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Gameday crowds crash campus early By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

will arrive on campus. Thursday is generally the “UA has more students in class and on campus on busiest day for students, University spokeswoman Cathy Thursdays than any other day of the week.” Andreen said in an e-mailed The familiar routine of statement. attending classes from Monday — Cathy Andreen “UA has more students through Friday is normally disin class and on campus on rupted only when holidays fall to the football game against classes are cancelled to accom- Thursdays than any other day within the week. However, this Thursday, due Georgia State University, modate the number of fans who of the week,” she said. “With



several thousand fans and visitors coming to campus for a Thursday game, it is not logistically possible for the campus to continue to operate in a ‘business as usual’ manner. We must operate as if it were a gameday Saturday.” Andreen said the University made adjustments to its fall

break schedule to accommodate for the loss of class time. “After the game was moved to Thursday, the University made the decision to shift one day of the fall semester break from Thursday, Oct. 28 to Thursday, Nov. 18,” she said.

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Parking lot guards lack Crimson Tide v. Plains Pride weapons Many students faced tough decision choosing between Alabama and Auburn Security Resource Assistants serve as eyes and ears of UAPD By Jennie Kushner Senior Staff Reporter If you see a security guard in one of six parking lots on campus at night, don’t worry. They won’t shoot. Captain Larry Montgomery, associate director for security resources with the University of Alabama Police Department, said the Security Resource Assistants are the eyes and the ears of the UAPD. Montgomery said the security guards are not sworn-in as officers, but wear a uniform. Guards’ booths are located at the front and back Tutwiler lots, Riverside East, Rose Towers and Ridgecrest North and South, Montgomery said. SRAs regularly patrol all lots on campus. “I am proud of the work they do,” Montgomery said. “They are not armed. We don’t train them to be, and we don’t want them to be. We teach them to retreat from any danger.” Montgomery said SRAs see a lot of action but it typically is not criminal. “Since we have put security resources in these lots, vehicle break-ins and criminal mischief has gone down drastically,” Montgomery said. “We almost have no crime occurring in those lots.” Cathy Andreen, UA spokeswoman, said

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Confederate flag prompts discussion By Brittney Knox Staff Reporter For some, the Confederate flag is traditionally a symbol of Southern pride, but for others, it rekindles a flame of hatred. Stillman College and UA honors students presented a collaborative forum that discussed views of the meaning behind the Confederate flag. A video presentation was shown with students’ quotes ranging from “It’s a reminder of the South” to “I think it means hate.” Historically, the Confederate flag was used during the Civil War during the years of 1861 to 1865 as the official flag of the South. Students at the forum showcased a PowerPoint presentation with images of the Ku Klux Klan toting the flag at hate rallies — images that reflected the negative correlation of the flag. Elishia Martin, a senior majoring in nursing at Stillman College, presented the views pertaining to the idea that the symbol of the flag represents a heritage that links the Confederate flag to Southern history. “Some people simply feel it is a symbol of the South,” she said. “Soldiers that fought for the

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Restaurants and bars prepare for Iron Bowl By Ashley Chaffin Contributing Writer As most Alabama fans sit around a table enjoying their Thanksgiving dinners, businesses in Tuscaloosa will be preparing for the crowds that flood into Tuscaloosa every year for the Iron Bowl. With Auburn undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the BCS polls, and Alabama’s three seasons of home game victories on the line, restaurants and bars are expecting crowds to be filled with both types of fans.


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“It’s very exciting, everybody is on their toes and everybody is always talking about how badly they are going to beat each other,” said Blake Horton, general manager of The Bear Trap. “It’s a great atmosphere though; it’s usually pretty friendly for the most part.” Bill Lloyd, the owner of Wilhagan’s, said being at the restaurant for the game is as close to being at the stadium as you can get. Everyone has shakers, they play the fight songs and no one is afraid to cheer. Horton said The

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The university selection process can be a tough one for those interested in higher education, as each school evokes different emotions for every individual. For many Alabama residents, as well as others living in the Southeast, the question of attending the University of Alabama or Auburn University is a tough one. Ryan Missanelli, a UA graduate student and employee in the Office of Enrollment Services and Programs, said the University of Alabama offers a sense of family and tradition to prospective students. “Most people attending UA today are in-state students, so they’ve been introduced to the school’s history in their Alabama history classes,” Missanelli said. “Whether it’s the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door or Bear Bryant and our football program, these prospective students know all about UA and have an idea of its identity.” Missanelli said he thinks one of the primary factors influencing students about where to attend college is their family ties. “Every school has its share of strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “But when all that is said and done, I think that one’s family ties really play an important role in the selection process.” Those family ties attracted junior Kerri Pender to Auburn University. Her mother and father both graduated from the school in the mid-1980s.



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Lunch Char-Grilled Rosemary Pork Buttered Rice Black Eyed Peas Mediterranean Pasta Vegetable Lasagna (Vegetarian)

What: Georgia State

What: Student Chamber

tailgate for freshmen, transfer students and more


Where: Tent on the quad across from the Bidgood Crimson Ride stop

Dinner Rotisseries Style Chicken Escalloped Potatoes Sautéed Asparagus Mediterranean Pasta

When: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.


What: 64th Annual Federal

Lunch Beef Stroganoff with Noodles Seasoned Lima Beans Spinach Sausage, Onion & Pepper Calzone Vegetable Chimichanga (Vegetarian) Dinner Chicken Tetrazzini Herb-Roasted Potatoes Fresh Garlic Mushrooms Jerk Pork Loin Vegetable Chimichanga (Vegetarian)


Tax Clinic

Where: Bryant Conference Center

When: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY What: Victory Lap for Literacy

Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 5 p.m.

Where: ROTC Building behind Gorgas Library

When: 10 a.m.

What: Keynote address at the MLC Graduate Student Conference - Dr. Jo Anne Engelbert will be delivering the keynote address Borges to His Translators: “Make me macho and gaucho and skinny”

SUNDAY What: “Grown Ups” movie screening

Where: Ferguson Center

Where: Heritage Room


Ferguson Student Center

When: 8 -10 p.m.

When: 6 - 7 p.m. What: Al’s Pals Mentorship Program

Where: Ferguson 356 When: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

What: University Chorus and Shelton Singers; Rocky Tejada, conductor Where: Moody Concert

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Closed for Mid-Semester Break

When: 7:30 p.m. FRESH FOOD Closed for Mid-Semester Break

ON CAMPUS Art to be displayed in Woods Hall Prints by current students and alumni of the department of art and art history are on exhibit in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery on the first floor of Woods Hall through Nov.

19. For more information, con- have been canceled for New channels added tact Sarah Marshall at 348- Thursday, Nov. 18, to accommodate the several thou- to on-campus cable 1900. sand fans expected in town to attend the 6:30 p.m. foot- lineup ball game against Georgia Classes canceled The University has added State University at BryantDenny Stadium. Classes three new channels to the UA today will resume on Friday, Nov. cable line-up. ResLife Cinema is on Channel 15, WUOA.DT As a reminder, classes 19.

is on 23.1 and Comcast Sports South is on Channel 66. Several other channels were also moved in order to accommodate these channel additions. In order to get all of the channels, it is suggested that you rescan your TV. For the new channel line-up, visit

5K run supports local literacy By Hailey Grace Allen Contributing Writer

The University’s Army ROTC program is teaming up with the Pi Beta Phi sorority ADVERTISING to host the University’s first • Dana Andrzejewski, Advertising Victory Lap for Literacy, a 5K Manager, 348-8995, cwadmarun to raise awareness and funds to combat Alabama’s • Drew Gunn, Advertising growing illiteracy rates. Coordinator, 348-8044 The event will take place • Hallett Ogburn, Territory this Saturday, at the southManager, 348-2598 west corner of the Quad. • Emily Frost, National Advertising/ “Illiteracy is a growing Classifieds, 348-8042 problem in Alabama as well as • Jessica West, Zone 3, 348-8735 the rest of the United States,” • Brittany Key, Zone 4, 348-8054 said Cadet Kirby Thornton, a senior majoring in entrepre• Robert Clark, Zone 5, 348-2670 neurship and a member of the • Emily Richards, Zone 6, 348ROTC program. “The goal of 6876 this event is to promote lit• Amy Ramsey, Zone 7, 348-8742 eracy in West Alabama and to help raise money for the • Elizabeth Howell, Zone 8, 348University’s ROTC program.” 6153 • Caleb Hall, Creative Services Manager, 348-8042


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because the SRAs are in uniform, they are a big deterrent to someone like a criminal.

