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Armed man Tide moves on to Big Apple robs student From staff reports An unknown male robbed a 20-year-old, female University student at knifepoint while she was walking at Marr’s Spring Road near Ridgecrest South Tuesday around 9 p.m. She sustained no injuries, according to the University of Alabama Police Department. The assailant stole the student’s purse, laptop and ACTion card, as well as a black nylon bag and keys. He then fled the scene on foot heading west, UAPD reported. The victim described the suspect as a 5-feet-10-inches to 6-feet-tall male in his late 20s to early 30s with a medium com-

plexion. According to UAPD, the victim described the suspect as weighing approximately 200 lbs. and wearing blue jean shorts and a white sleeveless T-shirt. Director of Media Relations Cathy Andreen said the robbery was an isolated incident. However, there were precautions taken. “A helicopter was used to aid in the search for the suspect following the incident,” Andreen said. “The helicopter was requested through mutual aid from Tuscaloosa [Police Department].”

See ROBBERY, page 7

Birmingham council urges against mine By Stephen Nathaniel Dethrage Staff Reporter sndethrage@crimson.ua.edu The Birmingham City Council adopted a resolution on March 15 to implore the University of Alabama System to neither sell nor lease any of their property holdings to be strip mined by Shepherd Bend, LLC. The resolution, written and introduced by City Councilor Valerie Abbott, declared the proposed mine to be too hazardous to the environment and public health for council approval. The resolution was adopted with eight votes in its favor and one vote abstained. The resolution said that the discharge of the mine’s wastewater into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River would considerably damage the drinking water of 200,000 customers of the Birmingham Water Works Board. “Primarily, we have a

CW | Jerrod Seaton Above: The Alabama men’s basketball team celebrates after advancing to the NIT Final Four Wednesday night. Left: Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell dunks the ball in Alabama’s 79-64 NIT quarterfinal victory over Miami Wednesday night. The Crimson Tide now advances to the NIT Final Four in New York City. By Laura Owens Senior Sports Reporter lkowens@crimson.ua.edu

FAST FACTS • The Birmingham City Council has officially taken a stance against the strip mine proposal.

The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Miami Hurricanes in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals 79-64 in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday night. With the win, Alabama will advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden, giving the Tide its sixth NIT Final Four appearance. Alabama also finished the season 19-0 in Coleman. “The atmosphere today was awesome,” head coach Anthony Grant said. “The thing we talked about before we took the floor today was making sure we finished it at home. The opportunity to go 19-0 and what these guys have accomplished this year, we couldn’t accept anything less than finishing it the right way.” Leaders for the game were freshman Trevor Releford with 22 points and senior Senario

• The Council is concerned with water polution.

great deal of concern about Birmingham’s drinking water,” Abbott said. “We don’t want it polluted, and we don’t want to ask our citizens to pay more to have it cleaned because of this mine, and there’s also the concern about the general health of the Black Warrior River. Anytime people are allowed to dump their waste into it, it becomes more polluted—

See MINE, page 7

Hillman with 17 points. Hillman fouled out late in the second half, but in the first half, he became Alabama’s all-time leader in career steals with 175. Alabama shot 55 percent form the field, while holding Miami to 40 percent. The defense was also able to get 16 fast break points, which made all the difference in the secondhalf momentum. “We’ve had some games where we played great defense and some where we didn’t, but this one I’d say was one of the better ones,” sophomore forward Tony Mitchell said. “I guess we had a chip on our shoulder with this being our last home game, and we just wanted to come out and win.” Miami came out of halftime strong, cutting the lead to two with six quick baskets. The Tide gained a lead, but then Miami cut it back down to one.

See NIT, page 9

Players see newcomers, familiar faces at practice By Laura Owens Senior Sports Reporter lkowens@crimson.ua.edu As the Alabama Crimson Tide football team had its second spring practice of 2011 Wednesday afternoon at Thomas-Drew Practice Facility, the returning defensive players were happy to see familiar faces around them. “We come in and see most of the guys back, and we’re just ready to get this season off and rolling,” said linebacker Courtney Upshaw. “There’s a lot of chemistry there, a lot of guys who played last year, so we’re just ready to get the ball rolling.” Along with the familiar faces, though, are the new faces that have joined the Tide. Alabama added three new le this

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coaches to the coaching staff with wide receivers coach Mike Groh, defensive line coach Chris Rumph and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. Defensive lineman Josh Chapman said Rumph is a great coach and is teaching the line a lot of new things. “He’s intense,” Chapman said. “You have to be intense with the group we have, but that’s how some guys learn, by yelling, so he’s at it.” Chapman said this was his first time adjusting to a new coach during his career but that it wasn’t going to stop him from learning. Wide receiver Marquis Maze said an adjustment for the wide receivers has been the loss of

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ON THE CALENDAR FRIDAY

TODAY What: The 10th annual LUNAFEST® film festival is the only national touring festival of films by, for and about women. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Resource Center and the Breast Cancer Fund - $12/studenta

What: Student Recital featuring David Mahloch, composition

What: Celebrity Series featuring Barbara Nissman, piano - $7/student

What: Technology night

Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 7:30 p.m.

will be led by Dr. Vivian Wright and her Instructional Technology students. They will be talking about Cybersafety and productive ways to use technology.

Where: Holt High School When: 5:30 p.m.

What: Convocation Where: Moody Music Building

When: Noon

Where: Moody Recital Hall When: 6 p.m.

SUNDAY What: Carnival on the Quad

Where: The Quad When: 1 - 5 p.m.

What: ‘The Tin Man’ Charlie Lucas and Kathryn Tucker Windham: Living Legends of Alabama - art lecture

Where: 125 ten Hoor Hall When: 3:30 - 5 p.m.

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Alabama Rotaract Club to host IJM Benefit Alabama’s Rotaract Club will host Midnight Madness to benefit the Alabama International Justice Mission at the Student Recreation Center on March 25 starting at 10 p.m. The event will feature 3 vs. 3 basketball, dodgeball and a D.J. International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression, according to Rotaract Club member Christian Smith. IJM lawyers,

investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems, Smith said in an email. “I love basketball and sports, and I think Midnight Madness is a great way for students to enjoy sports and each other while raising money and awareness for IJM to fight slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression that are largely unknown to most people today,” said IJM Treasurer John Pickering. Anyone interested can register at the Ferguson Center and at the Rec until Friday.

Panelists discuss documentary film By Brett Saunders Contributing Writer After the Wednesday night airing of “Waiting for Superman” as part of the Honors College Assembly’s “What if ” documentary series, panelists spoke in the Ferguson Center Theater regarding reform to the current education system

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in America. “Waiting for Superman” focuses on the current failures of America’s school system. “The movie shows desperation that low-means families have for their children,” said Ben Guest, a panelist at the event. “Seventeen percent of charter schools are more effective than public schools, and the rest are either below or average compared to public schools.” Within the past 30 years, funding for students in public schools has risen from $4,300 to $9,000, according to the documentary. The documentary went on to say that this funding for schools has not shown an increase in proficiency of students. In Alabama, 18 percent of students are proficient in math, while in Mississippi 14 percent are proficient, and 30 percent are proficient in New York, according to the documentary. In Washington D.C., reading proficiency is the lowest in the nation at 12 percent. “I hope you were outraged by the movie,” said Mary Boehm, another panelist at the event. “There is a way for you and for us to get involved in schools.” In college, many freshmen have to take remedial classes, as their high school educations

failed to prepare for higherlevel learning. The documentary discusses how large portions of freshmen entering a four-year institution have to take remedial classes before beginning college-level classes. The idea to combat this problem, addressed by the documentary, is creating charter schools. “The solution is broken; we have to give them the solution through public schools,” Boehm said. “One-third of charter schools have results that are below average,” said Paul Landry, a panelist at the event. “The movie is clearly slanted, and it could be seen as propaganda. The movie should allow for balance and debate.” In the documentary, students were shown at lotteries, which would pick who got into the better schools. Students who waited to be picked in the lottery were not guaranteed a spot and most did not get in. “If we deal with poverty in this country we deal with education,” said James McLean, a panelist at the event and dean of education at the University. “We tend to put the most inexperienced teachers in the most difficult areas,” he said.

