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Board of Trustees rename the Ferg, Moore Hall

Board of Trustees rename the Ferg, Moore Hall

September 17, 2021

The UA System Board of Trustees voted on Friday, Sept. 17 to rename the Ferguson Student Center and Moore Hall, two campus buildings at the center of a movement to remove racist namesakes from the UA campus.  The...

UA considers Tuomey Hall for Sen. Shelby’s legislative library

UA considers Tuomey Hall for Sen. Shelby’s legislative library

September 16, 2021
The University is considering repurposing Tuomey Hall, one of the twin buildings beside Gorgas Library reserved for the Blount Scholars Program, to house the legislative work of U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, a UA alumnus.
University of Alabama launches $1.5 billion Rising Tide Capital Campaign

University of Alabama launches $1.5 billion Rising Tide Capital Campaign

September 10, 2021

The University of Alabama launched its $1.5 billion Rising Tide Capital Campaign on Friday, Sept. 10 with a kickoff event on the Quad.  Rising Tide is the largest fundraising campaign in state history....

More than 3,600 personalized brick pavers added to Crimson Promenade

More than 3,600 personalized brick pavers added to Crimson Promenade

August 29, 2021
The Crimson Promenade, the grassy area lined with engraved bricks outside the Ferguson Student Center, is undergoing renovations. 
Unique replaces Egan’s Bar on the Strip, hopes to attract diverse crowd

Unique replaces Egan’s Bar on the Strip, hopes to attract diverse crowd

August 22, 2021
Unique, a new bar on the corner of Red Drew Avenue and University Boulevard, will host its grand opening from Tuesday, Aug. 24 to Saturday, Aug. 28. 
Dorm residents relocated after freshman class exceeds campus capacity

Dorm residents relocated after freshman class exceeds campus capacity

July 18, 2021

The University of Alabama will use two off-campus apartment complexes, The Lofts at City Center and East Edge, to house students in the fall semester after a large incoming freshman class overwhelmed residence...

Bama by Distance students face tuition increase

Bama by Distance students face tuition increase

July 14, 2021
The UA System Board of Trustees increased tuition for Bama by Distance students in a June meeting. Bama by Distance allows students to earn their degrees through distance learning technology and offers over 70 degrees.
Portrait of Tut Wilson.

Former UA sorority president named director of fraternity and sorority life

June 30, 2021
Patricia “Tut” Wilson, a three-time UA graduate, will become the first executive director of fraternity and sorority life on July 15 after an eight-month long search.
Campus group challenges UA free speech policy

Campus group challenges UA free speech policy

May 28, 2021

Young Americans for Liberty’s (YAL) UA chapter is challenging the University’s free speech policy that requires prior approval for on-campus events. Attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)...

‘Championship School’: These students are giving Title Town a whole new meaning

‘Championship School’: These students are giving Title Town a whole new meaning

April 4, 2021
In a year where instruction got a little weird, scholarships, awards and magazine profiles are rewarding students for work that goes above and beyond.
Honors College announces associate dean of academic affairs

Honors College announces associate dean of academic affairs

March 31, 2021

The Honors College will welcome Cassander Smith as associate dean of academic affairs beginning May 16. This position, new to the Honors College, was created to expand its administrative board while ensuring...

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Q&A | Jack Steinmetz is your only option for VP for student affairs

March 1, 2021

How did you originally get involved with the Student Government Association (SGA)?  I originally got involved in SGA at Alabama when I was lucky enough to be selected for First Year Council. What...

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Q&A | Amanda Allen is your only option for VP for academic affairs

March 1, 2021

How did you originally get involved with the Student Government Association (SGA)?  I originally got involved in SGA in the beginning of my freshman year when I was selected to be a part of First Year...

Photo courtesy of SGA. Graphic CW / Leah Goggins

Q&A | Madeline Martin is your only option for VP for external affairs

February 28, 2021

How did you originally get involved with SGA? I applied for First Year Council (FYC) and was super excited for the opportunity to represent Ridgecrest, then ran for senate the next year to represent...

