MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 VOLUME 120 ISSUE 28 Serving The University of Alabama since 1894 NEWS | SORORITY INTEGRATION
Six minority women accept sorority bids Video statement reports open bidding yields positive results, continued effort By Mark Hammontree and Sarah Elizabeth Tooker | CW Staff University of Alabama President Judy Bonner issued a video statement Friday about the recent progress made by Panhellenic sororities to integrate. After The Crimson White’s article “The Final Barrier,” which detailed alumnae interference in Panhellenic sororities’ attempts to integrate, UA administration established a continuous open bidding process in which all 16 Panhellenic sororities were allowed to extend bids to increase their size to 360 members. “We have taken the first steps toward removing barriers and ensuring access and opportunity throughout our greek community,” Bonner said in the video. “I am confident that we will achieve our objective of a greek system that is inclusive, accessible and welcoming to students of all races and ethnicities; we will not tolerate anything less. The process of continuous open bidding is already yielding positive results.” In the address, Bonner told students that Panhellenic sororities had issued a total of 72 bids to young women, including 11 to black students and three to other minority students. Bonner said as of Friday afternoon, 18 of the total bids had been accepted, four by black students, two by other minorities. Bonner said other students were still considering accepting the bids. AL.com reported Friday that Alpha Gamma Delta and Kappa Alpha Theta were among the sororities that had bids accepted by — Judy Bonner black students. “We are very excited to be a part of this forward movement that’s happening on our campus,” Alex Graham, president of Alpha Gamma Delta, said. “We appreciate the University’s support and we congratulate all the young women that are now a part of our Panhellenic sisterhood.” In an interview with AL.com Friday, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley commended the University’s efforts. “I had the utmost confidence in the leadership at the University to make sure this issue was addressed,” Bentley said. “Today’s news is a positive first step.” U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance announced Thursday that her office will be monitoring the allegations of racial discrimination following the publication of “The Final Barrier.” Vance said it is the duty of her office to enforce civil rights laws in the United States. “I think there’s a general sense among people on the campus that it’s time to evolve past this,” Vance told the CW. “This history of segregation in the greek system is incredibly harmful because it’s not just 40 years and then it’s done. It’s really shaped many of the business and social relationships that survived long past college, so it’s in many ways a generational issue.” Though there is no active investigation, Vance said she has plans to continue to stay in touch with UA administration to support racial progress at the University. Bonner said while progress has been shown from certain sororities, the administration will not stop its efforts to achieve diversity in the greek community. “While some sororities are further along than others, I am encouraged that chapter members are proactively reaching out to a diverse group of women,” Bonner said. “The process of open continuous bidding will continue, and we will see these numbers increase over the next few weeks.” Additionally, Bonner said the administration is taking steps to ensure that permanent changes come to the historically segregated greek system. “Let me reiterate, we are going to create and sustain an
I am confident that we will achieve our objective of a greek system that is inclusive.
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CW | Austin Bigoney Quarterback AJ McCarron reacts furiously to a confused Kenyon Drake following an accidental rushing touchdown. Drake began the run from the wrong direction but eventually found his way to the endzone.
