After a powerful game from sophomore Andrea McQuaid who was three kills shy of a tripledouble, the Tide won the match 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21. After garnering three double-doubles, Fitterer was named the tournament’s most valuable player while Cortney Warren and Leigh Moyer joined her on the all-tournament team. The 3-0 start to the season is the Tide’s best since 2004.

TUESDAY • Women’s Volley ball vs Samford: 6 p.m., Birmingham, Ala.

FRIDAY • Women’s Volley ball vs Lamar: 4:30 p.m., Dallas, Texas Soccer vs San Diego: 5 p.m., San Diego, Calif


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SPORTS

Monday, August 29, 2011

SOCCER

More than a game: Justine Brenier, goalie By Marquavius Burnett Assistant Sports Editor msburnett1@crimson.ua.edu

Alabama women’s soccer senior goalkeeper Justine Brenier has had a stellar career so far with the Crimson Tide. She has broken multiple goalkeeping records at Alabama, but is still hungry for more. When she is not shutting out opposing teams, Brenier is just a regular student who enjoys the simple things in life, such as shopping with her friends.

The Crimson White: Talk about what it was like growing up in Canada and transitioning to the states – a Southern state, at that. Justine Brenier: Growing up in Canada, I don’t think I really appreciated it as much as I should have until I came here. The different cultures in Canada make you understand different cultures in different parts of the world. It’s 100 percent different. It’s football here and hockey back home. It’s taking some getting used to.

FAST FACTS • Born: Oakville, Ontario

• Major: General Bachelor Arts & Sciences

• Minor: General Bachelor Arts & Sciences

• Honors: MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List CW: So you play soccer, but hockey’s your favorite sport? JB: Soccer’s my favorite sport, but hockey’s family. Like any true-blooded Canadian, I was skating before I could walk. CW: So how do you get your hockey in now? JB: I don’t. (Laughs). When I heard there was a [hockey] club team, I was definitely tempted to get my mom to send my equipment, but when I committed to the University of Alabama, I committed as a soccer player.

CW: In 2008, you took a year off to go play for the Canadian National Team. Talk about that experience as a college student playing for your national team. JB: You can’t really explain it. Every time you get to play for your country, it’s a deeper feeling. You country is looking at you. As a college student, you grow up really fast, and there are a lot of eyes on you, and the expectations change. [When you are playing for your country], you are not an 18- or 19-year-old girl; you’re representing your national team. I grew up really fast maturitywise. I had to stand up a little straighter and take on that responsibility. Overall, it was a great learning experience, and I made some great friends. CW: Talk about your major and some of the things you are involved in around campus outside of soccer. JB: My major is a general Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a minor in nutrition. When I’m not training or doing extra stuff with soccer, I go to class.

Justine Brenier, Alabamaʼs goalkeeper, kicks the ball across the pitch after making a stop. Brenier has multiple goalkeeping records at UA.

CW| Jonathan M. Norris CW: During the off-season or when you have a day off, what do you and some of your teammates like to do for fun? JB: We try to keep it as normal as possible, like any college student would. We love to just hang out. On days off, it’s amazing just to be able to put your feet up and stay in airconditioning for an afternoon. If we get a few days off, we like to go to a pool. With a group of 22 or 23 girls, there is a lot of shopping that goes on, so it’s fun. We do like to stay in touch with each other and see what everybody is doing. CW: I spoke with Coach [Todd] Bramble, and he said some of the things he loves about you are that you are a great competitor and a great leader. Talk about how you try to lead vocally and lead by example. JB: Leading by example is the mentality that I have adopted my entire life. I have always felt that talk is cheap, and if you want people to do something,

then that is what you should live and preach everyday. I try to carry myself in a way that I want other players to take on. Hopefully they look at that and think it’s something they could respect and follow and get on the same page with. CW: How do you want people to view your legacy on the soccer field? JB: That’s hard. Probably just a presence. A presence in the back you could rely on. You know at the end of the day that no matter what was going on, whether it be in the middle of the field, the final or back third, you know you had a presence in the back that would have your back. CW: You’re on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. That’s pressure, right? JB: Yes. Only 42 athletes get it. When you get something like that early in the season, it’s easy to put a lot of energy in it, but you can only take it one step at a time. It’s a great accomplishment and an honor

