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All content by Mark Hammontree

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...

UA mourns loss of student after fatal car accident

February 6, 2014

Juston Martin will always be remembered for the ever-present smile he shined at anyone and everyone he met. Martin passed away the morning of Saturday, Feb. 2, from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle...

Snow accumulation forces University to cancel classes

Snow accumulation forces University to cancel classes

January 28, 2014

UPDATED: "Snow, ice shut down Alabama" Although snow was falling on campus at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had declared a state of emergency at 6 a.m., The University of Alabama...

University remembers Nagy El-Kaddah

University remembers Nagy El-Kaddah

January 27, 2014

Longtime University of Alabama professor Nagy El-Kaddah passed away Jan. 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Attiat, and his two children, Ahmed and Dahlia. “Dr. El-Kaddah will be truly...

UPDATED: No students injured in apartment fire near strip

UPDATED: No students injured in apartment fire near strip

January 24, 2014

Rebecca Dodge heard the fire before she ever saw it. “Before I even smelled any smoke or anything, I just heard this crackling outside my window,” Dodge said. “Then I heard my neighbors yelling...

Students vote instructor 'Professor of the Year'

Students vote instructor ‘Professor of the Year’

January 16, 2014

Twenty years after Chris Roberts graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in journalism, he returned to his alma mater to teach in the familiar lecture halls and classrooms of Reese Phifer...

Fraternity puts on clothing drive in ‘very cold winter’

January 9, 2014

With temperatures dropping, students at The University of Alabama with spare winter clothing can donate their apparel to those in need through Phi Beta Sigma’s winter coat drive. “This clothing drive...

UA missions group returns to Nicaragua

January 8, 2014

By Mark Hammontree | News Editor ^ Less than a week before Christmas, 22 University of Alabama students said goodbye to the small Nicaraguan village of Trapichito. For some students, it was the last...

Exhibit captures history of slavery at University

Exhibit captures history of slavery at University

January 8, 2014

Benjamin Flax has been fascinated with the South’s complex history with slavery, civil rights and the black experience since he was 10 years old, and now the senior majoring in religious studies and...

BABH sets high goal for 20th year of competition

November 26, 2013

In almost 20 years, the annual food drive competition between The University of Alabama and Auburn University has raised nearly 4 million pounds of food for Alabamians who do not have enough to eat. The...

Students' Instagram selfie shots earn them campus fame

Students’ Instagram selfie shots earn them campus fame

November 21, 2013

Modern smartphones and social media have completely revolutionized the way people take pictures and share them with others, leading to a trend so popular that the term was recently named the Oxford Dictionaries...

Stepping Through: A look at the past 50 years of desegregation at The University of Alabama

November 18, 2013

Vivian Malone and James Hood enrolled in classes on June 11, 1963, and became the first black students to officially integrate The University of Alabama. Fifty years later, The Crimson White has taken...

UA student elected to National FFA Officer Team

November 11, 2013

Going into the ninth grade at Eufala High School, Jackson Harris joined a team of other high school students for a tractor repair competition. It was one of his first experiences with the Future Farmers...

City planner speaks on walkability in Tuscaloosa

City planner speaks on walkability in Tuscaloosa

November 5, 2013

Improving Tuscaloosa’s walkability can have significant impact on the city’s economy, its footprint and the health of its residents, according to Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer....

Sorority alums claim chapter misrepresented

November 4, 2013

At least 15 alumnae of The University of Alabama’s Alpha Gamma Delta sorority chapter have signed a letter claiming they and others were “incorrectly labeled as racists” by their own international...

Finding a niche with every stitch

October 29, 2013

Sitting in a room in the top floor of Morgan Hall, Katherine Kosich found herself debating with several other students over fonts to use in the book they would soon be stitching together by hand. Kosich...

CW editor, reporters receive award for 'The Final Barrier'

CW editor, reporters receive award for ‘The Final Barrier’

October 23, 2013

The Student Press Law Center and the Associated College Press have chosen three staff members of The Crimson White as the joint recipients of the 2013 College Press Freedom Award for the September article...

