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Blackburn names new director By Desiree Mahr Staff Writer

Philip Westbrook has been named the new director of the Blackburn Institute and will start on August 31, according to an e-mail statement. Westbrook, an associate professor in the College of Education in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies department, is starting his third year at the University. Becky Reamey, coordinator of the Blackburn Institute, said Westbrook’s position as a faculty member in the College of Education will be very beneficial to the Blackburn Institute. “It links student affairs to academic affairs like it has

never done before, and it strengthens the program,” Reamey said. “It provides more opportunities for the B l a c kb u r n Phillip fellows to Westbrook b e c o m e involved with faculty on a more personal level.” Westbrook has already been involved with the Blackburn Institute. He led a discussion on education in the state of Alabama and education policy,

See BLACKBURN, page 3

Vol. 116, Issue 14

Students, instructors find a new home in Lloyd Hall

CW | Norman Huynh Students march to Lloyd Hall to celebrate the move of New College from Carmicheal Hall to its new building across the Quad.

Facility to add free parking

Zone to host candidates SGA-hosted event is last before Tuesday’s local elections By Amanda Peterson Editor Candidates in Tuesday’s municipal election have one more chance to meet with Tuscaloosa residents and try to win their votes. The SGA is holding Pork and Politics, a meet and greet with those running for City Council and Tuscaloosa Board of Education, tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Zone at BryantDenny Stadium. Candidates who are running in contested races as well as those who are unopposed will be available, said James Fowler, SGA vice president for external affairs. Students and community residents will be able to speak with the candidates so that their voices are heard before the election, he said. “You can have that one-on-

one conversation with your representative without having to stay for the whole two hours,” Fowler said. The SGA is co-sponsoring the event with the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce and the Original City Association of Tuscaloosa. Fowler said the event name had nothing to do with the usual political connotation of pork, just the barbecue that will be served at the Zone. Along with a voter registration drive earlier this month, the meet and greet event is another opportunity for students to get involved with the city government, he said. At the SGA Web site, sga., students can find a link to the Voting Tide, a voting and politics information page for students. Students can find information about Tuesday’s



• What: “Pork and Politics” meet and greet

• Polls are open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Where: The Zone,

• For questions, call the Tuscaloosa County Voter Registrar’s Office at 3493870

Bryant-Denny Stadium (Gate 1)

• When: Today from 5

By Brittney Knox Staff Writer Tuscaloosa’s new intermodal facility, which will contain 449 spaces of free public parking spots and restaurants on the bottom level, is set to open in late September, according to Tuscaloosa city officials. Clif Penick, city facilities manager, said the project is 98 percent finished. “The project was funded through the federal transportation grant,” Penick said. This grant has allowed the city to make the facility free to members of the public. City Engineer Joe Robinson said the new facility, situated in the downtown area on 23rd and 6th Avenues, will also be a transit hub for the buses. The new building, which

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District 4 | UA Campus elections there, and Fowler said it will be updated with details about the 2010 gubernatorial election and nonpartisan political information. Students who are registered to vote in Tuscaloosa can vote at their assigned polling place Tuesday starting at 7 a.m. The UA campus is included in District 4, and the district’s polling place is at Calvary Baptist Church. It does not matter who students vote for, Fowler said, just that they get out and vote.

• Mayor: Walt Maddox (unopposed) • City Council: Lee Garrison (unopposed)

• School board: Bryan Chandler (i), Kelly Horwitz

• Polling place: Calvary Baptist Church, 1121 Paul W. Bryant Dr.

has taken a little over a year to build, is a $13 million project, Robinson said. If the University chooses to have the CrimsonRide buses to add the facility as a stop, it would be convenient for student commuters to park there, Penick said Businesses surrounding the facility include Capstone Bank, the Annex III building and Catch 22. There is a parking area in front of the new facility that is currently being used in addition to the parking on the street. “Downtown Tuscaloosa desperately needed additional parking,” said Penick. “This will also have an effect on businesses, because more people will be able to park their cars and walk to

See PARKING, page 3

UA kicks off Student Involvement Week today at the Ferg By Kelsey Hendrix Staff Writer

do just that. Starting today, there will be events throughout the week, which will allow Are you looking to get students, new and old, to learn about the opportunities availinvolved at the University? Student Involvement Week able here on campus. “In the past, we have always is designed to help students

had Get On Board Day as one of the main opportunities to hear about the things going on around campus,” said Corrie Harris, director of student involvement. “However, over the past couple of years, it has

become apparent that a oneday event is just not enough for us to get information into the hands of students.” This year, to better serve students, the University will host Student Involvement Week,

where students are encouraged to “get creative, get global, get spiritual, get connected, get paid, get on board, get active, and to give back.” “We want students to know how to get involved, meet peo-

ple, have something fun to do outside of class, gain leadership experience and really get involved in the community, all while finding their true

See INVOLVED, page 3

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT WEEK TODAY • Know the Code: 11a.m to 1p.m.,

• Get Involved, Get Creative: 6

Ferguson Center 2nd floor

p.m. to dark, Maxwell Hall

• Get to Know Your SGA: 4 p.m. to

• “Up” showing: 8 p.m., lawn of

5 p.m.

• Discover RHA: 5 p.m., Ferguson Center Food Courth




• Get on Board Day: 10 a.m. to 4

• Get Involved, Get Global: 11:30

p.m., Ferguson Plaza and Promenade

a.m. to 1 p.m., Crossroads Lounge, 2nd floor Ferguson

• Give Back Dessert and Dialogue:

Student Media building, sponsored by University Union and Campus Programs

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Crossroads Lounge

• Alabama Women’s Rowing Team Interest Meeting: : 7:30 p.m., 247 Bry-

• On Campus Jobs: 11 a.m to 12 p.m.

ant hall

and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., 336 Ferguson Center

• Work Study Fair: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ferguson Ballroom

INSIDE today’s paper P.O. Box 870170 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 Newsroom: 348-6144 | Fax: 348-4116 | Advertising: 348-7845 | Classifieds: 348-7355 Letters, op-eds: Press releases, announcements:

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Sports .......................7

Opinions ...................4


Arts & Entertainment ..5

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NEWS in brief CAMPUS | University target of check cashing scam The University has been the target of a check cashing scam, according to a UA spokeswoman. At least 20 checks have been sent out across the country that appear to come from a UA account at BBVA Compass Bank, said Cathy Andreen, UA spokeswoman. The checks are delivered by FedEx and instruct the recipient to cash the check, keep part of the money then send the rest on to a third party. The University has shared information with federal authorities, and asks anyone with any more information to contact UAPD, Andreen said. The University is the only school to be targeted by this scam.

