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Tragic end, new beginning

National championship will require stars to align By Jason Galloway Sports Editor

I wish I could be optimistic. I want to point to the fact that the last three national champions before Alabama last year finished the season with a blemish on their record. I want to reiterate that the winner of the Southeastern Conference has won the past four national championships. But it is the rest of the country — not the Tide, not the SEC — that forces me to examine the Crimson Tide’s national championship chances without any buoyancy. Alabama’s loss to South Carolina Saturday did not knock the Tide out of the national championship hunt, but chances are, the reward for winning the rest of its games will be no more than a bowl of sugar. Not to say that wouldn’t still be a fantastic season, but any school that sees its team begin the season at No. 1 always expects to finish there. There are 11 undefeated teams left in the FBS, which is high for this point in the season. Let’s take a look at the possibility of a one-loss Alabama team finishing in one of the nation’s top two spots. If Alabama wins out, it will take care CW | Drew Hoover South Carolina senior cornerback Chris Culliver tackles Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy during the Gamecocks’ 35-21 victory over the Crimson Tide Saturday. McElroy was sacked seven times in the game.

Alabama Football National Championship checklist: Eliminate undefeateds LSU and Auburn.

By Jason Galloway Sports Editor

Win the rest of the regular season. Win the SEC Championship game. Convince voters that the Tide is is more deserving than an undefeated mid-major (Boise State, TCU, etc.). A loss is required from four of the five following teams: Ohio State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Michigan State Biggest threats for loss-required teams Oklahoma

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Nebraska and Oklahoma would play each other in the Big 12 Championship game, eliminating one.

They say all good things must come to an end. Before Alabama’s longstanding winning streak ended in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, however, there was a feeling that it never would. “We can’t just show up and win just because you’re Alabama,” said junior running back Mark Ingram. “I don’t think guys were ready to come out here. Guys thought they could just show up and win.” With a 35-21 defeat at the hands of No. 19 South Carolina Saturday, the No. 1 Crimson Tide snapped a 19-game winning streak and lost its first regular-season game

since 2007. Alabama kicked a 32-yard field goal on its first possession of the game, and South Carolina began to dominate the top-ranked team in the country. The Gamecocks’ first three possessions were touchdowns. The first was a 9-yard pass from quarterback Stephen Garcia to running back Marcus Lattimore, and the next two were passes from Garcia to the Southeastern Conference’s leading receiver, Alshon Jeffery. “Jeffery’s a great player,” head coach Nick Saban said. “He made a couple great catches with pretty good coverage on him in critical situations.” Jeffery harassed the Alabama

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| Streak of wins Alabama had against AP Top 25 teams.


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| Straight wins against SEC opponents.

| Regular season wins Alabama had in a row.

| Losses Greg McElroy has had as a starter, including college and high school.



| The Tide’s winning streak, with the last loss being against Utah in the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season.

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| South Carolina was the first of seven straight games where Alabama will face an opponent coming off a bye week.

Kappa Sigma Annual fundraiser starts today appeal denied By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter The UA chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity was denied an appeal last week concerning the revocation of its national charter, UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said in an e-mailed statement. On Oct. 2, undergraduate representatives, members of the fraternity’s house corporation and alumni traveled to Charlotte, N.C., to make the appeal, Mic Wilson, executive director of Kappa Sigma national chapter, said last week. Andreen said a national officer will interview the chapter membership to determine whether the local chapter can le this

By Ethan Summers Staff Reporter Alabama’s defeat by South Carolina Saturday is the first regular-season loss many students have experienced while at the University. The 35-21 loss dropped Alabama seven places in the AP Poll, to eighth. Alabama received


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no first place votes for this week, the first time this season. Many UA students expressed shock at the loss, which was the Tide’s first regular-season loss since the Iron Bowl in 2007. They also said they don’t see Saturday’s defeat as the end of Alabama’s season or chances at championship greatness. Dana Hampton, a sophomore majoring in nursing and a

member of the Million Dollar Band color guard, said she couldn’t believe Alabama was losing, even as she watched the clock run down. “I felt shock and disbelief at the fact that I was experiencing my first loss as a student here,” Hampton said. “I feel like South Carolina just played their hearts out and that we just couldn’t beat that much dedication and

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re-colonize at some point. “[Kappa Sigma] is going to send a national representative to Tuscaloosa for the purpose of reviewing the chapter’s membership and the overall operation and see what the reorganization plan would be,” Wilson said. Wilson said the representative will make a recommendation to the board concerning the future of the chapter after the representative reviews the fraternity. “We are still in the process. It is going to take more time, but our board is reviewing,” Wilson said. According to anonymous sources, two freshmen girls showed up to an Aug. 17 Kappa

Center Plaza. “Monday is the first day people can donate food,” said Rob For the fourth consecutive Maxwell, a senior majoring in year, the University looks to economics and finance and codefeat Auburn with the Beat director of the Beat Auburn, Auburn, Beat Hunger food Beat Hunger Food Drive. “We want to start raising awaredrive. The annual event starts ness, get people on board and today from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ferguson Student See HUNGER, page 6

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discipline.” Hampton said she felt South Carolina’s week off played a role in Alabama’s defeat but that it isn’t an excuse. “I think the bye week of course gives any team a chance to rest, but we can’t blame our mistakes we made during the game on South Carolina having a week off,

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Lunch Beef Tips with Noodles Fresh Steamed Broccoli Seasoned Carrots Pasta Orzo Curried Eggplant (Vegetarian)

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Dinner Southern Spiced Spare Ribs Potato Salad Baked Beans Vegetable Medley Vegetable Egg Rolls (Vegetarian)

BURKE Chicken Fried Pork Chop with Onion Gravy Confetti Rice Seasoned Corn Vegetarian Supreme Nachos Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers (Vegetarian)

Hunger Kick-off - $1 donation gets you local barbecue, Pepsi products and a vote for which students and faculty will take a pie to the face

Where: Ferguson Center

What: The Fall Juried Art Show

Where: New Gallery-216 Lloyd Hall

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comes to Tuscaloosa - Gladney event 2010 film screening

What: “Justice or Just Us?”

Where: Bama Theatre

– LGBTQ issues lecture by Mandy Carter

When: 7 – 9:30 p.m.

What: Honors String Recital

Where: Moody Concert Hall

When: 5 – 6 p.m.

What: A Cuban Celebration

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thentic” Buddhism – film screening of “Little Buddha,” featuring a taste of China

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Alston Courtyard When: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (film begins at 7 in Alston Hall 10)

Orange Thyme Chicken Escalloped Potatoes Herbed Zucchini Stuffed Omelet Greek Salad Pita Sandwich (Vegetarian)

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What: The Third Riverside Bollywood Film Festival


Where: Alston 30 When: 7 – 8 p.m.


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UA Announces Homecoming Parade The University of Alabama Homecoming Parade will step off at noon Saturday, Oct. 16. Former Crimson Tide star Tyrone Prothro will lead the parade as grand marshal. The parade will begin at the intersection of University Boulevard and 22nd Avenue, and will end at University and Fifth Avenue. The Crimson Tide will host Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 8 p.m.

Sigma function drunk and were later taken to Druid City Hospital for alcohol poisoning. Members said this incident contributed to the revocation of the fraternity’s charter. Wilson declined comment on specifics, but said the fraternity lost its charter due to code of conduct violations involving alcohol. Andreen also declined comment on the alleged events. “Federal privacy laws prevent the University from discussing individual students,” she said. Wilson said he could be able to comment further in two or three weeks. Andreen said students living in the fraternity house will remain there for the time being. “Although students paying

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and that goes for the remaining weeks as well,” Hampton said. “I feel that this one loss will make the team work even harder, and we will have a great rest of the season.” Phil Duke, a senior majoring in healthcare management, said even as ‘Bama lost, he was thinking about the season’s future.

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“I was thinking we still have a shot at the SEC Championship and National Championship,” Duke said. “We just didn’t look like the same team that’s been so dominant the last two years.” The solution to Alabama’s woes, for Duke, is to toughen up. “Bama needs to lick their wounds, get the kinks straightened out and dominate the rest of the year, including against Auburn.” Other students agreed with Duke’s view that the loss is just a setback. Anna Hayes, a junior majoring in education and a Crimsonette, was in Columbia for the game. “This is just a setback right now,” Hayes said. “I’m hoping it will work out where we can have a rematch in the SEC Championship and beat them.” Hayes said the program needs support now, even though Alabama isn’t on top anymore. “It’s important that we support our team during this tough time,” Hayes said. “I know they’ll bounce back.” Hayes explained how South Carolina was able to defeat Alabama. “Bama has a young secondary, and it was difficult for them to stop the Gamecocks from moving down field. Offensively, we need to work on blocking for

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rent to their house corporation are permitted to remain in the house for now, they are not allowed to conduct any activities at the house or within the group,” she said. “The University will work with the housing corporation to determine the use of the house in the future,” Andreen said. Gentry McCreary, UA director of Greek Affairs, was contacted last week, and as of Sunday, has yet to respond. The University of Georgia Kappa Sigma chapter has also been suspended by the national organization. “At the present time, the chapter is at a suspension of operations and we are in the process of going through our due process,” Wilson told the University of Georgia student newspaper, the Red and Black. “There’s been no decision that the chapter [has] lost its charter.”