IF YOU GO ... • What: 5K run to raise awareness and funds to combat growing illiteracy rates • Where: Southwest courner of the Quad

• When: Saturday • How much: $15 According to the National Right to Read Foundation, 42 million American adults can’t read at all and 50 million are unable to read at a higher level than is expected of a fourth or fifth grader. “We hope that this fund-


junior majoring in psychology and the coordinator of the event for Pi Beta Phi sorority. “That way, children don’t go too long without any practice.” “Money raised from the event will also go to help the University’s ROTC program attract more students to the University and to equip the program in developing better leaders for the U.S. military,” Thornton said. Members of the ROTC and Pi Beta Phi hope to continue

the program next year but in order to do so there will have to be a good turn out at Saturday’s event, Thornton said. “This weekend, we hope to promote a better understanding in our community about the importance and effects of illiteracy,” Ehni said. “We also really want to help support the University’s ROTC program.” Registration for the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the ROTC building behind Gorgas, and the run will begin at 10 a.m. The 5K run will be around the University’s campus, heading toward University Boulevard and ending on the Quad in front of Morgan Hall. Registration fees are $15 and each registrant will receive a T-shirt.

This authority figure goes a long way, she said. Montgomery said on a typical day, 13 people work the afternoon and the night shifts. On day shifts there are about five people. However, gamedays require more attention, he said. “We have 39 people working; we do the driving details so we usually have eight or nine people working on that,” he said. “We also assist officers at the student gates and help in the student sections. “They are present in uniforms but don’t have enforcement duties.” Montgomery said the SRAs also work traffic posts to assist the police officers in directing traffic after the games. Montgomery, who has worked for the University since 1978, said the University implemented an electrical locking system for doors in 2004. The division officers who aren’t sworn in will check doors if an alarm sounds or a malfunction occurs. Montgomery said UAPD has a Safer Living Guide to help students be safer on campus. “Try not to travel alone and stay in well lit areas,” Montgomery said. “If you are in an area where you feel unsafe, call us. If you are walking to your vehicle and

need an escort, we are here for that.” Students said they appreciate the effort the University is taking to make them feel protected, but they question if a deterrent like unarmed security guards is enough. “Even though they are unarmed, they still give off the illusion to unwanted guests that they do have the ability to take action if needed,” said Elizabeth Lowder, a senior majoring in advertising. “If I was in a problematic situation in one of those areas, I would assume that the guard would be able to help me immediately. It is misleading for students who feel that they are protected.” “I think it is a waste of our money and someone’s time to have a physical body sitting in a parking lot all night long who can’t do anything if a dangerous situation arises,” said Kiara Smith, a freshman majoring in business. “Honestly, what is the point of them?” Robert Fender, a senior majoring in business, said he thinks the guards instill a sense of safety in students. “I think they’re a good thing to have because they can be there faster than police or anything if there’s an emergency and they give students a sense of protection, especially late at night,” he said.

This program gives books to younger children whose families cannot afford to buy books. That way, children don’t go too long without any practice.


— Molly Ehni, junior, psychology

raiser can help decrease that number around the Tuscaloosa area,” Thornton said. Half of the proceeds from the event will be donated to First Book, an organization that provides new books to children. Pi Beta Phi has teamed up with the organization in an effort to eliminate the barrier of illiteracy. “This program gives books to younger children whose families cannot afford to buy books,” said Molly Ehni, a

I think it is a waste of our money and someone’s time to have a physical body sitting in a parking lot all night long who can’t do anything if a dangerous situation arises. —Kiara Smith, freshman, business



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Smartphone repair store grows rapidly By Ethan Summers Staff Reporter


Cofounder of Phone Restore, Andrew Batteen, shows a piece of artwork made of broken iPhone screens that he has repaired.


“I’ve always been kind of a fix-it kind of guy. If I break any electronics, I try and research it and find the best way to get it fixed. I never take my car to the mechanic. I try and do that myself.” — Andrew Batteen

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phones in 5 to 10 minutes, right in front of you,” he said. “We try to be professional and fast so people can just get in, get out and get on with their lives.” The store is still in its infancy, but both men said they are optimistic about its future. “Once we get the second store, the third store will be a lot easier,” Batteen said. “We’re documenting everything that it took to get the first store going.” Koerner, who graduates in May, said it’s a dream come true. “It’s really awesome to know I won’t have to look for a job,” he said.

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would ideally have several locations to support the city’s large population, while he said they have no plans for additional stores in the smaller market of Tuscaloosa. “There’s just a big need for it, and we’ve got to get out and get in the market,” Batteen said. The store itself, located beside Batteries Plus on 15th Street, is bare. Koerner said this is because they have much more space than they need. “We have a 1,200 square foot space, but we only really need 800 square feet,” he said. The only products sold in the store are OtterBox cases, because they’re “just the best,” according to Koerner. The store also offers insurance plans for phones. Koerner helped a customer while being interviewed in the store. The woman needed her “Home” button replaced. The button is one of only four hard buttons on the phone and is crucially important for use. She said that to have the repairs made by other experts would require an expensive trip to Birmingham or several weeks of waiting for her shipped-off phone to return. Her entire visit lasted 15 minutes from diagnosis to receipt and cost $55. Koerner said the store only uses the same parts Apple uses, and only from the same suppliers. The same customer asked if her warranty would be voided for going to a third party for repairs. “The moment you broke it, your warranty’s voided because they [Apple] don’t cover damage,” Koerner said. The rapid repair time, an average of 10 to 15 minutes on the counter in front of the customer, is typical for the store, Koerner said. “We pride ourselves on fixing


A broken iPhone no longer requires a trip to Birmingham or weeks waiting on your return package. Phone Restore held its grand opening Nov. 12. Located across the street from Hokkaido on 15th Street, the store repairs iPhones, iPads, iPods, laptops, other smart phones and anything else they can, said Chris Koerner. Koerner is founder and owner of Phone Restore, along with Andrew Batteen. Koerner, a senior majoring in business management and entrepreneurship, said the idea came to him in the spring when he had to deal with a broken phone. “I had an iPhone and I broke it in May and I was really distraught,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. I realized I might be able to fix it if I tried, if I tinkered with it.” Koerner said his success encouraged him to continue learning about repairing iPhones. Entrepreneurship has always been a lifelong dream of his, he said. “When I was 11 years old, I was selling used golf balls from a Red Rider wagon,” he said. He said he developed some experience in business working with a rental property and a website that offered students online options for buying textbooks. Koerner eventually spoke with a friend and fellow church member, Andrew Batteen, about the idea of opening a local store to repair iPhones. Batteen is a Ph.D. student in higher education administration at the University. Batteen said he and Koerner spent much time before last May discussing business ideas. “We would go to Barnes and Noble every so often and have brainstorming sessions about ideas and things we could start,” he said. When Koerner came to him early in the summer with the

idea of a repair shop for tech gadgets, Batteen said it made perfect sense. “We tried a bunch of different ideas and when this one came up, it was like ‘well duh,’” Batteen said. “I’ve always been kind of a fix-it kind of guy. If I break any electronics, I try and research it and find the best way to get it fixed. I never take my car to the mechanic. I try and do that myself.” The men began an expensive process of trial-and-error to learn how to repair iPhones over the summer, Batteen said. “It took us breaking iPhones to learn the ins and outs of it,” he said. “In order to fix a screen, we would break an LCD in the process.” Batteen said the men spent significant time and money working with already broken iPhones. “We got some broken [iPhones] off eBay and we ordered some parts,” Batteen said. “We also found that there are a lot of parts floating around.” Koerner said word of their knowledge spread and friends started asking to have them repair their phones. They worked throughout the summer, maxing out their credit cards and learning everything they could about repairing the products, they said. On Sept. 9, Phone Restore officially held their soft opening. Koerner said the store reached the point where their revenue covered expenses. They haven’t spent any money to advertise, according to Koerner, relying on word of mouth and fliers on campus. Both men said the store has been a great success, to the point that they’re already making serious plans for multiple new stores in Birmingham. “Potentially in January, we’re going to be moving to Birmingham,” Batteen said. “Our goal is really to have five or six stores in a year.” He said their market research shows that a population of about 100,000 people can support a single store. Birmingham

OPINIONS Thursday, November 18, 2010 Editor • Tray Smith Page 4


“No, I think class wouldnʼt be productive. Youʼd be too tired from the game.” — Ross Hester, sophomore, business

