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Operations of Kappa Sigma UA chapter temporarily suspended By Amanda Peterson and Lindsey Shelton The Crimson White The UA chapter of Kappa Sigma has had its operations temporarily suspended by the fraternity’s national office after members were accused of hazing. The chapter’s charter has not been revoked or suspended. Mitchell Wilson, executive director of the Kappa Sigma national fraternity, said officials from his office are early on in their investigation and do not know if the alleged hazing was carried out by a few individuals or at the behest of the entire chapter. It will take a week or more to review information about the allegations, he said.

“We have been told that there were inappropriate activities by some of the members with the pledges,” Wilson said. Efforts to reach Kappa Sigma President Wyatt Montgomery were unsuccessful. A person who answered the phone at the Kappa Sigma house on Wednesday said he had no comment. UA officials will collaborate with those from the national fraternity on the investigation. Gentry McCreary, UA director of greek affairs, said the University has taken no action against Kappa Sigma. “They are in good standing at the University pending the results of the investigation,”

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins By Kelsey Hendrix Staff Reporter The Women’s Resource Center at the University is kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month today. In an effort to use service, outreach and advocacy to empower women, the Women’s Resource Center will be providing information to students throughout the month about breast cancer and will be teaming up with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to host the Susan G. Komen On the Go mobile experience, according to a news release from the Women’s Resource Center. Susan G. Komen On the Go uses a mobile bright pink breast cancer awareness trailer

IF YOU GO ... • What: Susan G. Komen On the Go Moblie • Where: behind Gorgas Library

• When: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

that will be open for students to experience on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind Gorgas library. “The mobile center is a place where students can interactively learn about breast

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Groups team up for health forum By Eryn Phillips Senior Staff Reporter

• Where: UA Law School

• When: Tonight at 6:30 p.m.

ment funded health care options that people may notknow about like grants, individual coverage and free providers like the Good Samaritan Clinic. “The concerns that people have will be discussed informatively, not debated. We want

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UA preps for SEC road game By Spencer White Assistant Sports Editor After a highly successful three-game home stand, the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide continued practice Wednesday before their first road trip of the 2009 season Saturday, where the Tide will take on the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. “We’ve had two pretty good days of practice,” head coach Nick Saban said. “The players have worked hard.” Kentucky enters the game with a 2-1 record after sustaining a 41-7 beating at the hands of the Florida Gators Saturday,

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along with statistically the worst rush defense in the Southeastern Conference, allowing more than 185 yards on the ground per game. “Last year, they had the best,” said senior halfback Roy Upchurch. “I don’t know if they lost a lot of people or something. They look good on film.” Fortunately for Tide fans, Saban has never been one to declare gimme wins, especially in his first trip back to Lexington since the Bluegrass Miracle of 2002, when Saban’s LSU squad pulled out a miraculous victory on a Hail Mary pass as time expired. “I think everyone needs to understand

the importance of when you play on the road,” Saban said. “Paying attention to detail, staying focused, not being affected by external factors takes a little maturity.” Despite the Wildcats ranking in the bottom third of the SEC in nearly every major team category, including total offense (11th), total defense (10th) and scoring offense (9th), Saban and the Tide players had nothing but good words for its first true road opponent. “They’re physical, they don’t make a lot of mistakes, and you’ve got to beat them,” Saban said.

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Ex-official decries finance policy “You cannot reduce costs by expanding coverage. It’s an oxymoron. We’re the only country in the world that’s dumb enough to write a blank check for health care.”

By Victor Luckerson Staff Reporter American’s financial security is in jeopardy, and the government is doing nothing about it, said former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker. Walker, who served as the head of the Government Accountability Office during the Clinton and Bush administrations, gave a speech about federal fiscal responsibility on Wednesday in the Child Development Research Center. The event was hosted by the consumer sciences department in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Walker is also the president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the nation’s

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cal of the U.S government’s spending practices, citing the $1.6 trillion spending deficit for the 2009 fiscal year. “The U.S. government has overpromised and under delivered for many years,” he said. “The federal government tends to want to give everybody everything.” Walker said the United David Walker States’ debt doubled during financial issues. the Bush administration and “He’s pretty well-known,” may double again during the said Caroline Fulmer, assis- Obama administration. tant professor of consumer “The United States is the sciences and one of the orga- world’s largest debtor,” he nizers of the event. “We’re said. honored to have him.” He said the U.S.’s increasWalker was extremely criti- ing foreign debt to nations

