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Career fair a big hit with students By Cate Kennedy Staff Writer Over 70 businesses took over the Bryant Conference Center Wednesday for the General Interest and Business Career Fair. For five hours, students met with and gave resumes to recruiters from various businesses in the Southeast. Iberia Bank staffing and diversity specialist Leslie Domingue said it was “encouraging to see so many other businesses.” Students also were lining up to meet representatives from Cintas and FedEx. Both of these businesses have jobs available for students. Domingue said Cintas was looking to hire two students from Alabama and two more from Georgia. FedEx currently has an internship available for the spring semester and hopes to find a student to fill that opening. “I don’t think the job market [a few years ago] was as difficult as it is now, but students are more proactive,” said Allison Cronin, a senior majoring in business management. Cronin had an internship with FedEx last year and was at the Career Fair to help promote FedEx’s internship. However, due to the slow economy, many students have been finding it difficult to get a job after graduation or an internship during the summer. Some students said they were



“Present yourself right, and you can get a job.” — Brandon A. Gallimore, senior, finance

hopeful about finding jobs at the Career Fair. “Present yourself right, and you can get a job,” said Brandon A. Gallimore, a senior finance major. Although the career fair may not have had as high of attendance for the past few years, many of the businesses at this year’s fair said they saw an increase in qualified students and were extremely impressed with the students who stopped by their booths. Domingue said she was impressed with UA students. “They were professional, had initiative and had done their homework [about the company],” she said. The businesses at this year’s career fair were varied, indicating there are jobs available in several fields. “I don’t think anybody can be too selective [in selecting a job],” said Clay Anderson, a senior marketing major. For some students, the Career Fair was a way to make connections. Even though he is planning to attend graduate school, Kevin Gibson, a

See CAREER, page 2

SGA: limit energy use New campaign to encourage energy conservation in dorms By Kelsey Hendrix Staff Reporter

By Julia Gardial Staff Writer The next installment of the “Law, Knowledge & Imagination” symposium series will take place Friday in the Bedsole Moot Courtroom. Titled “Imagining Legality: Where Law Meets Popular Culture,” the all-day forum will discuss law’s role and representation in media outlets such as television and literature. Scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., the forum will include four sessions of speakers and a keynote speaker around lunchtime. The topics of the sessions include “Real Justice: Law and Order on Reality Television” and “Trust Us: Law

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in ‘24’,” among others. Aaron Latham, spokesperson for the UA School of Law, said the series was created in 2007 “to explore connections between law and a diverse array of disciplines, including politics, history, culture and science.” The all-day symposium will feature several legal authorities, including Desmond Robert A. Manderson of McGill University, Naomi Mezey of Georgetown University Law Center, Anna McCarthy of New York University, Richard Sherwin of the New York Law School and Laurie Ouellette of the University of Minnesota. This is just another of the symposium’s prestigious panel of experts featured in the

symposium, Lantham said. “Each panelist who participates in our symposia has demonstratNaomi Meezy ed, through his or her body of work, a keen interest in and command of the particular topic,” Latham said. “A majority of the experts are well known legal scholars. However, many of our panelists draw from a variegated set of perspectives outside of legal scholarship.” The symposia are directed and organized by Austin Sarat, the law school’s Justice Hugo L. Black

IF YOU GO ... • What: “Imagining Legality: Where Law Meets Popular Culture” will be an all-day forum on law in the media.

• Where: Law School Moot Courtroom

• When: Friday at 8:30 a.m.

visiting senior faculty scholar. Sarat comes with other accolades, such as the William Nelson Cromwell

See SYMPOSIUM, page 2

Bill to invest in higher education By Katie Koenig Senior Staff Writer SGA Posters in the dormitories will include tips for students about decresting energy consumption. posters, which will display a large thermometer to gauge the progress of the campaign, will show the percent change, gas usage, electric usage, total cost and cost per person. “We’re making this sort of a competition among the dorms to see who can actively work to conserve energy,” Trott said. “The first place winners will get to choose between having a Wii or Xbox 360 in their dorm and the second place winners

See ENERGY, page 2

Students may see some changes in their financial aid packages in the future. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, passed by the House of Representatives last week with a vote of 253171, would make some of the most sweeping changes to federal aid programs since their creation in the 1960s and would fulfill a campaign promise by President Barack Obama. If approved by the Senate, the bill puts the government in charge of all federal loans, saving taxpayers an estimated $87 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. However, the figure could be closer to $47 billion when administrative costs and

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market conditions are considered, according to the CBO. Of the $87 billion saved by the legislation, $40 billion will be invested to increase the maximum amount of money a student is able to receive from a Pell Grant, a need-based form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. The maximum would be raised to $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 by 2019, with the scholarship increasing each year to account for inflation. The bill also proposes all new federal student loans would be done through the direct loan program. This would eliminate loans that go through lenders subsidized by taxpayers through the Federal Family Education Loan Program, which made $56 billion compared to $14 billion in

PROPOSED CHANGES • Raise Pell Grant to $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 by 2019

• Eliminate subsidized federal aid loan program.

• Keep interest rate on need-based federal loans at 3.4 percent.

• The bill will save an estimated $87 billion with these changes.

direct government loans. As consumers, college students probably won’t notice much difference in their loans, which they would get through their schools. The bill does keep interest rates for needbased federal loans from jumping from 3.4 percent currently to 6.8 percent as scheduled in 2012. Rates for most other

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The Student Government Association is launching the Energy Conservation Campaign Friday in an effort to promote conservation of energy in UA housing. The campaign is an initiative by the SGA Department of Environmental Concerns to bring awareness to students living on campus of the ways to go green in the residential halls. The campaign, which began last year in a few of the residential halls, is being presented on a larger scale this year to include all of the dormitories on campus and will run through April 22. “Our goal is to raise awareness about energy conservation and how much it costs throughout the residential halls,” said Justinn E. Trott, director of environmental concerns for the SGA. “We want residents to see how they can impact the environment by simply turning off their lights and being a lot more conscious of the energy they use.” Results of the campaign will be marked on posters in the lobbies of the residential halls so that students and faculty living in the dorms will see their progress and success throughout the year. The

CW | Nhung Walsh The career fair at Bryant Conference Center Wednesday attracted students who are looking for jobs. It also gave information on the companies, recruitment processes and employee benefits. Kelly Woods, a junior majoring in marketing asks information about Mail South, a marketing solution providing company.

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loans, however, would remain at 6.8 percent. “As President Obama has made clear, we have a rare opportunity to make a landmark investment in America’s economic future by making common-sense changes to the way our student loan

See BILL, page 5

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CAMPUS | Reminder about student parking on gameday weekends On gameday weekends, many parking lots are used for Tide Pride/gameday parking. Students must vacate the following lots/areas by 5 pm on Fridays of home games: Colonial Drive, south of 8th Street; Coleman Coliseum lot; Bryant Drive lot; Tutwiler “Triangle� lot; Lower Rec Center lot; and the Softball complex lot. The University Medical Center lots must vacate by 6 pm on Fridays of gameday weekends.

