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Witt presents design for Foster plaza UA officals showed the preliminary plans for a plaza about Foster Auditoriumʼs history.

Community invited to comment on plans for honoring history By Amanda Peterson Editor

how best to remember former Gov. George Wallace’s infamous Stand in the Schoolhouse UA President Robert Witt Door speech and other historipresented a preliminary design cal events at Foster. To get input about the at the UA System Board of Trustees’ Thursday meeting design, Witt said UA officials for a plaza at Foster Auditorium met with many groups on camhonoring the building’s history. pus and with trustees who had For years, different groups on campus have struggled with See FOSTER, page 2

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Balloon rides fund scholarships Leaders disagree on bingo By Ashley R. Alexander Staff Writer

The SGA raised money for a new scholarship by selling hot air balloon rides Thursday evening and holding a Taste of Tuscaloosa as part of the first annual RAGE event. RAGE is set up to raise money for new UA merit- and need-based scholarships the SGA is setting up. The amount of the scholarships depends on how much is raised from the events, SGA officials said. The hot air balloon rides were $15 for a raffle ticket for a ride and $40 to buy a ticket for a ride, and the goal for the entire event is to raise over $20,000. “It was a great success, lots of enthusiasm,” said Meg McCrummen, SGA executive vice president. It was the second of three events. Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits will be sold at locations around campus Friday. The hot air balloon drew many people onto the campus. Some onlookers said it was a pleasure to watch. “It’s fun to look at,” said Whitney Holmes, a junior majoring in geology. One student’s ride was given as a birthday gift by her friend. “It felt like I was floating,” said Lara Lander, a freshman majoring in pre-communicative disorders who received the birthday present. “It was really cool.” Lander’s friend also rode with her and said she thought it was necessary to contribute to the event. “It was really important because I get scholarship money from the school, and it’s important for students to give back,” said Rebecca Howard, a freshman majoring in hospitality management. McCrummen said hot air

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CW | Jerrod Seaton SGA Sen. Peyton Falkenburg, a sophmore majoring in finance, swipes an ACTion card for a ride in the hot air balloon set up on the Quad Thursday. As part of the RAGE campaign, the event raised money for merit and need based scholarships.

A former member of Gov. Bob Riley’s cabinet said Thursday that Riley received campaign contributions from Mississippi Indians who operate casinos, with the money intended to limit their competition in Alabama. Bill Johnson said Dan Gans, a senior official in Riley’s 2002 campaign, told him the tribe promised $3 million in donations but didn’t deliver all of it. Johnson said he was unsure of the exact amount, but thought it has influenced Riley’s fight to shut down electronic bingo operations in Alabama. “I’m concerned that those dollars from Mississippi Indian casino owners are manipulating public policy in Alabama,” said Johnson, who coordinated Riley’s campaigns for governor in 2002 and 2006. Johnson is now a GOP candidate for governor. Gambling, especially electronic bingo, is an issue that doesn’t seem to go away in Alabama. Part of the issue may be the fact that two state leaders seem to take opposing views on using machines to play bingo. Riley has repeatedly opposed electronic bingo machines, saying they are essentially slot machines, which are illegal in Alabama. However, in 2004 Alabama Attorney General Troy King released a statement on the findings of his gambling review, in which he found there were instances where bingo could be played on machines legally. David Lanoue, chariman of the UA political science department, said the fact that these two officials are at odds on the issue shows how complex it is. “It’s interesting that, to some extent, this seems to be intraparty war among Republicans, which is fairly unusual,” Lanoue said. “Most of the battles are across party lines. There seems to have been a souring of the relationship between the two.” Lanoue said the dispute between Riley and King seems to be based on the fact that Riley reads the law regarding gambling much more restrictively than King does.

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range of hairstyles by cosmetology students from the Aveda Institute and Shelton State Community College. Tuscaloosa and Birmingham professional stylists also were featured. Styles shown on the runway ranged from everyday or career looks to jaw-dropping looks not typically seen in everyday life. “The ‘My Hair My Expression’ conference is appealing to many different people, lifestyles and ages,” Raby said.

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The University Union, a department within the division of student affairs, hosted the “My Hair My Expression” conference, the first annual hair show exhibition in the Ferguson Center Wednesday and Thursday. “The goal of the conference was to showcase a new form of

cultural art found in the cosmetology profession that is often overlooked and restricted,” said Alethea Raby, the student coordinator for the event. “The conference was designed to incorporate a broad spectrum of educational and artistic components.” The event began Wednesday in the Ferguson Center lobby with an informational fair, where various stylists were

stationed at booths providing information about their specific salon services. A series of image and wellness workshops were held later that afternoon. These workshops included tips for hair styling, shopping for clothes on a tight budget, skin care and applying make-up in a more professional way. Free manicures and massages were given directly following the workshops, and hors d’oeuvres were provided by Jason’s Deli. The hair show was Thursday night. It showcased a wide

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NEWS in brief CAMPUS | Phi Mu holds fundraiser to support Childrenʼs Miracle Network Phi Mu will host its annual Cookout For Kids fundraiser Saturday at the Phi Mu house before the Alabama vs. LSU game. Sorority members will serve a barbecue lunch, provided by Jim N Nicks, to raise money for their philanthropy. All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network for the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Everyone is invited to attend the event before heading to the stadium. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. and last until 1: 30 p.m., an hour before kickoff. Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the door.

CAMPUS | UA Percussion Ensembles “A Tribute to Larry Mathis” concert The UA Percussion Ensembles present their fall concert, “A Tribute to Larry Mathis,” on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Moody Music Building. The concert will include selections from J.S. Bach, Tom Gauger, Dave Hollinden and Imogen Heap, as well as traditional Latin and West African music. Admission is free and open to the public, and convocation credit will be offered. Contact Beth Gottlieb by e-mail at for more information.

CAMPUS | Tri Delta holds late-night pancakes event Tuesday The UA chapter of Delta Delta Delta will hold its “Pancakes for a Cure” Breakfast Tuesday from 10 p.m. until midnight and the Beta Theta Pi house. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $5, and the cost covers unlimited pancakes. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Retreat, Halsey and Central Papers are sponsoring the event.

LOCAL | UA launches new leadership program for students In Spring 2010, the University will launch a new student leadership initiative called Leadership UA. Leadership UA, modeled after Leadership Tuscaloosa and similar community-based organizations, will accept approximately 30 promising student leaders each year. Sophomores and juniors with interest in campus leadership are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be selected based on campus involvement, GPA and creative ideas for making improvements to the UA community with a team of their peers. Program components include monthly meetings with UA administrators throughout the spring semester, followed by a semester-long, community-based project in the fall. Program applications will be available at beginning Thursday. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership by noon on Nov. 20. Finalists will participate in interviews during the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

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Panel tells stories of Berlin wall By Kyle D. Pierce Staff Reporter Almost 20 years ago, a wall was torn down in Berlin. For almost 30 years before then, the Berlin Wall physically divided a city and served as a symbol of the divided world. This division will be discussed today in a free lecture and panel at 4 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater. According to the organizers, the panel, titled “The Cold War & The Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Retrospective,” will focus on telling the stories of what happened to bring down the wall. The participants will tell their personal stories about the “Bloodless Revolution” that occurred that fall. These stories are intended to serve

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voiced concerns about the plans at the trustees’ June meeting. The design of the plaza also will be posted on the UA Web site for students, faculty and community members to add their opinions about the plans. Officials met with James Hood and the family of Vivian Malone Jones, the two students who registered at the University after Wallace’s speech, to ask for their approval to name the area after Hood and Jones, Witt said. “We are showing you the rendering today to get any reaction you might have,” Witt told the trustees during the

as a comparison to the lives many Americans lived in the free west and to tell a story of a much different world. Rasma Lazda, associate professor of German; Margaret Peacock, assistant professor of history; and Steffen Guenzel, instuctor in the department of English; will lead the discussion. Each lived inside the Communist Bloc, and Guenzel participated in the “Peaceful Revolution” that fall. The UA German Club and German professor Barabara Fischer, with help from the Alabama-Germany Partnership, organized the interdisciplinary panel. The Alabama-Germany Partnership is an alliance between Alabama and major

