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The U.S. Department of Education proposed a set of regulations in August concerning the use of Federal Pell Grants and forcing colleges to increase the transparency of job placement rates after graduation, according to, an online news source for higher education. Congress will enact these regulations as part of last year’s renewal of the Higher Education Act. For the first time, the Higher Education Act has made it possible for students to receive enough Pell Grant support, an entitlement program and the result of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to cover them year-round as opposed to just two terms, according to the

Sometimes the best conversations happen during lunch. At least that’s what UA Provost Judy Bonner and Vice Provost Mark Nelson think. In this light, Bonner and Nelson are inviting students, faculty and staff to join them for food and discussion at this year’s first “Pulse Check Lunch,” which will go on Thursday at noon in Room 204-A at the Ferguson Center. “Pulse Check,” which was started last year as a way for the two administrators to meet with the student body, is set in a relaxed, informal environment where students are free to eat their lunches and discuss whatever is on their minds. Nelson said another reason for the lunch is to let students know that he and Bonner exist. “I think some students go through college not even knowing that there is a provost and a vice provost of student affairs,” Nelson said. Despite their busy schedules, Nelson said it was a priority for both him and Bonner

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PELL GRANTS • About 20 percent of UA students use Pell Grants.

• Students will now be able to use Pell Grants year-round rather than for just two terms. article. Helen Allen, associate director of student financial aid, said 20 percent of UA students receive and use Pell Grants, ranging from $976 to $5,350 per year, depending on the eligibility of each student. “Historically, students were allowed to receive two terms of Pell Grant if they attended full time for both terms,”

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Provosts check campus pulse through lunch By Drew Taylor Administrative Affairs Editor


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By Sam Susock Staff Writer 8 On Repeat Vintage Clothing will be hosting a vintage t-shirt sale today downstairs in the Ferguson Center beginning at 8 a.m. Brandon Gardner, 34, is a UA graduate as well as the coordinator and owner of the traveling vintage t-shirt showcase. “I am very excited to be back at the University for my third year,” Gardner said. “I have a lot of new additions to my collection, and they all are dated back to the ‘70s and ‘80s. They are all authentic. No reprints or reproduction allowed.” Gardner’s first t-shirt show was held at Rojo, a restaurant in Birmingham, about four years ago. He said throughout high


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to carve out a couple of times out of the year to be able to meet with students. “The students are the reason that we are here,” Nelson said. “Our calendars are very tight, but we felt it a priority to carve out time throughout the semester so that no one appointment was necessary.” As opposed to their normal routines of planned, organized presentations, Nelson said he and Bonner go into the lunch “completely unprepared.” “We don’t go in with an agenda,” Nelson said. “We’re not there to do the talking, we’re there to hear from the students, faculty and staff

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Jones, Ingram cleared by NCAA From staff reports The National Collegiate Athletic Association has ruled that sophomore Alabama football players Julio Jones and Mark Ingram did not commit rule violations on a fishing trip last spring and will be eligible to play on Saturday against Virginia Tech, according to a written statement released Wednesday evening. The trip was paid for by an Athens businessman, who the University concluded was neither a booster for the athletic program or connected to the University. The NCAA determined the relationship between the businessman

and Jones was one begun prior to the star wide receiver’s enrollment at the Capstone. “We are gratified that this matter has been resolved,” Athletics Director Mal Moore said in a statement. “Our compliance department, the SEC and the NCAA worked closely throughout this process and we appreciate the professional manner in which it was handled.” The statement also revealed Jones and Ingram had, in fact, been considered ineligible until the issue was resolved. The reinstatement is dependent on Ingram and Jones repaying the costs and benefits of the trip.

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University of Chicago prof. Coyne to talk evolution at UA By Patty Vaughn Senior Staff Reporter

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ALLELE has put on the lecture series, bringing many prominent anthropologists, philosophers, geologists and biologists to the university to educate students and the public. “It should be really exciting, and we’re really pleased with the speaker series this year,” said Leslie Rissler, an associate professor of biological sciences. According to the UA College of Arts and Science’s Web

site, Coyne’s primary focus is research concerning the mechanism of speciation, the process of populations of organisms to become separate species. Coyne has authored or co-authored more than 110 scientific publications and has written more than 80 columns, articles and book reviews for various other publications. Recently, he published a new book entitled “Why Evolution is True.”

“Jerry Coyne is a very prominent evolutionary biologist,” Rissler said. “Evolution is the foundation of biology and many other sciences because that’s the point of the evolution working group on campus so that people understand the relevance of evolution to science in general. He’ll be demonstrating some of the major aspects of evolution.” Following the lecture, Coyne will be available to sign books

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Jerry Coyne, a professor in the department of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, will be on campus tonight to discuss the theory of evolution. This is the beginning of the upcoming Alabama’s Lectures on Life’s Evolution series. The title of Coyne’s lecture will be “Why Evolution is True.”


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and talk with students and audience members. “The lecture series is only controversial in the sense that some people do not believe in evolution,” Rissler said. “There’s no belief in science, but evolution is a fact. It is also a theory, and when people understand how sciences use the term theory, which is more important than facts, the

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NEWS in brief CORRECTION In Wednesday’s edition of The Crimson White, a story titled “Shelby brings nation-leading $40 million to UA” said: “He said Congress can simply send a check to the school.” The sentence should have read: “He said Congress cannot simply send a check to the school.”

CAMPUS | SGA encourages participation in College Colors Day Under the leadership of the Higher Education Partnership, Alabama’s thirteen public universities will be participating in National College Colors Day 2009 on Friday. College Colors Day is an annual event where individuals show their school spirit by wearing their team’s colors on the Friday prior to the first Saturday of the college football season. The day strives to promote higher education through increased public awareness and celebrates the achievements of colleges and universities. The SGA encourages all students to wear crimson and white on Friday in support of College Colors Day and Alabama’s first football game of the year against Virginia Tech.

NATIONAL | Hurricane Jimena swirls past southern Baja resorts LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Jimena brushed passed the resort towns at the southern tip of the Baja California, lashing them with driving rain and winds as its fierce core bore down on a stretch of desert coastline to the north. Despite the pummeling by the fringes of the Category 3 hurricane, the Mexican peninsula’s biggest resort, Los Cabos, appeared to be escaping major damage beyond power outages and mud-choked roads. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Erika formed in the open Atlantic, east of Antigua and Barbuda. The storm had top winds around 60 mph (95 kph), and could grow stronger in the next couple of days.

LOCAL | Jefferson County wants loan to get employees to work BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama’s most heavily populated county is seeking a loan to get more than 1,000 laid-off employees back to work. Regions Financial Corp. said Wednesday it’s negotiating a possible loan that would let Jefferson County recall laid-off employees. The layoffs began after courts struck down a tax that provided about one-quarter of the county’s revenues. The Legislature has approved a new tax, but the money has yet to start coming in and Jefferson County residents are still dealing with reduced services. Aside from that problem, Jefferson County also is trying to avoid filing what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history over some $4 billion in bond debt on its sewer system.

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Allen said. “If a student was not full time, [the grant] was awarded proportionately, for example. If a student is half time then they received half of the full time allotment. If enrolled nine hours, then they received three-fourths the amount of the full time allotment.” Now, if the regulations are enacted, Pell Grants will be awarded year round for fall, spring and summer terms. The Federal Pell Grant changes, related to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, enacted on Aug. 14, 2008, reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965 and will help UA students to possibly achieve their degrees more quickly, Allen said. The only down side to the Pell Grant program is that Pell Grants only alleviate some of the financial pressures of tuition. “With the Pell Grant being $2,675 and tuition being $3,500, I don’t know if people would take advantage of it because

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that want to come.” Nelson said speaking with students in an informal setting stresses the idea of a family sitting around the dinner table. “A lot of times when you sit around the dinner table, it’s the best time to have conversation,” Nelson said. “We didn’t want people to think that this would be some stuffy meeting of some kind.” In addition, Nelson said the Pulse Check Lunch has proven to facilitate many different initiatives for students in the past.