Opinions can’t lack feelings By Debra Flax

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Show your class, Bama By John Anselmo In this paper, on this page, I have strongly advocated the unification of the student body, several times. Over and over again, I have claimed that an active student body on a quest for the best of our school and state is so very important to our future. So far this year I have been impressed and proud, but not surprised, considering the fine people we have here at the Capstone, of the path our student body has taken. Events like the one we saw on Sunday at the Quad show that we are growing closer as a community. We can see it from places that we haven’t before. Our SGA president is moving the finances of our student government out of the dark and is calling for unity across campus. I am going to ask my peers again to join together, on a somewhat lighter note, but maybe not for people in this state and area of the country. As everyone knows, the best rivalry in college football will add another chapter to its storied history in just eight days. The Iron Bowl always means a little something extra. The last two years, national championship aspirations have been on the line for our Crimson Tide. This year, the

same hopes will be on the table for our rival, the Auburn Tigers. We haven’t seen the regular season of college football end quite like this one. This season has brought us not one, but two non-automatic BCS qualifiers in the balance for a trip to Glendale. Widespread accusations are being held against the lone Heisman frontrunner. With all of the energy this season and its developments have brought, let’s remember who we really are and what we stand for. We know we don’t stand for attacking people who have put their reputations on the line, reporting stories that they believe lead to truth, just doing their jobs. And yes, these reporters should pay the consequences if they accused with no cause. We are going to wait for due process to bring justice either way. Our football players show their class on the field, helping the opponent up after each play. This is contrary to the actions you see after the play by our rival. You don’t see the men wearing crimson and white spearing quarterbacks like fish. Our players don’t brag about body slamming others in WWE fashion. We follow the advice of our legendary head coach, “knock ‘em down, pick ‘em back up and run back to the huddle.” Our players are not stars on YouTube for targeting the knees of other football players. We don’t sing about how great it is to be part of our institution while an injured opposing player is lying on the field. We just cancelled our celebratory cheer, the Rammer Jammer, respecting the passing of a former member of our foe. On Nov. 26, let’s rise to the

occasion. Let’s make Bryant-Denny what it should be — the toughest place to play in college football. We can remember our values and class while doing this. Our players deserve the best we can provide as fans. Let’s believe in them, especially when they face the nation’s finest. Remember last time we faced the best team in the land, with a seemingly unstoppable signal-caller? Let’s show our class and hospitality to Auburn and their following when they make the quest to Tuscaloosa. We can fully support our team while doing this. My father has a framed sports section from one of the Birmingham newspapers from Jan., 1993. “1-derland” was the title of the page, as the claiming of Alabama’s 12th national championship was chronicled. Paul Finebaum had a column in this paper on that day, titled “Tradition topples the Trash.” Finebaum spoke of Alabama and its tradition, overcoming the “trash” of Miami’s football program, which had been most pomp and arrogant before the Sugar Bowl game. Being a member of the Alabama community, let’s overcome the classlessness and trash that has contaminated our beloved sport. A fine balance of pride, enthusiasm and class, which is in the heart of every Crimson Tide fan, should be present on the Friday of the Iron Bowl. Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, “Just show your class.” That’s basically all we need to know as Alabama fans going into the week of the Iron Bowl. John Anselmo is a senior majoring in economics.

No problems with gay marriage By Michael Patrick

“No, because the game goes so late, I think itʼs hard to get work done.” — Kristin Gipner, senior, elementary education

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Marriage is one of the oldest institutions still recognized in our society today, and it does not seem to be losing any of its value or momentum. Marriage is simply a legal contract between two individuals; however, we have made it into so much more. Society has created social and religious implications for the word “marriage,” and now many people are using them as tools in the fight against same-sex couples joining in on the ancient tradition. Many people argue that marriage is a religious institution and allowing same-sex couples to marry would be entrenching upon their freedom of religion. It is true that marriage is often thought of as a religious institution; however, the Catholic Church did not even consider the act to be a sacrament until 1215 A.D., previously considering it a secular practice of exchanging property. Therefore, marriage can hardly be considered exclusively religious. E.J. Graff, author of “What is Marriage For?” and resident scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, reports that marriage has been a political battleground for centuries. She says that after industrialization, when men begin to work in factories, marriage moved away from the traditional model: “In 1920 and 1930 every third magazine article is saying ‘this is the end of marriage as we know it,’ ‘this is the death of the family,’ and ‘this is the period of the collapse of traditional marriage.’ Because



People say that because homosexual couples cannot reproduce, their relationships cannot be natural and therefore they should not be allowed to wed.

suddenly youngsters are behaving bizarrely; they’re dating, not on the front porch, but outside of their parents view… and they’re having sex with contraception.” Similar arguments about the death of family values and traditional marriage are being thrust upon same-sex marriages today. People say that because homosexual couples cannot reproduce, their relationships cannot be natural and therefore they should not be allowed to wed. But that argument suggests that marriage is in some way tied to the ability to reproduce, which is untrue. There is another popular idea floating around suggesting states should have the right to vote upon legalizing same-sex marriage. However this is not a states’ right issue. The Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996 under the Clinton administration, defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The act also allows states the ability to not recognize unions from other states. This means that gay men and women are denied over 1,000 federal benefits, including inheritance, immigration, Social Security and hospital visitation. That means that if a man in Vermont, where gay marriage is legal, wishes to marry a man from Venezuela, they still would not be able to acquire a green card because the marriage would

not be federally recognized. Many hateful zealots, like James Dobson, love to use arguments that say same-sex marriage is just a slippery slope to “marriage between a man and his donkey.” Equating a consenting marriage between two adults does not in any way compare to the marriage between a human being and an animal or an adult and child. This type of speech illustrates a core misunderstanding of people and is blatantly ignorant hate. Recently after U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8 in California many conservatives accused him of legislating from the bench; however, the same could be said in Brown v. Board of Education. The judicial system has an obligation to stand up for minorities when no one else will. Conservatives love to grandstand their love for freedoms and how evil the government is for interfering with the private lives of citizens, and now that they have the chance to actually stand up for something that is not directly related to fiscal policies, they choose to stand up for regulation of private issues. Michael Patrick is a junior majoring in political science. His column runs bi-weekly on Thursdays.

Last week, I wrote an article about the meaning behind the word “weird,” and as how that resonates with people who get called that and worse all the time. A concerned student eventually expressed disinterest in the piece. First and foremost, I’d like to thank that student and all those who read my columns every week. Your attention and readership is greatly appreciated. Second off, I’d like to ask how opinions are supposed to, in any way, lack feelings, emotions and personal beliefs about various matters. Whether it has to do with how a student views the campus bus system or why someone disagrees with a policy made by a state official or just how they feel about a disheartening conversation, those feelings are what make up the articles you read on this page every day. Those emotions are the basis for opinions and have every right to belong on this campus and in this campus newspaper. With the growing number of high school and college student suicides, that reality is a very important one. Feelings have everything to do with not only how we interact with those around us, but also how we think and believe. Sharing those thoughts, we’re able to let the people around us know what our beliefs are. We’re able to express that none of us are alone in any belief and to potentially save someone who thinks they are. The fact that we all have the opportunity to say what we want, how we want with the freedom we deserve is a truth that many of today’s society forgets is actually a privilege. We are lucky to be able to have this newspaper and have the ability to express our agreeing or disagreeing thoughts on whatever subject matter, whether you put your name to it or not. It’s bold to speak your mind, but it’s often more courageous to put your entire self out there for people to read, enjoy, or tear apart. No matter what they discuss, people’s opinions have substance. You may think the same. You may think he or she has gone completely mad. But every opinion, every feeling woven into it, has substance because it’s what the person believes. It’s what the person wants to share with those reading and with which wants to evoke emotion, whether that emotion is anger, hatred, love, acceptance, and so on right down the line. When you watch a friend deteriorate into a shadow of himself and you discuss his suicide in relation to the thousands who’ve met a similar fate, you tell me that’s supposed to lack emotion. When you have a columnist express his indifference with his university’s band and seemingly the entire campus lashes back, you tell me that lacks feeling. When you have a writer, whether talented or just talking, simply trying to make it known that it’s all right to be different in a world that’s not completely used to that yet and someone shoots it down for being inane, you tell me that lacks purpose. We are a merely a forum. We are the names that get you all to talk, express and feel. We are just here to help you and, in turn, make us better communicators. So, yes, feelings have every right to belong on an opinions page and most absolutely matter in the grand scheme of our campus and campuses across the country. If they didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this section in the first place.

Debra Flax is a junior majoring in journalism. Her column runs on Thursdays.


