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Located in Smith hall, the Museum of
Natural History has exhibits that change
throughout the year.
Lawn Decorations and
Paint the Town Red
Judging at 1 p.m.
Art Contest Judging
at 1 p.m.
People’s Choice
Award Competition
º 1 p.m. · 3 p.m.
º Loco|ion: Lown
Pep Rally/Bonfire
on The Quad
at 7 p.m.
Crimson Chalk
Can Formation and
º Loco|ion: Tho Òuod
º Loco|ion: Prosidon|iol
º 1 · 4 p.m.
º º o.m. · 5 p.m.
º S|or|s o| Z p.m.
Basketball Tournament
at the Rec Center
Paint the
Town Red
º 1 · 4 p.m.
º Pick up mo|oriols in
301 Forguson Con|or
Bowling Tournament
at Bama Bowl
º S|or|s o| º p.m.
24th annual
Roll Tide Run
º Rogis|ro|ion o| 12 p.m.
º Roco s|or|s o| 1 p.m.
Crimson Kickoff
Power Puff
football competition
º Loco|ion: Sigmo Chi
ond Phi Dol|o lron|
º S|or|s o| 2 p.m.
Timo TBA
Z:30 p.m.
Mississippi State
º S|or|s o| Z p.m.
Dodgeball Competition
at the Rec Center
º Loco|ion: Fos|or
º S|or|s o| Z p.m.
By Adrienne Burch
Staff Reporter
Next week The University
of Alabama campus will
transform. From ornate
lawn decorations adorning
sorority row and painted
store fronts along the Strip
to a towering bonfire Friday
night on the Quad, this year’s
Homecoming Week’s theme,
“Timeless Traditions,” will
come alive.
Homecoming Week begins
Sunday, Oct. 21 and con-
cludes Saturday, Oct. 27 with
the Alabama football game
against Mississippi State
University. The theme was
chosen to honor the four
national championships won
by the Crimson Tide this
past year, a timeless tradi-
tion of our own, said Abby
Grace Brown, executive
director for Homecoming
Lawn decorations, painted store fronts will return starting Monday
labama safety Vinnie
Sunseri is 6 feet
tall and weighs 215
pounds. At that size, there’s
just not much that can shake
him up. But the defensive
leader is venturing into unfa-
miliar territory as he pre-
pares to square off against the
Volunteers Saturday. He will be
facing what may be his biggest
challenge to date – a game that
pits him against his own father.
The University’s last line-
backers coach Sal Sunseri
was named as the University
of Tennessee’s new defensive
coordinator on Jan. 14, just
four days after Alabama won
its 14th national champion-
ship. Since then, the Alabama-
Tennessee rivalry has become
a lot more personal for both
“Hard. Hard, hard, hard,”
Vinnie said. “It’s very, very
Saturday’s game will mark
the first time in Vinnie’s life in
which he’ll play against his dad,
and although the two won’t
directly be competing against
each other, Vinnie said it won’t
make the game any easier.
By Morgan Reames
Contributing Writer
“You think U won’t challenge Shaq to a
dunk contest… and you wouldn’t have four
drinks ago.”
This catchphrase is imprinted on a T-shirt
former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal wears in
a clip from the public service announce-
ment with the LessThanUThink campaign.
The PSA, directed by University of
Alabama students, will be unveiled at a red
carpet event at Innisfree Irish Pub and Grill
Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30
The premiere will feature a Hollywood-
style red carpet and life-sized Shaq cutout
so attendees can get their pictures taken
next to the 7-foot-tall basketball player.
There will also be prize drawings and free
merchandise giveaways leading up to the
launch of the PSA at 10:18 p.m.
Throughout the week, LTUT has hosted
various events to get students talking.
They set up activities such as Frisbees on
the Quad, Trivia Night at the Houndstooth
and “Happy Hour at the Rec,” a dunk con-
test with an information table explaining
the amount of exercise needed to burn off
calories from different alcoholic drinks.
LTUT is an award-winning campaign led
by UA students designed to address binge
drinking among college-age students. The
statewide campaign was first released on
Alabama’s campus in fall of 2010. UA pub-
lic relations and advertising students have
worked with the Student Health Center
Department of Health Promotion and
Wellness as well as the Capstone Agency,
a student public relations firm, to make the
campaign successful.
“The part that stands out the most about
their campaign are the posters they put
around campus, and the University’s sup-
port for it,” Sam Osier, a senior majoring in
advertising, said.
That it takes “LessThanUThink” to have
fun without the overconsumption of alco-
hol is one of the many slogans with seri-
ous messages used to inform students of
the social and physical consequences of
binge drinking in hopes they will change
unhealthy drinking habits.
“Almost everyone I know binge drinks,”
Osier said. “I think it’s a serious problem,
but students don’t really take it seriously
until it affects them.”
According to a report by the National
Survey on Drug Use and Health found on
the Century Council website, 40 percent of
today’s college students engage in binge
drinking. One in seven students report hav-
ing more than 10 drinks in a row, which can
be dangerous and even lethal.
Shaq’s PSA
to premiere
at Innisfree
By Colby Leopard and
Melissa Brown
CW Staff
Hi p- hop record-
i ng arti st B. o. B
will headline the
Student Government
Association’s RAGE fund-
raising concert on Thursday,
Nov. 8 at the Tuscaloosa
“Fifty-six percent of ticket
sales go to the SGA schol-
arship endowment fund,”
Meagan Bryant, SGA press
secretary, said. “The other 44
percent goes to facility and
Ticketmaster fees.”
Tickets will go on sale
at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18,
through myBama. UA stu-
dents, faculty and staff can
purchase a ticket for $25 and
up to two additional tickets
for guests for $30 each.
According to an SGA press
release, UA community
members will only have one
opportunity to purchase tick-
ets, so they must purchase
all desired tickets at once.
After students and faculty
purchase their tickets, they
will have to print a receipt
to show at the Amphitheater
gate. Bryant said all tickets
are general admission. Once
inside, attendees will choose
whether they sit or stand.
In addition to B.o.B., the
SGA will announce a per-
former to open the show.
Bryant said the opener will
be a national-level act, and
the SGA hopes to make the
announcement later this
week or early next week.
Bryant said the approxi-
mately 7,600 concert tickets
are available exclusively to
the UA community.
The Crimson Ride will
provide transportation for
students from campus to the
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on
the night of the event. Buses
will provide pick-up and
drop-off services at Lakeside
Dining Hall, Tutwiler
Hall and the Tuscaloosa
B.o.B to
CW | Whitney Hendrix

SGA signs hip-hop
artist for Nov. 8 show
Student-directed video promotes
anti-binge drinking message
Theme honors four
2012 championships
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What: Faces of Violence
Where: Ferguson Center
Room 360
When: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
What: ‘Dance Alabama!’
Where: Morgan Hall
When: 5:30 p.m.
What: Donny Macaslin
Where: Moody Music
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: Homegrown Alabama
Farmers Market
Where: Canterbury
Episcopal Chapel
When: 3 - 6 p.m.
What: ‘Our Stories
Remember:’ A Breast Can-
cer Lecture
Where: Gorgas Library 205
When: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
What: Nachos for Needy
Where: Delta Zeta House
When: 11 p.m. - 2 a.m.
What: Moundville’s Saturday
in the Park
Where: Moundville
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When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
What: ‘Side Man’
Where: Marian Gallaway
When: 7:30 p.m.
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Where: The Booth
When: 10 p.m.
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Picking up where their conten-
tious debate left off, President
Barack Obama and challenger
Mitt Romney battled Wednesday
for the support of female voters,
underscoring their potentially
decisive role in settling the fierce-
ly competitive race.
Buoyed by a much-improved
performance Tuesday night,
Obama traveled to the swing
state of Iowa, where he renewed
his attacks on Romney for pro-
posing an end to federal fund-
ing for Planned Parenthood, and
again touted legislation he signed
making it easier for women to sue
for job discrimination.
“When Gov. Romney was
asked about it, his campaign said,
‘We’ll get back to you,’” Obama
said of the legislation, repeat-
ing a line from the debate. “That
shouldn’t be a complicated ques-
tion: Equal pay for equal work.”
Romney stumped in Virginia,
another battleground, where
he suggested women had borne
the brunt of hardship during
an Obama tenure marked by
economic anxiety.
“Why is it that there are
3.6 million more women in
poverty today than when the
president took office?” Romney
demanded during a stop at
Tidewater Community College in
Chesapeake. “This president has
failed America’s women. They’ve
Women have been a key con-
stituency for Obama, and their
enthusiastic backing is vital to
his re-election hopes. The presi-
dent has counted on a strong
showing among women to off-
set Romney’s edge among men.
Generally, Obama has been stron-
gest among younger and single
women, while Romney has been
most popular among older and
married women.
After Romney’s commanding
debate performance two weeks
ago in Denver, polls found many
women giving the Massachusetts
governor a second look.
“People, especially women,
have heard all this negative adver-
tisement against Gov. Romney,”
said Rich Beeson, political direc-
tor of his campaign. “They saw
Gov. Romney in the debate and
saw an unfiltered view of his
plans — what he would do — and
I think it resonated.”