CAMPUS | Student association holds casting call for models The International Student Association will be holding a model call on Thursday to hold auditions for its upcoming fashion show. The model call will be held in the Ferguson Center in Room 309 with a preliminary briefing at Starbucks. Female and male models are encouraged to attend. The model call is open to any interested students.



senior majoring in finance, said attending the fair was a great way to make a connection “Hopefully, I can impress someone enough to keep in touch,� Gibson said. While some students were wary of the job market and the slim possibility of landing their dream job right out of college, most students who attended the job fair were hopeful about their chances of simply finding stability.

will receive whichever gaming system is left over.� This year, there will be Eco Rep to help with the campaign by distributing materials about conserving energy. There are currently spots open for these volunteer positions and students who are interested in being an ECO REP can contact the SGA at sga environmentalconcerns@ The SGA also has been coordinating the campaign with Housing and Residential Communities, which also finds energy conservation to be an important issue on campus. “The campaign will provide basic information on how students can reduce the costs and amount of energy they are using personally,� said Andy Beville, director of housing operations. “For us, it’s not necessarily about the costs but a change in behavior and being aware that students do have an impact on the environment. This lets them know there are simple steps they can take to reduce the amount of electricity they use. “Of course the campaign benefits the University financially, but secondly, we have a responsibility at the University to educate and prepare students for not only Tuscaloosa, Ala., but for other parts of the nation or world who are dealing with much greater issues with energy consumption than we are,� Beville said. “It is important for HRC to show that if we reduce, reuse and recycle, it will benefit students in the long run in whatever communities they end up in.� Robert Martin, energy manger in facilities at the University, said the campaign has great potential if students work to conserve energy and meet the goals set up by the campaign. “A realistic goal would be to save 5 percent of the energy costs in each building, by doing simple things like keeping your windows and outside doors closed, turning off your lights in unoccupied spaces, and by being aware of old electronic chargers which are prone to use a lot of energy when left plugged in while not being used,� Martin said. “The cost for all of housing between electricity, natural gas, etc. is approximately $3 million per year, so through this program, the University could potentially save approximately $150,000 if everyone actively participates.� Students who are interested in learning some quick and easy steps to conserve energy are encouraged to visit for an energy checklist. “Obviously with the state of the economy, it’s great to conserve as much money and resources as possible,� Trott said. “This is a great investment for the University and will teach residents the things they will need to keep in mind once they leave the residential halls and move out to live on their own. It will help students to think outside of themselves and save money and resources and the same time.�

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CAMPUS | Mallet holds health care debate The Mallet Assembly Honors Residence Program is sponsoring a debate about health care reform on Monday. The event will be at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of ten Hoor Hall.


CAMPUS | UA competes with SEC schools in canned food drive


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The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and all studentathletes are participating in the third annual SEC Together We CAN Food Drive. Student-athletes from all SEC schools â&#x20AC;&#x153;competeâ&#x20AC;? to see who can collect the most cans to benefit their local community food banks. The food drive started Monday and runs through Sunday. The group is collecting cans in bins at Bryant Hall. All cans benefit the West Alabama Food Bank.


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CAMPUS | Victims group available for students Victims Overcoming Issues Creating Empowered Survivors is a support group for female survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. VOICES meets one afternoon per week and is a safe, confidential environment where students can gain support from other survivors. Space is limited. For more information, please call 348-5040.

NATIONAL | ĘťThe Dhamma BrothersĘź screening to benefit education project


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The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University and the UA Creative Writing Program will show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dhamma Brothersâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 30 at the Bama Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dhamma Brothersâ&#x20AC;? closely follows and documents the stories of 36 prison inmates who enter an arduous and intensive meditation program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dhamma Brothersâ&#x20AC;? closely follows and documents the stories of 36 prison inmates who enter an arduous and intensive meditation program.

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THURSDAY â&#x20AC;˘ Rosa Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House Exhibit: 103 Garland Hall, all day

September 21st-24th- Information Tables in Ferguson Center (10 am-2 pm)

â&#x20AC;˘ International Coffee Hour: 121 B.B. Comer, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

September 24th -Avanti Interest Sessions in the Ferg Forum (Noon & 6 pm)

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professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst University and Science Five College Fortieth Anniversary professor. He has written over 50 books and is currently working on a book that fits neatly into Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme, entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law: What Movies do for Democracy.â&#x20AC;? The next symposium, scheduled for Jan. 29, will be entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transitions,â&#x20AC;? and will look at the role and change of law in times of change. Speakers will include Jack Beerman of the Boston University School of Law, Karen Engle from the University of Texas School of Law, Nina A. Mendelson from the University of Michigan School of Law, and Ruti G. Teitel of the New York School of Law. For more information, contact Latham at alatham@law. or visit symposium.

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Research has little impact on sales Notre Dame prof. Palm Beach Tan is a tanning salon located right off of The Strip. At least 10 tanning salons operate in Tuscaloosa.

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ent opinions on tanning. Amanda Burton, a senior majoring in public relations, said she does not think the benefits of lying in the tanning bed are worth the potential consequences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that cancer affects the lives of so many people, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why people would expose themselves to something that is directly linked to cancer when there are less harmful options such as spray tans,â&#x20AC;? Burton said. On the other hand, Summer Laney, a sophomore majoring in nursing, said she plans to continue tanning because she hates being pale. Laney has been tanning for seven years and goes two to three times a week, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have had a family

member get skin cancer,â&#x20AC;? Laney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It kind of made me think about it, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really make me change my ways. Everyone knows tanning beds are bad for you. We have known it since we were born.â&#x20AC;? To fight against this trend, Blum said he wants newspapers to decline running advertisements for tanning salons because of the risks of tanning beds. He said the attractive advertising, which sometimes verges on suggesting that tanning beds are good for health, practically implying that they are a good source of vitamin D. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like burning down your house to have roast pig,â&#x20AC;? Blum said. However, Laura Coleman, a sophomore with an undeclared major who works at Bama Tan,

said advertisements should be allowed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newspapers advertise bars that have drink specials, if you are talking about what is bad for your body.â&#x20AC;? Coleman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine for people to see what kind of deals are out there.â&#x20AC;? Blum said alcohol is an not an apt comparison. In some forms, alcohol has nutritional benefits and is a pleasurable accompaniment with food, Blum said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vast majority of those who consume alcohol do so without incurring any harm whatsoever,â&#x20AC;? Blum said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alcohol use by pregnant women, by operators of motor vehicles and boats, or by LSU fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium is quite a different story.â&#x20AC;?

