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The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

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All content by Hannah Widener
LGBTQ  in the greek system

LGBTQ in the greek system

April 18, 2016

Justin Thompson, a recent graduate, pledged Alpha Delta Phi his sophomore year of college for the same reason most men do. He wanted to make friends, party and network to help with his career later...

Students studying abroad recall experiences during Paris attacks

Students studying abroad recall experiences during Paris attacks

November 15, 2015

Walking around the Louvre museum Taylor Neuman, a junior majoring in telecommunication and film, could have never imagined she would get to see all the beauty Paris had to offer. It was her first day in...

Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame

April 14, 2015

The first time Jessica Hoffman, a sophomore majoring in special education, was called a slut, she was in the seventh grade.“I had no idea what the word truly meant,” she said. “I just knew that it...

Muslim women find place at University of Alabama

Muslim women find place at University of Alabama

March 26, 2015

Walking past Old Row her freshman year, Sahar Ezez, a junior majoring in philosophy and history, began to feel uneasy. It was 9 p.m., and as she was making her way towards her car, she noticed 20 or 30...

Muslim women find place at University of Alabama

Muslim women find place at University of Alabama

March 26, 2015

Walking past Old Row her freshman year, Sahar Ezez, a junior majoring in philosophy and history, began to feel uneasy. It was 9 p.m., and as she was making her way towards her car, she noticed 20 or 30...

Club 'bridges' age gap

Club 'bridges' age gap

December 2, 2014

Bridging the generation gap between students and Tuscaloosa’s retirement community is a club called The Bridge. The club began in the spring of 2013 and was founded by Thomas Lewallen, a senior majoring...

Winter guard to compete

Winter guard to compete

November 30, 2014

When they’re not spinning their flags and dancing across Bryant-Denny’s field on football Saturdays, the women of the Million Dollar Band Color Guard are preparing for their competitive winter season,...

Show choir to put on performance

Show choir to put on performance

November 18, 2014

Resonance Show Choir is revamping their show this year with new dresses and power-packed ballads. The group’s latest show will be split into two sets, the first consisting of three songs and the second...

Hurst share major, college experience

Hurst share major, college experience

November 18, 2014

Born July 27, 1990, the Hurst triplets were brought into a family full of Alabama fans. Blake, Garrett and Taylor Hurst grew up in Dothan, Alabama, spending their summers on the lake and helping on their...

Fashion majors hold show

Fashion majors hold show

November 16, 2014

Sunday evening it was lights, camera, fashion in the Ferguson ballroom. Senior fashion majors showcased their designs in the “Fashion for Life” show with proceeds benefitting the Arts ‘n Autism foundation....

Movements bring awareness to men's health

Movements bring awareness to men's health

November 9, 2014

More than 4 million mustaches have been grown since Movember began in 2003. The movement sparked in Australia before it went global, and it has now raised over $559 million in funds for testicular cancer,...

New podcast started between old friends

New podcast started between old friends

November 3, 2014

By Hannah Widener | Contributing Writer Many students are eavesdropping on the conversation featured on the new podcast “Sides by Sides,” available every Monday on iTunes for free. Michael Thomas...

TCF classes to film series 'Senior Center'

TCF classes to film series 'Senior Center'

October 27, 2014

TCF 437, Specializations in Production Management, and TCF 451, Advanced Television Production, are classes exploring how one is never too old to still experience all the romance, comedy and drama life...

Class teaches mental benefits of art therapy

Class teaches mental benefits of art therapy

October 21, 2014

Daniel Potts said he first noticed something was off with his father in 1998. When Potts’ parents moved to Tuscaloosa in 2000, his father took a job parking cars and started to forget where he had parked...

Feminist Caucus to discuss LGBTQ concerns

Feminist Caucus to discuss LGBTQ concerns

October 14, 2014

The Feminist Caucus will hold a meeting for students from all walks of life within the LGBTQ community Wednesday at 6 p.m. State of the (Queer) Union will address state and national policy issues directly...