Tracey Smith of the College of Community Health Sciences receives one of the University's first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

UA distributes vaccines to new groups, awaits next batch 

February 17, 2021
The University continues to distribute vaccines. With high-priority populations like first responders and Capstone Village residents largely vaccinated, the University is now putting plans in place to vaccinate UA staff.
CW / Clifton Enlers

‘A more diverse campus’: Meet the people pushing DEI forward for 50+ years

February 11, 2021
Since 1970, the Black Faculty and Staff Association has been working towards a more equitable campus. A lot of changes have been made in those 50+ years, including the establishment of the UA Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. But diversity advocates on campus say there's still work to be done.
CW / Carson Redwine

Students clustered on The Strip Monday. Now UA is offering leeway on face-to-face instruction

January 13, 2021
On Monday, students poured out of bars and apartments and onto The Strip, where they received massive media attention. Now UA administrators are giving students and faculty the option of two weeks off of in-person instruction.
UA denies alleged partnership with Wuhan Institute of Virology

UA denies alleged partnership with Wuhan Institute of Virology

December 24, 2020

The University denied connection to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) after the federal government launched an investigation into an alleged partnership between the two.   The United States Department...

More cases, fewer exemptions: UA prepares for full return for spring term

More cases, fewer exemptions: UA prepares for full return for spring term

November 23, 2020

Despite an increase of COVID-19 cases on campus in the semester’s final week of in-person classes, UA Chief Administrative Officer Chad Tindol confirmed plans for increased on-campus operations in the...

Doug Jones talks FAFSA, voter protections ahead of Election Day

Doug Jones talks FAFSA, voter protections ahead of Election Day

October 18, 2020

Being an elected official isn’t a walk in the park. But on Oct. 14, Doug Jones did just that. The Alabama senator was greeted by 20 young people at Monnish Park Wednesday afternoon where he casually...

Cases decline as moratorium expires

Cases decline as moratorium expires

September 13, 2020
Despite a lower case count this week, UA officials say student travel over Labor Day Weekend may cause a spike in the near future as the virus exits the incubation period. But for now, UA gets White House praise while simultaneously receiving national attention for leading the country in on-campus cases. 
Coronavirus data still opaque as fall semester begins

Coronavirus data still opaque as fall semester begins

August 20, 2020

While some schools have gone completely remote, the University has settled on a hybrid learning plan, with the ability to go remote at any point. Following the release of the UA Return Plan, students,...

How COVID-19 will change the classroom

How COVID-19 will change the classroom

August 13, 2020

As the fall semester approaches, the University has consistently updated students about its return plan. Though class schedules and instructional methods have yet to be solidified, here’s how administrators...

Students from 79 countries are enrolled in courses and live near campus at the University of Alabama. A new federal policy could change that.

‘We’ve built a life here’: As international students grapple with uncertainty, UA remains silent

July 11, 2020

During a period of uncertainty, international students at UA navigate new policies that require them to return home if classes are moved online. Wamia Samad, a graduate student from Bangladesh and president...

Local doctor: University left key clinic out of “corona parties” investigation

Local doctor: University left key clinic out of “corona parties” investigation

July 3, 2020
While these rumors may have raised eyebrows, they’ve also raised concerns about the University’s preparedness for the fall.
Photo courtesy of Asit Singh

International student adapts to new normal on campus

May 1, 2020

Asit Singh, an international student from Mumbai, India, is currently stranded on UA's campus without a plan for the upcoming months. After realizing that the travel bans preventing him from returning...

Mayor Walt Maddox presents his plan to reopen Tuscaloosa to the City Council.

Tuscaloosa to reopen mid-May, pending Council vote

April 28, 2020

The Tuscaloosa City Council, each wearing face masks at their separate tables spread across the room, returned to its chambers Tuesday afternoon to hear Mayor Walt Maddox’s proposal to reopen the city....

City will vote to determine reopening of Tuscaloosa on May 12

City will vote to determine reopening of Tuscaloosa on May 12

April 17, 2020

In this afternoon’s virtual town hall, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced the timeline for Tuscaloosa’s reopening in the coming weeks.  On April 28, Maddox will present a plan to the City Council...

Mayor’s Town Hall: Critical period brings increased surveillance, cancellations

Mayor’s Town Hall: Critical period brings increased surveillance, cancellations

April 10, 2020

While uncertainty regarding COVID-19 still looms over the nation, Tuscaloosa officials provided as much information as they could regarding ticketing for those not complying with social distancing guidelines,...

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DCH staff: ‘Please don’t forego your needs’ amid COVID-19 crisis

April 3, 2020

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox was once again joined by Druid City Regional Hospital’s Dr. Timothy Lovely and Dr. Robin Wilson on Friday afternoon to discuss the hospital's current situation. The main...

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Organization forms to demand student, employee support

March 27, 2020

A University of Alabama freshman, Sam Badger, started a GroupMe network last week in hopes to be the voice of the UA community during these uncertain times.  Included were student representatives from...

In March, medical professionals at DCH were at the ready with drive-thru testing kits.

