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Housing cuts number of beds on campus by 260
This fall (2012), there were 8060 bedspaces. The breakdown of students is as follows:
Returning freshmen: 5% Incoming freshmen: 77% of our total campus housing population Sophomores: 8% Juniors: 6% Seniors: 4%
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Incoming freshman housing prioritized
By Sarah Elizabeth Tooker Staff Reporter The University of Alabama’s student population is growing every year, but the University will offer on-campus housing to 250 less students next year. Approximately 7,800 beds will be available next year, Alicia Browne, the director of
housing administration, said. This year, 8,060 spaces were. Browne explained that incoming freshmen students get first priority when it comes to campus housing determination and placement. “The University of Alabama recognizes a special responsibility to incoming freshmen, and part of our commitment to giving students the best start is to provide on-campus housing,” Browne said, “which helps students become
engaged in campus life during their crucial first year.” After all incoming freshmen are placed, priority for housing is then reserved to those students with housing scholarships, because their scholarship money can only be applied to on-campus options, Browne said. From here, housing priority falls by class, accommodating first the rising sophomores, then juniors and finally seniors.
This year’s campus housing population was made of approximately 77 percent incoming freshmen, 5 percent returning freshmen, 8 percent sophomores, 6 percent juniors and 4 percent seniors. Browne also highlighted that not all residential experiences are the same. Students looking for a more selective dorm experience can look to Living-Learning Communities on campus for other residential options.
“There are over 2,000 spaces in Living-Learning Communities on campus,” Browne said. “The application and selection process varies, depending on community.” For Honors Housing, a student must be a member of the Honors College, while other programs have an application process, such as the Mallet Assembly and three language houses.
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Some students say ‘time off’ can help
Postponing college opens opportunities
said she also needed a break in routine. Although Moore did not take a full semester off, she reduced her student status to part-time. By Becky Robinson “I worked about 25-35 hours Staff Writer a week between two jobs and After graduating from high was beginning treatment for school, many students head OCD, so I was overwhelmed by straight to college the next fall my personal life, so to speak,” without skipping a beat. Some Moore said. “I am also behind students, though, decide to because I started college at take time off from classrooms Tulane in New Orleans.” Taking time off can have either before or during their both positive time in college. and negative Cheyenne consequences. Paiva, a thirdOn one hand, year biolI basically had my quarterstudents have ogy major, has life crisis. If a student time to get taken eight got that stressed, I would their life in months off durdeﬁnitely recommend taking order, whething her college time off. er they’re career – one addressing fall semester — Cheyenne Paiva health issues, and one sumovercoming mer. Paiva said a burnout or she was burned out and needed a break before learning to better juggle several activities. There’s also continuing her education. “I basically had my quar- money to be made and finanter-life crisis,” Paiva said. “If cial stability to reach for. Taking time off can have its a student got that stressed, I would definitely recommend drawbacks, though. Students will be behind their peers and taking time off.” Paiva used her time off to graduate later than they iniget a “dead-end job” at Target tially planned. This gap can and to become more finan- cause tension with friends cially independent. Paiva said and family members. “It was difficult just because working in retail also put her situation and stress in per- the time apart really damaged most of my friendships,” Paiva spective. “You inherently meet said. “I lost things to talk people who have faced more about with people who probchallenges than you can even ably would’ve been my best imagine and challenges more friends if I had stayed. Also, difficult than you know exist,” I underestimated how hard it Paiva said. “You learn that would be to transition back to everyone has a hard story. being a student.” Students can also lose They remind you what it’s like and why it’s important to scholarships if they decide to take time away from school. work hard.” Laura Moore, a sophomore SEE GRADUATION PAGE 3 majoring in anthropology,
Bama beats reigning champs
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Trevor Releford takes a shot during Tuesday evening’s game. Coliseum. The Crimson Tide (12-6, 4-1 SEC) outscored the Wildcats (12-6, 3-2) 35-22 in the second half and held them to 29.6 perBy Charlie Potter cent shooting from the floor, Staff Reporter 39.3 percent total for the game. Coming back from a halftime The Alabama men’s basketball team overcame a slump- deficit has become customary ing first half to defeat the for Alabama, which has won Kentucky Wildcats 59-55 on three of four potential comeTuesday Jan. 22 in Coleman backs because of the team’s
Comeback in 2nd half puts Tide ahead 55-59
second-half efforts. Tuesday was the Tide’s fourth consecutive win. Kentucky head coach John Calipari said Alabama played with guts in the second half rather than dominating the stat sheet, which propelled them past his Wildcats. “When I was coaching at UMass, I loved it when my team shot 34-35 percent and won,”
Calipari said. “[Alabama] shot 36 percent, 15 percent from three, got out-rebounded by 12 rebounds – listen, folks – and won. I love that kind of game. “It’s a gut game. It had nothing to do with anything else. Neither one of us played well. They gutted it. They had discipline at the end. We did not.”
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NEWS | PSYCHOLOGY
UA professor’s book links mental traits in suicide bombers, mass shooters
Author debunks myths of martyrdom, says mass killers identify themselves as victims
By Kyle Dennan Contributing Writer One University of Alabama professor identified several factors that suicide bombers and mass shooters have in common at a Tuesday night book release, stating that suicide bombers and mass shooters often think of themselves
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which was released on Tuesday. Lankford also said both groups commit premeditated as victims and desire social acts of murder-suicide by targeting strangers. recognition. “The book presents unprecAdam Lankford, a professor of criminal justice at the edented evidence that suicide University, reexamines the terrorists are not selfless motive behind mass murder ‘martyrs’ trying to sacrifice in his new book, “The Myth their lives for an ideological of Martyrdom: What Really cause,” Lankford wrote in an Drives Suicide Bombers, email before his presentation. Rampage Shooters, and Other “They’re actually pretending Self-Destructive Killers,” to be solely driven by the desire Briefs ........................2 Opinions ...................4 Culture ...................... 6
White House about potential applications of his research. He said he believes that The book presents unprecedented evidence that suicide terrorists are not the current administration is selﬂess ‘martyrs’ trying to sacriﬁce their lives for an ideological cause. beginning to incorporate his research in the way that they — Adam Lankford think about self-destructive terrorists and mass shooters. As for what ordinary people Lankford worked in the state can do to prevent terrorism to serve their God and cause, but in reality, what makes department, conducting anti- and mass shootings, Lankford them different from other peo- terrorism training for foreign advocates public awareness of ple with strong beliefs is that governments while getting his mental illness. they are suicidal in the clinical doctorate. He has recently been contacted by Wal-Mart and the sense.” SEE LANKFORD PAGE 2
