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Lloyd Hall renovations continue By Patty Vaughan Contributing Writer Lloyd Hall has been undergoing major renovations to help students and faculty members learn in a better environment. At its November meeting, the UA System Board of Trustees approved a resolution continuing the renovations of Lloyd Hall. Resolution documents set a goal for the project to be completed by August 2009. The resolution approved by

the UA System Board of Trustees outlined Package Three of Stage IV of the renovation project. “The project, in its entirety, is a multi-phase project. This is just another phase of the project that has been going on for awhile,” said Tim Leopard, assistant vice president for design and construction said. Lloyd Hall is undergoing renovations that will leave the building with more classroom space on the second and third floors and more office space, Leopard

Kirby speech focuses on UA legacy

said. Package Three of Stage IV includes second and third floor renovations, elevator upgrades, lobby, corridor and stair renovations, according to resolution documents. “It is pretty run-down, and those are the issues from the age of the building,” said Erica Livingston, the lab coordinator for the chemistry department. Lloyd Hall used to be the chemistry building, but in 2004, most of the chemistry department, including upper-

level courses and labs, moved into the newly built Shelby Hall. Lloyd basically became vacant in 2004, but it soon turned into the place where freshmen had their chemistry labs and classes, Leopard said. The chemistry department will no longer occupy Lloyd Hall once renovations are complete, but New College will leave Carmichael Hall and use Lloyd Hall as its new home, said Cathy Andreen, UA spokeswoman. Tearing down Lloyd Hall and

rebuilding a completely new building for classrooms was just not an option for the University. “The history of the building originated with the Quad, and we’re not willing to lose a part of that history,” Livingston said. Leopard said there is some great architecture in Lloyd Hall and the University does not want to be very disruptive to the Quad. Leopard also said the University wants to try and preserve as many old buildings as they can.

Lloyd Hall

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Music and poetry fill Morgan Auditorium

By Dave Folk News Editor SGA President Cason Kirby addressed the combined SGA Senate and First Year Council in the packed Ferguson Center Forum, making tradition and partnership with the University the central idea of his State of the School address. “I am proud to say that I see that legacy of service alive in each of you today, and I am humbled by the knowledge that each of us plays our own small role in the never-ending story

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CW | RF Rains Xavier Burgin, a freshman majoring in criminal justice, performs slam poetry at “Thankful for the Arts” Thursday night.

SGA: bring back Ferg meal plans By Karissa Bursch Staff Reporter

CW | Matt Abbey SGA President Cason Kirby delivers “The State of the School” address Thursday evening.

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Council. “I would rather use them at the food court if I had the option. Plus, Dining Dollars go by quick.” This resolution is not definite, but rather a recommendation for Bama Dining to consider, Harris said. A meal plan at the food court covered an entrée, side and drink at any of the UA dining venues not including Chik-fil-a, Burger King and Blimpie. “This would be really beneficial for students to have and to use,” Axson said. If students have any

comments, concerns or interest in the resolution they can contact the SGA Office. Other items passed during the Senate meeting included a resolution to have informational computers installed in the lobbies of all residence halls in order for students without computers to not have to go to a library when they need to use a computer. It also included a resolution to have the University provide the student body with a location to watch the SEC Championship, game since many students may not be able to attend.

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SGA Senate passed a resolution Thursday recommending that Bama Dining consider putting meal plans back into the Ferguson Center food court. Corderrol Harris, a senior majoring in communications studies and an author of the resolution, said he thinks it would beneficial because it would be an easier option for a lot of students. “I believe it was a great asset to make it have meal plans,” Harris said. “All the other din-

ing halls you have to go inside and eat buffet style. Some students don’t want to do that. With the food court you can go in and get out.” Harris said Bama Dining said meal plans were offered at the Ferguson Center food court for a trial period, and when Lakeside Diner opened, they figured there were enough places on campus offering meal plans. “As a freshman, meal plans are required,” said Jellisa Axson, a freshman majoring in political science and a member of the First Year

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By Josh Veazey Staff Reporter Students will have a chance to camp out, learn more about Hurricane Creek and help improve it this Saturday and Sunday. “It’s definitely an ongoing effort trying to keep this place clean,” said Blake Harnage, a senior in New College who helped start the initiative. “We need all the people we can get.” The clean up and camp-out start at 9 a.m. Saturday, and participants are encouraged to spend the night camping out. The event is hosted by New College and Friends of Hurricane Creek. Volunteers will help clear the creek of invasive plants — plants that were planted for the purpose of erosion control but hurt the creek by crowding out

and dominating native plants. “There are these nasty weeds that grow up all along the river bank where there should be blueberries and blackberries,” Harnage said. “And a lot of animals don’t like to eat these invasive species. Anytime you mess with a plant that is supposed to be there, you are messing with all the other organisms that are there.” Harnage said no experience or knowledge is required to volunteer, and the process is simple. “There’s going to be about five minutes of training. We’re going to say, ‘This is the bush we want to pull,’ and show them how. They are incredibly easy to identify,” Harnage said. “If you don’t want to do that, you can pick up trash or just help some of the organizations there.”

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Hurricane Creek creekkeeper John Wathen speaks about clean-up efforts surrounding the local creek. This weekend students can participate in a camp-out and clean up.