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Millions of Americans currently do not have health care coverage, a problem that has been in the national spotlight for months. Alpha Kappa Alpha, the Good Shepherd’s Project and the Blackburn Instititute are sponsoring a non-conventional health care forum at 6:30 p.m. at the UA law school. The goal of the forum is to help address health care related concerns for UA students and the general public. India Williams, a first-year law student and founder of the Good Shepherd’s Project said the forum will focus on getting students and local citizens information about non-govern-


CW | Jerrod Seaton Roy Upchurch runs after catching the ball against Arkansas Saturday. Upchurch and the Alabama backfield will try to exploit the worst rushing defense in the SEC against Kentucky.

such as China was a big problem. And both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for American’s current state, Walker said. “There is not a party of fiscal responsibility,” he said. “We don’t need bipartisan solutions. We need non-partisan solutions.” On the issue of health care, Walker advocated some form of universal coverage but said the plans currently being proposed are far too generous. “It will bankrupt America,” he said. “You cannot reduce costs by expanding coverage.

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CAMPUS | Bridges International commemorating Mid Autumn Festival today Bridges International is celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival, a Chinese cultural tradition, today starting at 6 p.m. in 121 B.B. Comer. Bridges International is a Christian organization that works with international students. Campus Crusade for Christ has partnered up with Bridges International to host the first annual Mid Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. Because East Asia is thousands of miles away, Campus Crusade wanted to bring the festival to Tuscaloosa so that the international students here at the University could feel at home. Campus Crusade staff member Christie Lehren helped organize this event. Lai Lai will cater the event, and every guest will be given a moon cake, a holiday pastry and traditional food during the Moon Festival in China, as a special gift.

CAMPUS | Engineering Day to be held today Today is Engineering Day, or E-Day, an event aimed at high school students who show an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Greg Singleton, director of engineering student services, said about 500 students from Alabama and nearby states to attend. It will last all day, and most events will be in H.M. Comer Hall or the Bevill Building. “We feel if we can provide opportunities such as E-Day for prospective engineering students to visit our campus, meet with our faculty, staff and students, obviously will help increase our chances toward recruiting them to UA,” Singleton said. Matthew Frazier, a sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering, attended E-Day when he was a senior in high school. “It showed me all the facilities the University had to offer for each major and allowed me to talk to a professor in each field of engineering,” he said.

CAMPUS | Stay Beautiful, Stay Informed: A Healthy Skin Care Seminar Join the Tau Gamma Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma as they explore healthy skin care Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Tutwiler Hall in the “Tut Hut.” A certified medical esthetician is speaking, and participants will learn how to protect themselves from and correct sun damage, aging and acne. They will also offer free individual skin consultations and investigate common skin care myths. The event is open to the public.

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cancer awareness month,” said Jessi Hitchins, assistant director of the Women’s Resource Center. “It is also the place where they can find out how to get involved, learn more about prevention initiatives and find out ways to be active in bringing awareness to the subject of breast cancer.” In addition to the Susan G. Komen On the Go event, the Women’s Resource Center will also be hosting the third annual Breast Cancer Tree of Honor and Remembrance month-long display in the Ferguson Center, Recreation Center, University Medical Center and Capstone Village Retirement Community. “The display consists of four trees that will be around campus and the community and is a way for anyone to come up and remember and honor people in their lives who have been affected by breast can-

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cer,” Hitchins said. “We are asking students and faculty members who wish to participate to write messages on pink ribbon ornaments and then hang them on the trees, which will be on display for the month of October.” The pink ribbon ornaments will be available for UA employees at the UA Employee Health Fair on Oct. 14. The Women’s Resource Center will also be passing out information about breast cancer and pink lapel ribbons throughout the month as a way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “We’re going to have pamphlets out that are going to be beneficial for all of the UA community,” Hitchins said. “We want to send out a lot of information that will really benefit students, faculty and staff and therefore will include information about how to give yourself an exam, when to get a mammogram, and when you should visit your doctor, on the pamphlets. “We also are encouraging students and faculty to wear the pink lapel ribbons for the month in remembrance and honor of those they know who have been affected by breast cancer,” Hitchins said. These pamphlets and lapel ribbons can be found at the Susan G. Komen On the Go event or at the Women’s Resource Center year-round. The Women’s Resource Center is also looking for student volunteers who are interested in promoting awareness about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and other issues for women. “At the center, we always have new initiatives and right now, we’re knee-deep in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month events,” Hitchins said. “So students who want to get involved and help out can go to and there is a listing for the center where students can find out more information and get connected with our events.” For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month events, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 348-5040 or visit the Web site at

