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Renaissance Student Students tackle hectic schedules of college life By Francie Johnson | Staff Reporter
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Armed with a cup of coffee or three, a textbook and a laptop, students at The University of Alabama are facing increasingly frenetic schedules, fighting the temptation of sleep and tackling essays and assignments into the early hours of the morning. For some students, these late nights will continue long after graduation. Only instead of studying, they will include pouring shots at a bar, mopping the floors of a restaurant or driving a cab full of drunken strangers through dark city streets. It’s no secret that finding a job straight out of college is a challenge in itself, but that’s only the beginning of the problem. According to a 2013 study by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, about 48 percent of employed recent college graduates have jobs that don’t typically require college degrees. More and more graduates with bachelor’s degrees, and even master’s degrees, have jobs as bartenders, waiters, sales clerks and cab drivers. Grayson Moore, a senior majoring in marketing, said the competitiveness of the job market doesn’t faze him.
“I had a great internship, and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to get a job where I had an internship,” Moore said. “I think that shows the importance of really finding a good internship after your junior year. Once you build connections, you’re more likely to get hired than if you’re trying to just send in a blind resume.” In addition to completing a summer internship at ESPN, Moore is president of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He’s also a marketing intern with the Alabama Athletic Department, employee at the dean of students’ office, member of the Student Alumni Association and director of athletics for the SGA. Moore said he thinks his involvement on campus will play an important role in helping him find a job after graduation. “A lot of kids are going to have [good GPA’s],” Moore said. “I think student involvement is really what would separate you from somebody else who has a similar GPA. You get more experiences that you can put down on your resume from being involved, not just a number that says you did well on a test.” While employers do take GPA into consideration, straight A’s are not always the golden ticket to postgraduate employment. In a 2012 study by The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace, 43 SEE INVOLVEMENT PAGE 8
NEWS | VETERANS DAY
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Campus organizations advocate for diversity By Ellen Coogan | Staff Reporter Unlike other universities throughout the state, including Auburn University and the other University of Alabama System schools, The University of Alabama does not have an official Office of Diversity. Instead, the University has opted to facilitate the same functions through the Crossroads Community Center where students can collaborate and promote diversity. George Daniels, a journalism professor at the University, said the Crossroads Center was thought up as a central organization in place of an official office.
“At least five years ago, there was a discussion about whether we should have a cultural center or some type of centralized unit in the space of Foster Auditorium, and the consensus was that the best way to handle that was to have a cultural center but use the Ferguson Center as that space,” Daniels said. “It became the Crossroads Center.” The Crossroads Community Center sponsors and promotes programming on diversity for the University. “I know that we are doing the same things that offices of diversity do on other campuses because I’m in a Southeastern Multicultural Network,” Lane McLelland, director of the Crossroads Community Center, said.
By Jessica Smith | Staff Reporter Soldiers who have put their lives on the line for their country are honored each year on Veterans Day as civilians take time to recognize and remember their sacrifice and service. Monday night, the Student Government Association, Campus Veterans Association and Delta Kappa Epsilon hosted a Veterans Day memorial service for the men and women of the nation’s military at the Walk of Champions. Army Staff Sgt. Julian Alvarez, vice president of CVA, said the memorial is a way for the organization to honor and celebrate veterans. “It gives us, as a veterans group, a chance to get together and
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CW | Austin Bigoney Representatives from branches of the armed forces speak at the University’s Veterans Day Memorial Service on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Walk of Champions in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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Film looks at Alabama Integration The Ferguson Center Theater will host a viewing of “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment” at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The documentary film takes a behind-thescenes look at the events surrounding the integration of The University of Alabama and Gov. George Wallace’s Stand in the Schoolhouse Door. There will be a panel discussion following the film. Members of the panel will include Don Siegal, SGA treasurer and secretary during integration; Art Dunning, UA system vice chancellor for International Programs and Outreach and one of the first black students to enroll at the University; Ross Green, a current UA student involved in the effort to integrate the greek system; and Caroline Bechtel, a current sorority member involved with integration efforts. The panel will be moderated by Bryan Fair, Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law and associate dean for special programs. For more information, contact Lisa Besnoy, executive director of Bloom Hillel, at 205-348-2183.
Senior receives ad scholarship Katie Bontrager, a senior in The University of Alabama’s department of advertising and public relations, was recently named the recipient of the Bruce Roche Alabama Advertising Education Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship receives its name from Bruce Roche, a former UA professor who created the UA chapter of the Alabama Advertising Education Foundation in 1973 and Ad Team in 1974. In addition to her work on Ad Team as an account executive, Bontrager is also vice president of Capstone Ad Fed and creative director of Capstone Agency. Bontrager also recently completed an internship with NBC in Los Angeles, Calif. Applicants to the Roche scholarship need to have at least a 3.0 GPA and a nomination. Bontrager was chosen unanimously to receive the scholarship’s $2,000 cash prize. “Dr. Roche began two of the organizations I am passionate about, and I could not be more thankful for his work,” Bontrager said in an article on UA News. “I am honored to bring home his scholarship.”
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IN THENEWS Following trans fat banishment, experts push for FDA scrutiny of sugar, salt frequent fellow traveler – trans fatty acid is a bad actor, knocking the blood’s lipid Now that the Food and Drug levels into dangerous territory on two Administration has moved to banish fronts. Not only does it raise levels of most trans fats from the nation’s diet, LDL cholesterol, the bad kind; trans fat some public health advocates are consumption depresses levels of HDL hopeful that two other beloved cholesterol, which is considered ingredients – sugar and salt – will be protective against heart disease. subject to similar scrutiny. Harvard University public health “Sodium is next,” said Dr. Dariush professor Walter Willett and colleagues Mozaffarian, a Harvard University estimated in 1994 that consumption of epidemiologist and cardiologist at trans fatty acids caused 30,000 Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Americans to die prematurely of Hospital. In acting to remove artificial coronary heart disease each year. Other trans fats from the food supply, estimates have soared as high as Mozaffarian said, the FDA has 100,000 premature deaths per year. In a acknowledged a scientific consensus more recent update of trans fat’s toll, the that they are hazardous to the public’s Centers for Disease Control and health. The same case could be said Prevention reported that eliminating the about excess dietary sodium, and that remaining trans fat from American diets should be an equally powerful prod to would prevent the premature FDA action, he said. cardiovascular deaths of 7,000 Tom Neltner, an analyst with the Americans and head off three times as Natural Resources Defense Council in many nonfatal heart attacks. Washington, D.C., said sugar may In an interview Thursday, Willett said become a target in the wake of regulating sodium and sugar as Thursday’s FDA action. In regulating additives would hardly be as easy as food additives, the FDA has historically making a decision to ban trans fats. focused on removing chemicals that While trans fats have no nutritional cause death and acute injury, Neltner value, salt is an essential nutrient. And said. Now the agency has demonstrated sugar, when consumed at reasonable that it’s ready to step in when a food levels, is not harmful, he said. If it is to additive contributes to chronic diseases act on mounting scientific concern about that kill many people slowly. dietary sodium and sugar, the FDA will “I hope this presages a new have to rethink the assumption that an willingness to regulate with an eye to additive it considers to be as safe “is these chronic illnesses,” Neltner said. safe in any amount,” Willett said. Even compared with saturated fat – a The FDA’s regulation of food additives From MCT Campus
has come under growing criticism in recent years, and again on Thursday with the release of a three-year assessment of the FDA’s program by the Pew Charitable Trusts. As the number and variety of substances added to food in the United States has exploded, the agency’s resources – as well as its regulatory powers under the 1958 Food Additives Amendment – have been overwhelmed, the Pew report concluded. The FDA has the legal authority to scrutinize any new chemicals before they are added to food and are introduced to the market, and to approve or deny their use. But in 1997, the agency acknowledged it was sitting on an overwhelming backlog of requests, and announced that it would accept voluntary notifications of planned additive use from food manufacturers. That policy would allow a food company pondering use of a new chemical in its product to make the case that the proposed additive was “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS. Unless the FDA challenged the company’s argument, the company would then be free to use the additive as it saw fit. The review by Pew’s experts found that many manufacturers of foods and food additives have bypassed the voluntary notification process altogether. The result, the report estimates that about 1,000 new chemicals have been introduced into the U.S. food supply without any FDA oversight at all.
