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Tiger Wranglers gear up for rodeo showdown

Rodeo is a passion to some and to others, just a fun event to watch. This year the University of West Alabama will be hosting its annual rodeo starting Thursday, Oct. 19. As one of only two college rodeo teams in the state of Alabama it is sure to be an exciting time. All seventeen of the region’s rodeo teams will be in attendance. UWA rodeo coach Jayson Shoenfeld urges everyone to come out rain or shine because the rodeo will go on. “Our rodeo is unique because it is pure rodeo,” he said. “There are a lot of athletes giving everything they’ve got to rodeo so everyone should come support them” he continued. This Thursday will be a big day for UWA’s rodeo team. As well as being the opening night for their rodeo it will be a night to honor Jesse Gable, a former UWA bull rider who was paralyzed from the waist down in a car crash this summer. He will be attending the rodeo and will be presented with an award. The beginnings of rodeo can be traced back to as early as the 1700’s. The sport all began with the regular duties that had to be done on a ranch. From these duties, came the specific events seen in today’s rodeo. In the 1800’s ranchers began to raise cattle to send to the East Coast. Ranchers began organizing cattle drives to get the cattle to stockyards in larger towns so that they could be shipped back east on trains. At the end
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NASCAR offers fundraising opportunities for student organizations
race weekend, student organizations have the potential to bring back a combined $15,000 to be Go fast and turn left. used for their respective activiUnless you’ve been living ties and events,” Gardner said. under a rock for the last ten “Our student groups depend years, you’ve may have noticed on fundraisers such as this to that auto racing provide opporhas become tunities for their the fastest members, while growing sport at the same time in the country. keeping memThis cultural bership costs phenomenon down.” has evolved G a r d n e r, from a series who serves as of regional advisor to the events plagued UWA Cheerby negative leaders, also stereotypes into said that if it a marketing were not for the The Life • contributed money raised d i r e c t o r ’s dream come Members of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority take a break from through fundtrue. their work schedule to check out some of the stock cars. raisers such as What you Talladega, the may not know, however, is that bi-annual running of the Tal- cheerleading squad would not the NASCAR organization ladega 500. have the funds necessary to and the venues that host “The amount of money travel and compete in the Uniracing events offer many that is brought back to our cam- versal Cheerleading Associaopportunities for student pus is astounding,” said Jason tion’s national competition. organizations and individuals Gardner, UWA’s Director of “Being able to compete to raise money and discover Student Activities. On a typical at UCA provides national
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hidden talents as well and possible career options. As many as seven of the University of West Alabama student organizations regularly work at the Talladega Super Speedway during the

exposure for our university,” Gardner said. The university’s Greek organizations bring home thousands of dollars each year by serving as ticket takers,

cooler checkers and ushers at NASCAR events in Talladega, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga. In addition to the money raised, working at these events has become a fun tradition for

many of the organizations. Chris Hawkins, a senior from Mobile, Ala., and standards chairman for Alpha
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Black Belt Museum to sponsor lecture on British naturalist
by Lauren Snoddy
Staff Writer

On Thursday, Oct 19, the Black Belt Museum will sponsor a lecture on British naturalist, Phillip Henry Gosse. The lecture will be held in Brock Hall at 7 p.m., with a reception immediately following. Admission to the event is free. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Gary McMullen, a professor of entomology at Auburn University. Gosse published a book, Letters from Alabama, which documented some of his findings while living in Dallas County, Ala., in 1838. Let-

ters offers a peek at Alabama in the pre-Civil War era, as the planter culture was just emerging. Dr. John Hall, Executive Curator for the Black Belt Museum said, “Letters from Alabama is a notable book that describes the people, plants, and animals of the Pleasant Hill community in Dallas County. It also tells of some of Gosse’s experiences there.” According to Hall, McMullen will center his lecture on this book and some of the lesser-known illustrations in it. Hall said, “McMullen is very interested in the history of this important 19th century

naturalist and has discovered the existence of some poorly known paintings connected to the book. He will also discuss the excellent woodcuts illustrating the book.” This event is the first public program offered by the emerging Black Belt Museum, which is part of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt. Hall said, “This should be a particularly interesting event for people who are interested in the Black Belt and regional history.” He added, “This should be both a historical and natural history treat for UWA students and community members alike.”

