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Alabama focusing on ball
security in preperation for
Florida Atlantic
New chapter houses built
By Eric Yaron
Contributing Writer
Two new fraternity chap-
ter houses were completed
on University Boulevard
shortly before the beginning
of the fall semester. The new
Sigma Chi and Phi Delta
Theta fraternity houses were
built through alumni support
and independent financing, a
process that was completed in
a little more than a year.
For Sigma
Chi, the
move onto
Uni ve r s i t y
Bo u l e va r d
f r o m
J e f f e r s o n
Avenue was
not only a
change of
address, but
also a home-
coming of sorts.
“It was really big to return
the chapter to University
Boulevard, a location we
haven’t had
the pleasure
of being at
since the 60s,”
said Anthony
Os b o u r n e ,
the Sigma Chi
chapter presi-
dent. “It was a
long process,
and took a
lot of work on
our part with the University
to get this location, but it
wouldn’t have been possible
without the generous dona-
tions we received from all the
Sigma Chi alumni.”
Sigma Chi and Phi Delta
Theta received the news they
had received their respective
land plots in the spring of
2011, construction plans were
approved by the University
in July 2011 and the houses
were completed and opened
to their chapters midway
through August of this year.
CW | Margo Smith
Sigma Chi (right) and Phi Delta Theta (left) both moved into newly built houses on University Boulevard at the beginning of
the fall semester.
Fraternities moved
in for fall semester

The new Sigma Chi and Phi
Delta Theta fraternity houses
have a definite look of class
about them.
— Scott Kline
By Eric Yaron
Contributing Writer
In celebration and obser-
vance of Constitution day, two
teams of University of Alabama
students met Monday in the
Ferguson Center Theater to
debate the constitutionality of
certain sections of HB 56.
Students of political sci-
ence professor Joseph Smith
were pitted against members
of the UA Mock Trial team in
an argument that ultimately
resulted in a
split decision
by members
of the Student
Go v e r n me n t
As s o c i a t i o n
Judicial Board
who oversaw
and served as
judges for the
The debate
focused on
section 27 of the law, which
prohibits Alabama courts
from enforcing any contract
made by someone in the
country illegally.
“This provi-
sion is impor-
tant, because it
means that if an
alien signed a
rental contract,
a work contract
or an agreement
to purchase
something, and
the other party
to the contract didn’t fulfill
their obligations, the alien
would not be able to use the
state courts to have the con-
tract enforced,” Smith said.
“The provision makes it much
easier for unscrupulous people
to disregard the promises they
make to undocumented aliens.”
One of the major elements
debated by the two sides
regarded the concept of pre-
emption, an aspect of consti-
tutional law affording certain
rights to the federal govern-
ment above and beyond that of
state and local legislators.
Constitution Day debate focuses on immigration
Student arguments
on HB 56 split jury
CW | Austin Bigoney
Students from Joseph Smith’s political science class debated section
27 of HB 56 with UA’s Mock Trial team.

The provision makes it much
easier for unscrupulous peo-
ple to disregard the promises
they make to undocumented
— Joseph Smith
By Courtney Stinson
Staff Reporter
“The Jellybean Conspiracy,”
the Actor’s Charitable
Theatre’s newest production,
is a play distinguished by
more than just its left of cen-
ter name. The play features a
cast of around 42 actors, half of
whom have special needs.
The show will consist of two
separate acts. The first act,
called “Voices of the Heart,”
will be a variety-style show-
case that will feature the entire
cast and incorporate singing,
dancing, readings and other
performances. The second act
will be a play titled “Dance
With Me” about a teenage girl
named Cricket and her strug-
gle with learning to accept and
celebrate her brother Tom,
who has Down Syndrome.
ACT gives special
needs spotlight in
latest production
Ian Terry and Joey Lay rehearse for “The Jellybean Conspiracy.”
Bama Theatre hosts
debut of 2-act play
• What: “The Jellybean
• When: Sept. 21 at
7:30 p.m. and Sept.
22 at 2 p.m. and
7:30 p.m.
• Where: Bama Theatre
By Jasmine Cannon
Staff Reporter
Faith and a book scholar-
ship took junior cross coun-
try and track athlete Palee
Myrex’s trek from a preferred
walk-on to one of this sea-
son’s top returning runners,
she said.
“I’m very grateful for [the
previous coaches], that they
had the faith to put into me,
to invest in me, to bring me
here and try to get me bet-
ter,” Myrex said. “It started
wi th some-
one just hav-
ing faith, hope
and trust in me
that I could do
it and believe
that I could do
it. That’s really
what got me
Myrex was
offered scholar-
ships at smaller schools, but
ultimately made the decision
to attend Alabama when for-
mer cross country head coach
Randy Hasenback told her the
program had
enough fund-
ing to assist her
with book pur-
The Bremen,
Ala. native has
gone from not
being on the
away meet ros-
ter her fresh-
man year to
competing in Southeastern
Conference championships
her sophomore year, to hav-
ing goals of going back to
SECs and the national cham-
pionship this season.
“I feel like I can attest to
the saying ‘hard work beats
talent when talent fails to
work hard’,” Myrex said. “I
definitely was not the typi-
cal distance runner [when I
first started], but I set goals
for myself. If you can always
keep those goals in your mind
and keep working hard it will
pay off.”
Former walk-on Palee Myrex has SEC, national championship goals
UA Athletics
Palee Myrex has gone from walk-on to one of Alabama’s
top runners.
Junior standout
credits hard work

It started with someone just
having faith, hope and trust
in me that I could do it and
believe that I could do it.
— Palee Myrex
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What: Grand Re-Opening
Where: First Floor Rodgers
Science and Engineering
When: 10:30 a.m.
What: The Effects of HB 56
on Women & Families: One
Year Later
Where: Gorgas Library Room
When: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
What: General Interest and
Business Career Fair
Where: Bryant Conference
When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What: Capstone Conversa-
tions: Travel and Study in
the Latino World
Where: Ferguson Center TV
When: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
What: Bama Art House Film
Festival: “Moonrise Kingdom”
Where: The Bama Theatre
When: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
What: Hot Topics: Corpora-
tions and Social Issues
Where: Ferguson Center
Anderson Room
When: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
What: Technical and Engi-
neering Career Fair
Where: Bryant Conference
When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What: Homegrown Alabama
Farmer’s Market
Where: Canterbury Episcopal
When: 3 - 6 p.m.
What: French Film Series
Where: The French House
When: 7 - 9 p.m.
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September 18, 2012

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The Mock Trial represented
the state of Alabama and held by
virtue of previous rulings that the
concept of preemption should not
be applied to this section in the
case of illegal immigration. They
held that the state sought to pro-
mote the economic prosperity of
lawful Alabama residents above
that of undocumented illegal
“Federal statutes do not pre-
empt section 27 of House Bill 56,”
Benjamin Slate, co-counsel for
Mock Trial said. “Section 27 seeks
only to make those contracts
entered into by unlawfully pres-
ent aliens unenforceable in the
Alabama courts.”
