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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

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Visiting author discusses greek segregation at UA

Visiting author discusses greek segregation at UA

Amanda Sams October 3, 2011

Watch a video interview with Paul Rogat Loeb here. Paul Loeb, a California native and noted national author of “Soul of a Citizen” and other books, applied former South African President Nelson Mandela’s...

Students start memorial fund for fallen student

Amanda Sams September 19, 2011

A fund has been set up in commemoration of Trey Johnson, a graduate student in the Culverhouse School of Business at the University of Alabama who died on Sept. 11 from gunshot wounds outside of Sterling...

Student killed at apartment complex near campus

Student killed at apartment complex near campus

Amanda Sams September 13, 2011

UA graduate student James Harry Johnson III (Trey), was shot around 2 a.m. Sunday at the Sterling Crimson apartment complex on 17th Street, and was pronounced dead at Druid City Hospital shortly after,...

Illness Claims UA Student

Illness Claims UA Student

Amanda Sams June 1, 2011

William W. Malnati Jr., 24, a junior majoring in journalism from Centennial, Colorado, died on May 16, leaving an unmistakable void in the College of Communication and Information Sciences and at the University...

Departments aid affected professors, students

Amanda Sams May 12, 2011

After an EF-4 tornado struck Tuscaloosa on April 27 and displaced many students, professors, faculty and staff members at the University of Alabama, one of the foremost concerns was checking in with employees,...

Southern schools show outpouring of support for Tuscaloosa

Amanda Sams May 11, 2011

An EF-4 tornado not only swept the city of Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama on April 27; it broke down the barriers built from intense football rivalry in the SEC. Wildcats, tigers, gamecocks, two types...

Auburn organizes day trips to Tuscaloosa

Amanda Sams May 3, 2011

Auburn University has set up a link on their main website entitled “Auburn Relief Efforts,” where students, alumni and faculty can log on to make donations, sign up to volunteer and get the latest...

Auburn groups expand aid programs

Amanda Sams May 1, 2011

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa Facebook page had ?72,486 ‘likes.’ Chris Tate, a training officer for the Emergency Management Agency of Lee County who is helping to organize Auburn...

Displaced professors coping with disaster

Amanda Sams April 29, 2011

Steve Miller, a professor in the school of library and information sciences, Phil Westbrook, the director of Blackburn Institute and Meredith Cummings, professor of journalism are among many University...

Obama meets two students during visit

Amanda Sams April 29, 2011

Friday, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle saw firsthand the devastation from Wednesday’s tornado in areas of Tuscaloosa, including much of 15th Street, Rosedale, Holt and Alberta. During his...

City officials institute curfew

Amanda Sams April 28, 2011

To prevent the possibility of looting during the night, the city of Tuscaloosa will implement a 10 p.m. curfew tonight and an 8 p.m. curfew Friday for affected areas. Except for emergency personnel, no...

Volunteers converge on St. Matthias

Amanda Sams April 28, 2011

Within two hours of St. Matthias Episcopal Church on Skyland Boulevard opening up as a headquarters for volunteer coordination in Tuscaloosa to help with disaster relief efforts in the wake of an EF-5...

How should colleges deal with suicides?

Amanda Sams April 21, 2011

h Former UA student Lindsey Sherrill has learned more about suicide recently than she ever cared to know. In the two months since her husband’s death, Sherrill has struggled to cope without the one...

UA above national average in suicides

UA above national average in suicides

Amanda Sams April 18, 2011

The national average for school suicides is 7.29 per year for every 100,000 students, according to Paula Clayton, medical director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in a recent CNN story...

SGA director application deadline looms

Amanda Sams April 14, 2011

Garrett Dorris, a senior majoring in finance, decided this time last year that he wanted to get involved with the SGA and gain leadership experience without going through the stressful campaign and election...

Women from lesbian community to speak at Ferg

Amanda Sams April 13, 2011

They were discriminated against during the 60’s when the word “lesbian” did not yet exist. They fought their way out of the closet in the 70’s with the help of the women’s movement. Then, in...

Guys, girls don Big Al costume; tryouts begin next Thursday

Amanda Sams April 6, 2011

With Trent Richardson filling in for an injured Mark Ingram as star running back, all eyes were riveted to the field as the Crimson Tide dominated Penn State with a final score of 24-3. That is, all eyes...