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Even though research released this summer reportted that tanning devices are a leading cause of cancer in humans, it has not had a profound impact on the tanning industry. Dr. Alan Blum, a UA professor and Gerald Leon Wallace endowed chairman in family medicine, said he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;perplexed and disappointed that so many young adults continue to tune out the warnings about using tanning beds.â&#x20AC;? Ac c o r d i n g to the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization, tanning beds have been moved to the highest cancer risk category â&#x20AC;&#x201C;carcinogenic to humans. Linda McCool, manager at Bama Tan, said the number of tanning customers hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decreased since the research was released. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have tanned for 30 years, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never hurt me,â&#x20AC;? McCool said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anyone come in here and over-tan. One time per day is the limit.â&#x20AC;? Tanning beds emit both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause skin to age prematurely, while UVB rays cause skin to burn. These ultraviolet rays cause skin cancer, the most common type of cancer. Some UA students have differ-

to speak about plagiarism Sean Abdoli Senior Staff Reporter

Plagiarism has always been a major topic in classrooms at universities across the nation. But do teachers and students agree on what plagiarism actually is? Susan D. Blum will be at the university Thursday to talk about her latest book and the topic of plagiarism in the college environment. Blum, a professor at the University of Notre Dame, will speak in the Ferguson Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. The lecture was organized by the Academic Honor Council and the Office for Academic Affairs as part of Academic Integrity Week. Blumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Word! Plagiarism and the College Culture,â&#x20AC;? will be discussed at the lecture along with her findings on plagiarism at different schools. According to information from the Academic Honor Council, Blumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book focuses on plagiarism in the college setting. Blum, who received her doctorate from the University

of Michigan, is a professor of anthropology at Notre Dame. She also specializes in studying language, plagiarism and intertextuality, or the study of how text is transformed. The professor is a fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Leah Bruchis, president of the Academic Honor Council, said Blum was chosen for Academic Integrity Week because her book deals with similar issues as the Academic Honor Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s covering a topic that we too are trying to understand,â&#x20AC;? Bruchis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her work gives us insight on the disconnect between students and faculty when it comes to plagiarism.â&#x20AC;? Bruchis added that Blumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book is a comprehensive study of how students and professors see plagiarism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty amazing book,â&#x20AC;? Bruchis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She went from school to school researching this topic and the lecture is about her findings. James Kyzar, vice-president of the Academic Honor Council, agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal, as a council, is to change the culture of academic integrity at the University of Alabama,â&#x20AC;? Kyzar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her book deals with those issues.â&#x20AC;? At the lecture there will also be a drawing for students who have participated in Academic Integrity Week by wearing gear given out earlier in the week. Bruchis said prizes will include signed footballs and tickets to the Alabama-Auburn game. Immediately after the lecture, Blum will be available in the Heritage Room of the Ferguson Center to talk to attendees and sign copies of her book.

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{ YOUR VIEW } SHOULD THE U.S. SEND MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN? “No. Itʼs a done deal. Itʼs gone as far as itʼs going to go...weʼve gambled too much already, and we just need to come out.” — John Thompson, freshman, pre-pharmacy

“I think we should pull out. I guess theyʼve helped, but I feel like right now itʼs just at a standstill.” —Gabriell Cooper, freshman, biology

“Thatʼs kind of a tough one. But I would say keep sending them until we get done what we need to get done.” — Justin Sprouse, senior, business management

“We should totally raise troop levels in Afghanistan. Iʼm extremely anti-Iraq but I think we still have some work to do in Afghanistan.” — Wesley Turner, sophomore, engineering

EDITORIAL BOARD Amanda Peterson Editor Will Nevin Managing Editor Alan Blinder Opinions Editor

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Campus needs to catch up

A few weeks ago, the University In short: The Univerannounced that it sity has reached had surpassed its its goal of 28,000 enrollment goal. students, so now Several years ago, campus infrastrucUA President Robert ture needs to catch Witt told us to aim up. high: 28,000 students by 2013. As usual, Alabama beat expectations. The University made a concerted effort to pull in students from every corner of the state as well as across the nation. It has worked masterfully. Alabama allocated more dollars than ever before to scholarships, which have helped untold numbers of students to pursue a college education at the Capstone. Indeed, a large portion of the “Our Students. Our Future.” capital campaign dollars will go to scholarships. We built new dorms and dining facilities that are some of the best in the nation. While the food quality still lags on some days, at least some can look out over a lake or watch SportsCenter while scarfing down a sandwich. The creation of the Honors College in 2003 to consolidate the various honors programs has helped to persuade thousands of extraordinary students to come to Tuscaloosa for their undergraduate years. They have helped to increase the reputation of the University, which helps every student across the board. So, we’ve met our goal. Now what do we do? First, we stop trying to increase our numbers. We have 28,807 students here this year. It is time for us to level off and redouble efforts to educate our students. Second, we need to allow our facilities to catch up with the number and quality of our students. Ten Hoor, the dilapidated home of so many academic departments, needs to be renovated. We could use more parking. Bama Dining could improve its quality and restore popular dining venues. Third, we need to ensure that Alabama students don’t feel lost in the crowd. It’s easy to be one of 28,807, but a hallmark of our University has always been that students can enjoy access to faculty and special opportunities, even with a campus of our size. We must be certain that those components of the Alabama undergraduate experience do not change. To the administration’s credit, they have taken steps to preserve the Alabama experience. Gamedays on the Quad are still a terrific Alabama tradition, and many faculty members (and administrators, as we wrote a few weeks ago) have retained open-door policies. We are proud of the growth of the University, and we believe that it will only help us in the long run. But we expect to see our enrollment increase match our institutional capabilities without sacrificing anything, a parking spot or a fork in the dining hall included. After all, it’s not like our tuition has decreased.


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Hold the race card, please By Jonathan Reed Dear Liberals, Please put the race card down. Sincerely, a fellow liberal. You see, liberals, I want the same things you do. I want health care reform, including (especially) a public option. I want out of Iraq and Afghanistan. I want to create jobs and protect the environment at the same time. I want to cut taxes for the lower and middle classes and improve education for the poor. I want to cut back on outsourcing and corporate greed, just like you do. But, liberals, I think you’re a little confused about how to do this. You’re pushing these attempts to protect the American dream with something that doesn’t sit well with me. You’re calling people who disagree with us racists. That may be true, but I’m not going to speculate on the racial views of Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., or any other conservative. I’m not going to berate them like they’re the enemy, because they aren’t. Most of them want the same things we do: equal opportunity, a fair shot at the American dream, peace, etc. No, they aren’t our enemy, liberals. They are Americans. They are just like us, and they’re a big portion of the people we’re trying to help. We shouldn’t call them racists because they disagree with us. Perhaps they are racists, but we shouldn’t assume that. If they are, that’s between them, their constituents and their god. Perhaps they aren’t racists. Maybe they just hate big government. I know many do. Maybe they would act this way even if John Edwards (sans the affair, of course) were president and