The team of students from
Smith’s constitutional law course
represented the federal govern-
ment and argued that Alabama
was overstepping its bounds
by creating laws which directly
impeded federal immigration ser-
vices from enforcing the laws of
the United States. The team held
that the states are already unable
to curtail or complement federal
laws, and that by virtue of this
restriction, should not be allowed
to draft such laws as those passed
in HB 56.
Another subject of debate
included the intent of the law,
which Smith’s group held to be
purely discriminatory in nature
and designed to make immigrants
deport themselves rather than
suffer inhospitable living condi-
tions in Alabama.
“Immigrant self-deportation
happened as an effect of this bill,
and was the intent of the bill stat-
ed by both co-sponsors,” Sarah
Hughes, the co-counsel for Smith’s
team, said. “Representative
Hammon said that this bill should
‘attack every aspect of an illegal
immigrants life,’ and Senator
Beason outright stated that this
bill should create ‘an atmosphere
of self-deportation’.”
At the close of the event the
representatives of the SGA
Judicial Board were unable to
reach a unanimous decision as to
who won the debate. The board
announced a tie, with two mem-
bers favoring the opinion of the
Mock Trial and two siding with
the members of Smith’s constitu-
tional law course.
Section 27 of HB 56
sparks mock debate
Second-year head coach Dan
Waters believes Myrex’s pos-
sibilities are endless mostly
because of her desire. Myrex
said Waters’ system has helped
make her a stronger and
smarter runner.
Clay Campbell, Myrex’s high
school coach, praised Myrex
for her approach
to both athletics
and everyday
“Palee is one
of the best ath-
letes I’ve ever
coached,” he
said. “She has
the desire and
drive that you
wish all athletes
had. She sets a goal and she
knows what she’s trying to do
and she will work and do what-
ever it takes to do that … she’s
a great Christian lady and a lot
of her faith shows over in her
athletics. She’s just a super
In the Tide’s 2012 season open-
er, Myrex led the Alabama back
and finished first for the Tide
as the team won the Crimson
Tide Kick Off. Myrex and her
teammates also finished fifth in
this year’s Commodore Classic
in Nashville - the same course
Myrex hopes to return to in
October for the SEC champion-
Along with Myrex’s consistent
improvement as an athlete,
she’s proven to be solid in the
classroom as well. The biology,
pre-med major and business
minor is well on her way to
graduating summa cum laude
with a 4.0 GPA. It’s another
strenuous goal, and she said
she’s facing some tough classes
this year, but she’s up to the
“I’m really focused on aca-
demics too,” she said. “I still
have a 4.0, so I’m really trying
to hold onto that.”
Myrex came
from a school
known for hav-
ing winning
programs. She
won two state
in cross country,
was a four-time
state champion
in the 3,200 m
and 1,600 m in
track as well as a three-time
champion in the 800m, and won
back-to-back state basketball
championships at Cold Springs
High School. Now in her third
year at the University, she
wants to bring that success
with her to college.
“I’ve always had this drive,
especially from my family and
our community, it being so
small, we were big on winning,”
she said. “I think that’s the atti-
tude Alabama has. They bring
you her to be a winner … I feel
that attitude started in high
school -- always wanting to
win and be successful -- has
carried on and it’s helped me
in college.”
Myrex focuses on
academics, athletics

Palee is one of the best ath-
letes I’ve ever coached. She
has the desire and drive that
you wish all athletes had.
— Clay Campbell
From MCT Campus
An anti-Muslim activist who
tipped an Egyptian newspaper
reporter to the existence of an
incendiary anti-Islam video,
setting off a chain reaction that
climaxed in the storming of
the U.S. Embassy in Cairo last
week, has dropped from sight.
Morris Sadek, 69, last post-
ed to his Twitter account on
Sept. 10, a day before violent
protests broke out over the
crude 14-minute YouTube clip
tilted, “Innocence of Muslims,”
which depicts the Prophet
Muhammad as a cartoonish
evil child molester and killer.
Neighbors in Chantilly, Va.,
say they haven’t seen Sadek
or his family since Thursday.
No one answered the door of
his two-story brick townhome
on Monday, although someone
had collected notes and busi-
ness cards left by reporters on
Thursday, along with a pack-
age delivered the same day by
the U.S. Postal Service.
Sadek is most likely in hid-
ing, fearful for his life, said
Magdi Khalil, spokesman for
Coptic Solidarity, a nonprofit
human rights organization
based in Washington.
Coptic Christian who promoted anti-Muslim video drops from sight
By Adrienne Burch
Staff Reporter
Students across the
University of Alabama cam-
pus are given the opportunity
to grow and learn outside of
the classroom through living-
learning communities.
“Through living-learning
communities, students get a
chance to work with other stu-
dents in their major or inter-
est area in a cohort model,”
Christopher Holland, director
of residential communities,
Living-learning communi-
ties give students the oppor-
tunity to not only take classes
together, but to also have pro-
gramming centered on their
studies and interests while liv-
ing within close proximity of
each other, Holland said.
Holland cited a recent study
done on learning communi-
ties by Gary R. Pike and the
Association for the Study of
Higher Education Annual
Meeting Paper.
“Learning communities
tended to have direct positive
effects on day-to-day behav-
ioral aspects of students’ col-
lege experiences and indirect
effects on the integration of
information and student learn-
ing,” Pike said.
Pike found in the study that
the higher the levels of inte-
gration with course informa-
tion and students in residen-
tial learning communities,
the more these students were
involved in clubs and organiza-
tions, and the more they inter-
acted with faculty and peers
the more intellectual content
was involved in their daily
Alicia Browne, director of
housing administration, said in
her experience she finds students
tend to find their niche on cam-
pus more quickly when involved
in a living-learning community,
especially those who come
from out-of-state.
One of the original living-
learning communities at
the Capstone is the Mallet
Assembly, which currently
houses 71 students.
Mallet was founded in the
1960s to assist with integra-
tion and makes steps toward
civil justice on UA’s campus.
Mallet is different from other
communities because it is
governed by its residents.
“Residents have complete
authority over their manner
of government and activi-
ties,” Daniel Lutz, the profes-
sor-in-residence at Mallet,
said. “It’s a democracy.”
Ethan Graham, a junior
majoring in English, said he
moved into Mallet because
of the way it is run and the
bond he is able to build with
the other students who live
“We all know each oth-
er’s names, interests and
majors,” Graham said. “It
feels more like a family than
any of the regular dorms do.”
Several of UA’s living-
l earni ng communi ti es
include an academic compo-
nent which involves required
classes combined with the
living environment.
One of these academic
based communities is the
Blount Undergraduate Initiative,
a four-year program where
freshmen live in the Blount
Living-Learning Center and
take required Blount classes.