TCF in LA offers intern experience

“TCF in LA” offers intern experience

September 28, 2014

The “TCF in LA” class is bringing Bama to Hollywood with the opportunity for students to intern in Los Angeles during the winter interim or summer session. Through the program, students meet producers,...

Not all students dating

Not all students dating

September 14, 2014

For many university students, college is the first time they enter the dating pool. But with blurring lines between what’s “hanging out” and what’s dating, the move to “Facebook official”...

Students juggle marriage, finances

Students juggle marriage, finances

September 6, 2014

Jourdan Berry met her husband Jordan Berry four years ago in high school when they were both in marching band. Before getting married, they decided one of them had to be out of school and have a full time...

UA group seeks to redefine feminism

UA group seeks to redefine feminism

September 6, 2014

At this year’s 2014 MTV music video awards, Beyonce stood on stage with the word “feminist” in bright lights behind her. Closer to The University of Alabama, the UA Feminist Caucus will be holding...

The world mourns Joan Rivers

The world mourns Joan Rivers

September 1, 2014

The world has become a lot less funny lately with the loss of both Robin Williams and now Joan Rivers. Such icons brought so many people joy and made them forget all their troubles, even if it was only...

New kinesiology class offers horseback riding to beginners

New kinesiology class offers horseback riding to beginners

August 24, 2014

Heather McCall is bringing horseback riding to the masses with her new kinesiology horseback riding class. In Kinesiology 102 students will be taught all about horse biology, proper horse care and how...

Islamic Society offers Muslims opportunities for service, faith

Islamic Society offers Muslims opportunities for service, faith

August 17, 2014

When Muhammed AlShaikh came to The University of Alabama, he was not used to seeing girls in short dresses or showing their hair. Coming from Saudi Arabia, a society with a strict religious culture, AlShaikh,...

Music from movie soundtracks can be life-changing experiences

Music from movie soundtracks can be life-changing experiences

July 22, 2014

Can a song really change your life?In the movie “Garden State,” the character Sam, played by Natalie Portman, asks Andrew, played by Zach Braff, in the doctor’s office if he’ll listen to her music....

Basketball player, Olympic medalist

Basketball player, Olympic medalist

July 22, 2014

Not many students can say they have taken part in the Olympic Games, let alone won a silver medal, but for Jannik Blair, winning a silver medal isn’t good enough. After winning a silver medal in the...

Naked and on tv: the rise of nudity in modern television

July 8, 2014

By Hannah Widener It’s the classic tale of boy meets girl, but here’s the twist: they’re both naked. “Dating Naked” will premiere on VH1 on July 17th and make viewers all across the country...

Artist exhibits paintings of faces

Artist exhibits paintings of faces

July 8, 2014

It’s said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Brandon Baggett, an artist exploring that theory, will bring his art exhibit, “Kisser,” to the Canterbury Chapel on Wednesday. Baggett will display...

Romantic comedies have lost the heartthrob element over time

Romantic comedies have lost the heartthrob element over time

June 24, 2014

The Beatles said it best: All you need is love. Webster’s Dictionary defines love as “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.” Few movies in the past couple of years have made hearts...

Marvel superhero movies provide escape, fun, Stan Lee's voice

June 17, 2014

I’m in hiding. Not from the government or the police, but from a much larger problem: my ?graduating class. Due to the small confines of my town’s borders, everyone I’ve ever known since birth is...

Showtime drama sheds light on unresolved issues in the church

June 17, 2014

He’s brooding, dark, mysterious and a little bit on the edge of losing it. No, I’m not talking about Edward Cullen, Christian Grey or some other fictional heartthrob of the moment. I’m talking about...

Summer break provides obstacles for couples

June 17, 2014

For many young couples, summer means dates on the beach, romantic cuddles by the campfire and watching the sun go down together. But for the average college couple, this three-month period often consists...

