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Fitness fads sweep Tuscaloosa
he Universi ty of
Alabama has entered
di scussi ons about
implementing gender-neu-
tral housing on campus after
being prompted to do so by
the LGBTQ-student group
“Earlier this semes-
ter, Spectrum approached
Housing and Residential
Communities to discuss the
possibility of gender-neutral
housing, since this is a topic of
interest to some members of
Spectrum and it is also being
considered by some campuses
around the country (primarily
in the northeast and west),”
Director of Housing Steven
Hood said in an emailed state-
Spectrum is a UA student
group whose purpose is to cre-
ate a supportive environment
for the LGBTQ-student com-
Noah Cannon, president of
Spectrum, said gender-neu-
tral housing addresses many
safety issues commonly faced
by these populations.
“Gender-neutral hous-
ing allows students to share
residential space on campus
with whomever they mutually
choose, regardless of gender
identity or legal sex,” he said.
Cannon said gender-neutral
housing is far from common-
place yet, but can be found in
schools in 31 different states.
“Gender-neutral housing
addresses a very serious safe-
ty issue for LGBTQ students
on campus, particularly trans-
gender students,” he said.
“Transgender students living
on campus are housed accord-
ing to their legal sex, not their
gender identity, creating a sti-
fling and potentially hostile
environment within the stu-
dents’ own living space.”
CW | Shannon Auvil
Schools in 31 states feature gender-neutral housing
options, an LGBTQ-student group is lobbying for UA
to do the same.
By Chandler Wright | Staff Reporter
By Alexandra Ellsworth
Staff Reporter
Michaela Sanderson grew
up in a house with no water
and very little food but
plenty of mold and roach-
es. When she was 8 years
old, her 16-year-old sister
and mother-figure passed
away. When she was 11
years old, she watched her
mother pull out a gun and
attempt suicide.
Although the bullet only
grazed her mother’s stom-
ach, it was enough to cause
the state to intervene and
take Sanderson away.
Now a freshman at the
University of Alabama
majoring in social work and
communication studies,
Sanderson has experienced
many difficulties growing
up, but she said it was those
difficult experiences that
gave her a desire to pursue
college and succeed.
“I knew what it was
like for a family to grow
up with nothing,” she
said. “I wanted better for
myself and knowing what
I want to be, I wanted to
pursue college.”
UA graduates Catie
and Jamie Lumpkin have
been foster parents in
Birmingham, Ala., for 12
years. In addition to their
three biological sons, the
Lumpkins have cared for 18
children over the course of
those years.
For the Lumpkins’
10-year-old foster daugh-
ter, attending college would
make her the first person
of her biological family to
earn a higher education.
“Education makes a huge
difference,” Catie Lumpkin
said. “We tell our 10-year-
old daughter who has been
with us for almost three
years now that she could go
to college one day, and we
will do what it takes to help
her get there.”
Unfortunately, success
stories such as Sanderson’s
and the Lumpkins’ are
often rare.
“For some families, foster
care can become a cycle,”
Catie Lumpkin said. “Some
of the parents were in foster
care and now their children
are too. Practically, educa-
tion is a big turn around for
College degree
rare for foster
care students
Program hopes to
improve statistics
By Taylor Veazey
Contributing Writer
More than 60 local school
children piled pizza, nachos
and cookies onto their plates
in Burke Dining Hall Monday
afternoon, compliments of
University of Alabama stu-
dents who donated a meal
from their meal plan.
Meaningful Meals, a joint
project by SGA and Bama
Dining, asked UA students
to donate a meal from their
meal plans so a local child
could have a hot meal for
Keith Edwards, SGA assis-
tant director of communica-
tions for financial affairs,
said more than 100 meals
were donated.
“We wanted to use it as an
alternative to a toy drive,”
Edwards said. “It’s hard for
a college student to donate
a $20 toy, so we thought this
was a good alternative.”
Students from Oakdale
Elementary School, ranging
from second to fifth grade,
also got the chance to do
some Thanksgiving-themed
crafts and activities and
received a special visit from
Big Al.
All the children were part
of Al’s Pals, the University’s
mentor program for local ele-
mentary school children, and
their mentors were there to
share the meal with them.
Ashley Torres, a junior
majoring in elementary edu-
cation, mentors a fifth grader
in the program. She said she
hopes Meaningful Meals will
become a tradition for Al’s
“I hope it makes them
excited for college and lets
them know they have a fam-
ily here,” Torres said. “We’re
not just their mentors; we’re
their friends.”
SGA Executive Secretary
Brielle Appelbaum, who cre-
ated Meaningful Meals, came
up with the idea while she
was an Al’s Pals mentor last
“I fell in love with the
children and knew I wanted
to help them in some way,”
Appelbaum said.
SGA, Bama Dining serve Thanksgiving to local children
CW | Shannon Auvil
Elementary students get a Thanksgiving meal Nov. 26 at Burke Din-
ing Hall, courtesy of SGA and Bama Dining.
Burke hosts 1st Al’s
Pals Meaningful Meals
By Mark Hammontree
Contributing Writer
In a recent settlement over
criminal charges regarding the
2010 oil spill, British Petroleum
agreed to pay more than $4 bil-
lion over the next five years.
“BP’s agreement with the
U.S. Department of Justice to
pay $4 billion to settle criminal
charges represents the largest
criminal payment in American
history,” William Andreen, a
UA environmental law pro-
fessor, said. “The settlement
resulted from BP’s agreement
to plead guilty to 14 criminal
counts: 11 felony counts for
misconduct or neglect by ships’
officers; one felony count for
lying to Congress; one mis-
demeanor count under the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act; and
one misdemeanor count under
the Clean Water Act.”
Of the $4 billion, Alabama
will be receiving approximate-
ly $335 million, or a little less
than 10 percent; however, the
money will not be given to local
or state government, but to
the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to be spent on envi-
ronmental projects and recov-
ery on Alabama’s Gulf coast.
“The Foundation will work
collaboratively with the states
involved as well as with pri-
vate stakeholders in order to
spend these sums to remedy
harm and eliminate or reduce
the risk of future harm to the
natural resources of the Gulf,”
Andreen said.
Andreen said BP may still
pay out billions of dollars in
settlements of civil suits that
have been brought against
them and could be liable for up
to $20 billion dollars under the
Clean Water Act.
Under the Restore Act that
was passed by Congress last
year, much of the money would
go directly to the communi-
ties and states affected by
the disaster.
Karen Boykin, assistant
director of the Center for Green
Manufacturing, said at the
University, the current effects
of the oil spill are now largely
economic, although there are
certainly still environmental
“The University and oth-
ers have a number of on-
going environmental research
projects that are examining
impacts on the ecosystems,
ranging from sources for sea-
food, wetlands, etc.,” Boykin
said. “In the CGM, we use the
sustainability triangle prin-
ciple – Balancing People (Local
Societies/Governmental), Place
(Environmental), and Profit
(Industry) for sustainable com-
“We hope for UA that the
BP award distribution will
of course include monies to
continue long term research
studies of the environmental,
social, and economic impacts.”
To Andreen, the settlement
is a step forward in the process
of recovery.
“I personally believe that
this is a marvelous outcome,
and I have every confidence
that the Foundation will use
these funds in an effective
manner based on the best avail-
able science,” Andreen said.
“The settlement agreement
also provided for a number of
steps to enhance the safety of
BP’s operations in the Gulf of
Mexico. These steps include
third-party auditing and veri-
fication, training, blowout pre-
venters, cementing of wells,
and the development of new
safety technology.”
For Graham Byrd, a sopho-
more majoring in engineering,
the payout seemed like a fair
settlement for the criminal trial
but is not comparable to the
amount of damage the region
has suffered.
“The lives and ecosystems
destroyed by the spill can never
be given a price,” Byrd said.
