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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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Dorm residents face potential fines

Dorm residents face potential fines

Ellen Coogan December 5, 2013

At 3 a.m. the morning after The University of Alabama played LSU just across the street, water flooded the third floor of Harris Hall and flowed all the way down to the first floor before measures were...

Student keeps wolf dogs as pets

Student keeps wolf dogs as pets

Ellen Coogan December 5, 2013

While some students have golden retrievers or labradors as college pets, senior Payton Scott has taken a slightly different route. Scott, a biology major, owns two wolf dogs and has worked with them his...

Class applies philosophy principles to community service

Ellen Coogan December 3, 2013

While philosophy is typically thought of as abstract thinking, students in The University of Alabama’s department of philosophy can get involved in a class which seeks to bring the principles explored...

College of Engineering sees growth

College of Engineering sees growth

Ellen Coogan December 2, 2013

Ten years, four buildings and $270,222,013 later, the Science and Engineering Quad on the northeast side of campus is home to new laboratories and state-of-the-art technology. Shelby Hall, named for U.S....

UA student diagnosed with leukemia, to receive bone marrow transplant

UA student diagnosed with leukemia, to receive bone marrow transplant

Ellen Coogan November 14, 2013

At the age of 14, Ashley Roberts’ life changed when she was diagnosed with a rare and serious blood disorder. “Right at the time where you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m a teenager,’ and you’re just...

SGA to host Know Your Rights forum Wednesday

Ellen Coogan November 13, 2013

It may not be a good idea to answer when the police officer asks if you know how fast you were going after pulling you over. Talitha Powers Bailey, director of the Capital Defense Law Clinic, said admitting...

Unlike other state schools, UA lacks Office of Diversity

Ellen Coogan November 12, 2013

Unlike other universities throughout the state, including Auburn University and the other University of Alabama System schools, The University of Alabama does not have an official Office of Diversity....

Direct stimulation may increase cognitive performance

Ellen Coogan November 7, 2013

Your exam starts in an hour. You have spent the past few days studying, but you need that extra kick. You walk past the coffee maker and strap on your electrode cap for some pretest transcranial direct...

Researchers study tornados psychological effects on children

Researchers study tornado’s psychological effects on children

Ellen Coogan October 29, 2013

While buildings begin to fill the lots demolished by the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, many wonder what the storm’s lasting impact on Tuscaloosa will look like. It takes more than a city planner to sketch...

Visiting philosopher declares time travel to past impossible

Ellen Coogan October 29, 2013

Fanciful ideas of time travel to the past were dispelled by modern philosopher Ned Markosiah at Tuesday night’s “Philosophy Today” lecture. “So my argument is that time travel to the past is not...

Students use community service to reflect on past

Ellen Coogan October 29, 2013

Throughout the gray, drizzly Sunday afternoon, around 100 University of Alabama students explored the past and how it shapes the present while picking up trash, raking and pulling weeds at Holt Cemetery...

Art, science become intertwined in Woods Quad sculpture

Art, science become intertwined in Woods Quad sculpture

Ellen Coogan October 27, 2013

As spiraling sunlight falls on Woods Quad, the rays reflect off a newly placed sculpture created by Lindsay Lindsey. The sculpture began as a part of a project among the engineering, interior design and...

Upgrade for clicker software available across campus

Ellen Coogan October 23, 2013

The professor hesitates slightly as he clicks to the next slide. It displays a question about the function of mitochondria, and students shuffle through their notes to find the answer. The receiver counts...

Students see effects of changes in health care

Ellen Coogan October 20, 2013

After a five-year battle with multiple cancers and several surgeries, including the first open-esophagus throat surgery in the state of Florida, John Sarao died in February 2012. Sarao’s granddaughter,...

‘Three Days at Foster’ to examine history of race in athletics

Ellen Coogan October 16, 2013

Keith Dunnavant had Wilbur Jackson’s story on his mind the whole plane ride back to New York in 1999. More than a decade later, Dunnavant will present the story of Jackson – the first black scholarship...

