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Students soar to the capital BY RACHEL ANDERSON AND KYLE JONES

Photo by Abigail Bradley

Above and left top: Students rally for higher education. On Feb. 28 a bus load of University of Montevallo students headed for the state capital in an effort to rally for more school funding for Alabama public universities. Higher Ed Day is a way to remind Alabama’s political leaders of the need to improve the university appropriations. It is also Montgomery’s largest annual advocacy rally, with this year being crucial for students seeking higher education in the state of Alabama. During the past legislative session, the 2012—2013 Education Trust Fund budget included a cut in funding for Alabama schools. Kathleen Kryger, a senior here at the university said, “It’s important that students from Montevallo support other universities by showing that we care about getting funding for the state. Its important to keep our university, as well as others, rising.” Around 90 Montevallo students were joined by their peers from each of Alabama’s other public universities such as the University of Alabama, Auburn and Troy. Together on the steps of the statehouse in Montgom-

ery, students petitioned for better tuition rates and school improvements. Montevallo student Nick Barrow recounts his trip to the capital: “Once I was on the bus that morning to leave I could really feel the energy buzzing in the air. Everyone was really excited to get to Montgomery and rally at the capitol. Seeing the students from other universities added to that feeling.” Kryger noted that the importance of Higher Ed day is to keep reminding our legislature that funding for higher education in Alabama is important--”and what better way to do that than right on their doorstep?” When Higher Ed Day ended, certain members stayed in Montgomery for the YMCA Collegiate Legislature (C-Leg) Conference. This conference, which started in 1995, (as stated in the website) “offers an opportunity for students at any of Alabama’s four-year institutions of higher learning to participate in a model legislative session with rules and procedures closely patterned after those of the Alabama Legislature.”

The participating members were SGA President Ashley Lowe, SGA Vice President Courtney Meadows, UPC Coordinator Tanya Hoang, Senior Class President Kimbrell Lee, Freshman Forum Vice President Taylor Chandler, Executive Secretary Ikea Thrash and senators Laura Beth Askelson, Rachel Anderson, Eddie Davis, Emmit Ray Ashford, Meaghan Hirtle, Jonathan Evans and Tim Qualls. Before arriving at this conference, each one of these members either wrote a bill themselves or co-authored a bill with a fellow delegate to have sent to Montgomery prior to the conference. Upon arriving, these delegates were placed in separate committees categorized by the subject of their bill. Thursday night the committees met in the hotel where the authors presented their bills, and the committee voted on the bills’ “debatability.” Based on which bills were voted on most, a docket was created for the next two days, which ranged from most debatable at the top to least debatable at the bottom. Over the course

of the next two days, the bills were presented, debated, amended (if warranted) and voted on by the delegates. On Saturday afternoon, there was an awards luncheon. At this luncheon, Askelson received an award for Montevallo’s Outstanding Delegate. “I was extremely flattered,” said Askelson. “I’d written three pieces of legislation, presented two of them, and debated on almost every senate bill, but I thought my participation was more thought of as annoying rather than outstanding. I was happily surprised!” See HIGHER ED, page 7

Photo by Tanya Hoang

UM C–Leg representatives pose with one of many awards recieved

Montevallo’s “got a Meyer” BY JENNIFER CORONA

Photo Jennifer Corona

Dr. Meyer poses with his book, Dr. Stewart, Dr. Stoops and Kathy Lowe. The University of Montevallo’s ceramics professor Doctor Scott Meyer released his new book: “With Fire: Richard Hirsch, A Life Between Chance and Design” after three and a half years of research and writing. The book is a look inside the creative process of ceramics legend, Richard Hirsch.


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Meyer introduced his book March 5 at the Parnell Memorial Library in Montevallo and then had a book signing at Eclipse Coffee and Books directly after. Librarian, Kathy Lowe, welcomed the students and friends of Meyer as they filed into the small theater located in the library. She shared a few thought-

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ful words and then invited UM President John Stewart to the stage. President Stewart told a few stories, ending with one about a man who had purchased one of Meyer’s creations and ran out of Bloch Hall yelling to his wife “Look honey, I got a Meyer!” Stewart ended that story with, “I’m glad we got a Meyer,” allowing him then to take the stage. Accompanied by a slideshow he put together of several shots of Hirsch and his pieces, Meyer began explaining not only his book, but also his friendship with Hirsch and how much he’s looked up to and gained inspiration from him. “I took on this project and immediately panicked,” said Meyer. “I wanted this to be different. I wanted to write from inside the creative process instead of critically or methodically.” Meyer took on the project as his dissertation. He worked alongside Hirsch and listened to the stories he had to share. “I have students and coworkers in the room and we all have stories,” said Meyer. “It’s one of the lures of our field.” “Meyer is one of the very best communicators I’ve ever met in my life,” said Stewart. “He has an uncanny gift

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for speaking exactly what’s on his mind, and that translates into his writing.” And the audience experienced this “uncanny gift” for an hour and a half, as Meyer shared stories, parts of his books and memories from the past three years. He would stop to look at the pictures up on the screen every once in awhile and laugh a little bit then launch into another story. At one image that showed Hirsch and other artists pouring bronze into a mold, Meyer stopped and smiled saying, “Half the time my job was to extinguish him when he caught on fire.” Meyer also announced that he and Hirsch would be releasing a collection of pieces they had collaborated on called, “The Crucible Project.” “You have to have your own thing going on,” said Meyer. “And when you get together with other artists it’s a celebration.” Which is what Hirsch and Meyer created together in Meyer’s book: a celebration of one of the leaders in the contemporary ceramic arts movements. Meyer’s book is available for purchase in softcover for $24.99 and hardcover for $34.99 at http:// or at Eclipse.

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Shelby County: a bastion of racism or an unfairly treated district?


Conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are arguing Shelby County is currently the victim of an obsolete provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The act was established as a victory of the Civil Rights movement, enforcing all states to ensure equal voting opportunities and capabilities to each citizen. To be clear, the 15th Amendment concerns equal voting rights in the United States. The VRA was enacted due to unfair voting practices that states were implementing to circumvent minority votes, such as poll taxing and literacy tests. While the act itself affects the entire country, the creators of the law made sure to target states where these discriminatory practices were taking place. Nine states, all southern, save Texas and Alaska, were required to report to the Federal government if they attempted to change any provisions in election laws under Section 5 of the VRA. This specific provision of the bill has had long legal battles over the years. In the 1980s, President Reagan and his team of lawyers attempted to strike this section out of the bill because of the perceived unequal treatment towards these targeted states. Instead of weakening the act, a 1981 court case strengthened it by writing in a wider scope of possible discriminatory practices against voters by defining discrimination as both intentional and unintentional acts. Shelby County is currently arguing the same stance as Reagan. While counties are allowed to “bail out” out of Section 5 by paying $5000, the Montevallo containing district is not allowed to because of a legal incident seven years ago. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “without obtaining federal preclearance, the city of Calera in Shelby County held city council elections after conducting nearly 200 annexations and redrawing its city council districts.” This redistricting “eliminated the only district that gave African-American voters the opportu-

nity to elect a candidate of their choice.” Shortly after, City Councilman Ernest Montgomery lost his seat in the subsequent city council elections. Montgomery was the second African-American to ever gain a seat in the city’s history, and was the only one serving at the time. Attorney Bert Rein is currently leading the case against the specifics of the VRA in Shelby County v. Holder. Rein argues that Section 5 is unconstitutional on the grounds that the racial tension so prevalent in 1965 has dissipated and gone away. Now, according to Rein, these states and counties affected by the provision are subject to a discrimination of their own. Solicitor General Donald B Verrilli Jr. is defending the law by asserting the discriminatory feelings and beliefs that gave cause for its enactment in the first place are still alive and present today. An oral argument for the case on Feb. 27 presented several differing opinions. The legal teams questioned and argued whether racism in Alabama was still a prevalent problem. Justice Stephen Bryer compared racism to an ailment and questioned when a remedy for an ailment should be lifted: when the disease is getting better, or when it is completely cured? On the flip side, Chief Justice John Roberts openly asked if the government was asserting “that the citizens of the South are more racist than the citizens of the North?” Chief Justice Roberts, while impartial during the hearing, served on President Reagan’s team of lawyers attempting to strip the law of Section 5 in 1980. What is your opinion? Are the problems that haunted our state’s past still relevant today? Should Section 5 be kept, or is it addressing an issue that has widely disappeared in the almost fifty years since the Voting Rights Act’s inception. Send your take on the necessity of Section 5 by emailing or contacting us on our Facebook or Twitter page @UM_Alabamian.

