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storied rivalry quickly turned into a blood bath in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. With two teams heading in completely different directions, Alabama used the moment to make a statement, while Auburn looked for the nearest exit. The most lopsided Iron Bowl

in 60 years resulted in a head coaching vacancy at Auburn University for the second time in Nick Saban’s tenure. No. 2 Alabama’s (11-1, 7-1 SEC) 49-0 shellacking of Auburn (3-9, 0-8 SEC) was the nail in the coffin for Gene Chizik and his staff. Chizik, just two years removed from winning a national

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championship, was shown the door by Auburn administrators after the Tigers lost their final three league games by a combined 150-21. He was 33-19 in four seasons and 15-17 in SEC games. Waiting for Alabama after its Iron Bowl drubbing of the Tigers is No. 3 Georgia. The Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) made

light work of Georgia Tech on Saturday, 42-10, raising the stakes for its pending battle with the Tide. Now the stage is set for a showdown in the SEC championship when Alabama and Georgia face off in what has become the semifinal for the national championship. These teams have never met

Bailey designated a ‘tenured employee’ By Melissa Brown and Chandler Wright CW Staff Though it has been nearly a month since the sudden resignation of former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey, his position at the University still hangs in limbo. A letter of understanding signed by Chancellor Robert Witt designates Bailey as a tenured University employee, and no severance documents have been drawn up since his departure as president, Witt said in a Nov. 16 meeting with The Crimson White. The appointment of Judy Bonner to fill the vacancy less than 24 hours after Bailey’s resignation resulted in questions from some faculty and staff on campus. No faculty, staff or students were formally consulted in the process to select Bonner after Bailey’s resignation. Witt addressed the concerns of the truncated search process on Nov. 16 and laid out the timeline of events leading to the unexpected transition of the University administration. The Timeline Witt said Bailey approached him on Friday, Oct. 26, to discuss his ability to perform the

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duties of president due to concerns about his wife’s health. “During that conversation, he had indicated to me that as early as the end of September, he and Jan, his wife, had talked about the fact that her physical condition was making it very difficult for him to do everything he wanted to do as president,” Witt said. “So as much as a month before the transition, he had begun to think about the fact that this might not work.” Witt said Board of Trustees President pro tempore Paul W. Bryant Jr. joined him and Bailey in the Oct. 26 meeting, along with former president pro tempores Joseph C. Espy III and Finis E. St. John IV. “We talked with Guy about how he felt and how he felt about his ability to go forward,” Witt said. “No decisions were made at that meeting regarding his stepping down.” When The Crimson White asked St. John about that meeting, he said he didn’t recall any such conference. “I don’t remember any meetings,” he said. “I know we all talked on the telephone, but I didn’t have any meetings with him about the selection of Bonner that I recall.” St. John declined to answer any further questions regarding Bailey’s resignation. SEE PRESIDENT PAGE 3

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backs who rarely make mistakes. Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Alabama’s AJ McCarron are No. 1 and 2 in the nation in passing efficiency, respectively. If the game comes down to quarterback play, Murray and McCarron have played in their fair share of big games.

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in the SEC championship, and this will be the first meeting between the two since 2008 - the infamous “Black Out” game. The similarities between these teams are what make this an intriguing matchup. Both teams run pro-style offenses and feature a 3-4 defensive scheme. Both have efficient quarter-

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Pressure too great for Chizik, others By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor

The pressure to win in the SEC has never been greater. Case in point: Six SEC teams won 10 games during the regular season and are ranked in the top-10 of the latest BCS standings. However, four coaches have already been fired. Of the five coaches that didn’t qualify for a bowl game, only Missouri’s Gary Pinkel made it past Sunday, but there are still rumblings in Columbia, Mo., that Pinkel’s job security could be in jeopardy. “Feel great about our program, but this isn’t the time to talk about the whole season

and feelings and not going to a bowl game and everything,” Pinkel said after the Tigers’ 59-29 loss to Texas A&M Saturday. “I just don’t feel comfortable talking about it right now.” But the other four weren’t so lucky. Tennessee’s Derek Dooley and Kentucky’s Joker Phillips were fired before the season was even over, Auburn’s Gene Chizik was let go Sunday and Arkansas’ John L. Smith was “relieved of his coaching duties” – meaning he is still on the staff but no longer in a coaching role. “I think it is what it is,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “There is a lot of attention to what we do. I think there is a high expectation of what we do.

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UA experts sound off on secession petitions petitioned for the state of Alabama to secede from the United States of America two weeks ago, but several Uniersity of Alabama history By Jordan Cissell and Sarah and political science profesElizabeth Tooker sors say the strains that comCW Staff plete budgetary independence Former topless car wash from the federal government owner Derrick Belcher could pull the bottom out from

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under his plan. On Nov. 9, Belcher, a resident of Chunchula, Ala., filed a petition on whitehouse.gov, requesting the Obama administration “peacefully grant the state of Alabama to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.” According

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U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough, researchers say. The decline, detailed on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Both the number of abortions and the abortion rate dropped by the same percentage. Some experts theorize some women believed they couldn’t afford to get pregnant. “They stick to the straight and narrow ... and they are more careful about birth control,” said Elizabeth Ananat, a Duke University assistant professor of public policy and economics who has researched abortions. While many states have aggressively restricted access to abortion, most of

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T-shaped plastic spermkillers that a doctor inserts into the uterus. A study released earlier this year by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization that does research on reproductive health, showed that IUD use among sexually active women on birth control rose from less than 3 percent in 2002 to more than 8 percent in 2009. IUDs essentially preve n t “user e r r o r, ” said Rachel Jones, a Guttmacher researcher. Ananat said another factor may be the growing use of the morning-after pill, a form of emergency contraception that has been increasingly easier to get. It came onto the market in 1999 and in 2006 was approved for nonprescription sale to women 18 and older. In 2009 that was lowered to 17. Underlying all this may be the economy, which was in recession from December 2007 until June 2009. Even well afterward, polls showed most Americans remained

worried about anemic hiring, a depressed housing market and other problems. You might think a bad economy would lead to more abortions by women who are struggling. However, John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of population and family health, said: “The economy seems to be having a fundamental effect on pregnancies, not abortions.” More findings from the CDC: The majority of abortions are performed by the eighth week of pregnancy, when the fetus is about the size of a lima bean. White women had the lowest abortion rate, at about 8.5 per 1,000 women of childbearing age; the rate for black women was about four times that. The rate for Hispanic women was about 19 per 1,000. About 85 percent of those who got abortions were unmarried. The CDC identified 12 abortion-related deaths in 2009.

