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Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger kicks off today By Brett Bralley News Editor

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, the annual competition with Auburn University to raise food to fight hunger and poverty in Alabama, kicks off today. The food drive, which is being held for the 15th year, will kick off at the Ferguson Center Plaza today with a chili-

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cooking competition. Last year, the University beat Auburn for the first time since its victory in 1999 and raised 241,336 pounds of food, which beat Auburn’s 183,017 pounds. The food donated from the University goes to the West Alabama Food Bank and the food raised from Auburn goes to the East Alabama Food Bank. Regina Peña, a junior majoring in pub-

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lic relations and a student coordinator for BABH, said the kick-off event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, is a chili competition between local businesses, including Bottomfeeders, McAlister’s Deli, Bob Baumhauer’s Wings and Firehouse Subs. Students can sample and vote on their favorite chili from the local restaurants, and will be asked to donate at

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least $1 to the drive. Peña said there will COOK OFF: WHEN be ACTion card swipers and students AND WHERE will be able to donate with either Bama Cash or regular cash. The food drive was formed by the When: Today 11 a.m. to 1 Community Service Center at the p.m. University and the West Alabama Food Bank in 1994. Josh Burford, coordinator Where: Ferguson Center

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Cornel West lecture will be replayed

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By Dave Folk News Editor After the high turnout for intellectual speaker Cornel West ended up turning many away from the doors of Morgan Auditorium on Thursday, some questioned why the popular speaker wasn’t in a larger venue. UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said Morgan Auditorium, which holds nearly 600 people, was the largest available space that night. She also confirmed that a video of the lecture will be aired three separate times in the Ferguson Theatre on Oct. 29 between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. for those who missed the lecture or want to see it again.

F.W. de Klerk speaks about globalization By Danielle Drago Contributing Writer

delivering his speech “Bridging the Gap: Globalization without Isolation.” He said the “pula,” Rain pounding on the as they call rain in South sidewalk didn’t hinder Africa, is considered very former South African President F.W. de Klerk from See SPEAKER, page 2

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Election forum held tonight By Valerie Cason Contributing Writer

tonight. Bill Stewart, emeritus faculty in political science, will moderate the forum at 7 p.m. Students from the College in 205 Amelia Gayle Gorgas Democrats and the College Library. Stewart said multiple Republicans will participate topics will be discussed. “Due to the current, very in a forum on the presidential election sponsored by the severe economic crisis much University of Alabama Honors of the discussion may be in this College and UA Housing and area,” he said. Stewart said the questions Residential Communities

were formulated based on multiple sources of news related to the ongoing presidential campaign. “Some of the questions will focus on the needs of college students as a specific group,” Stewart said. He said other questions for the forum will deal with college students as part of the general population.

Professor Amy Dayton-Wood is coordinating the event for the Honors College. “The goal of the forum is to try to present a range of perspectives on various issues that are at stake in this election, and to help our students — many who will be voting for the

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Senate candidate Figures to speak tonight National Council of Negro Women hosts Alabama candidate By Karissa Bursch Staff Reporter The democratic candidate for U.S. Senate for the state of Alabama is coming to speak at the University today at 8 p.m. Vivian D. Figures, a current state senator and chair of the education committee, is coming to speak about the upcoming election and her vision for change in Alabama and Washington D.C., according to an e-mail sent to the members of the National Council of Negro Women. The National Council of Negro Women, a community service and education-based group, is hosting the event. Other groups around campus

will also be attending including the Blackburn Scholars, NAACP, College Democrats and Collegiate Politicians. Kandice Harris, the secretary for the National Council of Negro Women and a sophomore majoring in economics, is the coordinator of the event. She said this is the first time the National Council for Negro Women will be hosting such an event. The council has a forum every month, and this event will count as the forum for October. Harris said they picked this event for October because of the proximity of the election. Harris said she wants this month’s forum to be for all

students, not only for women and minorities, which is why different on-campus groups are invited to attend along with any students who are interested. “I want it to be diverse and everybody to come, not just one group of students,” Harris said. Harris said she hopes that this event will help students see who they are voting for by listening to her speak. “This election is very important and the things that her campaign stands for are very important,” she said. “We need to get to know who we’re voting for and what kind of changes she’ll bring to Alabama and the country.” Harris also encouraged students who come to be sure to speak with Figures and ask questions, even students that don’t necessarily agree with

her politics. “Vivian is very personable and loves meeting people,” Harris said. “Don’t be shy — talk with her and ask questions; discuss things with her. She wants to see what matters to students.” LaToya Washington, a member of the National Council of Negro Women and a senior majoring in mass communication, said: “People need to come out and hear her speak because it is a rare thing that someone of her caliber comes out and speaks to students and answers their questions. It is exciting and will be a great experience.” The forum will be held in the Anderson Room in the Ferguson Center and is free for all to attend. To learn more about Figures, Harris said, students can visit www.figures2008.com.