Student interns through Emmys

Student interns through Emmys

June 17, 2014

Not many people get to work at their dream jobs immediately after college, but in between going to “Chelsea Lately” show tapings and book signings with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Daniel Barnes is doing...

Comedian Billy Crystal stands out

June 11, 2014

The first step is admitting you have a problem so here goes. I, Hannah Widener, am a stand-up comedy junkie.I first realized I had a problem when I was 13 years old. I became obsessed with watching stand-up...

Gritty acting promotes brains over body

June 4, 2014

As the sun finally approaches my tiny state of New Hampshire and the temperature is slowly starting to creep above 70 degrees, something horrible is coming: swimsuit season. I found out the hard way...

Comedian prompts laughter despite uncertain circumstances

May 28, 2014

Until four months ago, I knew that I wanted to work for a fashion magazine, or at least that’s what I thought I wanted to do until four months ago. That was when I received an email from Chelsea Handler’s...

Seniors share plans for final night in Tuscaloosa

April 22, 2014

For many students the last night before graduation flies by without a second thought, but for others, it is one final moment to spend with friends and truly celebrate the end of an era. Kyle Zimmerman,...

‘Freaks and Geeks’ serves as relatable, amusing cult classic hit

April 21, 2014

As dead week approaches and the sweet taste of summer is almost within reach, it’s given me time to think about the things I’ll miss once I go home. I’ll miss the sound of the train at 2 a.m., the...

Fashion show promotes recycled ensembles

Fashion show promotes recycled ensembles

April 17, 2014

Models strutted down the cement sidewalk in front of Doster Hall on Wednesday, sporting designer-esque ensembles from wedding gowns made of coffee filters to dresses made of caution tape.The annual Tee...

UATD set to perform ‘Urinetown’

April 10, 2014

Although it may sound off-putting, “Urinetown” is actually a musical comedy about a town where private bathrooms do not exist. In order to save on the town’s water consumption, citizens must use...

Shows such as ‘Game of Thrones’ provide imaginative escape

April 8, 2014

According to Buzzfeed, my “Game of Thrones” name would be Lady Hannada Baelish, Defender of the Vale. A few years ago I would have thought it was ridiculous to have even uttered that sentence, but,...

DCAF brings local art to community

DCAF brings local art to community

April 7, 2014

Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza hosted more than 75 tents on Saturday featuring artists, jewelers and craftsmen. Children flooded the fountain area with chalk drawings, and the day was packed with music...

‘How I Met Your Mother’ TV finale lives up to audience hype

April 2, 2014

Well, the “How I Met Your Mother” series finale was everything I thought it would be and more. In one word it was legen-, wait for it, dary! After nine seasons, all loose ends were finally tied up....

“Modern Family” vacations not all that modern, typical

March 20, 2014

There are two vacations in my household that will go down in infamy ‘til the end of time. One summer, my dad was allowed to pick where we went on vacation, and the following summer my mom decided. My...

Hovercraft team rises to new success

Hovercraft team rises to new success

March 19, 2014

The University of Alabama hovercraft team is taking competition to new heights. On Friday the group competed against Auburn at the second annual University Hoverbowl Challenge, where it completed 40 laps...

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stands test of time, keeps loyal audience

March 17, 2014

I will never forget the look on my friend Amanda’s face when I asked her “So, has Burke left Christina at the alter yet?” She had only watched the episode before the finale, and I was the jerk who...

Students strive for spring break body

Students strive for spring break body

March 13, 2014

While most students are giving up swearing, over-spending at Chipotle or drinking soda for Lent, Maddy Higgins is giving up meat to get spring–break ready. Higgins, a sophomore majoring in fashion retailing,...

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ accurately portrays police precinct dynamic

March 11, 2014

I did something really stupid… I ran the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon. Yes, I signed up for 13.1 miles of self-inflicted pain and misery because I thought it might be “fun.” I trained for the last four...

