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Bama fandom Welcoming new traditions gets emotional after LSU loss By Marc Torrence Contributing Writer

With the Southeastern Conference expanding to 14 teams next year, how do the new two, Texas A&M and Missouri, match up?

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas, so it makes sense that one of the state’s flagship schools would want to join one of the most elite athletic conferences in all of college sports. “That was the biggest draw, the SEC wins championships,” said Adrian O’Hanion, sports editor of Texas A&M’s student newspaper, The Battalion. “All of the students that I’ve spoken with think that that’s the athletic conference to be in.” Aggie fans know all about the history and tradition of SEC football, but not many down south know a lot about Texas A&M. So what are they all about in College Station, Texas? For one, the school doesn’t have male cheerleaders — technically, at least.

A look inside the rollercoaster ride of a sports fan’s mind during, after a game By William Evans Senior Staff Reporter

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Missouri coming to new home After flirting briefly with the Big Ten last summer, the Tigers will find themselves a little bit farther south next fall when the new athletics season begins. The Tigers are looking forward to joining the SEC and finding solid ground outside of the shaky Big 12. “I think it ultimately will be a good move for Missouri,” said Pat Iversen, sports editor of The Maneater, Missouri’s student newspaper. “They’re looking for stability, and that’s something the Big 12 couldn’t offer long term.” So what does Missouri bring to the conference besides a perennially competitive football and basketball program?

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After the Crimson Tide’s loss to Louisiana State University on Saturday, sports broadcasters and fans were already drawing out plans for how the Crimson Tide could still make its way to the National Championship if certain teams lost here and other teams won there. The prospect of the BCS National Championship is the stuff of dreams for Crimson Tide fans, but when fans take the sport too seriously, that obsession with winning can become unhealthy, said David Barash, professor of psychology at the University of Washington. Barash is no stranger to hate mail. In 2009, he wrote ‘The Roar of the Crowd’ in the Chronicle of Higher Education, posing the question of why fans care about the athletic performance of a group of strangers on a basketball court. For all of the articles he has written about war and peace, religion and evolution, Barash received more letters of complaint about his article uncovering the assumptions of fandom. He said he held at least two of the emails to be legitimate threats.

“It’s totally normal to associate with groups; in large part, that’s what being a fan is. We have developed as a species that group membership is essential for survival.” — Rosanna Guadagno UA assistant professor of psychology

“This whole thing – the whole focus people have on spectator sports – is downright ridiculous,” he said. “I have nothing against sports. Sports are great for the participants and their families, but why anyone else gives a damn is beyond me.” Barash asks a question few fans may have answers to: What substantial interests do I have in the outcome of this game? If fans treat their cherished sport with a reasonable measure of distance, then the result of a loss is upsetting but not a traumatic experience. Barash fears the evidence studying the behavior of avid sports fans indicates that when their team loses, die-hard sports fans can go through some serious bouts of depression and anger.

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Oz Music remains Tuscaloosa fixture UA entrepreneurs compete to earn recovery funding By Jordan Cissell Contributing Writer

It’s less than a mile away from the Quad, but the trip to Oz Music might be more accurately described as a journey through time rather than a movement across physical space. The musical note sign hanging from the awning isn’t really necessary. The band and concert posters plastered across the door and windows practically scream music store, and the interior effortlessly maintains this aesthetic. Doc Upshaw, an Oz employee

“We all love and care about music and want to help you discover more and care about music, too.” — Jason Patton, manager

and UA senior majoring in political science, shares guestwelcoming duties with a bargain table of used CDs and tapes. Aisles of CDs run the length of the store. Some hooksupported headphones serve as listening stations, and the record section stands in the back. The entire scene wraps around the checkout counter,

a veritable Emerald City in this land of Oz. Posters cover every surface that isn’t serving another function. One can almost taste the vintage. Oz displays more than a passing resemblance to the record stores of old, where and when people would go with the intent to talk music and buy complete albums, sometimes hanging out for hours on end. In an age when online purchasing and single-oriented marketing characterize the music industry, the store has carved out a niche in the Tuscaloosa community as a physical marketplace

for music. Oz has existed in its current incarnation since 1988, when owner Mort Jordan “ended up buying [the local franchise] as a hobby” during closings of the then Birmingham-based chain. The store has been in Tuscaloosa ever since, outlasting several other music businesses in the process. So, what is it that makes Oz so unique? How does the store continue to persevere as the music industry becomes increasingly digital? Jordan believes it all boils down to customer service with a personal touch.

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UA student finalist in Front Row College fashion show By Katrina Sharpe Contributing Writer Abigail Hardin, an Alabama senior majoring in apparel and textiles, is bringing New York all the way to Tuscaloosa. The Loft will present the Marie Claire Front Row College Challenge fashion show, sponsored by Rimmel, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion. Hardin is one of four finalists chosen for the Front Row College Challenge. It takes place at the four different universities these finalists represent, and the winner gets to take part in an internship with Marie Claire. Winning is based on attendance, le this

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Late Monday evening, students and professors from the University crowded into Lloyd Hall Auditorium to hear the UA Student Social Entrepreneurs presentations in what was the final round of the Tornado Recovery Initiative, sponsored by the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. During the preceding weeks, each group designed a project to help Tuscaloosa recover from the April 27 tornado, according to a news release from the University. Groups that were selected to go to the final round competed for up to $15,000 to help make their vision become a reality. Eight finalists made it to Monday’s forum. “This is where it moves from being a good idea to being real,” said Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University. The opening presentation, Arts for Alberta, is designed to help students of Alberta Elementary recover from

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enthusiasm and styling. Hardin has styled six of the 14 looks. Aside from winning an internship, Hardin also partnered with a local volunteer-based organization, Project Blessings, that helps rebuild and repair damaged homes of low-income families and individuals. “It’s so much more than an internship,” Hardin said. To attend the event and help support Hardin and Project Blessings, RSVP to FrontRowChallengeUA@hearst. com. The deadline to RSVP is Thursday at noon, and the attire is crimson, black, white, gray or houndstooth – anything “chic.”

