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By Marc Torrence | Assistant Sports Editor “60 seconds!” Jay Deas shouts from inside a boxing gym in Northport, Ala. Heavyweight Deontay Wilder unleashes a flurry of punches at the heavy bag hanging from the ceiling. The first thing that stands out about Wilder is his height – at 6’7”, he towers over everyone watching, but seems to move with the grace and speed of a much smaller boxer. “40 seconds!” His left jabs fly like lightning, and his powerful right hook booms like thunder. “Oh, it’s over now.” Wilder taunts his imaginary opponent, circling the bag and striking it with a combination of jabs and hooks, ducking and dodging as it swings back at him. SEE WILDER PAGE 14

What are some of the “qualities, characteristics, and experiences” you would like to see in a new University president?

SGA President Matt Calderone opened a June 19 meeting for students to voice their opinions and desires regarding the UA presidential search by saying the meeting was a time for students to establish “characteristics and qualities” of a potential University president. Calderone said he would consolidate students’ responses into a list that could be taken to the search committee and provide representation for the student body. Calderone also stated he hopes to have several more meetings since there is only one student representative on the search committee.

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UA set to begin construction on plaza to honor champion teams Trustees approve two-year-old plan

I would like to see him or her involved in more activities on campus. While Dr. Witt was good, he was a slight hermit. - @cisanders Someone who openly interacts w/ students and makes efforts to keep in touch w/ the student body as a whole, unlike Witt. - @MeredithND One who won’t show favoritism and won’t crumble when their views are different from the people signing his checks. - @tdayua I agree with those. I’d also like to see someone who seeks to further improve UA’s national reputation and State influence. - @Lane_Morrison



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The University of Alabama abama Board of Trustees approved ved a tuition increase on June 15 in an attempt to rely less on state funding, which has decreased by an or the approximate $174 million for entire system since 2008. h each “Each year, we work with ir reccampus to come up with their u can ommendations, and, as you tell, they vary by campus,”” Ray Hayes, vice chancellor for finanm, said. cial affairs of the UA system, es as Hayes sees the changes sary. being significant, yet necessary. “It’s just a fact,” he said. “The anged whole environment has changed in regard to having state funding.” ampus The UA Tuscaloosa campus n-state will see a seven percent in-state increase from $8,600 to $9,200 yearly — a $600 increase. Outampus of-state tuition for this campus crease will see a 4.8 percent increase ly — a from $21,900 to $22,950 yearly $1,050 increase. anges Hayes said the new changes ols to will allow all three schools continue to rank in the middle ion of when compared to the tuition uthern other institutions in the Southern rative University Group, a cooperative th. of 35 universities in the South. uition Scholarships involving tuition lly to will increase proportionally the tuition changes, said Kellee or the Reinhart, spokeswoman for UA system. nment UA Student Government Association President Matt Calderone commended the board of trustees on their decision. “Tuition had to go up this year since state funding was cut this year,” Calderone said.


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By Marc Torrence Assistant Sports Editor Sarah Patterson couldn’t have imagined this when she had to lobby for funds from then-athletic director Paul “Bear” Bryant for an exercise mat when she first started 34 years ago. Along with the other UA coaches and programs with SEC and national titles, the legendary Alabama gymnastics coach will be honored with a commemorative plaza outside of Coleman Coliseum that will be named in Patterson’s honor. The UA Board of Trustees approved the project on Friday.

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World economic problems put damper on Rio Earth summit, President Obama does not plan on attending From MCTCampus RIO DE JANEIRO — The United Nation’s biggest conference in history began in Brazil on Monday, with representatives from around the world looking to craft a plan to help lift billions of people out of poverty without exhausting the planet. More than 115 presidents, prime ministers and other officials this week are planning to attend the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, which has drawn at least 50,000 people from 190 countries. Yet expectations remain low because of the world’s many economic woes. “The European Debt crisis, U.S. joblessness and even the Chinese economic slowdown has sapped some people’s enthusiasm,” Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, said. President Barack Obama has no plans to attend the conference. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will lead the U.S. delegation, along with EPA

Administrator Lisa Jackson and Todd Stern, a special envoy for climate change. Negotiators worked into the night Monday trying to finalize a master plan for social progress and managing natural resources. They hope to finish before Wednesday, when many international leaders plan to arrive to review proposals to slow down environmental degradation while providing enough food, clean water and clean energy for a worldwide population of seven billion that’s expected to reach 9.3 billion by midcentury. “This is a once-in-a generation opportunity,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has been pushing to move beyond political promises and begin accomplishing goals. Yet criticism has mounted in recent weeks over the details, with detractors raising concerns that the plan is being watered down and could result in weakened commitments from

world leaders. Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, who was at the conference Monday, joined others who have complained the plan appears to be backsliding on commitments for deep cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gasses needed to avoid tipping into a danger zone of climaterelated floods and droughts. Jacob Scherr of the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council attended the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and the follow-up meeting a decade later in Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s back in Rio watching a messy process that demonstrates how difficult he said it is “to get 190 countries to negotiate and agree to a plan that will result in real action.” The first Earth Summit 20 years ago was filled with promise, as nations supported international agreements to protect biological diversity and establish a framework to curb climate change. About 180 nations

signed off on a long list of goals and agreements, including a plan for the 21st century called Agenda 21, which instituted long-term planning for sustainable development and an agreement to halt the advance of deserts claiming farms and grazing land. Since then, little progress has been made. Deserts continue to expand. The loss of plant and animal

species has accelerated, with scientific tallies showing one fifth or more of all species of mammals, birds and amphibians now at risk of extinction. And greenhouse gasses have continued to build up in the atmosphere, despite ongoing deliberations under the climate convention, which included the Kyoto Protocol, and a series of unsuccessful efforts to negotiate a new climate treaty.

SPORTS IN BRIEF Michael Thompson finishes tied for second at U.S. Open Former Alabama golfer Michael Thompson shot the lowest score of Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club with a 3-under-par 67 but came up one shot short to finish tied for second place at 2-overpar 282. Thompson carded rounds of 66 - the lowest first-round score, 75 and 74 to go along with Sunday’s 67. He finished tied with former UAB golfer and 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. Webb Simpson won the Open with a final round 68 to finish at 1-over 281. The Crimson Tide’s Hunter Hamrick finished with a 12-overpar 292 total that left him in a tie

for 46th position. Former Tide golfer Jason Bohn finished 71st at 301. On the amateur front, current Crimson Tide golfer Bobby Wyatt shot a final-round 68 on Sunday to win the Sunnehanna Amateur with a 9-under-par total of 271 at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa. Wyatt, a native of Mobile, Ala., fired rounds of 65, 70, 68 and 68 for the win. His teammate Justin Thomas finished tied for third at 6-under 274 after rounds of 65, 69, 70 and 70. Cory Whitsett finished 11th at 1-under 279. Tom Lovelady shot 8-over 288 to tie for 35th, while Trey Mullinax tied for 66th at 18-over 298.

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Students give input on new president PRESIDENT FROM PAGE 1 He first asked what the students present thought it meant to have a president who is “student-centered.” “Students want someone to hear them,” Kurt Key, a UA graduate with a bachelor of environmental sciences, said. “They want someone to support them.” Other students noted how they had only seen President Witt “once or twice” and wanted a president with more of a visual presence on campus. Those present at the meeting also discussed wanting a president who understands the tradition and pride at UA but also looks to innovation and change for the future. Calderone summarized

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the characteristic by saying, “Someone who embraces diversity and changes but also embraces our past and tradition.” The discussion then moved to the topic of campus growth. Many at the meeting desired less growth. “We need someone who can manage our growth,” Collins Williams, a senior studying communicative disorders, said. “It feels like it’s been a little too much, too fast.” Many at the meeting echoed the sentiment of too much growth, while wanting to focus on “quality” instead. Students also raised concerns about wanting a president who is “more hands-on” and an “effective communicator.” Lane Morrison, a graduate student in civil engineering, suggested “they bring someone from a research institute” who

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could understand the importance of research and grants for research. The issue of crisis management was also raised, with students expressing concerns about receiving “formulaic” emails anytime there was an incident on campus. Calderone noted he thought it would be important “to see how they handle a crisis, whether it’s a tornado or incident on campus.” Students suggested townhall style meetings with the president or student committees that could regularly meet with the president to improve and broaden the communication between the University president and student body. The student representatives at the meeting also prompted the idea of hiring someone


who had not necessarily been a University president before. Of those who commented on this idea, there was a unanimous opinion that someone who was not a president before may provide a “fresh perspective” on campus matters. Noah Cannon, a sophomore studying telecommunications and film, voiced concerns about a president who would address an “often neglected” group, the LGBTQ community. Other concerns raised about student life included rises in tuition, class size and not being able to register for desired classes before those classes filled up. Calderone invited students to email him if they were not able to make the meeting or have concerns or suggestions about the presidential search.

