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Volume 45, Number 27

February 25, 2008

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State needs psychiatrist Smashing cars for a cause University faces roadblocks to help alleviate shortage Devi Sampat SENIOR REPORTER dss608@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

A shortage of psychiatrists, both in-state trainees and out-of-state recruits, in the state of Alabama has proved to be an increasing problem over the past decade. In a study conducted by Dr. Richard Powers in April 2007, Alabama has only 7.1 psychiatrists per 100,000, while other neighboring states have 8.1 and the nation has 13.7, according to Understanding the Shortage of Psychiatrists and Selected other Mental Health Professionals in Alabama. Powers cites this shortage due to lack of funding for psychiatry programs, a shortage of in-patient beds, difficulties for physicians to obtain practicing licenses and an overall decline in the retention rate of Alabama psychiatrists. The University of South Alabama offers one of the two only psychiatry programs in the state of Alabama. Both programs at USA and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have experienced difficulties, according to Powers’ study. Each experienced difficulties in training

the maximum number of psychiatrists, many of whom practice in other states after training. “The University of South Alabama suffered from management issues and the program at UAB suffered from a shortage of funding to support the maximum number of candidates,” the study states. A shortage of psychiatrists and programs presents a grave issue as the need for the increases. The number of in-patient beds has declined, while the need for communitybased beds has increased, according to the study. “Patients in South Alabama are routinely admitted to hospitals in Pensacola,” Powers said. The University of South Alabama College of Medicine department of psychiatry program works to combat these shortages through its funding, programs and output of trained graduates on a yearly basis. The residency program focuses on training through rotations at AltaPointe Baypoint Hospital and West Mobile Outpatient Clinic and Oasis. X

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers held a fundraising event Feb. 22 in the engineering parking lot, smashing a car to raise money for an engineering conference coming up in April. Any student could pay $1 to smash the car with a baseball bat and $2 to smash it with a sledgehammer. “They will have a design competition at this conference, and we go every year,” said Eddie L. Sternberger III, the president of ASME. All the money will go toward their conference.

South Alabama launches redesigned educational leadership program

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The University of South Alabama College of Education's newly revamped master's program in educational leadership will serve as a model for other universities in the state to meet new standards and improve student achievement. In 2006, the Alabama Department of Education required educational leadership programs at all state universities be redesigned by 2008. USA was the first to complete and meet state requirements for the new Instructional Leaders for Alabama Schools program, creating new standards for aspiring school programs. In the process of developing the new educational leadership program, USA had to entirely discard the past educational leadership program and develop an entire new program and set of courses based on new state standards, according to Dr. David Gray, the chair of the department of leadership and teacher education. Of the new aspects of the revamped educational leadership program, all involved agree that the most important aspect is that aspiring principals will now be required to complete a full semester as a principal intern under the mentorship of highly qualified school principals. X

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Top row from left to right: Dr. Agnes Smith, associate professor of leadership and teacher education; Dr.Tom Sisk, director of human resources of Baldwin County Public Schools; Dr. Roy Nichols, superintendent Mobile County Public Schools; Dr. Harold Dodge, associate professor of leadership and teacher education; Dr. Richard Hayes, dean of College of Education. Bottom row from left to right: Dr. David Gray, chair of department of leadership and teacher education; Tim Hale Jr., student in the new educational leadership master’s program; Albert Thomas, assistant professor of leadership and teacher education.

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NIU grieves after one week of attacks Ben Gross NORTHERN STAR NORTHERN Illinois University

One week ago, the King Memorial Commons was empty. A week later, students, faculty and community members could not find an open space in the middle of campus. With the MLK Commons filled before 3 p.m., people began to stand anywhere. The steps of the Holmes Student Center, a grassy knoll or any snow bank with a view toward a small stage, became a place to gather. A crowd of thousands engaged in chitchat and conversation. Noise filled the packed space. But once Northern Illinois University President John Peters approached the microphone, only the sound of snow falling on jackets could be heard. “It has been just one week, just one week since we lost five vibrant people,” Peters said. “Some have suffered physically, we all have suffered mentally.”

One week ago people ran away from the commons. One week later they calmly walked and huddled in the same spot. The spot students were warned to stay away from was now a place to gather. A place to continue the grieving process. “Know where we stand now will always be hallowed ground,” Peters said. “We will turn that spot into a vibrant place of learning.” One week ago, screaming and chaos filled the commons. One week later, the sounds of bells ringing, whimpers of crying, and snow filled the frigid air. Although a solid group in silence, everyone was left to themselves in thought. “We are alone in our thoughts, but listen together to the bells,” Peters said. “So I call on each of you to remember and love.” In one week everything has changed. In one week everything is the same. It has been one week.

Mobile’s real estate market continues growth T.R. Risner STAFF REPORTER wxman08@yahoo.com

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The USA Mitchell College of Business Center for Real Estate Studies has found that the real estate price trend in Mobile has increased 2.2 percent the third quarter of Dr. Epley 2007. The Mobile real estate market is still performing well in a national market that has been slowing down lately. In the third quarter of 2007, the average sales price reached its highest level per quarter ever at $159,892. “The important story here is the

increasing trend line. Although monthly numbers may increase or decrease, the number to watch is the direction and amount of the overall trend,” said Dr. Don Epley, director of the Center for Real Estate Studies. The sales prices have increased by 8.8 percent over the past two years. The average sales in Mobile have increased 2.3 percent over the past 12 months. “Real estate sales should increase 28-30 percent by 2012,” Epley said. “Indicators of the future of the future need for housing are positive.” With new companies coming to Mobile and new buildings being built in the city, the economy and real estate market is expected to continue improving in the city.

“The economy and real estate market will grow, and ThyssenKrupp will help this happen …the excitement that USA football is causing will also help,” said Epley. If Northrop Grumman and EADS win a bidding battle for the opportunity to build new Air Force tankers, the tankers could be built at Brookley Field, which would also create more jobs. Mortgage rates could also affect the future real estate market. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was at 5.76 percent as of the first of the month and is the lowest in the last two years. “The trend is still moving upward, the average homeowner in Mobile still enjoys increasing value and that is a good sign,” Epley said.

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CAMPUSGRIPES To voice your campus gripes or praises, e-mail us at campusgripes@yahoo.com, or anonymously mail us at The Vanguard, U-25100, Mobile, Ala., 36688

Losing a good faculty member I am shocked that Dr. John P. Kline of the psychology department is leaving the USA family. He is a brilliant instructor and devoted professor, one whose infectious curiosity brings out the best in our students. He makes it fun (gasp!) to attend class, and challenges his students to think instead of memorize. Isn't that why we came to college in the first place? We are losing a precious member of the faculty, and I'll miss him next year.

In need of good crosswords Come on, give us a good crossword puzzle this week. The past few have been lame, and that is the only thing I look forward to. Except south beating western.

You don’t have to yield, folks I get frustrated every time people yield taking a right onto Old Shell Road from Hillcrest Road. There is no yield sign there. Look at the sign that is there folks, don’t yield. You’re slowing down traffic.

Stop at the red light students I’ve seen so many students running red lights and to impatient to stop at yellow ones. You’ll get to class, just slow down. There is already enough wrecks that go on around the campus.

What about graduation? When are the seniors going to find out about graduation? They said they were going to e-mail us about the information, and it’s coming up on March. We only have a couple of months left, and I need to know what I’m about to pay. Could you give us a heads up, Registrar, when we’re suppose to find out? I would appreciate it a whole lot.

Baseball season starting up Baseball is my all time favorite sport, and I’m so glad it’s finally starting. I’m just wondering though, are they going to promote baseball like they did basketball? Don’t get me wrong I like basketball, but our baseball team is awesome too. Let’s show them how great all our sports are and promote all our Jags.

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Students explore job opportunities Hannah Skewes SENIOR REPORTER hks502@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

More than 80 different local businesses, national corporations and government and military branches set up booths in the Mitchell Center with intentions of recruiting interested students for job opportunities. USA students and alumni were presented the opportunity to secure a job after leaving the University with a diploma in hand. They were also presented with plenty of opportunities of the internship and co-op variety. Students walked around the Mitchell Center dressed professionally ready to speak to representatives. "I'm really glad to see opportunities like this coming to campus,” said Robyn Thawley, a freshman secondary education language arts major. “It takes away some of the mystery of job hunting and also gives students a chance to talk to people from different companies and get a better idea on how to apply their degree to an occupation. I'll eventually need an internship, so this would be a good place to start looking," The job fair is the single largest event hosted by Career Services during the school year. It provides a chance for University students to peruse current job openings and provides information on companies who are currently seeking graduating hopefuls. Representatives were present from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some students also had the opportunity to hand out their resumes to companies who were interested in looking for future employees. “I handed my resume out to at least five companies,” said Brandon Russo, a chemistry major. “There were a lot of companies there looking for chemistry majors, and I was lucky enough to hand out my resumes. Opportunities for employment ranged from staying centralized in Mobile, Ala. or moving to other unspecified locations to fulfill job duties. For students looking to stay in the area, representatives from local and state companies and government associations were present and looking for good candidates. The Alabama Department of Revenue and Alabama Army National Guard were present as well

Marzieh K. Atigh / Photo Editor

More than 80 companies set booths up at the USA Mitchell Center for Career Expo on Feb. 21. USA students and alumni came prepared with resumes and dressed professionally hoping to connect with future employers.

as local and regional enterprises such as Northrop Grumman and Searcy Hospital. "I was pretty impressed with the organization,” said Don Freeman, a senior graphic design major. “I'm an art major and it seemed like most of the companies there were recruiting engineering majors, but it's good to see students taking advantage of the opportunity. As a senior, I know it's important to make sure you have a job before you leave campus." Career Services will be hosting more specialized job fairs later in the spring semester, such as the Education Career Expo on March 28 and the Allied Health and Nursing Career Expo on April 15.

