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Anonymous letter calls for overhaul of greek life Email sent to UA administrators, forwarded to newspapers after pledgeship suspension By Mazie Bryant and Stephen N. Dethrage CW Staff An email claiming to be sent on behalf of fraternity and sorority pledges at The University of Alabama warned Greek Affairs director Kathleen Gillan last month that pledgeship should be reformed or unwanted national attention could fall on

the Capstone. The email was sent to Gillan Sept. 16 from the address crimsonpledge@anonymousspeech. com and was signed “Concerned Parents of Freshman Students.” The authors asked administrators to end the pledgeship process by Oct. 1, restricting the current pledge timeline. On Sept. 26, Intrafraternity Council President Drew Smyth said

pledgeship would be temporarily suspended for a week, starting Oct. 1 and ending Oct. 8. Copied recipients of the email included UA President Guy Bailey, State Superintendent of Education Thomas Rice, UA System Chancellor Robert E. Witt, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Charles Ray Nash and UA Trustee John England Jr. “We represent a group of freshman men and women that are the subject of physical hazing, sleep deprivation and

excessive alcohol consumption that is occurring under your stewardship of the program,” the authors stated in the email. “The time requirement of these young men and women at the houses is too much and contributes to the aforementioned abuses that are occurring. “I would like to remind you that in our country and world today, it takes very little for something to go ‘viral,’ and the greek situation is close to explosion at UA. We are writing you because we wish for our

children to be successful and stay at UA without enduring the current ‘insanity’ of greek life pledgeship.” Dean of Students Tim Hebson responded Monday afternoon by saying the letter had nothing to do with the weeklong suspension of pledgeship last week. “That letter had absolutely zero bearing at all,” Hebson said. “That letter doesn’t mention any specific high-risk behavior that would make us say that we have to suspend pledgeship because of behavior issues.”

An anonymous author, again using the “crimsonpledge” address, forwarded the email to The Crimson White on Monday. In the emailed statement accompanying the letter, the author said the original email was forwarded to The Crimson White because “due to the significant hospitalizations and other infractions, it would appear a weekly suspension is insufficient in order to correct the pledge process.”



Most scholarships at UA awarded on meritorious basis These need-based programs are federally funded, include grants, loans and work-study programs and are evaluated based on the Free Application By Chandler Wright for Federal Student Aid. Contributing Writer The University only offers Although The University of one financial aid program outAlabama offers several merit- side of pre-existing federal probased scholarships to under- grams, according to the finangraduate students, the Office of cial aid website. Alabama’s Student Financial Aid empha- Promise is a grant program for sizes mostly pre-existing fed- transfer students and evalueral aid programs, unlike other ates both need and merit. Students under age 25 transSoutheastern schools. “Merit scholarships through ferring from Alabama commuundergraduate admissions nity colleges with at least a 3.0 GPA who qualify are offered for a full Federal to students Pell Grant and who have outgraduated from Prospective students receive standing crean Alabama dentials from recognition of their academic high school high school, performance through are eligible. which includes scholarship recognition. “Approximately their standard48 percent of our ized test score — Cathy Andreen students receive – ACT/SAT some type of fed– and GPA,” eral funding,” UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said. Andreen said. “And approxi“Prospective students receive mately 25 percent of underrecognition of their aca- graduates receive Federal Pell demic performance through Grants. Graduate students are not eligible.” scholarship recognition.” Andreen said there is no According to The University’s undergraduate website listing need-based scholarship website, there scholarships because the are only two scholarships for Office of Student Financial Aid incoming undergraduates relies solely on the FAFSA and that evaluate student financial UA records to determine who is considered and awarded. need. Contrastingly, 60 percent of The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship gives Auburn University students first consideration to students receive some type of financial who demonstrate financial aid, Velda Rooker, Auburn need, and the First Scholars director of university scholarProgram also requires ships said. At Auburn, there are a varithat students demonstrate ety of general and departmenfinancial need. “Financial assistance is an tal scholarships available to important part of helping our students. students reach their educational goals,” Andreen said. SEE SCHOLARSHIPS PAGE 2


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The relocated Starbucks replaced the game room on the first floor of the Ferguson Center. All renovations were completed during the mid-semester study break. ribbon-cutting ceremony in its new location on the bottom floor across from the SUPeStore. A crowd began forming around the area at 7 a.m. and included By Angie Bartlet enthusiastic students and faculty. Contributing Writer “Everyone involved in the event, The Ferguson Center cel- as well as students welcoming the ebrated the grand opening of the new Starbucks, had the oppornew Starbucks on Monday with a tunity to win assorted prizes

Coffee shop relocated to Ferg 1st floor during break

and gifts and play games of coffee pong, as well as having all of the faculty members in charge of the new development sign a cup to mark the grand opening,” Sara Kolodziejczak, marketing graphic design coordinator for Bama Dining, said. SEE STARBUCKS PAGE 2


Transition to Tuscaloosa means more training for freshman runner country runner Robbie Farnham-Rose is making the transition from standout junior athlete in Great Britain to fulltime student athlete. By Jasmine Cannon With a change of scenery and Staff Reporter culture, the shift has not been One runner is working on blemish-free. Farnham-Rose becoming a freshman sensation. and the cross country coachFirst-year Alabama cross ing staff are working hard to

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turn the English star into an American college star. “He’s had some transition lately because he’s been getting adapted and adjusted to the whole realm of school, the lifestyle here and then also with the training as well,” said Adam Tribble, assistant coach for distance runners. “He’s done a

lot in a month, but we’re really excited about him. He’s a super talent, and he’s got a great, great future.” Before coming to Tuscaloosa, Farnham-Rose had not trained or ran for nearly three weeks. His training was sporadic in England, but that did not stop him from competing in

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England’s U20 championship and World Trials. Neither did it keep him from finishing third in the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships nor from running a personal best in the 800 meters to win the British Milers Club Regional Races.


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mothers call me, too, but once they hear the facts, they’re fine.” The authors of the email mention the new national focus on hazing as reasoning to overhaul the greek life system at the University. “Nationally, too much lip service has been given to the perceived reigning in of greek life abuses and unfortunately, The University of Alabama’s program is running amok and may become the focus of national scrutiny,” the authors stated in the email. The authors threatened to

contact national media outlets such as The New York Times and organizations such as the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and Mothers Against Drunk Driving if changes were not made in a two-week time frame. The Crimson White, along with three New York Times email accounts, received the email today. Hebson said anonymous letters were not uncommon and had no effect on administrative action. “We get letters all the time, and usually they mention


specific incidents if there’s a problem, and that one didn’t mention any specific incidents,” Hebson said. “You can’t respond to anonymous letters. It could be written by anyone.” “If I acted on every time I got a letter based on false information, I would be acting all the time. We only act on what’s factual.” Hebson again said pledgeship was suspended to allow freshmen to rest before midterms and fall break. “It’s fall break, and we’re going to do it every year from now on,” Hebson said. “We had students who said, ‘Hey

I’m going home on Monday or Tuesday,’ and we figured it was easier to give everybody the whole week off instead.” Contrary to the allegations made in the email, Hebson said he was proud of the state of the greek community this year. “I feel really, really good about where we are,” Hebson said. “The University is moving in a very positive direction.” After The Crimson White received the letter Monday afternoon, several attempts were made to reach Gillan, who did not return the calls by time of print.