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it doesn’t cover full tuition,” Allen said. However, the University encourages students to seek out scholarships and loans on campus to help alleviate financial pressures, she said. “The University is excited about this option for students,” Allen said. “Students that are eligible for Pell and would like to attend school year-round will be able to benefit from the program. They will also be able to receive a Pell Grant for fall, spring and summer terms based on their enrollment. This will allow students to possibly graduate sooner than originally plann ed.” According to Inside Higher Ed, the U.S. Department of Education also petitioned for colleges to allow more transparency in reporting information as a part of the consumer disclosure section of the Higher Education Act. The legislation requires colleges to annually publish the “placement of and types of employment obtained by graduates of the institutions’ degree or certificate programs,” forcing

universities to make as much information about the institution public. Jerry Paschal, executive director of the Career Center, said the University already complies with these federal regulations. “At UA, the College of Business and the College of Engineering currently collect first destination data,” Paschal said. “This includes, professional employment, graduate school admittance, part-time or temporary employment, military service and those who state that they are delaying searching for a job or going to graduate school.” He said there are several reasons why colleges collect this data. “When each of these colleges are up for a review to continue their accreditation, this data is required by the accreditation review committee, “ Paschal said, “If a particular college within a university is ranked by the media, first destination data is one of the factors used in rankings, along with the selectivity for admission to those colleges

and other factors.” Paschal also said the information is used as a recruiting tool to show prospective students what opportunities are available to them. “This information is currently on our website, so it could be made available to the National Department of Education,” Paschal said. “The information we currently collect is public information, so we would submit that information when requested.” According to the article, many universities are concerned that revealing this type of information could hurt their image and present consequences. However, Paschal isn’t concerned. “Since they will only want composite data, I don’t see this as a problem,” Paschal said. “If, however, they wanted specific information on individual graduates, it may present some privacy issues, but I doubt that will ever happen in our country.” According to both Allen and Paschal, the University of Alabama complies with all federal regulations.

One particular example was last year’s lunch, when a small group of students stressed the need for a central location to mentor students. However, he said what these students didn’t realize was that Corrie Harris, director of student involvement, was there too, with a very similar plan. What resulted was the UA Peer Mentors, a program designed to help new freshman become aware of the various mentoring programs around campus through an easyto-find Web site. “They were able to connect together and pull their ideas together, which actually made both ideas better,” Nelson said.

Harris said since then, the program has grown to connecting the web of various mentoring programs, as well as make referrals to specific ones. For more information into these programs, visit bama. Harris, who has attended several meetings since then, said it is important for students to express their concerns to administrators because, ultimately, a problem can’t be addressed if no on knows it exists. “I believe that the purpose behind this is to make UA administration more accessible,” Harris said. “If people don’t take advantage of it, then it won’t

work the way it’s supposed to.” Nelson said he has no expectations for Thursday, aside from hoping he can learn more about what is affect students. “I just hope that we come away from it knowing more about what people are thinking about on campus,” Nelson said. “If there is something that we can do to address a problem that we did not know about, then we have been successful.” This week’s lunch will happen Thursday at noon in Room 204-A at the Ferg. There will be two more lunches, Oct. 1 and Nov. 13. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to come to these meetings.

and Mark Ingram based on a condition of repayment. “According to the facts of the case submitted by Alabama, the student-athletes received impermissible food, lodging, transportation and entertainment from an individual with whom one of the student-athletes had become acquainted prior to enrolling in college.

“Consistent with NCAA membership requirements, the institution reported the violation and declared the studentathletes ineligible. As part of the reinstatement request, the institution required the student-athletes to make repayment of the value of the impermissible benefits to charity. “During the reinstatement

process, the NCAA staff considers a number of factors including guidelines established by the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, relevant case precedent, the student-athlete’s responsibility for the violation, as well as any mitigating factors presented by the institution.”

lution and to think it something different than what it actually is.” Rissler said it is important for students to attend the lecture as well as members of the community. “I think being in college and in the university is to understand in a liberal arts sense

the vast body of knowledge in the world,” Rissler said. “When you grow up in a very small isolated area and culture we don’t have an opportunity to see how other people in the world view the world, and this lecture series gives you an opportunity to see some of the brightest minds in the world

talk about one of the most fundamental theories in history.” The lecture will begin tonight at 7:30 in the Biology Building auditorium. For more information on future speakers in the series, visit the ALLELE Web site at bama. html.

Mexico’s top state security officer slain By Gustavo Ruiz The Associated Press

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MORELIA, Mexico — Gunmen in cars chased down and killed the No. 2 security official in the home state of President Felipe Calderon, where drug cartels are waging their biggest offensive yet against Mexico’s government. Three others died in the ambush Wednesday. Attackers drove up alongside a car being driven by Michoacan deputy public safety director Jose Manuel Revuelta and opened fire, state Attorney General Jesus Montejano said. Revuelta tried to speed away, but only made it a few blocks before he was intercepted by two vehicles. Six gunmen got out and sprayed Revuelta’s car with bullets, killing him, two bodyguards and a truck driver caught in the crossfire, Montejano said. Revuelta had held the post less than two weeks in the western state, the cradle of the ruthless La Familia drug cartel, which has been blamed for a string of assassinations of federal police and soldiers in recent weeks. Revuelta is the highest-ranking government official killed in the wave of violence sweeping Michoacan. An AP reporter at the scene saw the bodies of Revuelta and his bodyguards in the car, which had at least 15 bullet holes in the front windshield. Soldiers and federal police rushed to the site — just three blocks from the headquarters of the Michoacan Public Safety Department — and a helicopter circled overhead. Calderon first launched his crackdown against drug cartels in Michoacan, sending thousands of federal police and

AP Forensic experts remove the bodies of Michoacan stateʼs Deputy Public Safety Director Jose Manuel Revuelta and his bodyguard from a car after they were slain by gunmen in Morelia, Mexico, Wednesday. State officials said Revuelta, two bodyguards and a bystander were killed. soldiers to his home state after taking office in late 2006. Tens of thousands more have since been deployed to drug hotspots across Mexico. The government intensified its fight against La Familia since accusing the cartel in a series of deadly attacks across Michoacan in July. In the worst attack, 12 federal agents were slain and their tortured bodies piled along a roadside as a warning for all to see. It was the boldest cartel attack yet on Mexico’s government. Authorities say La Familia was retaliating for the arrest of one of its top members. The cartel controls illicit trades in

Michoacan ranging from drug trafficking and methamphetamine production to kidnapping and extortion. Last week, soldiers captured another suspected La Familia leader, Luis Ricardo Magana, who is alleged to have controlled methamphetamine shipments to the United States for the gang. Days before his capture, prosecutors detained the mother of reputed La Familia leader Servando “La Tuta” Gomez despite his threat to retaliate if police bothered his family. The woman was released after two days “for lack of evidence” of involvement in the cartel.

Drug gang violence has surged under Calderon, claiming more than 13,500 lives, including more than 1,000 police. Calderon, whose National Action Party lost big in July legislative elections because of public unease with the violence and an economic recession, defended his battle against drug trafficking in a speech to Congress on Wednesday. He said the government has taken on the cartels as no previous Mexican administration has dared to do. “As never before, we have weakened the logistical and financial structure of crime,” the president told legislators.