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CW Staff The two-time defending NCAA Champion Alabama gymnastics team visited the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at the DCH Regional Medical Center Tuesday afternoon. During the visit, the gymnasts interacted with patients receiving cancer treatment and the hospital staff. They also toured the state-of-the-art facility. “It really was an amazing experience to be able to go to the Cancer Center this afternoon and meet these brave men and women and learn about their battle against cancer,” senior All-American Ashley Sledge said. “It was great to be able to talk with and get to know some of them, and hopefully we made the time during their treatment go a little faster. It also really drove home what Sarah [Patterson] and everyone involved in the Power of Pink is working for. It makes me look forward to Friday even more.” On Friday, the gymnastics program will host its ninth annual Power of Pink meet as part of head coach Sarah Patterson’s ongoing initiative to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Prior to the meet, a check for $104,400 will be presented to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund, bringing the total to $1.35 million since the Power of Pink’s inception in 2005. When No. 5 Crimson Tide faces off against No. 15 Kentucky on Friday, it will mark the second time in three years that the Wildcats have taken part in an Alabamahosted Power of Pink meet. of Governors, which oversees the university system, and predicted the response would result in “substantial changes being made” in Harper’s final report. “Further,” he wrote, “the... report is incompetent, unauthenticated and inadmissible hearsay evidence.” Randy Goin Jr., chief of staff for the Board of Governors, declined to discuss FAMU’s characterization of the investigative report. He said the board cannot comment on matters related to pending litigation involving one of its institutions. But he pointed out that FAMU’s leadership was complimentary Wednesday after Harper gave a presentation about the investigation to the Board of Governors. Solomon Badger, chairman of FAMU’s board of trustees, commended the Board of Governors’ staff for “the professional fashion” of their work. “If we know what ails us, we certainly know how to fix it, and that’s where we’re headed,” Badger said at the meeting. Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson added, “I also want to thank the team who conducted that particular investigation for their hard work. I know they worked very, very hard on it.” Peter F. Lake, director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University, said he would expect FAMU’s formal response to the report to have
FAMU attorney: State hazing investigation ‘incompetent’
From MCT Campus A state investigative report assailing FAMU for its failure to stop hazing is “incompetent” and contains “unfounded opinions,” according to an attorney who is helping to draft the university’s official response to the findings that were released late last month. The critical report by the state Board of Governors’ Inspector General came a little more than a year after the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion aboard a chartered bus in Orlando. Citing numerous failings, it found that FAMU lacked the internal controls needed to identify and fight hazing before Champion’s beating by fellow marching band members. Until now, administrators at FAMU had not publicly criticized the 34-page report by BOG Inspector General Derry Harper. Florida A&M University is expected to file its formal response to the report next week. But Orlando attorney Richard “Rick” Mitchell, who is defending FAMU in a civil case brought by Champion’s mother, gave a harsh critique of Harper’s findings in a legal motion filed Wednesday in that case and followed up that critique Friday in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel. “I like Mr. Harper personally, just disagree on whether he’s an ‘effectiveness expert’ in the complex area of university student hazing,” Mitchell said Friday. “Indeed, as confirmed by a leading national hazing study, there are no simple solutions or foolproof methods of eliminating hazing on college campuses, and in 95 percent of hazing cases, students did not report the incidents to campus officials. “At bottom,” Mitchell said, “FAMU’s former anti-hazing program satisfied the applicable standard of care, and our current program embraces and exceeds all hazing prevention best practices recently identified by the Board of Governors.” Christopher Chestnut, lead counsel for Pamela Champion in her lawsuit against FAMU, asked Orange-Osceola County Circuit Judge Walter Komanski on Tuesday to consider the damaging report as the judge weighs the university’s request to throw out the family’s wrongful-death lawsuit. The Champion family blames FAMU for allowing a culture of hazing for decades at the school and within the Marching 100 band. But Mitchell contends in the lawsuit that Champion, a 26-year-old adult, made the choice to participate in the hazing that killed him. In the motion he filed this week, Mitchell urged the judge to disregard Harper’s report, which he described as irrelevant because of “Mr. Champion’s own actions...” Mitchell also wrote that FAMU was preparing to submit its official response to the Board
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fight hazing and tighten controls over the marching band, which was suspended shortly after Champion’s death following the Florida Classic football game. The school announced Friday that it had hired an administrator to enforce anti-hazing policies and track hazing activities – a new position created in response to the hazing scandal. Bryan Smith, who holds a master’s degree in public management from FAMU, will begin his new role Feb. 1 at $90,000 a year. Komanskihas not yet ruled on FAMU’s request to throw out the case.
Minor arrest records can keep college students out of job market
From MCT Campus In October, one 20-year-old woman from Broward County was visiting the University of Central Florida campus when she was caught holding an open can of beer and charged with misdemeanor underage drinking. Like her, many students have their first run-in with law enforcement over relatively minor crimes. But even minor infractions could have implications later on. “You don’t want to have that mark on your record,” said UCF police Chief Richard Beary. “With the job market as competitive as it is, even that misdemeanor arrest could have an impact on you depending on what position you’re trying to get.” The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows that thousands of arrests are made on Florida college campuses each year. In 2011, police departments at the University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida State University and UCF arrested a combined 2,194 people. There were 513 arrests on the UCF campus that year. Those included many of the 398 UCF students arrested on and off campus. People who aren’t enrolled in UCF are frequently on campus for various sporting and social events, and those arrested who are not students are often charged with theft and other property crimes. A U.S. Department of Justice report released in June showed that students who have been arrested, even for minor crimes, face extra obstacles in an already shaky job market. A criminal record “will keep many people from obtaining employment, even if they have paid their dues, are qualified for the job and are unlikely to reoffend,” said Amy L. Solomon, a senior adviser to the assistant attorney general in the Office of Justice Programs, and author of the report. Her report pointed out that “the majority of employers indicate that they would ‘probably’ or ‘definitely’ not be willing to hire an applicant with a criminal record.”
Professor’s studies get national attention
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“We should be spreading accurate information about what risk factors are and what the public should do,” Lankford said. After some national exposure in a CNN interview,
Lankford was recently contacted by a professor seeking advice on how to handle a student who had made violent threats over a period of two years. The professor was afraid of taking action and, in doing so, violating the student’s privacy. “The judgment call of the seriousness of a threat should be done by professionals, but we should call the police when
threats are made,” Lankford said. Students and UA community members attended Lankford’s book release. Nick Lewis, a junior majoring in criminal justice, said Lankford’s research offered a fresh take on the topic. “He’s revolutionized the way we think about suicide bombers,” Lewis said. “He opened my eyes to a new perspective.”
“Living on campus was convenient for my classes and extracurricular organizations; however, the only downfall is that most of my friends lived off campus and were not too motivated to come back to the dorms.” Rigdon also encouraged other students who are interested in living on campus for consecutive years to find friends with which to share a suite or hall. “The main reason I enjoyed living on campus for multiple years was that I knew a majority of people who I shared a suite or hall during my sophomore and junior years,” he said. Most students choose to live off campus after their freshman or sophomore year for
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several different reasons. “We recognize that as students get further along in their college careers and are getting closer to graduation and moving off campus, they have developed skills to help them make good decisions that will guide them in moving off campus,” Browne said. This proved true for students like Lexie SoloRio, a
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HOUSING FROM PAGE 1
“We try to accommodate as many students as possible, and we maintain a waiting list of students so that we can go back to as many as possible if we find that more housing
is available than we initially anticipated,” she said. Tyler Rigdon, a senior majoring in marketing, said living on campus throughout his junior year at the University was an overall great experience, despite what most students might hear. “It was never harder to secure housing past my freshman year,” Rigdon said.
junior majoring in math, who said moving off campus was the next step in gaining more independence while in college. “I loved my dorm freshman year,” SoloRio said. “But there is something about maintaining your own apartment off campus that gives you a sense of independence, and that’s the first time you really get that feeling.”
