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Alabama prepares for a
hostile environment
By Becky Robinson
Staff Reporter
Students who have been to their fair share of
concerts know the actual price of a cheap $20
ticket can rise quickly because of charges and
Ticket companies and venues often add any
number of fees to the ticket’s original price.
While these fees may be annoying and often con-
fusing to ticket buyers, each serves a purpose.
Wendy Riggs, the director of arts and enter-
tainment for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, said
the original price of a ticket depends on a vari-
ety of factors.
“[Price] depends on the artist guarantee, the
number of tickets available and the agreement
between the artist management and the pro-
moter,” Riggs said. “It’s math – how much an
artist contracts for divided by number of seats
in a venue.”
After a ticket is bought either online or in per-
son, companies add fees to cover its cost. Riggs
said fee types differ between companies.
TicketMaster, an online and mobile ticket ser-
vice, charges a convenience fee. Even though
event-goers can now print tickets online or store
them on smart phones, a company uses that fee
to keep its website running.
“The infrastructure of a ticketing company
and the convenience charge of this service is
what they are paying for,” Riggs said of at-home
Additionally, credit card companies receive
a portion of ticket sales when a customer uses
their credit card to purchase a ticket online.
When ticket companies such as Ticketmaster
or Stubhub charge high fees, they often include
perks for the customer such as guaranteeing the
ticket’s authenticity or fast shipment.
Charlotte Lawson, a senior majoring in politi-
cal science and criminal justice, said she often
goes to sporting events and concerts and has to
pay a variety of fees.
“Ticketmaster usually charges their con-
venience fees for buying the tickets early, but
those aren’t usually horrendously expensive,”
Lawson said. “Stubhub, on the other hand, is
pretty pricey when buying expensive tickets,
but all of their guarantees make the cost worth
Patricia Pratt, box office manager of the
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, said despite the
many fees associated with tickets, the venue
rarely sees much profit.
“Most venues make their money on conces-
sions,” Pratt said. “Venue fees are necessary for
a company such as the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
to continue providing services.”
Similarly, Riggs said most of the money made
from ticket sales and fees goes to the artist or
the ticket company.
Fees pay 3rd
party costs,
raise prices
Buying online, with credit card
often cause of higher ticket costs
By Judah Martin
Contributing Writer
“Forrest Gump” Author
Winston Groom’s life of writ-
ing has proven to be very much
like a box of chocolates, though
he pointed out that phrase is
actually only from the movie
adaptation of the book.
“I got so many boxes of choc-
olate after the movie came
out,” Groom said. “It’s a good
thing I like chocolates.”
After working as a reporter
for the Washington Star and
publishing 17 books of various
genres, Groom returned to his
University of Alabama alma
mater on Monday to speak
to students in the Ferguson
“The first thing I learned at
UA was winning,” Groom said.
“It is a tradition here.”
Groom said the idea for
“Forrest Gump” began with a
story his father told him.
“In the neighborhood, there
was a young man who, by the
vernacular of the day, was
retarded,” Groom said. “The
kids teased him, and they
threw rocks and sticks at
him. Then one day his mother
bought him a piano and people
started to hear this beautiful
music coming from the home.
The kid had learned to play the
It is a phenomenon called
idiot savant syndrome, in
which a mentally disabled per-
son displays pockets of bril-
Groom said he returned
home after hearing the story
and began writing notes. By
midnight he’d written the first
chapter of what would become
“Forrest Gump.’
“It was almost miraculous
for a writer,” Groom said.
“That sort of thing just never
happens. As I started writing,
I was feeling less and less in
charge of this book.”
Groom said there are at
least eight qualities that writ-
ing and UA football have in
common. The first quality is
“As a writer, you are the
commanding general,” Groom
said. “It is your job to make
sure that everything you do
is as perfect as you can get it.
You own it.”
The remaining qualities are
adaptability, dedication, risk,
humility, persistence, failure
and redemption.
“These old reporters, if you
look in their desks, you’ll find
two things,” Groom said. “A
pack of either Lucky Strikes or
Marlboros and an unfinished
manuscript for a novel. I didn’t
want that to be me. That’s the
English instructor Carl
Miller incorporated Forrest
Gump into a class he taught
called “The history of litera-
ture in college football,” in the
summer of 2011. He later dis-
covered that Groom had plans
to attend the 2012 Homecoming
Parade and contacted him to
speak at the University.
‘Forrest Gump’ author returns to UA, compares writing to football
CW | Shannon Auvil
Winston Groom
University of Alabama alumni, Winston
Groom speaks on writing his famous book
Immigrant asks, ‘Is this Alabama?’
By Melissa Brown
News Editor
Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist-activist and
undocumented immi-
grant Jose Antonio
Vargas asked University
of Alabama students how
they plan to respond to
increasing diversity in
America in a talk centered
around undocumented
immigrants Monday night.
Vargas, a current colum-
nist for TIME.com, shared
his background story and
discussed his documen-
tary work in the state, an
online venture titled “Is
This Alabama?”
The website features
four videos of different
Alabamian perspectives
of HB-56, the immigration
bill that Vargas called the
“strictest in the country.”
Jennifer Greer, the chair
of the University’s journal-
ism department, said bring-
ing Vargas to speak to stu-
dents was a way to show
students what roles jour-
nalists can fill beyond just
informing the public.
“One of the roles of jour-
nalism is to make sure we
bring people from a variety
of perspectives into to talk
about issues like this [immi-
gration,]” Greer said.
Vargas was born and
raised in the Philippines
until he moved to live with
his maternal grandparents
in California at age 12. He
was unaware of his undocu-
mented status until he was
15, when he went to the
DMV to apply for a driving
permit and learned that his
green card was fake.
“I didn’t understand why
my grandparents and my
mother didn’t tell me what
the situation was,” Vargas
said. “If I hadn’t discovered
journalism a year after,
I’m frankly not sure what I
would have done.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist speaks
on mindsets of average Alabamaians
high-profile local case
could soon put a spot-
light on the strains on
Alabama’s mental health facil-
ities due to state budget cuts.
