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Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Vol. 119, Issue 70
NEWS | ATTENDANCE
Professors decide on 1st week attendance policy
Spokeswoman dispels myths about classes
By Jordan Cissell Staff Reporter Don’t mistake its relative brevity for insignificance. Though many students plan on spending their first class meetings doing little more than reviewing syllabi, University of Alabama faculty say equal solemnity should be applied to the first three-day week of the spring semester as is shown the following 16. Aaron Hinkelman, a sophomore majoring in operations management, said most class meetings during the first week of the semester seem to serve more as introductory time for each course. “Especially because I’m only a sophomore, I’d probably say that all of my classes during my time here have just passed out and gone over the syllabus on to head out. Professors usually don’t even take attendance or Whether a faculty member anything like that.” takes attendance is left to However, Director of Media Relations Cathy Andreen said the discretion of rumors that University policy the instructor. forbids professors from tracking attendance during the first — Cathy Andreen week of class are not true. “There is no restriction regarding faculty taking the first day of class,” he said. “Usually everybody comes attendance during the first in and gets settled, we spend half-week of the semester about 20-30 minutes going over or any other time during the the syllabus, and then you get semester. Whether a faculty
member takes attendance is left to the discretion of the instructor,” she said in an emailed statement. “The only University expectation is that instructors share their policies with their students at the beginning of the term so there are no surprises.” The UA Faculty Handbook necessitates attendance policies be defined to students at the semester’s beginning. Peter Johnson, an assistant professor of account-
ing, informed his students of class policies before the semester started. Students enrolled in Johnson’s AC 310: Financial Reporting and Analysis for spring 2013 received an email Thursday, Jan. 3, outlining the course’s schedule, mandatory attendance requirement and extra credit reading and homework assignments for Jan. 10’s class meeting.
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NEWS | BUS CRASH
UA bus involved in I-65 accident
Students injured in Tuesday night crash
By Melissa Brown News Editor A charter bus transporting University of Alabama cheerleaders from the BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Fla., was involved in an accident Tuesday night with two other vehicles, leaving three passengers injured. Lt. Jerry Boykins of the Montgomery Community Policing Bureau said a passenger car and pick-up truck were involved in the accident around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday night. No one on the charter bus was injured, but a University spokeswoman told The Crimson White Wednesday that a UA student was taken by ambulance from the scene to the hospital. “A passenger in the pickup truck was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Boykins said in an emailed statement. “Two persons in the passenger car were transported with minor injuries.” The crash occurred on the Western Boulevard of I-65. The bus was returning to Tuscaloosa from Miami, Fla., following the BCS National Championship Game. The football team arrived earlier Tuesday night via charter plane from Miami, Fla. Boykins said the crash is currently under investigation.
SPORTS | GYMNASTICS
The University of Alabama gymnastics team will return 20 of 24 championship routines from last season.
Patterson builds ‘SWAT’ team
Defending champions to focus on team work
By Marquavius Burnett Sports Editor Every fall, the Alabama gymnasts gather for team bonding exercises and to create a new identity for the team that will compete in the spring. One of the main goals of this time spent together is to generate a team slogan that will help define the upcoming season. This year’s slogan, “Stronger We Are Together,” or SWAT, will fuel the Crimson Tide’s upcoming run at a potential third national championship in three years. Alabama has won back-to-back championships, currently with six in school history. The two-time defending NCAA Champion Alabama gymnastics team holds a No. 1 preseason rank after being ranked second in the preseason poll the last two years. The Tide will return to the apparatus on Friday, when it travels to Columbia for a meet with Missouri. It will be the Tigers’ inaugural meet in the Southeastern Conference and will be a pink meet, with both teams wearing pink leotards. Alabama is currently undefeated when wearing pink. SEE GYMNASTICS PAGE 2
The 2012 gymnastics team celebrates back-to-back national championships.
NEWS | DROP/ ADD PERIOD
Some UA students want more time to decide to drop, add classes
Withdrawling after Jan. 16 results in ‘W’
By Madison Roberts Staff Reporter Students heading back to class on Wednesday might be grateful for a shortened school week, but with the drop/add period ending next Wednesday, Jan. 16, students have just a few class
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meetings to decide whether or not to drop a class without receiving a withdrawal grade on their transcript. Shane Emplaincourt, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences does not see a problem with the University’s week-long drop/add policy. “I think the University wants it to start working as smoothly as possible and as quickly as possible for everyone that’s
had a pretty good idea of whether or not I needed to stay in there.” If I choose to add a class Melissa Stephenson, a sophoafter three weeks, making more majoring in general busiup that work is my problem. ness, is not a fan of the drop/add policy and thinks the time period — Melissa Stephenson should be extended by three or four weeks. “I do not always have a test involved: the professor, the stu- before it’s the time to drop a class, dents and the class as a whole,” and then I end up with a “W” Emplaincourt said. “When I was because I didn’t know I was going in school, on the first day of class I to fail the class,” Stephenson
said. Although her suggestion to extend the drop/add period could cause students to be adding classes a month into the semester, Stephenson feels students who choose that path would be willing to make up work. “If I choose to add a class after three weeks, making up that work is my problem, but I should still have the opportunity to do that without being penalized,”
Stephenson said. Because Emplaincourt’s French classes meet four days a week, he said it may be difficult for a student to catch up after a week of transferring into the class, so if a student had the ability to add French 102 after the class was in session for three weeks, they would miss 12 class periods of learning.
