THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 VOLUME 120 ISSUE 27 Serving The University of Alabama since 1894
CW | Austin Bigoney UA students and faculty, led by Ross Green and Will Gonzalez march from Gorgas Library to the Rose Administration Building to end racial discrimination on campus.
March to Rose draws hundreds Bonner credits students for integration, blames media By Deanne Winslett and Mackenzie Brown | CW Staff
WHAT: Technical & Engineering Career Fair WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. WHERE: Bryant Conference Center
Eat fresh, eat local WHAT: Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market WHEN: 3-6 p.m. WHERE: Canterbury Episcopal Church
Community art WHAT: Mother Figure Exhibit: Kelly Parvin Artist Reception WHEN: 5:30-7 p.m. WHERE: Ferguson Center Art Gallery
Dinner and discussion WHAT: Progressive Potluck WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Palmer Hall (Mallet Assembly)
Faculty, alumni and students – greek and non-greek alike – joined hands Wednesday in a march against segregation within The University of Alabama community. The march began on the steps of Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library and traveled across the Quad to the steps of Rose Administration Building. Ross Green, a student organizer of the march, said the event was intended to be a peaceful demonstration that students and faculty would no longer tolerate segregation on campus and that students would continue to put pressure on the administration to move forward. “We were really pleased by how many people were interested in getting involved. We tried to get different parts of campus involved so that everyone would be
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The Mallet Assembly hosted a public forum Wednesday night in Palmer Hall to discuss the responses from The University of Alabama administration and the SGA in the wake of allegations of systemic discrimination in the greek system. Wednesday morning, a large number of Malleteers were present for the
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Stand in the Schoolhouse Door 2013 march. Bright blue Mallet T-shirts stood out among the crowd as students and faculty walked from the steps of Gorgas Library to stand together in front of Rose Administration Building. Malleteers gathered with other students and faculty members Wednesday night to reflect on the day’s events and to decide what actions the group could take in the future to continue to press for an end to discrimination on campus.
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determined that the event, as described to University officials the day before, would not interfere with the academic and business environment, and a GUP was approved Tuesday afternoon.” People began gathering around the steps of Gorgas at 7 a.m. By 7:30 a.m. the crowd joined hands and began its march to Rose Administration, where it was met by members of the administration, including UA President Judy Bonner who mingled with the crowd and greeted marchers as they made their way onto the steps. Following her appearance on the front steps of Rose, Bonner addressed the media. Bonner said the administration has been investigating allegations that alumnae blocked the integration of sororities. These allegations were reported in The Crimson White’s Sept. 11 article, “The Final Barrier,” which reported that at least two black potential members who went through this year’s
included,” Green said of the march, which was named Stand in the Schoolhouse Door 2013. Green said that since learning about the march, the administration worked with the organizers to ensure its success. “We’ve been really pleased that the administration understands how important this issue is and they are willing to work with us. They’re willing to work with us and not shut it down,” Green said. “Even though we did not apply for a [grounds use] permit, the administration allowed us to keep on working with faculty members and students to see this through.” Contrary to Green’s statement, Director of Media Relations Cathy Andreen said the University did approve a grounds use permit. “The grounds use permit is a mechanism that allows UA to determine whether requested events can be held without interfering with academic programs, normal business operations and previously scheduled events,” Andreen said. “UA
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SGA announces seating suspension Block seating for the student section will be suspended for the first home football game Saturday against Colorado State, Jimmy Taylor, SGA president, said in an email to students Wednesday. Taylor said in the email that the decision was in response to the controversy surrounding reports of discrimination within the greek system. He said it was his responsibility to “foster togetherness” among all students on campus and that the football game would be a good way to achieve it. “This Saturday is an opportunity for all students to come together with a common goal, and we can begin by cheering on the Alabama football team together as one University,” Taylor said in the email. Leela Foley, director of media relations for the SGA, told The Crimson White that the numbers for block seating would be released later this week, but the map breaking down each organization’s seating will not be released until next week.
FATE to host Bama Bash The Future Alumni for Tradition and Excellence will host the FATE Bama Bash at the Paul W. Bryant Museum Sept. 24 from 5-8 p.m. All FATE members are welcome to go view the new Paul W. Bryant centennial celebration exhibit and tour the museum. Free pizza, games and prizes will be available to students. Each student who is not a FATE member can join at the door for $15 and receive a FATE cooler, T-shirt, more than $200 worth of coupons and an invitation to FATE monthly events. For more information on the event or FATE, contact Cayla Hayes at email@example.com or 348-1559.
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sorority recruitment were dropped from all 16 Panhellenic sorority houses as a result of alumnae interference. “The way in which I am working with the alumni is working with the national chapters,” Bonner told WVUA-FM. “The national Panhellenic and the national chapters are working with the local chapters in order to address any concerns – real or perceived – that are created by the alumni. Some of what is being reported may VISIT US ONLINE AT be true; some of what is being reported is not.” CW.UA.EDU Bonner did not elaborate what was being falsely reported. The Rev. Brandt Montgomery, an alumnus of FOLLOW US ON TWITTER the University of Montevallo @THECRIMSONWHITE and a priest at Canterbury Chapel in Tuscaloosa, was a member of a predominantly white fraternity during his collegiate years. He was inspired to attend the march because he wanted to show P.O. 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there’s white,” Grass said. “And that’s sad, more than anything else.” Bonner said she was aware of segregation at the University, but now is the time to take action. “I was aware that both the historically black and the traditionally white greek organizations were segregated. I’m also aware that there are a number of multi-cultural greek organizations that are diverse,” Bonner told WVUAFM. “In order for change to come about, there has to be white students who want to join the historically black groups, and there have to be black students who want to join the historically white groups.” Bonner said students were responsible for encouraging progress. “The students wanted to make this happen. The students were saying that there were barriers that were preventing them from making it happen,” Bonner told WVUAFM. “There were many barriers identified – one that was always discussed was media descending upon them.” Bonner said the media might be a real or perceived barrier but that the students have cited media as a barrier. She did not specifically cite the CW’s “The Final Barrier.” When asked how the administration would protect individuals who spoke out against segregation from threats or being ostracized from their sororities, Bonner said that might not be a valid fear. “See, that would be an example of what I would call a perceived barrier,” Bonner told WVUA-FM. “But we certainly will work with all of our students to support them as they take the steps that are needed in order to make progress.” Members of the faculty were also present to show their support for not only the desegregation of the greek system, but also an emphasis on integration all across campus. History professor Steven Bunker was present at the march to advocate for further reforms and the continued efforts against campus segregation. He wanted to emphasize a need for integration not just in sororities but in fraternities as well. “I want to make sure that the issue of the desegregation of the greek system, and I say that of both sororities and fraternities, I don’t want to see that as simply a BandAid,” Bunker said. “That we are done with that, and we don’t have to do anymore, because this is a larger issue of a culture on this campus that has allowed these things to repeatedly happen.” Bunker said he believes that in order for more progress to be made, people from all different corners of campus will need to continue to work together. “I think that students and faculty and administration can work together to bring about a better campus,” Bunker said. Journalism professor Meredith Cummings was another faculty member present at the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door 2013 march. Cummings attended an inner-city high school in Birmingham and was one of only a few white students enrolled. When she came to the University to pursue her undergraduate degree, she encouraged her black friends from high school to go through recruitment with her. “I had a very different experience coming into this
university than a lot of other people did,” Cummings said. At the time she did not understand why her black friends would not go through recruitment with her. She said back then she was young and naïve, but now she understands their reasoning. “I think that what the University is doing is a great positive first step,” Cummings said. “But I think that it has to flow both ways. I think that the black community needs to organize and help us send men and women through sorority and fraternity rush. I’ve always wished that this would happen.” Cummings said she had a great sorority experience while in college. She said she made friends that would last her a lifetime, even coming to her aid after the April 27, 2011, tornadoes despite having not spoken in years. However, she said she feels as though her experience was lacking because of the absence of integration, especially compared to her high school experience. Cummings said as a former sorority advisor, she feels that she – and people like her – is responsible for the current issue of segregation on campus. “I blame the adults, like me,” Cummings said. “I blame the people who have been in and out of sororities for years, who have been advising sororities for years. I blame us entirely.” The sororities are ready for change, she said, but they are essentially not being allowed to have opinions. They have been banned from tweeting, posting on Facebook and other social media and commenting about sorority segregation to the press, she said. “I blame the adults. I blame the parents who raised their children to be okay with segregation. I blame us as educators,” Cummings said. “I doubly blame myself as an educator for not educating my students to be able to think for themselves and stand up for themselves.” The march, which was started by a small group of students advocating for change, quickly evolved into a symbol of campus unity. With representatives from all over campus present – students, professors, administration and President Bonner – the march was intended to be a symbol of a movement forward. Faculty Senate President Steve Miller said he believes the march has accomplished its goal and the University is ready to take the necessary next steps. “I find it to be a totally beautiful moment – the march over to Rose,” Miller said. “All of the students, all of the faculty, many staff members collected around the idea of appreciating the sorority women who came forward and ending once and for all institutionalized racism at The University of Alabama.” Miller said it is not up to members of the faculty such as himself, combined with the efforts of the students, to keep the momentum going. “We are going to keep the pressure on ourselves, to come up with solutions and to work with the administration, to work with the students and to move us forward from this spot. I really believe this is a line in the sand,” Miller said. To follow the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door 2013’s progress, visit its Facebook page, UA Stands, and join in the conversation on Twitter with #UAStands.
