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students in free enterprise offer charity sale tickets SIFE is still selling tickets for the Belk Semi-Annual Charity Sale event benefiting local charities and non-profit organizations. The event will take place on Saturday, November 6 from 6-10 a.m. at Belk stores companywide. Each ticket is $5, and you can hold onto it and show it for other discounts after the 4-hour sale is over. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call (205) 652-3716, (205) 499-4580 or (662) 305-5856, and someone will bring a ticket to you, or you can make a check to SIFE and mail it to Dr. Janie Gregg, Station 21, and she will return a ticket to you via campus mail.

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Philanthropy is used to increase the well being of humankind. It plays a huge role in each Greek organization on campus. Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, and Children’s Hospital are just a few examples of organizations that Greeks raise money for. Without the efforts of the Greek community, many of these organizations would not be able to provide everything they do to help others. Ashlynn Frith The brothers of the Theta Gamma chapter of Sigma Pi are hosting one of their many philanthropy events this week for their international philanthropy, the SAM Spady Foundation. The foundation was created in memory of Samantha Spady, a 19-year old student at Colorado State University, who died of alcohol poisoning on September 5, 2004. The foundation’s goal is to educate all parents and students on the dangers of alcohol, specifically high-risk consumption, and the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning. The Sigma Pi brothers will be raffling off a Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge Shotgun. Tickets are on sale, 1 for $3 and 2 for $5. The drawing will be held on Dec. 2nd at the UWA Basketball game as they take on Delta State. You do not have to be present to win! Contact Jeremy Sheffield or any Sigma Pi brother to purchase a ticket. Contact Ashlynn Frith at fritha2458@uwa.edu to have your Greek events advertised!

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beating the livingston blues 3 November 2010

It’s Friday afternoon. Sitting in the last class of the day, you find it hard to focus. Your eyes continuously dart towards the clock hoping time will fly by. The class lecture becomes a soft murmur to your ears as you daydream about your weekend plans. Once class is dismissed, you rush back to your dorm, pack your things, and venture down the road for your usual weekend trip back home. Pretty on the road with soon the dorms are deSara Cole serted, the streets become empty, and Livingston has the appearance of a ghost town. For many students, the weekend provides some much needed family time, a nice home-cooked meal or even a few nights in the comfort of their own bed after a long stressful week at school. The convenient location of the University of West Alabama has often played a major factor in students choosing to enroll. “Many students enjoy being close to home, including me. I live an hour away and love being able to spend time with my family on the weekends. It’s the perfect getaway after a stressful week,” Kellye Reeves, UWA senior, remarked. So what about those students who either live too far away to venture home during weekends or decide to spend their two days of peace in the comfort of their own dorm? For some, the weekend is the perfect time to just sit back and relax until Monday rolls around. Others find that the weekend can cause a severe case of boredom, giving us a reason to sit on Facebook all day, munch out as we watch our favorite show, or even just sleep until the next day comes. Recently, the UWA administration added more appeal to its quiet southern town by opening the University Cinema, located in downtown Livingston and made free to UWA students. Regardless, many students are still demanding more. A short trip to Livingston’s surrounding cities opens up a whole world of potential, providing students with an endless list of possibilities for the weekend. Places such as Meridian, Tuscaloosa, and Demopolis offer an assortment of things to do, ranging from unique restaurants to fun little shops to diverse entertainment. The Jack Warner Art Institute (www.warnemuseum.

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spend the day with a group of friends. Those who enjoy the fast-paced life and are looking for something more exciting during their two days of solitude might want to check out Tuscaloosa and Meridian. Both cities are home to a number of unique bars, such as Rhythm and Brews, The Dixie and The Booth, all which host a diverse range entertainment from unique local artists to more popular musicians. Websites such as jambase.com list upcoming shows and events. See what these places have to offer; perhaps you’ll find a new sound or artist to enjoy. They also offer an assortment of restaurants, from the casual to the fine dining. Mugshots, Buffalo Phil’s, and Dreamland BBQ, just to name a few, are all popular with students in Tuscaloosa. “We have some amazing restaurants here. Some are more expensive than others, but for the most part, they offer a diverse assortment of meals at affordable prices for us college students,” commented Russ Guin, a senior at The University of Alaorg), overlooking beautiful Lake Tuscaloosa, features an bama. “Whatever you’re in the mood for, Tuscaloosa’s assortment of great American art. They house hundreds got it.” of paintings, sculptures, artifacts and antiques by worldSay you have a hot date, and you’re looking for renowned artists. something a little more romantic. Tuscaloosa also has Old St. Stephens (www.oldststephens.com), one of a number of fancy restaurants, the most historical and archeologiand although they may pull a cally rich sites in Alabama, offers little more out of your wallet, your an endless list of things to do. From date is sure to enjoy it. Check horseback riding to archeologiout places such as Chuck’s Fish, cal digs, St. Stephens provides a located in downtown Tuscaloosa, fascinating glimpse of Alabama’s Recently, the UWA or the Cypress Inn, fine dining on historic past. For those adventure the Black Warrior River. seekers out there, St. Stephens' If you’re looking for somebeautiful aquamarine lake, comadministration added thing a little closer to Livingston, plete with a scenic beach and Demopolis is only a short drive breathtaking lime rock cliffs, stands more appeal to its quiet away for some appetizing meals. as the perfect place for a weekSmokin’ Jack’s BBQ, Mr. G’s, and end camping trip, and it’s only a Roberts offer delectable plates at southern town by short drive away! an affordable price. The Okatibbee Water Park (www. Tuscaloosa, Meridian and phwd.net/parks/okatibbee), opening the Demopolis also offer a number of located just ten minutes outside of unique shops, parks and lodges. Meridian, is another great getaway The list goes on… University Cinema, after a long week. There are so many things to do “It’s a great place to go campright outside your front door. But ing,” explained Meridian native, located in downtown don’t just take my word for it. Go Reeves. “There are so many things out there and see for yourself. So, to do such as boating, swimming, when you feel a case of boredom Livingston and made hiking, and fishing; it’s the perfect coming on, don’t just let it overplace for a group of friends to go take you; do some research then on the weekend.” free to UWA students. go out there and explore. You’re There’s even a paintball field bound to find something to enjoy. located right outside of Meridian. Parker’s Paintball Field is an exciting place to relieve some stress or


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That’s my afternoon,” she laughs. Dumas is doing a lot these days. Aside from being a wife and mother, she is continuing her work on the Tabasco manuscript, picking up an old interest in prehistoric salt-making in South West Alabama, excavating Fort Tombecbe and teaching Anthropology. She also teaches an archeology class in the spring that gets to do some hands on work at the fort. “If you teach it enough, you get tired of it. That’s apparent to students,” she says of her Intro to Anthropology course. Next semester, she plans to make some changes with more guest lecturers, hands-on activities, and more current events with less lecture. Dumas really arms her students with information and encourages them to think for themselves. Most of the assignments deal with her student’s thoughts on what they have learned. She wants her students not only to acquire information but also to develop the confidence to speak their opinions. If there is one thing she hopes her students leave her class with, she says it’s that “archeology can be relevant to present, everyday life.”