Alabama to receive $335 million of historic $4 billion BP settlement
Company settles 14
charges out of court
Less than 60 percent
of students in foster care
graduate high school and
only 3 percent of chil-
dren who have been in
foster care attend post-
secondary education after
high school, according to
the National Center for
Mental Health Promotion
and Youth Violence
These statistics are
what Alabama Reach, a
new program launched
this summer, hopes to
change. Alabama Reach
seeks to be a resource
for students who are cur-
rently or formally foster
youth, orphans, emanci-
pated minors, wards of the
state or homeless youth
by providing a supportive
environment on campus.
The program currently
has 17 active students in
it and is funded primar-
ily by the University, but
it also relies on grants
and donations.
Studies show 70 per-
cent of people in foster
care have the desire to
go to college, but only 25
percent actually enroll,
and only 2 to 3 percent
of that actually gradu-
ate, said Jameka Hartley,
program coordinator of
Alabama Reach.
“Financial aid does
not cover everything,”
Hartley said. “[Foster chil-
dren] often do not have a
safety net or someone
to call. When an emer-
gency happens, they can
be become more worried
about eating and paying
rent than about school
stuff. We want to help
keep those emergencies
from happening.”
Hartley said it can make
all the difference for the
student to know they are
not alone.
Alabama Reach works
as a three-fold program –
Reach Back for future stu-
dents, Reach Up for cur-
rent students and Reach
Out for community mem-
bers. Reach Out includes
a mentoring aspect, where
students can be paired
with an adult to be a men-
tor for them.
“The reason I am inter-
ested in the mentoring
program is because I was
required to get a mentor
before,” Sanderson said.
“I loved her and building a
relationship with anyone
is awesome. You never
know what kind of advice
you could get.”
Like Alabama Reach,
the Lumpkins are trying
to change the statistics
as well.
“The reality is that
there is definitely a repu-
tation for foster care,”
Catie Lumpkin said. “And
there is a reality that
things are really broken
here. The biggest thing
that we try to reinforce is
that this is a partnership
with the parents. We want
to get them back on their
feet, and we aren’t trying
to sabotage them.”
Catie Lumpkin said they
try to create a home that
is uncharacteristic of ste-
reotypical foster homes.
They always strive to
reunite the child with his
or her biological family.
Adoption is a last resort,
she said.
“I don’t think there is
a higher thing to do for
a mom who has given up
than to be able to look
her in the eyes and tell
her she can do it and that
we believe in her,” Catie
Lumpkin said. “We say to
her, you know we are here
for you and we will fight
for you as long as you
are fighting for yourself.
When we have a choice
to make with discipline,
we will sometimes call
momma and ask how we
should do it, because we
are doing life with them.”
The Lumpkins keep in
touch with the children
and families even after
they are no longer in their
“We talk to a lot of the
families, and from what I
have gathered that is not
normal, but we make it a
priority,” she said. “We
take food to all our past
families once or twice
a month and make sure
they have food and find
out how they are doing.
We have taken some of
our past kids to church
with us.”
Catie Lumpkin said a
program like Alabama
Reach can have a big
impact on a child’s life.
“The fact is these kids
have so much life experi-
ences and so much they
can bring to the table,”
she said. “They know sor-
row, they know joy, and
they know how to fight
through difficulty and tri-
umph. They are told all
their lives that they could
never be more, but to have
someone tell them they
can do it, is huge.”
Appelbaum said Al’s Pals has been
trying to do something like this for
years, and they are excited to finally
have the opportunity. She hopes to con-
tinue Meaningful Meals and expand it
to include multiple meals per semester
and involve more schools in the area.
It’s a simple way for students to give
back, she said.
“I wanted a different way to give back
to children during the holidays,” she
said. “So many students have the abil-
ity to donate a meal. We’ll always have
new freshmen with meals to donate.”
Gabreona Jones, a fifth grader from
Oakdale, said she wants to study music
at the University when she gets older
and was excited to visit.
“I like that we get to come to college
with our mentors and see what they do
every day on campus,” Jones said.
A lot of the children are at-risk stu-
dents or have the potential to be at-risk
when they get older, Appelbaum said.
She hopes Meaningful Meals is a first
step for the children to realize how
important school is and to encourage
their desire to attend the University.
“This is something they have to
look forward to when they get older,”
she said. “Going to a college dining
hall may not have a huge impact on
someone like us, but if you’re a hun-
gry child, it can have an impact for
years to come.”
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However, Cannon said gen-
der-neutral housing options
benefit more than just trans-
gender students on campus.
“Additionally, many LGBTQ
students would simply feel
more safe living with people
who do not share the same
legal sex as them,” Cannon
said. “Gender-neutral hous-
ing can provide that option.”
Maria Katsas, the assis-
tant director of housing
at California Institute of
Technology, said gender-neu-
tral housing options are not
something new to their cam-
“Gender-neutral hous-
ing has been offered on our
campus since the late 1970s,”
Katsas said. “Soon after
women started attending the
Institute, [administration]
realized it would be appropri-
Although gender-neutral
options have been preva-
lent on some campuses for
decades, Cannon acknowl-
edges the University adminis-
tration as among the first in
the region.
“With this conversation, UA
is very ahead of the game,” he
said. “No other school in the
SEC has gender-neutral hous-
ing, and very few other flag-
ship universities do nation-
ally. UA has historically
been more of a follower with
regards to LGBTQ issues,
and this is an opportunity
to lead.”
Katsas said students at
the California Institute of
Technology can take advan-
tage of a number of gender-
neutral housing options
across campus.
“There is no difference in
[registration] process, stu-
dents just list each other as
roommates (specific people)
or as gender-neutral on their
applications,” she said. “It is
an option everywhere.”
Although the University
is discussing gender-neutral
housing options, Hood did
not give a prospected date for
“We have entered into a
conversation about gender
neutral housing. The discus-
sion is still in its infancy,”
Hood said. “These discus-
sions are relatively recent on
our campus.”
Cannon said Spectrum is
pleased the University is pur-
suing discussion about gen-
der-neutral housing options,
even though final decisions
haven’t been made.
“Spectrum has spearhead-
ed this initiative on campus,
bringing the issue to the
attention of housing. Nothing
has been established as of yet,
but we’re happy to be having
these conversations,” he said.
“The University should abso-
lutely initiate a gender-neu-
tral housing program on cam-
pus. It’s vital to the safety of
the students on campus, and
that should be the biggest pri-
ority for this school.”
UA ‘pursuing’ gender-
neutral housing option
UA students mentor
local foster children
Al’s Pals offers local children
Thanksgiving meal at Burke
From MCT Campus
Supreme Court has let stand
the murder conviction of
a paranoid and delusional
Idaho man who was denied
the opportunity to mount an
insanity defense.
Three justices dissented,
arguing that the court should
incorporate the long-stand-
ing insanity defense into
the Constitution.
Shortly after John Hinckley
Jr. was acquitted of the
attempted assassination of
President Reagan by rea-
son of insanity in 1982, Idaho
and three other states abol-
ished the insanity defense
from their criminal laws. The
others were Kansas, Utah
and Montana.
Joseph Delling was a “par-
anoid schizophrenic” who
shot and killed two of his
friends because he believed
they were “trying to steal
his powers,” according to
Idaho prosecutors.
Delling had carefully
planned the murders, and
prosecutors successfully
argued he had the intent to
commit murder, even if he
did not understand why it
was wrong. Idaho law says
“mental condition shall not
be a defense to any charge of
criminal conduct.”
Delling was sentenced to
life in prison for the murders,
and the state Supreme Court
upheld his conviction and
sentence last year.
Stanford law professor
Jeffrey Fisher appealed
Delling’s case to the Supreme
Court, contending that an
insanity defense is required
under the Constitution,
either as an aspect of “due
process of law” or through
the ban on “cruel and
unusual punishment.”
