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Students train as Army cadets Female commander makes UA history By Mazie Bryant Assistant News Editor It’s 6 a.m., and they’ve already been running for 15 minutes. Sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 60 seconds, repeat 20 times. Abdominal exercises, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of every week, members of The University of Alabama Army ROTC program are divided into groups based on age and athleticism on the University Recreation fields at the break of dawn, and training ensues for over an hour. Strength and stamina are assessed, and the cadets are pushed to the limit.


“The cadets are here at the University for a degree,” Sgt. 1st Class Davis said. “But we are trying to build a foundation for physical training and a base knowledge for a military career. They are more or less the same as athletes with classes and training.” Established in 1860 as a disciplinary initiative to counter behavioral problems of University students, the battalion is one of only three Corps of Cadets across the country to have participated in the Civil War. During the Civil War, the corps gathered to defend the University from Union troops, and the Little Round House adjacent to Gorgas Library served as a guard post, Davis said.

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Undefeated Alabama to face LSU for 3rd time in 365 days


labama head coach Nick Saban didn’t address them by name following Alabama’s 38-7 thrashing of Mississippi State, but linebacker C.J. Mosley knew they were already on his teammates minds when the clock hit 0:00 Saturday. Everybody knew it was coming all year,

but now it’s finally arrived: The No. 1 Crimson Tide will take its championship quest to Baton Rouge, La., this Saturday for a top-5 showdown with the No. 5 LSU Tigers. It’s a rematch of The Rematch, where Alabama stomped LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship just two

months after a 9-6 overtime loss to the Tigers in Tuscaloosa. “We don’t even have to talk about it,” Mosley said. “You already know what is set for next week’s game based off last year and based off the national championship. We just have to treat every game like it’s another game. We just got to be ready for what they bring.”

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Top: Students at the Mississippi State were already prepared for LSU game. Bottom left, center and right: Alabama’s offense and defense put up a shutout against the LSU Tigers during the BCS National Championship in New Orleans on Jan. 9.


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After delay, Cultural Arts Center to open in August 2013 NEWS | TUSCALOOSA ARTS


April 2011 tornado set back $3.9 Million Arts Council project

Center to devote 1,500 square feet of gallery space to University

Old Jemison building renovations continue By Sarah Robinson Contributing Writer The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is inching closer to completion with help from the Tuscaloosa County Commission, which is contributing $500,000 over the next two years for the project on Oct. 17. The Arts Center will be in the old downtown Allen and Jemison building at Greensboro Avenue and 7th Street. Co u n ty Co m m i s s i o n Chairman Hardy McCollum said the commission has been working with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. on the CAC, which is scheduled to open Aug. 29, 2013. “The property is across the street from the courthouse, and we have an interest in making sure the properties in and around the courthouse are attractive and wellkept,” McCollum said. “More er • Plea s

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— Jim Harrison importantly, we felt it was good for the community.” The County Commission agreed to give $500,000 over a two-year timeframe, equaling $250,000 each year. The City of Tuscaloosa has also contributed $1.5 million toward the project, leaving the Council to raise another $1.9 million for finalizations. Sandy Wolfe, director of the Arts Council, said they wanted to approach the government, foundations and corporations about donations before approaching the public. Birmingham’s Daniel Foundation, Alabama Power, Alabama State Council on the Arts and The University of Alabama have contributed to the project. “Fundraising is always challenging, but especially

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so in a slow economy,” Jim Harrison, co-chairman of the CAC Campaign Committee, said. “Combine that with the post-tornado relief efforts last year, and it was a very difficult environment in which to be raising money for new projects.” Renovations started May 2010, expecting the Arts Center to be open by this year. Wolfe said the city’s portions were scheduled to start shortly after the April 27 tornado, which, along with other normal construction delays, set the grand opening back. Construction crews have been repairing and cleaning the brick, removing the carpet and linoleum on the first and second floors, adding stairwells, replacing windows, adding bathrooms and bringing electrical wiring and plumbing up to regulation. The crews are now expanding restrooms and working to refinish the heartwood pine floors on the first and second floors. SEE ARTS COUNCIL PAGE 2

Arts community to get ‘sense of home’

We want to give the arts community a sense of home. [Cultural centers] give people within the community and people coming into our community a way to connect.

By Nate Procter Staff Reporter Once a focal point in the heart of Tuscaloosa, the Allen Jemison building has been closer to demolition than prominence as of late. However, the Tuscaloosa Arts Council and their supporters believe the address will soon spark interest again. The council, following Tuscaloosa’s acquisition of a $1.5 million HUD grant and volunteer funding, are renovating the old building on the corner of 7th Street and Greensboro Avenue into what will become The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. “We want to give the arts community a sense of home,” Sandra Wolfe, executive director of the council, said. “[Cultural centers] give people within the community and people coming into our community a way to connect.” Wolfe said the center will greatly expand their capabilities to present works, hold

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— Sandra Wolfe workshops and facilitate the communal artistic environment she hopes to create. The main points within the center, two primary gallery spaces, a black box theatre/workshop space and several artist studios, would provide this flexibility. The largest gallery space, at 1,500 square feet, is designated for The University of Alabama, in part of the effort to coordinate cultural efforts between the city and the University. “It’s part of bringing the University communities out and melding them with the Tuscaloosa community,” Wolfe said. “What often happens in college communities is that the town doesn’t really know what’s happening there.” The space will be used to display works from UA faculty, MFA students and touring



exhibits, as well. The additional studio space provided will give the council far more flexibility, Wolfe said. The Bama Theatre, which offers its own gallery space, is booked until next summer. Beyond the studio space, Wolfe said the theatre and community rooms will be used extensively for a variety of University projects: written, musical, dance and others that would house council workshops and local artistic groups. The more intimate size of the floorlevel black box theatre provides a more appropriate venue for many smaller or children-aimed productions. Additionally, the second floor offers costume workshop space and storage that will grant a new home for the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theater, offices for TCT alongside the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and Tuscaloosa Community Dancers and six individual studio spaces. Wolfe expressed that the next stage of development would offer similar features on the third floor of the building.



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Millions brace for Hurricane Sandy MCT Campus WASHINGTON -- Sandy, the monster hurricane, continued on a grim path toward the midAtlantic coastline Sunday, as millions of anxious residents braced for high winds, torrential rains, heavy flooding, power blackouts and a lot of misery. The hurricane, which churned off the North Carolina coast Sunday morning, was expected to roar ashore, perhaps on the New Jersey coastline, on Monday night or early Tuesday. But winds of up to 60 mph were expected to begin battering a wide swath of the Eastern Seaboard on Monday. Federal officials warned of predicted high storm surges that already have prompted evacuation orders in scores of coastal communities in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and other states. “We’ve been talking about Sandy for a couple of days, but the time for preparing and talking is about over,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said in a conference call with reporters Sunday, urging coastal residents to heed evacuation orders. The storm, he said, is expected to produce a “very high potentially life-threatening” surge. Tom Kines, a meteorologist with Accu Weather, said he hasn’t seen anything like Sandy in his nearly 30 years on the job. “As far as the amount of damage that she will likely do, this is a once in a lifetime storm,” he

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The CAC will include a gallery for the Arts Council, a black box theatre, workshop space for rehearsal, music recital halls, offices for local art groups, poetry reading space and gallery space for The University of Alabama. It will also provide a home for the Tuscaloosa Symphony, community dancers and the children’s theatre. As of now, the Arts Council has secured 80 percent of the total $3.4 million needed to complete the project. Anyone interested in more information on how to become a partner in the project should contact Sandra Wolfe at 205758-4994, ext. 3.

