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Justice Thomas speaks on campus By Victor Luckerson Staff Reporter Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will speak today at 2 p.m. at the UA School of Law. Thomas will present the law school’s Albritton Lecture, which brings national and international judiciary figures to Tuscaloosa each year.

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legal careers, interact faceto-face with someone such as Justice Thomas, who stands at the very pinnacle of the legal profession.” After a short speech, Thomas will devote the majority of his time to answering questions from the audience. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Bookbags, handbags and large coats will

not be permitted. A video and a podcast of the event will be available next week on the law school’s Web site and on the University’s iTunesU page. Law students were excited for the chance to hear Thomas speak. “I think it’s amazing, but it’s also really important,”

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— Ryan Johnston, Best Buy store manager


Before letting in the customers, store manager Ryan Johnston performed the official ribbon-cutting with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. Johnston then gave a welcome speech and thanked the community for its continued hospitality. “We are excited to be a part of the Tuscaloosa community,” Johnston said. He also presented a $5,000 check on behalf of Best Buy to the West Alabama Red Cross, as well as to the Community Music School. Maddox thanked the city council for its support, and he said a Best Buy will generate money for the community. “Tuscaloosa is a city of champions,” he said. “We can tell that just by looking at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tonight we couldn’t be any more excited about Best Buy. Coming to Tuscaloosa is a decision that you will not regret.” The grand opening event included a moon bounce for children and free popcorn. The store also gave $20 gift certificates to the first 100 people in line. Blake Vaughan, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, said he came to the event to see the store’s deals and get the free gift card, which he used to buy the “Batman” four-disc collector’s edition DVD. He said he definitely will be coming back to shop at Best Buy. Vaughan also said he enjoyed the grand opening event. “I thought it was real nice. They gave out a lot of free items to bring more people out here to

CW | Katie Bennett The "Red Flags of Awareness" were placed on the Quad this week for Alcohol Awareness week to promote awareness of the affects of alcohol abuse.

Student plans Diabetes Walk By Kelsey Hendrix Staff Reporter What if this Halloween, students and community members spent a little less time preparing their costumes and planning their parties, and a little more time walking to raise awareness and funds for a dangerous disease that affects some on the UA campus every day? This is exactly what Dana Lewis, event coordinator and a senior majoring in public relations and political science, is proposing with the first ever Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes event in Tuscaloosa. The walk, which will take place on

Oct. 31, is a fundraising and advocacy event for the American Diabetes Association. This is the first diabetes • Step Out: Walk to Fight walk in the Tuscaloosa community and will shed light on the issues surroundDiabetes will be held Oct. ing the disease that impacts so many 31. local residents. “I have been involved in walks in • One in every 10 adults Huntsville and Birmingham before but in Alabama lives with have been in Tuscaloosa for a long time now and thought it was about time for diabetes. the Tuscaloosa community to come together to raise awareness and funds Lewis said that one in every 10 adults for people with diabetes,” Lewis said. “Since I myself have Type 1 diabetes, I in Alabama lives with diabetes and this thought it was very important to bring event will work to raise awareness the event to Alabama to raise more local awareness.” See DIABETES, page 2


SGA Senate welcomes law speaker Senators promote Rising Tide tailgate at meeting By Karissa Bursch Staff Reporter Tuscaloosa will welcome one more football fan today at 2 p.m. at the UA School of Law. The honorable Clarence Thomas, an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak at the law school’s annual Albritton Lecture. The SGA Senate introduced a resolution Thursday that welcomed Thomas to the University and “sincerely thank[ed] Thomas for taking the time to travel and speak to the law school.”

Matthew Laney, a law school senator and third-year law student, is the author of the resolution. He said Thomas is a football fan, so he wrote the resolution hoping it would give Thomas a warm welcome to the home of the Associated Press’ No. 1 football team. “I thought it would be nice to show our hospitality and be gracious,” Laney said. “He’s a big football fan, and this would give him a good impression of the Crimson Tide.” Thomas originally is from the South and was born in a community near Savannah, Ga., according to the official Supreme Court Web site. He has been a justice since 1991 after being appointed by former President George

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H.W. Bush. Thomas is considered part of the farright political opinion and commonly votes with the Justice Antonin Scalia, another known conservative judge, Laney said. Thomas characteristically gives short, to-the-point dissenting opinions, Laney said. He has been silent on questioning attorneys for the past three years of his time as associate judge on the Supreme Court. Laney said he hopes students will take advantage of the opportunity and come out to hear Thomas speak. “I think there are so many opportunities that students are provided that

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UA fans asked to wear pink

Best Buy employees clad in the company’s classic blue shirts greeted customers Thursday night as the fully stocked store opened its doors to a crowd of excited people. The line of customers extended around the corner of the store and past Old Navy in Midtown Village. The store opened about 45 minutes early due to potential rain, but the employees did not let the weather stop them from being energetic.


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What started as small talk between a few friends leaving a football game has now become a widespread effort to promote awareness of breast cancer. The UA chapters of Delta Zeta sorority and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority are encouraging students to wear an article of pink clothing to the football game against Tennessee Saturday in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Mary Beth Harrison, a freshman majoring in communication studies, said she and a couple of friends were talking about how to honor the month as they walked out of Bryant-Denny Stadium after the game against Arkansas. Harrison said it would be a good idea if the whole UA student section wore pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. “A few people told me, ‘That will never happen,’” Harrison said. Harrison said her aunt is a breast cancer survivor, and the disease tends to be a troubling subject for many women. “It’s scary to think that I’ll have to go through this [testing for breast cancer] one day,” Harrison said. Starting small, Harrison focused on her own sorority, Delta Zeta, discussing with Sarah Beth Henson, president of the sorority, about how they could go get its members to wear pink for the game. Eventually, both girls decided to team up with Zeta Tau Alpha in wearing pink for the football game against Tennessee. Numerous e-mails and flyers later, the sky is the limit. “It’s grown like wildfire,” Harrison said. Now, Harrison said those who

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‘GOING PINK’ • The UA chapters of Delta Zeta and Zeta Tau Alpha are encouraging students to wear an article of pink clothing to Saturday’s game.

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ACRE Leadership Council announced By Tayler Reid Staff Writer

The Alabama Center for Real Estate Leadership Council based on campus has added 40 new members to its ranks. The council consists of business leaders from all over the state of Alabama and from the finance, construction, law, sales and marketing sectors of the real estate community. The appointments are two years, and members meet twice annually. “The Culverhouse College of Commerce is fortunate to have the support of the real estate

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Census bureau says 2020 count could include gays The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Census Bureau is making an unprecedented effort to include same-sex couples in next year’s national population count, but legally married gay couples won’t show up as such in the official once-a-decade tally, bureau representatives said Thursday. Statistical problems related to the development of the 2010 census form and the evolving legal state of same-sex relationships led Census officials to conclude that trying to include married gay couples in the overall snapshot of household marital status could yield an inaccurate number, said Gary Gates, a University of California, Los Angeles demographer who has been advising the bureau on gay issues. Instead, same-sex married couples will be added into the category for unmarried partners, just as they were for the 2000 census. But in a marked policy departure, the agency plans to make the data on samesex couples who described themselves as married available on a state-by-state basis. “The Bureau has decided to give us the information, but be a little cautious,� Gates said. The decision to develop separate sets of numbers was a compromise position that was “less about politics and more about accurate data,� he said. Gates stressed that it was important for gay couples to participate in the census, noting that information drawn from the last one had been used in lawsuits dealing with samesex marriage and to lobby congressional representatives who may wrongly assume they do not have many gay constituents. Because same-sex marriages were not legal in any U.S. state a decade ago, the 2010 census is the first for which the bureau has wrestled with how to count married same-sex couples. In June, census officials announced that they would make the attempt, reversing an earlier decision made under the Bush administration.

