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Alcohol violations at UA continue to rise University offers multiple programs to raise awareness about alcohol abuse By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

CW | Katie Bennett Parents bring their children in costume to sorority row for a night of Trick Or Treating.

Sorority Row Sweets Alabama Junior Panhellenic hosts annual trick or treat

Delegates from the University of Alabama Junior Panhellenic hosted their annual Sorority Row Trick-orTreat Monday, during which they provided candy and entertainment to children in costume from the Tuscaloosa area. “The Tuscaloosa community just does so much for us as a campus and

as the greek community,” said Megan Hayes, the director of programming for Panhellenic. “And it’s just something nice for us to do to give back and help celebrate a holiday in a fun way.” Hayes, a senior majoring in telecommunications and film, said this was her second year overseeing the event, but it has been going on for almost ten years. “The girls that put it on are junior Panhellenic women – freshmen who are elected by their house,” Hayes

said. “They do a lot of community service throughout the year, especially with Sorority Row Trick or Treat.” “It gets bigger and better every year,” Hayes said. “The most rewarding part of all of this is to see the kids getting their faces painted, smiling, laughing, and that really makes it worth it. All the work I do with Panhellenic Exec and the junior Panhellenic women is really worth it.”

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Swinson taps minority student for executive SGA position Center Monday night. Bowden replaces former EVP Stephen Swinson, who became SGA president last month after the resignation of former presiThe Student Government dent Grant Cochran. Ac c o r d i n g to S e n at e Association Senate unanimously voted to confirm senior Randy Communications Director Austin Bowden as Executive Vice President Gaddis, Bowden’s confirmation at a special session in the Ferguson makes him the second black student

in history to become the executive vice president of the SGA. He follows Sylvester Jones, who held the position in 1975. Bowden previously served as the SGA Director of Engagement, where he enacted programs aimed

Tide prepares for big season By Marc Torrence Contributing Writer @marctorrence Alabama may be in the middle of a memorable season on the gridiron, but just across from the football practice field at Coleman Coliseum, the Alabama men’s basketball team is getting ready for a season of big expectations. The Tide posted an undefeated record at home last season, finishing 12-4 in the SEC regular season, but barely missed out on an NCAA tournament berth after a poor performance in non-conference play. This season there are big expectations surrounding the team going into head coach Anthony Grant’s third year. The team is ranked No. 17 in the first edition of the USA Today coach’s poll. Grant said the rankings create excitement around the program, but at the same time, the team can’t be too concerned with the rankings.

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Black Faculty and Staff Association proposes blueprint for campus Plan stresses early diversity education By Jordan Cissell Contributing Writer The past few weeks have displayed a rejuvenated focus on the subjects of diversity and inclusion at the University of Alabama. Events like the Moody Hall chalking and the Not Isolated March have attracted increased awareness to what many perceive as an ongoing issue in the campus community. The Black Faculty and Staff Association has a plan to help turn these problems into solutions. On June 1, 2011, the BFSA submitted its Blueprint for Systemic Diversity Education to the office of Provost Judy Bonner, challenging the University in the blueprint’s introduction to create a diversity education system that would “raise the levels of civility, respect for differences and the value of human dignity among students on this campus.” The plan outlines a set of reforms,

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University of Alabama Judicial Affairs, which enforces the Student Code of Conduct, disciplined 518 students for generic alcohol violations in 2010, according to the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. The number has nearly doubled in four years from 270 violations in 2007. Auburn University disciplined 69 students for alcohol offenses, and the University of Florida and Ole Miss both disciplined 120, according to their respective reports. Cathy Andreen, director of media relations, said in an emailed statement that comparing the University to other academic institutions might invoke a false standard of reference. “Each University is unique, as is each city,” she said. “The percentage of students living on campus, the campus environment, student demographics, the reporting environment and a number of other factors contribute to the numbers reflected in the CSR reports; therefore, caution should be used in comparing statistics from one university to the next.” Several experts, however, said that these numbers point to a culture that energizes college drinking, and that

alcohol violations will persist into the academic year. The national popularity of binge drinking on college campuses has stayed steady for three decades with 40 to 44 percent of students drinking more than the National Institute of Health recommends, said Delynne Wilcox, assistant director of health promotion and wellness for the Student Health Center. “The good side is that it’s not getting worse; the bad side is that we’re stuck,” she said. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above, which usually happens when men consume five or more drinks or when women consume four or more drinks in about two hours. “We elders worry that the culture of heavy drinking is moving beyond experimentation to an on-going lifestyle in which there is never a return to moderation,” said Lisa Dorr, an associate professor of history who served on the Alcohol Strategic Health Team years ago. “If that’s true, that is a big problem for society.”

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centered on several primary tenets, to be initiated beginning in the fall semester of 2012. In its first provision, the Blueprint proposes that the University use the results from a campus-wide survey to create a diversity education program. Students would complete the program during both freshman orientation and the fraternity and sorority selection process, while periodical training would be administered to faculty and staff in conjunction with their regular routine. Josh Gray, president of the Black Student Union, believes that diversity education, if it could be worked into the busy orientation schedule, would yield significant benefits for the University community. “You have to start building these ideas at an early stage of being a part of the campus community,” he said.

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Every week, the Crimson White pulls the top tweets with the popular campus hashtags #uachat and #uatweet to recap the conversation on social media at UA.

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Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.3 or higher may now apply for The University of Alabama’s Premier Awards. These awards are the highest honors awarded at the university and all recipients will receive a monetary award in addition to the honor. Applications are available now at and are due by Dec. 2.

Meeting to be held for Miss UA hopefuls The Miss University of Alabama program committee will host a candidate interest meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Prospective contestants will receive registration information for the pageant, which is scheduled to be held Feb. 18 at the Bama Theatre. Any female, full-time student at the Tuscaloosa campus is eligible to compete.

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UA College Republicans host Speaker Hubbard

The University of Alabama has established a 24-hour HALT hotline to allow students, parents or others to report incidents of discrimination, harassment, hazing or any kind of unhealthy behavior. An individual calling the hotline can leave a confidential message with the Office of the Dean of Students. Callers to the hotline are anonymous. Callers should include as much detailed information as possible. The hotline number is (205) 348-4258 (HALT).