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Organizations join to make academics ‘a matter of honor’
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Chi, and Phi Eta Sigma will co-host an FYI session on the honor societies at UWA. After realizing the honor societies’ booths received little attention at orientation this year, Dr. Tina Jones, Ms. Mary Pagliero, and Ms. Tammy White began thinking of a way to inform students about the societies. They decided the best way to help students understand the requirements and benefits of UWA’s honor societies would be “A Matter of Honor,” an FYI session focusing only on honor societies. “The organizers of the Honors Fair felt that there was a need of a fall activity that that would draw attention to the honor societies that recognize superior students,” said Pagliero. The event will be held in the second floor lobby of Wallace Hall from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature information about the 16 active honor societies on the UWA campus. Anyone interested in excelling in academics and leadership should attend the FYI session. Being in honor societies does more than fill up space on a resume; it lets employers know the applicants are leaders in their communities. “These organizations are valuable in students’ careers in helping them make connections with people equally interested in academics,” explained Jones, the faculty advisor for Alpha Chi, an honor society recognizing the academic achievements of juniors and seniors with GPAs of 3.5 or higher. According to Pagliero, “There should be promotion of student achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service throughout the academic year.” Honor societies strive to commend students for academic achievements. Also, several honor societies recognize community service. At the event students will be able to learn which honor societies recognize what. They will also be able to learn key campus contact people for each organization. Little has been done to promote the honor societies, but the event will encourage better academic performance by showing students the requirements of these organizations. In addition, the event coordinators hope the session will raise the percentage of acceptance rates this spring when most honor societies send out invitations for students to join. “It is my hope that this event will become an annual event that focuses the students’ attention on academic excellence,” Jones said.

College of Education to sponsor childcare conference
by Brandie Hagler
Staff Writer

45 South slated to perform on Sucarnochee Revue
The Sucarnochee Revue returns Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m., featuring ten acts for the second show of the 2006 season at the University of West Alabama’s Bibb Graves Auditorium. This nationally syndicated radio program, sponsored by UWA, introduces radio listeners in Alabama, Mississippi, and importantly, other parts of the nation and world to the artistic community of performers from the Black Belt area. This month’s featured act is 45 South, made up of Johnson siblings Jenna, 15; Benjamin, 13; and K.K., 9. Playing everything from bluegrass to Jimmie Rodgers to classical, the group sings 3-part harmony and plays the guitar, banjo and fiddle. Sucarnochee Revue regulars Jacky Jack White, J.Burton Fuller, Britt Gully, Mississippi Chris Sharp and Ms. Joyce Shearer will also perform. The Sucarnochee Revue presents Black Belt music in its most authentic manner. The hour-long radio program, taped live and then broadcast on stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Colorado and New York and worldwide The Life • betsy compton via the internet, features Host Jacky Jack White will welcome blues, black gospel, southern gospel, bluegrass and his regular performers and debut country artists. trio 45 South. Admission to The Sufree. For more information carnochee Revue is $5. Sumter about the show, please call County Fine Arts Council 205-652-6680 or visit www. members and students attend

The University of West Alabama invites childcare providers to the quality childcare conference sponsored by the College of Education. The theme for this year’s conference is “All About You.” The annual conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bell Conference Center. Six hours of training credit is available from the areas of concentration required for licensing by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. UWA is offering the conference in conjunction with the River Valley Family Association (Greene, Hale, and Sumter Counties), Auburn University’s Family Child Care Partnerships and the Family Guidance Center in Montgomery. Opening at 8 a.m. will be newly elected state representative A.J. McCampbell with “Protecting Your Future.”

Morning training will include sessions on “You Are What You Eat,” “The Joy of Reading,” “Taking Care of You,” “The Business You Are In,” “Gross Motor Adaptations” and “Protecting Your Skin.” At noon, keynote speaker Andria Hurst will present “All About You.” Hurst is a Food Editor for Southern Living and All About You magazines. Following Hurst’s presentation lunch will be served. The afternoon will conclude with the Providers Recognitions and Wrap Up. Dionne Edison, an Instructor for the Julia Tutwiler College of Education at UWA and coordinator for the event said, “This is a win-win situation for everybody. Providers get their training, and faculty get a chance to provide community service. Students gain handson experience and have the opportunity to receive service training. This is cost effective, and it’s a good experience. It’s very appropriate to continue the support that the administration has provided, and the

