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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

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Monica Nakashima

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Taco Bell is coming to the Strip

Taco Bell is coming to the Strip

July 21, 2021
Taco Bell will open its fourth Tuscaloosa location on the Strip next month. Situated between Rounders and Phone Clinic University, the fast food chain is replacing China Master at 1211 University Blvd.
Culture Pick | Aly & AJ announce 2022 tour, and we’re ready

Culture Pick | Aly & AJ announce 2022 tour, and we’re ready

July 21, 2021
The duo has made a comeback recently, culminating in the release of their fourth studio album, “A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun.” “A Touch of the Beat” is Aly & AJ’s first studio album since “Insomniatic” in 2007.
We Rate Ratings with special guest Avery Leopard.

We Rate Ratings | Ernest & Hadley booksellers

July 16, 2021
Monica talks about spraining her ankle while walking in the rain on campus, which leads to both hosts discussing the unsafe conditions of UA's crosswalks. This transitions into interviewing Ernest & Hadley booksellers, a local business near campus.
Some Million Dollar Band alumni say reunions are overpriced, inaccessible

Some Million Dollar Band alumni say reunions are overpriced, inaccessible

July 7, 2021
The Alumni Band weekend is an annual reunion where Million Dollar Band alumni reconvene on campus and perform during a home football game. The event usually lasts two days, and it costs $40 for alumni to attend. 
We Rate Ratings with special guest professor Tom Arenberg.

We Rate Ratings | Tom Arenberg from C&IS

July 4, 2021
Episode four of “We Rate Ratings” begins with Monica revealing her anxiety of her incoming Summer II classes, and Josh asking for her “Ned’s Declassified [Summer] School Survival Guide." Professor Tom Arenberg joins the podcast as its second C&IS guest.
Digital illustration of the transgender pride flag superimposed over the state of Alabama

How Alabama legislation impacts trans youth

June 30, 2021
Although Pride Month has highlighted the steps taken to celebrate and accept members of the LGBTQ+ community, some Alabama legislation has pushed against the progress made in the last few decades. 
We Rate Ratings with special guest professor Kevin Woosley.

We Rate Ratings | Kevin Woosley from Music

June 25, 2021
This third installment of “We Rate Ratings” centers around all things music from Josh's mini-rant about how people have been responding to Lorde’s new single “Solar Power," to this weeks guest Kevin Woosley, a UA instructor in the music department.
We Rate Ratings with special guest Garrett Bridger Gilmore.

We Rate Ratings | Garrett Bridger Gilmore from English

June 18, 2021
In the second episode of “We Rate Ratings" hosts, Monica and Josh discuss their recent vacations before welcoming guest Garrett Bridger Gilmore, a UA instructor in both English and Race and Gender studies.
A sign posted by Starbucks featuring images of the planned remodel, as well as the following text:

Out with the old, in with the new: What’s going on at the Ferg?

June 13, 2021
UA students will see updates at the Ferguson Center this fall. Starbucks is being renovated while Blenz Bowls and Cheese Louise are introducing new dine-in locations. 
We Rate Ratings featuring professor Meredith Cummings

We Rate Ratings | Meredith Cummings from C&IS

June 11, 2021
In the premiere episode of We Rate Ratings, a podcast inspired by “Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet,” hosts Monica and Josh discuss Spotify ads and cringey 2010s trends before they’re joined by Meredith Cummings, a UA College of Communication and Information Sciences senior instructor.
A digital illustration depicting two cute squishmallows.

How Squishmallows won the hearts of college students

June 9, 2021
For the past year, TikTok users have been captivated by Squishmallow’s unique designs and soft polyester material.
UA Generation Action hosts menstrual cup drive

UA Generation Action hosts menstrual cup drive

June 2, 2021

The UA chapter of Generation Action, a national organization affiliated with Planned Parenthood, has worked for the past year to educate UA students on reproductive health and rights.  As a newly active...

Embrace Alabama Kids unveils mural in Montgomery  

Embrace Alabama Kids unveils mural in Montgomery  

May 14, 2021

Embrace Alabama Kids, a faith-based nonprofit that supports children and families in crisis across Alabama, recently unveiled two murals in Montgomery.  One of the murals was a “traveling showcase”...

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Black and LGBTQ+ alumni receive seats on committee 

April 23, 2021

While Crimson Tide fans were celebrating A-Day over the weekend, two University groups were celebrating a victory of their own. Effective April 17, the Black and LGBTQ Alumni Associations have two seats...

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Campus community to discuss Chauvin verdict 

April 21, 2021
Derek Chauvin is guilty on all counts, a jury ruled. Now, campus DEI leaders are asking: "Where do we go from here?"
Embrace Alabama Kids volunteers and community members collaborated with three Alabama cities to piece together a mural in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention month. Courtesy of Luke Powell

Embrace Alabama Kids helps foster youth with college expenses 

April 11, 2021

Embrace Alabama Kids is a nonprofit faith-based organization dedicated to serving vulnerable children and families in crisis across the state, and its program extends to college-aged foster youth.  Governor...

#StopAsianHate vigil remembers victims of Atlanta shootings

#StopAsianHate vigil remembers victims of Atlanta shootings

April 3, 2021
Hundreds gathered Thursday evening to remember the lives lost in the Atlanta shootings last month and to pledge an end to anti-Asian hate.
How two art graduate students are making their exhibitions personal

How two art graduate students are making their exhibitions personal

March 29, 2021
Two UA graduate students have art hanging in Sella-Granata Gallery right now. The pair of exhibits are obvious representations of how reflective both students have been in their work.
‘This needs to stop’: Campus community speaks out against anti-Asian hate crimes

‘This needs to stop’: Campus community speaks out against anti-Asian hate crimes

March 21, 2021
In a week of grief and mourning, Asian American students and faculty discuss what a ‘fight for a just society’ might look like
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Calendar | Trivia, movies and lectures: How UA is celebrating Black History Month

February 4, 2021
Looking to learn more about and celebrate Black history this February? The University calendar is loaded with events, both virtual and in-person, meant to engage your mind this month. From film screenings to lectures, find your ideal learning experience in this compiled Black History Month calendar.
Former U.S. Congressman John Lewis speaks at a Blackburn Institute event on campus in 2019.

Why vote? Here’s what some civil rights legends would say

October 29, 2020
The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a Zoom event honoring those who worked to secure the right to vote for Black Americans. The event, titled “What would John Lewis do? Vote!,” educated attendees on why voting is important.
‘Border South’ documentary highlights migrant stories

‘Border South’ documentary highlights migrant stories

October 11, 2020

In a year, over 400,000 migrants travel from the south of Mexico. Thousands go missing. Those were the opening lines displayed to faculty, staff, and students who attended a watch party event for the...

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University cancels spring break, extends winter break

September 30, 2020
The University of Alabama announced the Spring 2021 semester will start on Jan. 13, one week later than originally planned, to allow 12 days between New Year’s Day and the beginning of classes. This announcement, sent in a campus-wide email, confirmed that in-person classes and on-campus residency will be available. 
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UA relaxes moratorium, retains restrictions against partying

September 29, 2020

The University of Alabama announced on Tuesday that student organizations can begin hosting non-social engagement events, effective Oct. 1.  Vice President of Student Life Myron L. Pope said in a campus-wide...

UAPD participates in racial intelligence training 

UAPD participates in racial intelligence training 

September 16, 2020

The University of Alabama Police Department participated in the Racial Intelligence Training & Enforcement (RITE) Academy on Sep. 2. The event featured discussions led by the organization's founder,...

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