Nathan Van Wilkins, the man
arrested for injuring 18 people
when he allegedly opened fire
into The Copper Top bar on
July 17, pleaded not guilty on
Aug. 17 to 68 counts in connec-
tion to the shooting, according
to a report from al.com.
Wilkins has pleaded
not guilty by reason of
insanity, according to al.com.
If he were to win his case with
this defense, though, state
cuts could affect or even delay
the treatment the court would
order him to receive.
Although a well-known
defense in criminal law, the
insanity plea is rare, accord-
ing to Joseph Colquitt, the
Beasley Professor of Law at
The University of Alabama
School of Law. Beasley cited
an eight-state study that found
the plea is used less than one
percent of the time in the
cases reviewed.
“At that rate, only two or
three cases in a thousand
would be expected to result in
an insanity verdict,” Colquitt
said. “Moreover, a substantial
majority, 75 percent or more,
of insanity acquittals result
from an agreement by the
prosecution and the defense
on the validity of the defense
rather than as a result of a
jury verdict from contested
Despite the low rate of
cases, John Toppins, director
of psychology services at the
Taylor Hardin Secure Medical
Facility in Tuscaloosa, said
patients often experience
delays getting admitted even
after a court order, because
of the limited number of beds
available. The Taylor Hardin
Facility treats patients after
they receive a not guilty ver-
dict for reason of insanity.
CW | Shannon Auvil
The Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility in Tuscaloosa treats patients after they receive a not guilty verdict for reason of insanity.
High-profile case,
low-profile problem
By Chandler Wright | Staff Reporter CW File
Nathan Van
Nathan Van Wilkins,
who was arrested for
allegedly opening fire
into Copper Top on
July 17, has pleaded
not guilty by reason of
insanity. His case could
spotlight the strain
on Alabama’s mental
health system.
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“It really shows his com-
mitment to the University,”
Miller said. “Some of the
people in the audience are
going to make names for
themselves as writers, and
I hope having [Groom] here
is inspiring for them.”
Sigma Tau Delta, the
Universi ty’s Engl i sh
Honors Society, sponsored
the event.
“The Phi Xi Chapter of
Sigma Delta Tau is really
excited to be able to host
this kind of talk,” said Nadia
Barksdale, a senior major-
ing in English. “We hope
to bring in other Alabama
writers to speak at UA.”
Miller hopes Groom
inspired UA’s writers
Lindsay Smith, a junior
majoring in marketing, said
she attends many concerts
and admitted the fees asso-
ciated with tickets can be
“I attend some events
here in Tuscaloosa,
mostly at the Tuscaloosa
Amphi theater, ” Smi th
said. “[I pay] anywhere
from $10 to about $60. The
Amphitheater often offers
discounted ticket prices or
student tickets through the
Ferg for about $15, which
is awesome.”
Smith said when she buys
a ticket online she usually
has to pay a convenience
fee in addition to taxes.
“If I buy a ticket at an
actual box office, there are
typically less or no conve-
nience fees, but it’s often
difficult to get tickets from
the venues, especially for
me because I go to so many
out-of-town shows,” Smith
said. “Ultimately though,
it’s all worth it because I
love seeing my favorite art-
ists perform – there’s noth-
ing like it for me.”
“Many times patients will be
admitted for treatment a year
or more after they have been
charged,” Toppins said. “Even
when the court has ordered
treatment, sometimes it can
take three months to get into
Taylor Hardin because we can’t
accept a new patient without an
open bed.”
Toppins said the Taylor
Hardin Facility also does pre-
trial work with patients.
“Not guilty for reason of
insanity patients are treated
in our facility after receiving
this verdict from the courts.
Pre-trial patients have been
charged with a crime and have
not been seen in court, yet,”
Toppins said. “In many cases,
patients are also evaluated
regarding their competence to
stand trial, which is a consti-
tutional right. Patients aren’t
always assessed for both cases,
but it’s pretty common for these
to go hand-in-hand.”
Toppins said after obser-
vation and analysis, Taylor
Hardin Secure Medical Facility
psychologists draft reports and
provide opinions before the
courts regarding a defendant’s
current mental state and dur-
ing the time of the crime.
This work, Colquitt said, is
part of the development of an
insanity defense.
“Normally, the insan-
ity defense is supported by
evidence developed through
mental examinations and test-
ing by psychiatrists, psycholo-
gists and other mental health
treatment professionals,”
Colquitt said. “In many cases,
lay testimony concerning the
defendant and any aberrant
behavior observed by a witness
or witnesses is support of the
insanity defense.”
According to the Alabama
Constitution, mental disease
can be a defense for any crime
if the accused proves an inabil-
ity to comprehend, at the time
of the crime, the severity of the
act because of mental disease
or defect.
“The main question [regard-
ing the criminally insane]
is the mental state of the
defendant at the time of the
act,” James Tucker, the assis-
tant director of the Alabama
Disability Advocacy Program
at The University of Alabama,
said. “Essentially, mental
health staff to try to determine
whether or not the defendant
had the mental capacity, at
the time of the crime, to form
criminal intent.”
This staff might soon thin
out. Last spring, the Alabama
Department of Mental Health
announced plans to lay off 948
employees and close many psy-
chiatric hospitals in the state,
according to al.com. Tucker
said Alabama citizens should
be concerned about the cuts
– over the past four years, the
Department of Mental Health
has been cut by $40 million.
“There is definitely a reason
for citizens of Alabama to be
concerned about the cuts fac-
ing mental health and social
service programs in the state,”
Tucker said. “There were prob-
ably places that needed to be
cut back, but I don’t understand
why we need to cut $40 mil-
lion when federal funding can
match almost 2:1 for communi-
ty-based treatment facilities.”
Tucker suggested state
investment in more commu-
nity-based treatment centers,
rather than institutional treat-
ment centers like Taylor Hardin
Secure Medical Facility.
“Institutional care is now
largely viewed as a last resort,”
Tucker said. “At a place like
Taylor Hardin, the state of
Alabama pays 100 percent of
the cost for each bed. These
institutions don’t receive any
money from the federal govern-
ment. However, community-
based services, like outpatient
centers and group homes, costs
are largely matched by federal
However, Toppins said the
budget cuts haven’t affected
Taylor Hardin Secure Medical
Facility treatment or intake
rate, despite being short on psy-
chiatrists and psychologists.
