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Stimulus helps UA By Kellie Munts Senior Staff Reporter In a difficult economic time, research departments on campus are utilizing the funding available to them through the federal stimulus bill by applying for and accessing grant funding for projects. The stimulus bill allotted $21.5 billion to fund scientific research and projects across the nation. By applying for grants, departments on campus have been awarded just over $2 million to further the research in their fields. Vice President for Research Joe Benson said this money is the result of hard work and dedication in research projects. “It’s important to point out that these are competitive awards,” Benson said. “We’re not just given these awards.

This is based on the quality of research that we do here at the University.” Only a small portion of the funding has been spent so far, and the full effects of the money have yet to be seen, Benson said. According to the UA stimulus funding Web site, only $22,206 of the allotted funds had been spent by July 31. With that specific money, the Web site shows one job has been retained here on campus. Benson said, however, that the explanation may be slightly misleading. While the money may be used for other means, the job retention column is a measurable way of seeing the impact the money is having. “The money isn’t intended specifically to retain jobs,” Benson said. “Jobs that are

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DegreeWorks kicks off By Patty Vaughan Senior Staff Reporter DegreeWorks has been a consistent topic of discussion among some faculty, staff and students, but its main goal is to ease academic advising. Provost Judy Bonner said DegreeWorks gives students more true-advising times. “They will have more time to talk about the student’s future and issues that are unique to the individual student,” Bonner said. With DegreeWorks, students can plan their academic schedule and keep up with how many hours they have and need for different courses. Despite this new program, UA registrar Michael George, said advising would not be eliminated altogether, and it would only be enhanced with the new technology. “DegreeWorks allows students and their advisers to plan future academic coursework,” George said. “The biggest advantage of DegreeWorks is

DegreeWorks screenshot The DegreeWorks program aids students in determining how close they are to graduation.

Asian studies minor restarts By Drew Taylor Administrative Affairs Editor

• The minor is being reinstated after a six-toseven year hiatus.

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ter was for the program. “I’m excited that I can graduate with a minor in Asian studies,” Barzler said. Barzler, who studied abroad in Beijing last fall, said she originally minored in Chinese alone but ended up falling in love with Asian culture and history. After taking several Chinese history courses for a couple of years, Barzler found

• The program holds a film screening every Monday night at 7 p.m. in Alson Hall. works. The program has also hosted various Asian guest lecturers, including a performance by “Surmani” V. K. Ramanon, a world-renown Indian flautist on Sept. 6 at Moody Music Hall. There will also be a lecture on Indian Jews on Nov. 16. Katie Barzler, a senior majoring in journalism, is currently minoring in both Asian studies and Chinese. She said the only reason she chose to stay at the University for an extra semes-

planner and a look ahead. “A student’s ‘What If’ audit will show him/her what coursework is required for this major, minor or concentration, what courses he/she have taken that satisfy requirements and what courses are still left for him/ her to take,” George said.

It is hard enough for some students to get out of bed, eat breakfast and make it to class on time. But one UA senior’s daily routine includes getting up, making breakfast and getting her children ready for school. D.B. Joseph, majoring in general health studies, has two children, 6-year-old Jay and 3-year-old Morgan. She is part of a unique population of undergraduate students on campus who have children. Rosalind Moore, director of graduate student services, supervises a new initiative catering to the needs of undergraduate parents, called Undergraduate Parent Support. “Undergraduate Parent Support is not a support group, but rather an initiative that has two sides which aims to provide support, resources and services to aid all students with children,” Moore said. Undergraduate Parent Support is a spin-off of Graduate Student Support. Moore said the UA Graduate School approached the Division of Student Affairs to create an initiative that focused on the needs of undergraduate parents. There has been a great response, according to Moore. A newcomer to Tuscaloosa, Joseph said she is still getting

• Seven professors are helping with the new program.

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After several years of inactivity, the College of Arts and Sciences has reinstated the Asian studies minor into its curriculum. Steven Ramey, director of the minor program and assistant professor of religious studies, said student interest in China and other Asian cultures prompted the return of the program after a six-to-seven-year hiatus. After working closely with the A&S administration for a year revising the curriculum and organizing program staff, Ramey said he is confident that the college has a superb product. “It’s very gratifying to have a program that expands their [the students’] horizons from what they grew up with,” Ramey said. Ramey said the minor can

be very beneficial for students concentrating on international business as a career. “It can be for those interested in business but need to understand Asian culture,” Ramey said. In addition to Asian culture, the minor draws from various aspects of the college, including art history, history, political science, religious studies and English. There are currently seven professors in the program, Ramey said, that lend their diverse expertise to the overall wellbeing of the program and make it that much unique from other disciplines. In addition to its core curriculum, the program also hosts a film series every Monday night at 7 p.m. in Room 30 of Alston Hall. For the month of October, the Asian studies program will screen Asian movie adaptations of famous Shakespeare

of a second plan, “What If” application, allowing students to see what will happen if they decide to change their major or minor, GPA calculator and display options. Within DegreeWorks, there are a number of applications, such as a student view, registration checklist, graduation checklist, student educational

its ease of use, the amount of available data and the intuitive format in which the data is presented.” George said students and advisers who visit the Web site start with five videos linked to DegreeWorks. The first video is an introduction to the program, followed by a focus on the planner, creation

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NEWS in brief LOCAL | Council considers regulation change The City Council voted to approve a 60-day moratorium on the exemption of vehicles for hire over 10 years old Tuesday night. Before the council meeting, Mayor Walt Maddox said the council discussed requesting the ordinance required the exemption be amended to removed the age restriction and instead judge the approval of for-hire vehicles based on a set of objective conditions. Maddox cited the example of a 1970s Rolls Royce. The suggestion came as a result of a petition by Cornelius Lee, who is already licensed to operate a vehicle for hire in the city. Because the vehicle he wants to add to the fleet is over 10 years old, the police had to make a recommendation regarding his vehicle, which must then be approved by the city council. The council also authorized the temporary closure of Albright Road Bridge due to erosion of the land underneath the bridge. While the bridge is closed the Department of Transportation will inspect the bridge and recommend repairs.