McElroy and giving him more time to throw,” Hayes said. “Also, they have got to execute on third and long if they want to get the first down. “I know Bama can do this, I just feel like we were not mentally prepared for South Carolina, who had two weeks to prepare for us.” Travis Skelton, a junior majoring in accounting, said the loss was painful. “I was upset. Any loss hurts and always ruins your day,”


“Bama needs to lick their wounds, get the kinks straightened out and dominate the rest of the year, including against Auburn.” — Phil Duke, senior majoring in healthcare management

Skelton said. “I knew we would lose eventually, but I did not expect it on Saturday.” Unlike Hampton, Skelton said he felt South Carolina’s week off had a huge impact in the loss and is a problem Alabama faces as it begins a six-week gauntlet of SEC teams who all have weeks off before they play Alabama. “I believe South Carolina having a few extra days to prepare certainly did hurt us,” Skelton said. “It is very likely to cause some problems in the future as well with many of our remaining opponents having bye weeks before playing us.” Despite the loss and the bye-week opponents Alabama faces, Skelton said the SEC and National championships are still within reach for Bama. “I believe we have a great chance at making it to both the SEC Championship and the national Championship, much like Florida two years ago,” Skelton said. Florida suffered their only loss to Ole Miss in 2008. They rallied after the 31-30 loss to defeat Alabama in the SEC Championship and the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS National Championship. “We control our own destiny in the SEC West and, with some help, we can easily move back into the National Championship picture” Skelton said.

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2010 UA Homecoming Queen Candidates Voting is open 7a.m. - 7p.m. on Tuesday, October 12th · Visit · Click on the Vote Now icon in the home tab.

Pandora Austin

Chelsea Banks

Diana Beckner

Year: Senior Major: Psychology/Advertising

Year: Senior Major: Telecommunication and Film

Year: Senior Major: Healthcare Management

Sponsoring Organization: National Pan-Hellenic Council Campus Involvement: XXXI, Golden Key Honor Society, Most Outstanding 2009 Executive Board, Most Outstanding 2008 NPHC Council Member, Cultivate

Sponsoring Organization: Baptist Campus Ministries Campus Involvement: Baptist Campus Ministries Leadership Team, Avanti, Active with “Meals on Wheels,” Dean’s List (3 semesters), Member of Sales and Marketing Association on campus

Sponsoring Organization: Healthcare Management Campus Involvement: President of KKG, Healthcare Management society, Cocreator of “Kick for a Cure,” a philanthropy cookout in Tuscaloosa to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma

Caitlin Bidwell

Chelsea Cernosek

Anna Foley

Year: Senior Major: Telecommunication and film/Theatre

Year: Senior Major: Biology

Year: Senior Major: English

Sponsoring Organization: Phi Mu

Sponsoring Organization: Honors College Assembly

Campus Involvement: Phi Mu Sorority President, Mortar Board, Biology Department Undergraduate Researcher, SGA Director of Academic Resources, Cardinal Key—Vice President

Campus Involvement: Blackburn Institute, Blount Undergraduate Initiative, Chi Omega, XXXI, Reformed University Fellowship

Ellyn Hamm

Morgan Henry

Abby Johnson

Year: Senior Major: Music Therapy

Year: Senior Major: English

Year: Senior Major: Fashion Retail

Sponsoring Organization: Student Alumni Association

Sponsoring Organization: Kappa Delta

Sponsoring Organization: Delta Zeta

Campus Involvement: XXXI—Secretary/Treasurer, Blue Key Senior Honor Society, Blackburn Institute, Student Alumni Association—Executive Director, American Music Therapy Association StudentsPresident

Campus Involvement: President of Kappa Delta Sorority, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Omnicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Order of Omega

Kimberley Laing

Meg McCrummen

Mallory Meissner

Year: Graduate Student Major: Communications Studies

Year: Senior Major: History/French

Year: Senior Major: Finance/Dance

Sponsoring Organization: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Sponsoring Organization: Delta Delta Delta

Sponsoring Organization: Pi Beta Phi

Campus Involvement: SGA Chief of Staff (currently); Exec. SGA Vice President and Senator (formerly), Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board and ODK, President of XXXI

Campus Involvement: Blackburn Institute, Million Dollar Band Crimsonette, Mortar Board Vice President, Anderson Society, Blue Key Honor Society

Jennifer Neill

Kaitlyn Parker

Shellie Street

Year: Senior Major: Public Relations

Year: Senior Major: Art History/Anthropology

Year: Senior Major: Accounting

Sponsoring Organization: Chi Omega

Sponsoring Organization: The Mallet Assembly

Sponsoring Organization: Alpha Chi Omega

Campus Involvement: President of Chi Omega, Member of Order of Omega Honor Society, Student Worker in office of Undergraduate Admissions, AT&T Event Team for South eastern Region, past President of Cardinal Key

Campus Involvement: Nominated for National Residence Halls Honorary (Spring 2010), Awarded the College of Arts and Sciences outstanding Sophomore Award (Fall 2008), Recipient of the Farley Moody Galbreith Endowed Scholarship, nominated as a member of Lambda Alpha

Campus Involvement: 2009-2010 Alabama Panhellenic Association Director of Recruitment Counselors, 20092010 SGA Director of Transportation, 2008-2010 University of Alabama Crimson Cabaret Dance Team, Vice President of XXXI, 2010 Miss University of Alabama

Stacey Stewart

Bethany Travis

Lauren Vardaman

Year: Senior Major: Fashion Retail

Year: Senior Major: Marketing

Year: Senior Major: Public Relations

Sponsoring Organization: Alpha Delta Pi

Sponsoring Organization: Kappa Alpha Theta

Sponsoring Organization: Zeta Tau Alpha

Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi President, College of Human Environmental Sciences Council of PresidentsVice President, 2009-2010 SGA Senator, Mortar Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Campus Involvement: Women’s Initiative Executive Council, Sales Ambassadors, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alternative Spring Break w/ UA Community Service Center, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Campus Involvement: Director of Judicial Affairs (Alabama Panhellenic Assoc.), Order of Omega Honor Society, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Executive Officer, Order of Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma

Sponsoring Organization: Gamma Phi Beta Campus Involvement: Work for WVUA, DJ for 90.7 The Capstone, member of Gamma Phi Beta, Member of Alpha Psi Omega, Treasurer of Radio-Television News Directors Association

Campus Involvement: 2x South Eastern Conference Champion Track and Field, NCAA All-American, National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society, SEC Honor Roll (four semesters), Dean’s List (four semesters)

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Campus Involvement: Delta Zeta President, Gamma Beta Phi, Order of Omega, Order of Alpha

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Tenure is unjustified

Monday, October 11, 2010 Editor • Tray Smith

By Ben Friedman

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As I was walking out of Reese Phifer last week, I saw a large message on its steps written in chalk. It simply said, “JFY - Will you go to formal with me? - KCP.” I smiled, thinking to myself that this was a cute, although obvious, way to utilize the sidewalks of this university. Shortly beyond that one, there was a chalking that urged me to give my vote to Anna Foley for Homecoming queen. However, unlike the one written by Mr. KCP, this message multiplied. As I continued to walk, I saw another Homecoming queen advertisement, and then another. They seemed to grow such that, by the time I had reached B.B. Comer, I was absolutely surrounded by endorsements. Literally, not a single brick on the walkway was left unchalked. Chalking, when taken by itself, is a major asset to this university. I appreciate the ability to be informed of my options with minimal effort. Beyond being a great way to get the word out and giving students something to read while walking between buildings, it also adds to campus life. Unfortunately, the normal chalking to which I was accustomed largely vanished overnight. Where I expected to see a few scattered advertisements for the Atheists and Agnostics Club or the Navigators, there suddenly was the utter chaos of a Homecoming queen race. I was disgusted by this method of campaigning, which is almost as immature as it is annoying. Don’t get me wrong; I believe the Homecoming queen is an incredibly important tradition at this university. I most certainly plan to vote and am

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are fighting for causes that affect us all. And, in the process, they engage our campus community in deep and meaningful ways. I laud these students, and I ask more students to get involved in these invaluable initiatives. In the coming months, I promise to commit our SGA to a deeper and more widespread involvement in the campus community, namely in supporting events and initiatives not sponsored by or products of the SGA. We truly value programs geared toward serving our community, regardless of whose ideas they spring from. When these opportunities arise, I encourage student organizations to utilize the resources SGA offers. Our Financial Affairs Committee (FAC) allocates funding to student organizations for needs relating to organizational activities, including major campus-wide initiatives and events. Come by our office in the Ferguson Center to find out more and how to apply. In the end, each of us should find the niche where our passions flourish, then devote our time to leaving our University as we imagine it can be. Though our time here is short, our impact can be immeasurable. If we renew our commitment, then together – SGA, student organizations and all students – we can leave an indelible mark not only on the University, but on the Tuscaloosa community and on the state of Alabama.

