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NEWS | FERGUSON CENTER FIRE

Ferg evacuated Monday after fire in Fresh Food senior associate director of the Ferguson Center. “The fire alarms went off and so we evacuated the building. We saw the smoke and it wasn’t a By Stephen N. Dethrage drill or an alarm that went off; we Production Editor did actually have a fire in the grill The Ferguson Center was area of Fresh Foods,” Knox-Hall evacuated Monday afternoon said. “Everybody got out, everyafter a grill caught fire in the body’s fine.” The fire triggered smoke Fresh Food Company dining hall, according to Kelli Knox-Hall, alarms just after 4 p.m., and

Dining hall will be closed for breakfast

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Students fled the Ferguson Center after smoke from a small fire in Fresh Food Company triggered alarms Monday afternoon.

Knox-Hall said there wasn’t much information to be had in the immediate aftermath of the evacuation. “That’s all we know right now,” Knox-Hall said. “We’ll get a report from TPD and Environmental Health and Safety and we’ll know more information after they get everything cleared.”

CW | Shannon Auvil

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NEWS | DEMOGRAPHICS

Out-of-state count rises Out-of-state students make up 55 percent of fall 2012’s incoming freshman class. The squares on the map are sized by the percent of students from each N.D. state that make up that 55 percent.*

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EasyRider Pedicab not only operates on Gamedays, but also during the week from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Gameday pedicabs face roadblocks near Bryant-Denny By Colby Leopard Staff Reporter Using the services of EasyRider Pedicab Company, Alabama fans no longer have to fight through crowds on foot to get to the stadium for home football games. The company offers rides from pedicabs, which are tricycles with traditional handlebars and pedals with the addition of a cab in the rear for passengers. EasyRider Pedicab was founded in February 2011 by Hunter Adams, a student at The University of Alabama

Law School. Adams said he started the business to provide students, residents and visitors in Tuscaloosa with a way to travel around town without having to get in their vehicles. Adams said that even though Gameday is their busiest day of the week, EasyRider operates during the week from 10 p.m. to approximately 3 a.m. to give rides to those going to and from bars. “We want to be seen as an asset to the community as well as to the University,” Adams said. “We prevent DUIs like you would not believe. We help those people that wouldn’t be able to walk to the stadium on their own.” SEE BIKE TAXI PAGE 5

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3.8% ages for each state except Alabama. Maine, 2.0% Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming have no

Augusta

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As the total enrollment of the University of Alabama has grown substantially in the last decade, so too has the number of out-ofstate students. They make up 55percent of this year’s recordsetting freshman class, a four per-

NC

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Houston

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Raleigh

Durham Charlotte

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VA

Roanoke

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Kansas City

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Sacramento

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cent jump since 2011, a University official said. The class, composed of a record of 6,397 students, was selected from an applicant pool of more than 26,400 – 17,799 of which were from outside of the state of Alabama, said Mary Spiegel, executive director of undergraduate admissions. Georgia, Texas and Florida topped the list of states of origin of freshman students, with Tennessee, Illinois, California, Virginia, North

CW | Sarah Grace Moorehead *In-state, military overseas and international students not included.

Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio behind. “This is a truly outstanding freshman class,” said Judy Bonner, UA executive vice president and provost, in a press release regarding the enrollment numbers. “As our applicant pool has grown, we have become increasingly more selective. These students have exceptional academic credentials.” SEE DEMOGRAPHICS PAGE 2

NEWS | HONORS COLLEGE

Honors students sent to Black Belt to learn leadership, local issues HCA program extends Fellows-only initiative By Jordan Cissell Staff Reporter Thanks to a new Honors College program, students no longer need to be Fellows to help out their fellow man in Alabama’s Black Belt region. The new initiative, called 57 Miles, focuses on getting Honors College students involved in assisting with economic, social and educational issues in Perry County, Ala., er • Plea s

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with the ultimate goal of establishing a year-round presence in the area. Wellon Bridgers, the University Fellows Experience coordinator who has been working closely with the development of 57 Miles, said the new program should further solidify the UA presence in Perry County. “It’s really an extension of the University Fellows’ work in Perry County over the past four years through the Black Belt Experience,” Bridgers said. “Dr. [Jacqueline] Morgan [associate dean of the Honors

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College] wanted to take the helping to get the project off of original vision for the part- the ground, said the concept nership and expand it to all has been gaining momentum Honors College for about a year s t u d e n t s , and fully materibecause we feel alized in August. everybody has Wi l l o u g h by It is absolutely critical that all something to said she has priof our students learn about offer.” marily been prethe community they are The initiaparing for the going to be working with. tive officialprogram’s ACT ly launched preparation pro— Wellon Bridgers the week of gram at Francis Monday, Sept. Marion High 17, but Russell School, where Willoughby, a sophomore she will be volunteering every majoring in English and Monday morning throughFrench and one of two interns out the semester. The Honors

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College will be hosting an “Evening with Perry County” on Oct. 5 in which new student volunteers will have an opportunity to meet with community members and learn about the area in which they will be helping. Several educational round table discussions are also scheduled for the coming months. “It is absolutely critical that all of our students learn about the community they are going to be working with,” Bridgers said. Willoughby feels students who take the time to learn will

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find the effort rewarding. “[Perry County] is an extremely unique blend of two conflicting ideals — it’s entrenched in deep, systemic poverty, but is also home to a wealth of intellectual, technical and artistic resources,” she said in an emailed statement. “There are a bevy of Perry County residents who are extremely invested in and devoted to improving aspects of their city and are always willing to partner with those who share the same hope.” SEE HCA PAGE 5

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Iran’s president dismisses threats on nuclear program From MCT Campus NEW YORK — On what is expected to be his last visit to the United States as president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday offered an expansive view of his nation’s place in history while dismissing Israel’s long-term viability as a state and its threat to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. Ahmadinejad ignored an admonition by U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon to avoid incendiary remarks while he is in New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, lashing out at Israel during a breakfast with journalists at the Warwick Hotel. Israel, he said, requires an external conflict because “they have found themselves at a dead end and they are seeking new adventures in order to escape this dead end. Iran will not be damaged by foreign bombs.” Ahmadinejad, who has nine months left in his second and final term as president of the Islamic republic, was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings that Israel would use force to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, something that Tehran denies it is pursuing. “Fundamentally, we do not take seriously the threats of the Zionists,” he said. “We have all the defensive means

