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The Crimson White

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

All content by Caroline Bechtel

The Most Important Lessons Aren't in Your Textbooks

Andrew Parks April 19, 2015

When I first came to The University of Alabama, I had no idea what I was getting into. I had little understanding of how things work on this campus as a freshman. The idea that everyone could only have...

Being honest with yourself will spark progress and reform

Caroline Bechtel April 16, 2015

Perhaps you lied to your professor for why you skipped class, or your friend for which side of a political issue you support, or yourself when you said you wanted to have sex 
with him.Maybe you told...

Spillers win 1st step toward UA solution

Andrew Parks March 25, 2015

When visiting with students from Auburn, OU, George Washington, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas and several other nationally prominent universities at an event in Dallas last week, I was pelted with questions about...

Students must care about SGA to have a voice in their representation

Andrew Parks March 1, 2015

As anyone who’s spoken with me in recent weeks knows, I’ve adopted an almost singular focus on our Student Government Association lately. While many have taken an interest in my discussions, I’ve...

Student government needs to reflect University's diverse population

Andrew Parks February 11, 2015

The basic goal of a democracy is to carry out the will of the people. Through voting, we elect representatives who then meet to write and pass legislation that reflects our 
collective will.In order...

If the President wants bipartisanship, start with Keystone pipeline

Andrew Parks January 28, 2015

During his State of the Union address last week, President Obama made the following remark referencing the Keystone XL Pipeline: “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure – modern ports,...

Republican Revolution may have worked, but Republican Revolt Won't

Andrew Parks January 15, 2015

When you pay close attention to politics, there are two people you’ll see Republicans like myself quote frequently: Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. These two former presidents are quoted both because...

Ousted UACR board supported by both versions of club's constitution

Andrew Parks December 2, 2014

Many students took note last week when an article entitled “Clash of Conservatives” appeared on the front page of The Crimson White, detailing a controversial election in a College Republicans meeting...

Republican Party not just for old white men, includes diversity

Andrew Parks November 11, 2014

Last week’s midterm elections were a collective milestone in the history of the party of Lincoln. In direct contradiction to the notion that the Republican Party is predominantly older, white and male,...

Politicians must stop with personal attacks

Andrew Parks October 28, 2014

To many Americans, “politics” is a dirty word. Many people just don’t have a high opinion of the field or those in it, and they can’t be blamed for it. It seems like every other day we hear media...

Administration, students should learn from events of last week

Andrew Parks September 30, 2014

The Authur Pendragon incident of two Sundays ago, and all of the chaos that followed, certainly bears many lessons for the University’s administration. In an age of social media, in which rumors travel...

National Homeland security starts through improving border security

Andrew Parks September 16, 2014

Late last month, a situational awareness bulletin obtained by Fox News from the Texas Department of Public Safety warned all Texas law 
enforcement agencies of the following: “A review of ISIS social...

Get back to Constitutional basics to balance freedom with security

Andrew Parks September 2, 2014

If the Constitution contained a works cited page, it would refer to the writings of a core group of political philosophers upon which the writings the Founding Fathers based their entire system of beliefs....

Do election rules even matter anymore?

Andrew Parks April 7, 2014

On March 21, the Student Government Association Elections Board released a decision on the penalty for election violations committed by newly elected SGA Vice President for Student Affairs Stephen Keller....

Romney, Palin accurate in comments about Russian aggression

Andrew Parks March 18, 2014

In October 2012, during the final debate of the 2012 presidential race, Republican candidate Mitt Romney called Russia our greatest geopolitical adversary. At the time, President Barack Obama and top liberal...

UA hinders student growth with faulty speech code

Andrew Parks February 18, 2014

A few days ago, Claire Chretien, president of Bama Students for Life, appeared on Fox & Friends, Fox News’s morning program, to discuss the removal of her organization’s poster from a display case...

The University should allow concealed carry

Andrew Parks February 4, 2014

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scores states based on their gun control laws. My home state of Texas has received four points out of a maximum 100. Given that information, the reader might...

Raise tax revenue, reduce debt by cutting taxes

Andrew Parks January 21, 2014

Students at The University of Alabama and Americans across the country were no doubt perturbed, annoyed and disgruntled over the government shutdown that took place in October. I can personally recall...

‘99%’ should work hard for a better life

Caroline Bechtel November 22, 2011

Our country was founded on the principle that with hard work, anyone could create a better life for himself or herself. This is why so many people immigrated to America. Occupy Wall Street is pretty much...

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