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to name the plaza after Patterson was justified because of the success she has had in building the gymnastics program from essenCHAMPIONS PLAZA FROM PAGE 1 tially nothing. Since taking “It’s truly an honor. I can’t over in 1978, Patterson has think of a better way to rec- won seven Southeastern ognize the accomplishments Conference championships of our athletes that my hus- and six NCAA championband and I have coached for ships, including the last two 34 years,” Patterson said. “I years in a row think one of the most memo“I don’t really feel like this rable moments for me right is about me,” Patterson said. now is the fact that I get to “I think this is about the share this with [softball University, and I think this coach] Patrick Murphy and is about recognizing that for [women’s golf coach] Mic everyone, championships, Potter as the next two cham- tradition, family excellence, pionship coaches. all of those things are what “ Fo o t b a l l we stand for.” has won, gymPlanning nastics has for the project won, but this I think this is about the began almost year being two years ago, University, and I think this the year of according to is about recognizing that champions Moore, and for everyone, championand setting plans we r e ships, tradition, family exthe tone and already in place cellence, all of those things a standard of before the Tide are what we stand for. excellence, I won four nationthink for our al champion—Sarah Patterson fans that have ships in 2012. been wanting Many Tide something fans clamored l i ke this, for a “Statue for Sarah,” I hope they embrace this but the plaza named in her and realize that I can think honor will serve as a lifeof no better way that the long memorial for the coach, University could honor the who reiterated that she isn’t championship tradition that going anywhere just yet. we’ve been a part of.” “She’s been here [34] The memorial, which will years, started from scratch, officially be called the Sarah has built it to one of, if not Patterson Champions Plaza, the top program in the will be located in the grassy country, consistently in the area just past Sewell-Thomas national championship picStadium. It will feature a ture,” Moore said. “All that’s wall, complete with plaques hard to do. But she’s got a recognizing every SEC and great program established national championship team, and we try to support her in as well as a special plaque every way possible.” for each national championPatterson and her husband ship-winning coach. David were thrilled with the Multiple locations were announcement of the projconsidered for the plaza, but ect. renderings were only done “That’s an honor for my for one spot. family,” Patterson said. “This is a way the board “While I’ve been on the front felt, that I felt, that would be line, it’s been a partnership a way of saying thanks for with David for 34 years. How a great career and a great many people can say that effort on her part through they’ve worked with their the years,” Athletic Director spouse for 34 years? And he Mal Moore said. still puts up with me? It’s us Moore said the decision together.”

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Clickers not conducive to higher education By Tray Smith

By now, the members of the University of Alabama’s incoming freshman class, sure to be the smartest in our history, have already crossed the threshold of high school graduation and are excitedly antici— Rob S. Boswell pating their move to Tuscaloosa in the fall. Flush with cash from graduation presents, they are also stocking up on the items they need to be successful college students. “Consider that the But before they decide to spend some extra cash on a new phone, issue may be less an iPad or maybe even a gameday that Mr. Romney is a flask, these students should make Mormon, and more sure they grab the one item that is that people believe absolutely essential for academic success at UA but never mentioned his faith will dictate at Bama Bound – the Turning his policies. Those Technologies Response Card XR, are two very differmore commonly known as a clicker. ent things. The first, I These handy devices, which sell could care less about, for around $30 on, allow students to accumulate absothe second worries lutely meaningless points toward me.” their class grades by answering absolutely meaningless questions. — Thomas Thompson Instructors simply post the questions on a screen at various points in class, and students select the answer on their clickers. Most of the time, though, the responses students enter are irrelEDITORIAL BOARD evant to the points they receive. Instructors who rely on clickers do so not to measure the information Will Tucker Editor students retain, but to verify their Ashley Chaffin Managing Editor physical presence in class. So, attenMackenzie Brown Visuals Editor dance points are awarded not for SoRelle Wyckoff Opinions Editor entering a correct answer, but for entering any answer at all. Points for absolutely nothing besides showing up in class and entering random numbers probably sounds like a good deal – it did to me when I first learned about clickers. But there are reasons to be very, GOT AN OPINION? very weary of the clicker trap. Most students aren’t able to buy Submit a guest column (no all of their books and keep all of more than 800 words) or a their notes on a personal electronic letter to the editor to device, so they likely have many items to juggle throughout the ACT Cards, books, notebooks, GOT A STORY IDEA? day. computers, phones and keys are all important things new students – and all students – have to keep up with at all times. A clicker is anothTWEET AT US er item in the mix. But unlike the other items, if you show up in class @TheCrimsonWhite and realize you’ve forgotten it you won’t get any attendance points for The Crimson White reserves the that class. right to edit all guest columns and letters to the editor.

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What instructor wants to call roll or let students sign in when clicker questions can be posed at the beginning, middle and end of class, ensuring students never sign in and skip out? With this innovation, instructors can assess attendance constantly, ensuring the customers paying their salary never leave their grasp. But, like roll calls and sign-in sheets, no form of attendance verification is infallible – clickers perhaps least of all. While the absentminded among us may suffer for our irresponsibility when we leave our clickers back at the dorm, our slick peers can discretely juggle two or even three clickers at once, guaranteeing attendance points for themselves and an absent friend or two. Even the most responsible students are subject to the clicker’s propensity to break. When this happens, a new clicker must be purchased at once, or attendance points will be foregone. Thankfully, everyone is willing to spare an extra $30 every few months so their instructors can constantly monitor their attendance, right? While most UA instructors haven’t given into the clicker madness, in the basic classes that fill most freshman schedules, clickers are usually a necessity. But it isn’t

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just the low quality of the product, the hassle of keeping up with it and the ease of exploiting it that makes the clicker a total disgrace. Clickers are just another example of assembly-line education, a cute technological device students raise in unison to answer questions in scenes one would expect to find in a more North Korean-like academic environment. It is the type of device instructors turn to when student enrollment exceeds their ability to facilitate a true education, not the type of device that comes with the quality growth we are aiming for at UA. The clicker isn’t measuring the information students have retained or the thoughts they’ve devised; it’s verifying their whereabouts. Students are being granted and docked points based not on their ability to retain and process class material or produce new, useful research, but their ability to master the simple clicker. It is unbecoming of a university that likes to think of itself as a national champion not just in football, but also in everything else. Tray Smith is the online editor of The Crimson White.

Earlier this month, three Auburn students were gunned down at an off-campus pool party by Desmonte Leonard, a man who had already been convicted of carrying a firearm without a permit in 2008. In light of the saddening Auburn killings and the recent rash of high profile incidents involving gun violence, one has to wonder what we’re doing wrong as a society to allow such tragic events to occur on such a consistent basis. Logically speaking, it seems that the common denominator that has precipitated this outbreak of violence has been loose gun control laws. However, acknowledging and understanding this elephant in the room has proven to be a lot trickier than anticipated. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens “the right to keep and bear arms,” a statement that has been open to much interpretation over the years. What isn’t in dispute is the fact that the founding fathers couldn’t predict the future. It’s questionable whether they would have included such a provision had they been penning the document in 2012. What would stricter gun laws look like? Arguably, regrettable tragedies like the recent Auburn shootings or the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007 could be avoided. Proponents of stricter gun laws argue that acquiring a gun should be more like applying to college than buying groceries. And they are probably right. The main problem with this widely held hypothesis is that criminals, by definition, do not follow the law. The harder it becomes to legally acquire a gun, the more they will turn to the black market to meet their needs. The important distinction here, however, is that law abiding citizens are the group that is logically less likely to circumvent the law and utilize the black market; they will simply have to pass up gun ownership altogether. I am certainly not suggesting that all proponents of stricter gun control policies favor an outright ban on possessing any and all firearms. The realities of American life dictate that certain groups – like farmers – will always need lawful access to guns. Many Americans simply want a gun in their house for peace of mind, if not personal protection. Surely no one wants to deny these types of people their constitutional “right to bear arms.” With respect to gun ownership, our modern society is reminiscent of the ‘MAD’ (mutually assured destruction) policies that likely allowed the world to avoid nuclear conflict during the Cold War years. Scholars have argued that since the arms stockpiles became so frighteningly large on either side, neither the Americans nor the Soviets wanted to make the first strike. Nuclear holocaust was avoided, thanks to mutual deterrence. If the U.S. were to enact stricter gun laws today, it would effectively remove one side of that “mutual assurance” for the reasons cited above. These frightening – and perhaps counterintuitive – consequences of gun control legislation have been made strikingly clear recently in Great Britain. In 1997, British Parliament passed the most stringent gun laws to date by banning all handguns. What happened next is instructive: in the four years following the law’s enactment, the rate of violent crime more than doubled. The British gun control experiment should prove one thing to American lawmakers: the idea that stricter gun laws lead to less violent crime is simply a myth. Gun ownership appears to be one of those strange social issues where legislating against it could actually exacerbate the original problem (similar to prostitution or the war on drugs). History has proven that allowing more guns in the “right” hands can often halt crime. Conversely, legislating fewer guns into the “wrong” hands could very well catalyze an unprecedented explosion of violent crime in this country. Therefore, while the current situation isn’t ideal, it may prove to be our best alternative. Perhaps the real question Americans should be asking is if less stringent gun control laws would actually make the country safer. Until then, it appears we’ll have to bank on our mutually assured destruction.

Henry Downes is a sophomore majoring in economics.

