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Derek Vincent, otherwise known as Pretty Lights, will perform in the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater tonight along with STS9 and Big Gigantic.

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Pretty Lights to hold benefit show tonight By Sarah Cole

Contributing Writer

He doesn’t remember where he was, or with whom, but as he watched the coverage of the April 27 tornado that ripped through the city of Tuscaloosa, Derek Vincent Smith knew he had to do something to help. Smith, the artistic power behind the electronic-dubstep sensation Pretty Lights, called upon his friends of Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) and Big Gigantic, and together they

created the benefit show that will take place tonight at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. During an interview last week with Phil Hudson of 90.7 The Capstone, Smith said he feels a connection to the city. Playing here through the ranks of his musical career makes Tuscaloosa like a second home. It’s a place of comfort where all of those early memories of his career come flooding in.

See LIGHTS, page 9

By Chuck Matula and Rich Robinson The Crimson White

On a walk around any student parking lot, a quick glance at the license plates reveals that the students at the University represent a wide variety of states. According to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, the University of Alabama’s freshman out-ofstate enrollment increased by 209 students between the Fall 2010 and Fall 2011 semesters, bringing the current total of freshman students from outside of Alabama to 2,924. Of that number, 132 students were from foreign countries. All but two of the 50 states – Montana and North Dakota – are represented in this year’s freshman class, the research said. The most out-of-state freshman students, 452, came from Georgia, with the second most, 328, hailing from Texas, according to OIRA. The recruitment of out-ofstate talent is in no small part responsible for the geographic diversity seen today on campus. “A combination of scholar-

“With the number of high school graduates in the state of Alabama at a plateau, there has been a rise in the number of out-ofstate students.” — Mary Spiegel, executive director of undergraduate addmission ship money and the ComputerBased Honors Program influenced my decision to come to Alabama,” said A.J. Collins, a junior majoring in economics and political science and native of Amissville, Va. “I received the National Merit Scholarship. Other universities I applied to would have only given me threequarters of tuition, so the full ride from Alabama definitely helped me make up my mind.” The number of freshmen from Alabama decreased by 299 students, as 2,848 in-state students enrolled at UA this fall, the report said. The number of freshmen from Georgia also decreased by 117, the largest decrease among states other than Alabama.

See RECRUIT, page 2

A Change In Where Our Freshmen Come From 2011 Count

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Total student population: 31,747

Faculty and staff: 4,120

Faculty and staff: 5,700

Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

In-state tuition: $4,134

In-state tuition: $8,600

Out-of-state tuition: $11,294

Out-of-state tuition: $21,900

Out-of-state undergrads: 20.1 percent

Out-of-state undergrads: 36 percent

Undergrad minority rate: 17.6 percent

Undergrad minority rate: 19.7 percent

Freshman class National Merit Scholars: 57

Freshman class National Merit Scholars: 182

Average freshman ACT score: 23.8

Average freshman ACT score: 25.1 (2010)

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Michael Williams (89) catches a pass in practice with the Tide football team.

Tipping: What’s the magic number? By Alyssa Locklar Senior Staff Reporter While in college at The University of Alabama, students have many options when choosing part-time jobs. When it comes to finding the jobs with the most moneymaking potential, students often look to bars and restaurants, where tips give them an extra incentive. While working as a waiter, waitress or delivery driver, students can make a minimal salary while making additional tips. “On average, our drivers probably get about $2 per tip,” said Mark Tidwell, the general manager of Domino’s Pizza on 15th Street. “But, they get minimum wage, and they know they are going to get some decent money when they work because we pay them a percentage per run in order to compensate for gas.” Tidwell said that even when students use Dining Dollars, they still tip about the same amount of money, and that a decent tip should be around 15 percent. CNN, however, reported that delivery drivers should be tipped 10 percent of the bill for local deliveries and 15 to 20 percent for more


“It varies from customer to customer, but as a whole, older customers tip better than college students.” — Chelsea Briche, bartender at Innisfree Irish Pub

TIPS • Waitress or waiter: 15 percent to 20 percent of bill. If you receive excellent service, or if it is a 4-star-plus restaurant or large parties, a 20 percent or greater tip is recommended.

• Bartender: 10-15 percent of bar bill difficult deliveries. They reported that waiters and waitresses should be tipped 15 percent for adequate service, 20 percent for very good service, but no less than 10 percent for poor service. They also reported that bartenders should be tipped between 15 and 20 percent, with a minimum of 50 cents per soft drink and one dollar per alcoholic drink.

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Tight ends in limbo in offense’s identity By Brett Hudson Senior Sports Reporter Historically, the Alabama offense has been one centered around smash-mouth principles, of the mentality that the Crimson Tide can line up and beat its opponent using brute force and muscle in the running game and win consistently, looking back to the wishbone attack Paul “Bear” Bryant deployed. That has changed some in recent times, with a string of offensive coordinators, the most recent being Jim McElwain, incorporating the spread and the pistol in the Tide offense. With the change came many positive factors, including prolific aerial attack players like Julio Jones. But some players still think

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the effects of the recent recession. Witt began describing the strengths of the University by praising the new freshman class. There were more than 22,000 applicants this past year, and 5,700 enrolled, making this the sixth consecutive year to enroll the largest freshman class in UA history. “I do not think that growth has hurt us; it has made us stronger,” said Seth Panitch, professor in the theatre department, in regards to the consistent growth of the University. As the number of students grows, new faculty members are added, as well. The University welcomed 40 new faculty members this year. Also, Witt said $3.9 million is available to invest in the continued growth of the faculty in the future.

In his State of the University address yesterday, President Robert Witt spoke about his hopes that the University will continue “to grow with balanced excellence.” Witt began by comparing the University to a chain. “The strength of a chain can be no greater than its weakest link,” Witt said, “and as a University, we are forging the strongest of links.” Unlike other colleges across the country, Witt said the University becomes stronger and better every year. Most aspects of the University are prospering and growing, rather than failing, which is more than most universities are able to claim, considering


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Alabama is a run-first program. Tight end Michael Williams showed that viewpoint when asked if he took pride in his run blocking. “You have to, in this offense,” Williams said. “It’s run-first, basically. You have to know how to block, the offensive line calls – all of that.” The thought of Alabama being a run-first offense is easily backed up by players like Trent Richardson, who has averaged 121.5 rushing yards per game and scored 11 times this season. This ideal goes far down the depth chart, as third-string running back Jalston Fowler has found a way to gain 177 yards and score a touchdown in this offense.

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From MCTcampus Accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight criminal charges, including conspiring to commit terrorism. The guilty plea came on the second day of his criminal trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit. No sooner had court started than Judge Nancy Edmunds called a 45-minute recess to take up an important matter. When Abdulmutallab returned, his standby defense lawyer, Anthony Chambers, said his client had decided to plead guilty. Abdulmutallab read from a statement saying he was guilty under U.S. law, but

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of mass destruction. He pleaded guilty to trying to bring down a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb concealed in his underwear. The bomb misfired, passengers and crew wrestled him to the ground and he was taken into custody when the plane landed in Detroit. Along the way, he told several people, including FBI agents, what he had done, according to an opening statement Tuesday by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel. Edmunds called in the jury after Abdulmutallab was led out of the courtroom and advised them what had happened. She said jurors could talk to reporters if they wanted. She assured jurors again that their

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Today, Thursday, Oct. 13, five nursing leaders will be inducted into the sixth Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame at the NorthRiver Yacht Club. The inductees are Elizabeth Cleino, Gregory Eagerton, Elizabeth Morris, Carol Ratcliffe and Regina Yarbrough. Each inductee has had an impact on nursing and health care on both the state and national level.