industry leaders that comprise the ACRE Leadership Council,� said Grayson Glaze, the executive director for the Alabama Center for Real Estate. “Council members represent a wealth of expertise, resources and experiences. In effect, they are extensions of the center, a network through which our industry outreach is enhanced and enriched.� The ACRE Leadership Council focuses on long-term growth and development of the Center and provides insight and counsel on current market trends and future areas of concentration. ACRE also consults and networks with indus-

try peers to promote ACRE and its services and programs to Alabama’s real estate community, Glaze said. Robbie Gring Campbell, president of Gring Consultants and a member of the leadership council, said one primary function of the group is to participate in electronic surveys designed to gauge expert opinions on issues impacting the Alabama real estate market. The council also will contribute to the development of the Alabama Real Estate Confidence Index, a quarterly survey that examines key factors that influence the real estate industry. The


ARECI research will be patterned after the University of Alabama’s Alabama Business Confidence Index generated by the Center for Business and Economic Research. “I believe the goal to establish the Alabama Real Estate Confidence Index is very worthwhile and well on its way to being accomplished,� said Jason Hale, the president of MarketGraphics Alabama and a member of the council. “Additionally, just the opportunity to be involved with such a knowledge group of individuals is worthwhile.� Tracy Gatewood, president of Tracy Gatewood Strategic


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the grand opening,� he said. Vaughan said he liked Best Buy much better than Circuit City, the store that previously occupied that location. He said Best Buy is more competitive and also more willing to help its customers, which results in better deals. “We wanted to make sure that we captured not only just our Best Buy customers but also the people who don’t know that much about Best Buy,� Johnson said. “We felt like if we offered the $20 gift card, it would drive people into our building.� Johnston said he thought the event had a great turnout. Some public officials, including members of the Chamber of Commerce, attended the event, and several managers from other nearby Best Buy stores came to support the grand opening. “I could not be happier,� Johnston said. “It’s fantastic. A lot of people from the community are here.� The entire staff of the store, about 100 employees, came to make sure things went smoothly opening night. Johnston said the staff was prepared and had a great timeline leading up to the opening, but Thursday afternoon was a little hectic. “The last few hours have been our hardest point, but everything went excellent,� he said. He said the store had gotten a good amount of media coverage and excitement from the community, and he thinks the musical instrument section of the store will be the most talked about. Out of the 1,000 Best Buy stores in the United States, 86 have a similar section, and Johnston said he thinks it will play a big part in bringing in customers.

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“It’s sort of the goal for lawyers. If you want to become a judge, you want to become a Supreme Court justice.� — Victoria Smythies

Supreme Court justice speak shows we can be a player in the real world.� Smythies said she would not miss an opportunity to see a Supreme Court justice speak. “It’s sort of the goal for lawyers,� she said. “If you want to become a judge, you want to become a Supreme Court justice.� Smythies said even those who have ideological differences with Thomas should attend the lecture. “At the very least,� Smythies said, “he’s going to give you talking points to refute.� Alicia Lewis, a secondyear law student, said while one of her professors made attendance mandatory, she would have gone to the lecture regardless. “I hope to become motivated to study the law and become a lawyer,� Lewis said. Alex Vaughn, a second-year law student,

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possibility of getting to see a Supreme Court justice think on his feet and see how he talks to people — to see what his opinions are.� This will be Thomas’s second trip to the Capstone. He also gave the lecture at the law school in 2005. The Albritton Lecture series was created by UA Law alumnus William Albritton. In the spring, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will present the lecture. Managing Editor Will Nevin contributed to this report.

Marketing Inc. and a member of the council, said the index will represent another invaluable tool for the real estate industry to use as a general indicator of trends, decision making and short-term planning, comparing to their own projections and sharing with clients and customers. “Although there are national indexes, none specifically address the Alabama real estate market,� Gatewood said. “We firmly believe that our statewide practitioners have a clearer understanding of their ‘local’ markets and we hope that our index can provide a conduit for their market knowl-

edge in the aggregate to be effectively and usefully delivered to our industry and to the consumers we serve on a daily basis.� The Commercial Real Estate Conference will be held on Jan. 29 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham. Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby will be the keynote speaker. Mike Lipsey and Tim Newberry will speak at this conference as well. Those interested in learning more about the Leadership Council or ACRE in general can visit the program’s Web site:



don’t come along very often,� Laney said. “Students at a lot of other schools don’t have the opportunities or the resources to see them.� Laney recommended students arrive for the speech by 1 p.m. since the lecture space is expected to fill up quickly. There will be an over flow room provided. “Students interested in pursuing legal education and American history would especially enjoy it,� Laney said. “Everybody can still learn a lot from well-noted legal authorities, though. I would recommend everybody attend.� Thomas spoke at the Albritton Lecture in fall 2005, and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will speak at the Albritton Lecture in spring 2010, Laney said. Other resolutions introduced at Senate on Thursday include a resolution to encourage participation in and endorse SGA goes pink, a resolution to add the “colleges� section under the “academics� tab of mybama. to the “students� tab and a resolution supporting and encouraging attendance at the Rising Tide nonalcoholic tailgate before the football game on Saturday.

will be showing their support by wearing pink include the SGA, the Panhellenic Council, the Million Dollar Marching Band and several others. Students are encouraged to wear anything pink to the game Saturday, from T-shirts to bracelets to ribbons. In addition, Delta Zeta will provide the Greek section with stickers, while Zeta Tau Alpha will provide pink shakers to the sororities. “It’s great because we’re not just supporting our football team, but a great cause as well,� said Henson, a senior majoring in political science and public relations. Henson said she could not be more proud of Harrison and her work in getting people involved with this initiative. “She’s really run with this idea to what it is now,� Henson said. “I look forward to great things from her.� Despite finishing her time at the University in May, Henson said she hopes this tradition does not leave with her. “I hope this tradition continues to grow year after year,� Henson said.

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“I think they should improve the mass transit.” — Ross Owens, junior, anthropology and German

“Parking benefits or bonuses for students who have environmentally friendly vehicles.” — Andrew Kuehndorf, junior, biology

“Maybe more online work, instead of so much handing in paperwork, would help. And turn off the sprinkler system when itʼs raining.” — Kimberly Jay, junior, psychology

Confirm Benjamin

When President Obama nominated In short: The GOP Regina Benjamin needs to allow of Bayou la Batre to a confirmation be the nation’s next vote for surgeon surgeon general, we general. were ecstatic. So was the entire Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which unanimously approved the nomination of an innovative medical practitioner who has shown grit and resolve in her mission to provide health care to rural, underserved populaces. But some Republican senators have been holding her confirmation hostage. Over the last month, some prominent Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have thwarted Benjamin’s confirmation over concerns about health care reform. The surgeon general is responsible for public health initiatives, not health insurance. The only statutory obligation of the surgeon general remotely related to insurance is to promote awareness and prevention — a bipartisan component of health reform that some say will cut costs. But, for a moment, let’s say Republicans were right to play politics with Benjamin’s nomination. The primary concern of Republicans — that insurance companies couldn’t lobby consumers about the effects of health reform — has been resolved. That means it’s time for Republicans to step aside and support Benjamin’s confirmation. The bright spot for Alabama is that neither Alabama senator participated in this political power grab. Republicans Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby said they shared the concerns of some Republicans, but they refused to allow those concerns to interfere with their support of a strong candidate for surgeon general. In fact, Shelby’s office said the senator hoped the upper chamber would move “expeditiously” on Benjamin’s nomination. We hope so. It is time for Republicans to stop playing charades with public health. Benjamin has the potential to guide the United States in a new direction, one that emphasizes and rewards preventive care. It is time for her to have the chance.