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Alabama football hires NFL coaching veteran Greg Brown to replace Jeremy Pruitt and lead Tide’s secondary
CW Staff University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday the hiring of Greg Brown as Alabama’s secondary coach. Brown has three decades of coaching experience, including 15 years as an assistant coach in the NFL. He spent the last three seasons in the college ranks at Colorado and Arizona. Brown takes over for Jeremy Pruitt, who was recently named the defensive coordinator at Florida State. “I’m extremely happy to add a coach the caliber of Greg Brown to our staff,” Saban said in a statement. “Greg has a tremendous amount of college and NFL experience, and his knowledge in the secondary really made him the perfect fit for this position. He will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff, and we look forward to Greg and his family joining our staff at The University of Alabama.” Brown served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Colorado over the last two seasons, his third stint with the Buffaloes. He spent the 2010 season as the co-defensive coordinator at Arizona, helping the Wildcats return to the top 25 for the first time in over a decade. From 2006-09, Brown was the secondary coach at Colorado and worked as the defensive passing game coordinator during the last three of those seasons. “It is an honor and an unbelievable opportunity to join the staff at The University of Alabama,” Brown said. “I’ve
known and respected Coach Saban for many years, and he is the best in the country at what he does. It is the dream of any defensive coach to learn from Coach Saban, especially at a place with Alabama’s great tradition and history. I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success with the top college football program in the nation.”
Right guard Anthony Steen announces he plans to return to play for Alabama during his senior football season
CW Staff season,” Steen said. “Getting my degree was one of my goals when I came to The University of Alabama, and I am on schedule to graduate this spring. “I also think returning in 2013 will give me a chance to improve my draft status, while also providing the opportunity to enjoy another season with my teammates, coaches and our fans. I enjoy Tuscaloosa and our fans way too much to leave early. We are also losing two great seniors this year, and this will give me the chance to help get players ready for their new roles in 2013.” Steen, a native of Lambert, Miss., and graduate of Lee Academy, has started 25 games at the Capstone while playing in 40 contests. He is a two-year starter that helped Alabama rank 16th nationally and second in the SEC in rushing in 2012 at 227.5 yards per game. Steen helped block for two 1,000-yard rushers in 2012 (Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon). “We are glad that Anthony has decided to return, and
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Alabama right guard Anthony Steen announced on Wednesday he would return for his senior season to play for the Crimson Tide in 2013. “After sitting down with my family and Coach Saban, I have decided it is in my best interest to return for my senior
he’ll be one of the senior leaders of our offense,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “He’s done an outstanding job for us as a starter at guard on the last two championship teams, and I think he can become an even better player and improve his status for next year’s draft with another season here.”
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4 facing felonies in NIU hazing death to make 1st court appearance Friday
MCT Campus Four fraternity brothers charged in the felony hazing death of a Northern Illinois University freshman are scheduled to make their first court appearances Friday in Sycamore. Alexander Jandick, Omar Salameh, Steven Libert and James Harvey were each charged with a felony last month following the death of freshman David Bogenberger. Bogenberger, a 19-year-old finance major from Palatine, died of alcohol-induced heart trouble at NIU’s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter house after a night of heavy drinking during an initiation party. The fraternity leaders are among 22 students charged in connection with Bogenberger’s death. The other 17 face misdemeanor hazing charges. DeKalb police Lt. Jason Leverton said Thursday that 18 of the 22 charged have surrendered to authorities since police issued warrants for their arrest Dec. 17. Bogenberger was found dead in the fraternity house Nov. 2, the morning after he took part in a party called “Parents Night” sponsored by the Pikes chapter and its associated sorority. Participants, police said, went from room to room at the fraternity, answering questions posed by senior members and sorority sisters, who then poured alcoholic drinks for the pledges. A postmortem showed that Bogenberger’s blood alcohol level was almost five times the legal limit for driving. The liquor he drank contributed
significantly to a fatal heart arrhythmia, authorities said. The fraternity chapter was suspended in the wake of Bogenberger’s death. Dr. Susan Lipkins, a New York psychologist and author, said most national fraternity organizations do a poor job of informing campus chapter leaders that they can be held responsible for hazing incidents that end badly.
Crimson Tide to face all top-25 opponents
GYMNASTICS FROM PAGE 1
Alabama returns seven of its eight All-Americans from last season: seniors Ashley Priess, Marissa Gutierrez and Ashley Sledge; juniors Kim Jacob, Sarah DeMeo and Diandra Milliner and sophomore Kayla Williams. The Tide returns 20 of its 24 routines from last year’s championship team. “It really doesn’t matter if we’re returning a majority of our routines from a championship team as we did last season, or if we’re going to be counting on half our routines coming from the freshman class as we have at different times, the dynamic is always different,” said head coach Sarah Patterson. “Every year you start fresh; every year it’s a new team, with different chemistry and personality. So we work on that from day one, coming together and discovering that team’s identity.” Patterson and husband David are entering their 35th season at the helm of one of only four teams to win an NCAA championship (1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011, 2012). “Winning as consistently as she’s won is tremendous,” UA director of athletics Mal Moore said. “We support Sarah stronger than any coach at the University.” Every year presents a
different set of challenges, and Alabama is aware of the target it will have on its back this season. While success often breeds complacency in most, this team isn’t shying away from the challenge. In fact, they’re embracing it. “There’s a lot of team ownership this year,” Priess said. “We’re aware of the success we’ve experienced and aware of what it takes to try to do it again. That ownership has created a competitive atmosphere where we have a lot of desire to be successful again. That’s the difference for this team because everybody is willing to do what it takes to be at the top.” Priess’ impact Like every talented team, Alabama gymnastics has had to deal with departures over the years. Going into the 2012 season, Alabama had to replace Honda Award winner Kayla Hoffman, and in 2013, Alabama has to replace two-time individual NCAA champion and 12-time All-American Geralen Stack-Eaton. But Alabama won’t have to replace fifth-year senior Ashley Priess. Priess, only the second fifth-year senior in program history, received a medical redshirt after breaking her right ankle and ripping ligaments from the bone in the Super Six at the 2010 nationals. It sidelined her in 2011, but never took away her fight. Priess bounced back in 2012, punctuating her comeback by
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clinching the championship with a 9.95 on the balance beam. Priess said she began discussing it midway through last season and debated whether her body could handle it, but the team’s championship run last season made it an easy decision. “After nationals, even though it felt like the fairytale ending for everything I could have hoped for,” she said, “there was something about the experience and the journey with all these girls that made me think I’d be crazy to not want to do that again.” She will have to be paced to avoid injury early in the season, but her presence gives the Tide another veteran leader. As the season progresses, Priess should reemerge as an allaround competitor for the Tide. But it isn’t just her skills that have teammates excited. “I’m thankful that she is back,” Gutierrez said. “She leads in so many different ways and is so good at what she does. I like to observe her. The coaches have this look that lets us know when we need to pick it up and she’ll walk around like ‘hey, get it together.’ So having her leadership on this team is a blessing in itself beyond her gymnastics.” Tough Schedule The Tide will face one of the toughest schedules in the nation. All nine of its opponents are ranked in the top-25, including three of the top four, with UCLA at No. 2, Florida at
No. 3 and Oklahoma at No. 4. The Gators and Bruins, who finished second and third last season, respectively, in the tightest championship finish in gymnastics history, are separated by a single point in the preseason poll. “It’s definitely the toughest schedule I’ve experienced
during my time here,” Priess said. “Teams are going to bring their best game when they see Alabama. They’re going to make sure they peak on that night. For us, it’s a battle each week of trying to be at our best. Yet, we also have to be smart about timing our peak performance.”