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Health and Wellness Fair goes smoothly By Jennie Kushner Staff Writer Students who passed the Ferguson Plaza between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday were invited to enjoy free TCBY, massage therapy treatments and much more thanks to third annual Student Health and Wellness Fair. Hosted by Project Health, a student organization that provides information and support to encourage a healthy lifestyle, the goal of the fair was to inform students of healthy options on campus and around Tuscaloosa. “We had about 35 vendors from the Tuscaloosa community and the University,� said Michelle Harcrow, advisor for Project Health and assistant director for health promotions. “We bring vendors from outside so students, especially those from out of town, know what our community has to offer.� Harcrow said the day was a success with about 40 volunteers and 1,000 students coming by. “I gave out a total of 700 cups of TCBY and 800 coupons,� said Sonya Beasley, a TCBY employee. “I think this event is good for campus because it teaches students how to be more active and have a healthier lifestyle.� “This is the second time I’ve hit up these tables,� said Maria Polcari, a sophomore major-

ing in business. “I went before lunch and after, I was so excited when I saw them setting up this morning.� Vendors included Dippin’ Dots, Wachovia Bank, Athletes Foot, Chik-fil-A and Kinnucans, among others. Students also could receive a flu shot. “People can just come in and get a flu shot and bill it to their student account, so it’s kind of like it’s free, in a student’s world,� Harcrow said. “Especially now with the flu going around, this event had a great turn out that made students more aware of wellness issues,� said Gabriela Flores, a senior majoring in health studies. Harcrow said Project Health wanted vendors from all areas of health. She said being healthy is not just the absence of disease, but it is also a balance of all other different aspects of your life. “I think it turned out very well, all the hard work and preparation was well worth it,� said Jeanell Floyd, a senior majoring in health studies. “We had a great turnout with students and members of Project Health.� Along with enjoy free items from vendors, students could enjoy the nice weather and music from 90.7 The Capstone, the UA radio station. “It gets bigger every year, everybody has fun, there is a lot of information about a wide

varieties of ways to enhance your health on every level,� said Lynda Kees, a massage therapist. “It seems like people are friendly and eager to know about the information at their table,� said Miari Gaddis, a sophomore majoring in biology. “They picked good booths, it’s not like this event is boring.� Students also had the chance to learn the truths about alcohol and test their body mass index. Vendors at teach tables had items to demonstrate the point they were trying to get across. “It was interesting to learn that half a water bottle of Everclear is equivalent to 24 beers,� said Taylor Hess, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering. Some students and University vendors said they were happy with the turnout of the day. “I think it gets students are of what programs and services each department offers,� said Dave Crutchfield, marketing coordinator for University Recreation. Jack Rockwell, a freshman majoring in philosophy, said he thought it showed generosity in the area by helping student be aware of the health programs and services. “Students forget how to be self sustaining and live on their own,� he said.


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organizations, the fraternity has 89 members and had 2.86 Continued from page 1 average GPA. The fraternity has a zerotolerance policy regarding McCreary said. Kappa Sigma first colonized hazing, Wilson said. “Any time we receive a at the Capstone 110 years ago and has a house on Jefferson report regarding inappropriAvenue on the northeast end ate activity with our pledges, of campus. According to the it is investigated,� he said. spring grade report for greek

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It’s an oxymoron. We’re the only country in the world that’s dumb enough to write a blank check for health care.� Walker said the ramifications of American’s spending policies today would be felt by the younger generation. To the young people in the audience, he said, “A lot of things are being done to you, not for you. Your future is being mortgaged at a record rate.� He said one of the reasons he advocates federal fiscal responsibility is his grandchildren. “They’re too young to vote. They don’t have a voice. This is their future,� he said. In the question and answer session, Dorenus Johnikin, a graduate student studying financial planning who helped plan the event, asked what young people could do today to improve America’s financial future. “Young people need to start becoming more active not only virtually but physi-

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“They have an athletic front seven,â€? said senior right guard Mike Johnson. “We’re going to go ahead and approach it like they’re the best defense we’ve ever played‌they’ve obviously got a talented team, they’re on scholarship just like we are.â€?

