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Seven apps for every college
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Visiting Old Bryce on many students’ college bucket list Buildings on campus, around town thought to be haunted
By Colby Leopard
Staff Reporter
Tuscaloosa is rich with history in
the way that many Southern towns are.
Named after a Native American killed
by European settlers, Tuscaloosa is
freckled with plantation homes that
once oversaw massive slaves operations
before seeing action during the Civil
War in the Battle of Tuscaloosa.
With this rich history come darker,
eerier stories that explain why present
day Tuscaloosa is filled with haunted
houses, cemeteries and buildings.
Ian Crawford, the director of the
Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, said
you don’t have to look very hard to find
a haunted building in Tuscaloosa. On the
UA campus, Woods Hall has the creepi-
est true history, Crawford said.
“There was a duel that took place in
the 1870s on the balcony of Woods Hall
between two students,” Crawford said.
“One of the gentlemen made a snide
remark about his friend’s cousin, and so
her honor being tainted, he challenged
the insulter to a duel. Two shots rang
out and one man fell. We don’t know if
the gun shot killed him or if it was the
fall from the balcony, so there are sto-
ries around about how you can hear the
gun shots on Woods Quad. Some people
say that, late at night, you can see the
young man pacing about on the Woods
According to “Haunted Tuscaloosa,”
a book on the haunted history of
Tuscaloosa, there are nine buildings
and areas on campus said to be haunted,
including Woods Quad. David Higdon
and Brett J. Talley, the authors of the
book, also listed the Kilgore House, the
Little Round House, the Quad, Amelia
Gayle Gorgas Library, Smith Hall and
the Allen-Bales Theatre.
By Mazie Bryant and Taylor Veazy
CW Staff
As Halloween quickly approaches,
students at The University of Alabama
begin the popular annual pilgrimage to
the state-owned “Old Bryce” facility in
Northport, Ala., hoping to experience
the rumored hauntings for themselves.
The unofficial term “Old Bryce”
refers to a pair of abandoned build-
ings in a rural area of Northport that
served as early establishments in the
history of mental health in the state of
Alabama. The S.D. Allen Intermediate
Care Facility was open from 1977 to
2003 to serve patients older than 65
years old, said Jeff Shackelford, the
public information officer for the
Department of Mental Health.
Trespassing at abandoned
mental health facility illegal
Woods Hall, Kilgore House
suspected paranormal areas
Moon Taxi returns to Tuscaloosa for Halloween
By Lauren Ferguson
Culture Editor
The Bama Theatre will
host a Halloween show of live
music, costumes and enter-
tainment by featured perform-
ers Moon Taxi and Tea Leaf
Green, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at
9 p.m.
Moon Taxi, an americana
indie-rock band, will be stop-
ping at the Bama Theatre as
one of their first performances
while on tour.
The band first got its start
after Birmingham natives
Trevor Terndrup and Tommy
Putnam graduated from high
school and moved to Nashville,
Tenn. As the band grew, they
added on more bandmates,
including guitarist Spencer
Thomson, drummer Tyler
Ritter and keyboardist Wes
“We started playing in high
school and then moved up
to Nashville to perform pro-
fessionally,” Terndrup said.
“We developed solidity in
2007, mostly in the Southeast.
Technically, we live in
Nashville, which is a great cen-
tral locality and profession-
ally is a great place to make
Terndrup said the band plays
a mixture of progressive indie
rock they coined as ‘ameri-
canica.’ Their debut album
“Melodica” was released in
2007 featuring popular tracks
such as “Gimme a Light” and
“Here to Stay.” Since then, the
band has released two addi-
tional albums, “Live Ride” in
August 2008 and their most
recent “Cabaret” in April 2012.
A band known by many col-
lege students, particularly
those from Birmingham, Ala.,
Moon Taxi is excited to be back
in Tuscaloosa for a Halloween
“[Our music] appeals to
college students if you are a
music fan,” Terndrup said.
“We are proficient with our
instruments and put on a good
Keyboardist Wes Bailey said
they are able to keep up with
the younger crowds thanks to
their previous performance
CW | Austin Bigoney
CW | Lindsey Comas
The buildings that once housed a mental
health facility are now covered in graffitti.
Band will play 1st
Bama Theatre show
Member of ’92 championship team back to finish degree
By Zac Al-Khateeb
Staff Reporter
Former Alabama lineback-
er Andre Royal, who was a
sophomore on Alabama’s
1992 national championship
team, is returning to The
University of Alabama to fin-
ish his degree in January, 18
years after his days playing
for the Crimson Tide came
to an end.
Royal was working toward
a degree in criminal justice
in 1994 when he decided to
take his talents to the NFL
rather than finish his degree.
Royal was signed on as a
free agent for the Cleveland
Browns but after being cut
was signed by the Carolina
Panthers in their inaugural
season in 1995. He had a lit-
tle more than a year left to
complete his degree.
“I decided to focus more on
football rather than school
work,” Royal said.
Royal said he thought
at the time he probably
wouldn’t return to school to
finish his degree but liked
the idea of finally return-
“In my mind, I would say
the majority would say no,”
he said. “But deep, deep
back in my mind, I knew I
would come back, because
I like completing what I
Andre Royal left to
play in NFL in 1994
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Andre Royal back at the Capstone to study criminal justice.
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What: Cavell Trio
Where: Moody Music
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: ’A New Brain’
Where: Allen Bales Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: Art Night in
Downtown Northport
Where: Kentuck Art Center
When: 5 - 9 p.m.
What: Can-or-Treat Local
Food Drive
Where: Ferguson Center
When: 5:45 p.m.
What: CLC Movie Night:
‘Old Boy’
Where: 241 B.B. Comer Hall
When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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Regardless of his intent
to finish his studies, Royal
said he didn’t have a time-
line to come back to finish.
This became more apparent
after his retirement from the
NFL in 2000, when every year
he considered finishing his
degree bad timing kept him
from doing so.
“Life’s funny,” Royal said.
“I never knew time-wise, but
I was always considering, at
the first of the year, would that
be one thing I tried to do? And
it was always put on the back
Now, 12 years after retir-
ing from the NFL, the timing
is finally right. Royal said one
of the main reasons for his
return to classes was moving
back to Tuscaloosa. Instead of
having to complete his degree
online, he’d be able to work for
it on campus. He said he had
another reason, too, and one
that hit much closer to home.
“My daughter, (Tierra),”
Royal said. “…That’s another
thing that inspired me, her
going off to school and being
a freshman. She’s going to
a school in Daytona Beach,
Embry-Riddle, an aviation and
engineering school.”
Even after he made the deci-
sion to return to school, how-
ever, the process of actually
re-enrolling took some time
for Royal, who’s been talk-
ing with advisors to help him
through the process.
Royal said the process
of completing “all the little
things” to get enrolled has
been difficult for him, includ-
ing whether he would contin-
ue working for his degree in
criminal justice or try to earn
another degree.
Royal has decided to stay on
the same track, adding soci-
ology as a minor, and plans
to earn both in a year. Royal
said he doesn’t plan to do any-
thing with his degree once
he attains it, and it isn’t the
means to achieve something
else, but merely the ends.
“I don’t really have a plan for
that,” Royal said. “That wasn’t
the goal. The goal is just to
get my degree. Getting my
degree wasn’t a step toward a
final goal.”
Royal plans to finish
criminal justice major
the massive, multi-state
storm that flooded tunnels
in New York City, brought
snow to the mountains of
West Virginia, snarled early
voting for the upcoming
election and caused more
than 8 million power outag-
es, moved into Pennsylvania
and western New York on
Tuesday and put the entire
Northeast on heightened
flooding alert.
The storm has had signifi-
cant impact in at least 10
states and the District of
Columbia, and its effects
were felt as far west as
Chicago, where local emer-
gency officials warned peo-
ple to stay away from the
Lake Michigan lakefront,
which was expecting waves
of 20 feet or higher.
The storm brought 26 inch-
es of snow to Redhouse,
Md., and storm surges 12.5
feet above normal in Kings
Point, N.Y., according to Early
estimates of its economic
impact show Sandy could
cause between $5 billion
and $10 billion in insured
damage, although that’s
only a fraction of the broad-
er economic losses, which
could range from $20 billion
to $50 billion or even higher.
The storm was responsible
for at least 40 deaths in
the U.S., according to the
Associated Press.
At one time on Tuesday,
the National Oceanic
a nd At mo s p he r i c
Administration’s warning
map was coded in a dizzying
array of colors: red for bliz-
zards in West Virginia, pur-
ple for gale and storm warn-
ings along the coast from
Georgia to Maine, green for
possible flooding in a dozen
states as far west as Ohio,
orange for high winds as far
north as Michigan.
President Barack Obama
issued major disaster dec-
larations in some New
York, New Jersey and
Connecticut counties. Such
declarations, used just
once in this administration,
when American Samoa was
hit with a tsunami in 2009,
open the door to additional
federal aid.
“Generally we do more
thorough assessments and
oftentimes these take lon-
ger,” FEMA Administrator
Craig Fugate said in a
Tuesday conference call.
