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Last week students purchased their tickets for the 2010-2011 Crimson Tide football season. Thanks to a revamped purchasing process, technical issues were less prevalent than in years past. Football tickets sold quickly on June 16. Students began buying tickets at 7 a.m., and by 9:30 a.m. they were selling out. “Day one [June 14] and day five [June18] were the slowest,” said Molly Lawrence, associate vice president for student affairs. “The sale went well into the afternoon [on those days].” With 13,000 tickets divided equally among 14,000 students in five brackets, the system wasn’t as stressed as it was last year, Lawrence said. Every student who opted in for tickets in April had a 90 percent chance of getting a

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By Charles Scarborough Staff Reporter cjscarborough@crimson.ua.edu The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees voted June 18 to approve a tuition increase that could cause economic hardships for some University students. Tuition for in-state students will be raised 12.9 percent, to $7,900 per two semesters, in the 2010-2011 school year in order to compensate for a decrease of state funds and rising costs associated with the University’s maintenance. Meanwhile, out-of-state tuition will rise 6.8 percent, to $20,500, for two semesters of a traditional 15-hour course load. Law school tuition will jump 9 percent, to $15,760, per year for Alabama residents, and 5.7 percent, to $28,070, for out-of-state students. With the increase, the University of Alabama is now tied with Auburn University as the most expensive public education institution in the state. The 12.9 percent increase is the largest annual increase since University President Robert Witt’s first year in office, when trustees approved a 16.3 percent tuition increase in 2003.

In-state tuition has increased 122 percent during Witt’s tenure, from $3,556 in 2002-2003 to the current $7,900 for 2010-2011. University Spokesperson Cathy Andreen said the tuition increase was necessary to maintain Alabama’s high standard in the face of state budget cuts. “The tuition increase will allow the University to continue to provide the high-quality educational experience our students and their parents expect,” she said. “Despite a $56-million reduction in state appropriations in the past two years, our students continue to have full access to the classes they need to graduate; our classes are taught by fully qualified faculty, and we are fully staffed to meet students’ needs and expectations.” University officials stressed that the tuition increase will also enable the University to raise salaries. “Faculty and staff have not received salary increases for the last two years,” Andreen said. “The dedication and commitment of our hard-working faculty and staff have enabled UA to maintain our momentum. We want to reward this commitment to educational excel-

lence, and continue to attract and retain the best and brightest faculty and staff.” But some students are concerned with the rapid rise of costs associated with getting a degree from the University of Alabama. Robert Fender, a junior majoring in business, questioned the timing of the tuition increases. “Things aren’t going too well with our economy right now, and I know a lot of friends who will be hurt by these added costs,” he said. “Everybody else is having to tighten their belts during this recession. I just wish the University had waited until things got better before adding another burden to Alabama students.” Grant Jackson, a senior majoring in psychology, said he trusts University officials to handle tough decisions. “It’s probably not ideal for me and my family, but it would be pretty naive of me to just sit here and complain,” Jackson said. “I’m sure it is a very complicated issue, and I’m sure it was a very hard decision. I trust that Dr. Witt and whoever were responsible for making the decision did it for the right reasons.”

2010-2011 in-state tuition rates 1- Vanderbilt: $38,952

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2- S. Carolina: $9,786 3- Kentucky: $9,022 4- Georgia: $8,736 T5- Alabama: $7,900 T5- Auburn: $7,900

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8- UAB: $7,174 10- Tennessee: $6,379 11- Miss. State: $5,460 12- Ole Miss: $5,436 13- Arkansas: $5,212 14- Florida: $5,020 15- LSU: $3,742

ticket package. Students purchased tickets by logging on to their myBama accounts and clicking on an order tab. The purchasing system was also simplified by having the price of the tickets added to student accounts. “This year we had an additional 2,000 student football tickets, which contributed to a greater opportunity for purchasing tickets, because we were closer to meeting the demand,” said SGA Vice President of Student Affairs Stephen Swinson. “Personally, I have received

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Board approves tuition increase

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• 13,000 student football tickets were divided equally between 14,000 students over five days. • Day one and day five were the slowest sales days.

On June 18 the UA System Board of Trustees unanimously approved high tuition increases and the construction of a new residence hall on north campus. Tuition will increase nearly 13 percent for in-state students in the 2010-2011 school year, from $7,000 to $7,900. Out-of-state tuition will rise almost 7 percent, from $19,200 to $20,500. “We are trying to make certain we preserve the fiscal integrity of this system,” UA

system chancellor Malcolm Portera said. “We want to protect the quality of academic programs at our institutions.” The $900 in-state tuition jump is one of the largest in school history. Portera and members of the board attributed much of the increase to substantial cuts in state funding in the last two years. “We are starting with the assumption that the state revenues are going to remain flat or decline,” Portera said. Although tuition is used in many areas of University operation, board president

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Lloyd Hall to add Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut to dining By Ashley D. McDaniel Contributing Writer This fall, Lloyd Hall will receive new dining options, adding to its recent openings of Boar’s Head Deli and Java City Coffee. The new additions will include Chick-fil-A and Pizza Hut, said Matthew Mackey, the marketing director for Bama Dining. The additions, which are collectively being named Stewart’s Corner, are located on the first floor of Lloyd, which is also home to the University’s New

College. Mackey said he’s thrilled about Stewart’s Corner opening in the fall and has already had positive feedback from students. “We have only just recently had our soft open at our new facilities and people seem to already be very pleased,” he said. “The individual locations will have varying hours, but [Stewart’s Corner] will be open during the week from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. “This particular location was chosen for several

reasons, first and foremost being student feedback,” Mackey said. “The student response we have received has been overwhelmingly in favor of having a new dining location closer to the academic hubs of campus, specifically near the quad.” Justin Warren, a sophomore majoring in telecommunication and film, said he thinks the new dining additions provide the opportunity to communicate with others and learn more about Lloyd. “I think that the new

dining in Lloyd is a great choice overall,” he said. “Although, I do think that a Chick-fil-A is not needed because we already have one.” Although a Chick-fil-A is already on campus, Mackey said, Stewart’s Corner will offer breakfast, unlike many locations in the Ferguson Center’s food court. “The question we get most often regarding the new location is, ‘Will it be

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CW | Jerrod Seaton Llyod Hall, home to the University’s New College, has added a Chick-fil-a and a Pizza Hut.

Students required to choose on-campus housing check-in time By Lucie Enns Contributing Writer Students planning to live in campus housing in the fall must sign up for a move-in time online; the sign-up form opened on June 15 and will remain open until July 25. This new policy has been implemented to ease the congestion of moving into residence halls, according to Housing and Residential Communities staff. le this

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2005, each year has seen an increase in the number of bed spaces needed on campus, Browne said. “There has been a trend in the increase in the last five years,” she said. “We don’t have the final number for this year yet, but I would imagine it would be somewhere over 7,000 students.” More than 5,000 students have

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In the Thursday, June 16 edition of The Crimson White, a story provided erroneous times for the Zumba group exercise class offered by the University’s Recreation Center. The correct days and times for the class are as follows: Sundays at 4:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays 5:30 p.m., and Fridays noon (for Aquatic Center members only). The Crimson White regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.

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Where: UA’s Moundville Archeological Park

What: The student-led organization Homegrown Alabama will host its weekly farmer’s market.

A total of 5,783 students enrolled during the 2010 spring semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all As). The UA Dean’s and President’s List recognizes full-time undergraduate students. The list does not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

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What: Sounds of Tuscaloosa: Debbie Bond from Tuscaloosa Blues Project, followed by Ethan Gardiner and the Rakes

UA Museum Expedition Uncovers Post-Civil War History

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Where: Midtown Village When: 7-9 p.m.

Participants of the 32nd annual University of Alabama Museum Expedition are uncovering the remnants of the historic house site of Josiah and Amelia Gayle Gorgas in Brierfield. A rolling iron mill at the site received iron from the restored Brierfield furnaces situated about three miles away. The furnaces were destroyed by Union troops in the spring of 1865 but were quickly reconstructed after the war during the industrial boom of the post war era.