pushing the same reforms. If they were rude and shouted out in Congress, or called President Edwards (or Biden, or whoever) a Nazi or a communist, how would we explain it? We could call them partisan. It’s certainly a possibility. Obama wanted his health care proposal to be bipartisan, and he wanted Congress to do it, trying to avoid the mistakes of Bill Clinton’s administration. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., was certainly willing to work with his Republican counterpart, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley, instead of helping to pass a bill that everyone could agree on, told his constituents that the reform was going to “pull the plug on grandma,” even though he supported the socalled “death panels” concept in Medicare reform in 2003. We could jump to the conclusion that, well, Grassley is a old white man from middle America and he disagrees with an AfricanAmerican, so he’s racist, right? Wrong. I think it’s time to take a page from Martin Luther King Jr.’s playbook. Let’s treat conservatives as if they are judging President Obama not by the color of his skin, but by the content of character (and his policies, and the fact that he won the election). They aren’t racist as much as they are political. They spread rumors about “death panels” and insurance for illegal immigrants because it’ll help them regain power, not because they detest the president’s skin color. Liberals, it’s about time we rose above this petty schoolyard name game and actually tried to

help this country out. When they call us communists, socialists, fascists, Nazis or whatever, just smile and nod. After all, those who throw those words around all the time may not know the difference between a communist and a fascist. When they spread lies, politely correct them. Cite sources. They probably won’t know what to do with you if you don’t fight back in the same juvenile way. We can’t retaliate with claims of “racism” and “McCarthyism” and such. Instead of trying to catch up with their stellar namecalling ability (partially thanks to that tremendously popular cable network called “Fox News,” which more people watch than watch the “liberal media”), we should focus on the facts, debunking the lies and showing that we have the better policies for all Americans. There is no way we can have an honest political dialogue in this country if everyone is afraid to speak up for fear of being called a racist. Will everyone agree with liberal policies? No. They do, however, have the right to disagree for countless reasons other than racism. And if they don’t agree, we can just use that majority in Congress that we’ve worked so hard to win in the last few years. If conservatives don’t like it, they’ll have to live with it. If they don’t want to compromise and come to the table, we’ll just have to fix this country without them. Jonathan Reed is a sophomore majoring in political science and journalism. His column runs on Thursdays.

I know I’ll miss him forever By Debra Flax


Aside from being socially and religiously frowned upon, my parents taught me that the taking of one’s life is simply a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I’ve kept this belief with me through all of my own ups and downs. It’s also a principle that slapped me in the face last spring. On April 28, with only a few weeks left in his senior year of high school, a good friend from a summer program I attended in 2007 committed suicide for reasons mainly unknown. To make it worse, I learned about his death through “RIP” statuses on Facebook. Shocking as this news was, I believe the most disturbing aspect was that he never seemed the type to do so, which honestly and sadly fits the type perfectly. What compels a person to decide on something so definite and everlasting? More importantly, what makes a person believe that they have no other choice? Through such figures as Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Cobain, suicide has been glorified and often celebrated. Actor Ryan Gosling has even been reported saying, “I don’t think of suicide as an option, but as fun. It’s an interesting idea that you can control how you go.” I bet it’s even more fun listening to a mother cry over the grave of her 13 year-old daughter who


Through such figures as Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Cobain, suicide has been glorified and often celebrated. Actor Ryan Gosling has even been reported saying, “I don’t think of suicide as an option, but as fun. It’s am interestimg idea that you can control how you go.”

just couldn’t take the bullying anymore. In my opinion, suicide is so much more painful for the people who knew the victims than for the actual victims themselves. They get what they wanted: a way out and freedom from their burdens. But, at the same time, they leave behind a mess of what ifs clouding the lives of parents, friends and classmates. They leave behind the future generations they could have created or influenced. While I was packing at the end of our summer program, my friend walked into my room and gave me a huge hug. He said, “Wherever you go, whoever you become, know that there will always be people who think you are the greatest.” That was last time I saw him. You may be wondering why I decided to pull out my therapeutic soapbox after so much time has passed since his death. It has taken me the last five or so months to come to a couple of conclusions. First, I found out just how angry I could get at someone for making such a selfish and foolish decision.

Academic Integrity Week commendable

The University is celebrating the second Academic Integrity Week this week with events sponsored by the Academic Honor Council. We are pleased with the group’s plans to spotlight the need for honesty in academia, and we are glad to see that they are offering more than a lecture this year. Holding a movie screening and activities beyond lectures are brilliant moves to attract student attention, and we hope that other organizations will take a similar cue as they promote causes that are important to a diverse cross-section of students. Most importantly, we hope that students will take a cue, too, and remember the lessons of the week. No less is acceptable.

Second, despite what people say, I found out how angry I can get at myself for not noticing the bigger picture of a friend’s sad puzzle pieces. And third, I recognized that, no matter what the circumstances, it will always hurt to miss someone you know you’ll never see again. Overwhelming stressors plague the lives of many who feel as though they must suffer in silence. College students are no different and can often be more susceptible to snap decisions. If you feel overwhelmed and unable to handle a situation, never feel as if you have to handle it alone. There are several services available on and off campus, from student counseling, to mental health hotlines, to talking with people around you. Just as others have touched your life, you have touched the lives of others. In life, more people than you will ever know will love you. But it never hurts to try and find out.

Our View is the consensus of the Crimson White’s editorial board.

Debra Flax is a sophomore majoring in journalism. Her column runs on Thursdays.

Kimberly Mason is the assistant director of environmental and industrial programs in the College of Continuing Studies.


Celiac isnʼt the only culprit

Thank you to The Crimson White for publishing the article on celiac disease. To further the discussion, what the article did not say is that 4 percent of the adult population has some type of food allergy, and it is estimated that up to another 6 percent are yet undiagnosed because the symptoms are mild or associated with other causes. The other top food allergens include dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut, seafood, shellfish and soy. In 2004, the FDA passed new food labeling requirements mandating that manufacturers label their products. More and more restaurants are voluntarily providing allergen labeling on their menus and/or are available to customers upon request. We applaud the efforts of Bama Dining and hope they will continue to address the issue of food allergies by labeling their dishes regarding the top eight food allergens. For some, it is much more complicated than celiac disease alone.

