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Service plays major role in city's regrowth

Service plays major role in city’s regrowth

April 27, 2012

In one of his first press conferences following the storm, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox told residents the recovery process wouldn’t take days or weeks. It would take months and years. Since that time,...

Maddox, Witt discuss city past, future

Maddox, Witt discuss city past, future

April 27, 2012

In the minutes and hours that immediately followed the April 27 tornado's devastating path through Tuscaloosa, one city leader would become the public face of recovery efforts while the other worked tirelessly...

To Tuscaloosa: A fond farewell

April 23, 2012

I had a fairly good idea of everything I was going to say in this farewell column until I sat down at my computer, gathered my thoughts about graduating and got to typing. I’m finding that after my four...

It takes LessThanUThink to attract an NBA legend

It takes LessThanUThink to attract an NBA legend

April 9, 2012

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal visited the University of Alabama Friday to direct a public service announcement video warning of the dangers of binge drinking. O’Neal worked alongside students from...

Engineering student named Truman Scholar

Engineering student named Truman Scholar

April 3, 2012

For the first time in its history, the University of Alabama’s College of Engineering boasts a student who has been named a Truman Scholar. Ryan Flamerich, a junior double majoring in chemical engineering...

Air show draws big crowds over weekend

Air show draws big crowds over weekend

April 2, 2012

More than 75,000 spectators flocked to Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Saturday and Sunday to watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other aircraft perform in the city for the third time in the last four years....

Gov. Bentley to visit UA to discuss his Christianity

March 26, 2012

Gov. Robert Bentley will give his testimony for students, faculty and staff tonight in the north end of The Zone inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of The Huddle,...

No deadline set in search for president

March 8, 2012

There has not yet been any discussion about the search for Robert Witt’s permanent successor, said Kellee Reinhart, spokeswoman for the Board of Trustees. “Each process is tailored to the needs of...

Advance UA fails to win any SGA races

March 6, 2012

Advance UA, a group of five greek students running independently of the Machine, failed to claim any executive positions in Tuesday's elections. The group, who formed this year and received campus-wide...

UA names first female president

UA names first female president

March 6, 2012

Executive Vice President and Provost Judy Bonner has been named the interim president at the University of Alabama following current President Robert Witt’s move to chancellor of UA System. Bonner is...

Matt Harris

Matt Harris

March 5, 2012

Matt Harris, who is running for executive vice president in Tuesday’s election, said one of the biggest things on his platform was the possible implementation of winter classes. Harris said he and his...

Campaign violations undisclosed

March 5, 2012

Amid an election season filled with allegations of campaign violations, the University of Alabama Elections Board has denied The Crimson White an open records request to obtain information regarding election...

Wilson looks to improve UA, starting with freshmen

Wilson looks to improve UA, starting with freshmen

March 4, 2012

SGA presidential candidate David Wilson said he would work to implement a new freshman-level class, tentatively named UA 101, which all freshmen students would enroll in to be better exposed to the University...

Classes cancelled due to severe weather threat

March 2, 2012

Beginning at 2 p.m. today, the University of Alabama will suspend normal operations, classes and activities for the rest of the day due a possible severe weather threat. In a campus-wide email sent at...

Joke fliers cause stir

February 15, 2012

An unknown student posted flyers warning University of Alabama students of prostitution and masturbation in Rose Towers and Riverside residence halls on Monday night. The flyers, which have since been...

Students reflect on Whitney Houston's legacy

Students reflect on Whitney Houston’s legacy

February 13, 2012

Pop superstar Whitney Houston, one of the most influential female singers of all time, died Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif. at the age of 48. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. after paramedics...

Ringo to perform with a little help from his friends

Ringo to perform with a little help from his friends

February 9, 2012

Ringo Starr announced that he and his All Starr Band will make a stop in Tuscaloosa to play the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on July 3 as part of his 2012 tour. Joining the former Beatles drummer will be newcomers...

