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Man dies Tuesday after hit-and-run By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter

in a hit-and-run Saturday morning, according to Capt. Loyd Baker of the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Baker said the driver, Greg Smith, 35, died Tuesday night around 10 p.m. at Druid Michael Kahlolokula, 23, is a City Hospital after he was UA student. “Smith and two of his friends struck by a 2005 Nissan Altima

were crossing the street around 1:30 a.m. at University and 4th Avenue,” Baker said. “His two friends made it across the street safely, but Smith was hit by a car that continued driving.” Baker said Smith and his

friends were walking from the University area to their RV that was parked near the Student Recreation Center. A TPD investigator was sent to the scene of the accident, Baker said. The investigator found part of a mirror of

the car. After some research, the investigator determined the mirror belonged to a 2005 or 2006 Nissan Altima. He then searched surrounding areas and found a car that matched the description.

Kahlolokula is currently charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, Baker said. “It is not clear if Smith was an Ole Miss fan,” Baker said. “He was from South Haven, Mississippi, though.”

Tide strengthens road game Bonner:

dropout report inaccurate

By Tony Tsoukalas Senior Sports Reporter

The Crimson Tide cannot control where it’s ranked in the BCS standing. The Tide cannot control if teams ranked higher win or lose. The only thing Alabama can control right now is itself, and the team’s focus this week has been on improvement, head coach Nick Saban said. “The question that I asked in practice today is, ‘What does it really mean to improve?’” Saban said. “Successful people have a burning desire to always want to be the best they can be.” One thing the Tide must work on is how the team has played on the road. In both Southeastern Conference road games this season, the Tide has gotten off to slow starts, something Saban said his team must straighten out. “We have played a little better at home than we have on the road,” Saban said. “This is an opportunity for us to show that we can play with focus and intensity and execute in a very difficult environment against a very good team.”

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By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

CW | Drew Hoover Junior safety Mark Barron makes a tackle against South Carolina. Alabama will try to start fast against Tennessee this weekend after the Crimson Tide came out flat against its last two opponents on the road.

Pancake wins individual golf title Brooke Pancake follows through after a shot at the 2010 SEC Championships. Pancake won her first individual tournament title last week.

By Miranda Murphy Contributing Writer The Alabama women’s golf team finished in first place at the Tar Heel Invitational on Oct. 10, highlighted by an individual title from junior Brooke Pancake, the first of her career. The team has topped its competitors in two of their three tournaments so far, and Pancake has been an integral part in accomplishing these wins. Last season, the team achieved first place at the Southeastern Conference Championship, where Pancake led the team tied for fifth overall. In addition to playing well, she was awarded the NCAA Elite 88 award for the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. “She’s a very good player,” head coach Mic Potter said. “She’s worked hard over the last two years and sets a good

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example academically as well. She’s an outstanding student. She’s just a great teammate and a great girl to have with us.” At the Tar Heel Invitational, Pancake went to a playoff for first place against LSU golfer Megan McChrystal. Pancake came out with the win and finished with a career-best 11-under-par 205. “I knew I was tied with Megan,” Pancake said, “but I figured they would just leave it as a tie for first place between the two of us. It was nice to be put in a playoff situation and for there to be a distinct first place. It felt great. It’s always been a goal since I’ve been in college to have an individual win.” Pancake has been waiting for her first individual title at Alabama for the past three years.

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Freshmen who did not return to their colleges or universities cost the state of Alabama more than $170 million between 2003 and 2008, according to a report released Oct. 11 by the non-profit American Institutes for Research. As reported in The Birmingham News, the study indicates 30 percent of freshmen who enrolled this fall will not return to the same college or university next year. The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham expended the most funds on freshmen who either dropped out or transferred during the 2007-08 academic year. “The schools spent more than $10 million each, followed by Alabama State University, at $9.6 million,” the article states. “That money came from state appropriations to the schools plus state, local, federal and university grants to the students.” Judy Bonner, the University’s executive vice president and provost, said in an e-mailed statement that the University has a higher retention rate of freshmen than the average rate of 70 percent listed for public universities in the report. “The average retention rate from 2003 to 2008 was 85 percent,” she said. “During this six-year period, 24,212 students enrolled as freshmen. And 20,584 returned for their sophomore year.” She said the report contained inaccurate data.

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FAST FACTS • The Birmingham News reported that 30 percent of freshmen will not return to the same university for their second year. • Judy Bonner said the report does not reflect the University’s retention rate.

Student brings Angel Flight Soars program to Alabama By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter

missions, or transport patients that may have leukemia,” he said. “Most recently, we transported a patient that was A.J. Ramey, a junior major- receiving treatment at [Druid ing in political science and City Hospital] from Gulfport, business, brought the Angel Mississippi.” Ramey is a transfer student Flight Soars program, based out of Atlanta, to Alabama in from Georgia State University and attended a flight acadJune. The program is intended to emy before he began work on provide transportation to medi- his degree. It was at the flight cal patients whose needs can- academy where he met some of the other volunteer pilots not be met in their own areas. “There are volunteer pilots and made the connections that that go on family re-uniting led him to the Georgia-based le this




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as well as the Alabama branch director for Angel Flight, so he said any volunteer help he receives with Angel Flight is greatly appreciated. Ramey said students who volunteer have the opportunity to learn more about grant writing, help with administrative work and aid in pilot recruitment. “We are very excited to announce that our first branch office in Alabama will be in

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EDITORIAL • Victor Luckerson, editor-in-chief, • Jonathan Reed, managing editor, • Brandee Easter, print production editor • Marcus Tortorici, multimedia editor • Will Tucker, news editor, • Kelsey Stein, lifestyles editor • Jason Galloway, sports editor • Tray Smith, opinions editor • Adam Greene, chief copy editor • Emily Johnson, design editor • Brian Pohuski, graphics editor • Jerrod Seaton, photo editor • Brian Connell, web editor • Marion Steinberg, community manager


• Caleb Hall, Creative Services Manager, 348-8042 The Crimson White is the community newspaper of The University of Alabama. The Crimson White is an editorially free newspaper produced by students. The University of Alabama cannot influence editorial decisions and editorial opinions are those of the editorial board and do not represent the official opinions of the University. Advertising offices of The Crimson White are on the first floor, Student Publications Building, 923 University Blvd. The advertising mailing address is P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. The Crimson White (USPS 138020) is published four times weekly when classes are in session during Fall and Spring Semester except for the Monday after Spring Break and the Monday after Thanksgiving, and once a week when school is in session for the summer. Marked calendar provided. The Crimson White is provided for free up to three issues. Any other papers are $1.00. The subscription rate for The Crimson White is $125 per year. Checks should be made payable to The University of Alabama and sent to: The Crimson White Subscription Department, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 354032389. The Crimson White is entered as periodical postage at Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Crimson White, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. All material contained herein, except advertising or where indicated otherwise, is Copyright © 2010 by The Crimson White and protected under the “Work Made for Hire” and “Periodical Publication” categories of the U.S. copyright laws. Material herein may not be reprinted without the expressed, written permission of The Crimson White.