“The budget cuts don’t affect
our treatment. If we’re short-
staffed, then everyone just
works overtime,” Tobbins said.
“The work doesn’t change even
when we’re understaffed. If a
patient stays longer, it doesn’t
necessarily affect the ability for
another patient to begin treat-
ment at Taylor Hardin. We’re
talking weeks here, not a hor-
ribly long time.”
Tucker said current fund
allocation and budgeting may
make Department of Health
programs impossible to main-
tain in coming years.
“We are approaching a point
when the department of mental
health won’t be able to sustain
itself,” Tucker said.
Vargas went on to work
for The Washington Post,
where he wrote award-
winning coverage of the
Virginia Tech
m a s s a c r e ,
and covered
various can-
didates on the
2008 presiden-
tial campaign
before pen-
ning an essay
for The New
York Times
revealing his
Vargas said
his role as a journalist has
changed since revealing
hi ms el f as an
undocumented immigrant.
“I knew that instead of
relying on news organiza-
tions to tell my story, I had
to tell my own,” Vargas
said. “It’s just very uncom-
fortable, for a journalist.
It’s kind of a separation of
church and state – journal-
ists are not supposed to talk
about themselves; we’re
not supposed to insert our-
selves in the middle of it.”
George Daniels, an
associate professor in
the journalism depart-
ment, said that although
Vargas’ advocacy journal-
ism work is not the typical
print medium, it’s still very
much journalism.
“We’re going to emphasize
how the work of the printed
word can be transformed
and presented in so many
different mediums, one of
those being
the docu-
m e n t a r y
me d i u m, ”
Daniels said.
Va r g a s ’
“Is Thi s
Al abama?”
d o c u me n -
tary series
arose when
he visited
last October,
shortly after
the passage of HB-56. He said
he was interested in getting
past the Alabama stereotype
and seeing what the average
Alabamian was like.
In two videos, a white
farmer and a white school-
teacher talk about how they
don’t agree with the law and
how it could adversely affect
their lives. In another, a man
verbally harasses the vid-
eographer and Vargas, yell-
ing obscenities and telling
them to “get their papers or
get out.”
“Is that Alabama,” Vargas
said in reference to the vid-
eos, “or is this Alabama?”
Journalist tells his
immigration story
Some students say
extra price worth it
Wilkins case could
show effect of cuts

It’s just very uncomfortable,
for a journalist. It’s kind of a
separation of church and state
– journalists are not supposed
to talk about themselves;
we’re not supposed to insert
ourselves in the middle of it.
— Jose Antonio Vargas
By April Ivey
Contributing Writer
Frank Jackson, a world-
renowned philosopher and
expert in the philosophy of
the mind, will be presenting
a lecture titled “The Problem
of Consciousness Revisited”
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in room
205 of Smith Hall.
Jackson, a distinguished
professor of philosophy
at Australian National
University and a visit-
ing professor at Princeton
University, will focus
on whether science can
explain consciousness.
In his thought experiment,
“The Mary Case,” Jackson
proposed that if a scien-
tist who understood all the
underlying scientific con-
cepts of the color red were
raised in a world of only
black and white, she would
learn something when actu-
ally exposed
to red.
“Qual i tative
e x p e r i e n c e s
associated with
such as ‘What
it’s like to see
red’ cannot be
explained by
scientific facts
alone, ” said
Spencer Carter,
a graduate stu-
dent studying
appl i ed sta-
tistics. “But
if science can
explain all physical things,
then it means consciousness
must have some non-physi-
cal component.”
However, Jackson found
a flaw in his theory and
changed his mind in 1998. He
now believes
s c i e n c e
can, in fact,
explain con-
The work
was ground-
breaking in
the field of
philosophy of
the mind and
continues to
be debated
“ D r .
J a c k s o n
framed the
issue in a way
that no one else has before,”
said Torin Alter, profes-
sor of philosophy. “Hearing
Jackson speak would be like
hearing E.L. Wilson speak
on biology.”
“Fleshed out with some
modifications, ‘The Mary
Case’ is an extremely con-
vincing argument to doubt
the physicality of conscious-
ness, which I found stun-
ning,” Carter said. “Jackson’s
Mary Case formulated this
problem that people have
been asking for centuries in
a very tangible way.”
Alter has done much
research on Jackson’s work
and was responsible for
organizing his lecture at
the University.
“I’ve spent much of my life
working on concepts that he
formulated,” he said. “I was
glad that he accepted.”
The lecture will be a great
opportunity for students
to learn more about the
philosophy of the mind from
an expert in the field, said
Alter and Carter.
“I believe that Dr. Jackson
will make it clear to some-
one without a background in
philosophy what the problem
facing philosophers today
is,” Alter said. “If you have
any interest in the philoso-
phy of the mind, I think you
will want to hear from some-
one who has made major
contributions to the field.”
Carter echoed those
“I think anyone interested
in problems about conscious-
ness – of which there are
many, both scientifically and
philosophically – will get a
lot out of the talk, as well as
anyone who has even a pass-
ing interest in philosophy,”
he said.
Philosopher to speak on science of consciousness
Editor | Melissa Brown
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Page 3
• What: The Problem
of Consciousness
• Where: Smith Hall
• When: Tuesday,
7:30 p.m.
Dr. Frank Jackson
By Eric Yaron
Contributing Writer
With out-of-state student
enrollment on the rise, a new
student organization was
recently formed with the
goal of helping new out-of-
state students to acclimate
themselves to life here at
The University of Alabama.
The “49” plans to organize
several initiatives to help
streamline the adjustment of
out-of-state students to life at
the Capstone.
“The ‘49’ was formed in
October 2011 as a student orga-
nization designed to reduce
the number of out-of-state
students that choose to leave
the University after failing to
fully adjust to life on campus,”
Douglas Fair, a founding mem-
ber of the group, said. “Our
mission is to help out-of-state
students become acclimated
to life on campus through
community involvement and
social events throughout the
school year.”