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the mental devastation many have experienced since the tornado. “Alberta Elementary took a direct hit from the April 27 tornado,” group member Savannah Bernal said. “Our program, Arts for Alberta, aims to help these affected students recover both emotionally and psychologically through therapeutic art.” In addition to a series of weekend day camps, the children would also construct a collaborative art project that would then be presented to Alberta Elementary. Another project, Trees for T-Town, would allow local school children to plant trees in the Forest Lake area, one of the most heavily damaged areas of Tuscaloosa.

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In order to establish permanent electrical power to the new East Quad Energy Plant, new circuits will need to be installed. This will require an electrical shutdown for the following buildings: Lloyd Hall, WB Jones Hall and Smith Hall. The dates and time for the electrical shut down will be Friday Nov. 11, 2011 from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day and on Saturday Nov. 12, 2011 from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day. Please be sure to save all work and turn off computers before leaving at the end of the day. If you have perishable items in refrigerators it may be good idea to take those with you. The Alabama Museum of Natural History operating hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the 11th and the 12th. If you have any questions or concerns please call the UA Project Manager: Carl McKinney 348-2210.

More than 800 people are expected to participate in the Crimson Couch to 5K Walk/Run Event Sunday, Nov. 13, at The University of Alabama. Sponsored by the UA Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, the race start will start at 2 p.m. from the Outdoor Pool Complex parking lot at the Student Recreation Center. Check-in will be from noon-2 p.m. The event is open to the public. Entry for the CC5K is free for pre-registered individuals who participated in the CC5K nine-week training program, as well as those under the age of 18. People who did not participate in the training program may register prior to the event online, by mail, or in person at the OHPW in 321 Russell Hall. The entry fee is $10 in advance and $15 on race day.

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ON THE RADAR Religion and government must not mix in America, experts say From MCT Campus The separation of church and state in American public life is essential to ensure that U.S. citizens retain their civil liberties and that the nation retains its exceptionalism in the world, a group of experts told a forum Tuesday at the National Press Club. As the 2012 election season heats up, the experts voiced concern over the view held by some that the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion, allows religion to be mixed with governance, ere FANDOM is“noT hdoubt Continued from page 1

that there are people who get seriously depressed when their team loses,” he said. “Ideally, there is some positive to the side of spectator sports. For instance, when LSU wins, their fans are really happy. Maybe on balance, it’s a zerosum game for society, contributing to a total net happiness, so that for every winner there’s a loser. But I don’t think that’s the case because there are some people who are on the brink of mental stability.” Football may be a religion for Crimson Tide fans, but the emotional attachments people make to sports teams are not unique to Tuscaloosa. Identifying with a nearby sports program is a modern human quality shared worldwide, said Rosanna Guadagno, assistant professor of psychology at Alabama. Although fans use a particular sports team to distinguish themselves as different from fans of other teams, all of the fans in the aggregate are exhibiting a biological drive to associate with groups, she said. “It’s totally normal to associate with groups; in large part, that’s what being a fan is,” she said. “We have developed as a species that group membership is essential for survival.” Guadagno is no exception to the rule. Despite being raised in California, Guadagno could not resist the temptation to commit her loyalty to the Crimson Tide once she began working for the University. “I found the enthusiasm of the

which they said is incorrect. They said that American exceptionalism stems in no small part from religious liberty. John Ragosta, author of “Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia’s Religious Dissenters Helped to Win the American Revolution & Secured Religious Liberty,” said that if the U.S. was categorically a Christian nation, then it would not have gotten the support that it has from people of other religious faiths. While Americans are more religious than the people of any other developed country, he said, religion must remain separate from secular gov-

fans contagious,” she said. The innocent enthusiasm of fans has a dark underside, though, said David DeWitt, a senior fellow in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. “College football extends our familial and socio-cultural lives into a tribal dynamic, in the anthropological sense,” he said in an emailed statement. “That entails projection and extension of our religious beliefs, even to the point that we might even gain our most intense expression of those urges.” Far from being a simple venue of entertainment for weekend leisure, college football represents a psychological need to externalize animosity and demonize outside groups. “The functional social dynamics of tribalism is that a cultural circle with hard psychological boundaries is first drawn around the tribe itself,” he said. “Internally, the tribe establishes its hierarchy, rituals, rites, totems, taboos, etc. Dissenters and malcontents are promptly stigmatized, and some actually scapegoated – driven out beyond the circle of the tribe. “Externally, the circle of the tribe is clearly separated from all others, and especially the aggressive threat of a rival tribe as competitor. Outsiders are demonized in a zero-sum (winlose) survival dynamic.” Football serves as an acceptable outlet for these primordial desires in civilized society but does not change the nature of the desires satiated. “In contemporary, postmodern America, the world of medi-

ernment in the United States. Jamie Raskin, director of the Law and Government Program at American University’s School of Law and also a Maryland state senator, noted that the Constitution allows people to follow whichever religion they desire, but that government should make its decisions based on logic and science. “One must be neutral and not be classified as Christian, Muslim or Jew,” he said. He noted that it may be accurate to label America a Christian nation in a demographic sense, but such a definition extended to constitutional law

ated entertainment and sports tends to displace or obscure the daily life world of a shared consensus regarding the nature and limits of social reality,” he said. “More intense competition naturally heightens this disparity.” College football in the South during the Civil Rights Movement gained an unprecedented momentum with the advent of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s legacy for winning, but the games he won symbolized something more than just a winning spirit. In light of the South reeling from the defeat in the Civil War and Reconstruction, southern historians point to the South’s need for a symbol of victory to rally behind to build pride in the region, DeWitt said. The intellectual movement known as the Lost Cause, which portrayed the Confederacy as a noble cause with leaders of chivalric dimensions, was woven directly into the narrative of southern prowess on the football field. “We now have two Souths under our new collective narrative of the ‘Americanized South’: a white South and a black South,” he said. “The Lost Cause remains a sublimated aspect supporting the white South; the black South has its own victory narrative: the triumph of the Civil Rights movement, which is enshrined as well. Though the races often choose to ‘self-segregate,’ of course now there is a unified socio-cultural reality, and a premier venue of expression – American college football.”

would destroy secular traditions developed over 200 years. John Kinney, dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, Va., said that people today are using God to push their political and social agendas. “When we are dragging religion into politics, then we are not searching for truth, but we do it to support our agenda in order to preserve our position, so the necessity for separation of church and state is essential” he said.