Group petitions UA to affiliate with WRC

Ellen Coogan October 8, 2013

A fire broke out Tuesday in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during overtime hours killing at least 10 people and injuring about 50. In April, the collapse of another garment factory in that area...

Pita Pit on University reopens, seeks owner

Ellen Coogan October 7, 2013

After a slow decline in sales last spring and temporary closure, Pita Pit on the Strip reopened Sept. 21 and is looking for a new store owner. The store is currently owned by Pita Pit USA and is available...

Building names reflect a forgotten history

Building names reflect a forgotten history

Ellen Coogan October 1, 2013

Pristine white pillars stand at the front entrance to Nott Hall, but the legacy of polygenecist, Josiah C. Nott, has tarnished with the light of contemporary sensibility. Nott, the namesake for The University...

Gutierrez recognized during campus visit

Ellen Coogan September 30, 2013

When Lino Gutierrez, former U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua and Argentina, first took the Foreign Service Exam, he failed. He instead accepted an IRS job in which he would repossess cars, but the IRS asked...

UA professor receives $1M for protein synthesis research

Ellen Coogan September 23, 2013

One way to win $1 million is to answer trivia questions on a TV show; another is to answer some of the most difficult questions of protein synthesis. Patrick Frantom, assistant professor of biochemistry,...

Cemetery serves as reminder of history, hope for future

Cemetery serves as reminder of history, hope for future

Ellen Coogan September 16, 2013

Nestled beside a building dedicated to studying the science of life sits a memorial to the end of life and a reminder of its imminence. Next to the Biology building is a small cemetery that gives curious...

Professor pioneers carbon capturing

Professor pioneers carbon capturing

Ellen Coogan September 10, 2013

Driving by a power plant on a cold day, a white plume of steam is visible, but other invisible gases also leave the power plant in that column of steam – oxygen, nitrogen and importantly, carbon dioxide....

Task force addresses student housing

Task force addresses student housing

Ellen Coogan September 4, 2013

Concerns about continuous construction of student housing in Tuscaloosa have led Mayor Walt Maddox to create the Student Rental Housing Task Force, which met yesterday at City Hall. “I’m a 50-year-old...

Project Health continues to educate

Project Health continues to educate

Ellen Coogan September 3, 2013

Distributing T-shirts, buttons and, this week, bananas, Project Health uses swag to sway students into healthy habits, particularly through the Health Hut program. The Health Hut’s crimson and houndstooth...

Students head abroad

Ellen Coogan August 28, 2013

Departing from the culture of the Crimson Tide, 770 University of Alabama students studied abroad this summer, and 54 plan to head overseas this fall. “Summer is definitely our most popular term,”...

Meal plans offer variety of options

Ellen Coogan August 27, 2013

From food courts and markets to multiple dining halls, students have a variety of options on campus when lunchtime comes at The University of Alabama. However, while the University offers multiple meal...

Internationally renowned Cuban poet to visit the Capstone

Ellen Coogan April 23, 2013

Hailed as one of the best living Cuban poets, Reina Maria Rodriguez will visit The University of Alabama Wednesday. Two of her events are open to the public: a Cuban Literary Culture meeting at noon in...

SGA asks for donations for veterans

Ellen Coogan April 17, 2013

To give back to those who have served our country, the Student Government Association is asking students to donate their old textbooks to student veterans through its “Textbooks for Troops” initiative....

Relay for Life raises $49 thousand for research

Ellen Coogan April 14, 2013

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, students walked to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Through emails and fundraisers, the UA Relay For Life teams collectively raised $49,889.77 for...

When professors tag-team teaching, students benefit

Ellen Coogan April 14, 2013

The University of Alabama is known for its athletic teams, but that same coordination and cooperation necessary for sporting success can be harnessed in the classroom, as well. A variety of team-teaching...

College Republicans to host congressman

Ellen Coogan April 3, 2013

College Republicans will host Congressman Mo Brooks for a speech and question-and-answer session open to all students, Thursday at 5 p.m. in Russell Hall. “He will be speaking about his life and career,...

