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Drum majors lead Million Dollar Band in team spirit, rally Bryant-Denny crowd By Tara Massouleh | Staff Reporter Standing atop a podium in front of 396 Million Dollar Band members, whistle poised and ready to blow at a moment’s notice, the MDB drum majors wait to make a critical call. The stadium shakes from the cheers of more than 101,000 excited fans. The referee calls the ball down. Once the work of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team ends, the real work for the MDB’s four drum majors begins. From the moment a play ends, the drum majors have approximately 10 seconds to process the play, decide on an appropriate cheer and get the attention of the entire band in order to conduct a 25-40 second cheer – all before the football team returns for the next play. For the MDB’s four drum majors, life never slows down. “One of the strangest feelings is finishing your quarter, and then you sit down and you can’t stop your brain. It’s like trying to walk off an escalator and you fall completely on your face,” said Ben Carmichael, a current drum major and first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering. Along with Carmichael, Connor Fox, Jenny Shelton and Jared Horton comprise the four-man team of drum majors. They are responsible for conducting the members of the band during halftime, pregame and every tune in between. Two years ago, all four current drum majors auditioned against 23 other band members for their positions in a three-round process. The first round was conducting a piece of music. The second round was an interview. And the third round was, as described by Horton, “mind-boggling”: conducting A-Day. Randall Coleman, associate director of bands, said it takes a special type of person to be an MDB drum major, but the benefits of the experience are invaluable. “It’s a tremendous responsibility,” Coleman said. “It’s life in a pressure cooker

Million-dollar state of mind CW | Austin Bigoney Just before the Million Dollar Band takes the field, the four drum majors meet midfield to begin the pregame show.


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Maddox discusses city, UA growth Town Hall meeting covers tactics for moving forward By Jason Frost | Contributing Writer Every week, Tuscaloosa City Hall staff and University of Alabama administrators meet to discuss the growth of the community, evidence of an increasingly close relationship between the University and the city. The nature of that relationship was the focus of the Honors College Town Hall series meeting in the Ferguson Center Forum Monday night, titled “The University and Tuscaloosa: Always


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WHAT: Being Brave: Sports and Native American Masculinity WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. WHERE: 205 Gorgas Library

When many of us look at a balloon, we see a simple party decoration, a bubble of air encased by a thin layer of latex. When experimental music composer and performer Judy Dunaway looks at a balloon, she sees a work of art, a source of captivation and a musical instrument with endless creative possibilities – possibilities she’ll share with The University of Alabama at her performance Wednesday in Moody Music Building. From an early age, Dunaway had an affinity for experimental and avant-garde music. “I was always attracted to odd tunings and natural sounds when I was a child,” Dunaway said. “I remember hearing a cut from John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Wedding Album’ when I was a little kid and being fascinated by it.”


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WHAT: Chamber Wind Ensemble feat. Erin Cooper, conducting WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Moody Music Building


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of discussion were diverse, ranging from the difficulties surrounding the April 27, 2011, tornadoes to Tuscaloosa’s $5 million education budget. “We’re looking to expand our K-12 programs,” Maddox said of the city’s education goals. “A lot of people think that money could be better spent on police cars or something else like more firetrucks, but I’m glad the City Council has traditionally made this commitment.” Asked about the city’s recent “Noah’s Ark” program, implemented to reduce flooding and strengthen sewage systems in impoverished areas, Maddox said the


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Moving Forward.” Shane Sharpe, dean of the Honors College, moderated the forum that hosted Mayor Walt Maddox as the feature speaker. UA President Judy Bonner was scheduled as the other panelist but had to cancel due to a family crisis, event coordinators said. “The University and city of Tuscaloosa are indelibly intertwined,” Sharpe said. “They play together; they grow together … and that is the focus of this Town Hall.” After a slideshow highlighting the changes to campus architecture and local population over the years, as well as a statement from Maddox, questions were presented by the audience. Topics




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Panel to discuss sports team names The Alabama Program in Sports Communication and the Women’s Resource Center will host a panel on Native Americans and sports at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Gorgas Library Room 205. The panel, titled “Being Brave: Sports and Native American Masculinity,” is being held in light of the recent controversy over Native American sports team names and will discuss a number of topics involving Native Americans and sports. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Andrew Billings, director of the APSC. The panel will include Dr. George Daniels, assistant dean for administration of the College of Communication and Information Sciences and associate professor of journalism, Dr. Utz McKnight, chair and associate professor of gender and race studies, Dr. Rich Megraw, associate professor of American studies and Dr. Harold Selesky, associate professor of history. The event is free and open to the public.


Professor awarded research grant Dr. Giyeon Kim, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Alabama, was recently awarded a five-year, $573,000 grant from the National Institute of Aging to study geographic factors and racial disparities in mental health care across the United States. In her previous research, Kim found that blacks living in the South are less likely to use mental health services than whites because of a lack of trust in the health care system and differing socioeconomic status. Kim will expand her research to the rest of the United States, with additional data sets coming from the Center for Disease Control and Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System. “The eventual goal is to have cutting-edge research in the intersection of aging, mental health and geography to find certain ways to eliminate or reduce the disparities,” Kim said in a press release. Kim’s previous research has focused on racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and mental health service use among older adults.

CW | Austin Bigoney Freshman Cassie Palmer studies for an upcoming chemistry exam at Starbucks alongside several other students.


Mandell named Ray Guy Award Alabama punter Cody Mandell was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week after his performance in the Mississippi State game. He boomed four punts for 220 yards, averaging 55 yards per punt. Mandell was also named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

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IN THENEWS McDonald’s looks to add 3rd drive-thru window to increase efficiency Patrons also tend to order more from their vehicles, often getting food for fellow McDonald’s Corp. is trying to put the fast passengers or to deliver to others at home back in fast food. or work, Gordon said. Amid slowing sales and service, the “Drive-thrus are so critical to their world’s largest burger chain is banking on a business model,” Gordon said of quick third drive-through window to speed things service outlets. “People are lazy and might up. not want to get out of their cars.” Currently, patrons in cars pull up to one But McDonald’s is running behind its window to pay for their order, then pick up rivals in the drive-through line. their meal at another window. But starting An annual report from industry publication next year in new and rebuilt restaurants, QSR magazine in October showed cars McDonald’s will implement what it calls a waiting 189 seconds between ordering and Fast Forward Drive-Thru. pickup at McDonald’s, falling behind the 134 The arrangement will allow customers seconds at Wendy’s, 158 seconds at Taco whose orders aren’t ready to bypass the Bell and 181 seconds at Taco John’s. It beat second window and pull up to a third window out chains such as Burger King and to wait. Chick-fil-A. “This test, along with other recent McDonald’s average performance was additions like double-lane and side-by-side its slowest ever. drive-thrus, will enable us to better serve Researchers attributed some of the more customers quickly with the fast, industry-wide slowdown to more friendly service they have come to expect complicated menu items and an increase in from McDonald’s,” spokeswoman Lisa the average number of vehicles in line at McComb said in a statement. any given time. McDonald’s says that its first driveJeff Stratton, president of McDonald’s through opened in 1975 near an Arizona USA, told investors this week that “internal military base, serving soldiers prohibited by challenges” this year included the seemingly their superiors from leaving their cars while interminable launch of new products and in uniform. limited-time offers. The “cadence of change” Back then, fast-food restaurants derived probably slowed service, Stratton said. roughly 40 percent of their sales through “In retrospect, I probably would have drive-thrus, according to John A. Gordon, taken a little more time on that,” he said. principal with Pacific Management In recent months, the chain has Consulting Group. Now, as the car culture introduced McWraps, a blueberry has boomed and consumers increasingly pomegranate smoothie, Egg White Delight seek out convenient ways to eat, “easily McMuffins, Fish McBites and Mighty Wings. two-thirds of their sales” come through the Then there’s the updated Dollar Menu, windows, he said. which now includes meals priced as From MCT Campus