Germany businesses and students, including corporations like Daimler AG, the makers of Mercedes-Benz. Fischer said the UA Art Department has been involved in the creation of a replica Berlin Wall that will be placed at the Ferguson Center for the program. This wall, together with similar walls at universities across the nation, will commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. “We knew we wanted to do something, then the AlabamaG e r m a ny Pa r t n e r s h i p approached us with such a great thing,” said James Gardner, president of the UA German Club and a graduate student in the TESOL applied linguistics department and the

German language. Gardner said most students today cannot imagine the “darkest days of the Cold War” when students were required to go to weekly nuclear bomb drills in a time when the world was close to the end so many times. “A few different events could have radically changed for today or even ended it,” Gardner said. Fischer said that the most important that to remember about the Berlin was that it divided families, friends, lovers, communities and lives. “Imagine a wall in the United States, like if you had relatives in Ohio and you were not allowed to see them,” Fischer said.

board’s physical property committee meeting. The board members will approve the final plaza design at the February meeting. Michael Lanier, who also presented the information to the trustees for the University, said the goal of the design is to talk about the history but also add a nice place to the campus for students. Preliminary designs show the plaza positioned behind Foster across from Mary Burke Hall. UA spokeswoman Deborah Lane said it is too early to determine how many parking spaces might be removed because of the new plaza. In the rendering of the plaza, a four-sided structure is shown that will recognize the history

of the University’s integration, and granite tiles on the ground will mark additional events, such as graduations and concerts held in the auditorium. Finis St. John, president pro tempore of the UA System Board of Trustees, said he thinks the plaza, as well as the renovation of Foster Auditorium, should be a unifying issue for the campus. “It ought to be a good thing for all,” St. John said. The Foster renovations to turn it into the women’s basketball and volleyball facility should be finished by September 2010, and he said the plaza should be finished at the same time. St. John said the trustees are committed to commemorating the building’s history. “We’re not going to agree to it if it doesn’t adequately portray the history,” he said.

construction of the next building in the complex will include tearing down the East Engineering building and removing parking spaces and roads near the new building. When students return from the break in January, Lanier said traffic patterns and parking will be adjusted. The committee also approved a $1 million budget and selected an architect to start a larger dining facility near Alston Hall that will include a Subway and expanded Bidgood Bistro. “This is such a high traffic area, and there’s such a high demand,” said Lynda Gilbert, UA vice president for financial affairs. “We’re going to challenge the architect to be very creative with the space.” The committee also approved a revised budget for the construction of a new house for the UA chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. Because of changes to the project, the estimated costs dropped from $6 million to $5.95 million.

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Starting next semester, students will need to find a new Minority report route to Rodgers Library. The board’s physical prop- shows improvement erties committee approved the third phase of the Science and Across the UA system, Engineering Complex. The minority enrollment and hiring shows improvement, but there always is more room to get better, said a UA system official. At the meeting for the board of trustees’ academic affairs, student affairs and planning committee, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Charles Nash presented information from the 2009 system minority report. In the system, Nash told trustees that black undergraduate enrollment increased from 6,202 in 2008 to 6,421 in 2009. This is up from 10 years ago, when 5,653 black undergraduates were enrolled at the three UA system institutions. For graduate students, 1,383 were black, up from 1,294 in 2008 and 899 in 1999. Nash said the system saw increases in faculty and staff as well. Blacks made up 5.22 percent of full-time faculty in fall 2008 with 179 people. Blacks hold 65 executive, managerial or administrative positions, or 12.85 percent of these jobs.


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balloon rides were the perfect way to have fun while giving to a good cause. “I wanted an event spectacular enough to draw students to the Quad, which is the heart of campus,” McCrummen said. Along with the hot air balloon rides was the Taste of Tuscaloosa where local restaurants from around the area gave samples of their food. “[Taste of Tuscaloosa] was just awesome,” said Andrew Bersson, a freshman majoring in biology. “It’s a pretty good idea.” Some of the SGA senators who served the food said the food was delicious and they were glad people came out to support the fundraiser. “Everybody takes part in some kind of way,” said Grant Cochran, SGA senator and a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. The Late Night Snack selling chicken biscuits will be Friday and Saturday nights in front of Tutwiler, the Strip or fraternity row.

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Yogurt Mountain opens in Tuscaloosa New restaurant offers self-serve dessert By Christi Cowan Staff Writer

Picky eaters and frozen yogurt fans alike will soon get their frozen treats exactly as they want them at Yogurt Mountain in Midtown Village as employees say they hope the store will open today at noon. Customers can come in, create their own special combina-

tion of frozen yogurt and toppings, get as much as they like and pay by weight instead of size. The desserts cost 45 cents per ounce. Aaron Greenberg, vice president of operations, said the premise is giving customers what they want. “You can have whatever you want, however much you want and the way you want,” he said. “The act of making it

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is just so much more fun than telling someone what you want and having them make it.” The store will have frozen yogurts and sorbets with toppings such as candy, nuts, cereal, sauces, sprinkles and a cold bar with fruit, brownies and cookie dough. Greenberg said the toppings make each treat different. “If you want original tart yogurt with granola, cheesecake bites and two gummy bears, you can have it,” he said. “It puts it in the hand of the guest and allows them to do whatever they want.” Greenberg said there are different kinds of frozen yogurt, most with less fat than regular ice cream. “It’s lower calorie than ice cream, and our yogurts

are made out of dairy,” he said. “They feature probiotics, which are healthy for the digestive system and can improve your immune system. We offer no-sugar added flavor as well as non-dairy sorbet. Most of our yogurts are fat free.” This will be the second Yogurt Mountain store in the area. The first opened six weeks ago in Birmingham. Greenberg said he hopes the franchise will spread across the Southeast. He also said Tuscaloosa was a good location for the frozen yogurt shop because it is a college town. “We felt that college campuses have a great variety of awesome dining places and that our store would fit in nicely with the wide array that’s offered,” he said. Having customers create their own deserts can be a



“You can have whatever you want, however much you want and the way you want.” — Aaron Greenberg, vice president of operations for Yogurt Mountain

messy business, Greenberg said, especially with kids. He said Yogurt Mountain employees watch for spills and drips. “Sprinkles get all over the floor,” he said. “That’s part of it, though. Our staff allows the self-serve concept to successfully happen because nobody wants to go to a place where everything is dirty and the floor is sticky.” The idea for Yogurt Mountain came from a trip that the owners took, said manager Kathy Spiller. “They went to California and went to a store out there,” she said. “It’s not the same

concept, but they came up with the idea to take the yogurt to the consumer.” The store will open every day at 11 a.m. and will close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Greenberg said the hours could be flexible depending on how many customers they have at closing time. “The students will dictate what time we close,” he said. “I’m not going to turn away people at 10 if there’s a big crowd. If we’re still packed at 9:45, there’s no way were closing at 10.”

Dual philanthropy cookout to support two national charities By Kelsey Hendrix Staff Reporter Gamma Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Phi will combine forces to host the first annual “Cookout for a Cause” tonight at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house. The cookout will begin at 5:30

p.m. and last until 8 p.m. The two groups encourage students, faculty, community members and families to come to the event to enjoy good food, entertainment and to support two charitable causes. “We decided to partner up with Delta Sigma Phi because we figured if we had another organization to help us, the event would be bigger and we would be able to reach out to more people,” said Kelsey Moore, philanthropy chairwoman for Gamma Phi Beta and a junior majoring in special education. “We want a lot of people to come out to support two important causes.” Gamma Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Phi will be raising money for their respective philanthropies through ticket sales for the event. Gamma Phi Beta is raising money to support Campfire USA, and Delta Sigma Phi will raise money for the American Red Cross. “Our philanthropy uses money raised to send deserving girls to camp every year,” Moore said. “We find this to be important because it helps develop the girls as people and gives them a chance to grow and learn how to be better ladies. A lot of the

girls involved in Campfire USA come from backgrounds that aren’t the best, so this camp is a really great learning experience for them.” Sam DiRienzo, philanthropy chairman for Delta Sigma Phi and a sophomore whose major is undecided, said Delta Sigma Phi was excited to be working with Gamma Phi Beta to host an event supporting their causes. “Our personal philanthropy is the American Red Cross, which is an essential organization nationwide,” DiRienzo said. “We usually do blood drives for them and have our annual Miss Sorority Row event each fall, but thought that his would be another good way to raise money and support for the Red Cross.” The two organizations are using the event as a tool to show the University they are not just separate fraternities and sororities, but students looking to make a difference in the community and surrounding areas. “We chose to have the event this weekend because we knew a lot of people would be in town for the game against LSU,” Moore said. “A lot of families will be in town and will probably be looking for good

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food and a fun evening on campus, and this is the perfect event for that.” Fliers and order forms have been dropped off to all of the fraternities and sororities on campus. Tickets also can be purchased in the Ferguson Center Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a table set up by Delta Sigma Phi. Anyone interested in coming to the event also can buy tickets at the door for $7. “We’re going to have a great band and good food from Dave’s Dogs, including chicken sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks and hot dogs.” DiRienzo said. “And while we’re having all this fun, we’re also going to be raising money for people and organizations that really need it.”



