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Year in Review issues on stands now

Year in Review issues on stands now

April 25, 2013

If you haven't already, pick up a copy of our Year in Review edition, Buzzfeed style, on stands on campus and around town now. If you can't get to a paper, check out the PDF copy here. 

Former president Guy Bailey a presidential candidate at New Mexico State University

Former president Guy Bailey a presidential candidate at New Mexico State University

April 24, 2013

Former University of Alabama president Guy Bailey is one of five finalists for the New Mexico State University president position. Bailey interviewed in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Wednesday, just six months...

The CW gives a voice to students not coddled by UA

April 22, 2013

I had a friend ask me this year why the paper was reporting on something he found embarrassing to the University. He thought the University should handle it internally and was genuinely curious why we...

Crimson Tide football team at White House

April 15, 2013

Live stream courtesy of The Washington Post Video Team

In case you missed it: weekly round-up for March 17-23

March 23, 2013

Check out some of our top stories published throughout the last week: Top news: (3/21) Bill Battle recommended to fill athletics director position - Battle, a former Tide player and Tennessee head coach,...

Family members of Stand in the School House Door players reflect on, memorialize upcoming 50th anniversary

March 4, 2013

Though Vivian Malone and James Hood walked through the doors of Foster Auditorium nearly 50 years ago in the national spotlight, the glare of The University of Alabama community was all that accompanied...

Bob Woodward discusses new book, politics

February 25, 2013

The first thing famed journalist Bob Woodward thinks when he wakes up in the morning is, “What are the bastards hiding today?” Or so he told the standing-room-only crowd at the Gloria and John...

President, 5 executive candidates unopposed

February 18, 2013

For the first time in at least a decade, the Student Government Association presidential race will be uncontested. According to a list released by Kelli Knox-Hall, assistant director of operations for...

Football players victim speaks out after arrests

Football players’ victim speaks out after arrests

February 13, 2013

When Samuel Jurgens woke up on a sidewalk outside of Paty Hall shortly before 1 a.m. Monday morning, he thought he was dreaming. His face was numb, his headphones lay nearby, bloodied and broken, and he...

University students chase tornadoes across the region

University students chase tornadoes across the region

January 30, 2013

When reports of possible severe weather began breaking Tuesday, members of The University of Alabama Meteorological Society immediately tweeted their own forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning....

Radical change: One of first black UA students dies at age 70

Radical change: One of first black UA students dies at age 70

January 22, 2013

James Hood died Thursday. He helped radically change this University. Integration at The University of Alabama reached the national stage when Hood and Vivian Malone, two of the first three black students...

Ticket sales dont cover cost of SGA RAGE, UA loses $54,650

Ticket sales don’t cover cost of SGA RAGE, UA loses $54,650

January 15, 2013

The Student Government Association’s November RAGE concert resulted in a deficit of $54,650. However, the SGA was assured by the University that all revenue would go directly to a student scholarship...

UA bus involved in I-65 accident

January 10, 2013

A charter bus transporting University of Alabama cheerleaders from the BCS National Championship Game in Miami was involved in an accident Tuesday night with two other vehicles, leaving three passengers...

SGA Executive Vice President Harris removed

November 19, 2012

Student Government Association President Matt Calderone said former Executive Vice President Matt Harris was removed from office Thursday for failure to perform duties. Calderone cited Article IX, Section...

SGA Vice President removed from office

November 15, 2012

The University of Alabama Student Government Association has removed Executive Vice President Matt Harris from office. “This decision was made with consideration of the best interest of the SGA as well...

TPD gives account of shooting incident

TPD gives account of shooting incident

November 7, 2012

The University of Alabama Police Department were aware of an incident involving an armed gunman on campus for nearly 20 minutes before the University informed students, faculty and staff of the situation...

Bonner named UA president

Bonner named UA president

November 1, 2012

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees named Judy Bonner as the first permanent woman president of The University of Alabama at a specially called meeting Thursday. Bonner is the third person...