Stadium cell service, ten Hoor on Trustee’s agenda

February 2, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama will vote on whether to allow the installation of 715 cellular antennas inside Bryant-Denny Stadium this Thursday at their quarterly meeting. The addition...

Mayor sees benefits from BCS

February 1, 2012

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said the University of Alabama’s 14th National Championship has both emotional and financial benefits for the city. “I think emotionally, it’s been good for our city...

Obama: college too expensive

Obama: college too expensive

January 25, 2012

One of the most daunting challenges high school students face when they graduate can be the cost of college, President Barack Obama said Tuesday during his State of the Union Address. “At a time when...

Kirkpatrick confident with decision to enter draft

January 19, 2012

Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said he felt like it was the perfect time to enter the NFL Draft following his standout junior season with the Tide. Kirkpatrick, alongside teammate Trent Richardson,...

Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

January 18, 2012

Former University of Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and former teammate Chris Rogers were arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of marijuana possession. The Manatee County (Fla.) Sherriff’s...

Fans, team to commemorate national title in Bryant-Denny

January 17, 2012

The University of Alabama, fresh off its football team’s historic shutout against LSU last week, will celebrate its fourteenth national championship on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The event, which...

Former coaches, players greet fans at Bama Bash

January 11, 2012

Gene Stallings, Marcell Dareus and other former Alabama football greats joined fans at the New Orleans Convention Center the night before kickoff to reflect on past national championships and preview the...

UA, LSU students team up to help New Orleans

January 5, 2012

Students, faculty and alumni from both the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University will meet Sunday in New Orleans to complete a service project designed to improve the facilities of the Boys...

Superdome standing strong six years after Katrina

Superdome standing strong six years after Katrina

December 9, 2011

The Superdome will play host to its third ever BCS National Championship Game, and first since 2008, when the Alabama Crimson Tide face off against the LSU Tigers on Jan. 9. Completed in 1975, the Superdome...

Prices high for Bama-LSU game

Prices high for Bama-LSU game

December 8, 2011

Tickets to January’s national championship game are going for more than triple the price they did for the Nov. 5 showdown between LSU and Alabama, according to information compiled on SeatGeek.com. ...

Gold: 'They're the best two teams'

Gold: ‘They’re the best two teams’

December 6, 2011

The Alabama-LSU rematch in the national championship may not be popular around the nation, but Eli Gold, the Crimson Tide’s play-by-play announcer, said not only is the match-up necessary, it’s mandatory....

City councilman arrested for drug possession

City councilman arrested for drug possession

December 5, 2011

Tuscaloosa City Councilman Kip Tyner was arrested Friday night on charges of cocaine possession, according to a press release from the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson...

Acts of Kindness Fund helps students, faculty recover

November 21, 2011

In the days following the widespread destruction caused by the tornado on April 27, the University launched the UA Acts of Kindness Fund, a program used to provide financial assistance to negatively affected...

Dorm intruder watches sleeping Alabama students

November 17, 2011

Four University of Alabama students have reported that an unidentified male has entered their dorm rooms through an unlocked door in the past seven to 10 days, according to an email sent from Housing and...

Bomb threat closes campus buildings

November 15, 2011

The threat of a bomb that was allegedly set to go off by 5:30 p.m. Monday led to the closing of several campus buildings and investigations by the University of Alabama Police Department, Tuscaloosa Police...

ESPN analyst to speak about BCS, Alabama-LSU

November 3, 2011

Brad Edwards, a University of Alabama graduate and ESPN's BCS analyst since 1999, will speak about Alabama's game against LSU and the implications of the historical matchup in the Heritage Room of the...

Bob Baumhower plans world's largest pot of gumbo

Bob Baumhower plans world’s largest pot of gumbo

November 3, 2011

­Prior to kickoff on Saturday, former Crimson Tide player Bob Baumhower, alongside renowned chefs from both Alabama and Louisiana, will attempt to create the world’s largest pot of gumbo to raise money...