That accounted for some of
the gains Romney had made in
opinion polling, which encour-
aged Republicans and prompted
Obama and his Democratic allies
to redouble their courtship of
Even as Romney focused his
remarks Wednesday on the econ-
omy, his campaign launched a
new TV spot that sought to reas-
sure women — especially more
moderate women — about his
positions on contraception and
In the ad, a woman states her
concern that Romney opposes all
abortions as well as contracep-
tion, but says that after research
she learned he does not oppose
contraception “at all” and allows
for abortion in the cases of rape,
incest or to spare the life of the
“I’m more concerned about
the debt our children will be left
with,” she concludes. “I voted for
President Obama last time. We
just can’t afford four more years.”
The ad marked a significant
departure for Romney, not least
because the ad refers to abor-
tion as a form of contraception,
a notion that infuriates evan-
gelical and social conservatives,
whom Romney heavily courted
during the primary season. As
it began airing, a USA Today/
Gallup poll was released show-
ing that in 12 key swing states,
women named abortion as their
most important issue. It was
twice as important as jobs, the
prime issue cited by men.
Obama, Romney fight for female vote
“Probably about 10 minutes
after the Missouri game it
kind of hit me,” Vinnie said.
“I was sitting there and I was
like, ‘Wow. I’ve got to play
against my dad this week.
This is tough.’”
Sal echoed his son’s
thoughts on the game.
“I didn’t imagine it would
be this hard,” Sal said in an
interview with Knoxville
reporters. “But we’re both
going to be professionals
about it, do what we have to
do and go out there and be
able to play our best football.”
All throughout the season,
even with the game looming
in the distance, Vinnie said
he didn’t avoid talking with
his father, even on the topic
of football.
“He kind of watches me
during games and just kind
of helps me out,” Vinnie said.
“He still coaches me. He can’t
help it.”
Despite the tense atmo-
sphere this week, the father
and son haven’t foregone
their conversations with one
another. Vinnie said he’d
been in contact with his
father Sunday, but said the
two broke tradition and shied
away from talking about
“I just told him I love him,”
Vinnie said. “We just try to
talk about how he’s doing,
how mom’s doing, how the
family’s doing.”
Indeed, the two aren’t the
only ones who’ve been affect-
ed by the upcoming game.
Vinnie said he expected
everyone in his family – cous-
ins, aunts, uncles and god-
parents – to attend.
“I feel like there’s gonna be
a lot of orange and red this
weekend being worn in the
household,” Vinnie said.
Still, there will be one nota-
bly empty seat in Knoxville
Saturday. Roxann Sunseri,
Sal’s wife and Vinnie’s moth-
er will probably watch the
game at home. Both men
said this week has been espe-
cially hard on her, since she’s
caught between the two.
“You just talk about me
and my son, but for her, she’s
trying to be a wife and then
she’s trying to be a mother,”
Sal said. “So she’s trying to
be strong, trying to be sup-
portive both ways, but it’s
Indeed, Vinnie said he
knew it would be tough on
his mother earlier this year
when he and Sal managed to
make it to Pittsburgh during
a mutual bye week to watch
his older brother Tino play
quarterback for the Panthers.
“I had never witnessed
it before, but she is … she
becomes a wreck,” Vinnie
said. “She’s emotional, she –
oh, my gosh – she just wishes
the best for us at all times.
She’s so passionate and loves
us all so much.”
And, at the end of it all,
even with the heated rival-
ry between Alabama and
Tennessee, Vinnie said he
didn’t expect the victor
between him and his dad to
make it too unbearable for
the other.
“This is just a football
game,” Vinnie said. “This
isn’t anything I would want
to put into his face, or if they
are able to do something
against us it’s something that
he wouldn’t want to rub in
our face. It’s competition, but
at the end of the day, we’re
family. That’s the strongest
Father, son face off
for 1st time Saturday
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Editor | Melissa Brown
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Page 3
By Molly Olmstead
Contributing Writer
The Women’s Resource
Center will use every form of
the spoken word Thursday to
give a voice to the personal
stories of breast cancer sur-
vivors, activists and patients’
Paige Miller, the coordinator
for Campus Violence Programs
for the Women’s Resource
Center, said the event, called
“Our Stories Remember,”
will target those who have
personally been impacted by
breast cancer.
“The intention is to raise
awareness about breast can-
cer but also to allow people
to come together to honor
survivors and loved ones who
have been affected by breast
cancer,” she said.
The event will feature
Reanae McNeal, a perfor-
mance artist and social activist
who tours nationally and inter-
nationally to give lectures.
McNeal will give a
nontraditional lecture involv-
ing stories, songs, poetry and
chants. She will emphasize the
different ways breast cancer
impacts diverse women and
will inform attendees how to
become activists for breast
cancer awareness.
McNeal’s lectures speak
out against violence against
women and various related
social issues. They often incor-
porate her other creative out-
lets, which include plays, oral
histories, stories, performance
poetry and music.
“Her presentations and per-
formances engage the audi-
ence,” Miller said. “Sometimes
she asks the audience to
respond. It’s a more emotional
connection … more than just
having someone stand there
and give you statistics and
The lecture is a part of
recognizing Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, the most
common cancer in women
apart from skin cancer and
a relevant issue to many
on campus.
“It definitely has affected
faculty and staff,” Miller said.
“There are survivors that
work on campus, and many
times it affects students’ moth-
ers or grandmothers.”
The Women’s Resource
Center will host McNeal
again on Friday, Oct. 19, for
a lecture titled “Faces of
Violence,” which focuses on
domestic violence.
“Our Stories Remember”
will be held at 3:30 p.m. in
Gorgas Library 205 and is open
to everyone.
Activist to speak at ‘Our Stories Remember’
• What: “Our Stories
• When: 3:30 p.m.
• Where: Gorgas 205
By Tori Linville
Contributing Writer
Students can now know
their professors on a more
personal level through a new
University of Alabama pro-
gram that includes a one-on-
one lunch session.
Out 2 Lunch was designed
by the Office of Student
Affairs’ First Year Experience
and Bama Dining to foster
interactions between faculty
or staff members and stu-
The program encourages
new students and transfers
to get to know University
employees and their pro-
fessors by treating them
to lunch at a Bama Dining
facility using a guest meal
provided on their meal
plan. After spending time
with their faculty member
of choice, stu-
dents can fill
out an assess-
ment of the
lunch found on
the FYE web-
site, and the
meal is then
If they aren’t
up for a full
meal, students
can choose
to grab a quick coffee at
Starbucks or even a smooth-
ie at the Student Rec Center
using Dining Dollars, which
would also be refunded. The
student can determine the
atmosphere based on the tone
of the venue they choose.
Phillips Thomas, the coor-
di nator for
Student Affairs’
programs, said
Out 2 Lunch
serves as a
hel pful i ce-
breaker, of
which students
should take full
“We know it’s
i nt i mi d at i ng
for students to
approach this person who’s
like a stranger at the front of
the classroom,” Thomas said.
“The Out 2 Lunch program
gives students the chance to
ask questions outside of class
and allows them to receive
feedback and advice.”
By setting up a meeting,
students can gain advice and
a sense of assurance about
lecture and class, the college
experience as a whole, and
future career paths by famil-
iarizing themselves with peo-
ple who have the tools to help
them, Thomas said.
“Studies show that stu-
dents in their first year that
interact with teachers have
more classroom confidence
and are more plugged in [to
the University],” she said.
Will Jackson, a sophomore
majoring in marketing, par-
ticipated in a lunch at the
Ferguson Center with his art
professor and quickly had his
questions answered.
“The Out 2 Lunch pro-
gram was beneficial because
now I see that teacher and I
see teachers that know her,
so I go into a class and they
already know who I am,”
Jackson said. “It’s great
because the process is break-
ing down boundaries of new
students, and it’s a way to
know who the person at the
front of the classroom is.”
George Brown, the execu-
tive director of University
Recreation and the assis-
tant to the vice president of
Student Affairs, believes a
student’s ability to know fac-
ulty members on a personal
level is an important aspect
of the program.
“I was immediately sold on
the program because I think
it demystifies the aura of
what a faculty or staff mem-
ber can be,” Brown said. “It
really puts the student and
faculty in a situation where
there is a genuine opportuni-
ty to talk about learning and
career development, and I’m
really excited about it.”
For those who are unde-
cided about Out 2 Lunch,
the program offers a recom-
mended list of go-to faculty
members to help tailor the
experience to the student.
The list is available in the
Office of Student Affairs in
Mary Burke Hall and can be
seen online later this month.
Students can take faculty members ‘Out 2 Lunch’
By Ashley Tripp
Staff Reporter
Which Wich Superior
Sandwiches will soon find a
home in Tuscaloosa, opening
downtown at the Boulevard
Lofts Apartment complex on
University Boulevard in mid-
Owner Lee Henderson said
he is very grateful and excited
about the opportunity to bring
Which Wich to Tuscaloosa.
