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Focused on the finish Alabama wants to get back to March Madness By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor Anthony Grant’s stern expression says it all: Alabama me means business. Grant enters the 2013-14 season in his fifth year at the helms of the men’s basketball team, with a core of returning players and a few new faces. But nothing has changed for the Crimson Tide. The ultim mate goal of this year’s team is to make it back to the NCAA Tou Tournament in March. “For us, our goals remain high. They’ll always be high in terms of what we’re trying to accomplish,” Grant said. The Cr Crimson Tide competed in the National Invitation Tournament last season but fell to Maryland at home in the quarterfinal round. Still, Alab Alabama has made three consecutive postseason appearances for the fi first time since 2004-06. In the 2011-12 season, the Crimson Tide reached th the second round of the NCAA Tournament only to fall to Creighton, 58-57 58-57. But this seaso season, there’s a sense of urgency around Coleman Coliseum. “They need to t be competitive this year,” USA Today college basketball writer Eric Pris Prisbell said. “I think [the SEC] is a four- or five-bid league, and they’re in positio position to compete for one of those bids in the NCAA Tournament.” And Alabam Alabama has been competitive in the last few seasons.

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Judge deems evidence of fraud in School Board election insufficient By Katherine Owen | Production Editor

WHAT: Global Cafe Film: ‘The Dialogue,’ Study Abroad in China WHEN: 6:30-8:15 p.m. WHERE: UA Center for Community-Based Partnerships Lobby

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Student concert WHAT: Alabama Wind Ensemble WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Moody Music Building

Sorority elects 1st black president Hannah Patterson elected to serve as Panhellenic leader By Andy McWhorter | Assistant News Editor Hannah Christine Patterson was elected president of Sigma Delta Tau Wednesday, Nov. 6, making her the first black president of a Panhellenic sorority in the history of The University of Alabama. Patterson, originally from Pittsburgh, Penn., said she came to the University to have an adventure. “I wanted the college experience of something different,” Patterson said. “Something adventurous, not like my hometown.” But even before Patterson came to the University, she had already been on a number of adventures. SEE PATTERSON PAGE 2


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CW | Cora Lindholm Hannah Patterson became the first black president of a UA Panhellenic sorority when she was elected Nov. 6.


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contested votes were cast by students who moved from one residency to another within District 4 in August. The court also found that temporarily leaving Tuscaloosa for the summer did not discount students’ residency requirements, as in the case of students who moved residencies or studied abroad. “This temporary absence under Section 17-3-32 of the Code of Alabama does not deprive them of their domicile, nor does the Court find other characteristics contained in the affidavits and/or other evidence to deprive them of that citizenship or their Constitutional right to vote, especially when it is their intent to reside in the district with no fixed intent to return


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Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge James Roberts dismissed the District 4 Board of Education election contest between Kelly Horwitz and Cason Kirby, filing a final order Wednesday afternoon. According to the filing, the court found “insufficient evidence to overturn and nullify the election and that further proceedings are neither mandated nor necessary.” As the contestant, Horwitz needed to present 87 illegal votes in order to overturn the election results. After reviewing almost 400 affidavits Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, the


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court found no more than 70 illegal votes, 17 short of the minimum. The contest came in response to the Aug. 27 District 4 Board of Education elections, where Kirby beat Horwitz by 87 votes. Following the election, Horwitz alleged widespread voter fraud, largely focused on The University of Alabama greek community, including allegations of free drinks for votes and dishonest voter registration. Horwitz contested 397 votes from the election, at least 392 of which were cast by students. The testimony of each of the 397 voters was evaluated in the form of a 36-question affidavit. Much of Horwitz’s case claims students did not reside in District 4 for the requisite 30 days prior to the Aug. 27 election. The court found that many of the


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Ducks Unlimited holds banquet The University of Alabama Ducks Unlimited chapter will be hosting its fall banquet Thursday evening from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center. The banquet will include live music, a live auction, silent auctions, raffles and giveaways. Tickets to the event cost $45 and include a one-year membership to Ducks Unlimited. Attendees will also have access to all-you-can-eat catfish, chicken and sides. Those 21 years and older will have all-you-can-drink beer included with their tickets. Ducks Unlimited is the nation’s largest and most productive private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. Eighty-three percent of every dollar raised goes toward conservation and education. Ducks Unlimited’s conservation priority in Alabama is to restore wetlands through partnerships with federal and state agencies. To date, Ducks Unlimited and its partners have enhanced and protected more than 18,700 acres of wetland habitat across the state. The UA chapter is one of the largest collegiate chapters in the country and has been ranked in the top 15 chapters since 2011. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door.


Innovation Day showcases start-ups The University of Alabama’s first Innovation Day will take place Friday in the Rast Room of the Bryant Conference Center from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The event will showcase various innovative individuals, groups and businesses, including a student-run company offering small loans to fellow entrepreneurs and a faculty member with a plan to lower replacement costs for electric vehicle batteries. An outside panel of business start-up experts from across the Southeast will discuss various topics including what’s needed to launch a successful business and what it’s like to run a start-up company. The day will also feature presentations by a dozen campus and local start-up businesses and innovators with an entrepreneurial spirit. For more information, contact Chris Bryant in UA media relations at 205-348-8323 or


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CW | Austin Bigoney Freshmen Kaitlin Breslin and Eileen Pigott cross items off a list as they complete a scavenger hunt at University Programs’ event Night at the Museum at the Alabama Museum of Natural History at Smith Hall Wednesday night.

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WHAT: Women in STEM Experience Presents “Pathways to Success” WHEN: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. WHERE: Shelby Hall

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When she was young, she became involved in competitive horseback riding. The experience taught her to stay organized and focused, but Patterson also learned no to let her skin color affect her performance. “I did competitive horseback riding since I was 7,” she said. “That prepared me because you have to stay organized and on top of things. In the riding community, there wasn’t a lot of diversity. I didn’t stick out, but, in other words, I did stick out when I went to riding competitions. I just wanted to be proud of who I am and where I came from.” When Patterson came to the University in fall 2012 as a transfer from the University of Dayton, she participated in formal recruitment but found Sigma Delta Tau to be the better fit for her. Sigma Delta Tau has not participated in formal recruitment in the past, although it participated in the first two days last year. Patterson said the informal recruitment process lets Sigma Delta Tau get to know potential members better. “It’s more laid back,” Patterson said. “You get to have a longer conversation than you would in regular recruitment with the girls. It’s about an hour long in the house. It’s a more one-on-one basis.”



