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CW | Austin Bigoney In the past year, The University of Alabama’s ground use policy has been questioned on several occasions. The policy was revised in July and has since allowed for expedited requests. By Jordan Cissell | Contributing Writer

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Army ROTC cadets go international Program allows cadets to practice leadership skills By Reed O’Mara | Contributing Writer Five University of Alabama Army ROTC juniors, at least three of whom had never previously been out of the country, experienced deployment without combat this summer as they journeyed around the globe to places as far-reaching as Mongolia and Thailand, with Cadet Command’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program. CULP offers three different avenues of military immersion abroad for cadets in the program: humanitarian service, militaryto-military contact with the host country and social, cultural and historical education about the visited country by the cadet. In SEE ROTC PAGE 5

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Though student organizers of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door 2013 march never formally submitted a permit request for grounds use, the University of Alabama administration used recent summer revisions to the Facilities and Grounds Use Policy to permit the demonstration and grant an “expedited approval process,” UA officials said. “The grounds use permit is a mechanism that allows UA to determine whether requested events can be held without interfering with academic programs, normal business operations and previously scheduled events. UA determined that the event, as described to University officials the day before, would not interfere with the academic and business environment, and a GUP was approved on Tuesday afternoon

to tell us to move it to some corner of the Quad where it wouldn’t have had as big of an impact.” According to the “Reservation Requirements” section of the Facilities and Grounds Use Policy listed on UA Facilities’ web page, “Other than uses for casual recreational or social activities, reservations must be made for the use of buildings and grounds under the control of the University, including University sidewalks (an ‘Event’). Requests for Event reservations will be granted in accordance with the priorities of the designated area. The request must be made by a signed, written application to the appropriate office as set out in the procedures referenced below.” Green said demonstration organizers had not originally planned to alert UA administration to the march’s execution or

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[Sept. 17],” Director of Media Relations Cathy Andreen said in an emailed statement. The march, held Wednesday, Sept. 18, was organized in response to allegations of racial discrimination in the formal recruitment process of certain Panhellenic sororities detailed in The Crimson White’s Sept. 11 article “The Final Barrier.” The march began on the steps of Gorgas Library and ended at the front entrance to Rose Administration Building. Ross Green, one of the demonstration’s student organizers, said event leaders did not file a written request for use of Gorgas Library or Rose Administration Building. “We never filed any paperwork for a grounds use permit, and we never had any intention of doing so because we were set on doing it on the steps of Rose,” Green said. “We didn’t want them

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Smith Hall celebrates Fossil Day The Alabama Museum of Natural History will host a National Fossil Day event at Smith Hall’s grand gallery on Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. The event will feature demonstration tables with the department of geology and the evolutionary studies program, interactive activities for children in the museum’s discovery lab, and several fossils on display. The new Elasmosaur specimen, collected this summer in Greene County by middle school students during an annual expedition, will also be on display.

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Initiative educates young leaders Leadership UA, a leadership development initiative for sophomores, juniors and seniors, is taking applications for its three-phase program, which will begin in the spring. The mission of the program is to teach participants strategies to be effective and ethical leaders in the world in a variety of fields. Composed of three semester-long phases. All participants are expected to attend every session, held Tuesday nights from 4-6 p.m. Students are also expected to participate in group discussions and service projects. Students can access the application at leadership.ua. edu. For more information, contact Kaitlin Hartley at krhartley@sa.ua.edu or (205) 348-2836.

CW | Lindsay Leonard Students play with puppies on the Quad during class breaks as part of a week-long SGA-sponsored event.

UA Law School named best value For the second year in a row, The University of Alabama School of Law was named the best value for law school in an annual list published by The National Jurist. Alabama’s law school graduates consistently find work with a weighted employment rate of nearly 90 percent and an average debt of a little more than $67,000. When ranking the schools, the magazine measured statistics such as tuition costs, living expenses, bar passage rates, debt and employment, with employment weighted the heaviest. Only the University of California Irvine School of Law had a higher employment rate at 92 percent, though its graduates do not pass the bar exam as often as UA graduates. Other SEC schools in the top 20 included Louisiana State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Mississippi and the University of South Carolina.

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California tea party supporters revel in role in government shutdown From MCT Campus Their partisans in Washington, D.C., have shut down the government and, as the debt ceiling deadline nears, have given much of the country a case of the shakes. But these are heady times for the tea party. “It’s amazing how we can be completely irrelevant and shut down Congress at the same time,” one of the movement’s early organizers, Mark Meckler, said at a Saturday evening gathering at the weekend state Republican party convention in Anaheim, Calif. Minutes earlier, Tim Donnelly, a former Minuteman border watch leader who is the movement’s favored candidate for

governor, rolled into the meeting to a standing ovation from nearly 200 tea party supporters. “And they say the tea party is dead?” he opened. Not quite. The movement may not have demonstrated electoral heft in California yet – Republicans hold no state offices and are outmanned in Sacramento, Calif. and in Washington, D.C., and tea party members can claim only some of those seats. But they made themselves heard this weekend. Members helped push several resolutions during Sunday’s general session, including ones to require voters to show identification before casting ballots and to gut the state’s high speed rail program. The tea party caucus was

making its first appearance at a state party convention, after launching a determined effort to build its presence within the party rather than either ally or attack from the outside. But its outsider genes were evident, as was its air of grievance. “There’s been no place for people who have been left out and left behind to go,” Donnelly said, “besides the tea party.” Saturday, before one of the most enthusiastic meetings of the three-day session, Meckler blistered party leaders for accepting donations from the SEIU labor group and the prison guards union. He also attacked past state party chairman Ron Nehring and the gubernatorial candidate for whom Nehring is working, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado.

