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From staff reports ESPN reported Thursday that John Bond, a former Mississippi State quarterback, said one of his former teammates with the Bulldogs solicited a six-figure payment for quarterback Cam Newton’s commitment before this season.

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CW | Brian Pohuski By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter wjevans@crimson.ua.edu The UA system board of trustees approved a Stage I resolution to build new housing for the sororities Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Delta Delta and Delta Gamma, Thursday. As the separate resolutions for the houses stipulate, the houses will be built behind the President’s Mansion in the new Magnolia Development. Gentry McCreary, director of greek affairs, said sororities were able to apply for the new housing, and the four chosen were selected based off of need and merit. He said topics such as grade point average, community service and number of members played into the selection process for the bid for housing.

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He said the growth in enrollment at the University has led to a growth in members of the sororities on campus. Their houses, he said, have in some cases become too small to accommodate the growing pool of their respective memberships. “It speaks directly to the growth in the UA community,” he said. McCreary said the greek community has more than doubled in size since 2003 when it was about 3,000 members strong. Nicole Bohannon, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and a junior majoring in political science, said the sorority had to compete with other sororities’ applications to win the bid for a lot. “The application was pretty

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Highlights from Nov. 5 Board of Trustees Meeting Indoor tennis stadium to be located south of the existing tennis complex | Projected cost: $6,000,000 Relocation of WVUA digital media center to north end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium | Projected cost: $6,500,000 New Phi Delta Theta fraternity house adjacent to new Pi Kappa Alpha house | Projected cost: $6,260,625 For more details from Thursday’s meeting, go to cw.ua.edu

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Rice: ‘Racist’ overused Former Secretary of State discusses growing up in Tuscaloosa By Taylor Holland and Amanda Sams The Crimson White Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to her childhood home of Tuscaloosa Thursday to discuss her latest memoir, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People” in the Ferguson Center Theatre. “The title of the book really speaks to the two aspects of my family,” Rice said. “In an ordinary sense, my mother was a schoolteacher and my father a high school guidance counselor. What’s extraordinary is that they provided every educational opportunity to me. Education was a kind of armor against segregation.” Despite the tough living conditions, Rice said her parents and fellow community members had the children convinced they could still be president one day. Rice said the real challenge of writing the book was explaining the experiences from the perspective of a family, and particularly a child, and not the way the story has been told by civil rights activists before her. “Right around 1962 and 1963, Birmingham came to be known as Bombingham,” she said. “It was a terrible time. We all suddenly realized that our parents couldn’t protect us anymore. I can vividly remember that my father sat out on our porch with a shotgun all night.” In a press conference after her book signing at Foster Auditorium, she said the word “racist” is overused, prevents progress and acts as a virtual mute button in conversation today. “Don’t rest on your laurels,” Rice said. “Turn the volume down on race, but keep the conversation going.”

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CW | Jerrod Seaton Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice signs a book Thursday at Foster Auditorium. Rice visited campus to discuss her new book and her time in the national spotlight.

Pageant comes to Tuscaloosa By SoRelle Wyckoff Contributing Writer Forty-three years ago, a junior from the University of Alabama took the stage at the Miss Universe pageant and won. Nominated by older girls in her sorority, Sylvia Hitchcock borrowed a gown, put on a swimsuit and took the stage at the Miss Alabama USA competition. After being crowned Miss Alabama, she moved on to win Miss USA and finally Miss Universe 1967.

This weekend, the Miss Alabama USA and Miss Alabama Teen USA pageants will take place at the Bama Theatre. This will be the first time the pageants take place in Tuscaloosa, and Dohn Dye, executive director for Miss Alabama USA, said he believes the change brings many positives. “This move gives us the opportunity to breathe new life into the pageant,” Dye said. “It gets lost in Birmingham. Tuscaloosa will embrace it and the

IF YOU GO ... • What: Miss Alabama USA Competition

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girls involved.” The pageant begins Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. with the presentation

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Corolla File In 1967, Sylvia Hitchcock, then a junior at the University, was crowned Miss Alabama, then Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Advocates push for Ala. midwifery legalization By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter alsams1@crimson.ua.edu Bear Bryant was delivered by a midwife before the state of Alabama stopped issuing licenses for midwives in the 1980s, according to Ballie Schantz, a member of a group on campus raising money to le this

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“I can’t imagine doing it any other way,” said K.C. Vick, a junior in New College. “Doctors in hospitals often look at births more as an emergency situation instead of a natural and beautiful process. I want giving birth to be a unique, organic experience I can enjoy.” Vick said she believes if people stopped talking negatively

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about pregnancy and started looking at it in a natural light, then birth would be much more enjoyable for women. “I just learned the pain you experience during pregnancy runs along the same nerve endings as pleasure,” Vick said. “Midwives are highly-trained

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Lunch Breakfast Burger Turkey Burger Veggie Burger Hamburger Cheeseburger

What: Pool Tournament prizes and free food

Where: Ferg Game Room When: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Dinner Rueben Sandwich Mashed Potatoes Green beans Sautéed Squash

What: Professor Laura J. Rosenthal: “All Roads Lead to Rhodes: Theater and Cosmopolitanism in the Restoration.”