WHAT: Technical & Engineering Career Fair WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. WHERE: Bryant Conference Center WHAT: Resume Review WHEN: 1:15-2:30 p.m. WHERE: 259 Nott Hall
FRIDAY WHAT: Building Awareness: Sensitivity and Human Relationships WHEN: 10-11:30 a.m. WHERE: Rose Administration Room G-54 WHAT: International Coffee Hour WHEN: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. WHERE: 121 B.B. Comer Hall
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One of the issues discussed was the apparent lack of greek turnout at both the morning’s protest and the forum itself. “We need greeks involved in this conversation,” one Malleteer said to the group. Various ideas about how to continue toward an end to discrimination were suggested by students in attendance, including appealing to the national organizations of greek houses, as well as how to continue pressuring the administration to take specific action to address the problem. “We’ve got several contacts with media outlets, so we can definitely keep the pressure on them,” Malleteer Henry Perkins said. Brian Fair, a UA law professor who specializes in discrimination and constitutional law, was also in attendance and commended the leadership of Mallet students during the protest but also throughout UA’s history. Fair said the greek community on campus has a long history of turning students away for more than just race. “I’ve been here long enough to see many students turned away from greek organizations for discriminatory reasons,” Fair said to the students. Fair also questioned the leadership of the administration and suggested that the University has put a lot of time and money into promoting the greek organizations. Yet, the administration has said they cannot control their membership practices. Fair said these organizations are essentially housing communities paid for by the University, although they remain segregated. “Y’all may be the most integrated housing community on campus,” Fair said. “Why aren’t you living in one of those mansions?” The students in attendance also discussed the decision of the SGA to suspend block seating for the first home game of the season. Isaac Bell, president of the Mallet Assembly, said he thought the decision was an interesting one that would show whether or not SGA President Jimmy Taylor was willing to stay true to his promise to listen to the concerns and ideas of students. “It will be a really interesting test for him,” Bell said. While some of the students suggested the decision was just a public relations action and a “Band-Aid” solution for the issue, others thought the fully open seating would present a great opportunity for students to sit with different groups. “This could be a powerful show of intermingling among student groups,” a Malleteer said. Another student disagreed and said Taylor’s claim that the suspension of block seating would allow students to unite over football was an admission that the system of block seating itself perpetuated the segregation of greek organizations. “It implies that block seating encourages segregation,” the student said. “So to go back to it after one game would be to say that segregation is okay.”
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Alumni speak against discrimination through advertising By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker | Assistant News Editor Several former student leaders at The University of Alabama have joined together to make a public stand against discrimination at the Capstone by placing an ad in Thursday’s edition of The Crimson White. Kenneth Mullinax, an alumnus who served as Paul “Bear” Bryant’s student assistant for two years, was a member of a fraternity and an officer in Theta Nu Epsilon, otherwise known as the Machine, said he and Sherrel Wheeler Stewart were responsible for organizing this ad with signatures from greek, independent, black and white alumni at the University. “We read what was going on in terms of discrimination in the bidding process, and
we read The Crimson White story, and we were shocked and dismayed,” Mullinax said. “So we reached out to many people who were former leaders at UA and who are leaders today within their own communities to speak out publicly via an ad in The Crimson White about how we feel.” Mullinax said while this group of alumni does not attempt to tell greek organizations to whom they should give bids, it does tell them that segregation and discrimination in any form is un-American. “The purpose of our public statement via the ad in The Crimson White is to tell the University community and the nation that we do not believe that in 2013 that The University of Alabama or any entity should support segregation or discrimination in any
manner,” Mullinax said. “The segregation of any UA organization is antiquated, ignorant and abhorrent to the principles of liberty and equality.” Stewart, an alumnus who served as an officer in the Afro-American Association, an SGA senator and an editor at The Crimson White, said that while she thinks it’s great that students have stood up, it’s also important to show unity amongst such a strong group of alumni. “We have had so many people, black and white, to come through the doors at Alabama,” Stewart said. “And if people of this caliber can stand and say we support this, then that’s important. We just want to stand together and show them that alumni can do that as well.” Another alumnus and former CW Editor
Rebel Roy Steiner, who now works as an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, Calif., with clients such as Steven Spielberg, said he found it important to make a statement by signing this ad. “I’m a very proud alumnus of the University, and I think I got a great education there,” Steiner said. “And I’m also very proud of the diversity that is represented in the student body, and I think have one of the highest percentages of African-American students in any public university. And so I think that it’s distressing to know that this type of blatant discrimination is being practiced in the greek system, because it’s at odds with all of the progress we’ve made, and so I think it’s time for the greek system to catch up. It’s not time; it’s past time for them to catch up.”
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Campus sees beginnings of real change for 1st time By Nathan James | Senior Staff Columnist
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On nuances of race in America I think one of the biggest misunderstandings about race and how it operates in America is that American society and culture aren’t merely racist, but white supremacist. Public integration is great and all, but what we forget is that when it comes to social integration, just because people of color (PoC) are “allowed,” whatever that may mean in any particular context, doesn’t mean (a) that we are welcome, (b) cultural exchange will be a balanced two-way street, and (c) that the various cultures different groups of American PoC have cultivated over the years won’t be abandoned. I might attend the white university that infamously and quite literally had a white man stand in front of a pair of doors to prevent a black woman from entering, but that doesn’t mean that when students sign up for World Lit II, the curriculum won’t be whitewashed and authors of color grossly underrepresented, if they merit a mention in the first place. It’s sickeningly cute that while all of the white people are busy doing their self-congratulatory kumbaya dance in celebration of the so-called desegregation of the white greek system, all of them conveniently forget that the The University of Alabama already has an
What everyone is ignoring is the ugly fact that while they deemed those black girls “good enough” for their sororities, it’s never ever the other way around.
integrated greek system. While powerful and moneyed white kids frolicked away in blissful ignorance until a couple of black girls took their funny mirrors away, the Divine Nine and other multicultural social organizations on campus have always welcomed their melanin-challenged classmates into their spaces. “We’re not racist! See? We have black kids in our frats and sororities!” white greeks will say now, as if they actually deserve national news for being dragged kicking and screaming into the Social Justice 101 classroom. Look, I don’t doubt that those on the selection committees genuinely wanted the black women who rushed. But
what everyone is ignoring is the ugly fact that while they deemed those black girls “good enough” for their sororities, it’s never ever the other way around. What white girl has ever looked twice at Delta and AKA and said, “Gee, I’d really like to join them!” The bottom line is that integration and assimilation is a one-way street: it will always be okay for PoC to want to “join the mainstream,” but it will never be acceptable for white people to look at communities of color and want to join them. They will fetish-ize, tokenize, appropriate and sexualize, but never actually want to take on the culture wholesale. That would be degradation, a purposeful subjection to a distinct lack of privilege. I, for one, am not a fan of social integration. At best I’m ambivalent. I’m not at all interested in being someone’s token and another’s pawn, to be exploited by an administration who needs my brown body for its political redemption, for them to parade me around as if that would “prove” that we live in some mythical post-racial society. We don’t, and don’t let anyone ever dupe you into thinking that we do. Samaria Johnson is a junior majoring in history.
Wednesday morning, almost at sunrise, several hundred students got out of bed and made their way to the front steps of Gorgas Library. After a week of planning, kept secret until Tuesday night, the organizers of Stand in the Schoolhouse Door 2013 brought students together to protest segregation in the greek system. I, for one, couldn’t be more proud of our campus. For the first time, University of Alabama administrators have cooperated with efforts to end greek segregation by authorizing and being present for the demonstration. For the first time, students have organized in mass to protest against discrimination in the greek system. For the first time, our greek system has been the subject of national news, not because of what’s wrong with it but because of what we’re doing to fix it. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who was involved in this event, including the administrators who enabled it. However, we cannot allow ourselves to think that segregation has been solved. This protest has been an excellent jumping-off point, but continuous efforts are required from all of us to expunge racism in the greek system. Firstly, administrators must remain hawkish on offenses by the greek system. This extends not only to the issue of segregation, but to allegations that alumnae unduly influence the recruitment process. Other offenses, like hazing and alcoholism, must also be taken seriously; after all, the administration’s inequitable leniency toward greeks is part of why segregation has persisted for so long. We must first establish accountability if we want to see systemic improvement. Secondly, greek organizations must exert a sincere effort to correct the flaws in their recruitment process. If you are part of a fraternity
Nathan James or sorority and you have influence over recruitment decisions, it is your responsibility to choose fairly and objectively. If you feel you are being pressured toward racial judgments by alumni, remember that the reputation of your organization is at stake. Greek segregation at the University is now a national news item, and that means you have a lot to lose. Finally, non-greek students must continue to put pressure on greeks and administrators alike. Unaffiliated students are the majority here at the University, and we’re the only ones who don’t have a personal stake in segregation in the greek system. That leaves us with a moral obligation to hold this university accountable for its actions, as well as its inactions. I’m incredibly hopeful that we are beginning to reverse the legacy of racism and inequality that has marred our campus since its inception. When I arrived here two years ago, I never believed segregation might end during my college career. But now, I’m both excited and proud to be a part of the movement to right our wrongdoings. The eyes of the nation have been on our campus for over a week, but yesterday was the first time they looked on us positively. Let this be the turning point in our story of desegregation, where we began one of the greatest reforms in the University’s history. Nathan James is a junior majoring in public relations. His column runs weekly on Thursdays.
