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Home finale rousing for seniors Senior Roy Upchurch breaks a run against the Tennessee Chattanooga Mocs Saturday. Upchurch has one of the many seniors who saw playing time on Saturday.

By Spencer White Assistant sports editor It seemed fitting that on Senior Day for the Alabama Crimson Tide, three seniors made four big plays in a 45-0 rout of overmatched UT-Chattanooga at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday afternoon. After a pre-game ceremony where the Tide’s 27 senior members were given a rousing ovation by the 92,012 members of the crimson faithful who showed up for the late morning contest, head coach Nick Saban mentioned the fact that he believed every senior player on the roster spent time in the game. “It’s great that the seniors got acknowledged,” said head coach Nick Saban. “It was good that the players came out and played Alabama football and got ahead in the game so that all those guys could play.” Seniors Javier Arenas, Cory Reamer and Justin Woodall each intercepted a pass, and Arenas returned his Southeastern Conference record seventh career touchdown 66 yards early in the second quarter to give the Tide (11-0, 7-0) a 28-0 lead over the Mocs (6-4, 4-4) that would balloon to 35-0 at the half. “I think we’ve earned to go out with a bang such as the one we just put up,” Arenas said. “It’s a special day and a special moment.” With the victory, the Tide has won 14 consecutive home games, dating back to a 21-14 loss to Louisiana-Monroe in 2007. Though there were never any serious doubts as to the outcome of the game before kickoff, there was cause for concern in the Tide offense’s lackluster start, as Greg McElroy threw

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UA beats Auburn in food drive Students have By Kelsey Hendrix Staff Reporter The University has once again won Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, the annual competition to raise money and food for the West Alabama Food Bank. Over the course of the past five weeks, students, faculty, staff and community members in the Tuscaloosa area donated food and money in order to fight poverty and hunger in Alabama. According to a news release from the UA Community

Service Center, the University raised a total of 175,653 pounds of food this year, beating Auburn for the third consecu• The two universi• The University beat tive year. Auburn University ties collected more Auburn in the annual collected 164,034 pounds of than 300,000 “Beat Auburn Beat food, which will also be donated to the West Alabama Food pounds of food. Hunger” contest. Bank. “Beat Auburn Beat Hunger • Alabama won with • Auburn had is very important to our com175, 653 pounds 164,034 pounds munity,” said Josh Hedrick, public relations coordinator. “It’s important that the UA community and students are goes to the West Alabama Food local business and community able to give something back Bank that supports nine coun- residents to collect monetary and the competition raises an ties in the area.” incredible amount of food that The University worked with See CHARITY, page 3

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Witt discusses future of Bryce property By Patty Vaughan Senior Staff Reporter

• According ot UA President Robert Witt, the University will not make another offer for the Bryce property. there is not another large piece of land contiguous to the University that it can purchase, Witt said. Over time, it could add small parcels, but that is all, he said. If the Bryce property does not work out, Witt said the University could move some

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By Brittney Knox and Eryn Phillips The Crimson White With the economic slowdown, many businesses have not been able to accommodate the number of people who are out of work, including college students. Hiring UA students for oncampus work has stayed the same, said Brandi Moses, recruitment coordinator for the UA Department of Human Resources. “We have had approximately 2,500 undergraduate students that have been employed on campus at some point this year,” Moses said. According to the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, the area’s August unemployment rate was 9.8 percent, compared with 10 percent in July and 5 percent in August 2008. The department reported that statewide unemployment hit 10.9 percent in November.

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The University has ultimately decided not to make another offer for the property at Bryce Hospital and that there is no “Plan B” at this point, said UA President Robert Witt. The original offer for the property was $60 million, but the Alabama Department of Mental Health is asking for $84 million, Witt said in an interview with The Crimson White. “What they’re asking us to do from their perspective is reasonable, to build the ideal hospital,” Witt said of the asking price. “The property, including the buildings and

everything, is not worth $84 million. I don’t think it’s reasonable to ask the University to take on the responsibility of the state to build a replacement facility.” Witt said the University has made its offer and will not increase the amount. “They can probably build a facility that will meet their needs for the amount of money that we’ve offered,” Witt said. “That would be a 270-bed facility.” Witt said if they build a 270bed facility, they would probably move out into the communities about 80 to 90 patients. If the University does not obtain the Bryce property,

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Some of the on-campus jobs include Bama Dining, the SUPE Store and the Housing and Residential Communities Office. UA Human Resources utilizes social networking sites and other ways to advertise the jobs that they have available to students. “We advertise our jobs in The Crimson White, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates anytime we post a new job,” Moses said. Desrick Mitchell, a sophomore majoring in engineering, said he has not had much luck with on-campus jobs. “I have applied for on-campus employment, such as desk assistants and things like that, but I have not received a response,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said he has applied not just for on-campus employment, but throughout Tuscaloosa as well. He said the economy has affected his

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CORRECTION In a story in Friday’s edition of The Crimson White titled “UA choir gives concert,� it was reported that the University Choral Chamber Music Ensemble was part of the University Chorus. That is incorrect. The groups are two separate entities, and the concert mentioned in the article featured the ensemble along with the University Chorus. The ensemble is also made up of 20 students, with six student conductors, not just student conductors, as was reported.

The number of people applying also affects how hiring is Continued from page 1 perceived because more people need of employment. “The only trend we’ve job search in a big way. “When I was 16, it was a noticed is more students are lot different because when I seeking jobs on campus due to applied for the first time for a there being fewer jobs availfew jobs, it seemed as though able off campus, � Moses said. Brenda Reid, media and after the first one I was hired,� he said. “But, now it has community relations manager become tougher to get hired.� for Publix Supermarkets, said

CAMPUS | Rose Towers hosts on-campus Thanksgiving dinner Rose Towers will hold a holiday program for international students and residents who will be in Tuscaloosa over the break. On Thursday, there will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and dessert. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a holiday movie.

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the company has not reduced the workforce at any stores since the economy began struggling. Reid is a representative for the Publix on the Strip, which employs many UA students. “There are more applicants than positions, but an applicant must be persistent in obtaining a position,� ahe said. Reid said applicants should apply and make relationships with the customer service manager and the store manager. “We have seen more experienced individuals have applied for positions in their stores,� Reid said. She said students are not excluded for that reason, because the hiring decision is based on experience, and whoever is better qualified. “We have seen this in students and seniors applying, but the decision really depends on the applicant,� she said. Many businesses will hire seasonal workers for during the holidays. Several stores at University Mall will, including The Limited, Belk and Foot Locker.

CAMPUS | Capstone Mentors informational meeting Monday Capstone Mentors will hold an informational meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center, Room 204B. Capstone Mentors is a student organization helping at risk students. If you have any questions or would like an application, please email Sarah Beth Henson at sarahbethhenson@ yahoo.com

CAMPUS | Vote Saban for Coach of the Year Head football coach Nick Saban is up for Liberty Mutual’s Coach of the Year. It’s an online fan contest, and the coach who receives the most votes wins a $50,000 donation to his favorite charity and a $20,000 donation to his school’s Alumni Association for scholarships. Go to coachoftheyear.com with your daily vote.

For a few UA students, Thanksgiving plans took a backseat to job obligations. Benjamin Brodsky, a junior majoring in criminal justice, will be staying in Tuscaloosa over the holiday to look for seasonal employment. “I decided to stay in town because I’m looking at a 16-hour drive to Philadelphia if I go home,� Brodsky said. “Plus with all the students gone, I think it will be easier to find a job for extra spending money.� Classes are cancelled and the University closes Wednesday, but some facilities will be open for special groups like athletes and administrative personnel. The aquatic center is closed for recreational swimmers Thursday and Friday this week, but will be open for varsity swim and dive practice, and student employees, such as lifeguards and supervisors, will have to be there. Katie Tibbett, a junior majoring in nutrition, works as a lifeguard for University Aquatics. She decided to stay behind this year to allow out of state students the opportunity to see their families. “My family isn’t very far from Tuscaloosa and they are waiting until I get off work to eat Thanksgiving dinner,� she said. “This holiday is about giving, and I hope I have made some of my coworkers families’ happy that they get to see their kids now.� Mitchell said he is still hopeful for his future job prospects. “This economic crisis is preparing me for the bigger world because when searching for a job you will have to apply yourself more,� Mitchell said. “It just shows me that there will be denial somewhere down the line.�

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Assistant sociology professor Ariane Prohaska will lead a discussion on the motivations for “hogging,� a practice whereby men seek out women they deem unattractive or fat for sexual purposes, on Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in Manly 308. Prohaska’s presentation will be the fourth in a semester-long series of Brown Bag Lectures sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Department of Women’s Studies.

interact with on a daily basis, those operations could be moved out to the golf course,� he said. Despite ongoing complications with the Bryce property, the governor’s office said it has not forgotten those who work at Bryce. A news release from Gov. Bob Riley’s office said Bryce employees are still recognized for their efforts. “This administration values the hard work and dedication of Bryce employees,� the release said. “Gov. Riley certainly recognizes their service makes a positive difference in the lives of thousands of people each year. That’s why Bryce employees are unquestionably deserving of having their concerns addressed and considered prior to any final decision.� In Birmingham News article, Paul Davis, a former trustee in the Department of Mental Health who resigned from the board in October, said the University is bullying the department, saying he favors putting the property on the open market rather than taking such a low price. “The idea of ever moving Bryce was because the University wants the land,� Davis said. “We voted unanimously to sell the land provided the price was right. They’re about $20 million or so short, or about the cost of two skyboxes.� Responding to Davis’ comments about selling skyboxes in Bryant-Denny Stadium, Witt said this would not be reasonable because it takes a minimum donation of $500,000 to get a skybox. “If the economy was better, the state would have more resources and be more flexible,� Witt said. According to the Associated Press, the city has recently asked a Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court for a preliminary injunction to stop the state from dismantling or moving Bryce until the city’s lawsuit is heard. The city filed the suit in October to prevent the state from moving Bryce, which would result in almost 700 local jobs lost. Witt said the University and Tuscaloosa are working closely to work through the details of the Bryce property. Despite the pending lawsuit, he said he and Maddox maintain a close relationship. “When the city made the decision to file the lawsuit, Walt picked up the phone and let me know well in advance that this was something they felt they had to do,� Witt said. “The fact that they filed the lawsuit has not affected our working relationship.�

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90.7 beneďŹ t UAPD gives holiday safety tips concert adds to great year By Kellie Munts Senior Staff Reporter

90.7 The Capstone, the University’s student-run radio station, held a benefit show Thursday at Mellow Mushroom featuring Callooh! Callay! and The Motions. Claire Brucker, station manager at 90.7 WVUA-FM and a junior majoring in broadcast management, said the benefit was a huge success for the station. “Ideally, the goal of the benefit concert was to raise money,� Brucker said. “We did raise money, and for that we are very appreciative.� Brucker said the fall semester at 90.7 has been a success. “We have held many live remote broadcasts, including our Halloween weekend at the Spirit Store and the grand opening for the Apple store on campus,� Brucker said. Brucker said the station is continuing to reach out to all local organizations and business as WVUA-FM strives to be closely linked with the community of Tuscaloosa. “We are working to remind the population of the importance of local music and to make 90.7 everyone’s favorite radio station,� Brucker said. As for next semester, Brucker said the station has “exceptional� specialty shows scheduled throughout the semester, and the station will be having special give-aways for Valentine’s Day in February. In celebration of the current holiday season, Chris Dodson, program director at 90.7 and a sophomore majoring in telecommunication and film, said beginning in

FAST FACTS • Tryout for next semester’s WVUA DJ’s will be held Jan. 13 and 15. • E-mail wvua@ sa.ua.edu or call 348-9070 for more inofrmation. December, WVUA-FM will mix in holiday music during normal playlist hours. “It will encompass not just the traditional themes of the winter holidays, but also holiday music from various popular bands,â€? Dodson said. Dodson said the past semester has gone very well and they plan on pushing the station further next semester. Earlier this semester, the station held DJ tryouts live on the air, so everybody had an opportunity to be a DJ on 90.7, Dodson said. “The group of students that tried out and are on the air this semester bring a new sound to the programming on WVUA,â€? he said. “They have pushed this station in a positive direction.â€? Dodson said anyone anxious to get on the radio will have a chance to audition for a DJ position at 90.7 early next semester. Tryouts will be held Jan. 13 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Jan. 15 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Room 288 of Reese Phifer Hall. Those interested in becoming involved at WVUA-FM 90.7 can e-mail wvua@sa.ua. edu or call the station at 3489070.

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donations and non-perishable food items for the competition which ended Thursday, Nov. 19. The competition was initially created by the UA Community Service Center in 1994 in an effort to support the West Alabama Food Bank, which uses the food and donations raised to fight hunger in nine West Alabama counties, including Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa, according to the news release.

The competition occurs annually in the weeks leading up to the Iron Bowl, encouraging students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members of the two universities to compete to raise the most food for needy families in Alabama to ensure a happier holiday season, according to the Community Service Center Web site. “Anytime you have Auburn and beating them involved, it gets people fired up,� Hedrick said. “It’s a friendly way for the two schools to team up and do something good for the state and keeps the upcoming

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• Trim bushes outside your house.

• Set lights outside your residence on a timer.

• Ask neighbors to check up on your home.

encourage owners and renters to do in order to keep their homes safe.� Additionally, the idea of natural surveillance can be extremely helpful when traveling over the holidays, Liles said. “In these situations, sometimes a nosy neighbor or someone walking their dog can be your best friend,� Liles said. “The key is to use natural surveillance as much as you can and to ask someone that you trust to just keep an eye on things for you while you’re away.� If someone is going to be checking in on the house, however, it’s important to make the officers doing the extra patrol aware of their presence on the property so a new car in the driveway does not raise any suspicion. Upon returning to town, residents should cancel their extra patrol services to let officers know that their services are no longer needed.

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While the safety tips should be helpful in preventing any crime, residents must be prepared for the worst situation when returning home. “If they return to school and find that someone has been inside of their dorm, apartment or home they need to make sure to not go inside,� Liles said. “This is both for the purpose of your own safety if someone is still inside and for evidentiary purposes. The first thing that they need to do is go to a safe location and contact us.� Crime can and does occur everywhere, and especially during this time of the year, students must be highly alert, Liles said. While the UAPD is still on patrol during the breaks, students must do their part to maintain their own safety, he said. For additional tips refer to the “Safer Living Guide� and the UAPD Web site at police. ua.edu.

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“It’s a friendly way for the two schools to team up and do something good for the state and keeps the upcoming Iron Bowl game on everyone’s mind.� — Josh Hedrick, UA public relations coordinator

Iron Bowl game on everyone’s mind.� According to the Web site, more than 750,000 Alabamians live in poverty, which includes more than 250,000 children. In addition, more than 500,000 people in Alabama receive food stamps each month, which benefit on average them for only

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$90.50 for food for an entire month. “[The competition] makes a big difference because of the amount we’re able to give,� Hedrick said. “Obviously we’re not changing economic policies or anything, but we’re able to help meet needs and provide and it encourages a sense of giving in general, which is something we hope people remember every year. Giving should be a year-round activity and we hope this competition reminds people to keep giving.� This year alone, UA and AU raised a combined total of more than 350,000 pounds of food to help end hunger and poverty in Alabama. According to the news release, since the first competition in 1994, the two rival schools have teamed up to contribute more than $2 million to Alabama residents in need. “Beat Auburn Beat Hunger is really a school and community-wide effort,� Hedrick said. “From the local radio stations that helped us promote the event to the students groups and organizations which helped collect food, the response of the community is always overwhelming. Everyone did a great job and we have a lot of donations going to support a really great cause.� Winners of separate divisions involved in the competition, such as student organizations and greek organizations will be announced later today.

