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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

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor

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The UA Conservation Biology Society recorded hundreds of observations across the span of two days during “bioblitz” on October 9, 2021.

‘We deserve better’: Campus organizations push for a greener future

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor April 20, 2022
With over 300 members, the UA Environmental Council is the largest environmental student organization on campus. 
Elections Board announces SGA president is not disqualified the day after inauguration

Elections Board announces SGA president is not disqualified the day after inauguration

The board met the deadline, but did not publish their ruling until after the inauguration.
UA breaks ground on new welcome center, expands Bryce campus

UA breaks ground on new welcome center, expands Bryce campus

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor April 3, 2022
The University of Alabama broke ground on a welcome center located in the Bryce Main building on Friday. 
A compilation of screenshots from sorority group chats encouraging members to vote.

Elections Board dismisses complaint of sororities incentivizing voting

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor March 9, 2022
Multiple Alabama Panhellenic Association sororities incentivize members to vote in Student Government Association elections. They endorse candidates and heavily promote or require voting. 
Presidential candidates Sarah Shield and Madeline Martin debate on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

SGA judiciary delays confirmation of new president due to ongoing appeal process

The Student Government Association Judicial Board has postponed the confirmation of presidential election results until after spring break because of the ongoing appeal process for a complaint against...

Meet the 2022 SGA Senate candidates

Meet the 2022 SGA Senate candidates

College of Arts and Sciences Sam Akins  Freshman  Key points: Bridge the gap between students and the SGA. Remind students how to get in contact with senators.   Jonathan Benton Sophomore Key...

SGA presidential candidate Shield’s team reports opponent Martin for overspending on election 

SGA presidential candidate Shield’s team reports opponent Martin for overspending on election 

Student Government Association presidential candidate Sarah Shield’s campaign team is facing a potential election violation after reporting opponent Madeline Martin for overspending on campaign materials.  A...

The Academic Program Review Team released a report on Gordon Palmer Hall in November 2021.

Report on Gordon Palmer Hall reveals health risks

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor March 2, 2022
From the outside, Gordon Palmer Hall is just another building on the University of Alabama campus.
‘It is blatant racism’: UA student shares story of arrest on Instagram 

‘It is blatant racism’: UA student shares story of arrest on Instagram 

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor March 2, 2022

Correction: The Crimson White removed the name of the UA student who reported Jamiah Stroud to UAPD because her name was not made public by the department.  UA freshman Jamiah Stroud was arrested by...

Autherine Lucy waves to the crowd at the dedication of the newly named Autherine Lucy Hall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Feb. 25, 2022.

Autherine Lucy Hall: University of Alabama dedicates building in honor of first Black student

The University of Alabama dedicated Autherine Lucy Hall in honor of its first Black student Friday afternoon.  Previously named for former Alabama governor and Ku Klux Klan leader Bibb Graves,...

Most UA System chancellors were chosen without interviews, including St. John

Most UA System chancellors were chosen without interviews, including St. John

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor January 30, 2022
The University of Alabama System office confirmed that no candidates were interviewed for the position of UA System chancellor before now-Chancellor Finis St. John was appointed. 
Plan to go: COVID-19 town hall

Plan to go: COVID-19 town hall

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor January 17, 2022

University Medical Center will host a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the current state of COVID-19 on campus and in the Tuscaloosa community.  Date & Time: Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.  How...

Plan to go: MLK Day events

Plan to go: MLK Day events

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor January 16, 2022

The University of Alabama is hosting events for students, faculty and staff throughout the coming weeks to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service — Jan. 17 8:00...

UA NPHC SPRING CONVOCATION. 23 January, 2022 2:00 PM. Tickets available for purchase. Link in bio. Admission fee: $10. Dress code: business casual.

UA National Pan-Hellenic Council to host convocation

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor January 12, 2022
The University of Alabama National Pan-Hellenic Council is hosting its spring convocation on Jan. 23, 2022
SGA Recap. The Crimson White.

UA students petition to impeach SGA chief justice

Kayla Solino | @kaylasolino and Isabel Hope December 1, 2021
Two UA students filed an impeachment petition against Matthew Curl, the chief justice of the judicial branch of the Student Government Association, on Nov. 24. 
University of Alabama to return Muscogee artifacts to tribe

University of Alabama to return Muscogee artifacts to tribe

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor December 1, 2021
A federal committee ordered The University of Alabama to return all remains and funerary objects of the Muscogee Nation found in Moundville Archaeological Park to the tribe. 
How does the Machine survive at UA?

How does the Machine survive at UA?

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor November 18, 2021
Machine actions over the years have included burning crosses, burglary, vandalism and boycotts of local businesses. 
Body of missing UA student located Tuesday afternoon

Body of missing UA student located Tuesday afternoon

Isabel Hope and Keely Brewer | @keelykbrewer November 9, 2021

Tuscaloosa police chief Brent Blankley said Garrett Walker’s body was recovered from the Black Warrior River around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.  Walker was last seen early Sunday morning and reported missing...