University provides 90% of the cost for the conference.” Edison also explained, “[the conference] started off just a child-care conference, and now it’s opened up to other educators and parents established after child care agency in Demopolis, Ala., was absorbed by Child Development Resources in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and wanted to provide a continuation of services to child care providers. There was a fear that child care providers were going to be lost in the West Alabama area. The Alabama Department of Human Resources requires that child care professionals receive on-going training to keep their licenses. This training will provide six of their required hours. This conference allows the University to give back to the community.” The Quality Child Care Conference is free, but preregistration is required. For more information, contact conference organizer Dionne Edison at 205-652-3435; fax 205-652-3706 or e-mail

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tions to turn in a roster listing all the organization’s active members. In addition, President Danielle Buckalew said that any senator who had not received his/her homecoming shirt could pick up a shirt following the meeting. Buckalew also congratulated UWA’s football team for their recent victories at Homecoming and against West Georgia.

On Monday, Oct. 16, the Student Government Association met in the Student Union Building to approve monies for Alpha Phi Alpha and Delta Sigma Pi. During Executive Report, Secretary Kelly Sheehan said that she needed all organiza-

In Committee Reports, the Finance Committee said Alpha Phi Alpha and Delta Sigma Pi were approved to ask the SGA for funds from the organizational funds. During Public Forum, Attorney General Kaylan McDuff asked why students no longer could stand in front of the
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moisturized is very important because your skin can dry out from cold temperatures during the winter months. According to Jet magazine, “The purpose of moisturizing is to restore the oil-water balance lost during the removal of bacteria back to the skin’s surface.” You can find moisturizing lotions at just about any department or drug store to keep your skin radiant. Most people have workout routines that involve the outdoors during the summer months. Once the winter season comes, most people neglect their bodies and lose motivation in the process. To keep you from losing your spark and motivation, Ms. Shonna Tatum, UWA’s Wellness Center Fitness Coordinator, has some helpful advice that is sure to keep you fit. “When I start getting ready for seasonal changes, I pending they bring Sheehan a roster of their eight active members’ names. Buckalew adjourned the try to get the most out of the days that are cool,” Tatum said. “I try to do all my workouts outside, because I know it will not be long before I will have to do everything indoors,” she said. It’s also good to use a variety of work-outs to keep from being bored. “I like to roller blade with my children at the park,” said Tatum. “I also enjoy biking, walking and running.” You can still get exercise even when weather is unfavorable. “When it is raining or too cold outside, I beat the winter blues by using different exercise machines at the Wellness Center,” said Tatum. “I may even participate in different aerobic classes like circuit training, abs and stretch, or work-out on the innovative
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Cooler weather calls attention to health
Although, the current temperatures seem like they will be permanent, the winter season is around the corner, and it’s coming like a thief in the night. Since there’s time to spare, there are some ideas to keep in mind as the season changes. As fall approaches, it brings the cold and flu season with it. Unfortunately, this causes many people to get sick. To keep your body healthy, pump up your immune system. According to the Guide of Natural Healing, “If your immune function is weakened, your body is subject to fatigue and illness and cannot ward off infections.” Taking vitamins C and E can stimulate your immune system and protect it against infections. Did you know that eating one orange stands in the student section. Director of Student Life Luther Gremmels said to get in contact with Athletic Director E.J. Brophy to see why. In New Business, Senatorat-Large Chris Colvin motioned that the SGA allot Delta Sigma Pi $450 for travel expenses to of the trails, the cowboys would often hold informal competitions among themselves and the various different groups to see which had the best riders and ropers. It was from this that formal rodeo had its beginnings. All too soon this cowboy era came to an end but rodeo did not. People like Buffalo Bill Cody took rodeo and glamorized it, which greatly contributed to the modern rodeo form. However, these shows began to die out leaving the cowboy competitions which were put on at local rodeos or stock shows. Today, rodeo is a huge national sport. Most rodeo competitors agree that as long as there is a love for animals, competition and the thrill of a win, there will always be rodeo. As exciting as rodeo can be with little knowledge of the actual events, it is important to realize that with just a little information fans are able to see the sport from a whole new perspective. In rodeo there are two different categories of rodeo equals 60 milligrams of vitamin C? If you want your fair share of Vitamin C, you better start peeling an orange! Taking the flu shot is another way to protect yourself as the season changes. According to the magazine, Smart Moves, “The influenza vaccine reduces the likelihood of getting the flu, and lessons the severity of symptoms and complications if you do get sick.” So if you’re afraid of getting the shot too early, don’t fear. The best time to get the flu shot is in the months of October and November because by the time the frigid temperatures arrive, your body is already protected. Not only should you take care of your body internally, but externally as the summer weather changes to winter. One aspect of taking care of your body externally is taking care of your skin. Keeping your skin a convention in Baton Rouge, La. Senior Senator Coty Cross seconded the motion. The motion was called to a voice vote and passed. In addition to allotting Delta Sigma Pi money, the SGA voted to allot Alpha Phi Alpha $450 to travel to their convention on Oct. 20 events: roughstock and timed events. Roughstock events include bareback, saddle, bronc and bull riding. Timed events are steer wrestling, barrel racing, tie-down or calf roping and team roping. With the all time favorite event of bull riding there are several things to watch for according to Shoenfeld. “Half of the score is the cowboy’s ability to stay on the bull and half is the bull’s performance,” he said. Judging is done by two different individuals with twenty five points for each aspect with the maximum being one hundred points, which is considered the perfect ride. In saddle bronc riding, the scoring is the same and cowboys are judged on control, spur motion, and timing. In saddle bronc riding, riders spur their horses. Bareback riding is much the same except for one large detail. There is no saddle. Cowboys ride bareback on the horse and use a leather rigging, which looks like a heavy piece of leather with a

