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In order to keep the programfresh, pieces are rotated inand out every year. For sing-ers, that means this year willfeature two new arrangementsof “Jingle Bells” and “WhiteChristmas.”The opening and finalemedleys were arranged by anAlabama Jazz Hall of Fameinductee Steve Sample duringhis time at the University.The Jazz Ensemble iscomprised of jazz band andorchestra members. JohnnyMok, a sophomore majoringin cello performance, is anorchestra member who willplay with the Jazz Ensemble inhis second Hilaritas this week-end.“My favorite part of Hilaritasis really the joy of being ableto play Christmas music,” Moksaid.In addition to musical per-formances, the audience willget to see a holiday spectacleonstage. Singers split intoindividual quartets and picka holiday theme to decoratetheir platform and themselves.Themes in the past haveincluded a Griswold familyChristmas, the other reindeer,Alvin and the Chipmunks, aHarry Potter Christmas andmore.Instrumentalists also dressup in costumes and line theirmusic stands with lights andgarland. Mok said his cello sec-tion is thinking about a sum-mer elf theme this year.The performers take thedecorations just as seriouslyas the music; some membersstart brainstorming as early asSeptember.“Some people are so secre-tive about it,” said KatieAldrup, a senior majoring invocal performance and a mem-ber of University Singers.Aldrup will be performingin her final Hilaritas this year.She said seeing everyone’s cos-tumes and creativity along inaddition to singing with theJazz Band has been the bestpart of her Hilaritas experienc-es. This year she looks at theconcert with mixed emotions.“It’s bittersweet,” Aldrupsaid. “It’s been so fun and I’llbe sad when I can’t do it any-more.”Ratledge said he is excitedto see what the performerscome up with this year, espe-cially since this will be the firstHilaritas for a large portion of the ensemble.“The best part for me iswatching the students,” hesaid. “The themes are alwaysinteresting and they all reallyenjoy it. This year is uniquein that about 70 percent of thechoir is new. Usually it’s theother way around with 70 per-cent of the choir being old. Weare going to have trouble fit-ting everyone on stage the waywe usually do, but it’s a goodproblem to have.”Hilaritas will be performedFriday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. andSunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. in theConcert Hall of Moody MusicBuilding. Ticket prices are$15 and $7 for seniors and stu-dents. Tickets go quickly andcan be purchased at uamusic.
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“We do not feel the terminationcreated a negative atmospherein the fraternity, but I think anyinitiated member of any fraternityfeels that each successive pledge-ship should reflect similarities totheir own, like traditional eventsor the length at which they par-ticipated in pledgeship,” Worleysaid.Worley said even though thepledges would have less involve-ment due to pledgeship endingearly, ATO’s initiation require-ments still applied.“We would not initiate anymember if they did not meet ourqualifications and if we did nothave trust in them to carry on andlead the fraternity in a positivedirection in the future,” Worleysaid.Looking back on his freshmanyear, Worley said he hates the factthe pledges have less to reflect on.“I think most people rememberthe fun and bonding with theirpledge classes that resulted fromhardships and traditional events,”Worley said.Worley said although the pres-sures and responsibilities of hisposition as secretary were chal-lenging during the termination,most of the pressure came uponhis president and pledge trainer.“The rest of the executive com-mittee and myself did our best tohelp suggest and support thosetwo to comply with university’sdecision without taking anythingaway from our pledgeship pro-cess,” Worley said.Worley said he wants to moveahead and focus on growing andpushing ATO to new heights.“I don’t think anyone was happyabout the termination, but withthe amount of issues that had aris-en throughout the fall semester,you have to respect Dean Hebson’sdecision to ultimately protect thelongevity of greek life on our cam-pus,” Worley said.Adam Sherburne, a formerpledge trainer for a fraternity hedeclined to identify for publica-tion, said his new members wereinitiated last Sunday and theirpledgeship was probably the easi-est ever at the University.“The new generation of stu-dents want to have everythinggiven to them on a silver platterand if they don’t get their waythey will either call their moms,the hazing hotline, or GreekAffairs,” Sherburne said. “I wasinfuriated with the suspensiondue to the fact that much worsethings had happened in yearspast, yet pledgeship still wenton because they were dealt withinternally.”Sherburne said if men wantto be in a fraternity, they shouldknow what they’re getting them-selves into.“If you do want to be in a fra-ternity, then shut your mouth,go through it like everyone elsehas in the past and don’t go cry-ing to mommy when somethingbad happens,” Sherburne said.“Everyone before you has donethe same, if not worse.”Sherburne said with the exit of Guy Bailey, he doesn’t know whatto expect for future pledgeship.“I have been at UA for fouryears and there has never beena problem like this,” Sherburnesaid. “Most if not all hazing will becut out and it will be a differentexperience.”JJ Butler, a senior majoring indance and a member of LambdaSigma Phi fraternity, said hethought it was unnecessary foreveryone to pay the price for theincidents that occurred in the fra-ternities investigated.“UA has never had a problemwith our fraternity or our pledge-ship process,” Butler said. “Thefact that we have to suffer underthe acts of other fraternity pledge-ships is a little unfair.”Butler said the new memberstook it upon themselves to chal-lenge one another to finish their journey through pledgeship.“Our pledges this semesterhave been initiated, and theymore than well deserve it,” Butlersaid. “They more than provedto the active brothers that theywere here to further the frater-nity’s future with a God-centeredfocus. This is where our fraternityis headed, and no one is going tostop that.”Looking back on his pledge-ship, Butler said the process forLSP has grown greatly.“Since my pledgeship back in2009, we have taken the character-building events and shaped to bemore focused around brother-hood bonding, sharing life sto-ries and challenging one anotherspiritually,” Butler said. “By doingthis, our Christian values havebeen greatly strengthened, andhave helped the active brothershome in on the guys that our fra-ternity needs to attract.”Aaron Carter, a freshmanin the Lambda Sigma Phipledge class, said he was disap-pointed when pledgeship wassuspended.“I found myself growing moreduring pledgeship than I hadin any previous time of my life,”Carter said. “I was being pushedto be my best, both in Christianand fraternal ideals, and joyfullyaccepted the challenge. I enjoyedthe tough road that was pledge-ship and was proud to earn,as opposed to simply be given,the title of a brother in LambdaSigma Phi.”