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In a new town, where Patterson had only a few friends, the sorority helped make her feel welcomed. “Throughout that week, everyone was so caring and genuine,” Patterson said. “It was also my 21st birthday, and I didn’t have any friends here, so on the night of one of the informal events. I walked in to Mellow Mushroom and they had a sign up on the wall saying ‘Happy 21st Birthday,’ and everyone came up and said happy birthday to me.” Regina Broda, a senior majoring in political science and American studies, was president of Sigma Delta Tau before Patterson. Broda said she recognized Patterson’s potential immediately. “From the moment I met her, before we even gave her a bid, I knew that she had the potential to do wonderful things for our chapter,” Broda said. Sigma Delta Tau accepted its first black member in spring 2011 as Courtney White was initiated into the sorority. To date, Sigma Delta Tau has initiated three black sisters, with one additional recruit who transferred before being officially initiated. Although Sigma Delta Tau is a historically Jewish sorority, the organization accepts people of all colors and creeds. “We’re welcoming of any girl that wants to join our chapter and best fits our chapter,” Broda said. “We were founded by seven Jewish women because they, in 1917,

couldn’t find a home. They were discriminated against. They weren’t allowed into sororities. Sigma Delta Tau nationally does not discriminate because it goes completely against our founding principles.” After a year as a member of the sorority, Patterson decided to run for president of Sigma Delta Tau. Members interested in running for an elected position must submit a letter of intent to a slate board composed of three representatives from the national organization. Once everyone who intends to run has submitted their letters, the slate board creates a list of candidates whom they feel would be the best choices for the chapter, and then the chapter votes on the nominees. Members of Sigma Delta Tau agreed that choosing Patterson as president was based more on her qualifications than a desire to make history. “It had nothing to do with what statement it could make,” Broda said. “Over the past year and a half, as I’ve gotten to know her, I’ve seen the leadership skills that she has. She served as our Panhellenic delegate, so she was on [executive] board with me, and she was a person that I leaned on constantly. I know that a lot of members of our chapter saw that she had those leadership abilities, and that’s why the chapter elected her. She has the abilities to take our


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chapter to the place that it needs to be and to continue moving us forwards.” Patterson said being a “first” never crossed her mind. “I’m very honored,” Patterson said. “This first week as being president has been a lot of work so far. But I guess I never saw color or race or ethnicity. It’s never been in the front of my mind. I tried to never let it hinder anything I did or judge people on that. I guess I never really thought about, ‘Oh, I’m the first African-American that has been president.’ I’m just excited for my term and to see where my chapter has gone and where it is going to go.” Members of Sigma Delta Tau said theywere glad to be a part of the change coming to the University’s sororities but said their primary motivation was doing what was best for their sorority. “We were doing this for the betterment of our chapter. And it’s just awesome that it is such a big deal,” said Erinn Forbes, a sophomore majoring in human development and family studies and the standards and risk management chair of Sigma Delta Tau. “We know that Hannah is going to be the best for the future of our chapter at this time. That has nothing to do with her ethnicity, but it is definitely a really cool thing. I think our chapter is happy to be a part of the change that’s going to be happening here.”

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UA student diagnosed with leukemia, to receive bone marrow transplant By Ellen Coogan | Staff Reporter At the age of 14, Ashley Roberts’ life changed when she was diagnosed with a rare and serious blood disorder. “Right at the time where you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m a teenager,’ and you’re just kind of starting to figure out who you are, then I had this huge thing happen, and I had to go to St. Jude,” Roberts said. Roberts, now a graduate student in rehabilitation counseling, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a condition in which the body fails to produce blood cells. After a couple of months at St. Jude, Roberts was able to return home but continued receiving blood and platelets every week. “Everything I had to go through, I just made it a part of who I am,” Roberts said. “I just adjusted.” Despite the constant tests and transfusions, Roberts was able to catch up on her schoolwork and remain in school. She graduated high school on time with honors and continued her education at Faulkner for two years.

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CW | Lindsey Leonard ‘Be The Match’ hosts an information session for students interested in becoming bone marrow donors.

She completed a history degree at The University of Alabama and continued onto graduate school. “I want to stay on track with my schoolwork because it kind of lets me get away from that whole medical aspect,” Roberts said. “It’s almost like therapy.” A few weeks ago, Roberts’ doctors found blast cells in one of her blood samples, a sign of leukemia. Roberts said she was picking up shark teeth with her nephew when she got the call. “I did have that feeling like, ‘Oh my god, how much more can I handle? But you know what? I’m enjoying this day,’ so I kept picking up shark teeth,” Roberts said. Roberts said she cried the entire trip back to Tuscaloosa, but when she got home, she dried her eyes, got out of the car and moved forward. “I’m just thankful that it wasn’t someone else in my family,” Roberts said. Although the kind of leukemia Roberts has is particularly aggressive, her blast cell counts have remained low at 10 percent, she said.

To fight the leukemia, Roberts and her doctors are counting on a bone marrow transfusion. Three possible donors have been found on the bone marrow registry who may be matches for Roberts. If none of them is a good enough match or in good enough condition to donate, one of her family members will donate as a half-match. Roberts said her doctor has been having a lot of success with half-match transplants and her chances are even better because she’s not the typical aplastic anemia patient. “Most people with aplastic anemia stay away from people and large crowds, but I never did that,” Roberts said. “I think that’s one reason why now I do so well because I never panicked and kind of started secluding myself. I really just tried to push myself.” Still, the $1.1 million procedure will be taxing. About two weeks before the transplant, Roberts’ doctors will give her chemotherapy and kill off all her bone marrow, including the leukemia cells. After the transplant, she will have to stay at the hospital for at least 100 days. “I know it’s going to get bad, but it will be

better after that,” Roberts said. There is an 85 percent chance the leukemia will not come back after the procedure. Roberts said although she researched other top hospitals, she chose MD Anderson in Texas because it’s closer to home, both in location and culture. Students inspired by Roberts’ story can sign up with the marrow registry Be The Match On Campus in January or check out to find another location to register. “It’s really important for students to register because it’s the perfect age,” Erin Kennedy, president of Be The Match On Campus, said. Doctors prefer donors between the ages 18 and 44. All it takes is a quick mouth swab to join the registry. Roberts said there are probably students on campus every day in need of help, whether people are aware or not. “Most people have this image of sick people in their heads as being frail, colorless, hairless, and it couldbethepersonrightnexttoyouwhoneedsyour help, and you’d never even know it,” Roberts said.

Student organization at forefront of campuswide diabetes awareness By Megan Smith | Contributing Writer

CW | Lindsey Leonard On Wednesday morning, Koushik Kasangottu, president of DiET, pins UA President Judy Bonner for World Diabetes Day as part of their efforts to raise awareness.