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LETTER FROM PAGE 1 Hebson denied any such hospitalizations related to the pledgeship process. “We’ve had very few alcohol poisonings at all on the whole campus,” Hebson said. “A few is too many, but there’s not been one fraternity pledge that’s gone to the hospital for hazing or anything like that. There’s a lot of false information out there. I’ve had some

SCHOLARSHIPS FROM PAGE 1 “Fifty percent of Auburn’s general and departmental scholarships state a preference or a requirement for a recipient with financial need,” Rooker said. “Need-based scholarships are important because they supplement other financial aid offered. The purpose of any type of financial aid is to provide an educational opportunity for a student who would otherwise not have it and to ease a student’s financial burden.” Similarly, the University of Georgia offers some form of financial aid to roughly 85 percent of all students, according to the UGA Student Fact Book. “For our incoming first-year class, only about 13 percent

Starbucks moves to bottom floor of Ferg STARBUCKS FROM PAGE 1 Will Pylant, Student Government Association vice president for student affairs, said the opening revealed the largest Starbucks on any college campus. However, a Starbucks spokesperson said this location is not their largest store. “Starbucks has been a lot of help to our university,” Pylant said. “It has been a collaborative effort to provide for those who love Starbucks and to make sure there are great options to students across our campus.” The new facility has over two dozen tables for students to sit, as well as a sizable bar with plenty of space for the large lines already beginning to file in for the grand opening. The bar almost tripled the previous Starbucks location on the second floor of the Ferguson Center. Vice President of Financial Affairs Lynda Gilbert was

mastermind behind the new Starbucks idea and location at the University. “She had the vision and the fortitude to fight the fight for us for six plus years to get the new space,” said AJ Defalko, resident district manager for Bama Dining. “Without her help, we never would have gotten here.” But the new Starbucks is not yet finished. On Nov. 2 and 3, the large windows in the front of the lower level of the Ferguson Center will be replaced with glass doors facing the fountain. “These doors will not only open up the entrance to the Starbucks, but it will create more seating for students to relax on campus,” Defalko said. Pylant is also excited for the cosmetic work the Ferguson will have next month to better the Starbucks even further. “It will be great to give the students an opportunity to sit outside with their coffee,” Pylant said. The new Starbucks on campus in now open to the public from 7 a.m. until midnight during the week and until 9 p.m. on the weekends.



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Our generation’s drink of choice, the Starbucks brand By Hannah Waid Staff Columnist

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People of New Orleans, make it ‘barely a place, barely real’ By Lucy Cheseldine Staff Columnist As I sat bleary-eyed in a hostel in New Orleans, I listened to two French men tell me how they had sneaked into a hotel room on the top floor to see the sunrise. Only when the bartender became suspicious of their crumpled T-shirts and picture taking did they decide the game was up. Time to move on to the next one. New Orleans is barely a place, barely real. It appears as one giant stage for all the worlds’ performers to step onto and begin to create an endless bank of unbelievable stories. To think that the circus never stops as the rest of America continues about their day is incomprehensible. This is a place far from anything real. The only reality you can find there is from books and films. We

did everything. We wandered hotel lobbies, watched the slow destruction of the mind and body through gin and jazz, and sat by the river to listen to the distant sound of trumpets as people paraded through the street followed by a personal marching band. We looked at art while surrounded by men in waistcoats and women who refused to shave their legs. After whirling through the city, dizzy with Bloody Marys, we entered the paranoid casino to assess the repetitive music, the constant neon and the dark faces of weary players. Everyone in this city is a player of some sort. We took on the role of the Europeans, each realizing a small part of home in the cafe culture and quaint streets. But if the people make the city, then this one stretches far beyond the realms of geography. New Orleans sits as a series of

contradictions and chaos, vaguely organized by concrete and tramlines. Even the buildings resemble the jigsaw of people, with piles of rubble and broken roofs standing, quite shamelessly, next to famous 30’s hotels. The poor sit on pavement sides next to the rich who fill their mouths with fresh seafood. I cannot begin to piece together the destroyed reality of this city. It was everything I wanted it to be but everything I thought impossible. As a woman told me, while looking at a painting of the devil running down a street holding a bottle of liquor and a bag of money, “You can find him here honey.” That very same night, in the center of Bourbon Street, we watched the hopeless plight of a Christian group as they paraded a huge cross through the hoards of drunken tourists. Literally,

you can see the embodiments of good and evil in New Orleans. Like the American dream, it has everything you could possibly want: you can be anyone, anything, everything. I stopped trying to make sense of it all after a few hours and let my imagination run away with the other dreamers I passed on the street. I could so easily have been sucked in by the rich man in the bowler hat or the chef who offered to gamble the night away with me. But now, as I’m at my desk with my feet firmly on the ground, I realize that staying there any longer would have dissolved my dreams to an empty pocket and a dusty saxophone. Lucy Cheseldine is a English international exchange student studying English literature. Her column runs on Tuesdays.

There is something about the changing of the seasons that excites me. As the weather cools and the leaves begin to fall, we all start to adorn ourselves with boots and sweaters. But now the best way to celebrate the new season is with a cup of coffee for warmth and energy. Not just any coffee, but Starbucks, specifically. And with the grand opening of the new bigger Starbucks on our campus, it won’t be surprising to see most people on campus with a Starbucks cup in their hand. It was not until the rise in popularity of Starbucks that our generation became coffee drinkers. The words “coffee” and “Starbucks” have become interchangeable, creating a seamless transition between the drink and company. And yet, Starbucks is more than just a company. It is a brand. Most people have a more positive inclination toward the white cup with that green logo on it versus any other competing coffee cups. The way in which one views a Starbucks coffee cup compared to others is similar to the way one may view name brand jeans compared to off-brands. From company to brand, Starbucks has become an icon to our generation. As much as we like the taste of the coffee, it is more than that. It’s our generation’s watering hole. Where everyone goes to socialize, to study, to go on a date. When asking some of my friends why they drink Starbucks and prefer it over other coffees, their reasons went along with this idea of Starbucks as a brand. The primary reasons were about the atmosphere and trend that Starbucks offers customers. It was only after this that they mentioned the deliciousness of the coffees and drinks themselves. For some people, this is exactly what they want out of a cup of coffee: a trendy place to drink a good cup of coffee with good friends. But others may lean more toward a quiet coffee shop down the street (such as Chloe’s Cup or Nehemiah’s) to support the smaller local business of coffee without the huge marketing name. A cup of Starbucks has replaced the glass bottled Coke as our generational drink of choice. We have replaced Coke with coffee, glass with the white and green cup, the candy-cane-striped straw with a cardboard sleeve. We drink it every day, every way, every season. We listen to songs about falling in love at a coffee shop and some of us actually do. So with the grand opening of our new Starbucks this week, we can expect a large number of students quenching their thirst and fulfilling their social agenda at our watering hole’s new location.

Hannah Waid is a junior majoring in English. Her column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.