DCH staff ensures ‘proactive’ measures in virtual town hall

March 25, 2020

Shortly after instating a citywide curfew, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox addressed the public via Facebook livestream with updates about coronavirus efforts. Maddox was joined by DCH health professionals...

City answers coronavirus questions in virtual town hall

City answers coronavirus questions in virtual town hall

March 20, 2020

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox addressed the Tuscaloosa community via livestream on Friday to answer submitted questions concerning the city's actions to fight the coronavirus.  Maddox, who has been...

CW / Grace Schepis

Student dancers, filmmakers shine in local film festival

March 9, 2020
At this year’s Dance Alabama! Film Festival, nine student-produced films filled the theater with applause, curiosity and pride for those involved in each. 
CW / Grace Schepis

Mayor ensures city preparedness amid worldwide coronavirus outbreak

March 5, 2020
Despite no known cases in Alabama, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, fire rescue chief Randy Smith and Tuscaloosa City Schools superintendent Mike Daria addressed the media this morning on Tuscaloosa’s state of preparedness in the case that the virus did make its way to the city.
CW / Hannah Saad

Student organizers react to Super Tuesday results

March 5, 2020
On Tuesday, 14 states held their presidential primary elections. Now UA student organizers from across the political spectrum must adjust their expectations and make a plan to operate going forward after this jam-packed day of democracy. 
CW / Hannah Saad

UA students bring in votes for Bernie in Democratic primary

March 5, 2020
While Alabama saw overwhelming support for Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary election this Tuesday, University of Alabama students voting on a Democratic ballot tended to side with his more progressive opponent, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.
CW / Hannah Saad

Q&A with Anna Beth Payne, candidate for SGA executive secretary

March 2, 2020
Anna Beth Payne is a sophomore majoring in public relations from Enterprise, Alabama. She is running for the SGA executive secretary position.
City to promote transparency among residents, students

City to promote transparency among residents, students

February 23, 2020

For the remainder of 2020, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will host a monthly series of public Town Hall meetings, where he hopes to discuss the concerns and address the questions of his constituents.  While...

CW / Kalei Burgess

Coffee lovers gather at Monarch Espresso Bar

February 17, 2020
With worrying weather spoiling outdoor activities for the last week or so, a cool, sunny day outside of Monarch Espresso Bar felt like a godsend. Coffee enthusiasts of all ages gathered on the patio to enjoy bites and beans, and to learn about the complexity of their own palette.
CW / Carly Farmer

Alabama voters gear up for primaries

February 17, 2020
As the Alabama primary election nears, organizations around campus remind students that it is not too soon to start thinking about voting.
CW / Grace Schepis

Q&A with sex therapist Dr. Misty Smith

February 13, 2020
Dr. Misty Smith is a licensed sex therapist who currently operates out of Vestavia, Alabama. Throughout her career, Smith has treated patients who travel from all around the regional area for her services. Smith appears on Good Day Alabama with the segment “Where is the Love?” and runs columns in multiple magazines related to her field. 
Scratch-offs for schools: What a state lottery could do for Alabama

Scratch-offs for schools: What a state lottery could do for Alabama

February 6, 2020

Alabama legislators have toyed with the idea of a legalized lottery since the state’s constitution outlawed it in 1901. Ever since, legislation has been proposed and disposed with the fear that it would...

CW / Joe Will Field

Keeping up with city government: Highlights from fall 2019 include election, groundbreakings, partnerships

January 16, 2020
Students make up nearly 40% of Tuscaloosa’s population, but as impermanent residents, city politics might be easy to ignore. With 2019 already behind us, here is a look at the highs and lows of local news in the last few months – and the impact they had on students.
CW / Jake Arthur

New Strip sports bar claims a ‘new way to gameday’

January 16, 2020
This month, Tuscaloosa’s iconic lineup of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues welcomes a new establishment that expects to encompass aspects of them all. Located on The Strip, this hybrid bar caters to patrons of all interests.
Photo courtesy of Julie Mann

Spring semester activities around Tuscaloosa

January 13, 2020
As the spring semester rolls in and Saturdays are no longer spent tailgating for the Crimson Tide, students can look to expand their weekend plans by getting involved with different events around Tuscaloosa. Here are some things to look forward to in the upcoming months.
CW / Hannah Saad

UA employees learn the realities of active shootings

November 20, 2019
From 1966 to 2016, 930 people have fallen victim to mass shootings. As firearm technology gets more deadly, response times by authorities get quicker, and media sensationalism grows, the training offered to students and employees has adapted to reflect the reality of these horrific events. 
City of Tuscaloosa accepts toys for parking tickets

City of Tuscaloosa accepts toys for parking tickets

November 15, 2019

Starting today, Nov. 15, Tuscaloosa residents can pay off city parking tickets by donating to Toys for Tots, a program that donates toys to children in need during the holiday season.  This will only...