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encouraged to join the College Republicans in welcoming Hubbard to UA. “We are excited to host this forum where there can a free-flow of ideas between us and our state’s top legislator,” said Hunter Bronson, communications director of UA’s College Republicans.


Medical school enrollment on the rise throughout United States From MCTcampus For those worried about the shortage of doctors in the U.S. health care system, here is a bit of good news: The number of students enrolling in medical schools has reached its highest level in more than a decade. More than 19,200 people entered their first year of medical school this year, a three

percent increase over 2010, according to new data from the nonprofit Association of American Medical Colleges. The number of new medical students has been growing steadily since 2001, when medical schools reported 16,365 first-year students. Medical schools also are attracting more applicants. The association said 43,919


Continued from page 1 Hayes said that people came from areas all around Tuscaloosa, and that student and alumni parents were also very supportive. Sara Frese, a freshman majoring in English and the junior Panhellenic representative for Chi Omega, said that the event was more than just community service. “The work we put in is all worth it because it feels so good to give back to Tuscaloosa,” Frese said. “Seeing the kids react to getting the candy is a really great feeling.” Frese said a child’s Angry Bird costume was her favorite of the evening. “We got every person in our pledge class to bring in candy, and all of our girls went out and got costumes,” Frese said. “The work we put in is all worth it because it feels so good to give back to Tuscaloosa.” Margaret Holloway, a senior majoring in communications studies and the public relations chair for Alpha Kappa Alpha attended and participated even though her sorority is Pan-Hellenic and not a member of the council that organized it. “It helps our sorority be active in the community,” Halloway said. “We make sure everyone who wants to come can come. Everybody likes doing community service and doing something that the kids will enjoy. “It’s an annual event, we love giving back to the community, especially for the children because it’s something I know they look forward to,” Holloway said.


students applied for admission this year, the largest number in a decade. The figures show that medicine remains an attractive choice for college graduates in search of fulfilling careers, according to Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, the association’s president. The potential for large paychecks is not a significant driv-

The Alcohol Strategic Health Team, a diverse Continued from page 1 group that draws its members from the University of Alabama Police Department, the School of Social Work, Housing and Residential Communities and more, monitors the drinking habits of UA students. Dorr said the team knew the prevention and intervention initiatives of the University could not dent the aluminumand-glass plated armor of college drinking. “This committee never had any illusions that you could actually eliminate drinking among college students,” she said. “We were talking about how to save students from themselves, in many ways.” AlcoholEdu, a survey required of freshmen that informs them of college drinking habits and provides safety tips, has been used since 2006 and functions as the centerpiece of the University’s alcohol prevention and intervention initiatives, Wilcox said. The Alcohol Strategic Health Team also saw AlcoholEdu as a kind of cure to all ills, but Dorr questioned its effectiveness. “I was never interested in what students thought they learned from AlcoholEdu as they left the session,” she said. “I always wanted to know what they thought of it as they were leaving a bar and headed to their cars at 2 a.m. Changing behavior is much harder than getting positive responses from an exit survey.” Wilcox said the University blankets the

er of the growing enrollment, Kirch said, noting that medical students can expect to accumulate an estimated $161,000 in debt on average by the time they finish school. “Today’s college undergrads are very service-oriented,” he said. “They are drawn to medicine because they like the notion of meaningful work.” The numbers of applicants

campus with educational material about the nature of alcohol as a poison because the pervasiveness of binge drinking has to be countered with a multifaceted approach. “There is no one silver bullet to addressing alcohol prevention and intervention on campuses,” she said. The University tries to match the pervasiveness of binge drinking by multiplying its initiatives. The Rising Tide Tailgate, for instance, gives students a social space free of alcohol on the Quad during home games. It also has food for students who may be drunk but hungry. Wilcox called this harm reduction. Wilcox said college campuses are not good at taking a comprehensive approach to combat heavy drinking and need to be more intentional about incorporating well-researched methods called “best practices” into their approaches. She said UA President Robert Witt has taken a good approach to changing the environment conducive to drinking by breaking up the density of alcoholic outlets on the Strip through welcoming businesses other than bars to the area. She said the University is essentially contending with an entire culture predisposed to drink, and the advertising industry doesn’t help that imbalance of influence. “That’s where students have let the media and advertisements dictate their behavior,” she said. “The alcohol industry has over $3 trillion to spend on advertising; we have nowhere near that on the prevention side, not even one percent of it, generally speaking. That’s what we’re

and new students from most major racial and ethnic groups increased in 2011, although some of the gains were modest, the association said. For example, 1,375 AfricanAmericans enrolled for the first year of medical school this year, up from 1,350 in 2010. Similarly, 1,633 Latino students entered medical school in 2011, up from 1,539 in 2010.

up against.” The modern techniques of the advertising industry may be stoking consumption of alcohol to higher levels, but the culture of binge drinking seems to be timeless. “I will say that a college culture saturated with alcohol is nothing new,” Dorr said. “There were plenty of concerns in the 1920s about Alabama student drinking, and I don’t really think it will ever entirely change. Judicial Affairs, the University police, the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center all serve as cushions for students who experiment with alcohol in college but find themselves on the wrong side of a jail cell in the morning. After a first or second alcohol violation, students are sent to counseling sessions in the Student Success Workshop, an intervention program headed by Project Health of the Student Health Center, now in its second year of operation. Teresa Young, a licensed social worker who is a coordinator for the Student Success Workshop, said the intervention program asks students sent from Judicial Affairs about their experiences with alcohol, whether alcohol has been abused in the family or how the students feel about alcohol. “The point is not to tell them not to drink; the point is for them to arrive at making good decisions,” she said. Young said the students she deals with have unrealistic perceptions of drinking. “Compared to other students across the country, generally students perceive that there is a lot more drinking than what there really is,” she said.