It’ll be okay: The lessons University living has taught me about the art of making trade-offs By Tarif Haque Staff Columnist On Sunday morning, I felt the pressure. Fall break had come to an end, and I found myself in that familiar state of mind. There were papers to write and tests to study for. My to-do list hung over my conscious all break. I couldn’t further the procrastination. I felt defeated given the day ahead of me, but still, I told myself some discomfort in life is necessary. When life is easy, I stay constant. There is no personal growth. So, when the time came, I cleared my desk, plugged in my

laptop, pulled out a notebook, wrote the paper I’d been putting off, worked the monotonous chemistry problems I’d left to dry, and went over the mistakes on a recently graded math test. My life has become one of meticulous self-correction. I’m in college to learn and to mold myself into a decent human being, but sometimes it feels like I’m just going through the motions. I’ve put myself on a pedestal that I can’t live up to. I feel like clay in the hands of education. College is supposedly making me a resilient person, but what does the opportunity cost? I forgo sleep, put friendships

on the side and pass up family dinners – all for school. College has taught me the art of making trade-offs, if not a balance between ambition and happiness. We never see the immediate benefit of schoolwork, but we must discipline ourselves no less. I preach twisted rationale, but I’ve never been a fan of instant gratification. The rigor of schoolwork requires patience, and unfortunately, monotonous diligence. When I approach testing, I try not to focus on the grade to come. I remind myself of the self-worth and accomplishment each time

I finish a problem and understand the solution and each time I write a paragraph I can say I’m proud of. Escaping ignorance takes time and persistent selfevaluation, instead of getting the grade that tops the curve and measures you against the masses. I’m in college to educate myself, not compete. When we grade ourselves, our grades tend to come up naturally. Rewiring our work ethic only begins to address our success. My academic troubles in college stem from my fear of disappointing. Failure will happen, but why must we be so scared of it? Life used to be much easier in the

confines of high school, when we’d rarely study, and the word “self-discipline” reminded us of the military. We all need moments of escapism, but when we don’t put in the effort because it’s “too late” to better ourselves, we’re playing an elaborate mind game. Self-improvement is dependent on our actions in the present, not the past. College will test your enthusiasm about life, not just academia. My mind often wanders to life after my degree. Will I still be like this, building myself up toward a never-ending set of goals? Happiness is always

fleeting, never lasting, when there are so many opportunities to screw up. I probably need a break much longer than Fall Break to address these existential questions. But with that said, let’s remind ourselves of the short term: We’re nearly halfway done with the semester. What’s done is done, mistakes and merits alike. Stay calm, look forward, plan ahead, study hard and be patient. Most of all, remind yourself that it’ll be okay.

whether it be from the University or not, would decrease the overall quality of the college. You would still get high-caliber students, but not as many, and these students would still impact campus, but maybe not as much. One thing you must ask is, “What is the purpose of scholarships?” There are both needbased and merit-based scholarships, and I definitely believe someone who is already stacking to the point of getting a refund check should not be awarded a need-based scholarship. On the other hand, merit-based scholarships (most of the time) are completely independent of other scholarships. How can you say it’s

fair to reduce a tuition scholarship for a student who is awarded an external scholarship for going above and beyond the normal college student? Maybe you believe that all merit-based scholarships should have a need-based component, and if you do, that’s great, but that is not the current state of things. Can we honestly penalize students that work hard enough to legitimately be awarded numerous scholarships? My answer is no, and I would hate to deter potential students from applying here because of that reason alone.

Tarif Haque is a sophomore majoring in computer science. His column runs on Tuesdays.


In response to: ‘Our View: Stacking must end’ By Zack Morris I want to lean into this debate on scholarship stacking a little more and push back on a few of the opinions expressed in the “Our View” column regarding the matter. First, I would like to admit I am “guilty” of stacking scholarships, and I do get a check from The University of Alabama each semester for the excess amount on my student account. These various scholarships, both through the University and from external sources, allow me, in essence, to be paid to go to school. And yes, this was a huge draw in coming to the University, yet I can honestly say I do not feel

like “just a number.” Let me say I completely agree that offering excessive amounts of scholarship money to prospective students simply to bring our numbers (test scores, GPAs, number of National Merit Scholars, etc.) up is a terrible way to go about recruiting. While many people believe this is the best way to increase the prestige of a university, I believe it’s not who you have, but rather what you do with them, or what they do once they are here. We could get every National Merit Scholar in the country, but if all they do is sit in their rooms for four years, get their degrees and leave, is that really increasing the

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prestige, or better yet, the “growth in quality” of the University? I hope the answer is fairly obvious. That being said, I feel scholarship stacking is helping the University more than people believe. The majority of students I know with stacked scholarships are doing more than pocketing the cash and sprucing up their apartments. These students are making an impact on campus and in the Tuscaloosa community. Most have passions and ideas to better this university for all students. Numerous student initiatives started in the past few years were created, or are aided, by students that have stacked

scholarships. This ranges from mentoring and literacy improvement programs to a microfinance initiative that supports members of the local community. In addition to the creation of new programs, other students I know with stacked scholarships are leaders around campus in various organizations that are looking to make the University a better place. If this is not the “growth in quality” this university needs, then I’m not sure what is. Not to say that students who are not stacking scholarships are slacking on campus or in the community, but I feel if you put a limit on the amount of scholarship a student can receive,




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UA professor connects weight problems to childhood By Jordan Cissell Staff Reporter Dr. Alan Blum, a professor of family medicine at The University of Alabama, believes sugar and salt-laden snack machines mixed with a lack of physical education in grade schools deserve a heaping portion of blame for the nation’s high obesity rates. During his medical training in Miami, Fla., in the 1970s, Blum witnessed the local school board buying into the soda companies’ claims that the school system’s profits from these machines would pay for their athletic programs. He unsuccessfully testified against the practice. “Now we’re all paying the price,� he said. Blum said schools’ roles deepened when many boards instituted the Channel One television system. The company paid to put TV sets in every classroom but required every student to watch a daily news program full of commercials for fast food chains, soda and candy. “Even that 15 minutes a day would have been so much better spent on the ball field

or in the gym,� he said. Schools can’t shoulder all of the blame, however. Blum said the eating and lifestyle choices families make every day contribute to the issue, such as excessive hours spent inside in front of the TV or computer screen in lieu of outdoor physical activity. Blum said lower income areas often contain “food deserts� in which people often have no choice but to shop for food at convenience stores, which usually do not offer healthy items. If nutritious alternatives to junk food are available, they are often significantly more expensive than their convenient, processed counterparts. Though obesity rates for college students are a bit lower than the national and state averages, young adults are by no means exempt from the trend. According to 2010 GallupHealthways Well-Being Index data, 18.2 percent of adults aged 18 to 29 are obese. Alabama is the fourth fattest state in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found in a January 2012 study that 32 percent of

Alabama’s adult population was obese in 2011. Mississippi measured the highest prevalence in the country with 34.9 percent, while Colorado was the slimmest state with a 20.7 percent obesity rate. The nations overall obesity rate was 35.7 percent. The CDC based these percentages upon body mass index calculations based on adults’ self-reported heights and weights. The CDC defines an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher as obese. For a person who is five feet, nine inches tall, 203 pounds is the cutoff for a BMI of 30. John Jackson, assistant director of fitness and research at the Student Recreation Center, said the college years are crucial ones in regards to a student’s weight and overall level of health and fitness, as many young adults change old health habits, start new good ones or slip into bad ones during their time at school. “Around 18 to 24 years old is that general age range where you usually establish the exercise and fitness practices that you take with you the rest of your life,� Jackson said.

