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Vol. 117, Issue 57

Bama boasts two Rhodes finalists By Allie Hulcher Contributing Writer

Having a Rhodes scholar finalist who also happens to be the starting quarterback on the football team is certainly newsworthy, but the fact that the University has two Rhodes scholar finalists is an outstanding achievement in itself. In addition to Greg McElroy, Ynhi Thai, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, is also

a Rhodes s c h o l a r finalist. The Rhodes scholarship is an international scholarship that provides an opporYnhi Thai tunity for U.S. citizens to study abroad at Oxford University. Out of about 80 national

finalists, thirty-two are selected. Students are given the option to either compete in their hometown’s district, or their college’s district, according to the Rhodes Scholar website, While McElroy is competing in the Alabama, Florida and Tennessee district, Thai, who hails from Mississippi, is competing in the district that includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.

The Rhodes Scholarship Trust was established in 1902, and since then there have been 15 Rhodes Scholars from the University, the last one being Brad Tuggle in 2001. “The academic experience at Oxford includes two very important elements: faculty of the highest caliber who take a personal interest in their students, and very bright students from all over the world,” Tuggle said. “For these

motivation for applying for the scholarship to her professors, who convinced her she would make a good candidate. “I thought it was a great opportunity,” Thai said. “I wanted to give it a try, but I thought it was a long shot. I never imagined I’d be a finalist. That’s what’s great about UA — a lot of wonderful professors who see a lot of potential in the

reasons, an Oxford education broadens one’s perspectives, develops one’s mind and prepares one for real-world challenges in a unique and highly effective way.” Despite Thai’s track record of achievements — she is a Goldwater Scholar and a member of the USA Today All-USA College Academic Second Team — she remains disarmingly humble. Thai attributes her

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Projected enrollment concerns students

Student summits Kilimanjaro

By Charles Scarborough Staff Reporter

Submitted Photo Austin Chun (right), a junior majoring in finance, and his brother matt (left) stand on Uhuru peak last summer. By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

martial arts, Austin has made a point of keeping his body in shape, but the fight he anticipated in the coming months would not involve the familiar foray of fists and feet. Austin Chunn was worried. In July of the previous As a long-time practitioner of

Veterans fight post-traumatic stress disorder By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter For incoming freshmen, the University injects a multifaceted support network into campus life that includes advisors, student organizations and extracurricular activities. For students returning to civilian life from military le this

By Lauren Cuervo Contributing Writer Tonight will mark the joining of two of the University’s distinct cultural events. The Honors College Assembly’s Express Night and the Black Student Union’s Common Ground are combining for the first time to bring students “Express Night on Common Ground,” which will take place from 6 to 9 in the Starbucks in the Ferguson Center. Express Night is an event put on by the HCA and will bring the elements of open microphone and art expression to this new event, in which visual art is displayed


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while live performances take place. Common Ground, normally presented by the Black Student Union, will focus more on hip-hop, dance and spoken word. The event is intended to unite a few of the numerous

forms of expression available at the Capstone. “We are excited about doing this event with HCA,” said Crystalline Jones, vice president of the Black Student Union. “The purpose of Common Ground is to promote freedom of expression of every kind and we also encourage students to come together on ‘common ground,’ no matter their race

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enlistment or a combat zone, however, the familiar support networks tend to fall short of being helpful. William Suclupe, a junior majoring in social work, said he served in Iraq as a mental health non-commissioned officer to help soldiers cope with combat stress injuries and

summer, Austin, a junior majoring Mount Kilimanjaro stands at 19,298 in finance, trekked with his older feet above sea level. “It’s the highest vertical mounbrother Matt to the summit of the tallest freestanding mountain in tain in the world,” Matt said. the world. Located in Tanzania, Africa, See SUMMIT, page 2

UA President Dr. Robert Witt set the University’s enrollment goal at 35,000 at a Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. In an Oct. 22 interview, Witt told the Crimson White that his focus is on quality over quantity. “I think The University of Alabama over the next five years will continue to grow, but at a much slower rate,” Witt said. “I think we will continue to grow stronger in terms of the quality of the incoming freshman class. I think our national rankings will continue to strengthen.” Additionally, the new enrollment goal raises concerns about the ability to house an additional 5,000 students on campus. Witt also stated in the same interview that construction focuses are now shifting to renovation of the existing facilities and not building new ones. “We will continue to invest substantially in our physical facilities,” Witt said. “Our attention will shift in emphasis toward the renovation of existing facilities more than the construction of new facilities.” Witt said the board approved the construction of a new residence hall, but upon its completion, Rose Towers will be demolished. “The board approved of a new residence hall – three wings, 984 beds,” Witt said. “When that’s complete, Rose Towers will come down.” UA Director of Media Relations Cathy Andreen said several factors played into the decision to set the new enrollment goal. “The administration looked at a wide variety of factors, including the campus infrastructure, in setting the goal of 35,000

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or creed.” The event will consist of numerous performances, seven minutes long at most, which will include live acts of all kinds – song, poetry, rap, dance and more. This new combination of culture is free and open to all students who wish to attend. More information is

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ON CAMPUS Apwonjo to present Invisible Children Face to Face Tour

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger moves into final weeks

UA student organization Apwonjo will present the Invisible Children Face to Face Tour, a program to teach people about the war in Uganda, in Gorgas Library Room 205 Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. The war in Uganda has spread to three other central African countries, and it involves the use of child soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army, according to a UA news release. Students will learn about the conflict and ways to support Invisible Children in bringing peace to the region. Two Ugandans, Aol Irene and Akello Monica, will share stories about how the war has affected their lives. The Tour will also feature a short film called “The Rescue.�

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, the University’s annual competition with Auburn University to collect the most food for charity, is kicking into high gear as the Tide’s game against Auburn nears. Food donations will be collected at the women’s basketball games against Central Arkansas Nov. 14 and North Carolina State Nov. 17. There will also be a collection when the men’s team faces Troy University Nov. 15. The department of theatre and dance will also host a “Cabaret for Cans� at Morgan Auditorium Nov. 22. Admission will be $3 or three cans of food. All donations benefit the West Alabama Food Bank.


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Matt said. Matt said oxygen deprivation led to a number of complications during the climb. “People that snore or have symptoms of sleep apnea will naturally develop sleep apnea,� he said. “Sometimes, you wake up gasping for air.� Austin said the higher the altitude, the less sleep his body could find because of the shortage of oxygen for his brain to use. He said he and his brother started to use Diamox, a medication that enhances the body’s intake of oxygen, after the second day of the climb. What started as a regimen of half a tablet morning and night became an ingestion of full pills when the altitude choked the air of oxygen. “It definitely helps you sleep better,� Austin said. Matt said the bite of the cold climate did not overshadow the power of the visible peak to lure the trekkers onward. “By the second night, it was freezing,� Matt said. “The weather started getting colder at night, but from the very beginning you can see the snow peak [from the

Health Center to give out flu shots Students can receive flu shots without visiting the Student Health Center. The SHC will host an event 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 SHC regularly offers flu shots Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Preliminaries to be held for Quidditch on the Quad 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 tonight at 9 p.m. on the University Recreation fields.

summit]. You’re scaling different pieces of the mountain to see it.� Matt said the mountain’s summit baffled him. “It’s almost like climbing in a gravel pit,� he said. “It’s really weird because there’s ash, rock and magma next to all of this snow and glacier on the mountain. I definitely didn’t expect that.� He said the summit was the most difficult to ascend. “You take 40 steps and you want just to fall over and wheeze for a minute,� Matt said. Austin said the extremity of the cold and the rigors of the climb were insignificant in comparison to the sight atop the zenith of Kilimanjaro. “Right as we got to the top, the sun peaked over the top of the mountain,� he said. “It was worth every second of the climb. It’s very tough to put into words.� Austin said he and his brother stayed on Uhuru Peak for over an hour, instead of leaving after the recommended handful of minutes. “We just felt great,� he said. “You get kind of a high feeling up there.�

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available on the event’s Facebook page, “Express Night on Common Ground.� Bot organizations are also involved in spreading tolerance throughout the community and the UA campus and hope to incorporate this into the night’s performances. Those who attend will also receive the chance to make a special contribution to charity. A Bama Buddies table will be set up with teddy bears that can be stuffed and made in the Build-aBear Workshop style for $10. The bears made will later be taken to a children’s home and donated as Christmas presents.