BURKE Lunch Catfish Nuggets Steak Fries Cauliflower Vegan Broccoli Teriyaki Herbed Chips

Where: 301 Morgan Hall When: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY What: Student Recital featuring Alisa Cabaniss, clarinet

Where: Moody Music Building

FRESH FOOD Shrimp Etouffee Blackened Fish Fillet Corn on the Cob Dirty Rice Baked Macaroni Cheese and Tomato

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featuring Zachary Ferguson, French horn

Where: Moody Music

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What: Student Recital featuring Dedria Echols, trumpet

What: University of Alabama Opera Theatre presents REAL to REEL: Opera Goes to the Movies - Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for General Admission

Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 4 p.m.

Where: Moody Music Building

What: University of Alabama Opera Theatre presents REAL to REEL: Opera Goes to the Movies - Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for General Admission

What: Student Lecture featuring Ariana Arcu, violoncello Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 8 p.m.

Where: Choral Opera

The University of Alabama’s Creative Campus will host a World Cup Quidditch tournament from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, on the Quad. A preliminary round will be at

What: Student Recital

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Lunch Fish & Chips Buffalo Hot Wings Hush Puppies Potato Wedges Mixed Vegetables Vegetables Szechuan Stir-Fry

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Bond told ESPN that the former teammate, who said he was representing Newton during his recruitment, told him other schools had already offered $200,000, but since Newton really liked Mississippi State and had a relationship with head coach Dan Mullen dating to when both were at Florida, Mississippi State could get him for $180,000. ADVERTISING Sources told ESPN.com that • Dana Andrzejewski, Advertising the former player Bond referred Manager, 348-8995, cwadmato is Kenny Rogers, who is curnager@gmail.com rently under investigation by • Drew Gunn, Advertising the NFL Players Association Coordinator, 348-8044 due to his possible involvement • Hallett Ogburn, Territory in contacting college players for Manager, 348-2598 agent Ian Greengross. • Emily Frost, National Advertising/ “If Rogers tried to solicit Classifieds, 348-8042 money from Mississippi State, • Jessica West, Zone 3, 348-8735 he did it on his own, without • Brittany Key, Zone 4, 348-8054 our knowledge,” Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, told ESPN. • Robert Clark, Zone 5, 348-2670 Bond said an NCAA investiga• Emily Richards, Zone 6, 348tor came to Mississippi to meet 6876 with him and Mississippi State • Amy Ramsey, Zone 7, 348-8742 officials in early September. SEC associate commissioner • Elizabeth Howell, Zone 8, 348Greg Sankey, who oversees con6153 ference compliance, said the • Caleb Hall, Creative Services league received “specific inforManager, 348-8042 mation” regarding the Newton allegation in late July of this The Crimson White is the community year. “We have been made aware newspaper of The University of Alabama. The Crimson White is an editorially free of the allegation. Unfortunately, newspaper produced by students. we cannot comment at this The University of Alabama cannot influ- time,” Auburn assistant athence editorial decisions and editorial opinions are those of the editorial board and do not represent the official opinions of the University. Advertising offices of The Crimson White are on the first floor, Student Publications Building, 923 University Blvd. The advertising mailing address is P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. The Crimson White (USPS 138020) is published four times weekly when classes are in session during Fall and Spring Semester except for the Monday after Spring Break and the Monday after Thanksgiving, and once a week when school is in session for the summer. Marked calendar provided. The Crimson White is provided for free up to three issues. Any other papers are $1.00. The subscription rate for The Crimson White is $125 per year. Checks should be made payable to The University of Alabama and sent to: The Crimson White Subscription Department, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 354032389. The Crimson White is entered as periodical postage at Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Crimson White, P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2389. All material contained herein, except advertising or where indicated otherwise, is Copyright © 2010 by The Crimson White and protected under the “Work Made for Hire” and “Periodical Publication” categories of the U.S. copyright laws. Material herein may not be reprinted without the expressed, written permission of The Crimson White.

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What: Poise - Jason Doblin, graduate student in ceramics, presents work for his MFA Thesis Exhibition

Where: Ferguson Center Art Gallery When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Room of the Moody Music Building

When: 7:30 p.m.

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Gallery. The show, titled Capstone Expo: A Senior Art and Design Show, will present the work of Art Expo accepting the top 15 students majoring in any form of art or design. applications Artwork can be from a class The Ferguson Center will assignment or work created showcase the art of graduating specifically for the showcase. UA seniors in a show from Dec. 1 Applications for the expo are to 15 at the Ferguson Center Art available by e-mailing fergart-

Health Center. The SHC will host events at Rose Towers on Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. and at Tutwiler Hall on Nov. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. Each flu shot costs $20, and will be charged Health Center to to the student’s University account. The SHC regularly give out flu shots offers flu shots Monday through Students can receive flu shots Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., without visiting the Student and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

letic director for media relations Kirk Sampson told ESPN. “However, Cam Newton is eligible to play football at Auburn.” Multiple media reports have said Cam Newton preferred Mississippi State over Auburn, but that his father wanted him to go to Auburn. According to a Sports Illustrated article last week, Cam Newton left the decision to his father. Cam Newton transferred to Auburn from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. He left Florida after his freshman season.

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professionals who can help to make it a positive experience.” Some female students, however, cringe at the thought of giving birth anywhere except inside the sterile walls of a hospital. “I want a doctor and epidurals when I give birth,” said Ashley Thomas, a sophomore majoring in philosophy. “I don’t want to be at home with a midwife, because you never know when something is going to go wrong. I want to be in an environment that’s prepared to deal with any complications.” Melody Hoffman, a sophomore majoring in communication studies, shared Thomas’ opinion. “No, I would not have a midwife,” she said. “I want to be in a hospital with a practiced doctor.”