The Ticket of the Century

The Ticket of the Century

November 2, 2011

Most students paid $5 for a ticket to Saturday’s game against LSU, but for some fans, the cost of attendance may be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Statewide website AL.com reported there were...

Failing students revealed in UA email

November 2, 2011

Students who had at least one failing midterm grade during the Fall 2011 semester received an email on Oct. 26 from the office of Lowell Davis, the assistant dean of students, notifying them of their grade...

Students recover from, reflect on storm’s effects

October 26, 2011

Sixth months ago tomorrow, an EF4 tornado touched down in Tuscaloosa and destroyed most everything in its path. Six University of Alabama students died that day and countless others lost their homes and...

Mayor reflects on storms, progress

Mayor reflects on storms, progress

October 26, 2011

While reflecting on the six months that have passed since April 27, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said he would most remember Tuscaloosa’s citizens and their actions immediately following the tornado....

Campaign hopes to bring Shaq to UA

Campaign hopes to bring Shaq to UA

October 25, 2011

LessThanUThink, a student-based initiative of The Century Council, an anti binge-drinking campaign, has launched a movement to bring former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal to campus next weekend. O’Neal...

UA initiative leaves elephants all over campus

UA initiative leaves elephants all over campus

October 24, 2011

More than 200 tiny elephants were placed on campus last week by Housing and Residential Communities to urge students to pay attention to their surroundings in order to be an effective member of the UA...

Stilettos stomp out struggle

Stilettos stomp out struggle

October 19, 2011

Students wearing heels raced through obstacles on Colonial Drive Tuesday in an attempt to raise awareness of domestic violence. The event, called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, cost participants $10 with all...

Bravo country music star comes to Tuscaloosa

Bravo country music star comes to Tuscaloosa

October 11, 2011

When Karen Waldrup, a country musician and contestant on Bravo’s first season of Platinum Hit, came to Tuscaloosa to play the Heroes in the Storm concert at Bryant-Denny Stadium last July, she said she...

John Kay and Steppenwolf to lecture, rock out

John Kay and Steppenwolf to lecture, rock out

October 6, 2011

Michael Wilk, keyboardist and studio engineer for the band John Kay and Steppenwolf, said he got his start in music once he moved to Los Angeles and, armed with his music theory degree, hit the ground...

Ferguson Center to see big expansion

October 5, 2011

In addition to approving resolutions to continue building the North Bluff Residential Community and creating a digital media center inside The Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Board of Trustees also approved...

Resignation of Cochran recalls past controversies

September 29, 2011

Grant Cochran is not the first official of the Student Government Association to find himself surrounded by controversy while in office. In January 2010, The Crimson White reported that four SGA officials,...

Author John Grisham awarded 2011 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Author John Grisham awarded 2011 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

September 26, 2011

More than 50 years after its publication, Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is still held on a deservingly high pedestal by many writers, said best-selling author David Baldacci. “For...

Catching up with Mayor Maddox

Catching up with Mayor Maddox

September 20, 2011

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said he thought the recent passing of the Tuscaloosa Forward plan sends a strong signal that the 12 percent of the city that was damaged and destroyed on April 27 needs a new...

Trustees approve next move

September 19, 2011

University of Alabama trustees approved resolutions Thursday to continue construction on the North Bluff Residential Community, as well as construct a digital media center inside Bryant-Denny Stadium....

SGA increases football ticket penalties

August 30, 2011

As the Alabama football team prepares for Saturday’s home opener against Kent State, so too is much of the student body, friends and family members. However, the SGA has amended the student football...

Tuscaloosa plants seeds of revitalization

Tuscaloosa plants seeds of revitalization

August 24, 2011

Just eight days after the April 27 tornado struck Tuscaloosa, the city’s mayor, Walt Maddox, signed an executive order that created the Tuscaloosa Forward Task Force, a group of community members and...