CAMPUS | Reports: Alabama sends investigation results to SEC Multiple reports say the University of Alabama sent the results of its recent investigation to the SEC involving a fishing trip that Crimson Tide football players Julio Jones and Mark Ingram took together this spring. The investigation came as a result of a third party — Curtis Anderson of Athens — paying for the trip, sparking possible NCAA violations. Anderson is a friend of the two athletes. Because Anderson is not affiliated with the University in any way, it is not expected that the two players will be suspended for the incident. It is expected that the NCAA will make a decision before Alabama’s season-opening game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 5.

NATIONAL | Hurricane Bill blamed in deaths in Maine EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A large wave fueled by Hurricane Bill swept spectators out to sea at a Maine park Sunday as the storm-churned surf attracted onlookers and daredevils along the Eastern Seaboard. A 7-year-old girl who was pulled from the sea near Acadia National Park later died, and a 54-year-old swimmer died after washing ashore unconscious Saturday in Florida, authorities said. The girl, her father and a 12-year-old girl were all plucked from the water by rescuers. The man and his daughter are from New York City, Acadia National Park Chief Ranger Stuart West said. The other girl is from Belfast, Maine, and is not related to them, West said. He would not release their names. The man and the 12-year-old were hospitalized.

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TODAY • Get Involved, Get Paid: On-Campus Job Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 336 Ferguson Center •Get Involved, Get Connected: Get to Know Your SGA: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 360 Ferguson Forum

Back looks to future of young, growing field By Drew Taylor Administrative Affairs Editor For a man who has been in academia for years, Edward Back said he still treats each day as a new one, especially going from an associate professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering to the new director of the construction engineering program at the University. “I’m learning every day about this job,” Back said. The construction engineering program, which started in 2006, has gained credibility as one of the best programs in the Southeast. There are currently 140 students in the program, including 21 graduate students. Back, who said he came from a “long career in industry,” found his joy in teaching early on, teaching at both Texas A&M University and Clemson University before coming to the University of Alabama in 2007. As an expert in the field, Back has written more than 30 journal articles on construction engineering, has developed more than 60 project management short courses and was honored as the Construction Industry Institute’s “Outstanding

• “Laugh and Learn” with Dr. Allen Mallory: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library • Get Involved, Get Creative: 6 p.m. to dark, Maxwell Hall • “Up”: 8 p.m., lawn of Student Media building

For more events, see calendars on Arts & Entertainment and Sports.

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Edward Back Instructor of the Year” award in 2001 and 2005. In addition, Back has also received three university-distinguished Excellence in Teaching university awards, including the Zachry Award and the Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award. He has received special departmental teaching awards four times in the last seven years and is a three-time recipient of the Award for Faculty Excellence. However, despite his success as an educator, Back knows where credit is due, always pointing back to the one place that made it all possible for him from the very beginning: the University.

“They wanted this program and they’ve done a tremendous job supporting us,” Back said. “Everything we have needed they have provided.” Back also serves as the faculty adviser to the UA student chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Department of Civil Engineering Honor Society. In the past, the student chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors has earned top honors in various competitions in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Back said like many businesses, construction has been greatly affected by the downturn in the economy. In that light, he said it is important to maintain a sense of discipline, organization and management as a construction engineer. “Construction is a key part of our national economy,” Back said. “If there was ever a field impacted by it, that would be us.” As for the present and future state of the industry, Back said the days of the engineer sitting with a sketchpad, drawing out designs on paper, are gone. If anything, Back said he hopes to prepare his students for the competitive job market in the future. “Now is the time to be forward

thinking,” Back said. “We are in an age that is very informationintensive.” Although the program is not directly connected with construction and design at the University, Back said the University, as well as the city of Tuscaloosa, has been accommodating in allowing students to ask questions about how major construction projects function, in addition to visiting various work sites. In fact, it was due to this support that the program was able to thrive early on, with UA’s Construction Engineering Founding Partners being formed in 2006 through 16 different corporations and individuals dedicated to the program, donating nearly $1.5 million towards it’s wellbeing. “There is strong industry support for this program,” Back said. Expressing his hope for the program’s future, Back said he hopes to develop students that will not only have productive careers as engineers, but are highly sought after in their profession. “What I really want is for us to be a source of pride for the state of Alabama,” Back said.

UA ResNet to be upgraded based on student concerns By Kyle D. Pierce Staff Writer

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Do you have problems with your ResNet access? SGA Sen. John Anselmo, a junior in management information systems, as well as the Office of Information Technology,



would like to know. “The ResNet Survey is the beginning of the upgrades Anselmo said OIT is develcoming this year and process to make this campus fully oping a 15 to 20-question wireless.” online survey to determine how students access ResNet — John Anselmo as well as any problems that may be occurring with the system. will be sent via e-mail to all moted with numerous flyers Anselmo said the survey ResNet users and will be pro- around campus within the next month. The survey will address various issues concerning ResNet, such as network type, device type, network speed and the overall user experience. OIT will then begin using this new information to upgrade problem areas as soon as the feed back from the surveys begin to come in. In addition, Anselmo also said the survey needs a large number of responses to be successful because, to see what is happening with the network, officials must speak directly with the people using it. “This is the number one problem with campus infrastructure; only good can come of this,” Anselmo said. Anselmo said one of the main goals of the new survey will be to judge the use of new Wi-Fi devices, such as iPhones and netbooks. Although these devices add countless new opportunities for students to excel, in some cases, they have put an inordinate amount of strain on the network. The upgrades to follow are expected to address the bandwidth and connection issues caused by these devices said Anselmo. According to The Tuscaloosa News, AT&T will launch a new 3G network in the Tuscaloosa area within the next 30 days, which should help alleviate some problems from the ResNet nework. “The ResNet Survey is the beginning of the upgrades coming this year and process to make this campus fully wireless,” Anselmo said. “[Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer John McGowan] and the Office of Information Technology are working diligently to make this campus wireless, but student feedback is crucial.”