The programs and initia-
tives to be put into motion
by The “49” will be draft-
ed and approved by an
independent planning com-
mittee referred to as The
Assembly. Comprised of two
students from each state rep-
resented at the University, The
Assembly will meet twice a
month in order to brainstorm
and vote on new ideas. Each
state is currently represented
within The Assembly with the
exception of Maine and Utah.
“I decided to jump on board
with my friend from high
school, Douglas Fair, when
he told me he wanted to form
a group specifically for out-
of-state students,” Elizabeth
Cady, another founding mem-
ber of The “49” and one of the
representative members of
The Assembly said. “I went
through rush and pledged
Pi Beta Phi, which I hold
dear to my heart. However, I
wanted to be identified by the
University by more than just
my greek letters.”
The organization plans to
focus on proposals that will
benefit out-of-state students
and help to make them more
involved on campus through
social and community engage-
ment events throughout
the semester. The “49” will
also be partnering with the
Community Service Center
and the Veterans Affairs
Center for upcoming service
opportunities. One such pro-
posal is a plan to match out-
of-state freshman students
with students from their home
states to help with adjust-
ing to collegiate life during
the fall semester.
Known as the foUndAtion,
the program is a new men-
toring initiative designed by
members of The “49” as a way
for older out-of-state students
to introduce younger out-of-
state students to life at the
Capstone. Mentors will take
their assigned “mentees” to
various events on campus and
provide them with advice on
class selection and general
involvement on campus.
“The foundation is unique
to this campus with no group
in the Southeastern region
quite like The ‘49,’” Cady said.
“It is a student-based mentor-
ing program solely focused on
making sure that our out-of-
state freshmen get acclimated
and feel comfortable here in
Tuscaloosa. It is our hope that
this project helps to drastical-
ly decrease the number of stu-
dents who decide to transfer
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comfortable here in Tuscaloosa. It is our hope that this project helps
to drastically decrease the number of students who decide to transfer
after freshman year.
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America is a nation of
immigrants. But with 11.5
million illegal immigrants in
the United States, the issue of
illegal immigration is no lon-
ger just a social problem; it
jeopardizes our national and
economic security, as well.
Each candidate has set a goal
of decreasing the amount of
illegal immigrants that make
their way across our borders
and each has promised to
work with illegal immigrants
who are already here. It is the
candidates’ means of deal-
ing with this issue that differ.
The political ramifications of
immigration have dominat-
ed our news cycle since the
midterm elections. In states
like Arizona and Alabama,
legislation targeted at driv-
ing illegal immigrants from
the state has become a rally-
ing point for conservatives.
Under these laws, near any-
one who is suspected of being
in the country illegally can be
stopped and asked for proof
of citizenship. The Supreme
Court upheld Arizona’s
“show me your papers” pro-
vision during a split deci-
sion last session, but struck
down other elements of the
law that classified activities
like seeking work as an ille-
gal immigrant as a criminal
offense. The Court was very
clear in its mentality that
immigration is a federal –
not state – issue, and major
immigration policies should
be set for all states by the
federal government. Here in
Alabama, we should be espe-
cially mindful of this issue.
Alabama received worldwide
attention with its anti-immi-
gration bill, commonly known
as HB56. State leaders said
the action came as a result
of federal inattention to the
current immigration prob-
lems. President Obama and
Gov. Romney have both called
for greater federal action to
improve the state of our ille-
gal immigration problem.
Obama plans to focus on DREAM act Romney’s plan based on economey
By Austin Gaddis, Nathan James and Lucy Cheseldine
President Obama has been vocal in his plans to set up a
bipartisan path to citizenship, enabling those immigrants
who have become productive members of society to become
legal citizens.
One of Obama’s major reforms is the DREAM Act. The
DREAM Act is focused on young people, allowing the children
of illegal immigrants to become American citizens. Obama
acknowledges that many children have been brought to the
United States by their families, grown up here and have come
to consider themselves Americans in every way but on paper.
The DREAM Act allows this specific set of illegal immigrants to
either serve in the military or earn a college degree from a U.S.
institution to become legal citizens.
This would be an extension of actions already taken by the
Department of Homeland Security, which has stipulated that
it will no longer initiate the deportation of young people who
arrived in the country before the age of 16 and have lived here
for at least five years. The individuals must also be under the
age of 30 and have no criminal record. By putting this legisla-
tion in place, Obama has set up a safer and fairer framework
for young people who did not intentionally violate any immi-
gration laws. Under this legislation, young people can apply
for a two-year ‘non-immigrant’ work permit, which can then
be renewed. By allowing this type of realistic approach to a
broken immigration system, Obama offers a better way to deal
with young immigrants who were brought to this country
through no fault of their own and have adopted this culture as
their own.
Many people misconstrue the threat that many illegal immi-
grants pose to the job market. Despite high unemployment,
most illegal immigrants are employed in manual labor sectors,
which often includes jobs able-bodied, out-of-work American
citizens simply do not want. As a result, many needed jobs are
left vacant which leads to an increase in cost to consumers of
certain goods and services. When the HB56 law was passed in
Alabama, the number of available workers in the state dropped
significantly. Agriculture and farming operations, which are
major industries in our state, are still left without enough
workers to operate at full capacity, which burdens the entire
supply chain.
Romney’s advocation of a policy to bypass explicit legisla-
tion and encourage a climate of ‘self-deportation’ seems to be
a cowardly and passive approach to dealing with such a major
national security issue. And despite a long-held Republican
notion that Obama has thumbed his nose at the current laws
designed to curb illegal immigration, the president’s adminis-
tration has deported more illegal immigrants than any presi-
dent since the 1950s. Obama’s sensible approach to providing
a more stable immigration system, while still enforcing cur-
rent laws and ridding our society of those who pose a threat to
our security and livelihoods, provides the best approach to the
future of immigration policy in the United States.
