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The Downs among first neighborhoods to rebuild

The Downs among first neighborhoods to rebuild

April 26, 2012

One year ago, before the sky sickened to a pale green, the Downs neighborhood was known for its trees. One of the three historic neighborhoods of Tuscaloosa, the Downs tapers off of Hargrove Road and slopes...

Handicapped patrons lack balcony access at Moody concert hall

April 3, 2012

The concert hall in the Moody Music Building does not have elevator access to either of the two balconies overlooking the first floor seating area and the stage. Patrons must walk up a flight of stairs...

SGA welcomes new leadership

SGA welcomes new leadership

April 3, 2012

Tuesday afternoon, the balcony overlooking the manicured lawn of the Gorgas House served as the platform of inauguration for the 2012-2013 Student Government Association. SGA Chief Justice Joe Hart administered...

Skateboarding into danger

March 28, 2012

Will Taylor does not look both ways before crossing the street. Taylor, a senior majoring in journalism, rides a skateboard on campus streets. He skates from his house on Reed Street to Reese Phifer Hall...

Riverfront market’s anticipated opening arrives

March 27, 2012

To an inattentive passerby, the Black Warrior River can appear to be an unadorned attraction unto itself — a reservoir of nature and time. But lying parallel to Jack Warner Parkway on the north side...

City to add new police precinct, improve roads

March 21, 2012

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has asked the City Council to approve the use of $5 million from a reserve fund to pay for 17 capital improvement projects. The conversion of a former bank office on Culver...

Crime Blotter: Feb. 29 to March 7

March 8, 2012

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 Terrorist Threat Feb. 24, 2-2:50 p.m. 300 block of Marr’s Spring Road   Theft of Property II Feb. 29, 10:20-10:25 p.m. 400 block of 4th Avenue East   Thursday, March...

Student Health Center adds new rooms to accommodate growth

Student Health Center adds new rooms to accommodate growth

March 8, 2012

The Student Health Center added six new examination rooms and a nurse’s station to expedite patient care in light of the student body’s rapid growth, said David Brown, nursing supervisor at the SHC....

Drug task force utilizes informants

March 6, 2012

It's a deal offered to countless drug defendants, including students caught in the crosshairs of a campus drug violation. In return for helping narcotics officers locate and capture drug dealers, students...

New area hospital to house criminally insane

New area hospital to house criminally insane

March 5, 2012

The state of Alabama’s department of mental health has decided that the psychiatric hospital intended to replace Bryce Hospital as a mental health facility will instead become a facility for the criminally...

Phoenix weathers time, elements

Phoenix weathers time, elements

February 27, 2012

The discolored thrust of steel in front of Manly Hall has a name, a creator and a purpose, none of which are declared by a plaque or logo to identify the artwork. In fact, the steel sculpture is not designed...

Engineering Research Center provided with new lab space

Engineering Research Center provided with new lab space

February 20, 2012

New lab space devoted to electromechanical systems in the South Engineering Research Center will enable research not possible before in the College of Engineering, according to Tim Haskew, professor and...

UAPD called after threat to Tutwiler

February 13, 2012

The University of Alabama Police Department responded to a terrorist threat on Tuesday, Feb. 7, that lasted from 4:38 to 5:30 p.m., according to a UAPD police report. “UA staff received an alarming...

Moore defends sports paintings in federal court

Moore defends sports paintings in federal court

February 9, 2012

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard the oral arguments of the University and Daniel Moore, painter of climactic moments in Alabama football history, on Feb. 2 in a case that will determine...

Seismic simulator ready for use in May

Seismic simulator ready for use in May

February 8, 2012

An earthquake with the force to collapse a two-story building will erupt on campus in May 2012, according to a prediction made by John van de Lindt, an earthquake engineering professor. He even knows where...

Moores painting, legal battle continues

Moore’s painting, legal battle continues

February 2, 2012

Daniel Moore believes in God, Trent Richardson and the legacy of Alabama football. Moore, a 1976 UA graduate and sports artist, has captured some of the most historic moments in Alabama football since...

Strip, campus restaurants strive for high health scores

Strip, campus restaurants strive for high health scores

January 30, 2012

As a food establishment, each campus dining hall is required by state law to display, in a conspicuous location, its most recent health inspection report. The report, usually framed, looks like a fax sheet...

Mental conditioning coach teaches toughness to young team

January 26, 2012

Trevor Moawad thinks of himself as a piece to a puzzle. That puzzle, far from one-dimensional, has two crystal balls, one Heisman Trophy and 101,000 screaming fans on autumn Saturdays. In 2007, the University...

