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Lauren Ferguson April 22, 2014

I hate to be that girl. You know, the one who devotes her entire senior column to the college newspaper, but I’m going to do it. Hear me out, please. When I first arrived on campus four years ago,...

UA arboretum untapped resource

UA arboretum untapped resource

Lauren Ferguson March 4, 2014

Not far from the University of Alabama campus sits a small cinder-block building surrounded by towering trees, a collection of greenhouses and a wooded entrance to nature trails. Inside the office space,...

UA employee retires after recruitment allegations

Lauren Ferguson November 13, 2013

Nearly two months after allegations of racial discrimination during this year’s formal sorority recruitment, University of Alabama System employee Emily Jamison has retired from her position as director...

Bonner presents ‘success agendas’

Lauren Ferguson November 11, 2013

University of Alabama President Judy Bonner presented the UA Institutional Presentation to the Board of Trustees on Friday, which outlined an overview of her first year in office and detailed ‘success...

Protein shakes not just for athletes

Lauren Ferguson July 31, 2013

During a recent trip visiting a longtime friend, I was introduced to the growing trend and culture of protein shakes. Yes, these blended beverages are often associated with trips to the gym, sweaty athletic...

Ministry helps women with life post-prison

Lauren Ferguson July 31, 2013

Roxanne Harris never thought she would be coordinating a women’s prison ministry, but after 13 years, she continues to serve the community and enjoys every moment of it. Woman2Woman Empower-ment, founded...

Former president Guy Bailey not selected as New Mexico State University president

Lauren Ferguson May 6, 2013

Former University of Alabama president Guy Bailey was one of five finalists being considered for the next president of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. The university’s Board of Regents...

County plans to improve local parks

Lauren Ferguson March 13, 2013

Envision a Hurricane Creek with easy access, boat launches, rock climbing and classes to teach children about ecosystems, or a more aesthetically appealing Snow Hinton Park that allows runners and families...

Tradition of Decoration Days founded on faith, fellowship

Tradition of Decoration Days founded on faith, fellowship

Lauren Ferguson March 7, 2013

As warmer months draw near, many Alabamians delight in the anticipations and traditions of early spring and summer. But for a few remaining rural communities scattered across the state, the arrival of...

Art show benefits Alberta Baptist Church

Lauren Ferguson February 14, 2013

The Remember Art Show, a silent auction benefiting Alberta Baptist Church, will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Cypress Inn Loft in downtown Tuscaloosa. Sarah Day, a junior majoring in nursing, decided...

Fun., Tegan and Sara to play at Amphitheater

Fun., Tegan and Sara to play at Amphitheater

Lauren Ferguson February 5, 2013

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater announced their first 2013 show will be fun. featuring special guests Tegan and Sara. The concert will be held on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Fun. is an American indie pop band based out...

Rep. John Lewis: ‘It is important for greek organizations to be examples to the larger society’

Lauren Ferguson November 8, 2012

At a university steeped in tradition and Southern heritage, “change” is a word often used to describe growth and expansion. For some, that’s enough—maybe even too much. But for at least one man...

Moon Taxi returns to Tuscaloosa, plays first

Lauren Ferguson October 31, 2012

The Bama Theatre will host a Halloween show of live music, costumes and entertainment by featured performers Moon Taxi and Tea Leaf Green, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. Moon Taxi, an americana indie-rock...

Cookbook introduces college students to the kitchen

Lauren Ferguson October 29, 2012

For many UA students, cooking skills are often neglected, and culinary classes are hard to come by. But for those looking to befriend their kitchen, author Nisa Burns offers up recipes and tips to help...

Family-friendly Homecoming atmosphere ideal setting for community

Lauren Ferguson October 26, 2012

Homecoming is a weekend that many Alabama fans look forward to each year. While the opposing team is always important during football season, the days surrounding Homecoming are full of activities and...

In sororities, integration still elusive

In sororities, integration still elusive

Lauren Ferguson October 24, 2012

Kimbrely Dandridge is a black Phi Mu at Ole Miss and president of the SGA-equivalent Associated Student Body. Dandridge’s experience underscores dramatic racial progress at Ole Miss, a university that,...

Tuscaloosa tailgating a league of its own

Lauren Ferguson September 21, 2012

Tailgating is one of the most anticipated events on Gameday weekends. Each home game brings a heightened energy to campus, and along with it, an Alabama tradition. For many schools, tailgating is just...

