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State’s budget Group to promote engineering to girls gap forces vote interest in engineering. The first WOW! That’s Engineering event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Student By Madison Roberts Union. Contributing Writer “Studies show that young The Society of Women girls don’t have much opporEngineers will host an event tunity to find out about engifor nearly 200 middle school neering, so we are trying to be girls Saturday, Sept. 15, provid- that catalyst,” Beth Todd, SWE ing them with hands-on expe- faculty advisor and mechanical riences in an effort to spark an engineering professor, said.

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Medicaid, essential services could be cut By Rich Robinson Assistant News Editor Voters in Alabama will be tasked with deciding if they want to tap into an emergency trust fund to bridge the state’s budget gap on Sept. 18. If the vote is defeated and no agreement is made in the legislature, then the state budget will need to be cut by 17 percent. Some Alabama students are very active in the run up to the vote as the debate has laid bare a split in the statewide Republican party. In a press release, the Student Government Association announced its support of the ballot measure due to potential cuts in state education spending. “If the amendment is not passed, money to fund these agencies will most likely come from the Education Trust Fund, which would cause cuts to

higher education and K-12 education,” the SGA statement said. While the SGA is speculating about the potential of budget cuts further down the road, Alabama’s nursing home community is bracing for a more immediate crisis. “There is a very real chance that you would see nursing homes close if this referendum failed,” John Matson, the spokesman for the Alabama Nursing Home Association, said via a phone interview. Matson said 70 percent of nursing homes in Alabama receive their funding through Medicaid. Medicaid is the government health care program for low-income and disabled Americans. It receives most of its funding from the state general fund and is on the chopping block if another solution is not agreed upon. Matson said many of those homes could not survive a large cut in Medicaid funds. SEE ELECTION PAGE 2


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Rachel Mitchell, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, said she was first introduced to engineering through a similar SWE outreach event she attended in middle school. Now, as the president of SWE, she hopes to give the girls a similar experience to hers in a traditionally male-dominated field. “A lot of young girls don’t realize what engineering can do for them,” Mitchell said.

Todd said because of a lack of opportunity for young women to learn about engineering, they come into college unaware that it is something they can pursue. “There are many, many job opportunities to hire women in engineering,” Todd said. “Before [students] enter college, they may not know what’s out there.”



FIVE now offering breakfast, lunch menus

time hot spot in the form of a coffee shop café. FIVE Java serves fresh juices, smoothies, coffee and more to customers beginning at 7 By Mary Kathryn Patterson a.m. every day. The addition Contributing Writer to FIVE opened on June 13, The popular downtown res- and general manager Jeremy taurant, FIVE, now offers stu- Hicks said he expects business dents and patrons a different to pick up even more now that atmosphere from the night students are back in town.

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FIVE Java offers students space, quiet in a downtown cafe adjoining the popular restaurant “FIVE Java is great for students,” Hicks said. “We offer free WiFi, and we recently added several Mac and iPhone chargers for students to use as well.” In addition to the extensive coffee and smoothie menus,


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SWE promotes female engineers ENGINEERING FROM PAGE 1 Both Mitchell and Alexis Cunningham, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, said they have often felt outnumbered in engineering classes. “Sometimes I’ll get in a class and look around and think ‘Wow, there aren’t very many females in here,’ but because I’m so involved in SWE, it doesn’t seem as bad to me,� Mitchell said. Mitchell said part of the purpose of SWE is to make women feel comfortable in such a male-dominated field. “Part of what we do is draw women in,� Mitchell said. “It makes us realize that [engineering] is actually something we can do. If it’s strictly male-dominated, a lot of times women will be intimidated. But it’s good to have people of your gender that you can talk to.� Cunningham wants to join SWE to surround herself with women engineers who are undertaking the same challenge she is. She believes WOW! That’s Engineering will be beneficial to middle school students. “It will give them new ways they can learn about things, and it will help them grow in their confidence because they know

DINNER Cajun Pork with Bigarade Sauce Meatball Pizza Three Pepper Cavatappi with Pesto Black Beans with Cumin Green Beans Southwest Penne & Black Beans (Vegetarian) that they’re intelligent and they can do whatever they want,� Cunningham said. Grace Hoover, coordinator for the event and SWE vice president of membership, says it is encouraging to see so many freshmen wanting to become involved in SWE so early and is pleased with the turnout of volunteers who registered to help with the event. “We have had over 50 student volunteers to help with the event this year, which is huge,� she said. “It’s really encouraging to see freshmen girls wanting to get involved so early, and a lot of our volunteers are freshmen.� During the event, girls will be able to apply engineering to real-life situations through hands-on experiences. There will be activities including solar cars, making a dance pad, which emphasizes electrical engineering, a confetti launcher, and an oil spill activity, which is related to the BP Oil Spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Hoover said they chose to reach out to females in middle school because it “gets engineering on their radar.� “I think it’s a crucial time because they’re about to go into high school and that is where you really start looking into colleges and what your future career path is going to be,� she said.







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FIVE Java offers coffee downtown FIVE FROM PAGE 1 “Since we decided to offer lunch, business has really picked up,� Hicks said. “It’s a cool place to grab coffee or something off our lunch menu and study or to come and be social and hang out with friends.� Paige Miller, a frequent visitor of FIVE Java, said she enjoys having available space to meet with friends without feeling crowded or rushed. “I like that when you come in, you have a place to sit, and you can actually have a conversation without having to just take your coffee and leave,� Miller said. Miller said FIVE Java’s location is one of the reasons the coffee shop remains intimate and

Nursing homes, childcare at risk ELECTION FROM PAGE 1 The nursing association is so concerned about the prospect of Medicaid cuts due to the defeat of the amendment that they have donated $350,000 in campaign contributions to the pro-yes vote group Keep Alabama Working. Keep Alabama Working claims that the consequences of not passing the amendment would be dire for the future of the state. According to its website,, 9,500 state inmates would be released from prison while 8,800 children would lose their child care due



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separated from the often crowded campus restaurants. “I feel like with [FIVE Java] being downtown, it’s a little more hidden,� Miller said. “I like that they have repurposed an old downtown building and added something extra.� Marlena McConville, a junior majoring in geography and an employee at FIVE Java, said she loves the cozy ambiance of the shop. “I love it at FIVE Java because it feels like I am hanging out in an old cabin,� McConville said. “Everything offered there is fresh, and it doesn’t feel like your normal corporate coffee shop.� Hicks said FIVE hasn’t needed much formal advertising because the experiences of customers usually speak for themselves. “We use a more word of mouth approach,� Hicks said. “I think

minimum advertising is one of the reasons we are popular.� The restaurant’s downtown location has been great for hosting a variety of patrons, Hicks said. “We get everyone from students to lawyers, to other business owners downtown,� Hicks said. “We have regulars as well as first-timers every day. We haven’t really had a slow season.� Hicks said the owners of FIVE are planning to open several more locations, but each restaurant will be different from the others. “We’re far from corporate,� Hicks said. “We’re going to have a lot of restaurants, but the idea is for each to have a unique addition, like the Tuscaloosa location’s coffee shop. It makes us different from other restaurant chains.�

to cuts from the Department of Human Resources. “This is a constitutional amendment that was proposed by state legislators and passed overwhelmingly by Republicans and Democrats as a way to get through this difficult economic period,� Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement. “This is the most difficult economic period the state has faced in many years.� Bentley is encouraging voters to vote yes. Zan Green is the president of the Rainy Day Patriots Tea Party and will be voting against the change next Tuesday. Green said Governor Bentley is wrong in his support of the measure. “I don’t understand why the people we fought so hard to send to Montgomery are kicking the can down the road,� Green said. “I’m not the brightest bulb in the building, but I just know that if you spend more than you take in, then you are eventually going to run out of space to rob Peter to pay Paul.� The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Bill Armistead said this issue has divided the state GOP. “We were pretty well split between those that supported it and those who oppose it,� Armistead said. The state party has decided not to pick sides in the

vote but Armistead understands the enormity of what’s at stake. “We’ve never been in this difficult of a position before,� Armistead said. “If there has ever been a time to borrow money, now is it.� And while other members of his party are venting due to the perceived betrayal of the governor and legislature to conservative ideals, Armistead holds out hope for the future. “I do think that this governor and legislature want to fix the problem, they just need a little more time,� Armistead said. Regan Williams is the chairman of the College Republicans. Williams agrees that there is a rift in the state GOP and said it was the same on campus. He is reluctantly supporting the measure and does not agree with concerns of the Tea Party. “I hate to devalue their concerns, but it’s [the trust fund] there for when we need it,� Williams said. “We have to fix it somehow, and that’s what a rainy day fund is for.� Republican State Rep. John Merrill represents Tuscaloosa in Montgomery and is lobbying for a yes vote. “I’ve spoken to several groups, had phone calls with constituents and social media interactions with constituents letting them know what the situation will be if this does not pass,� Merrill said.



Page 3 Editor | Melissa Brown Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Crimson Ride route creates quicker commute to Quad By April Ivey Contributing Writer The Crimson Ride is running a new express route to give students parking in the Southeast Commuter Zones a quicker commute to the Quad. The route is called the Crimson Express and stops at the Coleman Coliseum parking lot, Moody Music Building, Lloyd Hall, Gorgas Library, Bidgood Hall and Coliseum Drive by the Mal Moore Building. Ralph Clayton, assistant director of Transit and Transportation Services, said the route was requested by many students.

“This route reduces the number of stops and creates a more direct route from large commuter lots to the core of campus and returns,” Clayton said. “This benefits a large number of students who just need a ride into the core of campus with the least number of stops. The primary beneficiaries of this route are commuter students.” Crimson Ride drivers feel the new route is ideal for getting students to and from class quickly. “I like the new route,” Shell Jones, a Crimson Ride driver, said. “It lets us get kids to class and back to their cars faster.” J’Hawi Crawett, a sophomore majoring in forensic

psychology, said the new route is convenient to just get across the Quad. “After my 5:30 class, I never want to walk all the way to Ten Hoor [from Lloyd Hall], so it’s convenient for me,” Crawett said. Though employees and students alike find the new express to be convenient, some students have been confused when they think they are riding a non-express route that stops at Julia Tutwiler Hall and Reese Phifer Hall. Jones said some students have expressed their frustration to her, but she believes the express route is becoming increasingly popular.

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CW | Sarah Grace Moorehead

Culture-based residences immerse students in foreign languages By Adrienne Burch and Katherine Langner CW Staff University students often travel abroad to immerse themselves in another country’s language and culture for a year or a semester, but many are unaware that a similar environment exists right here at the Capstone. Culture-based, livinglearning communities at the University, such as the French and German House, are designed for students seeking a way to study a country’s respective language and culture in an immersed environment. “Students who participate in living-learning communities connect their living environments to their academic interests, creating a more unified college experience,” Alicia Browne, director of UA housing administration, said.

Founded in the fall semester 1978, the Hans and Sophie Scholl Haus or German House located on Bryce Lawn provides residence for 10 to 15 students each year, including native German speakers and American students studying the language. “We hope that they will have a pseudo-immersion experience, thus improving their language ability,” Elaine Martin, faculty liaison for the German House, said, “and that they will also make new international friends and learn more about German culture.” American students living in the house are able to take part in a two-credit conversation course only open to German house residents and taught by a native German speaker. Eva Schmeidl, student house director of the German House and German graduate student, is a German foreign exchange student who, through a

Students who participate in living-learning communities connect their living environments to their academic interests, creating a more unified college experience. — Alicia Browne

scholarship from the Federation of GermanAmerican clubs, was chosen to live at the German House. As house director, she plans the weekly meetings for the students taking part in the course credit option while living in the house. Schmeidl said her favorite part about living in the German House is having interesting discussions with her housemates about cultural differences between Germany and the U.S. She said as a native German speaker in the house, she also has to remember to encourage the English speakers to converse in German as

much as possible. “We want them to get over the fear of speaking in a language they are not 100 percent sure off,” Schmeidl said. “In the German House, they have a chance to use German around friends without the fear of getting laughed at.” Schmeidl said by the end of the semester, she hopes the students will feel confident enough in the language to exclusively use German around the house. The French House serves a similar purpose to the German House in that its purpose is for students to improve their language skills by immersing

them in a French-speaking environment. French House faculty advisor and assistant professor of French Jean Luc Robin said the idea for the French house actually came partly from his German colleagues who have run a successful German House for many years. “It seemed like a great way to create a smaller, friendly and more intimate community of French-speaking peers on a campus that might otherwise swallow students up in a sea of anonymity,” Robin said. Melissa Henderson, the French House student director, is living in the French house as she pursues her master’s degree in French literature. “In my eyes, French House is a student community where we eat French classics like crepes, bread and cheese while talking about everyday things,” Henderson said. Henderson said the French

house provides students with a more relaxed environment to speak and learn the language. “I am usually a nervous wreck in the classroom,” Henderson said. “I definitely feel more relaxed speaking French with my residents than my professors.” Henderson said she will have the opportunity to teach her own French 101 class next fall, but the French house is giving her the chance to experience this teaching element in a much less intimidating environment. There is one native French speaker living in the house this semester named Benjamin, Henderson said. “It’s a mutual exchange because we’re teaching Benjamin to say ‘Roll Tide,’ and he’s teaching us card games and how to make authentic French dishes,” Henderson said.



Page 4 Editor | SoRelle Wyckoff Thursday, September 13, 2012

How can UA grow as a community? By Tray Smith Online Editor

MCT Campus

Don’t waste your chalk By Nathan James | Staff Columnist

CW | Austin Bigoney


f you have chalk, five minutes and the inclination, you can create a message that will be seen by literally thousands of people on campus. And if you walk past the Quad or the Crimson Promenade on your way to class, you have firsthand experience evincing this. You’re also probably starting to feel a little annoyed with both sides of the abortion issue. Last week, the following words appeared in colorful block letters on the Crimson Promenade; “Hey, I just met you/ and this is crazy/ but don’t abort me/ cause I’m your baby.” This is just one of many similar messages, others of which read “Life is beautiful,” and “We believe in women’s rights to be born.” A few days later, responses started to crop up. One, etched alongside the “Call Me Maybe” shout-out, reads, “…Please attempt to be less tasteless.” Another, more to the point, says, “You don’t know a damn

thing about us. NEVER assume you are the moral superior because of your scruples.” Others hash out common prochoice arguments, and many responses attack the original pro-life messages and their authors. There’s one thing that is certain about these messages; no one has revised their own views on abortion because of them. Political discourse and activism are valuable aspects of academia, and they are spurred on by the spirit of intellectualism that a collegiate environment creates. But it’s very easy for impassioned students to cross the line between meaningful dialogue and rhetoric.

