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Last spring, now-SGA President Demarcus Joiner celebrated his win with his team.

[Photo] Successes and Scandals: Your guide to recent SGA presidential administrations

March 1, 2021

Last spring, now-SGA President Demarcus Joiner celebrated his win with his team.

Alabama senator withdraws resolution to rename street honoring fallen police officer

Alabama senator withdraws resolution to rename street honoring fallen police officer

February 19, 2021
When Sen. Gerald Allen suggested renaming the street to Saban Way, backlash ensued. Now, he's walking it back.
CW / Carly Farmer

Temporary vaccination site available at Alabama Fire College 

February 17, 2021
A temporary drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site will be available at the Alabama Fire College between Feb. 18 and Feb. 21.
Classes cancelled Monday, Feb. 15

Classes cancelled Monday, Feb. 15

February 14, 2021

The University will suspend normal operations tomorrow, Feb. 15, due to severe weather.  All classes, online and in-person, are cancelled, and campus buildings including the Student Recreation Center,...

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Timeline | Inside the Archives: How The CW covered race on campus

February 10, 2021
The Crimson White has published news and opinions from the University's campus for more than 125 years. Some stories still make us proud to work at The CW. Others do not. The news desk analyzed 20 years of race coverage at The CW, spanning 100 stories, letters and columns that give an inside look at campus culture during the fight for desegregation.
George Wallace tried to curb integration at UA. Now, his name is being removed from a UAB building.

George Wallace tried to curb integration at UA. Now, his name is being removed from a UAB building.

February 8, 2021
Nearly 60 years after his infamous Stand in the Schoolhouse Door, the former Alabama governor’s namesake will no longer grace UAB’s physical education building
Farrah Sanders (right) led a march to Rose Administration in the fall of 2019 to raise concerns about free speech and racism on campus.

UA changed its grounds use policy. Here’s how it could impact protests

January 27, 2021
A campus policy implemented in the middle of a nationwide racial reckoning could severely limit student activism.
‘We need more from you’: Mayor addresses crowds after championship win

‘We need more from you’: Mayor addresses crowds after championship win

January 12, 2021

As the Crimson Tide stormed the field at Hard Rock Stadium to celebrate its eighteenth national title, thousands of Alabama fans stormed the Strip to celebrate the championship win.  People poured...

Looking back: Visualizing UA's fall response to COVID-19

Looking back: Visualizing UA’s fall response to COVID-19

December 14, 2020
The CW News Desk compiled a timeline of important dates from the fall semester, equipped with links to past stories, to help you visualize the University's response to COVID-19 this fall.
Here's how UA is revamping its sentinel testing program for the spring

Here’s how UA is revamping its sentinel testing program for the spring

December 10, 2020

The University plans to expand its sentinel testing program in the spring semester in partnership with University Medical Center. Sentinel Testing: What Is It?  Sentinel testing is a random sampling...

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2,000 graduates to participate in Saturday’s four commencement ceremonies

December 10, 2020

  More than 2,000 graduates are expected to be in attendance at the University's fall commencement  ceremonies this Saturday in Coleman Coliseum. To limit the number of people at each event...

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

Tuscaloosa hospitalizations rise ahead of anticipated holiday spike

December 4, 2020

DCH admitted 23 new COVID-19 patients on Dec. 4, exceeding its previous single-day record and bringing the current number of coronavirus hospitalizations to 112. Friday's results marked an 84% increase...

UA freshman, conservative activist named plaintiff in election fraud suit

UA freshman, conservative activist named plaintiff in election fraud suit

November 29, 2020

A Georgia election fraud lawsuit filed on Nov. 25 is named for UA freshman CJ Pearson.  The lawsuit alleges “a massive election fraud,” particularly in the form of ballot-stuffing, which it claims...

Entry testing not required for most students in the spring

Entry testing not required for most students in the spring

November 22, 2020

Unlike the fall semester, the University will not require COVID-19 entry testing for all students returning to campus in the spring.  Only students living on campus, including housing and residential...

UA sees 858 new COVID-19 cases in one week

UA sees 858 new COVID-19 cases in one week

September 4, 2020

In its third update since launching on Aug 24., the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard reported 1,910 total positive test results since classes started.  There have been 858 reported positive test results...