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• HRC and the Honors College present a forum on the presidential election: 7 p.m., 205 Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library

• UP presents Movies at the Ferg: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skullâ€?: 7 p.m., Ferguson Theater

• UA School of Music presents Faculty Jazz Ensemble featuring Rob Zapulla: 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

• The Aronov Lecture: Bruce Lincoln on “In Praise of Things Chaotic: Politics in Creation Mythologyâ€?: 7 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library

• Oktober Film Festival: “KirschblĂźten – Hanamiâ€?: 7 p.m., Bama Theatre

• Oktober Film Festival: “Der Kreiger und die Kaiserinâ€?: 7 p.m., Bama Theatre

• UA School of Music presents Alabama Jazz Ensemble with Rob Zappulla: 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a fun competition with Auburn, but I think the most important part is that we’re donating all this food to the West Alabama Food Bank that’s going to feed so many families around the holidays, especially.â€? Regina PeĂąa, a junior majoring in public relations and a student coordinator for Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger

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Continued from page 1 of freshman community outreach for the Community Service Center, said one of the biggest challenges they face is coordinating all the people and groups that want to participate in the competition. However, he said they might see a set back this year in raising enough food. “One of our challenges is going to be the economy,� Burford said. “Many people might be reluctant to donate. But we are helping people this year who are affected by the economy and will be needing the food.� Caitlin Looney, a junior majoring in journalism and history and a student coordinator for BABH, said students can donate any nonperishable item in any of the red BABH barrels that are located throughout campus. Barrels will be in residence halls, residential community centers, academic buildings, the Ferguson Center and the Student Recreational Center. She said some examples of what can be donated include canned goods, boxed goods, rice and flour. “We do try to encourage students to educate themselves on why they’re donating, so that it’s not just them giving cans, but rather them giving cans to contribute to the community,� Looney said. “What they’re

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donating goes directly to the West Alabama community.â€? PeĂąa said another way students can donate is online. She said this is helpful because the food bank can use the money to buy food they might be lacking. Students can donate online at www.volunteer.ua.edu/babh. “It’s a fun competition with Auburn, but I think it the most important part is that we’re donating all this food to the West Alabama Food Bank that’s going to feed so many families around the holidays, especially,â€? PeĂąa said. The University has beat Auburn five times since the drive began in 1994. Looney said that aside from beating Auburn, their goal for the amount of food raised is more than the 241,336 pounds raised last year. Burford said he encourages students to participate in the competition and donate to the drive because students can see a direct result of their donations. “We started this drive 15 years ago because there was such a need for these people who were short on food, so we started this competition with Auburn to bring light to that problem,â€? Burford said. “[Students can] come and participate with us, and we can show [them] exactly how this is affecting our community,â€? Burford said. “[BABH] is more and more effective every year, and we need to make sure we continue to do it every year.â€?

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lucky, especially when brought with a guest. “I sincerely hope that the pula will bring you good luck for tomorrow’s football game,� he said, amidst cheers from the audience. Nobel Peace Prize recipient de Klerk’s speech concerned matters of international globalization and challenged the U.S. to realize their power in the world and use it for the good of all. Jon David Conolley, a 2004-2005 Blackburn Fellow welcomed faculty, students, and guests to the Frank A. Nix lecture, which was hosted by the Blackburn Institute, an ethical leadership development organization within the University. Kendra Key, a 2007-2008 Blackburn fellow introduced de Klerk. “He is a man who turned his back on entrenched racism and renounced his own party’s belief in white supremacy on a quest to facilitate justice for all, and the University is proud to welcome him,� she said. De Klerk began his speech by conveying the idea of globalization, a phenomenon in which the people of the world are unified into a single society and function together. “Nothing could be more American than Alabama, here in the heartland of the south,� said de Klerk. “But the University of Alabama will be affected not only by what happens in the south, or the United States, but also by developments on the global stage.� Our future will be affected by crises around the world, said de Klerk. The sole factor of deciding that future, according to de Klerk, will be how the U.S. will play its global leadership role. He used an analogy to describe the U.S.’s involvement

THIS DAY IN ALABAMA HISTORY October 20, 1832: Representatives of the Chickasaw Indians sign the Treaty of Pontotoc, thereby ceding “all the land which they own on the east side of the Mississippi river� to the United States. That land included a portion of northwest Alabama. Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History

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in the world by comparing the globe to a village, where the U.S. is mayor and chief of police. “America holds these positions not because it was elected to them, but because of its unchallenged military, economic and technological preeminence,� he said. This role bears heavy burdens and responsibilities, including spending money to upkeep other countries. The U.S.’s position in the world, he said, causes animosity and jealousy in other countries. “To quote Bart Simpson,� said de Klerk, “‘You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.’� De Klerk used another famous American icon’s quote to sum up the ideal U.S. foreign policy. As Theodore Roosevelt put it, de Klerk said America should “speak softly and carry a big stick.� “Military force has an essential place in international affairs, but at the end of the day it cannot create lasting solutions. It is much easier to start a war than to end it,� he said. In the interest of “speaking softly,� de Klerk presented guidelines the U.S. should follow to ensure a safe and prosperous future. These included that the U.S. should, along with other developed countries, promote economic growth within impoverished countries, promote democracy and fundamental human rights in third world countries and resolve conflicts that cause instability on a global scale. “The situation is desperate, but not hopeless,� said de Klerk. He said if the U.S. followed his guidelines and ensured that everyone in the world had good governance and basic human rights, many issues could be resolved. The world places a lot of responsibility on the United States, and we often have to play a disproportionate role in international affairs. “Perhaps there is one thing more burdensome than being the most powerful country in the world,� he said. “And that is no longer being the most powerful country.� In order to remain the world’s superpower, de Klerk said America should redouble its commitments in areas that it has succeeded instead of becoming concerned with what it has done wrong. America is a poignant player in the advancement of globalization, said de Klerk. To realize our capabilities and responsibilities, he said we need to focus on the well-being of other nations while maintaining our own. “I believe, as with many other things in life, that the answer lies in balance,� said de Klerk. Many nations look towards the United States as a symbol of freedom and opportunity, he said, citing international interest in the upcoming elections as evidence of our effects on the globe. Our regard for democracy and human rights is what keeps America remarkable, said de Klerk. “If your country, as the leading country in the world, can remain attuned to its ideals, it will succeed in carrying out its role as the global leader. The world out there needs strong leadership from America,� said de Klerk. “The greatness of the United States does not lie in the undoubted strength of its army, its navy and its air force. It lies in the values and the ideas of personal and economic freedom that it represents,� he said.