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The University of Alabama Police Department advises students to be cautious and secure all belongings when leaving Tuscaloosa during the holiday breaks. A few simple precautions can protect students and their property from burglary while they are away from their apartments, houses or residence halls. UAPD Officer Andy Liles said students should take their valuables home with them if at all possible. The items that are left behind should all be brought inside the home with the exception of grills and other flammable objects, Liles said. When packing cars for the trips home, students should make sure that the vehicle is attended at all times. Liles said loading cars with belongings and then leaving them in a parking lot overnight puts both the car and its contents in a vulnerable position, and therefore students must be very cautious to maintain their safety. “They need to be very aware of their surroundings,� Liles said. “If there’s anything out of the ordinary going on in their neighborhoods, they need to report it to us and let us check it out.� To give the illusion of being

at home, Liles recommends that residents leave lights on strategically in and outside of the house. By setting lights on a timer, potential burglars may steer clear when they discover that a resident could be inside the home. It’s important to leave exterior lights on in a way that will both give the impression of someone being home and to increase visibility around the home, UAPD Capt. Aaron Fowler said. “Lights should ward people away from the home, because then they can’t be concealed in the dark,� Fowler said. “Students should also trim up bushes so that the exterior can be easily viewed from the street because that minimizes the opportunity for crime.� Other standard procedures like double-checking all doors and windows to make sure they are locked and the home is secure before leaving for a trip are highly recommended, Liles said. To increase security further, residents can request additional watch from the UAPD dispatch or the Tuscaloosa Police Department dispatch while they are out of town. “We’ll do what’s known as an extra patrol where we’ll create a file for officers to go by and check that house once a shift,� Liles said. “That’s something that we really

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{ YOUR VIEW } SHOULD MARK INGRAM HAVE PLAYED MORE SATURDAY TO PAD HIS STATS FOR THE HEISMAN TROPHY? “I guess it wouldnʼt have hurt to have left him in for longer.” — Tiffany Baccus, junior, international relations

“Not really. Itʼs Tennessee-Chattanooga. Itʼs not that significant. It was senior day, and they should let them have their chance.” — Jonathan Hinnen, senior, theatre

“He needs to rest.” — Nicole Broka, senior, psychology

“No. Prevention of injury.” — Harrison Prince, junior, studio art

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WE WELCOME YOUR OPINIONS Letters to the editor must be less than 300 words and guest columns less than 800. Send submissions to letters@ cw.ua.edu. Submissions must include the author’s name, year, major and daytime phone number. Phone numbers are for verification and will not be published. Students should also include their year in school and major. For more information, call 348-6144. The CW reserves the right to edit all submissions.

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Auburn has spent a lot of time In short: Beat Auwallowing in selfburn, Beat Hunpity lately. They ger shouldn’t lost to Kentucky, be the end of and they have a holiday giving. running back who thinks he is the state’s finest. Since they struggle on the field, they thought they might try to best someone off it with the food drive. It turns out they couldn’t muster a win in that area, either. For the third year in a row, Alabama claimed a victory in the food drive competition between the rivals. The two schools contributed more than 350,000 pounds of food, with members of the UA community coming out to give 175,653 pounds. We make a lot of the rivalry (as we should), but the most important part of the whole effort is that families across Alabama will have food on the table. But we shouldn’t stop our efforts to reach out simply because the competition is done for the year. For the remainder of the holiday season (and throughout the year, for that matter), take the time to give back when you can. Financial contributions and volunteer service are both enormously helpful to the community. When we can, we should take part.

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The salience of Sarah For political junkies, Aug. 29, 2008 is the equivalent of Nov. 22, 1963, the day John Kennedy was shot. Aficionados remember where they were and how they heard that John McCain had flown into the battleground state of Ohio to unleash Sarah Palin on America. I had heard of her only in passing, remembering a brief in one of the newsmagazines when she had yet another child. I thought the first syllable of her name was supposed to sound like “pal,” not “pail.” The rest of my brethren in the media had similar difficulties. But now it is not the media with the trouble. We know all about Sarah Palin. We know more about Palin than the man who actually won the vice presidency, Joe Biden. The moderate Republican, with the rise of Palin and the resurgence of the religious right, is an endangered species. They are endangered because, like it or not, Sarah is sharp-tongued, sexy to some, and a sage in the eyes of extremist conservatives. In short, that means Sarah is salient. The salience, in itself, is not dangerous. The effects are what unnerve me. Sarah’s salience dilutes the effect of moderate politics and encourages rhetoric-based voting (though a certain Democrat occupying the White House has yielded a similar effect). Both are inherently dangerous. While both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue appear to be in Democratic hands by relatively secure margins, Congress is, by no means, a natural accomplice for Barack Obama. Senate rules require 60 votes to get anything done, rendering Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, a weak majority leader compared to some of his

predecessors, a hostage. Speaker of the House N a n c y P e l o s i , armed with a large numerical majority, does not Alan Blinder enjoy an easier ride. Her caucus features plenty of newcomers, many of whom are moderates. In short, the ground is fertile for an outburst of moderate policy. Some liberals are doing everything they can to prevent such an outburst. But so are conservatives, Palin chief among them. Palin does not exist to make meaningful contributions to the national discourse. She exists solely to enrage and rile. From my observations, that is all she is capable of: spewing disgust-filled rhetoric while simultaneously claiming to be a pious woman. She’s pious when it’s politically expedient, just as she is an extremist when it serves her ambitions. The only thing we know about Sarah Palin at all times is that she is not the intellectual heft of the GOP. At least we hope not. Palin’s degradation of moderation is dangerous because the end of negotiation, especially when Republicans are in such a weak position (but with unusual procedural powers), means stalemate, and the one thing both parties agree on is that a stalemate is the last thing we need. Palin is the only one doing the talking, and the continuous rise of an unqualified lightweight from Wasilla, Alaska means voters, especially those who don’t have the time or willingness to search

out other options, are stuck with a poor choice. There are, of course, better options. One of them resides in a neighboring state. Haley Barbour is the governor of Mississippi. He won national acclaim for his handling of Hurricane Katrina, with some comparing him to Rudy Giuliani, the New York mayor on Sept. 11, 2001. He has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. Republicans aren’t interested, though, in supporting a former chairman of the Republican National Committee for president. A Gallup poll earlier this month revealed that 52 percent of Republicans would not consider voting for Barbour. Compare that to 33 percent who have no interest in backing Palin, whose book tour/preliminary campaign rolled through Birmingham Sunday. Palin will continue to be relevant for a while. Her prominence will fade only once the electorate grows inclined to dig deeper and ask tougher questions. But it’s not going to happen today, meaning the GOP needs to move to limit the damage. The party must distance itself from extremists like Palin before its reputation for fielding such people is re-cemented. It is doubtful the GOP will be that shrewd, though, which explains the decline of the Republicans in recent years. Approval ratings for Democrats might be in a freefall, but Republicans aren’t climbing either. That is normally the sign of a problem. And it is, in large part, because of Sarah’s salience. Alan Blinder is the opinions editor of The Crimson White. His column runs weekly on Mondays.

We need better toilet paper By Wesley Vaughn He can still remember the horror to this day. It was a sunny Monday afternoon and his chemistry class just let out. He had another class in an hour, but first, he needed to make a pit stop. Fresh Food Company’s ridiculously good “chocolate hand grenade pudding” waged war inside his intestines, forcing him to upgrade his order from a No. 1 to a No. 2 combo. John faced the dreaded on-campus deuce drop. Veterans probably understand that John’s problem began after he finished. Most Capstonians probably have some complaint about the University. Angst over student tickets, parking, tuition prices and other issues has been expressed through various forms. One matter has slipped through the cracks — but that is where its importance ultimately lies. Ask any self-loving student what he or she can’t possibly skimp on, and toilet paper will dominate all other answers. Sadly, the University doesn’t share the same concern and stocks campus restrooms with rudimentary rear rags that cause much irritation. “I didn’t know you could make sandpaper so thin,” one sophomore engineering major remarked. Besides the well-being of current students, think of the impact on visiting recruits. Imagine a potential enrollee has to build a home for the dung beetle, and he

or she discovers that soft toilet paper is stocked in the bathroom stall. That person would have to be crazy not to sign a letter of intent right then. When a University busts their butts for their students, it must be a good choice for education, too. I caught up with one visiting high school student who humored me with her opinion on the farreaching matter. “If Alabama were to decide on buying better toilet paper, it would sure be a Charmin recruiting tactic,” she punned. Also, the current behind stationary can cause problems in terms of clogging. When students have to pull at the spool for minutes to form a suitable wad, toilets end up enduring unnecessary amounts of the material. The wiping efficiency, calculated by sheet used per deposit at the porcelain bank, affects this the most. Obviously, better brands tend to have higher efficiency numbers and decrease the amount of waste. In addition, time spent in the restroom is lessened, making breaks between classes quicker. Rolls with a higher thread count can help improve the lives of students in general. “Sometimes, when my day is in the dumps, I just want a comfortable way to clean up,” said Lou, a junior majoring in finance. “The toilet paper the University uses now just really rubs me the wrong

way.” The costs and worth of this initiative would determine the possibility of its enactment, so a study and companion surveys would be needed. I propose stocking a few stalls around campus with quality twoply toilet paper and recording a few key results. Is it used more than the current brand? Do users clog the toilet more often with it? One survey would account for the personal effects on participants. A complementary one would ask students about potential impact of the switch. Did or would it alter your mood? Did or would your view on the University change? Hopefully, this would provide an accurate depiction of the value and financial implications of this plan, and the University could arrive at an enlightened decision. With the average person having one to three bowel movements a day, there is a good chance you will be on campus when the time is right. Or completely wrong. Superior stall tissue can wipe all your worries away by quickly and pleasantly ending your previously apprehensive bathroom visit. I’m not asking for silk. I just want an affordable upgrade for the betterment of our student body. Wesley Vaughn is a sophomore majoring in public relations and political science. His column runs weekly on Monday.