Last year, students gathered for the Not Isolated March to fight social inequality at the University. Others would gather at the Crimson Promenade to hold demonstrations opposing House Bill 56, a proposed immigration law that was decried by many as intrusive and racist. Later that same year, a protest was held at the same location to protest Senate Bill 5, a controversial “personhood bill” that would have radically altered the law surrounding abortion, birth control and the responsibilities of obstetricians. These are all examples of constructive political action. In each case, students raised awareness of a particular issue,

and interested passers-by were directed to more specific, persuasive sources of information. By contrast, all the chalk messages did was make people angry. We’re all surrounded by political sentiment, and there’s a right and a wrong way to handle it. Insults, mantras, fear mongering and hatred are all too common on campus. They can be found everywhere from casual conversations to political cartoons and bumper stickers, and they add nothing to Bama’s political culture. So don’t waste your chalk. Nathan James is a sophomore majoring in public relations. His column runs on Thursday.

“Cultural growth” is a new buzzword on campus. After the last decade’s enrollment explosion, many students are looking for ways we can engineer parallel growth as a unified community. Growth as a community, though, is more complicated than growth as a student body. To expand student enrollment, admissions officers can strive to meet new quotas, administrators can detail their plans in precise PowerPoint presentations and targeted marketing campaigns can promote the University to large swaths of potential recruits in states across the country. Communities, on the other hand, tend to be defined by the people who live in them – in our case, we the students. They develop more from the bottom-up than from administrative planning. Still, leaders acting in their own spheres of influence can have a remarkable impact on the courses communities take. That is certainly true here, where administrators and student leaders have many opportunities to shape conversations and implement important programs. Those conversations and programs can lead to profound changes in the way we interact with, and think about, each other. Universal freshman mentoring that brings diverse groups of students together the moment they step on campus could lead to enduring friendships, and it would allow students to form networks that cut through traditional social barriers. Community activities in the dorms could create a real sense of identity among residents, pulling them out of their spacious suites to meet and work with their neighbors. Smaller class sizes and group projects, as much as some students may despise them, could generate partnerships that grow into joint research endeavors or launch new student organizations. That is exactly what happened in 2005, when a group of students in an Honors College seminar presented an idea for an arts-advocacy organization that eventually became Creative Campus. That program was later featured in the New York Times bestselling book “That Used to Be Us,” written by Times columnist Thomas Friedman and Johns Hopkins University professor Michael Mandelbaum. Other, less ambitious policy changes could also strengthen our community. Moving toward a smoke-free campus, for example, could make us all healthier, while discouraging more students from picking up the dangerous habit of smoking cigarettes. Most importantly, though, community growth must start with the realization that others don’t gain at our expense, that the UA experience is not a finite resource to be more evenly distributed, but that it can be enhanced infinitely to empower more students from different communities. We have nothing to fear when others succeed. In fact, the better any UA student does, the better off we all are, because we all share the prestige that comes with having a UA diploma. Greek students really don’t stand to lose much if a non-greek student is elected to a student government office; non-greek students aren’t hurt by the development of new fraternity and sorority houses; white students in the Capstone Men and Women have nothing to fear if that program ever makes more than a token effort at diversity; our football tickets aren’t going to lose value if we all have to wait for a seat, rather than having them reserved for a few of us. Today, the University offers many vibrant subcommunities to new students: the greek community, the Honors College, organizations devoted to the arts and leadership programs. Many of those sub-communities could, and should, become more inclusive and accessible. But that will only happen when we create a vibrant community of the whole that connects students with widely different backgrounds and interests. Two weeks ago, before Guy Bailey took charge as the University’s president, Provost Judy Bonner released a statement welcoming him to campus that touched on this very issue. “It’s an important time for us to remember who we are and to affirm who we must be, with every choice and every decision, every day,” Bonner wrote. “Please join me in making sure that our campus is always a welcoming, inclusive and respectful environment where every member of the UA family can be his/her highest and best self, and where we enable and encourage integrity, success and pride in every action and every endeavor.” The statement was striking not only because of its exceptional language, but because it wasn’t necessary to explain the event at hand. Bonner could have released a generic statement simply welcoming Bailey, but she chose instead to challenge us to our highest values as a University community. Those are the values that must guide us if we are serious about initiating this new phase of growth. Are we ready to fully embrace them?

Tray Smith is the Online Editor of The Crimson White. His column runs on Thursday.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012 | Page 5

Aurora shooter’s UAB rejection letter Setting the record straight on Saban saved Alabama from more tragedy LETTER TO THE EDITOR

By Hannah Waid Contributing Writer This week, The University of Alabama at Birmingham released documents revealing that the alleged Dark Knight Rises shooter, James Holmes, had applied for a graduate program at UAB but had been rejected. The man who killed 12 and wounded 58 could have been right here in Alabama, not even an hour away from Tuscaloosa, and the only thing that stopped him was a simple rejection letter. Holmes applied in October 2010, was interviewed in February 2011 and received a rejection letter in March 2011. For us, this blessing of rejection changed the course of his path and sent him away from our beloved state. It was only a month after James Holmes was rejected that the state of Alabama experienced its first bout of recent devastation: April 27, 2011. A little more than a year later, it was the tragic shooting in Auburn on June 9 that left three dead. It was then the shocking shooting at the Copper Top bar during the early morning hours of July 17. But to think, there could have been another shooting in our state only three


days after the Tuscaloosa this declining pattern of vioshooting. How much more lence and begins back on tragedy could the state of the peaceful path. It would Alabama have handled? Two be nice to see people handle shootings in two months was their problems in ways other bad enough, and we barely than with guns and violence. escaped adding a third shootCould all these devastating ing to the list. shootings have been solved What has become of our with a mature conversation? nation that has, within the Probably not all of them. past year, been rattled with But with the case of James shootings across the country? Holmes, it just goes to show The two shootings in Alabama, you that one small thing, the movie thesomething as ater massacre simple as a in Colorado, piece of paper, the temple can change shooting in someone’s It was only a month after Wi s c o n s i n , path. James Holmes was rejected the shooting Perhaps a that the state of Alabama near the Texas friendly smile experienced its first bout of A&M campus, to the seemrecent devastation: April 27, the shooting ingly intro2011. at the Empire verted outcast State building. could change Why is this list his or her so long for a perception of span of just a those around few months? them. Perhaps Should we as students be another look at gun control afraid to go to a movie or prac- laws could allow a tightentice our religion? Should those ing of policies to decrease in the business world be afraid gun violence. Whatever it to serve an eviction notice or may be, no matter how small, fire an employee? something needs to change Surely, and hopefully, the to revert this recent sense of answer is no. While we may doubt and tragedy back to the experience some moments of inherent goodness of humanfear in light of recent events, ity. one should not live in fear every moment. One would Hannah Waid is a junior hope that our country halts majoring in English.