ResNet Survey • What: E-mail survey to assess student opinion on ResNet

• When: Sent via e-mail in the coming month • Why: To make ResNet easier and quicker to use

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Monday, August 24, 2009


UA student challenges incumbent Caldwell runs for Council seat against Tinker By Kellie Munts Senior Staff Reporter District 7 voters will choose between a young politician and an established Tuscaloosa resident when they arrive at the polls for the municipal elections on Tuesday. Vann Caldwell, a senior in majoring in political science, is challenging incumbent City Councilman William Tinker for the District 7 City Council seat Caldwell said he has felt called to serve the public since the age of 13.

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“This is a great chance to start making the University feel like home, because when you have connections to a place, it always feels more like home.” — Corrie Harris

she said Throughout the week, several organizations including the SGA, Residence Hall Association, Career Center, Crossroads Community Center and Capstone International will be hosting meetings and informal discussions where students can learn how they can become involved in working with these organizations. Harris emphasized the importance of freshman taking part in this week of activities as a way to get connected from the beginning of their time at UA. “This is a great chance to start making the University feel like home, because when you have connections to a place, it always feels more like home,” Harris

said. “We want to show the freshmen that there is not just one path here for students to get involved.” However, Student Involvement Week is not designed just for freshmen, as there will be several events throughout the week where upperclassmen can also sign up for new clubs and activities to get involved in. “Get on Board Day will always be a central feature of the Student Involvement Office as a day for all students, on one day, in one place, to find out more about the opportunities available at UA,” Harris said. “But by expanding this week, we hope that students will find an even better way to get involved and find their passions here at the University.”

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100 percent. Older voters may be concerned that I’m not taking this seriously but I am letting them know that I’m very serious about what I do.” In addition to running his campaign and finishing up his political science degree, Caldwell is a full-time security officer with UAPD. He said his full schedule requires a lot of energy, but his motivation to serve the public is a priority. “The city council position is a part-time job, but I will treat it like a full-time job in order to best serve the people,” Caldwell said. Incumbent William Tinker has worked for the city of Tuscaloosa for over 20 years. During his first term, Tinker said he saw many projects come to fruition, including the beautification of

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passions while here at the University,” Harris said. The Office of Student Involvement designed a week in which students can find more indepth information about activities and events on campus to expand on Get on Board Day, Harris said. In addition to attending events, organizers are asking students to fill out an interest inventory to get more information about the opportunities they may not have seen throughout the week. Students can find a list of organizations at leadership., Harris said. “We want students to check the different areas that sound interesting to them, and then we will follow up individually in order to tell students more about upcoming events that directly correspond to their interests,”

“I’ve shaped my education toward this dream,” Caldwell said. “I’ve always had a passion to serve the Vann Caldwell public and I feel that this is the time to jump in.” Caldwell has not yet held a public office, but he did run for mayor in his hometown of Talladega in 2003. As the youngest candidate running for a city council position in Tuesday’s municipal elections, Caldwell addressed concerns that his potential constituents might have. “There are advantages to being a young candidate,” Caldwell said. “I have a young mind and will be going at this


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“I have a young mind and will be going at this 100 percent. Older voters may be concerned that I’m not taking this seriously but I am letting them know that I’m very serious about what I do.” — Vann Caldwell

Skyland Boulevard. Tinker said he has many plans for the next four years, and said he is working on two projects to address drainage on Cherrydale and Eighth Avenues. “I want to be in the process of bringing more jobs to Tuscaloosa,” Tinker said. “We’re going to have a fulltime economic development person. There are things that we’re looking at right now that would mean jobs for the people of Tuscaloosa, but we cannot announce them yet.”


Caldwell said he is running for office with five major goals in mind — goals he plans to accomplish by keeping an open ear to the concerns of the public. He said one of those goals is to bring jobs to the people in District 7 and repair infrastructure and sidewalks. And Caldwell said he has a plan to increase public safety and security with additional patrols and will help the environment by cleaning up litter. As a student and employee of the University, Caldwell said he hopes to promote the campus

to the best of his ability. “Of course, the University is a very important part of Tuscaloosa,” Caldwell said. “We want to bring as many football fans as we can, but I also want to let people know that Tuscaloosa has many different attractions. There is something for every member of the family here.” Tinker said he also recognizes the importance of developing a working relationship with officials at the university. In the last term, Tinker and other members of the city council worked closely with Dr. Witt in several projects. “We want to work with the university because it is a very big part of this city,” Tinker said. “We want to do what we can, and I want to do whatever I can do to make it better for the students.”

NEWS in brief Second annual Greekfest to be held Friday

The Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils along with Costa Del Mar invite students to the second annual U. of Blue Greekfest on Friday. The show will feature four different performances. Azz-Izz will open the show, followed by Keller Williams. The third act of the night will be country/folk legend Robert Earl Keen. The headline of the event will be a two-

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nearby shops.” City Clerk Tracy Croom said employees of the surrounding businesses would be able to park in the facility and free up some of the parking on the street. “It is a great work in progress for the city, along with the numerous amounts of other projects going on in downtown Tuscaloosa,” Croom said. Croom said the facility also has a bridge connecting the facility to the Annex III building, a convenience for customers paying their water