Senator looks to clear air in bars, restaurants, public places

Senator looks to clear air in bars, restaurants, public places

January 18, 2012

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures said Tuesday, Jan. 10, she will introduce legislation and a constitutional amendment to ban smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants but not private clubs,...

BCS Championship win brings exposure to UA

BCS Championship win brings exposure to UA

January 17, 2012

Success draws attention. Two BCS national championship titles in the space of three years does more than raise the status of the Crimson Tide football team. The University expects financial and academic...

Petitioners at UAB seek to stop mine

January 12, 2012

Joe Olson cares about the purity of his drinking water. In fact, he cares about the other 200,000 Birmingham residents whose drinking water he says would suffer from the impurities lurking in wastewater...

Alabama ranks low in opportunity measures

Alabama ranks low in opportunity measures

December 6, 2011

The state of Alabama ranked 47th in a scale measuring the economic mobility afforded to citizens of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Opportunity Index released by Opportunity...

Forest Lake residents discuss rebuilding plan

Forest Lake residents discuss rebuilding plan

December 5, 2011

Concerned owners of property in Forest Lake met Thursday, Dec. 1, at Forest Lake United Methodist Church to discuss the rebuilding of the community under the guidelines of the Tuscaloosa Forward Plan....

Early classes may increase students’ grade point average

November 21, 2011

Students still registering for spring semester courses may want to begin their class schedules in the early morning. A pair of psychologists from St. Lawrence University in New York found that for every...

Campus crime not new

Campus crime not new

November 17, 2011

The University of Alabama had the most alcohol and drug-related arrests of any collegiate institution in the state, according to a Birmingham News analysis of the last six years of crime data reported...

Gender-neutral housing becoming a greater need

November 14, 2011

At least 54 colleges and universities across the country provide gender-neutral housing, an optional living arrangement for students who do not identify themselves as either male or female or are transitioning...

Bama fandom gets emotional after LSU loss

November 9, 2011

After the Crimson Tide’s loss to Louisiana State University on Saturday, sports broadcasters and fans were already drawing out plans for how the Crimson Tide could still make its way to the National...

Former faculty member elected prime minister

Former faculty member elected prime minister

November 2, 2011

Abdurrahim El-Keib, a faculty member at the University in the electrical and computer engineering department from 1985-2005, is the new prime minister of Libya. El-Keib taught power systems, electrical...

Cain wins straw poll

October 31, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain visited the University of Alabama Saturday, Oct. 29, for the West Alabama State Straw Poll as part of his tour of the state of Alabama. The straw poll was...

Damaged homes force many to move

October 25, 2011

Moving off campus after freshman year can seem like a natural step to take for upperclassmen, but that natural step can backfire when an unpredictable natural disaster strikes everything but the campus...

Alcohol violations at UA continue to rise

October 24, 2011

University of Alabama Judicial Affairs, which enforces the Student Code of Conduct, disciplined 518 students for generic alcohol violations in 2010, according to the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report....

Alcohol violations at UA continue to rise

Alcohol violations at UA continue to rise

October 24, 2011

University of Alabama Judicial Affairs, which enforces the Student Code of Conduct, disciplined 518 students for generic alcohol violations in 2010, according to the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report....

Renovation not always best value

October 19, 2011

The buildings on this campus animate a story of a university that has evolved from a military school to a bastion of segregation, and now, to a modern research-oriented institution. The University preserves...

Plus/Minus system: positive or negative at UA?

Plus/Minus system: positive or negative at UA?

October 10, 2011

Freshmen accustomed to the five letter grades used in high school may be surprised when mid-term grades roll around this month. The University is one of nine schools in the Southeastern Conference that...

Swinson outlines agenda in State of the University address

Swinson outlines agenda in State of the University address

October 2, 2011

Stephen Swinson has confidence, a sensation he said has become lost among the student body when in relation to its Student Government Association. Sworn into the position of SGA President just one week...

College students among most sleep-deprived in nation

September 29, 2011

Sleep consumes about one third of an average person’s life, but there’s nothing average about pulling an all-nighter to write a paper in college. Research suggests college students are among the most...

Center for Ethics champions social issues in state

September 29, 2011

  To Stephen Black, compassion is a moral obligation. Black, the director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University, came to Alabama armed with a Yale law degree and a vision:...

SDS plans HB 56 protest

September 27, 2011

Students for a Democratic Society, a left-wing student organization, will protest legislation passed by the state House of Representatives that targets illegal immigrants at noon on Sept. 28 at the Ferguson...

High Tide Club adds new incentives

September 21, 2011

Registration for the High Tide Club, which offers incentives to students who sit in the upper deck of the student section during football games, is currently open. Last football season, to compel students...