Prestige grows with climb in population DEMOGRAPHICS FROM PAGE 1 The number of National Merit Scholars in the freshman class has risen 32 percent since 2011 to 239 students, 191 of which are from out-of-state, Spiegel said. Additionally, the number of National Achievement finalists has increased by 12 since last year to 42, 10 of which are from out-of-state. Spiegel said the University hosts numerous college fairs and high school visits through the fall and spring to recruit both in-state and out-of-state students to apply and attend. “The University has expanded our recruiting efforts both instate and out-of-state,” Spiegel said. “Increasing enrollment by recruiting academically talented students from Alabama and across the country has been a top priority to achieve academic growth and achievement. It is important for the University to have students from out-ofstate because they help to create a diverse student body and

at our disposal and we are ready to defend ourselves.” The United States and its European allies charge that Iran is using what it says is a civilian program as cover to develop the capacity to build nuclear warheads. They have been joined by Russia and China in slapping four rounds of U.N. sanctions on Tehran. They also have imposed their own harsher measures to force Iran to stop enriching uranium and disclose full details of the program concealed from U.N. inspectors for 18 years. President Barack Obama, while disagreeing with Israeli assessments of how soon Iran could produce a nuclear weapon, says that there is more time for diplomacy. But he has reserved the option of striking Iranian nuclear facilities if negotiations – which have all but stalled – fail. Ahmadinejad went beyond dismissing Israel’s threat to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, dismissing as well the Jewish state’s long-term viability in the Middle East. “Iran has been around for the last seven, 10,000 years. They (Israel) have been occupying those territories for the last 60 to 70 years with the support and force of the Westerners. They have no roots in history,” he said, referring to the founding of modern Israel in 1948. “We don’t even count them as part of any equation for

Iran. During this historical phase, they represent minimal disturbances that come into the picture and are then eliminated,” he said, ignoring the close relations that Israel and Iran maintained until the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In making his remarks, Ahmadinejad – who is to address the General Assembly on Wednesday – ignored a warning by Ban on Sunday. “The secretary-general drew attention to the potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric, counter-rhetoric and threats from various countries in the Middle East,” said a U.N. statement issued after the two men met on Sunday. The statement said that Ban also asked Ahmadinejad to “take the measures necessary to build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program.” Asked to comment on the Iranian leader’s remarks, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “President Ahmadinejad says foolish, offensive and sometimes unintelligible things with great regularity. What he should focus on is the failure of his government of Iran to abide by its international obligations, to abide by United Nations Security Council resolutions.” “Thus far, Iran has failed to do that, and so the pressure

will continue,” Carney said. “And let me be very clear, as the president has been, every option available, and that includes a military option, remains on the table when it comes to keeping the president’s commitment to Iran not acquiring a nuclear weapon.” Ahmadinejad insisted that Iran’s program is for providing fuel for power plants and radioactive material for medical purposes, all “under the watchful eye of the IAEA,” the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA, however, has criticized Iran for repeatedly refusing to answer questions about evidence that it researched a missile-borne nuclear warhead, and the U.N. agency says that it cannot verify that Iran isn’t secretly developing a nuclear weapon. Despite the increasing bite of sanctions, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is dealing with the measures, noting that just 12 percent of its economy relates to foreign trade. “The conditions in Iran are not as bad as portrayed by some,” he said. He denied that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – a force that answers directly to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – is aiding Syrian President Bashar Assad’s efforts to crush the uprising by largely Sunni Muslim rebels. “The so-called news that

you refer to has been denied vehemently, officially,” he said, contradicting a statement last week by the Revolutionary Guard’s commander, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, who confirmed that members of his contingent’s Al Quds Force – a paramilitary and espionage unit – are in Syria. Assad, whose minority Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, is overwhelmingly Shiite Iran’s main Arab ally. Assad charges that the uprising, estimated to have claimed more than 25,000 lives, is being waged by foreign terrorists armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Ahmadinejad insisted that Iran is working for “peace in Syria. We like and love both sides.” But, he continued, “intervention and meddling from outside” have made it harder to advance peace efforts. Ahmadinejad seemed piqued that the U.S. State Department plans to remove an Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, from its list of terrorist organizations. The MEK, he said, is responsible for killing 16,000 Iranian civilians, and it will be long seen as a terrorist group in Iran. But he called the U.S. decision a “gift” because it allows Iran to point out “the double standard” of U.S. dealings with the world

enrich the college experience.” The University has several regional coordinators throughout the country. However, the state of Alabama alone has a regional recruiter manager, five regional recruiters and four counselors. Brian McWilliams, a freshman majoring in biology and University Fellow from Pittsburgh, Penn., said his recruiter helped him begin his application process but his decision to attend the University was based on the programs they offered. “The easy one-page application was what initially caused me to apply, and I chose to come to the University for several reasons,” McWilliams said. “The honors programs, such as Honors College, University Fellows, the Computer-based Honors Program and the STEM to MBA program were the primary reasons, as I was looking for an institution that would give me such enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom curriculum.” The freshman Honors College class is made up of 59 percent out-of-state students,

said Allison Verhine, Honors College admissions coordinator. Additionally, 49 percent of the Honors College as a whole is composed of students outside the state. Callie Perkins, a freshman University Fellow from Sierra Vista, Ariz., said that since last year was her state’s first year to have a recruiter, she didn’t rely on outside help to make her decision. “My dad was an alumni so I had grown up going to football games even though we lived all over as a military family,” Perkins said. “When I came to visit fall of my junior year, I was really attracted to the campus and how pretty it is. But when I was accepted into the Fellows program and offered the full tuition scholarship, that kind of solidified my choice.” The University offers many scholarships for both in-state and out-of-state students. The out-of-state scholarships include the Capstone Scholar, which provides $1,500 per year, the Collegiate Scholar, which provides $3,500 per year, the UA Scholar, which provides twothirds of tuition for four years

and the Presidential Scholar, which gives the full value of out-of-state tuition for four years. Furthermore, National Merit Scholar and National Achievement finalist scholarship package include the value of tuition for four years, oncampus housing for four years, a $1,000 National Merit stipend for four years, a one-time allowance of $2,000 for use in summer research or international study and an iPad, Spiegel said. “Lately it seems like there are better scholarships, like full ride or room and board, for out-of-state people now at the major universities in Alabama than there are for instate students,” said Brandon Hooks, a freshman majoring in international studies and Honors College member from Montgomery, Ala. “That seems like one of the major factors contributing to more out-ofstate students than in-state attending now.” However, Hooks saw a shifting trend among students in the state and from his high school that may have attributed to the low number

of in-state applicants. “When it comes to getting accepted to Alabama, it seems pretty simple, but I know that ACT scores are lower in Alabama than the overall nation,” Hooks said. “Plus, some people just aren’t motivated to pursue college. But I think nowadays people having degrees is more common. Therefore, it’s now the issue of what college someone went to, not if they went at all. A lot of the in-state colleges now are seen as ‘mediocre’ among a lot of people [within the state].” Nearly 1,725 freshmen had a high school grade point average of 4.0 or above though, and the average ACT score was 25.6. Regardless of the reasoning, both out-of-state students said they appreciate the overall experience that the University has to offer. “Coming from Pennsylvania, I really just wanted a new environment and a new challenge, a place that was different than any I had experienced before and one where I could discover my future wholly for myself,” McWilliams said.