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Brother of fallen soldier honors his commitment to University VETERANS FROM PAGE 1
celebrate things that we’ve done and let the community know that we still care,” Alvarez said. Alvarez said having the memorial at the Walk of Champions was symbolic because it’s the heart of the campus. He said the Walk of Champions is a place that shows the hard work and dedication of the football players, so it’s fitting to hold the memorial to the sacrifice of soldiers in the same spot. “Doing it at the stadium puts the two together, and the Walk of Champions is a way to say heroes don’t just play football,” Alvarez said. “Some of them made the ultimate sacrifice so we have the freedoms to go to school, to have a great football team and win to our 16th national championship.” The service was dedicated to all veterans, especially those from Alabama, who have lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, honoring 197 fallen veterans whose names were read aloud. Mark Forester, a 2006 University of Alabama graduate and a senior airman with the U.S. Air Force, was acknowledged as one of the fallen veterans. His brother, Thad Forester, spoke about his brother’s love for his country and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mark Forester was killed in action on Sept. 29, 2010, in Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return home to Haleyville, Ala., a few weeks later and was upset he would miss most of the UA football season. Thad Forester said his brother had an American flag wrapped around his body armor, and a bullet grazed the flag when he was killed. David Blair, the University’s director of Veteran and Military Affairs, concluded the ceremony urging students not to take for granted the freedoms for which veterans have fought. He said the memorial was held to celebrate the five branches of the military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and National Guard – and to honor those who serve the United States. “You enjoy these freedoms because of those individuals,” Blair said. “Never, ever take that for granted.” All proceeds from the event and any donated funds will go toward two scholarships: one for student veterans and the other for dependents of fallen veterans. Blair said in honor of Veterans Week, the CVA will host different events each day such as bowling, Battle of the Branches, a special event at the basketball game against Texas A&M and a cleanup at Holt Cemetery. For more information on the events, visit vets.ua.edu.
CW | Austin Bigoney A memorial service takes place on the steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium to honor those who lost their lives for freedom. The service was lit with luminaries that lined the sides of the Walk of Champions resembling an American flag.
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COLUMN | SGA
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‘Feminism’ should not be a dirty word By Beth Lindly | Staff Columnist Warning: This article contains offensive language. Not swear words or descriptions of explicit content – the word ‘feminism.’ It isn’t one of the traditional dirty words, but apparently, to a lot of people this is the other F-word, and I don’t understand it one bit. Last week in one of my classes, we were discussing the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. A girl started talking about how unfairly women were and still are sometimes treated and the advantages men have over women. I found myself nodding along and agreeing until her last sentence stilled me: “But I’m not a feminist.” She felt the need to qualify her observations about women’s rights and inequality with the fact that she was not a feminist. I wanted to walk up to her after class, put my hand on her shoulder and break it to her gently
Beth Lindly that yes, she is a feminist. It’s terminal, ma’am. I’m so sorry. It honestly baffles me when people answer “no” to the questio, “Are you a feminist?” Even if you’re a man, but especially if you’re a woman. Even at this awesome time of political and social reform, centuries of societal enforcement that women are weak and inferior have seeped into women’s consciousness, so much so that some of us are offended when the implica-
tion is made that we are feminists. There can also be a stigma against feminists – the idea that they hate all men, etc., etc. I think this is where the great disconnect occurs for those who support women’s rights but claim not to be feminists. I will let you in on a secret: I myself am a feminist, and I actually like a lot of the men in my life. Feminism is not about killing off the male population; it’s about educating the entire population regarding topics such as intersectionality, equality and female positivity in general. Some women also claim not to be feminists in order to seem more appealing to the men present. If you have to say that you don’t think women deserve equal representation and rights to present yourself as less intimidating to men, those men probably don’t deserve to be around you anyway.
This might just be me, but I like making people uncomfortable when I tell them I’m a feminist. Do I challenge their preconceived notions of what feminism looks like? Awesome. Is my forthrightness about my beliefs intimidating? Great. If I can make people confront themselves and their motives and maybe change them for the better, then I’ll be happy. Feminism might be considered an offensive subject in society but only to those it scares. It shouldn’t be considered a radical notion but it is. And until these things are changed, I have to tell you that when you talk extensively about the women’s rights but refuse to be labeled a feminist, maybe the movement itself isn’t the problem. Maybe it’s you. Beth Lindly is a junior majoring in journalism. Her column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.
COLUMN | UA ATHLETICS
Mal Moore’s legacy continues even after death By Ross Green | Staff Columnist Minutes before kickoff each home game, those loyal to the Crimson Tide reflect back on our history. Reverence is displayed as the “Legends” video offers us a time to be thankful even if it isn’t the last week(end) in November. It wasn’t until Saturday, however, that this quasi-religious pregame ritual afforded me any greater spiritual meaning. A friend looked up afterward, literal tears in his eyes, and pointed out that this was one of our last home games as students. Things would never be the same. But for some reason it wasn’t the years of excitement, the championships, or even Saban the Great that I thought about. It was our late athletic director Mal Moore. Maybe it was nerves before the big game, concern over injuries on defense or a slight buzz, but my sentimental goodbye to fall Saturdays in Alabama was bigger than our recent run of national cham-
pionships or our optimistic future. It was, in fact, bigger than football. As Coach Moore’s accomplishments continue to leave a legacy on the field, his ethic leaves members of the University community something far more valuable. A love for our state and its people, more than anything else, defined his 50 years of service to The University of Alabama. That love was not always easy, either, as it meant the unparalleled scrutiny of managing football in Tuscaloosa. Lest we forget that most of coach Moore’s tenure as athletic director was largely considered a failure. A series of underwhelming head coaching hires seemed to always put him on the hot seat. Still, his commitment to building quality programs in every sport never wavered. Moore built programs, not personalities. Even with the hire of Nick Saban, Alabama athletics continued to strive for excellence across campus.
This commitment to building quality programs in every sport never wavered.