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Study abroad focuses Arrest made at Riverside North on Thursday on environment By Dariah Watson Contributing Writer

Next May students will have the opportunity to study abroad in Cell, Iceland. “Iceland, particularly Cell, is one of the most recognized research facilities in the world concerning global warming and sustainability,” said Angela Channell, director of overseas study and assistant director at Capstone International Programs. Channell said she thinks that through participation in this program, students “can become a

part of the solution of the global problems our planet is facing.” Students participating in the program will live in Cell, Iceland at the Center for Ecological Living and Learning. While there, they will study Iceland’s environment and how it has become one of the most ecologically advanced nations in the world. Michael Steinberg, assistant professor in the New College department of geography, said he believes Iceland’s energy self-sufficiency is an important role model for students. “Iceland is a unique country

in that they are a global leader in developing natural energy sources. It serves as a role model for other countries in terms of energy independence,” he said. Final details are still being worked out, but the program is currently scheduled for the last three weeks of May 2009. All University students are eligible regardless of age or GPA. For more information about the program, students can contact Steinberg at mksteinberg@as.ua.edu, Channell at angelachannell@ua.edu or visit www.cellonline.org.

First Miss Sorority Row crowned at Bama Theater By Jessie Gable Staff Reporter

On Oct. 17, the first Miss Sorority Row was crowned at the Bama Theater. Delta Sigma Phi fraternity sponsored the event as a way to raise money for charity. Mallory Meissner, representing Pi Beta Phi sorority, won the title after competing in game day wear, talent and evening wear events. Amber Goodwin, representing Delta Delta Delta was the first runner-up, and Meghan McRoberts, from Delta Zeta, was the second runnerup.

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parties,” Woods said. “To say Sarah Palin supports that stuff is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in this election.” Both sides offered a succinct take on Obama as a person. “He’s simply not qualified and not ready,” Woods said. “I don’t think he has the judgment, the experience or the knowledge to keep us as safe as John McCain.” “Obama has a really pure way to look at the world,” Sams said. “He’s fresh and not entrenched in Washington. He stands for solving the huge problems that face Americans.”

Meissner said she had previously competed in the Junior Miss Pageant; however, she was not normally involved in pageants. Delta Sigma Phi will be sponsoring her as she competes in the Miss UA pageant later in the year. The 14 contestants represented all but two UA sororities; Kappa Delta and Sigma Delta Tau did not have representatives in the pageant. The night opened with an opening number, choreographed by Amanda Powell, a dance teacher at UA, for all of the girls to be introduced.

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an Arab, McCain took the microphone away from her and called Obama a decent man. Sams, however, took issue with the fact that Palin let inflammatory comments go unchecked at some of her rallies. “She promotes this by saying that Obama pals around with terrorists,” he said. “It’s fear mongering and it’s not acceptable.” “There are fringes in both

The event raised almost $10,000 for charity, including $1,000 for the Tuscaloosa Historic Society. From the remaining proceeds, 50 percent went to the American Red Cross, the national charity of Delta Sigma Phi. The rest of the money was divided among the winners, with 25 percent of the money going to Links for Literacy, the national charity of Pi Beta Phi. Fifteen percent went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the charity of Delta Delta Delta, and 10 percent went to the speech and hearing disabled charities supported by Delta Zeta.

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first — to make an informed choice,” Dayton-Wood said. The forum will feature three speakers each from College Republicans and College Democrats. The speakers will answer questions on their candidates’ policies and plans and will explain why

County police were conducting. Andreen said UAPD located the two suspects in a dorm room in Riverside North and both suspects where taken into custody without any incident for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. She said a hold was placed for Shelby County after the two were taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail. According to Shelby County jail records, Andreen said, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office came to Tuscaloosa and

arrested Jordin Ann Bonds, UA student, for escape, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and theft of property. Matthew Roland Oakes, who is not a student at the University, was arrested for using an alias, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, attempting to elude/ evade, theft of property and a traffic violation, Andreen said. According to records at Shelby County jail, Oakes is held with a $71,300 bond.

they chose to support their candidate, according to a UA News release. Trent Thompson, a junior majoring in economics, will be one of the speakers for the College Democrats. “I think that the forum is a great opportunity for students to learn more about both candidates as they look forward to casting their ballot in November,” Thompson said.