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Some call hazingpunishiment ‘unfair’
As part of these awards,Tim Hebson, the dean of stu-dents, presented StewartHolder, a senior majoringin marketing, with the Dr.Timothy S. Hebson IFC Manof the Year award. Gillan saidthis award is presented to theInterfraternity Council mem-ber who most exemplifies thespirit of the greek communityat the University.“It’s a tremendous honor. Iam very blessed to be in thisposition. I have had greatadvisors, a great Universityteam and great members of my chapter to get me to thispoint, and I can’t thank themenough,” Holder said.Holder also won theOutstanding IFC Presidentaward for his leadership of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.Among the other awardspresented were council-endowed scholarships andawards, chapter-endowedscholarships and awards,chapter excellence awards,greek excellence awards andthe Robert E. Witt Cup.Caitlin Keats, a sopho-more majoring in public rela-tions and marketing, wonthe Frances Pickens LewisEndowed Scholarship as partof the chapter-endowed schol-arship portion of the night.“I feel great,” Keats said.“It’s good to be recognized bythe greek community. Rightnow, I am an academic assis-tant for DZ, and hopefullyI will be scholarship chairright after elections. I’m hop-ing this will help me out, andI’m just really glad to be moreinvolved.”Alpha Chi Omega sororitywas presented with both theMost Outstanding PanhellenicChapter Award and the 2012Dr. Robert E. Witt cup. Gillansaid the cup is an annualaward given to a chapter thatexemplifies the ideals andvalues of The University of Alabama’s greek community.Sigma Phi Epsilon, a frater-nity that returned to campus in2010, took home five awards atthe end of the night, includingthe Outstanding ScholarshipAward, OutstandingCommunity Relations,Outstanding EducationalProgramming, OutstandingRisk Management and the2012 Most Outstanding IFCChapter Award.
“At first it’s pretty over-whelming to think aboutsince we have only been oncampus a few years,” WillMenas, a sophomore major-ing in political science, said.“I’m really proud of all thehard work my brothers andI have demonstrated so far,and these awards let usknow we’re doing somethingright and moving in the rightdirection.”
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Greek values praisedat awards ceremony
“I didn’t earn the first one,”Knight said. “I earned the sec-ond one. With the physical play,calls need to be called. Like I said,I didn’t earn the first one, but Imade sure I earned the secondone. I got my money’s worth.”Knight said his wife calledto make sure he was OK, andhe talked to his dad, Bob, and abuddy of his from Panama Cityduring the final 17 minutes of thegame.While Knight was in the lock-er room, his team fell apart. TheTide went on a 22-6 run, puttingthe game away.The Tide dominated inside,outscoring the Cardinals 34-22 inthe paint. Alabama also scored20 points from turnovers, out-rebounded Lamar 40-33 and got19 second chance points.Alabama was up by as muchas 30 at one point, with walk-onDakota Slaughter going on a10-2 run by himself. Slaughterfinished with 10 points in 10 min-utes, giving Alabama a neededboost off the bench.“He brings it every single dayin practice and gives us a chanceto get better,” Grant said. “He’sa guy our team trusts and everyplayers believes in his ability. I’mvery happy for him.”Alabama returns to actionthis Saturday, Dec. 1, againstCincinnati in the SEC-Big EastChallenge in Fifth Third Arenain Cincinnati, Ohio, looking toimprove on its 6-0 start. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT and willbe televised by ESPN2 withthe radio broadcast availablethrough the Crimson Tide SportsNetwork. The Tide will returnhome Wednesday, Dec. 5, to faceDayton with tip-off set for 8 p.m.
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Alabama pulls awaylate to defeat Lamar