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WWII vets mark Japan’s surrender By Audrey McAvoy The Associated Press

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — The famous battleship where Japanese officials signed the surrender documents that officially ended World War II played host on Wednesday to about 20 aging U.S. veterans and dozens of observers as they marked the 64th anniversary of the war’s end. The USS Missouri, which was anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, for the surrender ceremonies, has since been decommissioned and moored in Pearl Harbor. U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie told those gathered it’s fitting that the battleship — now known as the Battleship Missouri Memorial — is docked just a few hundred yards from the memorial for the USS Arizona. The Arizona sank when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, an event

that drew the U.S. into the war. “I can think of nothing more valuable of this complex here ... to enable generations to come to reflect and understand,” said Abercrombie, D-Hawaii. The memorial welcomes more than 40,000 tourists each month to exhibits that highlight the Missouri’s role in Japan’s surrender. Walter Lassen, a 27-year-old first gunner’s mate aboard the Missouri when the war ended, told The Associated Press in an interview last week his fellow sailors had “little love of the enemy” when Japanese officials came aboard to sign the documents. The Missouri, one of the most powerful U.S. warships at the time, fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa as American forces neared the Japanese main islands. For months, sailors focused the Missouri came under the on aggressively protecting attack of 95 Japanese planes, their ship and other ships in Lassen said. the U.S. fleet. At one point, A kamikaze pilot slammed

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Pearl Harbor survivor George Bennet, right, salutes aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Wednesday at a ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the end of World War II.

school he helped his parents sell antiques at their shop in Cullman, so he has always had the skill and love for thrift store buying and selling. Gardner travels the country and visits vintage vendors everywhere to find new additions to his showcase. All of the t-shirts are American made and environmentally friendly, he said. “Buying a t-shirt from me is kind of like a ‘go green’ project,” Gardner said. “In my opinion, it is like I am recycling because these t-shirts all have been on another person’s back before and now I am giving them a new home rather than throwing them in the dump.” Gardner holds shows mainly at bars, restaurants and college towns within the state. But Gardner said coming back to the University is somewhat like a blast from the past. He said his cousins Moose and Deuce, who are UA seniors, make him feel at home and always provide him with an extra hand at the show. Donna Lake, the event coordinator for the University Union, reserved the space for Gardner’s show and said the t-shirt sale has been very popular with students in the past. Lake said she worked with Gardner to accommodate him and help make his showcase as big of a hit as it was in the prior years.

AP into the Missouri’s hull in April 1945, though the plane’s bomb failed to detonate and only the pilot was killed. “The mood at the time of the ceremony was the culmination of all this amount of fighting we had been doing and all this shooting that had been going on,” said Lassen, 91. But with the surrender, sailors began to feel that their country was finally safe, he said. Lassen, who lives in Waikiki, had planned to attend Wednesday’s ceremony, but had a last minute change of plans.

Gardner said he thinks the success of the showcase comes from the fact that these t-shirts are all truly authentic. “They all have a history behind them,” Gardner said. “The cool thing about it is that I had to go out in the field and find them. Stores like Walmart and Hot Topic aren’t competition because they are not the real deal, and my customers know it.” Gardner also said the successes of his shows are all credited to his wife, Jaclyn Gardner, who has a strong background in business and she is executive director of her company. Gardner said she is the brains behind the operation and is his most prized supporter. His wife Jaclyn tends to concentrate on the outcome of each show. She said she enjoys the positive faces and compliments by her husband’s customers after they find their shirt. “I love to see how excited people get while looking through his items,” she said. “I often see people pick up a shirt and then start talking about a great memory that the shirt musters up. It often leads to people having a good laugh or smile about whatever event they are remembering.” Gardner’s shirts range from $10 to $40 and sometimes up to $200 for hard-to-find classics. There will be thousands of shirts on display, and in his collection, he said there is a shirt for everyone that will fit in size, quality and taste.

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{ YOUR VIEW } DO YOU THINK RECYCLING CAPACITY ON THE UA CAMPUS IS ADEQUATE? “No. Every time I see [recycling] cans places, theyʼre usually already full.” — Paige Cummings, junior, accounting

“Probably not. I feel like you see trash cans everywhere but no recycle bins everywhere you go. I mean, theyʼre better than they were a year ago, but theyʼre still not up to full capacity.” — Tracy Handley, sophomore, enviromental information

“If you want to recycle on campus you either have to go out of your way or search for a can. Then even if you do find one, thereʼs a high chance of it being filled up.” — Andrew McPhail, freshman, undeclared

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Thank you, Richard Shelby

Here is a political reality check: Earmarks are here to stay. The line-item veto will not come to fruition anytime soon, and no matter the rhetoric of conservatives about the need to rein in federal spending, they are often just as guilty of adding in dollars for their districts. There are entire debates to be had about earmarks — ask Sen. Jo h n In short: The University is McCain, R-Ariz., set to receive a staggering, who has long nation-leading $40 million opposed porkin federal aid, mostly barrel politics because of Shelby — but we don’t want to take part in the philosophical battle today. Rather, we want to recognize the University’s champion on Capitol Hill, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Shelby is an influential member of the Senate’s Committee on Appropriations, one of Congress’ most important entities when it comes to handing out tax dollars. Through Shelby’s efforts, the University is set to receive a staggering, nationleading $40 million in federal aid. By comparison, Mississippi State University, the runner-up in one of the unofficial contests of who has the most influence on the Hill, received about $17 million. Three-quarters of the funding will go to pay for another building in the new Science and Engineering Complex, a series of gleaming laboratories and classrooms that some gubernatorial candidates have decried, in some respects, as extravagant. Regardless of whether there was some waste involved — there normally will be on a project of such a scale in a government agency — few can argue that science and engineering students needed newer, better, more advanced facilities. Lloyd Hall, for instance, was, quite literally, falling to pieces. Richard Shelby’s effort in Washington helped to secure funding for the first building (the aptly-named Shelby Hall), and his continuing labors have come through for University students yet again. Earmarks might or might not be a good idea, especially in a recession. But, so long as they are available, it seems logical to us to pursue them with vigor. The UA System employs a lobbying firm in Washington to present proposals to Congress, which is a prudent move. Unless the system is paying out $40 million to the firm (We doubt it, considering the average lobbyist makes about $96,000 annually, according to, the use of a team of professionals seems to be a logical investment. UA President Robert Witt, speaking in an interview on Wednesday, told a group of The Crimson White editors that it is impossible to overstate the importance of the support the University receives from the state’s congressional delegation. To the tune of $40 million, it is hard not to agree.


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Light pollution hurts learning By Ron Buta John Dobson, founder of the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers, is famous for having invented a telescope mounting that revolutionized astronomy for the general public. The Dobsonian mount allows people to own much larger telescopes than they could otherwise afford. Bigger telescopes mean greater ability to see some of the most interesting objects the universe has to offer, like galaxies, nebulae, quasars, and distant star clusters (collectively called “deep-sky objects”). Dobson’s reasoning is that, “The universe is a lot bigger than the Earth and it’s a lot bigger than the solar system and it’s a lot bigger than our galaxy and we owe it to ourselves to notice it.” Yet, countering our ability to notice the universe is a big problem: light pollution. As this semester’s instructor of Astronomy 203, the night observing lab at the University, it breaks my heart to see how much light pollution has destroyed the view of the night sky. One would think that at the very least, in a class like AY 203, one might be able to teach students how to identify the constellations so they can find their way around the sky. Yet, this is virtually impossible from campus since only the brighter stars can be seen against the background glare of city lights. The cause of light pollution is obvious whenever one flies over a city: unshielded outdoor lighting. It is astonishing how bright Birmingham is, for example,

when you fly over at night. You can see bright street and parking lot lights far and wide, hardly any of them shielded. No one disputes the need for ground lighting so that people feel safe walking or driving at night, but the light reflecting off the ground does not cause most light pollution. Instead, it is caused by artificial lighting aimed directly towards the sky, where it is not needed at all. When you consider that artificial outdoor lighting is not free, but that it is being paid for in some way, then light pollution can be thought of as dollar bills flying out into space at the speed of light. Light pollution is one of the most wasteful aspects of modern civilization. As Dobson noted, there is more to the universe than the Earth and the solar system, but unfortunately for students and the public, solar system objects and bright stars are about all we can see from campus. Although our society is mobile and my class can escape to the suburbs to get a darker sky, this is an enormous inconvenience. Getting everyone out to a dark enough site means finding adequate transportation, and it can take more than an hour roundtrip because the tentacles of light pollution around Tuscaloosa extend far beyond campus. By the time one or more portable telescopes are set up, we are lucky to have one and a half hours to do an astronomy exercise. We have a sophisticated observatory on campus — a computer-controlled 16-inch telescope housed in the dome of Gallalee Hall. The telescope is a powerful

teaching and imaging resource, but its full power can’t be realized because the sky from Gallalee is a washed out glare, even on a moonless night. This not only affects AY 203, but it also affects public nights and the observing nights our department often schedules for students taking Introductory Astronomy. I have found that when students see celestial objects through a telescope, it has a greater impact on their knowledge and interest than simply looking at pictures in a textbook. Astronomical pictures can be abstract and often show things the human eye could never really see, but there is something magical about seeing the real thing through a telescope. Light pollution can be addressed by making sure that any new and future lighting in Tuscaloosa and on campus has the correct kind of shielding so that all outdoor street lighting is directed only towards the ground, the area where it is really needed, instead of the sky. If such a thing were done, including retro-fitting older light sources, then people living in cities like Tuscaloosa might be able to see the stars and the Milky Way in their full majesty once again, just from their backyards. From Gallalee, we could show people the wonder of deep-sky objects as they should be seen. If this ever happens, we in AY 203 (as well as school children, their teachers, and parents) will appreciate it.