Show patience with Christian friends By Will Turner

In his letter to the editor, “Show Compassion for Atheist Friends,” Professor Phil Bishop demonstrates a fundamental misconception that most theists have about atheism. The problem is that they assume atheism is something more than it is. In fact, atheism is not a hypothesis, or an ideology, or a substitute for religion. Atheism, in the simplest terms, is the rejection of claims made by theists for the existence of, and access to, the supernatural. In other words, atheism is the belief that the burden of proof required to satisfy the truth of theistic claims is not satisfied. That’s it. While many atheists express opinions and beliefs that go beyond that simple principal, being an atheist does not require more. Because of his misconception, Professor Bishop assumes that the truth of evolutionary theory is indispensable to atheism. This is untrue. While many may be struck by the fact that evolution explains the diversity of life without any need for supernatural intervention, this says nothing about whether or not there are any gods. An understanding of evolution is merely compatible with atheism; it does not necessarily precede it. Will Turner is a student in the School of Law.

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Quilts Gallery patches together family By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter

Could you take a few square inches of fabric, tack it and sew it all together into a king-sized quilt over the course of three days? Six ladies from the West Perry-County Marion Arts and Crafts Association certainly can. Berdia Nelson, Eunice Hewitt, Mattie Atkins, Rosa Martin and Walta Mae Kennie use their collaborative talent to piece together the new Quilts Gallery in Nott Hall. “I make my own patterns and sew all the time,” said Hewitt, maker of a turquoise quilt called Diamond in the Square, priced at $500. “I do all of this by hand. I can make Jacob’s Ladder, Texas Star and of course the ninepatch.” Atkins said she has been sewing since she was 10 or 12

years old. “I got started when I was a little girl, and people in the community would piece up quilts,” Atkins said. “My first quilt was only a 4 x 4 with straight blocks across.” Atkins was forced to learn her trade very quickly. “When my oldest son was born we didn’t have much and I had to make his clothes,” she said. “He was a little on the stout side, and then my other sons and daughters ended up being all different shapes and sizes as well.” Atkins sewed clothing for her five sons and two daughters by hand. When they would outgrow an outfit, she would save the material to turn into “britches quilts,” which were made from recycled clothing. “I have made a lot of quilts in my lifetime, probably at least 45 to 50,” Atkins said. “My absolute favorite was a yellow and

purple quilt I gave to my son. It was made out of tiny flowers and formed a large fan in the middle.” The ladies first became acquainted with members of the Honor’s College through the University Fellows Black Belt Experience, which is set up to build community relationships. Students try to get to know members of this rural community, understand their needs, and help out in any way possible. “As part of the Black Belt Experience for Fellows, we live in Marion County for three weeks,” Director of the UA Honors Program Jacqueline Morgan said. “We feel privileged to have gotten to know these special women over the last three years in their home. It’s a pleasure to bring them into our home tonight.” Morgan said it is fun to allow

these friends to showcase their talents in an exhibit. “I established a special connection with them immediately,” said David Phelps, a freshman majoring in engineering. “My grandma taught me to quilt when I was a very young boy, but I don’t remember it. She passed away, and these women represent something I don’t have anymore.” Phelps explained that people in his generation are focused on efficiency and getting a job done quickly. Many would see no value in homemade quilts CW | Teresa Portone anymore. However, to Phelps, Lexi Pabadellias, a mechanical engineering major, and Eunice Hewitt, the quilts are symbolic of rich discuss “Diamond in the Square.” tradition and the special bond he once shared with his grand- songs. Martin stepped to the to others, according to Honors mother. He said he believes they microphone and sang “Let Your College instructor Chip Cooper. should be treasured as the gifts Light Shine.” The others joined He said the ladies offer a blessthey are. in and encouraged student par- ing to all that should be cherBefore leaving the gallery, the ticipation. ished. Their quilts will be hanggroup proved they had one more The quilters have no problem ing in Nott Hall for the rest of the collective talent: singing gospel opening their hearts and souls year, and they are all for sale.

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Students help erase stigmas By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter The National Alliance on Mental Illness aspires to erode the stigma attached to mental illness and to improve the lives of students who are directly or indirectly affected by mental illness, said Caroline Titcomb, graduate advisor for NAMI-UA and a graduate student pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology. NAMI is a mental health advocacy organization that has chapters nationwide, but NAMI-UA is the first college club in the state of Alabama to be affiliated with the group, according to a press release by NAMI-UA disseminate released in February. Titcomb said the organization wants to disseminate information to studentm pertaining to the University’s mental health services. “One of our goals is to share with students on campus the

resources that are available for them,” she said. NAMI-UA hopes to partner with the Counseling Center in establishing student-to-student support groups where dialogue about mental health issues can be fostered in an open environment, she added. Kimberlee Hawkins, president of NAMI-UA and a senior majoring in healthcare management, said the student organization is in the beginning stages of its development and is therefore looking forward to partnering with the Counseling Center and Project Health from the Student Health Center to facilitate stressreduction in the student body. She said Project Health does de-stressing events during examinations such as the Pancake Breakfast and the Counseling Center has an outreach program scheduled by its calendar. She said she hopes to see NAMI-UA partnering with these organizations for these events. Hawkins said NAMI-UA is not

a replacement for therapy or treatment. “It’s not going to be a treatment group,” she said. “We want to establish a student-to-student group and since we’re really new right now, we’re looking to partner with other organizations.” NAMI-UA could be a source of information for students to use to determine where they need to go for certain mental health services, she added. Hawkins said NAMI-UA will raise money for the West Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, or WACH, and has stationed boxes in some of the residence halls to gather donations. NAMI-UA hopes to raise $200 for WACH’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Titcomb said the erosion of the stigma attached to mental illness is crucial. “We take the view that mental health and mental illness affect everyone whether you identify as living with a mental illness or not,” she said.


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Pepper expert talks hot By Jasmine Cannon Contributing Writer In conjunction with International Education Week hosted by Capstone International, Rodgers Library featured the week’s spotlight session entitled “Science of Hot Sauce.” Ben Villalón, a professor emeritus of plant virology and plant breeding at Texas A&M University, was the speaker for the event. He spoke about topics such as nutritional and health aspects of chilies, the properties of hot sauce and other information regarding fruits and vegetables. Villalón said he was able to discuss his expertise on peppers through Mangala Krishnamurthy, who is a reference librarian at Rodgers Library. They met in New Orleans through their work with libraries. “Back in June there was a big meeting in New Orleans with the special library association,” Villalón said. “One of the ladies that I knew from the library at LSU called me and told me to come through to the special library association. I came and gave a presentation. I met [Krishnamurthy] there and she came up to me after the meeting and said ‘I want you to come to UA.’” Krishnamurthy was pleased with the outcome of the day’s festivities. “Today went very well,” Krishnamurthy said. “I was very pleased to see so many people coming. We had samples and recipes that we were giving out and it’s giving some different touch to the talk, so it’s really nice.” The presentation began with Villalon’s declaration that chilies are probably the most photogenic vegetables, as well as the most nutritional crop in the world. He went on to explain the correlation between healthy food and healthy lifestyles, saying that food is simultaneously the most important medicine and poison in the world. Villalon recommended

Students sample spicy foods following plant virology professor Ben Villalón’s presentation. CW | Drew Hoover

audience members visit, and for guidance on healthy eating. The components of a well-balanced diet include seven grams of protein, nine grams of carbohydrates/sugars and one and a half grams of fat each meal. Both good and bad foods for the pantry and refrigerator were discussed as well. Villalón’s recent work with peppers is combined with a fighting a viral outbreak on peppers in Texas. “The virus problem they had in South Texas was destroying our chili industry,” Villalon said. “They asked me to come down and work on developing virus disease resistant peppers.” The outbreak has been controlled and has decreased drastically, though there are scientists who are still working to diminish the entire virus. He went on to break down the chemical structures of peppers and chilies, referring to capsaicin and capsicums. While green peppers are the most popular peppers in the U.S., yellow peppers are the most nutritious and have high flavonoids and much flavor. When evaluating the peppers, Villalón said one must take yield, size, color, flavor, pungency and wall thickness into consideration. There were students in the audience from different

Logan Chandler, a freshman majoring in engineering, samples the spicy foods supplied by Sitar restaurant for the Science of Hotsauce event in Rodgers Library on Tuesday. CW | Drew Hoover

educational backgrounds. Lindsey Sherrill, a senior majoring in secondary education, and Megan Tyler, a sophomore on the pre-med track, were both in attendance and learned about the event through their chemistry class. “I thought [Villalón’s presentation] was good,” Sherrill said. “I don’t think the area gets enough culture as it is, so it was

very interesting.” Tyler said, “This event sounded a lot more interesting than a lot of the other chemistry lectures. I knew that peppers were good for you, but I didn’t realize how extremely healthy peppers are. I think it’s awesome that he came to speak to us, and you can definitely tell he knows what he is talking about.”

