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UA junior named editor-in-chief of The CW for 2021-22 year

March 3, 2021
Keely Brewer will be the next editor-in-chief of The CW. Brewer worked her way up from a contributing writer in her freshman year, and she has since served as a staff reporter, assistant photo editor, assistant news editor and news editor.
Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah go on 'Life Support'

Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah go on ‘Life Support’

February 28, 2021

We can be honest. Jeffrey and Leah occasionally lose the thread in this episode of "Cultured"—but only because they're vibing so hard. In this episode, our hosts think about some cultural artifacts (think...

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[Photo] Inside Biden’s White House and the symbolism of Oval Office design

February 24, 2021

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Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah consider stanning Wendy Williams

Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah consider stanning Wendy Williams

February 21, 2021
This week on "Cultured," Jeffrey and Leah forget to actually stan someone and instead talk about their two snow day obsessions: climate change (Jeffrey) and Céline Sciamma movies (Leah).
Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah become #FreeBritney activists

Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah become #FreeBritney activists

February 14, 2021
In this episode of "Cultured," Jeffrey and Leah talk about The New York Times and Hulu's "Framing Britney Spears," Netflix's "Malcolm & Marie" and the culture desk's recommended love songs (and break-up tracks).
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[Photo] Can ‘Harry Potter’ live new lives with J.K. Rowling looming large?

February 8, 2021

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Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah bully reality show contestants

Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah bully reality show contestants

February 7, 2021
Jeffrey & Leah talk about Tiffany Pollard's antics, Golden Globes nominations and The Weeknd's new greatest hits album.
‘Then COVID hit’: How UA galleries have managed a return to near-normalcy

‘Then COVID hit’: How UA galleries have managed a return to near-normalcy

February 4, 2021
The UA Gallery was hosting one of its largest-ever exhibitions last March. Then everyone went home. It's been a rocky road to get back to hosting guests in the University's galleries.
Cultured | Jeffrey and Leah pronounce Bon Iver

Cultured | Jeffrey and Leah pronounce Bon Iver

January 31, 2021
In our second episode, Jeffrey and Leah talk about people who've never won a Grammy (stan Zubin Mehta), how to pronounce Bon Iver (bone eevare) and whether "Midsommar" is a good movie (honestly, who's to say).
The University's club tennis program is willing to mask up if that's what it takes to hit the court.

[Photo] ‘Remaining safe’: These are the plans student orgs have in place for spring

January 27, 2021

The University's club tennis program is willing to mask up if that's what it takes to hit the court.

Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah decide to stan Sabrina Carpenter

Cultured | Jeffrey & Leah decide to stan Sabrina Carpenter

January 24, 2021
Jeffrey and Leah christen "Cultured," The CW's new podcast from the culture desk. Our hosts talk "Bridgerton," Leona Lewis, celebrity baby names and why Olivia Rodrigo makes them feel out of touch.
Want to win the CFP next year? Maybe vote blue

Want to win the CFP next year? Maybe vote blue

November 1, 2020
If the policy issues at stake don't hold much sway for you in this presidential election, consider being superstitious. In 11 of Alabama's 17 national championship seasons, a Democrat has been president. A win for the Tide this year could help narrow that gap, but winning sprees under presidents like Lyndon B. Johnson and Barack Obama put Democrats in a strong lead.
It's probably going to be OK

It’s probably going to be OK

August 4, 2020

When I first sat down to write this letter, I figured it should be uplifting. After all, the world is vaguely falling apart in a slightly more radical way than it usually is, and who better to encourage...

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I ranked the corporate coronavirus emails so you don’t have to

March 14, 2020

For weeks now, Americans have received conflicting reports on the severity of the novel coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump has waffled over whether it is a hoax or not. Some students have returned...

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Rian Johnson thrills and kills with “Knives Out”

January 15, 2020
The latest movie to hit the Ferguson Center courtesy of University Programs, “Knives Out” is a stylish ode to Agatha Christie that feels deeply rooted in our modern era.

University brought cream-of-the-crop to Coleman

December 5, 2019
It’s one thing to admire the lineup on a poster for Woodstock in 1969 or the first Coachella in 1999 – but what about the lineup organized by University Programs back in the day? With chart data and awards stats, it’s not so hard to imagine what a similar lineup of A-list musicians would look like in 2019.
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Bama fans camp out on ‘Gump Twitter’

November 21, 2019
Are you a bammer or a barner? Are you ride-or-die for the Tide? What tier Gump are you? On Gump Twitter, these questions are required for entry.
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Alabama’s UFO Capital still has a story to tell

October 28, 2019
Over 30 years ago, Fred Works saw something he couldn’t quite explain. What’s easier to explain is the way that Works’s sighting changed the DNA of his town forever.
CW / Joe Will Field

Budget decor spices up college housing

October 1, 2019
From thrift shopping to throw pillows, four interior design students have taken their college spaces from dull to distinct.
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Campus orgs make mental health a priority