Tuscaloosa Picks Up the Pieces

Tuscaloosa Picks Up the Pieces

June 1, 2011

By Aug. 1, the city of Tuscaloosa will announce a plan to rebuild what was destroyed by a tornado on April 27. Now, more than a month later, the city is focused on sorting through the rubble. “We had...

Logging volunteer hours helps city pay recovery costs

May 18, 2011

In the weeks following the deadly EF-4 tornado that left much of Tuscaloosa in ruins, thousands of volunteers flocked to the city to help remove debris, field phone calls from those affected by the storm...

UA Greek Relief raises nearly $100,000

UA Greek Relief raises nearly $100,000

May 9, 2011

Immediately following the time when the worst recorded tornado in Tuscaloosa history left much of the city in shambles, members of UA’s greek community began mobilizing relief efforts to help those in...

Community Service Center outlines volunteer opportunities

May 5, 2011

Beginning this weekend, Tuscaloosa is asking all of the city’s volunteers to go to McAbee Center to be credentialed so the city can keep track of its volunteers as well as have them sign a release form....

Lawmakers set up delegation office to help constituents

May 3, 2011

Yesterday, Tuscaloosa-area lawmakers announced they have set up a temporary delegation office to better assist their constituent’s needs following last Wednesday’s tornado. State Rep. Bill Poole,...

Power almost completely restored to Alabama Power customers

Power almost completely restored to Alabama Power customers

May 1, 2011

Since Wednesday night’s peak power outage across the state, Alabama Power Company has been able to restore power to more than 357,000 people, said Fredey Padilla, an external affairs official for the...

UA launches program to collect funds

April 30, 2011

Yesterday, the University of Alabama launched a program to collect funds to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students affected by last Wednesday’s storm. The program, called...

Maddox updates residents

April 29, 2011

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said Friday has been, by far, the most difficult logistical day at the city.“I can’t put into words the amount of destruction,” Maddox said. “The tornado traveled along...

Bama Dining searching for 196 employees

April 29, 2011

As of noon on Friday, 196 of the 446 Bama Dining employees were still unaccounted for following Wednesday’s tornado, said Pamela Jones, human resources manager with UA Dining Services.“Right now, we’re...

Bentley addresses needs in community

April 28, 2011

Gov. Robert Bentley, alongside state senators Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions and other government officials, toured parts of Alabama Thursday, in an attempt to assess damages caused by an EF4 tornado that...

State responds to tornado outbreak

April 28, 2011

Less than 24 hours after an EF-4 tornado, the largest in city history, devastated Tuscaloosa, FEMA announced plans to travel to Alabama to tour the state alongside Gov. Robert Bentley.“Yesterday, we...

Students, residents feel tornado's effects

Students, residents feel tornado's effects

April 28, 2011

The tornado that struck Tuscaloosa Wednesday evening left hundreds homeless and thousands without power.Just after 5:15 p.m., an EF4 tornado, the strongest tornado to ever hit the Tuscaloosa area, ripped...

Tornado devastates Tuscaloosa

April 27, 2011

A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa Wednesday, killing at least 16 and leaving hundreds homeless.The tornado reportedly touched down along 15th Street and continued towards McFarland Boulevard,...

Rocket Girls take class to the air

April 22, 2011

After submitting designs to NASA in the fall, UA’s Rocket Girls, an all-female team of engineering students, were selected to compete against 30 teams in a national competition. The competition, called...

SGA discusses student organization seating for next season

April 21, 2011

SUB HEAD: SGA still outlining student organization seating plans By Taylor Holland Senior Staff Reporter tlholland1@crimson.ua.edu   With less than two weeks remaining in the spring 2011 semester,...

SGA still outlining student organization seating plans

April 21, 2011

With less than two weeks remaining in the spring 2011 semester, Student Government Association members are still working on plans for student organization seating at next year’s Crimson Tide home football...