But the court turned down
Delling’s petition Monday,
over dissents by Justices
Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth
Bader Ginsburg and Sonia
Sotomayor. It takes the
votes of four justices to hear
an appeal.
Breyer said Idaho law “per-
mits the conviction of an
individual who knew what he
was doing, but had no capac-
ity to understand that it was
wrong.” That could allow the
murder conviction of a defen-
dant who “due to insanity,
believes that a wolf, a super-
natural figure, has ordered
him to kill the victim,” he said.
Supreme Court rejects murder appeal claiming right to insanity defense
Editor | Melissa Brown
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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By Ashanka Kumari
Chief Copy Editor
Students have the opportunity
to win a free semester of in-state
tuition or one of 25 other prizes
in SGA’s Crimson Spirit Points
Will Pylant, vice president for
Student Affairs, said Crimson
Spirit Points came about after
student organizations voiced
concerns that they were having
a hard time drawing in crowds to
“We were looking for a way
we could bring students togeth-
er as well as provide them with
valuable public service, and also
give our student organizations
a chance to boost attendance at
their events,” Pylant said. “Spirit
Points are a way we can bring
students together for a good pur-
The athletic department, sports
teams, students and student orga-
nizations can apply for Crimson
Spirit Points by completing a one-
page application and returning it
to the SGA office or submitting
it online at sga.ua.edu at least
two weeks prior to the scheduled
event, Pylant said.
Once the application is
received, it will be turned over to
the Spirit Points committee. From
there, the committee will grade
each application using a grading
“Once the Spirit Points commit-
tee grades their application, we
have another form that the chair
fills out, and then she turns it over
to Rosalind Moore in the Dean of
Students’ Office,” Pylant said.
“From there, they will email the
student organization and arrange
for them to get an ACT card swipe
Meagan Bryant, SGA press
secretary, said students can
check their Spirit Points number
through their myBama accounts.
“This is an organic process that
we need everyone’s help to make
come together,” Bryant said. “We
need student organizations to
submit their events so they can
be available for Spirit Points,
and we need students to come to
the events, so it’s really a group
Along with a grand prize of one
free semester of in-state tuition,
the second and third prize win-
ners will receive a new iPad, the
top 10 will receive a Daniel Moore
Painting and the top 25 students
will receive a $100 gift card to the
SUPe Store.
“This wouldn’t have been pos-
sible without the different mov-
ing pieces involved in this col-
laboration,” Pylant said. “We
want to thank Dr. Mark Nelson
for his contributions and Theresa
Shreve for her contributions of
the SUPe Store gift cards. We also
want to thank Dr. Lowell Davis,
Rosalind Moore and the Dean of
Students’ Office. It’s really been
the labor and toils of a lot of dif-
ferent people.”
Susan Griffiths, the assistant
director of communications for
Student Affairs, said Spirit Points
are a great incentive for students
to get more involved in things
they wouldn’t have thought to be
involved in.
“It’s really opening a lot of
doors for different organizations
to get their name out there,”
Griffiths said. “I hope students
take advantage of it.”
Spirit Points Initiative offers prizes for attending events
By Alan Alexander
Contributing Writer
Members of The University of
Alabama Dance Marathon team
will be hosting two fundrais-
ers on Tuesday as part of their
spirit night, with a portion of the
proceeds going to the Children’s
Miracle Network.
The first fundraiser is at
TCBY on McFarland Boulevard
from 5 to 8 p.m. Patrons who
mention UADM will have 20
percent of their purchase go to
benefits raised for Children’s
Miracle Network.
Following the event at TCBY,
UADM will also be hosting a mini
golf fundraiser at Bama Mini
Golf from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost to
play on one course is $5 and $7.50
for two courses. Fifty percent
of the money raised will go to
the fundraiser.
UADM is an organization
that aims to enhance the lives
of children suffering from child-
hood disease. It is a student-run
philanthropy at the University
and revolves around a year-long
fundraising effort that culmi-
nates in an eight-hour no-sitting,
no-sleeping dance marathon
on campus.
“The point of our organization
is to bring all of the students at
Alabama together for one really
good cause,” said Gloria Kelly,
vice president of external affairs
for UADM.
The money raised goes to
research for cancer treatment as
well as to help support the fami-
lies of those affected.
“Without donors, some hospi-
tals can’t keep their doors open
for everyone,” McKenzie Pope,
director of corporate relations
for UADM, said. “Outside of
monetary donations, just being
there for the kids is huge for
them. These families need that
support system.”
UADM is coming off its inaugu-
ral year in which it passed its ini-
tial fundraising goal of $10,000 by
more than $5,000, and the group
expects to see even more success
with its fundraisers.
Dance Marathon group to raise funds at TCBY, Bama Mini Golf tonight
By Sarah Robinson
Contributing Writer
As the diabetes rate in the state
increases, more college students
are stricken with the disease,
facing challenges during their
enrollment as they make lifestyle
changes to manage their condi-
According to the Centers of
Disease Control and Prevention,
Alabama is one of only six states
with a diabetes rate higher than
10 percent, and one in every nine
Alabamians have the disease.
“Diabetes is a very debili-
tating disease,” said Koushik
Kasanagottu, president of the UA
Diabetes Education Team. “It def-
initely has a great impact on the
quality of life of a student.”
One of the most common prob-
lems among any type of diabetic
is maintaining a healthy blood
glucose level, because the disease
causes defects in the body that
don’t allow it to produce or use
Diabetics often have to main-
tain their own blood sugar levels
to avoid hypoglycemic attacks,
which occur when the blood
sugar level is lower than normal,
or hyperglycemic attacks, which
occur when the blood sugar lever
is higher than normal. Both hypo-
glycemia and hyperglycemia can
be lethal.
Diabetics have to monitor their
levels daily to avoid having an epi-
sode, Kasanagottu said.
“They have to constantly moni-
tor the amount of sugar in the
body by pricking their fingers
almost six to seven times a day,”
Kasanagottu said. “Not only does
this get expensive, but it also seri-
ously hinders their way of life. On
average, a glucose strip costs $1.
This can add up immensely.”
UA graduate Dana Lewis, who
has Type One diabetes, said
she initially struggled with her
diet during her freshman year
of college. Because her body’s
immune system destroys all the
cells responsible for making the
hormone insulin that regulates
her blood glucose, Lewis makes
a conscious effort to get the right
amount of insulin needed for her
body to function.
“The biggest thing was being
able to figure out what I could eat,
given the requirements to have a
meal plan to eat in a dining hall,”
Lewis said. “Because there is so
much variety of food, it was really
hard to calculate how many carbs
were in everything.”
To make things easier for her
and other students, Lewis worked
with Bama Dining to get nutrition
labels placed on the entrees.
Diabetics must also limit their
alcohol consumption, accord-
ing to the American Diabetes
Association. Although binge
drinking presents dangers for all
students, diabetics who choose
to participate are putting them-
selves at an even greater risk.
Alcohol can cause a dramatic
decrease in blood sugar levels,
and sugary mixtures can raise
glucose to dangerous levels.
Melondie Carter, the assistant
director at the Office of Health
Promotion and Wellness at the
University, said diabetics should
let their roommates know their
condition, so they will be pre-
pared if they have a negative reac-
tion. She also advised diabetics to
wear medical alert bracelets that
let people know they have the
chronic illness.
“They need to make sure they
have enough insulin and supplies
always on hand,” Carter said.
“They need to have canned juice
in case they have a reaction like
hypoglycemia and their blood
sugar gets too low.”
Carter said sugar gel or glu-
cose tablets can be essential in
saving a diabetic when they are
hypoglycemic attack.