Friday, November 6, 2009 Editor • Alan Blinder Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } SHOULD OBAMA CONCENTRATE MORE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM OR JOB CREATION? “Jobs. I think given the economy at the moment, getting employment rates back up is more important than a health care system that would be quite costly.” — Nick Jansen, sophomore, political science

“Jobs, because unless the health care system is nationalized to a level at which itʼs completely free, then, without jobs, how are people going to pay for it in the first place?” — Chris Hightree, sophomore, international studies

“Creating jobs. I donʼt know much about health care, but I know people need jobs.” — Taylor Sims, freshman, computer science

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Reduce poor’s tax burden

If you’re poor, Alabama wants In short: Alabama your money more needs to either than any other reduce income state in the nation. tax for the While the U.S. working poor Census Bureau or repeal the reported a few grocery tax. days ago that, broadly speaking, Alabamians pay the lowest taxes in the nation, a study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities revealed Wednesday that the poorest of our state pay the most in income taxes compared to their counterparts nationwide. Prior to 2007, when the state Legislature changed the taxation threshold, Alabama had the lowest in the nation. The shifts moved us to third, but times change, and we are back “on top” in a few categories. The Birmingham News reported Thursday that Alabama is one of 16 states that rings up an income tax on a family of four living below the poverty line. Perhaps it’s just us, but that seems like a policy that is out-of-step with a mission of helping the poor. The people of Alabama need champions, not politicians, in Montgomery. So far, both parties have proven themselves to be inept at addressing the poverty crisis in this state. We can do better, and since the legislature has been resistant to take concrete, long lasting steps to protect the poor, we need to repeal the state’s grocery tax. The state currently levies a tax of some 4 percent on groceries, and we have the dubious distinction of being one of only two states in the nation to tax sustenance. Since the arcane Alabama tax code — sponsored, in part, by an arcane Alabama Constitution — fails to adequately serve the working poor, the Legislature should and must act. The state’s tax on groceries is an affront to people working hard to stay alive and get ahead. In 2008, the state nearly passed a repeal of the grocery tax, planning to replace the $320 million in annual revenue by ending the federal income tax deduction. Republicans howled in protest, complaining that middle- and high-income residents would pay higher taxes. Yes, some of them would, but the figure — one in five — is small, especially when one considers national trends and precedents. The working poor often are hard-working members of our society. They often try to get ahead, save a little and do so without complaint. Our state’s response to their efforts — egregiously taxing them — is inexcusable. Montgomery needs to step up to the plate and stop playing games. Until the grocery tax is repealed or until the working poor have a reduced income tax burden, like every other state in America, no one in the legislature can rightfully claim themselves as a champion of the working poor.


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To burn or build the barn Anyone who thought we had seen the last of mass tea party protests, think again. Yes, the group that raised hell this summer as legislators took the August recess to explain forthcoming health care proposals to often oppositional crowds has again stepped into the spotlight. On Thursday, thousands of tea party protestors arrived on Congress’ doorstep to shout about the forthcoming health care reform bill. Orchestrated by ultraconservative Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and encouraged by almost every GOP member of the U.S. House, they held signs depicting President Obama as Hitler and labeling him as a communist. So, it’s same ol’, same ol’. These protests are impressive in number, but they remind me of a Lyndon Johnson quote: “Any damned fool can burn down a barn, but it takes brains to build one.” The right wing of the Republican Party continues to be an obstructionist entity, offering no reasonable counterproposals on health care reform, not to mention energy or financial regulatory reform, and extending in no way an olive branch of bipartisanship to congressional Democrats or the president. On Tuesday, Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd congressional district supported by influential national conservatives like Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty and Glenn Beck, lost in a place that’d been Republican-controlled for over a century. This occurred days after the moderate Republican

incumbent dropped out of the race citing lack of support and funding. I n Virginia and New Jersey, Republicans with conservative backIan Sams bones but pragmatic, moderate bodies of work won governorships. What’s wrong here? The Republican Party seems to be taking its marching orders from its right wing, while the public elects moderate, pragmatic GOP candidates to office. Republican National Committee chairman and all-around wacko Michael Steele said after Tuesday’s results, “candidates who live in moderate to slightly liberal districts have got to walk a little bit carefully here, because you do not want to put yourself in a position where you’re crossing that line on conservative principles, fiscal principles, because we’ll come after you.” Do you think he’s talking about Charlie Crist, a moderate Republican who lead the polls in Florida’s 2010 Senate race for months and who supported President Obama’s stimulus package earlier this year? Or what about Mark Kirk, a centrist Republican from Illinois who’s been in the U.S. House for almost a decade and who has a solid record of pro-environment and pro-science legislation?

It seems to me that Steele and his newly-found conservative cohorts are writing an obituary for their own party. The people want pragmatic, non-ideologues in Washington and in their state capitols. If Steele, Palin, Beck and company continue rallying around losing candidates like Doug Hoffman and trying to bully popular moderates with serious accomplishments like Crist and Kirk, then they’ll find out quickly how bad a strategy it is to listen to the “damned fools” who are burning down barns on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Have we decided that this is the future of American governance: the minority party giving up, throwing in the towel on being proactive, and simply playing political games to try to win elections? Democrats worked with George W. Bush on environmental reforms. Republicans worked with Bill Clinton to bring down the deficit. Isn’t it about time that Republicans suck it up and start working with Obama and Democrats in Congress to pass truly bipartisan legislation and to bring results for the people that elected them? Republicans need to realize they should be approaching the president and congressional leaders with a handshake and rolled-up sleeves, not a gallon of gasoline and a matchbook. If they do, I know we’ll see pragmatic and responsible legislation that both parties can be proud of. Ian Sams is a junior majoring in political science. His column runs weekly on Friday.

White men: Don’t play God By Jacob Summers Suffrage: the right to vote. Women’s rights: the right for women to enjoy all the rights that a man enjoys. Racial equality: the right for people of any skin color to enjoy the rights that any other one skin color enjoys. Desegregation: tearing down the dividers that kept anyone apart based on skin color or more. Legal unions: the right for anyone of any sexual preference to be able to enjoy a recognized partnership with their significant other. During the last century we have struggled as a nation to let everyone be their own person without interference from others. Some of us have accepted this concept from day one. Some of us, being flawed, have worked to accept it. Some still won’t accept it. Others are on the receiving end of the denial or acceptance. We call it different things and we dress it up differently. Instead of your inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as an individual, once we as a nation finally accept it, we say it is your right as a gender or ethnicity. Doing this puts an emphasis on an important fact. Apparently, all white male citizens, regardless of age or social standing, automatically have these rights. And then, that these “gifted among us” have the right to extend them to others. Instead of understanding that each air-breathing, life-living, bloodpumping citizen of this nation automatically has these rights, we instead decide we need to grant them each and every one — in bills, legislation, acts, etc.


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George W. Bush had threatened to veto a similar measure, but Obama brought a reversal of that policy to the White House.” This is just a political ploy, and politicians are using our own sexual preferences for their own means. It looks good, because instead of a white male citizen giving you your rights back, it’s a man of IrishKenyan-Hawaiian-Insert Some Other Ethnicity Here-descent. Therefore, it’s easier to swallow, and people will feel remiss to point out the absurdity. Furthermore, it’s an emotional, knee-jerk reaction to the beatings of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. and the fact that the legal appeal was that of fear of the unknown. Rosy tint aside, the days of living day-to-day, correcting ourselves and checking over our shoulders to make sure we don’t offend people, should be long behind us. Instead, our own president insists on keeping us in a Stone Age, where we must call attention to each and every difference, tip toe around our neighbors and question the things that keep us safe – a universal state of equality that is not blind of our differences, but all accepting.