Many of us will never fully appreciate his commitment to sports like gymnastics or golf, but it was that very service without due appreciation that made coach Moore special. History will likely only remember Moore in relationship to Paul “Bear” Bryant and Nick Saban, but it was the decades in between that shaped his legacy. Football may connect many of us to Moore, but it was his love of our state and this university that made him family. Most of us will never adorn rings or boast trophies,
but we can learn from leaders like coach Moore how to act like champions. Perhaps the greatest legacy coach Moore left was class. The “Legends” video points to this only in victory, but Moore showed us that grace and class are always the mark of a champion whether they appear to be a winner at the time or not. At Alabama we’ve become very comfortable with winning. I can only hope that we’ve grown to act like champions. So as another season of Alabama football quickly comes to a close, for many of us the last time as students, I encourage you to experience the other programs in which Mal Moore has left a legacy. But when your time at The University of Alabama is up, reflect back on the love of school and state that makes us all champions. Ross Green is a senior majoring in economics and history. His column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.
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There are few things college students dread more than police encounters. All it takes is flashing lights in a rear-view mirror, firm knocks at a front door or figures staking a street corner to send hearts pulsing and adrenaline skyrocketing. After years of witnessed incidents and recounted tales, suspicions mount while students eye police officers as foggy territory rather than accessible ground. This wariness of law enforcement is as natural to college students as ramen noodles or T-shirts, often because we catch them in their most unglamorous moments. We observe police answering noise complaints, positioning themselves at intersections or issuing parking tickets. A stigma f o r m s , presenting an illusion that police are constantly h ov e r i n g at stu dents’ toes and waiting for a moment to move in and crack down. Unfamiliarity only magnifies this fear. Citizens are entitled to several unavoidable rights, especially with regards to police interaction. If we fail to understand the law, we’re in danger of neglecting justice and participation in the community. The public is justice’s best watchdog, and knowing what is and isn’t lawful protects one from becoming victim of circumstance or caught in confusion. Law enforcement isn’t fading out of our lives anytime soon, and we need to be familiar with our rights as citizens and the police’s rights as guardians of the public good. This adequate flow of knowledge promotes open conversations and transparency. The SGA Office for Student Affairs wants to give students an opportunity to understand their role in the relationship through a “Know Your Rights” seminar. Local lawyers will hold a question-andanswer session following a short video presentation that breaks down the rights students have when dealing with police. “Our ultimate goal is to increase civic engagement of students by teaching students what their rights are with police officers,” Hamilton Bloom, vice president for Student Affairs, said “Hopefully this seminar will foster a better relationship between those two groups.” The free event will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Ballroom, and all students are encouraged to attend. As students and citizens, we’re entitled to privileges that are potentially underutilized and untapped if we don’t first know them. Bloom believes covering these lessons will allow students to play an active role in government and prevent possible run-ins that jeopardize rights. Proper education and dialogue can be the bridge between students and police, enabling coexistence as beneficiaries, not opponents. Police understand students aren’t potential felons looking for mischief, and despite our occasional doubt, we know that police don’t strive to crash parties or relentlessly give speeding tickets. Their job is to protect the city that we’re a part of, and ours is to ensure that justice is served in the most impartial and effective way. It’s undeniable that our paths sometimes cross unpleasantly, but through communication and transparency, both can benefit in a partnership that protects the public and individual alike.
Proper education and dialogue can be the bridge between students and police.
Allison Ingram is the SGA liason to The Crimson White. The SGA’s column runs monthly.
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Agrawal receives prestigious award for research work
Submitted Ajay Agrawal recieved the 2013 Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor award for his research on energy and environmentally efficient fuels.
By Morgan Funderburk | Contributing Writer In the College of Engineering, professors place a great deal of emphasis on involving their students in cutting edge research projects. Many of these projects often expand the field and give students a sense of involvement in engineering. Ajay Agrawal, a professor of mechanical engineering, is the 2013 recipient of the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award. He is the first professor in the College of Engineering to receive this award in 23 years. His research broadly focuses on energy concerns and making fuels environmentally efficient. In the beginning, he used porous materials and structures to reduce emissions from combustion. After the culmination of that project, his research shifted to working on reducing engine sound as well. “To begin with, we reduced emissions, and then I realized that the sound is also an emission,” Agrawal said. “Sound is a pollution.” He used the same concept of porous materials and applied it to sound. Agrawal studied emissions as a physical pollution and therefore tackled the problem in a similar manner. “In my field, when people have an environmental problem, they solve it by cleaning the environment,” Agrawal said. “In terms of noise, that is what we do today. We clean
the noise; we get rid of the noise. We address [it] at the root, and that is how the idea came.” Clark Midkiff, head of the mechanical engineering department, said it was not hard to select Agrawal when it came time for nominations. “He has done great things in recent years,” Midkiff said, “Our dean encouraged us, the department heads, to nominate someone, and I thought Ajay would be a really excellent person to nominate. And I did.” Agrawal said research projects like his benefit the field in which they are conducted and elevate the University, and this trickles down to students. “Research strengthens the educational mission,” Agrawal said. “It lifts the University’s stature, not only in our state, but nationally.” Agrawal said he believes his research is an opportunity to contribute to the mission of the University. “When we do something new research-wise, or we create something, it challenges everyone,” Agrawal said. “It enthuses people and ultimately creates new knowledge, and that is a vehicle for new wealth and new resources. We always talk about having limited resources, but the United States remains where it is because it has invested in innovation, in research, in cultivating people who understand that.”
Midkiff said research is an integral part of any prominent university. “Research is important for a university’s reputation,” Midkiff said. “It’s important for faculty to become internationally and nationally recognized. It’s important for our country because innovation is what drives the economy over time.” Research challenges faculty to stay up to date with their field and reinforces what they’re doing in the classroom, Midkiff said. It benefits their students and allows professors to give their classes an inside look at real-world application based on their own experiences. Midkiff said he believes research and classroom activities are harmonious. “I think they’re complementary; they help each other,” Midkiff said. “You have a better appreciation for what’s important. Research is not the enemy of undergraduate education. It’s an ally.” Charles Karr, dean of the college of engineering, said he believes the union of cutting edge research and teaching acutely describes what faculty strive for at the University. “Faculty at UA have a twopronged mission: to push the boundaries of knowledge and to impart that knowledge to our students,” Karr said. Agrawal said his key message for the University is that, by pushing boundaries, there is a brighter future ahead.
SGA Date Auction to raise money for scholarship fund By Karly Weigel | Contributing Writer The SGA Date Auction, an effort developed four years ago to help raise funds for the SGA scholarship fund, will be returning to The University of Alabama after taking a hiatus in 2012. This year the Date Auction is partnering with Taste of Tuscaloosa to allow students a chance to try food from local restaurants. The event will be held Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Sellers Auditorium in the Bryant Conference Center. Dates with students and UA athletes will be auctioned off to raise funds. Only UA students can bid during the night. The dates and highest bidders will be treated to a group dinner at a later date. Some of the students being auctioned off include SGA President Jimmy Taylor, 2013 UA Homecoming Queen Isabella Wesley, Natalie Goodwin, Mary Wills and Brandi Morrison. A
live auctioneer will be leading the formal bidding process. Leela Foley, director of media relations, works to publicize the Date Auction by creating news releases, contacting student organizations on campus and keeping up with SGA social media accounts. “We hope to sell 500 tickets and raise $5,000$6,000 towards the SGA scholarship fund,” Foley said. “There will be a local band and Taste of Tuscaloosa will have restaurants giving out free food. Restaurants like Jim ‘N Nicks, Zoe’s Kitchen and Chicken Salad Chick will be featured.” The idea for the auction came from a UA student who submitted it to Ideas to Action, an SGA initiative working to engage students by offering a $250 scholarship each month to the student with the most innovative idea for SGA to implement.