University reactions punish innocent parties, harm school integrity By Austin Barranco I love The University of Alabama. I really do. But when I turned on CNN last week to see a news broadcast of alleged racism and segregation at the University, needless to say, I was upset. The University was being displayed on national television in a manner that was injurious to the University, but more importantly, its students. On Sept. 11, The Crimson White published “The Final Barrier,” which detailed the supposed denial of black students into sororities on the basis of race. What has ensued has been an onslaught of national media attention that brings this university down and displays Alabama in a way that we should all be ashamed of. One columnist boasted on Tuesday, “Due to the extraordinary efforts of this newspaper, the national attention is gazing upon our Quad.” Students with this mentality are parasites to our university, feeding off negative attention at the expense of our university and its reputation. Before anyone reading this gets the idea that I am defending segregation, I will clarify that I am
completely against it. With that being said, this situation could and should have been handled in a manner that does not destroy our university’s integrity. A letter to the editor that was published in Monday’s CW reveals, “Racism in this situation is being pushed … by alumnae … of Alpha Gamma Delta.” Other CW articles directly expose as many as five other sororities that had similar alumnae intervention. This unveils the true culprits behind this segregation scandal: racist, outdated and inconsiderate alumni. The UA administration, its faculty and, most importantly, its students were not involved with this outrageous act of racism. But we, the UA family, are all suffering the consequences. The negative media that these select few individuals have attracted has pressured the administration into making decisions that adversely affect the student body. For as long as I can remember, the University has had student organization seating for football games. Unfortunately, this will no longer be the case. When I asked an SGA official why we wouldn’t have block seating for the Colorado State game this weekend, his response was, “It
The University has done nothing wrong, and neither have the students, so why try to hide us? We absolutely do not deserve to be the scapegoat for a few selﬁsh alumni.
would look bad.” This is a prime example of how the University administration has been submissive to the national media. Our students are not to blame; however, the University feels the need to disguise our long-standing football traditions to avoid bad press. Could they be any more hypocritical? This punishment, which in no way penalizes the responsible parties, further
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perpetuates the issue of segregation and racism at the University. Social functions have been canceled, block seating has been suspended and the University has sent emails suggesting that we avoid national news reporters in an attempt to cover up the recent scandal. Why should they cover it up? The University has done nothing wrong, and neither have the students, so why try to hide us? We absolutely do not deserve to be the scapegoat for a few selfish alumni. I applaud the University’s efforts to force sorority integration by opening up a new bidding process, but, to reiterate, the University has done nothing wrong, and we have nothing to hide. President Bonner, I would like to respectfully ask you to reconsider the punishments that the UA administration has impressed upon our student body in an attempt to hide from the media. Transparency is the best solution here, and until the administration realizes this, our university will continue to be a slave to national media. Austin Barranco is a senior majoring in finance.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
COLUMN | GREEK SEGREGATION
Different take on Stand Students should not remain silent in the Schoolhouse Door about segregation in greek system By Lin Wang | Guest Columnist I watched the events unfold Wednesday with the same feelings I felt when Kony 2012 happened: an appreciation of good intents and hearts, coupled with a nagging feeling of misdirection. My principle when it comes to anti-racist activism is that it starts with the systematic dismantling of internalized prejudices and assumptions that are ingrained within us from the moment we set foot in this society. It starts with assumption and awareness. Without it, any sort of solidarity is twisted into hypocrisy. The nonviolent protests of the civil rights movement were to draw attention to the cruelty and inconsistencies of white America. The images of children being attacked by dogs and slammed with fire hoses were targeted toward the conscience of America. The people who engaged in nonviolent protests were trained, sometimes for months, not to fight back. It was a grueling and emotionally taxing process, where white allies played the part of the aggressor. They were putting their lives on the line. They were prepared to die. That isn’t my criticism; my criticism is that this throwback to the civil rights movement seems to capitalize on the horrors and the bitter victories of that era without an idea of the sacrifice and courage it took to look the white man in the eye and say, “I am not backing down.” We are not being radical in demonstrating against this. We are simply calling attention to one tiny aspect of an unjust system that should have been dismantled a long time ago
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while thinking that puts us on the same footing as those who were beaten in the streets. I am troubled by the use of the phrase “institutionalized racism” that seems to be thrown around in the description of this protest. The point of using the word “institutionalized” to describe racism is to acknowledge its perverse hold on every aspect of our lives. The majority of people participating in this protest are white – by virtue of the fact that 87 percent of our campus is. Someone who benefits from privilege in an institutionalized system of racism fundamentally cannot demonstrate against themselves. They can only stand in solidarity with those who try to dismantle the system, and they can and should think critically about the ways they have benefited from the system. By focusing on the segregation of the greek system, and not the pervasive racism on campus – the racism that I have experienced as a person who has never really come into contact with the greek system – is still a problem and is one that is not addressed. As a person of color – specifically, an Asian American - my voice is still unheard, even when
this protest is ostensibly to protest “racism.” By painting Judy Bonner (or mysterious alumni groups , greeks, etc.) as the aggressor, we transfer the blame of an “institutionalized racism” onto a key actor, thus lessening our own culpability. To me, this cannot be considered a nti-racism activism until there is an active push to confront the ways racism has shaped this campus – and not by scapegoating the greek system while giving everyone who shows up to this rally a free pass. Racism is not a matter of prejudice. It is a matter of assumptions and unconscious benefits. O b v i o u s l y, this event can bring a lot of publicity and attention, which has huge potential for affecting things positively. The act of protesting the greek system’s segregation is one that nobody can discount as inconsequential. But I feel that this protest is not about the inherent ways institutionalized racism affects all of us; by painting it as a push to “end racism,” it absolves us of any responsibility in the matter and promises that once the sorority systems are sorted out, almost everything is fine. This event is protesting the decisions of The University of Alabama that make us look bad. We shame the University for its mistakes and its racist microaggressions; we refuse to include ourselves within that category. I cannot help but note the irony of the event title. Gov. George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door to prevent desegregation from happening. What do we stand for? Lin in
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By Erynn Williams | Staff Columnist The segregation of the predominantly white sororities and fraternities on The University of Alabama’s campus is nothing new to students. Every year, there’s a courageous black girl or two who attempts to “break the barrier” and with one unsuccessful attempt after another. The same response is generated: tumult for a week or two, and then back to business as usual. You want to know why? Because we, the students, let it stay this way. Well, let me tell you why this year things are a little different: People are talking. And, might I say, it is about damn time. If you haven’t read last week’s article, “The Final Barrier: 50 years later, segregation still exists,” go online or pick up an old newspaper and read it now. This article exposed the segregation within the Alabama Panhellenic sororities like never before, and what really warms my heart is the courage of various sorority girls, especially Melanie Gotz, to speak up and acknowledge that something is not right when a highly qualified young lady, who happens to have a darker skin tone, is denied membership into any of the 16 sororities that participate in formal recruitment. This problem is more than just a story of a girl not accepted into a club. This is a much more deep-rooted issue that has blemished the reputation of the University for decades. If you think for one moment that this is not an important issue or that this is going to be just like the years
Erynn Williams before and that it will never change, not only are you partially right, but you are also the reason why. The very idea that “things will never change” or “I can’t make a difference” does nothing for the cause and causes the segregation to stay. I can only ask that you take a minute and do a little soul searching. For one, integration is going to happen whether people are ready for it, like it or not. It may not be today, tomorrow, next month or even next year. But it will happen. Second of all, Auburn has already integrated its greek system – if it isn’t enough that Auburn has beaten us at
something, then I don’t know what is. Lastly, the change begins with us, the students. It’s time to stop being idle. It’s time to stop sweeping this disgrace on the name of the University under the rug. It’s time to stop being quiet. The first girl has stepped out; now it’s our turn to contribute. Even if your contribution is just keeping this issue within conversations, you have done something. Things will not change if no one talks about it. We as a student body need to work together to show that it is not OK with letting black students on sports teams but not in sororities or fraternities, that discrimination in any form or fashion is not right. There is a reason there are students from more than 68 different countries attending the University. Let’s remind the world why. Erynn Williams is a sophomore majoring in dance and international studies. Her column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Campus theaters switch to LED By Alyx Chandler | Contributing Writer The University of Alabama leads the country with the most installed LED stage lights for performances in the department of theatre and dance. After funding last spring, Alabama began retrofitting by replacing some of the standard light bulbs in the Morgan, Bales and Galloway theatres with the newest technology in LED lighting. In addition, the computer systems were updated to handle the lights’ new capabilities. “Now it’s like making a cake –a little of this color and a little of this one, and you have exactly what you want,” William Teague, director of the lighting design program, said. Over the last few years, engineers have perfected making a light emitting diode bright enough for stage. “It was only a matter of overcoming the technological barrier,” Teague said. These lights are much more expensive than standard light bulbs, but they pay off in energy efficiency and life span. They also dramatically lower the installation and monthly fees. Traditional bulbs in stage lighting have
It was only a matter of overcoming the technological barrier. — William Teague a life span of 300-500 hours, while LED bulbs last nearly 50,000 hours and produce little heat. This eliminates the constant replacements for theater shows. The energy efficiency is astronomical, Teague said. Because of the lack of heat, the cost of air conditioning is also drastically lowered. The former theater process for lighting shows used multiple rows of 10 multicolored lights that were blended for the desired color. The standard bulbs used 100 watts per bulb, so the theater used thousands of watts per show. LED lights have the capability to change colors on their own and use 20 watts each, which means the theater only needs to use one row of 10 programmable bulbs.