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DegreeWorks helping many achieve 4-year finish By Adam Mills Staff Reporter It is too early to gauge the effectiveness of The University of Alabama’s graduation campaign Finish in Four, a UA official said, but data shows that UA students are graduating on-time above the national average. “Since the Finish in Four campaign started in 2011, there hasn’t been sufficient time to see changes in the graduation rates,” said Judy Bonner, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University. According to “College Completion,” a website sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, The University of Alabama has a four-year graduation rate of 37.9 percent compared to the national average of 31.3 percent for four-year public universities. The University’s six-year graduation rate is 63.7 percent, over twelve points higher than the national average. Finish in Four, a campaign designed to encourage fouryear graduation, kicked off in 2011. It utilizes DegreeWorks

to help students monitor their credit hours and plan semester course loads. DegreeWorks offers many tools to help students navigate course selection and understand course requirements, Bonner said. “If students fully utilized the tools available in DegreeWorks, the time students spend with academic advisors could be used for career planning rather than course scheduling,” she said. “DegreeWorks is a great software and enhances the advising process, but it doesn’t replace advising,” said Rebekah Welch, director of the Office of Nursing Student Services. “DegreeWorks had made it easier to help students with life-type advising. Advising is more than just course selection.” With less time needed for course selection, Welch said she can now devote more attention to advising students on careers. One common hindrance she finds to on-time graduation, though, is students having to work.

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“So many students have to work today,” she said. “A student that has to work 20 to 30 hours per week is not going to be able to take 16 to 17 hours per semester.” A minimum of 15 hours per semester is required to gain 120 hours in only eight semesters, Bonner said. Aaron Shaw, a senior majoring in psychology and biology, came to the University with 35 credits after taking Advanced Placement courses in high school.

“I came to [the University] as a sophomore,” he said. “I will be graduating with five years worth of credit.” Shaw had credits in courses ranging from government and biology to English, but said he could have graduated on time without AP credits. “It would be possible,” he said,” but it would take more planning. I would have had to do it from the beginning.” Corey Sherman, a senior majoring in music education, relied on summer online classes

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academic interests, but everybody finds a common ground through music, which is realThe Honors College ly special,” Butz said. “That’s Assembly recently hosted something that music can do: tryouts for The University of bring together all sorts of Alabama’s first ever women’s people, who may focus their a cappella group and chose 12 lives on different things but non-music majors as found- still have this passion for ing members. singing. That’s really special Tryouts consisted of an to me that they came out and opportunity for each woman are willing to do this even to show off her voice in an though it’s not their primary individual audition and a field of study.” chance to arrange her own This year, the group is only music and sing with a group. accepting students from the Madison Butz, a sophomore Honors College, but in the majoring in psychology, said future, they hope to open the she had the idea to start the group to the general populagroup for a while and finally tion. found an outlet through the “Eventually I don’t think Honors College this year. it will be affiliated with the She was both pleased and Honors College at all, but they surprised at the number of are a really good stepping off girls who point to showed up help us to try out. get going,” “I was Butz said. Everybody has different academic actually “If this interests, but everybody finds a common r e a l l y k e e p s ground through music, which is really nervous going and special. That’s something that music can because snowballdo: Bring together all sorts of people, I thought ing like nobody it has, I who may focus their lives on different w o u l d don’t want things but still have this passion for come, but to restrict singing. That’s really special to me that we ended it to only they came out and are willing to do this up having allowing even though it’s not their primary field 23 girls, girls who of study. which was are in the a lot more Honors — Madison Butz than I College to expected,” be in it. I Butz said. think we “We split could do a them into two groups and lot by having it become a genthey had 20 minutes to pick eral campus thing.” a song and arrange their own Olivia Hodge, a sophomusic. more majoring in journalism, “It literally blew me away. I works as the communications had no idea these girls would director for the group and be so talented. But we only said she is excited to see what took 11 because we wanted to the group will do this year. have a group of 12, and I want “I can’t wait to see what to sing with the group. I had songs they perform,” Hodge to cut a lot of people which said. “The group is so talentwas really, really hard for me ed and we have a lot of great because they were all great.” song ideas already.” Caitlin Roberts, a freshman The group is still trying to majoring in history, said she figure out what activities they was nervous about the audi- will do throughout the year, tion at first but felt reassured Butz said. They will probably afterward. perform at Express Night, the “The tryouts were full of Honors College-organized nerves for me, but after the open mic event at Starbucks individual audition was over in the Ferguson Center, and and I got feedback on my hope to put on their own convoice from people who didn’t cert by the end of the year. know me, [it] was really “It’s hard because it’s not uplifting,” Roberts said. “It a real class, it’s a new thing, really gave me an outlook on it doesn’t have a reputation what the year will be like, and as being something people it looks like it will be pretty really want to be involved darn spectacular.” in,” she said. “I want it to be The organization is unlike a group of girls who really any other choir on campus – enjoy being with each other, it is the first a cappella group who enjoy producing good for females and none of its music and who enjoy singing. members have a major or I don’t want it to be too much minor in music. pressure; I want it to be fun “Everybody has different for everyone.”

“Many of my classmates to stay on target. Although he is enter with in his fourth AP credits year at the and easily Capstone, If students fully utilized the tools availgraduate in his degree four years,” demands a able in DegreeWorks, the time students Sherman semesterspend with academic advisors could be said. “I’ve long stuused for career planning rather than ignored dent teachcourse scheduling. the four ing internyear push ship after — Judy Bonner to a large completion extent. of courseI’m planw o r k , on finishing in wh i c h he c a n n o t ning complete in four years. four and a half years.”