The release said the event is open to the public and that attendees will also have the opportunity to register to vote. Dayton-Wood said the Honors College will be also be sponsoring a talk by Dr. O’Hanlon, “Iraq and Afghanistan: Fighting and Winning America’s Wars Under a New President” on Monday, Nov. 17.


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Concerned with the least of us

Callie Corley Cornel West spoke to a packed Morgan Auditorium Thursday. I was grateful so many people turned out for the lecture. Hearing speakers like West is the quintessential collegiate experience for me: listening to speakers whose words shape the world. West focused primarily on humanity in his lecture. He told the audience that in order to live, one must be willing to die — to kill those stereotypes, dogmas and teachings of hate within oneself. West asked audience members if they were willing to think critically and evaluate their own lives and stereotypes. He also spoke about the duty we have towards each other as humans. “Indifference in the essence of inhumanity,” he said. “If you really cared for the people, you would hate how they were being treated.” His words carry even more weight when you consider the moral and economic crisis America currently faces. Corporate America makes what many consider unconscionable profits at workers’ expense. Aggressive sales tactics have convinced many people to buy homes they can’t afford. Parents working for minimum wage are often unable to adequately feed their families because of the high cost of living. According to the Boston Globe, 47 million Americans don’t have health care — and that number is increasing. If you think these problems don’t affect you, think again.

Even college students feel the economic hardship. Are you graduating in December or May? How will you find work when no one is hiring, or buy a home when you don’t have a job? What happens when you’re 25 and no longer on your parents’ insurance? What about when you have children of your own, and they don’t have insurance because your employer can’t afford to offer it and you can’t afford to buy it on the open market? Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who have a place to live, a good job and good benefits. For the small percentage of people who won’t feel the squeeze of this recession you face a crisis solely based on principle: how can you be comfortable when so many of your fellow Americans are facing debilitating hardships — job losses, family disintegration and a hopeless future? It’s our duty to consider the least among us. The words of Dante echo those of Dr. West: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” If you sit idly by and watch others suffer with no risk to yourself, you ignore the compassion unique to our species. America was built by communities of people sticking together and watching out for one another. Today, however, it’s every person for him or herself. We are often so wrapped up in our own struggles that we ignore others who are also struggling. The economic crisis that this nation faces crosses racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender lines. It will negatively affect neighborhoods and cities all across the country. It will undermine the American dream: creating a better life for yourself and your family. While our Constitution guarantees this inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, it is only through our humanity that we will achieve it. Callie Corley is a senior doubling majoring in political science and journalism. Her column runs on Mondays.

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Folkʼs column a disgrace By Andy Patterson

characterize anyone, be they rappers or persons with printed T-shirts, as “trash.” There are people in the world who don’t know anything about the Iron Bowl or Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. And for some of these people, when Alabama is mentioned, football is not the legacy they call to mind. They think of Governor Wallace, of fire hoses; they think of things that happened in my parents’ lifetimes. If we don’t get offended, if we pass off as a joke remarks made in an officially sanctioned forum, if we let our guard down, what does that say about us? I do not know if Mr. Folk is a racist, but if this article is all I have to go on, he certainly sounds like one. If he is or isn’t, we cannot afford this. We are our state’s flagship university, and a nontrivial component of its reputation. I will be very ashamed of this University’s student body if they let this go quietly.

I think it is sadly ironic the very same issue of The Crimson White in which the editorial board (rightly) decries hate speech, Dave Folk was allowed to publish his “Audacity of trash” column. I don’t believe for a second it was a simple faux pas that in an article which included “trash” in its title, Mr. Folk fails to characterize any of the political issues he discusses as trash. Instead the first mention of “trash” was made following a remark about Ludacris. Immediately following were “rap stars rocking their Obama tall-tees” and the pièce de résistance, his “first black candidate for president” remark. Mr. Folk’s article is teetering between subtle and blatant racism. I do not believe he should be allowed to continue contributing to The Crimson White. I do not suggest that we must tiptoe around the subject of race. It is undeniably a factor in this election. But just because it is a fac- Andy Patterson is a gradutor does not make it OK to ate student in physics.

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The real, tragic truth of ACORN

Ian Sams Folks, I’m not going to sling mud. I’m not going to stand up on my soap box and shout about how unfair the right’s characterization of Obama and his ties to Bill Ayers, ACORN and Jeremiah Wright is. I won’t make unfounded assertions about John McCain still carrying on extramarital affairs like some on the other side of the aisle would make about Barack Obama still secretly smoking cigarettes. Rather, I’ll just tell a very tragic and unfortunate story about an organization that tried to make this country better and ended up hurting its cause due to mismanagement. ACORN, the much maligned Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was founded in 1970 to build

community organizations that could unite for causes of social and economic justice, like equal housing opportunities, better schools, paid sick days and voter engagement. At some point, the organization lost its way. It used to be an organization where talented young minds (like Barack Obama, in fact) would get involved and serve in the community. It used to champion social and economic equality, crying out against the response to New Orleanians during and after Hurricane Katrina and holding rallies and meetings to arrange a network of lowincome families that could bargain for fairer treatment in their neighborhoods. The current scandal involving ACORN deals directly with the organization’s efforts to register voters. Clearly, ACORN and its leadership erred in judgment by creating a completely foolhardy policy of paying any “Joe Schmoe” off the street to register voters, often times utilizing the poorest and most vulnerable in society to do work for very little payment. By instituting this policy, they were opening the door for trouble. ACORN has now been accused of falsely registering hundreds of voters. The truth is that less than one percent of ACORN’s registrations have been found fraudulent. They have netted about 1.3 million registrants this election cycle. You do the math here in regards to this thing’s severity. But what’s the bottom line? I mean, why would anyone