to be on that list, but it only really matters at the end of the year when you can look back at the year and see where we are now and what have we accomplished. Also, where you are on that list at the end of the year. CW: What are your plans for after school? JB: Hopefully I’ll still be involved with the national program. The Olympics are coming up, and every athlete’s dream is to compete in those. There are a lot of opportunities in women’s soccer with the WPS in the states and leagues overseas. I want to see how far I can go and develop my game and see how good I can get. CW: Do you see yourself being a coach one day? JB: I do. I don’t see myself ever fully being able to leave the game in one way or another. Whether it’s just doing some goalkeeping, coaching or being a part of a program like Alabama, I just want to be a part of it. I don’t think the game will ever fully leave me.

COLUMN | FOOTBALL

The future of an expanded SEC By Brett Hudson Senior Sports Reporter With all the rumors and speculations about who will be joining the Southeastern Conference in the coming years and how the divisions will look afterwards, there is an interesting picture to be painted about how SEC football will actually shake down after it’s all said and done. Now, we know the reason behind it all: money. Money makes the college football world go ‘round. The biggest example of this is the BCS’s very existence (this is a pretty bitter topic for me. Let’s just move on before I lose my cool, Mike Gundy style, in the “I’m a Man, I’m 40!” rant, or even worse, like almost all of Mark Wahlberg’s scenes in “The Other Guys”). So, to avoid that sour subject, let’s take a look at the SEC and whatever new teams are here to crash the party. First off, scheduling. This is a scheduling nightmare for the teams that make up the new SEC. For example, it is very possible that Alabama would have to play Mississippi State at the height of its program’s history; Ole Miss; an up-andcoming Arkansas bunch; the heated rivalries of Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee; and then a brutal game against Texas A&M in the original 12th Man,

Kyle Field, all in one season. The reward for all of this hard work? A date with a downright scary Florida State squad for the SEC Championship. Ninety-five percent of college football’s coaching staffs would see this schedule placed in front of them and cry like Brett Favre at his (first) retirement press conference. With good reason. This is all put together without the possibility of Oklahoma joining. Many people discount that possibility, but let’s remember that the Big 12 gave every other team in the conference a giant middle finger by allowing the Longhorn Network to happen. If you think you’re one of the best, why not upgrade when your current situation devalues you? Also, this could cause complete disconnect between the East and the West. If the SEC expands to 16 teams, then each team would have to play seven division games and the one team from the other division that is played every year (Alabama-Tennessee, AuburnGeorgia, etc.) That’s eight conference games right there. Adding in another rotating opponent from the other division would give a ninth conference game. That can’t be fair. Nine conference games in the SEC is a death wish, plain and simple. It can’t be done.

Under these circumstances, it is very likely that Alabama would never play Vanderbilt or Kentucky ever again, despite being in the same conference. Unless, of course, you think Kentucky or Vanderbilt will be reaching the conference championship game anytime soon. If that is the case, then there is a nice bed and a padded room waiting for you in Bryce Hospital. Next up is recruiting. It becomes impossible. If Texas A&M joins, then the Texas talent base is harder to reach for the rest of the schools. This may not seem significant, but keep in mind that the last two national championship winning quarterbacks came to the SEC from Texas: Greg McElroy, out of high school in Southlake, Texas, and Cam Newton, from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Add in Florida State, and that makes two teams to take most of Florida’s talent, which is easily the best in the nation (Trent Richardson, Tim Tebow and Aaron Murray, anyone?). As if the SEC wasn’t hard enough as it currently is. Please don’t misinterpret this; I am all for expansion. I am all for great college football, however I can get it. But let’s not be surprised if the days of undefeated SEC champions begin looking smaller and smaller in our rear view mirrors.

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HOUSE FOR RENT 3 BR/2 bath, AC, washer/ dryer, lots of space, parking & security. Call (646)418-5303 BIG 4BR/2BTH HOUSE for rent in Forrest Lake on Forrest Hill. Newly remodeled, great for students. $1600 per month. Call 657-0073 or 2920076. 2 AND 3 BEDROOM HOUSES suitable for students. Call RESCO (205) 752-2202. FOR RENT 85 Circlewood near Loop Rd, 2BD/1BTH. Available September 1st. $650/ mo and $650 deposit required. References required. Call 371-2478 or 792-0088.

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