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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER <strong>10</strong>, 2022<br />


“<strong>The</strong>re is a profound lack of resources and opportunities for<br />

people inside of prison that want to get an education,<br />

want to create, to express themselves.”<br />

Quote from Robert Hitt, APAEP program coordinator<br />

Photos courtesy of Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project<br />

Arts and education program promotes prison reform<br />



Alabama is at the forefront<br />

of the ongoing mass<br />

incarceration crisis in the United<br />

States. According to the Prison<br />

Policy Institute, while the U.S.<br />

incarceration rate has reached an<br />

overwhelming 573 per <strong>10</strong>0,000<br />

people, in Alabama, this number<br />

is 938 per <strong>10</strong>0,000. At the same<br />

time, conditions are so bad due<br />

to inadequate medical treatment,<br />

overcrowding, corruption and<br />

more, that a recent Alabama<br />

prison strike made headlines.<br />

Such unthinkable stories and<br />

statistics require a deeper look<br />

into Alabama’s prison system and<br />

what <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

can do to serve victims of mass<br />

incarceration. Although prison<br />

education is an underserved<br />

need in Alabama, the University’s<br />

Master of Fine Arts Creative<br />

Writing Program has been<br />

working with the Alabama Prison<br />

Arts and Education Project to<br />

meet this need.<br />

Kyes Stevens, APAEP’s<br />

founder and director, initially<br />

came up with the idea in 2001<br />


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together to talk diversity.<br />

while teaching at the Talladega<br />

Federal Prison. Although Stevens<br />

started the program at Auburn<br />

University, over time, he and<br />

the UA MFA Creative Writing<br />

Department formed a strong<br />

relationship that continues to<br />

this day. <strong>The</strong> program has since<br />

created ways for UA graduate<br />

students to teach imprisoned<br />

students through Prison<br />

Arts Fellowships.<br />

Robert Hitt, who got<br />

involved with APAEP while he<br />

was at the University, is now<br />

a program coordinator with<br />

the organization.<br />

“I was a grad student …<br />

working on my MFA and saw an<br />

advertisement for a fellowship<br />

opportunity to teach with<br />

APAEP,” Hitt said. “I applied for<br />

it and got it and found out that<br />

the class I taught at Bibb County<br />

Correctional Facility, I enjoyed<br />

substantially more than I did any<br />

other form of teaching that I’d<br />

done up to that point.”<br />

Hitt currently oversees<br />

APAEP’s<br />

Community<br />

Education Program and its<br />

Community Education Resource<br />

Center, both of which are in<br />

Birmingham, Alabama.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Community Education<br />

Program focuses on providing<br />

educational opportunities to<br />

incarcerated individuals who<br />

otherwise wouldn’t have access<br />

to any.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re is a profound lack<br />

of resources and opportunities<br />

for people inside of prison that<br />

want to get an education, want<br />

to create, to express themselves.<br />

And it is an incredibly underresourced<br />

environment, and so<br />

our program is part of meeting<br />

that vast need,” Hitt said.<br />

While APAEP classes generally<br />

aren’t for college credit, the<br />

organization has begun offering<br />

some students a path to a degree.<br />

“In response to student<br />

requests, we’ve started a couple<br />

college programs. <strong>The</strong> first one<br />

began at Staton Correctional<br />

Facility in 2017; it’s a men’s<br />

facility in Elmore County,”<br />

Hitt said. “Our first cohort of<br />

students there are on track to<br />

earn their bachelor’s degree in<br />

summer of 2023 through Auburn<br />

University. And this year we’ve<br />

started another college program<br />

at Tutwiler Prison, which is the<br />

primary women’s facility here in<br />

the state.”<br />


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and local, provide crucial<br />

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resources and need support.<br />

APAEP’s relationship with<br />

its students doesn’t stop upon<br />

release. Hitt said they’re currently<br />

working on a re-entry guide<br />

for those from Alabama who<br />

are released or paroled. <strong>The</strong><br />

guide will act as a directory for<br />

organizations and offices who<br />

can help with the acquisition<br />

of a driver’s license, a social<br />

security card, housing and other<br />

basic necessities.<br />

Despite the remarkable<br />

strides APAEP has made in<br />

establishing a statewide network<br />

for prison education, the need far<br />

surpasses the resources that are<br />

currently available.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> need is far larger than<br />

what we can realistically support.<br />

Our program has grown,<br />

particularly it has grown quite a<br />

bit in the last couple of years, but<br />

we are still not able to offer classes<br />

everywhere in every facility that<br />

we would like to,” Hitt said.<br />

Associate professor of religion<br />

Michael J. Altman, who taught<br />

a class on American religious<br />

history at Donaldson Correctional<br />

Facility in 2019, was the first<br />

teaching fellow from the UA<br />

Religious Studies Department.<br />

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program, while he found it to be<br />

incredibly impactful work, he also<br />

placed it in the broader context of<br />

mass incarceration.<br />

“We’re in the middle right now<br />

of a statewide prison strike over<br />

the conditions that prisons are<br />

under, a federal lawsuit,” Altman<br />

said. “<strong>The</strong>y are worse than prisons<br />

in any other industrialized<br />

country. So going and teaching a<br />

class and giving folks a chance to<br />

think and talk and write was the<br />

least I could do.”<br />

Altman said providing<br />

education for incarcerated<br />

individuals has implications<br />

beyond the classes themselves.<br />

“Education can provide a<br />

greater sense of self. To have<br />

access to education is to have<br />

some sort of investment in you,<br />

whether it’s from a teacher or from<br />

a larger system that provides this<br />

for you, or from Alabama Prison<br />

Arts and Education Project. It’s<br />

an investment in you as a person,”<br />

Altman said.<br />

According to the U.S. Bureau<br />

of Justice Statistics, only 22.6%<br />

of incarcerated individuals in<br />

the United States have a high<br />

school diploma.<br />



2A<br />


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3A<br />

‘This is the best Halloween I can ever remember having’:<br />

Stevie Nicks enchants Huntsville crowd<br />



quarter moon shone in a<br />

A cloudy sky but there was no<br />

chance of rain — the perfect spooky<br />

weather for a Halloween night<br />

concert with the witchy singer herself,<br />

Stevie Nicks.<br />

Nicks, best known as a singersongwriter<br />

who was originally with<br />

legendary band Fleetwood Mac<br />

before forging a name for herself,<br />

skyrocketed to fame in the 1970s<br />

with her rock-defining sound and<br />

uniquely haunting voice.<br />

Also known for her aesthetic<br />

of scarves and flowy dresses, her<br />

complicated love life that eventually<br />

broke up Fleetwood Mac, and her<br />

signature twirls and delicate dances,<br />

Nicks hadn’t changed at all. Although<br />

she’s now 74 years old, she’s still got it.<br />

After announcing her tour in July,<br />

Nicks surprised the state of Alabama<br />

by adding one more show in late<br />

August in one of Alabama’s fastest<br />

growing cities, Huntsville.<br />

And Alabama didn’t let Nicks<br />

down. <strong>The</strong> show sold out quickly<br />

for the Orion Ampitheater’s<br />

intimate venue.<br />

Before the show, the screen behind<br />

the stage clicked on to reveal a man at<br />

a desk, who enthusiastically declared<br />

on behalf of the city of Huntsville that<br />

Oct. 31 is officially “Stevie Nicks Day.”<br />

In a crowd buzzing with excited<br />

energy, Nicks’ eight-person band<br />

came out and started playing the<br />

beginning of her song “Outside the<br />

Rain” from her solo album, “Bella<br />

Donna.” As Nicks walked out to stand<br />

in front of her signature mic stand<br />

adorned with glistening and flowing<br />

scarves, the crowd erupted in cheers.<br />

So, Huntsville, I welcome<br />

you on this beautiful<br />

Halloween night. Let’s get<br />

this Halloween party going.<br />


On the stage, Nicks was exactly<br />

as one would expect her to be. She<br />

wore a long black dress corseted in<br />

the torso with long sleeves slightly<br />

puffed at the shoulders. Her famous<br />

long blonde hair was curly and wild,<br />

just like it looks in photos from the<br />

’70s and ’80s.<br />

Her unforgettable voice, deeper<br />

and huskier than most artists,<br />

Stevie Nicks performed her best hits to a Halloween crowd in Huntsville's Orion Amphitheater.<br />

Photo courtesy of Josh Weichman<br />

settled over the audience, who were<br />

effectively starstruck at the sight of<br />

the musical legend.<br />

As “Outside the Rain” wrapped<br />

up, Nicks and her band immediately<br />

transitioned to one of Fleetwood<br />

Mac’s most famous songs, “Dreams,”<br />

from their 1977 album “Rumours.”<br />

Not only has Nicks perfected the<br />

spooky, mysterious witch persona,<br />

but her songs were perfect for singing<br />

and dancing to on a Halloween<br />

night. Behind her, a video of a gothic<br />

staircase overlayed with the figures of<br />

ghostly, dancing women played.<br />

“Now here I go again, I see the<br />

crystal vision / I keep my visions to<br />

myself / But it's only me who wants<br />

to wrap around your dreams, and /<br />

Have you any dreams you'd like to<br />

sell, dreams of loneliness?” Nicks sang<br />

to the crowd, who sang right back.<br />

After finishing “Dreams,” Nicks<br />

smiled at her fans and said that<br />

although she’s been performing for<br />

decades, only a few times has she<br />

performed on Halloween.<br />

“You know, the older you get, the<br />

less you actually think about going<br />

out and trick-or-treating. It seems<br />

a little age inappropriate at a certain<br />

point,” Nicks said. “But when you do<br />

what I do, and you get to actually be<br />

on stage on Halloween, the sky’s the<br />

limit. So, Huntsville, I welcome you<br />

on this beautiful Halloween night.<br />

Let’s get this Halloween party going.”<br />

Throughout her 16-song setlist,<br />

Nicks played all of her and Fleetwood<br />

Mac’s best hits, including “Gypsy,”<br />

“Stand Back,” “Edge of Seventeen,”<br />

“Gold Dust Woman,” “Landslide” and<br />

more, all of which sounded exactly<br />

how a fan would want them to.<br />

Before “Gypsy,” Nicks told the story<br />

of how she reconnects to her pre-fame<br />

self, which involves her taking her<br />

mattress off her bed, adding pillows<br />

and old quilts and reflecting on<br />

who she was before Fleetwood Mac<br />

took off.<br />

Nicks’ fans were from a mix of<br />

different generations, with older<br />

women dancing freely in the stands<br />

to younger women donning their<br />

best Nicks outfits: long flowy black<br />

dresses, hats, scarves, bangles<br />

and more.<br />

“I loved it. I’m 70 years old, and<br />

this was the music of my generation.<br />

I haven’t seen [Nicks] before so this<br />

was a real treat for me,” said Lynda<br />

Wilder, a Birmingham native who<br />

attended the concert.<br />

Stunning visuals played behind<br />

Nicks during her set, from rotating<br />

paisley patterns for “Stand Back” and<br />

city scenes of a woman standing in the<br />

rain with an umbrella for “Gypsy,” to<br />

white doves flying around live videos<br />

of the band and Nicks performing for<br />

“Edge of Seventeen.”<br />

For “Bella Donna,” Nicks brought<br />

out the original blue shawl she<br />

wears in the album’s back cover<br />

photo, holding it in front of the<br />

spellbound audience.<br />

“I started listening to her in college,<br />

and a lot of her songs just speak<br />

to my heart,” said Claire Bolton, a<br />

2009 alumna from <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama who now lives in Huntsville.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> concert was amazing. I haven’t<br />