“I am anticipating the combination of these two very different groups,� Jones said. “So for anyone who comes to ‘Express Night on Common Ground,’ we have a rare and unique experience.� With close to 200 confirmed guests attending, the turnout is expected to be much higher than the original and anticipation for the event is high. “I have been to Express Night and Common Ground as their separate events and they were both great,� said Cameron Bass, a junior majoring in psychology. “But I’m really excited for the two of them together because it is sure to be an event not to forget and one that will definitely offer something everyone can enjoy.�

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Website offers poker for students By Katherine Martin Staff Reporter

College students gamble for many reasons. Number one – it’s fun, Marc Moncayo, a sophomore majoring in education, said. According to statistics provided from Barbara Bucca, owner of the Your Poker Club website, 91 percent of the male and 85 percent of the female college population gambles. Kenneth Melvin, a UA professor who teaches a course that deals with risk-taking and sensation seeking, said there are two motivations for gambling: the desire to win money, and thrills and excitement. “If there were no betting,� Melvin said, “very few people would go to the track to watch dogs run in a circle. Other motivations, and these may vary with the type of game, are a need for mastery, escape from routine, intellectual challenges and social interactions.� Chandler Bator, a student at Arizona State University, has created a 100 percent legal online poker site, “designed for college students, by college students.� Your College Poker Club will allow students to play and win, but eliminates gambling and losing money, a press release stated. “Once a student starts playing [in other online poker websites],� Bator said, “they can become enrapt in the entice-

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students,� Andreen said. Andreen did not to go into detail on those factors but said there are several construction projects that will allow the University to handle the student increase over the next decade.

ments of the off-shore illegal Internet gambling sites whose philosophies are all the same. When a player wins, a player will continue to play. When a player loses, they will pay even more.� A version of the site,, will be available by the end of the month, Bucca said. “We will have announcements in various locations, viral and physical,� Bucca said. “Students will see posts on all the favorite Facebook pages frequented by University of Alabama students. We also have hired campus marketers who will be posting flyers on and around campus with information as to how to join.� The site will offer a 14-day Free Trial period during which students can play in two free tournaments with the opportunity to win a seat at the 2011 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Bucca said the site will be fun, exciting and totally risk-free. “We are working at eliminating the evils of gambling by our youth,� Bucca said. “When you cannot wager or bet real money, it’s not gambling. Poker is just a game and does not become a gambling venue until legal tender is wagered or bet.� Bucca said eliminating gambling and money will not make any difference in the way the game is played. “Students can and will still have the ability to win money on our website, as we give out over

$100,000 per month,� Bucca said. “The big difference is members cannot use any of their personal legal tender to play on our site. They will be playing with our YCPC bucks; like Monopoly money, it has no value.� Moncayo said taking these elements away from the game makes it completely pointless. “Half of poker is knowing that you could lose at any time and you won’t be able to play anymore because you’re not going to have any money afterwards,� Moncayo said. “So, what would be the point of playing if you have no regard to the money you have? If it’s not for money, it’s not worth it. It’s not going to create an actual game. Everybody would go all-in knowing that it’s ‘fake’ money. Nobody is going to care.� Caleb Hughes, a fifth-year senior majoring in psychology, said the site has the potential to be successful if students find it engaging enough. Hughes said he has played online poker before on sites like and PokerRoom. com, but after losing $50, he hasn’t played for money any more. Hughes compared gambling to playing golf. “[Golf] is a really hard game to play,� Hughes said. “But if you make one really good shot, you kind of want to keep going back and do it again no matter how bad your round was. With poker, you may start with $50 and you get up to $75 and then you lose it all. You think, ‘well, you know,

“With the completion of the Science and Engineering Quad — Phase III is currently under construction and Phase IV will be underway before Phase III opens — and the new North Bluff Residential Community, which will house 971 students, the University will be able to accommodate the increase in enrollment. “In addition, the recent

renovation of Lloyd Hall and the planned renovation and expansion of Russell Hall as well as renovation of current College of Engineering space that will be freed up for new uses when the Science and Engineering Quad is complete will provide space for the increased number of students.� Parrish Mosley, a senior majoring in advertising, said he

David Trotman-Wilkins/Chicago Tribune/KRT Personalized chips bearing the name Collegiate Poker Tour Events Inc. created by Buffalo Grove entrepreneurs, Craig Rabin and Jason Beck, who offer collegiate poker tournaments of Texas Hold-em. I just need to go back to what I was doing when I had that $75. You had your one shot and it feels good because money is something that has great value. When someone does have a good hit on a gamble, they think, ‘Hey, maybe I have some skill at this.’� Hughes said because the site does not allow students to wager legal tender, it’s a lot like playing poker for fun with plastic chips when you were younger but doesn’t compare to playing for

real money. “I guess it was kind of fun then,� Hughes said. “The first time you start playing for something and you go back to playing for nothing, it’s not the same. You’re really careless, you don’t care what the outcome is if you lose. You’re just like, ‘Okay, no big deal.’� Jared Boyer, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, said he is not much of a gambler. “The closest thing I’ve done

to gambling is playing poker with my friends,� Boyer said. “I’ve never got into the online stuff. I’ve seen some win, some lose; so I stay away from it. I’ve seen how addicting it can be.� Bator said if you take the money away from the game, it takes away from the whole competitive strategy. “It takes the gamesmanship out of poker,� he said. “Which is why I don’t really get into it, because you almost have to have money to make it poker.�

thinks the University already has a crowding issue and more students will contribute to that problem. “I think [the University of] Alabama has too many students as is, and adding 5,000 more students will obviously make it worse,� Mosley said. Reid Peacock, a junior majoring in advertising, said he hopes the influx of students doesn’t

erase the strides the University has made in becoming an elite academic institution. “I like that UA has increased its academic standards over the past few years, I hope that this enrollment push doesn’t bring Alabama back to being a

mediocre college,� Peacock said. “Honestly, I probably would have come here regardless, because I love the Tide, but it doesn’t hurt that by the time I graduate people will respect Alabama as a decent school. I don’t want that to change in a few years.�


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State should not have say in abortion By Paul Thompson

abuse, a recent comprehensive study found that “veterans are in fact less likely to engage in an episode of domestic violence as compared to civilians with no previous military experience.” If you are abusing your spouse, and you hear a loud banging on the door, then you’re toast, because that is probably a veteran knocking on your door who is about to take care of business. Men and women who serve enjoy a life of honor, duty and excellence, but it is a hard life. They don’t do it for fun or for the money, and no one could argue that the choice to serve is the easy one. They serve because it’s the right thing to do and because they want to provide their fellow citizens with freedom and security. Thursday is Veterans Day. On that day, honor those who have served; honor those men and women who honor all of us every day, with every breath that they take. And grip close to your heart an honor for those men and women who served but never came home. They, more than anyone, deserve our honor. Of this, we can be certain.