Sheena Gregg, assistant director of nutrition education and health services in the College of Community Health Sciences, said the daily balancing act of academic, extracurricular and work commitments that constitute students’ daily schedules can make it difficult to develop and maintain the proper habits. “Students are usually coming in from this highly structured high school schedule, where they were in school eight to nine hours a day and many had sport practice in the evening after school,� Gregg said. “It can be overwhelming for some people to move into college where you have to decide when, what and how much to eat, as well as when to get physical activity, and they have to balance it all around class and homework.� Maintaining this balance often necessitates late-night studying – and often eating while studying – a practice psychology professor James Hamilton said can often contribute to weight gain. “We have a chemical called cortisol that affects our learning and memory, our

immune systems and the mechanisms that regulate fat storage,� Hamilton said in an emailed statement. “It is released at high levels in the morning and tapers off in the afternoon. Stress and lots of late-day activity can keep cortisol output high throughout the day. The more cortisol activity, the more fat storage.� Jackson said reaching the perfect balance between storage and expenditure is the key to maintaining a healthy weight. “The reason people gain weight is they are taking in more calories than they are expending,� he said. “I know that sounds basic, but that’s really what it boils down to. If you’re taking in more calories than you spend, over time that’s going to build up, and you’re going to gain weight.� Gregg said contemporary society’s increasing emphasis on convenience and ease means many people aren’t getting enough physical activity and exercise into their daily routines. “I don’t like the word ‘exercise,’� Blum said. “I prefer movement. Everybody needs to move more. Even while sit-

ting and watching TV, one can dance with the arms and upper body.� Blum, Jackson, Gregg and Hamilton all agree subtle adjustment is the best way to incorporate more movement into one’s daily routine to maintain or reach a healthy weight. “A lot of people feel like they have to go run or workout for 30 minutes or an hour at a time, and they don’t think they have time, so they just don’t do it,� Gregg said. “But it’s more important that you just be active. Take a 10-minute power walk in the morning on the way to class, and then take another one at lunch. Park a little further out than normal at the grocery store or take the stairs instead of the elevator in an academic building or dorm.� Jackson said the small, simple daily choices often add up to either aid or obstruct fitness goals. “I always tell people that a Snickers bar is about 250 calories,� he said. “You can eat the Snickers bar then walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes to burn those 250 calories. If you ask me, it’s a lot easier to just not eat that Snickers bar.�

UA walk works to combat stigma of mental illness on campus By Mazie Bryant Assistant News Editor Despite its prevalence among the collegiate age group, mental illness remains a hushed topic on college campuses, as many are wary to speak out about their condition, afraid of the stigma associated with the illness. According to a survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable to mental illness, as 75 percent of all lifetime mental disorders occur by age 24. Consequently, high school and college students fall within the age group most susceptible to serious mental illnesses. The added stress and anxiety that come along with a college workload seem to factor into the rate of mental illness among young people, said Wanda Laird, executive director of the Alabama chapter

IF YOU GO... • What: Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk • When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. • Where: Ferg plaza and Quad of NAMI. “The transition to college is very difficult for many people to cope with, even when that is the only thing they are dealing with at the time,â€? said Hannah Brewer, a UA junior majoring in psychology and the president of the University’s Psychology Club and honor society Psi Chi. “It is a time where everything is changing, you’re thrown into an entirely new

group of people, you have to start from scratch at making friends and you have to become independent apart from previously existing support systems,� she said. “This can be very hard because many people with mental illness find comfort in stability.� During the shift between high school and college, it is often hard for new students to open themselves up to accepting new friends, especially when they carry the burden of a mental illness, Laird said. “It is important to establish help at the college level to eliminate the stigma related to mental illnesses,� Laird said. “Many people get embarrassed, but it is good to have a group to reach out to and be able to express themselves. Our slogan is ‘Help Find Hope,’ and that is what we want to encourage.� In 2009, the Alabama chapter of NAMI established its

NAMI On Campus program at The University of Alabama, subsequently followed by Auburn University, Alabama State University and Troy University-Dothan. The collegiate programs supplement the 18 affiliate programs in various cities throughout the state. “The national chapter of NAMI decided to create the college programs to reach as many youth as possible for early intervention,� Laird said. “Many college students have problems with depression and suicide attempts. We hope to have an elementary program in the future because right now we only serve ages 18 and older.� Brewer, who is also a member of NAMI-UA, said she enjoys psychology because of the breakdown of understanding between mental illness and the majority of society. “For many physical

disorders or illnesses, people can easily see the source of and understand any abnormal behavior that might occur as a result,� she said. “Since people cannot easily discern the cause of abnormal behavior that people with a psychological disorder exhibit on first or second glance, many of them discount the suffering of the individual and label them as ‘weird’ or ‘crazy.’� Brewer said the stigma can be damaging to people with mental illness. “It can actually prevent people from admitting they have a mental illness and consequently seeking treatment because they don’t want to associate themselves with something that society paints as negative,� she said. “Education on mental illness would foster a more accepting and tolerant environment in which people with mental illness could feel more comfortable being

themselves, admitting to and facing their mental illness.� Brewer said many people have warped views of mental illness partly due to the way media portray it. “Rain Man,� “A Beautiful Mind,� “Black Swan,� “Donnie Darko� and “Forrest Gump� are examples of movies in which she feels the disorders are dramatized. However, many people who have mental disorders are normal, everyday people, she said. Educating people about the realities of illnesses will help ease the stress of those diagnosed and un-diagnosed, she said. “Bringing mental illness out of the shadows is helpful,� said Kenneth Lichstein, a UA psychology professor and faculty advisor for NAMI-UA. “The more people are willing to talk about their shortcomings and participate in discourse about it, the more the stigma will gradually fade away.�

Outreach group travels to Russia By Morgan Taylor Contributing Writer Educators from the University ’s RISE program and the UA School of Music visted the Prospectiva Center in St. Petersburg, Russia last week to work with children with disabilities. The group also worked with the Russian National Orchestra to create a bilingual musical. RISE works with children with disabilities from birth to six years of age by combining practices of both early childhood education and development. Their most celebrated technique is music therapy. “Music touches everybody’s lives no matter how high your functions or how low your functions, no matter what language you speak,� Martha Cook, the director of RISE, said. Dawn Sandel, who has been a music therapist at RISE for seven years, said music therapy techniques help hone fine and gross motor skills, speech skills, cognitive development, social development and creative expression. “[The kids] have been under the cloak of secrecy for so long,� Cook said. “Just reaching out for help is a huge move.� Children with disabilities in

Russia are segregated from society, being placed into orphanages or institutions at a very young age, Sandel said. “It was hard for them to believe that our program is 50 percent children with disabilities and 50 percent without,� Cook said. “You have to learn that everyone is different and how to be tolerant and appreciative of everybody.� There is no government mandate for education for children with disabilities in Russia, Sandel said. The kids of the Prospectiva Center in St. Petersburg had no association with general education and only received custodial attention. “It was very emotional to see their culture and their attitudes toward kids with disabilities,� Cook said. Sandel and Cook worked through music therapy with the children in the Prospectiva Center, hoping to change the Russian attitude toward the disabled. “Being able to share what I do with them, even if it was just a short time, was a great experience,� Sandel said. “I’m glad I got to advocate music therapy and advocate kids with disabilities.� Despite the language barrier, Sandel and Cook were able to showcase a little of what they do

at RISE to the Prospectiva administration. “Talking to them about what we do here intimidated them a little bit,� Sandel said. “They were looking at us like we were aliens.� Diane Schultz, associate professor of flute, traveled with Cook and Sandel to collaborate on the musical based on Mary Ann Allin’s book “Anna and the Hermitage Cats.� The musical will feature some of the music therapy concepts. Members of the Russian National Orchestra will manipulate their instruments to replicate cat-like noises and in turn, children – both disabled and otherwise – can chime in and repeat the sounds. The interactive and bilingual musical will be performed at the Moody Music Building in March. Cook and Sandel were able to bring their practices at RISE to an international level, something they never deemed possible. “Our goal was not to change the children but to change the attitude of the people there,� Sandel said. “It was about changing the whole perception of people with disabilities there.� Cook and Sandel plan on returning to Russia in the spring and hope one day to make RISE an international program.