high as $5. “While the balance between our core products and new menu news was right, the pace of product introduction, in my opinion: too fast,” Stratton said. Drive-through visits might also be sliding in general, according to data from the NPD Group. In the year that ended in September, there were 47.9 billion total visits to quickservice restaurants, a 1 percent increase from last year. In the same period, drivethrough visits dropped by 1 percent to 12.3 billion visits, according to the group. This year, McDonald’s executives have spoken often about the effects of heavy competition in the quick-service industry and high unemployment among its customers. After handily outpacing fast-food rivals during the recession, the chain has recently lost some of its momentum. In the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, same-store sales at units open at least a year in the U.S. rose 0.7 percent – a slower rate than the 1 percent increase in the second quarter. The first quarter saw a 1.2 percent slide. In October 2012, the 1.8 percent monthly same-store sales decline was the chain’s first in nearly a decade. McDonald’s told investors at its headquarters last week that it plans to spend $3 billion opening as many as 1,600 new restaurants in the next year while revamping 1,000 locations. The company already has more than 14,000 restaurants in the country, which together generate more than 30 percent of McDonald’s total revenue.

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Dorms part of freshman experience Students give opinions on dorm living, from roommates to vandalism By Rachel Brown | Staff Reporter

Dorm life is an essential, even if mandated, aspect of the freshman year experience. But with the rapid development of on-campus housing, each freshman experience can vary depending on where students choose to call home for their first year. It is a requirement for all freshmen to live in a residence hall, unless extenuating circumstances exist. The University of Alabama offers a variety of dorm options for students. Some dorms, such as Tutwiler, Paty and Somerville, have been around for generations and provide the traditional dorm experience, complete with roommates and community bathrooms. Others, such as Ridgecrest, Lakeside, Riverside and the newly added Presidential Village, offer a more modern freshman experience. Students in these dorms live in suite-style apartments with suitemates, but enjoy the privacy of their own rooms and a central miniature kitchen. Students have various reasons for choosing where they want to live. Some are attracted to dorms because of their central location, their reputation or their exclusivity. Students in University Honors and other living-learning programs are eligible for certain living arrangements not offered to all students. ANDREA BOYER, a freshman Honors student, said her first choice for housing was Ridgecrest. She and her suitemates are all in Honors College, and she said she really liked the suite-style dorms Ridgecrest had to offer.


“I think I just really like having your own bathroom, and your own room and your own space. That way I’m not in the same room with a person, that tends to make it easy to get on somebody else’s nerves.”

DOSS CLEVELAND, a sophomore in New College. lived at Presidential Village his freshman year.

Presidential Village “Since it was the first year that Presidential was open to students, it was all very nice, but I guess that’s what made it all the more tempting for drunk people to rip out the walls and carpet and stuff.”

Some students, regardless of honors designation, choose dorms based on location. This was the case for freshman ADDISON ARNOLD, a resident of Tutwiler. Tutwiler is a draw for many freshman girls interested in greek life. The dorm is near sorority row and close to on-campus resources such as the math lab and Julia’s Market. Many residents agree Tutwiler is an ideal location, but one downfall is the room size.

Tutwiler Hall “Our room is just really small, you’re not really separated from your roommate.”

MATTHEW COOPER, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, lived in Paty Hall his freshman year because that was all that was available during housing sign-ups. Looking back, he said he wouldn’t have changed his living arrangement, except for maybe not having a roommate.

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NEWSIN BRIEF MFA candidate presents photography thesis project A University of Alabama student’s photography project will be on display at Harrison Galleries downtown through Dec. 6. Andrew Pruett, an MFA candidate, will display his thesis photography show, Permutations, a body of work that has grown from Pruett’s interest in how surfaces, textures and photographic processes can be layered to create visual depth on a piece of paper. The pieces of the show include images created in the darkroom by layering a collection of negatives, many of which came from the Alabama Museum of Natural History, on top of negatives collected from an electron microscope. A Birmingham native, Pruett grew up in the Atlanta area and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta where he received a BFA in 2010. Pruett’s work has been shown in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Alabama Center for Architecture and the Sella–Granata Gallery, among other venues. Permutations can be viewed from noon-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. There will be a closing reception for the exhibit on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. At the reception, Pruett will be available to discuss his work with attendees. There is no cost to view the exhibit, which is open to students, faculty and the general public. Harrison Galleries is located in downtown Tuscaloosa at 2315 University Blvd. To learn more about Pruett’s work visit For more information on the exhibition, contact Laurel Stiff at or Andrew Pruett at

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We need a ‘New Frontier’ of leadership By Rich Robinson | Staff Columnist

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Social issues make for winning issues By Claire Chretien | Staff Columnist I want to like the Republican Party. I really do. Last week, Regan Williams’ article, “Republican Party must sever tea party connections,” claimed that the tea party candidates are “too extreme” and that the GOP needs to focus on “winning issues,” not social issues. Mr. Williams’ assertions were contradictory: He claimed economic issues are the only ones voters care about, but then declared the GOP’s stance on same-sex marriage is “not winning,” so the GOP should just drop it. If conservatives – the GOP and the tea party – ignore social issues, we allow the left to frame their debate. For example, as Democrats proudly tout their support of lateterm abortion, establishment Republicans face a choice: awkwardly try to change the subject to jobs or go on the offensive against extremists whose views are totally out of line with those of most Americans.

Claire Chretien There’s overwhelming support for a late-term abortion ban, particularly among women and young people. Gallup reported in June that a whopping 80 percent of Americans oppose third trimester abortions, which are legal thanks to Doe v. Bolton. According to the National Opinion Research Center, the second most pro-life age group, after those over 65, is people under 35. The GOP has work to do regarding the issue of marriage, but that’s no reason to give up. In order to be principled,

conservatives must recognize that fiscal and social conservatism go hand-in-hand. Promoting a strong marriage culture means children will grow up under better economic circumstances – with a married mother and father. The U.S. Bureau of the Census’s American Community Survey indicates that being raised in a married family reduces the probability of child poverty by around 80 percent. In Virginia, phony, often unanswered messaging about conservative Ken Cuccinelli’s social conservatism was a factor in his loss. But staunchly anti-abortion and pro-marriage Cuccinelli won 18-24 year-old voters by six points. Social issues aren’t a lost cause with the millennial generation at all. Democrats in California just succeeded in passing an absurd choose-your-own-bathroom law, which allows schoolchildren starting in kindergarten to use the facilities that correspond with “his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s

records.” Hey, if a 6-year-old girl feels like a man one day, she should be able to use the guy’s bathroom, right? After all, 6-year-olds are mature enough to understand everything about their sexuality and gender identity, aren’t they? And no high school boy is going to take advantage of this easy access to the girl’s locker room. No, no, of course not. Social liberals ignore basic biology to accommodate gender-confused 8-year-olds; across the country, they are bullying Christian photographers, florists and bakers who refuse to celebrate samesex “weddings” out of business; they are shutting down Catholic adoption agencies that refuse to violate their religion to adopt children to samesex couples. This is the kind of madness that Democrats will get away with if we surrender social policy to them. Claire Chretien is a junior majoring in public relations and American studies. Her column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.