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evolution,” it’s really not that surprising that so many Americans disregard common sense and are natural selection disbelievers. It is, however, shocking that educators and politicians in this state are tolerant of such profound ignorance and even promote this anti-intellectual thinking. If the wishy-washiness about evolution – one of the cornerstones of modern science – is reflective of the state’s scientific curriculum in general, it’s probably not an accident that Alabama ranked 47th out of 50 states in the 2011 Science and Engineering Readiness Index with a score of 1.60 – the national average was 2.82 and the leader was Massachusetts at 4.82. But Alabama isn’t alone in its logic-defying crusade against science. It seems Alabama’s fundamental misrepresentation of evolution is in fact symptomatic of a larger intellectual disconnect in the American educational community. Even highlyeducated people just aren’t ready to let go of those creationist Bible stories, causing the U.S. to be alone as a developed nation in its evolutionary skepticism. Unfortunately, it will be

According to a recent Gallup poll, about 46 percent of Americans don’t believe in evolution. Apparently, the Alabama Department of Education isn’t quite sold on it yet either. Besides claiming that natural selection has not been “directly observed,” the State Board of Education encourages students to “wrestle with the unanswered questions and unresolved problems still faced by evolutionary theory.” Alabama is the only state to include such an explicit disclaimer about evolution in its course of study. Alabama Department of Education spokesperson Mark Sibley told Fox News in 2011 that while the course of study didn’t address creationism directly, it presents several “theories of evolution” and “creationism is one of those theories.” Worse still, recent gubernatorial candidate (and UA alumnus) Bradley Byrne admitted to CBS News in 2010 that he “fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in [Alabama’s] school text books.” Byrne served on the Board of Education from 1994 to 2002. Despite a massively compelling body of scientific evidence in support of the “theory of

impossible for the U.S. to maintain its position as a global intellectual leader if the population remains scientifically illiterate on such basic concepts as natural selection. Every individual in this and every other American state maintains the constitutional right to believe whatever they want about religion, so long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of other citizens. So, if you would like to interpret the Bible literally and insist that God created Earth in seven days, you are legally permitted to do so. However, it is the responsibility of the public schools to teach students the scientific facts, not present them with tainted theological ideology and let them “wrestle” with the discrepancies themselves. In the case of evolution, science has already “wrestled” with this problem and has made its decision. As Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has said: if grownups want to “deny evolution and live in [a] world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe,

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that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.” Interestingly, even the Catholic Church largely embraces evolution at this point. Father George Coyne, the Vatican’s Chief Astronomer, stated that “intelligent design isn’t science even though it pretends to be. If you want to teach it in schools, [it] should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science.” I’m with “The Science Guy” and Father George on this one. Freedom of religion, yes, but students should also have the right to not be indoctrinated with ignorance because of the views of a vocal minority of “young earth” creationists. When it comes to the state curriculum, it is dangerously unintelligent to even hint at the legitimacy of pseudo-sciences like “intelligent design.”

Upon my recent visit to Chicago for my cousin’s wedding, I wasn’t too surprised to hear someone say “Roll Tide” from the back of the plane as it landed, seeing as we had departed from Birmingham. I chuckled quietly to myself as I thought of all the ways in which our battle cry “Roll Tide” is used as a comic response, a way to express positive agreement in any situation. We all remember the ESPN commercial of “Roll Tides,” reminding us that “it’s not crazy, it’s sports.” But it is not just sports, it’s a way of life that extends beyond the University. While the “Roll Tide” as the plane landed did not surprise me, I was surprised

at how much response my cousin’s Alabama T-shirt received as she walked down the streets of downtown Chicago. I was even more surprised to see an SEC game on ESPN in the lobby of our hotel room. Was our hotel filled with a business group from the South that requested that particular football game be turned on? Who knows. I had a conversation with a few soon-to-be family members from Chicago who told me that the only thing they knew about southern football was the movie “The Blind Side,” to which my aunt responded, “Honey, that only scratches the surface.” They could only picture Sandra Bullock’s charming yet fake, Southern accent and refusal to wear the gaudy orange of

Tennessee, not realizing that here in the South, loyalty to a particular team is practically a birthright. Both of my parents graduated from The University of Alabama, so when I was younger, I would never use the orange and blue crayons on the same page and was taught that the words “War Eagle” were curse words. In the South, asking someone which team they affiliate with is almost as important as other necessary questions you ask when getting to know someone. Where are you from? What do you do for a living? Or, as someone asked me in elementary school, “Who do you go for?” It becomes part of who you are, part of your identity. At my cousin’s wedding, it

wasn’t too difficult for everyone to figure out who the relatives from Alabama were. Sure, part of it may have been due to our southern drawls, obsession with college football and ridiculous use of heavy winter coats in the windy Chicago weather. But it was more than that. It was the fact that my new cousin-in-law knew to come to us for that southern hospitality of some good fried okra and sweet tea on the back porch. It was our friendliness and Southern charm. So it’s not crazy and it’s not just sports. It’s a culture, a way of life, recognizable even of the streets of downtown Chicago. Hannah Waid is a junior majoring in English. Her column runs biweekly on Tuesday.

Lucy Cheseldine is an English international exchange student studying English literature. Her column runs on Tuesday.

Henry Downes is a sophomore majoring in economics. His column runs on Tuesday.

There’s nothing wrong with me: A case for introversion on a socialite campus By Tarif Haque Staff Columnist I don’t know if I chose to be like this or if college made me like this. I come home to a single room every evening and pull out a planner that neatly lays out the week to come. It doesn’t feel right, meticulously planning life like this. Then again, socializing doesn’t feel right either. Maybe this is what growing up is about. I’ve learned to live alone, selling myself to introversion most nights. I don’t party. I don’t drink. My friends tell me to get out more. These are the same friends who regularly ask me, “So what happened last night?” I’ve become an introvert. I don’t like crowds, parties or football games. I never know what to say. People can never hear me. The music hurts my ears. Conversation is difficult. The smell of sweat, cigarettes and booze is nauseating. It all

feels peculiar, the social scene here. I like people. Yet, I’ve never understood how to make longlasting friends on campus. It all moves too fast. I have many acquaintances, far fewer friends and even fewer close friends. It’s all rather depressing when I think about it. Maybe I’m looking in all the wrong places. Sometimes I’ll see my old classmates from high school. I say hello. They smile. They’ve joined sororities and fraternities, mellowed out at Mallet, found soulmates and discovered new ways to entertain themselves. I’ve mostly kept to myself. It didn’t used to be like this – forcing myself to talk to people. Several days ago, I was quietly studying in Gorgas, when a friend from high school paused to greet me. Last year, he pledged a fraternity, but I never saw him, even though he lived in my building at the time. It was

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a lengthier conversation than I expected, but I slowly exited from discourse as he enlightened me about why hazing was okay. “It teaches respect.” I didn’t bother with a reply. He spoke of the rituals of pledgeship with such matter-of-fact detail that I disconnected. His fraternity was his life now. It reaffirmed why I was the way I was. There wasn’t much room to make friends when everyone appeared so absorbed in their own social circle. The lines of the social structure had been drawn. Am I allowed to step out of bounds? I’m told humans are innately social. My life as a sophomore begs to differ. I remember growing up thinking that in college, I’d vanish and materialize across campus, carving an extensive social niche as I lived on my own, staying up until fragments of daylight lead me to bed. It was independence at last.

