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How dissecting a cat spurred me to question everything I didn’t know

April 17, 2014

I know you have to buy your boyfriend jeans three sizes too big to get the Kate Moss “can you see the waistband of my Calvin Klein panties as my jeans are slung low on my hips?” look. I know that Zara...

Don’t close the lid on hope

April 17, 2014

One of my favorite legends in Greek mythology is its explanation of the origin of humanity’s evils. Pandora, an exceptionally beautiful and talented woman, crafted on Olympus and placed on Earth, was...

Art Speaks to feature student films

April 1, 2014

In anticipation of the second annual Black Warrior Film Festival, Creative Campus has partnered with the Honors College Association to screen four student-made films through Art Speaks, Tuesday at 7 p.m....

The scarlet subject

The scarlet subject

February 25, 2014

One of the taboos akin to the South, sex is often spoken of in hushed whispers passed through lips. And for some state schools, sex education is left to the bare minimums found in the state of Alabama’s...

Channel New York fashion week from home

Channel New York fashion week from home

February 17, 2014

New York Fashion Week concluded last week with hoards of cropped pant-wearing, heeled sandal-tromping bloggers stealing the majority of the press. If you didn’t know, it’s snowing up there. And they’re...

Matching prints introduce 2014

Matching prints introduce 2014

January 15, 2014

Matching skirt sets are usually likened to Judy Bonner-esque red suits and floral-patterned legging-tunic combos from pre-K. But 2014 brings with it refined digital prints and modern silhouettes worth...

Anti-trends will help you survive the season

Anti-trends will help you survive the season

November 5, 2013

My style changes just about every time Miley drops a new single and usually depends on what store I go in first after getting a paycheck. Urban Outfitters – I’m probably inspired by the cropped tops...

U.S. attorney’s office monitors UA segregation allegations

September 20, 2013

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance announced Thursday that her office is monitoring allegations of racial discrimination following The Crimson White’s article, “The Final Barrier.” The article reported that...

U.S. attorney’s office monitors UA segregation allegations

September 20, 2013

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance announced Thursday that her office is monitoring allegations of racial discrimination following The Crimson White’s article, “The Final Barrier.” The article reported that...

Amp up your nighttime look without being intimidated

Amp up your nighttime look without being intimidated

September 5, 2013

When it comes to “going out” clothes, I stand mostly clueless. You want to go out for drinks? I don’t own any of those skin-tight bandage dresses; none of my shirts have side cut-outs, and all my...

Backstreet Boys still larger than life [PHOTOS]

August 28, 2013

This year, the iconic boy band of the 1990s, the Backstreet Boys, celebrate their 20th anniversary with a world tour, including a stop at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. While the band has been out of...

Student’s music hits Sirius XM Radio

August 26, 2013

After run-ins with high school heartbreak, Alex Calderone, now a junior majoring in kinesthesiology began writing music to track her experiences. This summer, her hobby was exposed after her collaborative...

Backstreet’s Back: popular boy band to perform at Tuscaloosa Ampitheater

August 22, 2013

Students who wish to rekindle the love of 1990s boy bands past will have their opportunity to do so with the Backstreet Boys, who are set to perform at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuesday, Aug. 27, at...

Backstreet’s back, all right

August 22, 2013

Students who wish to rekindle the love of 1990s boy bands past will have their opportunity to do so with the Backstreet Boys, who are set to perform at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 8...

Hopefuls to try out to become next Tuscaloosa Idol

August 21, 2013

Correction: "American Idol" auditions were held on August 21, 2013, not August 22, 2013 as originally reported. The correction has been reflected in the story below. “American Idol” is once again...

Crop tops, modest bottoms make just right summer outfit

Crop tops, modest bottoms make just right summer outfit

June 12, 2013

I claim to be too good for a lot of things – cheeky denim, boys in fraternities, flower crowns and I thought crop tops. Since being in New York for my summer internship, I’ve decided to embrace all...

Students help veterans’ center

April 23, 2013

Interior design students experienced a change of heart after pairing with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center to help prepare an exhibit for the facility honoring veterans. “We were trying to understand...