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those laws were adopted in the past two years and are not believed to have played a role in the decline. Abortions have been dropping slightly over much of the past decade. But before this latest report, they seemed to have pretty much leveled off. Nearly all states report abortion numbers to the federal government, but it’s voluntary. A few states – including California, which has the largest population and largest number of abortion providers – don’t send in data. While experts estimate there are more than 1 million abortions nationwide each year, the CDC counted about 785,000 in 2009 because of incomplete reporting. To come up with reliable year-to-year comparisons, the CDC used the numbers from 43 states and two cities – those that have been sending in data consistently for at least 10 years. The researchers found that abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age fell from about 16 in 2008 to roughly 15 in 2009. That

translates to nearly 38,000 fewer abortions in one year. Mississippi had the lowest abortion rate, at 4 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. The state also had only a couple of abortion providers and has the nation’s highest teen birth rate. New York, second to California in number of abortion providers, had the highest abortion rate, roughly eight times Mississippi’s. Nationally since 2000, the number of reported abortions has dropped overall by about 6 percent, and the abortion rate has fallen 7 percent. By all accounts, contraception is playing a role in lowering the numbers. Some experts cite a government study released earlier this year suggesting about 60 percent of teenage girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception, including the pill and patch. That’s up from the mid-1990s, when fewer than half were using the best kinds. Experts also pointed to the growing use of IUDs, or intrauterine d ev i c e s ,

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SGA senator calls open ballot bill into question By Nichole Corbett Contributing Writer Ryan Flamerich, Student Government Association College of Engineering senator, filed the first judicial complaint in SGA history against a piece of legislation that would allow public voting in the Speaker of the Senate election.

Senate Bill 19-12 calls for an open ballot, which Flamerich said he views to be unconstitutional. Flamerich said an open ballot is more likely to foster intimidation and unethical policies because everyone would know how each SGA member voted. “This piece of legislation violates the ideas and values of fair elections. It

would allow for the ballot for the speaker election to be open, allowing for the coercion of senators by the Machine. The policy that currently is in place was put in there for a reason. There is precedence,” Flamerich said. “The University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University operate under the system that is currently codified.

The respective positions in both their student governments are elected through a secret ballot.” The ability for SGA legislature to be questioned on its constitutionality is a new concept. The senatorial power of judicial review was written into the inherent powers of the constitution in February 2011.

“Any senator can file a complaint against a bill. How the process works is that a senator creates a petition for judicial review of a bill, then a hearing is scheduled for both parties to argue their points. The judicial board then makes a decision,” said Meagan Bryant, the executive press secretary for SGA. “In this case, Senator Flamerich is questioning the constitutionality of Senate Bill 19-12. Currently the judicial board is in the progress of scheduling the hearing.” By filing a judicial complaint against the bill, Flamerich is also putting members of SGA under scrutiny. “The case is an appeal to overturn a bill that was passed through Senate. I was a sponsor for this bill. The case has been filed against the author of the bill, the sponsors and SGA,” said SGA President Matt Caldrone. According to Flamerich, his use of judicial review did not come as a surprise to the members of SGA who dealt with passing Bill 19-12. “It was expected,” said Flamerich. “I made it very clear to all parties involved during the legislative process of Bill 19-12’s approval that I would challenge its legality if passed.”


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Witt explains timeline of Bonner selection PRESIDENT FROM PAGE 1 “I really don’t want to talk about Dr. Bailey’s resignation,” he said. “I don’t want to get into all that. I very much respect what he did. I think it was a difficult situation for him and his family, but other than that, I really just don’t want to comment on it because of the personal nature of his situation.” Witt said Bailey took the weekend to think things over, and they met again on Sunday, Oct. 28, where he decided he wanted to step down. “He took a couple of days to think about how he would formally announce it,” Witt said. “He decided he wanted to make the announcement on a Wednesday afternoon. I informed the pro temp (Bryant) that that’s when the announcement would be made.” Witt said he communicated to Bonner the afternoon or evening of Oct. 28 that he wanted to recommend her to the board. On Nov. 1, following a closed-door executive session, the Board voted unanimously in favor of Witt’s recommendation and installed Bonner as the first permanent female president of The University of Alabama. Campus Conversation Despite Bonner’s publicly smooth transition into the position during the Board of Trustees meeting, some faculty members expressed concern with the quick appointment. Paul Horwitz, the Gordon Rosen Professor of Law, wrote an email to the Faculty Senate and President Steven

Miller on Nov. 2, raising questions about the lack of campus involvement in the process. “I am simply surprised by the swift choice and would like to know why she was deemed the best candidate for the job and, indeed, whether there were any other candidates,” Horwitz said in the email. His letter prompted a response from Miller in the form of an open letter to the Faculty Senate. “That evening I became aware of rumors and ugly innuendo about the succession process and its outcome passing around the University faculty and staff. Some of the stories made me ill,” Miller said. “Some were downright alarming.” Miller wrote that he called President Bonner Saturday, Nov. 3 after the board meeting to straighten out the rumors he was hearing. “When I put the Senate on the line supporting her presidency, I wanted to make sure I was on solid ground with what had transpired,” Miller said. “We had a direct and good conversation that put to rest my concerns about the rumors and innuendos.” Although no search committee convened or was consulted in the process of Bonner’s appointment to university president, as opposed to the original search process earlier in the year, Witt said he looks at the two appointments as one search, instead of two. “I can see how looking at the search process for President Bonner would appear to be different from the search process for President Bailey, but I’d like to suggest an alternative perspective,” Witt said. “Four months earlier, we had completed an exhaustive

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national search. It involved a search committee of 25 plus people with significant faculty, staff and student representation.” Witt said he did not consult campus members regarding Bonner’s appointment because he felt the attributes they were looking for hadn’t changed in the four months since Bailey was hired. “It was my belief that the likelihood, that what the faculty, staff and students were looking for, had materially changed in four months approached zero,” Witt said. “With that extensive input

I am simply surprised by the swift choice and would like to know why she was deemed the best candidate for the job and, indeed, whether there were any other candidates. — Paul Horwitz

being only four months old, I did not see the need to put the campus through another extensive search.” Miller served on the presidential search committee that recommended Bailey to serve as university president in July and said he felt the faculty was given significant opportunities for input throughout the presidential search committee that recommended Bailey. “I completely support what the chancellor says about faculty input. At our senate meeting this last Tuesday, it was pointed out that this was the most extensively sought-out faculty opinion of a presidential search ever,” Miller said. “Dr. Witt knows that I will

say anything that is on my mind to him. All I can say is the truths from my perspective: we had our way totally with the search.” Moving On Despite Bailey’s resignation, he remains an employee of the University until August 2013, when he can choose return to the classroom as a professor in the English department. “That will provide him a period of time, if he elects to return to the classroom,” Witt said. “I felt that the honorable thing for the University to do was to give him the same type of developmental leave appointment as if he had served here for years.” Bailey’s status as a tenured professor was outlined in a letter of understanding or appointment that he signed on July 23, 2012. Though the University president never operates under an employment contract, this letter stated the conditions of Bailey’s employment and salary. In addition to setting his salary at $535,000 per year, the letter required that Bailey live in the President’s Mansion on campus while he was president. Bailey will remain a tenured employee of the University until he chooses otherwise. Two staff members who moved from Texas Tech with him will be moving on. Witt said it was his understanding that Mary Diaz, former special assistant to the president, and Justin Clark, former chief of staff, would be leaving the University. Though Bailey officially resigned nearly a month ago, Witt said no severance package or new letter of understanding has been

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Judy Bonner succeeded Guy Bailey as UA president on Nov. 1. negotiated, but that the Baileys would be moving out of the mansion the week after Thanksgiving. “We have not drawn up a letter regarding his severance,” Witt said, stating the University wanted to treat Bailey fairly. “It says something about The University of Alabama in how it is treating Dr. Bailey. But Dr.

