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Baseball holds on to romance, leisure lost in modern athletics

April 15, 2014

It’s just a couple of weeks after opening day in Major League Baseball, and it’s hard not to feel the romance of the game. It’s a time when hopes haven’t yet been crushed, when we still think that...

It’s time to defend Black Warrior from industrial pollution

April 14, 2014

On Jan. 9, Americans were shocked by the news that crude 4-MCMH was released from Freedom Industries into the Elk River, upstream of the West Virginia American Water intake and distribution center. By...

Football unions will destroy college athletics

April 10, 2014

Since the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University’s football players are technically employees of the university and thus can form a union, people are questioning the...

Animal abandonment a problem in college

April 9, 2014

Every August when we come back to Tuscaloosa from our summer breaks, we are excited to see our friends that we have missed dearly, and we are excited to begin a new semester. As each academic year begins,...

SGA Senate made wrong call on recent vote

SGA Senate made wrong call on recent vote

April 3, 2014

It was just last September when President Judy Bonner said, regarding Greek system integration at The University of Alabama, “I am empowering our students to do the same thing that our students did 50...

Throwing the flag on Tuesday’s SGA elections

March 17, 2014

My dad has a saying that he has used for as far back as I can remember. As a former lineman for Coach Bryant, it’s safe to say football has been a significant part of his life. Anytime Dad knows that...

Responding to “State gun laws prompt debate”

February 26, 2014

I have been a concealed-carry permit holder in the state of Alabama for almost three years now. I typically exercise the right to arm myself whenever and wherever it is legal. Sadly, this right does...

Real suffering is not something Americans should support

February 12, 2014

While there is very rarely any occasion to get riled up over a sports page in a student newspaper, the recent Crimson White article by Caroline Gazzara on the Sochi Winter Olympics is notable in its lack...

What is suitable for a science class?

February 6, 2014

Yesterday’s debate between Ken Ham, creationist,  advocate and founder of the Creationist Museum, and Bill Nye the Science Guy posited the question, “Is creationism a viable model of origins in today’s...

In response to ‘Buffer zone at anti-abortion protests is the least that can be done’

February 6, 2014

I’m writing in response to “Buffer zone at anti-abortion protests is the least that can be done” by Samaria Johnson. Ms. Johnson made a number of untrue claims that, as someone who spends time outside...

Remembering Juston Martin

February 6, 2014

The first memory I have of Juston Martin comes from a middle school football practice in 2005 when we were both in eighth grade. This was a long time ago, but I wanted to highlight this memory because...

In response to ‘Freedom of religion does not guarantee exemption from law’

January 13, 2014

In the column “Religion does not guarantee exemption from law” last week, Matthew Bailey noted that “in order for…groups that have challenged the mandate to succeed, they must prove these businesses...

Saban’s wisdom can apply to academics

November 26, 2013

You don’t have to be part of our storied Alabama football team – or even ever picked up a football – to appreciate the words of wisdom of coach Nick Saban. Whether he’s on press conferences or...

Philanthropy just one example of fraternal integrity

November 25, 2013

It’s an unfortunate truth that the essence of what a fraternity embodies has been lost in today’s society. Through the perpetuation of certain fraternity stereotypes by the media and the entertainment...

The cost of not studying abroad

November 25, 2013

Three weeks from now, I’ll be changing my educational status from University of Alabama student to alumna. It seems the closer I inch toward Dec. 14, the more hours I spend reflecting on my time here...

Mallet: Learning from our mistakes

November 11, 2013

On the very first Friday of this semester, long before the events of September, reporters from Vice Magazine came to the University while Mallet was running an Open Mic Night (a publicly open talent show)....

Male response to domestic violence is disheartening

October 28, 2013

The month of October is known for bringing cool, crisp football weather and the excitement of Halloween. The lesser known significance of this month is the many awareness campaigns that it hosts: breast...

Bicycle Bedlam

October 24, 2013

I applaud the attention you’ve recently given to the obvious problems surrounding bicycle parking and bike culture on this campus. What your recent article “Bicycle Bedlam” didn’t mention was that...

An open invitation to the University

October 23, 2013

On Monday, former Mallet president Marina Roberts brought campus-wide attention to what we, in Mallet, put up with on a daily basis. Perpetual harassment seems to follow those who dare to be different...

Red John is probably the Machine

October 23, 2013

Who has been watching CBS’s “The Mentalist” this season? If you haven’t, allow me to fill you in on television’s most intense and suspenseful who-done-it ever. As loyal fans will know, our tragic...

Harassment of Malleteers: what else is new?

October 22, 2013

As a UA alum and proud Malleteer, I was shocked, though not the least bit surprised, to hear of Mari Baroff’s experience on the steps of Palmer Hall at the hands of some intoxicated and entitled pledges...

An open letter to the boys of the street

October 17, 2013

Editor's Note: The following column contains language that may be offensive to some readers.   This is a letter to the boys who helped me parallel park only to say, “Now we flip a coin to see what...

Re: ‘The University should help better the state of Alabama’

October 15, 2013

Last Wednesday, columnist Will Gonzalez railed against UA students’ general lack of civic engagement, largely criticizing the efforts of Honors students. It is curious that Gonzalez decided to single...

California transgender laws are the right step

October 14, 2013

When an ultra-conservative family member awkwardly breaks the news of a major progressive legal advancement, I know something has gone awry. On Aug. 7, in my home state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown...