“I have followed the brand
in its recent years, and after
experiencing a loss of business
during the tornado a couple of
years ago, it reinvigorated me
more so to pursue bringing it to
Tuscaloosa,” Henderson said. “I
feel Which Wich is a perfect fit
for Tuscaloosa.”
Known for its creative order-
ing system, Vibe community,
and more than 50 customizable
“wiches,” Which Wich attracts
all customers, including weight
watchers and vegetarians.
“We want our customers to
feel like guests, not customers,”
Henderson said.
When people walk into Which
Wich, Henderson wants them to
be taken back to the ‘old days’ of
brown-bag school lunches, along
with feeling the “Vibes” that the
store presents.
In placing an order, guests
first grab a brown bag with a
preprinted menu and pick their
“wich” category.
“It’s really fun to go to Which
Wich because you get to write
your order on your bag,” Katie
Bayless, a junior majoring in
chemical engineering, said.
Guests choose what bread,
cheese, spreads and veggies
they would like on their “wich.”
They may also purchase extras
such as shakes, chips, cookies
and drinks. After eating, guests
can grab a Sharpie, doodle on
the back of their bags and hang
their masterpieces on the com-
munity wall.
Henderson said
Jeff Sinelli, found-
er of Which Wich,
wants guests to
be able to express
themselves, feel
a sense of com-
munity and be a
part of the overall
Vibe community.
“We think
that our overall
vibe will entice our guests to
want to use our dining room
to study, catch up on emails or
just sit back and enjoy our ban-
quet seating options that will be
available,” Henderson said.
Many University of Alabama
students are familiar with
Which Wich from their home
Hannah King, a junior major-
ing in dance, is looking forward
to having another place to dine-
in and hang out.
“I first dis-
covered Which
Wich in my
home town in
Alpharetta, Ga.,
and am looking
forward to having
it in Tuscaloosa,”
King said.
In addition,
Which Wich will
be considering Bama Cash as
a part of its operations once
“Our goal is to provide our
guests with the perfect ‘wich’
experience,” Henderson said.
Which Wich set to open in Tuscaloosa

It’s great because the process
is breaking down boundaries
of new students, and it’s a way
to know who the person at the
front of the classroom is.
— Will Jackson
“We want our customers to
feel like guests, not
— Lee Henderson
Though B.o.B. and his
opener will be the main
acts of the RAGE event,
the SGA will also host a
Battle of the Bands con-
test on Tuesday, Nov.
6 to select a local or
student band to open the
Local and student
bands were invited to
provide a demo to the
SGA, who will select
three bands to perform at
the Jupiter on Nov. 6. The
winner, decided by the
audience via Twitter, will
have the opportunity to
open for B.o.B at the main
Local band The Doctors
and The Lawyers, made
up of five UA students,
provided a demo to the
SGA and hopes to be
selected for the Battle of
the Bands.
The band has nearly a
dozen original songs, but
also plays covers rang-
ing from Eric Clapton to
The Black Keys. Chris
Wilhelm, the band’s lead
guitarist and backup
vocalist, said they sub-
mitted a demo because it
seemed like a good oppor-
tunity to play in front of a
lot of students.
“SGA has created an
awesome opportunity
for student musicians
through the Battle of
the Bands,” Wilhelm
said. “We would love to
get to participate in an
event like this with so
many Alabama students,
and it would be so cool
to open for a band like
B.o.B at the Tuscaloosa
B.o.B. to headline
amphitheater show
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Change ahead for
greek community
By Tray Smith
Online Editor
Greeks seem to be going through a rough patch
A prank war between two fraternities led to both of
their houses being vandalized and resulted in both hav-
ing their social privileges and block seating suspended.
Pledgeship was suspended while emails alleging alco-
hol abuse and hazing swirled through cyberspace. Four
greek students have been hospitalized for alcohol poi-
soning, twice the number of alcohol-induced hospital-
izations experienced by the rest of the student body.
We’ve all seen this before: an onslaught of bad pub-
licity that damages the greek community but eventu-
ally subsides, allowing normal business to resume.
With each episode, though, a little piece of greekdom
is lost. A subtle acknowledgement that, while this too
will pass, things won’t be this way forever. We are liv-
ing on borrowed time, determined to indulge in our tra-
ditions until the clock runs out.
That clock would still be ticking if, 10 years ago, The
University of Alabama had not decided to transform
itself from a state university to an institution with
national reach. That is precisely what the University
decided, though, so the clock is ticking much faster.
This year’s pledge class, for instance, seems feistier
than most, sending emails and sharing their stories
with reporters. It is surprising we haven’t seen more
of this before now.
Bringing new students with different backgrounds
into lasting institutions will inevitably force those insti-
tutions to change, possibly in profound ways. These
students don’t have the same perspectives, biases and
family heritages that earlier generations of students
Students who do come from those backgrounds are
less committed to tiring traditions than their parents
and grandparents were and are being influenced by
peers from across the country.
The resulting tension is predictable but positive.
These are growing pains, symbolic of a rising univer-
sity where students are questioning the way things are
and have been with an eye on where things are going.
These are good problems to have.
Even the pledge
who recounted his
experiences with
hazing in Tuesday’s
Crimson White said
pledges are reluctant
to drop because they
fear being “black-
balled by the larg-
est greek system in
America.” There is
nothing for them to
fear about being alienated from such a system unless
they really want to be a part of it.
The pledges do want to be a part of it, though,
because there is a lot to gain from being a part of the
greek community. Indeed, there is a lot to gain from
being a pledge.
Pledgeship forces new students to structure their
schedules and discipline themselves, connects them
to opportunities on campus, and introduces them to
hundreds of new students at social events. Eventual
membership opens even more venues for service and
leadership. The greek community as a whole facili-
tates lasting friendships and provides experiences that
define collegiate life for a lot of students.
This context does not excuse brutal hazing, but it
underscores the nature of the two-way relationship
between organizations and their pledges, whose com-
mitment and responsibility helps them individually
and the organization as a whole.
Greek leaders and administrators must figure out
how to preserve that relationship while protecting the
dignity and well-being of new members.
In this effort, public information and conversation
is their ally. Public testimonials of hazing in the greek
community will give potential new members more
information to base their decisions on in the future.
Students appalled by reports of hazing will join orga-
nizations that don’t haze, and students unconcerned
by the reports will not be surprised when they find
themselves being challenged in pledgeship. As the
clock keeps ticking, the groups that manage the two-
way relationship most effectively will be the most suc-
Sharing this story with the public is not just an
appropriate role for the media; it is the media’s duty.
The Crimson White has risen to that responsibility,
not to make the greek community look good or bad,
but simply to report the news. Before Sept. 26, The
Crimson White’s articles about the greek community
were overwhelmingly positive, and included, among
others, “UA’s sorority recruitment largest in nation,
expected to grow,” “Greeks raise money for Ronald
McDonald House at ‘Wings of Hope,’” and “Chapter
houses upgraded.” The Crimson White doesn’t decide
how the greek community is portrayed to the public, it
portrays it as it is.
Today, greeks are concerned and anxious, but even
in the bad news, we see the story of a community that is
slowly evolving and adapting into something that will
endure long past its worst traditions, something that
will outlive the clock.
As that happens, there will be many more good sto-
ries in the future.
Tray Smith is the online editor of The Crimson White.
His column runs on Thursdays.

The Crimson White doesn’t
decide how the greek com-
munity is portrayed to the
public, it portrays it as it is.
MCT Campus
Tuesday’s presidential debate raises stakes even higher
By Sophia Fazal
Staff Columnist
As we move even fur-
ther into election season,
things start to get a little
out of control. A total
of three debates have
passed with only one left
to go. The stakes are high,
and time is of the essence.
The expectations for
Tuesday’s presidential
debate were very differ-
ent from the first face-off
that occurred between
Democratic President
Barack Obama and
Republican candidate
Gov. Mitt Romney.
As USA Today put it,
Obama got a “second
chance” to show the
nation what he was made
of Tuesday night.
Prior to the debate
that occurred on Oct.
3 between Obama and
Romney, Democrats had
the mind set that this
election was in the bag.
However, Romney’s per-
formance echoed like gun-
shots around the world.
Obama seemed anx-
ious, disconnected and
even dazed while Romney
proved to the country that
he and fellow Republicans
were taking a solid stance
that demanded yet anoth-
er change in the system.
Similarly, the same
shock and awe occurred
during the vice-presi-
dential debate that took
place on Oct. 11 between
Democr at i c Vi ce-
President Joe Biden and
Republican vice-presi-
dential candidate Paul
Ryan just weeks ago.
Biden was abrasive
yet tactful, not the usual
approach for a defend-
ing candidate; he led the
Democrats in a small vic-
tory, and more important-
ly, swept Ryan and fellow
Republicans tastefully
under the rug.
So, the real fight to
watch was last night.
Obama’s advisors had
assured the press that he
would be more “aggres-
sive” and “energetic,”
traits that should’ve been
highly insisted upon in
his first debate against
Romney. Sure enough,
Obama pulled through.
Obama’s apathetic atti-
tude was more than per-
tinent on Oct. 3, but last
night he was confident,
concise and to the point.
