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Admin discusses parking Thousands of spaces available each day, parking administrator says By Katherine Martin Staff Reporter klmartin@crimson.ua.edu On any given day, there are thousands of free parking spaces

is that they are not always open where students want them to be. “There is plenty of room to grow as far as parking goes,” on campus, said Chris D’Esposito, D’Esposito said. “We don’t have a assistant director of parking parking shortage.” D’Esposito said the previous service in a forum held by the Student Government Association parking issues in the commuter west lot have settled down Monday night. The problem, D’Esposito said, since students have adjusted to

new schedules. “We upped permit sales in that area by about 400,” D’Esposito said. “Normally, we oversell by about 100. What happened that we didn’t know was that the registrar added four new classes on Tuesdays in one building near

Group sends aid to Haiti

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By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer

Soldier, student earns Purple Heart

A new campus initiative, Hydrate Haiti, begins its quest to help the people in Haiti today. There will be a series of fundraising events hosted by the initiative Nov. 10 to 13. All of the proceeds raised will go towards the goal of Hydrate Haiti to send water filters to the people of Haiti. “There’s an epidemic of no clean water in Haiti,” said Ben Ford, a senior majoring in history and pre-law and one of the students behind the initiative. “Bart Smelley contacted me and said his philanthropy company, Global Effect, had been going down there giving water filters to people. The filters have this technology that gets fresh water to a family of seven to eight for five years. The filters cost about $30 apiece, so [Smelley] asked if we wanted to try to do this at Alabama.” The University is the first school to take part in Hydrate Haiti, though the initiative will eventually be happening at every school in the Southeastern Conference. There are four members, Ford, Elliot Rowe, Megan Brantley, Candice Rosencranz, who compose the core of the Hydrate Haiti initiative.

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Submitted Photo Chris Brown searches a field for small grenades, called caches, buried underground. Brown lit the field on fire to look for the bombs but none were found that day. By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter alsams1@crimson.ua.edu

platoon embarked on what they thought would be a typical eight-hour patrol mission in Hawr Rajeb. Brown was manning the gun on a Humvee, with one headphone in and one At age 20, Purple Heart recipient headphone out, as he typically did on such Christopher Brown knew what fear was. He patrols. An hour before the mission ended, recalled the night he knew he was going to a helicopter flew by and was shot down. The Delta Company was called into action, and die, serving as a soldier in Iraq. It was pitch black outside when Brown’s Brown soon found himself facing enemy fire

Volunteers make cards, crafts for senior citizens By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer Volunteers will be getting into the giving spirit of Thanksgiving today in the SOURCE office on the third floor of the Ferguson Center. Sweet Life of Service II, the Community Service Center’s Thanksgiving-inspired project will occur today from noon to 3 p.m. “This is our second installment of the Sweet Life of Service activity hosted by the Community Service Center,” said Andres Mendieta, CSC le this

Junior JaMychal Green dunks in double overtime in Alabama’s 73-68 victory over UAH Monday. Green finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds.

In its second exhibition game of 2010, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the AlabamaHuntsville Chargers 73-68 in a double overtime thriller Monday night. “I knew that this would be a very good game for us,” head coach Anthony Grant said. “What we tried to do is give our guys a sense of the type of offense they would see and how we needed to defend that in a short period of time.” For the second game in a row, freshman Trevor Releford was the Tide’s leading scorer with 22, along with three assists, steals and rebounds. Behind him in scoring was junior

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Volunteer and Freshman Outreach Director. “The purpose of the project is to make Thanksgiving-themed arts and crafts so that we can donate them to local nursing homes and hospices for the holidays.” Volunteers will be making cards and writing letters. The CSC has done an activity similar in the past when they have written letters to troops. Mendieta said he believes it is a good idea to do this activity as we approach the holidays.

from all sides. Due to a faulty gun, Brown was only able to get one shot off at a time. His first shot gave away their position, and Brown said he was left standing like a deer in headlights. The original estimate of seven enemy dismounts had quickly turned to 20, and he

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JaMychal Green with 16 points, eight rebounds and one assist. “Trevor did a great job tonight,” Green said. “He stepped up in the second half, knocked down big shots. He stepped up tonight and did a great job. He stepped up to the plate, playing like he wasn’t a freshman.” Going into halftime, the Tide was down 28-26. After Alabama got the first basket of the game, UAH took over the first half, making 40 percent of its three-pointers and 50 percent of field goals. Alabama, on the other hand, made 12 percent of its threes and 37 percent of its field goals. “I learned that we have to play both halves,” Green said. “We

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When: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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with Provost Bonner and Vice Provost Nelson - invitation to faculty, staff and students to bring or purchase your own lunch and join them for open-ended discussions regarding experiences on campus.

Where: Ferguson Student Center

When: 6 - 8 p.m.

What: Fall Spectrum Showcase Concert

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When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: 358 Sparkman Room, Ferguson Center

What: Alabama Repertory

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ON CAMPUS

Preliminaries to be held for Quidditch on the Quad

Student 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 to the student’s University account. The Health Center to SHC regularly offers flu shots Monday through Thursday, 8 give out flu shots a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 9 Students can receive flu a.m. to 4:30 p.m. shots without visiting the

butions to the goals and ideals of higher education. Thomas was the University’s 23rd president, serving from 1981-1988, while Sayers was the 24th, serving from 1988-1996.