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It is not an Obama effect By Ian Sams I can’t tell you how many times over the past few weeks I have heard the gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey referred to emphatically as the “first electoral tests of the Obama presidency.” Yes, in a mere 11 days, those two states will elect governors, but to deem them “tests of the Obama presidency” is a bit imprudent. In Virginia, we have seen a strange campaign. In the Democratic primary, a carpet-bagging Clintonite, Terry McAuliffe, launched a quixotic campaign but ended up losing to a little-known and less-funded state senator, Creigh Deeds, from rural western Virginia. For the Republicans, Virginia’s tough-on-crime and pictureperfect attorney general, Bob McDonnell, was ushered in as their candidate for governor. McDonnell, since mid-2008, had been branded as a rising GOP star, one with a serious chance of reclaiming the governorship of Virginia for the Republicans for the first time since 2002. The general election has been wacky, to say the least. McDonnell’s graduate school thesis has emerged, in which he brands working women as dangerous to the family unit and contributory to a worsening society. Deeds avidly thrust abortion into the discussion, hoping to capitalize on women’s skepticism towards McDonnell. In reality, Deeds has turned off women by expecting them to be one-issue voters. McDonnell has shrugged off his thesis as a past whim. All along, McDonnell has led

in the polls. The current counts have him with an eight-point lead on Deeds. McDonnell should win this race, and I expect we’ll hear a lot about Obama, not Deeds, losing Virginia as it turns red again. But truthfully, Obama has played such a minor role in the politics of this race that a McDonnell victory can’t accurately be portrayed as an Obama loss. Deeds has run a miserable campaign, and he surely is not in ideological step with the president. He is conservative on the death penalty, gay marriage, guns and immigration. So, if he loses, why blame Obama, who won Virginia being quite liberal on at least three of those issues? New Jersey is arguably an even more insular case. Campaigns in the Garden State are notorious. They are knockdown, dragout slugfests. (Anyone wanting to see how hard-scrabble and nasty campaigns in Jersey can be should Netflix “Street Fight,” a documentary about the 2002 mayoral race in Newark.) This year, we’re watching a three-way race between incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine, a near billionaire former CEO of Goldman Sachs; Republican Chris Christie, a former lobbyist and U.S. Attorney; and independent Chris Daggett, a former environmental regulator on both the state and federal levels. This race has devolved into Corzine attacking Christie for being overweight. Seriously, his most recent ad shows a plump Christie stepping out of a car awkwardly as his rotund midsection bounces and the narrator asks ominously if Christie’s been “throwing his weight around.”

Corzine maintains a slight lead today, with Daggett gaining steam as a spoiler and Christie pulling even, but who knows what the results will be? It is a traditionally blue state, so even Christie’s close polling has been a pain for many Democrats. If Christie pulls off a win, pundits will clamor about Obama’s effect on this race even more so than in Virginia. But maybe Christie’s repetition of Corzine’s status as a former Wall Street CEO in a time when everyone seems to hate Wall Street CEOs is costing Corzine. Maybe it is the base-level campaign tactics that are pushing public opinion in such strange ways. The bottom line is if Democrats lose either of these two races, media pundits will obsess over the “Obama effect” for days, if not weeks. Politicos will brand this as a loss for Obama and argue that these were resounding defeats for his still-young agenda. In truth, Obama has not been an issue in either of these races. The president won both states, so why would Republicans even target him? At the end of the day, gubernatorial contests often are removed from federal politics. States vary intensely when it comes to selecting their independent leaders, and we’re seeing that here. Obama has only been president for nine months, so let’s not blame any political shifts on him yet. As all the Nobel naysayers would argue, he just has not done enough yet to merit it. Ian Sams is a junior majoring in political science. His columns run weekly on Friday.

Combat gameday Quad crime By Jeff Haas College football Saturdays in Tuscaloosa were the deciding factor that made me choose to attend the University. I always have loved the tradition and excitement associated with Southeastern Conference football. One of the other great aspects of Saturdays across the country involve the coming together of friends and family over food and fun at tailgates. The Quad is the best place on campus to enjoy the atmosphere associated with this gameday activity. However, there are a number of individuals who have chosen to take advantage of the

unwritten rule involved with tailgating on the quad. As many know, there aren’t parking spaces around the Quad for people to lock up their tailgating gear in their car during the game. So, that being said, the unwritten rule of tailgating on the Quad consists of the following: Do not steal from individual tailgates while the owners are enjoying the game in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Unfortunately, this rule continues to be broken. Opposing fans and random members of the Tuscaloosa community don’t do this often. Rather, more often than not, it is people who attend the University. Our own Crimson

Tide fans are stealing from our tailgates on the Quad. I would like to challenge all of those who call the Quad home on Saturdays to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you see what you believe to be theft occurring at a tailgate, take a stand and approach the individual. These are weak-minded people who probably have been disciplined only rarely and will definitely avoid confrontation. I’m challenging you to do your part to help prevent crime from occurring on the Quad. Jeff Haas is a senior majoring in business management.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Gambling legalization would help education By Taylor Ashy

On Nov. 3, Ohio is set to become the 22nd state in the U.S. to legalize gambling, which is projected to create 34,000 jobs and raise almost $1 billion in revenue. The gaming industry nationally is a $54 billion industry that employs more than 350,000 people annually and in many states fully funds college scholarship programs. Alabama currently is one of five states that does not allow any form of legalized gambling, including land-based casinos, sports wagering, pari-mutuels or a lottery. This fiscal year, Alabama reported a $1.1 billion deficit, and Gov. Bob Riley recently announced a 7.5 percent cut from the Education Trust Fund, which is funneled to K-12 schools around the state. Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Kansas and Illinois have all legalized gambling in the past three years and traditionally anti-gambling states such as Hawaii, Utah and South Carolina currently have measures in their state legislatures that are proposing to legalize some form of gaming to meet the unemployment, housing or education woes in their state. It has been 10 years since Gov. Don Siegelman’s constitutional amendment that would have authorized a state education lottery was defeated, and while the state still is feeling the effects of the recession, I believe there has never been a better time to push for legalization. The demand for gambling is one of the few markets that has remained constant through the past year, and more than half of the states with lotteries have reported rising sales over the past six months. As the citizens of this state search for new solutions to our economy, I hope they can overlook the far-too-exaggerated social issues and do a simple cost-benefit analysis. I hope at least one of the gubernatorial candidates in next year’s election will put future generations’ education at heart and decide to support a much needed lottery. Taylor Ashy is a junior majoring in finance.

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Media, America keep focusing on wrong issues By Jacob Summers I want to focus on a broad topic this week: The imbalance of affairs in our country. This is a bit generic, so let me throw out a hypothetical situation. Imagine, if you will, that our country is struggling to reach a decision on the health care plan while fighting a war we were supposed to have finished. Also suppose we have just experienced an economic low beat only by the Great Depression. Now flip on your television to find out what’s going on, how you can stay informed and what your nation’s leaders are doing to fix it. Balloon Boy. Obama’s Nobel Prize. Michael Jackson’s death. The point for me, conservative rant

aside, is we have been allocating too much of our mental capacity to things that should rank much lower on our list of priorities. Sure, the death of a national pop icon is important. However, that happened about every week last summer. It would have been impossible to give all of them our attention. Sure, our president winning the Nobel Prize is important, albeit undeserved. There is much controversy surrounding the legitimacy of his reception of the award. But really… Balloon Boy? This is the best we can watch and keep up with? It hit its pinnacle with the number of updates our precious CNN sent out about it. Even those who love to be surrounded by monotonous publicity stunts were calling out, “Why?” as CNN

unleashed a flood of constant updates. This obviously presents a clear and present danger. Our citizens are thirsty for distraction from real issues and/or our media is helping distract our citizens from real issues. Either way, what this says for our country may be the single greatest issue we fact today — not just apathy, but the evolving ability to be controlled as though we were sheep. Not only are so many Americans often incapable of asking the right questions, they do not want to ask the right questions. Sure, this has been going on for some time now, and our foreign counterparts jab at the issue all the time, with phrases like “the uninformed Americans,” “the lazy Americans” and the like. If you don’t believe me, read comments on any given American news

site. Listen to the way reports of other countries handle U.S.-related stories. But now is even worse. Now we have scandals, lies and distractions as second place. Citizens can either no longer see the problem, or see the problem and act as though it’s a natural part of their life and the lives of any person living on American soil. Rosy tint aside, no longer is the question, “Is our government corrupt?” or “Can we fix it?” but rather, “Would it really make a difference if we did fix it?” What will it take to stop this? Are we even willing to fix it?