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Delta program launches By Amy Castleberry Staff Writer The Delta Regional Authority, in a partnership with the UA College of Continuing Studies, kicked off the Delta Leadership Institute’s leadership development program Tuesday at the Bryant Conference Ce n t e r, wh e r e Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Pete Johnson delivered “The Delta Region: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.� Tom Wingenter, program director for the Delta Leadership Institute, and associate dean for administration at the College of Continuing

CAMPUS | Riptide presents ʝHats Off to the King of Popʟ dance tribute The Capstone’s Hip-Hop Dance Crew Riptide Dancers will reflect upon the late Michael Jackson as the King of Pop for the UA student body today at noon in the Ferguson Center Theater. Riptide Dancers is a student organization designed as an outlet for students who are passionate about all forms of dance with a concentration in hip-hop. Riptide also will be holding auditions Sunday at 4 p.m. in Moore Hall. Details will be provided at the conclusion of the show. For more information, please contact Giselle Warren at

CAMPUS | SGA hosts forum to discuss football tickets, game entry The SGA will hold a Football Ticket Forum Wednesday in the Graves Hall auditorium. Starting at 6 p.m., the forum will discuss changes in football procedures this season. All students are invited to attend to voice any concerns and questions they may have about getting into the game. The expansion of the south end zone is limiting the available entrances into the stadium, only allowing students to enter through Gate 29 on Colonial Drive. Students are urged to arrive at the gate 60 to 90 minutes before kickoff in order to get into the stadium. Vice President for Student Affairs Tyler Valeska will be in attendance to answer questions along with SGA President Steven Oliver, SGA Executive Adviser Harris Hagood and other SGA executives.


•SGA forum on changes for football season: 108 Graves Hall, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. • College of Communication and Information Sciences Get on Board Day: Reese Phifer rotunda, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•American heroes recognition ceremony: Gorgas Library steps, 6 p.m.

ensure the University is complying with all regulations. In addition, quarterly reports are required at the federal level. Cindy Hope, assistant vice president for research, said it might take some time before the individual departments have full access to funding. Each grant has a different start date, so it could be a while before others can see the full effects of the funding. “It’s too early to know about the direct job impact at the University,� Hope said. “There will be a pretty widespread impact that will trickle down in many different ways.� Because of the influx of graduate students at the beginning of the school year — and as they begin their work this fall — Benson said he expects to see the amount of money spent as indicated on the Web site increase significantly in the Oct. 10 report. He said research will be getting underway as the semester progresses, and more of the funding will be used as time goes on. Each award is specific to the department to which it has been awarded and has different stipulations. Benson said the money would be used for salaries, benefits, supplies, travel and other costs associated with research. The dollar amount indicated on the Web site is not a solid figure of how much money will be awarded. Hope explained additional grants are arriving on a daily basis, and she expects the amount of money awarded will continue to grow in coming months. “The University really took every step to ensure that we put forth the effort necessary to secure these funds,� Hope said. “It’s an available source that we otherwise wouldn’t have had access to if it weren’t for the quality of our

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STIMULUS created or obtained using the money are indicated on the Web site. The money may be used primarily for supplies but not necessarily the salary of an individual.� A report of the updated information will be posted on Thursday and on the tenth day of each month following in order to ensure “financial transparency,� the Web site explains. The state of Alabama requires the Web site to post reports in order to

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on the selections of each state’s governor, as well as the selections of the Delta Regional Authority chairman. According to a news release from the College of Continuing Studies, UA faculty members bring nationally recognized presenters and experts in the Delta region to the University every year to present seminars and workshops, helping students work in teams and solve problems faced by regional leaders. The goal of the program is to give students the skills to implement immediate change upon returning home. According to, some of the most recent projects for 2009 include energy conservation and peer mentoring. Previous projects included increasing obesity, wellness awareness and disaster preparedness in the Delta region. For information on the member selection process, contact Tom Wingenter at 348-6224, or e-mail him at twingenter@ Those who are interested and from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Tennessee must contact their state’s governor to be considered for selection. For more information, visit

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Studies said the University first became involved with the program after the Delta Regional Authority awarded a grant to the University’s College of Continuing Studies to develop and present the Delta Leadership Institute to the campus. “DLI is designed to help existing community leaders expand their work and point of view to a regional level and facilitate problem solving at a distance,� said Wingenter, director of Professional Development and Conference Services. “Most problems and issues facing a community are the same across many communities and regionally within the Mississippi Delta. This program addresses these issues.� According to the Delta Regional Authority’s Web site,, the College of Continuing Studies at the University works with the Delta Regional Authority Board to create educational opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, in addition to expanding their knowledge and participation in affecting community improvement in the Delta region. Wingenter said the program, comprised of eight states including Alabama, chooses participants based

(Look for Part 2 in tomorrow’s paper) If you already have a ticket to this week’s home game and plan to attend: 1. Check to make sure that access to the game has been placed on your Action Card no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday by going to and using the same login as your MyBama account to access the My Football Ticket tab. 2. You should see a balance of “one� on your account. 3. If you don’t see a balance of one, call 205-348-2288 immediately.

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Remember: Use your ticket! Students who do not use tickets assigned to them three or more times during the season will forfeit the ability to buy postseason tickets this year and will not be able to purchase regular or postseason tickets for fall 2010.

If you already have a ticket to this week’s home game and want to transfer your ticket to the ticket bank or to another UA student: 1. Check to make sure that access to the game has been placed on your Action Card no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday by going to and using the same login as your MyBama account to access the My Football Ticket tab. Call 205-348-2288 if you do not show a balance of one. 2. While you are on, click on MyFootballTickets and follow the instructions to transfer a ticket to a speciďŹ c student or donate it to the ticket bank. 3. If you transfer your ticket to another UA student, both you and the student you are transferring the ticket to will receive an email that the balance has been transferred. 4. The student who receives the ticket – from you or the ticket bank – must go to to conďŹ rm that his/her account has a balance of “one.â€?