Looking Back

Gathering students for a school picnic before football game is a long standing tradition at UWA. Here students from 1960 sit at a Family Day celebration in front of the school sign. UWA was known as Livingston State College from1957 until its name was changed to Livington University in 1968. In honor of the University’s 175th Anniversary in 2010, The Life will feature a photographic look back at the history of the University each week during the school year of 2006-2007.

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meeting by inviting everyone out to UWA’s volleyball game against Albany on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Pruitt Gym.

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suitcase handle. They also spur their horses and are judged on control and spurring technique, and the horses are judged on their power, speed, and agility. In the timed events, obviously swiftness counts. In these events time is the most important thing considered. However other aspects to watch for are the ability of the animals. In calf roping the calf is released and the cowboy must rope it as quickly as possible, throw the calf on its side, and securely tie any three of its legs together. Time is stopped when the cowboy throws up his hands. In this event time is important, but so is the ability of the horse to work the calf. In team roping the two cowboys have unique goals. The first, known as the header ropes the head of the cattle. The other cowboy, known as the heeler, ropes the heels or legs. The clock is stopped when there is no slack in both ropes and the horses face each other. In steer wrestling the steer is released and he charges after it on his horse. The steer wrestler catches up to the steer as quickly as possible and then leans over, jumps off of his horse and grabs the steer by its head. He then plants his feet and flips if onto its side, which stops the clock. In the women’s timed events there are barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. In barrel racing the riders enter at full speed and steer their horses as close as they can to the three barrels set up in the arena trying to do it the quickest without knocking over a barrel. In the UWA arena a good time will be in the seventeens. If a barrel gets knocked over, a five second penalty is added to the rider’s total time. In breakaway roping, the calf is given a head start out of its chute and the cowgirl has to rope it. When she succeeds in roping the calf, she signals her horse to stop, and the rope attached to her saddle breaks free signaling the end of the

Miss Paragon Pageant


Blue Key is asking all organizations, parents or businesses to submit two candidates to represent their group in this year’s Miss Paragon Pageant. There is a $15 charge per contestant registration fee which must be paid in Webb Hall room 323 before entering the pageant. Names must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6. For more information contact the Office of Student Affairs in Webb Hall room 323 or call (205) 652-3581.

Hallelujah Harvest

On Oct. 29, the Livingston First Baptist Church will host a Hallelujah Harvest. All children ages toddler to sixth grade are invited to “Walk with Moses” at 5 p.m. outside the Family Life Center of the church. At 6 p.m. everyone will join together for a worship service follwed by a chili supper inside the Family Life Center. There will be a hayride for the children and youth following the supper. For more information contact the church office at (205) 652-2261.