Library hours do not encourage academia

October 14, 2013

An essential part of a university experience occurs at the library. It is a place of studying, of commiserating and of learning. Most of all, it offers students a quiet study environment. However, The...

Apocalypse now (till the foreseeable future)

October 7, 2013

Congratulations, you have survived the apocalypse of another government shutdown, the last one of which many of us are too young to have even noticed (and the first one on record happening just after Vietnam)....

Alabama football needs to raise the bar

September 30, 2013

As the old adage goes, “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.” Well, consider this an open letter to Bill Battle. In light of the announcement this weekend that the football team...

Criticism of UA Stands is not so simple

September 26, 2013

My name is Cody Houston Frederick, and I would quote to you the percentage of whites on UA’s campus, but I could not find it on the demographics section of UA’s Quick Facts page, despite learning the...

Clarifying support for smoking ban on campus

September 25, 2013

On Aug. 21, The Crimson White published an article by Andy McWhorter titled “University considers smoking ban; other Alabama schools lead the way.” In it, there was a statement that “the Faculty...

Students should stay till the end of games, support teams

September 24, 2013

I’m a firm believer in the essence of a Tuscaloosa football Saturday. The town comes alive, opening up to “outsiders” roaming the streets before many students have gotten out of bed. The campus...

On nuances of race in America

September 19, 2013

I think one of the biggest misunderstandings about race and how it operates in America is that American society and culture aren’t merely racist, but white supremacist. Public integration is great...

Different takes on Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

September 19, 2013

I watched the events unfold Wednesday with the same feelings I felt when Kony 2012 happened: an appreciation of good intents and hearts, coupled with a nagging feeling of misdirection. My principle when...

On nuances of race in America

September 19, 2013

I think one of the biggest misunderstandings about race and how it operates in America is that American society and culture aren’t merely racist, but white supremacist. Public integration is great...

Different takes on Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

September 19, 2013

I watched the events unfold Wednesday with the same feelings I felt when Kony 2012 happened: an appreciation of good intents and hearts, coupled with a nagging feeling of misdirection. My principle when...

Abandoning the Wallace stereotype

September 18, 2013

“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Fifty years ago, before the shooting and death of Medgar Evers outside of his home in front of his family, months before Dr. King would...

Don’t let this moment go to waste

September 16, 2013

I, like the majority of the campus, read the article “The Final Barrier” in The Crimson White and initially responded as most of my peers did: with frustration and outrage. It infuriates me that such...

In response to ‘The Final Barrier’

September 16, 2013

As a parent of a University of Alabama student, I touch base occasionally with the paper online. Since it was coach Bryant’s birthday, I looked to see if an article appeared. What I found, however, was...

An open letter to our administration

September 16, 2013

Inspired by the bravery of the greek women who decided that our status quo is no longer acceptable, we, the concerned students and faculty of UA, demand immediate, sustained and transparent support from...

In response to ‘The Final Barrier’

September 12, 2013

Having begun school at the Capstone in 2008 as an undergraduate and looking forward to graduating with a master’s degree in 2014, I am forced to reflect on my six years as a member of The University...

It is not too late to shed light on voting issues

September 9, 2013

There has been a lot of finger-pointing about the ethical dubiousness (and possible illegality) of doing whatever it takes to win a local school board election and the complicity of certain segments of...

Greek system and democracy: part 2

September 3, 2013

In a recent letter to the Crimson White, I voiced the community’s collective anger at the involvement of several fraternity and sorority houses in altering the outcome of the recent Tuscaloosa Board...

In response to ‘Same-sex unions are not equal’

September 3, 2013

I never wanted to marry. Then again, a previous iteration of me never wanted to be gay in Alabama, either. Luckily, I long ago upgraded from that beta version programmed by middle school teachers who...

Who runs the University?

September 3, 2013

On Tuesday, I had the honor of listening to Denny Chimes play “Celebrating Achievement” for me and four of my UA faculty colleagues in recognition of the major grants and awards our research had garnered....

The Greek system and the meaning of Democracy

August 29, 2013

On Aug. 27, several sorority and fraternity houses on campus were involved in the hijacking of a local election. Mobilized in support of a former SGA president, they were taken to the polling station in...

Homophobia: a declining species

August 28, 2013

Poe’s law is defined as the inability to accurately judge sincerity from parody. Indeed, when I began reading Tuesday’s article titled “Same-sex unions not equal,” I was at first expecting satire....

Every society needs hunters, gatherers, cave painters

July 24, 2013

  I, presumably along with the rest of you reading this, spent the majority of my senior year of high school planning out my college career. I visited countless campuses, ultimately settling not on my...

Americans should prioritize evidence over race in Zimmerman murder trial

July 17, 2013

Not guilty. As the verdict was announced Saturday night, people all over my Facebook news feed seemed to be in an uproar. Well, my black friends at least. From day one, the media has played the George...

Sexual justice a civil rights issue, regardless of politics, gender, sexual orientation

July 3, 2013

For nearly 13 hours June 25, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-District 10) filibustered Senate Bill 5, a bill that regulates the administration of abortions in Texas. These regulations would prohibit...

UA administration failed to uphold its standards, protect LGBTQ+ students

June 19, 2013

On May 18, members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a group notorious for their use of violently homophobic and anti-military language, gathered in front of Russell Hall to deliver a message of hate to...

Turkish Student Association sets protest records straight

June 12, 2013

Since May 31, a number of news agencies in the U.S. have been reporting recent ongoing protests in Turkey. As the Turkish Community of Tuscaloosa (The University of Alabama students, faculty and Tuscaloosa...

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