What: Save A Life Tour - drunk driving simulator which gives students the opportunity to experience firsthand the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol and the effects of being a passenger in a car with an intoxicated driver

Dinner BBQ Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Baked Beans Corn on the Cob Vegetarian Burger (Vegetarian)

Where: Ferguson Center, 2nd floor


When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Baked Fish BBQ-Smoked Turkey Legs Oven Browned Potatoes Fresh Steamed Broccoli Spears Seasoned Portobello Mushrooms (Vegetarian)

What: The second annual Southeast Milton Seminar speaker will be Joe Wittreich, Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate School. E-mail David Ainsworth ( if you plan to attend.

Where: 301 Morgan Hall When: 5 - 6 p.m.

ulty Master Class”

Beef Lasagna Chipotle-Glazed Pork Herb-Roasted Red Potatoes Broccoli with Cherry Mediterranean Pasta (Vegetarian)

What: Student Recital featuring Lana Avis, viola

Where: Moody Music Building

When: 4 p.m.

What: Student Recital featuring Marcus Miller, baritone Building

When: 6 p.m.

What: Under the Covers

Where: Moody Recital Hall

literary reading - Mary Ward Brown, about her recent publications, Tongues of Flame and It Wasn’t All Dancing.

When: 12 p.m.

What: The second annual

What: Grad night at the

Southeast Milton Seminar continuation - seminar discussion of paper titled “The New Milton Criticism”

Where: Bryant Conference Center

When: Noon - 1:30 p.m.



Where: Moody Music What: Convocation “Fac-


REC - free food, door prizes, and demonstrations of the services provided by the Student Recreation Center

Where: 301 Morgan Hall When: 1 p.m.

Where: Student Recreation Center

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Seasoned Broccoli Zesty Red Beans and Rice Vegetable Stir-Fry (Vegetarian)

When: 7 - 10 p.m.

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Carl A. Elliot Society applications due Friday Applications for membership in the Carl A. Elliott Society are due Oct. 22.The Elliott Society is an honor society dedicated to increasing access to education and to educational opportunities in both the city of Tuscaloosa and the state of

Alabama. Freshmen through seniors are welcome to apply. E-mail Caitlin Clark at caitlin. for more information.

HRC hosts Off-Campus Housing Fair Housing


Communities will host an Off-Campus Housing Fair today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the main floor of the Ferguson Student Center. Students can learn about the variety of rental properties and which off-campus housing options are available for next year. For more information, e-mail Julie Elmore at jelmore@


New class offers aid to dementia patients

Spring Semester 2011 course. Interested students can attend an information session Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in 173 Nott Hall. For more information, e-mail Meg McCrummen at megmccrumStudents interested in sto- rytelling, service learning, art therapy, video production or Alzheimer’s disease research have an opportunity to improve the quality of life for dementia patients through “Art to Life!,” a new

Lt. gov. addresses lottery, gaming By Hailey Grace Allen Contributing Writer

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Lunch Cinnamon Roasted Pork Loin Escalloped Potatoes Vegetable Medley Spinach and Pita Chips Eggplant Parmigianio (Vegetarian)

Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. spoke Wednesday at noon to the School of Law’s Law Democrats about his candiADVERTISING dacy and the upcoming elec• Dana Andrzejewski, Advertising tion. Much of his presentation Manager, 348-8995, cwadmarevolved around his position on the prospect of lotteries and • Drew Gunn, Advertising gaming in Alabama. Coordinator, 348-8044 “I think we need to have a • Hallett Ogburn, Territory state-wide referendum and be Manager, 348-2598 done with this once and for • Emily Frost, National Advertising/ all, whatever the outcome is,” Classifieds, 348-8042 Folsom said. “We’re not going • Jessica West, Zone 3, 348-8735 to get a lot of people to vote for a raise in taxes. That’s why • Brittany Key, Zone 4, 348-8054 the lottery and gaming issue • Robert Clark, Zone 5, 348-2670 keeps coming up — because • Amy Ramsey, Zone 7, 348-8742


it’s revenue.” Folsom was elected Alabama’s lieutenant governor in 2006, returning to politics after 12 years in private business. He previously served Alabama as lieutenant governor from 1987 until 1993 and as governor from 1993 until 1995. He also played a role in bringing the Mercedes-Benz M-Class Assembly Plant to Vance, Ala. Folsom said, despite the economic downturn, next year’s budget for the state has seen an uptick in revenues for general education. However, he said he expects the 2012 budgets to be a problem. “With the slower economic

growth and no stimulus, everyone is already getting ready for proration unless we have a dramatic growth in revenue,” he said. He said the lottery and gaming issue is unusual because 63 to 64 percent of those sampled said they would like to at least vote on whether there should be a lottery. “That’s why I have always felt very comfortable with a statewide referendum, because it’s not an issue that is going to be addressed by the legislature,” Folsom said. Folsom said he believes if the state voted against the lottery, it would slightly alleviate the issue.

“There are always going to be lobbyists around,” Folsom said, “but I think it’d put an end to the movement for a while.” Parker Yates, president of Law Democrats, said having Folsom speak at the Law School was an honor. “We contacted Gov. Folsom about our interest in his speaking to our group,” Yates said. “His campaign had other events set up in Tuscaloosa.” The Law School Democrats organization achieves its political goals through lectures, speakers, debates and campaigning. Yates said he felt the event was a success.

“In addition to Gov. Folsom addressing the many issues that our state will face over the next four years, we also registered any unregistered members to vote before the Friday deadline,” Yates said. Lauren Klumpp, the deputy finance director for Folsom’s campaign, said the team has been traveling a lot lately. “This is a statewide campaign,” Klumpp said. “We have to get around and see as many folks as we can.” The primary election for lieutenant governor will be held on Nov. 2. For more information on Jim Folsom Jr., visit Folsom’s webpage at

First female SGA president to speak today By Anna Kate Delavan Contributing Writer Libby Anderson Cater Halaby, the first female president of the Student Government Association at the University of Alabama will attend a reception in her honor today at 5 p.m. in the Anderson Room of the Ferguson Center. “She will be presented with a key to the city by Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Cynthia

IF YOU GO ... • What: Reception for Libby Anderson Cater Halaby

• Where: Anderson Room of the Ferguson Center

• When: Today at 5 p.m. Almond at a reception, and

she will speak to the SGA at 6:15 p.m.,” UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said in an e-mailed statement. Halaby served as president from 1944-45, according to Kayla Lisenby, historian for the Anderson Society. “She was the first female president of the University of Alabama SGA and demonstrated exemplary leadership during a tumultuous time in history,” Lisenby said. Halaby filled the presiden-

tial position as the men from campus were called away to World War II. Halaby graduated from the University with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1946, according to Lisenby. Honors societies such as Blue Key, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa will be co-hosting with the Anderson Society, Lisenby said. The Anderson Society is named after Libby Anderson Cater Halaby.