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Something was slightly different about Denny Chimes on Nov. 14, 2012. Lights shone through the trees surrounding the Quad, illuminating the structure in a shade of blue that no one could ignore. “Just like pink is breast cancer [and] red is AIDS, blue is the color for diabetes,” Koushik Kasanagottu, president of the Diabetes Education Team (DiET), said. DiET is a student organization focused on heightening awareness of the preventative measures and implications of diabetes. Over the past two years, it has led The University of Alabama’s celebration of World Diabetes Day. In addition to unity under the color blue, an open-center circle also symbolically represents diabetes awareness worldwide, Kasanagottu said. This year, Denny Chimes will not be turning blue; however, World Diabetes Day will be highlighted in other forms around campus, Alex Morris, coordinator of DiET’s World Diabetes Day events, said. “We’re taking a different approach this year – we’re doing a totally student-led blitz through-

out campus and social media,” Morris said. Morris also said DiET will be hosting a table in the Ferguson Center, where literature will be passed out describing a typical day in the life of a diabetic, including times for regular insulin dosages. The table will also feature rubber food displays to provide visual examples from which students will be challenged to choose the healthiest meal. Approximately 1 in 9 Alabamians have some form of diabetes, and this number is not shrinking, Kasanagottu said. In contrast to Type 1, Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, is often derived from long-term physical inactivity and poor dietary habits and is largely preventable, according to the American Diabetes Association. “More than just awareness, we want to give directives to students,” Kasanagottu said. “We want to give examples of unhealthy eating: One sugary drink a day increases your risk of diabetes by 25 percent.” Morris said students who want to see the return of a blue Denny Chimes next year can like the “Turn Denny Chimes Blue” page on Facebook. To learn more about DiET, visit

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Bama Dining quality, variety improving By John Brinkerhoff | Opinion Editor After living on campus for four years, I have come to terms with certain realities: I am not able to drive often, I will be largely living among freshmen, and most importantly, I have to find food on or near campus. This last issue seems to be the most difficult for upperclassmen living on campus. In the past, the dining options were somewhat limited, particularly with breakfast outside of the dining halls. It only took a brief look at the food court to realize that Chickfil-A was the only real option that students chose, outside of those who woke up early enough for Fresh Foods. Lunch was identical, with Chick-fil-A lines stretching across the room and the other vendors practically empty. However, that has slowly changed over the past two years. The University and Bama Dining have both taken great steps forward when it comes to dining services. Quality, variety and visibility have improved, and students are taking notice. Lakeside Dining, which often was overlooked in favor of Fresh Foods or Bryant, has_ been well worth its price. During the times I have_eaten

John Brinkerhoff there this year, the food quality has been excellent, with serving sizes larger than previous years. The freshman class, which in previous years acted as a generator for complaints regarding its services, by and large loves eating there. Since relocating to a much more prominent spot across the food court, Topios has drawn more student attention. Its lines now rival Chick-fil-A, giving students another option in the afternoon. However, the most noticeable changes have been the new additions to campus. Previously,

Buffalo Phil’s occupied the vendor space in the Lakeside Dining building. While it is a good restaurant, I consistently found that people would rather eat off campus or at dining halls in the evenings, limiting the student interest in the place. It was replaced with Dunkin’ Donuts last year, which is considerably more popular. Unlike Buffalo Phil’s, it filled a niche on campus. Students wanted a breakfast and late-night dining place, and the University delivered. Similarly, the introduction of Fuel smoothies to the Lloyd Hall food court has been an incredible addition. Instead of trying to compete with the Chick-fil-A in the same space, Fuel provides a different option that allows students to eat on the go and have a new set of options to choose from. On the whole, the University and Bama Dining have dramatically improved the dining options at the Capstone. The quality of dining halls is better, and there are more viable options for non-meal plan dining. As someone who has spent four years on campus, I am definitely glad that they did. John Brinkerhoff is the Opinion_Editor of the Crimson White.


Republicans must sever tea party connections By Regan Williams | Staff Columnist Republicans across the country will be faced with pretty big races in 2014. And with popularity ratings at an all-time low, Republicans must change something to win. However volatile it may be, the Republican Party needs to separate from the tea party and ensure that the best candidates win, focusing on the issues that matter, like the economy. While the tea party was a popular and indeed politically insightful organization in the beginning, it has now become antithetical to the governance of this country and even the Republican Party’s best interest. The tea party will only continue to harm the party like it did this past year. Far too many people assert that they only want tea party conservatives and that a moderate Republican is unacceptable. In fact, I have even heard some say that a moderate Republican is just as bad as a liberal. Clearly, the tea party is not loyal to the Republican base and has managed to put up some of the worst candidates possible. Look at Angel, O’Donnell and people like Dean Young in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District: These candidates can win a primary – although fortunately not in Young’s case – but lose in general elections because they are

In fact, I have even heard some say that a moderate Republican is just as bad as a liberal.

far too extreme. The Republican Party will not win another presidency if it keeps putting the tea party first. The Republican Party also needs to make sure the right candidates win. Though divorcing from the tea party will help significantly, there are still other candidates out there like Todd Akin who will be a liability to the party and its ideals if they win their elections. These candidates, who make statements like Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments, hurt the whole party and, quite frankly, may not deserve office in the first place. Those

statements cost Akin the election, the Republican Party a Senate seat and Romney votes in Missouri. While I am not blaming the whole election on Akin, losing votes for saying stupid things is completely avoidable, and Republicans need to make sure they don’t have candidates go rogue again. The final solution is to focus on issues that people want to hear discussed. Republicans need to focus on relevant issues. Social issues are not winning big elections. Gay marriage, for example, is one of the biggest issues they need to drop; it is not winning. They need to go into communities and present a clear plan for the future. They need to clearly articulate that the economy is key and they want to provide jobs. The Republicans get so bogged down in the social issues that many times we miss voters because they do not care about those issues. They just care whether or not they are going to have food on the table for their kids. The Republicans can win on the economy and will if they focus there. I am a proud Republican who is afraid for my party’s future. Republicans need to shape up or ship out. I love this country and the party but not how it looks now. Regan Williams is a senior majoring in political science and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Thursdays.



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The slogan “At some places they play football, at Alabama we live it” is familiar to nearly every Alabama student. Last Saturday, when Alabama played LSU, Bryant-Denny Stadium was rocking during “Dixieland Delight” and “We Will Rock You.” It is an understatement to say Alabama’s students love our football team. Everyone in the nation knows it to be true. Why, then, does the administration think that it is okay to give out tickets to the SEC Championship only to students who have 98 or more institution hours? Most seniors don’t meet this requirement, much less juniors or sophomores. This places an unnecessary artificial limit on the number of students able to attend As aactive members of The the game. It makes University of Alabama, students sense that deserve a chance to go to at Alabama least one postseason game in promises tickets to their time at the Capstone. boosters and other people willing to donate money to the football program. It is an investment that will positively benefit the program. What doesn’t make sense is that 73 percent of tickets should go to those who donate when there is such an obvious lack of tickets to go to students. According to, only 12 percent of tickets are allocated to students; Alabama lettermen, faculty and staff make up the remaining 15 percent of ticket allotment. Many students at the Capstone may not have come here solely because of the football team, but I’m more than willing to bet helped put Alabama on the radar for a large number of them. Since their arrival, I’m also positive that a large portion of these individuals have gotten consumed by the football culture that dominates our campus, just as I was. After spending 3 1/2 years in Tuscaloosa and spending potentially upwards of $100,000 on tuition, housing, books and course fees, these students more than deserve to go to at least one SEC Championship in their time here. For some reason, the University has decided to make this impossible. I can’t imagine that anyone else who gets tickets to football games is nearly as immersed in the Alabama football culture as the students here. We see BryantDenny every day and many of us have stories about a class or two we’ve attended with a football player. As active members of The University of Alabama, students deserve a chance to go to at least one postseason game in their time at the Capstone. The people who go here, spend their money in this city and attend every regular season game should not be overlooked because there’s no way they can possibly meet the number of required hours to get a ticket. I’m not trying to say every student deserves a chance to get a postseason ticket; that would be impossible. However, if you’ve spent a significant portion of your life at the University and given it a significant amount of money, you deserve an opportunity to see Alabama’s football team play in championship games. Zachary McCann is a senior majoring in philosophy.