Jacob Summers is a senior majoring in public relations, business and computer science. His column runs weekly on Friday.

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Negotiators consider Feds designate ‘critical public option in bill habitat’ for polar bear By David Espo The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senior Senate Democrats at work with White House officials on health care legislation are strongly considering a requirement for the federal government to sell insurance in direct competition with private industry, officials said Thursday, with individual states permitted to drop out of the system. Liberals in Congress long have viewed such an approach, called a public option, as an essential ingredient of the effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system, and President Barack Obama has said frequently he favors it. But he has also made clear it is not essential to the legislation he seeks, a gesture to Democratic moderates who have opposed it. Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said in separate interviews they had been told the plan was drawing interest in the private negotiations unfolding in an ornate room in the Capitol down the hall from the Senate chamber. The final decision is up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who led a delegation of Democrats to the White House late in the day to discuss health care with Obama. “I’m not part of those discussions. What I’m hearing is that this is the direction of the conversation,” said Conrad, who supports an alternative approach under which nonprofit co-ops would compete with private industry. “I keep hearing there is a lot of leaning toward some sort of national pub-

People grab signs at the start of a rally in support of health care insurance reform in Washington on Thursday. lic option, unfortunately, from my standpoint,” Nelson said. The White House declined to comment. Reid’s office did likewise, and the Nevada Democrat left the White House without talking with reporters. Several officials said no final decisions had been made about including the so-called public option into the legislation. In the extraordinarily complicated atmosphere surrounding health care, one possibility seemed to be that the idea of a public option was being given wide circulation to see whether it could attract enough support to survive on the Senate floor. If not, it surely would be jettisoned beforehand, with liberals urged to accept something less or risk defeat of health care legislation. There is little margin for error among Obama’s allies in the Senate as they confront nearly unanimous Republican opposition. Democratic moderates are

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AP The Obama administration is setting aside 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas. By Matthew Daly The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it is designating more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as “critical habitat” for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas. Federal law prohibits agencies from taking actions that may adversely affect critical habitat and interfere with polar bear recovery. Assistant Interior Secretary Tom Strickland called the habitat designation a step in the right direction to help polar bears stave off extinction, while recognizing that the greatest threat to the bear is the melting of Arctic sea ice caused by climate change. “As we move forward with a comprehensive energy and climate strategy, we will continue to work to protect the polar bear and its fragile environment,” Strickland said at a news conference. The total area proposed for critical habitat designation would cover about 200,541 square miles — about half in the rugged Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. About 93 percent of the area proposed for the polar bear is sea ice, with the remaining 7 percent made up of barrier islands or land-based dens of snow and ice. Designation as critical habitat would not, in itself, bar oil or gas development, but would make consideration of the effect


“If polar bears are to survive in a rapidly melting Arctic, we need to protect their critical habitat, not turn it into a polluted industrial zone.” — Brendan Cummings, a lawyer with the Center for Biological Diversity

on polar bears and their habitat an explicit part of any government-approved activity. Thursday’s announcement starts a 60-day public comment period, with a final rule expected next year. Interior faces a June 30 deadline for critical habitat designation under terms of a settlement agreement between the government and three environmental groups. The Bush administration last year declared polar bears “threatened,” or likely to become endangered. The May 2008 order by then-Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne cited the bear’s need for sea ice, the dramatic loss of such ice in recent decades and computer models that suggest sea ice is likely to recede further in the future. Environmental groups hailed the habitat announcement, but noted that it came in the same week that the Interior Department approved a plan by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to drill exploratory wells on two leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast. The proposed drilling sites are within the area proposed for critical habitat designation. “If polar bears are to survive in a rapidly melting Arctic, we need to protect their critical habitat, not turn it into a polluted industrial zone,” said


Brendan Cummings, a lawyer with the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which filed a lawsuit in the polar bear case. Cummings called the Interior Department “schizophrenic” — on the one hand declaring its intent to protect polar bear habitat in the Arctic, yet at the same time “sacrificing that habitat to feed our unsustainable addiction to oil.” The announcement comes one day after the state of Alaska filed a new complaint in its effort to overturn the listing of the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Former Gov. Sarah Palin filed suit last year, saying that Interior did not respond to the state’s concerns in a timely manner before listing the polar bears as threatened. State officials say the listing could cripple offshore oil and gas development in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, which provide prime habitat for the polar bears. Gov. Sean Parnell, who succeeded Palin upon her resignation last summer, said the Endangered Species Act was being used as a way to shut down resource development along Alaska’s northern coast. Parnell said he does not intend to let that happen.


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Production of swine flu vaccine is way behind

Erratic typhoon keeps Philippines on edge By Hrvoje Hranjski The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines — Living up to its name, Typhoon Lupit — meaning cruel in Filipino — zigzagged around the rainsoaked northern Philippines on Friday, keeping weary residents on edge and forecasters guessing about its next move. The third successive storm in a month has been hovering for several days near the coast and inland mountains, sending thousands to seek shelter following two backto-back typhoons that killed nearly 1,000 people, most of them buried in dozens of mudslides. Lupit’s erratic direction baffled forecasters and frustrated the local media who kept predicting its landfall every day. The weather bureau said in a nationally televised briefing Thursday evening that Lupit would ram into northeastern Cagayan province early Friday. After crawling for the last two days, it barreled on course to hit shore then stalled again Friday, delaying landfall by another day — or two, or three, said chief forecaster Nathaniel Cruz. The reason is two high-pressure areas that sandwiched Lupit from the South China Sea in the west and the Pacific

Ocean in the east, each pulling the storm in its direction, Cruz said. Typhoons usually slice through the northern Philippines from the Pacific and exit through the South China Sea. The archipelago nation, known as the welcome mat for typhoons, gets about 20 a year during the rainy season from June to December. Lupit weakened overnight and was packing winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour and gusts of up to 93 mph (150 kph), Cruz said. It was still a dangerous system that could drench the north of the main island of Luzon on the heels of the worst flooding in the Philippines in 40 years. Tropical Storm Ketsana on Sept. 26 inundated much of the capital, Manila, and surrounding areas, including the country’s largest Lake Laguna, killing 464 people. It was followed by Typhoon Parma, which unleashed mudslides along the Cordillera mountain range Oct. 3, leaving 465 dead. For the past week, army troops and disaster-relief officials have ferried tons of canned food and clothes and moved rubber boats and helicopters along the coast and the interior. At least 1,500 residents living along the Cagayan River and its tributaries were moved to

By Michael Rubinkam The Associated Press

Filipino Muslim women ride on a pedicab to keep them dry from the almost month-long floodwaters, in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig city, east of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday. high ground, said provincial Gov. Alvaro Antonio. Another 1,000 people left their homes in Appari township, including


some 200 after a wave surge collapsed a 65-feet (20-meter) high sea wall in San Antonio village early this week.