Slur on KD Halloween decoration prompts conversation

November 1, 2012

A lawn decoration featuring homophobic language posted at the Kappa Delta sorority house Tuesday has prompted a national apology and conversation between the greek and LGBTQ communities on The University...

Immigrant asks, ‘Is this Alabama?’

October 30, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-activist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas asked University of Alabama students how they plan to respond to increasing diversity in America in a talk centered...

Undocumented Pulitzer winner to discuss advocacy

October 25, 2012

Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant advocate, will visit The University of Alabama Monday, Oct. 29, to discuss his documentary series “Is This Alabama?”...

SGA’s Battle of the Bands to determine opening act for B.o.B.

October 23, 2012

Local bands The Doctors and The Lawyers, Mother Funk, Electric Moon and Kadesh and the Perfect Strangers will compete at the Student Government Association’s Battle of the Bands for a chance to go on...

‘A very strong message’

October 22, 2012

The University of Alabama canceled all Inter-fraternity pledge programs Thursday, Oct. 18, just weeks after a three-day suspension preceding fall break and an e-mail claiming to be sent on behalf of fraternity...

UA announces cancellation of fraternity pledgeship

October 18, 2012

Assistant Dean of Students Lowell Davis announced the cancellation of University of Alabama fraternity pledgeship today at 12:30 p.m. in a meeting with Interfraternity Council fraternity presidents. Davis...

UA SGA leaders outline changes to code of ethics

October 17, 2012

The Student Government Association has adopted new amendments to its ethics bill that outline minor and major violations that will result in specific sanctions if committed by SGA members. SGA Attorney...

Same-sex partners keep benefits

October 15, 2012

The University of Alabama will continue offering benefits for employees’ same-sex partners, UA President Guy Bailey said Friday in an interview with The Crimson White. While Bailey said he wasn’t...

The Face pied at annual food drive

‘The Face’ pied at annual food drive

October 11, 2012

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger ramped up their kick-off week with a pie to the face for Jack “The Face” Blankenship at the Ferguson Plaza Wednesday to begin the 18th annual BABH food drive. The program dates...

SGA offers $200,000 in FAC funding

October 10, 2012

Student organizations that are short on cash can apply for some of the $200,000 set aside for organizations by the Student Government Association’s Financial Affairs Committee. Andy Koonce, vice president...

Fraternity pledgeship suspended

September 26, 2012

All Interfraternity Council fraternities will suspend pledgeship effective Oct. 1.UA Dean of Students Tim Hebson said at 11 p.m. Tuesday that pledgeship will be reinstated Oct. 8 following fall break....

At WKU game, 8.4 percent of tickets went unused

September 20, 2012

Over 1,400 student tickets went unused during the Western Kentucky game on Sept. 8, resulting in many students receiving 1.5 penalty points to their student ticket account. According to a Student Government...

SGA’s new block seating application shuffles student-seating

September 9, 2012

The Student Government Association’s new block seating application shuffled student-seating arrangements Saturday, as the S-3 section was returned to general student admission while 36 student organizations...

UA students shocked by standing-room-only passes for season opener

August 28, 2012

Eight hundred students were shocked Monday when they received standing-room-only passes for this Saturday’s season opener against Michigan. University of Alabama Athletics sold 1,600 student tickets...

Students frustrated after getting standing-room only tickets for Michigan game

August 27, 2012

University of Alabama students packed into the Coleman Coliseum ticket office today hoping to get one of only 800 student tickets to Saturday’s football game against Michigan in Dallas. Many students...

Incoming Honors freshmen volunteer in local schools

August 23, 2012

Though many incoming freshmen spent the last week enjoying their last days of summer, 150 incoming Honors College students moved in early to work on service projects at local schools. Alabama Action,...

Students offer AP test preparation

July 3, 2012

Though many high school students spend their summers blissfully disconnected from school work, indulging in vacation, hot weather and summer activities, more than 50 Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County...