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UA to purchase Mobile radio station By Stephen Walker Contributing Writer Monday, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees voted unanimously to purchase Spring Hill College’s WHIL-FM 91.3 public radio station for $1.1 million. Based in Mobile, Ala., the listener-supported station has a coverage area that, in addition to reaching the Alabama gulf coast, extends into parts of Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi, the WHIL website states. WHIL has been operated for over 30 years by Spring Hill College, a private Catholic school of less than 2,000 students. Difficult economic conditions made the sale of WHIL

inevitable, Spring Hill College President Richard Salmi, S.J. said in a statement on the college’s website. “The station’s role in our community is an important one, but the College must focus its energy and limited resources ‌ to providing an exceptional education for our students,â€? he said. “Therefore, ultimate responsibility for the operations of a public radio station cannot be a main focus for us.â€? In addition to the declining revenues public radio stations such as WHIL may soon lose all federal funding for their programming, due to hard economic times. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to eliminate all federal funding for public radio. Should the measure

become law, it would mean drastic revenue losses for WHIL and other public radio stations. “The loss for 91.3 WHIL would be about $100,000 [per year] in federal support,� the WHIL website states. Once acquired by Alabama Public Radio, the station will no longer have to rely on federal funding for a large portion of its expenditures. “The stronger financial resources of the University of Alabama Public Radio system in today’s environment of uncertainty in federal public radio funding make the impending transfer to the University all the more timely for the 91.3 WHIL listening audience,� the website states. Since trustees from both institutions have agreed to terms

for the sale, acquisition of WHIL needs only the approval of the FCC, which is expected to take up to two months. WHIL programming will be taken over by Alabama Public Radio, which broadcasts from studios in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University. APR currently broadcasts in Tuscaloosa, Muscle Shoals, Huntsville, Montgomery and Selma. WHIL is expected to add significantly to APR’s listening base. “This will give the University of Alabama access to an additional 800,000 listeners,� UA President Robert Witt said, as reported in the Mobile Press-Register. Acquisition of the station by APR may also provide better

programming for listeners. The station currently spends $190,000 for programming from vendors such as National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media, the WHIL website states. Takeover by APR will result in new offerings for WHIL listeners that were previously too expensive for the station to purchase. Even after the acquisition, however, the programming of WHIL is expected to change very little. “It is currently assumed that the basic format of the station will remain intact – NPR News and Classical Music – since Alabama Public Radio’s schedule substantially mirrors WHIL’s during the weekdays,� the WHIL website states.

Once the sale is complete, WHIL will have a more sound financial future and the University of Alabama will have a new voice in the southern part of the state.

FAST FACTS • The University has voted to buy Spring Hill College’s WHILM radio station. • The FCC has to approve the sale before it is ofďŹ cial. • FCC approval is expected to take up to two months.

Incoming student media leaders selected By Alyssa Locklar Contributing Writer Every day as an Alabama student, you are provided with various student media outlets and the free entertainment, knowledge and memories they have to offer. But who makes these publications possible? Who organizes the troops and takes the lead to make sure that there are songs to be heard, stories to be read, photos to be seen and more? Over the course of the last few weeks, the Media Planning Board has interviewed and elected the new student media leaders for the 2011-12 school year. No matter if the student has been a part of student media their entire time at the University or not at all, anyone interested must go through the same application process. Each applicant must apply with a proposal and then be interviewed by the board. The board is made up of student representatives, faculty and media professionals. “The board makes the decision based on the merits of each candidate,� said Paul Wright, director of student media. “They look for candidates whose plans and goals will be the most beneficial for each specific medium.� After completing the inter-

view process, the board immediately votes and notifies the new media leaders of their selection. Although they will not take over immediately, the new leaders already have their plan for the staff ready to go. For The Crimson White, the editor-in-chief already has a year of experience under his belt, and plans to build on the past year’s successes, he said. “I’d like to establish physical forums hosted by the CW,� said Victor Luckerson returning editor-in-chief of the CW. “We’ve sparked a lot of conversations online and through social media this year, and I’d like to funnel that into a more directed venue. “I hope to organize a CW Forum of some sort once a semester, where students could bring their issues to the CW editors in a panel discussion. We could also organize conversations based around certain pressing campus issues, such as race relations or campus growth. There is a lot of potential to extend The Crimson White’s role as a community hub on campus.� Luckerson has made The CW’s relationship with students a top priority. “I want The Crimson White to be something that the average UA student can identify with,�

Luckerson said. “I have always emphasized that staffers should not view The Crimson White as a product but rather a service to the student body. We have made considerable efforts to put The CW back in the hands of the students by reaching out to diverse groups for staffers, by starting conversations on social media and by actively seeking out story ideas.� Unlike Luckerson, all of the other elected media leaders will be new to the job. “I think one of the more difficult jobs will be reshaping the programming toward the students,� said Chris Dodson, newly-elected station manager for WVUA. “I really hope to accomplish that by the years end. We are going to have to gather as a staff and find out how the program could better the community.� Although he will be new to the position, Dodson is confident in his ability to lead. “I am just as excited about the hard stuff as the easy stuff, and I’m really pumped about the job,� Dodson said. “I think the thing that will make me good at my job is my passion. Being apart of the WVUA had really created a fire within me to see the station succeed. I know I can

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 Editor • Tray Smith letters@cw.ua.edu Page 4

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UA needs to give reasons for forcing Lai Lai to leave The Strip By John Davis

{ YOUR VIEW } (WEB COMMENTS) “Why doesnʼt the University just offer up the RfPʼs prior to shoving Lai-Lai out? Then maybe they wonʼt have to pay to move out then back in and lose time and moving costs. Sounds like UA is still up to no good on the Strip.” – jawright19, in response to “Lai Lai set to close by this summer”

“That is unbelievably ridiculous. I want to know just what the universityʼs plans are.” – Andrew Fennell, in response to “Lai Lai set to close by this summer”

“I agree Jason. You only live once, Go for it! Congrats to the proud parents Abbott and Neng!” – Amanda D. Sayao, in response to “Law student a foreign soccer star”

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The headline on March 9 informed us that Lai Lai – the Chinese hole-in-the-wall restaurant that has called The Strip home since 1998 – would be closing, though it might as well have read “University forces out local business,” or maybe “University suffers self-inflicted wound to local culture.” Refusing to allow Lai Lai to renew its lease on The Strip is a perplexing move, given that the University has not (and most likely will not) explain to anyone – Lai Lai management or otherwise – why exactly it is forcing Lai Lai off The Strip. One would think that, as an establishment that predates every member of the current student body, Nick Saban and even Dr. Witt himself, Lai Lai is at the very least owed an explanation. If the University wants that space for a specific business, be it for another restaurant or, God forbid, another retail front for one of the many “premium” student-centric housing complexes around Tuscaloosa, why is it so difficult to announce that? It is unabashedly offensive to flat-out refuse to tell even the management why they cannot renew their lease on what has become one of The Strip’s landmarks. To add insult to injury, the University has the gall to “allow” the owners to submit a Request for Proposals (along with any other business who desires the location) so that they may retain the location. What the article (and

the University representative) does not point out is that even if Lai Lai somehow wins the bid, they would still have had to move out of the location beforehand before moving back in. So much of any college town’s personality is based on the local businesses that operate there. While many towns can be identified with bars more than specific restaurants (looking at you, Athens), that doesn’t mean the local restaurants are any less important to the overall culture. When I have a friend from out of town visit, I don’t make it a point to take him to Pita Pit or Jimmy

been to Lai Lai; I can say with certainty that the food served there is much more authentic than meals found at a chain. It also doesn’t take hawk-like vision to see that Lai Lai is a favorite spot of UA’s sizable international student body. While I suppose after three years I shouldn’t be shocked to say this, it isn’t any less frustrating: the University yet again is doing nothing more than posturing when it stresses the importance of “student unity.” Either that or the desire for unity only extends to the greek/independent divide while ignoring a significant