PLAN TO GO WHAT: SGA Date Auction WHEN: Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Sellers Auditorium in Bryant Conference Center In the past, the Date Auction has raised $13,000 for the SGA scholarship fund. The two SGA scholarships, the Need-Based Scholarship and the Students Giving Back to Students Fund, will continue to be funded with the help of the money raised during the Date Auction. Door prizes will include several UA scholarships, gift certificates to Cold Stone Creamery and clothing gift baskets featuring Guy Harvey and Buffalo Jack’s. A date with Andrew Gross, SGA treasurer and
Zeta Beta Tau social chair, will be auctioned off at the event. He said he hopes this year’s event will raise a large amount of money to help out with the scholarship fund. “Chris Willis, SGA vice president of financial affairs, and I have been working to improve the SGA Scholarship Endowment Fund. This will give us the ability to develop and expand our funds which will provide more opportunities for SGA to give back to students,” Gross said. “I hope I can help raise as much money as I can for the fund, and, get a good-looking date out of it as well. Roll Tide.” All UA students and faculty are welcome to attend. Students can receive two Panhellenic points for attending. Tickets are $10 if purchased online at sga.tix.com before noon on Tuesday. Tickets are $15 at the door, and cash or Bama Cash will be accepted. For more information, contact Leela Foley at email@example.com.
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CW | Austin Bigoney One of the 18,000 museums in the U.S., the Alabama Museum of Natural History is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus.
Museum Studies class provides opportunities By Samuel Yang | Staff Reporter Behind every displayed T. Rex fossil, Spanish fort and Apollo capsule, there is a team of museum professionals. For six years, William Bomar, interim executive director of University Museums, has taught a museum studies course exposing students to museum management. “There are about 18,000 museums in the U.S.,” Bomar said. “Museums have more visitors each year than all professional baseball, football and basketball games combined. Museums employ more than 400,000 Americans and are regularly cited as among the most trusted sources of information. Despite their importance to society, many people surprisingly enter museum work seemingly by accident. This is changing rapidly, however, as most professional museum positions now require, or at least prefer, a master’s degree in museum studies and academic preparation in a traditional discipline.” Jeremy Davis, a doctoral candidate in archaeology, said the knowledge he gained from taking the course makes him more competitive in the already rigorous field of anthropology. “Many academics are expected to divide their time between teaching, research and museum work,” Davis said. “I could not compete for a position like that [if I had not taken the class] and would be forced to apply only for the jobs that do not come with museum responsibilities.” Davis said he was surprised by the amount of administrative work involved in running a museum. “I think people imagine museum work as just designing exhibits. I know now that that is a relatively small part of the job,” Davis said. “In a way, museum professionals are the middlemen between academia, who often have a hard time communicating with laypeople, and the general public.” Bomar, who is also the director of Moundville Archaeological
Park, said the specific nature of museum work is changing the education model for museum professionals. “Before museum studies graduate programs became so popular, most museum professionals held graduate degrees in traditional academic disciplines related to the content areas of their museums,” Bomar said. “Museum-specific skills in areas such as collections care, exhibit development and informal learning were simply learned on the job. Museums can’t afford that anymore. They expect applicants who not only have strong preparation in a traditional discipline, like history or anthropology, but also have already learned skills specific to museum work.” Bomar’s professional life has consisted of a diverse spread of museums, from non-profit to government to university facilities, something he said influences the way his class is set up. “My exposure to such a diverse array of museums means that the course content does not lean toward a particular type of museum making it relevant to more students,” Bomar said. “It also means that I have a lot of great stories to tell.” Brooks Mitchell, who took the course in 2012 a semester before graduating with a degree in geology and a minor in anthropology, said the course prepared him for careers not only in natural history museums, where he aspires to work, but in all kinds of community outreach work. Mitchell interned at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in Tuscaloosa and now lives in Atlanta, Ga., volunteering at several museums. He has interviewed with a symphony orchestra and currently interns with a Texas museum writing curriculum. “All the people I graduated with went to go work on the oil rigs,” he said. “I wasn’t really interested in that, that’s kind of the opposite reason of why I got into it.”
NEWSIN BRIEF Panel discusses fair labor practices around the world UA United Students Against Sweatshops and Students for Fair Labor will host a forum on fair labor practices throughout the world Tuesday at 7 p.m. in 133 Lloyd Hall. A student panel composed of members of various student groups across campus will discuss fair labor and the role students can play in ending abusive labor practices. UA United Students Against Sweatshops members will speak about their campaign to affiliate the school with the Worker Rights Consortium, an independent labor watchdog organization that monitors production factories around the world to ensure that workers are treated ethically. More than 180 colleges and universities are already affiliated with the Consortium. Other Southern universities, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee and the University of Texas at Austin, are already affiliated with the WRC. Since 2005, more than 1,834 people have died in preventable fire and building collapses in Bangladesh, according to UA
Students Against Sweatshops. Around three-fourths of Bangladesh’s exports are clothing, and working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry are said to be among the poorest and most dangerous of any country. The panel will discuss the importance of the University’s affiliation with the Consortium and what intersections the campaign for workers’ rights has with other progressive movements. In the spring of 2013, Students for Fair Labor successfully campaigned to get the SUPe Store to offer garments made by Alta Gracia, a company in the Dominican Republic that pays its workers a living wage that allows them to care for their families in a way that a minimum wage might not. Many other universities already buy from Alta Gracia, including Notre Dame, the University of Minnesota and Duke, which was the first school to place an order with the company.
Instead, Mitchell chose museum work and was introduced to the wide variety of issues museum professionals encounter through the museum studies class. Since museums are often non profits, they can have teams dedicated to fundraising and advertising, as well as curating and educating. In fact, Mitchell recommended the course to business majors interested in community outreach work. “There’s a huge difference between non profit management and just regular business management,” Mitchell said. “I think it would be a good class for a business major to take, because you see a different side of things.” Bomar said the course benefits students interested in any non-profit work because it covers budgeting, grant writing and strategic planning. Those interested in museum work may also be interested in the way the seminar-style course explores ethical issues like the sale of museum collections. “For the biggest assignment, the students, divided in groups, plan a new museum of a pre-designated type: art, history, anthropology, natural science. They are given parameters such as total budget amount and square footage, then they must develop components of a plan, including a mission, strategic plan, budget, collections policy, public programs and exhibits plans and a floor plan,” Bomar said. “Some of these groups have done amazing work and at the end of the course, they have an impressive finished product to add to their portfolio.” Mitchell ranks the course as one of the top five he took while at the University and said it greatly impacted his professional life and experience. “It doesn’t really focus on one particular aspect. It’s a really a well-rounded course,” Mitchell said. “If you think you might be interested, definitely take it. You’ll definitely get something good out of it.”