The Iota Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at The University of Alabama will present the Living Legends Award to Joab Thomas and Roger Sayers, former UA

presidents, on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the University Club. The Living Legends award is the highest honor bestowed by ODK. The honor, developed in the mid-1990s by the Iota Circle, recognizes individuals who have represented the University in diverse ways while embodying the values, ideals and characters that ODK espouses. Thomas and Sayers were selected because of their contri-

do this activity,” Mendieta said. “It’s getting close to the Continued from page 1 holidays and it would be nice to make cards. There are a lot “The a r r i va l o f of people in hospice and nursThanksgiving inspired us to ing homes and doing some-

thing like this can brighten their spirits.” Vontra Giles, Arts, Youth & Education Assistant Student Director, continued, “It’s a good way to show young peo-

ple care about the older generation and a great way to show our appreciation for them.” Mendieta said there have • What: Sweet Life of been many people who have Service II expressed interest in participating in Sweet Life of Service • Where: SOURCE ofII. fice Ferguson Center “There has already been quite a bit of expressed inter• When: Today from est concerning the project noon to 3 p.m. and we certainly are excited,” Mendieta said. • Cost: Free According to Mendieta, there are at least 10 different events a month put on and there is something for through the Community everybody at the Community Service Center. Some Service Center.” students feel as if Mendieta said, “We would

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 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, on the

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volunteering is beneficial in different ways. “Charity is always a good thing to have. It’s good for college students to be able to get involved and help out the community as well,” said Derek Johns, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice. Johns has volunteered with Best Buddies in Tuscaloosa and also coaches special needs baseball in his hometown. “Volunteering is a huge learning experience,” Giles said. “You learn about others and yourself and you’re helping make someone’s day better. It’s good to get involved

love for anybody to come by if they’re interested in working with the Community Service Center or just volunteering.” There will be an information table about the Community Service Center located on the second floor of the Ferguson Center beginning at noon. As stated on the official website, volunteer.ua.edu, there will be information about how students can get involved with community service on-campus and around Tuscaloosa. Contact Mendieta at ammendieta@crimson.ua.edu for more information or go to slpro. ua.edu to register to volunteer for activities.

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Student group fights illiteracy By Anna Kate Delavan Contributing Writer Each year, Literacy is the Edge launches a two-week campaign to promote awareness of illiteracy in Alabama. LITE is a student advocacy group at the University that helps “learners,” those without the basic knowledge of reading, writing and math, gain these skills through tutoring, Morgan Hooper, vice president of media relations for LITE, said. According to LITE’s website, one out of every four Alabama residents is funcSubmitted Photo tionally illiterate and 65 percent of children of illiterate Gary Freeman and Martha Brown help with the LITE campaign parents will become illiterate by filming a public service announcement. Freeman and Brown adults themselves. They also both participate in the reading program at the Bessemer Library. have a higher dropout rate and are more likely to become for the class. What started out an award and funding from pregnant, live in poverty and as a class project was even- the Center for Community commit crimes than children tually launched into a year- Based Partnerships for Outstanding Student-Initiated round campaign. of literate parents. “The students and I decided Engagement Efforts 2008-2009 “While LITE works yearround to recruit tutors to reorganize our class into at the University, according to and learners in the state of an advocacy group to promote the website. The campaign is funded Alabama, we focus on a two- awareness of the literacy week campaign to really boost issue and recruit UA students through contributions from the SOURCE at the University as tutors,” Berger said. awareness,” Hooper said. Berger said 17 students in and some faculty members, More than 70 percent of illiterate people are outside that fall 2008 class developed Hooper said. According to the website, the K-12 school age range, she a campaign and recruited 204 volunteers – 80 of whom are new tactics will be implementadded. Learners may go to any now trained tutors. In fall ed for the upcoming LITE library to receive assistance 2009, 800 University students campaign, including using in tutoring. Tutors are able were recruited and 250 of social media and the launchto make their own schedule those students became tutors. ing of their website. The camLITE is centering its cam- paign also needs volunteers to after one 90-minute training paign around the number one, distribute flyers and pass out session, Hooper said. Bruce Berger, professor of stressing that it only takes one brochures. LITE currently has several advertising and public rela- hour per week to help change ways of staying in tune with tions and faculty advisor for the life of one individual. They are also developing raising awareness to this issue. LITE, said during his persuasive communication class, a Spanish-language materials Students may e-mail literacyistheedge@gmail.com, or find graduate student presented for the program, he added. The LITE team received LITE on Facebook or Twitter. illiteracy as a research topic

NAACP to host panel discussing stereotypes, image Wednesday night By Kellie Gentry Contributing Writer Th e Un ive r s i ty of Alabama chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Lambda Zeta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta have teamed up to host a discussion about some widelyheld beliefs about black culture. In a video posted on Facebook, UA students were asked to give examples of stereotypes of black people. The issues listed in the video included perpetual tardiness, political apathy and other stereotypes. The goal of the event is to bring resolutions to myths about black culture by questioning the understanding

of blackness, according to Leverius Glass, the parliamentarian for the NAACP. “Blackness is not always a negative connotation,” he said. The organizations will present “Why is my blackness misunderstood?” panel discussion Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Alston Hall Room 20. The panel, which will consist of UA students and a representative from the Student Government Association, will be presented with the initial question of what blackness is to them. There will be an opportunity for dialogue among the panel to discuss any further issues openly, Glass said. The panel will solicit audience opinion on various topics in which audience members can cast their views via the

agree and disagree signs distributed at the doors, Hope Marshall, a senior majoring in marketing and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, said. Brittney Cooper, a professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, will conclude the discussion. “I think it’s a step in the right direction,” said Pandora Austin, a senior majoring in psychology and advertising and a member of the discussion panel. Similar to last week’s dedication of the Malone-Hood Plaza and the Autherine Lucy Clock Tower, the event was inspired to maintain progress in the black community, rather than digression. “We want to get students to think about diversity on campus,” Glass said.

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“I’m so excited to have ‘Hydrate Haiti’ kick off this week,” Rosencranz, a senior majoring in marketing and director of recruitment for the Panhellenic Association, said in an e-mailed statement. “So many families in Haiti are forced to drink bacteria filled water in an attempt to survive, and doctors in the area have attributed Haiti’s high infant mortality rate directly to water-born illnesses. UA students are so blessed and we take for granted the fact that we can shower, wash our clothes and drink clean water every day. “Through our initiative we will be raising funds, but more importantly awareness to what these families are going through. Unlike some fundraisers that increase the quality of life, Hydrate Haiti is literally saving human lives.” Today’s fundraising event is through swipe donation. Students will be able to swipe their ACT cards to donate a maximum of $5 in Bama Cash. Stations will be set up from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Quad, in front of Reese Phifer Hall, by the crosswalk in front of Tutwiler Hall and behind the Kappa Alpha fraternity house.