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“The mission of Trees for T-Town is to first empower the residents living in the Forest Lake neighborhood to better restore their lake and to also offer valuable lessons concerning the sustaining of our environment,” said Andrew Lloyd. “The way we want to do that is by planting trees.” Next in the lineup was PlanFirst, which would train students to communicate with local property and business owners about zoning laws and ordinances, taking the burden off of the Tuscaloosa Planning Department, according to Wesley Vaughn. “So far, everyone has been getting involved in creating the Tuscaloosa Forward plan, but now we are starting to implement the new zoning codes,” he said. “And that’s where we would come in, because the Tuscaloosa Forward plan is going to start affecting the entire devastated area.” Another presentation, Recycle Tuscaloosa, Recycle, would facilitate recycling in local schools. According to group member Colton Altier, the group would distribute recycling bins to local schools and teach school children about how and what to recycle. Another project, called Reading Recharge, aimed at helping local libraries recover from what little the tornado left behind. The final group presented an idea for a tornado and severe

weather education program known as TornadoEDU. Similar to AlcoholEDU, this program would be mandatory for all students prior to their enrollment at UA. “I feel like a lot of students that come to Alabama haven’t experienced a tornado before,” Leslie Branch said. “I think that TornadoEDU is a really great need. We should all know how to react in the event of a tornado.” After the presentations concluded and the judges had deliberated, Mark Nelson, vice president for Student Affairs who served on the panel of judges, commended each group for their effort. “Each group has done an outstanding job with their project,” Nelson said. “You have also done a good job, we think, of cutting costs for most of these projects. What we have found is that it doesn’t cost a lot to have a huge impact on our community.” Because of the quality of the ideas, the judges had difficulty awarding money to one group. “We have determined that each of the projects that were presented tonight will receive funding on some level,” Nelson said. Plan First, Recycle Tuscaloosa, Recycle and TornadoEDU were selected as the winners and will receive full funding for their respective projects, Nelson said. “All of you will begin progress over the next semester and next years of being leaders that actually create real world initiatives at the University,” Black said.

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Culverhouse College launches Executive Business Council By Elizabeth Manning Contributing Writer

UA scientist Stephen Secorʼs research shows there may be a way to make unhealthy heart growth more like the healthy version.

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Snakes key in heart studies Bama professor finds beneficial traits in pythons’ hearts By Melissa Brown Staff Reporter

Research into the extreme growth of Burmese python hearts during digestion may be the foundation for new human heart disease treatments, according to a recent Science Magazine article co-authored by University of Alabama scientist Stephen Secor. Secor, an associate professor of biological sciences at UA, said understanding of the python heart research begins with understanding of the human heart. There are two types of heart growth, or cardiac hypertrophy, that mammals can experience. “Pathological hypertrophy refers to the diseased heart, which is the condition you’ll see with cardiac disease,” he said. “The heart must get bigger to pump the same amount of blood through a clogged artery. Physiological hypertrophy, or athlete’s heart, is when the heart grows to transfer more blood to active tissues.” Secor said physiological hypertrophy, true to its nickname, is often found in athletes who engage in long-distance activities, such as runners and cyclists. As the athlete’s heart grows, its chambers do as well. In a diseased heart, the heart has grown, but the walls are thicker and the channels smaller. Burmese pythons experience a metabolic phenomenon after meals, as they will eat up to a fourth of their body weight at one time and can take up to five days to fully digest it. Secor said the snakes’ metabolic rate would increase by 10 to 15 percent as their body works to break down the food. According to the article published in Science, the python heart grows in mass by 40 percent within two to three days after a meal. “The heart is operating in terms of growth like an athlete’s heart – it’s getting more blood to the tissues that are digesting the food,” Secor said. “But humans can barely increase their rate 5 percent, and they can’t maintain it for long.” Secor first published his findings of python heart growth in 1995 while working at UCLA. He then said he wanted to study the mechanics and what could be signaling such a dramatic growth. Secor, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Colorado, began to break down

“Physiological hypertrophy, or athlete’s heart, is when the heart grows to transfer more blood to active tissues.” — Stephen Secor, UA associate professor of biological sciences and isolate what was causing the growth. In subsequent research and experiments, the team identified three fatty acids that appeared to trigger the extreme growth. To test their findings, the researchers extracted the fatty acids present in digesting pythons and infused them into snakes that had not been fed. The fasting pythons experienced identical heart growth, despite not actually working to digest any food. Secor is considering researching how generalized this response is. “Can we get these responses in other pythons, other species of snakes?” he said. “The Burmese python is the only one that has been identified independently with this cardiac hypertrophy.' Secor works with a research lab of three graduate students and eight undergraduates. In a room adjacent to his office in the biology building, Secor maintains two Burmese pythons, king snakes, corn snakes, legless lizards, scorpions and tarantulas. An alligator named Carlos and Fred the Gila monster also call Secor’s lab home. Jonathan Belanich, a sophomore research assistant in the lab, said the experience is a lot different than working in your typical research lab. “Its different because we have to take more precautions to make sure they don’t die and are well cared for,” Belanich said. “Plus, it’s more fun. We can take out a python or lizard and play with it, more so than a microbiologist can play with a bacterium.” Despite finishing his most recent research, it is unlikely that Secor will lose interest in the animals any time soon. “There is more cool stuff these snakes are doing. You can look at them and just think, yeah that’s a snake – but there is so much going on under the surface,” he said. “Some of the stuff pythons do have never been seen in other animals. We can’t even explain of the phenomena that they are experiencing.”