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People ages 18 to 24 suffer most from nomophobia 77%

of people surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 feel uncomfortable when away from their phones

Nomophobia noun: an exaggerated, inexplicable and illogical fear of being without a mobile device, power source, or service area.


of iPhone users would go without brushing their teeth before they would give up their phone for a week

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By Adrienne Burch and Morgan Reames CW Staff A new addiction is being added to the long list, right alongside drugs and alcohol – nomophobia, an addiction to cellphones. In 2008, British researchers coined the term nomophobia for the anxiety one feels when having no access to their mobile phone. A recent study sponsored by SercurEnvoy showed that the number of people suffering from nomophobia has grown to 66 percent, as opposed to the 53 percent four years ago. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, those

between the ages of 18 and 24 were most dependent on their cellphones, with 77 percent of them feeling uncomfortable when away from their phones for more than a few minutes. “I think college-aged and younger children are particularly at risk for addiction because they use [cellphones] more than older generations,” said Rosanna Guadagno, program director of social psychology for the National Science Foundation, Guadagno said she also believes smartphones are the main contributing factor in this new addiction because of their texting abilities, applications and Internet capabilities.

Lauren Parks, a junior majoring in restaurant and hospitality management, said she thinks cellphone addiction is sad and pathetic. “It shows how our society has changed to be so dependent on technology,” Parks said. In January, The Chicago Tribune reported a survey from a mobile app company, TeleNav, Inc., that showed 40 percent of people with iPhones said they would rather give up brushing their teeth for a week than go without their smartphone. Davion Tolver, a sophomore majoring in computer science, said he thinks he could go a week without his phone, but it would be inconvenient.

“I’m on it a majority of the day,” Tolver said. “Not that I need to be, but why not?” Associate professor of psychology James Hamilton believes mobile devices utilize two different types of reinforcements that lead to dependence: positive and negative. Positive reinforcement involves rewards, like winning a game, receiving a compliment or seeing a trailer for a newly released movie, Hamilton said. Mobile phones provide these types of positive stimulation for users, causing people to want to continue to use them. “Cellphones are negatively reinforcing because they pro-

vide an easy and immediate relief from feelings of anxiety, social exclusion or boredom,” Hamilton said. He said if you are worried your boyfriend might dump you, you can text him or if you are worried about your grade in chemistry, you can log on to the course website and check every 15 minutes for three days straight. Mobile devices provide relief from these negative feelings. “This is the great danger of cellphone dependency – the general erosion of our ability to wait, postpone gratification, deal directly with our fears and tolerate being bored or alone with ourselves,” Hamilton said.

Emily Kerlin, a junior majoring in exercise and sport science, said she doesn’t feel she is addicted to her phone, but she does always have it with her. Kerlin said she is in a longdistance relationship and feels this is why she needs to be constantly available. “I totally believe people are addicted to their phones because you can do everything on your phone that you can do on your computer,” Kerlin said. Contrastingly, Tolver said he thinks people are just overacting when they say you can be addicted to your cellphone. “It’s not that big of a deal,” Tolver said. “People just like talking to people all the time.”

Housing experts educate students on off-campus leasing By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker Contributing Writer Students were informed of their rights and responsibilities as offcampus tenants at the Student Governnment Associationsponsored Landlord, Leases and Legalities event Monday at the Ferguson Center. Students were able to submit questions related to the landlordtenant law throughout the day, which were answered by four panelists, Vice President of Student

Affairs Will Pylant said. Of the four housing experts, Katie Thompson, an associate at Rosen Harwood, said students reading a lease thoroughly before signing is important. “A lease is a contract and is therefore bound by law, making it very difficult to get out of,” Thompson said. “If you and your landlord reach an outside agreement, it needs to be in writing and signed if it’s not in the lease.” Assistant Director of off-campus housing Julie Elmore further

stressed the significance in understanding the different types of leases students may sign. Most landlords use joint leases, where everyone who signs the lease is legally responsible for paying rent and damages, Elmore said. Very few use individual leases, where tenants sign and are responsible for the rent of their bedroom only. “This is why it is important to discuss both you and your roommate’s budget before you sign,” Elmore said. “If someone

doesn’t pay their share of the rent, everyone on the lease is legally responsible.” Mike Kelley, director of Crimson Choice, said students’ education on the landlord-tenant law is vital to avoid future problems. “It’s easier to get out of a marriage than a lease,” Kelley said. “The law only offers relief if certain terms of the lease are not met by the landlord or tenant.” He explained that “slumlords,” landlords that have a bad reputation with helping tenants, do exist

in Tuscaloosa and are only interested in getting students’ money. Crimson Choice is an online resource for students that inspect the functionality of 72 potential hazards, such as smoke detectors and locks, to improve the safety of these properties. Owner of Rumsey Properties, Steven Rumsey said students wishing to live in the popular “box” area of campus enclosed by Jack Warner Parkway, 15th Street, Hackberry Lane and Queen City Avenue should prepare to sign a

lease as early as mid-October. The competition for off-campus housing happened as a result of former University President Robert Witt’s decision to increase student population by over 10,000 students, he said. “There are only around 700 houses in the box, which means about 3,000 students can live there,” Rumsey said. “That means after on-campus dorms reach capacity, 20,000 students have to live off campus and outside of the box.”

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Alabama, Notre Dame National Championship would bring ratings, crowds By Aldo Amato Staff Reporter Remember a top flight university that once ruled the college football landscape for decades before falling into an abyss of mediocrity? Before a single coach almost crashed the program into the ground after he had promised to return them to glory? No, I’m not talking about the now probation-prone University of Miami. I’m talking about our “frenemies” to the North in South Bend, Ind.: Notre Dame. Yes, the Fighting Irish are finally back and, at this point, undefeated. We’ve all seen this story before in the last decade, and they seem to always fall short when it matters. But this year’s team looks quite different. The days of relying on the quarterback seem to be long gone, and they have found a perfect mix in the run and pass game using Nick Saban’s least favorite thing, other than stale oatmeal cream pies: a spread offense. So why should Tide fans care

about the Fighting Irish’s recent success on the gridiron? There are a ton of reasons, but let’s revisit the weekend of Sept. 11, 2010 when the Tide took on the late Joe Paterno’s Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The atmosphere that weekend seemed to be a mixture of bitter rivals and best friends. Both fan bases showed class and hospitality that weekend and outlets in Pennsylvania raved about how amazing it was to see two schools, rich in tradition, get along so well. What occurred that weekend was a mutual respect for each school’s accomplishments on the football field from the days of Paul “Bear” Bryant to the current Nick Saban era. It was something that was good for each school’s reputation at the time, but more importantly, it was good for the game. No matter which team seems to be the flavor of the week, the consensus of college football fans want to see traditional powerhouses duke it out. Need proof? Go look at the numbers from the 2009 BCS