Full Season Schedule
Date Friday, Jan. 11 Friday, Jan. 18 Friday, Jan. 25 Weekend of Feb. 1 Friday, Feb. 8 Friday, Feb. 15 Friday, Feb. 22 Friday, March 1 Friday, March 8 Friday, March 15 Saturday, March 23 Saturday, April 6 Opponent Missouri LSU Kentucky Georgia Florida Auburn Arkansas UCLA LSU Oklahoma SEC Championship NCAA Regionals Location Columbia, Mo. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Athens, Ga. Gainsville, Fla. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Fayetteville, Ark. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Baton Rouge, La. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Little Rock, Ark. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Los Angeles, Calif. Time 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA 7 p.m. ET 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
Fri.-Sun., April NCAA 19-21 Championship
Professors use 1st day to introduce courses
ATTENDANCE FROM PAGE 1
“This course is designed for students to come prepared to each class so that students may participate in the learning process,” Johnson said in an emailed statement. “Students should read over the syllabus prior to attending class on the first day and be prepared to ask questions and to participate.
I approach my course similar to business professionals. Would a new employee expect to show up for the first day of work, receive some instruction about their job expectations and then be sent home earlier? A new employee will be familiar with their duties prior to the first day of work, show up ready to ask questions and to be trained.” Hinkelman said he and many other students like to treat the week of first class meetings as a test period to
determine which classes to commit to before the University’s Wednesday, Jan. 16, deadline to drop a course without a grade of “W.” “It’s an opportunity to really experience a class and see what you signed up for, what you should expect, especially if it’s a non-required class,” Hinkelman said. “Why waste time taking a non-required class you don’t enjoy? And in most cases, professors are really good about doing more than just reading the sylla-
bus off to you. They give a lot of insight into what to expect and what you need to do to succeed.” Johnson said the most effective way for students to develop an accurate impression of the schedule for which they have registered is for the first half-week of classes to faithfully represent the remainder of the semester. “I use the first day of class as a demonstration in how class time will be used throughout the semester,” he said. “For
the first day, we do a mini case assignment based on the assigned reading for that day to demonstrate how students are expected to be prepared for class and how they should work in groups. Students may not understand their own ability to manage several courses at once and so may overload their schedule with several difficult and challenging courses. I believe it is better for the student to know on day one whether they will be able to manage their course load.”
Other schools have similar ‘W’ policies
DROP/ADD FROM PAGE 1
“Our policy is to follow the calendar, so it’s the student’s responsibility to catch up, and that’s something that the student knows by dropping and adding. That’s a decision the student has to make,” Emplaincourt said. “It’s a balance and personal choice for each student, but I personally will always work with a student who asks for it, and we have the tutors as well, so between
office hours and the services that are available, with a good student, catching up should not be a problem.” Thomas Courtland, a sophomore majoring in political science, said he thinks the time period for dropping a course should be extended, but the time for adding a course should stay the same. “If a student adds a course two weeks into the semester, they will be behind, and if it’s a small class, it can disrupt the entire pace of the course. So as far as adding courses goes, the week-long period is enough,” Courtland said. “For dropping
classes, though, I think students need a lot more time to actually decide if a course is right for them without having the penalization of a ‘W.’” The University of Arkansas follows a schedule that is comparable to Courtland’s idea. According the University of Arkansas’ academic calendar, students have four days to add a class to their schedule, but two weeks to drop a class without being penalized. Other schools in the SEC such as the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University follow similar policies to Alabama regarding the
drop/add period. According to UGA’s academic calendar, students have five days from the start of classes to drop or add. At LSU, students have a week and a half from the first day of classes, allowing those students in Tuesday/Thursday classes to meet three times before deciding to drop a class. The University of Alabama’s policies still allow for students to drop classes well into the semester in exchange for a “W” grade. This allows students to get several tests or assignments under their belts before making a decision, but some students feel a W holds
negative connotations. “When you apply to grad school or law school or whatever other school you want to go to, a W on your transcript does not look good,” Stephenson said. Courtland said the negative perception of withdrawal grades could contribute to why students feel the period for dropping classes should be longer. “With the pressure to pass classes and the stigma of withdrawal grades on our shoulders, a week is not long enough know if we will do well in our classes,” Courtland said.