Just as the Democrats failed to defend their majority in the House and nearly lost their lead in the Senate in the recent midterm elections, there was a ballot initiative in Colorado that – perhaps more thankfully – bit the dust as well. Colorado’s proposed Amendment 62, according to the state’s website, would have applied “the term ‘person’ ...concerning inalienable rights [and] equality of justice… to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.” If successful, the legal definition of a person would be applied to a fetus inside its mother’s uterus, thereby making the murder of a pregnant woman – even one who was not aware of her own condition – a double homicide. By the same token, abortion would become instantaneously illegal – as murder –as the legal protections of the term “person” would be applied to fetuses. Even worse, applying the term “person” to the unborn would limit access to contraceptive drugs for victims of rape or incest, because terminating a pregnancy – for any reason, under this law – would be murder. Furthermore, it intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship and removes decision-making power on abortion issues from the affected people and gives it to the state government. Coloradoans clearly saw those reasons as valid as the attempt to pass this amendment, according to CNN, failed with less than 25 percent of the vote. Clearly, people in Colorado weren’t fooled by a clever anti-abortion rights ballot initiative. Since they have failed to repeal abortion rights through the courts, activists have now resorted to underhanded ballot initiatives. The real issue with this law is that applying the definition of a person – simultaneously calling it murder to abort a fetus – is not a conclusion that is supported by the facts. The American Medical Association’s Code of Ethics does not prevent doctors from performing abortions, so long as the procedure is legal in their area. They permit this because the decision to end a pregnancy is not theirs, but is the mother’s. Despite the arguments for passage of the Colorado law, the point would seem to be moot. The Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that, “The word ‘person’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn.” Because of the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, a Colorado law defining a person as an unborn fetus would – eventually – be declared unconstitutional for not conforming to the higher federal law on the issue. At the end of Election Day, though, the attempt to prohibit abortion through back-door ballot initiatives failed, and reason prevailed over feelings. Of course, those who supported the measure probably feel differently, but, ultimately, their position is untenable. Trying to outlaw abortion by applying the term “person” to the unborn is clever, but was little more than a ruse meant to lure unsuspecting voters into supporting an amendment that directly contradicts Supreme Court decisions on exactly the same issue. Now, all of that is not to say that I am pro- or anti-abortion. However, it is apparent that the facts – especially in this case – do not appear to be on the side of the anti-abortion activists. For one thing, the issue of whether or not abortion is legal or not has long since been settled by the Supreme Court, and despite numerous challenges of Roe v. Wade every year, refuses to reverse itself. Further, the AMA – the largest association of medical professionals in the country, is content and feels ethically sound in permitting its members to perform abortions. If the AMA’s doctors are content that abortion conforms to their oath never to cause harm, then the rest of us should be satisfied with that response. After all, if anyone is in a position to know, it would be the thousands of doctors who make up the AMA.

Thad Jackson is a graduate student in finance.

Paul Thompson is a senior majoring in political science. His column runs bi-weekly on Thursdays.

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Be unique like everyone else By Debra Flax

Thursday, November 11, 2010 Editor • Tray Smith Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } WEB COMMENTS “Chris, thank you for your service! You have shown the true meaning of the words, ʻLoyalty and Selfless Service.ʼ As a fellow comrade, I am glad to have had a stand up guy like you have our backs on the battlefield.“ — William D. Suclupe, in response to “Soldier, student earns Purple Heart

Weird, as defined by dictionary. com, means “of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange.” I’m sure everyone reading this has heard that word used to describe something they’ve said or done. Sometimes it hurt, sometimes it amused, but throughout everything I’m willing to bet the word always stuck with them. One afternoon a few years back, I was talking with my grandfather. During our conversation, he asked me how high school was treating me. It took me a second to think of an answer, but I finally responded with, “Well, you know, I’m liked by everyone, but I’m still kinda weird.” My grandfather just looked at me, smiled, and then asked me something I would never forget. He said, “Is there really someone that can be defined as weird? And if there is, who decides who’s weird and who isn’t?” I’d never thought of that before. Being weird was just a fact that everyone seemed to learn once they hit puberty. What no one knew, however, was the “weird standard” we were all held up

— Floyd, in response to “Fishing team looks to reel in national title”

“Iʼm actually with the street preachers for once.” — Tim, in response to “Controversial speakers upset over UA sponsorship policy”

name-calling is quite a destructive thing. So if a bully doesn’t get to a kid by saying he’s weird one day, he tries the next day with stupid, the next with sissy, and finally winds up with fag. None are true, but a person’s mind, especially a child’s mind, is always susceptible to what others think of them. When you look deeper into the meaning and history of the word, you can find that “weird,” or “wyrd” as it used to be spelled, meant “of or relating to fate or the Fates.” What makes us weird predicts our future. It depicts who we will be, how we will live our lives and what we will contribute to our potential. Being strange or unusual just emphasizes and enhances who we are as independent creatures. Are you really willing to hold back the pieces of your life that entitle you to individuality? So, the next time someone calls you weird, turn to them proudly and say “Thank you,” because as far as compliments go, I’d say that’s the best one yet. Debra Flax is a junior majoring in journalism. Her column runs on Thursdays.

Breaking myths about the military By Thad Jackson

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against was almost non-existent. Sure, I searched for what was normal and universal, but I never found an answer that didn’t take away who I wanted to be. Everyone has to have quirks and strange qualities that mold them. Otherwise, we face the possibility of entering a feared society among the ranks of Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” or George Orwell’s “1984.” I guess it makes sense that a high school student would fall prey to such labels and identifications; as adolescents we don’t know who we are, we don’t fully understand where we belong and we don’t always have the greatest situations surrounding us. But as undergraduate or graduate students – as people a stone’s throw away from being that which we are – labels shouldn’t be allowed to rent space in our schedules. Seriously, how can one type of individual truly be considered the norm when not one person is the same as the next? Hopefully as college students now we can look back and see the band geek, the cheerleader, the lone poet, and the star quarterback are nothing but representations “of…strikingly odd or unusual character[s].” No matter what it is, labeling and

Many are uncertain of the fruitfulness of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many are uncertain of the proper role of the military in American life. And some are even uncertain of the type of person who chooses to serve in the military. A common misperception about the men and women who join the military is that they are dumb, uneducated, racist and sexist homophobes who join the military so they can blow stuff up and perhaps get a shot at torturing someone at Abu-Ghraib. While some boys join for the wrong reasons, the trials of military life quickly weed most of them out of the ranks. The truth about those who serve: The average service member enjoys an average IQ, but he or she is better educated than the average American. A common military saying is that, “there are only two kinds of soldiers, ‘dark green’ and ‘light green,’ and we all bleed the same color.” In the military, everybody eats, sleeps, drinks, fights, cries, bleeds and dies together. There are no blacks, whites, or browns in such close quarters, there are only different shades

of green. The armed forces desegregated sooner than most of America and “dark greens” enjoy a higher standard of living than civilians. There are more female generals/ admirals (57) than there are female CEOs of major corporations (15). But females don’t fight on the front lines? Tell that to the women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Gays in the military” is a prickly issue, but note two things: first, it’s the extremists who get all of the attention and many service members don’t care what someone else does on their own time as long as they do their job well. “You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight,” a veteran once said. Second, it is these same service members we accuse of trashing gay rights who protect the basic rights that we all enjoy: the rights of free speech and a free press, and the right for two dudes to drive to Vermont and get hitched. And then there’s that one myth about veterans: that they are prone to violence and spousal abuse. While it is true that those who suffered the most severe forms of combat trauma in the Vietnam War were much more prone to violence and spousal

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Cell phones take away from arts By Brad Lee Cell phones are probably one of the greatest problems facing the arts today, outside of funding. While I appreciate and am proud of the dramatic increase of awareness of all of the performing arts here on campus, I am disappointed as each show features additional lighting effects by audience members on their cell phones. Obviously the note in the playbill and the announcement before the show is not sending a clear message — please turn off your cell phones before the show starts and leave them off! Not only is it the rudest thing you can do to a performer short of getting up and leaving, it is also distracting to performers (yes, they can see you) — plus it is annoying to other patrons. And if that is not enough, cell

phones are a huge safety concern in live theatre. Why? Because cell phone signals can interfere with backstage communication equipment, possibly causing short periods where the stage manager cannot communicate with stage crew. Although this might not sound too bad, it could have disastrous effects to a show, as backstage operations, lighting and sound could easily fall into chaos. If it does not completely shut off communication, cell phone signals can cause high pitch squeals to occur inside headsets and sound systems as individuals send and receive text messages or surf the web. This fall’s Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre concert is nothing short of breathtaking. I probably enjoyed it more than any other dance concert I have seen in my four years at the Capstone, but I would have enjoyed it even more without the 40 some-odd cell phones that

lit Morgan Auditorium opening night during and between the pieces. Although this has become an all too common experience at live performances, the response given when a member of my group asked a fellow patron to cease to use their cell phone during the performance was even worse. The Capstone is blessed with talented performers in diverse disciplines. I ask you to make a conscious choice to attend a performance — to experience live art at its best. And should you decide to spend your hard earned cash and time to see a performance — whether it be a concert, play, dance piece or opera — please respect the hard work and long hours spent by the artists and turn off your cell phone. You might just find that what’s on the stage is worth watching. Brad Lee is a senior majoring in business management and theater.