“Diabetes.” “Obesity.” Are these words and a picture of a Big Mac and a bottle of soda going to convince you to ban junk food from your diet? I think not. Do they cause diabetes and obesity? Not directly. Students passing through the main second floor corridor of Reese Phifer were confronted Thursday by a poster with these words and images. The poster also included clip-art style pictures of a guy eating and drinking, in addition to a “no junk” symbol. Most faculty and staff members at the College of Communications & Information Sciences, who were asked, had no idea who had placed the poster there. Some were equally as frustrated. No one had any idea what the “purpose” of this poster was. Not only are the aesthetics and visual hierarchy of this creation awry, it sends mixed signals rather than an informative message about diabetes, obesity or “junk food.” It is Diabetes Awareness Month, so it is fitting that there is information available to educate about diabetes. For example, there are multiple types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body no longer produces insulin. Patients must get insulin from shots or an insulin pump the rest of their lives. It is not caused by eating hamburgers or drinking soda. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or isn’t properly using what is being produced. While unhealthy lifestyles and weight are known risks for developing Type 2 diabetes, they are not “causes” of diabetes. And, there is no cure for diabetes. However, this information was not communicated on this poster. Little was communicated. Instead, inappropriate stereotypes were introduced or reinforced. As someone who deals with diabetes on a daily basis, it is exhausting to have to deal with both diabetes and those who wish to stereotype or belittle me for having diabetes. I hope to have a discussion with the creator(s) of this poster to find out what the purpose of this piece was and their intentions in placing it in Reese Phifer. I encourage everyone to go to to learn more about diabetes.

Jacob Summers is a senior majoring in public relations, business and computer science. His column runs weekly on Friday.

Dana Lewis is a senior majoring in public relations and political science. She has had Type 1 diabetes for seven years and doesn’t ever remember eating a Big Mac.

This is racism at its finest, in its most covert, subtlest, purest form, and I will not stand for it. — Jacob Summers

This is racism. This is racism at its finest, in its most covert, subtlest, purest form, and I will not stand for it. Since when is it my power as a white male to give you any power you are naturally born with? Since when is it alright for me to assume that because I am white and possess male genitalia that I should have the right to give you freedom? Sure, it’s my responsibility to stomp out social injustice. But it is not my right to play God. Why is this relevant now? Because President Obama recently signed a law that makes it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The expanded federal hate crimes law, hailed by supporters as the first major federal gay rights legislation, was added to a $680 billion defense authorization bill. Many people may hail this as the next greatest law to be signed along lines of individual freedom and equality. Many will say while it shouldn’t be necessary to specify each bit of prejudice, it is necessary at this point in time. I disagree. I say it’s grandstanding and that our president is using this to divert the attention away from his lack of economic progress or progression overseas. To quote the CNN article about Obama signing the bill, “Former President

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Blackboard up against new competition By Jessica Cheek Staff Writer According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, an online news publication, several competitors will soon join the Blackboard Company, which has controlled much of the online education software market. But the University has no immediate plans to change its online software system, officials said. Marilyn Staffo, assistant director of the Center for Instructional Technology, said the University tries to provide students with the best possible resources. “OIT keeps abreast of advances in learning manage-

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King’s 2004 statement on his study of electronic bingo in the state makes the argument that playing bingo on machines in counties that have passed a constitutional amendment to allow it is the same as playing on paper. “It cannot be concluded, as some have, that just because the game is being played on video consoles, it is not ‘bingo,’” King said in the 2004 news release. “Just as no one would contend that e-mails are any less a form of correspondence than are letters written with a quill pen, but instead represent a technological evolution in correspondence, similarly, bingo games that are depicted on a video console can still be bingo — albeit a technologically advanced form of bingo — but bingo nonetheless.” In an effort to crack down on illegal bingo halls, Riley created the state task force to stop illegal gambling in late 2008. In a news release from January 2009, Riley elaborated on his decision to actively fight against video bingo.

ment systems and is continually looking for the best system,” she said. “There are no plans to change from eLearning in the immediate future.” The Blackboard company controls UA academic resources such as eLearning, as well as business products like the ACTion card Web site, including the My Football Ticket application and an emergency notification system called Blackboard Connect. Betsy Magner, a sophomore majoring in forensic psychology, said that overall, she likes the current online resources, but they could be improved. “It’s easy to use,” she said. “I actually really like the ACT card Web site, but eLearn“Those who support this proposal use the excuse: ‘Well, gambling is here, so we ought to tax it,’” Riley said in the release. “I say: Illegal gambling shouldn’t be here. Rather than legalize it, we should rid Alabama of illegal gambling.” Riley saw some success in late October after circuit court judges in Walker and Jefferson counties ordered all forms of electronic bingo machines should be shut down. The order from Circuit Judge Robert Vance in Walker County stated the games that were being played on the machines were not bingo, while Circuit Judge Scott Vowell said in his order in Jefferson County the machines were classified as slot machines “in every way that matters.” Riley praised the decisions by these judges in several press releases on Oct. 26. “The message sent today is crystal clear,” Riley said. “This is not bingo. These are slot machines, plain and simple.” Owners of establishments running electronic bingo machines in other counties around the state did not seem concerned with the rulings in

ing could be cleaned up. It’s annoying that it keeps the list of classes from previous semesters. There should be an option for students to only view classes they are currently enrolled in.” One of the new companies emerging to compete with Blackboard is Epsilen, a division of SunGard Higher Education, which will allow professors to link course content to relevant New York Times articles. Despite the other options available, some students said they are content with the current system. “I don’t think the University desperately needs to change anything right now,” said Johnna Dominguez, a junior majoring in classics and early Walker and Jefferson counties, as each county’s constitutional amendment legalizing bingo is different. In total, 16 Alabama counties have passed amendments allowing non-profit or charity organizations to run bingo operations. “My understanding is that counties that have legalized bingo have a lot of leeway in how they regulate it,” Lanoue said. “Regulations are not identical from county to county.” Lanoue said arguments over this issue have a moral background for some, but it is also a legal issue at its core. In addition, there are those who argue the economic benefits of gambling in the state. Lanoue said a lot of people think we should try and keep money in Alabama that we lose to gambling opportunities in neighboring states such as Mississippi and Louisiana. The governor takes a somewhat moral standpoint on the issue, Lanoue said, while King tackles it from a legal standpoint. “It is a political issue for some, an economic issue for others and a moral issue,” Lanoue said. “All those things kind of collide here.”

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modern studies. “I don’t use the ACTion card Web site very much. I don’t use Bama Cash and I already have football tickets. Sometimes eLearning doesn’t work when I need it to, but other than that, I wouldn’t make many changes.” Staffo said the University has used a learning management system since the late 1990s. “The initial users chose WebCT for its online testing capabilities and its ability to deliver online course content. The Blackboard company acquired the WebCT company that created our system,” she said. Dominguez said while many of the online resources are useful, she is concerned that

— Betsy Magner, sophomore, forensic psychology

the University is relying too heavily on online resources for some things that should be done in the classroom. “I use eLearning all the time for my Latin class,” she said. “I didn’t feel that a Web site was conducive to learning a language. The Web site was easy to use, but it didn’t help me much. I felt like it didn’t add anything to the class.” Staffo said there are still many benefits to Blackboard


that the University could take advantage of. “There are a wide variety of resources that can be used within the eLearning system and that can be adapted for courses taught in different ways,” she said. “There are other valuable resources available for instruction outside of the eLearning system. Instructors can contact the Faculty Resource Center for more information.”

Brown’s Corner benefits Beat Auburn Beat Hunger By Jennie Kushner Staff Writer With the sound of a grand piano in the background, Brown’s Corner Dueling Piano Bar devoted Thursday night to promoting a hopeful victory in the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger challenge. The Brown’s Corner $5 cover charge was donated to the BABH competition. With a slow economy, the city of Tuscaloosa has been beneficial to the success of the contest because of the additional participation from local businesses, said the BABH coordinators. “We usually don’t do a cover charge on Thursday nights,” said manager Denny Leftwich. “We are doing this to benefit the charity.” The night of song requests and live music arrived at the midpoint of the competition that ends Nov.19. “It is incredibly generous of Brown’s Corner to host a benefit for the food drive,” said coordinator Caitlin Looney. “They have truly gone above and beyond this year to make the program a success for UA and families in need in West Alabama.” The cover charge began around 8:30 p.m., while typically it begins at 10 p.m., Leftwich said. People were not forced to pay, but any donation was welcome, he said. “I just thinks it’s for a great cause, plain and simple,” Leftwich said.