It also doesn’t take hawk-like vision to see that Lai Lai is a favorite spot of UA’s sizable international student body. John’s, because those places already exist wherever he came from. No, I take him to places like Buffalo Phil’s, Crimson Café, or Lai Lai to show off the Tuscaloosaspecific dining. There’s a reason nobody ever says, “Man, Tuscaloosa has some of the best pizza in the country” after leaving Hungry Howie’s. If The Strip is going to be packed with chain restaurants and retail fronts why even bother singling it out as a point for UA culture? I also feel compelled to point out another implication of this forced exit that hadn’t occurred to me until I read a particular Tuscaloosa blog (yes, those exist): what about the international students? I’ve been to China and I’ve

minority. If I was an owner of a business that had been operating on The Strip since 2007, I’d be scared. While there are currently no plans for moving or closing any of the other businesses, the University only said they agreed to honor the leases established by the previous owner. These leases end at different times; it just happens to be that Lai Lai’s is the first to expire. When the leases do expire, though, don’t be surprised to see the University strong-arm these Tuscaloosa staples right off The Strip, too.

“Be careful who you hate — it could be someone you love.” Author Unknown Last year, the headlines were full of stories about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who had committed suicide. The nightmares of bullying and suicide filled many hearts with sadness and sympathy for the victims, but these stories also brought a tragic issue to the forefront; they reminded us of the prejudice and hatred that exist in all levels of our society towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. We had heard stories before about adults, young adults and even teenagers victimized by homophobic or anti-LGBT violence, but this time, the victims are as young as eight years old. It may be hard for a mother to accept that her son is gay, or for a girl to understand that her best friend is the same person, regardless of her sexual orientation. However, letting these feelings result in anger or alienation can be painful and isolating to a person living in a world where being who they are causes bullying in the schoolyard or vile accusations from politicians and religious leaders. A thirteen year old has a hard enough time trying to develop as a person without being attacked and called names by her peers, told by the popular

and talk to others who are friends and relatives of LGBT individuals (and even LGBT people themselves) and have experienced some of the same feelings that you may be. PFLAG is a good way to understand your feelings better and gain some perspective on your situation with your loved one. A new chapter of PFLAG has just started here in Tuscaloosa, and will meet for the first time this Thursday evening, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Canterbury Episcopal Chapel Student Center. If you have a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender loved one, please consider attending a meeting of PFLAG. Doing so provides an excellent opportunity to help you educate yourself, and demonstrate to your loved-one just how much you value your relationship with them. In a world where LGBT people are the subjects of physical and ideological attacks, the support and understanding of their parents, family and friends can be invaluable, and may even save a life. Alex Hollinghead is a junior majoring in math and philosophy.

Kingsley Clark is a junior majoring in communications studies and creative writing. Her column runs biweekly on Thursdays.

John Davis is a junior majoring in bracketology. His column runs on Thursdays.

In a world where LGBT people are the subjects of physical and ideological attacks, the support and understanding of their parents, family and friends can be invaluable, and may even save a life. media that his life is predetermined to be hollow and riddled with drug abuse and depression, or feeling that they should hide their identity from their family. All of this occurs for a feeling they can’t really help. Coming out is a difficult, emotional process for both parties, evoking many feelings— from anger to confusion to concern to sadness. These feelings are normal reactions to discovering that a loved one is LGBT. Research indicates that up to ten percent of the population is LGBT, and approximately twenty-five percent of people have an immediate family member who is LGBT. This means that there are countless people who have experienced the same feelings as you and understand what you may be going through. The first thing (and one of the best things) you can do for yourself and for your LGBT loved one is to talk to someone else who has been through the same process. Fortunately, doing so has never been easier. An organization known as PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) exists to facilitate these kinds of conversations. You can go listen

We’re smart women. We can do better. We go to an excellent school. We live in the Southeast. Aside from a few smelly trees and a bit of pollen, things aren’t that bad right now for us, the female population of the University of Alabama. they give you at Panera Bread, as if they resent you for choosing the healthier and free option of beverages. Give a humorous play-by-play to pass the time at the health center. Own your hilarity. You know you’re funny! Your brutal depictions of the “GDI” or “fat girl” in your class? Save it. We’ll just think you’re awful and we’ll unfollow you. The other day, a tweet was addressed to Daniel Tosh from a UA student requesting that the comedian do more racist jokes. Her biography? A Bible verse. Don’t confuse us. Take your misunderstandings of morality and logic to your blog. Aside from the more serious issue, this is Twitter. (This is entertainment.) (This is an app.) (Charles Barkley thinks you’re a loser.) There are plenty of Twitter offenders though, most not as awful. Just irritating. You already probably follow them all: The one we’re supposed to feel sorry for, but can’t stand: “The woman giving me a well-deserved deep-tissue massage for no occasion at all on this random Tuesday smells like my grandma.” The alarmingly addicted coffee drinker who always stresses about lame assignments: “Well, after 4 cups, 2 lattes, and a bunch of espresso shots, staying awake in Rogers all night for this Geography 102 PowerPoint should be a breeze.” The nightly soap opera queen who lives for nightly soap operas: “Barely slept after that Bachelor episode…btw, UM what’s going on in Japan? Who bombed them?” The never alone girl whom you doubt has any real friends: “Just went to the Rec with @girl_who_ only_tweets_about_food, and now I’m off to Bear Trap with my lovelies @girl1, @girl2, @girl3…@ girl17!” The shameless lover who probably has at least a few restraining orders: “OMG OMG OMG he texted me!!! I knew he liked me! He said, ‘hey, did you just drive by my house?’ Dreams really do come true!! xoxo” And finally, the over-hashtagger: “Just saw a dog. #Iwantone #wheresmine #hernamewouldbeCinderella #mydadsaysImaprincess #Imadaddysgirl #LovemybrandnewBMW #thanksDaddy” We’re smart women. We can do better. We go to an excellent school. We live in the Southeast. Aside from a few smelly trees and a bit of pollen, things aren’t that bad right now for us, the female population of the University of Alabama. We ain’t never been nothin’ but winners, according to the Bear. (Take that, Charles Barkley.) Let’s step up our game, our wit, our intelligence, our entertainment! Let’s make Twitter live out its purpose for creation, and gain followers far and wide. Let’s stop whining and start really #winning.

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“Twitta’s for losers, Jay; if someone wake up in the mornin’ wonderin’ what I’m doin’, they a loser.” Charles Barkley’s right. Twitter is for losers. And like so many of you ladies, I too am a loser. As a late joiner to the social networking religion, I am bombarded by the convenience of having so many of my favorite voices all rolled into one happy medium. Twitter allows me to do everything from keeping up with the headlines of all my favorite web media sources; to reading my favorite funny celebrities’ latest bit of comedic wit; to keeping tabs on my friends; to seeing funny pictures. (Funny pictures are the best, right?) But while I watch my fellow UA feminine peers ceremoniously create themselves in 140 characters or less, I can’t help but think that we could do better. This thing that has many students, especially girls, ritually contributing their two cents five times a day was created as an outlet for information. Information in this sense means headlines, promotional work, social commentary, and of course, funny pictures. Like all social networking sites, Twitter allows you to create an identity solely by yourself. There are reasons we choose the profile pictures we do. Because we look good! There’s a reason why some of us still have that egg after two years. We just don’t care. Twitter is the essence of how we’d like to be seen, we hope. Still, some of us forget to look down at our bracelets and think, WWID? Well, what would you do? What do you want us to gather about you from this tweet? One thing we gather from many of our peers is that, quite bluntly, things that suck are funny. Social commentary on things that just don’t make any sense is entertaining because we can all connect to it. (Thanks, Seinfeld.) But do we always want to be reminded of the things that annoy us in an avenue for entertainment? (And why do we write so many letters?) “Dear vending machine, thanks for giving me Grapico instead of Sierra Mist and ruining my whole life. Sincerely, #tickedoff.” This too-common drama in postal disguise really tells us nothing about you, except that you need to get a grip. We’re in college! Wise up! You have to be at least a little bit narcissistic during this time of your life. (You’re still allowed to do whatever you want without worrying about anyone but yourself, and the people who raised you typically pay for it! They love you!) Make a clever joke about that tiny water cup