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Reamey said. John Hammontree, a student chair of the Blackburn Institute and a senior majoring in English, said Westbrook had spoken with Blackburn students several times. “He has a great engaging mind, and I look forward to seeing what his vision of the institute ends up being,” Hammontree said. “He’s been a friend of the institute, and we’re looking forward to him serving as a director for us now.” Former student chair Kendra Key said she was glad that Westbrook filled

hour set by jam-band leg- ill children in Alabama. Gates open on Jefferson end moe. Fraternity and soror- Avenue at 6 p.m.. The show ity members can buy tickets starts at 6:15 p.m. though their organizations, and all other students will be able to purchase general admission tickets through the Crimson Arts ticket • What: Greekfest office. All of the proceeds raised • Where: Jefferson through ticket sales of U. of Avenue Blue Greekfest will go to support The Billfish Foundation, • When: Friday, gates a program that works to open at 6 p.m., show return billfish populations starts at 6:15 p.m. worldwide to a healthy level of abundance, and Magic • How much: $25 Moments, a non-profit organization that grants nonmedical wishes for seriously


and sewer bills. There will also be a desk assistant to direct customers to where they need to go located at the junction of the bridge and the Annex III building. In addition, there are various downtown construction projects scheduled for completion in 2010, including work on University Boulevard, which the city hopes will free up traffic flow in the area, Robinson said. Robinson said while he wishes roadwork could be done in the blink of an eye, projects of that nature do not generally work that way and he greatly appreciates the patience of the people who travel through downtown. “I imagine the construction

is inconvenient for some motorists and business people of the area,” Robinson said. Another project to be completed in 2010 will be a drainage system to replace some area storm drainage and sanitary sewers. Following completion of the drainage work, a park will open behind the parking facility in March 2010. “I imagine on a lot of Fridays and Saturdays you will be able to hear ‘Yea, Alabama’ coming from people enjoying the new park,” Robinson said. Penick said that the city is “now negotiating with a man who is well-known in the restaurant business to place two restaurants on the bottom level of the facility facing the park.”

the director’s position. “I believe Dr. Westbrook will bring a new exciting energy that will trickle down to the entire Blackburn Institute family,” said Key, a senior majoring in political science. The Blackburn Institute provides a chosen group of students, the Blackburn fellows, with opportunities to explore issues and identify strategic actions that will improve the quality of life for both the state of Alabama and the nation, according to the Blackburn Institute website. Through travel experiences, guest speakers and more, the Blackburn Institute has strongly influenced both the students who are involved as well as the community. “The Blackburn Institute

has been the pillar of my University of Alabama experience,” Key said. “It’s been a great time for me to really learn about the state of Alabama.” Both R e a m ey and Westbrook said they have positive outlooks for the future of the Blackburn Institute. “I think the reputation of the Blackburn Institute will be increased with Dr. Westbrook’s leadership and visions,” Reamey said. “I am very excited about joining the Blackburn Institute,” Westbrook said. “I want to see the mission of Dr. Blackburn fulfilled as we mature and work with all of the fellows, the advisory board members, and the University.”


Student Involvement Week Calendar of Events Get Involved, Get Paid

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Thursday, August 27th Monday, August 24th -Get Involved, Get Paid - 11-Noon; 2-3pm @ 336 FERG -Get Involved, Get Global -11:30-1:30pm @ Crossroads, 2nd floor FERG -Work Study Fair - 9am-5pm @ FERG Ballroom

Get Involved, Get Connected Monday, August 24th -Get to know your SGA - 4-5pm @ 360 FERG -Discover RHA - 5pm @ FERG Food Court -Know the Code - 11am-1pm @ FERG 2nd Floor

Get Involved, Get Creative Tuesday, August 25th -Get Involved, Get Creative -6pm-Dark @ MAXWELL HALL -Screening of “Up” - 8pm @ Student Media Bldg

Get Involved, Get On Board Wednesday, August 26th -Get On Board Day -10am-4pm @ FERG Plaza

Get Involved, Give Back Thursday, August 27th -Dessert and Dialogue - 1:30 -3pm @ Crossroads -Clean-Up Campus - 3pm @ Crossroads Saturday, August 29th -Follow-Up Service Project

Get Involved, Get Active Thursday, August 27th -BAMA Women’s Rowing Interest Meeting -7:30pm @247 Bryant Hall Friday, August 28th -Pre-Season Tailgate Party -4-7pm @ Rec Fields

For more info, visit, call (205)348-6114, or stop by 355 Ferguson




Monday, August 24, 2009 Editor • Alan Blinder Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } HOW DO YOU CONSERVE ENERGY? “I unplug my charger.” — Jennifer Patterson, freshman, broadcast journalism

“Just recycling.” — Claire Davis, freshman, chemical engineering

“We keep all the lights off when weʼre not in the room. And even if we are in the room, and thereʼs daylight, we keep them off.” — Anne Whitaker, freshman, chemical engineering

“The only thing I really do is not litter.” — Brittany Lekay, sophomore, nursing

“We try to turn the lights off as much as we can because there are some pretty bright light bulbs.” — Katie Adsit, junior, finance

EDITORIAL BOARD Amanda Peterson Editor Will Nevin Managing Editor Alan Blinder Opinions Editor

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

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Democrats on the brink By Alan Blinder When Republicans suffered heavy losses in the 2006 midterm elections, some pundits declared that the end of the party was near and that they could never recover. The problem is that some of those same pundits said the same thing about Democrats in 1994. Tell that to Barack Obama. Now with large majorities in both houses, Democrats are a pushing a health care bill that, according to many Americans, is


The federal government has seemIn short: Before ingly mastered the they presume inability to follow to preach to its own guidelines. America, fedFirst, Timothy eral agencies Geithner, the treaand their leadsury secretary, ers should bring and Tom Daschle, their own housBarack Obama’s es to order. first nominee to run the health department, failed to pay their taxes. Then, President Obama, after spending an entire election cycle talking about the need for government to follow its own rules, issued waivers to some lobbyists so they could serve in key positions within the new government. Now, the Department of Energy has failed its own energy audit. The department’s inspector general crunched some numbers recently and found that if the bureaucrats would follow their own advice, such as purchasing thermostats that automatically change the temperature when no one is in a room, we’d save enough energy to power 9,800 homes annually. Moreover, the department has actually installed the more efficient equipment at a number of sites, but employees are simply failing to take advantage. An assistant energy secretary, speaking to The New York Times, blamed the errors on the workload of department bureaucrats. They may be overworked, but failing to adequately use taxpayer-funded resources is nothing less than raw incompetence. The assistant secretary said officials are looking for ways to increase the efficiency of overworked bureaucrats. We’re hardly inclined to trust the department when it comes to being efficient and competent. We agree that Americans need to seek opportunities to conserve energy. Democrats and Republicans alike have made compelling arguments for energy conservation, including climate change and national security. Whatever the reason, we have heard few people assert that we need to waste energy. But Americans are slow to respond and require ample leadership and hand-holding. How does the Department of Energy expect citizens to respond when it cannot follow its own advice? Over the last year, we’ve made progress towards having a more energy-efficient America. The Cash for Clunkers program provided immediate economic stimulus while encouraging the purchase of more environmentally friendly vehicles. The University, among other large organizations around the nation, has announced a major effort to go green, seeking ways to reduce wasted paper and encourage recycling. We are not going to clean up the environment overnight, but it’s a start. The nation is, slowly but surely, rallying around the notion of energy conservation. We’d like to invite the Department of Energy to join us.