National Championship against the Texas Longhorns compared to the Auburn vs. Oregon title game the following year. It is all just understood that two traditional powerhouses draw more people in and make for a better college football atmosphere. But would the same thing be said if it came down to Alabama playing the Fighting Irish for the title? Ever since I began to follow Alabama football in middle school, it had been an unspoken rule to dislike Notre Dame, and for the longest time I have tried to figure out why. Is there still some bigotry resonating from the days of the Old South when Catholics were viewed in a negative light? Could it be because Notre Dame has just as many claimed national titles as Alabama? Maybe one could throw Lou Holtz’s slipping dentures in there. Who knows? But the fact is, if these two met, the ratings would be through the roof. Not that college football is struggling for ratings these days,

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) runs the ball down field during the first quarter against Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., Saturday, Oct., 6. but it would make for great TV. the ages. the Fighting Irish, we’d all eat Throw a bunch of legendary Let’s face it, we are it up and love it just as much as alumni like Joe Namath and Joe currently the crème de la crème the Penn State series two years Montana in the mix and it would of the college football world, ago. First things first though: be a college football weekend for and if Alabama were to face remaining undefeated.


Alabama golfer helps United States capture World Amateur Team CW Staff Alabama golfer Justin Thomas and his U.S. teammates won the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship Sunday with a record-setting score of 24-under-par 404 at the par-71 Antalya Golf Club. The Americans won the weather-shortened WATC by five shots over Mexico to claim the Eisenhower Trophy for the 14th time. Thomas, from Goshen, Ky., shot 1-under 70 in the final round and

Farnham-Rose still adjusting to America FARNHAM-ROSE FROM PAGE 1

finished 7-under-par 207 in a tie for seventh place. Thomas carded rounds of 67, 70 and 70 – Sebastian Vazquez on the individual title for Mexico at 15-under 199. “It has been since 2004 that the trophy has found its way to the USA, and it is great to have it coming back to our shores,” said USA captain Jim Vernon, a past president of the U.S. Golf Association. “They are three guys who bonded well and played golf as a team.” The entire United States

team finished in the top 10 individually, with Chris Williams finishing second at 14-under 200 while Steven Fox tied for 10th at 6-under 208. The previous low total for 54 holes was 407 by the U.S. in Puerto Rico in the 2004 WATC, which was also played at 54 holes because of weather. The Americans, in winning their 24th medal in the 28 Eisenhower Trophy competitions, broke team marks for lowest 18-, 36- and 54-hole scores.

Upon arriving on U.S. soil, Farnham-Rose quickly realized it was the dawn of a new day for his career. “I’m doing a lot more now that I’m here than I was doing, and I think that’s the reason why I did bad the first race, just not ready or used to it yet,” said Farnham-Rose, the Borough Green, England native. “When I train, I have so many early starts. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten up at five in the morning. I get up at five in the morning

twice a week.” Farnham-Rose’s first collegiate competition was the Notre Dame Invitational. “It didn’t go with what I thought would happen,” he said. “One thing is that I wasn’t 100 percent ready for it, so you just gotta move on.” And moving on is exactly what Farnham-Rose is doing. He has set goals for himself for the remainder of this season and moving into the rest of his collegiate career. One of his goals is to run the 1600 meters under four minutes, but he doesn’t want to be too ambitious or set himself up for failure. “I just want to keep improving,” Farnham-Rose

said. “I know I’m capable of running quite good in this country, I just need to find the right fitness that will get me in shape.” Transitioning from England to America has not been easy for Farnham-Rose, but his journey is only beginning. “We’re just getting him adjusted and then once he gets adjusted and gets settled, he is going to be a star,” Tribble said. The summer weather may have been too hot for him, but just like summer in Alabama, Farnham-Rose’s future just may be too hot for any of his competitors to handle.

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Crimson Tide focused on improvement after off week By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor Alabama players and coaches got a welcomed weekend off from football this week with fall break. Many members of the team went home to see their families while some stayed in Tuscaloosa. “It’s always great to go home and relax and be with your family and be away from football for a little bit,” guard Chance Warmack said. Head coach Nick Saban, however, said he could never “take a mental break.” “I leave town for a day, but I take everything with me,” Saban said. “I was watching our team either in practice on Thursday, or games, or recruits, or somebody that has something to do with improving our situation here.” While the team didn’t have a game to play, it didn’t take a complete break from football. A few of the players said they watched some games on Saturday, including major upsets around the country. Florida State, LSU and Georgia – the No. 3, 4 and 5 teams in the country, respectively – all lost,

and the Tide feels it can take lessons from those games. “There’s a lot of parity in college football,” Saban said. “The only thing predictable about college football is its unpredictability.” His players seemed to take the message to heart. “It gave the younger guys a chance to look at other teams and other great teams and them not bringing their A-game to the game and actually lose a game,” safety Robert Lester said. “Maybe they learn a lesson while not actually going out there and learning a lesson and it costing us.” Other players, like running back Eddie Lacy, didn’t even turn on the games. “I don’t watch football on TV,” Lacy said. “So I just have to do it in the film room.”

Miss with a shoulder injury, and wide receiver Kevin Norwood has been limited in practice with a foot injury. Saban said everyone would practice Monday, including Norwood and Belue. With running back Dee Hart and wide receiver DeAndrew White out for the season with Tide dealing with injuries knee injuries, the off week also Another aspect of the bye gave the offense a chance to week Alabama enjoyed was fill those roles. Wide receiver giving some players time to is arguably Alabama’s deepest get healthy. Cornerback Deion position, but running back is a Belue missed the second half different story. Lacy and true freshmen T.J. of Alabama’s game against Ole

Yeldon and Kenyan Drake are the only three healthy running backs that started the season at that position. Saban said quarterback Blake Sims and H-back Brent Calloway will get looks at running back as well. “When somebody gets hurt at any position, it’s something that we don’t like, but the guys who are left – me, T.J. and Drake – we just gotta pick up the load,” Lacy said. “It’s a position [Calloway and Sims have] played before, so they already know what to expect coming into it if that’s what they have to do.”

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Alabama players return to practice to prepare for an away game against Missouri Saturday after taking last weekend off. No TV time yet for Alabama-Tennessee

next week’s slate of games. LSU-Texas A&M, Florida-South Carolina or Alabama-Tennessee Alabama fans will have to wait will get the 2:30 p.m. game on until Monday for a kickoff time for CBS, while the other two matchthe Tide’s trip to Tennessee. CBS ups will kickoff either at 11:00 a.m. exercised its six-day window for on ESPN or 6 or 6:45 p.m. on ESPN.