By Robert Frye
While President Obama favors an after-the-fact approach
to fixing our current immigration problems with legislation
such as the DREAM Act, Mitt Romney has taken a stance that
aims to actively reduce the number of illegal immigrants by
reforming our convoluted national system. While at face value
the DREAM Act is a humanitarian effort, Romney argues that
amnesty programs such as this only encourage illegal immi-
gration, as they make legal citizenship attainable via illegal
In order to combat the excess of illegal immigrants residing
within our national borders, Governor Romney has proposed a
national system of employment verification. This will not only
make it possible for companies to assure that their employ-
ees are working legally, but will also reduce the incentive for
people to immigrate illegally. Other incentives for illegal immi-
gration Romney has advocated against in his political career
are in-state tuition for illegal residents and the ability of ille-
gal residents to obtain drivers licenses. By ridding our nation
of these illogical benefits for those who lack any legal reason
for having them, Romney has shown that he will take proac-
tive measures in attempting to reduce the number of potential
illegal immigrants.
One of the primary factors contributing to our current immi-
gration situation has been the inflexibility of our government
in providing legal pathways, such as an effective work visa sys-
tem, for workers attempting to enter the country. While mil-
lions are able to cross the borders illegally, thousands who
wish to enter the United States legally with dreams of higher
education and job opportunities are excluded due to ineffective
systems of visa selection and distribution. By revamping these
defunct processes, and implementing a system that eliminates
the ability of workers to overstay their legal visas, Governor
Romney has set his sights on creating an effective solution for
one of the more polarizing issues affecting Americans.
In order to further stimulate the economy through effective
legal immigration policies, Governor Romney has suggested
increasing the number of visas available for highly skilled
workers. He argues that the current number allowed each year
is too low, and the lack of these potential workers hinders the
ability of American firms to remain competitive against inter-
national firms. This approach promotes the US as an attractive
place for high-skilled foreign employment.
The Republican approach is geared towards restarting
the economy by attracting immigrants who will actively
and intellectually contribute. Getting illegal immigrants out
means making sure we don’t simply give away the benefits
of citizenship but keep it for those who will bring something
to America.
In a time of economic turmoil, the U.S. cannot afford to
become a house for immigrants. Romney makes it clear that
the U.S. will only tolerate immigration in relation to the pro-
gression of our country.
Author of ‘Forrest Gump’ advises students to read the ‘greats,’ be aware of world around you
By Hannah Waid
The world of writing has
changed greatly since Winston
Groom wrote his novel
“Forrest Gump” in 1986 and it
found its way to the number
one spot on The New York
Times best-seller list.
In a quick interview before
speaking with UA students
in an event sponsored by
The University of Alabama
Department of English and
Sigma Tau Delta, Groom
shared some details from his
life as a writer.
Groom started writing when
he was 8 years old, winning
a short story contest where
the grand prize was a book
of Grimm’s fairy tales, about
which he said, “I’ve been steal-
ing from it ever since.”
But it was not until after
returning from the war that
Groom’s writing really began
to take off. Groom grew up in a
war generation, and this expe-
rience led to war writing.
In our new generation,
quickly being dubbed the iPad
generation, we have the world
at our fingertips, which causes
us to lose some of that experi-
ence essential to writing.
“The new generation
is greedy,” Groom said in
response to a question about
today’s declining publishing
industry as newspapers in
states across the country, like
Alabama and Louisiana, have
reduced newspaper produc-
tion to only three days a week.
Therefore, I asked Groom for
his advice to young, aspiring
writers. But I believe his three
points actually apply to every
student in every major as they
take steps towards their future
dreams and careers.
First, Groom said, “Read
the great and steal from the
great, but don’t plagiarize.”
With the world practically in
the palm of our hands, there is
no excuse to be ignorant of the
great influences from our past
and in our present.
Not only should we be con-
scious of the great, but Groom
also said to “be extremely
aware of the world around
you.” Schools and universities
can teach us to become engi-
neer or educators, but it is up
to ourselves to be aware of
what is happening around us.
Groom’s final piece of advice
was this: “Create an experi-
ence to write about.” He had
his youth in the South, the
stories his father told him, the
war. We too need to find out
experiences in life that inspire
us as writers or businessmen
or whatever you so choose.
As Forrest Gump noted,
“bein’ a idiot is no box of choco-
lates.” In that vein, being a col-
lege student is no box of choco-
lates either. As we ask our-
selves questions of where to
attend college, what to major
in, whether to go to gradu-
ate school and the chances of
obtaining a suitable job after
graduation, perhaps we lose
sight of the essence of life.
There is so much outside
of ourselves that many of
us have yet to experience.
In his speech, Groom said
it is through leadership,
adaptability, dedication, risk,
humility, persistence, failure
and redemption that we can
achieve our dreams. He notes
that these qualities helped
Alabama football win national
championships, and helped
him produce his novel “Forrest
If we can adopt these quali-
ties as we read the great
authors and experience the
world around us, then we too
can find success and purpose
in life. Then perhaps one day
we can echo Forrest Gump
as he said, “I can always look
back an’ say, at least I ain’t led
no hum-drum life.”
• Deported more illegal immigrants in his first term than President Bush did
• Provided protections for children of illegal immigrants so they can avoid deportation
• Supports instilling those protections in federal law through the DREAM Act, which would let
the children of illegal immigrants who serve in the military or go to college achieve perma-
nent legal status
• Proposes to make it harder for illegal immigrants to gain employment through improved
workforce verification
• Will make it easier for temporary agriculture and seasonal workers to come in legally
• Focuses on attracting highly skilled workers, including granting permanent residency to
every foreign student who obtains an advanced degree in math, science, or engineering.
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | Page 5
By Ashley Tripp
Staff Reporter
As soon as finals are over, 35
students from Alabama Greek
Missions will board a flight
to Nicaragua from Dec. 16-23.
The group will be staying in
Trapichito, an isolated village
with a population of about 200.
“We will start our days with
building a new home for a fam-
ily that has been sponsored by
Delta Zeta, Pi Beta Phi and Phi
Mu,” Valerie Rodriguez, the
president of Alabama Greek
Missions, said. “We will spend
our afternoons playing with the
local children doing arts, crafts
and games.”