really been to a concert that was this<br />

energetic, so it was fun.”<br />

Nicks wasn’t the only one<br />

performing her heart out. Her band<br />

isn’t just made up of any performers.<br />

Comprised of guitarists, a bassist, a<br />

pianist, a drummer and two backup<br />

singers, it’s obvious Nicks only plays<br />

with the best of the best. Her band<br />

electrified the audience and paired<br />

perfectly with Nicks’ vocals and<br />

occasional tambourine-playing.<br />

For the slow and thoughtful<br />

song “Landslide,” Nicks had grown<br />

adults wiping away tears as she sang,<br />

“But time makes you bolder / Even<br />

children get older / And I’m getting<br />

older too,” which is a surreal thing to<br />

hear from the aging Nicks, who wrote<br />

the song nearly 50 years ago.<br />

After performing a killer rendition<br />

of one of her most famous songs,<br />

“Edge of Seventeen,” Nicks and her<br />

band walked off stage, making the<br />

Orion audience, which was smaller<br />

and more intimate than what might<br />

be found in Birmingham or Atlanta,<br />

erupt into cheers and chant “Stevie” in<br />

hopes of an encore.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Orion, which opened in May<br />

and seats 8,000 fans, was the perfect<br />

size for a Nicks concert. It was small<br />

enough for intimacy, but big enough<br />

to feel one with the crowd.<br />

Finally, Nicks and her band<br />

regrouped on stage for a Tom Petty<br />

tribute of his hit song “Free Fallin'” As<br />

she finished up, Nicks said she had a<br />

Halloween surprise and left the stage<br />

with her band.<br />

<strong>The</strong> crowd was anxious for her<br />

to play another one of her hit songs,<br />

“Rhiannon.” As her band put on black<br />

witch hats, Nicks came out in her<br />

own witch hat and cloak, the perfect<br />

Halloween costume for anyone who<br />

knows even a little about Nicks and<br />

her ways.<br />

And then the crowd got what they<br />

so desperately wanted: “Rhiannon.”<br />

With Nicks’ incredible vocals, her<br />

band’s obvious talent, a witchy video<br />

of an orange sky with creepy tree<br />

branches, and flashing purple and<br />

orange lights, “Rhiannon” was the<br />

most perfect ending to an already<br />

perfect show.<br />

As Nicks sang of the titular<br />

Rhiannon, who was taken “by the<br />

wind” and like “a cat in the dark,” it<br />

seemed that nearly every audience<br />

member in attendance quietly made<br />

note to themselves that this Halloween<br />

was surely something special.<br />

“This is the best Halloween I can<br />

ever remember having,” Nicks said.<br />

And it’s safe to say the fans in the<br />

Orion definitely agreed.<br />

OPINION | It takes a third place to make a campus<br />



<strong>The</strong> theory of “third places”<br />

is a sociological concept<br />

that reframes the significance of<br />

the spaces where people spend<br />

time that are neither their places<br />

of work nor their homes. <strong>The</strong>y take<br />

the form of libraries, churches and<br />

other settings of social engagement<br />

where people come together and<br />

congregate outside the monotony<br />

of day-to-day life.<br />

While bars, cafes and small<br />

businesses technically constitute<br />

third places, they often presuppose<br />

A student catches a football on the Quad.<br />

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the expectation of payment. For<br />

students who desire a flourishing<br />

social life in tandem with their<br />

studies, the monetization of<br />

these spaces often results in<br />

over-indulgence.<br />

When students look to enjoy<br />

a night out in Tuscaloosa, for<br />

instance, they often find themselves<br />

drinking when they are not<br />

parched or eating when they are<br />

not hungry. <strong>The</strong> commodification<br />

of students’ social lives has proven<br />

a great detriment to their quality of<br />

life and well-being while enrolled<br />

in school.<br />

In a century when younger<br />

people are becoming precipitously<br />

less religious, education more<br />

digitized and prices inflated,<br />

the question arises as to where<br />

students end up going.<br />

Regrettably, the answer is<br />

simple: they stay inside.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se conditions breed<br />

alienation, a deeply troubling<br />

reality considering third places<br />

are the cornerstone of a healthy<br />

civil society. In the case of high<br />

schoolers, the Atlantic reported<br />

that “12th-graders in 2015 were<br />

going out less often than eighthgraders<br />

did as recently as 2009.“<br />

And as these trends continue to<br />

grow, especially in the aftermath<br />

of the pandemic, it is essential<br />

to remember that many of those<br />

middle and high schoolers of 2015<br />

are the college students of today.<br />

This drop in social interaction<br />

among younger people, as they<br />

experience a great retreat into<br />

their homes and thus into social<br />

isolation, is the consequence of an<br />

outside world shaped to prioritize<br />

profitability and automation rather<br />

than human-centered connection.<br />

While the campus here at<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama is<br />

still undoubtedly capable of<br />

providing people with memorable<br />

experiences, all the while<br />

fostering a sense of a studentoriented<br />

community, this is more<br />

in spite of the circumstances<br />

on campus and a testament to<br />

students’ willingness to build<br />

connections amidst an otherwise<br />

alienating environment.<br />

One way to solve the problems<br />

associated with third places could<br />

be learned through <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Virginia’s 1515 project, a<br />

student third space unveiled in<br />

2017 on Charlottesville's Corner,<br />

their equivalent of <strong>The</strong> Strip.<br />

<strong>The</strong> creation of this third space<br />

included the work and creative<br />

input from hundreds of actual<br />

students, a display that gave<br />

students real power to affect the<br />

arrangement of their campus and<br />

the surrounding area.<br />

<strong>The</strong> interior contains a stage,<br />

student artwork and all the<br />

expressive features characteristic<br />

of a proper third place. Here,<br />

students are able to meet,<br />

study, socialize, relax and most<br />

importantly, meet new people.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

deserves its own 1515. That is to<br />

say, students deserve a Universityowned,<br />

alcohol-free space that<br />

brings together students from<br />

all backgrounds. Perhaps the<br />

creation of an “1831” would allow<br />

students to self-regulate and foster<br />

a sense of belonging, no matter the<br />

particular major or interests of any<br />

given student.<br />

A great deal of the alienation<br />

students experience on campus<br />

may be attributed to the hyperfragmentation<br />

which occurs<br />

during their first year on campus.<br />

During orientation, Bama Bound<br />

orientation students are often<br />

eager to find a friend group and<br />

cling to the first people out of a<br />

precarious fear that they will fall<br />

behind socially.<br />

As time goes on, students<br />

will ultimately gravitate towards<br />

the people they meet in the<br />

organizations they become a<br />

part of, if they join them at all.<br />

Throughout this evolution of a<br />

student's social life, rarely do they<br />

find the opportunity to branch<br />

out of the bubbles formed in their<br />

first year.<br />

It is time to propose a material<br />

reconfiguration of space on<br />

campus to usher in a new wave<br />

of student connection and a<br />

freeing up of the constraints<br />

which hold back the emergence of<br />

new relationships.<br />

<strong>The</strong> introduction of noncommodified<br />

third places that<br />

are both inclusive and studentrun<br />

would break down social<br />

barriers and dramatically reduce<br />

the sense of alienation that too<br />

often permeates the conventional<br />

institutions of higher education.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama has<br />

the ability to become a leading<br />

pioneer in promoting student<br />

interconnection by implementing<br />

student-oriented third places.

4A<br />


“<strong>The</strong> education that I have<br />

received thus far has changed my<br />

perspective on life for the better. I<br />

appreciate education and respect<br />

scholars much more because of my<br />

time with APAEP. My views and<br />

opinions are a bit more objective<br />

and that alone is priceless,” a<br />

student testimonial on APAEP’s<br />

website said.<br />

In terms of the potential for<br />

individuals to affect change in<br />

Alabama’s current prison system,<br />

Altman said any individual action<br />

is a good step.<br />

“It seems to me that especially<br />

in this moment, when we have<br />

a prison crisis in our state, that<br />

any attention and any energy<br />

and any talent that we can give<br />

to the people in Alabama’s<br />

prisons is good and worthwhile,”<br />

Altman said.<br />

Before the University began<br />

sponsoring prison-teaching<br />

fellows, Alexa Tullett, a professor<br />

of psychology, had been involved<br />

with APAEP. Tullett ended up<br />

working at Julia Tutwiler Prison<br />

for Women, and then later at St.<br />

Clair Correctional Facility, as<br />

well as a virtual class at Staton<br />

Correctional Facility.<br />

Much like Altman, Tullett found<br />

her work fulfilling and valuable,<br />

but also recognized the need for<br />

systemic reform.<br />

“We have some responsibility<br />

to use those resources to serve<br />

populations that are underserved,<br />

and the prison population is<br />

certainly one of those. And<br />

then I also have mixed feelings<br />

because I would prefer solutions<br />

that don’t reinforce the existence<br />

of those prisons,” Tullett said.<br />

“I would prefer to reduce<br />

incarceration dramatically."<br />

Tullett said APAEP allowed her<br />

to reconsider her own perspective<br />

in a way that she wished more<br />

people had the opportunity to do.<br />

“Something that I think is<br />

valuable about APAEP is allowing<br />

people to challenge their own<br />

stereotypes, and I wish that we<br />

did more of that,” Tullett said.<br />

“Certainly, I think that if you have<br />

experience in these kinds of prison<br />

programs, working with students<br />

who are incarcerated, I think that<br />

experience violates most peoples’<br />

stereotypical image of what it looks<br />

like for people to be incarcerated.”<br />

For more information on<br />

volunteering with the Alabama<br />

Prison Arts and Education Project,<br />

visit apaep.auburn.edu.<br />

Graphic courtesy of the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project<br />

New speaker of SGA senate elected after former resigns<br />

Parliamentarian Bailey St. Clair (left), former Speaker of the Senate CJ<br />

Pearson, and former Secretary of the Senate Taryn Geiger (right) help<br />

oversee a Senate session. CW / David Gray<br />



<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

Student Government<br />

Association Speaker of the Senate<br />

and Culverhouse College of Business<br />

Sen. CJ Pearson has resigned from<br />

his positions in the organization,<br />

effective at the end of October.<br />

Pearson is a popular conservative<br />

commentator who frequently shares<br />

his views across his social media<br />

platforms. He has been featured<br />

in several podcasts, television<br />

news broadcasts and news articles.<br />

Pearson is the host of his own<br />

podcast, <strong>The</strong> CJ Pearson Show.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> received a tip<br />

on Oct. 24 that Pearson would step<br />

down from his roles to pursue a job<br />

opportunity in California.<br />

Pearson confirmed that he would<br />

be leaving his positions within SGA<br />

and relocating. Additionally, Pearson<br />

said he would continue completing<br />

his degree at the University via<br />

UA Online.<br />

“I am going to be relocating<br />

to Los Angeles for a new job<br />

opportunity. But as far as what that is<br />

yet, there’s been no announcement,”<br />

Pearson said.<br />

On <strong>Nov</strong>. 3, the Senate elected<br />

now-former Secretary of the Senate<br />

Taryn Geiger to be the new speaker,<br />

replacing Pearson.<br />

Once Geiger was elected to<br />

the position, the Senate moved to<br />

immediately elect a new secretary<br />

of the Senate. Olivia Frazier was the<br />

only one nominated and was elected<br />

to be the secretary soon after.<br />

On Oct. 19, the Elections Board<br />

released a press statement to <strong>The</strong><br />

CW detailing that a second Fall 2022<br />

SGA Special Election is scheduled<br />

for <strong>Nov</strong>. 17. <strong>The</strong> release said that<br />

open positions on the ballot included<br />

one Senate seat for the Culverhouse<br />

College of Business and one Senate<br />

seat for the School of Social Work.<br />

SGA Press Secretary Trinity<br />

Hunter confirmed on Oct. 20 that<br />

Sarah Pierce was leaving her School<br />

of Social Work seat but originally<br />

did not confirm which Culverhouse<br />

senator was leaving.<br />

Hunter later confirmed Pearson’s<br />

resignation on Oct. 24 and said that<br />

SGA would be announcing changes<br />

in the Senate soon thereafter.<br />

“Speaker CJ Pearson has made<br />

the decision to step away from his<br />

time at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

and pursue an opportunity in<br />

California. More information about<br />

resulting shifts in the Senate will be<br />

confirmed and shared in the coming<br />

days,” Hunter said.<br />

Pearson said in a statement to <strong>The</strong><br />

CW that he was honored to serve as<br />

a member of the SGA and is grateful<br />

for the opportunity.<br />

“Serving as a member of <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama Student<br />

