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MONSTER MAKEOVER
NEWS | BLOCK SEATING NEWS | GAMEDAY BUSINESS
CULTURE | GREEK LIFE
NEWS | SCHOLARSHIPS
Bailey sets example for first generation students
By Jordan Cissell
Staff Reporter
First generation college
students at The University
of Alabama may not know it,
but they have friends in high
places. All the way at the top,
in fact.
University President Guy
Bailey, who completed his
undergraduate and master’s
degrees at the University
between 1968 and 1974, was
also a first generation college
student.
The Alabama First Student
Organization said nearly 20
percent of the University’s
undergraduate population
comes from a household in
which neither of the stu-
dent’s parents or guard-
ians have earned a four-year
undergraduate degree. This
is a demographic to which
Bailey said he feels a special
connection.
“I feel a lot of kinship
with those kids because they
remind me a lot of myself
when I started school here,”
Bailey said in an Oct. 12 inter-
view with The Crimson White.
“Paying for college when I
went was still very difficult,
although it was not nearly as
expensive.”
Bailey said recipients of
need-based scholarships
and loans, like the Coca-Cola
First Generation Scholarship
Program and Pell Grants, are
no less deserving of financial
assistance than pupils who
receive aid predicated on aca-
demic merit.
“Those kids have signifi-
cant merit too. Most of those
kids qualify for merit-based
aid,” he said. “The fact that
you have need doesn’t mean
that you don’t have merit.”
Hannah Copeland, a sopho-
more majoring in computer
science engineering and a
first generation college stu-
dent, can attest to Bailey’s
assertion. She said the funds
she receives annually from
Coca-Cola are a crucial addi-
tion to her institutional aca-
demic scholarship, which was
awarded based on her ACT
score and high school grade
point average.
By Madison Roberts
Staff Reporter
For decades, businesses
have sprouted up near The
University of Alabama campus
based on one fact. The 101,821
people who fill Bryant-Denny
Stadium to watch the Crimson
Tide play on fall Saturdays
need to eat and drink to be
merry.
Gary Lewis, owner of Rama
Jama’s, said his restaurant
relies on game days for most of
their income during the fall.
“Business on game days
makes our year,” Lewis said.
“We are open, obviously, year-
round, but those seven football
games are very important to
us as far as our financial vic-
tory is concerned.”
For Lewis, football is the gift
that keeps on giving. He said
that even though football is a
main part of their business, as
well as the theme of his restau-
rant – Rama Jama’s is widely
known for its ecletic collection
of Crimson Tide memorabilia
on the walls – he sees constant
business in the spring because
of their reputation.
“We’ve got a great tradi-
tion as being a small part of
The University of Alabama
and Bryant-Denny Stadium,”
Lewis said. “I think that’s one
of the reasons we get a lot of
business during the spring and
summertime.”
It’s not even just home
games that bring in the most
business. Several blocks away
from Rama Jama’s, on the
Strip, Will Bingham manages
The Bear Trap, a bar with roof-
top access. Bingham said The
Bear Trap has had more busi-
ness during away games this
year than in past years but said
they still rely on home games
to bring in business.
Even farther away from
campus, store managers
report that they feel the
effect of football on Saturdays
as Tuscaloosa swells in
population.
“We have found there is a
direct correlation between
increased monthly sales and
the amount of home games
hosted during the same
month,” Delana Young, the
Property Manager for Midtown
Village, said.
For some, it even affects
business plans. Karna Zelidon,
the director of sales at Hotel
Capstone, said they run their
business differently than most
hotels during home game
weekends. On Friday nights of
home games, Hotel Capstone
houses the football team and
anyone else wanting to stay
during the weekend. They
start a waiting list on July 1.
“We book a lot of owners
during home game weekends,
and we have a lot of repeat cus-
tomers who come stay with us
year after year,” Zelidon said.
“It kind of becomes a huge fam-
ily here during game days.”
Bar, restaurant managers
reflect on football’s impact
Revoked sections near end zone
now open for general admission
By Chandler Wright
Staff Reporter
Both Pi Kappa Alpha and
Delta Tau Delta lost their block
seating in the wake of last week’s
cancellation of IFC pledgeship,
according to a press release
received by The Crimson White
on Thursday.
Mark Nelson, The University
of Alabama vice president for
student affairs, said that Pi
Kappa Alpha and Delta Tau
Delta’s block seating privileges
were revoked after both groups
were referred to Judicial Affairs.
Tim Hebson, dean of students,
said in an emailed statement
that the seating areas in the sta-
dium that had originally been
allocated to Pi Kappa Alpha and
Delta Tau Delta would now be
open to all students.
CW | Austin Bigoney
Students in the block seating section in Bryant-Denny Stadium cheer for the Crimson Tide.
SEE SEATING PAGE 6
Two IFC fraternities
lose block priveleges
Businesses ready for
Homecoming influx
SEE GAMEDAY PAGE 2
CW | Austin Bigoney
SEE SCHOLARSHIPS PAGE 9
President understands
need for scholarships
By Lauren Ferguson
Culture Editor
K
imbrely Dandridge is
a black Phi Mu at Ole
Miss and president of the
SGA-equivalent Associated
Student Body. Dandridge’s
experience underscores
dramatic racial progress at
Ole Miss, a university that,
like UA, was at the center
of the civil rights upheaval
in the 1960s. While UA can
also point to increased
diversity among students,
faculty and staff, the greek
system here remains
largely segregated.
Dandridge rushed as a
sophomore at Ole Miss,
using her freshman year
to become acclimated and
involved on campus with
student government.
“What they look for
in sophomores is more
intense than it is for fresh-
men,” Dandridge said.
“You’ve been in college for
a year, and they know you,
and they can look up more
about you. I don’t know why
I went through recruitment.
I thought I would pledge a
predominately black soror-
ity, but I don’t know what
changed my mind.”
A resident advisor at
the time, Dandridge said
she ultimately decided to
go through recruitment
because of some of the girls
on her floor.
“Phi Mu was the only
one I pref’ed,” she said. “I
didn’t know any Phi Mus, so
I didn’t feel like I would get
in. It just so happened, like
they say, you end up where
you’re supposed to be, and I
ended up in Phi Mu – where
I was supposed to be.”
Bailey hopes time
will bring change
In sororities, integration still elusive
SEE INTEGRATION PAGE 2
CULTURE PAGE 8
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FRIDAY
What: Exotic Food Tasting
Trip
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When: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
What: CLC Movie Nights:
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Where: 241 B.B. Comer Hall
When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
What: University of Alabama
Trombone Choir and Octet
Where: Concert Hall in
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When: 7:30 p.m.
TODAY
What: The French Table
Where: Starbucks at the
Ferguson Center
When: 4 - 5 p.m.
What: Voting Rights and
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Where: Nott Hall
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Where: 205 Gorgas
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When: 7 p.m.
SATURDAY
What: Thornton Willis: Struc-
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Where: 103 Sarah Moody
Gallery of Art in Garland
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When: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What: Manderson Graduate
School of Business Open
House
Where: 100 Business Hall of
Fame Bidgood Hall
When: 1 - 4 p.m.
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Rally/Bonfire
Where: The Quad
When: 7 p.m.
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Chris Vernarsky, the man-
ager of Bamaland, a specialty
shop located off 15th Street
that sells gifts and T-shirts,
said the shop sees higher
traffic in the store on game
weekends and has created a
self-generated profit by rent-
ing RV parking to people
traveling to Tuscaloosa for
the games. Vernarsky says
these spots sell out within
two months of opening.
“Our seven busiest days
of the year are always the
seven home games, not
only in the store but also
because of the RV parking,”
Vernarsky said. “We only do
season passes for [parking],
and we start selling them
in February. Usually, we are
sold out by March or April.”
With homecoming week-
end coming up, businesses
around Tuscaloosa are
preparing for their usual
increase in revenue by stock-
ing up on products, as well as
increasing security and staff.
Bingham said they may
not have as much business
during homecoming because
the game starts at 7:30 p.m.
“With the late start of
the homecoming game this
year, we are running into a
few speed bumps,” Bingham
said.
Lewis said Rama Jama’s
may not do as much busi-
ness this weekend because
of everything the University
has planned for the weekend.
“Homecoming weekend is
traditionally not our busiest
home football game,” Lewis
said. “The reason is there
are so many eating activities,
like alumni breakfasts, alum-
ni luncheons and so forth
and so on, that it’s tradition-
ally not our busiest day.”
Despite the number of
other events happening,
Lewis said during football
season, no matter which
game it is, it should not be
difficult for businesses in the
Tuscaloosa area to make a
profit.
“If a man can’t make a liv-
ing when there’s 102,000 peo-
ple right next door to him,
something’s just not right,”
Lewis said.
GAMEDAY FROM PAGE 1
Gamedays bring fans
into local businesses
Moving forward
Guy Bailey has framed pic-
tures leaning against the dark
wood walls of his office in Rose
Administration Building. In
one, the University’s new presi-
dent sits leaning against a post,
listening as two men talk on
a porch. Bailey’s in the back-
ground, with his head tilted
slightly down so that unless
he points himself out, a casual
viewer might never know it
was him. He loves the picture
– but after only five full weeks
in office, he hasn’t had time to
hang it yet.
In an interview in his office
on Oct. 12, Bailey explained
that he hasn’t been at The
University of Alabama long
enough to have heard any con-
cerns about racial segregation
in Alabama’s fraternities and
sororities, either.
“That’s something that hasn’t
been discussed since I got
here,” he said in response to a
question about equal opportu-
nity policies and whether they
apply to the University’s greek
chapters. “Normally, your poli-
cies don’t involve telling them
who their membership can be
or cannot be. Having said that,
we would like to see the inte-
gration of the fraternities and
sororities.