Veterans don’t want to be ‘pawns’ in shutdown fight From MCT Campus As the impact on veterans becomes part of the contentious debate over the government shutdown, the commander of one of the nation’s leading veterans organizations said Friday that they should not become a political “pawn” for warring lawmakers. In a news conference in front of the barricaded World War II Memorial, American Legion Commander Daniel Dellinger said the veterans are concerned about the shutdown’s impact on their benefits and services, which he said “transcend politics.” “You cannot use American veterans or servicemen and women as pawns in

this issue,” Dellinger said. “Veterans earn their benefits through their honorable service, many of them seriously disabled as a result of that service. To threaten suspension of their benefits is not only absurd, it’s cruel.” His remarks came in a week when several Honor Flights of World War II veterans from various states made pilgrimages to the memorial. Some had to overcome barricades outside the memorial to pay homage to the war they fought seven decades ago. The closing of the memorial, as well as other national monuments and sites operated by the National Parks Service, triggered anger on Capitol Hill, where veterans issues usually provoke an

outpouring of patriotic political rhetoric. Lawmakers from both parties hastened down to the memorial this week to greet the veterans and stake out positions on the shutdown. “I just think it’s outrageous, and I think people realize that it’s not sustainable to deny these folks who might have their last chance to come to this monument,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Friday. Against that backdrop, Dellinger said that the veterans who visit the site don’t care about politics, but are only there to honor the price that many have paid to secure the nation’s freedom. An Honor Flight with veterans from Texas was scheduled for a visit Friday afternoon.


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Pita Pit on University UA grad appointed to U.S. Homeland Security position reopens, seeks owner By Ellen Coogan | Staff Reporter

By Rachel Brown | Contributing Writer When recalling some of her favorite college memories, Huban Gowadia points to Snickers, Diet Coke and late-night lab write-ups with her friends. Her hard work and diligence paid off, and in 1993 Gowadia graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in aerospace engineering. Michael Freeman, a retired UA professor, said he distinctly remembers Gowadia being an excellent student and a brilliant engineer. The two met during Gowadia’s freshman year at the Capstone in 1989 when she began her engineering coursework. On Sept. 3, close to 25 years later, Gowadia received a presidential appointment to be the director for Domestic Nuclear Detection in the United States Department of Homeland Security. Freeman said the president chose wisely. “They made a great choice,” Freeman said. “Huban is extremely brilliant intellectually. She cares about people a lot, she is a loyal citizen of the U.S., and what she’s working on is important.” After graduating from the Capstone, Gowadia continued her studies at Pennsylvania State University where she earned her doctorate. Gowadia was one of only three people, incidentally all female, from her graduating class at the University to continue on to complete her Ph.D. in engineering. Prior to her appointment, Gowadia served in various roles at the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. “I would have to say the most impactful and shaping event of my life was Sept. 11,” Gowadia said. “Right

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then and there learning curves were steepened at an incredible pace. … I realized the words of good mentors at the time, and teammates, because we had to do very difficult things in very short periods of time.” Gowadia was in Washington, D.C., at the time, as a program manager responsible for airport checkpoints. “There was a tremendous spirit to take care of our nation,” she said. “It helped me realize that if I was going to be professionally satisfied, service to a bigger cause was going to be important.” After 9/11, Gowadia continued to serve her country and began working for the Department of Homeland Security shortly after its inception. Upon learning of her recent appointment, Gowadia said she was thrilled to have the opportunity. She said she wanted to reach out to friends, family and mentors to tell them thank you. “I felt incredibly indebted to a lot of people,” she said. Michael Freeman learned of her appointment shortly after its announcement. “She is a very honorable, honest individual,” Freeman said. “I am really proud to have her be one of our alumnus.”

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NAACP hosts community viewing of ‘The Great Debaters’ By Alex Swatson | Contributing Writer Nature, education and entertainment are three of the main factors that will be highlighted by The University of Alabama chapter of NAACPs community viewing of “The Great Debaters” Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Quad. “The Great Debaters” teaches the importance of following one’s dreams, the importance of education and teaches the importance of teamwork,” UA NAACP Vice President Khiteriara Brown said. “As an NAACP organized event, this movie supports our organization because it portrays African-Americans overcoming tribulation.” Brett Saunders, president of UA NAACP, said he expects students to walk away from this event happy that they came and thinking about the context of the movie and how they

