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Unconventional classes promote creativity

Unconventional classes promote creativity

Courtney Stinson October 14, 2013

Unconventional classes may seem like a way for students to lighten a class load or take a break from heavy major-related courses, but these courses have the potential to add to students’ personal and...

Play Seven Guitars depicts racial issues of the 1940s

Play ‘Seven Guitars’ depicts racial issues of the 1940s

Courtney Stinson October 7, 2013

An all-black cast will explore the racial tensions of the 1940s in the latest production by the University of Alabama’s department of theatre and dance. “Seven Guitars,” a play by August Wilson,...

iOS 7 more pleasing than practical

Courtney Stinson September 26, 2013

Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 7, has been the hot topic of tech fans and consumers alike since its release Sept. 17. My first impressions of the new OS are mostly positive, but ultimately...

UA gamers find community in student group, outlets

Courtney Stinson September 24, 2013

Tuscaloosa is abuzz with growing interest and competitive play within one of Alabama’s newest gaming communities as the video gaming center, Hive Bang Gaming, opens its doors to the community and a...

Burlesque troupe makes local impact

Courtney Stinson September 19, 2013

Vaudeville and burlesque sound like entertainment from a bygone era, but the spirit of these variety acts is kept alive by Tuscaloosa’s own troupe, Pink Box Burlesque. “We really enjoy the Vaudeville...

Burlesque troupe makes local impact

Courtney Stinson September 19, 2013

Vaudeville and burlesque sound like entertainment from a bygone era, but the spirit of these variety acts is kept alive by Tuscaloosa’s own troupe, Pink Box Burlesque. “We really enjoy the Vaudeville...

Local author sets mystery novel in Tuscaloosa

Local author sets mystery novel in Tuscaloosa

Courtney Stinson September 11, 2013

What do murder, intrigue and Crimson Tide football have in common? They are all at the heart of local author Carolyn Ezell’s new murder mystery novel “Tuscaloosa Moon,” in which she weaves mystery...

Video apps vie for users

Video apps vie for users

Courtney Stinson September 5, 2013

When the video-sharing app Vine was released in January, the app had the edge on mobile video sharing with its simple interface though its videos were limited to six seconds. However, months later, the...

Fanmade content keeps ‘Ghostbusters’ alive

Courtney Stinson August 21, 2013

It has never been a better time to be a hardcore movie, TV or book fan with conventions like Comic-Con and Dragon*Con increasing in popularity each year and the Internet giving fans a way to share their...

Homegrown begins season focusing on Sustainability Day

Courtney Stinson April 18, 2013

Homegrown Alabama will kick off its season with a demonstration of how to clean in an eco-friendly way and a “stuff swap.” The student-led group that hosts a weekly local farmers market is hosting...

Podcast starts conversation about local arts

Courtney Stinson April 11, 2013

UA graduate Bob Baker and senior Tyler Marshall began their podcast, Trivial Pursuits, as a way to have fun with their friends, but as the podcast has evolved into what Baker describes as “a more legitimate...

MFA students fund writing programs online

Courtney Stinson April 10, 2013

Southern Fried Scribes, an eight-week creative writing program funded through Kickstarter, will offer free writing and literacy workshops to high school students in the Black Belt region. The founders...

Students should strive to ‘get their money’s worth’ while at the University

Courtney Stinson April 8, 2013

This semester I finally started a project that I had wanted to start for more than a year, my own YouTube channel. But with no equipment, no editing software and no production knowledge whatsoever, I had...

App allows users to develop plans for night out

Courtney Stinson April 2, 2013

In today’s “pics or it didn’t happen” world, Instagrams, Tweets and Foursquare check-ins are a crucial part of a good night out for many. The CouchCachet mobile app aims to take advantage of that....

UAB offers students social media graduate certificate

Courtney Stinson April 2, 2013

While Facebooking and tweeting in class are still taboo, The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s new graduate certificate program in social networking will begin teaching students to use social media...

Alabama students, alumni create popular web series

Courtney Stinson March 18, 2013

When Tim Sutton, Troy Wagner and Joseph DeLage set out to make the web series “Marble Hornets,” they never dreamed it would become an Internet sensation, but four years and millions of views later,...