On the bricks With Sammy Schiffman 1. Where are you going for spring break? 2. Who are you going with? 3. Do you plan on doing anything specific?

Austin Williams 1. Going back home. Nowhere fun 2. No. 3. Working.

Jessie Sharp 1. Gulf Shores. 2. I’m going with my sorority. 3. Go out on the beach and get my tan on ... or sun burnt.

Bruno Mbamala 1. I haven’t decided yet, but I have two options. 2. Either with my teammates if I go with the first option or myself if I go with the second option. 3. I just want to catch up with some old friends.

Aaron Traywick 1. Going to the National Service Learning Convention in Denver. 2. Mayor Hollie Cost and Courtney Bennett. 3. I’m gonna go skiing.

Ariel Williamson 1. I’m trying to go to Pensacola but I’m not sure yet. 2. My roommate. 3. Just hanging out, relaxing and waiting on graduation.

Brick street way of life DREW GRANTHUM Columnist

Outside everything Basketball diplomacy

KYLE JONES Assistant Editor

Unlikely diplomats are a seemingly rising commodity in the world politics scene. Last fall, Andrew W.K. was close to becoming the positive partying representative to the middle east, though unfortunately his scheduled visit was nixed and denied by the government that he was even a candidate. A picture worth about a million words could have been captured in the unlikely meeting of dirty, all-white clothed W.K. and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A meeting of the ages--The King of Party and Bond-esque Ahmadinejad back-to-chest, pizza-themed speciality guitar slung across the Iranian president and W.K. patiently and encouragingly teaching him how to play “Smoke

on the Water.” This is what dreams are made of. Fortunately for us, we get the next best thing. On one wheel we have absurd, eccentric, irrelevant celebrities, on the other we have all of the world’s best and shining dictators. Stand in the middle and spin them both while we wait anxiously and pray for Castro and everyone’s favorite psycho Gary Busey. The wheels wind down to Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un. Not bad. At least thats how I imagine it happening. The best part is it’s true. On February 28, Dennis Rodman, of the famed 90s-era Chicago Bulls--the pierced face, colored hair, wedding dress wearing, “Bad as I Wanna Be”-sat next to the cutest little supreme leader, Kim Jong-il’s offspring himself, Kim Jong-un. There it is--the picture worth a million

words--two captivating figures of opposite spectrums watching a basketball game between three Harlem Globetrotters, a few journalists and North Korea’s dream team. Reportedly the Supreme Leader told Rodman he would really like President Obama to give him a call--I imagine to discuss nuclear recipes. After the basketball festivities, Jong-un took everyone back to his palace for an after party and got everyone drunk. Overall, it seems like this diplomatic mission may have been successful. Another victory for the Hall of Famer and for America. Sadly not. A week later North Korea stated they’re back to their old shenanigans of nuclear ambitions, telling America they’re ready for war. There is only one thing to do now--keep calm and send in Busey.

I am about to write about something very near and dear to my heart; if this offends you, ignore that and keep reading. To me, there are certain aspects of spring that must be experienced in order to say one has truly lived in the South during this glorious time of rebirth and renewal. Now, I’m not saying you’re missing out if you don’t try these things--actually, that’s exactly what I’m saying. It’s easy to go to the beach for spring break, and I’ll admit that I’ve done that, too. And there’s nothing wrong with it. What I’m saying is that if you can’t make it to the shores, there’s plenty to do. For starters, get in your car, grab a close friend and some good tunes and hit the open road. And I don’t mean i-65; no. Find some country highways that are often missed in our fast-paced lives. You’d be surprised how good for your health a roll down 31 with the windows down, rolling through the mint green grass

and pastel azaleas is. Secondly, on this random road trip, find a barbecue joint and partake in it. The more rundown the place is, odds are the better the food is. They are dotted all across the map, off the beaten path. Most have old Coca-Cola signs hanging out front and wood smoke pouring from a chimney in the back. If they don’t use wood, stay away. Trust me; it may look sketchy, but the food will be some of the best you’ll ever eat. Also, you must find a place that plays good, loud, local music. Soulreplenishing music. There’s something about a small-time artist that gives a more organic performance; maybe it’s the need to reach out to someone, or maybe it’s the devotion to a hobby after a long week’s work. Either way, you never know when you can find a song or cover that can move you in a way you never expected. There are other things worth taking in; fishing is always a plus, you can’t go wrong with finding a small-town baseball team to catch either. The main thing is that we live in a naturally beautiful part of the world. Get out there and go find it.


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Alongside all the titles Hollie Cost currently holds—wife, mother, doctor and mayor—you can now add another: survivor. The day after she was elected as mayor, Cost was diagnosed with breast cancer. As daunting as that may seem, Cost never once slowed down. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are spent at city hall, while those afternoons are set-aside for office hours on campus. Tuesdays are devoted wholly to her class, and Thursdays she supervises interns at Meadow View Elementary School. Nights and weekends bring meetings and various mayoral responsibilities, like ribbon cuttings and emceeing beauty pageants. Time may seem like an issue, but Cost said one of her biggest concerns as mayor is not being able to help people the way she wants. “When you have someone who comes to you and says, ‘My yard is f looding, and my air conditioning unit is rusted out—it’s freezing in my house, and I have no heat,’…it’s hard to go back and tell them you can’t really help,” said Cost. “Sometimes you can’t give people the answer they want, and they get mad about it. You have to have thick skin and understand that there are certain needs people have that you really can’t meet.” Cost said the thing she is most proud of as mayor is the talented individuals she’s hired. That, and the atmosphere she has worked so diligently to create. She said she strives to be approachable; she wants people to feel like they can talk to her about anything. It’s the same open and honest approach she used while dealing with what she said was her

biggest obstacle—her health. When asked about the struggles she’s faced as mayor over the past year, Cost laughed and casually said, “Yeah, the whole cancer thing was kind of a biggie.” Cost said the diagnosis came out of nowhere; she’s always been healthy, getting yearly mammograms because, as she said, that’s just what you do. She left her routine check up and didn’t think anything else about it. Then she got a call back. Cost went back for her films and kept them over the weekend. “They said you could see crystallizations or something—I had never heard of any of this, but I was studying these films, holding them up to the light,” she said. “And you could see these things, almost like a constellation.” At her next appointment, her doctor explained to her that if what she saw in the X-rays looked like shards of glass, it was cancer; if they were more rounded, it probably wasn’t. “I asked him, ‘What do mine look like?’’ Cost said, remembering. “And he looked at me and said, ‘Well… they look like shards of glass.’” Cost later got a biopsy but said she was big and bold about it, going to work right after. “I’m not going to sit around and pout; that’s not me,” she said. “I could let myself get down and think ‘Oh, poor me,’ but the doctors said it was really early on and I’m not dying; I’m just going to take him at his word.” Sharing diagnoses with loved ones can be difficult, especially with a ten-year-old and a 12-yearold at home, but Cost said she was completely honest with them from the start: “I just said ‘Look, I have breast cancer.’ I know cancer is

Cost poses with family on vacation.