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“The conference was designed to incorporate a broad spectrum of components from the everyday to the extreme.” “The collaboration between the students and the stylists has been a unique experience,” said LaToya Scott, the event coordinator. “I feel like they all learned a lot from each other.” The packed room of

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“I actually really like the ACT card Web site, but eLearning could be cleaned up.”

Keith and Heath Wyatt, owners of Brown’s Corner, have been closely involved with BABH prior to owning the dueling piano bar, Leftwich said. Since winning the chili contest for the challenge in October, Brown’s Corner has been especially motivated to help raise money for the competition, he said. “It helps get everyone involved for a good cause. It helps people to appreciate things and help one another,” Leftwich said. “It gives the University and local businesses a chance to connect and get involved.” The bar employed roughly 20 workers last night to accommodate the crowd. With the Crimson Tide playing LSU Saturday, Leftwich said the visitors would help the cause. “We always have a lot of fans from the other team. We have a good clientele, so that should help raise money for a good cause,” Leftwich said. “The staff is excited about the event in multiple ways,” he said. “Most of our staff are students at UA, so with increased business, it will increase how much they make.” Brown’s Corner attracts a variety of people, Leftwich said, from young to old. Students at the University are happy that a local hotspot is assisting in a hopeful victory over Auburn. “It’s nice to see the local community help us beat Auburn and raise money for a good cause,” said Emily

Phillips, a junior majoring in fashion retail. “I think it’s neat to see a bar help out the community, and it’s always nice to have a ‘W’ against Auburn,” said Taylor Hess, a freshamn majoring in mechanical engineer. “It’s always nice to incorporate something that students enjoy while benefiting people in need,” said Brooke Singleton, a telecommunications and film major. “This is a great way to raise money because everyone goes out on Thursday, especially a couple days before we play LSU.” “I think its great that Brown’s Corner is getting involved with something and getting all of its customers to help in the cause for Beat Auburn Beat Hunger,” said Scooter Owes, a senior majoring in advertising. “It helps support our state rivalry and also the underprivileged by raising awareness for the cause.”

excited people got another thrilling surprise when the Jabbawockeez from season one of “America’s Best Dance Crew” made a special guest performance. The UA Taiko Drummers and the African American Gospel Choir performed at the show as well. Local vendors were on site giving away free products and offering various services. “The conference was not only a great way to take a look at some unique cultural arts,”

Scott said, “but it also allowed students who may not have had access to stylists in town the opportunity to get to know some local stylists.” Students in the audience said they enjoyed and appreciate the various aspects of the conference in general, especially the hair show. “It was spectacular, extravagant and unorthodox,” said Robert Dixon, a freshman majoring in advertising. “It was great, and it was so much bigger than what I expected.”

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Authorities had concerns about suspect By Lara Jakes & Pam Hess The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Army psychiatrist suspected of carrying a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, had come to the attention of authorities six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats, law enforcement officials said Thursday. The postings appeared to have been made by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was wounded during the shootings at the Army post that killed 12 soldiers and wounded at least 30 others. A Fort Hood spokesman had earlier said Hasan was killed. The officials say they are still trying to confirm that Hasan was the author of the Internet postings. They say an official

investigation was not opened. One of the officials said late Thursday that federal search warrants were being drawn up to authorize the seizure of Hasan’s computer. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades. “To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its (sic) more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause,� said the Internet posting. “Scholars have paralled (sic) this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing

enemy soldiers.� Military officials said Hasan, 39, had worked for six years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where he had received a poor performance evaluation. He transferred to Fort Hood in July. The officials, who had access to Hasan’s military record, spoke on condition of anonymity because such records are confidential. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said Hasan was about to deploy overseas, but it was not known whether he was headed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Retired Army Col. Terry Lee told Fox News that he worked with Hasan, who had hoped Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Lee said Hasan got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars,

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and had tried hard to prevent his pending deployment. Hasan was single with no children. He was born in Virginia and graduated from Virginia

Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1997. He received his medical degree from the military’s

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. He did his internship, residency and a fellowship at Walter Reed.

Obama set to sign a big tax Southern Dems cast break for homebuyers wary eye at election By Stephen Ohlemacher The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Missed out on Cash for Clunkers? Congress has another deal for you: Buy a home before May 1 and collect up to $6,500 from the government. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, get up to $8,000. As part of the government’s efforts to encourage people to spend money to help revive the economy, the House voted 40312 Thursday to expand a popular tax credit for homebuyers. The bill, which also extends unemployment benefits and expands a tax break for moneylosing businesses, now goes to President Barack Obama, who plans to sign it Friday. First-time homebuyers have been getting tax credits of up to $8,000 since January as part of the economic stimulus package. But with that housing program scheduled to expire at the end of November, the House voted to extend it into the spring — and to expand it to many people who already own homes. Buyers who have owned their current homes at least five years would be eligible, subject to income limits, for tax credits of up to $6,500. First-time homebuyers — or people who haven’t owned homes in the previous three years — could get up to $8,000. To qualify, buyers have to sign purchase agreements before May 1 and close before July 1.

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AP A home with a reduced price for sale in a Carmel, Ind. neighborhood is shown. Buying a home is about to get cheaper for a whole new crop of homebuyers — $6,500 cheaper. “It’s huge. I think it’s going to have a big impact,� said Patti Ketcham, who owns a real estate firm in Tallahassee, Fla. “I hope I’m right. Golly, I hope I’m right.� Like housing markets across the country, Tallahassee’s has been depressed since even before the nation’s economy plunged into recession. There was no huge boom and bust like there was in many coastal areas, Ketcham said, “but ask anybody trying to sell a house and they’ll tell you it’s been no fun.� The credit is available for the purchase of principal homes costing $800,000 or less, meaning vacation homes are

ineligible. The credit would be phased out for individuals with annual incomes above $125,000 and for joint filers with incomes above $225,000. Real estate agents say the first-time homebuyers’ tax credit that’s already in effect has boosted sales, much in the same way the Cash for Clunkers program increased auto sales last summer by paying car buyers as much as $4,500 for exchanging their old gas guzzlers for new, more fuel efficient models. The agents hope the expanded housing credit will help stabilize housing markets during typically slow sales months in the winter.

WASHINGTON — Southern Democrats who watched the trouncing of their party’s gubernatorial nominee in Virginia this week are starting to worry that a rising anti-Democratic tide in the South may reverse their hard-fought gains from the last two national elections. “They say people won’t walk a mile to vote for you but they’ll walk 100 miles to vote against you,� said Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat who won his Alabama seat with just 52 percent of the vote last year. “Well, people walked 100 miles Tuesday.� If the Virginia race signals a growing movement against the party’s agenda, Democrats know it will be particularly fierce below the Mason-Dixon

line next year. Even the perception of such a trend is enough to seriously damage the party’s ability to recruit top candidates in the region. On Capitol Hill, it could convince moderates to distance themselves from the party on key votes, such as health care. “Obviously you pay attention to it, you’d be a fool not to,� said Rep. Bob Etheridge, a North Carolina Democrat who said he will make a long-awaited decision by this weekend on whether to challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr. Democrats made significant inroads in 2006 and 2008, winning House seats even in states like Mississippi and Alabama that had long been in Republican hands. President Barack Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964, and he also won North Carolina,

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Student filmmakers host screening • What: Screening of “Insight”

• Where: ten Hoor Hall • When: Tonight at 6 p.m.

the time equivalent of five whole days. “It is sci-fi, although the film is not really about the technology, but more about the people,” Mahone said. “It leaves it up to the audience to decide who is at fault, and it shows a clash between ego and old-fashioned ways.” For casting of the film, Mahone chose actors with whom he had previously worked, including Sean Randall, a senior majoring in theater and philosophy. Randall is the lead male actor in “Insight,” and he said “Insight” explored “passion, obsession and how they can go too far.” Randall said acting was not all about glamour and excitement. “We try and make it a fun process, but we get serious when it’s time to work,” Randall said.