SPORTS | FOOTBALL
Tide victory comes after slow start Communication errors hurt offensive line performance By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor Alabama did not jump out to the start it had hoped for against Colorado State, but it still rolled to a 31-6 win Saturday in the team’s first game in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide failed to put points on the board until sophomore running back Kenyan Drake punched in a 3-yard touchdown on fourth down with less than a minute left in the first quarter. “I don’t think the offense came out with a good intensity to start off with the ball,” wide receiver Christion Jones said. “I think we’ve just got to start out fast so that we can get things going and get the momentum changing for the defense when
they come out. We’ve just got to get it all together.” Alabama’s usual ground-and-pound running game was quiet for most of the day, only accumulating 66 yards. Quarterback AJ McCarron said it was a lack of communication that hampered the Crimson Tide’s offense from having its way with the Rams. Wide receiver DeAndrew White shared the same sentiment. He said the offense could not make any excuses for a 70-point scoring field day Saturday. “We just weren’t on the same page,” White said. “We were shooting ourselves in the foot, too many mental errors.” Starters Amari Cooper, Anthony Steen, Deion Belue and Jarrick Williams did not see the field because of injuries. Freshman cornerbacks Eddie Jackson and Maurice Smith saw plenty of playing time with the absence of key contributors on defense.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley said the younger players played well but had a hard time adjusting to Colorado State’s sideline-to-sideline offensive attack. Head coach Nick Saban said the use of so many players at cornerback was done in order to find someone to stay on the field for all four quarters. “We played about five guys at cornerback and just kind of rotated them in there with the idea of we’re going to see if somebody can play the position with any kind of consistency, do their assignment and do their job,” Saban said. The feeling after the game was somber and not representative of a victory, as none of the Alabama players were smiling or celebrating. “I felt like as a whole that we didn’t execute to our full ability,” Mosley said. “It’s not an SEC opponent that we just SEE FOOTBALL PAGE 7
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IN THENEWS Gun seized in 2004 from Navy yard shooting suspect melted by police From MCT Campus Seattle police melted down a handgun seized in a 2004 malicious-mischief case involving Aaron Alexis, the former Navy reservist who died in a gun battle with lawenforcement officers Monday after killing 12 people during a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The disclosure added a footnote to the 2004 case, which has raised questions because Alexis was never criminally charged. Courtroom audio reveals that on June 4, 2004, King County prosecutors asked a judge to hold Alexis on $25,000 bail after he was arrested for allegedly shooting out two tires of a construction worker’s car parked next to his home in Seattle, The Associated Press reported Thursday. Despite the bail request, King County District Court Judge Mariane Spearman released him from custody on two conditions: that he not possess guns, awnd that he have no contact with the construction worker. In a brief
exchange, Alexis told the judge he could agree to the conditions, which were in force for 72 hours. When Alexis appeared in court three days later, he was released and the conditions were lifted when no charges were referred by Seattle police to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which normally handles felony charging decisions. Seattle police released a police report Monday that said detectives referred the case to Seattle Municipal Court June 15, 2004 – although it is the City Attorney’s Office, not the court, that handles misdemeanor charging decisions. The Seattle City Attorney’s Office said Monday that it never received a police report documenting the malicious mischief and did not have the opportunity to consider charges. Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said Friday that it remains “inconclusive” what happened. But the department reiterated Friday that its records show detectives forwarded the case. During the course of the
case, the department said, Alexis repeatedly contacted detectives, asking for the return of his gun, a .45-caliber Glock. “Detectives did not release the firearm, as they had not received paperwork indicating Alexis’ case had been declined for misdemeanor charges,” the department stated in a press release posted on its news website. Whitcomb said a detective refused to release the gun because it was considered evidence, and then the weapon apparently went unclaimed. The gun was held by the department’s evidence unit until 2007, when it was melted down, the statement said. In 2010, the full case file – containing Alexis’ confession, evidence logs, witness statements and other details – was purged from Seattle police records in keeping with department procedures, the statement said. Only the initial police report and detective notes were retained. After his arrest in the Seattle case, Alexis told detectives he had been
“disrespected,” leading to a “blackout” fueled by anger, according to the 2004 police report. If convicted, the finding would have been recorded and Alexis might have been subject to anger-management counseling. His right to own a gun would not have been affected because the case involved a misdemeanor. Since Monday, information has emerged suggesting that Alexis, 34, had been experiencing worsening mental-health issues in the weeks and months before his still-unexplained attack, according to NBC News.
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Monday, September 23, 2013
Campus hosts Academic Integrity Week By Shakarra McGuire | Contributing Writer Students have an opportunity to win prizes and enjoy free movie nights this week as The University of Alabama Academic Honor Council hosts its sixth annual Academic Integrity Week. Beginning today, the week includes events that are designed to raise awareness of academic integrity on campus. The theme of this year’s Academic Integrity Week is “Champions don’t
cheat. Choose Integrity.” “Our university’s success on the football field attests to the integrity of the Crimson Tide,” Luke Lewis, president of the Academic Honor Council, said. “As members of the Capstone, it’s our duty to make sure that carries over into all aspects of our campus culture.” According to the organization’s recent press release, the UA Academic Honor Council is a student organization that works with faculty members and students
MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013 The Academic Honor Council for each college will set up tables at various locations on campus to hand out informational and promotional items to spread awareness about integrity.
to increase the awareness of academic integrity and provide a student voice in matters related to academic integrity. The council serves as a body of leaders who will uphold the high ethical standards required by all members of the community of scholars at the University. The goal of the council is to encourage the campus community to act on the values of the Capstone Creed. Academic Integrity week began as an effort to actively promote living with
integrity, with an emphasis on academics. “The best way for students to get involved is to simply show up and participate in as many events as they are willing that the Academic Honor Council puts on during Academic Integrity Week,” Drew Dolan, a graduate assistant in the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students, said. “We try to use events, such as movie night and the volleyball game, that college students are already inherently interested in, and then add an integrity-based to theme to it.”