ARTS COUNCIL FROM PAGE 1 said. Strong winds will be felt hundreds of miles away from the center of the hurricane, he said. The storm is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain, though 12 inches could fall in some communities. Storm surge and high tides could reach 6 to 11 feet in some areas. Also, two feet or more of snow could fall in West Virginia. In Virginia, Jeff Caldwell, a spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell, said officials are bracing for strong winds and heavy rain in the eastern half of the state and possibly snow along the western border. “With the potential for high winds and flooding, we are prepared to close the Hampton Roads tunnels, which will shut down the interstates in that region,’’ he told the Los Angeles Times. “All in all, Virginia remains under a state of emergency and is preparing for a difficult couple of days, and we are advising citizens to be vigilant in their own preparations.’ With millions of residents expected to lose power in the mid-Atlantic, and possibly farther north, utility companies rushed in reinforcement crews from as far away as New Mexico. Officials predicted that power could be out for a week or more in communities. The White House announced that President Obama would fly back to Washington on Monday after a campaign event in Ohio

in order to monitor preparations for and response to the storm. While the annual Marine Corps Marathon got underway under windy, cloudy skies in Washington, D.C., the storm already was affecting travel across the country. Thousands of flights have been cancelled. “The weather is already going downhill in the mid-Atlantic states,” National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said in the conference call with reporters. “We have tropical storm conditions through Cape Hatteras and now into southern Virginia,” said Todd Kimberlain, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center. “Those are going to start spreading up the coast into the remainder of the coastal Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay and then into the mid-Atlantic region,” probably by Sunday afternoon. “The winds are spread out over a huge area,” Kimberlain said. “Even though the center may come ashore in New Jersey, the strong winds are going to extend all the way up into Boston.’’ In Reheboth Beach, Del., people who live within a quartermile of the shore were ordered to evacuate by 8 p.m. Sunday. Officials warned that Sandy could bring a foot of more of rain and a storm surge that could “approach the storm surge created by the great nor’easter of 1962, the storm of modern record.”

The Arts Council chose the Allen and Jemison building because of its accessibility to the community and to save it, Wolfe said. The building was only a week from destruction when the center was planned for the location. “Sometimes, it’s really hard to find some of the arts organizations if you are not familiar with Tuscaloosa,” Wolfe said. “This center will give an easy location for people to connect to the arts.”

Downtown integrity to be preserved at CAC CAC FROM PAGE 1 “There’s simply so much potential for new opportunities we couldn’t accommodate before,” Wolfe said. Similar to the council’s Bama Theatre, the Allen Jemison building fell under historic building exceptions, which allowed the council to abandon some major overhauls the updated building code would require. This allowed them to update the facility while maintaining the historical significance the former store holds within the community. “It was a hub for Tuscaloosa,” Wolfe said. “It’s part of the fabric of this community, and it’s important that we preserve that in some way.” Brian Brooker of Ellis Architects, architect of the CAC, took these considerations into mind with his design. Brooker said he sees Tuscaloosa’s downtown in the midst of a revival, recalling years when the area didn’t have much use. He said as the University has grown, buildings have been repurposed, and its growth has been undeniable. “The downtown area has retained its integrity, mostly, through the years,” Booker said. “And there are a lot of buildings that await new

uses, like the Allen Jemison building.” He spoke of their efforts to preserve the historical presence of the downtown fixture. Through this effort, much of the building’s exterior has kept its original makeup, with additional efforts to mimic the patterns of the original storefront and aesthetic improvements to windows. Within the building, code updates were made, and the new interior, featuring specially pivoting gallery doors and new lighting, was designed. Exposed brickwork, uncovered hardwood flooring and the preservation of the signature pneumatic tube, which functioned to transport money in the old store, reveal historical touches. “We’re going to keep it where it is and sort of make an art exhibit out of [the tube]” Booker said. “We’ve tried to leave exposed as much of the original structure as we can.” Wolfe viewed the CAC as just one part of the downtown’s artistic growth, alongside private studio housing, gallery spaces and dining that will stretch Greensboro’s pedestrian area down to the CAC and 7th Street. She cited Tuscaloosa as being “on the cusp” of becoming a true cultural and artistic hub. “When I moved here 20 years ago, there wasn’t a reason to come downtown,” Wolfe said. “That’s all changing.”

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Programs offer adults degree opportunities By Mark Hammontree Contributing Writer There is an increasing number of undergraduates at The University of Alabama who are older than the typical college student. The number of students age 25 or older who are enrolled at the University as either fulltime or part-time students has steadily risen every year since fall 2008. In that year, there were 1,753 students who fell into that age bracket, and, in fall 2012, 2,323 enrolled students are 25 or older including 11 students 65 or older. The increase in the number of these students follows the general enrollment increase the University has experienced as a whole in the past several years. “Distance learning degrees

are on the increase, both in supply and demand,” Rebecca Pow, associate dean of the College of Continuing Studies, said. “The University of Alabama has provided opportunities for adult and non-traditional students for nearly a century. Today, students from all over the world are able to pursue their educational dreams through our technology-based learning formats representing over 70 degree programs.” The College of Continuing Studies has several programs that provide opportunities for adults from various circumstances to take classes and earn a degree from the University. BamaByDistance offers flexible programs for earning a bachelor’s, master’s, and even a doctoral degree through online

courses in addition to weekend or evening classes. The programs offer students an opportunity to attain a college degree at a pace and convenience tailored to each individual. “Our most popular degree program is the online Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration (General Business) degree,” Pow said. “We also offer distance degree programs in engineering, education, human environmental sciences, social work, arts and sciences, library and information studies and law.” BackToBama is a program designed to give former UA students the ability to come back and finish where they had left off. To be eligible, a student must have attempted at least

15 credit hours of class. Also, at least two semesters must have elapsed since they were students. New College LifeTrack – formerly External Degree Program – is a program that allows adults to study their interests in an individualized manner that results in an interdisciplinary education and a degree. The program offers distance courses, self-study, and also the option of taking on-campus courses at the University. According to the LifeTrack website, the program has graduated more than 1,800 students with degrees. Many opportunities exist for adults to attain a college degree from the University of Alabama. In today’s world, it is increasingly important to have a college degree, and not just for

Blood drive to benefit UA employee By Mary Kathryn Patterson Contributing Writer University of Alabama employees will host a bone marrow registry drive on campus to support a co-worker recently diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. The drive will take place Oct. 31 outside of Reese Phifer Hall and the Ferguson Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gray Lloyd, a graduate of the University and producer at the Center for Public Television and Radio in Reese Phifer, was diagnosed with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm in August. Doctors told Lloyd in addition to chemotherapy, he would need a bone marrow transplant to keep his cancer from coming back. “Due to the severity of my cancer, a bone marrow

transplant must be done during the first remission,” Lloyd said. “Otherwise, the cancer will come back, and it usually kills you.” Lloyd was matched with his donor through the Be The Match registry, which is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. Be The Match is the world’s largest registry of potential bone marrow donors, with 9.5 million people on the list to donate. Rachel Harris, account executive for Be The Match, said college students were often prime candidates to join a donor list. “Transplant doctors choose donors between the ages of 18 and 44 the majority of the time,” Harris said. “We need young, diverse members on the registry to give patients a better chance to find a match and a hope for a cure.”