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out that the college was bringing back the Asian studies minor and decided to add it to her stud- ies. Optimistic about her decision, Barzler says it is good to have a program where students can ground their passions. “For students that have already developed their passions in Asian culture, it is nice to have a program where they can experience it for themselves,� Barzler said. “It’s great to have this passion recognized.� Barzler said one of her favorite classes is “Religious Response to Imperialism in Asia.� She will graduate in December. For more information on the program and upcoming events, visit asianstudies.

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Health officials: swine flu spreading across Ala. By Bob Johnson The Associated Press MONTGOMERY — Ahead of many other states, Alabama is facing an accelerating outbreak of swine flu that began about the time thousands of schoolchildren reported back to class in mid-August, the state health officer said Tuesday. Dr. Don Williamson said more cases of swine flu are being seen in Alabama and other Southern states because students in the region have been in school for a month, while they didn’t start going back to class until after Labor Day in many other parts of the country. “We’ve been at it for about a month. Our kids have been

together on buses for about a month. Most of the rest of the nation is just going back to school today,” said Williamson, the top health official for Alabama. State public health officials say that cases of swine flu in Alabama have been filling doctor’s waiting rooms and increasing the number of students staying home from school. Williamson said the virus has killed at least four people in Alabama. He said in the past three weeks the number of schools in the state reporting more than 5 percent of students absent has jumped from 5 percent to 54 percent. He said the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus,


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is also filling up hospital emergency rooms, where about 20 percent of patients are reporting flu-like symptoms. State schools Superintendent Joe Morton, who joined Williamson at a news briefing, said absences have about doubled in recent weeks in Alabama schools, going from an average absentee rate of about 3.5 percent to 7 percent. But he said he couldn’t determine how much of that increase could be attributed to swine flu. “Some of them may not be H1N1 related. We don’t track absences by flu versus broken arm,” Morton said. Schools throughout the state will be offering swine flu vaccinations on campuses in October.

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adjusted to the University, but plans on taking advantage of what this initiative has to offer. “I definitely would use these services because I can always learn new parenting skills and apply them to my everyday life,” Joseph said. Since she is carrying a full course load at UA, plus a course at Shelton State Community College, on top of homework, housework, being a mother and a wife, multi-tasking is Joseph’s only option, she said. “It is our hope that Un d e r g r a d u at e Pa r e n t Support and Graduate Parent Support serve as connection points where these students can ask questions, gain resources and occasion-




“By supporting undergraduate students with children, we hope to expand the reach of our campus community and make a population that may sometimes feel out of place, feel more supported, more welcome and better connected though their educational experience at the University of Alabama.” — Rosalind Moore

ally participate in some type of organized programming efforts, specifically for students with children,” Moore said. Moore said Undergraduate Parent Support coordinator Jason Doblin has made a tremendous effort to accommodate the needs of undergraduate parents. “Jason Doblin has done a great job of researching the needs of the population, rounding up available campus services that are applicable to stu-

dent parents and opening the doors of conversation across campus concerning ways to better provide for this unique population,” Moore said. Moore said both initiatives have had great success forming partnerships with the Child Development Resource Center‘s Learning Library, offering free books, videos and tote bags full of toys for undergraduate and graduate parents. “By supporting undergraduate students with children, we

dardized checklist of the classes they need to take to graduate,” Continued from page 1 McCrummen said. “You look at the screen, and it tells you Meg McCrummen, SGA exec- what you’ve taken, how those utive vice president, said the classes count towards a degree benefits to this program are and what course will fulfill the remaining requirements. It innumerable. “In addition to feeling con- couldn’t be simpler. It is relifident about the progress of a able and time-efficient.” DegreeWorks currently degree, students have a stanis in its formative stages. George said the program was first introduced on June 1 for orientation and currently is available for students under the 2008-2010 undergraduate

catalog. Degree requirements for the 2006-08 undergraduate catalog will be implemented by Sept. 21. Spring 2010 registration will start Oct. 26, so students can use the student educational planner and registration checklist in preparation for spring 2010 academic advising and registration. The SGA is planning a big promotion at the beginning of October, which will include DegreeWorks bookmarks being placed in bags at the SUPe Store, Off Campus Bookstore, College Store, Letters and



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hope to expand the reach of our campus community and make a population that may sometimes feel out of place, feel more supported, more welcome and better connected though their educational experience at the University of Alabama,” Moore said. The UA Law Clinic also offers free legal services for students, and there is a free Parenting Assistance Line to answer any questions parents might have. Along with these services, Joseph said there should be more interactive things on campus for both the undergraduate parent and child. “I think it’s very important for the child to see and learn what their parents are doing while attending college,” Joseph said. “I’m not getting a degree for my parents or me. I’m getting my degree for my kids.”

The Trunk. In addition, there will be three 30-second DegreeWorks television spots that will air via closed circuit TV and WVUA-7 starting in October. These spots will be placed on UA Web pages, along with various social networking pages. There will be DegreeWorks radio announcements on WVUA-90.7 The Capstone. From Oct. 12-15, the SGA will promote DegreeWorks, along with “Finish-in-Four,” a program designed to help students graduate in four years, through Twitter, Facebook and chalking pavement around the Quad. In addition, the SGA will set tables in the Ferguson Center and Student Recreation Center Oct. 19-22 with monitors demonstrating DegreeWorks. Bonner said feedback from deans, associate deans, faculty and advisers has been “extremely positive.” “Student leaders who were involved in the initial planning were extremely excited about what the software will do for students,” Bonner said. For more information on DegreeWorks, visit mybama., click on the student tab and then click on “DegreeWorks.”