145 women accept bids, 23 minority

145 women accept bids, 23 minority

October 16, 2013

Fifty years after the desegregation of The University of Alabama and two months after several black students were dropped from formal recruitment, 12 of the University’s 18 Panhellenic sororities have...

President Bonner releases video update on sorority integration

President Bonner releases video update on sorority integration

October 15, 2013

To view the video, please see our updated story here. Twelve of UA’s 18 Panhellenic sororities can now claim black members, and all 18 have minority members. UA President Judy Bonner released a video...

Faculty senate begins formation, nominations for campus task force

October 1, 2013

The task force proposed in a resolution unanimously adopted by the Faculty Senate on Tuesday, Sept. 24, is already in the process of being formed, and many in The University of Alabama community are...

Mallet hosts forum on campus discrimination

September 19, 2013

The Mallet Assembly hosted a public forum Wednesday night in Palmer Hall to discuss the response of The University of Alabama administration and the SGA in the wake of allegations of systemic discrimination...

Mallet hosts forum on campus discrimination

September 19, 2013

The Mallet Assembly hosted a public forum Wednesday night in Palmer Hall to discuss the response of The University of Alabama administration and the SGA in the wake of allegations of systemic discrimination...

Faculty Senate calls for University action

September 18, 2013

The Faculty Senate met to discuss and vote on an official statement regarding controversy surrounding the municipal elections and the continued segregation of The University of Alabama’s greek system...

Trustees approve more construction projects

September 16, 2013

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the budget for the 2014 fiscal year and several purchasing and construction projects Friday, including a $30 million renovation and expansion...

Faculty Senate steering committee discusses election

Faculty Senate steering committee discusses election

September 11, 2013

Following the controversial Tuscaloosa municipal elections on Aug. 27, many students and faculty members vocally expressed their opinions about the alleged conduct of certain greek organizations at The...

Bonner comments on voting allegations

September 9, 2013

Two weeks after the controversial Tuscaloosa municipal elections, University of Alabama President Judy Bonner issued a statement Saturday addressing the allegations that UA students were involved in...

Former SGA president elected to city council

July 31, 2013

The Tuscaloosa City Council voted to adopt a resolution effectively electing the seven candidates running unopposed in the upcoming municipal elections on July 23. Among those elected through the resolution...

UA Community Music School presents 2 children’s

July 24, 2013

The University of Alabama Community Music School will present the children’s musicals “Carnival of the Animals” and “Annie KIDS” back-to-back this Friday starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Moody...

Middle school student helps uncover skeleton

Middle school student helps uncover skeleton

July 24, 2013

The fossilized skeleton of a large marine reptile that would have lived around 80 million years ago was recently uncovered by University of Alabama researchers. Dana Ehret, a paleontologist with the University’s...

Brewbaker to act as interim dean of UA School of Law, will replace Randall

July 10, 2013

William Brewbaker began his duties as acting interim dean of The University of Alabama School of Law July 1. Brewbaker will act as dean until a search committee has found a permanent candidate to replace...

Carl Pinkert, Auburn vice president for research, chosen to take on same title at Alabama

July 10, 2013

The University of Alabama announced Carl A. Pinkert will replace Joe Benson as vice president for research effective Nov. 1. Pinkert is currently the vice president for research at Auburn University,...

Projects underway to revitalize, enlarge, repurpose

Projects underway to revitalize, enlarge, repurpose

May 29, 2013

At a school where the cutting edge and the up-to-date are areas of pride, the campus of The University of Alabama is a consistent construction zone with new projects always on the horizon. And while there...

Cassandra Simon set to deliver The Last Lecture

Cassandra Simon set to deliver The Last Lecture

April 22, 2013

Cassandra Simon will give the seventh annual Last Lecture presentation Monday at 6 p.m. in 159 Russell Hall. The Last Lecture is a lecture series started by the UA Graduate School in 2007 to provide an...

