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No Homecoming concert Tickets sell slowly for Friday concert By Meghan Hollis Staff Writer Homecoming week will see pomping, parties and step dancing, but it won’t see a homecoming concert this year. Kelli Knox-Hall, senior assistant director of Ferguson Center operations, said the decision to forego a Homecoming concert was made to encourage students to attend all the other Homecoming events that will take place the Friday before the game. Meanwhile, ticket sales for the

2009 fall concert featuring Taking Back Sunday have accelerated slowly over the course of September, with the greatest increase coming this week. Knox-Hall said Student Affairs officials intend to leave space in the Homecoming schedule for people to attend the step show and the Quad activities. However, Knox-Hall said the date of the concert is a big reason the ticket sales are less than expected. “This weekend is family weekend,” Knox-Hall said. “A lot of people are making time to spend with their families and go to the game. Most people can’t or don’t want to leave their company to go to a concert.” Knox-Hall said from the day tickets

went on sale until now, sales have been slowly increasing. “We have seen good growth, especially this week,” Knox-Hall said. “This growth may be due to most people wanting to wait closer to the event to make their weekend plans.” The concert will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum with doors opening at 7 p.m. The Division of Student Affairs and the University Union is presenting special guest Carolina Liar along with the headliner Taking Back Sunday. The University Union has been making strides to increase advertising for the concert to in turn increase the number of

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Hair Techniques to close doors By Drew Taylor Administrative Affairs Editor Cliff Epperson walks across the floor of his salon, Hair Techniques, dragging bits of hair strewn across the floor behind him. Magazines cover every square inch of the coffee table. To the side, Debbie Deese chats with a customer as if she has known him for years. On Oct. 23, there won’t be as much chatter. By Oct. 26, not a single strand of hair or a speck of Hair Techinques will be left, except for a vacant space. Hair Techniques, the hair salon that has been located on the first floor of the Ferguson Center for nearly 36 years, will be no more as the University ends the salon’s lease and asks them to leave by that day. This was the same salon that Joe Namath frequented as a young college student before he ever stood on the sidelines of Shea Stadium wearing a mink coat. “That was before my time,” Epperson said, his back turned to the empty hallway that splits him from the SUPe Store. Before 1978, that is.

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England launches Alabama House re-election bid By Eryn Phillips Staff Writer State Rep. Christopher England announced at noon on Tuesday he is seeking a second term for Alabama House of Representatives District 70. England, a democrat, made his announcement on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse in front of about 50 supporters and local leaders. “It is a privilege and a blessing to be here,” England said. “I owe my home and the people of Tuscaloosa County my best everyday.” Since first being elected in 2006, England said he has secured approximately $500,000 for schools in District 70 and sponsored legislation to establish a divergent program in Tuscaloosa County. This legislation would ultimately save Tuscaloosa money and resources, but also provide support and incentive for people dealing with substance abuse issues, rather than incarcerating them, according to him. England said he has also been working to close the achievement gap among students and has spent resources to get more children involved in the Pre-K

initiative and provide these children with basic necessities. He also wants to pass legislation that would eliminate the sales tax on groceries. England said there are dozens of voters in the county who are mentally ill whose needs aren’t being met. “I, along with other representatives in this area, have led an initiative to create a safety net for those people, but also a safety net for those who take care of those people,” England said. If re-elected, he said he plans to continue to push for a common sense reform within the criminal justice system by finding programs for people who have not been convicted of criminal charges due to drugs, violence or mental health to get them rehabilitated rather than incarcerated. England said he wants to push for constitutional reform. “I think it’s a crime that we continue to have racist language in our constitution. It also supports a tax code that has a undue burden on our poor citizens,” he said. England is currently running unopposed in District 70. “I hope to keep it that way,” he said. State Rep. Christopher England announces his re-election campaign Tuesday. He is currently running unopposed.

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Owning his own business was a thought that had never crossed his mind early on. Although he spent a couple of years in business school, Epperson said discovered his true passion was cutting hair. After graduating from the defunct Statesman Barber Academy in Tuscaloosa, Epperson started at the

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CW | Katie Bennett Hair Techniques is a salon in the Ferguson Center that has offered hair styling for men and women. It will close next month.

Trademarked elephant benefits University Shirt Shop awarded official collegiate license after two years By Kellie Munts Senior Staff Reporter After a lengthy trademark application process, The Shirt Shop in downtown Tuscaloosa can display the collegiate license hologram on their prod-

ucts that depict their signature — and now trademarked — elephant. Charles Spurlin, owner of The Shirt Shop, and Nick Wright, owner of JNJ Apparel LLC and co-owner of Game Day Tents, set out to trademark

their elephant over two years ago, and in the past several weeks, that goal was achieved. The Shirt Shop created the elephant in a partnership with Vineyard Vines approximately five years ago. Spurlin said choosing the perfect elephant took much deliberation and a great deal of time, but he is happy with the result. “We looked at several different poses, just like when

you get your picture taken and you’re trying to decide what looks best,” Spurlin said. “You can look at other elephants, and they’re postured sideways so you can see the profile. But my elephant is broken down like he’s ready to charge you. That’s what we thought looked the best.” The decision to apply for the license was an easy one, Spurlin said. To be granted a

standard license, there are several criteria that must be met. As detailed on the standard license application, the institution must be a long-term successful business, it must hold high standards for customer service and have established relationships with other wellknown collegiate retailers — all criteria Spurlin said the store met. Another key component to

being awarded the license, Wright said, is producing something that has a new perspective. “They don’t just grant a license to everybody,” Wright said. “You have to put something different on the table, something new and unique. For us, that was this new symbol that represents the University.”