A cheek swab is taken to join the registry, and that determines if the donor could be a match for anyone, Harris said. “The [bone marrow] donation process is easier than most people think,” Harris said. “Over 80 percent of the time, it’s a blood process similar to donating platelets. The other 20 percent, it’s an outpatient procedure where a needle is used to take marrow from your hip, and you are asleep for the entire process.” Lloyd was first told by his doctor that it would likely be one to three months before he was matched with a non-related donor, but his match was found faster than the doctors anticipated. “When I went in for my second chemo treatment in October, we met with the bone marrow team beforehand, who informed me

professional success. “For most people in this category, obtaining a degree is a very personal goal,” Nina Smith, Program Manager for Student Services, said. “We have several students who have achieved a very high level of success without their degree, from corporate executives to professional athletes. But, on a very personal level, they feel there is something missing. So, returning to school or starting for the

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that they had found a match,” Lloyd said. “We didn’t believe what we were hearing at first. In the back of my mind, I thought it would be much longer before they would find a match for me.” Lloyd said he was thankful there were people who have already signed up to register for bone marrow donation, and he hopes to see students respond to the drive. “The process is not as complicated or as painful as it used to be, and by doing this, you are saving someone’s life,” Lloyd said. “I can’t thank my donor enough because who knows where I would be in a couple months without him.” For more information about the Be The Match registry, contact Rachel Harris at

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TODAY’S TOPIC: ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT Gas cost an average of $1.90 a gallon when President Obama took office four years ago, but it is selling for about $3.75 a gallon today. The president says gas prices have risen because the economy has improved; gas prices fell greatly before he was inaugurated as the economy spiraled into recession. Republican candidate Mitt Romney says the president has been hostile to American sources of energy by blocking the development of the

Keystone XL pipeline that would move oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, imposing heavy new regulations on energy production and being slow to increase energy production from resources on federal property. President Obama has implemented new fuel economy standards that will increase the distance American automobiles can travel on a gallon of fuel, hoping better technology will allow drivers to go

farther with less energy. Gov. Romney hopes to open up more areas for energy exploration, bringing more fuel to the market. Some combination of both strategies may offer the best hope for drivers and homeowners attempting to avoid high energy costs, but both will also take years to have a meaningful impact at the pump. Meanwhile, environmentalists continue to sound alarms about global warming, an issue

that hasn’t gotten much attention during this campaign but that reminds us all there may be more harmful consequences from the energy we consume than the cost of buying it. Balancing our economy’s need for energy with our environment’s need for protection is a task that will fall to our next president, and both candidates have advanced very different ideas for how they will meet that challenge.

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In 2009, the Republican Party blocked a proposal for a cap-and-trade approach to carbon emissions. This would mean that CO2 emissions would be capped, and any company wanting to exceed the cap could buy credit from companies below it. It is this kind of split that separates the party line. Obama wants to continue drilling but understands such production needs regulation to be carried out on a sustainable level. He rejects the Republican mentality, warning that they would “let oil companies write the country’s energy plan” and opts for a cleaner plan for American energy production. Where we source energy is becoming increasingly political, with civil unrest in the Arab world and rising prices. Obama understands that America needs to address the issue from a point of national security. This means we have to look at protecting ourselves through three angles: securing American energy independence, climate change and our environment. Obama’s term has already seen a reduction in America’s dependence on foreign oil, and American production has increased. But he has also paved a more responsible path to the production. After disasters like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama has learned that oil production can have huge repercussions if not handled carefully. By carefully managing oil production, he has also allowed for increased investment in alternative resources. He has supported wind farms, solar energy and geothermal projects. Not only are these necessary complements to America’s oil and gas usage, but they are innovative. By investing time and research in these processes, America is leading the way in the world of technological development. Out of these, we have not just made energy; we have created a field of greener advances. From the big to the small, projects such as the plug-in, hybrid electric car will change the way we live. This is the forward mentality of an America that is constantly progressing. President Obama has also sought to increase the energy resources we have available by decreasing the amount of energy we need to use to run our cars. His administration has set in place a policy that will double the fuel efficiency of new cars by Model Year 2025 by raising standards for cars and light-duty trucks to over 54 miles per gallon. Getting more energy from the fuel we already produce is a guaranteed strategy for reducing consumption and costs in the future. With cleaner ways of making the energy we use, we are also addressing the bigger issue of climate change. If America is seen by the international community as moving toward a more sustainable environmental policy, others will follow, and the global effort to fight climate change will increase. It’s leading by example. That brings it back to our environment. This will benefit directly from Obama’s attention to cleaner energy production, but he has already made many positive changes in detail. The president’s record speaks for itself. He has dramatically increased protections for air quality and has been committed to protecting green spaces. One of his most attractive policies has been the conservation of wild spaces. In 2009, he launched a program to protect over 2 million acres of federal wilderness, trails and rivers. It is not only morally important to coexist with the climate we inhabit, but it is also of economic benefit. By protecting our land, we can use the resources it offers at a more sustainable rate that will, in turn, increase economic activity. President Obama clearly understands how best to balance our competing national security, economic and environmental interests so that we can develop a sustainable and forward-looking energy policy. The alternative could very well be an irresponsible and potentially damaging development that wouldn’t meet any of America’s vital interests and could actually undermine them.

Any credible policymaker, regardless of party affiliation, will concede that legislating environmental and energy initiatives is a balancing act. On the one hand – with over 23 million Americans unemployed, discouraged or underemployed – there is a real and immediate need to protect and create jobs in the short run, a goal that may directly conflict with the environmental agenda. On the other hand, science and common sense remind us that if we continue to be reckless stewards of our environment in the long run, future generations will inevitably be burdened with our mistakes, and unemployment will likely seem a relatively insignificant issue in the grand scheme. This is where politics comes into play. On this issue, the Republican Party and presidential candidate Mitt Romney have proposed a reasonable and moderate environmental program that will benefit all Americans over both the short and long term. Gov. Romney’s plan is organized around four main tenets: achieving domestic energy independence, privatizing the energy marketplace, diversifying energy research and development and promoting the mutual growth of the “green” sector and the broader economy. Gov. Romney recognizes that energy security is inextricably linked to national security. Given the present turmoil and hostility in the Middle East, Romney believes dependence on foreign imports is not viable for the future. Instead, he thinks the U.S. should focus on developing its abundant domestic resources. American energy independence is necessary, not just from an economic perspective, but also from an international and political perspective. While both candidates generally agree that energy independence is the ultimate goal, President Obama and Gov. Romney diverge markedly in their respective approaches toward achieving this objective. First and foremost, since experience shows that people best protect what they own, Romney favors letting private markets govern the energy industry. This would be a stark contrast to the current president’s use of taxpayer funds as venture capital for risky environmental initiatives like Solyndra. Under Romney’s plan, the role of partisan lobbyists will be diminished, while the role of the American people and American business will be greatly enhanced. Gov. Romney also plans to embrace an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy development, which would call for increased diversification and innovation in the “green” sector. While the Obama administration has consistently blocked the expansion of coal-based energy plants, Romney would seek to incentivize the expansion of low-cost and accessible coal-to-liquid and coal gasification processes. In addition, the Romney administration would look to invest in and develop alternative fuel sources such as wind, hydro, solar, biomass, geothermal, tidal and nuclear energy. This is clearly not your father’s conservative energy platform: diversity and progressivism, mixed with innovative free-market investment, will create the dynamic energy base this country needs to become energy independent. Finally, while President Obama has failed to effectively manage the energy and environmental industries’ potential to catalyze the national economy, Romney understands that a symbiotic and powerful relationship exists between the “green” sector on a micro scale and larger goals of reducing unemployment while increasing GDP growth on a macro scale. A strong and stable energy sector can be an invaluable engine of job creation in the short term, and a healthier economy will simultaneously provide for increased environmental conservation and energy research funding in the long term. Therefore, ensuring American economic vitality should be the top priority in our path toward energy independence. Pursuant to these ends, Mitt Romney would not waste millions of taxpayer funds by playing favorites with politically-favored energy companies, and he certainly would not block large and crucial energy projects like the Keystone XL pipeline to appease partisan lobbyists. The libertarian and free-market ideologies that established this country have served us well in the past, but we now face a critical juncture in 2012: voters must choose whether they will support the regulatory, bureaucratic and wasteful policies of President Obama, or whether they will side with Mitt Romney and his moderate plan for energy independence, which is founded on diverse, market-based innovation. Therefore, in terms of energy and environmental programs in 2012, the choice is clear: President Obama has a plan based on “big government” inefficiency and proven failure; Mitt Romney has a plan which is a dynamic and progressive defense of liberty.