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She pointed behind me to an old black and white photo. The photo was of some African American men in a room with large clay jars, “that’s the original Tabasco factory on Avery Island” she said explaining that their workforce was made up of freed slaves, “it was called The Laboratory.” “The biggest regret of my career so far is that I haven’t finished the Tabasco Manuscript.” It is something she and Brown are still working on today. Dumas reached another crossroads when it came to her PhD. She had been accepted to several schools, but UA was starting their own PhD program in an addition to their already reputable master’s program in which she was invited to go. Staying at the University of Alabama excited Dumas. “It could bring to fruition a lot of my interest that had developed in Alabama,” Dumas said, but there were some major risks involved. The first was that she would face being viewed as “academically inbred” by future employer. The second drawback was that the program wouldn’t be approved until after her deadline of confirmation to the other schools that she had secured financing for. Third, the program had to have eight students graduated by 2008 for it to be accredited. Dumas decided to go for it. Today, the University of Alabama’s PhD program is “just as successful and well respected as their masters,” she says. It was lucky that she had. She met her husband Steven while he was studying to get his Masters of Archeology. Today, they have a four month old, Grady. Her thin lips form a crescent as she elaborates, “I get my Christmas present every afternoon when I pick him up from daycare.” “We will watch him for hours as he watches these plastic discs above his swing that he can twirl by rocking.

The Pajama Mile will have a first place, second place, and third place winner for those who complete the mile the fastest. There will also be an award for the organization that has the most members/supporters to show up to continue the fight against cancer. Everyone who participates is encouraged to wear bed time attire appropriate for the occasion. The event will take place Wednesday, November 3rd. Registration will start at 6:30 pm, and the race will begin at 7:00pm. There is a entry fee of $3 for individuals and $25 for an organization. The race will start at the Black Belt Garden next to the football practice field. The brothers ask that you join their group on Facebook “Delta Chi at UWA,” even if you are not able to join them at the Pajama Mile.

Delta Chi The brothers of Delta Chi are hosting a philanthropy event to benefit the V Foundation this week. The V Foundation started with the dream of ESPN and Jim Valvano, the passionate and committed former NC State basketball coach and award-winning broadcaster while he battled cancer. Since 1993, the V Foundation has raised more than $100 million and awarded cancer research grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

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Dr. Ashley Dumas waved me into the chair across from her desk. I flipped open my legal pad and uncapped my pen as I glanced around. The pale salmon walls encompassed us with a large oriental rug padding our feet and softening the hum of the air conditioner. The asymmetrically vaulted ceiling led my eyes up the room. They landed on a trio of small skulls, like the three wise monkeys, perched on one of Ash the six bookcases surrounding Liverman us. The bookcase to the left of Dr. Dumas wore a picture of an expressive newborn wrapped in soft blue. As a student of Anthropology, I immediately became interested in Dr. Dumas. I recall the first day I met her. In her mid-thirties, with fair skin and curly chestnut hair, she softly asserted herself on the first day of class with a lesson on how not to pronounce her name. Her subtle, sharp wit was soon to win us over. Dumas grew up in Fairhope, Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama in French and Anthropology. After graduation she got a job working for the Center for Archeological Studies at USA, where she used both her French and her Anthropology background to study French colonial sights of old Mobile and part of Dauphine Island. During this time, she pursued a master’s in Continuing Education, which she did not complete as it conflicted with her work. Dumas told me she enjoyed her job, “but” she says, “I knew I needed more knowledge and skill if I wanted to be more than a field technician.” “I did some soul searching,” Dumas said. She applied to be a Cultural Affairs Officer in the Army Reserves and also almost went to Washington D.C to study to be a developmental anthropologist. In the end, “I decided to continue what I’d been building on”. At a friend’s suggestion, she applied at the University of Alabama for her masters in Archeology at the last minute. Dumas matched her Statement of Purpose to the interests of one of the professors in the department. “I’m so glad I picked him to match my interests with,” she said of Dr. Ian Brown, a big mentor to her. Dumas was accepted, and within two days found a job and an apartment in Moundville. She commuted to Tuscaloosa for class. “I loved grad school,” she said. “I was part of a very tight group of students also working toward their masters.” When asked what her master’s thesis was on, Dumas replied, “Testing the utility of a particular excavation process.”

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Before enrolling at the University of West Alabama, Cassidy Norris attended a high school she says that didn’t provide good English teachers. Her biggest struggles involve using improper grammar and preventing herself from saying um quite frequently. Lucas Cruz, a native of Para’ de Minas, Brazil, often mixes up words due to English not being his first language. At times he attempts to speak and can’t find the right words to say. Surframe Gilleylen, a Mississippi native, often speaks a Southern slang. Vilater Green often wondered if the crowd would accept what she had to say. Courtney Brown and Christine Patterson never felt comfortable speaking amongst a crowd at all. Amy Hagler’s nerves always get the best of her. Under the guidance of Aliquippa Allen, a UWA instructor of Business Management and Marketing, and the newly established UWA Toastmasters Community Club, these seven students have gradually improved their public speaking skills. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped millions of men and women become more confident in front of an audience. Through Allen’s MG-410 Leadership course, the students worked together to establish a Toastmasters club at UWA as apart of a service learning project. All of them agree that establishing this club will be greatly beneficial. “Public speaking can be hard for a lot of people. What I learned so far is it’s a development process. There is always room for growth and improvement. Personally I feel I can grow more speaking in a crowd because I’m involved in a lot of projects. It can also enhance my confidence,” Vilater Green said. Cassidy Norris added, “My speaking skills have grown since I’ve been in college but they’re not at the level they need to be. I’m close to graduation and wish this were something I had throughout my time as a student here.” UWA Toastmasters Club gathers at their weekly Each student, with the exception of meeting. To discover the many benefits of public speaking, contact advisor Aliquippa Allen. Front: Christine Patterson, is in his or her senior Courtney Brown, Surframe Gilleylen, Vilater year at UWA. Six of them are either a busiGreen, Amy Hagle, Cassidy Norris, Aliquippa Allen. Back: Lucas Cruz ness management or business administration major. Courtney Brown is majoring in technology management. Brown desires to work for Lockheed Martin, an advanced technology company in Meridian, Mississippi. He stated that with Toastmasters being an international program, there is a strong possibility potential co-workers will have been a part of the club as well. Christine Patterson, a current member of the UWA rodeo team, plans to open a feed store in the future. She says working with Toastmasters will strengthen her ability to handle the business aspect and associating with customers. Meanwhile, Amy Hagler expressed a loyalty to Game Stop where she currently presides as store manager at their Meridian mall location. Hagler plans to move up the company ladder eventually. Her social skills grew stronger through participating in high school and UWA band for a total of six years. Hagler believes involvement in this club will help her gain control over being nervous when public speaking. Surframe Gilleylen was inspired by his grandfather to start a trucking company in the near future. His grandfather drove trucks for 40 years. Gilleylen says his grandfather and playing football taught him a lot of life lessons. “Playing football is about communication and how to treat people. As far as being a player, coaches have the authority over you. It’s a chain of command. You never give back talk and get out there and do what you have to,” Gilleylen said. He added, “If you have a coach that spends time with you and cares, you’re going to bust your tail for him. That’s similar to how it would be running my own company. If

I treat my employees with respect, they’ll likely give me their all.” Gilleylen says he loves Toastmasters because of the way it’s structured as an organization, and he enjoys being around people who have been in similar situations related to public speaking. He also feels the club will enhance his vocabulary and leadership skills. Aliquippa Allen leads a public speaking discussion. Lucas Cruz is a member of the UWA tennis team. After graduation, he intends to go back to Brazil and search for a entry level job. Cruz cites that Toastmasters will help with boosting his confidence and provide better insight of handling job interviews. Vilater Green plans to work with the City of Mobile after graduation. She’s had prior experience working several summers there, which has provided her a heads-up on what to expect. Green says Toastmasters can benefit people in more than a professional and social aspect. “I’ve learned that you can’t let any interaction interfere with what you have to say. You have to deliver your speech regardless if people are clapping or not. Take Mrs. Allen, for example. She is a very inspirational person. She is very strong and determined. I’ve taken some of those aspects and applied them to my life,” Green said. Inside Norris added, “It’s easy for me to get Julia Tutwiler Library distracted. Mrs. Allen is very good at keeping students’ attention. A big help 205-652-5490 to our class is she has a lot of stories from being in leadership positions. This allows us a chance at getting better understanding if something in our textbook doesn’t make sense.” The UWA Toastmasters community club will host an interest meeting on Nov. 4 at noon in Napoleon’s Restaurant-Demopolis. A second meeting will be held Nov. 8th at 2:30 in Wallace Hall room 201. “I plan to get into advertising or sales after graduating. That particular job field will require strong social and speakMon-Thurs 7:30am - 10:00pm ing skills. By participating in this club I’ll Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm improve in those areas. I hope UWA Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm students take advantage of this club. A part of me is afraid they won’t. However, hopefully I’m wrong about that.”