Studies show taking time off can beneﬁt
GRADUATION FROM PAGE 1
Hannah Wolter, a junior majoring in nursing, went straight to college after high school instead of opting for a break. “I knew I had to go to college to have the career that I wanted, and I didn’t want to wait to get started,” Wolter said. “The sooner you start school the sooner you
get out.” Wolter said she also worked a job as a full-time student, a workload many UA undergraduates shoulder. Although there are some consequences from taking time off after high school, Harvard University and other schools are encouraging students to take a “gap year” following their enrollment into the institution. Harvard’s website has a page dedicated to explaining how students should find time between high school and
college to engage in “a special project or activity, work or spend time in another meaningful way.” According to an Australian study of 2,502 students published by the Journal of Educational Psychology, taking time off before pursuing higher education leads to higher levels of motivation. These students often found employment, traveled or took part in internships in their planned course of study. “The best time to try new things is when you’re young,”
Paiva said. “Taking off a semester to figure things out first is definitely better than graduating with a degree only to realize that you never bothered to figure out anything,” Timothy Alford, the 100level coordinator for the Spanish Program at the University, said he took time off before and during his college years. “I didn’t go straight to college,” Alford said, “I wanted to be a banjo player in a bluegrass band, and I did that for a couple years. Then I went
to a junior college, then I took some more time off to work.” Alford urged students to take time off while they are young to find out what they want to do and discover things about themselves. “I have three daughters, and I always encouraged them to do something similar,” Alford said. “And it worked out for them.” He said that two of his three daughters took time off during and after college to pursue their interests. “When you take time to be
of service to others, you can discover what your passion is,” Alford said, “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that’s a very important thing for young people to do.” Taking time off is a personal decision for every student and should not be taken lightly. It is best to consult with parents, families or close friends and consider all possibilities before committing to take time off. The UA Career Center or academic advisers can also assist students in making this decision.
Classes, clubs teach personal ﬁnance
By Bianca Martin Contributing Writer College, in many ways, serves as a trial run. Students can learn through internships, student jobs and mentor positions before getting into “the real world.” For some students, this also means learning about personal finance management now – instead of after piles of credit card debt later. According to a USA TODAY article, 14 states now require high school courses in personal finance. Research showed that students inthose states were more likely to save and less likely to max out or make late payment on their credit cards. Matt Lambert, a sophomore majoring in finance and accounting, said the classes he takes at The University of Alabama provide lessons that can be used for personal finances. “In the business classes, the focus is much more on managing a business’s money rather than personal money, but I think the lessons are largely the same,” Lambert said. “Good companies obviously have more money in revenue than they do in expenditures. Bad companies do the opposite.” Lambert serves as the president of the Culverhouse Investment Management Group, which provides investing knowledge to expand on what is taught in classrooms and enhances career opportunities. Lambert said it is a way for students to learn more about how to handle money. “We manage a portfolio of stocks,” he said. “It’s real money.” Lambert said he believes it would be beneficial for all students to take a finance course while in college. Although students at the University are not required to take finance courses, many are taking the initiative to learn about managing their personal finance on their own. “I think that everybody should take an entry-level accounting class because accounting applies to everybody’s lives,” he said. The University offers several finance classes, including an Honors College course called “Finding Financial Freedom.” The Honors College website course description says the course is “designed to provide the tools and techniques necessary for the development of a successful personal financial plan over one’s life span” and deals with “money management and credit use… investments, insurance, and retirement planning.” Doug Fair, a sophomore majoring in biology, said he
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plans to take this class in the future. “There are English majors raving about this class who said they had never even thought about money before,” Fair said. “They liked it because it helped them find out how to manage their money.” “My major and everything I do on campus have nothing to do with finance at all,” Fair said, “but personal finance is really important for anybody who is ever going to get a job or start a family. You need to make sure you’re financially secure.” For more information about the Finding Financial Freedom course, go to honors. ua.edu. For information about how to become involved with the Culverhouse Investment Management Group, go to http://mycba.ua.edu/cimg.
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‘Tradition’ too often used to defend social barriers Alabama state leadership
By John Speer Senior Staff Columnist “Tradition” is as non-threatening a word as “box” or “cat.” It does not incite fury or euphoria within me. The term only seeks to unite people around a shared history and heritage. Tradition should generally stir pride in the person fortunate enough to partake in it. However, when I see it utilized a mechanism for defending ignorance and reinforcing social barriers, I must laugh and shake my head. I laugh because this is the 21st century, and in Alabama, we are still debating whether or not integrated social activities, clubs and schools are necessary. I shake my head because The University of Alabama invokes tradition to defend ourselves against those who see our ignorance and dismiss the pathetic ruse of tradition as little more than veiled racism. Now, I will not take the traditional route and rail against the greek system for all its obvious inequities and biases, nor will I indict its members who are accustomed to conducting their exclusive business as usual. My words would fall on deaf ears. It is our leadership here at the Capstone and a permissive public which allows these These educated and likeminded people will leave the halls of this college or the comfort of their fraternity and sorority houses to work for our government, open businesses and educate our children. All this time, no one will ever have challenged them to reconsider their notions, as the University fosters an atmosphere of tolerance for ignorance in which we are all equally guilty. When you spend your social life segregated along racial, economic and religious lines, you know nothing of your fellow human being. You would never know that I, as a black man, enjoy Willie Nelson as much as my country-born-and-bred roommate and that I view rap as a toxic poison rendering youth everywhere imbecilic (surprise, I am not a stereotype). You would be amazed to find that poverty is not a race-based affliction, nor is it the result of a lack of motivation or some single teenage mother tragedy. There are poor, rural whites in Alabama collecting food stamps, and many of them have jobs. You would see two-parent homes, both of whom holding two jobs and still fighting to make ends meet. You would see that the Muslim and the Jewish pray as devoutly and believe as piously as the Baptist or the Methodist; they have no designs to bomb your homes or steal your savings. I use the word “our,” as this is not simply “my” problem as a black man. It is our problem as Alabamians and Americans. Our challenge did not end with Wallace’s stand in the schoolhouse door; the tradition remains intact. We may respect tradition, but we should not embrace Alabama’s when it intentionally disenfranchises members of our community, and we should not shelter our university from criticism when it is its duty, on and off paper, to educate and protect all races, classes and religions. Tradition has become more than our security and pride; it is a prison decaying our minds. We no longer live in a world where I am comfortable with the racist educating my children, representing me in the state legislature or judging my employment application. We don’t need to embrace difference for its own sake but instead to recognize that we are more alike as human beings than we realize through segregation. John Speer is a graduate student majoring in secondary education. His column runs weekly on Wednesdays.