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FAST FACTS • Fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-trucks are being increased to 54 miles per gallon by 2025.

• Romney plans to Increase leasing and permitting on federal lands and offshore. • He would approve of the Keystone XL pipeline and pursue closer collaboration with

• With Obama as president, domestic oil production is the highest it has been in 14 years. • Also, throughout his term, natural gas production has increased every year and is now at

• Romney would also streamline regulatory processes to make it easier to develop energy resources.

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Greek initiative collects Ride With the Tide plates food from Bryant-Denny raise more than $4 million By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker Staff Reporter A new philanthropy initiative called Fifth Quarter hopes to collect over 12,000 pounds of food from Bryant Denny Stadium before the end of football season, according to Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity President Burnham Hawk. “After the Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Ole Miss home games, a total of 2,186 pounds of food have been taken from the stadium to the West Alabama Food Bank truck,” Hawk said. This project started when Dean Azar, father of Phi Gamma Delta member Joe Azar, noticed food being thrown in garbage cans after the third quarter. He contacted both his son’s fraternity and his wife’s sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, to see if they would be interested in helping change this. With the help of Azar, both greek organizations partnered with the director of Crimson Tide Hospitality Jill Bender and West Alabama Food Bank Executive Director Henry Lipsey to make this idea a reality, Alpha Gamma Delta President Lissa Handley Tyson said. “Jill Bender, the University and Henry Lispey have been crucial in making this process come

together,” Tyson said. “At the end of every third quarter 10 Alpha Gams and 10 Phi Gams come to a room that has been specially set up to collect the leftover food from the North and South sides of the stadium.” While the executive chefs try very hard to prepare the right amount of food, unused food has always been emptied from pans into the trash in order to get the kitchen ready for future games. Now the food goes to people in need and lives have been impacted, Bender said. “I’ll be honest, I was skeptical at first, wondering if the support would be there to make it come to fruition, let alone continue,” Bender said. “Because Dean Azar had the passion and desire to ask questions, do the leg work and connect people, the Fifth Quarter was born.” The University has been so pleased with all of the progress that after the most recent home game against Mississippi State they set up an additional room in the South end zone so Fifth Quarter could collect food from the entire stadium besides the concession stands, Tyson said. “We can use anything that hasn’t been served,” Hawk said. “In the designated areas of the

stadium, the members transfer food from hard pans to disposable aluminum pans and roll bins outside to the West Alabama Food Bank truck.” To further protect the quality, food that needs to be refrigerated is stored in airtight containers and put under blankets that trap heat. “The food is then distributed to agencies and non-profits throughout west Alabama that feed people every day such as soup kitchens, halfway houses, drug rehab centers and group homes for the elderly,” Tyson said. According to West Alabama Food Bank’s website, they have distributed over 17 million pounds of food to households in need through their network of 65 agencies in the past 21 years. Cassie Lamprinakos, a junior majoring in marketing, could not believe the amount of food the University has thrown away in the past. “We really don’t realize how much food goes to waste and how easy it is to donate it to people in need,” Lamprinakos said. “I’m glad someone is taking the initiative to do something because it will benefit so many people and it can serve as a template for other SEC schools with equally as large game day programs.”

By Tori Linville Contributing Writer The University of Alabama’s National Alumni Association has succeeded in raising more than $4 million during the 2012 fiscal year through their Ride With the Tide license plate program, contributing to scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. The Alabama Department of Revenue recently reported that The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa sold 97,412 tags from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012. The sold plates accounted for 49.13 percent of the state’s collegiate license plate sales. Contributing significantly to scholarships, 20 percent of all UA collegiate tag sales back the association’s chapter scholarships, while 80 percent support graduate students. Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School David Francko explained how graduate students are selected to receive the license plate funding. “Each spring, I solicit nominations from our graduate academic programs for

what we call NAA License Tag Fellowships,” Francko said. “Nominated students must be Alabama residents, possess excellent academic records and be committed to using their graduate degrees to provide meaningful service to the citizens of the state.” To spread the University’s name to grads and undergrads alike, tags are sold in Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Maryland. Contracts for sales within the state of South Carolina have been approved and are being finalized by the South Carolina Department of Revenue. In an attempt to further sales, the license plate program is leading in the 2012 Plate Playoffs competition on the website myplates. com. David Wilson, director of Alumni Funds, described how the contest works. “The Myplates competition is between all the SEC schools, excluding A&M, and the first school to sell 100 tags by December 1 will receive $1,500.” Wilson said. “If The University of Alabama wins, the Alumni Association will

use the money for UA scholarships.” The University is competing in the “Blitz” division of the playoffs and is leading with 53 plates sold as of Oct. 28, 2012. Alabama is followed by LSU and Arkansas, with 36 plates and 22 plates sold, respectively. The tags can be purchased at a local county license office and can be a standard numbered plate or a personalized tag that would take a three- to four-week delivery. The purchase amount for a UA tag is $50 above the normal tag cost, tax deductible and can be bought regardless of the tag renewal month. “UA license tags are not only a great way to demonstrate to all that you support the Capstone as you drive around our state and the nation, but also a great way to contribute to the education of some of our finest students in a real and tangible way,” Francko said. To renew a University of Alabama collegiate license plate, let the local county license office know that you want to continue to Ride with the Tide.

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Tuscaloosa residents choose to drive to work Recent study finds that only 1.4 percent of locals walk to their jobs on a daily basis By Adrienne Burch and Morgan Reames CW Staff The number of people choosing to walk instead of drive or use public transportation is on a steady decline across the U.S. Only 1.4 percent of Tuscaloosa residents walk to work, with 95 percent choosing to drive, according to a recent study by “In general, the U.S. is centered around the automobile, with public transportation also limited in most parts of the country,” Jonathan Wingo, assistant professor of kinesiology, said. Wingo also said Tuscaloosa fits this description. With only one form of public transportation, The Tuscaloosa Trolley, and a spread out community,

it is difficult for residents to walk places. “I live 10 miles away from work,” he said. “If I were to ride a bike or walk, I would be putting my life in danger.” However, he said this looks slightly different for students on a college campus like The University of Alabama. “A university campus involves quite a lot of walking, like in a big city,” Wingo said. “You may drive a car to campus, but once you are here, you are getting exercise.” Courtnie Davis, a junior majoring in communication studies, said she enjoys walking but has seen her generation turn away from walking as a form of transportation. “We are a lazy society,” Davis said. “When it comes to jobs and daily life, we just want everything as easy as possible for ourselves.”