“But because of the extent
of the damages, it was evi-
dent to the president after
the conversations with the
governors that he would
do this as a verbal declara-
FEMA had pre-deployed
generators to support
states where they need help
getting key facilities, such
as hospitals, back up and
The storm made landfall
as a post-tropical cyclone
with gusts to hurricane-
force winds, according to
Jennifer Collins, an associ-
ate professor in the depart-
ment of geography, environ-
ment and planning at the
University of South Florida
in Tampa. Its path was dic-
tated by other weather sys-
tems to the west and the
east, and Sandy continued
to bring heavy rain, high
winds and surge to the mid-
Atlantic region.
Collins said it was rare for
a hurricane originating in
the Caribbean to travel the
path that Sandy did, mov-
ing along a west-northwest
track toward the end of its
life and hooking toward the
northeastern U.S. coastline.
“Having a hurricane trav-
el towards the Northeast
states and interact with
another storm system is
pretty unusual,” Collins
Among the most shock-
ing images of the storm
were from New York City,
where the New York Stock
Exchange was closed for
a second day and water
rushed into subway stations
and tunnels.
“I am astounded at what I
have seen in my own con-
gressional district: flooding
throughout Coney Island,
Battery Park City, and other
areas; widespread power
outages; felled trees every-
where you look; and some
very tragic fatalities,” said
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a
Democrat whose district
includes parts of heav-
ily impacted Brooklyn and
New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, an
independent, warned in
a press conference that
recovery – particularly
restoring power and mass
transit – would require
“a lot of patience.” As of
Tuesday morning, about
three-quarters of a million
New Yorkers were without
power, he said.
“Make no mistake about
it: This was a devastating
storm, maybe the worst that
we have ever experienced,”
he said.
At least 10 New Yorkers
were killed in the storm,
Bloomberg said. Fires
destroyed more than 80
houses in the city’s Breezy
Point neighborhood of the
Rockaway Peninsula in
Queens. All under-river
subway tunnels flooded, he
“Clearly, the challenges
our city faces in the com-
ing days are enormous,” he
The city had to evacu-
ate New York University
Langone Medical Center
after its generators failed.
Officials have not yet deter-
mined the cause of the fail-
ure, Bloomberg said. “While
the worst of the storm has
passed, conditions are still
dangerous,” he said. “I can’t
stress that enough.”
Just south in New Jersey,
Republican Gov. Chris
Christie and emergency
workers assessed the
impact of winds and storm
surge along the state’s
coast, which took the brunt
of the storm.
The state reopened the
New Jersey Turnpike
Tuesday morning after
flooding closed portions
at the southern end on
Monday. But many other
roads were washed out or
blocked. Christie told pri-
vate employers that unless
they could identify a safe
way for employees to get
to and from work that they
should not reopen.
“No county in the state has
been spared,” Christie said
in a press conference.
More than 2.4 million cus-
tomers in New Jersey
remained without power
Tuesday, twice the number
who lost electricity after
Hurricane Irene last year.
In all, 62 percent of New
Jersey customers were
without power as of
Tuesday morning, accord-
ing to a summary by the
U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s twice as high as
the next highest state:
Connecticut, at 31 percent.
Most other states in the
affected zone had 20 per-
cent or fewer of customers
without power.
An aerial assessment by the
New Jersey National Guard
showed the extent of the
devastation. Amusement
parks have fallen into the
sea, and there’s no place to
land a helicopter to inspect
state’s barrier islands,
Christie said.
Sandy wreaks havoc throughout Northeast U.S.
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“The level of devastation at
the Jersey shore is unthink-
able,” he said. “It is beyond
anything I thought I’d ever
see. Terrible.”
Well after landfall, other
parts of the Northeast were
suffering Sandy’s impact.
In West Virginia, Gov. Earl
Ray Tomblin said in a state-
ment that much of his state
on Tuesday was experienc-
ing severe weather, including
high winds, flooding and bliz-
zard-like conditions; power
and water outages continued
to plague many areas.
Volunteer fire and rescue
organizations mobilized
through the East Coast, rein-
forcing professional staff in
urban areas, while depart-
ments established special
incident command systems
designed to cope with wide-
spread emergencies.
In northern Vi rgi ni a,
Arlington County Fire
Department officials, still
weary from managing the
30,000 runners of the annual
Marine Corps Marathon on
Sunday, met Monday to deal
with the storm. The call vol-
ume was heavy and crews
responded to many reports
of downed trees and power
lines, but by midnight the
county had quieted down con-
Emergency response teams
and task forces converged on
the East Coast from through-
out the country.
More than 1,500 FEMA work-
ers are positioned along
the East Coast to support
response operations, includ-
ing search and rescue, com-
munications and logistical
support. They include seven
federal urban search and res-
cue task forces and 14 inci-
dent management assistance
teams, which identify and
coordinate the federal help
FEMA is coordinating with
several government agen-
cies and other organizations
to handle Sandy’s aftermath,
including the American
Red Cross, the Defense
Department’s U.S. Northern
Command, the National
Guard, the Coast Guard, the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and the Departments of
Health and Human Services
and Housing and Urban
About 60 paramedics and
EMTs from California’s
American Medical Response,
for instance, were mobi-
lized by Federal Emergency
Management Agency as the
Northern California Strike
Team and transported to New
York City on Saturday. The
task force members, half of
whom work in California’s
northern San Joaquin Valley,
undertook missions that
included helping evacuate
several hundred patients
from a New York hospital.
“They’ve been putting in some
long hours,” Barry Elzig, gen-
eral manager for American
Medical Response’s San
Joaquin County operations,
said in a telephone interview
Tuesday afternoon.
Editor | Melissa Brown
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Page 3
By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker
Staff Reporter
Students in the Honors
College have a leg up on others
as they are able to register for
classes early.
Under the current system,
students with priority regis-
tration register ahead of other
students, given that Honors
College students have 18 hours
of additional coursework to
complete, Jim Bailey, assistant
director of student services at
the Honors College, said.
With registration in full
swing at the University, two
campus representatives
explained the justification for a
tier-based system when regis-
tering for classes.
“The registration system is
predicated on the assumption
that students with more con-
straints in scheduling classes
need to register prior to stu-
dents with fewer constraints,”
Bailey said.
Bailey went on to explain
that because Honors College
students have requirements in
addition to their undergradu-
ate curriculum, priority regis-
tration provides those students
an opportunity to complete all
of their responsibilities.
While some students
not enrolled in the Honors
College complain this prac-
tice gives other students an
unfair advantage, this hier-
archical-based registration
system is used on several
other campuses.
“Priority registration is a
standard practice in Honors
Colleges across the country,
including multiple SEC schools,
to assist Honors students
in completing their Honors
coursework,” Bailey said.
University Registrar Michael
George confirmed that prior-
ity registration has been in
place for a number of years
and is managed by the Office of
Academic Affairs. Registration
time slots are allotted on the
basis of earned hours only,
George said. Other factors like
grade point average or specific
course work do not affect a stu-
dent’s registration availability.
Registration for Spring 2013
classes started Oct. 22 for grad-
uate students, and the last time
slot opens Nov. 9 for students
with no earned hours.
George also explained that
once a student’s registration
window becomes available,
it is not limited to just one
day or time.
“The window openings are
spread out over a three-week
period,” he said. “Once a reg-
istration window opens, it
remains open until the last day
to add.”
Beth Terry, a senior major-
ing in psychology, urged non-
Honors College students to
apply for acceptance to uti-
lize this unique advantage
in registration.
“Being in the Honors College
allows me to get into the class-
es I have to take in order to
graduate on time,” Terry said.
“This should encourage other
students to join the Honors
College once they arrive to
campus to reap the same
benefits I do.”
Another student, Lauren
Powell, a junior studying
advertising, suggested the
University could change
the process to impact even
more students.
“Even though I benefit from
the current registration sys-
tem, I think it would benefit
more students if the University
based time allotments off
seniority through earned UA
hours,” Powell said. “Even if
Honors College seniors regis-
tered a few hours before non-
Honors College seniors, that
seems more fair than making
a senior student wait an entire
week to register.”
Honors College students get priority registration
By Rich Robinson
Assistant News Editor
Despite University of Alabama
counseling professor Lisa M.
Hooper’s immense success, she
claims it has not been an individual
Hooper recently received the Dr.
Linda Seligman Award from the
American Mental Health Counselor
Hooper has won many awards
during her eight years at the
Capstone. She received both the
Emerging Leader Award from
the American Association of
Multicultural Counseling and
Development, and the Outstanding
Research Poster Presentation
Award from the American Mental
Health Counseling Association in
Hooper has also authored or
co-authored more than 47 publica-
tions, including articles and books.
“No great scientist gets their
research done by themselves,”
Hooper said.
“It takes a village to do good
work, and she was part of that vil-
lage,” he said of Lauren Huffman, a
senior majoring in psychology. “I’m
just a little person. She’s the star.”
Huffman assists Hooper on a
pilot study called, “The Assessment
of Culturally Tailored Mental
Health Treatment and Services,”
which looks at how culture and
other factors affect the delivery of
both physical and mental health
“I’ve been extremely lucky to
be able to assist with the study,
from the planning stages to data
collection, analysis and dissemi-
nation of results,” Huffman said.