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The council will sponsor the women’s volleyball game. The game will take place at 7 p.m. in Foster Auditorium. Come out to promote integrity and cheer on the Tide.
The council will partner with SGA to host a movie night in Lloyd Auditorium (Room 38). The event begins at 7 p.m. It will include free drinks, popcorn and a viewing of Remember the Titans.
The council will host an essay contest. Essay topics may include, but are not limited to, short stories, personal views of integrity or ways to further integrity on campus. Essays are limited to two pages.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 The council will pass out promotional items to students on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
NEWS INBRIEF Dicho app for iPhone allows users to ask questions, discuss anonymously with other app users By Alex Swatson | Contributing Writer Dicho, a new social media app for iPhone, gives its users the opportunity to pose questions for others to answer or comment on. Dicho users can also view how many people voted for or against their questions and ideas with a real-time graphical data. Dicho’s group feature allows
organizations to discuss business privately and provides for immediate responses. One of the biggest aspects of posting questions in Dicho is the ability to remain anonymous when posting and answering. “Facebook is for pictures and status [updates], Twitter is for statements, Dicho is for questions,” Brooks Buffington, one of the founders of Dicho, said. “If you can ask it in question form, then it’s for
Dicho. “The idea came about when me and my fellow fraternity brothers of the Kappa Alpha order at Furman University were lounging around the fraternity house,” he said. After six months of doing market research and a year and a half of development and programming, Dicho was ready to be released in the Apple App Store. When asked how the team of
researchers and programmers plans to stay ahead of rival competition such as Twitter and other new platforms such as Pheed, Buffington said, “The team values their current users and feedback.” Dicho users can make their voice heard and are assured that the company cares about what its consumers want and will work to fulfill their requests. Dicho can be useful to the new
student on campus who is nervous about eating alone at Lakeside, the freshman wanting to rally other enthused students to enjoy their first football game or to get advice about a certain product from your friends before making impulse purchases. Dicho is free in the app store and has no advertisements. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod devices running iOS 6 or newer.
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Monday, September 23, 2013
Efforts slow, results real
COLUMN | GREEK SEGREGATION
On the role of an ally to empower others By Marina Roberts | Staff Columnist The protest last week has sparked a remarkable amount of controversy and discussion on campus, a good deal of which I have had the opportunity to hear. As an attendee at the protest, my feelings about the event have evolved and are still evolving, as are my ideas about racism on campus. I want to thank Lin Wang and Samaria Johnson for sharing their perspectives with the campus body on the pages of The Crimson White last week. I was absolutely one of the individuals congratulating myself and my campus for our activism, and your words challenged me and pushed me to think critically about my motives, my assumptions and the impact that my actions were really having on campus. I know that your opinions have been met with a lot of defensiveness and in some cases outright hostility, and this fact makes me recognize
that we have a long way to go and that perhaps we are going in the wrong direction. When allies become leaders in a movement that is inherently not about them, the movement itself becomes a platform for the privileged to declare themselves as good instead of an opportunity for marginalized people to speak and be heard. As an ally, I’ve always seen my role as being about empowering people, listening and using what privilege I do have to accomplish something meaningful and productive. However, one of the most important roles that I have
to play is responding to criticism thoughtfully and gracefully, and accepting responsibility when I am called out for being insensitive, for being counterproductive and for failing to check my assumptions. I have done all of these things, and when a friend called me out, it wasn’t because they wanted to embarrass me, and it wasn’t because they wanted me out of the movement. It was because they respected me enough to assume I could take the criticism and do something useful with it, and that in and of itself is a gift. When allies of any community fail to take criticism from the community seriously, this gives cause for serious pause. Ask yourself: Why it is so difficult to listen to the community you claim to support? Do you not respect the community enough to listen to their words and open yourself to the possibility of being changed by what you hear? There are many people of color who want to integrate
the white greek system, and there are many others who could not care less. Both of these perspectives must be heard, and more importantly if we hope to mobilize people for a movement that will address racism, we cannot have people who have never experienced racism in the driver’s seat. We must stop having conversations about racism in rooms full of white people. We must stop assuming that because we oppose racism, our actions have the implicit support of all people of color. We must stop speaking for marginalized communities. We must scrutinize ourselves. And most of all, we must constantly, vigilantly recognize that criticism is a gift, and that for all its challenges it is nowhere near as difficult or as taxing as discrimination. Marina Roberts is a senior majoring in accounting. Her column runs biweekly on Mondays.