Just when we haven’t seen it in a while, here we go again. Nick Saban went sideways in a press conference. The first headline I saw read, “Another Saban Outburst.” What did it this time, I wondered. The story quickly went viral, as Saban’s stories often do, and I was already thinking my way into a column before I went looking for the news conference. When I actually watched the “outburst” in its entirety, my first thought was, ‘That’s it?’ I mean, he didn’t even raise his voice. After his initial comments, and before taking questions, he politely appreciated the opportunity to “get that off my chest.” Did the slight smile inadvertently displayed as he exited the podium belie the intentional nature of his comments? Could this have been contrived with the hidden desire of sending a message to his team? So why the big dust up? What was the big issue this time? Well, it seems that coach Saban was “upset,” as he put it, with how writers and commentators had already crowned his Crimson Tide 2012 National Champions after their destruction of eighthranked Michigan. Which is exactly what we were all doing after one game. If that wasn’t enough, writers from Lexington to College Station


had already determined the outcome of Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers, they said, shouldn’t even bother to show up. This is the kind of thing that drives all coaches, not just Nick Saban, crazy – crowning a team after one week. Clearly, Saban’s Alabama team is loaded with talent and looked awful good for a weekone top-10 showdown, and the coach, in pursuit of his fourth BCS title, is as intense as ever. But he knows that one game does not make a season. He knows his team struggled significantly after big opening day wins against Clemson and Virginia Tech with lowly Louisiana-Monore and Florida International in seasons past. As it turned out, his players looked a little sloppy Saturday, barely rushing for a hundred yards, and that bestin-the-country offensive line gave up six sacks. The bottom line on all this was that Saban was right. Still, this is all just pretty routine stuff as coaches and teams and press conferences go. Saban’s “outburst” was anything but. The bigger story here was not the comments or the writers or even the outcome of the game. It’s the coach himself. Why do we love to hate this guy? In fact, we should love a guy who says what all the



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other coaches long to say but are too politically correct, or scared, to say themselves. They all know that our pens and microphones can send a message to their players that they must work overtime to counteract. They attend our news conferences and tolerate us because they are contractually obligated to do so. Do we really think any of them want to stop on the way to the locker room at halftime to answer two ridiculous questions? They can’t control what we write or say, and we make their jobs more difficult when we tell 20-yearolds that they are better than they are. To be sure, Nick Saban isn’t going to win any awards as a media darling. Guess what? The coach doesn’t care. He would love for people to stop writing about his team as NFL caliber, but hey, it goes with the territory. They still have affection for him in Baton Rouge, even though he is now with the enemy. And he’s pretty popular in Tuscaloosa these days. There are only six guys with a statue down there representing those 14 national titles. Trouble for everyone else is, one of them is still prowling the sidelines.

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Work order forms provide quick assistance By Alan Alexander Contributing Writer


The University of Alabama campus is home to more than 7,000 students in 19 residence halls, which are occasionally subject to instances of malfunction. Whether it’s an overflowing toilet or a broken air conditioning unit, students rely on UA Facilities to take care of the problem. It all starts with a work order. If residents were to find their hallway flooded, they would be better off to leave their towels hanging where they are and make for their computer. “Students can submit an online work order, which is received by an office associate who assesses the severity of their problem,” said Alicia Browne, director of housing administration. “From there, the issue is relayed to the appropriate division of facilities, and technicians are dispatched to

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order, go to and submit a work order request form. resolve the problem.” To submit a work order, students visit the University’s housing website for a work order request form. The form then prompts students to supply basic information, such as the building name, room number, phone number and details of the problem. “In the last fiscal year, we received 38,000 work order requests throughout the campus,” Betty Drummond, a program assistant with the customer services office, said. “The majority of those requests dealt with ventilation and plumbing.”

UA Facilities is separated into various divisions of labor that include plumbing, heating, ventilation, electrical maintenance, elevator, general building maintenance and custodial services. Clad in crimson work shirts with “The University of Alabama Facilities” embroidered in white on their left breast, they are routinely seen driving around campus in Kawasaki Mules. UA Facilities provides services around the clock for the complications that arise in the middle of the night. “After normal duty hours, UAPD receives calls and notifies on-duty technicians or shop managers of specific work that gets requested,” Duane Lamb, assistant vice president for facilities and grounds, said. One such instance occurred for a resident of Ridgecrest West. Lee McNorton, a junior majoring in engineering, returned home late from studying at Bruno Library to find his sink

Disability Services to host tech exposition to raise awareness By Emily Luker Contributing Writer

Marion Stevens, the Assistive Technology Specialist at ODS, says the event will be beneficial The Office of Disability to anyone who comes. Services is hosting an event “Since the expo is open on Sept. 14 to assist students to everyone both on and off with and without disabilities to campus, anyone who might better understand certain tech- be interested in these topics nologies. is welcome to come,” Stevens The Accessible and Assistive said. “I think there are many Technology Expo of Alabama people in the community who will feature presentations by could benefit from learning several major computer hard- about these technologies.” ware and software manufacturIt is important for students ers, including Apple. without disabilities to recogThe expo will nize that those be held in the with them are third floor of walking among the Ferguson them every day, Center from 8 Stevens said. There are many [disabilia.m. to 5 p.m. “There are ties] that are practically Admission is invisible unless you know many [diswhat you’re looking for. free and open abilities] that to all members are practically — Marion Stevens of the UA cominvisible unless munity, as well you know what as to the general you’re looking public. for,” Stevens According to said. “For, the ple, a student with a learning expo seeks to introduce attend- disability looks no different ees to technology they may not than a student without one, have seen before while demon- but they have to work much strating some accessibility fea- harder to be successful in their tures of technology that attend- classes.” ees may already be using. Stevens also said that

students without disabilities can benefit from a better awareness of how various disabilities can affect others. “For example, with the right technologies, a blind person can read electronic texts much faster than a sighted person can, but, to be accessible, that text must be formatted properly,” Stevens said. “Making materials accessible isn’t that difficult, but it requires an awareness as to why doing it is important.” This is a first-time event at the University, but organizers intend for it to continue into the future. “Our goal is to do it annually, but, since this is the first time, we’ll have to see how well it’s received,” Stevens said. “The more people who attend, the more likely we can have it again next year, since the technology vendors and organizations will be more likely to come back if attendance is strong,” Although it is not required, organizers ask that those planning to attend fill out the attendee registration form on the ODS website so that they can get an accurate assessment of participation.

clogged and water overflowing onto the floor and carpet. After staunching the immediate flow, he submitted a work order the following morning. “They were very responsive in attending to our problem within the same day of requesting maintenance and stayed until our carpet was cleaned and dried,” McNorton said.

In the last fiscal year, we received 38,000 work order requests throughout the campus. — Betty Drummond

For more serious issues, such as severe leaks or the presence of mold, UA Facilities will typically respond within 24 hours of a submitted work order. However, if less immediate problems arise, such as a resident needing a bed frame raised or window blinds fixed, the students may have to wait a few extra days.