YouTube Pilates Cassey Ho helps students save money, stay at home

Courtney Stinson March 7, 2013

For me, and probably for many of you, spring is arguably the busiest time of the year. Under the weight of course work, the desperate search for a summer internship, and the constant state of existential...

Creative Campus to host progressive reading

Courtney Stinson February 21, 2013

Creative Campus is breaking away from the traditional poetry reading format with the second installment of Poetry&, a 30-minute reading that will incorporate music, audio and visual elements and audience...

Billy’s Sports Grill set to open soon in Northport

Courtney Stinson February 14, 2013

Billy’s Sports Grill, Northport’s newest restaurant, is bringing a new dining experience to Main Avenue, fusing elements of the Tuscaloosa sports bar scene and the relaxed atmosphere of downtown...

Campus MovieFest brought drama, comedy to Ferguson Center

Campus MovieFest brought drama, comedy to Ferguson Center

Courtney Stinson February 4, 2013

Aspiring UA filmmakers explored our deepest fears, insecurities, social issues and even a day in the life of an accomplished pooch in films of five minutes or less at the Campus MovieFest Finale, the...

American Lunch serves up food for free

American Lunch serves up food for free

Courtney Stinson January 28, 2013

For some people in Tuscaloosa, there really is a free lunch. That’s the promise of the American Lunch truck, a nonprofit food truck sponsored by downtown Tuscaloosa restaurants Chuck’s Fish and FIVE...

5k races offer sense of community among runners

5k races offer sense of community among runners

Courtney Stinson January 24, 2013

The goal may be to escape “zombies” or get off the couch. It might be to get as much color on your body as possible, and it might be to support a cause. Regardless, for many 5k runners today, winning...

Campus MovieFest returns for 6th year at UA

Campus MovieFest returns for 6th year at UA

Courtney Stinson January 16, 2013

Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, is returning for its 6th year at The University of Alabama. The University’s aspiring filmmakers will get the chance to prove themselves...

Northport Renaissance Gallery offers class on repurposing jewelry

Northport Renaissance Gallery offers class on repurposing jewelry

Courtney Stinson January 14, 2013

If you have jewelry that’s lost its luster or heirlooms that are not in style, the Renaissance Gallery in Northport will help give old pieces a new shine at their jewelry repurposing class Tuesday, Jan....

Students use Etsy.com to shop, sell items

Courtney Stinson December 3, 2012

Many students use Pinterest for finding crafts, recipes and decorating ideas, but Pinterest is also a major platform for promoting items available on Etsy.com. Etsy serves as a website for independent...

Students who struggle with isolation in college are not alone

Courtney Stinson November 29, 2012

If you have ever watched a classic college movie, like “Animal House” or even “Revenge of the Nerds,” you are familiar with the norms that college is a place of constant partying, relationships,...

Dance company to debut ‘Where are you Christmas’ Friday

Courtney Stinson November 27, 2012

The Dance Initiative is ringing in the Christmas season with two performances of their original production “Where Are You Christmas” Friday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Bama Theatre. The...

Students go organic, avoid chemicals in produce

Courtney Stinson November 20, 2012

Organic food used to be nourishment for exclusive groups often called “health nuts” and “tree huggers,” but as the move toward eating organic becomes more mainstream, students are left to weigh...

Budget right: students must make concerted effort to meet financial goals

Courtney Stinson November 15, 2012

For many college students, managing money is an ongoing struggle and can be hard to master in addition to classes and a busy lifestyle. Whether saving for the future or budgeting from week to week, many...

Moundville to host beadwork demonstration

Courtney Stinson November 13, 2012

Visitors to Moundville Archaeological Park will be able to see the making of Native American beadwork firsthand this Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Beadsmith Cat Sloan will demonstrate techniques such as...

A&M game offers Texas students change to experience new, old traditions

Courtney Stinson November 9, 2012

For some out-of-state students who call Texas home, Saturday’s matchup is a chance to let their old and new traditions meet and get a taste of home in their new environment. For others, the game could...