The Counseling Center will have an information table today at the Ferguson Center for Out of the Darkness Community Walk (Suicide Awareness Week). Students will be able to get tips for prevention and learn about the Out of Darkness Suicide Walk held Oct. 16, 2011. For more information, contact Jennifer Turner at 205-348-3863.


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names would not be released to the public. Outside the courthouse, Chambers said he hadn’t advised his client to plead guilty. “It’s disappointing,” he said, adding that he never wants a client to plead guilty to charges that could result in a life sentence. He said Abdulmutallab made the decision on his own. Chambers said he thinks he had a viable defense to some of the charges, adding that he questioned whether the aircraft was damaged by the bombing attempt. He said the guilty plea enables his client to get on with the rest of his life and to read a statement in court to explain his actions.


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not under Islamic law, for the crimes charged. He said he tried to carry out the bombing in retaliation for the murder of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Isreal and elsewhere by the United States. He warned the U.S. that, if it continued to murder innocent Muslims, a calamity would befall the U.S. “If you laugh at us now, we will laugh at you later,” he said. He said committing jihad against the United States is one of “the most virtuous acts” a Muslim can perform. Edmunds set sentencing for Jan. 12. Abdulmutallab faces a mandatory 30 years in prison but could get life for some of the charges, which include conspiring to commit terrorism and using a weapon

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In the Oct. 12 edition of The Crimson White, a cutline in the story “Quidditch on the Quad returns” listed the incorrect date for registration for the tournament. Students can register for Quidditch on the Quad until Oct. 21. The CW regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.


The Fall 2011 semester saw the number of freshman students from New Continued from page 1 York more than triple, as 59 students enrolled. Sixty more freshman students from Texas enrolled, as well as 43 more students from Maryland and 41 more students from New York, the report said. Scholarships for high SAT and ACT scores and satisfactory high school grade point averages attract elite scholars from across the country, as well as in the state of Alabama. According to the UA Scholarships website, a Presidential Scholarship may be awarded to an incoming freshman with an ACT score of over 32 and a high school GPA of 3.5, and it covers four whole years of tuition for out-of-state stu-


However, it is not just the students and faculty that are Continued from page 1 growing in size and strength. “Every program across campus is stronger today than last year,” Witt said. Witt spoke of the accolades of the Honors College, with 1,500 entering freshmen who, as a group, had an average high school GPA of 4.0 and represent the top one percent nationally in ACT scores. He also acknowledged the success of the College of Engineering. “It is the most rapidly growing engineering program in the country,” Witt said. Witt also addressed plans for new buildings across campus to accommodate the growing number of students and faculty. There are 41 new buildings on campus this year, and the North Bluff Residential Community, which will

SGA efforts lead to the addition of new bike racks The Student Government Association placed two new bike racks at Lloyd Hall today at 9:00 a.m. These racks were an immediate response to suggestions of Bike Forums held by Parking Services last month. The SGA will also help to plan and promote a Bicycle Fair or “BikePalooza,” which will feature UREC and local vendors. The Bike Fair will help promote bike safety, proper bike etiquette and rules of the road. “As our campus strives to become more pedestrian- and bike-friendly, the SGA will support more initiatives such as these,” SGA President Stephen Swinson said.

dents. “UA recruits in Alabama, the Southeast and across the country,” said Mary Spiegel, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions. “With the number of high school graduates in the state of Alabama at a plateau, there has been a rise in the number of out-of-state students. We share with [both the out-of-state students] and in-state students information about the University and the quality education that they can receive.” While the University continues to expand, it looks like out-of-state recruitment will continue to play a large part in the next generation of Alabama graduates, and recruiters will strive to deliver the best possible students to ensure the future success of the campus.

house around 875 students, will open in 2012. In addition, a Student Recreation Center will be built in place of Rose Towers, and Graves and Lloyd Hall will be renovated. Overall, everyone in attendance seemed to be impressed by Witt’s comments and motivated by the growth and strength of the University. “President Witt is the reason this University is so great,” said Peyton Falkenburg, SGA director of programming and advancement. “His vision and leadership have motivated the students and faculty to help make this one of the best universities in the nation.” Witt closed by once again stating that the University is growing with balanced excellence. “This is not a measure of progress,” he said, “but a foundation we will continue to build upon.”

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Barrett Jones gets a pie in the face to benefit the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive at UA

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McNair Scholars showcase research By Brett Saunders Contributing Writer Today at 5:30 p.m., in Room 328 of Lloyd Hall, the University of Alabama McNair Scholars will present their research projects in the 12th annual University of Alabama McNair Scholars Research Conference. The McNair program is funded by the government and is named after Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D, who died aboard the Challenger shuttle in January 1986, according to the program’s website. The purpose of this program is to help students who have financial needs and other roadblocks to have the proper preparation for success in being admitted into a

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Sophomore Candice Dunn and junior Andres Mendieta pie Crimson Tide offensive lineman Barrett Jones to benefit Beat Auburn Beat Hunger on Oct. 12. Dunn and Mendieta donated the most to BABH and won the opportunity to pie Jones.

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“It depends on the meal or the drink, but if my drink or meal was awesome or the service was awesome I normally over-tip,” said Hayley Ware, a senior majoring in elementary education. “Instead of doing 15 percent I will do about 25 percent. But if the service sucks then I will tip lower. “The way I normally do it at a restaurant is I judge how busy it is and count how many times I have to suck on the bottom of my glass. If it’s a lot then they get a lower tip. I never just don’t leave a tip though. I know that have to make a living and only get paid a very little amount per hour.” On The Original Tipping Page, the site maps out how much people should tip for various services. In the case of pizza delivery, the site recommends one to two dollars for short distance, two to three dollars for longer dis-

tances and five or more dollars for large deliveries. For waiters and waitresses they recommend 15 to 20 percent of the total bill. However, they specify that if you are part of a large party or are dining at a high-end restaurant it is more appropriate to tip 20 percent or higher depending on the quality of service. For bartenders they recommend 10 to 15 percent. Specific to the University, students have the opportunity to work on Alabama game day when thousands of fans come to Tuscaloosa for an entire weekend at a time needing places to eat and drink. “There are definitely pros and cons to working game days,” said Chelsea Briche, a student bartender at Innisfree Irish Pub. “You miss out on the game day experience and time with your friends, but on the other hand you typically make better money compared to other days. People tend to tip 15 percent but I think that some people are not aware of