“We haven’t heard from
the governor any specif-
ics beyond Big Bird and
eliminating funding for
Planned Parenthood in
terms of how he pays for
it,” Obama said.
Now Romney is another
story. The wind behind
Romney’s back seems to
be an increase in the ref-
erendum. The Republican
poll increase started just
after the debate on Oct.
3. Since then it has trans-
formed Romney from
being the sole Republican
candidate to “an accept-
able alternative to inde-
pendents,” according to
what GOP pollster Whit
Ayres told CNN just a few
nights ago. This is not only
a win for Republicans, but
a clear wake up call to
However, last night
was another turn in the
wind, and not a good one.
Romney seemed to be lost
when it came to a debate
forum, as if he was that
kid in the back of the
classroom that no one
wanted to call on - ever.
He was stumbling through
rebuttals, loosing speak-
ing time, and racking up
some rudeness points
with last night’s female
moderator. To top it
off, he ranted about his
“binder full of women,”
which was used to fill
his cabinet as governor
of Massachusetts. When
realistically, women don’t
even seem
to be the
big contrib-
utors in any
of Romney’s
b u s i n e s s
or political,
ac c or di ng
to a story
by The New
“When do you gradu-
ate?” Romney asked a
student that asked his
first question. “When
you come out in 2014, I
presume I’m going to be
president. I’m going to
make sure you get a job,”
Romney said to him.
And presumabl y,
Romney started his night
strong, and this bold
statement could’ve been
truth by the end of the
debate. However, he’s
going to have to bite his
tongue when watching
the polls for the next few
days after last night’s per-
So what’s to come?
With only one debate to
go between the two candi-
dates, Oct. 22 will be one
hell of a fight to watch at
Lynn University in Boca
Raton, Fla.
The debate
will focus
on U.S. for-
eign policy.
R o m n e y
has numer-
ously ques-
t i o n e d
O b a m a ’ s
foreign pol-
icy, despite
failing to stick to facts
when doing so. Obama, on
the other hand, has only
just proved his country
that he’s still in this fight.
We continue to watch
the political seesaw, ever
wondering, will this be
enough for his re-election
to office, or will the elec-
tion bring a GOP victor?
Sophia Fazal is a senior
majoring in anthropol-
ogy. Her column runs
By Nathan James
Staff Columnist
The University of
Alabama is, on the whole,
very strict in its enforce-
ment of the law. Bikes that
are not locked to bike racks
are tagged and sometimes
impounded. Cars that are
parked illegally are fre-
quently ticketed for hun-
dreds of dollars by cam-
pus police. Frequent room
inspections by resident
advisors ensure that stu-
dents keep their dormito-
ries up to University stan-
dards. Students convicted
of domestic violence on
campus face a mandatory
prison sentence.
There is only one group
that is largely overlooked
by University police and
administrators in their
enforcement of the law.
That group is greeks.
Earlier this month, The
Crimson White ran an
article about a fraternity
pledge’s experiences with
hazing. The article detailed
ways in which initiates are
physically violated, ver-
bally abused
and threat-
ened with
reprisal if
they report
on their mis-
On that
note, the
a r t i c l e
d e s c r i b e d
V i c e
President for Student
Affairs Mark Nelson’s
response to hazing, which
appears to be largely
unenforced, and in no way
includes the prosecution
of those responsible for
abusing pledges. Dean of
Students Tim Hebson has
promoted self-reporting as
a means to combat hazing,
but ignored the threat of
blackballing or other repri-
sal against greeks who self-
T h i s
isn’t even
ing the issue
of rampant
u n d e r ag e
d r i n k i n g
on cam-
pus. Last
year, four
of six cases
of alcohol
poisoning that resulted in
hospitalization were greek
students. This statistic fails
to account for the number
of greek students who suf-
fer alcohol poisoning but,
again, fail to report it for
fear of their brothers’ or
sisters’ response. And yet,
University officials con-
tinue to turn a blind eye to
the problem. Nelson even
claimed earlier this year no
greeks were hospitalized
last year for alcohol poison-
Why are greek trans-
gressions ignored, even
condoned, while even
minor violations by unaffil-
iated students are met with
uncompromising resolve?
I’m hesitant to suggest it,
but we should consider
the possibility that it’s for
financial reasons.
Think about it. The
University makes money
whenever it gives parking
tickets, which is to say all the
time. Requiring students
to keep their dormitories
clean protects an important
recruitment asset that
allows the University
to bring in out-of-state
students. But prosecut-
ing greeks, who make up
roughly one-third of the
student body, would impair
recruitment and hinder the
University’s current policy
of expansion.
It’s easy to condemn
greeks who participate
in hazing. But we should
also condemn University
officials who hold a double
standard when it comes to
safety and the law. Turning
a blind eye to certain trans-
gressions may help the
University’s bottom line,
but it also undermines our
moral integrity in ways that
matter far more.
Nathan James is a sopho-
more majoring in public
relations. His column runs
on Thursdays.
Administration must stop turning blind eye to greeks
Why vote? Because problems won’t magically go away
By Amber Patterson
Staff Columnist
Yesterday I received my
voter registration card in
the mail, and I’m pretty
excited. This will be my
first time voting in a presi-
dential election, and this
time the outcome could
actually have an effect on
me and my future.
I know it is has been said
over and over again why
voting is important, and
it has been approached
from every angle. We have
heard why women, African
Americans and youth
should vote, and the conse-
quences of what will hap-
pen if we fail to vote. With
all that being said, I will
spare you the angled rea-
sons why voting is impor-
tant and simply argue: It is
common sense.
Since elementary school,
we have been taught that
if we see a problem or feel
strongly about an issue, we
should voice our opinion.
Then we should fix it or
figure out a way to obtain
a solution. We have also
learned about the system
of democracy since middle
school. With all this knowl-
edge, there is no reason
why every person 18 and
older shouldn’t be regis-
tered to vote.
The problems we see
in our nation are not just
going to magically go
away. It is not okay to just
sit there and pray the out-
come is in your favor, based
on the rest of the nation’s
decision. It is not a lottery,
and you cannot just spin
the wheel and hope you hit
the jackpot.
The common excuse I
hear from those who do
not want to vote or just
choose not to vote is that
neither of the candidates
satisfy what they feel
should make a president.
Sorry, but this excuse
holds no clout. No candi-
date is going to match up
exactly with your values
because we are all differ-
ent. At least try to find
what you are looking for
in one of the candidates,
and do not write them off
so swiftly.
If you do the research
and still do not find any
results, then use the write-
in option. I know these
barely get any consider-
ation, but at least you are
exercising your right to
vote, which is valuable. It
does not matter who you
vote for, please just do.
Make your voice heard,
even if you are not the
majority. Vote for the sim-
ple sake of common sense.
Amber Patterson is a
sophomore majoring in
marketing and public rela-
tions. Her column runs on

With only one debate to go
between the two candidates,
Oct. 22 will be one hell of a
fight to watchat Lynn Univer-
sity in Boca Raton, Fla.

Why are greek transgres-
sions ignored, even con-
doned, while even minor
violations by unaffiliated
students are met with un-
compromising resolve?
By John McPhail
Contributing Writer
Lowes has donated
$400,000 to Habitat for
Humanity to build five new
homes in the tornado-rav-
aged areas of Tuscaloosa.
Habitat for Humanity, an
organization that provides
housing for those in need,
has been heavily involved in
rebuilding the Tuscaloosa
community after the devas-
tation of the April 27, 2011
tornado. Of the five homes
set to be built from Lowes’
donation, four will go up on
7th Street East and anoth-
er on 18th Avenue East in
Alberta, a community in
Tuscaloosa that saw some of
the worst destruction.
“Habitat for Humanity of
Tuscaloosa’s goal is to help
improve the lives of the peo-
ple affected by the storm,”
Heather Poe, office manager
of HFH of Tuscaloosa, said.
Many resi-
dents applied
for the organi-
zation’s hous-
ing, but only
five were cho-
sen as recipi-
ents. Jessie
Hill was chosen
as the recipient
of the house on
18th Avenue
East, whose
walls were raised Monday.
Khyla Colvin, Brenda
Anthony, Sonya Moore and
Jackie Booker are the recip-
ients of the houses on 7th
Street East, and the founda-
tions have been laid on all
four of the houses. All five
houses are scheduled to be
finished by January 2013.
Habitat for Humanity will
hold the mortgage on these
homes for 30
years with zero
percent inter-
est. Therefore,
t he home-
owners will
have a more
a f f o r d a b l e
payment plan
than a conven-
tional mort-
gage, which
the Financial
Forecast Center has set at
3.5 percent as of September
All of the new Habitat
for Humanity houses are
being built entirely by vol-
unteers. The construction
staff consists of five mem-
bers. Additionally, Lowes
staff members are donating
their free time to help with
the construction, and many
local churches and business
have also offered help and
“Lowes’ goal is very much
to show presence in the
community by support both
throughout our stores and
throughout our staff,” Matt
Harbison, district commer-
cial account specialist for
Lowes, said. “I have had
the pleasure of being able
to meet these families, and
I can tell you they are very
happy to have Habitat and
Lowes helping them.”