SWIFTWATER, Pa. — The federal government originally promised 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine by now. Only 13 million have come through. As nervous Americans clamor for the vaccine, production is running several weeks behind schedule, and health officials blame the pressure on pharmaceutical companies to crank it out along with the ordinary flu vaccine, and a slow and antiquated process that relies on millions of chicken eggs. There have been other bottlenecks, too: Factories that put the precious liquid into syringes have become backed up. And the government itself ran into a delay in developing the tests required to assess each batch before it is cleared for use. What effect the delays will have on the course of the outbreak is unclear, in part because scientists cannot say with any certainty just how dangerous the virus is, how easily it spreads, or whether it will mutate into a more lethal form. Since April, swine flu has killed more than 800 people in the U.S., including 86 children, 39 of them in the past month and a half, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half

of all hospitalizations since the beginning of September were people 24 and under. “We’re in this race against the virus, and only Mother Nature knows how many cases are going to occur over the next six to 10 weeks,” said Michael Osterholm, a vaccine expert at the University of Minnesota. In the meantime, many states have had to postpone mass vaccinations. Clinics around the country that managed to obtain doses of the vaccine have been swamped. And doctors are getting bombarded with calls from worried and angry parents. “Nobody has it,” said AnnMarie O’Connor, who waited more than four hours for the vaccine in Rockville, Md., standing in line with her two young children and about 1,000 other people. Health officials “said the shots would be here in early October. But where are they?” Federal officials counsel patience, saying that eventually there should be enough of both vaccines for everyone who wants them. “We wish we had better ways to produce vaccines perfectly predictably, but this is how influenza vaccine production often goes,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, who heads the CDC’s immunization and respiratory disease section, said last week.

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Friday, October 23, 2009


Key witness testifies in Langford trial By Jay Reeves The Associated Press

An investment banker who pleaded guilty to bribing Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford testified Thursday he hoped to get lucrative bond work when he provided money and high-priced gifts to Langford, who was in “very dire” financial straits. The plan worked, according to testimony by banker Bill Blount during Langford’s corruption trial. Soon after Langford took over as president of the Jefferson County Commission, Blount’s company, Blount Parrish & Co. Inc., was included in a string of county bond deals worth millions. Blount, of Montgomery, is the prosecution’s main witness in the trial of Langford, who will be removed from office if convicted on any of multiple counts of bribery, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering or filing false tax returns. Blount, a former chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, recounted how he first began providing a string of loans, checks and lavish gifts

to Langford, 63. Blount said he hired a former executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, lobbyist Al LaPierre, to be his “eyes and ears” in Jefferson County, Alabama’s most populous county and financial center. After Langford won the Democratic primary for a commission seat in June 2002, Blount testified, LaPierre told him Langford was in “very dire need” of money to pay clothing bills. Blount said he arranged a $50,000 loan for Langford because he didn’t want the debt problems to become public and ruin a promising political career. Prosecutor George Martin asked Blount if he had other motives. “I certainly hoped that in the event Jefferson County did any public finance work my firm would be included,” Blount. Prosecutors said Blount’s gambit paid off in a big way: Blount Parrish made $7.1 million from deals involving the county as Blount showered Langford with some $235,000 in expensive gifts, checks and hefty loans.

Blount said many of his dealings with Langford were routed through LaPierre to disguise them. Langford contends he and Blount were only old friends exchanging gifts, and Blount confirmed on cross-examination they had known each other for years and swapped items back and forth a number of times. Defense lawyer Mike Rasmussen told jurors in opening arguments Langford didn’t consider any of Blount’s largesse to be bribes, and he repeatedly got Blount to admit Langford never asked for anything. Testimony by employees of six luxury stores in New York — including Salavatore Ferragamo, Oxford Clothes and Turnbull and Asser — showed multiple purchases by Blount of items including suits, jackets, shoes and watches, with the items often shipped to Langford’s courthouse office. Evidence showed the purchases coincided with trips to New York by Langford, Blount and others for meetings with attorneys and financiers to discuss Jefferson County

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford speaks to reporters at the federal building with his wife Melva Langford for jury selection in his trial on Monday in Tuscaloosa. Langford is accused of taking about $230,000 in bribes to funnel bond work to Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount during Langfordʼs time as president of the Jefferson County Commission. AP bond deals. Going through one shopping spree after another, Martin repeatedly asked Blount why he bought certain items in New York. “Mayor Langford saw something he liked and wanted it,” he replied. Blount said he wanted to “keep Mayor Langford happy” and “make sure Blount

Parrish was included” in as many deals as possible.” Trying to head off an attack on Blount’s credibility by the defense, prosecutors brought out that Blount was testifying in a plea deal with the government after admitting to bribery and conspiracy. Rather than facing 60 years in prison if convicted of all the

crimes he was indicted for, Blount said prosecutors will recommend a sentence of just more than four years in prison in return for his assistance. “My responsibilities are to tell the truth,” said Blount. LaPierre also pleaded guilty in the bribery scheme and is expected to testify against Langford after Blount.

Morton: Teachers should help offset budget cuts By Desiree Hunter The Associated Press MONTGOMERY — State schools Superintendent Joe Morton unveiled a plan Thursday to deal with budget cuts for fiscal year 2011 partly by making teachers pay more for health insurance and retirement benefits. The plan also calls for a constitutional amendment that would base appropriations to K-12, postsecondary and fouryear universities on the number of students enrolled at each level of education, a move supported by the state teachers union. But the Alabama Education

Association voiced less enthusiasm for other parts of his plan, which would: —Freeze state funding to the Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan at the FY 2010 level and direct the plan’s board to develop a program to match available funds —Raise the amount of experience required for future education employees to retire from 25 years to 30 years —Increase the amount education employees pay into their retirement plans from 5 percent to 6 percent —Raise the minimum age for future participants in the Deferred Retirement Option

Plan, or DROP, to 30 years of service and 57 years of age Speaking to the State Board of Education at its monthly K-12 worksession, Morton said he thinks the amendment basing funding on enrollment “is the only thing that would save K-12 education.” It “cuts right to the heart of the matter and we don’t caught up in bickering,” Morton told the board. Currently there is no exact formula state Legislators use to decide the education budget and often base it partly on previous appropriations that might not have been adequate in the first place.

“It’s an annual decision and an annual fight,” Morton said. “It’s an annual debate — you can’t make any long-term plans.” His proposal also says K-12 education should receive at least 70 percent of all expenditures for the fiscal year 2011 education budget that the Legislature will enact next year. The new fiscal year that began Oct. 1 started with a 7.5 percent across-the-board cut to education budgets. That was on top of a record 11 percent cut in the previous fiscal year. Some school systems, especially those in areas with low local support, will likely be forced to take out loans but those with local finan-

cial reserves and good tax bases will fare a little better. Mary Bruce Ogles, assistant secretary for the Alabama Education Association, said the teacher’s union supports the constitutional amendment for enrollment and the move to guarantee education funding at 70 percent. But she said the group has problems with the rest of Morton’s plan. “We’re a little concerned that Dr. Morton would want to balance the budget on the backs of educational employees,” she said Thursday. “He wants to be charging more for their health insurance and making changes

to their retirement plans. We don’t think that’s the way to go.” Morton said raising the retirement age would save money by reducing the number of years the department would be responsible for an employee’s medical care before they would become eligible for governmentfunded Medicare. “I don’t know what the board will do and don’t know what the Legislature will do but I’m hoping that if this board endorses the plan the Legislature will support it,” Morton said. “Let’s not keep using all the money we have for health insurance and use what’s left over for our students.”

