Bring Back Dixieland Delight

Bring Back Dixieland Delight

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The best time of the year is officially here, college football season! Alabama Crimson Tide football is what every Alabama alumni, student and fan looks forward to each year. One of the main things Crimson Tide fans look forward to, besides the Tide winning, is singing “Dixieland Delight” as it blares over the speakers during the fourth quarter. If you have never stayed until the fourth quarter of the game to witness fans moving their shakers in sync to the beat of “Dixieland Delight” do you even love the Tide?

“Dixieland Delight” is an original song from the band Alabama, fitting right? The song was released in 1983, and quickly became the band’s ninth number-one hit, according to Rolling Stones.

The song then started to be played at every football game played in Bryant-Denny Stadium, becoming the Crimson Tide’s unofficial theme song. Fans have even developed their own lyrics to fill in breaks between the lines of the music.

If you’re wondering what the lyrics are, you are probably a freshman or have never stayed all four quarters (shame on you). To summarize the fan-made lyrics, they dis our biggest rival teams with a cuss word, sometimes more than just one, and, of course, a lot of “Roll Tide."

The lyrics show the opposing team, the fans, and Alabama as a whole’s personality, and spirit we have for the Crimson Tide. Here are the lyrics you would scream at the top of your lungs during a football game:

Spend my dollar (ON BEER),

Parked in a holler ‘neath the mountain moonlight (ROLL TIDE),

Hold her uptight (AGAINST THE WALL),

Make a little lovin’ (ALL NIGHT),

A little turtle dovin’ on a Mason Dixon night (**** AUBURN),

Fits my life (AND LSU), oh so right (AND TENNESSEE, TOO),

My Dixieland Delight.

The last home football game of the season was the Iron Bowl against Auburn University. Alumni, families and students of both universities packed all 101,000 plus seats in Bryant-Denny Stadium for the most anticipated game of the year.

As many may know, Auburn University is Alabama's most despised enemy school in every way shape and form, especially when it comes to football. That being said, fans and especially student’s favorite lyric to scream on the top of their lungs is "**** AUBURN”. When it was time for the famous anthem to play, the fans took it in their hands to change every single side lyric to “**** AUBURN.”

Multiple YouTube videos with 10,000 plus views, one with 35,000 plus views and Vines of the song from the Iron Bowl went viral on the Internet. In all the chaos of those videos being shared, there was one other important post being shared on Facebook.

A post stating that “Dixieland Delight” was going to be banned from being played in the stadium, which immediately set fans in an outrage. Even though the University wasn’t ecstatic with the publicity they were receiving from the vulgar and disrespectful chants, I believe there was never an official statement from Administration saying the anthem was being banned. Whether the censorship of the song is a rumor or a real statement, fans are not happy.

A senator from the University of Alabama’s Student Government, Patrick Fitzgerald, decided to use his legislative power to take matters into his own hands. Fitzgerald created a Facebook event “Bring Back Dixieland Delight” where he stated, “I have written legislation (supported by the band Alabama itself) to reinstate our great game day tradition.”

Many fans may not know, considering they did not stay for the four quarters of the game against Middle Tennessee, "Dixieland Delight" in fact was played for them team to get pumped in the last quarter. I guess someone decided to start a silly rumor and did not realize how fans seriously fans would take the false statement. All of the stressing was for nothing, but now we will be able to scream "Dixieland Delight" in Bryant-Denny for the rest of our college years and hopefully many more as alumni.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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