“I can simply move a data point on the control board and get the exact color I want,” Keegan Butler, a UA junior, said. Teague said all the students love them, especially because of the new spectrum of colors. LED lights essentially work like overhead projectors, which is convenient for dance shows. “It really helps in dance lighting where I am making bold color choices to highlight movement,” Butler said. M a n u fa c tu r e r s claim the lights offer more than 4 million different colors. “Now you can spend days programming instead of a few hours. I have much more to think about,” Mike Morin, a graduate student in lighting design, said. Students in the department of theatre and dance attended training sessions to adapt to the upgrade. In addition, the department took the LED lights to Gulf Shores, Ala., over the summer for its production. They said it made a huge difference. Photo Courtesy of Alyx Chandler “Alabama was really fortunate enough Specialized equipment controls the new technology, to be able to jump into the deep end of giving engineers precise color creativity. the pool on this one,” Teague said.
Graduate student creates Chinese cultural program By Alyx Chandler | Contributing Writer Heart Touch program, created by international graduate student Fan Yang, allows fourth-graders in after-school programs in Tuscaloosa to learn Chinese culture through an overseas Chinese pen pal and various activities. “Children find that they have more in common with other cultures than they think,” Yang said. “It makes a lifetime of a difference.” Heart Touch will start recirculating through seven schools around Tuscaloosa beginning in October. The program will receive a grant Oct. 1 that will give the nonprofit program the funding needed to make the it more in-depth. Volunteers follow a curriculum to teach the children about Chinese culture. Heather Pleasants, director of Community Education, helped provide Yang with administrative and supervisory Submitted support while kickstarting her program. “Programs like this are important Volunteers teach Chinese culture through lesbecause they fulfill the mission to sons in Tai Chi and other experiences.
benefit faculty and students in research and teaching while still connecting to organizations and other schools,” Pleasants said. After Yang spent her undergraduate years at Alabama volunteering in the Tuscaloosa school systems, she wanted to incorporate her social work major with helping children learn cultural diversity. Last spring, Yang collaborated with the Center for Community-Based Partnerships to make her idea come to life. She now has the opportunity to teach children in public schools how to eat with chopsticks and about Tai Chi – a type of Kung Fu. Yang said it is all about respecting cultural differences.“You will get more than what you think,” Wenhui Hu, a Heart Touch volunteer, said. This year, students at Shandong University in China will add a servicelearning component by translating Chinese and English elementary students’ letters. Maintaining all student confidentiality is part of this program. Waivers
will be required to be signed in order to participate. “We think it’s important for parent and student privacy to be protected,” Pleasants said. There are currently 43 volunteers in the United States, but Yang encourages more people, particularly students, to join. Both undergraduates and graduates are welcome and no Chinese knowledge is required to volunteer. “It’s a good learning experience for them if they don’t have Chinese knowledge,” Yang said. “The volunteers can share the understanding with the students.” This October, Heart Touch plans to buy more teaching materials for the children, initiate research and advertise the program through the grant. The program was done entirely by donations from various organizations last semester. “I hope for this to go further with recruiting more volunteers and collaborating with more partners,” Yang said. Interested volunteers can contact Yang at email@example.com for more information.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Freshman seating designed to promote unity, learn traditions By Andy McWhorter | Staff Reporter
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When students head to BryantDenny Stadium to see the Crimson Tide take on Colorado State in the first home game of the season, they might notice a few changes from previous years. Most notably, students will now be assigned to the upper or lower bowl student section ahead of time. Chris Besanceney, assistant athletic director fot ticketing and Tide Pride, said the split will help make sure students use the entire student section instead of just overcrowding the lower bowl and avoiding the upper. “The upper bowl was being underutilized and the lower bowl, at least in some sections, appeared to be crowded,” Besanceney said. “There was an appearance that students were not utilizing all of the seats allocated for student use due to the vacancies in the upper bowl.” New freshmen will now be sitting in the upper bowl. Of the split-ticket packages containing three or four home games, 2,750 were sold to new freshmen, while 12,700 full-ticket packages were sold to continuing or transfer students. Will Criswell, a junior majoring in history, said he feels the new system is unfair to the most dedicated fans. “I see what the University’s trying to do, but I feel like the other system rewarded more dedicated fans, whereas the new one just rewards people who have been here longer,” Criswell said. “I do feel sorry for the freshmen not getting the lower bowl experience.” Besanceney, however, said he believes freshmen will in fact benefit from the upper bowl experience. “An additional benefit is to
provide an environment for new freshmen to build class unity and learn the traditions and meaning behind being a classy Bama fan through special programs such as the yell crew,” Besanceney said. For his part, Criswell did admit that he was glad that he would no longer have to fight to get a choice seat. “I can’t say that I’m not happy about it,” Criswell said. “I don’t have to stress about getting to the stadium two hours early.” Students sitting at the upper bowl will now enter the stadium at gate 30, while students sitting in the lower bowl will use gate 31. Students will still be able to upgrade their tickets normally, but they will remain in the bowl they were originally assigned. For example, an upgraded upper bowl ticket would remain in the upper bowl, Besanceney said. To find out which bowl they will be sitting in, students can go online to actcard.ua.edu and check under the MyTicket tab. “Each student will have upper bowl and lower bowl shown, as well as if they have a ticket and where it is,” Besanceney said. “For example, a student with an upper bowl ticket for this week’s game will see ‘upper bowl 1; lower bowl 0’. Student tickets also increased in price as compared to last year. Each game is now $10 a piece instead of $5. Criswell said even with the increased price, tickets are still worth it. “It’s still cheaper than a normal ticket,” Criswell said. “So I still feel like I’m getting a good deal.” This weekend’s game against the Colorado State Rams will begin at 6 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. To find out if you have a ticket and where you’ll be sitting if you do, go online at actcard.ua.edu.
CW | Austin Bigoney The SGA’s new initiative Stay for Four is designed to keep students in their stadium seats until the end of the game.
Full stadium newest aim for SGA By Andy McWhorter | Staff Reporter With the first home football game of the season right around the corner, the SGA and other campus organizations are looking for ways to keep more students in their seats. Looking up and seeing the student section in the upper bowl of Bryant-Denny Stadium only partially filled has become a familiar sight over the past few seasons, and while there are 17,000 seats in the student section, attendance has never broken 14,000, according to a November 2012 article in The Crimson White. In 2012, only 69.4 percent of student tickets were used. The University is trying to fight this trend by assigning tickets by upper or lower bowl ahead of time, but it remains to be seen if the tide can be turned. But sparse attendance is not the only problem plaguing the student section. With its new Stay for Four initiative, the SGA is hoping to stop the steady stream of students that begins to file out come halftime, leaving empty seats scattered across the student section by the end of the fourth quarter. Leela Foley, director of media
relations for the SGA, said they are hoping to do something about the bad image created by students leaving early. “SGA has designed the Stay for Four initiative to encourage students to stay for all four quarters of the football game,” Foley said. “We get a lot of negative feedback when the student section empties out during halftime at games when Alabama is steadily in the lead.” Some students, however, feel that there just isn’t any point to sitting through the rest of the game when the outcome seems to have been determined. “If the team is taking our first string players out, we should take our first string fans out,” Mitchell Dykstra, a junior majoring in philosophy, said. “If I wanted to watch Blake Sims run draw plays for the entire second half … I don’t want to do that.” As part of Stay for Four, the SGA provides fans to help students cool off during long football games. “All students will receive a Stay for Four fan on their seat before the game this Saturday,” Foley said. “These fans have the fight song lyrics printed on them, so we hope students will use them throughout the game not only to cool off from
the Alabama heat, but also to sing along after touchdowns.” The SGA will also offer other incentives for students to sit through the entire game. “We will also be randomly selecting a student who stays for all four quarters to be ‘Fan of the Week,’” Foley said. “They will receive a prize package from the SUPe Store and will be featured on the SGA website and social media. We are hoping to develop the ‘Fan of the Week’ initiative throughout the fall, and at the end of the season, this group would receive a tour of the football athletic facility.” Dykstra said that he would more likely to stay for all four quarters if there were incentives to do so. Foley said the SGA is hoping to partner with the Office of First Year Experience and other student organizations on the Stay for Four initiative in the future. “We expect the program to evolve after each game and are open to suggestions and partnerships from other organizations,” Foley said. Dykstra had a suggestion for how to get students to stay for the entire game. “Schedule better out-of-conference opponents. That would encourage me to stay,” Dykstra said.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Bikers come together on campus for causes, fun Whether on Harleys or sport bikes, motorcyclists find camaraderie at UA CW | Austin Bigoney Bikes come in all shapes, styles, and sizes but one thing that remains universal is the euphoria that comes with the ride. By Elayne Smith | Contributing Writer Some find freedom on a motorcycle, where the wind crashes into them, the world is seen without obstruction and their body is charged with adrenaline from the motor’s vibrations. Motorcyclists can be passionate riders willing to sit in any weather condition or riders that prefer short trips, but both types of bikers say they ride for the exhilaration. PhD student Benjamin Woodruff, who rides a Harley Dyna Wide Glide, said that many riders view cars as cages. A motorcycle breaks barriers between the rider and the world so, as Woodruff said, “you can truly experience the ride.” “It’s like riding a roller coaster to class every day,” John Norman, a sophomore who commutes on his
Kawasaki Zx10r, said. The University of Alabama tries to accommodate motorcyclists on-campus, taking suggestions from riders and incorporating that feedback into their approach. The goal is to make the campus a motorcyclist-friendly environment. The University provides 137 white rectangles painted across campus for motorcycle parking. Fifty-four permits were issued this year, 14 of which were issued to faculty. Many still call for more parking around main buildings because the good spots fill up. Due to cheaper prices of gas, parking permits and insurance, there may be an upcoming increase in bikers on campus. “I think there should be more parking for motorcycles because sometimes when I go to different
places around campus it’s hard to find parking,” Congleton said. Riders like Woodruff understand the dangers involved in riding a motorcycle. People driving cars sometimes do not see motorcycles well and motorcyclists have a greater risk of injury if hit. However, Woodruff argues that riding is not as dangerous as perceived because of misconceptions about how people ride motorcycles. He believes if there were as many motorcycle accidents as people expected, the insurance would not be so cheap. Bikers must be aware of their surroundings at all times. Such potential danger creates a deeper responsibility in their driving, he said. This danger adds a thrill to riding, but also a brotherhood. Every time bikers pass each other, they wave, according to Sky Congleton, a junior
who rides a Kawasaki eliminator 125. Congleton said this motorcycle wave means, “Hey, I’m lookin’ out for you.” Like any culture, there are differences in people; for bikers, it is a matter of Harleys versus sport bikes. Riders like Norman and Congleton feel a sport bike offers speed and a thrill as they prefer to drive on back roads. Woodruff and his fellow PhD student, Binay Adhikari, who rides a Harley Sportster, see Harleys as a more comfortable ride that is better suited to cruising on highways. “Harley guys are always connected,” Woodruff said of his bike of choice. The variety of motorcyclists creates different clubs and social opportunities. Groups like bamarides.com and UA Sport Bikes are geared toward finding a group to go riding with. Norman said that he wants to start a
club on campus that would unite bikers, raise awareness of motorcycle safety, incorporate social responsibility through volunteering as a group and encourage new riders. “The purpose of it is volunteerism and raising awareness for social responsibility and try to raise awareness of riding,” Norman said about the club. “I tried to find a rational reason why I should get a motorcycle, but honestly, besides fuel economy, there isn’t one. It’s purely choice. There’s no real logical reason, it’s strictly you wanting to do it.” Woodruff borrowed a quote from Disney-Pixar’s “Cars” to define the true essence of motorcycle culture: “Cars didn’t drive on [the road] to make good time. They drove on it to have a good time.”