Unwelcome Visitors Though the Tide has technically played a game on the road in 2009, the neutral season opener against Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome, this week’s matchup with Kentucky brings a new element to Alabama’s offensive gameplan; dealing



cally,� Walker said. “It doesn’t take that many people to make an impression.� After the program, Johnikin said he was impressed by the presentation. “I think [Walker]’s a very intelligent person,� Johnikin said. “It’s horrendous to hear the amount of debt the country is building. We at UA will be the ones to have to carry that burden.� Ryan Sprinkle, a junior majoring in finance and economics, also said hefound the speech enlightening. “It’s great for students to get to hear about challenges and opportunities in the future,� Sprinkle said. “On a personal financial level, his comments reinforce sound financial practices and doing what’s best in the long term instead of the short term.� Throughout his speech Wa l ke r continuously stressed the danger of America’s current financial path. “What’s going on right now is not only fiscally irresponsible, it’s morally reprehensible and downright unAmerican,� Walker said.

with the crowd noise in a hostile SEC environment. With loud noise blasting from the fields of the ThomasDrew Practice Facility in an effort to simulate the fan noise on Saturday, Johnson emphasized the importance of making accurate calls and check-downs on offense. “We’re expecting a loud atmosphere,â€? Johnson said. “We’re not going to let it take us away from our gameplan‌ we’re just going to try and focus and do the same things we do at home.â€? For senior defensive end Brandon Deaderick, the game is a homecoming of sorts. Deaderick is an Elizabethtown, Ky., native who nearly became a Wildcat.

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everyone to know that their voices will be heard,� Williams said. Representatives from insurance companies Blue Cross Blue Shield and State Farm along with local health care provider ALLkids will lead the discussion. They will help people who are eligible with the application process for special programs or benefits. Williams said there is such a wide range of issues that need to be addressed, from college students preparing to graduate and coming off their parents plan to low-income families who may not know of any alternative coverage available. According to the 2006 U.S. Census Beareu, 14 percent of Alabamians were uninsured. This amount has been steadily climbing due to the current economic climate. Members of the UA chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority have chosen to co-sponsor the discussion because they want to raise more public awareness for non-government funded health care, members said. AKA Vice President Sasha Smith, a senior majoring in biology, said the forum will be helpful because there is so much national debate about health care. But, nothing is being done yet, and people need to know what is available until a national reform is passed, she said. Smith said the issues that will be raised in the forum will give people “more emotional empowerment and develop more social support networks.�

“They were in my top three,� he said. “I just didn’t feel that was the place for me.� Deaderick said he had circled this game on the calendar ever since his arrival in Tuscaloosa. “My redshirt senior year, I can go back home and get booed at Kentucky,� Deaderick joked. “I always look forward to going back home and playing the home team.�

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•Saban said Dont’a Hightower’s surgery was successful, and doctors expected him to make a full recovery. •Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Gentry missed practice this week with the flu, an ailment Saban thought had left the team. “It seemed to have gone away,â€? Saban said. “I thought we were kind over that, but I think I was being a little too optimistic.â€? •Upchurch, who missed the FIU and North Texas games while nursing a high ankle sprain before seeing time against Arkansas, felt that he was around 80 percent healthy. “I’m just going out and working, trying to get my step back,â€? he said.

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“If pro is the opposite of con, is Congress the opposite of progress?” On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee may have answered that question. They defeated measures that would have provided Americans with the much-discussed “public option.” That’s right, America. You won’t get the choice to have your money funneled through your government before it goes to your doctor. You’re still forced to have it funneled through someone with a strong desire for a new car, house and yacht. It’s about time. The last thing we want in this country is more competition and freedom. I’d much prefer to have my choices limited to insurance companies run by red-blooded, money-grubbing Americans. Not some government that has made such terrible mistakes as impeding my freedom to text and drive. (That irks me so much, if I want to neglect controlling my car and run over pedestrians I should have that right. The committee voted 15-8 to leave a public option out of the healthcare reform bill (including one amendment proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., greatgrandson of John D. Rockefeller, who would probably today be termed a communist). We’re saved from an insurance choice that charges less and still gives you the option of choosing a different healthcare provider if you don’t like the service you get. It reminds me of how we don’t have steak anymore. Remember steak? It was better than ground beef but it was more expensive. Since people figured out that ground beef was pretty much the same as steak, everyone bought that instead. Who wants to pay more, even if it is better quality?