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• The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa County presents Mad Science “CSI: Live” — 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Bama Theatre

• Swimming and Diving vs. Auburn — 10 a.m., UA Aquatic Center • UA School of Music presents Double Reeds Day Guest Recital — 4 p.m., Moody Music Concert Hall

• BUP presents Drive-In Movies: “Tropic Thunder”— 6:30 p.m., Softball Stadium parking lot • Riptide Dance Clinic — 4 to 8 p.m., Student Recreation Center

• Alabama rugby vs. Univ. of Illinois — 4 p.m., UA rec fields

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QUOTES OF THE DAY “People see the routines the Riptide Dancers do and immediately think they can’t participate because the choreography seems too fast or difficult. The clinic will show that it’s easier than it looks and extremely fun.” —Giselle Warren, co-captain of Riptide Dancers

“It just hit me last week, and I got really sad,” she said. “So I’m trying to make the most of all my practices and just have fun because this is pretty much it for me. I’m trying to make the best of every day.” —Lindsey Buteyn, Alabama volleyball senior middle blocker, on her last season

BIRTHDAYS We want to list your birthday here. Send your name, birthdate, year and major to Put “birthday” in the subject line. And look for birthday greetings from us on your special day.

Brittney Rogers, freshman, undecided

THIS DAY IN ALABAMA HISTORY Nov. 21, 1818: Cahaba is designated by the territorial legislature as Alabama’s state capital. Huntsville would serve for a short time as the temporary capital. The selection of Cahaba was a victory for the Coosa/Alabama River contingent, which won out over a Tennessee/Tombigbee rivers alliance group that wanted to place the capital at Tuscaloosa. The power struggle would continue between the two sections of the state; in 1826 the capital was moved to Tuscaloosa, but in 1847, it was moved to the Alabama River at Montgomery. Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History

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CW | Norman Huynh The Capstone Brass Ensemble performs “Fanfare For the Common Man” by Aaron Copeland Thursday night in the Chamber Ensemble Concert at the Moody Music Building Recital Hall.

Crime Report

occurred at 11:30 p.m. at Chi Phi Fraternity • Assault occurred at 11:30 Compiled by Christy Conner p.m. at Chi Phi Fraternity Senior Staff Reporter • Harassment occurred at 11:30 p.m. at Chi Phi NOV. 13 Fraternity • Unlawful breaking and entering occurred at 5:12 p.m. • Reckless Endangerment occurred at 11:30 p.m. at Chi at the Coliseum Circle big lot • Theft occurred at 7:45 p.m. Phi Fraternity at the Student Recreation NOV. 14 Center tampering • Theft occurred at 9 p.m. at • Cr i m i n a l the Club Room in Coleman occurred at 1:05 a.m. at Lakeside East Coliseum • Reckless endangerment • Theft 3 occurred at 8:34 a.m.

at Bryant Hall

NOV. 15 • Possession of marijuana occurred at 1:30 a.m. at the Transit Hub parking deck • Theft 3 occurred at 3:30 a.m. at Riverside North -Harassment occurred at 4:30 a.m. at Bryant Drive • Public intoxication occurred at 12:50 a.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium • Theft 3 occurred at 8:42 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium • Harassment occurred at

8:20 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium • Burglary occurred at 10:20 p.m. at Mary Burke Hall East • Theft occurred at 10:50 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium

NOV. 16

• Disorderly conduct occurred at 2:10 a.m. at Coleman Coliseum • Criminal mischief occurred at 5:30 p.m. at Harris Hall • Unlawful breaking and entering occurred at 11:59 p.m. at Paty Hall

NOV. 17

• Cr i m i n a l tampering occurred at 2:05 p.m. at the Sommerville Hall parking lot • Possession of marijuana 2 occurred at 5:15 p.m. at Rose Towers • Theft 3 occurred at 5:32 p.m. at Paty Hall


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The group also needs people with construction experience to help build an outhouse for the event. John Wathen, the Hurricane Creek creek-keeper, will offer education on local wildlife and the creek’s ecosystem. “He’s going to be teaching how to identify local plants — when they’re in bloom and good times to come see them — local birds, and also on the environmental effects some of the local businesses are having on the creek,” Harnage said. Lunch will be a Thanksgiving potluck and participants are encouraged to bring side dishes to go with turkey and dressing. Harnage first became aware of the need for cleaning the creek through his Natural Science class in New College. Last September, Hurricane Creek suffered from sewage that had leaked into Cottondale Creek. Because the path to the spill site was overgrown, it took the clean-up crew 19 hours to reach the site with necessary equipment and contain the spill. “The city didn’t do a very good job of dealing with it,” Harnage said. “And we thought ‘What can we do to help?’” Harnage said as of now, at least 30 people will be at the clean-up, but he would like to have around 100. Students can go to www. or the Facebook group “CleanUp & Campout at Hurricane Creek” for more information and directions. The Student Recreation Center offers sleeping bag rental and gives discounts to those involved in the clean-up. Work gloves and equipment will be provided.


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Friday, November 21, 2008

Paul Thompson • Editor


That tide just rolls off your tongue

Dave Folk

probably the plate’s fault; at least he’s an Alabama fan.” That is what it has come to here in Tuscaloosa though; the marriage of football to this school is so great that just by merely mentioning your love of the crimson and white you can escape any punishment. Do you really think it’s like that anywhere else in the nation? If I’m sitting in Columbus, Ohio, and someone spills Starbucks on me and then follows it up with “Go Buckeyes,” I’m a hell of a lot less likely to pardon them. I’d probably curse them out about how their football mascot is a glorified peanut and then ask for another mocha Frappucino. It’s a completely different story in good ol’ T-Town. Someone spills Starbucks on me and shoots out a “roll tide,” hell I’ll even buy them the next cup of joe. Just think of it this way — how much better would the situation had been if after the SEC Championship Game ticket fiasco of 2008 (T-shirts are on the way) the Athletic Department released the two-word statement of “roll tide?” All would have been better in the world. Everyone who was mad would have had to chuckle to themselves and then go back to crying. It’s only a matter of time before “roll tide” catches on everywhere. It could be the new “My bad.” Next time your parents ask you why you’re pulling a 1.4 grade point average just reply with roll tide. I mean in that case you may as well — it’s not like an actual drawn-out excuse will do you any good. The best use of the word, however, has to be coming from a drunken person. When drunk, an Alabama fan will say “Roll tide” more times than an Obama supporter will randomly blurt out, “Yes we can.”