“Undergraduate researchers don’t
often have the opportunity to be
involved with a research project
from A to Z.”
Huffman recently received the
Randall Undergraduate Research
Award for her work with Hooper on
the study.
“I presented our research,
and won my division, in the
Undergraduate Research
Conference last year,” Huffman
said. “Dr. Hooper is a great mentor
in the fact that she pushes her stu-
dents to excel.”
Hooper said Huffman was very
intimidated and nervous when they
began working together, but she
has become a research scientist.
“I’m really proud,” Hooper said.
“Seeing her get all of these awards
means more to me than me getting
awards. Through her mentoring
and leadership, we have other stu-
dents coming up in the lab who are
replicating her great work.”
Huffman said she never imag-
ined that she would leave the
University with such solid research
“Her guidance has given me the
skills I need to perform well in grad-
uate school and in my future career
as a researcher,” Huffman said.
UA counseling professor wins
award for mental health research
Dilapidated mental hospital a Halloween draw
CW | Lindsey Comas
The interior of the Old Bryce hosptial is overgrown and covered in graffiti. Local legend holds that the
facilities, which draw many visitors during the Halloween season, are haunted.
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By SoRelle Wyckoff
On Aug. 26, 1920, American women were granted the right
to vote. Ninety-two years later, we are witnessing an elec-
tion reliant on the support of the “woman vote.”
Currently, women hold around 17 percent of the seats in
the U.S. Congress, but despite this political discrepancy, we
are faced with two male candidates making decisions that
pertain strictly to American women. The candidates must
show an understanding for not only women-centered issues
like contraception and abortion, but also an understanding
of how to address these issues in a representative way.
In the second presidential debate, a young female voter
asked the candidates what they would do to shatter the
glass ceiling and pay inequality that American women
face throughout the workforce. Governor Romney’s highly
“memed” solution involving “a binder full of women,” shows
how unaware he is about the needs of women voters. Our
next president must do more than statistically equalize
women. He must seek a society that treats women as equal
to their male counterparts in politics, the workforce and
medical decisions.
President Obama understands that female equality
requires freedom – freedom that is synonymous with choice.
Obama’s health care law includes a mandate that requires
that contraception be covered by employer insurance. And
while many label the contraception mandate as an attack on
the freedom of religion, it is quite the opposite.
Separation of church and state is vital to the equal-
ity our country sits on, and the federal government cannot
make exceptions for religious associations. And besides, as
Americans, we have the freedom of choice. So, while the
choice of contraception is available, it does not mean contra-
ception is by any means forced.
Birth control is exceptionally expensive, running around
$70 a month, and without the financial support mandated
by President Obama, many women would not even have
the opportunity of choice regarding contraception. Every
woman has the right to decide for herself, and Obama’s
mandate protects that freedom.
Like contraception, the issue of abortion is not based
on a morality argument but rather the option of choice.
No woman wants to face the prospect of abortion, as it is
undoubtedly a last resort. But ultimately, it is the decision of
the individual, not the government.
President Obama is pro-choice, and maintains that abor-
tion should be “safe, legal and rare,” but, ultimately, the
choice of the woman and her doctor.
And a quick biology lesson for you: men can’t get preg-
nant. So it’s hard to listen to a man determine what women
can and cannot do with their bodies. And where President
Obama has given women the ability to decide for them-
selves, Governor Romney would strip females of that right.
Romney opposes abortion, with the exception of rape and
incest, and wants to overturn Supreme Court case Roe v.
Wade. He also plans to end funding to Planned Parenthood.
Those who benefit most from Planned Parenthood? Low-
income women, who often risk turning to other, far more
dangerous alternatives out of desperation.
Like contraception, abortion has created a religious
enemy. But, in the words of Vice President Joe Biden, while
he is a practicing Catholic, as a lawmaker, he could not
impose his religious beliefs on others.
Another social issue the two parties have stark opinions
on is that of same-sex marriage and civil unions.
Since being in office, President Obama has signed the
Matthew Shephard Act, has repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell,”
and has denied support to the Defense of Marriage Act. And,
in May 2012, President Obama announced his support for
gay marriage, something inconceivable four years ago.
President Obama’s decisions reflect his priority to protect
the rights of a minority that has historically been brutally
discriminated against. And while there are still bounds to
be made, policy support is the first step to changing the cul-
tural norms that surround social issues.
Sexual-orientation discrimination is archaic, and deny-
ing rights like marriage or civil unions to same-sex couples
is reflective of an outdated society. The United States lags
behind fellow first-world countries, and President Obama is
aware of the remnants of American discrimination.
President Obama has made strives to move our country
forward socially. Electing Mitt Romney risks moving social-
ly backwards, to a period of accepted discrimination and a
paternalistic society.
President Obama’s decisions do not force a certain choice upon individuals but provides them with
the opportunity to make one. Governor Romney and Senator Ryan, on the other hand, seem adamant to
make these choices for us.
As Americans, we have the privilege to make decisions for ourselves. Being denied these choices is a
restriction on our individual freedoms. I refuse to let that be denied to me, and so should you.
By Tray Smith
In 2004, Republicans engineered gay marriage initiatives
in several states to encourage conservative turnout at the
polls on the day of the presidential election. George W. Bush,
in a tight race to win a second term, hoped “values voters”
motivated by his social conservatism would swing the elec-
tion. He won.
He was also criticized for being divisive and exploiting sen-
sitive social issues for his political advantage.
How the times have changed. This year, another incum-
bent locked in a tight race for re-election is hoping to turn
out supporters and swing voters by convincing them that his
opponent is an extremist on social issues. This time, though,
it is Democrats who are hoping social issues will play to their
President Obama’s campaign has manufactured a “war on
women” that his Republican adversaries are supposedly wag-
ing, his Justice Department has targeted Republican-backed
voter identification laws as somehow constituting a civil
rights violation, and he has put out a video of “Girls” creator
Lena Dunham talking about voting for Barack Obama for her
“first time.”
The extent to which Obama and the Democrats have
mocked Republicans on social issues reveals just how
extreme they are, and they may have overestimated the elec-
torate’s appetite for their social progressivism. This is no lon-
ger a party trying to keep the government out of the personal
sphere but a party hoping to use government to advance pro-
gressive social goals. The Democrats are much more willing
to utilize government in advancing their social agenda than
For instance, the Obama administration has issued a man-
date under the new health law that requires employers to
cover contraception in their employee health benefits plans.
This includes business owners, charities and colleges with
religious objections. Catholic business owners have joined
to challenge this requirement in federal court, and nonprofit
organizations and colleges, including Notre Dame, have filed
separate lawsuits.
Obama claims the issue is about contraception, but it
isn’t. The mandate is an attack on our religious liberty. Mitt
Romney wouldn’t do anything to restrict access to contracep-
tion, but he would repeal a health law that requires other peo-
ple to provide it, even if they consciously object. The govern-
ment shouldn’t prevent people from buying contraception. It
shouldn’t force them to buy it, either.
The health law also allows individuals to use taxpayer-
financed subsidies to buy health insurance plans that cover
abortion. Abortion is indeed a very sensitive issue, but the
Democrats undercut themselves when they argue the deci-
sion to abort a child is something the government shouldn’t
be involved in and then pass laws that use the government’s
taxing power to subsidize abortion coverage.
Democrats have gone from defending what they have long
insisted is a right to actively celebrating a heinous and heart-
wrenching procedure. In 2004, the Democratic platform called
for making abortion “safe, legal and rare.” This year, the
Democratic platform said women have the right to make deci-
sions related to their pregnancy, including “a safe and legal
abortion, regardless of ability to pay.” For those who can’t
pay, taxpayers would presumably pick up the costs.
Again, even Americans who support abortion rights surely
understand the stretch from defending the right to have a
procedure to insisting on the right to have someone else pay
for it.
Mitt Romney has said he opposes abortion but favors
exceptions for cases of rape and incest. With Gallup showing
that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-choice
and 46 percent consider themselves pro-life, that position is
not as at odds with public opinion as the Obama campaign
seems to think.
Romney and Paul Ryan have also said they would not rein-
state the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevent-
ed gays and lesbians from openly serving in uniform.
But Romney and Ryan understand the debate over social
issues encompasses much more than hot-button topics like
abortion and gay marriage.
The choice in this election is between two very differ-
ent visions of the role the state should play in civil society.
One candidate wants to use the government to actively
impose his political agenda on society. Another will trust
in our society to harness virtue and protect us from an
overbearing government.
Differences over abortion and contraception help illustrate this larger divide, but it is a much
broader debate.
Defending our religious liberty and allowing the foundations of civil society – churches, syna-
gogues, mosques, community groups, professional associations, etc. – to flourish is a much more
compelling vision than subverting those institutions to the will of the government.
MCT Campus
MCT Campus
Obama supports women’s choices Romney hopes to revise social policy
• Health care includes a mandate that requires birth control be covered in employer health
care benefits.
• Is pro-life and believes abortion should be safe, legal and rare.
• Verbally shown support for same-sex unions and has made efforts to protect LGBTQ rights
through various policies.