Bailey’s confidence in the University - he didn’t need a letter. He knows how it treats its people.” Witt could not comment on when a letter regarding Bailey’s severance will be drawn up.

Assistant News Editor Rich Robinson contributed to this report.

FAST FACTS Bailey’s letter of understanding provided the following per his employment: • Tenured professorship in the English department • Annual salary of $535,000 • Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance along with a “generous vacation and sick leave program” • Required to reside in President’s Mansion • An automobile or a $12,000 per year automobile allowance


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Decreasing hours covered in tuition costs a sly money strategy By SoRelle Wyckoff Opinions Editor

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Ducks football tradition reveals comparable cultures By Cora Lindholm Weeks ago, talk about Alabama playing Oregon sparked my interest. Yes, after Notre Dame beat USC, Oregon lost their chance to play Alabama. But, just asking people about their reactions to both teams is reason enough to talk about it. We all know it’s been a rocky couple of weeks in the world of college football. Juggling around the No. 1 spot for the BCS National Championship like it’s a game within itself. But, Alabama versus Oregon wouldn’t be just a football game; it would be an epic battle of cultures. Alabama and Oregon could not be further opposite than the North and South Poles. I am lucky enough to experience both varying cultures. I grew up among endless evergreen trees, cloudy rainy days, salmon infested rivers, liberals and Democrats, mixed with the pride in local everything, and Oregon was quite the bubble compared to the elephant-strong culture of Alabama. I love traveling and understanding different perspectives. So, after high school and experiencing the natural beauty and unforgettable flair

of the Portlanders, I flew down south for another view through the looking glass. Humidity and endless blue skies beyond belief. Country boys, country fried chicken and country music. Culture shock. Love it! After interviewing a handful of Oregon Duck fans and Crimson Tide fans, I definitely feel the tension rising! As my childhood friends bash the “big and slow” Alabamians, my fellow classmates mock the Ducks’ “horrible colors and constant change in uniform.” Hearing both perspectives makes me laugh out loud, comment back and say, “You’re right! You’re wrong!” Let the fun begin. We have some strong willed fans out there. Nick Kish from U of O is certain the game “would be really close. The Ducks may even be down at half, but our speed is just too much for a team centered around size and strength like the Tide. Ducks would pull away in the second half and win by 10.” In retaliation, Doug Wilson, born and raised in Mobile, Ala., has the same enthusiasm but for the Tide, of course. “I would expect an Alabama victory by about 10 points,” he said. You heard it here first folks.

Ten points will be the deciding factor, say these big fans. The Ducks stick to their courageous, speedy offense while the Crimson Tide holds true to their rock wall defense. Who could possibly win this game? New, fresh blood from the West Coast or traditional blood from the South? I had to ask: “Do the Oregon Ducks know football like the South? Why or why not?” Doug Wilson (Mobile, Ala., sophomore): “No. [In] the South, back in the day during the Civil War, football became a measure of manhood, depending on whether or not you can play football. It was the mark of the man. It’s kind of a big deal. In Mobile, our newspapers start a 150 day countdown with a quote leading up to the starting of football season. We have two different seasons, waiting for football season and football season. That’s it.” Emily Ab e r n a t h y (Huntsville, Ala., freshman): “No. In the South, it grows more deep. We have more passion.” The Alabamians stay true to their history, the core of their spiritual connection to the sport of football. What say you, Ducks?

Nick Kish (Portland, Ore., graduate): “I’d say the Ducks know present-day football better than the South. We’re not stuck in the past. We’re innovating the sport and going faster than most can keep up with. And yes, I do believe it makes a difference knowing present-day football better than the South.” The present challenges the past. The Crimson Tide criticizes the Ducks’ lack of experience and passion for the sport, while the Ducks believe they have the technique to revolutionize football and push aside the traditional ways of the South. Bold, very bold indeed. I started writing this columnweeks ago, when the Ducks were an actual potential contender. I give them props for stirring up the playing field, but it’s all about consistency and pulling through. And so, we cross our fingers and anxiously continue watching our beloved Crimson Tide football team plow through the next couple of weeks. Throughout the nation we are feared and challenged, making each season more thrilling than the next. So get ready. Roll Tide. Cora Lindholm is a photographer for the Crimson White.

Thanksgiving commercialized, now ‘Gray Thursday‘ By Tori Lee Staff Columnist Just when we thought there was at least one holiday that was not commercial, Black Friday sales sneak in and take over Thanksgiving Day, … Or should we call it Gray Thursday? Thanksgiving is a holiday that has traditionally been about spending time with family, eating turkey and dressing, and taking the time to remember each and every thing we are thankful for. It is a time for the hustle and bustle of life to pause – for us take the time to visit with our long-lost cousins, meet our siblings’ significant others, play a few board games and pass out from eating too much

of Mom’s pecan pie. When all of the family has returned home and the turkey’s all gone, Black Friday is a good time to start Christmas shopping and catch a few deals. Some people put up their Christmas trees and hang up the lights outside after waking up at the crack of dawn to snag a cheap, new TV down at the local Wal-Mart. But for others, it seems Black Friday is almost more important than Thanksgiving, especially now that it’s crept into the day of thanks. The Old Navy in Tuscaloosa, as well as several other businesses, was open all day on Thanksgiving. Many more stores across America opened as early as 8 p.m. to begin Black Friday

sales, even though it was still Thursday and still Thanksgiving. While we were enjoying delicious treats and laughs with our loved ones, many employees across the nation were working, or preparing to work, a very, very long night. Not only does this take the fun out of waking up super early for Black Friday sales, it takes away from the actual holiday. It’s hard to be thankful for everything while you’re fighting people you don’t know for a sale on 700 thread-count sheets. It’s hard to be thankful and enjoy the holiday when you’re working all day. It’s also really hard to have a turkey-induced nap with no turkey. Perhaps we should go back to the way things used to be, before Black Friday became

Gray Thursday and people missed Thanksgiving dinners to stand in lines for the latest sales on the coolest electronics. Fewer businesses should be open, and more people should spend time with their families. Besides Christmas, it’s the only day almost everyone can take off and spend at home, and it’s the only day especially for giving thanks. Maybe next year America’s businesses will postpone the sales so more people will be inclined to spend Thanksgiving being thankful with their loved ones. Tori Lee is a senior majoring in dance and public relations. Her column runs biweekly on Mondays.

covered under tuition but attributed the decision to an earlier vote of the Board of Trustees. We are warned online and at enrollment that “rates are subject to change without notice,” but this outlines no potential causes of changing rates. Accountability and transparency are ideal but not required, putting students’ expenses in the hands of a select group behind closed doors. And this ploy was well-played. Some students will never take more than 16 hours, making the tuition change unnoticeable to a majority. It also technically isn’t a “tuition increase.” It’s more of an hours decrease. But it’s a sly way to make more money. Because I never had to take Econ 101, I lack trained economic verbage and analysis. Yet while my technical understanding is minimal, I am perfectly capable of questioning the morality behind lowering the amount of hours covered in tuition. Neither my parents nor I were made aware of this change until we received a $30 late fee for owing $3,000 for classes I was allowed to take without extra cost only a semester earlier. You can imagine our sentiments. For education to become affordable, we should not be relying on the federal government to mandate costs of individual universities. There is an equal, if not greater, amount of responsibility on the shoulders of the universities themselves. With a growing population, it’s easy to see students as numbers and checkbooks, rather than individuals, but numbers and money are not the way to build a university. Happy students pursuing excellence build a strong university, but when costs rise, the dollar is often stronger than the dream.