“That would be a very posi-
tive thing for the image of
the institution and for the
University,” he said. “I don’t
know what the issues are or
how integrated or not integrat-
ed they are, but we certainly
will do what we can to encour-
age that and help move them
forward.”
Though Bailey might have
yet to hear about the degree to
which UA’s sororities are seg-
regated, Dandridge has. UA’s
Panhellenic rush in the fall has
traditionally been a barrier for
black potential new members
after the second or third round
of parties.
“When I heard the greek
system at UA didn’t have any
[African Americans], that kind
of surprised me,” she said.
Dandridge said nationally
Phi Mu is a diverse sorority,
and she was not the first black
woman to be pledged by Ole
Miss’ chapter. Although she
never considered attending UA,
she said if she knew she would
not have received a bid from the
traditionally white Panhellenic
sororities, much less that she
would have been dropped after
the first few rounds of parties,
she would not have rushed.
Dandridge did acknowledge,
though, that Ole Miss’ greek
community has its own flaws,
as well.
“We are a big sorority at Ole
Miss, but not the biggest,” she
said. “We still have a long way
to go, and from my experiences
going through rush, I know we
have a long way to go. There
are so many sororities here
that haven’t had an African
American or anyone of color.
There are only three sorori-
ties that have accepted African
Americans.”
Given Ole Miss’ controver-
sial chapter in the Civil Rights
Movement – in 1962, riots that
resulted in a battle between
segregationist civilians and the
National Guard erupted when
James Meredith, a black man,
enrolled – Dandridge is proud
of her school as it works toward
integration.
“Ole Miss has made so much
progress over the years, but
we aren’t a perfect institu-
tion,” Dandridge said. “If any
school can relate to Ole Miss,
it’s Alabama. If you think
of Alabama, you think of
Mississippi.”
Segregation by choice
While UA’s greek system
has been slow to change, some
members of the community
agree that widespread integra-
tion needs to be addressed.
Emily Parker, a senior at the
University majoring in envi-
ronmental science and a mem-
ber of Sigma Delta Tau, a his-
torically Jewish sorority with
non-Jewish members, con-
firmed that her sorority does
have black members, but other
Panhellenic sororities do not.
“We have three,” Parker
said. “No, none of the other
ones have black members.”
The Crimson White contact-
ed the Alabama Panhellenic
Association on Sept. 13 and
the Office of Greek Affairs
Oct. 16 regarding demographic
information for Panhellenic
sororities and did not receive a
response before going to print.
Parker said Sigma Delta Tau
was founded on the principle of
nondiscrimination and accept-
ed their first black member as
a chapter in 2010. Although a
big step for the chapter, Parker
said there wasn’t any contro-
versy, but she has received
stares at Panhellenic meetings
when with a black sorority sis-
ter.
“I guess it’s just the stereo-
types on campus,” Parker said.
“Segregation by choice – I don’t
really understand it. I don’t
understand why it’s taken so
long.”
The University of Alabama
last addressed the issue of
membership in greek houses
publicly in September 2011.
Then-president and current UA
Chancellor Robert Witt stated
that greek organizations were
independent social organiza-
tions and would be treated
accordingly by the University.
“Approximately 25 percent
of our student body partici-
pates in the greek system at
UA,” Witt said in an emailed
statement. “[This] includes tra-
ditionally African American,
traditionally white and multi-
cultural sororities and frater-
nities. As independent social
organizations, it is appropriate
that all our sororities and fra-
ternities – traditionally African
American, traditionally white
and multicultural – determine
their membership.”
Bailey, in his Oct. 12, 2012
interview, said while the greek
houses remain independent
social organizations, the com-
position of fraternity and soror-
ity membership will ultimately
mirror national trends.
“If they’re not integrated
now, I’m sure it won’t be very
long in the future before they
are,” Bailey said. “It’s just
the way things are happen-
ing around the country. Those
national trends will happen
here too, at some point. We’ll
encourage that as we can.”
Living the creed
Those national trends have
already made their way to
the South, even to the state of
Alabama. Auburn University
saw its first black woman join
a traditionally white soror-
ity more than ten years ago,
Auburn Panhellenic President
Emily Riley said.
“Our sorority chapters are
supportive of one another as a
community and join together
based on their common values,
so it has not been a divisive
thing,” Riley said. “Our stu-
dents of different races sit by
one another in class, live with
one another in residence halls
and work together at the same
jobs. They are all part of the
same Auburn University com-
munity, so it is only natural
that they would join the same
organizations, including soror-
ities.”
Riley said Auburn’s
Panhellenic body ensures their
members know to follow their
own policies in membership
selection – all of which include
treating all races fairly and
equally, she said.
Dandridge, however, said she
thinks the issue of greek inte-
gration wouldn’t exist if sorori-
ties and fraternities took a step
back and reexamined their
founding principles.
“The most important thing
to greek organizations should
be to live out their creed,” she
said. “Nine out of ten times,
their mottos talk about love,
trust and loyalty. Nobody’s
motto talks about discrimina-
tion or judging by color. If they
live their creed and motto,
there wouldn’t be any of this.
My sorority’s motto is about
love and honor and living that
love part of my creed. I’m going
to love anyone coming through
recruitment, and I’m going to
love someone not because of
their color.”
INTEGRATION FROM PAGE 1
UA greek system
behind in diversity
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Page 3
By Camille Corbett
Contributing Writer
At a lecture sponsored by
The University of Alabama
Honors College on Tuesday
night, Speaker of the Alabama
House of Representatives
Mike Hubbard told stu-
dents how he headed the
2010 Republican campaign
that ended 136 years of
Democratic control in the
Alabama legislature.
Bill Poole, representative of
the 63rd district, Tuscaloosa,
introduced the speaker and
praised Hubbard’s efforts in
the 2010 election.
During his lecture,
Hubbard spoke of the trials
he faced as a minority within
the legislature before the
historic 2010 election.
Regan Williams, president
of College Republicans and
a senior double majoring in
political science and commu-
nication studies, also lauded
Hubbard’s efforts in the
2010 election.
“Without Mike Hubbard,
there is no Republican
state,” Williams said. “He
raised over $5 million to help
with campaigns. He brought
the party together under a
central idea.”
When asked about how he
felt about the results of him
creating the largest coor-
dinated campaign in the
Republican Party’s history,
Hubbard said he is proud of
the campaign.
“I’m proud of what we
did,” Hubbard said. “It’s even
more historic to see what we
did looking back. In 2010, we
showed that we can make a
difference in Alabama.”
In addition to speaking
about his political achieve-
ments, Hubbard also spoke
of his support for education,
saying that Republicans sup-
port higher education, but it
isn’t necessarily an option
for everyone.
“Republicans tend to be
more for higher education,”
Hubbard said. “I understand
everyone doesn’t need to
go to college in this coun-
try. We have this idea that
if you don’t go to college,
you’re a failure.”
Regardl ess, Hubbard
assured students that
their post-graduate plans
are a priority for the
Republican Party.
“Our number one agenda
has been creating jobs after
students finish school,”
he said.
By Colby Leopard
Staff Reporter
When President Witt first
came to The University
of Alabama, he set out to
increase the size of the stu-
dent body and the number
of high-caliber students in
enrollment. To accomplish
this task, the University
enlisted the help of its top
recruiters: students.
Allison Verhine, the coor-
dinator of student recruit-
ment of the Honors College,
said University of Alabama
students, not administra-
tors or officials, are the
most effective recruiters.
University students connect
with prospective students
on a more personal level
than others do.
“Our student speakers
are the most convincing
people to recruit the future
students of The University
of Alabama,” Verhine said.
“They are honest and genu-
inely love the University,
and that’s what seals the
deal.”
Verhi ne sai d t he
Uni versi ty i dent i f i es
current students who are
easy to talk to, comfortable
talking to large crowds,
are passionate about the
University and want to
share that passion with
others. On recruitment
trips, UA students typically
speak at receptions where
prospective students and
their families are invited
to learn more about the
University and to ask any
questions they might have
about admissions, cam-
pus life or other topics,
Verhine said.
Verhine said the easiest
way to recruit students is to
get them to Tuscaloosa and
have them tour the campus.
“My mantra is, if I can
convince somebody to get to
this campus, then they will
fall in love with the beauty
of it,” Verhine said. “As a
University employee, it’s my
job to do this, so recruits
expect it. To counteract this,
we use current students as a
means of showing other stu-
dents what they have done
on campus and try to get
them down to Tuscaloosa
to visit.”
Lauren Hardison, a junior
majoring in finance from
Dallas, Texas, traveled with
the University to her home-
town last February to speak
at a University reception
for prospective students.
Hardison said she was asked
to help with the recruitment
event because of her back-
ground and her experiences
at the University.
“I think I was selected
because they want to pick
students that have had a
positive experience at UA,
and also because they want
to choose students that are
involved with lots of dif-
ferent things on campus,”
Hardison said. “Being from
the Dallas/Ft. Worth area
was a big factor in going
to recruit in the area too,
because I know what the
transition from the area
to UA looks like and can
answer questions about
that process.”
As a part of her recruit-
ment trip, Hardison spoke
at two receptions, one in Ft.
Worth and one in Dallas.
With the two events com-
bined, Hardison spoke about
her experiences at Alabama
to over 1,400 people.
Cindy Wright, the Dallas-
Ft. Worth University recruit-
er, asked Hardison to speak
in Dallas and Ft. Worth as
a part of “Texas Week,” a
week where University of
Alabama admissions host
receptions for prospec-
tive students across Texas.
Hardison said she was asked
to fly on the University’s jet
with former University pres-
ident Robert Witt.
“I was supposed to fly on
the private jet to Dallas, but
President Witt had to back
out of the Ft. Worth dinner
last minute,” Hardison said.
“Instead, the University flew
me on a domestic flight out
of Birmingham and reim-
bursed me for the plane tick-
et and for gas to and from
the airport.”
