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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 Mary Claire Wooten
Opinion | Hop over that ‘1-inch-tall barrier’ and enjoy foreign films

Opinion | Hop over that ‘1-inch-tall barrier’ and enjoy foreign films

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist March 31, 2024

American interest in foreign films has never been high, with very few films ever breaking the barrier of Americentric views, the modern attention deficit, and the preference for blockbuster films over...

The Tuscaloosa County Jail, located on 26th Avenue.

Opinion | In Alabama, all roads lead back to mega-prisons

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist March 20, 2024

Since the early 1900s, the Alabama Legislature has been inching toward legalizing gambling statewide. It started small, with wagering on dog and horse races in 1902, and then passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory...

Tuscaloosa Public Library located off of Jack Warner Parkway.

Opinion | Leave library policy to the professionals: Librarians

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist February 25, 2024

In Alabama’s most recent legislative period, representatives have begun targeting one of our most vital and vulnerable resources: public libraries. Since 2022, the number of books being contested and...

Tuscaloosa Police Department office located on The Strip.

Opinion | Without swatting-specific laws, Alabamians are at risk

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist February 21, 2024

Imagine going to the store after a long day of work or school, or even just perusing the aisles of a grocery store in search of your favorite snacks. Then, you hear an alarming announcement, urging you,...

Opinion | Alabama residents deserve livable wages

Opinion | Alabama residents deserve livable wages

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist February 7, 2024

As the price of living increases across the United States, residents find it more and more difficult to pay bills, buy groceries, and provide for themselves and their families. In the past, Congress has...

Opinion | Alabama must reform its parole-granting process

Opinion | Alabama must reform its parole-granting process

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist January 28, 2024

In 2013, the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles granted parole to 34% of incarcerated individuals who were considered. In the more than 10 years since, that number has fluctuated significantly, rising...

Opinion | Keep mifepristone on the market

Opinion | Keep mifepristone on the market

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist January 17, 2024

In December, the Supreme Court announced that it would revisit the decision made in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit....

Opinion | Alabama needs to protect its homeless population

Opinion | Alabama needs to protect its homeless population

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist December 3, 2023

Slowly but surely, states around the country have been passing laws that will make being homeless as close to illegal as possible. People with homes are granted certain luxuries, such as resting and relieving...

Opinion | Alabama needs to prioritize maternity care

Opinion | Alabama needs to prioritize maternity care

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist November 1, 2023

The state of Alabama loves to brandish its support of fetuses in any way that it can.  After Roe v. Wade was overturned, Alabama was one of the first in line to change state laws to create even more...

Opinion | Students shouldn’t be charged extra for facilities

Opinion | Students shouldn’t be charged extra for facilities

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist September 27, 2023

Editor's note (9/29/23): A link was added to clarify information regarding the theater and dance department's venue and studio usage policy.  There are hundreds of thousands of moving parts on campus...

Opinion | The brutal executions in Alabama prisons must end

Opinion | The brutal executions in Alabama prisons must end

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist September 13, 2023

In 2015, Oklahoma announced it would begin executing death row inmates with nitrogen when low on the pharmaceuticals required for lethal injections. Now, their officials are looking into nitrogen hypoxia,...

Opinion | Let’s talk about Florida

Opinion | Let’s talk about Florida

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist September 6, 2023

It has always been customary to see headlines describing the latest misfortune of Florida residents, usually including a dangerous crocodile fighting a man or a hurricane decimating the coast. Since 2018,...

 Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., accused Democratic lawmakers of engaging in identity politics by using the term white nationalist as just another word that they want to use other than racism.

Opinion | How an ex-Auburn football coach has threatened national security

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist July 19, 2023

In a state like Alabama, few things reach the same level of importance as college football. More specifically, the rivalry between The University of Alabama and Auburn University. Few eyebrows have been...

The cast of “The Idol” at the Cannes Film Festival.

Opinion | ‘The Idol’ became what it was mocking

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Writer July 5, 2023

While new television shows are premiering every day, it’s become increasingly difficult to captivate an audience. Many producers have taken to attempting to push the envelope farther and farther to rile...

 New York City is covered in haze as photographed from the Empire State Building observatory on June 7 in New York.

Opinion | Canadian wildfires serve as a wake-up call

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist June 14, 2023

Canada’s forests are aflame from east to west, and this could bring change to all countries. In early June, 14,000 people were evacuated from the province of Quebec because of the raging fires and...