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a few texts and e-mails from students informing me that the onlinesale was less hectic, easier and much improved,� Swinson said. “One student even told me that getting football tickets was honestly the easiest it has ever been.� Richard Lee, a graduate student in public relations, purchased tickets Friday and said the system was quite user-friendly. “Due to a multitude of unforeseen circumstances, I logged on to the system almost eight hours after tickets had originally gone on sale. Luckily, there were still tickets available,� Lee said. “Plus the process took 10 seconds. It was such

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pro tem Finis St. John said a key application of the funds would be maintaining competitive salaries for faculty and staff. “That directly affects students,� St. John said. “It’s not possible to do if you start slashing our budgets.� St. John said he was unsure whether state budget cuts were simply related to the recession or if they conveyed a shift in the economic relationship between the University and the state government. “We expect that it is a part of the economic cycle,� he said. “We hope more robust levels of state

a relief after what happened last year.� Another student said he was shocked by how simple the process was. “It was almost too easy,� said Ryan Leonard, a senior majoring in business. “I didn’t trust it. I even printed my conformation page, and I never do that.� Even with the simplified system, though, not all students were able to get tickets. Dick Brackner, a senior majoring in biology, said he applied to get tickets in April, but his request failed to send. When he logged onto his myBama account to purchase tickets on his assigned day, a message said he was ineligible. “I just didn’t catch the ‘failed to send’ e-mail until it was too late to

funding are in the future, but we don’t know that.� In addition the board also passed the following resolutions: •Negotiation of an owner-architect agreement for the construction of Phase IV of the Science and Engineering Complex Project •A $300,000 budget increase for renovations to the Softball Stadium, from a $1.5 million to a $1.8 million revision of the architectural design for the construction of the Hillel Activity Center •Installation of a national championship plaque and sculpture of Nick Saban in the North Entrance Plaza at BryantDenny Stadium

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send a request,� Brackner said. “I am going to contact the ticket office to see if anything can be done.� Chris Bescanceny, assistant athletic director for ticketing and Tide Pride, said no major problems have been seen or reported, and that the system was an overall success. “If you had to compare this to last year, it’s a 100 percent increase in success,� Bescanceny said. “A little system overload during a period of high volume, in minutes, was over and gone and people got tickets. That [technical] hiccup wasn’t a road block like in years past. “Very little complaints tell you if all’s quiet on the western front, things are going pretty good,� Bescanceny said. “People are satisfied with how the process went, when talking about an overwhelm-

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ing majority.� The SGA, Athletic Department and administration have not met to discuss the outcome of ticket sales, Swinson said, but the overall opinion at this time is positive. “I think we’ll keep improving it, but I think this is definitely the way we need to go,� Lawrence said. Leonard said he thinks the University should consider using the same system in the future. “The pre-registration based allotment over several days helps those with a real interest to have a better chance of getting tickets,� he said. To make further suggestions, students may e-mail the ticket office at tickets@ia.ua.edu or go to the Ask SGA button on their myBama account.

and think that the new eating places are great,� she said. “It’s conveniently located near the Quad, that way I can eat without going out of my way. I also like the Pizza Hut addition because its gives me another choice of pizza, and I can still use my Dining Dollars.� Michael Steinberg, a professor in New College, said he thinks the additions are good, but Bama Dining could have had more of a variety when selecting which restaurants to add.

“The New College renovations are great, and we also have the best location on campus,� he said. “The food choices for the first floor are Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A and are not the healthiest places to eat. “Although I am sure the foot traffic will lead to some curiosity in Lloyd Hall, I do envision some crowd issues,� Steinberg said. “The stairwell is already very crowded during class breaks, and the smell from the fryers might also be problematic.�

cient, Browne said. Carly Evans, a sophomore majoring in nursing, will be a Continued from page 1 resident advisor for Ridgecrest West in the fall, and she said signed up for a check-in time it seems the new process will already, Browne added, and help both RAs and students. students who don’t sign up “Check-in last year was a will most likely be assigned a breeze in Lakeside West,� she check-in time after the deadsaid. “There were people there line passes in July. to help, and it was easy to move Over the past few years, facmy stuff up to my room. ulty, staff and student groups “I think it will be a good idea have been able to assist with to stagger check-in times so the move-in process, making there won’t be a lot of congesthe move-in process more effition and traffic with everyone

trying to move in. As an RA, it will probably make my job a lot easier.� Browne said faculty and staff like to volunteer to welcome students back to campus. “This is a great opportunity to be a part of the moving event that wouldn’t exist if parents just drove up and brought their students,� she said. More information on movein times and about volunteering to help with move in days can be obtained from movein. ua.edu.

Continued from page 1 open for breakfast, and if so, will it serve Chick-fil-A biscuits?’ We will absolutely be open for breakfast, and we certainly will have Chick-fil-A biscuits.� Paige Washburn, a sophomore studying prelaw, said she loves the new transformation of Lloyd and is excited about the new dining features. “I like the remodeling a lot

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Rome-ing the streets of Italy By Maggie Griffen Special to the Crimson White Since starting my study abroad program in May, I have traveled to Venice, Milan and Rome—not to mention studied in a beautiful small town in northern Italy. Aside from that, my program, The Consortium Institute of Management and Business Administration, has taken me on local trips to see castles, explore towns and stand on the highest mountain around. Some of the best places in Italy are the ones out of reach from tourists. I have eaten at a café where Robert Browning and other famous people used to go. I stood on top of Monte Grappa, where Italian troops fought off Austrian enemies during WWI.

One of the most well-known places I’ve visited is the Vatican. My favorite part was that we were able to touch nearly everything in the museums, including statues and Egyptian hieroglyphics. In Rome, I walked through ancient ruins and explored the town and its history. While in Milan, I experienced firsthand the Italian soccer culture. The second night there, Milan played Madrid in the games toward the World Cup and won. I went to the Duomo where thousands packed in to watch the game. People were climbing onto sides of buildings and crowds of people were pouring out of the sides of the plaza. One of the biggest things I have learned so far is that I love my home. Some of the things in Italian culture

that differ from American culture the most have to do with their perception of time. Italians sit at cafés for hours, while we run in and out of restaurants and value fast service. Also, Italians have very little personal space. I went to the marketplace in Milan and I must have touched shoulders with hundreds of strangers. It’s the same way in the metro. Italians also have a different and more relaxed view about cleanliness than most people in America. Mainly, this has to do with the cities. In the U.S. we are all about beautifying the cities, and Rome and Milan were the two of the dirtiest places I’ve ever been. Once out of the city and into the country, the people are friendly, happy and very slow moving. The scenery

is wonderful, and things are clean and colorful. If you ever go to Italy, make sure you see some small towns in northern Italy. There are plenty of historical places, not to mention the place where “Romeo and Juliet” was set. Next, I will be heading to Croatia to see more ancient sites, dinosaur footprints and bright blue beaches. Although all of this has been amazing, I will be really happy to get back home to Alabama.

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Maggie Griffen is a senior majoring in French and international marketing. Left: Maggie Griffen enjoys the Pula Arena, built from 27 BC through 68 AD. Top right: Griffen visits the Vatican Museums, which are a collection of art built up by the Catholic Church throughout the centuries. Bottom right: Maggie Griffen stands in front of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Made up of 138 steps, it is the longest and widest staircase in Europe.

Editor’s Note: “Where in the World” is a summer series giving UA students studying abroad an opportunity to write about their summer adventures in their own words. If you’re studying abroad in a fascinating place and would like to tell your story, e-mail editor@cw.ua.


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Thursday, June 24, 2010 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

{ YOUR VIEW } HOW DID YOU LIKE THE CHANGES IN THE FOOTBALL TICKET SALE?

“It was easy. It took me like one minute.” -Nelson Bozzelli, senior majoring in accounting

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The road most traveled: financial reform By John Anselmo Ever had a sibling break Mom’s flower vase but refuse to fess up? Then you get laid with the blame, at no fault of your own? You are then the one suspected in every other trivial mishap in your house. Unfair, huh? Not in D.C. Out of thousands of the-—for some reason—very hurried pages in the new financial reform bill comes a new “watchdog” that will monitor and approve all extensions of credit. Regardless of whether an institution was a massive firm in the middle of the subprime crisis or a hometown furniture store that has always lent responsibly, Washington has more regulation coming for anyone who offers consumers the option of charging their purchases. But for Mr. Massive Firm, the government will make sure all business decisions, including the unwise, risky and troubling, will be foolproof. A permanent bailout fund will be established. So they only have 3-1 odds of making major profits on some subprime mortgage securities. They may as well toss the dice; they are insured (just like the last time they were too big to fail). Considering the massive scale of the current financial crisis, one would assume much time and thought would be put into reforms to prevent such a painful recession from happening again. Why not a complete and thorough discussion before revamping this section of the code? One big question that likely will not be investigated (given the impending Dodd-Frank deadline), and undoubtedly should be, is the government’s role in inflating the

housing and financial bubbles that burst, triggering this crippling recession. In 2003, Congress passed and then President Bush signed the American Dream Downpayment Act. This act gave the government the ability to pay down payments on homes, whether or not people could afford them. Conjuring in an office of bureaucracy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development decided to back billions in subprime loans. Many times these were offered with no down payment, so what were first time homebuyers to do other than take the great opportunity at hand? Soon, these homeowners were then saddled with a mortgage they could not handle, and the bubble began to burst. Even people who could handle their mortgage saw the equity in their homes decline as home values plummeted because of the government-aided inflation of the bubble. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, given special privileges through treasury credit lines, attracted capital they could have not gotten without government intervention, resulting in their bailout and mass foreclosures. It is interesting to see the massive lack of blame placed on the man some call the most powerful in the United States, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. As the world neared economic danger in the spring of 2007, Bernanke, along with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, told Americans that the economy was strong, and our banks would be very, very stable for years to come. These pronouncements were made even as Americans saved at record low

rates. The Fed then kept lowering interest rates, with no savings to match, and sending feel-good vibes throughout the economy. Those vibes soon proved to be false. How could they do such, and more importantly, why isn’t the Fed being held accountable in this current debate? After all, they lent $500 billion to foreign banks during the height of the economic turmoil. During Senate hearings, Mr. Bernanke couldn’t name the banks that received money from a $2 trillion dollar Fed program to stabilize balance sheets. Our chance to get answers through an audit of the Federal Reserve in the Grayson-Paul amendment, which is a derived from a House Resolution that has 319 co-sponsors (including 5 from Alabama’s delegation), was thrown out. So much for Congress having oversight of the Fed as promised in its founding papers. We have seen 14 recessions since the Fed’s inception and a 93 percent decline in the dollar. Yet, no questions are asked as the elderly lose value in savings and low-income workers face an employment rate of over 30 percent in their bracket. In 1920 and 1987, economic crises loomed. Unlike times before and times to come, government kept its nose out of the economy, and stability returned. In the case of 1920, the unemployment rate dropped from 12 to 2.4 percent. So before adding to the bottom line for small businesses, and writing blank checks to the big guys, lets think again. Lets think smart this time. John Anselmo is a junior majoring in economics.