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program are encouraged to attend an information session for the program in Room 309 of the Ferguson Center at 6:15 tonight. “The trips this year are particularly interesting,” Burford said. “It’s stuff we’ve never

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CAMPUS | Grant awarded for science complex The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a $30 million grant to the University for Phase III of the Science and Engineering Corridor, according to a news release from Sen. Richard Shelby’s office. The University is the third phase of the four-building complex, the first of which was Shelby Hall completed in 2004. “To remain at the cutting edge of innovation, we need to act now to reach the untapped potential within our own borders in the ever-increasingly important fields of math, science and engineering,� Shelby said.

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During Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting, several topics were discussed, ranging from the new DegreeWorks system, health-awareness programs being created and the turmoil of additional bikes, students and cars. Karen Steckol, president of the Faculty Senate, opened the meeting with positive news that DegreeWorks now is up and running. There still are a few factors that need to be worked out, but the majority of it is working for faculty and staff, Steckol said. In addition, Steckol said new health programs have been added to the University and will be coming in the next month or so to educate students. On Sept. 28, Alabama Public Health — as part of the community health nursing class — will be coming to campus to show how it takes care of disaster situations. It will be behind Gorgas library from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Along with educating students on disaster situations, “Strive for Five� has now been implemented into the University. This program includes five steps, where two can be chosen to complete. The five steps include five glasses of water per day, lose five pounds, walk 5,000 steps, have five positive thoughts and eat five fruits and vegetables per day. Steckol also mentioned that UA President Robert Witt, among others, said students should learn the safety of the roads rather than have the University penalize them with tickets. Other members spoke about the flaws in the UA bike trails, making it more hazardous for students who walk and students who ride bikes.

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Starting Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Jazz Studies program and the University Union will provide live jazz performances in the Ferguson Center Game Room. It will be the first “Live Jazz Night� of fall 2009. Students in jazz studies and other majors will perform music. For more information on the Jazz Studies program, contact Chris Kozak at ckozak@music.ua.edu.

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people attending, Knox-Hall said. So far the efforts taken have helped to get people to purchase tickets. “The advertising and promotion is being done to meet the students,� Knox-Hill said. “We have put out flyers, banners, placed ads on billboards, digital billboard advertising in Midtown, put the event on Facebook and even placed ads in the Birmingham market hoping to attract the college and high school crowds to attend.� The sale of tickets has reached a little under 1,000, as of now. Knox-Hall said officials had hoped these numbers would be higher. It was projected there would be a bigger turnout due to Taking Back Sunday releasing a new album entitled “New Again� this past summer. The album received 4.5 out of 5 stars by The Alternative Press and 4 stars from Revolver. The band, along with Carolina Liar, has a reputation of putting on a good live show and pleasing crowds. Nicholas Boyd, a senior majoring in saxophone performance, is one student who plans on going to see Taking Back Sunday this Friday. “I decided to go to the concert because I started listening to them with a good friend in middle school,� Boyd said. “Their music isn’t particularly mind-boggling, but I’m sure being at the concert will bring back tons of memories from middle school. It also gives me the chance to hang out with that friend of mine from Birmingham who will be in town for the concert.� Tickets can be purchased online at crimsonartstickets. com and at the Coliseum up until the start of the concert. Student tickets are $15, and student tickets for floor seats along with general admission are $30. Tickets can be purchased through Crimson Arts Tickets. There will be free parking at the University Soccer Complex. The Crimson Ride also will be provided to shuttle concert attendees to the coliseum.

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Ferg Leadership Series kicks off By Karissa Bursch Staff Reporter A small group of interested students sat together opendiscussion style in chairs in the Sylvester Jones Resource Center to kick off the first in the Ferguson Center’s Leadership “Crash Course� Series Tuesday night. The first “crash course� in the Leadership Series was on event planning and project management and was led by Alex Karagas, the coordinator of student involvement and leadership at the Ferguson Center. Karagas said the “crash course� denotation of the series describes the style of the class-

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es. The series contains information that could possibly be obtained from a class offered by the University, but instead is offered in a two hour “crash course� time frame. The Leadership Series is offered three times a month during September, October and November from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lecture on event planning and project management is offered again on Nov. 3. Karagas said the Leadership

Series was a great way to profile resources on campus. “There are a lot of resources students just don’t know about, and we’re trying to make those more readily available,� Karagas said. Different types of students could get something out of the Leadership Series, not just organizations, Karagas said. “I think that building leadership skills is very important and can carry on past your organiza-

tion,� Karagas said. “It can apply to a lot of people. There are students attending from SGA and NAACP and even graduate students from Vietnam who want to work with the U.N.� Karagas said she recently started working as the coordinator of student involvement and leadership at the Ferguson Center in July and planned Get on Board Day this semester so she can give a lot of personal experience for this specific Leadership Series topic. “The guest speaker for each course is educated about those specific topics and have real-life experiences,� Karagas said. Malcolm Cammeron, a sophomore majoring in management

and the treasurer for NAACP, attended the first Leadership Series event. “Before I had no experience in event planning,� Cammeron said. “Before I just went out and there was no method to the madness. Now, I know what to do, and I know about all the available methods.� Cammeron said he would recommend the series for both regular students and student organization leaders. “It’s targeted at student organization leaders but it’s good for regular students too,� Cammeron said. “I came here just to learn, but I also came because at my work I plan events and I’m in the NAACP so

it’s helpful to me two-fold.� The Leadership Series is part of the Discovery Series offered by the Ferg, Karagas said. Students can learn anything from guitar lessons and jewelry-making to ballroom dancing and leadership skills through the Discovery Series, Karagas said. A description of every Discovery Series class and its cost is available at ferguson. ua.edu. The Leadership Series is free to attend and the upcoming topics in the series include communication and motivation, time management for leaders, managing conflict in organizations and recognize and reward.