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Success is much more than grades, awards By Tarif Haque He sat at his desk wondering what he’d done to warrant this. His family had little money with which to send him to college. At night, he washed dishes at a burger joint, arriving home near midnight, studying all night for his exam the next morning. His drunken roommates blazed their stereos as he stared out his window, empty. She spent all night throwing up; her cancer medication wreaked havoc on her appetite. Reluctant to let herself down, she stayed awake all night, worrying if she’d have the energy to take her exam the next morning. She fell asleep on her books

that night. Exhausted, they trekked to class the next morning, working on their exams until their professor called time. After all was said and done, they passed with mediocre grades. Their peers aced the class; they told themselves they would work harder next time. Success is relative. When the stars align and things go our way, the road to fame is easy. Humans love to pit one another against each other. The playing field is never even, but we will never see this. Instead, we will compare ourselves to everyone else. It is ingrained in our genes to compete; we all want to be the best. Our happiness begs

to differ. At times, we take the high road, burning ourselves out before we even realize it, all to keep ourselves competitive in this society. The lure of achievement seduces us, manipulates our rationality. But it is not grades, awards, recognition or scholarship that defines our success. Neither is it what career we have or how much money we make. Rather, Booker T. Washington puts it best: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Tarif Haque is a sophomore majoring in computer science.

I am glad Cheyenne Paiva wrote her opinions piece, ‘Classical music survives, but only teachers and students of the genre listen.’ Whenever and in whatever medium possible, we want feedback on the experience students have at the University of Alabama School of Music. However, given the piece’s largely negative tone, I feel the need to respond in several ways. First, I want to recognize again that her opinion is much appreciated, and an individual’s passionate perceptions will help us make our programs better. Next, I want to point out that one person’s experience should not shape people’s entire perceptions of the school, especially given the sweeping generalizations and unsubstantiated claims made by Ms. Paiva. Also, I want to tout the current success of the music department while recognizing our constant need for growth, innovation and improvement. Despite the bleak picture Ms. Paiva’s piece painted of UA’s Music Department, there are many key successes and strengths we possess, from an award-winning UA Opera program to an outstanding marching band that is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In addition, each year, Moody is host to many camps that bring in students of all ages and talent levels, and they learn what it is to be a musician. They return year after year and often fall in love with music and the School of Music. Programs like Strings in Schools have public school students learning and loving classical music, and our UA Opera Theatre also has traditional operas twice a year that the audience members, both young

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and old, love. I’m emphasizing these strengths only because, according to Ms. Paiva’s letter, one would believe very little or nothing happens in Moody that attempts to reach beyond our doors and be inclusive to all those interested in furthering their understanding, appreciation and/or knowledge of music. Every year, Moody hosts more than 200 events from student recitals, community music events, large ensembles and much more, and those events are popular. Even our streaming live online initiative allows forhundreds and sometimes thousands of viewers. The idea that ‘you don’t belong’ at Moody is just not true. We are always inviting people in the doors to hear whatever we are playing at the moment. Nonetheless, I consider it my mission to not only debunk these perceptions, but also to make sure that no other student feels like Ms. Paiva with respect to their experience here in the School of Music. Further, the suggestion that we are so insulated stands in stark contrast to our mission and our current activities. For example, we have an entire office called Community Music devoted to working with the UA community, trying to create a welcoming environment for all who love music or want to learn more about music. Consequently, Community Music has 1,100 people taking classes, working one-on-one with instructors, and they report having a wonderful time while learning the art of music. Going beyond that, we place our students in music therapy internships and jobs in the community, in programs like RISE and with patients at Bryce. Our

students take their love of music and go into many fields, such as music management, music performance, engineering, communications and other fields. We hope many of these students and their future families will also have an appreciation for the music, and we enjoy working with both current students and alumni. Ms. Paiva correctly points out that there is no “music listening degree,” but our students are encouraged and sometimes required to attend these events, not to be a professional music listener, but to expand their view of the world, inspire creativity and provide a pleasured escape the stresses of campus life. In addition, there are several groups and individuals in our community that attend and enjoy simply listening to the various genres, as well as classical music, because they like it. Our mission and sincere desire is to expand, and we invite the Tuscaloosa community, including the entire University’s students, as well students of other schools, such as Shelton State or Stillman, to join us at our many events held throughout the year. We encourage you to visit throughout the year to get information about upcoming events. This year, we will host the U.S. Coast Guard Band, our Master’s Series will feature true masters of their respective crafts and an interdisciplinary celebration of the Concert Hall’s Holtkamp organ, as well as many other events. Come in and let us entertain you!

Tiffany Schwarz is the arts events coordinator for the University of Alabama School of Music.


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Graduates face slowly improving job market University Career Center cites ‘positive signs’ at UA like ‘record number’ of recruiters By Katherine Owen Staff Reporter

recently released report by the Bureau of Labor Statistic stating the nationwide unemWith constant reminders of ployment rate, as of May 2012, a struggling unemployment is 8.2 percent. rate, but also constant talks Railsback said the college of a brightening job market, degree is “definitely still the future for recent college worth the time and money,” graduates is uncertain. though. He also said the Travis Railsback, executive unemployment rate for those director for the University with only a high school diploof Alabama’s Career Center, ma is almost twice that of called the job market that new those with a college degree. and soon-to-be grads are facThe BLS additionally ing a “slowly improving” one. states that, as of May 2012, According to the National for those 25 and older, the Association of Colleges and unemployment rate for a high Employers, companies are school graduate with no colexpecting to hire 10 percent lege is at 8.1 percent, but for more new college graduates those holding a bachelor’s than they did last year. degree or higher, it is only 3.9 Railsback said there are percent. also “positive signs” on UA’s Students like Jenna campus, of Reynolds mainthe increastain a positive ing job outlook on her opportunifuture after ties. He said graduation. they have “I feel very had “record hopeful about Be active both inside and outnumbers” of the job marside the classroom. Employers companies ket,” Reynolds, are looking for candidates that coming out a sophomore to sp r i n g studying phidemonstrate the ability to comcareer fairs, losophy and municate and lead. along with Spanish, said. an increase Reynolds — Travis Railsback in employadded she has ers coming to already spoken campus and with recruitrecruiting ers who also college stuseemed posidents. tive about the A report from the Economic future for college grads. Policy Institute in May has Austin Lafferty, a senior less good news to offer, majoring in philosophy and though. The report noted the international relations who unemployment rate among hopes to go into internationcollege graduates younger al public interest or human than 25 still averages 9.4 per- rights law, has a positive outcent, and another 19.1 percent look on the job market, as of college graduates are in well. jobs they for which they are “I feel like if you’ve genuoverqualified. inely been applying yourself, This information follows the you should be fine,” Lafferty


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said. “Sometimes, actually putting in more than the minimum effort is what you need to stand out.” Railsback agreed it is important to stand out to employers. “Be active both inside

and outside the classroom,” Railsback said. “Employers are looking for candidates that demonstrate the ability to communicate and lead.” Railsback also pointed out that “it’s never too early to start.” He said students

need to start thinking about what they want to do as soon as they get here and to get involved, actively exploring that particular field. While at UA, Railsback recommended taking advantage of the career services the

campus offers and exploring things the student is curious or passionate about. He said taking advantage of the opportunities to learn networking skills, interview skills and resume writing is “crucial.”

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Daniel Moore wins lawsuit over trademark By Eric Yaron Contributing Writer The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Daniel Moore on June 11 in the latest lawsuit filed against him by the University of Alabama for breach of contract and trademark infringement. Deborah M. Lane, the assistant vice president for University Relations, however, said this battle may not be over just yet. “The 11th Circuit Court has issued a rather lengthy opinion that declined to adopt the University’s position on some of the issues and remands a few remaining issues to the trial court,” Lane said. “UA will take time to evaluate the circuit court’s decision before making any decisions about the next steps.” Moore, a Birminghambased artist known for his depictions of Alabama Crimson Tide football, has butted heads with the University over the course of seven years in a legal battle that has cost the school an estimated $1.4 million in legal expenses alone. The battle first began in 2005 when the University filed suit against Moore to prevent him from using University of Alabama colors and trademarked logos in his works. In 2009, a federal judge ruled that painting Crimson Tide uniforms didn’t infringe on the University’s trade dress. However, Moore lost the right to reproduce his paintings on coffee mugs and calendars in this same ruling, prompting both the University and Moore to appeal separate aspects of the decision. In this latest in the series of appellate cases, UA held that Moore was intentionally violating their trademark

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Left: Birmingham-based artist Daniel Moore poses in front of one of his paintings. Above: Moore’s newest painting, “The Shutout,” serves as an artistic tribute to UA’s 2011 national championship win over LSU. rights in the interest of commercially producing his art. Contrastingly, Moore continued to hold that his paintings and prints were artistic portrayals of historic events, fully protected by his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. He believed his works should not be permitted reproduction in certain mediums of art, yet be prohibited in others. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals at least partially agreed with Moore. “As evidenced by the parties’ course of conduct, Moore’s depiction of the University’s uniforms in his unlicensed paintings, prints and calendars is not prohibited by the prior licensing agreements,” Federal Judge R. Lanier Anderson ruled.

