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Performing for campus University students showcase talents such as juggling, riding unicycles on Quad By Margaret Wilbourne | Contributing Writer

pick up. It only took him a few months to master the three-pin rotation. Porter started using the UA Quad as his personal big top last year. “I started coming to the Quad to juggle after Get on Board Day, where I learned about the Crimson Jugglers. [The Quad] was where they would meet up,” Porter said. “Now I come here between classes since I live off campus. It’s just a good space because it’s big and open.” While he juggles hollow plastic clubs, he said jugglers can work up to wood clubs or actual bowling pins. For Joe Hasemeyer, a junior majoring in biology, it’s not wood clubs or bowling pins that he chooses to juggle – it’s anything. “I used to work at Mellow Mushroom, so I’d juggle plates back in the kitchen,” Hasemeyer said. “I made

Awed expressions mix with confused stares as students passing through the Quad are met with a circus of bowling pins flying through the air or unicycles zipping across sidewalks. But these are not acts in a travelling circus or entertainment troupe. Instead they are students practicing an uncommon – yet entertaining – hobby. One of the personalities behind the pins is Nathan Porter, a sophomore majoring in computer science and math, who began his high-flying hobby in high school. “I was on the tennis team, and my coach used to juggle balls during practice. I thought, ‘I want to learn how to do that,’” Porter said. He said the seemingly difficult skill wasn’t hard to

pretty good money doing birthday parties there, juggling and riding my unicycle.” Hasemeyer frequently rides his unicycle on campus and can often be seen taking detours through the Quad to stop and juggle. Quite the enthusiast, he owns several cycles, including his giraffe unicycle, which towers at 5 feet tall. “Bicycles are just frustrating because you’re just wasting your time with handlebars when you could be doing other things, like eating a sandwich,” he said. Hasemeyer said riding a unicycle takes a certain type of person. “People like us try something if it seems fun, and if we can’t immediately do it well, we’ll try until we can,” Hasemeyer said. SEE PERFORMERS PAGE 9

CW | Lindsey Leonard Student Nathan Porter practices his juggling skills on the Quad while passersby watch.

Alabama dominates Tennessee 45-10 SPORTS | BLOCK SEATING

SPORTS | FOOTBALL

Saban praises fans for staying Crimson Tide faces stretch of 60 minutes during rivalry game big games after win over Vols By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor

By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor

Nick Saban has been adamant about fans remaining in their seats – or preferably standing in front of them – for all 60 minutes of the Crimson Tide’s home games. Against rival Tennessee, the Alabama faithful answered the bell, providing BryantDenny Stadium with its loudest atmosphere of the season for four quarters. “I certainly appreciated our fans today,” Saban said. “They stayed for the game and did a great job of supporting our team, and it was a great atmosphere for our players to play in.” The seemingly full student section for the entirety of the game came after a Student Government Association decision to temporarily suspend student organization seating, or block seating, for 21 of the 36 University

Landon Collins didn’t know Jeoffrey Pagan could run that fast. Collins needed one more block on Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley when he saw the 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound defensive end running alongside him. Collins slowed down, waited on the hit and cruised to the end zone. His interception return for a touchdown at the end of the first half was one of many nails in the coffin for No. 1 Alabama, which blew past Tennessee for a 45-10 victory. It rushed for 204 yards, passed for another 275 and had a 35-0 lead at halftime after Collins’ interception and essentially went on cruise control for the second half. Alabama has outscored its opponents 24626 since surviving a 49-42 shootout at Texas A&M. It’s made quick work of Ole Miss, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee – the

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CW | Austin Bigoney Hannah Stephens’ sign was addressed by Nick Saban after the game.

latter three of which all have first-year head coaches. But now comes the hard part. Alabama will have a bye week before hosting LSU, going on the road to Mississippi State and after hosting FCS Chattanooga traveling to Auburn for a game that could decide the SEC West. It’s crunch time in a season where Alabama is trying to do what no college football team has ever done – win three national championships in a row. “You get defined by what you do every week,” coach Nick Saban said. “We’ve got some big challenges and some stiff competitions against some really good teams coming up here. This bye week comes at a really good time for us.” Alabama-LSU is always a big game, and that will be no different this year. The Tigers have lost two close games SEE LSU PAGE 9