When I decided to attend The University of Alabama as an out-of-state student, I knew each semester’s tuition would be wellplanned by my parents. My job was to apply for scholarships through both the University and outside donors; and I did it. I avoided parking tickets and made sure I would do everything to “finish in four.” And that meant taking 17 or 18 hours almost every semester. When I was a freshman, I was able to take 18 hours of classes without being fined extraneously. Now, students are charged extra for any hours over 16. At first, the “finish in four” campaign I passed out T-shirts for as a First Year Council member seemed unnecessary. But as course loads picked up, classes didn’t work out and majors were changed repeatedly, I realized finishing undergrad in four years requires a fair amount of effort. And as tuition increases and additional fines are added with additional hours, it requires a fair amount of money as well. For in-state students, each hour over 16 is $350. For out-ofstate students, it’s $925. Taking 18 hours, while previously part of the tuition fee, is now an extra $1,850. Yikes. Summer classes provide some chance to make up for lost time, but at almost $1,000 an hour for out-of-state students, and considering most classes are three hours, community college is usually more sensible. Raising tuition is, understandably, a touchy subject. It is necessary to maintain academic costs and match outside inflation, but too much increase can deter students, even preventing some from continuing their education. The UA registrar was fuzzy on SoRelle Wyckoff is the opinions the reasoning behind the shift editor of The Crimson White. Her from 18 hours to 16 hours being column runs on Mondays.

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However, history professors and local experts around the University are quick to put that number in perspective. It’s 71,629 fewer people than can fit in Bryant-Denny Stadium, after all. “The federal government would simply not allow a state to secede,” George Rable, Charles Summersell chair in Southern history, said in an emailed statement. Hypothetically speaking, however, if the federal government did approve the petition’s demand, Rable said the state legislature would have to issue a call for an election of delegates to a convention to make the decision as they did in 1860-61. Voters would choose delegates, and then the convention would decide whether or not to secede.

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Richard Fording, professor and chair of the political science department, said such convention approval would lead to adverse conditions for the state and its residents. “The state of Alabama depends heavily on federal revenue that is generated from other (richer) states,” Fording said in an emailed statement. “If Alabama were to secede and lose that revenue, then the state would have to either eliminate most social programs or levy taxes that are considerably higher than what Alabama citizens currently pay. Assuming the state would choose the former, the outcome would be disastrous. It would not be long before Alabama would resemble a developing country in terms of indicators of well-being and public health. People would flee the state in droves, exacerbating the problem.” Another part-time history instructor, David Schroeder, said the viability of

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Overall, it is difficult to imagine how an independent nation of Alabama would function. We would be a country with high poverty and unemployment and no national government to help ameliorate these conditions. — Anne Williamson

secession seems unlikely due in a large part to the federal dollars most “red states” depend upon so heavily. “All of the states south of the Mason-Dixon line, with the exception of Texas and Arkansas, receive more in federal aid than they pay in taxes, so would a state’s citizenry pass up the ‘free’ money?” Schroeder said. States would lose all of the money paid into programs such as Social Security, Medicare and even the U.S. military, Schroeder said, and the benefits these programs provide in old age and in national security would be lost with secession. “The countering argument

would be that the states already pay into federal programs and pay for the warplanes and warships in the U.S. military and that those dollars could be diverted to the same type of programs in a ‘new nation’; however, the existing money paid into the programs would be lost, and I doubt seriously that the U.S. government would return them to the citizens of a seceding state,” Schroeder said. The federal government spent more than $56 billion in Alabama during the 2010 fiscal year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Consolidated Federal Fund, and the State General Fund enacted budget for the same fiscal year was nearly $1.8 billion. The two funds together comprise the state’s total operating budget for 2012’s fiscal year. “Overall, it is difficult to imagine how an independent nation of Alabama would function,” said political science professor Anne Williamson. “We would be a country with high poverty and unemployment and no national government to help ameliorate these

conditions; we would have to provide for our own national defense (rather than sharing in the defense provided for the entire U.S.). Our elected officials would be inundated with the need to govern a sovereign country and all that entails rather than being able to focus on Alabama as a state within a larger federal system.” Schroeder said the results of secession would be difficult to predict, as there are so many variables that come into play when assessing a state’s ability to operate individually. “What would happen is difficult to predict given the secessionist movement isn’t taken seriously by the press or politicians,” he said. “What would happen would depend on whether the President or Congress acted with force, but we really won’t know until President Obama is asked, and I suspect that won’t happen until individuals treat the renewed talk of secession as legitimate rather than sour grapes over the election results.” Andrew Bass, a sophomore majoring in sports broadcasting, is not one of those 30,000, but said he wanted to be. Bass said he did not “look into it enough” to determine the proper method to include his name on the petition, but he thinks Alabama’s secession, “while not ideal,” would give

his parents the best opportunity to continue to succeed in their current employment. “As a conservative, I believe President Obama is not leading this country in the direction it should be headed for many reasons,” he said. “My parents are both employed by [insurance provider] Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, and with the current Obamacare plan and the downfall of privatized insurance that I believe will follow in the coming years, it is my understanding that my parent’s company, the company that supports me and my college tuition, will be led on to have layoffs and potentially be shut down without immediate change.” However, Bass said it would be difficult for an independent Alabama to function properly, and he gave the petition for the state’s secession “absolutely no chance” of being cleared by the federal government. Parker Graham, the secretary for the SGA senate, said he also believed the chances of Alabama actually seceding to be unlikely. “The petitions should only serve to raise awareness in Washington of a large portion of our nation’s discontent with the president,” he said. “I by no way support the actual act of seceding because it left our country in shambles once, so why ever do it again?”

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UA loses food drive The University of Alabama lost its annual “food fight” to Auburn last week, though it surpassed its goal of collecting 250,000 pounds of food for the West Alabama Food Bank. The Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive resulted in the University raising 266,737 pounds of food to Auburn’s 273,650 pounds Auburn’s proceeds will benefit the East Alabama Food Bank.