Schantz’s group of approximately 20 members is not trying to force midwifery on Alabamians. Instead, they simply want to give women the choice, Schantz said. “Basically, from my standpoint, I think we should keep society open so the members of society can live their lives the way they want to,” said Josh Gray, a junior majoring in political science, and a member of the group. “If I were to marry someone who wanted to have a midwife, then that would be OK, because it’s really a personal decision for the mother.” Gray and Schantz, along with other members of the group, recently hosted a walk to raise money for this cause. They are also planning to show a movie entitled “The Business of Being Born” in the Ferguson Center during the spring semester. A midwife will attend the screening to talk about her work and why the age-old option of home birth is still appealing to many women. “I feel like if you have a relationship with a midwife, it will make you more comfortable giving birth to your baby,” said Alexandria Washington, a sophomore majoring in early childhood development. “You also have more options about where to give birth. I believe it’s just as safe, because while midwives may lack some of the high-tech equipment, they are just as highly trained as the staff in a hospital.”

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extensive,” she said. “Our sorority was given points based on a variety of topics ... With growing chapter numbers and a growing rush, it’s important that we can accommodate more people coming into the sorority.” Bohannon said the influx of members into sororities has become a common issue on Sorority Row. “It’s definitely a widespread issue, but it’s the best problem we ever had,” she said. She said the construction of new housing for the four sororities is a great opportunity to incorporate new sororities onto campus to lighten the influx of members into sororities already with housing on campus. McCreary said other sororities will have the chance to move into the houses the selected sororities leave on Sorority Row. Bohannon said Alpha Gamma Delta will be able to incorporate new elements into the new house. “We will have the ability to incorporate bedrooms for the first time,” she said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to utilize bedroom space. There was a time when every girl had to live in the sorority house at one point during her college career.” All the sorority houses are expected to be opened by fall 2012.

HOUSE PRICES • Alpha Delta Pi: $10,272,000

• Alpha Gamma Delta: $7,800,000 • Delta Delta Delta: $11,478,746

• Delta Gamma: $5,900,000

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Rice emphasized that race, creed or color should not be an issue at all, but mentioned that she has faced discrimination. “Working hard allows us to push forward. Certainly sometimes people looked at me as a black woman,” Rice said regarding her stint on the national political scene. “But since I couldn’t recreate

myself as a white man, I just kept pushing forward.” Rice also talked about her time living in Tuscaloosa, after her family moved from Birmingham near the end of 1965. “I remember I was furious when my family told me we were moving,” she said. “But my father wanted to become involved in a college, so we moved here and he became the dean of students at Stillman. It was really a wonderful environment. “At the time, UA was still integrating, and many African Americans would come to Stillman to just walk around. It was really a safe environment.” It was during their time at Stillman that Rice’s father began his lifelong friendship with John Blackburn, a former administrator at the University who is famous for helping peacefully integrate the school’s campus. Rice told students in attendance to take economics courses while enrolled in college. She polled students in attendance, telling her audience to take at least three economics classes. “The studying of economics is essential in understanding the international system,” she said. “You get more out of doing something that is difficult for you. Find a mentor, someone who opens up a new world to you. I love the moment when I can see in my student’s eyes that I’ve said something that intrigues them.” In reference to her and President Bush’s silence towards the Obama administration, Rice said she understood the difficulty of the tasks they face. “It’s a whole lot tougher in there than out here,” she said. “The media can sometimes make that tougher. If I have something to say, I’ll call them.” Rice also addressed public opinion, and the difficulties she’s experienced, whether in public office or as provost at Stanford University. “Today’s headlines and history’s judgments are rarely the same,” she said. Rice said she has already begun writing her next book, in which she addresses the effects of Sept. 11, and would love to return to the University to speak about it. After her talk in the Ferguson Center Theater, she signed copies of her latest novel inside the newly renovated Foster Auditorium from 1 to 2:30 p.m.


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By Tony Tsoukalas Senior Sports Reporter ajtsoukalas@crimson.ua.edu Alabama is coming off of a bye week, which gives the players ample time to rest and prepare for their next opponent. Bye weeks give teams a crucial advantage because they allow teams to focus an extra week on the next team’s game style. However, in preparation for Saturday’s game against LSU, the Tide will not only be focusing on one team but also on two different quarterbacks. “I think in this case there is a significance in the style of the quarterbacks,” head coach Nick Saban said. “It does make a bit of a difference.” Though the Tide has faced other quarterback tandems in the past, the combination of Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson might be the most dramatically different pair the Tide has seen. On one hand, LSU possesses a running quarterback in Jefferson, who can scramble and run option plays. “They have used him this year as more of a running-type quarterback,” Saban said. “He is very capable of throwing the ball — he has a strong arm — but he has made more plays with his feet.” On the other hand is Jarrett Lee, who is an accurate passer, but is not as mobile in the pocket. “Jarrett is more of a passer,” Saban said. “He is probably the classic drop-back style quarterback; he gets rid of the ball quick and gets it to the right guy.” So how does the Tide prepare