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nesses, and if they don’t trademark their images, then they’re just not doing the right thing.� Some vendors do choose to sell unlicensed merchandise. The CLC has an enforcement staff of people who work in conjunction with undercover police officers at more than 100 events and games throughout the year, according to the organization’s Web site. These individuals seize unlicensed merchandise to discourage bootleggers. Spurlin and Wright said they hope to catch the attention of potential customers by showing that the University gets their fair share of the profit. The guarantee of quality that often comes with having a Standard License can appeal to customers, said Tricia Hornsby, CLC spokeswoman. Because there is a standard for the products, customers can be assured of the quality. “I know that many businesses choose to go through the process to be different and to differentiate themselves from competition,� Hornsby said. Spurlin said he hopes fans recognize his elephant because of the CLC hologram hangtag on them. “Now that we have achieved this goal of getting the license, we just want to go forward and see what will happen for us in the future,� Spurlin said.

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The application on the Collegiate Licensing Company Web site shows that during the first year, the potential licensing costs for a standard license can range between just over $4,000 to $22,000, depending on how much revenue the business generates and other factors. The required costs break down into several different categories, which vary widely. The University and other institutions that participate in the CLC charge an annual royalty advance fee to Standard

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{ YOUR VIEW } IS THE RECESSION OVER? “I think the worst is over. Where I work, at Loweʼs, itʼs picking up.” — Wade Farley, sophomore, astrophysics

“I think weʼre still in the middle of it. I havenʼt really seen much change.” —Laprecious Russell sophomore, investment banking

“Iʼd agree that the recession is over, technically, but I donʼt really think that means things are going to get better from our point of view for a while.” — Eric Carlson, senior, history

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On Tuesday, the United States Senate voted to keep ACORN, the antipoverty group lambasted by conservatives during the 2008 election cycle, from receiving federal funding. Since In short: : The U.S. 1994, ACORN has Senate made the received $54 million right move in cutting taxpayer dollars. off federal funds to As the New York ACORN. Times reported, the bipartisan Senate vote (83-7) followed the Census Bureau’s announcement stating ACORN would not be asked to help in next year’s national roll call. The edicts from Washington come after numerous allegations of illegal activity by ACORN employees. ACORN said the alleged incidents were isolated. We doubt it. First, there was last fall’s scandal with its campaign to increase political participation. It was a noble undertaking until it came out that ACORN submitted fraudulent voter registration forms (out of the 1.3 million voter registration forms ACORN filed, election officials rejected 400,000 for fraud and administrative errors). More recently, a hidden camera video captured two ACORN employees advising a couple — conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute — giving advice on how to receive federal housing funding. ACORN’s idea of advice is to promote money laundering, a felony according to the Treasury Department, punishable by up to 20 years behind bars. ACORN has questioned the video’s accuracy, but Fox News, which ran the video originally, said it verified the authenticity. And, regardless of views about Fox News, we are more inclined to take their word over ACORN’s. In this instance, Fox is the lesser of the two evils. The seven senators who voted to maintain funding for ACORN justified their vote by talking about the aims of the organizations. A spokesperson for Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who supported continued funding, defended the senator’s absurd vote by saying “thousands of New York families who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like ACORN for assistance.” Gillibrand’s office said she expects ACORN to rectify its problems through an internal investigation. This is a naïve perspective and a dangerous precedent to set. Supporting federal funding for an organization like ACORN, one that has endured many serious, proven allegations, is the equivalent for a political advocacy group of a bailout for Bernard Madoff’s firm. Common sense dictates that such an action should not happen. But Gillibrand and six others — including both senators from Illinois, a state with a less-thangleaming record on corruption — thought otherwise. Thankfully, 83 other lawmakers, in a rare moment of astuteness, decided it was a bad idea to give money to lawbreakers. Now that is a novel idea.

Leaders need to debate with respect, decorum By Avery Adcock Kanye West and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., may have any number of differences, but in the last week they have proven they have one thing in common: Neither understands the meaning of respect. The difference between the outbursts is in the implications for the American people. West shocked the nation when he stepped on stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, not to congratulate Swift, but to say Beyonce deserved the accolade more. But MTV is not the U.S. House of Representatives. Before watching President Barack Obama’s address to the American people on health care, I knew it would be a touchy subject. I did not, however, expect the outlandish behavior that ensued. As Obama explained his proposal for health care reform, Wilson yelled out, “You lie!” I could not believe what I had just heard. This was not the debate club, but the House of Representatives. This was not the high school president speaking at graduation, but the president of the United States addressing the nation. The forum resembled a playground when compared to Obama’s previous visit to Wakefield High School in Virginia. Those high school kids made the House look like a bunch of kindergartners.