Margaret Coats, vice presi-
dent of Alabama Greek Missions,
said she is amazed what one
organization can do to complete-
ly change the hearts and minds
of the people down in Nicaragua.
Rodriguez and Coats founded
Alabama Greek Missions in
2010 and traveled to Costa Rica
for their first mission trip with
a similar group from Louisiana
State University.
“While we may have faced
some challenges through
the process, knowing that all
of our hard work will result
in a lasting impact in their
communities and families
is what keeps us going,”
Rodriguez said.
Over the years, Coats said the
mission trips make her more
appreciative of the resources she
has in the United States.
“It’s a good opportunity for
people to do something tangible
instead of just writing checks,”
Coats said. “You get your hands
dirty while also seeing other
parts of the world.”
Myreete Wolford, market-
ing director for Alabama Greek
Missions, said the experi-
ence she has shared with the
organization is unmatched by
anything else.
“It is greeks coming
together, no matter their let-
ters, and impacting the world
one mission at a time,” Wolford
said. “AGM has impacted me
in every way, whether that be
by allowing me to open my
eyes during the first mission
to Costa Rica or by expanding
my abilities as a leader in the
actual organization.”
However, anyone who has
a passion in mission work is
welcome to join the organi-
zation or attend the mission
trips, greek or non-greek,
members said.
“We just want everyone to
get involved and by no means is
this organization greek-exclu-
sive,” Coats said. “We’re trying
to grow and get people with all
kinds of talents and goals.”
Wolford said no matter if
you can join Alabama Greek
Missions in Nicaragua with
fundraising, everyone’s gifts
are utilized and everyone
is impacted.
In raising support for the
mission trip, Alabama Greek
Missions had a cookout fund-
raiser at KA sponsored by Pi
Beta Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta,
Phi Mu, Theta Chi, Beta Theta Pi
and KA.
“This month we are plan-
ning to have a fundraiser at the
Bear Trap on Nov. 6 with drink
specials for everyone who
comes,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez also said Alabama
Greek Missions is going to host
a toy drive during dead week
and finals week, which will be
collected and distributed to the
children in Trapichito.
Coats said one of the great-
est rewards of the mission
trips is connecting with other
UA students.
“AGM has taught me to look
past everything here at UA,
learn about people and get to
know them on a personal level,”
Coats said. “When you come
back, you have that incredible
support system.”
Alabama Greek Missions to visit Nicaragua for relief trip
By Mark Blanton
Contributing Writer
In conjunction with Dating and
Domestic Violence Awareness
Month, The University of
Alabama Women’s Resource
Center’s Student Leadership
Council is hosting “Bystanding
Love: The Story of Yeardley Love
& Bystander Involvement” at 5
p.m. Tuesday in 311 Carmichael
Hall Rotunda, said Jessi Hitchins,
assistant director of the WRC.
“Events such as this one help
raise awareness about issues such
as Dating and Domestic Violence
and empower the audience to take
action against the violence,” Zoe
Storey, director of the SLC, said.
At the event, students will
lead a discussion about how
there may have been opportu-
nities where bystanders could
have intervened, in addition to
discussing the critical participa-
tion of bystanders, Hitchins said.
The event is named for Yeardley
Love, who was found dead inside
her Charlottesville, Va., apart-
ment in May 2010, a victim of
domestic violence.
“Many times friends and
acquaintances see the signs of
domestic violence but are not
aware and do not know how
to effectively get involved,”
Storey said. “Through educat-
ing the public, we can help pre-
vent and lessen the violence
against women.”
“Since Dating and Domestic
Violence is so common and is
the number one killer of women
domestically and abroad, SLC
wants students on our campus to
learn how they can take an active
role in eliminating violence on our
campus and in our communities,”
Hitchins said.
For more information, call the
WRC at (205) 348-5040 or send an
email to wrc@sa.ua.edu.
Event to focus on role of
bystanders in violence
• What: Bystanding Love:
The Story of Yeardley
Love & Bystander
• Where: Carmichael
Hall 311
• When: Tuesday, 5 p.m.
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By Alexandra Ellsworth
Staff Reporter
The Critical Languages
Center is showing a foreign
movie every night, Monday
through Friday from 6:30 to
8:30 p.m. in Room 241 of B.B.
Comer to promote diversity
and interest in culture and lan-
guage among students.
The CLC is a part of the
Modern Languages and
Classics Department in Arts
and Sciences and offers approx-
imately 10 Less Commonly
Taught Languages with the
goal of providing an opportuni-
ty for as many students as pos-
sible to acquire communicative
competence in LCTL.
“We believe that interest in
language begins with an inter-
est in culture,” Sumi Woo, an
administrative GTA for CLC,
said. “That is, the more stu-
dents that are interested in
culture, the more students
registering for CLC language
As a way to increase that
interest in culture, CLC is host-
ing a free movie series for six
weeks. It began Oct. 22 and
will continue through Nov. 30,
with the exception of Friday
nights before home games and
Thanksgiving break. CLC will
screen a total of 24 films from
10 different countries that
include Korea, Japan, China,
Thailand, Turkey, India, Israel,
Brazil and African countries.
The 24 movies chosen were
either recommended by native
speakers who teach different
languages at the CLC, won
several famous international
awards, or were well received
by critics, Woo said. They are
also taking suggestions for
next year’s movie list, and
anyone can recommend newly
released movies they want to
Woo said one of the initial
objectives of the movie nights
is to promote CLC programs.
“We are a part of the
Modern Languages and
Classics Department in Arts
and Sciences, but not a lot of
people know us,” she said.
“We offer a variety of lan-
guage classes, both in class
and online. We have Korean,
Arabic, Farsi, Portuguese,
Hebrew, Hindi, Swahili, Thai,
Turkish and Vietnamese
courses, and we also have
online Arabic, Chinese, and
Japanese classes.”
Woo said not many students
are aware of the numerous
benefits of learning a foreign
language. CLC’s weekly mov-
ies will also provide more
opportunities for diversity
among students and staff, and
Woo hopes it will break down
racial stereotypes.