Festival celebrates Jewish food

March 4, 2014

In 2003, the Jewish Film Festival kicked off with a reception that left the Tuscaloosa community clamoring for more. More than 10 years later, the film festival no longer exists, but the Jewish Food Festival...

NBC’s ‘About a Boy’ series manages to capture book’s wit

February 27, 2014

I can still hear the Five for Fighting “Superman” song when I remember going to the pizza-and-video store in my small town in New Hampshire and staring up at the “About a Boy” movie poster. Hugh...

Kiva creates international platform for loans

Kiva creates international platform for loans

February 27, 2014

Looking at Kiva.org, visitors can find an image of a woman named Nelita, a 33-year-old married mother of five living in the Philippines, selling charcoal. Scroll to the right, and there is Vincent, a member...

Author of ‘The Help’ to visit UA, speak about book

February 25, 2014

Kathryn Stockett, a University of Alabama alumna and author of The New York Times best-selling book, “The Help,” will be on campus Friday to discuss the book’s backstory during a lecture. The recent...

Shows like ‘Rich Kids of Beverly Hills’ further conceited culture

February 25, 2014

I know, I know – this column isn’t about “House of Cards,” which I’m sure must be so upsetting. Believe me, dear reader, when I say I am just as upset as you are. I still don’t have a Netflix...

Student travels to Sochi to work Winter Olympics

February 24, 2014

It’s 1 a.m. when Sophie Rhodes gets home to her apartment after working a 14-hour shift. The laptop she brought with her no longer works, so she must use her iPad to do her homework, which is due in...

‘Masters of Sex’ promotes female sexuality

February 13, 2014

Whenever I watch TV with my family, uncomfortable silence always seems to follow when a sex scene comes on. No one looks at each other, all of us shifting from side to side awkwardly, deciding whether...

‘Law and Order: SVU’ binges worth the lost time, sleep

February 6, 2014

In between Sarah McLachlan torturing millions of Americans sitting in their underwear eating Cheetos late at night and sexy singles hotline ads, I like to spend the majority of my evening watching “Law...

Campaign spotlights male voices against domestic violence

January 28, 2014

An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year in the United States. The Women’s Resource Center on campus not only advocates for women but encourages...

Cure post-breakup blues with series of standout television shows

January 28, 2014

“But they … I should have … this sucks … why don’t they like me?” This can only be the train of thought every person has when they have just been dumped. If this has just recently happened...

Oscars, Super Bowl a chance to welcome winners

January 23, 2014

Comedian Whitney Cummings does a bit where she says, “I don’t ask you why you’re wearing a football jersey to watch the game. Last time I checked, you’re not on the bench, and ‘we’ didn’t...

Unrealistic finale ruins appeal of ‘Girls’

January 16, 2014

Everything about the show “Girls” rang true for me until the last scene of the season two finale episode, which made me sick to my stomach. Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) is going through a spell of...

Chelsea Handler redefines role of women in comedy on and off screen

January 9, 2014

I have a girl crush. No, it’s not Katy Perry, Lena Dunham or any one of the Kardashians, although this particular lady is on the same network as them. My girl crush is a bit crass. She doesn’t care...

UA equestrian club canters through cold

UA equestrian club canters through cold

January 8, 2014

Keeping the water buckets from freezing has been no easy feat for Equestrian Club Coach Heather McCall, but the cold weather hasn’t kept her team from practicing all winter break. While the track the...

Students celebrate last day of Hanukkah holiday

Students celebrate last day of Hanukkah holiday

December 4, 2013

This year, the first night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving collided to form the mega holiday “Thanksgivukkah,” an occasion that will not happen again for another 75,000 years. Hanukkah follows the lunar...

‘Almost Human’ fills void in end of the year of TV

November 21, 2013

As the holidays approach and Christmas television specials are jingling their way into our living rooms, the winter vacation TV slump has finally arrived. Every year after the Christmas episodes have aired,...