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Biology expert to UA Robotics team speak on evolution places in competition By Ashley Rucker Contributing Writer Douglas Futuyma, a leading researcher in ecology and evolution who teaches at Stony Brook University in New York, will be speaking on the theory of evolution in his lecture, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evolution: The Most Important Theory in Biology.â&#x20AC;? The lecture will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Biology building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Futuyma is an expert on evolutionary biology,â&#x20AC;? said Lesile Rissler, an assistant professor of biology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the member of the National Academy of Sciences and author of one of the most successful evolution textbooks on the market.â&#x20AC;? Rissler said the Alabama Lectures on Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evolution, known as ALLELE, has seen impressive attendance for the past five years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We almost always pack the Biology Auditorium with upwards of 300 people,â&#x20AC;? Rissler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has even helped launch a new minor at the University-evolutionary

I hope students can see the power of evolutionary thinking-the overwhelming evidence that shows that evolution is a fact, and the profound insights that an evolutionary perspective provides to understanding life on this planet. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lesile Rissler studies. This minor is housed in Anthropology and codirected by Drs. Christopher Lynn (anthropology) and myself (biological studies).â&#x20AC;? Rissler said evolution is one of the most misunderstood concepts in society, yet Futuyma will explain how evolution is the most important theory in biology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you attend more than one ALLELE lecture, you will also understand how ideas in evolution extend to other fields like philosophy, psychology, anthropology, geology, communication science, medicine, business and even religious studies,â&#x20AC;? she said. Rissler said she hopes the lecture will encourage students to understand our world and how important it is to realize how it works.

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By Will Tucker News Editor wjtucker1@gmail.com Seven UA engineering students placed 13th out of 50 teams at the IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware robotics competition on Mar. 20, according to team member Chris Millan. According to a UA News release, the competition was designed last year after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and features tasks resembling rescue missions that student-designed robots must complete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our robot was supposed to be an autonomous search-and-rescue robot,â&#x20AC;? Millan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal was that the robot would travel around a disaster site, a building which was wooden walls and a floor to form four rooms.â&#x20AC;? Millan said the team designed their robot to follow the walls of the course to navigate using infrared rangefinders. The robot used a camera to find the â&#x20AC;&#x153;victims.â&#x20AC;?

FAST FACTS â&#x20AC;˘ Text: UA Robotics team placed 13th out of 50. â&#x20AC;˘ Text: Robots had to complete tasks resembling rescue missions. â&#x20AC;˘ Text: Last year UA placed 6th. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throughout the course there were blocks of wood to represent obstacles that the robot would have to navigate around or over. In these rooms there were PVC end caps that represented victims of the disaster, and they had a green LED on top to indicate when their status was alive, unconscious or dead,â&#x20AC;? he said. Millan said the team had been together for one year as part of a senior design project run by associate professor of electrical and computer engineering Kenneth Ricks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to join because it was by far the most interesting project available for senior design, and I also had plenty of interest in robotics, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Millan said. According to the UA News

release, UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team finished 6th out of about 50 teams at the 2010 competition. This year, Millan pointed to navigation problems as the reason their robot placed where it did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the competition, our robot had more trouble navigating over and around obstacles,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were mostly able to overcome them with minimal failure aside from one that got us stuck and ended our second run. According to the release, the other members of the team were Taylor Hall from Montgomery, Bianca Kuczynski from Owens Crossroads, Stephen Palecek from Northport, Andrew Price from Birmingham, Jeremiah Ritchey from Guntersville, and James Yerby from Madison.

Russian Club members petition for additional faculty members By Anna Kate Delavan Contributing Writer The Russian Club at the University of Alabama is petitioning for an additional faculty member for the Russian program. Russian Club President Zach Golden and Jonathan Williams are the authors and contributors to the petition directed at UA President Robert Witt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is my earnest opinion that the expansion of the department, if only by one Russian language faculty member, would reflect well on the University, improve the stability of the program, help to satisfy the needs of its students and would work to give students necessary skills for future careers in government and private sectors,â&#x20AC;? Williams said in the petition. According to Williams, the club expects to present the proposal to Witt in a matter



of weeks. The petition asks for Wittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support in expanding the Russian department, claiming there are not enough faculty to fulfill the demands and needs of students, including the basic language courses of Russian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Culture, conversation and literature are needed to fully understand a language and its people,â&#x20AC;? the petition stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Therefore, the current program does not, and cannot, fulfill the needs of a student looking to master Russian in hopes of using it in a future career.â&#x20AC;? The academic catalog lists 24 classes, but only six of those are offered due to the lack of faculty. Currently, the department has one faculty member, Andrew Drozd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hiring of just one additional instructor would make a huge difference in the amount of classes available to the students,â&#x20AC;? Drozd said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For one thing, it would allow us to offer at least two sections of first-year Russian, which should help to accommodate the demand for the course.â&#x20AC;?

The hiring of just one additional instructor would make a huge difference in the amount of classes available to the students. For one thing, it would allow us to offer at least two sections of ďŹ rst-year Russian, which should help to accommodate the demand for the course. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Andrew Drozd The 18 classes left out would contribute to a broader Russian education, Golden said. According to Drozd, it is impossible to meet the demands of students with only one faculty member. Due to increased student demand, Drozd will teach the Russian literature sequence next year in lieu of Russian 101. Golden said he believes there are about 50 students currently in the program, but many are turned away each semester, including freshmen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we had more faculty, more people could take Russian,â&#x20AC;? Golden said. According to class listings on myBama, this semester Drozd is teaching Elementary Russian II, Intermediate Russian II and Advanced Russian Grammar

Composition II. However, none of the classes are filled to capacity. The demand for Russian language classes has increased and now exceeds the capabilities of the department, according to Michael Picony, interim chair for the Department of Modern Languages & Classics. The demand increase is due to the United States Department of Defense declaring Russian as a strategic language, he said. According to the petition, people who are skilled in the Russian language are more likely to receive bonuses and incentives for their skills. The petition also listed employers who are seeking people with a background in the language, including General Motors, NASA, the FBI, Microsoft and AT&T.

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Brown named alumni affairs director By Allie Hulcher Contributing Writer On April 1, a new director of alumni affairs will step into Alumni Hall. Calvin Brown of Decatur, will replace Pat Whetstone, who has been in the position for 20 years. Brown is currently a partner and portfolio manager with BlueCreek Investment Partners in Huntsville. He graduated from the University in 1983 and has been active in his alumni chapter since graduation. Whetstone has known Brown since 1997, when Brown became president of the National Alumni Association. According to Whetstone, Brown has the qualities to step in and be an effective leader.