Government Association has been<br />

the honor of a lifetime. From having<br />

the opportunity to serve as Speaker<br />

Of <strong>The</strong> Senate to working to provide<br />

free feminine products on our<br />

campus, tackle food insecurity, and<br />

introduce common sense solutions<br />

to the issues facing our campus,<br />

I’m proud of what we were able<br />

to accomplish as a body,” Pearson<br />

said. “While this chapter closes and<br />

a new one opens, I will forever be<br />

grateful for the people I’ve met along<br />

the way.”<br />

Pearson has not made an<br />

announcement on his departure<br />

or new role, but on Oct. 4,<br />

Pearson posted a photo of himself<br />

on Instagram with the caption<br />

“Out West. Stay Tuned.” tagging<br />

Los Angeles, California, as<br />

the location.<br />

Pearson said there has been much<br />

speculation around his new role.<br />

“As far as what that role is and all<br />

in LA, there's a lot of speculation,<br />

but as far as that goes, there hasn’t<br />

been any announcement about that<br />

yet,” Pearson said.<br />


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At the death in Death Valley:<br />

No. 6 Alabama falls to No. <strong>10</strong> LSU in overtime<br />

5A<br />



or the Alabama <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

F Tide, the chances at a<br />

national championship, as well as<br />

an SEC championship, more than<br />

likely have come and gone. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide dropped its second<br />

game of the season, and second in<br />

three weeks, in its 32-31 overtime<br />

loss to the No. <strong>10</strong> Louisiana State<br />

University Tigers.<br />

Like many games this season,<br />

Alabama had its back against the<br />

wall for a large part of the game —<br />

something <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide fans are<br />

having to get used to after years<br />

of dominance by head coach Nick<br />

Saban and his past teams.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Tigers won the game on the<br />

final play by a successful two-point<br />

conversion in overtime on a pass<br />

from quarterback Jayden Daniels<br />

to tight end Mason Taylor.<br />

“We hurt ourselves quite a bit<br />

in the game, especially early on,”<br />

Saban said. “[We] had to settle<br />

for lots of field goals. Had way<br />

too many penalties — especially<br />

penalties that contributed to their<br />

ability to drive the ball toward the<br />

end of the game. I think everyone<br />

needs to check [themselves] and<br />

what [they] need to do individually<br />

to improve [their] stock and finish<br />

the season the right way, as well as<br />

have a goal to win <strong>10</strong> games.”<br />

“[It’s a] tough loss, but there’s<br />

nobody that feels worse about it<br />

than the players,” he said. “<strong>The</strong>y<br />

work their tail off — they compete<br />

their tail off. <strong>The</strong>y just came up a<br />

little bit short.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> stats won’t completely show<br />

it, but quarterback Bryce Young<br />

did everything he could to will<br />

his team to victory. Young led<br />

Alabama on a drive that gave the<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide the lead with under<br />

five minutes to play. And after LSU<br />

regained the lead with under two<br />

minutes left, Young and the offense<br />

marched down the field again to<br />

send the game to overtime. On<br />

the first possession of extra time,<br />

Alabama scored a touchdown to<br />

take a 31-24 lead before losing it<br />

on the Tigers’ following drive.<br />

Young finished the game 25-for-<br />

51 with 328 yards, one touchdown<br />

and one interception. Jahmyr<br />

Alabama wide receiver Ja’Corey Brooks lays face down on the field after<br />

the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide’s 32-31 overtime loss. CW / David Gray<br />

Gibbs touched the ball 23 times,<br />

gaining 163 yards. Ja’Corey Brooks<br />

caught seven passes for 97 yards<br />

and a score.<br />

“I thought Bryce played a really<br />

good game,” Saban said. “[He]<br />

made a lot of big plays.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide outgained<br />

LSU 465-367, but yards don’t<br />

guarantee you the football game.<br />

Alabama committed nine more<br />

penalties on Saturday night,<br />

adding to a historically poor<br />

season in terms of discipline for a<br />

Saban-coached team.<br />

[It’s a] tough loss, but there’s<br />

nobody that feels worse<br />

about it than the players.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y work their tail off —<br />

they compete their tail off.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y just came up a little bit<br />

short.<br />


“I like this team,” Saban said.<br />

“I think this team is very capable.<br />

I think we can play with a little<br />

more consistency, and sometimes<br />

we beat ourselves too much and it’s<br />

kind of hard to overcome.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide made a<br />

number of plays on defense<br />

throughout the game, but not<br />

enough. After holding the Tigers<br />

to seven points in the first half,<br />

Alabama allowed 25 points in<br />

the second half and overtime —<br />

including 15 in the fourth quarter.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide had six sacks<br />

and 11 tackles for loss.<br />

Daniels was very impressive<br />

for LSU. Despite taking all the<br />

hits he did, Daniels threw for 182<br />

yards and two touchdowns while<br />

rushing for 95 yards and a score<br />

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young snaps the ball in the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide’s<br />

32-31 overtime loss to the No. <strong>10</strong> LSU Tigers. CW/ David Gray<br />

on the ground.<br />

“We did a good job of kind of<br />

keeping [Daniels] contained in the<br />

first half,” Saban said. “He made a<br />

couple of significant runs in the<br />

second half.”<br />

“I can’t blame the players,” he<br />

said. “I’m responsible for all of this<br />

stuff. So, if we didn’t do it right,<br />

that’s on me. We’ve got to do a<br />

better job of coaching the players<br />

so that we can give them a better<br />

chance to have success.”<br />

Scoring in the red zone has<br />

been a problem for Alabama this<br />

season. On Saturday night, the<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide entered the red area<br />

five times, scoring just 15 points<br />

out of the maximum 35.<br />

Many will critique the coaches<br />

and players that make up this<br />

year’s team. Will Anderson Jr. isn’t<br />

having any of it.<br />

“Monday through Friday, we<br />

work our a-- off,” Anderson said.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re’s no bull---- or anything<br />

like that. All those guys are locked<br />

in. Effort is not the issue. I am<br />

super proud of these guys, and I<br />

wouldn’t have rather gone to war<br />

with [anybody else].”<br />

It doesn’t get any easier for<br />

Alabama, who now must travel to<br />

Oxford, Mississippi, and take on<br />

the 11th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels.<br />

For a chance at a berth in the<br />

SEC title game on Dec. 3, the<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide will need to win<br />

out and have LSU lose to both<br />

Arkansas and Texas A&M.<br />

Kickoff from Vaught-<br />

Hemingway Stadium is set for<br />

Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 12, at 2:30 p.m. CT<br />

on CBS.<br />

“We all have a chance. We have<br />

a legacy that we want to uphold in<br />

terms of the pride that we have in<br />

our performance, as well as what<br />

our expectations are,” Saban said.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re’s nobody that benefits from<br />

not getting better. Nobody benefits<br />

from not playing well. <strong>The</strong>se guys<br />

care about this team. When you<br />

play in a game like this, all you’ve<br />

got is the guys you’ve got. But<br />

that’s all you really need if you do<br />

things together and you do it the<br />

right way.”<br />

“[We need to] make sure that<br />

everybody has two feet in and<br />

make sure that they keep Alabama<br />

football the main thing while they<br />

are here,” Anderson said.<br />

Investing in the future<br />



For many students at <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Alabama, internships and co-ops<br />

allow them to gain real-world experience<br />

in their job fields. However, for students<br />

interested in investment and the stock<br />

market, they can get that real-world<br />

practice on campus — no prior experience<br />

required — with clubs that teach them how<br />

to responsibly manage investments.<br />

Capstone Asset Management Society<br />

and Culverhouse Investment Management<br />

Group are two organizations that provide<br />

their members with experiential learning<br />

in finance and investments.<br />

CAMS utilizes software to simulate<br />

the stock market in their portfolio. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

are currently simulated stockholders in<br />

Goldman Sachs and TJ Maxx, as well as<br />

over 20 other large organizations. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

alumni have gotten jobs at J.P. Morgan and<br />

PNC Bank.<br />

CIMG operates off donations from<br />

Culverhouse College of Business alumni.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y currently own stocks in companies<br />

such as Dollar Tree and CVS. CIMG<br />

alumni are employed at companies such as<br />

Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Regions.<br />

Each organization has a competitive<br />

application process, in which prospective<br />

members complete an application and<br />

engage in a behavioral interview. For<br />

CIMG, a third round of selection is<br />

employed in which students present a<br />

stock pitch.<br />

To ensure their members are prepared<br />

to make informed investment decisions,<br />

CAMS and CIMG both have a training<br />

period to teach new members about the<br />

value investing skills required to be a<br />

successful member.<br />

According to Sarah Shield, a senior<br />

majoring in criminal justice and<br />

accounting and the secretary of CIMG,<br />

and Delaney Carter, a senior majoring<br />

in finance and the director of media for<br />

CAMS, neither organization requires any<br />

advanced knowledge to get involved —<br />

just an interest in investing, meaning that<br />

nearly everything members learn is from<br />

their involvement in the group.<br />

“CIMG is organized and run very<br />

much like a professional investment firm,”<br />

said John Heins, CIMG’s advisor and<br />

director of the Fitzpatrick Center for Value<br />

Investing. “[It] provides its members with<br />

real-world experience that, based on the<br />

evidence, prepares them very well both to<br />

secure great jobs and also to succeed once<br />

they have them.”<br />

In each of the two organizations,<br />

members join one of eight committees that<br />

present stock pitches to the organizations.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Director of Experiential Learning<br />

for Culverhouse College of Business,<br />

Quoc Hoang sent a video highlighting<br />

experiential learning at <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama, in which he said that experiential<br />

learning “helps students with the transition<br />

from college to career.”<br />

Shawn Mobbs, a UA finance professor,<br />

said, in addition to learning practical skills<br />

and application, CAMS and CIMG help<br />

teach crucial interpersonal skills to its<br />

members, which will help them in their<br />

careers. <strong>The</strong>y bring students together with<br />

people from the industry, allowing students<br />

to network.<br />

“Finance is about relationships,”<br />

Mobbs said.<br />

Since CIMG’s start in 2009 and CAMS’s<br />

in 2017, both organizations bring in an<br />

average yearly return that is nearly on<br />

par with the Standard and Poor’s 500,<br />

the index of the performance of the 500<br />

largest public companies in the United<br />

States. <strong>The</strong> money stays invested in the<br />

real and simulated stock markets, though<br />

the organizations can make the decision to<br />

invest in new stocks. During their time at<br />

the University, CAMS’s simulated portfolio<br />

has grown to $500k and CIMG’s portfolio<br />

to $1.6 million, with average yearly returns<br />

of 7.21% and <strong>10</strong>.5%, respectively.<br />

“Joining CAMS has taught me so<br />

much, not only about investing but,<br />

about networking, professionalism<br />

and presenting,” Carter said. “I’ve met<br />

incredible people that challenge me and<br />

teach me something new every day and I<br />

couldn’t be more grateful.”<br />

Dixie Hamner, advising specialist for<br />

the Department of Economics, Finance,<br />

and Legal Studies; Susan Cowles, director<br />

of the Culverhouse College of Business<br />

Career Center; and Hoang, all declined to<br />

comment several times on the benefits of<br />

CAMS and CIMG, repeatedly referring<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> back to Heins.