Page 3 • Friday, November 5, 2010 Editor • Jason Galloway crimsonwhitesports@ gmail.com CW | Bethany Martin LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson starts to run through the Alabama defense last year in Alabamaʼs 24-15 victory over the Tigers. for two vastly different attacks? Junior linebacker Dont’a Hightower said that the key to success is making each quarterback play at the opposite style they are used to. “Jordan Jefferson, he’s a real good runner, you want to try to keep him in the pocket and try to make him beat us with his arm,” Hightower said. “He has trouble sometimes hitting a wide open receiver. We want to take that and use it to our advantage. The other quarterback [Lee] is not very mobile, but he has a great

arm. “We want to get him out of the pocket and get him more uncomfortable,” Hightower added. Though the Tide is prepared for both quarterbacks, junior defensive lineman Marcell Dareus said he prefers a quarterback whose head he can get inside. “I like the antsy quarterbacks,” Dareus said. “I like the ones who like to go out there and move a little bit. You can rattle their cage.” Running quarterbacks often

lack the passing skills of pocket passers, Dareus said. “The ones that can move a little bit can’t throw the ball as good, to me,” he said. “I’m not taking anything from [Jefferson]. He’s good. He makes plays downfield, throws the ball pretty well, he does his thing, but me personally, I’d like to play against quarterbacks who like to run the ball.” Another thing the Tide must prepare for is LSU head coach Les Miles, who is commonly referred to as “The Mad Hatter”

for his risky gambles he takes on the field. “When you look at Miles, he’s a gambler,” he said. “It can be third and seven and he will call a shuffle pass. You just got to be prepared for both ways around.” Hightower said that no matter who they are up against, the key to success will be how well the team keeps its focus on Saturday. “You just got to play assignment football,” Hightower said. “You’ve got to have mental focus and know what your job and assignment is.”

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Teams still optimistic for NCAA Regionals By Marilyn Vaughn Contributing Writer Equipped with just five runners each, the men’s and women’s cross country teams headed to Columbia, S.C., earlier this week to compete at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The men had their eyes on matching a first place finish, like last season and the season before, while the women were hoping to make a run for the top four. Unfortunately, both teams fell a bit short of their expectations, with the men bringing home a second place finish and the women a sixth place finish. “The last two years we’ve made really nice progress, and I’ve been really pleased with that,” women’s head coach Randy Hasenbank said. “This year, for whatever reason, we were just flat in some of our key races.”

Competition was stiff at the SEC Championships with unexpected teams edging the Tide out of the top four. “They competed very hard,” Hasenbank said. “The result is the result of a tough conference. It’s a very competitive conference. We’ve beaten a lot of teams this year that went on to win their respective conference titles. [The SEC] is a tougher conference, although we still didn’t perform to where I think we’re capable of. “We’re just a little off, and we’ve got one more meet, the regionals, to see if we can take a shot at beating some of the teams we haven’t gotten past this year.” That being said, all five women who competed put up solid times, with the whole squad finishing within 45 seconds of each other. “In the [SEC Championships] Kelsey [Johnson] performed really

well, and had her best race of the season,” Hasenbank said. “Leigh [Gilmore] and Andrea [Torske] were strong again. We just didn’t quite put all five together on the same day. We finished about where we were predicted to finish by the coaches’ poll. But really we wanted to go in and battle for a top four spot.” Though the women did not finish where they would have liked to, they still acknowledged that they competed hard and faced a tough field. “I think we were all psyched up before the race,” said junior Dayle Van Ess. “A lot of us ran either our PR’s [personal record] or actually did PR.” For Van Ess, the SEC Championship was the first meet where she scored and ran in the top five on the team. For the men’s team, a second place finish was not enough. “The effort was good and

the outcome was fine, but we obviously started off the year with the goal of winning that meet,” head coach Joe Walker said. The men were edged out by nearly 30 points as the Arkansas team won the meet with 34 points while the Tide finished with 62 points. The men went into the race expecting to repeat as SEC Champions. Senior Julius Bor, who finished first on the team, was disappointed with the team’s performance. “I think we didn’t have a good day that day,” Bor said. Bor finished fourth overall at the meet, earning All-SEC honors. Bor and his four other teammates will now prepare to gear up for the NCAA Regionals meet in Birmingham on Nov. 13. Bor said he already knows the focus of his practice in the coming week to prepare. “I’m working with my final kick,” Bor said. “I need to be working on the last part of

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Archery growing in popularity By Mike Albanese Contributing Writer As one of the oldest sports around, very little about archery has changed over its thousands of years of practice. Despite this lengthy history, the popularity of the game at the University has increased only recently. During his first year on campus, Patrick Croce, a sophomore majoring in theater, found there was nowhere to practice archery. “Last year when I got here, there was no archery club, so why not try and start one?” Croce said. Croce, president of the archery club, grew to love archery while he practiced frequently as he was growing up. “It was something that started out as an interest,” he said. “I did

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a little bit at summer camp over the years and snowballed from there.” Even though archery is recognized as a club, the team faces some major hurdles moving forward growing their club. The biggest problem they face is the University finding space for them to practice and play. “The issue lied in the fact there was nowhere on campus for any of us to shoot” Croce said. “I’ve been involved with negotiations with the University and outdoor recreation trying to get a place just for us.” He said the lack of area to practice has prevented them from organizing and meeting to properly function as a club. However, the reason they have not been given the land is clear to Croce.