“I never expect a great tip from college kids unless they are on a date and trying to impress their girlfriend or something.” — Corey Vinson, waiter at The Bear Trap what a good tip is and they don’t always realize that is how bartenders truly make their money. It varies from customer to customer, but as a whole older customers tip better than college students.” Unfortunately, college students serving college students have to remember that many of their peers are living on tight budgets just like they are. “I never expect a great tip from college kids unless they are on a date and trying to impress their girlfriend or something,” said Corey Vinson, a waiter at the Bear Trap. “A server that has been in the business long enough will know that you should give everybody the best ser-

vice you can and aim for a 20 percent tip. But a server can go above and beyond and still only get a 15 percent tip from most college students. “However when it comes to older couples, you can give them great service and they will take note of it and more likely give you a better tip then a college kid who is going to give you 15 percent no matter how great the service is.” Students who work in restaurants and bars in Tuscaloosa can typically be known to tip other students in the service industry better the average student. “There are a lot of people that work in restaurants and bars in Tuscaloosa and know how college students aren’t always the best tippers,” Vinson said. “Those kids give a lot better tips because they understand how it works. They know that tips are basically all the money you make and therefore when they see how hard you are working they will leave you a much better tip.”

students with any research problems. According to an online source, 90 percent of UA’s McNair alumni have gone on to some form of post-baccalaureate study. Before these students are able to begin their work in the program, during their first year, they must go through classes to understand more about the research process and what topic will become their focus. Throughout the scholars’ time as undergraduate researchers, there are stipends given to the researchers to cover expenditures such as housing and food. The University of Alabama is about to receive 85 percent of

the program’s budget from the U.S. Department of Education to help fund 25 students who wish to be a part of the McNair Scholars program. On Friday, the conference will host speaker Jessica Mitchell, who is a doctoral student of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Georgia and a University of Alabama McNair Scholar alumna. Mitchell will discuss certain issues going on in her field, along with things she has experienced and learned in her first year of graduate school. Students who wish to sign up for the 2012 McNair Scholar program have until Nov. 4th and can do so at


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{ YOUR VIEW } (WEB COMMENTS) IN RESPONSE TO “MOODY ARCH CHALKED WITH RACIAL SLURS” “We have to blame it on a passive systemic issue, because truthfully, the student base or the ʻbad applesʼ continue to exist. We never think about that when these situations occur. Yes, ʻbad applesʼ exist, but why do they? If the person or persons involved were made openly accountable, then we finally address that we wonʼt handle this here. But that never happens.” – RockForty

“[This] university year after year continues to utterly fail at providing a safe and inclusive environment for its students and employees, especially in some notorious corners of campus. It is systematically failing to teach many of its students a basic appreciation for the gravity of our stateʼs horrific human rightʼs violations over past two centuries.” – Jordanjacob

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Passive responses are not solutions By Trey Irby We clearly don’t know what to do. In lieu of the recent horrific racist chalking found at Moody Music Building on Tuesday, a tepid email was sent to us by UA President Robert Witt. To no surprise, his email was completely vague and extremely passive, chiding us for something any sane human should already know. So, we don’t know what to do, because we’ve tried to prevent this. It’s nearly impossible to go to The University of Alabama and not think about George Wallace, segregation and security guards blocking Foster Auditorium. And yet now, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the very same racism that we so pride ourselves in saying we’re past as a culture. When a similar incident to this occurred earlier this year, we stressed the theme of conversation and understanding. These are great ideas in concept, but the trouble of the matter has always been that some people just can’t be reasoned with, even today.

The chalking depicted the words of an old racist country singer named Johnny Rebel who crafted these bigoted songs way before any regular students (and a number of professors) were even born. That says to me that the writer of this was out for a statement or some sort of attention. Maybe the writer likes firestorms and horrible music. Regardless, this problem hits at something systemic: our methods of teaching tolerance aren’t working, and it’s not because the message is poorly told, but rather because a few receiving that message don’t care. So, I’m going for a simple solution. If you cannot grasp the concept that hating a person for the color of their skin is wrong, then get out of here. We don’t need you in this community, and we certainly don’t need you on this campus. President Witt, you shouldn’t be the passive father confused as to why his son is running around stealing other people’s toys. You were given a situation that required you to show immediate action, not

a passive email. You didn’t do that. This keeps occurring, and it is not just because a few bad eggs decided to be white supremacists for a day. This campus deserves a stronger effort from you to prevent this – not to tell your children to prevent this and watch as they steal another toy. Passive nature leads to this occurring roughly once a semester these days. Passive nature probably led to the carving of the n-word in Rose Towers that I had to see all sophomore year. And passive nature has led us to today. We can’t stand for this, which is what we said the last time this occurred. And yet because of our system, we do. Students are far too aware of their surroundings here. It is impossible for me to believe that an educated human is blissfully unaware of racism for any reason other than his or her own selective blindness. And being blissfully unaware doesn’t change a damn thing. Trey Irby is a junior majoring in English.

A balanced approach to immigration By Austin Gaddis @austingaddis When Governor Bentley left his office on the night of June 2, the state of Alabama took a major step backward and entered again into a George Wallace-era culture of discrimination, hate and injustice. If I had read this column to myself six months ago, I don’t think I would have believed that these words were mine. But Alabama is at a crossroads. We must do something to combat the looming crisis that will plague our state if we do not act quickly, but we must act objectively and with common sense. The Alabama immigration law, commonly referred to as House Bill 56 (H.B. 56) or the BeasonHammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, is widely known as the most strict and discriminatory immigration law in the nation. After numerous lawsuits against the bill, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn temporarily blocked several measures of the law but allowed many key measures to stand, despite pleas from activist groups, attorneys and even the Obama administration. The measures in the bill are draconian in ideology and process, making it a crime to hire, harbor or transport an illegal immigrant. It makes it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work, bars them from attending public colleges, and allows law enforcement to detain – without bond – any person suspected of being in the country illegally. One of the most controversial statutes relates to a mandate to public schools to verify and document the immigration status of every student, which is then reported to the state government. This policy alone has caused a mass exodus of Hispanics from our state school system. Many schools across the state have seen a substantial drop in attendance and enrollment of pri-

But Alabama is at a crossroads. We must do something to combat the looming crisis that will plague our state if we do not act quickly, but we must act objectively and with common sense. marily Hispanics since the law was allowed to stand, fearing that sending the children to school will expose the child and family as illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrant parents are now being forced to make contingency plans for childcare with friends and relatives in case they leave for the grocery store and never come back. Through H.B. 56, our state has made children – regardless of immigration status – the victims of partisan politics, narrow ideology and a complete lack of concern for state progress. We must begin to ask ourselves tough questions. What part of this law is humane? What aspect of this law promotes the ideals of the American dream? Is this law worth an innocent child not receiving an education? We must also begin to question our current path to citizenship and its realistic effectiveness for immigrants who are here illegally. The citizenship process is a long and outdated system that often takes years to complete, and any one simple error in the process can delay a candidate for citizenship for an additional year or more. Without stereotyping, think about jobs that immigrants typically hold. They often work very long hours, most have families, and they must juggle all of these weights on top of the fact that they are in the country illegally. With an application process that can take anywhere from one to five years, it is not realistic that all of these immigrants would have the time, ability, money or resources to file for citizenship for themselves and their families. A balanced federal approach to immigration reform is needed

where both sides can be satisfied, and society, as a whole, is able to progress. We must fundamentally change our citizenship process to make it more expedited, convenient and realistic for the candidates wishing to become citizens. Measures should still be taken to ensure the safety and security of our homeland, but a faster process could be easily implemented. We must allow a quasi-amnesty policy for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in the country. Even with a faster system, nothing could move quickly with a huge influx of more than 12 million applications for citizenship. With a reformed citizenship process and a quasi-amnesty policy, I would then support strict penalties for individuals found in the country illegally or without documentation. I would support their immediate deportation and would even support Alabama’s measures to bar them from working in the state. But the status quo is not progressive. We cannot wait for a McCarthy-style witch-hunt for illegal immigrants before we acknowledge a problem. We cannot allow our state to victimize innocent children who aren’t in school today because they fear the consequences. We cannot sit on the sidelines while our state is on the verge of chaos. We must come together to find a balanced approach to immigration to allow our state to take strides towards compromise and progress. Austin Gaddis is a junior majoring in public relations and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Thursdays.