6A<br />



If you stand on the front<br />

colonnade of the Alabama<br />

State Capitol in Montgomery, you<br />

stand in the same place Jefferson<br />

Davis stood as he took his oath<br />

of office to become the President<br />

of the Confederate States of<br />

America. It is also the same perch<br />

from which George Wallace’s<br />

voice asserted, “segregation<br />

now, segregation tomorrow,<br />

segregation forever.”<br />

But if you take a moment<br />

to look up from the plaque<br />

commemorating Davis, and look<br />

down Dexter Avenue, a radically<br />

different picture is painted. You<br />

see the spot where the march<br />

from Selma to Montgomery<br />

ended, where Martin Luther King<br />

Jr. said, “the arc of the moral<br />

universe is long, but it bends<br />

towards justice.” A bit further<br />

down the road you can see the<br />

corner where Rosa Parks stood as<br />

she waited for the bus every day<br />

to go home from work.<br />

Comer’s legacy is not<br />

only that of a champion<br />

for higher education. It is<br />

stained, like many Alabama<br />

politicians, with abhorrent<br />

actions and policies.<br />

Alabama’s history is a history<br />

of brutal bigotry, but it is also a<br />

history of hope and perseverance.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se two pasts cannot be<br />

removed from one another; they<br />

are two sides of the same coin.<br />

Examples of this can be seen<br />

on our own campus. In 1963,<br />

Governor Wallace stood in<br />

OPINION | It is time to rename B.B. Comer Hall<br />

front of the entrance of Foster<br />

Auditorium to prevent two Black<br />

students, Vivian Malone and<br />

James Hood, from registering<br />

for classes as he was cheered<br />

on by white students. In this<br />

single event, there are two vastly<br />

different stories to be told.<br />

<strong>The</strong> hatred of Wallace and the<br />

students on one hand, and the<br />

perseverance and courage of<br />

Malone and Hood on the other.<br />

To those who argue that<br />

Alabama should embrace its<br />

history, I would agree, but I<br />

contend we should embrace our<br />

history of hope, not our history<br />

of hate.<br />

It is with that frame of<br />

reference that I started to think<br />

about B.B. Comer Hall. It is the<br />

yellow brick building across<br />

the <strong>Crimson</strong> Promenade from<br />

the Student Center. It is named<br />

after Braxton Bragg Comer, who<br />

served as governor of Alabama<br />

from 1907 to 1911. While in<br />

office, he was responsible for<br />

increasing appropriations for<br />

higher education. <strong>The</strong> plaque<br />

inside B.B. Comer Hall celebrates<br />

him as “a distinguished citizen”<br />

whose “enlightened and liberal<br />

support made possible a<br />

greater university.”<br />

Comer’s legacy is not only<br />

that of a champion for higher<br />

education. It is stained, like<br />

B.B. Comer Hall houses the Department of Modern Languages & Classics.<br />

CW / David Gray<br />

many Alabama politicians, with<br />

abhorrent actions and policies.<br />

Comer’s family rose to<br />

prominence in Barbour County,<br />

Alabama, becoming rich off the<br />

back of slave labor during the<br />

antebellum era. After fleeing<br />

Alabama during the Civil War,<br />

Comer returned to help run the<br />

family’s plantation and Avondale<br />

Mills, a textile manufacture<br />

which utilized child labor.<br />

Comer also became a<br />

prominent leader in the <strong>White</strong><br />

League, a white supremacist<br />

terrorist organization. Comer<br />

was named as a leader of the<br />

mob responsible for the Eufaula<br />

Election Massacre of 1874, in<br />

which at least 15 Black voters<br />

were killed and another <strong>10</strong>0<br />

were injured.<br />

Additionally, Comer served<br />

as governor during the 1908<br />

miner’s strike, in which a Black<br />

labor leader was lynched by a<br />

mob. Referencing the strike, B.B.<br />

Comer was quoted as saying: “We<br />

are outraged at the attempts to<br />

establish social equality between<br />

Black and white miners." He<br />

added that he would "not tolerate<br />

eight or nine thousand idle<br />

n****** in the state of Alabama.”<br />

Comer would go on to lose<br />

a re-election bid in 1914, and<br />

he receded out of the statewide<br />

consciousness, never to return<br />

in any meaningful capacity. A<br />

building on our campus remains<br />

as one of the last remnants of a<br />

long forgotten governor.<br />

As Thomas Paine famously<br />

said, “A long habit of not thinking<br />

a thing wrong, gives it the<br />

superficial appearance of being<br />

right.” B.B. Comer’s obscurity<br />

as a political figure allowed the<br />

building named in his honor<br />

to remain unchallenged to the<br />

present day.<br />

That is, until 2020. Throughout<br />

2020 and 2021, the UA System<br />

board of trustees renamed several<br />

buildings that did not align with<br />

the “shared values” of the board<br />

and the University. While they<br />

considered changing B.B. Comer<br />

Hall’s name, the building’s name<br />

remained unchanged.<br />

Whether by ignorance or by<br />

malpractice, the board of trustees<br />

ignored the legacy of hate B.B.<br />

Comer left in his wake. This truly<br />

begs the question of what exactly<br />

the “shared values” are that the<br />

board claims to defend, if a man<br />

like B.B. Comer can still have<br />

a building named after him on<br />

our campus.<br />

Alabama’s history should not<br />

and cannot be forgotten. We<br />

should not pretend that B.B.<br />

Comer and people like him never<br />

existed. Without the ugliness of<br />

Alabama’s history, it is impossible<br />

to appreciate its beauty, but it<br />

is possible to do that without<br />

framing people like B.B. Comer<br />

as worthy of praise. B.B. Comer is<br />

not deserving of glorification.<br />

His name should be<br />

synonymous with hate, not a<br />

building. We should not force<br />

students to walk halls in any<br />

way associated in any way with<br />

such an objectively bad person.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama has a<br />

choice. It can continue to embrace<br />

Alabama’s hateful history, or it<br />

can turn away and embrace a<br />

history and future of hope.<br />

<strong>The</strong> choice is clear. <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama should<br />

rename B.B. Comer Hall to be<br />

more in line with the values the<br />

University claims to hold.

An interview with College of C&IS’s Dean Brian Butler<br />

1B<br />



Though traveling back<br />

and forth throughout<br />

the summer, Brian Butler has<br />

officially migrated south to begin<br />

his tenure as the dean of the<br />

College of Communication and<br />

Information Sciences.<br />

Butler received his<br />

undergraduate degree in math<br />

and computer science from<br />

Carnegie Mellon University<br />

before continuing with both<br />

doctoral and MBA equivalent<br />

programs at Carnegie Mellon.<br />

Following his schooling, Butler<br />

took a job in information systems<br />

at the University of Pittsburgh.<br />

What I professionally like<br />

doing is building things,<br />

making connections that<br />

either people haven’t been<br />

able to make or haven’t<br />

gotten around to making,<br />

and I think C&IS is a great<br />

platform to do that.<br />


After Butler’s time in<br />

Pittsburgh, he relocated to the<br />

University of Maryland where he<br />

quickly jumped from an associate<br />

professor to full time professor<br />

in the College of Information<br />

Studies. Following his time as a<br />

faculty member, Butler jumped<br />

to interim dean, and around a<br />

year later into the role of senior<br />

associate dean, his last role at the<br />

University of Maryland.<br />

Replacing Mark Nelson, Butler<br />

left Maryland, his home for the<br />

past 11 years, to continue leading<br />

in the field of communications at<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama.<br />

Q: How has Alabama<br />

subverted your expectations?<br />

A: “Everybody’s asked me<br />

about the weather and how hot<br />

it was in the summer, and I was<br />

like ‘It's 95 [degrees] and 85%<br />

humidity, that’s what August<br />

is for.’<br />

As far as I can tell, Alabama does<br />

winter the same way University of<br />

Maryland does football, which is<br />

that there’s a thing called it, and<br />

for short periods of time there is<br />

it, but if you look at [it] for any<br />

length of time, it’s not really that.<br />

In terms of Tuscaloosa as a<br />

place, what I found is a bunch<br />

of really interesting, very nice<br />

people. At the end of the day,<br />

that's one of the things that's great<br />

about Tuscaloosa. I won’t say it’s<br />

subverted my expectations, but if<br />

you just watched national media,<br />

you might not think that. I just<br />

found you’ve got a bunch of nice<br />

people doing interesting things,<br />

and it’s a fun place to be.”<br />

Q: What are your favorite<br />

places and aspects of campus?<br />

A: “I’d have to say my<br />

favorite place is Reese Phifer,<br />

because where else can you be in<br />

a building that’s got two fourth<br />

floors and three second floors?<br />

It’s a weird building, but it’s got<br />

lots of character. When I was here<br />

interviewing, one of the things<br />

I remember doing is actually<br />

sitting on the veranda out here …<br />

It just felt right; it felt very nice,<br />

and I would say that’s true about<br />

much of campus.<br />

In terms of the faculty and<br />

staff and students, one of the<br />

things I’ll say, it’s been interesting<br />

for me to get used to, but I think<br />

is certainly very healthy for me,<br />

is there’s a, there’s very much<br />

a can-do attitude; do stuff and<br />

get it done … Alabama knows<br />

how to do a party right, and<br />

there’s a pride. People are proud<br />

of the University, people in the<br />

community are proud of the<br />

University, people in the business<br />

community are proud of the<br />

University, students, alumni;<br />

and you don’t always see that.<br />

So that’s been something I’ve<br />

really enjoyed about the students<br />

and faculty and staff, and really<br />

everybody at Alabama.”<br />

Q: What is your<br />

biggest fear?<br />

A: “Well, I have<br />

traveled to probably <strong>10</strong><br />

or 15 countries, and one<br />

of the things you learn<br />

very quickly is if what<br />

you do is talk, which is<br />

what I do as a dean or a<br />

professor — probably<br />

as a parent if you<br />

ask my kids — if you<br />

are in a place where<br />

you don’t speak the<br />

language, that’s<br />

scary. That’s not<br />

a terrifying<br />

Halloween<br />

and haunted<br />

house fear,<br />

but<br />

b e i n g<br />

able to<br />

not<br />

Brian Butler reads a print edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong>.<br />

CW / David Gray<br />

communicate, not<br />

being able to be understood.<br />

I work very hard to try and be<br />

understood. You have that happen<br />

and you go, ‘I don’t matter.’”<br />

Brian Butler joined the College of Communication & Information Sciences this past July.<br />