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Some ask if a representative has a right to voice his opinion. Not in that way. According to Section 370 of the House Rules Manual, members are explicitly prohibited from calling the president a “liar.” Some say this is not the first time opposing sides have criticized the president, which may be true, but he was never criticized in this fashion. This incident not only embarrassed Americans who hold our elected members to the highest standards of the law, but renewed worry in millions. It is no secret that health care reform is a source of heated debate at the moment. It is also no secret that members of both parties are challenging Obama’s policy objectives. But the way to solve the crisis of health care is not by publicly demeaning the president on a personal level. At a time like this, when the job market, housing market and overall future of our economy is in limbo, it is imperative for our lawmakers to set a good example. If Americans were not in panic mode concerning health care, I am sure they have changed their minds. If Wilson harbored such strong feelings about the president, he should have addressed

those issues privately. His written statement of apology, as opposed to one delivered in-person, illustrated his lack of care. The way in which our nation is going to solve this debacle is not by placing blame on others and giving into theories of the president’s “actual” plans. It is by sitting down and developing bipartisan communication. There will be differences in opinion, but the only way anything is going to get accomplished is if leaders stop losing their tempers. Any president, black or white, Republican or Democrat, would be plagued with a difficult task in the health care debate. Negotiations should be civil, and both the Senate and the House need to steer clear of remarks like Wilson’s. It is pretty unlikely that West will bash Obama, but the question is whom would you expect it more from: a rapper or a United States Representative? In the past, my answer would have been the first, but now it seems as though valuing your president’s thoughts is not important to some. Avery Adcock is a sophomore majoring in political science. Her column runs weekly on Wednesdays.

Please give peace a chance By Will Thomas As Americans, we have a lot of dates we like to celebrate. The Fourth of July is Independence Day, Dec. 25 is Christmas and even though it changes and is therefore always harder to remember, Thanksgiving is sometime in November. While all those days are of extreme importance and are fun because it gives us the ability to shoot off fireworks and eat lots of homecooked food, it seems as though we’ve missed an important holiday on our docket. Back in 1981, the United Nations signed a resolution designating one day a year to be called “International Peace Day,” and in 2002, the date was officially set as Sept. 21. The United Nations created this day to encourage all of humanity to stop and take a day to reflect on peace to find ways we as individuals and communities can take steps to make our world kinder, gentler and more compassionate. This day also was declared a day of ceasefire so that combatants around the world could stop their fighting to let aid groups enter war zones. This was back at a time when the United States wasn’t as hostile to the United Nations as we have been recently, so we signed with no reservations. Every other member state

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of the United Nations signed as well. Now, while we may not necessarily have the opportunity to cross the front lines of a battle to give aid to the many war torn regions of our world Monday, what we do have is the opportunity and ability to do is to foster peace within our own lives and the lives of our friends, as well as to raise awareness about peace building across the globe. How can we foster peace within our own lives? It starts with reaching across the divides we believe separate us from other people. Trust me, this is a hefty order for someone who writes on the opinions page of any publication. When we take time to talk to each other and find out why it is we do the things we do and what it is that we care about, we’re less prone to fight about things. Of course, we can disagree, but when we take the time to get into each other’s heads carefully and deliberately, we are much more apt to find ways to work together instead of continuing to disagree. When we respect each other’s human dignity, the benefits are

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obvious, and we are much less apt to wage conflict. How can we raise awareness about peace building across the globe? There are lots of grassroots organizations across the globe we can all contribute our time and energy. On the more local level, there are many groups on this campus and in the Tuscaloosa community dedicated to raising awareness about international issues and fostering cooperation, so I would suggest you seek out these groups on Monday. While world peace may seem like a big task to take on, if we all take steps individually and together towards peace in our own lives an communities, we can begin the process by being the exemplar individuals and communities that take steps towards a kinder, gentler world. So, this Monday, take the time to remember we have a new national holiday, and it’s time for our country, and for our world, to give peace a chance. Will Thomas is a senior majoring in economics and finance. His column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Pre-med students should weigh in on health care By Ashley Ames and John Brown UWIRE

Amid all the voices chiming in on the health care debate, one group of people ought to have a unique perspective on the future implications of reform: premed students. As future doctors, should they be concerned about change, or should they embrace it? Most agree costs are ballooning out of control and that something needs to be done. However, just like the rest of the country, there is little agreement about how exactly to go about it. While many pre-med students don’t necessarily oppose reform, they are wary of sweeping changes. It is, after all, a costly career to pursue. Medical school tuition currently is the highest it’s ever been and is increasing rapidly. Since 1984, median tuition and fees have increased by 165 percent in private medical schools and by 312 percent in public medical schools. Some medicinally-focused students point out that doctors make a significant investment studying for many years and thus deserve to be paid well. Investing so much money in a career path that could potentially undergo changes just in time for a pre-med’s graduation from med school is unnerving. Many pre-med students expect decreased pay in a government-controlled health care system, although such expectations seldom seem to cause a change in career path. However, in a survey taken by Kaplan, 49 percent of students taking the MCAT cited money as a motivating factor in becoming a doctor, compared with 71 percent of law-student hopefuls taking the LSAT. So-called “tort reform” has been a major point of contention in the health care debate, with Republicans advocating caps on awards juries can hand out and limitations on the powerful lobby representing trial lawyers leaning hard on Democrats to crush that possibility. Overall, very few pre-med students feel that reform is a cause for a change in career — at least, as long as medical students were never in it for the money. Most medical students just hope to be able to live their own dream of practicing medicine — regardless of whatever type of medical system is in place.