“The uniforms in these works of art are artistically relevant to the underlying works, Moore never explicitly misled consumers as to the source of the items, and the interests in artistic expression outweighs the risk of confusion as to endorsement.” The court remanded many other decisions made by the lower courts, such as one prohibiting Moore from producing and selling coffee mugs and other memorabilia depicting his artwork. In Moore’s opinion, however, the University’s view of this case was more about who would be benefitting monetarily from the success of the Crimson Tide on the gridiron. “The legal fight for the University of Alabama was about the money it makes by

licensing its trademarks,” said Moore. “The University has stated that a portion of this money helps fund student

the University could have better used the revenue wasted during these proceedings to fund an untold number of

through his artwork, Moore refuses to hold hard feelings against the school where not only he, but also both of his daughters and wife earned their degrees. He said he will continue to The 11th Circuit Court has issued a rather lengthy opinion that sign many of his emails with declined to adopt the University’s position on some of the issues “Roll Tide,” as well as depict the Crimson Tide in his art, and remands a few remaining issues to the trial court. UA will take despite everything that has time to evaluate the circuit court’s decision before making any happened and may continue decisions about the next steps. to happen. “This lawsuit isn’t a con— Deborah Lane demnation of my work by the professors, by the students, by the athletes, by the fans scholarships, which, I agree, is additional student scholar- or by those who work at the a very good thing. ships at Alabama, rather than University for a day-to-day “It has been my good plea- needlessly lining the pockets salary,” Moore said. “This is a sure over the years to help of high-priced outside attor- lawsuit filed by a small group, fund these scholarships neys.” and I don’t intend to hold the through the art projects that After seven years of bat- actions of a few against the I have voluntarily licensed. tling for the right to show- entirety of the University of Without question, however, case Crimson Tide football Alabama.”

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Mental health a Camp teaches local students concern on many about financial responsibility college campuses By Katherine Owen Staff Reporter Mental health concerns are one of the top two public concerns faced by universities across the country, according to Michelle Harcrow, assistant director of mental health education and promotion for the Student Health Center. A 2011 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment found that 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function.” Harcrow said the sources of anxiety on students are multifaceted. She listed cultural stress, the driven mindset of today’s students, a lack of ability to handle stress and the competitive pressure in applying to and excelling in college as common causes. “College is the most developmentally challenging time in a young person’s life because it’s the most transitional time,” she said. Harcrow also said more students are coming to college with preexisting mental health concerns and those students are already on medications for such issues. Emily Broman, a junior studying chemical engineering and psychology at the University of Alabama, agrees all college students have to deal with stress while going through school. “I think we all have virtually the same sources of stress, and, of course, that comes from being in college and having a variety of demands, such as school, extracurricular activities and social lives,” Broman

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said. “But experiencing stress depends on how we deal with these demands.” Broman said her own experience with stress fluctuates. “Stress comes in bursts,” she said. “Sometimes it’s almost impossible to handle, and other times, I don’t have any at all.” According to the ACHANCHA study, 49.9 percent of participants felt overwhelming anxiety, and 86.1 percent felt overwhelmed by all they had to do. A majority of students – 81.4 percent – also admitted to feeling exhausted, but not from physical activity. Jennifer Turner, the coordinator of clinical services for the UA Counseling Center, said mental health issues amongst college age students are a “natural and normal part of the college experience… just as with the general population.” Turner agreed the issues may stem from the college age group, the culture, college itself or a world with high expectations. “It’s often the person’s inability to cope and the amount of stress that they feel with these different issues that may result in mental health concerns,” Turner said. If a student is questioning their mental health or thinks they are struggling with a mental health issue, Turner suggests they seek out counseling. “I would encourage them to call the counseling center and set an appointment to speak with one of our counselors. Students are also encouraged to go to our website, www. and to learn more about the services we offer.”

also take a trip to a different location each day – on the first day, for instance, they travel to the SupeStore, where they Camp Cash, a one-week day camp make a purchase. They then discuss hosted by the College of Human why they made the purchases they did. Environmental Sciences, is returning “I want them to get a sense of what it for its fifth summer starting on July 16. is like to be a student on this campus,” The camp serves to teach middle school Brakefield said. children financial responsibility and budgeting practices. The focus isn’t only on numbers, but on practical concepts such as saving, budgeting and The bottom line is they have a lot of fun investing. while learning some great life skills. “We take a holistic approach,” said Jan Brakefield, the assistant professor — Jan Brakefield of consumer sciences who developed and leads the camp. “Not just dollars and cents.” The camp meets from 8:30 a.m. to noon for five days, leaving the campers with plenty of time to learn about a variAdditional locations visited ety of economic principles. Brakefield include a local bank branch and said on the first day, campers are often Bryant-Denny Staduim. skeptical, but as the week progresses To qualify, students must be middlethey grow more interested and involved school age, have an A/B average, have in the camp’s activities. an interest in math and be motivated “My first impression was kind of ner- to take advantage of the opportunities vous because you walk in and there provided by the camp. Some campare all these new people, but you end ers, like John Galbrath, even return as up making new friends,” said John counselors in subsequent years, where Galbrath, who will be returning for the they serve alongside undergraduate second time this year as a counselor and graduate students of Consumer and who formerly attended as a camp- Sciences. er. “You get to do all the same stuff,” Each day, the students meet for ses- Galbrath said, “but as a counselor, you sions held in classrooms, computer labs also get to help the other kids.” and other facilities on campus. They Luke Dorr, a former student and

Camp Cash counselor, highlighted what the experience entailed for students. Brakefield taught most of the lessons, he said, but students could gain additional class credit for teaching a lesson themselves. Student counselors receive three hours of class credit for helping with the camp. Brakefield said the first year she attempted Camp Cash it failed because she targeted high school students, saying that once students begin dating and driving – the “two triggers” – they lose interest in saving money. Success only came once she targeted middle schoolers. “In the past, I’ve done two or three versions,” Brakefield said. “Some that lasted two weeks, some that were in the afternoon, and so on. One week, in the morning – this is the way that works the best.” Galbrath feels that the camp is helping him prepare for later life. “I really like baseball,” he said. “So that’s what I’m hoping to do. But if that doesn’t work out, I think this will help me get another job.” “My goal at the end of the week is for them to come to the University of Alabama, to major in financial planning, and to be well-equipped to make decisions that will affect them and their families,” Brakefield said. “The bottom line is they have a lot of fun while learning some great life skills.”

Students receive award from U.S. State Department to study abroad National scholarship based on interest in less-common languages By Katie Thurber Contributing Writer Two University of Alabama Honors College students received the David L. Boren Scholarship for study abroad opportunities for the upcoming academic year. UA junior Sam Guggenheimer and senior Lauren Marsh were recently awarded the scholarships by the U.S. State Department for their interests in international studies. The scholarship, which awards up to $20,000 funded by the National Security Education Program, is presented to undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying less commonly chosen languages that are deemed important to national security. Fran Oneal, campus representative for the Boren Scholarship and director of

the International Honors Program, said it is a highly sought after award. “Only 160 recipients were given scholarships this year, and two of those are from Alabama,” she said. The scholarship not only includes funding for the students to study in underrepresented countries but also provides additional resources and support to aid in their studies. Guggenheimer plans to use the scholarship to study Turkish in Istanbul, Turkey this coming fall. “Since my freshman year, I have known that I want to make study abroad a part of my college experience, and this scholarship gives me the opportunity to do that in a unique and meaningful way,” he said. Marsh will use the Boren Scholarship to study the Mandarin language and

Chinese culture at Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu, China. “To really be effective when working in China, I need to be proficient in the language,” she said. “The

graduation. Guggenheimer said he plans to complete his service requirement in the military as a Marine officer. Marsh plans to work with the USAID program in global public health.

Only 160 recipients were given scholarships this year, and two of those are from Alabama. —Fran Oneal

Boren will allow me to reach a level of proficiency that would not have been possible without living and studying in China.” In addition to studying a critical language, the Boren Scholarship requires the students to work with the State Department for a year after

Oneal said with the service requirement, the scholarship not only gives students an opportunity to gain experiences now, but also helps them with future careers. “It really gets students on track to the jobs that they’ll want later,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

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Professors use video for Green research company early autism detection will utilize student workers By Mazie Bryant News Editor

Three University of Alabama professors are joining their separate professional forces in an effort to more efficiently detect the early stages of several autism spectrum disorders in rural Alabama. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder. In a 2008 study, the CDC found that one in 88 children had an autism spectrum disorder, and that same year, the CDC’s Alabama Autism Surveillance Program found that one in 210 children in the state had an autism spectrum disorder. With this information, Angela Barber, a UA professor and assistant professor of communicative disorders, made a connection. “Children in rural areas receive a later diagnosis than those in urban areas, which may explain the lower prevalence in Alabama,” Barber said. “Therefore, it is critical to identify children in rural areas who have autism but do not have available resources for diagnosis or intervention services.” Barber teamed up with assistant professor in community and rural medicine Lea Yerby to understand the causes of late identification in rural Alabama. “Alabama has lower diagnosis rates for autism than the national average, so it is likely that many children are falling through the cracks,” said Yerby, who also works with the Institute of Rural

Health Research, removing health disparities for rural children in early childhood. “Transportation to metro centers, lack of access to specialty physicians and clinics and long waiting lists for services are large barriers for rural families.” Dan Albertson, assistant professor in library and information sciences, joined the team with a plan to divert the problems of rural areas in treating the diseases, which, according to a 2009 report by the CDC, does not happen until children are an average of 51 months (over 4 years) old. Using Carrollton Primary

it is critical to identify children in rural areas who have autism but do not have available resources for diagnosis or intervention services. — Angela Barber

Care Clinic in Pickens County due to its receptiveness of UA research, Albertson established a method of using video technology in which children who fail a routine autism screening at 18 or 24 months are recorded in a play area. The videos are then sent to Barber and the UA Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic for analysis. “Using video technology will allow the ASD to access and revisit patients as a team,” Albertson said. “They will be able to re-review aspects of the video, pausing and rewinding. It tries to speed up the process of getting information from the ASD to patients and helps transport that information for people in rural areas that may have limited access to transportation.”