filled the gymnasium in suburban Atlanta did the wave as women cried and people danced at the appearance of the then-junior senator from Illinois. One woman told me she knew Obama wouldn’t let her down. But what if he does? What if he fails to fundamentally change Washington instead of merely marking time and passing bills that seem significant for only a single news cycle? If Obama fails to deliver precisely on his promises — no ifs, ands or buts — there is

“One woman told me she knew Obama wouldn’t let her down. But what if he does?” — Alan Blinder

a bad idea. It is completely irrelevant whether those Americans are right or wrong about the public option or non-profit cooperatives. All that matters, electorally speaking, is that they believe they are right. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, complain the protestors are radicals who are trying to stir publicity. They are also voting radicals, and when there is a naïve and largely inexperienced electorate, those radicals can have a considerable effect. When Barack Obama won the White House last fall, he enjoyed significant support among firsttime participants in the political process. They flocked to the polls inspired by Obama’s promises of hope and change. A number patently admitted that they supported Obama for emotional reasons. I remember covering an Obama appearance in Atlanta in July 2008 and seeing a tidal wave of passion unlike anything I had ever witnessed in politics. The crowd that


margin of 16 points in the runoff. In the case of Georgia, Democratic officials argued that Republicans played a better game and won the all-important turnout war. They are right in that Republicans won the turnout war, but it was not because of a better strategy. Last fall, Republicans could not create a semblance of a strategy anywhere in the nation, even in the red-dominated south. They won because only true-blue Democrats came to the polls. A number of Obama supporters, who had simply voted for Martin because they were there, failed to show. Later this year, New Jersey and Virginia voters will choose governors. In both states, Democrats control the governorships. But recent surveys reveal that a change might be afoot. In Virginia, the Republican is holding a sizeable lead of about nine points. In New Jersey, a state that voted for Obama last fall by a margin of 15 points, the Republican has led for months. The results in the two states — especially Virginia, which last year voted for a Democratic nominee for president for the first time since Lyndon Johnson — will serve as important barometers for the 2010 midterm elections. If Democrats want to preserve control of those governorships, they need to dial down their proposals on health care. But it might be too late for that. And even if they were to dial down on health care, then they would be in for trouble with the political newcomers who carried them to victory in 2008. Indeed, the next two autumns could be treacherous for Democrats. Sometimes, being in power is not a lot of fun.

a reasonable probability that those newcomers to the political process, feeling betrayed, disheartened or calloused, will vote Republican or stay home. I would assume the latter would occur, which can be just as much of an issue, if not more so, as people swapping party allegiances. Last November, Democrats benefited from Obama’s enormous personal popularity. His coattails were as long as any in memory, even more so than George W. Bush’s in 2002, when Republicans accomplished a rare feat: gaining seats while in control of the White House. For the most part, Obama won the election while other Democrats were mere benefactors of the nominee’s success. There is no better example of Obama’s popularity helping Democratic candidates more than in Georgia, where Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R – Ga., failed to win a majority in the general election against a Democrat, Jim Martin. Georgia law required a runoff election where Barack Obama’s Alan Blinder is the opinions editor name did not appear on the ballot. of the Crimson White. His column Chambliss trounced Martin by a runs Mondays.

Separate but Nott equal By Wesley Vaughn The UA campus boasts many great architectural landmarks. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Denny Chimes and the entrance to Gorgas Library top the lengthy list. One historic structure escapes this publicity, though it deserves as much, if not more, than all the others and exposes a disgusting instance of sexual prejudice. Nott Hall’s second floor men’s bathroom unites both the creativity of abstract art with the absurdity and lack of coherent nature of abstract art. Since the honors building houses this one-of-a-kind lavatory, one may presume it should be an honorary restroom that dwarfs all others in design, but like some honors students, this unfortunately is not the case. To enter, potential occupants must pull open a pair of doors. The first only leads to a small, strange space whose size requires simultaneously setting both doors ajar to prevent from becoming boxed in. Sometimes this problem is fixed by having the double entryway set open. A novel idea, I assure you, but due to the bathroom’s alignment with the front door, this grants Nott Hall visitors a clear perspective of all the restroom happenings. Obstacle one has now been cleared, but that just leaves the death trap itself. Two stalls with

doors that open out, a sink urinal, and paper towel dispenser all incredibly fit into a cramped area the size of a supply closet. Collectively, their arrangement presents a situation similar to “Legend of the Hidden Temple,” excluding the men who jump out and kidnap participants. The first stall door arcs out in a way that strikes anyone using the sink and surprises any unlucky soul entering the bathroom. Not to be outdone, the stall door farthest from the entrance backsides the person at the urinal and collides with the paper towel dispenser. The dispenser is masterfully placed not directly next to the sink. Though some just leave with wet hands, a special few do attempt to dry off by maneuvering behind the urinal user and constantly checking the second stall door to avert being slammed in the face. The relationship of the urinal and sink alone creates an incredibly awkward situation. No wall, curtain or even a plexiglass pane hinders their close proximity of two inches, creating an awkward silence between two men. However, the two utilities are so close that one, without strain, could relieve himself while washing his hands. Putting that into perspective effectively raises the question whether the bathroom’s deformed blueprint demonstrates brilliance or a com-