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I was often the student who handed out the obligatory “World’s Best Teacher” mugs at Christmas, and my K-12 years left me with many fond memories of my teachers as well as many current role models. I also recognize the importance of educators in society and the general sacredness of education as an ideal. However, specific educational institutions and laws should be subject to strict debate and dialogue. Teacher tenure, as it exists today, needs to be abolished or severely reformed for K-12 teachers. To receive tenure, or guaranteed permanent employment, in Alabama, certified teachers must work for a school for three full years. Barring any egregious breach of the law, obvious display of moral deficiency, or a monumental budgeting tragedy, tenured teachers are guaranteed a job for as long as they choose to work. Many teachers will lose their will to go above and beyond when their salary and job are guaranteed. Over the years, their teaching efforts will often become half-hearted. It seems most educators teach with passion their entire careers, and though we should in no way make generalizations about tenured teachers, we seriously need to rethink tenure. Tenure offers teachers unprecedented levels of job security. While some level of job security is good, no other professional field offers the type of job security that teaching does. This is not to say that we should remove that job security for the sake of fairness; rather, that if that extreme level of job security were removed, it would still be considered fair by the rest of the workforce’s standards. In no other job are employees offered guaranteed lifetime employment, much less after only three years. The argument that it’s fair for teachers to receive tenure yet not for other professions is based off the principle that education is so important that educators can be, and even should be, treated differently. Though I agree with the basic assertion that education is so vital it can warrant untraditional business practices, this argument, as it relates to tenure, is paradoxical. There is nothing inherently sacred on the teaching end of education. The learning process as a whole is sacred, and those who teach are commendable, but our right to write with chalk or grade papers is no more inherently important than our right to fix a car. Rather, the sacredness, the quality that allows us to excuse ourselves from normal business practices, is found on the learning side of education. The students’ ability to learn is what is of inherent importance. Thus, the abnormal business practices should be found where the “sacredness” is found, namely on the students’ side. The abnormal business practice on the students’ side is increased accountability for teachers and should thus take precedent over increased job security. It would be a completely different issue if teachers had to make an incredible financial sacrifice to follow their noble calling. If that were the case, it would only be fair to reward them with exceptional job security. Though they do make a financial sacrifice in that they’ll never be incredibly wealthy, the average salary of a teacher in Alabama is just over $40,000 a year. There are many employees in this state that work respectable jobs, yet never make $40,000 a year. This is without taking into account the unmatched three months of vacation teachers enjoy. Tenure does make sense in college. The job security allows professors to come to unpopular or radical conclusions in their research, but in a K-12 environment with a set curriculum, this is hardly an issue. Without tenure, a teacher could theoretically be fired for a discriminatory reason under the guise of poor performance, but this situation occurs daily in the rest of the workforce. It’s one of the major reasons civil law exists. Such disputes can be handled in court. Tenure doesn’t just over-protect, it underprotects. If anyone needs job security, it’s teachers in their first three years. Such teachers should be able to experiment with various teaching methods and adjust to a classroom setting without the fear of losing their jobs. Though a lack of tenure as we know it might deter a certain number of potential teachers, it would essentially provide a filter for teachers whose motives are pure. It shouldn’t make teaching unaffordable for potential teachers, because salaries would remain the same and are unrelated to job security. Removing tenure wouldn’t be removing the only perk for potential teachers. They still enjoy an unparalleled three months of summer vacation, sound benefits in most cases, and, if they earn it, pension for life. Teaching is a noble profession that should be compensated appropriately. Tenure, however, isn’t appropriate or needed.



“Besides being annoying, writing a name two hundred times instead of twenty probably won’t garner any more votes.”

resisting the urge to insert a shameless plug, but overrunning the campus with chalking, regardless of whether it is for Homecoming queen or something else, is simply unreasonable. This specific case verges on ridiculousness for several reasons. First, where is the benefit for the candidates themselves? Some advertising through chalking does indeed go a long way in terms of name identification, but that is only beneficial to a certain point. The extent to which some of these fine ladies have gone in chalking goes beyond simply informing the student body that they are running; it beats them over the head with the fact. Besides being annoying, writing a name two hundred times instead of twenty probably won’t garner any more votes. Second, it drowns out student organizations, such as foursquare leagues and other groups who might want to advertise freely. Soon after the beginning of Homecoming queen season, I stopped seeing advertisements for various groups, honor societies and events. This was not because they ceased to exist. The Homecoming queen chalking simply smothered them. Any attempt by others to get their information out is buried under a veritable mountain of homecoming advertisements and as a result, people tend to ignore the sidewalks altogether. Finally, these chalkings

diminish the beauty of our fine campus. One of the University’s major assets is its campus, and given the large number of visitors that it receives, whether through recruitment, game days, or other events, a good-looking campus is an absolute necessity; however, the overflow of chalking makes the campus look like a billboard. It is almost embarrassing to see that our campus has been colored upon like a paper tablecloth at Applebee’s. Some people have agreed with me and are fighting against this blight under the name of Students Against Chalking. No, they are not washing off the sidewalks, which would be a classless action to take. They are fighting the problem of chalking with, well, writing in chalk. Yes indeed, the savior of our sidewalks is fighting fire with fire by writing “Join Students Against Chalking” all over the campus. Quite frankly, these actions are not helping. In fact, I struggle to see a real purpose in that practice. Perhaps the only real solution is to simply wait. Eventually, the writings will fade away, which will hopefully allow a return of both sanity and visible sidewalks to this place. In the meantime, good luck to all of the candidates and KCP, I hope she said yes. John Brinkerhoff is a freshman majoring in political science and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Mondays.

October full of charity events By James Fowler Last year, we had an idea. The Student Government Association wanted to capture the creative talents of our student body and to turn anyone’s ideas to reality. So we formed Ideas to Action, a program that allows students to transform their ideas into successful initiatives through accessing the full resources of the SGA. Ideas to Action has been a tremendous success. Ideas hatched in dorm rooms at 2 a.m. have grown into full-blown SGA-sponsored projects and events. Through this program, we’ve shown SGA’s commitment not to itself but to the everyday student whose ideas really drive our campus. I mention Ideas to Action because it’s a prime example of empowering Alabama’s finest students—the ones who invest in our campus in both small and great ways, continually binding themselves to seeing it improve. Alabama isn’t lacking in students who fit that mold. Each year, students from every corner of campus take it upon themselves—often completely outside of SGA—to do work in our campus community with the goal of improving lives. Next week, Beat Auburn Beat Hunger—the annual “food fight” between the Capstone’s Community Service Center and our Auburn counterparts—kicks off. Since 2007, Alabama has held the title of BABH champion. More importantly than that, students, faculty and staff at the University have donated over 685,000 pounds

of food to the West Alabama Food Bank. This student-driven initiative engages the University in its surrounding community by heightening awareness for the hunger needs of West Alabama. We ’ ve all seen the LessThanUThink posters, part of a campaign that informs students of the nature and definition of binge drinking. Fifteen public relations and advertising students at the University are conducting one of the largest student-crafted ad campaigns in campus history, and they’re doing it for a cause: strengthening student health and well-being. By utilizing creative graphics and catchy slogans, the good influence of LessThanUThink has spread like wildfire across campus. Because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m reminded of the dedicated and passionate individuals who run Relay for Life each spring. Student members of Colleges Against Cancer work year-round to plan for the spring’s Relay events, raising both money and awareness in the fight against cancer. In the end, Relay brings together students from across campus to unite behind a common cause. Who are the students exhibiting such selfless service? They are down the hall or across the classroom, the ones who believe in contributing to the common good, the men and women who refuse to leave campus without being part of real change. Whether against hunger, against binge drinking or against cancer, ordinary students

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Students walk for suicide prevention By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter Students gathered on Sunday to bring those “Out of the Darkness� for the Suicide Prevention Walk, beginning on the Ferguson Student Center Plaza and walking around the Quad. The walk was from 2 to 4 p.m. and was sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Project Health and GAMMA, the UA Counseling Center and a BBQ fundraiser presented by Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. “In efforts with AFSP, we started the activities in the Plaza area at 2 p.m. and then began to walk two laps around the Quad,� said Lee Keyes, counseling center director and chairman of the walk. He said one of the purposes of the counseling center is for students who are having suicidal thoughts to have someone to talk to about it. “There are signs of suicidal thoughts that can be found on the counseling website, but there are counselors to help if someone is being bullied, harassed or depressed,� he said. The participants came from different groups and organizations including Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity who participated in the event. “We got involved and active in the walk because suicide affects so many it is very important to promote awareness,� said Sam Solomon, Lambda Chi Alpha’s

philanthropy chair. “It ended up being a warmer day, and we didn’t have as large of a turnout as we wanted, but maybe 80 to 100 people came.� Lambda Chi was able to raise about $850 through different donations and the fundraiser to go to AFSP. He said that it is his hope that many people that have suicidal thoughts will be encouraged to talk about it and seek help from the AFSP, Project Health or the Counseling Center. “This is really close to my fraternity, and some of the members have been affected,� he said. The most recent incident that has brought gloom over a college campus was at Rutgers, and resulted in an 18-year-old student taking his own life. “I am sure this may be happening on our campus, and it is our hope that is can be prevented,� he said. “Some people may think that it is funny, but it can really affect someone’s life.� He said he hopes people know that people are there to help and console them about anything. “One of our committee [members] brought up the idea to have the first annual walk here in Tuscaloosa because there are others held in other cities,� said Michelle Harcrow, assistant director of Health Education and Promotion. “They then brought it to Project Health, which is a student lead initiative and it only made sense for them to help take the lead,� she said. “We

CW | Katie Bennett The Out of the Darkness Community Walk started at the Ferguson Center at 2:00pm on Sunday. The walk was held to to raise awareness for suicide prevention. are hoping to make this an annual event.� After the suicide prevention walk on Sunday a video called,

“The Truth about Suicide: stay and watch the film, Keyes Real stories of depression in said. “We hosted a fundraiser college� was played after the walk for those who wanted to BBQ at the Lambda Chi house

where food is provided by Baumhower’s and all proceeds go to support AFSP,� Locklin said.