“Anderson Society members are selected based on outstanding accomplishments in leadership to the University and the community,” Lisenby said. “Twenty-four active members of the rising senior class are selected for membership each year.” Members of the Anderson Society, Blue Key, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa, along with a few special guests, are invited to attend the reception.

‘Black in America’ to be screened in Phifer Hall By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter “Almighty Debt,” the latest installment of the CNN series “Black in America” will be showcased in Reese Phifer Hall room 180 at 7 tonight. This TV special, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, will delve into topics that plague several communities, such as financial hardships in the current recession, but it will particularly focus on the black community. “Our organization was able to learn more about the series from [George] Daniels in the communications school,” said Crystalline Jones, vice president of the Black Student

IF YOU GO ... • What: Screening of “Almighty Debt: Black in America”

• Where: Reese Phifer room 108

• When: Tonight at 7 p.m. Union. “He wanted us to host a screening of the documentary and spark conscious discussion among students on campus.” After the screening, there will be a discussion panel that will give their insight about

the issues of finances and faith, and the panel will be streamed to the CNN website live. “It’s great to be able to have that capability so that [the public] will be able to know what students here at the University of Alabama think about these issues,” she said. Last year, with the iReport capability on CNN’s website, students in Tuscaloosa were able to report back to CNN their response to the show. “The ‘Black in America’ franchise is a series of films that began in July 2008,” said George Daniels, associate professor in the department of journalism. He said there is also a

“Latino in America” film that was shown on campus in October 2009 in conjunction with the department of American studies. Jones said it would be interesting to see the film that will focus on debt in our community and the black church. Daniels described how the film showcases the life of one New York couple and how the husband had been working for 17 years after being laid off. During this time, the wife took responsibility to support the family. The film highlights how the family made it through this and still continued to tithe and be active in their faith. “These are the types of stories that the film discusses and

it goes into more detail about the black church,” Daniels said. CNN’s O’Brien will report on how some religious leaders are“fighting debt from the pulpit.” This is the third year for the series, and it will also explore how the church has changed since the time of segregation. Daniels said the point of screening these films is to spark discussion among the students. “Last year, it was very enlightening to be able to meet the panel at the screening, and incorporate discussions about African-Americans and Latinos in Tuscaloosa,” he said.

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Rama Jama’s to host ‘Morning Joe’ By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter Charles Joseph “Joeâ€? Scarborough is being inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame for the College of Communication and Information Sciences tonight, and he is bringing his talk show with him. “Morning Joe,â€? MSNBC’s weekday morning news show, will be broadcast live from Rama Jama’s cafĂŠ on Greensboro Avenue Friday morning from 5 to 8, upon Scarborough’s request. The show features three hours of free-style conversation

IF YOU GO ... • What: “Morning Joeâ€? with Joe Scarborough

• Where: Rama Jama’s • When: 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.

with an emphasis on politics and news. The guest lineup, which is usually jam-packed with various participants on the political scene, has not yet been revealed. Students are encouraged to

come out and buy a cup of coffee at the cafĂŠ and watch Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and their guests. Tuscaloosa is one of Scarborough’s favorite places, and he is excited about having the show here, his assistant, Madeline Peters said. Scarborough graduated with his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama in 1985. He is returning to his alma mater 25 years later to be honored for his success in the communications arena at a national level. “In many respects, he has risen to the top of his profes-

chosen by a committee of the Board of Visitors,� Singleton said. “The board is composed of several dozen professionals who are friends of the college, alumni and media professionals.� Scarborough is one of three honorees who will be inducted into the 13th class of the Communication and Information Sciences Hall of Fame. The other honorees include Sanford Morton “Sandy� Grossman and James “Jimmy� Mills. Each of these individuals will be recognized for his professional achievements at a “The persons who are hon- black-tie-ceremony and dinner, ored in the Hall of Fame are and another gold plaque will be sion,� said Loy A. Singleton, dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. “He is nationally known, and we want to recognize an alum who demonstrates a high level of expertise in the skills that we use and teach.� Singleton said each honoree is selected based on his or her merits. He said he believes Scarborough to have been a successful newspaperman, member of Congress and host of both a radio and a television program over the course of his career.

added to the Hall of Fame showcase inside Reese Phifer Hall. Singleton said he has watched “Morning Joe� in the past, but the show airs too early for him to be a regular viewer. Some students agree with this assessment, but other early risers said they can’t wait to have breakfast with “Morning Joe� on location. “Any time the University of Alabama is displayed in national spotlight, I think it’s beneficial to the school,� said John Quigley, a sophomore majoring in business. “I’m probably going to Rama Jama’s to see the show since it’s coming here from New York.�

Tuscaloosa Christians argue against atheism More balanced debate between the groups in the works as interest intensiďŹ es Members of campus theological organizations and Tuscaloosa community members gathered in the Birmingham Room at the Bryant Conference Center Tuesday night to witness Defending the Faith, a multimedia discussion aimed at defending Christianity against the basic tenets of atheism. The event, sponsored by the campus ministries Tide 4 Christ and Christ First, featured Kyle Butt as the speaker. Butt works in the Bible department of Apologetics Press, an

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“I honestly do not believe that the authors of the study intended for the data to be accurate,� she said. “Rather, I think they intended to shock the public with the freshmen to sophomore retention rates and the six-year graduation rates in an effort to get people to talk about what can be done to address the dropout rate. Clearly, this University is committed to ensuring students’ success.� Bonner said the University has developed a number of services to retain students. She said the Registrar’s Office and the various colleges involved offer the online resource DegreeWorks to help students find a beginning, middle and end to their undergraduate course studies. “ Th e purpose of DegreeWorks is to insure that all students know exactly how the courses they have taken apply to degree requirements, and they know exactly what is left in order to graduate,� she said. “DegreeWorks has an

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Tuscaloosa,� Jeanine Chambers Biron, executive director of Angel Flight, said in a news release. “And spearheading the efforts will be longtime Angel Flight pilot Sonny Deason and Branch Director Art Ramey.� “We know their dedication to our mission will help us connect to even more people who need our services throughout the state of Alabama and beyond,� Biron said. Ramey said there’s a lot of work to be done with Angel Flight. “Right now, I make inhouse medical facility visits to let doctors know about our philanthropy,� he said. Richard Pratt, a volunteer pilot, said he just started working with Angel Flight and he really enjoys doing the work. “I like to have the ability to help people out, and Angel Flight is a great organization,� he said.