plete lack of common sense. Any decent human being may presume the women’s restroom right next door would be similar to the men’s. To steal a line from Lee Corso of College Gameday, “Not so fast my friends.” First-hand reports indicate that it resembles a spa in comparison to the structural quagmire nearby. Though commonly used as a lavatory, this unequally sized and furnished space doubles as a relaxation zone, truly putting the “rest” in restroom. Ladies of all ages can comfortably unwind on a couch or answer nature’s calling without obstruction while the men next door dangerously fight for their lives and excretory systems in a room only big enough for one. Philosophers have often expounded on the subject of potty parity. Socrates once stated that, “Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.” Later, The Fixx would more generally proclaim, “One thing leads to another.” Students, I don’t have the time to investigate every bathroom on campus. To make the University of Alabama free of gender injustice in the restroom, I urge others to report on any inequality so we as a student body can flush out this sexism. Wesley Vaughn is a sophomore majoring in public relations. His column runs weekly on Monday.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Horwitz is a smart choice for Tuscaloosa City School Board By Nicholas Rose

Tuscaloosa is the fifth largest city in Alabama. It is the home of the capstone of education in this state: the University of Alabama. The University community depends on the city as a whole to provide the economic sustenance and integrity to draw in the quality staff and students that have led us to prosper as we have. Some may know that certain schools in the Tuscaloosa City School district are struggling valiantly to succeed in educating Tuscaloosa’s young students and just barely making it. It is easy to worry just about the most troubled schools and not think much about the ones that seem to be succeeding. For college students, it may be easier still not to think about the public schools at all. But there are good reasons why all of us — not just parents and children, teachers and principals, but Alabama students too — should care about the future of Tuscaloosa’s public schools. If we want Alabama to attract and retain the best professors and administrators, then we need to have the kind of public school resources that will convince them to come and live here and stay. That means providing a sound education to every young man and woman, boy and girl, who is a part of our future, and convincing others to come to Tuscaloosa to live and work. It is for this reason that I am endorsing and implore you to support Kelly Horwitz for Tuscaloosa City School’s Board of Education, District 4. Kelly is a professional who will bring a various level of expertise to an elected office that requires the utmost in professionalism. Her dedication to education shows in her education degree from Northwestern University and her time spent in the Chicago Public Schools. She earned a law degree from the University of Virginia, and then continued her work in education by providing pro-bono legal counsel to the Washington, D.C. Charter School System, then in its infancy. Her service on the Board of Education will mimic the way in which her campaign has been conducted: honest, transparent, and accessible. She will be accessible and responsive to the needs of the community. If our public schools are not great, our University may not be great either. The long-term value of your degree depends on it coming from a great university, and that ultimately depends on how well both the university and the city that surrounds it and its schools perform. Ultimately, we all stand or fall together.

Nicholas Rose is a graduate student in elementary education.

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will find themselves rooting and cheering for the Basterds to do what they do best. The movie does become too intense during certain action scenes. With such a long build up to the action, as in any Western movie, you get stunned for a moment at what is actually taking place, and once the dust settles, you are left wondering who shot who because it all happened so fast. Adding to that, the amount of carnage will surprise most fans of Quentin Tarantino. Unlike â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reservoir Dogsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pulp Fiction,â&#x20AC;? where the gruesome happenings occur off camera, Tarantino shows the audience the deeds the Basterds do to their Nazi prisoners in full detail. One aspect that adds to the appeal of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basterdsâ&#x20AC;? is the direction that Tarantino takes in creating an alternative history of World War II and making a story about vengeance. The World War II film genre has given audiences some of the best, most captivating films of all time, such as

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UA freshmen contend for MTV award By Meghan Hollis Staff Writer Alabama freshmen John Stevens, Robert Hill, Ry Keel and Kevin Wehby, also known as the The Sleezy Treezy, have made the top five in the Pepsi Rock Band Challenge out of a total of over 600 contenders who entered. They are vying for a coveted MTV Moonman for “Best Performance in a Pepsi Rock Band Video.” Pepsi partnered with Rock Band and MTV in a challenge that will fly the winner to New York City to attend the 2009 Video Music Awards on Sept. 13. Stevens, a freshman in the College of Arts and Science and an aspiring fireman, said he discovered the contest on the Internet and thought he and his group could up the competition by submitting a video of their own. They uploaded their homemade music video covering a Rock Band song to apply. Top executive judges from Pepsi, MTV and Rock Band, who looked for entertaining and original videos, judged the video submissions creative videos using songs from Rock Band. Now, fans have until

Sept. 1 to vote for the best of the top five at pepsirockband. com. Once viewers sign up as a Yahoo! user and register, they can vote up to 10 times a day. The Sleezy Treezy video, featuring “Here it Goes Again” by Ok Go!, can be found on the Web site by clicking on the voting section found on the opening page. These Alabama natives are no strangers to exploring their creativity and making video’s such as these. These four have known each other since they were young growing up in Homewood. The foursome said they designed their own set in a Bessemer factory, complete with graffiti on the walls in the backdrop of one of the scenes. Robert Hill, a freshman majoring in telecommunications and film, filmed and edited the video while Keel played lead singer, Wehby on drums and Stevens on the guitar. “I’ve worked on stuff like mini-series and pilots to help me get experience, but I have never won a really big award,” Hill said. “The connections I think I would end up getting would be great. Keel, a freshman majoring

“The Sleezy Treezy” made their own music video to enter in the Pepsi Rock Band contest. The group made the top five.

GET INVOLVED Vote for ‘The Sleezy Treezy’ at until Sept. 1. in telecommunications and film, said he wanted to win to advance his aspirations as a music sound engineer. “If I can just meet people in the music industry, that will be enough for me,” Keel said. “I just want to make good connections.” Wehby, a freshman majoring in psychology, also detailed his reasons for wanting to win. “I would really like to win because I feel like that could be the jump start to a career in the film industry,” Wehby said. “I would love the chance to act in movies, and I feel like this could be exposure I need to get my name out there.” Hill said the group chose “Here it Goes Again” for its high energy, and they wanted to come up with a likeable, short concept with a fast pace. “From there I drew a story board that we could follow

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loosely,” Hill said. “If anyone else in the group had a better or funnier idea for a scene or shot, we would go with that instead and just run with it”. Stevens said most of the ideas for the video came from Hill, but said he came up with the shower scene that is in

their video. “Originally, it was supposed to be an attractive young woman bathing in the thirstquenching Pepsi,” Stevens said. “But we were a little short-handed at the time, so we just used me instead.” If they won, the group said

they would love to meet celebrities like Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Judd Apatow. “I would want to meet Hayden Panettiere at the VMA’s and possibly take her out on a romantic date afterwards,” Stevens said. “Possibly to an Applebee’s or TGIF.”