“It’s more important to get
diagnosed and to be able to take
care of yourself than live with dia-
betes undiagnosed,” Lewis said.
“That is very dangerous.”
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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MCT Campus
By Lucy Cheseldine
Staff Columnist
Thanksgiving came and
campus became an eerie,
empty shell. There was no line
for coffee, the Quad looked
more like a private lawn hos-
tile to trespassers, and I could
actually cross the street with-
out being shoved quickly onto
the pavement by Republican
bumper stickers. Students
got out of town, car windows
obstructed by a few suitcases
and some pillows. Time to eat
and drink with family, not for-
getting to give thanks.
So I took to the road too, all
the way to North Carolina to
see my aunt. Without giving
it another thought, I booked
an overnight Greyhound from
Tuscaloosa to Charlotte. And
that was that. I always take the
bus. It’s cheap and easy. But
as I started to tell people this,
it dawned on me that I would
now have to confront the real-
ity that the means of travel we
use has always been a sign of
social class. And it’s certainly
no different in Alabama.
In principle, we all want
the same thing. To get from
point A to point B. But the
means we use in order to do
this comes with much more
baggage than I could manage
to carry on a three-day trip.
The bus has long been asso-
ciated with what people often
refer to as “the poor.” Not just
in America, but everywhere
else. And it’s rather funny to
stop and think that we still
pride ourselves on divid-
ing trains and airplanes into
economy, business and first
class without giving it a sec-
ond thought. For hours and
hours we are literally seat-
ed in rigid class formation,
threatened by fines if we don’t
obey the boundaries. But this
has just become one of those
things we all accept. Just as
many people here accept that
the Greyhound bus belongs to
the underbelly of American
And as I sat alone on a
bench at the BP gas station,
which is also the bus stop just
outside of Tuscaloosa, I could
see why. On the table to my
right, underneath the blaring
household appliance com-
mercial coming from the TV,
sat an elderly black couple.
They stared intently at their
shabby suitcases before one of
them said, “I ain’t got a bank
account.” They launched
enthusiastically into a con-
versation about unaffordable
rent and where was best to
hide your money if you don’t
have the luxury of a bank to
look after it for you.
Behind them sat another
man. He had a woollen cap
pulled down slightly too
far over his forehead. His
cellphone was clasped to his
ear. At the other end was, at
an educated guess, a recent-
ly departed lover or wife
to who he was pleading for
forgiveness. A waitress fin-
ished sweeping the counter.
I watched her reflection in
the gas station window. This
was the scene that played out
before me.
I felt a little out of place sat
with my copy of “Hamlet” and
hummus sandwich. But peo-
ple are people and they can
always offer you something.
A fellow passenger gave me
a blanket and another bought
me a cup of coffee. The bus
arrived on time, my ticket was
a bargain, and I even managed
to sleep through the strange
movement of the night. I
can’t drive, trains are unre-
liable and air fares cost too
much. I’ll be taking the bus
next time, even if I do go to
Lucy Cheseldine is an
English international student
studying English literature.
Her column runs on Tuesdays.
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By Henry Downes
Staff Columnist
How much is your college
degree worth?
By extrapolating the
“cost of attending” fig-
ures from The University
of Alabama’s website and
assuming the trend of ris-
ing education costs will
continue, in-state mem-
bers of the class of 2016
can expect to pay at least
$50,000 for their degree by
the time they graduate,
while out-of-state students
can anticipate spending at
least $80,000 for that same
As college students,
we’re accustomed to this
idea of paying differing
tuition rates based on
where we live. The distinc-
tion makes intuitive sense:
Since in-state students and
their families directly fund
the state public education
system with tax revenues,
it is logical that they should
pay lower tuition rates than
out-of-state students.
But what if the state went
a step further – what if a
plan was approved which
would differentiate tuition
costs based on major? This
concept isn’t just a theo-
retical exercise. In Florida,
Gov. Ri ck
Scott recent-
ly created a
pr el i mi nar y
task force in
an effort to
improve high-
er education
in the state,
and one of the
commi t t ee’ s
tions was the implementa-
tion of such a “tuition-by-
major” plan.
The plan would basically
entail higher tuition sub-
sidies for students whose
majors are in higher eco-
nomic demand (primarily
the “STEM” fields), while
effectively “taxing” those
majors that are statistically
less financially productive
(traditionally the liberal
arts disciplines). Though
controversial, the plan
offers an intriguing alterna-
tive to the current flat rate
system and has immediate
appeal from a theoretical
economic perspective.
The logic goes like this:
Taxpayers are essentially
lending their money to state
governments to fund public
education, with the expec-
tation that these funds will
be used to create positive
spillover effects in the com-
munity that will benefit
all citizens. It is therefore
rational to view these reve-
nues as an investment. And,
in seeking to maximize the
return on that investment,
“tuition-by-major” plans
would effectively ensure
that skill development in
state universities more
appropriately matches skill
demand in the job market.
Proponents of these
plans defend the system by
claiming that it would not
categorically exterminate
fields like political science,
anthropology and history
but would only deter stu-
dents from pursuing such
economically unrewarding
On the other hand, oppo-
nents of the plans generally
approach education costs
from a standpoint of eco-
nomic equity, rather than
effectiveness: They argue
that it would be unfair to
force liberal arts students
into a vicious and regres-
sive cycle where they’d be
driven to pay higher rates
as a result of their low eco-
nomic value. Such a sys-
tem would illogically place
higher cost burdens on
those who can least afford
to shoulder them: Doctors
can afford to pay off student
loans, but “starving artists”
likely cannot.
Ultimately, these argu-
ments miss the point. To my
mind, the real issue to be
considered is not the plans’
potential consequences on
loan repayment or job mar-
ket supply and demand, but
how such a system would
impact public welfare and
the fabric of our society.
Even if the plans succeed-
ed in incentivizing state
universities to produce
more engineers and fewer
dancers – admittedly mak-
ing graduate employment
more allocatively efficient
– it is crucial to consider
the societal costs of such an
Though unemployment
would likely decrease, the
labor force would consist
of miserable lab techs who
strive to be writers and
p h y s i c i s t s
who dream of
archaeol ogy;
our society
would become
creatively and
mo t i vat i o n-
ally bankrupt.
I n e v i t a b l y,
p r o d u c t i v -
ity would drop
and job dissat-
isfaction would skyrocket.
How sustainable would
such an economy be?
In forming public policy,
maximizing GDP should
only be considered a means
to an end – it is a metric, a
tool, a number. More funda-
mentally, virtuous societies
require students who study
what they love and workers
who love what they do. Only
under such conditions can
true efficiency be achieved,
economic or otherwise,
because people simply do a
better job when they’re ful-
filled and happy – not when
they change career paths in
response to financial bribes.
Using the relative eco-
nomic value of an academic
discipline to subvert the
precious passions of young
students would be tragi-
cally irresponsible, as such
fragile emotional capital is
our labor force’s most vital
resource. Indeed, every
economy is ultimately
reliant on that intangible
“human element” – those
aggregate motivations and
incentives which make us
who we are. Any attempts to
undermine such a delicate
engine of prosperity and
freedom will likely result
in economic recession and,
even worse, fundamental
social deterioration.
It is impossible to
know how many aspiring
Thoreaus or Sondheims our
society could be deprived of
as a result of the economic
disincentives affected by
“tuition-by-major” plans.
One thing is for certain: No
one – regardless of major or
earning potential – should
want to find out.
Henry Downes is a sopho-
more majoring in econom-
ics. His column runs on
‘Tuition by major’ plans
undermine true economic
efficiency at Universities
By Beth Lindly
CW Staff
There’s been a lot of discussion
lately on the topic of rape. Daniel
Tosh and his joke to the woman
at a comedy club, Rep. Todd Akin
with his “legitimate rape” com-
ment – it’s definitely a hot-button
issue. I’ve been to parties where
this is the main discussion, and
the thing that gets me: Why is it
even a discussion at all?