Campus lecture series memorializes Confederate soldiers

Ellen Coogan April 1, 2013

Beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. in Smith Hall, three speakers will lecture as part of the JCC Sanders series, dedicated to remembering The University of Alabama’s student soldiers of the Confederacy....

ESPN host, Alabama native speaks on campus

Ellen Coogan March 20, 2013

In 1994, Mike Hill sent out 75 audition tapes across the nation. He got four calls back. Of those four calls, he got one interview. Hill has now worked for ESPN for nine years, and stressed the importance...

CI&S hosts diversity seminar

Ellen Coogan March 12, 2013

Responding to the rapidly changing demographic landscape of the nation, the College of Communication and Information Sciences presents its annual “Discerning Diverse Voices: Symposium on Diversity”...

College Dems, Republicans sound off on upcoming gun control discussion

Ellen Coogan March 10, 2013

As a national debate about gun control rages, respresentatives from both The University of Alabama’s College Republicans and College Democrats say they believe the South’s culture of guns is a driving...

Sorority to host step show

Ellen Coogan March 7, 2013

Celebrating their sorority, Delta Sigma Theta’s “Breaking Dawn: Let There Be Red” -themed Delta Week wraps up with events Thursday and Friday. Thursday at 12:22 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater,...

Visiting philosopher to lecture on abortion controversy

Ellen Coogan March 6, 2013

Tackling a tough topic as part of the Philosophy Today series, visiting philosopher William Lycan will deliver the lecture “Why the Abortion Issue is So Difficult” Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in...

Evolution scholars to explain research findings

Ellen Coogan February 27, 2013

Visiting scholars Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza from Stony Brook University will give a lecture regarding “What Human Evolution Can Teach Us about Our Anatomy, Sexuality, Behavior, History, and Politics”...

Fruit flies playing key role in medical research

Fruit flies playing key role in medical research

Ellen Coogan February 21, 2013

When working with fruit flies, assistant biology professor Laura Reed looks for a genetic mechanism behind metabolic syndrome, which is predictive of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “Basically,...

UA honors integration with trip

Ellen Coogan February 20, 2013

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the integration of the University, students have the opportunity to go on a free trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Feb. 24. The event is open to all students...

UA launches off-campus housing site resource

Ellen Coogan February 19, 2013

Assisting students in the often daunting task of finding off-campus housing options, The University of Alabama launched a new off-campus housing website on Feb. 6, offcampushousing.ua.edu. “Finding...

SPLC director to speak on contemporary civil rights issues Monday

Ellen Coogan February 7, 2013

Lecia J. Brooks, director of Outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak about black history through the lens of civil rights at noon on Monday in Little Hall Room 223. Brooks is the featured...

TideTalks to showcase students, based on TED Talks

Ellen Coogan February 6, 2013

Inspired by the popular TED Talks, a new student organization TideTalks has formed to find and spread important ideas and messages from UA students. “Over the past few years, TED Talks has become...

Environmental Council funds projects

Ellen Coogan February 6, 2013

The University of Alabama Environmental Council is looking for input from the University and Tuscaloosa communities for its new $350,000 Sustainability Investment Project. If implemented, the SIP plans...

Polar Plunge includes dip in cold water, hot drinks and ice sculpture

Ellen Coogan January 31, 2013

Thrill-seekers can chill out this weekend by submerging themselves in the 48-degree water of the outdoor Rec Center pool at the Polar Plunge on Feb. 3. Registration for the free event begins at 1 p.m.,...

Krispy Kreme Challenge a road race with a twist

Ellen Coogan January 29, 2013

On Feb. 16 runners throughout Tuscaloosa will gear up for another road race in town, but this one with an interesting twist: Runners will have to eat a dozen donuts in the middle of their race. Hosted...

UA to renovate ten Hoor Hall

UA to renovate ten Hoor Hall

Ellen Coogan January 24, 2013

Reconstruction in ten Hoor Hall has relocated students and academic departments this semester while The University of Alabama updates the building and addresses an asbestos presence in some of the flooring....

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