“It is the perfect opportunity
to allow many internationally-
minded students, faculty, staff
and community members to
participate and enjoy diver-
sity on our campus,” Woo said.
“Personally, I think Alabama
is relatively closed in cultures.
Many people seem to hold
negative stereotypes indirectly
acquired through the inter-
national media. I hope more
people have many opportuni-
ties to meet different cultures
and understand those cultures
Andrew Word, a sopho-
more majoring in English and
Spanish, is studying Korean
with the CLC. He participates
in many of its events, including
the foreign movie nights.
“CLC is always interested
in entertaining the commu-
nity of the University,” Word
said. “Whether it be through
showing movies or by hosting
something such as the Exotic
Food Tasting Trip we recently
held, the department’s goal is
always to foster a sense of com-
munity between students of
every nationality, and drawing
people out for events like this
is a perfect way to do so.”
Word is looking forward to
the opportunities the movie
series will provide for students.
“I believe that this event
offers students of all nationali-
ties and all social backgrounds
an opportunity to broaden
their cultural understanding
by affording them insight into
the types of entertainment
enjoyed in other countries,” he
Word said he was most look-
ing forward to seeing “War of
Arrows,” a Korean movie about
an archer who sets off to save
his sister from her Manchurian
captors during the Manchu
invasion of Korea.
“I’m looking to broaden my
own knowledge of the Korean
language, though I certainly
don’t mean for this to sound
selfish to those studying other
languages,” he said. “And I
feel like getting the chance to
watch this and listen to the
language being spoken in this
theatrical environment is a
wonderful chance to hear the
language ‘in action,’ in a man-
ner of speaking.”
The movie night will be
every night Monday through
Friday until Nov. 30, except
Nov. 9, 16, and 21-23, and one
free CLC T-shirt is given as a
door prize every day.
For more information, visit
Critical Languages Center
offers foreign film festival
• What: CLC Movie
• Where: B.B. Comer
• When: Monday - Friday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,
except Friday before
home games and
Thanksgiving break
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By Deanne Winslett
Staff Reporter
The Bollywood film festi-
val will feature its last film of
the semester Tuesday, Oct.
30 at 7 p.m. in the Riverside
Community Center. The pro-
gram, which was started in 2009,
was created by Amy Holmes-
Tagchungdarpa, the faculty
in residence for Riverside, as
a way to help students learn
more about Bollywood and
Indian culture.
“I wanted to set up a film
series, to give students the
opportunity to meet each other,
relax, but also to learn some-
thing,” Holmes-Tagchungdarpa
research and teaching is in
the field of Asian history, with
an emphasis on connections
between Tibet, China and India.
Tagchungdarpa said through her
classes, she learned her students
had an idea of what Bollywood
was, but they did not know about
it outside of its references in
American popular culture.
“They don’t know much more
than that,” she said. “So I set
up the festival as a way for UA
students to come along and
learn about Bollywood films. In
doing so, they learn a lot about
Indian culture, society, politics
and history.”
Bollywood is a large part of
Indian culture. The Bollywood
film screenings allow students to
get a more in-depth view of what
it is like to be a part of Indian
society. This understanding of
India is especially important,
Holmes-Tagchungdarpa said,
due to the role India plays on a
global level.
“India is a growing political
and economic powerhouse world-
wide, so students need to have
some insight into and under-
standing of Indian culture and
society on a pragmatic level to
prepare them for the globalized
world,” Holmes-Tagchungdarpa
said. “So these films are a great
platform for developing this.”
Director of residential com-
munities Christopher J. Holland
agrees about the importance of
these film screenings.
“Any cultural experience that
allows a student to be more
aware of the larger world is
always important to a student’s
development,” he said. “Once
you are aware there is ‘some-
thing else’ out there, you can
never be ignorant to it not exist-
ing again. In that education, you
are driven to either learn more,
share more, or to deny it. If you
don’t enjoy the experience, you
will deny it. If you do enjoy it, you
will want more.”
Holmes-Tagchungdarpa also
said college is an ideal place to
branch out and learn about other
cultures, and she believes the
Bollywood film festival is an ideal
venue for that.
“It does a great deal, in terms
of creating a forum for raising
awareness of other cultures, as
well as acknowledging diver-
sity and tolerance amongst our
students,” she said. “It gives
insight into another world view,
which is what college is meant
to be about.”
However, Hol mes -
Tagchungdarpa said the films
are mostly meant to be fun.
“Ultimately, they should not
be overanalyzed,” she said.
“They are fun, light-hearted
films that can be engaged with
as an insight into how another
culture relaxes.”
Riverside’s Bollywood film festival comes to a close tonight at 7 p.m.
By Courtney Stinson
Staff Reporter
The popularity of the Zumba
cardio dance workout has taken
to the water in what Zumba.com
terms a “pool party:” the new
Aqua Zumba exercise class, now
offered at the indoor pool at the
University Recreation Center.
Aqua Zumba adds a new twist
to traditional water fitness,
incorporating Zumba’s high-
energy dance moves with tradi-
tional water fitness disciplines
to create a body-toning cardio-
vascular workout that uses the
water as a means of strength
training and can help par-
ticipants burn up to 500 or 600
calories per 50-minute session.
Aqua Zumba, which was
added to the Rec Center’s group
exercise program at the start
of the semester, is designed to
appeal to a younger audience
than traditional water fitness.
“I believe that Aqua Zumba
can improve the Group Ex pro-
gram’s aquatic-based classes
to be more effective and more
appealing to the student popu-
lation,” Aqua Zumba instruc-
tor Sara-Margaret Cates said.
“Aqua Zumba is not your grand-
mother’s water aerobics class.”
Currently, the class takes
place Mondays at 6:35 p.m. At
the start of the spring semes-
ter, Aqua Zumba classes will
also be offered on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
to accommodate more partici-
The moves from traditional,
fast-paced Zumba have been
adapted for the water to opti-
mize participants’ workouts.
Aqua Zumba moves are more
exaggerated than in traditional
Zumba to maintain the intensity
without the physical impact.
“It’s not just Zumba in the
water,” Cates said. “The nature
of water and the added resis-
tance means the moves are a
bit slower but definitely no less
This class, which accommo-
dates 30 participants, usually has
at least 20 people in attendance.