SGA Adviser Angel Narvaez-Lugo invites students into his office on Monday, Nov. 1, during a sit-in to protest the results of the homecoming queen election.

Elections Board addresses homecoming election, discloses violation reports

Isabel Hope and Kayla Solino | @kaylasolino November 2, 2021

The Student Government Association Elections Board released a statement Tuesday refuting claims about the homecoming election, denying that a runoff is necessary and disclosing all violation reports. Contesting...

McLean Moore is named homecoming queen at the annual pep rally and bonfire on Oct. 22, 2021.

Administrator responds to homecoming elections, supports redraft of rules

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor October 30, 2021

Vice President for Student Life Myron Pope sent an email to the student body on Saturday to address “misinformed narratives” about the homecoming election. This email came after The Crimson White...

McLean Moore is named homecoming queen at the annual pep rally and bonfire on Friday, Oct. 22.

Homecoming queen election invalid from the beginning

Keely Brewer | @keelykbrewer and Isabel Hope October 27, 2021

This year, the Elections Board published the homecoming election timeline on Sept. 30 — 10 days later than required for the Oct. 19 homecoming queen election — which invalidated it from the beginning.  The...

UA temporarily disables vaccine reporting tool

UA temporarily disables vaccine reporting tool

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor October 25, 2021

The University of Alabama has temporarily removed the online vaccine reporting tool that students, faculty and staff use to self-report their COVID-19 vaccinations. UA spokesperson Shane Dorrill said...

Students vote in favor of election day holiday 

Students vote in favor of election day holiday 

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor October 19, 2021

Almost 13,000 UA students — or 98% of Tuesday’s voters — voted in favor of making federal election days a campus holiday.  The referendum on the homecoming ballot passed according to preliminary...

The Crimson White. News in brief.

UA to waive application fees Oct. 18-22

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor October 13, 2021
The University of Alabama will waive application fees for prospective undergraduate and graduate students from Monday, Oct. 18, to Friday, Oct. 22.
COVID - 19 Update. The Crimson White.

UA extends mask mandate to Oct. 29

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor September 29, 2021
The University of Alabama extended its mask mandate until Oct. 29 after review by the UA System Health and Safety Task Force.
‘Everyone should care’: How the Black Warrior River is being polluted

‘Everyone should care’: How the Black Warrior River is being polluted

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor September 22, 2021
Living in Tuscaloosa means living around the Black Warrior River, a body of water that provides critical resources to citizens across Tuscaloosa and provides for hundreds of ecosystems.
‘An important part of the history’: How Tuscaloosa’s history is shaping UA’s future

‘An important part of the history’: How Tuscaloosa’s history is shaping UA’s future

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor September 22, 2021
Native American students, faculty members, staff and scholars are trying to get the University to remember where it is.
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UA temporarily closes 13 classrooms after flooding damage

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor September 19, 2021
The University will temporarily close 13 classrooms and parts of five buildings after flooding on Saturday, Sept. 18.
How the federal employee vaccine mandate will affect UA employees 

How the federal employee vaccine mandate will affect UA employees 

Isabel Hope and Jennifer Baggett September 16, 2021

The University of Alabama will review President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for all companies with over 100 federal employees once the mandate is implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Under...

A racial breakdown of Alabama sorority recruitment

A racial breakdown of Alabama sorority recruitment

Isabel Hope and Zach Johnson | @ZachJohnsonCW September 6, 2021

The Alabama Panhellenic Association’s fall primary recruitment ended on Aug. 15, and 2,307 women — 92% of the students who participated in open house events — accepted bids to join one of 17 Panhellenic...

How a semester without COVID accommodations is affecting disabled students

How a semester without COVID accommodations is affecting disabled students

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor September 1, 2021
The University of Alabama’s Office of Disability Services discontinued its temporary COVID-19 accommodations application ahead of the fall semester.
UA hosts COVID vaccine clinics Aug. 27 and 28

UA hosts COVID vaccine clinics Aug. 27 and 28

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor August 27, 2021

The Ferguson Center is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic Aug. 27 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  University...

Not everyone wants to go back: UA professors prepare for return to in-person classes

‘Not everyone wants to go back’: UA professors prepare for return to in-person classes

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor August 18, 2021

Returning to school is a chance for a fresh start — new year, new classes, new professors. Yet, something feels familiar about the return to campus this fall.  As the University returns to in-person...

COVID on campus: Whats changed?

COVID on campus: What’s changed?

Jack Maurer and Isabel Hope August 18, 2021

The 2020-2021 academic year took place in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Events were canceled or postponed, classes were divided between Zoom and socially distanced face-to-face meetings, and masks...