After the Tide defeated the Florida Gators last year, a group of friends and I went to Little Italy to celebrate the victory with great pizza. We were greeted by a burst of inappropriate language over the sound system, heavy metal music, and food dished out of a kitchen with a health department rating of 75. What a difference a year makes. Under the leadership of new owner George Matta and his friendly staff, the restaurant is now one of the cleanest and most hospitable dining options on The Strip. Its current health rating is 97. Of course, the kitchen is still cranking out the same delicious pizza it always has, along with great sandwiches. The food keeps The Crimson White newsroom staff well fed throughout the week – but I would recommend caution to any student who may follow our level of overindulgence. Little Italy has accomplished an impressive rebirth, but its food should still be considered a very special treat and not a routine part of any diet. Unlike last year, though, the food is no longer served with hostility and rude behavior. Instead, it is dished out in a welcoming atmosphere where students can enjoy a nice meal together. It’s kind of like “The Max” without Screech. Most importantly, Little Italy is filling a niche on The Strip for students who want original, unique pizza produced by a locally owned restaurant. It has such a warm, homegrown feel that it’s surprising the University hasn’t bought the place and leased it to Domino’s. With the closing of Pepito’s and Lai Lai over the summer, Little Italy is one of the few remaining places we can point to as an exclusive mark of our community. Stuffing your face with cheesy bread at Hungry Howie’s is fine – especially if it is 2 a.m. and there is no place else to go. But the quality of pizza at Hungry Howie’s is never going to match that at Little Italy, and it can hardly be described as unique. Little Italy has also taken an active role in the community. After the April 27 tornado, the restaurant distributed 500 pizzas to shelters and relief workers. “We can’t go and use bulldozers to remove debris, but we can bring food,” Matta told The Crimson White following the storm. Behind all the outward signs of Matta’s good stewardship of his restaurant is a larger picture. In the middle of a bad economy and in the midst of increased competition from other restaurants moving to The Strip, Little Italy has successfully proven that small businesses can be successful by focusing on their customers and outperforming their competition. The restaurant has shown that even bad and faltering businesses can turn themselves around. Little Italy today is a testament to our Strip and a contributor to our collegiate community. It is a testament to how students – with their money and business – can support local entrepreneurs that are responsive, even if they are overcoming a bad reputation. I hope, Little Italy’s renaissance will set a good example for other entities on The Strip trying to reinvent themselves to accommodate the changing needs of our campus and attract other business owners to the area that can offer more options for students. Little Italy’s success has occurred just as our Strip has come under increasing danger of chains and real estate promotions. Maybe its success will help it become one of the establishments that can preserve The Strip’s identity.

Tray Smith is the opinions editor of The Crimson White. His column runs on Thursdays.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Leadership needed on racial problems By Michelle Fuentes

Our community can no longer allow acts of verbal and written racial violence. We are failing our mission, our creed and our commitment to producing leaders that will help our state and nation flourish in the future. We can no longer sustain our commitment to being a community, a family united under the banner of The University of Alabama, while members of our community are degraded and hurt. Further, a campus-wide email is no longer an acceptable response. Administration and faculty, we, the students of The University of Alabama, are bright, kind and teachable. We demonstrate our collective excellence in academic, athletic and extracurricular pursuits on a regular basis. We are coachable. It is no longer acceptable to only present a curriculum and student life development activities that are only non-racist. We, as a community, must adopt a lifestyle, infused into all facets of life at the University, that is proactively anti-racist. Administration, faculty, coaches, advisors and mentors, you must teach each one of us why racial slurs, name calling and insults are harmful. We have used them too often. From freshman orientation to graduation, our experience at the Capstone must now be injected with a spirit that sees beauty and strength in difference. We need you to teach us. We need to be shown radical institutional change to make our campus and our community safe and welcoming for all members. We are calling out for your guidance. If we can learn organic chemistry, translate French, Spanish and Arabic, sketch artistic masterpieces, win national athletic championships, solve advanced logic puzzles and write award winning research projects, we can do this too. But, we need you to show the way, everyday and in everything we do together.

Michelle Fuentes is a doctoral student in political science.

Alabama looking to avoid slow start at Ole Miss By Zac Al-Khateeb Sports Reporter In its past two games, the Alabama Crimson Tide has had trouble playing up to its potential in the first half. Against Florida, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was beat over the top for a 65-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game, and the Gators almost went up two touchdowns before settling for a field goal, effectively allowing the Tide to stay in the game. A week later, the same problems haunted the Tide, as they looked sluggish the entire first half of the Vanderbilt game. Alabama only held a slim 7-0 lead with less than a minute to go in the first half before making it a two-possession game against the Commodores. Head coach Nick Saban said he’s looking for his team to avoid the same mistakes that put them in those positions. “I was hopeful that we sort of learned the lesson that when we don’t play our best, and we don’t have the proper psychological disposition…that we become average very quickly,” Saban said. Junior tight end Michael Williams echoed his coach’s thoughts. Williams said his team has been practicing with increased speed this week to avoid another cold open. “I mean, you have to start fast, and that’s what we try to do,” Williams said. “And the last couple games, it hasn’t happened, so in practice, we just do a lot of hurry up just to make us go faster… We can’t have a sluggish start, so we try

not to do that in practice.”

Hanks sees importance in passing game So far this season, Alabama has ranked 72nd in the nation in passing yards per game, with roughly 218 yards a game this season. Coming off the heels of the Tide’s best passing performance of the season against Vanderbilt with 237 yards, senior wide receiver Darius Hanks said he’s seen a lot of improvement in the passing game as the season’s progressed. “I feel like every week, we progress out there,” Hanks said. “Last week, we had a lot of big plays in the passing game, I feel. It’s a grind. Every week, we just gotta come out and get better.” Still, Hanks said even though his team’s offense is mainly run-first, the biggest place for betterment on the offense is in the passing game. “I mean, it’s not where we need to be, I feel,” Hanks said. “But we have a lot more work that can be done in that area.”

Practice notes Offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio was limited to a stationary bike at practice but was allowed in full pads and a noncontact jersey. Running back Demetrius Hart returned to practice in a non-contact jersey and participated in running back drills. Running back Eddie Lacy was held to limited practice time. Linebackers C.J. Mosley and Chris Jordan both practiced.