Kimberly Peden, a senior
majoring in biology, said liv-
ing in the Blount learning
community was a great expe-
rience because it gave her a
community to belong to as a
“Many of the people I
became friends with in the
Blount learning community, I
am still close to today,” Peden
Peden chose to be in
Blount because as a biology
major, she was interested in
the opportunity to explore
new ideas and works that
she may not have come in
contact with otherwise.
There are also themed
living-learning communi-
ties such as the Business
Community in Friedman
Hall and the Engineering
Community in Bryant.
Students may live in these
communities if they are part
of the respective college.
There are over 13 living-
learning communities at the
Holland said if students
across the University feel
that their interests are cur-
rently not being met by the
existing living-learning com-
munities, they should con-
tact their academic depart-
ments or talk directly to the
HRC about idea generation.
Editor | Melissa Brown
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Page 3
By Eric Yaron
Contributing Writer
A national fraternity new to
the state of Alabama has recent-
ly decided to colonize their latest
chapter on the campus of The
University of Alabama.
Leaders of Sigma Tau Gamma
said they hope to become the 27th
member of the North-American
Interfraternity Conference cur-
rently active at the Capstone.
“Sigma Tau Gamma is excited
to become part of one of the lead-
ing fraternity and sorority com-
munities in the country,” said
Michael Smoll, the expansion
director for Sigma Tau Gamma.
“[It] is unique because of its long
and rich history of students seek-
ing to affiliate with a greek orga-
nization, which is reflected in
the impressive
chapter sizes.”
In the wake
of another
year for soror-
ity recruit-
ment and the
naming of The
University of
Alabama as the
largest greek
community in
the country
by popula-
tion, Sigma
Tau Gamma
leaders aspire
to add to the
already large
number of stu-
dents in fra-
ternities and
sororities on
campus with
the founding of their latest chap-
The national fraternity’s
expansion team arrived in
Tuscaloosa at the beginning of
last week, keeping busy by seek-
ing out and interviewing poten-
tial founding members for their
organization from every student
“We’re currently review-
ing a list of over 2,000 men that
have already been referred to
us by various members of The
University of Alabama campus,
including faculty, administrators
and even sisters of some of the
sororities on campus,” said Paul
Manly, the expansion counselor
for Sigma Tau Gamma. “The
University of Alabama has such
a rich tradition of students seek-
ing to affiliate with a greek orga-
nization, and Sigma Tau Gamma
is incredibly excited to become a
part of that tradition.”
Founded in 1920 by 17 stu-
dents at the University of Central
Missouri, Sigma Tau Gamma
has expanded to over 70 active
chapters nationwide. Primarily
concentrated in the Midwest
and Mid-Atlantic, Sigma Tau
Gamma’s nearest chapter to
Tuscaloosa can be found on
the campus of Southeastern
Louisiana University.
Hoping to expand their
presence in the Southeast,
the fraternity is planning
the creation of new chapters
at both Auburn University and
the University of Georgia after
the colonization in Tuscaloosa is
“What we really hope to see
for this chapter is the bringing
together of a group of high qual-
ity men with similar values,” said
Woody Woodcock, a member of
the Sigma Tau Gamma expan-
sion team. “We’re going to work
our hardest to find the right
people on this campus for Sigma
Tau Gamma and hopefully bring
together a truly high perform-
ing group of student leaders this
With the large number of fra-
ternities and sororities already
on campus, many students ques-
tion the need
to add another
organization to
the UA greek
“It’s nice to
see more fra-
ternities trying
to make their
mark on the
Alabama land-
scape, but I
don’t really see
the need for
creating any
more organiza-
tions on cam-
pus.” William
Stokes, a junior
majoring in
history, said.
“The popula-
tion of the cam-
pus is sizeable
and continuing
to grow, but the greek organiza-
tions already here have had no
problem growing along with it.
Stokes also said potential new
members already have so many
options when going through
rush that he couldn’t see the
campus needing additional hous-
es just yet.
Derek Kaimann, another
member of the Sigma Tau
Gamma expansion team on cam-
pus, said he hopes that those stu-
dents who eventually make up
the group of founding members
selected for Sigma Tau Gamma
will take away as much from this
organization as he did during his
time as an undergraduate stu-
“What really drew me to
Sigma Tau Gamma as an
undergrad were the various
personal connections I made
not only while going through
rush, but as a brother as well,”
Kaimann said. “Positive tra-
ditions, like those on The
University of Alabama campus,
mean a lot. But the opportunity
these young men have to build
a brand new tradition at a great
school like this is something
that will mean so much more.”
Students interested in learning
more about Sigma Tau Gamma
should contact Paul Manly at
New fraternity
plans to colonize
By Judah Martin
Contributing Writer
The University of Alabama
College of Education will wel-
come Peter Hlebowitsh to
succeed James McClean as
the 10th dean of the College
upon McClean’s retirement in
Hlebowitsh has held the posi-
tion of Department Executive
Officer at the Department of
Teaching and Learning at The
University of Iowa since 2008
but is eager to become a part
of The University of Alabama.
“I’ve been looking at jobs
like this one for about a year
now,” Hlebowitsh said. “[The
UA College of Education] is
a very successful college led
by a remarkable dean who
has brought the college to a
national position.”
Hlebowitsh holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree in elementary
education, a Master of Arts in
curriculum theory and devel-
opment and a doctorate in
education, all from Rutgers
Hlebowitsh is responsible
for helping to create several
programs including a teacher
leading center and living-
learning community at The
University of Iowa. He has an
active role in staffing assign-
ments, grant and research
management and course
design and is responsible for
promoting his department’s
graduate programs and man-
aging the fiscal planning of
the department. He hopes to
carry his past successes over
into his new postion at UA.
“I’m very much looking
forward to rolling my sleeves
up and getting to work with
the faculty and students,”
Hlebowitsh said. “It’s my job
to figure out where the weak-
nesses are. I would hope to
find areas we can improve
and focus on research, public
engagement, and teaching. I
do this with humility because
the college is already in really
good shape.”
Melanie O’Rear, opera-
tion coordinator for the dean
of education, explains why
Hlebowitsh was right for
the job. She said the transi-
tion from Dean McClean to
Hlebowitsh will be a seamless
“We are very excited that
[Hlebowitsh] is coming here,”
O’Rear said. “Dean McClean
left the college in good shape.
His [Hlebowitsh’s] referenc-
es, his experience, his person-
ality just seem to be the right
fit for our college and this uni-
versity. Students shouldn’t
notice a change so there will
be no adverse effects for
UA Provost and Executive
Vice President Judy Bonner and
President Guy Bailey made the
final decision to hire Hlebowitsh.
“Dr. Hlebowitsh has dis-
played remarkable leadership
at The University of Iowa, and
I look forward to his service to
our university,” Bonner said.