Writing Outreach boosts student learning Amare said. There has been a 95 percent positive rating from the particiamk502@jaguar1.usouthal.edu pants every year. “We also have received positive feedback from other faculty The department of English at the University of South Alabama is sponsoring free-of-charge sessions through the Writing who say their students have gone to Writing Outreach and have improved,” Amare said. Outreach program that began at the beginning of February. The Writing Outreach is run completely by volunteers, includOn Feb. 28, they will host “Writing about Literature: ing the coordinators and assistant coordinators. Guidelines on how to Write Effectively about Literature Exams “We are trying night sessions for the first time this semester so and Papers” at 3:30 p.m. that evening students also have an opportunity to attend,” Amare The sessions are for people who want to learn more about and said. “Many evening students work during improve their writing skills. There is no the day and can't make the afternoon registration requirement or commitment “We wanted to share with other Writing Outreach sessions.” to the program. According to Amare, the lowest number colleagues in our field about this Jenny Wilkins, a senior at USA, went of participants at a session was five. The to one of the sessions her sophomore program as an alternative yet highest number has been 77. year to understand MLA format for her “Every week, anyone has a chance to effective way to connect literature class. attend our 45-minute session at no cost “It was very helpful and made me feel students, faculty and the and learn better grammar or style or about more positive about turning my papers to write an effective argument,” Amare community via service in,” Wilkins said. said. “Our faculty are experienced teachers The program started in 2001 by learning.” and are willing to help everyone.” Teresa Grettano, according to Dr. Nicole - Dr. Nicole Amare “I am honored to be part of Writing Amare, assistant professor in the English Outreach. We do truly try to reach out to department. all participants,” Amare said. “Teresa started it because she wanted USA students in English Grettano and Amare are the authors of a published scholarly 101 and 102 to receive extra help for their writing,” Amare said. article titled "Writing Outreach as Community Engagement." “We can only teach so much in the class to 26 students, and we “We wanted to share with other colleagues in our field about needed a venue to cover grammar, style and MLA concerns more this program as an alternative yet effective way to connect stufully.” dents, faculty and the community via service learning,” Amare When Grettano first presented the idea to Dr. Larry Beason, said. associate professor in the English department and the composiTo find out more about the program and the sessions that are tion director, in 2001, he suggested that she include the community since it was a free program, and the community also may want offered, visit their Web site at http://www.usouthal.edu/english/student/outreach.htm. writing help. “We've had about 30 percent community participation,”

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Homecoming spirit winners Staff Reports vanguard@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

As Homecoming week comes to an end, the results of the spirit competition are released. For the window painting competition in the Greek category, the winners are as follows: 1st place - Chi Omega 2nd place - Alpha Omicron Pi 3rd place - Pi Kappa Phi For the independent category of the window painting competition the winners are as follows: 1st place - Alpha Epsilon Delta 2nd place - Baptist Campus Ministries 3rd place - Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow The winners for the sheet sign competition in the Greek category are: 1st place tie - Alpha Omicron Pi and Phi Mu 2nd place tie - Alpha Kappa Alpha and Chi Omega 3rd place - Alpha Gamma Delta The winners in the independent category of the sheet sign competition are as follows: 1st place - Alpha Epsilon Delta 2nd place tie - Baptist Campus Ministries and Jaguar Productions 3rd place - Sigma Alpha Iota The following organizations had 10 or more members participate in USA Service Day at Hillsdale Middle School on Feb. 9. These organizations received Homecoming points: Alpha Omicron Pi Phi Mu Alpha Gamma Delta

Sigma Chi Pi Kappa Phi Chi Omega Sigma Gamma Rho Kappa Delta African-American Student Association Jaguar Productions Alpha Epsilon Delta The winners for the USA Homecoming blood drive in the Greek category are as follows: 1st place - Kappa Delta 2nd place - Kappa Sigma 3rd place - Alpha Omicron Pi The winners for the USA Homecoming blood drive in the independent category are as follows: 1st place - African American Student Association 2nd place - Alpha Epsilon Delta 3rd place - Jaguar Productions The overall Homecoming spirit winners in the Greek category are as follows: 1st place - Alpha Omicron Pi 2nd place - Chi Omega 3rd place - Kappa Delta The overall Homecoming spirit winners in the independent category are as follows: 1st place - Alpha Epsilon Delta 2nd place tie - African American Student Association and Jaguar Productions 3rd place tie - Baptist Campus Ministries and Sigma Alpha Iota Alpha Omicron Pi and Alpha Epsilon Delta won the “Traveling Trophy,” which is the Homecoming spirit award for having the most spirit points and placing first overall. “It’s basically for bragging rights,” said Heather Sprinkle, student activity specialist.

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6 Just a thought ... Ashley D. McGee LIFESTYLES EDITOR ladypoeticsoul@aol.com

Those who know me are fully aware of how much time I spend mentorship at a local middle school. I have developed very close bonds with several of the students and often drop in on them while they are in class, just to make sure they are keeping up with their class work. While volunteering, I cannot help but be saddened by how nonchalant so many of the students are when it comes to their education. I understand that there are kids who come from every race and cultural background, but I must admit that because the school I spend most of my time at is a predominantly black school, I tend to expect more from them. Sometimes they behave as if they have not read the stories of how hard it was for blacks to receive an education in this country, how much our people had to protest and fight and almost beg to be able to sit in the same desks that treat like a prison. The younger generation is in for a rude awakening. No matter how much pointless television may try to teach otherwise, living a successful adult life in this country is a hard thing to do without the proper academic preparations. They are at a point in their lives when education is given to them; it is handed to them on a silver platter (well, a lightly tarnished and somewhat rusted platter at several inner-city schools), and they will not even reach out and grab it. I see children cutting class, cursing out their teachers and carelessly tossing around textbooks that many who came before them would have died to have the chance to read. Somehow, they have been given the notion that learning is an option, that they have the choice to go to school or not. What a sad, sad misconception this is. There is no choice. Each and every black grade school and college student owes it to our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to sit in class every day with our books and ears open, feeling nothing less than blessed to be there and being unconditionally grateful to those who fought for that privileged. So many of them were tormented on a daily basis just to receive the education that we do not appreciate today. What will it take for my young people to wake up? Those of us who understand the true value of a good education will go into the world armed with a very powerful weapon, our minds. Throughout the month of February, I have made it a point to touch on different subjects I feel are important in honoring Black Heritage Month. I have tried not to mention a few names that some of you may not have been familiar with,, and to give alternate accounts of events from people who do not tell the same story our history books do. Hopefully, I have not failed.

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Miss USA recognized for her good service Jessica McCray honored by Pi Kappa Phi and given her own day Hannah Skewes SENIOR REPORTER hks502@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

On Feb 20, members of Pi Kappa Phi hosted a ceremony at their fraternity house honoring Miss University of South Alabama, Jessica Juanita McCray. Samuel L. Jones, mayor of the city of Mobile, issued a resolution stating that Feb. 20 is now Jessica McCray Day. She was honored for her community service and her dedication to the duties delegated to her as Miss USA. USA President V. Gordon Moulton read the confirmation on behalf of Mayor Jones, declaring it a city-wide holiday and presented it to McCray at the ceremony. "Whereas Jessica McCray will be representing the University of South Alabama in the Miss Alabama Pageant in June of 2008, therefore let it be resolved that I, Sam Jones, mayor of the city of Mobile along with Mobile County, declare February 20, 2008 as Jessica Juanita McCray Day," recited Moulton from the official confirmation drafted by Jones. McCray was crowned Miss USA 2008 at the "Look At Me Now" 25th annual Miss University of South Alabama 2008 Pageant by Miss USA 2007 Morgan Ellis. She is the daughter of Lloyd and Edith Witherspoon and is originally from Mount Vernon, Ala. McCray is currently in preparation for the Miss Alabama pageant to be held in June later this year, a state-wide preliminary competition for the nation-wide pageant, Miss America. McCray is a sophomore pre-professional

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Miss USA Jessica McCray was honored by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity; Dr. David Stearns, vice president of enrollment services; USA President V. Gordon Moulton; and Mobile Mayor Samuel Jones on Feb. 20 for her service and good deeds. McCray was given her own day called the Jessica Juanita McCray Day by Mayor Jones.

major and won $1,600 worth of scholarships during the 2008 Miss USA "Look At Me Now" pageant. “I'm so excited about competing in the Miss Alabama pageant in June,” McCray said. “I can't wait to see everyone out there, and I can't wait to be on that stage." Moulton also presented McCray with a small gift as a token of appreciation. Dr. David Stearns, USA vice president of enrollment services, also presented a check

to the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members. Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is the major sponsor of the Miss USA Pageant, using the funds to aid in their charity work. "This is a local check that you guys have worked for and earned to aid in your philanthropy," Stearns said. "Miss McCray is our representative in the Miss Alabama pageant and she is going to do just fabulously up there in June. We are so proud of her," Stearns said.

Students showed off skills at talent show Association performed a female group dance to the song "Clumsy" by Fergie. hks502@jaguar1.usouthal.edu After intermission, LaBarron Campbell gave a memorable perThe Student Government Association Multicultural Committee formance dancing to "Oops! I Did It Again" by Britney Spears. and the Residence Life Council collaborated to bring students of Laventrice Ridgeway followed him doing an original rap song. The last act was a martial arts performance by Tim Mai, who showall walks of life together through the form of a talent show. cased his talent with a musical kata. Students of different backgrounds compet“The acts were really great as well,” said ed for mall gift certificates while showing Devi Sampat, chair of the SGA Multicultural unique talents, mostly along with music. Door “We had some Committee Chair and coordinator of the talprizes were given out sporadically between beautiful singers and creative ent show. “We had some beautiful singers and performances, such as sweatshirts and tote creative other acts as well. The cohosts, Varun bags. Reggie Reyes and Varun Surapeneni other acts as well.” and Reggie really made the night even hosted the show as the masters of ceremonies. - Devi Sampat greater," During the first three acts, four students disThe winners received gift certificates to Bel played musical talents. The first act was Air Mall. Brittany Williams singing followed by a second Third place went to Cristal Franklin for her monologue, she musical talent. Elton Reeves and Anthony Williams then took the stage to perform a song with their own guitar accompaniment. received a $50 gift certificate. The second place winner was Jessica Kody Whitaker took the stage for the third act, singing a solo and Riley for her solo, and it earned her $100. "Not only does she look amazing, she also sounds amazing," playing the guitar. Next was Laberion McConnell, who recited a Surapeneni said. self-written poem titled "The Valentine's Day Struggle." The first place winners were Elton Reeves and Anthony Next, two female acts took the stage to showcase two very different talents. Jessica Riley sang a rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Williams, with the highest prize of a $150 At the end of the competition, audience members were called Will Always Love You," and was succeeded by Cristal Franklin, who performed a monologue portraying a teenage girl whose up to the stage to end the festivities with a dance-off. Participants father had died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept.11, danced to "Cupid Shuffle" to earn T-shirts. The general consensus was that the talent show was a success. 2001. "I’m glad so many people came out to the show,” Sampat said. After the sixth act, there was a short intermission. More door prizes were given out and the African American Student “I was really actually worried, but the turnout was fantastic.”

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Keith Brown to give lecture at USA Kem Preston CONTRIBUTING WRITER klp401@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

On Feb. 27, motivational speaker Keith L. Brown will be giving a lecture in the Student Center Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. This lifechanging experience is courtesy of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and is co-sponsored the Eta Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Known simply as the "Motivator of the Millennium," Brown was named one of the Top 50 Speakers and Experts in Education Today by Insight Publishing and also made the Top 10 Speakers listed published by the International Speakers Bureau. Brown has been featured in national publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun Times and the New York Newsday, just to name a few among thousands. He was also a highly requested featured speaker for the city of Atlanta's relief event for Hurricane Katrina survivors. During his childhood, Brown was labeled “special ed,” “at risk” and a “potential menace to society.” Determined to break away from these labels that he knew did not define who he was as an individual, Brown dedicated his life to not becoming a stereotype. According to http://www.keithlbrown.com, Brown’s official Web site, he is a member of the National Speakers Association, Who's Who In Professional Speaking, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity in Education and Outstanding Young Men of America. Brown’s messages have been said to leave people “educated, elevated, entertained and empowered,” and the students at the University of South Alabama are hoping to have the same end result from listening to Brown speak. Some of his profound messages have been delivered at Mega Fest (a family event which attracts over 200,000 people annually), the legendary Apollo Theatre, the National Youth at Risk Conference, American Cancer Society events, The Los Angeles Unified School District, and at thousands of schools, colleges, universities, as well as many faith-based institutions. Audiences have been said to receive a “super-vision” after hearing Brown implement his Life Principles of Purpose. Brown is also the author of the inspirational book “C.H.I.T.L.I.N.S.: Creative Helpful, Intuitive, Thoughts, Lifting

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Motivational speaker Keith L. Brown delivers a powerful speech to audience members. Brown is one of the most highly sought after motivational speakers in the world, speaking to nearly half a million people each year.