register false identities to vote? Here’s where ACORN’s ineffective policy comes into play. Question: If you had lost your job and had no income, would you sign up with ACORN to get paid to register voters? Answer: Probably. Question: If ACORN paid you per registration, would you want to turn in as many voter registration forms as possible? Answer: Probably. Really, what’s the disincentive? So, “Joe Schmoe” registers some voters, gets his paycheck and high-tails it out of there. Then what does ACORN do? This is perhaps the most important step in the whole process (and coincidentally the one always left out of right wing analysis of this situation). ACORN then must weed through all these registrations and highlight any and all that are questionable, meaning they weren’t confirmed as voters in some form or fashion. Then, the organization must turn them ALL in to the election commission for another layer of screening. Essentially, ACORN pays unfortunate, low-income citizens to register voters before the registrations are screened, waded through and some eliminated. This policy ultimately has cost ACORN respect and credibility as a progressive, well-meaning community organization by forking out cash for shoddy work. Now, where does this fit in with the current campaign? Barack Obama has apparently been involved with ACORN

in the past. He did a leadership seminar and worked on Project Vote with them in Illinois. It seems he has tried to utilize their services to register voters by making a donation to their operation. (Ironically, John McCain was the keynote speaker at a March 2006 ACORN event in Florida. So, there’s no guilt by association here.) But the underlying question is: So what? ACORN’s targeted registrants are low-income, minority citizens. What’s wrong with Obama understanding that those voters tend to vote Democratic and trying to maximize registration efforts by exporting some of his operation? His utilizing ACORN would be comparable to John McCain utilizing the NRA to register voters. Is there something fundamentally undemocratic about registering more voters that you think would support your campaign? I think not. In fact, it’s democracy in action. It’s giving more and more citizens the ability to vote by ensuring they’ve taken care of the bureaucratic mess necessary to register to vote in this country. So, let’s lay off Obama in regards to ACORN. The organization is trying its hardest to correct any errors it has made. And while Barack Obama keeps talking about his plans to fix the economy and this nation’s deep-seated desire for change, the McCain campaign is throwing in the kitchen sink.

Ian Sams is a sophomore majoring in political science. His column runs on Mondays.

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Dave Folk News Editor I’m not a racist. Despite what numerous letters cluttering CW Opinions Editor Paul Thompson’s inbox have said, I’m not a racist.

Nowhere in my article did I ever mention the race of Barack Obama supporters, or imply anything about African Americans. The point of my article was that maybe some of the people who support Obama are doing so for the wrong reasons. Maybe they are supporting him because it is the popular thing to do, and not because he is the right man for the job. Some people are offended because they felt I referred to African-Americans through the references to “tall-tees,” “Ludacris” and “blunts.” I will explain why I used each of those references and how they weren’t intended as racially motivated comments.

The use of the term “tall-tee” was used after personally viewing a large portion of Obama supporters at the debate in Oxford, Miss., donning the long T-shirts. I personally think the wearing of these shirts is unprofessional and was trying to explain that the people wearing them may have been supporting Obama because it is the popular, fashionable thing to do. In using “Ludacris,” I aimed to make a joke about how politics had become unprofessional through referring to a musical artist performing during the debate, who often inserts obscene language into his songs. Finally, I said, “For the last year and a half, his supporters

have been getting high off his hope blunt (passed to the left of course).” It was a joke about how supporting Obama is like a drug to some, in that there are almost following him with a blind devotion. The reason I said “passed to the left” is because Obama is a Democrat from the left side of the aisle. In no way did I intend to come off as a racist — anyone who knows me will tell you that I am nothing of the sort. Furthermore, there is no reason to attack this fine upstanding paper. It was not a news story or plastered on the front page. It is an opinions article — my opinion, not that of The Crimson White as a whole.

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WHAT IS THE YOU DECIDE PAGE? You Decide is a feature geared toward examining the hot-button issues of the 2008 presidential election. A bipartisan panel of student political experts will meet every week — from now until the election — to debate and discuss the issues from the perspectives of the two major party candidates. Every Monday, check out the You Decide page on page 5 in The Crimson White, and check out a full podcast recording of each panel discussion at The Crimson White Online at www.cw.ua. edu.

Panel discusses Obama’s character PANEL AT A GLANCE Ian Sams, communications director for UA College Democrats “He’s run a phenomenal election campaign. I’ve never seen a well-oiled machine quite like this one.” “He’s a historic candidate who embodies all the things he’s talking about.”

Paul Thompson, opinions editor of The Crimson White “Obama is an idealist, and that’s great, but what we need is a pragmatist. We should focus on the problems we have now.”

Jesse Woods, executive adviser to the SGA President “It would be tough to find someone who is less of a patriot than Bill Ayers. I don’t know if I would feel comfortable with a leader who has ties with domestic terrorists when we are trying to fight terrorists abroad.”