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Artist-in-residence Cooper looks ahead to next project By Colby Leopard Staff Reporter Honors College artist-in-residence and University Fellows advisor Chip Cooper participated in the Miami Book Fair International on Nov. 11-18 to promote his book, “Old Havana: The Spirit of Living City.” The Miami Book Fair marks the end of Cooper’s book promotion tour, which included book fairs in New York City and Nashville, Tenn. “Old Havana,” is a book of photography Cooper worked on in Havana, Cuba, with Nestor Marti, a Cuban photographer. Cooper said the book’s purpose is to capture the spirit of the Cuban people in Old Havana, a neighborhood in the nation’s capital. Cooper said the book was the most difficult and rewarding project he has taken on to date. “It took longer to do this book than all of my other books by far,” Cooper said. “The fact that I had to go in and out of Cuba made things very difficult. It takes a man to do that. I learned so much from the whole process, and then I had my final product that I am so proud of, not only in my photography but in spreading the word that Cubans are good people.” As a part of the book fair that took place at Miami Dade College in downtown Miami, Fla., Cooper spoke about his book

on a panel with Brian Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Smith is known for his portraits of celebrities such as Ann Hathaway, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee and others. While on the panel with Cooper, Smith also spoke about his book, “Secrets of Great Portrait Photography.” Cooper said he and Smith were the only photographers invited to the Miami Book Fair International, and spending time together was one of the best parts of the trip. “It was just a great experience meeting him, talking about photography, admiring each other’s work and how we have made a career out of photography that is both very similar, yet very different,” Cooper said. While at the book fair, Cooper had the opportunity to interact with famous writers from all over the world, including James Patterson and Bill O’Reilly. Cooper also met one of his heroes, mystery novel writer Jo Nesbo. “I walked into the author’s lounge, and there he was,” Cooper said. “I just walked up to him and said, ‘Hey, I really like your books.’ He was just very accessible. He asked questions about me, what I do.” Cooper said he was able to speak with people like Nesbo and Patterson because of the informal and relaxed tone of the

Miami Book Fair International. “This festival created an atmosphere of intimacy where you could just talk to people,” Cooper said. “It was just comfortable and fun for everyone involved. It was fun for the big time authors, and it was fun for the small time writers, too.” Now that the Miami Book Fair is over – and with it, the promotion of “Old Havana” – Cooper is moving on to his next project. He will work with Cuban photographer Julio Larramendi on a new series of religious-themed photographs in Cuba starting in March 2013. Larramendi is excited to work with Cooper because of his passion for capturing the spirit of Cuba as an American photographer. “[Cooper’s photographs] are professional and have a spiritual maturity that brings out an intense religious life,” Larramendi said. “Chip has managed to capture the soul of our people, the spirit of Havana.” Graham Byrd, a sophomore fellow majoring in electrical engineering from Mobile, Ala., is looking forward to Cooper’s next project. “Chip is always able to capture the true meaning of people and places in his photographs,” Byrd said. “I know this next project will continue to do just that, and I can’t wait to see it.”

UA Rhodes Scholar finalists, though not chosen, learn from experience By Mazie Bryant Assistant News Editor Two University of Alabama students were chosen as finalists for the American Rhodes Scholarships this semester, and though neither was awarded the scholsarhip, both felt the process prepared them for their future and taught them about themselves in the process. Emma Fick, a senior majoring in English, and Hannah Hicks, a senior majoring in philosophy and religious studies, were both selected as finalists for the Rhodes Scholar program, an international fellowship that fully finances 32 recipients from more than 300 American universities to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Both Fick and Hicks said they started their application process in the spring, working directly with Brad Tuggle, the campus representative for the

scholarship, and the University’s Committee of Prestige Scholarships and Awards. After survivng two rounds of University-level cuts and interviewing with the committee, they submitted a 1,000-word personal statement, a two-page resume, eight letters of recommendation and an academic transcript to their district committees. “I was breathless when I found out I was named a finalist. That had been my goal from the start,” Fick said. “That immediate thrill was tempered, however, by the quick realization that I had a lot of work to do in preparation for the district interview stage.” On Nov. 16 and 17, Fick traveled to Houston, Texas, and Hicks to Birmingham, Ala., for a final 20-minute interview. In Birmingham, Hicks attended an informal cocktail and dinner at the home of her district’s committee chair, where committee members

evaluated the 14 finalists for the Alabama, Georgia and Florida district seven. “Attending the finalist weekend was perhaps the greatest honor of all,” Fick said. “I got to meet young, compassionate people from such a wide range of disciplines, and getting to know them reminded me of how much hope and energy our generation will bring to the world.” Fick said her hard work paid off even though she did not win the scholarship. “The entire Rhodes application process has prepared me for applications down the line,” Fick said. Hicks encourages others to apply to the scholarship program, noting that the process was not as scary as she originally thought it would be. “I learned a lot about myself in the process,” Hicks said. “It was a very rewarding experience, and I met so many great people that will be future leaders in society.”

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Social media effective for PRSSA in relief program By Ashley Tripp Staff Reporter A text message was all it took for Nicole Schimmel to understand the full extent of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy in late October. Schimmel, a junior majoring in public relations at The University of Alabama, received a text message immediately following the storm from her friend in Queens, N.Y., explaining the city had lost power, and people were freezing on the streets. Additionally, Schimmel’s friend from New York lost her car and much of her neighborhood and said her childhood had been ripped away from her. “When the hurricane first happened, people didn’t realize how bad it was until they walked outside and saw their communities devastated,” Schimmel said. This text initially lead Schimmel, director of public relations for UA’s Pubic Relations Student Society of America, to start a coat drive for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. “We wanted to raise 200 coats – if not more – to send to the New Yorkers who helped us in a time of devastation after the April 27 storm,” Schimmel said. “Tuscaloosa is a community that knows how to come together when things are rough. This is our way of giving back.” From now until Dec. 16, UA PRSSA’s Tuscaloosa Gives Back program is collecting gently used coats that can be donated to boxes in major buildings across campus, including sorority houses. “The organizations and departments on campus have been very accessible

and determined to help us achieve our service initiative,” Schimmel said. “We’ve reached out to many different organizations on campus, including the Society of Professional Journalists, American Advertising Federation, SGA and even UANews, to name a few.” Melissa Stewart, a senior majoring in public relations and UA PRSSA’s vice president of finance and fundraising committee leader, said she is humbled and pleased at the response the organization has had in coat donations. “Numerous individuals have said they will be collecting coats over Thanksgiving break, so I am hoping we double our numbers upon students’ return,” Stewart said. To help raise support, UA PRSSA is hosting several fundraising events at local restaurants and bars, collecting coats from the Tuscaloosa community. “We just had our first fundraising event at Buffalo Wild Wings,” Stewart said. “Anyone who came out to the event allowed 15 percent of his or her check to go to Tuscaloosa Gives Back. In the next couple of weeks, we are having numerous events. We are also selling shirts for $15 from now until Dec. 17.” Stewart said the social media efforts for the coat drive have been the most effective in spreading the word on campus. “So far, #TtownGivesBack has reached 14,497 accounts, according to Tweet Reach,” Stewart said. “Also, the College of Communication and Information Sciences has been a huge help by spreading the word through emails and adding this