History has been made. Friday, University of Alabama President Judy Bonner released a video statement announcing incredible progress on the UA campus. As a result of administration-willed continuous open bidding, 72 bids were offered outside the confines of traditional Panhellenic sorority recruitment. Eleven bids were extended to black students – at least four of which have been accepted. Two more bids were accepted by other minority students. This moment came in the wake of national response to The Crimson White’s Sept. 11 article “The Final Barrier,” detailing alumnae interference in the recruitment of two black potential new members who were denied from all 16 Panhellenic sororities. The change was hard to come, however, as the administration’s response was less than ideal. Official University statements by President Bonner and UA System Board of Trustees President pro tempore Paul Bryant Jr. condemning segregation on campus were not made until two days after the article was released – a day behind those made by the governor. The comments, even then, were weak, only laying out their vision to help the University’s “young people do the right thing” – although students were the ones to finally speak out against greek discrimination. In statements to the media, Bonner later attempted to explain the rationale behind the 50-year delay in progress of integration on campus in part by defining media – which gave a voice to sorority members – and fear of personal well-being as barriers. Although the University’s response to the allegations of discrimination on campus was slow, secretive, and falsely accusatory, the response was there – and so was the action. In the 50 years this university has been officially integrated, President Bonner has taken
IN SHORT: Although the University’s reponse to sorority segregation on campus was slow and haphazard, change has come. Every corner of campus has joined together to look forward to an integrated and unified campus. Now we must sustain this effort. the steps no president has before. She has actively negated the comments made by her predecessor and now-Chancellor Robert Witt in 2011 that each greek chapter determined its own membership as private organizations. She has made greater efforts to communicate with the UA community on a more personal level than past presidents. But more importantly, she has made a change. For the first time in a long time, this university – from its students to its faculty to its staff to its administration – is alive with the hope and realization of change. Nearly 200 UA community members from every corner of campus gathered together on the steps of Rose Administration Building Sept. 18 to demand and support change in the University’s culture. Exclusivity and discrimination on campus will no longer be tolerated, and previously quieted voices on campus now have a precedent by which to seek amendments to the fabric of tradition. We are no longer held back by the limits of our past. The future is now open to new systems, new policies and new mindsets to support this monumentally historic change. However, we hope this is only the beginning. Structural changes in the recruitment process still need addressing, and the other systems on campus should follow suit. This is only the start. Let’s hope the momentum continues. Our View is the consensus of The Crimson White Editorial Board.