Fall Colquitt Faculty Colloquium

The Fall 2006 James Colquitt Faculty Colloquium will be held on Wed., Nov. 1, at the Callaway School at 6 p.m. Dr. Ketia Shumaker and Dr. Doug Wymer will be the presenters. Shumaker’s presentation is entitled “Workshop Overview on Approaches and Techniques for Teaching Science to Stimulate Undergraduate Learning,” and Wymer’s is entitled “Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem.” A question and answer session will follow their presentations with a reception to be held in their honor at the Moon House.

run. A good time for this event is in the threes. In goat tying the contestant must ride her horse to the goat seventy feet away, dismount, throw the goat down and securely tie any three of its legs together. A good time for this event is in the eight or nines. With these tips everyone should be able to enjoy the

rodeo a little more. While keeping all the technicalities of each event in mind, you don’t want to forget to pay attention to the winner. We might have a future rodeo superstar in our midst. Several UWA graduates such as Jake Littlefield have gone professional and done well. So pay attention and you just might see them on television one day.

The University of West Alabama and the UWA National Alumni Association presented several Alumni Achievement Awards as part of the recent Homecoming celebration at the institution. Established in 1994, these awards recognize outstanding alumni from each UWA college or division and organizations that make valuable contributions to the West Alabama community. pice Services. McKenzie also holds a master’s degree in Personnel Management from Troy University. Frank Stegall of Moundville received the alumni achievement award from the College of Education. Superintendent of the Hale County School System, Stegall earned a master ’s degree in education from UWA in 1987. Previously, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in

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1988 until 1992. In 1992, Musso completed a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Alabama. He then earned his law degree from UA in 1995, graduating magna cum laude. In 2003, Musso joined his present firm, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, P.C. in Birmingham, practicing in the labor and employment field. His plays have been produced and performed by soon convinced the state of Alabama to declare the mine a state geological preserve. To date, more than 22,000 trackways have been found at Union Chapel, and the site has drawn experts from throughout the United States and the world. Today, it is considered the best amphibian trackway site in the world. The story of the mine and its historical significance has been featured on PBS through the Alabama While enrolled in the master’s program, he designed a nurse practitioner-run heart failure clinic that was adopted at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, where he is the co-director. Herald is employed by Cardiovascular Consultants of Alabama as an acute care nurse practitioner. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Alabama College of Cardiology and is director of the Cardiology Care AssociUWA with numerous projects, including the use of the courthouse square for the annual Sucarnochee Folklife Festival and the furnishing of materials and maintenance for the Don C. Hines Rodeo Complex, the UWA softball complex, Tartt Field and the university’s intramural fields. This award recognizes the exemplary town-and-gown relationship cultivated by the Sumter County Com-

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Sumter County Commissioners Aubrey Ellis and Edward Hardwick

Joseph Musso and College of Liberal Arts Dean Michael Cook

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Frank Stegall and College of Education Dean Tom Devaney

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Kevin McKenzie and College of Business Dean Linda Carr

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Kevin McKenzie of Tuscaloosa was honored by the College of Business. McKenzie, a 1978 business administration graduate, joined The Moser Group as a partner in October 2005. Prior to joining The Moser Group, McKenzie served for nearly seven years as an Officer and Vice President, Human Resources, for Linden Lumber Company and Medallion Hardwood Flooring. McKenzie has served for over three years as a member of the Board of Directors of Alabama Central Credit Union, where he is also chairman of the Board’s human resource committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Affinity Home Hos-

UWA (‘92) alum Ashley Allen of Oneonta, Ala.
theater companies in New York, California, Florida and several other states. Musso is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. Ashley Allen of Oneonta was honored by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in geology from UWA in 1992 and his master’s degree in biology in 1994. Allen is credited with discovering that the rocks of the Union Chapel Coal Mine, located halfway between Birmingham and Jasper, contained 300 million year old animal trackways, or tracks made by an animal as it walks. He gained national attention and

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Museum of Natural History. In recognition of his accomplishments both as a scientist and as a teacher, Allen was also honored as Alabama’s Outstanding Earth Science teacher in 2005. Jeffery Herald of Alabaster received the alumni achievement award from the Division of Nursing. He earned an A.S. in Nursing from The University of West Alabama in 1989. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from UAB, where was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, an international honor society in nursing. Herald completed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner boards in 2004.