Journalists discuess Civil Rights era cold cases

Amanda Sams April 1, 2011

Forty years later, reporters from many newspapers are banding together in a movement to prosecute the murderers who were wrongly acquitted during the Civil Rights era and continue to walk among us.  So...

Student found dead in dorms

Amanda Sams March 27, 2011

Constantino Alistair Fontes, a student on the pre-medicine track in the College of Arts and Sciences, was found dead in his room in Lakeside West Residence Hall Wednesday night. The time and cause of death...

Homecoming Committee application due Friday

Amanda Sams March 24, 2011

Homecoming 2011 will be held Oct. 8 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, when the Crimson Tide competes with the Vanderbilt University Commodores. Student Government Association Homecoming Committee applications are...

UA sees high voter turnout for SEC

UA sees high voter turnout for SEC

Amanda Sams March 9, 2011

After weeks of hard work campaigning, debating and examining the issues to choose the most qualified candidates, Student Government Association elections are over. At least 32 percent of students chose...

Candidates argue experience in final SGA debate

Amanda Sams March 8, 2011

In Monday’s final face-off between Grant Cochran and Coresa Nancy Hogan, students tried to determine which of the two candidates would make a better Student Government Association president based on...

Sunday sales latest step in relaxing state’s alcohol laws

Amanda Sams March 7, 2011

Before alcohol was voted legal to sell on Sundays on February 22, the alcohol aisles in stores such as Target and Publix continued to be roped off every Sunday in accordance with the Alabama Blue Laws...

Cochran looks to connect students

Cochran looks to connect students

Amanda Sams March 3, 2011

Grant Cochran hopes to eliminate the disconnect that exists between some students and the Student Government Association. Cochran, the current Vice President for External Affairs and a junior majoring...

Hogan targets inefficiency in SGA

Hogan targets inefficiency in SGA

Amanda Sams March 3, 2011

When Coresa Nancy Hogan first came to the University of Alabama in 2008, she had no idea she would one day be a close adviser to the Student Government Association president. She didn’t even see student...

Student was talented artist, friends say

Student was talented artist, friends say

Amanda Sams March 1, 2011

Ricky David Norris, III, a senior majoring in English from Birmingham, died early Saturday morning of unknown causes. His friends said he was a talented musician and writer, and his presence will be missed...

Visiting professor promotes genetically modified food

Amanda Sams February 25, 2011

Genetically modified food may be the healthiest, most profitable alternative to organic food and the products of conventional agriculture in the coming days, according to a lecture by R. Paul Thompson,...

Deceased student will be missed

Amanda Sams February 25, 2011

Christopher Michael Sherrill was a man who loved God, life and nature, said his father Mike Sherrill. Chris, a senior majoring in history from Coker, Alabama, passed away Sunday, two days after his 24th...

Fans branch out to aid rivals

Fans branch out to aid rivals

Amanda Sams February 22, 2011

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Tide for Toomer’s Facebook page has raised at least $40,000, half of the total $80,000 in donations that Auburn University has received so far by supporters and alumni nationwide...

Auburn vandal not affiliated with UA

Auburn vandal not affiliated with UA

Amanda Sams February 17, 2011

Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr., 62, of Dadeville, has been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal mischief for poisoning the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, Auburn University Police Chief Tommy Dawson...

Tensions not new at UA

Tensions not new at UA

Amanda Sams February 15, 2011

Racial divides have been an issue at the University since the beginning of integration efforts and Autherine Lucy’s enrollment as the first black student. Her term as a student in 1956 was short-lived,...

UA has only music therapy program in state

Amanda Sams February 7, 2011

Helen Clark of Huntsville, Ala., was 70 years old the day she sat down to play the piano again. She had not played in 40 years and was suffering with the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Though words...

Fox bans stadium ad

Amanda Sams January 27, 2011

Tim Tebow dared to write the reference of well-known Bible verse John 3:16 on his eye black before the 2009 BCS National Championship Game as a testament to his faith. The Gators’ star quarterback was...

Organization of SGA evolves through the years

Amanda Sams January 21, 2011

The UA Student Government Association adopted its constitution in 1914, stating that “the supreme purpose of this institution is to train young men and women in higher principles of citizenship.” The...