Fraternity to sponsor football award

September 15, 2011

The life of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant bears a special relationship to the Sigma Nu fraternity on campus. As a student at the University, Bryant was initiated into Sigma Nu, and to honor his legacy,...

Students debate merits of Mac vs. PC

Students debate merits of Mac vs. PC

September 14, 2011

Microsoft Windows and Mac OS have been rival computer operating systems since their release in the mid-1980s. Although Windows today boasts nearly a 90 percent market share of client operating systems...

The freshman 15

September 6, 2011

The freshman 15 has been said to follow freshmen into their first year of college, when many students reportedly experience weight gain due to a shift in their eating habits. To avoid bringing the unwanted...

Experts offer tips to beat the heat

August 31, 2011

As fall semester unwinds, students should take precautions to keep themselves cool in the sweltering heat so typical of Alabama weather. Common sense precautions such as drinking water instead of soft...

Crimson Cafe reopens its doors

August 29, 2011

The Crimson Cafe on the Strip will reopen within one week with some changes made to its appearance and service. Rhett Madden, co-owner and founder of the cafe, said he closed the restaurant this past...

Finance professors: Grad school a good option

August 25, 2011

  The plunging stock market should alert students to the uncertain economic climate lying beyond graduation, perhaps enticing them to stay in school for a graduate degree, according to Robert McLeod,...

Security tightens after shooting at Cobb theater

August 24, 2011

  Discord between two teenage groups arguing in the parking lot of Cobb Hollywood 16 movie theater erupted into gunfire Saturday night, Aug. 13. An off-duty Tuscaloosa County deputy working security...

UA sees largest sorority recruitment in nation

UA sees largest sorority recruitment in nation

August 24, 2011

Sorority recruitment attracted more than 1,700 girls to the doors of 15 sorority houses at the University last week. The number of girls seeking to pledge this year marks the largest showing of potential...

University provides aid in disaster relief

May 12, 2011

The University will look to the city for leadership concerning the future of volunteering in disaster areas, said Wahnee Sherman, director of the University's Community Service Center, in an emailed statement....

Renters with damaged homes must terminate leases by May 11

May 9, 2011

Losing a home in the path of a deadly tornado is difficult to overcome. Losing a court battle for neglecting to pay rent on a storm-damaged home can be just as troubling. Renters whose homes or rental...

Maddox organizes Rebuild Tuscaloosa Task Force

May 5, 2011

As the immediate needs of citizens weigh on the minds of city officials, the question of how to rebuild Tuscaloosa in the wake of the storm has become an equally urgent issue to address. Mayor Walt Maddox...

City trying to restore normalcy

May 4, 2011

Traffic has been restored to 15th St. and all 300 roads previously blocked in the county have been cleared, according to city and county officials in a press conference Wednesday morning. Traffic control...

Small Business Administration offers loans to rebuild local economy

May 3, 2011

As search and rescue teams scour the disaster zones for the human casualties of the storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is putting plans into place to revitalize the private business sector...

Maddox discusses water safety, missing persons

May 3, 2011

Tuscaloosa citizens do not have to boil their water anymore. The water and sewer department has fixed the tornado damage to East Tuscaloosa's water distribution infrastructure, and the boil water advisory...

Tuscaloosa turning a corner, Maddox says

May 2, 2011

The city has confirmed 40 deaths, 340 missing people and 9,691 homes without power, said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in a press conference Monday afternoon. Despite the grim news of another confirmed...

Animal shelter in need of supplies, volunteers

Animal shelter in need of supplies, volunteers

May 1, 2011

Besides searching near and far for loved ones unaccounted for in the aftermath of the tornado, owners have been scrambling to locate lost pets that may be housed in animal shelters across Alabama. Owners...

City death toll expected to rise

City death toll expected to rise

May 1, 2011

The city has confirmed 39 deaths, 455 missing people and more than 1,000 injuries, said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in a press conference Sunday afternoon. The names of the 39 confirmed deaths in the...

‘This too shall pass’; Survivors reflect on past three days

April 30, 2011

“My house is broken,” 3-year-old Wyatt Miller told his grandmother Wednesday night after the tornado passed through. “I just cried when he told me,” Wilma Miller, 76, said. Three days after...

Police: Ten deaths between ages 18 and 24

April 30, 2011

Ten of the 39 confirmed deaths have been verified as between the ages of 18 and 24, said Steven Anderson, TPD chief of police. The number of people missing has climbed to 570, said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt...

Maddox: City death count decreased to 39

April 29, 2011

The number of confirmed deaths in the city and county of Tuscaloosa has dropped from the city's previous estimate of 45 to a total of 39, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said in a press conference at City...