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Editor • Alan Blinder

{ YOUR VIEW } HOW DID THE TIDE DO AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH? “Overall, I think the team performed pretty well for them to have a new quarterback.” — Markedia Stafford, sophomore, accounting

“The defense held their own throughout the whole game.” — Joe Hough, chemical and biological engineering

“McElroy, for his first game, played really, really well. As far as defense goes, the best Iʼve seen it yet.” — Jacob Dickerson, junior, geology

“I think they did a great job. I just think there were too many penalties and stuff like that caused a lot of difficulty.” — Brittany Johnston, freshman, civil engineering

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.

Obama stuck with war By Avery Adcock President Barack Obama has described the American occupation of Afghanistan as the “war of necessity,” but I refer to it as the war that will never end. Amidst a health care crisis, it seems as though Americans are forgetting about the dire situation that is Afghanistan. Should we still be there? One thing is certain: the Obama administration needs to make some tough decisions, soon. It seems impossible to pick up a newspaper without reading a headline about another American casualty in Afghanistan or of the increasing financial cost of our efforts. Our involvement in Afghanistan has lasted longer than the two World Wars combined. It is finally starting to take a toll, not only on our country and our foreign policy, but also on hope of regaining any stability in Afghanistan. Our initial objectives need to be dismissed or changed completely, but our strategy needs to adapt. The war against terrorism and the former regime of Afghanistan, the Taliban, is a multifaceted one. Soon, we need to make a decision on how we will prevent Afghanistan from being taken over by people who will disrupt the Middle East and who are trying to take over Pakistan — Afghanistan’s neighbor to the east. If it means we have to set a date for withdrawal, then it is an option that should be explored. Our dependency on oil and in


It seems impossible to pick up a newspaper without reading a headline about another American casualty in Afghanistan or of the increasing financial cost of our efforts.

keeping Pakistan from being overrun with insurgents is more imperative than continuing to fight a lost cause. Afghanistan’s election, which was plagued with fraud, violence, low turnout and sheer chaos, should be seen as a precursor of what is to come. President Hamid Karzai asked his enemies for a peace offering, but this is impossible to achieve peace when the supposedly legitimate government cannot be trusted. The United States should take note of other countries and their skepticism. Canada and the Netherlands have already set dates for withdrawal, and Britain is voicing its concerns. The only thing the United States is doing by being in Afghanistan is making the Middle East a more hostile area and making its citizens upset with Western control. Initially, the United States entered this war to fight terrorism. Although we may still want to believe that is the only thing we are doing, this simply is not true. In the beginning, we wanted to establish peace and rebuild the Afghan government and way of life. Years later, their government is still corrupt, and our objective has shifted to simply providing


more security. Most remaining members of al-Qaeda have fled to areas of Pakistan. If anything, our attention needs to be turned to Pakistan and not to searching the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan for these terrorists. This situation would be entirely different if we were accomplishing what we set out to do eight years ago. The only way the problem can be alleviated is by sending more troops to serve as a more dominant force. The Obama administration faces a daunting task. On one hand, we owe it to the victims and families of those who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but it is difficult to know when we should admit some defeat. This “war of necessity” is hurting the United States in so many ways, and the only option we have now is a choice of two extremes: set a date for withdrawal or send more troops. Both alternatives will have vast effects on our country and the country of Afghanistan. Which one is right, and which one will Obama choose? Avery Adcock is a sophomore majoring in political science. Her column runs weekly on Wednesdays.

Insurance driving high costs By Josh Veazey Republicans and Democrats have both succeeded in framing the health care debate in emotional terms and insinuating we’re on the brink of an entirely new stratus of social policy. Democrats repeat the mantra of 48 million uninsured and remain opaque as to the details of how to insure them. Republicans seem content to paint Obama as the American Chairman Mao seeking to dump us all in a giant HMO and nab Granny’s kidneys. But this proposed role for government is nothing new and much less radical. We already have universal health care — we just don’t call it that. If you walk into a hospital with an emergency, you’re treated. Some even give the uninsured subsequent follow-up visits. There are no co-pays. The bill is footed by the tax-funded hospital, and if non-negligible, the cost is transmitted to higher prices for those who pay. The primary reason 48 million people have chosen not to purchase insurance is because premiums simply are too high for single buyers. It’s not completely because insurance companies are sordid and evil — they’re kind of sordid and evil. The companies simply don’t know who they’re insuring. They know certain people are walking medical powder kegs who might be purchasing insurance because they know they will soon use it. They offset this risk with higher premiums for everyone. And the fewer units you push, the more money you must make per unit. The high premi-



The primary reason 48 million people have chosen not to purchase insurance is because premiums simply are too high for single buyers.

ums causes more people to opt out of insurance, except for, of course, high-risk people who know they need it. When they sign up, their risk is passed on through higher premiums for everyone, and around we go. In two decades, the number of uninsured has increased by 40 percent. Since the 1960s, real wages actually have gone down. To deal with this decadence, we can continue to use the same stand-up, Cracker Jack methods to offset the damage: patient-dumping, convincing single moms to charge their kid’s asthma attack to their Visa and going through people’s forms to look for a nullifying mistake after they get sick. Or we can rethink what it means to be covered. Insuring people at an estimated cost of $90 billion a year will not destroy us. If it were going to eventually destroy us, we would call it “Medicare.” We can start fixing that as well — without rationing essential procedures. The fee-forservice system, for example, eats up money by paying 80 percent of whatever participants choose to do, with few limitations. Eliminate it, change the premium rate or make other Medicare plans more attractive so seniors choose them instead. A public option means more competitive rates among private providers and fewer high-risk people pushing up those rates for

everyone else. And for the public option, the government would keep detailed records on recipients — they’ve done it securely for millions on Medicaid and Medicare since 1967 — know exactly what each person’s risk level is and distribute rates proportionately. Also, alleviating businesses of the obligation to provide insurance to low-income workers helps them expand and generate jobs. Stop thinking of the health care bill as some overambitious piece of white guilt. It’s about reanalyzing and restructuring the altruistic public and private services we already provide because these policies will continue whether we care to consider them or not. You continue to let people slip into poverty that qualifies them for Medicaid, and it affects you. You do nothing as insurance companies cover less people for more money, and it affects you. Since 1970, health care expenditure has gone from 7 percent of the gross domestic product to over 15 percent. For our efforts, we now rank next to Slovenia in World Health Organization estimates. If we continue on this path, affordable health care won’t just be a problem for those who have it the hardest. Josh Veazey is a senior majoring in telecommunication and film. His column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.