Upon review, Barber and the ASD will flag the videoed symptoms, give feedback to the doctors at the Carrollton clinic and make referrals to the patients to most effectively treat the condition. “We will provide referral recommendations, such as an autism specific evaluation or early intervention services,” Barber said. “This video library will provide a framework within which physicians can talk about developmental concerns with children’s families and make appropriate referrals for evaluation and intervention services.” The ASD’s West Alabama Autism Outreach Program is already partnering with doctors in Marengo, Choctaw, Sumter, Hale and Pickens counties to detect the disorders at an earlier age. Although in its pilot phase, the study using video technology to quicken the detection process is poised to provide children in rural areas the same advantages as those in urban areas. “We would like to see children in rural areas have the same resources and opportunities for early identification, intervention and successful, meaningful outcomes that children in urban areas have,” Barber said. “We also want to support families and physicians in rural communities who are trying to access important identification and intervention services.” On the brink of success, Albertson would like to see an expansion of the program to include more areas. “I’d like to expand to a partnership with other universities and other health clinics,” he said. “I want to see it expanded further into the Southeast and beyond.”

By Katie Thurber Contributing Writer Scientists at Inventure, a company dedicated to utilizing earth-friendly technology, are working on new solutions for alternative energy sources right here on the Alabama campus. Working in UA’s Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs building, the company has developed a reactor capable of turning organic matter into sugar, which can then be converted to ethanol. This summer, the company is building a larger reactor to turn out even more ethanol. “Instead of using just corn, this reactor can take basically any kind of biomass – from pine trees to kudzu – and convert it ultimately into ethanol,” Rusty Sutterlin, CEO of Inventure, said. He said the new reactor will be able to make up to one ton

of the sugar syrup at a time, which will make it more attractive to investors looking to convert it into ethanol. By using the reactor, Sutterlin said ethanol can be made at a cheaper cost and be more widely available to companies interested in its potential. “The only problem is gathering such large quantities of organic matter to use in the reactor because it will be so big,” Sutterlin said. He further explained that Inventure is currently looking at miscanthus, a fast-growing grass, to fuel the endeavor. By renting space in UA’s AIME building, Inventure is able to utilize technology and student workers that it would not have access to otherwise. In return, UA students get a preview of the world of research and development. David Gray, a senior majoring in chemical engineering

major, works with Inventure and likes the connections he is making within the company. “It’s nice to work here because it’s not totally affiliated with the University, so I have references who aren’t just professors,” Gray said. “But then, it’s still convenient because it’s right on campus.” He believes the experience is giving him insight into what he would like to do later with his career. UA graduate Cory Blanchard has been working with Inventure since August 2009. He said by getting involved in the company as an undergraduate, he realized he wanted to continue working there. “It’s one of those opportunities that you find and love right out of college,” Blanchard said. Sutterlin said Inventure is constantly working on a variety of green projects and is interested in UA researchers from all backgrounds.


Alabama Public Radio wins overall excellence award The University of Alabama-based radio news program Alabama Public Radio won the 2012 Radio Television Digital News Association’s national Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence in radio, small market. The award, which honors excellence in electronic journalism, put APR among the ranks of NBC News, CBS Radio News and The Associated Press, among others.

APR covers local, state and national news. However, the program gained prestige with its in-depth reporting of state tragedies such as the April 27, 2011 tornado and the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The public radio program is broadcast in five stations throughout the state and has a listener base that spans from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast.

Business school hall of fame inducts three new retired faculty members The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration recently congratulated three retired faculty members in being inducted into the school’s Faculty Hall of Fame. Jay U. Sterling, a retired professor of marketing, was one recipient of the honor. While at the University, he helped develop projects such as “Tide Pride,” “Skybox” and “Zone” level seating in the football stadium. As a retired professor of economics and

onetime senior associate dean, Walter Misiolek was also inducted into the hall of Fame. His duties included handling academic programs, financial affairs, daily operations, faculty development programs and strategic planning. Lastly, F. Hutton Barron, a retired professor of management science, was inducted into the Hall for his work with decision analysis, including published work in Decision Sciences, Operations Research and Management Science.


Author urges churches to MTV buyout create social media strategy leaves festival feeling more corporate

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MOVIES this week

• Rock of Ages (PG13) • That’s My Boy (R) • Prometheus in IMAX, 3D or 2D (R) • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in 3D or 2D (PG) • Snow White and the Huntsman (PG13) • Men in Black III in 3D or 2D (PG-13) • What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) • The Dictator (R) • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG13) • Marvel’s The Avengers in 3D or 2D (PG-13)

In an effort to remain connected with the student community and current technology, Tuscaloosa churches are launching Twitter and Facebook accounts. However, according to author Andy Crouch, they might not be using it to its fullest potential. Author of “Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling,� a book calling Christians to become “culture makers,� humans creating cultural artifacts as well as making sense of the world around them. Crouch encourages churches not only to use social media as a way to inform, but as a tool to build relationships. “The best thing about the social media revolution is the way it connects us more deeply and continuously to people and organizations who matter to us,� Crouch said. “The best churches, the ones that make the biggest difference in their members’ lives, are the ones that connect people deeply to one another. Social media just makes sense as one tool in the toolkit of building relationships and making disciples.� Crouch said the “social� part remains more important than the “media� part, and while churches have generally been slower at utilizing social media because it is often seen as trivial, it can be very beneficial. “It’s not trivial at all, because social media is built on real relationships,� Crouch said. “People who caricature Facebook and Twitter as a bunch of bored and boring people telling each other what they had for lunch don’t understand how much substance – and how much loyalty – social media can create.� Many churches in Tuscaloosa, both traditional and contemporary, have started using Facebook, Twitter and other websites to further connect with the community and younger audiences, but not necessarily as platforms for preaching. Harvey Edwards, college minister at Capstone Church, said they have a Twitter account for the main church, as well as one for the college ministry, and also use Facebook as a way to share pictures and community encouragement. “It has been very beneficial for us to keep in contact with people,� Edwards said. “[Social media] can also have a positive effect if others can see that here is a group of people that care about one another. That’s a side benefit.� However, Crouch cautions of the downsides of social media relationships and said it should not be used as a substitute for face-toface relationships. “There is no doubt that social media can end up being a very tempting simulation of real friendship and community,� Crouch said. “My friends who come to the USA from other countries tell me the thing they notice most about America is how lonely people are. If social media becomes a substitute for being together in person and learning how to love one

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another, serve our neighbors, and seek God together, that would be a disaster.� Blake Jenkins, associate college minister at Calvary Baptist Church, agrees that social media is an inadequate replacement of in-person relationships. “There is an intangible aspect of people meeting face-to-face,� Jenkins said. “If we were to do that, we would lose a great aspect of groups of people meeting

said they choose to use social media as a twofold system of publicizing events and using it as a point of contact for students looking to participate. “If we can meet people from social media and then build the relationships face-to-face, we have found that’s more effective,� Jones said. Although Alabama Navigators recently created a Twitter account, Jones said they have


The best churches, the ones that make the biggest difference in their members’ lives, are the ones that connect people deeply to one another. Social media just makes sense as one tool in the toolkit of building relationships and making disciples. — Andy Crouch

together. People can speak and defend their ideas in text a lot easier. It takes another aspect to do it in person.� Jenkins said Calvary uses their social media outlets as unifying factors for students to access information and disperse it in mass quantities. “If a student misses The Well one week, they can go online and check for podcasts or Twitter or Facebook and see what they missed,� Jenkins said. “I would definitely say if churches have someone that can use [social media] effectively and with excellence, it would be beneficial. It has been a great tool for us.� Brad Jones, campus director of Alabama Navigators, an interdenominational college ministry,