must learn to cope with reality of health care law
If you’re anything like me, you have probably grown tired of the seemingly endless debate over health care in the past year. The health care law appears to be almost as divisive as the Alabama-LSU rivalry these days, and sadly, it offers comparable civility in the discourse surrounding it. But after I thought the worst was over, I find that the state will forgo creating its own independent health care exchange, compelling the federal government to do what Gov. Bentley and others would not. State policymakers need to understand the bill is here to stay. The Supreme Court has ruled. Congress is looking forward. Obama easily won re-election. Yet Montgomery continues to live in a fantasy. What our state capitol wants to be true will not change political realities. This isn’t standing by principle — it’s standing by ideology. No matter your position, we all must learn to cope with the new law. Our leaders have failed on this account. If Gov. Bentley is so concerned over the Affordable Care Act’s costs, logic would suggest he desire the most independence and flexibility possible in the law’s implementation. The state could have attached the exchange to an existing agency, worked with likeminded states in creating a regional system or controlled the health plans offered. In short, it could have lowered costs. Alas, our state doesn’t abide by logic. Worse yet, the decision to forgo a state exchange is beginning to show its effects right here at The University of Alabama. As Montgomery spends its energy avoiding “Obamacare,” the University is anticipating an additional cost of one million dollars on
glorious traditions to continue. Our leadership turns a blind eye because to challenge tradition would require disrupting the façade of unity and opening the floodgates holding decades of racial tension waiting to spew forth. The public would rather tread the path of least resistance, either endorsing such archaic sentiments or viewing it as an issue too difficult to discuss. Herein lies the problem with such responses to traditional attitudes. If you can sit in a room full of well-dressed, educated and likeminded people and then one casually asks, “What did you think of that nigger over there?” or “What will we do about the dirty nigger in office?” or “What about these spics running through our borders?” and no one is in the least bit disturbed, then you have a serious moral dilemma on your hands.
Obama setting standard of ‘pop culture president’
By Amber Patterson Staff Columnist Being a young adult under the Obama administration, this is the most I have seen of any president. It is also the most attention I have seen focused on the first family, specifically the first lady. However, my perceptions of presidential exposure could be attributed to the fact that I was only in high school during the Bush administration, and honestly, my interest in politics was not at an all-time high. But taking a step back, I have noticed that President Obama and the first family get as much TV time and coverage as today’s mainstream celebrities. The last time the first family ever got this much attention was during the Kennedy administration. As a culture we have become obsessed with everything from what the Obamas wear to where they spend their vacation, with the occasional politics sprinkled in there. A great example of this criticized by his opposition and some supporters; they do not see it as “presidential.” However, in today’s world it is a lucrative campaign strategy. These talk shows are typically on during the day in middle-class households, offices and various establishments. He is reaching all demographics, eventually resulting in election and re-election. This “mainstream” president will only become more prevalent as we as a world advance in technology. It will not just be specific to presidential candidates, but will eventually trickle down to other public offices. This new open way of running a campaign and holding office helps keep candidates honest about their character. Social media, blogs and talk shows are an upgrade from a stuffy journalist with pen, paper and a recorder. It is a great way to reach the youth who barely, actually close to never, read the newspaper and who do not stay on news channels more than eight seconds. The television and the computer are where the culture is, and it is where the president should be. Those who criticize the president for his pop culture popularity act as if the president is blowing off meeting with world leaders to sit on the couch with the ladies of “The View.” It is just good public relations. I know it is a hard concept, but the public must actually like the president as a person to trust in his ability to lead. Appearing on talk shows with comedians that are notorious for making jokes about the current president and being able to joke and laugh with them increases his likability and increases the public trust in him. The pop culture president is the president of the future, and I must say it is a positive direction. Amber Patterson is a sophomore majoring in marketing and public relations. Her column runs
would be the certain attention given to the first lady’s brand new haircut. I will admit that I love it, but at the same time, we must remember that an inauguration is going on. Even the president is quoted calling his lovely wife’s new hair cut the “most significant” event of the inaugural weekend. It is not just the first lady who is constantly in the spot light. The president himself has made his rounds on the talk show circuit, more than any other president has. He has even been on “Mythbusters.” His many talk show appearances have been
faculty and staff health plans. Tough luck for those committing their lives to the state’s future. Our leaders are too busy grandstanding. This is not leadership. Real leadership understands we must look forward and do the best we can with what is given to us. It finds new, innovative ways to cut costs and provide a quality health care system for all its citizens. The ACA may do nothing to improve our quality of health, but it will undoubtedly fail if policymakers create roadblocks every step of the way. Sadly, this may be what Montgomery wants, but it’s definitely not what is best for Alabamians. Many have argued that even if the state created an independent exchange, the important decisions would remain with the federal government. This may be so, but a uniquely Alabama system would afford greater flexibility in consumer choice and limit bureaucratic overhead – things Montgomery claims to value. Responsible governance would prioritize these advantages over mere political recalcitrance. Luckily, UA administration decided against a premium increase for next year. But as our reserves dwindle, the incidence will ultimately fall on us all. We must demand more from our leaders to put our interests above ideology. Gov. Bentley claims he wanted to send a clear signal to Washington, but, in reality, he sent a message to those of us who voted for him. Politics will take precedence over the premiums – and inevitably, the tuition – that we pay. Therefore, a continued lack of leadership, not compromise, is something we truly cannot afford. Ross Green is a junior majoring in history and economics.
This is not leadership. Real leadership understands we must look forward and do the best we can with what is given to us.