The Culverhouse Business School recently launched the Executive Business Council, or EBC, comprised of students in the college appointed by Dean J. Michael Hardin. The council serves to foster growth in relationships among faculty and students in the school. Business students can communicate with administrators and faculty in the college through monthly newsletters and meetings. The meetings will be led by the council and are open to students in the college. The EBC will hold elections for the second year of its council. “The Executive Business Council will enhance communication between C&BA students, faculty and administrators,” said Matt Harris, president of the EBC. “The EBC will keep students aware of opportunities and resources that are available to them as well as keep students informed on decisions that are being made in the business school.” Although the original launch was brought about in part by the SGA, the council will operate separately, according to a press release by SGA. David Wilson, SGA vice president of student affairs and a member of the EBC, has a vision for UA that he

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• How to get involved: look for email announcements hopes to enact by April 2012. Wilson is currently working with students and deans of each of the University’s colleges in formulating plans for a council in each. Wilson is a co-founder of the EBC and proposed the formulation of the Capstone Collegiate Council. “The Capstone Collegiate Council will operate under its own set of codes and policies, but the idea is the council will provide access and communication between colleges and student and faculty in each college,” Wilson said. “The colleges are generally very receptive of students, but the council can help strengthen that communication.” Wilson encourages students to get involved with the collegiate council. Time management and an established presence on campus via SGA have helped Wilson and others on the council to actively promote the

Collegiate Council. Each singular college council will hold separate meetings and will decide independently how to operate, as does the EBC, but will come together in one combined council as well. Some colleges, such as the College of Communication and Information Sciences, already have councils similar to the EBC. Hardin and David Heggem, Jr., associate dean of undergraduate programs, and Mark Nelson, vice president for student affairs and vice provost, have all served as advisors for the EBC and plan to for the Collegiate Council. The SGA vice president of student affairs and the vice president of academic affairs will be involved in the installation of the Capstone Collegiate Council but will not have any overall power in the council. According to an SGA press release, this year’s EBC consists of President Matt Harris, Executive Vice President Patrick Dennison, Vice President of Programming Sarah Elizabeth Heggem, Vice President of Financial Affairs Scotty Barter, Director of Communications Abby Grace Brown and Secretary Lauren Whitten. Students interested in running for their respective college’s council should watch for announcements via email.


Penn State puts our problems in perspective By Wesley Vaughn @Wesley Vaughn

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Occupy movements pointless


By Ross Owens

November 9, 2011

The article titled “UA Student gets credit for being involved in protest” highlights many of the shortcomings of the so-called Occupy Wall Street movement. Disregarding the absolute absurdity of many of the demands that have been made, such as a $20 dollar minimum wage, a living wage regardless of employment status and open borders with the right to work for immigrants, it is just as absurd that a student at this university is getting credit for leaving school and being a part of it. Then again, New College is not a real discipline anyway, so I suppose I should not be surprised. The Occupy Wall Street movement is nothing more than leftist disillusionment to their messiah (Barack Obama) turning out to be nothing more than a charlatan. Four years ago these same people were the “Blame George Bush” party who elected Obama with his hollow promises of hope and change. Now, they have no one to blame but themselves. Being unable to admit they were wrong, they have instead taken to the streets of New

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York en masse demanding the government give them free handouts and raise taxes on evil corporations. These corporations, mind you, have done nothing illegal. They provided a product or service in exchange for money. There was no grand illusion or puppet master behind the scenes orchestrating the demise of the middle class. Just because some people had the temerity to profit from this exchange, what right does OWS have to condemn them? Very few people in the mainstream media (or CW) are speaking out against OWS. This is in glaring contrast to the Tea Party protests, which were widely condemned with little to no investigation into their agenda. I certainly think these two groups could find common ground in that America has a broken political and economic system and needs reform. The difference is that the conservatives want to create jobs and the liberals want free handouts. The other difference is that hundreds of people have been arrested in OWS and, as far as I know, none have been arrested at Tea Party gatherings (despite firearms being

present). I think this is largely because most of the OWS movement wants to be there for the party, they do not understand the repercussions of their demands and they are intellectually unable (or unwilling) to understand how we arrived at this point. America does need change and I honestly do not think there is a singular right answer. Prosperity and liberty do not have to be mutually exclusive, however. What is not the right answer, though, is to “Drop out of school and come to New York.” This is just another example of the irresponsibility and short-sightedness of this movement. I happen to know Henry Perkins personally and have no problems with him, but I do not think his example should be encouraged or followed. The fact that he is being given a degree for such an attitude is disrespectful to the millions of students who actually want to work hard for a living instead of begging for handouts. Not all of us can talk about our feelings in Lloyd Hall and be given a degree for it, after all. Ross Owens is a senior majoring in anthropology and German.

Fans, not players, lost on Saturday By Morgan Upton The ball was snapped and 101,821 pairs of eyes followed the ball 25 yards as it sailed through the uprights. The deafening roar became a deafening silence. The Game of the Century was over, and what a game it was. All was wrong with the world for those in crimson and white. The Tide had lost. But, on Saturday night the real losers in Bryant-Denny Stadium were not those sprinting as fast as possible to the locker room. They were their fans. Bear Bryant once said, “Show class, have pride and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” After three and a half hours of one of the most physically and mentally grueling games ever played, those suited up in crimson had not only been beaten, but betrayed. Boos were heard when Cade Foster took the field. Cups, shakers and anything with the ability to be thrown landed in the north end zone after LSU kicked the game

winning field goal. Classiness was checked at the entrance gates, apparently. It is to those participants this strong reminder is sent: you are a part of the University of Alabama. At Alabama, we live it. At Alabama, we act like we’ve been there. At Alabama, we stick together. We win as a team, and we lose as a team. The team may have lost the game, but they should not lose their fan base. It’s hard to find a silver lining in a loss. But, there is always a silver lining. Saturday night’s silver lining was this: there was a time not so long ago when Alabama fans would have never thought it possible to beat the No. 1 team in the nation. There was a time Alabama was not relevant. Be thankful to expect a win and not hope for one. As awful as losing is, there is a twisted appreciation in not being able to comprehend the feeling. As painful as Saturday night was, it was one night. And it was less painful than anything that

Students should show class By John McWilliams

happened during the Mike Dubose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Price and Mike Shula eras. During those years a silver lining was almost always hard to find. Luckily for those who were having such a hard time finding this silver lining, the football gods delivered another one to the Tide. Sunday evening, exactly 24 hours since kickoff, the newest BCS rankings were revealed. Alabama had fallen only one spot to No. 3. Despite what many had thought Saturday night, there was still hope. With an Oklahoma State loss, Alabama could still be in contention for the national title. (A Stanford loss would also be helpful.) The only way these other team’s losses matter is if the Tide wins out. The Game of the Century may be over, but the season is not. A rematch is within the realm of possibility. Those who threw their shakers onto the field Saturday night might want to call lost and found to retrieve them. Morgan Upton is a senior majoring in journalism.