Tattoo generation raises kids By Tray Smith

“It was a lot better. I havenʼt heard anybody complain.” -Robert Schaefers, senior majoring in operations management

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The Board of Trustees’ decision to enact one of the largest in-state tuition hikes in decades last week is disturbing for a number of In short: Thirteen reasons. percent in-state UA system chancelincrease puts lor Malcolm Portera an unreasonsaid the board wants to able strain on “make certain we prestudents and serve the fiscal integrity families. of this system.” It would be great if the board also considered the fiscal integrity of UA students and their families who already sacrifice too much to send them here. The University has made great strides to improve academic programs and facilities in recent years, though, and has also enhanced scholarship offerings, which are essential in recruiting an energized and ambitious student body— all necessary goals of a university. However, students on scholarship are more likely than some of their peers to have enjoyed the support of stable, affluent families over the years. Continuing to provide financial assistance to them while hiking tuition for everyone else minimizes the University’s ability to act as an agent for upward social mobility. Relying on annual tuition increases to fund the University without looking inward to address the root causes of runaway spending is not sustainable. For instance, in the same meeting the board passed the tuition increase, it also approved the construction of a new residence hall on campus. Earlier this year, it decided to purchase the Bryce property. Could such capital improvement projects not wait until after the recession, when some state funding has been restored, alumni giving goes up, and families are more able to absorb the costs of higher tuition? In some ways, the University’s actions on these issues display an arrogant disregard for families struggling in the current economic environment. At a minimum, the University should start capping tuition for each entering class, so that students pay the same rate all four years. That way, students can at least plan for their financial obligations and not be confronted with a 13 percent jump two months before school starts. The University of Alabama should be expanding access to education, not restricting it.

When I was a kid vacationing in Florida amusement parks with my parents, I was always amazed by the exotic images emblazoned on the arms, legs, backs, necks and even the shaved heads of some of the other tourists. These images took the form of names, religious symbols, animals, sports teams and really any other object people found worthy enough to have tattooed on their bodies. Back then, individuals sporting tattoos definitely stood out, and one got the sense that standing out was their goal. Last week, while visiting Florida, I finally got to experience the sensation of standing out amongst a crowd of tourists, too. Everywhere I went, I was one of only a handful of people with absolutely no body art. How the times have changed! I have since embraced my life as an anti-conformist, and my father’s threats to personally scrap off any ink-stained skin with his pocket knife now ring hollow. I have abandoned my ambitions to have “Vote Red,” “Roll Tide” or “Buy American” engraved on my rear end. Although few people would ever see such decorations, I couldn’t quite live with myself if I gave into societal pressure and had a permanent fixture drawn on such a pristine area. As if having pure skin were not enough to make me stand out in a crowd, I was also a member of a small minority of Florida

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tourists who spoke English. Being around so many foreign visitors gave me the opportunity to discern that tattoos have now evolved into a global fad. However, unlike Birkenstocks, which I still happen to wear, tattoos cannot be thrown away when they start to seem ugly and unclassy. The tatted age group I most worry about is the generation that is now raising small children. How are our kids going to fear the “Yes, I got a tattoo” conversation with their parents if their parents have tattoos? If their grandparents have tattoos? All of this raises an interesting dynamic, which I seriously think could have profound implications for American society and countries around the world. The tattoo generation is raising kids. My initial instinct was that this means a more liberal, more relaxed family atmosphere. That obviously could translate into more liberal politics, and more religious ambivalence. I may have been incorrect in that assumption. A plurality of tattoos are Christian symbols. Many, if not most, people with tattoos who I know personally are Republicans. Several of them are Tea Partiers. Which indicates that our

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generational obsession with body art does not represent shifting values or evolving ideological predispositions. It is instead a new venue through which old values can be expressed. Thus, we have arrived at a new cultural norm, which may be more receptive to nontraditional lifestyles and fashions, but is not ideologically different. Nowadays, just as guys don’t take their hats off in restaurants or stand up when a woman walks into a room, it isn’t rebellious to get a cross stained on an arm. Even though the world is always changing, there are traditions that we can and should preserve, like saying “Yes ma’am” and “no ma’am,” “please” and “thank you.” Like taking our hats off in restaurants and standing up when women walk into a room. Maybe I’m hopelessly nostalgic, but I am going to continue to embrace these timeworn customs. I hope the tattoo generation raises their kids to do the same. Otherwise, I guess devotion to tradition will end up making me the anti-conformist. Ironic, isn’t it? Tray Smith is the opinions editor of the Crimson White.

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Texas politicizing education By Lisa Elizondo

Last spring, the Texas State Board of Education approved sweeping changes, which, though presented as an improvement to make textbooks more complete, look more like a design for a right-wing takeover. It’s no surprise that the Great State, headed by Tea Party sympathizer-cum-secessionists, would be moving in this direction. However, it’s not just the left-wing or Texas Democrats who should be outraged. The whole state should be offended that their history is not just being given an addendum, it is being presented with a cover-up. A cover-up of Hispanic casualties and sacrifices during the battle at the Alamo and a cover-up of the existence of other religions and populations that differ from the WASP standard, both of which should have been put to bed long ago. Along with their unit about the Cold War and a zealous communist witch-hunt, students will also be provided with a vindication of Senator Joe McCarthy, stating that his suspicions were confirmed and implying that his extreme actions were justified. Students will not learn that the mandate of separation of church and state prevents the United States government from promotion of one religion. While this may seem positive to many who espouse a more active role for religion in schools, opening the door to a religious preference in public schools also opens the door for heavy religious discrimination, even among Christians. If school administrators choose to teach classes through the lens of one denomination, the others are left behind—a slippery slope that promises to wage a religious battle perhaps greater than the one that is already being fought in the realm of education. Adding to the divisiveness of textbook changes is the notion that Texas schools must now refer to the United States as a “constitutional republic” instead of a country with “democratic” values. Even though “democratic” has always been used in the general sense, conservative textbook “reformers” cannot bear the idea of the left-wing Democratic conspiracy being attached to the values of America. This partisanship at a small level is only a microcosm for the divisiveness that we are seeing at a national level in this time of difficulty when many changes that upset the status quo are being proposed. As a life-long resident of Texas, I have never faltered in being proud of my Texan identity, and I still don’t. I am, however, disappointed in the Board of Education for encouraging partisanship in a time when cooperation is especially critical to the success of the state and the nation. Education is the foundation of the future, and using it to foster divisions will likely lead to the ruin of a nation founded on the ideal of power in the hands of the people.

Lisa Elizondo is a junior majoring in American studies.


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#bamatuition Editor’s note: The Crimson White asked students to tweet their reactions to the recent tuition increase using the #bamatuition hashtag. “Tweet of the week� will be a recurring feature in The CW this fall, allowing students to broadcast their opinion about important issues.

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As long as I feel like the university is continuing to grow and become a world class school I am willing to pay.

I agree with tuition hikes as long as UA expands and admissions standards grow. We need more help from Montgomery!

-Matthew Bell, junior, electrical engineering

-Phillip Grant, senior, history and political science

I’m about to be a senior at UA, and it wouldn’t deter me if tuition doubled. I’d take out loans to stay at Bama if I had to. Tuition increases suck, but Alabama is still cheaper than many other schools of the same caliber.

With all of UA’s construction plans, and the amount of cuts to public universities in AL, the increase is less than I expected.

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I think it’s a really inappropriate time to raise tuition. It’s too late for incoming freshmen to make other arrangements.

I think the tuition raise is only going to hinder the enrollment numbers, especially from out of state students!

Why are we surprised? I’ve gone to UA for 6 yrs (undergrad/grad).It’s gone up EVERY year. Did you think THIS year was different?

Thank goodness for my scholarship. I feel bad for those who don’t have it taken care of by academics or athletics.

-Kylie Donnelly, sophomore majoring in political science

-Haley Painter, junior, secondary education

-Danielle Blevins, law student

-Sarah Hughes, sophomore in political science

Aquarium exhibit highlights oil spill Assosciated Press A new exhibit at an aquarium in Iowa that had intended to showcase the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico will instead be void of life to underline the environmental impact of a massive oil spill in the ocean basin. The 40,000-gallon aquarium at the National Mississippi River and Aquarium in Dubuque, about 1,000 miles from where the river dumps into the Gulf, was supposed to have been teeming with sharks, rays and other fish. Two smaller tanks were to show a seagrass bed and coral reef. “It may be the only time that people have ever seen a major aquarium that, instead of showing its fish, is showing an environmental disaster,� said Jerry Enzler, the museum’s executive director.

The main tank — the size of a school bus — will contain water and artificial coral, its sides adorned with window stickers that look like oil. “It will look like the oil is sinking down and about to cover the coral, which will kill the coral,� Enzler said. Anywhere from 67 million to 127 million gallons of oil have spilled since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and blew out a well 5,000 feet underwater. BP PLC was leasing the rig from owner Transocean Ltd. The Iowa exhibit, which opens Saturday as part of the museum’s $40 million expansion, will feature a video showing the oil spill unfolding. “We want everyone to pause and consider the delicate balance of life in our oceans,� Enzler said.