It happened sometime between when the plate of mounded meal plan manna exploded, hitting the quasiclean floor of Lakeside and when the student who dropped it like a bad pass from John Parker Wilson walked away that I realized it. The term “roll tide” is like forgiveness from God on this campus. No matter what you do, tacking “roll tide” onto the end not only fixes the situation but grabs a raucous round of returned “roll tides” as well. The loose-handed Lakeside eater just goes to prove the point — as soon as the food scattered across the tile, the quick-witted student out burst with a loud “roll tide.” Not only was embarrassment avoided, but he was turned into an instant celebrity. Everybody around broke out in communal laughter; it was like right before they cut to commercial in “Saved by the Bell.” I half expected music to cue and Screech to walk out from around the corner (then again, knowing his bad career, he might be working there as we speak). After the student had made a half-hearted attempt to pick up the spilled food, an employee came over to relieve him of his duty and he coyly strutted back to his table whilst everyone stared. Under normal circumstances he would have been looked at like a leper (at least Jesus would have saved him). Since the “roll tide” followed Dave Folk is a news editor his fumble, however, every- for The Crimson White. His one stared at him like, “It was column runs on Fridays.

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No bailout for ‘Big 3’ By Judson Crump Submissions for Op/Eds must be dismal for The Crimson White to have printed Nicholas Rose’s misinformed, misleading and delusional piece on the proposed auto bailout on Wednesday. I will give him this: The title was accurate. The bailout bill is not socialist — unless the government takes an ownership interest in the “Big 3” — but the article’s respectability ends there. The Big 3 are the “anchor and bedrock of American industry and business?” Please. Maybe in the Rust Belt, but not in the rest of the country, where we’ve moved our economies onward, changing with the times. When the textile and paper mills across the South were shutting down due to outsourcing, did the Clinton administration or the Contract with America Congress jump to the rescue with a $25 billion subsidy? No, and they should be lauded for that. Those corporations hadn’t even made such idiotic and shortsighted business moves as paying high school dropouts $30 to $40 an hour, or continuously pumping out 12 miles-pergallon SUVs, despite the obvious signs of steeply rising gas

prices. People all over the South complained and railed against globalization, but it came anyway, and we moved on. Now we’ve diversified our economy and added jobs — most notably in the automotive industry, of all places. Of course, the Rose article doesn’t even attempt to address these commonsense and obvious refutations of his claims. The best he comes up with is a cheap, nationalistic emotional reaction against “auto companies who send their bottom lines to Korea, Tokyo and Berlin. Places where socialism is rampant.” I’ll even ignore that statement’s obvious failure to mention that those very companies are the ones who have created thousands of jobs here in Alabama, and move onto the fact that those vile, foreign automakers are public companies, and like all publicly traded stocks, they pass their dividends onto whoever owns them. Americans are free to buy a share of Daimler AG (NYSE symbol: “DAI”), Mercedes’ parent company, just as foreigners can buy shares of Ford (NYSE symbol: “F”). Now I must take a moment to address the glaring historical distortions about “The New Deal, The Great Society, progressive programs that put

Americans and their interests first.” As charming as his populist rhetoric is, it fails to mention a very important fact — all of these programs were massive failures. The War on Poverty not only failed to decrease poverty, it entrenched its supposed beneficiaries in a system that would lock them into government dependency for generations. By the way, I’m not a Republican. Finally, with the goal of informing my fellow UA students, I’ll address a very important issue regarding the bailout that Rose surprisingly didn’t raise directly. The multimillionaire CEOs on Capitol Hill today are trying to convince Congress that if they fail, all the businesses that depend on them (dealerships, material suppliers, etc.) will also fail. This ludicrous argument proceeds essentially as follows: Ford, GM and Chrysler purchase billions of dollars worth of materials and services each year, and if the Big 3 fail, then these purchases will stop and, as Rose lamented “3 million jobs would be lost.” It superficially makes sense, and to an elementary education major, that apparently is enough. But the argument falls apart under a simple economic analysis. Those

nationally important purchases by the Big 3 are made to produce cars, which are then sold to satisfy their respective market share of the global demand for automobiles. The disappearance of a producer does not destroy the total demand, only one part of the supply. The market share previously filled by, say, Chrysler, will not dissolve, but instead will be absorbed by Hyundai, Toyota, BMW, etc. And these manufacturers will then need more materials to produce enough to satisfy their new chunk of the market, thus offsetting the “loss” of business activity provided by the Big 3. Put more simply, people aren’t going to start riding bikes just because they can’t get a Chevy. They’ll just buy something else that was produced with the same amount of steel, rubber, nylon, plastic, etc. So don’t listen to the apocalyptic hyperbole of those who want to subsidize dying corporations who had every opportunity to succeed in a thriving industry, but wasted their chance with foolish decisions. Let nature take its course with Detroit and let Alabama reap the rewards. Judson Crump is a third-year law student.