• Would repeal the mandate forcing employee health care coverage of birth control.
• Opposes abortion with the exception of rape and incest and plans to cut funding to
Planned Parenthood.
• Would not reinstate “don’t ask, don’t tell” but does not support federal protection of
same-sex marriage
Editor | SoRelle Wyckoff
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Page 4
Social issues are highly divi-
sive factors in the upcoming elec-
tion. While their impact is felt
often among pockets of voters,
as opposed to broader issues that
affect every constituent, social
issues carry great weight in the
definition of American culture.
Many voters feel their pres-
ence in the upcoming election
is unnecessary and overpow-
ering greater issues, like the
economy and foreign rela-
tions, but many others feel
that the government has a
responsibility to protect
social rights that have been
otherwise, or previously, denied.
With election day looming,
both campaigns are attempting
to drive up their support among
women voters as they look for
every possible vote. This has
brought women’s issues into
important focus.
President Obama has posi-
tioned himself as a champion of
women’s rights, signing equal
pay legislation and requiring
employers to cover contraceptive
services for their employees. The
president is pro-choice.
Mitt Romney said the contra-
ception mandate is a govern-
ment over-reach and opposes
abortion with exceptions for rape
and incest.
The debate over social issues
also extends to other topics, like
gay and lesbian rights. President
Obama repealed the military’s
“don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy,
which prevented gays and lesbi-
ans from serving openly in the
military. Mitt Romney has said
he will not re-instate that policy.
President Obama also became
the first president in history to
announce his support for gay
marriage this past May. Mitt
Romney opposes gay marriage
and has supported an amend-
ment to the U.S. Constitution to
define marriage as between a
man and a woman. He has also
pledged to appoint an Attorney
General who will defend the
Defense of Marriage Act, which
the Obama administration has
stopped arguing against in
federal court.
The Supreme Court will contin-
ue to play a role in deciding many
of these issues, and President
Obama has already made two
Supreme Court appointments.
They both replaced retiring lib-
eral justices, though, so the ideo-
logical composition of the court
did not swing.
The next four years will
likely bring more court vacan-
cies, however. Liberal justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79,
conservative justice Antonin
Scalia is 76 and the Court’s con-
servative-leaning swing voter,
Anthony Kennedy, is also 76.
The next president will
be responsible for filling
those vacancies, and the jus-
tices he nominates could
serve on the Supreme Court
for generations.
The outcome of social norms
and cultural expectantations
decided in this Election Day will
be felt far into the future, regard-
less of which candidate emerges
with a win.
“The one thing that has
kept us connected is that
we have played at a lot
of parties,” Bailey said.
“Not quite as much as we
used to. There’s a mutual
energy, and we have stayed
young because the fan base
is keeping us young.”
Natalie Thompson, a
junior majoring in history,
first heard about Moon Taxi
in high school when the
band played at her prom.
“I went to my first show
my junior year in high
school and instantly fell in
love,” Thompson said. “I’ve
probably been to about
eight or ten of their shows
and have seen them in
Birmingham, Auburn and
Thompson said she is
ecstatic the band will
be making a Halloween
appearance this year in
Tuscaloosa and plans to be
front row.
“I went to their show
last year, and they always
cover a Halloween classic
like Thriller,” she said. “It’s
a really good time. They
dress up and go all out.”
Tomorrow’s performance
will be the first time Moon
Taxi has played at the Bama
Theatre, but the band is
no stranger to Tuscaloosa
stomping grounds.
“We have a very rich
history in Tuscaloosa,”
Terndrup said. “We’ve
played at The Booth,
Mellow Mushroom, the
Jupiter and probably at
your house. This is our first
time at the Bama Theatre
and it’s going to be a great
The Bama Theatre will
be the first of many stops
during Moon Taxi’s south-
eastern tour, but the band
is confident fans will enjoy
the performance.
“Tuscaloosa is one of the
first shows on that tour, but
we should be warmed up by
then,” Terndrup said.
Moon Taxi members will
be dressed up festively for
the occasion as an added
“We can’t disclose [what
we’re wearing]” Terndrup
said. “But we will be
dressed to kill.”
For more information or
to purchase tickets online,
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Page 5
By Adrienne Burch
Staff Reporter
For some University of
Alabama students, the start of
hunting season signified the
beginning of a family affair
throughout their childhood.
“It is a family tradition,”
Jeremy Payne, a junior major-
ing in metallurgical engineer-
ing, said. “I started hunting
when I was just three years
old with my dad.”
Over 250,000 licensed hunt-
ers take to the fields and for-
ests each season across the
state of Alabama, according
to Outdoor Alabama. The
2012 deer bow hunting season
began Oct. 15 for the state of
Alabama and the firearms
season is set to begin Nov. 19,
sending Alabama hunters out
in full force.
This includes the college
students at The University
of Alabama who have been
raised on hunting and wait
for months in anticipation for
this time of the year.
“Every chance that I get to
go home during hunting sea-
son, I do, including this week-
end for bow hunting,” Sage
Smoker, a junior majoring in
criminal justice, said.
Smoker said he hunts in
a small community called
Bashi near his hometown of
Thomasville, Ala., on private
property owned by his family.
Often, students like Smoker
grow up hunting every year
at their family-owned hunt-
ing camps or local hometown
ranges, but when they come
to college they are forced to
find new places to hunt or
travel back home to hunt with
their families.
Payne said he still travels
back to his family’s hunting
grounds in Missouri multiple
times a year. This causes him
to sometimes miss school, but
he said it is well worth it.
“Being in college has defi-
nitely affected how often I
hunt, but it has not stopped
me from going,” Payne said.
“Now it is more like the best
vacation I can possibly take.”
Many student hunters
travel back home to hunt, but
there are more than 1.3 mil-
lion acres of public hunting
land in the state of Alabama,
with a couple of sites located
near the city of Tuscaloosa.
Chris Allen, hunting man-
ager at Woods-N-Water
in Tuscaloosa, said he
believes students coming to
Tuscaloosa for college can
still hunt inexpensively in and
around the area.
“A lot of college students
who grow up hunting at home
want to continue to hunt in
Tuscaloosa, which is definite-
ly possible,” Allen said.
Allen recommends two pop-
ular locations: the Oakmulgee
Wildlife Management Area in
Bibb County and Forever Wild
for duck hunting near Marion
Oakmul gee Wi l dl i f e
Management Area is a pub-
lic hunting ground located in
Bibb County, 25 miles south-
east of Tuscaloosa. It is con-
sidered one of the top pub-
lic-land destinations in the
state according to Alabama
Outdoor News.
In addition to the hunt-
ing land, Oakmulgee has a
shooting range, South Sandy
Shooting Range, which is a
popular destination for UA
student hunters looking to
perfect their shot throughout
the school year.
William Littlejohn, a junior
majoring in chemical engi-
neering, said he enjoys going
to the shooting range while
he is in Tuscaloosa and is not
able to hunt as often.
“I get more excited about
hunting because it means I
have something I can grill
when I get back to school,”
Littlejohn said.
For many student hunters,
hunting represents a way to
escape the hustle and bustle
of university life and get out
into nature for a few hours to
“It’s so peaceful out in
nature,” Payne said. “It helps
me forget about the stress
of my school work. It’s hard
to think about your test
next week when you have
beautiful woods and nature
all around you.”
Hunting is also beneficial for
students as it provides them
with food to eat. However, one
of the main problems student
hunters come across while in
college is where to store their
equipment, as it is illegal to
have firearms on University
Littlejohn said he always
has his hunting gear and
equipment with him, but
he stores his guns at a fam-
ily member’s house who lives
However, for students who
have no other option for
storing their guns, they are
able to store them with the
University of Alabama Police
Department for free. Students
need to bring proper identifi-
cation, pistol permit (if appli-
cable), the unloaded weapon
and ammunition to the UAPD
headquarters. This firearm
check-in service is available
24 hours a day.
By Jon Vincent
Contributing Writer
The National Science
Foundation and The University
of Alabama are partnering
in an $8 million grant for the
Alliance for Physics Excellence
Program to help better train
high school physics teachers in
the state of Alabama.
Physics education in the
state of Alabama has been on a
steady decline in recent years.
J.W. Harrell, associate profes-
sor of physics at the University,
said only 75 percent of state
high schools offer even one
physics class for their students,
and only 10 percent of physics
teachers teaching these classes
graduated from college with a
major or minor in physics.
“Nationwide, the need for
high school physics teachers
exceeds all other disciplines,”
Harrell said. “Addressing
this need is critically impor-
tant because physics is fun-
damental to all science and
engineering disciplines.”
This grant with allow APEX
to better train 88 Alabama
high school physics teachers
over the next five years. This
would account for almost one
quarter of all Alabama high
school physics teachers. The
program will also provide 10
two-year scholarships valued
at $16,000 a year to college
students currently majoring
in physics and interested in
teaching high school physics
upon graduation.
The University’s role in this
program will be to evaluate
the it’s effectiveness. Dennis
Sunal, a science education
professor at the University,
will serve as the program’s
primary investigator.