I am at times – fine, all the time – overly critical of our administration. Over the past two years specifically, I have vented my frustrations about areas where I believe it could step up to gain the respect of the entire campus. M y complaints boil down to the struggle of an impatient and passionate optimist trying to convince the ocean liner that is the University of Alabama to turn at a moment’s notice, mainly my moment’s notice. I only call for the impossible because working to achieve the impossible leads you to be the best possible. And, our University can be the best possible. Through some of my involvements, I’ve had many opportunities to connect with administrators. Rest assured, I fully realize the immense irony and possible hypocrisy. I consistently walk

I want to make it clear that I do not hate nor have I ever hated our administration. I regularly question, criticize and pose suggestions, but I do not have an agenda against it other than finding and pushing for ways to improve campus relations.

away from these meetings feeling that we both see eye-to-eye once we have explained our side of a particular issue. The administrator will explain logistical and political hurdles, and I will reason out the intentions of my columns. I compare my purpose to the title-giving metaphor at the end of “Catfish,” an unconventional documentary about social media. The film ends with the seemingly displaced scene of a previously non-interviewed husband, who recites a story of how cod used to be shipped from Alaska to China in large vats. The problem with this was that the codfish’ inactivity during the trip resulted in a buildup of tasteless, mushy fat by the time the ships reached China. The solution turned out to involve throwing a few catfish in with the cod to keep them moving and alert. Sure, I may go about it the wrong way, but I consider myself a catfish – as strange as equating myself to an aquatic animal may sound. I want to make it clear that I do not hate nor have I ever hated our administration. I regularly question, criticize and pose suggestions, but I do not have an agenda against it other than finding and pushing for ways to improve campus relations. While writing this column, I could not avoid mentioning the ongoing investigation at Penn State University. The allegations, which Jake Gray wrote about on Tuesday, involve horrendous abuses of power, irreprehensible transgressions and unforgivable silence. All of which put my various complaints into startling perspective. I hate to even put the Penn State administration alongside ours in the same column. What’s happening at Penn State isn’t an isolated betrayal of campus; it’s a betrayal of the entire Penn State community as well as the academic and athletic communities. Administrators at our University are not bad people. They chart a more conservative course than many students agree with at times, but for the most part, they share the same concerns as students. An over-expanded campus, historical biases and questionable head turning, they see all of that, and this is the common ground that I know could be prominent if we had a more constant public dialogue on campus between students and administrators.

Wesley Vaughn is a senior majoring in public relations and political science. His column runs on Wednesday.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Saturday was far from a losing effort

me out. Pete Thamel, New York Times sports writer, noticed it too, and mentioned it in his article. A football program that built itself on class shouldn’t have it muddied by fans throwing objects on the field. I wouldn’t expect childish acts to come from those wearing ties and heels to the game. Sure, it wasn’t just the greek section that acted poorly, but that was the section throwing things on the field. You’re in college. Grow up and show some class. I know Alabama fans aren’t used to losing, but when we do, act like an adult.

I was fooled Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Gone were the days I thought students would throw shakers and drinks on the field while chanting obscenities that would make even comedian Chris Rock blush. Surely, students of higher learning wouldn’t resort to hurling Captain Morgan, water bottles and shakers at opposing players, right? Wrong. Like a flashback from the 2007 overtime loss to Georgia, the greek section acted unintelligently and had to be John McWilliams is a senior scolded by the announcer. But before you call me a GDI majoring in journalism and and stop reading this, hear political science.

By Hunter Harris Yesterday I turned to The Crimson White opinions page to find a letter entitled ‘Students are not classless.’ While it is unfair to generalize all UA students as classless, it is completely ludicrous to defend the actions of some students who chose to trash their own school’s field this past Saturday. The game was a great display of two teams who are both great at what they do, but someone had to lose. This time that someone had to be us. One thing is for sure – Saturday was far from a losing effort. Our team members played

their hearts out, and came up a bit short. There is no shame in that. There is shame in the reaction after the game, and there is shame in defending those actions. A five-year-old can pitch a fit if he doesn’t get his way, but college students should know better. Losing a football game is no excuse for acting like a fool on national television and in front of your own team and fans. If you want to act that way then please do not come to the games. There are plenty of people who can act respectfully who would take your ticket. We are about to have four straight seasons of 10 or

more wins, and one loss to a top ranked foe is nothing to pout about. We are spoiled with how much success our team has had in the past few years. I’m as passionate as any fan here at UA, and I share the same attitude as Cody Jones in his letter on Monday that we must support our team whether we win or lose. No matter the outcome of any game, we must show class and show our team that we are proud to call ourselves Alabama fans.

Hunter Harris is a junior majoring in political science and economics

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Playboy features students Minority students perform UA women pose for magazine’s Girls of the SEC By Stephen Walker Senior Staff Reporter Each fall, as college football players in the Southeast put on their pads and walk out into the bright lights of a Saturday night football stadium, the teams of the Southeastern Conference are out to make one thing clear: the SEC is the best conference in the nation. But they aren’t the only ones out to prove that the SEC is the best. Dozens of students from the Southeast, including three from The University of Alabama, recently posed for Playboy Magazine’s Girls of the SEC edition to prove that the SEC is home to more than the best football in the nation; it is also home to some of the most beautiful college girls anywhere in the world. “The SEC is the hottest conference in America today – in more ways than one,” said the article in Playboy magazine. “Where else would Playboy’s team of photographers go to shoot our annual collegiate special? To the Southeast, where the only things more smoking than the tailgate barbeques are the coeds.” Jackie Pines, a junior majoring in international studies, was told about Playboy’s photo shoot by a coworker and decided to audition. “When I auditioned, I honestly did not expect a call back,” Pines said. “When I did get the call, I decided that if I did not take the opportunity, I would regret it for the rest of my life.