Verhi ne sai d t he
University has been push-
ing out-of-state recruitment
particularly hard recently
but still maintains a strong
focus on recruiting students
in Alabama.
Katie Moss, a sopho-
more from Huntsville, Ala.,
t ravel ed wi t h t he
University to a recruitment
reception in Huntsville
earlier this semester. She
agreed current UA students
are the best people to have
at recruitment events to talk
to prospective students.
“Because of the lack of age
difference, prospective stu-
dents find it easier to talk
to us and are more honest
with us about their college
decision,” Moss said. “As
a recruiter, it’s also easier
for me to relate to them
because I was going through
the same thing just a few
years ago.”
Students most effective persuading recruits
Hubbard reflects on GOP takeover

My mantra is, if I can convince
somebody to get to this campus,
then they will fall in love with the
beauty of it ... we use current stu-
dents as a means of showing other
students what they have done on
campus and try to get them down
to Tuscaloosa to visit.
— Allison Verhine
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Romney’s military plan unsustainable
TODAY’S TOPIC: FOREIGN POLICY
FAST FACTS
• Obama has promised to maintain the milltary budget based on what is necessary and to
end the war of Afganistan in 2014.
• He promotes a bridge-building policy rather than direct military action.
• President Obama will maintain ties with Israel and continue Iranian nuclear sanctions.
FAST FACTS
• Romney thinks that not only is it acceptable for Iran to get a nuclear bomb, but it is
acceptable for Iran to gain nuclear capabilities.
• He pledges to restore President Obama’s cuts to defense spending.
• He hopes to negotiate more free trade deals and police trade rules.
MCT Campus MCT Campus
By Lucy Cheseldine and SoRelle Wyckoff
It’s been said that to understand an individual’s priorities, you
look at their checkbook. The same can be said about govern-
ments’ and their leaders’ priorities – you must look at where the
money goes.
The U.S. has one of the largest military budgets in the world.
As part of the Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011,
military spending will be cut by around $487 billion over the next
ten years.
President Obama has maintained that he wants to give the
military what is necessary to function, focusing on efficient and
essential investments. Governor Romney’s plan to increase mili-
tary spending, while appealing to a portion of his conservative
following, is unrealistic. Our economy does not have the luxury
to dedicate billions of dollars a day to unnecessary foreign aid
and forces abroad. The allocation of more funds to the military
would mean a subtraction from funds elsewhere – funds Romney
has been unable to specify.
These promises show Romney’s misunderstanding that
national security requires more than whipping out a checkbook.
In a world in which America has become a symbol of guidance
on foreign policy, Obama has been watched closely. His handling
of the Libyan attack on the U.S. embassy was another topic of
Romney’s scrutiny. But contrary to Romney’s claims, Obama
did, in fact, label the events as a “terrorist” attack, and the White
House has launched an investigation into finding out specifics.
In Syria, too, Obama is less inclined to take a full-on approach.
Instead, he wants to promote what he calls a “steady, thoughtful
leadership” in working toward some form of resolution. Rather
than arming the rebels, Obama wants to build a more sustain-
able and measured government through diplomacy with Syria.
Both candidates understand that the situation in the Middle
East is fragile, and neither has laid out any solid policy on how
to directly approach the current situation. It is, however, in the
thread of Obama’s foreign approach that he wants to build a
sustainable democratic setup in the Middle East, without having
to use force.
Of course, there are some ties the U.S. wants to maintain. Both
candidates uphold policy to use military force against any threat
to Israel. Obama said Israel is “a true friend and our closest ally
in the region.”
The sanctions placed on Iran have been scrutinized over the
past few years. Obama is not willing to increase these anymore,
as they stand at the toughest rate they have ever been. Romney,
on the other hand, has insisted repeatedly that he plans to make
the sanctions tighter. Doing so would merely suffocate a coun-
try that already despises the United States, causing a potential
explosion of anger and force.
On top of this, America is still fighting a war in Afghanistan,
a war the president has promised to end by 2014. Void of troops,
the country will be independent to build its own government,
and Obama has pledged that this date is final and not subject
to change. This promotes a more bridge-building image of U.S.
foreign policy, rather than one of direct military action. Obama
is concerned with sustainable developments in countries like
Afghanistan to cut down military intervention where it is unnec-
essary, resulting in a smoother exit and a cleaner cut.
The Middle East is unpredictable, to be certain, but one of
President Obama’s greatest traits is his ability to communicate
effectively and calmly. Obama is relatable which is key in com-
municating with volatile country leaders, many of whom have
their own history of colonization and awkward tension.
We need a president who has a powerful presence in diplo-
macy. The idea of sending Mitt Romney to negotiate with foreign
leaders is worrisome when looking not only at his past foreign
relations missteps, but his inability to relay certain facts in a
convincing and appropriate way.
Flexing and increasing the might of the American military
will not earn us more allies overseas. We must, as both can-
didates said, focus on ourselves domestically first. But, unlike
Romney believes, this means being realistic about our military
spending and prioritizing our funding correctly. This also means
being realistic about the United State’s foreign involvement,
understanding we are not necessarily in a position to continue
dominating the War on Terror and limiting our funds only to
those countries that truly need it.
Romney’s desire to prove America’s dominance through beef-
ing up our military is an unsustainable approach to foreign
affairs. Obama’s experience proves he is prepared for what the
next four years will bring the United States and the world.
Foreign policy has defined
American politics since 9/11, and
since the start of Obama’s term,
it has continued to dominate
decision making. With the Arab
Spring and, more recently, the
direct attack on the U.S. consul-
ate in Benghazi that killed four
Americans, including the U.S.
ambassador, this election cam-
paign has seen the spotlight on
international candidate lines. The
recent unrest in Syria has put
both candidates on the spot, as the
world looks to America to assume
a position. Closer to home, how-
ever, with deepening economic
problems and modernizing mili-
tary, the question of spending will
ultimately dictate how many deci-
sions are made.
Last September at Fort Bragg,
N.C., Obama announced an end
to the war in Iraq. For many, this
was the defining event of the Bush
era, and its conclusion signaled
a different approach to policy
in the Middle East. This has led
to Obama’s pushing forward a
date for all U.S. troops to be out
of Afghanistan by 2014. Again,
it’s not an easy call. The number
of “green-on-blue,” or insider,
attacks has increased significant-
ly over the past few months, and
some fear it could call for an early
retreat or risk further casualties.
America has also been faced
with the rising nuclear threat of
Iran. The continued increase of
its uranium enrichment program
and refusal to cooperate with the
International Atomic Agency has
led to the toughest sanctions yet
being put in place by Obama and
the EU. He called for prohibits
on all trade – exceptions being
humanitarian aid, medical and
some informational material such
as films – and put a stop to oil
transactions, as well as freezing
assets. This has also drawn atten-
tion to the importance of keeping
a strong relationship with Israel, a
long-standing ally of the U.S.
In the past four years, America’s
position has been drawn into
increasing question, with the rise
of China and the economic devel-
opment of Latin America, and
the U.S. will have to decide what
role it wants to play within these
powers. But for Americans, main-
taining public safety is the main
concern. Both candidates want to
assure they will implement effec-
tive policies to maintain national
security.
Monday night’s debate was
dedicated to foreign policy, and
the candidates made it clear there
were many issues they agreed
on. Both President Obama and
Governor Romney agreed that
America’s relationship with Israel
was of utmost importance. They
also agreed that the use of drones
was not only necessary but also
acceptable, and they agreed that
to be a strong foreign force, the
U.S. must first strengthen itself
economically and domestically.
Where they differed was the
size and scope of the military.
Obama indicated he wanted to
“maintain” the size and budget
of the military, including support
to veterans. Romney, however,
pushed for an increase of the mili-
tary, pumping more money into
the military’s budget.
National security is a top priori-
ty for voters. The two leaders have
yet again set themselves apart by
their definitions of necessity in
spending, involvement and aid.
By Tray Smith
After our Libyan ambassador was killed in a terrorist attack on
Sept. 11 of this year, U.S. officials blamed a YouTube video for incit-
ing the anti-American violence that led to his death. It took two
weeks for the Obama administration to admit what others, includ-
ing the leader of the Libyan parliament, had already said.
The ambassador, Chris Stevens, wasn’t killed by a spontaneous
mob outraged over a video clip. He was killed by a coordinated ter-
rorist strike.
The Obama administration has consistently downplayed the
threats against the United States. Maybe they don’t want unflat-
tering headlines to undermine their story that Osama bin Laden is
dead and al-Qaeda is barely functioning. Maybe they are just naïve.
Regardless, the result of their foreign policy is clear: Syria is in
the middle of a bloody civil war that has killed over 30,000 Syrians,
the Arab Spring has given rise to political movements unfriendly
toward the United States, and Iran is four years closer to a nuclear
weapon.
For many Americans, rising instability in the Middle East may
seem less threatening now that our troops are safely out of Iraq
and heading out of Afghanistan. Whatever the failures of Obama’s
foreign policy, at least we aren’t opening up any new wars in any
other countries.
As Mitt Romney has asserted time and again though, we don’t
have to launch new wars to lead. The choice isn’t between the for-
eign policy we’ve had in the past and the foreign policy we have
now; in this election, we must choose which foreign policy we want
for the next four years.
The wars we waged after 9/11 are winding down or have ended,
but we have important work to do if we hope to build strong rela-
tionships with newly formed governments throughout the Middle
East.
Fortunately, history offers plenty of examples for how American
influence can be used to promote lasting peace and stability. After
World War II, the U.S. didn’t leave Europe or Japan but supported
the people of both as they sought to rebuild their countries and
form institutions that promote peace. After the end of the Cold
War, U.S. troops responded to restore peace in Eastern Europe.