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LCWA to host Frye Gaillard The Literacy Council of West Alabama will host University of South Alabama writer-in-residence Frye Gaillard for the first annual Author’s Edge event. The two-day event will feature Gaillard and his new book, “The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir,” which consists of a series of essays on the books that have shaped Gaillard throughout his life. The authors in the memoir include Harper Lee, Kurt Vonnegut, Eudora Welty, Rick Bragg and many others. Gaillard, a former reporter and Southern editor for The Charlotte Observer, has written or edited more than 20 books on Southern culture, politics and race relations. Gaillard will present his new book and discuss his career at 9 a.m. at Central High School Friday. A cocktail reception will be held that evening from 6-8 p.m. at the federal courthouse. Tickets to the reception are $50. On Saturday, Gaillard will be signing books at a meetthe-author event at Barnes & Noble in Midtown Village from 10 a.m.-noon. To purchase tickets to the reception, volunteer for the event or learn more about LCWA’s mission, contact Kitty Wheeler, program director for the Literacy Council of West Alabama, at kwheeler@literacywa.org.

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NEWSIN BRIEF Wildfire smoke causes respiratory problems MCT Campus Wildfire smoke poses a growing health risk to millions of Americans, even for those who live hundreds of miles from the flames, according to a new report by an environmental group. About two-thirds of Americans, or nearly 212 million people, lived in counties that two years ago contended with wildfire smoke linked to respiratory problems such as asthma, pneumonia and chronic lung diseases, according to a report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The group used satellite imagery of

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fires, the report found. That’s because smoke drifts far downwind of fire perimeters, spreading health effects across state lines. Some of the most harmful components of wildfire smoke are fine particles, which can lodge deep in the lungs and lead to a host of respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Particularly vulnerable are children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart disease and other conditions. In one study cited in the report, University of California, Irvine researchers found that Southern California’s 2003 wildfire season resulted in 69 premature deaths, 778 hospitalizations, 1,431 emergency room visits and 47,605 outpatient visits.

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Alabama was No. 1 once again in this week’s BCS standings, which were announced on ESPN Sunday night. The Crimson Tide was followed by Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and Stanford. Baylor, Miami, Clemson, Missouri and Oklahoma rounded out the top ten. The Crimson Tide is ranked No. 1 in the coaches and Harris poll, which factor a third each into the overall BCS standings. Alabama is also still No. 1 in the AP poll.

The Alabama volleyball team opened the weekend with a 3-1 road victory over the then-undefeated Georgia Bulldogs but fell Sunday to the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats for the second time this season. Sophomore Mattie Weldy and redshirt freshman Krystal Rivers led the Crimson Tide with double-digit kills in both matches.

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The SGA will continue to monitor Student Organization Seating to try and encourage students to stay for the entire length of the games. Saban said he wants the students to make the decision to stay four quarters. “I think everybody has the right to do whatever they want to do, especially our students,” Saban said. “We work hard, and we represent this whole university and all the students that go here so that we have a program they can be proud of. I want them to feel as a part of our team, and I know our players love it when they feel as a part of our team. We just ask them to do the same thing that we ask our players to do.” Players don’t pay as much attention to the dwindling numbers of bodies in the seats during the game, but the noise created by said bodies has an affect on how they perform on the field, especially on defense. “It definitely plays a role with them staying – like they did today – staying behind us, making things louder and affecting the other team no

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Saban is “too damn old” to leave Alabama A sign was displayed in the student section during the game that was mentioned to Saban in his post-game press conference. “We’ll stay for 60 if you stay forever,” the sign said. Saban smiled when asked about the sign. “That sounds good to me,”

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CW | Hannah Glenn he said. Rumors had been circulating this week that Saban’s wife, Terry, had been house shopping in Austin, Texas, this week. Texas coach Mack Brown is expected to step down at the end of the year. Saban reiterated that he and Terry were happy in Tuscaloosa. “I love it here,” he said. “I’m too damn old to go some place else and start all over, I can tell you that.”