A-list actors, returning winners add to anticipation for Cannes Film Festival

April 22, 2013

The 66th annual Festival de Cannes is less than a month away, and the star-studded line-up of films released this past week has created a stir in the world of film. The two-week-long festival is arguably...

Understatement, simplicity vital for internship fashion, first impressions

April 22, 2013

“What do I wear?” That was first question I asked after finding out about my summer internship, after of course the obligatory, “When can I start,” and “What can I do to prepare?” With internships...

A-Day allows for spring twist on gameday fashion

April 19, 2013

There is always something missing on Alabama’s campus between the last bowl game and A-Day— girls have no legitimate excuse to cover themselves in crimson and houndstooth. I personally am not the...

UA alumna finds success in fashion, stays connected

April 18, 2013

UA alumna Janet Gurwitch exemplifies the pinnacle of success in the business of fashion, and after working as senior vice president of luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, she still finds time to stay in touch...

Local children learn other cultures with Heart Touch

April 9, 2013

Fan Yang came to The University of Alabama from China to study social work but decided to make an impact on the community by sharing her culture with local fourth graders. Yang designed the Heart Touch...

Remakes might revive classic works of literature

April 8, 2013

With buzz surrounding the upcoming remake of the classic novel and film “The Great Gatsby” reaching paramount heights following the new trailer, the world of pop culture is taking a turn in a more...

Jazz in Bama: State home to vibrant musical community

April 5, 2013

Daniel Western of the Birmingham Seven is just one of the jazz and blues musicians who will be performing at the Druid City Arts Festival. He says the Alabama jazz scene is fairly vibrant, but one must...

Alumna’s line goes from Shirt Shop to ‘Gossip Girl’

April 2, 2013

Lauren Leonard doesn’t even need to go to one of the 150 boutiques around the country that sell her collection to see the clothes she designed. All the Tuscaloosa native and 2006 Alabama graduate needs...

Denim cutoffs, lightweight cardigans, common sense essential for stylish spring breaker

March 18, 2013

The week before spring break is pretty useless, considering most of our brains are stuck turning between spring break plans and packing. To make your packing lists a little simpler, I went ahead and...

Wheelchair basketball player returns for 5th year to win national championship

Wheelchair basketball player returns for 5th year to win national championship

March 18, 2013

Mark Booth enjoys traveling. He has visited all 50 states, 17 European countries, Australia and Honduras. He has two national championship titles and will graduate in May. He was born with spina bifida,...

Hollywood’s tendency to remake films makes sense but stifles creativity

March 18, 2013

With the success of Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” come new ideas about the state of the film industry and the future of movie making. The newly released Disney film, starring James Franco,...

WRC to host women in film series

March 11, 2013

The Women’s Resource Center will shed light on women in the film industry by sponsoring Lunafest, a national traveling film festival “by, for and about women” at Monday’s screening at 7 p.m....

Men can spice up wardrobe with button down, dark jeans, statement jacket

March 4, 2013

In past fashion columns, I feel as though I may have left out a significant percentage of the UA population (50 percent), all of those bearing that precious Y chromosome. Admittedly, I don’t have much...

BFW allows UA students to gain experience, showcase talent

March 4, 2013

“I don’t necessarily think there needs to be this one metropolis that defines what fashion is,” said Joshua McKinley, designer from “Project Runway” Season 9 and featured designer at Birmingham...

For one freshman, concerts a ‘learning experience’

March 4, 2013

Molly Deaver, a freshman majoring in international studies, lost track of how many concerts she’s been to, but estimates around 80. Thankfully for her wallet, her rock-obsessed mother funds her hobby...

‘The Lottery’ provides unsettling look at New York

March 4, 2013

In order for a student to receive a quality education, he or she better be lucky enough to win the lottery. That is the situation in Harlem, N.Y., and the issue covered in Madeleine Sackler’s “The...