Ashley Ames and John Brown are students at Indiana University.


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Democrats discuss health care reform By Amanda Bayhi Staff Writer The Tuscaloosa County Democratic Party gathered at Chuck’s Fish Monday night to discuss Obama’s plan for health care reform. At the start of the meeting, guest speaker Joe Jackson took the microphone and began the evening by telling everyone why he supported the Obama plan for health reform. Jackson spoke about how his 10-year-old son, Brett, died last February due to complications from brain cancer. While Brett was well, Jackson said he followed the presidential race in 2007 and loved how Obama wanted to help people by providing health care to everyone. Jackson explained how easy it is “to reach the $1 million cap” on health insurance. Without Medicaid, each dose of the two treatments Brett needed would cost $22,000 alone. In addition, Jackson said health care also was included in the Iraqi constitution during the Bush administration. Despite some representatives wanting to wait to pass the new health care plan, Jackson said members of the community still should hold them accountable. “Delay equals death when it comes to this bill,” Jackson said. “The time to act is now.” Jackson said he supports Obama’s health care plan because “health care shouldn’t push people into poverty.” Jackson also said senior citizens shouldn’t have to make the choice between having their medications and having

something to eat. Jackson said fees paid by health insurance companies would help fund Obama’s health care plan. James Smith, chairman for the Tuscaloosa County Democratic Party, also was in attendance at the event. Smith said Blue Cross Blue Shield insures 85 percent of insured people in Alabama. Smith said everyone has been sold on the new plan. “Everyone has bought into it except three groups: the health insurance companies, the Republicans and the misinformed,” Smith said. Will Coggins member of Health Care for Everyone - Alabama, said there are more physicians who support national health care now than there were three years ago. Coggins said only 45 percent of physicians favored national health care three years ago, but this year 56 percent of physicians are in favor of it. Following the meeting, Mary Harmon Rountree, a senior majoring in political science and member of the Tuscaloosa County Democratic Party, said the issue of health care is a moral one. In justifying her position, Rountree also said it would cost less to pay for the proposed health care than what Americans currently pay. Rountree said Americans’ taxes already are paying for this type of health care in Iraq. Nick Rose, a graduate student in elementary education and vice chair of the Democratic Party for Tuscaloosa County, said he and others supporting Obama’s health reform plan want to “talk to people who are willing to listen.”

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Republican Women hold forum By Brittney Knox Staff Writer The topic of health care reform has swept through Washington and made its way to the Bama Theatre downtown Tuesday night. The Republican Women of Tuscaloosa County held a health care forum for residents to hear a panel discuss the issue as well as ask questions. Elois Zeanah, president of the Republican Women of Tuscaloosa County, said she is passionate about the issue of reform and opposes the current health care bill. One of the most heavily discussed topics at the forum was the public option. The public option is a government health insurance program — similar to Medicare — which would be open to anyone. Zeanah said the reform bill does not fix the problems that currently exist in health care. “The government currently spends 18 percent of its gross national product on health care while other countries

spend 10 percent and have higher life expectancy rates,” she said. “The current care is far too expensive.” Panelist state Rep. Robert Bentley, R-Tuscaloosa, 2010 gubernatorial candidate and a board-certified dermatologist, said another problem is that a result of this bill will be the rationing of care. “One thing that should be looked at as an alternative is health savings accounts,” he said. “This is where you are able to put a certain amount of money in an account and save it for when you need it. It puts the patients in control of their dollars.” Zeanah said an additional problem that would not be fixed is fraud. “In the governmental programs Medicaid and Medicare there is an issue of 15 to 18 percent of fraud occurring and in the private sector there is only a percentage of 1,” she said. “This is an issue that needs to be solved first.” Republicans were not the only political party represented at the forum. Democrat Eddison Walters, a candidate for Rep. Artur Davis’ seat in the U.S.

Houses of Representatives, said the issue does not follow party lines, but is an American issue. In response Bentley said, “The government should fix the problem without a government takeover.” Walters said he thought the forum was more about defeating the bill than discussing the issue. Jake DaSilva, a graduate student in library and information sciences, said in a for-profit health care system, the companies’ objective is to deny the most claims rather than give the most care. “There are so many people in America without health care and that is simply immoral. It is against my values and it is definitely a problem,” he said. “The Republicans have been saying to fix the problem, but they don’t understand what the problem is — and that is the problem.” Zeanah said if the seniors are all consuming it right now, then future generations will face more problems. “It is our moral obligation to think about the future generation,” she said.