The Southeastern Conference recently inked a deal that guarantees national telecasts for most SEC football and men’s basketball games.


hours of free publicity. As the University seeks to improve the academic caliber of the institution, it needs students from all walks of life. National exposure, through athletics or other means, is one way to attract high-quality students from every corner of America to the Capstone. We will leave it to the sports gurus to analyze the impact of national exposure on athletic recruiting and future depth charts, but we know the spotlight of a network broadcast can plant seeds in the minds of any prospective student, even those who do not plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics. The good news is there will be more exposure to come. The Southeastern Conference recently inked a deal that guarantees national telecasts for most SEC football and men’s basketball games. Half of the SEC’s women’s basketball games will make national appearances, and we hope to see that number increased in future contracts. For now though, the University should take advantage of its opportunities in every way possible. So far, Alabama appears to be doing exactly that. The University timed its new public relations effort, “Touching Lives,” to coincide with the advent of football season and the ABC telecast. The rebranding was desperately needed after the much-mocked, prosaic “Crimson is…” campaign. While we have not seen every component of the “Touching Lives” program, we have been impressed so far. The commercials are unusual for a public university but classy, which is characteristic of the University. The Web site is crisp but layered with multimedia features that will captivate visitors. The motto makes sense and tells people what the University is all about: touching and changing lives. The University is poised to significantly improve its stature over the next decade. To be successful, Alabama must continue to put its brand in front of prospective students at every opportunity. Participation in events like the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and engaging in public relations blitzes that truly showcase all that is the University of Alabama will help the institution to reach new heights.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Time to call UA housingʼs ʻBluffʼ By Sean Randall

Housing and Residential Communities has implemented a few changes since last year, some good and some that give a confusing vibe. Clearly, they’ve had to change some things with the openings of Ridgecrest South and Bluff building 4000 — an off-campus apartment complex leased by the


Maybe if a movement is made, we could see more pedestrianfriendly, smart decisions made off-campus, and more studentfriendly decisions made oncampus.


University for upperclassmen. I decided to volunteer for move-in day, and informed HRC in June I would like to move into Bluff 4000 early. They said that would be fine. Then on Aug. 6 — the day before I was going to move down to Tuscaloosa — I got an e-mail saying I couldn’t move in early because Bluff 4000 didn’t completely exist yet, something I had been unaware of. Moving into Bluff 4000, I discovered my Ethernet cable did not work properly. My final peeve with the way things are being handled over here is the ridiculousness of the new gate system. Building 4000 is apart from the other buildings by a two-minute walk. 4000 residents must go to the main section to throw away trash. An easy walk — no problem. But now, they’ve installed a gate that can only be exited by car. That’s really not a problem. They do have a gate that you can walk out of. The problem is they decided to padlock that gate. Maybe if a movement is made, we could see more pedestrian-friendly, smart decisions made offcampus, and more student-friendly decisions made on-campus. Trust me, many students would like to know why they’re standing outside in the rain in pajamas instead of sleeping. So please, HRC and the rest of UA administration, keep doing like you did with Crimson Karma and listen to the student body. We’re a nicer, happier bunch when you do. Sean Randall is a senior majoring in theatre and philosophy.

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Tailgate, drink responsibly By Amanda Peterson Editor For years, many fans have held the opinion that whiskey, Bama Bombs and other alcoholic game day cocktails should flavor Alabama football. But the downsides of overindulging carry health risks. When tailgate parties fill the Quad before the Alabama football game Saturday, Delynne Wilcox, assistant director of health planning and prevention for the Student Health Center, said alcohol consumption should be moderated just as any other day. Here are the top three things for pre-gamers and celebrators to keep in mind.

1. Pace the amount you’re drinking. With this Saturday’s game at 6 p.m., Wilcox said some Tide fans that tailgate all day also drink all day. It takes about one hour for a person to absorb one drink, so polishing off more than one in that time frame takes even longer to digest, she said, and lengthen the amount of time that the person will feel the effects of alcohol. And drinking water won’t help it go away faster. “That’s helping you pace the amount of alcohol, but it does not dilute the amount,” she said. Drinking water will also help prevent dehydration. Because alcohol is a diuretic, excessive drinking puts people at a higher risk for dehydration and heat stroke, she said. People who drink should alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to spread out the drinking anyway, Wilcox said. And eating throughout the day helps the body digest the alcohol as well. “The safest thing is to be aware of how much alcohol you’re drinking and don’t drink too much,” Wilcox said.

2. Be aware of your consumption. Many people drink out of plastic cups at tailgates, which throws off the measurements of how much they have had to drink, Wilcox said. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 4.5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor. But most plastic cups that people use are 16 ounces, making it difficult to measure. “It’s very easy to mis-measure the amount of alcohol that goes into a Solo cup,” Wilcox said. “When you pour stuff in a Solo cup, you could be pouring two, three, four drinks in that one cup.” When one cup does not necessarily equal one drink, she said it becomes even easier to lose track of how much you have consumed.