Greek Week raises $100,000 for local organizations

April 16, 2013

Tuesday at the Profiles in Service and Leadership Banquet, representatives from the Greek Week planning committee will present grants totaling $100,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations from the Tuscaloosa...

Measuring building safety: most April 27, 2011 tornado damage done by EF1 or EF2 winds

April 11, 2013

In the days and months following the storms and tornadoes that ripped through Tuscaloosa and much of Alabama on April 27, 2011, UA professors, administrators and students took part, not only in rescues...

SGA officials outline goals for next year at first meeting

April 9, 2013

The newly elected and appointed executive officers of the Student Government Association held their first executive meeting Monday night in their conference room in the Ferguson Center. The meeting began...

Social work professor splits time between class, service

April 4, 2013

Debra Nelson-Gardell, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, has been selected as the faculty recipient of the Morris L. Mayer Award, one of the premier awards given out by The University...

Documenting Justice a chance to expose problems in Alabama

March 21, 2013

About seven years ago, Stephen Black, the director for the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama, approached professor Andrew Grace in the telecommunication and film...

Student rewarded with scholarship for LGBTQ activism on campus

March 21, 2013

The 2013 Elliot Jackson Jones Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded to Kaylyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English and American studies, for her efforts to advance diversity and acceptance at The...

Laboratories on campus house menagerie of animals for research

March 13, 2013

By Mark Hammontree and Ellen Coogan An alligator, an entire colony of pythons and worms that have been genetically modified so that they glow, packed in labs smaller than some dorm rooms— it’s not...

At inaugural Tide Talks, students discuss microfinance, confidence

March 6, 2013

Last night, the Ferguson Theater hosted the first edition of Tide Talks, a new student-run program that showcases student achievement with a goal of connecting, enriching and motivating students at The...

Sweet home… everywhere else

March 6, 2013

It would take Daniel Burton five to seven days to drive from Tuscaloosa to the place he calls home. Burton, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, is from Palmer, Alaska. In fall 2012, the number of...

School of Social Work plans to install virtual reality lab

February 25, 2013

The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work will soon install a virtual reality research lab, only the third of its kind in the country. The lab will allow UA researchers to perform research,...

CNN anchor Don Lemon to speak as part of ‘Through the Doors’

February 20, 2013

Don Lemon, the host of CNN’s prime-time weekend broadcasts, will speak at the Ferguson Center Theater on Thursday as part of “Through the Doors,” a yearlong series of events, activities and speakers...

Engineering student to travel to China for competition

February 18, 2013

A University of Alabama engineering student will spend his summer designing a bridge in a city more than 7,000 miles from Tuscaloosa. Thomas Moat, a senior majoring in construction engineering, will travel...

Visiting professor speaks on faith, government

February 13, 2013

Naomi Goldenberg, a professor of religious studies at the University of Ottawa, said she is attempting to understand what religion is and how it relates to governments around the world. The College of...

Coach Grant takes part in charity voting tournament

Coach Grant takes part in charity voting tournament

February 4, 2013

Anthony Grant, The University of Alabama men’s basketball coach, is competing with college basketball coaches across the country to win $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama in the Infiniti...

Group to host 2 pastors turned nonbelievers

January 31, 2013

Alabama Atheists and Agnostics and the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance will host two former pastors to speak at their event “Out of the Pulpit: from Pastor to Atheist” on Feb. 2, in Room...

Medical students elected to join prestigious honor society

January 29, 2013

Five medical students in their final year of clinical training in The University of Alabama School of Medicine have been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. The society, founded in 1902, elects...

Spring II class registration now open until Feb. 11

January 24, 2013

Students looking to fill an open spot in their schedule or pick up a few extra hours can now register for Spring II classes, a mini-term that opened registration on Jan. 18 and will begin Feb. 11. Spring...

Binge drinking especially affects women

January 23, 2013

According to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control, college-aged women may be at a higher risk for long-term health issues related to alcohol use. 24 percent of women age 18 to 24...

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