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After a slow decline in sales last spring and temporary closure, Pita Pit on the Strip reopened Sept. 21 and is looking for a new store owner. The store is currently owned by Pita Pit USA and is available for those interested in purchase. “I’m excited. It’s a completely different store. We have money; we have food,” Kimberly Case, shift manager at Pita Pit, said. Some customers said the temporary closing took them by surprise after attempting to pick up a meal from the Strip location. “I had a full punch card, and I came in like a day or two after they closed to use my punch card, and I literally stood here at the door that had no sign or anything. The door was locked, and I was like, ‘Why aren’t you open?’,” Greg Morris, a former UA student, said. The previous owner had personal issues which led to the neglect and eventual closing of the store, Kyle Naff, store manager, said. Naff was also general manager under the previous store owner and helped in the process of trying to sell the franchise. “Basically, he couldn’t reach a deal with someone, so he ran out of time

and money,” Naff said. “Anyone that came here in the spring knew that we had a really limited menu selection, and that was all because the budget was so small for buying food and stuff like that.” Case also worked under the previous owner and said the store faced a multitude of issues through its decline in the spring. “[The previous owner] quit paying his employees. He stopped paying for food. Kyle did what he could, but it’s hard to save a store when the owner doesn’t care,” Case said. Along with new ownership came several new menu items, a pita steamer to warm the pitas before they are stuffed and different uniforms. “We’re back open. We’re a healthy alternative to anything else out here, and all but one of our pitas are under 500 calories,” Naff said. Students said they are excited about the store reopening. “This is my first time coming [to the new Pita Pit], and you know what, I love the place,” Steven Berry, a senior majoring in computer engineering, said. “I used to live behind the Strip, and I would come here a few times a week. It has that same heavy feel of the pita, good taste, good service, and it’s a little bit more professional this time around.”

can apply it to their lives. He said the organization plans to provide a relaxed and safe atmosphere by serving refreshments while students enjoy the movie and the scenery of the Quad. “The NAACP is an organization that stands for the equality of all people,” Saunders said. “Our mission is to help those who feel like the minority in a situation and to find a resolution that creates a better societal climate for all parties involved.” The NAACP welcomes interested people of all ethnicities. Students who are interested in becoming a member of the national organization must submit an application and pay an annual fee but those who are interested in becoming a member at the university level can follow the UA chapter on Twitter @UA_NAACP1909.


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Students sound off on government shutdown By John Brinkerhoff | Opinion Editor

ing the government, while Democrats, who control the Senate and the White House, argue that Republicans are holding the government hostage in an attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act. This shutdown, has profoundly affected students across the nation, including those here in Tuscaloosa. Research grants have been suspended, students have found themselves out of internships, and many family members of the UA community have been furloughed. The other issues have, in the eyes of some, led to the shutdown, such as the Affordable Care Act, also hold implications for stu-

For the first time in almost two decades, the federal government has entered a shutdown, furloughing thousands of employees and bringing the majority of government operations to a halt. At the core of the shutdown is the failure of Congress and the White House to agree on a resolution to fund the government. Out of this disagreement come two conflicting narratives. Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, argue that Democrats refuse to negotiate, or compromise, on anything related to fund-

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dents. The University recently announced that students’ work hours would be limited due to the new health care law. Given not only the shutdown’s effects on students, but also the role of our generation in the securing of America’s future, it is critical for discussions to be held. Today, columnists present their views on the shutdown, its effect on students and moving forward. It is my hope that these views will add to the larger discussion about the issue. John Brinkerhoff is the Opinion Editor of The Crimson White.

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Americans used as pawns in Paid members of Congress Machiavellian government move the real non-essential workers By Kyle Jones | Staff Columnist

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On Oct. 1, Congress failed to pass a spending plan for the 2013 fiscal year. As a result the federal government shut down, and millions of federal employees were furloughed as a result. All those deemed nonessential employees were dismissed without pay or benefits. In the meantime, the political leaders who failed to pass this funding plan still receive payment and benefits because of the 27th Amendment. This reminds me, as Machiavelli wrote, “People cannot make themselves secure except by being powerful.” In a republic, the power rests with the electorate – the national good placed above the good of the representatives. Sadly this appears to be the case in theory alone. In truth, every decision made in Congress for the past week has been made seeking to secure power. Since the shutdown, House Republicans have attempted to fund the government through a series of continuing resolutions aimed at funding the government one piece at a time. At every turn, Democrats in the House and Senate have opposed and killed the measures. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid argued that Speaker John Boehner promised a “clean” continuing resolution before the August recess, provided that spending would not exceed $998 billion, As such, Reid will not consider any compromise until the House passes a single funding plan free of any provisions to defund Obamacare. Reid said if he compromises, people will believe he and his party will break down any time the Republicans try to renegotiate the terms of an agreement. This unwillingness to compromise has upset the balance of power between the two houses of Congress. It is the responsibility of the House to pass any spending measure, and it is up to the Senate to revise the measure. The House is not meant to be beholden to Senate leadership. That being said, Republicans are not without blame. Many Republicans now in the House were elected on platforms that involved

The federal government shutdown would be a joke if it weren’t so serious. The evening news is littered with stories of broken people who are struggling to get by without an income. People who have spent years in public service as a government worker are now labeled as “nonessential” and told to sit at home and wait. Countless children are witnessing enormous pressure on their parents as a direct result of government action. For the first time in their lives, some people are realizing how government can matter. And it’s not for the better. This is a very strange tact to take for the party of “hard work” and of “picking yourself up by your own bootstraps.” The Republicans in the House have kicked the furloughed federal workers out of their offices, ripped off their government-issued bootstraps and tossed them into dead-bolted conference rooms dotting the bureaucracy. They have stagnated progress and put lives on hold for nothing. Well, not nothing – just trying to stop a law passed three years ago by both houses of Congress, signed into law by the president of the United States and then reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. And by the way, that law? It only expands health insurance to millions of Americans. No you’re right, stop paying our soldiers and stunt our scientific development because of spilled-milk tears. The workers don’t want to be at home, waiting to be essential again. They don’t want to be another face of the taker class, some chump in the “47 percent.” But that’s how many on the right view them. A life in public service is nothing more than a step up from a homeless shelter resident or an Obama phone plan member (not real, by the way). Get rid of the Department of Education, the EPA, the IRS and all the rest, except for the Department of Defense, of course. Oops. They want to drown the federal government in a bathtub of gridlock and back pay. For guys like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan, a shut down