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{ YOUR VIEW } DO YOU THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD BE LOBBYING FOR THE 2016 OLYMPICS? “At the moment he has more important things to attend to.” —Samantha Luger, junior, finance and painting

“I think heʼs OK lobbying to get the Olympics back to the United States. Itʼs a really good economic boost, and heʼs been doing U.N. stuff this whole time. This is just one part of it.” — M.G. Propst, freshman, political science

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Now that we don’t have to deal with competition from ground beef, we can all enjoy our $15 steaks all the time. Remember when we had steak and hamburger at the same time? You could go to Wendy’s and get a burger made out of ground beef for like $4 or you could go to Longhorn and get a steak for $15. It’s a shame that never worked out. People just opted to go to Wendy’s all the time because it was cheaper and nobody ever went to Longhorn since it cost so much, even if it was better quality. That’s similar to this “public option” issue. Imagine if we lived


more efficient and provide better service to you, the consumer, at a lower price. It would’ve forced these private companies to make your lives easier. Some people argue that a public option would drive private insurance companies out of business because it doesn’t have to put up with expenses like monstrous advertising costs or CEOs who want new Learjets. It could also benefit from the fact that it would be tax supported, even though President Obama stated in his health care speech that it “would have to be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects.” That

“I’d much prefer to have my choices limited to insurance companies run by red-blooded, money-grubbing Americans.”

in a world where we could choose between a cheaper health insurance service that may or may not be of inferior quality or pay for you to do heinous things like create a living will, or a private health insurance company where they may or may not make monstrous profits off of your hard-earned money and cover abortions. If you want to have what you believe to be the “best quality,” you would naturally choose private health insurance. If you can’t afford it and need that money for other things like a college education to make yourself and your family better or, perhaps, food, then you could choose a public option. Don’t you see why we couldn’t allow for a public option to happen? It would’ve pushed any private insurance company that couldn’t either cut costs or improve service out of the market. It would’ve made these companies work that much harder to be


means the public option would be about as taxpayer-funded as the U.S. Postal Service. I personally am appalled at the idea that people would want to voluntarily hand over their money to the government instead of being forced to hand it over to a corporate executive. The private sector always has our own best interest in mind, just look at Enron and Bernie Madoff. This is why I’m opposed to the government doing anything other than defending me from people who don’t agree with me and I’d be sure to keep my private health care even if a public option had passed. In all seriousness, thank you, senators, for voting down the public option and proving that you truly are the opposite of progress. Jonathan Reed is a sophomore majoring in political science and journalism. His column runs on Thursdays.

Remember a history of hatred By Debra Flax

“If the United States got the Olympic games in the near future, thatʼd be a nice economic boost.”

Amid heightened fears of flu — both seasonal and swine — a number of entities have reached out to promote vaccination, In short: Students ranging from comneed to take mercial enterprises advantage of to the Student Health opportunities to Center here at the get the flu University. vaccines. While the vaccination for swine flu will not be expected to become available until later this month, physicians are recommending that patients immunize first against seasonal flu. Flu vaccines, while imperfect, have limited side effects, and there is little reason to skip the shot. Take advantage of the convenience offered this year and follow the recommendations of a litany of medical experts: Get the shot.

Recent evidence claims that a skull fragment thought to belong to Adolf Hitler actually belongs to the skull of a 40-year-old woman. Though more of a monster than a man, Hitler was by no means a woman. This new conspiracy theory development sparked a wave of comments, good, bad and ugly. The type of posts that caught my eye, however, were the more shocking and outrageous ones. “I wonder how many dirty Jews [freaked] when they read this! All those lies they’ve been telling for decades about giant people ovens and showers with poison gas, the Fuhrer’s kin may just go through with it to prove a point!” “The Holocaust was a big Jewish lie blown way out of proportion” And, finally, “Der Furher is alive - SIEG HEIL!!!Now let’s get the 4th Reich rolling & round up all the Jews that made it thru (sic) the first time!” I have no doubt that Adolf is long gone and that he probably died in the bunker. His twisted values have continued to live on to this day. Reported as his last words, Che Guevara said, “I know you’ve come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man.” Similarly, Hitler’s “kampf” rises up with every utterance of blind hatred and his Final Solution is put right back into play with each violent act. Over the years, I’ve seen and experienced incidents of



“I have no doubt that Adolf is long gone and that he probably died in the bunker.”

anti-Semitism. It’s strange knowing that there will always be people who think that way. Although, what makes these comments any different from those made against an opposing political party, football team or religious mindset? We, as human beings, are born with a tendency towards contention. And feelings of disdain, if not flat out hatred, are instinctive in all of us. Our tempers flare at different levels of intensity and brutality triggered by various annoyances that we each find despicable. But, at what point do normal dislikes become dangerous extremes? There is a concept in Judaism called “sinat chinam” or baseless hatred. It is considered one of the gravest sins, worse than idolatry, immorality and even bloodshed. Baseless hatred is embodied in racism, sexism and all other forms of dislike of the unlike. Monday, my fellow Jews and I observed the Holy Day of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Towards of the end of the morning service, my synagogue, as well as many others, recited a prayer in remembrance of the 6 million killed during the Holocaust. As I listened to the low, humming