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SGA hosts ‘Meet Your Senator Day’ The SGA Senate held its “Meet Your Senator Day” program on the main floor of the Ferguson Center Thursday. Offering hot chocolate, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and conversation, the senators took shifts manning their booth and interacting with students who wanted to voice their concerns, ideas or simply chat about upcoming programs. “Our goal with ‘Meet Your Senator Day’ is just to be visible and accessible to the community,” said SGA Executive Vice President Allen Ross. “We want to reach out and showcase our new ideas and programs that we’ve begun implementing, like the E-Bus and the 24-hour library.” Ross said new services such as the E-Bus, sponsored by the University, the SGA and the city of Tuscaloosa, and Eric and Sarah Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering being

open 24 hours, are known as pilot programs. These programs have been funded and implemented, but need to be tested in the community in order to see how successful or useful they will be. Specifically with the EBus, ridership must increase for the service to be sustainable for years to come. The E-Bus runs simultaneous 10 to 15 minutes circuits late nights, Thursday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Friday 10 p.m to 4 a.m. and on home and away game weekends. It will service CrimsonRide buses, running throughout campus and into the downtown area during the designated time periods. “This service is to ensure that students have a safe way to get home on weekends, hopefully preventing possible traffic accidents,” said Tyler Reed, Arts and Sciences senator and sophomore. The E-bus only takes Bama Cash as payment and costs $2 per person with a two guest

maximum for non UA students. Ross said the 24-hour Rodgers Library, which is close to the bus hub in order to maximize access to both on-campus and off-campus student residents, now has state-of-the-art security features, large study spaces and requires ACTion card access giving only student and faculty members exclusive admission. “We’ve been working with UAPD and the police department on patrolling the area late at night,” Ross said. Students who want to voice their concerns or suggest an idea to the SGA can now do so online with the Ideas to Action program. “It’s basically like an online suggestion box,” Reed said. “Since the campus is growing we need to cater to the community and ensure the concerns and ideas of students are addressed.” Students can do so accessing the SGA website at

UA shows art at Morgan By Victor Luckerson Staff Reporter From the sharp notes of a trumpet to the booming harmony of a gospel choir to the rapid rhythms of a poet, Morgan Hall auditorium was filled with the sights and sounds of artistic expression Thursday night. At 7 p.m., the Lambda Zeta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presented Thankful for the Arts, a celebratory performance that brought a wide array of styles and genres to the stage. “The arts are an amazing tool,” said Brice Miller, assistant director of the Crossroads Community Center. “They have the opportunity to bring you places you never thought you could go.” To open the program, he discussed how art impacted his life in New Orleans in between serenading melodies on his trumpet. Twelve acts in total performed, representing a broad

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of this great university,” Kirby said. Kirby started by emphasizing the work his administration has put towards developing stronger bonds with administration officials. He highlighted that point by mentioning the first University Standing Committee co-chaired by a student and a faculty member. “We have been able to put many longtime, meaningless disagreements aside to dedicate ourselves to affecting real change in the lives of our fellow students,” Kirby said. Next, Kirby mentioned the accomplishments his administration has strived toward since they took office.

range of arts including singing, acting, monologue, poetry and musical performance. The evening covered all bases, with a classical performance by violinist D-Sharp and a hip-hop dance medley by the RipTide dance team, among others. Lambda Zeta arts and letters co-chair Pandora Austin said the program was designed as a way to promote the arts and help raise funds for the University’s dance programs. “Two of my sorority sisters are in the dance program,” she said. Tickets were $5 and all proceeds from the evening went to the dance department. “It’s very important that people appreciate the arts,” said Arnelya Cade, a senior majoring in chemical engineering. “It allows us to grow into successful individuals. It shows that we are really talented and can do more than people expect.” Cade performed with the Afro-American Gospel Choir in

a rendition of “Everybody Clap Your Hands.” The program was also meant to be a tool to promote diversity. “People always look at diversity as culture,” Austin said. However, she said diversity also referred to the broad artistic styles on display during the performance. “We put on different races as well as different arts,” she said. “For a lot of us, this is our outlet. This is our passion. This is our life,” said Nikki Thompson, chair of arts and letters, at the end of the evening. Austin said Lambda Zeta planned to make Thankful for the Arts an annual event. “I think it went really well,” she said afterwards. She said she hoped they would be able increase turnout and awareness next year and begin planning much earlier. She also said Lambda Zeta will continue accepting donations for the department of theatre and dance.

He spoke about the success of the 24-hour library pilot program and the collaboration it took to accomplish. He also mentioned increasing the SGA emergency student loan budget, which allows students to take out a maximum amount of $500, the creation of the Office of International Involvement and the current work towards having student email accounts through Google Mail. “Since embarking along this path together, we have been able to make great strides in accomplishing the goals for which thousands of students elected us to office, but more importantly we have made great strides towards leaving a legacy of empowerment for the next generation of student leaders,” Kirby said. Kirby then outlined the

projects the SGA is currently working on. Programs he said are currently on their way to completion are a proposal for a textbook rental program through SGA Vice President for Academic Affairs Brandon Clark, the Ideas to Action partnership with The Crimson White and the creation of a Student Football Ticket Commission in order to increase student attendance at games. “As I look back over our time in office, I am proud of how much we have truly accomplished together,” Kirby said. “We have made great progress in leaving this University better than the institution we inherited, but great simply isn’t good enough. We can do better, we must do better, and together we will do better.” Vice President of Student

CW|RF Rains Joe A. Vinson, visiting professor from Scranton University, spoke about the chemistry of coffee this Thursday in Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library.