Pick right protein supplement to help your body By Brady Gregory

For athletes or just regular college students looking to improve or maintain body composition, proper whole food nutrition is key to achieving results. Supplementation is also an important element to maximize the results of the hard work you put in at the gym or track. When it comes to supplementation, protein should always be the main ingredient. It is the macronutrient that the body uses to build lean tissue. Insufficient intake of protein while training could put a damper on the results of your hard work, which means a supplement with protein is the most impor-

tant one you could buy. Go to GNC or your favorite health store and buy protein. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Well, not really — picking from the smorgasbord of options is not always a simple task. Since supplements can be expensive, it is important that you get the most for your money when deciding what to purchase. That requires a little research and planning. Not all proteins are the same. There are actually several different types of protein and many protein supplements to choose from. It is important that you know what each type or protein does before you make a decision to purchase it. Whey protein, a byproduct

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training. There are numerous brands and types of protein on the shelves to buy, but if your intent is to purchase a whey product, make sure you read the ingredients to make sure you are getting what you think you are. Any whey supplement should have either whey concentrate, whey isolate or both listed as main ingredients. Milk protein, or casein, is a protein that is very much different from whey in the way it should be used. While it could

be used for a post workout protein source, it would be best utilized by taking it at night or morning. The body absorbs milk protein slowly, supplying the body with a more constant supply of protein rather than the quick supply given by whey. Another plus to milk protein would be the taste which is most likely going to surpass other protein powders. Also, just drinking regular or chocolate milk could be your comparable and more affordable option. Another option is soy protein. Serving as a complete vegetable source of protein, soy powder would be ideal for vegetarians looking to supplement protein in their diet.

ference will be called “Prevention: More Than Thursday’s conference will run from 8 a.m. to Just An Apple A Day.” 5 p.m. and Friday’s will begin at 8 a.m. and end at A variety of topics will be discussed at the noon. conference, including obesity, immunizations, For more information, visit rhc.ua.edu. 10th Annual Rural Health prenatal care, mental health, stroke and cancer. There will also be EMS training sessions on how Bankhead Writer Spahr comes Conference kicks off Thursday to manage cardiac arrest. The registration fee for the conference is to Gorgas Thursday and Friday will see the 10th Annual Rural Health Conference at Hotel Capstone and $75 per person, which includes two continental the Bryant Conference Center. This year’s con- breakfasts, a luncheon and refreshments. The Gorgas Library will host Juliana Spahr at

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Brady Gregory is a senior majoring in nutrition.

7:30 p.m. on Thursday as she reads some of her poetry from her most recent book “Connection of Everyone with Lungs,” as part of the English department’s Bankhead Visiting Writers Series. Spahr also has written prose and edits. Her most recent work is “The Transformation,” a book of prose that explores the cultural aspects of a couple who moves from New York to Hawaii. The reading will be in 205 Gorgas Library. Admission is free.


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floor of the Ferg. The fact that the salon was banned from using Continued from page 1 a sign did not help, Epperson said. He only uses a flag with a Capstone House of Styles in pair of scissors on the door. “What business doesn’t have 1978. One day, his boss Nancy Williams, called in sick, leav- a sign?� Epperson asked. “There ing him with his clippers and a would be more [customers] if they knew we were here.� whole salon. When Williams got married and decided to move to Texas, How it ends she sold the business to him in 1983, confident he could handle Epperson received an e-mail things on his own. from the University in July tellEpperson changed the name ing him it would not renew the to Hair Techniques in 1985, but salon’s lease and they originally the salon’s progress was hin- had to be out by Monday. What dered. Renovations in the build- hit him even harder was that ing and expansion of the SUPe there had been no previous disStore cornered the salon from its cussions with the University location to a nook at the bottom about the salon prior to this.

“They told me, ‘This is what’s going to happen,’� Epperson said. The University has since extended the move-out date from Monday to Oct. 26. Epperson said moving the salon will not do the University any good. “Moving us out is just putting a band-aid on the problem,� Epperson said. “The problem is that they need to expand.� The University will use it for office space, including offices for the SGA adviser, graduate students and seasonal SGA committees, said UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen in a statement. Despite mixed feelings as to why the University wants to add

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By Tayler Reid Staff Writer The UA School of Law’s moot courtroom was filled with various professors and students Monday afternoon waiting to hear Deak Nabers, assistant professor of English at Brown University, deliver a lecture titled “Ordered Liberty: World War II and the Concept of Law in the United States.� The lecture, co-sponsored by the School of Law and the College of Arts & Sciences, was part of the Hugo Black lecture series, named after Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, a graduate of UA’s law school. Nabers holds degrees from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University and Oxford University. He also has authored several books, including “Victory of Law: The 14th Amendment, The Civil War and American Literature, 18521867.� Before delving into the lecture, Nabers discussed his family’s relationship with Black. He said his father not only worked for Black, but Black actually introduced Nabers’ parents to one another. “In fact, I wouldn’t be alive more office space, Epperson said he does not want confrontation. “I try not to have hard feelings,� Epperson said. “They have plans that need to go on. They have a right to do what they want to do.� Epperson said his little salon was part of the University. “We’re here to serve the students,� Epperson said. “That’s what we try to do.� When the salon closes for good, Epperson said he has no plans to open another salon after he walks out of Hair Techniques for the last time. He also owns another Hair Techniques in Birmingham. The only thing he is worried about is his stylists, Epperson

today if it weren’t for him,� Nabers said. In the lecture, Nabers discussed the 14th Amendment, which grants citizens their rights to life, liberty, property and due process of law and how it can be interpreted in more ways than one. Nabers explained his reasoning by comparing both Black and Justice Felix Frankfurter’s interpretations of the amendment and how they differed greatly from one another in its meaning. In fact, Nabers said the two had an ongoing dispute that became a public matter. While Frankfurter had a more flexible view of the 14th Amendment, Black took the amendment, as well as the constitution as a whole, and abided by it word for word, Nabers said. “The Constitution is my legal Bible,� Black wrote in his book. “A Constitutional Faith. I personally deplore even the slightest deviation from its least important commands.� Frankfurter, on the other hand, had a broader view of the 14th Amendment. Compared to the first eight amendments, Frankfurter felt the 14th con-