Counseling, community help tornado victims cope

April 27, 2012

Long after the tornado receded and the rubble settled, the April 27 tornado continued to tear through people’s hearts and minds. Many students and residents affected by the tornado have dealt with ongoing...

Counseling, community help tornado victims cope

April 27, 2012

Long after the funnel receded and the rubble settled, the April 27 tornado continued to tear through people’s hearts and minds. Many students and residents affected by the tornado have dealt with ongoing...

No commencement speaker for fourth year

April 24, 2012

President Barack Obama, Steve Carell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Mitt Romney and Soledad O’Brien all have one thing in common—all are lined up to address college graduates across the...

Drag show raises money for WAAO

April 19, 2012

Spectrum members will sing, dance and dress in drag Saturday to raise money for the West Alabama AIDS Outreach in their annual charity drag show. The Rest is Drag show started three years ago, when Spectrum...

Holocaust survivor tells his story

Holocaust survivor tells his story

April 17, 2012

Though Max Herzel has been telling the story for more than a decade, he’s still not comfortable with it. “I feel like I have to,” Herzel said. “There is an inner voice that tells me to do it,...

Scholarship started after student’s death

April 11, 2012

Those who knew Tre’ Jones didn’t often see him as a friend. Anyone that had a relationship with Jones called him family. “He was always there for you no matter the situation, and you could always...

Multicultural sorority invites potential members

April 11, 2012

Though the University of Alabama is a campus with a famously large and active greek community, students may not realize there are options beyond the traditionally white and black sororities. Sigma Lambda...

Student dies after falling off riverboat

Student dies after falling off riverboat

April 9, 2012

The body of missing University of Alabama student Charles Edward Jones, III was found just before 2 p.m. Friday, Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Chris Williamson said. Jones fell into the...

UA student dies in Black Warrior River

UA student dies in Black Warrior River

April 6, 2012

The body of missing UA student Charles Edward Jones, III was found just before 2:00 p.m. Friday and moved to an undisclosed location, Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Chris Williamson said....

Sunday sales effect minor but positive

Sunday sales effect minor but positive

April 2, 2012

It’s been a little more than a year since Tuscaloosa residents voted to legalize Sunday alcohol sales, and University of Alabama students and Tuscaloosa businesses still view it as a positive, but not...

Matt Calderone elected SGA president

Matt Calderone elected SGA president

March 7, 2012

Matt Calderone was elected Student Government Association president for the 2012-2013 school year Tuesday night, beating out opponents David Wilson II and Shea Stripling. He received a total of 6,404...

Candidates square off in final debate

Candidates square off in final debate

March 6, 2012

Presidential candidates talked unity on campus Monday night at the final Student Government Association presidential debate, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha and Mallet Assembly. Candidate Shea Stripling, responding...

Jeff Elrod

Jeff Elrod

March 5, 2012

SGA vice president for External Affairs candidate Jeff Elrod said he wants to reconnect off-campus students with the University. “Off-campus students feel like they’re not connected to University...

Denzel Evans-Bell

Denzel Evans-Bell

March 5, 2012

When junior mathematics major Denzel Evans-Bell evaluated his time at the University of Alabama earlier this year, he decided he wanted to make the transition into a new arena: the Student Government Association....

Jimmy Taylor

Jimmy Taylor

March 5, 2012

Jimmy Taylor, senator and candidate for vice president for External Affairs, said his passion for the University of Alabama has led him to his candidacy. “My motivation for running for office is simple....

Alumna imports from India for new business

March 1, 2012

While most college graduates spend their first post-college summer looking for or settling in at a new job, University of Alabama alumna Caroline Gladney went a little further and founded her own retail...

Candidates debate policies

February 27, 2012

Student Government Association presidential candidates discussed transparency, loyalty and campaign violations at Sunday night’s presidential debate and candidate forum. In response to an audience-submitted...

Senior focused on family first

Senior focused on family first

February 21, 2012

In high school, Mary Adalyn Hamilton was voted Best Personality. According to friends, who knew her as Addy, Hamilton could make anyone smile and never met a stranger. Hamilton, a University of Alabama...

