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Ode to the Capstone

May 3, 2016

If you drive into Tuscaloosa and look,You’ll come across a house made of Windows.It’s quite a large house, and beautiful, look;Every last bit of it’s covered in Windows.There have to be thousands,...

Hope in the face of an Easter explosion

March 27, 2016

Sunday, as I got myself ready for church with my family, families in Lahore, Pakistan, wept and grieved after an explosion shattered the peace in a local park and took at least 60 lives.I read the headlines...

RAISE Act: the wrong fix for the right problems

February 2, 2016

A great deal is wrong with Alabama’s public education system. Among the many problems are an inequitable and insufficient funding structure, a lack of flexibility and control at the local level and a...

We need to look critically at how we respond to terrorist attacks

We need to look critically at how we respond to terrorist attacks

November 16, 2015

When just a small child watching news about tragedies, the man we all knew as Mr. Rogers was famously told by his mother to “look for the helpers.” Now, it has become a common refrain in our responses...

Of the pumpkins of these recurring

October 28, 2015

I looked up Saturday and realized Halloween was but a week away, and I still haven’t found myself a costume. Then I realized there’s only two home games left in my last football season as a student,...

It has everything to do with race

October 12, 2015

If you’ve spent enough time on Facebook or have ever read comments on any news article or opinion piece about poverty, education, police violence, food insecurity or political corruption, you’re probably...

Realistic view on guns necessary for actual progress

October 5, 2015

You may have missed it – I know some of my friends did – but there was another school shooting late last week. This time the shooting was at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Nine people...

Wilder deserves support from Tuscaloosa and UA

Wilder deserves support from Tuscaloosa and UA

September 28, 2015

Deontay Wilder may just be Alabama’s proudest son. The world heavyweight titleholder defended his WBC belt for the second time in Birmingham, and both before and after this fight, as he has with every...

This column is not about Saturday

September 21, 2015

Something terrible happened Saturday, but I’m not going to let myself think about it. Instead I’m going to think about happy things.For example, on Sunday, I drove up to Birmingham to watch the U.S....

Shoot, write, rinse, repeat

August 31, 2015

While college football fans around the country salivate in anticipation of the 2015 season, families across the country mourn the loss of loved ones as a result of a gunfire.You probably have heard by...

Trump is dangerous, even if he can’t win

August 24, 2015

Around 30,000 people showed up to Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium Friday night to hear His Holiness Donald Trump, Bishop of America, Vicar of Jesus Christ preach his gospel of 
American exceptionalism.Certainly,...

Flag history has more than one side

July 8, 2015

Two weeks have passed since Governor Bentley had the Confederate flags removed from the Alabama Capitol grounds, and still the debate over the flag’s meaning and use rages on.The governor’s removal...

Lottery only serves to benefit rich

May 27, 2015

Alabama needs money. A whole lot of money. As the fiscal due date on Alabama’s bills approaches, the state finds itself well over $260 million dollars short of the funds necessary to keep our budget...

College friendships should be treasured

April 6, 2015

We are now less than a month away from the end of the spring semester – just four weeks away from the end of exams, and for seniors, graduation. Thankfully, I’m just a junior, still holding on to another...

Saban was right to give Jonathan Taylor a 2nd chance to play football

March 29, 2015

Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was dismissed from the football team Sunday afternoon after he was arrested Saturday night on domestic violence charges. If Taylor’s name sounds familiar, it’s...

Does safer campus equal better campus?

March 24, 2015

A couple weeks ago, I heard someone describe a class she had just come from as “retarded.” I cringed a little, and there was an uncomfortable silence in the room as everyone tried to ignore the comment.I...

The University should make it easier for student voices to be heard

February 22, 2015

Since this is a special issue of the paper, this column is supposed to be about the status of students’ freedom of speech here on The University of Alabama’s campus. Well, I guess it’s supposed to...

Progress comes slowly in Alabama

February 16, 2015

A week ago, a group of Alabamians long oppressed were finally extended the right to marry legally, allowing hundreds of couples to affirm for themselves those basic protections and liberties that other...

Talk about race or perpetuate problem

February 2, 2015

Race is only an issue if you make it an issue. Who said anything about race? You’re the one bringing black and white into the picture. Why does everything have to be about race? Race shouldn’t even...

Demand more from one another by asking questions in all facets of life

January 12, 2015

Why do so many people begin their essays and papers by asking a question? It is a tired, overused construction and relatively uncreative as far as opening sentences go. It could be the memory of a ninth...

This year, resolve to take part in progress while recognizing diversity

January 7, 2015

About this time every year, gym owners seem unable to stop smiling as they drink their morning coffee. Pizza places probably see a slight drop in delivery orders. This is the time for resolutions, after...

Don't be afraid to share your opinions

November 30, 2014

In multiple instances in the past, I’ve said things that have gotten me into a little trouble. I’ve made insensitive jokes without thinking about the perspectives of people around me. I’ve made assumptions...

Ignoring school shootings, violence will not prevent them

November 23, 2014

Florida State University fans celebrated another close win for the Seminole football team Saturday night. From the outside, it seemed just like any other game day in Tallahassee this season, complete...

Football aside, Mississippi, Alabama still just fighting not to be last

November 16, 2014

As the final seconds ticked off in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night, Alabama fans cheered and yelled and let out a collective sigh of relief. The Crimson Tide’s 25-20 win over the Mississippi State...

Don't be like Auburn, don't boo football players when they are injured

November 9, 2014

As an Alabama fan and a University of Alabama student, it’s not hard for me to hate pretty much everything about Auburn football. I never have to look very far to find something that the Tigers’ players,...