tough to hear, but I’m not going to die from it. It’ll be a little hard on me for a while, but this just happens.’” Cost’s first instructions were to have a lumpectomy, where surgeons go in and remove a small amount of tissue and follow up with radiation five days a week for six weeks and a mammogram every six months—to which Cost replied, “I don’t have time for that!” Cost boldly faced a cancer diagnosis right after be“I was thinking I ing elected as mayor. could get someone to nificant health issues, said it was difdrive me to the hospital so I could work on the way there ficult to let go of some responsibiliand back,” she said. “I can take pub- ties and trust that there were good lic transportation. I can do this.” people taking care of those things The next step was an MRI. while she was away. Cost smiled and “You’re in this big tube, and it’s said, “I never even considered walkloud as can be, and everyone is do- ing away from the mayor’s office.” The community, she said, was ing all this different stuff,” she actually a prominent part of her resaid. “That’s when they found covery. “I had a month where people something in my right breast.” were bringing me food every other That started the process over again. day—nice, home-cooked meals. I “It’s not, ‘Hey, you have cangot cards, stacks of cards,” she said. cer—let’s get your surgery and get “One of my great friends on campus this over with,’” she explained. sent me a card every single day I was “It’s one test and another and anout.” It was because of the support other and another, and every time you go, you’re just thinking, she received from everyone that she ‘What’re they going to find next?’” was able to describe her experience as After the biopsies, it’s a wait- “more beautiful than anything else.” For someone as busy as Cost, ing game—waiting on the doctor to it wasn’t surprising to her loved call, waiting on someone to tell you ones that the hardest part of reif you have cancer. For Cost, that cuperation was her inability to call came 15 minutes before she went drive anywhere or do anything. on stage to present at a conference. As with all major life struggles, Cost That’s when Cost found out she feels that the experience has changed her. had LCIS, a cancer marker, and “I feel this urge to give back. I’m that her breasts were prolific, which generally pretty kind and nurturing meant she was at high risk for develand caring when I can be, but that’s oping invasive types of cancer. Her the thing—it’s when I can be,” she choice was to get a lumpectomy or a said. “Sometimes I feel like I haven’t double mastectomy, which, although it was a more extensive operation, taken the time to do it just because would remove the need for future I’m so busy. I think when you’re mammograms and chemotherapy. that busy you just miss out on a lot.” Cost, who describes herself as “So I’m on the phone with my more spiritual than religious, advised doctor, looking at the clock, about that others consider their priorities: to go on stage, and I said, ‘Alright, “Don’t over commit. Be careful what let’s do this,’ hung up the phone and you say yes to, because when you say did my presentation,” said Cost. yes to one thing, you’re saying no “I have kids I want to raise, and to something else. When I said yes they’re wonderful, beautiful chilto emceeing that beauty pageant, dren. I don’t want to die of cancer I said no to staying home with my or wait and worry or spend my life kids,” she said. “Just be sure you’re with tests, radiation, chemo and all saying yes to the right things. Make that,” Cost said. “I have a lot to do!” sure you put the right people first Soon after talking to her doctors, and you’re nurturing relationships.” she underwent a double mastectomy. Cost, who had never faced any sig-

Angie Batt: creating “Nothing Too Fancy” BY JENNIFER CORONA

On a warm afternoon in the corner of the porch at Eclipse, there’s a small table covered in lace displaying an array of colorful soaps, body butters, handmade beads and sparkly necklaces. Sitting nearby is a girl in a flowered dress with a small, pinkishred curl standing out amongst a sea of dreadlocks, bobbing her head along to the beat of the Umphrey’s Mcgee song playing in the background. Angie Batt, creator of “Nothing Too Fancy Treasures,” is working on a hemp anklet with simple beads and jingle bells as charms. She sits back, smiles and says, “I think it’s been an enormous help starting this in the Montevallo community--everyone is so creative and supportive.” Last summer, Angie decided that she was tired of spending money on things she could just as easily make herself. “I ordered some dread beads offline and they would break immediately,” she said. “I finally just decided that I could

make them just as easily.” After she began creating her own beads and making necklaces, Batt started making all-organic soaps, shampoos, face washes, bath salts and acne cleansers. Each of her soaps is made with vibrant colors and embossed with different designs. “I would go online to find tutorials and make changes if I needed to,” said Batt. “Eventually I figured out what worked well together. I order my supplies through different Etsy shops that are all organic, if not completely vegan.” Batt started at the University of Montevallo in 2010 after transferring from the University of Alabama. She is an English major with a writing minor but has taken a semester off to get her business started. “I hope that, eventually, after I finish school, this business can be a steady source of income,” said Batt. “I know that writing won’t pay all of the bills, and I enjoy it.” This summer Batt is hop-

ing to sell her creations at music festivals alongside her boyfriend Stephen Cost and her friend Darcy Alexander of “Alexander’s Wearable Art.” The name, “Nothing Too Fancy Treasures,” stems from one of Batt’s

favorite songs from her favorite band Umprey’s Mcgee. “I liked the double meaning of it,” she said. “It really encompassed the theme of what I make.” Batt has a page on Facebook, a website and an ac-

count on etsy, but if it’s a pretty day and the porch of Eclipse is full, you can most likely find her at a little table in the corner working on her next Nothing Too Fancy treasure.

Batt makes all-organic soaps, shampoos, face washes, bath salts and acne cleansers.



Judges’ reviews: College Night 2013 Judge A “TAKING UP SPACE” A spoof is a wonderful premise to start a one act musical and allows for ample opportunity to playfully poke fun. Give the spoof a science fiction foundation and the Purples were headed towards a great evening of fun and frivolity. Trent Loggins’ script offered the prerequisite cast of characters to start any Sci-Fi spoof on the right track: the self-important captain, the histrionic doctor, the All-American soldier boy, the strong female officer and the evil yet sexy alien queen. As the script progressed, the sci fi edge became fuzzy. It became less clear what the play wanted to be and the characters didn’t quite fully develop into the outrageous yet still human characterizations that could have pulled a non-purple, neutral audience into the story. The alien queen possessed excellent potential for dramatic conflict, but the character was underutilized. The conflict between Captain Majors and Commander Walker was also rife for exploitation but just kind of hap-

pened instead. The script didn’t quite live up to the clear and specific parody that is necessary to make another Science Fiction spoof take flight. On a side note, but a point worth mentioning, is the idea that College Night has the reputation as a unique event in the United States with a good natured rivalry between Purples and Golds; but several of the anti-Gold digs came across as mean-spirited rather than a friendly joke, taking this audience member out of the story on stage. Musically speaking, conductor Katie Long artfully handled the score of composers Caylan Sallas, Sam Rodgers and Chase Stewart, and the orchestra played the multi-genred songs well throughout the evening. The score started strong with a great reverberating cosmic sound in the overture, but could have been more effective in setting up the overall tone of the story as the play evolved. Unfortunately the singing voices were distorted in the sound mix and it was difficult to get a sense of plot progression through the lyrics. Songs like Captain Catastrophe, Only One and Never Leave a Man Behind appeared to be solid contributions but We Are The Space COWS and Long Live in Purple gave no real explanation for existing beyond a College Night experience, which is perfectly acceptable considering the vast majority of the audience but doesn’t ful-

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ly showcase the originality that this creative team obviously possesses. Di rectors Matt Smith, Tavi Juarez and Hunter Brown sported some entertaining concepts and introduced some really fun conventions, but the blocking lacked specificity and did not assist the script in illustrating the events of the play. Casting was solid and each actor was appropriate for the role they were cast into. The choice of having a slightly heavy actor play the Captain rather than the stereotypical leading man in the role was enjoyable. The alien tribal number showcased a strong corps of dancers and the basic choreography of the Triumph trio allowed the three crew girls to fully execute the movement and still sing their song. Both instances illustrated the ideas of the story and the themes being introduced but elsewhere the choreography could have been stronger in supporting the storyline. Mary Kate McLaurine’s formidable singing voice and solid acting choices gave the role of Commander Sky Walker a very welcomed third dimension. James Powers showcased a very fine singing voice and his pompous portrayal of Captain Glenn Majors was also entertaining. Michael McCleary depicted Officer Alan Anyguy with a spastic physicality that offered a nice counterpoint to Hannah Mansfield’s alien queen of the Chthonians. The unspecified Romulanesque female crew member’s engaging antics and undeniable presence stole the focus in several large ensemble numbers and Micah Hoder’s histrionic Doctor Scott took the yelling physician stereotype to a new level of absurdity. Unfortunately, yelling seemed to be a contagious acting choice which grew a little tiresome as the evening wore on. Vocally there were some very nice singers among the cast, but unfortunately the sound mix often created serious distortions that affected the clarity and enjoyment of the musical numbers. Although no one was credited with scenic design, the set and props by Shelby May and Abbey McNeeley were fun and appropriately cheesy for the genre as were the costumes for the Triumph crew members. The Chthonians’ garb allowed for excessive movement required by the choreography but didn’t quite cross the threshold from human dancers to an alien race. Knowing the circumstances of College Night and considering the many examples of metallic alien species that have appeared over the years in science fiction, I was a bit surprised by the white color palette for the Chthonians. A unifying makeup design would have given the aliens a more cohesive identity. The makeup design for the crew of Triumph, however, gave a clear