Alabama Libraries help co-sponsor competition By Ashanka Kumari Contributing Writer The Alabama Center for the Book, housed at the University’s libraries, is cosponsoring “Letters About Literature,” a state and national reading and writing contest for schoolchildren in fourth through 12th grade. The contest asks students to select a fiction or nonfiction book, short story, poem, essay or speech and write a personal letter to the author of the book in which they explore their reactions to the piece of literature they read. “Students write a letter to their favorite author explaining how the author’s work influenced his or her life,” said Donna Adcock, public relations director for the Alabama Center for the Book. Letters About Literature is a national reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target and affiliate state Centers for the Book, according to the contest website. There are three levels of entry. Level one consists of fourth through sixth graders; level two is made up of seventh through eighth grade students and level three students range from ninth through 12th graders. The deadline for entering the contest is Dec. 10 and all submissions must be sent by mail. For more information regarding this contest, visit or

alabamacenterforthebook. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select six national winners — two from each level — and 12 national honorable mention winners, comprised of four students from each level. The national winners will receive a $500 Target gift card and secure a $10,000 LAL grant in his or her name for a community or school library so that others can continue to experience personal relationships with authors and the stories they tell. The national honorable mention winners will each receive a $100 Target gift card and secure a $1,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant in their name for his/her community or school library. Along with this, there are different length requirements for each of the different levels of entry. Level one entries must be between 100 and 400 words; level two entries must be between 300 and 600 words; level three entries must be between 500 and 800 words. The Alabama Center for the Book moved to the UA campus this year after being housed at Auburn University for the last 10 years. “The contest encourages students to write honestly as if they were having a conversation with the author,” Adcock said. “They would be reflecting on the different characters and they may feel bonded to a character in the book.”

Grad students launch conference on languages By Ethan Summers Staff Reporter Graduate students in the modern languages department will host the first Alabama Modern Languages Conference Friday and Saturday. The conference itself will be housed in the Ferguson Student Center. Registration is free and begins at 8 a.m. Friday in the Anderson Room, and an official welcome will follow. The focus of this year’s conference is “Transnational Topics in Language and Literature,” said Larissa Clachar, a second year Ph.D. student in Latin American literature and member of the conference’s organizing committee. Clachar said the department is organizing the conference to provide students with opportunities to meet people and share their projects. “We are doing this because we’ve never had one, and our department has good students that want to share their work,” she said. “This will be a first conference for a lot of people so it’s a learning [and] training experience and a good networking opportunity since we have participants from over 15 different universities presenting.” The 15 universities involved include Vanderbilt University, The University of Georgia, Indiana University,

The University of Texas at Austin, Emory University, The Ohio State University, The University of Chicago and Auburn University, Clachar said. The conference will cover topics in multiple languages, she added. “We will have papers in Spanish, French, German and of course English dealing with literature, linguistics and second language acquisition,” Clachar said. Brad Holley is a Ph.D. student in French and another member of the organizing committee. He said the conference would be a first showcase for many students. “This conference is bringing in both current and future scholars from various universities. For some, this may be the first venue in which they are able to present their research, and the University of Alabama benefits from that in a few ways,” he said. “Some of these presenters may currently be involved in a master’s program at their university and be looking to continue onto a doctorate program. This conference puts Alabama onto their radar.” Holley continued by explaining how the conference would benefit the University in the future. “Likewise, for those who continue onto an academic career and will be in the position of advising students who wish to pursue post-graduate

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degrees, this conference has the potential showcase our own university’s strengths,” Holley said. “Our own graduate students will benefit from this conference by being presented with a new flow of ideas which they may not have come into contact with previously.” Clachar said the high point of the conference is their keynote speaker, Jo Anne Engelbert. The keynote address is scheduled for Friday Nov. 19 in the Heritage Room of the Ferguson Student Center, Clachar said. “Everyone is welcome, and it’s free,” Clachar said. “[Engelbert] founded the program in translator training at Montclair State University,” Clachar said. She published translations for 40 Latin American authors and translated the official magazine for the Americas Society for 10 years, Clachar said. Holley said the support for the conference is impressive. “There has been substantial support from various organizations and departments from the University which have helped to bring this conference to fruition, including the department of modern languages and classics, the graduate school and the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as others,” she said. “While we as graduate students bore a good amount of work, [we] could not have done it without their encouragement and support.”

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that are now associated with the symbol. “I hope after the forum tonight people leave with an educated and academic view on what the Confederate flag actually means,” said Bettye Mullen, instructor of “The Citizen” at Stillman College. She said some black people think the flag simply means hate, while some white people think it means heritage. However, her personal view is that it means both. “No matter what another person thinks the flag means, we should always remember that we should respect other’s views about it,” she said. Lane Morrison, a senior majoring in civil engineering and a student in the University’s Honors College, presented his views and sparked discussion about the flag symbolizing hate. “Before this course, I honestly didn’t have a strong view about the issue,” he said. “During this, I was also able to learn a lot about the history of the flag.”

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Confederacy were fighting to defend the states, their home and their country.” Martin, along with other students at Stillman, became involved with this forum through a class taught at Stillman titled “The Citizen.” Thomas Herwig, an Honors College professor, contacted the instructor at Stillman to spark the effort of the joint collaboration. Herwig and Amira Sakr, a German student at Stillman, presented the German perspective on hate symbols. Herwig gave an in-depth look at the origins of the swastika, which is the symbol directly associated with the genocide of the Jews during the time of Adolph Hitler. He said, like the Confederate flag, the swastika originally had a positive connotation, but after the events of World War II would never be able to escape the negative aspects

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Shalyn Smith and Claire Armstrong open the Heritage or Hate lecture Wednesday, introducing the issue of the Confederate flag and its meaning in the South at the Wynn Center at Stillman college. The event was a joint effort between Stillman College and the University of Alabama. CW|Megan Smith

The views about the flag meaning hate come from its historical uses by the Ku Klux Klan, and other groups that opposed school integration and civil rights used the flag as well. Morrison said he feels

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taking the course was a great experience and he got the opportunity to work with students from all different backgrounds. Stillman College and the University have worked together on projects in

the past two years said Linda Bradford, director of Stillman’s Harte Honors Program. “We definitely want to keep the collaboration going in the future, because it has happened in the past as an event

on diversity,” she said. “I think the event tonight was very healthy for everyone and it is good to be able to know that we don’t all have to agree, but that we can have a good professional discussion,” she said.

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measure even places like Buffalo Phil’s are taking just to be safe. “We try to eliminate problems Continued from page 1 before they occur,� said Craig Bear Trap is the same way, and Williams, general manager at they typically only have to pre- Buffalo Phil’s. At Wilhagan’s, Lloyd remempare for fights once fans get bers a yelling match between a intoxicated. In order to maintain the 50-year-old Alabama fan and an peace, The Bear Trap has sched- Auburn student. No one could uled a full security staff, just as remember any fights breaking they do for every home game, a out.


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“With most people being from the state of Alabama, everybody knows what to expect with the rivalry and everyone is kind of together,� Horton said. Despite the game being on a Friday instead of a Saturday, most restaurants and bars are preparing themselves just as they would for any SEC game. “Everything is going to be exactly the same,� said Brian Ahmed, owner of Full Moon Barbeque in Tuscaloosa. “We’re here to support the team; we’re here to support the fans — whatever is better for them is better for us.� Ahmed also said, however, that having the game early on a Friday is not necessarily the ideal. For businesses that make most of their gameday profits from catering, a 1:30 p.m. kickoff is not desirable because they expect most people to skip lunch and head straight to the game. However, the restaurants and bars that do not rely heavily on catering benefit from a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. Lloyd said an afternoon kickoff allows for about four

separate rushes at Wilhagan’s throughout the entire day. “The optimum home game for us is at 2:30,� he said. “Friday is going to be just like a Saturday gameday for us.� This biggest downside he sees in having the game on Friday is losing the crowds that come in the night before, a downside owners from bars such as The Bear Trap and The Houndstooth also recognize. “We plan for people to stay for the whole weekend, and if they don’t stay then that’s okay too,� said Doug Nelson, owner of The Houndstooth. “We stock up with as much as we can for every game.� Despite the expected losses in business, many of these places will be open on Thursday and are ordering the same amount of food and drink that they always do. Each said they have to fill their kitchens to capacity, schedule a full staff and be prepared for nonstop crowds for every SEC game. They said they know what to expect from this Iron Bowl based on their experiences in years past.


football game from the original date of Saturday, Nov. 20 to Thursday, Nov. 18. In the release, Athletics Director Mal Moore stated the movement of the game to Thursday reflects scheduling challenges the athletics department encountered. “We have a number of scheduling challenges this year in football and this was the best way for us to deal with one of those,� Moore said. “We explored all options available to us, with our players’ health and safety in mind. This was our best remedy. We deeply appreciate everyone’s cooperation, particularly Dr.