“President Bailey and I are
strongly committed to work-
ing with Dr. Hlebowitsh as he
assumes these new responsi-
McClean served as Dean
for the College of Education
since 2004 and during that
time helped guide the college
to a No. 79 ranking in U.S.
News & World Report rank-
ings of Graduate Schools of
Education, the highest rank-
ing in school history.
“Jim [McLean] is a remark-
able dean, and I have big shoes
to fill,” Hlebowitsh said. “I’m
very excited about getting
started, and I’m very honored
that the faculty and other
key involvement groups have
given me this opportunity.
College of Education welcomes dean

What really drew me to Sigma
Tau Gamma as an undergrad
were the various personal
connections I made not only
while going through rush, but
as a brother as well. Positive
traditions, like those on the
University of Alabama campus,
mean a lot. But the opportunity
these young men have to build
a brand new tradition at a great
school like this is something that
will mean so much more.
— Derek Kaimann
By Katherine Langner
Contributing Writer
Although the job market
may seem to be dwindling,
University of Alabama stu-
dents looking to enter the work
force can find company repre-
sentatives searching for future
employees at two career fairs
held on campus this week.
This upcoming Wednesday
and Thursday, The University
of Alabama Career Center is
hosting two different career
fairs. Both events are geared
towards giving UA students the
opportunity to network with
prospective employers while
actively attempting to acquire
a part-time job, full-time job or
an internship position.
The General Interest and
Business Career Fair will be
held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the
Bryant Conference Center. The
event is not speficic to a par-
ticular major and features rep-
resentatives from Wells Fargo
Financial, AT&T, Aflac and
Kohl’s, among others.
On Thursday, Sept. 20, stu-
dents may attend the Technical
and Engineering
Career Fair,
which is more
focused on stu-
dents work-
ing towards an
engineering- or
degree. Similar
to the fair ear-
lier in the week,
this event will
occur at Bryant
C o n f e r e n c e
Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
but the attending recruiters
will have a more technical
company background, such
as Mercedes Benz, Alabama
Power Company, Chevron
and Power South Energy
“We have over 80 compa-
nies registered for the General
Interest Fair and over 90 com-
panies for the Technical Fair,”
said Linda Johnson, the direc-
tor of employer development
and relations
for the Career
Center at the
Cul ver hous e
Col l ege of
C o m m e r c e
and Business
“If you are
looking for an
internship or
graduating this
year, you don’t
want to miss it.”
Students attending either
career fair are required to have
their ACT card for entrance.
Caroline Murray, majoring
in senior marketing and pub-
lic relations, is the public rela-
tions student assistant for the
Career Center at Culverhouse.
“The biggest tip I have is
to do your research,” Murray
said. “If you really want to
make an impact with a recruit-
er, show them you’re interest-
ed in their company.”
“Don’t go to every single
table and get a hundred free
koozies. Pick a few companies
and learn about them. Read
more than their Wikipedia
page and use the library data-
bases. Once you know some-
thing about the company, you’ll
be able to ask the recruiters
intelligent questions.”
Students planning to attend
the career fair should bring
several copies of their resume
to give to future employers and
dress in a professional manner,
Johnson said.
“Everyone is nervous for
that first networking experi-
ence,” Murray said. “Come and
get the nerves out now so when
you are looking to land that
dream job, you’ll nail it.”
Career Center to host job fair

The biggest tip I have is to do
your research. If you really
want to make an impact with
a recruiter, show them you’re
interested in their company.
— Caroline Murray
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to have direct positive effects
on day-to-day behavioral
aspects of students’ college
experiences and indirect
effects on the integration
of information and student
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Page 4
By Tarif Haque
Staff Columnist
Her bones hurt. At 16, she
checked into the local oncology
clinic after school, awaiting the
diagnosis. In the cruel after-
math, her family would receive
several bills in the mail each
month requesting they pay sev-
eral thousand dollars for her
leukemia medication, testing
and chemotherapy. In the United
States, she was not born into a
privileged family with insur-
ance. She lived through her
healthcare provider’s charity
and compassion, something her
country could not provide her.
Her textbooks said her
America was a land of oppor-
tunity. The Declaration of
Independence said she had the
right to life. As the costs sur-
mounted each month, she felt
her prosperity had been taken
from her. In 2012, about one in
six people in the United States
live without any type of health
By natural law and guarantee-
ing everyone’s right to flourish,
the United States should require
all legal residents to maintain
minimum essential coverage for
health care, a key component of
the Affordable Care Act.
Illness is an unpredictable
facet of human nature. If the
purchase of health insurance is
optional, citizens without insur-
ance would sink into healthcare
funds when they became ill,
taxing the system without pay-
ing the cost. Thus, an individual
mandate requiring everyone
maintain coverage would pre-
vent people opportunistically
sinking into insurance funds
when they are sick and refusing
to pay when they are healthy.
An effective healthcare sys-
tem inherently requires the well
to care for the sick using an ele-
ment of cost sharing. When the
sick are freed from disease, they
pay into the system to guarantee
the health of society at large,
including the healthy when they
become sick. It’s an equitable
system that guarantees every-
one’s right to flourish.
By distributing the cost of
healthcare, we guarantee every-
one’s right to live freely. Yet,
opposition to the mandate claims
it limits financial freedom. What
about freedom from disease? If
we must decide between the two,
the United States should protect
the right to life before the right
to property. The latter could not
exist without the former. Money
is frivolous without a healthy
person to wield it.
Even so, when it comes to
purchasing health insurance,
the mandate will not affect the
vast majority of Americans. If
the ACA were in place today,
94 percent of Americans would
not face a requirement to newly
purchase insurance or pay the
For many Americans, the
idea of buying a mandatory
health insurance plan is hard
to reconcile with the libertar-
ian ideals this country was
founded in. However, the ACA
seeks to expand coverage to all
Americans without socializing
medicine in a consumer-driven,
but government regulated, insur-
ance market. A similar model
exists in Switzerland, a country
that enforces equal access to
healthcare, but still offers a gen-
erous market of 92 insurers. In
fact, the Swiss Media hailed the
Supreme Court’s upholding of
the law as “a victory for common
The individual mandate
clause in the ACA points to a
clear philosophical conclusion
about healthcare: it should be
accessible and affordable to all
Americans. By implementing a
strategy of cost sharing we can
protect everyone’s right to flour-
ish. No one should be denied the
right to live freely under the spell
of disease; the human species
can only progress if everyone
has equal access to healthcare.
Tarif Haque is a sophomore
majoring in computer science.
His column runs on Tuesday.
Effective health care system requires the well to care for the sick, must provide plans for all citizens
By Mary Sellers Shaw
Staff Columnist
Imagine. It’s your senior year
of high school. You walk into
an apartment-style dorm at The
University of Alabama, and you
think, “This is amazing! I can
have my own room, no commu-
nity bathroom and complete
privacy!” Now, flash forward to
the end of freshman year. You
enjoyed all that privacy, but what
you weren’t expecting was to
never see your roommates, close
yourself up for hours in your sin-
gle room and have to clean your
own bathroom to boot.