It will be a powerful message, said Steve Feldman, a spokesman for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a nonprofit accrediting group based in Siver Springs, Md. “The upclose connection to animals is very powerful. It’s part of how we teach our children about nature and in this case, man’s impact on nature,� Feldman said. The Iowa museum reached out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when it was considering the exhibit, said Louisa Koch, the education director for NOAA. “There have been many, many exhibits highlighting the impacts of hurricanes and tsunamis, but I think this is a really stunning way to go. The (disaster in the) Gulf is of unknown but certainly significant impact. I can think of no exhibit like this,� she said. The museum also displays a A new exhibit at an aquarium in Iowa that had intended to showcase the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico will instead be void of life to underline the environmental impact of a massive oil spill in the ocean basin.

92-foot map of the Mississippi River featuring a graphic of the oil spill that will grow as the disaster widens. “Many times people view aquariums as a beautiful picture, almost a screen saver, so to speak,� Enzler said. “This is no screen saver.�

     

  





      

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Bama Bound sessions McChrystal out; Petraeus lend advice to picked for Afghanistan incoming students By Anne Geran and Jennifer Loven Associated Press Writers

By Blake Bell Contributing Writer Every summer, the University’s campus is filled with thousands of incoming freshmen and transfer students looking to find out all they can about their future home at the Capstone. Bama Bound, an initiative designed to aid new students in becoming acclimated with college life, began May 14 and will run through August 13. Bama Bound’s goal is to help orientate new students and to provide a guideline for how they will spend their time at the University. The sessions include structured blocks of time in which future students are taken on a tour of the campus and are told about its history; they’re also given the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, as well as upperclassmen and people in their respective colleges. Several of the University’s incoming freshmen said the program is a resounding success. “I found it all very informative,” said Lauren Powell, who plans to major in communication studies. Lauren’s mother, Cathy Powell, agreed with her daughter: the process aides the sometimes tough transition from high school to college. “All of our questions were answered,” Cathy Powell said. “We can go to the website for anything else, and it’s really got a lot there.” In addition to familiarizing attendees with classes and schedules, Bama Bound provides a comprehensive overview of many of the services and programs offered to students at the University. From dining hall options to student transportation, different facets of

the University are broken down and explained in order to ensure an easy inclusion for students in the new school year. “I was impressed with how our ACTion cards can be used for almost everything,” Powell said. In an environment saturated with small details that can be easily overlooked, the Bama Bound program concentrates on missing nothing. Josh Harris, who plans to major in business, said Bama Bound has helped him get to know the University more intimately. “It’s been really organized and easy to understand,” Harris said. “I knew a lot about the University of Alabama coming in, but it’s been helpful, and the history probably really helps students from out of state.” Paul Shashy, who hasn’t yet decided what his major will be, agreed that while he already knew a lot about the University, learning about its history is interesting. “Being from Alabama, it’s a little corny,” Shashy said. “But I can see how it’s cool for other students who don’t know as much about it.” During students’ time at Bama Bound, they are led through the orientation process in Avanti groups. The Avanti team, whose name is derived from the Italian word for “forward” or “go ahead,” is an organization founded at the University in 1975 that continues to assist new students in their quest to advance their college careers. The support they continue to provide new students reverberates in the students’ praise of the team’s efforts. “They’ve been great,” Harris said. “Really cool and helpful.”

CW | Jerrod Seaton New students and their parents refuel at the end of a busy day of orientation in Lakeside Dining Hall.

President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, and chose the familiar, admired— and tightly disciplined—Gen. David Petraeus to replace him. Petraeus, architect of the Iraq war turnaround, was once again to take hands-on leadership of a troubled war effort. Obama said bluntly that Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s scornful remarks about administration officials in interviews for a magazine article represent conduct that “undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system.” He fired the commander after summoning him from Afghanistan for a face-to-face meeting in the Oval Office and named Petraeus, the Central Command chief who was McChrystal’s direct boss, to step in. By pairing those announcements, Obama sought to move on from the firestorm that was renewing debate over his revamped Afghanistan policy. It was meant to assure Afghans, U.S. allies and a restive American electorate that a firm hand is running the war. Expressing praise for McChrystal yet certainty he had to go, Obama said he did not make the decision over any disagreement in policy or “out of any sense of personal insult.” Indeed, as Obama was speaking, McChrystal released a statement saying he resigned out of “a desire to see the mission succeed” and expressing support for the war strategy. With lawmakers of both parties praising the choice of Petraeus, the White House is confident he will be confirmed before Congress adjourns at the end of next week. Obama said the job in Afghanistan cannot be done now under McChrystal’s leadership, asserting that the critical remarks from the general and his inner circle in Rolling Stone displayed conduct that doesn’t live up to the standards for a command-level officer. “I welcome debate among my team, but I won’t tolerate division,” Obama said. He had delivered that same

AP Photo | Evan Vucci President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, and Gen. David Petraeus, announces that Petraeus would replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top commander in Afghanistan. message to his full war cabinet in a Situation Room session, said a senior administration official. Obama seemed to suggest that McChrystal’s military career is over, saying the nation should be grateful “for his remarkable career in uniform” as if that has drawn to a close. McChrystal left the White House after the meeting and returned to his military quarters at Washington’s Fort McNair. Petraeus was to vacate the Central Command post after his expected confirmation, giving Obama another key opening to fill. The Afghanistan job is actually a step down from his current post but one that filled Obama’s pre-eminent need. Petraeus is the nation’s bestknown military man, having risen to prominence as the commander who turned around the Iraq war in 2007, applying a counterinsurgency strategy that has been adapted for Afghanistan. In the hearing last week, Petraeus told Congress he would recommend delaying Obama’s prescribed pullout of U.S. forces from Afghanistan beginning in July 2011. He said security and political conditions in Afghanistan must be ready to handle a U.S. drawdown. Waheed Omar, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid

Karzai, said Petraeus “will also be a trusted partner.” Karzai had been a lonely voice in speaking out in support of McChrystal. But Omar said of Petraeus: “He is the most informed person and the most obvious choice for this job” now that McChrystal is out. In the magazine article, McChrystal called the period last fall when the president was deciding whether to approve more troops “painful” and said the president appeared ready to hand him an “unsellable” position. McChrystal also said he was “betrayed” by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner in Afghanistan. He accused Eikenberry of raising doubts about Karzai only to give himself cover in case the U.S. effort failed. And he was quoted mocking Biden. If not insubordination, the remarks—as well as even sharper commentary about Obama and his White House from several in McChrystal’s inner circle — were at the least an extraordinary challenge from a military leader. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he expected to hold a hearing by Tuesday on Petraeus’ confirmation.

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Ferg adds new student organization space By Jaley Cranford Contributing Writer The Student Organization Resource Center for Extracurriculars, an organization that lends support to registered student organizations, now has an office in the Ferguson Center, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held August 24, Coordinator of Student Involvement and Leadership Alex Karagas said. After more than 10 years of helping campus organizations via the Internet, Karagas said, the SOURCE will occupy a space between the Jones Center and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership on the third floor of the Ferg. Upon realizing that leaders of student organizations were funding their own office supplies, Kargas said, members of the SOURCE decided it was time to move forward with construction of a physical space, which began February 15. “We realized after talking with students that a lot of them have started to go outside of the University to get university work done,” he said. Construction of a physical space is not a new idea, though. “The SOURCE is 10 years old,” Karagas said.

“The idea for this physical space has been in the plan from the beginning.” The space will offer laptop rentals, copy and fax machines, printers and event supplies, as well as a conference space furnished with a flat screen TV. With more than 300 student organizations on campus, visions, goals and ideas are already formed, SOURCE officer Fernanda Lima said, but the SOURCE’s space will be the catalyst for action. “By equipping the needs of each and every student organization, the SOURCE space will empower organizations to accomplish anything and everything they wish to pursue,” Lima said. In addition to offering office supplies and space for student organizations, the SOURCE’s office will play a crucial role in attracting attention for student organizations, Melissa Smith, a sophomore majoring in telecommunications and film, said. “It will be a great environment for students to not only develop their own clubs but to learn about other clubs as well,” she said. Students may contact the SOURCE by visiting the Ferg or by going to the Campus Life tab of MyBama.

SGA to host Republican debate By Charles Scarborough Staff Reporter cjscarborough@crimson.ua.edu The University of Alabama and Auburn University Student G ove r n m e n t Associations will partner with the Young Republican Federation of Alabama to host a debate between Rep. Robert Bentley and Sen. Bradley Byrne, the two Republican candidates participating in the July 13 run-off election. The debate will take place Friday in Birmingham’s Cahaba Grand Conference Center from 8:30 to 10 p.m., and will be moderated by Jon Paepcke of NBC 13. “The gubernatorial run-off debate is a great opportunity to enhance civic engagement and responsibility within the student body,” SGA President James Fowler said. “This will also serve as a

great source to educate students on the issues at hand so they will be able to make an educated decision on who they want to represent our state,” Fowler added. “As an SGA, we are thrilled to provide the students at the University of Alabama with this resource.” Dr. Robert Bentley said he is excited he will have the opportunity to talk about the issues with college students. “I’m looking forward to being there with Bradley Byrne and discussing the issues with young voters,” Bentley said in a phone interview. The Bradley Byrne campaign is hoping to show young voters differences between the two candidates. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to spell out the very clear distinctions between Rep. Bentley and Bradley Byrne. The people of

Alabama have a right to know the facts about Rep. Bentley’s voting record before going to the polls on July 13,” the Byrne campaign said in a statement. The event will also include a panel of SGA officials and local political talk show hosts. Fowler will be joined on the panel by Kurt Sasser, Auburn’s SGA chairman, and Ryan Jones, vice-chairman of the Young Republican Federations of Alabama. Lee Davis, host of the Lee Davis Show on 101.1 FM The Source, and Richard Dixon, host of the Richard Dixon Show on WAPI 100.5 FM, will round out the five-person panel. Rep. Phil Williams (R-Hunstville) will perform with his band “TokenYoko” before the debate. The debate will be broadcasted live on Al.Com and WAPI 100.5.