So far, Cates has gotten a posi-
tive response from participants
who have not always expected
the workout to be so intense.
“The biggest response I get
[from participants] is along the
lines of ‘Wow! That really was
a good workout,’” Cates said. “I
think they’re not expecting to
work as hard or be as sore the
next day as they are when they
In addition to Aqua Zumba,
the Rec Center also offers a
traditional water exercise class
every weekday at 7:30 a.m.
The major benefit of aquatic
fitness is its lack of impact
on joints, which can have
therapeutic effects. For people
suffering from injury, back and
joint pain or arthritis, water
exercise can allow them to step
up their fitness without putting
stress or strain on their bodies.
The center’s group exercise
coordinator Whitney Spota
said the non-impact techniques
make it an ideal workout for
many demographics.
“I have seen athletes, stu-
dents, faculty, men, women old
[and] young participate in our
water fitness classes,” she said.
The exercises in water fitness
are performed in the shallow
end of the pool, so the ability to
swim is not required of partici-
pants. Should participants find
themselves in danger, all
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By Marc Torrence
Assistant Sports Editor
Tiger Stadium is “truly a
place where opponents’ dreams
come to die,” LSU coach Les
Miles said. Alabama players
have heard the message loud
and clear as they prepare to
travel to what some believe is
the toughest place to play in
college football.
“I played there in 2010 and
it was difficult, a tough envi-
ronment; the fans are into
it as much as the players,”
senior safety Robert Lester
said. “Being an older guy,
having experience, having been
in those situations, you have to
tune it out as much as you can.
You’ve got to let the younger
guys know that it can’t play a
big factor in the game, throw
you out of your game.”
Miles’ quote has made its
way around the Alabama locker
room and into the weight room.
Strength coach Scott Cochran
read the quote to players as
they went through their work-
outs and the message has stuck.
“I don’t understand Les
Miles,” wide receiver Kevin
Norwood said. “But at the same
time, Death Valley is a tough
place to play, especially when
they got their crowd behind
them, especially when they
got a good defense. So we’re
just going to have to bring our
A-game and focus on what we
gotta do.”
Running back Eddie Lacy
conjured another reason.
“The name of it,” he said.
“When you have to go play
somewhere called Death
Valley, you’re like, ‘uh…’ You
know, they’re going to have
the crowd, they’re going to
have their energy going. Just
the stadium, especially when
you play at nighttime. That’s a
different effect.”
Injury update
Alabama head coach Nick
Saban said quarterback AJ
McCarron and wide receiver
Amari Cooper would be lim-
ited in practice Monday as
they recover from injuries.
McCarron sustained a “back
contusion” in Saturday’s game,
while Cooper twisted his ankle.
“We’ve got a couple of guys
like always that’ll be a little slow
today probably,” Saban said.
“But we look for them to prog-
ress pretty rapidly through the
week and be OK, probably even
by tomorrow.”
Staff players of the week
Nine Alabama players were
recognized by the coaching
staff for their performances fol-
lowing Saturday’s 38-7 victory
over No. 11 Mississippi State.
Guard Chance Warmack, tight
end Michael Williams and run-
ning back T.J. Yeldon were
named players of the week
on offense, while linebackers
Denzel Devall and C.J. Mosley
represented the defense. On
special teams, defensive back
John Fulton, wide receivers
Christion Jones and Cyrus
Jones and punter Cody Mandell
were selected.
Tide readies for fans, players in LSU’s ‘Death Valley’
Crimson Tide must maintain humility on, off field
By Alexis Paine
All season, University of
Alabama head coach Nick
Saban has preached humil-
ity to his team as well as the
media. He understands that
overconfidence is the reason
the team did not live up to
expectations during the 2010
season. It seems the team
has taken the coach’s words
to heart on the field and in
the press room. Players have
maintained that they do not
believe they are invincible
on the field and it doesn’t
seem that they have played
down to any teams that
many believed the Crimson
Tide would roll over.
The Tide’s success has
won many players’ notoriety
for their skills. Players from
other teams across the coun-
try are receiving much of the
same attention. It seems that
players on college teams are
grabbing a taste of stardom
before they are even given
a pay check for their talent.
Sure, these athletes may be
receiving free tuition, but
they don’t have the coveted
multi-million dollar NFL
contracts. Regardless, they
do receive much of the same
attention as a professional
football star.
People want to know
what college-level players
are doing off the field. They
want to know about quarter-
back AJ McCarron’s tattoos
and why he’s chosen to sport
a bow tie with suits before
games. Center Barrett Jones
grabs feature stories for his
mission trips, and the coun-
try was interested in how
the team helped Tuscaloosa
recover after the tornado in
April 2011. None of these sto-
ries have anything to do with
these players’ ability to pass
a football, call plays or block,
but people want it.
College players have
become people of interest.
They set the trends on cam-
pus. Thousands of fans across
the country watch them, not
only on game days, but off
the field, too. When players
do something remarkable in
the community or overcome
some adversity, their story is
toted across media lines and
told over and over until it is
worn out.
This attention brings great
responsibility. It can win a
player a fan base or promote
a school’s program. But peo-
ple love to watch stars fall.
Let’s take LSU’s recent
troubles with Tyrann
Mathieu and other players
for example. It came to light
that the former Heisman
Trophy candidate along with
other teammates may have
allowed their images to be
used as a promotion for a
night club event. The use
of their pictures and names
as hosts violates an NCAA
rule of which all athletes are
aware. Recently, Mathieu
and three other ex-Tigers
garnered national attention
after they were arrested for
marijuana possession.
The good news for
Alabama is that it has not
encountered this problem
of escalated egos leading to
egregious offenses like the
Tigers. As the Tide contin-
ues to accumulate accolades,
the players must not let the
success they are experienc-
ing go to their heads. A star’s
future may seem bright,
but the slightest misstep
can send a player’s reputa-
tion and ability to play into
a downward spiral. As on
the field, a lack of humil-
ity outside of the watch-
ful eye of Saban can lead to
major losses.
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