Safe travels for break AAA expects nearly 40 million Americans to travel for the Thanksgiving holidays, an increase from the 2008 travel season. But the season is not without risk. The combination of people rushing to their destinations and clogged roads can be deadly. A UA study released earlier this month reported that some of the year’s most dangerous days for travel are the day before Thanksgiving and the two days after the national feast. To that end, basic precautions are warranted, and reminders never hurt. Students traveling for the holidays should ensure they have essentials, including a first aid kit, in their vehicles. The roads will be far busier than normal, and the dangers of speeding, which loom large under the best of conditions, will be exponentially higher. Most of all, we encourage students to take the break to recharge before the rigors of final exam week. Enjoy time with family, watch football (especially a certain game at 1:30 p.m. Friday), and embrace the traditions of the holiday season. From all of us at The Crimson White, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and Roll Tide. Our View is the consensus of The Crimson White’s editorial board.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Thank you from a veteran By Walter Turner

This Veterans Day was made extra special by the SGA and other organizations on campus. I wish to offer my sincere appreciation to these organizations for making this Veterans Day one of the greatest in the history of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6022. I would like to offer my sincerest appreciation to the following people/organizations that helped make this one of the very best Veterans Day celebrations that I can remember: The University of Alabama SGA (President Steven Oliver and Sen. Miriam Fry) and the Campus Veterans Association (and president Ashkan Bayatpour) for their work on Veterans Appreciation Week at the University. Michael Barnes, president of Capstone Conservatives, and all of the sororities and fraternities helped tremendously with our buddy poppy distribution for veterans assistance. The community spirit that was shown by the University for this Veterans Day was awesome. The Buddy Poppy event was also one of the best we have ever had. I met with Barnes, and he turned in over $1,000 in donations from the buddy poppy distribution. These much-needed funds will go a long way towards helping us continue to support our veterans assistance programs and also keep a local fund to help veterans and their families in need. I look forward to keeping this cooperative spirit alive and hopefully we can make Veterans Day a mutual event between our respective organizations. Again, I thank you so much for your help, and as we say in the U.S. Navy: “May fair winds and following seas” guide you through life. Please keep our troops and their families in your prayers.

“I look forward to keeping this cooperative spirit alive and hopefully we can make Veterans Day a mutual event between our respective organizations.“

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Walter Turner is a retired member of the United States Navy, the commander of Post 6022 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Daleville and the POWMIA program chairman of the Alabama VFW.


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In this file photo, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani urges supporters to vote for Republican candidate for New Jersey governor Chris Christie, left, in West Milford, N.J.

Men conquer Tuscaloosa in RV By Jennie Kushner Staff Writer From the West coast to the East, three mid-twenties guys have road tripped in an RV to document various college tailgates in their mission called “Tailgate the Nation.” This weekend, they conquered Tuscaloosa. They started Aug. 21 in Los Angeles in a 30-year-old RV purchased from Craigslist a week before they left. Ryan Schortmann, 23, and brothers Jean-Michel Werk, 25, and Stephan Werk, 22, have traveled close to 11,000 miles through 22 states and 14 college games since then. “What stood out the most to us was the fans are itching to win a national title more than any other place we have been,” Jean-Michel said. “We had always heard that Saban was god, and we had no idea until we got here that he really is the big man on campus,” he said. Jean-Michel came up with the idea for the trip a year ago, and he said he knew he needed a team to help film, update the Web site and drive. The three are independently funded and accept donations on their Web

site via Pay Pal. “We have spent over $3,000 in gas, which has been the most expensive part of the trip, slept in our RV in Walmart parking lots and a junk yard,” JeanMichel said. Initially, their goal was to document various collegiate tailgates, but after the first three weeks, Jean-Michel said they were bored. They altered their idea to exploit American culture and highlight the unknown dives in each town. “The most unique place we have visited was Clarkdale, Miss., in the Delta,” Schortmann said. “It’s one of those towns you drive through and think it’s a piece of s---, but it’s the people who make it. We met a guy who actually carves and makes his own canoes that take nine months to make.” Their Tuscaloosa tour guide was graduate student Josh Sahib, who met them at the Ole Miss vs. Alabama game. “They are friendly guys, and I wanted to show them that Tuscaloosa is as great of a college town as the others,” Sahib said. “We are a tailgate nation; Tuscaloosa is right there in the middle of it.” The travelers used couch surfing through couchsurfing.

com to find tour guides for the areas where they stopped. Jean-Michel said they have enjoyed the Southern comfort, traditions and food. “A lot of people from the north and the big city assume southerners are a certain way, but honestly we have meet a lot of cool and progressive people,” he said. “It’s one big competition, everyone wants you to have the most fun at their place. Hospitability is huge, whether it’s as simple as giving directions.” They ate at City Café, Nicks in the Sticks and Hooligans. “City Café was one of the best places we have been to so far for soul food,” John-Michel said. The guys left behind a family and friends to take their trip. They are all single, and currently do not have jobs after recently graduating from college. “When you do something like this, you can’t have any strings attached,” Jean-Michel said. “A lot of our friends couldn’t come on this trip because they had some kind of commitment.” From a college town aspect, they said they enjoyed Athens, Ga., and would like to move there to do post-production on their documentary.

“It’s really neat because they have such a big music scene, all the bars are awesome, and everything’s pretty cheap up there,” Jean-Michel said. After they complete their trip, they said they hope to do the trip again, this time with a sponsor. “We are going to go through all the film and see if it’s even making a movie,” John-Michel said. “Then we are going to do the same tour and get a sponsor, going get students involved and start selling DVDs, and hopefully enter it in some filmfestivals.” John-Michel said a typical weekend in a college town is arriving and a night on the town on Thursday, then on Friday they update their web site and edit film, and Saturday they wake up and film the tailgating. “It’s not us just filming drunk people cooking burgers, we get out there early and meet people,” he said. “Once people see us with a camera they usually come up and ask what we are filming for, so we tell them, and they are always nice, welcoming and helpful.” To find out more about the trip, visit their Web site at tailgatethenation.com

Bishop asked Kennedy to avoid Communion By Ray Henry The Associated Press

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A month of harsh words between Rep. Patrick Kennedy and a strident critic, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin, escalated Sunday when the bishop acknowledged asking Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion because of the Democratic lawmaker’s support for abortion rights. The bishop’s attempt to publicly shame Kennedy comes just a few months after the death of his father, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Tobin told The

Associated Press in an interview Sunday that he’s praying for the younger Kennedy, who has been in and out of treatment for substance abuse, and said Kennedy has been acting “erratically.” “He attacked the church, he attacked the position of the church on health care, on abortion, on funding,” Tobin said. “And that required that I respond. I don’t go out looking for these guys. I don’t go out picking these fights.” Their dispute began in October when Kennedy criticized the nation’s Catholic bishops for threatening to oppose an overhaul of the nation’s health care system unless lawmakers

included tighter restrictions on abortion, which have since been added to the House version of the bill. Tobin said he felt Kennedy made an unprovoked attack on the church and demanded an apology. Since then, their feud has played out in public. Tobin, who has said he might have gone into politics were he not ordained, has written sharp public letters questioning Kennedy’s faith and saying his position is scandalous and unacceptable to the church. Kennedy has said his disagreement with the church hierarchy does not make him any less of a Catholic. Two weeks ago, after a planned

meeting between the two fell through, Kennedy said he wanted to stop discussing his faith in public. But then he told The Providence Journal in a story published Sunday that Tobin instructed him not to receive Communion. He also claimed the bishop had told diocesan priests not to give him Communion. Kennedy and his spokespeople did not return repeated requests from the AP seeking comment. Tobin said he wrote to Kennedy in February 2007 asking him not to receive Communion, but never formally banned Kennedy from receiving Communion or instructed any priest not to give it to him.