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uwa’s progressive parking penalties finding my way after being lost

The University of West Alabama Parking and Traffic Committee created a new fee schedule for traffic violations, which will now be enforced by the UWA Police Department. With the exception of illegally parking in handicapped zones (which carries a fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, and revocation of campus driving privileges for the third), each of the other violations, including parking in the wrong zone, no hang tag, and improper parking, will have an escalating scale of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $75 for the third. Three tickets of any kind in one semester may result in your parking privileges being suspended. Tickets will not longer include the fee associated with the violation, as the amount owed for a violation depends on the number of traffic tickets a student has received. To verify amount owed on a ticket, call 205-652-3602.

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I thought that I would never find her, I never thought she would find me.

I looked at her every day, smiled at her. And she would wave and smile back at me. When she saw me, her thoughts became my own. When I saw her, my thoughts became hers. For once I didn’t feel lost, I had found someone. My cold heart lit on fire by the hot embers. For years, we walked different roads, Hung with different people, and lived in different worlds. But something in my mind told me, let me know That she was different from the other girls. It was a feeling that wouldn’t die no matter How hard it hit, how much it hurt, how much it pained.

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Her mind, her body, her face, Her spirit, her love, and everything else, Found me so I wouldn’t be lost and gave me a new pace. That day began a new me, a different me, a better me, Someone who could stand up for the things that mattered in life, Someone who wasn’t afraid to accept his flaws and shortcomings, Someone who had finally found a purpose in his life. And it was because of her, my sweet love, my sweetest love.

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veterans of uwa, we honor you November 11, 1918 marked the end of World War I and the beginning of a day of remembrance. We remember our heritage, our freedom, and our loved ones. This particular day is also one Connie where we honor James and remember those brave soldiers who gave their time and are currently fighting for all that America holds free. Our servicemen and women often return to their families with post-traumatic stress disorder, physical illnesses or lasting memories of the things which hap-

pened during war. Things that are dear to the families of those who serve are the prayers for the safety of their loved ones and respect for the cause for which they fight. Veterans from World War II are dying at an average rate of 1,000 a day. We are also losing Korean Conflict and Vietnam War veterans at an above average rate. Things that are important to Veterans are the things they learned to hold dear. Honor the flag. Fly it high in good weather and take it down in bad. If it is flown at night it must be lighted. Salute the flag and fellow servicemen. Stand for the pledge, the National Anthem and prayer. Teach the children about the flag, pledge and America. And honor those who serve. This is the reason our living Veterans need to be honored everyday but especially on November 11.

going cross country with new talent

Coming into this year as a freshman for the University of West Alabama Cross Country program, I had lofty expectations. Those high expectations were spawned off a 7th place Gulf South Conference finish. Head coach Don Medeiros reevaluated what his team needed to accomplish within the program: “I was very surprised at our results. We did much worse than anticipated,” says Medeiros. This year Medeiros recruited heavily managing to capture nine freshmen, seven on the men's side and two on the women's side, the largest recruiting class to date. The enormous recruiting class has made a huge difference so far. “This year we have more talented runners and greater depth. Last year ,we had maybe two consistent performers. Now we have more,” says Medeiros. “Harding University will likely take 1st at conference, but then you’ll have five other schools that are the same caliber as us competing for second." This season has been very successful so far. The best yet is to come for the UWA men's cross country team with seniors Austin Enriquez, Jonathan Sellers, and Craig Warlick leading the way. Following their lead are guys like upperclassmen Peter Kazery and Camden Holmes as well as freshman sensations like Brandon Nelson and of course, myself. The combination of veteran experience with young talent should make up for a very good placement at conference. With rising freshmen David Farist, Brandon Nelson, Josh Griffin, Adam Pierce, Cody Lee and Miles Bowman, the program will have a very solid chance of winning the conference meet in the following years. Actually, winning the meet in years to come is not so far-fetched. With the program continuing to grow and the ever-rising inevitability of winning Regionals, the future is looking great for our new and improved UWA men’s team. So let’s make sure to wish our cross country runners the best of luck as they race towards the beginning of a most dominant dynasty.

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Veterans once graced the early Livingston grounds which we walk today. They too breathed the Livingston air as they hustled back and forth to classes. They were a part of the foundations of the University of West Alabama athletic teams and fraternities. It was because of war that Livingston State Teachers College nearly shut its doors due to failing enrollment. Through the efforts of William Wilson Hill and the G.I. Bill our proud university became stronger than ever. Today, young people are taking advantage of the incentives offered in exchange for the years spent in the military. They often go on to receive an education in order to find peacetime careers with the help of the G I Bill and other Veterans programs. So remember to honor our Veterans on November 11. Salute those who served and tell our Veterans thank you for giving their time to keep us free.

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a recent poll taken by MSNBC, one out of five undergraduates are feeling “stressed out” every day. Stress can cause worry, emotional tension, and even strain on the physical body, especially within college students. For instance, some worry about their appearance. Am I wearing the right clothes? If I wear this top, will it offend anyone? There are a lot of factors that can build on a college student’s stress level especially school itself. In addition, most students have worries outside of school. Take relationships, for example. Couples are often engaged in arguments, break-ups and other problems. In a relationship the other half should bring out the best in you, not the worst. Yes, there are times when things will not go right. A lot of times it takes being a better person, which means admitting when you have made a mistake or are in the wrong. Family is usually considered to be a moral support system. Unfortunately, not everyone has that kind of family, myself included. I never really look forward to going home on holidays or even answering phone calls from family members in an effort to avoid any stress that may come from on the other end. As I grow older, I understand that it is not how others treat me rather how I treat them. I still want to be the best person that I can be. I want to be there for my family, friends, and whoever it may be. I want to make a difference in someone’s life. “Love is a driving force in my life, love for God, love for others and love for myself. I realized that if my life was going to be a productive one, it was going to have to involve that single emotion as a foundation. I’m not one to be ruled by my emotions and I have very little respect for people who are. I understand that Love is the root of a tree that breeds many branches, one of which is the spirit of excellence,” Dr. Frank Rogers, University of West Alabama assistant professor of mathematics, said. He added, “My love for my student is the driving force that pushes me to do my best to help them understand a difficult subject. My love for my family is the driving force that pushes me to be the best son, brother, husband and father I can be. My love for my fellow man teaches me to do onto others as I would have them do unto me. Many people believe that love makes you weak. But I know from experience that there is a limit to the strength that anger can bring you, but love can make you strong beyond reason. The simplest answer to being a better person is to put forth the effort to walk in love.” It seems that if everyone had love and practiced loving each other, everything would run a little smoothly. For the most part, the amount of stress is not as important as the way in which we deal with it. Some students turn to drugs and alcohol and end up creating more stress in their lives. However, these escapes provide only temporary relief. As we all know, whenever a person becomes sober, the problem still exists. A person should want to be the best that that he or she can be. As Dr. Rogers stated earlier, no one should be ruled by his or her emotions. There are healthy ways to release stress. For example, some people exercise. I often write my thoughts down on paper. I may turn them into a song, poem, or even a short story. Releasing stress in different positive ways can allow a person to express a creative side that he or she did not know existed. Releasing Show Some Love! stress will help you to become a better person. Do not act out on emotions,because you could support our regret it. Mature adults should journalism staff accept this fact as one of life’s harsh realities. Some days will be more stressful than others. It is sponsorship ads how we deal with these stressful situations that really matters.