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Active Aging Week competitors go for gold Capstone Village hopes to win award for a second time By Karissa Bursch Staff Reporter Rene Katsinas, director of residential services at the Capstone Village retirement community, pointed to a tall, plastic gold trophy sitting on a table in a room behind the reception desk. “We want to keep that trophy,” Katsinas said. The trophy proclaimed the Capstone Village as the winner of the most participation of any Cooperative Retirement Service Association managed community for Active Aging Week. Active Aging Week’s purpose is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle nationwide by giving the elderly community an opportunity to experience

activities and exercise in a safe atmosphere, according to the Capstone Village newsletter. Katsinas said Capstone Village received over 2,900 participation points in order to win the trophy. One participation point is earned for each person who participates in an event. One person could earn several participation points throughout the week, Katsinas said. “It just started here last year,” Katsinas said. “It was the first year CRSA challenged us to compete. I took it very seriously. It was hard work, and we read the rules.” Active Aging Week is Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, and some events during the week include fitness testing performed by UA personal trainers, UA drum cir-

cle performance, a performance by the Million Dollar Band, an ROTC cadence marching event and a UA cabaret dancer and UA cheerleader performance, according to the Active Aging Week calendar. Katsinas said it is an important part of the Capstone Village community to give residents so many options of events they can participate in. “It says, ‘Culture, education and athletics, at Capstone Village, we have it all,’ on our calendar,” Katsinas said. “The second line we don’t print is — you choose. It’s all about choices here. It’s about security, safety and having options in your life.” Katsinas said many UA organizations responded very well to participation this year. “This is the first time I tried to recruit University organizations in one broad sweep, and it has gone really well,” Katsinas said. “All of a sudden all of

[these organizations’] eyes are open to the volunteering opportunities here.” All volunteers interested in donating their time to the Capstone Village have to go through an orientation, get a TB test done, fill out an application with references and have a background check. However, because of the nature of many of the organizations’ events, exceptions were made for the organizations, Katsinas said. Jalisa Olds, a junior majoring in social work and community service as well as chairperson of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, said she liked the health aspect the week offered for the elderly community. “I personally decided to volunteer because my major is social work, and I think it’s a good thing to get older people moving.” Olds said the volunteering aspect also was important to the UA organizations that got

ACTIVE AGING WEEK • Active Aging Week runs from Sept. 20 through Sept. 26 at Capstone Village. • Residents compete in several events for participation points.

• Last year Capstone Village beat several other retirement communities with over 2,900 points.

involved in the week. “I think [volunteering] will show them that the student body cares about active aging,” Olds said. “The motto for my sorority is greater service, greater progress and that’s what we are doing here.” Katsinas said she tried to make it an educational process for the UA organizations by having groups fill out a project planning sheet and doing an evaluation sheet after the event.

“These skills transfer to any event they could run in their entire lives,” Katsinas said. Katsinas said much of the reason Capstone Village won the trophy last year was because of the University’s involvement. “We won last year because of heavy involvement with the University,” Katsinas said. “We are part of the University. We are a place that University students can do their part for the community.”

Death toll at 10 as floods start to recede By Kate Brumback The Associated Press AUSTELL, Ga. — As floodwaters around Atlanta began to recede, residents were packing moving vans with furniture and commiserating about water-logged homes. “I’m toast,” Penny Freeman, who moved into a first-floor apartment five days ago, said Tuesday. “I don’t have a place to stay. I’m losing my mind right now.” President Barack Obama assured Georgia officials that requests for federal aid to deal with the flooding will “receive prompt attention,” the White House said Wednesday. Obama called Gov. Sonny Perdue late Tuesday after the governor asked Obama to

declare a state of emergency in Georgia. Officials estimated $250 million in damage in the state. At least 10 deaths in Georgia and Alabama were blamed on the torrential downpours in the Southeast. The storms finally relented and relief was in sight with just a slight chance of rain Wednesday, but the onslaught left many parts of the region in stagnant water. The latest victim, Richard Butler, 29, drowned after his car was apparently washed off a road near a creek Tuesday night in suburban Douglas County, west of Atlanta, county spokesman Wes Tallon said. Washed-out roads and flooded freeways around metro Atlanta caused commuters headaches, though many

major arteries had reopened by Tuesday night. Many neighborhoods remained awash in several feet of murky, brown water, even as an emerging sun shed light on the widespread flood damage. Robert Blake, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said people should assume floodwater is contaminated and should be cautious when they return to their homes. Most deaths were from drowning when cars were swept off roadways. Authorities released a 15-minute 911 call of a storm victim’s last moments. Seydi Burciaga, 39, screamed to a dispatcher as water rose to her neck. The dispatcher advised her to try to break a window, but

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AP Bystanders watch Sweetwater Creek rage across a highway after heavy flooding from recent days of heavy rain, Tuesday in Austell, Ga. she couldn’t. “I don’t want to drown here, please!” Burciaga said. Eddie Stroup, an investigator with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office in northwest Georgia, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 14-year-old Nicholas Osley drowned when he and a friend saw a Jeep in the water and dove in to see if there were any people who needed help. The current from the nearby Chattooga River swept them away, Stroup said. The friend survived. After several days of

steady rain, the ground was saturated from Alabama through Georgia into eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. The floods came just months after an epic two-year drought in the region ended with winter rains. In Tennessee, a man was still missing after jumping into the fast-moving water as part of a bet. Boats and trucks evacuated 120 residents from a retirement center as nearby creeks rose, and several hundred others were ferried from low-lying neighborhoods and motels to dry land.

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programs operate,” said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee in a statement. His statement said $3 billion would be invested in increasing college access and programs aimed at ensuring students complete college. The proposed legislation also will simplify the student aid application form and invest $2.55 billion in historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions. Alabama representatives were split down party lines during the House vote on the bill. Republican representatives Jo Bonner, Michael Rogers, Robert Aderholt and Spencer Bachus voted no on the bill. Democratic representatives Artur Davis, Parker Griffith and Bobby Bright voted yes. Griffith said in a statement he thought these reforms were common sense and long overdue. “With tuition costs at both public and private colleges on the rise even as families struggle through a difficult economy, I’m thrilled we could come together to expand critical opportunities for higher education in this country,” Griffith said. “Allowing our students to graduate with a better education and less debt is the best way to insure that American workers remain competitive long into the future.” Bright said in a statement he supported the bill as well as an amendment concerning school construction that was similar to an amendment he sponsored on previous education bill. “I have always believed that education is the great equalizer,” Bright said. “As someone who came from humble beginnings, the education I received has proven invaluable and helped me get to where I am today. Every child should be afforded those same opportunities, regardless of their financial situation. “

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SPORTS Page 6 â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, September 24, 2009 Editor â&#x20AC;˘ Jason Galloway crimsonwhitesports@


this weekend FRIDAY â&#x20AC;˘ Volleyball vs. South Carolina: 6 p.m., Columbia, S.C. â&#x20AC;˘Soccer vs. Ole Miss: 7 p.m., Oxford, Miss. â&#x20AC;˘Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf: Mason Rudolph Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Championship, Franklin, Tenn.

SATURDAY â&#x20AC;˘ Football vs. Arkansas: 2:30 p.m., Tuscaloosa â&#x20AC;˘Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cross Country: Pre-SEC Invitational, Oxford, Miss.



