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In addition to the county school system’s plans, the Tuscaloosa City School Board has also approved a contract between the school system and the consulting group EnCompass360. The city school system will also apply for the Hazard Mitigation Grant provided by FEMA. The plan would allow each of the twenty-two city schools to have a safe room, a project that is estimated to cost $40 million.

The aftermath of the April 27 tornadoes left a lot of work in Tuscaloosa, and some UA students are keeping the work going, even in class. Students who enrolled in David Ford’s Foundations of Entrepreneurship class, MGT 386, for Summer 2 found themselves assigned to create a small business. They planned to raise money via a raffle for a football signed by Nick Saban. The contest generated $870 that the class donated entirely to the Backpack Coalition, a charity dedicated to providing 10,000 Tuscaloosa students with school supplies. The class’s donation contributed alongside such organizations as the Tuscaloosa City and County Schools, Temporary Emergency Services and The Hope Initiative, according to the Backpack Coalition’s Facebook page. James Gilbert, a senior majoring in management who took the class, initially suggested a raffle sale and organized the project, including a radio promotion and a sale in University Mall and at Sam’s Club. Gilbert said the time frame of a one-month class provided challenges. “The time we had to finish the project was stressful, but our team contributed very well, and they took a lot of stress off me,” Gilbert said. Gilbert said he valued the opportunity to continue helping Tuscaloosa recover. “Besides the initial work available in May after the storm, there hasn’t been much available charity work for students to participate in,” Gilbert said. “It was a great experience and something I enjoyed working on.” Gilbert donated the money through Melissa Rogers, a volunteer with the Backpack Coalition. Rogers worked to organize volunteers and donations, specifically at the University Mall location. Rogers said the students’ donation came at a

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Area schools to build shelters By Sydney Newman Contributing Writer Though the Southeast has always experienced tornadic weather, the April 27 tornado spurred increased awareness of the importance of weather preparedness at home, work and in the classroom. Of nine Tuscaloosa County schools, six suffered damage from the tornado and three were destroyed. The Tuscaloosa County School Board is taking precau-

tions to ensure their students will be safe in the future should a similar danger present itself. Unfortunately for the public school system, the measures come with extreme costs. If the county school system builds one safe room in each of the nine schools, the total cost would be between $1.5 and $2 million. A federal grant, the Hazard Mitigation Grant, would ensure a majority of the funds to complete the safe rooms. With their good intentions in tow, the school sys-

tem has recognized the fact that it will need the help of a consulting group to complete the necessary applications for a federal grant. In recent weeks, the county school board approved a contract with EnCompass360, the consulting group chosen to complete the school system’s application for the grant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, for which will be applied, is a grant allocated for state and local governments located in a federal disaster area.

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By Sarah Massey Senior Staff Reporter The Capstone College of Nursing recently received a donation of $100,000 to create an endowed scholarship for incoming freshman nursing students. Donated by Gordon Rosen, a retired municipal judge and practicing lawyer, and his wife, Ann, the Gordon and Ann Rosen Endowed Nursing Scholarship seeks to encourage and help students who want to pursue the nursing profession. Rosen said he has a great deal of respect for nursing and thinks that it’s a “noble calling.” A veteran of World War II, Rosen said he realized during the war how critical nurses were to the service, and his respect for nurses has continued to grow over the years as he has had more opportunities le this


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“I definitely prefer using technology,” she said. “It makes your teaching a lot more effective when you need to find instant confirmation of an event you are alluding to and that no two people in the room have the same visual representation of, or version of, while some don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Even more importantly, it allows students to share their own knowledge with the instructor.” According to Education World, interactive white-

boards, sometimes called a Smartboard, are becoming popular for teachers to use in order to interact with students. The Smartboard, a large, interactive display that is connected to a computer, allow users to control it with instruments such as a stylus or pen, or in some cases, even fingers. According to the study, it offers a way to manage learning information on a large scale. Currently teaching in France, Coquet-Mokoko said she uses much less technology in her

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to see their work. “I’ll be 90 this year and had a few health problems, and my older brothers had some health problems,” Rosen said. “They had occasion to be hospitalized, as I have. I’ve observed nurses and respect nurses, and respect what they do, and how they go about their job, and what they mean to all of us.” Shelley Jordan, director of advancement at the Capstone College of Nursing, said the College is so appreciative for the donation by the Rosens. “It’s going to help our students tremendously, because an endowment of that amount at our college will help many people pursue their dream of being a nurse,” she said. “Many students will be able pursue their dream of being a nurse because of what he and his wife have done for us.”

With gadgets such as iPhones, iPads and smartphones becoming household essentials, some studies suggest that using these items in a classroom are making what students have learned in the classroom relevant to things they learn outside in the real world. According to a New York Times timeline, the evolution of technology in the classroom has transformed from the use of wooden paddle printed with the alphabet to now, in 2011, an iPad. Most researchers wonder if the iPad is the end of the textbook and some colleges are even using iPhones as clickers for quizzes in mass lecture classes. Professors at the University of Alabama are also beginning to use other forms of technology to make their class times flow smoothly. Former University of Alabama African-American Studies professor Cécile Coquet-Mokoko said she loves to use technology within the classroom.

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classes abroad because none of the teachers there use them. “We don’t even have anything coming close to Blackboard or e-Learning, imperfect as it may be, and to be honest, I am one of the few ones who can make a PowerPoint presentation effectively for my students,” she said. “Most of the other professors will keep PowerPoint presentations for conference presentations, when they are comfortable with PowerPoint.” Coquet-Mokoko said she believes the classroom also exists outside of the walls, and that is what she misses most about teaching in America, as opposed to France mindsets. “I think that whatever allows students to connect experiences and people in and out of the classroom helps them make sense of the material and ideas being offered to them,” CoquetMokoko said. “Appropriating knowledge is one of the biggest and most exciting challenges for both educators and students. The instant interconnectedness made possible by these tools makes it exciting to spread knowledge, provided it has been correctly processed and synthesized in the first place, by both the instructor and the student.”

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school system, this would mean implementing a 1-cent sales tax, which would then be set aside for the project. “If the grant is received, it would take several years to complete the construction of safe rooms at all schools, but we consider this a high priority,” said Daniel Meissner, Tuscaloosa City School Board

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member. “The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is a critical issue for us and we are very hopeful this grant will be approved.” With actions being taken by the Tuscaloosa County and City School Systems, the University is also looking into more precautions. “The safety of our students,

faculty and staff is always a priority for the University,” said UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. “Numerous basements and safe areas are already available on campus and we are continually reviewing our plans to ensure safe areas as new buildings are constructed. “Our severe weather guidelines clearly advise students,

faculty and staff to move immediately to the lowest level and toward the center of the building away from windows (interior classrooms, offices or corridors) in the event of a tornado warning and remain there until the warning has expired.” The University’s weather guidelines can be found at


scholarship will] help to bring those students who want to be nurses, but may not have a sufficient financial assistance to become nurses,” he said. “Therefore, I hope that there will be some [students]…that can get a scholarship that will enable them to pursue that profession.” The scholarship will be awarded beginning in fall 2012 to incoming freshmen nursing students that meet the academic requirements and have a financial need. “We are just so grateful for

what he’s doing for our students,” Jordan said. “A lot of young people have dreams of becoming a nurse, and because of Judge Rosen and his wife, that will happen.” In addition to the scholarship at the University of Alabama, Rosen established a smaller endowment at Shelton State for LPNs, or licensed practical nurses. Rosen said he hopes others will donate to the nursing colleges to help more students pursue this field. “It’s a great profession and serves mankind,” he said.


event, and found the class experience to be a good experience. “As a charity, the project really showed that you do not have to be overly ambitious to make a difference,” she said. Olds said the project also worked out well as a group venture within the class. “I thought that the project was a great idea,” Olds said. “For school, it really gave us as a group the opportunity to work against the odds; and by odds I mean because of summer classes when there aren’t a lot students on campus or in town and because we had a very short time frame with this being a one-month course.”

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good time. “I thought it was awesome because we were running short on supplies. We always have several hundreds kids we need donations for,” Rogers said. Rogers said the Coalition did not have enough donations yet to meet needs and welcomed the money and the chance to continue providing supplies for kids as the school year approaches. Ashley Olds, a senior majoring in fashion retail, also took the class. Olds said she’d volunteered previously with the West Alabama Food Bank and the “Dressing Up Tuscaloosa!”

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UA hosts music seminar and Nyack College. According to the Alessi Seminar website, musicians from all over the country are invited to audition for a position in the participant class that will receive instruction from Joseph Alessi throughout the event. Only eight musicians are chosen for this prestigious honor. Johnson said more than 75 participants are attending this year’s seminar. In years past, more than 400 trombonists ages 15-80 have attended the seminar, including high school and college students, weekend warriors and educators. One past participant, Jemmie Robertson, said he learned so much from attending the Alessi Seminar. “The Alessi seminar was a first-rate experience. I gained many insights into fundamentals and musicality, not only from Mr. Alessi’s masterful instruction, but also from the many wonderful trombonists who participated in the seminar,” Robertson said. From Monday, Aug. 1 until Friday, Aug. 5, the Alessi Seminar will feature five concerts that will take place in the Moody Music Building on the UA campus. All concerts are free and open to the public. On Friday, Aug. 5, the final concert will feature two world premiere compositions. Both pieces are dedicated in honor of the April 27 tornado victims. Johnson said, “This event will truly appeal to any music lover. The caliber of musicianship and virtuosity exhibited will be a treat for any who attend.”