Kyle Jones repealing Obamacare. As such, failing to do so would be failing their campaign promises. This could lead their constituency to replace them. So they decided to take a gamble to unnecessarily defund it. Before the shutdown the Republicans were on a political high. After several scandals within the administration and tensions of war in Syria, they were in a position to potentially seize control of the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. Now their greed and gamble emulate petulant children. What’s more, their gamble for absolute victory puts American stability and economic prosperity in jeopardy. There are many among you who claim what is going on in Congress is a reflection of fighting among the people, or you want to blame it on the other guy. The simple truth is we have bound ourselves to bureaucracy through hegemony, and it horrifies us when it’s seen in full duplicate splendor. If our nation is to be secured and our future preserved, we must cast down dogmatic bureaucracy and pursue government reform to limit federal power. If we don’t, we will remain pawns to those who recognize the truth of my words and who allow their own Machiavellian ambitions to be their salvation. Kyle Jones is a sophomore majoring in political science and Spanish. His column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.

Rich Robinson government is a good government. That’s the fundamental disconnect. While most Americans don’t like the government, they want it to run well and do good things. It seems that the majority of Republicans in the House don’t want it to exist at all, except for the parts that mail them their checks. “Whatever gets them good press,” Congressman Paul Terry, R-Neb, said when asked, if he would join other members of Congress in donating his salary during the shutdown. “That’s all that it’s going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.” Yes, congressman. You’re right. That’s not going to fly because you don’t deserve a dime from the American people. The fact that we allow those we elect to serve us in Congress to collect a check when nearly 800,000 other government workers can’t is a travesty. It makes us look weak and out of touch around the world. How could the greatest democracy in the world allow such drivel’s to spew from an elected member of its people house? Maybe for the next shutdown we can let the real “nonessential” workers go without pay. We call them Congress. Rich Robinson is a junior majoring in telecommunication and film. His column runs weekly on Tuesdays.

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Problematic Obamacare unfair to young people, married couples By Claire Chretien | Staff Columnist Much has been made of the current government shutdown. The root of this problem isn’t lack of bipartisanship, it’s the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which hurts young people and damages the market. Obamacare forces young people to pay more for health insurance in order to pay for older people’s health insurance, which is costlier than ours. It also forbids health insurance companies from denying people coverage because of pre-existing conditions. A health insurance company refusing to cover someone because of a pre-existing condition may sound callous, but that’s how the insurance market works. Just as no company would provide someone with insurance for his house the day after it burned down, no health insurance company

Claire Chretien has any interest in insuring people who have pre-existing conditions. It would be one thing if the government came up with a plan to start subsidizing high-risk pools where those with pre-existing conditions could obtain insurance, but the government instead chose to force everyone into the market. Many of the plans in the state health insurance marketplace – the exchange – will cover abortion. Anyone who selects a plan with abortion coverage will pay a second

fee every month on top of his or her premium just for abortion coverage. People can’t opt out of the coverage unless they switch to a plan that doesn’t include abortions. And you may not know your plan covers it until the very last minute, when it’s too late to opt out. It’s apparently not enough to feed Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion chain, $542 million in taxpayer money per year. The federal government has chosen Planned Parenthood to be a “Navigator” for Obamacare, which will mean that in addition raking in money from its “Navigator” grant, the abortion giant will be trying to convince its customers to sign up for Obamacare. Even more alarmingly, thanks to Obamacare, a portion of your taxes will subsidize people who choose abortion in their new federally subsidized health care plans. The abortion

industry is already licking its greedy chops. Another disturbing portion of Obamacare is its peculiar unfairness toward married couples. Obamacare counts a married dual-income couple as having one income, whereas it counts an unmarried, cohabiting, dual-income couple as having two separate incomes. This means cohabiting couples will be treated as having lower incomes, thus granting them higher health care subsidies. So, if two couples make the same amount of money but one couple is cohabitating and the other couple is married, the married couple will suffer financially under Obamacare. Obamacare’s unnecessary “wedding tax” penalizes married couples every year of their marriage, too. Why get married, anyway? Companies like Subway and Wendy’s are cutting employee hours

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to fewer than 30 hours a week so they don’t have to comply with the Obamacare mandate to provide their employees with expensive health insurance. It’s easy to ridicule conservatives for talking about Obamacare “death panels,” but health care rationing is real and coming soon to a hospital near you. Obamacare’s independent payment advisory boards allow a panel of strangers to decide how much money a person can spend on health care. It doesn’t matter if that person can pay for it all out of pocket, he or she simply won’t be allowed to. Obamacare is bad news for our generation. Claire Chretien is a junior majoring in public relations and American studies. Her column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.