Analysis: COVID-19 dashboard is a ‘good start’ but lacks consistency

Analysis: COVID-19 dashboard is a ‘good start’ but lacks consistency

September 4, 2020

The UA System COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated Friday, Sep. 4 in its third data log since its launch ten days ago. This update coincides with the deadline for tuition payment or enrollment in a payment...

Nine days into the semester, UA reports over 1,000 positive COVID-19 tests

Nine days into the semester, UA reports over 1,000 positive COVID-19 tests

August 28, 2020
Positive test results for students increased by 481 over a five-day period. Four faculty and staff members have tested positive in the same time, bringing their case count to nine. 
UA positive cases surpass 500 in five days

UA positive cases surpass 500 in five days

August 24, 2020

The University of Alabama System released results of COVID-19 testing on Monday, showing The University of Alabama has had 531 cumulative cases among students, faculty and staff since August 19.  The...

Following a rise in COVID-19 cases, UA President Stuart Bell speaks at a joint press conference with the city of Tuscaloosa on Monday.

Tuscaloosa to shut down bars, limit restaurant alcohol sales for two weeks

August 24, 2020

Tuscaloosa bars, along with bar service at restaurants, are closed for 14 days, effective August 24 at 5 p.m. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced the executive order, made at the request of the University,...

Face masks and football: What to expect on game days this fall

Face masks and football: What to expect on game days this fall

August 22, 2020

Game days in Bryant-Denny Stadium will look different for UA students this fall. Tailgating is off limits, face masks are required and the stadium will maintain 20% seating capacity.   Given the possibility...

Myron Pope: ‘If we increase at the rate we did this week, give us a week and a half and we’re going to be at full capacity’

Myron Pope: ‘If we increase at the rate we did this week, give us a week and a half and we’re going to be at full capacity’

August 21, 2020

The University has entered a 14-day moratorium on in-person student activities, social or otherwise.  Although reentry testing maintained a 1% positivity rate, about 29% of tests performed on campus...

Trustees move on-campus students to The Lofts

Trustees move on-campus students to The Lofts

August 20, 2020

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $1.2 million bid to lease 252 beds in The Lofts at City Center during a special meeting earlier this month. These beds will be used to house students who...

Nott Hall renamed, but committee’s work is ‘far from finished’

Nott Hall renamed, but committee’s work is ‘far from finished’

August 5, 2020

The UA System Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rename Nott Hall to Honors Hall during a special meeting on August 5.  This decision follows the recommendation of a select group of trustees who...

‘It’s really getting old’: The ongoing reckoning of UA building namesakes

‘It’s really getting old’: The ongoing reckoning of UA building namesakes

August 3, 2020

As the Black Lives Matter movement surged across the country, a call for change emanated from UA students. Along with protests came an onslaught of petitions that urged for a change to academic buildings’...

A month before the first day of classes, four instructors in the English Language Institute did not receive contract renewals for the upcoming year.

Eclipsed by enrollment: How declining numbers cost four instructors their jobs

July 30, 2020

A month before the first day of classes, four instructors at the University’s English Language Institute received notice that their contracts would not be renewed for the upcoming academic year.  Although...

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...

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

UA receives federal funding for COVID-19 testing and tracking

July 1, 2020

The University provided additional details on the procedures outlined in its Plan for a Return to Full Operations, which requires all students, faculty and staff to undergo mandatory testing prior to their...

Courtesy of Tuscaloosa Bail Out

UA alumni create Tuscaloosa Bail Out to help low-income incarcerated people

June 23, 2020

Since its establishment just over a week ago, Tuscaloosa Bail Out has raised more than $12,000 to address the disproportionate impact of the cash bail system on vulnerable populations in the county.  The...

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UA begins distributing $10.3 million to students with financial need

June 2, 2020

The University started the process of distributing $10.3 million of federal emergency aid from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on June 2 by notifying eligible students via...

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

New COVID-19 cases at DCH double over last six days

May 26, 2020

When it comes to quelling coronavirus, Alabama isn’t out of the woods yet. Tuscaloosa County’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased more than 10% on May 25, the largest single-day increase.  May...

Courtesy of UA News

Dalton selected as UA’s newest provost

May 18, 2020

Eight months after Kevin Whitaker announced his plans to retire from his position as executive vice president and provost, James Dalton has been selected to fill the position.  The University launched...

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UA prepares to distribute $10.3 million to students with financial need

May 3, 2020

UA President Stuart R. Bell provided updates to the CW on Thursday, April 30, about the process to secure and distribute the $20.8 million of funding from the CARES Act, the decision to cut non-essential...