COLUMN | CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT
Now is the right time for us to move campus forward as a whole By Patrick Crowley | Staff Columnist On the morning of Sept. 18, students, faculty and alumni stood united in front of Rose Administration Building and demanded an end to the segregation of The University of Alabama greek system. The stand was a reflection on the past with hopeful eyes staring into the future. Two days later, we saw doors being opened for minority women to accept bids into sororities. We know the steps that have been made, and we will eagerly look toward the future for more steps in the right direction. This is only the beginning of a great transformation for the
Patrick Crowley University. Yet, we must acknowledge that the University is not becoming all it could be. We are still plagued by a multitude of problems that we quickly discard into finely groomed shrubbery. The University has quietly built up an illusory facade of unparalleled excellence. It is a petty veneer at best,
crafted by careful advising and guidance from financially endowed alumni, educational consulting corporations and the Board of Trustees. There are still deep schisms on campus based on greek letters, majors, extracurricular activities, honors programs and more; the University’s academic rankings are mediocre compared to the fantastical thinking that we are one of the best public institutions in the nation. The more than 350 students organizations rarely collaborate on endeavors. The financial model is based on a very risky hedge that more out-of-state students will pay more and more each year to attend and that we
can keep issuing revenue bonds every fiscal year. The academic scholarships are cut from the best and brightest students because of ill-planned housing developments. Oh, and Quidditch isn’t even played on the Quad anymore – what kind of muggle dislikes Quidditch? Those are just a few of the problems I could think of, and I would continue ad nauseam if it weren’t for restrictions on column length. The problems the University faces are not uniquely ours, though. Undergraduates across the nation now attend corporate universities where reputation, student amenities and crafted facades
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trumps all other characteristics. Fortunately, we now have the immense privilege of attending a school with a selfless leader in Judy Bonner. As the University’s first female president, she stood strong on the steps of Rose Administration and witnessed students, faculty and alumni stand as one. She saw the future on the steps, and she reacted in the best way possible by immediately implementing forceful changes which yielded historic results. We, as students, held her, alumni and the board of trustees accountable for their inaction in combating widely known systematic racism. They must now hold us, the students, accountable for
our actions. While the Capstone still has its fair share of problems, I staunchly believe that the future is much brighter for every student because of last week’s events. It is now incumbent on every individual connected to the University – students, faculty, administrators, workers, alumni – to take our perceived ideal of what we want this University to be and transform it into reality. In the last decade the University has seen tremendous growth, the University must now get better. Let’s get better together. Patrick Crowley is a junior majoring in mathematics and finance. His column runs biweekly on Mondays.
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CULTUREIN BRIEF Belk hosts College Fashion Night Sept. 26 By Lauren Davis | Contributing Writer This week, the Belk at University Mall gears up to host one of their most exhaustive and interactive events of the year on Thursday – College Fashion Night, a night of prizes, denim designers and shopping. “This is our third annual College Fashion Night and each year is more elaborate than the last,” Yvonda Jackson, regional vice president and store manager of Belk, said. “Our goal is to provide a fun event where we can connect with the college students and bring awareness to everything we have to offer at Belk.” Belk will host denim designers Chip & Pepper, California-based designers who rose to popularity in the 90s and harbored a following with their unique denim designs inspired by their love of casual lifestyle. “We chose Tuscaloosa to premier this exclusive collection because the city embodies all things collegiate,” said John Thomas, guest judge on Project Runway and executive vice president of private brands at Belk. “The enthusiasm surrounding The University of
Alabama and its students swayed us to host Chip & Pepper at Belk Tuscaloosa rather than more metropolitan areas.” Belk is giving away merchandise from Chip & Pepper as well as an iPad, a Keurig, a Fossil watch and designer handbags. “While we’re providing several activities for the girls, including free makeovers and a student fashion show, we really wanted to do more to include the boys,” Jackson said. Along with numerous planned activities, Belk is using this event to support University of Alabama campus organizations. Jackson said the organization with the most members in attendance will receive $1000, and the second place organization will receive $500. “Students should definitely come to College Fashion Night, because it is a fun and unique chance to shop and get great deals, while enjoying free food, a live DJ and the atmosphere of a big, metropolitan event,” Bea Daniels, a senior majoring in fashion retail and a Belk intern, said College Fashion Night will take place at the University Mall Belk Sept. 26 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Submitted The Oklahoma-based band returns to Tuscaloosa Wednesday for a show.
Band Cody Canada & The Departed to play at Jupiter By Francie Johnson | Contributing Writer Cody Canada, lead singer of Oklahoma-based red dirt band Cody Canada & The Departed, said the best approach to songwriting is to just sit back and let it happen. “It’s kind of the same with everything I’ve written,” Canada said. “When the time’s right, when the song hits, that’s when you write it. I’ve always had a hard time forcing myself to write a tune. If you try to force yourself, it’s not gonna happen.” Canada made his first stop at the Jupiter when his old band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, opened for Dierks Bentley in November 2004. He’s headlined in Tuscaloosa several times since then, and he’ll be back at the Jupiter with The Departed on Wednesday. “We’ve always had a good fan base there,” Canada said. “That’s the good thing about this kinda music, a lot of people follow it.” Canada and bassist Jeremy Plato originally worked together in Cross Canadian Ragweed until the band broke
up in 2010 after having played together for more than 10 years. The two formed The Departed in 2011, joined by guitarist and vocalist Seth James, keyboard player Steve Littleton and Drummer Dave Bowen (who would later be replaced by Chris Doege). Canada said the personnel change added a new element to the band’s sound. “The big difference is with Seth singing and Steve on the keys,” Canada said. “It has a different sound to it. We’ve never had any keys or that bluesy feel.” The new lineup also affected the band’s fanbase. “We definitely had a change in crowd, but it was a good change,” Canada said. “A lot of people were expecting to hear old Ragweed songs immediately, but I wanted to play new songs. So we kept about 75 percent of the crowd.” The Departed released its debut album, a collection of Oklahoma-based cover songs titled “This Is Indian Land,” in June 2011. In November 2012, the band released its first original album, “Adventus,” which is Latin for “arrival.”