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In America, there are a total of 25.8 million children and adults with diabetes, according to, the official website for the American Diabetes Association. In an attempt to educate those who have the disease, UA student Koushik Kasanagottu is working to coordinate a program for those in the Tuscaloosa and Black Belt regions. The program, which Kasanagottu said is based on a “we see, we do” concept of teaching, will include a number of different information sessions. Based off of the system coordinated in Birmingham by UAB medical students, the university’s program will receive support and help from the prospective doctors when needed. “We are very fortunate to have their help, and I appreciate them taking time out of their schedule to help us,” Kasanagottu said. “I have seen this program being extremely beneficial to the people around [Birmingham].” According to a UAB medical website, there are also classes such as diabetes prevention and diabetes management available for people in the community.


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“We are very fortunate to have their help, and I appreciate them taking time out of their schedule to help us. I have seen this program being extremely beneficial to the people around [Birmingham].”

The program in Tuscaloosa has not yet started and is in the beginning stages of development. At the beginning of the fall semester, an interest meeting about the program will be held, Kasanagottu said. “Then, a core group of students and I will begin planning the structure of the program,” he continued. “There is no definite date on when we will actually go out and begin the education process. Once the program is fully functioning, we will have a website that has our contact information.” Sessions will focus on topics such as exercise and nutrition and will be held in the communities where they visit. “This is the exciting part of the program,” Kasanagottu said. “We will be hosting these sessions in their community such as their local church, community center, school, etc. We are bringing the information to them, rather than asking them to come to us.” One of the first things students involved with the pro-




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The University of Alabama’s Department of Music will host the 2011 Alessi Seminar at Moody Music Concert Hall from July 29-Aug. 6. This nine-day event is directed by the New York Philharmonic’s principal trombonist, Joseph Alessi. “Mr. Alessi’s vision to create an event that elevates both trombone playing and pedagogy to the highest level has been fostered through the

exchange of information [in his seminars],” said Andrea Johnson, marketing and support assistant for UA’s Music Services. “This process is made possible through the welcoming atmosphere and spirit of collegiality and mutual respect displayed among all in attendance each year.” This is the first year the University has hosted the Alessi Seminar, which has taken place biannually since 1999. Other universities that have hosted the event include The University of New Mexico


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Don’t hate us ‘cause we’re beautiful: Give UA some respect, Princeton Review By Katherine Martin

So the Princeton Review came out with their massive list of college rankings Tuesday and Alabama, well – we didn’t do so well. The board surveyed more than 122,000 students and took their answers to comprise the list. T h e Princeton Review says the lists are made to help people find the perfect school for them, but really, it’s just a competition. The Capstone only placed on three of the 62 rankings list: jock schools, students study the least and top entrepreneurial programs for undergrads. I’m going to tell you why they’re wrong. We placed number 14 on the jock school list below Florida, who received first place, followed by Auburn and Kentucky. But we beat Georgia, so I guess that’s cool. Let’s just be honest, this list is completely dumb because we know we’re number one. Come on, we’re Alabama, roll tide. The University received the bronze medal in schools where students study the least. Most of SEC made this list expect for Vandy (nerds), South Carolina (who cares), Tennessee

Next year I expect the University of Alabama to up it’s game and make no. 1 on all of the good lists, we’ve got a reputation to uphold. And Princeton Review, take in to account that people might hate on UA in your surveys because they’re jealous.

(they made the list of least beautiful campus), Auburn (are you kidding me?), Mississippi State and Arkansas (didn’t make any lists because they don’t matter). I study, all of my friends study. Who on campus doesn’t at least study a little? How do you even judge this? Maybe students at UA are just so smart we don’t have to study. Ever thought about that Princeton Review? Now for the top entrepreneurial programs for undergrads, we placed number 21, and I’ll just be honest I don’t really know what this means. Apparently people at UA can start businesses easier, or whatever. So that’s that. Let’s take a closer look at our friends from around the SEC. Florida won tons of things – first place for best career services, ninth for best college newspaper, sixth for lots of beer, eighteenth for lots of hard liquor, ninth for party schools. These all kind of upset me, but one that irks me the most is they placed no. 2 for students pack the stadiums. Have they ever been to UA on gameday? It’s nuts and everybody knows that. And we

didn’t even place. Who are these people? Ole Miss ranked no. 10 on the happiest students list. You tell me what you can do in Oxford that you can’t in Tuscaloosa. It’s basically the same place with better sports teams. Vanderbilt placed first on the list of major fraternity and sorority scene. I’ve been to Vandy a few times, and yes, they do have their share fratstars and sorositutes, but the University of Alabama, which has one of the largest sorority recruitments in the U.S., didn’t make the list. Now does that make sense? UA, time to turn up your frattiness even more. Next year I expect the University of Alabama to up it’s game and make no. 1 on all of the good lists, we’ve got a reputation to uphold. And Princeton Review, take in to account that people might hate on UA in your surveys because they’re jealous. Katherine Martin is the news editor of the Crimson White.

iCloud could succeed where every other cloud-based consumer software has failed By John Patrick McLemore Keeping personal information, documents and media files up to date on all the devices we own today has always been a bit frustrating. Google, Apple and Microsoft have made attempts over the past few years to move from the manual syncing of devices to using online cloud servers. Services like MobileMe and Google docs have managed to gain attention in the tech sector, but have failed to move into widespread adoption by the everyday computer and smartphone user. Startup companies such as Dropbox and offer free storage space in the cloud to hold documents and photos but cannot update personal information such as address books and calendars. Google’s synching service for iPhones and Androids has been used widely, but offers no real ability to sync or stream media. Google also lacks a desktop interface that can be accessed through a dedicated application. Microsoft has yet to introduce a real contender for cloud applications, but it is rumored that Windows 8 will be highly integrated with the cloud. It seems Apple will be the first company to introduce a service that will be able to keep all our personal and media files in sync with little to no hassle. Over the past few weeks, Apple has been spreading information on its new iCloud service. It will be very similar to its first attempt with MobileMe, but it won’t include the hefty annual price. iCloud will include 5 GB of free storage to start with and will be fully integrated into all of

This synchronization of personal data within the Apple operating systems is similar to what Google has offered before, but the big news with iCloud is the effortless sharing of media.

the new Apple operating systems. OSX Lion was released on July 20 and will be fully integrated with iCloud. Lion has been streamlined to look and feel more like the iPhone and iPad operating system with full screen applications and a Launchpad screen that mimics the iPhone home screen. The new calendar and mail apps will update automatically with the cloud and work seamlessly with any iOS device. This synchronization of personal data within the Apple operating systems is similar to what Google has offered before, but the big news with iCloud is the effortless sharing of media. Apple’s iTunes will be at the center for the majority of iCloud media services. Apple has announced it will offer a streaming service through iCloud that will allow any iTunes user to stream their library to any digital device. Competitors like Amazon have already released products that allow streaming of any previously purchased music, but Apple has come up with a plan that will remove the need to upload vast amounts of music that will take up all the free iCloud space offered. iTunes Match is the new service offered by Apple that will scan your personal library and match it to music already located on their iTunes server. This service will

allow streaming of your entire library without having to upload thousands of songs or pay for large amounts of online storage. The only catch is the $25 annual fee for iTunes Match. The new iOS operating systems will be released along with iCloud later this fall and will take full advantage of the wireless syncing offered through iCloud. It is likely that the upgrade to iOS 5 will be the last time many iPhone users will be using their USB cords to sync their devices. Included in the update will be syncing over WiFi. The update will also enable moving media between iOS devices and computers anywhere through either iCloud or iTunes Match. iCloud is likely to be the first real success in moving people towards a cloud based life. Large amounts of cloud storage space and iTunes Match will not be free, but they are reasonably priced unlike many other Apple products. This low price point and easy integration make it a service that will no doubt be emulated by competitors like Google and Microsoft who have been trying to keep up with Apple’s easy interface since the release of the iPhone. John Patrick McLemore is a senior majoring in chemical engineering.