“Unlike most programs,
APEX looks not only at stu-
dent knowledge but also the
knowledge of the teacher,”
Sunal said. “Teachers will be
equipped with multiple ways
to present physics to their stu-
dents, and we’ll evaluate if the
program worked with stan-
dardized tests, observations,
and interviews of both students
and instructors.”
Another grant was recently
awarded to the University that
will also help to remedy the
physics education situation in
the state.
The University was one of
four institutions from across
the nation to be awarded a
$300,000 grant from PhysTEC
to recruit more people to teach
physics at high schools across
the state.
“For the past few decades,
fewer and fewer college grad-
uates from across the state
have been going into physics
education upon graduation,”
Sunal said.
PhysTEC is a coalition of
more than 250 colleges and
universities in the U.S. who
support the goal of improving
high school physics teaching.
The grant will be used to allow
a high school teacher to work in
the University’s physics depart-
ment for a year, serving as a
mentor for undergraduates
interested in becoming physics
teachers after graduating.
Also, the PhysTEC grant will
provide interested UA under-
graduate students the oppor-
tunity to serve as “Learning
Assistants.” These students
will take a one-credit course
to introduce them to the prin-
ciples of teaching high school
physics. They will then have
the opportunity to apply their
teaching by going to area high
schools and assisting teach-
ers with classroom activities.
There are currently 12 learn-
ing assistants participating in
the program, though more stu-
dents are invited to apply and
join this paid experience.
The possibilities these grants
offer have caused lots of excite-
ment amongst the leaders of
the program.
“There has been a signifi-
cant increase in the number
and quality of undergraduate
physics majors in the past few
years,” Harrell said. “With the
APEX and PhysTEC grants, the
department now has the oppor-
tunity to significantly impact
the quality of HS physics
teaching in Alabama.”
Program will provide scholarships for current physics majors interested in teaching in Alabama
Hunting season signifies
family time for students
By Angie Bartelt
Contributing Writer
The Mortar Board Hypatia
Chapter, a senior honor
society at The University of
Alabama, will be hosting a
fundraiser to subsidize study
abroad tips for students on
Thursday, Nov. 1.
Mortar Board and the UA
Away program will be team-
ing up in an effort to help the
campus community with a
fundraiser for the scholar-
ships. Between 4 and 9 p.m.,
Zoe’s Kitchen will donate 15
percent of their profits to the
Mortar Board, which will in
turn give it to UA Away. Both
locations in Tuscaloosa will
be participating.
Mortar Board seniors will
be working with UA Away, a
division of Student Affairs
that helps undergraduate
students participate in new
experiences to enhance their
time in college. UA Away
also encourages students to
serve others, whether within
new cultures, job training or
studying a special interest.
The ultimate goal of the pro-
gram is to raise a $1 million
endowment, which will be
based around program-spe-
cific scholarships meant for
students who are participat-
ing members of UA Away.
The Mortar Board began
in 1929 at the University
as a female-only organi-
zation and began to allow
men in 1976.
“My experience with
Mortar Board this year has
been amazing. It’s a strong
organization of leaders from
all across campus, all with
the ability to make a big
impact,” Mallory Flowers,
the UA Mortar Board presi-
dent, said. “We all hope to
see a great group of juniors
apply for membership
this year.”
A.J. Collins, president of
the Coordinating Council for
Honor Societies, said honor
societies are beneficial in
terms of networking for
leaders on campus.
“Their primary focus
is to honor those seniors
who have dedicated their
undergraduate tenure to
this university, and also
have service, philanthrop-
ic, and social facets, which
enrich and support the mis-
sion of each organization,”
Collins said.
Susan Capl es, the
National President of
Mortar Board and the UA
chapter’s advisor, said the
group has slowly increased
over the past few years. “We
have increased our member-
ship; we were at 50 for years
but as the population has
increased, we have decided
we wanted to honor more
students because we have
so many who are qualified,”
Caples said. “We’re one
of the biggest chapters in
the country.”
Caples said the GPA
requirement for joining
Mortar Board is a 3.5 and
that the current class picks
the next class. There were
more than 300 applicants last
year to fill the 69 spots.
Charlie Bice, the Treasurer
of the UA Mortar Board,
encouraged juniors to apply
in the spring.
“As long as you have the
grades and the leadership
roles that we desire in a
member, we’d love to have
you,” he said.
Mortar Board, UA Away will
host fundraiser at Zoe’s Kitchen
• What: Mortar Board
Hypatia Chapter and
UA Away scholarship
• Where: Zoe’s Kitchen
• When: Thursday, Nov.
1, 4 - 9 p.m.
• What: Moon Taxi/Tea
Leaf Green Halloween
• Where: Bama Theatre
• When: Wednesday,
Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
Plenty of hunting options are
located around Tuscaloosa.
Moon Taxi returns
for Halloween show
UA receives National Science Foundation grant
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Page 6 | Wednesday, October 31, 2012
By Camille Corbett
Contributing Writer
Princeton University pro-
fessor and world-renowned
Australian philosopher
Frank Jackson spoke to The
University of Alabama on Oct.
30 about the theory of physical-
ism as a part of the Philosophy
Today lecture series.
The Philosophy Today series
is a five-year program created
by the philosophy department
that invites four modern phi-
losophers to lecture to people
within and outside the field of
Jackson’s lecture titled “The
Problem of Consciousness”
explores the idea of
physicalism through the expe-
rience of color. Physicalism
is the idea that an object is
nothing besides its physical
properties. During his lecture,
Jackson described physicalism
using the examples of the “No
Freedom Room” and the “No
Color Room.”
Torin Alter, a philosophy pro-
fessor, introduced the speaker,
describing Jackson as his “phil-
osophical hero” and saying his
own work “is just footnotes to
Frank Jackson’s work.”
“[Jackson is] one of the fore-
most professors in the phi-
losophy of the mind today,”
Joshua Quick, a graduate
student studying applied
statistics, said.
Although Jackson promotes
physicalism now, it wasn’t
always that way.
Jackson once created the
“Mary’s Room” theory that
went against physicalism
and argued that non-physical
knowledge can be obtained
through consciousness. He
believed that if a scientist
understood the scientific con-
cepts behind the color red but
was only ever exposed to black
and white, she would still learn
when finally exposed to red.
“Jackson’s theory appeased
some arguments for dualists,
so it became their go-to argu-
ment,” Josh Gravlee, a senior
majoring in philosophy, said.
After changing his philo-
sophical ideals from dualism to
physicalism, Jackson crumbled
the main argument of dualists.
“Most philosophers are
headstrong, but changing of
opinions do happen,” Gravlee
said. “Some people do go back
on themselves.”
Philosopher speaks about his change in theory
World-renowned professor lectures on physicalism vs. dualism as part of The Philosophy Today series
By Angie Bartelt
Contributing Writer
The University of Alabama
St udent Gover nment
Association came together with
the UA chapter of the NAACP,
the Black Student Union and
Rock The Vote Tuesday night
to take one final opportu-
nity to host a mock debate
for students.
Along with the College
Democrats and Republicans,
the debate involved a modera-
tor to keep time and an audi-
ence who was able to submit
questions to both sides of the
debate. Each party had a panel
of representatives to speak on
their behalf.
“No matter what happens
a week from today, tonight
is exciting for the College
Democrats and the College
Republicans because we get to
debate as students,” Jeff Elrod,
a senior and political science
major, said before the debate.
Elrod argued on behalf
of the College Republicans,
which he has been a part of
since his freshman year at the
University and is currently a
chapter leader. The debate
began with the introduction of
the moderator, Jarrett Tyus,
a graduate of the University’s
law school and an attorney at
law in Tuscaloosa.
The College Republicans
started with their opening
presentation, which focused
on Romney’s five point plan.
Regan Williams broke down
Romney’s plan, from depen-
dence on foreign oil to mid-
dle class and small business
taxes. The Republicans also
spoke on Romney’s plans to
place a large importance on
lowering the costs of higher
education for every American
in order to broaden the job
market for all.
The College Democrats
defended the president’s
Affordable Care Act and
promoted the job growth in
America under Obama.
The Democrats then refuted
the Republicans’ stance on
the importance of education
in America based on Obama’s
plan for opportunities and
brought up the need for avail-
able contraception for all
The Democrats stood up
for Obama’s clear message
in support of gay marriage
and its importance to the
current generation.
The debate part of the pre-
sentation, which was struc-
tured with time limits for both
sides to argue and refute the
other’s points, began with a
question on jobs and the unem-
ployment rate, specifically in
the state of Alabama.
The Republicans answered
first with an emphasis on
Romney’s five point plan, spe-
cifically the provision lower-
ing taxes for small business-
This lead the Democrats to
describe Obama’s support for
health care employees through
programs like Medicaid.
Education and military
involvement overseas were
topics that followed.
“We can justify military
spending as one of the few
responsibilities of the federal
government, which is outlined
in the Constitution,” Elrod
argued. “Our service men and
women need to be able to order
the resources they need.”
The Democrats were quick
to refute that point.
“We need to cut military
spending to reinvest in educa-
tion, services for those in need,
and we need to create social
empowerment and build up
our country at home,” Robert
Christl, the president of the
College Democrats, said.