Individuals, Naturally Seeking,” and is co-author of “Conversations on Success” with Jack Canfield, who is the cofounder of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, John Christensen, who wrote “Fish Tales,” and 14 of the most phenomenal individuals on the planet. He is also a co-author of the ever evolving "303 Solutions Series," which includes three books on effective communication and getting results, boosting creativity, solving challenges and goal setting, not goal sitting! As one of the most sought-after speakers on the planet, this Renaissance man also serves as a legislative liaison, professional speechwriter, consultant, philanthropist, and energetic, enthusiastic professional emcee for a wide array of events. For more information about this event, contact Dr. Carl Cunningham in the Office or Multicultural Affairs, or call (251) 460-6895.

Two ‘scuups’ or three? Stephanie A. Hudson ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR stephanieahudson@gmail.com

Over two and a half years ago, Mobile native Richard Brown decided he was tired of selling ice cream for Mayfield Dairy Farms. During a conversation with a friend, he said “I’m going to try it own my own.” Brown began building Scuups, an ice cream shop where today he offers unique ice cream flavors, frozen cappuccinos and the shop’s popular hot dogs. However, opening Scuups was not an easy endeavor. “It took a full two years to get the shop going,” he said, “I had to get a small business loan and write up a full business plan. There was real work to do before Scuups even opened.” Scuups opened in August 2007 with Brown as the sole employee. He is aided on occasion by his wife, Lana, and various friends and family. While many may consider Scuups’ lack of staff challenging, Brown maintains the spotless shop with welcoming and friendly customer service. He does not hesitate to offer newcomers to the shop free, and surprisingly large, samples of any of the assorted flavors of ice cream he sells. “We sell a lot of the ice cream called Garbage Can,” Brown said, “It is vanilla ice cream with seven different kinds of candy bars, including Snickers, Baby Ruth and Heath bar.” This is far from the only fare on the menu. Flavors of ice cream include Smurf, blue raspberry with marshmallows; Bear Claw, dark chocolate with plenty of caramel

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Scuups owner Richard Brown serves an ice cream sample to yet another satisfied customer. Brown opened the ice cream treat shop in late 2007.

and cashews; and Superman, a red, blue and yellow ice cream that is popular with children. He also offers an assortment of mix-ins for ice cream, as well as milk shakes and ice cream cakes handmade from any flavor in the house. Brown also peddles his own distinctive addition to the ice cream shop – hot dogs. “The hot dogs were really popular during the colder months. They may have even outsold our ice cream,” Brown said. He offers all the traditional hot dogs toppings for customers in need of food more substanX

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ON CAMPUS THIS WEEK Monday Kappa Alpha Psi presents “The Great Debate” at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom Tuesday Kappa Alpha Psi presents “A Lesson in Etiquette” at 6 p.m. in the Terrace Wednesday The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Kappa Alpha Psi present Keith L. Brown at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom Thursday Kappa Alpha Psi presents “Ladies Knight ... A Sensual Seduktion” at 7:30 p.m. in the Beta/Gamma Area Commons Friday Kappa Alpha Psi presents “Yo Red Karpet Affair” Party at 10:11 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom

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The Riddle of The Sphinx Patrick Senn STAFF WRITER thatguy1084@yahoo.com

The Great Sphinx of today stands as a monument to the ancient Egyptian culture which built it in roughly the third millennium B.C.E. The Sphinx stands 241 feet long, 20 feet wide and 65 feet high and it is the oldest and (some would argue) most majestic sculpture known in the world today. Even with all that modern archeology has uncovered about this incredible statue many things are still unknown about it. Many egyptologists believe that the face of the Great Sphinx was based upon King Khafra, who is also often credited as the builder of the statue. However, not all experts in the field agree with this theory, because there is nothing on or inside of the statue itself to indicate this. The major reason this is the generally accepted theory is because modern science has placed the construction date during the time of this particular king's rule. Over the centuries that passed, the Sphinx was buried up to its shoulders in sand. The first known attempt to uncover and restore the statue was made in roughly 1400 B.C.E. The first modern restoration attempt was made in 1817 C.E., but the statue was not completely uncovered until 1925. Another mystery of the Sphinx, other than how it could stay buried for so long, is that it is completely missing its nose. There are many legends about what happened to the nose, including that it got shot off by a cannon ball by Napoleon's troops. Other legends about the Sphinx blame the British, Germans and others for the missing nose. The world may never truly know the full “riddle of the Sphinx” as all of the collective mysteries are called; however, it stands as a testament to the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptian civilizations and an important piece of Egypt's cultural heritage.

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Fine Arts

Ashley Gruner Fine Arts Editor amarie588@gmail.com

February 25, 2008

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USA Theatre presents ‘Buried Child’ Amanda B. Johnson STAFF WRITER

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On Feb. 26 the University of South Alabama Laidlaw Performing Arts Center will be hosting a guest faculty chamber music recital at 7:30 p.m. John Craig Barker, a renowned clarinetist, will be the featured performer. The concert will also include members of the Horizon String Quartet, the Mobile Symphony and several USA faculty members. As a graduate of the Julliard School, Barker's performances have received national attention. Barker made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He was the winner of the Artists International Competition and has performed with such notables as the New Orleans Philharmonic. Barker has been honored with several international prizes, including first place winner at the Klar-fest Competition in Baltimore and a finalist at the Naumburg International Competition. “Mr. Barker is technically polished … his tone is perfect and well rounded; quick passage-work holds no terror for him, and he shapes the music in all the right ways,” said The New York Times. The program will consist of the “Dance Prelude,” Johannes Brahms' “Clarinet Sonata in E-flat major” and Mozart's “Quintet in A major” for clarinet and strings. USA faculty members performing in this recital include Robert Holm, Enen Yu, Guo-Sheng Huang, Andra Bohnet, Peter Wood and Keith Bohnet. Don't miss the opportunity to see Barker perform with Mobile's finest musicians. This event is sure to be an enlightening experience for the whole family. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for senior citizens, USA students, faculty and staff. Tickets will be sold at the door. For further information, call the music department at (251) 460-6136.

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This month, Theater USA was pleased to present its third production of the 2007-2008 season, "Buried Child.” The Sam Shepard play, under the production of USA professor Dr. Leon Van Dyke, recounts the unfolding events of an Illinois farming family and the burden of their deepest secret. Many years ago, Tilden, the eldest of Halie and Dodge's three sons, and his mother commit incest. Halie bore Tilden's child, and as a result, tore their family apart. Tormented with disgust and hatred, Dodge drowned the child and buried it in the field behind their house. For years, this secret plagues the family who made a pact never to reveal the truth, until forgotten grandson Vince, along with girlfriend Shelly, arrive in Illinois to unearth the past. Dodge, played by Alan Gardner, suffers from a chronic cough that he chooses to medicate with whiskey and cigarettes. Dodge's "un-Christian" means, which he keeps hidden from his meddling wife, continue to fuel his hatred for his offspring. While Dodge is quick to point the finger, Halie, played by Lauren Broussard, finds that seeking salvation is the only answer for both herself and her family. Spouting her Christian opinion, Halie blames all, even the Catholics, for the death of her son Ansel. While Ansel remains Halie's pick of the litter, Tilden and Bradley both fall short of her expectations. Tilden has lost his marbles following the "disappearance" of his incestuous son, while Bradley's smarts caused him to accidentally cut his own leg off. It is Vince that attempts to find order in the lives of everyone - if only one of them could remember the estranged son of Tilden. Vince never loses hope that his family will remember him, but Shelly sees things a bit differently. With a little persist-

“Through the years of entertaining, it is inspiring to know you’ve changed someone’s outlook ... based on a single performance.” - Lauren Broussard Alan Gardner, who plays Dodge in “Buried Child,” is an assistant professor of dramatic arts at USA, as well as director of acting and performance. He is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. His portrayal of Dodge is both humorous and heartfelt. Gardner so adamantly delivers the spiteful sarcasm of a dying Dodge. Lauren Broussard, a senior performing arts major, reflects on her theatrical experiences at South: "I have had some amazing directors, teachers and colleagues that have inspired me in so many ways to pursue this career,” she said. “In the struggle to be a professional performer that we all encounter in the process, inspirations come so freely from audience’s reactions and inputs. Through the years of entertaining, it is inspiring to know you've changed someone's outlook, morals and maybe even religious ideas based on a single perX

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ESAC exhibits feature local artists Ashley Gruner FINE ARTS EDITOR amarie588@gmail.com

The Eastern Shore Art Center in downtown Fairhope is now featuring the work of several local and regional artists, including B.J. Cooper, Sonja Evans, Athlone Clarke, Maurice Cook and Charlie Lucas. One of ESAC’s featured exhibits, “African-American Artists,” is located in the center’s Whiting Gallery. This exhibit features acrylic paintings of plantation life, as well as jazz instrumentalists in a mixed media style. A significant focus was made

Brock McGuire Band of Ireland Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center USA Symphony Band Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Mobile Ballet presents “Coppelia” March 1, 7:30 p.m. March 2, 2:30 p.m. Mobile Civic Center Theater MSO presents “Overture to Spring” March 8, 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre

ence, it is Shelly who unearths the truth first from Tilden and then from Dodge. Halie, now betrayed, seeks to confide in the hypocritical Dewis, who now begins to realize what a mess he has gotten himself into. With the past revealed, and the curse lifted from the family, Dodge leaves the home to his grandson just before passing away.

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B.J. Cooper’s “All That Jazz” displays the artist’s love of bright colors and bold shapes.

to the use of bright colors and bold shapes in B.J. Cooper’s “All That Jazz” acrylic. Sonja Evans’ acrylic painting, titled “All in a Day’s Work,” represents a time when the plantation system was declining. Black families began acquiring land and starting a new way of life. The piece focuses on the tradition of basket weaving in AfricanAmerican heritage. “Brothers,” another exceptional exhibit, is located in the center’s Woolley Gallery. This exhibit features the distinctive work of Bruce Larsen and Charlie Lucas. Larsen and Lucas receive inspiration for their art by collecting random, odd items that most would consider “junk yard items.” They combine all of the found materials to make a very interesting form of art. One mixed media piece, titled “The Bird Man,” was a tall structure made of worn and rusted bike wheels, rakes and various car parts. “Spirits Flowing Through of the Past,” another of Lucas’ mixed media pieces, consists of broken garden hoses and aluminum scraps. The scraps are arranged to form three “scrapwork faces.” The final exhibit was located in the Wilson Gallery. This photography exhibit includes all entries from the recent Pet Haven photo contest. The light-hearted photographs provide a room full of friendliness and affection. Audrey Harbour’s “Who Needs Flowers?” was just one of the photographs that features a playful pet. In this photograph, a small black-and-white kitten was perfectly placed in an empty flower vase.

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Lonnie Holley’s “Mask” is one of the works featured in the “African-American Artists” exhibit.

Terri Somme’s “I’m Not Taking Any Calls” shows her dog relaxing on a pink raft in a swimming pool, with the cell phone nearby. All exhibits are sure to provide a great experience for the entire family. “AfricanAmerican Artists,” “Brothers” and “Haven Photo Contest” will be on display at the Eastern Shore Art Center through Feb. 29. The Eastern Shore Art Association was founded by a group of local artists and art patrons in 1954. The building now houses six art galleries and five teaching studios. The art center is located at 401 Oak St. in Fairhope, Ala. ESAC exhibits change monthly and admission is free. For further information, visit http://www.esartcenter.com.