It is the goal of the two
companies to provide a
soundly constructed, ener-
gy efficient home for their
recipients. The builders are
fol l owi ng new codes
implemented by Energy
Star, a joint program of
the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and the
U.S. Department of Energy,
which helps cut down the
utility cost for homeowners.
Lowes’ donation has con-
tinued an ongoing effort to
help the community. Habitat
for Humanity has previously
constructed 19 homes in the
aftermath of the tornado.
“Coach Nick Saban’s
foundation, Nick’s Kids, has
just completed their 14th
home as part of their 14-for-14
program, while four other
homes have been built
by the partnership of the
Major League Baseball and
State Farm All Star Build
Foundation,” Poe said.
Habitat for Humanity has
recently acquired 30 new
lots on Juanita Drive in
Alberta to continue their
building program.
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Page 5
By Colby Leopard
Staff Reporter
For students interested in
knowing where Quidditch
on the Quad is this year, the
Honors College Assembly has
your answer.
“We are moving Quidditch
on the Quad to the spring
semester this year for a
number of reasons, but most
importantly among those rea-
sons are so we can stay on the
Quad,” Olivia West, a senior
majoring in studio art, said.
West is HCA’s vice president
of special events and is oversee-
ing this year’s Quidditch on the
Quad. This is the first year HCA
will be responsible for Quidditch
on the Quad, taking over from
Creative Campus.
“Quidditch on the Quad has
been wonderful and fun in years
past,” West said. “It brings the
whole student body together
and gives us something to
look forward to participating
in every year. All of the things
that Creative Campus has done,
the good things that make
Quidditch great, are going to
Lowes donates $400,000 to local Habitat for Humanity
Quidditch on the Quad to return in Spring 2013
stay the same.”
West said HCA will be making
a few changes to Quidditch this
year to make the event even bet-
ter than it has been before. As a
former Creative Campus intern,
West said she knows the things
that have made Quidditch great
in the past, as well as what areas
can be improved.
“I know moving Quidditch to
the spring prolongs the wait, but
we feel that having a big sport-
ing event like this in the spring
will give us something to look
forward to, and it also helps
avoid having to compete for the
Quad during the football season
in the fall,” West said. “Other
than moving to the spring, I’m
really excited about some of
the ideas the leadership team
in HCA are coming up with
for Quidditch. I don’t want to
give away too much right now,
but you can expect to be see-
ing some of these ideas being
put in to action by the end of
the month.”
HCA director of public rela-
tions Daniel Connors has
begun working on Quidditch’s
strong advertising movement
and is excited to unveil some of
the things he has been work-
ing on. Connors, a senior from
Enterprise, Ala., said students
can expect a Quidditch promo-
tional video very soon.
“The first thing we’re going to
do is release a teaser to get stu-
dents excited about Quidditch
being in the spring,” Connors
said. “With football season
being so hectic and such a big
deal at Alabama, I think every-
one will benefit from Quidditch
happening in the spring. We just
have to help with the wait.”
Kirkland Back, a Creative
Campus intern and HCA’s direc-
tor of arts awareness, said this
year’s Quidditch tournament
will be bigger than it has ever
been before.
Back said the anticipa-
tion of Quidditch draws stu-
dents to the University from
across the country.
“In its third year, Quidditch is
going to be absolutely humon-
gous,” he said. “It is so expected
by people this year. There are a
lot of people that literally came
to the University with the sole
intent of playing Quidditch. I
hear freshmen talking all the
time about how they came to
UA because it’s awesome and
we have Quidditch.”
West said Quidditch on
the Quad’s purpose is to
give UA students something
fun to look forward to and
enjoy every year.
“It is so exciting for people to
have something so immersive
and on such a grand scale hap-
pen here on our campus,” she
said. “It brings something that
you only read about in your
physical life and allows you
to interact in a way you would
never have thought possible. You
can play on a Quidditch team,
you hear the theme song play-
ing from Denny Chimes, you can
walk down Diagon Alley, you can
see actors playing out scenes
from the books and movies.
You really lose yourself in this
Harry Potter world.”
CW | Mitchell Hughes
The second annual Quidditch on the Quad tournament in progress.

I know moving Quidditch to the
spring prolongs the wait, but we
feel that having a big sporting
event like this in the spring will
give us something to look forward
— Olivia West
Shaq united with the
Century Council in their
efforts to put a stop to col-
lege-age binge drinking. The
Century Council is a nation-
al nonprofit organization
founded in 1991 by alcohol
distillers who aid in combat-
ing the issues of underage
drinking, as well as drunken
When the members of
LTUT discovered Shaq’s
partnership with the
Century Council, one of
their primary funding orga-
nizations, Yvonne Tauton,
director of media relations
for LTUT, said they became
determined to get him to the
University to help with the
“It is a challenge to get stu-
dents to engage in the con-
versation about the issue of
anti-binge drinking,” Tauton
said. “By bringing a celebrity
with the recognition of Shaq
into the communications, it
will help us grab attention.
Hopefully, students will see
the message and forward it
to their friends.”
The PSA has taken six
months to complete, along
with a lot of planning and
preparation, Tauton said.
“On the day of the shoot,
Shaq showed up around
2 p.m. and worked intent-
ly with the TCF and APR
students for about four
hours on Friday, April 6,”
Tauton said. “In addition to
creating the ad, he was will-
ing to meet with local media
for about an hour. We cre-
ated a shirt for him (size
4X) with one of our cam-
paign slogans, and he wore
it all day long. He was just a
delight to work with.”
The first LTUT bar initia-
tive was hosted at Innisfree,
a supportive partner of the
campaign, in 2010. Osier said
he likes the idea of host-
ing the anti-binge drinking
event at a bar to show stu-
dents the message isn’t to
stop drinking, but to drink
in moderation.
“I think it’s a good idea to
have it at Innisfree, or any
bar, because it’s a good way
to get people aware of the
campaign, and you can still
drink and have a good time,”
Osier said.
After 6 months, Shaq
alcohol PSA debuts
“Habitat for Humanity of
Tuscaloosa’s goal is to help
improve the lives of people
affected by the storm.
— Heather Poe
Albert Brewer, Del Marsh panelists for
Alabama’s 1st ‘Town Hall Experience’
By Sarah Robinson
Contributing Writer
Government off i ci al s
will help The University of
Alabama Honors College
launch its new program, Town
Hall Experience, on Thursday,
Oct. 18, in Farrah Hall.
Former Gov. Albert Brewer
and President Pro Tempore
of the State Senate Del Marsh
are panelists for the first
Town Hall Experience.
The program, led by former
director of the Alabama Law
Institute Bob McCurley and
10 Honors College students,
gives participants a platform
to discuss issues facing the
state and nation.
UA student organizations
and faculty members nomi-
nated students to participate.
After checking each nomi-
nee’s resume, the Honors
College selected 55 students
to be a part of the first forum.
The forum will begin
with an open discussion
between participants and
panelists about constitutional
reform in Alabama. Brewer
and Marsh will share their
thoughts and solutions on the
Participants will then break
With grant, UA leads way in computer science
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Page 6 | Thursday, October 18, 2012
National Science Foundation provides grant to help high school teachers improve students’ education
By Jon Vincent
Contributing Writer
Inspired by Alabama state
students’ poor performance
on computer science-based
exams, a $1 million grant
from the National Science
Foundation will allow high
school teachers across the
state to work with University
of Alabama students and fac-
ulty to provide higher-quality
In 2011, only 100 computer
science advanced placement
exams were taken throughout
the state and 46 percent of stu-
dents scored a one or a two.
Jeff Gray, associate profes-
sor of computer science at the
University, feels the issue lies
in unfair expectations of high
school teachers.
“Applying the current AP
training model for new com-
puter science teachers is
similar to asking a teacher
with no mathematics back-
ground to initiate a new
calculus AP course with just
one week of training,” Gray
said. “This situation would
seem absurd to most admin-
istrators, but it is the com-
mon expectation for promot-
ing new AP computer science
However, Gray has a plan.
This coming summer, he’ll
begin offering teachers from
across the state the opportuni-
ty for computer science train-
ing and one-on-two mentoring
from “teacher leaders,” who
have already had success in
their computer science class-
By year three, the program
is proposed to have created
50 computer science teachers
and have led to 1,350 more stu-
dents taking computer science
classes around the state.
Gray’s plan is made possible
by a $1 million grant from the
National Science Foundation,
along with a partnership with
the Alabama Department of
Education and A+ College
Ready. A+ College Ready
leads a statewide effort to
improve AP test scores across
The grant will also allow the
University to offer high school
students the opportunity to
attend computer science sum-
mer camps, weekend study
sessions in the weeks leading
up to the AP test in May and a
state competition.
Beyond high school stu-
dents, students at the
University will also have the
opportunity to learn and help.