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SUPe store manages usual early semester rush
By Taylor Veazey Contributing Writer During the beginning of each semester, The University of Alabama Supply Store implements extra workers, additional registers and online options to serve approximately two and half times the typical amount of customers each day throughout the first week of classes. To manage the volume of customers, Supply Store Director Teresa Shreve said the SUPe Store hires extra staff to assist with preparing for the book rush as well as assisting customers at the start of each semester. To prevent book shortages, staff members work some days during the holidays processing shipments in order to be better stocked, she said. “Additional training is conducted with the staff in order to better serve the University community,” Shreve said. Molly Moore, a junior majoring in public relations, was in and out of the SUPe Store in 20 minutes, which she said was much faster than in the past. “Considering the amount of people that they have the first week of classes, they do a pretty good job,” Moore said. Moore attributed the quick service to the amount of
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Students ﬁll the Ferguson Center SUPe Store Wednesday. employees helping students. “Two workers came up to me immediately and asked if I needed help,” Moore said. “In the past you had to go find them to ask a question.” The SUPe Store also provides course material information on the University registrar’s website and the store website, so students know what they need to purchase or rent when they come to the SUPe Store. In addition, students can order all their books and course materials online, to be picked up in-store. “Students who order online through the store’s website are able to select in-store pick-up instead of having to pay for shipping, which saves them money,” Shreve said. Tiffany Dargan, a senior majoring in exercise and sports science, picked up her online order inside the SUPe Store. She said she has switched to ordering books online after buying inside the store a few times. “It’s quicker,” Dargan said. “You just come in and pick up instead of looking around for your books.” Dargan said the online option creates a smaller crowd in the store, which helps out the students searching for their books. She also prefers buying online because of the convenience. “Online I can see exactly what I need and compare pric-
es before I buy,” Dargan said. According to Shreve, the SUPe Store offers various format and price options such as new, used, binder-ready, electronic books or rental. “These options are offered in the store as well as online to assist students with stretching their educational funds,” Shreve said.
UA graduate to appear on hit shows PRSSA’s Duck Tape
By Adrienne Burch Assistant News Editor University of Alabama alumna, Sonequa Martin-Green, is seeing her dreams come true before her very eyes. Five years ago she spoke the line, “True I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain,” while playing the character of Mercutio in the UA department of theatre and dance’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” She recently accepted roles on two major television shows, “Once Upon a Time” and “The Walking Dead.” “Sonequa was ravenous as a student,” said Seth Panitch, a University of Alabama associate professor of theatre. Panitch directed MartinGreen in her role as Mercutio. He said even when she was a young student, he saw something in her that made him sure she would be successful. “I had no doubt whatsoever,” he said. “I might have thought it would take longer than it did, but with the dedication, the drive and the absolute dedication to getting better every day, incredibly driven,” he said. “I know I sound like Nick Saban talking about football players, but she is incredibly focused on what she wants to do.” Teague said any student pursuing a job in theatre or acting must have a similar drive if they want to go anywhere. He said the other reason MartinGreen has done so well is because she possesses an enormous amount of raw talent. “She has a beautiful speaking voice and carries herself with so much grace on and off the stage,” Teague said. Teague also said the talent coming out of the deparment of theatre and dance does not stop with Martin-Green. With the increase in University enrollment in recent years, he has seen the talent level in his department elevate as well. “We have a lot of students who are very successful and not just in performance roles,” he said. “One of our graduates from the mid-1990s is the director of production at the Georgia Aquarium. It’s not just in New York, it’s in other places too.” Per Martin-Green’s acting agent, she was unavailable to comment by press time. By Ashley Tripp Staff Reporter The University of Alabama’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter placed first in a national contest to promote the Duck brand College Duck Tape. The chapter received a $1,000 prize for their work during the fall 2012 semester. “This campaign was a great way to start off the semester,” Melissa Stewart, co-director of Duck Tape for the University, said. “I was so pleased with the number of students who participated and helped implement it. We could not have led an awardwinning campaign without everyone on our committee and their hard work.” The Duck brand produces a College Duck Tape that features logos and mascots from college teams across the country. PRSSA chapters across the country were challenged to develop a campaign to raise awareness about the product on their campuses.
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Sonequa Martin-Green every role, I was convinced it was only a matter of time for her.” Martin-Green landed her role on AMC’s hit-show “The Walking Dead” in late November 2012 and within a month was also cast in ABC’s show “Once Upon a Time.” Entertainment Weekly reports she will be a recurring character in the second season of “Once Upon a Time” and possibly the third. Martin-Green performed in several UA theatre productions during her time as a student and was a regular act in Alpha Psi Omega’s Guerrilla Theatre shows. “There was an abandonment and an extreme sense of showmanship in the performance that lit up on stage,” Panitch said. “She was also our best sword fighter, so the combat sequence (in ‘Romeo and Juliet’) was a thrill to behold.” William Teague, theatre department chair, said he thinks there are two reasons Martin-Green has succeeded in her career. “One is that she is
Tracy Sims, the faculty advisor for the University’s PRSSA chapter, said the UA team produced great results under a tight deadline. “Within a month’s time, they not only put together a comprehensive, multimedia communication plan, but also successfully implemented it, exceeding their campaign goals,” Sims said. The team utilized social media to raise awareness, using the Twitter hashtag #DuckTapeforUA and creating a Facebook events page. The team also created a board on Pinterest. Kyle Borland, co-director of the University’s team, said Duck Tape for UA was his first campaign to work on, and he had a great experience. “I’m so proud of the Duck Tape team,” Borland said. “When I first heard the news, I couldn’t stop jumping up and down. Working so closely with Melissa and the team was a blast. Although stressful at times, it is great to see that our hard work paid off.”