Student writer elevates personal hobby to career path

Courtney Stinson November 7, 2012

Alexandra Franklin, a junior majoring in English, can hardly remember a time when writing was not a part of her life, but now she has transformed writing from hobby to compulsion to a career path that’s...

New exercise class brings dance moves Zumba into pools

Courtney Stinson October 30, 2012

The popularity of the Zumba cardio dance workout has taken to the water in what Zumba.com terms a “pool party:” the new Aqua Zumba exercise class, now offered at the indoor pool at the University Recreation...

Project Green Challenge urges eco-friendly choices

Courtney Stinson October 25, 2012

Students looking to work on their environmental skills and possibly win a scholarship need not look further than Project Green Challenge. The challenge is a month-long scholarship competition in which...

Slash Pine Press to host writers festival this weekend

Slash Pine Press to host writers festival this weekend

Courtney Stinson October 10, 2012

Slash Pine Press is taking poetry out of the classroom and into the community for all to enjoy Friday and Saturday at the fourth annual Slash Pine Writers Festival. The festival will feature authors with...

Rec offers low price Pilates classes

Rec offers low price Pilates classes

Courtney Stinson October 2, 2012

In addition to free group exercise classes, the University Recreation Center also offers a variety of paid classes that provide students with access to different machines and more individual attention...

Chicago-based trio to kick off Sonic Frontiers concert series

Courtney Stinson September 27, 2012

The Sonic Frontiers concert series, sponsored by New College and Creative Campus, is kicking off its second season of avant-garde performances with a concert by Chicago-based trio Vox Arcana, Friday, Sept....

UA celebrates Hispanic culture

Courtney Stinson September 20, 2012

As part of Crossroads Community Center’s yearlong “UA is Culture” initiative, The University of Alabama will be celebrating different cultures each month starting with observing Hispanic Heritage...

Actor’s Charitable Theatre presents play at Bama Theatre

Courtney Stinson September 18, 2012

“The Jellybean Conspiracy,” the Actor’s Charitable Theatre’s newest production, is a play distinguished by more than just its left of center name. The play features a cast of around 42 actors,...

Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers to host Sock Hop

Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers to host Sock Hop

Courtney Stinson September 13, 2012

If you like to cut a rug but club dancing isn’t your style, or if you simply want to step up your dance moves, Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers might be the place for you. They will host a 1950s themed...

Druid City Garden Project to host first annual Garden Party

Courtney Stinson September 6, 2012

Gardening is more than just a hobby for the Druid City Garden Project. The nonprofit organization uses gardening in schools to teach children skills likes math, nutrition and science. The project will...

ABXY hosts 1st game night of fall semester

Courtney Stinson August 29, 2012

By Courtney Stinson Staff Reporter As a part of Week of Welcome, ABXY, UA’s video gaming club, will give students a chance to unwind with video games tonight at their first official game night of...

Pinterest, economy inspire new trend in shopping

Pinterest, economy inspire new trend in shopping

Courtney Stinson August 27, 2012

With the popularity of websites like Etsy and Pinterest rising and instability the only constant in the economy, what was once labeled “old” and “used” is becoming “vintage” and “thrifted.”...

Local, national media spotlight Tuscaloosa tornado

Courtney Stinson April 27, 2012

Both local and national media offered a variety of perspectives on the events following the April 27 tornado. The Discovery Channel aired a documentary called “Tornado Rampage” showing footage from...

Sonic Frontiers to host Ghanaian saxophonist at Ferg

Courtney Stinson April 24, 2012

The Sonic Frontiers Concert Series will host its spring finale tonight at the Ferguson Center Theater at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Nii Noi Nortey, a Ghanaian saxophonist and visual artist. Nortey...

With a big cast, Willy Wonka draws little actors

With a big cast, ‘Willy Wonka’ draws little actors

Courtney Stinson April 19, 2012

The Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre is bringing the popular children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl to the Bama Theatre this weekend with its production of “Willy Wonka.”...