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Stipends for college athletes unrealistic, problematic proposal By Matthew Bailey | Staff Columnist

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UA nondiscrimination policy needs updates By Noah Cannon | Staff Columnist In 2007, the phrase “sexual orientation” was added to The University of Alabama’s nondiscrimination and harassment policies. By all accounts, we were egregiously late to the party. At that time, we were one of a very small number of public flagship universities in the United States not to have made this change. And now, six years later, we have more catching up to do as our nondiscrimination policy still doesn’t include gender identity and gender expression. First, let me clarify some vocabulary. Gender identity refers to one’s internal association with gender, while gender expression refers to one’s external presentation of gender. Cisgender refers to people whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, if on the day you were born a doctor designated you female and you now identify as female, you are cisgender, or cis. But this is not

We are ignoring discrimination and harrasment against trans* and gender noncomforming people.

the case for everyone. Transgender, or trans*, is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs or varies from the sex they were assigned at birth. By not including gender identity and gender expression in our policies, we are ignoring discrimination and harassment against trans* and gender nonconforming people. Trans* and gender nonconforming people face a disproportionately high rate of verbal and physical abuse, employment discrimination

and housing discrimination. One in five trans* individuals report being homeless at some point in their life. This greater context of oppression of trans* people only highlights the already inherent need fo r their inclusion and safety at institutions of higher learning. Conversations on this campus over the last several weeks have shed light on the ongoing work we still need to do as a university with regards to inclusion and diversity. Updating our nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity and gender expression is a crucial step in keeping with the goals of this university to celebrate and protect its faculty, staff and students. I urge administration to make this change as quickly as possible and to further offer full support and protection for trans* people and all LGBTQ+ people at the University. Noah Cannon is a junior majoring in telecommunication and film. His column runs biweekly on Mondays.

The idea of giving college football and basketball players stipends has become extremely popular since allegations toward reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel popped up during the college football offseason. Many were outraged that he potentially would have been punished by the NCAA for allegedly selling his signature to a variety of sports dealers. At the same time, Texas A&M made a record $740 million in fundraising last year, but that number would likely not even be close if it wasn’t for Johnny Football. It would make sense that the athletes should be able to take home more money because they create so much for the schools, but attempting to fix that problem in the ways that people suggested would only create more problems for the universities. One of the biggest obstacles to paying athletes would be Title IX. In most universities, the athletic department is not profitable in any sport, and if they are, then the only profitable sports are men’s basketball and football. Title IX would likely prevent them Matthew Bailey from only being able to provide benefits to those athletes. Under Title IX, the university must ensure that “all such assistance should be available on a substantially proportional basis to the number of male and female participants in the institution’s athletic program,” “male and female athletes should receive equivalent treatment, benefits, and opportunities” regarding facilities or “the athletic interests and abilities of male and female students must be equally effectively accommodated.” The courts would not likely hold that providing stipends only to male football or basketball athletes would be legal. Only giving the money to those male athletes would show a disparity in the opportunities that the university gave male and female athletes. Some have argued for small changes such as the ability to sell their likeness and be able to sell their autographs for money, like Manziel was accused of doing. However, this would likely be viewed by the court as an attempt by the universities to get around providing equal support to the entire group of student athletes. It would also provide a great way for agents and others to provide student athletes with money, which goes against one of the reasons that many support changing the rules. Providing the entire group of student athletes with a stipend isn’t really possible for very many of the athletic departments in the NCAA either. Only 23 of the 228 at NCAA Division 1 schools made enough money to cover expenses in 2012, and many of the 23 that were profitable got subsidies. Because of this, a huge number of universities would be taking money from the state or general fund to purchase these stipends. This would disadvantage the ability for these schools to focus on improving athletics when we can’t be sure that the eventual NFL and NBA players would still not take money and benefits with the stipend. The ideas proposed so far just don’t provide an easy way that fixes the problem and doesn’t hurt other students. Matthew Bailey is a first-year law student. His column runs biweekly on Mondays.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Male response to domestic violence is disheartening The month of October is known for bringing cool, crisp football weather and the excitement of Halloween. The lesser known significance of this month is the many awareness campaigns that it hosts: breast cancer, bullying, and dating and domestic violence. To commemorate the latter of these important campaigns, the Women’s Resource Center has been hosting several events on campus, including a candlelight vigil, the HopeLine donation drive and a speaker. This speaker, Debbie Norris, gave a presentation Wednesday night where she spoke about the domestic violence her daughter Heather suffered, which eventually led to her death in 2007. As I entered Gorgas 205 at 6:30