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borhoods. The City Walk, which connects tornado-impact areas, developed from the “Big Idea” of a greenway “Path of Remembrance and Revitalization.” Like the projects funded in 2012, this year’s projects include public benefit programs, infrastructure improvements and continued work on the City Walk. Howell said the projects are designed to result in a better Tuscaloosa. “Although the recovery of the city has been a steady and calculated process, the benefits are already being seen, especially in the economic development area,” she said. One project – listed as “University Place and Forest Lake Revitalization Infrastructure Project” – will receive more than $3 million toward the extension of the City Walk into a neighborhood that houses students. In 2012, a similar project dedicated $2.37 million to expand, light and landscape sidewalks to the neighborhood’s elementary school and church. The 2013 action plan describes a 10-foot wide sidewalk with benches, trash cans and Wi-Fi as well as an array of technologies designed to increase safety, accessibility and usability. “[The] City will bring technology infrastructure attributes such as 1 GB wireless access points, fiber optics, cameras, LED lighting, digital signs and GIS components to the City Walk,” the project proposal reads. “Security cameras will be placed along


The EF-4 tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa April 27, 2011, cost the city an estimated $2.2 billion. In response to the destruction caused that day, Tuscaloosa has been awarded $43.9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Residents who want to see how the funds will be used to combat the damages can start keeping an eye on eight projects approved by HUD Nov. 5 for the first wave of 2013 Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery-funded efforts. The projects range from road realignment and sewer refurbishment, to Habitat for Humanity funding and housing assistance, to a forward-looking melding of, among other things, asphalt and fiber optics. Savannah Howell, Tuscaloosa’s community development program manager, said these projects were selected so both tornado-impacted areas and the entire city would benefit. “In the days and months following the April 27 tornadoes, the city created a plan with citizen input called the Tuscaloosa Forward plan,” she said. “Many of the projects selected for funding were pulled from the Tuscaloosa Forward master plan.” A $16.6 million allocation received through a 2012 CDBGDisaster Recovery action plan funded 12 projects, all developed from ideas in the Tuscaloosa Forward plan. The Tuscaloosa Generational Plan, intended to create a framework for longterm infrastructure investments in areas impacted by the tornado, includes projects deemed as high priority for rebuilding. “The community vision and ‘Big Ideas’ have directly shaped work on the various infrastructure projects included in this document,” the Generational Plan reads. “Big Ideas,” which emerged from the Tuscaloosa Forward plan, include revitalized corridors and connected neigh-


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Areas eligible for rebuilding with the grants received from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CW | Hannah Glenn the City Walk to detect any suspicious activity, as well as LED lighting which can be brightened after a phone call from emergency phones or a personal phone to offer a heightened sense of safety.” Megan Brantley, the city’s public outreach coordinator, said this tech-savvy twist on traditional infrastructure is part of Tuscaloosa’s high standard for incorporating current technology. “This is a commitment from the city, University and other community leaders to make technology a priority in future development. This will ensure economic and social vitality in Tuscaloosa,” Brantley said. “This is a ‘Big Idea’ initiative and goes beyond the city’s recovery efforts.” In fact, this year’s grant dedicates $2.8 million for a “bookless library” in Alberta City, another storm-devastated neighborhood that will also receive a $4.25 million stretch of the

City Walk through the 2012 grant. The Alberta Technology Public Library is envisioned as a resource for local residents and UA students and will allow users to check out e-readers with downloaded books, a first for the state of Alabama. “Since the bookless library will not require a large amount of space, less overhead is expected,” Howell said. “A focus on cutting-edge technology will allow the city to provide opportunities for individuals that they may not otherwise encounter.” Tuscaloosa’s recovery has been guided by the motto “Build Back. Stronger. Safer. Smarter.” “Two main components in achieving this goal include technology and connectivity,” Brantley said. Once the mayor and the Birmingham office of the HUD sign off on the grant agreement, funds will be available for release to the city, which will have two years to complete the projects. Howell said the timeline for

project completion means the remaining federal funds will be allocated to projects and submitted as amendments over time. When the 2013 grant’s first eight projects - collectively obligating $12.8 million of the overall grant, are completed - Tuscaloosa will have cleaner lakes, drainage improvements and environmentally sustainable construction where there once was devastation and disaster – an origin story still echoed in the proposal for the Alberta Technology Public Library. “The technology library will also offer computer access and meeting space for the public; it is the city’s vision that the space will be utilized by low-tomoderate-income individuals in the area as well as students from nearby colleges such as The University of Alabama,” the project proposal reads. “In addition to offering technology resources, the library will serve as a public shelter during inclement weather.”

Students examine ‘converging cultures’ By Emily Williams | Contributing Writer A group of University of Alabama graduate students is currently preparing to submit abstracts for the fourth annual Alabama Modern Language Conference. If accepted, the students will publicly present their 10-page papers, all written in a foreign language. The conference is sponsored by the department of modern languages and is hosted and run by graduate students. Participants must put together a 20-minute presentation in French, German, Spanish or English regarding the theme “Converging Cultures: Languages, Literatures and Identity.” The conference challenges participants to present examples of how the domains of language, literature and identity interact and create new common ground. This can be done by examining literature, linguistics, cultural or gender studies, or in a multidisciplinary approach. This year, the conference is expected to have around 60 participants from the Modern Language Graduate Program. The conference will take place the weekend of Feb. 7. Presentations will be in Bidgood Hall and are open to the public. This year’s keynote speaker will be Claire Kramsch, professor of German at the University of California, Berkeley. She will be speaking about the importance of multilingual and multicultural studies.