Study: Hosts drink more than their guests

Study: Hosts drink more than their guests

February 21, 2012

Planning on hosting a party at your off-campus house or apartment for some friends? You may end up drinking more than you would on a normal night out. Party hosts consume an average of nine drinks to...

UA alumna Mignon Smith leaves philanthropic legacy

February 15, 2012

Mignon Comer Smith, an Alabama philanthropist and heiress who established a scholarship foundation for Alabama high school students, died Friday at the age of 81. Smith, born in Birmingham in 1931, was...

UA’s ACT average rises as state’s stays constant

February 8, 2012

As the University of Alabama grows and expands, new buildings are erected, and facilities are renovated to raise the standards of UA life. UA’s admission standards have followed suit, enacting a slight...

Not the sitcom the Dowlings expected

Not the ‘sitcom’ the Dowlings expected

February 2, 2012

When Suzanne and Rick Dowling imagined their life with kids, they pictured sitcoms. Everybody Loves Raymond, the Cosby Show, Happy Days – worlds where dinner was always cooked, the house was always clean,...

Students remember former TCF chair

Students remember former TCF chair

February 2, 2012

“His class, filled with dusty old movies, taught me to see the possible and reminded me that an average radio broadcaster from a small Alabama town can make it in this industry.” So read University...

TRAC report seeks to improve tornado preparedness

February 2, 2012

The Tornado Recovery Action Council released a comprehensive report regarding the April 2011 tornadoes to Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday. Organized by Bentley in August, TRAC was tasked to study the events...

Swinson touts ethics code, Downtown Express

Swinson touts ethics code, Downtown Express

January 31, 2012

Student Government Association President Stephen Swinson opened his State of the University address Monday night with a blunt assessment of the SGA’s shortcomings last fall. “We stumbled out of the...

City awarded federal grant

City awarded federal grant

January 31, 2012

Tuscaloosa is set to receive a $16.6 million federal grant to assist recovery from the April 27 tornadoes. The storm aid is part of a $55 million statewide allocation by the US Department of Housing and...

Student promotes organ donor awareness

January 26, 2012

Warner DePriest, a University of Alabama junior, was just six months old when he had a liver transplant due to cirrhosis and congenital issues. But he doesn’t want to talk about it – that’s not...

Equal opportunity, equal education

January 24, 2012

The Office of Disability Services, tucked away in Martha Parham East, isn’t something many students give much thought to. With 1,300 registered students, though, ODS is a major UA office assisting students...

ODS levels playing field for students with disabilities

January 24, 2012

The Office of Disability Services, tucked away in Martha Parham East, isn’t something many students give much thought. With 1,300 registered students, though, ODS is a major University office assisting...

Alabama fan arrested on sexual battery charges

January 23, 2012

Many University of Alabama football fans are likely to fondly remember the night following the championship victory for years to come. Brian Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., is not one of them.   Downing...

New Orleans police offer safety tips

January 7, 2012

The start of the spring semester is just around the corner, but some University of Alabama students still have one major event booked on their winter break calendar: a trip down to New Orleans for the...

Delta Gamma, TOMS to fight blindness

December 8, 2011

Delta Gamma, whose philanthropic focus is sight, has partnered with TOMS in The Great Fight for Sight, a competition between DG chapters to sell eyewear to benefit visually impaired children across the...

UA tries to buy ‘XXX’ domain name

December 8, 2011

Adult entertainment sites now have the option of purchasing an .xxx domain name – and it’s worrying university administrators. According to a November article in the New York Daily News, colleges...

Alabama ‘personhood’ bill filed

December 7, 2011

State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Madison) has pre-filed “personhood” legislation for the Feb. 2012 legislative session in a move that could bring the issue of abortion to the front and center of Alabama...