U.S. troops have also been stationed along the border between
North and South Korea throughout the last 60 years, helping pre-
vent another outbreak of war on that peninsula.
The result has been that South Korea, Japan and our European
allies have developed some of the most advanced economies in the
world, are at peace with one another and are international part-
ners of the United States.
U.S. leadership played a critical role in building and maintaining
this world order, and we need a president who understands the
role U.S. leadership must play now.
President Obama doesn’t. One of his first major foreign policy
decisions cancelled U.S. missile defense deployments in Poland
and the Czech Republic, two Eastern European allies who were
bravely working with the U.S. on those installations.
These defensive weapons were intended only to shoot down hos-
tile nuclear weapons – like Iran’s, if they get a bomb – but President
Obama decided to nix the project because of Russian concerns.
The president has successfully deployed drone strikes to kill
terrorist targets, while limiting the techniques our intelligence
professionals can use to interrogate the targets they capture. He
is willing to kill suspects but unwilling to capture and interrogate
them, standing opposed to methods that can be criticized as “tor-
ture.” The result is a foreign policy that is both more brutal and
less effective at intercepting information that could save American
lives.
Mitt Romney offers a better path. He will strongly assert
American interests in the world while making sure our military is
fully funded and prepared. He knows the strongest military is one
we never have to use, and the stronger the military is, the less like-
ly we are to use it. American strength deters hostile aggressors.
President Obama plans to cut almost half a trillion dollars from
defense spending over the next decade and has refused to propose
a way to avoid sequestration, a budgetary mechanism that will
cut another half trillion. At a time of rising instability worldwide,
threatening to double the cuts our military has already been asked
to absorb sends a weak signal to our adversaries.
Mitt Romney has also promised to get serious about negotiat-
ing trade deals and policing trading infractions. His experience
as a businessman and as the former CEO of the Winter Olympics
will serve him well in that effort, which, as the global economy
becomes more interdependent, will be increasingly important to
American foreign policy.
Peace will only come through strength
even dress as a simple
h a m - b u r g e r
w i t h o u t
being forced into a sexy
hamburger costume. And
yes, as disturbing as this
may be, this costume does
exist, and in one short week,
hundreds of girls across the
nation will attend parties
shamelessly dressed as sexy
hamburgers.
Obviously,
these com-
ments are
a d d r e s s e d
primarily to
the female
popul at i on
of college
s t u d e n t s
who use
Ha l l owe e n
as an excuse
to wear as
little cloth-
ing as possi-
ble without
being arrest-
ed for inde-
cent public
exposure. Because after all,
if we’ve learned anything
from Mean Girls, it’s that
“In Girl World, Halloween
is the one night a year when
a girl can dress like a total
slut, and no other girls can
say anything about it.”
In contrast to girls, guys
look for shock factor and
originality in their cos-
tumes, and they’re not as
concerned with acquiring
the perfect skin-to-clothes
ratio as most girls are.
This isn’t to say that
I am some new-age
feminist, champi-
oning that women
everywhere boy-
cott dressing up
for Halloween,
because that
couldn’t be fur-
ther from the
truth. I’m not a
huge fan of the
WNBA, nor do
I want to dress
up as a nun
for Halloween
(unless it’s a
sexy nun, of
course).
I do, however,
find it appalling
that we live in a
nation in which one
can purchase (for
a fairly reasonable
price) a sexy Bert or
Ernie costume. As a
former Sesame Street
viewer, I find this to be a
gross exploitation of two of
America’s most endearing
Muppets. Out of respect for
yourself, and more impor-
tantly, respect for Sesame
Street, try to refrain from
dressing as sexy Bert or
sexy Ernie.
In addition to the novelty
of dressing as sexy Bert
or Ernie, there are also
options to dress in a sexy
s t r a i g h t
j acket or
as a sexy
C h i n e s e
takeout box,
b e c a u s e
nothing says
sexy like the
m e n t a l l y
d i s t u r b e d
or boxes of
MSG- l aden
pi eces of
c h i c k e n .
So ladies –
while you’re
out shop-
pi ng for
your cos-
tume this
week, try and remember
that while it’s perfectly
acceptable to want to dress
attractively, some things
are simply not made to be
sexy.
Tara Massouleh is a fresh-
man majoring in journalism
and English. Her column
runs weekly on Wednesday.
Pledgeship introduces new students to
one another, builds trust in fraternities
By Tara Massouleh
Staff Columnist
With Halloween in just
one short week, procrasti-
nation-prone college stu-
dents nationwide will be
rushing to the racks at local
thrift stores, Wal-Marts and
Halloween shops searching
for the perfect costume.
While some people decide
to dress as celebrities and
famous movie or TV char-
acters, others choose to
dress as superheroes or in
certain professions, and
still others take the tradi-
tional route and dress in
scary costumes. However,
with the myriad of options
to choose from, there is one
common denominator that
links nearly every college
students’ costume – it has to
be sexy.
You can’t just dress as a
firefighter; you have to be
a sexy firefighter, which
means in the event of an
actual fire, you would be
least equipped to repel a
fire and would probably
suffer from some serious
burns. And you can’t just
dress as Sarah Palin, unless
you plan on going as sexy
Sarah Palin.
Furthermore, you can’t
Sexy Halloween costumes can lead
students to more tricks than treats
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Page 5
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
With all the negative
attention on pledgeship
and the entire fraternity
system, I think it is time to
tell my thoughts and what
I know to be the thoughts
of the majority of pledges.
I feel like something has
been taken from me. I feel
like I did not finish some-
thing I started. That is not
just the tough guy in me
speaking – that’s the truth.
I am writing this not nec-
essarily to get pledgeship
back for this year. I under-
stand that might be a lost
cause. I am writing this
to get the truth out there.
People need to know what
the majority of pledges
think – not the select few
who have gained media
attention.
Let’s not forget that
pledgeship does serve a
purpose. It is not about
individuals preying on
innocent pledges, causing
physical and emotional
harm. It is to form a bond
between brothers and a
bond to the fraternity.
This is not hard when
everything is good and
easy going, but the real test
is when things get difficult.
When things get tough, it
brings out character. A
bond must be formed. It
makes things so much eas-
ier. Pledges work together
to get through it. This is a
valuable life lesson and the
basis of pledgeship.
There is fear involved
with pledgeship, but this
fear is what teaches us to
stick together. Things get
easier when we can count
on pledge brothers to
always be there and have
our backs. Deep down,
we know there is nothing
to really be scared of. We
know everything is done in
our best interest. We know
every active must appear
intimidating, but that they
would all defend and stick
up for us until the end.
Pledgeship is not easy.
Coming into college and
having to be on your own
is hard. Throw in manag-
ing house hours, meetings,
chores, parties and swaps,
and it becomes impossible
to do on your own. Some
people can’t handle it.
A few of my close friends
had to drop their frater-
nities, and I respect that.
There is nothing wrong
with that. I find it hard
to believe any report that
says fraternities “black-
ball” or threaten pledges
for dropping. It does not
happen like that, and any
fraternity that does do
this should be dealt with
immediately. I do not have
respect for kids who were
too scared to drop but
decided to break the trust
of their fraternity.
Trust is the key to frater-
nities. The pledges must
trust that everything has
a purpose and is in their
best interest. The frater-
nity trusts the pledge with
everything by letting them
be a part of it. If one does
not trust and believe in the
fraternity, how can they
be a part o it? Why would
they want to be a part of it?
And if more than a few
pledges don’t trust the
fraternity, maybe its time
to take a good look at the
values of the entire frater-
nity. I have put 100 percent
of my trust into Phi Delta
Theta, and I have had the
best time of my life during
pledgeship.
I just cannot understand
ending pledgeship based
on rumors and anony-
mous accusations against
one fraternity. There will
always be rumors about
pledgeship. The actual
facts, on the other hand,
are few and far between. I
believe the facts should be
acted on, and individuals
and individual fraternities
should be punished.
I do not believe any of
the accusations that any-
one actually experienced
physical or emotional
harm. Everything I have
heard and seen as part of
the pledge process tells me
these are false.
But I do understand
that if any of them are
factual, they should be
investigated, and action
should be taken. My prob-
lem is, by ending pledge-
ship for all fraternities, it
has given the entire system
a black eye. Every frater-
nity is penalized for prob-
lems that are extremely
isolated and exaggerated
by the media.
Jackson Poe is a fresh-
man majoring in quantita-
tive economics.

Try and remember that while it’s
perfectly acceptable to want to
dress attractively, some things are
simply not made to be sexy.
MCT Campus
By Rachel Williams
Contributing Writer
Personal accounts of men-
tal illness are being trans-
lated into a production at
The University of Alabama
in the hopes of busting the
stigma associated with the
diseases.
Essay submissions for the
third annual Mental Health
Monologues are being
accepted now through Nov.
18. The show is hosted by
the University’s chapter
of the National Alliance
on Mental Illness and the
Counseling Center.
The show consists of stu-
dent actors reading locally
submitted essays of per-
sonal expe-
riences with
mental ill-
ness. NAMI-
UA has set
a goal of
conqueri ng
the nega-
tive stigma
attached to
the clinical
diagnoses of
depression,
anxiety and
bipolar dis-
order and bringing aware-
ness to the prevalence of
these diseases on campus.
The theme of this year’s
Mental Health Monologues
is recovery and the pro-
cess of coping with mental
health problems on a daily
basis.
Artistic Director Abby
Jones said this year they
are looking for messages
of hope along with hard-
ship. Two years ago, Jones
served as an actor in the
play and is now the artistic
director for the annual pro-
duction.
“I got involved in the
Mental Health Monologues
because I think art can pick
up where science leaves off
in how we understand men-
tal illness, particularly how
we process it as a commu-
nity,” Jones said. “Theatre
is communal and collab-
orative by nature, which,
I think, makes it a perfect
way to explore a subject
matter that might other-
wise be considered taboo.”