Tuba soloist teaches Alabama band workshop Patrick Sheridan turns Moody Music into The Breathing Gym By Steven Nalley Arts and Entertainment Editor

For Patrick Sheridan, becoming a tuba player was a matter of fate. “In my elementary school, at the end of third grade, they called everyone out in alphabetical order to see what instrument they wanted to play in the band,” Sheridan said. “I wanted to be a drummer, and they had 11 drummers already, and nobody was playing the tuba. “That’s actually a very common story,” Sheridan added. However, Sheridan turned his story from a common one into that of one of the world’s most celebrated tuba soloists. He has made his tuba, with its blue-to-orange gradient paint job, his own, and he brought it to the University to teach students at the Moody Music Building Thursday and Friday. Demondrae Thurman, a professor in the school of music who teaches both euphonium and tuba, said Sheridan was one of his few heroes growing up. “I didn’t grow up idolizing this person or that person, but I can honestly say Pat Sheridan was one of my heroes,” Thurman said “Coming up as a young college student, Patrick was the guy you wanted to hear play, hang with, talk to about music.” Students said they enjoyed hanging out with Sheridan not only for his skill, but for his sense of humor. At an early point in his workshop Friday, he created a flowchart indicating that a wind instrument’s

sound came from “buzz,” or vibration. “And how do we make buzz out of a wind instrument?” Sheridan asked. “Beer,” he said, joking before identifying the source of “buzz” as air flow. Thomas Landers, a senior majoring in music education, said he enjoyed Sheridan’s humor, but he also learned a lot from him. “It was really educational,” Landers said. “It’s pretty much an honor to have him here because he’s a professional.” Daniel Ritch, a sophomore majoring in music education, said he has attended a workshop with Sheridan on Thursday. He said he had tried Sheridan’s techniques and seen his sound quality and tone improve. “I thought it was very helpful to me as a tuba player,” Ritch said. “It gave me a new Downtown Tuscaloosa 525 Greensboro Avenue 752-6931

Patrick Sheridon perspective on how to play.” Sheridan said his initial inspiration to take the tuba to new heights was his mother, who took the music he had been learning on piano and had him play the melody with her piano accompaniment. “She enrolled me in every talent contest that she could get her hands on,” Sheridan said. “I learned to play stuff that would work in those kinds of situations.” He soon became a member of

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and went on to perform at the White House, the Hollywood Bowl, and orchestras in Vienna, London, and Chicago, among others. He said he has played about 3,200 concerts in the last 18 years. Sheridan is also co-author with Arizona State University professor and fellow tuba soloist Sam Pilafian of The Breathing Gym, an improvement method for musicians that Sheridan teaches in a book and DVD as well as in person. It was The Breathing Gym that Sheridan personally taught to

Alabama students Thursday and Friday. Students joined Sheridan in his breathing exercises, and sighs as they released tension after his stretches. Jonathan Whitaker, the assistant professor of trombone in the school of music who arranged Sheridan’s visit, joined the students in the exercises and commented on how helpful they were, having tried it Friday morning. “I’m sitting here wishing I had my instrument with me right now, because I know what would come out of it would be gold,” Whitaker said. “Bang, instant sound, instant clarity.”

Sheridan’s parting words before his workshop with the marching band were an exhortation to not only keep practicing, but also to enjoy it by focusing less on their mistakes and more on their success. He asked students to try listing the attributes of their best and worst music teachers, carry those lists into the practice room with them, and try to treat themselves the way their best teachers treated them. “You have to be your own best teacher,” Sheridan said. “You know what that is because you’ve all experienced it.”

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UA triathlete places seventh By Anthony Johnson Staff Writer While most of Tuscaloosa was still curled up in bed and sound asleep, Alex Woodard’s Saturday started at 4:30 a.m. with a Hammer nutrition bar and a bottle of Perpetuem. Alex was competing for a national championship. Saturday morning, Woodard, a 20-year-old UA student and triathlete, competed in the USAT Age Group National Championships in Tuscaloosa. The championship triathlon brought in more than 1,000 athletes ranging in age from 18 to 80 from all over the United States, and even some from other countries, to compete for the chance to qualify for the 2010 ITU World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Woodard’s career as a triathlete began on a borrowed bike in August of 2005. “My uncle was a triathlete and talked me into competing in an event in Guntersville,” he

said. “And I figured since I was already swimming and running cross-country in high school, I might as well go for the trifecta. “So he let me borrow his bike and I finished fifth in the beginner’s division out of like 200 people, and I have been hooked since then.” This year’s championships featured a 1.5k swim up the Black Warrior River, a 40k bike up and down Jack Warner Parkway and finally a 10k run along the winding river, through downtown and onto the UA campus. Woodard said the preparation for this type of event is a 24/7 commitment in order to compete with the top athletes in the country. “It’s a lifestyle,” he said. “I have been doing this for years. I probably only take about two weeks off every year.” Woodard, like most triathletes, has a strict diet to adhere to. “Lean meats, veggies and whole grains are pretty much it for me,” he said. “I’ve gotten

so used to eating healthy, that if I ate a hamburger I’d probably feel sick afterwards.” Woodard, former president of the UA club triathlon team, said his experience with the team has helped to prepare him to compete for a championship. “It definitely gave me a huge advantage,” he said. “I know the course, I know what it is and I am used to it.” Woodard finished the race with a total time of 2:03:50 and placed seventh out of a field of 90 competitors in the men’s age 20-24 division. He said the 1.5k swim was his toughest event. He described the definitive strategy in swimming competitively. “Typically, I’m not one of the fastest swimmers,” he said. “So I try to find someone’s feet — a faster swimmer’s feet — and draft behind them, which saves me a lot of energy for later in the race. “In a current as rough as the one today, it helps to have someone in front of you blocking the current. You want to try to swim

Triathletes jockey for position in the Black Warrior River during the 1.5-kilometer swim at Saturdayʼs USAT Age Group National Championships in Tuscaloosa.