Obama’s second inauguration speech a rhetorically brilliant rallying call
By Austin Gaddis Senior Staff Columnist The enduring legacy and painstaking repetition of the world’s most powerful nation is perhaps no more evident than on the few days throughout our rich history when we inaugurate a president. For decades, the commanding platform of the inaugural address and its accompanying festivities and fanfare has given a newly elected president the unique ability to craft the outline of a renewed national conversation for the years to come. In his second inaugural address to the nation on Monday, President Barack Obama deviated from his usual bipartisan tone. Instead, he seized the opportunity of the world stage to articulate a very bold – and very liberal – case civil rights. Obama’s rousing speech seemed, at times, combative – a clearly indicative sign that Obama knows his signature calls for unity in Washington are now a reality he will likely never see. This is the new Obama, vastly different from the centrist persona he tried to project during his first term, and he’s ready for a fight. He has set the stage for an aggressive push for his policies, obviously seeing the need to cement his legacy early while he has the political capital to do so. But there’s no doubt Obama has had more influence than anyone else over the country’s progressive shift that saw him re-elected by a commanding margin, especially in regards to the ongoing struggle for equality among marginalized groups. Alluding to historic catalysts for civil change, the president invoked the parallels of Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall to compare the social movements of women, racial minorities and LGBTQ Americans with our founding notion of universal equality. Obama made history as the first president to mention gay rights in an inaugural address, his striking nonchalance only aiding in the perpetuation of normalization and cultural desensitization toward gay Americans that has become a pillar of his presidency. With this legitimizing affirmation from the president, coupled with the significance of Richard Blanco as the first Hispanic and first openly gay poet to speak at an inauguration and Reverend Luis Leon’s powerfully inclusive benediction, it seems easy to predict just how accepting Obama plans to be in his second term. But the legacy of this historic speech might not just be its heavy focus on civil rights or defense of big government ideology. The address was rhetorically brilliant in its composition, beseeching the remnants of an American spirit that is often forgotten in our modern self-centric culture. Obama’s use of “we, the people” was dynamic, forcing the audience to constantly correlate success and growth in America through a collectivist lens. It was a clearer articulation of his infamous “you didn’t build that” comment that dogged him throughout the last part of the election cycle. In this address, we got to see the real Obama – a determined leader, unconscious of electoral ramifications, who sees an avenue to make a lasting impact on the nation he has forever changed. He realizes what’s
for America’s next four years under his watch. The president channeled the conscience of his electorate as he centered his address on broad themes from the campaign that helped him reclaim the White House. He slammed the notion of freedom as a reserved liberty for just a small few. He reiterated his belief of taxing the wealthy more and strengthening the middle class. He grabbed additional headlines by a renewed focus on
at stake in this moment and seems poised to fight to ensure we don’t squander an opportunity to become a better, more inclusive America. This rallying call and challenge to the nation will live on as one of Obama’s most defining speeches, presenting clear criteria for the legacy of the Obama Doctrine. During the State of the Union, I hope we’ll see more specifics and a clear action plan as the administration faces loud opposition in Congress. If Obama intends to claim his place in the reams of history as the liberal answer to Reagan conservatism, we must see concerted, meaningful action to push us forward.
Austin Gaddis is a senior majoring in communication studies. His column runs biweekly on Wednesdays.
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Binge drinking more dangerous for women
Recent study shows long-term health problems suffered by college-aged females who drink regularly
By Mark Hammontree Contributing Writer According to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control, college-aged women may be at a higher risk for long-term health issues related to alcohol use. 24 percent of women age 18 to 24 binge drink (defined as having four or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion) an average of three times a month, according to the CDC study. The report also highlights the issues and dangers that can arise from binge drinking, citing excessive drinking as the cause of about 23,000 deaths of women in the U.S. every year. Delynne Wilcox of the department of health promotion at the Student Health Center said this report is important because it is the first to focus specifically on women with regards to binge drinking. “As the study points out, women process alcohol differently from men,” Wilcox, assistant director of health planning and prevention, said. “They don’t have the same enzymes and lean-tissue-tofatty-tissue ratios that men have, and that’s why it takes less alcohol to have a stronger effect on women.” Wilcox said the percentage of college students who binge drink has remained at a fairly constant rate of 40 to 44 percent for 30 years. Although the CDC report did not distinguish college students from non-students in the 18-24 age bracket, Wilcox said the percentage seems to match up. Binge drinking can lead to many health problems including cancer, heart disease, liver disease, unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, according to the CDC study. Additionally, drinking in excess while pregnant can lead to miscarriage or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Another study, authored
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Binge drinking is a symbolic proxy for high status in college. It’s what the most powerful, wealthy and happy students on campus do.
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by professors at Colgate University, suggests binge drinking is connected to a sense of campus status at many universities, which could result in higher rates of occurrence. “Binge drinking is a symbolic proxy for high status in college,” Carolyn Hsu, co-author of the study, wrote in a press release. “It’s what the most powerful, wealthy and happy students on campus do. When lower-status students binge drink, they may be trying to tap into the benefits and the social satisfaction that those kids from high-status groups enjoy.”
Hsu said the findings also suggest binge drinking may be connected to the cultural climate of a campus. “Drinking culture is campus specific, but our results suggest that binge drinking and social satisfaction may also be very much associated at similar predominately white colleges with high binge drinking rates, a large greek presence and a residential campus,” Hsu said. Despite these findings, Meagan Bryant, executive press secretary of the student government association, the University and campus organizations have effectively combated the dangers of binge drinking. “The University of Alabama has many outreach programs to teach students about the effects of alcohol and drugs,” Bryant said. “I agree that binge drinking can be a problem on college campuses, but I feel that The University of Alabama has many educational pro-
grams about binge drinking so that students can learn to live healthy lifestyles.” Wilcox said the danger for young women comes from a lack of knowledge about safe drinking practices. “People often do not realize just how much they’ve been drinking, especially in uncontrolled environments like house parties,” Wilcox said. “In bars the amount of alcohol in a single drink is regulated by law, but in a situation where students are preparing their own drinks, there is more danger of drinking more than you realize.” According to Wilcox, eating a substantial meal before drinking and allowing adequate time for your body to process alcohol, at least an hour per drink, can help keep students who choose to drink safe. “We have been working for seven years with our Strategic Health Teams and other organizations to increase aware-
ness about safe drinking practices,” Wilcox said. “We have had incoming freshman students take the Alcohol Edu course since 2006.” The University has resources set up to help students who feel they are struggling with issues stemming from drinking. The Women’s Resource Center provides services to female students who are victims of abuse, sexual assault or harassment, which can be related to alcohol use. Additionally, the Collegiate Recovery Community through the Student Health Center allows for students to rehabilitate themselves from addiction while remaining in school. For Wilcox, the important thing to take away is that binge drinking is often the consequence of bad planning and poor judgment, and can easily be avoided. “These young women need to be smart and aware of how much they are drinking,” Wilcox said. “They need to look
Academic Honor Council taking justice applications
Accepted members to judge issues of academic integrity
By Madison Roberts Staff Reporter Applications to serve as student justices on The University of Alabama Academic Honor Council are now available, after being emailed to students exemplifying outstanding academic achievement. Interested students are encouraged to submit completed applications to Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Nelson. Nelson said the council is comprised of faculty advisers and students from each college to serve to provide student voices at times when they relate to academic integrity. “The Academic Honor Council is an appellate and judicial body comprised of student justices who strive to promote an atmosphere of integrity on campus,” Nelson said. “The council exists under the University’s expectation that all students are honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. Representative councils comprised of students and faculty advisers from each college meet to discuss how they can actively work to create new and different ways to remind students of the University’s standard on academic integrity.” Everett Secor, a junior majoring in English, said he is honored by the nomination for Academic Honor
It’s nice to be recognized for my academic achievement and that the University values the usefulness of students at this university.