Professor presents ‘Science of Coffee’ By Lindsey Holland Contributing Writer Joe Vinson spoke about the history of coffee, why it is good for you, some of its negative effects and why people crave it at his lecture “The Science of Coffee” Thursday. In 1554 A.D., the first coffee house was built in Istanbul. In 1683, Vienna was saved from the Turks by a Capuchin priest. The Viennese soon added milk to their coffee beans and the name cappuccino was born. In 1913, Secretary of the Navy Adm. Joe Daniels outlawed alcohol on ships and ‘Cup of Joe’ became a popular saying, Vinson said at the lecture. Coffee is the most consumed psychoactive drug all over the world, he said. It is the second most valuable commodity in the world, bringing in $60 billion a year. Oil is the first. “The older you get, the more coffee you drink,” said Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton. Coffee improves the cognitive function in your brain after a single dose. It heightens your mood and your perceived fatigue rate declines, Vinson said. “Coffee definitely affects your brain and keeps you alert,” Vinson said. “It helps you for at least four hours.” Vinson said the risk of Affairs Louise Crow said the State of the School address does more than just outline accomplishments. “I can still remember when [then-SGA president] Justice Smyth gave his State of the School address when I was a sophomore, and that’s the day I decided I wanted to make a difference,” she said. “I think that speech is so important [because] it talks about our accomplishments and areas we need to improve on, but more importantly can inspire the First Year Council.” After the speech, Kirby said it’s important to know the SGA’s work does not end when the semester does. “I hope all students know we are nowhere near slowing down; we still have many bold ideas for the future and we look

Parkinson’s disease decreases by 30 percent for non-decaffeinated coffee drinkers. Also, women who drink coffee are 60 percent less likely to commit suicide. “Your memory is not affected but things involved with higherlevel thinking are improved,” Vinson said. “Coffee also definitely improves your physical ability to do things, especially with speed. It is not going to slow you down, only speed you up.” According to a study conducted in France, coffee extracts caused a significant weight loss in obese people. Other studies have proven that as the numbers of cups of coffee a day you drink go up, the risk for Type-2 Diabetes goes down. Vinson said coffee doesn’t cause cancer or affect heart disease. It does, however, increase birth weight, so pregnant women should watch their coffee intake. There is no effect on the bones from coffee, and it won’t affect cholesterol unless you drink an large amount. Vinson also said the best way to store coffee is to keep it covered and put it in the refrigerator. Free coffee was served at the lecture, as well as light snacks. All the studies Vinson presented were epidemiological.

Fun coffee facts! • 500 billion cups of

coffee are served a year worldwide. (According to Vinson, a cup of coffee is 5 or 6 ounces.) • 1.4 billion cups of coffee

are served a day. • 37 percent of coffee drinkers drink it black and 13 percent drink it instant. • Men drink more coffee

than women. • Coffee consumption

peaks in January. • It takes five years for a

coffee plant to mature. • There are 4,000 beans in

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some of our original work,” Warren said. People see the routines the Riptide Dancers do and immediately think they can’t participate because the choreography seems too fast or difficult. The clinic will show that it’s easier than it looks and extremely fun, Warren said. The Riptide Dancers, founded in 2005, are A hip-hop, co-ed dance team and a student organization. They traveled to New York to compete on the BET program, “106 & Park,” and were named the All-Star dance team. They also participate in the University’s annual Homecoming step show. Warren said auditions are usually held during the fall semester. “Those interested in memberCW File ship are encouraged to attend the Members of the Riptide Dance Team practice before leaving for their TV debut on BETʼs “Wild clinic as well to become familiar Out Wednesday.” with our dance style.”


Mike Leigh film irritates more than illuminates By Corey Craft Editor-in-Chief

Sally Hawkins gets aggressively precious as Poppy in ʻHappy-Go-Lucky.ʼ

It’s a good thing Sally Hawkins, the relatively unknown British actress some might remember from Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream,” gives what must have been a very difficult performance in “Happy-Go-Lucky.” I can certainly respect the film a bit more for that reason. In this new film from director Mike Leigh, Hawkins plays the role of Poppy, an irrepressibly perky schoolteacher who is irrepressibly perky in all situations, no matter how intense or sad things may get — hence the film’s title. I suspect “Happy-Go-Lucky” will appeal to the naturally happy, or those who agree with Poppy’s perpetually optimistic mindset, but for the more miserable of us, sitting through this film is akin to dental surgery, no matter how skilled a craftsman Leigh may be, or how good of a performance Hawkins may give. I can sum up the plot in a few words: Poppy takes it upon herself to learn to drive and does so by taking lessons from Scott (Eddie Marsan), an acerbic racist (in other words, the anti-Poppy). Between lessons, she does some other

things, and happily. Marsan is excellent in his role, and the interactions between the two shine as the film’s few actually captivating moments. Precious little else does. The technique, at least, is quite in keeping with the spirit of Leigh’s other films. Leigh’s main preoccupations with his films deal with semiimprovised shoots in which his actors completely inhabit their characters and dissect portions of England’s middle class. Sometimes this is done in the present day — see his 1996 film “Secrets and Lies,” which is wonderful, and a searing look at race relations and the lower-middle class — and sometimes these are period examinations — see his 2004 film “Vera Drake,” which is also wonderful, and is set immediately after World War II and concerns itself with a British housewife who also happens to conduct abortions. These are all generally roughly directed, gritty-feeling films largely shot in handheld camera. If the plot of “Happy-GoLucky” sounds simplistic by comparison, well, it is. In Leigh’s other films (at least the ones I’ve seen — if I’ve messed this up, please tell

‘Happy-GoLucky’ Starring: Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan Director: Mike Leigh Run time: 118 minutes

MPAA rating: R CW critic’s rating:

Bottom line: It’s all well and good that the characters in “HappyGo-Lucky” are happy, but that doesn’t leave audiences satisfied.

me), characters learn lessons. They change. Poppy doesn’t have any sort of arc in “Happy-Go-Lucky.” She doesn’t change; she doesn’t learn anything. She keeps being irrepressibly happy, from beginning to end. And nothing. Ever. Happens. I should note at this point that the film is seemingly intended to criticize Poppy’s lifestyle, at least in two scenes relatively near the end of the film. In the first of these, Poppy visits her sister, who has married, is pregnant — and is that sort of “stable” presence one often encounters in films — and who goes on about investments and retirements funds and such. The second is an encounter with Scott I don’t want to say much about, but it is the film’s one outstanding scene. But these scenes come in the film’s last 20 minutes — after an hour and 40 minutes of Poppy’s irrepressible happiness. And contextually, the criticisms don’t add up to much, given that Poppy attracts and keeps a boyfriend (Samuel Roukin), and Scott is kind of a jackass racist anyway. Furthermore, is it possible I’m just letting my irritation with the shrill central character color my viewing of the film? I’ll allow for that; I’ll concede Hawkins is effective. Perhaps too effective. But what was this film trying to say? Surely we know there are people who act like this; yes, we know that. There are irrepressibly happy people everywhere who wear ridiculous boots, lots of necklaces and tell everyone around them things like “Cheer up!” and “It’s not so bad!” and “Hey, look on the bright side!” But why would anyone want to spend two hours in a theatre, forced to watch one?