We must help our veterans By Katy Turnbull

owe our happiness, our safety and our liberty. Today, why not skip that morning trip to the coffee shop, afternoon trip to the vending machine, or drink one less drink with friends after class and donate that $5 or even $1 you saved to help the injured veterans of America and their families. If everyone donated whatever small amount of money they could to an organization that supports veterans, Americans could truly make a difference in the lives of those to whom we all owe a great debt. Whoever you are, and whatever your capacity to assist veterans, there is a charity that is right for you. Taking two seconds to do a Google search presents thousands of options. I urge all Americans to take responsibility for helping our veterans and their families.

For many of us, Veterans Day is just another one of those federal holidays for which we hope to get off school or work. It is not necessarily a happy holiday either. Remembering the lives of those who served, and many, who died for our country, is heavier than a lot of us are willing to fully and truly reflect on for an entire day. For those of us who do not come from military families or have a friend or loved one who has served and fought for our country, it is easy to forget the profound duty that these people undertake in protecting all of us and our beloved America. As a nation at war, do not let today be just another day. Let it be one in which you reflect on is a senior the commitment of these indi- Katy Turnbull viduals, for it is to them that we majoring in journalism.

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Student wins wallpaper design contest By Allie Hulcher Contributing Writer Honesty. Trust. Respect. These are some of the inspirational words featured in the winning computer wallpaper design of Michael Perez, a graduate student studying sport management. Perez was announced as the winner of the Academic Integrity Week wallpaper design competition. He was awarded a $100 gift card from the University Supply Store. The competition was held by the Academic Honor Council in honor of Academic Integrity Week, which sought to educate Submitted Photo students about the importance Graduate student Michael Perez designed the winning computer of academic integrity. The theme this year was “Champions Don’t wallpaper in the Academic Honor Councilʼs contest. Cheat. Chose Integrity!”


In past years, there was an academic integrity essay contest held in celebration of the week. This year, however, the chief justices wanted to host a more creative competition idea. “They came up with the computer wallpaper design competition to see if anyone could create a desktop that expressed academic integrity,” said Josh Cirulnick, a graduate assistant for the vice president of Student Affairs and helped coordinate the contest. “All of the entries were very creative and each had their own special take on academic integrity.” The judges - who included Mark Nelson, vice president and vice provost; Lowell Davis, assistant dean of students; and Amelia Haas, president of the Academic Honor Council -

views will consist of current to get a Masters of Sciences affairs questions pertaining to in Global Health Science and each applicant’s area of study, Medical Anthropology. including how these current events will affect the students’ Mentors and future endeavors.

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The Process John Burke, who is the UA representative for the Rhodes Scholarship, said going through the application process is like taking another full course, and that this process alone weeds out a lot of hopefuls, leaving only those who can balance their regular schedules with a phase of applications, essays and interviews. “It really is a credit to the University that we have two top-notch people competing for the Rhodes,” Burke said. “I am very pleased for the University.” The University endorsed four total applicants this year: McElroy, Thai, Connor Johnson and Ryne Saxe. Applying for the Rhodes scholarship is a multi-step process, including a lot of paperwork and interviews. Applicants must first apply to and receive an endorsement from their university. Then they must send in a two-page resume, essay and eight letters of recommendation to Oxford. On Nov. 20, Rhodes panels in Birmingham and St. Louis, respectively, will interview McElroy and Thai. The inter-

“She is a joy to work with and is one of the most hardworking and talented students I have had the pleasure to know in my 36 years at the University,” Sloan said. “She Advisors is very deserving of all of the recognition that has come her Future Goals “She not only takes advan- way.” Thai’s goal is to become tage of opportunities presented a doctor. She is particularly to her, but creates them,” said Advice for Others interested in the culture of Guy Caldwell, advisor for the Journal of Science and Health medicine. Thai said anyone can be a A Vietnamese native whose at the University. Thai was Rhodes scholar, as long as they family immigrated to the United editor-in-chief of the publica- have self-motivation. States in 1991, Thai asserts that tion. “One cannot help but be “The great thing about the she has a background that puts impressed by Ynhi’s drive and Rhodes is that you can be her in a position to understand determination for excellence; anyone and become a Rhodes and respect how different cul- she has high expectations, but scholar, as long as you’re hardtures have varying perceptions those start with herself – and working and you have the ideas and the willingness and the motivation to put those ideas The great thing about the Rhodes is that you can into action,” she said. “Don’t be anyone and become a Rhodes scholar, as long as ever not apply because you you’re hard-working and you have the ideas and think you’re not good enough. the willingness and the motivation to put those Make the effort and try and see what happens.” ideas into action Ryne Saxe, who has been an applicant for the Rhodes schol—Ynhi Thai arship two years, knows the ins that is a most admirable char- and outs of the Rhodes applicaof health. She is a founding mem- acteristic worthy of any Rhodes tion process. He respects Thai and has confidence in her. ber of Engineers Without Scholar.” Gary Sloan, Coordinator “She has a lot of respect for Borders, and organized a trip to Cambodia for two drinking of Prestige Scholarships and the Rhodes scholarship and its water projects, as she is inter- Awards, said having two significance,” Saxe said. “She ested in water-borne diseases. Rhodes finalists reflects well has a lot of conviction to use She has also done extensive on the University. He helped that award and opportunity to research in such topics as E. Thai when she was applying help other people.” Thai said that when her famcoli detection, cancer therapy for the Goldwater and Hollings scholarships and called her ily immigrated to the United and sleep disorders. If given the opportunity to record of accomplishments States in 1991, her mother had to sell her diamond ring for study at Oxford, Thai plans “awe-inspiring.”


unanimously selected Perez’s design. The wallpaper was chosen because of its clear layout and straightforward message of integrity. “I tried to keep my design as simple as possible while still getting the point of academic integrity across,” Perez said. “You first see ‘Academic Integrity’ as the focal point in the center of the wallpaper, which is surrounded by words such as honesty, justice, fairness and respect. I believe seeing all of these words tied in together gives the students a real sense of what academic integrity is all about.” Davis said Perez’s design truly displayed academic integrity. “As a University, our goal is to make sure students not only them to have enough money. Now she said she feels she is living the American Dream. “Don’t ever think that you can’t do something, that one person can’t do enough to make an impact in the world, because

learn but that they practice integrity as they are learning,” Davis said. “The skills that students learn and practice today will be a reflection of their ethical behavior tomorrow.” The AHC is currently working with the College of Arts and Sciences to display the wallpaper in A&S computer labs across campus. “I think the wallpaper competition is very valuable in reminding students of the importance of academic integrity,” Perez said. He featured words from the Capstone Creed in his wallpaper design. “By designing this wallpaper to be shown on the screens in computer labs, students are constantly reminded of what is expected of them in their school work,” Perez said.

