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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

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When the winds calmed

Ian Sams April 30, 2011

When the winds calmed and the skies lightened, I walked into the debris and disarray of the tornado. Less than two hours after an F-5 demolished homes and businesses and lives on and around 15th Street,...

UA elitism causes barriers to success

Ian Sams April 18, 2011

I can mark the night of Wednesday, March 4, 2009, as the moment perfectly reflective of my time at The University of Alabama. In a crowded apartment at the Bluff, surrounded by two or three dozen friends...

Introspection key to big changes

Ian Sams April 11, 2011

Over the past 10 years, memoir has emerged as one of the top-selling literary genres in America. Americans are an open people—descendant of the emotional revolutionaries of centuries past. From every...

New campus leaders must broaden progress

Ian Sams April 3, 2011

In the interest of full disclosure, I am the current SGA Communications Director. My time in that capacity will come to an end at 5 p.m. tomorrow, when a new SGA administration is inaugurated at the Gorgas...

HCA election poses Honors College conundrum

Ian Sams March 27, 2011

On Wednesday, students in the Honors College will elect the second president of the Honors College Assembly. In its first year, HCA carried out service projects, created student programming, and hosted...

Byrne sacrificed ideals for votes and failed

Ian Sams July 15, 2010

Early this spring, when the prospect of an Artur Davis v. Bradley Byrne gubernatorial race seemed like a real possibility, if not an inevitability, I was energized about the future of Alabama. For the...

The Supreme Court’s evolving problem

Ian Sams April 11, 2010

On Friday, John Paul Stevens, the senior associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, announced his retirement. When speaking about Stevens’ retirement and announcing his intentions...

Taming the savageness

Ian Sams April 4, 2010

Forty-two years ago Saturday, Martin Luther King Jr. declared that he had been to the mountaintop, peered over, and seen the promised land. He eerily and almost prophetically said, “I may not get there...

Time for another reform

Ian Sams March 28, 2010

On March 21, the day of the House of Representatives’ historic vote on health care reform, around 200,000 people descended on Capitol Hill to make a point. They weren’t there to spit on congressmen...

It’s time for new SGA

Ian Sams March 8, 2010

Wednesday morning, the flyers will begin to disappear and the sticker-wearing will subside. Slowly, the chalking will fade away and we’ll all see the end of yet another SGA campaign on our campus. One...

Where’s the real compromise?

Ian Sams March 1, 2010

Last week, President Barack Obama held a health care roundtable discussion with administration officials and leaders from both parties in Congress. In the end, not much was accomplished, and the health...

Reversing our culture of division

Ian Sams February 22, 2010

On Sunday, The New York Times ran letters to the editor from retiring Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., that decried the partisanship and inefficacy of the United States Senate....

When Harry met futility

Ian Sams February 15, 2010

Many people know that I’m an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party. I voted for President Obama, have campaigned for Democratic candidates, and have done my fair share of espousing left-leaning viewpoints...

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