The most beautiful women in the world grace the pages of Playboy, so how could I not want to be among them?” Despite having a previous interest in modeling, nothing ever became of that interest, Pines said. “I have always wanted to or had an interest in modeling, but I have never pursued it,” she said. “I do not plan to try and make a career of modeling, but if something comes about because of the exposure from Playboy, I would not turn it down.” Even though Pines admitted to being a bit apprehensive just before the Girls of the SEC edition was released, she has no regrets. “As the release date approached, I got very nervous,” she said. “Now that it is out, I am happy and have more self-confidence. I have lots of support from my friends and family.” Alex Sanders, a junior majoring in telecommunication and film at the University, found out about the Playboy auditions from the magazine’s Twitter feed. “My roommate followed Playboy on Twitter before I even did,” Sanders said. “After Playboy tweeted that they were coming to UA, she called me and said, ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got to do this.’” Although Sanders has never done any kind of modeling before, she has always wanted to pose for Playboy. “I used to watch the Girls Next Door, like when it first started, and it was one of my

favorite TV shows,” Sanders said. “I think I was in junior high when the show started, but I was like, ‘Oh my God, I would love to go to the Playboy Mansion, and I’d love to be in Playboy.’” Sanders considers herself lucky to have been selected to pose in a world-renowned magazine such as Playboy. “I feel like this was definitely the opportunity of a lifetime,” Sanders said. “Even if I hadn’t gotten chosen for the finals, I would still get to say that I actually auditioned for Playboy. But I actually got it.” Johnna Dominguez, a firstyear graduate student majoring in anthropology, found out about the auditions from an article in The Crimson White. Since she had been a fan of Playboy for quite some time, she decided to give it a try. “I don’t purchase Playboy magazines, but I am a member of the Playboy Cyberclub,” Dominguez said. “I have always been interested in posing for them, so I was really excited to get the chance.” The reputation of Playboy, as well as that of the women who pose for Playboy, convinced Dominguez to audition. “All the girls that pose are beautiful, sexy and intelligent,” she said. “I just decided to give it a shot.” Dominguez said she would welcome any opportunity to do more modeling for Playboy in the future. “I really enjoyed modeling for Playboy,” she said. “I’ve never thought of modeling before, but now I would really love a chance to do it in the future.”

better under minority teachers Dr. Viola L. Acoff, Professor and Department Head of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering works with her graduate student Derrick Stokes at Center for Materials for Information Technology. CW | Harish Rao

By Heather Lightsey and Kris Mitchell The Crimson White A new study shows that minority students perform better academically under minority professors. In a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, researchers found that minority students in community colleges have better grades when their professor is the same race. Researchers say the connection between minority students and professors is due to what they call the “role-model effect.” “When you see someone who has commonalities doing something great, it inspires you,” said Bryan Fair, professor of law at the University. “I didn’t know until high school that blacks earned PhDs.” The University of Alabama’s faculty demographic numbers tell a story all on their own. In the fall of 2010, 5.3 percent of professors were black, 4.6 percent were classified as Asian, 1.6 percent were Hispanic and 83.8 were white. “I’m an engineering major, and I don’t have any teachers who are black,” said Jelami Hardwick, a black senior majoring in electrical engineering. “But it’s not an issue for me because a lot of the administration are black.” The University has a comprehensive strategic diversity plan in place to diversify the University’s faculty and student body, said UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. The plan establishes five goals that commit the University to

better communicating its commitment to diversity as part of its educational mission: create and sustain an inviting, respectful and inclusive campus environment, increase diversity within the faculty and senior level administration and the student body, and annually review goals and assess effectiveness of the action steps and initiatives in enhancing diversity within the University’s educational mission. “Since I’ve been at the University, I have not had a minority professor,” said Asia Stephens, a junior majoring in human development and family studies. “When I studied abroad this summer, I had two minority professors and a minority dean

of diversity come on the trip.” But minority students are not the only group of students who could benefit from having minority professors, Fair said. “In some ways, diversity among the academy will also benefit white students,” Fair said, “Especially those not used to minorities in leadership positions.” Patsy Dempsey, a sophomore majoring in secondary education social science, has a different take on the story. “It’s awkward in my history class when we go over slavery in United States history,” Dempsey said, “because people see you’re white and in Alabama, assume you have some history with slavery, racial problems and so on.”

Alternative Winter Break deadline nears By Jordan Cissell Contributing Writer University students who would rather serve a feast than eat one over the upcoming holiday season need to act quickly. The application deadline for participation in the Community Service Center’s Alternative Winter Break program is Friday, Nov. 11. For this year’s Alternative Winter Break, student volunteers will combat homelessness and hunger in Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 18 through 21. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that Memphis is one of the poorest cities in the nation,” said Rachel Edington, assistant director of the CSC. “A significant population of the city is in need of help.” Edington said participants will help deliver food to elderly residents through the local Meals on Wheels program as well as serve dinners in a soup kitchen and the Memphis Manna House hospitality residence. “In a lot of cases, the Meals on Wheels program goes beyond just delivering food to impoverished people,” she said. “It’s often the only personal contact these people have for the day. You can tell that they really enjoy talking to and spending time with the students.” Nov. 11 also marks the application deadline for the Alternative MLK Break trip to Greensboro, Ala., and Alternative International