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One of the first questions I was asked upon moving from Yankee-land to the small town of Demopolis, AL, consisted of the concern if I had yet acquired a “church family.” This question was repeated to me many times, and I have to say that I found it touching that so many virtual strangers were worried about the state of my soul. So began my introduction to living in the Bible Belt, which has been an interesting experience for someone not raised in the “shadow of the church,” so to speak. I respect the people here for taking their spirituality so seriously, and appreciate their welcoming attitudes. I must say, as someone who is working toward her own enlightenment, this prevailing attitude of warmth has led me to a sort of spiritual evolution. Although many would consider the use of these two words together as problematic, I see them as a synonymous to the experiences connected to my introduction to the South. Much of the culture that I have experienced here is based upon church activities and, as an observer, this consistent, weekly center of both personal and family life has been like a revelation. I, having little religious training in my lifetime, was amazed at seeing adults and children so comfortable within their churches it was if they were in their own living rooms. To see an adult curl up in a pew during a church service, shoes off and posture relaxed, completely shocked me. The children, too, had no issues with their surroundings. Of course, kids rarely feel the need to curtail their volume or behavior wherever they are, but, still, there is something different in their attitudes that speak volumes without saying a word. Now, I’m not saying I’ve never been in a church, or that the same comfortable union between people and their chosen church doesn’t exist in Yankee-land. I’m sure that there is the same kind of symbiotic relationships between churchgoers and their church-of-choice everywhere in the world, but this kind of relaxation in devotion just seems more prevalent here than any other place I have ever lived. And just to be clear, I’ve lived on both coasts, as well as in the middle, of this country, and this place is just different when it comes to this subject. The connection that people feel to religion is so prevalent here, that it is an almost tangible force on Sunday morning that when the bells call some to church, it is possible to feel the reverberations underfoot. I feel privileged to have been able to witness this ‘new’ type of revered devotion; the kind people that have allowed me into their houses of worship have, in fact, done me a huge favor, and I don’t want to do any injustice to them, whatsoever. However, the observations that I have made have infected me with the desire to have the same sort of connection that they have. I want that ease of spirit, that comfortable union with myself that they have, hence, my own spiritual evolution. Although, again, these words may seem poorly selected, the definition of them suits my purposes perfectly. Spirituality is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “the quality or condition of being spiritual; attachment to or regard for things of the spirit as opposed to material or worldly interests,” and the same source defines evolution as “the process by which living organisms or their parts develop from a rudimentary to a mature or complete state.” What I want is combination of the two meanings pooled; I want my spirit to grow, to ripen and mellow until it fills me with the same sort of contentment I have been lucky enough to witness in the people that have been kind enough to share a part of themselves with me that they truly believe fundamental. Having moved around so much, I must say that this is a rare, strangely wonderful thing. After all, looking in the window is never as fulfilling as being invited in, and as a stranger in a strange land multiple times, the invitation is appreciated. Yankees need inspiration too, y’all.


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Diabetes is a condition of having high blood sugar as a result of the body either not producing enough insulin, or because body cells don’t properly respond to the insulin that is produced. This disease affects approximately 24 million children and adults in the United States. In addition, 57 million Americans suffer from prediabetes and are at risk for developing type II diabetes. Many can and have died from diabetes. Since 1987, the death rate has increased by 45%, while the cancer, heart disease, and stroke death rates have declined. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults and kidney failure. About 60-70% have suffered from mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction, and other nerve problems. November is American Diabetes Month. The American Diabetes Association established this month to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications. In 2009, they launched the Stop Diabetes movement which was designed to gather millions of Americans to help confront, fight and of course, stop diabetes. As of October 2010, more than 814,000 people have joined. The Association’s goal is to hopefully increase that number to a million by the end of December. The Association also encourages those same individuals to share, act, learn and give through the Stop Diabetes movement. Share* – “Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes” by posting your video on stopdiabetes.com. Incorporate the hand as a symbol of the movement in a 30-second video online to show your passion and commitment to changing the future of diabetes. Be sure to check out sample videos at stopdiabetes.com made available by VSP® Vision Care. Once the video submissions are complete, the public will be able to vote for the most compelling video. The top 3 finalists will receive an Apple® iPad® and the winner will be part of a Stop Diabetes public service announcement. The “Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes” video contest is sponsored by VSP® Vision Care. *Video submissions will not be accepted after November 30, 2010.

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Ace Campbell and Justin Caylor help lead the University of West Alabama wrangler men to a fourth place finish at the Murray State rodeo as the UWA women finished seventh. The men registered 475 points while the women picked up 45 points. Campbell claimed the steer wrestling title and placed fourth in calf roping on his way to being named All-Around Cowboy. Caylor picked up the saddle bronc riding crown. “We finished our last rodeo of the fall in good shape,” head coach Chad Phipps said. “We have had a good semester and I look for us to pull together in the spring and be the team to beat. We have a great bunch of kids and there is no doubt in my mind we will have a bunch in Casper, Wyo. at the College Finals come June.” Alex Caudle finished sixth in calf roping to round out the Tigers’ points on the men’s side. “Alex Caudle had some tough luck in the short round by roping his calf by a hind leg, Museadb.pdf but he didn’t10/8/10 quit and hustled 2:44:39 PM through it and still made a great run, all

things considered. Blade Elliot placed in the first round and had a world known bucking horse in the second round and rode better than he ever had in his life. Unfortunately, he was thrown at the 7.5 second mark. If he would have lasted another half a second, he would have been the champion bareback rider of the weekend and we would have been the champion team,” Phipps stated. “It would have been the best ride he had ever made and I am very proud of what he accomplished.” Chelsee Watson garnered all the women’s points in barrel racing. “Chelsee hit a barrel in the short round and that hurt her,” said Phipps. “Also, Christine Patterson has done very well this semester, but has had some tough luck that has kept her down this semester. I look for her luck to change in the spring.”

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montgomery named to ncaa division ii management council

West Alabama’s Associate Athletic Director Janet Montgomery has been named to the NCAA Division II Management Council. Montgomery’s service on the Management Council begins in January 2011 and concludes on January 2015. Montgomery has served on numerous NCAA Division II Committees; most recently, as committee chair for the Division II Championship Committee, South Region representative on the Softball Committee, a member of the Coaching Enhancement Grant Selection Committee and on the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. “Janet Montgomery is one of the best administrators in the Gulf South Conference and the nation," said UWA Director of Athletics Dr. E. J. Brophy. “She is also respected tremendously in NCAA circles and I’m not surprised one bit that she has been appointed to the Management Council. When you walk with her at NCAA conventions you can’t go 50 feet without someone flagging her down. We’re lucky to have her at UWA." Montgomery, who is in her 23rd year at UWA, began her career as the Head Softball and Volleyball Coach in September 1988. In April 2009, Montgomery was promoted to her current position at UWA after serving as Assistant Athletic Director for two years. Montgomery is also the Senior Women’s Administrator. Montgomery is the longest tenured Senior Administrator in the Gulf South Conference.

postseason with victory

The University of West Alabama volleyball team wrapped up the 2010 home slate with a 3-1 victory over the visiting University of Alabama in Huntsville at Pruitt Hall Tuesday night. The win pushes the Tigers to 10-19 (2-7 Gulf South Conference) and keeps their postseason hopes alive. UAH falls to 9-24 (2-7 GSC). A win on Friday at North Alabama would give the Tigers the East Division's fourth seed in the GSC tournament as UWA owns the tiebreaker against the Lady Chargers having won five sets in the season series while UAH has won four. A UAH loss to West Georgia Friday evening would also clinch a postseason berth for the Red and White. On a night that she was honored as the team’s lone senior, Thais Hollerbach led all players in the match with 17 kills, and she added 14 digs for her 14th double-double of the year. Roaring out of the gates, the hosts took the first set in overwhelming fashion by a 25-13 score on the strength of an even .500 hitting percentage as they committed just two attack errors in the frame. West Alabama was particularly strong in wrapping up the set as it outscored UAH 13-2 in reaching the 25th point.