initiative to their web page.” Schimmel said their partnership with New York Cares, an organization that propels New York citizens into volunteer work, has been very helpful by organizing efforts through email, even with its location still without power and phone access. “They are well aware of what PRSSA and the community of Tuscaloosa are doing to give back and have told us that they are very thankful for our generous act of giving,” Schimmel said. “New York Cares is also hosting a coat drive, and their goal is to collect 200,000 coats. We are going to help them achieve this goal before Dec. 31, when the coats will be distributed.” Professor Tracy Sims, the UA PRSSA faculty advisor, said it is encouraging to see students wanting to help and give to others. “The most rewarding aspect of my position has been working with students who are not only committed to increasing their knowledge and skills within the public relations field but also to helping others by promoting community service projects like the coat drive,” Sims said. Stewart said knowing you can make a difference by just participating in certain PR-based activities to raise funds, such as Tuscaloosa Gives Back, is worthwhile. “Just to know we are building blocks in New York’s recovery means so much to me and our organization,” Stewart said. For more information on Twitter: #ttowngivesback #coatdrive12 @newyorkcares @UAPRSSA


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Birmingham’s ‘Tin Man’ to host team art build By Becky Robinson Staff Reporter Charlie Lucas, an Alabamian artist, will spend two days making presentations and hosting activities on campus this week, showcasing his internationally acclaimed work and the process he uses to create it. Lucas is anything but a typical modern artist, though. The Birmingham native has a case of dyslexia so severe it has left him functionally illiterate and was never formally trained in the craft. In fact, an injury may be the only reason the world has seen his work. Lucas painted houses until he hurt

channels his inner child which he calls the Tin Man and makes pieces out of scrap metal and • What: Presentation and items many would consider junk. In 2011, he received the activity session with distinction of being one of Alabama’s “Living Legends” Charlie Lucas for his contribution to national • Where: Nott Hall/ and Alabama culture. Kelly Konrad, a sophomore AIME building majoring in French and New College, was the event’s proj• When: Nov. 29 at ect communicator for Creative 2:30 p.m., Nov. 30 at Campus. “I had met Charlie Lucas 9:30 p.m. this summer and toured his Selma studio with the Honors his back and decided to begin College,” Konrad said. “I was creating his own artwork. really inspired by him and his When he creates art, Lucas unique story, and I wanted to

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bring that story to UA.” Konrad, who pitched the idea of Lucas’s visit to Creative Campus in August, said Lucas’s art is meant to convey the “ugly and unpredictable moments of life,” while still making the best of it. His whimsical pieces capture the joy life has, even at its darker moments. Each piece of Lucas’s art also tells a story, a result of Lucas’s concentration on heritage, family and ancestry. These pieces have brought Lucas national and international acclaim. Michelle Bordner, program director for Creative Campus, encouraged students to participate in one of the events

Lucas will host called the Blitz Build. “17 of 40 available slots have been filled, but there’s still time for students to register,” Bordner said. The Blitz Build will take place on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the AIME building. Working in teams, students will create their own pieces of art from scrap metal and objects provided by the UA Recycling Center and Environmental Council. “The Blitz Build [is] designed to demonstrate the collision of the artistic right brain and the engineering left brain,” Konrad said. “It’s targeted toward

engineering students and is designed to do what Lucas does when he makes art.” Teams of the Build must preregister on Creative Campus’s website and have three or more members. Participants can also participate in “wild card” teams the day of the Build but must still be registered. On Thursday, Nov. 29, Lucas will be in the lobby of Nott Hall from 9:30 a.m. to noon to informally interact with students. Both events are free and open to any UA students. For more information about the events and to register for the Blitz Build, go to www.creativecampus.ua.edu.

Good Art Show to allow Author defends cooking in class’s artists to give back college as possible, affordable By Nathan Proctor and Katie Davis CW Staff “The Art of Giving Back,” a Univerity of Alabama Honors College course, is giving students more than credit hours this week. The class is culminating an event called the Good Art Show, which will give students the satisfaction of helping the community by selling art they’ve created and through making donations to a local nonprofit organization. The show will sell studentproduced works to benefit Tuscaloosa’s One Place, a family resource center that works with students in afterschool programs and provides parenting classes in the city. “We’re not claiming that we’re selling good, high art,” said Tonya Nelson, the UA professor instructing the class. “It’s about building this artful life that feeds into your values. The class examines the difference between saying and doing. We’re promising that it’s doing ‘good,’ and it’s important

that we do.” A collection of pieces from students and donors will be sold at the catered event in an open-market style, distributing projects across themed tables at previously set prices. Profits from the students’ works will be donated directly to TOP, and 50 percent of the revenue made from any donated works is given to the nonprofit. Amanda Waller, director of development at Tuscaloosa’s One Place, said she is very grateful for the class’s donations. “We are a nonprofit organization,” Waller said. “We operate on grants and private donations. Private donations are essential to funding because grants do not cover everything.” Giving donations is not the only way the class gives back to the community. The students taking the course also serve as volunteers in art mentoring programs with local schools and lead art projects with children in schools that don’t offer a traditional art program.

“They come in and do projects with the children,” Waller said. “It’s wonderful, and we’re very thankful. The students that come in really make a difference. It’s different coming from a college student than an adult. The kids think they’re cool.” Nelson said her students’ work ties together with their broader examinations of themselves, and the class is a combination of student growth, artistic sensitivity and social responsibility. “It’s not at all an art class.” Nelson said. “We talk about things like, ‘How are you going to build this life?’” The class, Nelson said, and everything it entails for its students, is a lot like shaping a sculpture. “It’s a really exciting time to think about creating this life that you want,” Nelson said. “Your life is kind of your own personal art project.” The art show is free to attend and will take place on Nov. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Nott Hall.

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and the next day have to do it again.” Gold explained the diffiMother and author of cult part with cooking actu“College Cooking Crash ally comes from the planning Course” Eva Gold is out to involved. prove college cooking is possi“It’s very time consuming, ble if you just have a plan. Her and it takes years of cooking cookbook contains 20 ingredients that will prepare a student for two weeks’ worth of Compared to going to the recipes and will cost about $50 at the grocery store. dining hall, you have so “I’m kind of a do-it-yourself much more control over what kind of person, and so I tried you eat, its quality not to think of ways that you quantity. could eat inexpensively but also with all the limitations — Samuel Fick that people cooking in dorms would have,” Gold said. According to the book, all anyone needs is a microwave really to learn how to plan out and a rice cooker, which most what you are going to cook,” dorms allow and are inexpen- Gold said. sive. The book includes prep Gold’s son, Samuel Fick, times and cooking durations. gave his mother his imput in “The real issue is that all the cookbook. college cookbooks that are “When I first read it, it was out there just present a bunch kind of terse with incomplete of recipes, but every time you sentences,” Fick said. “So cook a recipe you have to go what I tried to do was make to the store,” Gold said. “You it more personal, as if somebuy the stuff, make the recipe one was cooking alongside

you…for me, cooking is not so much of an exact science. For instance, with the African Peanut Soup, you can gussy it up by adding chicken to it,” Fick said. Gold said she made sure all the options are quick and easy, but also made sure variety was a factor in her recipes. “You can make something different each night for variety,” she said. “You can have macaroni and cheese one night, and then the next night you can have a vegetable and rice dish with peanut sauce, which is really just soy sauce and peanut butter.” Currently, the cookbook ranks around 157,000 on Amazon. With such a variety of cookbooks, Fick said the trick is to get the information out there. “The hardest part is getting it into people’s hands, but once my friends have it, they like it. Compared to going to the dining hall, you have so much more control over what you eat, its quality not quantity,” Fick said.