By Cindy Jade Waldrop With the beginning of Alabama football brings the tradition of tailgating. Alabama fans pack the cooler, start the grill, eat, drink, socialize and eat some more before kickoff. No one can resist a juicy hamburger topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, mayonnaise, mustard and cheese. On the side — a loaded hot dog, cheesy nachos and a family size bag of Doritos. All of these foods are very high in calories. Tailgating can have a healthier, more enjoyable approach. It is all about the quality of meat, variety of fruits and veggies, and low calorie beverage choices. Tailgating is all about the grill. Sausage, ground beef and hot dogs are the standard choice for grilling. These choices contain a lot of saturated fats and when consumed in abundance, can lead to heart disease. In order to cut down fat, try grilling up a lean turkey burger. Add some variety to your tailgating by grilling some juicy skinless chicken or low-fat seafood. Chicken and shrimp kabobs paired with onions and green and red peppers are quite the crowd pleaser. Any of these meats can be seasoned with lemons, fresh herbs, garlic or even small amounts of wine, and keep the salt at home. Remember to always practice


food safety while grilling. Have your meat thawed in a refrigerator and not in direct sunlight or on the counter. Pack a meat thermometer to check internal temperatures to ensure doneness. The USDA recommends internal temperatures for steaks, roast and fish to be at 145 degrees Fahrenheit, pork and ground beef at 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and chicken breasts at 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not forget to dress your burger with favorites. Add low calorie choices like tomatoes, lettuce and reduced fat cheeses. Provolone, mozzarella and pepper-jack cheeses add wonderful flavor. Complete your burger with whole-wheat buns and a spread of mustard instead of mayonnaise. Mayonnaise – even light mayonnaise – is packed with saturated and trans fats, so mustard is a better selection. Now that the meat is taken care of, throw some fruits and veggies on the grill for snacks. All of your vegetable and fruit choices are low in calories and they make for great finger foods. Zucchini, squash, peppers, onions or asparagus can be grilled to taste. Yes, you can even grill fruit. Grilled pineapple is quick and delicious. Besides the tasty burgers and grilled fruits a cold beverage is also essential to the tailgating tradition. Grilling is often accompanied by alcoholic beverages. Alcohol

contains empty calories, meaning they include calories without supplying any nutrients to the body. Consuming alcohol on an empty stomach can cause your blood sugar levels to drop making you feel light headed and dizzy. It is best to drink moderately while snacking. When selecting a beverage, skip the fruity cocktail and regular beer and grab light beer. There is no better way to control your caloric intake than to just drink in moderation. One drink is defined as 4.5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of liquor and 12 ounces of beer. And always remember to drink responsibly. If you choose a nonalcoholic drink make a punch for everyone to share. Pour a can of no sugar added 100 percent juice over ice in a bowel and add in slices of your favorite fresh fruits. Tailgating was made for eating, but no one ever said it could not be nutritious food. Healthy eating does not have to be boring and bland. It is all about being creative and bringing variety to your plate or the grill in this case. Never give up what you love just because it may contain more calories than you need. Just remember to eat in moderation and watch your portion sizes. Eating should be enjoyable. Cindy Waldrop is a senior majoring in nutrition. Her nutrition column runs biweekly.



3. Only time lessens alcohol’s effect Eating carbohydrates and drinking water or coffee won’t make the effects of alcohol disappear more quickly, Wilcox said. It just takes time. To prevent it, the only solution is to be aware of how much you’re drinking and not to overindulge, she said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no difference in a serving of beer, wine or liquor when it comes to the effects on the body. The amount consumed changes its effects, not the type. Time helps hangovers as well, and sleep, water and food can help alleviate some symptoms. But if a person has passed out from excessive drinking, Wilcox said friends should seek medical attention instead of letting that person just sleep it off. “If students see someone who has passed out, by all means get that person to the hospital,” Wilcox said. MCT Campus

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this? Was it simply because the Wild Tide would add another feature to the offense that could confuse defenses, or was it because Saban had a feeling the Tide’s offensive line wouldn’t be able to traditionally overpower teams like it did last year without Andre Smith and Antoine Caldwell leading the charge? In the first half, it appeared to be the latter. But Alabama’s many huge runs in the second half without the help of the Wild Tide erased the thought that last year’s dominance on the ground was completely gone, even if it has yet to prove whether it can remain on the same consistent basis as last season. The Wild Tide will increase its effectiveness as the season progresses, but it is far from a component the Alabama running game will need to rely on.

Club looking to spread cricket fever By Jordan Bannister Staff Writer Cricket, invented in England in the 1600s, slowly but surely traveled across the globe to spread its popularity to the rest of Europe, Asia and Australia. The game is played with 11 players on each team and is extremely similar to baseball. There is a “bowler� roughly equivalent to a pitcher and a “batsmen� not unlike a batter. Cricket even has outfielders and umpires as well. The Crimson Cricket Club is filled with thriving Indian and Pakistani culture. Cricket, being a national sport in India, brings a bit of Eastern India culture to campus. With that, some of the players face a bit of homesickness each time they enter the pitch. “It’s always good to be among your friends and people from the same culture,� said club president Hareesh Gottipati. “Cricket is one thing that brings us all together.� “We played cricket as children, so it is [special] that we can have that here,� said senior Chris Samuel. Where cricket differs from baseball is the field measurements and player placement. It’s played on a circular field, and the batsmen and bowler are in the center, or “the pitch.� Games only last around an hour and a half, so more than one game is usually played for recreation/competition. Cricket is ranked right behind

soccer, swimming and golf as one of the most popular sports in the world, as opposed to the fan base of single nation sports like American football. The action doesn’t end across the water, however, as cricket is found at thousands of American colleges and universities all over the U.S., including Alabama. In previous seasons the Crimson Cricket Club has played other well-known cricket teams such as Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and UAB. This season, it will be facing off against Auburn and Tennessee along with a few other nearby schools. The team expects good things from the upcoming season, claiming that the newer players show a lot of potential. Their group is comprised of two teams — the Crimson and the White — so there is plenty of new and developed talent to go around, participants said. With a total of 26 current players, the club has just enough members to practice on a live game level. Being so experienced in the field of cricket, some of the older players act as coaches of the team. The players really just like to have fun, especially when they are not in competition. The team uses its time on the UA recreational soccer fields not only to develop skills, but also to grow closer as a group of athletes. One of the main issues for the team is a lack of student recognition.