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Council in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s nice to be recognized for my academic achievement and that the University values the usefulness of students at this university,” Secor said. Nelson said he receives more than 100 applications each year for the program, but the number of positions he fills varies from college to college. Applications, which are due Feb. 5, include four essay questions, a disciplinary clearance form, which gives consent to release judicial information from the University; and a faculty recommendation. Faculty members are asked to evaluate each student on qualities including their personal integrity, leadership ability and concern for others. Nelson said the applications are evaluated on a blind-review basis and the applicants with the top scores will serve on the council. In order to be nominated as a potential justice, students must have at least
12 credit hours on campus and a minimum 3.0 GPA. The Office of Academic Affairs will hold an interest meeting for students considering applying in the Ferguson Theater at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28. Kelsey Weiss, a sophomore majoring in public relations, said she knows how selective the program is, so just being nominated for the College of Communication and Information Sciences is an accomplishment in itself. “It’s a really good feeling being nominated, because I think that they are selective in who they nominate,” Weiss said. “I think that my academic accomplishments have earned me the nomination, so it’s awesome to be recognized.” Nelson believes this council is beneficial to the overall well-being of the University and its students. “Having an Honor Council on campus is important because it involves students in the dialog regarding academic integrity and speaks to the obligation one has when they are a part of a community of scholars,” Nelson said. “Also, the students themselves serve as symbols to their peers of the importance of integrity in scholarly pursuits and in everyday life. Furthermore, this council is student-led, which helps connect the council’s mission to the student body in a more personal and effective manner.”
Select students to dine with local community experts, discuss their passions during meal
Focus on visual expression, downtown
By Camille Corbett Contributing Writer Two dozen students from the University of Alabama have the opportunity this spring to eat a good meal and have a conversation with interesting people from the Tuscaloosa community as part of the program Dinner with Strangers. Dinner with Strangers is a collaborative conversation event series developed by the Ferguson Student Center Union to connect students and members of the community interested in the same topics. “Dinner with Strangers is a great event for students to join with the community,” said senior Dillon Dyer, event coordinator for Dinner with Strangers. “It is a resource to talk about certain topics that is the core of Tuscaloosa.” The topics of discussion for this semester are visual expression and downtown Tuscaloosa. “For the spring, we’ve chosen two topics – visual expression and downtown revitalization – and will pick 12 students for each of these topics,” said Heather Roberts, programming coordinator for the Ferguson Center. The selected students and community members will first discuss the topics in a social media-style blog discussion from
Feb. 17 until March 2. This will occur before they actually meet in person for a casual dinner downtown hosted by the Ferguson Center, and the entire series will end with an after-party open to the public on Friday, March 8 at the Bama Theatre, where there will be local entertainment, art, food and a bar. This program has already been an enlightening experience for numerous students, both undergraduate and graduate. “Last fall, my own participation in the DWS series brought me first-hand experiences with the local food and music scenes in Tuscaloosa – two scenes that have always been existent here, each struggling to find its own voice within this football town,” Natalie Beck, graduate assistant for the division of community affairs, said. Beck said community is a central aspect to Tuscaloosa, though it is often overshadowed by football. She said DWS is essential to what Tuscaloosa needs to share the many stories this city has to offer. “The community has largely been previously defined by our sports glory,” she said. “DWS gives me hope for this city, because it seeks to redefine the way we view community and all that encompasses it.”
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Ferguson Center hosts law school career fair Thursday
By Tori Linville Contributing Writer The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences will host its Law School Fair on Thursday, Jan. 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ferguson Center ballroom. Students interested in furthering their education with law school can attend the fair to learn about admissions processes, facts and figures for law schools across the nation, then gauge their ability to apply. “With the Law School Fair, students have the ability to become comfortable with the admissions specs for the several different law schools that have tables,” Wendy McMillian, director of advising and prelaw advising for the College of Arts and Sciences, said. “And even the night before at 6:30 p.m., students can participate in a mock admissions workshop in Lloyd 222, conducted by the law school admissions deans to have a better sense of the questions to ask at the fair.” Along with an introduction to admittance procedures, students can also take advantage of the fee waivers that some schools hand out, which cover the application fees. Kaplan, the educational testing service company, will also have a table for a free LSAT prep course, McMillian said. Other benefits include introductions to law schools such as Samford, Tulane, FaulknerJones, Georgia State and The University of Alabama’s own. Jennifer Sims, Assistant Dean for Admission at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law, talked about what she hopes
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to bring to students at The University of Alabama. “I hope to showcase the ways that Cumberland’s practical skills approach will prepare its students for the practice of law, and I plan to do that by highlighting our areas of specialization,” Sims said. “I think it’s helpful to make sure that you have the most meaningful conservation with a law school representative, and it can be helpful to bring an updated resume; if that rep can see what you’ve been involved in, it can spark some conversation starters that you might not have thought of, as well.” Sims said professional goals need to be on the brain for students at the Law School Fair, in addition to looking for the school that will help a student gain the right skill sets and the best academic experience.
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70s art collective returns to campus
Gallery in Ferguson Center reimagines past styles
By Alexandra Ellsworth Staff Reporter The revolutionary artistic movements of the 1970s were not lost on The University of Alabama’s campus. In the mid 70s, a group of UA students gathered together to make improvisational and avantgarde music, art and performances. They called themselves the Raudelunas. The name Raudelunas (pronounced ra-DELL-uh-nus) comes from the Armenian word referring to the moon and its mythical powers. Craig Nutt, a UA alumnus and member of Raudelunas, referred to the group as a venue for misfits. “We had sessions where anyone who wanted to pick up an instrument and play it could,” he said. “Anyone could be a part of this.” Nutt said he couldn’t remember exactly how the group got started, but it turned into meetings of like-minded people who, over the years, turned into a support group for experimental artists. “For me as an artist, it was a seminal experience to be able to work in partnership with so many artists and to do experimental avant-garde music before it really existed,” he said. The Raudelunas art collective has returned to campus to recreate their 1974 exhibitionperformance, Pataphysical Revue in the Ferguson Student Center, the same location the original exhibition took place. “It’s crazy that we could bring it back to its original spot,” Lee Shook, organizer and curator of the exhibit, said. “It’s kind of a weird poetry.” The Raudelunas Exposition 2013 will feature retrospective visual art and archive materials from the Raudelunas group’s activities in the 1970s, including group drawings, paintings, assemblages, sculptures, manifestos, posters, records and photographs. The exhibition opened Jan. 7 and will close Feb. 2 with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Art Gallery, followed immediately by a concert at the Ferguson Center Theatre from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Shook said he wanted to bring back members of Raudelunas’ art to Tuscaloosa, in hopes that people would have the same reaction he did when he first saw their work. “I was blown away to find that these people lived in my backyard, and I could find them,” he said. “Digging through people’s attics and garages was like going on an archaeological dig. I have made it my sort of mission to give those people the legacy they deserve. They provided so much inspiration
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Top: The Raudelunas participate in a Homecoming Parade in the 1970s. Middle left and right: Articles of work on display at the Ferguson Center. Bottom: An exhibit on display during the 1970s.
for so many people.” Shook said what visitors will see in the exhibit is just the tip of the iceberg. “There is so much to talk about with what they are up to,” he said. “In UA’s homecoming parade, they lined up behind the band and played free jazz to the befuddlement of onlookers.” Several members will be returning to The University of Alabama for the concert on Feb. 2. The concert will feature internationally acclaimed violist LaDonna Smith, guitarist Davy Williams, harpist and composer Anne LeBaron, and sculptor Craig Nutt on the Folgerphone, which is a saxophone fashioned out of copper tubing and a Folgers Coffee can. The concert, which is part of the Sonic Frontiers concert series, will also feature two short films. Rare footage of the Raudelunas members performing in a mid-1970s UA homecoming parade will follow the Alabama debut of the trailer for “Icepick to the Moon,” a feature-length documentary about the Reverend Fred Land and Raudelunas by Skizz Cyzyk. “Raudelunas Exposition will at once befuddle, amuse, amaze and inspire and should serve as an apt introduction to their strange and wonderful world,” Shook said.