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Fashion community growing at UA, propelling program, students in industry By Abbey Crain When The University of Alabama is brought to attention, one often thinks of champion sports teams and a decorated greek community. Although often unrecognized, the growing number of fashion-related majors has steadily made an impact on campus and abroad. Kelly Druce, an apparel design major set to graduate this May, is president of Fashion Inc., the department sponsored fashion organization that puts on an annual fashion show and sponsors local charities. In seventh

grade, Druce decided she wanted to be a part of the fashion industry and has yet to look back. Originally, Druce’s parents were reluctant to her degree in fashion design but have since warmed up to the idea after recognizing Druce’s dedication to the industry. “They didn’t want me to go to a specialty school, but now I think they’ve learned a lot about fashion,” Druce said. “Fashion design is not just some frivolous thing. It’s actually a huge industry, and there’s a lot to be done, so they’re very supportive. They flew out from Texas to see my senior show

and for Birmingham Fashion Week last year.” After learning to sew in high school, Druce has designed and created multiple collections featured in on-campus runway shows and Birmingham Fashion Week. “I literally went onstage to present my collection and was crying,” Druce said. “It was just mind-blowing. You’ve been working on it for months and months. It’s like you just gave birth to something. There’s nothing else in the world like it.” Much of Druce’s inspiration comes from pop culture, music

and her affinity for video game heroines. To get her creative juices flowing, Druce will sometimes listen to music on long car rides and match songs to corresponding runway shows. “I like more of an edgy, masculine look,” Druce said. “I like darker colors, and my client is like a strong, powerful woman that likes that masculine, powerful look, while still keeping it feminine and sexy.” Her most recent collection for her senior show was based off the well-known statue in Barcelona, “The Kiss of Death.” This past summer, Druce interned in New

York City with Mood Fabrics (the store often featured on Lifetime’s reality show “Project Runway”) and helped up-and-coming designer Alexander Berardi prepare for New York Fashion Week. “I was doing a lot of the social networking things and swatch packets for their bloggers,” Druce said. “I learned so much. I had access to fabric stores that we would never have access to. I just learned a lot about networking and getting my name out there and getting people behind me.” Druce said her ultimate goal is to get her name out and

create and produce her own clothing line; although, she refuses to wear clothes she has designed herself. She is adamant about applying for every design competition available and was recently featured as a Modcloth. com finalist for her design entry. “I think when you tell people you’re doing fashion, they kind of wave you off, but you shouldn’t listen to that,” Druce said. “I always say everyone wears clothes, so it’s obviously a huge industry. Get yourself out there. It’s all about exposure, so do every design competition, every show. Networking is everything.”

Fashion Week New Orleans calls for designers, student volunteers By Marcus Flewellen Contributing Writer Next semester, students studying or interested in fashion will have the opportunity to participate in Fashion Week New Orleans. The event, a five-day fashion exhibition that highlights ready-to-wear fashion while also giving emerging, established and renowned regional fashion designers a platform to display their current collection, is now accepting registrations for student volunteers. “The goal of Fashion Week New Orleans is to showcase fashion designers, boutiques and retailers in a series of runway shows, fashion events and exhibitions,” said Kat Dudden FWNOLA assistant to the director. The exhibition will take place at the Sugar Mill, a convention center in New Orleans,

March 20-24. FWNOLA is currently requesting all available fashion designers to participate in their annual Top Designer Competition. The competition takes place during Fashion Week with a runway show by the contestants on March 21. Students can register to be a model, volunteer to work behind the scenes or become a member of the hair and makeup department known as the Glam Squad. They can also participate in the Top Design Competition. “Our Top Design Competition recognizes that there is a significant number of emerging designers in the Southern region of the United States that are not getting the exposure they deserve,” said FWNOLA creative director Tracee Dundas. “Our competition gives these talented individuals a platform to showcase their

collection in front of an audience of buyers, media and fashion professionals. This exposure can be priceless in helping kick-start an emerging designer’s career.” The Top Design Prize will be awarded to one finalist. “In addition to the honor of being recognized as the winner of our Top Design Competition, last year’s prize package included retail presence at local boutique Vernon Clothing, a manufacturing package from NOLA Sewn, a Brother sewing machine compliments of Allbrands.com, a gift certificate from Promenade Fine Fabrics, an editorial fashion spread in Amelie G Magazine, a professional photo shoot by photographer John Charles, Featured Designer placement at FWNOLA 2013 and more,” Dudden said. For more information about Fashion Week New Orleans, visit fashionweeknola.com.


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Alabama shuts out Auburn BY THE NUMBERS

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|Alabama scored touchdowns on its first seven drives of the game, en route to defeating in-state rival Auburn 49-0. 0. |Alabama gained 483 yards of total offense compared to 163 for Auburn. Running Back Eddie Lacy ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama’s rout of the Auburn Tigers.

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Offense The offense scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions of the game and went 11-14 on third down. The Tide looked unstoppable against Auburn.

Defense The defense pitched a shutout and took away every offensive weapon for Auburn. They also forced three turnovers.

Special Teams Special teams never allowed Auburn to get quality field position, nailed two field goals and was perfect on extra points.

Coaching The game plan worked to perfection.


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Tide continues to shoot for winning streak By Caroline Gazzara Contributing Writer The Alabama women’s basketball team continued its winning streak at Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday, Nov. 25, beating the Lady Lions 97-62. After taking the lead early on in the first half, the Crimson Tide

dominated throughout the rest of the game, leaving no chance for SLU to win. The Tide, currently 5-0 this season, played a solid game against SLU, not letting them score much in the first half. With a little more than seven minutes left in the first half, Alabama lead SLU 34-15. Keeping up the pace,

head coach Wendell Hudson said he saw major improvements in his young team. “We made giant steps in becoming a better basketball team,” Hudson said. “Especially coming out in the second half when you have a 20-something point lead or 25 point lead and coming out with all that