Expansion here at the
University has reached an all-
time high, and with that comes
an expansion of the dorms.
However, oftentimes the apart-
ment-style dorms that the
University heralds as a selling
point are not as great as they
appear. At the University, we
want to wow potential students
with our luxurious accommoda-
tions, beating out all the compet-
itors. But while we are succeed-
ing in attracting students, no one
ever really talks about what life
is like in these new dorms once
we get here.
For one, a significant amount
of upperclassmen and transfer
students will not be receiving
on-campus housing this year.
A result of the increase in stu-
dents, the University has even
bought half of an apartment
complex, East Edge apartments,
to rent out to students. And
this is still not enough. Rose
Towers was demolished to make
the way for the
new Presidential
Village, but anoth-
er suite-style dorm
is being built on
campus. There was
no question that
eventually Rose
Towers was going
to be torn down,
but the current
construction rais-
es new, more important issues.
Why, when we already don’t have
enough housing and continue to
increase in our numbers, are
we building dorms that require
students to live alone allowing
fewer students to live in each?
Aside from the logistical
dilemma, there are several
issues with the apartment-style
housing itself. Apartment-style
housing leads to a lack of com-
munity. Having a roommate is
an important part of going to col-
lege, an opportunity suite-style
dorms do not offer. Meanwhile,
individual rooms encourage iso-
I lived in apartment-style
housing my freshman year, and
it did not foster community.
The central areas that we boast
about to prospec-
tive students are
for the most part
not used. I hardly
ever saw my room-
mates, and when I
did it was a quick
“hello” before
one of us went
into our room and
closed the door.
Not only that, but
having a suite meant that we
rarely, if ever, saw other people
who lived on our hall. There is
no bumping into people on your
way to the bathroom when you
have your own, nor is there
a need to escape to someone
else’s room when your room-
mate is getting annoying - you
can just lock yourself in your
own bedroom.
Freshmen who live without
roommates don’t learn how to
live and cooperate with another
person. They may sign a room-
mate contract at the beginning
of the year, but the chances of
having to deal with roommate
conflict are slim. Instead, they
are left on their own to start
off their college experience, not
having to truly share a living
I understand that while these
fantasy dorms are a great sell-
ing point to potential students,
I don’t understand why the
University is slowly headed
towards having potentially too
much of a good thing. Options for
dorm living can be nice, yes, and
some have had a fantastic expe-
rience in suite-style dorms, but
it’s also okay to have the “typi-
cal” college experience. Plenty
of people have had college room-
mates, and they turned out just
Mary Sellers Shaw is a junior
majoring in communication
studies and civic engagement.
Her column runs biweekly on
Traditional-style dorm better for freshman experience
By Lucy Cheseldine
Staff Columnist
A strange thing happened to me a few weeks ago, a
sort of baptism if you like. I was born into the Deep South
by swimming in the Black Warrior River. It wasn’t the
sort of spot made for swimming and, in fact, as the mist
hung just above the surface of the green black water,
I was gripped by a fear of the unknown beneath and
repeated warning that all four types of snakes found in
the U.S. made it down to Alabama, but I got in.
After this spiritual experience, an awakening into a
landscape I wanted to know more intimately, I began
to worry about the cleanliness of the water. This was,
of course, completely irrational and I believe it was
brought on by America’s extreme paradox of cleanli-
ness. To one end, America has a sort of paranoia about
keeping perfect health, characterized by insurance
advertisements and posters in university bathrooms
reminding us how to wash our hands, a ritual I would
hope we have all been partaking in for sometime now.
And it was this mentality that crept into my head as I
began to imagine what was lurking in the river. But this
was the stuff of fantasy. I realized it had been put there
by a number of overprotective measures, the nature of
which I did not fully notice until I saw something in the
entrance to Publix. On my right sat two dispensers of
“trolley-wipes.” I could not quite understand the need
to wipe down a vehicle designed to carry around prod-
ucts already wrapped in two or three layers of protec-
tive plastic. This was furthered by a trip to the doctors
during which I was asked to open the door with a tissue
covering my hand.
And yet, the other extreme exists here, too. I have
often found myself sinking into my plate at an absurd
hour in Waffle House and wondering how, if the lights
never turn off in there, how they can possibly keep it
clean. And yet there’s never an empty table. The revolv-
ing doors of many 24-hour food stops never stop turning.
And there’s certainly the trend for a lifetime brought up
in a rural setting, which, like my own childhood sum-
mers, consists of moldy fruit and mud pits, a delight for
the immune system.
The second words of wisdom I received from my
grandparents before arriving was that America is a
nation of “eternal bathers.”
“I don’t want you to become one of them,” they
shrieked, and, to an extent, their prediction was cor-
rect. But it’s never as simple as that in America; one
end of the spectrum always demands the presence of
the other. Even in the matter of hygiene concerns, this
is still true. It’s a country feeding off contradiction in the
most subtle of ways. That’s what made it so exhilarating
as I floated downstream.
Lucy Cheseldine is an English international exchange
student studying English literature. Her column runs
on Tuesday.
Eternal bathers and
U.S. germaphobia
By Henry Downes
Staff Columnist
For over 350,000 Chicago
schoolchildren, vacation has
never seemed so politically
While the economy con-
tinues to limp towards some-
thing resembling recovery,
the Chicago Teachers’ Union
spurned an offer last week
from the city which would
have provided for a 16 percent
pay increase over the next
four years, and their week-
long strike marches on in “The
Windy City.”
Economically speaking, the
union’s actions defy logic. The
state and local governments –
who pay the teachers’ salaries
– receive most of their revenue
from property and sales taxes
and are seriously strapped for
cash, as consumer consumption
sputters along at an anemic rate.
The latest “U-6” unemployment
data (which includes underem-
ployed and “discouraged” work-
ers) remains at a staggering 14.7
percent. Wages everywhere
have frozen, and national core
inflation sits at a stagnant .2 per-
cent. These indicators make the
union’s pay raise rejection all
the more inexplicable.
It’s not as if the union’s cli-
ents were living in destitution
to begin with. They already earn
roughly $76,000 per year in a
city where the median income
is under $35,000 and 19.6 percent
of the population is below the
poverty line. Still, the union has
the gall to argue that padding
teachers’ already ample salaries
should be the city’s top priority.
But economic insanity aside,
understand what this strike is
really about: the Chicago teach-
ers don’t want to enter the real
world of professional account-
Most professions have some
kind of evaluating oversight
process – if you don’t perform
to standard, you’re expendable.
This is what the free market is
all about. With an abundance
of young energetic teachers
being pumped out of American
universities, nothing scares
tenured veteran teachers more
than being expendable.
What new evaluation metric
is so horrifyingly appalling to
the teachers that it’s compelling
them to forsake the children
they’ve professed an education-
al obligation to?