voices of the packed chapel, I couldn’t help but think about the police officers standing guard at the doors of the synagogue. It’s an unrealistically optimistic thought that a simple campaign to banish hate will actually live up to its goal. As long as people are able to hate, we will hate. The best we can look for is the spread of knowledge about such topics as genocide and segregation so that we don’t forget what can happen. There will never cease to be characters such as Robert Edward Chambliss, the man charged with the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, the highjackers of 9/11 and the commenters mentioned earlier. These people try with every effort to scare off those who are simply different. But they shouldn’t scare us. Instead, they should force us to remember. Remember those they have taken from us and those they’ve tried to take. Remember that dangerous and unwavering hatred will almost always have devastating results. And they allow us remember that we will never forget. Debra Flax is a sophomore majoring in journalism. Her column runs on Thursdays.

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Erase us, sure, but silence us, no By Peter Sloan When I set out Sunday to chalk sidewalks with fellow members of the group Alabama Atheists and Agnostics, I was prepared for awkward glances and bigoted slurs, but little more. What I got was a glimpse of bigotry and incivility from some and, potentially, discrimination against our group from the University. Chalk advertisements are a familiar sight at the University. Interests from Bible study groups to private businesses make use of this cheap, effective publicity method. We’ve all seen chalking in the Ferguson Center Plaza and on the sidewalks crossing the Quad. For these reasons, AAA took for granted that we, too, could advertise in similar fashion. We were wrong. AAA has had to re-chalk four times, as each attempt has been erased within hours. We aren’t certain who is behind the erasures. Chalk ads for a Christian group near our freshly erased first attempt raised suspicion, but some students have claimed to see UA employees erasing our second attempt. Our third attempt was vandalized and partially erased by students, and even that alone is worthy of concern. For a university to thrive, it must be a place of open discourse and mutual respect. Nothing is more destructive to debate than the silencing of one’s opponents. It doesn’t speak highly of the moral caliber of the vandals, either. We should interact with each other through appropriate channels. We should convince each other with thoughtful arguments, not name-calling. How seriously should we take people who, unable to formulate anything creative on their own, resort to erasing other’s messages? Students who have walked through the Ferg Plaza this week and have seen the patches of color where our chalk ads once were should share my concerns. If our group is silenced this week, might yours be next week? I recommend some actions we can take to put a stop to this vandalism. To atheists and agnostics: Come out of the closet. If you’re already an open atheist, encourage your closeted friends to come out. Our religious fellow students feel comfortable publicly expressing their beliefs. So should we. To civil religious believers: Denounce those who vandalize and harass in the name of faith. It’s in everyone’s interest to have a reasoned discussion about these matters. Don’t allow these few idiots to represent you. To administrators: Take these events seriously. If employees were responsible for erasures, they should be reminded of institutional policies. If the University wasn’t responsible, then administrators must be aware that a minority group is being harassed. Finally, to those who deface chalkings and tear down flyers: You won’t succeed. Every time you destroy something, we’ll be there to repair it. Until our messages are left unaltered, you can expect a new attempt every week. We aren’t going away. Chalk is cheap in this town, and our Sundays are free. We won’t be silenced. Peter Sloan is a senior double majoring in music composition and philosophy.

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The Alabama volleyball team came hungry for revenge after its 3-0 loss to Florida on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla. The Crimson Tide was determined to redeem its pride, and a 3-2 win against Mississippi State Wednesday in The Cave accomplished just that. “The one thing you’ve got to be able to do in your conference is you’ve got to be able to win at home,â€? said head coach Judy Green. “If you’re going to have a chance to compete for a conference championship, you’ve got to be able to win at home first.â€? The Tide started off the first set behind the Bulldogs, but after a stunning ace by junior Mary Catherine Aune, Alabama appeared to be back in the competition. Sophomore Ashley Frazier led the Tide with four kills in the first set, while the Bulldogs’ Faith Steinwedell and Ashley Newsome both tied for the most kills with three each. Although the Bulldogs won the first set that 25-16, Alabama gained the momentum at the end of the set they needed to drive them into the next one. “I think we were a little sloppy at times, but we just cleaned up our game and got back into [the game] and focused,â€? Frazier said. “I feel like that’s what got us through [the first set loss].â€? During the second set, Alabama showed Mississippi State that it would not be beaten in its own territory without a fight. The Bulldogs and the Tide rallied back and forth for each point. Alabama started the set far ahead of Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs continued to score and eventually were past the point of comfort. The Tide ended up winning the set 25-13, tying up the game. Junior Calli Johnson held up the Tide during the set with four kills. Mississippi UA Athletics State’s Ioana Demian and Kellye Jordan each had three kills. AlabamaĘźs Ashley Frazier spikes the ball on a Mississippi State The battle raged on during player in WednesdayĘźs game. The Crimson Tide won a tight the third set. But Alabama’s game in the ďŹ fth set to improve to 6-9 on the season.