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I spent the weekend trailing in Sipsey with the Outdoor Recreation Center. Hiking, or what I called “trailing” back home – feeling the weight of simplicity on your back and placing all your trust in a single path. In England, there are beautiful moors and castles to see yet we have no “wilderness.” The country is simply too small for you to wander off into the map of illustrated trees and melt completely off the radar. Over the years, the idea of the American wilderness, with its mysterious dark attraction, has developed into something of an ideal rather than just a place. It began with nature itself: animals, looking for the best As time has gone by, Ameriroute through the cans, dreamers and searchers, forest, would track have long harbored this idea their way through the dense woods. Years that somehow the wilderness later, the Native can cleanse them, and that Americans began to reaching back to a primitive hunt and used these existence is more than just a trails as their own test for the body – it is one for way of navigation. the soul. When the Puritans arrived, they adopted this “wilderness” for themselves, appropriating stories of captivity under the Native Americans and using the very idea of running off into the forest and surviving the violence of the Natives in the harsh landscape as Christian propaganda. They tested the elite members of their communities, “the elect,” on their worth and connection to God by the measure of the outdoors and the people who lived so very intertwined within it. As time has gone by, Americans, dreamers and searchers, have long harbored this idea that somehow the wilderness can cleanse them, and that reaching back to a primitive existence is more than just a test for the body – it is one for the soul. As we marched through the foliage, we passed people on the road, living out of the back of an orange van, an old throw-back from the sixties, still living by the campfire flames which licked the banks of the crystal creek. We saw ex-military men camped high on a ridge and wondered how much their past was affecting their present. They were talking in loud voices late into the night. And then there was us, a group of college kids, a few of whom, including me, had forgotten tent poles, not even having enough direction in our life yet to fully form a bed for the night without ropes and trees and the help of others. Of course, there are those who arrived fully prepared, backpacks full of cooking equipment and firstaid kits, those who get a thrill out of their own ability to survive. For them, this landscape is a challenge, a hobby and a test of their preparations and abilities. But for others, it is a symbol of the destination they are trying to find. So many people have lost themselves in the idea of the answers it might provide. And, in a way, we are no different than the animals that first discovered it – reduced to a primitive way of living and surviving. But the human consciousness and constant search for meaning have adopted the landscape into mindscape and the wilderness becomes more than just a place to some. It is an embodiment of what it means to look for an identity and prove your own self.

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American wilderness one-of-a-kind, vessel of self-discovery for many

It’s odd how my priorities have changed. I no longer go out of my way to socialize. I’ve found solace in the meaningful relationships that have stood the test of time, but even amidst my diminishing social life, I find myself discovering that thing we call happiness. It sounds everything but natural, but extricating myself from the culture here has granted me freedom from everything I loathe about college: the forced socialization, the meticulous networking, the you-only-liveonce attitude that places “having a good time” above everything else. Everyone tells me I’m missing out, but I respectfully disagree. Tossing myself into the masses feels out of character. It will not change. It will not get better. But I will get better at it. Tarif Haque is a sophomore majoring in computer science. His column runs on Tuesday.

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HCA to screen Invisible Children movie By Ashley Tripp Contributing Writer The Honors College Assembly will provide a free screening of Invisible Children’s 2009 film “The Rescue” this Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in Gordon Palmer 208. “Apwonjo, an organization that focuses on issues pertaining to sub-Saharan Africa, typically hosts Invisible Children about twice a year, and we’ve been extremely successful in the past,” Secretary of Apwonjo Brian Kraus said. “I’m so excited to see the crowd turn up.” “The Rescue” is a half-hour film that documents the crisis involving the abduction of more than 30,000 children as young as seven years old into the Lord’s Resistance Army by the war criminal Joseph Kony. According to the Invisible Children website, Kony has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on 12 counts of crimes against humanity, 21 counts

Apwonjo, an organization that focuses on issues pertaining to sub-Saharan Africa, typically hosts Invisible Children about twice a year, and we’ve been extremely successful in the past. I’m so excited to see the crowd turn up. — Brian Kraus

of war crimes and is accused of killing thousands and displacing up to two million people. Kony and his rebel militia allegedly force-feed captured children drugs and alcohol and brainwash them using intimidation, manipulation and fear. The boys are given weapons to fill the ranks of his army while the girls are forced to be sex slaves for his officers. “The intervening years since haven’t seen a complete end to the LRA, but the army has been

wasn’t, I grabbed my sunglasses and cell phone and ran outside.” Gerard said he joined a group of people outside the second floor Starbucks, but was moved by an FIRE FROM PAGE 1 employee of the Ferguson Center. Students on the scene said the “At first I thought the smoke whole building was evacuated. was coming from Student Affairs, Tacoma Morrissey, a graduate but it was just the way the wind student studying was blowing,” geology, said she Gerard said. was evacuated Just before We heard the alarm go off from the SUPe 6 p.m. Monday, and sat around in the buildStore with a crowd Knox-Hall said ing waiting to hear, ‘This is of others and said early indicathere was a sigonly a drill.’ tions from nificant amount of Bama Dining smoke in the area. — Sam Gerard suggested that Sam Gerard, a Fresh Foods, sophomore majorwhich genering in history and ally opens for political science, was serving breakfast at 7 a.m., would not office hours in his role as a sena- serve the meal Tuesday morntor from the College of Arts and ing as the scene was cleaned Sciences when the alarm went up. Knox-Hall said students off. could find breakfast at Lakeside “We heard the alarm go off and Diner on Tuesday instead, sat around in the building wait- and did not say whether or not ing to hear, ‘This is only a drill,’” lunch would be served in Fresh Gerard said. “When I realized it Foods Tuesday.

