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Sala Bandele-Jackson, a senior majoring in English, said the pandemic’s toll has started to affect multiple aspects of her day-to-day life.

The Toll it Took: How students have managed a year of grief, trauma and loss

April 14, 2021
You’ve heard complaints about quarantining and masking up. Maybe you brushed them off; maybe you made them yourself. But the family members of some who died from COVID-19 say those complaints aren’t funny—they’re hurtful.
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Culture Pick | ‘Marriage or Mortgage’ feels fake and poorly timed 

March 31, 2021

With its new series “Marriage or Mortgage,” Netflix has merged the markets of two of the most popular reality TV subjects: weddings and home buying. Honestly, it was only a matter of time until someone...

Culture Pick | “Ginny & Georgia” tries too hard

Culture Pick | “Ginny & Georgia” tries too hard

March 21, 2021

“Ginny & Georgia” is advertised as a modern “Gilmore Girls,” so my expectations were obviously high. The similarities are definitely unavoidable, and they’re a bit lazy.  Georgia Miller,...

Culture Picks | Bridgit Mendler is the one who got away

Culture Picks | Bridgit Mendler is the one who got away

March 17, 2021

Disney Channel was at its peak in the early 2010s.  With “Good Luck Charlie” as the successor to major hits like “Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Sonny with a Chance,”...

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‘Moving the needle’: Tuscaloosa women are ready for a seat at the table

March 1, 2021
Most Tuscaloosa City Council members are women. But Tuscaloosa has never had a female mayor. We checked in with Serena Fortenberry and Katherine Waldon, a candidate for District 1 councilor, to get a sense of the challenges for women running for office in Alabama.
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Inside Biden’s White House and the symbolism of Oval Office design

February 24, 2021
Biden redecorated. The Oval Office got a new look during the inauguration in January, and everything from art to the curtains were traded in. Interior design faculty and students say the facelift is a manifestation of the new president's goals for his term.
Valentine's Day is coming up. These local businesses will make your gift extra sweet

Valentine’s Day is coming up. These local businesses will make your gift extra sweet

February 7, 2021
Valentine's Day approaches. Whether you want to give a bouquet, a handcrafted sweet treat or a hand-poured candle to your loved one, there's a local business at the ready.
Review | ‘Bridgerton’ is the stuff of our empire-waisted dreams

Review | ‘Bridgerton’ is the stuff of our empire-waisted dreams

February 1, 2021
Bridgerton, an adaptation of Julia Quinn’s historical romance novels, is the first television series to arrive on Netflix as part of the platform’s new deal with Shondaland, and boy, does it deliver. 
'Take advantage': UA career specialists advise students to try it all

‘Take advantage’: UA career specialists advise students to try it all

January 25, 2021
Not going to graduate school? Then apparently, you have to find a job. The University's job hunting experts lay out their best advice in a new culture story.
'Much to be done': How Caitlyn McTier and DEI are trying to make up for lost time

‘Much to be done’: How Caitlyn McTier and DEI are trying to make up for lost time

December 3, 2020
Vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion is a fairly new position in the Student Government Association. Its current occupant, Caitlyn McTier, knows SGA is far from perfect. But she won't let that stop her from giving the job her best shot.
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‘If you build it, they will come’: Meet the GTA championing outdoor learning on campus

November 8, 2020
Students and helicopter parents alike have fretted over the semester’s dearth of in-person classes. Instructors haven’t been thrilled about going without face-to-face instruction either. One graduate teaching assistant is trying to create a more engaging classroom experience by heading outside.
Student ticket resale prices surge ahead of Alabama-Georgia

Student ticket resale prices surge ahead of Alabama-Georgia

October 15, 2020
Another big home game, another rush on reselling student tickets. A flood of marked up, transferable tickets hitting the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange is nothing new, but in the wake of Bryant-Denny Stadium’s freshly reduced seating, some upperclassmen are at their wit’s end trying to secure admission.
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Addiction recovery programs praise peer support

March 5, 2020
College campuses can be oversaturated with alcohol, drugs and other addictive substances. The University of Alabama’s Collegiate Recovery and Intervention Services is arming students struggling with substance use, as well as their peers, with knowledge and resources to treat addiction.  
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Fetishes break boundaries of conventional sex

February 13, 2020
To many, sexual fetishes may seem unorthodox, but experts and sexually mature adults alike recognize that when a fetish is unleashed, a spark is brought back to a relationship and a new level of pleasure is reached.
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November writing workshops cultivate creative community in Morgan Hall

November 25, 2019
A month-long series of writing workshops hosted by the Student Writer’s Guild has created a new hub on campus for developing writers.  
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Arts and Sciences students pursue supernatural studies

October 28, 2019
On Oct. 31, kids and adults alike will dress as devils, ghosts and witches to celebrate a night of fun and frights. But Halloween is more than just a holiday in the College of Arts and Sciences, where students are dedicating their studies to the history and anthropology of myth and magic. 
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Oktoberfest brings beer, Bavaria to Tuscaloosa

October 7, 2019
At the second annual Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest, the community gathered to celebrate tradition while investing in its future. 
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New visitor policy aims for equity at last for Tutwiler residents, guests

September 30, 2019
Tutwiler Hall, a residential community for freshmen women at The University of Alabama, has long been the subject of jokes regarding its strict rules about male visitors. But this fall, the rules have changed.
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Canine Classic 5K drums up funds for humane society

September 16, 2019
The Humane Society of West Alabama and Tuscaloosa Track Club hosted the 17th Annual Canine Classic 5K on Saturday. The race is one of the Humane Society’s largest fundraisers each year.    
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