UA offers tours of Bryant-Denny Stadium By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter Crimson Tide fans must grit their teeth and wait patiently for the one day of the week when they can enter the hallowed arches of Bryant-Denny Stadium, and for most attendants, the gridiron will be the only visible attraction they will experience. Fans can now visit the stadium to see its less accessible places, such as the locker room and recruiting room, and do so during weekdays due to the fruition of stadium tours of Bryant-Denny. Christy Bobo, assistant director of athletics facilities, said the tours were initiated this semester because fans voiced an incessant demand for the tours. “We have had a constant demand for it,� Bobo said. She said the athletics department spoke with Mal Moore, the University’s athletics director, about the market for stadium tours, and Moore eventually authorized the decision to proceed with the tours. Bobo said the tours run from Monday through Friday during two time slots. One begins at 10:30 a.m. and the other begins at 12 p.m., she said. However, there are no tours during the Friday prior to a home game because the

stadium is put on lock-down in order to prepare for the upcoming game, she said. “We have had a lot of requests for those days,� Bobo said. Bobo said the stadium tours have enjoyed a tremendous showing. Bobo added that people must first go online to and fill in a request form to participate in a stadium tour. A tour time slot and date will need to be filled in. Bobo said fans can purchase a ticket in the South End Zone Market area for $5. People who are with a school or a nonprofit organization, however, can purchase tickets for $2, she said. Upon purchasing a ticket, an individual can join a tour group that begins at the Donor Hall of Recognition. The hall is part of the newly constructed South End Zone area, and people can see portraits of various donors who have contributed to the welfare of the University. The tour then proceeds to the Stadium Club, which allows its members to enter an air-conditioned area that is catered. Next, the tour moves on to the South Zone level, which is also catered but has the added benefit of having the members’ seats waiting for them directly outside of the club area. The tour proceeds to the

skybox level, where owners can stock their skyboxes with alcohol and decorate the walls with memorabilia. Afterwards, the tour moves on to the press box area, where Eli Gold can be found during home games. Tyler Nix, a tour guide and a junior majoring in kinesiology, said the press box level is crowded and hectic during home games. “This place is an absolute madhouse on game day,� Nix said. The tour moves on to the North End Zone recruiting room. Scott Hodges, a tour guide and a junior majoring in business, said 152 recruits from all types of sports gathered in the recruiting room during the recent game against Florida. After stopping at the recruiting room, the tour proceeds to the home team locker room, where the Alabama logo can be seen emblazoned on the carpet. Upon exiting the locker room, there is a plaque of Bear Bryant with a quote at the bottom half that reads, “Simply put, football is eyes, movement and contact.� The tour then proceeds to the 50-yard line where the tour group can see the stadium from the brick walkway surrounding the field. Upon looking skywards from this ground view, Hodges said


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the atmosphere on game day would soothe any freshman recruit. “It would be at that point that I realized I had made the right decision when I had 101,000 fans screaming at me,�

he said. Last, the tour ends in the visitor’s locker room that is called the Fail Room. Matthew Conde, a junior majoring in journalism and member of a tour group this

past Friday, said Bryant-Denny Stadium outmatches the beauty of other stadiums. “It really gives back to the fans,� he said. “It shows what we’ve worked for here. It’s truly first class.�


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Community walks for disabled adults By Lucie Enns Contributing Writer On Saturday morning, members from the community and University gathered together at Manderson Landing to raise money for the Easter Seals at their annual “Walk With Me” event. Easter Seals is a nonprofit organization that provides services for adults and children with disabilities, according to Kathryn Hern, marketing director for the Birmingham and West Alabama Easter Seals. She said Easter Seals helps place adults with disabilities in gainful employment and provides adults and children with occupational, speech and physical therapy. Hern worked to get the University and local schools involved in “Walk With Me.” “We really try to tap into the University programs that are already established,” Hern said. She recruited members from the Honors College Assembly and members of the greek system to help with the event. “We really appreciated the support from Phi Mu and Lambda Chi Alpha,” Hern said. “They worked hard and

Easter Seals. We are helping to bring the community together,” she said. Members of Phi Mu helped with registration, food distribution and face painting. “Easter Seals really tries to get involved in the community,” Burdette said. “They try to be there for [the people that go to them] and create family based interactions.” Members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity helped out with this event. Easter Seals is Lambda Chi’s philanthropy. According to Sam Mickal Solomon, a senior member of the fraternity, they have been helping with this event for many years. “We like to see people come out and support “Walk With Me,” Solomon said. “It is good to see people help out with a cause as important as this.” This year, Lambda Chi ran the dunking booth. The fraternity members who were dunked were dressed in Auburn and South Carolina colors. The Alabama gymnasCW | Thomas Lewallen tics team also participated The Easter Seals Charity walk Saturday morning wound through Manderson Landing for one and a half in the walk. Coach Sarah miles. Patterson was the Honorary Chairperson of the event. The their place. “We were honored Cole Nieman and other “It’s nice to help out and be softball team usually helps to be asked to step in and help members of his Sigma Chi involved with Easter Seals,” with the event, but this year with the event,” Patterson fraternity pledge class par- Nieman said. “We are doing the gymnastics team took said. ticipated in “Walk With Me.” this for a good cause.”

gave us tremendous support. The Honors College Assembly were also great volunteers and had a really helpful group of freshmen.” This year, the event raised just under $20,000. Participants were asked to make donations, starting at a $25 donation for a T-shirt. In addition to participants walking for the cause, entertainment was provided at the event. There was a dunking booth, a bounce house and a face painting stand. Honors College Assembly students chalked encouraging messages along the course. “While the big thing of today is fundraising, there is more,” said Fernanda Lima, a Freshmen Year Experience Intern in the Honors College. “I think a big unspoken thing is to provide support to the people who are here who have needs. We want to show them we are here to support them all the way through.” Honors College students served as course marshals. Phi Mu sorority philanthropy chair Kristen Burdette said she was excited about raising awareness for Easter Seals. “I don’t think a lot of people in the community know about

Cuba Week opens with keynote by Sparks By Bethany Blair Contributing Writer With less than 600 nautical miles and a 2-day trip separating the two, trade between Alabama and Cuba was too opportune to overlook, said Ron Sparks, state commissioner of agriculture and industries and Democratic candidate for governor of Alabama. Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Bryant Conference Center’s Sellers Auditorium, Sparks gave his keynote address to kick off the University’s Cuba

Week. In it, Sparks stressed the impact the Alabama-Cuba relationship has on both countries’ workforces, industries and qualities of life. “I by no means claim to be an expert on Cuba or Havana, but one thing I’ve learned is the Cuban people are good people and they deserve every opportunity we give them.” Sparks said. Since his election as state commissioner of agriculture and industries in 2002, Sparks has worked to help lift the embargo and boost Alabama’s

economy by selling products to Cuba, according to a UA press release. Among these products are poultry, soybeans, pork and wood products such as telephone poles. “When we first started trading with Cuba, we were number 223 as a trade partner. Today, we’re 22nd,” Sparks said. “That’s the kind of relationship we’ve been able to build.” That relationship has generated between $300-$400 million for Alabama in recent years, but Alabama citizens aren’t