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there’s no way around it.” Caitlin McClusky, president of the University of Alabama Environmental Council, is also an opponent of the proposed mine and advocates education about the project. “It���s definitely important that students and faculty at the University of Alabama understand the magnitude of this issue,” said McClusky, a junior in New College. “But it’s also vital that the citizens of Birmingham understand it, too, because if this mine is built, it will affect them the most. “People need to educate themselves about this issue. Just get online, search Google and read articles about this mine and the risks associated with it.” According to the UAEC, the proposed mine covers 1,773 acres and about 1,300 of those acres belong to the University of Alabama System. The UAEC has said that without the University agreeing to sell or lease their portion of

“For someone to do well [in this job], they can’t take themselves too seriously, but they have to t a ke this job Calvin Brown seriously,” Whetstone said. “You must be empathetic, and I think Calvin possesses that empathy.” Brown said his past experience has prepared him. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the College of Commerce and Business Administration and has worked as an investment analyst, portfolio manager, and president and partner of

an investment company. Among his involvement with The University, he is a member of the UA President’s Cabinet, chair of the Library Leadership Board and a board member for Capstone Village. He was on the steering committee of the “Our Students Our Future” capital campaign. Brown will move to Tuscaloosa soon, joining his two children, Julia and Pete, who are both UA students. Brown said he thought the position was appealing and called getting it a dream come true. He said it is a great time to be coming to campus, as it is a golden era at the University. “I think UA is a special place,” Brown said. “When you leave and go out into the world is when you realize how special it is. It’s imperative that our alumni stay connect-

the proposed mine, the entire project might fall through, and the Birmingham City Council agreed in their resolution. “As a practical matter, without the consent and full participation of the UA System, it may not be cost effective to mine Shepherd Bend at all,” the resolution states. Since the issue of the mine was first raised several years ago, University officials have said they have not been approached by any parties concerning the sale or lease of their property near the proposed mine, and their position has not changed since the Birmingham City Council adopted their resolution. “We have no current plans to sell or lease any of our property holdings near Shepherd Bend,” said Cathy Andreen, the University’s director of media relations. For Abbott and other opponents of the proposed mine, this stance is not enough. “Just because no one’s approached the University yet doesn’t mean they’re not waiting in the wings to do so,” Abbott said. “It would be won-

derful if University officials would come out ahead of this and say that we’re not going to allow our land to be strip mined, we’re not going to allow the Black Warrior to be polluted. “We’re hopeful that the student body will be behind Birmingham’s wishes of keeping the river as free of pollution as possible, and to keep our drinking water clean. In this day and age, a lot of people don’t get active over issues that don’t affect them personally, but students have a habit of getting involved anyway, for the greater good, especially with something as noxious as strip mining. Our hope is that University students will help us in asking the administration to get serious about opposing this mine.” McClusky also advocated strong student involvement in this and any other issues that they find objectionable. “It’s wrong to do nothing,” she said. “As large shareholders in this university, students and faculty should be able to tell the administration what we want and how we feel about any issue. We’ve got to have a voice.”

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ed to their university.” Vi c e President of Advancement Pam Parker said that as director, Brown will be like the head of a family. He will oversee the alumni magazine, manage chapter development, raise money for scholarship endowments, engage in student recruitment and provide leadership for all of the 21 staff members at Alumni Hall. “I’m looking forward to working with him,” Parker said. “He will really keep things moving forward and

have good ideas as well.” Brown said his plan for his first year is to get familiar with what is going on. He said he has a clear vision of the mission of Alumni Hall. “Students and alumni are the life blood of our University and we can’t ever lose sight of that fact,” Brown said. “Every alumnus is an ambassador and they are an effective way of telling [the] story of UA throughout the state and country and really the world.” Whetstone said he looks

forward to Brown coming on board. There will be a one-month transition period where Brown will become more familiar with the staff and get up to date on the budget. Both Whetstone and Brown said that the transition should be smooth. “They are big shoes to fill,” Brown said. “There is a continuity of tight leadership, so we can hit the ground running and continue the strong legacy that Pat is leading.” While Whetstone said he won’t miss traveling three nights in a row to go to meetings, he will miss other aspects of the job he held for 20 years. “This is a wonderful position,” Whetstone said. “I’m going to miss interacting with the students.”

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Homecoming Committee application due Friday By Amanda Sams Senior Staff Reporter alsams1@crimson.ua.edu

Homecoming 2011 will be held Oct. 8 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, when the Crimson Tide competes with the Vanderbilt University Commodores. Student Government Association Homecoming Committee applications are due Friday so the planning can begin. “Committee members are directly involved in the execution and planning of each and every aspect of Homecoming at the University,” said Executive Homecoming Director Katie Mellown. “These projects and events range from the [National Pan-Hellenic] Step Show to the intricate lawn decorations that adorn the campus, to the rigorous Dodgeball Competition at the [Student] Recreation Center.” Mellown said the time commitment involved in a

homecoming committee ranges on the person’s willingness to participate and jump in. She said the homecoming committee is looking for members who are • Service Projects Comexcited about homecoming and want to be a part of the team. mittee Each committee member is • Parade Committee required to attend their committee’s specific events and weekly • Athletic Events Commeetings leading up to the week mittee of homecoming. “Each committee poses differ• Development Commitent tasks they need to accomtee plish in order for their event/ project to be conducted in the • Halftime Events and proper manner,” Mellown said. Reception Committee “Committee members assist the • Lawn Decorations director of their event or project on any tasks that are necessary, Committee ranging from talking to local • Operations Committee businesses for raffle donations, to working with faculty and staff • Choreography Comabout building and grounds mitte regulations, to planning a seating chart for the choreography competition.” Applications can be picked online at sga.ua.edu under up in the SGA office or found the “Forms” tab. They are to be submitted via email to nkmellown@crimson.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED The different committees students can join include: • Choreography Committee • Pep Rally & Bonfire Committee • NPHC Events Committee • Banner Committee & Paint the Town Red Committee • Rules and Regulations Committee • Roll Tide Run Committee • Engagement Committee

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The Community Service Center and Greek councils are constructing a Habitat Shed on campus for the Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity Chapter, according a Community Service Center Facebook event. “The Tuscaloosa chapter is currently in a rebuilding stage, and we are building the required shed that they need on site for the next

house they are scheduled to build,” the page states. Students are asked to volunteer to aid in construction and may sign up for shifts by following a link posted on the Facebook event page, which may be accessed by searching Habitat for Humanity Shed Build. Dates to volunteer are Sunday from 1-7 p.m., Monday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. For questions, contact Rachel Edington at reedington@sa.ua.edu.

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UAPD does not release suspects’ names, and the investigation is still ongoing. Brandon Refour, a freshman majoring in public relations and a resident of Ridgecrest South Residence Hall, said he’s not worried about his safety. “I felt safe because I didn’t know too many details about it,” he said. “Had I known more, I probably would have felt uneasy.” Colby Finnegan, a freshman who also lives in Ridgecrest South, said female students should be more cautious than males when walking alone at night. Last semester, he said, an intoxicated man assaulted his girlfriend when she walking alone after a football game. “Somebody grabbed her and threw her down a hill,” he said. To report information about Tuesday’s incident, call University Police at 348-5454. Crime prevention information is available through UAPD’s Safer Living Guide, which can be viewed at police.ua.edu.

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By Melissa Brown Contributing Writer In an article released in Science magazine last week, a team of University of Alabama faculty and students announced it had devised an efficient method of recycling hydrogen, a step in the direction of widespread use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel to gasoline. The team, headed by David Dixon, has worked in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory for the past six years on hydrogen research. Dixon co-authored the article with Edward “Ted” Garner III, a graduate student; J. Pierce Robinson, a UA undergraduate and Monica Vasiliu, a post-doctoral researcher. The University team was responsible for computer

about how to do that,” Dixon said. The new process involves placing hydrogen into a more stable compound called ammonia borane. “We take ammonia borane as a solid or liquid, a simple stable compound to handle, and we can release the hydrogen when we need it to run the fuel cell and the car,” Dixon said. This method only releases nitrogen into the atmosphere, and the spent fuel remains in the car to be used again. While Dixon said he believes the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel will be widespread in a decade, our current infrastructure is not built to handle it presently and there are many questions and problems left to be solved.

We didn’t know how to efficiently re-add the hydrogen back into the fuel. The paper that came out in Science is all about how to do that.