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pushed backwards and Invisible Children has funded initiatives across central Africa to keep villages informed and protected,” Kraus said. “IC also lobbies the US federal government to capture Kony and bring and end to this war.” Laren Poole, Jason Russell and Bobby Bailey founded Invisible Children eight years ago in hopes of creating a not-for-profit organization aimed at spreading awareness about people living in regions of conflict that has spread from northern Uganda to three other countries in Central Africa. The team first encountered the violence in Northern Uganda in 2003 when they met a boy named Jacob who feared for his life. In “The Rescue,” the three young filmmakers’ journey into this conflict calls specifically for the rescue of the captured children and the urgency for international awareness. “I remember first hearing about Invisible Children in high school,”

Programs helps everyone involved HCA FROM PAGE 1 Through the past four years and into the launch of the new program, the Honors College has worked closely with organizations like Sowing Seeds of Hope, Perry County public schools and the Perry County Chamber of Commerce. John Martin, executive director of the Chamber, said the University Fellows’ “myriad of projects have helped make the community a better place,” but Perry County also has much to offer students. “I like to look at our partnership as a win-win situation. These students have been and continue to be a tremendous help,” Martin said. “We as a

Kelly Roy, a sophomore majoring, in communicative disorders. “It’s amazing how much media attention for the cause has grown over the years.” Kraus says the screening is a chance to get involved in a movement and see the end to a decadelong goal of stopping violence caused by the LRA. “Invisible Children has been closing in on the end of this conflict for years now, and it’s all due to students like us pushing for change,” Kraus said. “Putting your time into a project this big and this near the end is rewarding, and the IC screenings show how much your effort can do.” There will be a follow-up speech by a Ugandan member of the Invisible Children team and question and answer session. Afterward, the Invisible Children team will sell promotional items and answer questions on how to get involved in helping the movement. It is open to all students.

community also have arrogance and inauthensomething for them that ticity,” she said. “I worried they can take with them that we were encroachin the future, an opportu- ing on their territory and nity to interact and learn implementing our own and see what real life is all ideas of success. However, about.” my doubts were comWilloughby said her pletely erased with every experiences interaction in Perry I had with County have M a r i o n We as a community also been crucial residents. have something for them to her colSomething lege expewe emphathat they can take with them rience and size when in the future, an opportunity stressed the planning to interact and learn and see p r o g r a m ’s projects what real life is all about. emphasis is that we on learning don’t want — John Martin from and to impress with Perry our own County resivision and dents while helping rather interests at the expense of than changing. what the community actu“I don’t think any of ally wants.” us should enter this proStudents interested in gram thinking that we volunteering may find have this duty to ‘change’ more information on how Perry County. That type of to join 57 Miles on the mentality lends itself to Honors College website.

Area nearest stadium offlimits for taxis during games BIKE TAXI FROM PAGE 1

Adams said that the company also drives those just looking for a quick, fun ride. “It’s a gift to the community and we’ve found that people really like the cabs,” he said. Jake Appelbaum, a senior from Hoover, Ala., used EasyRider to get from his apartment to the Quad prior to Saturday’s home game against Florida Atlantic University. Appelbaum said that he did not experience any trouble getting around roadblocks. “My experience was great because I really did not want to walk all the way to the Quad before the game,” Appelbaum said. “I ran in to a driver on the corner of Campus and Riverside Drive and got to bypass the crowd while sitting in the back of a bike cab.” Despite the popularity and success of EasyRider, the company has hit some literal roadblocks while escorting clients to the It’s a gift to the community stadium. The and we’ve found that people University really like the cabs. of Alabama closes down — Hunter Adams streets surrounding the stadium to traffic at 5 p.m. on Friday nights before home games. Starting three hours prior to kick-off, primary roads such as University Blvd and Bryant Drive are closed to through traffic. Adams said that his drivers often aren’t allowed through the roadblocks even though they are on bikes. “The University is working with us and allowing us to pass some roadblocks, but it is still a big problem for us because we are restricted from access to places we need to be,” Adams said. “I recently heard from the UA grounds crew, and they said they would let us through every roadblock except for the ones right around the stadium.” Gina Johnson, the Associate VicePresident of Auxiliary Services, said that EasyRider Pedicabs are treated just like motorized taxis on Gamedays, allowing them access to only certain roads. “On Gameday, taxis, including pedicabs, are able to operate on campus in areas where the roads are 35 mph or less,” Johnson said. “Licensing for these services is through the City of Tuscaloosa. The Tuscaloosa Police Department is in charge of taxi services and this falls under that category of services.”


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Trendy Pure Barre workout surprisingly effective By Abbey Crain Staff Reporter Lift, tone, burn. With a workout that claims to be the “fastest, most effective way to change your body,” Pure Barre has become increasingly popular among women all over America who are coveting the long, lean ballerina figure. Pure Barre is a one-hour class that targets individual muscle groups through small isometric movements on a ballet barre, all set to music. I decided to give this workout craze a chance by attending classes three to four times a week for three weeks. I secretly wanted to prove their slogan wrong. My nose was already turned up like I do when it comes to most other trendy workouts that appeal to celebrities and socialites. Upon entering the Tuscaloosa Pure Barre studio for the first time, the boutiquelike atmosphere was among the first things I noticed. The front half of the building is flooded with merchandise - from Pure Barre brand athletic clothes to Lily and Laura beaded bracelets and Emi-Jay hair ties. They definitely have the Tuscaloosa

female demographic down pat. The next thing I noticed was the dancer-esque workout ensembles sported by the instructors as well as the majority of the women in my class. I was surrounded by beautiful, already toned, ballerinas. By now my intimidation level had increased to an alltime high. My running shorts were a no-go and crew socks were borderline sinful. Be sure to purchase sticky socks for your first class and wear long leggings (capri length is also appropriate). The class moved quickly from warm-up, to light weights, to stretching, legs, glutes, abs and then more stretching; which kept things interesting and left no time for me to complain about my leg cramps. The pump-up music played throughout the class also helped keep me going when the going got tough, aka thighs. The instructors encouraged all participants to hold positions until muscles were shaking and fatigued - needless to say I was shaking and ready to fall over pretty quickly into each movement set. As I was contorted and bent into awkward positions that

somehow managed to target muscles I never knew existed, I gained a sense of respect for these girls I had immediately judged for their glitzy athletic wear and perfect make-up. Immediately following my seemingly humiliating workout I bolted for the door, my legs like jello, but was stopped by the friendly instructor who asked for my name and any questions I had regarding the Pure Barre techniques. Throughout my three week experience I was impressed with the friendly staff, eager to help and calm any newcomer’s anxiety. This was one of the reasons I left ready to try again, next time maybe a little less embarrassing and maybe even a little bit stronger. As the weeks progressed I definitely found the movements a little easier and found myself able to push myself a little harder. The newly formed indentation in my tiny bicep is my trophy for my hard work and is my incentive to keep trying and not just give it up like most of the workout trends I have tried. I never did buy the right clothes, I chose to stick to my guns and continue sporting my