Alabama-based non-profit organization that works to defend New Testament Christianity, according to their website. Originally planned as a twosided debate, the sponsor organizations hoped to find a leading atheist to counter Butt. Trae Durden, a leader in the Tide 4 Christ campus ministry, said the organizers contacted Alabama Atheists and Agnostics last year, but attempts from the sponsors to book a prominent speaker were unsuccessful due to insufficient funds. “We also tried to get a prominent atheist but could not afford their asking price, and none would come for free,� Durden

said. “Sam Harris wanted $50,000 to debate Kyle here at the University. So we did the next best thing, we found several atheists on videos and plan to allow them to speak for themselves.� Butt began the discussion cautioning the audience that this was no longer billed as a debate but a discussion or defense of Christianity against the main tenets of atheism. “It is our intent, and what we are going to try to do, is make sure we represent the atheistic position correctly,� Butt said. “I don’t agree with the atheistic position and, as you’re going to see, the presentation is defi-

nitely going to be one-sided in favor of Christian theism. But I do want you to understand that I think it’s important that you get the strongest case possible for atheism and then deal with that.� Butt provided the audience with video clips and book excerpts from atheists and evolutionists such as Sam Harris and Charles Darwin. These excerpts, according to Butt, represented the philosophical underpinnings of atheism and were the points he would argue against. Half the audience hung around after the three-hour discussion, conferring further with

each other on various topics. Sean Cavanaugh, a sophomore majoring in computer science who questioned Butt’s definition of objective morality in the Q&A session, said the event exceeded his expectations in some capacity. “It was pretty biased‌ but less biased that I thought it would be,â€? Cavanaugh said. Forrest Williams, a junior majoring in psychology and philosophy and vice president of AAA, spoke at length with Butt during the Q&A session. “I came in expecting more fire- and-brimstone type arguments,â€? Williams said. “I was very happy with the way he

opened, but I do feel like our views were not fairly presented.� Perhaps audience members who agreed with Cavanaugh and Williams will be pleased to hear that a more balanced debate may be in the works, according to Tim Keele, the current president of AAA. “AAA actually does have several people who have voiced interest in debating for us, and had we been asked, we would have provided someone,� Keele said. In fact, we are now talking to Mr. Butt about having a formal debate later in the year, now that we know they are interested.�

additional tool that enables students to develop an academic plan for every semester until graduation. If students take the time to complete an academic plan, they can stay on track to graduate in four years.� In addition to the many living-learning communities students can join, Bonner said the University supplies support networks for students to interact with. “You cannot discuss retention without also mentioning the various academic advising offices in the colleges, Student Involvement and Leadership, Center for Teaching and Learning, Recreational Center, Housing and Residential Communities, Greek Affairs, Community Service Center, Campus Ministries, Counseling Center, the Career Center and Creative Campus as just a few of the areas that are available to help students connect with the University and be successful,� she said. Bonner said the University periodically surveys the students who do not return the following year. “About half of the students who do not return indicate

that they plan to return at a later time,� she said. “A big reason that students give is to attend college closer to home. Sometimes this is because a girlfriend or boyfriend is there. Sometimes this is because of family illness. Some students find that college simply isn’t for them and they want to join the armed forces or work for a while before trying college again.� As reported in The Birmingham News, the study by the American Institutes for Research did not field students who returned to the same college or university after an absence. Joe Field, a freshman in New College and a member of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, said he sees opportunities for freshmen to get involved and interested in

University life. “I feel like I can get involved,� he said. “They don’t make you get involved. You have to do it yourself, unless you’re in a [living-learning] community like Blount.� Field said freshmen may leave the University because of its size. “[Freshmen may leave], because it’s too big and they’re not shown enough attention,� he said. He said student organizations and intramural sports, such as the soccer team he plays with, help to compensate for that lack of attention. Zachary McCann, a freshman in New College, said New College offers opportunities for students to feel involved. “New College has houses that you can sign up for,� he

said. “I’m in the social justice and performance houses, but I don’t really go to the meetings. The students get together and

participate in things that they enjoy, but they’re not for freshmen necessarily. They’re for everyone in New College.�

Ramey said some nursing students, in particular, would greatly benefit from working with this program because of all the networking opportunities it offers. “We make some in-house medical visits and nursing students would have the ability to meet people and make contacts,� he said. “Also, since we are working with the medical field, this experience would be great for a resume.� Ramey is an associate member of Lambda Chi Alpha, a fraternity that supports Angel Flight as philanthropy. They are planning a fundraising event in late November. “When we brought Angel Flight here to Alabama, we were really glad to have great community support behind us,� he said. “I am very glad to be able to mix all the things I love in my involvement with the organization,� he said. “I get to do business, help people, and I get to fly.

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{ YOUR VIEW } WEB COMMENTS “I just heard on the news yesterday that the left has decided they want to write $250 checks to every senior receiving Social Security to offset the lack of a costof-living increase this year. How convenient to bring this up just in time for election season… surely this is just a coincidence. When Republicans asked how it would be paid for, they were called insensitive.” — Jeb, in response to “Nation drowning in debt”

“Wow…out of everything crazy that Christine OʼDonnell has said, you pick the witch thing? Itʼs pretty obvious that she isnʼt a witch. She went through a time period when she thought it was cool and looked into it, like a lot of other people.” — Ashley, in response to “Witches, Nazi, and Tea Party lunatics

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Religious belief not obsolete By Michael Patrick Growing up in a small town in Alabama, before I went off to kindergarten at the age of 5, I learned the ABCs, how to tie my shoes and how to count to 10. Before that, I learned that God created the world. Spending your developmental years in the United States, especially the South, it is hard to deny the strong influence of Christianity on your life. Even if you did not grow up in the Church, you know some of the myths that are associated with Christianity. In my high school, my biology teacher skipped over the chapter on evolution because she did not believe that people came from monkeys. And while I could probably write a million of these sorts of anecdotes, the United States is becoming less and less religious, with the fastest growing belief being disbelief. Secularism is on the rise in America, and it seems to have sparked a culture war between the religious and nonreligious. The religious hold tightly to their Biblically inspired beliefs, and the nonreligious use science as the center of their worldview; however, science and religion do not have to be at odds. Jerry Coyne, a professor in the department of ecology and evolution at The University of Chicago, said in a recent article in USA Today, “Science and faith are fundamentally incompatible, and for precisely the same reason that irrationality and rationality are incompatible. They are different

forms of inquiry, with only one, science, equipped to find real truth. And while they may have a dialogue, it’s not a constructive one. Science helps religion only by disproving its claims, while religion has nothing to add to science.” While Jerry Coyne is partially right in that infallible acceptance of religious doctrines is incompatible with both reason and science, Coyne fails to recognize that faith is not exclusive to the fundamental religious movements rooted in superstition and militant against the institution of science. And if religion was not at some point necessary, why does it exist today? The University of Alabama’s own Dr. E. O. Wilson suggests, “the human mind evolved to believe in gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology.” Ancient humans created religious figureheads in order to develop purpose-driven lives, not dissimilar to how capitalistic societies use competition for drive. The creation of religions and the enforcement of moral codes also aided in suppressing the naturalistic desires of selfishness in order to create civil constructive societies where people could live with one another. I do not believe that religious explanations for the natural world are productive or rational, but I cannot support the holistic attack on religion that we see from books like “The God Delusion” or “God is Not Great.” There is still some value to be had from religious institutions. For instance, if a guy in New York attempts suicide and his Catholic mother has to fly in from California, there will be a