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Internet critical for reaching young voters
By Regan Williams Staff Columnist After one of the biggest losses in history for Republicans, many in the party are wondering if there is any hope left for the GOP. I am here to say that there is not only hope, but also a strong chance for the Republicans to be the majority party again. To solve the problem of poor elections, I give you two words: social media. You may be reading this and wondering how social media could change an election. It’s simple: Users for social media are typically young. If Republicans had been able to sway their vote, then they very well could have won the last two elections. Social media seems like a no-brainer for someone to use and embrace during an election. Yet Republicans seem to ignore it as if it is just a fad. For the young voter, social media is not a fad; it is the future, and Republicans need to embrace it. Obama outspent Romney seven to one in social media. The Internet is a key to unlock the demographic of young voters. If Romney spent more money in this sector, then we would have seen a whole different race. By investing more money in social media, Romney could have attracted a much younger base and, in turn, have created a whole new image of his campaign. Instead he chose, like McCain, to underestimate the difference it would make and hold fast to old methods of campaigning. Though I will not sit here and say social media would have won these races for the Republican Party, I do believe it would have changed the dynamic of the race. Social media is murky water for the party, as many
For the young voter, social media is not a fad; it is the future, and Republicans need to embrace it.
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higher percentage of young people than other age groups; even if many quit, a new generation of life-long smokers is formed on college campuses across the country, including this one. That is why 1,130 campuses around the country have become smoke-free both indoors and outdoors, according to Americans for NonSmokers Rights. Non-smokers have pushed these bans nationwide, but they are not the primary beneficiaries. The Centers for Disease Control estimate second-hand smoke causes 49,000 deaths annually, but that is a small part of the 443,000 total deaths caused by smoking each year. That accounts for about a fifth of total annual deaths in the United States, making smoking the leading cause of preventable death. The people who benefit most from college smoking bans, then, aren’t non-smokers but rather, the would-be smokers who never pick up the habit because they can’t. Freshmen living in residence halls on a smoke-free campus would have to be willing to leave campus multiple times a day if they wanted to sustain a cigarette addiction. Approximately 69 percent of smokers want to quit completely, so surely they can understand a policy that is designed to prevent more young people from finding themselves in that same situation. In the short term, the University should still be willing to accommodate smokeless and even electronic alternatives to cigarettes, which are generally safer and could help students move away from smoking. But it is long past time for the University to prohibit all cigarette smoking on campus – everywhere, every day – and fine people who do it. It would be much easier to enforce that policy than the current policy that requires students to be 30 feet away from a building entrance, which goes largely ignored. For the past two years, we have emerged as the national champions in football. But 1130 colleges have beaten us in the race to prohibit smoking. It’s time for us to catch up. Tray Smith is a senior majoring in political science and journalism. His column runs weekly on Thursdays.
By Tray Smith Senior Staff Columnist
On Monday night, we celebrated wildly after the practice and perseverance of our football team resulted in a second consecutive BCS National Championship. While the vast majority of us can’t even imagine pulling off the job our players did, we can learn from it. Most importantly, we can look at their remarkable strength and conditioning as a challenge to better ourselves. College is the best and worst of times for physical fitness. We have easy access to a recreation center, an aquatics center, intramural fields, and outdoor trailways. Spending time at any of them is the best way people like me can lose weight and get in shape. However, we also have easy access to bars, restaurants and, for the first time in our lives, cigarettes. Staying away from bars and restaurants can help with weight loss, but avoiding cigarettes is the best thing we can do for our health. Most students don’t enter college as dependent smokers; it is hard to form a smoking habit at home with parents. Once
students arrive, though, most of them can buy cigarettes, and thanks to the University’s lax smoking policy, they can light them almost anywhere on this campus. If they do, many other student smokers will join them in a cycle that perpetuates itself by making smoking seem acceptable to thousands of new students each year. Most student smokers are adamant they will quit after college, and most of them are probably right. Since 2002, the number of former smokers in the U.S. has exceeded that of current smokers. Still, many of them are surely wrong. Smokers make up a
elected Republicans are older and do not use computers for social media. Nevertheless, they must act now to win younger voters to the side of Republicans if they want to have a future as a party. The Republicans are well behind the Democrats in the new age of computer science. Obama played a huge role in leading the charge for the Democrats. His social media tactics are going to be legendary one day simply because they changed the game. The rules of elections have evolved and if we as Republicans want a shot at the future, we must change in order to keep up with the times. To my fellow young Republicans: I feel like it is our job not only to help by using social media, but also to teach the older generation its value to society. If we continue to be outspent in this arena, then Republicans will have a very hard time wining major elections. Social media is not a fad; it is the future of how elections in America will work. It can reach more people than TV ads and is more reliable than email. Social media has to be the top priority of Republicans in the next few years. If it isn’t, Democrats will continue to beat us up and down the ballot.
Regan Williams is a junior majoring in political science and communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Thursdays.
Nerd no longer negative
By Tarif Haque Staff Columnist I wasn’t particularly popular in grade school. Consumed with academics, I disengaged from the social hierarchy, not consciously, but because there were always other things to worry about. I floated around the social ladder but never stayed on one rung too long. In grade school, there were fewer social niches to inhabit, and accruing popularity points was a full-time job. In middle and high school, everyone was keenly aware of where everyone else fit in the social landscape, and they were lying if they told you otherwise. Everyone was dying to reach an imaginary social ideal built by the students. Perception was everything. College has been a breath of fresh air for me. I have many friends who classify themselves as nerds, and they all seem to report the same feelings: The majority of grade school was a criminal waste of time and a frustrating crapshoot. College is less isolating, more rewarding, and generally a better place to be. Of course, there was the occasional teacher who made things worthwhile but, in general, the monotony of American schools brings no end in misery for the classic nerd.