Wingo said though it may instead of the elevator or be difficult for people in making a family outing a trip Tuscaloosa to walk places, to the park instead of to the it is still important they find movies. a way to exercise. People John Jackson, manager of should perform an average fitness and research at the of 150 minutes University of moderate Rec Center, intensity physisaid people A university campus involves cal activity every who choose quite a lot of walking, like in week. This could to be inactive a big city. You may drive a involve activities are more at car to campus, but once you like brisk walkrisk for health are here, you are getting ing, running or problems. swimming. “You can exercise. “Physical be obese and activity has to ove r we i g h t , — Jonathan Wingo become a habitbut if you get ual part of a your 150 minperson’s day,” utes of physiWingo said. “People say they cal activity in a week, you can don’t have time to exercise, cross the risk factor off for but they just need to be a little yourself,” Jackson said. “Your more creative.” immune system gets boosted He suggested parking by a 20-30 minute walk, just farther away at the gro- from raising your heart rate cery store, taking the stairs a little bit.”

A study by Southern California University found people who walk have higher energy levels and overall happier moods. “People just don’t think about the psychological benefits,” Jackson said. Davis said walking to class and work helps her to relax. “I definitely focus on nature more,” she said. “Walking is a time for me to take a breath of fresh air and relax.” More opportunities and education on health benefits will encourage more people to walk to work, Jackson said. “Number one, we need to provide an opportunity for people to walk, more walking areas,” Jackson said. “Number two, provide education people need about the benefits of physical activity. You don’t have to get out and run a 5k to get healthy

benefits; just get out and walk for 10 minutes.” The Tuscaloosa Forward Plan, initiated in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011, tornado, includes plans to make Tuscaloosa a more pedestrian-friendly city. Deidre Stalnaker, communications director for the city of Tuscaloosa, said The Tuscaloosa Forward Plan includes plans for a City Walk, a 12-foot-wide walking and biking trail connecting neighborhoods throughout the city. Stalnaker said she does not know if the new components of the Tuscaloosa Forward plan like the City Walk will result in more people walking to work, but it does make areas of town more accessible by foot. “That’s a step in the right direction,” Stalnaker said.

3D board game club introduces new way to interact By Morgan Reames Contributing Writer

If you have a passion for gaming, and your home console is beginning to lose its appeal, with its wires and its subscription fees and its annoying opponents, 3D games may be for you. The 3D board game club is a newly established UA organization that describes themselves as a “revolutionary breakthrough in the gaming industry.” The club introduces a way to interact with others while engaging in tabletop games. “3DBG is a tabletop gaming club, meaning we play primarily board games but also some card and party games,” Anna Moyer, president of the

3D board gaming association, said. The name of the club refers to a new twist on a traditional way to play games. “The club was named by someone from my hometown, but the idea is that the board games physically have three dimensions; a lot of the games make use of small wooden figurines, unlike 2D video games,” Moyer said. While German-style board games have existed since the 1970s, the most wellknown game is Settlers of Catan, which originated in Europe and was introduced to the U.S. in 1995. This “Euro game” sparked interest due to its difference from American games, which are usually based on luck,

conflict and drama. “German-style games refers to games that are easy to learn, don’t emphasize conflict or luck, have indirect competition between players and often have economic themes,” Moyer said. “Within a game, we can get pretty competitive, but because of the nature of the indirect competition involved, we stay friendly.” Some of the games played at the meetings include Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Dominion, Stone Age and Alien Frontiers. The meetings are held on Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Ridgecrest South Atrium. The one-hour meetings are casual, and snacks, including lattes and donuts,

are served. Anywhere from two to five players can participate in a game, so those attending meetings are divided into groups based on who wants to play which game. While German-style board games seem unknown to most students on the UA campus, Moyer said many have started to express interest in them. “At home, I had a group of friends that would meet pretty regularly to game, but when I came to UA, I was surprised to find that there didn’t seem to be an official organization for Germanstyle games,” Moyer said. “As I recruited friends to play with me, it seemed like there might be some interest

in creating a game club – we would play in public areas, and people would come up to us to see what we were doing or express excitement that others also liked this style of board game.” Everyone is encouraged to give German-style board games a try. “It’s rare that we have a new player walk away from a meeting hating the experience,” Moyer said. “The games are easy to learn, so even those with no experience can be competitive and get into the game the first time that they play. It’s also a great way to meet new people; playing board games is a very social venture, and we have members with very diverse majors

and interests.” The only requirements to join are an interest in board games and the ability to attend at least one meeting. For more information or to become an official member, visit organization/3dbg.

IF YOU GO • What: 3D board game club • When: Fridays at 7 p.m. • Where: Ridgecrest South Atrium

C ULTURE Cookbook introduces college students to the kitchen Page 7


By Lauren Ferguson Culture Editor For many UA students, cooking skills are often neglected, and culinary classes are hard to come by. But for those looking to befriend their kitchen, author Nisa Burns offers up recipes and tips to help any student conquer cooking in “Kitchenability 101.” “’Kitchenability’ is a very unique word,” Burns said. “It’s all about becoming best friends with your kitchen in order to feed yourself lunch and to gain confidence in cooking in the kitchen.” Burns, a culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, described the process of making cooking easy and natural as “kitchenable.” “I give college students a guideline – simple, easy recipes to take away with them,”

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Burns said. “That was my whole concept.” Burns started as a nursing major, and during exam weeks would cook as a way to get her mind off of her studies. “I would go cook. It was my solace, my relief,” she said. “Some go run, I cook. I noticed I was going to the kitchen to find peace and thought, wow, I really enjoy this.” After her realization, Burns began blogging and talking with friends and ultimately decided to write a cookbook. “I called an editor out of the blue almost three years ago,” she said. “One thing led to another. I wanted to make this book and help a lot of people, beginners.” Burns said she decided to focus on the college demographic because, while there are thousands of simple and easy recipe cookbooks, there

were none to help teach a col- and all about risk.” lege student how to cook. Claris Leigh Feibelman, a In order to facilitate the junior majoring in nutrition, process for beginner cooks, said she likes the idea of a “Kitchenability cookbook geared 101” provides toward collegestudents with aged students. shopping plans, “Most colAnybody can cook, but some supply lists, budlege kids don’t are afraid. I’ve always been geting tips, skills even know how involved in the kitchen, so I and recipes for to use a stanknew the results of cooking cooking in coldard cookbook,” and knew the benefits. lege spaces. Feibelman said. Select recipes “I think more —Nisa Burns also feature QR students would codes that link be encouraged readers to online to cook [with demos of Burns ‘Kitchenability preparing the 101’] because dishes. they would know what to buy “Anybody can cook, but some and what to do, and it wouldn’t are afraid,” Burns said. “I’ve be a huge time commitment.” always been involved in the Burns said students should kitchen, so I knew the results of compare the kitchen to a relacooking and knew the benefits. tionship. Some parents don’t cook, some “Would you jump right in and do, but it’s all about exposure say ‘I love you’ and marry?” she

said. “Absolutely not. But don’t overdo yourself or overwhelm yourself – that’s what a lot of people do.” For many students, money is often limited, but Burns said students can cook great meals for low prices if they learn how to budget. She suggests potluck style dishes. “Chicken chili is perfect for study groups,” she said. “You can get friends to buy one of each ingredient, and everyone pitches in.” If potluck style is not ideal, readers can find numerous recipes, ranging from Nutella French toast, avocado lettuce wraps, lemon cilantro chicken, feta-spiked turkey burgers and more. The recipe amounts vary in size but remain manageable so students won’t be left with too many leftovers. “My roommate and I always talk about serving sizes being

too big,” Feibelman said. “If there is [a cookbook] that lets you cook in smaller amounts, that would be helpful.” For future endeavors, Burns said she hopes to be able to publish more books. “I would love to write a series,” she said. “My dream is to write another book for when the college students have graduated, a book that’s a little more sophisticated, since they will already have the basic skills.” The book, she said, would adapt with the students as they transition into their new adult lives. “I want to expand ‘Kitchenability’ as they grow,” she said. “The goal is to grow with my audience.” “Kitchenability 101” is available to purchase online at For more information, visit