University, downtown must become connected By Will Gonzalez | Staff Columnist The city of Tuscaloosa actually has a downtown area that is roughly double that of Athens, Ga. Unfortunately, it is so underused you’d never know it. Tuscaloosa is less of a city and more a weak grouping of separate and fractured communities. The University, Downtown, the River Walk, Alberta City, Cottondale and the Midtown area all exist almost independent of each other. The city of Tuscaloosa has almost no walking or bilking paths that connect all of these individual areas. This is a huge economic detriment to the area because students are unable or unwilling to head downtown to further stimulate economic development. Athens is often held as the gold standard of college towns in the south because it has completely synergized the University of Georgia and the surrounding community. This synergy has created a vibrant night life that has fostered healthy economic

Will Gonzalez development in the area. The University of Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa both need to do a better job not just developing the downtown area, but also facilitating a constant influx of students into the community. This will help create a sustainable, student driven nightlife in downtown, which will continue to stimulate the economic development of Tuscaloosa. How many people have actually walked from campus to the downtown area? The real detriment to the growth of our down-

town is that the walkways down University Boulevard aren’t lit well enough for students to feel safe. From the end of the Stripe to Innisfree, the path is almost completely unlit and is littered with dark, closed businesses; moreover, the path continuing past Innisfree into downtown is just as bad. This real or perceived lack of safety goes a long way in preventing students from venturing past campus and the couple blocks that surround it. It is this lack of an integrated system between campus and the surrounding community that massively hinders the economic growth of our town. However, this problem is further complicated by the building of hotels downtown. The New Embassy Suites being built downtown will be limited in its benefits to Tuscaloosa by these issues. These hotels are going to thrive on their close proximity to campus, meaning that their patrons won’t have to drive to campus for gameday. Unfortunately, this plan

will only be successful if there is a clear, walkable and safe pathway connecting downtown to campus. There is plenty of economic development going on in downtown Tuscaloosa; however, this activity will fail if students don’t take an interest in downtown. Tuscaloosa is undergoing a time of change. With more money than ever flowing into the University and city, there is an active push to build up the local economy by synergizing it with campus. However, this economic activity is only half of the equation. The investments currently being made in downtown Tuscaloosa can only be sustained by student activity. The University and the city of Tuscaloosa both need to have a prolonged commitment to fostering a healthy influx of students into downtown Tuscaloosa. Will Gonzalez is a sophomore majoring in secondary education. His column runs biweekly on Tuesdays.



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It’s Jan. 5, 1960. We l l known journalist James Cannon and his friend Ben Bradlee are at the home of a man about to take the nation by storm. John F. Kennedy had announced his intention to serve as the next president three days earRich Robinson lier. Cannon took the opportunity to record the conversation they had that night. That talk between friends shines great insight into the decision about running for elected office – a decision that seems to be on few young people’s minds these days. And with the 50th anniversary of the death of JFK coming on Nov. 22, it is important to take the time to remember the man for his ideas and not just his death. Cannon: “If you were talking to a college student, why would you tell him that he ought to go into politics?” Kennedy: “Because I think that this opportunity to participate in the solution of the problems which interest him, I would assume he’s interested, I would say the place he could affect some results would be in politics. The second, that your personal sources of satisfactions which come from doing this work is far greater in politics than it will ever be in business. And your financial reward will not be as great, and your insecurity will probably be greater in politics, because you may get defeated in the next election. Those are the disadvantages.” Obviously Kennedy had some built-in advantages that made his path to political life easier than most. His family’s personal wealth and prestige basically bought him a seat in the House of Representatives – for a district that he had almost no connection to before running. But his message is still a good one to remember and learn from. Things are not going well in Washington and Montgomery. Our two parties refuse to talk to each other in any meaningful way. The rigid ideologues rule the Republican Party and the Democrats are unable to get out of their own way. The hope of 2008 seems long gone for many a liberal once energized by Barack Obama. And sane conservatives are realizing that the enticing glow of Tea Party dogma was nothing more than hot air. Only 9 percent of Americans approve of Congress and the rest, by and large, ignore the buzzing sound of politics. But it doesn’t have to be this way. People can take back their government and make it work for something greater than the forces that restrain growth and progress. Government can be used as a power for good again. Our generation has a chance to break the gridlock. We can make the big difference. But in order to do this, we need people to step up and take big risks. We need bold thinkers and people who put their country first. While running for elected office is not the only way to serve your country, it should not be looked down upon as a selfish endeavor. If you want to change the game, then you need to change the players. If JFK stood for anything, it was bold action in the face of tough odds. He believed in the promise of the future. It’s time we did the same.

If you want to change the game, then you need to change the players.

Rich Robinson is a junior majoring in telecommunication and film. His column runs weekly on Tuesdays.

Last to to dismiss Last Week’s Week’s Poll: Poll: Do Do you you think think the the court’s court’s decision descinsion the Horwitz Kirby case was appropriate? dismiss the v. Horwitz v. Kirby case was appropriate? (Yes: 42%) (No: 58%) This Week’s Poll: Do you believe post-season football ticket allotment based on UA credit hours is fair?


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Winter weather can bring depression to students CW | Austin Bigoney Seasonal Affective Disorder can develop in anyone, but activities like exercise or simply going out can ease the symptoms. By Josh Mullins | Contributing Writer As temperatures begin to drop and sunlight becomes scarce, it is not only the leaves on the trees that will be affected by the dark and cold weather in coming months. With people going to great lengths to escape the frosty winds outside, those who stay indoors will be missing out on the important benefits sunlight provides for mental health. The changing weather could be the difference between psychological wellness and depression. “The weather gets gloomy, and people don’t get to go outdoors as much and they are indoors more, which can affect people. People get irritable and bored and all that,” said Dr. Lee Keyes, psychologist and executive director at The University of Alabama’s Counseling Center. The way people react to and are affected by darker months varies from person to person, but for some, the effects can be extremely harmful and cause

symptoms like apathy, fatigue and hopelessness, which can directly impact the day-to-day quality of life. These symptoms can lead to what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. While these symptoms are extremely similar to those stemming from other types of depression, the differences come in the very specific causes and treatments coupled with SAD. “The major difference between SAD and other forms of depression is that the symptoms associated with SAD occur during the winter months and usually go into remission during the spring and summer,” Clayton Shealy, associate clinical professor and director of the University’s Psychology Clinic, said. “Also the symptoms tend to improve with exposure to light. Symptoms are very similar to those seen in major depression, and excessive eating and sleeping are common. “Although the cause of SAD is not

certain, researchers have found connections between SAD symptoms and three biological factors: increased melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland and released in the dark - more melatonin is released in winter when days are shorter and darker - [and] impaired ocular processing of light and deficiencies in serotonin transmission - serotonin is a chemical in the brain related to mood regulation.” In order to combat SAD, patients who are formally diagnosed go through sessions of phototherapy. They receive the light their bodies need without having to endure the biting cold of the fall and winter weather. “[The therapy] is sitting in front of a bank of lights for a certain amount of hours in a day,” Keyes said. “The lights you can get are special lights that put out wavelengths that are closest to natural daylight.”