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location before the event actually took place. “It was initially planned to be much louder and disruptive, to be much more of an active protest,” he said. Green said University officials, including Mark Nelson, vice president for Student Affairs and vice provost, asked to meet with Green and other organizers Tuesday, Sept. 17. “While the demonstration was still under wraps, we met with the administration and we told them we were intent on doing it at Rose [Administration Building]. We met the day before to discuss what all was going on, our plans and their plans for what steps were going to be taken,” Green said. “I think they realized just how important this was to all of us, and word had leaked to them about the demonstration. Dr. Nelson streamlined the process for us, and he made it to where we could demonstrate there without having to file for a grounds use permit.” The “streamlining” described by Green lent itself to the University’s approval of a grounds use permit, Andreen said. “[Dr. Nelson] facilitated the approv-

al of the grounds use permit,” she said. “Student-organized events can be granted a GUP if the event is in response to issues that are currently in the news. The grounds use permit allows for an expedited approval process under those circumstances.” In an audio interview obtained by WVUA-FM the day of the demonstration, Nelson said he had met with organizers the day before, but he said the demonstration had received a grounds use permit from the University. “No, it will not be another Harlem Shake. That’s true,” Nelson said. “They have a grounds use permit, actually. I saw to that yesterday.” Nelson was referring to the Feb. 18 incident when UAPD shut down a student-organized “Harlem Shake” filming session on the steps of Gorgas for lacking a grounds use permit. The “Other Campus Grounds-Use” section of the policy confirms the permission process may be influenced by the timeliness of the event’s focus, stating, “If an Event is spontaneous, such that it is occasioned by news or issues coming into public knowledge within the preceding two calendar days, an expedited request for a GUP may be made by a University Affiliate.” The policy now makes a parallel concession for “a counter-event, such that it is occasioned in response to

an Event for which a GUP has been issued.” Amanda Reyes said these exceptions were not afforded to her when she applied for a permit to pass out fliers in response to the Bama Students for Life’s Genocide Awareness demonstration on the Quad April 10 and 11. “I definitely think we should have been able to apply to get an expedited permit, and, apparently, the person I spoke with through the Grounds department did not know about this rule or was not willing to let me know that it existed. Though we were not represented by the Alabama Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Justice, I was able to fill out and submit a grounds use permit application form through this organization within an hour of being threatened with arrest,” Reyes, then a women’s studies graduate student and president of the Alabama Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Justice, said in an emailed statement. The policy states its contents were revised in July 2013, and Andreen said the items outlining the exceptions for spontaneous and counter events were added to the policy at this time. “Those provisions were added when the grounds use policy was updated in July,” Andreen said. “The University regularly reviews the poli-

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2012 alone, 1,200 cadets went abroad with CULP. Army Lt. Col. Kenneth Kemberly, who is in charge of the UA Army ROTC battalion, said CULP is neither a study abroad program nor completely altruistic. He said he believes the program essentially has 18- to 19-year-olds conduct U.S. foreign policy and opens the door to more cultural understanding and peace abroad. Army Capt. Jack Benford, who also works with the battalion, said he looks for cadets of the highest caliber to participate in the program. “They have to show leadership capability,” Benford said. “They have to show the ability to work as a team player. They have to be athletic, to be held in high esteem academically.” During the fall semester, Kemberly casts out a net to find cadets interested in the program. From there, a two-tier selection process ensues. First, the University’s ROTC officials make a merit-based list, ranking cadets by physical fitness, GPA, an essay written by the cadet and other information provided by the cadet’s commanding officer. Cadets must be contracted to an Army obligation after college to be eligible. After the list is compiled, the second tier in the application process involves higher-echelon commanders from the brigade level compiling another list, ranking cadets to find the best among them. Gregory Hacker, a junior cadet majoring in finance, went to the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, for 29 days and had little knowledge of the country before departing. “The trip has impacted me because it gave me opportunities to be in leadership, so I actually got to serve as a platoon sergeant,” Hacker said. “I still Submitted have to learn, and I still have to go through by the books. But I’ve actuCULP allows UA Army ROTC cadets to conduct U.S. foreign policy ally got that experience of being in that and develop a more cultural understanding of peace abroad. position under real military situations.”

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cy to be sure that it continues to meet our needs.” Reyes said police approached herself, and other students, distributing pamphlets in front of BSFL’s display after a third-party observer complained to officers. “I made handbills and, via Facebook, let people know that I would be distributing them to anyone who would care to have them. I have no idea how many people were involved or who all of those people were. This was not an organized demonstration or counter-protest,” she said. Reyes said her efforts should not have qualified as an event requiring a grounds use permit, as the activity was an “unorganized action” not under the direction of any student organization. Furthermore, she said students “should have a right to free speech.” “If The University of Alabama would like all students organizing responses to events to have a permit that it can take up to 10 business days to procure, they should be required to post notice of on-campus events in a space that is available to all students at least 14 business days before the event will take place,” Reyes said. Claire Chretien, president of Bama Students for Life, said her organization applied for a grounds use permit one month before the demonstration