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AP sources: Giuliani leaning toward Senate By Michael Gormley The Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, encouraged by many Republicans to run for governor in 2010, is instead leaning toward a run for U.S. Senate, according to two party advisers. “From staff, we have been hearing that he has been indicating quietly and privately that governor might not be the best fit for him now,” one adviser said Thursday. “But the U.S. Senate could be a perfect fit for him.” The adviser noted that nobody is saying Giuliani has decided, but it “certainly sounds” like he is less interested in running for governor. Another adviser echoed that. The advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak for the state Republican Party or Giuliani. The New York Times, citing unidentified people told of the decision, reported Thursday that Giuliani, 65, wouldn’t run for governor after months of considering it. Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella disputed that report, saying he told her Thursday that he hadn’t made a decision.

“When he comes to that decision he’ll let everyone know,” Comella said. Asked whether that meant Giuliani was still considering a run for governor, she said: “Correct.” Republicans have been watching polls showing that Giuliani, who came to be known as “America’s mayor” when he saw grieving New Yorkers through the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, would beat Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a hypothetical matchup in the Senate race next year. Gillibrand was appointed this year to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unexpired term when she became secretary of state. Polls also show Giuliani trailing in a possible matchup with Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the popular state attorney general amassing a large campaign fund. Cuomo hasn’t announced a run for the office, once held by his father, Mario, but is widely expected to. He dropped out before a primary in the 2002 governor’s race because he lacked support. A Marist College poll this month found that Cuomo would beat Giuliani for governor, 53 percent to 43 percent. But Giuliani leads Gillibrand 54 percent to 40 percent in a possible Senate run.


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Warming’s impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto accord By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated — beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then. As the world has talked for a dozen years about what to do next, new ship passages opened through the once frozen summer sea ice of the Arctic. In Greenland and Antarctica, ice sheets have lost trillions of tons of ice. Mountain glaciers in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa are shrinking faster than before. And it’s not just the frozen parts of the world that have felt the heat in the dozen years leading up to next month’s climate summit in Copenhagen: —The world’s oceans have risen by about an inch and a half. —Droughts and wildfires have turned more severe worldwide, from the U.S. West to Australia to the Sahel desert of North Africa. —Species now in trouble because of changing climate include, not just the lumbering polar bear which has become a symbol of global warming, but also fragile butterflies, colorful frogs and entire stands of North American pine forests. —Temperatures over the past 12 years are 0.4 of a degree warmer than the dozen years leading up to 1997. Even the gloomiest climate models back in the 1990s didn’t forecast results quite this bad so fast. “The latest science is telling us we are in more trouble than we thought,� said Janos Pasztor, climate adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And here’s why: Since an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas pollution was signed in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997, the level of carbon dioxide in the air has increased 6.5 percent. Officials from across the world will convene in Copenhagen next month to seek a follow-up pact, one that President Barack Obama says “has immediate operational effect ... an important step forward in the effort to rally the world around a solution.� The last effort didn’t quite get the anticipated results. From 1997 to 2008, world carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels have increased 31 percent; U.S.

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Rising unemployment taxes could hinder hiring By Christopher S. Rugaber The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As if small businesses needed another reason not to hire, consider their latest financial burden: The cost of rising unemployment itself. Employers already are squeezed by tight credit, rising health care costs, wary consumers and a higher minimum wage. Now, the surging jobless rate is imposing another cost. It’s forcing higher state taxes on companies to pay for unemployment insurance claims. Some employers say the extra costs make them less likely to hire. That could be a worrisome sign for the economic recovery, because small businesses create about 60 percent of new jobs. Other employers say they’ll cut or freeze pay. — Chuck Ferrar, who owns a liquor store in Annapolis, Md., expects to pay $9,000 in unemployment taxes next year, up from $3,000 this year. Health care costs for his employees will rise by $8,000, or 17.5 percent. “When you start adding this up, it turns into real money,� he said. “If I lose an employee through attrition, I will not replace him. You can’t afford to do it.� — Sam Schlosser, owner of Plymouth Foundry Inc. in Plymouth, Ind., said his unemployment tax bill could double next year. Revenue at

the family-owned company, which makes iron castings for machine parts, has fallen about 50 percent, he said. In case of higher taxes, his company may have to consider layoffs, he said. — Marjorie Feldman-Wood, president of Al’s Beverages in East Windsor, Conn., which makes soda fountain syrup, said higher taxes would make pay raises less likely. Connecticut is borrowing from the federal government, and employers fear the state will have to raise taxes soon to repay the loan. “There’s only so much money at the end of the day,� she said. Bruce Meyer, a University of Chicago economics professor, said his studies show that higher unemployment taxes usually lead to lower pay for employees. Behind the trend are widespread layoffs. The number of people claiming jobless aid has tripled since the recession began. The demand has drained the funds that many states use to pay jobless claims. Nearly half the states are borrowing from the federal government. Now the bills are coming due. States reset their unemployment insurance taxes at the end of each year, and 33 states will raise them next year, according to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. The states’ tax revenue in the last fiscal year fell $42 billion

short of what’s needed for unemployment aid. Most of the tax increases are being triggered by laws requiring higher taxes to make up for a decline in state funds to pay for benefits. In some cases, cuts in jobless aid are required, too. Florida’s minimum unemployment tax, for instance, will skyrocket next year to $100.30 per employee from $8.40. The maximum will rise to $459 per worker from $378. Like most states, Florida taxes companies more if they’ve recently laid off workers who draw benefits. Federal law requires states to build up unemployment insurance trust funds in good times so they can pay benefits during downturns. The idea is to avoid having to raise taxes or cut benefits in a recession. But the severity of this recession has bankrupted many states’ trust funds and forced them to borrow from the federal government. States eventually must pay back the loans. Otherwise, the federal government can raise taxes on their businesses. Contributing to the problem is that many states cut their unemployment taxes earlier this decade when the economy was healthier. That left them unprepared for the waves of layoffs that began last fall. Some experts say business groups pushed for the cuts and set the stage for tax increases.

AP A Greenpeace activist displays a banner on the Columbus statue during a demonstration at the UN climate talks in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Nov. 6. emissions of this greenhouse gas rose 3.7 percent. Emissions from China, now the biggest producer of this pollution, have more than doubled in that time period. When the U.S. Senate balked at the accord and President George W. Bush

withdrew from it, that meant that the top three carbon polluters — the U.S., China and India — were not part of the pact’s emission reductions. Developing countries were not covered by the Kyoto Protocol, and that is a major issue in Copenhagen.

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Sen. Democrats at odds over health care bill By Anne Flaherty The Associated Press WASHINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Moderate Senate Democrats threatened Sunday to scuttle health care legislation if their demands arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met, while more liberal members warned their party leaders not to bend. The dispute among Democrats foretells of a rowdy floor debate next month on legislation that would extend health care coverage to roughly 31 million Americans. Republicans have already made clear they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supporting the bill. Final passage is in jeopardy, even after the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic 60-39 vote Saturday night to begin debate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a big-government, Washington-run operation that would undermine the ... private insurance that 200 million Americans now have,â&#x20AC;? said Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Nebraska Democrat. Nelson and three other moderates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Democratic Sens.

Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Connecticut independent Joe Lieberman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; agreed to open debate despite expressing reservations on the measure. Each of them has warned that they might not support the final bill. One major sticking point is a provision that would allow Americans to buy a federal-run insurance plan if their state allows it. Moderates say they worry the so-called public option will become a huge and costly entitlement program and that other requirements in the bill could cripple businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to fix the problems in our health care system in a way that creates more of an economic crisis,â&#x20AC;? said Lieberman. The sway held by such a small group of senators has annoyed their more liberal colleagues, who could vote against a final bill if it becomes too watered down. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think rank-and-file Democrats would feel compelled

to go that far. At the same time, Brown warned Democratic leaders not to make too many concessions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want four Democratic senators dictating to the other 56 of us and to the rest of the country â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the public option has this much support â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that (a public option is) not going to be in it,â&#x20AC;? said Brown. The Senate bill would require most Americans to carry insurance and provide subsidies to those who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it. Large companies could incur costs if they did not provide coverage to their work force. The insurance industry would come under significant new regulation under the bill, which would first ease and then ban the practice of denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. Congressional budget analysts put the legislationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost at $979 billion over a decade and say it would reduce deficits over the same period while extending coverage to 94 percent of the eligible population.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, IConn., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Pressâ&#x20AC;? Sunday at the NBC studios in Washington. AP

The House approved its version of the bill earlier this month on a near party-line vote of 220215. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said the health care bill must be passed by the end of the year so that President Barack Obama and lawmakers can shift their attention to the economy and improving employment rates.