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Shuttlesworth’s funeral honors civil rights legend By Andy McWhorter Contributing Writer Fifty years ago, a battle was raging in the heart of Birmingham, Ala. For decades, institutional racism had reigned supreme across the southern United States. The white population of Birmingham and the police force, under the reign of Eugene “Bull� Connor, stood against the tide and fought to preserve the old, racist way of life. Segregation, assault and even bombings, which happened so regularly that Birmingham earned the nickname “Bombingham,� were facts of life. The Ku Klux Klan operated with impunity and “sundown towns,� so called because blacks had to “get out of town before sundown� or face mortal danger, were common across Alabama. In the midst of all this violence, a young reverend named Fred Shuttlesworth, operating out of Bethel Baptist Church, organized a movement for civil rights in Birmingham that would eventually secure freedom and equality for black citizens across America. Earlier this month, on Oct. 5, 2011, the Rev. Shuttlesworth passed away at the age of 89. Last weekend, dozens of America’s living civil rights leaders and politicians, both black and white, gathered from across the state and country to honor the Rev. Shuttleworth’s life and accom-


towards getting m o r e Continued from page 1 students involved in their student government. Some of his other involvements include the College of Human Environmental Sciences Ambassadors and the campus NAACP. “First off, I’m very elated to be nominated for the Executive Council,� Bowden said. “I feel that my experience in the office of engagement will give me a great ability to work with the other vice presidents.� SGA Chief of Staff Nicole Bohannon said Bowdon has a record of working to connect with students outside of the SGA’s comfort zones.

plishments. As Odessa Woolfolk said, “Each of us has a different relationship to Reverend Shuttlesworth and each of us has a different relationship to Birmingham.� Of the dozens of stories told about the Rev. Shuttlesworth over the weekend, the common threads were that he was a preternaturally courageous man, positive to a fault and utterly committed to non-violence. The Rev. Shuttleworth’s involvement in the civil rights movement began in earnest when he became pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in 1953. Bethel became a launching pad for the civil rights movement in Birmingham. On Dec. 25, 1956, the day before a planned demonstration against Birmingham’s segregated bus system, Shuttlesworth’s home was bombed for what would be the first of three times. Despite the hole blown in the floor of his home, Shuttlesworth was unharmed and went through with the demonstration as planned the next day. Shuttlesworth would go on to co-found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy and other civil rights leaders in 1957. Later that year, Shuttlesworth was beaten by an angry mob when he tried to enroll his children in the all-white Phillips

High School. Once again, Shuttlesworth survived with nonlife threatening injuries. Time and time again, Shuttlesworth narrowly avoided death. According to Diane McWhorter, the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of “Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution,� the two things that seem to characterize Shuttleworth’s career are his position in the shadow of Martin Luther King Jr. and his Road Runner-esque avoidance of death. In the words of the Rev. Calvin Woods, brother of the Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr., “Fred was anointed and appointed by God.� The first idea, however, turns out to be more of an illusion than a fact. In 1963, Shuttlesworth finally persuaded Martin Luther King Jr. and other SCLC ministers to come to Birmingham to participate in a series of protests that led to civil rights legislation in the 1960s. The outpouring of love and affection for the Rev. Shuttlesworth was enormous. Even former Detective Dan Jordan, who arrested Shuttlesworth in the 1960s, said, “I can’t think of a better person that I could ever arrest.� “He was a leader of inspiring courage and rare compassion,� said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Without him, there would be no me.�

“Ever since I’ve known him his desire for a better and brighter campus has been clear,� she said. “As Director of Engagement he has worked to engage different students than what SGA has been known for in the past and really wants to see SGA move outside of our comfort zones.� After the Senate approved Bowden’s nomination, he was sworn in by SGA Chief Justice Tara Ward. Swinson released a statement heralding Bowden’s confirmation as a monumental moment for the SGA. “Tonight was monumental for SGA and our student body,� he said. “Randy Bowden has been committed to serving students during his time as Director of

Engagement, and he will most definitely continue to be an advocate for the students in the coming year.� Gaddis said the Senate was also excited to work with Bowden as he begins his duties as EVP. Bowden was selected from a group of 18 applicants who applied to become EVP. Swinson then conducted interviews with students interested in the position, and the SGA Executive Council selected Bowden. The Executive Council consists of the SGA president, Vice Presidents, Executive Secretary, and Chief of Staff. As a result of Bowden’s confirmation, he will become the council’s only black member.

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Campaign hopes to bring Shaq to UA By Taylor Holland News Editor

LessThanUThink, a studentbased initiative of The Century Council, an anti binge-drinking campaign, has launched a movement to bring former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal to campus next weekend. O’Neal attended Louisiana State University, the Crimson Tide’s football opponent Nov. 5. He recently partnered with The Century Council to fight binge drinking on college campuses. “Binge drinking is a national Submitted Photo problem that affects college Shaquille OĘźNeal is Century CouncilĘźs new spokesperson, and students,â€? said Teri Henley, is speaking at UA next weekend on binge drinking. official advisor of LTUT. “Creating awareness about said. “This is such a strong first overall in the 1992 NBA the issue and engaging students campaign, and we’d love to Draft by the Orlando Magic, also played with the Los in discussion about it through see Shaq here.â€? Diab said using the hashtag Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, a student-generated campaign like LessThanUThink has #GetShaq2UA, as well as Phoenix Suns, Cleveland the potential to make a huge tweeting @SHAQ and @ Cavaliers and Boston Celtics impact on their current suc- LTUThink, will help bring during his 19-year career. He is a four-time NBA Champion cess in college and their future O’Neal to campus. Sarah Shea, media rela- and former NBA Most as well.â€? This week, as part of the tions team member for LTUT, Valuable Player. “We’re not just bringing group’s initiative to bring said using social media to O’Neal to campus, they’ve bring O’Neal to campus is a in a random celebrity,â€? Diab said. “We’re partnering with launched a social media cam- vital part of their campaign. “We’ve seen that the stu- The Century Council and paign. Emily Diab, an LTUT team dent body can get behind Shaq, their new spokesman, member, said it was important social media campaigns and for exactly what our camfor the student body to tweet this will be especially crucial paign addresses; it makes O’Neal to help bring him to to ours,â€? she said. “It would sense. We have a history of be great if we could have all success with this campaign campus. “We’ve seen social media 30,000-plus of our student and he is working towards reel in celebrities, namely body tweet for Shaq to come.â€? a national campaign. It’s a O’Neal, who was selected great team.â€? Charlie Sheen, in the past,â€? she


Demand a stop to administrative silence, hypocrisy By Caitlin McClusky

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Some tats should stay in the mind