Leadership UA accepting new sophomores, juniors By Chandler Wright Contributing Writer Leadership UA is a leadership development program for UA sophomores and junior and is currently taking applications for the 2012-2013 class. “The main purpose of Leadership UA is bridging the gap between the freshman level programs and when they become officers of whatever student organization they’re in on campus,” Nick Lambert, the graduate assistant for Leadership UA, said. Lambert said Leadership UA hopes to develop sophomores and juniors so they can effectively lead their organizations on campus in senior leadership positions. “We take them to different leadership venues that they can see first-hand leadership experience, so that when they come back, they’re able to talk about these things together to make sure that those leadership skills are developed,” Lambert said. Last year, Leadership UA

students travelled to Montgomery and met with Gov. Robert Bentley and others in the state capitol, Lambert said. “It’s an elite organization, and we like to think that we’re really going to develop these students to become leaders of these top tier organizations such as SGA, IFC, Panhellenic, Academic Honor Council, all those different organizations,” Lambert said. Chelsea Ellis, a junior majoring in economics and political science, said she met new people from different backgrounds through the program. “I learned a lot about how to be polished and meet really important people,” Ellis said. “I wouldn’t really know how to shake the president’s hand or something. Just meeting people in general, I learned a lot of sociable etiquette kind of skills.” This year, Lambert said, Leadership UA will be split into a statewide track and a global track. “The statewide track will be similar to last year, and global

track will finish with a study abroad trip in May to Athens, Madrid and London,” Lambert said. “Each year is going to have a different theme depending on what’s going on around the country and around the world.” Lambert said that this year’s theme is economics and encouraged students interested in the field to apply. “It’s something you might not be able to find in other organizations to really develop your leadership skills,” Lambert said. “Once you graduate, your experience isn’t over. You can carry that into your job or whatever you decide to do after college to really keep further developing those skills you’ve learn through the programs.” Applications are due Thursday by 4:45 p.m. in the dean of students’ office in 230 Ferguson. The application can be found online at “Go for it,” Ellis said. “You don’t really know until you get it. You’re not going to get it unless you try. It really is such a big opportunity.”

Non-profit mentoring program searches for applicants to work with professionals By Sarah Robinson Contributing Writer The second year of The University of Alabama’s NonProfit Protégé Program is now underway, taking applications for students to participate in an eight-week mentoring program with non-profit professionals. A collaborative effort of the Community Service Center and the Career Center, the program started in 2011, pairing participants with an administrator or CEO of an Alabama non-profit organization. The members are expected to arrange weekly meetings with their mentor. Not to be confused with an internship, the experience grants a limited number of students the opportunity to attend board meetings, sit in on staff and committee meetings, visit with potential financial donors and witness the working world of a non-profit leader. Kimberly Montgomery, assistant director of the CSC, is heading this year’s program and adopting the responsibilities of former assistant direc-

tor Rachel Edington, who propelled the program into success. Although the program’s administration has changed, the goals remain the same. “Our expectations are as it was last year: to have students make valuable connections and gain profitable insight into their career plans,” Montgomery said. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. “The Non-Profit Protégé Program is an experience for someone who wants to make a positive change for themselves, their non-profit and the community,” said Haley Clemons, a student director of public relations, marketing and graphic design at the CSC. Junior accounting major Marina Roberts’ participation with the program last year led to other professional opportunities. After Roberts expressed interest in the grant process, her mentor D’Undray Peterson at Tuscaloosa’s One Place put her in contact with a grant writer. Having established a connection, and receiving

guidance from the writer, she is now in the process of writing her grant and attributes all of her success to the program. UA graduate Nicole Carr applied last year in hopes of getting a better understanding of the daily operations of working in a non-profit. She was pleased with her mentor, who went the extra mile to ensure Carr accomplished everything she wanted in the program. “My mentor gave me a tour of five non-profits, where I was able to see the daily operations of each, as well as interact with individuals at some,” said Carr, who still maintains contact with her mentor. “We just want to continue the momentum that we have going for the program and reach out to more students to get involved,” Wahnee Sherman, director of the CSC, said. Students interested in applying must be at least a sophomore enrolled at the University by this fall and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 21 by 5 p.m. to the CSC, located in the Ferguson Center.

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Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers to host Sock Hop By Courtney Stinson Staff Reporter If you like to cut a rug but club dancing isn’t your style, or if you simply want to step up your dance moves, Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers might be the place for you. They will host a 1950s themed Sock Hop at Forest Lake United Methodist Church Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Founded in 2006, CTBD offers an alternative venue for students to interact, exercise and enjoy the art of ballroom dancing. CTBD promises a warm, welcoming environment for dancers of all skill levels, offering dance lessons prior to each of their twice-monthly dances. More experienced dancers will also be available to help beginners learn the steps during the dance. For those who would like

more instruction, CTBD is currently offering a free 12-week dance course where they teach the Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, ChaCha and Hustle. The classes are held on Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Julia Trippe, a junior majoring in New College, had no dance experience prior to attending several CTBD events but said she has enjoyed learning new dances – her favorite being the Rumba – and having an unconventional outlet for socializing with friends. “It’s a really good way to hang out with friends and have fun and learn how to dance, because I’ve never really had that opportunity before,” Trippe said. Elaine Song, CTBD efficiency coordinator, also lacked a dance background when she joined the group a year ago. She did not particularly enjoy dancing

before joining but says that ballroom dancing is an easy skill to pick up and can set dancers apart from the crowd. “What I really like about [ballroom dancing] is at homecoming and prom, people are making it up and doing whatever, but when you’re [ballroom] dancing, you look good and it’s not that hard,” Song said. CTBD treasurer Tyler Malone became a part of the organization after taking a social dance class at UA. Aside from simply being fun, Malone says being a part of the group affords other social benefits, particularly for young men. “There’s a very good girl to guy ratio [at our events] that’s definitely in favor of the guys,” Malone said. “A lot of single girls like to dance.” CTBD founder Jimmy Kunz is a prime example of Malone’s statement. He met his wife

and CTBD co-founder Jennifer, a former instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, through ballroom dancing. Though the group focuses primarily on ballroom dances, they also perform social dances that are more familiar to the general public, like the Cupid Shuffle, the Wobble and the Electric Slide. “Everybody loves the line dances that we do because they are like a social meet-and-greet, and you dance with everybody, especially the barn dance,” Kunz said. “These are relaxed and low key.” Kunz understands what it is like to be a beginner. He was very nervous when he began dancing over 10 years ago, but dancing has become a part of life for Kunz, so beginners need not be too intimidated to join in. “The first time I went [ballroom dancing], I was told I was


Dancers practice at a CTBD event. going to a party, and I spent most of the night glued to a chair,” Kunz said. “Once the instructors got me out of the chair, I began to loosen up and really enjoy myself.” A $5 donation is requested of

students for all CTBD events, $7 for the general public or $12 per couple. A Swing lesson for beginners will begin at 6 p.m. For more information and a schedule of CTBD events, visit