Welcome home, Guy Bailey

Welcome home, Guy Bailey

Lauren Ferguson September 6, 2012

Set back from the bustling traffic of University Boulevard sits the iconic white house of the University: the President’s Mansion. Overlooking the heart of campus, the antebellum home represents not...

Color Run comes to Tuscaloosa

Lauren Ferguson August 27, 2012

The Color Run, a 5k race self-proclaimed as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet,” announced it will be making a stop in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 6. The race, which has grown in popularity through word-of-mouth...

Student ‘rock-hop’ band set to play at the Strip’s Jupiter

Lauren Ferguson July 18, 2012

Kadesh + Perfect Strangers, a band featuring University of Alabama students, will bring their brand of “rock hop,” mixing hip-hop, funk, rock and jazz, to a performance Thursday at the Jupiter Bar...

Brewery brings much-needed flavor to city

Brewery brings much-needed flavor to city

Lauren Ferguson July 18, 2012

Bo Hicks and Elliott Roberts weren’t childhood friends working to turn a dream into reality. Instead, they came to know each other through a local homebrew club, and after realizing the practicality...

Local talent comes out to Kentuck Art Night

Local talent comes out to Kentuck Art Night

Lauren Ferguson July 11, 2012

Kentuck’s July Art Night featured a group showing by Crossroads Arts Alliance of Gordo Ala., and an exhibit by Gadsden oil painter Anna Mullin titled “Cloudscapes: God’s Picture Show.” The monthly...

Musical favorite to be performed by Theatre Tuscaloosa

Lauren Ferguson July 10, 2012

Not many musicals are lucky enough to be graced by stars such as Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler and Patti LuPone. “Gypsy,” one of the longest running musicals since 1950, has had casts...

Colorado brewery brings beer to Alabama

Colorado brewery brings beer to Alabama

Lauren Ferguson July 2, 2012

  Alabamians will now be able to enjoy quality craft beer from a can thanks to Oskar Blues Brewery. The Colorado-based brewery will be launching their beers today in Tuscaloosa and throughout the state...

Posh Tuscaloosa offers local discounts

Posh Tuscaloosa offers local discounts

Lauren Ferguson June 27, 2012

In a world full of flyers, online and email discounts, students can be easily overwhelmed with choices to do on their Friday night or weekend. However, local business Posh Tuscaloosa is serving up discounted...

Author urges churches to use social media

Lauren Ferguson June 20, 2012

In an effort to remain connected with the student community and current technology, Tuscaloosa churches are launching Twitter and Facebook accounts. However, according to author Andy Crouch, they might...

Literary tourism links fiction to real locations

Lauren Ferguson June 13, 2012

For avid readers and owners of Kindles, iPads and Nooks, visiting the sites of fictional novels is no longer a possibility, but a reality, stemming from a local initiative. Brian Patrick Miller founded...

Homegrown Alabama hosts songwriting contest

Lauren Ferguson June 6, 2012

Whether songwriting comes naturally or is unfamiliar territory, Homegrown Alabama farmers' market is inviting all members of the community to participate in their sing-off competition at Thursday’s market....

Festival season open in Alabama

Lauren Ferguson May 30, 2012

  As summer kicks into full swing, some students choose to venture home, study abroad or stay in Tuscaloosa. If Alabama is where you will be spending the next two months, the state offers a variety of...

UA hosts opera workshop

Lauren Ferguson May 29, 2012

The third annual Druid City Opera Workshop, hosted by the University of Alabama School of Music, will conclude today with a final performance. The workshop focuses on intensive opera training for young...

Tuscaloosa natives donated portraits following storm

Lauren Ferguson April 27, 2012

Terrified as they watched the tornado ravish their hometown, Jana and Miller Mobley wondered how they could help from their distant location. Owners of Miller Mobley Photography in New York City the Mobleys...

Local bands go their own way

Local bands go their own way

Lauren Ferguson April 25, 2012

In college towns, bands come and go. Whether they are cover bands or play original music, the lifespan of college music groups often fade with time. But for the bands that outlast the others, uprooting...

‘Tuscaloosa Runs This’ to be printed

Lauren Ferguson April 12, 2012

Egan’s Bar will host a release party Friday for “Tuscaloosa Runs This,” an anthology depicting what local writers love about Tuscaloosa and what it means to them to rebuild after the April 27 tornado....