tained less specific provisions. However, this was not to say he ignored the amendment by any means. “But broad as these clauses are, they are not generalities of empty vagueness,� said Frankfurter in the Lousiana ex rel. Francis v. Resweber case in 1947. Frankfurter implies the judiciary system should make decisions based on justice rather than going strictly by the Constitution. According to the outline provided for the lecture, Frankfurter did not base his decisions on his own personal views but rather relied on society’s opinion of what was fair and just. Adam Pittman, a secondyear law student, summed up the lecture by saying it was essentially meant to explain Frankfurter’s idea of the proper role of the judiciary in interpreting and implementing the 14th Amendment. “Dr. Nabers drew the line between the relation of World War II soldiers and military command to the relation of a judge and the concept of law,� Pittman said.

said. “They’ll have to find jobs and start over,� Epperson said. “I don’t think they realize the hardship they will face when they are out on their own.� Hair Techniques has three stylists, including a student. Another one of these stylists is Debbie Deese.

Community College. In fact, Deese said she and Epperson discussed who would take over the salon when he retired. They had agreed it would be hers. Deese does enjoy one thing more than cutting hair. “I love to yap,� Deese said. Before this, Deese said she never dreaded coming to work. When the salon closes, Deese said she has no immediate plans, except to say goodbye to her boss, her coworkers and the friends she has made cutting hair. “It’s hard to tell people goodbye,� Deese said. “I’ve been doing this for so long.�

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production assistant for the video. “He was a primary producer for the video,� Eifler said. “He did the majority of the work.� The money raised in this year’s campaign will go to charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, Child Abuse Prevention Services and United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama. The campaign begins Wednesday and ends Dec. 16. In December, UWWA will host a campaign celebration for all the hard work during the 2009 campaign. Last year, UWWA raised $3.2 million. The goal this year is $2.8 million. Officials said United Way has come a long way since its first campaign in 1946, when it was called the Community Chest of Tuscaloosa. It raised $63,000 its first year. Last year, 86.5 cents of every UWWA dollar that was raised went to help local agencies. “Everyone needs to come out on Wednesday,� Eifler said. “It’s for a great cause.�

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Grant looking to capture old magic By Spencer White Assistant Sports Editor

There are few individuals in life who get a chance to shine brightly under the lights of a college football stadium. Fewer still can recover and still be productive after the spotlight is turned to another and they are relegated to the shadows of someone else’s glory. Terry Grant is one of them. “We want Terry to have success because he has certainly given his all to the team,” said head coach Nick Saban. “He has been a positive force with his teammates and also, in terms of his own attitude, of what he tried to do to help the team.” Grant, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back who hails from the small southern town of Lumberton, Miss., seemed destined for prominence early in the 2007 season. As a redshirt freshman, Grant exploded out of the Tide backfield, racking

up 403 yards and five touchdowns during the Tide’s 3-0 start under Saban, then a firstyear head coach for Alabama. Grant was renowned for his blazing speed, with some recruiting services crediting him with an astounding 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash coming out of high school. Senior receiver Mike McCoy, another product of Mississippi, told a story about seeing Grant at the high school track meet. “He’s just a different type of fast,” McCoy said. “He beat everybody in his division by 10 yards…it was just unreal.” But slowly, Grant’s 2007 production began to drop. The yardage decreased, the touchdowns disappeared, and Grant began to receive fewer and fewer carries, finishing the season with 891 yards and eight touchdowns, a modest end after his start. By the end of the season, even the most casual Tide fans could sense that something was different

with the young running back, and the off-season revelation that Grant had suffered from a painful sports hernia for much of the season was not a surprise to many. The aftermath of the injury would limit Grant’s production and playing time in 2008, along with the arrival of Mark Ingram and the rises of Glen Coffee and Roy Upchurch. Grant would only tote the rock 35 times for a mere 88 yards during the Tide’s 12-2 run, and springtime brought rumors of transfers at water coolers around the state. But Grant refused to give up, rededicated himself and worked to regain his freshman form. Saban has tried him at receiver, hoping to utilize Grant’s legendary speed in a game. But with Ingram battling the flu and Upchurch sustaining an ankle sprain against Florida International, it fell to Grant and true freshman Trent Richardson to carry

the slack. Grant did not disappoint, breaking loose for 69 yards on only six carries, including a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter where Grant displayed a burst of speed that Alabama fans haven’t seen since his freshman year. “I remember I was running across the field, and he just got smaller and smaller,” senior receiver Mike McCoy said. “Every time he touches the ball, I get excited.” McCoy, who roomed with Grant freshman year, also attends weekly bible studies with the running back. McCoy, like Saban, credits Grant’s positive attitude with allowing him to overcome what could be perceived as frustration at a lack of playing time. “He tells me all the time, ‘anything worth having is CW | Bethany Martin worth the struggle,’” McCoy Runnning back Terry Grant returns a said. “That’s something that inspires me…his demeanor kickoff during Alabamaʼs opening game against Virginia Tech. hasn’t changed.”