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the lot.” D’Esposito said if the lot is full, students should park in perimeter parking. “It provides students a safe place to park,” he said. “Granted, it’s not where you always want to park.” Stephen Swinson, vice president of student affairs, said the event was held as a follow-up meeting after the SGA met with Parking and Transportation Services in October to discuss several issues and student concerns. “It was recommended that we give the new changes time to work themselves out as people adapted to them,” Swinson said. Officials from Parking Services, CrimsonRide and 348-RIDE answered questions from members of the SGA Senate concerning transportation issues on campus. Ralph Clayton, assistant

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HOW TO DONATE • Donate up to $5 in Bama Cash at stations on the Quad, in front of Reese Phifer Hall, next to Tutwiler Hall and in front of the Kappa Alpha house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. • $5 cover at The Red Shed, Gallettes, Innisfree and Rounders will go toward Hydrate Haiti Thursday night • Gameday donation stations will be set up around the Quad Saturday “You give up five bucks, maybe one day’s lunch or something and you’re possibly giving water to someone for five years,” Ford said. “Why not do it?” Students can also buy wristbands for the bar crawl on Thursday night. Galletes, Innisfree, Rounders and The Red Shed will be participating. There will be a $5 cover that will go to Hydrate Haiti. Every time a Haitibomb drink is purchased, $1 will also go towards the initiative and donation jars will be set up in the bars as well. Fundraising events for the week will end on Saturday with gameday donations. There will be hydration stations set up around the Quad. There will be a bucket of dirty water illustrating how people are getting sick in Haiti and a bucket for donations. Ford said he would love to

raise $50,000. “Fifty thousand would be huge,” he said. “We’re hoping that over the entire SEC we get close to $1 million. If we get $1 million, that’s 33,000 filters to go out to Haiti.” There is currently a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has now claimed the lives of more than 500 people and has hit the capital, Port-au-Prince that is home to nearly 3 million people, as stated on allheadlinenews.com. Ninety-nine percent of the deaths are considered to be from water-born illness. “I hope the events will make people realize they can make a difference in a big way without doing a lot,” Rosencranz said. “Haiti will be ecstatic and this will be amazing for them. It will also make people feel good about helping. It is not only a good cause, but it’s saving lives.”

director of transportation services, addressed possible changes to the Crimson Ride routes in the future. The campus is constantly evolving, Clayton said. Transportation services will address route changes based on results of a number of large studies that are in review. Recently, Clayton said, students received an e-mail with a survey about transportation issues. More than 3,300 responses are being evaluated and will play a part in making decisions for next year. Clayton also discussed the possibility of extending the Sunday shopping center route to Saturday. “The Sunday route was a pilot program to see what the response would be,” Clayton said. “We will certainly look at adding an additional day to it and possible more locations.” Clayton said Parking and Transportation Services is working on a new automated dispatch system for 348-RIDE. “This will allow you to go online, use web-based phones

or call and say where you want to go and the call will be put in to an automated dispatch system,” Clayton said. Another problem addressed at the open forum concerned buses getting backed up and running back-to-back. “It’s one of the biggest headaches,” Clayton said, “when you’re sitting at a bus stop and you see two of the same buses for the same route.” Even though buses are on a time schedule, several factors, like traffic, keep the buses from running smoothly, Clayton said. Parking officials discussed parking citations on campus. One individual has already received 37 tickets this semester, D’Esposito said. With so many citations, officials are hoping to get the dean of students and student affairs involved to help. Clayton said the goal of parking services is to meet the needs of students. “We have a number of options for you to give us feedback,” Clayton said. “We take your feedback seriously.”


OPINIONS

Not a game, we talkin’ ‘bout gov’t

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

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“It was very disappointing that our season came to an end that day, now we canʼt go to the BCS.” — John Petnuch, Junior majoring in Kinesiology

By Wesley Vaughn

MCT Campus

Elections give opportunity By Gregory Poole Last Tuesday, it was thrilling to see Dr. Robert Bentley elected governor and the state legislature captured by Republicans for the first time since 1874. The voters sent a clear message that the malfeasance and corruption made evident this year from several federal investigations will no longer be tolerated in the state house. Make no mistake, though, the votes cast were not a sign of complete trust in the Republican Party— which actually has lower voter affiliation than Democrats—but to see if the Alabama GOP can more responsibly steer the ship of state than the old guard that will soon be exiting. The voters won’t have to wait long to see how sound their choices were. At the start of the legislative session next year, Alabama will already be in dire straits. While the last two years showed devastating deficits on the horizon, the Democrat-controlled legislature, abetted by Governor Riley, kicked the can down the road by plugging our budget holes with federal dollars rather than front-loading the pain. Now we are faced with a day of reckoning as the Legislative Fiscal Office has projected a $600 million deficit, roughly 40 percent of the budget. And unlike the federal government, Alabama can’t simply print money. Since the nature of this shortfall is mostly structural—when receipts do not match necessary expenditures— most liberals would call for significantly raising income and business taxes. But doing so in the middle of a recession is a guaranteed way to push jobs out of Alabama into neighboring states, especially since both Florida and Tennessee do not have an income tax. In addition, we have consistently seen that throwing

money at the problem does not solve anything, as that only encourages a larger government and a larger deficit later on. Rather, this crisis presents a great opportunity for a complete restructuring of state agencies by following the lead of Indiana’s governor, Mitch Daniels. Known as “The Blade” for his fiscal discipline, Daniels walked into office in 2005 facing a similar situation and turned it into a $300 million surplus by year’s end. At one time, Daniels had built up a $1.3 billion reserve fund that has prevented his state from going bankrupt during this recession. While some of his policies included tax hikes, they were mostly mild, and are still low at 3.4 percent. The overwhelming majority of the budget upside came from a voracious hunger for efficiency. Daniels privatized the Indiana Toll Road, enacted merit pay for government employees, and introduced the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide healthcare for unemployed Hoosiers via health savings accounts, paid for with higher tobacco and liquor taxes. Like Gov. Daniels, Dr. Bentley can take the same fiscally sound path. With a majority in the state House of Representatives and a supermajority in the Senate, he has an excellent shot at enacting key reforms that will take Alabama from being a consistent basket case to being perennially solvent. First, he could pass some of the strictest government ethics laws that require disclosure of all lobbying expenses and employees’ conflicts of interest. This would serve as a sign of goodwill towards keeping the promises that he made to the people during his campaign, as well as make transparent the groups that vie for taxpayer dollars and target the legislators that are selling out their