“It’s a safety issue I would have to say,” he said. “While they’re not guns, bows are still deadly weapons. I have assured them I am a legitimate instructor with USA Archery. I guess the biggest issue for the University is the liability factor.” Over the last few weeks, there has been progress in starting operations with the Student Recreation Center due to the interest that has been generated in the student population. Croce said they have about 45 people interested and ready to play. The talent and skill of those people covers the whole spectrum, according to Croce. “People send me e-mails saying, ‘Hey, I saw you in The Crimson White, you have an archery club. I’ve never shot an arrow a day in my life and I think

it’s really cool,’” he said. As well as beginners, he said people who have been shooting for years have contacted him and have shown interest in the club. If they get the proper authorization, Croce plans to affiliate the group with the National USA Archery club program, divided into two parts. One part will be competition based and the other for learning and having fun. Right now, the main goal for Croce is for the team to enjoy themselves doing something they love. “Right now we want to get going and have some fun,” he said. For more information on the archery club, contact Patrick Croce at pmcroce@crimson.ua.edu.

my race.” Both coaches are confident in their athletes’ conditioning and will be focusing on rest and mental preparedness for next week’s meet as well as having their athletes run together in the race. “We look more at the gaps between athletes,” Walker said. “Time in cross country is pretty irrelevant.”

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this weekend FRIDAY •Volleyball vs Tennessee: 7 p.m. •Women’s Golf PAC10/SEC Challenge: All Day, Stanford Golf Course Stanford, Calif.

SATURDAY • Football vs LSU: 2:30 p.m., Baton Rouge, La. •Women’s Basketball vs Alabama-Huntsville: 12 p.m., Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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Obama the lyrical wordsmith By Robert Clark Here’s a fact I bet you didn’t know about America: its sitting president is a broken record. Sure, most of the country grooved to the timeless classic “Change and Hope,” and who can forget the touching power ballad “We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For?” But the audience has proven to be bitterly disappointed by the follow-ups “Bush Did It,” “Reckless Spending Bonanza!” and “Astronomical National Debt.” Because of the popular belief that Obama’s previous releases have left many of Obama’s fans jobless and the nation’s treasury circling the drain, reporters asked the president on the morning after the 2010 midterms if the election results constituted a “fundamental rejection” (AP reporter Ben Feller’s words) of the Obama agenda. How did Obama respond? With a greatest hits CD. No matter what your grievance, “Don’t Stop Believing: The Best of Barack Obama” has more played-out responses than Journey’s legal team has valid points about copyright infringement. You don’t like the health care bill? Obama’s searing lyrics on “Why Beat a Dead Horse?” will set you straight. You don’t think Obama will reduce spending? On “Band-Aid Solutions that Distract From the Fundamental Nature of My Agenda,” Obama

ignores earmarks. You don’t think Obama values bipartisanship? Sounds like someone hasn’t heard “Compromises on Irrelevant Issues.” That’s right. Obama’s response to his falling chart numbers is the same as Coca Cola’s response to the failure of New Coke: hit ‘em with the classics. From the onset of his reign as America’s First Songbird, it was obvious that Obama would pursue health care reform, a carbon tax, and universal education. Now, however, voters are enraged that

inherently unpalatable to voters, so he took a page from Slick Willy’s book and talked about something else. Except this tangent reveals Obama’s belief that bipartisanship means voting for Obama’s agenda. How dope is that? Hella dope. The president just opened the “Chicago Politician’s Dictionary” and read the definition of cooperation: doing want I want you to do. That takes mad cojones, but it doesn’t exactly have that fresh smell that made Obama’s early material so endearing. If there’s

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If there’s anything I’ve learned from watching MTV, besides that abortion should not only be allowed but encouraged in the state of New Jersey, it’s that once an act gets stale, another cookie-cutter corporate puppet show replaces it.

each proposal costs enough to buy every third world child a private tutor to teach them how to dougie and a bumpin’ stereo to do it to. Reporters asked Obama how he will work with Republicans to reduce spending. Obama responded that “there are whole bunch of areas we can agree on” like energy policy and education. Sound familiar? It’s a rip off of Bill Clinton’s “That Depends What ‘Is’ Means” from his platinum LP “Gettin’ Laid and Dodgin’ Questions.” Obama refused to consider that his policy choices are

anything I’ve learned from watching MTV, besides that abortion should not only be allowed but encouraged in the state of New Jersey, it’s that once an act gets stale, another cookie-cutter corporate puppet show replaces it. Will the Change Train be derailed? Will Obama be cast alongside dozens of broken strippers in a new VH1 reality show? Only time and Barack Obama’s ability to come up with new material will tell. Robert Clark is a senior majoring in history and political science.