Courtesy of Nick Mahone Mahone shared Randall’s outlook, but he said it still was important for actors to enjoy themselves. “It helps to have actors who are a little bit eccentric and goofy, although it is sometimes excessive… but it helps to laugh,” Mahone said. Another actor in the film, Jonathan Hinnen, a senior majoring in theater, also had worked with Mahone before. “Actors tend to like to work with certain directors over and over again,” Hinnen said. “It feels like home.” Hinnen said working in small-scale student produc-

tions is “more personal, because it’s just the actors and the guy behind the camera.” In the case of “Insight,” Mahone himself was behind the camera. Steven Burch, associate professor in theater history and playwriting, plays a supporting role in “Insight” and has played roles previously in other student productions. He also teaches the introduction to theater course on campus. Burch said he enjoyed working on Mahone’s film. “Much of it was done on the fly,” Burch said. “We were carrying equipment ourselves.”

Besides “Insight,” four other short student films will be featured at the screening. Students also can watch “Insight” on YouTube. Students who attend the screening will have the opportunity to interact with the directors and student actors as well as find out more information about the UA Filmmaking Alliance. There also will be a pitch box for those students who would like to submit an idea to the student organization. “This is a way [for students] to get into the scene of filmmaking,” Randall said.

Moody hosts spectrum of bands tonight By Brad Lake Staff Writer

The Spectrum Concert will not be a normal, everyday concert. Imagine seeing the Faculty Brass Quintet, Alabama Wind Ensemble, Capstone Woodwind Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, Cavell Trio, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Universty Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Standards Combo in each of their performances throughout the year. Now imagine seeing them all in two hours. The UA School of Music is

IF YOU GO ... • What: Fall Spectrum Concert

• Where: Moody Music Building

• When: Tonight at 7:30 p.m. hosting their Fall Spectrum Concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody Music Building. It is a sampling of everything the music school has to offer, from classical to jazz and will be

a variety that everyone should enjoy. There will be 14 different combinations of instrumentalists and groups. Tom Wolfe, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of many performers in the concert. “One thing I really like is the way in which the performances are played,” Wolfe said. “It is cool how the bands come out and perform, and then right when they get done, the concert segues into the next performance. It is also a good chance for me to get to see groups that I have not seen together before.” This concert is a good oppor-

tunity for bands that don’t have a huge schedule for the semester. They get a chance to show their musical talents alongside all of the other students and faculty at the school. “It is the one concert of the year where all the ensembles and soloists get to come together and play together in one show,” Chris Kozak, assistant professor and director of jazz studies who also will be conducting the University Jazz Ensemble, said. “What makes it different from other concerts is how the groups are placed on stage. “Instead of being placed in the center of the stage like they usually are, we will have bands all over the room,” Kozak said. “One band might be playing down on the stage, and then right after they finish the spot light will hit another band up in the balcony and then a soloist back down on the stage again.” Some students are in several different bands throughout the show and have to be ready each time to go on with the next

band. The large flow of students on and off the stage is smooth flowing and always seems to happen without any problems thanks to Dr. Kenneth Ozzello, director of bands and associate professor at UA, who is credited with putting this whole thing together. “It’s cool when the Million Dollar Band comes out at the end,” Kozak said. “It’s nice to see the students who have already played in other groups earlier in the night sprinkled throughout the marching band.” The Million Dollar Band will perform the favorite cheers and songs associated with Alabama football in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Organizers said this concert is a good chance for students who are interested in entering the School of Music to get a chance to look at everything that the school has to offer. They also can go to the School of Music’s Web site music. and find out more about the Spectrum concert. The event is free to the public.

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this weekend FRIDAY • If You Give a Pig a Pancake: Bama Theatre, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. • The Gary Edmonds Trio: Little Willie’s, 9 p.m. • George McConnell: Mellow Mushroom, 9 p.m. • The Velcro Pygmies: The Jupiter Bar and Grill, 10 p.m. • Wayne Mills: Harry’s, 10:30 p.m. • Billy Gant: Innisfree, 10:30 p.m. • The Jefferson Brothers band: Rounders, 11 p.m.

SATURDAY • The Whiskey River Band: Roudners, 2:30 p.m. • Lowdown Throwdown with Glove Box Heat: Mellow Mushroom, 9 p.m. • Cooper Trent Band: Innisfree, 10:30 p.m.


The UA Filmmaking Alliance will host a screening featuring five student productions on Friday at 6 p.m. in ten Hoor Hall. The event is free and open to students and the community. The UA Filmmaking Alliance was formed late last semester as a collaboration between three student film companies. Now, the organization strives to raise awareness of film production by students and to showcase student work. The organization encourages students and members of the Tuscaloosa community who are interested in filmmaking to get involved. Nick Mahone, a senior majoring in telecommunications and film production, said he encouraged the idea of a student film screening sponsored by the UA Filmmaking Alliance. Now a reality, Mahone’s 30-minute film, “Insight,” is the headlining the screening. Mahone described “Insight” as “a sci-fi drama and psychological thriller.” He said the entire process for producing a film is long, as he began to write this script last April. He said shooting the film took almost two months and then post-production editing, which he completed by himself, took

Alex (Sean Randall) corners his girlfriend Ellen (Casey Sloan) in “Insight.”



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The cast of Theatreworks USAʼs “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” will come to the Bama Theatre this Friday.

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Arts event to educate local kids Theatre group to perform adaption of children’s book By Andrew Hester Staff Writer The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County and Theatreworks USA are presenting “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” an adaptation of a popular children’s book, to the Bama Theatre Friday. The production will be a part of the council’s Fanfare series. “Bama Fanfare is based on books read in schools for the students to work with before and after the presentation,” said educational director Sandy Wolfe. Theatreworks is a professional group from New York that travels around the United States to educate children by performing to give them a real taste of the performing arts up close. Theatreworks also provides audiences with materials and guides to use to learn about the show before and after viewing it. Wolfe said the work Theatreworks does is exciting because few students who come to see the performances have had the opportunity to see a professional theatrical production. The show “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” is


best suited for kindergarten through fourth grade. The Spectra, a group in Tuscaloosa that helps employ local artists to educate children in the area about the arts, is a large part of most of the productions. Wolfe said the Bama Fanfare series helps what is done through education and pull the community in to enjoy the production. “The schools struggle to support the arts, and this is around to help with the complications involved, mostly when it comes to the means to support it,” Wolfe said. Bama Fanfare has a wide range of events set up for the calendar year for both education and entertainment. “Educational programs are a major part of what we do,” said executive producer of the Arts Council Pamela Penick. She also said the council tries to help fill the gap from the lack of art education in Tuscaloosa and educating students from that point of view. “Exposure to the arts is an essential part of a child’s education, and with the limited resources we have,” Penick said, “we try to accomplish that.”

• What: “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” • Where: Bama Theatre

• When: Today at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Penick said the theatre loves having all ages come to visit the theatre, and they cater to have a variety of programming to entertain all who come. Sally Wells, principal of Brookwood Elementary School, said a group of third graders from the school would be attending the showing Friday. Wells said state foundational units used in the educational curriculum do not provide arts for elementary education, but the faculty at Brookwood saw it was needed to have an arts program. Wells said they decided to use their means to employ a music teacher. “Children in Brookwood do not have access to plays, musicals and symphony performances,” Wells said. “However, since they are provided in Tuscaloosa, it’s important to use that resource.”