9 USA Jazz Combo to perform in Switzerland The

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Daniela Werner STAFF WRITER danigirl6013@gmail.com

The University of South Alabama Jazz Combo will perform a benefit concert on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. The concert will assist the combo in traveling to perform at the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival held in Montreux, Switzerland. Dr. Tracy Heavner, one of USA's music education professors, is the jazz combo's director. Heavner plays flute, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone for the group. “This festival is one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world,” said Heavner. “Since its beginning in 1967, most of the jazz greats have performed there and it is a real honor for us to be invited to perform not one, but two concerts on July 17 and 18,” Heavner said. According to Heavner, the repertoire to be performed at the benefit on March 3 will include “many standards that most jazz listeners will recognize and appreciate.” Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Jerome Kern are only a few of the artists whose work will be featured. The instrumentation of the combo is as follows: Stephen Roberts, a computer engineering major at USA, serves as the group's vocalist and keyboard player. Adam McGee and Brad Turner are both music performance majors at the University. McGee is the combo's drum set player, and Turner is the bass player. Heavner is confident in his students and their ability to

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The USA Jazz Combo will be presenting a benefit concert on March 3. All proceeds will go towards their trip to Switzerland this summer.

perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival. “They are performing at a high level and have worked very hard to achieve this level of proficiency,” he said. “We're playing a little bit of everything, including funk,

jazz, fusion and Latin-style music,” McGhee said of the benefit performance. “There are going to be duets between Brad and Stephen. There will also be music that's not as well known as the popular jazz standards,” he said. The combo will also be performing some Christian music in a jazz style. “It seems that when jazz music is Christian, it is not as good,” Turner said. “We hope that we can do something to meet that need and play Christian jazz music that is actually as good as what is going on in the secular jazz scene,” he said. “We are really grateful to God for blessing us with the opportunity to perform, so the very least we can do is give Him the glory in return,” Turner added. One of the Christian pieces to be played at the benefit will be an instrumental and jazz rendition of “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.” When asked what their favorite piece to be performed on March 3, Turner and McGee both have the same answer John Coltrane's “Resolution,” a tune that McGee referred to as “crazy.” “It's a movement from Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme,'” said Turner of the piece. “It is one of the most intense jazz tunes ever written, and every member of the group really gets a chance to freak out on it.” . Tickets will be sold at the door during the night of the performance. Tickets are $5 for all senior citizens, USA students and faculty. General admission tickets will be $10. For further information, contact the music department at (251) 460-6136.

Vidovic is ‘angel of the guitar’ Faculty recital is superb Amber-Marie Isenburg STAFF WRITER sumowrestlearehot@gmail.com

Ana Vidovic, an extraordinary musician and performer, will soon be presenting a concert at the University of South Alabama. Vidovic will bring audience members the gift of music -- a gift that she has brought so many others around the world. At the age of five at her home in Croatia, Vidovic began showing promising talents with the guitar. Her inspiration came from watching her older brother Viktor, whom she claims was her first teacher. Vidovic gave her first performance when she was seven and she started performing internationally at the age of 11. When she was 13, she became the youngest student to

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Renowned guitarist Ana Vidovic will be performing at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on March 2.

attend the prestigious National Music Academy in Zagreb. There, she studied guitar under the instruction of Istvan Romer. She was later invited to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where she graduated in 2003. Vidovic has won countless prizes and competitions worldwide. She has presented over 1,000 public performances internationally -- from London to Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Houston and Mobile. She has released six CDs and one performance DVD. Her official Web site contains hundreds of excellent reviews from The Washington Post and several adoring fans. Charles A. Berry of the Austin Guitar Society Review said that "technical perfection is only one way to say how she plays. Her fingers strike the notes like a snake striking its prey with the speed and accuracy that only hours and days of practice can give you yet always keeping in mind the phrasing of the total music." Tom Kerstens of BGS Records refers to Vidovic as “The Croatian Prodigy.” He also stated that the only other comparable talent could be found in the 1930s with Ida Presti. Presti is known as the greatest female guitarist of the 20th century. The Washington Post calls her “an exceptionally gifted musician” and states that her performances are “virtually immaculate, detailed, precise and polished.” According to Guitar Review, audiences can expect an amazing performance. “Vidovic's dynamic range, beauty of sound, precision of articulation and virtuosity are such that listening becomes more of an absolute musical experience.” Ana Vidovic will be performing at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. on March 2. Tickets for USA students and faculty are $10. For more information call the music department at (251) 460-6136.

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On Feb. 21, Dr. Peter Wood performed a faculty trumpet recital at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. Wood serves as an assistant professor of music at the University of South Alabama, with an emphasis in trumpet and music theory. Throughout the concert, Wood was accompanied by Robert Holm, piano; Jodi Graham Wood, horn; and Ashley Bowers, English horn. The performance opened with a piece composed by longtime Julliard Professor Lowell Liebermann titled “Concerto for Trumpet” with three separate movements. The entire piece sounded similar to the neo-Romantic language and was inspired by the musical “Carnival of Venus.” “Comodo,” the first movement, displayed the lyrical qualities of the trumpet. “Elegy,” the second movement, incorporated a Western sound, with an accompanying piano that sounded similar to church bells. “Tempo di Marcia,” the third and closing movement, was quick and high-spirited with a touch of humor. After a short intermission, the music of Missouri native John Cheetham was performed. The entire piece was titled “Concoctions for Solo Trumpet.” Within this piece, Wood and Holm performed eight short movements. Each small extract represented a different mood and a different representational character. The next piece, “Quiet City,” was composed by Aaron Copland. Copland is known as the renowned composer who had the most impact on American music during the 20th century. Copland said that this trumpet and English horn piece represented “the nostalgia and inner distress of an insecure city.” The following piece, Thelonius Monk’s “Round Midnight,” was more upbeat and jazzy. The final piece was written by Paul

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Dr. Peter Wood, assistant professor of music at USA, performed a faculty trumpet recital on Feb. 21.

Basler, a horn professor in Gainesville, Fla. “Dos Danzas” was Basler’s gift to Wood, showing his appreciation and admiration for his work. The trumpet and horn piece expressed the beauty of nature and the joy of living life. Wood has performed throughout the United States and in South Korea. He plays regularly with the Mobile Symphony and is principal trumpet in the Gulf Coast Symphony. Wood performs in various solo, jazz, orchestral and chamber music settings. His first CD, titled “Commanding Statements: Chamber Music for trumpet,” was released last May. For more information on music department faculty and upcoming events at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, visit http://www.southalabama.edu/music.


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Stephanie A. Hudson Entertainment Editor stephanieahudson@gmail.com

February 25, 2008

Guided by Trust wins 2008 Rock Summit Megan J. Reed STAFF WRITER mjr602@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

Mobile-based band Guided by Trust won the Rock Summit Competition Saturday, Feb. 19. They competed against nine other bands to gain a chance at regional contest in Atlanta, Ga. Guided by Trust consists of Clay Dunn, guitar; Michael Lambeth, drums; Steve-o, vocals; Ethan Leslie, guitar; and Jacob Basarge, bass. In a brief interview with two of the band members Ethan Leslie and Jacob Basarge, The Vanguard brings readers the band's response to winning the competition. The Vanguard: So, you guys are the winners of the recent competition of Rock Summit. How does that make you feel? Ethan: It’s an indifferent feeling ... because knowing we have won ... but having to go to the next step and seeing how perform there is scary. Jacob: Nervous and exciting. We won down here, but there are still a lot of good bands from the South that we have to play against. V: Did you go into the show thinking you would really win? Ethan: It was tough because we know a lot of the bands that were playing, and I thought Omit the Silence was really good, along with Vertical Clearance and Thoughts of August. V: How long have you been together? Jacob: Roughly 2.5 years. V: How did you guys meet, and what made you form this band? Ethan: Mikey, Clay and Steve-o just decided to make a band and went from there. They added numerous people since then, though. Jacob and I were recently added. V: What would you say the style of your band is? Ethan: Hardcore/screamo-ish. Jacob: Lightwood … think about it. V: What are some major musical influences you have? Ethan: Emery, Underoath, Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada. V: Which of band mates writes your lyrics, and where does the inspiration come from? Ethan: Steve-o. Inspiration is from Jesus! V: Which song is your favorite to perform and why? Ethan: “Lifeless” because we have fun with the song; we play behind the head, and it’s a song everyone participates in. Everyone knows that song. Jacob: We basically like to perform all of them, but “Lifeless” is the best. V: What are the goals of your band? Ethan: To go to Atlanta, just to see it grow . . . who knows how far it could go. We don’t have huge hopes, but we know something big is going to happen. V: Do you think the music scene in Mobile is thriving or falling? Ethan: It’s different; it’s thriving in some ways. Different genres are thriving more now than before. But music with actual structure instead of just breakdowns is falling. I think people just come to shows to hang out and not listen to music. V: I know you guys play a lot of shows with some hardcore bands; how do you feel about the fact that the hardcore scene is looked down upon by so many? Ethan: It sucks. I hate being categorized because that’s not us. We actually have music structure, but we do have songs that appeal to their crowd. People just assume we are hardcore because we play with those bands, but we aren’t. V: You guys are obviously a Christian band, does that influence you a lot in the shows that you play or the bands you play with? Jacob: Yes, it doesn’t bother us to play with secular bands because we see that as a

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Guided by Trust will be playing several of their popular songs during the upcoming Atlanta competition, including “Endless Road,” “Lifeless,” “Prophecy” and “Without You.”

chance to witness, and we like to play secular shows because it give us a chance to do what we are suppose to and reach out to other people. But we like to fellowship with other Christians also. Ethan: It gives us a chance to influence other bands, and if we play in a bar, and we don’t drink, then they are going to ask why we aren’t drinking. We want to show that we can be a rock stars without being rock stars. V: At one time, Christian venues in Mobile closed because of bands saying they were Christian just to be able to play, but then when they started to play, they were obviously secular. What do you think about bands lieing about being Christian just to play a show? Ethan: As far as them not being a Christian band, but Christians themselves, I’ll leave that to the bands to decide because they have to do what they can to get known. But if you aren’t in it for Christ, then you may have to lie to get noticed. I don’t necessarily respect them for it, but I know where they are coming from. V: When is your next show? Jacob: March 1 at The Ole Mug in Foley, Ala. V: Do you guys have a demo or a CD out yet? Ethan: We have a CD out, but it’s from a year ago. We are working toward something new right now, but it’s not finished. V: How can people support you more? Ethan: Just buy our merch and come to the show -- that’s what helps us the most. Jacob: Just give us 50 bucks. For more information, music samples and more on Guided by Trust, visit the band at http://www.myspace.com/guidedbytrust.

Blues Tavern serves up Southern rock history Mallory Wilkens CONTRIBUTING WRITER mew307@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

Not many people in Mobile realize that the Alabama Blues Tavern even exists, yet it is one of the liveliest bars in town. The Tavern attracts famous blues bands from all around the country interested in playing the Port City. Formerly a strip club, the Blues Tavern owners took over and cleaned up the joint seven years ago. If you can call it cleaning up -- they replaced the stripper polls with a skeleton dressed up as a pirate, a pool table and slot machines. The smoky bar is filled with the sounds of the old South, while bikers cackle at each others’ stories. But, this is no country-western bar. The vivacious atmosphere hits you the very second you open the door. Loud music pulses through the speakers as raspy vocals sing the blues. A wailing guitar leaves a smile on your face as you search for the best route to the bar. The smell of cigars and cigarettes linger in your nostrils. It is like walking into another realm. The walls are plastered with memorabilia of famous blues artists that have visited the bar. The frequent musical artists include Mobile’s own Wet Willie and Australian blues band Harper. Old instruments have been strung from the ceiling,

newspaper clippings of articles written about the bar and its famous live acts hang on the walls and unforgettable quotes are scribbled on the walls of the bathrooms. The bartender automatically notices you and greets you with a “What can I get ya, Hun?” The tenants of the bar are a wide array of characters ranging from middle-aged music lovers to leather strapped bikers. “When I first walked into the Tavern, I was a little nervous about the type of crowd that was there,” Krista Stewart said. “But not long after being there, I felt welcomed and like just another face in the crowd enjoying the music.” Dake Stevens, a notorious regular, explained to me, “Most of the bikers you see here are posers! They just wear the leather, get a little drunk and then go home to their wives and families. The real bikers have ‘MC’ on the back of their jackets. They are the real deal!” But even the real bikers are in good spirits when at the Blues Tavern. “There are no worries here, no one will mess with ya,” Stevens said. “Everyone is here for the same thing. Good music and good times.” This is what the Blues Tavern is all about. “Blues artists travel from all over to play here. We don’t ask them to come, they ask to be here,” Stevens said.