Actors of all experience
are welcome, Jones said.
She noted that some per-
formers are first-time, and
some are students majoring
in theatre.
The producti on i s
growing every year. The
first year saw eight sub-
missions, and the second
year’s submissions nearly
doubled.
“We are excited to see it
growing in this way – hope-
fully, growing in its impact
on the lives and minds of
our campus community, as
well,” state NAMI board
member and NAMI-UA co-
founder Caroline Titcomb
said.
“We hope that opening
up a dialogue of mental
health issues on our cam-
pus can help show students
how ‘mental health’ and
not just ‘mental illness’ are
something we all live with,”
T i t c o m b
said.
B e c c a
K a s t n e r ,
a NAMI-
UA officer,
i nt roduced
the Mental
H e a l t h
Monologues
to NAMI-UA
and anoth-
er cam-
pus orga-
n i z a t i o n ,
Sust ai ned Di al ogue,
after being involved in
the production at her
undergraduate school.
“For students who are
struggling with a mental
illness and feel that they
cannot be open about their
disorder with friends, room-
mates or instructors, the
message is that they are
not alone, and there are
resources that can help,”
Kastner said. “It is impor-
tant for everyone to take
care of their mental health
just as much as their physi-
cal health, despite the stig-
ma that may be attached to
it.”
“Understanding that
these are treatable illnesses
and that there are amazing
people who live with these
illnesses is, to me, the defi-
nition of stigma busting,”
NAMI-Tuscaloosa president
Cecelia Laurie said.
The production will take
place Feb. 8, 2013, at 7 p.m.
in the Ferguson Student
Center Theater. Look for
more information in the
coming months regarding
auditions.
For more information, you
can find them on Facebook
or contact namiua@ua.edu.
By Colby Leopard
Staff Reporter
While students and fans
are enjoying the festivities
that come with a home foot-
ball game in Tuscaloosa,
The University of Alabama
is hard at work behind the
scenes to ensure the safety
and pleasure for all those
in attendance.
For every home game,
The University of Alabama
employs over 1,300 people
to work in and outside the
stadium, as well as with the
city and county, to ensure
Gameday operations run
smoothly.
Gina Johnson, associate
vice president for auxiliary
services, said the University
works with the Bruno Event
Team, a Birmingham-based
event management company,
to hire a staff to run every-
thing from parking to clean-
up after the game.
In addition to working with
Bruno, many UA staff mem-
bers are required to work on
the Saturdays the Tide play
at home. Many people must
work many hours in order
to make every home football
game a success, Johnson said.
“It starts well before the
day of the game itself and
continues after the game,”
Johnson said. “On the day
of the game, some people
start at 5 a.m., and some
stay for several hours after
the game ends.”
Jim Bonds, a Moundville
native, has worked on game
days parking cars and tear-
ing tickets at the stadium
for around 10 years. He said
each Saturday
morning of a
home game
starts around
6 a.m., so he
can catch
the first cars
that arrive
on campus
for the game.
His parking
duties are
relieved about
three hours before kick-off so
that he can report to his gate
to tear tickets.
“Working on the Saturdays
we have a home game real-
ly makes for a long day,”
Bonds said.
Being a tenured Gameday
employee, Bonds said he is
fortunate to be posted at the
president’s gate
of the stadium
and has seen
many celebrities
enter Bryant-
Denny Stadium
to watch the
Crimson Tide.
“I get to see
the president
walk into the
stadium every
week,” Bonds
said. “I’ve seen two Supreme
Court justices walk through
my gate, and Kenny Chesney
when he was visiting the
Sabans. My best memory is
getting to shake hands with
Bart Starr, my childhood idol,
when he came to a game.”
Even though community
members make up the major-
ity of the gameday workers,
UA students also work on
home game Saturdays.
Ethan Summers, a first-
year MBA candidate from
Northport, said he worked
game days for two years
while getting his undergradu-
ate degree at the University.
Summers said his overall
experience working game
days was great.
“It’s hard to explain what
it’s like working in that kind
of a [crowd]; there are peo-
ple everywhere, for hours,”
Summers said. “You’re sur-
rounded by other Bama
fans. You’re all there for the
same reason. People are
generally nice enough to you.
And you’re being paid.”
Summers spent the 2008-
2009 football season working
an information chair and the
2009-2010 season working the
SUPe Store tent on the Quad.
Summers said working game
days could be very stressful
because of the sheer volume
of people, but the University
worked hard to make sure
every employee was comfort-
able and prepared.
“The University really
takes an attitude of solidarity
that made it easier to handle
the workload,” Summers
said. “Everyone really is in
it together, for a common
goal, and they’re not afraid to
hire help.”
University employs over 1,300 Gameday workers
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Page 6 | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

You’re surrounded by other Bama
fans. You’re all there for the same
reason. People are generally nice
enough to you. And you’re being
paid.
— Ethan Summers
CW | Austin Bigoney
The University employs over 1,300 workers to
ensure smooth home Gameday operations and
also requires UA staff members to work.

It is important for everyone to
take care of their mental health
just as much as their physical
health, despite the stigma that
may be attached to it.
— Becca Kastner
“Student organization seating
will be adjusted, and the num-
ber of seats that were in student
organization seating will now
be open to the general student
population,” Hebson said.
Hebson said saving seats in this
section will not be allowed or tol-
erated, and any student groups,
greek or otherwise, who do will be
referred to Judicial Affairs.
“No one can save seats in
this new open seating area. It
is open seating, just like the
areas outside the student orga-
nization seating area,” Hebson
said. “The University will refer
groups to Judicial Affairs for fail-
ure to comply with directives of
University officials.”
Sigma Phi Epsilon president
A.J. Collins said he doesn’t think
the fraternities will listen to these
directions from the University.
“More than likely, fraterni-
ties will attempt to sit in their
vacated sections,” Collins said.
“Historically, I’ve seen fraternities
banned from block seating, but
that did not deter them from sav-
ing seats there.”
Collins said he believes Delta
Tau Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha are
both deserving of losing their stu-
dent organizational seating in the
wake of the hazing allegations last
week.
“I think that organizations that
violate the Capstone Creed in
regards to fairness and honesty
should be reprimanded accord-
ingly,” Collins said. “Losing seat-
ing is a fair punishment, as long as
Judicial Affairs has investigated
fully.”
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said she believes this is an appro-
priate punishment for the fraterni-
ties facing judicial repercussions.
“I think that these fraternities
losing their organizational seat-
ing is a good punishment because
block seating is something that
I believe student organizations
earn the right to have,” Nieman
said. “These fraternities have vio-
lated the policies of the University
and therefore should lose their
rights to the seats.”
Although Blount Student
Organization did not apply for stu-
dent organization seating because
they prefer to sit closer to the
50-yard line, Nieman said she feels
all students should be comfortable
sitting in these vacated seating
blocks.
“I feel like football seats are
football seats,” Nieman said.
“Other students should feel com-
fortable sitting there, and most
likely will fill up the section simply
because of the high demand for
seats in the lower bowl in general.
I feel as though it is too late in the
football season to have other orga-
nizations to be evaluated to fill
these seats.”
However, Collins said he does
not think non-greek students
are going to feel comfortable
sitting there.
“Non-greek students will likely
feel uncomfortable sitting in these
sections, and I think it’s fair to
say no one wants fist fights in the
stands between members of any
organizations over seats,” Collins
said. “I imagine that some frater-
nities will move forward into these
newly vacated sections.”
Looking forward to next year’s
student organization seating
application process, Hebson
said no final decisions have been
made regarding Delta Tau Delta
and Pi Kappa Alpha’s ability to
apply again.
“The groups involved are going
through the judicial process,”
Hebson said. “That decision has
not been made [regarding the
groups’ ability to apply again].”
Collins said he believes if the
organizations prove that they
have reformed themselves, they
should be able to apply again next
year.
“If they have been reformed,
I absolutely think these organi-
zations should have the ability
to apply next year,” Collins said.
“That will start by taking inter-
nal actions against those who lost
their seating in the first place.”
Nieman said any previous
judicial actions taken against an
organization applying for orga-
nizational seating should be
considered.
“The committee that selects
which organizations receive seats
should take into consideration the
previous judicial actions taken
against the organization, greek or
otherwise,” Nieman said.
Neither fraternity president
could be reached for comment by
press time.
CW | Whitney Hendrix
Delta Tau Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha lose seating privileges in Bryant-Denny.
By Mazie Bryant
Assistant News Editor
A voting rally was held on The
University of Alabama campus
on Oct. 23 to promote the educa-
tion and involvement of young
voters in the state and around
the nation.
Both UA chapters of the Future
Black Law Student Association
and the Collegiate 100 Black
Women organization hosted an
event titled the “Vote & Be Heard
Empowerment Rally.” The orga-
nizations, who have only been
on campus for a year, wanted to
jump right into the election spirit.
“The rally’s mission was real-
ly a voter empowerment cam-
paign,” Andrea Dobynes, a senior
majoring in communication stud-
ies and the vice president of both
Collegiate 100 Black Women
and Future Black Law Student
Association, said. “We didn’t try
to endorse any one candidate. We
just wanted to say, ‘If you are eli-
gible to vote, go register to vote.’”
Robert H. Turner, Jr., an attor-
ney out of Marion, Ala., was the
main speaker of the event, focus-
ing on voting as an integral piece
of democracy that college-aged
students should capitalize on.
“Voting gives you an opportu-
nity for people to hear what you
have to say,” Turner said. “One
of the biggest problems that we
have in society is that there are
so many people who feel like they
are voiceless. They feel like what
they say or what they feel does
not matter. A lot of times, we are
influenced by things we hear on
the radio or the things we watch
on television or things we see in
our community.”