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slammed into the back of a pulling Mike Johnson. Ingram’s inexperience handling snaps is another aspect currently holding back the Tide’s new idea. On a thirdand-one play during Saturday’s game, Ingram was unaware the play clock was winding down, resulting in a missed opportunity for a high-percentage third down conversion attempt. Ingram’s play-action fake to a receiver in motion also is not fooling anybody yet. Head coach Nick Saban did say after the game the Wild Tide was installed sometime during fall camp, so Alabama’s shaky debut of the formation is understandable. He also said more options within this scheme are to come, which will add deceptiveness once the Tide becomes more comfortable running it. But why did Alabama install


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dwindle down to a harmless hump, as Alabama’s running game started out like a shark thumping relentlessly between caged walls, unable to break free. Although the shark eventually did escape for 268 yards, the Wild Tide was not often what pushed it down the field. In its early stages, Alabama’s new formation hardly looked effective and lacked the deceptiveness needed to make its mark. There were only one or two Jason Galloway plays where a Wild Tide did Sports Editor not end with Ingram jamming through the strong side of the ing to accompany its already line, and even some of those steady current that ran swift appeared unprepared. Slow enough to wash any creature to development up front would shore. often be its demise. On a parBut as many do, this upstart ticular third-quarter attempt, tide began to slowly die, pos- the Wild Tide was halted two sessing the sneaky essence of yards behind the line of scrimdevastation from afar only to mage simply because Ingram


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Nobody saw this coming. When seemingly every offense in college football was giving in to the spread and other gimmicky schemes throughout the last few years, the Crimson Tide continued to establish itself as the prototypical smashmouth team. A traditional burst through the one-hole was enough to rupture any defensive front. So when Greg McElroy toed the line of scrimmage as a wide out and Mark Ingram elevated his hands and barked signals behind center on Alabama’s first offensive play of the 2009 season, one was sane to think the two simply smashed their heads against a few too many lockers while getting jacked up before the game. An instant later, however, it became clear: Alabama had unleashed a Wild Tide, one hop-

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Houndstooth jerseys rejected By Chris Jackson Staff Writer

The Alabama Cycling Club made an attempt last school year to incorporate the houndstooth pattern that has become synonymous with the University into its uniforms. Sam Barr, the club’s founder and former president, said all parties except the Athletic Marketing and Trademark Licensing Office approved the design. Inquiries to the department were directed to Doug Walker, the associate athletics director for media relations. “The proposed combination of the University’s trademarked ‘A’ with the houndstooth pattern was rejected,” Walker released in a statement. “That combination is only approved by licensing for football and the Bryant Museum.” Barr founded the club in 2007. He transferred last semester to Ohio University, which is located in his home state. Barr said he and cycling teammate Preston Beasley “shot designs back and forth” before settling on the houndstooth-clad proposal. “We crossed our fingers

because these things looked sweet,” Barr said. “They were gorgeous. Everybody wanted them.” Barr said the uniform proposal was not meant to offend, but instead show respect for the University’s history. He said from his understanding the Bryant family had requested the combination of houndstooth and script “A” be exclusive to the football program. “We were trying to think of something that screamed Bama, and we thought, ‘What’s more Bama than houndstooth?’” Barr said. “By showing houndstooth, we thought we were showing respect to the Bryants.” Barr said as far as he knew there is no plan to file an appeal on the ruling, but if the opportunity came up the team is “still really interested in [houndstooth uniforms].” The revised uniforms display the script logo prominently across the chest. It also appears on the gloves, hat and collar of the jersey. Daniel Burton, a senior from Birmingham, is the current president of the Alabama Cycling Club. He could not be reached for comment.

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Position grades on a 4.0 GPA scale: QB: 3.3

DL: 4.0

Despite early struggles in his first start, Greg McElroy passes with flying colors for an outstanding second half, going 9-for-12 and marching the Tide to 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Virginia Tech had 64 yards rushing on 31 rushes, with a scrambling quarterback. Take out Ryan Williams’ fourth quarter TD and the numbers are cut in half.

RB: 3.9

LB: 3.8

Two hundred and sixty-eight rushing yards against a top-10 defense. That’s all we need to justify this grade. Only Roy Upchurch’s second-quarter fumble prevents a 4.0 for this group.

Stellar play by a fast, aggressive and relentless unit was only hampered by two boneheaded penalties on the part of leader Rolando McClain.

WR: 3.4

The Tide secondary surrendered only 91 yards through the air against the Hokies, but a pass interference on 3rd-and-10 and a blown coverage drop the grade.

OL: 3.0

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While Julio Jones faced double-coverage all night, other receivers stepped up to give McElroy a target. Darius Hanks was especially clutch with several key third down catches. Submitted photos Top: The approved jerseys for the Alabama cycling team. Bottom: The proposed design for houndstooth jerseys that was rejected. The design drew ire from the Bryant family, who have excluded houndstooth from being used for any UA sport other than football.

an overview of the Alabama rowing to interested team and what it takes to be a varsity rower as well an hold informational explanation of the tryout promeeting cess. The meeting is strictly informational, with no commitment required. From staff reports Now entering its fourth The Alabama women’s row- season as an NCAA varsity ing program will hold a meet- sport on the UA campus, the ing for current University of rowing team is looking for Alabama students interested in women who are athletic and joining the 2009-10 team today committed to excellence to at 7:30 p.m. in Bryant Hall Room join the team. No prior rowing experi247. The meeting will give those ence is required.


This unit started out slow, perhaps a by-product of the new faces on the line, before building to a force, paving the way for 498 total offensive yards.

DB: 3.5

SPECIAL TEAMS: 2.8 Horribly inconsistent. Allowing 254 return yards, including a touchdown, is unacceptable for a top five team. Two crucial forced fumbles save the grade.

COACHING/GAME PLAN: 3.9 Nick Saban and the defensive coaching staff had the right moves all night long, effectively limiting the already crippled Hokie offense with blitzes and pressure from every which way. When the Tide had the ball, offensive coordinator Jim McElwain tried different formations and play calls to find a way to penetrate a tough Tech defense. After some adjustments, he found the formula, exploding for the Tide’s largest offensive output since the 2007 Tennessee game. Bone-headed penalties and poor kickoff coverage plays stop us from giving a perfect grade.