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The underappreciated buffet By Sean Randall Contributing Writer

This past week, I strayed further away from the “action center” of campus and took a walk across the Quad to eat at Burke Dining Hall, the third of four all-you-can-eat meal plan eateries on campus. Though some may think the residential part of Burke is not so grand, I think the dining hall, which is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., is one of the jewels of campus dining. I hope I can convince you of the same, as it seems far too few students go to Burke for a meal, which I strongly recommend.

Atmosphere Due to the large absence of students, Burke Dining Hall is a laid-back, quiet place to eat. There is one TV turned to sports (though the picture is

slightly cut off ) and there was music played over the speakers when I visited Saturday. Burke does have “peak hours,” but not to the point of it being even close to crowded. Also, as an added bonus, faculty members and staff are able to use a separate, quiet(er), windowed lounge area to eat in. Burke provides a good atmosphere for chat, work or a simple meal.

Service Adding to the atmosphere is the usually wonderful service. While you may have to wait at times for a worker to serve you food at some stations, the employees are some of the friendliest on campus. I’ve heard many a student have random conversations with them and they always exchanged niceties with me, which I enjoyed. Much of the hall is self-serve, but the areas that aren’t are often quick to serve you.

Selection The selection at Burke is often similar to home-style comfort food. For breakfast, they have a large selection of fruits, pastries, self-cooked waffles of two flavors and usually grits, pancakes or French toast, meat, eggs and many other warm foods added to their cereal bar. At 10:30 a.m., they start to serve lunch but keep a small breakfast option out until 1 p.m. For lunch, they have a large salad bar, two changing soups and chile con carne, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, pizza, a deli, a stir fry area, a cold pasta area, a fresh pasta area and a self-serve and soft serve ice cream bar complete with topping selections. They run the gamut of drinks, though their soft drink choices are more limited than other eateries. They do have larger cups and traditional condiments, though. They have a decently large array of

desserts beyond ice cream, often including some sort of dessert pizza, as well as the cakes and pastries that are usually there. Vegetarians will find a number of choices, such as vegetarian pizza, salads, stir-fry, some soups and often a vegetarian entrée or two, sometimes more. Examples include quiche (for the egg-eating vegetarians) and vegetarian lasagna.

Food Quality The quality at Burke, as I mentioned before, is more of a home-style comfort quality. It usually isn’t as grand as Fresh Food’s can get, but it’s quite good, especially to those who enjoy a simple meal or traditional “momma’s cooking.” The pizza is especially tasty — the best on campus from what I’ve had. It is perhaps better even than offcampus eateries, but that’s a different review. I am always able to find several foods at

Burke that I am happy to eat, even beyond just pizza and hot dogs. As for their breakfast, I am not a morning person at all, thus I rarely eat breakfast. I can safely say, however, that I was willing to wake up hours before my classes to have breakfast at Burke, especially on French toast days. I’ve never run into cold food or poorly cooked food at Burke, and that’s always a definite bonus.

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The biggest problem I personally have with Burke is location. It’s good for Julia Tutwiler and Parham Halls, and is in Mary Burke Hall, but for a large number of students it is far away. Also, they sometimes seemed to be closing down certain stations rather early on a couple of nights, though I don’t believe that is permanent. Being closed on Sunday is a depressing thing, as it forces meal-plan users to either the Lakeside eating area or Bryant Sports Grill. And again, meal plans are a good thing to have if you don’t want to pay $9, though that isn’t much more expensive than an offcampus buffet when one thinks about it. Still, these things aren’t very big problems.

Burke’s good qualities include consistency, food quality and “eatability,” differing from edibility in that I refer to my desire to eat the food. Also, some of the little things, like the dish return system being neater, ketchup and mustard dispensers not being sloppy and the toppings at the ice cream, as well as the always-available waffle maker, are nice additions. The atmosphere is good, and the setup Grade: 90 (out of 100)

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Dubai parties despite economic gloom The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Dubai developers threw a $20 million party Thursday complete with Hollywood celebrities Robert DeNiro and Charlize Theron and fireworks that lit up the evening sky. The party, which was headlined by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue in her Middle East debut, was to celebrate a new $1.5 billion marinethemed resort built off the Gulf coast on an artificial island shaped like a palm tree. Celebrities and stars such as Michael Jordan, Lindsay Lohan, Wesley Snipes, Mary Kate Olsen, Shirley Bassey and others were on hand for the festivities. Does this all seem a bit much at a time when much of the world is reeling from the global financial crisis? Not really, according to Sol Kerzner, the chairman of Kerzner International, which owns the Atlantis hotel. “If I had it all over again and I understood that the timing was what it was, one might modify a couple of the things ... but not significantly,” Kerzner told The Associated Press Thursday. “When you consider $20 million, it’s a lot of money (until) you consider it up against establishing a $1.5 billion resort.” Kerzner International split

the party costs with stateowned developer Nakheel, which built Palm island where Atlantis is located. The Dubai Atlantis resort opened for tourists in September. The hotel’s top floor aims squarely at the ultra-wealthy. A three-bedroom, three-bathroom suite complete with a gold-leaf, 18-seat dining table is on offer for $25,000 a night. The rest of the 113-acre resort is dedicated to family entertainment with a giant, open-air tank with 65,000 fish, stingrays and other sea creatures, including a rare whale-shark captured by the hotel in the Gulf and considered a hostage by environmental activists. There’s also a dolphinarium with more than two dozen bottlenose dolphins flown in from the Solomon Islands last year amid protests from animal rights organizations. Thursday’s lavish party is only one of Dubai’s many attempts to remain in the spotlight — part of the citystate’s meteoric rise from little more than a patch of sand to the business and entertainment capital of the Middle East in about a decade. Britain’s most famous cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, will sailing in next week and will be converted into a floating hotel off Palm island.

