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A health care worker at University Medical Center prepares to vaccinate medical professionals in UA's first rollout of the Moderna vaccine.

Most of UMC’s COVID-19 vaccines are gone, but more are on the way

February 24, 2021
There’s a chance students might get the vaccine this spring.
Moratorium lifted as reported COVID positives decline 

Moratorium lifted as reported COVID positives decline 

February 12, 2021
The policy was updated on Friday, the same day that the UA System COVID-19 dashboard reported its lowest weekly number of positive test results since the beginning of the semester. 
Overall COVID cases decline, sentinel numbers increase 

Overall COVID cases decline, sentinel numbers increase 

February 5, 2021

In its third update of the spring semester, the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard reported a decrease of over 100 in positive test results after two weeks of steady numbers. Since Jan. 29, 167 positive test...

UA reports 200+ COVID cases this week, releases first sentinel numbers

UA reports 200+ COVID cases this week, releases first sentinel numbers

January 29, 2021

The UA System reported 244 positive COVID-19 test results among UA students in its second weekly dashboard update of the semester, bringing the total number of reported student cases to about 450 since...

More than 200 students test positive for COVID-19 after first week of classes

More than 200 students test positive for COVID-19 after first week of classes

January 22, 2021

More than 200 UA students tested positive for COVID-19 after the first week of classes of the spring semester. No sentinel testing numbers were published in Friday’s COVID-19 dashboard update from the...

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

How to navigate this semester’s COVID-19 testing

January 20, 2021

Though entry testing was required for significantly fewer students this semester, there's always a chance that you'll need to be tested for COVID-19 later in the semester. Whether it's for personal reasons...

CW / Carly Farmer

Semester opens with two-week moratorium

January 7, 2021

The spring semester will begin with  a two-week moratorium on in-person activities in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.   Pope confirmed that restrictions will be similar to last semester’s...

UA receives 3,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine 

UA receives 3,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine 

January 4, 2021
The two-part Moderna vaccine will initially be offered to healthcare providers, first responders, vulnerable populations and Capstone Village residents and employees. 
Community members stage a December protest to urge Sheriff Ron Abernathy to release jail COVID-19 data after failing to comply with a Freedom of Information request.

‘Release the truth’: Protesters march for COVID-19 jail data

December 19, 2020

Protesters marched around the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse on Saturday as they demanded Sheriff Ron Abernathy release COVID-19 data for the county jail. “Release the data, release the people, release...

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...

Maddox at a March 12, 2020 presser, where he discussed the city's response to COVID-19

Why Walt Maddox won’t issue a shutdown

December 9, 2020

Despite rising cases of COVID-19 in Tuscaloosa that threaten older and younger residents alike, Mayor Walt Maddox is still hesitant to force another shutdown that could potentially harm small businesses...

The 'Final Barrier' still stands strong

The ‘Final Barrier’ still stands strong

December 2, 2020
In 2013, The Crimson White published a story about segregation within the UA Panhellenic system. Greek organizations at the University have since been forced to integrate, but demographics among those organizations remain homogeneously white.
COVID-19 cases rise as fall semester winds down

COVID-19 cases rise as fall semester winds down

November 20, 2020

In its final weekly update of the fall semester, the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard reported 142 positive test results among UA students, faculty and staff.  This update coincided with the last day of...

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Opinion | Whatever happened to the old-fashioned American debate?

October 28, 2020
Well, we’ve seen both major party presidential candidates debate. But columnist Kelby Hutchinson still isn’t thrilled about voting for either of them. As he writes in his column, neither candidate is a stand-out, and the past two debates have illuminated nothing for undecided or reluctant voters.
UA sees another slight rise in COVID-19 cases

UA sees another slight rise in COVID-19 cases

October 23, 2020

The University has reported a significant drop in COVID-19 cases in the past seven weeks, which plummeted by more than 700 since late August. But while recent reported cases have remained relatively low,...

UA sees first rise in COVID-19 cases in five weeks

UA sees first rise in COVID-19 cases in five weeks

October 9, 2020

The UA System COVID-19 dashboard showed the first rise in cases in five weeks on Friday. Cases nearly doubled among students from last week’s 24 reported cases to 45 reported cases, bringing the total...