Bama football team wins Disney Spirit Award

Bama football team wins Disney Spirit Award

December 6, 2011

Before travelling to New Orleans to compete in the BCS National Championship, Nick Saban and the football team will be going to Orlando, Fla., where they will receive the 2011 Disney Spirit Award.  ...

Student forms group to help soldiers

December 1, 2011

When University of Alabama junior Chelsea Pickett watched her younger brother graduate from boot camp at Parris Island earlier this fall, she was moved as she reflected on the generations of military service...

How to get more bang for your buck

How to get more bang for your buck

November 30, 2011

It’s that time of year again. You’ve been cooped up in the library with your textbooks for days, preparing for finals and longing for the day those books are just cash in your pocket and a fading memory....

Residents discuss tornado recovery

November 29, 2011

Community members and city officials gathered Monday night to brainstorm and discuss the detailed planning phase of the rebuilding effort of the tornado-affected Alberta neighborhood. Meredith Lynch,...

Student organization Apwonjo aims to connect international borders

Student organization Apwonjo aims to connect international borders

November 22, 2011

The word “Apwonjo” means “I teach” in the Ugandan language of Luo. It is also the name of a University of Alabama organization, and Apwonjo members take the word’s definition to heart by organizing...

Student wins HALO award for tornado relief project, meets Taylor Swift

Student wins HALO award for tornado relief project, meets Taylor Swift

November 22, 2011

When University of Alabama sophomore James O’Dwyer first saw the devastation in Tuscaloosa following the April 27 tornado, he knew he had to do something to help. He decided to organize a donation drive...

Two UA students perform in the CMA’s

November 21, 2011

When University of Alabama sophomore Danielle Heverin sold her LSU football ticket several weeks ago, she didn’t use the extra money to buy a new outfit or pay the rent. Instead, she paid for a two-week...

Not Isolated seeks improved greek, race relations

November 17, 2011

The organizers of October’s Not Isolated March engaged in heated debate with students over campus race and greek relations Wednesday at “Operation Not Isolated: The Conversation.” The event, held...

Gov. Bentley kicks off Diabetes Awareness Month

November 14, 2011

The American Diabetes Association has launched its annual Diabetes Awareness Month, spending the month of November raising awareness about the disease that affects millions of Americans each year. According...

Soledad OBrien visits Bama

Soledad O’Brien visits Bama

November 10, 2011

CNN journalist and author Soledad O’Brien urged students to be their own advocates as they work to find their passion in a lecture in the Ferguson Center Thursday night. “You have to constantly fight...

Snakes with big hearts may help yours

Snakes with big hearts may help yours

November 9, 2011

Research into the extreme growth of Burmese python hearts during digestion may be the foundation for new human heart disease treatments, according to a recent Science Magazine article co-authored by University...

Slow entry to Bryant-Denny frustrates students

Slow entry to Bryant-Denny frustrates students

November 8, 2011

UA students planning to spend last Friday night in front of Bryant-Denny’s student gates were prohibited from doing so by a University email sent Friday afternoon.   “UAPD and the entire campus...

Brothers Street Eats adds flavor to Tuscaloosa

Brothers Street Eats adds flavor to Tuscaloosa

November 7, 2011

Do you ever get those late night cravings after a night out on the town, but the normal greasy fries or drive-thru Taco Bell just isn't appealing? UA grads Craig Williams and Jordon Warren hope to fix...

Loss of friend puts UA students into mourning

Loss of friend puts UA students into mourning

November 1, 2011

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, University of Alabama student James Michael Thorp Jr. died suddenly at age 22. Thorp was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, an avid Auburn football fan and a friend to...

UA professor still standing after hard hit by April tornado

UA professor still standing after hard hit by April tornado

October 26, 2011

Journalism professor Meredith Cummings and her eight-year-old daughter took shelter in a closet as they heard their home being destroyed by the tornado on April 27. “You couldn’t not know it was being...

Danielle Downs

Danielle Downs

October 26, 2011

She loved fishing, art projects, musicals, New Orleans and fried pickles. Antonio Banderas was her heartthrob of choice. She ate banana peppers out of the jar. These are just a few trivial things that...