priest by her son’s bedside when she arrives. Nonbelievers have yet to establish this sort of supportive community that’s almost exclusively seen in religious groups. As long as someone is not militantly spreading doubt about the theory of evolution or teaching kids that the world is 6,000 years old, why should anyone care that someone finds comfort in the idea of an afterlife? Biology, physics and chemistry do a great job of teaching us about the human body or how the earth rotates around the sun, but as far as teaching morals—it falls short. Whether or not morality exists outside a world without religion, we will never know. What we do know is that religion offers moral guidance, although not always in alignment with everyone. Whether you call yourself a Christian or not, you have absorbed some basic Christian tenets—don’t steal, don’t cheat, don’t kill, etc. The main message at the core of all religions is be kind to one another. If we look to the past, progress has always trumped tradition and superstition. And although I agree with Coyne when he says, “And any progress — not just scientific progress — is easier when we’re not yoked to religious dogma,” and as much as it pains me to say it, I also believe that we still, in some ways, need religion. And for now, we can just be satisfied in knowing that, although it may not happen as fast as we would like, the world is going to progress.

As the midterm elections come ever closer, consuming cable TV and online news, almost all candidates are looking to prove why their plans for economic growth will lead the U.S. out of its threeyear rut. If they wish to confirm future employment on Nov. 2, you can bet they have conjured such a plan. Democrats claim the economy is recovering from the “eight years of failed policies” that tormented our nation, stretching the phrase as long as they can to avoid debating the issues that plague the stagnant economy. Do we need eight years of the Democrats’ economic policy before we can ask, “Where’s the growth?” Republicans attack spending, vowing to cut it, as they claim the current administration has infected the U.S. economy with hole-inpocket disease. They employ selective memory to forget the sharp increases in spending and debt during the 2000s. We’ve heard it so many times before. The left side of the aisle calls on the new Health Care plan and “taxing the rich” to cut the deficit, and the right side just wants to shrink government and tax rates. Yet, the deficit and the national debt grow like a time-lapse YouTube skyscraper construction video. Federal spending has doubled from fiscal year 2001 to fiscal year 2011. All of this new spending with no accommodation of real and lasting growth. Who has the answer? Some of today’s mainstream economists, including the most

famous Keynesian of the times, Paul Krugman, say we may need another World War II to pull us out of the economic rut we face. A massive fiscal expansion will do it, Krugman tells us. I guess the $1 trillion plus over the past nine years in Iraq and Afghanistan was not supple. Obviously, the $787 billion of February 2009’s stimulus package didn’t do it either. At least unemployment figures don’t think so. We see entitlement spending at all time highs. No help from them either. Matter of fact, the government broke our promises to seniors, looted Social Security and partnered up with Big Pharma and Big Insurance to insure the ample lining of their pockets. Now we are looking at more ways to fund these programs, with less leeway, as tax increases are unpopular and will hurt the economy. Where can we go now? In the early 1990s, Canada had a government that accounted for 53 percent of the national gross domestic product. The Canadian government then cut spending and adopted pro-market ideals. Canada would match GDP growth rates of the U.S. for the next decade. Canadian growth could be partially gauged by the expectation of government spending changes. West Germany, suffering from



The U.S is a top dog in the world forum, yet countries outside, especially European ones, talk about “those stupid Americans.” Why are we giving them the ammo to prove that?

the horrors and destruction of World War II, did away with useless regulation and price controls and saw what economists saw as “miracle” growth in the 1950s. The Dutch became an economic power in the 17th century through low taxes, property rights and skilled work forces. We remember those times in America don’t we? The openness of the republic led to Amsterdam becoming a massive financial center. Hong Kong and Singapore did not become economic growth models through massive government spending projects — they emulated West Germany’s pro-market and low tax policies. Ludwig Erhard, the West German leader at the time, said so himself. We have done the same here in America. We saw a massive economic downturn coming in 1921, so we cut spending, lowered taxes and kept government out of the way. Then the next year we saw a 10 percent drop in unemployment. So let the American people spend their own money how they wish to in a free market, and trust in their innovation and resourcefulness. Central planning has failed us over and over again. Not a so-called free market like that of Herbert Hoover, the father of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, or 1930’s TARP. Not a free market where income from productivity is used to build 130 military bases around the world, or line the pockets of cronies in banking and insurance. A free market where people can allocate capital in ways they wish to.

Since 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the amendment to mean that government and religion need to separate for the good of both. This includes the meaning that the government cannot impose religion on Americans. It is mind-blowing how much civic literacy has devolved among us within the past years. First Amendment Center surveys reveal that most Americans can only name one freedom from the First Amendment, while only one in 25 can recite all five. In MC 401, journalism, advertising and public relations students have to memorize the First Amendment verbatim. Over the summer, I worked in Philadelphia with the Freedoms Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting civic literacy among today’s students and educators. I loved the work I did and felt like I was accomplishing efforts to allow for a smarter and more informed tomorrow for the children of today. It’s a shame that our representatives can’t help with that effort. In an effort to fix the event, O’Donnell’s camp claims that she meant, “Where in the Constitution are the words ‘separation of church and state’?” Ok. I don’t believe it, but all right. Now, who’s going to speak for Coons? In what was seemingly an ok-big-guyshow-me-what-you-got showdown, O’Donnell asked Coons to name the five freedoms found in the First Amendment. It became apparent that Coons was one among 24 of Americans who couldn’t do so. These are men and women running our states, and for government positions, and they can’t even repeat back the five first, basic freedoms allowed to citizens of the United States of America. Come on, everyone. Speech, religion, press, assembly and petition. They’re not abstract concepts. They’re not complex ideas that need multiple theories to explain. They are basic rights. The whole thing kind of brings me back to Jay Leno’s embarrassingly depressing Jaywalking segments. During Jaywalking, Leno would walk up to random people on the street, ask them a question about our government, politics or history, and then wait for them to make complete fools out of themselves and their knowledge-base. “Who was the first president of the U.S?” … “Benjamin Franklin?” “What was the Gettysburg Address? Have you heard of it?” … “Of course I’ve heard of it. I don’t know the exact address.” “You see that flag up there [points to an American flag in the wind], how many stars are on it?” … “Um, it’s moving too fast to count ‘em.” And so on and so forth. Sadly. The U.S is a top dog in the world forum, yet countries outside, especially European ones, talk about “those stupid Americans.” Why are we giving them the ammo to prove that? Honestly, I’ll be the last person to blast America. I love this country and grew up respecting all of the principles on which it was founded. Of course I understand that not everyone may agree with certain aspects of our government’s principles, amendments, laws, etc. I just wish everyone would take the time to remember them… and then protest, bash and debate them.

John Anselmo is a senior majoring in economics.

Debra Flax is a junior majoring in journalism. Her column runs on Thursdays.