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“By taking advantage of and shifting an already planned semester break day, there is no loss of class time. This announcement was made in July to give students, faculty and staff as much time as possible to make adjustments, if needed, to their plans for the semester break.� In an announcement released July 1 by the Athletics Media Relations office, the University and Georgia State University mutually consented to move the date of their

DECISION “Auburn had everything I was looking for academically and was already my home,� Pender said. “I know you all have heard and talked about the Auburn family, but unless you have lived, breathed and loved it, you can never fully understand it. It runs deep with the students and we all feel a special connection, even with alumni. I’ve heard of many freshmen who have chosen Auburn because of the bond that everyone seems to share.� In addition to her family ties to the school, Pender said Auburn University’s campus is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. “There’s a reason why Auburn is called ‘The Loveliest Village in the Plains,’� she said. Trey Howell, an Auburn sophomore, said he was also drawn to the school because of his family ties, as well as the

atmosphere the school creates. “I was attracted to Auburn because of the usual stuff, really,� Howell said. “The campus is beautiful, the traditions, athletics, plus the school is good academically. Most people who come here have some kind of family tie to the university. But it’s not just that. You just feel at home here.� But Alabama families don’t just bleed orange and blue. Anna Sedlak, a UA freshman majoring in English, said she chose the University of Alabama partly because her father went here. “My family ties were a big factor in the decision to come to UA,� she said. “Plus, it has a pretty campus, offered me a scholarship and the incoming freshmen are guaranteed a dorm. They’re not at Auburn.� Sedlak said she looked at Auburn University, but knew it wasn’t for her as soon as she saw it. “The campus isn’t pretty,� she said. “It’s spread out all over town. I made the right decision in coming to UA.�

Witt and Georgia State.� David Hose, a freshman majoring in business finance, said he has attended every home and away game of the Crimson Tide since 2006. Despite its move to a weekday, he said he will attend the game against Georgia State. “I agree with moving [the date of the game] because it will give us extra time to prepare against Auburn,� he said. “I like the format of the way [the Athletics Department] has handled it.� He said he foresees students skipping Friday morning classes because the game will dip into the evening and

induce people to celebrate into the night. Matthew Bailey, a junior majoring in political science, said he is thrilled the scheduling of the game. “I think it’s great because I have Friday classes off,� he said. “I have a four-day weekend.� He also said he agrees that many students will ditch class Friday. The rearranging of fall break to accommodate for the game complicated students’ plans for those holidays, but Bailey said he was not personally affected by the scheduling changes.

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By Mike Albanese Contributing Writer The University’s men’s cross country team has secured a spot in the National Championship field after a dominating performance at the NCAA South Regional in Hoover. This, their fourth consecutive regional title, has earned them a slot to compete for the NCAA National title in Terre Haute, Ind., starting Nov. 22. “This year, it had a special feeling,” head coach Joe Walker said. “Seeing these guys come together and perform at a high level brought a smile to my face.” All five of the Tide runners finished in the top 13, highlighted by dazzling performances

by junior Carison Kemei and senior Julius Bor who finished second and third, respectively. Kemei posted a time of 30:05.08, two seconds behind the leader, Florida State’s Ciaran O’Lionaird. Bor finished one second behind Kemei with a time of 30:06.96. “They both ran with a sense of urgency,” Walker said. “They got themselves to the front and contended for the lead.” As a unit on the 10km course, the Tide collected 30 points to win the event by 25 points. All five Tide runners earned AllRegion honors. “After I crossed the finishing line, I knew we were going to win,” junior Joel Rop said. “That’s what we were looking for.”

He also said it felt good to put together a great performance against strong teams such as Florida State University. “I think it was more of a mentality they brought,” Walker said. “They wanted to compete well as a group and they were capable of it.” Heading into the regional tournament, Bor said they did a lot of fartlek workouts in preparation for the tournament. A fartlek workout is a form of conditioning which puts stress on the whole aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise. The difference between fartlek workouts and other exercise systems is that the speed and intensity varies, which puts more stress on the aerobic and

anaerobic systems. Along with Kemei and Bor, Rop, junior Moses Kiptoo and senior Andrew Kirwa posted strong times. With a fifth place finish and a time of 30:13.23, Rop continued what has been a strong season. Kiptoo posted a time of 30:23.70 for a ninth place finish and Kirwa posted a time of 30:37.96 which earned him a 13th place finish and his fourth All-South honor. Heading into nationals, it is important that the Tide does not lose focus. Walker emphasized the importance of bringing the same mindset and effort they brought to the Regional Championship into nationals. “You’d like to duplicate that effort from last week and see

another performance similar,” Walker said. “Sometimes in our sport you have a high following followed by a low. We have to come back with another great performance and we need to get into similar mindset.” Walker said there are four or five teams that are running great week in and week out. Also, he said there are 10 teams, including his squad, that are talented and capable of competing with anyone. However, it doesn’t matter what the teams did at the regional tournament. It’s important who shows up when it matters the most. “On that day everyone is identical on paper,” Walker said. “It’s how you perform on that day.”


Tide finishes seventh in regionals By Marilyn Vaughn Contributing Writer The Alabama women’s cross country team can call this past weekend’s NCAA Regional meet a success for two reasons. Firstly, the Crimson Tide came into the tournament ranked 10th in the region, but finished 7th out of 25 teams. Secondly, the team did so without one of its top runners, junior Kelsey Johnson, who finished first on the team at the previous meet, the Southeastern Conference Championships. “We didn’t find out until 10:30 p.m. Friday night that [Johnson] wasn’t going to be with us to compete,” said head coach Randy Hasenbank. “I think they all felt a responsibility to step up and really perform well.” Sidelined by this abrupt change in plans, the Tide ran the other six women from the allotted seven eligible to

compete, opting not to replace Kelsey on such short notice. Of the six who ran, only five were eligible to score for the team. Four of the five runners who scored for team did so while running career-best times. “It was probably our best collective performance of the year,” Hasenbank said. “Of course, unfortunately, without Kelsey in the lineup. They did a tremendous job holding on to 7th place. We were ranked 10th going into this thing, and when I started the year with this team, I felt like we were a top-five team in the region for sure.” The women competed in a field of 185 runners. Junior Andrea Torske was the first to cross the line for the Tide in 32nd place with a career-high time of 21.00.73. This was a personal best of nearly a minute for Torske at the six-kilometer distance. Torkse’s finish put

her just one minute and eight seconds behind the first place runner, Kristie Krueger, from the University of Georgia, who ran 19:52. “The potential for this course to run fast existed,” Hasenbank said. “It was a flat course; it was dry, and it was great competition. All of those factors pretty much ensured a person could run fast. It’s typically 10, 20 or 30 seconds from time to time, but that was a pretty significant improvement by Torske.” Senior Haley Moody said, “We didn’t exactly know how fast it was going to run, but I think everyone was pleasantly surprised. I think everyone ran PR’s or season bests.” Last weekend’s race was the final competition for the women this season. Only the top two finishing teams at the regionals meet advanced to the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., later in the month. In addition to this, the


Lacrosse club hopes new coach equals new success By Tony Tsoukalas Senior Sports Reporter

The UA women’s lacrosse club is starting its seventh year at the University, poised to make huge strides both this season as well as in seasons to come. Because lacrosse is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport at the University, the Crimson Tide plays in a league called the Southern Women’s Lacrosse League along with other schools from the Southeast. The Tide has established itself as a contender in the SWLL and hope to improve from last year when the team starts its regular season in the spring. Much of the team’s recent success is due in part to new coach Brian Stanley. “He’s just done an amazing job,” President Madison Cook said. “He has really turned us around.” Stanley is well versed in women’s lacrosse after coaching previously for high school teams in Georgia. Stanley brings more strategy and knowledge than UA coaches in the past. The Tide has not had any trouble adjusting to its new coach. Stanley’s great attitude and passion for the game allowed for him and the players to hit it off from the start. “From day one, the players have welcomed me with open arms and have been eager to listen and learn,” Stanley said. “These are great attributes and

building blocks for a strong winning team.” Cook said, “He’s really high intensity, and he definitely tells us what his expectations are. I feel like if anything, it has helped so much more. Honestly, everyone is so happy to have him around.” Aside from being the team’s coach, Stanley is also a fulltime air traffic controller at the Atlanta International Airport. Stanley makes the three-hour trip from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa every Tuesday and Thursday to coach the Tide. “My driving force is the passion and the dedication, drive and determination of these ladies,” Stanley said. “I feel it is a great privilege and honor to be invited by the University of Alabama women’s lacrosse team. I am honored to give my time and knowledge to help this program succeed.” Stanley has always been an Alabama fan. As a young boy growing up in Birmingham, Stanley said he dreamt of playing under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. To be able to coach at the University is something he said he enjoys and is grateful for. “Luckily, two of my biggest passions outside my wife and family were able to be combined: The University of Alabama and coaching,” Stanley said. “For me, being a part of the UA lacrosse program has been a dream come true.” Stanley said he sees constant improvement and that the team