Binge drinking impacts UA students, drinkers

Binge drinking impacts UA students, drinkers

October 24, 2011

One doesn’t have to dig deep to find the party scene at colleges and universities in America. For some people, terms like pre-gaming, beer pong, and flip cup may not make much sense – for some college...

Pedestrian safety a growing issue for UA students

Pedestrian safety a growing issue for UA students

October 20, 2011

Jessica Evers planned to spend her Thursday afternoon on Oct. 6 like any other typical college student: grocery shopping at Publix on The Strip, tanning and picking up some dinner from Moe’s. However,...

Gorgas house embodies history

Gorgas house embodies history

October 18, 2011

Students walk by the pretty brick house every day on their way to class. Some probably know its name, even more are aware of the recent renovations that blocked off several sidewalks for months. But Erin...

Internship provides students with volunteer opportunities

October 17, 2011

The University of Alabama’s Disaster Relief Internship Program (DRIP) continues providing internship opportunities for students, Joseph Cheney, the program’s coordinator, said. After placing nearly...

Suicide rates higher at UA than average statistics

Suicide rates higher at UA than average statistics

October 12, 2011

Going to college may cut a young person’s risk of attempting suicide in half, experts say. According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006, the school suicide...

A new kind of service on Sunday

A new kind of service on Sunday

October 10, 2011

Instead of their Sunday best, some UA students dressed in work clothes, boots and tennis shoes to gather for a different kind of morning service Sunday. Nearly 100 students volunteered in the first meeting...

‘Sexting’ messages, images grows popular among college students

‘Sexting’ messages, images grows popular among college students

October 6, 2011

From Scarlett Johansson to Anthony Weiner, there are often high profile “sexting” incidents in the news. For celebrities, it can provide a much needed publicity boost. For politicians, it can ruin...

New phone app provides safety features

September 29, 2011

  Do you ever get nervous walking home from the library late at night? Have you ever had a stranger approach you in a way that made you uncomfortable? Do you worry about having car trouble during a long...

University organizes first Ethics Bowl team

September 29, 2011

The University of Alabama has organized its first Ethics Bowl team, hoping to make a play for the national championship in the spring. Seth Bordner, a new faculty member and the Ethics Bowl coach, realized...

Community watch coming

September 22, 2011

The SGA announced plans this week for Crimson Watch, an off-campus housing safety initiative coordinated with UAPD and Crimson Choice. “Crimson Watch is similar to the neighborhood watch programs used...

Animal shelters offer volunteer opportunities

Animal shelters offer volunteer opportunities

September 22, 2011

A plump tabby cat named Nelson spends his days sprawled on Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter director Judy Hill’s desk, content with his rule of the roost. “Nelson was a storm kitty – we all fell...

Student leaders voice frustration with block seating

September 15, 2011

SGA senators and student organization heads gathered Wednesday night to discuss their opinions, experiences and grievances with block seating and the block seating application process. The Student Organization...

3,500 visitors expected for annual Family Weekend

September 15, 2011

Nearly 3,500 parents, siblings and other family members will flock to UA’s campus on Friday for the Office of Parent Program’s annual Family Weekend. “The weekend is designed for families to spend...

Tailgating on the Quad

Tailgating on the Quad

September 7, 2011

The Quad has always been a focal point of the Alabama fan base. In fact, between 1893 and 1914, football games were actually played on the Quad. Students and fans gathered at the steps of Amelia Gayle...

Rising textbook prices deter students

September 6, 2011

A recently released study has found that the majority of college undergraduates forego purchasing required materials for classes because of rising textbook prices. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group...

UA student overcomes paralysis

UA student overcomes paralysis

September 6, 2011

Kelle Thrash was relieved, as most UA parents were, when her daughter Chelsea Thrash called her shortly after the April 27 tornados ripped through Tuscaloosa. But relief changed to horror as Chelsea explained...

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