Michael Patrick is a junior majoring in political science.

Try saving as a stimulus plan By John Anselmo

“You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?” Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell said Tuesday night in a debate with Democratic candidate Chris Coons. The question was sparked by Coons’ answer to a previous O’Donnell inquiry about where in the Constitution is the “separation of church and state.” While it is true that the actual words “separation of church and state” are nowhere to be found within the Constitution, the idea is a longstanding, well-documented, (usually) universally understood interpretation of the First Amendment. It states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” The “separation” phrase is traced back to a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. The letter was sent to the Danbury Baptists, whom Jefferson was informing of their protected rights while discussing the combined effect of the establishment clause and the free exercise clause, both defined in the First Amendment.


By Britton Lynn Senior Sports Reporter

After a 25-14 record for their 2009 season and a firstever final four appearance at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair B a s ke t b a l l Tournament, the Alabama men’s wheelchair basketball team has high hopes for its fifth year at the Capstone. “Any successes we have are built on hard work and the daily task of getting better,� head coach Miles Thompson said. “Each year, each month, each day, we add significant layers to our product, and although not every layer is performance-related, each layer makes us more committed and better.� Though the team is in wheelchairs, it doesn’t make the sport any less competitive. The members take pride in their team. “The biggest misconception about wheelchair basketball is that people usually think it’s just a gentle sport, and we just roll around to have fun,� said senior captain Brad Baugh. “The truth is that it’s a ruthless sport, and we compete just as hard as any other team on campus, if not more, as much as we’re invested in it.� When Baugh said they invest in their team, he doesn’t

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“I felt really hungry [going into the Tar Heel Invitational],� she said. “I had played well the first two tournaments and felt really confident in my game. I was just hoping I could put myself in contention and do something with it this game, whereas the first two tournaments were big learning experiences of knowing how to mentally approach the last day.� Pancake has notched top-10 finishes in all three tournaments this season. “It’s very easy to watch

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30 Days 30 just mean with their time. He means they invest and raise the money. To make enough money to attend all the tournaments, the team sells sponsorships, which they put on their T-shirts each year. Each member of the team is required to raise a minimum of $1000 in sponsorships. “I believe our team is special compared to some of the NCAA funded teams,� Baugh said. “We don’t usually get as much money as some of the other teams under the NCAA umbrella. Because we go out and spend our time raising money for our team, it shows the dedication. Each and every one of us has to be working hard on and off the court to leave our mark on the program and for the players that follow behind us.� Even though the team is listed as a club sport, they are proud to wear the crimson and white on their jersey. “We are a campus club sport by definition, but once the crimson and white jerseys get on, we are a representation of the University of Alabama and it’s a deep athletic

heritage,� Thompson said. He said the team practices early in the morning five days a week and trains three days a week. Although the team faces difficult circumstances physically, they don’t let that hinder them from competing each week. And they’ve had quite a bit of success doing it, too. Last season, junior Jared Arambula was named a FirstTeam All-American, Scott Douglas was named Academic All-American, Baugh was Academic Honorable Mention and Ryan Hynes was named All-Freshman. “There’s obvious physical hardships to be dealt with around here, but what we do is laugh about them, give each other a hard time,� Thompson said. “Our circle is earned and if any individual lacks the standards of this team, the team will be heard.� The team practices Monday through Friday, from October until late spring. The practices begin at 6 in the morning to fit each member’s class schedule.

Brooke play because she hits almost every fairway and hits most of her greens,� Potter said. “It’s a really low-stress kind of round. She’s fun to watch and coach because you don’t have to worry about her too much.� Even with all of Pancake’s success, she said she feels she can always improve and become a better player. “I still have a lot that I can work on,� Pancake said. “Even though I had a career low, there are still a couple of putts that I missed. I’m taking from it and trying to eliminate as many mistakes as I can from that. You can never really get

complacent with a new record or a new standard; you still always want to beat that one.� Pancake said she is looking forward to the rest of the season with her team and is hoping to keep working hard to produce the low scores seen from her so far. “It’s kind of like the hard work you’ve put into the last couple of years has paid off,� Pancake said. “All of us put a lot of work in and it’s nice to know the hard work is taking you to the next level. For our team’s sake, we have so much talent and potential, and to finally reach that level, it’s almost a relief.�

Submitted photo The Alabama club men’s wheelchair basketball team poses for a team picture. Last year’s team made its ďŹ rst ever ďŹ nal four appearence. “The camaraderie between all of us is something that’s important to me,â€? Baugh said. “The guys on our team are fierce competitors and every year we recruit guys that not


Team builds on past success

only have superior physical ability but also great character. The guys on our team have extreme dedication to reaching our goals on and off the court.�

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Tide looks to end three game losing streak By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer This past weekend, the Alabama womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team dropped two games on the road against Southeastern Co n f e r e n c e opponents Kentucky and Vanderbilt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was disappointing, but at the same time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first weekend where we came out all season long feeling disappointed in our performance,â&#x20AC;? head coach Todd Bramble said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a good news, bad news scenario. It was a valuable lesson. We got away from whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brought us all the success in the early part of the season, and hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just serve that as a refocusing point for the rest of the way now.â&#x20AC;? On Friday, the team lost to Kentucky 3-1 in Lexington, Ky. After a scoreless first half, UK



â&#x20AC;&#x153;This past weekend, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come together. We were kind of tired, and it was just that point in the season where you kind of hit a lull.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Victoria Frederick, senior forward

scored three goals in the second, while Victoria Frederick scored the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone goal. The Tide outshot Kentucky 17-11 in the match, but the now 8-6-2 Wildcats upset the Tide, who was sitting atop the SEC West. Alabama completed its weekend road trip by traveling to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. After scoring their first goal in less than five minutes, the Commodores went on to shut out the Tide 2-0. It was the third time the team had been shut out this season. The loss moved the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record to

8-5-2 (3-3-2). â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was tough,â&#x20AC;? senior defender Hailey Hull said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were kind of separated a little bit. I think in the long run, the losses really brought us together. I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good from here on out in the next three games.â&#x20AC;? Senior forward Frederick said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This past weekend, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come together. We were kind of tired, and it was just that point in the season where you kind of hit a lull.â&#x20AC;? Now that a three-game losing streak has slipped Alabama down to third place

stadium that [the coaches] play â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rocky Topâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; while we are practicing sometimes,â&#x20AC;? he said. Continued from page 1 Due to the number of playAs far as difficult environ- ers the Tide lost on defense ments are concerned, there from last season, many quesare not many places as loud tion the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maturity. The as Neyland Stadium on a team, however, is growing and improving in its maturity every Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have such a loud day, sophomore safety Will

Lowery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are definitely maturing,â&#x20AC;? Lowery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a little bit of a process. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been on the top of our game every series like we want to be. It is definitely a learning process for a lot of guys, and a lot of guys have come a long way.â&#x20AC;?



in the SEC West, the Tide looks to get back on the right track tonight when they host No. 20 Georgia for the last home game of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through our senior leadership and our captains and with the training session we had [Tuesday] morning, [it] leaves no doubt in my mind that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put it behind them,â&#x20AC;? Bramble said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re clearly just focused on the future, and we got a good feeling about Thursday night.â&#x20AC;? Georgia holds a 9-3-4 (4-13) record following a weekend where the Bulldogs took a loss from Florida and got a win over South Carolina. UGA leads the all-time match record against UA 10-3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an NCAA tournament-caliber team,â&#x20AC;? Bramble said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity for us to beat a team thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had the upper hand on Alabama in Saban compared the maturing process to the way a child goes through a learning process growing up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have young players that get distracted more easily,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young children get distracted more easily; adolescents have a tougher time focusing. Some of these things you have to learn how to do.â&#x20AC;?