‘The Spectacular Now’ director visits UA for screening By Laura Testino | Contributing Writer Students can strut the Hollywood red carpet Monday, Sept. 23, as the Ferguson Theater hosts the one-time Tuscaloosa premiere of “The Spectacular Now,” a film directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. This Crimson Carpet event is the result of the collaborative efforts of multiple campus organizations, including the Honors College, Creative Campus, Black Warrior Film Festival, Student Producers Association and the telecommunication and
film department. Greg Wagner, the director of alumni and organizational relationship development for the Honors College, originally approached Rachel Raimist, the co-director of Creative Campus and assistant professor in the TCF department, with the opportunity. Two Creative Campus interns, Danny Ryan, a junior majoring in telecommunication and film, and Katie Howard, a junior majoring in public relations, are co-leaders of the event. When Wagner began organizing the event, he invited director James Ponsoldt to
attend the Tuscaloosa premiere as well as to host a Q-and-A session after the film, which Ponsoldt accepted. Wagner expects all students attending the event, regardless of major, to enjoy and learn from Ponsoldt. “There’s going to be an emphasis on the process. So anybody can learn what it’s like to work on a project and see all the hands that go into it. They can learn about critical thinking and teamwork and analytical skills, and just being hungry and fearless,” he said. In addition to the Q-and-A session with Ponsoldt after the film, students can also come early to see the director briefly before the event. “We’re doing a ‘Crimson Carpet’ event. We are encouraging students to come and dress up, and treat it like a fun, celebrity red-carpet event,” Ryan said. Students will be able to take photographs on the Crimson
Submitted Director of “The Spectacular Now,” James Ponsoldt will be in attendance for the one-time Tuscaloosa showing. Carpet with their friends, as well as with Ponsoldt, that will be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter. Howard said he hopes the addition of the Crimson Carpet event before the film and the Q-and-A after will reiterate the high level of appreciation that the organizations involved
have for Ponsoldt attending the Tuscaloosa premiere. A VIP breakfast is also scheduled where select students and faculty will be able to speak with Ponsoldt. Howard said she holds the Sundance award-winning director in high respects. “I’m interested to learn how to make it big in the industry while also keeping your own identity,” Howard said. Kristen Warner, an assistant professor in the TCF department who has seen the film, believes Ponsoldt’s down-toearth personality contributes to the organic and appealing unraveling of the simple plot line. “(Ponsoldt) is not what they call ‘terribly Hollywood.’ He is a very normal guy,” Warner said.
Both Wagner and Raimist have also seen the film and agree that the majority of students will be able to empathize with the genuine authenticity displayed by the characters and the small-town atmosphere created in the film. “On the surface it appears like what could be seen as a thin coming-of-age teen movie, but it’s not; there’s so many layers in terms of the storytelling and the performance and the way in which he’s directed the film; it’s rich,” Raimist said. While all students attending the event will be able to enjoy the film and learn from the director, Raimist and Warner hope that their students in particular take advantage of the opportunity to meet with a director personally in Tuscaloosa, without having to travel to New York City or Los Angeles. Instead of learning from books and articles, students will be able to learn expressly from the director himself, they said. Wagner hopes that the event will attract a large audience and he has plans to continue bringing in different members of the entertainment industry for similar events, as well as a variety of other people to “share their intellectual capital with our students,” he said. The film is free to attend and will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, in the Ferguson Theater.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Burlesque troupe makes local impact Pink Box performs for charity By Courtney Stinson | Staff Reporter Vaudeville and burlesque sound like entertainment from a bygone era, but the spirit of these variety acts is kept alive by Tuscaloosa’s own troupe, Pink Box Burlesque. “We really enjoy the Vaudeville theatre from the early 1800s so we try and replicate that,” Pink Box Burlesque founder Mama Dixie said. “Our performers put themselves in a time frame, so we have performers that celebrate anywhere from the 1880s to the 1940s.” Pink Box Burlesque performs six to 12 times a year. The performances typically include live music, singing, dancing, skits and plenty of costumes. They also feature a range of colorful cast members, including an orphaned aristocrat and a Great Depression-era singer who was raised on a plantation. Mama Dixie started Pink Box Burlesque in 2008 with the intention of hosting a single benefit show. After tickets for the first show sold quickly, she strongly considered doing a second show. Six years later, Pink Box is still performing. While PBB is the only act of its kind in Tuscaloosa, the troupe is part of a large community of burlesque troupes that fall into either the Vaudeville style, like PBB, or Las Vegas style, which focuses more on individuals and choreography. Mama Dixie said the burlesque community is supportive and welcoming because of the nature of positive self-expression. “There’s a pretty large [burlesque] culture, and we quickly reached out to those around us because we wanted to join the larger community, and it’s always been very welcoming,” Mama Dixie said. “It’s a huge support system, and it’s that way because the underpinning of burlesque is letting people pursue whatever they choose as a positive way to express themselves.” In addition to participating in the greater burlesque community, PBB also contributes to the Tuscaloosa community through charity. Ticket sales from many of their shows benefit causes such as the Bama Theatre Restoration Fund. Mama Dixie said charity is important to PBB because it gives them the opportunity to return the love they have received. “We feel very strongly that the community is an invaluable part of the city,” she said. “It’s important for us to give back to the community the love that they give to us. We love Tuscaloosa, and that’s all the more reason that we should show our love whenever we can.” To become part of the culture of burlesque, you may be able to join PBB as a performer through an audition if you are 18 or older. PBB holds open auditions up to three times a year and may audition individuals between open calls on a case-by-case basis. “I would say that everybody has a special talent, and if this is what you’re being called to do with your special talent, you just need to come on down and do it,” PBB performer Tesla Coil said. “We look 10 feet tall and bulletproof onstage, but really, we’re a friendly, kind bunch of people who are always looking for additions to the troupe.” If students are interested in performing but are not ready to take the stage or are interested in getting experience as theatre support staff, PBB also offers internships. Front-of-house interns cover roles such as ticket sales and merchandise, while back-of-house interns work as stagehands and backstage support. Mama Dixie said it is common for interns to transition into performers. The PBB performers have several upcoming shows planned and have already scheduled events for the beginning of next season. On Oct. 12 they will host their 6th annual masquerade at Green Bar, and Oct. 25 they will host their season closer “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Bama Theatre.