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the only ones affected by the trade, Sparks said. Cuban cities have seen drastic increases in the quality of their transportation systems. Travel between America and Cuba is more lax, too. “Cubans could only visit family in America once every three years for 14 days.” Sparks said. “Travel restrictions have been lifted and now families can visit their families in the U.S. a little more freely than they could three to four years ago.” He continued to point out that the embargo is doing more harm than good when it comes to Cuban citizens. “The point I’ve always tried to make is that the embargo hurts Cubans,” Sparks said. “It hurts the people.” Sparks also described his meeting with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Laughter erupted from the audience as Sparks recounted the tokens he brought Castro from America, including a Montgomery Biscuits baseball cap and a


bottle of Alabama-distilled whiskey. In return, Castro gave him a box of Cuban cigars and an autograph. Sparks only smoked one of those cigars and said it was the strongest cigar he’d ever had. Sparks concluded his speech by thanking the 14 Cuban citizens in the auditorium. He praised their country, their customs and their kindness. He said he has high hopes that future state commissioners will advance his progress with Cuba with patience. “We have started the process,” Sparks said. “This process must be slow. The worst thing we can do is make this process too fast.” Audience members Donna Boles and Francine Marasco said the issues behind Sparks’ speech were what brought them there. “We’re both interested in Cuba. We’re also both interested in his [Sparks’] program,” Boles said. “I lived in Mexico City for 22 years,” Marasco said. “My

children are both Latinos so I’m interested in learning as much as I possibly can about Latin American culture.” Cherie Steakley agreed with Sparks’ efforts to improve the American-Cuban relationship. She and her husband Joe, both retired, live close to campus and enjoy the events sponsored by the University. “We should increase trade with Cuba,” Steakley said. “We knew this speech would not be a political speech, so we went. I’m interested in Cuba and I’d like to go there in the future.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Cuba Week is Oct. 10-13 and will feature more than two dozen presentations from the University and Cuban professors collaborating together to strengthen this Cuban-American relationship. All presentations will be held in the Bryant Conference Center and tickets are $30 and are non-refundable. To register for Cuba Week online and for more details on the presentations, visit


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start creating some excitement.” At the Plaza, there will be different opportunities for students to start getting involved with the food drive. According to officers, there will be TCBY, pizza, cookies from Lenny’s and drinks, along with other entertaining aspects. “We’re going to have Big Al and 95.3 The Bear radio station,” said Charlotte Brown, a junior majoring in marketing and co-director of the drive. “The brothers of Omega Psi Phi will also be presenting a step show preview.” Supporters of the food drive will have the opportunity of pie-ing fellow students, faculty and staff. “We took faculty, staff and students from a bunch of different organizations [to be contestants],” Maxwell said. “Whoever raises the most money will take a pie to the face and whoever donates the most money will get to throw the pie.” The pie throwing event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13 at noon in the Ferguson Center Plaza. Helping with the event are a number of different volunteers from different organizations, Brown said. “We have volunteers from the entire student body,” Brown said. “Freshman Forum provided us with a lot of volunteers. There was a great response from different organizations that told us they wanted to get involved.” In the coming weeks, the Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger

• Ian Sams: SGA Director of Communications • CadeAnn Smith: College Republicans President • Michael Patrick: College Democrats President • Richard Cockrum: SOURCE Director of Organizational Leadership

• Hallie Paul: Honors College Assembly President • Hank Lazer: UA Associate Provost and the executive director of Creative Campus

• Ken Ozzello: Director of the Million Dollar Band • Becky Rearney: Associate Director of Student Development at the Honors College initiative will consist of more activities. “We will be collecting donations at different sporting events,” Brown said. “Part of the choreography contest proceeds will go to the West Alabama Food Bank. The SGA is sponsoring the can formation event.” Brown said there are other events that are being planned, including a “Can or Treat” later in October. However, today marks the beginning, and Brown and Maxwell have confidence that Alabama will once again knock off Auburn. “I want to start seeing some cans,” Maxwell said. “I want people to get excited and realize it’s that time of year again and become aware about hunger here in West Alabama. I want people to get involved, have fun and get ready for the next six weeks.” “I hope we will have hundreds [of students] donate at least one dollar to kick it off,”

Brown said. “I want to encourage students to get involved for the entire drive. Hopefully, we will get [the food drive] kicked off right and beat Auburn.” Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger is sponsored by the Community Service Center in conjunction with the West Alabama Food Bank. The two organizations have been participating in the event since 1994. Everything that is collected during Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger will go to the food bank. As listed on the official event website, there are nearly 214,200 households in Alabama that are food insecure. Competing against the University and the West Alabama Food Bank are Auburn University and the East Alabama Food Bank to help fight hunger in Alabama. The winner will be announced Nov. 22 at the Iron Bowl game. For more information about Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger or to get involved visit or join the Facebook group.

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Dogs splash, run at the Rec center By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

Dogs from all around brought their owners to participate in two University Recreation Center events this weekend, the inaugural Wag n’ Walk and the fourth annual Dog Splash. “We are just trying to promote T-Town PAWS and let people know about the shelter animals in the area,” said Stacey Vaughn, the Chair of the Wag n’ Walk committee. “[With the Wag n’ Walk] we were just trying to find a creative way for people to express themselves.” The two events assisted in raising awareness and funds for the T-Town PAWS organization. “I think it raises awareness of the need of adoption for dogs,” said Annie May, a UA graduate student and Tuscaloosa native. “You don’t necessarily have to have a pure bred puppy for you to have a loving companion.” Participants found the addition of the walk along with the

splash to be a great idea. “My experience with [T-Town PAWS] has been very positive,” said Linda Olivet, past participant in Dog Splash and Tuscaloosa native. “The people that I know who have gotten dogs from T-Town [PAWS] have been very pleased. I think these are very genuine people who care about these dogs who don’t have homes. We’re dog lovers so we support what they do.” The Wag n’ Walk consisted of a 5K race, which began and ended at the Rec Center. Participants either walked or ran with and without canines by their side. Awards were given to some of the dogs in male and female categories. Medals were awarded to individuals who won in specific age categories as well. Blazer, Mattie and Sadie took 1st-3rd place prizes for the canine divisions. Drew Stricklin came in first for the males, finishing the race in less than twenty minutes.

Stricklin participated with his wife Rachel and their dog Roman. “We have a dog that we got from the shelter,” Stricklin said. “My wife wanted to run a 5K and this is her first one so I decided to do that with her. I think any race like this is good for community building. Hopefully, it’ll raise awareness for T-Town PAWS and save dogs.” Amy Deeble, a freshman majoring in communicative disorders, came in first on the women’s side. Deeble is a native of Lousiana where her dogs still reside, but she chose to participate in the race nonetheless. “I love running and I love dogs, even though I don’t have my dog here,” Deeble said. “I thought [the Wag n’ Walk] was obviously a great opportunity to give support to animals and T-Town PAWS. It combined two things that I’m passionate about and it was fun.” Amy Moyer, a 2006 UA graduate and owner of Paisley, won

third place in the women’s division. She is a frequent participant in 5K races and supports the T-Town PAWS mission. “I think it’s great,” Moyer said. “We both love animals and don’t like to hear about them being put down. We need more stuff like it.” Age categories ranged from nine and under to sixty-five and over. Sloan Donovan, who participated in the race with her mother Carol and dog Zeke, placed first in the nine and under category. Eight-year-old Donovan and her mom have been involved with the T-Town PAWS organization in the past. “They’re our favorite charity,” Tuscaloosa native Carol Donovan said. “I think it’s a great way to make the community aware of what T-Town PAWS does and make it a real positive effort and also build in some healthy time for families with their pets.” Sloan Donovan has plans of providing support and bringing about the awareness of what

T-Town PAWS does later this month for her birthday. “My birthday is on October 29th and we’re going to have a donation party,” she said. “We looked at [the Wag n’ Walk and Dog Splash] and thought it would be really fun.” After the walk, the dogs made their way to the Outdoor Pool Complex at the Student Recreation Center for the Dog Splash. There were many volunteers that assisted in making everything run swiftly, according to T-Town PAWS officers. There were Bama PAWS, Shelton State Community College Ambassadors, Boy Scouts and other community volunteers helping out. Bama PAWS is a new organization that is the campus chapter of T-Town PAWS. According to Jarreau, Bama PAWS provides special volunteer opportunities for the students involved. “I think it’s good because they’re raising money for shel-

ters,” said Jan Morykwas, a freshman Bama PAWS member. “We’re trying to get dogs adopted at the shelters. I want to be a part of that.” Vaughn said they were expecting about 75 participants, but ended up with 110 participants. It is uncertain whether or not there will be a Wag n’ Walk next year, but the organization is hopeful. “We don’t have a lot of places to entertain your dogs in Tuscaloosa, so it’s great to have an event where people can bring all their dogs together and support a great organization as well,” Vaughn said. T-Town PAWS is an animal welfare organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare and eliminating animal overpopulation, suffering and needless deaths in the Tuscaloosa community. For more information or to get involved contact T-Towns PAWS at (205) 752-1931 or

Croom named 2010 Miss Corolla By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

Many contestants competed for the crown to become this year’s Miss Corolla at the 2010 Miss Corolla pageant that was held in Moody Music Building on Friday. Teresa Croom was announced as the 2010 Miss Corolla, Katherine Kelly finished as the first runner-up and Devin Grissom finished as the second runner-up. Croom was elected the campus favorite, Jessica Kribbs was elected the audience favorite, and Hayley Brown and Croom tied for the Miss Congeniality Award. The program began with Corolla editor Kathleen Buccleugh introducing Master of Ceremonies Paul Houghtaling, who is also an assistant professor of voice and director of opera theatre for the University. After Houghtaling’s preface to the program, the 26 contestants walked on stage to Michael Buble’s version of “Save the Last Dance for Me.” The opening number was choreographed by 2009 Miss Corolla Elizabeth Nix. Adorned with the crown that would later be awarded to this year’s winner, Nix walked out on stage along with the contestants near the end of the opening number. Nix said she has been proud to represent the University as 2009 Miss Corolla. “I’ve been so excited to have this experience and to represent the University,” Nix said. Next, Houghtaling introduced each contestant to the audience as they walked in their evening gowns. After the brief intermission, the top ten contestants were named. They were Jessica Kribbs, Teresa Croom, Barri Elizabeth Stephenson, Tony