Your vote is important and you should stay informed on issues, people

November 2, 2014

There’s a little moment in the sixth episode of season four of “The West Wing” that always stands out to me come campaign season. The episode debuts Joshua Malina’s character, Will Bailey, as an...

When the going gets tough, find a fluffy kitten

October 26, 2014

On this campus, in this state and in this world, there is no shortage of depressing realities. Hunger, abuse, genocide, disease, discrimination, rape – the list of issues we need to address and combat...

The University must acknowledge its own history, good and bad

October 19, 2014

The University of Alabama, like the state and region it’s located in, has a history almost as complex, confusing and, at many points, upsetting as the state’s constitution. Only the naïve would think...

Taking back our Southern identity for good, we dare defend our rights

October 12, 2014

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires played an early afternoon set at the Cask and Drum Festival in Birmingham Saturday. If you’ve never heard of the Birmingham native Bains and his band, before you go...

Football is more than just a game because of the size of its fanbase

October 5, 2014

There’s something undeniably crazy about college football fans. Spending an entire Saturday in the fall doing nothing but watching football or talking about football or eating cookies shaped like footballs...

Yearbooks are not relevant in college

September 28, 2014

Yearbook signing day may have been one of the best days of the year in high school and especially in junior high. For an entire day, and usually a day or two after that, the whole school would seemingly...

Rapid housing development can come with dangerous consequences

September 21, 2014

On Friday I donned my pirate costume I debuted last Halloween and executed a conquest of Krispy Kreme. The man behind the counter asked if I cared if my free dozen of donuts were hot. “Aye, matey, it’d...

The time for raising children by using corporal punishment has passed

September 14, 2014

Walk into the average sixth grade classroom in Alabama, ask for a show of hands of who has been spanked by their parents at least once, and chances are a good deal of hands will come up. While the practice...

Football games during the heat of the day have health consequences

September 7, 2014

My Snapchat thermometer read only 84 degrees halfway into the second quarter, but I can only assume the actual temperature in the stands Saturday morning was closer to the 90s. I knew it would be pretty...

Be an ally, not an obstacle

August 24, 2014

In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown, protests and vigils have spread from the embroiled town of Ferguson, Missouri, throughout the country. Black people and white people are standing up together...

Study abroad forces us to learn, grow as people and students

July 29, 2014

What happens when we arrive at a new place? What happens each time we meet a stranger in their environment rather than our own? What do we gain, and how do we change whenever familiar scenery is exchanged...

From Alabama to Great Britain, even a new river seems familiar

July 15, 2014

There’s something special about rivers. I don’t know what it is exactly. It may be the sounds: quiet when the water flows wide and slow; or loud when it tightens up to crash over the rocks it meets...

You don't have to be a diehard fan to enjoy the World Cup

July 1, 2014

American football is better than soccer. Or at least that’s what I think, and this is my column. That being said, this World Cup has been one of the more exciting sporting events I’ve ever kept up...

University administration should be transparent about expenses

June 17, 2014

You may have missed it, but once again the Alabama System board of trustees voted to raise tuition and fees at the system’s universities. After the latest in these regular tuition increases, the two-semester...

Law student remembered for kindness, selflessness

April 17, 2014

When Dominic DeSimone was not in class at the University of Alabama Law School, he could be found working out at the Rec or perhaps helping a friend fix up a failing car. Dominic’s friends and family,...

UA Forensics Council brings home tournament victories

April 15, 2014

Last week, the members of the Alabama Forensics Council returned home from a week-long trip to Arizona with another top 10 finish at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament....

SPJ, USA Today promote reading

April 8, 2014

In order to promote the College Readership service and to encourage students to read newspapers, The University of Alabama’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will partner with USA Today...

NOH8 campaign to visit UA, hold photoshoot

April 3, 2014

Three years after the NOH8 campaign visited the University of Alabama campus, the pro-equality organization will visit Tuscaloosa once again to take and produce photos for anyone who would like to participate...

AIMS connects students with major companies

AIMS connects students with major companies

April 2, 2014

Students interested in pursuing a career in information sciences and information management can develop their skills and gain exposure to major companies through the Alabama Information Management Society....

SGA Senate votes to end resolution supporting Greek system integration

March 21, 2014

At the final session of the 2013-14 SGA Senate, a proposed resolution in support for full integration of the University of Alabama Greek system was sent to committee instead of receiving a vote. As a result,...

Bloom elected SGA president

Bloom elected SGA president

March 12, 2014

Nearly an hour after polls closed Tuesday night, Hamilton Bloom sat in a side room of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house awaiting a phone call from Kelli Knox-Hall, faculty advisor and convener of...

Students ask public to submit photos for digital media project

February 26, 2014

Residents throughout the city of Tuscaloosa will be able to take part in an online media project on Friday as part of Dateline Alabama’s T-Town 24. “T-Town 24 is supposed to be capturing the life...

Task force presents draft of plan

February 19, 2014

The Faculty Senate Task Force for Excellence in Equity, Inclusion and Citizenship presented an initial draft report to the full Faculty Senate at their meeting Tuesday. Proposals in the report dealt with...

Ferguson Center director apologizes to student group over display controversy

February 17, 2014

Updated on Feb. 18 at 7:45 p.m. with comments from Cathy Andreen, director of media relations. The director of the Ferguson Center issued an apology through email Monday afternoon to Bama Students for...

Anti-abortion activist visits campus in response to display removal

February 16, 2014

A widely known free speech and anti-abortion advocate will be speaking at the Bama Students for Life meeting Wednesday night, as part of the group’s response to the removal of their anti-abortion poster...

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