votes—and our Treasury—to these special interests. Second, like Gov. Daniels, Dr. Bentley could push for the legislature to pass a bill decertifying all state employee unions while offering an opportunity for re-enrollment, getting rid of a huge problem in taxpayer money (from workers salaries) being used to lobby against them. Finally, the state budget is too fat and needs to go on a diet. When previous legislatures used federal dollars to heal the budget gaps, they got to keep their favorite earmarks that brought the bacon home to their districts. Now we can’t afford them. Gone should be the allocations to things such as Guin’s MayFest, Winfield and Ider’s Mule Days, the Buckmaster’s Expo and UFO Days (yes, you actually pay for that). If these cuts put those events underwater budget-wise, then they should buy a snorkel. Still, such small cuts only make up a tiny fraction of the austerity we need. A clear bulk of savings will have to come through reforms of the bidding process as well as state pension plans, Medicaid, transportation, and education. In the interest of maintaining brevity, I will expound on these reforms in upcoming columns. Make no mistake. Next year will bring enormous challenges to this state, and pain may accompany tough decisions. But either we take our dose of pain now or amplify the hurting later. For the first time in this generation there is a chance to set this state on a course of fiscal sanity and end some of the worst practices in Montgomery. Gregory Poole is a graduate student in metallurgical engineering. His column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

LGBT History worth considering By Alex Hollinghead

“I think Alabama needs to get back to basics and run the ball. The loss was disappointing.” — Edward Euvard, junior majoring in Geography

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October was LGBT History Month, and now that this month has passed, I’ve been left to contemplate the significance of LGBT history and what it means to be gay in America today. LGBT History Month is a celebration of the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. This is important for LGBT people because our heritage is a special case. Our culture isn’t passed down generationally through families, and our stories aren’t told in history classes. Without a solid sense of history, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth have only the superficial outlet of the mass media to help them cultivate their identity, and understand what it means to be an LGBT person in America. When you realize that you aren’t heterosexual, you start to notice how society tells you that you are different and not part of the same culture that your peers are. Politicians, preachers and your peers tell you that gay people don’t fit in. This is not a healthy way for any person to develop their identity or their sense of place in society. You only begin to feel confused when you are bombarded with images that masquerade as representations of you that do not really reflect you, or make you feel destined for a life of despair. The recent string of suicides should be a sobering indicator of what happens when we allow society to tell LGBT people that they have no worth, or that they have no place (or a low place). However, we now see a growing atmosphere of tolerance for LGBT people in our nation.

This year, Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Proposition 8, giving gay and lesbian couples in the state of California the right to be married once more. But tolerance and assimilation are not the solutions. Tolerance gives us rights. Acceptance gives human dignity. It will take acceptance and pluralism in society before LGBT people can feel included. An accepting society would teach us the story of Bayard Rustin, the gay man who advised Dr. Martin Luther King on Ghandi and nonviolent resistance. We would hear the story of Jane Addams, a Nobel Prizewinning women’s suffrage leader and the first American woman to be a public philosopher. LGBT people would see, here in reality, how they truly do belong. And perhaps most important of all, in a pluralistic, accepting society, LGBT people would not be victimized for being different. We would have a society where people aren’t denigrated because they dress or act in a way that is perceived to be “too gay.” In an accepting culture, Kirk Hummel of “Glee” would be accepted just as much as Oscar Martinez of “The Office” — as much as any straight character who doesn’t face discrimination on the basis of their heterosexuality. In an article published in The CW in early October, columnist Michael Patrick suggested that the “gay culture has been aggressively pushing a counter-heteronormative agenda.” While this remains to be seen (and I do not believe it is so), I agree that LGBT people should not feel disdain for heteronormativity (cultural

norms associated with heterosexuality). Instead, it is heterosexism, the belief that heterosexuality is inherently superior, that should be aggressively combated. It is this sentiment that endangers the equality and even the lives of LGBT people. Heterosexism permeates society at many levels. It keeps LGBT people out of the history books and deeply in the closet. Worst of all, it breeds a self-contempt that drives our youth to take their own lives. We cannot truly be equal if we abide in a society that tells people that they are lesser if they are not heterosexual. How can you expect gay people to act “normal” when the very normality they are expected to adhere to precludes them because of their sexual orientation? How just is normality if it enables us to mistreat a person based on how they dress, the way they talk or the gender of the person they love? LGBT people can look and behave as “normal” as everyone else, but they will still be denied rights, face the threat of violence and encounter bigotry. History shows us that this is the case. Like Harvey Milk said, “All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words.” And maybe the bullet that struck Harvey Milk didn’t destroy every closet door like he wanted, but I certainly hope the story of his triumph destroys a few. To my fellow LGBT people (and all people): Learn your history, find your voice, and never be afraid because you are different. Alex Hollinghead is a junior majoring in math and philosophy.