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—David Dixon modeling work that predicted the kinds of reactions that were to occur, while Los Alamos took on the experimental portions of research. According to Dixon, the basic idea of the experiment is to run a car using a fuel cell, which will be powered by hydrogen gas and oxygen. “Think of hydrogen like gasoline works today, except it’s a gas rather than a liquid,” said Dixon, Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry at the University. When hydrogen is placed in the fuel cell, it reacts with oxygen to make water and gives off energy, which runs the motor of a car when converted to electricity. Dixon said the difference between hydrogen and gas is that hydrogen is cleaner. Gasoline-powered engines release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which can cause environmental damage. “Right now we dump our combustion out of our tailpipe,” Dixon said. “With the hydrogen, we release it but we don’t let the compound left over out in to the environment. It stays in the car. So we’re going to have to take that spent fuel – the waste – and add hydrogen back to it so that we can have a new fuel.” According to Dixon, researchers on the project published a paper several years ago with chemistry describing a recycling method, but later experiments involving the calculations revealed that it was not an economically efficient process. “We didn’t know how to efficiently re-add the hydrogen back into the fuel. The paper that came out in Science is all

“How can we make this fuel liquid so we can pump it around?” Dixon said. “The problem with hydrogen is that it is so small it will go through all the seals we currently have. We’re still working on it.” The final hurdle in the process is that hydrogen production is expensive, and therefore use of it as a fuel is not currently practical. “We have to continue to find a good way to make hydrogen by using solar power to split water,” Dixon said. “There are methods to do this but they aren’t as economically viable as we would like, or involve making carbon dioxide, which is what we’re trying to avoid.” The four researchers worked as a team to complete the various aspects of this project, according to Vasiliu. “Everybody had their part of the chemistry to work on,” Vasiliu said. Garner said they started out with virtually no information on the process they were researching, and had to build from the ground up. Now they’re continuing research to perfect the process. “Now that Pierce and I have figured out a better idea of what’s going on, we’re doing other calculations to figure out the pathway that makes it 100 percent efficient,” Garner said. While not practical in today’s society, Dixon said he believes the work he and his colleagues have done and continue to do will revolutionize future transportation industry. “When we have a cheap source of hydrogen, we now have a process that can work in industry,” Dixon said.

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Selection commitee should judge success, not RPI By Jason Galloway Sports Editor crimsonwhitesports@gmail.com Stop apologizing to Virginia Commonwealth. Stop proclaiming the Rams have validated the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee’s decision. Instead, recognize the difference between deserving something and taking advantage of an opportunity. It doesn’t matter if VCU loses to Florida State Friday or wins the national championship, a Colonial team that finished 23-11, finished fourth place in a small conference and lost five of its last eight games belongs nowhere near the NCAA Tournament field. Meanwhile, Alabama, in a much tougher conference, finished with a better conference record, the same number of overall losses, and won 15 of its last 21 games. Yet, the

Crimson Tide is stuck easing its way through the NIT. The reason for these appalling and horrendous decisions: A flawed RPI system. RPI stands for Rating Percentage Index, and is used as “one of the factors” in determining the tournament field. The formula is calculated as 25 percent team winning percentage, 50 percent opponents’ winning percentage and 25 percent opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage. That’s it. That’s the entire formula. Only 25 percent of these rankings factor in whether teams actually won or lost the games they played. Margin of victory is also not factored in, meaning a 21-point loss to Duke likely boosted UAB’s RPI, another undeserving team selected over Alabama. The Blazers had one win against RPI top 50 teams (the

Tide had four), yet UAB’s RPI is higher than Alabama’s. UAB had the same conference record in a far inferior conference, and only one more total win than Alabama. And that one win in the RPI top 50? It was against VCU (RPI 49), whose losses to Tennessee (RPI 33), Richmond (RPI 44) and George Mason (RPI 24) probably didn’t drop its RPI ranking at all. Just to prove a point, take a look at the bottom of the RPI rankings. The last-ranked team is 5-24 Houston Baptist. A few spots higher, you’ll find 1-27 Centenary of the Summit Conference. Houston Baptist beat three teams with .500 records this season, while Centenary’s lone win came against 7-23 Western Illinois. What could have propelled the one-win team ahead of others? It was its 64-point loss to Memphis and its 29-point loss to Marquette. Well

done, Gents. Those rankings at the bottom obviously do not matter in the least bit, but it shows how flawed this system is. VCU’s tournament run should also be approached with a bit of caution. The Rams defeated another team in USC that did not deserve a tournament bid for the right to play Georgetown. Although Hoyas point guard Chris Wright was back in the lineup, he clearly wasn’t the same player and Georgetown clearly wasn’t the same team as before his injury. Then the Rams beat a Purdue team that lost its last two games before the tournament, got embarrassed by a bubble team in the Big Ten Tournament, and was playing without Kelsey Barlow. Don’t misinterpret this message – the Rams’ run has been extremely impressive, but it is ridiculous to apologize to anybody because a team got hot

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at the right time. Tournament performance has nothing to do with tournament selection. VCU’s run has covered up the absurdity of this year’s selections and the fallacy of the RPI. The selection committee says RPI is just a guideline, just one factor to consider when selecting the NCAA tournament teams. That was hard to believe when the tournament field was released on March 9. Besides, any weight placed on this terrible measurement is too much. It is the reason Alabama became the first team in history to go 12-4 in major conference play and be left out of the NCAA Tournament. And it even happened in a year when the tournament field was expanded. Maybe the committee should start weighing factors like common sense and actual wins a little more heavily.

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“We needed to start the second half like we started the first half, and we didn’t,” Grant said. “Miami’s too good of a team. They immediately cut right back into the lead and made it into a game.” When Miami brought the game within one point, Alabama went on an 8-2 run to secure the lead for the rest of the game. The Tide had its largest lead with three minutes left at 18 points. Going into halftime, Alabama had a 10-point advantage over the Canes at 36-26, while leading by as many as 14 during the half. The Tide’s three highest season scorers in JaMychal Green, Releford and Mitchell all had two fouls. Green and Releford each only played seven minutes, while Mitchell played 19, having gotten his second foul later in the half. Mitchell was also the leading scorer of the half with 10 and also ended a four-minute scoring drought with a field goal midway through the first half. In the first half, the Tide shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc. The defense held Miami to 42 percent from the field and 17 percent from the three-point line. The defense also forced 11 Miami turnovers that the team converted into 16 points. Despite the initial disappointment at not getting into the NCAA tournament, the team has rallied together to come back and make a statement in the NIT. Alabama’s next game will be against Colorado in New York for the NIT semifinals Tuesday at 8 p.m. “It’s still a championship there for the taking,” Mitchell said.

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Rowing makes a splash at Clemson By Ashley Swafford Contributing Writer The Alabama rowing team competed in one of the toughest regattas of the spring season last Saturday. Their annual trip to the Clemson Regatta on Lake Hartwell, served as the Crimson Tide’s second outing of the season. Although nationally ranked Clemson headlined the event, the Tide put on a good showing by finishing third or better in all five of its races. The Clemson Regatta proved that the Tide might not fall too far behind No. 15 Clemson, later in the season’s rankings. “We were really fired up to start the year off with [the Clemson Regatta],” junior Bianca Arrington said. “We all put forth our best effort and came out with a very successful weekend. It was exciting to see

No. 19 TONY MITCHELL, men’s basketball, forward The thing we’ve always said about Tony is that he has the ability to make plays. I think that’s what he’s doing, taking advantage of the opportunities that are there, getting out in transition, and I think with every game, he’s getting more and more comfortable with what he can do.”

“Watchmen” is an absurdly faithful adaptation of a dark graphic novel, with strong performances and top-notch direction. — John Doe where we stood since we will be heading back to Clemson in just a month from now.” Along with Clemson and Alabama, five other teams competed over the weekend. The teams include Boston University, Syracuse, Indiana, Purdue and Marist. “This is the first time we have had a seven boat field and with such depth,” head coach Larry Davis said. “We usually don’t see Boston University or Syracuse. So, to have the addition of such strong teams was good, and it let us test ourselves. Fortunately, we came out on the high end.”