Right-wing conspiracy strikes back By Tray Smith

years later. Clinton won because of Perot, and was re-elected when Colin Powell decided not to run for In 1992, independent candidate president. (In hindsight, we were Ross Perot captured 19 percent of better off.) the presidential vote from people Obama won because a global who otherwise would have likely financial meltdown unfolded in voted Republican and enabled Bill the middle of the campaign. Clinton to trip into the presidency. Carter, Clinton and Obama all The young Democrat immediately misinterpreted their victories as a set about trying to nationalize mandate for their policies, and all health care, allow gays to serve suffered for it at the polls. openly in the military and raise Republicans, who can handle taxes. victory because they are more He was soundly refuted two accustomed to it, somberly years later when Republicans responded to their stunning gains won control of the U.S. House of in Tuesday’s election with a level Representatives for the first time of humility rarely seen from in 40 years. Democrats in 2006 and 2008. Is this déjà vu or what? “Let us be under no illusion — After Barack Obama won the many of those who cast their vote presidency two years ago and for Republicans yesterday have brought a bunch of Clinton hastheir share of doubts beens back into about whether we important governare up to the task ment positions, Carter, Clinton, and Obama all misinterpreted their of governing; about many assumed they victories as a mandate for their policies, and all whether congreshad learned from sional Republicans experience. suffered for it at the polls. h ave learned M ayb e that our lesson,” said wa s n ’ t necesCongressman Eric sary. As President Cantor, the second Obama explained to Arkansas congressman Marion declared the end of the Republican ranking Republican in the House, Berry in January, “The big differ- Party. Sam Tanenhaus, the edi- in response to the results. Cantor’s caution was recognience here and in ‘94 was you’ve tor of The New York Times Book Review, even penned a book titled tion that America still has two got me.” very alive and dynamic politiA big difference indeed. “The Death of Conservatism.” Democrats winning elections cal parties; over-interpreting the Republicans picked up at least 63 seats in the House on Tuesday, is like South Carolina beating results of one election as a permanine more than they gained in Alabama; it so rarely happens, nent political realignment leads to they go haywire and overreact. a self-defeating and false sense of 1994. But hey, don’t blame President The inevitable result is public confidence. Hopefully Democrats now realize this as well, and will Obama. He was still community revulsion over their agenda. Republicans have won seven end their foolish speculation about organizing back in 1994, so maybe he didn’t realize what was at stake of the last 11 presidential con- the demise of the GOP. Still, one party does stand out in this whole midterm election tests; every Democratic victory since 1964 has been the result of as the consistent preference of thing. Obama recently explained some strange historical aberra- the nation’s center-right majority. the public’s discontent with tion unrelated to their ideological That preference was made clear again Tuesday. Democrats by saying that people agenda. Carter won in 1976 as a result are “scared,” and “we’re hardwired not to always think clearly of the aftermath of Watergate and Tray Smith is the opinions editor when we’re scared.” After all, President Ford’s decision to par- of The Crimson White. His column how could clearly thinking people don Nixon, and was tossed out four runs on Fridays.

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throw the Democrats out of the majority? Unless, of course, some of them did get “scared”, as Obama spent his first two years in office on health care reform, trying to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and insisting the top income tax bracket be allowed to climb back to the “Clinton rate” of 39.6 percent. Democrats are like spoiled children who can’t take no for an answer. Regardless of how many times the public rejects their agenda, they convince themselves that their suffering is merely a result of miscommunication or Republican opposition and try again. In 2008, their presidential candidate managed to get a majority for the first time in 34 years, and they

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Fellow students, our message to Washington was clear on Tuesday: We’re tired of the status quo. We’re tired of the spending, the out-of-control leaders who couldn’t even pass a budget, the partisanship, the unemployment rates and the arrogance of the Obama administration along with the Pelosi-Reid Congress. Election Day was our day to fight back, and we did not disappoint. The Republicans have regained control of the House and even though the Senate is still under the control of the Democrats, the GOP now has 46 seats. Here are the highlights of the campaign:

Most interesting race — The highly publicized Senate race in Nevada saw political newcomer Sharron Angle fail in her attempt to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. All eyes were on Nevada voters as America waited to see a true referendum on Reid’s congressional track record. Angle was a high profile Tea Party pick and was loved by conservatives, even though some of her ideas are seen by many to be a little too right wing. If she could have replaced Reid, Democrats would have taken a critical blow to their agenda going into the second half of the Obama administration. Despite many polls showing Angle ahead of Reid going into Election Day, Reid held on to his seat.

Least interesting race — Sadly, one of the most boring races in the country was for governor of Alabama. Since the beginning of the campaign period, almost anyone who knows the political landscape in Alabama knew that Republicans were going to run away with this gubernatorial election. Although the Republican candidate, Tuscaloosa dermatologist Dr. Robert Bentley, was a surprise choice for the nomination, Ron Sparks and the Democrats never had a shot. There was no mudslinging in the race, which bored me to death. When Bentley was determined the winner last night, no one in the state was surprised.

Biggest surprise — Perhaps one of the biggest winners of the 2010 midterm election wasn’t even a candidate — it was a movement called the Tea Party. Anyone two years ago would have laughed at the idea that a conservative grassroots organization could have such a profound impact on the political make up of Washington D.C. The Tea Party backed hardcore fiscal and social conservatives and gave any candidate who was lucky enough to secure a nod a new wave of energized political supporters. The Tea Party will continue to be a driving force as we get into the 2012 presidential campaign season. Their unofficial leader, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is a front-runner for the Republican nomination. Pay close attention to the Tea Party throughout the next two years.

Who to watch — A flood of new faces will soon be coming to Washington, many of whom are already well known due to their neck-in-neck election campaigns. Senator-elect Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida are sure to become quick household names in the Senate. Two women have made my watch list in the House. Kristi Noem of North Dakota is the best eye candy to hit politics since Sarah Palin. Her true conservative values made her a quick Tea Party favorite. She will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the House and her future with the Republican Party looks bright. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has recently come on the radar as a front-runner for leadership within the Republican Party. As the House now has a Republican majority, Bachmann’s door of opportunity has just opened. Keep an eye out for her; she’s going to do big things.