This man’s response ... is a mirror of how women are treated both on our campus and in our society.

p.m., I was pleased to see that there were so many students and faculty in the room. I sat down next to a young man working on homework. Before the presentation even started, he leaned over to me, exasperated, and

asked, “How long is this supposed to last?” I replied probably until 8:30, and he huffed before settling back in his seat. When Debbie began to speak, my annoyance with the young man grew. He shifted in his chair, sighed audibly and had his flipflopped feet casually up on a coffee table. He tugged at his T-shirt, adjusted his hat and looked around the room. I tried my best to reserve judgment, but my emotions peaked when he began messing with his phone just as Debbie was describing how her daughter was stabbed, put into a trash can, set on fire, cut up in pieces by a chainsaw and thrown into dumpsters around town by her abuser.

As tears streamed down my face from hearing the violence of this woman’s story, I was surprised to feel more apathy than anger toward this male stranger. I only found myself enraged after recounting the story to friends afterward. After all, did I expect anything different? This in itself is so telling. This man’s response to such blatant tragedy and injustice is a mirror of how women are treated both on our campus and in our society. You avert your eyes when confronted with women’s suffering, shift in your seat when you are forced to hear her side, and you occupy yourself otherwise when made to acknowledge something you don’t deem worthy of your time. I certainly don’t mean to implicate that men never feel compas-

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sion for the trials of women, but for every one male college student barely managing to sit through a domestic violence lecture, there are more than likely dozens more who didn’t even bother to show up. As a former victim of dating violence, a female and an overall decent human being, I urge all students, especially those who identify as male, to at least be considerate of those who have marginalized and discounted experiences that differ from your own. After all, it could have been your mother, your sister or your first crush. Maybe now you will remember what October means. Breanna Swims is a graduate student in gender and race studies.

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CW | Pete Pajor Commissioned in 2010 by then-Provost Judy Bonner, the Fibonacci-inspired sculpture has won the attention of many students on campus.

Art, science become intertwined in Woods Quad sculpture By Ellen Coogan | Staff Reporter As spiraling sunlight falls on Woods Quad, the rays reflect off a newly placed sculpture created by Lindsay Lindsey. The sculpture began as a part of a project among the engineering, interior design and sculpture departments, where teams of students created projects to bring light to an area of campus. Lindsey said Shelby Hall helped inspire the sculpture, with its abundant light and scientific focus. “I wanted to develop a sculpture that also reflected the scientific nature of the complex and decided on a three-dimensional Fibonacci Spiral

based off of the Fibonacci sequence,” said Lindsey, a 2012 University of Alabama aluma.“After the semester and that collaboration ended, I continued to work on the idea of the sculpture.” During Lindsey’s undergraduate career, she majored in studio art with a sculpture concentration and minored in biology, the ComputerBased Honors Program and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. “When people hear about my studies, they often think they don’t go together,” Lindsey said. “However, to me, they are very interconnected.” Lindsey said despite the apparent dissonance between her fields of study, they have actually

worked well together for her. She is currently applying to medical schools. “This major has trained me to think three-dimensionally and do major problem solving, both in my head and in practice,” Lindsey said. “I believe this will help me very much if I do eventually decide to follow a reconstructive path. I noticed a lot of overlap with art and my biology minor.” Lindsey created several models and eventually obtained funding from then-provost Judy Bonner for the Fibonacci Project. Construction of the stainless steel sculpture began in fall 2010, though drawings were drafted earlier.

Besides the sculpture, the Fibonacci Project includes a field day for elementary students that will take place this spring. “What I hope is that seeing some of the cool things they can do in college will encourage the children to set goals now to go to college,” Lindsey said. The new sculpture has already won the attention of students. “This is now my favorite,” Chelsea Brown, a senior majoring in psychology, said of the Fibonacciinspired sculpture. “The tin man was originally my favorite. This one’s my favorite now because it’s shiny.” The spiral is now a cornerstone of the Woods Quad sculpture garden.

“It’s a really interesting piece, I just wish they had more art,” Ashton Huggins, a junior majoring in psychology, said. “I think it’s great that it’s out here,” Huggins said. “I know a lot of students come in, and this is my favorite part of campus.” The Woods Quad sculpture garden stands as a physical representation of art on campus. “I feel like there’s a great need for the arts,” Huggins said. “I feel like people try to bypass the arts a lot of times. I think that having this area shows how we are incorporating more of the arts into our university, and as a whole, that’s going to make it more diverse and interesting.”