Hacker’s trip was a United Nations mission called Khaan Quest Multinational Support Peace Keeping Operation, funded by the U.S. government and hosted by Mongolia. Fifteen militaries, all U.S. allies and members of the UN, worked together for the latter two weeks of Hacker’s stay, beginning with sporting activities that encouraged relations between cadets from different countries and ended with simulation training exercises. The first portion of Hacker’s CULP trip was spent as a part-time tourist, visiting historic sites such as a famous statue of Genghis Khan, as well as a local, living with nomads for some time in their mobile homes, or “gers.” He rode horses and camels, hiked in the mountains and held exotic birds, such as vultures and golden eagles, in the countryside, which he said GPS tracking couldn’t even locate. Hacker said the experience was eye-opening, especially since he had never been out of the U.S. before. He described Mongolia as “poverty-driven” and verging on becoming a secondworld country. While there, he said he saw how something as simple as hot water for showering can be taken for granted in the United States but can be so rare elsewhere. “To see the people and children and how they live, but how happy they were, too - that impacted me,” Hacker said. “Because maybe I should second guess when I start complaining about the little things.” Chase D’Amato, a junior cadet majoring in criminal justice, traveled to Romania with CULP to work with the Romanian Special Intervention Brigade. He had a similar experience to Hacker, as he and his team instructed the Romanian military in three courses: English, writing, and the tactical use of English in order to give orders, conduct operations and communicate with online medevacs for additional first aid information. “It was fun to watch our students from the beginning of training them all the way to the end, even though it was a short time,” D’Amato said. “The biggest thing we taught them over

CW | Belle Newby took place. “Bama Students for Life applied for a grounds use permit on March 11, 2013. On April 1, 2013 we received a letter from the University informing us our application had been approved,” she said in an emailed statement. “We informed the University that we would be showing images of both historical and contemporary genocide.” Chretien said Bama Students for Life welcomed counter-protesters at the demonstration, the purpose of which was to “create a dialogue about abortion.” “To suggest that BSFL received any special treatment in the Orwellian grounds permit application process is demonstrably untrue, as evidenced by the fact that it took the University nearly a month to grant us permission to show campus the reality of abortion, and we were restricted to distributing literature from only behind the barricade that separated the images from the crowd,” she said. Reyes said she does not believe her forced cessation was the result of bias on the part of the UA administration. “The initial complaint to the police about our actions was from a person who did not approve of our message, but I do not think the actions of the University administration or the University police were motivated by our message,” she said. “They cannot be blamed for the faulty system.”

there was our army values, our warrior ethos, and I think that translates to any country’s military – they’re great values and a great basis.” D’Amato said he felt personally impacted by his trip, solidifying his decision to join the military. Tyler Thomas, a junior cadet majoring in international relations with a focus in Arabic, found himself in Thailand this past summer. He expected to be stationed in Jordan, but tensions with Syria moved the mission to Thailand. Thomas worked with the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy in the jungle surrounding Bangkok, helping the CRMA’s cadets learn conversational English by using small training operations to break the language barrier. “[In the jungle], it was hot and rainy. Some of the guys on the team were freaking out, saying they were hearing tigers and stuff, but I don’t believe them,” he said. “We stayed in barracks some of the time, and the barracks didn’t have any air conditioning.” Thomas’s experiences abroad were diverse, spanning from cultural to educational. He was able to spend time seeing the sites of Bangkok, including the temples, one in which a Buddhist monk blessed his team. Additionally, he bonded with some of the students in the political science department at the academy. “I had some great discussions with cadets, and I thought it was one of the craziest things that I sat around one day with a couple of their cadets and we were talking about politics and political structures around the world,” he said. Thomas said CULP prepared him for going through the channels of deployment as well as cultural sensitivity. “Our whole global mission is to reach out to other nations and help and support them in what they’re trying to accomplish in their own countries. My kind of grasp on the thing is, if you want to be a leader in the Army one day, this is what we do,” he said. “This program is perfect for giving you a view of what we’re doing on a global stage.”


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Apps help navigate midterm madness Students can stay organized and informed this semester By Tara Massouleh | Staff Reporter With the beginning of October comes the beginning of the real fall semester. If the chilly mornings, release of Starbucks’ seasonal drink menu and the steady transition

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itunes.com Remember when we all thought Pandora was the coolest thing ever? And then Spotify came along, and it was infinitely cooler. Well, Songza trumps them both. It’s essentially the same music playlist concept with two innovative modifications that make all the difference. You can still search artists and songs to listen to playlists, but rather than producing computer-generated lists like Pandora, Songza provides thousands of personally made playlists by music experts. Unlike Spotify or Pandora, Songza also allows you to pick a playlist based on your activity, i.e. studying, exercising or entertaining.

from Nike shorts to leggings weren’t indication enough, we certainly know the semester is in full swing by our demanding workloads and even more demanding social schedules. With so much to do and so little time, efficiency is key to survival. Luckily, we live in

the age of technology where smartphones provide shortcuts to help us track everything from our cars to our grades to weekly drink specials. So here’s a list of seven free apps to help you survive every aspect of the constant chaos that is the season of midterms.

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itunes.com For those mornings when you’re in a hurry and can’t remember where you left your phone the night before, Find My iPhone can be a quick and easy lifesaver. Find My iPhone can locate your lost or stolen phone using GPS services and give you driving directions to get to it. The app also offers options to play a sound from your phone, lock your phone and wipe your phone’s memory all from any other iOS device.

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itunes.com Seems like a no-brainer, right? Attend The University of Alabama; download its app. Even though this may seem like a rookie move reserved for anxious freshmen, everyone can benefit from the app’s central, easily accessible location for links to campus maps, directories, athletic information and general UA news. Not to mention you can track Crimsonride buses, view your ACT card balances, check the status of your laundry in residence halls and link directly to Blackboard Learn.