“The grant has funding to
support many UA students
over the course of three
years,” Gray said. “Primarily,
there is full-time support for
a PhD student who will assist
in the planning and design of
course materials that will be
shared with the high school
“Additionally, there are sev-
eral positions each year for
undergraduates to assist with
the project. We would like
to fund undergraduates not
only in computer science, but
also in secondary math and
science education to form a
team that shares and learns
from each other. In particu-
lar, the pre-service education
students will be equipped
with the knowledge to then
teach this course in the high
schools where they are later
Derek Duncan, a freshman
majoring in electrical engi-
neering, is excited about this
“The AP Computer Science
Exam changed the way I
approach problems by making
me look at the step by step pro-
cess in addition to looking at
the big picture,” Duncan said.
“This helped me greatly in
classes such as statistics and
calculus, where math becomes
more than A plus B equals C.
I challenge high school stu-
dents to take the class, and
I would love to be there with
them when they learned.”
Gray is currently also work-
ing with College Board and
the University of Wisconsin to
develop course materials for
a new computer science prin-
ciples AP test.
“For the past decade,
Alabama has been near the
bottom of participation in the
current Computer Science AP
Exam,” Gray said. “The poten-
tial for impact that this new
grant offers is the chance for
Alabama to emerge as one of
the nationwide leaders in the
new AP exam that is being
planned by the College Board
[to be released in 2015]. This
grant will provide the fund-
ing needed to train nearly 50
high school teachers across
the state in computer science
at a more rigorous level than
currently offered.”

The AP Computer Science Exam changed the way I approach problems
by making me look at the step by step process in addition to looking
at the big picture. I challenge high school students to take the class,
and I would love to be there with them when they learned.
— Derek Duncan
Honors College program begins Thursday, Oct. 18 in Farrah Hall
up into groups, where group
leaders will inform the stu-
dents about the issue, and
they will discuss it among
After discussion, the groups
will present their ideas to the
Honors College students
Lauren Hardison, Harrison
Martin and David Wilson will
be coordinating the event.
Wilson said the class is excit-
ed to have Brewer and Marsh
as panelists.
“We are so pleased to have
legends at the forum,” Wilson
Hardison said she hopes the
big names will attract press
because she thinks the forum
is going to produce some tan-
gible results.
“Its very important for stu-
dents to be informed about
something that is so pertinent
to them as they grow into
voting age and they are able
to vote on things like this,”
Hardison said.
The new Honors College
program will have forums
The first Town Hall
Experience will be Thursday,
Oct. 18, in the Moot Courtroom
in Farrah Hall at 6 p.m.

It’s very important for students to be
informed about something that is so
pertinent to them as they grow into
voting age and they are able to vote
on things like this.
— Lauren Hardison
Brown said this year will be
special because the undefeated
Crimson Tide is going up against
another undefeated opponent.
“It adds a level of competitive-
ness and excitement to the game,
especially because we have a
stigma of playing easier teams
for Homecoming,” Brown said.
Brown said this year the
Homecoming committee has
dedicated itself to implementing
more opportunities for inclusive-
ness for many small campus
groups and individual students
across campus in Homecoming
festivities. These festivities kick
off Sunday, Oct. 21, with the annu-
al Roll Tide Run. Registration
and check-in will be at the rear
of Gorgas Library at noon, and
the race begins at 1 p.m.
Paint the Town Red, an event
where students representing dif-
ferent organizations across cam-
pus paint storefronts through-
out Tuscaloosa in the theme of
Homecoming, will take place
Monday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Homecoming Queen elec-
tions will be held Tuesday, Oct.
23, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, when
students can vote on myBama.
The winner will be crowned at
halftime of the Mississippi State
game on Saturday.
Lissa Handley-Tyson, a candi-
date for this year’s Homecoming
Queen, said she has enjoyed her
four years at the Capstone more
than she could have ever imag-
ined, and Homecoming is just
another aspect that she loves
about Alabama. She said she is
most looking forward to the cho-
reography competition and step
“I have never been the best
dancer, so I love watching people
that can,” Handley-Tyson said.
A new event added to
this year’s Homecoming fes-
tivities is the Crimson Chalk
Challenge, which will be held
on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 4
p.m. Organizations will compete
to design and decorate a piece of
cement on the Quad with chalk.
The competition will be judged
similarly to the lawn decorating
and art competitions.
The annual Homecoming pep
rally and bonfire will be held
Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. on the
Katie Welpott, senior direc-
tor of communications for
Homecoming, said she is most
excited about the pep rally on
Friday night because they will
be honoring the Million Dollar
Band on their centennial year
and announcing the winners for
the week’s many competitions.
The Homecoming parade will
be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from
downtown Tuscaloosa to the
University campus.
Grand Marshals for the event
will be Alabama softball head
coach, Patrick Murphy; Alabama
gymnastics head coach, Sarah
Patterson; and head coach of the
Alabama women’s golf team, Mic
Potter. These coaches are being
honored for their teams’ national
championship titles.
Homecoming has been a tra-
dition at the Capstone for over
90 years, and it is a great way to
unite the campus, Welpott said.
“Homecoming should serve to
help build pride in being a stu-
dent at Alabama and for years
to come once becoming an alum-
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By Buddy Acker
Two vi deo games,
“Dishonored” and “XCOM:
Enemy Unknown” released
last week. I want to play both
of them. I mean, I really want
to play both of them. I want to
buy both of them. The thing is,
my pockets aren’t exactly over-
flowing with cash. And while I
would love to spend what I do
have entirely on games, I’m
attending college and just can’t.
Luckily, cheap or free games
do exist, and some of them
are really good – sometimes
even great. Just the other day
I completed “The Walking
Dead: Episode Four, Around
Every Corner.” It only costs 400
Microsoft points – that amounts
to about $5 – on Xbox Live and
is in my opinion a worthwhile
experience. I’ve invested
about $20 in “The Walking
Dead” games so far, and
as a whole they’ve been
some of the best gaming
experiences I’ve had all year.
It’s a very choice-driven game,
and I think it nails what it sets
out to accomplish.
Cheaper still is a great
Xbox Live indie game called
“Gateways.” It only costs 80
Microsoft points – about $1 –
and it’s a wonderful tribute
to the 8-bit era of gaming and
Portal. It’s filled with brilliant
gam*e design and clever puz-
zles. It’s not the longest game
ever or anything, but it’s cer-
tainly worth more than a dol-
lar; it’s a much better game
than “Resident Evil 6,” which I
foolishly paid $60 for and was
immensely disappointed by. I
would recommend Gateways to
anyone. offers sev-
eral free titles for gamers
to sink their teeth into. Last
week I completed a charming
game called “Super Adventure
Pals,” which fans of the Mario
or Zelda games should enjoy. I
recently played through “Deep
Sleep,” a horror game about a
person attempting to wake up
from what they assume to be a
nightmare. It’s inventive and,
more importantly, scary.
The point I’m trying to
make is there is an alternative
for people who love playing
games but can’t afford every
Triple-A title that hits shelves.
Gaming should not be defined
by price, but by how much
enjoyment a gamer gets out
of it. Some of the best games
I’ve ever played have been
low-cost or even free. While
I’ll definitely continue to buy
and play $60 games, I’ll always
be on the lookout for fun,
cheap experiences.
On a budget, cheap online games offer worthwhile gaming experiences
On-campus museum offers always-changing exhibits
By Nathan Proctor
Staff Reporter
The monumental stature of
The University of Alabama’s
towering structures assign a his-
torical and museum-like quality
to many campus buildings. Often
lost in this shuffle of brick and
mortar is the Alabama Museum
of Natural History housed within
the unimposing Smith Hall.
“For the most part, unless a
student takes a class here, they
have little idea about the muse-
um,” director Randy Mecredy
said. “I want students to know it’s
more than just a building.”
Constructed in 1907 as a
part of the geological survey of
Alabama, the museum aims to
represent the natural history of
the state through a combination
of research, education, outreach
and active specimen collection,
he said.
Acting on its nominal func-
tion, the museum displays rotat-
ing exhibits of specimens from
the times of dinosaurs, coal and
ice age. The collections are as
varied as the replica Basilosaurus
hanging from the ceiling to
the Hodges meteorite, the only
documented case of a meteorite
striking a person.
“What we have on exhibit is
only a fraction of what’s held in
collection,” Mecredy said. “We
try to create exhibits that are
intriguing to a general audience,
gives them a taste of science and
makes them want to learn more.”
With a vast and ever-growing
collection of artifacts in storage,
some dating back to the muse-
um’s founding, he said the selec-
tion process is rarely easy. He
recalled their recent completion
of a geology exhibit where they
decided to pull from a few intro-
ductory native elements and
minerals and branch into a few
more elements while highlight-
ing their applied and scientific
“Otherwise, it’s just a rock,”
Mecredy said. “You put some sci-
ence behind it and some practi-
cal everyday use as well, and it
gives some meaning to it.”
Considered an outreach unit
within academic affairs, the
museum has been tied to the
University since its beginning.
Today, Mecredy said, they sup-
port a variety of academic units
on campus through teaching and
He cited the museum’s use by
introductory geology classrooms
and art classes who spend weeks
finding inspiration from within
the museum. Writing classes
base their writings on exhibits,
and a variety of other sciences
make use of their resources. A
majority of the museum’s staff
also acts as adjunct professors
on campus.