Stevens is not only a regular to the Blues Tavern, but he also is Ricky Chancey���s manager. Chancey is the guitarist for Hank Williams Jr. and also has his own blues band, RC and The Moon Pies. Chancey also guest plays for other artists such as Kid Rock, Lynard Skynard, Bo Diddley, Little Richard and Buddy Guy. Chancey and his band, locals to Mobile, play at the Blues Tavern often. Other artists who join the line-up are Lisa Mills, another Mobile local, Bryan Lee and The Blues Power Band, Harper, Tommy Talton Band, The Joe Pitts Band, and Nicole Hart and the NRG Band. Blues music is an essential part of the South’s history. It first appeared into the United States in the 1890s, beginning with the end of slavery in the South. The Blues is an expression of one’s soul and has influenced the emergence of many other genres of music including rhythm and blues, country and Southern rock. Without the blues, music would not be what it is today. “Blues music has always been a great influence in my life. It’s important that a place like the Blues Tavern exist. It keeps the music alive and gives Mobile even more culture than it already has,” Stewart said. To help keep blues music in Alabama alive, check out Mobile’s only juke joint, The Blues Tavern, located at 2818 Government Blvd.


11 ‘Little Voice’ rings true for Sara Bareilles The

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February 25, 2008

Angela Langster STAFF WRITER asl662002@yahoo.com

The words intimate, catchy and emotionally driven best sum up the debut album "Little Voice " from singer and songwriter Sara Bareilles. Released in July 2007, the album currently sits in the top 30 of the Billboard’s Top 200 Chart due to the fast-rising first single, “Love Song.” Bareilles has also been a Myspace Spotlight Artist with her style of bluesy, rock-influenced music. Her strong songwriting skills have caused critics to compare her to other well-known female singers and songwriters such as Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachalan and Sheryl Crow, despite her lack of formal training in vocals and piano. Currently included on the VH1’s "You Oughta Know" tour with James Blunt, the songs on this CD were written over a period of eight years while she was a student at UCLA’s communication studies program, according to Barielles' official Web page. While there, she performed at local venues in the California area that led to the eventual production of her 2004 demo disc, “Careful Confessions,” which is currently available at http://www.amazon.com. The songs “City,” “Come Round Soon,” “Gravity” and “Love on the Rock” were featured on this disc and were then polished and rearranged for “Little Voice.” Most of the songs featured on “Little Voice” deal with subject matter such as relationships, trusting one’s instincts and chasing

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The VH1 “You Oughta Know,” which includes Bareilles, has sold out for the next month of concerts.

‘30 Days of Night’ misses the mark Nathan White CONTRIBUTING WRITER vanguard@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

"30 Days of Night" is a film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. In both versions, the town of Barrow, Alaska is forced to live in darkness for 30 days, hence the title. During this time, a group of vampires use the lack of sun to their advantage and wreak havoc on the unsuspecting town, though most inhabitants have left to find work in other places during the month of night. The main characters are Eben Olson,portrayed by Josh Hartnett, and his estranged wife, a fire marshall named Stella, portrayed by Melissa George. The movie follows not only their attempts at survival but also the remaining townsfolks’ attempts as well. The Actor’s Corner From the few non-comedic roles I have seen Josh Hartnett in, I know he has at least some potential to be a good actor. Upon seeing his performance in this movie, though, I became severely disappointed. I enjoyed his performances in “The Faculty,” “Sin City” and “Lucky Number Slevin.” As a result, it makes me feel that his performance was so poor as a result of two things. Those two things are “30 Days of Night” being a vampire movie and him being the highest billed actor for this movie. As for Melissa George, I could not really decide how I felt about her. Her character just kind of seemed to be there, while the film focused pretty much all of its attention on Josh Hartnett’s character. While those two weren’t really spectacular, my overall favorite performance of the movie was Ben Foster’s portrayal of “The Stranger,” the man who sets the stage for the vampires’ arrival. His performance is definitely one that you will remember. Directors and Producers “30 Days of Night” was directed by David Slade, whose credits include various music videos and the 2005 film “Hard Candy.” Being only his second attempt at directing a feature film, I can kind of forgive him for how “30 Days of Night” turned out. However, I haven’t seen “Hard Candy,” so I can’t really get a clear picture

of what he has to offer. The film was produced by the almost legendary Sam Raimi (Director of “Evil Dead” and “SpiderMan”) and Robert Tapert. Plot or Not? The plot was pretty much anything you would expect from a vampire film, except for the month of darkness. At times, the film got somewhat boring because of the generic-vampire-story feel. Special Features The DVD contains eight behind-thescenes segments; a commentary with Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and Robert Tapert; and the first episode of the anime, “Blood +.” Overall “30 Days of Night” was not absolutely terrible, but it certainly is not something I would watch again. If you enjoy vampire movies, then this movie was essentially made for you. If you’re looking for character development, amazing plot and beautiful direction, this film was made to make you appreciate movies that have those qualities. "30 Days of Night" hits stores Feb. 26.

dreams. Generally, “Little Voice” is a delight from start to finish with songs such as “Love on the Rocks,” which sounds similar to Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets,” and the bluesy “Many the Miles.” Bareilles’ strong songwriting skills are displayed on the track “Fairytale” that describes how one deals with relationship problems and depression using the example of famous fairytale characters such as Snow White and Cinderella. “Morningside” is another example of a song about trying to get over a bad relationship. The songs “Vegas” and “Between the Lines” slow down the pace of this CD by bringing up the subjects of chasing dreams and insecurities. Despite the comparisons to other adult contemporary female artists, “Little Voice” showcases how Bareilles is able to stand out from the rest with a unique style of music. "Little Voice" is sure to be one of the best CDs of 2008. Bareilles is scheduled to perform in Southeastern cities beginning in March 2008. The cities she will perform in include Atlanta,Ga.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; and Birmingham, Ala. For more information on Sara Bareilles, visit her official Web page http://www.sarabmusic.com or http://www.myspace.com/sarabareilles.

The Oscar goes to ... Here is the short list of the nominees winners for 2007’s Academy Awards. For more information on winners, visit http://www.oscars.com. Best motion picture of the year: “Atonement” “Juno” “Michael Clayton” “No Country for Old Men” “There Will Be Blood” Winner: “No Country for Old Men” Best performance by an actor in a leading role: George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises” Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” Best performance by an actress in a leading role: Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” Julie Christie in “Away from Her” Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” Laura Linney in “The Savages” Ellen Page in “Juno” Winner: Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”

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Melissa George and Josh Harnett give lackluster performances in “30 Days of Night.”

Best animated feature film of the year: “Persepolis” “Ratatouille” “Surf's Up” Winner: Ratatouille

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (original score): “Atonement” Dario Marianelli “The Kite Runner” - Alberto Iglesias “Michael Clayton”- James Newton Howard “Ratatouille” - Michael Giacchino “3:10 to Yuma” - Marco Beltrami Winner: “Atonement” Dario Marianelli Best achievement in visual effects: “The Golden Compass” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End” “Transformers” Winner: “The Golden Compass” Best achievement in directing: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Julian Schnabel “Juno” - Jason Reitman “Michael Clayton” - Tony Gilroy “No Country for Old Men”- Joel Coen and Ethan Coen “There Will Be Blood” - Paul Thomas Anderson Winner: “No Country for Old Men”Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Best foreign language film of the year: “Beaufort” - Israel “The Counterfeiters” - Austria “Katyn” - Poland “Mongol” - Kazakhstan “12” - Russia Winner: “The Counterfeiters” - Austria


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February 25, 2008

Jags top Hilltoppers 69-64 Staff Reports vanguard@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

The South Alabama Jaguars overcame 19 turnovers on Thursday night to beat Western Kentucky to become the sole leader in the Sun Belt Conference with a final score of 69-64. In the first half, trailing 14-13, the Jags went on a 7-0 run highlighted by a Domonic Tilford 3-pointer. The Hilltoppers were held to just one point in the final four minutes of the first half. South Alabama went into the halftime break with an 11-point lead. WKU fought back after the halftime break and finally took the lead, 58-57, with just over six minutes left in the game. Tilford answered right back with a jumper to give USA the lead again. After trailing by one point with 2:58 left in the game, the Jaguars took the lead back for good after DeAndrae Coleman answered with a layup. “This was two very good teams playing as hard as they could. In the end, our seniors held their composure. Our posts did a good job guarding the hole in the final minutes,” said head coach Ronnie Arrow. Demetric Bennett lead the team with 16 points, while Davis scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds. The win gave USA the SBC East Division lead with a 22-5 overall record, while they are 14-2 in conference play. The Jags will welcome Presbyterian College to the Mitchell Center on Monday night at 7 p.m. before New Orleans comes to town Thursday night for the last conference game at the Mitchell Center of the regular season. Compiled by: Staff Reporter T.R. Risner

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Lady Jags fall in Bowling Green 61-51 Staff Reports vanguard@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

The South Alabama Lady Jaguars fell 61-51 to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Wednesday night. Behind 16-8 early in the first half, the Lady Jags scored eight unanswered points to tie the game. Monique Jones later drained a 3-pointer to give USA the lead. WKU answered right back with 14 unanswered points of their own. The lady Hilltoppers took a 34-25 advantage into the locker room. Just over two minutes into the second half, Amanda Leonard drained a 3-pointer to pull USA back within six points, but South Alabama could not pull any closer the rest of the night. USA held WKU to just one field goal in the final 11 minutes of the game, but Western Kentucky got to the line and converted 12 of their final 15 free throws. Jones led the Lady Jags with 12 points, while Patriece Brunner scored 10 of her own. South Alabama will welcome New Orleans to the Mitchell Center on Wednesday when the Jags will honor seniors Patriece Brunner, Monique Jones, Amanda Leonard and Jeanette Tucker. Compiled by: Staff Reporter T.R. Risner Ashley Salley / Sports Photographer

USA senior guard Demetric Bennett led the Jags in scoring on Thursday night with 16 points.

Softball ends weekend on good note Staff Reports vanguard@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

The South Alabama softball team won its last three games of the Hatter Invitational in Deland, Fla. after falling to Bethune Cookman in their first game of the tournament. Finishing the Hatter Invitational 3-1, South Alabama’s overall record now stands at 6-6. USA 7, ASU 0 USA defeated Alabama State 7-0 Sunday afternoon. USA’s Evelyn Pare singled and Jenny Stevens followed it up with a single. An RBI double to right-center from Autumn Hudson gave USA a 2-0 lead. Pare and Stevens stepped up again in the fifth with singles. Following a double steal by Pare and Stevens, Alabama State shortstop committed an error that allowed the Jaguars to score two runs. Corey Race then hit an RBI to put USA up 5-0. The Jaguars tacked on two more in the seventh to seal the 7-0 win.