Strengthening the middle
class was a topic question
for both parties, but the con-
versation quickly turned
into a debate on Obama’s
stimulus package.
“We are moving from an
industrial economy to an infor-
mation economy,” Crystl said.
“The way to build the middle
class is to continue investing
in education.”
The organizers then read
Twitter questions that had
been asked by the audience
during the event.
The debate ended with hand
shakes and smiles between
both sides representatives,
and an enthusiastic audience
left with a little more informa-
tion on the ideas of both presi-
dential candidates.
Students debate election at Rock the Vote in Alston Hall
College Republicans, Democrats argue on major issues facing voters deciding between Obama, Romney

Most philosophers are head-
strong, but changing of opinions
do happen, some people do go
back on themselves.
—Josh Gravlee

No matter what happens a
week from today, tonight is ex-
citing for the College Democrats
and the College Republicans
because we get to debate as
— Jeff Elrod
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Art museums across Alabama worth visiting
With the changing season bringing in cooler weather, students may find themselves looking for indoor activities to replace throwing a football on the Quad or strolling
down to Manderson Landing. Art museums provide a great way to spend an afternoon and stay warm. Great for dates or just spending time with friends, galleries are
not only culturally educating but fun too. Alabama offers a variety of galleries, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, across the state.
U What’s cool about it? The museum has a permanent collection of 2,522
pieces and also houses many famous traveling exhibits throughout the year.
Currently, the museum is showing “Encounters: John Donovan.” The exhibit is a
showcase for outstanding regional contemporary art and focuses on works by
John Donovan, a Tennessee artist who creates playful sculptural works in clay.
U Ticket prices: Students $7, Adults $8
U Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
U Location: 300 Church St. SW, Huntsville, Ala.
U What’s cool about it? The museum sits on top of Monte Sano
Mountain and overlooks the city of Huntsville. It offers nature trails, and
Dr. Burritt’s unique mansion is used for exhibits and available for tour. The
Historic Park allows for the interpretation of rural farm life between 1800
and 1900, complete with log cabins, a barnyard and barn animals. The
mansion offers rotating exhibits. The current exhibit is “Tally Ho! A
Journey into Monte Sano’s Past.”
U Ticket prices: Adults $8
U Hours: Winter hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
U Location: 3101 Burritt Dr. SE, Huntsville, Ala.
Huntsville Museum of Art
Burritt On The Mountain
U What’s cool about it? The center features annual and rotating exhibits by
artists from the Southeast along with workshops, concerts and lectures for all
U Ticket prices: Free admission
U Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
U Location: 217 East Tuscaloosa St., Florence, Ala.
The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
U What’s cool about it? The Rosenbaum House is the only
Wright-designed structure in Alabama. The house holds its original Wright-
designed furniture and is open to the city as a museum.
U Ticket prices: Students and Seniors $5, Adults $8
U Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
U Location: 601 Riverview Dr., Florence, Ala.
Frank Lloyd Wright-Rosenbaum House
U What’s cool about it? The museum offers over
24,000 works of art that span 4,000 years and represent
cultures from around the globe. The first Thursday of every
month the museum offers an after hours experience.
Starting at 5 p.m., you can sip cocktails in the sculpture
garden, eat tapas at the café and wander the galleries.
U Ticket prices: Free admission
U Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Closed on major holidays
U Location: 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.,
Birmingham, Ala.
Birmingham Museum of Art
U What’s cool about it? The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art is home to the
Westervelt Collection, one of the world’s finest collections of paintings,
sculptures, furniture and decorative arts.
U Ticket prices: Children under 10 free, Students $7, Adults $8, Seniors
65+ $9
U Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
U Location: 1400 Jack Warner Pkwy. NE, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
U What’s cool about it? Local artists can display their work in the
Kentuck Art Gallery. The Kentuck Museum of Art displays monthly
exhibits of nationally known and established artists. It is a great way to
support Tuscaloosa’s own art community.
U Ticket prices: Free admission
U Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
U Location: 503 Main Ave., Northport, Ala.
Tuscaloosa Museum of Art
Kentuck Art Center
Mobile Museum of Art
U What’s cool about it? Expanded in 2002,
the Mobile Museum of Art is the largest art museum
along the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Tampa.
The 95,000 square foot facility is the setting for a
permanent collection of over 9,000 works of art
spanning two centuries of culture, as well as world
renowned traveling exhibitions and regional art
U Ticket prices: Students $6, Adults $10
U Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
U Location: 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, Ala.
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By Marc Torrence
Assistant Sports Editor
Lonni e Stri ckl and
teaches a large, discus-
sion-based business class
at Alabama where partic-
ipation is a major part of
the grade. In the past, he
would lead discussions
at his podium and make
notes on a large paper
seating chart. But he
couldn’t engage his stu-
dents by simply stand-
ing at the podium and
recording participation
at the same time.
“I needed something
that I could literally walk
around in the classroom
and acknowledge when
someone said some-
thing brilliant,” said
Strickland, who teaches
strategic management.
“Or acknowledge when
someone said something
less than brilliant.”
His idea was iPartici-
pate, an iPad app that
allows Strickland to eas-
ily track participation
and attendance using
a digital seating chart.
Strickland can carry the
iPad through the class-
room and tap on a stu-
dent’s name when he or
she contributes to the
“I was sort of chained
to the podium. I had to
go back to the podium
to take a pencil and
check when someone
said something,” he said.
“This constant walking
back and forth and updat-
ing the seating chart was
disrupting to the flow of
the conversation, which
can go pretty fast.”
Strickland is testing
the app, which emails
him attendance and par-
ticipation grades at the
end of every class. He
plans to eventually have
the app integrated with
Blackboard Learn so
that students can eas-
ily access their grades
immediately after the
class ends.
“You will be able to
attend a class, and then
after the class is over,
walking down the hall,
you’ll be able to look at
your smart device and
see your attendance
record over the whole
semester and in that
particular day,” he said,
adding students will
also be able to see “how
much you participated
in the class you just
walked out of.”
The app is being devel-
oped by Ben Sigmon, a
junior majoring in elec-
trical engineering. It
was originally a project
through the Computer-
Based Honors Program,
but Sigmon has contin-
ued to work independent-
ly with Strickland on the
project. He is working
on adding new features
to the app as well as
increasing its efficiency.
For example, Strickland’s
iPad has a separate app
for each class. The plan
is to make one app that
contains data for all of
his classes.
Sigmon is also work-
ing on adding students’
pictures to the seating
chart, which are already
provided to professors
from the University. This
will make taking atten-
dance much easier than
using a paper roster.
“Instead of calling roll,
they can look at the seat-
ing chart and just look at
which seats are empty –
which seats are supposed
to have people in them,
but don’t,” Sigmon said.
So far, Strickland
hasn’t run into any
major problems while
testing the app. He
said it’s just a matter of
becoming familiar with
the technology.
“It’s more just getting
used to the system of
walking around with an
iPad,” Strickland said.
“In the past I had very
large seating charts that
I had to remember who
said what. And this way,
I don’t have those any-
more. It’s just a matter
of holding it in your hand
and moving the screen
around so you can see
who’s talking.”
Taylor Konkel, a junior
majoring in management
information systems,
worked on the app with
Sigmon in the spring
through CBHP. She said
it will give students more
incentive to speak up in
“For students, it
increases accountabil-
ity,” she said. “Going to
class regularly has been
proven to have a posi-
tive correlation to good
grades, and this app can
be the extra push they
need to get there.”
By Lauren Carlton
Contributing Writer
These days it seems like
there is an app for everything,
except maybe folding laundry.
Apps change as often as the
Apple and Android devices
that offer access to them and
popularity can be fleeting.
With apps for businesses,
TV networks, nightlife, social
media and more it can be
daunting and difficult to know
what app to go to get the most
bang out of your buck. In talk-
ing to University of Alabama
students, this countdown of
apps shares some of the most
popular apps students use
along with a few that aren’t as
well known yet. The best part?
All of these apps are free.
Epic Workout Planner:
This app is an intensive cal-
endar for all things active. It
allows users to keep track of
their workouts, performance
history, calorie tracking and
more in one neat place.
ESPN ScoreCenter:
Sports fans, this is for you.
ESPN ScoreCenter offers
scores, standings and news
from all over the world. With
the myTeams feature users
can follow their own per-
sonal favorites. It’s the per-
fect app for when you can’t
watch the game.
University of Alabama
The University of Alabama’s
mobile app is fairly new, but
it’s mighty. Included in this
free app is the UA Calendar,
live Crimson Ride bus routes,
athletics news, courses and
that’s only naming a few. This
app is a must-have for students
who are constantly on the go.
Instagram is a free app that
allows users to snap photos
and dress them up with a myr-
iad of different filters. Users
can then share their pictures to
Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Users can tag other users and
use hashtags, just like on
Twitter. This app has become
popular among celebrities like
Zooey Deschanel, Snoop Dogg,
Kourtney Kardashian and
Taylor Swift, who Instagram
has listed as some of the “most
followed” profiles.
Party Tutor:
This app is relatively new and
it just launched at the Univer-
sity. It shows users nightly
drink and food specials at
local bars and restaurants
including Five Bar, The Bear
Trap, The Red Shed, Rounders
and more. Party Tutor even
has a calendar of events local
bars host.