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top five individual runners not on a qualifying team advanced. For seniors, this was their last cross country race in their careers. Senior Haley Moody offered advice to the underclassmen teammates. “Just keep improving,” Moody said. “Andrea and Leigh have definitely improved from last year. If everyone can keep improving like that, then the team can be really great next year. Moody is among four seniors who the team will lose after

this season. She said she is sad to leave the lineup but confident her team will continue to perform well. “The four of us [seniors] are leaving, but it’s nice to know the team is not going to crumble when we leave,” Moody said. “The team is going to be great. I’m sure the freshmen will step up as well.” Hasenbank said, “We’ll certainly miss them, but there is absolutely no doubt that this team can be much better as we get older.”


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Tide continues fast start, beats NC By Brett Hudson Contributing Writer The women’s basketball team got the best of the North Carolina State Wolfpack Wednesday night, 95-84. Senior Tierney Jenkins was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 15, and lived up to that reputation by getting her third double-double in as many games this season, scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds in the big win for the Crimson Tide. The Tide’s newfound up-tempo, high-pressure attack imposed its will in the Wolfpack, forcing two turnovers and leading the team to a 6-0 lead just more than two minutes into the game. The rest of the half was hard

fought, with the Wolfpack keeping it close until a clutch play from junior Alicia Mitcham gave the Tide the double-digit lead it held for the remainder of the game. “Our theme is relentlessness,” said junior Erika Russell, who ended the game with 18 points, four rebounds and three steals. “Having intensity through the entire game built our confidence and it got us a lot of easy baskets in the first half tonight.” Working off of a 13-point lead at halftime, the Tide started off the second half with yet another 6-0 run, ending with a Wolfpack timeout. That run sparked the Tide to take a 20-point lead it would keep until a late charge by the Wolfpack brought the deficit down to the final 11 points.

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Fouls were a big problem for the both teams. The Wolfpack had two players foul out and one more with four fouls, giving up two four-point play opportunities. Jasmine Robinson converted her opportunity in the first half, giving the Tide a nine-point lead and capping a 13-4 run. The Tide had its own foul trouble, with three foulouts in the game. Freshman Kaneisha Horn was charged with a technical and fouled out midway through the second half with only two points and one rebound in 11 minutes. Robinson and Russell also fouled out with 37 points and nine rebounds between the two. This win was a big stride for head coach Wendell Hudson’s program, moving forward

towards a potential NCAA tournament bid. Hudson thinks it is too early to be thinking about postseason basketball, but Jenkins has her eyes set on the tournament. “From the moment we started practice, we set goals,” Jenkins said. “We thought today was a big day for us to prove we want to be in the NCAA tournament. “It’s plastered in our minds,” she said. “You can’t tell us any different.” Hudson was more focused on that game and how it improved the team. “For starters, NC State is a really good basketball team and a very good program,” Hudson said. “That being said, we pretty much had control of the game, but we have to finish better than that. We aren’t as happy with the way we finished as we should be.” Finishing the game will be a big point in practice as the team gets right back to work preparing for its first road game at Georgia Southern on Friday. “We’re just going to work on finishing the game, along with our defense,” Hudson said. “We get our first road test this weekend, and that’s going to be interesting for our team, for our players.”

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Local artists exhibit work at Bama Theatre By Brooke Marshall Contributing Writer The 26th Annual West Alabama Juried Art Show exhibit of local artists’ work will open with a reception on Nov. 21 to showcase the winners. The exhibit, presented by The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, will begin with a reception and the presentation of awards on Nov. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and the exhibit will run through Dec. 14 at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery. Admission is free to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and during Bama Theatre events. The Junior League Gallery is located on

the second floor of the PARA Building. Attendees should enter the gallery through this entrance, which is adjacent to the theatre and where the Arts Council offices are located. Kevin Ledgewood, publicist for the Arts Council, said the show was opened to artists in Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale and Pickens counties. Artists had to be 18 or older and the artwork must be an original. “It’s an attempt to bring individual artists together in the community and encourage them to show their work,” Ledgewood said. “And if they have a chance to show their work then they’re more likely to paint or explore their medium even more. That’s the goal of the Arts Council, to

encourage that.” The West Alabama Juried Art Show was first established under Gail Skidmore, a former executive director of the Arts Council, Ledgewood said. Sharron Rudowski, education director for the Arts Council, said there were 118 pieces submitted for the art show with 45 artists participating. 65 were accepted into the exhibit. The exhibit includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, glass, fiber, wood and photography from the artists Rudowski said. “It’s growing each year,” she said. “We’ve had almost twice as many entries this year than we did in the past. We had enough entries this year to fill two galleries.” The awards included The

Michael Goodson and Richard Zoellner Purchase Award (Best of Show) with a prize amount of $750 to Sky Shineman for “Olentangy” an oil on canvas; the Gail Skidmore Memorial cash award (second place) with a prize amount of $300 to Keyser Wilson for “Remants” an acrylic painting; third place with a prize amount of $100 went to Hallie O’Kelley for “Memories of Edgewood Farm - Hinton, Iowa” a hand quilting, screen printing, hand dyeing quilt; and two honorable mentions Maurice Clabaugh for “Spray” a Manzanita Root Burl (wood sculpture) and Pamela Copeland for “Orchid Gazing” an oil painting. Shineman, an assistant professor in the department of art and art history who teaches painting, won the best of show

prize. Her piece “Olentangy” was named after a river in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. “It’s not of the river,” Shineman said. “This painting just kind of reminded me of the experience of seeing that river or being around it.” Shineman entered the show last year and was invited to enter a piece this year. She said she enjoys being a part of the art community in Tuscaloosa. “I’m really honored that they chose me out of such a strong group of work,” Shineman said. “I think it’s great they put on an annual show for the community. The artwork was submitted Nov. 1 through 5 and was judged by Deborah Karpman, professor of studio art and co-director of foundations at

the University of Montevallo, Rudowski said. Shineman’s piece will be accepted into the gallery permanently, while most of the artwork will be on sale at the exhibit. The Arts Council will be available to help people who wish to purchase artwork get into contact with the artists to make negotiations, Ledgewood said. The Arts Council is currently in the process of setting up a second gallery. It will allow more space for exhibitions of local artwork, Rudowski said. The new gallery will be ready at the beginning of 2011. “As far as the entire Arts Council, we are thrilled that so many people entered the show and are so enthusiastic about their craft,” Ledgewood said.

Show choir resonates with students, fans By Karissa Bursch Senior Staff Reporter This Saturday night students can get transported into the University’s own live episode of Glee. Students will have a chance to enjoy popular, current songs as performed by the University’s own show choir group, Resonance. The concert will be at the Bama Theatre on Greensboro Avenue at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with doors opening at 7. Student tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $7. Tickets can be bought at a table in the Ferguson Center on Friday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. or at the door on Saturday. Before Glee and before show choir groups were all the rage, Resonance was started at the University by Michael Zauchin, a student and the director of Resonance. Zauchin said it was a struggle, but after a lot of work and support it came together. “I started Resonance in the summer of 2008 before Glee was even a sensation,” Zauchin said. “Resonance was quite an undertaking trying to muster up enough belief in myself that I could take on such a big project, but with the support of our faculty advisor and some close friends I felt like I had a stable foundation to really build something.” Since then Zauchin said the group has been growing at an amazing rate. “The talent, passion, the drive that the students bring to the stage every semester continues to grow and it amazes me,” he said. Resonance is now in its third year of existence. “We have performed around the state of Alabama as well as three major concerts at the University,” Zauchin said. “Audiences have ranged from 200 for our first performance to 800 with our last performance.” Resonance has played many popular and modern songs in the past such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” to Mika’s “Touch You,” Sara Bareilles’s “Gravity” to Lady Gaga’s “Dancing in the Dark,” Zauchin said.

have its annual Spring Revue, a performance at the Alabama Heritage Magazine’s 25th Anniversary Party and other performances at other schools around the state. Members of Resonance will have tables set up in the Ferguson Center this Friday from 11 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. to sell tickets, chat and answer questions. If students are interested in getting involved with Resonance, auditions are held in the fall of every year. “There are currently 40

singers and dancers and we are backed up by a 10-person live band,” Zauchin said. “Students interested in joining can audition for the group next fall during the first few weeks of class.” David Ray, a freshman majoring in international studies and Japanese and a member of Resonance, said his favorite part of being a part of Resonance is the feeing of family it provides. “Every single member of this group I know is there for me whenever I need them,”

Ray said “We are a family,” Zauchin said. “It’s amazing how such a diverse group of people can come together under one common thread — music. The bond that is build between the students is unfathomable.” Ray encouraged students to attend in order to see other students demonstrate not as widely viewed talents. “It is an awesome opportunity to see peers use their talents in a way that they might not see often,” Ray said. “They are going to love it.”