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Bonnaroo, a four-day music and arts festival held on Tennessee farmland, is often associated with indie, jam and folk music sounds. The festival has received many complaints about lineups and straying from its original sounds after recently being bought out by music powerhouse MTV. The buyout, whether seen as good or bad, has brought in a larger variety of musical genres, such as country, rap and electronic, and increased general awareness of the festival. Matt Radil, Bonnaroo 2012 employee and University of North Carolina at Wilmington student, said he feels Bonnaroo’s transition and growth are to be expected, as music will always be changing, as well as embraced. “I don’t feel they have sold out, but rather, they have adapted because they want everyone to have fun,â€? Radil said. “They have maintained their original hippie feel, but they also have the modern rave thing going on. As long as they stick to It was just very public and groundbreaking commercialized for a music music, they won’t festival, but it’s deďŹ nitely sell out.â€? worth it. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival — Jaqueline Jenkins broke onto the scene in 2002, inviting music and art fans to camp for four days in the fields of Manchester, Tenn. and enjoy the tunes of 47 talented bands. The idea for Bonnaroo, a Creole term meaning “good stuff,â€? originated from four college graduates living in New Orleans in 1995. With annual growth and attendance, the grounds spread over 700 acres and accommodate over 80,000 fans and 150 bands. The festival now has its own Ben & Jerry’s flavor and has been named “the American rock festival to end all festivalsâ€? by Rolling Stone Magazine. This summer’s festival featured 11 stages, with one main stage, four medium stages and several smaller stages that have been added over the years to accommodate more break out artists. Some fans have claimed the expansion of Bonnaroo has made it to be just another festival selling out to the masses in order to survive. However, some students, such as Matthew Massey, a senior majoring in accounting, disagree. “Of course it’s big and crowded – it’s Bonnaroo,â€? Massey said. “But there is nowhere else you can see so many talented and diverse bands in four days for a couple hundred bucks. And all the tents and vendors and activities just bring more fun to Bonnaroo.â€? In addition to the live music, Bonnaroo offers a plethora of activities, most of which are located in Centeroo, the middle of the grounds. The grounds include food, clothing and merchandise vendors, art and artist’s tents, a beer fest tent with beer from over 20 breweries, a 24-hour air conditioned cinema tent, craft and exercise tents, a “kidz jamâ€? tent for children and a 40-foot high, 175-foot long water slide. Attendees also have the opportunity to do yoga every morning, as well as have their hair washed and styled at the Garnier Fructis salon. Some students that attended this year were bothered by all the activities. “I didn’t like how you felt they were always trying to make money off of you,â€? Jaqueline Jenkins, a senior majoring in public relations, said. “It was just very public and commercialized for a music festival, but it’s definitely worth it.â€?

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Erin “Soapy” Jones, owner and founder of Tuscaloosa’s Left Hand Soap Company, doesn’t just find passion and inspiration in her business. She also finds it in crusading to keep the arts alive in Tuscaloosa. Jones recently played a critical role in the eventual resolution of the controversy surrounding “Turn Me On, Dammit,” a film about the coming-ofage of a 15-year-old girl in Norway set to screen at the Bama Theatre on July 17. Unhappy with the Tuscaloosa Arts Council’s original decision not to screen the film after objections from local pastors, Jones offered to sponsor a screening herself. Now, with help from Wellthatscool. com, the Left Hand Soap Company will completely fund the screening of the film on July 17. Despite the controversy, Jones said she remains positive about the influence of the arts in the Tuscaloosa community. “Art speaks to intangible feelings, thoughts and ideas that give each individual the power to critically think and feel in an ever-growing world and deserves our support because of it,” she said. “Art is, by nature, controversial. It encourages public discourse and allows the community at large to reach out to the world outside the city. It is a community service – a cornerstone of the freedoms we enjoy and celebrate in the U.S.” When she isn’t advocating art in the community, though, Jones still has a business to run—her other passion. “I live my business,” she said. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day life. It’s home away from home.” Jones was inspired to start her business by her grandmother’s soap making and founded Left Hand Soap Company in 1999. The company’s mission is to create outstanding natural and organic body care products. Aside from handmade soaps, Left Hand Soap Company also sells lip salves, sugar scrubs and lotion bars. “Both the founding members of the

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company are left-handed,” Jones said, explaining the origin of the business name. “Though, I’ve always been a fan of the double entendre.” The soaps are made from essential oils, herbs and organic ingredients, which are meant to suit various skin types. The Left Hand Soap Company website lists which soaps are suitable for oily, dry or normal skin, and soaps can be purchased by the bar or by larger “loaf” sizes. Becky Hicks, a buyer for Manna Grocery, has had great success selling Left Hand soaps, and the store has carried these products since 2007. “The lavender and sage soap bar has been our biggest seller,” Hicks said. “They introduced some new scents earlier this year, and now the tea tree eucalyptus is the most popular.” Hicks said she also enjoys using the

products herself. “My favorite product is the carrot seed lip salve,” Hicks said. “I use it everywhere, not just my lips. It’s great for dry or cracked fingers.” Thomas Risher Jr., an avid customer and private music teacher, learned of the Left Hand Soap Company shortly after moving to Tuscaloosa in 2006. “I constantly switch between their many scents, but I do use their shaving soap everyday,” Risher said. “I use their soap because it does not leave my skin dry or ashy. Plus, it smells great, and I am supporting a local business that provides an outstanding product and service.” Left Hand Soap Company products are sold at Manna Grocery, Grace Aberdean, the Kentuck Museum Gift Shop and on the company’s website. For more information, visit

While spending upwards of $8 to see a film may seem outrageous to some, the alwaysincreasing price tag of going to the movies hasn’t forced me to shy away from the theaters just yet. Spending most of my college summers in Tuscaloosa, a good bit of my paycheck has gone to the Cobb. The movies I’m most looking forward to this summer are movies coming from powerhouses in the industry that never seem to disappoint. The first of these movies comes this Friday with the opening of Pixar’s latest film, “Brave.” This release marks Pixar’s first movie that wasn’t the second or third installment of an already established film franchise since the release of “Up” in 2009. “Brave” follows a young princess as she defies her parents wishes to compete against the kingdom’s most eligible bachelors for her own hand in marriage and therefore her own life’s path. The plot may seem a little absurd — and really it is, but what can you expect from the studio that brought you a house floating away with balloons or monsters powering their lives with fear. Being a child of the “Toy Story” generation, I’m still under the impression Pixar can do no wrong, and I, along with thousands of other ‘90s kids, will be sorely disappointed this weekend if it’s a flop. However, I’m really not expecting it to be. Next Friday, June 29 Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” makes his first big-screen attempt with the movie “Ted.” The film follows Mark Walhberg

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as John Bennett, who is followed around by his childhood teddy bear who came to life after a childhood wish. From the previews, it looks like it’s going to be hilarious. The cast is full of talent with Mila Kunis and Joel McHale joining Walberg and MacFarlane, who voices Ted. It could easily be a film that has all the good parts shown in the previews, but I would expect a lot more than that from a guy who has been making us laugh as Peter Griffin since 1999. Finally, 29 days from today on July 20, the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy comes to a close with the much-anticipated opening of “Dark Knight Rises.” With the first two both in my top five, and Nolan easily my favorite director, it’s hard for me to say I’m expecting anything bad from this movie — and really I’m not. The additions of Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway can really only enhance the already fantastic cast. If those three, especially Hardy, can put in the dedication to the parts that Christian Bale and Heath Ledger put into theirs, the movie will be great simply based on the acting. However, with Nolan behind the camera and behind the script, the acting could be terrible and the movie would still hold up. I could easily go through a list of his works and tell you why they are fantastic, but I think the popularity of the first two keeps me from needing to do that. Luckily, while we wait these 29 long days for the most anticipated movie of the year, we have a few other films from other big and small screen greats to keep us from going stir crazy.

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Acoustic Night to feature independent musicians Arts Council hosts smaller shows in the Greensboro Room to promote community, southern music By Abbey Crain Contributing Writer The Bama Theatre’s Acoustic Night will feature performances by Walter Parks and the Swamp Cabbage and Sparrow and the Ghost tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa’s Arts Council hosts Acoustic Nights throughout the year, highlighting singers and songwriters from all over the country. For $5, the Tuscaloosa community can enjoy original music in the Greensboro Room of the Bama Theatre, complete with a full-service bar. Many students believe these types of music events are integral to the student community and the city of Tuscaloosa as a whole. “It is definitely important that Tuscaloosa be the host of such events,” Jonathan Byham, a senior majoring in geography, said. “Events like this bring diversity to the community, which is important in developing an open-minded society. Yes, this city is the host of a major university that has great academics and a successful athletic department, but it could be a more well-rounded city if it had more small-scale artistic events, such as this one.” Walter Parks, a Jacksonville, Fla. native and lead singer of Walter Parks and the Swamp Cabbage, loves

to play in Tuscaloosa and said he is convinced it is the independent musicians and small businesses that define America. “It encourages bravery and inquisitiveness to check out a band that might not be famous,” Parks said. “[Students] will find there is a bounty to be had if you put aside the paradigm that something has to be widely marketed in order for it to be widely good. It puts people back in time with American ingenuity.” Classically trained in the viola in elementary school, Parks was soon pressured into picking up the electric guitar by his high school friends. Moving to New York to further his career, Parks discovered he could not shake his Southern musical flare. This quirky combination of influences has led him all over the world playing his swampy Southern music. “Our main agenda is we hope people will have a good time,” Parks said. “In the South, Southerners just let themselves go and have a good time from the hips down. We’re a hips down kind of group.” It was Parks’ previous concert with Woodstock legend Richie Havens at the Bama Theatre that encouraged the Arts Council to invite him back with his new and revamped band Swamp Cabbage. Swamp Cabbage has just recently released their

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The Bama Theatre’s Acoustic Night tonight features Walter Parks and the Swamp Cabbage and Sparrow and the Ghost. fourth album, “Drum Roll Please,” featuring ‘70s music rereleased and originally adapted to their blues/ folk/rock style. “It’s really important to have an event that’s not a major name brand name,” Parks said. “These days,

everything from clothes and cars are a mass market. We are doing what we do for the spirit of the music.” Daniel Johnson, a junior majoring in civil engineering, has been to multiple events put on by the Arts Council and believes other students


should frequent the smaller venues Tuscaloosa has to offer. “I think that events like this are great for student life,” Johnson said. “You get to get out and meet new folks and hear and see new bands/ performers.”