Machado, Samantha Bunn, Faith Whigham, Katherine Kelley, Devin Grissom, Amanda Burch and Heather Foster. Each of the top ten contestants were asked questions that related to social and political issues or questions that related to campus affairs. The judges then selected the top winners. Lynsey Nowell, one judge of the pageant and a former Miss Corolla in 2005, said Croom will represent the University well as 2010 Miss Corolla. Britni McMillan, another judge of the pageant, said Croom had a strong voice, great stage presence, and good poise, which contributed to her win in the pageant. Kiara Wilson, president of Croom’s sorority Delta Sigma Theta and a senior majoring in communicative disorders, said it was an honor to have Croom competing in the pageant. “I would love for her to win to represent our chapter,” Wilson said. “We’re really excited to be granted this opportunity. I really think she is a very deserving contestant.” Kelvin Croom, Croom’s father and brother of Sylvester Croom who was the football

Elizabeth Nix, 2009 Miss Corolla, crowns Teresa Croom as 2010 Miss Corolla on Friday in Moody Music Building Concert Hall. Croom was also named Campus Favorite, decided by online voting, and tied with Haleigh Brown as Miss Congeniality. Twenty-six women participated in the campus yearbookʼs pageant this year. Corolla | Jessica Gibson

head coach at Mississippi State University, said Croom has been competing in pageants for years now. “You have to have the desire to do it,” Croom said. “She’s always been a competitive young lady….Pageants have been a major part of her life… and I think of myself as a ‘pageant dad.’ I’ve been to a lot of pageants to help her out.”

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By most estimations, “Glee” is one of the most popular shows on television. It cannot avoid being one of the most polarizing as a result. This polarized nature does not just exist among different audience segments. It is, at its most frustrating level, an uneven experience for individual viewers as well. The hype surrounding its premiere was astronomical, and for good reason. The pilot provided viewers with something unfamiliar and fresh for television audiences. The fact that its rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” was a constant at the top of the iTunes chart list did nothing to hurt its cause. Then came the rest of season one and, with it, numerous highs and lows. Whether is was an inconsistent stretch of episodes (the final three, which was one horrible one smacked in the middle of two of my favorites) or the unevenness that could accompany a singular episode — I’m looking at you, “Bad Reputation” — season one no doubt had its growing pains. I think the biggest issue I have had with the show is the way the characters are handled. Characters have always been the most important part of any show I watch, and it was disappointing to watch the writers squander away numerous opportunities of development in order to cram more songs into an episode. Also, some of these development moments for our characters felt too over-the-top even for a show like “Glee.” This is not so bad considering the tone of the show. However, since some of these were a little too contrived, it just feels empty most of the time. Like most shows, I figured “Glee” would settle in and find its groove during season two. If the first three episodes are any indication, I am prepared for another roller coaster of a season.

The season two premiere was a thrill. The introduction of Dot-Marie Jones as the new football coach (aptly named Shannon Beiste) was a great move. She provides another rival for Sue Sylvester (played by the incomparable Jane Lynch) without being some caricature or cookie-cutter character. I am so glad they took care to humanize her character. But then came the Britney Spears episode. The only redeeming factor for this episode has to be John Stamos. Without him, this episode is just another slushie to the face for its audience, specifically those who want the show to be as good as it can be. “Grilled Cheesus” was the first PSA-themed episode of season two. Season one had its fair share, most of which were tolerable. This one was no different. Jane Lynch always does masterful work on this show, but she had her brightest moment in this one. Plus, we got our first season two appearance of my second favorite character, Burt Hummel (played by the second-best actor on the show, Mike O’Malley). But the episode, despite its visceral appeal and strong acting, failed to produce “a total eclipse of the heart” for this viewer, and I am normally the one susceptible to such emotional episodes. The unevenness of the episode stemmed from the show’s inability to offer two conflicting worldviews in a convincing manner. If I wanted rival views unfairly conceptualized, I would turn to any cable news channel. If I sound harsh or unfair, it is because I want this show to excel. There is nothing wrong with recognizing weaknesses of the shows we love. But this show can be so much better. Maybe it starts with eliminating the themed shows. I admit some of them are guilty pleasures, but framing characters around the themes has often produced the contrived

Above: Glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) joins forces with rival cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) to work against budget cuts from their programs thanks to new football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) in Glee’s season 2 premier “Audition.” character development I mentioned above. (However, I will be a complete hypocrite and say there is no one more excited than me about the upcoming “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” episode; it’s a crying shame Tim Curry will not be a part of the magic.) Maybe it starts with eliminating certain characters. Ensemble pieces are always tricky, since the balancing act never satisfies most people. But if “Lost” can pull it off, so can “Glee.” “Glee” is on the cusp of something absolutely brilliant. But until the show can iron out its inconsistencies, then “Glee” will fall short of reaching the top spots both in hardware, like the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy, and in our hearts.



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Dreamland: “Ain’t nothing like ‘em nowhere” By Jordan Staggs Senior Staff Reporter

The year was 1958. It was the year Sputnik 1 plummeted back to earth, Elvis Presley joined the U. S. Army, and Mama called Bear Bryant home to become Alabama’s head football coach. It was also the year John “Big Daddy” Bishop woke from a dream in which God told him he should build a café on the bare spit of land by his home in Jerusalem Heights, a small section of Tuscaloosa off Jug Factory Road. Bishop, a brick mason, began serving ribs with his homemade sauce, which caught on with the neighborhood. His restaurant, aptly named Dreamland, became the hangout and general store for the people of the area, offering everything from Southern-fried catfish to postage stamps. But it was the ribs that kept people coming back for more. Thanks to visiting sportscasters who found their way up to Jerusalem Heights and later bragged about the ribs on air, revenue and notoriety grew for Big Daddy’s little barbecue pit. Today, the legend still lives, and Dreamland Bar-b-que has become an institution synonymous with good barbe-

cue and good company. “We have a lot of people come in from out of town,” said Greg Freed, assistant manager of Dreamland in Northport. “It’s chaos on game days.” The Northport Dreamland is one of seven locations established since 1993, when Bobby Underwood opened a second restaurant in Birmingham. The others can be found in Mobile, Montgomery and Huntsville, with two Georgia locations at Roswell and Peachtree Corners. Still, Tuscaloosa is where it all started, and the original Dreamland continues to serve its famous ribs, sauce and white bread menu to all who seek a tasty bit of history. Every table in the house comes equipped with its own roll of paper towels, because sometimes one napkin just isn’t enough. In Northport, the walls of Dreamland are covered with the typical sports bar memorabilia, from University of Alabama photos and Bear Bryant quotes to an autographed photo of Nick Saban. There are also tons of other celebrity photos, witty signs and license plates from every single state. Illuminating part of the restaurant is a neon sign which bears the mandate “NO FARTING.”

“A lot of people take pictures of that,” Freed said. There are plenty of regulars who frequent the restaurant, Freed said. “They come in and we know what they want,” he said. Though Big Daddy Bishop dropped hamburgers and hot dogs from his menu to focus on the ribs that everyone loved, these days Dreamland has expanded again so there’s something for everyone. Its menu now includes barbecue chicken, pork and sausage, with sides such as baked beans and potato salad. For dessert, they have the true Southern favorite, banana pudding. But there’s one thing that stands out above the rest. “They want that sauce,” Freed said. “The sauce is the key.” The very same sauce Big Daddy perfected with the help of his family now sits on the shelves behind Dreamland’s bar, ready to help spice up anyone’s cooking for $5.95 a quart. And don’t forget the loaves of plain white bread, ideal for sopping up the leftovers. Dreamland’s catering service has grown as well, helping make picnics and tailgates tastier with just one phone call. “Catering on game days is wild,” Freed said. “It gets

CW | Jerrod Seaton Originally founded in 1958 in Tuscaloosa, Dreamland Bar-b-que has become well known for its saucy ribs. The restaurant has expanded to eight locations over the years. busy, because if you have one order, there’s four or five more right behind it.” Dreamland and Tuscaloosa seem to go hand-in-hand. The barbecue can even be found

throughout Bryant-Denny stadium, with items like barbecue nachos to keep fans full while they watch the Tide. The Tuscaloosa and Northport locations also

accept Bama Cash, so students can enjoy the ribs and sauce any time. Just cross the bridge into Northport and look for Big Daddy’s smiling face.