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{ YOUR VIEW } WEB COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO THE STORY “SENATE VOTES DOWN RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS” Man, too bad they didnʼt have this sort of reasoning during Watergate. So many political officials could have avoided being slapped in the face and embarrassed by little things like facts about how corrupt they were! — Sean

Bravo to the members who had some backbone and voted for this resolution. If Cochran did something he shouldnʼt have (which seems probable considering the resignation), the student body has a right to know what it is. I donʼt care if it makes him look bad. — Andrew Richardson

With his comments, Austin Barranco sums up every stereotype that is out there about the SGA. Heʼll make a great Alabama state politician some day. — David A. Smith

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By Michael Patrick @MikeJohnPat Tattooing has been a common form of body modification for centuries, and in many parts of the world it serves as a religious or cultural tradition. Tattoos in America were once viewed as a form of rebellion practiced by criminals, young radicals and members of the military. Tattoos from these rebellious cultures often serve as pieces of identification. For example, one might get a gang-related tattoo to identify himself or herself as part of that organization; the same is true with certain branches of the military. Although tattoos are still commonly thought of as rebellious, they are becoming more and more common in the American workplace and elsewhere. Tattoos are especially common among teens and young adults who are constantly seeking ways to express themselves. Many of my friends and both of my roommates have tattoos, and they are often the topic of conversation, so I thought I would tell a little bit about the tattoos that I haven’t gotten. The first tattoo that I have not gotten is located on my calf. It is the fine black signature of my mother, the tittle on the letter ‘I’ displaced to the right as it always ended up when she signed her name. This tattoo is in remembrance of my mother, who passed away this past February. The next tattoo that I have not

gotten is placed opposite of the previous tattoo and is located on my other calf. This tattoo is a thin outline of the state of Alabama. I do realize that this is a common staple in the hipster tattoo scene, but I like it because it serves to remind me of where I came from and what values I’ve learned from my past. The tattoo on my left forearm that is not there reads, “To die will be an awfully big adventure. I love you.” These are the last words I whispered into my mother’s ear before she died. She was unconscious so I’m not sure that she heard me, but this tattoo is probably the most important to me. It reminds me that sometimes it is ok to be scared and to be uncertain. It reminds me to be more understanding of people’s religious convictions, because sometimes it’s just easier to cope with the awfulness of life when we step away from reality. The last tattoo that I don’t have is the deathly hallows symbol on my right wrist; that, or the dark mark on my right arm, because I change my mind about which I’d rather have almost daily. But these symbolize my childhood. They remind me to be sensible in my choices and to be brave. They remind me what the entire Harry Potter series reminds me and that is to be principled in my actions. To act on what I believe. These are the tattoos that I do not have, partially because I have commitment issues and partially because of my aversion to needles.

I might execute these tattoos one day, but for now I will just continue to think about them. And honestly, some tattoos are best left to thought. You should never, under any circumstance, get a lover’s name tattooed on your body. I used to work with a woman who had four different ex-lovers’ names on her body. You don’t need a tattoo constantly reminding you of an awful relationship. That’s what Facebook is for. You should also avoid getting a portrait tattooed on your body. I realize that you think your twoyear-old child is really cute, but cameras were made for this very thing. Tattooed portraits are hardly ever done well, so portraits are best left in the photo albums. Greek letters also make for awful tattoos. Having your greek letters tattooed on your body is like constantly wearing your bid day jersey – tacky on all accounts. And finally, you should always avoid getting phrases tattooed on your body in languages that you do not speak. I think it’s fantastic that you’ve managed to use Google Translator to learn to say “love” in Chinese, but that doesn’t deserve a spot on your body. Tattoos are a great means for personal artistic expression, but you should think before you tat. Because after all, some tattoos are best left in the mind and not on the body. Michael Patrick is a junior majoring in political science. His column runs on Tuesdays.

Peyton Manning for NFL MVP By Jake Gray @JaGray55 The country witnessed a massacre Sunday night. In the weekseven primetime edition of the Indianapolis Colts’ “Suck for Luck” campaign, the New Orleans Saints dismantled, destroyed and demolished the Colts on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In the 62-7 romping in the Superdome, the Saints destroyed any confidence the 0-7 Colts had very early in the game. The Saints defense swarmed the dismal Colts’ offense. Curtis Painter, the Indianapolis quarterback, was rendered ineffective, passing for a mere 67 yards. Household names, such as a Reggae Wayne, Dallas Clark and Pierre Garcon were vastly limited. These same players have been a mainstay on Sportscenter’s top 10 plays for the entirety of their careers. It took the Colts’ defense nine straight possessions to stop Drew Brees and the unstoppable Saints offense. A defense that holds multiple former pro-bowlers and a probable Hall-of-Famer was completely ineffective, giving up the most points to a team since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Last year, the Colts made it to the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year. While it was a down year by Colts’ standards, a 10-win season is always something to be proud of in the NFL. A year before that, the Colts won their second AFC Championship in that 8- year span. It would be accurate to say that the Indianapolis Colts have been a dynasty in the last decade. Few teams can

I propose Peyton Manning to be named this year’s NFL Most Valuable Player. There is clearly no team that relies on a single player as much as Manning is relied on in Indianapolis.

compete with Indianapolis’ wins and division titles. The key difference in this year’s team is Peyton Manning, who was ruled out for the season with a neck injury before his first game. He has watched each loss this season from the sidelines. Manning was the starting quarterback for each playoff appearance and victory. He has won the Super Bowl MVP, been named to the Pro-Bowl 11 times, and holds an NFL-record four Most Valuable Player awards. Each year under his command, the Colts’ offense flourished as one of the most dynamic and electrifying units in the league. Players like Wayne, Clark, and Garcon are household names because of Manning’s prowess. Marvin Harrison is a first ballot NFL Hall of Famer because he had Manning delivering him the ball for the majority of his career. What Manning has done in Indianapolis is nothing short of remarkable. He has completely built a team around him into a dynasty. I have grown up watching Peyton Manning turn the Colts into a modern day powerhouse. I didn’t grow up watching the 49ers or the Cowboys – I watched the Colts. This is why I propose Peyton Manning to be named this year’s NFL Most Valuable Player. There is clearly no team that relies on a single player as much as Manning is relied on in Indianapolis.