Bentley takes the Capitol

Bentley takes the Capitol

Amanda Sams January 18, 2011

Gov. Robert J. Bentley took his oath of office Monday amidst cheers and shouts of “The doctor is in the house!” The inauguration festivities commenced with a parade led by the Million Dollar Band....

Lecture to explore women’s changing roles in politics

Amanda Sams January 14, 2011

Women and politics are mixing more than ever, with high profile leaders like Hilary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin blazing the way toward shattering that glass ceiling. Associate professor of communication...

Book explores role of religion in Civil War

Amanda Sams January 13, 2011

Many members of both the Union and the Confederacy relied on faith, prayer and an unwavering trust in God’s ultimate plan as the American Civil War raged on and on. George C. Rable, Charles G. Summersell...

Quilt Gallery patches together family

Quilt Gallery patches together family

Amanda Sams November 17, 2010

Could you take a few square inches of fabric, tack it and sew it all together into a king-sized quilt over the course of three days? Six ladies from the West Perry-County Marion Arts and Crafts Association...

Where are your loyalties?

Where are your loyalties?

Amanda Sams November 16, 2010

Many students are worried they will find a helping of bickering about the upcoming Iron Bowl along with their turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving. The epic rivalry between the Crimson Tide and the Auburn...

Marine Corps celebrates 235th anniversary

Amanda Sams November 12, 2010

A table, draped in black, stood at the front of the room with a solitary, inverted place setting. As the U.S. Marines celebrated their 235th birthday in the Hotel Capstone on Thursday night, Commandant...

Students say racism still alive

Amanda Sams November 11, 2010

At the University, being black still means being the only one in a sea of white faces, even in 2010. A desegregation panel co-hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and...

Solider, student earns Purple Heart

Solider, student earns Purple Heart

Amanda Sams November 9, 2010

At age 20, Purple Heart recipient Christopher Brown knew what fear was. He recalled the night he knew he was going to die, serving as a soldier in Iraq. It was pitch black outside when Brown’s platoon...

Advocates push for Ala. midwifery legislation

Amanda Sams November 4, 2010

Bear Bryant was delivered by a midwife before the state of Alabama stopped issuing licenses for midwives in the 1980s, according to Ballie Schantz, a member of a group on campus raising money to legalize...

Tuscaloosa’s small town charm survives

Amanda Sams November 4, 2010

Stately oaks, with their knotted trunks and sweeping branches, have offered shady hospitality along the avenues of Tuscaloosa’s historic district for over a century. These trees are gracefully reminiscent...

Lucy, Hood reopen Foster

Lucy, Hood reopen Foster

Amanda Sams November 3, 2010

All that remained of those historic first steps toward integration taken by Autherine Lucy, Vivian Malone and James Hood was a legacy. However, a clock tower and plaza now stand outside of Foster Auditorium...

Hunger Banquet offers unique perspective on global poverty

Amanda Sams November 2, 2010

Many onlookers sat eating a small portion of rice with their hands while a select 15, graced by providence or luck of the draw, dined on a multi-course meal at a table. The stage was set, as the World...

Lucy paves path, faces oppression

Lucy paves path, faces oppression

Amanda Sams November 2, 2010

White people only-Keep out. Signs around campus read slogans like this and worse, during the passion-and-prejudice filled days of Autherine J. Lucy's acceptance into the University of Alabama. As the first...

Peterson speaks his mind on politics

Amanda Sams October 26, 2010

Our country is going to hell in a hand basket, according to Dale Peterson, former candidate for Alabama Commission of Agriculture and Industries, who is now working to help conservatives get elected nationwide....

Political turmoil rocked 70s UA

Political turmoil rocked 70’s UA

Amanda Sams October 24, 2010

Along with sex, drugs and rock and roll, tensions roiled in Tuscaloosa in the 1960s and early 70s. Beneath an apathetic veneer laid pockets of political unrest. The anti-war movement was the unpopular...

Chime and Chime Again

Chime and Chime Again

Amanda Sams October 21, 2010

Walking across the University’s Quad and not noticing Denny Chimes is like visiting Paris and not glancing at the Eiffel Tower, or strolling the streets of London and not checking the time with Big Ben....