After five years, this Saturday I will finally be a graduate of the University of Alabama. In the five years I’ve been at this university, a lot of things have happened. A lot of things have changed. Tuition has been on a consistent rise. The University hit 30,000 students. A group of Christians washed away the chalkings of the Atheists and Agnostics of Alabama student organization. Brother Micah came. Brother Micah stopped coming. We won national championships in football, cheerleading and gymnastics. Debates about the anti-discrimination policy happened all across campus. The CrimsonRide bus system was initiated. In the town of Tuscaloosa, things changed. Bad Ass Coffee changed to something I could never remember—changed to Strip Teas, changed to TCBY. My two favorite places to eat, Taco Gean and Arahova, and one of my least favorite places, Crimson Cafe, went out of business. We got

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Sunday alcohol sales. A tornado tore apart this city in a way that will take a long time and a lot of effort to recover from. In this nation and this world, things changed. We elected our first black president. Alabama elected Gov. Robert Bentley. Osama bin Laden was killed. Saddam Hussein was executed. Banks and car companies got big bailouts. North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. Pluto got demoted. The Writers Guild of America went on strike. Several states legalized gay marriage. In my personal life, as I’m sure is true of almost everyone’s personal lives, things have changed. I’ve had ups and downs, struggles and successes. And that’s how life is and always will be. Crazy things will happen. And sometimes, they will be things that make you upset or things you want to change. So do it. Don’t sit around. Try to make a change. Start a discussion. Spread accurate information and educate those who are ignorant of what’s actually happening. The first thing I ever wrote for The Crimson White was during my sophomore year here, four years ago. Homosexuality and homosexual marriage entered the opinions page and, along with them, the Bible. I wrote asking people to stop flinging Bible verses ignorantly because it was clear the majority of them had no idea what they were talking about. I’ve written many things since then. Some have gone largely unnoticed. Many things I’ve written have gotten me compliments from people for my interesting, logical arguments. Many things I’ve written have also attracted a massive amount of ire, once for daring to suggest that the GPA system is outdated, inaccurate and needs to change. I was essentially called a frothing-at-the-mouth moron. Another time, I graded Lakeside Dining Hall and gave it a 78 out of 100. That got me into an hour long meeting with the top three people in the Bama Dining organization, one of whom was extremely irate since President Witt called him up to ask why a student graded the establishment so poorly. The only change I’ve been able to physically see enacted because of my writings is a correction to the times listed on the door of Bryant Dining Hall. But others have made more obvious differences. Tray Smith’s complaints about the management of Little Italy brought in a new management to the eatery, and it has become a very friendly environment, soon to start selling alcohol as originally planned. Even earlier, a student complained about the dangers of sidewalks when they were wet, and UA installed those little texture sections on the entrances and exits of the sidewalks. I can personally guarantee that President Witt occasionally reads what is written in The Crimson White. It happened to me at least once, as I mentioned before. And even if President Witt doesn’t read your complaints or concerns about the University, several professors read The CW, and may be in a position to be your advocate somehow, like in the Faculty Senate. If this recent debt debacle has taught me anything other than we should kick a whole lot of people out of Congress for not having a clue as to how to do their jobs properly, it’s taught me that people need to speak up for what they want. Demand change when change is warranted. On Saturday, I’m leaving the University, and I may never again write for The CW. I may stick around Tuscaloosa, but the goings on of this campus won’t concern me as much as they once did. But they should concern those of you who will be attending this school. Always try to make things better. Never be satisfied with things you disagree with. Write, rally, petition, speak. But never let your years go silently by.

Sean Randall is a senior majoring in theatre and philosophy.

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School of Music forms new student group By Jasmine Cannon Senior Staff Reporter

Students in the UA School of Music have started the new Capstone Association of Collegiate Musicians, new student organization. The school, known for its numerous successful recitals and talented students, will now have CACM, which officers and faculty say will bring attention to the happenings in the School of Music. “Our mission is to represent students at the School of Music and help them gain exposure across campus and around the community and to get them to have a more unified envi-

ronment,” said Kaylene Beal, president of CACM. The group will present concerts on campus while venturing out into the community. “I think the organization can be a really great tie to the community, sort of reaffirming the town and gown idea that has been in place for many years,” said Pam Pennick, faculty advisor of CACM and coordinator for music administration. “It can be good outreach from the music school, in particular these wonderful students. It could be a great outreach to the community in many ways, not only to hopefully have performances in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but be a part of art night.”

There are six undergraduate majors in the School of Music, and Beal said they want to bring them all together and eventually venture out into other colleges that focus on the arts. “A lot of [the different majors] don’t always work together on projects, and I feel like if the whole building was more unified then we could have a more accessible personality to the community outside the building,” Beal said. Andrea Johnson, student and marketing support assistant for the College and an advisor to CACM, will be helping the organization get their face out in the Capstone community.

Johnson works in the office where concerts are scheduled as well as with marketing for the school. Beal said she will be helping out with logistical matters. Johnson said there is a strong network at the School of Music, and the College presents nearly 200 concerts and events a year. “My hope is to see the group involve a breadth of students,” Johnson said. “For music majors, every day is about making music and conditioning themselves as music professionals. It is paramount that the students support each other and advocate the arts for themselves. My highest hope is that other students, espe-

cially non-music majors, are able to connect to the student group and, perhaps, renew their advocacy for the arts – especially music.” Jenny Shelton, vice president of CACM, said the group hopes to see success in promoting the School of Music throughout the community – both going out in the community but also informing people of the concerts on campus. “With Tuscaloosa being such a fine arts area, there should be a lot more attendance,” Shelton said. “We feel like people just don’t know, so we want to promote a lot as well.” Students of all majors are welcomed to join CACM. To

get involved with CACM or to learn more about the organization email The CACM Facebook group can be found at The group will also be at this fall’s Get-On-Board Day, Aug. 31. “Jim Henson once said, ‘Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul,’” Johnson said. “The CACM students experience this every day and their group is a means to ‘spread the wealth’ and create a presence on campus.”

Local mine spills coal slurry into North River By Melissa Brown Contributing Writer

On July 15, Walter Energy’s North Mine spilled between 120,000 and 600,000 gallons of coal slurry into a tributary of Freeman Creek. The Freeman Creek flows into the North River, which ultimately flows into Lake Tuscaloosa – the recreational area and wildlife habitat that provides drinking water for more than 200,000 people. “‘Slurry’ is the mixture of water, dirt and minerals that’s left over after the cleaned coal has been removed,” said John Kinney, enforcement coordinator of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “It often contains high levels of salts including chlorides and sulfates as well as numerous heavy metals such as aluminum, iron, manganese, arsenic, lead, selenium and mercury.” According to information provided to the Black Warrior Riverkeeper by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission director Randall Johnson, the North River mine was originally legally pumping the slurry into abandoned sec-

Photo |Nelson Brooke Gray coal slurry in North River at Wittson Bridge on Old Japser Road. tions of the mine when equipment malfunction caused the containment vessel to overflow. “The float switch on the pumping equipment malfunc-

tioned and did not activate the alarm to alert mine staff,” said Jenn Patterson, program director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Exact figures of how long

the overflow occurred are unclear, but are estimated to have been between two and four hours. However, Johnson speculated that the pipeline could have run as long as 10

hours. The ASMC released a set of samples, taken July 19, which showed elevated arsenic and lead levels in the North River. “Accidents happen, and in this case, Walter Energy was not prepared to prevent harm to the North River and its tributaries,” said Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “Sadly, our regulatory agencies are downplaying the importance of water quality, aquatic life, and recreation in the North River watershed.” “Of course the companies involved in these types of accidents need to bear most of the blame, but our state regulatory agencies are partially to blame as well,” Kinney said. “In the past, both the ASMC and [the Alabama Department of Environmental Management] have been reluctant to enforce the laws they have at their disposal to prevent these types of accidents and rarely impose fines large enough to act as a significant deterrent to prevent them from recurring in the future.” Brooke and others at the Riverkeeper fear that acci-

dents like the North River Mine spill could occur at the controversial Shepherd Bend Mine – a permitted coal mine that is located on the Black Warrior River across from a drinking water intake serving 200,000 Birmingham-area residents. “If this is how the government reacts to a coal mining accident upstream of the drinking water supply for 200,000 Tuscaloosaarea residents, then we can unfortunately expect a similar response if an accident occurred upstream of the drinking water supply for 200,000 Birmingham-area residents,” Brooke said. “While the North River Mine is not Shepherd Bend, this incident highlights some of the risks attendant to locating coal mining operations so close to the drinking water supply,” said Eva Dillard, Black Warrior Riverkeeper staff attorney. “We expect ADEM and the ASMC to closely supervise Walter Energy’s clean-up efforts to ensure that the public interest is protected and that these waters are restored.”


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Student chosen for pharmaceutical fellowship By Jasmine Cannon Senior Staff Reporter

Aeriel Murphy, a senior majoring in metallurgical and materials engineering, has become the first UA student to be a part of the United Negro College Fund-Merck Foundation Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Program. Murphy, a native of Wetumpka, Ala., is one of 15 students chosen for the program, which provides students with up to $30,000 for tuition and a summer research internship at a Merck facility. “It feels great,” Murphy said. “A lot of people applied, a lot of people wanted to get it. I’m really blessed to get this opportunity since Merck is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. The research that they do is invaluable to me, especially since I want to go to graduate school.” Murphy is doing her internship in Rahway, N.J., where she is studying the biology side of engineering. She said her research, which is in the pharmaceutical science group, includes researching drugs that are insoluble and how to improve solubility of insoluble drugs through the method of creating nanoparticles of the drugs. Along with being mentored

Senior Aeriel Murphy is the first UA student to be a part of the United Negro College FundMerck Foundation research scholarship program.