momentum from the second set carried on while Mississippi State took another beating and lost the third set 25-21. Frazier dominated the court again during the set with five kills. The Bulldogs started off the fourth set on top with the Tide close behind. Alabama came back to tie the Bulldogs eight times throughout the set. Mississippi State caught Alabama off guard for two points and won the set 27-25. “We just needed to be able to put the ball down on the first ball and get runs going,� junior Alyssa Meuth said. “They had some runs and we should have stopped them after the first point. It was just a hard-nose defense, there that’s what kept us in the game.� The fifth set was just as unpredictable as the rest. The set was tied eight times. Alabama won the final set 15-12. There were a

total of 20 tied scores throughout the game and seven lead changes. Meuth and Frazier led the Tide to their victory with 16 kills each. “A win to me is beautiful,� Green said. “Is it the way we wanted it to go? Probably not. Did we get off to a slow start? Yes. What I think I was most proud of in our team was hanging in there and being tough as nails in the fifth set. We came from being down 10-12 to win the fifth set and we never made an error from that point.� Alabama (6-9, 4-1) is currently undefeated in Southeastern Conference games at home. “This is a very difficult match to play on a Wednesday following a road trip,� Green said. “I call it a trap match. I’ve got to give Mississippi State the credit they did a really good job of preparing, and they executed very, very well in the first set.�



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UA Media Relations Fabric and textile artist Jay McGirt works on the covering for the palinquin to be on display at the Jones Archaelogical Museum to those people who are a part of the culture and those who come to see it,” McGirt said. Mary Smith, a Creek artist from Bixby, Okla., is working on an intricate cloak made of goose and turkey feathers to bring the wedding scene to life with Jay. “He is one of the best beadwork and textile artists I’ve ever been around, and I’m not only saying that because he’s my friend,” Smith said The pieces, other than hers, will be shipped to New York to be placed on mannequins and then shipped back for the exhibit. Smith said she has been working on her piece for more

than a month now, and the work that goes into weaving the feathers on the cloak is detailed. Claudia Cummings, a member of the educational department at Moundville, said McGirt was “one of the most incredible artists I’ve ever seen.” “The imagery is great,” Cummings added. While working on projects for exhibits, McGirt also works with wood and watercolors. He said that he also focuses more on the men’s clothing rather than women’s because these days, fewer people focus on men’s fashion. McGirt said he uses a traditional twist to his work that adds to the history of what he and others speculate the clothing during this time would have looked like. The talent of a professional mastermind with an eye for textiles is at work while McGirt is at work. Like any other artist or designer, McGirt has an idea for a project, turns into a sketch, and then into a visible and physical piece. A look in his eyes shows his passion for his work. McGirt has visions for his work and also has hopes for the exhibit, which he says will be there for a number of years. “Hopefully this exhibit will have an effect for the people who see it, and as a tribute to present-day native folks who see it as will,” McGirt said, smiling.

The exhibit will not only be educational, but the park wants to show what Mississippian culture was like to those people who are part of the culture and those who come see it. — Jay McGirt


By Sarah Beth Langcuster Staff Writer The Alabama Symphonic Band will be hosting a concert tonight at 7:30 at the Moody Music Building. The Alabama Symphonic Band will perform a variety of pieces including “Armenian Dance, Part 1,” by Reed, “Down a Country Lane,” by Copland, “Freelance March,” by Sousa and “Give Us this Day” by Maslanka. Randall Coleman, the director of the Alabama Symphonic Band and the associate director of bands at the University of Alabama, said the band would be performing songs apart from old standbys of classical music. “We will be performing some standard music literature, and a newer piece that was published just a few years ago, so this year we’ll be performing old and new,” Coleman said. Coleman also encourages students to take advantage of the performance, which will be free to the public. “This is a great alternative entertainment. It’s an hour filled with music, so it’s not your typical Wii or iPod entertainment,” Coleman said. The Alabama Symphonic Band is an auditioned ensemble sponsored by the University and the School of Music that holds auditions at the beginning of each semester. “It has grown a lot over the last three years, in both quality and quantity, and is about 50/50 music majors representing both graduate students and undergraduate students,” Coleman said. Trevor Bentley, a sophomore majoring in Spanish, and a trumpet player in the