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Pure Barre, located on McFarland Boulevard, offers student discounts. The Rec on campus also began offering Pure Barre classes this semester. lackluster gym clothes. I think budget, Pure Barre has cut toned Barre girls had tumbled they still accepted me. monthly rates from $255 to $125 down. I found myself eager to Many college students may a month for students. work harder in classes and be turned off to Pure Barre I encourage students to give might have made a friend or classes because of the high the Pure Barre technique a try. two in the process. price, especially considering At the end of the three weeks, Pure Barre is located at 1520 the fully-equipped Rec Center the wall I had created between McFarland Blvd., next to Bow on campus. Noting the college myself and the beautifully Regards.

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International students explain 1st impressions of typical Alabama day-wear By Abbey Crain

I have never been a fan of the Nike Tempos and extralarge T-shirt uniform sported by the majority of female students here at the University. I cannot wrap my head around why everyone would want to look the same, comfort aside. I think comfort can easily be achieved without swapping style for an ill-fitting T-shirt and neon tennis shoes. With that said, I also understand the majority of the ladies reading this column may not care what I think is appropriate day-wear. I decided to take look at

outside sources, international students with no previously conceived biased, to see their first reactions to UA women and their normal class outfits. Lucy Cheseldine, a 20-yearold American Literature major from Leeds, England, asked the first day she got to Tuscaloosa if everyone was going to the gym after seeing the superfluous amounts of athletic clothing around campus. “It’s very different from British fashion. People don’t seem to care about what they wear,” Cheseldine said. “Everyone wears sportswear for day-wear, and people all

dress very similarly.” the relaxed clothing choices A popular argument for up to the equally relaxed camsporting athletic gear to class pus atmosphere. is that some “We are more students do formal when we not care. This go to school,” I see some girls who are reseems contraDell’Adami said. ally nicely dressed, but most dictory when “Here, it is totalare in sports clothes. I do not the sportsly informal. It’s really see a lot of fashion wear is paired like you’re at here on campus. with expensive home.” name-brand Granted, a — Aylin Wispeler tennis shoes, homey school creaseless hair atmosphere is ties, Michael something to be Kors watches and David praised, but we, as students, Yurman jewelry. should take pride in our acaMarta Dell’Adami, a demically sound, national 21-year-old philosophy major c h a m p i o n s h i p - w i n n i n g from Vernona, Italy, chalks University by dressing like

we care. Aylin Wispeler, a 23-yearold business major from Germany, refuses to sport her suitcase full of trendy dresses and colored jeans, fearing a harsh gaze from the aforementioned sportswear-clad students. “The first day, I had the impression that I would be the only one in proper clothes not wearing gym pants,” Wispeler said. “I see some girls who are really nicely dressed, but most are in sports clothes. I do not really see a lot of fashion here on campus.” I love my school, and I love the fellow students that

accompany me to class, but I do not like the fashion rut we have dug ourselves into. Take this as a call to action, a rallying of the troops. I know you fellow fashionistas have it in you to work the creative outfits seen on the Strip at night and in Bryant-Denny on game weekends. The South is known for our beautiful women and classy charm, both of which are lacking here on campus when it comes to daytime outfits. Ladies, you are better than the frumpy silhouette of a T-shirt three sizes too big and shorts with built-in underwear.

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Gluten-free diet becoming well-known for possible benefits to long-term health, weight loss By Tricia Vaughan

The latest gluten-free diet craze, intended for individuals diagnosed with Celiac disease and gluten allergies, is receiving praise for its weight loss and health benefits from celebrities and everyday Americans. Gluten-free products have received so much recognition from the media and celebrities that their annual sales are anticipated to reach $2.6 billion this year. Manufacturers are begin-

ning to produce more gluten-free products so that in 2015, marketing research firm Packaged Facts reports the hot commodity will sell a whopping $5 billion. Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat and most grains, such as barley and rye. Doctors typically only recommend a gluten-free diet for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity -- individuals without the disease that suffer from bowel pain or discomfort caused by the protein.

Yet, many people without the allergy are adopting a gluten-free lifestyle, chiefly for the weight loss results. Those with an actual allergy, however, do so for a completely different reason. Lee Stowers, a senior at The University of Alabama studying exercise science and pre-physical therapy, was diagnosed five years ago with a gluten allergy. “Everyone always asks me, ‘how do you not eat bread? I would die.’ My answer always is when something makes you that sick you don’t miss it,”

Stowers said. “It has affected my lifestyle in a lot more positive ways than negative.” Singer and actress Miley Cyrus has become the unofficial spokeswoman for the gluten-free diet. Aside from her recent interviews discussing her new lifestyle, Liam Hemsworth’s bride-to-be is tweeting non-stop pictures showing off her new, slender physique. “For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy,” Cyrus tweeted on April 9 in defense of her drastic weight loss she credits to a gluten-free lifestyle.

The starlet is simply one of many who have made the change, claiming to physically feel better. Kristy Sillay, a graduate student at the University working for her master’s degree in health science, had to have three shots a week for her allergies and sinus problems. After reading that a glutenfree diet could help alleviate her symptoms, Sillay decided to give it a try. “I have noticed a significant difference when cutting gluten out of my diet. I feel better and not so fatigued,” Sillay, now gluten-free for three

months, said. “My allergy and sinus symptoms are almost nonexistent.” Although Cyrus and several other celebrities can attest to the slenderizing effects of a gluten-free diet, little experimental evidence proves that cutting out all gluten can shrink a waistline. A study in 2010 examining the benefits of a gluten-free diet found 22 of the 81 obese participants diagnosed with Celiac disease gained weight over the course of 2.8 years. Rather than going gluten-free to drop a few pounds, give it a try for the long-term benefits.