By Victor Luckerson Contributing Writer With less than three weeks until the presidential election, The Crimson White’s You Decide panel is analyzing the character and viability of each of the presidential candidates. This week the panel discussed Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama. Panelists included Ian Sams, communications director for UA College Democrats; Paul Thompson, opinions editor of The Crimson White; and Jesse Woods, executive adviser to the SGA President. The 47-year-old U.S. Senator from Illinois, a graduate of Colombia University and Harvard Law School, is running a historic campaign as the first black presidential candidate for a major political party. “He’s a historic candidate who embodies all the things he’s talking about,” Sams said. Obama’s campaign is historic culturally and economically — he’s raised more money than any other political candidate in U.S. history. “He’s run a phenomenal election campaign,” Sams said. “I’ve never seen a well-oiled machine quite like this one.” Sams said Obama is campaigning heavily in typically Republican states such as Indiana and North Dakota. The Republican panelists acknowledged the incredible historical impact of Obama’s candidacy but questioned his experience. “All he’s been doing since he’s been involved in politics is run for president,” Woods said. Woods criticized Obama for not having enacted any significant legislation. “It’s difficult to find a record because he doesn’t have a record,” Woods said. Discussion shifted to the tenor of Obama’s campaign,

which is focused on hope and idealism. “He isn’t just an intelligent guy who’s a good politician,” Sams said. “He’s an intellectual. He can speak to people’s hearts and appeal to Americans’ hopes.” Woods questioned whether Obama could truly connect with the average American person. He cited Obama’s statement during the primary that many rural Christians tend to cling to religion and guns. “There’s a lot of people here in Alabama that wouldn’t appreciate that,” he said. Thompson questioned Obama’s plan to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans. “We don’t tax the rich to give money to the poor,” Thompson said. “We don’t engage in those Robin Hood policies.” He also said he doubts Obama’s idealism is what America needs right now. “Obama is an idealist, and that’s great, but what we need is a pragmatist. We should focus on the problems we have now,” Thompson said. Both Thompson and Woods were critical of spending and entitlement programs such as Obama’s health care plan. They said such plans were reminiscent of New Deal big-government policies. Sams said Obama wanted to spend t o benefit

the American people. “There’s been a movement to paint Obama as a big-spending socialist, but it’s not true. It’s just a way to instigate fear among the electorate,” he said. Woods called Obama one of the most liberal members of the Senate. “That’s a scary proposition for America,” he said. Sams said Obama was less liberal than Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, the other two primary Democratic candidates. Next, the panel discussed Obama’s associations with questionable public figures, namely Bill Ayers, founder of the radical leftist group the Weather Underground. The group engaged in bombings and riots against government agencies in the 1970s. “It would be tough to find

someone who is less of a patriot than Bill Ayers,” Woods said. “I don’t know if I would feel comfortable with a leader who has ties with domestic terrorists when we are trying to fight terrorists abroad.” Sams said Obama’s associations with Ayers were very brief, dispelling the idea that Obama kicked off his presidential campaign in Ayers’ living room. He said people should take note of public figures from whom Obama actually receive counsel such as Colin Powell and Warren Buffet. Woods said he thought the entire Ayers situation, along with Obama’s willingness to sit down with Iranian and North Korean leaders was an example of Obama’s poor judgment. “He has a systematic approach where he is not willing to take a hard enough line to protect Americans,” he said. “He is soft on the people he associates with.” Last, the panel discussed the recent controversy in which people shouted out hateful comments about Obama at Republican presidential nominee John McCain and vicepresidential nominee Sarah Palin rallies. “McCain doesn’t support these kind of people,” Woods said. When a woman called Obama

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Moncure March, the musical features an award-winning score by Lippa full of blues and jazz set to the backdrop of the Prohibition-era Roaring ‘20s. What: “Wild Party,” a musical production from the UA Marian Mantovani, director of Department of Theatre and Dance the UA production of “The Wild Party” and a third-year graduWhen: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with adate student in the department ditional matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday of theatre and dance, described and Sunday the basis of the musical as a love “quadrangle.” Where: Allen Bales Theatre The musical portrays a troubled and turbulent relationPrice: Tickets currently sold-out; standby only ship between two vaudevillian performers: Queenie, a dancer, Burrs’s jealousy and teach him and Burrs, a clown. Mantovani until he takes it too far. Queenie decides to throw a a lesson, or “put Burrs on the described Burrs as both abusive and sadistic towards Queenie, party — hence the title of the rack,” as Mantovani said. Queenie’s friend Kate, a which they both initially enjoy work — intending to incite Southern ex-prostitute, arrives, bringing along Black, a mysterious outsider from Chicago. Tuscaloosa Location Black immediately intrigues Now Open!!! Queenie, while Kate encourages him so that she can seduce Burrs. Despite the strict regulations of Prohibition, a night full of alcohol, drug-induced hallucinations and sexual excess ensues. “It’s very different from a lot of the other shows they do here, CW | Marion R Walding which are light-hearted and Lawson Hangartner, who plays a vaudeville clown named Burrs, poses with Vaudeville girls at a rehearsal for the production of See WILD, page 9 the musical “The Wild Party.”