However, the lack of sunlight that comes with seasonal change affects everyone. Even though the majority of people will not develop SAD, there is the potential that people will feel the negative effects of the weather change in milder, but still recognizable ways. People who feel despondent from the chilly weather and being confined to staying indoors have a few less intensive options when it comes to improving mood and keeping the wintertime blues at bay. “If you just find that you are a little more irritable or grumpy because it’s winter time, there are other solutions such as increasing activity level, exercising more and getting out of your dorm or apartment,” Keyes said. “You can generate positive mood in other ways; we don’t have to just rely on the sunlight.” Students who think they might be suffering from SAD can seek help at the UA Counseling Center. Visit their website at or call during business hours at (205) 348-3863.

Crimson Cabaret jazzes up halftime at Coleman Coliseum By Emily Williams | Contributing Writer The Crimsonettes are famous for performing during the Alabama football halftime show, but with the start of basketball season, a different set of dancers is taking center court. The Crimson Cabaret serves as The University of Alabama’s dance team that performs at Alabama men’s and women’s home basketball games, during timeouts, at halftime, and before and after the games. Assembling the team each year is a competitive process, and this year was no exception. More than 80 girls from 22 states attended tryouts in April, with 16 girls making the final cut. While the Crimson Cabaret in its current form was established in 2004, dance teams of various sorts have existed at Alabama since the early 1970s, coach Marion Powell said. Powell is also the coach of the Crimsonettes but said the routines and skill sets of the two groups are completely different. “The Crimson Cabaret are very skilled dancers, and they don’t twirl at all,” Powell said. “Their routines are primarily based on dance technique, jazz, hip-hop, different styles of dance. With the Crimsonettes, because that’s a halftime show that also includes the band, it’s a whole different type of performance. They do some dancing but because they twirl, that’s their primary skill. With Crimson Cabaret, dance is their primary skill.” Shelby Lawrence, a junior on the team, said in addition to the different routines, the at m o sp h e r e differs b e twe e n football and basketball games.

CW | Austin Bigoney The Crimson Cabaret performs for fans at each men’s and women’s home basketball game. “It’s a more personal environment, instead of just seeing all these people far away, you kind of get to know people on a personal level,” Lawrence said. “There are certain people that have season tickets and they sit certain places and you start to recognize people throughout the season.” Being a member of the Crimson Cabaret is a time-consuming commitment that lasts most of the year. The team began

rehearsing dances for this season in June and had camp in July. Members practice three nights a week, from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday nights. Practice usually consists of an hour of warm-up and stretching before the women practice their dances for the games. They also attend team workouts at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

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CW | Austin Bigoney Mayor Maddox discusses future plans for Univeristy and city growth Monday night.

Town Hall covers topics on community expansion MEETING FROM PAGE 1

coming years will focus on improving the city’s sanitation infrastructure, particularly downtown. “When I was growing up in Tuscaloosa, there were two places you never went: downtown and the riverfront,” Maddox said. “That is no longer the case.” The event was planned and sponsored by an independent study class offered by the Honors College, which holds three on-campus Town Hall events per semester and takes two to sister colleges UAH and UAB. It is currently in its third semester at the University. “We hold these events to get people excited about topics like this, be they local, like state constitution reform, or

national, like the obesity one we did last fall,” Town Hall event coordinator Eric Alsobrook said. Both Maddox and Sharpe said they were glad to see so many students involved in local politics. Maddox also said students help provide the city’s “intellectual capital” and contribute to economic growth in town. “It’s interesting to see how the University and the city can move forward progressively together,” event coordinator Edward Woodall said. “In 2003, we had a 20,000 student population; now we are nearing 40,000. That’s got to affect Tuscaloosa.” To get involved in future town hall meetings or to submit your own ideas, contact Robert McCurley Jr. at 205-7999092. “We were very excited and anxious for this opportunity,” Maddox said. “Students make up 25 percent of this community. It’s important to understand what is on their minds.”

Dunaway first started experimenting with latex balloons in the late 1980s by pressing them against the strings of her electric guitar, a method known as preparation. She soon realized the balloon’s potential as a solo instrument, and when a shoulder injury forced her to give up the guitar, she devoted her full attention to the balloon. The AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s contributed to the balloon’s allure, Dunaway said. “A lot of my friends died from AIDS,” Dunaway said. “It was discovered that condoms could prevent transmission of the disease. This gave latex almost a mystical, magical power to me. I was making music with the substance that was saving lives.” In her more than 30 balloon compositions, Dunaway creates music by manipulating the balloon in a variety of ways. She can create different types of sounds by rubbing an inflated balloon, letting air into and out of the balloon, using different sizes of balloons and more. Her Balloon Symphony No. 2, which she will perform Wednesday, uses audience participation to com-

The Crimson Cabaret shares the floor with the cheerleaders during games, and the two teams work together to engage the audience. Additionally, not all of the dancers for Crimson Cabaret are dance majors. Some of the students participated in competitive dance or cheerleading in high school. “[Crimson Cabaret and cheerleading] are similar in the fact that we do the same things to get the crowd pumped up and cheer on our teams, but the movements, everything’s so much more technical and obviously more difficult. It’s just a lot more fluid. It’s a very different style from cheerleading,” Hart Hoeffner, a senior on the team, said. Long after much of the student body has gone home for Christmas break, the Crimson Cabaret will continue practicing and performing until the last home basketball game on Dec. 21. In addition to practicing routines for the games, the team is also preparing to compete in the Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Fla. this coming January. It will compete against 20 30 other Division 1A college dance teams in the categories of “jazz” and “pom.” “We like to compete, but that’s a one-day venture in January,” Powell said. “That’s a small part of what we really are here to accomplish and what our goal is. One goal is to represent The University of Alabama, be good ambassadors and really make people feel welcome when they come here for a game, and to get them to cheer and really support the team.”

PLAN TO GO WHAT: Sonic Frontiers presents Judy Dunaway WHEN: Wednesday at 7 p.m. WHERE: Moody Music Building Recital Hall bine sounds from hundreds of balloons. “Balloons are capable of unique sounds that no other instrument can make,” Dunaway said. “They also fit the experimental music ideal in that they are uncontrollable, unpredictable and volatile.” Dunaway’s performance marks the most recent installation of the Sonic Frontiers concert series, created in 2011 by assistant New College professor Andrew Raffo Dewar to showcase experimental and avant-garde music. Dewar said most of Sonic Frontiers’ early shows focused on experimental music from the jazz tradition, but he has since been trying to expand the series’ horizons to include music from other genres. “I think [Dunaway’s] work is among the most unique and bold music I’ve heard,” Dewar said. “I wanted to stretch the bounds of what Sonic Frontiers has been presenting, and to challenge our audience with sounds they have likely never heard before.”