Superman show fails without bringing in key concepts from original comics By Asher Elbein Named after the small Midwestern town where Superman grew up, the series Smallville follows Clark Kent on his journey toward becoming the greatest superhero in the world. Seeking to create a grounded and realistic show, the producers hit upon a simple rule: Clark Kent would never put on a costume. Nor would he fly. The paradox this created – a show starring Superman who never acts like Superman – would simply be glossed over. To say that this approach

leads to problems is something of an understatement. Even a good show would have trouble with it. And Smallville is not a good show. To begin with, the characterization is a mess. From the first episode, Clark Kent is not once presented as a heroic or likable lead. Instead he’s an angsty jerk who takes his friends for granted and dithers, Hamlet-like, before he can bring himself to save anybody. Lex Luther, Clark’s friend and eventual bitter enemy, is presented at the outset as an interesting, relatable man whose

long descent into villainy has as much to do with Clark’s persistent selfishness as with any kind of adaptational inevitability. Smallville’s explanation for why Lex Luther hates Superman is so convincing that it’s easy to follow his example. The poor writing doesn’t stop there. Smallville begins as a romantic soap opera masquerading as a superhero show, an approach that works until the creators get ambitious. Clark’s world rapidly expands into comic book scenarios on which the show has neither the means nor the interest to

follow through. Supervillains shuffle amid the romantic drama, posing for the camera before being quickly packed off to limbo. Storylines are not resolved so much as buried alive, and those left uncovered often collapse under the weight of their own contrivance. Amid all of this, supporting characters begin to don costumes of various kinds. Clark, mindful of the show’s number one rule, sticks to a jacket. By the time the eighth season begins, all pretense of a grounded, realistic show has been thrown out the window. By the 10th

and final season, sanity has joined it. Laying aside the obvious question of how the show lasted 10 years, it’s worth noting that the final season is where the Smallville completely fractures under its own premise. The show that won’t let Clark dress or act like Superman has him join the Justice League, marry Lois Lane, and meet all manner of characters who shouldn’t yet exist. When Supergirl and Superboy are introduced before Superman has so much as tried on a cape, it’s the last straw. By the time

Clark finally dons the famous costume, he’s the only person in the cast who hasn’t yet worn one. Those viewers still watching are too worn out to care. Smallville is not entirely without merit. The actors are pretty, and all of them remember their lines. The presentation is almost professional. To the best of my knowledge, the show has yet to actually kill anyone. If you’re looking for a 10-season-long exercise in delayed gratification, a Superman story written by and for people who don’t like Superman, then this is absolutely the show for you.

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UA show choir resembles ‘Glee’

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Resonance, the UA-run show choir, allows students to experience their own real-life version of the hit television show “Glee.” Catchy songs and intense dance numbers are just a little part of the package deal and is why director Garrett Lindsey said the University’s show choir is “Glee on steroids.” “We literally tell people who come up to us and ask that we are our own version of Glee,” Lindsey said. “We create really intense choreography and sing as a group; we’re nowhere near

as solo-driven as the characters on the show.” A junior majoring in choral music education, Lindsey first joined the program as a freshman. Originally, Lindsey started out as the bass section leader, worked his way up to the musical director and currently acts as the director. “I lead all rehearsals, play a large role in choosing our show’s set lists, when and where we perform, and I occasionally help choreograph some of our performances,” Lindsey said. Rehearsals are held two times a week, one to practice

the song portion, the other for the dance. The group works to create original pieces that will stand out from other groups and performances. “I occasionally meet with other members of the group to help choreograph different numbers; however, the majority of the time, it’s done by other members of the show choir,” Lindsey said. “They always do a fantastic job.” Anyone interested is welcome to audition; however, prior singing or performing experience is recommended. Auditions consist of a singing and dancing portion. “Usually the applicants are


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only required to sing one song, and the dance audition is done over the course of two days,” he said. “There is a dance clinic and the actual audition. The dance clinic is held just to teach the required dance, and then people are put into groups of five to perform.” For Morgan Mullen, a sophomore majoring in child development, show choir has provided a family away from home. “They have definitely turned into my family,” Mullen said. “We spend so much time together, and we all know each other really well. It’s such a creative outlet and a great way to make friends.” Mullen, who is the president of Resonance, coordinates all the business aspects of the group, including ordering merchandise, scheduling venues and assisting with production. Over the course of the year, Resonance holds several shows showcasing the group’s talent. This year, the group hopes to perform at high school choir competitions as an exhibition, hoping to promote the name and popularity of the group. “We sing the national anthem at some sporting events, and we have held charity cabaret concerts in the past on campus, but that money was donated to an outside cause,” Lindsey said. Despite the major auditions already having been held for the year, the show choir occasionally holds additional auditions in order to replace members who may have left for various reasons. Anyone interested should contact the group at “It’s such a great way to explore singing and dancing, especially if you aren’t majoring in either one while at the University,” Mullen said.

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few miles outside of Tuscaloosa sits the Moundville Archaeological Park, an ancient Native American site and a part of The University of Alabama Museums. For several years, the park has hosted events aimed at teaching the public about Southeastern Native American culture. One such event is called Saturday in the Park, where local experts come together to educate the community about Southeastern Native American arts and traditions. Tyler Fox, an Americorps VISTA at Moundville, has been participating in Saturday in Park since March. He helped create the schedule of artists for this year’s events and will be giving a gardening class on Sept. 22. “At its height, Moundville was the largest city north of Mexico City,” Fox said. “Many people don’t realize the rich cultural significance that is right in our backyard.” Fox said programs like Saturday in the Park showcase what life was like for the Native Americans who once lived in the area. He said that on a typical Saturday, there are many activities for participants to choose from such as pottery, textiles, flute making and interpretations of native languages. Betsy Irwin, the education outreach coordinator for Moundville, oversees the educational programs for Saturday in the Park and often contributes her artistic skills to the events. Irwin said she has been making pots and ceramics for over 30 years, focusing on the techniques used by the Southeastern Native

Many people don’t realize how incredibly complex and beautiful Southeastern Indian art is. — Betsy Irwin

Americans. She has been involved with Saturday in the Park since 1991. “When people think of Indian art, they normally envision the type of art produced by the Southwestern tribes,” Irwin said. “Many people don’t realize how incredibly complex and beautiful Southeastern Indian art is.” As part of University Museums, the Moundville Archaeological Park is dedicated to preserving and researching the Moundville site, while providing a place for locals to enjoy. Fox and Irwin have both enjoyed their time working with Saturday in the Park. Irwin said her favorite part is learning the different processes for making art and seeing the children’s reactions to the lessons. For Fox, the most important part is what people take away from the event. “My hope is that the Saturday in the Park program will resonate a little deeper in someone than just being able to recite facts,” Fox said. “It’s great if someone learns a new skill or fact, but hopefully the takeaway is much deeper than surface level.” Moundville’s Saturday in the Park runs almost every weekend from August to December and is free with park admission. For more information, go to moundville.





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Conference play starts with LSU By Rebekah Dye Contributing Writer

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The Alabama cross country teams will begin their conference schedule this Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Commodore Classic.