The second set was a closer affair as neither team led by more than a point until the visitors pushed out to a 20-17 lead by scoring three straight points with the stanza tied at 17. Not wanting to go away quietly, the Red and White ripped off a 7-2 run to take a 24-22 advantage and eventually won the set in extras by a 27-25 mark. The Lady Chargers took complete control of the third set, leading by as many as 12 points at one point, but the Tigers battled back and after a pair of Casey Byrnes aces, the squad trailed just 22-19. The comeback effort would fall short though as UAH won the third 25-21. The fourth frame was controlled by UWA as it never trailed in the frame after the team used three blocks to pace itself out to a 7-2 advantage. With the Lady Chargers threatening to make the set interesting, Hollerbach gave the Tigers match point by placing a ball perfectly on the line for the final of her 17 kills. Following an attack error by the Tigers, Katelyn Beardshear put away the game’s last ball for a 25-20 UWA set victory. Joining Hollerbach in double figures in kill were Olivia Drew who recorded 12 and Myeasha Williams who collected 11. Drew led the squad with a .370 swing percentage as she tallied just two errors on 27 attempts. Alexis McHale breached the 50-assist mark once again as she handed out 52 helpers. Defensively the Tigers were paced by Casey Byrnes who scooped out 24 balls, and Drew picked up a team-best three blocks. The game at North Alabama on Friday begins at 7 p.m.

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Booster clubs have played a major role in the sporting experience, as well as in non sport organizations, for many years. Their role is simple: find ways to generate a money flow that will satisy certain needs. At the high school level, members of these clubs are typically an organized group of parents. They are seen almost everywhere participating in fund raisers, whether they are car washes, candy sales or even just sitting outside of their local Wal-Mart with a donation box. Collegiate level booster clubs are different in the sense that members are mostly athletic supporters who provide generous donations. Some are willing to be known while others prefer to give private donations. Membership fees also start becoming more of a factor due to an increase in the number of members involved in college booster clubs. Recruiting new members, in turn, can become a key fundraising effort. When E.J Brophy arrived at the University of West Alabama in 2006, the first thing he did was restructure our university’s version of a booster club, the Tiger Club. Perks include reserved seating, priority parking, complimentary media guides, and tax deductions. The Tiger room was also renovated to feature an air conditioned area with four televisions, leather furniture, food, and beverages. Members could receive special, invitation-only dinners during baseball season. Since that time, the Tiger Club at UWA has grown in many ways. Brophy explained, “As of recent, membership has increased to well over a hundred. We have raised just under a million dollars as well.” He added, “All of the funds we receive go to facility needs, scholarships for fifth year seniors, special projects and so on. Adam Kramer, former UWA football player, donated the money which allowed us to build the iron fence and columns around Tiger Stadium earlier this month. We also built a new wall around the UWA Softball Complex.” Homer Field House and Tiger Stadium both received a major makeover within the past four years, thanks to Terry Bunn, UWA alum and trustee. In addition to the Tiger Room, a new scoreboard, stadium lighting, sound systems, and new turf were installed at Tiger Stadium. Homer Field House renovations include re-decorated office areas and hallways, a locker room addition, and a re-vamped weight and equipment room. This summer, women’s soccer was officially added as the 13th intercollegiate sport at UWA. Graeme Orr was hired as the first-ever head coach. Plans are under consideration to convert the Faust weight room back into a locker room for the first time since the 1950s. It’s unclear, however, where that particular weight room would be moved. “The soccer team will help the university in several ways,” Brophy said. “One, it will bring between 20-24 female student athletes to campus who ordinarily would’ve enrolled elsewhere. Two, soccer athletes have been known to be outstanding students in the classroom. Lastly, it paves to the way for us to expand into men’s soccer in the near future.” Locker rooms for UWA tennis has been put on hold for the time being. Brophy says most of the tennis players stay in Hoover Apartments, which is a short walking distance to the Howard R. Vaughan Tennis Complex. Land has been cleared for the covered rodeo arena, but funds are still needed to build it. Pruitt Hall is also undergoing a renovation project. Soon, it will have a brand new lobby as well as some other noticeable changes. “We still intend to build a new on campus arena, but similar to certain plans our university has, money isn’t immediately available to make it a reality,” Brophy said. “Each semester, athletes are visiting our campus. Eventually, they decide whether they want to enroll here or elsewhere. We have to ensure that our athletic facilities are up-to-date and appealing as a recruitment tool. Until our university is put in a situation where a new arena, locker rooms, or whatever can be added, we have to use and take care of what we have. So we’ll always ensure money goes here and there for improvements.” He added, “Overall, I’m excited about how far the Tiger Club has come. I look forward to seeing it progress and grow even bigger. We are very thankful for all the donations and support. None of our accomplishments would’ve been possible without it.”

1971 naia national championship game dvd on sale The University of West Alabama Department of Athletics is offering fans an opportunity to own a piece of history. UWA is selling a DVD of the 1971 NAIA National Championship Game against Arkansas Tech. DVD’s are available at a cost of $20.00.

The national title contest, the first meeting between the two schools, was played on Dec. 11, 1971 at famed Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. To own a DVD capturing the title game, please contact UWA Director of Athletics Dr. E.J. Brophy at (205) 652-3652.

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tigers fall 30-27 in overtime at southern arkansas A 30-yard, Noe Cuevas field goal in overtime snapped the University of West Alabama football teams’ three-game win streak as UWA (6-3, 4-2 Gulf South Conference) fell 30-27 to Southern Arkansas at Wilkins Stadium. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for SAU (1-7, 1-5 GSC). UWA took possession of the ball to begin the first overtime, but following a short drive, Brock Sharp’s 39 yard field goal was pushed wide left. The Tigers totaled 498 yards of total offense in the setback. The Muleriders totaled 291 yards while posting a season-high 27 points in their homecoming victory. With two-seconds remaining in regulation, the Tigers lined up for a 27 yard field goal attempt, but the snap was mishandled and game-winning attempt fell by the wayside. The extra session contest marks the second consecutive year the two squads have had to use overtime to settle the outcome. SAU has claimed both outings. UWA quarterback Deon Williams finished the night with 222 yards through the air along with two touchdowns and an interception. The Tuscaloosa, Ala. native also rushed for 68 yards in the outing. T-Ray Mitchell rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth time this season as the Selma, Ala. native totaled a career-high 143 yards. SAU’s Cameron Davis intercepted a 22 yard Williams pass to post the first points of the game. The Tigers marched 68 yards on 11 plays to score their first points of the game as Randy Lowery hauled in a five yard pass from Williams. The Sharp PAT was blocked – leaving the Red and White down 7-6 with 4:54 remaining in the first quarter. Lowery finished the night with a team-best 99 yards on nine catches. The duo of Lowery and Williams connected again- this time from 21 yards out - to put UWA in front for the first time in the game. After two straight running plays were bottled up along the goal line, Worsham caught a 20-yard, third down pass – extending the scoring drive. The Riders answered with an eight-play, 57 yard drive that was capped by a Carlos Brown one-yard run. SAU’s PAT was missed leaving the score knotted at 13-all at the half. Don Unamba blocked a Tigers’ punt attempt that rolled into the endzone and Trent Stevenson fell on the ball to lift SAU back in front, 20-13, with 9:21 remaining in the third quarter. UWA evened the score with 29-seconds to play in the third quarter as Vonzell Jackson stripped Brown of the ball and D’Eric Jackson scooped up the ball and raced it 26 yards into the endzone. Don Smith carried the ball 23 yards across the goal line to place the Tigers back up - capping a 92 yard drive. It marked the second, scoring drive covering 90-plus yards in the game for the Red and White. The Tiger scoring drive would be answered as Rodney Brown hauled in a 56 yard from Tyler Sykora to force the third tie of the contest. West Alabama returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 as UWA travels to Florence, Ala. to face No. 21 North Alabama. Kickoff at Braly Municipal Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.