Some fear the current crisis could once again draw in neighboring countries. Congo’s devastating 1998-2002 war split the vast nation into rival fiefdoms and involved half a dozen African armies. “I’m really glad that more people are paying more attention to [Congo] now but I’m really saddened that it’s taken this uptick in violence to make that happen,” Affleck said. “The primary reason I am here is to urge people to give

money to the NGOs and charities doing hard work in eastern Congo on meager funds,” he said. “And if people out there have an existing relationship with a charity, to urge that charity to get involved in eastern Congo. To let people know, ‘Don’t just read the horror stories in the newspapers and turn off.’” Affleck said he first became interested in Congo a few years ago, when Hollywood’s attentions began to focus

another African crisis, Darfur. After doing more research on Africa, he was shocked to learn about Congo’s four-year war, during which an estimated 5 million people died. “I thought a lot of people are advocating on Darfur. I’d just be a very small log on a big fire. I started getting interested in Congo and I thought, this is a place where I can have a really big impact,” he said. Decades of instability and conflict mean everyone in

Congo has a compelling story to tell. And the country’s stunning landscapes — rolling green fields, riotous fields of flowers, sparkling lakes and even a moodily smoking volcano — deserve their own starring role. Would Affleck consider putting Congo on the big screen? “It’s a big story,” he said. “I think you’d have to make it about one person, and their story, their journey through the political reality here.”

Winona Ryder hospitalized in UK The Associated Press LONDON | Actress Winona Ryder was briefly hospitalized after falling ill on a flight to London’s Heathrow Airport Wednesday, her publicist said. Mara Buxbaum said the 37year-old was taken to a west London hospital “as a precaution” and had been released. “She’s fine now,” Buxbaum said. She declined to go into details of Ryder’s illness. British Airways said a flight from Los Angeles to Heathrow requested priority landing after a female passenger “required medical attention” and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. “Our cabin crew looked after the female passenger as much as they could onboard and our passenger services staff also accompanied her to the local hospital,” the statement said. “We wish her well.” Ryder, who began her film

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national affairs or diplomacy, but it doesn’t take that to see the tremendous suffering here,” he told The Associated Press on Thursday in Goma, the regional capital. “It’s not something that we as human beings can, in good conscience, ignore.” Years of sporadic violence in eastern Congo intensified in August, when fighting heated up between the army and fighters loyal to rebel leader Laurent Nkunda.


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Divers to compete in Atlanta By Cyrus Ntakirutinka Sports Reporter The Alabama swimming and diving team is preparing for an intense week of competition. The Crimson Tide divers will face Auburn Friday in Atlanta, while the rest of the team will host the SEC rival Tigers in a home meet this weekend. The Tide diving team will travel to Atlanta today to compete in the Georgia Tech Diving Invitational. Along with host Georgia Tech, other teams include Miami, Florida State and Auburn. Head coach Eric McIlquham said he thinks the event will be beneficial to the divers. “It’s an invitational meet with four teams that are over there that are all good quality teams,” McIlquham said. “It’s just an opportunity for our kids to go through, much like a championship format they are going to go through in terms of the time between each dive.” The format for this event will be different than that of dual meets. The usual time between each dive at a dual meet is five to six minutes. The invitational will have a championship

UA Atheletics| Jessica Smith Junior Agustina De Giovanni swims against Kentucky in a meet earlier this season. Both the swimming and diving teams will face Auburn this weekend, but in different cities. format, with each dive being 15 to 20 minutes apart. “It’s a whole different ball game in terms of the preparation of what they do in between each round,” McIlquham said. “It’s a little bit different from what they have [done] and they need to get into that, especially coming up in February and March as we get into our championship meet, and zone

[diving] qualifying and NCAAs. It is going to be the same format. It’s good for them to get out there and do those things.” Alabama has a number of seasoned veterans to lean on for experience, but the team has also received large contributions from the freshman class, especially Carrie Dragland. “It’s going to help her a lot in terms of a collegiate invita-

tional meet,” McIlquham said. “Carrie Dragland, the freshman coming off some very strong performances, having won all but one event this year. Our girls are getting up, and it’s an opportunity for them to get on the platform for the first time this year in actual competition and not just in practice. And also, we have some seasoned veterans. It’s going to be good

for them to get back into that format.” After the invitational, Alabama will face a strong SEC rival as it hosts No. 7 Auburn. The Tigers have dominated the SEC, winning 13 of the last 14 SEC titles. The meet will be a test for a still-improving Tide team, a challenge McIlquham welcomes. “Having them come in here

is great for our kids to get up and compete,” McIlquham said. “We are trying to get back where we need to be. We have been improving every year, getting better and now we get a chance to measure ourselves on where we are and what we need to do. This is going to be a great [measuring] stick for our kids.” Alabama will rely heavily on the veterans of the squad for the showdown. On the women’s side, junior Augustina de Giovanni has been a force in the individual medley breaststroke. Freshman Suzanne Schwee is the No. 1 seed so far this year. On the men’s side, red-shirt junior Mark Randall has carried the long distance events. “Those are some of the areas we have some holes we need to work on,” McIlquham said. “But again, as the kids start to mature and get a little bit better and a little bit stronger, they are going to swim faster each and every time.” Alabama will have two sessions against Auburn Friday at noon and 6 p.m., respectively and a third final session on Saturday at 10 a.m.