Resolutions for making use of collegiate education
By John Speer Senior Staff Columnist Every New Year, we declare resolutions. We make utterly false promises to ourselves about habits we intend to kick or change and goals we never intend to achieve. Instead of dropping 10 pounds in the gym or hiking the Appalachian, how about asking yourself why you are here at The University of Alabama? Many of you may believe the answer to this question is embarrassingly self-evident: to get a job. However, as I sat in class last semester and listened to a young college student announce almost proudly that she did not read anything at all and seemed surprised that Twitter was not a text of literary merit, I am compelled to believe otherwise. After four years in undergrad and three semesters in graduate school, this student is one in a long line afflicted with the seemingly pandemic inability to think critically in college. Many students fail to comprehend that learning is part of a process that does not simply happen when you arrive at Morgan or Lloyd Hall for class. Learning is a participatory endeavor that requires more than just a present body and a mind willing to retain information. You must be able to independently and cooperatively acquire information and use it to interpret the world around you. We all see the banners in the CrimsonRide and plastered on campus bulletin boards that boldly display initiatives such as “finish in four,” “find your passion” or “discover yourself” by visiting the Source or “get connected” by joining one of the hundreds of organizations on campus. Yet, these are merely slogans offering the opportunity to have an experience. These experiences amount to nothing if you cannot exercise your critical faculty to determine how useful this resource may be to you. As college students we must learn to read between the lines. A successful career does not come in a gift-wrapped bottle presented to you with your diploma. You must learn to use what information you’ve acquired to complement the skills you currently possess and those you can develop through learning. Instead of blindly believing that you need to go to college to get a job, start with the bigger picture and ask yourself: How is going to college going to help you get a job? What do you need to do in order to make your degree of use to you? If you are willing do some reading and make some connections, you will quickly realize that a degree is less than half of the work required to be successful. No option is a certainty. Our market is flooded with lawyers who went to college thinking it was the best way to make money, graduate schools are rejecting students who did not realize there was more to undergraduate work than just making good grades and going to class, and businesses are consistently moaning about the inability of young graduates to think and analyze. So, in the dawn of this New Year, take a critical look at your priorities and goals. College does not come with an itinerary; you must consider how the path you pursue will impact your goals, which means you must start with a greater objective than simply obtaining a degree to get a job. It is solely up to you to make your time here on campus useful and worthwhile, because contrary to popular opinion in Alabama, President Obama is not responsible for your employment status. John Speer is a graduate student in secondary education.
For the nerd, self-achievement is everything. In his 2003 essay “Why Nerds are Unpopular,” Paul Graham explains that nerds don’t just want to be smart and do well in school. “[I wanted] to design beautiful rockets, or to write well, or to understand how to program computers. In general, to make great things.” “You have no idea the hell I climbed out of to come here,” an acquaintance humored me on his admission to the Computer-Based Honors Program at Alabama. He was a quirky, intelligent guy whom I often spotted eating alone in the dining halls my freshman year. He was a natural introvert, and he liked it. He could do what he pleased in college, pursuing a major he loved within a culture that rewarded difference and ingenuity. There is more of an incentive to be a hard-working, motivated, intellectually engaged, self-directed student in college. “Nerd” is no longer a derogatory term. Preferring knowledge to social dominance is not a bad thing. For the nerds, it does get better. You just have to wait it out and have enough self-confidence to find your niche.
Tarif Haque is a sophomore majoring in computer science. His column runs biweekly on Thursdays.
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ACT to preform ‘9 to 5’ at the Bama Theatre
Show based on 1980s movie raises funds for local charities, features score written by Dolly Parton
By Mary Kathryn Patterson Contributing Writer mom and an administrative secretary under the bigoted boss, Franklin Hart, Jr. The Actor’s Charitable “Violet exists in a world Theatre will perform the where men rule, and women musical “9 to 5” beginning are submissive to them,” Miller this Friday, Jan. 11 through said. “She’s a single parent Monday, Jan. 14 at the Bama doing her best to work under Theatre. The musical is based her awful boss, but you can’t on the 1980 movie of the same keep a good woman down.” name with a score written by Miller, who works in Rose Dolly Parton. Administration as an adminisJoey Lay, director of the trative secretary, got back into production, said “9 to 5” is a acting with “9 to 5” after a long musical that break. will appeal to all “I first did audiences. community “I think fans theater back These women handle their of Dolly Parton in the eightlying, hypocritical boss in will particularly ies,” Miller said. enjoy the music their own way. It’s all about “It’s hard work, from the producbut [Actor’s women taking control and tion,” Lay said. Charitable taking care of business. “People in their Theatre] is a thirties and forgreat group of — Joey Lay ties will probpeople doing ably remember work for the when the movie community, and I came out, so that have a lot of fun.” will be great for them, but it’s a A portion of all the money really fun show for everyone.” raised through productions The musical focuses on three by Actor’s Charitable Theatre women in the workplace in the goes to charity, Lay said. “9 to seventies before today’s promi- 5” proceeds will benefit United nent rules and regulations Way’s Success by Six initiative, regarding equality existed in which provides services to atoffice settings, Lay said. risk Pre-K students, including “These women handle their Dolly Parton’s Imagination lying, hypocritical boss in their Library, which sends books to own way,” Lay said. “It’s all children monthly from birth to about women taking control five years old. and taking care of business.” “We focus on being a commuMarilyn Miller plays the role nity-based organization where of Violet Newstead, a single everyone helps out,” Lay said.
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gives them digital redemption codes as well as a physical gift card so they are able to transfer the money to their student account. Spokeswoman for GradSave Samantha McShine said in a USA Today article that the program has seen a “drastic increase” in gift card purchases over the past month. Some students say, though, they are unsure about the thought of someone other than their parents taking on their college tuition. “My parents pay for my tuition, and I would be uncomfortable with anyone else offering me a gift card for my tuition since my parents are able to do that for me,” Robin Criswell, a senior majoring in social work, said. “If someone felt the need to offer me a gift, I’d prefer to receive a traditional gift card.” The GradSave program is designed to help parents of young children start saving for
college as soon as possible. Kiva is a loan program that helps to alleviate poverty. You make a loan on Kiva by donating money, and it is distributed to those who need it. The donor receives updates throughout the life of the loan, and as the borrower pays back the loan, the money is redeposited into the donors account. At this time, The University of Alabama does not accept gift cards from GradSave or Kiva. Amber Smith, a sophomore studying graphic design, would prefer gift cards that help pay for her books. “Most people wouldn’t be able to give a gift card that would make a significant difference, but help paying for my books would be awesome, seeing as how you don’t get the same amount of money back that you paid for them at the beginning of the semester,” Smith said.