In mid-July Tosh was doing
stand-up at the Laugh Factory
in New York City. One of his bits
involved wondering why society
thought rape jokes weren’t funny.
After this, a woman in the crowd
stood up and said loudly enough
for him to hear, “Actually, rape
jokes are never funny!” Tosh then
reportedly said, “Wouldn’t it be
funny if that girl got raped by, like,
five guys right now? Like right
now?” The backlash on Tosh was
severe, and he eventually issued
an apology over Twitter.
As for Rep. Akin, on Aug.
19, he went on a St. Louis TV
show and answered a question
about whether or not abortion is
justified in the case of rape. He
said verbatim: “It seems to be,
first of all, from what I understand
from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s
a legitimate rape, the female body
has ways to try to shut the whole
thing down.”
I’m not a doctor, but I made a
96 in my human anatomy class in
tenth grade, and I think that qual-
ifies me to make the statement
that what Akin said is absolute
crap. I don’t know what doctors
he paid off to say that, but shame
on them, and shame on him for
even saying it.
Rape is more than physically
scarring – the trauma extends
mentally and emotionally. In 2009,
one in six women reported being
raped or sexually assaulted, and
those are just the reported inci-
dents. Chances are, when Tosh
made that comment about men
dropping from the ceiling and
raping that woman, there were
several women in the audience
who had experienced sexual
assault. His words probably trig-
gered memories of fear, hopeless-
ness and unimaginable pain all
because of a joke.
I know women reading this
will understand what I’m talking
about, but for the men, simply
imagine living in fear at all times.
Imagine not being able to take a
walk in your neighborhood after
dark because you’re not sure if the
man two houses down is really as
neighborly as he seems. Imagine
cringing every time someone of
the opposite sex sits beside you
on the bus because you can’t help
but think his actions are less than
noble. Try to think what it must
be like to be in constant fear of
being assaulted.
It isn’t fun.
And it doesn’t seem like society
is doing much to stop it. While at
the beach with my friend’s fam-
ily, I overheard a mother and her
18-year-old son discuss the Tosh
incident. I honestly wasn’t sur-
prised when the boy defended
Tosh, saying it’s just a joke and
people need not to take things
so seriously, but it took all I had
to keep my jaw from dropping to
the floor when his mother said
she agreed. I couldn’t believe that
not only has our culture made it
okay to joke about these things,
but then apparently condones it.
Being “offensive” and “edgy” is
perceived as “cool” by much of
the populace.
I have a friend who was given
pepper spray for her 13th birth-
day “just in case.” And this is the
society we live in. A society that
tells women, “Hey, the shorter the
skirt, the more you’re asking for
it.” A society that convinces men
that they’ve earned it. It doesn’t
matter that the woman says “no,”
she secretly wants you. This is a
society where, on average, men
make $819 a week to women’s
$657. This is a male-dominated
society, and no matter how much
women may try to change it, we
need your help.
Stop making rape jokes when
you’re playing Xbox. Stop feeling
entitled to sex. Stop belittling our
opinions and experiences, and
help us. Stand up to your friends
when they do these things, see
where the nearest Slutwalk is
happening and get involved – just
do something. Don’t stand idly by,
I beg you.
Beth Lindly is a copy editor for
The Crimson White.
Rape jokes inappropriate, encourage future incidents

It is impossible to know how
many aspiring Thoreaus or
Sondheims our society could be
deprived of as a result of the
economic disincentives affected
by “tuition-by-major” plans.
NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | Page 5
By Alan Alexander
Contributing Writer
Students eager for a physical
challenge will have the chance
to put their strength and endur-
ance to the test this spring on a
military-style obstacle course
as part of the Brave Soldier
The event will be set up on
the football field at Central
High School on March 16,
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students
who sign up before Feb. 1 will
receive a 50 percent discount
on ticket prices.
Dubbed the next battlefield
for human competition, the
Brave Soldier course offers
men and women interested in
CrossFit, multisport and gen-
eral strength workouts the
opportunity to compete in mul-
tiple athletic challenges that
target every muscle group of
the body.
“The course really empha-
sizes effort,” Chris Gorman, co-
producer of the Brave Soldier
Challenge, said. “There aren’t
any subjective obstacles that
rely on the use of good form.
It’s all about your toughness.”
The obstacle course consists
of two separate stages. The first
focuses purely on strength and
endurance and the second com-
bines strength, endurance and
agility. Both of these stages are
timed using the ChampionChip
Timing System, which competi-
tors wear around their ankles.
They begin and finish each
stage by stepping onto a timing
map that measures their start
and finish times.
The competition is divided
by age groups and genders.
Each competitor will earn
points that will determine if
they are eligible for the Brave
Soldier finals in Pensacola, Fla.
Although competitors are
timed for performance place-
ment, they are also judged on
a pass/fail basis. If they are
unable to complete any obsta-
cle, extra minutes will be added
to their final time.
The first stage begins with
a tire flip, followed by a 1,500-
meter stationary row, lateral
cinder block carry, sand bag
lift, sand bag carry, and con-
cludes with a 1 mile run.
The second stage is the killer.
It starts with cycling 1 mile on
a stationary bike, then climb-
ing a 6-foot wall and 12-foot
rope twice, followed by 10 box
jumps of increasing height, a
30-foot army crawl, jumping
4-foot high walls spanning 30
feet, traversing a balance beam
holding unequally weighted
objects, 30 feet of monkey bars
and scaling a cargo net that
rises 20 feet high and stretches
16 feet long.
Thomas Beaumont, a politi-
cal science professor and U.S.
Army veteran, said the course
reminds him of the physi-
cal training he received as a
recruit in boot camp.
“Physically it was the same
idea and very close in nature
to what I went through during
basic training,” Beaumont said.
What separates Brave
Soldier from other training
competitions is that it can be
watched by fans and support-
ers in its entirety.
“We also wanted to design
the course so that it is spectator
friendly,” Gorman said. “Most
road races or tough mudders
can only be seen at the start,
finish or somewhere along the
course, but by being on a foot-
ball field, Brave Soldier allows
fans to cheer the whole time.”
Students can sign up at
bravesoldierchallenge. com
by clicking on the Tuscaloosa
event under the locations tab.
Brave Soldier Challenge coming to Tuscaloosa in March
By Morgan Reames
Contributing Writer
When John Hindy moved
from Michigan to Tuscaloosa
two years ago, he developed
a passion for CrossFit and
began searching for more
people who shared the same
In January 2012, he, along
with William Rountree and
Erik Glynn, founded the
Alabama CrossFit Club, a
rapidly growing nonprofit.
“Most of the response I got
was, ‘It’s too expensive, too
far off campus, and I could
get hurt,’” Hindy said. “We
were able to break barriers
and actually cut the usual
price in half, making it afford-
able for students.”
In the first two months, the
club grew to over 40 members
and has since continued to
“We started the club to
share it with other like-
minded people and other
students,” Rountree, the
Alabama CrossFit president
and trainer said. “CrossFit is
a crazy, fun, fitness regime.”
CrossFit was developed
by former gymnast Greg
Glassman who opened the
first affiliate gym in Santa
Cruz, Calif., in 1995.
The program is geared
toward broad and overall fit-
ness and designed to enhance
a wide variety of physical
characteristics simultane-
ously such as cardiovascular
endurance, power, flexibility,
speed, agility and balance.
“My favorite thing about
CrossFit is having a trainer
practically by your side and
having others to help encour-
age you,” Lynsey Richardson,
a junior majoring in cosme-
tology, said. “I like having
a set thing to do every day.
I always hated going to the
gym and figuring out what to
do and how long to do it, but
at CrossFit, the trainer lays
out everything for you.”