“Sometimes, the things we see
depress us so much that they
push us into corners until we feel
like our voice does not matter,”
he said. “You should never feel
as if your voice doesn’t matter
because we all have something
to say.”
Turner concentrated on
reminding the audience of the
history and hardship of voting
among minorities in the United
States. He said the Dred Scott
Decision of 1857, a Supreme Court
Black student groups meet to empower voters
decision which ruled African
Americans were inable to be citi-
zens, and the Voting Rights Act
of 1965, which banned practices
inhibiting African Americans
from voting as citizens, are only
two of many moments through-
out U.S. history that should
remind people of the importance
of democracy.
“That’s why it is so frustrating
when we see young people, old
people – black, white, regardless
of your nationality – that take the
right to vote for granted,” Turner
said. “When you decide not to let
your voice be heard, it’s a slap in
the face to those persons, who, all
they wanted was an opportunity
to be heard.
“The privledge to vote and say,
‘I support this position’ or ‘I sup-
port this person,’ is something
we should not take for granted
simply because of the historical
context of which our voting rights
came about and also because of
the importance of letting your
will be expressed,” he said.
Oniska Blevins, a senior
majoring in telecommunications
and film and president of the
Collegiate 100 Black Women, said
this struggle for minority suf-
frage is a major component for
her personal voting habits.
“I think voting is important
because if you don’t vote, your
voice won’t be heard, and by
that, it means that you can make
all the complaints you want,
you can send out all the tweets,
Facebook statuses – none of that
matters. Once you cast your
vote, that’s what’s being counted;
that’s what’s being looked at,”
Blevins said. “As young African
American people – most of us in
here – I think it’s important for us
to vote because throughout his-
tory, we had to fight for the right
to vote – and as well as women.”
Turner concluded with advice
for young voters.
“Become informed, don’t be
deterred, and let people hear
what you have to say,” he said.
“Whether it’s in the elections
in your sorority, fraternity,
your local, your homecoming
– vote for that. Let your voice
be heard.”
Mental Health
Monologues aim
to bust stigmas
Editor | Lauren Ferguson
culture@cw.ua.edu
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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NEWS
OPINION
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Dinner series promotes community discussion
By Megan Miller
Contributing Writer
The Ferguson Center wants
students to engage in conver-
sation with prominent mem-
bers of the Tuscaloosa com-
munity, and they plan to make
it happen with food.
Planning for the Dinner
with Strangers series began
in Spring 2012, pulling ideas
and inspiration from concepts
like Burger Coalition and
PushStart Kitchen. The ideas
were then molded to fit the
UA community.
“We employ a number of
measurement surveys, and
the data from these surveys
direct our programming
efforts,” Heather Roberts,
programming coordinator for
the Ferguson Center, said. “I
thought back to an event that
we hosted on campus a few
years ago called 12 Strangers,
and we decided to work on
merging those ideas togeth-
er.”
This semester will feature
forums on local food and
music, each of which 12 stu-
dents will get to participate
in.
After the 12 students have
been selected, they will be
invited to participate in a blog
discussion on the Dinner with
Strangers site from Nov. 4 to
Nov. 17 with a group of local
experts who will also attend
the dinner.
“The idea with the blog
discussion is to open up con-
versation before the dinners
take place and allow both
the students and community
members involved more time
to think about and discuss the
topics,” Roberts said.
The local food dinner will
take place on Sunday, Nov.
18, and the local music dinner
will be Monday, Nov. 19.
“I would definitely consider
applying,” Whitney Brennan,
a sophomore majoring in food
and nutrition, said. “This is a
great idea, and it’s a great way
to engage in the Tuscaloosa
community as a student.”
The application process
will be repeated in the spring
for the next two discussion
topics, visual expression and
downtown discussions. The
series will culminate at the
end of the year with an after-
party in March that will be
open to the public.
“In designing a collabora-
tive community-based proj-
ect like this, it seemed very
natural to focus on the local
community as an overarching
theme,” Roberts said. “From
there, we picked specific top-
ics that are relevant to stu-
dents and important to the
community as a whole. We’re
bringing in the local aspect by
asking seasoned community
members connected to these
topics to participate and by
keeping the conversation spe-
cific to Tuscaloosa.”
Lauchlan Smith, a junior
majoring in communication
studies, said she would be
likely to volunteer for one of
the events.
“My major keeps me pretty
busy with other applications
and such for internships, but
I think volunteering would be
a good way to be involved,”
Smith said. “The visual
expression and downtown
topics in the spring sound
like two topics I’d be likely to
apply for.”
Roberts said anyone inter-
ested in participating by
volunteering at events or by
suggesting ideas for events in
the future is welcome to con-
tact the programming coordi-
nation office.
Interested students can
apply to be part of this event
by completing the application
on the Dinner with Strangers
website, www.dinnerwith-
strangersua.com. It must be
turned in by Wednesday, Oct.
31, at 5 p.m.
Exotic food trip looks to expose students to new tastes
By Francie Johnson
Contributing Writer
Chinese spring rolls, Israeli
salad, Persian ghorme sabzi and
Swahili pilau will be some of the
many foods served at the Critical
Languages Center’s Exotic Food
Tasting Trip this Thursday, Oct.
25. The event will be held

from
2:30 to 4 p.m. on the second floor of
B.B. Comer Hall.
The Critical Languages
Center, a division of the Modern
Languages Department, has
been organizing the Exotic Food
Tasting Trip for the past seven
years in an effort to expose stu-
dents to a variety of foreign cui-
sines, as well as to promote the
group’s many language programs.
Each year, the Exotic Food
Tasting Trip continues to draw
larger and larger crowds. In 2010,
around 120 people attended the
event, and last year’s event drew
a crowd of 150 guests.
Ning Yang, an administrative
graduate assistant and Chinese
instructor for the CLC, said the
event has helped the CLC gain
publicity among University of
Alabama students.
“[Students] want to come here,
try authentic food and appreci-
ate different cultures,” Yang said.
“[The Exotic Food Tasting Trip
is] more like a cultural fest than a
simple promotion.”
Tram Nguyen, a Vietnamese
language consultant for the
CLC and a senior majoring in
management, is looking forward
to attending the event for the first
time.
“I was immediately drawn to
this food tasting trip due to its
diversity and its ability to provide
different cultural experiences,”
Nguyen said.
This year’s menu will represent
foods from seventeen different
countries and will provide stu-
dents with the opportunity to gain
insight into a variety of cultures
by sampling their local dishes.
Some meals will be pre-prepared,
while others will be cooked on the
spot in front of attendees.
Sumi Woo, a Ph.D. student
studying political science, admin-
istrative graduate assistant and
Korean teacher for the CLC, has
attended the Exotic Food Tasting
Trip four times. She said one of
her favorite parts of the event has
been learning to cook many of the
dishes.
While the Exotic Food Tasting
Trip is the CLC’s most popu-
lar event, it is only a fraction of
what this group has to offer. The
Critical Languages Center offers
a wide selection of classes in
less commonly taught languages
such as Arabic, Chinese, Farsi,
Japanese, Korean, Portuguese,
Hebrew, Hindi, Swahili, Thai,
Turkish, Vietnamese and many
others. The CLC hosts foreign
movie nights, as well. The movie
nights feature a total of 24 movies
from 10 countries, and one stu-
dent will be awarded a free CLC
T-shirt at each movie night.
Yang encourages learning a
less commonly taught language
both for professional reasons and
otherwise.
“Learning less commonly
taught languages gives students
the chance to look at life from a
different perspective than they
normally would,” Yang said. “One
of the first steps a person can take
toward understanding someone’s
culture is to understand their lan-
guage.”
For more information on
the Exotic Food Tasting Trip
or other programs offered by
the Critical Languages Center,
visit their website at bama.
ua.edu/clc or their Facebook
page. Students interested in
attending the Exotic Food
Tasting Trip can pick up a pass-
port, required for entry into
the event, in B.B. Comer Room
200 for a suggested donation
amount of $6.
IF YOU GO
• What: Exotic Food
Tasting Trip
• When: Thursday, Oct.
25, 2:30–4 p.m.
• Where: Second floor of
B.B. Comer Hall
Twelve students will be allowed the chance to engage in conversation with prominent Tuscaloosans
The Critical Languages Center will offer a variety of foreign cuisines to promote language programs
FAST FACTS
• Students can apply by
visiting dinnerwithstrang-
ersua.com. Applications
are due Oct. 31 by 5
p.m.
• 12 students will have
the chance to take part
in the series
Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.
Pretty Lights at Riverfront Park
Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.
Darius Rucker at Tin Roof
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Three Days Grace at Exit/In
Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
STS9 at Fabulous Fox Theatre
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
Madonna at New Orleans Arena
WEEKLY SOUTHEASTERN CONCERT LINEUP
Atlanta
Nashville
New Orleans
By Lindsee Gentry
Contributing Writer
For the third consecutive
year, first-grade students in
Tuscaloosa have the opportu-
nity to display their art through
a professional showcase.
Monster Makeover, spon-
sored by the Tuscaloosa News
and the Arts Council, features
children’s drawings of mon-
sters and local artists’ interpre-
tations of those monsters.
The child’s drawing and
description of the monster, as
well as the artist’s interpre-
tive piece, are on display at the
Bama Theatre.
“They get the recognition,”
Sharon Rudowski, the educa-
tion director for the Tuscaloosa
Arts Council, said. “This isn’t
about the artists. The students
are the center of attention.”
The exhibit will be on display
for the remainder of October
and will culminate with a recep-
tion on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The reception will fea-
ture a silent auction for both
the children’s and artists’
work, as well as T-shirts and
commemorative books that
illustrate each of the pieces,
Anthony Bratina, graphic edi-
tor of the Tuscaloosa News,
said.