Standardized test scores.
The slimy labor leaders com-
plain that socio-economic fac-
tors out of their control will ren-
der standardized testing an inef-
fective measurement of instruc-
tor proficiency. They have
rationalized the massive work
boycott by asserting that all the
teachers want is “the tools and
conditions to do their jobs and
help all students succeed.”
There might be some truth in
this. But how is quitting school
for a week and allowing the
kids to hang out in their rough
neighborhoods all day unfet-
tered by school supervision an
acceptable solution? In no way
does this help “all students suc-
ceed” or alleviate socio-econom-
ic pressures. There must be a
more constructive process to
reconcile the teachers’ demands
with city policy.
The Chicago folks shouldn’t
have anything to worry about
concerning the testing scores
anyway – after all, a 2009 study
showed that less than one–half
of 1 percent of city teachers
were rated “unsatisfactory,”
while 94 percent were rated
“superior” or “excellent.” What
a shockingly successful group of
educators the city must have.
Meanwhile, Chicago’s school-
children are achieving at below–
average levels on the national
scale and lag behind their peers
in other large urban areas.
This strike represents every-
thing that’s wrong with modern
unions: motivated by greed and
buoyed by misguided entitle-
ment, the union knows they hold
all the leverage. Public opinion
be damned – without them, the
show can’t go on.
I don’t believe the delusional
position of the Chicago union is
reflective of all teachers. But, it
sickens me that these supposed
“shapers of young minds” are
so staunchly opposed to much–
needed objective evaluation and
have frivolously disregarded
economic realities. It also sad-
dens me that hundreds of thou-
sands of Chicago schoolchildren
are being used as a pawn in their
shamelessly ugly game.
These teachers could benefit
from some educational lessons
themselves – on accountability,
on the economy and on profes-
sional responsibility. Most of
all, however, they need a reality
Henry Downes is a sophomore
majoring in economics. His col-
umn runs on Tuesday.
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Apartment-style housing
leads to a lack of community.
Having a roommate is an
important part of going to
college, an opportunity suite-
style dorms do not offer.
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Each chapter set a fundraiser
goal towards the construction of
the new houses. Phi Delta Theta
sought $1 million, while Sigma
Chi reached out to alumni for $2
“This new house helps us in
a great number of ways,” Matt
McKee, chapter vice president of
Sigma Chi, said. “The houses cer-
tainly help with recruitment, but
the support it offers the chapter as
a whole from the housing of broth-
ers to centering of our activities
around it can’t be discounted.”
The previous chapter house of
Phi Delta Theta, located directly
in front of the football stadium
and near the Walk of Champions,
has been demolished since the
completion of their house. Sigma
Chi’s previous home still remains
on Jefferson Avenue, although
currently it is unoccupied.
With this new trend of greek
house construction on campus,
some students fear that the hous-
es will become more of a show of
distinction than one of actual util-
ity. Scott Kline, a junior majoring
in mechanical engineering, thinks
“The new Sigma Chi and Phi
Delta Theta fraternity houses
have a definite look of class about
them,” Kline said. “Despite being
two of the biggest houses on cam-
pus, they manage to still be non-
ostentatious. They fit in well with
the overall look of the campus,
and seem like great new additions
to me.”
Space for additional houses
next to the new Sigma Chi and
Phi Delta Theta fraternity houses
have already been appropriated
by the University and the process
of land clearance at these loca-
tions began earlier in the semes-
ter. Director of Greek Affairs
Kathleen Gillan confirmed the
two chapter houses to be built at
these locations will be the future
homes of the Theta Chi and Pi
Kappa Phi chapters on campus.
Whether or not these will be the
last houses to be built on campus
could not be confirmed.
Editor | Lauren Ferguson
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Page 5
By Sophia Jones
The fall brings football with
it, and Saturdays in the fall
are particularly special in the
South. Tailgating is part of
the tradition, and every home
gameday of the season, the
smell of hamburgers and pop-
corn waft around the stadium
and the Quad gets drowned
in a sea of crimson and white
tents. Thousands flock to The
University of Alabama’s cam-
pus hours before each game
for one reason: tailgating.
Southern Living magazine
voted the University as one
of the top 20 schools for “The
South’s Best Tailgate.” When
you start to hear that “rollllllll”
rumbling from every corner of
Bryant-Denny Stadium, you
know you will be satisfied,
stuffed with wings, dips, ham-
burgers and nachos. Victory.
Football brings phenomenal
food, and here are my top tail-
gating favorites. Whether you
are relaxing on the couch or
mingling on the Quad before
the game, you can prepare and
enjoy these tailgating treats.
You can’t have a tailgate
without some sort of messy
finger food, and nothing is
messier (or more delicious)
than chicken wings. I’ve had
a lot of wings in my lifetime,
and buffalo wings remain at
the top of my list. The Food
Network website has a simple
recipe for making them that
only requires 12 whole chick-
en wings, some
unsalted butter,
a small clove of
garlic, hot sauce
and kosher salt.
All you need is
an oven and two
If you feel
like ordering
the wings, then
I suggest get-
ting Wing Zone to cater. They
are located on McFarland
Boulevard, and you can view
their menu and order online
at their website. Their Buffalo
Bliss wings are my number
one pick.
My second staple for foot-
ball tailgating
is chips and
dip. There’s
nothing bet-
ter than warm,
melted cheese
wi th some
crisp bacon on
a chilly foot-
ball Saturday,
and that is why
I love Swiss
Bacon Dip. This dip requires
no on-site preparation and is
always an easy crowd-pleaser.
Rachael Ray has my favorite
recipe that can also be found
on the Food Network’s web-
site. It only takes half an hour
to whip up, so you can make
Swiss Bacon Dip even if you’re
in a hurry. You can grab a bag
or two of Frito’s chips at the
grocery store and dip with that
or slice up and toast a whole
grain or rye baguette.
You can’t have a proper tail-
gate if there is no one grilling
out. A good way to change
things up and put a spin on
the classic hamburger/hotdog
scenario is to grill hamburger
sliders. They are easier to eat
and more manageable to make
than a full-sized burger. You
can buy ground chuck, mini
hamburger buns and any top-
pings of your choice at your
local grocery store.
When you’re considering
a tailgating dessert, you have
to choose something that can
be transported easily and
does not require refrigeration.
You could go with something
simple like cookies or brown-
ies, but my favorite tailgating
desserts are Pecan Tassies.
These mini pecan pies are per-
fect melt-in-your-mouth fin-
ger deserts, and the ultimate
symbol of the fall. You can get
the recipe on
Pecan Tassies are inherently
Southern and the perfect way
to top off a tailgate meal.
Wings, deserts, other tailgate snacks are simple to prepare football staples
“You can’t have a tailgate
without some sort of messy
finger food, and nothing is
messier (or more delicious)
than chicken wings.