What the nation witnessed on Sunday was not an unusual site. The Colts have been losing in similar fashion all year. Without Manning, the Colts aren’t winning any division titles. Without Manning, this team would struggle to make it into the BCS top 10. With Manning, who really knows? The New England Patriots, another modern NFL dynasty, proved three years ago how they were capable of playing without their star, Tom Brady. Brady went down with a season ending knee injuring in week one of the 2008 season. With the help of a solid defense and running game, lifetime backup Matt Cassel led the Patriots to a 10-win season. While Brady may be one of the greatest to ever play the game, 2008 proved that New England could win without him. The same clearly cannot be said about Manning and the Colts. If the NFL is going to give an award out to the player who is most valuable to his respected team, this should be a no-brainer. Manning’s absence and the Colts’ demise have proved his true value. No player means more to their team than Manning. Don’t believe me? Just ask a Colts fan (if there are any left). Jake Gray is a senior majoring in journalism and economics. His column runs on Tuesdays.

Last week on Oct. 19, I participated in one of the most wonderful acts of civic engagement I have ever witnessed on this campus - SWACA’s “Not An Isolated Incident” march. It seemed more than a hundred of us were marching across the Quad, united in protest against hate speech and discrimination. Truly, this year has marked a new dawn of student leadership, involvement, unity and activism at UA - throughout the campus, there seems to be a renewed understanding of people power and the significance of publicly demonstrating discontent with the status quo. Disillusionment surrounding the administration’s communication with students on important issues has proven to be a catalyst for such a transition. When questions concerning SGA scandals arise again and again, the powers that be hide behind FERPA. When students expect leadership following racist hate crimes, President Witt sends one of his infamous emails and the subject is never brought up again. Not only does the administration remain quiet in the face of direct acts of racism on campus, but students are also ignored regarding their questions concerning indirect indiscretions. Those of us opposed to the Shepherd Bend mine proposal have been pressuring the UA System for a solid year to

Those of us opposed to the Shepherd Bend mine proposal have been pressuring the UA System for a solid year to take a stance on the mine, and they have continuously declined to comment. When they do comment, they claim that “there are no current plans to lease or sell land at Shepherd Bend” - a neutral, safe response. But what about the future?

take a stance on the mine, and they have continuously declined to comment. When they do comment, they claim that “there are no current plans to lease or sell land at Shepherd Bend” - a neutral, safe response. But what about the future? Since fall of last year, the UA Environmental Council and many other groups across the state of Alabama have fought the mine, which is proposed to be built on University property at a place called Shepherd Bend along the Black Warrior River in Walker County. The mine has nearly all of the necessary permits to begin construction. If built, it would discharge wastewater 800 feet upstream and directly across from the Birmingham Water Works Board intake at Mulberry Fork. That intake provides drinking water for 200,000 Birmingham citizens. This summer, while interning for the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, I attended neighborhood association meetings of Birmingham communities that receive water from the Mulberry Fork intake in order to spread the word about this issue. Ninety percent of these were predominantly black or lower income communities. It is nearly impossible to legitimately prove that this mine’s construction represents “environmental racism,” but a complete and utter lack of justice is apparent. Would this proposal have ever left the drawing board if the intake provided water for Vestavia or Mountain Brook? If you need an answer to that question, you must not know Alabama very well. The future of this mine depends on a decision to lease land and mineral rights at Shepherd Bend by the UA administration and the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System. The administration has blatantly shown it cares little for the environmental and public health impacts coal mining can cause. In a pamphlet distributed through The Crimson White a few weeks ago, the University’s stormwater management plan is sensationalized through propagation of messages like “This is our water. We must protect it,” referring to the Black Warrior River. An entire page of this pamphlet is devoted to advertising Walter Energy, the company responsible for the North River coal ash slurry spill this summer. That spill very nearly contaminated our drinking water right here in Tuscaloosa. The University’s hypocrisy regarding environmental stewardship and the well being of Alabama citizens is absolutely appalling. You don’t have to be an engineer to understand the implications of a strip mine discharging wastewater directly across from a drinking water intake. You don’t have to be a public health worker to know that the health of thousands of people could be at risk if this intake was to be contaminated. This is not just an environmental issue; it is a public health and social justice issue. We have sent letters, made phone calls, passed resolutions and signed petitions regarding the Shepherd Bend mine. We are at a tipping point what we need now the most is bodies, faces and voices of students that care. It is time for us to stand up - as students, citizens, and stakeholders of the University - and demand the UA System publicly condemn this proposal and pledge this land will not be used for mining in the future. The water resources of our state’s citizens are too precious to lose for a handful of coal, and if we are successful, the University of Alabama could set a precedent of environmental stewardship for years to come. Let us continue to foster this renewed sense of civic engagement against injustice. Please join the UA Environmental Council and the UA Chapter of the NAACP in the fight against this dangerous proposal. Join us if you want real leadership from our campus administration. Join us if you believe that we need real answers. Join us if you believe in true justice. Caitlin McClusky is a senior majoring in New College.

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UA to preserve elements of historic Bryce property By Chuck Matula and Ashanka Kumari The Crimson White

Opened in 1861, Bryce Hospital has endured both the Civil War and the burning of the University of Alabama by federal troops in 1865, making it a symbol of spirit and reform, according to a fact sheet from Robert Mellown, an associate professor of art history who wrote extensively about the architectural history of Bryce Hospital. In May, the hospital was sold to the University for more than $70 million. The University will not take possession of the property until the new psychiatric hospital, currently under construction on the Department of Mental Health’s Partlow property, has been completed, according to UA Spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. “We are pleased that the University of Alabama has purchased the property and are

confident that the University will develop an appropriate use for this historic property,” Mellown said. “Our greatest concern is that the University preserve the entirety of the south façade of the hospital, which includes the three wings on either side of the central domed section.” Dan Wolfe, the University planner, said that purchase of Bryce allows for the University to house students and faculty in buildings on the Bryce property when other buildings on the main campus are undergoing renovations. “A lot of our ideas for the Bryce building are to provide swing space,” Wolfe said. “When we have a Russell Hall or a Graves Hall renovation, we can move people over there because some of the renovations take two to three years.” “The plan for the transition of the patients to the new facility is contingent on the readiness of a new facility,” said John Ziegler,

Attribute CW | Natalie Nichols Bryce Hospital was the first building in the city of Tuscaloosa with gas light- The white-domed campus of Bryce Hosptial was built ing and central heat. in the early 1800s, but no longer houses any patients. public information officer for the Alabama Department of Mental Health. “The current facility was slated to be completed in spring 2013 and we are currently on schedule to be completed.” Bryce Hospital was at the forefront of mental health innovations for many years after its completion, but the hospital’s

reputation suffered in the late 20th century after the speculation of questionable patient treatment brought about reform in mental institutions throughout the U.S, according to the Encyclopedia of Alabama. Over the years, Bryce Hospital has changed its way of handling its patients.