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Students mixed on post grad studies Grad school provides students Students weigh economic, option to continue education social factors in grad school By Rachel Brown | Staff Reporter After graduation, some students choose to take a gap year, some travel abroad and some enter the workforce, but others choose to remain in school as graduate students. In addition to those who make the transition immediately, every year students who left academia briefly also choose to join the ranks of The University of Alabama graduate student body. Graduate students make up a small, but significant, part of the UA student body. They come from all parts of the University, from the Manderson School of Business to the College of Communication and Information Sciences. All students are required to apply to the graduate school before being admitted into their respective programs. Programs will have different admissions requirements, but the graduate school handles all of the initial paperwork. After that, students deal mostly with their specific academic department. Programs within the graduate school vary in length and curriculum design. Students are able to earn master’s degrees and doctorates through thesis or research tracks. Several graduate programs culminate in comprehensive exams towards the end of the degree program. Students are able to take the exams once they have taken the necessary courses to be adequately prepared. “For the program you are supposed to have a certain amount of required courses and after those required courses you should be ready to take comprehensive exams,” John Tilley, a master’s student in higher education administration, said. “And so if you have completed those courses, or maybe have one lacking, but you have most of the knowledge, you can still do it.” Tilley said the layout of comprehensive exams varies by department. Some master’s programs take a less traditional
approach to graduate education, such as the College of Communication and Information Sciences master’s degree in community journalism. Unlike the traditional two-year thesis track, the community journalism program is only one year in length and instead of a comprehensive exam, culminates in the presentation of a master’s project. “I think the master’s project is good because it is real life application,” Elizabeth Manning, a community journalism master’s student, said. Students choose an issue in the community to be the topic of their projects. Manning said the project is something the graduate students work on throughout their time in the program. Every class they take will somehow tie back to their overall master’s project idea. The Manderson School of Business offers two-year MBA programs in various specialties, such as business analytics, real estate, finance, financial risk, strategic management and marketing, supply chain and operations management, and enterprise consulting. Academic departments within the College of Arts and Sciences offer both master’s and Ph.D. programs in most academic departments as well. Although their courses of study may differ, most graduate students will agree on one thing: Graduate school is nothing close to easy. “I have already learned so much more than I did in undergraduate,” Laura Monroe, a community journalism master’s student, said. “It’s so much more in-depth and our professors, because we are at this level, expect us to understand more than we did in undergrad.” The extra work pays off for most graduate students, since graduate school allows them to know their professors on a much deeper level. “We have more leeway because we get to know professors a little bit better,” Tilley said.
By Megan Miller | Staff Reporter Before students walk across the Coleman Coliseum stage and turn their tassels to receive their bachelor’s degrees, most narrow their post-graduation options down to two: get a job or go to graduate school. Although these aren’t the only options available, students must weigh the possibilities and choose the one that best serves them in their current social and economic standing. In today’s post-recession economy, the most logical choice may be to get a job instead of paying for more schooling, especially if a student has already acquired student loan debt during their undergraduate career; however, there are many jobs where a graduate degree can as much as double yearly pay rates. This choice may seem ideal, but students must also take into account how they will pay for graduate school in addition to any other debt that was accumulated during their undergraduate career from student loans to personal debt. In addition to higher pay rates, potential employers may favor applicants who have earned an undergraduate and graduate degree at two different schools because it shows the student’s versatility and ability to adjust to new environments. “I heard from various professors and advisors that going to another school would be an advantage for me because I would be exposed to a whole new environment – new people, new faculty and ultimately new research ideas and ways of thinking,” said Erica Mathis, University of Alabama graduate and current graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi. “This is really important to keep generating new, sound ideas for research and to keep research teams diverse and dynamic.” One of the initial factors to consider when selecting a graduate school is whether or not a student’s program of interest is offered at a particular university that dictated Mathis’ decision, as the University does not have a counseling psychology graduate program. Mary Lowrey, director of career education and development with the UA Career Center, said students must consider what matters to them personally, academically and professionally. “Consider the research being done there or the connections to your chosen industry,” Lowrey said. Mathis said it is important students not to be afraid of limiting their options because they are practical. “Take into consideration if you will be moving halfway across the country if you get into a particular school you’ve applied to, and if you’re really willing to spend four to five years researching a topic you are applying to your studies,” Mathis said. Mathis also said students should be mindful of the number of graduate school applications they fill out, because application fees begin to add up. Additionally, there are entrance exams associated with different graduate programs like the GRE, MCAT or LSAT, which require an investment of time to prepare for the exam and money to take the exam. Registration fees for each test can run $100-$200 depending on the time of registration. Students may also feel it necessary to pay for preparatory courses prior to their exam.
Relocating for graduate school allows student opportunities to experience new things academically and personally. — Mary Lowery Lowrey said a student must take into account both personal circumstances and career goals when selecting a graduate school. “Relocating for graduate school allows students opportunities to experience new things academically and personally,” Lowrey said. “The quality of the program and the overall fit for the student must be considered. If students research programs to confirm quality and fit, then the negative impact of relocating will be likely related to personal adjustment.” UA graduate Robin Criswell said she chose to attend graduate school at the University because the School of Social Work was one of the best options available and because she had already made a life for herself in Tuscaloosa. “UA and Tuscaloosa have become home to me,” Criswell said. “I have already met many of the graduate level professors during my undergraduate studies, and I have networked with social work professionals in the area. Both of these reasons will help me succeed academically.” Although Mathis chose to go to graduate school out of state, she said social media has allowed her to keep in contact with friends and family who are important to her. “Being away is hard and it does take a toll on relationships, but staying connected hasn’t been too hard,” Mathis said. UA graduate Brooke Terry relocated to the University of South Alabama for graduate school, which is four hours away from Tuscaloosa and six hours away from her hometown. “It was a shift away from friends and family, and it has been a challenge to keep in touch with them when I am busy with classes,” Terry said. “To avoid any social impact from relocating, you just have to continue to go to new things and put yourself out there. If you do that, you won’t be the new kid for very long.” When initially selecting a graduate school, Terry said USA was at the bottom of her list, but the deciding factor was a campus visit. Terry said her best recommendations to those applying to graduate school would be to apply to every school they are interested in and visit every campus they are seriously considering. “When I visited the school, I realized it had everything I was looking for,” Terry said. In the end, Terry said she wouldn’t change any part of her selection process. “You’re still young and not as tied down as you will be in the future,” Terry said. “If you ever want to live somewhere different, this is the best time to do it.”