yet subtle separation between the single alien crew member and her human counterparts. No one was credited with the lighting design, which showcased some very nice images during dance numbers and created some visually appealing scene changes, but the overall design did not help in lending mood or enhancing the tension within the story. Unfortunately the scene changes were laborious and distracted from the action. Transitions between scenes can help maintain the dramatic trajectory of the play and are a necessary detail that need to be scrutinized and rehearsed just as much as the scenes that they connect. Overall, the Purple team had a wonderful opportunity with their Sci Fi spoof Taking Up Space with some strong design elements and talented cast and crew. Ultimately the piece lacked the specificity in style, character development and dramatic conflict to fully engage an audience member without predetermined Purple ties but the phenomenon of College Night and the fierce passion and loyalty of the cast, crew and audience are certainly enough to make this respondent rave about the evening’s experience. Congratulations Team Purple for the culmination of all your hard work! “SWEET SENSATION” “Bubble gum,” “sickeningly sweet” and “candy-coated” are words often associated with musical productions, characters and storylines. The Gold team not only latched onto this idea but blatantly pilfered the best conventions from multiple boxes of musical theatre chocolates yet still managed to create an entertaining confection of unified design elements, musical styles, performances and execution. With no overture, Brent Mauldin’s music came out of the gates like a confident starter and made it very clear from the get-go what the evening had in store for the audience. The orchestra did a swell job of whipping up each consecutive tune under the conduction of Sean Toler. The script, lyrics and score worked nicely together to introduce the consecutive elements to the plot and create an exposition that was quick and easy on the palate. Stephen Billy utilized the best of the best conventions, from “Little Shop” to “Hairspray” and others too numerous to mention, in his entertaining script and directing choices. The easy and simple revelation of charac-



Judges’ reviews: College Night 2013 ciated beyond the walls of Montevallo. Like the candy that inspired it, A “Sweet Sensation” would appeal to an audience member with no clue regarding this impressive spectacle called College Night that happens every February in Montevallo. Congratulations Team Gold!

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ters, relationships, plot elements and points of conflict was quite admirable in both script and staging choices. Perhaps it was the combined responsibility of writer/director that so effectively unified the cast to the dialogue, blocking and choreography but the consistency of theme permeating every possible component of the production was a notable accomplishment. The one exception that seemed to take on a more sinister, and I truly believe unintended, double entendre was the “Wiz” inspired Vanya. KB Avery gave a marvelous performance but it was slightly disconcerting that the only African American female on stage was playing a role written to be a witch doctor. In contrast to the other period elements, the playwright might want to consider these implications as this production certainly has the potential for a life beyond College Night. Jesilyn Loggins did an outstanding job of choreographing to showcase the wide range of dance talent in the ensemble; placing more technically difficult choreography in prominent positions and framing it with simpler choreography that could be cleanly executed by an excellent singing chorus. There was clear connection between the choreography and the lyrics to add an additional layer of support to the story being told. The performances by the company were also impressive and the singing and dancing of the entire ensemble was very good in spite of the sound distortions in the mix and some problematic choices in microphone distribution. As played by Toryn Washington, Kedrick Faulk and Marcus Moore, the Troy, Todd and Timmy trio was impressively tight in their harmonies, their choreography and their symbiotic acting choices. Phillip Azbik, Shelley McMoy and Michael Tallon delivered a delicious love triangle between teenagers Theo, DeeDee and Theo’s “Divinely” overbearing and masculine adopted mother Ms. Henrietta Billingsworth. KB Avery’s already mentioned portrayal of Vanya gave a strong counterpoint to Katie Raulerson’s delightfully over the top Starla Fletcher and Cody Webb showed a startling range in his vocally acrobatic numbers as the dashingly wicked Neil Fletcher. The design elements consistently bolstered the super sweet theme of the production. The scenic design allowed for easy transitions as the play progressed and gave an appropriately two-dimensional backdrop for the lighting to exploit the cheerful confectionary mood that existed from beginning to end. The amusingly detailed props were quite fun and the costuming and makeup also tied in the time period with the point of view. The decision of color deepening from red to purple as the villain characters grew closer to achieving their sinister goal as world dominating royalty was another example of strong design choices that supported the progression of the action while still managing to poke fun at the other team. Overall, the Golden Victory Team’s 2013 performance created A “Sweet Sensation” indeed. Although it may not be the most original creation, the attention to detail in every aspect of production and the solid execution of those elements by the entire artistic team offered an enjoyable evening of theatre that could be appre-

“Taking Up Space” “Taking Up Space” is a satirical ride to the past and future as the post-modern collides with Star Trek, Mel Brooks a little bit of “Animal House”. The title itself conjures comic double meanings. Who will we meet in this College Night debut--cosmic adventurers or wily wannabees? The stage is flooded with feisty folks embracing a cornucopia of human frailty. We are invited into a satirical battle of purple and gold cultures-one might say that Aristophanes meets Montevallo. And they sing, too. Directors Matt Smith, Tavi Juarez and Hunter Brown stage the play with zest using multiple levels and effective pictures. The actors are confident and consistent. The choreography by Barrington McQueen and Brandi Hill imaginatively adds to the fun. Composers Caylan Sallas, Sam Rodgers and Chase Stewart and Writer Trent Loggins rocket us with witty lyrics, engaging, fun melodies and bold, spicy humor. This is an upside down place in which the gold-

gleaming villains inflict intoxicating pleasure as torture on one of the heroes. Fresh fruit is their version of waterboarding. “Please, no more fresh fruit!” he cries with faux terror. The result is tasty fun. More mirth in our frat house ride is inspired by the design. Other-worldly alien bodysuits, wands, and space ships festoon the stage. James Powers inhabits Captain Jim Majors with a braggart warrior flair. A highlight is his groovy rendition with the crew of “Never Leave a Man Behind.” Powers’ swagger anchors the production. Comic it may be, but the play raises timely questions. To what extent is wrongheaded leadership informing our real world culture or even creating the illusion of progress? Wherever we may land on these issues, distinctive leadership and teamwork is afoot in Taking Up Space. “Sweet Sensation” A “Sweet Sensation” is nectarous desert. In the very first moment, we dip into a candy-land of delicious sounds and sights. Writer/Director Stephen Billy and Composer Brent Maudlin partner to create a creamy conservative confection of a community, Briarsfield, “the candy capital of the world.” The company of “Sweet Sensation” emerges as a model of professional, creative artists and technicians in this memorable confit. Imagine a juke box inserting itself into a community so straight-laced it has no breathing room at all. Its appearance into the comically moribund culture is a “clanking box of terror!” Oh, but-

-spoiler alert--it ineluctably brings Briarsfield to a dark side of spicy dancin’, tasty tunes and Dionysian satisfaction. Each stage picture is eye-catching and flavorful fun. Director Stephen Billy’s, choreographer Jesilyn Loggins and the designers cook up a truly distinctive, enticing vision. Dance, creative tableau and bold action tell the story in a way that is always confident, clear, and consistent. Transition from scene to scene is graceful and seamless. The gender-blind casting of Michael Tallon as Ms. Billingworth is brilliant. Tallon’s busy Ms. B embodies a soul-strangled middle-ager whose struggle presents itself in rip-snortingly inappropriate fashion. Will she manage to subsume her passion or will the call of the juke box unleash her secret passions? Indeed, she and the entire community is soon side-achingly askew. The design choices provide a toothsome array of colorful M&Mlike images. Kudos to the Technical Directors Perry Hilyer and Russell Hilyer and Stage Managers Rebecca White and Kayleigh Vinson. “Guilty Pleasure” is a wicked-fun example of all elements of the production coming together, choreography, acting, directing, writing, technical execution and music. A “Sweet Sensation” is a joyful celebration of the timeless battle of cultures. How can the generations come together, despite the obstacles of age and competing values? How sweet if this witty Hershey Kiss of play had a life beyond College Night.