Tide soccer beaten in back-to-back SEC away games this weekend

Tide volleyball falls to Missouri squad 3-1, drops to 13-6 overall

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The Alabama soccer team fell in both of its matches this weekend on an SEC road trip. Texas A&M won 5-0 in College Station on Friday, and Arkansas prevailed 3-1 in Fayetteville on Sunday. The two losses dropped Alabama to 7-5-2 on the season and 2-4-2 in SEC play. The Aggies (12-2-1, 6-1-1 SEC) scored three times in the first half and then added two more in the second frame to secure their victory. Shea Groom scored twice for Texas A&M to lead all scorers. Texas A&M outshot

Alabama, 11-10, putting forth an efficient effort, scoring three times on five shots in the first half. Junior Molly Atherton led all players with three shots, putting two on frame. Jordan Day and Renee McDermott split the shutout for the Aggies as UA goalkeeper Shelby Church allowed a season-high four goals in 56 minutes of action. Arkansas (6-7-1, 3-4-1 SEC) scored two goals in the first half before Alabama was able to get on the scoreboard. Freshman Merel Van Dongen buried a penalty kick in the 63rd minute to pull the Tide

within one. The goal was the second on the season for the rookie. The Razorbacks would put the game away in the 86th minute with a third goal to hand the Tide its first weekend without at least a point to add to the standings this season. The two teams fired off 13 shots each, with Alabama recording nine of those in the second half. Van Dongen led all players with four shots, putting two on frame. The Tide returns home to the Alabama Soccer Stadium for a four-game homestand, starting Friday, Oct. 12 against Mississippi State.

The Alabama Crimson Tide women’s volleyball team experienced a 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25) loss to the Missouri Tigers in an SEC match on Sunday afternoon in Foster Auditorium. With the loss, Alabama drops to 13-6 overall, 2-5 in SEC play, while the Tigers improve to 13-5 overall, 5-2 in conference action. The Tide was held to a .142 hitting mark, as the Tigers forced UA into 26 hitting errors while recording 11 total blocks. Missouri finished the afternoon with a .281 hitting percentage. Alabama got off to a quick

start to open the match, taking a 6-1 lead in the first set. The Tigers responded by tying the score at 15-15, before winning the set, 25-19. The Tide was held to a .065 hitting percentage in the set, while the Tigers hit .231. The Tide evened the match at 1-1 after taking the second set, 25-22. UA fell behind 4-1 to start the set but rallied to hold a 9-6 lead behind three kills in the run by Laura Steiner. After UM took an 11-10 lead, Alabama went on a 9-2 run to open a 20-13 advantage. UA led 24-17 before the Tigers scored five straight points to get within two (24-22), but a kill by Steiner put the set

away for Bama. After the intermission, the Tigers controlled the third set, leading by as much as eight (21-13) before winning the set 25-18. UM led from wire-towire in the fourth, after opening the set with a 7-1 run. The Tide rallied to get within three at 12-9, but the Tigers opened an 18-11 lead before closing out the match with a 25-16 victory in the fourth. The Tide returns to SEC action on Friday, Oct. 12 when it travels to Columbia, S.C., for a 6 p.m. CT match. The team then travels to Baton Rouge, La., for a match Sunday, Oct. 14 against the LSU Tigers at 1 p.m. CT.

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Campuses declare smoking bans By Becky Robinson Staff Reporter College campuses around the country are making an effort to declare their schools smoke-free environments. Currently, there are at least 814 campuses that have completely banned tobacco products, The University of Alabama has yet to enact a campuswide ban. The University of Florida is one school that has decided to ban smoking entirely. The ban came in 2010 as part of the Tobacco Free Florida program, aiming to protect Florida residents from the hazards of smoking. UF was the first public college in Florida to ban smoking. Nicole Boyett, a UF senior majoring in finance and sports management, said the officials’ decision to ban smoking was a great idea. “My grandpa passed away from lung cancer when I was very young, so smoking is a subject I’m passionate about,” Boyett said. “Smoking isn’t good for you, and I think UF wants to make sure every experience on campus is as pleasant as possible.” UF officials never released a statement on why they banned tobacco products, but Boyett said she believes it was to exert a positive influence on students, faculty and staff. She also said the reaction among UF students was positive. “The student body had no problem accepting the ban on smoking,” Boyett said. “I think everyone at UF is able to realize the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke, and I believe UF is just trying to become a more


Myths about chocolate proven to be incorrect By Kendal Beahm While many students may attempt to stray away from chocolate for various reasons and myths, this sweet treat is actually good for your body and skin, albeit in small amounts. It can be difficult deciphering from fact and fiction, so below are several common myths that have been proven to be untrue. Myth 1: Dark chocolate is the best chocolate for you

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Unlike the University of Florida, The University of Alabama does not have a ban on smoking though it is limited to specific areas. pleasant place.” While The University of Alabama does not have a ban on smoking, there are policies in effect limiting where students can smoke. Due to its health hazards, Cathy Andreen, director of UA Media Relations, said smoking is prohibited inside all buildings on campus. “In addition, smoking is not allowed within 30 feet of entrances to buildings,” Andreen said. The University is currently evaluating whether it should become a smoke-free campus. At least five colleges in Alabama have already banned tobacco products, including Auburn University and Troy University. Andreen said the Faculty Senate, the SGA and the Professional Staff Assembly are in charge of making a decision like that for the University. While the decision has yet

to be made, some students not ban smoking. feel the University should “I suggest [officials] privaprioritize stricter policies for tize the property if they smoking on campus. wanted to control the habits “Everyone says, ‘you don’t of individuals and the use of have to be around smokers,’ property,” Corbett said. but when they congregate He said students have outside of the doors, you every right to smoke on their actually do,” campus since Cody Jones, a it is public senior majoring property. in political sciEven though It’s a disgusting and unence, said. “It’s no official healthy habit. We should a disgusting ban has been limit it where we can. and unhealthy p l a n n e d , habit. We should Andreen said — Cody Jones limit it where we there are can.” movements Jones said within UA’s a total ban on campus to tobacco products would be curb smoking among stutoo extreme but suggested dents. designating areas outside The Student Health of buildings where students Center’s Health Promotion cannot smoke. and Wellness Department However, Zachary Corbett, offers workshops and a senior majoring in man- awareness programs to agement information sys- inform students and faculty tems, disagreed and said about the risks associated u n ive r s i t i e s s h o u l d with smoking.

Cacao, the bean from which cocoa powder is derived, has been found to lower blood pressure. The higher the cacao percentage, the better the chocolate is for you. In an 18-week study, it was found that participants who ate a small amount of 50 percent cacao chocolate, what you typically buy at the store, had a significant reduction in blood pressure. Myth 2: Chocolate causes acne Fortunately for chocolate lovers, there is no link between chocolate consumption and acne. No matter how much or how little you eat, it will have no effect on your face and body acne. That goes for almost anything in your diet; acne is caused by a combination of bacteria, oil and genetics. Myth 3: Chocolate causes weight gain As long as you eat chocolate in moderation, weight gain won’t be a problem. Having a chocolate bar a day on top of

fast food, bread based products and lack of exercise will not guarantee a healthy figure. Eating food in moderation – usually keeping under 2,000 calories a day – is the key to a healthy diet, and chocolate, in moderation, won’t cause problems. Myth 4: Chocolate lacks nutritional value

As mentioned above, chocolate, especially dark, is packed with health benefits and is full of antioxidants. Dark chocolate also has magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, polyphenols, calcium and potassium. These vitamins and minerals help with muscle, joint and nerve functioning, as well as protecting your body against cell damage. Myth 5: Chocolate causes cavities

Both the Eastman Dental Center and Osaka University in Japan have recorded no association between consuming chocolate and cavities. In fact, the sugar in the chocolate dissolves so quickly in your mouth it has little chance of having significant contact with tooth surfaces. Rather than avoiding chocolate for healthy teeth, maintain proper oral hygiene, and what you eat will not be problematic. Now that the true benefits and myths of chocolate have been discussed, feel free to have that slice of chocolate cake at your tailgate or the pack of M&M’s on the way to class without regret or worry.