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to their childhood home and no certain post-graduate plans,” the filing stated. The dismissal also declared the motion to intervene by Tuscaloosa attorney Robert Prince on behalf of Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Alpha Epsilon moot. On Oct. 23, Prince filed to intervene in the contest on behalf of three sororities, two fraternities and an individual student. The motion originally denied all illegal misconduct of said parties and

“I personally am very excited to have her coming because of her work in discourse analysis, in language socialization and in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives on language teaching, all of which are relevant to the theme of the conference,” said Chelsea Tanous, spokesperson for the conference who is in her second year of the French and applied linguistics MA program. Melissa Henderson, a second-year French master’s student and chair of the organizing committee, said the conference is a great opportunity to learn in-depth about other cultures. “It’s a chance to experience a new culture and see how cultures converge, recognize your own American culture and your own stereotypes,” Henderson said. “It makes you aware of French stereotypes, how they intertwine and makes you find that third space.” Henderson helped organize last year’s conference, with the theme “Redefining Borders: Bridging the Gap between Languages, Literatures and Cultures.” She said the most valuable thing she gained from observing the various panels was the exposure to the arts of different cultures, like film, theater and music. “I got to see how the borders between cinema, literature and music within the context of French culture were able to be redefined,” she said. This year, Henderson and a group

from her French crime fiction class will be submitting a paper on Émile Zola’s novel “Thérèse Raquin.” Tanous said one of the most beneficial aspects of participating is that the conference gives graduate students a trial run for presenting their ideas. “I think the experience of presenting in this context is an amazing opportunity, especially for students who may not have had any conference experience before,” Tanous said. “Assuming my paper is accepted, I am really looking forward to being able to present at this one before going on to other major conferences.” Sandrine Hope, a graduate student studying 20th and 21st century French literature, said anyone thinking about entering graduate school is encouraged to attend the conference. “I think that by presenting at a conference, students are able to feel more confident about their work, gain other perspectives on their subject and have the ability to network,” Hope said. While the conference is primarily for graduate students, submissions from a few exceptional undergraduates may be considered. Last year, a panel of undergraduate students from New College was selected to present their work. Abstract submissions are due Friday and should be emailed to

delineated the voters’ rights as listed in the Alabama Code. The document stated that all intervenors are properly qualified voters and registered to vote in District 4. The motion was amended Oct. 29 to remove the three sororities, Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Delta and Alpha Omicron Pi - after their headquarters intervened. In a statement released Wednesday, Andy Campbell, Kirby’s attorney, said they were “very pleased” with the court’s decision. “We are also gratified that the court validated the vote and cleared the name of each of the over 350 students challenged on grounds of corruption. As

the court found, there was no valid evidence supporting these allegations, only that these students exercised their first amendment rights to vote. It is now time to move forward,” the statement read. “The Board faces numerous challenges in the future. Cason looks forward to working with every person in this community to reach solutions to those challenges.” James Anderson, Horwitz’s attorney, said he and his client would have 14 days to appeal, though as of Wednesday evening they had not yet had the chance to meet and decide on further action. Kirby, sworn in Nov. 4, will serve as the school board representative of District 4.

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CULTUREIN BRIEF 5K to benefit veterans By Lauren Carlton | Contributing Writer On June 1, 1954, legislation was approved that turned Armistice Day on Nov. 11 into what we now know as Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates, remembers and honors veterans from all branches of the U.S. military for their patriotism and service. The University of Alabama Detachment 010 cadets are teaming up with Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity to host a VetaRUN 5K walk/ run on Saturday. Registration is $20 and all proceeds raised will go toward the UA Campus Veterans Association. The CVA operates under the motto, “Taking care of our own.” The organization works on behalf of veterans from all military service branches on campus. “It was a natural partnership,” said Jacob Bailey, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and the operations flight commander of the Cadet Communications Squadron. Both Detachment 010 cadets and members of Phi Sigma Kappa have worked to make this event an exciting and positive one for participants. There will be a raffle at the event with prizes such as items from Vineyard Vines, Mellow Mushroom, Sweet CeCe’s and Surin. Nic Roberson will be performing after the event. For further incentive, three Panhellenic points will be awarded to members of the greek community who participate in the event. “It will end with a day filled with food, music and great raffle prizes,” said Jaimie Witcraft, a junior majoring in nursing and a cadet in the Force Support Squadron. The timeliness in regards to Veterans Day and the local impact of the 5k makes the event important to the cadets. “This run is the perfect time to honor those who have sacrificed and fought so we can pursue our desires in a free country,” Witcraft said. The 5k route will start at the Phi Sigma Kappa house at 428 University Dr. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and the race will begin at 10 a.m.

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Trombonist melds art, jazz in music By Elayne Smith | Contributing Writer With the research of the past and the twist of the present, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis takes Duke Ellington’s album, “Such Sweet Thunder,” and gives it new life. Performing a revised version titled “Sweet Thunder,” Marsalis will bring his octet to The University of Alabama’s stage Friday in Moody Music Building at 7:30 p.m. Marsalis - composer, producer and performer - has been playing the trombone since he was in sixth grade. He said he chose the trombone because, although he did not realize it at the time, it was a natural extension of his personality. “In the jazz band, the trombone is the peace keeper. It’s the job of the trumpet and the saxophone to fight with each other and the trombone lets everybody know that it’s all going to be cool,” Marsalis said. A part of the Shakespeare and American Integration symposium, Marsalis melds the voices of Shakespeare and jazz together. The symposium includes several lectures about Shakespeare’s work and its influence and use during the civil rights era. Sharon O’Dair, a Hudson Strode professor of English, said she thought Marsalis would add a fun element to the lectures. As Shakespeare drew from other ideas and developed them into his own expressions, Marsalis proves art and Shakespeare’s legacy are alive and continually growing. “Artists are able to interpret the work of other artists in their own medium and that makes for some interesting, persuasive and powerful representations that are new and different,” O’Dair said. “They allow us to approach WHAT: Delfeayo the original work in a different way.” Marsalis Octet Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder” ‘Sweet Thunder’ took the structure and technicality WHEN: Friday, of Shakespeare’s works to prove jazz 7:30 p.m. was not an erratic expression but a developed art form. Stephen Buhler, WHERE: Moody an English professor at the University Concert Hall of Nebraska-Lincoln, will lecture before the concert about the use of Shakespeare in the piece and the vitality of the album in the era. “In a sense, Ellington was arguing against thinking of jazz as purely improvisational, not having a discipline, an order or an aesthetic of its own,” Buhler said. “They’re demonstrating that it’s very much a high art form as well as rooted in a popular art form - very much like Shakespeare.” Marsalis then comes in and transforms the piece by developing the story lines. He takes the character depiction Ellington lays out and transforms it into a tale that discovers a different aspect of the song and character. Buhler said the relationship Marsalis has created between his piece and Ellington’s has both an admiration for the foundation and a competitive edge. “Marsalis is deeply impressed with and indebted to Ellington and other jazz figures. He also realized that in order to match the predecessors you have to try to outdo them,” Buhler said. “You have to show how their works are able to go in directions and say things that perhaps their originators hadn’t conceived of themselves.” Each song reflects a character through the use of instrumentation, incorporation of other styles, technicality and the interac-