Such a timeline also would enable Obama to claim victory on a major domestic priority when he delivers his State of the Union speech in January. But with one-third of Senate seats up for election in 2010, politics will factor heavily into the outcome of the debate on health care. Sen. Michael Bennet, a junior Democrat who will be seeking

his first full term next year in Colorado, where many districts lean conservative, said he would support the health care overhaul even if doing so means losing his seat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing that our working families need more than anything else is to end these doubledigit cost increases that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having every single year with health insurance,â&#x20AC;? Bennet said.

TamiďŹ&#x201A;u-resistant swine ďŹ&#x201A;u cluster reported in NC By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

type of swine flu that is resistant to Tamiflu, health officials said Friday. The cases reported at Duke ATLANTA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Four North Carolina patients at a single University Medical Center over hospital tested positive for a six weeks make up the biggest

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cluster seen so far in the U.S. Tamiflu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; made by Switzerlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roche Group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is one of two flu medicines that help against swine flu, and health officials have been closely watching for signs that the virus is mutating, making the drugs ineffective. More than 50 resistant cases have been reported in the world since April, including 21 in the U.S. Almost all in the U.S. were isolated, said officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The BBC reported another cluster of five Tamiflu-resistant cases this week in Wales, in the United Kingdom. The CDC has sent three disease investigators to North Carolina to help in the investigation there, said Dave Daigle, a CDC spokesman. CDC testing confirmed the Tamifluresistant cases.

All four cases at the hospital were very ill patients in an isolated cancer unit on the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth floor, and it is believed they all caught the flu while at the hospital, said Dr. Daniel Sexton, professor of medicine and director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network. Three of the four patients died and one is recovering, he said. Flu seems to have been a factor in each death, but they were very sick so it was hard to say that it was the primary cause, he added. North Carolina health officials did not disclose details about the four patients, other than that three of them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the survivor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were women and their flu illnesses occurred last month and this month. The first patient had been given Tamiflu before becoming

ill with the virus, as a preventive measure. The three others were given Tamiflu after developing flu symptoms, Sexton said. The case is under investigation, but hospital officials said they have no evidence the cases represent a hospital-wide concern. The North Carolina cluster is unusual, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;at this time we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any information that should raise concerns for the general population,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Alicia Frye, epidemiologist in the CDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flu division, in a prepared statement. The only other reported U.S. instance of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu spreading from one person to another occurred about four months ago at a summer camp in western North Carolina, where two teenage girls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cabin mates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were diagnosed with the same drugresistant strain. Health officials

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MOVIE REVIEW | ‘THE BLIND SIDE’

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Page 8 • Monday, November 23, 2009 Editor • Steven Nalley smnalley@crimson.ua.edu

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this weekend MONDAY • Huxford Symphony Orchestra: Moody Music Building, 7:30 p.m. • Poetry Out Loud District 3 Regional Finals: Bama Theatre, finals at 10 a.m., original poetry at 1 p.m

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By Peterson Hill Staff Writer

Bryant-Denny Stadium wasn’t the only sold-out arena in Tuscaloosa Saturday. Alcon Entertainment’s new release “The Blind Side” opened in movie theaters and quickly sold out all four of Saturday night’s screenings at the Cobb Theaters Hollywood 16. “The Blind Side” chronicles Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman Michael Oher and his remarkable and aweinspiring rise to football fame from a poor, undereducated youth living in Memphis. As a young man, Oher was povertystricken without a father and had a mother who was lost to drugs. But Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock) intervenes and helps to pull Oher out of the trenches and onto the fast track to a career playing college and eventually pro football.

from page to film the essence of their characters. Sandra Bullock gives a valiant performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Runtime: 128 minutes Oher’s adopted mother. But she does take the southern MPAA rating: PG-13 charm and accent a little too far, which may annoy some. Release date: Friday Tim McGraw also seems to get better with every film he plays CW critic’s rating: in. “The Blind Side” is an uplifting experience which propels the audience into a polished and much cleaner version of Bottom line: “The Blind what Oher had to endure in Side” is a riveting ragshis troubled youth. But while the film succeeds as a crowd to-riches tale of Michael pleaser, it almost does disserOher, but the film never vice to Oher’s life struggle. captures the raw and Rather than show the harsh harsh reality of Oher’s life and cold reality of Oher’s life, struggle. the film often replaces these bitter moments of Oher’s life with forgettable canned jokes. It should also be noted that The cast, especially Quinton Aaron who plays Oher, does “The Blind Side” is long for a a dynamite job at translating sports movie. While it doesn’t

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have a run time like “Lord of the Rings,” the film goes just over the two-hour mark. While this is not a huge concern for many, what makes it worse is the lack of hardhitting football and the slowmoving plot that makes the film drag on. Audiences will discover that little of the film is devoted to actual football action. Those expecting “The Blind Side” to be like “Friday Night Lights” or “Remember the Titans” might want to go see another film. Consistent ebb and flow are sorely lacking in “The Blind Side.” Many scenes become mind-numbing to watch. The lack of forward direction makes audiences drift off for a bit as silence is often in the film. And the little kid in the film, S.J., gets old really fast. Some of it is funny, admittedly, but unless you’re one of those

people who find little kids who make puns about everything irresistible, then by all means this is the movie for you. And yes, Nick Saban has a cameo in the film along with other current and former college football coaches like Phillip Fulmer and Tommy Tuberville playing as themselves. And really, that’s what the audience wanted to see. The cheers were just as loud for Nick Saban as the boos and hisses were against rival Southeastern Conference coaches. The cameos were fun and lighthearted, giving audiences something to smile about but in all seriousness they weren’t meant to be taken critically. But these cameos and longwinded scenes do not retract from Oher’s difficult personal upbringing. Overall, “The Blind Side” is a fabulously true tale of family, love and football.

Huxford Symphony Orchestra to perform tonight By Sarah Langcuster Staff Writer The Huxford Symphony Orchestra will be performing their Winter Concert Monday at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra is housed in the UA School of Music, and around 70 undergraduate students make up the orchestra. The orchestra members are not only music performance majors, but the students are also music therapy, music education, music minors and non-minors too. They meet every Monday and Wednesday for two hours in the afternoon to rehearse pieces for upcoming programs. Katie Holaway, the manager of the orchestra, said they had been practicing for this performance since mid-September. The orchestra will perform three pieces, including “Rossini’s William Tell Overture,” which Holaway says is the most recognizable of the repertoire because it was featured on the radio show

IF YOU GO ... • What: Huxford Symphony Orchestra • Where: Moody Music Building Concert Hall

• When: 7:30 p.m. “The Lone Ranger,” Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No.5,” which will feature a violin solo by Yuri Namkung, and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D minor,” which Holaway says was written during the Soviet period of Russia. “Shostakovich’s music was politically driven and this symphony is no exception,” she said. “This concert features very challenging pieces in the orchestra repertoire. It is perhaps one of Huxford’s more difficult programs recently. We have all worked very hard to put this program together and I think we

are all excited to perform.” Holaway also said the students who come to the performance will enjoy themselves. “We have all worked very hard to put this program together, and I think we are all excited to perform this coming Monday,” Holaway said. “It will also be a great concert for the audience – with such famous and recognizable pieces being performed.” Yuri Namkung, a faculty member in the school of music, said her goal for the performance is to have the most collaborative section possible. “I’ve been trying to inspire intimacy and excitement within my section,” Namkung said. “I hope that shines through.” She also said students, majors and non-majors alike should come to the performance because it would be an opportunity to experience a great repertoire of music and the human spirit in action. “The human spirit is always behind music,” Namkung said.

“The pieces in this concert are kind of a unification of the human spirit. We are all quite united.” Namkung’s solo will be featured in a Violin trip in Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.” Namkung said the piece features beautiful lyrical passages that mix nicely with

technical measures. “This is a perfectly packaged concerto,” Namkung said. “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come.” The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music Building.