Arkansas offense offers test for Tide By Spencer White Assistant Sports Editor This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your older brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arkansas anymore. With the arrival of offensive guru Bobby Petrino to Fayetteville in 2008, the Razorbacks have taken on a completely different persona from that of Houston Nuttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arkansas squads, which prominently featured a ball-control run game and depended on solid defensive play. Petrinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hog squads are horses of a different color, with the offensive sets featuring a heavy pro influence and gobs of yardage. In Petrinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four years at Louisville, from 20032006, his offense averaged a staggering 487.5 yards per contest. So far in 2009, Arkansas is tallying 538 yards per game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really well designed,â&#x20AC;? Alabama head coach Nick Saban said of Petrinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the style, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it gets executedâ&#x20AC;Śyouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to make sure you do things correctly and with discipline, or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have problems.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They do a lot of different things to confuse defenses,â&#x20AC;? senior linebacker Cory Reamer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He definitely has a different style offense than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to seeing.â&#x20AC;?

Led by sophomore quarterback Ryan Mallett, the Arkansas offense has produced big results quickly, as three Razorback receivers (Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Joe Adams) have each pulled in more than 100 yards worth of receptions through only two games. The running game also is a potent threat, led by preseason All-SEC selection Michael Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got three or four backs that can rotate in or out, and all of them are fast and shifty,â&#x20AC;? Reamer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, we got gashed a few times on some runs that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the right plays on.â&#x20AC;?

Bryant-Denny tarp? When asked about whether he had spoken to the grounds crew last Saturday due to the rainy conditions before the contest against North Texas, Saban said he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spoken to the crew, but had â&#x20AC;&#x153;raised a lot of hellâ&#x20AC;? about the lack of a tarp for the field. Sabanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fears were unfounded, however, as the sun came out in time for the field to be in good condition for the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The grounds people did a fantastic job of having the field in great condition,â&#x20AC;? Saban said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I probably ought to go apologize to all the people I raised hell with about not having a tarp.â&#x20AC;?

Injury updates Julio Jones (bruised knee) and Roy Upchurch (ankle sprain) continued to practice Wednesday. Both players have been off the field since early in the Florida International game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julio practiced today and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any issues,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting better, probably not 100 percent at this point, but day-to-day.â&#x20AC;? Freshman cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who has seen plenty of playing time on special teams and as a defensive reserve, was hobbled by a bruised foot injury he received during the final drill of Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice. Kirkpatrick was stepped on during the play, but Saban said the injury was not serious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be back at practice tomorrow, but they just wanted to settle him down today,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. The Tide will continue practice Thursday before running a final walk-through on Friday. Kickoff for Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

CW | Katie Bennett Junior cornerback Kareem Jackson (3) helps senior cornerback Javier Arenas bring down North Texas wide receiver Darius Carey in Saturday's 53-7 win over the Mean Green. Jackson and Arenas will be tested this week when a potent Arkansas passing game comes to town.


Alabama heads into road games after big win By Cyrus Ntakirutinka Senior Sports Reporter The Alabama womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team improved to a 4-3 record over the weekend after a stellar performance on the road that resulted in the Tide hoisting the Red Raider Classic trophy. Alabama benefited greatly from the play of sophomore goalkeeper Justine Bernier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing a very high level right now,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Todd Bramble. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday night she was clearly the difference maker in the game. She made four or five gamesaving type saves in the game, which made the difference for us Friday night. It really kept us in and gave us a chance to win it in the end. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleaning up everything with a lot of confidence right now, which gives the team in front of her confidence as well.â&#x20AC;? Bernier played a huge role in the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful road


â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much as we enjoyed this past weekend, we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t arrived yet. It was a signiďŹ cant boost in the morale, and we gained the momentum that we needed.â&#x20AC;?


this past weekend, we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t arrived yet,â&#x20AC;? Bramble said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a significant boost in the morale, and we gained the momentum that we needed. What we are playing for starts next weekend. Hopefully the enjoyment of this past weekend is over now and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to business.â&#x20AC;? Alabama will hit the road again as the Tide turns its focus on the first slate of SEC games, with the first match against Ole Miss on Friday followed by Mississippi State on Sunday.

team, so they kept us pinned in for a long periods of time, so we really had to put a lot of work into defending, and for the players to come through that and get a win in the draâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Todd Bramble matic fashion that we did, it trip. She recorded 10 saves seconds left on the game clock was outstanding.â&#x20AC;? The weekend served as a Friday night against the Texas to give the Tide the 2-1 victory. Tech Raiders and eight more â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were under a lot of measuring stick for Alabama saves in the championship adversity in the Friday night as the team prepares for congame against TCU on her game against Texas Tech,â&#x20AC;? ference play. While the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way to being named the SEC Bramble said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had a morale improved thanks to a Defensive Player of the Week. huge crowd. They were not just successful weekend, Bramble â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously a huge honor,â&#x20AC;? a big crowd, but a boisterous said he thinks it is too early to start celebrating. Bernier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it just shows crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much as we enjoyed how far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come as a team, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Texas Tech is a very good especially on defense, but also the whole team in general. I will just try to keep doing my job by trying to keep the ball out of the net and try to give my teammates a chance to win, so that if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t score we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose.â&#x20AC;? Alabama won against the Red Raiders in double overtime as senior Kelsey King was able to pick up a loose ball and bury it in the net with three


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UA Athletics Alabama runners paces the ďŹ eld at the 2009 Crimson Classic. The Tide went on to win the race. By Tony Tsoukalas Staff Writer

The Crimson Tide menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country team continued the quest to defend its SEC crown over the weekend, as the team won the 21st annual Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa by 21 points over second-place Tennessee. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top five was dominant, placing all five runners in the top 20 and four in the top 10. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tyson David won the race with a time of 24:25.90, and newcomers Fred Samoei (24:34.50) and Moses Kiptoo (24:38.80) came in third and fourth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good opener for our main group,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Joe Walker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always typically each year look at the home meet to open up the full group and get a good look to where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at. I was really pleased with the effort. As a group we looked pretty solid. We got a long way to go, though, to be were we want to be in October and November.â&#x20AC;? The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance at the Crimson Classic was also a test toward the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depth,

as Alabama was without SEC champion Emanuel Bor, who Walker said is healing from a minor foot injury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are confident that we can still compete if one of our guys went down, but we still need to work on our depth,â&#x20AC;? Walker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to get Julius Bor fit. We got to get contributions from our other guys.â&#x20AC;? The Crimson Classic was also encouraging for the Tide, as it gave the team an outlook on how it stacks up against two of the top SEC competitors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our league right now, you would probably say Auburn and Arkansas were our two biggest threats and Tennessee had a really good meet here and beat Auburn,â&#x20AC;? Walker said. The Tide was scheduled to head to Ole Miss to run in the Pre SEC Invitational. However, it appears now that Alabama will skip its trip to Oxford and focus on the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We scheduled Ole Miss to take a look at the course that the SEC championships will be on, but we will probably back out of that one and look


forward to Oregon instead,â&#x20AC;? Walker said. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip to Oregon will be its toughest test of the year, as it will give the team a first-hand look at the No. 1-ranked Oregon Ducks. For the runners, the trip to Eugene will give them a preview of how they might fair later in the season and present them a chance to keep improving on their results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking forward to maybe running under a 24 and working to proceed on to nationals,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Moses Kiptoo said. Oregon will also provide the Tide some relief from the heat. Recently the Tide has had to battle through some tough conditions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We typically get out there and feel great because of that change,â&#x20AC;? Walker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is less humid and hopefully we will find ourselves running in 60-degree weather.â&#x20AC;? After the trip to Oregon, the Tide will continue to meet up with some of the best teams in the nation when Alabama travels to Terre Haut, Ind., for PreNationals on Oct. 17.