USA Triathlon | Chris Didario in a pack to conserve energy.” Although he lost some ground during the swim, he said he was able to battle back during the 40k bike, and finally make his move during the 10k run. “I felt pretty good on the bike,” he said. “I was passing some people along the way, but I really made up the deficit on the

last half of the run.” What once was a 16-year-old boy who needed convincing and a borrowed bike to find his niche is now a 20-year-old triathlete who has no intentions of giving this up anytime soon. “I’d like to continue to compete as long as my body will allow me to,” he said.

Tide drops season opener to UAB Bramble said. “I thought that first goal by UAB was a great goal. And I was concerned as to The Alabama women’s soc- how we were going to respond cer team started the 2009 sea- to that. And what I like is that son with a home loss Friday in we responded really well. The last 15-20 minutes of the first falling 2-0 to the UAB Blazers. Head coach Todd Bramble half it was all us.” UAB’s Danya Barsalona sent said the team has few more areas to work on as the season in a cross to Tiffini Turpin for a one-touch shot in the upper progresses. “We’re really trying to focus right corner of the goal to put more on our performance at the Blazers up 1-0 at the seventhis stage of the season because minute mark in the first half. we’re such a new team,” Alabama began to apply pres-

sure towards the end of the half as the Tide produced six shots on goal to the Blazers’ seven. “I thought our response to their first goal was excellent,” Bramble said. “I like the way we came out in the second half and started to play. I thought it was really a matter a time before we scored to tie the game up and then they scored off a counter attack against the run of play.” The second goal came in the 65th minute as Laura McCalla sent a through ball to Barsalona for a one-on-one with the keeper that Barsalona struck to take away the Tide’s momentum. Bramble said the second goal by UAB was the most pivotal point of the game. “We were carrying the momentum of the game at that point,” Bramble said, “and had all the territory, had them on their heels a little bit and with

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one counter attack they came down and buried their chance and really sucked the life out of us. But there’s still no excuse for the poor response to that second goal. We’ve got to keep it together better than we showed tonight.” The Tide struggled to duplicate the same energy they generated at the end of the first half. Alabama finished the second half having only three shots to UAB’s six. Bramble has emphasized the need for a strong offensive presence. “We got to find a way to score goals,” he said. “Whether it’s a beautiful play or set pieces, whatever it takes, we got to figure out a way to push the ball across the goal line. We haven’t done that yet in an exhibition game or tonight. That’s going to wear on a team’s confidence. We will give our attacking players tons of repetitions in front of the goal this week, so they [go] into the next game feeling

more confident in that area.” Despite the loss in their first game at Alabama, some of the newcomers on the team showed signs of things to come. Bramble was pleased with the performance of the freshmen that played in Friday night’s opener. “I thought Kaitlin Smith was probably our best player, particularly in the first half,” Bramble said. “I thought Josie Rix did a nice job in the center of the midfield covering a lot of ground. She’s got a great physical presence in there. “I thought Ashley Willis, our freshman at left back, was outstanding tonight. She showed tremendous toughness and speed, never got beat. Those three players as freshmen in particular had really good games for us.” Alabama heads to Samford University Friday as they look to bounce back from an earlyseason loss.

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8 Monday, August 24, 2009


The Crimson White

Stat leaders from Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scrimmage Passing

Defensive leaders

Greg McElroy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 for 44, 295 yards, 2 TD, 2 Int.; Thomas Darrah â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 for 19, 121 yards, 0 TDs, 0 Int.; Star Jackson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 for 13, 69 yards, 0 TD, 2 Int.; A.J. McCarron â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 for 7, 16 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.

Dontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a Hightower (LB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack Rolando McClain (LB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 tackles, 1 INT (20-yard TD), 1 FF, 1 PBU Mark Barron (DB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 tackles Eryk Anders (LB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks Kareem Jackson (DB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 tackles, 1 INT, 3 PBU Javier Arenas (DB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 tackles, 2 PBU Robby Green (DB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 tackles, Rushing 1 INT, 2 PBU Terrence Cody (DL) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 tackles, Terry Grant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 rush, 72 yards, 1 TD; Trent .5 TFL Marcell Dareus (DL) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 tackles, 2 TFL, Richardson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 rush, 23 yards; Demetrius 2 sacks B.J. Scott (DB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 tackles, 1 INT Goode â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 rush, 20 yards; Mark Ingram â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 rush, 19 yards, 1 TD; Eddie Lacy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 rush, 9 Scoring yards Rushing Touchdowns (2): Player â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mark Ingram â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 (4 yards); Terry Grant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 (49 Receiving yards) Receiving Touchdowns (2): Player â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brad Smelley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 rec., 51 yards, Mark Ingram â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mark Ingram â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 (66 yards); Preston Dial â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 4 rec., 91 yards, 1 TD; Marquis Maze â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 rec., 58 (1 yard) yards; Kevin Norwood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 rec., 85 yards; Julio Jones â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 rec., 84 yards; Mike McCoy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 rec., 25 yards; Michael Williams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 rec., 24 yards; Terry Grant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 rec. 25 yards.

CW | Norman Hyunh Playboy All-American Javier Arenas reaches to catch a pass during a recognition drill Saturday. Arenas tallied ďŹ ve tackles and two pass break-ups in the scrimmage.

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CW | Norman Hyunh Top Right: Quarterback Greg McElroy drops back during a drill before SaturdayĘźs scrimmage. McElroy completed 23 of 44 passes for 295 yards in the scrimmage

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Bottom: Sophomore cornerback B.J. Scott goes through a pre-scrimmage drill Saturday. Scott had an active day, contributing four tackles and an interception for the Tide defense.


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