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Irish got lucky on their way to the top By Marc Torrence Even on Monday morning, it’s still weird to see Notre Dame at No. 1 in the BCS standings. The Fighting Irish have, in my lifetime at least, always been that team with a lot of history and tradition, but largely irrelevant in the modern day – much like Alabama until Nick Saban came around. They’ve never been in the national championship picture this late in the season, and on Saturday the Irish took down USC 22-13 to clinch an undefeated season, as well as a spot in Miami for the title game. They’re expected to face the winner of the SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia. So the question a lot of Alabama fans, and others who haven’t watched much of Notre Dame this year, are asking is: How did the Irish get here? Head coach Brian Kelly was hired after the 2009 season, when he led Cincinnati to a 12-0 regular season record. He followed Charlie Weiss, who started his tenure off with a BCS bowl win but then finished with a total record of 35-27. Kelly was the man for the rebuild, and the process has

been much quicker than anticipated. He opened up with backto-back 8-5 seasons, but surprised everyone with an undefeated season in his third. “This happened a year faster [than I thought it would],” Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick told CBSSports. com’s Bruce Feldman. They’ve done it largely behind a defense that has come up with timely stops led by Heisman trophy candidate Manti Te’o at linebacker, a quarterback in Everett Golson that doesn’t make mistakes and a little luck of the Irish. Two goal-line stands have largely defined the season. The first came on a controversial ending against Stanford in midOctober. Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor ran straight up the middle from the 1-yard line, and officials ruled his forward progress had been stopped before he made one last lunge across the goal line. The second came Saturday against USC. The Trojans had seven chances from inside the 7-yard line, but couldn’t get in thanks to the stout Irish front and some questionable playcalling from everyone’s favorite coach Lane Kiffin. Te’o is considered the only

real threat to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (remember him?) for the Heisman trophy. He’s tallied 103 tackles, seven interceptions and 1.5 sacks, and he seems to make plays at just the right time. But the Irish have needed a little bit of luck to get this far. A Nov. 3 win over Pitt provides the perfect example. Notre Dame battled back from a 20-6 deficit to send the game into overtime. The teams traded field goals in the first extra period, but in the second, running back Cierre Wood fumbled and the Panthers recovered. Pitt needed a 33-yard field goal to knock Notre Dame from the ranks of the unbeaten, but missed and the Irish won it in the third overtime. It also didn’t have to face USC with star quarterback Matt Barkley. Redshirt freshman Max Wittek got the start due to an injury to Barkley and couldn’t get the job done. And so, Notre Dame will face an SEC team in Miami for the national championship in what will surely be one of the highestrated championship games for name recognition alone. The Irish have survived thus far but still need one more win to show the world they’re back.

intensity. That was an important part of helping us make steps to become a good basketball team.” The Tide’s constant control over SLU guaranteed its victory. After halftime, Alabama continued to dominate, keeping an average of 30 points over the Lions for the rest of the game. Junior guard Jasmine Robinson scored eight times and had 16 assists. “It feels great to win. You don’t want to be a loser,” Robinson said. “We did a pretty good job trying to turn this thing around, because right now we are 5-0. It feels pretty good with this new team that we have, and winning together feels good.” At halftime, Alabama was leading 51-23. During the second half, SLU scored 39 more points.

However, the Tide scored 46 more points, making the final score 97-62. With few personal fouls, the Tide managed to continuously score and defend the ball against the Lions. Though the Tide had the upper hand throughout the entire game, its 5-0 streak won’t keep it from wanting more. Robinson seeks to improve and continue to win in order to prove Alabama is a team to compete against. “We don’t need to settle because when you settle, that’s when you lose,” Robinson said. “Since we know that we’re the underdogs and we’re at the bottom, we need to keep climbing and keep going. Every day and every time we go out on the court, we need to come and fight and fight for that winning

position so we can keep on adding to our winning streak.” After successfully maintaining a large point-gap between SLU and itself, the Tide continues on to improve its defensive, rebounds and communication. Hoping to use the boost of confidence received in this match-up, Alabama will attempt to continue its winning streak into its next matchup against Wisconsin. Hudson hopes this win will continue to shape the Tide into a better team and eventually help it win more games. “I’m proud that we’ve won five, and tomorrow we’ll start thinking about going to win six,” Hudson said. “We’re taking one game a time and playing as hard as we can and trying to get a better basketball team.”


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SEC champion will play for BCS title FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 1 “It’s going to be a matter of making good decisions, managing the situations as they go,� Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “I think everybody is going to have to be a little bit patient in this game.� Those quarterbacks each have a running back tandem that rivals any backfield in the country. Freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall power Georgia. Gurley has rushed for 1,138 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Marshall has racked up 720 yards and eight touchdowns. Junior Eddie Lacy and freshman T.J. Yeldon pound away at defenses for the Tide. Lacy has gained 1,001 yards and 14 touch-

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downs, with Yeldon adding 847 yards and 10 touchdowns. “I think [Georgia] is an outstanding team because of the balance that is cre-

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I know it’s gonna be a great battle. It’s gonna come down to who has the best defense. It’s gonna come down to who makes more turnovers. It’s gonna be a battle of the defenses. — Bacarri Rambo

ated by their ability to run the ball effectively with good runners, as well as having a good quarterback and good skill guys to make plays outside in the passing game,� Saban said. A lot rides on this

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matchup. The winner gets SEC bragging rights for 364 days. The loser will get T-shirts that say they won their conference division. The winner gets a trip to Miami and a date with No. 1 Notre Dame. The loser could find itself in the Capital One Bowl. And if Alabama needed any extra motivation for this game, Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo gave it to them. “I feel like we are more talented,� said Rambo during an ESPN radio interview on Saturday. “We have better players at each position across the board, especially on defense. It’s gonna be a great challenge. I know it’s gonna be a great battle. It’s gonna come down to who has the best defense. It’s gonna come down to who makes more turnovers. It’s gonna be a battle of the defenses.� Game on.

to cross-state rival Louisville. Smith took over an Arkansas program that was two years removed from a BCS bowl berth but was in turmoil after former head coach SEC FROM PAGE 1 Bobby Petrino’s scandalous motor“Whether I like it or not, it is the cycle accident and subsequent world that we live in, and I fully firing. Kristen Capolla, sports ediunderstand that two years from tor of the Arkansas Traveler, said now, if we don’t continue to have a good team, that I will be in the same seat that other people are in Whether I like it or not, it is the world now. It’s the nature of the beast in that we live in, and I fully understand our profession.� that two years from now, if we don’t Tennessee finished with a 5-7 record in 2012, and one of those continue to have a good team, that wins came after Dooley was fired. I will be in the same seat that other Tennessee fans are clamoring for people are in now. It’s the nature of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers the beast in our profession. coach Jon Gruden, but it is looking less and less likely that Gruden — Nick Saban will leave his current job as a color commentator on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. There were high hopes for Smith’s struggles were due to him Phillips when he took over at trying to coach like Petrino, rather Kentucky in 2010 after serving than make it his own program. as an assistant since 2003. But he “The problem is not the guy who compiled just a 13-24 record and came in,� she said. “The problem is consistently let the top high school the mess that was made by the guy talent either get out of the state or who left.�

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ALABAMA VS. AUBURN BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM • NOVEMBER 24, 2012 ALABAMA 49 – AUBURN 0 Center Barrett Jones celebrated after running back Eddie Lacy’s two-yard touchdown run opened the scoring in Alabama’s 49-0 win over Auburn. Alabama scored on all seven of the drives the first-team offense played before the backups were put in during the third quarter. | Austin Bigoney

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