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mission. The National Alumni Association also inducted Hattie Kate Bell, 89, of Livingston as an honorary member. Born in Sumterville in 1917, Bell attended Hamner High School until the 11th grade. A sharecropper and a pastor’s wife, she raised eight children. She was an avid reader, and she wrote poetry and essays during her leisure time. A member of Sumterville Baptist Church for 78 years, she was also a member of the Busy Bee Club, and she served as head cook for the local Head Start program to put her children through college. Bell has 20 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren.

Elementary Education from James Madison University. Stegall began his teaching career in Pickens County before he was hired as principal of Moundville Elementary School in 1987. He served in that position for 13 years, and he was appointed Superintendent in 2000. The College of Liberal Arts honored attorney and playwright Joseph Musso of Birmingham, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UWA in 1984. After completing a master’s degree in English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1987, Musso returned to UWA, serving as an assistant professor of English from

ates of Alabama. The Choctaw County Chapter of the UWA National Alumni Association was honored as Outstanding Organization. Each year, the chapter holds a crawfish boil that has become a favorite event among area UWA alumni. Through their fund-raising efforts, the chapter has sponsored numerous scholarships for Choctaw County students over the past 12 years. The Choctaw County chapter is under the leadership of Gayle McPhearson, chapter president. The West Alabama Community Service Award went to the Sumter County Commission, which has assisted

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Hunters television show on Aug. 21. Gray competed against nine other contestants for a treasure hunt in Washington, D.C. The treasure that yielded the grand prize money was a copy of the Star Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History in D.C. Gray said that about “400,000 other people signed up on to participate in [the] online-based competition that coincided with the airing of the show each week.” After each television episode, a challenge was unlocked online. The contestants “solved cryptic clues and challenges that revolved around American History.” If the contestants completed the challenge before the next show they were given a clue and puzzle piece along with the opportunity to guess the final location of the online treasure. Contestants other people, correctly guessed where the treasure was located. Of these 37,000 people, only 10 were picked to received $10,000 each. The 10 winners were flown to Washington, D.C. to participate in a live treasure hunt for a $100,000 prize. On Aug. 9, Gray found out that he had won the $10,000. He explained that he was “in the process of transitioning between jobs at the time and hadn’t worked for about six weeks. [Gray] was relieved that [he] would be receiving the additional income.” Little did he know, he was about to be not only $10,000, but $100,000 richer. Gray was later flown to Washington, D.C. to participate in a live treasure hunt for a chance to win $100,000. He was in Washington, D.C. for four days during the taping of the show. He taped everything in one day. Gray said that “the taping was pretty strenuous. It was very physically and mentally draining at times.” He spent a lot of time after the show filming interviews and taping things for the sponsors of the show and for the media. Gray said that the hardest part of participating in the show was that he was “unable to tell anyone other than [his] wife that [he] won the hunt until after the finale aired.” He was regularly dodging people’s questions about the show and who the winner was. Only his wife, daughter and mother-in-law knew that Gray was in DC for the finale. In total, Gray came home with a $110,000. The money will definitely be helpful in

Survivor, The Real World, American Idol, Laguna Beach, Fear Factor, Amazing Race… these are all names that ring in our minds as familiar. Reality shows have been the hype of television for the last few years. We have a sense of pride when we find out one of the contestants is a native of our hometown or state, for example, Ruben Studdard or Bo Bice on American Idol. This time one of UWA’s own has become an overnight celebrity because of the popularity of this trend in television. One week he is signing checks to pay bills, the next he has no bills and is signing autographs. This is the new “reality” of Scott Gray’s life. Gray, a Sigma Pi and 2002 graduate of UWA, appeared on NBC’s Treasure

Scott Gray, a 2002 graduate of UWA, recently won a $100,00 prize on NBC’s reality show “Treasure Hunters.”
had “8 challenges and 8 opportunities to guess over the course of the season.” Gray, along with 37,000

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paying off some of the bills Gray and his wife have accumulated. He said that he is paying off both his and his wife’s cars. They are also going to pay off some small loans that they have and have invested a bit as well. Probably the most exciting thing they have done with the money is set aside some to purchase their first home in the coming year. For Gray, participating in the Treasure Hunters show was a dream that came true. Gray said that he has “always wanted to participate in a limited roll in a movie or television show. To be on film immortalizes a person in a way.” Amazing how his life has changed since the show.