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USA pitcher Beth Pilgrim pitched a no-hitter in the rematch against Bethune-Cookman on Sunday.

USA 7, Bethune-Cookman 0 The Jaguars were victorious in the rematch with Bethune-Cookman in the first game of the tournament on Sunday. USA pitcher Beth Pilgrim (4-1) hurled a no-hitter

in the Jag’s 7-0 defeat of the Wildcats. The Jaguars scored five of their seven runs in the fifth. Kristen Hayes singled to center and Katie McGuire singled. A sacrifice bunt from Ashley Elmore moved the runners into scoring position. A wild pitch allowed pinchrunner Julie Morton to score from third. Stevens drove in two runs with a double later in the inning. Fallon Fisher capped off the inning with a single that drove in two runs. Krista Rodden hovered in the sixth. USA 2, Stetson 1 South Alabama edged out Stetson 2-1 on Saturday in their second game of the tournament. With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Hayes drew a bases loaded walk to give the Jaguars what would be the winning run. Pilgrim dominated Stetson in the seventh with two strikeouts and line out. Bethune-Cookman 4, USA 2 The Jaguars fell to Bethune-Cookman 42 in the tournament opener. In the loss, the Jaguars only had four hits. Stevens led USA by going 2-of-3 and started things off in the first inning with a single and a stolen base. Hudson batted in Stevens with a double, giving the Jaguars a 1-0 advantage. Ashton X

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Jags go 2-1 in Coca-Cola Classic Matt Weaver SPORTS REPORTER punkbrokenlove@aol.com

USA 6, Xavier 5 A big four-run inning capped by a Ryne Jernigan home run led the South Alabama baseball team to a 6-5 victory over Xavier University Sunday afternoon. The contest was the second on the season for the Jaguars and the first of a two game set to conclude the Coca-Cola Baseball Classic. South Alabama dealt most of its damage in the fourth inning with the Jaguars trailing 2-1. Second baseman Jernigan led off the inning with a game tying shot to left center. Bunky Kateon later broke the game open, doubling home Sean Laird and Ryan Bohannan, who both reached base after the Jernigan homer. Jernigan was a force in the line-up all afternoon going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Bohannan added two hits in the victory. Xavier would claw back in the sixth inning scoring two runs to edge the Jags’ lead to one. Two innings later, South Alabama would score an important insurance run as Kruml hit into a run scoring fielder’s choice. The Muskateers scored their last run during a last chance rally in the ninth. South Alabama starter Kevin Nabors (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning allowing four runs on five hits. His inability to find control early on, led to the early Musketeer lead. Greg Johnson pitched an inning and a half, notching his first save on the season for South Alabama. Travis Johnson and Brandon Sage also made their season debuts Sunday, pitching in relief of Nebors. Danny Rosenbaum (0-1) took the loss for the Muskateers. UK 10, USA 3 The University of South Alabama baseball team lost its first game of the season Sunday evening, as they fell to Kentucky 10-3 in the final game of the 23rd Annual CocaCola Baseball Classic. With the victory Kentucky (3-0) wins the classic and retains their undefeated 2008 record. The story of the weekend had been South Alabama jumping out to early leads, and the Sunday nightcap proved to be no different. Ray Kruml, who has been the sparkplug for the Jags, lead off the first reaching on an error and then advanced to third on a stolen base and wild pitch. Chris Davis singled Kruml home on a gap liner between first and second base. That would be all the noise South Alabama’s lineup would make, scoring only one other time in the third. Kentucky responded to the early deficit with three runs in the second and six in the eight to blow the game wide open. "The six-run inning just broke our backs," Coach Steve Kittrell said. "Kentucky swung the bats well when they had to and our pitchers walked way too many people.” The Jaguar pitching staff walked seven over nine innings of work. The Wildcats took advantage of numerous defensive miscues as South Alabama starting pitcher Lance Baxter committed two errors resulting in two of the three runs he allowed. Baxter (0-1) took the loss giving up four runs (two earned)

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Hinds of Bethune-Cookman took the lead for the Wildcats in the second with a triple that scored two. Hinds then scored on a single, and the Jaguars never reclaimed the lead. AU 4, USA 3 USA lost their home opener to Auburn 4-3 Wednesday night. The Jaguars had a two-run lead in the final inning when Pilgrim walked a batter and gave up a single. Pitcher Shannon Smith came in and gave up a single. After a force out at third, the Jaguars had a two-run lead with two outs. Smith hit two batters, tying the contest at three. Amanda Leggert then came in to pitch and hit a batter to give Auburn a 4-3 lead. The Jaguars could not muster a run in the bottom half of the inning.

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South Alabama pitcher Kevin Nabors delivers a pitch in the Jaguars’ 6-5 win over Xavier on Sunday afternoon at Stanky Field.

on four hits in five innings of work. Greg Dombrowski (1-0) took the win for the Wildcats. South Alabama falls to 2-1 and will move to the first road trip of the season facing Jackson State and Southern Miss on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. USA 11, Fairfield 1 Eric Gonzales pitched six dominant innings and Ray Kruml sparked the offense as South Alabama’s baseball squad opened up the 2008 season in dominant fashion, beating Fairfield University (0-2) 11-1 Saturday night. The contest was called after 8 innings due to a pre-decided mercy rule ending any game with a team leading by 10 runs. The game was played one day later than originally scheduled after heavy thunderstorms delayed the planned start of the 23rd Annual Coca-Cola Classic. "Maybe the rain delay did us some good because we came out with some spirit," Head Coach Steve Kittrell said. "Our guys came out and played really well.” Gonzales (1-0) dominated the Stags lineup for most of the evening, allowing one run on seven hits through six innings. The only trouble Gonzales came across was in the sixth inning, where he allowed his only run scored amidst getting out of a bases-loaded jam. “I have seen Gonzalez throw bet-

South Alabama softball will return to action this Wednesday at 6 p.m. as they take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi. The Jaguars will then travel to Baton Rouge, La. over the weekend for the LSU Purple and Gold Challenge. The Jaguars will face Penn State, LSU, Tulsa and Southern Miss in the tournament.

ter, but I thought he controlled the game, showed poise and hit his spots,” Kittrell said. “Nobody has worked harder to come back and he deserved the opening start." Gonzales last pitched during the 2006 season, missing all of last season with a knee injury. Kruml wasted no time pacing the Jaguars’ offense, leading off the first inning with a bunt that snuck in for a base hit. The senior center fielder would later score the first run of the season after stealing second base and was sent home off of a Clint Toomey double. The Jaguars scored two runs in both of the next two innings and built a 5-0 lead. The Jaguars scored in each of the first three innings and six overall during the 10-run rout. Ryne Jernigan powered the team with a double and two runs batted in. The Jaguars (1-0) limited the Stags opportunities as Fairfield out hit the Jaguars 10-9 but managed only one extra base hit off the Jaguar pitching staff. In comparison, five of the nine Jaguar base hits were doubles. Fairfield starting pitcher Doug Ciallella (0-1) took the loss after being chased from the game in the fifth inning. He gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while giving up one walk and three hit batsmen. Fairfield’s only run was scored in the sixth frame when Brian Rudolph singled during the bases loaded jam.

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STAFF REPORTS Staff Reports vanguard@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

Women’s Tennis completes Mississippi swing

On Sunday, the University of South Alabama Women’s Tennis team defeated Mississippi State 4-3 in Starkville. In singles competition, Adrianna Solarova, Michaela Babicova and Jelena Krivacevic all won their matches from the one, two and six spots, respectively. Solarova and Sylyanie Spangenberg teamed up to take the one spots’ competition and clinch the doubles point for the match. Babicova and Katie Welch also won their doubles match On Friday, the team was able to put down the Rebels of Ole Miss with a 4-3 victory. The Lady Jags dropped early points in doubles competition as Michaela Babicova and Katie Welch dropped an 8-5 decision in the number two spot. Adrianna Solarova and Sylvanie Spangenberg were able to rally after a slow start to take the 8-6 win at the number one spot. Jelena Krivacevic and Erica Krisan took the number three spot with a 8-6 final, giving the Lady Jags the point for doubles competition. In singles, Solarova, Babicova and Jelena Krivacevic all won their respected matches. The women’s tennis team now improves to 7-0 for the season.

Men’s Tennis splits weekend

USA’s Men’s Tennis team fell 4-3 on Sunday to Stetson. The Jags came up short in doubles play after they had to concede the number three game as the team of Jack Baker and Marek Sramek fell 8-2 in their match. Robert Hodel and R.J. Nagel were successful in their doubles match to improve their record to 4-1 on the year. In singles, Baker won 6-2,6-3, while Hodel won in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Nagel was also successful in his singles match 7-6, 6-3. Aaron Krisan and Sramek were both defeated, giving the Hatters the victory. The team fared better on Saturday when they upset Clemson University, who was ranked 32nd in the country. In doubles action, USA conceded the number three position, but they were victorious in their other two doubles matches. Baker and Sramek won 8-6, while Hodel and Nagel won their match 8-4. In singles, USA won three of their five matches. Sramek won his match 6-0, 6-1, while Baker downed his opponent 6-4, 6-1. Nagel was victorious 61,6-0 while Hodel and Krisan were defeated. USA gave up another point by default, but were still victorious. Compiled by: Sports Editor John Kenny and Staff Reporter T.R. Risner

Women’s SBC Standings East Division

Men’s SBC Standings East Division

Western Kentucky

21-7

Middle Tennessee

(14-2)

South Alabama

22-5

(14-2)

18-10 (13-4)

Western Kentucky

22-6

(14-2)

Florida Int’l

12-15

(8-8)

Middle Tennessee

13-14 (10-7)

South Alabama

17-10

(8-8)

Florida Atlantic

12-16

Troy

11-16 (4-12)

Florida Int’l

Florida Atlantic

6-19

Troy

(2-14)

West Division

(7-9)

9-17 (6-10) 11-16 (4-12)

West Division

UALR

20-7

Arkansas State

(12-4)

UALR

17-10

(9-7)

17-11 (12-5)

North Texas

18-9

(9-7)

Louisiana-Monroe

17-10 (10-6)

Louisiana-Lafayette

13-14

(9-7)

North Texas

13-15

New Orleans

18-10

(8-8)

New Orleans

12-15 (6-10)

Denver

11-16

(7-9)

Denver

11-16 (6-10)

Louisiana-Monroe

10-18 (4-12)

Louisiana-Lafayette

6-21

Arkansas State

(8-8)

(2-14)

9-19 (4-13)