Judges’ reviews: College Night 2013

Judge C “Sweet Sensation” Take one part “Grease,” one part “Music Man,” two parts “Hairspray,” a smattering of other jukebox musicals and mix vigorously with the talent, charm and energy of the Golden Victory production team and you have a recipe for a sweet treat. Script by Stephen Billy, music by Brent Maudlin and choreography by Jesliyn Loggins, A “Sweet Sensation” captured all the elements of a campy, rambunctious and energetic musical. Aided by the use of stock characters (all thoroughly played to the hilt), engaging music and in-

ventive choreography, the script tells the story of trouble brewing in the sweet, wholesome town of Briarsfield, the Candy Capital of the World. Creative direction, clear diction from actors, strong technical elements and a beautifully crafted and functional set all worked together to support the strong ensemble of actors. All committed to over-the-top characterization and bubblegum-pop inspired music, the entire company was completely in tune with the campy nature of the script and lyrics. Several standouts in the company: the charming, Motown-inspired trio of Troy, Todd and Timmy (Toryn

Washington, Kedrick Faulk and Marcus Moore); Michael Tallon as the delightful crossdressing Ms. Billingsworth; KB Avery as the wacky witch Vanya; and the conniving brother/sister duo Neil and Starla Fletcher, played with such over the top characterization by Cody Webb and Katie Raulerson that is was difficult for audience members to focus on much of anything else when they were on stage. The happy ending, toe tapping ensemble number “Sweet Saturday” was certainly an appropriate way to describe this critic’s first time experience at Montevallo’s annual College Night. “Taking Up Space” “Taking Up Space”’s creative team members invited audience members into the world of “futuristic farce meets campy SciFi film” that capitalized on excellent choreography and inventive set design. The energetic production (unfortunately sometimes marred by mic issues) demonstrated a strong

collaboration between choreography, music, technical support and directing choices. Staged on a multilevel set that allowed for strong and creative stage pictures, the story follows the adventures of the quirky crew of the spacecraft Triumph. Traveling to distant planet Rekcabeur, inhabited by a group of unitard-wearing creatures called Chthonians, the set up was established for romance, abduction and a man-eating plant! Despite unevenness found in the ensemble’s characterization and overall performance, several exceptional elements stood that stood out in the en-

semble and production include: James Power’s funny interpretation of Captain Glenn Major; Mary Kate McLaurine’s strong vocals as Commander Walker; Chthonian Queen Hannah Mansfield’s evil laugh; the hilarious sight gag of the recliner/torture device; and “Only One’s” infectious choreography and brilliant make up design was a highlight of the show and the College Night experience. Triumph was a good choice for the name of the 3013 spacecraft as well as an excellent way to describe the overall effect of “Taking Up Space.”

The state of the university BY KOREY WILSON

Changes are coming to Montevallo as the university is caught in a period of substantial transition. On the horizon: general education review forums: a new website: the possible end of the broadcast message; Blackboard replaced—Welcome, Canvas; an ATM on campus; and the dining services bid proposals. According to the Administrative Affairs office, UM will be getting a new website design by the end of the spring semester. The website which will be designed by BIG Communications, a Birmingham-based firm which, according to its website has served entities such as Alabama Power, the Southeastern Conference and JSU. According to Senior Vice President of Administrative Affairs Doctor Michelle Johnston, a team is working to build out an internal portal for the daily information and business needs of current students, faculty and staff. In addition, the portal will provide a different mechanism for disseminating important information in lieu of the broadcast and ‘AllFacStaff’ email distribution lists. There are unconfirmed rumors that the new website also has a special surprise in store for College Night enthusiasts. Continuing the theme of transition is the fact that UM will be moving from Blackboard to Canvas as the new learning management system. Again, according to Johnston, this decision was made by the Distance Education Advisory Board, which is composed of faculty and a few students. According to Johnston a handful of instructors are pilot-

ing the new system this semester in order to assist with the conversion process. During the May and Summer terms, instructors will have the option to choose which system to use, with all classes being managed through Canvas for the Fall 2013 term. As an added feature of the transition to the new system, the university is working toward more automated integration between Banner and Canvas so that faculty and students will see more timely updates of courses, user accounts and enrollments. Canvas has more user-friendly course tools for the teacher and the student, and at a lower cost than other products on the market. While students will see many similarities between Blackboard and Canvas, those who take online courses may appreciate enhanced features that are suppoosed to make online teaching and learning much easier. In addition,

mobile access is a component the board wanted to provide to students and will now be able to do so through Canvas. The intent of moving to Canvas is so faculty and students will have a more productive teaching and learning experience. Fourth, and one of the more discussed developments, is the planned arrival of an ATM on campus. According to Vice President of Business Affairs DeAnna Smith, Regions Bank has been selected based upon interest to place an ATM in Farmer Hall. Regions recently reviewed the potential location. The university is currently coordinating the vendor’s needs and security [with the] physical plant for the upcoming installation. Business affairs anticipates being able to have installation before the end of Spring Semester and it could be as early as April. Lastly, dining services—Sodexo’s more than 15-year tenure on this campus could potentially be over. Last December, the Dining Services Committee released a Request For Proposal (RFP), which is essentially an invitation for business whereby they may offer their services to the university. Key points of the RFP include Section 7 which

outlines goals that vendors should: •Offer a minimum of 20 percent local food (within 300 miles) for campus consumption •Eliminate Styrofoam containers, shift to biodegradable/recyclable •Make ethical use of uneaten food, to include donations to the needy •Present a seasonal menu to promote bioregional choices •Offer hormone and antibiotic-free meat, poultry, dairy and eggs •Publish nutrition information/food education at campus dining venues •Include vegan and vegetarian options on a daily basis •Enact responsible disposal of biodegradable waste (composting, etc.) •Incorporate organic produce and fair trade foods into menu During the months of February and April three vendors—Aramark, Chartwells, and Sodexo—visited UM and facilitated demonstrations of their capabilities to the committee. According to the RFP, the winner will be announced sometime in March.


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She was also chosen by Montevallo to be next year’s school representative, along with Meadows, who served as President Pro-Tempore for this conference and will serve again at the next conference. The delegation as a whole won the Speaker’s Award for Outstanding Delegation. Overall, the delegates said the experience was enjoyable. “I wanted to experience something

well we performed. I am so proud to belong to this hardworking and intelligent group.” Hirtle said the experience inspired her. “Some of the topics of debate were things that I had never thought of or even realized were problems,” she explained. “It has inspired me to be more knowledgeable and more open-minded to events/ issues happening outside of Montevallo.”

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Riley McEuen: I agreed some with what the judges said. A show can always be better and there is always room for growth, but I am proud of what we put on that stage. It was more than just a show-it was about our values; it represented who we are as a side. I could not have asked for a better year. As Purples, we foster creativity and originality, and I have no regrets about our process or Mechay Rush: Our side worked very hard for each final product. and every one of those points, so we were ecstatic to receive such high hon- Mia Shirley: Judges comments did not really have ors. Every aspect of College Night is important, and without the persever- an effect on me. Purples had so much ance and collaboration of all individu- fun; they worked so very hard, and no als giving 110 percent, this victory one has regrets. It is truly a wonderful would not have been possible. It’s sad thing to see people so dedicated to not that it’s over, but it’s good to go out on only making art, but also collaborating and bonding as a family. So many peoa high note! ple have come together--isn’t that the overall point? Bringing so many people together over a common goal, you’d be is now accepting applications and articles. amazed at what happens! I know that Editor: Heather Buckner we are doing wonderful things, and I know that we will continue to do wonAssistant Editor: Kyle Jones derful things. Clark Maxwell: This years college night scores reflect the perfectionist work ethic of our side. The Gold Side will need to work even harder next year because there is always something that can be improved upon. We could not be any prouder of each and every person that helped us achieve our goal.

that I could indefinitely benefit from,” said Hoang. “I loved it because it tests you in a lot of ways that you wouldn’t expect. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to go because it pushes you out of your comfort zone and makes you to adapt.” Lee’s was excited about Montevallo’s delegation being awarded. “I was so ecstatic,” she said. “I felt so proud of our delegation and how

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Six strikes and you’re (not exactly) out BY CONNOR BUCY

After much deliberation and delay, the Copyright Alert System (CAS) is being adopted by many internet service providers, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Cablevision. The system, also known as “six strikes” is aimed at copyright infringers and illegal file sharing. The six strikes plan was originally conceived by the Center for Copyright Information, or CCI, a group representing several internet service providers along with representatives from the recording and film industries. The group agreed on a system that would administer five or six warnings to alleged infringers before penalizing users. The penalties are still a mystery, however, but possibly range from connection throttling to blocking access to various websites. None of the service providers involved have threatened to permanently disconnect users, however, even after the user wears out his or her warning. “Contrary to many erroneous reports, this is not a ‘six-strikes-andyou’re-out’ system that would result in termination,” wrote CCI head Jill Lesser.