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COLUMN | MUSIC
Fresh albums from locals, legends, Lumineers some of 2012’s best releases
By Francie Johnson Without a doubt, 2012 has been an amazing year in music. Although we’re over a week into 2013 and there are enough “Best Albums of 2012” countdowns floating around to make your head spin, I figured I’d add my own two cents. I’ve included just a few of my favorite albums of this past year, in no particular order, that are definitely worth checking out. hauntingly beautiful harmonies, Swedish sisters Johana and Klara Söderberg have quickly woven their way into my heart. Listening to this record, I couldn’t help but think of Joni Mitchell – a connection made even more apparent by a track titled “Blue,” possibly alluding to Mitchell’s album of the same name. “The Lion’s Roar” conveys a certain sadness that is hard to put into words – a sadness so completely pure it’s intoxicating – and I constantly find myself pressing the “repeat” button. different about Athens, Ala., based Alabama Shakes. I haven’t heard a female voice as gritty and soulful as vocalist Brittany Howard’s since Janis Joplin. “Boys & Girls,” released April 9, 2012, is the band’s first full-length album. It has earned them three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. From their popular hit, “Hold On,” to my personal favorite track, “You Ain’t Alone,” there is not a single song on this entire album that isn’t incredible. the best – if not the best – album of 2012. It has all of the groove and funk of a White Stripes album, complete with the lyrical slap in the face that could only come from the hand of Jack White himself. Of course, I was disappointed to see the White Stripes break up in early 2011, but the release of “Blunderbuss” reassured me that although the White Stripes are no more, Jack White’s solo career has a life of its own. Bob Dylan, “Tempest” Admittedly, I’m a little biased when it comes to Bob Dylan; there is almost nothing he can do that would disappoint me or make me question his talent. That being said, “Tempest” is no exception. Dylan’s raspy, sandpaperand-glue voice sings of love and death in an album that is at times cheerful, but at others, dark and morbid. Something about “Tempest” draws me in. Listening to it is almost like entering another world, filled with darkness and mystery, but through it all, a single ray of light shines through. This album is a stunning addition to Dylan’s already flawless catalogue, and although he’s getting older, something tells me there’s even more to come. The Lumineers, “The Lumineers” Last May, I somehow found myself front row at a
First Aid Kit, “The Lion’s Roar” Released Jan. 18, 2012, “The Jack White, “Blunderbuss” Lion’s Roar” is First Aid Kit’s I reviewed this album not second album. I only recent- Alabama Shakes, “Boys & Girls” From the very first note long after its release in April ly started listening to this band, but with their breath- of “Boys & Girls,” it’s obvi- 2012, and over six months later, takingly honest lyrics and ous there is something I still consider it to be one of
Lumineers concert, despite the fact I had never even heard of them. From the moment they started playing, though, I immediately knew they were something special. Soon after, I started hearing them on the radio, and it has been incredible to watch them earn the recognition and popularity they truly deserve. Their self-titled debut album, released April 3, 2012, is poignant, raw and beautifully straightforward. The Lumineers have embarked on the indie-folk path originally paved by groups such as Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers, but they breathe new life into the genre, relying on honesty and simplicity to connect to their audience.
COLUMN | GAMING
Humor, horror among methods of artistic expression video game developers exploring
By Nate Proctor Much modern media maintain a legacy of providing impactful experiences for their audiences. Film, literature, music and other forms of entertainment have long been emotionally affecting and potentially life-altering vehicles pulling from a wide spectrum of human emotion. While at its best the medium avoids aping its older siblings, gaming is entering a brave new world of expression. Video games were incepted first and foremost to entertain. Despite early limitations, however, the medium often sought to stretch beyond existing as a novelty. Exemplified best by adventure games of a text and eventual point-and-click variety, strong doses of humor, daring and intrigue – and other less successful tones – were injected into a still largely mechanical environment. Mechanics have ruled and will continue to rule over the widest of audiences, much as the best or “most” produced films and music and most tightly written selections of print content do because they are so very effective at their base objective: to entertain. Whether artistic or otherwise, games have developed a keener sense of their place in a narrative and aesthetic environment. Humor-based gaming, though variably successful, still exists, whether through the traditional terms of Telltale’s adventure games or the genrespanning oddity that is “Frog Fractions.” Horror games have existed as long and progressed significantly from the horrifying design of games like the NES’s “Friday the 13th” or the jumpy scares of the Doom franchise to the atmospheric and psychologically disturbing successful found in “Amnesia” or 2012’s surprise “Slender.” Though reaching beyond the basic foundations of gaming, generating laughs and scares are long practiced and easily mimicked in an interactive format; it’s the more explorative releases of late that are quickly broadening the expectations and definitions of modern games. The emotional roller coaster contained within “The Walking Dead” sparked me to write this column. The five-part adventure series based in the world of Robert Kirkman’s comics creates powerful connections between the cast of characters, and the player, heart-shattering lows and rare emotional highs more effectively than AMC’s acclaimed TV show. This is accomplished on the back of excellent writing and an outstanding cast of voice actors, but what pulls these elements together is simply that it’s a game. It’s a game that is, more often than not, poor mechanically, yet the illusion of player agency created through the series’ (slightly) branching storyline and individually defined relationships creates a notion of compassion and ownership over your companions and story. The result was an interactive experience that had more emotional resonance with me than any piece of media in recent memory. Though “The Walking Dead” – and perhaps even the cinematic heights of “Mass Effect 3” or heartbreak in “To the Moon” – exemplified trends exciting me most, the ideas a history of poignant indie games working their way into a more diverse mainstream market have the capability of becoming the most impactful. These ventures have gone beyond fitting emotion into their mechanics and/or storytelling, but fitting the entirety of their design around a conceit, theme or simply a mood. “Papa y Yo” does not allude to its theme, but acts as an interactive and painful metaphor for its designer’s relationship with an abusive father. Aside from the tact and beauty of the final production or the pure entertainment to be found in its 3D platforming and high-quality puzzling
level design, the existence of a product attempting such a venture, in a medium we call “video games,” is astounding. Though their themes are more amorphous, games like “Journey” or “Fez” endeavor to encapsulate their own powerful tone. On a larger scale, developments such as the Bioshock franchise or “Dust: An Elysian Tale” tackle mature and thoughtful issues while cleanly crafting them into their more traditional products. As the industry continues to expand its boundaries and developers dare to create more than products simply aimed to entertain, we enter a generation where we may no longer be able to consider gaming a trifle or deny a category of games their place in the world of art.