COVID - 19 Update. The Crimson White.

University Medical Center to host COVID vaccine clinics

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor August 5, 2021

The University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa is holding Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics, which will take place Aug. 7, 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. UA students, faculty and staff can participate...

‘A recipe for disaster’: UA students and faculty react to campus return plan

‘A recipe for disaster’: UA students and faculty react to campus return plan

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor July 21, 2021
The University of Alabama announced a return to pre-pandemic operations for the fall semester on Tuesday, July 20, but some students and faculty members are hesitant to call the new health and safety guidelines a “plan.” 
COVID - 19 Update. The Crimson White.

UA plans return to pre-pandemic operations in fall semester

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor July 20, 2021

The University released its health and safety plan for the fall semester on July 20, one month ahead of classes. ​​A larger student population will descend on Tuscaloosa in August as campus returns...

COVID - 19 Update. The Crimson White.

UA students can expect fewer COVID-19 restrictions in the fall

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor July 9, 2021

A month ahead of the fall semester, the University has not released an official health and safety return plan.  Last year, the University of Alabama System released a 22-page Comprehensive Health and...

UA considers paid parental leave policy for faculty 

UA considers paid parental leave policy for faculty 

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor July 2, 2021

The University is considering a proposal for paid parental leave for faculty members.  The proposal, which was sent to University administration several weeks ago, is for all UA employees. It  was...

Emergency blue phones temporarily out of use

Emergency blue phones temporarily out of use

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor June 23, 2021
The Office of Information Technology’s Telecommunications Department is upgrading the emergency blue phones on the Quad. The devices, which connect users to UAPD in an emergency, have been temporarily covered until upgrades are completed. 
A group of sorority pledges on bid day. The vast majority of the women are white.

Sorority legacy policies are changing. How will it impact UA?

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor June 16, 2021
Potential new members can still indicate their legacy status during recruitment, but that status shouldn’t influence the selection process under the new policy.
‘You are supposed to speak up’: Father of UA student who died by suicide is sharing her story 

‘You are supposed to speak up’: Father of UA student who died by suicide is sharing her story 

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor June 9, 2021

Mike Rondini wants things to be different.  That’s why he’s telling the story of his daughter, Megan, a former UA student who died by suicide in 2016 after alleging rape against T.J. Bunn Jr.,...

Less than 1% of tenured UA faculty are biracial, Pacific Islander, Native American

Less than 1% of tenured UA faculty are biracial, Pacific Islander, Native American

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor June 8, 2021

Biracial, Pacific Islander and Native American faculty members account for less than 1% of tenured UA faculty, making them the least represented minority groups in the University’s tenure system.  There...

Blount students petition against relocation from Oliver-Barnard Hall

Blount students petition against relocation from Oliver-Barnard Hall

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor May 30, 2021

Oliver-Barnard Hall, a campus building owned by the University’s Blount Scholars Program, might be turned into a library dedicated to Senator Richard Shelby. Some Blount students are speaking out against...

UA instructors discuss Israel-Palestine relations in community event

UA instructors discuss Israel-Palestine relations in community event

Isabel Hope, Assistant News Editor May 28, 2021

Three UA instructors hosted a community forum to discuss Israel-Palestine relations on Wednesday, May 26. More than 30 people gathered at Monarch Espresso Cafe to join the conversation. The forum was...

Alabama students took cover in campus shelters as severe weather moved across Alabama in early April of 2021.

‘Like the hand of God’: What 2011 has meant for disaster safety in Tuscaloosa

Isabel Hope, Contributing Writer April 14, 2021
It's been 10 years since the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak. In the aftermath, rebuilding and reflecting were quick to follow, and the changes made to safety policies on campus and around Tuscaloosa seem here to stay.
‘The new normal’: How students are coping with a rise in climate disasters

‘The new normal’: How students are coping with a rise in climate disasters

Isabel Hope, Contributing Writer March 29, 2021
Tornado season brings a whole new level of stress to the college experience in Tuscaloosa. But for students from out of state, the stress of severe weather impacting their homes or loved ones isn't limited to a few months in the year, and that panic can take an emotional toll.
Photo courtesy of SGA. Graphic CW / Leah Goggins

Q&A | Lauren Gilonske is your only option for VP of DEI

Isabel Hope, Contributing Writer February 28, 2021

How did you originally get involved with the Student Government Association (SGA)? I currently serve as the chief of staff to Caitlyn McTier, who is vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion...

Photo courtesy of SGA. Graphic CW / Leah Goggins

Q&A | Jill Fields is your only option for SGA president

Isabel Hope, Contributing Writer February 28, 2021

How did you originally get involved with the Student Government Association (SGA)? I had the fortune of being selected to be in First Year Council, so that was kind of my first introduction into SGA....

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