Free Buffett concert tickets gone; eBay bans sale Associated Press Tickets to Jimmy Buffett’s free concert to show support for the oil spill-stricken Gulf Coast were grabbed up quickly Wednesday and began showing up for sale on eBay for more than $100 each — prompting the online service to ban the sales on its site. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and Gulf Coast residents were among those complaining after the 35,000 free tickets to the July 1 concert on the beach at Gulf Shores were taken in a matter of minutes and then began showing up for sale by apparent scalpers. More than 1,500 comments had appeared on Buffett’s Facebook page by midafternoon complaining about how the tickets were distributed. Buffett, who grew up in nearby Mobile, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown and other stars will take to stage to support residents and businesses hurt by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has fouled the water and beaches. Mary Fryling of Eclectic and her daughter were so excited by news of the free concert that they rented a condo at Gulf Shores for the week of the show. She said they were on the phone first thing Wednesday, hoping to grab some free tickets when they became available at 10 a.m. Instead there was a 10-minute wait, a disconnection and eventually a recording saying the event was sold out. A short time later, she said the tickets started showing up advertised on eBay for $100 or more. Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform. Others joining them will be Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester. The CMT cable network said it will air a portion of the concert live from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern. The concert on the beach is being billed as “CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends Live From the Gulf Coast.”

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Professors assist high schools, Oregon woman accused Gore prepare students for college of sexual misconduct in 2006 By Steven Dubois Associated Press Writer

By Jaley Cranford Contributing Writer

University professors are partnering with local high school teachers to improve science education in Alabama, UA Professor Martin Bakker said. Virtual Integration of Science and Technology in Alabama (VISTA) has professionals on campus working on experiments that will help high school students be more prepared when entering into college science courses. “The idea is to build partnerships with our local school so that our teachers are better able to teach science, so when [their students] walk into my freshman chemistry class, they are more comfortable thinking for themselves,� Bakker said. Many college students find themselves in a new environment, Bakker said, as questions in high school have changed from ones meant to gain answers to tests to those meant to gain deeper knowledge. By giving students a more hands-on and thorough understanding at the high school level, students will have an easier time transitioning from high school to college-level sciences, Bakker said. “We feel that if we can improve the way that science is taught at the high schools and middle schools, the students coming into our

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classrooms will be better equipped, and the graduates who leave our university will be more prepared,� he said. Lauren Mangurian, a junior majoring in biology, said she found that her high school preparation mattered little at the Capstone. “I learned information for my tests in high school and here it no longer cuts it,� Mangurian said. “My high school teachers did not prepare me conceptually for the introductory science classes here at Alabama.� Students need this vertical integration that VISTA provides to meld the educations that they receive in high school and in college, Bakker said. “We hope that we can improve science at all levels,� he said. “The driving force of this program is bettering students in their ability to learn science and teachers in their ability to teach science to their students.� One hurdle in improving science classes in high school is the myth that science is boring, Professor Laura Busenlehner said. UA professors and high school teachers are partnering together to make their classrooms more innovative, she added.

“We hope to spark an inquiry-based approach to experimentation where students themselves come up with a hypothesis and test it with little input from the teacher, reinforcing key concepts in science and helping them develop lifelong skills of deductive reasoning,� Busenlehner said. One such experiment deals with producing protein in a test tube. The protein luciferase, which makes a firefly glow, can be duplicated by students in the lab. The experiment tests if a protein can be duplicated outside an organism if all of the other biological components are present. “If [the students] are successful, their test tube will glow when exposed to ultraviolent light,� Busenlehner said. Sarah Jane Crane, a junior majoring in education, said she finds that when dealing with students, hands-on experiments can make difficult concepts make more sense. “My showing the students an experiment reinforces the idea better and makes them learn the concepts more concretely,� Crane said.

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A Portland massage therapist accused former Vice President Al Gore of “unwanted sexual contact� at a hotel during an October 2006 visit, but no charges were filed due to lack of evidence, law officials said Wednesday. An attorney representing the woman contacted police in late 2006, said Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk. Schrunk said the woman — who has not been identified — refused to be interviewed by detectives and did not want the investigation to proceed. The woman, however, contacted police in January 2009 and gave a statement, saying Gore tried to have sex with her during an appointment at the upscale downtown Hotel Lucia, where Gore was reportedly registered as “Mr. Stone.� The National Enquirer first reported the allegations Wednesday, identifying the accuser as a 54-year-old woman. Gore family spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said the former

vice president has no comment. Gore and his wife announced June 1 they were separating. A police report prepared in 2007 said the alleged incident occurred at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2006. Gore was in Portland to deliver a speech on climate change. The woman, according to the report, canceled appointments with detectives on Dec. 21 and 26 of that year. Her attorney canceled another meeting scheduled for Jan. 4 and said the matter would be handled civilly. “This case is exceptionally cleared as (the woman) refuses to cooperate with the investigation or even report a crime,� the report states. The case reopened in January 2009. Detectives interviewed the woman but determined there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations, Portland police said in a news release. In a transcript of the interview released by the police, the massage therapist said she was doing requested abdominal work on Gore when he started to moan and demanded she go lower. “I was shocked and I did not

massage beyond what is considered a safe, nonsexual area of the abdomen,� she said. “He further insisted and acted angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud. “I went into much deeper shock as I realized it appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors.� She said Gore grabbed her hand and shoved it toward his pubic area. She alleged he later tried to have sex with her and began caressing her before she squirmed out of his grasp. “I did not immediately call the police as I feared being made into a public spectacle and my reputation being destroyed,� she said. “I was not sure what to tell them and was concerned my story would not be believed since there was no DNA evidence from a completed act of rape. I did not even know what to call what had happened to me.� Detective Mary Wheat, a Portland police spokeswoman, said the woman contacted detectives this month and asked for a copy of her statement. The woman, according to Wheat, said she planned to take her case to the media.

Court grants hearing in Popeye’s deaths Associated Press The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider arguments in the appeal of Alabama death row inmate Robert Bryant Melson, convicted of killing three employees at a Popeye’s restaurant in Gadsden during a 1994 robbery. Assistant Alabama Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said Wednesday the Supreme Court decision will likely further delay the execution of Melson. He had been scheduled to die this month by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore. Crenshaw said the Supreme Court’s action could delay Melson’s execution by as much as a year. Officials with the Federal Defenders’ Office in Montgomery, which represents Melson, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The Alabama Supreme Court voted 4-3 earlier this year to delay Melson’s execution while the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of a Florida death row inmate who raised an issue similar to Melson’s. The issue was whether appellate courts could

consider arguments in a death row inmate’s appeal even though the prisoner missed his deadlines for filing the appeal. In the Florida case, the U.S. Supreme Court said a federal appeals court could consider parts of the inmate’s appeal even though he missed filing deadlines. In Melson’s case, the high court asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to hold further hearings on Melson’s appeal. Crenshaw said the court could consider Melson’s appeal itself or return the case to a lower court. Melson, 38, and Cuhuatemoc Peraita were convicted of capital murder in the Popeye’s killings. They were accused of forcing employees into a walk-in freezer during the late-night robbery and shooting them. Peraita, 34, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is currently on death row for killing another prison inmate. Killed were Nathaniel Baker, 17; Tamika Collins, 18; and Darrell Collier, 23. Another worker, Bryant Archer, survived the shooting, but was seriously injured.

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Judge rebuffs Viacom in Blago lawyers YouTube copyright case seek summaries of By Michael Liedtke Associated Press Writer

YouTube’s actions spoke louder than its founders’ words when it came down to deciding whether the Internet’s most watched video site illegally exploited copyrighted clips owned by media company Viacom Inc. That was the rationale driving a pivotal ruling in a high-stakes legal battle pitting Viacom against YouTube and its deep-pocketed owner, Internet search leader Google Inc. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in New York sided with Google Wednesday as he rebuffed Viacom’s attempt to collect more than $1 billion in damages for YouTube’s alleged copyright infringement during its first two years of existence. The 30-page opinion embraces Google’s interpretation of a 12-year-old law that shields Internet services from claims of copyright infringement as long as they promptly remove illegal content when notified of a violation. It represented a major victory for Google, as well as other Internet service providers and freespeech groups who feared a decision in favor of Viacom would undercut the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and make it more difficult for people to use the Internet to express themselves. “Without this decision, user-generated content would dry up and the Internet would cease to be a participatory medium,” said David Sohn, a lawyer for the Center for Democracy & Technology. If not for the broad protections allowed under digital copyright law, Google probably wouldn’t have paid $1.76 billion to acquire YouTube in 2006. A few months before that deal, Google’s own executives had branded the video-sharing service as “a ‘rogue enabler’ of content theft,” according to documents unearthed in the copyright infringement case. E-mails obtained as part of the evidence submitted in the case depicted YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steven Chen and Jawed Karim as video pirates more interested in getting rich quick than obeying federal law. But Stanton seemed more interested in YouTube’s behavior than the mindset of its founders. In dismissing the lawsuit before a trial, Stanton noted that Viacom had spent several months accumulating about 100,000 videos violating its copyright and then sent a mass takedown notice on Feb. 2, 2007. By the next business day, Stanton said, YouTube had removed virtually all of them. Stanton said there’s no dispute that “when YouTube was given the (takedown) notices, it removed the material.” The judge’s reasoning was “clear and decisive,” said Eric Goldman, a Santa Clara University associate professor who specializes in high-tech law. “He rose above the fray and didn’t get into any of the mudslinging that was going on in this case.”