The event has nearly doubled
each year, with 53 students and
more than 73 artists participat-
ing this year. With the growth of
the event, the team is hoping to
make $5,000 to benefit the city
schools’ art programs.
Rudowski said the artists
enjoy being a part of the show
for the students’ sake and to
exhibit their own work. They
volunteer their own time and
materials.
Throughout the gallery,
viewers can see stuffed
animals, an end table, sculp-
tures and oil paintings, all rep-
resenting the imaginations of
children. Artists are allowed to
use the medium of their choice
for recreating the children’s
drawings.
“The first year, I remember
talking to the kids, going around
and saying, ‘So, what do you
think?’” Mark Hughes Cobb,
arts writer for the Tuscaloosa
News, said. “They were like,
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First-graders display art in Monster Makeover
By Amy Marino
Moon Taxi, native to Nashville,
Tenn., was formed in 2006 while
members Trevor Terndrup
(lead vocal), Wes Bailey (key-
board), Spencer Thomson (gui-
tar), Tommy Putnam (bass)
and Tyler Ritter (drums) were
attending Belmont University.
Although they can be quickly
labeled as a “jam band,” Moon
Taxi far exceeds the jam band
mold. Not only does Moon Taxi’s
modernized psychedelic sound
instantly leave your ears want-
ing more, they top it off with
insightful lyrics and a show that
has the ability to knock you off
your feet – literally.
The most evident wow-factor
Moon Taxi has to offer live is
their ability to play completely
in harmony with one another.
They truly play off of each other,
releasing new sounds based on
what the other is doing. Because
of this tightness, the band
can completely transcend the
boundaries of each song they
play, making it into a new cre-
ation for every show.
Tea Leaf Green and Moon
Taxi could not be a better pair
to go on tour together. Tea Leaf
Green can be compared to bands
like Umphrey’s McGee or Moe.
and is known to put on a great
show – they definitely will have
the crowd pumped up and ready
to end with Moon Taxi.
After attending many Moon
Taxi shows, I leave each one
thinking it cannot be topped.
I am pleasantly proved wrong
each time by their next thrill-
ing performance. There is no
denying the band loves what
they do; with so much passion
that exudes from the stage, it is
impossible for the audience to
not feed off of it. The band will
never let their fans down when
it comes to making sure a show
is original. One specific show I
attended in Birmingham, the
band came on stage dressed in
glowing doodle-like robot cos-
tumes.
Speaking of costumes, for
their upcoming Halloween show,
both Moon Taxi and Tea Leaf
Green will be hosting costume
contests. It is not a rare sight to
see fans dressed up in strange
get-ups on a regular basis for
Taxi shows, but Halloween
gives the rest of us an excuse
to release our inhibitions. What
could be more fun than listening
to an awesome band, dressed
up as something ridiculous and
dancing like you can’t stop? I can
only predict that this show will
be one for the books with ghosts,
witches, superheroes and ani-
mals jamming in the audience.
If you want your Halloween to
be an experience you can only
relate as supernatural (what
Halloween is all about), I sug-
gest you to consider going to
this show. I would not expect
anything less of Moon Taxi to
have some Halloween tricks
up their sleeve for such an epic
show. The show starts at 9 p.m.
on Oct. 31, with tickets start-
ing at $15. Ride the Taxi to
the Moon!
COLUMN | MUSIC
Moon Taxi to create ‘supernatural
experience’ in Halloween concert
‘Cool, but mine’s better.’”
Cobb said the theater will
also host “Druid Dread Night:
A Haunted Variety Show” for
adult audiences on Monday,
Oct. 29. The event will feature
music, comedy, ghost stories,
drinks and a costume contest.
“It’s one of the ways we show
the community that we’re
human beings, partially, and it’s
just freakin’ fun,” Cobb said.
Tickets for “Druid Dread
Night” on Oct. 29 or the closing
reception of Monster Makeover
on Oct. 30 can be purchased
through the Bama Theatre.
For more information, visit
bamatheatre.org.

They get the recognition. This
isn’t about the artists. The
students are the center of
attention.
— Sharon Rudowski
Submitted
Monster Makeover, sponsored by the Tuscaloosa News and Arts
Council, features children’s drawings of monsters and local artists’
interpretations of those monsters.
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Page 9
“My academic scholar-
ship isn’t enough by itself
to allow me to come here.
I would definitely not be
able to pay for school with-
out [the Coca-Cola scholar-
ship],” she said. “I would
probably only be able to
afford to attend a com-
munity college right now
otherwise.”
Bailey said he hopes
the University will be able
to increase its efforts to
aid students who demon-
strate academic prowess
and monetary necessity
moving forward.
“We’re anxious to expand
the resources for kids who
have financial need. We’d
like to meet that need as
much as we can without
their having to borrow,” he
said. “I probably worry as
much as you do and maybe
more about the level of stu-
dent debt. That’s a signifi-
cant issue for all of us.”
Copeland said first gen-
eration students often have
needs beyond the financial
and said the University’s
and Coke’s efforts through
regular guidance meetings
and an intra-scholarship
program have proven to
be instrumental aspects of
her successful transition to
college life.
“Neither one of my birth
parents nor my adopted
parents went to college. But
for some reason, I always
knew that I would come to
school,” Copeland said. “I
definitely feel a real pres-
sure to succeed, but it’s not
something where I’m suc-
ceeding to prove anybody
wrong or something like
that. I’ve always been hard
on myself anyway. But I look
at my parents and see how
much they have struggled,
and that makes me want to
work hard and do well.”
Cortez Burney, a sopho-
more majoring in mar-
keting and a Coca-Cola
scholar, said a first genera-
tion student’s transition to
college is different in its
pioneering nature.
“I feel like the level of
responsibility put on us
is higher just because we
have far less information
from home about the things
that we can expect,” he said
in an emailed statement.
“I can’t go home and ask
my mom how she managed
to study for finals, work
and still find time to sleep
because she never had to
do it.”
Burney said he feels out
of place within the typical
stereotype of a first gen-
eration college student
striving to overcome a dis-
advantaged or underprivi-
leged background, as his
parents have been success-
ful despite not earning a
degree.
“I was the product of
an average middle class
American family, and
I have never really felt
held back because of my
parents’/guardians’ lack
of degrees,” he said. “I’ve
seen all of my life what hard
work and no education can
produce, so I feel like I have
been given a headstart,
almost. If my parents could
do a somewhat decent job
for themselves with a high
school diploma and hard
work, what am I capable
of?”
Copeland has a few ideas.
“It’s really inspiring and
comforting to know that
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University. He started out
like me, and now he’s got
all this under his belt,” she
said. “It’s cool to think that
there’s really nothing to
stop me from reaching the
same level of success.”
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Jesse Williams clears the way for Tide offense
FOOTBALL
By Billy Whyte
Staff Reporter
Senior defensive lineman Jesse
Williams has grabbed headlines
this season, anchoring the defen-
sive line for the Alabama defense
just a year removed from playing
defensive end. But while his play at
nose tackle has garnered him numer-
ous All-American and awards watch
lists halfway through the season, it’s
his transition to fullback that has
had teams turning heads.
Since running back and prima-
ry fullback Jalston Fowler went
down with an injury in week 2,
Williams has
been increas-
ingly used as a
lead blocker on
the goal line. So,
naturally, after a
taste of playing
on the offen-
sive side of
the ball, the
6-foot-4, 320
pound line-
man only
has one thing
on his mind
when asked
about play-
ing fullback.
“It’s a lot of
fun. It’s going to get a lot [more
fun] if they give me a chance and
let me grab the ball,” he said.
“But that looks doubtful, so I’ll
just keep blocking for now.”
And even though he is content
to keep blocking and doing what-
ever the coaches ask of him,
Williams still makes a habit at
practice to let the coaches know
he is a ready option on offense.
“I tell them every day, every
time I see the coaches, that my
hands are ready for the ball,”
Williams said.
Being a former rugby player
back in Australia, he said he
would have an easy time tak-
ing the next step as an
option on the goal line.
But not all of his teammates are as
optimistic as Williams on his potential
offensive skill set.
“Oh god,” offensive lineman
Anthony Steen said. “I doubt that. I
definitely don’t see that happening.”
If William’s did manage to get his
number called on the goal line, run-
ning back Eddie Lacy is convinced the
play would be memorable.
“If that were to happen, I think he
would do something funny,” Lacy
said. “I don’t know what it would be,
because he thinks different, but it
would be funny.”
Future receiving opportunities
aside, Williams blocking ability at the
goal line has been a
major boost for the
Crimson Tide’s run
game that averages
219 yards a game,
the second best in
the SEC.
Fullback isn’t a
surprising transi-
tion for the defen-
sive lineman. Like
his job at nose tack-
le, the fullback’s
main job is to take
on the opposing
lineman and clear
the way for the
players behind him.
The running backs
on the team, especially, appreciate
having the man who made headlines
bench pressing 600 pounds leading the
way for them.
“It’s good because the whole defense
just sucks into him,” Lacy said. “So,
we basically get to score a lot of times
without getting hit.”
“Shoot, I love it. I know I can always
count on him to open the hole for us,”
Steen said.
To go along with his season of tran-
sition, Williams decided over the week-
end to shave his signature mohawk.
Maybe now that he has a clean-shaven
head, he will have his chance at getting
the ball in his hands. But for now, we
should continue to expect the colossal
defensive lineman to bulldoze holes
into opposing defensive lines.
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“ I tell them every day, every
time I see the coaches, that
my hands are ready for the
ball.
— Jesse Williams

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NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Page 11
By Zac Al-Khateeb
As of right now, Alabama
is having what could poten-
tially be a season for the
ages. It’s destroying oppo-
nents and is well underway
to what could be an unbe-
lievable second-consecutive
national championship sea-
son – the third in four sea-
sons. It’s truly an amazing
time to be a Crimson Tide
fan right now.