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WOMEN’S TENNIS

Mainz pleased with Tide’s weekend performance

Beginning their fall season at the SEC Coaches’ Tournament last weekend, the women’s tennis team left Nashville with experience and a big victory for freshman Alexa Guarachi. Guarachi arose victorious in her first college tournament, claiming first place in her flight in the single’s division. Head coach Jenny Mainz said she was pleased with Guarachi’s overall

performance. “She had three quality matches, three quality wins,” Mainz said. “She played discipline tennis. She played smart.” Teammate Courtney McLane also found Guarachi’s performance impressive. “Alexa won her flight in singles against a really tough opponent from Vanderbilt, Jackie Wu,” McLane said. “Jackie is ranked in the top 50 in the country, so [Alexa] got her first ranked win this weekend.”

McLane entered the tournament as Guarachi’s partner in the No. 1 doubles draw but had to retire from the tournament after an injury during her singles match on Friday. Although McLane did not resume match play during the weekend, she will compete again this weekend when the team travels to Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. “I was playing in my first singles set, and it was 2-2 in the second set,” McLane said. “I pulled

to the right for a forehand and ended up in a split and sprained my hamstring. We have another tournament this weekend, and I will be ready.” Senior Alice Tunaru took McLane’s place in the No. 1 doubles draw and competed with Guarachi on Saturday against Allie Will and Anastasia Revzina from the University of Florida. The pair fell 8-4. Doubles partners Taylor Lindsey and Paulina Bigos won both of their Friday matches against teams from Kentucky and Vanderbilt, but lost 8-5 to Maria Sorbello and Kata Szekely from Tennessee in the finals. Although only Guarachi won her flight, Mainz said she was happy with the team’s performance over the weekend. “I saw what I thought we would see,” Mainz said. “We competed hard, and I was pleased with that. I think that throughout the fall we will be building momentum and confi-

dence.” Mainz said the main objective for the Tide this fall lies in focusing on improvement and gaining experience through match play. “We have a lot of things to work on,” Mainz said. “The main objective was that we got a lot of match play, which we needed. At this point in the season it is developmental time. We need to hone in on the things we need to improve.” McLane agrees and said the tournament achieved its purpose in preparing the team to compete well in the SEC this spring. “It went really well and we got a lot of match play in,” McLane said. “Having the SEC tournament so early in the season really helped us to get some good practice. The good thing about playing tournaments this early is that it lets us see what we need to do to get better. It also showed that we are a force to be reckoned with in the SEC.”

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Tide looking to ‘handle prosperity better’ By Anthony Johnson Staff Writer The No. 4 Alabama men’s golf team opened the season with a sixth-place finish, shooting a 4-over-par 292 final round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate Tournament in Rocky Face, Ga. The Tide was without AllAmerican sophomore Bud Cauley, who competed in the Walker Cup in Ardmore, Pa. “I thought it was a successful week in how they prepared and how their attitudes were,” said head coach Jay Seawell. “We found out we have a lot of work to do. We’ve got to get more mature and make better decisions during our tournaments.” The Tide held the lead after day one, shooting a 1-over

UA Athletics Bud Cauley takes a swing at this yearʼs Walker Cup. The Alabama sophomore helped lead the U.S. to its third straight Walker Cup victory.

Student helps lead U.S. to victory in Walker Cup By Anthony Johnson Staff Writer Sophomore All-American golfer Bud Cauley competed in the Walker Cup — the amateur equivalent to the Ryder Cup — last weekend in Ardmore, Pa. Cauley joined Alabama legend Jerry Pate as the only two Tide golfers to compete in the event. “We had a great group of guys,” Cauley said. “All the guys on the team I have known for a very long time. We had a great time on and off the course.” Cauley was one of eight U.S. amateur golfers from around the country to compete at the

historical Merion Golf Club. “It’s such a special place,” Cauley said. “There are plaques everywhere constantly reminding you of the great players like Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan that made history there.” The U.S. team competed against a group of 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland. Cauley helped lead the U.S. team to its third consecutive Walker Cup victory, a convincing 16.5-9.5 score, the largest margin of victory for the U.S. since 1997. Cauley finished his matches with a record of 3-0-1, having his Sunday afternoon singles match, missing a

perfect score by one-half of a point. “It was his coming-out moment to the media,” said Alabama head coach Jay Seawell. “We knew he was an outstanding player, but he is going to be thought of as one of the greatest amateur golfers in the country now. “Being there with him was about as good as it gets as a coach. Getting the chance to see one of your players in the biggest tournament in amateur golf was a different world for me,” he said. “Seeing him in the USA colors with the hat and the bag, it was an unbelievable experience.”

289 on the Farm Course. The Tide struggled Saturday and slipped to third place after posting a 6-over 294. The Tide finished the tournament with a total score of 875 (+11). Leading the Tide was sophomore Hunter Hamrick, who shot back-to-back rounds of 70 (-2) and finished the tournament tied for 14th at even par 216. Hamrick posted three birdies and an eagle during the final round. Sophomore Spencer Cole shot a final-round 1-under 71, finishing in a tie for 38th at 223 (+7). “There were some outstanding teams in this field, many of them ranked,” Seawell said. “The guys that went showed we can stand toe-to-toe with anybody. For the young guys, it was a chance to grow. We just

have to learn how to handle prosperity better.” The Tide’s next tournament will be in Bremerton, Wash., Sept. 27-29 at the Ping/ Golfweek Invitational.


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