Experimental compositions often lack elements that people tend to associate with music, including melody, harmony, beat and the basic verse-chorus song structure; However, Dewar said music is infinite and shouldn’t just be defined in the traditional sense. “Each individual has their own self-imposed limits on what they consider music,” Dewar said. “I believe music is a way of listening – we’ve all listened to birdsong as music, even though it’s technically just the way they communicate. I think this way of listening can and should be extended to all sounds, as a way to learn more about and enjoy the textures, colors, rhythms and possibilities of sound and music in our world.” Dunaway said having an open mind is the key to appreciating this realm of music. “The Germans sometimes call experimental music ‘difficult music,’” Dunaway said. “Not so much because it’s difficult to listen to, though it might be for some people, but because it’s difficult to understand. You have to be open to a different kind of listening.” Dunaway will perform Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Moody Music Building Recital Hall. The concert will feature an interactive performance of her Balloon Symphony No. 2.

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Local coffee shops ring in holidays From peppermint mochas to gingerbread lattes, Tuscaloosa offers variety of drinks to warm up with this winter

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Located at the corner of 6th Street and Greensboro Avenue, Five is commonly known for its date-night atmosphere and flavorful cocktails, but Five Java next door opens at 7 a.m. Its urban atmosphere is conducive for study dates, and it’s a great rainy Saturday catch-up location. Its cafe mocha with Ghirardelli chocolate comes in a bowl-sized mug that can last for the entirety of your study session.

Heritage House in Northport may be a bit more of a trek for coffee than the Starbucks on campus, but the atmosphere makes up for the miles. Filled with local art and artisan trinkets for sale, this homey coffee hot spot is perfect for a study session away from chaotic campus life. The most-loved holiday drinks include the classic gingerbread latte and peppermint mocha with whipped cream and peppermint flakes on top.


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Starbucks isn’t local, but if we’re talking decadent cool-weather drinks, we simply can’t leave its iconic drinks off the list. Midtown, Barnes & Noble, in the Ferguson Center, we don’t care as long as it’s got pumpkins, gingerbread and peppermint.

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Edelweiss Edelweiss, Tuscaloosa’s own German bakery and coffee shop, is located on 4th Street in Temerson Square. A favorite among locals, its sweet treats do not disappoint, and it certainly doesn’t take the holidays lightly. Depending on what holiday you’re celebrating at the moment, Edelweissoffers pumpkin spice drinks for those not wanting to breeze by Thanksgiving and a peppermint mocha and gingerbread latte for those who can’t resist anticipating Christmas.

Panel to include sports, Native American topics In honor of November’s Native American heritage month, The Women’s Resource Center along with the Alabama Program in Sports Communication will present a panel titled Being Brave: Sports and Native American Masculinity Tuesday in Gorgas Library Room 205 at 6:30 p.m. Panelists will include Utz McKnight, George Daniels, Richard Megraw and Harold Selesky.

Thesis competition finishes Wednesday The Three Minute Thesis competition will culminate Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Russel Hall’s Lecture Hall. The Three Minute Thesis competition began in Queensland, Australia, but has been adopted by more than 21 universities in the United States. The program helps doctoral students develop and cut their 200-page dissertation into a 180-second “elevator pitch” to explain their theses so anyone can understand.

Spanish Movie Night to show ‘Reinas’ Spanish Movie Night will present a free showing of “Reinas,” directed by Manuel Gomez Pereira, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in 222 Lloyd Hall. “Reinas” follows men and their mothers as they participate in Spain’s first same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Journal to host talent showcase Marr’s Field Journal invites all singers, songwriters, poets and comedians to its Third Thursdays talent showcase at the Ferguson Center Starbucks Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Those who wish to sign up should contact Andrea Dobynes at

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Run by an all-volunteer staff, this nonprofit coffee house on 18th Street offers a relaxing atmosphere with big red couches and is open from 3-9 p.m. every day. All of the drinks are made with Seattle’s Best Coffee, and it is currently serving peppermint mochas and pumpkin lattes.


Nehemiah’s Edgar’s Bakery With locations in Birmingham and Pelham, Ala., Edgar’s recently came to Tuscaloosa to cater to every our every baked good and specialty drink need. This Thanksgiving season, Edgar’soffers its version of the classic pumpkin spice latte. The drive to the Galleria of Tuscaloosa may be a little farther than usual, but sometimes it’s nice to get away to help celebrate the holidays.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Band affects mood of stadium on gameday BAND FROM PAGE 1

most of the time. It takes a person who is up for a challenge, organized, musical, a tremendous leader and a huge Crimson Tide fan.” Along with being drum majors, Carmichael, Fox, Shelton and Horton are involved in a wide variety of other campus organizations including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Alabama International Relations Club, Creative Campus and the Culverhouse College of Commerce Student Services. Horton, a senior majoring in business, said the key to being an MDB drum major is mastering the art of time management. He said he usually schedules his harder classes in the spring because there is less of a demand on his schedule. Outside of their gameday duties, the MDB drum majors are responsible for regulating rehearsal etiquette six days a week and acting as liaisons between the band members and directors. Despite being one of the largest organizations on campus, Fox, a second-year drum major and junior majoring in public relations, said the MDB is an extremely close-knit group. “At the end of the day we’re all members of the band; we’re all part of this extended family,” Fox said. “It’s motivating for us to be in front of all these people and be the face of a long tradition.” Jordan Matthews, a former drum major, said he would not trade his three years as a drum major for anything. He said many of the connections he made through being in band have helped him tremendously, both personally and professionally in his postgraduation life. “From the moment I stepped onto campus, I had a 400 person family, which both held me accountable for my actions and gave me lifelong friendships,” Matthews said. If the entire band is an extended family, then the four drum majors are its patriarch. The four current drum majors are in the

particularly influential and extremely rare position of returning drum majors. Shelton, a thirdyear drum major and senior majoring in international relations, said over the past two years being a drum major has been like working with three of her best friends. The strong bond between Carmichael, Fox, Shelton and Howard has allowed them to take the MDB drum major program to a new level. The four started practicing for the 2013-14 football season in May 2013 and continued to work until band camp at the beginning of August. With their combined experience, this year’s drum majors have been able to choreograph and perform two different mace routines for their entrance onto the field during the band’s pregame show. The mace routines include the run and synchronised spins set to the band’s entrance video playing on the stadium’s jumbotrons. Traditionally, there is only one mace routine and only two drum majors perform the run. Fox said while the mace routine is extremely nerve-wracking and high pressure, it is one of his favorite parts of gameday and the overall drum major experience. “It’s one of those things where you can’t think about what you’re doing because if you put into perspective you’re about to perform for about 101,000 people,” Fox said. “To think that there are 101,000 pairs of eyes that can see your every move and your every mistake, that is a huge part of the stress that we feel.” Despite being together for an average of 20 hours per week, he and the other three drum majors have made the clear distinction between being friends and being professional. Fox said this distinction has enabled all four of the MDB drum majors to hold each other to a higher standard in everything they do. “We really have learned to respect one another and really value each others opinions because if one of us isn’t performing to the best of their abilities, we have to say something,” Fox said. “That’s the nature of what we do. You can’t hold grudges; you can’t be mad. You have to respect it