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Ole Miss seeks to silence ‘rising South’ chant By Sheila Byrd The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — The University of Mississippi has shortened one of its fight songs to discourage football fans from chanting “the South will rise again� during part of the tune, which critics say is an offensive reminder of the region’s intolerant past. However, some fans have continued to recite the chant at the end of the song, “From Dixie With Love,� despite the change made last week at the chancellor’s request. The Ole Miss band performs the medley before and after games. Earlier this month, the Ole Miss student government passed a resolution suggesting the chant be replaced by the phrase, “To hell with LSU.� Dan Jones, who became Ole Miss chancellor in July, said he asked the school’s band director, David Wilson, to modify the song to support the efforts of the Associated Student Body. He said he has received complaints from alumni that the slogan is offensive. “The fact is, the phrase ‘The South Will Rise Again’ is not

part of our tradition or spirit, and it is inconsistent with the university’s values and what Ole Miss stands for — a great public university with a focus on the future,� Jones said in a phone interview Thursday from the campus in Oxford. The modified version of the song ends abruptly before the chanting phase starts. It was first played Saturday at Ole Miss’s homecoming game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but that didn’t stop some fans from chanting. Brian Ferguson, 26, head of the Colonel Reb Foundation, said he views the university actions as an attempt to silence students. “I think it’s a big to-do about nothing. There were very few people other than the students who knew to say it,� said Ferguson, whose organization works to preserve traditions at Ole Miss. But Ferguson agreed that the chant really isn’t a tradition. “If the students get fired up and upset enough about it, they’re going to continue to say it. Our biggest fear is that that’s going to lead them

to eliminate ‘From Dixie With Love,’ altogether.� The song blends the Confederate Army’s fight song, “Dixie,� with the Union Army’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic,� according to Peter K. Frost, a visiting professor of history and international studies at Ole Miss. The school has worked to erase its image as a bastion of the Old South, which was solidified in 1962 when James Meredith’s admission as the first black student led to a bloody standoff. The university six years ago decided not to have an on-field mascot during sporting events, getting rid of the long-standing Colonel Rebel, a white-haired old man who carries a cane and resembles a plantation owner. At the time, school officials had said they needed a more athletic-looking mascot. The teams are still called the Rebels. Sophomore Cortez Moss, director of communications for the ASB, said the organization is trying to explain to students why the phrase is offensive. “You take back on that slave

AP The University of Mississippi band, “The Pride of the South,� plays the national anthem in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday. The university wants to rid its football games of a custom some fans have taken to chanting, “the South will rise again,� at the end of the song, “From Dixie With Love.� mentality,� said Moss, who is black. “I know the South won’t rise again and the South can’t rise again.� Roun McNeal, a former ASB

Panel says NASA should skip moon By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press WASHINGTON — NASA needs to make a major detour on its grand plans to return astronauts to the moon, a special independent panel told the White House Thursday. Under current plans, NASA has picked the wrong destination with the wrong rocket, the panel’s chairman said. A testflight version of the rocket, the new Ares I, is on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral, awaiting liftoff later this month for its first experimental flight. Instead, NASA should be concentrating on bigger rockets and new places to explore, the panel members said, as they issued their final 155-page report. The committee, created by the White House in May to look at NASA’s troubled exploration, shuttle and space station programs, issued a summary of their findings last month, mostly urging more spending on space. On Thursday in a news conference, panel chairman Norman Augustine focused on fresh destinations for NASA, saying that it makes more sense

to put astronauts on a nearby asteroid or one of the moons of Mars. He said that could be done sooner than returning to the moon in 15 years as NASA has outlined. The Augustine commission wants NASA to extend the life of the space shuttle program and the International Space Station. Space shuttles are due to retire Oct. 1, 2010, but should keep flying until sometime in 2011 because they won’t get all their flights to the space station done by that date. And the space station itself — only now nearing completion — should operate until at least 2020, allowing for more scientific experiments, part of its reason for existence. NASA’s timetable calls for plunging it into the ocean in 2015. The White House will review the panel’s analysis “and then ultimately the president will be making the final decision,� White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in an e-mail. The committee outlines eight options. Three of those involve a “flexible path� to explore someplace other than the moon, eventually heading to a Mars landing far in the future.

The flexible path suggests no-landing flights around the moon and Mars. Landing on the moon and then launching back to Earth would require a lot of fuel because of the moon’s gravity. It would take less fuel to land and return from asteroids or comets that swing by Earth or even the Martian moons, Augustine said. In a news conference to discuss their report, Ed Crawley, a panel member, and Augustine said the current NASA plans were well conceived at the time, in 2005. But when money got diverted and launch dates delayed, NASA’s new Ares I rocket began to look like it lost one of its major purposes: ferrying astronauts to the space station. Crawley said the panel liked the idea of a commercially operated, more basic rockettaxi to get astronauts into the low-Earth orbit of the space station. If NASA spent about $5 billion to help kick-start the embryonic commercial space business to do the people-carrying, then the space agency could concentrate on heavier rockets that do the real far-off




exploring, he said. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., criticized the idea of using unproven commercial carriers instead of the Ares, which was designed in his state. He said the report was “unsatisfactory and disappointing.�

president who is now in law school at Ole Miss, said his own decision to refrain from the chant was easily made. “I said the chant one day

and there was a black family sitting in front of me and they turned around and gave me this look like I hurt them,� McNeal said.

Moon Taxi to play in Tuscaloosa This Saturday, the Upstairs Bar at Mellow Mushroom will host Moon Taxi at 10 p.m. Moon Taxi, described on their MySpace as an “explosive� jam band from Nashville, formed at Belmont University. “We all met there and actually started out as the rhythm section of a rap group our freshman year,� lead singer Trevor Terndrup said. The band is a five-piece instrumental group with Terndrup on lead vocals and guitar, Spencer Thomson on guitar, Tommy Putnam on bass, Wes Bailey on keys and Tyler Ritter on drums. Most of the members actually attended high school in Alabama. Since then, Moon Taxi has opened for several well-known bands, including Gov’t Mule, The New Mastersounds and DJ Logic. They have performed at several music festivals including Birmingham’s City Stages and Big Spring Jam in Huntsville and plan to tour the Southeast. The band will start a new

tour in November following the release of their live album Live Ride, which was recorded in Nashville. They also will play with Modest Yahoo at their New Year’s Show in Nashville. Moon Taxi is an up-andcoming band that prides itself on being fun to watch, having a great live show and talented musicians, Trevor said. “We’re offering a great show with dueling guitars and great vocal harmonies,� he said. The band has received great reviews from many musical outlets, including the American Music Channel, which called Moon Taxi “a band of songwriters.� “We’re a really original band,� Terndrup said. “It’s unique to play in a place where people have such an appreciation for music.� Terndrup assures fans that music from bands such as The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic and The Roots will not disappoint. “We’ve been playing in Tuscaloosa for quite awhile, even when The Booth was still there. We once played there

The ďŹ ve-piece jam band Moon Taxi performs live at 12th and Porter in Nashville, Tenn. until 5:45 in the morning.â€? he said. “But we’re excited to be back and will put out a raging performance.â€? Since then, they have played at the Brick House and on campus at a fraternity band party. “We’re all excited,â€? Ritter said. “People in Tuscaloosa are great, and it’s fun to turn heads in a place where people really like music.â€? The band is playing a

three-hour set, including some old favorites, popular covers, new originals and some surprises for the audience. “We’re going to try to bring as much as we possibly can,� Ritter said. “We’re going to bring on the heat, and anybody thinking about coming definitely should because this is going to be a badass show.� The band has a full weekend packed with four shows, with the

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Mellow Mushroom show being the third. Ritter said this is great news for Tuscaloosa because it gets the kinks out of the show and gives them a chance to make the set the best it can be. Thomson, the band’s guitarist, promises the show will not disappoint and will be worth the hype surrounding the band. “It’ll be the best thing to do on Saturday night, for sure,� he said.