With the launch of the
University’s new Ferguson
Center Starbucks, it’s only
appropriate to include the
Starbucks app in the count-
down. With the Starbucks app
users can pay with and check
their Starbucks Card balance,
explore the Starbucks menu,
find a nearby store and more.
HeyTell by Voxilate:

This voice app allows users
to leave voice messages like
a spoken e-mail between
HeyTell users. HeyTell sends
texts to users to alert them of
their messages. The messages
themselves are relatively low
data usage.
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You will be able to attend a class,
and then after the class is over,
walking down the hall, you’ll be
able to look at your smart device
and see your attendance record
over the whole semester and in
that particular day.
— Lonnie Strickland
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NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Page 9
More students choosing to buy music on vinyl
By Becky Robinson
Staff Reporter
In a digital age when music
can be downloaded from your
smartphone, some students are
choosing the opposite and turn-
ing to vinyl records for their
music fix.
Andrew Moody, the assis-
tant manager of Oz Music in
Tuscaloosa, said students have
been purchasing more copies
in vinyl over the last few years.
Most bands now include free
digital downloads with their
vinyl copies, and turntables
have been fitted with USB ports
so listeners can transport their
vinyl favorites to their comput-
“[Students] like something
they’re able to hold, and they
like the artwork,” Moody said.
“They also like the free down-
loads big groups put out for the
same price.”
Record Store Day, an event
held by Oz Music in April,
brings in stu-
dents by offer-
ing promotional
posters and col-
ored vinyl by
production com-
panies. Oz Music
also expanded
its used record
section recently.
“A lot of kids
want what their
parents listen to,” Moody said,
“That’s what gets them started.
Then they see the newer bands
have records, and they keep
coming back.”
Ji mmy Gri ff i n at
Charlemagne Records in
Birmingham, Ala., said their
store’s close proximity to
The University of Alabama-
Birmingham brings students in
“People buy
every style from
the new releases
to the classics,”
Griffin said.
“Records open
up people’s ears
to listen to types
of music they
haven’t explored
R a c h e l
Childers, a sophomore major-
ing in psychology, said she pre-
fers vinyl records to digitally
downloaded music for the sen-
timental value.
“My parents passed down
their vinyl records to me, and
this led me to beginning my
own collection,” Childers said.
“The covers of the records
make the music collectible and
in some cases more valuable.”
Childers said she finds most
of her vinyl at Oz Music and
2nd & Charles in Birmingham,
Moody said most students
have a very specific idea of
what kind of music they want
when entering his shop. He
said many come in search of
classic rock and blues. When
looking for the newer artists,
he said indie music is popular.
As more contemporary
bands release versions of their
music digitally and on vinyl, it
is speculated record sales will
“I am always more willing to
buy a vinyl of a new album if it
Starbucks offers variety of seasonal favorites, including a few new options
By Sophia Jones
As October ends and win-
ter’s chill lurks around the
corner, Starbucks season
is in full swing. Starbucks
season is my personal name
for this time of fall when the
weather cools down and the
drink orders heat up. Fall
is a time for colorful leaves,
cozy sweaters and the deli-
cious seasonal drinks only
offered by Starbucks at this
time of year.
So even when you’re trek-
king to class on an icy fall
morning, the harsh wind is
whipping at your face, your
nose is running, and your
ears are numb – know that
there is still hope. A warm
latte from Starbucks is wait-
ing. You can wrap your fin-
gers around your steamy
seasonal beverage of your
choice, sip and enjoy. The
flavors are festive, the coffee
is rich and the options are
endless. Get them while you
Nothing warms my heart
more than those three magic
words: Pumpkin Spice Latte.
You can’t go wrong with
espresso, pumpkin-flavored
syrup, milk and pumpkin pie
spices. I usually dash mine
off with some cinnamon.
Sweet or bold? People are
often torn between which
way to go with their drink
order. Starbucks’ newest
addition, the Salted Caramel
Mocha, offers the perfect
solution for this dilemma.
This innovative mix packs
a punch of sweet and salty
with espresso and steamed
milk, blended with mocha
sauce and toffee nut fla-
vored syrup. It’s topped
with whipped cream, cara-
mel sauce and a mixture of
turbinado sugar and sea salt.
For all you dessert-lovers
out there, the Apple Crumble
Latte will satisfy your sweet
tooth with steamed milk,
espresso and caramel apple
spice syrup
topped with
c r umb l e d -
style pieces.
I usual ly
add some
vanilla spice
to the top of
mine. The
Toffee Nut
Latte with
crunchy tof-
fee sprinkles
and toffee
nut syrup
is a more
obscure treasure and one of
my full-bodied favorites.
If you are not into cof-
fee, try the Tazo Chai Tea
Latte with spiced black tea
blended with steamed milk.
Starbucks also offers a rich,
sophisticated hot choco-
late that is smoother than a
Hershey’s Kiss.
Even though Starbucks
keeps their
s e a s o n a l
“red cup”
Christmas bev-
erages secret
unti l they
are officially
launched in
early to mid-
N o v e m b e r ,
there are sev-
eral drinks
t hat have
been pro-
duced during
Christmas for
the last 13 years. Here are
some delicious classics that
you can expect to make
your holidays extra jolly
this year.
The Eggnog Latte has real
eggnog, mixed with a bit of
milk, espresso and topped
off with nutmeg. Or you
could forgo the cookie, and
get a Gingerbread Latte that
has shots of gingerbread
syrup, whipped cream and
My favorite holiday drink
is the Peppermint Mocha
(and not just because it
has red sprinkles.) The
Peppermint Mocha is the
perfect blend of magic and
mint. For an extra rich taste,
order the Peppermint Hot
Here are some tips I’ve
learned from my many years
spent ordering Starbucks’
seasonal drinks. If you are
a caffeine addict like myself
then you can add a shot of
espresso. Although the
added shot costs a little bit
more, it’s worth the extra
pep in your step. Baristas
usually add five pumps of
flavored syrup to each drink.
If you do not enjoy sweet
drinks and find the syrupy
flavors too overpowering,
then ask for two or three
pumps instead of five. Ask
for skim milk and sugar free
syrup if you want to take
some calories off your drink.
The new Starbucks in the
Ferguson Student Center is
convenient with comfort-
able seating, a cozy atmo-
sphere and good music. The
lines can get long, so make
sure you have at least half
an hour. Starbucks is open
from 7 a.m. to midnight on
week days and from 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m. on the weekend.
They take Dining Dollars
and Bama Cash. There is
also a smaller Starbucks
located on the first floor of
Alston Hall.

[Students] like something
they’re able to hold and they
like the artwork.
— Andrew Moody

If you are a caffeine addict like
myself then you can add a shot
of espresso. Although the added
shot costs a little bit more, it’s
worth the extra pep in your step.
comes with a free download,”
Childers said.
Most new vinyl sells for
around $20, but older vinyl can
be more expensive depending
on the band, the record and
the condition. Oz Music also
sells turntables so music lovers
can start building their record
CW | Austin Bigoney
Vinyl music can now be transferred to digital files via new conversion
Page 10 | Wednesday, October 31, 2012 NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS
By Alexis Paine
Staff Reporter
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson
Tide is prepared and excited to
face the LSU Tigers Saturday night
in Death Valley. Despite the atmo-
sphere surrounding the game, the
team is not looking at their oppo-
nents much differently than they
have other teams this season.
“It’s a really, really exciting
game, but we’ve got to play within
ourselves,” safety Vinnie Sunseri
said. “I guess that’s what [head
coach Nick Saban] is trying to
stress this week is to play within
ourselves and play our game.
Don’t get out of the game plan that
we go into a game with, and don’t
try to do too much. Just do what
we’ve done all season.”
The Tide team is prepared for
a physical match up against the
Tigers. Center Barrett Jones said
he believes this game will be the
most physical game the Tide will
play all year. The senior said the
team has been motivated during
practice this week, but not much
has changed in preparation for the
“We haven’t really needed any
dramatic speeches or anything,”
Jones said. “It’s not been really
that different I guess. There
might be a little tempo difference,
but you know how coach is. We
don’t really do anything special
Defense preparing for a
strong offense
The Tide defense is
working hard to be ready for the
dual-threat Tiger offense, which is
capable of making plays both run-
ning and passing the football.
“They do a good job of getting
guys open and creating separation
from the DBs, and we gotta do a
good job of getting on their wide
receivers and force [quarterback
Zach Mettenberger] to throw
the ball into tight situations,”
Sunseri said.
The Tiger offense has slacked
this season in pass protection,
which could aid the Tide defense in
rushing the quarterback. Sunseri
said the Tide defense has been able
to push through the line in previous
games, forcing the quarterback to
slide in the pocket. The Tiger’s
inefficiency in this area will
give the Tide a little leeway, the
sophomore said.
Defensive end Damion Square
said the defense is looking for a
physical game without anything
fancy. The senior said he believes
the defenses of both teams will
decide the outcome of the game.
“You want to be the best D on
the field that night,” Square said.