Viacom, the owner of popular cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, called Stanton’s decision “fundamentally flawed” and vowed to appeal. That virtually ensures a legal brawl that already has dragged on for more than three years will spill into 2011 and perhaps beyond. “Copyright protection is essential to the survival of creative industries,” said Michael Fricklas, Viacom’s general counsel. “It is and should be illegal for companies to build their businesses with creative material they have stolen from others.” The bitter battle revolves around Viacom’s allegations that YouTube built itself into the Internet’s most watched video site by milking unlicensed use of copyright-protected clips stolen from professionally produced shows such as Viacom’s “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show.” The pirated material came from the millions of people who have uploaded clips to YouTube since its 2005 inception. About 24 hours of new video is posted to YouTube every minute. Since it was sold to Google, YouTube has developed a system that helps flag copyright violations when videos are posted. Viacom argues those copyright detection tools prove YouTube could have done more to keep illegal content off its site. Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel, said the company is confident Stanton’s decision will hold up. The 30-page ruling is “thoughtful, thorough and well-considered,” Walker said in an interview. He also hailed the decision as “a victory for a new generation of creators and artists eager to showcase their work online,” Walker said. Facebook, eBay Inc. and Yahoo Inc. were among the Internet companies that had backed Google in its battle with Viacom. The sparring leading up to Stanton’s decision proved embarrassing for both sides. An early e-mail exchange among Hurley, Chen and Karim showed at least one of them may have knowingly violated copyrights as they posted video clips during the service’s early stages. “Jawed, please stop putting stolen videos on the site,” Chen wrote in the July 19, 2005, e-mail. “We’re going to have a tough time defending the fact that we’re not liable for the copyrighted material on the site because we didn’t put it up when one of the co-founders is blatantly stealing content from other sites and trying to get everyone to see it.” Other documents showed Viacom had hoped to buy YouTube before getting trumped by Google, making it seem as if the media company’s later claims of copyright abuse may have been a case of sour grapes. A July 2006 e-mail from Fricklas, Viacom’s top lawyer, even disputed that YouTube was engaged in rampant copyright infringement. “Mostly YouTube behaves,” Fricklas wrote.

Obama interviews By Michael Tarm and Mike Robinson Associated Press Writers Days after the November 2008 election, Rod Blagojevich sent word to Barack Obama that he would name one of the president-elect’s close friends to the Senate in exchange for a position in the Cabinet, the ousted governor’s former chief of staff testified Wednesday. After court adjourned Wednesday, Blagojevich’s attorneys filed a motion asking to see the FBI’s summaries of interviews agents conducted with Obama. Jurors at Blagojevich’s corruption trial heard a tape of the impeached governor telling aides that Valerie Jarrett, the person Obama wanted as his successor in the Senate, had been informed he would appoint her to the seat if he received the job. “So she now knows she could be a senator if I get health and human services,” Blagojevich is heard saying on a tape secretly made by the FBI. The response from the Obama camp to the deal Blagojevich allegedly proposed was apparently puzzlement. “They didn’t know quite what to make of my request,” Blagojevich says on another FBI tape. Blagojevich’s attorneys said their motion was prompted by former chief of staff John Harris’s testimony and tapes played in court, which they said “raise the issue of President Obama’s direct knowledge and communication with emissaries and others regarding appointment to his Senate

seat.” Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to charges that he schemed to get a large payoff, a high-paying job after he left office or a big campaign contribution in exchange for the Senate seat. He has also pleaded not guilty to conspiring to launch a racketeering scheme using the powers of the governor’s office. Harris has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge involving the Senate seat and has agreed to testify for the government in return for a lenient sentence. Blagojevich never ultimately made a deal involving the Senate seat, and no one in the White House has been accused of wrongdoing in the case. Jarrett withdrew her name from consideration and is now a White House adviser. About a month after the tapes were made, FBI agents arrested Blagojevich. He ended up appointing former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the seat. Blagojevich’s alleged efforts at negotiation were conducted through Tom Balanoff, an official of the Service Employees International Union. Harris testified that he came up with the idea of making another kind of trade with

the incoming Obama administration. Under this plan, Blagojevich would appoint Jarrett to the Senate seat, and the union, eager to score points with Obama, would name the outgoing governor to a high-paying position with Change to Win — an organization sponsored by the service employees and a number of other unions. At one point, Harris testified, Blagojevich asked whether, if he got such a job, he could also supplement his salary from the union group by serving on corporate boards. Harris said Blagojevich’s hunt for a job was prompted by worries about his family’s economic future and “anxiety about life after governor.” In one tape, Washingtonbased consultant Fred Yang says Blagojevich might be able to get some other federal job, adding there are a number of them that “don’t require Senate approval and pay pretty good.” “Why would I want to do that?” Blagojevich asks on the tape. Yang says it would be “something the president could do for you that would pay a lot of money.”

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Submitted Photo Jil Chambless has just finished the recording of her new CD, The Ladies Go Dancing, produced by the legendary Brian McNeill of Battlefield Band fame. By Brooke Marshall Musicians Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse will bring their unique style of music to the Bama Theatre for the second time this year as part of Acoustic Night. The show will take place in the Greensboro room, a smaller room in the Theatre. It will be open for all ages, and there will also be a full bar for those 21 and up. “It is not your usual bar scene,” Bama Theatre manager David Allgood said. “It is a very casual setting. It is for the people that really like music.” Chambless and Muse, along with The Vogt Family

Contra Band, will play in the Greensboro room at Bama Theatre Thursday night. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a $5 cover. “It’s a great intimate setting for playing acoustic music,” Chambless said. “It’s my favorite way to play. I like playing for small audiences.” Chambless sings vocals and plays the flute and penny whistle, while Muse plays the guitar. Their musical style is Celtic, a form of Western European folk music. They also play some American music. Chambless and Muse are also in a band called Henri’s Notions, who have played at

the Bama Theatre for about 20 years, Chambless said. They also are in a trio with friend Ed Miller. “I can’t imagine not doing music,” Chambless said. “I love the kind of music I play. I love getting to play with my family.” The opening act, The Vogt Family Contra Band, is made up of Chambless’s family: husband Dan Vogt, daughter Sophie Vogt and son Jack Vogt. Along with the band on Thursday will be dancers from the Alabama Academy of Irish Dance, Chambless said. “The family does a lot of instrumental music,” Chambless said. “It’s perfect for dancing.” Allgood said Acoustic Night started four years ago when Alyson Greenfield suggested it to him. He said she did her first show in the Greensboro room at Bama Theatre. She is currently in New York playing music. “Greenfield has connected with a lot of singer-songwriters over the years,” Allgood said. “There are some really good people out there that are unsigned and have come through here in the last four years.” Allgood said Acoustic Night happens about once a month and only take place when there is nothing going on at the main stage. The entire cover goes to the artist that night. Chambless said a good mix of people showed up at their last Acoustic Night in February, which featured singer-songwriter Dylan Snead. “I feel like our music appeals to everyone,” Chambless said. “Bama Theatre is a great venue. It’s a real jewel in Tuscaloosa.” Chambless and Muse have both released solo albums, and have both worked with Henri’s Notions and the Ed Miller Trio. Their latest CDs can be found at the local Barnes & Noble. “We thought this was a good way to promote our individual projects as well as Henri’s Notions,” Chambless said.

The doors will open at 7 p.m., and there will be bistro-style seating. People can check out Chambless and Muse on their websites. They are also on Facebook, as is the Bama Theatre. “The caliber of music we have precedes a lot of bars in Tuscaloosa,” Allgood said. “Come down if you want to hear good music.”

ACOUSTIC NIGHT • What: Jil Chambless and Scotter Muse • Where: Bama Theatre • When: Tonight at 7:30 p.m. • How Much: $5

Submitted Photo Although the individual members have been performing separately for years, The Vogt Family Contra Band formed in the summer of 2007 to play for contra dances in their hometown, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Submitted Photo Although Scooter Muse has his roots in bluegrass and is quite an accomplished 5-string banjo player, in the late 1980s he moved into the world of Celtic guitar and was founder of the Full Moon Ensemble.