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COBB HOLLYWOOD 16 • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13) • The Next Three Days (PG-13) • Skyline (PG-13) • Unstoppable (PG-13) • Morning Glory (PG-13) • Due Date (R) • For Colored Girls (R) • Megamind 3D (PG) • Paranormal Activity 2 (R) • Saw- The Final Chapter (R) • Life As We Know It (PG13)



THURSDAY • Billy Snowden and Greg Staggs: Gnemi’s Top Shelf • Gameday cookout: Copper Top • Druid City Band: Rounders • Andrew Raffo Dewar and Thern Natives: 7:30 p.m., Alabama Art Kitchen • “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1” premiere: midnight

FRIDAY • Plato Jones: Gnemi’s Top Shelf • Mario Mena: Rounders • “The Rose Tattoo”: 7:30 p.m., Gallaway Theatre • Black Willis Band and Blaine Duncan & the Lookers: 10 p.m., Mellow Mushroom

SATURDAY • Two and 1/2 White Guys: Gnemi’s Top Shelf • College football cookout: Copper Top • No Means Yes: Rounders • REPO No. 4 opening: 6 p.m., Alabama Art Kitchen • Resonance show choir fall show: 7:30 p.m., Bama Theatre • “The Rose Tattoo”: 7:30 p.m., Gallaway Theatre • A Very Potter Guerrilla Theatre: 11 p.m., Allen Bales Theatre

‘Potter’ spell still strong By Jordan Staggs Senior Staff Reporter Don your cloaks and get out your magic wands, because “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” hits theaters all over the country at midnight. The first half of the final installment in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenal saga about The Boy Who Lived has avid Potter fans and mere movie-going Muggles alike scrambling for tickets to see the premiere. Tuscaloosa is no exception. Cobb Hollywood 16 Cinemas on Skyland Boulevard had already sold out 12 of 14 open theaters for the midnight premiere as of noon Wednesday, and could be opening the final two showrooms for ticket sales if the first 14 sell out. “Deathly Hallows” opens on hero Harry Potter and his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, dropping out of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to search for a way to defeat the evil Lord Voldemort once and for all. The Deathly Hallows, three legendary magical objects, might just be the key to winning, but Voldemort has his eye on them as well. With his power growing, it won’t be easy for Harry and the rest to do anything safely. Part 2, which will include the epic Battle of Hogwarts, will be released in July 2011. Midnight premieres have

become a staple of popular movies such as the Harry Potter series. Fans from miles around come to see the film, but it’s about more than that. It’s about magical camaraderie. People dress up in costumes of their favorite characters, bring the books along to read before the movie starts and sometimes hold activities like trivia contests to pass the time standing in the horrendously long lines. “I grew up with Harry Potter,” said Kaycee McFalls, a sophomore majoring in French and international studies. “I think it’s the best kind of book for so many ages. So many people are able to read it and enjoy it.” McFalls said, as a Harry Potter “purist,” she is not a huge fan of the movies. Still, she has never missed a midnight showing. She will be attending the premiere with a large group of her friends, but does not mind if the theater is too crowded for them to all sit together. She said she will probably know someone in every theater, and will be focused on the movie anyway. “I’m excited to see Hermione kind of bust it up,” McFalls said, “and see Molly Weasley kick some a** [in Part 2].” Jackie Clay, a junior majoring in biology, said she is also excited about seeing how the novel will translate over to the big screen. “Since this movie is the first of two parts, I’m anticipating seeing where they will cut off

in the novel,” Clay said. “I’m also really interested to see how Harry, Ron and Hermione’s relationships with one another will develop on screen in their final journey together.” Clay also grew up reading the books, and will be going to Thursday’s premiere with her best friend of 13 years, Brett Hannan, also a junior at the University. It is a special event for the pair, who lived far apart until they began college at the University. “When a book was released, we would buy it immediately and call each other to update where we were in the novel,” Clay said. “We would go to the book releases and movie premieres together when we could.” Like many fans across the country holding Potter movie marathons and re-reading the books as quickly as possible, McFalls and Clay have been gearing up for the “Deathly Hallows” premiere for weeks. They both participated in the UA Quidditch on the Quad World Cup on Sunday and said the experience was a blast. “If they don’t do Quidditch on the Quad next year, I’m leaving Alabama,” McFalls said. Tickets for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” in Tuscaloosa are available at the Cobb Theatre and online at, but fans should swish-and-click fast to avoid getting sold out.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Released: Nov. 2001 Director: Chris Columbus Age 12 Age 11 Age 13

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Released: Nov. 2002 Director: Chris Columbus Age 13 Age 12 Age 14

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Released: June 2004 Director: Alfonso Cuarón Age 14 Age 13 Age 15

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Wicked wizard wardrobes The time has come for the beginning of the end. Merlin’s beard, I can’t believe it’s actually here. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” premieres tonight at midnight, and you’d better believe I will be there, along with half of the student body from what I’ve heard. Now, for those of you who are not veteran midnight premiere attendees, you might be wondering, “What do I wear to something like this?” Because there WILL be people who go all-out in full wizarding garb, right down to the hat with the stuffed vulture on top. I went as Nymphadora Tonks one year, pink wig and all. Maybe you don’t want to go quite that wicked with your Potter outfit, but you still want to geek out a little bit with a themed T-shirt or maybe even a cloak. Certainly some of you will be sporting your Quidditch gear from Sunday’s match and carrying the wands you made at the Ollivander’s tent. But if you need a little further insight into the world of wizarding fashion, I’ve got a few quick tips for you. Just for fun, I sorted them into four categories coordinating with the Houses of Hogwarts.


Released: Nov 2005 Director: Mike Newell Age 16 Age 15 Age 17

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix Released: July 2007 Director: David Yates Age 17 Age 16 Age 18 could try just wearing a crimson shirt — surely you have one if you live here — and something gold. Girls, this could be jewelry, with a lion pendant if you have it. Or anyone could throw a scarf into the mix and look like they just stepped out of a Charms lesson.


Do you find yourself attracted to the House of yellow? The colors of this House are yellow and black, but you don’t have to dress like a bee. Just a button-up shirt and a tie will go a long way here, particularly if you have those colors. But the Hufflepuffs are goody-goods anyway, so as long as you’re all tucked in and neat-looking, you Gryffindor could probably pass for Cedric Ah, the House of the brave, Diggory’s best friend. Too bad the bold and the reckless. he’s a vampire now. Really, all you need to do to fit in here is draw a lightning Ravenclaw bolt on your forehead and wear glasses. But if you don’t want to Look out! Here comes the actually BE Harry Potter, you magical nerd herd. Blue is their

color, and if you really want to look like you belong here, a stack of books in your arms might just be the key. But obviously that’s going to get annoying when you’re standing in line at the Cobb, so maybe just a pair of fake glasses, some pigtails or even just a pencil behind your ear will show your Ravenclaw pride.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Released: July 2009 Director: David Yates Age 19 Age 18 Age 20

Slytherin For all of you who are planning on trying to sneak into the movie theater, I wouldn’t advise it. It’s going to be super crowded and we’ll spot your green “I Heart Malfoy” T-shirt a long way off. Personally, I think I belong with you dungeon-dwellers. I will probably be wearing my Slytherin tee, but if you don’t have one, just something green will do. Anything with a snake on it is also perfect. Don’t forget to add a sneering expression and yell “5 points from Gryffindor!” any time you see a bad costume.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Released: Part 1: Nov. 19 Part 2: July 2011 Director: David Yates Age 21 Age 20 Age 19 Photos: MCT Campus


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