8 p.m. curfew only for affected areas

April 29, 2011

A curfew will be instituted at 8 p.m. in the affected areas of Tuscaloosa.“If you see damage, you are affected by the curfew,” said Tracy Croom, Tuscaloosa city clerk. “Where it's dark and there...

Rec shifts from shelter to communication center

April 28, 2011

After an evening of sheltering displaced and frightened students following the tornado’s aftermath, the Rec Center has become an information center the University encourages students or parents to contact...

Rec Center offers refuge for displaced students

April 28, 2011

The University has converted the Student Recreation Center into a refuge for students who need a safe place to stay overnight as city authorities estimate the damage done to the city.Lines of displaced...

Student dies in car accident

April 27, 2011

Devin Adam Bryant, 20, a sophomore majoring in general commerce and business, died April 20 in an automobile accident. A graduate of Chelsea High School who planned to study meteorology at the University...

Free the Hops organizes beer boycott

April 27, 2011

Anheuser-Busch, producer of Budweiser and Bud Light beers, has had a statewide boycott declared against all of its products from craft beer advocates in the state of Alabama. Free the Hops, a non-profit...

House Reps introduce bills outlawing abortion

April 25, 2011

Two bills seeking to outlaw abortions of all kinds are being considered in the Health Committee of the Alabama Legislature. Rep. John Merrill, R-Tuscaloosa, sponsored House Bills 405 and 409 out of a...

Riverkeeper speaks against Shepherd Bend mine

April 21, 2011

The potential for Shepherd Bend, LLC to place a strip mine on University property next to the Black Warrior River continues to draw opposition from students and concerned citizens. The University of Alabama...

Social media boosts T-town businesses

April 19, 2011

Networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter have revolutionized the way businesses reach out to their customers. Along with enabling account holders to check their status and news updates, social...

Immigration bill passed by Reps

April 17, 2011

Representatives in the Alabama Legislature approved a bill that would prohibit employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and require state and local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration...

UA officials: leases not for profit

UA officials: leases not for profit

April 10, 2011

Three storefronts on Bryant Drive and five on The Strip led to $160,000 in earnings from these leases in the last fiscal year, according to an emailed statement from Cathy Andreen, director of media relations....

Tuscaloosa grows alongside the University

April 3, 2011

The University is not alone in its rising population. The city of Tuscaloosa experienced a 16 percent growth in population from 2000 to 2010, gaining about 12,500 more residents to reach a total of 90,468,...

Jewish student center relocates near Temple

April 3, 2011

On Saturday afternoon, University students, alumni and others celebrated the grand opening of the Bloom Hillel Student Center, a new Jewish student center on campus. Hillel lies about ten feet from Temple...

Fowler pushes SGA campaign changes

March 29, 2011

Candidates for Student Government Association office weren’t allowed to chalk on campus sidewalks to announce their campaigns this year due to a revision in guidelines that restricts chalking to student...

Students discuss exclusion issues

March 29, 2011

Students gathered Monday evening in Gorgas Library Room 205 to discuss the condition of students rendered invisible by mainstream culture. Disabled, LGBT and international students are seen through categories...

Campus Wi-Fi a growing issue

March 27, 2011

The rapidly changing nature of wireless Internet technology will keep the University's Office of Information Technology on its toes as enrollment rises to 35,000 by 2020 and more users with wireless devices...

UA housing withdrawing Bluff leases

UA housing withdrawing Bluff leases

March 9, 2011

Housing and Residential Communities plans to withdraw half of its leases from The Bluff at Waterworks Landing in the 2011-2012 academic year, said Alicia Browne, associate director for information and...

Cochran, Hogan face off in debate

March 7, 2011

Students gathered in the Ferguson Center Ballroom on Sunday evening to listen to Student Government Association presidential candidates Coresa Nancy Hogan and Grant Cochran discuss their platforms. Prospective...

Kennedy advocates plan to grow scholarship fund

Kennedy advocates plan to grow scholarship fund

March 2, 2011

Mark David Kennedy is thankful for choosing to major in finance. Kennedy, the current treasurer of the Student Government Association and candidate for vice president of financial affairs in the upcoming...

Wilson seeks to boost involvement as VP

Wilson seeks to boost involvement as VP

March 2, 2011

David Wilson loves to socialize.   Wilson will balance between students' concerns and the duties of his office if elected to be the Student Government Association’s vice president of student affairs...

Expert: Global warming evidence inconclusive

February 27, 2011

During the transition from winter to spring, weather patterns in Tuscaloosa can disrupt a student's expectations for what clothing to wear when the temperature seems to shift from day to day. The dynamic...