By Becky Robinson
The word “oxford” has a lot
of connotations. There’s the
Oxford comma, the University
of Oxford in England and the
Oxford English Dictionary.
However, when I use the
word, what I’m talking about
are the two staples for any fall
First up is the oxford button-
down. Almost everyone has
one of these hidden in his or
her closet, but to keep from
looking traditional and stuffy,
it’s time to update. Oxfords
come in practically every
color and pattern you could
imagine, so find what suits
you. I find that going up a size
makes an oxford look better. If
it’s too tailored, it can look too
small and boxy.
Oxford button-downs can be
worn with just about anything.
They look casual with denim
jeans or linen shorts, but can
be dressed up for an interview
or a day at work. With fall
coming, oxfords are a great
way to layer. Since they are
generally made out of cotton,
have fun experimenting with
different fabrics
and textures for
a more varied
look. A comfy
T-shirt works
well underneath
a button-down
when it’s still
warm, and over-
lain chunky knit
sweaters are an
option for when the weather
cools down. Like I said, these
button-downs go with virtu-
ally anything, so get creative
to find your favorite layered
The second type of
oxford is the oxford loafer.
Traditionally, these have been
geared toward businessmen,
but in recent years, they’ve
become a stylish way for
women everywhere to acces-
These shoes are pretty
easy to find.
Most depart-
ment stores have
some, or you can
always go online
for more options.
Websites such as
Zappos, Aldo or
Urban Outfitters
have excellent
selections at rea-
sonable prices. Also, there are
plenty of options to choose
from: leather oxfords, fab-
ric eyelet print boots, some
shoes with a higher heel or
the traditional 1940s oxfords.
Companies have even started
Oxford button-downs, loafers must-haves of fashion this fall
making shoes in bright col-
ors, rather than the conven-
tional neutrals, so you can
showcase your vibrant per-
sonality through your boot-
wear decisions.
A downside to these loaf-
ers is that some styles can
be uncomfortable on bare
feet. Find some patterned
tights or low-cut socks to
ensure your feet don’t suf-
fer for your style. These
shoes are a classy Gameday
accessory, but make sure
they fit well and are broken
in for a long day of walking.
Oxford button-downs and
oxford loafers are a great
combination, especially
now that school is back in
session. Since both are sta-
ple pieces and often avail-
able in neutral or subtle
colors, mix and match for a
classic and fun look.

Oxford button-downs and
oxford loafers are a great
combination, especially
now that school is back in
Fraternities move into
new chapter houses
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Tuesday, September 18th
10am-2pm (or while supplies last)
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$2 Caps
By Abbey Crain
Contributing Writer
One would not expect the
murmur of fluent French con-
versation coming from the pur-
ple couches inside of Starbucks.
An extension of the The
University of Alabama French
Club, The French Table aims for
complete cultural immersion
every Wednesday at Starbucks.
This mix of
students, coming
from all walks of
campus, share
one commonal-
ity - a love of
the French lan-
M e l i s s a
H e n d e r s o n ,
director of the
French House and first year
masters student studying
French literature, was original-
ly on the pre-med track, but fell
in love with France when she
studied abroad.
“It has been going on for a
couple years now,” Henderson
said. “Normally the grad stu-
dents are in change of it. We
get undergraduates and inter-
national students that come.”
French graduate teaching
assistants are in charge of the
French film series as well as
the French Table in hopes of
helping students majoring in
French to delve more into the
French culture.
Samuel Hand, a junior major-
ing in French and biology, was
encouraged by his French
friends back home and his par-
ents who work in the French
Quarter to pursue French as a
second language. He was taken
to a French Table function by
a friend and has participated
every since.
“You don’t learn how to speak
the language in the class,” Hand
said. “You learn
to engage in the
culture. The only
way to speak it is
to go out and try
The level of
French expertise
does not matter;
all are encour-
aged to try it
out. French Table attendees are
encouraging and do not mind
helping each other out whether
a student cannot remember
a word or needs a sentence
repeated because they did not
Alexa Piepul, a sophomore
majoring in political science
and French, heard about French
Table from flyers and thought it
would be a great setting to prac-
tice speaking French.
“I like speaking French even
though I’m not good at it,”
Piepul said. “For second lan-
guages, you need to practice
talking and you don’t really
have the opportunity outside
of class.”
Piepul hopes to carry her
language skills with her for
future job opportunities and
would love to live abroad in a
French speaking country.
After an hour of only speak-
ing in French, the eleven stu-
dents in attendance immedi-
ately began to joke and laugh
in English. They all spoke of
the exhaustion experienced
after having to actively think
about each thing each other
Henderson, the director
of French House and one of
the leaders of French Table,
invites all students interest-
ed in the French language to
come next Wednesday.
“Anyone can come,”
Henderson said. “There are
no fees, you can come get
Starbucks and stay for five
minutes if you want.”
French Table meets every
Wednesday from 4 p.m. to
5 p.m. on the Starbucks
French Club offers students
chance to practice language
Page 6 | Tuesday, September 18, 2012 NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS
The characters Cricket and
Tom Terry are played by an
actual brother and sister duo,
Kayla and Ian Terry. For Kayla
Terry, the dynamic between
Cricket and Tomreflects the
real struggles and triumphs sib-
lings with and without special
needs experience.
“It’s like playing a version of
yourself. Especially if you have
a sibling with special needs, I’m
sure you can relate to Cricket’s
struggle because there are
times when it is difficult to
accept the fact that your broth-
er or sister is different,” Kayla
Terry said. “Also, you have to be
strong for them because people
think differently of them.”
While “Dance With Me”
focuses on the differences
between Cricket and Tom,
the play also draws similari-
ties between people with and
without special needs. The
character Reese, played by
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ward kid who’s
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Mot z sai d.
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and Tom hit
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they can relate
on a number of
Ian Terry,
who started
acting at a
young age, orig-
inally found
the play online
and introduced
it to ACT artistic director
Joey Lay. Ian Terry said he
has enjoyed being onstage
and shares a love of coun-
try music with his character
For Lay, the decision
to stage “The Jellybean
Conspiracy” simply made
sense for the ACT because he
said it aligned well with the
theatre’s goals and allowed
for inclusivity in the theatre.
“Our organization is based
on giving back
to the commu-
nity and giving
back to char-
ity and it was
just logical for
us to do this,”
Lay said. “[The
play] fell in
with our mis-
sion, which is to
allow those in
the community
that might not
always get to
act in the the-
atre to [do so].”
For all the actors, “The
Jellybean Conspiracy” offers
a learning experience. People
with special needs who may
not otherwise be able to per-
form onstage will have that
opportunity, while typically
‘Jellybean Conspiracy’
opens Friday, Sept. 21
trained actors who may not
otherwise get to work with
special needs actors will get
that experience from this
“It’s been a learning expe-
rience for everyone involved
and I think that everybody
is going to come out a better
person because of it,” Kayla
Terry said.