and move on.” Three of the four current drum majors were drum majors in high school, and all four have been a part of the band community for many years. They said going from band member to section leader and finally to drum major was a natural transition to make. Shelton said she auditioned to be a drum major because she wanted to take a more active role in the band. “You just always want to be improving,” Shelton said. “I wanted to be in a leadership position so I could help with that. I wanted to be a part of helping the band be as awesome as it is.” Shelton said the band’s performance of key tunes between plays helps set the mood for the entire stadium. She said if the band were to neglect playing the first down cheer after a first down, the atmosphere of the entire stadium would be thrown off. CW | Austin Bigoney Although the cheers led by the A drum major starts the first movements of a mace routine before a football game. band may become second nature to fans in the stadium, the moment a song is dropped or played incorrectly, everyone notices. On gameday, the atmosphere of the stadium depends on the focus of the MDB drum majors. Carmichael said for that reason, although their backs are turned to the field for the majority of the game, they often watch the game more closely than those facing the field. Horton said he has never witnessed a game as just a fan and not part of the band, but he can’t imagine what an Alabama football game would be like without the MDB’s support. “I always try to imagine a game without the band,” Horton said. “I feel like our student section and the stadium as a whole wouldn’t be as engaged. I think that we contribute a lot to the atmosphere of the game, and coach Saban has actually accredited us with that.” Fox said particularly with big games like the LSU game two weeks ago, all the drum majors feel extra pressure to make sure everything is perfect, but he said it’s also very rewarding to know the energy of the stadium is in their hands. Submitted “It’s crazy, but we’re crazy Million Dollar Band drum majors celebrate after the SEC Championship game in 2012. enough to do it,” he said.

UA School of Music to host choral concert By Lauren Carlton | Contributing Writer The University of Alabama School of Music will host an evening of choral singing featuring the University Chorus, the Choral Music Chamber Ensemble and the Hueytown High School Chamber Choir. The concert will highlight choral music education within the School of Music and the state of Alabama specifically through a performance of varied accompanied and unaccompanied choral literature. The University Chorus, under the direction of Marvin Latimer, an associate professor of choral music education and department head of music education, will perform last. “This University Chorus is similar to past ensembles,” Latimer said. “It is a choir comprised of about 70 undergraduate and graduate choristers from across campus.” University Chorus is one of the largest performing ensembles on campus. Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble. Members are not required to major in music, although having a background in reading music can be helpful. Interested students can register for the class each semester. Kaitlyn Stephens, a freshman majoring in math,

PLAN TO GO WHAT: University Chorus Concert WHEN: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Moody Music Building Concert Hall will be performing in her first concert as a member of University Chorus Tuesday. “Being in choir definitely helps me relieve stress from challenging classes,” Stephens said. “I love being in the ensemble. It is so much fun to make beautiful music and to sing with other amazingly talented singers. My favorite part is hearing the beautiful harmony of everyone’s voices blending together.” Chorus will begin their program with “Adiemus” from Songs of Sanctuary by Karl Jenkins, arranged by Nicholas Hare. Featured musicians include flutist Corinth Lewis and percussionists Elliot Davis, Ayla Jones and Laura Smith. Chorus will close with “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen, arranged by Jay Althouse. “I cannot wait to perform in the large concert hall,” Stephens said. “I am so excited that I get to partake in this amazing experience.”

Submitted The University Chorus Concert will feature performances from three local choral groups.


Television traditions keep families strong By Hannah Widener “Supernatural” depicts two brothers’ encounters with paranormal obstacles.

There is a Friday night ritual in my house that has been carried out as long as I can remember. Before we got cable, we would go to the local video store, back when there still were video stores, and get pizza and a movie. My entire family would eat pizza at the dining room table, and then we would crowd around in the living room and watch whatever movie had been scooped up at the store. Over the years, pizza Friday has begun to fade. The dining room table now holds paperwork built up during the week, my sister and my dad are usually working, and the video store is only a distant memory. In 2006, we got DIRECTV, and I remember it being a big deal because everyone else I knew in school had cable. Even my teachers used to give me funny looks when I would tell them we only had three channels on our TV. Those first few days with hundreds upon hundreds of channels were a shock to the system. For a while we clung to those three channels for fear

of being swallowed up in a sea of networks that we knew absolutely nothing about. In due time, channel surfing became normal, and instead of waiting for only one show per week to come on ABC, we could watch a different show every night. Friday became “Ghost Whisperer” and “Supernatural” night for my mother and me. Suddenly pizza was back at the table, and our living room was full again. “Ghost Whisperer” ran for five seasons and was cancelled in 2010, but “Supernatural” is still going strong. After nine seasons the CW keeps renewing the show, time and time again. Eric Kripke, the show’s creator, originally wanted “Supernatural” to be a movie. However, it made more sense for it to be a TV series so that each episode could weave in and out of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester’s road trip. Sam and Dean are brothers who fight against demons, ghosts, witches and occasionally the devil himself, in the battle to save the world. Riding from town to town in their father’s jetblack ‘67 Chevrolet Impala, the boys

must stay alive and come to terms with their destiny. Both are merely pawns in a chess game between heaven and hell. The show started off strong in its first season, premiering on Sept. 13, 2005 with an estimated 5.69 million viewers. Now in its ninth season, the show garners around 2.52 million viewers and instead of being shown on Fridays now is shown on Tuesdays. While we may have caught up technology-wise when it comes to cable and high speed Internet, there is still one thing my family is missing: DVR. There is a video cassette player that sits on top of our DVD player and every week my mother pops in a blank cassette to record “Supernatural” so that she can watch it at the end of the week. Since leaving for college I haven’t had time to catch up on what is happening with Sam and Dean. But when I go home I know I won’t have to worry about what is happening on “Supernatural,” because if it’s Friday night I know exactly where I will be – on the couch with my mother, as she pops “Supernatural” into the player.