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Adam Lambert’s new album a mix of dance music, meaningful ballads By Noelle Brake Singer and songwriter Adam Lambert is no stranger to fame and attention. After his stint on American Idol in 2008, he released his first full studio album, “For Your Entertainment,” wowed fashion reporters with his glam rocker style and even had his own scandal, in the form of a very risqué performance at the 2009 American Music Awards. But Lambert has bounced back from scandals and defamation to release a new studio album, “Trespassing.” Mixing his usual rock-style dance club songs with slow, meaningful ballads makes this album worth listening to. While all 14 songs contrast in style and beat, they all have the same unique voice belting the lyrics. As soon as the album starts, the listener’s ears are filled with heavy bass, killer guitar and catchy lyrics with the title track “Trespassing.” It’s your classic club song, with an easy-to-follow beat, lyrics that have you singing along by the second verse and an instrumental section that is sure to get you off your chair and onto the dance floor. The second track, “Cuckoo,” continues with the club feel, but the type of music takes a quick change from heavy

club beats to smooth, sliding guitars and slick vocals with “Shady,” the third track on the album. A few songs down, we swing back to that dance club feel with “Pop That Lock.” But it’s not all fun and games on this album. In his song “Outlaws of Love,” he’s

“ With such quick switches in music type, different styles of lyrics and beat, and with the name Adam Lambert attached, there shouldn’t be a problem with pleasing the fans he already has, as well as making some new ones.

defending gay marriage, but in his own style. It is not all that different from his first album, “For Your Entertainment,” which has an equally good mix of club and dance music on “For Your Entertainment,” “Strut” and “Sure Fire Winners” and

slow, ballad-like, meaningful songs, such as “Whataya Want From Me,” “Time for Miracles” and “Soaked.” Not only is the album great to listen to, it has also received great reviews by prominent magazines and newspapers. gave a nice review of the album, starting with an overall review, then a track-by-track review. But, no matter the format, the verdict was clear: Adam Lambert is to be taken seriously, and “Trespassing” attests to that fact. Another rave review comes from AfterElton. com, a prominent website that reviews everything LGBT. calls Lambert’s album a “manna from glitter heaven.” The biggest concern about the album, according to USA Today, is if it will capture audiences as well as artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, FUN. and Katy Perry. And with the only track being played on the radio right now being “Whataya Want From Me” from three years ago, will it catch the ear of a wider range of audience? With such quick switches in music type, different styles of lyrics and beat, and with the name Adam Lambert attached, there shouldn’t be a problem with pleasing the fans he already has, as well as making some new ones.

Chanel’s black tweed tailored jacket can be part of a comfortable yet stylish look. Jackets like these will probably start appearing in department stores this year. By Becky Robinson

territory quickly. However, if done with discretion, the LBJ can be dressed up or dressed Everyone has heard of the little black dress. down, depending on the occasion. Take, for instance, a night at the movies. It’s been synonymous with classy trendsetters on the red carpet and is a staple in roman- Loose-fitting boyfriend jeans can be paired tic comedy wardrobes. But recently, French with a distressed T-shirt and a little black fashion house – under the directive vision of jacket for a comfortable yet stylish look. Roll Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld – has intro- the jean cuffs up slightly and rock a pair of killer heels to complete the ensemble. duced the little black jacket. The little black jacket can also work with Much like the infamous little black dress, the little black jacket has already made it’s a more sophisticated look, as it is, after all, international debut and caused quite a stir in tweed. If you have an interview or important the fashion world; Chanel has even devoted meeting, pair an airy blouse with a flowing an entire exhibit to the jacket in Taipei and an A-line skirt of any color or print and top the outfit off with the LBJ upcoming book in which and some chunky 109 models and pop culheels. Slick your ture icons style the LBJ hair into a ponytail in a multitude of ways. or bun to frame your So what exactly is a face, and grab a cute little black jacket? Aside The tailored, professional jacket has remained clutch. The little black from the obvious namea popular trend and item throughout the jacket can be worn sake of being little, black decades, not changing very much at all: a true with virtually anyand a jacket, Lagerfeld’s testament to the timeless style icon. thing, as is easily seen recent obsession stems in Lagerfeld’s book. from classic roots. The Now that I’ve jacket is made of tweed – explained Chanel’s litnot unlike Chanel’s other tle black jacket, there classic jackets. The jackis one small problem. et was born in the 1920s Most college students by house founder Coco Chanel and was instantly a hit. The tailored, can definitely not afford a tweed jacket with a professional jacket has remained a popular $1,000 minimum Chanel price tag. Fortunately, trend and item throughout the decades, not most department stores and popular retailers changing very much at all: a true testament to will certainly begin to make their own more affordable versions of the little black jacket the timeless style icon. If, by now, you’re reading this and thinking, that won’t shatter your adorable pocketbook. That being said, it’s possible to pick up more “Tweed is for old people; why would I ever wear the stuff? I’m in college,” I say it’s time than one little black jacket that doesn’t necesto broaden your fashion perspective. Tweed sarily have to be of the tweed variety. Mix and – especially Chanel’s sleek and tailored little match with textures and cuts. You could easblack jacket – can be worn by anyone at any ily have a little black leather jacket that adds age. You just have to be careful with the color an edgier twist to any outfit. For more information on the latest trend palette. Mauve and pastels are sure to make you look beyond your years, but neutral col- rocking the fashion world, check out thelittleors like black, white or beige are appropriate to view photos from for students. Additionally, any add-ons, like the exhibition or to get some inspiration. flowers or brooches, can tread into elderly

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14 Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Heavyweight to fight Beck (29-10) Saturday WILDER FROM PAGE 1 A few seconds later, he starts to slow down – fifty seconds of continuously throwing punches is starting to take its toll. It’s not an uncommon feeling for the Tuscaloosa native. Wilder is 22-0 in his professional career – all by knockout – and will look to make it 23-0 on Saturday night at the Killer Buzz Arena in McFarland Mall. The 26-year-old won two major national titles at the amateur level and was the only American to medal in boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His stock in professional boxing only rises with each knockout, and he dreams of being the first to bring the heavyweight championship belt to Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama. The journey that led Wilder to this Northport gym on a sunny June afternoon began long before he ever set foot in a boxing ring, though. “I never looked for trouble, but trouble always found me.” -Wilder

He wasn’t always the giant he is today. He was just a “little kid,” as he called himself, growing up at Stillman Heights Elementary School. Wilder didn’t have any interest in boxing, but he also never backed down from a fight. As one of the smaller kids in his class, he was an easy target for his classmates. “I guess because I was smaller – I wasn’t always tall – everyone wanted to pick with me,” he said. Like every kid growing up in Tuscaloosa, he dreamed of playing for the Crimson Tide. Wilder always found himself throwing the football around or hanging out at the local basketball court, which was packed every night. “You get that big tradition

SPORTS thing, see all the games, all the people coming into town,” he said. “You see them on TV, you’re like, ‘Wow, I want to play for them one day.’” As he grew older, he grew in athleticism and was one of the best athletes in his grade. However, after graduating from Central High School in 2004, his grades forced him to attend Shelton State Community College, where he walked onto the basketball team. Before his basketball career could begin, though, his life took a sudden turn and would be changed forever. “Sometimes, we have plans for ourselves, but God has other plans for us.” -Wilder Deontay Wilder sat in a hospital room with his girlfriend at the time, Jessica. She was pregnant, and the doctors had diagnosed their unborn child with spina bifida – they said she would never walk. Having the child would significantly limit what Deontay and Jessica could do, as taking care of a child with that condition would require an immense amount of attention and care. There was another alternative, the doctor said – one that would allow the two of them to live the rest of their lives just like they had planned. Deontay looked at the doctor, then to Jessica. “No, thank you,” he said at the time. “We’re not going to terminate it.” “We accepted that challenge that day,” he said. “I never think a child is a mistake, especially if you’re not planning on it, if you do it out of wedlock. Every person, no matter what their disorder is, deserves a chance in life.” Wilder never saw the basketball court at Shelton, one he surely would have dominated for four years, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He and Jessica are happily married, and Naieya is six years old. She has defied all

of the doctors’ expectations, walking with the aid of leg braces and sometimes without them when she is at home. She smiles, laughs and lights up her dad’s face every time he talks about her. What started out as a setback to a promising career turned into more than Wilder ever could have expected. “God blessed me with even more,” he said. “When you make the right decision in life, that’s a great feeling.”