In 2001, Glassman launched
Crossfit.com, a site that offers
information, explanations of
workouts, and a free “WOD,”
or workout of the day, that
people can do at home.
Those passionate about the
program can become certified
to use the CrossFit name and
set up gyms and programs.
Alabama CrossFit is locat-
ed at Headhunters CrossFit
and MMA gym, which is the
first of its kind in Tuscaloosa.
Rountree said CrossFit is
very communal and not
like walking into your
average gym.
“Having others with you
encourages you because
often the workouts are hard
and having someone tell-
ing you that you’re fighting
through to be healthy is all
I need to finish a workout
no matter how hard it is,”
Richardson said.
The intense nature of
CrossFit exercises has creat-
ed controversy among many
nutrition and fitness experts
due to its potential dangers,
including a severe and rare
medical condition called
rhabdomyolosis, commonly
referred to “rhabdo” in the
CrossFit community.
“You’ll usually see it hap-
pen to a big bulky guy with
a lot of muscle mass try-
ing to go too hard too fast,”
Hindy said. “It happens when
you overwork your body.
CrossFit focuses on the whole
body instead of just one
muscle group.”
Rhabdo occurs from
vigorous exercise that dam-
ages the skeletal muscles and
causes them to rapidly break
down. This can result in rup-
tured muscle cells entering
the blood stream causing
damage to the kidneys, even
kidney failure, and is poten-
tially life-threatening.
“We’ve seen it a couple
times,” Hindy said. “It hap-
pens in CrossFit, but its
nothing we worry about on a
daily basis. It’s really based
on the coaches. Students
trust us and we know what
we’re doing.”
While the workouts may
be strenuous and pose
health risks, they are scal-
able to each individuals
needs, and there are coaches
present to help and ensure
performance safety.
“We modify your workout,
scale the weights and move-
ments,” Rountree said.
Aside from health risks,
a common concern about
CrossFit, especially with
women, is it will cause a per-
son to bulk up and become
too muscular.
“The bulky women you
think of have been power
lifting for years and taking
steroids,” Rountree said.
Richardson said she was
intimidated by weight lift-
ing when she first began
“It looked like stuff that
football players lifted,” she
said.“I was used to a dif-
ferent workout routine but
was open to trying any-
thing that made me want to
workout again.”
When starting CrossFit,
beginners are required to
take an elements class,
offered to teach them about
the new lifts, safety, equip-
ment and technical terms.
“I freaked out at first
because they have their own
language,” Richardson said.
“It took me a while to adjust
and learn all the new workout
terms and names for things.”
Hindy said while CrossFit
won’t appeal to everyone, all
are able to do it.
According to Crossfit.com,
the program is designed
for any committed individ-
ual, ranging from children
to the elderly, regardless
of experience.
“We want people to come
in and trying it and share it,”
Rountree said. “It keeps our
dream alive.”
Alabama CrossFit Club growing with muscles of members
Fitness fads seeing strength grow in Tuscaloosa
CW | Shannon Auvil
Tuscaloosa native Josh Wood lifts during the a CrossFit class Nov. 26 at the Alabama CrossFit Club’s gym.
CW | Shannon Auvil
Top: Participants of CrossFit warm up with PVC pipes, mimicking
lifting maneuvers Nov. 26.
Middle: JCee Hyatt, a sophomore majoring in nursing also warms
up with PVC pipes, at a CrossFit class Nov. 26.
Bottom: Jason Wood lifts during the a CrossFit class Nov. 26 at the
Alabama CrossFit Club’s gym.
Take your
with you.
By Francie Johnson
Contributing Writer
Some call it Movember,
some call it No-Shave
November, but no matter
what you call it, one thing
is for sure: For many men,
November is the hairiest
month on the calendar.
During the month of
November, tradition mandates
all men must ditch the razors
and shaving cream for 30 days
and stand tall in their bristly,
unshaven glory. This custom
has become relatively well-
known amongst the general
population, but many people
are unaware of the history and
significance behind it.
It all started in 2003, when
two men in Melbourne,
Australia, decided it was time
for the mustache to make a
comeback. They compiled a
group of 30 individuals who
committed to growing out
their mustaches throughout
the month of November, and
thus, Movember was born.
The following year, the
group not only continued this
tradition, but took it to the
next level by using their mus-
taches to raise funds for the
Prostate Cancer Foundation of
Australia. Four hundred-fifty
individuals participated and
together, they raised $54,000 in
Australian currency.
Fast forward eight years
and Movember has skyrock-
eted in success, becoming an
international movement with
hundreds of thousands of par-
ticipants worldwide. In 2011,
854,000 participants (referred
to as Mo Bros) raised $126.3
million in U.S. currency
to benefit the Prostate
Cancer Foundation and the
LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Additionally, according to the
official Movember website,
each moustache grown in
2011 sparked 2,413 conversa-
tions about men’s health.
Evan Brooks, a junior
majoring in management,
said he has been growing
out his facial hair every
November since he was 17.
“All of the men in my fam-
ily grow beards during the
winter,” Brooks said. “It’s
kind of a tradition.”
Like many other unof-
ficial participants, Brooks
wasn’t aware of the opportu-
nity to raise money using his
facial hair.
In order to become an offi-
cial Mo Bro and start using
the power of the ‘stache
to raise money for men’s
health organizations, par-
ticipants must register at
us.movember.com, where
they can find information
on sponsorship, as well as
fundraising tips, merchan-
dise, event information, and
a variety of other ways to
get involved.
“Now that I am aware of
the sponsorships I will prob-
ably register next year,”
Brooks said.
While Brooks is a No-Shave
November pro, many others
are going razorless for the
first time this month.
“I’d never gone more than a
week without shaving,” said
Alex Morris, a sophomore
majoring inmusic perfor-
mance and pre-med. “I usu-
ally have to shave every other
day, so I really just wanted
to see how long it would get
during the month.”
This year is Morris’ third,
and most successful, attempt
at participating in No-Shave
November, and although
he doesn’t plan on becom-
ing an official Mo Bro in the
future, he still supports the
organization’s cause.
“I was not previously
aware of the significance of
Movember, but because of it,
I will be more likely to par-
ticipate in the coming years,”
Morris said.
For more i nforma-
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how to get involved, visit
By Bianca Martin
Contributing Writer
The Diversity Branch of The
University of Alabama Honors
College Assembly is taking a new
approach to encourage conversa-
tion on campus: desserts.
Diverse Desserts is open to all
students and includes a variety
of activities alongside a spread
of desserts, all for the purpose of
showing what diversity truly is.
Rebecca Moss, assistant direc-
tor of the Diversity Branch, said
she believes Diverse Desserts
provides students an opportu-
nity to have full discussion on
different topics.
“The purpose of Diverse
Desserts is to create a forum for
discussion on diversity,” Moss, a
sophomore majoring in political
science, said. “Because people
like different desserts, it’s a tan-
gible example of how diversity
includes everyone.”
Moss said people often assume
diversity only touches on race or
gender, but the diversity branch is
out prove diversity is all about the
little things that also differentiate
everyone. “A great thing about col-
lege is that so many bright minds
come together to have discussions
on inclusivity, respect and com-
munity,” Moss said. “These are
things that in everyday life don’t
always come up, so to talk about
the role of affirmative action, gen-
der identity, mental health, etc.,
is refreshing.”
Maura Bochte, a current mem-
ber of the HCA Diversity com-
mittee, said the main goal of the
branch is to make people think
about what diversity means.
“One of our main purposes is
to redefine people’s idea of what
diversity is,” Bochte, a sophomore
majoring in restaurant and hotel
management, said. “Diversity is
a very intangible and broad con-
cept, so we want people to discov-
er for themselves what diversity
means to them.”