UA professor gives tips on how students should dress for business occasions By Abbey Crain

One lesson every college student should learn before graduating is how to dress appropriately for professional situations. I admit I have not yet been on an interview that has required me to purchase a skirt, suit or slacks, but that does not mean I won’t in the future. Because of my lack of knowledge regarding sartorial choices of the “business casual” genre, I looked to an outside source not far outside of campus. Alexa Chilcutt, UA professor of public speaking, has done extensive research on impressions management

The worst thing you could wear is some short little dress, too much jewelry, too much makeup and platform or strappy shoes. Cute is not credible. — Alexa Chilcutt

and has given seminars all over campus on the importance of first impressions. Many students are required to take COM 123 and are familiar with Chilcutt’s lesson on appearance and nonverbal communication. “Typically, within the first 30 seconds to one minute, someone knows

whether they’re going to hire you or not,” Chilcutt said. “Appearance has at least 80 percent to do with your credibility. That is the first barrier you have to get over.” With so much emphasis on physical appearance, students should be wellequipped with an ensemble that reads credible,

On-Campus Halloween events IF YOU GO... • What: Sorority Row Trick-or-Treat – children are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes and come trick-or-treat on Sorority Row • When: Oct. 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m. • Where: Lawns of sorority houses on Magnolia Drive and Colonial Drive • What: Haunting at the Museums – will feature open houses at the museums and a guided ghost walk around campus • When: Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. • Where: The Gorgas House Museum and the Alabama Museum of Natural History • What: Halloween Extravaganza – 10th annual Halloween event sponsored by SAAC • When: Oct. 30, 6:30-8 p.m. • Where: UA Soccer Stadium

Students step for annual homecoming traditions

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Above: Students line-up for their routine in the annual homecoming step show in Foster Auditorum sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Left: Step show brings out exciting costumes and facial decorations as student participants prepare for their acts.

responsible and any other company-desired qualities. In regards to “businesscasual,” Chilcutt explains the term to mean slacks, a button-down, belt and polished shoes for men; and usually the same for women, with an option to swap out the slacks with a conservative dress or skirt. “The worst thing you could wear is some short little dress, too much jewelry, too much makeup and platform or strappy shoes,” she said. “Cute is not credible.” I am one to push the boundaries in most clothing situations, but I realize this could be detrimental to my

credibility in a job interview. Chilcutt does not completely reject all notions of style, but encourages students to research the aspired position before diving into their closet with no direction. Students should know the company and dress to the standards of their highest professionals. “Use the audience analysis taught in public speaking,” Chilcutt said. “Who am I going to speak to? What do their professionals wear? I think that people need to do some research about who they’re interviewing for.” As for embellishing the often neutral and lackluster pant or skirt suit, color and

accessories are not off-limits. Just remember: to make yourself shine, clothes should not distract from what you are saying. “Aim for classic and conservative, but you can have a little flair,” Chilcutt said. “You can show your individuality with your shoes, or a pop of color under a jacket, [or] even jewelry. It just can’t be distracting.” As cliché as it sounds, dress to impress. Just remember who you are impressing. Keep the main goal – getting hired – in the forefront of your mind when dressing for an interview or professional setting.

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UA, Cuba maintain study abroad relationship Program created to develop, advance academic, cultural and scientific exchanges between nations By Chandler Wright Staff Reporter Despite a hostile political history and sometimes strained relationship with the United States, Cuba still offers University of Alabama professors and students opportunities that emphasize collaboration for study and research. Currently, the University provides opportunities in the fields of Spanish language and culture, book arts, archaeology, biology, theatre, psychology and others. Michael Schnepf, Spanish professor and director of the UA in Cuba study abroad program, said spending time in Cuba is a beneficial experience for students to be exposed to an impoverished country that has been historically closed off from the United States. “Students get to see how a country so close to us, only 90 miles away, is such a different world. It’s like it’s trapped in the 1950s, and the students get to see that,” Schnepf said. “Students get to see what it is to not have a lot of money, to really be scraping by and yet still be happy.” Despite the animosities on a federal level, the Cuban people are more than welcoming to students and

professors who work there, Schnepf said. “It’s hostile on a governmental level. Between the people, there are no problems. We get along great with the Cubans,” Schenpf said. “Dean Olin has really been the mastermind behind cultivating such a great relationship.” Robert Olin, the dean of the College and Arts and Sciences, headed the development of this initiative. The relationship was established to develop academic, cultural and scientific exchanges between the University and counterparts in Cuba. Since its inception, there have been nearly 30 trips facilitated through the initiative, according to the Alabama Cuba Initiative website. “We were given a contribution of $50,000 to explore a partnership with Cuba,” Chip Cooper, artist-in-residence at the Honors College, said. “I went down with Dean Olin and many other deans at the University. Olin got it. He came back on fire and started creating the initiative you see today.” Brad Erthal, a graduate student studying economics, went on the semesterlong UA in Cuba: Language and Culture program in

the spring of 2011. He said with, we maintained our administration and faculty relationship,” Cooper said. leadership involved in the “So, when Obama came and initiative helped make the loosened the restrictions, the Cubans remember who was program fantastic. “We ran into other U.S. there during the eight years students in Cuba and talk- of tough times. The Cubans ed to them about stuff they say, ‘You’re our friend. were doing. We got to do a lot You did what you said you more than they did because would do.’” the leadership of this proSeth Panitch, an associate gram has really cultivated professor in the Department relationships within certain of Theatre and Dance, said departments his time of the Cuban spent taking government,” University Erthal said. students to “[The Cubans] Havana and trust us to do working with It’s hostile on a governmental things that Cuban actors level. Between the people, there they don’t has not only are no problems. We get along necessarimpacted great with the Cubans. ily trust other his student American actors, but — Michael Schnepf schools to has expanded do. That’s a his abilities as huge part of a writer and it at this point director. because of the “I think, degree of animosity that has especially, the reason why existed between Washington the Cuban work is so benand Havana for the last eficial is because U.S. acting 50 years.” training is usually very psyStarting in 2004, tightened chologically based,” Panitch travel regulations to Cuba said. “Because the Cubans under President George W. react physically, sometimes Bush presented challenges to before they do intellectumaintain the initiative. ally, to a moment, they work “When universities like off impulse very well, which Harvard and other univer- is something U.S. actors sities thought it was too sometimes have a difficult much bureaucracy to deal time achieving.”

Panitch first traveled with the University to Cuba in 2008 to work with Cuban actors and observe their training. He also directed a Spanishlanguage production of “The Merchant of Venice” in Cuba. “It is very neat for me and my students to see what actors experience in a totally different culture, one that is shrouded to us,” Panitch said. “Our actors can very easily understand what a British actor goes through, or a Canadian actor – even a Mexican actor. Because we’re so closed off from Cuban society, it’s an experience that they have no way of getting unless they go down there.” Cooper said students who go to Cuba with the University have a special appreciation for Cuban poverty and struggle. “I’ve watched it happen with every single student. Because they see like-minded, intelligent people coupled with a fractured economy, they realize to live there, you have to learn how to take advantage of things to sustain yourself,” Cooper said. “Once you start doing that, and you get into the rhythm of the Cuban people, you realize you’re living alongside people who are happy, but they’re surviving. You

realize how much you took for granted in the U.S.” Erthal said exposure to Cuban society changed his personal political views, although he also learned that not everything in Cuban society is failing. “I came back more conservative than when I left because you see things you always thought were a good idea put into practice and realize sometimes they don’t work,” Erthal said. “However, I think we need to remember not everything in the system is broken. Some things don’t work at all, and some things work pretty poorly, but there are parts of it that actually make some sense.” Panitch said the trip does not only benefit students. “It has improved my work; it morphed and changed it for the better,” he said. “All of the professors who go down there, I believe their work is improving for the better as well. It’s broadening us in ways that our research would never be broadened otherwise, something you can’t get at in a book.” Schenpf said he would accept applications for the Spring 2013 UA in Cuba program through the end of October. More information can be found at or