PLAN TO GO Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, a composer, producer and performer, gives Duke Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder” his own twist, manifested through story lines and Shakespearean characters. tions within the ensemble. In the song “Madness of Great Ones,” Hamlet is portrayed in Ellington’s piece as pretending to go mad with a trumpet - in Marsalis’ rendition, Hamlet’s voice is given to the soprano saxophone and is truly going mad as the trombone plays along as a voice of reason trying to stop his full surrender to insanity. Marsalis uses his knowledge of music to weave together the impression of a literary character. “I try to utilize as large a palette of possibilities as I can,” Marsalis said. Marsalis took on this endeavor to reincarnate Ellington’s work because he said he saw it as underdeveloped. and felt it was his responsibility to give the music a makeover. He did not choose this music to make changes with; Marsalis said he was drawn to it and just felt it. One challenge Marsalis has encountered in his musical career is society’s shift away from the arts and art appreciation. “For a while, just making a strong artistic statement was enough. Now, you have to make a strong artistic statement and have a party,” Marsalis said.


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Today’s gaming consoles changed industry By Matthew Wilson The Playstation 4 will be released Friday, followed by the Xbox One Nov. 22, ushering in the next generation of video game consoles and officially making this generation of consoles obsolete. It’s time to take a moment, put on “Good Riddance” by Green Day and reflect back on the importance of the current generation’s effect on the video game industry and how we, gamers, play games. I still remember unwrapping my Christmas present to find an Xbox 360 staring back at me. The game that sold the console for me was the open-world zombie game “Dead Rising.” It was the first time a video game really captured the scale of a zombie mob. Xbox 360 and its competitor, the PS3, promised the next leap in video gaming – a jump forward from the blocky graphics of the Xbox/PS2. The first games didn’t exactly deliver on this promise. Early video games for the current generation looked and played

similar to the previous generation. It would take a few years for developers to figure out the hardware and produce on their promise. Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto 4” showed off the capabilities of the systems with its realistic graphics, mechanics and realization of a living, breathing world. In 2007, Infinity Ward energized online competitive multiplayer gaming when it released “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.” It turned the “Call of Duty” moniker into a household name, leading to a multimillion dollar franchise. For the first time, massive groups of people from across the globe were connecting and playing with each other. Local multiplayer gaming seemed obsolete and outdated when friends didn’t need to leave their homes to play games with each other. During the current generation of consoles, developers and companies began to push to a digital format largely unheard of in the previous generations of consoles. Consumers, in the confines of their home, could shop and download games they

previously had to go out and purchase. Video game consoles became a center for multimedia where people could download movies, listen to music or even surf the Web. Such was almost unheard of on video game consoles a decade ago. The era of the PS3/Xbox 360/Wii was one of the longest generations that has graced the video game industry. Previous generations of consoles flew by in rapid succession. Every few years or so the next line of hardware was coming off the assembly line, but as the industry matured and the hardware’s performance increased, these companies formed plans with longer end goals. Reflecting over the past few years in the video game industry, the landscape of video games has changed dramatically. Developers finally had the technology to create experiences they previously could only imagine. People from around the world connected in visual spectacles with the singular goal of winning. Here’s hoping the next generation can have such lofty ambition.


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Tyler Barron and the BOX to play Rounders on the Strip By Dylan Walker | Contributing Writer

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When Tyler Barron left college halfway through his first semester, his only goal was to take his music career as far as it would go. He played bars from Birmingham to Gordo, Ala., covering popular country songs as well as writing original pieces. J.J. Evans, who played in bands for more than 20 years, decided to go see Barron perform at Mike’s Place in Tuscaloosa, where he saw the most talent he’d ever found in an individual, he said. “I said, ‘I’m gonna go check this kid out.’ I saw him play when he was younger, and I knew he could play the guitar. I went out to Mike’s Place and seven days later, we were playing in bars,” Evans said. “He’s got more talent than any single one person I know that I’ve had the opportunity to share a stage with, and I saw that.” Barron and Evans formed the country duo Tyler Barron and the BOX and have continued to play in bars in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for the past seven months. Tyler Barron and the BOX will perform Friday at Rounders on the Strip. Barron plays guitar and sings for the duo. He said their style is heavily influenced by his country upbringing. Evans plays the cajón, which he refers to as the box. He said his rock ‘n’ roll beginning was a major influence. “If I had a style to describe our music, I’d say hot country because you’re not gonna hear the

slow ballads. Mostly it’s upbeat stuff, and we’re on top of the new stuff coming out,” Evans said. A typical set list for the group includes original songs and covers of artists like Bruno Mars and Florida Georgia Line. Barron said he has also rapped for some covers. “If it’s hot on the radio, usually I hear it before it comes out,” Barron said. I listen to a lot of writers who play the songs first. We were playing ‘Cruise’ [by Florida Georgia Line] probably a month before it came on the radio. I even did the rap, but I wouldn’t call it rapping. More like talking fast with style.” After playing together for seven months, both said they want to continue playing as many places as they can. Evans said he would like to see their fan base increase to everyone they encounter. “At such a young age [Barron] is, I know he’s got what it takes,” Evans said. “I wanted to get with him and push him. That was my whole drive for this. I want him to go places that I haven’t been. Personal goal for me, I wanna play everywhere.” Barron said he wants to continue writing and playing what he enjoys, but he makes sure it’s not about the money for him. “If you’re doing it for the money, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons,” Barron said. “If you’re busy enough to be making big money, you won’t have time to spend it, so you better be happy with what you’re doing.”


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Students showcase fashion designs By Phoebe Rees | Contributing Writer It’s not every day that college finals give students the chance to live out a childhood dream, but for some students in The University of Alabama class CTD 450: Advanced Apparel Design, the upcoming senior fashion show provides a chance to do just that. “Fashion for Life” will take place Sunday in the Ferguson Center Ballroom and will showcase 14 students’ collections. They create their own collections from concept to production, a process that takes more than six

CW | Phoebe Rees Emily Mitchell, a junior majoring in apparel design, is one of 14 students showcasing their collections at Fashion for Life on Sunday.