Buteyn making most of last year By Will Barry Senior Sports Reporter

Alabama volleyball senior middle blocker Lindsey Buteyn is in her final run at Alabama. Recently, she has helped lead the Crimson Tide to win five out of its last six matches. Buteyn has played a key role this season and is tied for second on the team in blocks per set with 0.59, fourth in points per set with 2.16 and third in

kills per set with 1.79. The 6-foot-1 co-captain uses her height, strength and power to launch the Tide. “I think she has great lateral speed,” head coach Judy Green said. “I think Lindsey is a fasttwitch athlete who gets off the ground really fast. The middle game really fits her well. She’s very good at taking off of either one foot or two feet in front of the setter, and I think I would just call her versatile.”

Buteyn has been versatile since she arrived at Alabama her freshman year, finding multiple roles to contribute to an Alabama team that has made it to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. With three matches left until the end of the regular season, Buteyn realizes her time playing at Alabama is coming to an end. “It just hit me last week,

and I got really sad,” she said. “So I’m trying to make the most of all my practices and just have fun because this is pretty much it for me. I’m trying to make the best of every day.” Buteyn had to lead by example this season as one of only two seniors who welcomed in the freshman class of five. Four of those freshmen would get playing time, and two would become starters down the stretch. “I think that the freshmen could easily watch how hard Lindsey works every day in practice and how consistent that she has been doing that day-in and day-out,” Green said. “There’s never been one day this entire season that she took a day off, and that says volumes about her as an athlete that truly wants to compete every day.” The next time Buteyn sets foot in the CAVE, it will be her last as an Alabama volleyball player. She and fellow upperclassman Amy Pauly will have their senior night Nov. 28 against Mississippi State. “I’m really excited because my family is coming down and some of my cousins are coming down that haven’t gotten to come to a game and I get to show them the campus and everything,” Buteyn said. “Possibly the Auburn [football] game so that’s exciting. But, it’s really sad because it’s the last game. But I’m really

CW | Drew Hoover Elizabeth Salstrand (5) and Lindsey Buteyn (11) jump up and block an LSU volley earlier in the season. Buteyn, one of just two seniors on the squad, hopes to close out her collegiate career with a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. excited my family’s coming. It will just be nice to have everyone get to see me play.” Buteyn said an NCAA tournament appearance would be a perfect send-off to her college career. “I think that would be a

really big deal for us because of all the adversity that we’ve had to face throughout the season and how hard we have worked to come back and be a better team,” Buteyn said. “Making it to the tournament would really top everything off.”

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Freshman adjusts to different game By Spencer White Contributing Writer

defensive assignments. “In high school I was used to just picking and rolling, but Carmen McCoy has a big there’s more to it … defenpresence on the court for the sively you have to understand Alabama women’s basketball team. The freshman center from Leeds is a tenacious rebound“She’s worked awful er in the paint. The 6-foot-4 hard. There is nothing McCoy fights and scratches that anyone has been for the ball, grabbing missed able to do that she shots and throwing elbows up has not been willing to to protect the ball like a small try…she’s just a joy to child. work with because she’s Former All-SEC freshman going full-speed the Tierney Jenkins has enjoyed whole time.” having McCoy’s presence on the inside in practice, cit—Wendell Hudson, ing her aggressive style of head coach rebounding. “Carmen helps on defense and offense,” Jenkins said. “She’ll use her elbows, and you’re like, ‘Okay, you can your spot,” McCoy said. have it.’” McCoy is part of a group of Her ferocity on the court is freshmen, recruited by prealmost surprising considering vious head coach Stephany her quiet and shy disposition Smith, who signed before the off the field of competition. hiring of Hudson. McCoy said “She’s such a nice person,” the coaching change had little head coach Wendell Hudson effect on whether she quessaid. “She doesn’t want to tioned her decision. hurt anybody in practice.” “I really didn’t know what Hudson was effusive in his to think about the situation,” praise of McCoy, emphasiz- McCoy said. “I felt like I was ing her attitude and coachable entering a pretty good pronature. gram.” “She’s worked awful hard,” However, McCoy has quickHudson said. “There is noth- ly warmed up to the methods ing that anyone has been able of her new coach. to do that she has not been “So far everything is going willing to try…she’s just a joy good,” McCoy said. “I like how to work with because she’s the offense is easy to catch on going full-speed the whole to.” time.” McCoy put on a breakout McCoy herself says the tran- performance in the annual sition to big-time college bas- Crimson-White intrasquad ketball has not been an easy scrimmage earlier this year, one. She says she had strug- putting up 13 points and an gled early with understanding astonishing 19 rebounds to

lead the White team. Hudson has said her limited role in the exhibitions and first regular season game against Centenary has more to do with the size of the other team than anything related to McCoy’s abilities. The emphasis of some early Alabama opponents is going to be speed and perimeter shooting over inside power basketball, meaning McCoy will have to be patient. “A lot of teams are playing one post player and four perimeter players, which is going to kind of limit why Carmen can’t get in there and play some as much as we would like her to play,” Hudson said. “I think as you see teams getting bigger, she will play more and more.” As for McCoy, she is fine with doing whatever her team requires, whether it means coming off the bench or playing 40 minutes straight. “I just want to be a role player and help the team any way I can,” McCoy said. Freshman Carmen McCoy goes up for a shot during the Crimson — White scrimmage. McCoy, who scored 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in the game, looks to make a significant impact in her first year.

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