Tide faces 1st SEC teams By Charlie Potter Contributing Writer The Alabama cross country teams will begin their conference schedule this Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn. The men will participate in an 8,000 meter race that begins at 9:00 a.m., and their female counterparts will run 6,000 meters at 9:45 a.m. This will be the first SEC test of the season for the Tide, but adding to that challenge, it will be their first road meet. “The SEC is tough in anything,” Palee Myrex, a junior from Bremen, Ala., said. “Everybody is good.” Prominent SEC schools will be represented at the invitational race. Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and host school Vanderbilt will challenge the Tide’s young squad. Nerves will be an issue the freshmen on the team will have to manage, but Myrex

has noticed toughness and grit among her first-year teammates. Still, they will be introduced to an entirely new world once they arrive in the Music City. “I remember my first big meet,” Myrex said. “It was a lot different than high school.” Head coach Dan Waters is approaching the meet as a measuring tool to determine how far along his young roster is in their development. “It’s the first opportunity our freshmen have to face SEC competition, so it’s a good measure of us for this early in the season,” Waters said. “With that in mind, our athletes have to approach it with the right attitude.” Waters said that his freshmen chose to come to the Capstone because of the opportunity to compete against other elite athletes. He expects them to be ready and perform well against top competititors, an opportunity they will get in Nashville. “I expect our team to be ready

to compete and expect to be contenders,” Waters said. “We need to approach every competition with the mindset that we are going out there to win. I think that’s especially important for us now because of the youth of our team. If we are to reach the goals that we have in mind, we have to approach every competition with the right mindset.” Sophomore Matt Joyner and Myrex finished as top performers in the Crimson Tide Kick Off, the team’s first meet of the season. With their experience and leadership, Joyner and Myrex will look to lead the Tide to victory in the Commodore Classic. “We want to show up and have a good showing for the SEC,” Myrex said. The races will take place at Vaughn’s Gap in Nashville’s Percy Warner Park. This course is considered to be one of the most scenic but challenging courses in the SEC. It will also serve as the running course for the conference championships later in the year.

The Alabama volleyball team is off to its hottest start in 33 years with an 11-1 record, which will be put to the test when the Crimson Tide faces the LSU Tigers Friday. “I think we have our work cut out for us,” head coach Ed Allen said. “The SEC is the SEC. It is one of the best four leagues in the country, and we brought nine new players in, so they are going to have to adjust to all of that.” Senior Kayla Fitterer is off to a solid start this season after having an offseason setback. With minor foot surgery, she was dayto-day for matches and practice for much of preseason. Now, having been cleared to play every game, she is back to start the rest of the season. “We’re just really ready to start SEC,” Fitterer said. “Our confidence is up, which is really good heading into SECs.” LSU, the 2011 SEC West champion, has had a rocky start to its

season. With a 4-5 record and a hitting average of just .160, the Tigers don’t seem to be the champions the SEC saw last year. They have had setbacks this season, with five newcomers and four straight weekends on the road, but the Tigers will be a toughminded team against the Tide. LSU leads the all-time series 32-21 and has won the past 11 matches against Alabama. Over the past 10 years, the Tigers have averaged a .258 hitting percentage against Alabama but only .218 when Alabama has home court. The low hitting percentage, combined with the setbacks from the season, could pose problems for the Tigers. With the Tide’s strong start, confidence and maintaining poise are going to be key to ultimately coming out with a victory Friday night. “Just going in and staying focused and playing our game [are the keys to winning],” Fitterer said. “We know we can win, we are 11-1, so [we’re] just

staying confident, focused and steady and not getting flustered.” Keeping up the momentum and working hard keeps the team focused and motivated to go out and win every match. “I don’t think anybody is ready to become complacent,” freshman outside hitter Laura Steiner said. “We know we have a lot of work to do, so no worries of that happening.” LSU is the first night of SEC play for the Tide, and coach Allen expects strong competition between the two teams. “We are going to be a whole lot more competitive,” Allen said. “We expect to win some SEC matches, for sure.”

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Setting the time for new season Players prepare for tournament By Aldo Amato Staff Reporter

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Alabama women’s and men’s tennis begins its fall season this weekend at the Duke Fab Four Invite. By Aldo Amato Staff Reporter The Crimson Tide women’s tennis team is looking to begin its fall campaign with a strong showing in Cary, N.C., at the Duke Fab Four Invite. Head coach Jenny Mainz, who is entering her 16th season at the helm of the women’s tennis program, said despite the recent success the team has had in past years, there is still room for improvement in the fall season. “Well it’s been a while since the girls have competed,� Mainz said. “So I think the biggest thing through the fall is setting the tone in the first tournament and sharpening up. Our goal is to be competitive and compete with a lot of tenacity.� Competitive is exactly what the

Tide has been in recent years. Last year, the team maintained a top-10 ranking throughout its spring schedule. Mainz said the tournaments in the fall help prepare her players for both conference and non-conference opponents, beginning with the Duke Fab Four Invite. The Tide will send four players including No. 10 ranked junior Mary Anne MacFarlane, sophomore Emily Zabor, and freshmen Maya Jansen and Natalia Maynetto. The team will get its first look at a new SEC opponent, Texas A&M, among other schools that Mainz said were among the nation’s elite. “The competition is very good,� Mainz said. “It’s a great field and some of those teams finished top five or top 10 in the country, so it’s not just them going into their first

tournament because they certainly will be thrown into the fire.� Although winning the tournament is a primary goal, Mainz said she is more focused on seeing how her players compete early on and learn some of the team’s strengths and weaknesses. “You know, I just want to see how they compete,� she said. “I’m sure we are going to come back after the completion of the tournament and identify some things we need to work on, so that’s what the tournament is for too.� Improvement is what Mainz said she preaches to her team every day in order to maintain the individual and team success the Tide has enjoyed the past couple of seasons. “Champions realize it’s a process to be respected,� Mainz said. “I say to the team daily, ‘Let’s get

a little bit better today, let’s take one step forward and let’s chip away.’� After only a single practice, Mainz said she is impressed with her players’ work ethic and preparation for the fall tournaments. “The girls are working hard,� she said. “The spirit of the team and the charisma seems very energetic and very positive. The two senior captains, Alexa Gaurachi and Antonia Foehse, have done a good job at establishing leadership.� Mainz said although it is the team’s first competition, it is still crucial to see how the team performs in order to establish a winning culture this fall. “I think it’s not only important that we represent Alabama well,� she said, “but also set the tone on how we want to start the season.�

players and found leadership roles in a fresh start for the Crimson Tide. First-year men’s tennis “I feel like everyone has head coach George Hussack is been very energetic and looking to open up his career responsive,� he said. “I feel at the Capstone with domi- like everyone is clear on what nant play in the Duke Fab Four we have to do, so we’re all on Invite. the same page.� The Crimson Tide men’s Hussack said he has relied tennis team has faltered over on senior leadership to begin the years, especially during the season but is looking for the latter part of the season. each of his players to step up Last year, the Tide went 2-9 in their own leadership role. in conference matchups and “I’ve leaned a bit more on lacked consistency through- our two seniors Jarryd Botha out the fall and spring sea- and Harris Barnard,� he sons. said. “But I’ve really relied The Tide will be sending on everybody to do their own four players to Cary, N.C., thing.� this weekend including senior The fall season is normally Jerryd Botha, juniors Daniil considered a growing period Proskura and Carlos Taborga, for collegiate tennis players, and freshman Becker and Hussack said he expects O’Shaughnessey. this weekend’s tournament to Hussack said he is look- be no different. ing for the team to show con“I think it is a great chalsistent competitive spirit in lenge and a great opportunity his first competition as head for the guys to get into the seacoach. son,� he said. “I really think “What I’m they are going looking for to be able to take this weekend a lot away from is for the four this event.� guys to comOne thing I feel like everyone is clear pete,� he said. Hussack said on what we have to do “I want to just he would like to so we’re all on the same see how these not only see this page. four guys hanweekend, but dle match situthroughout the —George Hussack ations against entire season, is people who consistent and are not their quality play in teammates.� both the singles Hussack spent the past and doubles competitions. three seasons as the assistant The Tide struggled in both head coach for the University areas last season, but Hussack of Southern California said he is more focused on the Trojans, who have won the future and not the past. last four NCAA titles, before “You know, I think we need being tapped as the new head contributions from everycoach at Alabama. where,� he said. “We’re going Despite only being with to need contributions from the team for a short period everyone, one through six. of time, Hussack said he has Whatever happened last year, gelled somewhat with his happened last year.�


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Both sides of Saturday: Preview of Alabama-Arkansas Tide not paying attention to Arkansas loss to ULM

Five keys to an Arkansas victory over Alabama

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By Andrew Hutchinson Staff Writer for The Arkansas Traveler

If the Alabama football team was able to take any lesson away from its game against Western Kentucky on Saturday, it’s that it can’t afford not to play up to its standards, regardless of the opponent. The Crimson Tide will see if it was able to learn that lesson this weekend when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks, a team that, much like the Tide, didn’t play up to its standards Saturday – the Razorbacks lost a stunner to the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 34-31 in overtime. In that game, no Arkansas rusher eclipsed 100 yards, including junior Knile Davis, and the defense gave up over 500 yards of total offense to the Warhawks. Despite the Razorbacks’ performance against what many believe was an inferior opponent, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he wasn’t going to let their loss affect the way his team prepared for the game. “They had a very difficult misfortune in the last game that they weren’t able to overcome,” Saban said. “But we still have to expect that we’re going to get their very best performance, and we need to have our very best performance if we’re going to be able to play the kind of game we need to play on the road and have a chance to be successful against what we think is a very, very good team.” Indeed, rather than use their loss as an excuse not to prepare, Alabama is instead expecting to motivate the Razorbacks heading into the game.

Junior quarterback AJ rron said, more than anyMcCarron thing, Arkansas’ loss would only serve to make the team angry. ah, definitely,” McCarron “Yeah, They still got a chance to said. “They he SEC. They’re definitely win the going to throw everything in us. the book at We ’ r e going o t to have ready f o r be hings t h e y ’ ve the things n us on film, things that shown aven’t and things they’re they haven’t going to come up with.” Still,, Arkansas’ loss to the awks isn’t the only thing Warhawks that may serve as a distraction abama. Arkansas senior for Alabama. erback Tyler Wilson, quarterback who’s thrown for 568 yards and ouchdowns so far this five touchdowns n, suffered a head injury season, st ULM and is questionagainst o play in Saturday’s game. able to ardless, Saban said he Regardless, wasn’tt going to let his playssume they’d be playing ers assume st freshman quarterback against on Allen, Wilson’s backBrandon up. body here should be feel“Nobody arm and cozy about the ing warm other team’s circumstance or ion,” Saban said. “We situation,” o be thinking about what need to ed to do to be successwe need gardless of who plays in ful, regardless me.” the game.” The message seems to have stuck with Saban’s defensive rs, as seniors Robert players, Lester and Nico Johnson have both said they’re preparing as if Wilson is going to play. Lester said even if he doesn’t play, Arkansas’ other playmakn offense would be more ers on

than enough to make up for his absence. “We’re looking at it as if he is going to play,” Lester said. “And even if he doesn’t, Arkansas has great players and their backups are more than capable of coming in and managing the game and making plays.”

S t i l l , despite all the questions surrounding Arkansas’ team, McCarron said the only thing his team should worry about is what it can control: improving on last week’s performance over the Hilltoppers. Alabama’s defense didn’t seem to play with the same intensity as usual, and the offensive line, considered possibly one of the nation’s best, gave up six sacks on McCarron. Even on special teams, sophomore wide receiver Christion Jones let a few punts go that he should have fielded. For McCarron, improvements can be made all over the field. “Kind of a letdown week to our standards, so we’re definitely going to have to step it up,” McCarron said. “First SEC game, in-conference game, so o we’ll we’’ll we definitely y h ave have to be on ourr A-game c o m e t h i s w ee ekweeke nd d.” end.”

1. Forget Last Week The cliché, “just take one o game at a time” has be been used for years in sports. Most M often, it is used for teams tthat have big games in the wee weeks ahead, but it can also apply to teams coming off bad loss losses. Arkansas shou should not have lost to the Univers University of Louisian LouisianaMonroe, a and e v e r yo n e knows it. The T Razorbac Razorbacks must co completely put the U L M game o u t of th their minds in order to comco Alabam pete against Alabama. 2. No Needless Penalt Penalties Two weeks in a row, r Arkansas has been be penalized for unspor unsportsmanlike conduct for hitt hitting a player after he was out of ler give ave bounds. These penalties g s Tr a s an opponents a first down and mo move k r A The them up 15 yards. With an offense as potent as Alabama’s, Arkansas can’t ca afford to give them second chances. chanc Likewise, if the Hogs are moving the ball on Alabama’s stiff defense, they th can’ ca n t afford to lose yards with false fa can’t s arts. st starts. ffensive/Defensive Line Lin 3. O Offensive/Defensive Th he Crimson Tide is The k kn now w n for its hardha known nose no ed, physical play on nosed, both bo h sides of the b both ball. On the offensive li On line,

Alabama is led by reigning Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones, as well as two other potential first-round NFL draft picks (D.J. Fluker and Chance Warmack). They open gaping holes for running backs and provide quarterback A.J. McCarron ample time to find open receivers. On the defensive line, Alabama averages 6’4” 299 lbs. two deep. They’ll challenge Arkansas’ relatively inexperienced offensive line. Both Arkansas lines must step up their game, and players must fill the holes left in the offense and defense by Kiero Small and Tevin Mitchel, respectively, if Arkansas is to have a chance.

4. Wrap Up on Defense Several plays against ULM almost resulted in sacks, but Arkansas defenders couldn’t bring down quarterback Kolton Browning. They were getting a hand on him but never wrapped him up, allowing him to escape and make plays. Also, when the Hogs hit ULM’s running backs and wide receivers, it usually took a couple players to tackle them. If Arkansas gets past Alabama’s stellar offensive line, they must capitalize and sack McCarron or tackle their running back.

5. Fan Support Arkansas is coming off its most embarrassing loss since losing to The Citadel in 1992, and some would argue this is worse than that loss. Fans are not happy, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t support the team. The players have practiced all year and are not going out there and intentionally losing. Hog fans that boo them should be ashamed of themselves. As much as players say they don’t listen to negativity, they still hear it. If Arkansas fans pack out Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it becomes a very hostile environment for the visiting team. Fans need to come and encourage the team so that the Razorbacks can make the most of the home field advantage.

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