The Crimson White: Horizons Summer 2023

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FALL<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />





PEOPLE<br />



SEASON<br />






Table of Contents<br />

5<br />

14<br />

3<br />

News<br />

9<br />

Culture<br />

25<br />

Our<br />

View<br />

Sports<br />

Opinion<br />


Cover design by Natalie Marburger Photo: CW Archive<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

Managing Editor<br />

Engagement Editor<br />

DEI Chairperson<br />

Chief Copy Editor<br />

Assistant Copy Editor<br />

Opinions Editor<br />

News Editor<br />

Assistant News Editors<br />

Culture Editor<br />

Assistant Culture Editor<br />

Sports Editor<br />

Assistant Sports Editor<br />

Photo Editor<br />

Assistant Photo Editor<br />

Chief Page Editor<br />

Chief Graphics Editor<br />

Ashlee Woods<br />

editor@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Carson Lott<br />

managingeditor@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Ronni Rowan<br />

engagement@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Jeffrey Kelly<br />

dei@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Jack Maurer<br />

Sarah Clifton<br />

Victor Hagan<br />

letters@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Ethan Henry<br />

newsdesk@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Maven Navarro<br />

Jacob Ritondo<br />

Savannah Ichikawa<br />

culture@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Rainey Hill<br />

Abby McCreary<br />

sports@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Bella Martina<br />

Natalie Teat<br />

Riley Thompson<br />

Natalie Marburger<br />

Shelby West<br />

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Our View<br />


<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

Editorial Board<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>2023</strong>-2024 school year is just<br />

around the corner.<br />

This time is jam-packed with orientation,<br />

shopping for school supplies and even<br />

figuring out game day outfits for football.<br />

But, as you embark on this new journey,<br />

it’s important to know that you have more<br />

power than you think. It’s easy, on a campus<br />

as large as this, to feel overwhelmed<br />

and to not know how you can make a lasting<br />

impact on the University.<br />

As new students, you’ll be almost immediately<br />

immersed into a dozen new experiences,<br />

some you never saw coming. Some<br />

will be stellar, others not so much.<br />

That’s where <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> comes<br />

in. <strong>The</strong> CW’s purpose is to inform students<br />

and to engage them with parts of the University<br />

they may not have known about.<br />

Your story is just as important as the thousands<br />

of stories that have come before<br />

yours. Don’t be afraid to begin sharing it.<br />

When times get tough on campus, remember<br />

that you have the power to do<br />

You have the power, use it<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> Editorial Board consists of Editor-in-Chief Ashlee Woods;<br />

Managing Editor Carson Lott; Engagement Editor Ronni Rowan;<br />

Opinions Editor Victor Hagan; and DEI Chairperson Jeffrey Kelly.<br />

something about any problem you may<br />

come across. Challenge the status quo and<br />

become the change you want to see.<br />

With that being said, we know enacting<br />

change is easier said than done. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

so many students on this campus who<br />

seek its betterment but lack the resources<br />

or community to make it happen. <strong>The</strong> CW<br />

is here to help fill in those gaps in information<br />

and support those students through<br />

our reporting.<br />

However, if we as a newspaper publish<br />

something you don’t agree with; speak up.<br />

It’s your First Amendment right to do so.<br />

<strong>The</strong> CW represents the student body, so it<br />

is our job to ensure we’re telling readers<br />

complete and accurate information.<br />

<strong>The</strong> CW is a medium for rigorous debate<br />

and factual reporting on our surroundings.<br />

We seek the truth in all things, and in doing<br />

so, <strong>The</strong> CW hopes to connect students,<br />

both new and returning, to the ever-evolving<br />

Tuscaloosa and University communities.<br />

It’s essential to note that while striving<br />

to connect with other students and<br />

the Tuscaloosa community or working to<br />

make a change on campus, your overall<br />

well-being is just as important.<br />

We at the CW understand just how hard<br />

it is to step into a new environment. You<br />

can’t fill from an empty cup, so don’t try<br />

to. Take the steps necessary to protect your<br />

peace, find your people and who you are as<br />

you navigate this new chapter.<br />

Your first year at the Capstone is going<br />

to be packed with information, events, fun<br />

and even some homework too. Don’t be<br />

afraid to make the most of even the most<br />

mundane things. Those can be the memories<br />

that last you a lifetime.<br />

Welcome to the University, class of 2027.<br />

We can’t wait to see what you do with your<br />

newfound power and freedom.<br />

To read the complete version, please visit<br />

thecrimsonwhite.com.<br />

Visit the Career Center<br />

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Suite 3400<br />

career.ua.edu<br />

Unsure about your major?<br />

Scan the code to<br />

start your<br />

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Plan!<br />

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Want to begin building<br />

your resume?<br />

Follow @UACareerCenter on social media!