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incandescent light bulbs vs. compact fluorescents is there really a difference?

The swirly light bulbs are pretty to look at, but are they really worth the cost when compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs? The answer is YES! Formally known as Compact Fluorescent Light (or CFL) bulbs, these pig-tailed shaped lights are friends of the eco-and-cost-conscious. What are CFL’s? Compact florescent light bulbs are simply condensed versions of the bulbs most commonly seen in school and office buildings. Their smaller design makes them ideal for everyday use in homes. CFL’s screw into regular light sockets just as incandescent light bulbs do, and can be used virtually anywhere that conventional light bulbs can. Why should I care? Ericka CFL’s are a great alterReed native to incandescent light bulbs. They only use about one-third of the energy that normal light bulbs do. As a result, the amount of energy used in homes decreases, which can lower electric bills by as much as 10%! This may not seem like a lot, but as indicated by the table below, can actually equal to a nice sum of money saved. The usage of CFL’s also has a positive effect on the environment; if every household in America replaced just ONE incandescent light bulb with a CFL bulb, it would be equivalent to reducing the amount of pollution emitted by one millions automobiles. Incandescent bulbs use 67-75% more energy than compact fluorescent bulbs; this is because only 5-8% of the bulb’s energy produces light, while the other 92-95% is wasted as heat energy. CFL’s also use a lower wattage to emit the same amount of light as a normal light bulb with a higher wattage. For example, a 15-watt CFL bulb is equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent light. Another advantage of CFL bulbs is that they can last almost ten times longer than traditional ones. This can save you several trips to the store. Because less CFL bulbs are used in relation to incandescent bulbs, less end up in landfills, thereby showing another way that CFL’s benefit the environment. Sounds good. What’s the catch? Despite the many advantages of CFL bulbs, there are a few minor disadvantages. They are slightly longer than traditional bulbs which may prevent them from fitting in certain light fixtures; however, this is very rare as most light fixtures allow ample room for any type of light bulb. CFL’s also tend to be a bit dim in colder temperatures, but they work just fine in heated rooms. Also, the price of CFL bulbs is higher than normal light ones. However, the money saved on energy bills and replacement light bulbs greatly surpass the amount of money spent buying CFL bulbs. The primary concern brought up when discussing the usage of compact fluorescent light bulbs is their mercury composition. Although highly toxic, mercury gives CFL bulbs their endurance and intensity potential. Yet, despite the arguments of the critics, the danger of CFL bulbs is highly overrated. All of the bulb’s mercury is contained within its glass tubes, and most of the mercury used clings to the inner walls of those bulbs. The only time mercury from CFL bulbs are released into the atmosphere is when a bulb breaks or disintegrates in a landfill. However, considering that there are less than four milligrams of mercury in each bulb, it is evident that CFL’s pose a small hazard to humans and the environment. As a matter of fact, the mercury emitted by the usage of incandescent light bulbs is greater than that of CFL’s. This is because these bulbs use more energy, and electricity use in United States’ main source of mercury emission.

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Maybe I need a squiggly light or two. Buying compact fluorescent light bulbs as opposed to incandescent ones is a great investment, not only for the environment, but for your wallet as well. CFL’s offer the same quality of light (and sometimes even better) for less money and less energy than traditional bulbs. You will not have to change them as often, and because they do not waste heat energy as incandescent bulbs do, you will not have to worry about burning your hand trying to change one when it is time for it to be replaced. Not only is their unique design aesthetically pleasing, but as you can see, using these bulbs instead of the old ones are immensely beneficial to the environment.

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broccoli slaw

Getting enough vegetables and fiber can be difficult. I always buy fresh vegetables with the best intentions and end up throwing them away because I never get around to cooking them. More often than not, when I do eat vegetables, they are cooked to mush with pork fat or drowned in ranch or mayonnaise. While visiting my sister recently, I found this dish in her refrigerator. I was thrilled; it was the answer I’d been looking for.

Texture is king in this dish, the snap of shredded broccoli stalks with crunchy ramen noodles, salty sunflower seeds and almonds tossed and coated with the sweet, acidic, oriental dressing.

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Mix the dressing and set aside. Then comb ine the solid ingredients. Po ur the dressing over the salad and toss. Refrigerate for an hour or more to let the flavors fuse. Then serve. It is the perfect snack, in front of the TV, after class, or wh ile writing a column!

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Flockaveli, Waka Flocka Flame ** (of 5) It looks like when Lil Jon said “Crunk Ain’t Dead” he meant it with the emergence of hardcore, in your face rappers like Waka Flocka Flame. Waka just released his debut album Flockaveli and fans of hard, aggressive, fight music are saying, “It’s about time.” That is what this whole album is about, and nothing more, nothing less. The album’s singles (“O Let’s Do It,” “No Hands,” and “Hard In Da Paint”) are by far the best tracks on the album, but a couple songs are comparable to the Lex Luger produced track “Hard In Da Paint” simply because they sound pretty much the same. “O Let’s Do It” is different from any other song on the album, and “No Hands” has the best verse on the album, which is by Wale. Lyrically, Waka Flocka Flame is one of the worst mainstream rappers out, so don’t look for lyrical content on this album. The closest song to any kind of lyrical content or meaning is “**** the Industry,” which is produced by, yet again, Lex Luger. Even though the album is called Flockaveli, don’t expect it be anything close to 2 Pac’s great album Mackaveli.

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The Band Perry, The Band Perry *** (of 5) Alabama natives The Band Perry are an example of what can happen to a great country band caught by the Nashville machine. Everything about the group—Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, and piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar), and Neil Perry (drums, mandolin, and accordion)—is carefully crafted by management, from their look and public image as a family group to their production and presentation (in other words, everything but their considerable talent for writing hooky, rootsy, country-pop songs). Fortunately, it’s the latter that matters most. The Perrys wrote or co-wrote the vast majority of what’s here. The meld of acoustic guitars, mandolins, accordion, and piano is supplemented considerably with strings, big kick drums, pedal steel, and of course, fiddle. The songs here are carefully crafted; there isn’t an extra word, chorus, or beat. The guitar solos are all in the right places, and all the electric instruments take a back seat to the acoustic ones. Stand-out tracks include the two singles, “Hip to My Heart” and “If I Die Young,” as well as the angry, damning heartbreak song “Postcards from Paris,” and “Independence,” with its anthemic chorus and Kimberly Perry’s passionate vocal chock-full of determination. The bluesy little rocker “Double Heart” is uncharacteristic of the rest of the set, and may be its best, most unguarded cut. There is no doubt that the Band Perry fits 2010’s contemporary country radio and video format. Despite their obvious gifts for writing, singing, and arranging, the album is prone to some overly glossy mistakes. It will be interesting to see how they mature with album number two.