2011 schedule released Alabama released its 2011 football schedule Wednesday. The Tide will be on the road against Penn State, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Auburn. Home games for the Tide include Kent State, North Texas, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, LSU and Georgia Southern. The game against Penn State will conclude the home and home agreement between the two schools and will serve as the first test for the Tide. The opener against Kent State holds a special meaning for Saban, as he will be facing his alma mater.

the series. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a wellbalanced team. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a tight game. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be two teams that like to try to play good soccer and really aggressive defensively.â&#x20AC;? The Tide lost in Athens, Ga., last year 3-0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be tough,â&#x20AC;? Hull said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re set a little bit higher than us in the standings, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing well against really good teams. So, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost like we have the element of surprise, and we can come in and knock them off.â&#x20AC;? To be successful, the team has to get back to the basics that brought success earlier this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re focusing on our game because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re our best,â&#x20AC;? Frederick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to play together, be positive, feed off each other and be energetic, and

play how we know how to play. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been successful so far.â&#x20AC;? Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game will be senior night, honoring the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five seniors, Frederick, Hull, Kelly King, Rosaly Petriello and Brooke Rogers. Though it may bring some sad moments, Frederick and Hull say there is a lot of excitement, and they want to take it all in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope to send our seniors out on a high note,â&#x20AC;? Bramble said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a night that is extra special for the seniors because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last time they get to put on a Alabama home uniform and play on this beautiful field. These are five players who have poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this complex right here. For us to be able to send them out and have lasting memories of a winning performance on this night is what I want more than anything for them.â&#x20AC;?

2011 ALABAMA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE DATE Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 5 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Nov. 26



Kent State at Penn State North Texas *Arkansas *at Florida *Vanderbilt *at Mississippi *Tennessee Bye *LSU *at Mississippi State Georgia Southern *at Auburn

Tuscaloosa, Ala. State College, Penn. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Gainesville, Fla. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Oxford, Miss. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Starkville, Miss. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Auburn, Ala.

*Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent Bold indicates home game â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t schedule the game because it was my alma mater,â&#x20AC;? Saban said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is good for us to get a MidAmerican opponent. The Mid-American Conference is a really good football conference. There has been a lot of

good players and coaches that have come out of that league for a long time. I coached in that league and played in that league, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for Kent State and the Mid-American Conference.â&#x20AC;?








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Alumni bring cinema to airwaves By Ashley Chaffin Contributing Writer People say the connections students make in college last a lifetime. Ben Flanagan and Corey Craft met while working in student media at the University of Alabama. Through this connection, Flanagan and Craft realized their shared love for film and turned it into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aspect Radio,â&#x20AC;? a talk radio show on WVUA. The show airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday, with podcasts of each episode available on their website, aspectradio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aspect Radioâ&#x20AC;? features movie reviews, industry news, discussion about film in general and interviews with local and national guests. Many of the guests from around the country are well-known to movie buffs. They have included Michael Phillips, a film critic from The Chicago Tribune; Scott Tobias, AV Club film editor; Adam Kempenaar, co-host of WBEZ Chicago Public Radio movie show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filmspottingâ&#x20AC;?;

and others. Luck plays a big role in getting these types of guests on the show, Flanagan said. He said it is as simple as sending an e-mail to someone they are fans of and asking them to come on, because the worst thing they can do is say no. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shocking to us how game some of these people that we personally admire as critics, whose work we are so into, are willing to get involved with ours and come talk to us,â&#x20AC;? Craft said. Craft said the interview that stood out the most was with Michael Phillips because of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;feisty discussionâ&#x20AC;? about recent films and his time spent at the Toronto Film Festival. Flanagan said, though it might sound corny, he has been equally excited for each guest, but he was most nervous for Adam Kempenaar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was basically talking to my source of my inspiration to start the show, and I made that clear to him on the show and in our e-mails,â&#x20AC;? he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really sort of made my year; it really made my quoteunquote podcasting career so far.â&#x20AC;? His podcasting career started as an undergraduate student at the University working at WVUA. He was a playlist DJ as a freshman in 2004, became promotions director in 2006 and started a movie talk show called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reelingâ&#x20AC;? that lasted until he graduated. Along with WVUA, Flanagan worked in the entertainment section of The Crimson White, first as a reporter, then as entertainment editor. Craft also served as entertainment editor for the paper as an undergraduate, as well as editor-in-chief of both The Crimson White and the Corolla. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting dynamic that these relationships between CW alums, guys who worked with each other or were just acquaintances with each other, were able to develop this sort of mini-community, this sub community of film discourse,â&#x20AC;? Flanagan said. All of the local guests who

IF YOU LISTEN ... â&#x20AC;˘ What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aspect Radio,â&#x20AC;? a radio talk show focused on ďŹ lm culture â&#x20AC;˘ Where: 90.7 F.M. The Capstone

â&#x20AC;˘ When: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays appear on the show on a regular basis are a part of this mini-community formed out of working at The Crimson White. The conversations they have with the frequent local guests are just as important as those held with nationally recognized guests, Flanagan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really help make up the personality of the show,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy with whoever we have on.â&#x20AC;? Flanagan compared the conversations they have to being in film school for a second time, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like getting a clinic on how to talk about films on a weekly basis.

Submitted Photo Corey Craft, left, and Ben Flanagan host their movie talk radio show every Saturday at 9 a.m. on WVUA 90.7 FM The Capstone. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reviewing the latest films or talking with guests, both Craft and Flanagan said the best part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aspect Radioâ&#x20AC;? is the conversation because they get to pick the brains of so many

people who are so passionate about film. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just really excited about what we do,â&#x20AC;? Craft said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to think we put on a good show and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going places with it.â&#x20AC;?