CW / David Gray<br />

CW / Autumn Williams<br />

Q: What kind of music do<br />

you listen to?<br />

A: “I have a really weird<br />

mix. I have a playlist I listen<br />

to over and over and over<br />

again, which has a mix of<br />

Broadway show tunes,<br />

1980s hard rock,<br />

Metallica and stuff<br />

like that, 1960s and<br />

’70s folk. Actually,<br />

I just added a<br />

bunch of Johnny<br />

Cash.<br />

I realized<br />

I had this<br />

playlist of<br />

Christmas<br />

music, and<br />

then I got<br />

to January<br />

and it’s<br />

like, ‘I<br />

c an’t<br />

b e<br />

listening<br />

Christmas<br />

to<br />

music.’<br />

I was trying to figure<br />

out what I liked about<br />

it, and I realized what it<br />

was it was a mix of musical<br />

styles. <strong>The</strong>re was some<br />

instrumental, a lot of lyrics,<br />

some new, some old, and so I<br />

set about to create a playlist that<br />

sort of was like that but wasn’t<br />

Christmas music, and that’s how I<br />

ended up with what I have. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are a couple Katy Perry songs in<br />

there, which that’s probably not<br />

usually found with Johnny Cash<br />

and Metallica.”<br />

Q: What are your favorite<br />

shows/movies?<br />

A: “So it’s not a particular<br />

show, but as ‘Game of Thrones’<br />

and various other things come<br />

through, people are like ‘Do<br />

you want to watch this?’ I'm<br />

like, ‘Okay, so you’re telling me<br />

you’ve got a show that goes on<br />

and on forever, there’s multiple<br />

complex inner-woven strategies<br />

with people not being sure about<br />

what they’re doing.’ I said, ‘That<br />

sounds like what I do at work.’<br />

I feel nicer at work, so I'm not<br />

comparing C&IS to ‘Game of<br />

Thrones,’ but give me a police<br />

procedural, so ‘CSI’ or ‘Law and<br />

Order’ or any of those kinds<br />

of things. Frankly, anything on<br />

British television with mysteries<br />

where something bad happens,<br />

people come in, they solve the<br />

mystery and it’s solved within an<br />

hour, it is a wonderful dream.<br />

I don’t particularly like most<br />

sitcoms, because many sitcoms<br />

are built around the idea of one<br />

of the characters, quite often the<br />

dad, trying very hard and making<br />

a complete fool of himself.<br />

You want to talk about fears,<br />

there we go. Why would I want to<br />

watch that? I’m always concerned<br />

I’m going to do that.”<br />

Q: What are you looking<br />

forward to about the University?<br />

A: “One is getting to know<br />

people. For example, I was<br />

just over talking to the dean of<br />

engineering, Dean Henderson,<br />

both as colleagues but also<br />

getting to know the other parts of<br />

the University.<br />

What I professionally like<br />

doing is building things, making<br />

connections that either people<br />

haven’t been able to make or<br />

haven’t gotten around to making,<br />

and I think C&IS is a great platform<br />

to do that. Because at the end of<br />

the day, communication and<br />

information is at the center of<br />

most things good and bad in<br />

our society. Amazing things<br />

happen when we can get<br />

it to work. Diversity and<br />

inclusion work when we<br />

can communicate with<br />

one another and listen<br />

and understand.<br />

Whether it’s health or<br />

economics or business or<br />

science, I’ve had somebody the<br />

other day was saying, ‘Well, you<br />

can’t do science without math.’ I<br />

said, ‘Yes, you can. You can’t do<br />

science without communication.’<br />

In terms of Tuscaloosa as<br />

a place, what I found is a<br />

bunch of really interesting,<br />

very nice people. At the end<br />

of the day, that’s one of the<br />

things that’s great about<br />

Tuscaloosa.<br />


I know many scientists who<br />

don’t do much math, I know no<br />

scientist who doesn’t write or<br />

present or communicate with<br />

either colleagues or others.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s just so many opportunities<br />

for the University as a whole, but<br />

certainly within C&IS to provide,<br />

the phrase I use is ‘life-changing<br />

education, transformative<br />

partnerships, groundbreaking<br />

research and creative work.’ C&IS<br />

is already doing some of that and<br />

is poised to do a lot more, and I<br />

think that’s true university-wide.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s just a lot of best kept<br />

secrets, there’s a lot of things that<br />

we’re doing, and we can just do so<br />

much more.”

2B<br />

REYNA<br />

REYES<br />

:<br />

From Texas to Mexico’s national team,<br />

all roads led to Alabama<br />



big part of Alabama soccer’s<br />

A historic 2022 run, which has<br />

seen the team crack the top-five for<br />

the first time in program history, win<br />

the SEC West and reach the top spot<br />

in RPI (Rating Percentage Index),<br />

is senior midfielder and defender<br />

Reyna Reyes.<br />

From Garland, Texas, Reyes is in<br />

a three-way tie for second in goals<br />

on the team, has started every match<br />

and has been a constant threat for the<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide’s foes on both sides of<br />

the ball.<br />

In 2018, Reyes was splitting time<br />

between Mexico’s national team,<br />

club soccer and her school’s team at<br />

Naaman ForeNost High School.<br />

“Me and my mom started<br />

emailing different coaches, and<br />

within my timeline of how much<br />

time I had to go on visits, we<br />

ended up setting up a <strong>10</strong>-day<br />

road trip,” Reyes said. “Alabama<br />

was actually my first school to<br />

come visit.”<br />

We can do this. We can walk<br />

away with rings. <strong>The</strong>re’s that<br />

potential, but we have to<br />

take it game by game.<br />


One of her club teammates at<br />

F.C. Dallas told her, “Reyna, don’t<br />

commit to the first school you go to.<br />

You’re going to want to. Don’t.”<br />

“I came on this visit, and I fell in<br />

love with the campus,” Reyes said.<br />

“I loved the girls — they were so<br />

welcoming and I loved the coaches.<br />

[Head coach] Wes [Hart] was great.<br />

I just got this feeling that Wes is a<br />

genuinely good guy and I know that<br />

he truly cares about his players and<br />

wants the best for this program.”<br />

She decided a month after the<br />

road trip to commit to Alabama. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide beat out Georgia and<br />

North Carolina State University.<br />

“I had it, probably, down to three<br />

schools,” Reyes said. “But, Alabama,<br />

I wanted to give it a chance. Wes<br />

made me believe that we could turn<br />

this thing around.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> rest, as they say, is history.<br />

Reyes made the All-SEC first<br />

team as a freshman while scoring<br />

three goals in 18 matches. <strong>The</strong> next<br />

year, she emerged as the team’s<br />

clutch performer by taking the lead<br />

in game-winners. In 2021, she added<br />

a further three goals and became<br />

the first Alabama player in two<br />

decades to be named to the United<br />

States Coaches Scholar All-America<br />

Second Team. She has made the All-<br />

SEC first team twice now.<br />

In 2022, absent Reyes’ services,<br />

the 19-match unbeaten streak would<br />

have been shorter than it was. One of<br />

her six goals on the campaign was a<br />

game-tying score against Utah in a<br />

match the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide nearly lost.<br />

She followed that with two more<br />

goals in as many games.<br />

“Reyna is a beast,” Hart said. “She<br />

is so important to this team. I can’t<br />

say enough good things about her.”<br />

A big part of Reyes coming into<br />

her own is her experience with the<br />

Mexican National Team. She has<br />

spent time playing at that level in<br />

high school and college, and she<br />

has played with the team during her<br />

time at Alabama. She started with<br />

the national team at the age of 14 in<br />

eighth grade.<br />

“Getting the chance to travel<br />

Alabama defender Reyna Reyes (16) looks to pass the ball into the box in a 2021 match against Vanderbilt in<br />

Nashville, Tennessee. Photo courtesy of UA Athletics<br />

the world, play different teams,<br />

all different styles of soccer, it’s a<br />

blessing,” Reyes said. “Every soccer<br />

player wants to do that. You play at<br />

the highest peak that you can. In the<br />

U17 tournament, we got second in<br />

the World Cup. That’s unbelievable.”<br />

“I’ve gained so much, learned so<br />

much, throughout that process and<br />

I think that just transferred here,<br />

to give me a broader perspective of<br />

soccer and just to bring it here and<br />

help other players,” she said.<br />

She cited Spain, China and others<br />

as examples of teams with technical<br />

abilities that she wanted to show her<br />

teammates they can work towards.<br />

Her favorite national team game<br />

was in the U20 World Cup qualifiers<br />

against Haiti.<br />

“Our back line, we played the best<br />

defense I’ve ever seen,” Reyes said.<br />

“We were just working together,<br />

and it was so fun playing. And then<br />

winning that game, oh gosh, just<br />

the feeling.”<br />

In the summer of 2021,<br />

Reyes got to experience playing<br />

opposite the full United States<br />

National Team. She said this was a<br />

“wow moment” for her.<br />

“Those are players that I had<br />

looked up to when I was little,<br />

and I wanted to go play soccer,<br />

I wanted to be them,” Reyes<br />

said. “I was playing against Alex<br />

Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, all of<br />

them, and I literally was guarding<br />

Megan Rapinoe.”<br />

Her mother, Carrie Reyes, has<br />

her Twitter header set to a picture<br />

of Reyes and Rapinoe on the pitch<br />

together. Reyna Reyes said she<br />

points to her mother as a source<br />

of major support throughout her<br />

soccer journey.<br />

“Throughout my whole process,<br />

that woman has been so strong,”<br />

Reyes said. “She has fought for<br />

me on many occasions and just<br />

supported me through everything.<br />

She’s definitely my strongest fan and<br />

I’m so grateful for her.”<br />

Reyes said being able to hang with<br />

the best in the world makes her less<br />

afraid, and she tries to pass this on to<br />

her teammates.<br />

“I’ve definitely told the girls<br />

when we’re having pep talks before<br />

the games, I always say, ‘Guys, just<br />

remember that it’s you against that<br />

girl. It doesn’t matter if she’s the SEC<br />

MVP last year or has scored this<br />

many goals, it doesn’t matter about<br />

that. What matters is every play, just<br />

winning your battle one at a time.’”<br />

“That’s what I always think before<br />

every game as well, so I think that<br />

helps me with my confidence,”<br />

she said.<br />

That confidence is high, along<br />

with the rest of the team — but Reyes<br />

and her teammates are far from done.<br />

“We’ll look at each other and be<br />

like, ‘Guys, we’re No. 2, or, guys, we’re<br />

in the top-<strong>10</strong>,’ but we knew that we<br />

were capable of this and now we<br />

finally put it together and we’re doing<br />

it. We obviously have more goals than<br />

this, but step by step, taking it game<br />

by game, this is actually achievable.<br />

We can do this. We can walk away<br />

with rings. <strong>The</strong>re’s that potential, but<br />

we have to take it game by game,”<br />

Reyes said.<br />

Reyes and her teammates fell in<br />

the SEC Tournament final, but now<br />

they turn their focus to the NCAA<br />

Tournament — with hopes of<br />

bringing home a national title.<br />

Winter<br />

MESTER<br />




3B<br />


<strong>The</strong> long journey back<br />



Alabama soccer forward<br />

Riley Mattingly Parker<br />

hoisted the SEC regular season<br />

championship trophy on Oct. 23,<br />

sporting the last remnants of a<br />

shiner she picked up facing the<br />

Arkansas Razorbacks a week prior.<br />

After the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide secured<br />

the SEC West division title on the<br />

road off a victory over Mississippi<br />

State, where Mattingly Parker<br />

recorded two assists and her 12th<br />

goal this season, someone told<br />

her she should get hit in the eye<br />

more often.<br />

Shiner or no shiner, Mattingly<br />

Parker has been on fire this season.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fifth-year team captain has<br />