‘Les Misérables’ film adaptation recieves early acclaim, releases on Dec. 25 By Matt Ford

Misérables,” which hits theaters Christmas Day. Critics across the nation The movie, which shares are eager for the film adap- the same title as the musitation of the critically cal, marks the first time in acclaimed musical “Les decades that the stage pro-

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dedication to the quality of Dream,” debuted in May the film, citing how Jackman with positive reception,and audiences first went through radical weight gave changes and how Hathaway glimpses of Jackman as cut her hair drastically Jean Valjean, Hathaway as shorter for their respective Fantine, Crowe as Inspector roles. Critics are already Javert and Amanda Seyfried talking about the film’s prob- as the adult Cosette. The able notoriety in the upcom- studios released posters feaing Oscar season, some even turing the main characters going as far as to say that this month. The studios will Hathaway could win the cov- use the Christmas season eted award for her powerful to promote the film as the Halloween season draws portrayal. to a close, The plot, set and the in 19th cenmarketing tury France, has already tells the story b e c o m e of a prisoner, The musical features powerful less comJean Valjean, themes of redemption and tragpetitive with who becomes “The Great a decent, edy and was the third longestG a t s b y ” wealthy man, running musical in Broadway b e i n g but is repeathistory before it ended in the pushed to edly haunted United States. s u m m e r by his shameful 2013. past in the form The generof Inspector al consensus J av e r t , a is that the French officer bent on capturing Valjean. film is on the track to sucThe musical features power- ceed. I know I will be at Cobb ful themes of redemption and Theater on Dec. 25. With tragedy and was the third early viewers already ravlongest-running musical in ing about the film and buzz Broadway history before it already spreading about Oscar potentials, I think it’s ended in the United States. The teaser trailer, featur- safe to assume that “Les ing Hathaway’s haunting Misérables” is already set to rendition of “I Dreamed A be a classic.



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Tide soccer season ends Alabama teams finish 11th in double overtime loss place at SEC championships CW Staff After mounting a furious comeback in the second half, the Alabama soccer team fell 4-3 at Auburn Thursday night. The Tigers scored the winning goal with 32 seconds remaining in the second overtime period at the Auburn Soccer Complex in the Tide’s season finale. The loss ends Alabama’s season at 8-9-2 overall and 3-8-2 in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn improved to 11-9 overall and 7-6-0 in the SEC. Alabama entered the match needing to win to have a chance at advancing to next week’s SEC Tournament. After Auburn jumped out in front early on with three goals in the first half,

The loss ends Alabama’s season at 8-9-2 overall and 3-8-2 in the Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama bounced back in the second half with three goals of their own. Sophomore Theresa Diederich started the comeback, taking Kendall Khanna’s pass in the box and finishing it off to cut the score to 3-1 in the 54th minute. The goal was Diederich’s seventh of the year. Freshman Merel Van Dongen kept Alabama in the game, converting a penalty kick in the 69th minute.

Sophomore defender Laura Lee Smith pushed up to finish the game, tying things up when she put a shot off the crossbar into the net in the 79th minute. The score stayed tied through the first overtime period even though Alabama forced Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard to make three saves in the period and had a shot hit the crossbar. Auburn caught Alabama pressing forward in the second overtime when Tatiana Coleman chipped in a shot for her second goal of the night with less than a minute to go. Alabama outshot Auburn 27-20, including an 11-9 edge in shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Shelby Church made five stops, while Howard made eight saves for Auburn.

CW Staff The University of Alabama cross country teams began the championship portion of their schedule on Friday morning as the men’s and women’s teams both finished 11th in their respective divisions at the Southeastern Conference Championships held at Percy Warner Park and hosted by Vanderbilt University. The UA men’s team finished with 309 points, placing ahead of Vanderbilt (358) and LSU (378). Arkansas won the men’s title, its 20th in 22 years, with 35 points, while Georgia was second (73), and Missouri and Texas A&M tied for third with 80. The women’s team amassed 268 points while finishing ahead of Tennessee (285), Missouri (296) and Auburn (378). Florida

won the women’s championship with 61 points, ahead of both Arkansas (70) and Vanderbilt (119). “Much of what we have tried to do this season is set a foundation of competitiveness for the future,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “I thought our men’s team did that today, especially Robbie [FarnhamRose]. He was gutsy today, running injured, and he put it all on the line for us. The men’s team showed a lot of improvement over the last few weeks. This is the start of something good for them. On the other side, I was disappointed by our women’s team today. There’s no sense in glossing it over. We just didn’t compete the way I expect us to.” Freshman Robbie FarnhamRose paced the men’s team with a 56th place finish and a time of

25:30.68 over the 7,985-meter course. Freshmen Parker Deuel and Gil Walton trailed FarnhamRose, coming in 61st and 71st, respectively. Sophomore Matt Joyner and freshman Eric Sivill were the Tide’s final two scorers, as Walton finished 71st, followed by Sivill in 89th. Freshman Katelyn Greenleaf was the Alabama women’s top finisher on the 6,050-meter course, in 20th place with a time of 21:19.31 to earn a spot on the SEC’s All-Freshman Team. Senior Elsbeth Denton was Alabama’s next finisher, placing 47th in 21:47.29. Freshman Susie Kemper and junior Palee Myrex crossed next for the Tide, coming in 66th and 69th, respectively. Freshman Meropi Panagiotou wrapped up the scoring for the women’s team with a 78th place finish.


Crimson Tide flexes muscles against MSU, proves to be in league of its own By Zac Al-Khateeb If you were to ask any random college football fan on the street what conference the Alabama Crimson Tide played in, you’d probably get the answer of “the Southeastern Conference.” And, while that’s technically true, Saturday’s 38-7 win against a 7-0 Mississippi State Bulldogs squad proved Alabama to be in a league of its own. The game certainly wasn’t a perfect performance: the Tide offense stuttered midway through the game, the defen-

sive secondary gave up too many long pass plays, and the Tide committed a few unnecessary penalties. But, after jumping out to a 21-0 lead shortly into the second quarter, it wasn’t necessary for the Tide to play lights out the entire game. To put it simply, Alabama is just better – against MSU and every other opponent they’ve faced. The Tide is bigger, faster, more physical and more athletic than any of its opponents so far. Remember when people thought Alabama-Michigan

had a chance to be competitive? Remember when people said Alabama-MSU would be a tough game? It seems so long ago now. It just seems like Alabama has an answer for everything their opponent throws its way. If opponents want to throw the ball, the secondary can pick one off at any time, as shown by safety Robert Lester’s pick in the end zone from near the goal line. If opponents try to run it, well, they can just forget about it. It’s a lot like running into a

brick wall: you’d be better off not doing it. Just ask MSU’s LaDarius Perkins, who, before the game, was the SEC’s leading rusher. He gained 38 yards on the ground against the Tide. Offensively, if opponents want to drop eight in preparation for an AJ McCarron aerial assault, all Alabama has to do is hand the ball off to Eddie Lacy or T.J. Yeldon and watch as they gash the defense – Yeldon had four rushes of over 10 yards against the Bulldogs. If opponents want to load the box, McCarron has one of

many talented wide receivers to throw to make defenses pay, as evidenced by his 57-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Bell. Johnthan Banks, widely regarded as MSU’s best secondary defender, was in coverage. Even on special teams, Alabama is proving its dominance. Punter Cody Mandell is playing lights out for Alabama, booming it upwards of 50 yards every time he touches the ball. He also has great touch, always giving his defenders a chance to down the ball deep in the opponents’ own territory.