Our View is the consensus of The Crimson White’s editorial board.

Ron Buta, Ph.D., is a professor of astronomy.


America’s bickering siblings By Jonathan Reed “The level of verbal and violent intimidation… has become intolerable.” This is the reason guitarist Noel Gallagher gave for his sudden departure from the British rock band Oasis last week. Gallagher’s constant bickering with his brother Liam, the lead singer, has always been well documented. Noel claims that he “simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer”. It’s funny that a British rock band can have so much in common with political discourse in the United States. When Oasis was at its best and Liam and Noel were in synch, they worked together to put together albums like “What’s the Story, Morning Glory?” Similarly, when Americans work together, we’ve shown we can conquer any problem. The problem is getting people to work together. It’s far too common to see people turning those with whom they disagree into the enemy. Nowhere is this more evident than in politics, where some conservatives brand liberals as everything from communists to Nazis and some liberals characterize conservatives as everything from angry mobs to, well, Nazis. When debate is on such a low level, nobody really wins because no problems are being solved. (Well, it could be argued that Nazis win because they’re being compared with some pretty smart, good people on both sides). The lack of class when it comes to political discussion was especially evident last week in the wake of the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. Former Alaska

Gov. Sarah Palin posted a very classy statement on her Facebook page saying, “He believed in our country and fought passionately for his convictions,” but the note was quickly overshadowed by thousands of comments from her fans and supporters. Some applauded Palin’s sympathy and appropriate response to the passing of a rival, but many were not. Comments ranged from applauding the death of a “murderer” (another famous person who has killed someone in a car accident is Laura Bush, who even I find to be a great and amazing person) and a “traitor.” Some went as far as to say things like “one democrate [sic] down more to go” and “how sad that cancer takes so many people. I say it got the right one this time.” Of course, Kennedy’s death has been used by the other side as well. During his funeral, the prayer included an invocation of Kennedy’s dream of health care for all, which, given the status of a hotly debated healthcare bill in Congress, is very political. Perhaps a eulogy is a fitting place for a comment like that, but a prayer should not be about politics. We have a long-standing political doctrine relating to that about separating a few things. Seeing the other side as the enemy also leads to being misinformed. It makes you disagree with what they believe because you don’t like them instead of not liking them because you disagree. If all you watch is Fox News or MSNBC, you’re being spun one way. If you base what you believe in because you don’t want to be seen as a “communist” or a “Nazi,” then who is really doing your thinking for you?

Comparing a public health care option to Nazism is an interesting proposition. National health care existed in Germany starting in 1883 under Otto von Bismarck as a way to help prevent socialism. Bismarck saw a brewing health care crisis and decided that a little socialism and a little less inequality might ward off a socialist revolution. His plan was also mandatory, unlike Obama’s, and managed to improve the health of Germans up until Hitler’s rise to power. Look at it this way: if Obama is, as many protesters tell us, Hitler, then that terrible national health care plan would have been a product of a politician more like, say, Ronald Reagan. Bismarck’s health care compromise helps to demonstrate a lesson we desperately need to relearn today. Instead of blocking out the opposition, he conceded a little ground. Sometimes it’s better to listen, to compromise. When you alienate the other side, when you block out the ideas, wants, needs and values of those who disagree with you, you create an environment where reason and debate are replaced by dogma and combat. There can be no progress in this wasteland. Unfortunately for the United States, we can’t pull a Noel Gallagher and just leave. As a nation we must find a way to solve our problems or we will cease being the greatest and most powerful nation on the planet. The next time you talk politics please, as Noel would say, “don’t look back in anger”. Jonathan Reed is a sophomore majoring in political science and journalism. His column runs on Thursdays.

Facebook a time management disaster when misused By Alicia Williams UWIRE

The Bible states there is a time for everything. A time to die, a time to weep, a time to love, but a time for homework is never mentioned. Time can be a student’s worst enemy. The clock is always ticking, an ever-present reminder that we don’t have enough time. Students have lives. We all do things that cannot be eliminated, such as eating and sleeping. If you want to eat or sleep, you have to work to financially support that. But, you want to make more than $10 an hour, so you have to get an education. With education comes studying and homework. Heaven forbid you might meet someone you want to spend some quality time with. The big question: “How do we fit it all in?” According to a study, one activity students shouldn’t be wasting time on is the social site Facebook. The study found a relationship between students’ use of Facebook and lower grades. Out of 219 Ohio State students, 148 had a Facebook account and GPAs that fell between 3.0 and 3.5, and reported studying on average one to five hours per week. In general, students without Facebook had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0, and studied 11 to 15 hours a week. Although we can’t blame Facebook as the culprit causing college students to get bad grades, it is a means by which many of us waste vast amounts of time. A June Nielsen release reported a 700 percent increase of minutes spent on Facebook during the last year, going from 1.7 billion minutes spent in to 13.9 billion minutes. The amazingly accessible Internet now goes with us everywhere. Our phones and laptops are always ready. No wonder we are obsessively checking to see if anyone sends us a message. It could happen anytime and we want to know. But time dictates the need to exercise self-control. If we want to be successful students, we must exert the will to change worthless time-consuming habits. You only have this time of your life once. Choose to take control of how you spend your time and make each moment count. Alicia Williams is a student at the University of Utah.

By Jason Galloway Sports Editor Less than 48 hours after being shot in an attempted robbery, Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick was on the practice field Wednesday with a black non-contact jersey and a bandage on his left arm. His timely return to the practice field does not indicate full strength, however. Head coach Nick Saban said Deaderick will probably miss Saturday’s season opener against Virginia Tech. “We’re going to take his situation day-to-day, and each day he’ll probably do a little bit more,” Saban said. “He has a great attitude about trying to come out and do stuff and being with the team. It’s amazing to me, from a medical standpoint, the extent of his injury is not that significant. He wants to play, but we’re not going to put any player at risk relative to their future or the situation that they’re in.” Deaderick was shot Monday night in the parking lot of Rivermont apartments off Rice Mine Road and was held overnight at DCH Regional Medical Center before being released Tuesday. “I was surprised,” safety Mark Barron said of Deaderick’s presence at practice Wednesday. “Most people wouldn’t have come back that fast after something like that.”


He has a great attitude about trying to come out and do stuff and being with the team. — Nick Saban

Starting linebacker Cory Reamer said Deaderick’s absence will not force the front seven to make big adjustments Saturday against Virginia Tech. “It might have been [a problem] a couple years ago when we were lacking a lot of depth,” said Reamer, who practiced Wednesday for the first time since coming down with the flu. “Brandon Deaderick is a great football player, of course, but we have a lot of guys that can fill in and know what they’re doing.”

Tide likes Taylor’s passing ability Although Virginia Tech junior quarterback Tyrod Taylor is typically viewed as a running threat, the Crimson Tide is also valuing his ability as a passer. “This quarterback can scramble and make plays as well as anyone,” Saban said. “I’m talking about making plays throwing it on the scramble.” Taylor rushed for 738 yards and seven touchdowns last


season as a sophomore, while only tossing two scores versus seven interceptions, but Alabama players and coaches believe he is capable of beating defenses through the air. “They’re definitely very versatile,” Reamer said. “They’ve got a guy that can move really well with his feet and can throw the call when he needs to. We’ve got to be conscious of that, especially up front.”

Tide preparing indoors Although the early September heat was bearable Wednesday, Alabama took its practice indoors to prepare for the artificial turf it will be playing on Saturday. “We’re going to play indoors,” Saban said. “It really wasn’t that hot this week, but it’s the same surface, and I think it gives us an opportunity to do a little bit better job of recovering [and] getting used to the surface. It’s kind of the CW | Tori Gordon same thing we tried to do last year before the game, and we’ll Sophomore starting running back Mark Ingram carries the ball continue to do that tomorrow.” during a Tuesday practice drill. Ingram will look to break some runs against a tough Hokie defense Saturday.