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AP In this publicity photo released by ABC, Courteney Cox, left, and Busy Philipps are shown in a scene from, "Cougar Town." By Megan K. Scott The Associated Press NEW YORK — Darin Riggio has a thing for older women — he dated his first “Cougar” when he was a 19-year-old college student. She was 43. Since then, the 24-year-old who lives in Boca Raton, Fla., has dated women old enough to be his mother. “Women my age don’t know what they want,” said Riggio, ticking off his list of why older women are better. “Two, they are usually immature. Three, there’s a lot of drama involved. Four, they don’t have as much experience as older women.” But Riggio, who was briefly married to a woman his age, said he probably wouldn’t marry an older woman. He likes to date them more for fun. Cougar relationships may be hot in Hollywood — from ABC’s “Cougar Town” to celebrity couplings like Ashton and Demi and even a reality show, “The Cougar” — but few women are married to men who are significantly younger. Dating experts say they have seen a rise in older women seeking younger men, though not necessarily the other way around. And they say those matches don’t tend to turn into long-term relationships. In fact, only 1 percent of all marriages in 2008 were between a woman who was 10-14 years older than her husband; 2.6 percent 6 to 9 years older, according to Census figures. (About 5 percent and 11.6 percent the other way around, respectively.) “I don’t think we’re going to see a wholesale change in our society with younger men all the sudden wanting to marry older women,” said Debbie Then, a social psychologist in California. “But I think they may date some Cougars who


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are still sort of looking young, hip and hot. “I think the younger men, it’s more of an adventure for them,” she added. “It’s like traveling to an exotic land for a while.” Christie Nightingale of the matchmaking service Premier Match said she has seen an increase in the past six months of women requesting younger men. A 48-yearold woman used to want a man between the ages of 45 and 60, she said. Now she wants a man between the ages of 35 and 50. The women say they are “so youthful and so full of energy,” men their age or older can’t keep up with them, Nightingale said. But she has not seen a change in age preference from her male clients, so she has found herself calling them to see if they would be open to dating an older woman. While a few of them are willing to try it, she doesn’t believe they are serious about it long-term. Valerie Gibson, author of “Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men,” says that is fine for a real Cougar, a term she says has been misused to describe any woman who dates a younger man. A Cougar is not looking to get married or even be in a long-term serious relationship, she said, but is looking to have a good time. Long-term, Cougar relationships can be problematic because the man may decide he wants his own biological children, or the pair may have trouble relating to different life stages, said dating coach Evan Marc Katz, who himself

is married to a woman three years older. Most marriages — about 32 percent — were between a husband and wife whose ages were within a year of each other, and about a fifth were with a man who was 2-3 years older than his wife, Census data shows. But that doesn’t mean age— and the confidence and independence that come with it — can’t be a turn-on for younger men, said Linda Franklin, author of “Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am: The Real Cougar Woman Handbook.” She said men also like finding a woman who is done having children or isn’t planning on having any, dodging the pressure of a biological clock. “It’s more about their energy and their vitality,” said Anthony Sandford, 46, a divorced father of two in Westfield, N.J. The IT consultant has dated women as much as a decade older. He said older women are more grounded, their children are grown and they have the time and resources to do things like travel. Often, age doesn’t even come up initially. Raymond Michaels, 23, thought his wife Jennifer, 41, a divorced mom of three, was in her late 20s or early 30s when he met her three years ago in a parking lot and helped her with her car. The couple, who live in Maui, Hawaii, have been married for two years. “She was just real sweet,” he said. “She had this great smile and beautiful eyes. Her personality was strong and confident. Age isn’t really a factor to me. It’s just the person.”

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Coens’ new film demands, yet worthwhile By Steven Nalley Staff Writer

AUSTIN, Texas—While I was out of town for a business conference, I saw the Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man,” a limited release film that will open in Birmingham Friday. When it opens in Birmingham, I would like to see it there, as well. And if it comes to Tuscaloosa, I’ll be right back in the aisles. This is not because I liked “A Serious Man,” although I did like it. It’s just that, in the great Coen tradition, the film is a cerebral doozy that needs to be seen more than once. Somehow, the film isn’t necessarily cluttered or confusing, however. It’s just a lot to take in at first. It’s loaded with characters, yet not one of them feels nonessential. The plot mechanism has many gears, but by focusing on one of them at a time and never leaving any of them alone for too long, the Coens avert plot holes. And the film is deeply entrenched in Jewish tradition, but it doesn’t alienate non-Jewish audiences. There is one thing audiences need to know before going in that the Coens only explain in their promotional material, and that is the meaning of the title. “Serious man” is a loose translation of the Jewish term “mensch.” A mensch, essentially, is a good person, someone of

fortitude, kindness and faith who consistently does the right thing. The film’s protagonist, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), is a Jewish professor in the 1960s struggling to achieve tenure and raise a family. His son Danny (Aaron Woolf) smokes marijuana behind his back, his daughter Sarah’s (Jessica McManus) highest and only aspiration is a nose job and his widower brother Arthur (Richard Kind) interferes with the family’s life as he battles grief and a gambling addiction. Then, Larry’s wife Judith (Sari Lennick) asks for a divorce within the Jewish faith. She plans to marry Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a greater mensch than Larry could ever be. Larry sees three rabbis in an effort to become a mensch and earn the favor of God, but his luck only worsens the harder he tries to regain control of his life. One of the biggest obstacles to Larry’s success is the duplicity that surrounds him. Everyone else has secrets to keep and appearances to keep up, and it’s not long before Larry gets swept up in the spiral of lies as well. It’s fun trying to puzzle out exactly what Larry should do to achieve menschhood as the film goes on. What do the Coens mean when they preface the film with a Jewish maxim

‘A SERIOUS MAN’ CW critic’s rating:

Bottom line: See the Coens’ “A Serious Man” twice. Its examination of morality in an America where most are content to only keep up appearances is worth parsing, whether you’re familiar with the Jewish undertones or not.

about acceptance? Should Larry accept his wife’s divorce, or should his wife have accepted him instead of aspiring to marry Sy? Should Larry force his Korean transfer student (David Kang) to accept his failing grade, or should Larry accept the transfer’s failure and let him pass? Whatever your response to the film’s ethical dilemmas and twisting plot, it’s impossible to deny the strength of the performances here. Stuhlbarg never let me forget that Larry’s life and livelihood were at stake in what was, on the surface, simple self-improvement. Nor do we lose sight of either Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed) comforts Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) in “A Serious Man,” but Sy is partly responsible for Larryʼs grief. the burden Arthur places on the family or the depression he’s dealing with, thanks to touching performances by Kind. In fact, there isn’t a bad performance in the bunch, which is impressive given the size of the cast, the importance of every role and the fact the Coens are working with a number of relative unknowns. Lastly, I should mention,

“A Serious Man” is funny. It qualifies as a comedy the same way as “Barton Fink,” meaning what humor is here is dark, coexisting with Larry’s depressing circumstances. Ultimately, it’s worthwhile to spend time parsing “A Serious Man’s” story, simply because it is a unique take on American family life. In plays like “Death of a Salesman” and movies

like “Little Miss Sunshine,” we saw antiheroes struggle to obtain a material American Dream. With the Coens’ Larry Gopnik, we have an American protagonist whose dream is not the common material goal, but an all too rare moral confidence. For that, I predict Larry will be remembered and studied as one of the Coens’ best protagonists.

Group urges CW stations not to air ‘Gossip Girl’ In this image released by The CW, a controversial print advertisement for the second season of "Gossip Girl," is shown.

By Frazier Moore The Associated Press NEW YORK — On-air promos for a sexual threesome on an upcoming episode of “Gossip Girl” have spurred the Parents Television Council to ask affiliates of the CW network to pre-empt the show. Airing the teen tryst, which is being teased in an ad as a “3SOME,” is “reckless and irresponsible,” said PTC president Tim Winter in a statement Wednesday. The threesome involves three main characters in the show, but they are not identified in the promos. The PTC has urged CW affiliate stations not to air the episode, scheduled for Monday. In a letter to the affiliates, Winter asked: “Will you now be complicit in establishing a precedent and expectation that teenagers should engage in


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behaviors heretofore associated primarily with adult films?” This is not the first time the PTC has complained about the sexy prep-school soap, which Winter said is “expressly targeted to impressionable teenagers.” In July 2008, the organization spoke out against a racy marketing campaign for its new season. Ads showed intimate moments between the

show’s characters (on a couch, in the sack or apparently skinny-dipping), accompanied by headlines like “A Nasty Piece of Work” and “Mind-Blowingly Inappropriate.” “CW has been defending graphic content on ‘Gossip Girl’ by asserting that they don’t target teenagers,” Winters said Wednesday. “Such a claim doesn’t even pass the ‘laugh test.’”

CW spokesman Paul McGuire said the target audience for “Gossip Girl” is 18- to 34-year-old women, with a median viewer age of 27 years old. The network had no comment on PTC’s complaint, he said. The Parents Television Council describes itself as a nonpartisan education group advocating responsible entertainment.