Meet the candidates vying for UA’s open provost position

Meet the candidates vying for UA’s open provost position

April 29, 2020

Between April 13 and 27, five finalists for the position of executive vice president and provost delivered presentations via Zoom. The search for the position opened after Kevin Whitaker announced his...

CW/ Joe Will Field

Plan to watch: Candidates for open provost position will present next week

April 10, 2020

After a five-month search, candidates for the next UA provost will soon present to a public audience. With five anticipated administrative leadership changes in 2020, the past two years hosted the highest...

CW / Keely Brewer

Dean Williams makes her debut at HCA town hall

March 12, 2020

For Tara Williams, the new dean of the UA Honors College, hobbies aren’t just pastimes; they’re symbols of her leadership style.  Williams spoke at the Honors College Assembly (HCA) Town Hall Tuesday,...

Photo courtesy of UA News

Riley speaks out after six months of silence

March 5, 2020

Former assistant vice president of student life and dean of students Jamie Riley published an open letter today on Medium.com after six months of silence since his resignation.  Riley, who had just...

CW / Hannah Saad

Q&A with Caitlyn McTier, candidate for SGA vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion

March 2, 2020
Caitlyn McTier is a junior majoring in news media from Sylacauga, Alabama. She is running unopposed for the SGA vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion position. 
CW / Hannah Saad

Q&A with Price Dukes, candidate for SGA vice president for academic affairs

March 2, 2020

Price Dukes is a sophomore majoring in finance from Mobile, Alabama. He is running unopposed for the SGA vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) position.  How did you originally get involved with...

Photo courtesy of UA News

A conversation with Myron Pope: ‘Intentionality is key’ in student affairs work

February 17, 2020
In 1988 Myron Pope left Sweet Water, Alabama, a town with a current population of 241, to attend The University of Alabama.
Courtesy of UA News

Former professor returns to lead transportation institute

February 3, 2020
Allen Parrish is returning to The University of Alabama on Feb. 17 to serve as executive director of the Alabama Transportation Institute.
CW / Keely Brewer

CANDIDATE RECAP: Cox places emphasis on communication, collaboration

January 22, 2020

Lady Cox is no stranger to the SEC. A 1998 graduate of Mississippi State University, Cox went on to earn her master’s degree from Auburn University followed by a doctorate in higher education from the...

CW / Keely Brewer

CANDIDATE RECAP: Younger says she’s not afraid to challenge the status quo

January 18, 2020

As Toyia Younger stepped onto the stage of the Ferguson Theatre on Friday morning, she warned the audience that she wasn’t the type to stand still. “I’m going to have to watch myself because I’m...

CW / Carly Farmer

Candidates for VP of Student Life position to present this week

January 13, 2020

After a year of administrative turnovers, the vice president for student life search has reached its final stages. Five candidates selected by the search committee will visit campus between Jan. 14 and...

CW / Keely Brewer

Board of Trustees: More emphasis on research, adding DEI initiatives

November 11, 2019
The Board of Trustees held committee meetings at the Bryant Conference Center last Thursday and Friday before a full board meeting on Nov. 8. Read more for updates on student enrollment, diversity efforts and research funding.
Photos courtesy of The University of Alabama

After Sharpe’s departure, three finalists vie for the Honors College dean position

November 1, 2019

The University of Alabama has narrowed its current search for the next dean of the Honors College to three candidates: Claudia Lampman, Keith Gaddie and Tara Williams.  ABOUT THE HONORS COLLEGE Formed...

Photo courtesy of UA News

UPDATE: Document shows Riley resigned same day as Breitbart article published

October 11, 2019

A document obtained by The Crimson White through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows details regarding former dean of students Jamie Riley’s resignation. [READ MORE: A month after Riley’s...

CW / Sam Flowers

Members of the UA community ask for an end to the silence

September 13, 2019
Three public meetings were held on Thursday, Sep. 12, to provide UA students, staff, faculty and administrators an outlet to discuss concerns, as well as possible actions, in response to the recent resignation of UA’s dean of students.
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Instructor to return after non-student shotguns beer in class

September 10, 2019
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, a non-Alabama student attended the 3:30 p.m. section of Joel Strayer’s global marketing class and shotgunned a beer during the lecture. 
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