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blues project, and they were great,” Leigh said. In addition to Kentuck and Renaissance Gallery, the galleries featured in Northport include the three galleries that make up Artist’s Row: Northport Gazette Gallery, Riverport Gallery and Herz Gallery. Artrageous galleries in Tuscaloosa include Harrison Galleries, the Duet Art Gallery and Serendipity Needleworks. At the Northport Gazette Gallery, Bethany Windham Eagle will exhibit colored pencil drawings and acrylic portraits of landscapes, wildlife, and still life. Riverport Gallery will feature Jean Ignatz’s dolls and art of animals native to Alabama. Herz Gallery will feature pieces from several artists including Margaret Herz, Patsy Hollyhand, Lauralee Estes and Maurice Lary. Harrison Galleries will feature prints as well as original art from Basil Ede, award-winning photography from local artists, and the gallery’s permanent collections of 19th and 20th century oil and prints. Duet Art and Jewelry will feature handmade jewelry from the store’s owner, selected paintings by local artist Diane Norris, and a variety of works by Dawson Liu. Serendipity Needleworks’ handcrafted work includes embroidery, needlepoint, knitting, spinning, and weaving.

The Renaissance Gallery isn’t named for the days of William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. One of the gallery’s artists, Kathy Groshong, said it was named for the Northport Renaissance Development Plan, which was to revitalize the river area in downtown Northport. She said the gallery’s opening 15 years ago coincided with that plan’s beginnings, so the name fit at the time. “The plan, unfortunately, died,” Groshong said. “It’s a very old building, and it’s been through many other businesses. So it’s still a renaissance of this old building, so the name’s still okay.” In contrast, the Artrageous Riverfront Arts tour, or as it was called back then, Art Night, has been part of all 15 years of Renaissance Gallery’s life. The monthly tour takes place Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to art on display at eight galleries, the tour will feature live music from The Birmingham Seven at Little Willie’s and from Brice Miller at the Kentuck Art Center. The Tuscaloosa Trolley will transport visitors between downtown Tuscaloosa and downtown Northport from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Renaissance Gallery’s exhibit uses paintings and artwork from all over the Southeast, but most of them come from Alabama. They include abstracts, impressionist paintings, plein air paintings, lampworked and stained glass, sterling jewelry, local and regional folk art. Groshong said while she had not been at the first Artrageous tour of the Fall 2009 semester, her partner, Anne Stickney, told her the event had gone well. She said the group was good, but the size of it wasn’t how they measured success. “We don’t really look for huge crowds,” Groshong said. “What we look for are people who are actually interested in the art and learning about the artists.” She said Artrageous was an opportunity for those who were too busy with work and school most days to see their exhibit on a weekday at night. “We are open on Saturday, but even with that, people who have work and classes sometimes don’t have the time to get in,” Groshong said. Groshong said she had been in Colorado during the last tour. While she isn’t from Colorado, she said the state serves as inspiration for much of her art. “I do abstracts as well as landscapes and I do Aften trees and mountains, because I spend a lot of time in the mountains looking at Aften trees,” Groshong said. Emily Leigh, interim co-director at Kentuck, said Artrageous was an opportunity to introduce locals to each of their new exhibits. “For art night, we have a different exhibit each month,” Leigh said. “The art night is the opening exhibit.” Kentuck’s exhibit features Quilts in Shimmering Glass by artists Rhys Greene and Linda Munoz, the community mosaic bench project and baked goods from the gallery’s cob oven. There will also be art demonstrations by Kerry Kennedy and Steve Davis. “I think there are a lot of artists here,” Leigh said “It offers yet something else to do in Tuscaloosa. Now we’ve got this new restaurant Milenna’s downtown, so people have another reason to come. They can preview art that will be at the Kentuck Festival, which is great. “And we’re always looking for volunteers,” Leigh said. “If they’re looking for a free ticket to the festival, they can volunteer.” The Kentuck Art Festival is coming up on October 17 and 18, and Leigh said Artrageous nights sometimes caught visitors only familiar with the festival off-guard. “We have lots of people come for art night in the summer,” Leigh said. “There’s always someone new who hasn’t been there before, who’s heard of the festival but didn’t know it was a year-round operation.” While summer brings several visitors during Artrageous nights, Leigh said she was happy with Kentuck’s Artrageous exhibit at the beginning of CW | Bethany Martin September. The Kentuck Museum is one of the stops along the Artrageous art tour Thursday night. “We also had the advanced kids’ class from the AL

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