Mellow beneďŹ t drops F-bomb on cancer By Cameron Kiszla Staff Reporter According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 12 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in 2007, the latest year for which cancer statistics have been calculated. With cancer so prevalent in the United States, it is hard to find anyone who does not know someone affected by the disease. Shannon Trumbull is no exception. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was personal to me,â&#x20AC;? said Trumbull, a senior majoring in interior design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actually, I thought about it over the summer. I wanted to do a benefit because both my grandmother and my aunt have passed away from cancer.â&#x20AC;? So Trumbull and her friend Kristina Patrick organized the F*ck Cancer Benefit Concert to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The concert will be Thursday 9 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom and will feature singer-songwriter Jake Waddell and local rock bands The Cancers and Baak Gwai. Money made from the $5 cover charge, $1 raffle tickets and T-shirt sale will be donated to the cause. Also, those who purchase a raffle ticket will have a chance to win prizes from businesses like Surin of Thailand, The Bear Trap, The Locker Room and many more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just went around to local businesses and asked if they wanted to be a sponsor

and donate anything- any form of merchandise or gift cards,â&#x20AC;? Trumbull said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a lot of positive responses.â&#x20AC;? Shane Lollar is the booking agent for the Mellow Mushroom and helped choose the artists who will perform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Jake Waddell] is a good singer-songwriter,â&#x20AC;? Lollar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I dug his music a lot. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably going to let him start the evening. [The Cancers] are probably going to be playing mostly their original stuff. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real garage rock.â&#x20AC;? Lollar said The Cancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music complements Baak Gwaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well, so the night will be a mix of two different, but equally entertaining, musical styles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baak Gwai is kind of poppunk, but in a cool way,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their songs are struc-

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tured and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really tight, but at the same time, they have some aggressive guitars.â&#x20AC;? Lollar picked The Cancers to perform because they have experience playing with headliner Baak Gwai, whether in Tuscaloosa, out of town or out

of state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cancers have a little more of a raw edge than Baak Gwai,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little more unpolished, but at the same time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance floor. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upbeat. It keeps people involved.â&#x20AC;? Baak Gwai bassist Adam Pate said he has not been personally affected by cancer, but he still feels that the fight

against cancer is deserving of a benefit concert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a good causeâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really just anything we can do to help.â&#x20AC;? The show will start at 9 p.m. at the Mellow Mushroom on University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa. Trumbull held nothing back when she explained why people should come to the F*ck

Cancer Benefit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come and say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;f-ck youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to cancer, because it really f-cking sucks,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people are affected by it every single day. Practically everybody Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to either has somebody that they know who has cancer, or has known somebody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s died from cancer. They should come out and support the cause.â&#x20AC;?

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30 Most Followed Twitter Accounts 1. Lady Gaga 6.8 million @ladygaga

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3. Ashton Kutcher 5.9 million @aplusk

4. Justin Bieber

Verdict: Kanye



Kanye West @kanyewest

Followers: 1.4 million Tweets: 950+ Recent Tweet: “In all honesty ... I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!”

The Machine @TheUAMachine

Followers: 1,300+ Tweets: 250+ Recent Tweet: “Between you and us: we do haze a little. It’s all in good fun though. And, it helps out DCH. #Philanthropy”

8. Taylor Swift 4.44 million @taylorswift13

While we feel obligated to choose the home team on this one. UA’s most secretive of societies has launched an interesting public relations campaign this fall. The real question: is it parody or is it so outlandish that it’s actually real…? #reversepsychology

Followers: 9,183 Tweets: 1,430+ Recent Tweet: “#wireeagle : Museum to host symposium on

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Audubon’s ‘Viviparous Quadrupeds,’ leading experts to speak -”


17. Justin Timberlake 3.33 million

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18. Shakira 3.31 million 19. Shaquille O’Neal 3.2 million


LeBron @KingJames

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get their 2 mins of fame and light! I Love You Haters. Continue to make me proud of u guys! LOL”

Followers: 3.3 million Tweets: 2,650+ Recent Tweet: “quik turn on da disney channel. im


Followers: 920,000+ Tweets: 500+ Recent Tweet: “Today is Hater Day. Everyone please let them

20. Coldplay 3.19 million @coldplay

21. Selena Gomez 3.16 million

Verdict: Conan

Jay Leno @jayleno

Followers: 92,000+ Tweets: 1,400+ Recent Tweet: “Bill O’Reilly did something on ‘The View’ that made Whoopi and Joy walk off the set. He showed up. #LenoMono”


Verdict: Although Jay Leno’s chin is closing in on 100,000 followers, Conan has easily outstripped that. Plus, Conan’s actually funny, on television and in his tweets.


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• The Bourgeois Gentleman: 7:30 p.m., Allen Bales Theatre

14. CNN Breaking News 3.5 million

16. Mariah Carey 3.39 million

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Shaq has been tweeting since before most celebrities knew what Twitter was. He also leads LeBron in tweets, followers, and championship rings. Plus, he made Kazaam. No contest.


• No Means Yes: The Dixie

• The Bourgeois Gentleman: 7:30 p.m., Allen Bales Theatre

13. Ryan Seacrest 3.6 million

15. 50cent 3.4 million

Verdict: Shaq


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• Seymour Blue and Callooh! Callay!: 7 p.m., Bama Theatre

10. Katy Perry 4.3 million

12. Ashley Tisdale 3.61 million

There’s no question – we’ve got to go with Bama on this one. Alright, so Auburn does have more followers, but most of them must be out-of-towners or Tide fans trying to keep up with the enemy. How could so many Auburn fans use Twitter when they don’t have electricity?

Followers: 4,166 Tweets: 1,450+ Recent Tweet: “Former Secretary of State Condo-



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Auburn @AuburnU

9. Oprah 4.41 million

11. Twitter 3.8 million

Verdict: Bama

Alabama @UofAlabama

6. Ellen DeGeneres 5.3 million


Followers: 1,100+ Tweets: 1,100+ Recent Tweet: “Alright folks, you have until 1 p.m. today



7. Kim Kardashian 5.1 million

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5. Barack Obama 5.6 million


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Taylor Swift @taylorswift13

Verdict: CW

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Kanye’s recently established Twitter has him posting photos of thrones, debuting sexually explicit album art and even apologizing to Taylor herself in a public space. Taylor, we’re happy for you, and we’re gonna let you finish, but…

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5.7 million

22. Demi Moore 3.13 million @mrskutcher

23. Jessica Simpson 3 million

Conan O’Brien @ConanOBrien


Followers: 1.7 million Tweets: 250 Recent Tweet: “To be honest – so far my Rocktober has been

24. Diddy 2.99 million @iamdiddy

more of a SmoothJazztober.”

25. Jimmy Fallon 2.92 million

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26. Paris Hilton 2.91 million


UA Career Center

@TuskLocalMusic lets you know about upcoming concerts and shows it as well as keeps you updated on the local music scene. Followers: 86 Tweets: 309

@UACareerCenter will help you choose a major or find a job by informing you about upcoming info sessions and available internships.

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@creativecampus tweets dates and times of their upcoming events, such as on-campus lectures and art shows.

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27. Chelsea Handler 2.7 million @chelseahandler

28. The New York Times 2.69 million @nytimes

29. Lance Armstrong 2.66 million @lancearmstrong

30. Demi Lovato 2.63 million CW | Brian Pohuski



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