Rama Jama’s to host national news show

Amanda Sams October 20, 2010

Charles Joseph “Joe” Scarborough is being inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame for the College of Communication and Information Sciences tonight, and he is bringing his talk show with him. “Morning...

Auburn hosts second governor debate

Amanda Sams October 19, 2010

Republican Robert Bentley’s platform is job creation. Democrat Ron Sparks’ platform is improving various public services through a lottery. The gubernatorial candidates steered most of their answers...

Meet your 2010 Court

Amanda Sams October 15, 2010

The 2010 University of Alabama Homecoming Court is composed of five girls who are fairly well-known, involved on campus and academically strong, according to Erica Floyd, SGA homecoming director. Each...

Class rings and wedding rings

Class rings and wedding rings

Amanda Sams October 14, 2010

Emily and Hunter had been dating for six years before the day she had always dreamed of became reality. “Basically we recently got a puppy, and he called me and asked me to take a walk by the river...

Former hacker gives Internet safety advice

Former hacker gives Internet safety advice

Amanda Sams October 12, 2010

Norton AntiVirus released a study in January saying cyber crimes currently generate five times more money than global drug trafficking. The former “No. 1 Hacker in the World,” Gregory Evans, told...

City Council’s only woman balances life, work

Amanda Sams October 7, 2010

Cynthia Lee Almond resembles an acrobat balancing on a narrow tightrope as she works to fulfill each of her roles as wife, mother, lawyer and Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman with grace and poise. “So few...

Students speculate on how long Tides football winning streak can last

Students speculate on how long Tide’s football winning streak can last

Amanda Sams September 29, 2010

The last game the Crimson Tide lost was the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2009 against Utah, when current freshmen were juniors in high school. With a hard-won victory over Arkansas this past weekend, many underclassmen...

Alumni recount past UA protests

Alumni recount past UA protests

Amanda Sams September 28, 2010

Bottles of Budweiser resting on a table, a couple laughing on the Quad, a boy with long hair playing the guitar and an occasional peace sign fill the pages of the Corolla in 1969 and 1970. But everything...

Students protest proposed strip mine

Amanda Sams September 15, 2010

Correction: In the original version of this story, Mallory Flowers was incorrectly quoted as saying the strip mine land could be leased, not sold, by the University. She also did not say Birmingham Water...

McElroy aids in FocusFirst program

McElroy aids in FocusFirst program

Amanda Sams September 15, 2010

Some people may have been surprised to find Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy holding a grinning child on his lap the Wednesday morning before the Duke game. The athlete sat in a faded cinder block...

Bryce committee retains history

Bryce committee retains history

Amanda Sams September 14, 2010

What if you were exiled, forgotten and abandoned by society and your legacy lasted only as long as there were still people alive to remember you? The depiction is certainly disheartening and ,according...

Artist paints mural at Health Center

Artist paints mural at Health Center

Amanda Sams August 31, 2010

Vibrant paint strokes have transformed the sterile walls of the exam rooms in the Student Health Center into the masterpieces of an artist. Crimson, black, green, blue, purple, white and yellow swirl together...

Rediscovering a legacy: Residents paint a picture of UA before Civil War

Amanda Sams August 25, 2010

Imagine the University of Alabama campus in antebellum days—before the quad was teeming with students on cell phones. Imagine campus before Bryant-Denny Stadium was ever built and filled to capacity...

UA ranked in national survey

UA ranked in national survey

Amanda Sams August 24, 2010

U.S. News and World Report‘s annual college rankings placed the University 34th among public universities nationally and 79th among all universities, both public and private, according to a UA news...

New club offers gameday incentives

Amanda Sams August 22, 2010

The SGA passed a Resolution 17-10 approving the expenditure of funds to boost the start of the High Tide Club. For a $10 membership fee, participants will receive an express stadium entrance pass, a T-shirt,...

University offers vastly different dorm experiences

University offers vastly different dorm experiences

Amanda Sams August 18, 2010

As throngs of incoming freshmen move on campus, it is essential to consider what these students are looking for in their first “homes away from home” at the Capstone. Do students want roommates,...

University offers vastly different dorm experiences

Amanda Sams August 18, 2010

As throngs of incoming freshmen move on campus, it is essential to consider what these students are looking for in their first “homes away from home” at the Capstone. Do students want roommates, a...