Tide players gear up for Saturdayʼs matchup against Ole Miss. The Tide will look to avoid careless mistakes against the Rebels.

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Ajax offers quality burgers and Southern cooking By Tony Tsoukalas Sports Editor Ole Miss is widely known as one of the most traditionally Southern schools in the nation. From being the former home of great Southern writer William Faulkner to being host to the SEC’s classic tailgating scene in The Grove, Ole Miss is truly a Southern treasure. Located at 118 Courthouse Square in Oxford, Ajax provides a welcoming Southern tradition of its own, offering both Ole Miss fans and visitors a spot to grab some of Oxford’s tastiest food before the game. “Ajax, it’s just my favorite place in Oxford,” Ole Miss journalism major Jacob Batte said. “It’s the best burger I have ever had, and I love hamburgers. I’ve had burgers in every place I’ve ever been to, and nothing compares to burgers at Ajax.” The restaurant offers the

It’s the best burger I have ever had, and I love hamburgers. I’ve had burgers in every place I’ve ever been to, and nothing compares to burgers at Ajax. — Jacob Batte, Ole Miss student down-home cooking Alabama fans are used to with the laidback atmosphere they love. “The food is Southern,” manager Katherine Montague said. “You will feel right at home. It is up-town, down-home.” The restaurant is also full of traditions that make every visit a memorable experience. “The atmosphere is hard to describe,” Batte said. “It is really laid back. It is kind of like a little Southern diner/bar. They have a tradition there – with every meal you get, there will be toothpicks, and you shoot the toothpicks at up at the ceiling.” Ajax is located on The

Square in Oxford, which is home to many bars and restaurants close to the stadium. However, Ajax offers things that other restaurants on The Square cannot. “The rest of The Square is filled with bars that happen to sell food,” Batte said. “Ajax is a restaurant first, and to me it is the best.” Batte said trying to get into Ajax after a game is challenging; however, if visitors want to come, lunch is much more accessible. “Usually at night on game days, it is way packed,” Batte said. “About lunch time on game days, it might not be as

Ajax is the pefect place for delicious Southern cuisine with a downhome atmosphere.

bad, because a lot of people are going to get chicken or barbecue and eat out on The Grove.” Montague said that visitors coming in for lunch should not pass up the pork chop, which is a restaurant favorite. “If you are coming at lunch, I would get the grilled pork chop,” Montague said. “They are my favorite; we grill them with our homemade barbeque sauce.” Oxford can be busy on game days, so fans trying to experience everything the city has to offer should take advantage of public transportation and avoid driving. “The stadium is less than a mile away from the restaurant,” Montague said. “There is also a shuttle that runs all day on game day. I would say, coming from out of town, try to use public transportation as much as possible, and the closer you get to campus, try to walk as much as possible.”

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Tide ready for first home meet at Crimson Classic By Tyler Hanes Contributing Writer

The Alabama cross country team will be running at home for the first time in the Crimson Classic this weekend in Tuscaloosa. The meet features usual conference foes such as Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia, as well as smaller regional schools like UAB and Samford. The meet will also feature high schools from the south, including schools from Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. This year features

one of the highest entry totals for any Crimson Classic. “We are really pleased with the number of entries,” assistant coach Adam Tribble said. Senior runner Andrea Torske is also excited for the first home meet. “It’s good to know the course,” she said, “and it’s nice to not have to ride a bus to get to the meet.” The Crimson Tide is looking to get back to top form after a performance at the Greater Louisville Classic, in which the men finished 19th

and the women finished 6th. The team results were misleading, as several individuals set personal and seasonal bests, including Torske. “I improved my seasonal best,” Torske said. “It was a nice flat course, and it helped get some good times.” Tribble said he believes the last meet can be used as a learning experience for the Tide runners. “The last meet was OK,” Tribble said. “We held out some of the guys, and we didn’t start very well. That gave us things to correct this


Tide prepares for start of season By Chris Moran Contributing Writer

Although the Alabama swimming and diving team lost multiple All-Americans from last year including Kate Shannon Gray, Catalin Cosma and Adam Booher, head coach Eric McIlquham said he has high expectations for both the men’s and women’s teams this year. The men’s side has a great amount of incoming talent to step up and replace the seniors from last year. “We’re very deep on our men’s side,” McIlquham said. “It’s kind of a good problem to have, going four, five, six deep in

the lineup.” The men’s team enters the season ranked No. 21 nationally in the preseason polls. However, Coach McIlquham said he was not content with that doubledigit ranking at all. “We’re better than that,” McIlquham said. “It’s about looking forward.” The men will look to improve their ranking on Oct. 15, when they face South Carolina and Florida State. Both the Gamecocks and Seminoles are ranked nationally, giving the Crimson Tide stiff competition to start the season. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in heat one or heat two, you’re racing everybody, and when

you score five deep, every point counts,” McIlquham said. “Every point we get, that’s one point they don’t.” For the women’s team, they are not ranked in the preseason, but McIlquham said that gives them a chip on their shoulders. “Yeah, it’s something that we shoot for,” he said. Being unranked gives the Tide a chance to pull off an upset, and that is exactly what the women will look to do down in Tallahassee. Sophomore Kristel Vourna, the school record holder in the 100 butterfly and a 2011 FINA World Championship participant, will lead the Tide on its journey to become one of the

Kelsey Johnson leads the Tide during a race last season. Alabama looks to shine as the Tide returns home for the Crimson Classic Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Amelia Brackin

week.” The Tide held out several top runners, including Carison Kemei and Oliver Blake, and Tribble hopes they will be back for this weekend. “Carison looks like a million bucks; hopefully he will be back to full strength this week,” Tribble said. “The women also look good, and this is a good chance to see us against other SEC schools.” The Crimson Classic will take place this Saturday at the Harry Pritchett Running Park, with the first race starting at 8:30 a.m.

top programs in 2011. Perhaps the biggest pride that the teams take is something beyond athletics: education. Alabama is No. 1 in the nation for men’s GPA with a 3.44, and No. 2 in the nation for women’s with a 3.63. “We always talk about athletics and academics, and there’s got to be a fine balance between them,” McIlquham said. “Our kids don’t get drafted into the professional swimming league once they go.” The Tide will travel to Tallahassee, Florida to face Florida State and South Carolina on Oct. 15 before returning home on Oct. 29 to battle Emory and Tulane.

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The tight end group’s close association with the prominent running game has even gone off the field. Some offensive linemen are being invited to a tight ends-only dinner on Thursday nights. But for the new wave of talent associated with a more explosive Alabama passing attack, it is all about striving for perfection, as if they are the primary force on this offense. “Every week, we progress out there,” wide receiver Darius Hanks said. “Last week, we had a lot of big plays in the passing game. It’s a grind. Every week, we have to get out there and get better.” The passing attack on offense has shown improve-

ment this season. Quarterback AJ McCarron threw for a career high in his most recent game against Vanderbilt. Also, in the first three games, McCarron had two passing touchdowns, but in the last three, he had six. Identity of the offense aside, it all meshes together very well for the Tide, especially on third down. Alabama converted on third down 12 of 17 times against Vanderbilt. “That’s something we’ve been practicing since the spring,” Williams said. “We knew that we had a tough time on third and short, so we practiced that all spring and fall camp. We had trouble on third and seven or 10, so we practiced all that and now it’s just coming together, and we move the chains so much that when it comes to the game, we know how to.”