There are two distinct sides of the American political environment, but their biannual brawls should not overshadow the purpose of our country’s political system. It seeks to continually improve America – I apologize for the truthful cheesiness. It does not act as a dueling ground for two diametrically opposed competitors. That would be a sport or a game. But, government is not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We talkin’ ‘bout government. The newest resident of Turkey, Allen Iverson, helps bring up a good point. Now, decide if the leaders of the national Republican Party were playing a game or participating in government during the past two years, and I only use this example due to its currency. Democrats are just as guilty but much less effective. In January of 2009, before President Obama had even given his inauguration speech, Republicans had begun mapping out how to take back control of government. According to a recent New York Times article, one PowerPoint presentation contained a slide that stated, “The purpose of the minority [in government] is to become the majority.” Surely they had backing from the lionized Founding Fathers. Unfortunately, Thomas Jefferson writes, “If the measures which have been pursued are approved by the majority, it is the duty of the minority to acquiesce and conform.” Strike one. In Federalist 22, Alexander Hamilton wrote that there is a “fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail.” Strike two. The Republicans have argued that they can speak for those who oppose President Obama and his party’s policies. However, James Madison wrote, “The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa, or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge of the wants or feelings of the day laborer.” Strike three. Representatives John Boehner and Eric Cantor are not Meg Whitman or Carly Fiorina, but I can assure you that they have themselves and their party in mind over the concerns of working individuals. Their sordid motives in miring the national political scene in nauseating rhetoric for two years did not help out anyone. They abused our system of government to improve their party’s standing. It’s comparable to an NBA player who coasts during his contract years but only exerts himself during the last one so he can cash in with another team through free agency. Basically, the Republican Party is the Erick Dampier of politics. The parties and their leaders are not the only ones at fault. Someone had to sign Dampier, which would mean that voters would be Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. Recent columns in this newspaper and other publications triumphed Republican election victories as major referendums on the policies of Democrats, as if Democrats could never lead our country effectively. These epistles play into the sport of politics instead of government. “The Answer” is right. It’s not a game. The two sides can disagree with each other and battle it out legislatively but not for the purpose of winning and proving that the other side is wrong for the country. That is having an election mindset to government and that has caused many problems within our political environment. This applies to this campus as well. However optimistic and idealistic it sounds, there should not be any actual or perceived eternal struggles among campus divisions. Of course, everyone cannot always agree on everything, since we all have different wants and needs. The hopeful universal goal is for those involved to grasp the selfless purposes of government and avoid wrestling with another group for control. We cannot allow the game of politics to consume government. Because, it’s not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We talkin’ ‘bout government.

Wesley Vaughn is a junior majoring in public relations and political science. His column runs on Wednesday.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Show compassion for atheist friends By Phil Bishop

Evolution has been a hot topic in the CW as of late. I understand the emotion that evolutionary theory carries for my atheist friends, but I can’t figure why my theist, deist and agnostic friends feel so much passion against Darwinism. For Muslims, Jews and Christians, whether or not evolution happened is irrelevant. For these people, God created, but how He did so is not specified in detail. However, for my atheist friends, Darwinism is essential. A Christian can believe in evolution or not, but an atheist must contrive some natural means for life and speciation that must, for philosophical consistency, exclude any Divine intervention. An attack on evolution threatens the very foundations of atheism, so it is a “life and death” issue, and consequently an emotional one. Darwinism may have some serious problems, but hey, it’s the best they can do for now. So, Christians, show a little compassion for our atheist friends. Phil Bishop is a member of the UA faculty.


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Coldstone welcomes fundraising efforts By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter jfkushner@bama.ua.edu

Coldstone Creamery on The Strip doesn’t only serve ice cream. They serve the community. Each week, the ice cream shop allows organizations to become part of the crew and serve customers as a “fun-raiser,” shop owner Glenn Dodd said. “They have a lot of fun doing it,” he said. “It’s neat because the group can come and work

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remembered bullets coming from everywhere. “I could feel the heat as they whizzed by, and I knew one of them was going to hit me,” he said. Brown was quickly handed a M249 machine gun and gained the ability to shoot 200 bullets in 40 seconds. His strategy was simple: stand up and fire, then duck down behind a metal plate on the vehicle. However, large arm guards caused the soldier to get stuck the last time he was trying to pop down, leaving his head and neck exposed to enemy fire. A bullet found its path to his cheek, just below the eye, before “Brown Sugar” was pulled down into the vehicle by a fellow soldier, who was relieved to find his friend alive. “It hurt really bad,” Brown said. “But I was more mad that they shot me in my face than the fact that they shot me at all.” Inspite of the fact that he had just been injured, Brown rushed to the aid of his friend Adam Moore, who had been shot multiple times in the back. “My legs stopped working because I was shot in the spine,” Moore said. “I remember lying on the ground, and everyone else around me had kind of left. Brown came running in from nowhere and calmed the whole situation down that night.” Moore said he would trust his life to about three people in the world, and Chris Brown is one of them. “When they told me what I was doing, after I’d just been shot, running around, bandaging people up, calling things in, I realized adrenaline is killer,” Brown said. “I think a lot of it has to do with the way I was brought up to take responsibility for everything.” Brown said he had long been in the practice of putting himself on the back burner. With the names of 11 brothers and sisters tattooed on one arm, and the names of all of the men in his platoon tattooed on the other, one can see where Brown’s priorities lay. Coming from a single-parent family out of Massachusetts, Brown gave more than $20,000 to his mother during his army

on [the serving] side for the night. They love doing it.” Dodd said he gives the organizations a percentage of the sales and allows the group to keep all tips. “Most of the groups are from the University just because word of mouth has circulated through the University,” he said. “But that isn’t always the case. We have schools, churches and Junior League was here last week.” Dodd said fraternities, sororities, women’s wheelchair basketball and the lacrosse team

are among the University organizations that have participated. “This is something that Coldstone as a corporation has been doing for years,” he said. Dodd purchased Coldstone on The Strip in 2007. He began fundraising in the spring of 2008. Allowing various organizations to raise money doesn’t always raise money for the store, Dodd said. “I give away my profit sometimes; I give away more than I make,” he said. “It’s OK, though, because it creates goodwill.