Behind the scenes of...
Jessica Merklin (Julia) and Ben Nelms (Roger) study the blocking from one of their scenes. Carmen Giles (Peggy) listens as her character’s husband and best friend try to convince her that she has gone “nuts.” Assistant Director Andrew Traeger listens attentively as the actors rehearse their lines.

Director James McGahey, sitting away from the action to avoid interrupting the actors, watches as Jessica Merklin and Ben Nelms rehearse.

Floyd (Garrison Baugh), right, offers Roger (Ben Nelms), a solution to the disorder that the “fourth wall” has caused as Julia (Jessica Merklin), sitting, listens.


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October 18, 2006


UWA tops West Georgia 24-14
The University with 135 yards rushof West Alabama ing. football team picked UWA’s final score up its fifth victory of the half came on of the season, as the a 46-yard fumble reTigers dropped West covery returned for Georgia 24-14 Thursa touchdown by Miday evening at Tiger chael Mitchell with Stadium. 29 seconds left. The win snapped UWG made their way a two-game losing to the scoreboard with streak in the Gulf 10:14 remaining in the South Conference game on a 7-yard pass and a three-game losfrom Ryan Poole to ing skid to the Wolves Johnny Williams. in the series. The Wolves posted West Alabama their second touchposted all 24-points down of the game with in the first half of the 30 seconds remaining, game, scoring first on as Poole found James a 70-yard touchdown Kennebrew for an 8pass from James Reyard strike. iter to Edward Pearce The Life • britt jones Lewis Thompson with 33-seconds reMcBride UWA sophomore Mitch Warfield (41) connected on and Kidane10 tackmaining in the openrecorded a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter. UWA’s les each to lead the ing quarter. The Tiger offense 24-14 victory against West Georgia brings the UWA defense. struck three times in West Alabama reTigers to 5-2 for the season. three minutes in the turns to action, Satursecond quarter to pull away half. Just under two minutes day, Oct. 21, as the Tigers visit from West Georgia. later Jerin Wright took a 24- Valdosta State. The road trip is Mitch Warfield connected yard run to the end zone to the first of three for the Tigers on a 32-yard field goal with give UWA a 17-0 lead. away from home. Kickoff is 2:59 remaining in the opening Wright finished the game slated for noon.

Sumter County Fine Arts Council
at the heart of the community
Thursday, October 26, 2006 UWA’s Bibb Graves Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Nashville Mandolin Ensemble

Bach, Beatles and Bluegrass
With its scintillating contemporary qualities, the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble has been hailed for revitalizing and reshaping a type of ensemble music that enjoyed nationwide popularity at the turn of the 20th century. The group will perform selections from its critically acclaimed recording Bach, Beatles, and Bluegrass, redefining the Three B’s of music as it wraps its unique sound around works from a wide array of composers, including Hoagy Carmichael, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Dickey Betts and, as noted in the CD title, J.S. Bach and Lennon & McCartney.

Tiger Wranglers finish first, fourth at Troy
The University of West Alabama wanglers were in action over the weekend, competing at the Troy University Rodeo, as the Tiger women won the meet, while the men placed fourth. Sophomore Lauren Hedrick was third (6.7) in the breakaway roping event and third (19.7) in goat tying. Junior Carrissa Purvis placed fourth (19.9) in goat tying. Freshman Deanna Mixon was eighth (41.1) in barrel racing. The Tigers took the meet with 315 points, while Troy was second (260) and Murray finished third (250). Senior Tyler Pearson placed second (11.5) in steer wrestling, while senior Todd Bledsoe was second (150) in the bareback riding event. Senior Brandon Reynolds finished third (150) in bull riding. West Alabama finished with 410 points, as TennesseeMartin won the event with

835 points. Troy was second (700), while Missouri Valley College took third (455). “We are very excited to get to come home and compete,” Tigers coach Jayson Schoenfeld said. “We hope everyone will come out and support us.” The Tigers play host to the UWA Tiger Showdown this weekend at the Don C. Hines Rodeo Complex. The events for Thursday, Friday and Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. symptoms over a long period of time, you should consult a doctor immediately step. To learn more about seasonal changes, contact Ms. Shonna Tatum at (205) 6523662 or for more information. To get more information concerning Seasonal Affective Disorder, visit