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By Bryan Bofill Staff writer

Are you a student who has an obsession when it comes to video games, or are you one of those who enjoy the occasional Madden or FIFA game? Either way, UA gamers will rejoice to know that there is an organization on the campus dedicated to reviewing and analyzing video games, promoting gaming conversations and holding regular game nights for students. ABXY Gaming Network’s goal is to get a gaming community on the campus to get students to talk and share information about games. Stephen Swain, a first-year law student, is treasurer of ABXY. Although brand new to the campus this year, ABXY has generated a strong student interest from their display booth during Get on Board Day. “We want to connect the gaming community on campus while disseminating relevant information,” Swain said.



“We are trying to reach a general audience, plus the hardcore. The primary difference is we focus on console games, bringing a community of gamers together and promoting intellectual conversations about gaming. — Adrian Morris

ABXY was started in May of 2009 when Adrian Morris, a junior majoring in journalism, created a blog devoted to writing reviews for games, consoles and any kind of aspect of gaming one might imagine. But ABXY is not limited to just blogging. The ABXY crew occasionally gets together to do a podcast which can be streamed from the Crimson White’s Web site. In the podcasts, the crew mainly discusses the games they are currently playing and feature segments such as character dialogue’s influence on the games. These podcasts are not entirely focused on one or two things. Almost every topic in the world of gaming is dis-

cussed in their podcasts. One of discussion topics in the 11th podcast is the difficulty settings in video games over time and how it has impacted gamers. These podcasts also adhere to the organization’s founding goals of promoting intelligent conversations about the world of gaming among the community. ABXY is not the only gaming organization on campus. Crimson Gaming Organization was formed almost a year before ABXY was created in the summer of 2009. However, Morris, president of ABXY, said there are fundamental differences between ABXY and Crimson Gaming. For example, ABXY is open to

any level of gamer, from newcomers to experts. “We are trying to reach a general audience, plus the hardcore,” Morris said. “The primary difference is we focus on console games, bringing a community of gamers together and promoting intellectual conversations about gaming.” Swain said ABXY’s members gaming experience is diverse, as well as the number and kinds of games they play and discuss. “There is something in it

for anyone, from Super Smash Bros. Brawl to DDR,” Swain said. Morris said their first game night was a hit among students. “Game night is all about having a good time and is open to any student interested,” Morris said. Their next scheduled game night will be held Sunday from 5-8 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Game Room. Students can visit ABXY’s Web site, post comments and listen to podcasts at

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Judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest contrived, inconsistent By Forrest Phillips Staff Writer

A good comedy is tough to create. There is certainly no winning formula. But every successful comedy generally does have two things in common: it presents us with characters worth following and provides us with a unifying motivation to connect the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humorous moments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extract,â&#x20AC;? the new movie from writer/director Mike Judge (â&#x20AC;&#x153;King of the Hill,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Office Spaceâ&#x20AC;?), does neither. The film focuses on Joel Reynolds (Jason Bateman), the hapless owner and operator of Reynoldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Extract bottling plant. Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duties at the plant are stressful and his employees incompetent. His frustrations arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limited to the workplace either- at home waits an

annoying neighbor and a disinterested wife (Kristen Wiig of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Liveâ&#x20AC;?). Joel finds respite from lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficulties at a hotel bar, where his friend Dean (a long-haired, thick-bearded Ben Affleck) works as bartender. Dean serves up both drinks and bad advice to the hopelessly unfulfilled Joel. But then Joel sees an opportunity for salvation on both fronts. A company offers to buy out the bottling plant, and a newly hired, noticeably attractive employee named Cindy (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgetting Sarah Marshallâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mila Kunis) takes an interest in him. Joel meets new difficulties as a former employee files a lawsuit over an emasculating injury and thoughts of his wife prevent him from pursuing Cindy. The latter is a moral predica-

ment to which bartender Dean has an unusual solution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one involving horse-tranquilizers and a male prostitute. It should go without saying that Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems only become increasingly complicated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extractâ&#x20AC;? does manage some modest success, derived principally from the efforts of its talented ensemble. Having perfected the role of besieged sanity from his time on TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arrested Development,â&#x20AC;? Bateman turns in a likeable performance as the overwhelmed Joel. Affleck is also enjoyable as Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bartending friend Dean. He is the type of friend whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eager to offer advice on a range of topics, despite his utter unfamiliarity with any of them. But having acknowledged the accomplishment of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actors, I must point out the

fault of its characters: theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re increasingly unbelievable, onedimensional and, frankly, uninteresting. The movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central characters quickly lose their initial attraction, and we are left only with their irksome tendencies and predictable personalities. Unfettered from the expectations of character development, it is the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondary characters that leave the fondest impression. The underused Beth Grant steals scenes with a caricatured performance as the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assembly-line operator. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a minor role stuffed with social commentary, as Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character spends her time critiquing the work ethic of the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican immigrant employees while conveniently ignoring her own lack of productivity. Veteran comedic actor David

Koechner (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anchormanâ&#x20AC;?) is equally amusing in a small role as Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clueless, pestering neighbor. He eagerly awaits any opportunity to ensnare Joel in friendly conversation. His intentions are earnest, but he quickly grows obnoxious and tiring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; much like the film itself. In retrospect, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extractâ&#x20AC;? suffers from an unfortunately appropriate title â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while the movie certainly contains all the superficial indicators of a smart and successful comedy, something comically essential seems to have been drained from it. The film establishes a premise ripe for hilarity concerning so many topics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; marriage, midlife crisis, the workplace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but then refuses to commit to a comic direction. Rather, it is content to wring laughs from its audience

through a series of increasingly contrived situations. As a result, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extractâ&#x20AC;? is both inconsistent and unfocused â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a comedy that foregoes development and betrays its potential.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;EXTRACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CW criticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rating: .

Bottom Line: Unfocused, inconsistent comedy sucks the promise out of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Extract.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;


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