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“Many students whoreceive federal aid or grantsto attend the Universityoften struggle with payingfor things that they do nothave substantial funding for,such as money for food andgroceries,” Bochey said. “Itis tough to say exactly howmany students deal with thisproblem, as these studentsoften do not openly speakabout it. Many people donot realize that it is not onlyindividuals who are home-less that struggle with thisissue.”Davis said the Office of the Dean of Students tries totalk to the Office of StudentFinancial Aid to see if a stu-dent qualifies for a scholar-ship that can cover the cost,but sometimes, a studentmay already have aid.“We kind of assess thesituation,” Davis said. “Wewill contact Financial Aid tosee if there is any additionalneed that they can receive,or if they’re maxed out, thenwe try to find scholarshipsfor the students.”Even when the Office of the Dean of Students findsscholarship money for a stu-dent, Davis said the moneydoesn’t always show upquickly enough.“Oftentimes, scholarshipmoney does not help thesestudents immediately. That’sthe challenge. It goes ontheir account, and it takesa few days, and meanwhile,they’re hungry or their heatis turned off,” Davis said. “If we’ve exhausted these chan-nels, we will give a studentgift cards to buy groceries orgas or car repairs – a numberof different things.”Elliott Bell, a StudentGovernment Associationsenator for the Collegeof Arts and Sciences, hasworked on the Student toStudent Meal Donation pro-gram with Bama Dining oncampus. The program allowsstudents to donate a mealplan meal to students inneed.“This is a program that hasnot received a lot of atten-tion over the years, and thisis reflected in the amount of meals that are donated,” Bellsaid. “Often, we have seenthat the number of mealsrequested has been greaterthan the amount of mealsdonated in a semester.”Bochey said the program ishelpful in addressing studenthunger, but students shouldbe able to donate more thanone meal per semester.“As many students do notuse all of their meals eachsemester, this is a greatprogram that allows thoseunused meals to go to gooduse,” Bochey said. “Theonly issue with this pro-gram is that students areonly allowed to donate onemeal per semester, no mat-ter how many leftover mealsa student has. If the limitwere higher, it would allowfor many more meals to bedonated each semester.”Bell said University admin-istration is doing a good jobaddressing the needs of indi-vidual students, but that thestudent community shouldcome together in support of their hungry peers.“I don’t think that theUniversity administration isthe only entity that shouldwork to address this prob-lem,” Bell said. “We have aresponsibility, as studentswithin this community, tohelp one another, to care forone another, and we shouldeach donate a meal. I thinkthat there are a few avenuesthat could be explored to befar more proactive about thesituation.”Davis also said he wouldlike to see more studentgroups getting involved andtrying to help their peerson campus.“I am sure that if I put aproposal together to our newpresident that she woulddefinitely be willing to comeup with some kind of waysto address the issues,” Davissaid. “Dr. Bonner has per-sonally supported studentswith these issues. However, Ithink these kind of programsare especially important forstudents to take charge of.”Bell said he hopes the stu-dent body works to help andempower hungry studentson campus.“We need to make surethat those students in needfeel empowered as individu-als and should not accepthunger as a fact of life hereat the University,” Bell said.“This is not merely a com-munity issue; this is a moralissue.”Students who would likemore information about theStudent to Student MealDonation program can visitbamadining.ua.edu.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –Season ticket packagesfor the two-time defendingNCAA Champion Alabamagymnastics team’s 2013slate of home meets go onsale Monday, November12 through the AlabamaTicket Office.“We are really excitedabout our home schedulethis year,” UA head coachSarah Patterson said. “We’llface some of the best teamsin the nation in ColemanColiseum, where we haveone of the best atmospheresin all of collegiate athlet-ics. Our ladies are excitedabout competing in front of our fans, which are secondto none.”Season ticket packagesare $48 while groups of four or more and can pur-chase packages for $39apiece. Alabama facultyand staff can also pur-chase season ticket pack-ages for $39 apiece. TheCrimson Tide brings apowerhouse lineup of opponents to ColemanColiseum this season, start-ing with LSU and Kentuckyon back-to-back weekends,starting on Friday, January18. The Kentucky meet onFriday, Jan. 25, will be theTide’s annual Power of Pinkmeet, helping raise aware-ness in the fight againstbreast cancer.Alabama then faces in-state rival Auburn in acritical midseason clash atColeman Coliseum beforefinishing out its regular-season home schedule withUCLA and Oklahoma. TheBruins finished a tenth of a point behind Alabamaat last year’s NCAAChampionships while theSooners were the only teamto beat the Tide during the2012 regular season.Tickets will be on sale atthe Alabama Ticket Office(205.348.2262) located in thelobby of Coleman Coliseumand online at RollTide.com.