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ideas to training.” Whatever you decide to do, set a goal and stick to it. “I love to do different things and try new innovative ideas to training,” Tatum said. The winter months can cause depression. Believe it or not, the weather can play a vital a role in the way you feel. Known as SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, “it is a depression that occurs in the winter months,” explained Dr. John Powell, a psychology specialist. “Women are affected more than men,” he added. Some of the symptoms include lack of energy, irritability, weight gain, lack of interest in socializing, and oversleeping. If you find yourself suffering from these

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The University digs, respectively. of West Alabama Saturday, West Alavolleyball team split bama took the openmatches against ing game, 30-27 and Southern Arkansas didn’t look back in this past weekend, taking the match with losing 3-1 on Friday scores of 30-28, 30-20 night to the Muleridin getting its eighth ers, but picking up a victory of the season. 3-0 victory Saturday. The Tigers had 59 O n F r i d a y, kills to 22 errors, the Tigers (8-19) while Southern Ardropped the openkansas had 43 kills ing game, 30-27, but and 17 errors. battled back with Sophomore Teresa a 30-27 win in the Clements paced West second. However, Alabama with 15 kills Southern Arkanand nine digs, while sas (9-13) took the hitting .333. Senior match with scores of Elizabeth Colley added 30-24, 30-15. 14 kills and four total Sophomore Alblocks, hitting .440 and lison Nail paced the Nail finished with 11 The Life • britt jones West Alabama ofkills, seven digs and two fense with 16 kills UWA sophomore Teresa Clements finished blocks, while hitting and 17 digs, while Saturday’s action with 15 kills and nine digs. .304. De Francesco had hitting .234. Fresh49 assists and nine digs, man Jessica Crook had 12 kills and 11 digs, respectively. while Swan and sophomore Nici and six total blocks. Freshman Shelly Jones led the Mul- Steckel finished with 24 and 12 Giuliana De Francesco added eriders with 16 kills and 19 digs, digs, respectively. 34 assists and 15 digs, while while Brandi Beeson added 15 Jones and Beeson had sophomore Jacquie Swan and kills. Mallory McKee and Kayli 10 kills each, while Andrea junior Taylor Borunda had 14 Kerr finished with 22 and 15 Spradlin added 24 assists.

West Alabama splits pair with Southern Arkansas

NASCAR from page 1
Sigma Alpha sorority, said that members both look forward to and dread race weekends. “It’s exhausting, but it is such a memorable part of my college experience,” Hawkins said. “Not only do you get the chance to make friends with students from other universities, it is really a bonding experience for the members of your own organization because you are thrown together, often in tight quarters for long hours, and you are usually sleep deprived. You just make it fun.” The money raised helps these organizations fund everything from social events and philanthropic contributions to general operating expenses. Without income from fundraisers, organizations would be forced to raise dues which would prohibit many potential members from joining. Opportunities are not just limited to student organizations. Carole Welborn, the director of UWA’s Wellness Center, spends several weekends a year as a guest relations supervisor for the NASCAR Corporation. As the advisor for Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, she started attending the races to help the sorority raise money and soon found herself mingling with the drivers, owners and corporate sponsors. “As a guest relations supervisor, one of my responsibilities is to check credentials of VIPs entering the main tunnel to the in-field,” Welborn said. She has had the opportunity to meet every driver in the NASCAR Cup Series. Most recently, she found herself checking the credentials of Brian Vickers, who went on to win the Oct. 8 race. “I helped him with a problem, and to say thanks, he offered to sign something for me. He said, ‘let me sign something, I might win a race someday,’” Welborn said. Welborn also had the chance to meet actor Will Ferrell during the filming of the recent movie, Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby. What makes NASCAR appealing, according to Welborn, is that it welcomes a crosssection of the population. “The in-field is a great representation of the diverse fans NASCAR events attract,” Welborn said. “You see people camping in tents and people in million-dollar motor homes all sharing a love for the sport. Race fans are good people.” Gardner, who enjoys the sport as a fan in addition to his responsibilities with the cheerleaders, said that NASCAR fans are extremely loyal to their product. “People from all walks of life have a great time together. It is the only event I’ve ever been to where there are over 150,000 people with a common interest,” Gardner said. If you would like to learn more about fundraising opportunities through NASCAR events, you may reach Gardner at 652-3624 or Welborn at 652-3206 to obtain the contact information for the venue coordinators.


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