Spring Break program in Guatemala. In both initiatives, volunteers will assist with construction and repair efforts. Andres Mendieta, student director of marketing for the CSC, said she doesn’t want students to worry if they are unable to meet the deadline for participation in these programs. “There are alternative break trips planned for every major school break, including the summer,” he said in an emailed statement. Plans for upcoming programs include helping Habitat for Humanity in Baldwin County, Ala., during spring break and a weeklong medical outreach session in the Dominican Republic for the May interim rest period. Participation in the programs does come with a price tag, however. Emily Hice, student director of the Alternative Break Program, said students will need to pay around $300 for the Memphis trip and approximately $1,700 for the Dominican Republic trip. Edington said everything was covered under the fee, including transportation, lodging and all meals for the duration of the trip. “All you have to pay for [besides the trip fee] is a souvenir or something extra, like ice cream, if you want it,” she said. She said full scholarship opportunities are available for

two to six students for each trip, as well. The scholarship deadline has passed for the winter and MLK breaks, but the CSC is still accepting applications for future trips. Hice was confident the Alternative Break experience rewards students’ bucks with plenty of bang. She transferred to Alabama from Kent State University and found her first Alternative Break trip in 2009 was a great way to connect with new classmates. Hice’s experience left such an impression on her that she applied for her current position of student director. “The trip was a great way for me to meet new people and to get involved with the University,” she said in an emailed statement. “I fell in love with the program and

never looked back.” Applications for initiatives under Friday’s deadline, as well as participation and scholarship applications for future programs, are available on the CSC website at Mendieta said the CSC usually accepts 10 to 15 volunteers for each group on a first-come, first-served basis. A few spots remain for the Memphis trip. Edington encouraged all interested students to apply and participate. “If you are looking to give back to the community, this is a great way to do it,” she said. “You get to meet UA students you may not meet otherwise and serve with others who have a similar passion for helping out.”

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By Laura Owens Senior Sports Reporter @laurako_O

Senior linebacker Alex Watkins returned to action against LSU last Saturday, despite having broken his arm in the Tennessee game two weeks ago. Watkins said he knew immediately when his arm was broken. He was trying to tackle the running back, and as Watkins pulled him back, an offensive lineman was pushing him, and his arm got caught up. He counted 23 staples in his arm that sewed up the location of the inserted plate, which was put in the day after the game. He said he hoped the staples would be coming out Wednesday. “They can be agitating,” he said. Aside from the staples, there are other layers that went over his arm.

CW | John Michael Simpson “You put a soft cushion around the cast, and then you put a hard cast on, and then put on this foam wrap,” Watkins said. “I get a new cast every practice, so it probably takes around 15 minutes.” Watkins is also recovering from a knee injury he suffered during spring practice. He tore his ACL, sprained his MCL and tore his lateral meniscus. As a senior, though, he knew he had

to keep fighting the injuries for his last year. “It’s very important to be on this team,” Watkins said. “It’s feeling like every time you get out there, you’re going to be a part of something great. Every time you get on the field, you’re playing for Alabama. Of course I want to be a part of that.” Throughout last week, he said it was day-to-day as far as whether he’d be able to play or not. By

about Tuesday or Wednesday, he started playing with special teams. In the game, he could only recall one hit that hurt. “You’ve just got to fight through the pain and play for your team,” he said. “You’ve got to block it out. You’ve got to do what you’re capable of doing.” Junior offensive lineman Chance Warmack said Watkins has amazed him this season. “He’s made player of the week twice already with a messed-up knee, then he broke his arm, and he’s just a phenomenal guy,” Warmack said. “Nice person. He helped me get my rounds as a freshman. He’s just amazing. That’s the best way I can put it. Amazing guy, hard worker.” Also overcoming an injury is offensive lineman Barrett Jones, who was hurt during the LSU game. In practice, Jones has been wearing a black jersey and working on the bike. During Saturday’s game, he was determined to stay in and play.

“I looked into Barrett’s eyes when he got down on the ground, and I already knew that he’s a tough person, and he’s a perfectionist first and foremost,” Warmack said. “I wasn’t even worried about him. I helped him up and asked him if he was good, and I already knew what the answer was.”

Looking to Saturday

The Crimson Tide will travel to Starkville, Miss., to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a stadium that is known for two things: cowbells and a big jumbotron screen. Warmack, who played a few snaps in Starkville as a freshman, said the two stood out to him equally. “The cowbells are definitely a distraction,” he said. “Going into their home turf, you know what you have to prepare for. I’ve been there before, so I’m lucky to know what to expect.”


Volleyball faces tough challenge in last home matches By Morgan Upton Contributing Writer

Auditorium this weekend, competing against Kentucky and Tennessee for the last home The Crimson Tide volley- matches. Alabama dropped matches to ball team will return to Foster



an athlete, you go in, and the end of the season should be like the beginning of the season. It shouldn’t be like ‘Oh, we’re almost done with our season.’ We shouldn’t putt-putt around. Every game is important, especially a home game is a chance for us to increase our fan base.” Sunday’s match against Tennessee will also be Senior

Day for Stephanie Riley. Riley has been a big influence on the Tide in her four years at Alabama. Allen said although a victory for Riley would be nice, he wants her to know the team supports her. “We’d love to send her out with a victory, but more importantly be playing hard for her and her having good memories of exactly what that experience has been for her this year,” Allen said. “So, our expectation is to take care of one another, to take care of her, for her to feel supported in her last match.” Despite the difficult season, Riley said this year has been her favorite. “It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I’ve been through some rough seasons here and everything, but this last one has definitely been my favorite. The girls and the coaching staff really made it an awesome year, despite our record. It’s winding down, and it’s going to be sad, but I’ve had such great experiences, and I’ve grown so much here. I’m ready to move on and see where this program goes in the future.”

A&M is known as one of the more hostile atmospheres in college football, and the yell Continued from page 1 leaders play a big role in creat“We call them yell leaders,” ing that environment. But the Aggies will be comO’Hanion said. “We don’t cheer for our team - we yell for them. petitive in more than football. We used to be a strictly male The school’s men’s basketball university way back in the team has made the last six day, and so they felt like it was NCAA tournaments. Texas A&M is also ultramore masculine to yell than to competitive in track and field. cheer.”