President Obama and the Democrats now have a choice to make. They can either continue with their unpopular left-wing, agenda, or they can use this election as a lesson learned from the American people. Bipartisanship will be the key to Congressional success during these next two years. The president and Democrats must now consult with both sides of the aisle if they want to be productive during the second-half of this presidential term. As Republicans now control the House of Representatives, I would like to echo the words of Speaker-to-be John Boehner. He stated in his acceptance speech on Tuesday, “Let’s start right now by recognizing that this is not a time for celebration, … this is a time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.” There is much to be done throughout these next two years. With a sense of balance now being restored to Washington, we will finally be able to see input from both Republican and Democrats. The elections were tough, and surprising in some areas. It is time to put differences aside and work together to put America back on the right track.

Austin Gaddis is a sophomore majoring in public relations and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Fridays.


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LIFESTYLES this weekend FRIDAY • Sparrow and The Ghost: The Gray Lady • PIXELthon: 6 p.m. • REAL to REEL: Opera Goes to the Movies: 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Choral/ Opera Room • A2z with The Groundbreakers and D-Block: 9 p.m., Bo’s Bar • Lee Baines & The Glory Fires/The Howlies: 11:30 p.m., Egan’s Bar

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Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre will dance its way back into Morgan Auditorium for its fall performance next Tuesday. Performances will be held Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday at 5:30 p.m., and will showcase choreography from the department of theatre and dance staff, as well as the talents of ARDT members. Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for seniors, faculty and staff and $18 for adults. Last year’s ARDT spring concert featured its first full-length production, “Cinderella,” but this concert is going back to ARDT’s original style of short performances, each by different choreographers. “Repertoire is why I started the program,” said Cornelius Carter, director of UA’s dance department and founder of ARDT. “I wanted a dancer to be able to go from ballet shoes to bare foot in zero seconds, and to train the dancers in a way that once they leave they should be able to do any kind of company they desire.” Next week’s concert has performances that pull inspiration from all different styles of dance including classical ballet, jazz, Broadway and many others. Carter said he pulled his inspiration from the freedom of modern dance and the theatrical aspects of jazz and ballet to create his piece, “After the Rain,” which focuses on the complexi-

ties of relationships. “[It’s about] how in everyday life we deal with this wonderful journey of love, loss, moving on and finding ourselves,” he said. “It shows the beauty and sometimes the moments that are not so beautiful but yet in the midst of it you pick yourself back up and you go on.” Sarah M. Barry, assistant professor of dance at the University, decided to push the boundaries of the space on the stage with her piece titled “there, again.” She created a set for the dancers to perform in that has four separate boxes, all 6-by-6 feet on the floor and 7 feet tall. The four boxes are stacked in two levels, with two on the top level and two on the bottom. “It gives it a kind of sense of place,” she said. “You’ll see the dancers sort of individually dealing with the space they are in; that is what the dance becomes about.” The different sets, styles and themes in the separate pieces of the entire performance show what ARDT is all about. Carter wanted to work with dancers who could perform in all different styles and settings. He started this program when he saw a need to create a pre-professional program that would prepare students for any professional dance career. He said the success of the alumni in professional settings has been phenomenal and that was the point of the program in the first place. One alumnus from the first class of ARDT,

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• How much: $12 for students, $15 for seniors/ faculty/staff, $18 for adults Christopher Dean, said that the program has progressed “leaps and bounds” since it began 10 years ago. “It was the year before Morgan, it was bare bones,” he said. “Literally it was just teachers and students and we were just generating quality dancers.” The one thing about ARDT that has remained consistent is the ability to create quality dancers through the program. Next week’s concert will feature dancers who all dance in several pieces throughout the entire performance; one dancer is in three separate and sequential pieces. Dean said that all of these dancers are working on a professional level, balancing rehearsals for all the different pieces as well as their difficult class schedules. He is most excited about the level of sophistication in the upcoming performances and

CW| Sara Beth Colburn ARDT dancers perform “there, again.” could not compliment the work of the choreographers enough during rehearsals. “I’m excited about how somehow we dig into the bottom of

ourselves and continue to push and challenge students in a way that every semester the work becomes more complex,” Carter said.

ABXY hosts game marathon for charity By Alex Cohen Staff Reporter accohen@bama.ua.edu Giving to charity is a rewarding process. After all, most people can agree that knowing your dollar is changing lives is a good feeling. But giving that dollar isn’t always fun. In fact, sometimes it only involves putting a combination of Washingtons and Lincolns into a basket and passing the basket to the left. While this is rewarding, it is also dull. Is it possible for the process to be both rewarding and exciting? The ABXY Gaming Network believes it can be. Tonight at 6, ABXY will kick off Pixelthon, a charity gaming marathon intent on raising money for the charity Child’s Play. The marathon is sponsored by the University’s Creative Campus Initiative and will last until 6 p.m. on Sunday. “Basically, it’s a fun way to raise money,” said Michael Mintz, a sophomore majoring in