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itunes.com For many of us, college is our first experience managing money. Many of us are working and paying rent for the first time, which means we have to budget our money for college’s expansive expenses. And even for those privileged enough to receive monthly allowances from parents, budgeting is still necessary to make sure there is enough money to buy both the anatomy book and the $5 pitcher. To use Mint, users add their bank, credit or loan accounts, and Mint automatically classifies transactions based on categories such as restaurants, gas, movies and utilities. Mint also offers options to receive bill reminders and create customized budgets.

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The ultimate personal assistant, Evernote allows you to create and edit text notes, make interactive to-do lists, record voice and audio notes, share notes with others through Facebook or Twitter, save important webpages or documents, and sync all of this to your computer. As an added bonus, it has a built-in Control+F to search and find text within images.

Originally created by UA students to compile drink specials in Tuscaloosa, the app has now expanded to include bars in Auburn, Huntsville, and Orlando, Fla., but it remains most popular here in town. Red Cup allows you to search for drink specials at 18 different Tuscaloosa bars based on the type of drink. The app also provides interactive maps, information on cover charges and band performances at bars.

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Maxi skirts maximize versatility for every season By Bianca Martin I will admit, it took me quite a while to jump onboard the maxi skirt bandwagon. I never could find the occasion or the courage to try the bold trend. But as time went on, I realized that it was a skirt length not going away any time soon. Finally, I decided to try it and instantly understood why it is a style that has lasted so long. The maxi skirt can bring a twist to an otherwise ordinary outfit and can be worn in many different ways. Even if you think it’s not the style for you or that you will have to wait until next summer to try it, think again. They have proven to have a lasting power over the cyclical trends wheel, and you can bet they will come back SSubmitted Su ubbm mititt tte ted PPh hot oto IlIIllustration llu llu lust lust strraatition on by by Em mily ilily SSw weennssoon we Photo Emily Swenson

again and again each season. Why? One word: versatility. No matter who you are, where you are going or what time of the year it is, a maxi skirt can be included in your wardrobe. I believe this is one of the most versatile trends the fashion world has seen lately. There really is one for every occasion. I see maxi skirts almost everywhere. While they are perfect for summertime occasions like a trip to the beach or a wedding, they can also fit plenty of other situations. Walk around campus and you can see one paired with a simple cropped T-shirt and sandals for class. Go out to the Strip one night, and you can find one worn with a nicer shirt and heels. Maxis have even become a big hit for gameday outfits, paired with pretty tanks ot strapless tops. They truly can be worn almost anywhere. Maxi skirts have many pat-

terns, colors and fabrics that are perfect for each season. The biggest misconception about them is that they are strictly for summertime only. While it is true they have the easy, laid-back feel that is perfect for summer, they can definitely be transitioned into fall weather. There are plenty available with the solid, rich colors of fall that come in fabrics that will keep your legs warm. Try pairing a solid-colored skirt with a warm sweater for a cooler day. Finish off your look with a pair of boots or other closed-toe shoes. If you are afraid your legs will still be cold, wear a pair of leggings under it. Nobody will be able to see your cold weather coverups. Short people can rock them too. If you are vertically challenged like me, the first thing you think of when seeing a maxi skirt is that it would be way too long

on you. As someone who barely stands over 5 feet tall on my best days, I understand the intimidation and frustration of holding one up and seeing it is almost as long as you are tall. But I believe maxi skirts can be worn by anyone, no matter your height. If you believe you are too short, try one that cinches around the middle of your waist. If that is still too long, pair it with comfortable heels. You may be surprised how nice such a long skirt can look on a short person. I know I was. If you have always been tempted to try out the maxi skirt trend, there is no better time than now. With all the different styles out there and different ways they can be worn, these skirts are a perfect way to spice up your wardrobe – even if you do trip over it as you walk up the stairs. Nobody said fashion was perfect.


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MEN’S GOLF

Crimson Tide faces stiff competition at tournament By Nick Sellers | Staff Reporter The No. 1 Alabama men’s golf team traveled to nearby Vestavia Hills, Ala., Monday to compete in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate tournament. The tournament, Alabama’s second team function of the fall season, began Monday and will finish Tuesday at the National Old Overton Golf Club. Essentially billed as a home match, the event’s namesake, Jerry Pate, is a Crimson Tide alumnus for whom the collegiate practice facility in Tuscaloosa is also named. Senior golfer Trey Mullinax, a Birmingham native, said there are benefits to playing close to home. “Yeah, everyone’s pretty confident,” he said. “Everyone wants to win their home match. It’s nice to be able to do that.” Along with Mullinax, coach Jay Seawell will start seniors Cory Whitsett and

Bobby Wyatt, sophomore Tom Lovelady and freshman Robby Shelton. Shelton tied for medalist honors in his first career start, joining former Crimson Tide golfer Justin Thomas in the record books. Mullinax’s final round of 72 was good for second on the team and fourth overall, while Wyatt’s and freshman Gavin Moynihan’s scores counted for the Crimson Tide. Whitsett’s final round was dropped for the team. Mullinax said the constant shuffling of players for each tournament, a common occurence for the fall golf season, hasn’t affected the team’s chemistry. “We had a really good tournament,” Mullinax said. “All the guys had a good mindset. As far as chemistry goes, we all get along great. We all encourage each other to fight for every shot.” Having won last season’s Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and five of

the last seven overall, the top-ranked Crimson Tide will look to overcome stiff competition this week. No. 2 Texas A&M is making an appearance this week, as will fellow conference foes Vanderbilt, Texas, Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State. Alabama will also face ranked teams UNLV and Texas. Shelton, who turned in an impressive performance in his collegiate debut, will make his second consecutive start. The former No. 1 recruit from Wilmer, Ala., is a product of the heavy recruiting efforts following the Tide’s national championship. “[Shelton] was a really good amateur player,” Mullinax said. “He has a really good work ethic, and that won’t be the last tournament he wins, I’ll say that.” Seniors Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett, one month removed from their Walker