Landon Collins has been making big tackles on kick coverage, Cyrus Jones is proving to be an able returner for the Tide, and opposing kickers and punters need to be on the lookout for the Tide rush: Alabama has blocked two kicks on the season, one of them against MSU, and blocked a punt, as well. All in all, the game against Mississippi State epitomized the playing style of the Crimson Tide this year. Outside of the moments Alabama struggles in the game, it’s nearly impossible to beat them.

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The defense held Missouri to just three total rushing yards on 28 carries and forced three turnovers, but gave up a few big plays in the passing game.

The game plan was clear, as Alabama’s focus was to stop the run and make Mississippi State one-dimensional, but the lack of motivation coming out of the half has been a problem all season.

Alabama falls to Lady Vols The Alabama volleyball team fell to the Tennessee Lady Vols, 3-0 (18-25, 16-25, 19-25), in a Southeastern Conference match on Sunday afternoon in the Thompson-Boling Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 14-11 overall and 3-10 in SEC play. Tennessee improves to 15-6 overall and 8-6 in conference play. Tennessee led from wire-to-wire in the opening set. With Alabama trailing 12-11, Tennessee went on a 7-2 run to open a 19-13 lead to create breathing room, before closing out the set with a 25-18 win. In the second set, Alabama held a 5-4 lead before Tennessee went on a 6-2 run to open an 11-6 advantage. From there, the Lady Vols extended their lead to 18-12,

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Kinsey and freshman Michele Rielly took the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:35.47. Senior Jenna Gallo won the 1,000 freestyle (10:18.87) and the 500 freestyle (5:05.90), while Vourna won both the 100 butterfly (55.51) and the 200 butterfly (2:04.39). Panian won the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.89, and Kinsey won the 100 backstroke after touching the wall with a 57.23. Junior Lauren Piper rounded out the Tide’s winning ways by taking top honors in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:08.70. The Tide’s men and women are both back in action against LSU on Nov. 2 in Baton Rouge, La..


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The Alabama women’s swimming and diving team nabbed its second win of the season and first in Southeastern Conference competition, beating Vanderbilt 158-103 in Nashville, Tenn.. The Crimson Tide (2-1, 1-1 SEC) won the 400 medley relay to open the meet and closed things out by winning the 200 freestyle relay, winning seven individual races in between. Junior Stephanie Kinsey, freshman Morgan Presley, junior Kristel Vourna and freshman Justine Panian combined to win the 400 medley with a time of 3:48.61, while Vourna, Panian,

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before holding an eight-point advantage at 22-14. Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the match after winning the second set 26-16. Like the first set, Tennessee never fell behind after opening a 5-1 lead to start the third set. Alabama got within three at 8-5, but an 8-4 run by the Lady Vols had Tennessee leading 16-9 midway through the set. A 4-0 run put Alabama within three (16-13), but Tennessee closed the set with a 9-6 run to post a three-set win over the Tide. Alabama remains on the road next week for a pair of SEC matches against Texas A&M and Mississippi State. The Tide will travel to College Station, Texas, for a 6:30 p.m. CT match against the Aggies on Friday, Nov. 2. The week wraps up with a 1:30 p.m. CT match on Sunday, Nov. 4 against the Bulldogs.

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Tide prepares for LSU in Tiger Stadium LSU FROM PAGE 1 Alabama will be traveling to Tiger Stadium, which LSU head coach Les Miles said is “truly a place where opponents’ dreams go to die.� And he’s right. The last time LSU lost at home was in 2009 against the thenNo. 1 Florida Gators, who

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eventually fell to Alabama in the SEC Championship game. That stretch includes a 24-21 win over Alabama – No. 6 at the time – in 2010 that all but ended the Tide’s hopes of a repeat national championship season. Two weeks ago, South Carolina, riding high at No. 3 in the country after a 35-7 win over then-No. 5 Georgia, suffered its first loss of the season, 23-21, in the unfriendly confines of Tiger Stadium. “In our mind, we know what

we’re going into next week,� wide receiver Christion Jones said. “We’re going to make sure we’re focused and ready for that.� Nov. 3 had been circled on calendars across the country since the release of the schedule before the season started. Tide players and coaches swore they’ve been focused on one game at a time during a season where they’ve outscored opponents 325-65. But all season, LSU seemed to

be the only team on Alabama’s schedule capable of giving it a fair fight. And fight week is finally here. “Oh yeah, definitely,� center Barrett Jones said when asked if the team has already started thinking about the game. “We said that we might forgo the 24-hour rule for this one and just go ahead and start getting ready.� It comes in the middle of a three-game stretch of top25 opponents for Alabama.

Mississippi State proved underwhelming for its No. 11 ranking Saturday, and No. 16 Texas A&M awaits Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 10. It’s a trifecta of games that will certainly define the 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide, seemingly on a destruction path for a third national championship in four years. “I think at this point in the season it’s kind of like the playoffs in a way,� Saban said Saturday. “You’ve got a tough game the

next week. You’ve got a good opponent the next week. You’ve got somebody in your division that’s a really good team. “We are going to have to continue to improve and learn from our experiences today in terms of the good things that we did and also correct some of the things we didn’t do very well. Every game has a history, a life of its own. It’s up to us to try and do the best we can to put our players in the best possible position to be successful.�

United States Army National Guard or Army Reserve. “You never know what you’re going to do,� Davis said. “You never know the terrain you’re going to have to be in. In Afghanistan, the elevation of the mountains and the thinness of the air is a lot different than the deserts of Iraq.� Every Wednesday afternoon, cadets also travel to Cottondale, Ala., for a two-hour lab session that teaches movement in a formation, marching, weapons techniques and STX lane training, a timed mission that mimics real-life combat and allows

practice of communication and navigation skills. “It adds an aspect of realism – to get off of campus and into the woods,� Peter Ingram, a senior majoring in economics and Spanish, said. “You have to handle a lot of things, so if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can go really bad. It’s where the practice comes in. � The Order of Merit List, a weighted ranking system that includes GPA, physical fitness and extracurriculars, compiles the top cadets in the battalion and selects the top two seniors as battalion commanders.

Christina Jones, a senior majoring in French, was chosen as battalion commander for the fall academic semester, making her the first female to ever serve as commander of the UA battalion. Jones, who comes from a rich military background, finds a space for herself within the male-dominated field. “It’s really cool to be able to say that I was the first female, but it’s even better to say that I’m a battalion commander at The University of Alabama,� Jones said. “Being the first female, it’s great being able to

say that you made that milestone. But honestly, even being the first, just being a battalion commander here proves that all the hard work and all the long hours and all the early mornings were worth it. “At first it was really weird to get used to. I have an older brother, and I hung out with all his friends growing up, so I was used to being around guys but definitely not to the extent that you do in the ROTC. You get very comfortable with each other. I have about 150 brothers now. It’s just a really neat camaraderie you have. It’s definitely

difficult at times because they don’t know the boundaries that females have whenever they’re talking about certain things. They will still be guys, and you just have to get used to that.� Jones created herself as an example for females in the battalion who strive to be a leader. “It can be a little harder,� said Christine Baker, a senior majoring in psychology and the public affairs officer. “Sometimes you get a little disrespected, but that’s just when you have to put on your rucksack and do the best you can. And sometimes even better.�



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