Holt property converted to farm Caroline Murray Staff Reporter

A Holt property ravaged by the April 27 tornado has been transformed into a community based “mission farm.” The farm, organized by volunteer coalition Project Team Up and community rebuilding organization Bennu America, was a model developed to create a local sustainable food system for the Holt community. The crops will be cultivated by community members. They will be trained to grow, process and prepare the produce. Mark Rubino, partner at the Staysail Group, said while the underlying objective of the project is to grow crops and get them in the hands of those in need, the model will provide more to the community than food. “This is a truly community-driven, long-term holistic effort,” Rubino said. “We want to get the youth engaged. This is an opportunity for employment and certification in the

culinary arts. It is an opportunity for community members to become reskilled.” Nancy Callahan, a lifelong Holt resident, donated the land being used for the project. She hopes that the land will become a part of area children’s lives. “What I envision someday is that even children from Holt Elementary School will be able to come here and if nothing else pull up weeds or maybe plant some of the seeds,” Callahan said. “And they will be introduced to farming as an option, a really important option, that they will have in their lives and their growth as human beings.” As Callahan alluded, one of the many goals of the model is to introduce a generation to the agriculture industry. Riz Shakir, member of the Project Team Up Board of Directors and UA business professor, hopes this model will introduce young people to the economic benefits of farming. “Young people need to see they can make just as much money farming,” Shakir said. “The basic need

will always be there.” Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture John McMillan agreed agriculture could provide economic benefits to the area. “There is potential for economic development,” McMillan said. “We can benefit from the seeds we plant today and share what we learn here.” To m b i g b e e Resource Conservation and development has offered the Holt Callahan mission farm a grant to be used for developing internships and engaging students. Rubino and Shakir agree on the importance of getting students involved. “We are committed to finding the real, meaningful ways for university and high school students to contribute,” Shakir said. “Mark and I are very committed to generally sustainable living.” Shakir encouraged UA students to volunteer at the farm and log their hours on SLPro. For more information on volunteering, interning or the project in general, call (205) 2472777 or email projectteamup@gmail. com.


“We are an acute mental health care facility and we downsized the extended care unit of the hospital significantly in the past decades and relocated these individuals to facilities within their expected communities,” Ziegler said. “Based on a strategy called ‘evidence based design,’ this stipulates that if we

The proposal also calls for the establishment Continued from page 1 of an advisory board comprised of parents of scholars and athletes at the University as well as alumni that fill leadership roles at the local, state and national levels. Joyce Stallworth, president of the BFSA, described the board in an emailed statement as a forum for “collaboratively involving diverse University constituents who…could be instrumental in improving the University’s public perception with respect to appreciation for diversity.” Bonner, in an emailed statement, said President Robert Witt created the Multicultural Task Force in 2004 to fulfill this role. She said the group was “tasked with reviewing the support needs of minority and international students and the University’s overall efforts to promote diversity” and providing recommendations on administrative policy. To handle instances in which students or faculty are the subjects of inappropriate conduct, the Blueprint outlines the creation of a system for campus citizens to report transgressions confidentially. This system would be headed by a senior administrator chosen by the University and would facilitate the reporting of how instances are handled in addition to when they occur.

put these people in a respectful, peaceful environment, they will feel respected as a human being and recover more quickly.” The new hospital design will allow for more open courtyards and areas with varying degrees of security for patients to move through as they transition in therapy.

Bonner stressed the significance of the University’s current level of diversity, citing the results of a study performed under the administration’s 2008 Strategic Diversity Plan, which found that the University of Alabama ranks second among the nation’s 50 flagship universities in terms of AfricanAmerican student enrollment. Stallworth insisted there could still be room for improvement. She said the Blueprint’s instructions would hold members of the University community to the expectation that they “celebrate the strengths of a diverse and inclusive campus.” Proponents of change assert that the significance of this harmony and acceptance extends beyond the realm of black and white. “This is not just a racially or sexually based issue,” said Gray. “This program is important for all aspects and examples of diversity.” Stallworth stated that the Blueprint not only respects interpersonal diversity but also seeks to incorporate the diverse proposals of how to achieve campus harmony that have surfaced throughout the past several years. “The Blueprint is a cogent framework that campus administrators might use for strategic action,” she said. “It encompasses past BFSA statements and diverse campus perspectives.”

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McQuaid talks volleyball, life at Alabama By Morgan Upton Contributing Writer

CW: Did you ever play against AM: I played basketball for a coach Allen while he wasat little bit, but my dad’s a basketball coach and I got tired of my Tulsa? dad coaching me and my coach AM: Actually, we played them coaching me, so I kind of got into in the Sweet Sixteen...and we volleyball because my dad didn’t know much about it. He couldn’t beat him. tell me what I did wrong after CW: Do you hold that over him? the games.

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In her first year at the Capstone, sophomore setter Andrea McQuaid is a serious competitor. McQuaid transferred to Alabama after her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma. She has grown throughout the season and AM: Not very often, but it’s proved she is a big asset for the funny. Crimson Tide. CW: You said volleyball’s The Crimson White: You important to you; is volleyball started out at Oklahoma. Why included in any of your future did you decide to transfer to plans? Alabama? AM: I want to play overseas Andrea McQuiad: The posi- when I graduate. I’m not 100 tion they had at OU wasn’t percent sure on everything, going to give me a chance but I do want to play overseas. to play until my junior year. Some of the contracts can be a Volleyball is really important little sketchy, but if you get a to me and I wanted to play as good agent it’s okay. much as I could and I figured I could play somewhere else. CW: Your dad and other famThen coach [Ed] Allen got a ily members played basketball hold of me and it all fell into in college. Did you ever have an interest in it? place.