The Student Government Association & The Office of the Dean of Students will honor the memory of William “Will” Blake Caroll John Augustine D’Alessandro Brooke Moncheire Jackson Tillman Haskell Merritt Captain Mark Tyler Voss, USAF with a

* Denny Chimes Memorial Tribute October 28, 2013 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friends, family members and the University Community are invited to gather on the Quad around the Denny Chimes *In the event of rain, the location will change to the top steps of the Gorgas Library Building.


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Class allows students to provide free tax prep By Megan Smith | Contributing Writer As The University of Alabama continues to grow, the Honors College has created several new service-learning courses like Poverty, Faith and Justice in America. Designed as a dual impact initiative, the course aims to influence student thinking while also making a hands-on difference across the state through free tax preparation. After taking an IRS certification test, students enrolled in the course are placed in the field serving as SaveFirst volunteer tax preparers, Heather Christensen, coordinator for the course, said. SaveFirst is a statewide initiative through Impact Alabama where college students from 16 campuses are trained to interact with and provide cost-free tax preparation for low-income families, particularly those found eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refund. Through this role, students work in a setting not readily available to most college students, providing them with insight into deeply rooted socioeconomic issues. The EITC component, implemented by the federal government, is intended to combat poverty by providing additional support for families in need.

Volunteering at the SaveFirst tax sites really opens many students’ eyes to what living in poverty looks like. — Heather Christensen

“Volunteering at the SaveFirst tax sites really opens many students’ eyes to what living in poverty looks like,” Christensen said. “The single mother of two who works three jobs and attends night classes and the elderly couple living off his social security check and her part-time wages. They meet hard-working Alabamians that really appreciate having high-trained volunteers prepare their taxes at no cost.” Students gain a specific set of skills from the course, a result of interaction outside the normal collegiate activities. Meg Tebbs, a recent UA graduate, currently serves as volunteer

coordinator for Impact Alabama, the nonprofit organization through which SaveFirst operates. Tebbs also took the course in her time as an undergraduate. “One taxpayer I worked with was a working mother with two children, and she made $20,000 a year,” Tebbs said. “She was putting her daughter through college, and her daughter was a first-generation college student. It was awesome to see how hard she was working to contribute to her daughter’s education.” In addition to tax preparation in midJanuary and February, Christensen said students also participate in the FocusFirst initiative. This program, another Impact Alabama effort, provides free vision screenings to children enrolled in Headstart day cares in economically disadvantaged communities. Aside from serving in the community, students engage in a series of thoughtprovoking classroom discussions, led by Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Tebbs said these discussions focus on perceptions and misperceptions of poverty through varied readings. “We looked at education pieces, and we also had a big focus on predatory indus-

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tries relating to people living in poverty - title loans, payday loans and also the commercial tax preparation industry,” Tebbs said. Students also examine ideas on a more personal level through discussions of faith and obligation as related to poverty. “The course explores the ways faith can affect our response to poverty and inform our understanding of justice,” Christensen said. This course is available to Honors College students of any class standing as UH 331 and to junior and senior students as MGT 491. Although these sections are full for spring 2014, volunteer opportunities are still available through both Impact Alabama and the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility.

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By Jason Frost | Contributing Writer The SGA Financial Affairs Committee distributes $200,000 annually to various student organizations and event planners, providing funds for everything from awareness campaigns to student outreach. It is for this reason that John Brinkerhoff, a member of the SOURCE Board of Governors, is bringing litigation against the committee for changing its membership numbers. Proposed by first-year senator Kristen Ellis, Bill B-22-13 was unanimously passed through the SGA Senate this month, adding two new seats selected from the Senate Committee on Finance to the now 15 member committee. Brinkerhoff, who helped design the 13 member model, is challenging the bill on its constitutionality, claiming that it violates “both common sense and legal terms” set forth by Article IV of the SGA Constitution. After this issue was brought up, a new bill, B-2613, was proposed. This bill would ensure that the two new members would be appointed by the Senate, instead of being pulled straight from the finance committee. “If B-26 is passed, subsequently making B-22 repealed, it would change the sponsor of the bill,” Senate Speaker Cole Adams said. “B-22 was originally proposed by a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Given the judicial review requested, the chair of that committee wanted to be listed as sponsor instead.”