Engineering students perform play

Courtney Stinson April 19, 2012

The College of Engineering Does Amateur Radical Theatre is satirizing popular movies and Hollywood in its production of “Completely Hollywood!” on Friday and Saturday in HM Comer Hall. The play pokes...

Students find acting opportunities as TV extras

Courtney Stinson April 12, 2012

Movies, commercials and TV shows rely on the help of extras to make settings appear real. For some University of Alabama students, acting as extras in television, commercials and film has not only helped...

Art Kitchen to host silent auction

Art Kitchen to host silent auction

Courtney Stinson April 5, 2012

The Alabama Art Kitchen, an art collective that offers local artists workspace and equipment, will host its second fundraiser on Friday and Saturday nights. Money raised by the weekend’s fundraising...

Arts take center stage

Arts take center stage

Courtney Stinson March 26, 2012

The Druid City Arts Festival engaged the Tuscaloosa community on Saturday, drawing students, families and community members downtown to enjoy the art, the music and the weather at the third installment...

LunaFest to showcase work of women filmmakers

LunaFest to showcase work of women filmmakers

Courtney Stinson March 20, 2012

LunaFest, a national travelling film festival promoting awareness for women’s issues and hosted by the Women’s Resource Center, will screen this year’s films at the Bama Theatre tonight at 7 p.m....

Arts awareness week to precede festival

Arts awareness week to precede festival

Courtney Stinson March 8, 2012

The third annual Druid City Arts Festival, a celebration of local music, art and storytelling in downtown Tuscaloosa, will take place on March 24. This year, a Kickoff Week of free on-campus arts awareness...

Vintage store brings unique flair downtown

Vintage store brings unique flair downtown

Courtney Stinson March 1, 2012

The world of vintage fashion has arrived in Tuscaloosa with the grand opening of Prose & Palaver Vintage last Saturday. Owner Mandy Nelson said she strives to provide consumers merchandise that is out...

The Crimson Cafe recreates atmosphere, menu

The Crimson Cafe recreates atmosphere, menu

Courtney Stinson February 14, 2012

Long-time Strip restaurant The Crimson Café is reopening after extensive renovations with a focus on fresh food and a fresh perspective on tradition. The café has been on the Strip for 19 years and...

Pink Box Burlesque opens season at Green Bar

Courtney Stinson January 26, 2012

The performers of Tuscaloosa's Pink Box Burlesque are bringing their own brand of comedy and merriment to Green Bar Saturday for the premier of its fifth season. Pink Box Burlesque offers a show with...

Tuscaloosa bars plan specials for BCS Championship game

Tuscaloosa bars plan specials for BCS Championship game

Courtney Stinson December 9, 2011

In case you didn’t hear the jubilant cry across Tuscaloosa on Sunday, the Crimson Tide is playing in the BSC National Championship. Unfortunately, tickets and hotel rooms for the game are becoming more...

Holiday Gift Guide

Courtney Stinson December 1, 2011

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II’ on DVD Chances are there is at least one Potterhead on everyone’s Christmas list, and no present will make their holiday more magical. While the DVD...

Maxim raises money for tornado relief

Courtney Stinson November 1, 2011

Maxim Magazine will give members of the Tuscaloosa community a chance to have fun while raising funds for Tuscaloosa tornado relief tonight at Rounders on The Strip. The event, hosted by Delta Tau Delta...

Pink Box uses burlesque show to raise money for charity

Pink Box uses burlesque show to raise money for charity

Courtney Stinson October 6, 2011

The Pink Box Burlesque, Tuscaloosa’s own Burlesque Troupe, will perform its annual masquerade show on Saturday at the Bama Theatre. Saturday’s performance will include singing, live music, comedy...

Huxford Symphony welcomes new director

Courtney Stinson October 3, 2011

The University of Alabama School of Music’s Huxford Symphony Orchestra will perform its first concert of the fall semester tonight at the Moody Music Building. The orchestra will perform the Prelude...

All-girl band pays tribute to Rage Against the Machine

Courtney Stinson September 22, 2011

Take the Power Back, the world’s only all-female Rage Against the Machine tribute band, comes to Tuscaloosa’s Green Bar this Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. “Simply put, people can expect to...

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