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These quick, easy recipes offer full flavor in less time By Kendal Beahm Fall semester is in full swing and time, for many students, is limited. So when you’re low on time but craving food that’s better than average, here are some easy recipes that all take less than 20 minutes to make. In the mood for seafood, but not feeling a pricey dinner at Chuck’s Fish? Shrimp is a great seafood ingredient capable of spicing up any meal. A great alternative to laborious recipes is one I found titled “best unsteamed shrimp” from allrecipes.com. For this recipe you will need one-fourth cup of butter, one pound of shrimp (peeled and deveined), two tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning (or any other type of creole/seafood spice) and one tablespoon of lemon juice. The best part of

this recipe is that in 20 minutes, and with a microwave, you can have delicious shrimp at your apartment or dorm. To start, place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and then microwave for 15 to 30 seconds until the butter is melted. Next, stir in the Old Bay seasoning and lemon juice into the butter mixture. Then put the shrimp on a microwave safe plate that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and pour the butter mixture over the shrimp. Cook the shrimp in the microwave for six minutes, rotating the shrimp every two minutes (you want to end up with pink shrimp.) Let cool and enjoy with cocktail sauce. A great alternative for Domino’s is “dorm room chicken parmesan.” This recipe only requires three ingredients and very little time. You need to

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Husack brings professionalism to men’s program By Aldo Amato Staff Reporter The integral piece to getting the Crimson Tide men’s tennis program back on track arrived this summer from the sunny shores of Southern California. George Husack, who helped guide the University of Southern California Trojans to four national titles as an assistant coach, was named head coach for the Crimson Tide in June. Husack, a native of San Mateo, California, said he wasn’t introduced to the game of tennis until later in his life. But ever since his sophomore year of high school, he has been devoted to life on the

We have a job and our job is to be successful coaches and set goals for our players and makes sure they are the best players they can be. — George Husack

tennis court. “I guess I was more of a late starter,” he said. “I played all sports growing up and so my interest in tennis got me involved in it.” After walking on at San Diego State University as an undergraduate, Husack helped guide the Aztecs to national prominence as team captain. But upon

the completion of his degree, Husack took a brief break from tennis. “I ended up taking a job in finance,” he said. “I wanted to go play a little bit more but I wanted to get a job and so I worked in finance for about two years.” But it wasn’t long before he rediscovered his passion for tennis. Husack started to get

involved again while in graduate school at The University of San Francisco. “I started training with a friend who was playing in lowlevel events and tours,” he said. “From there, it got me back into playing again, so I started playing in minor league tournaments, satellite tours and futures tournaments.” For a while, Husack played professionally in tournaments across North America, Europe and Asia. But he said while working out with a good friend at Santa Clara University, his passion for tennis took a different direction. “When I decided I didn’t want

to play tennis professionally anymore, I decided I wanted to get into coaching,” he said. “From there on I ended up assisting my friend at Santa Clara.” Husack spent seven years as an assistant coach and five years as the head coach of the Broncos before taking position as an associate head coach at The University of Illinois and then moving on to USC. What Husack said he hopes to bring to The University of Alabama men’s tennis program is a sense of discipline that, in the long run, translates into a national title. “I am bringing structure and vision to the program,” he

said. “From my experience so far, myself and coach [Ryler] DeHeart are holding guys accountable. We have a job and our job is to be successful coaches and set goals for our players and makes sure they are the best players they can be.” Husack said he is not looking too far ahead into the future but hopes to one day bring the Crimson Tide men’s tennis program to national prominence. “I’m focusing just on right now,” he said. “Here I want to be a championship contender for a national title and a conference title. How long that is going to take? I’m not too sure but I like what I see.”

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Stopping the spread: Ole Miss brings an up-tempo offense

By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor

For the last few weeks, Alabama has faced pro-style offenses, but this week it will see something different when the Ole Miss Rebels come to Tuscaloosa. The Rebels made the switch to a no-huddle, spread offense this offseason under first-year head coach Hugh Freeze and have had relative success with it so far. Through four weeks of the season, Ole Miss has averaged 36.8 points per game and have done it with tremendous balance, averaging 259.8 yards rushing and 228.3 passing. Last season, the Rebels finished 114th in total offensive yards per game, but are up to 24th under Freeze. “Ole Miss is really, a much, much, much improved

team,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “The offensive numbers that they’ve been able to put up against everyone that they’ve played -- they have been very, very impressive.” It’s the Rebels’ up-tempo style that has captured the Crimson Tide coach’s attention. Rather than huddling after every play to get a new call in, Freeze has his team rushing back to the line of scrimmage, looking to the sidelines for the call and snapping the ball as quickly as possible. This creates confusion for the defense, which has to make adjustments without much time to communicate. Saban compared it to Auburn’s offense under former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. “We just basically ‘muddle huddle’,” linebacker C.J.

Mosley said. “Where every- faster, reserves are counted body kind of gets in their posi- on to quickly substitute in tion so they won’t be running and contribute right away. “ W e ’ r e all over the going to play field once they against a team get ready. It’s The offensive numbers that that’s going kind of hard to to try to run simulate that they’ve been able to put 80 plays on kind of thing up against everyone that offense. That’s in practice. But they’ve played, they have their goal,” the main thing been very, very impressive. Saban said. we’ve got to do “More players is just every— Nick Saban are going to body look to have to conthe sideline at tribute and the coach. It’s all players that play are going about communication.” Conditioning will be the to have to be able to sustain key, as the Tide tries to their performance for a lonkeep its best players on the ger period of time.” Another feature of Ole field, but team depth will be equally important. With Miss’ offense is the read Alabama winning big the option, where the quarterlast few weeks, reserve back makes a split-second players have gotten significant decision of whether to hand playing time at the end of the ball off to the running games. As players get tired back, or keep it himself. The

key is reading the defensive end opposite the quarterback -- hence the name “read option.” If he crashes in to stop the run, the quarterback keeps it. But if he stays in place, the running back gets the ball. Alabama saw a little bit of read option during its season opener vs. Michigan. Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson was held to just 27 yards on 10 carries and Vincent Smith led all Michigan rushers with 33 yards. “As a defense, we’ve got to be ready for things like that,” Mosley said. “We worked on it during camp and actually did it during spring ball. We kind of practice on other teams so when the time comes we have some film on what we need to do and what we need to improve on.”

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Junior defensive back Dee Milliner prepares for a play by the Razorbacks. The Alabama Crimson Tide shut out the Arkansas Razorbacks 52-0 on Sept. 15 in Fayetteville, Ark.


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