Students conduct research in Worm Shack

Students conduct research in Worm Shack

Amanda Sams April 28, 2010

While many students opt to spend their time outside of the classroom playing intramural sports or socializing with friends, a select few choose to spend their days conducting biomedical research in the...

Students give back to Tuscaloosa

Students give back to Tuscaloosa

Amanda Sams April 26, 2010

One hundred dedicated students convened at the UA Student Recreation Center soccer fields on Friday to participate in a day of community service known as Hands On Tuscaloosa. SGA arranged this last major...

Psychology lecture to take place this weekend

Amanda Sams April 22, 2010

William Graziano, professor of psychology at Purdue University, is delivering a lecture titled “Motivational Forces in Development: Children’s Interests in Persons and Things” tonight at 6:30 p.m....

Senate introduces executive members

Amanda Sams April 15, 2010

Thursday night’s SGA senate meeting served as a ceremony to approve and inaugurate executive appointments while also acting as a time to introduce the first resolutions under a new legislative body....

Professor to discuss Marx brother

Amanda Sams April 14, 2010

Wayne Koestenbaum, distinguished professor of English at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York, will present a lecture for the College of Arts and Sciences’ Hudson Strode Lecture Series...

SGA starts program to buy books early

Amanda Sams April 8, 2010

In the past, many students have often found themselves procrastinating during the lazy days of summer. In the same vein, ordering textbooks for fall classes would seem to be the last thing on any student’s...

Professor collaborates to produce French dictionary

Amanda Sams April 4, 2010

Louisiana is famously known for boisterous Mardi Gras celebrations, spicy Cajun cooking and the French language widely spoken throughout the state. Michael Picone, professor of French and linguistics...

Former professor passes away

Amanda Sams March 30, 2010

Ruth Wiggins Waldrop, one of the founders of the UA School of Library and Information Studies, passed away ten days shy of her 99th birthday last week. Waldrop was an alumna of the University and a lifelong...

CrimsonRide hands out gum to students

Amanda Sams March 24, 2010

To show their appreciation, CrimsonRide drivers began passing out nearly 3,000 packs of gum Wednesday with stickers saying, “Thank you for sticking with us.” The event was put on by CrimsonRide as...

Organization seeks to help special-needs students

Amanda Sams March 21, 2010

At first glance, Holly appears to be a typical 19-year-old girl texting on a couch. It is not obvious that she is a special needs student until someone strikes up a conversation with her. Holly is a participant...

HelpDesk fixes computer problems for students

Amanda Sams March 21, 2010

To an average college student who relies heavily on their computer to complete daily coursework, a computer crash precipitates a major catastrophe. There is HelpDesk, a service part of the UA Office of...

CrimsonRide operates normal hours, UA explains last week’s schedule change

Amanda Sams March 8, 2010

Full CrimsonRide bus service will resume normal operations starting today, according to an e-mail sent by UA officials to students Sunday. This news follows a week of limited bus service as negotiations...

Darwin and evolution discussed at lecture

Amanda Sams March 5, 2010

“Can one be a Darwinian and a Christian at the same time?” This was one of the many compelling rhetorical questions Keith Parsons asked his audience during his “Charles Darwin, Hammer of the Creationists”...

Professor to discuss Darwin, evolution

Amanda Sams March 4, 2010

People have long wondered where they come from and how they got to be here. Keith M. Parsons, a professor of philosophy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, will be coming to the University tonight...

Bus drivers return to work, students greet them with enthusiasm

Amanda Sams March 3, 2010

After CrimsonRide bus drivers went on strike Monday to fight for more benefits, higher wages and maintenance repairs on their buses, a number of drivers went back to work Tuesday. Ryan McGuire, a junior,...

Value of close reading discussed

Amanda Sams February 26, 2010

One of the most valuable skills a student can take away from their formal education is the ability to learn, as Jane Gallop, distinguished professor of English and comparative literature at the University...

Stanford professor to discuss human genetics

Amanda Sams January 15, 2010

What differentiates human beings from all other animals in the kingdom? Carlos D. Bustamante, a professor in genetics from Stanford University, is traveling from Palo Alto, Calif. to the University to...

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