CW / Zach Johnson

Framework plan premiered to Tuscaloosa residents for feedback

November 13, 2019
After over a year of planning, the Tuscaloosa Steering Committee has finally introduced its Framework plan to overhaul multiple faulty aspects of the city.
CW / Keely Brewer

UPerk “open mic” night creates community for undergraduate writers

November 7, 2019
While there are countless classes and clubs for creative students to practice their craft, undergraduate open mic nights have proved themselves to be a fun and friendly way for people to share their work. 
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Tarot card readers are more than a spooky reputation

October 28, 2019
Negative stigmas against tarot card readings have left some people skeptical. But those that trust them have made significant changes to themselves and their lives.
CW / Joe Will Field

UA yogi stretches toward new hobbies

October 25, 2019
When Alaina Wilson began practicing yoga during her sophomore year of college, she did not expect the all-around benefits it could bring to her life. She has since picked up acro yoga, which has provided holistic benefits to her everyday life. 
CW / Joe Will Field

International spouses learn UA culture, history

October 21, 2019
While international students and staff members have their own resources for adjusting to UA life, their spouses have found their own community in B.B. Comer Hall. 
CW / Joe Will Field

Poll watchers allege Machine influence in special election

October 14, 2019
Although Lee Busby was victorious in last Tuesday’s District 4 City Council special election. Overwhelming support for the young Frank Fleming, despite his loss, did not go unnoticed.
CW / Madelyn Verbrugge

Moundville festival showcases Tuscaloosa’s native history

October 14, 2019
In its 31st year, the Moundville Native American Festival once again connected younger generations with the rich history of the tribes that once populated Alabama. 
CW / Joe Will Field

Lee Busby wins District 4 special election

October 8, 2019

After 325 votes were cast tonight at the Calvary Baptist Church, Lee Busby has been elected to fill District 4’s Tuscaloosa City Council vacancy. Busby, who won with 60% of the vote, is a retired...

CW / Joe Will Field

Facebook group brings UA community together

October 7, 2019
Whether you are looking to catch Saturday’s game, lost your car keys, want to find a stray dog to foster or need some old textbooks, the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange has got you covered. 
Photo courtesy of John Earl

Earl seeks joint effort for safety between students, locals

October 7, 2019
John Earl, 72, is a local activist and photographer who is seeking election this upcoming Tuesday. 
Photo courtesy of Lee Busby

Busby aims to tackle District 4’s growing pains

October 7, 2019
Lee Busby, 62, is a retired United States Marine Corps colonel and is seeking election this upcoming Tuesday. 
Left to right: District 4 candidates Lee Busby, John Earl and Frank Fleming participate in a forum held by the League of Women Voters. Photo courtesy of WVUA 23 News

See who’s who in the District 4 special election

October 3, 2019
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Tuscaloosa’s District 4 residents will vote in a special election to determine their new representative in city council.
CW / Hannah Saad

On-campus staff engages residents outside of classroom

September 30, 2019
For years, the Faculty-In-Residence position has allowed staff members to continue their involvement with students beyond the classroom by living amongst them in the dorms. Whether they’re watching movies, playing games or doing community service, this opportunity serves both professors and students alike.
CW / Madison Verbrugge

Budweiser Clydesdale horses roll into Tuscaloosa

September 27, 2019
A fleet of Budweiser semi-trucks came to the Innisfree Pub downtown carrying the famous Clydesdale horses for the community to enjoy.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Love: Left out? Swipe right!

September 20, 2019
As the convenience and normalization of online dating apps have increased their popularity, we take a look into people’s experiences with them and any advice they have for prospective users. 
Photo courtesy of Zahra Vance

Work ethic helps local entrepreneur design a career

September 9, 2019
With the debut of her first collection, titled Genesis, Tuscaloosa-based fashion designer Shan Latris reflects on how her homegrown team was able to make it to the runway.
More housing among items to win council approval

More housing among items to win council approval

September 5, 2019
Tuesday’s city council meeting saw one of the highest attendance levels this year, as the fates of two new living developments were decided. 
Tuscaloosa’s city budget to focus on improving police force

Tuscaloosa’s city budget to focus on improving police force

August 29, 2019
This budget, arranged by Maddox and his team of financial officers, account managers and budget planners, outlined the projections for both revenue and expenditures that the city plans to see in the upcoming year. 
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