Canada said he took a direct approach when writing songs for the album. “If you hear the song and it’s got a certain subject matter, then that’s really what inspired it,” Canada said. “I’m pretty literal.” Jeremiah Jones, the Jupiter’s owner and talent buyer of more than nine years, booked Canada many times in the past. Although Jones said he enjoys Cody Canada & The Departed’s music, he can’t let his personal opinions influence his job. “The first thing you have to realize is that it doesn’t matter what you, as the buyer, like or dislike in a band,” Jones said. “What matters the most is if there is enough demand in the market for the act.” However, Jones said Cody Canada & The Departed is the exception to the rule. “Ironically, I’ve always been a huge Ragweed fan,” Jones said. “This is one of the rare occasions where I get to book an act that I like.” Cody Canada & The Departed will play at the Jupiter Bar on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Tickets are $10-13 and doors open at 9 p.m.
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Injuries, demotions open ﬁeld to new players By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor Alabama fans got to see some new faces and a potential glimpse into the future Saturday, as several team veterans were held out due to injury and general precaution and others were demoted from their starting roles. On offense, senior guard Anthony Steen warmed up but had a headache and was kept out of the game andKellen Williams started in his place. Wide receivers Amari Cooper (toe) and Kevin Norwood were in uniform but didn’t play from lingering injuries sustained last week. But the biggest changes came on
defense, where a trio of defensive backs didn’t dress for the game. Nick Perry hurt his shoulder in practice, head coach Nick Saban said. Jarrick Williams was poked in the eye against Texas A&M and lost vision due to bleeding, and Deion Belue sustained a toe injury last week. Williams and Belue started the first two games of the year, while Perry saw snaps as a reserve safety last week. The biggest benefactors were freshman Eddie Jackson, redshirt freshman Bradley Sylve and sophomore Geno Smith, who all started at cornerback. Cyrus Jones, Maurice Smith and John Fulton also rotated in at
cornerback. “They all made mistakes. Their lack of experience shows up,” Saban said after the game. “There were a lot of formations, a lot of adjustments. I think everybody learned a lot, which is the most important thing.” Sophomore safety Landon Collins said it took them a while to get used to the speed of the game. “They were kind of nervous,” he said. “It’s expected, though. They’re going to make a few mistakes. But once they got to it and figured out what we were doing and our assignments, they improved a lot.” Fulton had started the first two
games at corner as well but was demoted from a starting role this week. Saban had hinted at a shakeup in the secondary and kept his word.
Tide struggles on third down A major point of concern for the Alabama offense was its lack of efficiency on third down. Alabama finished 2-of-10 on the day, but didn’t get its first third down conversion until its final drive of the game. “Some of it was lack of preparation on our part from a coaching standpoint,” Saban said. “Some of it was lack of execution by the players, which we need to get corrected, and
that’s our responsibility to that.”
Who’s got it? There was a little bit of confusion in the heat of Alabama’s punt block for a touchdown in the second quarter. Kenyan Drake sprinted in and made the block, while Dillon Lee scooped it up and ran it in for the score. But Collins ran alongside Lee and appeared as if he wanted to take the ball from Lee. “The ball just bounced up, and Dillon picked it up. I thought he was going to drop it,” Collins said. “So I put my hands there, he thought I was trying to strip it. And he kind of jacked it
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Cycling team aims for NCAA recognition, varsity status By Benjamin Clark | Contributing Writer The cycling team at The University of Alabama may be considered a club sport by University standards for now, but its members believe it could soon become NCAA- recognized. Club president Alex Heldman, a sophomore majoring in physics and math, said while the club was created more than four years ago, it only started to gain momentum in the past two years. “Through Get on Board Day and emails I have received, we have had 78 people who have expressed interest in joining this year,” Heldman said. “Hopefully, we can maintain a fair number of those people, but even if we only get half of those people, it would be an improvement over last year.” Vice president Geoff Alpin, a sophomore majoring in biology, said he would Submitted like to see the sport become recognized by the NCAA, but for now, he said the The cycling team looks to compete on a national level next.