Fall Juried Art Show reaches out to students By Megan Lawrence Contributing Writer About twenty of the University’s best student artists will be showcased tomorrow at the Fall Juried Art Show. The art show, which will primarily feature the work of undergraduate students, grew out of a partnership between Creative Campus and New College. “Knowledge about art shows is kind of limited to the art department and Creative Campus’ creed is that art is

everywhere, and we wanted to make sure that everyone on campus knows about it,” said Lauren Breland, an intern at Creative Campus. “We wanted to target freshmen living in the dorms… That way freshmen can come out and see this and know that there are opportunities.” Because the art show will take place during homecoming week, its focus will be visual art created by students, for students. One of the student artists, Olivia West, a sophomore

majoring in studio art and English, agreed that most students are oblivious to opportunities to showcase their work. “I think this juried art show is really reaching out to students beyond the art department and helping them get involved,” she said. “This show is one of the first around campus that I’ve seen to have a strong Facebook presence, which I know helps get the word out.” Pieces were submitted Sept. 27 and 28 and evaluated by a panel of judges made up of

faculty and staff members from across the campus. The judging panel selected the top 20 works, which will be hung in New Gallery at Lloyd Hall Room 216. They also chose the first, second and third place winners, which will be awarded $100, $75 and $50, respectively. The top three pieces will also be considered for the Alabama Art Display, a Creative Campus program that aims to display artwork in buildings and offices around campus. “Whenever students have an

opportunity to have their work judged, it gives it kind of a prestigious feel,” Breland said. West also agreed that juried art shows carry more prestige than ones that aren’t judged. “Even just that fact takes it beyond the average art show and makes it something that everyone wants to enter and win,” she said. “I know that’s what first caught my eye about this show.” In addition to possible awards, for student artists like West, art shows are an extremely important way to

gain recognition. “I’m just trying to get my name out there, trying to get as many people as possible to see my art,” West said. “It helps with networking and job possibilities in the future.” Anyone can attend the show’s opening reception Tuesday night at 7, which will offer food, drinks and music for those who stop in to see the artwork. After the reception, all artwork will be available for viewing through Nov. 5 in New Gallery.

Bowden creates his own fashion world in Tuscaloosa By Ashley Chaffin Contributing Writer

Besides fashion, Bowden and Alabama. He said his own personal has a love for music. He played style has increased mostly classical piano from the time Inside one of the bedrooms due to observation. For inspi- he was in fourth grade and in the Alpha Phi Alpha frater- ration, he turns to New York originally intended to major in nity house are business cards on the dresser, jewelry spread out across the bed, and bags “I will do anything. I’ll do everything the girl in of shoes lying on the floor. ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ did and more.” Randy Bowden looks over the outfit he has picked for the — Randy Bowden, creator of The Blaque Book model, trying to decide the perfect accessories to go along with it. This is the 84th photo shoot and Milan’s fashion weeks and music. In fact, it wasn’t until Bowden, a junior majoring in celebrities such as Pharrell he gave up his music major fashion retail, has done for Williams with his mix- that he realized he could turn his successful fashion blog, matched clothes and crazy his love of fashion into something bigger. The Blaque Book. Since start- outfits. The Blaque Book was his “He gave me the courage to ing the website in March of first big step into the industhis year, the 21-year-old has be different,” he said. That courage that has been try. He and his brother, Javan gained momentum on his path tested living in the heart of Bowden, started it after a into the fashion industry. “His passion is unparal- the South, outside any fash- friend with her own successful leled,” said William “Skip” ion capital. This geographical fashion blog suggested it. “It’s a great website,” Garrett, Bowden’s manager. separation between Bowden “Styling is what he does; it’s and the fashion industry is Garrett said. “It’s come a long what he counts as his greatest way and has a long way to go, what he knows.” This knowledge of fashion obstacle in getting his foot in but we’ll get there.” The website is mainly started at a young age grow- the door. “It’s hard to keep up with geared towards men’s fashing up in Birmingham, when his mother always made him fashion where I am,” he said. ion, but he has just created a dress nicer than he wanted to. “But I feel like it’ll get me more new section called “Woman — What He Wants” to practice “I was a pretty preppy kid; I respect once I leave here.” For now, he relies on the styling women as well. got teased for it,” he said. “My “He is showing how he is vermom never let me wear what Internet to stay up to date with my friends were wearing, the what is going on in the world satile in styling,” said Taylor baggy pants and baggy shirts.” he loves. He not only uses it as Norman, a junior majoring in In high school, he started a source of knowledge but also computer science, who helped keeping up with fashion blogs as his mall, paying the extra with hair and makeup for this online to see what was going shipping costs just to wear photo shoot. Along with the addition on outside of Birmingham what he wants.


of this section to the blog, Bowden continues to work on different projects in the fashion world. He recently styled a photo shoot for a consignment shop, has an upcoming fashion

show, and has started taking personal styling consultations. As far as the future goes, Bowden’s biggest goal is to do styling for top men’s fashion magazines like GQ or Esquire.

He is willing to do anything to get there. “I will do anything,” he said. “I’ll do everything the girl in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ did and more.”


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Comeback too much to ask for By Laura Owens Assistant Sports Editor It finally caught up. A team can put together only so many come-frombehind victories. And then one game, it won’t be enough. For the Crimson Tide, this was that game. For the third straight SEC road game, Alabama fell behind early. The first time was last season against Auburn when the Tigers jumped to an early 14-0 lead. But the offense put together one final drive of poise to win it 26-21. The second time was two weeks ago against No. 10 Arkansas in Fayetteville. After going into halftime down 17-7, the defense made big plays, while the offense stepped up its game to score. Alabama stayed perfect by a final of 24-20. But this time, it just wasn’t enough. This time, it was too much to ask from a young defense and an offense that couldn’t produce. There were moments when Alabama showed flashes of coming back, like when Darius Hanks caught a 51-yard touchdown reception, and then right after, when Will Lowery picked off a Stephen Garcia pass. The offense couldn’t turn the turnover into points, and then a fake field goal swung the momentum back to South Carolina. They scored on the subsequent drive to put the victory out of reach. “We probably didn’t make a very good call on the fake,”

CW | John Michael Simpson Greg McElroy is tackled by Josh Dickerson during the South Carolina game. McElroy threw for a career-high 315 yards Saturday, but was sacked seven times. said head coach Nick Saban. “That’s right on the edge of [Jeremy] Shelley’s range, but it did give them the momentum of the game back, and we could’ve taken points right there. Not that it would’ve affected the outcome of the game because we never got

them stopped.” So what happened to this team so that it hasn’t been able to show domination on the road lately? “We had played pretty well on the road up until the Auburn game last year, I thought, and I don’t know,” Saban said. “I think this year’s team is different than last year’s team. I think [when] we played Auburn last year, this team was tired, we had had a short week. We didn’t get off to a very good start. “I think this team needs to mature and play with more confidence because early in two games we were very sporadic defensively in terms of our ability to execute.” When the shock of it wears off, it’s time to face the facts: Alabama hasn’t lost a regular season game since 2007. The players aren’t used to this feeling. “It hurts,” linebacker Dont’a Hightower said. “As I said before, it hurts.” Now it’s time to go back to practice and fix the tendency to fall behind early on the road. Saban gave his players credit for their abilities to


come back in the situations the team has fallen behind in, but to win, that just isn’t always enough. “You gotta be able to punch them in first round,” Saban said. “You can’t counter punch them and think you’re always going to be able to make it right, and it caught up to us today.” Quarterback Greg McElroy looked to the future, toward what this team needs to do next. “What can we learn from it?” he said. “You have to look at the glass half-full in this situation. It’s early in the season. We can still accomplish everything we want to accomplish. It’s an opportunity for everyone individually to look in the mirror and say, ‘How are we going to get back? How are we going to do better? How can we recommit ourselves to this team?’ “That’s the question that every individual needs to ask themselves. If I were to guess, this team should bounce back from this. We’re going to have a lot of wins down the road. This is going to be a great learning experience.”

2-4 | Alabama’s record in

the red zone Saturday night. There were four chances to capitalize on scoring opportunities, and the Tide only took half.

40 | Yards the South Carolina defense got in seven sacks of Greg McElroy.


| Number of sports in 2010 where South Carolina has beaten the No. 1 team. It happened in basketball against Kentucky in January and in baseball against Arizona State last June.


| With a missed field goal, a missed extra point and a fake field goal, the Tide missed out on seven easy points, which would have been enough to tie the game early in the fourth quarter.

28 | The number of points

South Carolina scored after being in the red zone. It’s the most points Alabama has allowed an opponent to get in the red zone. Arkansas is second with 13 points.


| Marcus Lattimore’s rushing yards on Saturday, the most the Alabama defense has allowed this year.

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POSITION GRADES Offense: 2.7 Cumulative: 3.52

Defense: 2.4 Cumulative: 3.37

Scoring 28 points in a game is good for the offense, but for the most part, it was not a good night. The wildcat was working, but the Tide still took it out of the playbook, and the offensive line gave up seven sacks for 40 yards. There were also several blown opportunities in the red zone, not to mention Greg McElroy lost a fumble in the first half.

Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery killed the defense all night long. Lattimore almost rushed 100 yards, but didn’t quite break that mark. Jeffery, however, had two touchdown receptions with 127 yards and kept burning the defense all night. Saban said there were several times he was covered but still made the play. Alabama gave up 35 points, making it impossible for the offense to catch up.