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UA provides meal plan supplement By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter Before the fall semester began, students could choose from various meal plan blocks that range from 50 meals to unlimited meals. For students running low on meal plans, Bama Dining has offered the Thrifty 20 option beginning in October. The Thrifty 20 option was implemented when Bama Dining evaluated the number of meals students needed to last the remainder of the

semester. It is an alternative to purchasing an additional meal plan, which would range from $394 to $1,757 per semester. Kelsey Faust, marketing coordinator of Bama Dining, said in an e-mailed statement that they decided to offer a 20-meal option when Bama Dining realized approximately how many additional meals students need during this time of year. “We selected 20 meals because essentially the Thrifty 20 plan is considered a meal plan add-on for when students are running low on their current meal plan,”

she said. “Therefore, we came up with the 20 block after looking at previous years’ numbers to figure out a number of meals that would be enough to get students through the rest of the school semester.” She said students must have purchased a meal plan before paying for the Thrifty 20, because it is only a meal plan supplement. As a consequence, she said students cannot cancel their payment for the Thrifty 20. “Because the Thrifty 20 meal plan is an add-on to students’ existing meal plans, cancella-

tions are not permitted,” she said. She said the Thrifty 20, which costs $172, includes a discount from the walk-up prices for customers without meal plans. “We scale all of our meal plans on a discounted rate,” she said. “The larger number of meals in a plan, the greater the discount. The Thrifty 20 plan is offered at a discounted price and students pay less per swipe than someone would if they paid the door fee.” The Thrifty 20 was announced as an option for students with meal plans around the beginning of October, Faust said.

“This option is available to students typically around the first of October,” she said. “However, since it is just a meal plan addon, students can start purchasing the Thrifty 20 when they feel that they are running low on meals.” She said the unused meals from the Thrifty 20 roll over to the spring semester. Rachel Croon, a freshman majoring in communicative disorders, said the Thrifty 20 could be a valuable option for freshmen who cannot use meal plans for off-campus dining or who do not have cars to travel to off-

ECE program head steps down By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter After six and a half years as department head for electrical and computer engineering, Jeff Jackson submitted his letter of resignation to the University Oct. 28. He alerted his students in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. After completing his doctoral work at the University in 1990, Jackson began his career as an ECE professor. “I really wanted to get back to more teaching and wanted to spend more time pursuing my own research interests,” he said. “Administrative responsibilities don’t always allow you that luxury.”

Jackson told Dean Charles Karr his resignation as department head was effective immediately, but Jackson said he would help with the transition and operation of the department while a replacement was determined. Despite stepping down as an administrator, Jackson plans to continue teaching at the University. “I am not quitting the University; I am going to continue as a professor in the department,” he said. “I will still be teaching and doing research, and I look forward to serving the University in other roles as well.” Jackson said the University, from UA President Robert Witt to Karr, has been completely supportive of the

electrical and computer engineering department and he is extremely grateful for their efforts. “I have really enjoyed the time and opportunities that the University has given me during my time as department head,” Jackson said. “We have had a lot of growth in the department and college in terms of hiring new faculty,” he said. “We have significantly strengthened our research programs and seen a significant increase in undergraduate and graduate enrollment in the department, which is consistent with President Witt’s vision. “We have been able to reap significant benefits from President Witt’s efforts as

well as those of [Executive Vice President and Provost] Judy Bonner and Dean Karr,” he said. “I trust the department is well-positioned for even greater advances in the future.” Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1984 and his masters degree in electrical engineering in 1986, both at Auburn University; he did his Ph.D. work at the University. Drew Taylor, a masters candidate in computer engineering, said Jackson has had a tremendous impact on his academic career thus far, as Jackson was named department head around the time Taylor was a freshman. “I got to know him when I was working on my Capstone

Design project,” Taylor said. “Because of related research interests, he became my graduate advisor when I moved on toward my masters work. “I have always appreciated him for his ability to teach and relate to students,” he said. “He has always been approachable and his door is always open to questions or concerns, not just regarding the department, but also concerning my academic career and future work.” Taylor said he believes a caring nature like Jackson’s is hard to find. “His influence continues to contribute to my future academic plans in a big way,” he said. “He is an outstanding faculty member, and an equally outstanding person.”

Winter months mean heated campus By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter

As Tuscaloosa’s weather begins to make the transition between warm and cold temperatures, UA administrators are faced with the decision of when to turn the heat on in both lecture and residence halls. Greg McKelvey, the University’s energy manager, said the process involves more than just flipping a switch. “Most buildings on campus are heated in the winter by circulating hot water through the building and cooled in the summer by circulating chilled water through the building,” McKelvey said in a

press release. According to McKelvey, the University has two different types of water circulating systems: two-pipe systems and four-pipe systems. A two-pipe system, which is the primary type of system on campus, can heat and cool a building, but not at the same time. “In a two-pipe system, the entire building is in either heating mode or cooling mode,” McKelvey said in the release. “The changeover from cooling to heating, or vice versa, must be done manually and requires a couple of days to complete.” Four-pipe systems can heat one room while cooling another in the same building, but heat may not always be

available because the campus’ steam plant, which is located in B.B. Comer, only operates during the winter months. McKelvey said there is no exact schedule as to when the university will switch over from cooling to heating. “The steam plant has come on as early as the middle of October and as late as Thanksgiving,” McKelvey said in the release. “The steam plant will typically be started up when the high outside air temperature drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit for three consecutive days. However, temperature projections are also considered.” According to the release, the steam plant accounts for

approximately 30 percent of the University’s natural gas use and costs $200,000 a week to operate. In a survey conducted by the University, most students said they preferred being cold as opposed to hot while in their rooms. “Sure, there are some days, like last weekend, when I wish the heat was turned on,” said Jimmy Campbell, a freshman majoring in exercise science. “But I understand UA’s thinking behind the whole process. If the heat were on all of this week, I’d be upset because I’d be roasting in my room. Currently, the weather is just too tricky to judge.” Other students said they understand the way the system operates, but come this

time of the year, are frustrated with it. “Today I wore my jacket inside but not outside,” said Kamilah Marks, a junior majoring in social work. “Heating on campus is terrible. It’s either way too hot or way too cold. It seems that no one can find a happy medium. Octobers and Novembers are miserable when it comes to the temperatures on campus. It’s comfortable outside, such as today, but miserable inside.” McKelvey said it takes a couple of days to switch between heating and cooling systems, and that they will continue to monitor weather conditions to decide when it is proper to switch on the heat.

Desegregation panel says racism lives at UA By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter At the University, being black still means being the only one in a sea of white faces, even in 2010. A desegregation panel co-hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Delta Sigma Theta sorority opened a dialogue about myriad misconceptions Wednesday. Jevrell Long, a sophomore majoring in marketing, said being black automatically puts you at a disadvantage in the classroom. “It’s awkward at first because you feel like you can’t make any mistakes if you are the only black person,” Long said. “It’s even worse if there are a few other black kids because you automatically get grouped with them. If they show up late or don’t turn in their assignments, teachers assume you will do the same.”