Deaderick practices Wednesday, expected to miss Saturday’s game

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Pate changing the Tide By Laura Owens Sports Reporter Billy Pate, head coach of the UA men’s tennis team, graduated from Mississippi State as a journalism major. However, in Pate’s case, not everyone’s major in college will ultimately serve as a career of choice. He received his master’s at Georgia State in sports administration. After graduating, he was the sports information director at Georgia Perimeter College, a junior college in Atlanta. While there, he was offered the head coaching job for the men’s tennis team. “At first, it wasn’t something I had chosen as a career path,� Pate said. “It wasn’t something I had a goal of doing.� He left Atlanta to take an assistant coaching position at Notre Dame. Eventually, he left the Irish to take the head coaching position at the University of Alabama. “You could see there was a real plan, a real vision to be among the elite,� Pate said. “It’s evolved every year that I’ve been here.� In his six years at the University, he has led the men’s tennis team to four NCAA tournament appearances. He has also coached four individual players for either singles or doubles in the NCAA tournament. “There’s been a lot of good teams here and a lot of good players,� Pate said. “There probably hasn’t been the consistency that we would want. One thing that we’ve established is the last three years we’ve had a consistent pattern of success.� Pate said recruiting for tennis is different from other sports. Unlike in

SPORTS in brief AU football notebook By John Zenor The Associated Press

AUBURN — Auburn freshman Daren Bates had plenty of catching up to do when he finally arrived on campus. The safety missed the first two days of fall camp and the voluntary on-campus summer workouts while waiting for academic clearance from the NCAA, but he managed to log enough extra hours with the help of safeties coach Tommy Thigpen to claim the starting job going into Saturday night’s opener with Louisiana Tech. “I’d get here at 7 o’clock in the morning and wouldn’t leave until midnight during camp,� Bates said. “We’d watch film. [Thigpen would] give me quizzes on the plays and what Louisiana Tech was doing. He kept on me and got me to where I needed to be.� Bates’ case was also helped by the injury to starter Mike McNeil and the fact that his competitors lacked experience, too. However, he caught the eye of fellow safety Zac Etheridge in the first scrimmage. “We were on the sideline watching him, like wow,� Etheridge said. “Out of everybody, he had that motor, he didn’t stop at all. He was hitting everything. He’s a person that will hit you full speed.� Bates spent the summer working out in the early mornings with the Olive Branch (Miss.) High School team, then again later in the day. He has relatively modest goals for his college debut. “Not getting beat or getting run over. Making plays is hopefully what I can do,� Bates said. ON THE LINE: Auburn’s starting offensive line might be collectively the most experienced group on a young team. Left tackle Lee Ziemba’s 25 career starts is more than anybody else on the team though he’s only a junior. Next up is Etheridge with 24 starts.

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football or basketball, a lot of players do not have a high school coach to really influence their decision, so their parents really have an effect. “It’s very important to us to have a good relationship with the parents,� Pate said. “We want to make sure we recruit parents, and so we’re on the same page as the parents for what they want for their kids.� Freshman Ian Chadwell said he had many offers to play collegiate tennis, but thanks to Pate, the Tide landed his services. “He’s a big part of the reason that I came to Alabama,� Chadwell said. “I had it narrowed down to a couple of schools. A lot of them had a lot of stuff in common, and I found out that Billy’s one of the best head coaches. I’ve already started improving on things even though I’ve got a broken foot, and I can’t really move. He’s still telling me what I need to work on.� However, what Pate teaches his players goes beyond college life. Through tennis, he said he wants to instill some character and class in each of his players. “It’s very important to me to have our players succeed at whatever they want to do next,� Pate said. “I don’t think anyone coach that’s good gets into it without trying to help others and help the kids advance.� Though this year’s team is young, Pate said he has high expectations for both the team and the program overall. “People have to understand that Alabama is a very good tennis program, and I think that word’s gotten out there,� Pate said. “I think that’s the biggest thing that’s helped us.�


“One thing that we’ve established is the last three years we’ve had a consistent pattern of success.� — Billy Pate, men’s tennis head coach


Fall is here, meaning that intramural sports are about to begin at the University. As a student, faculty or staff member, organizers say playing intramural sports can be a great way to engage in serious competition or be an organized way to simply have fun with friends. “Intramural sports at Alabama are set up to be as competitive as you want them to be,� said program assistant Shane Ashcraft. The intramural program has levels of competition designed to match teams of similar talent and competitiveness. They have implemented three divisions for non-greek students: the Pro division for the seriously competitive, Semi-Pro for the somewhat less serious and the Collegiate division for people who just want to have fun. The greek system is divided into the Crimson and Ivory divisions that compete amongst each other. At the end of the season, the champions of the greek and Pro divisions compete for the Crimson Cup title. There are four steps to sign up a team. Stop by the office, located next to the front entrance of the Student Recreation Center and pick up the registration packet

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The University released its 2010 football schedule Wednesday, a mere three days before the Tide is set to take the field against Virginia Tech to start the 2009 season. The schedule includes home contests against Big 10 power Penn State, 2006 and 2008 national champion Florida and the annual Iron Bowl against the Auburn Tigers. The Tide’s open date will be the week of Oct. 30.



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Oct. 2 Oct. 9 MenĘźs tennis head coach Billy Pate observes some action on the court during the 2008-2009 season. Pate is looking to take a young Tide squad back to the top 25.

Intramurals give students serious, casual competition By Johnny Esfeller Staff Writer

Alabama football releases schedule for 2010 season

between the sign-up dates, fill out the necessary documents and return the documents along with the $50 registration fee and $10 forfeit deposit. At registration, captains should also have a list of people who they anticipate will be playing on the team at registration. The only requirements for registration are that participants are either a student who has paid the campus activities fee or a full time faculty or staff member. “Freshmen and other new [students] on campus sometimes don’t participate because they have not met enough people,� said office assistant Elizabeth Venezia. Students new to campus that wish to play should stop by the intramural office and put their name on the free agent list, and the intramural staff will place them on a team, she said. “It’s a great way to meet new people, stay active and enjoy sports,� Venezia said, encouraging anyone without a team to sign up. For the first time in the intramural program, the spouses of students, faculty and staff will be allowed to participate for a semester fee of $100. For the complete list of sports, either stop by the intramural office Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or contact by phone at


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From how it’s made to how to throw it, everything you need to know about the football

A spiraling football pass is a thing of beauty, and learning to throw one takes long practice, but these are the basic skills:

American football evolved from Ivy League schools. Princeton and Rutgers played the first intercollegiate soccer-like game in 1869, where the ball could be advanced only by kicking or batting it with the feet, hands, head or sides. During the next seven years, rugby became popular with major eastern schools and modern football developed from both.



■ Spread fingers lightly across laces ■ Thumb, forefinger form “U” holding end of ball ■ Grip firmly with thumb, middle and ring fingers



Early 1800s: A round ball was made of heavy canvas saturated with rubber.



Early 1870s: The leather rugby ball was used, making it easier to carry because running with the ball was allowed.


1940s to present: Pointier ends helped establish the passing game and made it easier to tuck the ball away when running.

Early 1890s to 1930s: With the forward pass introduced in 1906, the easier-to-throw “watermelon” ball became popular.

Stance ■ Feet under hips; side opposite throwing arm faces target ■ Cup ball lightly with non-throwing hand ■ Hold legs and trunk steady and focus on target

Wilson’s Ada, Ohio, facility is the only football manufacturing plant in the United States. It produces more than a million handmade footballs every year. The hour-and-a-half process involves about 50 steps. logos are stamped on two of the 2 The four panels using oil-based paint.

Stencil Cutting machine

equal football shapes are cut from 1 Four one piece of cowhide. Each set is trimmed to the same thickness and weight to meet official specifications.

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3 Start throw ■ Turn hips, then torso, then shoulders toward target ■ Cock ball behind your ear, with its nose pointed behind you

A synthetic lining is sewn 3 into the underside of each panel to help the ball retain its shape

Specially tanned, water-resistant leather

and to protect an air bladder that will be inserted.