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MOVIE REVIEW | â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;NEW MOONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has same old bland ďŹ&#x201A;avor By Peterson Hill Staff Writer

If there is a more bland and lifeless series of films in Hollywood right now, then I missed them. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? series is a flabby, mundane series about the inflated self-importance of a band of angsty teens. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very aware of the massive following of 15-year-old girls who find the sickeningly pale Edward Cullen the Romeo of their time. Which is what the stories are not so loosely based on. The struggles of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen are in no way shying from Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? Chris Wietz, who once showed unbelievable promise as a director with the beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x153;About a Boy,â&#x20AC;? is at the helm of â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moon.â&#x20AC;? He rides off the success of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film and adds no life to bland flavor of the first film. The film, which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure most everyone knows at least a little about, picks up with Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) as in love as they have ever been. However, at her birthday party when Bella cuts her finger and begins to bleed, Edwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist his affinity for the taste of blood and almost attacks her. Edward knows that he can no longer pull Bella into his life of

soulless infinity so he breaks up with her and runs away. While he is away, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), catches the attention of Bella, who aptly notices, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You got buff.â&#x20AC;? If dialogue like that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put Shakespeare to shame, then I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what could. They fix some bikes, and then she finds out that Jacob is a werewolf. Yes, there are werewolves, which wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a surprise to anyone because the marketing of this film doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hide anything. There is a truce between the vampires and the werewolves about where each group can go. Toward the end, there is a secret cult of vampires that has at least one decent part when Michael Sheen gets to have a little fun as Aro. For about and hour and 40 minutes of the run time this movie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything. It is as stagnant as a frozen pond. Bella is conflicted about which boy she wants. But, once Jacob takes his shirt off, that debate is over for a few minutes. I know that there is a band of girls out there right now who are reading this and are crushed at how someone couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the power of these movies. I crush dreams. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I do. These movies irk me like no other films right now. I have seen more than one hundred movies

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;NEW MOONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Runtime: 130 minutes MPAA rating: PG-13 Release date: Nov. 20 CW criticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rating:

Bottom line: Martin Sheen is the only redeeming factor in â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moon.â&#x20AC;? Otherwise, the ďŹ lm is too vapid for its brooding, too lifeless for its romances and too trivial for any audience, let alone a massive fan base, to care. rottentomatoes.com The love triangle between Bella, Jacob and Edward takes center stage in â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Mon.â&#x20AC;? in theatres this year, and there hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been one that I disliked more. The screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg brings the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;woodenâ&#x20AC;? to a new level. There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a moment in this film, or the first one, that brings anything interesting to the idea of immortality or what it would mean to spend eternity on this planet. I know why there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The target demographic of â&#x20AC;&#x153;New

Moonâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t concerned with the complexities of the decisions that Bella is considering or the denial of Edward. Only one moment of the film made me think Edward was going to say something rather intelligent. He said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Julietâ&#x20AC;? is a play about stupidity, which it is. But that idea was dismissed quickly. When Weitz was giving verbs to his actors as how they need

to portray their characters, I believe he only said one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brooding.â&#x20AC;? All the characters deliver their lines in the same monotone for the duration of this overlong slop. They show no life. No heart. There is never a moment in these films when the characters truly seem to be in love, because they never truly talk about anything but their own narcissism and belief that this

world truly does revolve only around them. I wish I could be optimistic about the next two films, but I have sat through four hours of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t felt moved by them once. The romantic entanglements of Bella, Edward and Jacob seem so small. There is no heart to this story. There is nothing to care about, and in the end, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that what movies are about?

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wolfs down $140.7M By David Germain The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The vampire romance â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twilight Saga: New Moonâ&#x20AC;? sucked up $140.7 million in its first three days and pulled in a total of $258.8 million worldwide, according to studio estimates Sunday. The No. 1 domestic debut for Summit Entertainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;? was more than twice the $69.6 million haul over the same weekend last year for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight,â&#x20AC;? the first in the franchise based on Stephenie Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, with the success of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twilightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; itself, sequels being what they are will generate X-number of dollars more, particularly if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a satisfying sequel,â&#x20AC;? said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Summit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;? placed third on the all-time domestic chart behind last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $158.4 million opening weekend for the

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Batman blockbuster â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Knightâ&#x20AC;? and 2007â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $151.1 million haul for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spider-Man 3.â&#x20AC;? Among the top-10 all-time openings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;? is the only one that came outside of Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest time, the summer season. The movie adaptation of Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? chapter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipse,â&#x20AC;? arrives in the heart of summer, next June 30. On Friday, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;? set an all-time domestic high for opening day with $72.7 million, topping the previous record of $67.2 million by last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Knight. Overall, Hollywood had its second-biggest non-holiday weekend ever, with final numbers expected to come in slightly behind the $260 million the industry rang up over the weekend of July 18, 2008, when â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Knightâ&#x20AC;? opened. Compared to the same weekend last year, business was up 59 percent.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE RESULTS 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twilight Saga, New Moon,â&#x20AC;? $140.7 million. 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blind Side,â&#x20AC;? $34.5 million. 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;2012,â&#x20AC;? $26.5 million. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planet 51,â&#x20AC;? $12.6 million. 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Christmas Carol,â&#x20AC;? $12.2 million. 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious, Based on the Novel â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Sapphire,â&#x20AC;? $11 million. 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Men Who Stare at Goats,â&#x20AC;? $2.8 million. 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Couples Retreat,â&#x20AC;? $2 million. 9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fourth Kind,â&#x20AC;? $1.7 million. 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law Abiding Citizen,â&#x20AC;? $1.6 million. Overseas, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;? debuted in 25 countries and took in $118.1 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;? continues the story of teen romance between a school girl and a vampire (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), with the sequel add-

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this weekend MONDAY • Men’s Cross Country NCAA Championships: Terre Haute, Ind., all day

TUESDAY • Women’s Basketball vs. Southeastern Lousiana: Tuscaloosa, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY • Men’s Basketball vs Baylor: Orlando, Fla., 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY • Football vs. Auburn: Auburn, 1:30 p.m.

Alabama vs UTC — 45-0 FOOTBALL | SIDE BAR

Reserves see field in Tide blowout By Jason Galloway Sports Editor In a game focused on making sure all 27 seniors entered the game, it was who didn’t play in the second half that became the most important aspect of the Crimson Tide’s 45-0 shutout win over TennesseeChattanooga Saturday. After building an insurmountable 35-0 lead by halftime, Alabama pulled its starters from the game, giving the Tide the luxury of giving the second team valuable experience. “We were pleased to be able to play as many players as we did today,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “We really got a lot of good work in the second half. The second team almost played the entire second half other than the first series.” Not only did the backups get more familiar with the playing field Saturday, but both the offensive and defensive second units performed well. Defensively, the Tide retained the shutout and held the Mocs to a measly 14 total second-half yards. “Defense played well when we were out there at the beginning of the first half,” said senior linebacker Cory Reamer. “Then the [second team] came in and played with the same intensity and it really shut them down.”

Alabama only notched 10 second-half points compared to 35 in the first two quarters, but the offensive reserves produced nearly 200 yards of total offense. “It’s kind of exciting for us,” said senior left tackle Mike Johnson. “Come out at halftime and kind of hand it to those guys, kind of watch them blossom into the players that they’re going to be in the next few years.” Redshirt freshman Star Jackson took nearly every snap under center after halftime and finished 4-of-5 for 29 yards but was sacked twice. “I think Star did great,” said starting quarterback Greg McElroy. “He managed the offense well. The key thing is it was in a game situation, and there’s things he can learn from. That was good to see him out there, just get off the field early, keep everybody healthy and get ready for Auburn next week.” Saban said he was pleased with the second units’ performance in Saturday’s game, and that the experience the backups gained could translate into a huge benefit in the future. “I think they did a good job,” he said. “I think it was a good experience for them. It was great that they all had an opportunity to play, and I think that experience will be valuable for them if they need to play down the road this season.” But the second-teamers’ time

CW | Katie Bennett Redshirt freshman quarterback Star Jackson makes adjestments before a play during the Tideʼs 45-0 victory Saturday.

on the field didn’t just help them. Bowl was just six days away can said. “I don’t know if people understand how tiring a game Johnson said giving the Tide’s be nothing but helpful. “It’s always nice,” Johnson actually is.” starters a rest when the Iron

THE CRIMSON TIDE by the numbers

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Mark Ingram’s total rushing yardage on the season after his 102-yard, two touchdown performance against Chattanooga. The number places him second on the Alabama single-season rushing yardage list behind Bobby Humphrey at 1,471.

16 With three interceptions Saturday, the Alabama defense has now picked 16 passes in the last seven games after beginning 2009 with just two in the opening four contests.

1 With Leigh Tiffin’s 41-yard field goal in the third quarter, the senior moved into first place in the Alabama record books for both single season (25) and career (78) field goals, along with Philip Doyle.