Submitted, Photo Illustration by Hannah Glenn Mama Dixie founded Pink Box Burlesque in 2008 as a signle benefit show. The company has now been running for six years.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Alabama Blues Project to hold kickoff party By Elayne Smith | Contributing Writer While The University of Alabama turns crimson for the first home game of the season, a little bit of blue is making its way into the atmosphere. The Alabama Blues Project will host its first Crimson Kickoff Party, free to attend, Friday at the Marriott Courtyard from 6-10 p.m. The Alabama Blues Project started in 1995 to teach blues music to students from ages 8-18. The advanced band will perform at the kickoff along with local musicians Ham Bagby and Shod Shirby. The advanced band’s current instructor, Michael Battito, said their performance should be “fun and easy going hopefully.” The Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers will also be performing. There will be free hors d’oeuvres provided by Marriott, food from Chick fil’ A, a cash bar and a silent auction selling various Crimson Tide gear from local businesses. “We hope to raise money for our after-school program, while providing a free event to Tuscaloosa and play the blues,” Paula Demonbreun, executive director of the Alabama Blues Project, said. The organization teaches the blues to children during summer camps and
after- school programs, and the money raised from the silent auction will go towards funding their program and helping kids afford the camps. “The blues is such an influential art form that is very Southern,” Shweta Gamble, the public relations director for the Alabama Blues Project, said. “It’s just a part of our heritage.” Gamble said she sees children impacted in a positive way by participating in their programs. She said some shy children gain a new confidence after performing. “It gave me something positive I could do,” Jonathan Blakney, a graduate from the Alabama Blues Project, said. “It taught me a trade, being a musician, which is something a lot of people don’t do.” Throughout his 10 years with the Alabama Blues Project, Blakney said he learned a general sense of acceptance from his peers and different beliefs stemming from the concept of playing together in a band. “We offer music lessons in blues as a way of preserving it but also to reach kids through a different kind of music they might not have access to otherwise,” Gamble said. The blues is not only an important piece of cultural
heritage, but other music is founded upon its style. For instructor Michael Battito, he teaches it “not just for the notes, but for the history and the importance of the genre.” The influence of the blues allows kids to grow up with that knowledge and appreciation for music. Blakney said “The blues is the root of all music from jazz to hip-hop to rock, everything. When you’re learning about the blues, you’re basically learning about every other kind of music, too,” Blakney said. For this event, the Alabama Blues Project’s passion to serve kids is coupled with Marriott’s passion to serve the community. One of the foundations of Marriott is giving back to the community through its program that encourages all associates to get involved in a worthwhile cause in the community. “When I heard about the Alabama Blues Project and what a great and awesome tool that they have been as far as getting kids off the streets and teaching them about responsibility and music, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get involved in such a worthwhile effort,” David Corman, the Marriot general manager, said. The Alabama Blues Project teaches blues music to children and teenagers.
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Comedians present clean comedy By Katherine Dudley | Contributing Writer Comedian Dave Coulier is out to change the crass and sometimes offensive comedic culture of the 21st century with his Clean Guys of Comedy show, a special event that will be broadcast live to movie theaters nationwide on Thursday. The show features a group of stand-up comedians, led by Coulier, who hope to provide big laughs for audiences through “clean,” family-friendly, “unbleepable” stand-up comedy. Cobb Theatres, host of the Clean Guys of Comedy, is proud to support “clean” comedy. “We try to have a wide range to cater to different tastes,” Guy Austin, director of operations for Cobb Theatres, said. “Too often these days, it’s hard for families to find appropriate events.” The show, “a night of laughter without the F’bomb after taste,” is broadcast live from the Buell Theater in Denver, Colo., and will last approximately 105 minutes. The event includes performances by comedians Dave Coulier, Jamie Kennedy, Heather McDonald, Ralph Harris and Andy Hendrickson.
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Wikimedia Commons Bjork and other artists are asking fans to put away phones. By Francie Johnson It’s 8 o’clock at night. You’re surrounded by what seems like a million people, a million pairs of eyes all staring at one thing: the stage. You’ve been waiting months for this concert, but these last few minutes have dragged on for what feels like centuries. Finally the audience goes dark and the stage illuminates – the universal signal that the show will soon begin. In that instant, a million tiny lights pop up in every direction, revealing a million tiny stages displayed on a million tiny screens. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever been to a concert, I’m willing to bet it does. Cellphones at concerts have become as typical as books in libraries or Solo Cups at parties. From the moment a band takes the stage up until the moment it plays its final note, the crowd snaps, texts and tweets away. Enough is enough. I know how much we all love our smartphones, but guys, we’ve got to stop. Seriously. Put your phones away when you’re at a concert. You’ll enjoy the show a whole lot more, not to mention the poor people behind you who are sick of watching the concert through your 2x4-inch cellphone screen. From Bob Dylan to Björk, more and more artists have started requesting that fans refrain from cellphone usage during concerts. Last March, Wesley Schultz of the Lumineers even cut short a performance of “Ho Hey” to beg fans to ditch the technology and “just be human for a while.” So many of us want to capture every moment of the concerts we attend, but what’s the point? I promise you, the world can live without 126 blurry, unrecognizable pictures of the band you saw last night. Most likely, no one will even look at them. I doubt you will even look at them after you’ve filed them all away in
Cellphones ruin concert experience some Facebook photo album. And if constantly taking pictures at concerts is bad, don’t even get me started on recording videos. Repeat after me: Your. Video. Will. Sound. Terrible. You’ll probably record more of your own awful singing voice – which at this point will sound more like screaming – than you will of the actual band. Think about it: Why on earth would you want to watch a show through a screen when it’s literally happening in front of your face? You did not pay $60 to stare at your cellphone screen. Watching bands perform on screens is what people do when they can’t be there in person. Obviously photographing and recording at concerts is a major pet peeve of mine, but I can still understand why people do it. I used to take at least 50 photos of every concert I went to, so I get it. We live in the age of social media, where if something isn’t Facebooked, tweeted or Instagrammed, it’s almost like it didn’t happen. But the thing is, it did happen. Even if no one else knows you were at that concert, you still know. Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to enjoy yourself without constantly divulging every last detail, complete with video and photographic evidence. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with taking the occasional concert picture, as long as it’s not consuming your entire experience. Here’s what I’ve started doing: Toward the beginning of every concert I go to, I pull out my phone and snap a single Instagram-worthy shot. That’s it. For the rest of the show, my phone stays in my pocket. This way, I get my photo, but I also get to truly experience the show. When people say a picture is worth a thousand words, they definitely don’t mean blurry, cellphone concert photos. These types of photos are worth exactly one word: ugh.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
CW | Austin Bigoney Students Lindsey Lee, Sarah Davis, and Alex Constantine share a lesson idea. The Multiple Abilities Program prepares students to be both elementary and special education teachers.
MAP provides diversity for students
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Our graduates have that diversity that prepares them for dealing with different kinds of children and their needs.
The Multiple Abilities Program only has 14 students enrolled, but it acts as two degree programs, preparing education majors to be elementary school teachers as well as special education teachers. Madeleine Gregg, head of MAP, has helped plan the program since its inception in 1993. Gregg said the idea of the program came about when superintendents of different schools complained to the Dean of the College of Education at The University of Alabama about the increasing number of children being referred to special needs and the lack of certified teachers. “More and more schools want to hire teachers who can handle both regular and special needs children,” Gregg said. “And our graduates have that diversity that prepares them for dealing with different kinds of children and their needs.” The program consists of five semesters of hands-on teaching experience at elementary schools around the city. Lindsey Lee, a junior currently enrolled in MAP, said the program helps prepare students to deal with different
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kind of children in a classroom setting. “I think it just helps to give you balance,” Lee said. “Not every kid is the same. It gives us the tools to know what to do and adapt in any situation.” Patricia Tessner graduated from MAP in 2007 and has been working as a special education teacher for seven years at Rock Quarry Elementary in Tuscaloosa.
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“A lot of the special education is now going towards inclusion,” Tessner said. “It gives me an opportunity to not only work with my students, but also regular students and for them to interact.” Tessner said MAP helped prepare her for dealing in those classrooms where both types of students are present. “We made sure we were teaching students and meeting the needs of each of our students,” Tessner said. “I think that was very important because I think often you think of what you need to teach students and you see it as one curriculum but different students have different needs and need to be taught differently.” Emily Sherrod graduated from the program in May 2012. She now teaches second grade at Harbor Primary in Opelika, Ala. “[MAP] has helped me tremendously,” Sherrod said. “I’m in a regular second grade classroom, but the inside still has special education needs.” Sherrod said it helped her better understand the kids in her class. “I feel I can do so much better than just knowing regular education,” Sherrod said.
Students in the MAP program take all of their classes at Sprayberry Education Center to better prepare them for the classroom setting. “They do have a different preparation when they come in the classroom,” Sherrod said. “They come in prepared and ready to go without needing too much direction.” Tessner said she is grateful for Gregg’s teachings now that she is in her own classroom. She remembers Gregg’s saying: “Fair isn’t equal. Fair is when everyone gets what they need.” Lee said the program is trying to get the word out more to other students. “I think if more people knew about it they would do it because it is such a great program,” Lee said. Gregg said she hopes enrollment in the program increases in the future, especially as MAP plans to move to a new building on campus that would make it more convenient for students in the program. Sherrod recommends the program to others looking for a broader range of teaching opportunities. “If somebody is interested, it’s a lot of hard work but totally worth it to me,” Sherrod said.
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CW | Oingyo Wan UA’s Trombone Choir will perform its show “Trombones At The Movies” with guest artist James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody Music Hall.