The Black Warrior River is one of the many bodies of water in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Opinion | Protecting our waterways only benefits us

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist June 7, 2023

When creating the Alabama state seal in 1817, Gov. William Wyatt Bibb wanted to cement Alabama’s most unique features into the design, forever highlighting their importance. At the time, he had no idea...

Opinion | Alabama needs student debt relief

Opinion | Alabama needs student debt relief

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist March 22, 2023

In August 2022, joy and relief soared through the stomachs of people with student debt.  The Biden administration announced their plans to forgive up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients with loans...

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Opinion | The danger of permitless carry in Alabama

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist February 22, 2023

Since the beginning of 2023, Tuscaloosa County alone has seen seven people killed in five separate incidents.  In 2022, the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigated 20 homicides. In 2021, there...

Opinion | The importance of consuming localized media

Opinion | The importance of consuming localized media

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist January 29, 2023

You’ve heard about the importance of being informed citizens to our region as well as being consumers in a more widespread aspect of the community, maybe statewide or nationwide. Media conglomerates...

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Opinion | The dangerous fine print of Alabama’s abortion laws

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist January 18, 2023

In May 2019, Alabama enacted the Human Life Protection Act, HB314, which created an almost-total ban on abortions in the state. The bill was introduced by Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican representing...

Opinion | McLure Library matters

Opinion | McLure Library matters

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist November 9, 2022

In 1939, The University of Alabama finished the construction of its first designated library. Nestled towards the rear of the Quad and aligned with Denny Chimes, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library is a haven...

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Opinion | UA Should Offer Childcare to Faculty, Staff and Students

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist September 28, 2022

On Aug. 16, the Faculty Senate met in North Lawn Hall to discuss their agenda for the forthcoming academic year. Heather Elliot and Alex Tokovinine, co-chairs of the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Life Committee,...

Thundercat performs into a microphone.

An Evening with Thundercat at Iron City 

Mary Claire Wooten, Contributing Writer September 25, 2022

A sense of wonder was ever-present as fans filed out onto the street after Thundercat's Iron City show on Sept. 16, where just below the Iron City’s marquee sign is another sign that affectionately reads,...

Students Shouldnt Overlook Local History

Students Shouldn’t Overlook Local History

Mary Claire Wooten, Staff Columnist August 17, 2022

While residing in Tuscaloosa, we find ourselves easily fixated on the luxuries accessible to us here. Whether that be new student housing apartments popping up within months to accommodate growing student...

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Value the fun organizations on campus

Mary Claire Wooten, Contributing Columnist August 9, 2022

Within the first months of the fall semester, new organizations, councils and clubs flock to welcome the incoming first-year class and recruit them into these campus subgroups. In the beginning, some groups'...

How college students can find balanced nutrition

How college students can find balanced nutrition

College students are often busy with classes, friends and extracurriculars, often placing nutrition on the back burner.
How to Health: A discussion of insurance, primary care and more

How to Health: A discussion of insurance, primary care and more

Balancing health and wellness can be difficult for college students who are thrust into the adult world for the first time.
Restorative justice rehabilitates

Restorative justice rehabilitates

Savannah Ichikawa and Mary Claire Wooten February 2, 2022
Advocates for restorative justice today suggest policymakers should aim to make justice systems truly correctional.
Former Alabama football coach’s daughters honor his legacy

Former Alabama football coach’s daughters honor his legacy

Mary Claire Wooten, Contributing Writer November 7, 2021
When Ray Perkins, a star receiver for the Crimson Tide in the ’60s and Paul “Bear” Bryant’s successor, passed away in December 2020, his daughters Rachael and Shelby wanted to honor his legacy.
Covers of each of the three journals mentioned in the article.

Literary gateways on UA’s campus

Mary Claire Wooten, Contributing Writer October 24, 2021
The University is home to a multitude of literary journals.
Freshwater Mussel Exhibit. Alabama Museum of Natural History. The University of Alabama. College of Arts and Sciences.

Alabama Museum of Natural History introduces permanent freshwater mussel exhibit

Audrey Hall and Mary Claire Wooten September 26, 2021
The Alabama Museum of Natural History is joining forces with UA faculty members for its new freshwater mussel exhibit.
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