77 The total number of Alabama players who participated in Saturday’s game. The first-teamers were pulled out shortly after Justin Woodall intercepted the first pass of the second half.

84 The total offensive yardage output of the Mocs Saturday. To put it in perspective, Mark Ingram outgained the entire Chattanooga offense on his 11 first half carries.

313 Alabama’s total rushing yards against Chattanooga Saturday. The yardage is the highest single-game total for a Tide team since a 49-14 victory over Arkansas in 2008, when the Tide rushed for 328 yards.

PLAYER of the game Javier Arena • Arenas had a senior day to remember, returning his SEC-record seventh punt return touchdown and recording his second interception of the season.

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QUOTE of the game

POSITION grades Quarterbacks – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.42

Defensive line – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.95

After two incompletions on the first offensive drive, Greg McElroy was an efficient 6-for-9 for 80 yards on a limited workload, hitting Julio Jones for a long completion and a touchdown. Neither the junior or his backup, redshirt freshman Star Jackson, turned the ball over to Chattanooga.

Top-shelf rushing attacks have had enough trouble running on the Tide, and UT-Chattanooga will not be confused with the SEC teams of the world. The Mocs rushed for a grand total of 48 yards on 21 carries against the Tide. More remarkable was that the second team defense surrendered only 16 rushing yards in the second half.

Running backs – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.79

Linebackers – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.92

Four runners with at least 60 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 313 total rushing yards is an outstanding day, no matter who the opponent is. The Tide barely had to throw a pass even in the second half thanks to the stellar play of the Alabama halfbacks.

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Defensive backs – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.76

It wasn’t a strenuous day for the Tide receivers when it came to receiving, but had plenty of work blocking last Saturday as the Tide ran over, around and straight through the soft Mocs defense. Julio Jones did manage to catch a touchdown pass for the third game in a row and the tight ends helped open holes in the interior running game all day.

Chattanooga sophomore quarterback B.J. Coleman, a transfer from Tennessee, is actually a pretty talented player. The Tide secondary didn’t let him show it though. Mocs receivers dropped a ton of passes, but who can blame them when the result means a bonecrushing hit by one of the Tide defensive backs?

Offensive line – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.29

Special teams – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.35

Another spectacular day for the Tide rushing game, and no small part of the credit goes to the Tide offensive line. Behind the strength of the starting five, Alabama has compiled three consecutive 400-plus yard games and seven total on the season.

The kickoff and punt coverage teams did excellent jobs of containment the entire game, Leigh Tiffin made his one field goal attempt and Javier Arenas had his first punt return touchdown of the season. Sure, a walk-on missed a late field goal attempt, but with a 38-0 score it was ultimately meaningless.

Coaching – 4.0

— Nick Saban, on what he told the players before the game

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Rolando McClain once again led the Tide in tackles, compiling seven stops in just more than one half of work. Cory Reamer collected his first career interception after an excellent read on a reverse pass. Jerrell Harris and Courtney Upshaw got enough time in the second half to provide an encouraging glimpse of the Tide’s future at the position.

Wide receivers/tight ends – 4.0 Cumulative: 3.52

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“You would someday be an NFL player, driving a Mercedes-Benz and roll your window down to talk to a pretty girl and she’d say, ‘You lost to Chattanooga when you played them.’ Nobody would ever forget that, and I don’t say that in a disrespectful way.”

Cumulative: 3.72

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on,” Reamer said. “You want to leave this place with good memories, and that’s exactly what we set out to do today.” There seemed little to complain about for any facet of the SEC West champions’ play. Arenas’ return pushed him to 1,658 career punt return yards, just 37 yards shy of Lee Nalley’s SEC career record and 103 yards shy of the career NCAA mark held by current New England Patriots and former Texas Texas Tech wide receiver Wes Welker. The Tide offense mustered its third consecutive 400-yard game and its seventh overall in the season, and Ingram piled on a 102-yard, two-touchdown effort on just 11 carries. The defense recorded its first shutout of the season, and the three interceptions pushed its season total for picks to 18, tied for the best mark in the SEC with the Florida Gators. But there is no such thing as a perfect game, and Saban is the first to admit it. “I’d like to see us a little sharper in the passing game, especially in the beginning of the game,” he said. “I think there were some undisciplined penalties today that need to do without that would affect field position…that’s not the kind of thing we want to make a habit.” Especially not with the Tide’s annual rivalry contest with the Auburn Tigers just six days away. “This will be a challenging game for us in every way,” Saban said. “It’s an important game for everybody that’s involved in terms of our program here, that we do a good job of getting our players ready and our coaches will do whatever they need to do to get that done.” The Iron Bowl will be televised Friday at 1:30 on CBS.

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Torrance paces Tide past Providence 84-75 By Spencer White Assistant Sports Editor With 1:30 left in the Alabama Crimson Tide’s Friday game against the Providence Friars, the Big East was 41-0 in the young men’s basketball season, and with a late 75-74 lead, the Friars (2-1) were threatening to extend that record. Senior Mikhail Torrance made sure basketball’s premier conference added one L in the second column. Putting together the best performance of the Tide’s season, Torrance’s career-high 26 points, JaMychal Green’s double-double and Justin Knox’s clutch free-throw shooting pushed Alabama (2-1) past Providence 84-75 in front of over 10,000 fans at Coleman Coliseum Friday night. “I’m really proud of the effort our guys gave,” said Alabama head coach Anthony Grant. “I thought it was a great team effort tonight.” The Tide came out with a much more aggressive style on both offense and defense than in their victory over Jackson State Tuesday. Alabama attempted 26 shots in the first 13 minutes of Friday’s contest against the Friars, after shooting only 25 times in the entire first half against the Tigers. The aggression, though perhaps a welcome sight for Tide fans, did little in the way of points in the early goings of the game, as the Tide shot a mere 23 percent from the field to fall behind 24-18 with

7:53 remaining. The Tide took advantage of a furious 12-2 rally to pull ahead 30-26 with just over 4:30 left in the opening half, but once again went cold, failing to score a field goal for nearly three minutes in the final minutes of the first half and headed into halftime down 37-33. Alabama had some marginal improvement in its accuracy from the field, but still went into the locker room connecting on only 11 of 37 shots for a 29.7 percent clip. “I felt like we were getting good shots in the first half,” Grant said. “I think some of the shots we missed in the first half we made in the second half.” Alabama fans thought they had seen aggressive play in the first half. Then Torrance turned it up a notch. The senior point guard flew out of the gate in the second half, putting up six points and dishing an assist to Senario Hillman for a monster slam in the first five minutes of the final half to give the Tide a 48-43 lead. “I expect a lot out of him,” Grant said. “He played with great passion and really affected the game in a variety of ways…that’s what we expect out of him and that’s what he’s capable of doing for us.” Providence would not take the Tide lead sitting down. The Friars battled back, relying on a strong effort on the boards and the excellent play of sophomore forward Jamine Peterson to tie the game 53-53 with 11:38 remaining in the game.

Peterson would lead the Friars with 27 points on the night. The two teams continued to trade shots throughout the half, playing an even contest. After Green was subbed out due to committing his fourth personal foul, it was fellow forward Justin Knox who stepped up to the plate, sinking seven of eight free throws and providing solid inside defense in the absence of Green. Knox would finish with 13 points overall and went 11-12 from the charity stripe. “We just had to keep our heads in the last few minutes, keep from fouling out,” Knox said. “I’ve been trying to work on my [free-throw shooting] these past couple practices … I shot them pretty well tonight. Green returned at the twominute mark of the game, and his two points from the charity stripe gave the Tide a 74-73 lead

Senior guard Mikhail Torrance takes the ball down the court on a fast break in the Tide's win over Providence Friday. Torrance led Alabama with 26 points.

with 1:49 remaining in the contest. A quick score by the Friars tilted the scales in their favor, before junior guard Senario Hillman found sophomore Andrew Steele open under the basket to give the Tide a 76-75 lead with 1:01 remaining and Providence in possession of the ball. And as he had all night, Torrance provided the late heroics for the Tide, stealing the ball from Providence point guard Marshon Brooks and sinking a layup, along with a foul shot, to give Alabama a 79-75 lead with 44 seconds remaining. From there the Tide cruised to the final margin. “I knew we needed a stop,” Torrance said. “As soon as [Brooks] turned his back, I wanted to try to make a play. When I did, as soon as I got to the rim I wanted to finish the play.”

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