“I laugh at the ignorance of racism,” said Kenneth Warren, a senior majoring in marketing. “I remember sitting in an English class as the only black person, and the only black male in the room. My teacher asked me if black people prefer to be called black or African-American, and I remember he expected my opinion to speak for a whole race of people.” Warren pointed out that each person is individually unique, and that one person cannot give an accurate statement for an entire group. “Blackness is only one facet of who we are as people,” said Alyson Watson, a junior majoring in African American studies with a minor in liberal arts. “It should not define us.” One audience member during the panel discussion said a huge misconception remains that when black people have a party, someone is bound to be shot. He said there are just as many alter-

cations at white functions, and that the hip hop and rap artists on BET do not define the culture as a whole. Issues discussed in the panel included the continued existence of racism on campus and the roles of black men and women in the community. Some black students said they did not even feel comfortable attending the Malone-Hood Plaza dedication at Foster Auditorium because they did not believe it was a genuine tribute to change from the University of Alabama. “We get involved in things when we know the place is invested in us,” said Brittney Cooper, a professor in the department of women’s studies. “If you don’t see changes in the institution on a widespread level, it becomes merely symbolic.” All black students are still not convinced that racism was a historical incident that affected well-known civil

rights activists like Rosa Parks. “If you’re not the one being told to sit in the back of the bus or not to go to a certain place because of your color, it may not seem to affect you as much,” an audience member said. “However, racism is still all over the place.” “I’ve experienced racism firsthand,” Watson said. “A group of white people hosted a choreography event for Homecoming last year, and when we hosted the same exact event in the same venue, there was 10 times more security.” She recalls having her purse searched at the Step Show before she could even walk in the door. “I was told that I better not have a weapon,” Watson recalled. Some black students also said they feel discriminated against in that they are treated differently based solely on their athletic abilities. “It’s like the white guy who

can’t stand black people but loves Alabama football,” said Meredith Harris, a junior majoring in psychology. “He decides to like Julio and Mark just because they can throw a football. It’s wrong.” Watson said some white people only like having black athletes at the University when it benefits them, such as by winning a national championship. Greek organizations remain predominantly white or black on campus, and Hope Marshall, a host of the panel, does not see that changing any time soon. “I feel like the white sororities expect us to go teach them to step for Homecoming,” Marshall said. “It’s like that’s all they think we can do. And then it’s kind of like, ‘Okay, you can leave now.’” “People need to be a little more open-minded and evolve with the times,” Harris said. “America is a melting pot, and everything in it should also be a melting pot.”

campus restaurants. She said she would purchase the Thrifty 20 if she runs out of meal plans. Bryant Cooper, a freshman majoring in business management, said the Thrifty 20 is a worthwhile option for students. “It sounds like a lot [of money to pay], but the food is unlimited once you go [to a buffet-styled dining hall],” he said. “It’s not reasonable if you go to get a bowl of Lucky Charms … but it’s definitely worth it.”


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mental health issues. For veterans returning to the civilian life of a college campus, symptoms of post-traumatic stress can develop with signs of stress, anxiety and depression, which can culminate into the more pronounced syndrome of post-traumatic stress disorder. “The biggest thing … is the social aspect,” Suclupe said. “In the service, you … build camaraderie like a brotherhood. Veterans are non-traditional students. The majority of them find they cannot relate to average college students, and if they don’t have a social network, then they can become isolated.” He said he discovered the student organization Campus Veterans Association, initiated by Ashkan Bayatpour, in fall of 2008 after he stumbled upon an e-mail sent only once from a staff-member in the financial aid department. Bayatpour, a student pursuing a master’s degree in marketing and a veteran who served in Iraq, said the University overlooked the student veteran demographic, which compelled him to found a student organization for veterans by veterans. “Just having an organization … for veterans by veterans is important in itself,” he said. “Nobody on campus really paid attention to the demographic of veterans. The issue wasn’t very constantly thought of. It was a private struggle for a lot of individual veterans.” He said the transition from military life to civilian life can be an unsettling adjustment. “Some [veterans] make easier transitions to student life, but some of them have issues with struggling in the transition,” he said. “A lot of soldiers … they have certain levels of PTS. It can range from things like irritability … to full-blown shell-shock where they really cannot function.” The sharp contrast between military life and peaceful civilian conditions can make college a trying experience for veterans, Bayatpour said. “Military life is not just a 9 to 5 job,” he said. “Military life is a lifestyle … that you live and breathe every day. “Sometimes [aspects of college life] just seem irrelevant. For someone who has faced death — when you know that you could die tomorrow — what does it matter what you got on the last quiz?” He said the Campus Veterans Association fills a much-needed gap for veterans during the transition period. “We tell each other stuff we may not tell best friends or families,” he said. “That bond is there.” Suclupe said veterans tend to develop self-destructive behaviors, such as isolationism, and 732 students are currently recipients of G.I. Bill benefits. He said he believes the University should staff a Veterans Center on campus with fellow veterans who can offer peer-to-peer counseling. Otherwise, Bayatpour said, veterans may feel isolated in a community that is unaware of their wartime experiences. “It’s hard [for veterans] to connect with people who don’t understand what they’ve been through,” he said.

Underground team sport expands By Brett Hudson Contributing Writer The Alabama table tennis club has been building up a reputation in the Southeast and is hoping to put together a strong performance in the United States Table Tennis Association Regional tournament and challenge the regionally-dominant Mississippi College team. That is pretty impressive for a club that didn’t exist three years ago. Alan “The Great Wall� Chen, vice president of the table tennis club and one of its original founders, remembers these earlier days well. “It started off with just a few of my friends playing in the [Ferguson Center],� Chen said. “People who were there were impressed when we played, so we decided to go to the Recreation Center and start

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30 Days 30 this club.� Even though it sounds like a few guys meeting at the Ferg for some ping pong, they were more organized than that, according to Chen. Club members would play each other wherever they could, relocating to Ridgecrest or Lakeside if the Ferg table was taken. As long as the match had a witness, they could text Chen the results, and he would update the rankings after every match. “It really felt like we were an underground club,� Chen said. “I mean, we had a rankings system, places to play and everything; we just weren’t rec-

Alabama table tennis player Robert Vasquez returns the ball at a tournament. ognized by Alabama yet.� The ranking system even factors in style points. If you were lucky enough to have

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Blake Myers witness your match, he would grade your style points. Myers was the official style-points rater. He would give plauers extra points if they hit a no-look shot, a shot behind your back or even diving shots. “It was mostly for street cred,� Chen said. “Style points didn’t really affect the overall standings very much. It was more of a bragging rights thing for the players at the time.� Chen, a senior majoring in accounting, was the president of the club until he had to leave for an internship, handing over his job to James Reinecke. “I’ve always loved playing,� Reinecke said. “So, when I found out I could play in college, I just had to.� Anyone can join the table tennis club here at the Capstone. The player-player coaching philosophy gives the table tennis club a friendly ,interactive setting even in the heat of competition. Reinecke invites all who are interested to show up at practice on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. They take place in the south gym of the Student Recreation Center, where the table tennis club now has seven different tables. “Our goal is to have 10 tables in the south gym,� Chen said. “Plus the two we have in the Rec. It would be enough for the club to expand and hopefully



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hold a tournament here.� Reinecke and Chen have high hopes for Alabama table tennis. “We plan on making some noise at regionals this year,� Reinecke said. Chen said, “Our goal is to keep playing well at regionals. We have a rivalry with Alabama-Huntsville right now. We’re hoping Auburn and Alabama-Birmingham form up a team so we can have our own Alabama division.� Th e r iva l r y with UAHuntsville has not gone well lately, with UAHuntsville’s David Laundry being the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama. Despite the hardships against UAHuntsville and in the regionals, the players still pride themselves on nicknames and diversity. The team’s road to regional success is personified with players like Roger “The Graveyard� Vasquez and Tim “The Tornado� Richardson. The team’s history has included players from 12 different countries, including China, South Korea, Germany, Turkey, Nigeria and South Africa. “It makes us much better,� Chen said. “A lot of our team is from right here in Alabama, and since ping pong is much bigger overseas, it makes our entire team a lot better and more competitive.�

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Defense braces for complex offense By Tony Tsoukalas Senior Sports Reporter

The last time Alabama faced a Dan Mullen offense as potent as the one Mississippi State will bring to Tuscaloosa Saturday night, Tim Tebow was at quarterback. Just like the offense the Crimson Tide saw in Atlanta two years ago, this year’s Mississippi State offense is very complex. Head coach Nick Saban said the key to stopping such an offense is discipline. “The red zone option offense to me is about discipline of players,” Saban said. “Somebody has the quarterback and that guy has to be disciplined. The tendency is to go chase the back, and then the quarterback pulls the ball, and you don’t have anybody on the quarterback.” Another difficult part of defending the Bulldog offense is going up against a quarterback who can use his big body as a runner and his strong arm as a passer. “When you have a running quarterback, especially a guy who is big and strong like Mississippi State has and like Auburn has and like Tebow was, that can actually run the ball multiple times, it makes it difficult for the defensive players trying to defend him,” Saban said. One thing the Tide cannot afford to do is take the game against Mississippi State lightly. “Mississippi State, they are a great team,” junior wide receiver Julio Jones said. “A lot of people sleep on Mississippi State, and we can’t sleep on Mississippi State. They got talent and everything. We have got to come prepared to play.”