recorded her best season record in<br />

both goals at 14 and assists at six.<br />

Mattingly Parker has put up these<br />

numbers after sitting out the entire<br />

2021 season following an ACL tear.<br />

Originally, Mattingly Parker<br />

and the athletic training staff did<br />

not believe her injury was an ACL<br />

tear. Jeff Meek, the athletic trainer,<br />

called Mattingly Parker and asked<br />

to come by her house.<br />

“I was like, ‘Shoot. <strong>The</strong>re’s no<br />

way this is going to be good news,’”<br />

Mattingly Parker said.<br />

For some of her rehab, Mattingly<br />

Parker didn’t know if she’d even<br />

step foot on a soccer field again.<br />

“After I got surgery, it would<br />

physically pain me to go up to the<br />

soccer field, just because it hurt so<br />

bad to see people playing the sport<br />

that I love so much and not getting<br />

to do that,” Mattingly Parker said.<br />

“I didn’t even go up to the field for<br />

a few weeks.”<br />

But Mattingly Parker got to work<br />

shortly after. Her rehab team —<br />

Meek, Erin Weaver-Cohen, Terry<br />

Jones Jr. and David Breedlove<br />

— were a bright point through<br />

her injury.<br />

“I would just look forward<br />

to rehab so much because of<br />

those people,” Mattingly Parker<br />

said. “<strong>The</strong>y just made my day so<br />

much better.”<br />

She focused on being a good<br />

teammate while recovering. At<br />

practice, she’d pick up cones, shag<br />

balls, move goals or feed balls two<br />

feet to teammates in passing drills.<br />

“Any way that I could show my<br />

teammates that I care about them<br />

— that I want the best for them,”<br />

she said. “We’re in this together.<br />

Alabama forward Riley Mattingly Parker (<strong>10</strong>) dribbles the ball in the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide’s victory over the Clemson<br />

Tigers on Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of UA Athletics<br />

We’re still a team. That’s what I’d try<br />

to do.”<br />

Her classes were all online<br />

while she was injured, so she was<br />

constantly rehabbing.<br />

Mattingly Parker viewed rehab<br />

as a series of must-win games. She<br />

wanted to do her rehab exercises<br />

better than anyone else. She wanted<br />

to hit milestones faster than<br />

anyone else.<br />

Soon after her surgery, Mattingly<br />

Parker was set to start working on<br />

a stationary bike. Her first goal was<br />

to power on the bike by pedaling<br />

a full rotation on her first try. She<br />

couldn’t do it. Her knee was too<br />

swollen, and the pain was too great.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> next day, I came back, and<br />

I was like, ‘I don’t care. I don’t care<br />

about the pain,’” she said.<br />

She went to physical therapy the<br />

next day and asked Breedlove what<br />

would happen if she moved her<br />

foot in a circular motion.<br />

Breedlove told her that it would<br />

cause her a lot of pain, but it<br />

wouldn’t do any more damage.<br />

“I took a deep breath, and I<br />

yanked my foot around. I thought I<br />

was going to throw up. I was in such<br />

an excruciating amount of pain,”<br />

she said. “I was psyching myself<br />

up. I was like ‘Screw you bike!’ And<br />

then I yanked my foot around and<br />

the bike was like, ‘Screw you back.’<br />

It hurt, but once you got it around<br />

that first full rotation, you could do<br />

it after.”<br />

Mattingly Parker said physically,<br />

rehab was tough, but she was just<br />

happy to be able to exercise. She<br />

told herself she would never take<br />

running for granted again.<br />

To Mattingly Parker, there<br />

wasn’t a worst rehab exercise than<br />

glute bridges.<br />

“I’d do glute bridges, then I’d<br />

do glute bridges in treatment,<br />

then sometimes I’d get to do the<br />

warmup with the team, and we’d do<br />

glute bridges again. And I’d be like,<br />

‘I’m going to explode if I have do<br />

one more,’” Mattingly Parker said.<br />

Even to this day, glute bridges make<br />

Mattingly Parker think of rehab.<br />

Mattingly Parker said coming<br />

back from her ACL injury was also<br />

mentally difficult.<br />

“You have to deal with asking<br />

yourself, ‘Can I even come back<br />

and play soccer?’” she said. “‘Am<br />

I going to be the same player, or<br />

anywhere close to the same player?’<br />

And trusting that your knee isn’t<br />

going to do what it did the last time<br />

you played.”<br />

“When you go through an injury<br />

like that, it’s an identity crisis. It’s<br />

like, who am I without this game?”<br />

Mattingly Parker said.<br />

Mattingly Parker said going<br />

through rehab and coming back<br />

from injury helped her determine<br />

her identity is tied to her faith,<br />

not soccer.<br />

Mattingly Parker was cleared<br />

to return with four games left on<br />

the schedule last season, but she<br />

tweaked her quad and sat out two<br />

more games. She was cleared again<br />

for Senior Night, but up deciding<br />

mid-match that she would redshirt<br />

the season.<br />

“That was kind of hard to come<br />

to terms with, just because I knew<br />

that we had a good chance of<br />

making the NCAA Tournament,<br />

and I knew that we had postseason<br />

hopes of playing several games<br />

deep,” Mattingly Parker said. “I<br />

had never been to the NCAA<br />

Tournament. I had never been part<br />

of a team that received a first-round<br />

SEC bye, so it was hard.”<br />

Mattingly Parker is back this<br />

season, and she’s even sporting a<br />

look she hasn’t sported since her<br />

freshman year.<br />

“Sophomore year came around<br />

and […] I think it was on media<br />

day, I was trying to decide should I<br />

tuck my jersey in or not. Everyone<br />

was making fun of me for tucking<br />

it in,” Mattingly Parker said so she<br />

decided to wear her shirt untucked.<br />

This season, the jersey is tucked<br />

in again.<br />

She said it makes her feel more<br />

professional, but there are tactics<br />

involved with the decision.<br />

“When your shirt is tucked<br />

in, if someone grabs your shirt,<br />

obviously it comes untucked,” she<br />

said. “It makes an obvious call for<br />

the refs.”<br />

Mattingly Parker — with her<br />

jersey tucked in — has earned the<br />

SEC Offensive Player of the Week<br />

accolade three times over the<br />

course of the 2022 regular season.<br />

She leads the SEC with 29 points<br />

from her recorded 12 goals and five<br />

assists. She’s led the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide<br />

to a 9-0 conference record.<br />

After the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide won the<br />

SEC West, Mattingly Parker said<br />

she couldn’t even describe what she<br />

was feeling. She and some other<br />

upperclassmen members of the<br />

team had been working for a while<br />

to win something sporting the<br />

Script A.<br />

“To have a title to show for it<br />

is so special. Especially to me and<br />

some of the older girls, because<br />

we’ve been there when we’ve gone<br />

two and eight and didn’t make the<br />

SEC Tournament my freshman<br />

year,” she said.<br />

Mattingly Parker committed to<br />

Hart’s program when she was 15<br />

years old, living in Flower Mound,<br />

Texas. She’s helped build the<br />

program — focusing on discipline,<br />

hard work and family.<br />

It’s paid off this year. But the<br />

team is on the hunt for continued<br />

results as the postseason<br />

approaches. Mattingly Parker was<br />

already focused on the SEC regular<br />

season title after capturing the SEC<br />

West title.<br />

“It was super special, but at<br />

the same time, I was kind of like,<br />

‘Alright. First one down,’” Mattingly<br />

Parker said.<br />

And on Senior Night, in front of<br />

a record attendance at the Alabama<br />

Soccer Complex — 1,882 fans in the<br />

stadium and more watching outside<br />

— the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide clinched the<br />

SEC regular season title for the first<br />

time in program history.<br />

After I got surgery, it would<br />

phyiscally pain me to go<br />

up to the soccer field, just<br />

because it hurt so bad to<br />

see people play the sport<br />

that I love so much and not<br />

getting to do that. I didn’t<br />

even go up tp the fields for a<br />

few weeks.<br />


PARKER<br />

“I cannot say enough good<br />

things about the fans,” Mattingly<br />

Parker said.<br />

Of all the places she’s played this<br />

season, Mattingly Parker has yet to<br />

encounter a fan base that is more<br />

impactful than the 2022 <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

Tide faithful.<br />

“Other teams have had good<br />

fans and a cool atmosphere, but<br />

none compare to that Clemson<br />

game or that South Carolina game,”<br />

she said. “That’s going to be a great<br />

memory of mine. <strong>The</strong>y have made<br />

this season so special to me.”<br />

Mattingly Parker and<br />

Alabama are ready for the 2022<br />

NCAA Tournament.<br />

“I’m still not satisfied,” Mattingly<br />

Parker said. “We’re not satisfied<br />

quite yet.”<br />



Members from organizations<br />

associated with the<br />

Alabama Panhellenic Association,<br />

the National Pan-Hellenic Council<br />

and the Interfraternity Council<br />

gathered at the UA Student Center<br />

on <strong>Nov</strong>. 2, to discuss the current<br />

state of diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion efforts in APA sororities<br />

and the entire Greek system.<br />

I wish more people<br />

would come to face their<br />

ignorance a little bit more.<br />

… It’s hard to admit that you<br />

have ignorance. … I have<br />

trouble with that every day<br />

myself<br />



Seniors Yechiel Peterson and<br />

William Skull, both members<br />

of the NPHC-associated Alpha<br />

Phi Alpha fraternity, moderated<br />

the discussion, alongside Arman<br />

Sheffield, who serves as the director<br />

of DEI for the IFC.<br />

Speaking to a group of over 30<br />

UA Greek councils discuss diversity<br />

APA sorority members, Peterson,<br />

Skull and Sheffield gave advice for<br />

how to approach difficult subjects<br />

such as race relations in Greek life.<br />

Commenting afterwards,<br />

Peterson said that he wished “more<br />

people would get comfortable ...<br />

being uncomfortable” with these<br />

types of discussions.<br />

“I wish more people would come<br />

to face their ignorance a little bit<br />

more. … It’s hard to admit that you<br />

have ignorance. … I have trouble<br />

with that every day myself,” he said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> group discussed what is<br />

being done and what should be<br />

done to foster deeper relationships<br />

between the traditionally white<br />

APA and IFC chapters, and the<br />

traditionally Black chapters of<br />

the NPHC. Many in attendance<br />

mentioned dinner swaps their<br />

sororities currently host with<br />

NPHC organizations, but expressed<br />

a desire for their sororities to<br />

do more to strengthen ties with<br />

NPHC organizations.<br />

One suggestion was a plan to<br />

create a group chat among DEI<br />

representatives from APA, IFC<br />

and NPHC organizations to better<br />

coordinate events involving the<br />

NPHC groups. Ideas for events<br />

included partnering with NPHC<br />

sororities during homecoming<br />

week for pomping and<br />

other activities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> group also discussed<br />

previous incidents that illustrated<br />

the need for DEI in APA and<br />

IFC organizations.<br />

Among those who spoke up<br />

were members of the Alpha<br />

Phi sorority. Last December,<br />

one member was kicked out of<br />

the chapter and its president<br />

was removed from her position<br />

following the public disclosure of<br />

text messages that many deemed to<br />

be racist. Recalling the controversy,<br />

the members emphasized that the<br />

senders’ actions did not represent<br />

the sorority as a whole.<br />

After the meeting, Chloe Harrell<br />

of Alpha Phi, a freshman majoring<br />

in graphic design, explained<br />

how she did not know about<br />

the controversy until entering<br />

the chapter.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>y told me what had<br />

happened, and it was shocking<br />

because the girls I was surrounded<br />

by in the house did not seem<br />

anything like those girls,” she said.<br />

While the meeting mainly<br />

focused on diversity, equity<br />

and inclusion in terms of race,<br />

Peterson and Harrell spoke<br />

afterward about the state of DEI for<br />

LGBTQ students.<br />

After the meeting, Peterson<br />

discussed how many times,<br />

LGBTQ issues of diversity, equity<br />

and inclusion get overlooked<br />

Members of Greek chapters participate in discussion on DEI, which was<br />

moderated by Yechiel Peterson and William Skull of the Alpha Phi Alpha<br />

fraternity. CW / Jacob Ritondo<br />

by NPHC organizations.<br />

“I think we’re worried about a<br />

lot of other things. And so [LGBTQ<br />

issues] always come at the tail<br />

end. But for sure ... I believe we<br />

can do a better job hosting things<br />

that are more welcoming towards<br />

[LGBTQ],” Peterson said.<br />

In contrast, as Harrell indicated,<br />

“In a few of the [Alpha Phi] DEI<br />

events, they have talked about<br />

[sexual orientation] … and they<br />

have been very supportive about it.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> event sparked a dialogue that<br />