The new sponsor, Gregory Poole, would also be in charge of selecting the two new members from the Senate. SGA President Jimmy Taylor, however, told Brinkerhoff he is considering vetoing the new bill until the B-22-13 is addressed. As it stands, the other five Senate members are selected from the Senate Committee on Finance, to be joined by the SGA Vice President of Financial Affairs, the SGA Treasurer, three members of SOURCE, two student organization leaders and the FAC Advisor. “The FAC used to have 16 members, compared to only 13 today,” Poole said. “Therefore, the Senate unanimously decided that there should be added two additional seats, for a total of 15 members, in order to better represent the student body and student organizations, to return back to historical norms, and to better reflect the monumental increase of the student population in the past decade.…The reasoning behind this is that the Senate, like the U.S. House of Representatives, has the power of the purse in the SGA. This means we have a responsibility over how student tuition dollars are spent.” Brinkerhoff said he feels the new committee representation takes too much power out of the hands of student organizations and plans to challenge the bill in front of the Student Judiciary. “There has never been an FAC meeting where one organization has controlled the majority,” Brinkerhoff said. “This bill takes the unprecedented step of doing just that. It will compromise the FAC’s

ability to ethically offer funds and given that the SGA is a political organization, student organizations denied funding would inherently question the integrity of the process.” Poole said he offered Brinkerhoff two compromises, but both were rejected on the basis that they do not address the addition of two new members and Brinkerhoff’s belief that it would allow the Senate to give itself more power in the future. Chief Justice of the SGA Judicial Board Benjamin Sleight has agreed to hear the case between Oct. 30 and Nov. 15. “The hearing follows the same format as hearings in appellate courts,” Sleight said. “In broad strokes, each side has a fixed amount of time to present their case on the merits and the justices can interrupt with questions throughout. There are no witnesses or evidence because it’s all strictly theoretical. Then the justices will deliberate, vote and issue an opinion by the majority.” Brinkerhoff said he hopes to resolve the issue before the FAC’s next meeting on Nov. 4, and said he believes everyone involved has good intentions and hopes for a “genuine discussion on this bill’s constitutionality.” “I am challenging this bill because I want to keep the FAC functioning the way it has operated for the past several years, with integrity and above the negative politics that often characterize individual organizations on campus,” Brinkerhoff said.


p.7 Abbey Crain | Editor culture@cw.ua.edu

Monday, October 28, 2013

Haunting at the Museum ghost tour expands in 3rd year to full Halloween event

Attendees can expect a great introduction to some history of the campus that they might not have known before.

— Allie Sorlie

CW | Austin Bigoney The Alabama Museum of Natural History’s The Haunting at the Museum walking ghost tour starts at Smith Hall and visits five supposedly haunted locations on campus.

By Tara Massouleh | Staff Writer With fall in full swing and Halloween right around the corner, haunted houses and ghost tours are in the midst of their busiest season. The Alabama Museum of Natural History located in Smith Hall will join in the Halloween festivities Oct. 29 with its third annual Haunting at the Museum walking ghost tour. The tour begins in Smith Hall and explores five different locations around the Quad that are said to be haunted. These locations include Gorgas Library, Little Round House, Gorgas House and the roped-off bricks known to be the ruins of Madison Hall. Madison Hall was destroyed during the Civil War by Union members. Every year on April 3, the anniversary of its incineration, people reportgetting a whiff of smoke coming from the phantom Madison