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Staff at downtown Epiphany Café cares about food as much their customers
By Christopher Edmunds “New American Farm-to-Table Cuisine.” I was expecting a posh, modern atmosphere, similar to an Apple store. When I walked in, however, I was comforted by the brick walls and dark wood furniture. Obviously, it was not the snobby hipster’s paradise I was expecting. The place felt more like a Boston tavern, constructed without frills to direct your attention to the food on your plate and the company at your table. The menu is split into two sections: “Small Plates” and “Big Plates.” My waitress described the small plates as appetizer-sized and the big plates as full entrées. From a starving college student’s perspective, I must say the portions are a bit small. I was satisfied after the bread service, one entrée and some dessert, but for those with large appetites, I recommend ordering two small plates. Be adventurous, and mix it up a little. You will not be bringing home any leftovers, so savor your meal. I ordered the “Surf and Turf” big plate, which came with steak, shrimp and short rib hash. My steak was served in thick, neatly arranged medallions. I asked for medium-rare, and I received a textbook example of medium-rare. The steak was tender and juicy enough to stand alone, no sauce needed. Stacked on top of my medallions were three jumbo shrimp, cooked to perfection. I also ordered one of the small plates, just to see how small they really were. I ordered steak and eggs but received steak and EGG. That’s right. Only one poached egg sat atop my steak medallions. The dish was delicious, but I found the minor error on the menu quite funny. This dish, just like my “Surf and Turf,” came with bits of short rib. No matter how good my entrées were, the short rib stole the show. Owner and executive chef Tres Jackson sat down with me and explained the process of creating the perfect short rib. He said the meat comes through the front door and immediately begins the twoday, in-house process. The ribs are slow-cooked to perfection. Literally, the rib meat dissolves on your tongue with a tangy, sweet flavor. My only regret at Epiphany was not ordering the short ribs on a big plate. After my meal, I spoke with Jackson about the restaurant itself. He mentioned how the menu changes based on what the farms deliver that day and how the lack of a freezer guarantees the freshest meats for the customers. He pointed to the big chalkboard in the dining room that listed each of the farms supplying ingredients and told me he knew almost every farmer by name. He told me how he loves to put progressive dishes on the menu, even if they don’t sell very well.
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After football season ends, spring offers many sports to keep UA cheering
By Zac Al-Khateeb Staff Reporter players such as Levi Randolph, Trevor Lacy and Trevor Releford. And once you get in, Another football season there’s no telling what could has come and gone, and the happen. In the meantime, big Alabama Crimson Tide is once games against Florida and Ole again on top of it. But while Miss, among others, should Saturday’s parade marked the make for great games. Look culmination of another his- for this team to provide some toric football season, it also serious excitement as the year marked its end. wears on. Still, just because football is over doesn’t mean you don’t Gymnastics have any teams left to root for. For those of you who don’t Before you become a sports know, Nick Saban isn’t the recluse until the next A-Day, only one who can boast backtake a look at these teams who to-back national championhave a whole lot to fight for in ships at Alabama. Gymnastics the spring semester. head coach Sarah Patterson can do the same, and has her Men’s Basketball team primed for a shot at a Is this the year head coach third-consecutive title. Anthony Grant finally takes In the meantime, Alabama Alabama to the promised land? has plenty of tough compeAfter steady improvement tition to face. It’s already over his tenure at Alabama, downed then-ranked No. 21 Grant has put together a team Missouri and the No. 5 LSU that may at least get its foot Tigers. Alabama’s next match in the front door at the NCAA is Saturday against the No. 15 Tournament with strong Kentucky Wildcats, followed by consecutive away meets at powerhouses Georgia and Florida. Still, Patterson and company are as talented as anyone in the nation, are currently ranked fifth in the nation, and show no signs of slowing down. golf complex to see their home matches. Still, it’s worth the drive, as the men’s team is one of the most talented in the nation. Indeed, Alabama was a single stroke away from being last year’s champions. This team has been consistently great, and returns key Softball players in Scott Strohmeyer, Head Coach Patrick Justin Thomas, Cory Whitsett Murphy’s squad is another and Bobby Wyatt. And as long ridiculously talented team at as Jay Seawell is the head Alabama. Murphy just took coach, this team is always last year’s squad to Oklahoma going to have a shot at the City, Okla., where the team title. won its first Women’s College World Series title. This team Women’s Golf packs a punch every year, but Don’t forget about women’s with Jackey Branham, Kaila golf, either. The women’s golf Hunt, Kayla Braud and Jackie program here made history Traina returning, this team – much like numerous other could go deep into post-season Alabama teams – by beating play. Southern California to win the program’s first ever national Men’s Golf title. Head coach Mic Potter is The men’s golf program is returning some talent to the something else you can follow, team, and this year should although you’ll have to make provide another successful UA gymnasts handily defeated LSU on Friday. a drive out to the Ol’ Colony season.