“When I became director
six years ago, that was the one
thing I implemented,” Mecredy
said. “I wanted to be as closely
embedded in the academic units
as possible.”
Education and outreach direc-
tor Amanda Espy-Brown said her
personal goal was have every UA
student visit the museum before
they graduate. She said Smith
Hall’s relatively inconspicuous
exterior and minimal amount of
parking has limited their pub-
lic exposure to students and
locals alike.
However, the museum has
increased its efforts to provide
programs and events geared
specifically to college students,
Brown said.
“Natural History with The
Experts,” for example, invites
experts from a variety of
scientific fields to display their
knowledge to guests for free
before home football games. In
the coming semester, the muse-
um will host a college night, fam-
ily night, ghost story themed “A
Haunting at the Museum” night,
and a Christmas open house.
Lanesha Childress, a sopho-
more majoring in art, had lit-
tle idea a museum existed on
campus until wandering into
the hall on an exploratory walk
with friends. Since her discovery,
she began a work-study with the
museum, working on Museum
Mondays and Kids Corner, two
light-hearted, experiment-filled
programs for young children.
“I love it,” Childress said. “It
really gives them more knowl-
edge about our history while
putting a smile on their face.”
Free of charge to students,
Brown said even non-science
majors can find something of
interest in the museum.
“We really do have things
from within the museum and in
our collections that are not only
unique to Alabama, but artifacts
that are unique to the world,” she
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By Asher Elbein
Superheroes have had
a tough time on television
recently. “Heroes” dissolved
into an incoherent mess,
“Smallville” battled dimin-
ishing returns, and the less
said about “The Cape,” the
better. With just a few epi-
sodes, however, the CW’s
new “Arrow” manages to
establish itself as a decent, if
unexceptional, show.
Oliver Queen, million-
aire playboy and Starling
City’s favored son, has sur-
vived for five years on a
desolate island before his
rescue. Forced to watch
his father and lover die
in a violent shipwreck,
the man who returns to
civilization is not the boy
who left. He’s picked up
some new things: commit-
ment to justice, catlike
agility and deadly pro-
ficiency with a bow and
arrow. Armed with a list
of names and a new vigi-
lante identity, Queen is
going to bring down the
criminals ruling his city,
even if that means killing
them. “Arrow” owes a huge
debt to Christopher Nolan’s
“Batman Begins,” both in
structure and aesthetic.
Besides the obvious story
similarities – a rich playboy
turned vigilante, dead par-
ent, grim demeanor – the
show apes the industrial
cinematography and pound-
ing score of Nolan’s trilogy.
It also cribs enough specific
detail to make clear just on
whose cape tail “Arrow” is
riding. Structurally, copy-
ing Nolan is a smart choice.
Unlike “Smallville,” Queen
is costumed and established
by the middle of the first
episode, and periodic flash-
backs to his time stranded
helpfully sketch in back-sto-
ry. A schizophrenic streak
lurks under the gritty
veneer, however. Half of the
premiere sets up the soap-
style love triangles and
dramas within the support-
ing cast, positioning pretty
people close to each other
and watching what hap-
pens. Queen’s best friend
and ex-girlfriend, Tommy
Merlyn and Dinah Lance,
both feel like characters
who’ve wandered into the
wrong show. But there’s a
hidden upside to this, and
it lies in Stephen Amell’s
performance as Queen. With
cold eyes and a flat affect,
Amell conveys a charac-
ter who broke and remade
himself into something ter-
rifying. Watching Queen
try to pass as his former
self is unsettling, and there
are times when the veneer
cracks to reveal the predator
underneath. The mixture of
elements adds a touch
of menace to an other-
wise cliche setup; the
rest of the cast may be
distracted by romantic
pursuits, but Queen is
playing a much deadlier
game. Unfortunately, the
writing in “Arrow” is hit or
miss. Ignoring the classic
rule of “show, don’t tell,”
the first episode bulges
with tedious exposition
and dialogue. Characters
declaim their motivations
to each other in ways no
real person has ever done,
and it lends a jarring note
to what is otherwise an
effectively structured and
paced show. For the most
part, “Arrow” has much to
recommend it. It offers up
the requisite tights and
fights from which its fel-
low shows have shied away
and sets itself apart by
jumping into the action
immediately. It’s not an
original superhero show
by any means, but it’s
competent, and these days
that’s a rare thing indeed.
By Jared Downing
For a story about jazz,
The University of Alabama’s
current show “Side Man” is
pretty glum.
And for a show about ‘50s
swingers, the narrator is
kind of a dweeb. His name
is Cliff Glimmer (Jacob
Valleroy). He wears ‘80s
dad jeans and sneakers and
talks about his jazz-playing
father and his cool-cat band-
mates like a college stu-
dent prepping his girlfriend
to meet his embarrassing
But we get the sense
from the beginning that
there isn’t much of a
place anymore for Gene
Glimmer (Chris Bellinger), a
freelance trumpeter who
spends his Saturday nights
in the Sinatra era blowing
for whatever band needs
a spare horn. Through a
series of flashbacks, Cliff
walks us through his father’s
three-decade staccato of hard
liquor, seedy nightclubs and
all-night jam sessions that
gives way to welfare lines and
a broken home as the Jazz
Age fades out from under
Gene and his pals live for
the next gig and spend their
time discussing how to game
the unemployment desk.
Gene leaves his steadily
declining wife Terry (Abby
Jones) to absorb the fallout.
Playwright Warren Leight’s
semi-biographical script –
Gene is based on his own
father – is a tribute to the
devil-may-care jazz epoch
and a tragic portrait of a
husband who can’t change
with the times and a wife who
can’t handle it.
We never see Gene or his
buddies actually perform, but
Leight’s dialogue jumps like
a fast number. Gene’s ensem-
ble sports Cooper Kennard,
Michael Luwoye and Jeff
Horger, the University’s
venerable masters of the
art of snark, but they have
trouble finding a shared
rhythm. Leight’s raunchy
jabs and chops-bustin’ is
halting where it should
be slick, and much of it
happens in a living room that
sits up and away from the
audience on what looks like a
nightclub stage; it’s neat idea
but does no favors for the
energy. The script has a
tricky rhythm and the show
does its best, but it can’t
give off the real spark of
the genre. What Cliff shows
us in those early years was
doomed from the start. More
than a homage, Leight’s is
a human story of loneli-
ness, faded dreams and lost
passion. The decades turn
Terry from a fiery-yet-naïve
young woman into a suicidal
alcoholic, a transformation
Jones makes magnificently
subtle. As his gigs dry up,
Gene becomes so detached
he can’t even remember to
eat without writing it down.
But Bellinger always manag-
es to hold onto a stale shadow
of passion; he shows us a man
who doesn’t refuse to accept
the life around him, but
simply can’t.
The entire cast pulls it
off beautifully. The slowly
fading dream, the forgot-
ten passion, and the last
tatters of the spirit of a
fiery age hang, distinctly, on
everyone: the band, Carrie
Poh’s cocktail waitress
Patsy and even, to an
extent, Valleroy’s Cliff.
I haven’t seen anything
like it here.
In one scene, Gene and his
bandmates, now at the dusk
of their careers, sit around
an old recorder and listen
to a trumpet player’s last
performance, the night
before he died. There’s jumps
and howls, and director Stacy
Alley asks us to join the
old musicians as they lose
themselves in the music.
It’s disappointing that “Side
Man” never quite manages
to cast the same spell, but in
the end, this a story about
people, not music, and while
you may not feel the spirit of
jazz music, you can at least
feel its loss.
Jazz story ‘Side Man’ a little off-beat, ‘can’t give off real spark of the genre’
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has ever done, and it lends a jarring note to what is otherwise an effec-
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forgotten passion, and the last tatters of the spirit of a fiery age hang,
distinctly, on everyone.
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As The University of
Alabama men’s tennis team
embarks on its journey to
the indoor national champi-
onships, only one test stands
between the team and quali-
The Crimson Tide begins
play Thursday in the USTA/
ITA Southern Regional
Championships at Auburn
University. Collegiate athletes
from Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana will compete
over five days. Winners of the
singles and doubles brackets
advance to the indoor nation-
al championships in Flushing,
N.Y., at the site of the U.S.
Eight players from Alabama
will compete in the 128-man
singles bracket and will later
pair up to play in the 64-team
doubles draw. After a strong
showing at the Tom Fallon
Invitational, the Tide is rid-
ing a wave of momentum into
“Our first day wasn’t great,
but we kept getting better as
the tournament went along,”
said assistant coach Ryler
DeHeart. “It’s always two
steps forward and one step
back, but we’re getting better,
and I’ve seen a lot of improve-
Of the six wins recorded
on the last day of the tour-
nament, freshman Becker
O’Shaughnessey and senior
Jarryd Botha each chalked
up a singles victory against
Michigan State. The two play-
ers, who also teamed up for a
doubles win against Michigan,
will join forces this week in
“[We] kept improving
as the tournament pro-
gressed,” O’Shaughnessey
said. “We brought a lot of
intensity and fight into our
game, which helped us win
more easily.”