CW | Jerrod Seaton by a Merck senior research chemist, networking and meeting people from various places has been another positive element from being a UNCFMerck Fellow. There are fellows from schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as professors that have been in the field for years. Murphy is involved in numerous organizations at the Capstone. In addition to working in the UA magnetic suspension melting lab doing

research on the electromagnetic processing of metals and previously being a co-op engineer at Southern Company in Birmingham, she is a McNair Scholar, and a part of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cardinal Key Honor Society, Emerging Scholars and the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Student Advantage chapter. “Aeriel’s brilliant,” said Keshia Wilson, UA graduate assistant and Murphy’s

McNair mentor. “She’s a very well-rounded girl – she’s smart, she’s funny. She’s just the package of a person. She’s a very intellectual person – if she doesn’t know, she’s going to go figure it out and if she hasn’t figured it out she’s going to keep going until she figures it out. She’s a strong, driven, hard-working person. I commend her, especially in the field of engineering. I’m proud of her.” Earlier this year, Murphy was awarded the John C.

FAST FACTS The UNCF-Merck Science Initiative was established in July of 1995 by Merck & Co., Inc. – a premiere pharmaceutical products and services company with the purpose to increase the number of African American students pursuing careers in the field of scientific research.

Wilkins Excellence Award for her work in metallurgical and materials engineering. She is an exceptional student inside and outside of class according to faculty and staff members. “Aeriel – I like to refer to as a very determined, very intelligent and highly motivated student,” said Viola Acoff, professor and head of metallurgical and materials engineering. “I like to refer to her as the epitome of an outstanding engineering student because not only does she try to understand what’s going on in her actual course and she does exceptional well with that. She also goes the extra step to learn whatever she can about her field outside of the classroom.” After earning her bachelor’s degree, Murphy said she plans to get her masters on the way to an ultimate goal of obtaining her doctorate degree. “I really want to get a Ph.D. in material engineering whether it be more towards bio-engineering or more towards metallurgical,” Murphy said. “I think nothing will stop Aeriel from achieving her goals,” Acoff said. “She has her plan set and I am certain that she will obtain her goal and obtain a Ph.D. in material science with emphasis on bio materials and bio engineering.”

CS department teams with local high schools By Noomi Grootens Contributing Writer

tunity to master the basics of computer science, according to Jeff Gray, associate profesThe University of Alabama sor of computer science. “The course is particularly was selected as one of the top 10 universities to participate in focused on those who are nonthe College Board’s Advanced majors,” Gray said. “We will Placement Pilot Study to help teach students about the funwith creating a new AP exam damentals of computing.” Other projects include in Computer Science. The course, which is listed teaching students how to as CS 104, was created to offer program the Android smartnon-major students the oppor- phone using new technology

in collaboration with Google. The University was one of 220 applicants, and was chosen as one of the top 10 schools to test the Pilot, also being the only SEC school selected to participate. College Board is providing the University with $20,000 to help develop the course. Each university is partnered will a high school to collaborate in running the Pilot. UA

is partnered with Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery. “College Board has formed these partnerships with high schools so that there is a direct link between what is eventually taught in an AP course in high school, and the equivalent course that is then awarded credit at the University,” Gray said. The University is also part-

nered with A+ College Ready, an organization that works on improving student achievement in AP programs. “They are focused on increasing access to rigorous college-level Advanced Placement course offerings in Alabama high schools in the core subject areas of math, science and English,” Gray said. Not only will the Pilot help

in creating new computer science programs, it’ll also help the University have a stronger influence on the direction of computer science education. “It also has the potential to provide a platform for us to make a deep impact,” Gray said. “It will also allow us to make inroads into more Alabama school systems that want to learn about computer science.”

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Astronomers capture image of black hole By Caroline Taylor Contributing Writer

The flow of hot gas moving towards a black hole has been clearly imaged for the first time in X-rays taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray and a study led by four astronomers at the University—Ka-Wah Wong, Jimmy Irwin, Mihoko Yukita and Evan Million. According to evidence they have found is important because it helps astronomers understand how black holes grow and how matter behaves in their intense gravity, in the study led and written by Wong and published in “The Astrophysical Journal Letters.” The supermassive black hole is in the center of the galaxy NGC 3115, which is located about 32 million lightyears from Earth. The black hole, with a mass of about two billion times the size of the Sun, is the closest black hole of that size to earth. Irwin, an assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy and co-author, said this evidence is groundbreaking because it is the first time that the hot gas within the influence of a black hole has been spatially resolved.

The galaxy NGC 3115 is shown here in a composite image of data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT).

“We can see hot gas around many other black holes, but we can not determine any spatial structure in the gas right around the black hole,” Irwin said. “The sphere of influence

FAST FACTS for Galaxy 3115 • Scale: About 70,000 light years across • Distance: About 32 million light years • Category: Lenticular galaxy, contains a disk and a central bulge of stars without a detecable spiral pattern

astronomers have observed a critical threshold where the motion of gas first becomes dominated by the black hole’s gravity and falls inward. This distance from the black hole is known as the “Bondi radius.” With this study, Irwin said they were awarded with a million more seconds of imaging at the Chandra X-ray Observatory from the X-ray Visionary Projects and will begin obtaining better temperature and density values of the black hole to further Photo | NASA their studies. The Chandra X-ray is in orbit of the black hole in NGC 3115 black hole where the flow of because X-rays from space are is large and close enough that gas can be observed, Irwin absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere, according to Peter Chandra can detect how the said. By imaging the hot gas at Edmonds, an astrophysicist at density of the gas is changing different distances from this the Chandra X-ray Center in within the sphere.” This makes this the only supermassive black hole, Cambridge, Mass. He said the

mirrors on the telescope are used to focus the X-rays and make the sharp images that Chandra is renowned for. And for a sum of the definition of a black hole, Edmonds compares it to launching a rocket: What is a black hole? “I like to think in terms of escape velocity, which is the speed a rocket must attain on launch to escape from an object’s gravity. If you made the object more massive without changing its size, the escape velocity of the object would increase. That is you’d need to blast off at a higher speed to escape. If you add so much mass to the object that the escape velocity exceeds the speed of light, then nothing can escape the object’s gravity, including light. You then have a black hole.”

Arts and Sciences plan gallery opening downtown By Sydney Newman Contributing Writer

The College of Arts and Sciences has recently worked to create and open the Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art in downtown Tuscaloosa. The gallery will feature a rotation of pieces from the Paul R. Jones Collection, as well as a selection of student works. Once open, the gallery will be the first University-run art gallery located off-campus. The dedication and opening will take place on Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. The premier exhibit,

the University in 2008 prior to Jones’s death in Jan. of 2010. During his lifetime, Jones accumulated one of the larg• What: The dedication and opening of the gallery est personal collections of African-American art valued at over $4 million. The College of Arts and • Where: 2308 Sixth Street in downtown Tuscaloosa Sciences departments of art and art history also run the two on-campus galleries, the Sarah-Moody Gallery of Art • When: Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. in Garland Hall and the SellaGranata Gallery located in Icon, will remain open until galery’s namesake, the late Woods Hall. However, this gallery differs from its predeSept. 16. The Icon exhibit will Paul R. Jones. This collection, containing cessors due to its communitybe comprised of works of art from the collection of the 1,700 pieces, was donated to friendly location.


The collection of AfricanAmerican art has been displayed in Mary Harmon Bryant Hall thus far, but in order for the pieces to be shared with the community, they will now rotate in and out of the Jones Gallery. A group of graduate students from UA and UAB have worked together to select groups of work from other artists to be displayed in addition to the Jones collection. Robert Sengstacke, Clarissa Sligh and Valerie Maynard were a few of the artists, among others, to have their

works selected for display. The graduate students have also created a catalog of the show as well as text for the exhibit. The Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art is located at 2308 Sixth Street in downtown Tuscaloosa. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10-8 p.m. and Saturday 12 to 5 p.m.; it will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. The gallery’s phone number is (205) 345-3157. There is no cost of admittance.

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Student recieves study abroad scholarship By Mari Johnson Staff Reporter

Caitlin Trotter, a University of Alabama Honors College student, was recently awarded a National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco, beating out nearly 900 applicants. Trotter, a Huntsville native, said she became interested in Arabic and studying abroad after visiting her sister in Cairo, in 2007. “I think studying abroad is a great thing to do because you learn a lot about the world and about yourself,” Trotter said. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships strive to provide funding opportunities for American undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. Being a recipient of the Boren Scholarship provides Trotter

CW | Caitlin Trotter with the opportunity to study Arabic in the country of her choice—Morocco. Trotter said she chose Morocco because she is studying both Arabic and French, and both languages are spoken in the country. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I’ve always wanted to

go there. With all of the upheaval in the Middle East, it seems to be one of the most civil countries,” she said. In addition to studying Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic at Mohammad V University, the largest public university in Morocco, Trotter said she will also take history, religion and other types of classes including “History of the Maghreb” and “Gender and Islam.” As a New College student studying international relations and photojournalism, Trotter said as part of the scholarship, she has to work for the government for at least a year within three years of graduating and will probably work for the United States Agency for International Development or the state department. “Lately I’ve been very interested in development, so I’m leaning towards working for the U.S. Agency for International Development,” she said. The Boren Scholarship also focuses on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to national security, broadly defined and underrepresented in study abroad. Only 152 students were chosen as recipients this year for the Boren Scholarship. According to the UA official website, Trotter is one of two UA students to be chosen as a Boren Scholar this year. “This has been a record-setting year for UA and the Honors College,” said Fran Oneal, director of the International Honors Program. Trotter said she is eager and excited to begin her studies in Morocco. “I’ll be living with a host family,” she said, “which I anticipate to be an adjustment, but also very rewarding and educational. My goal is to learn the language and have a lot of really cool experiences and meet new people and make new friends who I’ll be friends with for a long time.”