Both men’s and women’s outdoors have won the last three national titles And is there something the school needs to improve on to compete with the best of the best in the SEC? “Some of the students, they say, ‘We need to get our greek life going,’” O’Harion joked. “That’s a lot of what goes down out there.”


Iversen said. Case in point: last season, a Kansas Jayhawk player had been arrested, so students blew up his mug shot and put it on a sign that they held up when the player went to shoot a free throw. “It kind of encapsulates the passion that Mizzou fans have,” he said. Passionate fanbase? The Tigers should fit right in with the SEC.

Kentucky and Tennessee in the first round of SEC play. And after a tough weekend on the road, the Tide will continue to place defense as the biggest emphasis for the week’s practices. “We have to work on attacking against a solid defense, both at the net and in the back court,” head coach Ed Allen said. “We’re focusing on our ability to first and second ball terminate, to use the block, to try to stay within [the] system with a difficult serving team like Kentucky and play hard. We didn’t play as hard as we were capable of when we were at Kentucky the first time, and this is something we have identified and have been working very hard on the last couple weeks.” It’s been a tough season in SEC play for the Tide. Kentucky and Tennessee are ranked No. 18 and No. 15, respectively. With four tough games remaining in the schedule, sophomore member Andre McQuaid hopes the team can end on a positive note. “It’s more about pride and character,” McQuaid said. “As

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While many schools celebrate homecoming with a parade and a football game, it’s taken very seriously in Columbia, MO. “Homecoming is a huge tradition here,” Iversen said. “We were the first school to start homecoming. Any SEC school that’s going to be com-

ing here for homecoming next year should be prepared for a wild celebration and a pretty intense atmosphere.” And the intense atmospheres don’t stop at football games. The school’s basketball cheering section, The Antlers, makes life tough for any opposing team. “[The Antlers] exist solely to taunt the other team mercilessly in fairly rude and obnoxious ways,”

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For each RSVP e-mail received, Marie Claire magazine will donate $10 to aid tornado relief efforts through Project Blessings. “We were chosen, and that is such an honor,” said Marsha Sprayberry, founder of Project Blessings. Project Blessings was founded in 2009 on the basis that those in need deserve to have a better quality of life. Sprayberry said she felt she needed to start this organization because there was no other organization in Tuscaloosa that would help repair houses. “The phone doesn’t stop ringing,” she said. “We have more requests now than we’ve ever had. People are now realizing they are lost; they don’t know what to do.” With the help of Hardin and

like you” to help other children deal with differences and struggles they may be facing similar to those she experienced growing up. She also has taken part in various beauty pageants and founded an organization that helps build character in young children, called Open My Eyes Foundation. “She never let her birthmark get in her way,” said Genna Jones, assistant secretary to Dean Boschung of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. “That gave her her platform.” Not only has her platform been set in her life for all her accomplishments, but it has also been set on the runway. “It’s been a great ride,” Hardin concluded. Submitted Admission to the Marie Photos Claire Front Row College Hardin was born with a port Challenge fashion show is “I’ve been into fashion ever her gift of fashion, Project Blessings will be the medium since I came out of the womb,” wine birthmark on her face free, and transportation buses through which anyone can Hardin said. “It’s amazing that is not visible anymore. will be located on the corner help residents affected by the when you put on a good outfit, She wrote a children’s book of Colonial Drive and Paul entitled “Look at me I’m just Bryant Drive. and you feel good instantly.” tornado. Left: Work wear. Right: Casual wear. These outfits were designed by senior Abigail Hardin.

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“Starting out, you could push our entire CD collection into less than an arm span,” he said. “We were the high price, poor selection, bad location people, so we started stressing excellent service.” Manager Jason Patton echoed Jordan’s assertion. “Amazon can’t talk to you for an hour about the best Jimi Hendrix CD,” he said. “We all love and care about music and want to help you discover more and care about music, too.” “There’s nothing I like more than recommending something to a customer and seeing what they think,” Upshaw added. The customers seem to have noticed. “I’ve been coming here for six years, and the staff is always helpful. They’ve got everything you’re looking for all across the musical spectrum,” said Vance resident Josh Blake. Joe Rhodes, a UA graduate who currently teaches at Louisiana State University, was in Tuscaloosa for the weekend’s football game. He started shop-

ping at Oz as a student and drops by every time he is in town. “When you come for a long time, you get to know people like Jason,” he said. “When your music tastes evolve, they evolve with you. Jason is more personal than iTunes Genius.” Patton plays an active role in the daily affairs of the store, dividing his time between assisting customers, handling promotions and deciding what merchandise to buy and stock. “That’s a big difference between Oz and a big-box store,” explained Patton. “At those places, some guy sitting in New York or Los Angeles is making the choices on what music to put in a Tuscaloosa store. At Oz, I’m making the choices, and I know what people want here.” Our discussion takes place in the shop’s office, a modest module inside the back wall. Just outside this nook, an entire stage is set up, a little carpeted platform complete with amps, speakers and microphone stands. The stage hosts Oz Live!, a program Patton helped start in October 2010 to bring in local and national acts for free, informal and age-accessible concerts. The program scored

arguably its biggest name in February of this year, when folk duo The Civil Wars performed in-store. “I’m 31 years old with a wife and child,” Patton said. “I don’t want to go to a smoky bar until 2:00 in the morning to see a band play, and there are high school kids who are too young to get into the bars. We wanted a venue for people of all ages to come experience live music.” This all-inclusive mentality is the heartbeat of Oz’s longevity. The store’s music offerings run the gamut of formats and genres. This music selection is supplemented by a stock of DVDs. “Every time I come in, they’ve got a fratty guy, a metal guy, a hippie guy and a rap guy all working the counter,” said Rhodes. “They’ve got all types of music covered. Jason can point you to the new Lil Wayne album as quickly as he can point you to the new country album.” Jordan made it clear that he plans to keep Oz’s tradition of serving Tuscaloosa music lovers rolling. “I’ve always told myself,” he said with a grin, “if I had any sense, I’d leave, but I just love it here… I’m staying.”

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