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season has lost a lot of its allure, as the Tide seemingly has no chance at a BCS title this season. Saban, however, says it is important that the fans bring their energy to the stadium in order to keep Bryant-Denny Stadium an uncomfortable place for visitors to play. “I think we have had outstanding positive energy from our fans, and their support has been great in Bryant-Denny Stadium,” Saban said. “I think it contributes to the success we have had in our stadium, and I think no time in a long time is it probably more critical that we have that kind of enthusiasm and that kind of energy for our team.” As for the players, there is no sense of a lost season. Junior safety Mark Barron said the team will always play for pride and compete to win. “We are playing to win,” Barron said. “You don’t play to lose. Regardless, we are going to play to win every game.” Bryant-Denny has been a huge advantage for the team, as the Tide has won its last 18 games at home. The streak is third in the nation and is first among teams in BCS conferences.

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Linebacker Chris Jordan was the Tide’s lone black jersey in practice and is unlikely to play on Saturday. Running back Trent Richardson participated in practice but was limited, and Saban said he was questionable Saban calls for fan for Saturday’s game. Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker support through did not miss any drills due to injury and is expected to be tough times ready for Saturday’s game, To some Alabama fans, the according to Saban.

Top Right: Alabama has struggled on the road this season in front of hostile crowds like the one at LSU this past weekend. Right: Redshirt freshman DJ Fluker runs through offensive line drills during Tuesday’s practice. Fluker hasn’t played since injuring his groin against South Carolina, but head coach Nick Saban said Fluker should be ready to go for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State. Bottom Right: Sophomore running back Trent Richardson injured himself on this 1-yard touchdown reception during Alabama’s 24-21 loss to LSU on Saturday. Head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Richardson’s status for the Mississippi State game is still uncertain. CW | Jerrod Seaton

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Tide still No. 1 after second-place finish By Miranda Murphy Contributing Writer

The Alabama women’s golf team finished second at the Pac10/SEC Challenge this weekend, the last tournament on its fall schedule. The team is currently ranked No. 1 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and the Golf World/NGCA Coaches’ Poll. After the first round of the

team in the final results of the tournament. “It was a hard golf course,” Potter said. “[Pancake] is a pretty good driver of the ball, so she’s able to keep it out of the rough more than a lot of the players. She’s been very consistent and performed well.” After the first round, sophomore Jennifer Kirby and freshman Stephanie Meadow were tied for ninth place at even-par



“There are going to be days in team golf where two or three players may not play their best, which is what happened on the first day, but good competitors come back from that and get themselves back in the picture.” — Mic Potter

tournament this past weekend, the Crimson Tide was in sixth place. The team would gain four spots after the second round, with junior Brooke Pancake leading the team in a bogey-free round of 2-under-par 69. “Good players always rise to the top,” said head coach Mic Potter. “There are going to be days in team golf where two or three players may not play their best, which is what happened on the first day, but good competitors come back from that and get themselves back in the picture. We really just [gained our position] with steadiness.” After the second round, the team couldn’t maintain its fast pace, but ended up staying in second place. Potter and the team said they believe they could have advanced further, but the conditions presented a challenge for them. “The first two days were actually pretty decent at 70 degrees and not much wind,” Potter said. “The last day was rainy, cold and miserable. That made what was already thick rough even thicker with the moisture in it. The last day was a very difficult day.” Pancake, who finished tied for 10th at 3-over-par 216, led the

71, carrying the Tide. Kirby finished tied for 13th at 4-overpar 217, only one shot behind Pancake. Meadow finished tied for 16th at 5-over-par 218. “It was a pretty difficult course,” Kirby said. “One of the hardest ones we’ve played all year. I felt pretty good about my score and placed pretty well.” During the time they have off during the winter, the team plans to practice and maintain their strengths while improving on their weaknesses. “Now is the time that they really have to work hard on improving their golf swings or anything mechanical that you really don’t want to change while you’re in the competition season,” Potter said. “The girls will hopefully be ready to perform and compete by the second week in February.” The Tide will begin its spring schedule on Feb. 13-15 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The team will be defending last year’s title, though the course is different from last year. “I think we have a good chance of winning in Puerto Rico again,” Kirby said. “We all have a good time when we travel there and UA Athletics we are definitely capable of Jennifer Kirby putts during the NCAA Tournament last May. To end the fall season, Kirby tied for ninth place with a fellow Tide defending our title there.” golfer in the Pac 10/SEC Challenge last weekend.

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More allegations against Newton come to light From staff reports Last week, questions regarding the recruitment of Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton were raised due to former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond coming forward with information about money being involved in Newton’s recruitment process. Throughout the last week, more and more allegations against Newton have come to the surface. ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting that two more sources who recruit for MSU said that Newton and his father Cecil said in separate phone conversations that money would determine Cam Newton’s college choice. One of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take “more than a scholarship” to bring Cam Newton to MSU, which the source said the school wouldn’t meet. Then once he committed to Auburn, Cam Newton called another recruiter to express regret that he wouldn’t play for MSU, stating his father had chosen Auburn for him because “the money was too much.” Auburn continues to claim Cam Newton is eligible to play football for them. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has announced that Cam Newton

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was to appear for a hearing in front of Florida’s Student Committee to face possible expulsion in spring 2009. Florida head coach Urban Meyer denied that either he or his staff leaked the information about the private student records, saying it was a ridiculous claim.

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The University of Alabama men’s basketball team was one of eight teams selected to participate in the 2011 Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off, ESPN Regional Television announced Wednesday. The three-day event will be held Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in the Hato Rey district of San Juan. Seven of the eight participating teams have been selected, with Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Purdue, Temple and Wichita

State joining the Crimson Tide. The eighth team in the field will be announced at a later date. Of the seven announced teams, four reached the postseason in 2009-10. “We are excited and honored to have the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. “As always, the event features a terrific field that will provide a great early season challenge for our team. In 2007, I had the opportunity to coach VCU in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and

I’m looking forward to returning to the tournament with the Crimson Tide.” A bracket-format tournament, the tip-off will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 20. More information on the event can be found on the Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off website at


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Coffee shop brews up a whole latte love By Avery Driggers Have you ever wished Tuscaloosa had a cozy little coffee shop that used quality ingredients and was great for studying? You have? Well, that makes two of us. Tired of the packed sofas at Starbucks and the trek up McFarland to Panera, I wanted to try out a new coffee shop that I kept hearing about. Chloe’s Cup is nestled downtown next to Moe’s and The Freckled Frog, and for a quick drive (or a more substantial bike ride) it is the perfect caffeine getaway. Walking into Chloe’s I was greeted by fresh-ground hazelnut and bold Sumatra bean aromas. So far, so good. Now if truth be told, I’m not really a coffee person. I like the act of drinking coffee but am not particularly partial to any bitter taste. But Chloe’s Cup has something for everyone: bold or mild beans, lattes and frappes, smoothies and teas. And they don’t stop at beverages either. They’re serving up cakes and pies, soups and hummus. All items are seasonal and all ingredients are organic. Almost overwhelmed by the delicious choices, I asked the lady behind the counter what was the best thing to get. Without hesitation she suggested the Amaretto latte, and since the apple-cinnamon and carrot coffee cakes right next to the register looked so darned tasty, I went ahead and got a