CW | Caitlin Trotter Construction continues on the new residence hall near Rose Towers.

Spam hits Crimson Mail By Sarah Massey Senior Staff Reporter For students who check their Crimson email account regularly, emails sent from have been frequently popping up in the past few weeks. This website, which links both classmates to one another and provides information such as professor reviews and class grade distribution, has been sending emails to University of Alabama students about scholarships and student loans. While this would be valuable information from any other source, these emails have been spam in most mailboxes. Although the information included in the email pertains to the University of Alabama, the email address accounts are managed by Google, making the CampusBuddy. com emails simply spam that oftentimes plagues those with Google accounts. Ashley Ewing, informa-

tion security officer for the University of Alabama, said that the student Crimson email addresses do not come through the University in any way. “We have very little authority to be able to block any email,” he said. “That would be something totally up to Google to do that. It would be like any other spam coming in.” Ewing suggests that for students that don’t want to get the email to mark it as spam and block it. Ewing said he originally believed the emails to be a phishing attack, in which a fake website is set up and used to obtain personal information; however, after checking out the website, he determined the emails were just spam. Cathy Andreen, assistant director of media relations, said the University became aware some students had received the emails late last week, but the University does not endorse CampusBuddy. com. While the emails are spam, is a valid

website but should not be the first source of information for scholarships or student loans. Andreen said students should go to the official UA financial aid site to obtain “accurate and official information” at financialaid. Other universities have had to deal with spam from, too. In 2008, students at Illinois State University received emails from the website; however, the emails appeared to have been sent from someone within Illinois State University. The University urged students to be wary of the spoof address and to delete it. Ewing said he believes spamming to be the wrong way for to attract users. “If they’re offering a valid service to students, you shouldn’t have to spam them to get them to come and take advantage of things that they offer,” he said.

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Campus hosts summer chemistry program By Kendall R. Mays Contributing Writer A summer chemistry program at the University of Alabama is giving insight into graduate studies to students from other universities. The program invites undergraduate students in the Chemistry field to come to the Capstone for a summer of Chemical research. The Summer Undergraduate Research Program was started at the University of Alabama 30 years ago with funding from the National Science Foundation. Students enrolled in primarily Southeastern Universities, are selected based on strong academic performance and referrals from faculty at their University. The 10-week program attempts to help students maintain an interest in chemistry and other sciences through hands-on research


experiences. This year, SURP has 19 participants working under the direction of 15 doctoral advisors. The small size of the group allows their advisors to offer assistance with research projects at a more personal level. The projects themselves are tedious and require dili-

gence to finish. “Sometimes graduate students help them finish,” said Jon Vincent, professor of Chemistry at the UA and codirector of SURP with Stephen Woski. “One student is looking for better ways to determine the amino acid sequence of proteins using mass spectrometry.

“About 80 percent of the participants in the program decide to go to graduate school Students at for a chemistry-related field,” the Capstone Vincent said. “The National as a part of Science Foundation wants to the Summer keep people interested in sciUndergraduence, mathematics and engiate Research neering, and that retention has Program. been the mark of success.” The goal of the program, as defined by the National Science Foundation, has not been lost on the participants. Stephen Smith, a senior at the University of North Alabama, used the opportunity to further his career as a professional chemist and get a better idea But it’s a 10-week program, and of what enrollment in graduate you never know what you’re school would require. “I applied to this program to going to find in research.” Participants in this year’s gain a better understanding program are housed at of what working in a graduate Bryce Lawn Apartments and laboratory would entail and given email accounts by the determine whether or not I University of Alabama and are wanted to continue my educatreated as UA students for the tion in graduate school,” Smith said. “Additionally, I wanted to duration of the program.

see what UA has to offer.” Some participants, however, used the program as a chance to gain experiences they couldn’t have gotten otherwise. Fraser Mole, a student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, chose to apply for a cultural experience as much as an academic one. “The opportunity to work abroad for the summer, experience new culture and interact with people from a different part of the world is what drew me to attend such a program overseas, as opposed to doing a similar program in my home university,” Mole said. Students interested in the program must be U.S. citizens, have a 3.0 GPA, and have completed at least two semesters of chemistry. Prospective participants should also have at least two letters of recommendation from faculty they know personally.

Hearst internship spurs interest in Washington By Will Tucker When Potomac fever hits, it hits hard. Whether there’s something in the water, or in the food truck kabob meat, or the 100-plusdegree air, I don’t know. All I know is that after this internship, I’ll have to make it back to Washington, D.C. and live here again someway, somehow. I think I feel this way because of the huge variety of things I get to do in the city. I work in the D.C. bureau of Hearst Newspapers, the company that owns the Houston Chronicle and several other papers across the country. If you’ve ever watched “Citizen Kane,” you might know that Orson Welles modeled Kane after William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon and yellow journalist who serves as the namesake of the company. Though I can’t go and write a story blatantly dragging a

tion and the issues they work with daily. I report a lot on energy policy, the current debt negotiations, possible cuts to Medicare, immigration policy and gun control. The latter has become my beat of choice for Hearst. In 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tried to track guns as they were trafficked across the border to Mexican cartel members. The ATF lost control of the weapons, hundreds of illegally purchased AK-47 assault rifles, politician’s name through the which then began to turn up mud or attempting to prompt as evidence in murder cases an American invasion of Cuba in Mexico. Hearst’s reporters like Hearst did, I do get to cover have done some of the best some pretty interesting things reporting on the scandal, and I’ve been fortunate enough to inside the Beltway. Mostly, I’ve covered issues cover Congressional hearings important to Texas. The big- and investigations into the gest paper Hearst owns is the failed operation for the wire Houston Chronicle, so I help service. One story I wrote on a keep Texas up on the Potomac, a Chronicle blog that tracks the Congressional hearing into Texas Congressional delega- the ATF scandal made it into

sports and politics. Roger “the Rocket” Clemens, I think the variety in my job reflects the variety in the city, the former Yankees, Red Sox which all makes me want to come back as soon as I can. and Houston Astros pitcher and multiple Cy Young award I haven’t even had a chance to explain the living-in-D.C. aspect of the internship. It’s something people have to come winner, was on trial for lying to Congress about his alleged and experience for themselves, use of steroids. Slightly underanyway. staffed, my office sent me along with another reporter to cover the trial, which ended in a mis— Will Tucker trial. I think the variety in my job reflects the variety in the city, print in the Houston Chronicle, went with a camera. which all makes me want to Perry will probably run for come back as soon as I can. and an interactive Google map showing gun trafficking cases president, and my boss wants I haven’t even had a chance has thousands of hits on Texas constant coverage on the Texas to explain the living-in-D.C. on the Potomac. That’s not to Republican. He makes plenty of aspect of the internship. It’s say I spend all my time on gun news for us to cover, too – at the something people have to come control, though – or even that event in New York, if I squinted and experience for themselves, just right, I could trick myself anyway. I’ve stayed in D.C. In mid-June, I got to go into believing it was George W. If you come live in D.C., there’s to New York City to cover Bush on the stage instead, if a good chance you’ll leave with another person important that’s any indication. a case of Potomac fever – that Finally, I haven’t even stayed itch and desire to come back. I to the Chronicle –Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry went to woo in the political arena with my have it right now, and the only wealthy Republicans in the reporting. This month, I’m try- prescription is more D.C. city, and another intern and I ing my hand at a hybrid of both

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Relief efforts continue after deadly tornado Forest Lake has begun the rebuilding process of its neighborhoods. This sign reads, “We’re Coming Back,” showing the positive attitudes of residents and builders. Progress can be tracked on the neighborhoods website and Facebook page.

CW | Drew Hoover Habitat builders organize wood to help rebuild houses destroyed by the tornadoes of April 27. Auburn and Alabama fans united to work on the project, putting rivalries aside.

Workers inspect houses after the tornado to examine the extent of damage as well as find what has been left behind in each place of residence. Dogs assisted is the search by tracking scents.

CW | Kelsey Stein

CW | Drew Hoover In order to prepare for future storms in the Tuscaloosa area, presentations are made at Central High School on how to properly build a safe room.