With no real “strike-out,” skeptics of the plan say the CAS won’t have much of an effect and point out that there are many workarounds to avoid being caught. BitTorrent users may use virtual private networks (VPNs) or proxies, which would render them undetectable. However, to the CCI, these workarounds aren’t a concern. The group has stated that the plan aims to educate the general public and casual file-sharers rather than take down hardcore pirates. Although this copyright system is rather lenient, there is still concern that information gathered by it will be used to take legal action against individuals. Service providers will have to inform copyright holders of which IPs are repeat offenders. The Motion Picture Association of American and the Recording Industry Association of American can then use this information to obtain personal details about the offender. Currently, however, there’s no indication that alleged infringers will be taken to court, and if it happens, it isn’t a part of the CAS plan.


Yellowbirds “The Color” BY MICHAEL ARTRESS

Sam Cohen is best known for his work in the psych-rock band Apollo Sunshine. However, after Apollo Sunshine’s indefinite hiatus, Cohen took to Yellowbirds, his psychpop solo project. “The Color,” Cohen’s debut album under this new moniker, proved to be a warm musical journey through reminiscent fields of a simpler, freer spirituality. The album opens up with a trio of soothing songs. Songs like “The Rest of My Life” and “Beneath the Reach of Light” are slow and full of ambient undertones, sometimes sounding like a 50’s indie rock jam through an old KB radio. Cohen is boisterous with the right amount of melancholy. His baritones hit low and sound like a modern-day Roy Orbison mixed with She & Him. Cohen presents his demeanor through his songs, allowing quick turns into choral melodies that catch you in their webs. His droning vocals create an easy atmosphere accompanied by a piano that twinkles with a quiet yet grooving guitar tone. In some songs, like “Rings in the Trees” and “The Reason,” Cohen shows a spectrum of experimentation,

including reverberated, spacey guitars, synth pianos and odd tempo changes. The guitar work in the album is impressive. The guitar solos are simple but very unique to each song. Swelling guitars muted over what sounds like a fuzzy pre-amp are common in the album. “In Our World” shows off Cohen’s musicianship with a fast array of alt picking in the lead guitar that opens into elevator-esque, chilled music. The highlights of “The Color” come with songs like “The Honest Ocean” and “Pulaski Bridge.” The opening lyrics of “The Honest Ocean” will get stuck in your head without a doubt. The pace of this song is fast, and it changes lead structures back and forth. Then out of nowhere, it changes rhythm perfectly into a slow, foot-tapping tempo. Cohen’s vocals are the most touching when he sings the line “…Open the real gates.” The guitar licks provide the missing links in the song. If that wasn’t enough, the clean, slowed arpeggios are catchy as the second selling point of this song. The problem with “The Honest Ocean” is that the song isn’t long enough.

“Pulaski Bridge” is the second hit on the album. It starts out with an energetic, digital rhythm while the opening lyrics speak to the wandering heart. A western sound seems to prevail from within this song, which is the best touch Cohen could have added. The weakest parts of this album are the instrumental bridges leading into other songs. “The Color II” and “Wagner, Max” are boring and uninspired filler pieces used to bridge the gap between the songs needed for a full LP. Overall, the album is energetic while maintaining a catchy, rhythmic undertone. The vocals are lulling and heavily reverberated, which create a relaxed atmosphere. The guitar work is surprisingly magnificent for a psychpop album. Moments in “The Color” are fuzzily distorted and suggest a 70’s rock feel while maintaining a carefree 60’s energy. The album takes a few listens to appreciate, but once you really give it a chance, it’s an album that will surely be a crowd pleaser. Yellowbirds is just as impressive and sways just as smoothly as Apollo Sunshine. It’s a gem in the making.

Nails never stop growing BY REED STRENGTH

After playing his supposedly final show during the “Wave Goodbye” tour in 2009, Trent Reznor has opted to resurrect his influential industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails for a series of shows. That year, Reznor insisted that his band would stop touring. “I have a number of projects that are not musicrelated which I have put on the back burner for a long time,” he stated. The one-man band started in 1988. He released seven full-length studio albums under the name, and has won two Grammy’s for the songs “Wish” and “Happiness In Slavery.” In a “Greatest Artists of All Time” piece for Rolling Stone, rock veteran David Bowie noted that Reznor’s music “contains a beauty that attracts and repels in equal measure: Nietzsche’s ‘God is dead’ to a nightclubbing beat.” While Nine Inch Nails did fade away, Reznor remained very active in media culture. He scored “The Social Network” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films, both of which earned him an Oscar for “Best Original Score” and a Golden Globe nomination respectively.

Reznor also married singer Mariqueen Maandig and formed new band How to Destroy Angels with her, score collaborator Atticus Ross and art director Rob Sheridan. The project just released its first full-length album “Welcome Oblivion.” Rumors of his main band’s reemergence started in early 2012, when Reznor expressed interest in writing songs under the moniker again. He further confirmed new material in a “Rolling Stone” interview, stating “all signs point to yes” for studio recording. Reznor claims the current and new NiN is “reinvented” and now includes new the addition of veteran musicians Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction and Adrian Belew of King Crimson. The new lineup will begin performing arena tours this fall and will continue to tour into 2014. There have been no singles or tentative album release dates as of March 4. The band has so far announced appearances at the 2013 Fuji Rock Festival and Germany’s Rock ‘n’ Heim. There are also rumors of an appearance at this year’s installment of Lollapalooza.

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ta lent—is evident in many crucial points in the narrative. Take, for instance, the moment at which Krishna speaks with a warrior who is reluctant to go to war. “Be like the tree that does not mourn the falling of the autumn leaf,” Krishna cautions his subordinate. To restore balance to the world, unpleasant measures must be taken. Singh’s writing shines in such heartfelt passages, but not for the entirety of the narrative. The flow of Singh’s beautiful words is broken every now and then by awkward passages, such as the strained couplets recited by a villainous uncle at the beginning of the novel. As in other parts of the book, this section is an example of a good idea that didn’t rise to its full potential. I wish I could say that Singh’s illustrations, at least, were consistent. After all, Singh’s style is impressive in a way that most standalone art isn’t able to achieve. His character designs lay a strong foundation for the written narrative. Krishna’s portrayal as a lithe, attractive young man allows Singh to communicate the young god’s sensitivity. Because Krishna is so often drawn with billowing hair and delicate, pursed lips, it feels perfectly natural for the character to give a great deal of thought to the meaning of life. Singh also has a gift for

LINDSAY HODGENS Alabamian Columnist

Abhishek Singh’s brand-new graphic novel “Krishna: A Journey Within” adds an entirely new level of depth to the phrase “It’s lonely at the top.” Of course, we already knew about this phenomenon. Take celebrities as an example. By virtue of their fame, stars are isolated by the constant threat of paparazzi, ever-present fans, and (God forbid) stalkers. Now, imagine that the person in the situation is not Brad Pitt or Jennifer Lawrence, but is instead the god responsible for restoring balance to the earth. If that doesn’t raise the stakes, I don’t know what will. “Krishna” follows its titular hero from humble origins to glorious death. In between are scenes of war, which can get gruesome, and even the occasional scene of love. Whether good or bad, all of the events are filled with emotion. Writing about Krishna, an incredibly important figure in the Hindu faith, is a tall order. I can only imagine the pains with which Singh considered what words to attribute to the legendary god, his god. Singh’s care—and not to mention


drawing landscapes that are colorful and expansive yet intricately detailed. Interspersed throughout the text are standalone backgrounds. Largely unoccupied by text, these masterful landscapes exude an almost holy feeling. Although the images definitely serve their purpose in the text, they would not feel out of place in a sacred setting. If nothing else, they deserve an exhibition of their own. With all of this said, it breaks my heart to say that the art was downright distracting in a few areas. One particular scene comes to mind, in which the same picture is examined at a closer and closer distance over the course of two pages. Instead of drawing the same viewpoint from a closer perspective, it appears as if someone clicked the “zoom” button on a computer. The close-up panels are devoid of the charming complexity that is characteristic of Singh’s illustrations to the point that the image is slightly blurred. A couple of similar instances occur at different points in the book, as well. Despite its incongruities, “Krishna: A Journey Within” is an incredible graphic novel. The story is touching and interesting and the majority of the writing and art is wonderfully executed. There are inconsistencies that break the flow of the narrative, but that doesn’t keep Singh’s novel from being an excellent one.

Brad & Angelina pose at Cannes Film Festival (courtesy Georges Biard).