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Tuscaloosa Miracle League beneďŹ ts players, parents By Nathan Proctor Staff Reporter

Base-clearing home runs, spectacular bobbled catches and a healthy dose of baseball superstition provided for a traditional afternoon of baseball Saturday, Oct. 6. Less ordinary was the opportunity provided for over 100 children with disabilities and adults to play nine innings of baseball. The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa, a local nonprofit, provides four games for a variety of young and old special needs players on away-game Saturdays during their fall season at Sokol Park North. The league, founded two years ago, acts as a branch

of the Miracle League founded in Rockdale County, Ga., in 1997. At the small park, featuring a synthetic rubber diamond as well as the expected bleachers, dugouts and scoreboard, ballpark mainstays blared over loudspeakers broken up only by a crackling drawl providing play-by-plays. “Wha-ho, that’ll be his third home run on the day. Good on ‘em,� Jeff Walker said. Walker, of Tuscaloosa, wears many hats for the league: play-byplay announcer, co-founder, vicepresident and supportive grandfather. Walker said he was turned onto the idea when his daughter, who lived in Pell City with her autistic son, Bradley, found a park in

Moody providing an opportunity for special needs kids to play baseball through the Miracle League label. He and John Miller, co-founder and league president, worked together for the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Department and decided to work toward creating a Miracle League for Tuscaloosa. “It’s the only way most of these kids could play a team sport,� Walker said. “And it gives them motivation, something to look forward to.� Walker recalled often hearing from his beaming grandson mid-week, “We gonna play ball Saturday?� He assured Bradley they would. Community children and volunteers serve as “buddies� to assist the players on the field, and according to Miracle League rules, all players bat each inning, all base runners are safe, every player scores a run each inning, and each team and each player wins every game. Walker said it was their

players’ requests that brought about the two later semi-competitive and competitive team games. The earlier two games are split by age, from birth to 6 years of age and 7 to 12 years old. “It’s the only place you can come see a game and hear no arguing,� Walker said. “Just baseball and a good time.� Though few on the field were locked into serious game faces, most wore broad grins through all nine innings. Good-natured gibes and distracting calls and chants streamed from players and coaches on the field and from the opposing dugout. “Set me free! Get me out of here!� called a runner stranded at second base after two outs. Despite the fielder’s collective assurances that he wouldn’t be, a sharp line drive brought him home with a few “na-na na-na boo-boo’s.� Shea Zizzi has been attending games in support of her son Brad for two years while also volunteering her time working their

concession stand. “It’s a great league,� Zizzi said. “I wish we could get more kids playing.� She said the league far surpassed her expectations and has provided an avenue for her son to both make friends and to feed his love of baseball. The UA baseball team paid a visit to a game last month, which Zizzi recalled being a huge joy for their players. April Phillips of Tuscaloosa attended her first Miracle League game Saturday. She and her 13-year-old grandson Destin came in support of Brad, with Destin sporting a Miracle League uniform with the number 13 and “Brad’s Friend� written across the back. She said though she knew Brad’s group to be in a competitive league, she was impressed by not only how competitive, but also how supportive the players were. “They really put a lot of effort into it, they challenge themselves,� Phillips said. “They make me realize I don’t challenge


A local league provides baseball games for special needs players. myself enough.� Phillips said she’d certainly return in support, and said she would attempt to bring her younger grandson Maddox and others out to the games. “It’s just inspiring,� Phillips said. “I think everyone should see this.�


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University of Alabama students hitting up the new Starbucks in the Ferguson Center for a caffeine kick to get through midterms may want to think twice before taking a sip of java. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and other health research institutions recently published a study showing a connection between coffee consumption and vision loss. The study, published in “Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science,� revealed that adults who drink three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day are 34 percent more likely to develop primary open-angle glaucoma. The chronic disease affects one percent of the population and occurs when the eye swells, which deteriorates optic nerve cells. As

more optic nerve cells die, blind spots begin to form. Often those with the condition don’t even realize they’re losing their eye sight since there are no symptoms tied to it. The study also found that other caffeinated drinks like soda and tea had no link to POAG. The good news for coffee addicts is that only participants with a family history of glaucoma and over the age of 40 later experienced the vision loss from drinking multiple cups of joe daily. The author of the study, Jae Hee Kang, ScD, of Channing Division Network of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., spoke with “Science Daily� about the impact the study may have on future dietary studies. “Because this is the first study to evaluate the association between caffeinated

coffee and exfoliation glaucoma in a U.S. population, confirmation of these results in other populations would be needed to lend more credence to the possibility that caffeinated coffee might be a modifiable risk factor for glaucoma,� Kang told Science Daily. “It may also lead to research into other dietary or lifestyle factors as risk factors.� Although the Harvard study makes drinking coffee seem like an everlasting veil of darkness for the eyes, there are many perks the energizing drink has to offer. Research has found coffee drinkers have a 50 percent less chance of developing liver cancer and a lower possibility of colon, breast and rectal cancer than those who don’t. Avid coffee drinkers are also less likely to get diabetes. Not everyone who consumes

large quantities of coffee daily will develop POAG. Those at risk of acquiring the chronic disease are people 40 and older; those with relatives who have the condition; people with high intraocular pressure; and those with diabetes. The disease is also more prominent in some ethnicities such as Africans, Asians and Latinos. The Glaucoma Foundation recommends everyone under 40 years of age should have an eye exam every three to four years. Those over 40 should be tested at least every one and half years, while people 40 and older with one of the risk factors should get tested annually. Remember: Moderation is key in everything, whether genetically jinxed with a family history of glaucoma or not. So fellow coffee lovers, don’t feel like you have to put down that cup of joe just yet.





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Moundville to host annual Native American Festival By Deanne Winslett Staff Reporter The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park will host its annual Native American Festival this Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 13. The event is held each October to teach visitors about the Native Americans who lived in the region. The event will honor Southeastern Indian culture by offering visitors a chance to experience their music and arts. Performers, craftspeople, artists and other representatives of the culture will provide guests with an interactive education of Southeastern Indians. “Organizers have worked hard to give you a taste of what was and now is Southeastern Indian culture,� festival

director Betsy Irwin said. These various events are designed to help immerse visitors in the culture of the Southeastern Indians. “Over the last 24 years, we’ve helped educate over 100,000 people about the arts, crafts and lifestyles of Southeastern Indians,� Irwin said. “Our hope is to help change our collective future for the better, especially for our children, as our elders teach us from the past.� Performances will include appearances by music group Injunity and storyteller Gayle Ross. Injunity is a flute-guitar duo from Oklahoma that blends traditional and modern styles. Ross is a storyteller and author from Oklahoma who will be providing Cherokee stories throughout the festival. Ad d i t i o n a l performances will be given by

flutists Billy Whitefox, Sydney Mitchell, Jimmy Yellowhorse and Charlie Mato-Toyela. Singer-songwriter Michael Jacobs will also be present. Traditional dances will be performed by Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe, the Bogue Houma Choctaw Dancers, the Mystic Wind Choctaw Dancers and Lyndon Alec. Visitors can also look forward to a variety of sports and children’s events. Pottery will be fired in the fire pit for viewers to see at the festival’s Arts and Crafts Arbors, and visitors can learn about archery at the Target Range. For children, there will be native crafts and games in the children’s area. Stone toolmakers from around the country will be present at Knapper’s Corner and a history lesson on the


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