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The Opera Theatre inspired by April 27 tornado ‘Rebuild This House! The Promise of Moving Forward!,’ which looks to inspire recovery, can be seen this weekend By Courtney Stinson Contributing Writer

The University of Alabama’s Opera Theatre will present “Rebuild This House! The Promise of Moving Forward” this weekend at the Moody Music Building. The performance will include a series of scenes, songs and arias intended to lift the spirits of Tuscaloosa in the aftermath of the April 27 tornado. The Opera Theatre will perform a variety of acts. The show will feature serious and

pieces will be in a foreign language, but most of the performances will be in English. Paul Houghtaling, the Opera • What: Rebuild This Theatre’s director, describes House! The Promise of it as a “user-friendly” introMoving Forward duction to opera for those who are unfamiliar with it. • Where: Moody Music The Opera Theatre hopes Building to use its talent to give something back to the members • When: Friday, 7:30 of the Tuscaloosa community and allow them to think back in the events of April 27 comic opera, operetta, musi- and the ways in which these cal theatre and the literal events affected them. “The show is an offering to rebuilding of a house. Some


the community, as well as a theatrical response to the tornadoes of April 27. The evening will give the community an opportunity to reflect not only on that event, but on their lives both before and after the tornado,” Houghtaling said. The Opera Theatre seeks to use the power of the arts to offer comfort and healing to the recovering community. “Music can soothe. Music can heal. Music can ease the pain of a tragedy. Art is a reflection of society; it doesn’t happen in a bubble.

Arts – music, dance, poetry [and] visual arts – [are] created by and for human beings whose lives are sometimes touched by strife or tragedy,” Houghtaling said. Houghtaling said this show differs from past performances because of its personal nature. “Several students in the opera program were deeply impacted by the tornado through the loss of friends and homes,” he said. “The chance to recall the event and express their pain is both

cathartic and difficult, yet [it is] an important part of their own healing journey.” The Opera Theatre will also perform new, original works written by resident composer Amir Zaheri in response to the tornado. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Choral Opera Room. The cost of admission is $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested.

American Studies Department celebrates 50th anniversary By Will Edwards Staff Reporter

“We are really happy with the growth and still have plenty of room to continue it.”

The Department of American Studies will celebrate its 50-year anniversary this weekend with events planned at Green Bar and the Ferguson Center. “We welcome students and members of the community to join us for a great time,” said Lynne Adrian, the chair of American Studies. Fifty years is certainly considered a milestone for the college. When the program began in 1961 its founder, Dr. Clarence “Pete” Mondale was pounding the pavement trying to find students for his classes. Now, American Studies has grown into a program with 60 undergraduate majors and a thriving graduate program. “We are really happy with the

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Kentuck’s present-day artists, they may meet Yvonne Wells, whose quilts will be displayed at booth H46. Wells, a folk artist from Tuscaloosa, probably most indentifies with Kentuck’s mission of “engaging the community.” She’s specifically interested in healing the community. Wells is participating in “Beauty Amid Destruction,” a project that places art in neighborhoods damaged by April’s tornadoes. “Different artists are using different forms to help uplift the mood of those who have been affected by the devastation,” Wells said. Kentuck has done its part too. From May until August of this year, Kentuck auctioned off artists’ donated works at their monthly “Art Nights.” All of the proceeds went to the United Way of West Alabama’s disaster relief fund. Kentuck’s leadership and artists believe community events, like the festival, bode well for Tuscaloosa in the wake of the

— Lynne Adrian, chair of American Studies growth and still have plenty of room to continue it,” Adrian said. American Studies is a unique major, offering classes with topics from popular music to baseball. Adrian says this makes American Studies one of the most interesting majors at the University. “American Studies is devoted to looking at our culture as a whole,” Adrian said. “As a result, we cross over many majors and schools.” The festivities will kick off at 8 p.m. this Friday at Green Bar with “An Evening of American Music,” featuring acts representing traditional

destruction. “We’ve been able to serve as a gathering point for those people who have been affected [by the destruction],” Pruitt said. “The festival will offer another chance for people to come together. I think it will be a cathartic experience for many people.” “A large turnout of people will definitely help support the town,” Cornman said. The festival will offer attendees more than just a buffet of visual art. Musicians’ sounds exuding from two different stages will serenade the weekend’s crowds. Smells and tastes of Southern and ethnic foods will satisfy the weekend’s appetites. Whatever Saturday and Sunday hold, one former Kentuck attendee will be happy to take in the experiences shoulder-toshoulder with her community. “This is the year for students to go show their support,” said Elizabeth Allison, a senior majoring in finance. “We can forget about the past few awful months as we celebrate some truly remarkable art.”

American sound like the blues of Rev. John Wilkins and rockabilly-Americana acts The Haunted Hearts and Jay Chevalier. The American Studies undergraduate club is holding the event, and there will be no cover. The weekend will continue on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ferguson Center Room 300 with a tribute to Mondale, who will be in attendance, and the presentation of a faculty fellowship award in his name. At 3 p.m. Cleo Thomas, a 1977 graduate of the American Studies program here at UA and a collector of American art, will display and talk about his collection. The weekend will close out at 5 p.m. with a reception at Chuck’s Fish. “It’s an exciting time,” Adrian said. “We’ve been talking about it since the spring and really planning it since August, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.”

ITINERARY • Friday Night at Green Bar: - 8 p.m. AMS All-Stars (Alumni and friends of the program) - 8:30 p.m. Rev. John Wilkins - 9:30 p.m. The Haunted Hearts - 10:15 p.m. Jay Chevalier

• Saturday at the Ferguson Center: - 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. AMS Story Corps Project – Record the memories of your years at Alabama for the AMS History - 10-11:00 a.m. Tribute to founder “Pete” Mondale and presentation of 1st Mondale Faculty Fellow Award - 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Round Table Discussion: AMS at UA – A History - 1:30-2:30 p.m. Round Table Discussion: Careers and Future Direc tions in AMS - 2-3 p.m. Refreshments - 3-4 p.m. Talk by Cleo Thomas on his American Art Collection - 5 p.m. Closing reception at Chuck’s Fish

Artists present at past Kentick Arts festivals.