Coming in at intervals of five seconds, the First Varsity 4+ boats were neck and neck. Clemson claimed the top spot, while the Tide placed second and Syracuse placed third. Trailing second place Boston University’s boat, Alabama’s Second Varsity 4+ placed third at 8:04.44. Clemson claimed another first place finish with a time of 7:48.57. “Each race was a dog fight,” Arrington said. “Each finish was [within a couple seconds of one another]. The field was extremely strong across the board.” Losing 12 seconds to first place Clemson, the Tide’s First Varsity 8+ finished third at 6:52.05; Indiana finished second. Behind Clemson and Indiana, Alabama’s Second Varsity 8+ finished third with a 6:56.98. Clemson led the race by 12 seconds. Even the Tide’s youngest boat held its own at the Clemson Regatta. The Tide’s Novice 8+ boat finished third at 7:32.02 behind Clemson, and Indiana. “Even though Indiana and Clemson came out on top in most of the races, we were closer to them this year than we have ever been,” Davis said. “Overall, it was a very encouraging weekend.” Next up, the Tide will travel to their first ever west coast regatta and compete in the San Diego Crew Classic on April 2. “I’m very pleased with where we are right now through our first two weekends,” Davis said. “There is still some speed we can pick up, and need to pick up if we’re going to continue to progress the way we want to, but I’m very, very encouraged as to where we are right now.”

• Honors: Named to the Southeastern Conference AllFreshman team in 2010, named the team’s Most Outstanding Freshman in 2010 • Key Stats: In the 2011 season, has had nine games with 20-plus points; surpassed his career high in three different games in 2011; current career-high of 27 points

• Great Moment: When the Tide was struggling against Arkansas late in the SEC season, Mitchell stepped up and scored 27 19. Barrett Jones, football points to seal a victory 20. Bobby Wyatt, golf 21. Jackie Traina, softball over the Razorbacks and clinch the SEC West title. — Head coach Anthony Grant

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former receiver Julio Jones, who opted to leave early for the NFL draft. “I feel like we have something to prove,” Maze said. “Me, [Darius] Hanks and [Brandon] Gibson are capable of filling the void. Julio will be well missed, but I feel like we’re capable of making plays for the offense, too.” As far as filling the quarterback spot with senior Greg McElroy graduating, Maze said all the quarterbacks have been working hard. “All of them are competing,” he said. “It’s only been two days of practice, so we really can’t tell who’s standing out the most, but I feel like those guys are capable of filling the void in that position.” Chapman said one thing the defensive line is looking to work on for next season is its pass rush. “When you hear that we can’t rush the pass, it’s not just on the linebackers, it’s on us,” he said. “It’s not good for the outside linebacker to have the most sacks on the team. It’s what we want to take pride in, the defensive line having

the most sacks, having the most pressure. Affecting the quarterback is the main thing we want to do.” Still coming back from injury is defensive back Mark Barron, who injured his pectoral muscle in the Auburn game last November. Though he’s wearing a black jersey in practice, head coach Nick Saban said he’s at no risk from the injury side and that hitting in practice isn’t far off for him. “He’s doing great,” Saban said. “He did great in the offseason program. He’s got full

range of motion, which was the biggest issue with this injury. I think that right now, to use that daily is the No. 1 thing we’re trying to get him to do.” Alabama’s next practice on Friday will be the first time the team will don pads since the bowl game in January. “That’s something I look forward to,” Chapman said. “Having jerseys on, you can’t really do much. When you start getting those pads on, you get to popping, that’s where the fun comes in.”

Jerrod Seaton Above: Offensive lineman Alfred McCullough participates in offensive line drills during Wednesday’s practice. Left: Linebacker Don’t’a Hightower talks to fellow linebacker Trey Depriest during Wednesday’s Spring practice.

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BASEBALL

Tide stays hot, wins fourth straight Left: Catcher Brock Bennett makes a tough catch in foul territory to get a Jacksonville State batter out Wednesday night.

By Tony Tsoukalas Assistant Sports Editor ajtsoukalas@crimson.ua.edu

The Alabama baseball team won its fourth straight game Wednesday afternoon as the Crimson Tide beat Jacksonville State 9-5 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. After allowing a run in the first, the Tide offense erupted in the third with a five-run inning, which would give the Tide a lead it would never let go of. Junior designated hitter Josh Rosecrans had a productive day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs. It was Rosecrans’ bases-loaded double that gave the Tide its initial lead; he later connected on a towering home run to give the Tide a commanding 6-1 lead. “[The double] definitely helped me,” he said. “It got me going, that’s for sure.” Jacksonville State rallied back in the seventh, capitalizing on an error by second baseman Josh Sanders that would have ended the inning. The Gamecocks were able to score three runs in the inning, making the score 8-4, before pitcher Taylor Wolfe ended the rally by getting a muchneeded popup with the bases loaded to end the inning. Jacksonville got another run in the eighth to trim the lead to three, but the Tide answered back in the bottom of the inning, and senior Brett Whitaker was able to shut down the Gamecocks in the ninth to cement the win. “We kind of had some hiccups there in the back end of the game,” head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “But I thought overall I was really pleased with [sophomore pitcher Trey] Pilkington, and I thought our offense certainly did enough.” Pilkington provided a solid outing in his first start for the Tide, going 6.1 innings while giving up three earned runs

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and striking out three. “I thought Trey Pilkington had a really good start tonight,” Gaspard said. “That is just what you want to see in midweek games. He took us deep into the game.” The heart of the lineup was key for Alabama, as shortstop Jared Reaves, first baseman Austen Smith and Rosecrans went a combined 7-for-14 with five RBI. Previously, the heart of the lineup has been a weakness for the Tide, as Smith and Rosecrans came into Wednesday’s games with batting averages of .222 and .234. The Tide hopes Wednesday’s game is a sign of things to come as Alabama continues into SEC play over the weekend. “With Rosey, that was good

to see,” Gaspard said. “Josh was a junior college AllAmerican and had really big numbers. We are going to need him. He is a middle-ofthe-lineup force and it would be great for him to get hot as we are getting into conference play.” The Tide’s next test will come Friday night against Kentucky at 6:35 at SewellThomas Stadium. Alabama (15-7, 2-1 SEC) will be looking to win its second SEC series in as many tries when the Wildcats come to Tuscaloosa. “With every win you get a little more confident,” Gaspard said. “Right now we are playing pretty good baseball. It is really important for us to try and bottle up that momentum and head into the weekend with it.”

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LIFESTYLES

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LIFESTYLES this weekend TODAY

By Karissa Bursch Senior Staff Reporter kabursch@crimson.ua.edu

Students don’t have to plan trips to New York City, London or Paris to experience a wealth of meaningful culture and heritage. They have an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the culture that lies right at their fingertips here in the state of Alabama. The Center for Economic Development, along with the Department of English, the Department of American Studies, New College, Creative Campus, Honors College Assembly and the UA Press, is sponsoring a “University of Alabama Living Legends” lecture where students will experience firsthand Alabama’s own living legends and cultural heritage. The lecture is today and will last from 3:30 until 5 p.m. It will take place in ten Hoor Room 125 and is free for all to attend. Daniel Marbury, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for the Center for Economic Development and one of the organizers of the project, explained the importance of the lecture. “[The Center for Economic Development] initiated a conversation about this,” Marbury

said. “We’ve been working throughout Alabama and promoting cultural heritage as a tourism opportunity. This lecture is a good way to highlight that wealth of cultural innovation that you can see across the state.” Two Alabama artists will be highlighted at the lecture, Charlie Lucas, who will be present to speak, and Kathryn Windham, who will be unable to attend due to health issues. The lecture will be set up as a casual conversation instead of a strict lecture, Marbury said. Since Windham will not be present, Linda Vice, a partner from Southwest Alabama Tourism and longtime friend of Windham, will be there to share stories, along with Lucas, about Windham. According to a bibliography of the two artists, Lucas is also known as “The Tin Man” and is a self-taught artist who makes art from “a variety of found objects which become incorporated into sculptures and paintings.” Windham is a nationally acclaimed storyteller who presented at the second National Storytelling Conference last year. She is regarded as one of the best storytellers in the Southeast and is especially known for her ghost stories.