Two-time defending NCAA champion Alabama gymnasticsseason tickets go on sale Monday, cost $48 per package
FAMU has offered topay $300,000 to the fam-ily of drum major RobertChampion, who died aftera hazing aboard a charterbus in Orlando, Fla., lastNovember.But Pamela and RobertChampion Sr. were “insult-ed” by the offer and haverejected it, said the fam-ily’s attorney, ChristopherChestnut, who did not saywhat amount might beacceptable.“The family remains con-cerned that FAMU is nottaking this as seriously asit should,” Chestnut saidThursday.Trustees of Florida A&MUniversity directed theirlegal team a few months agoto try to settle the wrong-ful death lawsuit that theChampions filed earlier thisyear. Rick Mitchell, an attor-ney representing FAMU,provided the settlementdocument to the OrlandoSentinel on Thursday inresponse to a public recordsrequest.FAMU, a public university,can only offer a maximumof $300,000 without seekingapproval from the state.“Anything more wouldrequire a special actapproved by the stateLegislature,” Mitchell said.“It is our hope that thissettlement will be acceptedand can in some way help inthe healing process for theChampion family and theentire FAMU community.”Champion, a 26-year-oldstudent and drum majorin FAMU’s famed march-ing band, died Nov. 19, 2011,after being beaten aboardthe charter bus parked atthe Rosen Plaza hotel. Theband was in town to per-form at the annual FloridaClassic football game.The Champion familysued in July, accusing thenation’s largest historicallyblack college of enabling aculture of hazing to thrivewithin the Marching 100.The university counteredthat Champion willinglysubmitted to the hazing,violating Florida law andschool rules. FAMU lawyerspointed out that Championsigned a pledge oppos-ing the practice, and theyargued that the school andFlorida taxpayers shouldnot be held financially lia-ble.Peter Lake, a professorat the Stetson UniversityCollege of Law who hasclosely followed tragediesat Virginia Tech, Penn Stateand FAMU, said he was notsurprised the Championsrejected the settlementoffer.“I don’t think money isthe issue,” he said. “It’sreally about [the univer-sity] taking ownership of the tragedy. The family maybe after something morethan money: This is notgoing to happen to someoneelse’s kid.”Eleven former bandmembers have pleaded notguilty to participating in thefatal hazing and are await-ing trial dates. A 12th bandmember involved in thehazing – Brian Jones, 24, of Parrish, near Bradenton –was given a community ser-vice sentence after pleadingno contest Oct. 9.This week, FAMU filedcourt documents askingthe judge in the civil caseto take notice of commentsthat Chestnut made afterJones’ sentencing.Speaking to reportersoutside the courtroom atthe time, Chestnut said:“Mrs. Champion’s positionis this: If you were on thebus, you intended to haze.You’re not on a bus – anempty bus that’s runningat 9 p.m. at night – and notintending to participate inthe activity that’s plannedto take place.”FAMU contends theremarks are “bindingadmissions” that furtherprove the university’s argu-ment that the drum majorintended to participate inthe event that killed him. If the judge accepts that argu-ment, it could weaken thefamily’s claim.Circuit Judge WalterKomanski is scheduled topreside over a hearing Nov.
Robert Champion’s family rejects FAMU’s $300,000 settlementoffer in wrongful death suit related to hazing in marching band
28 in the civil case in whichFAMU; the bus company,Fabulous Coach Lines; and busdriver Wendy Mellette hope topersuade the judge to toss outthe wrongful-death claims.The university’s Board of Trustees voted in August toseek mediation with the family,whose lawsuit, filed in OrangeCounty, accused school offi-cials of failing to “properlysupervise, train, discipline andcontrol the FAMU band.”But a mediation held inOrlando last week was unsuc-cessful, Chestnut said.He said Thursday that heplans to push the lawsuittoward trial.“We’re going to continueon litigating the case,” hesaid. “The jury will makethe decision.”