PLAN TO GO WHAT: Fashion for Life WHEN: Sunday, 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. WHERE: Ferguson Center Ballroom ADMISSION: $5 months. “It defines their design philosophy and tells who they are as a designer,” course instructor Brian Taylor said. Stephanie Guld, a senior majoring in apparel design, has spent many sleepless nights preparing her collection. “There is so much more that goes into the garments than you would think,” Guld said. “I’m a perfectionist, so I could never say I’m completely 100 percent finished.” Guld said she realized her love for fashion at a young age and decided to study at The University of Alabama to experience college life. “The day I walked into this school, I had never sewn before,” she said. “I had never even touched a machine. I believe that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. I’m very driven.” Guld’s collection, “Truly Popped,” is inspired by the bold colors of pop art and features eye-catching fabrics teamed with bold shapes. “I wanted to do something creative and different that you couldn’t just go to a store and see,” Guld said. To accompany the garments, the students are also hand-styling each look. Everything from hair and accessories to makeup and music has been carefully chosen. Emily Mitchell, a junior majoring in apparel design, has been designing and making clothes since childhood. “I’m very petite, so when I was younger, I could never fit into normal kids’ clothes, and I hated it. So I started to design my own clothes that would fit me exactly the way I needed them to,” Mitchell said. “When I graduate, I would love to be able to start my own fashion design company.” Mitchell titled her collection “Succulence,” alluding to the shapes, colors and textures of the succulent plant that inspired it. Her garments combine muted tones with bright pops of color, teaming tailored fabrics with feminine lines. All proceeds from the show will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as chosen by the students. “It’s more than just a fashion show,” Taylor said. “It’s them participating in something where they can give back to the community.” Fashion for Life is organized by Fashion Inc., a student organization that aims to provide students with the necessary skills and insight to break into the fashion industry. “You really have to love what you do,” Guld said. “People often underestimate how difficult it is to major in fashion. It’s very time-consuming. When the show comes together, it will be one of the most fulfilling moments of my life.”

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Art exhibit promotes awareness for autism By Lauren Davis | Contributing Writer Arts ‘n Autism, an afterschool program for local children and young adults with autism, is offering a community-wide event Thursday, Nov. 14, to raise awareness for the growing prevalence of autism. The event, “An Evening of Art…and Autism,” will provide the community with the opportunity not only to support the program and autism awareness but to purchase works of art by children in the program via silent auction. Arts ‘n Autism began in 2004 as an afterschool program for local kids with autism. Beginning with only eight kids, the program has grown to accommodate 50 kids and young adults, ranging from 3 to 22 years of age. “We offer a variety of activities that are therapy-based in order to address the areas where the children struggle, whether in communication or social or processing skills,” Suzanne Dowling, director of development, said. Dowling said Arts ‘n Autism is the only program of its kind in west Alabama. She said it is their priority that no one is turned

away from the program due to a lack of resources. “Autism affects all income levels and all races,” Dowling said. “Although we charge tuition for the program, we won’t ever turn away a family that cannot make the payment. As a result, only 40 percent of our funding comes from tuition, and we must raise the other 60 percent through fundraisers such as ‘An Evening of Art…and Autism.’” In addition to fundraising, another primary goal of “An Evening of Art…and Autism” is to make known the prevalence of autism. Debbie Glass, a member of the Arts ‘n Autism board of directors, said the current rate of autism is 1 in 88 people but that it is not something to shy away from. “The fact of the matter is that autism is prevalent,” Glass said. “It is a subject that people need to be educated in, because it is inevitable that they will come in contact with a person with autism at some point in their lives.” “An Evening of Art…and Autism” will take place at Harrison Gallery Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for one or $50 for a pair.

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Three signees join Tide basketball team By Charlie Potter | Assistant Sports Editor The Alabama men’s basketball team received National Letters of Intents from three student athletes Wednesday during the first day of the early signing period. Point guard Justin Coleman Justin Coleman (Birmingham/Wenonah), shooting guard Devin Mitchell (Suwanee, Ga./ Collins Hills) and small forward Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala./Albertville) will join the Crimson Tide for the 2014-15 season. “Really excited about the three young men that we got signed today,” Anthony Grant said. “We feel like they’ll be great fits into our program, Devin Mitchell just high -character kids.” All three players were top-100 recruits nationally and bolted Alabama to the No. 21 class, according to 247Sports. Coleman and Norris are residents of Alabama and are the two highest-rated players in the state. Mitchell is the second rated player in the state of Georgia. Staying close to home was important Riley Norris for all three players. Photos obtained from “These were family decisions,”

Grant said. “You’re talking about in all three being one to three hours away from our campus where their family and friends will have a chance to follow their careers.” Coleman, 5 feet 10 inches and 160 pounds, is the No. 43 prospect in the nation, the No. 9 point guard and the No. 1 player in Alabama, according to 247Sports. “There is no other place like The University of Alabama,” Coleman said. “I am excited to get there and most excited about the players I will be playing alongside. I am looking forward to helping take the program to the next level under coach Grant.” Mitchell, 6 feet 4 inches and 175 pounds, is the No. 57 overall player in the country and the No. 13 shooting guard. “I can’t wait to start going to school there, and I am really looking forward to playing with the guys on the team and for the coaching staff,” Mitchell said. “Coach Grant is a great coach and has the program on the rise. I am looking forward to being a part of the success of coach Grant and Alabama basketball.”

Norris, 6 feet 7 inches and 190 pounds, is the No. 76 player in the nation and the No. 18 small forward. “Alabama was a good fit for me,” Norris said. “I think coach Grant and the rest of the staff will do a great job developing me as a person and a player. The academic side was also an important aspect for me. The better I can do off the court, the better my future will be once the ball stops bouncing. I am excited to be a part of The University of Alabama and the basketball team.” Grant said the Crimson Tide is likely finished for the early signing period but will keep its options open for other possibilities. Alabama will boast 13 scholarship players in the 2014-15 season, with senior guard Trevor Releford being the only player not returning to the court for the Crimson Tide. The three signees will be joined by transfers Ricky Tarrant and Michael Kessens, who will be eligible to play next year. “I’m excited about the team that we could put on the court next year,” Grant said.


Cross-country team to host 46 schools for NCAA South Regional By Benjamin Clark | Contributing Writer The University of Alabama cross-country team will host the NCAA South Regional Friday at the Harry Pritchett running course in an all-day event. The event will bring 46 different universities to Tuscaloosa, all fighting for a topthree finish to determine who will compete in the NCAA Championships in two weeks against qualifiers from eight other regions. The men’s team will run a 10k, and the women’s team will compete in a 6k. Florida State won both races as host last year, but sophomore Parker Deuel said having home field advantage isn’t always a good thing. “We feel like we have something to defend, but on the other hand, it offers a challenge,” Deuel said. “You don’t want to get too emotional [or] too excited that first mile and get real jumpy about things just because you are at home.” At the SEC Championships the women’s team UA Athletics finished sixth and the men’s team 11th. The cross-country regionals will take place at Harry Pritchett “We may have left a little bit on the table at Running Park all day Friday.

the SEC meet,” coach Dan Waters said. “We weren’t disappointed, but we know that we are better. This weekend, we are focusing on the best that we can be.” Waters said he has seen his team become more focused since then. “Since the SEC Championships, we have just been working on our recovery and just trying to prepare ourselves mentally, not just physically,” Deuel said. While the men’s team has won regionals five times in the past eight years, the women’s team is looking to prove itself this year. Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou said she is confident this year’s team is better than last year’s. “We had a good week of training last week, and I think, especially as a team, we are ready,” she said. Although they have had success in the past, the men’s team is also looking to bounce back after finishing 14th at last year’s meet. “They are going to surprise some people this year,” Waters said.