Walking into Chloe’s I was greeted by fresh-ground hazelnut and bold Sumatra bean aromas. So far, so good.

piece of each – all in the name of research, of course. It took all the self-control I could muster not to add a cheese and bacon biscuit to the order, but I had to draw the line somewhere. While my coffee was being fixed, I got a table and a chance to really look around the place. Lining the wall are paintings jewelry and china sets, all done by local artists, a few of whom are even related to Chloe herself (who is in fact the granddaughter of Gale, the store’s owner). There is a pleasant hum to the place. A few students are studying in one corner, and an elderly man and his wife are sipping cappuccinos in the middle of the small room. I grab a corner chair and am shortly joined by my coffee and cakes. The amaretto comes out in a china cup with elegant curves and a large plate with two slabs of cake floating atop. Feeling fancy, I delicately sip at the coffee, trying to avoid a caramel and cream-colored mustache. The coffee is heavenly. With just the right amount of sweet, the almond-flavored drink is as smooth as a dream. I wish I could say that I was as impressed by the cakes, but,

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Dinner fosters faith discussion By Alex Cohen Staff Reporter

Faith can be a difficult topic to discuss. Parents teach their children not to tread toward religion in conversation, especially with people who are just casual acquaintances. Easing the tensions with food and forum, the Canterbury Chapel Student Organization is hosting “God and Grits,” an interfaith dinner and discussion to which all students are invited. The event is free and will take place tonight at 6 in the Ferguson Center room 360. Donations will be accepted and can be made with Bama Cash. After a dinner of catered breakfast foods, “God and Grits” goers will participate in a moderated discussion designed to comfortably bring different religious views to the surface. Some students expect the conversation to be stimulating and unpredictable. “I really have no idea where the discussion will go,” said Lindsay Turner, a junior majoring in musical theater and outreach officer of the Canterbury student forum. “We hope to attract a diverse group of people, so the talk could go in a number of directions.” Provided with a non-threatening setting, the group is encouraged to voice their opinions. It may be easier said than done, since in America’s sphere of free thought, ideologies can sometimes compete with one another for ground. Initiatives like “God and Grits” hope to make it a common ground of mutual respectful acknowledgement. “We want to have these different groups who are historically and, today, politically at odds to be at ease with each other,” Turner said. “We want them to know each other — to be able to put a face with other beliefs.”

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• Cost: Free, donations accepted In the interest of fair, common ground, the discussion will feature moderators from the David Matthew’s Center for Civic Life. Linn Groft, a senior in New College interdisciplinary studies, is one such moderator. “My goal is to facilitate a very respectful, open environment,” Groft said. “We’ll try not to let someone dominate the conversation, so those less outgoing people can be encouraged to participate.” Such initiatives have been used to fight general intolerance present in our country. Even with events like “God and Grits,” though, bridging

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By Stephanie Brumfield Staff Reporter Nearly 500 students will mount broomsticks, throw Quaffles, and dodge Bludgers on the Quad for World Cup Quidditch this weekend. Based on the best-selling Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, the tournament has exploded in popularity since it was first announced just one month ago and now has 47 registered teams, four sponsoring organizations, more than 100 volunteers and festivities galore to go alongside the event. “We didn’t expect to have more than 20 teams,” said Andi Johnson, a senior majoring in English and a third-year Creative Campus intern. “I mean, who rides a broomstick in Tuscaloosa?” The tournament has become so big, in fact, that preliminary rounds will be held at the University Recreation fields Thursday night beginning at 9 in order to accommodate all of the teams, and five fields will be created on the Quad for Sunday afternoon’s festivities, which will begin at noon and last until about 6 p.m., Johnson said. The game will be played by teams of seven to twelve players dressed in capes, though only seven players will be on the field at one time. The players will throw deflated volleyballs, or Quaffles, through wooden hoops to score points, but they must dodge Bludgers, or dodgeballs, while doing so. They also must keep their broomsticks between their legs the entire time. “It’s pretty funny,” said Alexandra Tucci, a junior majoring in advertising and a second-year Creative Campus intern. “If you’re hit by a Bludger, you have to run around the field two times, which is supposed to represent the amount of time it would take you to get back on your broom in wizarding Quidditch. And you still have to keep your broomstick between your legs.” Each match will end whenever one of the team’s Seekers captures the Snitch, or a tennis ball carried by a cross-country runner dressed from head-totoe in gold. “The Snitch is like a jester,” Tucci said. “They are allowed to hide, climb trees, cause tricks and interact with the

audience. They have boundaries and time limits for how long they can leave the field, but only the Snitches, not the teams, know the restrictions.” But watching Quidditch matches isn’t the only activity that spectators and players have to look forward to on Sunday. There will be free face painting, wand making and house sorting throughout the tournament. Butterbeer (a Harry Potter beverage,) candied apples and popcorn can be purchased from Bama Dining, Johnson said. There will also be booths representing the 47 competing countries, and these will include flags, literature, information about study abroad programs and more. “It’s very festival-like,” Johnson said. “We encourage everyone to bring shakers, lawn chairs and blankets and cheer on a country.” Creative Campus, in conjunction with the Honors College Assembly, will also be hosting a book drive to benefit the Alabama Literacy Initiative, she said. Teams and spectators

are asked to donate books at the event that is itself, after all, wholly inspired by a book. “This isn’t just a tournament,” Tucci said. “It’s a celebration of cultures around the world, and it’s a celebration of literacy and ways in which a book, a common experience of reading a book, can bring people together. Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon, as this event showcases. Most of us were Harry Potter’s age when the first book came out, and we grew up with him. Maybe this is a silly event, but our campus needs more silliness. A game that promotes literacy and brings this many people together is of good merit.” World Cup Quidditch is sponsored by Creative Campus, University Recreation, the Alabama International Relations Club and the Honors College Assembly and is free to attend. T-shirts are on sale at Maxwell Hall for $7.50 but can also be purchased online at for $8. For more information about the event, go to

Balls Needed to Play Quidditch Golden Snitch

Only the Seeker must worry about the Snitch. In Muggle Quidditch, the Snitch is a tennis ball inside of a sock carried by a Snitch runner. Once caught, the game is over and the Seeker earns 30 points for his or her team.


There are two Bludgers involved in a game of Quidditch. Only the Beaters may handle the Bludgers. In Muggle Quidditch, the Bludger is a dodgeball.

Top: The Keeper tries to block the Quaffle in a game of Muggle Quidditch in Grapevine, Texas in March. MCT Campus Above: Ron Weasley, played by Rupert Grint, plays Keeper for Gryffindor in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Muggle Quidditch rules - No contact, similar to flag football - no punching or tackling, but bumping is expected - Play begins with referee’s yell of “Brooms up!” - Teams score points when the Quaffle goes through the hoops and when the Snitch is caught - The game ends as soon as the Snitch is caught - If the game is tied, it can continue to Extra Time and then Sudden Death Overtime

Positions on the Pitch Seven players are in play during a Quidditch match

3 Chasers

Chasers move the Quaffle up the field by either running or passing it. Their job is to score by throwing or kicking it through the other team’s goal hoops

2 Beaters

The Beaters throw the Bludgers at players on the opposing team, removing them from temporarily from play if they hit them.

1 Keeper Quaffle

Only Chasers and the Keeper are allowed to handle the Quaffle. A goal is scored when the Quaffle passes through one of the goal hoops. In Muggle Quidditch, the Quaffle is a semideflated volleyball.

The Keeper must defend his or her team’s hoops, stopping the Chasers from getting the Quaffle through them.

1 Seeker

In Muggle Quidditch, the Seeker must catch the Snitch runner and retrieve the Snitch from him or her.


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