Tide defends title By NiCarla Friend Staff Writer The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country team came out on top this past weekend at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Crimson Classic meet, the only home meet of the season. Kelsey Johnson finished third. Haley Moody was the next Alabama runner to cross the finish line with a sixth-place finish. Katlyn Will came in seventh. Sara Vaughn was the 13th runner to finish. Right behind her were the Gilmore twins, Sarah and then Leigh. Elsbeth Denton came in 17th, and right behind her was Andrea Torske who finished 18th. Other Alabama runners were Megan Williams (29th, 19:05.20), Lindsey McKee (53rd, 19:53.40), Rue Chitwood (81st, 21:03.40) and Elise Goubet (88th, 21:54.10). Kennesaw Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mackenzie Howe finished first with a time of 17:13.40. This was the second consecutive year the Crimson Tide won the Annual Crimson Classic, but head coach Randy Hasenbank said he does not think that being at home had anything to do with the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the reason we came out on top this year is because we did get a lot better,â&#x20AC;? Hasenbank said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The same team a year ago wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve

probably finished third or fourth in this meet. Tennessee, Auburn and Virginia Tech were all really good squads. A year ago, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we were ready to do what we did [this past weekend], but this year proves that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone on, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve trained hard and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a better product. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a better team.â&#x20AC;? With a win over the three teams under their belt, Hasenbank said this proves that the team is capable of competing with and defeating the top teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of our goals is to create a habit of winning,â&#x20AC;? Hasenbank said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was posted on their lockers everyday last year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in their training log that winning is a habit, and they really wanted to win that meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a championship meet; it was a regular season meet, so they understand that they have to be ready come championship time. [The Crimson Classics] was a good win. It makes it very clear that we are capable of competing with those teams. They just need to keep getting better and be ready when it matters.â&#x20AC;? Leigh Gilmore said the win proves that the Tide is ready to compete with the best. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was a huge motivational booster just to show that we can compete with some of the biggest teams out there,â&#x20AC;?

Gilmore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a team that is developing this early, sometimes your confidence is not as high as it needs to be, but this meet really boosts our confidence, and it shows us that we can compete with the best of them.â&#x20AC;? The Tide will be off this weekend but will compete next weekend at the Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

FINISHING TIMES â&#x20AC;˘ Kelsey Johnson: 17:37

â&#x20AC;˘ Haley Moody: 17:48.5

â&#x20AC;˘ Katlyn Will: 17:40 â&#x20AC;˘ Sara Vaughn: 18:17.9

â&#x20AC;˘ Sarah Gilmore: 18:22.6

â&#x20AC;˘ Leigh Gilmore: 18:23.6

â&#x20AC;˘ Elsbeth Denton: 18:36

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Manhattan Short Film QB Brady being sued Festival to show at Bama By Tori Luna Staff Writer

AP New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes over New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. By Larry Neumeister The Associated Press NEW YORK — Two photographers sued New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen for $1 million Tuesday, saying they were shot at during a post-wedding party in Costa Rica. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan alleged that the photographers, though the shot didn’t hit them, suffered physical and mental harm from the attack during a celebration in early April at Bundchen’s holiday home. It said Brady and Bundchen hired improperly trained security guards for the April party, two months after their wedding, even though they had to know their activities were a press magnet. AFP photographer Yuri Cortez and photographer Rolando Aviles of Costa Rican national daily newspaper Al Dia say Bundchen’s bodyguards narrowly missed their heads when the guards shot

at their car after they refused to give up their cameras and memory cards. No one was struck by the bullets, but the lawsuit said Cortez and Aviles suffered physical injuries and mental anguish that continues. The lawsuit said neither of them were paparazzi. The lawsuit said AFP is one of the world’s largest and most respected international press agencies with 110 bureaus worldwide. It said it incurred great expense to send Cortez, a staff photographer, to Costa Rica. Don Yee, Brady’s agent and attorney, declined comment, saying he had not yet seen the court papers. Bundchen publicist Alison Levy said she does not comment on her client’s personal life. The lawsuit said the photographers received authorization from a neighbor of Bundchen to go on their property, where they “discreetly photographed” the party. It said the photographers were returning to their rented car when a bodyguard

approached them “in a menacing and threatening manner,” demanding Cortez’s camera and memory cards. Aviles ran off while Cortez tried to run but was grabbed by the bodyguard and immobilized with his arm behind his back, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit said Cortez was told that members of the Bundchen-Brady family wanted to talk to Cortez. It said he then picked up Aviles and drove to Bundchen’s residence, where more men demanded his memory cards and one bodyguard tried to enter his car to remove cameras. The photographers, both residents of Costa Rica, tried to drive away when they spotted a drawn gun in the hands of one bodyguard, the lawsuit said. At that moment, a bodyguard fired the gun, shattering the rear window of the sports utility vehicle with a bullet that then hit the front windshield and ricocheted off it into the driver’s seat, the lawsuit said.

Only two cities in Alabama have the opportunity to host this year’s Manhattan Short Film Festival, and Tuscaloosa is one of them. The Bama Theatre will host the 2009 Manhattan Short Film Festival tonight at 7. The other Alabama city hosting the event is Montgomery, which will host it at the Capri Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday. The Manhattan Short Film Festival started from the passion of Nicholas Mason, the festival’s founder. “I started the film festival 12 years ago,” Mason said. “In the beginning, it was just me projecting films on the side of a truck in a park.” From there, the festival continued to grow. Celebrity judges would gather to judge the films and a bigger audience started attending. “I started building my own screens and showing the movies in Union Square Park, which is where people flocked after Sept. 11, 2001,” Mason said.