Trombone Choir to perform music from movies By Matthew Wilson | Contributing Writer The Trombone Choir will take center stage in Moody Music Hall on Monday to perform songs from an array of popular movies. The Trombone Choir, composed of several music-major undergraduate and graduate students, practices twice a day in preparation for its show, “Trombones At The Movies.” Ben Carrasquillo, a junior majoring in trombone performance, said the upcoming concert rehearsals have been both challenging and rewarding. “This concert that we are doing next week is easily the hardest one that I have been a part of since I’ve been here,” Carrasquillo said. “The reason for that is because we are playing music that is meant for an entire orchestra and it’s just being condensed down to trombones.”
Russ Ballenger, a doctor of musical arts student, and Carter Hanthorn, a sophomore in the Trombone Choir, both said the material can be difficult at times. “They’re pretty intense,” Hanthorn said. “There is a high level of performance at every level. It’s some of the hardest music I ever played.” Ballanger said the material does indeed takesits toll on the performers. “This music is very demanding both mentally and physically,” Ballanger said about rehearsals. “The trombone is playing every part in the orchestra. We’re playing string parts, violin parts.” The Trombone Choir is under the leadership of Jonathan Whitaker, a renowned performer who was featured at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and on “Glass Bead” with Albany Records.
“[The Trombone Choir] is comprised of all the students that are in the Trombone Studio at Alabama,” Whitaker said. “They all take private lessons with me as part of their majors. It acts like a lab with a chemistry class. You go to chemistry class, and you learn about something. Then, you go to lab, and you try it.” Accompanying the Trombone Choir will be guest artist James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony, who also arranged the upcoming concert. “He arranged as a side project a bunch of trombone arrangements of movie music,” Carrasquillo said. “Dr. Whitaker thought it was awesome and asked if he would be willing to come down. He’s going to be coming down and playing all the top parts.” Whitaker said he thinks a professional guest will help improve the students’ performance.
“Just the level of attention and preparation for the concert – it just really affected them because they know that they are going to be playing with a pro,” Whitaker said. “They are going to be playing with a leading artist in our field, so there is a high expectation from the students.” Reflecting on the past three years of his college experience, Carrasquillo said being a part of the Trombone Choir has been a busy but remarkable experience. He said his favorite moments have been playing in front of other musicians. “It triggers so many different emotions, thoughts, and memories. Everyone in the world can [relate] feelings and events in their lives to different types of music,” Whitaker said. The concert will take place Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody Music Hall.
CULTUREIN BRIEF University hosts Family Weekend Friday to Sunday Parents and family members of University of Alabama students are invited to visit campus this weekend to participate in various events and learn more about the school. The Office of First Year Experience and the Office of Parent Programs is hosting Family Weekend from Friday through Sunday. Several activities have been
planned including a Beach Bash pool party at the Rec Center pool Friday night, and a tailgate before the football game Saturday. Families can also participate in a UA Community Service Center project, Families Helping Families: A Service Opportunity, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday. Many colleges and departments on
campus will host an open house or reception for families Friday to share information about their services. The President’s Mansion will also be open for visitors. For more information or to view the full schedule of events, go to parents.ua.edu, email parents@ ua.edu or call (205) 348-8404.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Alabama travels to Florida, begins conference games By Caroline Gazzara | Staff Reporter
CW | Austin Bigoney The Crimson Tide soccer team will kick off its season friday in Florida.
Despite defeating UAB in the 87th minute of Sunday’s game, the Alabama soccer team has a long road ahead as it kicks off the conference season Friday against Florida. The Crimson Tide, currently 2-5, will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to play the Gators. Last season, Alabama won 1-0 against Florida late in October. Head coach Todd Bramble said the team should feed off of last year’s win. “Our players should be able to take some confidence [from last season’s win against Florida],” Bramble said. “It’s going to be different because last year we were able to play them at home, and this year obviously we’re at their place for the opening game of SEC play. It’s going to be a tough challenge, but our players should feel good about our chances.” Compared to last season’s start, Bramble said this could be a good sign. “At this point, I would say if it works in reverse, then I would be a happy man,” Bramble said. “We lost
PLAN TO GO WHAT: Alabama vs. Florida WHEN: Friday at 6 p.m. CT WHERE: Gainesville, Fla. RECORDS: Alabama 2-5, Florida 6-2-1 TV: gatorvision.tv six out of our seven last year, and we won a bunch in the early part of the season, so if this season is reversed, then I would be okay with that.” Senior Molly Atherton also said the rough start could be the push the team needs for the rest of the season. “Honestly, I think it will be beneficial to us. We’ve always said ‘it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,’ and if we can focus on doing the right things now to be successful, I think we will be successful in the SECs,” Atherton said. In the past five seasons, the Crimson Tide has had two losing seasons, one winning season and two even seasons. The 2011-12 season
was the only breakthrough. Alabama went on to Miami in the NCAA tournament but lost in double overtime. Florida’s record currently stands at 6-2-1. The Gators are coming off a double-overtime tie against the University of South Florida, which interrupted the Gators’ four-game winning streak. Alabama is currently ranked last in the SEC, while Florida is No. 4 in the conference. South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia lead the pack going into this weekend’s conference opener. Alabama meets Georgia and South Carolina in October, but will not meet Arkansas this season. To prepare for the rest of the season, Atherton said the team is focusing on finishing and details. Atherton also said her team was ready for the upcoming conference games and that the UAB game helped prepare them. “[Sunday’s game] was a really big boost to our confidence, especially seeing the ball go back into the net in four games,” Atherton said. “It’s obviously going to give us a big boost. We’re just ready for the SECs. It’s a completely new season, a fresh start.”
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Equestrian club continues to progress, grow By Leila Beem | Contributing Writer The University of Alabama’s equestrian club is making strides toward becoming an established sports program. An all-girls team competing within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, the young equestrian club has made considerable progress over the past few years, becoming more prominent at both the regional and national levels. Last year, Lauren Scallon, a sophomore majoring in human development and family studies, qualified individually and placed third in the IHSA’s national competition in Harrisburg, Pa., for her event called Intermediate Flat, in which riders
are judged on their presentation on their horses, as well as walking, trotting and cantering. “It was definitely a great experience, and I really enjoyed it,” Scallon said. “I think we have some good talent this year, too, so hopefully we’ll go to nationals as a team and really show the University that we’re dedicated.” This year, student interest in the program has reached an all-time high, with more than 100 girls trying out for the team last week at Westminster Barn in Northport, vying for spots ranging from beginner to higher level jumping events. These events are showcased at competitions throughout the Southeast
against 10 other schools in the region, including the University of Georgia, where the first meet of the year will take place. At competitions, individual riders are scored on their respective performances, and these points collectively count toward overall team standing at the end. In a sport that is often very individualized, the equestrian club is a unique experience for riders. “It’s really awesome to see girls come from the type of background where it was just completely individual to working together as a team and going for a team goal,” Taylor Templin, a UA senior and president of the equestrian club, said.
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Since its establishment four years ago, the team has improved and gained more official support from the university, this year being the first in which the coach will be university-paid and appointed. Heather Callahan McCall, a University of Connecticut graduate and experienced collegiate coach, moved to Tuscaloosa in August to coach Alabama’s equestrian team and has high hopes for the program. “There are about 20 teams that are NCAA. In the Southeastern Conference, [there are] Auburn, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Georgia. It’s definitely something we want to become in the future,” McCall said.
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Frozen Tide aims for nationals By Bryan Bergman | Contributing Writer The Alabama hockey team is gearing up for the upcoming season starting in October. The Frozen Tide is a club team competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference, which consists of every SEC team except Kentucky, Missouri and Texas A&M. Although the team was founded relatively recently, it has already found success since its inception in 2005. Last season the team went to the ACHA Nationals for the second straight year, winning the opener against Iowa State before falling to California University of Pennsylvania and the University of MichiganFlint. â€œIt was a great experience. We
fell short to some of the northern kids who get to skate a lot more than we do,â€? defenseman Ryan Vinson said. â€œBeing from the South, itâ€™s awesome being able to compete with them.â€? Not all of the Frozen Tideâ€™s players are from the South, however. In addition to players from Alabama, Florida and Georgia, the team includes players from Wisconsin, New York, Indiana and California. Although hockey is traditionally seen as a northern sport, it has begun to make inroads in the South in the past two decades. Minor leagues, such as the ECHL and SPHL, have introduced the sport to states from North Carolina to Louisiana. â€œItâ€™s the South, so a lot of people donâ€™t really know about hockey. I think if they went to
a game, they would really enjoy it,â€? goalie Sean Vinson said. â€œThereâ€™s big hits, the occasional fight. Itâ€™s a rough sport.â€? Sean and Ryan Vinson, who were introduced to hockey by playing for the youth team sponsored by their local ECHL team, the Pensacola Ice Pilots, said they want to build on the success of the past two seasons. â€œOur expectations are to go back to nationals. Our goal this year is to get an auto-bid [awarded to the top two teams in each region] so we can skip regionals and go straight to nationals,â€? Ryan said. â€œWe really want to press forward at nationals this year. Last year we won our first game, but this year weâ€™re looking to win more than one game at nationals,â€? Sean said.
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SPORTSIN BRIEF Trent Richardson traded to Colts Former Alabama running back and 2012 first-round NFL Draft pick Trent Richardson was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, the Brownsâ€™ official Twitter account announced. The Colts gave up their 2014 first-round draft pick.