Hall being burned down. Todd Hester, museum naturalist and this year’s Haunting at the Museum tour guide, said the story of Madison Hall is one of his favorites to tell because people can still see the remaining blocks and envision the building. Hester said the idea for Haunting at the Museum was formed based on requests from the community to learn more about Smith Hall’s hauntings. It is speculated that former geologist Eugene Allan Smith, for whom the building is named, haunts the building. Visitors and students often attribute hearing unidentified footsteps and voices to him. “Throughout the years we’ve always had people say that Smith Hall is haunted, and they always try to get us to tell stories to give a glimpse of what kind of haunting we actually have,” Hester said. “There was such a demand for it; people

wanted to know these stories, so we decided three years ago that during the Halloween season, we would do a haunted tour of campus.” Since it began three years ago, Haunting at the Museum has expanded from just a walking ghost tour to a full Halloween experience equipped with a scavenger hunt, kids’ activities, refreshments and a scary story reading in addition to the tour. The tour itself has also been split into three time slots beginning at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., which allows those who cannot make the initial start time of 6 p.m. to still attend the tour. Allie Sorlie, event organizer and the museum’s education outreach coordinator, said the new structure allows for a more fluid, freeflowing event where attendees can cycle between the tour, activities and viewing the museum’s exhibit at their leisure. Sorlie said Haunting at the Museum provides the perfect balance of

entertainment and education. “The campus has such a rich and interesting history that stories and legends had been passed down over the years,” Sorlie said. “Attendees can expect a great introduction to some history of the campus that they might not have known before. It’s also a chance to come see the museum at night, which is always a lot of fun.” The stories shared at Haunting at the Museum are more campus legend than terrifying thriller, and the event is family friendly and free for all ages. However, Hester said the stories told are especially meaningful to students who attend the University. “Last year we had a great number of college students. We definitely want all the college students to come out,” Hester said. “For college students, this is their home. So, these are ghost stories about your home.”

COLUMN | FILM

Rocky Horror still the king of camp By Dylan Walker I went to my first showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Friday, presented by Pink Box Burlesque at the Bama Theatre. It is safe to say that experience revived my faith in the power of film. While I could go on for days about men in tights and my friend Noah dressing like Miley Cyrus to win a free piercing, I will just stick to the performance and film itself. As is Rocky tradition, Pink Box Burlesque acted out the scenes of Jim Sharman’s 1975 film as the film itself played on a big screen in the background. The audience was also required to participate, and by the closing credits, chests were exposed, toilet paper was everywhere and a dance party had ensued. Now, I know I can’t expect

this much of a party every time I watch a movie, but what I can’t help but wonder what exactly is it that drives a film’s fan base to a campy communalism of Rocky-esque proportions? Part of the film’s success came from its re-release as a midnight movie in 1976, drawing a recurring and eventually cult crowd. It also presents progressive views on sex, gender roles, sci-fi and the structure of musical movies themselves. Tim Curry is brilliant as Dr. Frank N. Furter, encompassing sexuality in a way that is neither masculine nor feminine. This is continually captured by Frank N. Furter in shadow casts, like that of Pink Box Burlesque. Passion and desire are broken down to their purest forms, with only lust and no complications of

propriety or convention. Women and men alike are free to dress, love and brutally murder in whatever way they choose. Something that is still new-age in current society. The film’s genre-crossing plot also allows the campiest fans to combine in a deadly unit. The loose alien sci-fi plot mixed with musical numbers brings fans in from “Star Wars” to “Hairspray.” Surprisingly, Friday’s turnout also included prepsters in khaki, athletes in workout gear and one Rocky veteran who has been dressing up for these showings since the 1970s. There really is something for most people in the performance. The film’s structure is not only different in terms of genre, but also in audience participation. The best thing a movie can do is engage us, which is my favorite thing about Rocky Horror.


p.8 Marc Torrence | Editor sports@cw.ua.edu

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Alabama water ski team finishes 3rd at nationals By Danielle Walker | Staff Reporter Days before Matthew Oglesby was scheduled to take off for California to compete in the slalom at Collegiate Nationals for The University of Alabama water ski club, he learned he would also have to compete in the tricks event after a teammate was suddenly unable to make the competition. “I hadn’t ridden my trick ski in about a year, and so I had to go out late, late the night before we were going to leave to ride my trick ski,” freshman Oglesby said. “We have to do whatever we have to do.” Collegiate Nationals was hosted by San Diego State University at Imperial Lakes in El Centro, Calif., Oct. 17-19. SkiBama placed third overall as a team with a score of 10,330 points. “The USA National Collegiate Water-Ski was unbelievable,” sophomore Elizabeth Fowler said. “No one was injured, and everyone skied well for their