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confident that the conference losses won’t affect his team when playing Auburn. “Well I think the big thing about this team is what we are doing,” Hudson said. “Watching practice, our practices have been intense. We work hard, and that’s all we can ask a team to do. Continue to work hard and get better as a basketball team, and we’re doing that, and we know that it is going to pay off against this league.” Though the Tide has faced a rough patch when playing conference teams, senior guard Meghan Perkins said
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Women’s basketball team looks to beat AU
By Caroline Gazzara Staff Writer she knows that the competitive nature her team has will help them out in the long run. “Everybody’s working hard, and when everybody’s working hard and trying to make each other better, it’s competitive.” Perkins said. “We’re a competitive team and able to have that energy now generated in practice. It’s going to make us better on the court.” Playing at home again and facing a rival as big as Auburn should give the Tide the advantage it needs to come out on top. Perkins described the excitement her team has to play Auburn as a battle and that there is always an edge over Auburn. “My teammates are excited,” Perkins said. “No one likes Auburn, so we’re all excited about the game, and we’re hoping for the best outcome right now, but I know we can get it cause we’ve been working hard at practice.” Hudson, however, said he knows that work still needs to be done for the Tide to win more conference games. By working more on Alabama’s guards, Hudson hopes that this improvement will help Alabama out for the whole season. He is confident that where the Tide is right now is going to ensure a win against Auburn. “We’re going to play the way we play,” Hudson said. “And they’re going to play the way they play. We want the ball to go up and down the floor and shoot it a little quicker, but the biggest thing we’ve tried to make sure of is that we have to become a better defensive rebound team. And that really means that the point guards have to rebound the basketball also, and that’s probably what we’re working on the most
After a loss Sunday to No. 9 Tennessee, the Crimson Tide women’s basketball team will face Auburn Thursday at 8 p.m. The Tide, currently 11-7, hopes that motivated practices will lead them to victory over the Tigers. Alabama, 1-6 in the SEC, has left the past conference games behind, knowing that the only way to win is through playing Alabama basketball and not worrying about the past. Coach Wendell Hudson said he feels
because our guards are what we’re having a problem with now.” Perkins said she realizes that they need another conference win but believes that Alabama basketball will help the Tide reach its goal. “[We have] to play Alabama basketball,” Perkins said. “That’s what coach always tells us before the game. We’ll watch film and everything, but at the end of the day, it’s about Alabama basketball, doing what we want to do on the court and that’s basically what we have to do.”
Men’s tennis to head to Women’s tennis team begins Wake Forest invitational spring season on home court
By Alexis Paine Staff Reporter
The Tide looks to pick up where they left off in fall
encounter often. The team is focused on making improvements this weekend that will help them play in settings such as this. Husak said the players become mentally and physically stronger each time they play a match, and he has seen progress in the team’s willingness to work throughout his first year at the Capstone, which he believes will help the team play their best in tournaments like the one this weekend. “We’ve demanded a bigger commitment than what they’ve had before, so I think they’re eating it up,” he said. Senior Jarryd Botha said the introduction of Husak into the program has forced the team to become more “locked-in” to practice. The team is more consistent and composed on the court under the new head coach. With these improvements, Botha said wins are not as important as how the team shows itself on the court this weekend. “I’m expecting us to go out there and have a good fight with these teams,” Botha said. “Obviously, come off with as many wins as we possibly can but really keep a solid composure and do the best we can.” Husak is focused on his players being more assertive on the court rather than setting large expectations for every match or the season. “We want to be more aggressive, especially when we play indoors,” the head coach said. “As long as we compete hard and do our best, great things will happen.” Alexis Paine Staff Reporter The University of Alabama women’s tennis team will open its spring season at home this Saturday against the University of Memphis. The Tide will also host Clemson University and the University of Tulsa on Sunday. The team is spring-boarding off a fall season that saw senior Alexa Guarachi win the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships in singles which allowed Guarachi and her doubles partner, junior Mary Anne Mcfarlane, to enter the spring season ranked No. 2 in the country. Head coach Jenny Mainz said the team is ready to begin the spring season and play opponents in different uniforms after competing against each other in practice since November. The three teams in attendance this weekend will make for a strong regional showing, Mainz said. The team is looking forward to the first match on Saturday but keeping its sights narrow for now. “We’re not really going to get concerned with looking ahead,” the head coach said. “We’re focusing a lot on one match at a time. I feel like things are in place for us to take that first step and that step is obviously the first match.” The team is focused on improving this season, which begins this weekend and runs
The University of Alabama men’s tennis team will leave Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the first time this spring season. The Crimson Tide will take on Wake Forest University, the University of New Mexico and Pennsylvania State University in Winston Salem, N.C., in the Wake Forest Spring Invitational. The Tide is coming off of two wins at home last weekend against Alabama State and Jackson State. First-year Crimson Tide head coach George Husack said the tournament this weekend will be competitive and physically and mentally challenging for the team, as they will be playing three matches in two days, a format the Tide does not
into late May. Mainz said it is important that the players focus on what they can control and play “good, high percentage, solid tennis from the beginning.” The team enjoys competing together and representing Alabama, Mainz said. She also spoke of the maturity of juniors and seniors on the team who have been able to mentor the younger players. “We are truly a team,” Mainz said. “They play together. They play for each other and by each other. This is the best part of it. We’ve worked so hard to get to where we are now. It’s match week.” Action starts on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on the courts at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Crimson Tide makes comeback in 2nd half
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Kentucky sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer paced his team with 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Wiltjer said the second half was what made the difference in Tuesday’s game. “We didn’t close it out,” Wiltjer said. “They made their
run, and we didn’t execute down the stretch.” Junior guard Trevor Releford posted 13 points for the Tide and said the sold out crowd’s intensity fueled him and his teammates during the second half. “I think that gives us an extra boost,” Releford said. “When we hear the crowd behind us, I think that just fuels the guys and the team. We just wanted to get another steal and make another big play and just
keep going.” Alabama received major contributions from its two biggest players: Nick Jacobs and Moussa Gueye. Jacobs led the Tide with 14 points and five rebounds, while Gueye tallied four points and five blocked shots. The frontcourt duo held Kentucky star freshman Nerlens Noel to eight points, but Noel was still able to swat seven balls. Grant said the defense was the catalyst in the victory.
“I thought our defense was solid,” Grant said. “We set in, we started to guard, we got stops, we got some good effort, a lot of different guys on the defensive end, and we made enough plays from an offensive standpoint. I’m just proud of the guys for pulling one out.” Trevor Lacey exited the game with 4:26 left in the second half because of cramps in both calves. Calipari commended Alabama for its second
half efforts and tenacity to close out the game in the commanding fashion that it did. “You have to give Alabama credit. They fought and had great confidence, and they played to win,” Calipari said. “We played not to lose, which young guys do on the road at times.” The Tide’s next game will be against the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.
UA softball team ﬁrst place in NFCA poll
CW Staff The Alabama softball team will start the 2013 campaign just how they ended last year’s – as the number one team in the country. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association tabbed defending national champion Alabama No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA preseason poll, the organization announced Tuesday afternoon. The Crimson Tide (60-8) received 25 of 31 possible first-place votes to lead the way in the top spot, while the remainder of the top five remained unchanged from last year’s final ranking. National runner-up Oklahoma earned five first-place tallies to sit at second place, California (587) was third after garnering a single first-place vote, Arizona State (53-11) ranked fourth, and Oregon (45-18) rounded out the top five squads. Tennessee (52-14), Texas (4713), Missouri (47-14), Georgia (45-17) and LSU (40-25) made up positions 6-10, respectively. Syracuse (43-16) and Oregon State (36-23) were the only two teams to drop out of the poll from 2012 to 2013, but both squads received votes. The Pacific-12 and Southeastern Conference led the way with seven selections each, while the Big 12 Conference boasted three teams in the ratings. Other leagues placing teams in the listing were the BIG EAST and ACC (two each) as well as the Big Ten, Colonial Athletic Association, Big West and Sun Belt (one each).
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Alabama defeated Kentucky, 59-55 after a second-half comeback. Jack Blankenship also brought his famous “Face” to the game.
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