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For We Are Many, All That Remains **** (of 5) The grinding, pummeling sub-species of heavy music known as metalcore is not for everyone. A mash-up of metal and hardcore punk rock, the genre is known for harsh, screaming vocals over jack hammering guitars and drums, dark, angry lyrics, and tempos that whip between paint-peeling blast beats and slow, tribal breakdown sections. It’s the musical equivalent of being hit by a bus. If this type of music sounds appealing to you, you should check out All That Remains’ new disc, For We Are Many. The album starts out with a bang. The opening song, “Now Let Them Tremble” is a metal interlude into the title track which features everything ATR fans have come to love, and is easily one of the best songs on the album. While vocalist Philip Labonte has seriously beefed up his non-clean vocals, as any ATR fan knows, Labonte is merely the icing on the cake. The real focus is on Mike Martin and Oli Herbert’s speedy riffing. Whether it is a tight solo or a catchy, face-melting riff, these guys know how to make their guitars sing. Meanwhile, frenetic skins man Jason Costa keeps the drums tight and relevant. For We Are Many was produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage fame and as can be exDo you need help building your confdence or vocabulary? Stephen pected, the album sounds wonderful. The vocals and Luca guitars are layered exactly as they should be to either draw attention to Labonte or Herbert and Martin ,depending on the situation while keeping the drums and bass right where they need to be to compliment both the guitarists and Labonte’s excellent (for the most part) vocal work. Although it has a few minor hiccups (the ending ballad “The Waiting One” and lame solo in “Won’t Go Quietly” being the main offenders) this album is solid from the epic opening tracks to the second to last track. This album is what The New Wave of American Heavy Metal is about: pure sonic assault.


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April 29, 1980, the popular ‘80s vocal group Sister Sledge performs in front of a packed Pruitt Hall Gym. The members, Joni, Debbie, Kim, and Kathy Sledge are real life sisters. The sisters performed several of their hits including “We Are Family,” “Home,” “I’ve Got to Love Somebody Today,” and “Reach Your Peak.”

ALL MY CHILDREN Erica told Caleb that Asher was his son. Zach overheard Greenlee talking about the vial she found in Ryan’s coat. Jesse accidentally found out the sex of his and Angie’s baby. Jake turned down a job opportunity in Africa from his ex-wife Carolyn. Tad found out that the money transferred to Nick’s account could be traced back to David. Ryan realized that David tried to frame him for murder. Wait to See: Madison accepts a lunch date with Logan.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Eric joined Stephanie in her cause to help the homeless. Marcus and Dayzee felt an instant connection. Ridge offered Bridget a job at Forrester. Hope realized that Amber was stealing her designs. Brooke Texas Battle stars as believed that Nick wasn’t in on Amber’s scheme, but "Marcus" on "The Bold and The Beautiful" Amber hinted to the press that he was definitely involved. Brooke agreed to be part of a publicity stunt to bring attention to Thomas’ new fashion line. Wait to See: Brooke and Ridge’s marriage is rocked by another scandal. DAYS OF OUR LIVES EJ told Brady that Sami was responsible for Arianna’s death. Philip overheard Brady talking to Vivian in the sarcophagus. Bo decided to help Hope investigate what was going on at the infirmary. Everyone agreed it was best to keep Vivian entombed. Brady was shocked to learn that Arianna left the bulk of her estate to him. Gus secretly rescued Vivian and put Maggie in the coffin instead. Chad found out that Stefano was his father. Wait to See: Jennifer returns to Salem. GENERAL HOSPITAL Museada.pdf 10/8/10 2:19:48 PM A lighted birthday candle fell to the floor at Emma’s birthday party. Claire received the evidence she needed that Sonny was involved in Johnny’s car bombing. Luke was able to finagle some personal care The University of from Tracy at the Quartermaine mansion. West Alabama’s Robin slipped and fell unconscious as a Livingston Press fire erupted in her living room. Sonny confessed to Brenda about his rocky relationship with Kristina. Robin’s burns became infected. Wait to See: Olivia has a fit when Buy at she finds Johnny conspiring with Carly.

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Carol Manley’s Church Booty gives a humorous and sympathetic look at Black culture in America, much of it centered around church and love. And, her take on mixed race marriage is immensely touching.

Excerpt from the first story: “Mother Serena was always trying to get someone to give her a ride to church and didn’t nobody ever want to give her one because she had that big old church booty.”

ONE LIFE TO LIVE Destiny told Matthew about Greg being her real father and that her biological mother was dead. Starr tried to persuade Cole to run away with her. James admitted to his brother that he was deeply in love with Starr. Todd and Tea were finally reunited. Viki accused Echo of trying to trick Rex. Natalie decided to find out the paternity of her unborn baby. Cole was locked up for Eli’s murder. Wait to See: Starr, Kelly and Gigi all kiss someone unexpectedly. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Michael told Ronan that he spotted Daisy, and the two set off to find the fugitive. Jana responded to Noah’s kiss until she received a text message from Kevin. Victor privately told Katherine that he wasn’t sure he still wanted to marry Nikki now that she’d relapsed. Heather decided to accept Victor’s personal campaign contribution. Cane arranged for Blake to have another man’s banking information. Wait to See: Kyle reads the damaging article on his mother.


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fact or fiction strange news: weird news or urban legend?

keith richards snorts his father Alan Brown

In 2007, bad-boy Rolling Stones Guitarist told a reporter for Express magazine that he inhaled his father’s ashes. After his father was cremated, Richards kept his ashes in a small black box. Six years after his father’s death, Richards decided to sprinkle his father’s ashes around a small oak tree that he had just planted in his yard. Richards said that as he was opening the box, a fine spray of ashes blew out onto the table. Instead of wiping the ashes off the table—as any normal person would have done—he wiped off the residue with his finger, stuffed his finger in his nose, and inhaled. Apparently, Richards believed that snorting his father’s ashes was less sacrilegious than cleaning them off the table and throwing them away.

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God created the donkey and said to him, “You will work unceasingly from sunrise to sunset carrying burdens on your back. You will eat grass. You will have no intelligence, but you will live 50 years. You will be called ‘donkey.’” The donkey answered God, saying, “I will be a donkey, but to live 50 years is too much. Give me only 20 years.” God granted his wish. God created the dog and said to him, “You will be called ‘dog.’” You will guard the house of man. You will be his best friend. You will eat the scraps that he gives you, but you will live 25 years. The dog answered God, saying, “Master, to live 25 years is too much. Give me only 10 years. God granted his wish. Then God created the Monkey and said to him, “You will be called ‘monkey.’” You will swing from branch to branch doing tricks. You will be amusing and you will live 20 years. The monkey answered God saying, “Master to live 20 years is too much. Give me only 10 years. God granted his wish. Finally God created the man and said to him, “You will be a man, the only rational creature on the face of the earth. You will use your intelligence to become master over all animals. You will dominate the world, and you will live 20 years.” Man responded, saying, “I will be a man but to live only 20 years is very little. Give me the 30 years that the donkey refused, the 15 years that the dog did not want, and the 10 years the monkey refused. God granted his wish. And since then, man lives 20 years as a man. He marries and spends 30 years like a donkey, working and carrying all the burdens on his back. Then when his children are gone, he lives 15 years like a dog, taking care of the house and eating whatever is given to him, so that when he is old, he can retire and live 10 years like a monkey, going from house to house, from one son or daughter to another, doing tricks to amuse his grandchildren.