The event incorporates activi-
ties to encourage attendees to get
to know each other and further
the ideas of the branch.
“At the last Diverse Desserts,
everyone had a partner, and each
person put the toppings on their
partners’ ice cream,” Bochte said.
“So in this simple ice breaker
activity, the different ice cream
toppings symbolized everyone’s
unique diversity. Each Diverse
Desserts will be a little bit dif-
ferent, but they will all have a
similar message.”
Amber Marks, a member of
the Diversity Branch committee
said the activities also include
speakers from different clubs and
organizations to lead discussions
about a monthly topic.
Marks said she is excited to
see attendees’ responses on the
Diverse Desserts poster, one of
the activities at the event.
The committee members said
they are ready for this week’s
upcoming Desserts and have high
hopes for the event, which will
include a different type of dessert.
“Without giving too much
away, I can say that this one will
be a little bit more involved,”
Botche said.
HCA Diversity Branch to host ‘Diverse Desserts’
‘No-Shave November’ can benefit charities worldwide
Dance company to debut ‘Where Are You Christmas’ Friday
By Courtney Stinson
Staff Reporter
The Dance Initiative is ring-
ing in the Christmas season with
two performances of their origi-
nal production “Where Are You
Christmas” Friday, Nov. 30, at 5
p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Bama
The performance chroni-
cles the story of a young girl
who, in the days leading up to
Christmas, experiences both the
positive and negative elements
of the holiday, including the hus-
tle and bustle of the shopping
mall, stressful family dinners, a
food fight and a trip to Santa’s
workshop. In the midst of get-
ting caught up in all the holiday
chaos, she discovers the true
meaning of Christmas and the
story of Jesus’ birth.
“A lot of times we get caught
up in the hustle and bustle of gift
buying and keeping up with fam-
ily and we tend to forget what
the holiday is really about,” said
Dance Initiative co-founder and
show choreographer Melissa
Though the dance empha-
sizes the religious aspects of
Christmas, Rebecca Tingle,
Dance Initiative co-founder and
show choreographer, said the
show will have something for
everyone and will emphasize the
importance of family, tradition
and spreading joy to others.
“[The show] is religious, but
it’s not just religious because
there are so many styles [of
music and dance],” she said.
Inspired by country singer
Faith Hill’s song, “Where Are
You Christmas,” the production
breaks away from the tradi-
tional Christmas ballet format
like that of the The Nutcracker.
The performance will feature
contemporary dance styles like
hip-hop and lyrical along with
ballet. Popular Christmas songs
such as “Run Run Rudolph,”
“The Little Drummer Boy” and
two versions of “Where Are You
Christmas” will accompany the
contemporary dances.
The performance will also
feature a sing-along. Guest sing-
ers, accompanied by some of the
cast, will sing “Merry Christmas
With Love” and “Baby It’s Cold
Where Are You Christmas is
the debut performance of The
Dance Initiative, an organiza-
tion associated with The Dance
Centre that is currently seek-
ing nonprofit status. The Dance
Initiative was formed this sum-
mer as a way to expose the
Tuscaloosa community to a vari-
ety of dance styles beyond ballet.
After directing The
Nutcracker for 32 years, Tingle
felt it was important to take a dif-
ferent direction for Where Are
You Christmas to allow the danc-
ers and the community to expe-
rience different dance styles.
“A lot of our students are
interested in all genres of
dance,” Tingle said. “We want
to broaden our horizons so that
we are introducing the audience
as well as the dancers who love
dance [to new styles].”
Verzino and Tingle were
inspired by a love of Christmas
carols to create an original per-
formance rather than perform-
ing a Christmas standard like
The Nutcracker; however, Radio
City’s performance of the classic
ballet was also a major influence
for the show.
“The [Christmas] music that
you hear on the radio, a lot of
times we don’t have performanc-
es that [feature it],” Verzino
said. “Also, Radio City Christmas
Spectacular is a major inspira-
tion for us. We’ve had several
dancers that have been fortu-
nate enough to be in the touring
company as Clara.”
Tickets are available at The
Dance Centre. Adult tickets are
$16 and $12 for children 12 and
under. For more information,
visit thedancecentre.net.
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NEWS OPINION CULTURE SPORTS Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | Page 7
By Billy Whyte
It is a glorious time here at
the Capstone.
Not only is our much-cher-
ished Crimson Tide one win
away from returning to the
national championship game
and having a chance at defend-
ing its title, but we’ve had the
opportunity to enjoy watching
the complete demise of our
most hated rival Auburn.
Auburn, only two years
removed from winning a
national championship, fin-
ished 0-8 in SEC play for the
first time in school history, with
the season ending in a 49-0 loss
to Alabama – the most lopsided
Iron Bowl since 1948. Roll Tide.
So, not surprisingly, head coach
Gene Chizik was fired.
So the question becomes
who will be next in line to get
repeatedly beaten by Saban?
For one it definitely won’t be
Jon Gruden or Jeff Fisher. I’m
not sure where this misguided
optimism from Auburn fans
comes from, but Gruden can
essentially get any NFL head
coaching gig that opens up
at this point, and Fisher, in is
his first year trying to fix the
St. Louis Rams, has not only
never coached in college, but
has been coaching in the NFL
since 1985.
There is also very little
chance Stanford head coach
David Shaw or Florida State
head coach Jimbo Fisher will
be wearing orange anytime
soon. Shaw has enjoyed two
double-digit wins seasons, and
has proven the Cardinal can
survive without Andrew Luck.
Fisher may be dissatisfied with
the state of the ACC, but he has
done a great job recruiting at
Florida State and has recently
reconfirmed his commitment
to the Seminoles.
Bobby Petrino, a former
Auburn offensive coordina-
tor, is a popular candidate and
a name to keep an eye on, but
a portion of Auburn’s athletic
department is against hiring
him after the scandal in 2002,
when the athletic department
secretly interviewed Petrino
for the head coaching job when
Tommy Tuberville’s fate had
yet to be decided, resulting in
multiple members of the athlet-
ic department being fired. And
since Auburn stresses its “fam-
ily values,” it’s unlikely we will
see Petrino at Auburn either.
I also don’t see Nick Saban’s
right hand man and prince of
his kingdom, defensive coor-
dinator Kirby Smart, turning
Benedict Arnold on us and
going to Auburn. He is also the
hottest head coaching candi-
date of any coordinator in the
country, and is biding his time
until whatever job he wants
opens up, so it’s unlikely he
would go to Auburn anyways.
So, the most likely candi-
dates are Louisville head coach
Charlie Strong, Clemson offen-
sive coordinator Chad Morris
and Arkansas State head coach
Guz Malzahn.
Strong has had success at
Louisville, Ky., winning a con-
ference title last year, and has
strong ties to the SEC after
coaching at Florida for eight
years. He should also receive a
lot of attention from Arkansas,
Tennessee, and other schools,
along with the fact Louisville
seems committed to trying to
keep him there for a while, so
his availability may be tough.
Morris is the hottest coor-
dinator in the country after
Smart, so it’s no wonder
Clemson has shelled out money
to keep him last year and made
him the highest paid coordina-
tor in the country. His offensive
philosophy would be a much-
needed cure for Auburn’s ailing
and jumbled offensive attack,
but the only knock on Morris is
his lack of experience and his
lack of connections to the SEC.
But why hire the protégé
when you can get his former
Tulsa mentor and beloved
former offensive coordinator
Malzahn? He orchestrated an
offense that carried the Tigers
to a national championship,
has shown great success at
Arkansas State in his first year,
and while at Auburn was con-
sidered one of the best recruit-
ers in the SEC. Plus, with such
discontent in the Tigers fan
base, this would be a move that
would make the Tiger faithful
satisfied. If Auburn is wise,
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Page 8
By Charlie Potter
Contributing Writer
The Alabama men’s bas-
ketball team will look to stay
perfect on the season as it
hosts the Lamar Cardinals
Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. in
Coleman Coliseum.