The tournament is a great time with a relaxed college atmosphere. — Ryan Hinkle

abilities. We had a couple tournament personal bests, which is awesome to do at the national competition.” Out of the 12 teams competing in Division I, Alabama was beat out only by the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette but by more than 2,000 points. Those teams have dominated Collegiate Nationals for the past 20 years and have been Alabama’s biggest competition, Oglesby said. During the three-day competition, SkiBama was in a constant battle to secure its third-place position with Rollins College and Florida Southern. At the end of the first day, the team was in

fourth place. “Men’s jump is where we just pulled away,” Oglesby said. “After that, we were in a solid third place, and there was no way a school was going to catch us.” Freshman Ca r o l i n e Cooper placed second overall in girls slalom. SkiBama took 16 members to Collegiate Nationals. Team members such as senior Ryan Hinkle enjoy travelling to tournaments to compete but to also meet new people and bond with their teammates. “The tournament is a great time with a relaxed college atmosphere, as everyone is enjoying being at the lake instead of class,” Hinkle said. Fowler said she enjoys travelling to competitions like Collegiate Nationals because of the friendships that are made there. “The best part about collegiate skiing is … you get to meet people from all over the nation that have the same passion that you do – waterskiing,” Fowler said.

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This type includes Chris Hile, a junior majoring in chemistry, and Ross Singer, a sophomore majoring in accounting, who can also be seen riding throughout campus and the Quad. As with juggling, the cyclists said hands-free cycling wasn’t hard to master. “It only took me two months to get the hang of it,� Singer said. “It’s a lot easier than people think. Beginner cycles’ pedals are only about 6 inches off the ground, so you aren’t going to fall [if you lose your balance].� As with many hobbies, Hile became interested in unicycles because of a friend. “I had a friend who already had a unicycle, and I just tried it and then got my own,� he said. Usefulness, however, was what brought Hile’s unicycle to college. “Unicycles are a lot more convenient because they’re smaller,� Hile said. “They can fit into the back of a car with no problem.� The unconventional transportation does not go unnoticed by students and faculty when the unicyclists wheel about campus. Hasemeyer said he gets jokes such as “How do you pop a wheelie?� and “If two of you highfived, you could be a bicycle.� Singer said it’s not the cheesy jokes they mind, just the redundancy. “We’ve heard a lot of terrible jokes, like, ‘Your bike’s broken!’� said Singer. “Really we just want some new ones.�

on the road in what has been a wild season in the SEC. But LSU has the talent to compete with the Crimson Tide and won’t lie down and play dead. LSU won the last meeting in Tuscaloosa 9-6 in overtime. “I’ve been looking forward to this day,� safety Landon Collins said. “I didn’t know I was going to play or what I what going to be able to do for the team. I just want to be able to dominate them like we’ve been doing in the past four weeks.� The game is especially important to Collins, a native of Geismar, La., who was recruited heavily by both Alabama and LSU. When he announced his Alabama commitment on ESPN, his mother, an LSU fan, famously put her hand on her forehead and shook her head and, when interviewed, said she would have preferred Collins chose the Tigers. He caught a lot of flak on Twitter and from his friends, who felt the same as his mom. “It means a lot,� Collins said. “They tried to throw me in the dirt when I made the commitment. Getting a chance to play against

them and actually be on the field and knock some heads with them, it’s a big thing to me.� Collins, who is playing strong safety in place of the injured Vinnie Sunseri, didn’t know he’d have this big of a role when he faces his home-state team for the second time. Alabama players all have their own reasons for wanting to beat LSU, and the game’s national championship implications are hard to overlook. With Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor cruising along below Alabama in the rankings, it looks like the Crimson Tide won’t be able to slide into the national championship game with a loss like it has the last two seasons. And so the Crimson Tide, which has been steadily improving after a couple of uninspiring games to start the year, will head into the final stretch of the season with another national championship – and the legacy of the greatest run in college football – on the line. “With every game that we go through, I think well-roundedly, our offense, defense and special teams are getting better,� center Ryan Kelly said. “It’s two different teams from the beginning of the year until now. We like the way we’re playing.�

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ALABAMA VS. TENNESSEE BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM • OCTOBER 26, 2013 ALABAMA 45 — TENNESSEE 10 Receiver Kevin Norwood leaps to avoid a tackle and gain extra yards on his way to 112 yards and the Tide’s 45-10 stomping of the Vols.

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