Bearded Lady Reunited With Long Lost Son

Many adopted children often fantasize about the identity of their biological parents. These children may wonder if their parents are FBI agents, Hollywood actors, or famous singers. However, 33-year old Richard Lorenc from Kansas was completely surprised to discover that his biological mother was none other than… a side-show bearded lady? Richard Lorenc began lookAnetta Patterson ing for his biological mother after suffering a debilitating back injury, and doctors began asking personal questions about his medical family history. Lorenc began his journey early this spring by filing a request to find his biological parents with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. After almost two months of searching, Lorenc received his life-changing letter from the service department informing him that they had identified his mother as 62-year old Vivian Wheeler. This letter also stated that his mother, as well as his grandmother, had been diagnosed with the rare disease hypertrichosis, also known as werewolf syndrome. This disease had caused both his mother and his grandmother to have intense facial hair even as children. This letter also informed Lorenc that his mother

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had been born as a hermaphrodite, but her mother had wanted a daughter so the doctors amputated the male reproductive organs. After receiving this information, Lorenc began his search to find Wheeler on the Internet. Through his extensive hunt to find his mother, Lorenc discovered that Wheeler had a sideshow background in festivals and circuses and found a picture of Wheeler online. Lorenc claims that at that moment, he knew this woman was his mother because of their striking resemblance. Through the help of his wife and some members of the sideshow community, Lorenc eventually came into contact with Vivian Wheeler and discovered disturbing aspects about his childhood history. According to Wheeler, Richard Lorenc was born Richard William Chamber Jr. in Nebraska in 1977. After Vivian and Richard Chamber Sr. got into an argument, Chambers took Lorenc away, and he was found three years later abandoned in a motel in Atlanta. Lorenc briefly moved into an orphanage, and then he was placed in foster care before being adopted at age 7. When he was married, this man took his wife’s maiden name, Lorenc. Lorenc recently flew to finally meet his mother for the first time, and even though a DNA test has not been performed yet, both Lorenc and Wheeler feel as though they have found what they have been searching so long for.


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Bicycle for sale. Older Murray Dr. Pepper promotional Road bike. Asking $30 OBO. If intereted contact Allen Pilkington at 205617-0794 or pilkingtona@uwa. edu. Buy 3 items - get 1 free! When you buy any three items, you get 1 free item matching your price item. Send for your catalog today: Richard B. Blaski, Box UWA-4584, Livingston, AL 35470, blaskir@uwa.edu, 1-205-652-2203

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For Sale: 2003 Black Honda Accord EX. Loaded - leather, moonroof, spoiler. 150,000 miles $7000 Barbara Dial UWA Housing Office 652-3686 or 205-499-9961 For Sale: 1998 White Ford Explorer, Great Condition! $2700! For more information call Sidney

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Are you looking for site built quality at a not-so-site built price? If so, call Randall Johnson to talk about the Waverlee home. With 1/2” sheetrock, 2x6 sidewalls, 2x8 floor joists, and 2x4 interior studs all on 16” centers, cathedral arches and plywood floors. At just $41.87 a sq foot erected on your lot, the value is second to none. With your good credit we can arrange financing for the home only or land and home packages. Call me, Randall Johnson, for more details - 601-938-8334. Great deals on Campers. Hunting Season is just around the corner and don’t forget Talledaga. Call Lisa for a great deal on Campers 601-485-9001 Still Paying Rent? Is your rent $300, $400 or more? I can get you in a new home for about the same amount and you own

it. Come see me or call for more details. Mickey Smith 601-6937483 Cavalier Homes, South Frontage Rd, Meridian. 32X48 3 Bedroom, 2 bath. Looks small from the outside but very spacious on the inside. Take a look at what this home has to offer at a low low price. Ask for Kay, 601-701-8035 Brand new 32x90 Deer Valley for only $79,995 plus tax. 4 bedroom 3 bath, floated sheetrock throughout, crown molding, stainless steel appliances, thermapane windows, 2” blinds, recessed lighting, fireplace. A must see! Call Lisa at 601-4859001. Closeout! 28x60 4 bedroom 2 bath with furniture now only $58,995 Come down or call Kay 601-693-7483, Cavalier Mobile Homes, 2615 South Frontage Rd Meridian MS. Need a spacious home at a great price? Use the downward economy to save lots of money right now at Cavalier Homes. The Den Special offers a spacious open floor plan with a bonus sunroom, 3 bedrooms, two baths, a huge kitchen full size dining room, large utility room and extra windows. All can be yours for less than $32 dollars a square foot, and you can be living in this home by the holidays. Pay less than you’re paying for rent. Only at Cavalier Homes Meridian. Call Mickey Smith today, 601-693-7483.

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If you need a camper, Randall at Johnson Mobile Homes is your man. From a $3,995 hunting camper to a never-used $15,995 Jayco Eagle with slide, he has all makes and models. Campers just need a new home. We sell for cash, or we have financing with $0 down for good credit and no more than 50% down for terrible credit. Call Randall Johnson for a complete inventory tour. 601-938-8334.

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uwa students attend mises institute seminar at auburn During the weekend of October 8th and 9th University of West Alabama seniors Lindsey Wilbanks and Sam Savadore benefited greatly from the training programs, breakout sessions, and special Connie James presentations in the field of finance and economics as a part of the Ludwig von Mises Institute Seminar at Auburn University. The Mises Institute is the leading scholarly center for research and teaching in the Austrian School of Economics. It helps students to discover the economics of freedom and provides inspiration for them to teach at the university level. Wilbanks and Salvatore also had a rare opportunity to meet Jim Rogers, a Demopolis native and world-renowned financial expert, who received special recognition at the Mises banquet. He has written numerous books on money and financial success. Rogers has also traveled the world lecturing and teaching students of all ages. "Participating in the seminar at the Mises Institute has made me more aware of our country's economic devastation. Sam and I enjoyed listening to the lectures as well as meeting Jim Rogers.

The conference was an overall wonderful and knowledgeable experience,” Wilbanks said. Salvatore added, "I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about our economy. Don Murray was very nice to let allow us to attend this seminar. I also want to thank Dr. Mitzi Green as well and Dr. Ken Tucker for the privilege of enjoying something that may come in handy one day.” Both students received scholarships to attend the two-day seminar. The scholarships were established in honor of Dr. Linda Carr, a UWA professor and Chairperson of the Department of Business Administration, Management, & Marketing, and Dr. Glen Bridges, a former UWA professor and dean of the College of Business. This was made possible through a generous donation by Don Murray and his wife, Mary Frances to UWA’s scholarship fund. Both of Murray and his wife are UWA alumni. "Dr. Linda Carr and Dean Glen Bridges made many contributions in many ways to UWA and the College of Business. We wanted to recognize them." Don and Mary said. Don added, "I was impressed with Sam and Lindsay. I hope they had a good experience." He is currently retired and has a Financial Securities company, SILGOL. The Ludwig von Mises was an Austrian economist, historian, philosopher, author and classical liberal. He is described as one of the leaders of the Austrian School

of Economics. One of his notable contributions was an argument that socialism must fail economically because of the impossibly of a socialist government being able to make the economic calculations required to organize a complex economy. After his death, the Mises’s Institute was established in October 1982. Since 1985, the Institute has held Mises University summer schools for students from all over America and the world. They have also assisted 10,000 students at more than 1000 colleges and universities with aid ranging from one-year book scholarships to full multi-year PhD fellowships. Altogether, it has reached millions of students at all levels.

“The College of Business is very pleased that two of our students were able to participate in the Mises Institute Seminar. We are also very thankful for the generous donation to UWA’s Scholarship Fund by Mr. Don Murray and his wife, Mary Frances,” Dr. Ken Tucker, Dean of the UWA College of Business, said. Salvatore cited, “I hope that students in the future do not turn this opportunity down, provided it happens again. They would miss out on a great adventure and an opportunity to learn something new." search for calliope and enter to win $25! see page 2.

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