“You want to leave Baton Rouge
and say we were the best D on the
field that night. And I feel, in this
game, whoever the best D is is the
team who is going to win.”
AJ McCarron unconcerned
with passing streak
Quarterback AJ McCarron did
not throw an interception during
the Mississippi State University
game, keeping his passing streak
without a turnover alive, but Jones
said McCarron’s streak is not
the most important thing on the
quarterback’s mind.
“I think more importantly than
the interception streak, ‘cause he’ll
be the first one to tell you there’s
been a few balls he’s thrown that
could have been picked off this
year, but kind of an overall effec-
tiveness in taking care of the ball,”
Jones said. “From time to time,
you’re going to have one, and one
will pop out. If the interception
streak ends, we’re not going to call
the game and quit. It’s not that big
of a deal to us or to him really.”
Tide tries not to let hype affect preparation
CW | Cora Lindholm
The Tide’s secondary including Landons Collins (left) will be tested
with a strong passing attack. Players work to eliminate errors in what
will be their toughest test to date.
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Shackelford said the sec-
ond building, known as the
Jemison building, served
as a dormitory for high-
functioning patients of the
Partlow Developmental
Center in Tuscaloosa. The
last patients of the facility
were served in the 1970s,
he said.
“It is well-documented
that the conditions at the
Jemison building were
not good at the time,”
Shackelford said, refer-
ring to the landmark Wyatt
v. Stickney lawsuit that
stretched from 1971 to
2003. The case brought the
atrocities of the mental
health system of the state
to light. Eventually, it was
decided that patients had
the right to appropriate
care and led to the switch
from state institutions to
community-based care.
Shackelford referred to a
description of the Jemison
building from journalist Paul
Davis in The Tuscaloosa
News in 1970. Davis wrote,
“Human feces were caked
on the toilets and walls;
urine saturated the aging
oak floors; many beds lacked
linen; some patients slept
on floors. Archaic shower
stalls had cracked and spew-
ing shower heads. One tiny
shower closet served 131
male patients; the 75 women
patients also had but one
shower. Most of the patients
at Jemison were highly tran-
quilized and had not been
bathed in days. All appeared
to lack any semblance of
treatment. The stench was
almost unbearable.”
Today, the Jemison build-
ing is dilapidated and paint-
ed with graffiti. Rumors
circle among Tuscaloosa
citizens that the buildings
that comprise “Old Bryce”
are now haunted.
“I had a distant relative
in it, and I know some of
the ways they treated the
patients were horrific,” said
Katie Fogg, a junior major-
ing in electrical engineering
who has explored the area
twice. “Rumor has it, it’s
However, the haunt-
i ng onl y propel s
student activity.
“I love doing adventur-
ous stuff, like going out and
exploring scary stuff,” said
Allison Roberts, a junior
majoring in chemical engi-
neering who has traveled
to “Old Bryce” three times.
“It’s on every college kid’s
bucket list.”
The Department of
Mental Health owns the
two vacant buildings and
the land on which they sit,
Shackelford said. He said
in exchange for security
from the Tuscaloosa Police
Department, the Tuscaloosa
S.W.A.T. team is allowed
to use the land for training
purposes. It is illegal for
students to trespass on the
“We parked behind an
abandoned church and then
walked a quarter mile in the
woods,” said Roberts, who,
on her third trip, explored
the basement and third
floor of the Jemison build-
ing. “Police are out there a
lot on weekends and around
“It was a combination of
knowing what went on there
combined with the thought
of getting caught that made
it so scary,” Fogg said.
Fogg’s first attempt to
explore the area was stopped
prematurely by police
patrolling the area. On her
second trip, unknown peo-
ple with flashlights chased
her and her friends. They
hid in bushes and ditches for
nearly an hour.
“It was scarier than any
haunted attraction because
it was real,” she said. “I
would not go back. I was
scared to death.”
Students who visit Old Bryce property say
they are too scared to return to local haunt
“Over the 180 years of its
history, The University of
Alabama has seen much in
the way of change and devel-
opment,” Higdon wrote.
“From a frontier college, to
a Civil War military school…
to a national institute for
learning, many souls have
passed through its doors.
If some stories are to be
believed, not all of these
souls have left.”
Most, if not all, of the
haunted stories surrounding
The University of Alabama
campus are difficult to prove,
Crawford said.
“Another place on cam-
pus with an interesting and
haunted history is the Little
Round House. There are lots
of stories about what may
or may not have happened
there, but we have no way
of knowing,” Crawford said.
“The fun story says that UA
cadets wanted to extract
some justice on the invaders
occupying their city. In dis-
guise, [the cadets] would lure
Yankees to the Little Round
House promising them whis-
key and a good time, but once
they got there and got inside
the Little Round House the
other cadet would kill them.”
Outside of the UA campus,
Tuscaloosa’s oldest planta-
tion homes are popular des-
tinations for ghost hunters
and thrill seekers to visit,
Crawford said. Crawford has
hosted a number of para-
normal research groups at
the Jemison-Van de Graaf
Mansion on Greensboro
“We’ve had several dif-
ferent groups come here
to investigate some sort of
paranormal activity, and,
honestly, this place is per-
fect for it, because it looks so
much like a haunted house,”
Crawford said. “What
they’ve experienced most
often are batteries draining
quickly on cameras. There
was one time when they
were trying to get a picture
of one of the portraits in the
house and they couldn’t get
the picture taken until they
asked Priscilla Jemison per-
mission to take her picture.
The film would mess up each
Although Crawford said he
did not believe the paranor-
mal research groups found
anything that couldn’t be
explained during their inves-
tigation, he has experienced
some bizarre activity at the
mansion himself.
“I’ve heard the crash a cou-
ple of times, and the crash
is very unsettling because
it sounds like a bookcase is
falling over,” Crawford said.
“You can hear the glass and
timber splintering, but you
can’t feel it like you would
if something had actually
fallen down.”
John Oberkor, a sopho-
more from Montgomery,
Ala., has studied the his-
tory of Tuscaloosa and the
University and said the Drish
Mansion is the most inter-
esting and haunted place in
“The Drish Mansion is
the only place in Tuscaloosa
that has documented, certi-
fied creepy stuff going on,”
Oberkor said. “Dr. John
Drish, the plantation owner,
was crazy. He locked his
daughter in her room for
over a month to keep her
from seeing her fiancwé. He
died an alcoholic, and some
people say he still haunts the
Drish Mansion to this day.”
Tuscaloosa, UA campus have plenty of
paranormal fun to offer to thrill seekers
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Saban-Les Miles rivalry tied
at 3-3 going into this week’s
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By Zac Al-Khateeb
Staff Reporter
It’s finally that time of year.
No explanation necessary. Any
Alabama football fan – indeed,
any fan of college football at all –
knows this is LSU week, the one
week circled for Nick Saban and
Les Miles since the beginning of
the season.
So far this season, Alabama
has completely manhandled its
opponents, teams that thought
they stacked up to Alabama, but
eventually, inevitably, fell by the
wayside. This game, however,
will mark the first – and perhaps
only – time all season Alabama
will face a team of similar
Of course, this isn’t the only
year Alabama has had a tough
opponent in the Bayou Bengals.
Ever since Saban’s return
to college football by way of
Tuscaloosa in 2007, the annual
Alabama-LSU rivalry has been
one of the nation’s best.
Take a look at these statistics.
Since 2007, LSU’s average rank
when Alabama played it was 7th
in the nation – no time has LSU
ever been ranked lower than
15th. This year, they rank 5th.
The series split between these
two teams since 2007? Tied,
at 3-3. How about the average
margin of victory? Outside the
national championship rematch
in 2011, it’s just under six points.
With the rematch, a little
over eight.
Let’s not forget about where
the game is taking place, either.
Baton Rouge, La., is a tough
place to play by anyone’s stan-
dards. And when you play there
at night, it’s downright intimi-
dating. Miles made a comment
earlier this season about Death
Valley as “truly a place where
opponents’ dreams go to die.”
Aside from the theatrics, that’s
not a bad way to sum up LSU’s
home advantage. Since Miles’
arrival at LSU in 2005, the Tigers
have gone 48-6 at home and 36-1
at home night games. Since ’07,
Saban and Alabama have made
the trip to Baton Rouge twice
and have come away 1-1.
This rivalry is so much more
than just a well-fought series
between two SEC West schools,
however. This is a game with
national title implications, year
in and year out, and this year
offers the same intrigue. These
two teams have simply been
that good.
This series has featured “The
Game of the Century,” “The
Game of the Century Part II” and
was a catalyst for the removal of
the BCS system. It’s not enough
to say that this is simply a heat-
ed rivalry – this is a game that
demands the attention of the col-
lege football world and has been
instrumental in the change of its
landscape in recent years.
Of course, none of this matters
to either Saban or Miles. It’s been
said over and over again. The
only game that matters for either
team is the one being played at
the moment. While that’s all fine
and good, fans have been clam-
oring to know what each team
thinks of the other, some of the
difficulties they expect and the
advantages they could come
away with beforehand. Basically,
anything and everything about
the other team who’s been such
a thorn in their own team’s side.
Well fans, the wait is over.
There’s nothing left to say. It’s
finally that time of year.