Tide concludes fall season Tide has promising fall, work cut out for spring season By Sydney Branch Staff Writer

UA Athletics Freshman Alexa Guarachi returns a ball against the U.S. Junior National Team on Oct. 28. It was the Tideʼs last competition until the spring.

After finding success with the doubles team of Courtney McLane and Alexa Guarachi in the Southern Regional tournament, the Alabama women’s tennis team has concluded fall competition and is now preparing for spring match play. Head coach Jenny Mainz said she feels pleased with the Crimson Tide’s performance in the tournament overall, which was held in Auburn on Oct. 25. “I feel like they improved in the course of Southern Regional tournament, and Alexa [Guarachi] and Courtney [McLane] showed us some things we had not seen in a positive light, so that was good,” Mainz said. Although the pair fell to Karen Njissen and Kristi Boxx of the University of Mississippi in the finals, Mainz said she thinks McLane and Guarachi held their own against the Rebels. “Guarachi and McLane were seeded No. 2 in the tournament,” Mainz said. “They are nationally ranked No. 46, and

they lived up to their seeding. They got better with each match and played more confident doubles. They lost 8-6 to the No. 1-seeded team from Ole Miss, who are ranked No. 9 in country.” Guarachi said she was satisfied with the match as well. “It was really exciting,” Guarachi said. “We are both really comfortable playing with each other. It would have been nice to get that win and go to nationals. It was nice to get those matches under our belts and get ready for SEC play in the spring.” Although the Southern Regional Tournament was the last Southeastern Conference competition for Tide in the fall, the team hosted the United States Tennis Association Girls Junior National Team on Oct. 28, a first in Alabama tennis history. “They called us up and asked if we wanted this opportunity,” Mainz said. “I said yes, of course. They are the best. They are handpicked by UTSA, and to play against that caliber of tennis team was a tremendous opportunity for our program.”

The Tide fell 7-0 against the Junior National Team, but Mainz said the experience was valuable. “It was a great experience and a great opportunity,” Mainz said. “They beat us 7-0. We played five singles matches and two doubles matches. Anytime that you have that opportunity, to be exposed to that level of play, you take it. They were well coached, did a great job of playing within themselves, they played good first strike tennis.” Although originally scheduled to play another tournament, the team decided not to and will go into the offseason to prevent further injury. Mainz said the team is off to a promising start but needs the next two months to prepare for the tough SEC competition in the spring. “We have certainly seen some very promising things this fall. However, we have a lot of work to do and have our work cut out for us,” Mainz said. “Although we took steps this fall, we have a lot of work to do to be ready compete in the spring. We have two months of offseason, and we have to do a really good job of preparing so that in January we are ready to go full-throttle, physically, mentally, psychologically, in every capacity.”

Yankees turn attention to championship No. 28 By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — The sign men were out bright and early at the Yankees minor league complex, sticking vinyl strips with a fresh, white “27” over the “26” that had been up on the board for nine, long years to mark the team’s total of World Series titles. Wind caused a few problems at the Himes complex in Tampa, Fla., but eventually the numbers were posted along with a new “2009” in what had

been an open blue space below “2000.” “It’s a ton of joy,” manager Joe Girardi said on WFAN radio later in the day. “There’s a sense of relief because you know that you could rest your mind a little bit for a while.” Turmoil and turnover ceased in Yankeeland, at least for the moment. A 7-3 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night had brought the title back to the Bronx, etching the names of Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, CC Sabathia and others into the

team’s long list of champions. “Every World Series victory is special, but this one is especially sweet coming in the first year in our new home,” owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. “This group will become legendary — similar to the 26 world championship teams that preceded them.” Even though the clubhouse was still wet with champagne Thursday and the triumphant parade through the Canyon of Heroes was a day away, attention already was turning to the future.

Chris Sessa, left, and Shawn Kunkle, employees of Signs USA Inc., in Tampa, Fla., change the numbers on the championship sign Thursday outside the New York Yankees minor league complex in Tampa. AP



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this weekend FRIDAY • Swimming & Diving vs. LSU: 3 p.m., Tuscaloosa • Women’s Volleyball vs. Kentucky: 6 p.m., Lexington, Ky. • Women’s Tennis: All Day, Tallahassee, Fla.

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Anderson quickly fitting in with Tide By Britton Lynn Sports Reporter

Anderson’s love of volleydefinitely the person to go to. She makes me laugh all the ball gives her confidence to time. She’s a great friend, and know that she can make a difFreshman Kelsey Anderson I think she brings a lot of her ference on the court, Green makes coming into a top personality to the court when said. “We knew we needed her Southeastern Conference vol- she gets fired up after a good leyball player right out of high point, and it really helps out winning attitude on our team,” she said. the team.” school look easy. “Kelsey’s biggest accomplishment is the confidence in herself to be able to be a starter in the SEC,” said head coach Judy Green. “She’s getting such incredible experience right now. You can’t teach what she’s getting by being on the floor during conference season.” Anderson started playing volleyball at Alabama a few months ago, but she already leads the team in digs, making a huge impact on the team during games. “Kelsey plays with a ton of heart. She’s very driven and compassionate,” said redshirt freshman Leigh Moyer. “You can tell she loves the game. She comes in here every day and busts her butt. In preseason, you could tell even though she was in high school she fit in with this team. I knew she was going to find a way on the floor.” She shifted from high school volleyball standout to a starter on a Division I volleyball team. After being named Kentucky State Player of the Year her senior year, as well as Miss Kentucky Volleyball, Anderson said she was ready for a challenge. “At first I was really nervous because I didn’t know how they played, since I’ve played with the same team basically my whole life,” Anderson said. “But outside of the court, everyone was really nice to me, so on the court I [began to feel] able to be myself and play my game [because I felt] more comfortable around them.” Anderson has played volleyball since the third grade, but Green said it’s her competitive nature that makes her a good player at Alabama. “She’s wanted to kill every ball, she’s wanted to ace every ball,” Green said. “She is a winner. There’s no other way to describe her because she UA Athletics has so much passion for the Kelsey Anderson serves against South Carolina Sunday. The game.” freshman had 10 digs in the game, continuing to play an improAnderson’s passion for vol- tant role in just her first year. leyball and competitive nature helped to lead her high school team to state finals since her freshman year and later to a 40-1 record, winning the state championship her senior year. So far, Anderson said winning state has been the greatest achievement in her volleyball FREE Lacoste career. Her teammates said they hat with look to her as a loyal and purchase of sociable friend off the court. Lacoste Shirt “Kelsey has a great personality,” Moyer said. “Whenever you need to have someone to brighten your day, Kelsey’s

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No more Bowden Bowl helps football family ties By Pete Iacobelli The Associated Press CLEMSON, S.C. — No more half orange-half maroon sweatshirts, divided loyalties or hurt feelings. College football’s most famous family no longer has to sweat the Bowden Bowl. Since father Bobby and son Tommy first faced off in 1999, the yearly Florida StateClemson matchup turned from a celebration of the family legacy into a game no Bowden looked forward to. These days with son Tommy retired, father Bobby is glad the focus is back on football when the teams play at Death Valley on Saturday night. “It does take that part away,” the Seminoles longtime coach said. It’s the first trip to Clemson since 1997 where Bobby hasn’t had to out-scheme his secondoldest son. And it was not always the happiest of family reunions, Bobby acknowledged. No matter the stakes for Florida State, “still, your boy’s on the other side coaching,” Bobby Bowden said. Few saw potential problems in 1999 when Bobby led No. 1 Florida State, the eventual national champions, to play his son’s new Clemson program in Division I’s first father-son battle. TV cameras tracked the Bowdens from the high-school game of Tommy’s son the night

Former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden, left, meets with his father, Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, as they are surrounded by media before the start of an NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. before to a prayer meeting on Saturday morning. Tommy’s mother, Ann, donned a half Florida State-half Clemson sweatshirt in the stands. By the time the Seminoles capped the Bowden-palooza with Bobby’s 300th career victory, most all Bowdens, even Tommy, left with smiles on their faces. The good feelings didn’t last. Florida State won the next three in blowout fashion, increasing the heat on Tommy’s tenure. When Clemson turned things around in 2003 with a 26-10 win over the third-ranked Seminoles, it was the Florida State coach who dealt with critics, a few who concocted the

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