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
New chapter of Autism Speaks U brings autism awareness to UA community Submitted Students started a UA chapter of Autism Speaks U to raise awareness for the growing number of Autism diagnoses. By Tara Massouleh | Staff Reporter For a student on the autism spectrum, the simple act of grabbing coffee at Starbucks can be a stress-inducing activity. To an individual with autism, every audible sound – music, the scrape of a chair, the buzz of others’ conversations – is heard just as prominently as the voice of a person sitting right across from them. The struggle of individuals with autism to focus and push out distracting stimuli is just one of the issues, a senior majoring in music therapy, Allison Lockhart hopes to raise awareness for through starting The University of Alabama’s new chapter of Autism Speaks U. “We want to spread awareness throughout the Tuscaloosa community, beyond the University but to all individuals,” Lockhart said. “[Autism] is being diagnosed more and more, but there’s little funding available for it, and we want to make this known to the community.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 88 individuals. Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal
and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. The disorder is defined by a “spectrum” due to the wide variety of symptoms and characteristics that appear and range from mild to severe. Lockhart said her younger cousin who has autism inspired her to start the Autism Speaks U chapter at the University. Her passion for teaching him new words and how to become more independent led to her involvement with Autism Speaks, a national autism awareness organization, in her south Floridian hometown. “I wanted him to be able to not have to live with my uncle or aunt for the rest of his life,” Lockhart said. “I wanted him to get out there.” Lockhart said once she moved to Tuscaloosa she wanted a way to stay connected to the autism community and continue giving back. She said it has been difficult to get the chapter started due to the demanding process of getting the chapter recognized by both the national Autism Speaks organization and the University. The chapter will spend next semester working to achieve both the recruitment and fundraising goal that will allow it to be recognized officially as a national chapter. Lockhart said after having only two meetings, the group
be a part of Community Affairs, Daniels said. “The key to that success, though, is not a room or a physical space, it is the DIVERSITY FROM PAGE 1 network that is connected Several other organiza- to the space,” Daniels said. tions, like Spectrum, the “Because supporting the Women’s Resource Center diversity mission of the and Capstone Alliance, University doesn’t happen work to promote diversity in one office or one space, it happens throughout the as well. “What I think is really University in all divisions, good about the way The in all departments.” Att a c h e d to the University of Alabama approaches diversity is Crossroads Center is the Network, that we don’t just make Crossroads it the responsibility of a group of students, an office of diversity,” faculty and staff who disMcLelland said. “This cuss diversity issues and office, along with many plan and promote events other folks on campus, related to diversity. Some does the kinds of things of their projects include that people associate with the campus-wide celebrations of African American an office of diversity.” The absence of a Heritage Month and central office does have Latino/Hispanic Heritage its drawbacks, McLelland Month. “It allows to look at said. Some students do not know the responsi- diversity beyond race – because bilties and that’s typiduties of cally the Crossroads. marker, “ M a n y p e o p l e The key to success, though, race – but also to think the is not a room or a physical look at reliU n i ve r s i t y doesn’t have space, it is the network that is gion or no religion an office of connected to the space. because diversity that’s also just because a type of they don’t — George Daniels d i v e r s i t y, know what to look at Crossroads aspects of d o e s , ” class or sexMcLelland said. “We are in the ual orientation,” Daniels Division of Community said. In his 11 years at the Affairs, and that’s also what confuses people University, Daniels said sometimes b e c a u s e he has noticed changes in frequently the office of the way diversity is handiversity is in Student dled on campus. “I think the discusAffairs.”’ Daniels said that in sions are greater in not aligning directly as number, but they are still too an office of diversity, crisis-driven, and by Crossroads is allowed to that I mean we talk about something when a have a broad reach. “Diversity is a term that problem arises,” he said. is very loaded,” Daniels “That shouldn’t be the said. “It can mean a lot of case. This should be part things. I think in the south, of our everyday discussometimes diversity is a sion and our everyday euphemism for black and activities.” The Network met twice white.” While many schools a month up until last have centers of diversity year when it went on a with racial markers, like temporary hiatus due to Black Affairs or Hispanic leadership change. It will Relations, the consensus at meet again on Tuesday the University was to have from noon-1 p.m. in a broad-based approach Ferguson Center Room and to have the center 360.
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has about 30 members, but students are still enrolling. “I get an email almost every day with someone new saying they couldn’t go before, but they want to start getting involved,” Lockhart said. Sarah Ryan, licensed psychologist and director of autism services at the University, said the fundraising Autism Speaks U does is important to provide services for families affected by autism. Ryan runs the UA-ACTS mentoring program that pairs psychology graduate student members with autistic UA students. Through this program, students with autism can gain many of the organizational and social skills necessary for collegiate life. “Students with autism here at UA or in college in general struggle with a lot of organization,” Ryan said. “It’s hard navigating the multiple types of social relationships, sort of the unwritten role of social interaction that are unique to college that maybe they’ve never experienced before.” She said often individuals with autism are written off as being incapable of bonding or being affectionate. Ryan said she hopes through information provided to the public by
Students strive to impress with skills, stellar resumes INVOLVEMENT FROM PAGE 1
percent of employers surveyed placed more importance on experience than academics, while only 22 percent placed more importance on academics. “Companies aren’t solely focused on the 4.0 necessarily,” Travis Railsback, executive director of the Career Center, said. “We encourage students to put themselves in the position to develop practical skills to use in the workforce. Frankly, you can find students that can study and have a strong GPA, but what companies are looking for is whether or not that student will be successful in that organization.” Railsback, who has worked at the Career Center for almost two years, has seen students with resumes listing as many as 10 to 15 clubs and organizations. However, when it comes to student involvement, he said employers value quality over quantity. “It’s not enough to be a member of an organization,” Railsback said. “If someone asks you about that organization, you should be able to talk about your contribution to that group. You’re better off not having it [on your resume] if you can’t talk about how you’ve been an active part of it.” It may not sound like much, but even committing to just two or three extracurriculars can absorb a surprising amount of free time, especially when those activities are competing with schoolwork and having a social life. “I’ve been feeling like I just don’t have enough time to finish everything that I want to do,” Meghan Steel, a senior majoring in anthropology, said. “I’ve had to spend a lot of time [on extracurricular activities.] These things always end up pushing out the fun stuff, like dinner with friends or going to the gym, or even just taking the time to cook myself a good dinner. Thank God for Crimson2Go or else I might not even have time to eat most days.” Even with these time constraints, some students still feel the need to become involved in as many activities as possible in order to make themselves more attractive to potential employers. Steel participates in the Evolutionary Studies Club and the Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group, but she said she sometimes wonders if she’s doing enough. “I constantly feel pressured to add as many ‘categories’ to my resume as possible,” Steel said.
Autism Speaks U and help for autistic students through UA-ACTS, some of these common misconceptions will be dispelled. “A lot of times parents hear autism and people just assume they’re never going to go to college, they’re never going to do what other kids to do and that’s not necessarily the case,” Ryan said. “We have 20 college students in the program and far more on campus that prove them wrong.” Autism Speaks U will be at the Tuscaloosa River Market every Saturday starting on Nov. 16 selling puzzle piece ornaments, wreaths and hot chocolate to raise money for autism research. The group also plans to launch a “soaps for hope” campaign. For its large fundraiser, the University’s chapter of Autism Speaks U will be hosting a “capture the puzzle piece” event on Nov. 17, where teams will pay a small fee to participate in a capture the flag tournament. Lockhart said she is fully committed to helping put the puzzle pieces together that make up autism, and Autism Speaks U is just another step she is taking to get there. “It’s become my work and then the schoolwork has become free time,” Lockhart said. “But it’s worth it.”