The Crimson Tide has
jumped out to a 5-0 record,
and head coach Anthony
Grant has watched his team
improve with every game it
has played.
“I feel like we are getting
better with every game,”
Grant said. “We have a lot of
youth on our team and have
guys with different roles and
different responsibilities
on this team. Right now, in
the month of November, the
focus is to try and get better
every day and to learn about
what we need to do to put
ourselves in the position to
be successful. I feel like our
guys are doing that.”
At this point last season,
a lot of the Tide’s key play-
ers were freshmen, and they
struggled to find a groove
during games. Now, Alabama
has more experience on
its side, and it is using that
experience to play with more
“I think there is a comfort
level with the guys that are
now sophomores when they
are on the floor,” Grant said.
“There is a little more stabil-
ity in terms of their under-
standing both offensively
and defensively in terms of
what they need to do.”
Much of that understand-
ing came from watching
veteran players like junior
guard Trevor Releford.
Releford is averaging 18.6
points per game and shoot-
ing 55 percent from the
three-point line.
“Trevor is our most expe-
rienced guy in terms of min-
utes played,” Grant said. “He
has seen a lot and has grown
a lot in terms of his under-
standing of our identity and
his impact on the team. I
am very happy for him to be
selected the [SEC] Player of
the Week and the success he
enjoyed individually. I think
he would be the first to say
that his teammates are the
ones who made a lot of those
things happen.”
Releford will have to
play like he has thus far
in the matchup against
the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Lamar made it to the NCAA
Tournament last year, and
it will try to steal a victory
during its trip to Tuscaloosa.
The Cardinals will try to
out rebound Alabama on
the glass, as the Tide has
struggled with rebound-
ing this season. Lamar
averages almost six more
rebounds per game more
than Alabama.
Grant may not be happy
about his team’s rebound-
ing efforts, but he is pleased
with the success his players
have had with their perim-
eter shooting.
“My whole thing is that we
get quality shots, and I think
we are doing that,” Grant
said. “I’ve been pleased with
how we are sharing the bas-
ketball. Our ball movement
every game so far is getting
to the point that they enjoy
sharing it, which has led to
us getting quality shots.”
Team uses experience, consistency to stay undefeated
CW Staff
Senior outside hitter Kayla
Fitterer was a 2012 Second
Team All-Southeastern
Conference selection as
announced by the confer-
ence office Monday. Fitterer
paced the 2012 Crimson Tide
with 362 kills (3.73 kps) to
lead the squad in kills for
the third straight season, en
route to the second All-SEC
selection of her career.
Fitterer’s 3.73 kills per set
for the season ranked fifth in
the SEC, while her 3.84 kills
per set during conference
matches also ranked fifth.
Fitterer posted a .254 hitting
percentage for the season
and added 197 digs, averag-
ing 2.03 digs per set, to rank
third on the team in both
categories in 2012.
Playing in 26-of-32 match-
es this season, Fitterer
reached double-digits in kills
21 times and had 20 or more
kills four times, including a
season-high 26 against South
Carolina on Nov. 16, and
against at Missouri on Nov.
23, to close out the season
and her career.
In addition to leading the
team in kills and points with
392.5 (4.04 pps), Fitterer post-
ed a team-high eight double-
doubles, all coming in kills
and digs, to finish her time at
the University with 33 career
Fitterer wrapped up her
career with 1,351 kills to
finish seventh all-time on
the Alabama. With 1,079
attempts this year, Fitterer
finished her career with
the Tide with 4,137 total
attempts with the sec-
ond most attempts in
school history.
As a Second Team All-SEC
selection as a sophomore,
Fitterer led the 2010 Tide
with 403 kills, to average 3.73
kills per set to finish third
in the SEC. In 2011 Fitterer
had 405 kills to average 4.01
kills per set to rank third
in the conference and 46th
nationally as a junior.
Senior Kayla Fitterer named Second Team All-SEC in 2012 season
By Marquavius Burnett
Sports Editor
Talent will be at a premium
when Alabama and Georgia
face off for the first time in
the SEC Championship.
With both programs
recruiting at an elite level,
the Tide and Bulldogs seem
evenly matched on both sides
of the ball.
But if there is one player
that can single-handedly
change the game, it’s Georgia
linebacker Jarvis Jones.
Jones has terrorized offenses
all year – leading a Bulldog
defense many consider the
most talented in the coun-
try. Those who haven’t seen
Jones play have certainly
heard of him.
“I’ve been hearing about
him all season,” offensive
lineman Chance Warmack
said. “I’ve heard he’s an
excellent pass rusher and
a good defensive player. I
watched him a few times
on TV. He’s a tremendous
athlete, a monster inside.”
Jones has put up other-
worldly statistics all season
with 71 total tackles, 19.5
tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, six
forced fumbles and an inter-
“You certainly have to have
a plan to try and help the play-
ers that have to block him, so
hopefully he can’t just get in
one-on-one situation where
it’s a difficult circumstance
for somebody,” head coach
Nick Saban said. “There have
been games this year where
he has made a phenomenal
amount of plays, like sacks
causing fumbles. The guy
is probably one of the best
defensive players in the coun-
try in terms of his playmak-
ing ability.”
Secret weapon
After losing Kenny Bell
(broken leg) for the season,
Alabama is searching for
answers at the wide receiver
position. Bell was the third
Tide receiver to go down, but
one of those three is ready to
come back, Saban said.
True freshman wide receiv-
er Chris Black (shoulder) has
missed the entire season and
is currently redshirted. But
with multiple injuries, Saban
said the option of remov-
ing Black’s redshirt is being
“He’s been practicing for
three weeks now,” Saban
said. “Now he’s been cleared.
So we’re going to try to get
him some reps because we’re
getting down to where we
only have maybe five guys
that have much experience at
the position.”
Black practiced in a normal
jersey and ran routes behind
Kevin Norwood at Y receiver,
Bell’s position, on Monday.
Players of the week
Eight Alabama play-
ers were recognized by
the coaching staff for their
outstanding performances
following Saturday’s 49-0 win
over Auburn. Amari Cooper,
Barrett Jones, Eddie Lacy and
AJ McCarron were named
players of the week on offense
while Robert Lester and
Jeoffrey Pagan represented
the defense. On special teams,
Landon Collins and Reggie
Ragland were selected.
Barrett Jones was the SEC
Offensive Lineman of the
Week and had the top grade
for the Alabama offensive
line this season at 96 percent
with no pressures, no penal-
ties and no missed assign-
ments. Lacy rushed for a
game-high 131 yards on 18
carries with a pair of touch-
downs. He became the 16th
player in school history to
reach the 1,000-yard rushing
mark in a season. Cooper led
all receivers with five catches
for 109 yards and two touch-
downs. The true freshman
recorded his third 100-yard
receiving game of the season.
McCarron completed 15-of-21
passes for 216 yards and four
Lester, who also earned
honorable mention from the
conference office in terms
of player of the week, led
the Tide with five total tack-
les (four solo) and returned
an interception for 31 yards
to set up a touchdown. His
14 career interceptions
are tied for fifth all-time at
the University. Pagan had
three tackles, 1.5 for loss
and a sack.
Collins had two tackles on
kickoff coverage as a starter
on special teams. Ragland
was credited with three
assists on kickoff coverage,
including one inside the 20,
along with a pair of big hits
on kickoff.
Tide offense preparing for UGA linebacker Jarvis Jones

You certainly have to have a plan to try and help the players that have
to block him, so hopefully he can’t just get in one-on-one situation where
it’s a difficult circumstance for somebody.
— Nick Saban
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