With plenty of time remain-
ing in the season, the team is
focused on fitness, strength
and endurance. In order to
prevail this weekend, the Tide
will have to maintain consis-
tency throughout the five-day
“I need to learn how to
handle any situation I’m in,”
Botha said. “I just need to stay
as solid as I can, no matter
what I can and can’t control.”
Since the top teams from
three states will compete in
the southern regionals, the
Tide will get its first taste
of what some of the stron-
gest SEC teams have to offer.
With everyone contending for
a chance to clinch a spot in
the national championships,
Alabama expects to face the
best of every opponent.
“Our guys are hungry and
willing to work hard,” DeHeart
said. “They’ve always been
ready for a challenge, and I
hope they’re prepared for an
even bigger challenge coming
up this weekend.”
Alabama ready for tough test at southern regionals
By Charlie Potter
Contributing Writer
The Alabama rowing team
will look to build off its hot start
when it travels to Cambridge,
Mass., this weekend to compete
in the 48th annual Head of the
Charles Regatta. The Crimson
Tide crew team will participate
in the Women’s Club Eight race
that will begin Saturday, Oct. 20,
at 1:35 p.m. EST.
The Tide started the 2012-13
season with a bang as its “A” boat
won the Championship 8+ race
at the Chattanooga Head Race
for the first time and defeated
SEC rival Tennessee.
Head coach Larry Davis said
the season-opening win will be
beneficial to his team moving
forward, but it can’t get compla-
cent over the victory.
“I think it will give them a
lot of confidence to show that
we can go up against a very
good team like Tennessee and
perform well against them,” he
said. “I would hope it doesn’t
give us overconfidence because
we’re just sort of starting
things, and there’s still a lot of
stuff we can do to get faster and
be a stronger team.”
Davis said one way to combat
overconfidence is always to take
things one step at a time. He
brought up Nick Saban’s famous
method, the process, and how
teams can’t look ahead or over-
look an opponent.
“There’s always that next
step,” Davis said. “If you
get complacent, if you think
you’ve got it made, that’s
when somebody comes up and
surprises you.”
The main points of focus for
the Tide at the prestigious New
England regatta are to keep
gaining speed and avoid colli-
sions and traffic.
“Ultimately, that’s what’s
going to determine things,”
Davis said. “It’s not whether you
win a medal or not, but we need
to make the boat go faster. If we
do that, the results are going
to come.”
Teams from all
across the country
and the world will
be competing in
the venerable race,
which will congest
the course and
make it difficult to
Davis compared
the traffic jams
to NASCAR, say-
ing that a driver
can have a fast car, but if he or
she gets caught up in an acci-
dent, the driver won’t receive
the results that he or she was
expecting. But the Tide is
expecting great results this
“It’s a great
opportunity to
go out and say,
‘Hey, we’re from
Alabama, and we
know what we’re
doing,’” Davis
said. “It’s a chance
to represent
the school, and
that’s something
for motivation.”
The Women’s Club Eight race
is offered for teams that haven’t
won a gold medal in prior
years. The Tide will be com-
peting against teams like Yale
and Tennessee to claim its first
championship at the internation-
al regatta.
“I don’t like to say this, but I
expect us to medal,” Davis said.
“We don’t know the competition,
we don’t know what’s going to go
on, but if we’re able to do what I’ve
seen us do at this point in time,
and we avoid those collisions or
traffic jams that you’re going to
see on the Head of the Charles,
I think we obviously have a
good chance of medaling, and
if we really, really, really nail it
down, I think we have a chance of
going for gold.”
Rowing team travels to Mass. for Head of the Charles Regatta
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Page 9

...It’s not whether you win
a medal or not, but we
need to make the boat go
faster. If we do that, the
results are going to come.
— Larry Davis
UA Athletics
confidence. Though Florida is
ranked No. 1 in the SEC East,
both Florida and Alabama have
nearly identical styles of play.
Bramble believes this will make
for an even matchup.
“There are a lot of teams in
the league that’ll play the ball in
their backline to their frontline
or try to get it over your back-
line,” Bramble said. “For us and
Florida, we both like to build
the ball out the back and play
the ball through the midfield on
the ground. It’s a lot more of a
technical game where there’s
every player on the field. Every
position on both teams is going
to be really good on the ball and
really comfortable under pres-
sure with the ball and their feet.”
The losses against Mississippi
State and Missouri aren’t stop-
ping the team from being opti-
mistic about this next game.
Sophomore midfielder Theresa
Diederich is confident, even
after a loss against Missouri that
came in the last two minutes.
“I think that we’ve had a
rough few weekends, but I think
we’re ready to come out and
win,” Diederich said. “I think
that coming off of Missouri will
help us.”
This season, Alabama has out-
shot its opponents with an aver-
age ratio of 3-to-1, while Florida’s
ratio is just over 2-to-1. Despite
many attempts, coach Bramble
said the Tide is having a hard
time finding the back of the net.
“For some reason we are
finding it really hard to get that
second goal or get that third
goal or get that goal that’s going
to be enough to break the spirit
of the other team for us to put
the game away,” he said.
Senior defender Ashley Willis
is preparing for a tough game
against the Gators.
“Florida is just a very, very
good team,” Willis said. “We
have to give them a lot of credit.
They’re very technical and very
fast and physical, but they are
beatable. It’ll be a good, hard
Being back at home for a con-
secutive week after four games
on the road is helping Alabama
focus on the task at hand.
“Going on the road for so long
earlier in the season kind of
just wears and tears on you, but
being back on our field, I feel like
we need to protect our field,”
Willis said. “There’s going to be
more adrenaline, more excite-
ment going in.”
The Tide plans to use skill
and strategy to challenge
Florida. Bramble said there isn’t
a “magical formula” to beating
the Gators, but tactics and a fair
share of the ball will be key.
“It’s going to be interesting
and attractive for the fans to
watch because it’s the two teams
in the league that play the most
similar styles,” Bramble said.
“So it’s going to be a real skillful
Page 10 | Thursday, October 18, 2012 NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS
Bramble confident Tide can beat No. 1 Florida
By Caroline Gazzara
Contributing Writer
After two devastating losses
at home against Mississippi
State and Missouri, Alabama
soccer is ready to face the
University of Florida at home
this Friday night. The Crimson
Tide believes the similar strate-
gies of both teams will come into
Head coach Todd Bramble
isn’t holding back his
• What: Alabama vs.
• When: Friday, Oct. 19
at 7 p.m.
• Where: Alabama
Soccer Field
Bama women to host 2012 USTA/ITA regional championships
By Manal Yousif
Contributing Writer
The University of Alabama
women’s tennis team will host
the 2012 USTA/ITA Southern
Regional Championship Oct.
Winners of the singles
and doubles earn automatic
berths to the Indoor National
Championships in New York
at the U.S. Open. Even though
the Crimson Tide is at home,
head coach Jenny Mainz
said the team will not get too
“Early September everyone
is knocking the rust off, but
now everyone is starting to
fine tune, and you’re starting to
see some really good tennis,”
Mainz said. “I want to see us
continue to get better. I feel like
we made a lot of headway this
Mainz also said she is encour-
aged by her team’s improve-
ment from week to week and
match to match. Alabama has
been led by junior Mary Anne
Macfarlane earned auto-
matic entry into the National
Indoor Championships by
defeating fourth-ranked
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar
of Texas A&M at the Riviera/
ITA All-American singles back
draw finals.
This will be the junior’s
third-straight appearance at
the USTA/ITA National Indoor
Intercollegiate Championships,
which take place in November.
Macfarlane is the first partici-
pant to make the field of 32 that
will meet at the USTA Billie
Jean King National Tennis
Center in Flushing Meadows,
N.Y. Her motivation for this
coming tournament is to keep
her teammates focused and
work on staying aggressive.
“I just want us to play our
best and implement what we do
well,” Macfarlane said.
Macfarlane will be accom-
panied again by senior team-
mate Alexa Guarachi in dou-
bles. Based on their preseason
rankings, they were selected
to compete together in early
October at the All-American
Championships in California,
which was Guarachi’s first
tournament since a foot injury
she sustained this summer.
Guarachi has bounced back
and is one of the main lead-
ers for the Tide. Guarachi’s
experience helps the team,
as she is no stranger to the
USTA/ITA Southern Regional
Championships. Guarachi has
played in this tournament since
her freshman year, winning
the doubles crown as a sopho-
more with former teammate
Courtney McLane in 2010.
Guarachi and Macfarlane
teamed up in 2011 to win the
doubles crown and look to
make a strong title defense
over the weekend.
“I just want to go out there
and play to my best ability and
play how I have been playing
with Alabama,” Guarachi said.
The four-day event will begin
Friday, Oct. 19 and conclude
Monday, Oct. 22.

We’ve had a rough few
weekends, but I think we’re
ready to come out and win.
— Theresa Diederich
UA Athletics
Winners of the singles and doubles matches at the Championships
will advance to the Indoor National Championships in New York.
CW File
The UA soccer team will play the University of Florida Friday Oct. 19.

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