“Every group that comes in advertises to their group of people to help them raise money, so it’s mutually beneficial,” he said. Dodd said during the fall semester fundraising stops before Thanksgiving break. In the spring, it begins after Spring Break. “We do it almost every week during the warmer months; in the wintertime the sales aren’t enough to be beneficial,” he said. Dodd has had many requests from groups to participate.

career to support his siblings. He said the soldiers in his platoon were his family as well, and their unparalleled bond remains intact today. “Brown’s one of the few people I would count on in this world to do stuff, from what we went through together in Iraq,” said former Sgt. John Gross, known by his men as “Uncle” John. “I could call him and he’d be there in a minute. We keep in touch regularly.” Eleven days after the incident where Brown was shot, an improvised explosive device blew up his truck, and he was thrown onto his face and knocked unconscious. Brown later received the Purple Heart for combat wounds, along with two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and a National Defense Service Medal, as well as others. After six years of service in the Army and two deployments, to Korea and Iraq, awards and honors were not all Brown returned to the United States with. “I had frequent nightmares about when I got shot,” Brown said. “And my trigger finger moved in my sleep. I was drinking a gallon of alcohol every two days, because I thought it helped me focus more.” Brown had married a girl he had developed a relationship with in Iraq, and they were divorced shortly after returning home. He then moved south to Alabama and began attending classes at the University and working at the Tuscaloosa VA Center. “The Purple Heart is really what got me into school, because I never cared about my grades in high school,” Brown said. He is almost a junior by credit hours, but he said this has been his worst semester at the University. Brown said he has seen and done so many things that he believes his outlook on life is completely different from many college students. “I’m 25 now, but people frequently tell me I should be 30,” he said. “There is more to life than drinking, partying and seeing how many people you can have sex with. Life is short. I’ve seen it firsthand. Someone can be standing beside you, and the next minute they’re gone.” Brown said the worst part of experiencing death as a soldier

is hearing the gaps in roll call. “Imagine your best friend just died,” he said. “The way they find out she’s missing is when she doesn’t respond when they read out her name and rank. They repeat it twice using her full name. When she doesn’t respond again, they fire the 21 Gun Salute. It’s hard because it makes it so real.” Brown has experienced all of the gruesome horrors of war. He has carried body parts in his hands to send off for DNA testing. He has lost his friends in combat. He has found footage of Saddam Hussein pushing people off of buildings. He has slept standing up. He has bundled up next to other guys just to keep warm. He has killed terrorists. He has seen places that make America’s worst ghettos look like castles. However, through all of the blood, bombs and bullets, Brown persevered. “He’s very energetic and loyal and was an expert with his weapon systems,” Ariel Roca, who served two years with Brown said, “We always felt safe knowing he was around. He brought a lot of charisma to our platoon, rather it was through his faith or just joking around.”

Brown said he often liked to relieve the stress of war by “fighting” other members of the platoon. He said he was always jumping on somebody in fun to pass the time. This method of entertainment quickly caught on, and Brown said you never knew when you would be “attacked.” “I think what made our platoon so successful was that we were so diverse,” Brown said. The 16 members came from a variety of states, including Mississippi, Texas, Vermont, Nebraska, Florida and Maine, and they formed the bond of a lifetime. He still remembers learning to do a proper headlock from Dustin Reddin, a cornbread-eating Oklahoma boy who can wrestle steers. He also learned the secret of cooking cabbage from Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Sweet. “Sweet was that guy that kept us emotionally and mentally together,” Brown said. “Delta Company was the only one in our battalion that had no deaths.” Brown said he wouldn’t trade his experiences in the Army for anything, but now he’s ready to relax for a while and have some fun. He will never take anything as costly as freedom for granted.

“I have never turned any group away,” he said. “The only reason I have turned a group away is because I can only do so many of these.” Amber Key, treasurer for the Alabama women’s rugby club, said the Coldstone fundraiser is a fun, easy way to raise money. “This is one of the best fundraisers our team has had the opportunity to participate in. We have done it twice now and look forward to doing it again,” Key said. “Glenn says the best way to get more money is by singing

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can’t get frustrated. We have to fight through it and be patient.” In the first half, one of the Tide’s biggest problems was the inability to get offensive rebounds. UAH recovered 15 of Alabama’s missed shots, compared to Alabama recovering only six offensive rebounds. On second chance shots, Alabama had six of its 26 points. With four minutes left in the first half, the Tide was down by eight points, at 26-18, but then through full-court pressing and forcing turnovers, Alabama closed UAH’s lead to only two points. Then about four minutes into the second half, the Tide took the lead back again with three points in a row from Tony Mitchell, first on a layup and then on a free throw after a technical foul. It was Alabama’s first lead since the first minute of the first half. In the second half, the lead changed several times, with the Tide at one point getting a fivepoint lead. But UAH hung in the game, and though Alabama had last second chances to win the game, at the end of

for tips and even though we have had a few people tip us not to sing, we still have a lot of fun with it,” she said. Jennifer Baggett, of the Junior League of Tuscaloosa, said her experience was enjoyable. “We had a wonderful time serving ice cream and singing for the customers,” she said. “The money that we raised will be used to support our spring project for Kids in the Kitchen, a program that helps empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

regulation, the game was tied at 59. After allowing 40 percent of three’s in the first half, Alabama was able to defend the Chargers at the three-point line, as the team only shot 25 percent from the three-point line after a second half adjustment. “I thought we did a better job in the second half from a sense of urgency standpoint, but it was a good lesson,” Grant said. Each team only scored five points in the first overtime, and so the game went into a second overtime. Though UAH got the first points, Releford’s free throws gave the Tide a 67-66 lead with two minutes to go. And to seal the game, Green got in a dunk with an assist from Senario Hillman to end the game 73-68. “I wasn’t expecting to play double overtime,” Green said. “I kind of under guessed the team. They came out and played aggressively. It was a great game for us because the season will be tough, and we need a good game like that before the season starts so we can learn from our mistakes.” Alabama will begin its regular-season schedule on Friday at Coleman Coliseum against Florida A&M, with tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

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Bama focuses on games, not rankings By Britton Lynn Senior Sports Reporter bmlynn@crimson.ua.edu After the loss to LSU, Alabama’s record is now 7-2, unexpectedly the same record as this week’s opponent, Mississippi State. Saban said now is the time for leaders on the team to step up. “When you have a young team – which we have a young team, only eight or nine seniors on the team – sometimes it’s a little bit more difficult to get the younger players to assume the responsibility of leadership,� Saban said. “It’s something that we need to continue to develop and grow. That’s going to be an important part of how the team responds. The true test of the leadership is how the team responds. I think the leadership is most effective when things aren’t going well; that’s when it makes the biggest difference.� Now that national championship hopes are out of the picture, Tide fans are curious about where the team goes from this point. Ranked at No. 12, Alabama isn’t eligible for a BCS bowl game at this point but could possibly make one if it was to win out the remainder of the games this season. “As a team, we just have to play for all of our pride,� said senior quarterback Greg McElroy. “Obviously, there is still a lot we can accomplish this season even though we can’t go to the national championship. This team still has a lot of character and a lot of pride. Every member of this team is very proud to be a member of this