Comedy tour to bring laughs to Tuscaloosa By Crystal McGough Staff Writer After traveling the country pursuing a career in comedy, Tuscaloosa native and UA alumnus Patton Smith will return to Tuscaloosa to perform with the Popped-Collar Comedy Tour at Brown’s Corner Dueling Piano Bar and Grill Friday night. The Popped-Collar Comedy

Tour is a college-themed tour intended to bring stand-up comedy to students who do not have local access to a comedy scene. “It’s really about putting on comedy shows in a college town that doesn’t have a comedy club,� Smith said. “I wanted to bring the show to a college campus because college kids are the ideal comedy audience. They’re so glad you’re there because

they don’t get to see that kind of stuff all the time.� Smith’s career in comedy took off in March 2008 when he won an online contest put on by CBS called “Big Shot Live.� The winner of the contest won a trip to Los Angeles, to meet with a professional stand-up comedian and perform at the Laugh Factory. “I literally had been doing [comedy] for like 72 hours, and

I won this contest,� he said. “They flew me out to L.A., and I’m meeting Jamie Kennedy and performing at the Laugh Factory. It really gave me a boost to my career, which had kind of helped me progress quicker.� Since his initial break, Smith has traveled the country performing at different comedy clubs and events, but he mostly sticks to performing in the


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Southeast, he said. He currently lives in Atlanta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a great comedy scene here,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A bunch of clubs and a bunch of comedy rooms that are going pretty much every night of the week.â&#x20AC;? There are four other comedians on the tour including local comedian Keenan Burton, Atlanta-based comedians Justin Morgan and Dave Stone and Florida native Dan Weeks, who lives in Atlanta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pattonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cool guy, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already met a lot of his friends, so when he asked me if I wanted to do a show, I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yeah, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do this,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Weeks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then he named some of the other comics who were doing the show, and I was very happy to be included because these are some of the best comics in Atlanta. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a little bit of an ego boost.â&#x20AC;? Several of the comedians describe their style as fresh and different from what is usually seen in comedy clubs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all pretty original comics, and we all have a unique voice,â&#x20AC;? Weeks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a group, I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to define that originality in stand-up comedy.â&#x20AC;? Although the name of the tour makes a pun off of the wellknown Blue-Collar Comedy Tour, the guys in the PoppedCollar Comedy Tour said their style of comedy is completely different. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Larry the Cable Guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Southern comedy,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a different kind of Southern comedy. I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of the alternative to what might be in a comedy club. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely the younger voice of comedy.â&#x20AC;? In addition to performing in college towns, the Popped-Collar Comedy Tour is branching out to different types of venues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many people associate comedy club comedy with the comedy boom in the 1980s,â&#x20AC;? Dave Stone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think by taking it out of the comedy club and putting it in the non-traditional venues, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different level of expectations, which is good.â&#x20AC;? For the most part, the comics agree their goal is to provide good comedy to college students who have limited access to comedy or have been turned away by some mainstream comedy. Stone said the point of the show is to prove that stand-up comedy can be appealing to younger crowds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bringing good comedy to good people,â&#x20AC;? Weeks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about.â&#x20AC;? The show is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner on the corner of University Boulevard and Greensboro Avenue. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and admissions will be $10 at the door and $5 for students with ACT cards.


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this weekend FRIDAY â&#x20AC;˘ ABXY Game Night Stage 5: Ferguson Game Room, 7 p.m. to midnight . â&#x20AC;˘ Popped-Collar Comedy Tour: Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner, 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charitable Theatre presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys and Dollsâ&#x20AC;?: Bama Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY â&#x20AC;˘ Saturdays in the Park: Moundville Archaeological Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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‘Guys and Dolls’ helps community By Kerie Kerstetter Staff Writer


The Actor’s Charitable Theatre company will stage a production of “Guys and Dolls,” beginning tonight at the Bama Theatre. Show times are Friday, Sunday and Monday at 7:30 p.m. with an additional matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Actor’s Charitable Theatre is a nonprofit organization started by local UA theater students. Joey Lay, who is a sophomore, and Alisha Powell, a graduate student and cocreator, created the program to give back to the community. The company provides quality theater productions for both the students and residents of Tuscaloosa while donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities. “Our charity for this production is Caring Days,” Powell said, referring to the local program that assists adults with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. “Our goal for this weekend is to put on a good show while raising money for a great cause.”

• What: Guys and Dolls • Where: Bama Theatre • When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 p.m. “Guys and Dolls” is set in the late 1940s and follows two New York city slickers and their encounters with love. Director Perry Harper said the play was an interactive experience in the world of dancers and gamblers. “We chose this play because it is one of the classic musicals that most people have heard or know,” Harper said. “We thought this would be a great family show for the community.” The ”Guys and Dolls” production cast has a range of talent from UA students to community actors. Tommy Walker, a freshman majoring in musical theatre, said the

Submitted photo The Hot Box Girls will be featured in the Actorʼs Charitable Theatre production of “Guys and Dolls”, starting Friday at the Bama Theatre. Actor’s Charitable Theatre has been an excellent way to gain experience and get involved in the community.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Walker our feet wet, and we’re all open said. “But we have also been to learning from this perforworking very hard. It’s a new mance.” “Guys and Dolls” will be the company, so we’re still getting

company’s fourth play since the Actor’s Charitable Theatre was created in December 2008. Despite their preparation, the cast admits they have faced a few challenges. “Due to extenuating circumstances, we’ve have had to shift some roles around,” Harper said, who will play Nathan Detroit, one of the play’s main characters, in addition to directing. “In community theatre, you never know what’s going to be handed to you. How the show plays out this weekend is how it’s meant to be.” Powell said Actor’s Charitable Theatre participants invite everybody to see the production at one of the four showings. “It is a great, classic Broadway musical,” Powell said. “Both romantic and funny. People will enjoy themselves as they give back to the community. Tickets are available at the Bama Theatre box office, which is open this afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also are available at the door or by phone at 205-345-9474.

E-mails: US discussed nabbing Polanski in Austria Film director Roman Polanski in Montrouge, France. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the arrest of fugitive director Roman Polanski was set in motion by Swiss authorities, who sent an urgent fax to the U.S. Office of International Affairs on Sept. 22, 2009 stating Polanski was expected in Zurich for a film festival.

By Bradley Klapper The Associated Press GENEVA — American prosecutors closely monitored Roman Polanski in Austria and considered seeking his arrest there days before the director’s apprehension in Switzerland, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Los Angeles officials decided against filing a warrant for Polanski’s arrest with the Austrian government after questioning how accommodating it would be to an extradition request. They also were concerned about the limited time available before Polanski left the country, according to e-mails obtained by the AP under U.S. public records request. The e-mail exchange Sept. 23 came three days before Polanski traveled to Switzerland and was arrested Sept. 26 at Zurich’s airport. It sheds new light on how closely U.S. officials were monitoring the 76-year-old director’s movements after being tipped off that he was outside France, and why they chose to go after him in Switzerland, where they are now seeking his extradition for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. “I don’t have experience with any Austrian extraditions so I don’t know how ‘friendly’ they would be to extradition on such a case,” Diana Carbajal, a Los Angeles deputy district attorney, wrote in an e-mail. She wrote that Polanski had checked out of an Austrian hotel that morning and was “on the move” ahead of his scheduled appearance at the Zurich Film Festival on Sept. 26. With the little time available and questions over extra-


dition, she asked whether it was better to “maintain our position to extradite from Switzerland.” Lael Rubin, another deputy district attorney, answered: “Yes.” Polanski had been in Austria as early as Sept. 16, when he

ing him pursued in the land of Adolf Hitler’s birth. Austria and the United States have an extradition agreement, and the Vienna prosecutor’s spokesman Gerhard Jarosch said wanted individuals have been sent to the U.S. Jarosch said the U.S. sent no arrest request, and Austrian Justice Ministry spokesman Paul Hefelle said authorities did not detain Polanski while he was in the country because he was not wanted domestically. Still, U.S. officials expressed stronger confidence in the Swiss justice system. “Generally, Switzerland does not release fugitives

sought for extradition,” a Sept. 25 e-mail states. Later, on Oct. 5, nine days into Polanski’s imprisonment, another e-mail states that the Swiss government had assured U.S. officials that Polanski would probably be sent back to Los Angeles to face justice after the U.S. submits its formal extradition request. The U.S. has until Nov. 26 to do so. “While the Swiss officials cannot speak for the judge, the extradition will likely be ordered based upon the facts submitted in our papers,” according to the e-mail, relaying a conversation between Washington and Bern.

attended the opening night of his cult musical “Dance of the Vampires” in Vienna. E-mails obtained by the AP show U.S. officials only learned of his upcoming trip to Zurich after the Swiss asked if Washington would be submitting a request for

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First mascot costume moved to Bryant Museum By Johnny Esfeller Staff Writer

UA Athletics it took a lot of advocacy,â&#x20AC;? said Kathleen Cramer, senior associate vice president of student affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Bryant did not want us to have something silly. He wanted a classy elephant.â&#x20AC;? At the time, other schools in the Southeastern Conference had prominent mascots, such

as Aubie and Mike the Tiger, and Tide fans thought Alabama deserved to have a mascot of its own. Cramer was part of the group that traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to attend a mascot conference where they studied other mascots and worked on Big Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design.