September 26, 2019
As Suicide Prevention Awareness Month comes to a close, students continue to advocate for the destigmatization of mental health.
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Tuscaloosa locals profile The Strip in new documentary

September 19, 2019
“The Strip: Tuscaloosa’s Most Colorful Quarter Mile” premieres this week at the Bama Theatre, and after six years of hard work, the film’s creators are over the moon.
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Dorm-dwellers and renters escape into HGTV

August 29, 2019
Walk-in closets, hardwood floors and granite countertops—these staples of as-seen-on-TV dream homes are a far cry from the concrete blocks and icy tile floors of a dorm room.
Light show brings Pink Floyd’s music to life

Light show brings Pink Floyd’s music to life

August 7, 2019
The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular moves from town to town with over a dozen lights on its back and the spectre of Pink Floyd’s still-relevant music hovering overhead.
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10 Year Column: “Glee” hit most of the right notes

June 21, 2019
The show that single-handedly ruined the final scene of “The Sopranos” was often hit-or-miss, but its soap-operatic plotlines and bubblegum pop covers wormed their way into America’s heart.
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‘Rocketman’ succeeds where ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ failed

June 10, 2019
Dexter Fletcher dives headfirst into camp for his delightfully overindulgent Elton John jukebox bio-musical.
Master's student Jahman Hill uses his performance skills and personal experiences with slam poetry to promote discussion.

Jahman Hill gives everything he has to poetry

April 22, 2019
As graduate student Jahman Hill looks toward the future, it’s hard to ignore what he’ll leave behind at The University of Alabama: a poetry festival, a successful student organization and a brand-new one-man show.
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10 Year Column: When vampires had their heyday

April 19, 2019
“True Blood.” “The Vampire Diaries.” “Twilight.” How did we manage to keep up with so many pop culture vampires?
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Visiting writer keeps it short

April 19, 2019
Visiting writer David Shields’s fragmented writing style manages both to distance him from the material and be painfully personal.
CW/ Joe Will Field

Bowlero, The Woolworth combine arcade fun and upscale eats

April 18, 2019
The crash of pins and whirring of bowling ball return machines may trigger memories of tepid beer and greasy junk food. Two new bowling alleys are looking to throw that image out the window.
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Photographers cash in on graduation season

April 15, 2019
Dead week is looming, flowers are blooming and across campus, seniors are donning their caps and gowns for one last photo as undergraduate students.
CW/ Joe Will Field

Daughter shares father’s Holocaust experience

April 11, 2019
In just a few years, Ann Mollengarden’s father went from an involved, community-loving child to a bullied, isolated victim during Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. Now, it is Mollengarden’s mission to take her 93-year-old father’s story to students across the state.
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Birmingham company brings new life to fan gear

April 8, 2019
Lifelong Alabama fans Brandon Watkins and Brett Forsyth were making concert posters in Forsyth’s basement 10 years ago – now they’re taking on their design destiny.
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‘Broad City’ leaves a legacy of friendship

April 7, 2019
Four and three and two and one-one: The countdown to the “Broad City” finale has come to an emotional end.
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10 Year Column: Even Beyonce couldn’t save “Obsessed”

April 3, 2019
How is it that you can add Idris Elba, Ali Larter and Beyonce together and still end up with nothing at all?
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Two hundred years of Tuscaloosa history celebrated through music

April 1, 2019
Despite the threat of rain, Tuscaloosans, Birminghamians and even Memphians congregated by the Black Warrior River on Saturday for a day of local music.
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Women shine in leadership at the Capstone

March 25, 2019
This year’s freshly elected executive board doesn’t represent the number of women on campus, so they’re making waves everywhere else.
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MDB member spins, wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

March 25, 2019
Everybody has a childhood dream in the back of their minds. For some people, that dream comes true. For Bethany Patterson, that dream comes with a brand new car.
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10 Year Column: One DJ distilled pop music into five minutes

March 8, 2019
DJ Earworm, true to his name, dropped a Swedish-inflected remix in 2009 that was so good, we couldn’t get it out of our heads.
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Fashion Column: Lagerfeld leaves behind a tumultuous legacy

March 8, 2019
He was the creative genius behind Chanel’s modern era and the entirety of Fendi’s ready-to-wear legacy. He leaves behind his celebrity cat, Choupette.
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Students asked to respect spring break spots

March 7, 2019
Panama City Beach, Florida, was once the center of spring break debauchery, but after a ban on beach alcohol and a damaging natural disaster, students are wondering if PCB is for them.
CW/ Kallie Chabla

Memes, candidates’ friends power social media campaigns

March 4, 2019
Leading up to March 7, UA students’ social media feeds will be full of amateur political pundits stumping for their favorite SGA candidates – their friends.
CW/ Keely Brewer

Student expression blossoms in podcasts

February 28, 2019
If the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange is any indication, UA students have plenty of opinions on plenty of things: So why not start a podcast about it?
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