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Halloween costumes for the college student budget By Sophia Jones Contributing Writer October is here, which means the Halloween costume hunt has begun. Whether you want to look funny, spooky, scary or just plain horrifying, Tuscaloosa has a lot of places to find the perfect costume for you. Theatre Tuscaloosa will make its costumes available to the public for the first time in a costume sale this Wednesday and Thursday from noon until 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Jeanette Waterman, Theatre Tuscaloosa’s resident costumer,

organized the sale to create space for new costumes and raise money. “Halloween is the most ideal time for this sale,” said Cassidy Evans, Theatre Tuscaloosa’s audience services manager. “We will be selling old costumes, shoes, hats, accessories, jackets and vintage or modernday clothing. A lot of it is just plain fun stuff.” The costumes will be sold by the bag, which will cost $5 each, and the sale will take place at Theatre Tuscaloosa’s costume shop located in Room 2925 of Shelton State’s Martin Campus. If you don’t find what you’re

looking for at Theatre Tuscaloosa’s sale, a popular place to purchase Halloween costumes every year is Spirit Halloween, which is located in McFarland Plaza at 2600 McFarland Blvd East. Spirit Halloween is a chain that opens stores all over the United States and Canada during the fall. They carry everything you need for Halloween – not just costumes, but also hats, accessories, masks, wigs, makeup and Halloween decorations. “I love Spirit Halloween because they have such a wide variety of costumes. From Pee-Wee Herman to the Texas

Chainsaw Massacre…from a clown to a piece of pizza…they have it all,” sophomore Paul Shashy said. Candy Apples Costumes is an online retailer that offers costumes year round, but they also have a retail store that is located at 3875 Greensboro Ave. and, like Theatre Tuscaloosa and Spirit Halloween, they have a large selection of costumes. “I ordered my gorilla costume from Candy Apples Costumes last year. My order was here in no time, and the workers were very professional,” senior CW | Margo Smith Meredith Murphy said. “The Spirit Halloween store has many, many options for costumes. gorilla was a huge hit.”


Friend or follower: How social media degrades our interactions By Katherine McClellan In relying solely on social media to “keep in touch” with people you no longer see on a day-to-day basis, you degrade your friendships. People accrue “friends” and “followers” as if their life were worthy of stalking from paparazzi. It is pitiful and arrogant — an excellent picture of the modern narcissist. You got accepted to grad school, found out you’re moving, misplaced your car keys

once again, spilt a cup of coffee on your laptop or are very excited about some trivial event in your day. Status update. Tweet. Share. Tag. Big news or random thought, everyone must know. You don’t reach for your phone to call your best friend. You post it on the Internet. How can this possibly compare to a heartfelt letter, a long awaited envelope with pictures from an event you missed or a voicemail message left by a friend you haven’t spoken with in months? It can’t.

As people follow, friend, like, re-tweet and comment, they fail to see the sad irony. How many of these people would take the time to call, write you a letter or even remember it was your birthday? Perhaps you don’t care, but these relationships are superficial, threaded along by a virtual wire that leads to an abundance of meaningless relationships. You have an overwhelming cadre of adoring ‘fans,’ none of whom call, check up on you or initiate a conversation when it requires

any more effort than connecting their smartphone to the nearest WiFi access. Social media might have its perks, but using it as the primary form of communication or relationship maintenance is utterly degrading. It lessens the intensity, erases the intimacy and reduces the joys one can receive from a friendship. It is widely accessible, fully public and oftentimes limited in length. Is this truly what you desire your “friendships” to be—visible

to everyone, efficient and controlled by a character count? Feel free to tell everyone your thoughts or let them inside the pages of your mind. Perhaps you browse the chronicles of your friends’ lives as well. Still, the interaction, the conversing of ideas, exchanging of sympathies, laughter and excitement from sharing experiences with a friend disappear. Deeply personal two-way communication doesn’t live on the pages of a blog post. If you’re so busy that

you can’t call and update a friend on your life or keep in touch on a personal level, then perhaps you should be a celebrity. If you’re that busy, then maybe having thousands of “followers” and “friends” who constantly look at your updates and offer you a mass of one-sided, generic impersonal relationships is preferable. After all, friendships require time, effort and sacrifice, but Twitter and Facebook weren’t designed to require these of you.

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‘Animal Crackers ‘maintains constant laughs with local twist By Jared Downing

The best thing about the Department of Theatre and Dance’s current production of “Animal Crackersâ€? is that it never stops trying to be funny. I was worried they would treat the Vaudeville-era farce as some kind of theatrical museum exhibition, passing off the Marx Brothers’ puns and slapstick as relics of a bygone day in comedy. But after an opener with Abbot and Costello’s iconic “Who’s on First?â€? done by cavemen, it was clear that “Animal Crackersâ€? isn’t about “Animal Crackersâ€? – it’s about being funny. Thank goodness they didn’t muddy up the jokes with a bunch of plot. French fat-cat Roscoe W. Chandler is throwing a party for the unveiling of his newly acquired masterpiece at the home of busty matron Mrs. Rittenhouse, but the life of the party is famous African explorer Captain Jeffrey. He’s fearless, dashing‌and faints at caterpil-

lars. When Rittenhouse’s daughter Arabella hatches a plot to switch the painting with her boyfriend’s copy to show off the wannabe artist’s – Hey, look, Harpo just stole that guy’s hat! You see, in the land of the Marx Brothers, the joke is king. Let yourself care about the story, and you’re in for a rough time. But then again, if you care about the story too much, the show isn’t doing things right. This is comedy wholesale, from a time when men in top hats lobbed armfuls of jokes into the crowd and hoped some of them stuck. These guys knew how to grab an early laugh and hold tight, rattling off gags like a machine gun and never giving the audience a chance to think too much. You don’t care how lowbrow the innuendo or cheap the pun – you’re too busy being in stitches. Director Seth Panitch gets it. With nothing but an on-stage piano and drum set (for the vital “badum-tish!�), he runs the

CW | Shannon Auvil The cast of “Animal Crackers� performs during dress rehearsal Oct. 5. The Department of Theater and Dance will be performing the 1928 Broadway comedy “Animal Crackers� Oct. 10-16 at the Gallaway Theatre. gamut on the Founding Fathers of pratfalls, everything from hat-switch antics to the ol’ makethem-think-it’s-a-mirror routine (and you thought Scooby Doo invented that one). But the audience didn’t seem to buy it as much as the per-

formers. The songs are peppy but disposable and most just screw with the pacing, which is strangely uneven and overall too slow. Some songs aren’t really funny at all, and two or three minutes without a gag is the kiss of death for a style that

works by giving the audience a chronic case of the sillies. When the show does take off, it doesn’t have the momentum to stay in the air. Fortunately, the stars help keep things alive. Tommy Walker gives Italian swindler Emmanuel Ravelli (originally Chico Marx) incandescent charm, and Caroline Schmidt’s silent trickster The Professor (Harpo) soaks her scenes in goofball mirth. The biggest burden of line-gags falls to David Lewis (Groucho), whose Captain Spaulding unloads puns and innuendos with lovely irreverence, though some of the jokes get lost in his accent. The Brothers are the lifeblood of the show, but the charm of the whole ensemble helps keep the mood when you hear crickets in the audience. But this is a different comedic dialect, and the actors can’t help but play it with an accent. Back in the day, comedians improvised and broke the fourth wall to keep the audience warm when a joke

fell flat. The UA ensemble does its best, but they’re stuck with double roles. Lewis doesn’t play Captain Spaulding – he plays Groucho Marx playing Captain Spaulding, leaving him without the genuineness needed to drum up real chemistry with the audience. Not to say the show isn’t sincere. It really shines when the UA troupe makes it its own. Added gags about the school, the theatre department, and Tuscaloosa get some of the best laughs, but the revisions don’t stop there. The performance grafts in bits from Abbot and Costello, the Three Stooges and other comedic greats. In one gutsy move, the show takes a startling turn to the sentimental and plays a montage of clips from the heroes of the era, from Charlie Chaplain to “I Love Lucy.� It’s an enormous risk, but it works. The UA troupe doesn’t make “Animal Crackers� – it makes an homage to comedy.