Tuesday, Novembe November 19, 2013



New Orleans •Brig •Brigade Coffee •Foo •Food Drunk Wikimedia Commons, Photo Illustration by Sloane Arogeti Food trucks, such as Taceaux Loceaux in New Orleans, have found a fan base of patrons seeking a quick, hightwist. quality meal with a culinary twist

Food trucks provide convenience, quality By Tara Massouleh Over fall break I took a day trip to Atlanta, Ga., with a few friends. We easily decided on a couple of activities for the day, but the real struggle came in agreeing on only two places to eat. We made an easy choice to eat brunch at West Egg, a trendy spot serving updated Southern comfort dishes in the heart of Atlanta’s Westside. The restaurant came highly recommended by a friend and was, after all, voted “best brunch” by Southern Living magazine, so no one had any qualms about our decision to make it our first stop. The major problem came when we had to decide on a location for dinner. Of course, I wanted to try something exotic and completely unique to Atlanta, but a few of the pickier eaters in the group were not on board. Once we took into account a budget, the once enormous, daunting list of restaurants began to shrink. Finally, we stumbled upon a listing for the Atlanta Food Truck Park. After skimming through the list of more than 30 rotating food trucks, everyone agreed that this was the place to go. Due to the allure of Lennox Mall

and some unfortunate Atlanta traffic, we ended up arriving at the food truck park just 30 minutes before its closing time. Nevertheless, we made the most of the remaining time by quickly sizing up the menus of the prospective trucks before deciding on one or two (or three in some peoples’ cases) vendors from which to buy. So why eat dinner at a food truck park serving meals from outlandish establishments like Blaxican Mexican Soul Food rather than at a traditional restaurant? For one, food trucks are convenient and fast. There’s no mulling over a tenpage menu full of complicated choices, substitutions and specials only to wait 20-30 minutes more for your food to arrive once you’ve ordered. Most food truck menus have no more than 10 items, all of which they can crank out in under five minutes. Food truck parks also provide customers with a wide array of options so that even individuals with selective palates and special dietary needs can find something to eat. Unlike traditional restaurants that specialize in one type of cuisine, whether it be Italian, Chinese or Mexican, food truck parks include

Event brings storytelling to UA community

multiple vendors who can together represent a wide variety of cuisine. Conversely, due to the fact that each food truck only specializes in a few dishes, they are often masters of their craft. It’s the age-old idea that it’s better to do one thing really well than a hundred things at only half capacity. With a narrower focus and fewer menu items, food trucks have the ability to fine-tune their dishes and execute at an extremely high quality. One final reason to ditch conventional dining for food truck dining is you simply won’t find the dishes served in food trucks in restaurants. In recent years, food trucks have become the great innovators of the culinary world. No longer are they roadside grills offering hot dogs, hamburgers and greasy fries. Food trucks have gone gourmet by offering fresh foods prepared with organic ingredients in surprising new ways. Essentially, through food trucks, customers are offered a more diverse range of high-quality, innovative and delicious food at a lower cost and with more convenience. With benefits like this, the trend in food trucks is sure to stick around, and I’m certainly not complaining.

•La Cocinita •Taceaux Loceaux

Birmingham •Dreamcakes •MELT Birmingham

•Shindigs •Spoonfed Grill

Atlanta •Blaxican Mexican Soul Food •King of Pops

•Nana G’s •Sweet Auburn Barbecue

Nashville •Crankees Pizzeria •Crepe A Diem

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By Cokie Thompson | Contributing Writer For as long as he can remember, William Mason has loved telling stories. Mason, a senior majoring in telecommunication and film, is one of the storytellers at Tin Can Tales, a free event hosted by Creative Campus Thursday at the Bama Theatre. A mix of students, professors and community members will share stories on the night’s theme of “firsts.” Mason is talking about the first time a girl tried to kiss him in middle school. Creative Campus modeled the project after The Moth, a non-profit organization promoting storytelling in New York City. “I remember as a kid going to the library and listening to Miss Angie tell stories,” Mason said. “It’s hard for me to believe that there are people out there that don’t necessarily want to tell stories.” Katharine Buckley, a junior majoring in studio art and a Creative Campus intern working on the project, said the event is designed to bring the University and the Tuscaloosa community together. “This is gonna be really homegrown, rootsy. Everyone just sits down, listens and connects,” Buckley said. Buckley said she hopes the casual environment of the Greensboro Room will encourage audience members to share with each other throughout the night and after the event. Everything about the location of the event was chosen to make anyone feel comfortable, whether they are affiliated with the University or not. Buckley said holding an event on campus attracts fewer outside community members. Betty Florey, a professor in the Honors College, will also speak Thursday night. She said her father’s stories helped her learn about her family’s history, in addition to providing entertainment. “He liked to think about them so he would tell them,” Florey said. Florey said storytelling was a much greater part of the daily routine when she grew up than it is today. “People had time to tell stories, and we weren’t distracted by TV at night,” Florey said. “I can tell right off a lot of times the ones who have had family meals or very close-knit families, because they have what we call ‘the gift of gab.’” Tin Can Tales will take place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Greensboro Room of the Bama Theatre, and doors open at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission. For those who can’t make it out, Creative Campus will have a video recording and a podcast of the stories. “This event has made me aware of how important storytelling is,” Florey said. “It’s bringing something back into the culture that’s been pushed aside a little bit.”

CW | Morgan Smith Black clothing has become a popular color for all styles and occasions, whether formal or informal.

Classic, trendy black clothing a wardrobe staple By Morgan Smith One day as I was browsing through my closet looking for something to wear, I kept glancing and touching over black shirts, black pants, black skirts — black, black and more black. After seeing all of the black that had taken over my closet, I asked myself, “When did I purchase all of this black clothing and most importantly, why?” Thinking back on conversations with my mom about fashion and how things have changed since the “old days,” I recall her saying that black was only considered appropriate for funerals and very formal affairs. Back then, to wear black to a wedding like we do today would cause you to be the topic of discussion at the event as well as after. She said black became somewhat of the “it” color in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and she embraced it with open arms,

Are customers buying black to be trendy, or could it all be based on the psychological meaning?

wearing it with gold jewelry or other bright color accessories. Nowadays, it’s nothing to walk through the children’s department of a store and see black pants, jumpers, dresses, sweaters and tops. Has the color black become the newest and hottest color in fashion? Are customers buying black to be trendy, or could it all be based on the psychological meaning?

In the novel “Black: The History of Color,” Michael Pastoureau describes the history and meaning of the color black and how it originated in Europe, the capital of fashion. In the early Christian period, black was a representation of hell and the devil. Even until this day, some still view the color black in a negative light, but that has not stopped it from reaching upscale fashion and taking over the pages of top fashion magazines. While the color black is now known as a color for the luxurious, sleek and wealthy, there is a deeper psychological meaning for it. Some say the color black can imply authority and power or submission. However the most common reason people choose to wear black clothing is because it appears to make the person thinner. Personally, that is definitely why I wear it.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Tide to bounce back from MSU By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor The Alabama Crimson Tide will use this week to bounce back from a lifeless 20-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. “It’s probably good that we were in a close game, that was very closely contested,� coach Nick Saban said. “Which we had to go out there and make some plays and stops in the game that made a difference in the game. We certainly didn’t dictate tempo in the game like we like to.� The team wasn’t satisfied with the output, where the Crimson Tide put up its lowest point total of the year in a sluggish offensive effort. “No one left that locker room at Mississippi State feeling great about the win,� center Ryan Kelly said. “We like the win because it’s obviously a win, but we didn’t like the way we did it. We left that field knowing that we didn’t impose our will on them. We didn’t feel like we

dominated the line of scrimmage, and that’s one of the things we always work for every week, dominate the line of scrimmage and move the ball really well in the running game, and I don’t think we did that really well.� Alabama will face the Chattanooga Mocs, an FCS team, Saturday at 1 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium before finishing the season with a top-10 matchup against Auburn. “I think it’s important for the players to refocus on the vision of what they want to accomplish as a team,� Saban said. “Pay attention to detail, focus on the process of what it’s going to take for us to play our best football as a team and go out and work every day in practice to try to get it perfected so that when we get in the game we have confidence in our ability to execute.�

Vogler day-to-day Saban said tight end Brian

Vogler would be day-to-day with an ankle injury, and his status for the game is uncertain. Freshmen O.J. Howard and Sophmore T.J. Yeldon will be limited in practice, but should be available for Saturday’s game, Saban said.