SPORTSIN BRIEF McCarron, Mosley named semifinalists AJ McCarron and C.J. Mosley were named semifinalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award on Wednesday. The Walter Camp Player of the Year is given annually to college football’s best player. McCarron is one of 10 quarterbacks under consideration, while Mosley is one of three defensive players named a semifinalist. Alabama has never had a Walter Camp award winner. Mosley is also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

UA swimmer named Freshman of the Week Alabama swimmer Anton McKee was named the SEC Swimming and Diving Freshman of the Week after the Crimson Tide’s meet against Florida last week. McKee is currently ranked third in the nation in the 200 breaststroke.

Gymnastics team adds 5 new members for next 2 seasons The Crimson Tide gymnastics team added five gymnasts in the early signing period. Mackenzie Brannan, Nickie Guerrero and Kiana Winston will join Alabama for the 2014 season, while Keely McNeer and Aja Sims will join the Crimson Tide in December for the spring semester. Compiled by John Mitchell and Charlie Potter


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LSU game student section attendance 2.3%

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Every week after a home football game, The Crimson White will provide a report on student attendance at the game. All numbers were provided by The University of Alabama. Here are the numbers for last weekend’s game against the Louisiana State University Tigers:

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Unheralded Patrick makes biggest play in game By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor In need of a big play in the first quarter of its game against LSU, Alabama turned to an unlikely hero. When LSU’s fullback J.C. Copeland took the handoff around the left side, quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw his hands up in celebration, long before Copeland approached the goal line. But Tana Patrick, a reserve senior linebacker who only plays in goal line situations, wrapped his right arm around Copeland and swatted the ball out of his hands, ending the Tigers’ first touchdown

attempt and essentially taking 7 points off the board. “Tana, when he gets in, he does his job,” linebacker Trey Depriest said. “That fumble was key. It stopped them from potentially scoring and just changed, really, the momentum of the game. Tana is just a hard-nosed guy. He doesn’t play much. But when his number’s called he goes out there and performs.” Patrick’s Alabama career hasn’t exactly gone the way he hoped it would. Like most players on the Crimson Tide, Patrick came in as a highly touted linebacker. However, The Bridgeport, Ala., native never

consistently saw the field. He made a combined 29 tackles over his first three seasons at Alabama, many of which came on special teams or in mop-up duty at the end of a blowout game. “I think it could have gone better for me,” Patrick said. “I’m not complaining. I’m working with some of the best coaches and players and getting better. It’s making me a better person and better all-around person. “Where I’m from, we are always putting in hard work. My mom is always going to work and taking care of us. It’s something that she put into us.”

Coach Nick Saban and the rest of the team said games against LSU always come down to three or four big plays. Patrick made one of them. “Tana is a great guy,” linebacker Denzel Devall said. “He practices every day, busting the ball out, and it paid off this Saturday. He made a great play. We knew it was going to come down to one big play or two big plays. That was a big play.” Patrick could get more snaps over the next two weeks as Alabama travels to Starkville, Miss. to take on Mississippi State before hosting Chattanooga. But he’ll always be able to say

he made one of the biggest plays of Alabama’s 2013 season. “You always like to see players make plays. Tana has been a guy that, whatever his role has been here, he’s been willing to play. He never gets disappointed, never gets frustrated. He’s always upbeat and positive. He’s played for us all year on the goal line,” Saban said. “That was certainly a huge play in the game early on when we weren’t playing well. “It made a huge difference in the outcome of the game, too, I’m sure. We’re very excited and happy to see him make the play, but it was great for our team as well.”


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Internal pressure pushes Tide toward tournament BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 1

And Alabama has been competitive in the last few seasons. Not only has Alabama played its way into the postseason, but last year’s 23-13 overall record marked the Crimson Tide’s third straight 20-win season. The last time that happened was 1990-92 under Wimp Sanderson. However, the Crimson Tide dropped its regular season opener against Oklahoma, 82-73, Friday in Dallas, Texas. Senior guard Trevor Releford played only 22 minutes and watched a lot of the game from the bench because of early fouls. Alabama committed 14 turnovers and could not keep up with the Sooners in the second half. But Grant saw ways for the team to improve in its nearly week-long break. “If we can take the things that we learned from that game and our exhibition game and allow it to help us get better as a team, then it will be worth it [in the end],� Grant said. Alabama now moves to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the team’s home opener Thursday in the first-ever game in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Crimson Tide defeated Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, a season ago, 66-62. But former SEC coach Tubby Smith has taken over the reins for the Red Raiders this season. Texas Tech is 1-6 all-time against

Alabama, but Smith owns a 9-5 record when he faces the Crimson Tide. Grant knows Alabama must return to its defensive-first mentality Friday in order to avoid starting the season 0-2. “For us, it always starts on the defensive end,� Grant said. “The two games that we’ve played we’ve had some difficulty in terms of rebounding, and this will be a big challenge with this team coming in. They’ve got great size and physicality.� The Crimson Tide plays well at home, boasting a record of 48-7 (.873) when playing at Coleman Coliseum over the last three seasons. Last season, Alabama ranked 31st in the country with an 11,159 average in attendance. And this season should be no different. “We’re excited about this season, and we’re looking forward to being competitive again in the SEC and during our nonconference slate,� Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle said. “Both on and off the court, coach Grant provides strong leadership for our men’s basketball program. “I want our students and our fans in the community to show their support by making Coleman Coliseum a formidable venue for opponents to visit. They can be a key factor in our success.� Alabama failed to obtain a quality win over Oklahoma last week but has plenty of opportunities ahead of it. The Crimson Tide will face Texas Tech, Wichita State, South Florida,

PLAN TO GO WHAT: Texas Tech at Alabama WHEN: Coleman Coliseum WHERE: 8 p.m. TV: ESPN2

Xavier and UCLA before its slate of conference games. Alabama will also compete in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament alongside host schools Rutgers, Arizona and Duke. Wins over most of those teams would help add to Alabama’s resume and help get it to the NCAA tournament. But Prisbell said not to discredit this Alabama team if it isn’t a part of March Madness. “I think it’s important,� Prisbell said. “But I wouldn’t jump ship or toss Anthony Grant aside if they don’t make the NCAA Tournament if they’re competitive and in the discussion.� Grant and the Crimson Tide will approach the schedule one game at a time and work toward getting a bid into the big dance. But don’t count on Alabama keeping up with which teams are on the bubble each week. The Crimson Tide is serious about winning this season. “The only pressure our team faces is the one we put on ourselves and the expectations that we have internally,� CW FIle Grant said. Anthony Grant places pressure on himself in 2013-14 season.


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