University provides free flu shots for campus community

University provides free flu shots for campus community

October 4, 2020

In September, the College of Community Health Sciences began its ninth annual campus-wide effort to vaccinate students, faculty and staff against the flu. The quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against...

COVID-19 cases down for fourth consecutive week, but sentinel testing plans still fall short

COVID-19 cases down for fourth consecutive week, but sentinel testing plans still fall short

October 2, 2020
Twenty-four students tested positive for COVID-19 this reporting period, but the the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard does not list the number of tests conducted or number of private tests reported to the University.    
UA sees ‘sharp decline’ in COVID-19 cases, but has yet to meet sentinel testing goal

UA sees ‘sharp decline’ in COVID-19 cases, but has yet to meet sentinel testing goal

September 25, 2020

In what officials call a ‘sharp decrease,’ the University of Alabama experienced its third-straight week of a downward trend in COVID-19 cases. But it’s unclear just how many students and faculty...

Dashboard Update: Cases decline, but sentinel testing remains low

Dashboard Update: Cases decline, but sentinel testing remains low

September 18, 2020

More than a week after Labor Day weekend, the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard reported a steep decline in cases. But while officials boast low numbers, sentinel testing is slow-going. In a Sept. 16 press...

UA boasts in-state spike despite decrease in fall enrollment

UA boasts in-state spike despite decrease in fall enrollment

September 16, 2020

The University of Alabama’s enrollment has decreased 0.68% over the past year. This comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the University to adopt a hybrid model of learning and institute...

Opinion: It's clear what's pulling the strings

Opinion: It’s clear what’s pulling the strings

September 2, 2020

Since the move to online instruction in the spring semester, The University of Alabama has shown lapses in its ability to make moral choices that keep its student body safe. This failure of leadership...

When Autherine Lucy Foster became the first African American student to enroll at The University of Alabama in February 1956, she was attacked by a mob of white citizens and students. Rev. Thomas Linton provided her with shelter in his barbershop on T.Y. Rogers Jr. Avenue. CW / Kelby Hutchison

‘He made us feel like we were the movement’: Community remembers civil rights legend

June 23, 2020

After spending his life fighting for the rights of African Americans and spreading the word of the gospel, Reverend Thomas Linton died May 14, 2020, at the age of 88. During a time in Tuscaloosa when...

CW / Hannah Saad

Hundreds come together for peaceful protest at courthouse

June 2, 2020

Hundreds of people gathered in the sweltering heat and humidity at the federal court building in downtown Tuscaloosa on Sunday. With fists raised and masks over mouths, the crowd peacefully protested the...

Domestic violence cases spike in solitude

Domestic violence cases spike in solitude

May 17, 2020

Isolation affects people differently. But without specific safeguards, stay-at-home mandates can spell danger for victims of household abuse. “Just because we are physically not seeing people doesn’t...

Firefighters work to contain the blaze. CW / Kelby Hutchison

More than a building: Million Dollar Band members reflect on home away from home

April 20, 2020

For the first 27 years of Ken Ozello’s 30-year career as a UA band director, uniforms and instruments for the Million Dollar Band (MDB) were usually stored in a band trailer or the back of members’...

Mental health absences are necessary

Mental health absences are necessary

March 9, 2020

In my three years at The University of Alabama, only one of my professors has offered mental health as an excuse to miss class without a doctor’s excuse. This represents a problem for students that suffer...

CW / Keely Brewer and CW / Kelby Hutchison

Inside two watch parties: Joiner wins presidency, del Carmen secures Senate seat

March 3, 2020

Lounging around a leather couch in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house, Demarcus Joiner and his campaign team let loose. They were prematurely celebrating what would be an unsurprising win.  This...

Third party textbooks cut down bias

Third party textbooks cut down bias

February 17, 2020

In my time at the University, various classes have required me to pay outrageous amounts of money for textbooks with no guarantee that they would be used. In a majority of these classes, these textbooks...

Beyond the data: Are sexual assaults under-reported on campus?

Beyond the data: Are sexual assaults under-reported on campus?

February 16, 2020
In recent years, the world has been reminded of the ever-present issue of sexual assault due to the misconduct of several Hollywood figures and the rise of the #MeToo movement. However, for every celebrity’s story, there are several that go untold.
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