Saban statue unveiled on A-Day

Saban statue unveiled on A-Day

April 18, 2011

Head coach Nick Saban joined the likes of Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Gene Stallings on Saturday, as University officials unveiled a statue of Saban to commemorate his 2009...

Talladega offers students discounted ticket prices

April 14, 2011

Fresh off his dominating performance at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday, Matt Kenseth and 42 other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers head to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Aaron’s 499....

Speaker to discuss prominent business ethics tonight

April 12, 2011

Each spring semester, speakers from various disciplines come to UA to discuss prominent business ethics issues and emphasize the importance of character and moral development in achieving personal and...

Group pops tabs for tots

April 7, 2011

If every UA student turned in one soda can tab to residence halls this week, members of Freshman Forum could collect the 30,000-plus tabs and turn them into more than $600 which could help house around...

Saban statue to debut on A-Day

April 5, 2011

After nearly a year of speculation, the statue commemorating head coach Nick Saban and his 2009 championship team finally has a date set for its unveiling. On Saturday, University officials announced...

UA Parking Services to institute Wildcard Tuesdays, magic 8-balls

April 1, 2011

The following piece is satirical in nature and not meant to be taken seriously. In case you couldn't figure that out. Since 2005, a UA Parking Services employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been...

Publishing options for Ph.Ds dropping

March 30, 2011

  Nancy Gray Schoonmaker, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of North Carolina’s history department, said she was stunned and not at all pleased with UNC as she was nearing the completion of...

U.S. engages in Libyan conflict

U.S. engages in Libyan conflict

March 22, 2011

American and European-led air strikes shook much of Libya Sunday, as allied attempts shifted from solely impeding Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his loyal forces from gaining airspace to wiping out his control...

State budget cuts cost UA $4 million

March 10, 2011

On Feb. 28, Gov. Robert Bentley announced a 3 percent across-the-board cut in the state education budget, a declaration that will reportedly cost UA $4.2 million. Despite the cuts, UA System Chancellor...

Bars see decent turnout for first day of Sunday sales

Bars see decent turnout for first day of Sunday sales

March 6, 2011

Restaurants and bars across Tuscaloosa found themselves doing something out of the ordinary on Sunday – serving alcohol. Tyler Bigbie, co-owner of 1831, said he had been hesitant for much of the week...

Hopefuls to square off in two debates

March 4, 2011

On Sunday and Monday, UA students will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet with the two candidates for Student Government Association president, the only contested executive position in the...

Prospective graduate students to soon face more stringent GRE

March 3, 2011

Students seeking to further their education at the graduate level have a new challenge awaiting them – a more difficult Graduate Record Examination. Beginning in August, students taking the GRE, the...

Expansion a growing problem?

Expansion a growing problem?

March 2, 2011

After meeting his goal of increasing Alabama’s enrollment to 28,000 students in 2009 — four years ahead of schedule — President Robert Witt said it was possible that the school would finish ahead...

Faculty eligible for maternity leave

Faculty eligible for maternity leave

February 27, 2011

The University has varying guidelines for its faculty and staff in regards to taking maternity and paternity leave in the event of childbirth or adoption. Faculty members have specific guidelines for...

Tide-Tigers rivalry under scrutiny by fans

February 24, 2011

Many students from the University of Alabama and Auburn University may describe the rivalry between the two in-state schools using one word – hate. “We hate them, they hate us,” said Hillary Watson,...

Voters approve alcohol sales law

Voters approve alcohol sales law

February 22, 2011

Overwhelming voter support helped overturn Tuscaloosa’s Sunday alcohol sales laws on Tuesday. By way of an 8,519 to 2,462 vote, an unofficial number released around 8:30 p.m., Tuscaloosa voters approved...

Religious groups opposed to alcohol vote

February 17, 2011

After both the state House and Senate approved Tuscaloosa’s Sunday alcohol sales bill last session, much controversy started surrounding the upcoming vote. Bars along The Strip have posted signs on...