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ceremony ... and you’re coming out like, ‘I’m glad I’m from the USA.’ I’ve been to other countries, and there ain’t no other country you want to be from than the USA,” he said. “If I could’ve fought that night, you’re looking at the gold medalist right there.” Wilder made his professional debut on Nov. 11, defeating Ethan Cox in a tworound TKO and never looked back. Twenty-one professional bouts later, Wilder is still undefeated, knocking out “He just walked in the door one every opponent he’s faced. But day.” -Deas of all his fights, there is one that will stay with him for the Playing basketball was no rest of his life. longer an option, and Wilder needed a way to support his “Any boxer that’s a boxer new family. He was driving a professional-wise here in the beer truck at the time when a state of Alabama, I think that friend mentioned boxing, just was their day.” -Wilder in passing. Having been a good street fighter growing up, Alabama didn’t have a proWilder decided to investigate. fessional boxing commission, He showed up at the door of so Wilder always found himJay Deas, his current trainer, self traveling for fights. But who ran a gym in Northport. after he returned from the He looked around, and his Olympics, he made it his miseyes lit up. sion to lobby for one. “It’s like a kid seeing Finally, in July of 2009, Christmas for the first time then-governor Bob Riley and not knowing what to signed the commission in expect, but then opening up the law, and on a February the present,” he said. night in 2011, Wilder made He started training with history. Deas, who eventually gave Fans packed the him some things to work on by Umphrey Center at himself. Shelton State on Feb. “That’s usually when you’ll 19, 2011 to witness see guys not do as much,” the first professional Deas said. “But he was the boxing match in opposite. He actually did as the state’s history much or more than when he and to see their didn’t think I was watching. hometown hero, And I said, ‘This may be some- Deontay Wilder. thing special here.’” He knocked out After only a few months of DeAndrey Abron in training, Deas got Wilder his the second round of first fight in January of 2006. the main event, but the night From there, he started com- was a victory for all boxers in peting in Golden Glove compe- the state of Alabama. tition, eventually winning the “After that very first show, heavyweight championship in it was like, ‘It’s on.’ I’m defiOctober of 2007. nitely fixing to put Alabama He qualified for the Summer on the map in this boxing Olympics in 2008, where he thing,” Wilder said. was the only medalist for the Afterwards, people from USA in boxing, taking home all over the state called him the bronze. to thank him for everything “The greatest feeling about he had done. Now, kids could it is coming out of the opening train in Alabama and not have

to move to another state to pursue a boxing career. “There’s no greater feeling than right here at home, where your people are,” he said. “My goal is to be the next heavyweight champ of the world, and I’m definitely going to be that.” -Wilder “5 seconds, championship!” Back in his Northport gym, Deontay Wilder steps back, takes a deep breath, then lands seven quick, powerful blows before time is called on the workout and he can rest. The jury is still out on Wilder’s

professional potential. ESPN. com called Wilder one of the top US heavyweight prospects, while others say he hasn’t faced strong enough competition to be mentioned in that group. Wilder’s goals are clear, and if his life is any indication, he won’t settle for anything less. “I’m the type of person that if you doubt me, I’m going to prove you wrong,” he says. “It never fails, because that’s what’s going to make me work the hardest.” He didn’t let grades, an unexpected daughter or a boxing commission bring him down, and even if his rise takes some time, he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. “The hard thing about being a human is having patience,” he said. “We always give up so early. And we might be at the tip of success – we can be right there at the door – but it gets hard, we give up, and then we never know.”

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Alabama continues hauling in recruits By Zac Al-Khateeb Staff Reporter

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The Alabama football team has continued its fast pace on the recruiting trail heading into the summer. Since the commitment of four-star defensive end Jonathan Allen in late May, Alabama has added another four commitments to its list, bringing its total to 18 so far and giving it the No. 2 class, according to Rivals, and the No. 1 class, according to 247Sports. Alabama got its next two commitments on June 8, with Maurice Smith and Parker McLeod becoming Alabama’s 15th and 16th commits of the 2013 class, respectively. Smith is a four-star cornerback prospect, while McLeod is a three-star quarterback. Alabama added its 17th commit two days later when Leon Brown, one of the top junior college offensive tackles, committed to the Tide out of Advanced Software Analysis College. Alabama rounded out its bevy of recent commits Thursday with Cole Mazza, the No. 1 long snapper in the class.’s Aaron Suttles said he thinks they were all good grabs for head coach Nick Saban, including Mazza, a two-star player who is unranked on most recruiting boards. Mazza was the first player to ever be offered a scholarship at long snapper by Saban during his stint at Alabama. “I will never question Nick Saban,” Suttles said. “He’s got a proven track record. If he thinks that Cole’s good enough to offer a scholarship to, that’s his judgment. It’s a position that’s often overlooked until they make a mistake, and then it’s the highlighted area on the field.” While the Tide has


Recent Alabama success could be continued over future althetic seasons By Zac Al-Khateeb

Leon Brown, right, and Parker McCleod are two of Alabama’s most prominent recruits. continued to haul in top-tier another one closed his. talent, it has strengthened its Robert Nkemdiche, the No.1 positions on other top recruits, defensive end prospect in the as well, including Josh McNeil, class, committed to Clemson Laremy Tunsil and Derrick Thursday. Despite his commitHenry. McNeil is one of the ment, Suttles said he expects top tight end recruits out of Alabama to put up a fight for Durham, N.C., and Tunsil and the No.1 overall player. Henry, both from Florida, are “I was shocked [when the No. 1 overall offensive Nkemdiche committed,]” tackle and athlete prospects Suttles said. “I think it’s a long in the class, respectively. way to go. Alabama’s certainMcNeil recently listed ly not going to give up. They Alabama as his leader head- were thought to be the favorite ing into the summer, while for a long time, and there’s a Tunsil listed Alabama among long time ‘til signing day. But his top three schools, includ- I’ll take the young man at his ing Georgia and Florida. And word, and his word right now while many believe Tunsil is he’s committed to Clemson.” Despite A l a b a m a ’s won’t leave the state of Florida, Henry has a good chance dominance on the recruitof committing to the Tide ing trail thus far, Suttles after reopening his recruit- said he would still like to ment after committing to see Alabama add some Georgia. Many place Alabama more positions to its class as Henry’s leader, including before it’s all said and done. Suttles said Alabama Suttles. “He hasn’t come out and could use a few more offensaid it, but I would have to sive and defensive linethink that Alabama leads for men and defensive backs. Still, Suttles said he was him right now,” Suttles said. “Alabama’s done a good job of confident Alabama would recruiting him, even though address all its needs by the he committed early to Georgia end of the recruiting process. “I think they’ll do it before in July of last year… He’s a big, physical back, and Alabama’s it’s over,” Suttles said. “This is proven they know what to a pretty good start. We’re not do with running backs.” even officially in summer yet, Still, where one recruit and they’ve got 18 commitopened up his recruitment, ments, so it’s pretty good.”

If this year has served any purpose for Alabama fans, other than offering a chance to witness four national championships, it’s made the Alabama faithful even more excited for the upcoming academic year. With Alabama’s championships in football, gymnastics, women’s golf and softball, this year has unarguably become the best athletic year Alabama has ever had. And not only that, it has also served to whet the appetites and expectations of fans for what could potentially be another groundbreaking year in the sports department. But we’ll save that for later. As for now, let’s look at the end of this last athletic season for Alabama. It was amazing, unprecedented and outlandish. But, as with all good things, it had to come to an end, and it did, with Alabama’s track and field team ending its season in the NCAAs earlier this month. And that leaves us with roughly a month and a half of not only no Alabama football, but no softball, gymnastics, golf … nothing. And while Alabama fans may not have a lot to look forward to for the rest of the summer, at least they can take solace in the fact that this year, Alabama has certainly set the standard of excellence, not only for itself, but for the entire collegiate, world as well. That certainly is a great way to end the year. And, as mentioned before, that can only mean good things for the future of Alabama athletics. As many fans know, once the bar’s been set, anything less than that standard is unacceptable. And, under the current leadership at head coaching positions and within the administration, I believe Alabama has the

ability to duplicate, if not maintain, the success it had this year. Head coaches Nick Saban, Sarah Patterson and Patrick Murphy aren’t going anywhere. The men’s and women’s golf programs still have a lot of talent left over from their seasons this year, and head coach Anthony Grant should finally make a reasonable dent in the NCAA Tournament come March, while the baseball team is looking to use this last season as motivation for next year. Now, look at that from a fan perspective. How much longer does that make the rest of this summer look? Pretty long, I’d bet. But then, imagine, after finishing this summer-long drought of no Alabama teams to watch, the feeling when Alabama gets a chance to repeat. Imagine the excitement when the football team steps foot in Dallas for its season opener against Michigan. Imagine the butterflies when the basketball team starts what could be its best season in years. Imagine the electricity in the air on opening night for what will be gymnastics’ third-straight national title run. Imagine the nerves, excitement ... imagine all of it, for every team Alabama will field next season: they’ll all have national title implications. Part of it is because this is Alabama, where anything less than the being the best is not good enough. But it all became possible for what Alabama did this year. And, as the summer continues on, Alabama fans can only look forward to the beginning of next season, while reflecting on what was truly a remarkable year in Alabama athletics this year. But Alabama fans are always looking for the next great year, regardless of sport. The good thing for Alabama fans is, that might just be next year.

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