Now, the whole world is judging this event. This year, the Manhattan Short Film Festival received 428 short film entries from 36 countries. Board members selected 10 of the finalists’ short films, Mason said. These short films have been distributed through the Manhattan Short Cinema network this week and the films will screen 532 times in 173 cities across five continents in one week. “We wanted to do a showing in Tuscaloosa because we wanted to attract a new crowd,” Mason said. “That’s what it is all about.” According to the festival’s Web site, the mission of the film festival is to unite audiences from all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. “It is all about bringing the world together—getting people out of their houses, off their computers,” Mason said. “If we can’t get together to judge 10 films, then what can we do?” Kevin Ledgewood, public relations coordinator at the Bama

Theatre, said he is excited about hosting the film festival for the second year. “When the Manhattan Short Film Festival approached us, we jumped on the chance to show more diverse and different films.” The directors of the short films are from places all over the world, including Spain, Australia, the United States and other countries. Some of the movies are inspired by current events, and others are from the imagination, according to the film festival’s Web site. Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card upon entry to each cinema and asked to vote for the one film they think should win. Votes are tallied by each cinema and sent through to Manhattan Short where the winner is announced on Sept. 29 in New York City. The winners in the past two years have been nominated for Oscars. The Bama Theatre is located on Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. General admission for the film festival is $7. Admission for students and seniors is $6. A still from “Skhizein,” a film by Jeremy Clapin, is a 2009 Manhattan Short Film Festival finalist.

Feared Hope Diamond goes naked Russ Feather, museum specialist gemologist, and Kelly Carnes from public affairs office, unveil the Hope Diamond Wednesday.

By Randolph Schmid The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the famed and feared Hope Diamond is on display au naturel. The doors were locked. Tense looking security guards took their positions. In rolled a cart, a white cloth covering its contents. Smithsonian Institution officials lifted the cloth. “The Hope Diamond naked,” proclaimed Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem Collection. The world’s largest blue diamond went on public display Wednesday, for the first time without its ornate setting. Perched atop a light gray display post, the 45.5-carat, walnut-size diamond will be on view by itself for several months while a new setting is prepared. Called “Embracing Hope,” the new setting will surround the star gem in a ribbon of white diamonds. It was chosen from three proposals in an online vote, winning 45,000 out of a total 110,000 votes cast, said Cristian Samper, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The new display is part of a celebration of the Hope Diamond’s half-century at the museum. It was donated in 1958 by jeweler Harry Winston, whose firm is preparing the new setting. Long rumored to carry a curse, the diamond has brought the museum “nothing but good luck,” said Post, noting that it


AP inspired many other gifts and forms the basis of the National Gem Collection. That was Winston’s plan, he added, noting that the jeweler once commented that even though the United States doesn’t have a king or queen, it should have crown jewels. Previously the Hope Diamond has been shown in a platinum setting, surrounded by 16 white pear-shaped and cushion-cut diamonds, suspended from a chain containing forty-five diamonds. The Hope will return to this original setting in late 2010. Formed more that a billion years ago, the diamond was mined in India and later is believed to have been part of the French crown jewels, having been stolen during the French Revolution. It later came into the possession of Henry Philip Hope, whose name it carries. It’s blue color comes from the element boron included in the stone itself. Exposed to ultraviolet light, the Hope Diamond glows red-orange.

The world’s largest blue diamond went on public display Wednesday, for the first time without its ornate setting.


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From the screen to your car Entreprenur brings drive-in movies to rural Alabama By Steven Nalley Arts and Entertainment Editor It’s possible to see a movie for about 66 cents in Alabama. It takes some time to reach the theaters in Harpersville, Argo and Anniston. It also takes a little effort to squeeze 15 people into a van, especially if the van also is carrying lawn chairs. But Brian Creel, a senior majoring in music composition and music academics, said he has seen 15 people divide up the $10 per vehicle cost to get into The Drive-In at Argo. “Then they’ll get out of the car and set up their chairs when they get there,” Creel, a native of Trussville, said. “Most of the time, they charge a flat rate per car.” The Drive-In chain has not only provided cheap movies, but also a unique movie-going experience for visitors across the area. And in Argo, at one time, it was the only ticket in town. Brian Skinner, founder and owner of all three of the drive-ins, said there was a time when neither Argo nor the nearby Trussville had a theater at all. Skinner, who lives in Springville, said his Argo theater came before Trussville got a more conventional one, and the idea came to him twice before he implemented it. “What gave me the idea was an article in the Birmingham paper, which used to be the Post-Herald, about drive-ins coming back in the West Coast,” Skinner said. “My wife and I read the article, I shared it with her, we thought it was kind of a good idea, and then we recycled the paper.” But like a boomerang, that paper came back to Skinner six months later. He said he was planning a Sunday school get-together with his Methodist church and inconvenienced the group to go all the way to Birmingham to see a movie. “My wife and I talked later that evening about how a drive-in would do extremely well somewhere in our area,” Skinner said. “I went and looked it up on the microfiche on the Birmingham public library downtown,

found the article and copied it and started doing research.” “I started looking for some land, found some land, and had something built about a year later,” Skinner said. “That was back in ’98, and ‘Titanic’ was our first movie.” The Drive-In was successful enough for Skinner to establish another one in Harpersville. Then, he said, a friend of his expressed interest in selling the Starlite Drive-In in Anniston to him. “It’s been fairly successful, and it pays for itself,” Skinner said. Visitors to Skinner’s theaters must pay $10 at the gate for the car, after which they can park and buy concessions at a two-story stand, the top floor of which holds projectors for the two screens. They broadcast the movies’ sound over FM radio to the cars. “We just find a dead spot on the dial, and we broadcast it over probably about half a square mile,” Skinner said. “When I was a young person in the ‘70s, the sound quality (on car radio) was poor. Now the sound quality is excellent.” Creel said being able to watch movies from a car, with the option to close the windows and doors to everyone else, came with advantages. For example, he said the secluded space of a car made even the most crowded nights feel less crowded than a normal theater. “It doesn’t really feel all that crowded, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel too small,” Creel said. “When you’re in the car with your friends, you can kind of talk about the movie.” Claire Hoynes, a freshman majoring in early childhood education, attends Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., but her hometown is Harpersville. She, like Creel, said she liked talking during the movie, but she also likes the comfort of the car seat. “You can talk in your car, and you won’t be yelled at,” Hoynes said. “In some movie theaters, the seats are kind of comfortable, but you can’t lay back, and you can’t put your feet up.” She said the theater also alleviated Harpersville’s lack of other entertainment

locales for young people. “Mainly in a small town, all you’ve got is, like, your friends,” Hoynes said. “Before, if you were bored, you would go to someone’s house, unlike Birmingham where you can just go to the mall.” Hoynes said the drive-in also had helped Harpersville’s economy. “It brings a lot of people to the town,” Hoynes said. “There are a few small restaurants that are mom and pop restaurants that have grown since the movie theater came, because people can stop in and have dinner before they go to the movie.” Skinner said the theaters were especially profitable during holidays. “We do really well in the summertime, when school’s out, and then sometimes you get a nice bump at Thanksgiving and then Christmas while school’s out again,” Skinner said. “The big movie this Thanksgiving I think will be ‘New Moon.’” Skinner said Thanksgiving sales would depend on the weather. He said the only things that would stop the theaters from running as scheduled were fog and snow, but rain poses a different problem. “Rain doesn’t stop us at all, but it hurts the crowds tremendously,” Skinner said. “But my niece said it was real romantic in the rain,” he added, laughing. For more information, go to argodrive-in. com, or

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