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“There’s a level of excitement,” Grant said. “I think any time you have expectations, that’s a good thing. But at the same time you realize that it’s not going to win a game for you. It doesn’t really matter in terms of where you are in the preseason, you’ve got to go out and you got to perform.” “I feel like coach is trying to embrace it,” sophomore guard Charles Hankerson said. “I feel like he’s been using it to drive us. Number 17, that’s good and all, but we want to be the best. We want to be the best team in the SEC and make noise in March.”

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CW: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of volleyball?

Sophomore setter Andrea McQuaid sets the ball for Leigh Moyer during Sunday afternoon’s conference game against Florida.

AM: I love to shop. I’m such a girl. I have to manage my money wisely because if I don’t put it in my savings, I spend it on clothes. CW: What is your favorite song at the moment? AM: “Move Chick” by Ludacris. That is my song right now. We all get so pumped in the locker room to that. We’ll all be jumping around, it’s pretty funny. I joke that I’m going to rap it on the instrumental and put it on YouTube, so look for that.

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in top-five recruiting classes. This year, Anthony Grant signed six highly touted prospects to his freshman class – a class that, a popular recruiting website, ranked fifth in the nation. That’s ahead of traditional powers like North Carolina, Louisville, and Ohio State. Trevor Lacey, a five-star prospect and the 24th best prospect in the class according to Rivals, headlines the class alongside guards Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper. With so much young talent, the Tide will be loaded, but inexperienced. “The team just has so much potential for this year,” Hankerson said of the talent. “We’ve got 11 scholarship Alabama welcomes guys out there, so everybody’s got an opportunity to hyped freshman go out there and compete on class a daily basis,” Grant said. “All the freshmen are trying CW | Margo Smith Nick Saban isn’t the only to do the things that we’re The men’s basketball team held an open scrimmage this past Saturday at Coleman Coliseum. coach in Tuscaloosa hauling asking them to do.” starters from last year’s team, and the team’s “big three” will go a long way in determining how far the Tide will go. “I think you look at Trevor [Releford], Tony [Mitchell], and [JaMychal Green], those three guys, those three starters that are returning for us, our most experienced guys returning,” Grant said. “You certainly would be looking to those guys to provide that leadership for our team.” “We have a lot of great players this year,” Hankerson said. “J-Myke is looking better, Tony, Trevor and them, we got all the other guys coming in. We just look really, really good.”

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‘Tis the season to be fluffy: Halloween candy guide By Tricia Vaughn

It’s that time of year again. Halloween is right around the corner, and stores nationwide unveil their stacks upon stacks of sugar-coated, oh-sotasty treats prepared months in advance by candy manufacturers. It’s also the season for cold weather attire, the perfect concealing mechanism for the inevitable weight gain most experience upon entering a sugar coma. According to the United States Census Bureau, the average American consumed 24.7 pounds of candy in 2010—that’s about the size of an average two-year-old child or, for you sports fanatics, 25 footballs. To avoid a sugar overload, here are a few tips to follow when choosing a delectable

confection to indulge in.

When selecting a candy, aim for one with a carbohydrateprotein combination There is no such thing as a “healthy” candy, especially when refined sugar is involved, but a sweet with nuts can provide some nutritional benefits. Sheena Quizon, the University of Alabama’s dietician, says nuts are a heart-healthy protein that can aid in the digestion of the sugar. Proteins slow down the release of sugar into the blood, preventing a sugar rush and untimely crash. A prime example of a candy with the two ideal components are peanut M&M’s. A

fun size serving of two packs holds 180 calories (90 from fat), 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 18 grams of sugar, and three grams of protein. Don’t let the extra calories and fat scare you. Nuts are high in both, but the fat is the healthy kind.

Fun size is wise When standing in the seemingly never-ending candy aisle at the grocery store, remember to go for the fun size, no matter how loud the siren calls of the full size bars. A fun size Nestle Butterfinger serving of two bars contains 170 calories, 60 of those from fat with 3.5 grams of saturated fat and 17 grams of sugar versus a full size bar serving, which has 270 calories, 100 of those from fat and six grams of saturated fat with 28 grams

of sugar. The difference between the two is immense, and so will be your pants size compared to before if you choose to overindulge in the large bars.

and consume a piece or two to kill that craving. A sure-fire way to avoid candy overkill is to fill up on a healthy meal, and then partake in dessert.


Work for it

Prefer chocolate? Then eat something chocolaty such as two fun-size Snickers bars, which have 160 calories (70 from fat), three grams of saturated fat, 17 grams of sugar, and three grams of protein. Prefer fruity flavored candy? Eat without shame a fruity candy, possibly a Ring Pop (Halloween edition, of course), containing 60 calories and 11 grams of sugar. Don’t eat candy just to eat. Eat it to enjoy and savor the flavor. Choose your favorite

To prevent a binge-fest, Quizon recommends stashing your treats in a hard to reach place, a piece of advice I should take into account with my candy drawer. If I have to climb, sweat or in all reality get off of my butt to get to my stash, the chances of over indulging are less. Don’t let candy’s threat of weight gain scare you, but don’t get crazy, either. A little candy here and there never hurt anyone. Happy Halloween!

Umphrey’s Mcgee will bring their unique take on jam bands to the Bama Theatre on Oct. 27.

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LIFESTYLES this week

• Shelia Pree Bright photography exhibit: Paul R. Jones Gallery Sept. 28 through Nov. 18 •Monster Makeover Art Exhibit: Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Gallery until 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 • Close to Home: Artist Book and Prints by Bill Hall and Amy Pirkle Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall: until 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 • Kentuck Tree Challenge Exhibit in the Gallery and Festival Quilts by Hallie O’Kelley: Kentuck Art Center until 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 • Alabama Jazz Ensemble UA School of Music at the Moody Music Building: 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25

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Chad Smith Local band Calooh! Callay! will soften things up from their full three-piece show.