No elephants at the Brangelina wedding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are one of Hollywood’s favorite couples, and of course everyone expects their wedding to be extravagant! Tabloid reports claim the couple’s wedding will include elephants. However, according to E! news, PETA has released a statement defending Brangelina, stating that wildlife will not be present at the wedding. “It would be out of character for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt—a couple who clearly values family and has donated millions to safeguard land and wildlife in Africa—to have elephants at their wedding ceremony,” PETA stated. They continued, saying the couple is aware animals that are used for entertainment reasons are separated from their families and sometimes beaten for training purposes. Brangelina has yet to uncover what plans they do have concerning their wedding, but it has been whispered that it may take place at their Chateau Miravel home located in the south of France.

London boos Bieber Justin Bieber arrived two hours late to his concert at the O2 arena in London. Bieber hasn’t released to why he was late to this important event, but the fans that supposedly “love” him booed him on stage and demanded for a refund. Concertgoer Sophia Lee told E! News, “I was at the concert and he [Bieber] came out at 10:15 p.m. and Carly Rae Jepsen finished her set at 9:10 p.m.. Justin should have been out at 9:30. Everyone was kept waiting not knowing anything. All they did was kept playing Michael Jackson songs. All the fans were getting

Beiber showed up to his 02 concert two hours late (courtesy Georges Biard).

so annoyed at around 9:50 p.m., fans started booing.” According to the tickets, the pop star was supposed to show up at 8:30 p.m. Lee continued to tell E! that people started to leave early because the last underground train leaves at 12 a.m., and they needed a way to get home. The tardy popstar didn’t apologize but the O2 Arena’s Twitter account posted, “Sorry to all the Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight. The Tube will still be running when the show finishes.” Bieber’s representative has not made a statement at this time. Hopefully this will not become a habit; Is his fame is finally getting to his head? Walters returns to “The View after illness and injury.” Barbara Walters returns to the ABC Daytime show, “The View,” Monday morning after six weeks of absence while recovering from the chickenpox and an head injury. Barbara announced on the show to her loving fans, “Today after a lot of scratching and rest, I am fine and I am healthy.” But the chickenpox wasn’t the reason for her long absence. The night before President Obama’s inauguration, she fell and cut her head while visiting the British Ambassador in Washington, DC. The co host has been examined and stated that she is fine.



Microsoft Surface Pro

Through the looking glass: a peek at Google’s most hyped creation

Last October, Microsoft’s first in-house designed computer was released to the public. Surface RT, as it was called, was meant to show off the new touch capabilities of Windows 8 while providing users with a polished tablet PC. However, Surface RT was certainly more tablet than PC, running only mobile Windows applications and creating a rather confusing experience for customers looking for the real Windows 8 deal. The Surface Pro is exactly what the RT should have been: a no-compromises portable PC with finesse and polish. Side by side, it’s easy to tell these devices are siblings, though the Surface Pro is certainly the beefier of the two brothers. The Surface Pro’s thickness is due to its Intel Core i5 processor. This allows the Pro to differentiate itself from the RT and give users the real Windows 8. The cost is greater weight and less battery life. Weighing in at 0.5 pounds more than the Surface RT and sporting a thickness of 13.46 millimeters, the Surface Pro might seem a bit large for tablet use. The weight results in the Pro being cumbersome for one-handed use; however, the device isn’t too heavy to call ultraportable. The weight is dis-

Google’s latest brainchild, Glass, is a missing a second of life in real time. totally new breed of device--a new way Lee continued, “We wondered, what of computing, a glimpse of the future. if we brought technology closer to your Google Glass is a wearable computer, senses? Would that allow you to more a curious and avant-garde-looking device quickly get information and connect that sits just under the brow with a prism- with other people but do so in a way— like screen situated in the user’s periph- with a design—that gets out of your way eral vision. There’s no denying that Glass when you’re not interacting with technollooks cool; it possesses a kind of sleek ogy? That’s sort of what led us to Glass.” minimal design that wouldn’t look out of While Glass presents users with a place in the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.” more seamless experience than smartGoogle Glass began as a concept phones, it also presents new quirks. roughly three years ago as part of Google’s Interfacing with Glass essentially reX Lab initiative, the same initiative that’s quires voice commands, which somewhat looking into self-driving cars and artifi- defeats the purpose of trying to compute discial intelligence. Unlike these lofty proj- creetly and are often finicky. While the side ects, however, Google wants to get Glass of the device is a touchpad, there’s no keyon the eyes of users much sooner rather board of any kind, so the only way to input than later. They’re offering developers a extensive information is by speaking to it. chance to get their hands on the device to There’s also the elephant in the room that figure out how exactly people will use it, no one wants to mention: the price. Glass along with a Twitter campaign asking us- has been announced to sell for $1500, which ers what they would do if they had Glass. is certainly more than any smartphone. While the internet is abuzz with hype Google Glass is still a step forward, for Glass, just what it will be good for despite its shortcomings. Tech enthuis a bit unclear. Besides being the latest siasts across the web are all waiting in transhumanist cyborg fashion, Glass anxiously to get their hands on one, will have to offer users something more even though currently it’s essentially than what their smartphones already a glorified camcorder with updates. give them. So far, Glass seems rather The truth is, Google Glass isn’t about limited, at least based on the recently re- what the product offers now-—it’s about leased video preview which showed the what the product could offer down the road. device to have only the basic functions People are in love with the idea of Glass. of any smartphone, like GPS naviga- That’s entirely fine, because enthusiasm tion, recording and social connectivity. for new ideas is what keeps them coming. In an interview with The Verge, product director Steve Lee explained just what made Google Glass exciting. “A big problem right now are the distractions that technology causes,” he explained. The aim of Google Glass, however, is to provide upto-date information to users and a way for them to Glass presents users with a more seamless experience record memories without than smartphones, but it also presents new quirks.


tributed well, and it’s certainly comfortable enough for two-handed use. A problem with the Surface RT was the low resolution display. The Surface Pro addressed this and boasts a 10.6-inch 1920x1080 display. In the market of ultrabooks, the Surface Pro’s display is practically unparalleled, and in the land of tablets, it’s still pretty high-end. The Surface Pro’s screen also comes with another new feature. The device has active pen input support. Wacom, a company known for their drawing tablets, is lending Microsoft their expertise in digitizer technology, and it shows. This makes Surface Pro a decent device for drawing and note-taking. Tracking is very precise, and the digitizer pen functions well within the Windows 8 environment. Compared to other tablets, the Pro flies with its i5 processor. Compared to other ultrabooks, it’s quick, but the device’s small size keeps it from being a major powerhouse, which isn’t really a problem since people in the market for an ultrabook aren’t looking for a workstation-class computer. It is, however, where the Surface Pro’s “no-compromises” nature forces compromise. The full-PC hardware makes the Pro thicker than tablet competition,


The Surface Pro is exactly what the RT should have been: a no-compromises portable PC with finesse and polish.

but its pursuit of thinness forces it to sacrifice the most powerful hardware. Still, as an ultra-portable, the Surface Pro is no slouch and users looking for a lightweight PC will find a fairly quality one here. The rest of the Surface Pro is essentially just like the RT. It features a 720-pixel camera on the front and back, a Mini DisplayPort on the side and a repositioned Micro SDXC card slot. The Pro now features USB 3.0 rather than the RT’s 2.0. Like the RT before it, the Surface Pro has trouble shining particularly brightly as an ultrabook or a tablet. It’s certainly not perfect in either form due to its attempt at fusing the two. As ultrabooks go, the Pro has a rather small screen and is uncomfortable to use on one’s lap. A true laptop is still better at being a laptop. As a tablet, it’s practically unusable in portrait mode due to its 16:9 aspect ratio. Despite these flaws, the Surface Pro is great at what it was built for, which is bringing a unified, quality Windows 8 experience in a beautifully-built package.

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Alabamian MVP of the week

Photo by Hannah Barrett


Name: Marvin Fitzgerald Sport: Men’s basketball (forward) Major: Sociology Year: Senior Accomplishments:

Nick Robinson wins first place in division at Sloperfest.