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90.7 brings class to airwaves By Stephen Smith Contributing Writer 90.7 The Capstone’s summer radio aims to attract the ears of everyone at the University of Alabama. The summer programming includes indie rock, metal, hip-hop, local music Sundays, talk radio and so much more. Station manager Claire Brucker said she is excited about the progress of the station. “I love the diversity of DJs and the music we play through the week. During the summer, the station is focused on planning and improving the music for the upcoming year, so we’re very open for input from anyone. If you’re willing to learn, we’ll put you on air,� she said. While the station must have a central format, it is completely student-run, and requests are encouragd. 90.7 is also non-profit, which means no commercials. “I like my iPod as much as anyone, but The Capstone allows students to stay connected to the University while expanding their music knowledge,� Brucker said. “Our DJs do not just play the music; they know it. Since we are all students, we know what students want to hear.� There is a different theme for each spe-

cialty show of the week. Sundays focus on Tuscaloosa music, capping the night with Hackberry Records Social Aid/Pleasure Club from 10 p.m. to midnight. The show not only provides the most local music around, but also the most knowledge about the artists. If you’re searching for concerts, small shows or upcoming events locally, Donovan Reinwald and Adam Morrow keep you updated weekly on “The People’s Show,� which airs Sundays at 8 p.m. If you’re looking for new music, Jeremy Rich hosts “Please Experience Music� on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. Directly following this, “Up Beat Up,� hosted by Parker White, continues the indie music stretch, spinning records of lesser known artists until midnight. These hours are intended to introduce music you won’t hear on the top 40 hit list. Every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. is “The Hour of Jam with Cam,� guiding you through a variety of jam bands and earlier alternative rock. What many students do not know is 90.7 plays much more than just indie and alternative rock. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. the station brings “The Wide World of Hip Hop and Temptation Zone.� This is a great source for the newest tracks, best beats and true hip-hop.

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Students travel to Cannes on scholarship By Kendra Bristow Contributing writer Twenty-two students from The University of Alabama were granted scholarships to be a part of the Cannes Film Festival in France this past May. Among those students was Xavier Burgin, a sophomore Omega Psi Phi majoring in film production. Through the IIACI program, students interested in anything from filmmaking to business were given responsibilities and opportunities to learn about their field of interest. “It actually puts you right in the midst of the film industry and shows you how a lot of the business transactions happen, and how people work in general when it comes to buying, selling and viewing the films,� Burgin said. The students worked specifically for The American Pavilion, a private organization that, through membership, gives interns, stars and filmmakers a place to eat, drink and mingle. “Basically, you get to schmooze with directors and producers that come through and make as many contacts as possible,� Burgin said. Interns worked under The American Pavilion on six-hour shifts. Burgin worked at the front desk where he registered all the guests and members. They were allowed to go and experience the festival on their own after their shift. They were given badges through The American Pavilion, which were often used to either get a sneak

peek at the red carpet, where stars such as James Franco were spotted, or to get into film showings. “Your badge can get you into places that regular people can’t go to. We were like VIPs backstage, but there are levels of VIPs and our badge would only get us so far,� Burgin said. “Making connections and friends associated with certain films could get you an invite to a certain premier as well.� The Cannes Film Festival showed many different kinds of films, but it was more of a business transaction in general. According to Burgin, “You had the top part which everyone sees, such as watching the films in competition, but beneath that, the majority of the film festival is about the market and the different pavilions that represent each nation in the world that is trying to get their films sold onto a larger platform.� Burgin is an aspiring filmmaker who uses Quentin Tarantino as inspiration. “I just liked his mindset of: I’m going to make films, and make films, and make films. I am not going to stop, and I’m not going let anything stop me from doing it,� Burgin said. “You have to be loud, bossy, and to the point. “You can’t be the kind of person who is too timid to push your opinion, because no one will ask for it.� Burgin has posted many films of his experience in France on YouTube and has created his own website to broadcast his work at vimeo.com/xay.

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E3 2010 brings new tech to gaming By Tiara Dees Contributing Writer

“Dead Space 2.” The PlayStation Move, Sony’s answer to the Nintendo Wii’s motion controller, was also very impressive. The company did an excellent job of selling the Move to their audience by promising and providing proof that the new motion controller will be supported with games, such as “Killzone 3.” One disappointment that Swain noted was how the PlayStation Portable was portrayed. “As the owner of a PSP, Sony’s new ad campaign does not give me the confidence that they will be supporting the system in the future,” Swain said.

Every year around June, gamers put down the controller and turn on the TV for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3. E3, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 15-17, is one of the largest videogame trade shows of the year. The event featured everything from flashy press conferences to booths filled with hundreds of developers and press who wanted to get the first scoop on the new games and products of the year. However, the largest events that take place during E3 are the press conferences held by the “Big Three” console manufacturers: Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Nintendo also experienced a large Although E3 is a press-only event, many amount of success at their E3 press congamers from the University tuned in to ference, but not without some issues. watch coverage of all of the press conNintendo’s press coference began with ferences and give their insight into the some technical difficulties. It opened event. with a rather long demonstration of “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” for the Nintendo Wii. However, during this time, Zelda producer Shigeru Miyamoto One contribution to Sony’s success at was having severe difficulty controlling their press conference was their strong the game, which his assistant blamed presentation. Sony conveyed their mes- on “wireless interference” with the Wii sage of acceptance of all gamers to the Remote. audience through humor and familiar Other games that received a lot of faces such as PlayStation mascot, Kevin attention at Nintendo’s conference were Butler. classic revivals such as games based Stephen Swain, a second-year law stu- on “Kirby,” “Donkey Kong Country,” dent at the University, said he believes “Goldeneye,” and many others. Fans in Sony’s strong presentation was also the audience cheered particularly loud based off of “a good working relationship for announcements of “Kirby’s Epic between consumers and companies.” Yarn,” a side scrolling platfomer for the Through supporting developers and Wii featuring Kirby made of yarn, as well competition, Swain said he thinks Sony as a pure remake of the classic first peris building relationships that will benefit son shooter “Goldeneye 007.” gaming as a whole. Although brand new franchises or Sony also succeeded in their line up series were not announced at Nintendo’s of videogames, hardware and content. press conference, “hardcore” gamers Sequels to games that did well on the came to appreciate the gesture of revisitPlayStation 3 were demonstrated exten- ing the past. sively, such as “LittleBigPlanet 2” and “Overall, Nintendo had the best press

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AP Photo | Damian Dovarganes Saturo Iwata, President of Nintendo Co. Ltd., officially announces the Nintendo 3DS, the first-ever portable 3D gaming system. conference,” said Adrian Morris, a senior majoring in journalism. “They focused a lot more on the hardcore gamer through classic titles, instead of the casual gamer, and showcased new titles such as Kirby and Zelda.” Nintendo also showcased their new portable 3D device, the Nintendo 3DS. President of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, bragged on the many new capabilities of the 3DS, such as the enhanced graphical capabilities and the ability to view the games without having to wear 3D glasses. “Nintendo has done a great job of promoting the 3DS with new titles and remakes. I think that the upscaled graphical capability is a plus,” said Kelli Abernathy, a senior

majoring in finance. With this new appreciation from fans, Nintendo has received praise from this showcase, and many are looking forward to next year.

Microsoft Microsoft’s press conference had one primary focus: to only showcase games, products and services that were to be Xbox 360 exclusive for the next year. Although the idea of only presenting exclusives was good, the Microsoft presentation felt disjointed and lacking compared to the other conferences. Despite this setback, Microsoft still had a pretty good show that featured games for Kinect, formerly known as “Project Natal.” Kinect is a motion sensing device for the Xbox 360 that does not require the use of a physical controller. The Kinect’s innate ability to detect full-body motion and sound is fascinating to many gamers, and the amount of support, games and services that is being offered with the peripheral is exciting. Phil Grant, a senior majoring in history and political science, stated that he was disappointed

in Microsoft’s variety of games showcased this year, such as “Call of Duty: Black Ops” by Treyarch Studios. “[Microsoft should] be more aware of my preferences as a consumer and less on their bottom line,” Grant said. “The branding that occurs in franchises such as ‘Call of Duty’ does not foster the creativity needed to create games that are interesting to me.” A surprise Xbox 360 redesign was announced at the press conference as well, which created much excitement when every audience member in the room received one for free from Microsoft. The new system has builtin-WiFi, a 250GB hard drive, and is smaller and quieter than the original Xbox 360. The system retails for $300 is already on store shelves.

Summary

There were not many surprises, but this year’s E3 was a large success. Game companies are developing their technology through motion sensing technology and 3D instead of new console releases every two years. Games are becoming a broader based medium that allows anyone from a young child to an adult to enjoy gaming. Tiara Dees is a senior majoring in music and visual journalism.