She was a pioneer for female journalism and is also a photographer. Both Lucas and Windham have written several books ,which will be available to purchase at the lecture, including Lucas’s book “Tin Man.” The authors will not be available to sign the books at that time, but Lucas will be available to sign books on Friday at 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Kentuck Museum in Northport. Students will also be able to view his work in a gallery at the book signing and participate in a book discussion. “These are two of Alabama’s greatest artists,” Marbury said. “We are trying to expose students to the work they do. Usually you don’t honor people like this until they pass away, but we want to bring them here while they are alive. They have a lot of wisdom to share. If they haven’t already had a conversation with Charlie they should come. He has a way of talking about life and creating art and there is always a lesson that I can connect back to my own life. [Kathryn and Charlie] both have a very important story to share.” Ryan Davis, a Creative Campus intern, also worked to help coordinate the lec-

ture. He is also the director of Arts Awareness for the Honors College Assembly, so with HCA he pushed to help sponsor Lucas’s visit to the University. “It’s sad that Kathryn Windham isn’t very healthy right now, but Charlie Lucas is a legend unto himself,” Davis said. “The unique things that he does make his artwork very beautiful. His art is made from dumpster digging and acquiring scrap metal. It’s incredible. He is an iconic artist from Alabama, and he’s nationally known and he’s very humble about it.” Marbury elaborated on his impression of Lucas as a speaker and a teacher. “He is full of metaphors, meanings and symbols,” Marbury said. “You feel like he’s full of wisdom when you’re talking to him. He speaks in parables.” Marbury said this knowl-

edge is exactly what he is hoping students will get out of the lecture – the wisdom from an accomplished and well-known figure of Alabama. “I also think [this lecture] is very good as far as encouraging people interested in anything creative…” Davis said. “These things are contributing to making the art scene better in Tuscaloosa. Encountering somebody like Charlie Lucas would encourage students to take a part of that.”

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Festival honors women through ďŹ lm By Lauren Ferguson Contributing Writer The 10th annual LunaFest film festival will celebrate Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month. The film festival will be shown by the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center at the Bama Theatre on Thursday at 7 p.m. LunaFest is funded by LUNA, maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to raise awareness on issues women face. All proceeds raised by the event go to local charities and the Breast Cancer Foundation. The film festival consists of 6 short films lasting from three to five minutes each that have been selected from more than 250 submissions. Each film covers a topic relating to what it means to be a woman in current society, with genres ranging from documentaries to animation. Kit Pearce, leadership and education programming coordinator for the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;[This event] is a great way for people to become educated on womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues and a great way for the Tuscaloosa community to be exposed to women in film and what issues women face today.â&#x20AC;?

LunaFestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success has allowed the event to grow from a small annual event to one that has more than 150 festivals every filming season. The film festival has raised more than $570,000 for multiple womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-profit organizations in addition to promoting awareness for women and their stories. Pearce said the director of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center discovered LunaFest and thought it was a wonderful opportunity to be a host. The University is the only place in the state of Alabama to host LunaFest. This is the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth year to be a host and additional festivities have been planned to accompany the event. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a silent auction fundraiser consisting of 10 to 15 items. Among the items will be two footballs signed by the 2010 Crimson Tide football team, paintings, a spa package, a golf package and gift cards to restaurants. A free reception will precede the film showing. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse will be providing sushi and Publix will be providing an assortment of desserts. During the reception, gymnastic team head coach

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lunafest.org Sarah Patterson will give a speech. The film screenings start at 7 p.m. and last approximately two hours. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Translator,â&#x20AC;? in which a foreign film translator discovers her story on the subway; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting a Grip,â&#x20AC;? a docu-

mentary on Fannie Barnes, the first woman cable car operator; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thembiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diary,â&#x20AC;? a 19-year-oldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s audio diary of her struggle with AIDS. In the past, the event has been well attended and the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center said they have already sold

500 tickets for this year. Student tickets are $12, faculty and staff are $18, and general admission is $20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;LunaFest is really interesting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it connects to every organization on campus and showcases women across the world,â&#x20AC;? said Jessi Hitchins,

assistant director of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both education and student affairs work together to host LunaFest.â&#x20AC;? The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center provides the UA community with outreach, service and ways to support women. The center also offers free counseling services for those affected by domestic violence or sexual assault. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think being able to reach out to different sponsors and seeing everyone support [LunaFest] has made being the event coordinating exciting,â&#x20AC;? Pearce said. For more information on LunaFest or Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center call 348-5040.

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New College honors Bob Dylan birthday By Ashley Chaffin Staff Reporter alchaffin@gmail.com

The University of Alabama and New College are providing students a chance to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. “New College is invested in helping students make connections amongst disciplines and histories,” said James Hall, a New College professor and organizer of the event.“Celebrating Bob Dylan is a natural thing for us to do.” The celebration will take place tonight in Room 205 of Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. The speaker for the event will be Michael Gray who, according to the website, is

“He’s not unlike Bob Dylan himself; a troubadour journalist, who has made an impact in the documenting of many areas of American music.” — James Hall considered a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan. Gray, the editor of the Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, will discuss Dylan and the poetry of the blues. “He’s not unlike Bob Dylan himself; a troubadour journalist, who has made an impact in the documenting of many areas of American music,” Hall said. “As editor of the Bob Dylan encyclopedia, no one knows more about Dylan or his influence.”

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Xpress Night tonight at Ferg The Honors College Assembly will host Xpress Night at the Starbucks in the Ferguson Center tonight from 6-9 p.m. Candidates for HCA offices will also have two to three minutes to talk about what they want to accomplish with HCA next year. Most of the candidates for positions are running unopposed, so it will be more

committee of HCA. The event allows students to express themselves in an openmic forum. Performances can include music, dance, poetry, prose and other forms of artistic expression. Tonight’s event will include 10 different performers.

Art exhibit, Breaking Boundaries, accepting submissions Creative Campus is seeking submissions for Breaking Boundaries, an exhibit

According to the event page, Gray is a critic, writer, public speaker, and broadcaster who is known as an expert on rock’n’roll history. Gray is currently on a book tour promoting his most recent publication, “Hand Me My Traveling Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell,” which is a biography of the blues musician Blind Willie McTell. Although Dylan’s birthday isn’t until May, Hall said he couldn’t pass up the chance focusing on art, music and writing by LGBTQA students. Submissions can be visual, musical or written artwork that speaks to issues and identities surrounding LGBTQA culture. Visual and musical work should be submitted at creativecampus.ua.edu and written work to thedomeua@ gmail.com. The exhibit will be on display from April 4-15 at the Alabama Art Kitchen. According to a press release, Creative Campus presents Breaking Boundaries with the expectation that art will initiate deeper dialogue about LGBTQA issues and allow students to showcase their work in a positive environment.

to celebrate it with someone who knows so much about him, even if it is a few months early. Tonight’s talk will focus on Dylan’s influence on blues, bringing together his knowledge of Dylan and the themes in his most recent book.

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Pandora is yet another music recommendation site created by the Music Genome Project. Simply by entering a song or artist you enjoy, Pandora will create a playlist of similar songs and artists. You can use Pandora for free, which includes ads between some songs but allows you to stream up to 40 hours each month, or buy a subscription without ads.

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NPR Music offers public radio music programming and original editorial content for free online streaming. It currently has podcasts, webcasts of live concerts, reviews, news, studio sessions with artists and interviews, as well as an index of public radio music stations that offer live online streaming.

Iheartradio offers music content like albums, singles, live performances and music videos. It also gives you access to more than 750 local radio stations from across the country, digital stations and channels hosted by celebrities like Jim Rome and Dr. Laura.

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