Umphrey’s McGee Callooh! Callay! offers comes to Bama Theatre different sound at Bama By Will Edwards Staff Reporter It’s not easy to describe Umphrey’s McGee. They’re certainly a jam band, but they don’t really sound like any other jam band out there. Their mixture of guitar harmonies, heavy metal-inspired riffs and interesting rhythms have made them a popular college band for 13 plus years, and they will hit the stage at the Bama Theatre for the second time in two years on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Umphrey’s, as fans call them, played at the Bama Theatre in April 2009 to a nearly sold out crowd and are back touring in support of their newlyreleased album “Death By Stereo,” their first album to be released on ATO Records. “I’m really excited to hear some of the new songs live,” said Dale Fudge, a fan of the band who was at their Bama Theatre show in 2009. Umphrey’s is known for having a harder edge than most of the jam bands around right now. They play a little bit heavier than the fusion-oriented Phish and the southern rockoriented Widespread Panic. Chris Honeycutt, another fan of the band, describes them as “progressive jam-rock” and says the crowd at previous shows he’s been to is mainly what you see at most jam band shows.

“The shows are really energetic— lots of head-bobbing and dancing,” Honeycutt said. Umphrey’s started playing together during college at Notre Dame in 1997, and their fan base and reputation for an exciting show has grown ever since. Known for their marathon shows and blend of musical genres infused in their songs, they make their living on the road, playing more than 100 shows a year. Fans here at Alabama are hoping for the same long-winded sets that they’ve grown accustomed to. “I’m always tired and worn out after an Umphrey’s show, but I don’t mind it a bit,” Fudge said. “The longer the show, the better deal the ticket is. That’s how I look at it.” The show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show, and they can be purchased at

OTHER SHOWS THIS WEEKEND: • Oct. 26: Henri’s Notions, The Bama Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

• Oct. 28: Richard Thompson, The Bama Theatre, 8 p.m.

By Rebecca Howard Contributing Writer Taking the intensity down, Tuscaloosa’s local band takes the sound back to pure basics. Callooh! Callay!, with their folk-funk-rock sound, will perform an acoustic show at the Bama Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. While the local band usually features Bowen Robertson on drums, acoustic night at the Bama Theatre will focus only on the vocals of Natalie Jensen and Adam Morrow. Morrow said he is looking forward to being back at the Bama Theatre and is excited to play a different sound. “It’s usually so loud and chaotic playing live, especially in Tuscaloosa,” Morrow said. “Having a show to step back, strip the songs down and reexamine them for a new context is a cool challenge.” When the band originally started playing shows, they mostly played acoustic because of the preference of venues. Although Morrow enjoys playing with so much noise and volume behind him now, acoustic is the way the band originally learned to play together, and their voices are revealed more. “There’s much less to hide behind,” Morrow said. “There’s something incredibly pure about it.” Morrow also said the message is conveyed a lot clearer when they play acoustic shows, though they had to rework

some aspects of their songs to allow the message to come through strong and stand alone without other instrumental backup. “It’s certainly a form that I love,” Morrow said. Acoustic Night will also feature Georgia-native and country music singer-songwriter Joey Allcorn, as well as Nashville-based musician Andrew Combs, who draws inspiration from artists like Hank Williams and Willie Nelson. For more information about Allcorn and Combs, visit and Callooh! Callay!’s latest EP, “Wide Awake,” is available to download for free at The band’s first album, “Sassprilluh Champange,” is also there for free.

IF YOU GO ... • What: Calloh! Callay! • Where: Bama Theatre • When: Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

• Cost: $5 cover

Tuscaloosa band meshes different sounds together By Jonathan Reed Managing Editor Ryan Benton says his band is ambitious. After all, their first piece of work isn’t just a set – it’s a musically diverse array of five different songs that all flow seamlessly into each other. It is, in Benton’s words, a 45-minute song. Benton is the guitarist for Convolve, a Tuscaloosa-based band composed of three UA students and one recent graduate that plays a style of music with influences ranging from Queen and Dream Theater to Muse and 1940s jazz. Three of the band’s four members are in math or science fields, and the band’s name comes from their scientific background, Benton said. “Convolve is an engineering term that means you mesh two very different signals together,” he said. “We came up with it because we mesh two very different sounds together.” Benton and Tyler O’Brien, the band’s drummer, both cite Dream Theater and other progressive rock groups as

Submitted Photo Convolve is a Tuscaloosa-based band composed of three UA students and one recent UA grad. major influences. Alex Buhlig, who plays bass, prefers metal. Wes Shaw, who sings and plays keyboard, draws his keyboard style from Muse and his vocal style from John Mayer. As each of those influences started to show, each part of their 45-minute song began to get more distinct. The first time they played together, Benton described them as a metal band. Now, Benton

wouldn’t even categorize Convolve as metal anymore. “We’re slowly moving from all minor chords to some major chords,” Shaw said. Convolve formed when Buhlig and Benton wrote a song together in April of 2010. Shaw joined in August 2010 when he, by chance, sat next to Benton at a football game. They had known each other from being in the Million Dollar Band together fresh-

man year, and Benton said he was looking for a keyboardist and a singer. Shaw responded with “Well, I can do both,” and joined the band. O’Brien, who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering last year, joined after the other three members posted an ad for a drummer on Craigslist. “He was pretty much exactly what we were looking for,” Benton said. “When we met Tyler, he said his drum kit was small. Then he comes in with five toms, 15 cymbals and an industrial fan blowing behind him.” Convolve played their first show in April, a battle of the bands at Zydeco in Birmingham, Ala. They won. After that, they played what Buhlig calls the “hole in the wall” show at a bar in Tarrant, Ala. “I thought that place was going to burn down,” he said. “There was a power strip plugged into a power strip hanging down from the ceiling.” Now, Convolve is planning a concept album to follow up

IF YOU GO ... • What: Convolve and Young///Savage (21+)

• Where: Green Bar • When: Oct. 27 at 9:30 p.m.

• Cost: Free

their current material. As their style develops, Benton said the music should be more accessible than most progressive rock is. “We have a lot of hooks and phrases that people should really be able to enjoy,” he said. Convolve will play Green Bar with Young///Savage on Oct. 27. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., the show is only for those ages 21 and up and there is no cover. They also plan to do a live recording of the show. “Considering we’ve only been a band for a year and we can play that much of only our own music, I’m pretty proud,” Benton said.

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