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FEMA maps out long-term recovery efforts Federal officials move from immediate recovery efforts to rebuilding communities By Ashley Chaffin Assistant Lifestyles Editor The rebuilding process following the April 27 tornado is going to be long. Besides clearing debris and a few businesses being able to reopen their doors, very little rebuilding has gone on in the months following the tornado. Although most Tuscaloosa residents are worried about where and when they are going to rebuild their homes or businesses, most understand that the process of improving Tuscaloosa and the surrounding communities is going to be a long one. Concerned citizens have been able to voice their concerns and opinions about rebuilding at Tuscaloosa Forward meetings, and they saw the results of their work recently in the unveiling of the first draft of the plans. Besides only work-

ing with the city to rebuild their communities, residents have opened their arms to the FEMA Long-Term Community Recovery Program. “We come in and help develop what we call longterm community development plans that are the community’s vision for the long term recovery of their community,” said Bob Haywood, branch director of the FEMA LongTerm Community Recovery Program. “The value that we had is that we help them identify the who, what, when where, why of those projects,” Haywood said. The Long-Term Community Recovery Program has already made an impact in many communities in Alabama including Tuscaloosa and Pleasant Grove, coming in and holding meetings to find out what it is the community wants from the rebuilding process. In Holt, the community meet-

ing was held on a night that was stormy and miserable, but 150 residents still showed up to voice their concerns for their future. Most of them had no interest in going home until their voice was heard. “[The reaction has been] very positive, no one has said no,” Haywood said. “We are currently in 15 Alabama communities providing anywhere from full-on teams of recovery planners and then just targeted technical assistance, focusing just on housing or something like that.” Coming into communities, the mission of LTCR is to help identify opportunities for a more effective recovery. The three main points during the process is to identify opportunities, create partnerships and to optimize resources. After the needs and wants of the community have been established LTCR goes about finding ways to implement the solutions.

A relief worker holds a stop sign as a truck carrying debris leaves an area affected by the tornado.

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“What we focus on is mostly projects that FEMA does not fund, finding other sources of funding or other partners,” he said. “We try to fill the gap on

those large community recovery projects that will establish a new normal post-disaster.” Haywood said that although the planning process and the

rebuilding process will be slow it is not about waiting all that time for something to happen, it’s about staying busy making something happen.

Construction finishes as new Alpha Tau Omega house stands tall on University Boulevard

Above: Workers put siding on the Alpha Tau Omega house in January.

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Left: The new Alpha Tau Omega house on University Drive was recently finished. The total cost was $11 million. CW|Caitlin Trotter

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Debt law could impact SGA called for Obama, student loans, grants Congress to compromise By Sarah Massey Senior Staff Reporter

Despite passing debt ceiling legislation on Aug. 2, just before the government would have defaulted on its debt, the debt issue has only begun to be resolved – with another similar debate likely to occur in 2013. While the signing of the bill will certainly have an effect on the economy, a closer look at the bill reveals the effects it will have on students. The bill, a short-term solution, will financially affect graduate students applying for certain federal loans. According to the debt ceiling compromise bill, starting July 1, 2012 graduate students with federal subsidized loans will have to pay interest on the loans while in school. Currently, students begin paying interest once they have graduated. Additionally, the compromise eliminates on-time repayment incentives for all student loans. For undergraduate students, Pell Grants will receive a $17 billion increase for low-income students. This increased funding will come from the money cut from the subsidized loan programs. With such changes in the debt ceiling compromise, it’s quite clear that this issue directly affects college students. David Bailey, a junior majoring in finance and entrepreneurship, has been following the news on the debt ceiling closely. And due to the number of phone calls he’s been getting from people his own age asking about the economy, he said he thinks students have taken an interest in the debt ceiling debate more than any other recent issue. Bailey described the compromise as “a little Band-Aid to keep us going until the next time we need another Band-

Aid.” “This is a temporary fix for a much bigger problem that is just multitudes and multitudes and multitudes greater than this little deal that they passed,” he said. In order to reach the compromise, the bill includes several government spending cuts proposed by the Republicans, and it calls for cuts of more than $900 billion from programs, government agencies and daily spending. This, however, also allows the debt ceiling to increase by $2.4 trillion total. President Obama spoke on Aug. 2 on the debt compromise, laying out the next steps for restoring the economy and solving the debt issue. “We can’t balance the budget on the backs of the very people who have borne the biggest brunt of this recession,” Obama said. “We can’t make it tougher for young people to go to college, or ask seniors to pay more for health care … Everyone is going to have to chip in. It’s only fair. That’s the principle I’ll be fighting for during the next phase of this process.” Bailey said he believes students need to stay concerned and informed on the debt issue because they’re part of the generation that will have to pay the bill – and because the debate is far from over. “The debt deal that was reached is only a very, very small amount in comparison to our total debt and the quickness at which our debt and our deficit is growing, and so we’re not talking about reducing the debt,” Bailey said. “All we’re talking about is slowing it down. “If we keep borrowing, the dollar won’t be worth anything, and we’ll have economic implications that are just so bad and dyer,” Bailey said. “It would make the Great Depression look like not bad at all.”

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If you were frustrated with Congress and the debt crisis, you weren’t alone. The UA Student Government Association, along with more than 115 other university SGAs, signed a letter regarding the debt crisis dated July 21 to President Obama, Speaker Boehner and leaders Pelosi, Reid and McConnell. SGA presidents from Georgetown University, the College of William and Mary and Stanford University were among the signees. Prior to the Aug. 2 signing of legislation that raised the debt ceiling, the debt crisis on Capitol Hill involved a struggle by senators, representatives and the White House to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling. Republicans generally sought to raise the debt ceiling less while simultaneously slashing spending in certain areas and limiting tax increases. Democrats supported raising the debt ceiling, increasing taxes and preserving more spending for programs including Medicare and Medicaid. Shortly before the Aug. 2 deadline, the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling was raised, allowing the U.S. to avoid defaulting on payments. The letter, part of a movement by the student group “Do We Have a Deal Yet?” demonstrated college students’ concerns about the debt crisis. “On behalf of nearly 2 million students on 116 campuses, we write to express our deep concern about the ramifications of failing to reach a bipartisan deal to raise the debt limit,” the letter began. “This is not about politics. Our country and our future are in serious trouble, and the clock is ticking.” “Do We Have a Deal Yet?” was created by Carlos Reyes, a recent international politics graduate of Georgetown University, and two friends. “I think in general, the reason we came together is because we think the way

“I think in general, the reason we came together is because we think the way Washington is functioning, well, Washington is dysfunctional at the end of the day.” — Carlos Reyes

Washington is functioning, well, Washington is dysfunctional at the end of the day,” Reyes said. Reyes said he and his friends felt partisan agendas, pledges and special interests have gotten in the way of finding a solution to the crisis. The movement itself is nonpartisan, Reyes said. “We’re calling for a bold and balanced bipartisan deal, ideally a deal that is real and not raw in the sense that it’s not a short term fix,” Reyes said. Grant Cochran, president of the UA SGA, said the issue needed to be handled now. “Our generation will be the ones who have to deal directly with the economic blowback of a potential government default,” Cochran said. “By no means are we telling members of Congress how to act. We are simply making sure they are aware that students everywhere understand the importance of finding a solution.” Cochran said the issue should not be one of politics. “It is not going to be possible to find a deal that satisfies everyone’s demands so members of Congress need to put politics aside and find a strong solution,” Cochran said. “As young people, we are the future and we deserve a bold and bipartisan solution.” Reyes said “Do We Have A Deal Yet?” received a response from the White House and arranged a teleconference with several student body presidents lasting a half hour. “The president himself was very supportive of the cause. We requested meetings with congressional leaders, including Speaker Boehner, but have yet to hear back,” Reyes said.

City schools open hotline for students affected by tornado By Katherine Mitchell Copy Editor The Tuscaloosa City School Board of Education has established a hotline for parents to call should they have any questions or concerns about the upcoming school year that will open on Wednesday. After the April 27 tornado destroyed three schools in the Tuscaloosa area, many students, teachers and staff were forced to relocate to other schools. The displacement of students raised questions and concerns among parents, and the hotline is one of several continuing efforts that the school board has made to ensure the first day of school runs smoothly. Schools will open Aug. 10. “We want to do everything we can to keep the lines of communication open,” said Lesley Bruinton, public relations coordinator for the school board.

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“The principals have been making personal phone calls to every child’s family that was affected, because we need to locate families and know where they are.” The board is working to get everyone ready for school by making sure counseling is available, transportation services are adequate and school supplies are provided. “We have received a $174,000 grant from the Save the Children program to provide psycho-social counseling to those who were affected,” said Missy Stephens, director of elementary education and counselor coordinator. Stephens said that because of the grant, 16 part-time counselors have been hired for one year. Transportation will also be available to any student who attends school in the Tuscaloosa area, no matter what school zone they live in. The three

schools destroyed were Alberta Elementary School, which will now share a building with the Tuscaloosa Magnet School, University Place Elementary school, which will now be a part of Stillman Heights Education Center, and University Place Middle, which will share a facility with Westlawn Middle school. “We don’t want addresses to be a deterrent from returning to school,” Stephens said. “We just need to be informed of where the student is and we will get a bus out there.” School supplies have been sorted into book bags and will be given to students. Bruinton said parents would now be able to focus on other financial expenditures, instead of worrying about paper and pencils. “With all of the donations, school supplies are now the least of their concerns,” Bruinton said.