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Individuals see their physician less in these areas and are less likely to take preventive measures, for fear of escalating premiums or simply because providers won’t cover the treatment. Individuals in these areas travel farther to access health care facilities and generally experience a lower quality of care than in metropolitan areas, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physician shortages further reveal an economic barrier to practicing medicine in these areas, as nonphysician health professionals are accessed more frequently.

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education. Greater awareness of poor eating habits could start the ball rolling. A second step is more efficient management of chronic conditions. Five percent of the American population accounts for 49 percent of health care costs, and rural areas are experiencing increases in chronic conditions in children and teens. Further, there should be increased utilization of non-physician health care professionals. Programs in Brazil have employed welltrained health care workers to administer once-monthly home-health care visits that target basic health needs and preventive care. We must join this fight. Volunteering in rural areas, increasing awareness and expanding health care education programs in these areas

through their actions in this violent, chaotic narrative. “It’s interesting for college kids because it’s not a cookiecutter love story,” Hangartner said. Sarah Ondocsin, a junior majoring in musical theatre who plays the part of Queenie, also enjoys the atypical storyline of “The Wild Party.” She contrasts its complex nature to other shows, which she described as “presentational and fluffy.” “I definitely think it’ll be something different than

people have seen here,” Ondocsin said. “It’s sexy, dark and exciting.” The part of Queenie marks Ondocsin’s first lead role at the University, as well as her first time performing in Allen Bales Theatre. She described the experience as incredibly stressful, but beneficial in her education as an actor. “I’ve gotten to actually create a character,” Ondocsin said, “and now I have a lot of responsibility to the cast to do my best.”

Ondocsin said that the dedicated cast has interacted well as an ensemble, putting in countless hours of preparation for this musical of which they all speak quite highly. “I love the music, the feel, the vibe,” Mantovani said. “It seduced me.”

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Alabama was outscored 44-13 in the second half of its previous two games leading up to Saturday’s matchup with Ole Miss. In each of the last three meetings with the Rebels, Alabama has scraped by with three-point victories. Rarely are statistics such great predictors. It was close again, this time a four point margin, and Alabama again lost the second-half battle, getting shut out 20-0 in the final thirty minutes. Alabama held on for a 24-20 victory to remain undefeated, but the players weren’t exactly “7-0� excited about the win. “There’s definitely some disappointment in the way that we played in the second half,� safe-

ty Rashad Johnson said. “But in this league, the SEC, if you can come out with victory, you take it how you can get it. “I mean sometimes.� One squeaker is OK. It builds character even. Two’s pushing it. With three, the players seemed to be getting a bit agitated. That’s because “holding on� and “undefeated� can be in the same sentence only so many weeks in a row. Coach Nick Saban and players alike will admit, and did so Saturday, if the trend isn’t eliminated, it’s only a matter of time before close wins turn into close losses. “We have to keep our intensity up and not let people get back in the game,� linebacker Cory Reamer said. “It’s happened three weeks in a row, and

we have to learn from it, or any team could come in and eventually win and beat us in that way. “It’s hard to stay up for the entire 60 minutes ‌ but it’s something we have to learn to do or we’re going to get beat.â€? It nearly cost the Tide Saturday. Alabama asserted itself early, jumping out to a commanding 24-3 lead at the half. But the team laid an egg in the final two quarters and relied on a last-minute defensive stand to deny Jevan Snead and a threatening Ole Miss offense their second road upset over a top-5 team in its last three games. “It’s one of those things you can’t really put your finger on,â€? center Antoine Caldwell said. “We had some turnovers in the second half that cost us some drives and some momentum.

They made a couple plays that got them going. It’s just one of those things ‌ At half time I feel like everybody’s up. I feel like everybody’s into it, preaching finish, finish, finish. The last couple of games, we haven’t done that.â€? The offense struggled mightily in the second half, its six possessions resulting in two turnovers and four punts. Quarterback John Parker Wilson said the fact that the team has had a couple close victories didn’t make this one any easier to wait on. “The offense, we’re sitting on the bench and there’s nothing you can do about it,â€? he said. “It’s tough. You’re sitting there watching the game like everybody else. “I don’t know what happened. Obviously [the second half] has been a problem for us this year, but we found a way to win.â€? In a bit of a heated tirade, Saban offered his reason for the second-half slumps. “You have to have self-disci-

CW | Drew Hoover Defensive back Rashad Johnson intercepts a pass against Ole Miss Saturday. The interception preceded a flea-flicker touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquis Maze. pline,� he said. “Discipline is doing what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, the way it’s supposed to be done. But self-discipline means you can do it in any circumstance, whether you feel like doing it or not. You make your-

self do it. And that’s where your consistency comes from. And it’s also where your perseverance comes from. “If there’s a common thread [in the poor second half performances], I’d say that might be it.�

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“This is a veteran type team, we are getting great leadership right now,� head coach Todd The Alabama soccer team, Bramble said. “From Jessica 9-6-1, 4-4, beat South Carolina Deegan and Jamie Zimmerman 1-0 Friday night before losing playing really well for us, I to No. 10 Florida 6-1 Sunday. think everybody is on the same The shutout over the page and we are real happy Gamecocks was the seventh with the leadership right now.� for Alabama this season. Sunday afternoon Alabama Sophomore midfielder Rosaly suffered a tough loss against Petriello scored the only goal a top 10-ranked Florida team in the 17th minute off a cross that is undefeated in the SEC. from senior Kailey Corken. Megan Kerns led the Gators

to the victory with a hat trick and two assists. The Crimson Tide found themselves down 2-0 at halftime and managed just one goal in the second half in the 6-1 loss. “This was a bizarre game, in that we don’t play terrible but we conceded six goals on 16 shots,� Bramble said. “[Florida] finished their chances. When they had their chances they buried them.�

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FOOTBALL | ALABAMA 24, OLE MISS 20

Alabama survives another scare By Greg Ostendorf Assistant Sports Editor Alabama fell behind for the first time this season when Ole Miss went up 3-0 midway through the first quarter, but it didn’t last long as the Crimson Tide marched down and scored a touchdown on their very next drive. From there, they never lost the lead and hung on for a 24-20 win despite a valiant comeback by Houston Nutt and the Rebels. “It was a great win for our team,” head coach Nick Saban said. “We did not exactly get done what we wanted to get done today the way we wanted to, but when you win a game in this league, you have to be pleased and happy about it.” After Ole Miss scored first with a 25-yard field goal, it took just five plays for Alabama to answer. On the fifth play, John Parker Wilson hit Marquis Maze on a fade route in the back of the end zone. It was Maze’s first career touchdown. “It felt great to make the play and help the team out,”

Maze said. “It was nice to make a big play in front of the home crowd. We practiced that play all week and it paid off.” In the second quarter, Saban took a page from Houston Nutt’s playbook, using his own trick plays and jumbo packages. On a second goal from the Rebels’ two-yard line, Saban sent 365-pound nose tackle Terrence Cody in to play fullback. Cody cleared the way for Mark Ingram, who dove in for the touchdown, making it 14-3. “I don’t think there’s any rocket science to it,” Saban said. “The guy is a great big guy, who’s very powerful, and took almost the whole side of the line and moved it on that particular play. “This bye week gave us the chance to do some things that we wanted to try to do from a personnel standpoint because you have a little more time to work on it.” After Ole Miss receiver Dexter McCluster threw an interception out of the wildcat formation, Alabama pulled yet another trick out their sleeve.

This time, Wilson handed the ball off to running back Glen Coffee only to have Coffee pitch it back to him. Wilson took the pitch and threw a perfect strike over two defenders to Mike McCoy for a 30-yard touchdown pass. “The flea flicker, we’ve been practicing that for five years now,” Wilson said. “Every coach would put it in, and we’d practice it. We finally called it, Mike did a good job of getting open and I was able to give him a good ball.” With the last score, Alabama took a comfortable 24-3 lead into the half, but for the third straight week, the Crimson Tide couldn’t hold on to their big first half advantage. On the opening drive of the second half, Ole Miss moved it down inside the ten only to be stopped on third and goal. However, on the field goal attempt, the holder took the snap and threw a shovel pass to Jason Cook, who ran it in for a touchdown. “They do a lot of stuff,” Saban said. “You can’t be prepared for things you’ve never seen before. My hat’s off to the

defensive players for doing as good of a job as they did of adjusting to everything and the job the coaches did getting them ready to do it.” On the touchdown drive, Alabama’s Cody injured his knee after being blocked into another player. Cody hobbled off the field with help from trainers and was carted to the locker room. The anchor on the defensive line will go undergo an MRI to find out the extent of the injury, but Saban said it was similar to Andre Smith’s injury earlier in the season and Cody should only miss a couple weeks. In the fourth, Ole Miss cut the lead to 24-20 late in the game and with the offense sputtering, it was up to the defense to make one last stand to preserve the victory. The Rebels got the ball back on their own 24 with three minutes to go. Quarterback Jevan Snead completed a pass to himself for five yards and then ran twice for 19 yards to move the ball close to midfield. After a four-yard run by

CW | Drew Hoover Ole Miss fullback Jason Cook runs for a touchdown on a fake field goal play in the second half. Brandon Bolden moved Ole Miss into Alabama territory, the Tide brought heat and Brandon Deaderick came up with a huge sack that may have been the play of the game for the defense. “We were trying to get a little pressure on the quarterback because he was getting a little comfortable back there throwing the ball,” Rashad Johnson said. “We wanted to make him throw it underneath real quick instead of giving up the bigger plays.” After the sack, the Rebels

were forced into a fourth and five at the Alabama 43 with just over a minute to go. Snead threw it behind McCluster, who was covered well by Javier Arenas, and the Tide got the ball back. “I had my guy covered; he wasn’t catching the ball,” Arenas said. “When I turned around and realized the ball hit the ground, that relaxed feeling came over me. I was confident in what I had to do, and I know my teammates were confident in what they had to do.”

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Tide falls to LSU in five sets

By Will Barry Senior Sports Reporter

their second five-set match of the season. The Tide lost by the scores The Alabama volleyball of 22-25, 25-23, 13-25, 25-20 and team fell short against the LSU 13-15 in what turned out to be Tigers Sunday as they lost in a thriller right down to the

last play. by sophomore Mary Catherine LSU was leading the match Aune. two sets to one and was leading When Alabama was closing in the fourth set when Alabama the gap in the set, head coach rallied to take the lead and put the set away with a service ace See VOLLEYBALL, page 10

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