Kurth focuses on involvement

Kurth focuses on involvement

February 27, 2011

Student Government Association executive secretary candidate Kelsey Kurth said she has been exposed to what freshmen expect out of college due to her experience this academic year as director of First...

Friedman discusses sustainability

Friedman discusses sustainability

February 22, 2011

Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist, said the United States has fallen out of touch with sustainable values to the point of endangering the economy and...

Date Auction generates more than $10,000

Date Auction generates more than $10,000

February 16, 2011

Students packed the North End Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium Wednesday night to attend the third annual Date Auction, sponsored by the Student Government Association and the UA chapter of the National Society...

Pulitzer Prize winner visits the Capstone

February 16, 2011

Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will visit the University Feb. 22. Friedman, three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and author of five bestselling books,...

Ridgecrest South to add cameras

February 13, 2011

Housing and Residential Communities is providing security cameras in Ridgecrest South, David Jones, executive director of HRC, said in an e-mailed statement. “As a part of our long-range plans to improve...

Housing demand exceeds University supply

February 9, 2011

Housing and Residential Communities has been forced to wait list students who desire on-campus housing contracts for next year so as to preserve space for students who are most in need of the benefits...

New crosswalks not on agenda

February 7, 2011

Each day of the school week, students witness a battle between the two forces of flesh and metal. “Metal versus flesh—metal always wins,” said Johnathan Speer, a senior majoring in English. Crosswalks...

iPads growing more common in classrooms

iPads growing more common in classrooms

February 6, 2011

Recipients of iPads who work in the College of Arts and Sciences intend to integrate tablet computers into their teaching and research, said Rebecca Florence, director of college relations for the College...

UA system expects cut in state funding

UA system expects cut in state funding

February 6, 2011

BIRMINGHAM - The University of Alabama System expects 10 percent cut in state funding for the upcoming year as a result of federal stimulus money running out, stated in the Board of Trustees meeting. ...

FAC funds student organizations

February 3, 2011

Student organizations can consult the Financial Affairs Committee to obtain funds for projects and activities that benefit the student body as a whole, according to the FAC's funding guidelines. Mark...

Where theres smoke...

Where there’s smoke…

February 3, 2011

Aesop's fable of the boy who cried wolf rings true for some on-campus residents this year who feel desensitized to blaring fire alarms in their residence halls. “They have been non-stop,” said Jake...

Vandalism continues at Ridgecrest

Vandalism continues at Ridgecrest

February 1, 2011

Vandals have continued to damage the second floor of Ridgecrest South residence hall, South Tower, since last semester, residents said. “They put paint on the wall, soap on the wall, stuff on the rug,...

FAC makes position changes

January 30, 2011

The Financial Affairs Committee of the Student Government Association is tasked with distributing money to student organizations. According to language currently in the proposed SGA constitution, which...

Housing costs raise concerns

Housing costs raise concerns

January 27, 2011

The cost for campus housing has crept upward for the last few years, but the increase is a move to align costs closer to off-campus rates, according to University sources. “Several years ago, we determined...

Food Court gets Subway, Dog House

Food Court gets Subway, Dog House

January 23, 2011

Subway opened Jan. 12 in the Ferguson Center as a result of the University Food Service Committee and student surveys indicating that a new sub sandwich option would be desirable, said Kristina Hopton-Jones,...

UA helps upperclassmen make the move off campus

UA helps upperclassmen make the move off campus

January 23, 2011

For students who have made it through their freshman year of college, the option of living in off-campus housing presents a viable alternative to the more supervised lifestyle of residence halls. Many...

College stress deteriorates mental health

January 19, 2011

The environment of college life can trigger emotional disturbances in some students who will contemplate suicide as an escape mechanism from the troubles they are facing, said Margaret Garner, director...

Sunday alcohol sales vote upcoming

January 13, 2011

The city of Tuscaloosa will vote Feb. 22 on a referendum to allow alcohol sales on Sundays. Students must be registered to vote for the referendum before Feb. 10, Grant Cochran, SGA vice president of...

Lawsuit seeks full tuition and fees for PACT participants

January 13, 2011

A judge's ruling in a lawsuit pertaining to the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan means that all 42,000 participants of the PACT program will be impacted by the outcome of the litigation. Circuit...

MBA program ranked 34th in national survey

January 11, 2011

The Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama ranked 34th among public institutions, according to a new ranking of MBA programs developed by John Byrne, former editor of Business...

Students struggle during Dead Week

December 2, 2010

The sinking feelings of depression, anxiety, and caffeinated elation are hallmarks of Dead Week, the time of silent preparation for students before final exams. The crushing anticipation can be seen in...

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