Three students win rock climbing competition


On March 3, after a delay due to the snow on Saturday March 2, three University of Montevallo students travelled to Horse Pens 40 in Oneonta to compete in a rock climbing competition. Nick Robinson, Zac Campbell and Hannah Barrett each competed and won their divisions. “Sloperfest 2013” is one of three big competitions Horse Pens puts on every year. “The tops of the boulders all sort of slope down making them difficult to top,” said Campbell. “I guess that’s where they got the name.” The competition was split into four divisions: Fluff, Chuff, Puff and Tough. Campbell and Barrett competed in the Fluff division with 25 other teams. “The way it worked was we all had a partner, mine was Hannah, and Nick competed with his soonto-be brother-in-law,” said Campbell. Each boulder was marked

with tape to indicate which path was for each division. The teams would climb as many as possible in five hours and then get a witness to sign off saying they did it. Barrett and Campbell completed 36 climbs, earning first place. Robinson’s division only had one other team and ended up tying. However, after a tiebreaker, they also won their division. Some of the sponsors for the event included: First Ave. Rocks, Alabama Outdoors, Voodoo Climbing and BlueWater and more. The prizes for first, second and third place were donated by these sponsors. Since Barrett, Campbell and Robinson all won first place in their division they were each awarded with their choice of the prizes. Barrett won a new crash pad, Campbell, a new pair of climbing shoes and Robinson, a new harness.

It’s been a productive year for Marvin, and Saturday, March 2 just added to his outstanding season. In a 92-70 senior day blowout against Young Harris, Marvin notched 20 points and a new career high of 23 rebounds, shooting 8-of-17 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Marvin and the rest of the men’s team stamped their tickets to the postseason in the win, setting up another run for a championship. Congratulations again to Marvin Fitzgerald, our Alabamian MVP of the Week.

Coach Young’s decade at UM BY JORDON SEMIEN

Imagine what you could accomplish in ten years on a job. You could stay the course, stick to the original plan and settle for the mundane, or you could set a new standard for diligence and respectability while making everyone around you consistently better. For the past ten years, the University of Montevallo’s men’s basketball program has been run by a man that defines those qualities: Coach Danny Young. In his decade at Montevallo, Coach Young took a fledgling Division II program and transformed it into a national contender almost overnight. Coach Young arrived at UM to find a program searching for an identity. Being just the sixth man to hold the position in 45 years, Coach Young was hired not only due to his outstanding track record, but because he possesses all the quali-

ties a coach needs to succeed at such a high level. The honor of being the sixth head coach in program history was never lost on Coach Young. Young said, “In the time of people coming and going, with the coaching carousel goes every year, it’s been a great honor to stay on and be at one place so long”. Young’s resume is a lengthy one to say the least, with stops across the country including a stay at Salem International University in Salem, W. Va., where he served as head coach and athletic director before deciding to help rebuild Montevallo’s athletic department. Athletic director Jim Herlihy, who has held the position for the last six of Young’s ten years, said that not only has the coach generally improved the men’s program, but he has forever changed the culture of the university, not only improving

the GPA’s and graduation rates of the men’s team but showing everyone that you don’t have to sacrifice improved academic standings for a winning program, or vice versa. But no matter the accolades, the titles or the notoriety, Coach Young will forever attribute his success to the teachings from his former coach, NBA All Star Paul Westphal, and his love for the sport. “I think I’m one of the fortunate people that get to come to a job that they love to do every day. Not everybody gets to do that, I don’t think. But I love basketball, I like being around the guys, I like trying to help them. It’s big for me to get to do something I enjoy everyday”. Unsurprising to most, Coach Young once again has his team positioned for a potential championship run.

Men’s basketball punches tickets to PBC tourney BY JORDON SEMIEN

In a night to remember, the men’s basketball team beat Peach Belt newcomer Young Harris 92-70, to secure their spot as a No. 1 seed in the Peach Belt Conference tournament. It was a Senior Night for the history books as the team and campus paid tribute to the departing senior class of Marvin Fitzgerald, Drico Hightower, Jonas Brown, Danny Cummins, Travis DeShazior and Jeff Hefner. The seniors put on a show, as Fitzgerald picked up a new career

high of 23 rebounds to match his 20 points, and Hightower added 18 points and six rebounds of his own. Jonas Brown was lights out from long range, shooting 4-of-7 from three in route to a 14 point game. Sophomore Troran Brown notched a team high nine assists, matched by fellow sophomore Ryan May’s nine points. The Falcons earned a No. 1 seed in the Peach Belt tournament, facing No.4 seed Augusta St. in the first round of action.

Women’s basketball set season win record in OT thriller BY JORDON SEMIEN

Regulation time wasn’t enough for the Falcons’ women’s basketball team against Young Harris. Overtime was needed on Senior Night with so much in the balance: a new school record for wins in a season and a potential No. 2 seed in the Peach Belt tournament. A big turnout came to support the team and to thank seniors Zena Nasiloski, Trina Moore-Smith, Alex Strickland and Carolyn Taite for their time in the program. Nasiloski netted her seventh double-double of the season, with 13 points and another 13 rebounds, while Trena Moore-Smith had eight

points and seven assists. Sophomore Taylor Beverly reminded the fans of what to expect for next season, turning in 13 points, matched by junior Shay Bonner’s 11 points and six rebounds. But the night and headlines belonged to freshman standout Jacquelyn Thompson. Finishing the game with 13 points, there were none bigger than her final three. Montevallo controlled the game for majority of the contest, but a late rally from Young Harris forced extra time. In the waning seconds of overtime, the Falcons rebounded a missed free throw by Young Harris and looked for their opportunity.

As time ran off the clock, the ball found its way to the waiting hands of Thompson; with seconds left, she showed every ounce of ice water in her veins and hoisted a three-pointer over two defenders that found the bottom of the net with 0.9 seconds left in the game. A long distance heave from Young Harris came up short, giving the Falcons the 60-59 win and securing their 17th win on the season, the most in program history. The win also gave the team the No. 2 seed in the Peach Belt Tourney, where they will face Flagler in the opening round.

March events 25







UM Honor Band festival UM Honor Band festival 7:30 PM Wind Ensemble 12 PM Shuttles to Alabaster Meet at Becoming sculpture

Palmer Hall*

10 PM Poetry Slam

1 PM Women’s tennis


vs Georgia College*

1:30 PM Women’s basketball vs Young Harris*

3:30 PM Men’s basketball vs Young Harris*

5 PM Intramural Soccer 4 roster deadline 7 PM Spectrum


3:30 PM Honor Band Festival Concert Palmer Auditorium*

Morgan 203

1 PM Women’s tennis vs Augusta State*

8 PM The Walking Dead* Student Life

7 PM Think Before You Drink Week Speaker*

2:30 PM Women’s tennis- vs Ala-Huntsville 5 3:30 PM ΑΔΠ King of the Jungle- Main Quad 6:30 PM Scott Meyer talk and book signing Parnell Library

7:30 PM Piano Concerto Recital- LeBaron Recital Hall* 8 PM Resonate Worship

Comer Auditorium

6 11 AM Café Escape- BCM 4:30 PM SGA Senate mtg Morgain 203

7 PM UPC Casino Night* Anna Irvin


7 PM Spectrum Morgan 203

7:30 PM UPC Comedian Palmer Hall

7:30 PM Alan Goldspiel & Sandra Lunte LeBaron Recital Hall

8 PM People Person


10 PM Nightmare Boyzzz// 10 AM Intramural Soccer White Laces//Holy Youth// tournament- Intramural Fields 7 PM SGA Mocktails & More Plains- Eclipse 2 PM Women’s tennis with Grant Terry vs Maryville (Mo.)*

vs Ga. Southwestern

Student Life*

7 PM The Hobbit Student Life

13 Undergrad Research Day 11 AM Café Escape- BCM





Annual Juried Foundations Exhibit- Gallery at Bloch Hall 9 PM Thursday Night Music Club- Back for S’more Spring Showcase- Napier Basement




8 PM Vacation Club//Crys Eclipse





LeBaron Recital Hall*


Summer and Fall Schedules available online 7:30 PM Dept. of Music Honors Recital- LeBaron 8 PM Resonate Worship


5 PM Baseball game

7:30 PM Charles Wood, Faculty Recital



SGA packets due





10 PM Peach Kelli Pop Eclipse


Advising begins for 25 26 graduate students 8 PM Resonate Worship Intramural softball begins BCM 3:30 PM Music Dept Honors Awards

11 AM Café Escape- BCM 3:30 PM SGA Exec mtg SGA Conference Room

7 PM Montevallo/Rotary Citizens Night Awards Banquet- Anna Irvin

4:30 PM SGA Senate mtg Morgain 203

8 PM Trivia Night!

7 PM Spectrum

4:30 PM Housing&Res Life Luau- Main Quad

LeBaron Recital Hall Morgan 203

fine arts

greek life







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