Panels are sewn together inside-out on a heavy-duty machine.

Synthetic lining

Holes for laces are punched; extra lining is added around the air valve ring and lace holes.

4 End and release ■ Move arm overhead; forearm crosses over elbow as hand extends in direction of throw ■ Let go with thumb so fingertips can make ball spiral

The football is manually turned right4 side out. There are 21 men at the factory who can perform the task, which requires strength and dexterity.

Each turner is equipped with a steam box to warm and soften the leather as well as a vertical steel bar to provide leverage.

Wrist-flick: Crucial to good spiral; turn hand and wrist to increase spin; palm faces ground as you follow through SOURCE: MENʼS FITNESS, MCT

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A three-ply polyurethane bladder is 5 inserted through the opening in the lace area, providing air retention and


moisture control.

To complete a long pass, a quarterback must control the ball’s spin, angle of attack, trajectory and velocity. ■ Like an airplane wing, ball gains lift from low-pressure airflow over its top. ■ The ball must spin around its axis; air passing over the football causes drag. If the ball wobbles, extra drag will slow it. The faster it is thrown, the lower the drag. ■ For maximum distance, the axis of a football should point 10° above its line of flight.

ball is pre-laced with 6 The a heavy linen thread. Like turning, lacing is an accomplished skill. Only the most experienced lacers handle the NFL footballs.

Lift Lacing slows spin, causes drag and shifts the center of gravity

Low pressure zone

Spin axis intersects center of gravity

■ FAST FACT: Each of the 72 balls produced for the Super Bowl is used at least once during the game and is specially marked for authenticity. 10° angle of attack

The football is inflated with 80 7 pounds of pressure to stretch the linings and leather, straighten the seams and identify potential bladder problems.

Spin axis

Flight path Airflow separation zone

High pressure zone

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If spin and angle are correct, the pass remains stable throughout its flight. A pass with a high trajectory and too large an angle of attack will wobble in the late stages of flight. S O U R C E S : N O R T H C A R O L I N A S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y, POPULAR SCIENCE, MCT

Before a final check, 9 the ball is reinflated with 150 pounds of pressure for a minute. The pressure is then reduced to the standard 13 pounds.

The balls are partially 8 deflated and double laced with gridcord — cotton thread covered with vinyl — that wonʼt tear or crack under adverse weather conditions.

The ball is subjected to stringent quality-control checks. During the final inspection, each ball must meet standards in appearance, stitching, length, width, shape, weight and end seams.


shipped, the ball is partially deflated to take the strain off the seams. It is placed in a plastic bag to protect the leather from changes in temperature and humidity.

Game balls are fully inflated to 13 pounds before game time.

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Mississippi State, Mullen prepare for top teams By Chris Talbott The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mississippi State fans will get to see some of the best football teams in the country this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got five games ranked in the Top 15, you have a historic home opener and another team thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picked to win their conference,â&#x20AC;? said new coach Dan Mullen, the former Florida offensive coordinator. The new-look Bulldogs will host No. 1 Florida, No. 5 Alabama, No. 8 Mississippi, No. 11 LSU and No. 15 Georgia Tech in Mullenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for fans, bad for coaches, maybe, for getting sleep and feeling good about things,â&#x20AC;? Mullen said. Mississippi State kicks off the season against Jackson State, an historically black university. It will be the first matchup between teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Southeastern Conference. The other home game is against Houston, a contender for the Conference USA title thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beaten the Bulldogs twice this decade. Players view the schedule as more opportunity than obstacle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter who comes out here to play, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the No. 1 team or the No. 116 team, you better come out here and show you belong,â&#x20AC;? middle linebacker Jamar Chaney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They picked us to finish last in the West and last in the whole



You get 12 chances and whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Squawhaukee Canyon Institute of Technology, Alabama or Miami of Ohio, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all very, very important games. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks

SEC. But I know one thing: When you come to Mississippi State, you better be prepared to play.â&#x20AC;? BERRY PICKINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Tennessee safety Eric Berry needs just 15 yards to set the career NCAA interception return yardage record. The junior posted a Football Bowl Subdivision-best seven interceptions in his 2008 allAmerican season, returning them for a single-season Southeastern Conference record 265 yards. He holds the SEC career record with 487 return yards on 12 interceptions. Berry says he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind if those 15 yards came Saturday against Western Kentucky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would be nice to just go ahead and get it out of the way, so I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about it anymore,â&#x20AC;? Berry said. BIG 12 MEMORIES: Growing up in Columbia, Mo., Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aron White dreamed of playing in the Big 12 Conference. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get his chance Saturday. Well, sort of. White is a sophomore tight end for the No. 13 Bulldogs, who open the season against No. 9 Oklahoma State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was definitely a Big 12 fan growing up,â&#x20AC;? White said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember seeing all those classic battles: Oklahoma-Texas,

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Missouri-Kansas, MissouriNebraska.â&#x20AC;? But when it came time to pick a school, White looked elsewhere. His first choice was Miami, a school known for developing top tight ends, but the Hurricanes didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer a scholarship. So he turned to Georgia, which sent Randy McMichael, Ben Watson, Leonard Pope and Martrez Milner to the NFL. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just came down to Tight End U,â&#x20AC;? White said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just felt at home.â&#x20AC;? STREAKING WILDCATS: Kentuckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent run of three straight bowl games can be traced not to what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done in the SEC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just 9-15 in conference play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to do out of conference. Kentucky enters Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opener against Miami (Ohio) in Cincinnati with a 14-game nonconference winning streak, the second-longest in the nation. Kentuckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last nonconference loss was against Louisville in 2006. Though the nonconference schedule hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been exactly daunting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only one of those 14 wins has come over a ranked opponent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; coach Rich Brooks attributes the success to the improved talent on the roster.


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Nadal back in action By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been curious about the condition of Rafael Nadalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knees, so it made sense that his first Grand Slam opponent in three months would wonder as well. Which might explain why Richard Gasquet tried a drop shot deep in the third set of his U.S. Open match against Nadal on Wednesday. Nadal made the long run necessary to get to the ball, and flipped it back over the net, winning the point. A moment later, as if conspiring with Nadal to show everyone how fit the six-time major champion truly is these days, Gasquet offered up another drop shot. Nadal got to that one, too. Starting a bid to win the only Grand Slam title missing from his resume, Nadal encountered no apparent trouble from his much-scrutinized legs in a 6-2,

6-2, 6-3 victory over Gasquet at Flushing Meadows. Gasquet, for one, was impressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can win the tournament,â&#x20AC;? said Gasquet, a 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist and former top-10 player. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Day after day, he will improve his level. For sure, he can win.â&#x20AC;? Nadalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matter-of-fact assessment: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played well, no?â&#x20AC;? Nadal didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wear any tape near his knees Wednesday, something heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done in the past, much less the sort of bulky bandages Venus Williams showed up with near her left knee for a second-round match she won easily. Her sister Serena won, too, keeping the pair on track for an all-in-the-family semifinal. One could certainly make the case Nadal wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t facing the toughest competition. Gasquet has been away from the tour, too, recently. He served a 2½-month ban after testing

positive for cocaine; Gasquet successfully appealed what would have been a far more severe punishment, saying the drug entered his system inadvertently when he kissed a woman at a nightclub. Nadalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence was far more run-of-the-mill. He hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played at a major tournament since May 31, when his 31-match French Open winning streak ended in the fourth round at Roland Garros. The Spaniard cited knee tendinitis in deciding not to defend his Wimbledon title, and the layoff was a big reason Nadal has dropped from No. 1 in the rankings to No. 3. He ceded the top spot to Roger Federer, whose bid for a sixth consecutive U.S. Open championship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and third Grand Slam title in a row this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; progressed with a 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Simon Greul of Germany in front of a night-session record crowd of 24,206.