Counties loosen alcohol laws

Counties loosen alcohol laws

February 17, 2011

Churches may soon not be the only locations serving wine to their patrons on Sunday afternoons. On Feb. 22, Tuscaloosa voters will have the opportunity to allow Sunday alcohol sales between noon and...

Student organization releases member for tattoo

February 17, 2011

One week after joining Capstone Men and Women, former UA student McKaye Whiteside said she found herself being targeted by the group’s administrative advisors because of a tattoo located on her foot....

National Hispanic Scholarship eliminated

February 3, 2011

Beginning with the fall 2011 semester, the National Hispanic Scholarship package will no longer be offered to incoming UA freshmen and other students who do not already have the scholarship. However,...

Water heater failure closes Ferg Subway temporarily

February 1, 2011

The new Ferguson Center Subway was forced to shut down Friday when a key electrical component of its hot water heater failed, compromising the safety and sanitation of the restaurant. Kristina Hopton-Jones,...

Campus construction continues despite funding cuts

January 28, 2011

Late last year, an anti-earmark Congress cut nearly $30 million from the University’s planned Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Training and Research Corridor as part of the $130 million they...

Reflecting on Obama’s last two years

Reflecting on Obama’s last two years

January 25, 2011

In an attempt to rally Americans to compete to increase their investment in both research and education, President Barack Obama said the nation is facing “our generation’s Sputnik moment” that will...

Status of Saban statue remains unknown

Status of Saban statue remains unknown

January 19, 2011

It has been nearly seven months since the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees first approved the construction of Nick Saban’s bronze statue, honoring the team’s 13th national championship,...

Conference to assess state economy

January 13, 2011

Now that the nation has rung in 2011, economists have taken to addressing its current economic situation, with many saying that the economic forecast looks weak at best. On Jan. 13, economic experts from...

Few celebrate anniversary of state’s secession

January 12, 2011

Alabama became the fourth state to secede from the Union 150 years ago yesterday, but the anniversary saw very little recognition. Josh Rothman, director of the University’s Summersell Center for the...

University reaches out to friends, followers

December 3, 2010

Since the creation of MySpace and Facebook, social media has grown at a rapid pace, reaching out to not only society’s youths but its elderly as well. With new and different forms of social media constantly...

On-campus exam prep options available

December 2, 2010

With finals week on the horizon, most students are finding themselves in a time crunch, struggling to finish papers and prepare for exams. But the University has established many different facilities,...

Crimson Tide vs. Plains Pride

Crimson Tide vs. Plains Pride

November 17, 2010

The university selection process can be a tough one for those interested in higher education, as each school evokes different emotions for every individual. For many Alabama residents, as well as others...

Students conduct mock IRS audits

November 16, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, is most commonly known for collecting taxes. On Monday, 26 UA accounting students learned that the agency does more than tax audits...

UA wonders when to turn on the heat

November 11, 2010

As Tuscaloosa’s weather begins to make the transition between warm and cold temperatures, UA administrators are faced with the decision of when to turn the heat on in both lecture and residence halls....

Safe Zones offer LGBTQ support

Safe Zones offer LGBTQ support

November 7, 2010

Hundreds of universities across the United States have established the Safe Zone Program, a program committed to the value of diversity. Renee Wells, chair of the UA Safe Zone committee, said the two...

Rice: 'Racist' an overused word

Rice: ‘Racist’ an overused word

November 4, 2010

?????Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to her childhood home of Tuscaloosa Thursday to discuss her latest memoir, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People” in the Ferguson Center Theater....

Family to represent UA's first black grad

Family to represent UA’s first black grad

November 2, 2010

Today marks a day of celebration for all those involved with the desegregation of schools and the anti-segregation process of the 1960s, 47 years after George Wallace’s famed Stand in the Schoolhouse...

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