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show, which includes 90 competitors in eveningwear and swimsuit. Sunday at 2 p.m. the top 15 finalists will be announced for Miss Alabama Teen USA. Then there will be an interview portion of the competition and the crowning of Miss Alabama Teen USA. Sunday night at 6:30, the Miss

psychology and Pixelthon coordinator. “It’s benefitting the children’s hospital in Birmingham.” The 48-hour event will be broadcast on Ustream for everyone to watch free of charge. Two teams, Team Mario and Team Sonic, will be competing against one another to complete a certain video game first. Completing a game may seem like a daunting task to some, but Mintz believes it’s very doable. “The people playing have been practicing these games for months,” said Mintz, a member of Team Sonic. “We’ll be able to finish in decent times.” If the viewing patrons feel the game is taking too long, they can request the gamers to quit and move on to another. Viewers can request other actions as well, making this a truly engaging viewing experience. “As people donate, they can make requests,” said David Kilborn, a senior majoring in communication studies and a

member of Team Mario. “These requests can hinder one team or help the other. Donators are directly shaping the direction of the marathon.” In order to have an influence in game play, viewers must donate. To donate, viewers on Ustream can click a link to the donation widget. At the widget, participants can use PayPal to make a donation. Upon donating, they can use the comment box to indicate how they want to affect play, where they have many options. “You can put anything in that comment box,” Mintz said. “You can buy penalties with donations. For instance, if you’re really gunning for Team Mario, you can decide to make Team Sonic play with blindfolds or Chinese finger traps. We try to make creative penalties that are worth people’s time.” The two teams each have eight people — mostly members of ABXY — who will rotate playing responsibility during the

48-hour span. Those not playing will be charged with communicating with the viewers, commentating on game play, and, of course, ordering pizzas. A charity video game marathon might be a bizarre idea to some, but it has precedent. “A lot of different organizations do this,” Kilborn said. “The Mario marathon took place over the summer — they raised almost $90,000. A few weeks ago, IGN did the ‘Extra Life’ marathon, focusing on games that have not yet been released.” Child’s Play raises money to put video games in hospitals. Funds from Pixelthon will specifically go to the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. In the spirit of helping children, Pixelthon gamers will focus on video games from their own childhood. “It’s nostalgic,” Kilborn said. “These games entertained us back in the day, and it’s a worthy cause to bring new entertain-

ment to kids who are stuck in a scary place. They have few comforts.” ABXY is aiming to raise $1,000 for the hospital. Given the precedent, this goal is certainly within their reach.

Alabama USA competition continues in the same style and will conclude with the crowning of Miss Alabama USA. T h e winner of Miss Alabama USA will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant scoring is divided equally between an interview portion, a swimsuit portion and an evening wear portion. Unlike the Miss America circuit of pageants, there is not a talent portion.

“It’s a beauty pageant,” Dye said. “These girls are judged on beauty, intelligence and charisma.” The Miss USA pageant circuit reaches women from all parts of the country, and this week all areas of Alabama will be represented. “This weekend, Tuscaloosa is going to face an influx of 90 of the most beautiful women in the state, if not the nation,” Dye said.

Bringing the competition to Tuscaloosa was a smooth transition, Dye said. “The city of Tuscaloosa was extraordinarily helpful, and there are so many University connections, it just worked out so well,” he said. Dye himself attended Alabama, and his close friend, Christopher Dean, is choreographing the show’s dance numbers. Dean graduated from the University with a degree in dance and works as a choreographer in New York City. “This is also something new this year,” Dye said. “He’s going to bring a lot of energy into the pageant, making it a really fun show.” Not only will former UA graduates be a part of the pageant, eight current University students will be competing on the Bama Theatre stage as well. And while some of the women participating may have more experience than others, each of them expressed excitement for the upcoming weekend. “I’m a little nervous,” said Mary Margaret McCloud, a junior majoring in public relations. “But really, I’m more excited than anything. We’ve been waiting so long for this weekend, and now it’s finally here.” Heather Foster, a senior majoring in public relations, said she was excited to see the new changes implemented this year. “Not only is it in Tuscaloosa, but our new director, Dohn, is making this pageant better than ever before,” she said. And to many of the competitors, winning is not the only goal

they have for the weekend. “Pageants teach you a lot about yourself,” Dye said. “When those girls get on stage, they ‘do their thing’ and you can see self-confidence building.” “I’m a shy person most of the time, but when I’m on stage, I’m at my best,” said Kia Boyd, a senior majoring in AfricanAmerican studies. “Pageants are such a positive experience, not only because they build confidence, but also because they teach you discipline.” Boyd, like many of the other competitors, has been preparing for the pageant throughout the past few months. From practicing interview questions to diet and exercise, the preparation process can be demanding, but many competitors believe the sacrifice is worth it. “It’s that moment when you’re walking on stage,” McCloud said. “It goes by so fast. You almost feel like you’re alone out there. It’s in warp speed, but I love it every time.” Dye encourages the Alabama community to attend, not only to support the eight women who will be representing the University along with their designated region, but to see what he calls “one of the premier events of the state.” “This isn’t your momma’s beauty pageant,” Dye said. “There’s a little something for everyone. And who knows, maybe even the next Miss Universe will be up there.” Tickets are available online at missalabamausa.com, and, starting Friday at noon, at the Bama Theatre box office. Tickets will also be on sale Sunday from 8 a.m. until the start of the show.

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FAST FACTS • Online stream: ustream.tv/pixelthon

• Donate: pixelthon. chipin.com/childs-play • Games to be played: Pokemon Red/ Blue, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, Super Street Fighter 2, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG and many more


11.05.10