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and I think highly of them.” Preparing for this game won’t be easy, though. No. 13 Georgia has won the last 21 games against the Tide. The competition against Georgia weighs heavily on the Tide’s mind, and the team aims to break the streak at home. Though the Tide is facing one of the top teams in the
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Women’s basketball seeks SEC win
By Caroline Gazzara Staff Reporter country, Hudson said the team is prepared for this game. However, he has been looking into other methods in order to get ahead of Georgia. “I think one of the things we’re looking into is different styles of basketball,” Hudson said. “The way we need to play against Georgia is tempo-style. We need to get quicker shots and get the ball up and down the floor.” Even though Hudson talks about different styles, he still said Alabama has had one of the toughest schedules in the SEC and notes that it has taken a toll on his team. “I don’t think anyone has a tougher slate than we do,” Hudson said. “That’s one of the things I’ve talked to the team about. We got to get through these games and keep playing.” Hudson said he hopes sophomore leader Daisha Simmons will help lead the Tide to a win. Simmons is averaging 11.7 points per game. “[Simmons] has been a big help this season,” Hudson said. “She’s played awfully well, and she’s been a key to the success we had and has helped this team be a better basketball team.” The Crimson Tide is looking forward to Georgia and isn’t worrying about what’s ahead of them. Focusing solely on Georgia, the team hopes this will set them apart and get them a win to end the streak Georgia has become accustomed to. “We’re looking forward to playing Georgia,” Hudson said. “It’s going to be an interesting game but I think we are prepared.”
Australian Prime Minister Skypes Jesse Williams to congratulate him on Tide’s BCS win
After falling short against Kentucky last Sunday, Alabama women’s basketball is back at home Thursday against the University of Georgia. The Crimson Tide looks to move past its two conference losses and win a conference game. The Tide, currently 10-5, has yet to win a conference game. After losses to Texas A&M, 91-52, and Kentucky, 87-70, Alabama needs a win to keep pace in the SEC. After a three-game win streak in Hawaii, the Tide plans on stepping up its game. “They have done a great job for one thing, but that hasn’t stopped them from being prepared as a team,” head coach Wendell Hudson said. “They have a really tough schedule,
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard used the video messaging web application Skype to call and congratulate Tide nose guard and fellow Australian Jesse Williams Wednesday night.
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Alabama men’s Athletics tied for No. 1 overall points in Capital One Cup with 60 points
CW Staff The University of Alabama athletics program is ranked No. 1 in the men’s side of the Capital One Cup standings after the fall athletics season, the Capital One Financial Corporation announced Wednesday. “We’re very proud of our football team and the way they played and represented the Crimson Tide this season,” UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. “We’re also proud that their accomplishments have translated into Alabama leading the Capital One Cup men’s standings after the fall.” The Tide is tied with Indiana and North Dakota State in the men’s standings after scoring 60 points by beating Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7. It marked the third time in four years Alabama has won the national football title. Alabama finished sixth in the Capital One Cup men’s standings in 2011-12 after earning 72 points, while the Tide women finished third with 100 points after a spring that saw Alabama win three NCAA Championships – softball, golf and gymnastics – in the span of two months. Since the Tide football team won the 2009 BCS National Championship, Alabama has won seven national titles in all – three in football, two in gymnastics and one each in softball and women’s golf. In addition to those titles, the Alabama men’s golf team finished second in the nation in 2012. Schools earn points based on their teams’ top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls across 20 women’s and 19 men’s sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 in scholarships for student-athletes. The Capital One Cup winners will be determined at the end of the spring season and honored at the ESPY Awards in July. Last year the University of Florida won on the men’s side, and Stanford University claimed the women’s Cup – each for the second consecutive year. This is the third year of the Capital One Cup.
Congrats Jesse. You’re a fine example to all young Australians who want to live their dreams @ThaMonstar #BCS JG Gillard is the leader of the Australian Labor Party in addition to her position as prime minister. She was sworn in on June 24, 2010 and is the first woman to hold the office. Williams, a junior college transfer and native of Brisbane, Australia, tweeted to thank Gillard moments after their conversation. He and the rest of the Tide’s players and coaches will meet another head of state, U.S. President Barack Obama, this spring. Jesse Williams
CAPITAL ONE MEN’S CUP STANDINGS
1. Alabama - 60 points 1. Indiana - 60 points 1. North Dakota State - 60 points 4. Notre Dame - 39 points 5. Georgetown - 36 points 5. Oregon - 36 points 5. Sam Houston State - 36 points 8. Georgia Southern - 30 points 8. Maryland - 30 points 10. Creighton - 24 points 10. Eastern Washington - 24 points 10. Georgia - 24 points
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