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UA Cabaret dancer pushes through injury By Katherine Mitchell Copy Editor Dancing has been Elizabeth Davis’ passion since she was young, but in January she landed a flip incorrectly and was forced to make a decision between giving up dancing or learning to dance through her pain. “I sat out for three weeks, which was very frustrating,” said Davis, who is one of 16 mem-

bers of the Crimson Cabaret. “Then my doctor told me that I couldn’t make my foot worse by dancing on it. And dancing on it while it’s hurting, to me, is still a lot better than sitting out and watching.” Davis has learned how to pace herself during practices so she doesn’t injure herself even further. “She’s out there hobbling along,” said Marion Powell, coach of Crimson Cabaret. “That foot hasn’t stopped her from giv-

ing everything she can.” Davis, a Tuscaloosa native, has been dancing for 15 years and joined the Cabaret at the University her sophomore year. Cabaret members must try out every year, regardless of whether or not they have previously been on the team. Davis has been on the President’s List, meaning she had a grade point average of at least a 4.0, every semester since coming to college except for her spring semester freshman year,

when she was on the Dean’s List (a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average). “Elizabeth is a great dancer, but her grades are also top,” Powell said. “She’s also a Chi O, and she loves her sorority and takes many leadership roles in it.” Powell also said she is sure Davis’ foot causes her pain during practice, but Davis never lets it show. “I’ve tried to make sure she doesn’t push herself to the point

where it’s too painful,” Powell said. “But I can’t get her off of it. She has never told me that she can’t dance.” Only a few months after injuring her foot, another tragedy struck close to home on April 27 with Davis. “We are going to do a lyrical dance about the storm,” Davis said. Davis and the rest of the Cabaret competed last Friday against other SEC schools at the Universal Dance Association

camp. The dance represents the devastation from the April 27 tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa. “It really means a lot to all of us,” Davis said. “It’s very personal, and we are all really excited to get to perform it.” Powell said Davis was an incredible asset to the team and very dedicated. “We don’t have All-Americans in dance, but if we did, Elizabeth would be one of them,” Powell said.


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Pink Box in search of fresh talent

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As artistic high school students enter college, dreams are often cast aside. The social pressures of a narrowing job market lure vocalists to business while pianists flock to pre-dental. But a Tuscaloosa Troupe wants to offer hope. They ask only that you practice some cadences, rediscover your flair and dig up your pasties. On Sunday, Aug. 7, Pink Box Burlesque will host open casting calls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those interested in auditioning can contact Mama Dixie at to request a 30-minute time slot. Other than age (18 and up) there are no restrictions to who may audition. “I’ve known full-bodied women and even men who can find their hips,” said Mama Dixie, madam and founder of the Pink Box Burlesque Troupe. “Let that not detract from any leggy blonde that wants to come in.” Men and women of all sizes have been finding their way to Pink Box since its start in 2008. Initially unsure of how the historically conservative Tuscaloosa audience would perceive them, the troupe strategically scheduled their first show for Feb. 29. “If it was terrible, we’d only have to do it every four years,” Dixie said. But the southern crowd’s response encouraged the troupe to host more than every-four-year events. During the typical yearly season, Pink Box has six to twelve shows throughout the southeast. The vaudevillian variety show features everything from song and dance to comedy and juggling, and tease is always an aspect. Tease usually brings the most controversy. After all, the tease facet most closely resembles another situation full of erotic clothing or lack there of—stripping. Burlesque participants contend there is a stark differ-

IF YOU GO... • Who: anyone 18+ • What: Open casting call for Pink Box Burlesque • Where: Government Plaza

• When: Sunday, Aug. 2 • How: Contact Mama Dixie at ence between the two. “Burlesque tells a story,” said Tesla Coil, backstage manager and performer for Pink Box. “It may be sexy, but the goal isn’t necessarily to be erotic. It could be humor or even a narrative.” Despite the possibility of the audience confusing them for their stripping second cousins, undeterred performers still seek out burlesque. Mama Dixie currently manages 17 actors, singers, dancers and musicians. Pink Box troupe members have even taken their experiences beyond Tuscaloosa. Cheryl Hurley, an Alabama graduate and formerly Fifi Lafoush of Pink Box, was inspired to start her own troupe. Based in Memphis, Tenn., Hurley’s, now known as Fatty McLure, Tennessee Tease Burlesque took off December 2010. Their first Tuscaloosa show was Tuesday at the Green Bar. “I’m so lucky I went through the business process of it all with Pink Box first,” McLure said. “Mama Dixie treated it like a business, and so do I.” Both Fatty McLure and Mama Dixie said aspects of social commentary, especially in the South, have given their organizations flack. McLure believes they are perceived in a negative light because of a lack of visibility. “I even meet artists playing in the same venues I’m booking

who are completely unaware of burlesque,” McLure said. On the other hand, Mama Dixie can somewhat appreciate the region’s point of view. “I don’t think you can have the warm squishy side of the South without the conservative restrictions,” Mama Dixie said. “It’s two sides of the same coin.” Both burlesque leaders urge auditioners to look past stirred controversy. Despite it all, Pink Box has continued to grow, and participants say they are attracted by its beauty, not its beef with society. “When I saw the show, I was inspired by these fearless, stunningly beautiful women I saw on stage,” Tesla Coil said. “After performing for the first time, you realize you can evoke the same reaction.” Pink Box troupe members hope the inspiration continues and people take advantage of Aug. 7. “We often don’t know there’s a hole in our show until someone comes to fill it—double

Above: Burlesque performer Lady Jade preform in a Pink Box show. Left: Burlesque performer PW Ragland is one of the 17 preforms currently in Pink Box Burlesque.

Submitted Photo entendre notwithstanding,” Mama Dixie said. “Even if you’re not sure, give it a go.” Those interested in auditioning can email Mama Dixie at pinkboxburlesque@gmail.

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Turntable, Spotify turn music into a social experience By Trey Irby

While it may not help stabilize the chaotic atmosphere of the mainstream music industry, the dual threat of Spotify and does at least attempt something the Internet blogosphere cannot totally complete on its own: total personalization mixed with social collaboration. is a service entirely based in collaboration as a general concept. Without a friend to select songs to play for the room, you might as well be staring at your iTunes playlist. The effort is as much to feel actively invested in the tastes of your friends as you are in your own favorites. Not to mention, it’s extremely rewarding in that a point system gradually gives you credit for cool song choices. Turntable is a logical extension of our Xbox-loving achievement system culture. Spotify is a more prickly beast, but it also has more potential to really cultivate quality into the musical atmosphere quickly. By essentially attempting to eliminate the amount of clicks it would usually take to easily pirate a work of music, Spotify hopes that its

Forms of media (movies, television, music, et al.) tend to go in these strange cycles almost entirely independent of what it is hyping in terms of quality. Great things get embraced somewhat by accident, but somewhat on purpose in a weird disconnect of quality over the right pitch at the right time. Anyways, music seems on that down pitch this particular year, at least in comparison to one particular work that shines in that cultic perspective where you want more. This time last year dropped two albums in The National’s “High Violet” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” that instantly captivated and never let go, and while a lot of great records are slow burns, maybe the burn is far too slow. I feel disconnected a bit, and I’m willing to admit my own habits probably have a lot to do with why I don’t feel music is getting the same amount of my time as podcasts, Breaking Bad and my fantasy football league. But that might change soon.

effort can finally give users the feeling of legally getting worth out of their music without feeling overly paranoid about their bank accounts in the process, as well as finally giving the legal possibility of freeing computer space. While it’s tough to predict where things truly go, and it’s hard to wonder if we as a culture will embrace these services or something like Google+, the hope is that Spotify does for music what Netflix has done for films and television in creating a social means to forget about year numbers and dig into music partly on suggestion and with a renewed passion. Both services remind us that if we hang with our friends online, there’s a social benefit to discovery. I don’t know if it will totally change the way we talk about music, but the potential is certainly there, the type of potential that could break through the cynicism of the year at large. Spotify is currently in a trial period in which people are being added to the service sporadically at this time. is currently up and running.

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Incoming freshman plans benefit concert By Hannah Muncher Contributing Writer


As the months go by, our community still remembers the April 27 tornado like it happened yesterday. We see constant reminders as we drive down 15th Street, passing clean up crews and debris that has yet to be picked up. As Tuscaloosa continues to deal with the devastation felt that day in April, communities from around the nation are still praying for a speedy recovery and raising money to help in any way they can. Well-known celebrities such as Rihanna and Kenny Chesney have hosted benefit concerts to raise money for our city in its time of need. However, it doesn’t take a huge star to host a concert and raise as much money as

• What: Think T-Towm • Where: Perimeter Church, Atlanta

• When: Aug. 8 • Cost: $15 per ticket, sold at the door

possible for Tuscaloosa. Mackenzie Perpich, an incoming freshman majoring in musical theatre, is planning a concert of her own. Her benefit concert, “Think T-Town,” will be held on Aug. 8 in Atlanta. Tickets will be $15 and sold at the door. Though Perpich is a Georgia native, Tuscaloosa is still very dear to her heart because she will be wearing crimson and white for the next 4 years, making her passion for Tuscaloosa just a strong as anyone’s in our community. Perpich’s reason for coming up with a way to raise money for the tornado victims came from Raphael Crystal, who heads the musical theatre department at the University. She received an email that was sent to the musical theatre majors, which gave them

“That since I am going to be a musical theatre major and love to perform, I should put my talents to good use and host a benefit concert.” — Mackenzie Perpich

a run-down on the devastation that took place in Tuscaloosa, and continued to say that any way you can help would be greatly appreciated. Perpich said she knew she definitely wanted to get involved with the restoring of Tuscaloosa. She talked to her parents as a way to help her decide what she could do and then it dawned on them. “That since I am going to be a musical theatre major and love to perform, I should put my talents to good use and host a benefit concert,” Perpich said.