“[But] I’ve stuck with the belief that depth of participation as opposed to breadth is what really makes me marketable.” The looming threat of unemployment not only influences the number of activities students choose to participate in, but the type of activities as well. “Kids definitely feel pressure to participate in activities that make me more marketable solely because of the nature of the job market,” Chris Lancaster, a freshman majoring in economics and French, said. “Everyone wants to have a leg up on one another, and the easiest way to do that is to be more involved.” Although he’s been at the University for less than a semester, Lancaster juggles Freshman Forum, business professional group Phi Beta Lambda, the 2014 Parent Ambassador team and the Emerging Scholars program. “I think half of what kids do for extracurriculars is driven by being a resume builder,” Lancaster said. “I know that I do some things for resume and networking, but a couple of the things I do are because I genuinely get joy out of them. I think extracurriculars have a business and pleasure side that each kid taps into.” Sometimes it’s difficult not to crack under the constant responsibilities and mile-long to-do lists that come with being in college. “I mean it’s stressful sometimes, especially having a lot of responsibilities,” Moore said. “But I think organization and time management are the two most important things in college. So if you can master those skills, then you’d be able to be involved in a lot of things and still be successful in all of them.” In order to stay on top of everything, Moore keeps an online calendar of important events, as well as a planner that lists all of his tests and projects for the entire semester. He also uses the time management website Asana.com to make checklists of tasks he has to complete. Knowing how to manage one’s time can be a valuable asset when searching for a job. At the end of the day, employers don’t place as much emphasis on the extracurricular activities themselves as they do on the skills students acquire from becoming involved, Railsback said. “It’s important that students develop transferable skills that would be of interest to employers,” Railsback said. “[For example], learning to lead a team, working with diverse groups of people and communicating effectively. Employers are looking for examples of when students might have done that kind of thing.”
Companies aren’t solely focused on the 4.0 necessarily. — Travis Railsback
Learning to be a team player is essential, he said. “Companies are looking for people who can work well with others,” Railsback said. “It doesn’t matter what field you’re in or how smart you are, you won’t be successful if you can’t work well with other people.” Moore said a little extra effort to stay informed about current events in one’s field can go a long way, especially when it comes time for an interview. “When I interviewed with ESPN, I knew some current trends that were going on that affected their business, and I brought that up in the interview, and they were really impressed by it,” Moore said. “I think that’s one thing that maybe college students don’t do enough – read magazines, online articles, things of that nature about the industry that you want to go into so that you can take your interview to the next level.” When preparing for the postcollege job hunt, the sooner one starts, the better. Railsback encourages students to seek guidance from the Career Center as early as their freshman year, but he said it’s never too late to start planning ahead. “I would say, ideally, a student would come and engage us early in their college career,” he said. “But if you’re a student that’s closer to graduation, we’re still here to help you as well. “One thing that I would encourage students to do is reach out to people within their colleges who understand what the expectations are of those particular roles in the outside world.” All in all, Railsback said the key to finding a job after college can be summed up in one word: perseverance. “The job search in and of itself is a job,” he said. “The students we see succeed are the students who are very persistent and intentional in their search.”
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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CLUB SPORTS | MENâ€™S RUGBY
NBA tanking becoming terrible trend Menâ€™s rugby team looks forward to spring season By Sean Landry
Itâ€™s basketball season. A time for some of sportsâ€™ greatest traditions â€“ the Cameron Crazies at Duke, St. Johnâ€™s ever-flapping hawk mascot, Kansasâ€™ â€œRock, Chalk, Jayhawkâ€? and Taylor Universityâ€™s annual â€œSilent Nightâ€? game at Christmas, for example. This season, however, Iâ€™m concerned with one grand tradition that exists outside of the pageantry of college roundball and in the corporate world of professional basketball: tanking. Tanking, in its simplest definition, is intentional terribleness. Tanking is not a conspiracy by the players on a team to throw games, though many sports personalities define it as such. Thatâ€™s why so many people hate tanking as a concept. As noted Greatest Basketball Player of All Time and possible Worst Basketball Owner of All Time Michael Jordan put it, â€œTanking is no way to build a winning team.â€? Which means the Charlotte Bobcats have been the worst team in NBA history entirely by accident for the past several years, but I digress. Players would have no interest in that strategy. For one, if a player has made it to the NBA, heâ€™s got a competitive drive that would reject that idea. Besides that, a good player on a bad team is always a potential trade asset, so they treat their season as an audition for the league. Every play is a push for a promotion. Tanking is an organizational decision to rebuild by selling present assets to invest in the future. This season, no team and general manager exemplifies this strategy quite like the Boston Celtics. Over the past two seasons, the Celtics lost the best distance shooter of all time in Ray Allen, one
of the 20 best players of all time in Kevin Garnett, the third greatest Celtic of all time in Paul Pierce and a Hall of Fame coach in Doc Rivers ,and also Jason Terry, for an astounding eight extra draft picks over the next five years. This season, theyâ€™ve got a core made up almost entirely of bench players. With Rajon Rondo currently playing as many NBA minutes as I am, their best scorer is Jeff Green, an athletic forward two years removed from open heart surgery. In crunch time against the Milwaukee Bucks, their go-to scorer? Former Alabama player Gerald Wallace. The Boston Celtics are, in a word, horrible. The hardest part of this tanking season, though? Rooting against your favorite team. Ever tried that? Itâ€™s not easy. But Iâ€™m doing it, and doing it without shame. Have you seen Andrew Wiggins? Heâ€™s amazing. Iâ€™m all-in. (All-out? Folded? I donâ€™t know how the poker metaphor works here). While Alabama was busy breaking LSUâ€™s spirit on the gridiron, the Celtics were playing the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat in South Beach, Fla. I, like any good American, detest the Miami Heat and their nefarious championship-winning ways. I donâ€™t trust Pat Riley or his hair, Ray Allen is a traitor, and Shane Battierâ€™s face makes me angry. And yet, when Jeff Green hit a buzzer-beater three to lift Boston to a 111-110 victory, I was conflicted. Beating Miami always feels good, sure, but those were three wins. Youâ€™re almost at .500. Thatâ€™s no way to win a championship at some later date, Boston. Youâ€™ve got to be better at being bad if this is going to work. And you need this tank to work, for once.