The themes of “The
Jellybean Conspiracy” are also
familiar to Lay, whose sister
also has Down Syndrome.
“The whole concept of
“The Jellybean Conspiracy”
is that the whole world is like
a jelly bean jar,” Lay said.
“We all may be different col-
ors, shapes, kinds, flavors
but we all have a place and
we all have a purpose.”
Though the story of “Dance
With Me” focuses on the
acceptance of a character with
special needs, for Lay, the
play’s message of acceptance
extends to people of all races,
creeds and genders.
“I think it just goes to show
that if we all appreciate each
other for our talents and our
own individuality the world
would be a better place,” Lay
“The Jellybean Conspiracy”
opens Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30
p.m. and will run through
Sunday at the Bama Theatre.
Tickets are $14 and can be
purchased at

The whole concept of “The
Jellybean Conspiracy” is
that the whole world is like
a jelly bean jar. We all may
be different colors, shapes,
kinds, flavors but we all have
a place and we all have a
— Joey Lay
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go out and try it.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Page 8
By Marc Torrence
Assistant Sports Editor
Football analyst Chris Brown
published an article on smart- last Tuesday about
Alabama head coach Nick
Saban and his defensive backs
- specifically, that they aren’t
taught to backpedal.
“I never backpedaled at
Alabama,” former Alabama
cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
told this summer.
Brown, who wrote “The
Essential Smart Football” and
contributes football analytics
pieces to websites like ESPN.
com’s Grantland, was intrigued
by Kirkpatrick’s quote and
decided to examine his claims
“Some fairly questioned
whether this was hyperbole –
How do you not teach defensive
backs to backpedal?” Brown
wrote. “But this is something
Saban very specifically has cho-
sen not to do.”
Brown told an
anecdote from
Saban’s coach-
ing time with the
NFL’s Cleveland
Browns about
how Saban
adapted to fit
the skill set of a
slower corner-
back he coached,
Everson Walls.
To counter his
lack of speed, Saban developed
a new strategy.
“Saban began teaching his
now-famous ‘shuffle’ technique,
rather than the traditional
backpedal,” Brown wrote.
“Essentially, it is a three-step
shuffle technique, at which
point the defensive back may
break on a short route or can
turn and run and play the
receiver down
the field.”
Al a b a ma ’ s
defensive backs
are often in press
coverage and
play closer to the
line, a strategy
more adept to
the quick shuffle
rather than a
But does
Saban still use
that technique today? He
was asked about this during
Monday’s news conference.
“They’re taught to back-
pedal. They all can backpedal,”
he said. “You come to practice
every day, they backpedal in
individual, they backpedal
sometimes on their plan. We
play our corners up on people
a lot, so sometimes they bail-
off; sometimes they play bump-
and-run. Sometimes they get
off and backpedal.
“I just think that we’re just
not philosophically in to play-
ing a lot of soft coverage, where
you line seven, eight or nine
yards off a guy and give him a
lot of easy throws in front; but
we do teach them how to back-
pedal. We teach them how to
plant and drive out of a back-
pedal. There are coverages that
we have where our corners do
play off, that’s just not philo-
sophically how we play most of
the time.”
Safety HaHa Clinton-Dix was
asked a similar question about
what Kirkpatrick said and
whether he was taught to back-
pedal. His answer seemed to
confirm what Saban said -- that
the defensive backs do learn
to backpedal, but Saban plays
his defenders closer to the line
than most teams, so they don’t
have as much room to do so.
“I have no take on that -- what
went on with Dre Kirkpatrick in
Cincinnati. I really don’t know
anything about that,” Clinton-
Dix said. “We do backpedal in
practice, so I don’t know exactly
where that came from.”
As for whether Saban himself
was taught to backpedal as a
cornerback at Kent State?
“And I can backpedal,” he
joked. “I backpedaled when I
played, and I can still backpedal
– and cover – somebody.”
Does Saban teach defensive backs to backpedal?
CW | Austin Bigoney
Nick Saban reacts to the media following a question about backpedaling.

We play our corners up on
people a lot, so sometimes
they bail-off; sometimes
they play bump-and-run.
Sometimes they get off and
— Nick Saban
Tide prepares for FAU match by focusing on turnovers
By Marquavius Burnett
Sports Editor
Heading into its weekly
preparation for Florida Atlantic,
Alabama is focused on creating
turnovers on defense and ball
security on offense.
Three games into the season,
Alabama has forced 12 turn-
overs – six interceptions and
six fumble recoveries – and only
committed one, a fumble against
Protecting the ball is one of
the biggest things head coach
Nick Saban has harped on dur-
ing his time at Alabama. Despite
having one of the best statisti-
cal defenses in 2011, the Tide
only forced 20 turnovers. Saban
took the team to visit the New
Orleans Saints to see how forc-
ing turnovers was taught on the
NFL level. Now, the defense is
creating turnovers at a higher
rate and the offense is benefit-
ing from the field position.
On the flip side, Alabama’s
ball security has allowed the
team to string together long
drives and get off to fast starts.
But ball security works for
both sides of the ball, said wide
receiver Christion Jones.
“That is one thing that we
practice every day. Ball security
for the running backs, the quar-
terbacks, the wide receivers,”
Jones said. “Even when the
defense gets a turnover, its ball
security too because we don’t
want to get a turnover and then
turn it over again.”
The team has created a com-
petition between the offense
and defense. Anytime an offen-
sive player is carrying the ball,
a defender tries to knock it out
whether it’s during or after
the play. It’s not fair, but all the
coaches care about is ball secu-
rity said running back Eddie
How often does the defense
get the ball away from the
offense in practice?
“We get it out about two or
three times a day [in practice],”
Mosley said. “Our goal is to
cause three or more turnovers a
game and we’ve been doing that
so far.”
Saban said the competi-
tion is another way to help the
teams mentally.
“I think ball security with our
offensive players is something
that we emphasize just as much
as we do getting turnovers,”
Saban said. “I do think that it
does help that the defense is
always trying to get the ball off
of them, so they’re conscious all
the time of protecting the ball.”
Players of the Week

Six Alabama players were
recognized by the coaching
staff for their performances fol-
lowing Saturday’s 52-0 victory
at Arkansas. Eddie Lacy and
Chance Warmack were named
players of the week on offense
while Adrian Hubbard and C.J.
Mosley represented the defense.
Cade Foster and Dee Hart were
selected from the special teams.
Warmack, who was also
named SEC Offensive Lineman
of the Week, led the Crimson
Tide with a 91 percent grade. He
did not allow a pressure or get
called for any penalties and the
line didn’t allow a single sack in
the game.
CW | Austin Bigoney
Tide running backs line up for a drill without their injured teammate
Jalston Fowler.

We get it out about two or
three times a day [in prac-
tice]. Our goal is to cause
three or more turnovers a
game and we’ve been doing
that so far.
— C.J. Mosley