CW | Jerrod Seaton Running back Trent Richardson (3) waits with Mark Ingram (22) and other running backs to run drills at practice Tuesday. Though Richardson injured his knee in Saturday’s game, he’s still practicing with the rest of the team. team, so they try to make the most of it.� While some members of the team are concerned with rankings, others just want to see the team play a full football game at their highest level. “I could care less about winning our division,� said junior defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. “I just want to see our young kids, I want to see the seniors, the juniors, I want to see everybody gel together for these last three, four or however many games we have. Let’s go out there and play the best football that we can play. It doesn’t matter what the outcome is. We’re just worrying about focusing in, doing what we can, getting extra film work and play the best football that we can play – everybody just has to show maturity as a

whole, even me.�

Injuries On the injury front, Trent Richardson, Kerry Murphy and Chris Jordan are day-today. Head coach Nick Saban said their return is based on how they respond throughout the week. Richardson was not wearing a black jersey at either Monday or Tuesday’s practice, but he did have a black wrap on his left knee. Murphy also practiced in normal attire with the team but had a black wrap on his right leg. Jordan, on the other hand, was wearing a black practice jersey and was working out on the stationary bike during the media viewing. “I think [Richardson’s] been doing better,� junior running

back Mark Ingram said. “He’s just trying to take care of his injury. He comes out, he walks around and rides the bike and stuff like that. He’s just trying to get loosened up.�

Players of the week The Alabama coaching staff selected junior wide receiver Julio Jones, junior defensive lineman Josh Chapman, sophomore linebacker Dont’a Hightower, junior wide receiver Marquis Maze and freshman John Fulton as the Crimson Tide’s players of the week based on their performances in the LSU game. This was Jones’ seventh time this season to earn the honor after catching 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. This was Jones’ second straight

double-digit reception game. On the defensive side of things, Hightower and Chapman both were selected. Hightower led the team with 10 tackles with one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hurry. The 10 tackles were a season high for Hightower and the second most this season by an Alabama player. Chapman had the Tide’s only sack for a loss of 12 yards against the Tigers. He finished the game with a career-best eight tackles. On special teams, Fulton and Maze were recognized. It was both players’ second time to be honored this season. Fulton worked on both the coverage unit and the return unit, while Maze made one tackle on special teams and returned three kickoffs for 73 yards, the longest return being 26 yards.

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Tide sees success in New York By Sydney Branch Contributing Writer One week after sweeping both the doubles and singles divisions of the ITA Southern Regional tournament, the Tide women’s tennis team

traveled to New York to compete in the National Indoor Championships. Tide players found success at Flushing Greens, home of the U.S. Open. In singles, freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane lost in the

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first round of the tournament to Denise Muresan from the University of Michigan, but made it to the finals in the consolation bracket. Doubles partners Courtney McLane and Alexa Guarachi advanced to the semi-finals before dropping to a pair from the University of Florida. The team even made a brief television appearance when they were selected to appear on the CBS Early Show on Wednesday. “We went into the CBS Store and the guy asked us if we wanted to be on the show,� Macfarlane said. “They asked us a trivia question and we got it right.� Head coach Jenny Mainz said she is thrilled with the weekend’s performance on the court. “We had a fantastic showing,� Mainz said. “I am very encouraged by the way we played this weekend.� Mainz said the success the team has had this season makes it stand out to those in the past. “I feel like this is one of the best fall seasons we have had at Alabama,� Mainz said. “To go out and play with the college elite and prove that we can compete is encouraging for the spring season.� Macfarlane won the singles division of the ITA Southern Regional Tournament this year as a freshman and said she owes the improvements she has made this fall in part to her coaches and teammates. “I definitely feel like I have improved,� Macfarlane said. “It is only because I have such

great teammates and a great coach. I really feel like I have improved because of that.� Macfarlane said she believes practice allowed the team to excel in the tournament. “Hard work and doing whatever it takes to do our best,� Macfarlane said. “That is what it is all about; doing our best and trying to get better each day with practice.� Guarachi agrees that practice led to the team’s success and said she feels that practice over the upcoming offseason will determine their success this spring. “We all have to take care of ourselves before our break,� Guarachi said. “Everyone needs to put in their part during the offseason and not get injured before the main season.� Injuries plagued the Tide lineup last fall, and Mainz said avoiding injury is imperative to the team’s ability to succeed this spring. “Last year we had a really solid team,� Mainz said. “However, we were plagued with injuries that kept us from reaching some of the goals we had last year.� Mainz said hard work remains on the schedule for her team over the next two months of the offseason. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us,� she said. “It is going to require a lot of diligence, a lot of hard work. We have proven that we are a great team. It is a process to be respected; it is a process to be enjoyed, a process to be embraced. A big part of it is the improvement for us.�


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LIFESTYLES Page 8 • Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Editor • Kelsey Stein kmstein@crimson.ua.edu

LIFESTYLES this weekend WEDNESDAY • ARDT: 7:30 p.m., Morgan Auditorium

THURSDAY • Express Night on Common Ground: 6 p.m., Starbucks in the Ferguson Center • ARDT: 7:30 p.m., Morgan Auditorium

SUNDAY • Swimming vs Tennessee: 12 p.m.