With that said, all of that
could slip away with a single
loss this season.
I don’t want to scare any-
one – Alabama is, as of right
now, in complete control
of its destiny. But, should
it lose even one of its five
remaining games, Alabama’s
title hopes are over. Here’s
how. Let’s go ahead and
assume that an undefeated
Southeastern Conference
team will make the national
title game. So, that leaves
only three possible teams
in that category: Alabama,
Florida, and the surprise of
the SEC, Mississippi State.
Obviously, Alabama has to
win out in the process of elim-
inating Mississippi State and
Florida, should it make the
SEC Championship game. It
would also beat out LSU, who
lost early enough to a talent-
ed-enough South Carolina
team to have an outside
chance to make the national
championship game.
But, should Alabama
lose to any of these teams
– or any other, for that mat-
ter – it’ll completely take
itself out of the national
title picture.
You could make the
argument that a one-loss
Alabama could make the trip
to Miami, but it’s too late in
the season for that to hap-
pen. It’s a simple “What have
you done for me lately?” sce-
nario. So, should Alabama
lose, its destiny would be put
in the hands of these teams.
Let’s start in the Pac-12.
There are two teams out
there, Oregon and Oregon
State, who have a legitimate
shot at the national title
as of right now. Obviously,
someone has to lose between
them, and conventional wis-
dom says it’ll probably go to
the Ducks. If they win out,
they’ll have beaten Stanford,
OSU, and USC twice, if the
Trojans can make it back
to the Pac-12 Championship
game.
Let’s head over to the
Big 12. There’s only one
team there with a real
shot at the title, and that’s
Kansas State, who, if it
wins out this season, will
have beaten Oklahoma,
West Virginia, Texas Tech
and Texas, although it will
have a slight disadvan-
tage in the polls because it
doesn’t have a conference
championship game.
That leaves one other
school that has any hope at
all of making the national
title. That, of course, is the
Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
If they remain unbeaten,
they’ll have beaten Stanford,
USC, Oklahoma, Michigan
and Michigan State.
There’s still Rutgers,
Louisville and Ohio that
remain unbeaten, but even
if they should remain so,
it would be a long shot for
them to make the title game.
So, we now have all the play-
ers. Obviously, Alabama will
have to win out in the SEC,
including a potential champi-
onship game against Florida.
That leaves three other
potential undefeated teams
with impressive resumes
at the end of the season:
Kansas State, Notre Dame
and Oregon. If Alabama
loses just once, what are the
odds that all three of those
teams would also have lost? I
wouldn’t put my money on it.
Even if that scenario, how-
ever unlikely, did happen, it
wouldn’t matter. After what
happened last year, with an
all SEC national champion-
ship, there’s no way a one-
loss SEC team other than
LSU could make the title
game. No way.
So, there it is: Every game
Alabama has from now on is
essentially a playoff game.
Win, and you advance. Lose,
and that’s it. It’s that simple.
Alabama needs win at ‘Iron Bowl’ to advance
SOCCER
By Caroline Gazzara
Contributing Writer
The Crimson Tide soc-
cer team will hit the road
for its last game during the
regular season, which will be
against the Auburn Tigers.
This upcoming game is the
pinnacle point for the Tide
to see whether it will make
it into the postseason SEC
tournament. Though the loss
against South Carolina is still
fresh on the Tide’s mind, the
team is using the loss to add
fuel to the fire in hopes to win
against Auburn.
Currently ranked No. 6 in
the SEC West, Alabama is
ready to play No. 3 Auburn
for the soccer Iron Bowl tro-
phy. With a healthy rivalry
between the two schools, head
coach Todd Bramble thinks
that the Alabama/Auburn
rivalry will be on the Tide’s
side this year.
“The rivalry we have
between our soccer pro-
grams is a healthy rivalry,”
Bramble said. “I have a ton
of respect for their coaching
staff and what they have done
with their program there, so
it makes it more fun. [This
is] the Iron Bowl of soccer,
and it goes back and forth to
the team that wins the game
every year, and we’re in pos-
session of it right now, and we
don’t want to give it up.”
Though the Tide is going up
against a higher-ranked team,
the Tide is more motivated
to win and make it into the
postseason. Junior midfielder
Molly Atherton also knows
that when playing Auburn, it
isn’t just a rivalry game – it’s
a need-to-win game.
“[Playing Auburn] is always
really exciting,” Atherton
said. “Now it is a must-win
game for us to go into the
postseason, and it’s Auburn,
so it’s a huge opportunity.”
Senior defender Ashley
Willis agrees with Atherton
that this is the game to win
but is using the rivalry to
motivate herself and the Tide
against Auburn.
“[The rivalry] is definitely
fueling it a bit,” Willis said.
“We have to win to prolong
our season, but Auburn is
always exciting, and it’s a
heated rivalry, no matter what
sport you play. You never want
to be the team at Alabama to
lose to Auburn.”
With away standings of 4-3-
2, Alabama hopes their away
successes will be on their side
for this key game.
“We’ve been a pretty good
road team this year in a lot
of situations, so just under-
standing how difficult it is
to win on the road and being
patient throughout the game
and mentally tough,” Bramble
said. “We will be able to han-
dle the environment pretty
well if we can do some of
those things.”
The Alabama vs. Auburn
game isn’t just a game or a
rivalry; it’s the one game that
could change the outcome of
the Tide’s future. All of the
team’s practice and training
are going into this game to
make it a fun and challenging
one.
“They are a very good team,
but we are too, so it should be
a fun game,” Willis said.
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CW Staff
The Alabama men’s golf
team fired the lowest round
of the day to finish third at
the 2012 Isleworth Collegiate
Invitational on Tuesday
at the par-72, 7,544-yard
Isleworth Country Club.
The Crimson Tide shot
3-under-par 285 in the final
round to finish third, mov-
ing past Illinois, Texas and
Florida with a 54-hole total
of 9-over 873. California fin-
ished off the wire-to-wire
win at 4-over-par 868 after
a 289 Tuesday. New Mexico
held on to second place at
6-over 870. Texas finished
fourth at 15-over 879 with
Illinois in fifth at 882. Florida,
Arkansas, Vanderbilt and
LSU occupied the next four
positions.
“The guys battled every
day, and that is what I’m
proud of,” Alabama head
coach Jay Seawell said. “I
don’t know if we are play-
ing great golf right now, but
their attitudes are good,
and they hung in there and
scrapped out the low round
of the day.”
Sophomore Justin Thomas
just missed another medal-
ist honor, posting a 2-under-
par round of 70 to finish tied
for second at 3-under-par
213. The Goshen, Ky., native
carded four birdies and just
one bogey on the back nine
to get within one shot of
California’s Michael Kim,
who won with a 4-under 212.
Redshirt freshman Tom
Lovelady of Birmingham,
Ala., carded the Tide’s low-
est round of the tournament
on Tuesday with a 3-under
69. He made five birdies on
the round, including three
straight birdies on the 15th,
16th and 17th holes.
Junior Trey Mullinax also
came through with his lowest
round of the event, shooting
1-under 71 in the third round
to finish in a tie for 16th
place at 4-over-par 220. Cory
Whitsett was Alabama’s
final counting score Tuesday
at 3-over 75. Wyatt shot 77 in
the final round and did not
count toward the team score.
Both Whisett and Wyatt tied
for 28th at 8-over 224.
The Isleworth Collegiate
Invitational closed out the
Crimson Tide’s fall sched-
ule. The spring slate begins
Feb. 17-19 at the Puerto
Rico Classic.
Tide finishes 3rd at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational
CW Staff
The two-time defending
NCAA champion Alabama
gymnastics team will have a
league-best seven of its regular-
season meets broadcast via the
Southeastern Conference’s tele-
vision partners in 2013, includ-
ing two that will be shown on
both ESPN2 and ESPNU.
“We have an extremely com-
petitive schedule, and I’m very
excited that because of the
Southeastern Conference’s tele-
vision contract, fans across the
country and around the world
will be able to tune in to see our
ladies compete,” UA gymnas-
tics head coach Sarah Patterson
said.
Alabama’s Jan. 18 home open-
er against LSU and its Feb. 22
meet at Arkansas will air on both
ESPN2 and ESPNU. Alabama’s
ninth annual Power of Pink meet
against Kentucky on Jan. 25
will be broadcasteby Fox Sports
Network, as will the University’s
Feb. 1 meet at Georgia and Feb.
8 meet at 2012 NCAA runner-up
Florida.
The Tide’s Jan. 11 season
opener at Missouri will be
broadcast on Comcast/Charter
Sports Southeast. CSS will also
broadcast the Tide’s Feb. 15 meet
against Auburn from Coleman
Coliseum. All meets on the SEC
schedule will be broadcast on a
delayed basis.
In addition to regular season
action, fans can watch the March
23 SEC Championships on ESPN
and ESPNU. Fans will also be
able to access the ESPN and
ESPN2 telecasts through their
mobile devices on WatchESPN.
MEN’S GOLF
GYMNASTICS
Auburn @ Alabama
2013 ALABAMA GYMNASTICS TV SCHEDULE
Date Meet Air/ Date Time (CT) Network
January 11
January 18
January 25
February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
Alabama @ Missouri TBD CSS
LSU @ Alabama
January 24-5:30 PM
January 27-5 PM
ESPNU
ESPN2
Kentucky @ Alabama
(Power of Pink)
February 2-3:30 PM FSN
Alabama @ Georgia February 9-3 PM FSN
Alabama @ Florida February 16-4:30 PM FSN
Alabama @ Arkansas
TBD
February 28-4:30 PM
March 3-5 PM
CSS
March 23 SEC Championship
March 28-4:30 PM
March 30: 6 PM
ESPNU
ESPN
ESPNU
ESPN2

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