Skull said he hopes will continue.<br />

“I think there is progress being<br />

made,” Skull said. “I hope this is the<br />

beginning of more things like this.<br />

I feel like when these things start<br />

to happen more often, hopefully,<br />

we’ll be able to … specialize each<br />

different one. Because when you<br />

tackle it broadly, you miss out on<br />

some intricacies.”<br />

To that end, Skull said, “from<br />

what I understand, there won’t be<br />

any more [roundtables] this school<br />

year, but more of these roundtables<br />

are in development.”

4B<br />

Student-run publishing house prepares to print student work<br />



At a Sept. 6 informational<br />

meeting — crowded to<br />

the point of there being standing<br />

room only — students interested in<br />

publishing were introduced to <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama’s first-ever<br />

student-run publishing house: Red<br />

Rook Press.<br />

<strong>The</strong> crowd was a surprise to<br />

press faculty advisor and assistant<br />

director of creative writing Paul<br />

Albano, who had expected the<br />

number in attendance to be much<br />

lower. <strong>The</strong> initial interest shown<br />

at the informational meeting was<br />

successful, recruiting 37 people to<br />

work in one of the four departments<br />

that make up the press.<br />

“We wanted to create<br />

something that was targeted<br />

towards a book publication and<br />

all the parts of the apparatus<br />

that go into that. One of<br />

the things we discovered<br />

is there’s a tremendous<br />

interest in publishing on<br />

our campus. It actually<br />

caught us off guard, we<br />

were not prepared for the<br />

breadth of that interest,”<br />

Albano said. “We were<br />

pleasantly surprised<br />

by how significantly we<br />

had underestimated the<br />

student interest.”<br />

Part of what we were trying<br />

to do with the project was<br />

break the experience trap<br />

we see in the publishing<br />

industry. Even to get an<br />

internship at one of the<br />

big presses you need<br />

experience.<br />

PAUL<br />

ALBANO<br />

Albano said one of the goals of<br />

the press is to help give students<br />

interested in the publishing industry<br />

the experience needed to move<br />

forward with their careers. <strong>The</strong><br />

publishing house has made providing<br />

the opportunity for experience one of<br />

their priorities.<br />

“Part of what we were trying<br />

to do with the project was break<br />

the experience trap we see in the<br />

publishing industry. Even to get an<br />

internship at one of the big presses<br />

you need experience,” Albano said.<br />

“We really wanted to allow anyone<br />

to join any of our departments in<br />

whatever capacity they wanted<br />

without needing prior experience<br />

under the logic that we could sort<br />

of teach them and then practice any<br />

skill that they need.”<br />

Students like Anna Kate Baxter,<br />

a junior majoring in<br />

English, have taken<br />

advantage of the<br />

opportunity<br />

to help<br />

prepare<br />

for their<br />

careers in<br />

publishing.<br />

“I want to be an editor<br />

when I graduate and work in<br />

the publishing industry, so I saw this<br />

as an opportunity to not only learn<br />

about editing but positions and the<br />

whole production of a book and see<br />

that play out in real life for authors<br />

my age at Alabama,” Baxter said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> September meeting was the<br />

culmination of a summer’s worth<br />

of work to get the infrastructure<br />

for the publishing house in place.<br />

After the idea was introduced to<br />

Albano by David Deutsch, the chair<br />

of the English Department, Albano<br />

began looking at other universities’<br />

publishing houses, finding<br />

inspiration in presses like Wilde<br />

Press at Emerson College.<br />

“It was something that we worked<br />

on and off over the summer to<br />

get our infrastructure in place so<br />

Graphic courtesy of Red Rook Press<br />

we could launch it in September.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were lots and lots of emails.<br />

Emailing the good folks at Etax so<br />

we could get our website, talking<br />

to the people at the procurement<br />

office about how we can accept<br />

money to the books for sale and it<br />

was lots and lots of reaching out to<br />

instructors, asking if they knew any<br />

students who might be interested in<br />

publishing," Albano said.<br />

Red Rook Press is split into<br />

four branches — content editing,<br />

acquisitions, design, and marketing<br />

and outreach — each of them<br />

providing students with the<br />

ability to work on all facets of the<br />

publishing process.<br />

“Content editors will work on<br />

shaping the actual manuscripts. We<br />

have acquisitions, which will be<br />

responsible for identifying<br />

and selecting the<br />

work that we<br />

publish. We<br />

have a<br />

design<br />

department,<br />

which will do the<br />

actual layout of the<br />

books. <strong>The</strong>n you have our<br />

promotion, marketing and outreach<br />

team, which will be responsible for<br />

galvanizing interest in the press,<br />

helping writers submit their work<br />

to us, helping us market and sell the<br />

books. Essentially helping us find the<br />

foothold in this literary publishing<br />

world,” Albano said.<br />

One member of the marketing<br />

team is Maya Mungo, a freshman<br />

majoring in marketing, who was<br />

most excited about being able to help<br />

others get their work published while<br />

gaining experience.<br />

“I wanted to get in on the ground<br />

floor. At the end of it, I want to say<br />

that I successfully helped someone<br />

get word out on their work. Like the<br />

chance to say, ‘Yeah, they managed<br />

to sell this many copies of their book<br />

and I was a part of that process’ is<br />

appealing to me. Seeing the chance<br />

to do marketing for it and pushing it<br />

out to people, running accounts and<br />

everything ... seeing that there was<br />

that opportunity was really what got<br />

me,” Mungo said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> publishing house plans to<br />

print two students’ book-length<br />

projects by April, one a poetry<br />

composition and the other a piece<br />

of prose. <strong>The</strong> submission window<br />

opened on Oct. 1 and submissions<br />

will be accepted through Dec.<br />

<strong>10</strong>. Students may submit their<br />

work through Submittable<br />

— a free submission portal<br />

which requires an account<br />

— where the specifications<br />

for submission length can<br />

be found.<br />

In January, everyone<br />

who submits work will<br />

be contacted and the<br />

acquisitions team will<br />

decide which two books<br />

will be published. Writers<br />

will be contacted about<br />

their author agreement and<br />

work will begin on editing<br />

the project. While copy and<br />

line editors are working with<br />

the author, the design team will<br />

work on the cover and artwork.<br />

“It’ll be a four-to-five-week<br />

process for that, so we’re thinking<br />

early to mid-April we’ll have our<br />

release party,” Albano said.<br />

Those working at Red Rook Press<br />

ensure that any student submissions<br />

are welcome and that submissions<br />

need not be perfect.<br />

“Don’t be afraid of doing something<br />

weird. We love the idea of printing<br />

sci-fi or fantasy, it does not have to<br />

be educational and school-related.<br />

Submit what you have. Anybody who<br />

is an undergrad, right here, now [can<br />

submit work],” Mungo said.<br />

More information about the<br />

publishing house, submission process<br />

and submission guidelines can be<br />

found at Red Rook’s website. <strong>The</strong> Red<br />

Rook Press staff can be contacted via<br />

their Instagram (@redrookpress) or<br />

TikTok (@redrookpress) accounts<br />

with any further questions.<br />

OPINION | McLure Library is essential<br />



In 1939, <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Alabama finished the<br />

construction of its first designated<br />

library. Nestled towards the rear of<br />

the Quad and aligned with Denny<br />

Chimes, Amelia Gayle Gorgas<br />

Library is a haven for students.<br />

As you file away from this<br />

centrally located library, you’ll<br />

find the University’s branch<br />

libraries, built later to target more<br />

specific subjects.<br />

Rodgers Library for Science and<br />

Engineering opened to the public in<br />

1990. Its establishment represented<br />

a merger between the Science<br />

Library, housed in Lloyd Hall at the<br />

time, and the Engineering Library,<br />

originally located in Bevill Hall.<br />

Bruno Business Library stands<br />

on the previous site of the Phi<br />

Kappa Psi House. Since 1994, it has<br />

been located on Stadium Drive near<br />

Bryant-Denny Stadium. It recently<br />

underwent renovations this spring.<br />

<strong>The</strong> building that became<br />

McLure Education Library was built<br />

in 1925, at which time it housed a<br />

cafeteria for students, a post office<br />

and a soda fountain. In 1954, the<br />

building was remodeled to become<br />

the library that it is today.<br />

McClure is adjacent to Autherine<br />

Lucy Hall, one of the College of<br />

Education’s main academic and<br />

office buildings. Right on University<br />

Boulevard, it’s a building that<br />

many students likely pass each day<br />

without ever knowing what’s inside.<br />

On Sept. 6, a document was<br />

uploaded to the Construction<br />

Administration’s website, opening<br />

bids for renovations and additions<br />

to McLure. While renovations are<br />

not uncommon on campus, this<br />

renovation comes at the price of<br />

losing one of our valued resources,<br />

the Education Library.<br />

<strong>The</strong> School of Library and<br />

Information Sciences will be<br />

rehoused in McLure to provide<br />

more space in Gorgas and be closer<br />

to its home college, <strong>The</strong> College of<br />

Communication and Information<br />

Sciences. <strong>The</strong> School of Library<br />

and Information Sciences has<br />

been housed on the seventh floor<br />

of Gorgas since its formation as a<br />

formal college in 1969.<br />

McLure’s renovations will include<br />

addressing American Disabilities<br />

Act accessibility and previously<br />

CW / Shelby West<br />

ignored maintenance issues that<br />

come with a nearly <strong>10</strong>0-year-old<br />

building. Currently, there are no<br />

wheelchair accessible routes within<br />

the building to any other floor<br />

besides the first floor.<br />

Given its proximity to Autherine<br />

Lucy Hall, McLure is a hotspot for<br />

education majors. <strong>The</strong> two buildings<br />

are still connected by the tunnel that<br />

Autherine Lucy Foster took shelter<br />

in during her enrollment. Now, it’s<br />

utilized by students to go between<br />

the buildings for a quick print job<br />

or to check out items. While the<br />

tunnel will remain, students will<br />

now have to find alternatives to<br />

McLure's existing amenities.<br />

Each library offers its own<br />

unique features to students within<br />

concentrated majors that should<br />

not be overlooked or taken away.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Education Library and<br />