On Jan. 1, 1980, under the lights of the Louisiana Superdome, coach Paul â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bearâ&#x20AC;? Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alabama Crimson Tide was set to face Lou Holtzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tide won its 11th football national championship, and one of the most endearing traditions of the Crimson Tide was introduced. Big Al made his debut. Since then, Big Al has stomped his way into the hearts and minds of Tide fans of all ages. The story behind the creation of Big Al is intriguing, and has a great deal of meaning to the people that were instrumental in his adoption. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first, Coach Bryant was reluctant to have a mascot, and

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took us years, and it was very deliberate,â&#x20AC;? Cramer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted it to be up to Alabama standards, and we wanted to make Coach Bryant proud.â&#x20AC;? It also was important that Big Al exemplify the spirit of the Crimson Tide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to show school spirit,â&#x20AC;? Cramer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Al was a symbol of the class Alabama showed. He was always a good sport, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in fights with mascots. Big Al always expects to win. Big Al loves children, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too busy to stop for a photo. He loves every sport and is not just a football mascot.â&#x20AC;? After some urging by students, most notably by the late Craig Cantrell, Bryant got behind the idea of Big Al. Cantrell also was influential in convincing Hugh Dye, the first student to wear the suit, to audition to be the first mascot. Dye won the job over 16 other students. Dye, whose son Allen currently is a freshman on the Alabama baseball team, said he remembers his time as the mascot fondly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just real fortunate to be that first one,â&#x20AC;? Dye said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At



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the time, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really understand what it meant and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a long term idea of what it would beâ&#x20AC;Ś Now, Big Al is a big part of the identity of the University.â&#x20AC;? Nearly 30 years later, Big Al is still an integral part of the tradition of Alabama and is among the most recognized mascots in college sports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine if you went to a game and Big Al wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there,â&#x20AC;? Dye said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone would notice. That should tell you that he is part of that tradition now.â&#x20AC;? The earliest incarnation of the Big Al suit now resides in the Paul W. Bryant Museum, after recently being moved from the Ferguson Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a part of history, and to have that first costume is important to us,â&#x20AC;? said Ken Gaddy, director of the Bryant Museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People can look at the history and see the changes in Big Al over time. People like to see that and collect the details.â&#x20AC;? Now everyone can experience another part of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storied history among the other collections housed in the Bryant Museum. Admission is free for students, faculty and staff.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine if you went to a game and Big Al wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there. Everyone would notice. That should tell you that he is part of that tradition now.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hugh Dye, the first Big Al mascot

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WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SWIMMING AND DIVING Senior Kacey Weddle competes in the butterďŹ&#x201A;y in the Tide's ďŹ rst home meet of the season against Vanderbilt and Centenary on Oct. 10.

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By Jordan Bannister Staff Writer The 2009-10 season is starting off on the right foot for the Crimson Tide swimmers. On Oct. 3, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming and diving team defeated Georgia Tech 190.5 to 100.5 at its first official meet. Also competing in the opener was Florida Atlantic, a team the Tide crushed 208-83. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming off the bus and just getting into our first competition of the year is always exciting,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Eric McIlquham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For these freshmen, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their first go-round and for our seniors itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their last go-round, so the first meets always have some sentimental value.â&#x20AC;? Most recently, the Tide claimed another victory over the Centenary menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team 19699 in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 10. The Tide will have almost an entire month off of competition but wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be letting up in practice by a long shot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be working on body alignment, good turns, good starts, just the small details as well as some endurance work,â&#x20AC;? said freshman Jake Reynolds, winner of the 50m freestyle for the second meet in a row. The next meet is against Louisiana State University on Nov. 6 at the Alabama Aquatic Center, and the team is ready for action.

Tide looking to improve By Lauren Dunning Staff Writer After an impressive showing in its first two meets, the Alabama womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming and diving team looks to improve even more during its three-week hiatus. The Tide came away with overall victories from both the first away and home meets. With two meets under their swim caps, the Tide swimmers and divers hope to continue that drive throughout the rest of the season. In the season opener held in Atlanta, the Tide women won against four out of the five teams competing, including Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast. Winning 10 of 16 events, Alabama had dominant showings by freshman Jenna Gallo (1000 freestyle) and senior Agustina de Giovanni (100 and 200 breaststoke) in the swimming competitions. In the diving events, junior Lauren Dunn and sophomore Carrie Dragland took the top spots in the three-meter and one-meter competition, respectively. The momentum continued to

UA Athletics Senior Riley Boulden competes in the breaststroke in the Tide's ďŹ rst home meet of the season against Vanderbilt and Centenary on Oct. 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With LSU in the last two years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of come down to the wire,â&#x20AC;? said All-American Mark Randall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully this year everyone can step up and get us some wins, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely looking forward to it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming down to the wireâ&#x20AC;? explains the sort of rivalry between Alabama and LSU. In the past couple of years, the Tide and the Tigers truly have faced off for victory. Just last year, Alabama lost to LSU 174124. In 2007, however, Alabama was the team that drowned the Tigers. Hoping for a good turnout, the talent-packed teams said they hope to put on a suspenseful show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a Friday. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the day before the LSU football game

and if we can just get some people in here, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a good place to be,â&#x20AC;? McIlquham said. On an individual standpoint, Randall happens to be a big name in the news. At the meet against Centenary, he swam the best time of the season on the national level thus far, 15:18.68. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go in with any certain expectations because every season is different,â&#x20AC;? he said. After facing LSU on Nov. 6, the Tide will travel to Auburn, the defending national champion, on Nov. 12 for the swimming and diving version of the Iron Bowl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always great to go against Auburn, the national champions,â&#x20AC;? Randall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expecting to go there and shake things up a little bit and win some events.â&#x20AC;?


the first home meet, where the Tide took on Vanderbilt and Centenary and won 14 individual events between 11 different athletes. Dragland (one and threemeter diving) and de Giovanni (400 IM and 500 breaststroke) came away with two wins apiece, and junior Paige Troyan (100 and 200 breastroke) also added two wins to help the Tide sweep the meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel that the team really came together in the meets, which helps out a lot with everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individuals, and I think that the best has yet to come,â&#x20AC;? said senior Maggie Zblewski. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did what we were supposed to do at that point in time and our training, and obviously wins are good, but putting our kids in a racing environment where they compete will help with upcoming meets,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Eric Illquham. With the season just beginning, that experience will continue to prove helpful with meets in the Southeastern Conference, which has proven to be the toughest conference in swimming and diving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have big goals in the SEC this year,â&#x20AC;? senior Brooke

Baldi said. Looking ahead to the next meet, Illquham emphasized the importance of continuing to get better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working on improving our aerobic capacity and increasing strength,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to continue improving and getting better results.â&#x20AC;? Not only is this the attitude for the upcoming meet, but it will continue to be the goal for the rest of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter what, even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Michael Phelps, you can still improve on things,â&#x20AC;? Zblewski said. The next meet, and the first SEC showdown, will be against Louisiana State University at the Alabama Aquatic Center Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. As part of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative, the LSU match-up will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pink Meetâ&#x20AC;?, where the athletes will don pink swim caps to promote Caps for the Cure and breast cancer awareness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always have a great meet against LSU, and last year we tied, which is very rare in swimming, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a very fast and competitive meet,â&#x20AC;? Illquham said.













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