New UA fashion magazine takes to the runway

Lauren Ferguson April 3, 2012

Her Campus Alabama, an online magazine for women of the University of Alabama, will host a charity fashion tonight at Brown’s Corner from 7 to 9 p.m. “Since we are a women’s magazine that’s a...

Hunger Games reaction mixed

‘Hunger Games’ reaction mixed

Lauren Ferguson March 27, 2012

With an estimated $155 million in ticket sales for its opening weekend, it may be surprising that students are giving “The Hunger Games” mixed reviews. Based on the best selling book trilogy, “The...

Crosby, Stills & Nash to play at amphitheater

Lauren Ferguson March 20, 2012

As part of their extensive United States summer tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre on July 11 at 8 p.m. The summer tour, beginning in early June and concluding at...

Houndstooth voted top 50 southern bar

Houndstooth voted top 50 southern bar

Lauren Ferguson February 23, 2012

Garden & Gun magazine recently named The Houndstooth one of the 50 Best Southern Bars. Originally opened in 1988, The Houndstooth provides the the Strip with a spacious sports bar that shows all major...

Hangout Music Festival announces lineup

Lauren Ferguson February 8, 2012

The Hangout Music Festival announced its 2012 lineup yesterday revealing two of this year’s headliners as Dave Matthews Band and Jack White. A third has yet to be announced. For its third year, the...

Students receive discounts on variety of products

Lauren Ferguson February 7, 2012

College expenses are on the rise, so many students are seeking ways to be thrifty in all areas. Whether it’s food, clothing, books or technology, discounts are always welcomed. By taking advantage of...

Weekly southeastern concert line up

Lauren Ferguson February 6, 2012

Spring semester brings a fresh feel to campus – new schedules, pleasant temperatures and weekends not plagued with football activity. For those looking for something to fill their free time and who enjoy...

Professors filmmaking extends beyond the class

Professor’s filmmaking extends beyond the class

Lauren Ferguson January 24, 2012

Professor Andrew Grace’s schedule does not consist of the typical class lectures and test grading. Rather, he spends his time instructing and overseeing students in the University of Alabama’s Documenting...

Art Night features local artists Toaster Boy

Art Night features local artist’s Toaster Boy

Lauren Ferguson November 30, 2011

Kentuck Gallery’s monthly Art Night will showcase a collection of prints by UA student Jacob Davidson. Art Night features artists from the surrounding area, allowing them to display their works in a...

The Trunk sells greek letters, custom jerseys for Alabama students

The Trunk sells greek letters, custom jerseys for Alabama students

Lauren Ferguson November 21, 2011

In addition to supplying sorority pledges with their famous Bid Day packages, The Trunk offers a variety of original Alabama and greek products for students and alumni of UA. Owner Rich Anders shares his...

20 things to do under $20

20 things to do under $20

Lauren Ferguson November 17, 2011

1) Athletic Events - We all love football, but what about the other sports? Try men’s basketball at home on 11/23 and 12/01 or women’s volleyball on 11/25.   2) The Bama Theatre - Every week The...

Students ranked eighth in nation for StarCraft 2

Lauren Ferguson November 16, 2011

Four months after establishing UA’s first StarCraft 2 team, members are surprised by the amount of success the team has achieved. This past summer, Vince Hill, team manager and a freshman majoring in...

Acoustic night attracts local, out-of-state musicians

Acoustic night attracts local, out-of-state musicians

Lauren Ferguson November 2, 2011

The Bama Theatre will host Acoustic Night tonight for Tuscaloosa residents to enjoy live music by Tom Evanchuck and Lena Dice. Tom Evanchuck, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, will perform a series of original...

All for One Festival sees increase in attendance

“All for One” Festival sees increase in attendance

Lauren Ferguson October 24, 2011

Sunday marked the tenth year of Tuscaloosa One Place’s fall festival event. This year’s festival, titled “All For One,” was made possible by a collaboration with the University of Alabama’s Honors...

Honors College Assembly helps put on fall festival

Lauren Ferguson October 20, 2011

The Honors College Assembly partnered with Tuscaloosa’s One Place and the Volunteer Reception Center to sponsor the All For One fall festival and tornado cleanup this Sunday. The festival will be held...

