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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

All content by Jake Gray

It’s goodbye for now, but a parting thought

Jake Gray April 24, 2012

For multiple reasons, I told myself I wouldn’t write a farewell column. For starters, I’m not going anywhere. As I indicated in my last column, I will be bringing my talents back to the Capstone for...

An ode to the fifth year

Jake Gray April 10, 2012

April is here, and as graduation looms, the questions have begun. Are you graduating in May? What are your plans for next year? Have you found a job yet? They are asked at every random encounter. They...

Coach Sean Payton deserves his punishment

Jake Gray April 3, 2012

Last week, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was given a yearlong suspension from the NFL. This unprecedented punishment comes weeks after a shocking bounty program was exposed from within the...

UA Alumnus sees resurgence in PGA

Jake Gray March 27, 2012

Perhaps it took Dicky Pride a while to figure out what it is like to be completely healthy following a golf season. Or, maybe it was a surge of inspiration after raising over $170,000 for Tuscaloosa in...

myBama creates more confusion than useful information

Jake Gray March 20, 2012

My time at Alabama has been littered with technological frustration. I have retaken countless quizzes because wireless Internet in Bruno Library inexplicably stops working. I have turned in assignments...

Reflecting on time spent with mans best friend

Reflecting on time spent with man’s best friend

Jake Gray February 28, 2012

Pepper came into my life about ten years ago, when I was 12 years old. Still mourning from the death of our first family dog Gatti, my family was reluctant to bring in any new additions. Nevertheless,...

Plus-one positive step for college game

Plus-one positive step for college game

Jake Gray February 21, 2012

This year marks the beginning of the end for the college football bowl system. For the first time in decades, serious discussion has begun for college football to move towards a playoff format. In 2008,...

Crimson Tide basketball team lacks leadership

Jake Gray February 14, 2012

Nearly three months ago, I wrote a column devoted to the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team. Being the football fanatic I am, I seldom devote my space to the basketball team. In the column, I praised...

Ending grayshirting hurts players more than teams

Ending ‘grayshirting’ hurts players more than teams

Jake Gray February 7, 2012

Last summer, the Southeastern Conference presidents made a decision that significantly affected how recruiting is done within the conference. As many people have discussed, the practice of over-signing...

If you build it, they will come

If you build it, they will come

Jake Gray January 31, 2012

The University of Alabama has never been afraid to allocate resources towards athletics. Head football coach Nick Saban has made headlines numerous times for his lucrative contract offers and extensions....

Its time for Tuscaloosa to return the favor

It’s time for Tuscaloosa to return the favor

Jake Gray January 24, 2012

It is safe to say that residents of Tuscaloosa know a thing or two about tornadoes. Nearly six months ago, Tuscaloosa took the brunt of one of the worst storm systems to ever hit the United States. April...

Tide basketball the real deal

Jake Gray November 15, 2011

Alabama is a football school. There is no doubt about that and no point in arguing otherwise. Each year, the expectations just get higher. A down year is a ten-win season and a blowout in a big bowl game....

PSU officials should be held responsible

Jake Gray November 8, 2011

The moral standard of the college football world took a nose-dive Sunday. Typically, the fans and media are quick to judge a coach when they commit wrongdoing. Jim Tressel was regarded as one of the greatest...

Peyton Manning for NFL MVP

Jake Gray October 25, 2011

The country witnessed a massacre Sunday night. In the week-seven primetime edition of the Indianapolis Colts’ “Suck for Luck” campaign, the New Orleans Saints dismantled, destroyed and demolished...

Kicking and punting Bama’s Achilles Heel

Jake Gray October 18, 2011

Capstonians, over the past several months, we have all had the opportunity to witness a great college football team. In fact, the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide team could be one of the greatest. The offense...

Day of Service a positive step

Jake Gray October 11, 2011

Through the course of my four years at the Capstone, numerous Crimson White headlines come to mind. I think of the tense, polarizing election of Stephen Oliver as the University’s 96th SGA President....

Away games for dummies

Jake Gray October 4, 2011

Throughout the course of my academic career, I have been fortunate to attend numerous Alabama away football games, and I have experienced both highs and lows. I have slept in the backseat of an SUV and...

Student Organization Seating has potential to be great

Jake Gray September 27, 2011

Throughout the past month, The Crimson White has put an extra emphasis on the Student Organization Seating selection process. Many students saw a system with several flaws, and did their absolute best...

The 9/11 Generation

Jake Gray September 20, 2011

A discussion was raised in one of my classes last week. My professor simply asked, “Are you the ‘9/11 Generation?’” Although the attacks did happen at the beginning of my adolescence, it was honestly...

Walk-on deserves scholarship

Jake Gray September 13, 2011

Over the course of the past few football seasons, the Tide faithful have become familiar with an undersized safety known as Will Lowery. The junior from Hoover has flourished as the dime-back in one...

Stripped of character

Jake Gray September 6, 2011

Years ago, the drive down University Boulevard was a vibrant and aesthetically pleasing ride. After gazing at one of the best football stadiums in the world, one could see dozens of flourishing restaurants,...

Carson Tinker: A symbol of hope

Jake Gray August 30, 2011

I first met Carson Tinker in Mrs. Terry’s third grade class. He was a tall, funny boy who always seemed to have a smile on his face. I’m not sure if we just happened to be sitting next to each other...

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