Television traditions keep families strong

November 19, 2013

There is a Friday night ritual in my house that has been carried out as long as I can remember. Before we got cable, we would go to the local video store, back when there still were video stores, and...

Alumni jumpstart program with online fundraising

November 13, 2013

When University of Alabama alumni Dustin Vann, Cody Foster and Michael Rosato first launched their Finn Apparel clothing line on Kickstarter, an online crowd funding website, they didn’t expect to surpass...

Tuscaloosa Academy presents Alice in Wonderland at Bama Theatre

Tuscaloosa Academy presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Bama Theatre

November 11, 2013

The Tuscaloosa Academy players are dealing with less-than-ideal conditions as they rehearse Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” The students must rehearse on a small stage in a classroom and...

‘The Real Housewives’ relevant in ‘trashy’ TV

November 7, 2013

Watching the train wreck that is “The Real Housewives of Orange County/Atlanta/Beverly Hills/Miami/New York/New Jersey” is the sustenance that gets me through each week. I don’t look up to these...

Cajun cuisine, Tuscaloosa tailgating favorites face off

November 7, 2013

From the back of the Louisiana bayou to the base of Denny Chimes, Louisiana State University will be bringing its traditional Cajun and creole food to The University of Alabama Saturday. While creole...

Fairytale shows bring imagination back to TV

October 29, 2013

And they lived happily ever after … but what happens after “happily ever after?” When you’re a kid you never wonder about where the seven dwarfs went to live after Snow White ditched them. Did...

‘Pretty Little Liars’ offers more than just eye candy

October 24, 2013

If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25 and watch “Pretty Little Liars,” there is a secret shame you bear every Tuesday in your room hoping your roommate doesn’t walk in and catch you; however,...

Shelton showcases iconic musical

Shelton showcases iconic musical

October 24, 2013

Theatre Tuscaloosa is bringing skid row to Shelton State Community College, presenting the musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” In a grimy neighborhood just beyond somewhere green lies a small flower...

Tinder app may encourage ‘catfishing’ but offers opportunities too

October 22, 2013

“Please don’t be a creepy balding 40-year old. Please don’t have a pedo-mustache. Please, please, please don’t be a girl!” These are the words I found myself muttering on a Wednesday afternoon...

Women speak out about domestic violence

Women speak out about domestic violence

October 21, 2013

A broken ankle, a broken wrist and some bruised ribs. Those were just some of the injuries sustained over the two years Fernanda Dixon was in an abusive relationship with her children’s father. Dixon...

‘Walking Dead’ fan base ever-growing heading into new season

October 10, 2013

When your parents send you a Michonne bobble head and heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day, that’s when you know you have become the ultimate “The Walking Dead” fan. Blood, gore and the struggle...

Dancing through school

September 26, 2013

Are we human, or are we dancer? That is the question Aubrey Heathcott, a junior majoring in dance with a minor in public relations, asks herself before every performance. The popular Killers song “Human”...

Female comedians on the rise

September 19, 2013

Female-dominated comedies are taking over primetime. The recent premiere returns of both “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” on Fox meant the return of my former Tuesday nights’ glory. While the...

Female comedians on the rise

September 19, 2013

Female-dominated comedies are taking over primetime. The recent premiere returns of both “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” on Fox meant the return of my former Tuesday nights’ glory. While the...

Local band to perform at Egans

Local band to perform at Egan’s

September 18, 2013

Local favorite Looksy will perform back home in Tuscaloosa for the first time since July on Friday, Sept. 20, at Egan’s. The band has recently released its EP, “Deeper Into the Woods.” “First...

‘Orange is the new black’ gains popularity with Netflix

September 12, 2013

I don’t have a Netflix account… Blasphemy! I watch all the shows I miss during the week on Friday; it’s my Hulu day. Only now, because of Hulu Plus and my low college funds, the episodes I do want...