Opinion

Matt Flanagan Opinion Editor pufferfishx@gmail.com

February 25, 2008

OUR VIEW Tax reform in Alabama points to a much larger need

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NFORTUNATELY FOR ALL of us Americans, the nation is going through an economic rough patch. The current recession we’re experiencing (and may continue to experience for some time) is placing equal stress on state governments to stand up and realize that these money troubles are rampant and must be dealt with on all sides of the public sector. In our state of Alabama, one particular hot topic in this order is the tax system under which we currently operate. And with April only a few weeks down the road, and the Alabama legislature opening its doors to begin the process of tackling our pressing economic crisis, it makes sense that the state tax reform should come up in future sessions. Why is our tax system further burdening our economic well being, you may ask? We have a flat taxing system, one that provides a particularly regressive amount of money being taken from taxpayers. Legislators argue on either side of this issue -- some stating that a flat tax is the most efficient way to tax the population evenly, others urging that this is only a strain on those who are not able to provide as much as others For example, a working class individual in Alabama who makes roughly $35,000 a year (just above the poverty limit) gets taxed the same rate as an upper middle class individual who makes roughly $75,000 a year. This is a travesty, yet it’s part of the Alabama Constitution -- that disorganized, cumbersome mass of paper we call a constitution, anyway -- to collect taxes in this fashion. The biggest reason why our state legislature puts constitutional reform on the agenda as soon as they enter their respective sessions is because of the need for a simpler, more efficient system of state government, one that may become necessary in order to tackle the pressing issues of our state in a concise and even manner. Also, it must be mentioned that a certain amount of “fairness” must be abided by the government in any constitutional reform, whether in regard to tax laws or civil issues; this “fairness” is part of the reason why reforming our constitution has been such a sought-after goal of legislators, but also why it has not yet happened. To some legislators, “fairness” constitutes keeping lobbyist groups and corporations happy, adding provisions that enable these groups to slip

through loopholes in the laws and escape their economic and social duties. To others, it means providing laws that allow individuals who occupy certain positions in the economic ranks to enjoy kickbacks or other benefits from taxes, regardless of their needs. This latter form of loophole may occur for taxpayers who are at either end of the economic spectrum. Another aspect of the “fairness” we must see in our constitution comes from the balance of legislative power itself: The Alabama Constitution grants all authority to the legislators themselves, rather than the counties they represent. In issues spanning all lengths of the respective economic and social ladders, this power is vested mainly in the people representing our state, not the state itself. With a legislative document that allows for such provisions to exist, it may seem rational to think that the power truly is out of the people’s hands. Adding the fact that our tax system is one of the most regressive ones in the country, plus the fact that our system of government is based on an unusually unpopular document containing 800 amendments in order to satisfy special interests, one may see very well the challenge that lies ahead of the Alabama state legislature. So what can Alabama do? The grass-roots lobbyist group Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform urges anyone concerned to write his or her legislators and tell them to allow the people to decide the fate of the reform process. To this end, it is important to urge state legislators to allow for a referendum giving the people the right to vote for a constitutional convention, where the fate of the reform process can be determined in a fair and just fashion. While this will only just be the first step to providing Alabama a document that works fairly and provides appropriate measures regarding social and economic issues, it will also be an important one, symbolizing the ability of the people to speak for themselves and govern themselves without running the risk of unfairly betraying the public interest. Such a move will only serve as a positive, pro-active statement on the part of the citizens who are the voice of any system of democracy. Most importantly, it will also serve to tell the lobbyists and the legislature that their main interest should be with the people and for the people.

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Today’s youth needs to wake up and smell the recession The housing market is crashing down, the dol- events. But how will Hollywood news make us a lar is plunging and the stock market is definitely better nation? How will that help our gross domesnot at its best. Asia is booming, the Middle east is tic product grow and how will it help us fight ternow investing in us, and we are heading to a reces- rorism? I doubt that reading about Britney Spears sion -- something no American wants to hear but or Paris Hilton will increase our needed knowlhas been hearing for the past few months. edge for a better and more equipped United States I find myself thinking what does it mean to me, of America, ready to face the ever changing world a junior in college? Well, the answer is it should with a true plan. mean everything to every American, including us, Another problem I believe we face is that with the average college students. You may not feel a being celebrity obsessed, we have become a significant difference in your spoiled nation. What I mean by life just yet, but realize that that is most of us these days try even going on a trip to Europe to imitate celebrity life far too now is increasingly more closely. We buy Coach bags, Ellie Marks expensive than just a year ago, Versace sunglasses and we want and that is due to the plunge of our parents to purchase us a Contributing Writer BMW when we graduate from the dollar. And let’s not even broach the rising gas prices high school, when most of us issue. Did any one ever think have never even held a full-time that the Canadian dollar job. We buy flat screen TVs, would be worth more than the U.S dollar? I know rack up an estimated average of $8,000 in credit I didn't. What can we, the college students, do to card debt, and, sadly enough, Americans in the improve the situation in this country? I believe that age range of 25-34 (right after college) now boast knowledge and education go hand in hand and the second highest rate of bankruptcy in the counare the fundamental keys to our success. If we do try. not know what is behind a possible recession, why We need to wake up and smell the recession the housing market is crashing and what the and not panic, but rather grow up and live responFederal Reserve System is, how can we improve sibly. Spending is good, as it keeps the economy our economy? These days most news broadcasts moving, but let’s spend our money wisely, invest it and front pages of newspapers have some head- wisely and save so that maybe one day we can buy line about how our country’s economy is in dis- that house with the white fence. tress. Yet the youth of today are clearly more conAfter all, America is the land of endless opporcerned with celebrity news than pressing current tunities.

A plethora of Olympic oddities What do feral cats, spitting and pulling vehicles time and energy must be spent not on Olympic with one’s teeth have in common? ceremonies but on doing all I can to help bring an The Olympics, of course. end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity If you didn’t get that right away, you’re obvious- that continue to be committed in Darfur.” The ly not a reader of my favorite news source: move was to protest China’s backing of the Reuters’ Oddly Enough. Lately, there have been a Sudanese government and their policies in Darfur. few articles on the Olympics. And, being Oddly Elsewhere in the world, U.K. athletes are being Enough, these are not typical looks at the Olympic made to sign contracts stating that they will not Games: On Feb. 10, Kila Raipur, Punjab (India), make any political comments against the Chinese hosted the 105th annual Rural Olympics. While a government while at the Olympics. Though being rural version of the Olympics in America might met with much protest, the compulsory contracts consist of cow-tipping, corn-shucking and mullet- are still being enforced. No such documents, suptossing (the fish), these Olympics featured the tra- posedly, will be forced upon American athletes. ditional events and some nonThough they’ve been working traditional competitions as excruciatingly hard to improve Brandon well. its world image, it seems that Some of the more interestChina may still not be ready to McLeod ing events are having a large play host to the world. rock smashed while it rests on China isn’t the only place Contributing Writer your chest, pulling a large gearing up for the Olympics. vehicle with one’s teeth and The 2012 Olympic Games are an over-75 only 100-meter being held in London and they dash. don’t want anything to spoil the fun. Recently over India isn’t the only place that cares about the 160 feral cats and kittens were rescued from cerOlympics. China, the host of the 2008 Olympics tain feline doom at the hands of a demolition crew in August, is gearing up to play host to the world preparing the site of the next Olympic Games. by cleaning up its manners. Queue-skipping and The cats were rescued by the Olympic Delivery spitting in public have gone down considerably Authority, which has also saved numerous other since China distributed millions of pamphlets on creatures such as newts, frogs and fish. The 168 etiquette, declared the eleventh of every month cats are now in the care of Celia Hammond “voluntarily wait in line” day, and has threatened Animal Trust. detainment for fans that are too uncouth. With the Rural Olympics starting us off and the Not everything is dandy, however. Steven standard Olympics being held in China, this is Spielberg recently quit as art adviser to China for going to be an interesting athletic year. the upcoming games, stating: “At this point, my As for me, I’m most interested in the kittens.


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POINT COUNTERPOINT Should age restrictions be enforced? Parents should be free to raise their child Jennifer Horton STAFF WRITER bunchacrunch85@yahoo.com

As you get older, it seems each birthday marks a milestone of finally being allowed to do that which was previously forbidden. When you turn 17, you can legally see an R-rated movie; at 19 you can buy cigarettes; at 21 you can buy alcohol; and at 25 you can rent a car (which is not that thrilling but worth mentioning, as it pretty much goes downhill after that). I understand the government is merely trying to guide us and help us grow up to be decent, responsible adults. I thought that was what we had parents for. When I was in the 9th grade, "Varsity Blues" was the movie to see. All the girls were pining away for the guy from "Dawson's Creek," and the guys were pumped for a movie combining football and hot girls. However, getting in to see the movie proved to be a challenge. It had been deemed by the Motion Picture Association of America to be unsuitable for our pure, innocent minds to contemplate. So, of course, we snuck in. I was petrified the entire time I stood in line. I could see police being called, being expelled from school, my whole life ruined because I wanted to see a cute guy in tight football pants. My friends and I got up to the ticket window, and the guy working there gave us a skeptical look but let us in anyway. The sad part about it is that while I had to deceive the movie theater, my parents knew exactly where I was and

Other restrictions should be enforced

what I was doing. They had no problem Matt Flanagan with me seeing an R-rated film. I OPINION EDITOR pufferfishx@gmail.com watched them all the time and was still a pretty normal, non-deviant teenager. I’m not a fan of age restrictions for cerTheirs should have been the only tain materials simply because they propaapproval I needed for how I spent my gate the horrible assumption that maturiFriday night. However, the government ty comes with age. I don’t believe that I’m seems to feel our parents need help raisany less mature than a 25-year-old adult ing us, and they are more than willing to just because the or she is two years older fill the position. than I am. Age, as it seems, is a horrible Video games, music red herring in the face and television shows of maturity. have become very popBut I’m really not ular targets as well. here to talk about age Video games are conrestrictions. I’m going stantly berated for to discuss restricting desensitizing its players certain materials in genand making them more eral from the public in prone to violent behavthe aim to better its ior, so the gaming physical, mental and industry is policed and spiritual health (I’m retailers chastised for aware I’m not a doctor, carrying the titles. but with a good 23 Musicians are criticized years of experience as a if their lyrics don't human being, I can seem to conform to the imagine what’s best for ideas that the governmy health; just bear ment feels are approwith me). http://www.censorart.com/ priate.Certain bands To this end, I do are banned from cities Do you feel that restricting materials to believe that certain because the local gov- children should be a responsibility of the objects or behaviors ernment wants to make government or the family? must be restricted from sure our morals are not the public at all cost, compromised. Live television is becomeven if that does require a momentary ing more and more a rarity, as the netdenial of certain liberties. A government works shudder in fear at the prospect of must always look out for its people’s best a "wardrobe malfunction" or an obsceninterests, and frankly I don’t think the ity being uttered which will be followed American government has done that by massive fines and penalties. Do we great a job enforcing healthy regulations really think that seeing Janet Jackson’s on our society. While I’m a firm believer breast is going to be the downfall of our in the American public to choose what’s best for its own, I also believe that the X see PARENTS, page 21

government has allowed a lot of temptations that may lead our society in a downward spiral. Tell me that’s the way to represent the people! For example, in my “perfect” society, there would be no more: a) annoying pharmaceutical advertisements telling people to drug themselves up with extraneous medications their doctors would not have otherwise prescribed; b) military drafts that do not also coincide with the American government regulation smoking/drinking ages; c) news media that only cares to inform the public about the lives of celebrity stars like Paris Hilton while brave men and women from our country are dying on the other side of the globe; d) mention of Paris Hilton in general, except in direct connection with the aforementioned ban; e) reality television in general - please tell me you can think back to a golden time when it didn’t dominate the airwaves; f) people in high places of American power who ignore the commonwealth of the country that put them there - and to that end, lobbyists who pressure such people into pretending the country’s all about them instead; g) “political debate” shows on television or radio that spend network money to use aggressively disturbing tactics in order to censor guests on the show; h) use of Botox. Period. Come on, it’s the worst thing ever, and it looks disgusting. If we all followed these rules, I can promise you that America would be a much happier, friendlier place.