Saban says interception was in bounds Saban said he believes AJ McCarron’s first interception of the game would have stood if he had decided to call a timeout to give officials further time to review it. He was asked about the play in his post-game press conference, and upon further review still believes the player was in bounds. “All you guys after the press conference telling me that the guy was out of bounds, he really wasn’t out of bounds,� Saban said. “He was in bounds. I would have wasted a timeout trying to do what you do. And you all tell me he’s in bounds. I mean, come on man. “We’ve got coaches in the boxes that look

at that stuff, aight? I asked the official, ‘Are you reviewing this?’ He says, ‘Yes.’ They review it. They didn’t overturn it. Nobody in the box told me that the guy was not in bounds. So that’s the best information we had. Where y’all got your information at, I don’t know.�

Tide practices Hail Mary defending Safety Landon Collins said Alabama practices defending game-ending Hail Mary passes on Thursdays. He said Saban emphasizes knocking the ball down rather than trying to intercept the pass. Auburn beat Georgia on a similar play Saturday when a defensive back tipped the ball into the hands of the Tigers’ Ricardo Louis. “Coach Saban tells us to bat it down,� Collins said. “That’s the first thing that comes out of his mouth. If you get the pick, fall down. But the first thing is batting it down to play the next play. He doesn’t want anybody being a hero.�


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Tide triumphs over Stillman College The Alabama men’s basketball team cruised to a 102-65 win over Stillman College Monday night in the team’s first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. It marked the first time the Crimson Tide scored 100 points or more in a game since 2005. “I’m excited for our guys,� coach Anthony Grant said. “I think it was great to see the energy on the bench there at the end.� Alabama shot 59 percent (37-63) from the floor and outrebounded Stillman 43-33. In the second half, the Crimson Tide found itself on a 21-0 run after a 52-36 halftime lead and never took its foot off the gas. “We were just outmatched tonight,� Stillman coach Michael Grant said. “They were bigger, they were stronger. We gave them second and third shots at the basket.� Stillman attempted 41 3-point shots in the game, only making 32 percent (13-41) of them. The Tigers lived behind the 3-point line and did not attempt manyshotsin

the paint. “We talked about it in the scouting report. We knew that they were going to shoot a lot of 3s; they were going to shoot from deep,� junior guard Levi Randolph said. “Our emphasis was to try to prevent that.� Every active player on Alabama’s roster saw the court and scored against the Tigers. Randolph led the Crimson Tide with 17 points and was one of six Alabama players to score double-digit points. Retin Obasohan scored 15, Nick Jacobs scored 13, and Trevor Releford and Algie Key each scored 12. Carl Engstrom set a career high with 11 points off the bench. He also pulled in eight rebounds. “I’m trying to do my best in every game and practice, trying to get more rebounds in the game,� Engstrom said. “I’m trying to be more physical.� Alabama will face the Georgia State Panthers Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. Georgia State defeated McNeese State 96-70 Monday night. Compiled by Charlie Potter


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TIDEIN THE NFL Eddie Lacy Running back Green Bay Packers 14 carries, 27 yards 1 rushing touchdown 2 catches, 21 yards

Mark Barron Safety Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 tackles 1 fumble recovery 1 pass defended

DeMeco Ryans Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles 7 tackles, 5 solo

Warmack adjusts to NFL

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Cornerback Cincinnati Bengals 2 tackles 1 sack 1 pass defended

Chance Warmack said his first 10 games in the NFL have been a “roller coaster ride,” noting the difference in college and professional football.

By Marc Torrence | Sports Editor Chance Warmack hobbled over to his locker on Thursday night after the Tennessee Titans’ 30-27 loss to the Colts. The former All-American Alabama guard plopped down on a stool and began tearing away at the tape on his ankles as he pondered his first 10 games at the NFL level. “Had some ups, had some downs. Had some good times, had some bad times,” Warmack said. “It’s a roller coaster ride, but I love it. Love this game. I’m blessed to be here. I’m just taking every second and enjoying it.” Warmack was selected 10th overall by the Titans in the 2013 draft and was a key player in an offseason plan to beef up Tennessee’s offensive line. The Titans also brought in highpriced free agent Andy Levitre and drafted center Brian Schwenke in the fourth round. The results have been mixed. Tennessee ranks 12th in the league in rushing and 15th in sacks allowed. But for Warmack, it’s been a year of learning and adjustment.

“He’s definitely learned a lot as the season’s gone by,” Levitre said. “He still has a lot more to learn in terms of growing as a player. He’s still figuring things out, but he’s still got great talent and ability and size. I think he’s going to be a great player.” Warmack has the advantage of working with two hall-of-famers at his position. Tennessee coach Mike Munchak was a 2001 inductee, and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews was inducted in 2007. “Down-to-earth guys. They tell me the ins and outs of the offensive line,” Warmack said. “They played the position I play now. I have a good time. It’s a great time. Not only am I learning, but I’m having fun at the same time.” Warmack has taken his lumps in the NFL, and his lowest moment may have come in last week’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. With the Titans backed up near their own goal line, Warmack was called for holding in the end zone, which resulted in a safety. Tennessee lost the game by 2 points. “I get wake-up calls every game,”

Warmack said. “You think you have it figured out and then next thing you know, something comes that you’ve never experienced before in your life, and it’s a new experience, and you learn from it whether it’s good or bad.” Thursday night was a reunion of sorts for a couple of former Alabama players. Warmack routinely lined up across from former Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman. Former running back and Heisman trophy finalist Trent Richardson was running the ball for the Colts. Warmack said he and Richardson had a long talk afterward on the field. “He’s doing his thing out there. He understands the game,” Warmack said. “He understands he’s got to get better just like I’ve got to get better. You always want to get better; that’s what being a professional is all about. “It’s not always going to be easy. The NFL and playing at Alabama is totally different. It’s not going to be a blowout game. It’s always going to be a tight game like it was today. You’ve just got to push yourself and make big plays when it’s called.” Compiled by Charlie Potter

SPORTSIN BRIEF Iron Bowl kickoff time announced Alabama’s game at Auburn on Nov. 30 will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by CBS, the SEC announced Monday.

Players of the Week named Eleven Alabama players were recognized as Players of the Week after the Crimson Tide’s win at Mississippi State. T.J. Yeldon and Brian Vogler were named on offense. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, C.J. Mosley, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarrick Williams were recognized on defense. Landon Collins, Cade Foster, Dee Hart, Cody Mandell and DeAndrew White were honored on special teams. Mosley was also named SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Compiled by Matthew Wilson

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