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Artrageous shows local art Estate to pay By Taylor Woods Staff Writer


If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in pursuit of new artwork or are simply in need of creative inspiration, then check out this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Artrageous Riverfront Arts Tour. The event will be held tonight from 5 to 9 in downtown Tuscaloosa and Northport. The monthly tours are held on the first Thursday of every month and feature an array of art including paintings, photography, hand-made jewelry, pottery, stained glass, and metal sculpted pieces. Different galleries located in downtown Tuscaloosa and Northport will be showcasing and selling art that is displayed in the event. Not only is the Artrageous River Front Tour a celebration of visual art, but it also will highlight live music as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Birmingham Seven,â&#x20AC;? a popular Birmingham based jazz ensemble is scheduled to perform at Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 8 p.m., and other galleries will host bands at their events also. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour will promote three galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa and three galleries in Northport, according to Valerie Piette, Program Manager at the Kentuck Art Center. Current and past UA studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work has been exhibited at the galleries in previous tours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance for people to come and


â&#x20AC;˘ What: Artrageous Riverfront Arts Tour

â&#x20AC;˘ Where: Downtown Tuscaloosa and Northport

â&#x20AC;˘ When: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ How much: Free see local art they might not be familiar with and actually meet the artists too,â&#x20AC;? she said. The art centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Full Moon Emerging Artists Program allows artists who have no experience in showcasing their work to apply to have their art exhibited and put up for sale in one of the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studios for a month free of charge. The Kentuck Gallery in Northport will feature this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selected emerging artist Rachel Canoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. Other Kentuck studio artists will also be featured, including the abstract paintings of Ann Mottershead Betak, a Kentuck studio artist with a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from UA. One of the Kentuck artists participating in Artrageous is Kerry Kennedy of


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance for people to come and see local art they might not be familiar with and actually meet the artists too.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Valerie Piette



Fire Horse Pottery. Kennedy said the tour was an opportunity for visitors to not only buy ceramics but also sample free food from the Tuscaloosa Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so much an exhibit as an open studio,â&#x20AC;? Kennedy said. The Alabama Blues Advance Band will provide the entertainment at the Kentuck Art Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event and refreshments will be provided. The Bama Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior League Gallery will also display the work of an Alabama alumni. During the Artrageous Tour, the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. introducing â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Years of the Image,â&#x20AC;? a photography collection by College of Arts and Sciences graduate Wayne Sides, will take place 6-8 p.m. The reception will be held on the second floor of the Bama Theatre. Sidesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photographs of the Ku Klux Klan from the late 70s have also been displayed at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Other galleries that will be available to visit during the tour are The Harrison Galleries and Duet Art and Jewelry, both located on University Boulevard and Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Row Studios and Renaissance Gallery both on Main Avenue in Northport. The event allows guests to view the six galleries at their own pace and trolleys will be available to commute from Tuscaloosa to Northport and back. Guests will be able to catch the trolley outside the Bama Theatre. Admission for the tour and the trolley is free. Entertainment Editor Steven Nalley contributed to this story.

expenses for Jackson burial By Anthony McCartney The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate will pay what are being called â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinaryâ&#x20AC;? expenses for the pop singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral, attorneys and a judge said Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff authorized the current administrators of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate to pay for Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral and interment, which are scheduled for Thursday evening. Attorneys for Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Katherine, had asked the judge to sign off on the expenses, which have not been disclosed. No one contested who would pay the costs, but Beckloff said he had concerns about whether Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate could afford it. Jeryll Cohen, an attorney for the administrators of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate, said the costs will be paid. She said the debt-ridden estate has enough cash to pay for the funeral. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The expenses are extraordinary, however, Michael Jackson was extraordinary,â&#x20AC;? Cohen said. Few details about the service

have been disclosed. Cohen said during the hearing that part of the reason it was so expensive was because 12 burial spaces were being bought. Beckloff said normally, costs of a funeral would be paid by the estate after the service. But Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to pay the costs upfront and wait for reimbursement. Jackson is scheduled to be interred in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale, which is about eight miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

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‘Taking Woodstock’ unfocused, uneven By Peterson Hill Staff Writer

Ang Lee has made a career of making films that are vastly different from each other. His latest, “Taking Woodstock,” is no exception. To be up front, this film doesn’t reach the heights of his beautiful “Brokeback Mountain,” or his charming “Sense and Sensibility,” but I don’t think he was going for that. He is telling a story that is as scatterbrained as the participants of the festival. However, the story centers on the Teichbergs and their son Elliot (Demetri Martin). These are undoubtedly some of the most interesting scenes of the film. Elliot concocts the plan to have the festival of Woodstock in Bethel after it has been kicked out of two towns already. The locals of the town aren’t happy, but Elliot sees a buck to be made and he capitalizes on it. Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy) sees the same dollar signs flashing so he offers his farm up for them to use. The community ostracizes both men for letting the hippies take over their small, quiet town. As the hippies start to roll in, the stress begins to pile up for Elliot. He is swamped by everything he needs to do around his family’s motel, the El Monaco. His mother Sonia (Imelda Staunton) greets the money with wide eyes, but when the work starts to pile up, she can’t take it and fully blames her son. His father Jake (Henry Goodman) starts out hesitant but grows to see the beauty of the event. There is, of course, a colorful array of characters that begin to populate Bethel. Perhaps the most interesting is Vilma (Liev Schreiber) who is a transvestite ex-marine that

‘TAKING WOODSTOCK’ Runtime: 120 minutes MPAA rating: PG-13 Release date: Aug. 28 CW critic’s rating:

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offers up her services to the Teichbergs to help keep security under control. Schreiber, who doesn’t get enough work as it is, truly shines in a small but memorable role. Also, Billy (Emile Hirsch) is a shell-shocked soldier from Vietnam. Billy is never constant though. At the beginning he is struggling with reality; at the end he seems fine. He was given no room to grow though. We don’t spend enough time with him. I could continue on about the characters, but there are a good dozen more, from an unneeded contemporary nudist theatre troupe to two people who offer Elliot acid. There is just too much here. Lee is working on a script from James Schamus’ interpretation of Elliot Tiber’s book that tries to encompass every piece of Woodstock. The film starts small and almost ends small until the last shot. Yes, the festival was massive and there were several hundreds of thousands of people there. Lee does something Kelli Garner (left), Paul Dano (center) and Demetri Martin (right) star in Academy Award-winning director Ang Leeʼs “Taking Woodstock,” a film depicting the seminal music event. smart by making the film a way that all the strings got put into place. There is actually never any concert footage. We hear it, but the film isn’t about the music. Above all the film is a coming-of-age story for Elliot. The problem is that he never really comes of age. He is no closer to telling his father at the end of the film that he is a homos exual than he is at the beginning. Elliot takes acid and he sees

Maea: fancy and pricey By Sean Randall Staff Writer

Last year, I sought out all the meal-plan-compatible dining areas on campus and tried to rate them, just as a normal student going about his day. I found out, however, that Bama Dining decided to surprise me and many others by replacing the Lakeside Diner with a new restaurant called Maea, open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. You’ve probably already heard about it one way or another. I first heard of it when I was invited to a “Boycott Maea” Facebook group. Some people obviously are not happy with it, but others seem to be OK with it. I decided to check it out before I joined any boycotts. When you first take a look at Maea, you’ll notice they’re definitely branding themselves as a “fancy, sit-down restaurant.” You’ve got your Maître d’, nice tablecloths, well-dressed servers and even the tiny menus that note prices with a single letter. When you get an entrée, often there’s an ornamental, indiscernible squiggle of fancy. Getting a sandwich means getting a pile of shoestring fries. The food comes out somewhat decorative and, fortunately, also tastes pretty good. They have a decent range of food styles from steaks to poboys, nachos to burgers and noodles to fried green tomatoes. There are appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrées and three desserts to choose from. I feel safe in saying, as a restaurant, the food they serve is a cut above anything else on campus and is worth a try. But, to be honest, that’s the best praise I can give it. Its atmosphere is a bit awkward, as you have a fancy meal in front of you and a bird’s eye view of the clamor and bustle of Lakeside Dining Hall. The noise carries a bit, so the lessthan-fancy setting offsets the fancy food. While I can understand some hiccups with it being a new facility, the service seems a little iffy at times. While they often have no more than five or six people eating at once, it seems that if they have