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Three Major Approaches to International Political Economy Mercantilism

Liberalism

Dr. Mir Zohair Husain SPECIAL TO THE VANGUARD zhusain@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

Marxism

I.R. Worldviews

Classical Liberal; A mixture of Idealism and Realism

Conservative; Realism

Revolutionary; Idealism

Associated Terms

Classical Liberalism; Laissez-Faire Capitalism; Economic Internationalism

Neo-Mercantilism; Economic Nationalism

Neo-Marxism; Dependencia; Economic Structuralism; Neoimperialism; Neocolonialism; World System Theory

Principal Argument

States should not regulate or interfere in domes- States should promote and strengthen nation’s tic and global economy economy and political power

States should control the means of production, distribution, and exchange to bring about a classless and just society

Adam Smith

Theory of the “invisible hand” (supply and Totally opposed to Adam Smith’s classical liberdemand determining wages, prices, interests, alism, theory of the “invisible hand,” laissezrents, mortgages, etc) and laissez-faire capitalism faire capitalism, and a harmonious and self-regulating economy

Totally opposed to Adam Smith’s classical liberalism, theory of the “invisible hand,” laissezfaire capitalism, and a harmonious and self-regulating economy

Karl Marx

Denounced as a revolutionary, promoting universal class warfare

Critical of Marxism

The father of scientific socialism/Marxism whose ideas influence even the current day neoMarxists and Dependentistas

Principal Actor (in theory)

Individuals

States

Two Classes: bourgeoisie (owners of capital) and proletariat (workers)

Role of the State

Limited government

Aggressive, dominant, all-important government Maximum government control (socialism); Minimum governmental control (communism)

Nature of IPE

• Cooperative and harmonious • • Trade is a non-zero sum game (win-win • situation)

Pervasive and enduring Conflict Trade is a zero-sum game

• •

Pervasive and enduring Conflict Trade is a zero-sum game

Goal of Economic Activity perity and welfare

Maximize individual, national, and global pros-

Preserve and maximize state power and national Bridge gap between rich and poor classes within states and globally welfare

View of Political System

Emphasis on freedom; Evolution of status quo

Emphasis on order; Preservation of status quo

Emphasis on equality and justice; Proletarian Revolution

Ideal Economic System

Free Market; Capitalism

Mixed Economy

Socialism

Economic-Political Assumption

Separation of Economics and Politics

Politics determines Economics

Economics determines Politics

Ultimate Goal

Minimize (and if possible eliminate) role of gov- Use state power to expand national economy to Use revolutionary means of transforming global system to eliminate classes (domestically and ernment regulation and interference in the achieve hegemony globally) domestic and global economy

Dominance in IR

Primary

Key Actors (in practice)

Individuals, MNCs, International Banks, States, States; Trading Bloc (EU and NAFTA) IGOs

Classes (bourgeoisies and proletariats); States

Option for Future Cooperation

Possible through reforms within a modified state-based system

Impossible; individuals and states seek advantage and dominance

Possible after a proletarian revolution.

Regional Free Trade Areas

Approve (in favor of free trade)

Approve (enhances a region’s power at the expense of other areas in the world)

Disapprove (in opposition of decreasing government control of economic exchanges)

Opposed to the threat or use of military force; Used only as last resort

Opposed to the threat or use of military force; Used only as last resort

Opposed to the threat or use of military force; Used only as last resort

Strongly support globalization

Support globalization when it favors their state

Vehemently oppose globalization

Military Force Globalization

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“The semester-long residency is integral to display and learn what is necessary to be an instructional leader, not just in the classroom, but in the field,” Dr. Albert Thomas, one of the directors of the new educational leadership program and assistant professor of leadership and teacher education at USA, said. “The field-based residence will make sure principals will actually know how to be a principal,” Dr. Roy Nichols, superintendent of Mobile County Schools, said. “Instead of just coming out of a program with a lot of course work, students will be able to hit the ground running.” The principal internship is a paid internship. The revamped program has also placed renewed emphasis on creating partnerships between USA and public schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties to improve student achievement. The new level of collaboration will allow aspiring principals to take advantage of the field-based experience that the schools can provide, while still retaining the academic background that the university can provide. This new collaboration is also seen to have other pragmatic benefits. “The collaborative efforts give building-level principals a

Scuups X

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tial than just ice cream. While Scuups is a small business, the interior of the shop has a pink and purple candy-coated design. Brown chose colors that seem to accentuate the uniqueness of the products he offers to Mobilians. However, he did not make the mistake of overcrowding the shop with unnecessary odds and ends, as may be found in many single-owner businesses. The business is clean and airy, with a clean restroom and immaculate tabletops. Another entertaining aspect of the shop is contents of the walls – every wall is covered with signatures of customers that have been through the shop since it opened. Customers have come

chance to give input,” Dr. Tom Sisk, human resource director of Baldwin County Schools, said. “This gives principals a chance to feel like their voices are being heard.”

“... being a part of a group of aspiring, motivated people with similar goals is a truly wonderful experience.” - Tim Hale Tim Hale Jr., one of 16 applicants accepted into the first cohort in January, is excited about the opportunity to participate in the new program. “ I feel like I am making history,” said Hale. “I like to lead by example, and being a part of the first group means a lot.” Hale stresses the team-based approach of working closely with other aspiring principals in a tight-nit cohort. “It's an honor to be a part of this cohort - being a part of a group of aspiring, motivated people with similar goals is truly a wonderful experience,” Hales said. Hales, a Mobile native and a graduate of Mobile County's LeFlore High School, is currently a senior sponsor and a teacher of 12th grade economics and government at B.C. Rain.

from near and far, obviously in search of something besides the usual kind of service and product. Brown provides Scuups’ customer service with friendliness and knowledge about what he sells. As for Brown’s own plans for the shop, he hopes to take his business to other locales and perhaps around the world. “My big dream for Scuups is to have a shop in China. That would be a dream come true.” Scuups is located at 857 Hillcrest Rd., near the Hudson’s Treasure Hunt; the shop is open between noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact Richard Brown at (251)-379-3652.

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The psychiatry residency program itself is a four-year based curriculum requiring first year students to rotate through a one-month period of emergency medicine, three months of USA neurology, four months of inpatient psychiatry at AltaPointe BayPointe Acute Stabilization Unit and four months of USA Family Medicine. Second year students continue to designate 76 percent of their time to inpatient psychiatry and 80 percent to outpatient psychiatry during the third year. The fourth year of residency is designed to practice outpatient help, emergency psychiatry and consultation. Residents interested in child psychiatry must engage in three years of the normal residency training as well as an additional two years working with children.

There are a few reasons for the shortage of psychiatrists, mainly being financing. Reimbursement for psychiatry services is low as well. - Dr. Ronald Franks Students interested in applying to South Alabama’s Psychiatry Residency Program must have highly competitive grade point averages and critical scores during medical school. Most residency programs ask that students must have passed step 1 and step 2, with priority given to those applicants who have already passed their step 3 tests. Around 400 medical school graduates interested in psychiatry apply to South Alabama’s residency program in psychiatry each year. There are three available spots each year, and the residency program currently has 12 residents. "You have to be affiliated with a medical school in order to have any residency program,” Dr. Sandra Parker, medical director of Altapointe Systems and vice chair for USA Medical School, said. “So because we are limited and have only a certain amount of funding, we are not able to expand. If the state legislature could fund more money, we could have more residents."

On average, most residency programs in psychiatry are capable of having four to six residents per year. South Alabama’s current maximum capacity is three residents per year. "We are looking to add an additional resident per year," Dr. Ronald Franks, vice president of Health Sciences, said. "There are a few reasons for the shortage of psychiatrists, mainly being financing. Reimbursement for psychiatry services is low as well. The field has changed dramatically. Psychiatrists focus more on diagnosis, and therapy is provided elsewhere to be cost effective, so the average psychiatrist is not earning as much as other doctors." A shortage of psychiatrists also affects students at the University of South Alabama. A student who wishes to remain anonymous claims that although USA has a medical school, the student has trouble finding the help he or she needs. “USA has a medical school but when I needed to find a psychiatrist this summer to provide maintenance therapy, they couldn't get me an appointment with one,” the student said. “Instead, the Student Health Center gave me a handful of names to call, but most of them were not taking new patients, and the ones who were accepting new patients had long waits to get initial appointments.” The student aforementioned was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder during high school in 1988. The student was forced to drop out of college in 1995 because he or she could not manage the symptoms of the illness and eventually went on social security disabilities. While the student recognizes that doctor visits and medications are expensive, he or she recognizes the importance of psychiatry help and was able to go back to school and gain a bachelor’s degree. Now, the student is a full-time graduate. “I spend over $200 each month on medication alone, with health insurance,” the student said. “Each visit to my psychiatrist is nearly $100. The medication requires expensive lab work. Even if I'm stable and my medication isn't changing, it is an expensive illness to treat.” Students with psychiatry needs often begin by having to call the Student Health Center. All are referred to outside psychiatrists and usually, most end up on a waiting list for many months. “The shortage of child and adolescent psychiatry reduces the likelihood that troubled youths can receive appropriate care and may increase the burden on the public school systems,” according to the Powers study. While the shortage of psychiatrists rises, more are being diagnosed with mental related illnesses.

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entire society? If a parent sees something he or she finds inappropriate and decides that certain networks should not be viewed by his or her children, it is his or her prerogative to ban it. If this becomes a big problem and a network thinks it is losing its audience or advertisers, it will re-evaluate its content. Crisis averted. The government also wants to make sure that you don't put anything in your body that could be hazardous -- not until you are old enough, that is. I had a friend who smoked at 16, and since she was not able to obtain cigarettes legally, her parents bought them for her. So, instead of accomplishing the goal of preventing smoking, it just made it a little more inconvenient. Do I think it is smart for a parent to condone his or her child to smoke? No. But that is his or her decision. I think the same thing about alcohol. There was always an older brother or a friend with a fake I.D. who could provide us our desired beverages. I went to many parties where parents supplied the drinks

Theatre X

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formance. This idea has driven me and inspired me to continue and pursue a career in the fine arts," Broussard said. Broussard's performance as Halie provides yet another reason why this Biloxi native will go far in the world of show business. Hailing from Lakeland, Fla., Michael Waldron, who plays the part of grandson Vince, is a senior performance major. Waldron "loves his work," just as the audience loved his rendition of Vince. The entire cast, along with an elaborate stage setup, made for a laugher-filled yet emotional play. The foul language and adult connotations gave a different feel than your typical school production. The theatre department at USA has

and merely asked that everyone be responsible. Of course, there were those few who did not listen, but for the most part, we enjoyed ourselves and got home with safe transportation. There will always be people engaging in activities while underage. Maybe a more effective course of action would be to promote responsibility on the part of the parent and the child. All the focus is on keeping people from doing these things that are considered taboo until you reach a magic age where you are finally deemed mature. Maybe the concept of teaching safety and consequences is being neglected. There is concern that some parents might not take enough initiative when trying to teach their kids what they should and shouldn't do. Maybe the government should afford them the opportunity before they make that judgment. Parents have a full-time gatekeeper right now choosing what is suitable for their kids and what is inappropriate. Perhaps not having the arbitrary "because-I-said-so"- style rules from the government constantly fed to them as guidelines for raising their kids would enable parents to make their own choices based on what they feel is right for their children.

undoubtedly molded their students into talented, young professionals. Theatre USA will close this year’s season with "The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” a play by WIlliam Shakespeare. The play will premier in April. For more information on upcoming productions, visit http://www.usouthal.edu/drama.

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