Special teams: 1.5 Cumulative: 3.28

Coaching: 3.0 Cumulative: 3.75

The special teams missed a field goal, an extra point and a fake field goal. Cody Mandell kicked a 15-yard punt that was almost blocked. Trent Richardson couldn’t put together a good kickoff return to give the offense good field position. The only shining star from the special teams was Marquis Maze, who managed a 28-yard punt return and 31-yard kickoff return.

Perhaps the offense should have run the wildcat more often, and perhaps the defense should have put more safety help on Jeffery. But there were enough offensive plays dialed up to keep the game going to the end. It wasn’t perfect, obviously, but it was still the best aspect of the game.


Above: Julio Jones catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter. He received for 118 yards with one touchdown on Saturday, but it was not enough for the Tide to win the game. CW | John Michael Simpson Right: South Carolina freshman running back Marcus Lattimore (21) runs past Alabamaʼs Ed Stinson in the Gamecocksʼ victory over the Tide Saturday. CW | Drew Hoover Below: Freshman Marcus Lattimore runs in for a touchdown. He rushed for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns against Alabamaʼs denfense on Saturday. CW | John Michael Simpson

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of two of those undefeated teams (LSU and Auburn), and if the voters have any sense — like they have in the past a 12-1 Tide team who runs the table the rest of the way and wins the SEC would have priority over an undefeated Boise State, TCU, Utah or Nevada by the end of the season. That leaves Ohio State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Michigan State. It looks like the Big Ten Championship is coming a year too late for the Tide. Ohio State and Michigan State will not play each other this season, unless it’s for the national championship. Penn State, which has lost its last two games by 20 points, now looks like a fraud. That means

Michigan State’s only true test the rest of the way will be at No. 15 Iowa. Ohio State has a few more tests — Iowa, No. 18 Wisconsin and Michigan — but the Buckeyes are the new No. 1, and it would certainly not surprise anyone if they won out. Nebraska and Oklahoma (both in the Big 12) don’t play each other this year, either. But the two would play each other in their conference championship game, eliminating one. Although Oklahoma has been on the edge of losing many times this year, the Sooners only two real tests left seem to be two road games against No. 21 Missouri and No. 20 Oklahoma State. Nebraska’s next three games are against Texas, Oklahoma State and Missouri. If the Cornhuskers survive that stretch, 12-0 will likely be in their future.

That leaves No. 2 Oregon. The Ducks play two ranked teams to finish the season — No. 17 Arizona and No. 24 Oregon State — but I don’t expect a team with an average margin of victory of 38 points to lose either of those games. Of course, it is highly possible that four of these five teams could lose. But then comes another problem; all of this is assuming Alabama wins the rest of its games, including the SEC Championship. Although the Tide certainly has the talent to do so, Alabama is just not as good of a team as last year. The chances of Alabama winning out are shaky even before you throw on all the other help the Tide needs to finish at No. 1 or 2. If it happens, I won’t be shocked. But it’s a long road ahead, and even perfection from here on out may not be enough.

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Crimson Tide nets ďŹ rst SEC victory By Brett Hudson Contributing Writer The Alabama volleyball team bounced back to beat South Carolina Sunday in three straight sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-16), after losing to No. 2 Florida on Friday, (25-23, 25-21 25-20). In practice on Thursday, head coach Judy Green was looking to this weekend as a chance to turn the season around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alabama will win this match,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can print that in the newspaper. Alabama will beat South Carolina.â&#x20AC;? Her squad made sure she was right. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trademark hightempo style of play was a perfect contrast to South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slow style of play that emphasizes the big players near the net. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always our goal to play

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secondary all night, catching seven passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. A fumble by Greg McElroy, who was sacked seven times in the game, set up South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third touchdown. The Gamecocksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first punt of the game came with two minutes left in the second quarter,

Sophomore Kayla Fitterer goes for a spike during the match against South Carolina on Sunday. The Tide won the match in three straight sets.

faster,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Kelsey Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to go out there and play our game if we want to beat teams like this.â&#x20AC;? Alabama imposed its will on the Gamecocks, going up 14-5 in the first set and not letting up until the first set was won, 25-19. This six-point deficit was the closest South Carolina would come to taking a set from the Tide. Senior Alyssa Meuth had six kills in this first set alone, complimenting six assists from both senior Kayla Schmidt and junior Stephanie Riley. The Tide had trouble building a lead in the second set, with neither team building a deficit of more than three points until Alabama took a 14-9 lead. Alabama went on to win the second set 25-18 in dominant fashion after a rough start. Sophomore Kayla Fitterer played a big role

in the second set win, with seven kills and a service ace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really [dominated an opponent in a set] like that in while,â&#x20AC;? Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They handled it real well and finished strong in the third set. Doing that let us know that we have the confidence to keep going, keep attacking to finish these guys off.â&#x20AC;? The third set showed another strong start for the Tide, building an 8-2 lead before a Gamecock timeout. Anderson put together five straight points while serving for the Tide and included a service ace. The set was out of reach when senior Calli Johnson picked up the serve for the Tide, and put up seven straight points against South Carolina, building Alabama a 18-9 lead. The final set was ended with a kill from

Johnson by the score of 25-16. Fitterer led the set with six kills, giving her a game-high 17 kills. Her nearest competitor was Gamecock Juliette Thevenin, who tallied nine kills in the losing effort. Green, after coming through on her guarantee, recognized the healing powers of winning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels good,â&#x20AC;? Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning cures whatever ails you. Hopefully, we can keep this feeling going.â&#x20AC;? Anderson loves this winning feeling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt awesome,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope we can keep this feeling going, maybe it can lead to something good in our future.â&#x20AC;? After this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matches, Green is looking to the future of her last season at the Capstone with optimism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told them that Friday night

[against No. 2 Florida] was the to keep it up. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting best collaborative effort at senior to take ownership of our desleadership that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in four tiny, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we needed year here,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told them to do.â&#x20AC;?

and a 28-yard return by Marquis Maze led to the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first touchdown just before halftime, an 8-yard pass from McElroy to wide receiver Julio Jones. Kicker Jeremy Shelley, who missed a 31-yard field goal the drive before, missed the extra point to keep the score at 21-9 at the break. The beginning of the second half gave the feeling that Alabama was going to steal

control of the game. On the first play from scrimmage, South Carolina snapped the ball over Garciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head, and once the quarterback recovered it, he threw it out of the back of the end zone for a safety to protect a possible Tide touchdown. After the bizarre play, Shelley redeemed himself a bit by nailing a 39-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-14. But the Gamecocks would not let any more momentum swing Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way. South Carolina extended its lead to 28-14 with a 15-play,

82-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run from Lattimore. The Gamecocks converted three third-downs on the drive and were 6-of-11 on thirddown conversions in the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That, to me, was the turning point,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had gotten ourselves back in the game. We created three long-yardage third-down situations. We needed to get a stop.â&#x20AC;? Alabama threatened again when McElroy found wide receiver Darius Hanks for a 51-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the

deficit back to seven. The Tide then unsuccessfully attempted a fake field goal from the 25-yard line, and the Gamecocks capitalized on it with a game-clinching touchdown to make the final score 35-21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was proud of the way our players fought back in the game, but what about the beginning?â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of guys on our team who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost a game. This is a lesson for everybody in terms of what you have to do to prepare, what you have to do to play with consistency in this league.â&#x20AC;?

McElroy said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this team has been very fortunate up to this point by creating positive outcomes after negative outcomes. We shot ourselves in the foot just too many times. I think everybody just needs to look in the mirror and regroup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This team is capable of amazing, amazing things. We can still do everything that we want to do. I promise I will do everything in my power to get these guys ready to go and put this loss in the rear-view mirror.â&#x20AC;?

He completed the sweep of the distance events by taking first in the 500 freestyle in 4:33.01 as well as swimming and leg on the winning 800 freestyle relay. Junior Joe Ziegler also got his season off to a fast start, winning two individual events and anchoring the Tide to a win in the 800 freestyle relay to close things out. In the 200 butterfly, Alabama was dominant, sweeping the first three places led by freshman Alex Cociâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning 1:50.60, followed closely by sophomore

Anestis Arampatzisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1:50.91 and freshman Hunter Hinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1:51.07. The Tide went one-two in the 100 freestyle with freshman BJ Hornikel taking the win with a 45.19 followed by Caciucâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 45.64. The Tide closed out the win with a down-to-the wire victory in the 800 freestyle relay. Hornikel, Ziegler, Cosma and junior Gilles Gutnecht battled up and down the pool with Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A relay, out touching the Tigers by nine-hundredths of a second with a 6:43.83.



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victory. The Crimson Tide women, also in their season opener, fell to the Tigers 169-74. After finishing second in the 200 medley relay by nine-hunUA Athletics dredths of a second, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s men went on to win nine of the The Alabama menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swim- next 10 races, including the 800 ming and diving team opened freestyle relay to close out the its 2010-11 season Saturday by meet. beating Auburn 133-110, winSenior Catalin Cosma got ning eight of nine individual the winning started in the 1000 swimming events to pull off freestyle with a time of 9:26.90.

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