UA Atheltics Senior Trey Mullinax led the men’s golf team, shooting three under par at the Illini Invitational. Cup victory for the United States, will also look to bring expertise and leadership to the tournament. Wyatt finished second individually at the Jerry Pate

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Dispel an illusion at work. Get an important job finished before leaving. Focus on taking care of home and family. Plan menus carefully, and buy only what you need. Increase the beauty level. Take pictures. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Pursue career dreams. Limits reappear. Minimize risks, and build on what you have. You’re super smart, and find it easier to concentrate. Invite someone to play. Use your network. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Consider the future. Take care at work. Stay objective in a tense situation. Avoid impulsive spending. Don’t fund your dream yet. Develop the plan and strategy. A beneficial development arises. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 5 -- You’re getting more sensitive, with extra confidence. Do a good job. Pass all previous records. Avoid gossip, gambling and shopping. You’re gaining authority. Keep it practical, and build solid infrastructure. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 5 -- Shop carefully. Watch out for surprises. Take action for love, not money. Do it to gain deeper insight. Hold your temper, and stay sensitive to a loved one’s wishes. You’re exceptionally cute now. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 5 -- You gain clarity now. There’s an unexpected development. Emotions could flare. This week is good for travel. It could get hot. You’re not in the game alone. Provide services, not cash. Use your magnetism and charm. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Career matters emerge. Provide support. Be careful where you step. Don’t encourage the peanut gallery when you all should be quiet and respectful. Notice a strong attraction. Don’t fall for a trick. Get ready at home.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FOOTBALL

Off-the-field distractions not affecting No. 1 Alabama By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor

CW | Cora Lindholm The Tide continues to practice fundamentals for their upcoming game against Kentucky this weekend.

The Alabama football team is entering the meat of its SEC schedule with more questions than answers, at least off the field. With more distractions than normal, the Crimson Tide is pressing on as it faces a slate of five SEC games in six weeks. “I think that our concern is that we get our players to do the right things the right away all the time,” coach Nick Saban said. “If players are committed and doing the right things, we won’t have those issues to be dealing with. But if it’s not happening that way, I think the way to get it that way is to make sure everybody knows and understands that, in this world we live in, there’s consequences for every choice and decision that you make. “Those consequences can be good or they can be bad, all relative to the choices that you make. I think that’s true in life. I think it’s true in any endeavor, including athletics.” Junior safety Ha Ha ClintonDix is suspended indefinitely after he reportedly took a loan from a strength and conditioning coach

You’ve got to buy into the principles and values of the team so that you can have the kind of team chemistry that you need to be successful. — Nick Saban who had ties to an agent. Yahoo Sports published a report in early September alleging that former offensive tackle D.J. Fluker also took money from an agent while at The University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide has also announced suspensions for four players since the start of fall camp. “The me-first mentality is something that’s very difficult to have when you’re in such a great team sport like football,” Saban said. “Guys have got to understand that you’ve got to put the team first. You’ve got to buy into the principles and values of the team so that you can have the kind of team

chemistry that you need to be successful.” But quarterback AJ McCarron said he isn’t letting off-the-field distractions affect him and his teammates. “We just don’t worry about it,” McCarron said. “It’s not affecting me as a person. It has nothing to do with me. It has nothing to do with anybody else. It’s whoever it’s going on with. Us as a team, we can’t let anything like that affect us that we have no control over.” The issues have not affected the Crimson Tide’s record, as Alabama is 5-0 to start the year and in position to meet LSU in early November undefeated, with the SEC West on the line. “We can’t let it affect us on the field,” said linebacker Trey DePriest, who was suspended during a portion of fall camp. “We try not to worry about all that stuff. We can’t. It’s out of our hands, so we just keep rolling.” Alabama heads to Kentucky Saturday for its second SEC road trip of the year. The Crimson Tide returns home for games with Arkansas and Tennessee before a bye week, then hosts LSU and travels to Mississippi State.

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Alabama’s home game Oct. 19 against Arkansas is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. CT and will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2, the SEC announced Monday. OTHER GAMES AROUND THE SEC: Georgia at Vanderbilt, 11 a.m. CT, CBS South Carolina at Tennessee, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN Florida at Missouri, 11:21 a.m. CT, SEC TV Auburn at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS LSU at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. CT, ESPN/ESPN2

The Alabama coaching staff named nine members of the football team as players of the week after Saturday’s win over Georgia State. Cyrus Kouandjio, AJ McCarron and DeAndrew White were named this week on offense. Xzavier Dickson, C.J. Mosley and A’Shawn Robinson were named on defense. Cade Foster, Dee Hart and Dillon Lee were recognized on special teams. Compiled by Leila Beem

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