any more than ten, they’re swamped. It took quite a bit of time there to get any refills on drink, and I overheard they had already run out of noodles, only an hour or so after opening. Not terribly prepared, in my opinion. A friend of mine told me getting condiments like dressing for salads took a lot longer than it should have, and having the waiter stand over you while you fill out the tip on your check is a bit unnerving. Which brings me to cost. Maea takes Dining Dollars and Bama Cash, and you’d better have a good amount of both if you want to eat there. I’ve eaten there four times and found myself down by about $85 in Dining Dollars. Appetizers run from $4 to $8. Salads go from $5 to $9. Sandwiches are between $7 and $9. Entrées have three prices: $9, $12 and $14, and the three desserts are $4, $5 and $6. Want to add chicken to your salad? That’s $2 extra. Shrimp: $5. I’m not sure how much drinks cost since I always stuck with water, but once you add tax and throw in that line on your check labeled “Gratuity,” you’re probably looking at a $15-plus meal, and students often aren’t rolling in dough — especially dough made out of Dining Dollars. For the student with a limited budget, this is a once-everymonth-or-two deal, in my opinion. Now, all this is tolerable, I suppose. There are a lot of fancier restaurants I don’t go to terribly often due to expense. But the introduction of Maea

has more problems than just being expensive. First, it took out Lakeside Diner. Now that it is gone, Bama Dining has opened up Lakeside Dining Hall from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with grill style food every Sunday through Thursday. If you want late night diner-esque food on the weekend, tough luck on campus. And, since Lakeside Dining Hall is now where the Diner resides, the Dining Hall closes an hour and a half earlier than it used to, at 8:30 p.m. And now Burke is closed an hour and a half earlier than it was last year, also at 8:30 p.m. This means Maea and Buffalo Phil’s are the only eating places on campus open from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The change in Lakeside Dining Hall’s hours makes a small amount of sense, but there’s no sensibility I can find in the change to Burke’s hours. It seems the focus for Bama Dining has left the students and landed on the money. Survey may have said some (probably non-majority) percentage of students wanted a classier sit-down restaurant, but I doubt they all wanted it with the sacrifices Bama Dining decided to add. And change changes everything.

things and he experiences something beautiful, but what do these experiences do for him? Martin isn’t bad in the role, there is just no arch. The major thing in his life he is still afraid to share with his father. Lee often times fills his movies with questions of America’s intrigue with sexuality. The best example is his film “The Ice Storm” which is about a 1970s Connecticut suburb of New York that is trying to cope with the aftermath of the

sexual revolution. In “Taking Woodstock,” he is more concerned with… well I don’t know really. He gives Elliot some beautiful moments, but they don’t amount to anything. We are still no closer to realizing who he is. He wants to experience the world, but that is something we know at the beginning. The best performance of the film is from Staunton, who is as good as actresses come. She

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an act that any musician has done with the song. Also, Havens’ performance of “Freedom” has a deeply patriotic bent to it. However, Sly and the Family Stone was possibly the pinnacle performance of the entire event. It was a wild and raucous show that is just as much about the music as the integrated band on stage. There are few bands in the history of music that can produce that type of energy. It still baffles many as to how this performance isn’t as widely renowned as some of the others. For those who don’t believe, just watch their performance of “I Want to Take You Higher.” Weisbard said one of the trends that came from the festival was the emergence of the singer/songwriter. People like Neil Young and Janis Joplin really grew from the experience of Woodstock. “The notion of the singer/songwriter really emerged… rock was becoming more pastoral, and Woodstock feeds that,” Weisbard said. Hall said it is interesting how the conservative right and evangelical Christians don’t look upon Woodstock with as much vitriolic hatred as certain other events of the 1960s. “There is a core conservative value to it,” Hall said. “It wasn’t a particularly political moment. “If you surveyed the crowd there would be a mass anti-war sentiment, but in ’69

there was plenty of that going around,” Hall said. Both Hendrix and Havens’ performance keyed in on the idea of America. Hendrix, through his own interpretation of the song that brings all Americans together, and Havens, on a song about what it means to truly be free. Hendrix performance wasn’t cynical, but was birthed out of his right to interpret “The Star Spangled Banner” as he saw fit. It was a version that, in many ways, defines the distance people felt from each other in those days. There is almost violence to it, an unraveling of the beliefs that the country held. Ultimately, the reason people really came was to experience something with people who had similar values. People came from everywhere to experience something with their own generation, the culture they had created. In the end, there are two Woodstocks: the cultural myth that we have created, and the actual event. There will always be a divide between what was and what we perceive. It’s hard to imagine that only two months before, there was an entire community turned to see man land on the moon. There was a moment that will be remembered for as long as we exist. People touched ground that seemed unattainable. Then, on the muddy banks of a hamlet in New York, there was something else that was beautiful. It was one generation’s way of closing their decade. Their parents had the moon. They had each other.

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Flicksto catch COBB HOLLYWOOD 16 • “(500) Days of Summer” (PG-13) • “All About Steve” (PG-13) • “District 9” (R) • “Extract” (PG-13) • “The Final Destination” (R) • “The Final Destination 3D” (R) • “Gamer” (R) • “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ (PG-13) • “Halloween II” (R) • “Inglourious Basterds” (R) • “Julie & Julia” (PG-13) • “Post Grad” (PG-13) • “Shorts” (PG) • “Taking Woodstock” (R) • “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (PG-13) • “The Ugly Truth” (R)

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Peace, love & music Perception of Woodstock differs from reality

By Peterson Hill Staff Writer

The decade had reached the boiling point. The youth were as hopeful as they were dejected, as angry with the he 1960s are almost alien system as our founding fathers. When to a contemporary train of news broke of a concert festival in the thought. It was a decade of breaking apart and coming together, a decade of politics and revolutionary action. It was impossible to go through the ’60s with any sense of apathy. Your haircut said if you were with “us” or “them.” It was an era of divisiveness and hope. In 1969, in the mid-August heat of Bethel, N.Y., there was a concert that defined a generation. Only a year earlier had there been the two assassinations that changed the political and cultural landscape of America. When Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were murdered, the nation changed from one of hope to a nation on the brink of implosion. That same year, there would be the m i d patriotic, or infamous depending on dle of a New York farm, there was no who you ask, act of Tommie Smith and way to estimate the attendance. The John Carlos making the signal of the early projections of 50,000 attendees Black Panther party during the medal were blown away. There is no way of ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics. knowing just how many people attendAnd, there is no way to separate the ‘60s ed. from the mass riots at the Democratic Jim Hall, director of New College, said National Convention in 1968 and the the concert offered some type of combrutal force that Mayor Richard Daley’s munity for the youth. Chicago police force used to quash “Historical judgment on it is still those protesters. up in the air,”


Forty years after Woodstock What’s Woodstock?

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About 46% of people 16-29 years Back in 1966, 44% of adults said old do not know what Woodstock they disliked rock; today, it is the was; percent giving correct answers: most often listened-to genre; percent of all adults saying what genre they listen to often: 16-29 54% 30-49 50-64 65+

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© 2009 MCT Source: Pew Research Center poll of 1,815 adults ages 16 and older on July 20-Aug. 2, 2009; margin of error: +/– 5.3 percentage points Graphic: Pai, San Jose Mercury News

Hall said. “The ostensible antiauthoritarian way, the climbing of fences to get in without paying was just part of the shtick.” Today, much of the debate centers on how the concert was operated. “How do you operate an

improvised space for 100,000 people?” Hall asked. Eric Weisbard, professor in the American studies department with a specialty in popular music, said that, perhaps because of this, “Woodstock isn’t the model for rock events. It moved

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to arena rock.” In a lot of ways, Woodstock seems to have been the last great concert. The modern spawn of it, such as Coachella and Bonnaroo, are much more orchestrated and thought out than Woodstock. There was something spontaneous about Woodstock. Even though there was a dollar to be made, there wasn’t the same overarching consumerism put on display that there is with something like Bonnaroo. Unlike those festivals, Weisbard says, “Woodstock has this image of rock Camelot. The vision of rock that didn’t quiet happen. What does it say that this festival of peace and love was practically racially segregated?” Weisbard asks. Of all the performers, there were only three black acts: Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone. Of these, Jimi Hendrix is probably the one most people associate with the event. His performance of “The Star See WOODSTOCK, page 10

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