By Danielle Walker | Staff Reporter In a school centered around Nick Saban and football, the club rugby team often goes by unnoticed. â€œWhat most people donâ€™t know is football developed from rugby,â€? said Nick Byrne, a junior majoring in journalism and an inside center on the club rugby team. â€œItâ€™s the fastest growing team sport in the country right now, and all SEC schools have a rugby team. Itâ€™s pretty exciting.â€? This past weekend, the menâ€™s club rugby team competed in the annual Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Sevens Championship tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. They placed sixth out of 12 teams, losing to Florida and Auburn, who went on to win the championship. The team placed sixth last year as well. The team has seen success in its conference in previous years, most recent being named the 2007 Deep South Champions. It has never made it to the rugby national championship but has made it to the SEC final four. Alabama rugby was founded in 1973 by a group of students looking for something different to do. Byrne said the club team has been growing ever since. The team now boasts more than 40
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HOROSCOPES Todayâ€™s Birthday (11/12/13). Explore your passions, talents and dreams for the world this year. Learn and study. Assess what you love most, and then increase exposure. Your creativity takes new strides in fertile bursts this autumn and again next spring. Indulging fun like this gets romantic. A partnership levels up next July. Go with love, and the money follows. To get the advantage, check the dayâ€™s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Donâ€™t let technological breakdowns keep you from pursuit of a dream. You can figure out a way around them. Slow down and you notice the details. Let others worry about the big picture. Lay low. Celebrate the small successes. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Take advantage of the developing situation. Friends are there for you, and they help you soar. Return the favor. Your education and experience pay off. Donâ€™t get so excited that you miss important steps. Haste makes waste. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- You can handle more than usual as you gain new responsibilities. Donâ€™t throw your money around just because you have it or because thereâ€™s more work coming in. Have a private dinner with a friend. Share valuable information. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Recognize the value of the past and lessons taught. Donâ€™t fear the future and lessons ahead. Bring some pebbles into the forest to find your way back ... if youâ€™re so inclined as to return. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You find satisfaction in staying busy now. The money is there. Figure an honest approach to provide well for family. Infuse it with your arts. Share something youâ€™ve been withholding. A beneficial development knocks. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Your efforts and dedication
members. The rugby teamâ€™s 40th anniversary, which is this year, hasnâ€™t been celebrated yet, but Byrne said they plan to dedicate their usual end-of-the-year party to the anniversary. Because rugby is considered a violent sport, the team doesnâ€™t hold official tryouts because the nature of the full-contact sport tends to weed out most people. The club is open to anyone interested in joining. The team practices and competes yearround. Its competitive season is in the spring, while the fall is spent preparing for the spring games. Byrne said the team has grown in size and skill level since he arrived at the University, and he hopes it will continue to have great success. â€œWe have 40-plus guys on our team that are just devoted to making Alabama rugby a team that the school can be proud of and the team that we can be proud of as players,â€? Byrne said. â€œWe continue to get better every year, and weâ€™re confident about our potential for this upcoming season. Weâ€™re hoping to win an SEC championship and go on to nationals.â€? The rugby team will be on the road this weekend playing Mississippi State on Friday and Memphis on Saturday.
are appreciated. Sure, there may be some bumps along the way and you may think you can do better, but itâ€™s best to focus on accomplishments. They took something. Reinforce partnership. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Discuss money now; you have a better chance of making more. It requires dedication and motivation. Moving furniture around or renovating the house could be tempting, but itâ€™s best to chop wood and carry water now. Get your chores done first. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Your artistic side itches to get out and express. You have a lot to say, so sit with it and articulate. Youâ€™ll get farther than expected when you play for the fun of it. Learn from anotherâ€™s financial mistakes. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Your wit and intellect are honed and sharp. Use them to your advantage. Pay attention to whatâ€™s really being said, and avoid an argument. Learn from a wise friend. Choose the item that will last the longest. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Your talent impresses others, but watch out for jealousies. Passions can get intense. Friends offer good advice and help you find a truth. You can afford to save. You already have what you need. Share delicious food and appreciation. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Today is a 9 -- Curtail impulsive spending. Focus on making new income and preparing invoices instead. New information points out the weakness of the competition. Learn from their mistakes. Provide solid value at a good price. Promote the value. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Youâ€™re on fire and you know it. The hurdles in the way are small for you. Keep your temper anyway. Use it to get into action. Accept coaching from your partner. Inhale deeply as you exercise.
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TIDEIN THE NFL Mark Ingram Running back New Orleans Saints 14 carries, 145 yards 2 catches, 15 yards 1 rushing touchdown
Marcell Dareus Defensive lineman Buffalo Bills 4 tackles, 3 solo 1 sack 1 forced fumble
Eddie Lacy Running back Green Bay Packers 24 carries, 73 yards 2 catches, 11 yards CW | Cora Lindholm Despite winning an important rivalry game against LSU, the Tide still has tests to face this season.
Crimson Tide hopes to avoid letdown By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor Alabama waltzed out of Bryant-Denny Stadium this weekend with an emotional victory over LSU only to have to face another SEC opponent in Mississippi State this Saturday. Last season, the Crimson Tide escaped Tiger Stadium with a come-from-behind 21-17 win but fell to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M the following week, 29-24. However, the veteran players on this year’s Alabama team are intent on not letting that happen two years in a row. “I think we’ve got enough really good leaders on this team and older guys to lead this team in the right way,” quarterback AJ McCarron said. “We’re not going [to] get caught up in this one win; it happened to us last year. We’ll be ready to go.” Wide receiver Kevin Norwood echoed McCarron’s words and said the team can’t relax on the Bulldogs. “I think everybody knows that we must continue to keep this momentum going so we can be up for the next game and the next game and the next game after that,” he said. “And I don’t think anybody’s satisfied. Everybody’s still hungry, everybody still wants to go out there
and compete.” The Crimson Tide played arguably its best football after halftime against the Tigers, scoring three unanswered touchdowns. Alabama fans and coach Nick Saban would like to see the team bottle that up and reenact its performance the rest of the season. “The team we want to be is the team we were in the second half [against LSU],” Saban said.
O.J. Howard impresses teammates with long run Tight end O.J. Howard has shown flashes of his athletic ability this season, but the 6-foot-6-inch, 237-pound freshman showed how dangerous he can be for the Alabama offense against LSU. In the second quarter, Howard lined up on the far side of the formation, near the Alabama bench with an LSU cornerback giving him a generous cushion. McCarron hit Howard on a slant pattern, and instead of a minimal gain, Howard blazed down the field for a 52-yard touchdown. It’s unusual for a tight end to outrun defensive backs, but his teammates said it’s nothing new. “I see what he does every day in
practice,” right tackle Austin Shepherd said. “He’s a fast guy. I knew as soon as he caught that ball that he was gone.” But it was shocking to the rest of the audience how easily Howard was able to race by the LSU defenders. Norwood laughed when asked if he had ever seen a tight end move like Howard. “Not in a long time,” Norwood said. “Maybe in the NFL or something.”
Saban frustrated with special teams Despite smiles all around the field following the Crimson Tide’s latest victory, Saban still found something Alabama can improve on heading into its next game. “Our special teams has not done the kind of job that they’ve done all year in the last two games,” Saban said. A lot of that has to do with junior safety Vinnie Sunseri’s season-ending injury. Sunseri was a fixture on several special teams units, and his absence is affecting one of the most consistent facets of this year’s team. “We’ve lost some leadership on some of those teams. But I think some other people are going to have to step up … in the future and make some improvement, and it all starts with the attitude and intensity that we play with,” Saban said.
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles 13 tackles, 11 solo 1 interception Compiled by Charlie Potter
SPORTSIN BRIEF Players of the Week named The Alabama coaching staff recognized seven players for their efforts in Saturday’s win over the LSU Tigers. Austin Shepherd and T.J. Yeldon were named on offense. Trey DePriest, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and C.J. Mosley represented the defense. Cade Foster and Jarrick Williams were named on special teams. C.J. Mosley was also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. He tallied 12 tackles and defended two passes.
Ohio State player calls out Tide Buckeye wide receiver Evan Spencer is the latest player to call out top-ranked Alabama. The junior said he watched the Crimson Tide and No. 2 Florida State Seminoles over the weekend and believes Ohio State stands a chance to beat both teams. “I’m a little biased, but I think we’d wipe the field with both of them,” Spencer said. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings. Compiled by Charlie Potter
Published on Nov 12, 2013
Published on Nov 12, 2013
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