BRIEFS Ampitheatre adds a new act to fall lineup

Alabama reunites, helps Tuscaloosa recover

special guest at the concert. Tickets go on sale August 20 and will cost $30.50, $50.50 and $60.50. All seats for the concert will be reserved. Tickets can be purchased at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office, online at and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Alabama, one of the most well-known country music bands will play another concert to benefit the recovery process of Tuscaloosa. Alabama performed five songs at the Bama Rising Benefit Concert in Birmingham in June but the performance at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Sept. 2 will be their first full concert in seven

Alabama Art Kitchen calls for themed works

being accepted, but the pieces should be no taller than three feet. There is no fee to enter the show; however, there is a hanging fee of $10 ($5 for members of Alabama Art Kitchen). When submitting your work,

The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, which already has big-name artists lined up for fall concerts including Steely Dan, Pretty Lights and Alabama, will also host R&B artist Jill Scott on October 7. Scott released her newest album, “The Light of the Sun,” on June 21, 2011 and has been touring over the summer. Anthony Hamilton will be a

The Alabama Art Kitchen is calling for entries with hot and cold themes for their next juried show in August. Submissions will be accepted on July 30 and

32 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Art Kitchen is encouraging artists to submit two pieces that somehow embody each theme. All mediums of art are


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9:00 - 11:30a.m. Undergrad Commencement exercises, Coleman Coliseum Colleges: A&S, Education, HES, Social Work 2:00 - 4:30p.m. Undergrad Commencement exercises, Coleman Coliseum

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years. Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5. All seats at the show will be reserved with tickets costing $26, $36 and $50.50. Tickets can be purchased at, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater box office or by phone at 800-745-3000.

you should include your name, phone number and email, as well as the title of the piece, the medium and the price. Any sales made from the show will be done between the artist and the seller.

Luckily for Perpich, in her freshman musical theatre class there are six or seven people that are also from the Atlanta area who were willing to get on board and help her host a fun and energetic benefit concert. Not only is Perpich having the help of some of her fellow classmates, she has also recruited former Broadway performer Clacie M. Juday, who she has worked with in years past, to preform at the benefit concert. Juday has preformed on Broadway plays such as “Annie Get Your Gun”,

“Cats”, and “Showboat.” The concert will consist of a variety of music and dance acts, as well as the Christian rock group RBK. Each act will play about eight or nine songs, she said. As another means of raising money on top of whatever ticket sales bring in, Perpich is planning a silent auction that will be held during intermission. The benefit will be held at Perimeter Church and anyone who is going to be in Georgia on Aug. 8 should check it out.

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Quake’s Take: Super Bowl contenders By Marquavius Burnett Assistant Sports Editor @Marq_Burnett

In case you haven’t heard, the National Football League has ended its lockout. For the last few days, NFL teams have been in a frenzy, scrambling to sign new players, re-sign current players or make trades to make their team better. There are 32 teams that start each season on a mission to win the Super Bowl every year, but only a hand full have a serious shot at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. In no particular order, here are six teams who have a legitimate chance at winning the Super Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles went out and got better at their weakest position by adding two cornerbacks, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. If they manage to keep Asante Samuel, they could have one of the best cornerback trios ever. Michael Vick will continue to be a headache for defensive coordinators if he can avoid big hits and stay healthy. Look for Andy Reid and Co. to bring a title to the city of brotherly love. New Orleans Saints. The Saints have one of the most prolific offenses in all of football and Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton are a match made in football heaven. Rookie running back Mark Ingram will take some pressure off Brees and allow the Saints to have an inside running game. The loss of Reggie Bush will hurt, but the Saints have enough playmak-

BRIEFS UA golfers stay hot over summer Current and former members of the Alabama men’s golf team are keeping their golf game in peak condition during this hot summer by qualifying and competing in tournaments across the nation. Rising senior Hunter Hamrick recently qualified for the prestigious U.S. Amateur. Incoming freshman Justin Thomas, rising sophomore Bobby Wyatt, and rising sophomore Cory Whitsett qualified for the Western Amateur and are currently in Glenview, Illinois playing in the tournament. Thomas also finished

tied for 15th in the Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club in New York this past month. Former UA golfer Bud Cauley, who decided to turn professional following his junior year, started his pro career with solid finishes. He shot a final round 67 to finish tied for fourth place in the Nationwide Utah Classic, bagging another fourthplace finish this summer. He will tee it up this week at the Reno-Tahoe Open at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nev.

Green finalist for international games AP Photo | Julio Cortez Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, right, talks to wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who recently signed with the team, during NFL football training camp Monday. ers to make up for it and make a deep playoff run. Pittsburgh Steelers. I personally don’t like the Steelers (mainly because my brother loves them), but you have to respect what they have done as an organization. Despite his questionable off the field issues, “Big Ben” Roethlisberger continues to lead the Steelers deep into the postseason. Off-season comments made by James Harrison could damage team chemistry, but the Steelers have too much of a winning pedigree to let anything stand between them and their ultimate goal. New York Jets. Rex Ryan has been guaranteeing championships since he arrived in East Rutherford. This year will be no different. The Jets took a chance and brought in wide receiver

Plaxico Burress, who will help make them a better red zone team. If Mark Sanchez can continue to develop, Rex will finally be able to make good on his guarantee. Green Bay Packers. They are the defending Super Bowl champions, so they have to be in the conversation. They will also be getting running back Ryan Grant and tight end Jermichael Finley back from injured reserve. Aaron Rodgers has asserted himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and will look to build upon his already growing legend. New England Patriots. Adding a personality like Chad Ochocinco and a troubled defensive lineman like Albert Haynesworth would probably be too much for most teams to

handle. Not for New England. Patriot head coach Bill Belichick is known for bringing in players with big egos and making them follow the ‘Patriot Way’. With that said, New England will still need to add a pass rusher at linebacker. If they do, Brady and Belichick could find themselves back atop the NFL world. Two teams that deserve honorable mentions are the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Falcons. Peyton Manning’s second neck surgery has me worried about his longterm health, and I’m not sure if the Falcons have enough on the defensive side of the ball to win it all. Well there you have it folks. This NFL season should be another exciting one. Dare I ask… are you ready for some football?

The award goes to the student-athlete who is an upper classman and both a NGCA AllAmerican Scholar and Alabama women’s golfer a NGCA AllBrooke Pancake was awardAmerican. If ed the 2011 Edith Cummings more than Munson Golf Award by one studentthe National Golf Coaches athlete qualifies, the athlete Association.

with the highest GPA receives the award. A donation of $5,000 is given from the Curtis & Edith Cummings Munson Foundation to the general scholarship fund of the recipient’s institution. In a news release, head coach Mic Potter said, “This is a welldeserved honor for Brooke. She is the perfect candidate for the award because she is the ultimate combination of stu-

dent and athlete. I wish everyone could know how dedicated Brooke is to both golf and academics, while also participating in our leadership program and on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. I would also like to thank the Munson family for the support of the NGCA and this award.” Pancake’s first three seasons at Alabama have been the most

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Alabama men’s basketball standout JaMychal Green was selected by USA Basketball as a finalist for its World University Games roster. Green is one of 14 studentathletes selected after three days of wo r ko u t s that will continue to compete for the opportunity to represent the United States at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. The final roster of 12 will be announced prior to the team’s departure on Aug. 8. In a news release, Green said, “It’s an honor to make it to this point and still have the opportunity out there to go compete and represent my country. I think I showed successful in program history. She finished last season with first-team NGCA and Golfweek All-America honors. Pancake also excels academically. She earned first-team Academic All-America honors last season. Pancake is a marketing major and has earned a 4.00 cumulative GPA. Pancake holds a schoolrecord 73.27 career scoring aver-

the coaches a lot the last three days by knocking down open shots, rebounding well and playing hard.” Green and the other 14 finalists will have two practices a day at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., before the final roster announcement and departure for China. Green also competed for USA Basketball as a member of the U18 team in the World Championships in 2008. “I definitely have a better feel for this experience and international competition,” Green said. “After winning silver my last time, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to win a gold medal.” Crimson Tide forward Tony Mitchell was in the initial pool of 22 student-athletes competing for a roster spot, but was not selected as one of the 14 finalists. age with 15 top-10 finishes and 23 rounds at par or better. She won her first tournament victory during the 2010-2011 season with a win at the Tar Heel Invitational, where she shot 11-under-par 205. She is a twotime SEC Women’s Golf ScholarAthlete of the Year, a three-time NGCA All-American Scholar and a three-time All-SEC selection.

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