curriculum materials are on the<br />

base floor of McLure. This is the<br />

bread and butter of many handson<br />

education classes, as it provides<br />

children’s books that are often not<br />

found in other University libraries<br />

and manipulatives to assist in<br />

classroom instruction. Without<br />

these materials, student teachers can<br />

no longer familiarize themselves<br />

with emerging media for children<br />

or explore various methods to teach<br />

certain topics. With about 30,000<br />

materials, containing textbooks,<br />

curriculum guides and other<br />

educational media, McClure holds<br />

a plethora of important literature<br />

critical for students in the College<br />

of Education.<br />

In addition to offering space for<br />

all students, McLure is also home to<br />

computers that are accessible to the<br />

public. As the only library located<br />

on University Boulevard, this brings<br />

in an entirely new demographic of<br />

patrons who live in Tuscaloosa.<br />

Those who are not students can pay<br />

a $25 annual fee for a borrower’s<br />

card, giving them access to materials<br />

within all the libraries.<br />

Not only will UA students be at<br />

a loss once these materials are gone,<br />

but so will any teachers or student<br />

teachers in the area who utilize<br />

these benefits.<br />

Libraries on campus are not the<br />

only ones experiencing neglect of<br />

this nature. <strong>The</strong> issue extends into<br />

the community.<br />

All three branches of the<br />

Tuscaloosa Public Library will<br />

soon implement new cost-saving<br />

measures like reducing hours of<br />

operation and spending on books<br />

and programming. This includes<br />

eight electronic resources that<br />

previously came with having a<br />

library card, and the summer<br />

reading program will be reduced<br />

from eight weeks to only four weeks.<br />

Library officials say these actions are<br />

necessary to combat rising prices<br />

given their limited funding from the<br />

local government.<br />

McLure is only a symptom<br />

of broader library adjustments<br />

across the country. Funds are<br />

being allocated to different areas<br />

on campuses and in local budgets.<br />

Hiring freezes are commonplace.<br />

But $18 million is about to be<br />

thrown into the structure of this<br />

building alone.<br />

As a school, we’ll survive with<br />

just our remaining libraries, but the<br />

resources and experiences lost to<br />

the rebranding of McLure will not<br />

reveal themselves until it is too late.

OPINION | UA should publicize grade distribution data<br />



Course registration can<br />

make or break a semester.<br />

While students decide which<br />

courses they should take,<br />

feedback in the registration<br />

process helps to make informed<br />

decisions. More resources<br />

simplify that process.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

has great resources in Student<br />

Opinion of Instruction forms<br />

and grade distribution data, but<br />

it is not available to students.<br />

This information could equip<br />

students with objective course<br />

evaluation data to use while<br />

building a schedule.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University provides<br />

an alternative by making<br />

class structures public in the<br />

CW / Autumn Williams<br />

Online Syllabus Management<br />

Project, but this service is only<br />

sometimes helpful. Most syllabi<br />

are not published by registration,<br />

forcing students to scour<br />

previous semesters’ information.<br />

With limited course<br />

information available online,<br />

students at <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama often turn to review<br />

websites like Rate My Professors<br />

to gauge the outcome of picking<br />

a specific course or professor.<br />

<strong>The</strong> website allows students to<br />

anonymously rate professors and<br />

describe their class experience.<br />

While review sites help<br />

students get a baseline of<br />

class expectations beyond the<br />

syllabus, they should not be used<br />

in isolation.<br />

“I combine Rate My Professors,<br />

syllabi, recommendations<br />

from classmates and previous<br />

professor<br />

experience<br />

to make a<br />

choice,” said<br />

Daniel Ogden, a<br />

senior majoring<br />

in political<br />

science and public<br />

administration.<br />

For students, the<br />

lack of comment<br />

validation measures<br />

on sites like Rate<br />

My Professors<br />

means ratings are<br />

unreliable at best.<br />

Because they<br />

are anonymous,<br />

ratings can<br />

be skewed<br />

by people<br />

who haven't actually taken the<br />

class or be filled by one person<br />

making multiple reviews.<br />

Professors can even rate t<br />

hemselves anonymously.<br />

An article in the Stanford<br />

Technology Law Review found<br />

that sites like Rate My Professors<br />

provide “unfair evaluations<br />

of personal information<br />

taken out of context,” that<br />

“lead to misjudgments or<br />

misunderstandings, potentially<br />

causing serious harm.”<br />

This directly harms students<br />

as they search for classes.<br />

Three researchers at Harvard<br />

University found that student<br />

evaluations of teaching impact<br />

how quickly course sections fill<br />

up, building on a growing body<br />

of research.<br />

When students at <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama are left<br />

to pick classes from previous<br />

syllabi and Rate My Professors<br />

reviews, they are at a significant<br />

disadvantage in comparison to<br />

other schools.<br />

In 1976, Georgia Tech’s<br />

Student Government Association<br />

established Course Critique, a<br />

website to help students plan<br />

their semesters by publishing<br />

course information and syllabi.<br />

<strong>The</strong> website now hosts grade<br />

distribution data for all classes,<br />

serving as a hub for students,<br />

faculty and administrators<br />

to receive unbiased<br />

course information.<br />

Students at Georgia Tech can<br />

search classes and receive grade<br />

distribution breakdowns for each<br />

semester, instructor and section.<br />

It maintains student privacy<br />

while giving valuable information<br />

about the difficulty of each class<br />

and professor quality.<br />

That information is especially<br />

useful for students as they build<br />

a manageable schedule for the<br />

semester. During the Spring 2021<br />

registration window, Course<br />

Critique netted over 8,800 new<br />

visitors in a 90-day window.<br />

Recognizing the benefits of<br />

Georgia Tech’s Course Critique<br />

site, <strong>The</strong> University of Georgia<br />

Student Government Association<br />

passed Resolution 33-05 to<br />

implement a similar institutional<br />

course evaluation website in<br />

January 2021.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir resolution surveyed<br />

129 students at <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Georgia, finding that 94.5%<br />

would be likely to use a grade<br />

distribution service. Further,<br />

92.9% of respondents indicated<br />

that grade distribution data<br />

would be useful in comparison<br />

to other available services.<br />

As a former SGA graduate<br />

Senator, I passed a similar<br />

resolution in spring 2022<br />

encouraging <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Alabama to create a course<br />

evaluation website hosting grade<br />

distribution data. <strong>The</strong> resolution<br />

only encouraged action, but<br />

the University could still<br />

benefit from publishing grade<br />

distribution data.<br />

While it is a genuine concern<br />

that publicized grade distribution<br />

data could incentivize students to<br />

take “easy” courses, anonymous<br />

review sites already do that.<br />

Grade distribution data merely<br />

equips students to make informed<br />

decisions while structuring their<br />

schedule instead of relying on<br />

skewed reviews.<br />

Researchers at Central<br />

Michigan University found<br />

quantitative institutional<br />

feedback to be “more valid<br />

5B<br />

assessments of instructor<br />

performance.” Public grade<br />

distribution data equips students<br />

with objective information to<br />

evaluate classes and instructors.<br />

Publishing this information<br />

further allows for deeper<br />

institutional research that<br />

can improve class instruction<br />

and department rankings.<br />

Grade distribution data can<br />

help pinpoint departmental<br />

grade inflation or deflation<br />

while gauging instructor<br />

quality objectively.<br />

When students at <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama are<br />

left to pick classes from<br />

previous syllabi and Rate My<br />

Professors reviews, they are<br />

at a significant disadvantage<br />

in comparison to other<br />

schools.<br />

Everyone benefits from<br />

objective course evaluation<br />

data. Students receive more<br />

useful information as they plan<br />

their semesters. Faculty are<br />

given alternatives to unfair or<br />

harmful anonymous evaluations.<br />

Administrators have more<br />

analysis at their fingertips to<br />

improve, whether it’s internal<br />

or external.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

collects important information<br />

through Student Opinions of<br />

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Soccer’s SEC run ends at the hands of South Carolina<br />



It was an intense and closely<br />

contested bracket to decide<br />

the SEC tournament champion,<br />

but at the end of the line, it<br />

was a matchup between the<br />

No. 1 and No. 2 seeds for the<br />

title. <strong>The</strong> rematch between No.<br />

3 Alabama and No. 13 South<br />

Carolina was the headlining<br />

act of the tournament in<br />

Pensacola, Florida.<br />

In the end, it was the<br />

Gamecocks who finally dealt<br />

Alabama (19-2-1, 12-1 SEC) its<br />

first loss since Aug. 21. A secondhalf<br />

goal by Brianna Behm in the<br />

final seconds of the 56th minute<br />

sealed the deal.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first half was virtually<br />

even, much as the regular season<br />

meeting between the two teams<br />

was. Neither group was willing to<br />

give an inch, and Alabama’s lone<br />

shot on goal in the half came<br />

up empty. <strong>The</strong> revenge-minded<br />

Gamecocks had stayed in<br />

the fight.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide did<br />

outshoot the Gamecocks in the<br />

first half, 5-4. South Carolina<br />

kept Alabama from taking any<br />

corners — a <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide<br />

offensive staple.<br />

Once again, though, it would<br />

be down to the final 45 minutes<br />

to decide the matchup between<br />

the teams. With overtime in play<br />

— unlike in the regular season<br />

— on a hot day, extra time just<br />

wasn’t an ideal way to settle it.<br />

South Carolina made sure that<br />

wouldn’t come to pass. Alabama<br />

had a close chance at a tie with<br />

less than five minutes to go —<br />

the play was even reviewed to<br />

see if it was a goal. Close isn’t a<br />

score, though, and the <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

Tide’s win streak stopped at<br />

15 matches.<br />

South Carolina had avenged<br />

its shutout defeat from the<br />

regular season. Alabama’s losses<br />

have both come by 1-0 margins.<br />

“We came here with the<br />

intention of winning the<br />

tournament, but super proud of<br />

our group,” head coach Wes Hart<br />

said. “We gave it everything we<br />

had on the day, South Carolina<br />

was just a little bit better. We’ve<br />

accomplished a lot, we’re a good<br />

team, but today we just didn’t<br />

have enough.”<br />

Despite the defeat, Alabama<br />

had three players named to the<br />

all-tournament team. Goalkeeper<br />

McKinley Crone, defender Sasha<br />

Pickard and forward Ashlynn<br />

Serepca were awarded the honor.<br />

Serepca scored the game winner<br />

against Mississippi State and<br />

Crone and Pickard consistently<br />

made some of the best defensive<br />

plays of the tournament. Crone’s<br />

and Pickard’s first-half efforts<br />

in the semifinal match against<br />

Vanderbilt were part of the<br />

reason Alabama played on<br />

Sunday at all.<br />

“I know it’s going to burn at<br />

me the whole bus ride home,”<br />

Hart said. “<strong>The</strong> good news for us<br />

Alabama’s Reyna Reyes (16) looks to make a move in 1-0 loss to the South<br />

Carolina Gamecocks. CW / David Gray<br />

is that it’s not done yet. <strong>The</strong>re’s<br />

still more soccer ahead of us.”<br />

Indeed, Sunday’s loss does not<br />

mark the end of the programbest<br />

Alabama soccer season. For<br />

the first time ever, Tuscaloosa<br />

will host an NCAA tournament<br />

match when the event begins.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide went a<br />

perfect <strong>10</strong>-0 at home in the<br />

regular season, including<br />

the prior shutout win over<br />

the Gamecocks.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first round of the NCAA<br />

Tournament will begin on <strong>Nov</strong>.<br />

11. Alabama will learn its seeding<br />

and matchup on Monday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 7<br />

at 3 p.m. CT.<br />

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