English students launch journal By Alex Cohen Staff Reporter accohen@crimson.ua.edu The University is home to two prominent literary magazines, Marr’s Field Journal and the Black Warrior Review, neither of which is a publication of the University’s English department. Instead, both are published through the Office of Student Media. Now, a new journal, representing the English department itself, is on the horizon. This month, Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, is launching DewPoint. The new literary journal will join a crowded array of student-run publications, but its makers said they feel it has the potential to fill some voids. “We are a growing campus,” said Mia Bass, a junior majoring in English and submissions coordinator for DewPoint. “Nothing against the existing journals, but there are so many voices [at the University]. We think there needs to be another platform.” DewPoint will join Marr’s

FAST FACTS • What: DewPoint, literary journal launched by English honor society

• Accepting: Prose, poetry and essays

• Submission deadline: December 1

• Submission e-mail: uadewpoints@gmail.com Field Journal as a journal geared toward undergraduates. While MFJ focuses on fiction and poetry, DewPoint will feature a different medium – critical essays. Student essays, often a product of hard work and extensive research, are typically read by a teacher and sent back with praise or scorn. DewPoint offers a means for these forgotten essays to be published, becoming more than a grade. They can become published intellectual property.

“We don’t offer awards or prizes, but it’s always nice to be published,” said Wendy Wong, a senior majoring in English and assistant fiction editor of DewPoint. “People can mention [their published essays] in applications and résumés. Plus, it’s just fun.” These past few months, DewPoint’s staff has been charged with the task of sparking interest in the new publication. Going right to the source, members have been busy visiting 300- and 400-level English

classes, yielding mixed results. “Some classes we visit are really pumped and have tons of questions,” Bass said. “Others are quiet – a little more apathetic. Those are usually morning classes.” Future submitters are not required to be Morgan Hall regulars. “Everyone is encouraged to submit their writing,” Bass said. “We don’t want to limit the magazine.” The first submissions are due by Dec. 1. Although there is no exclusive theme, submissions go through a selective process before being published. Josh Clark, a senior majoring in English and fiction editor of DewPoint, said they are searching for the best undergraduate prose, poetry and essays. Submitted writing is judged by DewPoint’s staff and is subject to discussion and criticism. “It’s a very democratic process,” Clark said. “My role is to guide the discussion. We read [submissions] closely and

try to point out the pros and cons. All authors are credited as anonymous during the big workshops.” Students interested in joining the panel are welcome. An English major is not required, only an open mind. “The only requirement is being passionate,” Bass said. “We want a lot of different spheres represented.” Despite inviting students of all majors to become involved, DewPoint’s staff is happy to finally give Morgan Hall a voice. “We are looking to showcase the English Department,” Clark said. “We want to be the trophy case. We want to be a community, not just a publication – a creature of the department in many facets.” Students interested in submitting their writing can email it to uadewpoint@gmail.com and are encouraged to not wait until December. Students interested in joining DewPoint’s staff can attend Sigma Tau Delta’s meetings on Monday nights at 6 in Morgan 301.

Author emphasizes importance of travel By SoRelle Wyckoff Contributing Writer Most English students at the University do not live as hobos or travel the roads of Peru. Ted Conover found a way to connect these and other experiences of his own to the writing techniques of college English students. Ted Conover spoke to a group of about 200 students and faculty last night about his writing experiences, and offered advice to students. Conover emphasized the importance of place description in writing, using examples from his own works. The Bankhead Visiting Writers Series, Honors College, department of journalism, department of English, College of Arts and Sciences and Housing and Residential

Communities worked together to bring Conover to campus. Wendy Rawlings, the coordinator of the Bankhead Visiting Writers Series said Conover’s talk was unlike most authors who have spoken at the University. “He personally e-mailed us and asked what he should talk about and who his audience was,” Rawlings said. “He could have just stood there and read his works for an hour, like most authors, but instead you could tell he really tailored his talk to the audience of students and was really trying to be thoughtful.” Conover’s talk focused on the lessons learned not only in the classroom, but also from personal experience and focused on the use of the five senses in description. Despite a start in formal education, Conover’s first work, “Rolling Nowhere,” was inspired by life on the road with hobos, drawn from time spent traveling with the homeless after college. Conover went on to write “Newjack,” a memoir of his experience as a prison guard at Sing Sing Prison in New York, and most recently wrote “Routes of Man,” a look at the importance of roads and travel around the world. “I’m still expecting to wake up from this experience,” Conover said. “I am so incredibly lucky to have a job that lets me go all over the world and ask people questions. It’s an amazing world.” Conover said the experiences he writes about require a use of description to not only help the reader connect with the story, but also to help the reader gain feelings similar to what Conover himself has in each place. “I’m not sure exactly what sense that is, but it’s a feeling a place gives,” Conover said. “That particular ‘W,’ ‘where,’ [of the five ‘W’s’- who, what, when, where and how] makes a huge difference in the fabric of the story,” Conover gave some examples, beginning with an audio reading from E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.” As the narrative echoed throughout the room, Conover silently mouthed the descriptive excerpt he played for the audience. Focusing on the use of the five senses in describing not only the place, but also feelings, Conover then shifted to his own works.

Ted Conover speaks to an audience about his writing on Tuesday night at Farrah Hall. CW| Elise Gold

As he read from “Rolling Nowhere,” “Newjack” and “Routes of Man,” Conover showed the audience pictures from his experiences on a Power Point presentation, showing the people and places his writing has allowed him to experience. “In your own writing you have to find what makes each place individual in some way,” Conover said. “Whether it’s the people you encounter or an event that happens there, it’s that difference that makes it interesting.” Chris Roberts, a journalism professor at the University, said Conover and his experiences

have a lot to teach students of journalism and writing. “You’ve got to have respect for anybody who will ride the rails with hobos,” Roberts said. “And not only that, but write about it with such skill.” While Conover references the importance of education, current events and research, he said he believes there are some things that cannot be learned in a classroom. “It helps to stop doing research and just tune into what’s entering into your very pores,” Conover said. “Getting out there and experiencing it – that’s the best kind of research you can do.”

LIFESTYLES in brief Telecommunication and film students hold casting call Telecommunications and film students in a senior production class are holding an open casting call Thursday, Nov. 11 from 6-8 p.m. in Reese Phifer Studio A. They are specifically looking for college-age males and females, young children and older males to act in short

narrative films. It is not necessary to prepare something to read, as the material will be provided. A second casting call will be held Friday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Throughout the fall semester, students in TCF 444 prepare an idea, pitch it to the

class and work in preproduction before shooting editing their final product in the spring semester. These projects include commercials, narratives, music videos and documentaries. For more information, contact Clayton Collins at (256)521-3969.

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