Monster makeover good for children, artists, relief

Monster makeover good for children, artists, relief

Lauren Ferguson October 5, 2011

With Halloween just around the corner, a spooky costume is a must. For those seeking inspiration for creative costumes, Monster Makeover II art exhibit could offer some ideas. The event, sponsored by...

‘Chicago’ comes to the Bama Theatre

Lauren Ferguson September 27, 2011

The Actor’s Charitable Theatre will be showcasing their rendition of “Chicago” this Friday through Sunday at The Bama Theatre. Director Joey Lay said Actor’s Charitable Theatre tries to have a...

Art Professor competes in triathlon in Beijing

Art Professor competes in triathlon in Beijing

Lauren Ferguson September 19, 2011

Competing in a sport that combines swimming, biking and running might be daunting for some people, but for UA professor Catherine Pagani, not only is it possible, it’s fun. Pagani recently returned...

September Art Night features local artists

Lauren Ferguson September 1, 2011

This month’s Kentuck Art Night will bring people together. The event will showcase two artists—one from Tuscaloosa, the other from Auburn. Artists Chris Davenport and Linda Dixon will show their art...

September Art Night features local artists

Lauren Ferguson August 31, 2011

If art can bring people together, this month’s Kentuck Art Night will certainly show how. The event will showcase two artists—one from Tuscaloosa, the other from Auburn. Artists Chris Davenport and...

Birmingham festival features variety of films

Birmingham festival features variety of films

Lauren Ferguson August 25, 2011

Why not take the trip to Birmingham this weekend and experience a cultural event unique to the Magic City? Birmingham’s 13th annual Sidewalk Film Festival, scheduled for Aug. 26-28, debuted in 1999 and...

Womanless pageant raises money for local school

Lauren Ferguson April 19, 2011

Is he a lady or is he not? Sigma Alpha Iota will be presenting their annual womanless beauty pageant “He’s a Lady” today from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Moody Recital Hall. General admission is $3, and all...

Theater production uses new technology

Lauren Ferguson April 14, 2011

A new dimension will be brought to UA theatre in the production “The Realm” playing April 19-22 in Morgan Auditorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, and...

Festval showcases local, guest writers

Festval showcases local, guest writers

Lauren Ferguson April 3, 2011

Many writers, students and faculty came out to support the third annual Slash Pine Writers Festival that spanned four days of readings at different venues in Tuscaloosa. Saturday featured four reading...

Slash Pine Festival features more than 60 writers

Lauren Ferguson March 30, 2011

A crowd of writers will spend the weekend in Tuscaloosa for the 3rd annual Slash Pine Writers Festival. Today through Saturday, writers from across the United States, as well as the UA and Tuscaloosa community,...

Bama shows films for women’s History Month

Lauren Ferguson March 24, 2011

The 10th annual LunaFest film festival will celebrate Women’s History Month. The film festival will be shown by the Women’s Resource Center at the Bama Theatre on Thursday at 7 p.m. LunaFest is funded...

Blount students to present open mic night

Lauren Ferguson March 9, 2011

Blount Open Mic Night will feature a series of talent acts for those seeking entertainment this tonight starting at 7 p.m. in the Blount building lobby. The Residence Hall Association supports Open Mic...

Flava Fest hosts sumo event on Quad today

Lauren Ferguson March 3, 2011

Get a taste of Japanese culture by participating in sumo wresting on the Quad today from 12-5 p.m. The International Student Association’s Flava Fest week started on Tuesday and ends today with sumo...

College of Arts & Sciences to host fundraising party

Lauren Ferguson February 25, 2011

There will be a “Starry Night” during the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board’s seventh annual Arty Party Saturday Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in Woods Quad and the surrounding buildings. The Arty...

Apwonjo screens film about Liberian civil war

Lauren Ferguson February 21, 2011

Apwonjo, an organization that raises awareness about injustice in sub-Saharan Africa, will be screening the film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” tonight at 7 p.m in the Ferguson Center Theater. The...

Sonnets and Songs serenades students

Lauren Ferguson February 9, 2011

The Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society will be offering Valentine-O-Grams for those wishing to send a gift to someone special or a friend. They will be offering these services Feb. 12-14 for $10 per...

Kellers story comes to local stage

Keller’s story comes to local stage

Lauren Ferguson February 3, 2011

Starting on Feb. 4, Theatre Tuscaloosa will present “The Miracle Worker,” a play telling the story of Alabama native Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. Sullivan was born legally blind, but...

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