Food Summit promotes food and sustainable options By Alexandra Ellsworth Staff Reporter Food is something we eat every day. It nourishes and sustains us, but not everyone gets three meals a day. Some only take time to eat once, and quick, cheap meals are often not the healthiest options. With Alabama being one of the most obese states in America and many Tuscaloosa residents still living with the effects felt from the tornado, many members of the community joined the others who need assistance finding the next meal. “These are issues our generation will have to deal with for a long time,� said Matthew Lawrence, MBA student and the president of the Net Impact chapter at the University. “If we don’t engage issues now, learn

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Smith has produced music for years now, dropping his first album, “Taking Up Your Precious Time,� back in 2006 under the alias Pretty Lights, a name that, despite popular belief, does not relate to his spectacular light show during live performances. Instead, his title comes from

about them and try to make changes to lessen the impact, we will all end up having to deal with it.� Net Impact, an organization of graduate students dedicated to making positive social change, is partnering with Canterbury Episcopal Church to host the Food Summit that will provide discussion opportunities for those interested in the topic of food and its effects on the community. It will take place Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Canterbury Student Center located at 812 5th Ave. in Tuscaloosa. The event is free, and the University’s Health Promotion and Wellness Office will provide lunch. Lawrence said that Tuscaloosa seemed to be the perfect location for the Food Summit and that Canterbury was very gracious in lending the

use of their student center. The promotion of sustainable agriculture is very important to Canterbury and something they demonstrate through their weekly farmers’ market, he said. The Food Summit will consist of five sessions, each lasting about an hour and half. “It is a good opportunity to hear a unique perspective that is not something you would hear just anywhere,� Lawrence said. The Summit will feature panels and discussions on topics like the complete socio-economic cost of food, food security, food deserts, food banks, sustainable farming and the role of churches in a healthier food system. It will feature panelists from a variety of backgrounds. Lucinda Roff, the dean of social work at the University and an ordained deacon at

Canterbury Episcopal Church, will be among the panelists to present “Food Banks, Food Security and Food Deserts� at the summit. “Some Americans live in situations where they don’t really know where their next meal will come from,� Roff said. “We will show what that is like, where they are, and various policies that will affect that.� Roff said that an estimated 1 percent of Americans live in food insecurity, which means they cannot regularly have enough food to live an active and healthy life. “I think it is a wonderful idea,� Roff said. “It is great that UA students are joining together with faith-based organizations to draw attention to the fact that people do not have the resources to live a healthy and active lifestyle.�

an old Pink Floyd poster. To Smith, it’s a name that shares the concept behind his music: capturing little moments of beauty in this world. His music is an eclectic fusion of dynamic beats, funky old school samples, fresh electronic pulses and futuristic synths. It’s a combination of every sound and style all combined into one euphoric din. Or, more simply put, it’s “electrohiphopsoul,� a self-described

genre. But there’s more to Pretty Lights than just his music. Each performance melds Smith’s distinctive sound with a fluidly electric light show. “The stage itself is a big visualizer,� said Nikolai Kochurov, a junior majoring in electrical engineering. “What I like best is how the visualizations all flow seamlessly between the rectangular platforms and the stage at the same time; they transition

into one another. It’s definitely fun to watch, and it adds to the show’s musical experience.� The show is a way for Smith to give back to a community that helped guide him through his career, one that supported him during his early days, shining a bit of light on his road to fame. Tickets are still available for tonight’s show. Check out or visit the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater online for more information.

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Tuscaloosa residents will have the opportunity to yell “Roll Tide Roll” while listening to Sweet Home Alabama live, rather than over the loudspeaker at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Lynyrd Skynyrd will be at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater this Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which are still available on the amphitheater website and at the box office, are $28.50, $45, $68.50 or $108.50, with all seats reserved – no general admission. ZZ Top will join Lynyrd Skynyrd on stage.

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LIFESTYLES Page 12• Thursday, October 13, 2011 Editor • Stephanie Brumfield

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Every year “American Style” magazine names its top 10 fairs and festivals associated with American crafts. Festivals mentioned come from all over the country, from New Hampshire to Texas. But one is within reach of all Alabama students, tucked away in Northport across the Black Warrior River. This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. On Oct. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. of each day, art enthusiasts will have the chance to browse the work of more than 250 folk and contemporary artists. Attendees can purchase two-day passes in advance for $15 or buy single-day passes at

festival. As people trickle through the gates, they may be drawn toward the warmth of Sam Cornman’s torch. Cornman is one of several demonstrating artists who will perform his craft for the live festival audience. His specialty is blown glass. “I’ll be doing flame work, making ornaments, jellyfish figurines and goblets,” Cornman said. “I may go on a whim and try something new; and, of course, I’ll blow some bubbles for the kids.” As they venture farther into Kentuck,

the festival for $10. Children under the age of twelve may enter free of charge. Clay, glass and metal are just a few of the artistic media that will be displayed at Kentuck. “It’s a celebration of art,” said Jan Pruitt, Executive Director of the Kentuck Art Center. “The festival is one of the important ways the [Kentuck] museum fulfills its mission of perpetuating the arts, empowering artists and engaging the community.” Pruitt believes attendees will immediately feel involved as they enter the

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visitors may pass booths A21 and A22 where they’ll find a family of artists. Pat and Suzanne Juneau have been making crafts together for almost 40 years and have participated in Kentuck for 25 years. Pat, a metal worker, creates painted steel sculptures; his wife, Suzanne, specializes in jewelry. “We’ve got metal all figured out,” Pat said. Artists like Cornman and the Juneaus are continuing the rich artistic tradition that brought Kentuck into the national spotlight. Started by founding director Georgine Clarke, the festival was originally a show seeking to buoy Southern folk artists—such as Mose Tolliver—onto a bigger stage. “Clarke brought these artists out of the wilderness,” Pat Juneau said. “She made them famous.” As visitors delve deeper into the world of

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Submitted Photo Artist Chris Hubbard from Farmington, Georgia, brings his Heaven to Hell Car to Kentuck.

Yvonne Wells, quilting, H46 Daniel Livingston, pottery, H55 Sam Cornman, glass blowing, G00

Submitted Photo Artist Robert Frito from Ashville, N.C. brings his artwork to Kentuck.

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., letterpress printing, H14

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Pat and Suzanne Juneau, metal and jewelry, A21 and A22 Lost Bayou Ramblers play at Kentuck on Sunday.

THURSDAY • Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market: Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, 3 p.m.

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•Xpress Night:: Starbucks in the Ferg, 6 p.m. •Animal Crackers: Gallaway Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Submitted Photo The Famous, Dr. Bob, with the “Be Nice or Leave” artwork is at Kentuck again this year.

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