City Cafe passes test of time

City Cafe passes test of time

September 10, 2013

It’s 5 a.m., and while most businesses are sound asleep with the lights turned down low in Northport, there remains one with its light on, shining like a welcoming beacon to all who come in. City Cafe...

Embrace your nerdom in a society that now deems it ‘cool’

September 5, 2013

The day I moved into my freshman dorm, my dad took one look at my giant Marvel Universe poster, another at my brand-new roommate and told me, “Maybe you should wait a while before you put that up.”...

Vintage makes a comeback on 5th Street

Vintage makes a comeback on 5th Street

September 4, 2013

The 5th Street Vintage Market will soon kick off its second year of taking over the farmers market pavilion in Northport, Ala. Vendors will be selling items ranging from vintage clothing to vinyl records...

Big Al tryouts held at A-Day

April 24, 2013

Big Al’s shoes are hard to fill: they are hot, sweaty and weigh twice as much as regular sneakers. But on April 18, 21 hopefuls entered the basement of Coleman Coliseum in an attempt to fill those shoes...

Renowned musician David Lindley to play show in Tuscaloosa Monday

April 22, 2013

The multi-instrumental musician David Lindley will be performing at the Bama Theatre Monday night as part of the Acoustic Night series. Lindley is known for the guitar strings behind Forrest Gump as he...

Show choir to perform one-night-only show Tuesday

April 16, 2013

The University of Alabama Resonance Show Choir, a performance-based music ensemble, will perform its spring show at the Bama Theatre Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. “Resonance Hell Week,” as referred to...

UA opera theatre to perform annual ‘One Night Only’

April 2, 2013

“One Night Only,” a performance presented by the department of opera theatre, will feature a different blend of music than usual Tuesday night at the Moody Music Building. “It’s an annual evening...

Alabama fields multiple adaptive sports teams

March 21, 2013

While most students are sleeping, or maybe even pulling all-nighters, there are a select few who choose to start their mornings at 5:45 a.m. Each week you can find the men of the wheelchair basketball...

Japanese artist brings work to Ferguson

March 6, 2013

The Ferguson Center Art Gallery will be presenting works of Toko Shinoda this month on The University of Alabama campus. Shinoda was born in Dairen, Manchuria, in 1913 and moved to Tokyo in 1914. She...

Percussion trio to perform at Sonic Frontiers

February 25, 2013

In the age of new wave sound and electronic beats, the percussion trio Meridian is taking things back to basics, with a twist. Meridian will perform in UA’s Sonic Frontiers Concert Series, Monday...

Fashion Inc. provides students opportunities to intern, design

February 5, 2013

For the members of the club Fashion Inc., fashion is not just a job but a way of life. These future fashionistas are not hitting the streets to find their next look but instead surfing the net on the hunt...

Christian singing group to perform at Bama Theatre

January 24, 2013

Ask singer Chrishon Smith of the Anointed Brown Sisters how they got their name and she will tell you, “Well we are brown, and we are sisters, but more importantly we were all filled with the Holy Ghost...

Author defends cooking in college as possible, affordable

November 26, 2012

Mother and author of “College Cooking Crash Course” Eva Gold is out to prove college cooking is possible if you just have a plan. Her cookbook contains 20 ingredients that will prepare a student for...

Simple recipes for students end badly

Simple recipes for students end badly

November 13, 2012

My “kitchenability” skills involve making grilled cheese, baking brownies from the box and, if I do say so myself, making an excellent bowl of cereal. College life has made me appreciate all the foods...

Tidal Flow: students prove Hip-Hop is not dead

November 8, 2012

Wednesday night, a group of roughly 110 students gathered together to take in Tidal Flow in the Allen Bales Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The show was a collaboration of artists, poets and dancers tasked by Creative...

Sports grill to open on Main Avenue in Northport

November 6, 2012

Main Avenue in Northport has seen restaurants come and go, but the addition of a Birmingham, Ala., favorite, Billy’s Sports Grill, may offer a permanent draw to business. Originally set to open in mid-September...

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