Softball announces 2013 NFCA All-American The University of Alabama softball team had 13 of 19 members recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as All-American Scholar Athletes for 2013. Jackey Branham, Courtney Conley, Keima Davis, Molly Fichtner, Andrea Hawkins, Ryan Iamurri, Leona Lafaele, Haylie McCleney, Jordan Patterson, Danielle Richard, Lauren Sewell, Jadyn Spencer and Jackie Traina all achieved a 3.5 or higher GPA to receive this outstanding honor.
Hockey team schedule released The Frozen Tide announced its 2013-14 schedule Wednesday. The release reveals 16 home games and upcoming challenges with many nationally ranked opponents. â€œWe have put together the most competitive and challenging schedule in the history of our hockey program, and we are very excited the challenges in front of us both from within our league and region as well as from some traditional ACHA national powerhouse programs,â€? head coach Mike Quenneveille said. The team will begin its eighth season Sept. 26 against U.S. Army in Fort Benning, Ga. Compiled by Alex Accetta
A stand for whatâ€™s right In this year, when the University of Alabama commemorates the 50-year anniversary of its desegregation, we, the undersigned, hereby publicly encourage diversity among the Universityâ€™s white and black Greek fraternities and sororities. Many of us were once ourselves student-leaders at Alabama, and although the years have passed, our commitment and fervor to building an even better Capstone did not fade away when we exited the shadows of Denny Chimes. We commend those among the present student body who have had the courage to stand up for what is right, and we have great faith and hope that many others will soon follow their example. We stand united -- Greek and independent, black and white -- in encouraging all University Greek organizations, the administration and the Board of Trustees, to actively encourage diversity and to discontinue any activity, policy or practice that promotes segregation, which will hinder our alma-mater from being regarded worldwide as a leader among its peers. Kenneth Mullinax, Jr. Alpha Tau Omega SGA Chief of Staff & Senator,1978-81 Student assistant, Coach Bryant Spokesman, Alabama State University
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Thomas shines in ﬁnal match with UT Martin By Kelly Ward | Staff Reporter
CW FIle Freshman Birttany Thomas is 16th in the SEC with 3.06 kills per set. Thomas faced a brief learning curve adjusting to college volleyball.
It took some time for freshman Brittany Thomas to adjust to the learning curve of college volleyball. She battled with inconsistent play in three tournaments before posting season-high stats in the win over UT Martin. She also had a career-high 16 kills and .469 hitting percentage in the final match. “You know, the thing about being a freshman is there’s so much new information to take in, especially with her position,” setter Sierra Wilson said. “She’s playing all the way around. So not only does she have to focus on hitting, she has to focus on passing as well. And the college game is like a whole new world, and there’s usually a period of two weeks when you’re a freshman, and you’re just taking it all in, and you’re a little overwhelmed. But she’s starting to come out of that, and she’s a big help to our team.” Thomas has 107 kills on
the season, including 42 from last weekend. She is 16th in the SEC with 3.06 kills per set. She also leads the team with 14 aces and is sixth in the SEC with 0.40 aces per set. “I think she has the ability to be as good as she chooses to want to be, and there will be some things that she’ll have to work really hard at prioritizing in her life in order to be the volleyball player that she’s capable of,” head coach Ed Allen said. “Not that we feel that she’s not doing a good job of that now. … And so, being able to manage everything else on the peripheral besides your academics and the volleyball part of things will have everything to do with how good can you get because she’s a great kid that works hard and is a positive team member, and so I think she can be as good as what she chooses to dedicate herself to be.” As for Thomas, she said she enjoyed playing in Foster Auditorium and
experiencing the traditions she saw her teammates do on her recruiting trip. The final match against UT Martin was just the icing on the cake for the outside hitter. “That match was a lot of fun to play. I felt like that was one of the first matches we played completely together as a team, and so everybody fed off everybody else’s successes,” Thomas said. “It was just a fun environment to play. It was just a fun game to play in.” This weekend Alabama looks to carry its momentum into its final tournament before conference play, the Clemson Classic. “I think this tournament will be good for our team to play some more higher-level competition before we start SEC play, especially in our first match against Kentucky,” Thomas said. “That will be good to kind of amp up from this weekend and come together and really challenge ourselves as a group.”
PLAN TO GO WHAT: Alabama vs. Clemson WHEN: Friday at 6 p.m. CT WHERE: Jervey Gym in Clemson, S.C. Records: Alabama 8-2, Clemson 5-3
PLAN TO GO WHAT: Alabama vs. Delaware WHEN: Saturday at 9 a.m. CT WHERE: Jervey Gym in Clemson, S.C. Records: Alabama 8-2, Delaware 6-5
PLAN TO GO WHAT: Alabama vs. Troy WHEN: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT WHERE: Jervey Gym in Clemson, S.C. Records: Alabama 8-2, Troy 5-6
Women’s golf team prepares for 2nd tournament By Bryan Bergman | Contributing Writer The women’s golf team will try to improve on a fourthplace finish at the first tournament of the season when it travels to Franklin, Tenn., to compete in the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship this weekend. The Crimson Tide was able to recover from a 10-over-par first round at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview with a 2-over second round, which moved the team from 11th into a tie for fourth, where it remained through the final round. Seniors Stephanie Meadow and Hannah Collier both played well the last time the
Crimson Tide competed at Franklin’s Legends Golf Club, in Sept. 2011 when the team finished second. Last week, Meadow carded a 4-under-par final round to finish in a tie for second, two shots behind tournament winner Kyung Kim of Southern California. “I hit a lot of greens, had a lot of opportunities for birdies,” Meadow said. “I didn’t capitalize on some of my opportunities for birdies, so I’ve been working a bit on my short putting and keep working on my swing.” Junior Daniela Lendl played the best tournament of her college career shooting 1-under-par to finish in a tie
for sixth. In her 11 starts with the team, Lendl had never finished better than 12th. In addition to her first top-10 finish, it was Lendl’s first sub-par tournament as a collegiate golfer. However, the two newcomers in the tournament, transfer Janie Jackson and redshirt freshman Cammie Gray, both struggled in their first events as members of the Crimson Tide. Gray’s scores were dropped for all three rounds, while Jackson played well until carding a 7-over 77 in the final round. “We have a lot of really talented girls on this team, so I don’t think that’s going to be a trend,” Meadow said.
The Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship is one of the most prestigious events of the fall golf season, attracting some of the top teams in the country. Competitors include No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Arizona State and No. 9 Vanderbilt. Meadow said the team needs to work on their fundamentals in order to bring home a victory this weekend. “We made a lot of silly mistakes as a team,” Meadow said. “If we can just make some putts, take it one shot at a time, not get ahead of ourselves … hopefully we can get better at that by this weekend.” UA Atheltics The tournament will tee off The women’s golf team will travel to Tennessee this weekend to compete on the Mason Rudolf Women’s Championship. Friday in Franklin, Tenn.
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UA bowling club rolls on despite lack of funding By Sean Landry | Contributing Writer Bama Lanes may not be BryantDenny Stadium, but University of Alabama bowling club president Craig Bartlesmeyer sounds eerily reminiscent of coach Nick Saban as he talks about the expectations for the upcoming season. “The last couple of years we went to a tournament and we’d get last place and come home and not feel really good at all about it,” Bartelsmeyer said. “This year, we’re taking one tournament a semester, and really focusing on that. We’re gonna train for that specific tournament, and we’re gonna win the whole thing, hopefully.” That one tournament will be the Victory Eagles Classic, presented by Victory University in Memphis, Tenn.,, on Dec. 7 and 8. Bartelsmeyer and coach Vicki Smallwood both said the chief obstacle for the team will be funding. “Travel’s very expensive; it’s our main expense,” Bartelsmeyer said.
“We aren’t going to get any money [from University Recreation] this year because we didn’t do enough in community service last year, so we’re going to work on that.” One of the ways the club will involve themselves in the community is through Tuscaloosa Youth Bowling, a youth outreach and scholarship program founded by Smallwood eight years ago. “A lot of people don’t know this about youth bowling,” Smallwood said. “But each bowler gets a scholarship fund.” Starting as young as 5 years old and continuing to age 20, youth bowlers accrue funds based on bowling time, all of which are deposited into a savings account. The account, like many education funds, is only accessible once the student enters college. “In Tuscaloosa, no one sits on the bench,” Smallwood said. “Every child will bowl, and every child will make scholarship money.” While the club works to regain University Recreation funding, the club will shoulder the responsibility for expenses
themselves. Competitive members pay dues, and the club will host a fundraising tournament and raffle. Outside of travel expenses, the club is looking to replace outdated equipment with top-tier supplies. New uniforms will be covered by dues, and the club has contacted several corporations to gauge interest in a bowling ball sponsorship. To Wyant Boreson, coordinator of Sports Clubs for University Recreation, this independence is a desirable and important step for the club. In fact, club fundraising could result in more funds allocated from University Recreation, he said. “We want clubs to ultimately be independent of us,” Boreson said. “We do allocate some money to them, but we cannot support all of our clubs. So we encourage them to fundraise to the best of their abilities.” The bowling club pratices Sundays from 2-4 p.m., and Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. at Bama Lanes.
Courtesy of UA Bowling Team Facebook Page The UA Bowling Team will be working with Tuscaloosa Youth Bowling this year.
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