1st Burger U restaurant opens near UA campus

1st Burger U restaurant opens near UA campus

February 25, 2013

Burger U, located on 7th Avenue, opened its doors to the public Tuesday, Feb. 19, complete with American classics and a creole-inspired flair. Owner Dan Robinson has been in the restaurant business...

Leather, sheer fabrics sure to stay trendy this spring

February 19, 2013

Finally, it’s time again to reference the spring 2013 fashion shows from months past and begin to rethink and restock your sleepy winter wardrobe. I’ll start off with two trends I can almost guarantee...

Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane should bring laughter, surprises to 2013 Oscar stage

February 19, 2013

The red carpet, elegant designer dresses and tuxedos, that iconic golden statue and those tantalizing five words: “And the Oscar goes to…” These are all staples of the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s...

‘Bittersweet Harvest’ exhibit comes to Gorgas

February 18, 2013

After two and a half years of waiting, the American studies department will display the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” in Gorgas Library. The...

For last weeks of winter, move away from extravagant patterns, textures

February 13, 2013

These past couple of months, I have decided to take on a fun little style experiment. My wardrobe is usually drenched in a plethora of patterns and textures, but I have experienced a fashion cleansing...

Bama Dining supports Meatless Monday campaign

Bama Dining supports Meatless Monday campaign

February 5, 2013

Americans are eating less meat than they were five years ago and Bama Dining is no exception to the trend. Fall 2012 brought more vegetarian options than ever in campus dining halls, especially on Mondays....

Laughs, love story of ‘Warm Bodies’ revives otherwise lifeless zombie genre

February 4, 2013

Zombie apocalypse. Those two words represent an entire revolution in pop culture that has infiltrated movies, literature, television, comics and practically every other form of entertainment. From “28...

Learn to dress outside usual fashion comfort zones ‘without apprehension’

February 4, 2013

In the fashion world, anything goes and nothing is off limits. In my time spent here at the Capstone, I haven’t noticed much affection paid to the whimsical nature that fashion often inspires. With...

Brides, vendors come together at 2nd annual show

Brides, vendors come together at 2nd annual show

January 28, 2013

Hotel Capstone hosted its second annual bridal show Sunday, showcasing an array of wedding vendors and ending with a bridal fashion show. Ally Spencer, a 2012 UA graduate, met her fiancé, J Bruhn, a...

‘The Great Gatsby’ has potential to be classic in film genre

January 22, 2013

Many of the upcoming movies of 2013 already look like they’re going to be record breakers, but there is one film in particular that audiences are anticipating more than any other. Baz Luhrmann’s “The...

Stealing men’s fashion ideas for female wardrobe creates edgy, comfortable outfits

January 22, 2013

With books purchased and spring break plans budgeted, students may not be prepared to spend a fortune on new clothes. One fun and easy way to spruce up your wardrobe without spending money is stealing—from...

Addicted to A's: competition and stress push students to prescription drugs

Addicted to A’s: competition and stress push students to prescription drugs

January 17, 2013

If I was in the market for Adderall to prepare for a long night of cramming before an exam, it would take two degrees of separation, $5 and one phone call to get my hands on some. According to the FDA,...

Vintage vendors unite for Northport Market

December 6, 2012

Lori Watts, owner of This Ol’ Thing Vintage, a sales and estate service, has come together with friends, Sylvia Parker – also known as DJ Tom Kat Kitten – and Jamie Cicatiella, owner of Grace Aberdeen...

Tailgaters take tradition to Alabama thriller

December 4, 2012

Here at The University of Alabama, tradition is used synonymously with our football team. Many Alabama football fans keep traditions of their own by traveling with the team wherever they play. The SEC...

Gameday RVers form culture all their own

November 29, 2012

To many students, RVs are just another burden on Gameday, forcing them off their own parking lots to make way for gargantuan tailgating contraptions. But, for this special breed of tailgaters, Alabama...

Disney gives reason for optimism about ‘Star Wars’ sequel, due in 2015

November 28, 2012

A month ago, Disney announced its plans to produce a “Star Wars” sequel trilogy beginning in 2015, and the world gasped. The Walt Disney Company will make the film after buying Lucasfilm, including...

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