team is working to become a premium club at the University. “It could become a NCAA sport, and other universities already have varsity teams, but the biggest thing that is holding us back is membership,” Alpin said. “If we can show that we have enough people, and enough wins, we think the school will pick up the sport [as a premium club], even in the next year.” Club sports at the University are categorized by different levels based on the amount of money in the program. Premium clubs, such as the wheelchair basketball teams, receive the most support from the University. To be considered by the University for a promotion to become a premium club, the team must meet different criteria. They must compete in at least eight out-of-state events and be competitive on a national level, Alpin said. For this academic year, the cycling team already has those eight events scheduled.
The University’s team, which competes in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference, has even made great strides competing against other SECCC teams, many of which have varsity teams that can offer scholarships to their athletes. Last weekend the team hosted the Crimson Classic, which brought competition from all over the South, including the University of Florida, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. Without additional funding from the University, the cycling team may be facing an uphill battle against tough competition, but for now, Alpin said they are fine with not being considered a threat by their competition. “Definitely, right now, we are considered the underdog in most events,” Aplin said. “But last year, the races we did get to go to, we did very well, especially for not having many team members in a single race.”
SPORTSIN BRIEF Tide looses hold at No.1
Volleyball team improves
Soccer loses to Gators
Swimming and diving wins
The University of Alabama football team saw its hold on the number one spot weaken following the weekend’s games. The Crimson Tide lost three first-place votes in the AP Poll, and two first-place votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. All lost votes went to the undefeated Oregon Ducks, who did not play over the weekend.
The University of Alabama volleyball team improved to 11-2 on the season this weekend, sweeping the Clemson Classic. Friday night, the Crimson Tide pulled out a narrow 3-2 victory over Clemson. Saturday morning, Alabama extended its dominance with a 3-1 win over the Delaware Blue Hens. Alabama closed out the tournament Saturday evening with a 3-1 victory over Troy University.
The University of Alabama soccer team opened conference play with a 3-0 loss to the No. 8 Florida Gators in Gainesville, Fla., Friday night. With the loss, the Crimson Tide fell to 2-6 on the season and extended a season-long road goalless streak to four matches.
The University of Alabama swimming and diving team set four pool records and won 31 of 32 events Friday night at Delta State in Cleveland, Miss. The Alabama women outscored Delta State 242-50, while the men won 238-62.
Compiled by Sean Landry
Monday, September 23, 2013
Bonner emphasizes University’s focus on sorority integration
Alabama remains undefeated despite disappointing game
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environment that enables our students to be successful in the academic and social aspects of their college life,” Bonner said in the video. “This will fulfill our primary mission to prepare and equip them to be successful throughout their lives and careers. Let me emphasize that we are taking the steps necessary to make systemic and lasting change.” Bonner thanked the “administrators, students, faculty, staff and alumni who have and continue to work diligently to uphold our values and our expectations of access and opportunity.” Bonner said the support of the UA community was necessary to sustain positive change. “This campus will be a place of inclusion and opportunity for all,” Bonner said. “We will continue to make progress. We will do the right thing, for the right reason, the right way.”
played. The win really wasn’t what it should have been. I felt like we kind of got away with a win; we didn’t really dominate.” But the Crimson Tide remained undefeated in the young season, heading into a pivotal contest with SEC West for Ole Miss Saturday, Sept. 28. Saban credited Colorado State for its tenacity and ability to disrupt the Crimson Tide’s game plan. “It was a win, and you have to give the other team a lot of credit. Their players played with a lot of heart, but I’m not satisfied with where we are as a team,” Saban said. “We need to continue to focus on improvement and do a lot better job as a football team if we’re going to be kind of team we are capable CW | Pete Pajor of being.” Receiver Christion Jones reaches for extra yardage against a closely matched defense.
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