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U.S. wins Group C in stoppage time By Jon Ballenger Contributing Writer The United States defeated Algeria 1-0 through a last gasp goal from Landon Donovan on Wednesday. The U.S. knew a win was the only sure way to progress, and this requisite was later cemented when England defeated Slovenia. The victory not only sees the Americans through to the knockout stage, but also wins the group for them. This is important because it means the U.S. will face the runner up from Group D, as opposed to the champion. It didn’t come easy for the U.S. in its first two games of the group, and that trend continued on Wednesday. The first half was littered with goal scoring chances for the U.S., but they failed to find the back of the net. The first real chance for either team saw Algerian Rafik Djebbour hit a strike off of the crossbar in the sixth minute. U.S. striker Hercules Gomez had a great chance in the 20th minute. The ball came back to Gomez, and he passed it across the box to Clint Dempsey at the far post for a goal that was disallowed. Replay evidence shows Dempsey clearly onside, for what would be the second erroneous decision against the U.S. in as many games. Dempsey and Jozy Altidore had great chances to give the Americans the lead before halftime but were unable to put them away. Algeria looked threatening, but most of their attacks flamed out in the final attacking third. The second half started off well for

the U.S., and in the 57th Dempsey had two great opportunities to open the scoring. He received the ball on the counterattack, and his first shot went off the woodwork. He collected the rebound, and with an open net he shot the ball over the goal. They had several attacks, which produced some decent chances for Edson Buddle, but stoppage time had arrived, and the Americans had four minutes to salvage the tournament. Algeria had the first good chance in stoppage time, which saw Rafik Saifi’s header saved by American keeper Tim Howard. Howard quickly distributed the ball to a streaking Landon Donovan, who led a vicious counter. Donovan played a ball to Altidore in the box who crossed to a wide-open Dempsey in the middle. Dempsey’s shot was saved, but Donovan continued his run to slot the rebounded shot into the back of the net. The all-time leading scorer for the U.S. extended his national team tally to 44 goals, and none were bigger than this one. England and Slovenia played simultaneously in the group’s other finale, which the English won 1-0. Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermian AP Defoe put home a cross from James United States’ Landon Donovan, front left, celebrates after scoring the deciding goal in Milner in the first half which would be stoppage time goal against Algeria. enough to send England through with the U.S. against Serbia, to determine their next scored. The results mean that both the U.S. The U.S. and England will await the opponents. The U.S. will play one of and England sit on five points, with the results of the Group D games between those teams Saturday, June 26 at 1:30 U.S. taking first place due to more goals Ghana and Germany and Australia p.m.

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Bama fails to qualify for NCAA Tournament By Jessica Brown Contributing Writer The University of Alabama’s men’s golf team traveled to Yale’s campus in New Haven, Conn. to compete in the NCAA East Regional Tournament on May 20. The Crimson Tide finished the tournament at a 10-over-par 850. Concluding the tournament with a ninth place finish, Alabama missed the NCAA tournament for only the second time in the last six years. “We had to play great in

order to qualify, and I knew we were capable of qualifying, but it was going to take three solid rounds of golf from everyone on the team,” said redshirt freshman Scott Strohemyer. Strohemyer strolled through the final round with a 2-underpar 68 to finish tied for 29th at 2-over-par 212 for the tournament. “I felt I played very well,” Strohemyer said. “That was a big step in a positive direction for my golf game. The last round I knew we had to all put together a special day to qualify,

and I knew I had been playing well but just was a tad off from playing really well.” Sophomore Hunter Hamrick finished his final round with a 3-over-par round of 73 to finish tied for 24th. Sophomore Bud Cauley came out on an even-par round of 70 on Saturday to finish tied for 36th at 4-over-par 214. Sophomore Hunter Slatton also scored an even par round of 70 in the final round to finish tied for 41st at 5-over-par 215. “I feel like as a team we played pretty well,” Strohemyer said.

“We just had one bad stretch of holes the second day but other than that I felt we had a good tournament. That just shows the difficulty of qualifying for the NCAA tournament.” Every team sets its sights on the NCAA tournament. Some go on to the next level and continue to accomplish their aspirations, while others have to rest their hopes on the next season. Alabama made it far, but it wasn’t quite as far as they would have liked to reach. “We all gave it everything we had; we just came up a little

short,” Strohemyer said. “Yes, it would have been nice to play in the NCAA [tournament], but this was a humbling experience for our team that will help us be more successful down the road.” Although the team didn’t advance to the NCAA tournament, Cauley and Hamrick have been honored as members of the Division I PING All-America team, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America this week. The duo received these honors due to previous tournament wins this season.


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Players make Outland and Nagurski watch lists From staff reports The Football Writers Association of America announced the watch lists for the 2010 Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy this week, with five Alabama players included on the two lists. Three Crimson Tide players represented Alabama on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list, including safety Mark Barron, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus and linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Offensive linemen James Carpenter and Barrett Jones were selected to the Outland Trophy preseason watch list. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded each year to the nation’s top defensive player by the FWAA and the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club. Additional players may be added throughout the season, with five finalists announced on November 18. Barron started all 14 games for Alabama in 2009 and fin-

ished second on the team with 76 tackles. He led the Southeastern Conference with seven interceptions and ranked tied for second, with 18 passes defended. Barron was a first-team All-SEC selection and a third-team Associated Press All-American. Hightower suffered a season-ending injury to his left knee early in the 2009 season but returned to form this spring during practice. He was a 2008 Freshman AllAmerican and has 80 career tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Dareus has only started four career games for the Tide, but has proven to be a playmaker when he is on the field. He knocked Texas quarterback Colt McCoy out of the BCS National Championship Game with a first-quarter hit and then intercepted a pass at the end of the first half and returned it for a touchdown. He has 37 career stops with nine tackles for loss and 6.5

sacks. The Outland Trophy goes to the best offensive or defensive lineman in the country. It is selected by the FWAA and has been presented annually since 1946, making it the thirdoldest award in major college football. Players can be added to the watch list throughout the season, with three finalists chosen in November and the winner being selected at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show. Both Carpenter and Jones started 14 games last season and were two of three new starters on the Tide’s offensive front. Carpenter was a second-team All-SEC selection while Jones was a second-team Academic AllAmerican and a first-team Freshman All-American. The offensive line helped crank out 403 yards of total offense per game in 2009 and 215 yards rushing, the 12th most in the nation.

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COLLEGE WORLD SERIES South Carolina last SEC team alive after knocking off top-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils

Florida eliminated, Clemson stays alive

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Jackie Bradley and Adrian Morales homered during an eight-run second inning that propelled South Carolina to an 11-4 victory over No. 1 national seed Arizona State on Tuesday, knocking the Sun Devils out of the College World Series. The Gamecocks (49-16) play either Oklahoma or Clemson on Thursday in another elimination game. Those teams started a Bracket 2 winners’ game Tuesday night, but it was suspended after a 32-minute weather delay with Clemson leading 6-1 in the top of the sixth. The game was scheduled to resume at 4:30 EDT Wednesday. The Sun Devils (52-10) lost consecutive games for the first time this season and went two-and-out at the CWS for only the third time in 22 appearances. South Carolina starter Sam Dyson (6-5) allowed two runs through seven innings, then was relieved by Matt Price after allowing two runs in the eighth. Whit Merrifield finished a 3-for-5 game with his 13th homer to give the Gamecocks a seven-run lead. The eight-run second was Arizona State’s worst inning in 196 games. All eight were charged to Merrill Kelly (103).

Cardullo. Brian Busch (6-2) went 5 (1-3) innings and held the Gators to two runs and two hits. Mike McGee Florida starter Hudson Randall (8-4) went 2 (2-3) innings, allowing four runs and four hits. Casey Harman pitched six strong for Clemson, which handed top-seeded Arizona State’s Seth Blair his first loss of the season in an opening-round game. The Tigers tagged Blair (12-1) for five runs and seven hits with five walks in 4 1/3 innings to advance to a winner’s bracket game against Oklahoma on Tuesday. The Sun Devils (53-8) meet South Carolina in an elimination game on Tuesday. Clemson (44-23) came into the CWS averaging 11 runs and 15 hits in its last five games, and finished with 14 singles off Blair and three relievers. Blair walked four of the first 12 batters he faced. He left in the fifth inning after John Hinson’s RBI single put the Tigers up 3-1. Harman (8-3) was relieved by Alex Frederick after ASU loaded the bases in the seventh. Drew Maggi’s RBI groundout cut Clemson’s lead to 6-3, but the threat ended when Zack MacPhee struck out.

Gators lose to Florida State for fourth time this season Associated Press Mike McGee hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the third inning and picked up the save after Florida made things interesting in the ninth, leading Florida State to an 8-5 victory in a College World Series elimination game Monday. The Seminoles (48-19) will play TCU in an elimination game Wednesday night. The Gators (47-17) lost for the fourth time in five meetings this season with their in-state rival. Florida loaded the bases against Daniel Bennett, and Preston Tucker’s double drove in three runs. McGee, who was playing left field, came on and gave up a single and hit a batter, loading the bases with one out. Shortstop Stephen Cardullo caught Mike Zunino’s line drive and flipped to second baseman Devon Travis for a game-ending double play. It was McGee’s 13th save. McGee’s team-leading 16th homer broke a 1-1 tie in the AP third. The Seminoles got home Florida left fielder Daniel Pigott watches as fans reach for a three-run home run hit by Florida State’s Mike runs from Tyler Holt and McGee in the third inning of an NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

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13 break-point chances. “I wish they were straight sets, obviously,” Federer said. “But as long as you’re moving on, especially at Wimbledon, I’m a happy man.” Isner and Mahut managed weary smiles when their unprecedented first-round marathon was called because of darkness for the second night in a row, tied at 59-all in the fifth set. The match remained undecided after 10 hours of play, including 7 hours, 6 minutes in the fifth set alone. That was enough to break the full-match record of 6:33, set at the 2004 French Open. By comparison, Federer had only a light workout. He was never broken, won 75 percent

of his service points and committed only 13 unforced errors. He won the final three points of the match, one with a bold drop shot when trailing 5-4 in the tiebreaker. Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick dug out of an early hole and beat Michael Llodra 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (2). Seeded fifth, Roddick began playing serve and volley more as the match progressed, and he won 34 points at the net. “That was as tough of a second round as there is,” Roddick said. “I had to make an adjustment. Off of my serve, I had to start coming in and serving and volleying behind it.” No. 3-seeded Novak Djokovic beat American Taylor Dent 7-6 (5), 6-1, 6-4.

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