As a student at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama,<br />

you will grow accustomed<br />

to using Dining Dollars and Bama Cash,<br />

which are funds intended to supplement<br />

the dining needs of the students<br />

on campus.<br />

Both accounts are available on your<br />

electronic ACT Card, making purchases<br />

on campus as simple as tapping your<br />

phone. Although new students frequently<br />

conflate them, the two funds can each<br />

be used in quite different ways.<br />

Dining Dollars are automatic, mandatory<br />

funds charged to student accounts<br />

for all students enrolled in nine or more<br />

credit hours. At the beginning of the fall<br />

and spring semesters, students receive<br />

$350, while summer students receive<br />

$100.<br />

Dining Dollars are not reloadable; if<br />

the money runs out before the end of<br />

the semester, there’s no way to add more<br />

until it is reloaded next semester.<br />

This money can be spent at any of the<br />

Bama Dining options on campus as well<br />

News<br />

as on-campus vending machines. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are a growing number of off-campus<br />

dining options that accept Dining Dollars,<br />

but they’re fewer than those that<br />

accept Bama Cash.<br />


A guide to Bama Cash and Dining Dollars<br />

Makayla Maxwell<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Raelee Sents<br />

Staff Reporter<br />

CW/ Shelby West<br />

For students at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

who own cars, purchasing a<br />

parking permit is often high on their to-do<br />

list before arriving on campus.<br />

Students registered for the fall semester<br />

will receive their registration time and date<br />

via their <strong>Crimson</strong> email. Those who registered<br />

prior to July 15 will have to wait until<br />

their registration window to purchase a<br />

parking permit.<br />

Students who registered for the fall semester<br />

after July 15 are required only to<br />

wait 24 hours after registration to purchase<br />

their permit.<br />

To register for a parking permit, students<br />

can log into their myBama account and go<br />

to “Campus Services” in the “Student” tab.<br />

Students will be prompted to enter an<br />

address or choose to have their permit<br />

mailed to the Transportation Services office.<br />

Students who opt to have their permit<br />

mailed to the Transportation Services<br />

office will receive a notification via their<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> email when their permit has arrived.<br />

Payment for a student’s parking permit<br />

will be billed to the individual’s student account,<br />

accessible via myBama.<br />

Residential permits purchased in the fall<br />

cost $400. Students may also purchase permits<br />

at a lower rate in the spring and summer.<br />

Each type grants access to different<br />

zones for the entire academic year.<br />

Students may receive a full refund for<br />

purchased permits if it’s returned to Parking<br />

Services within ten business days of<br />

the purchase date. Permits purchased before<br />

Aug. 17 must be returned within ten<br />

business days of the first day of class.<br />

Students living on campus have the option<br />

of purchasing a yellow, orange, silver<br />

or tan residential permit. <strong>The</strong> color of your<br />

permit corresponds to the area a student is<br />

living for the school year.<br />

A full interactive map of student parking<br />

zones can be found on the University’s<br />

If you do not spend all $350 during the<br />

fall semester, the remaining funds will<br />

roll over into the spring semester. At the<br />

end of the spring semester, you may request<br />

a refund of any remaining Dining<br />

Dollars. Otherwise, the remaining funds<br />

will transfer into your Bama Cash account.<br />

Bama Cash is more flexible than Dining<br />

Dollars. Unlike Dining Dollars, it is<br />

optional, and you or an authorized user<br />

on your account can add money to this<br />

account through the eAccounts app or<br />

website throughout the semester for you<br />

to use at many restaurants and other<br />

businesses around Tuscaloosa.<br />

All businesses that accept Dining Dollars<br />

will accept Bama Cash, so if you run<br />

out of the former, you can pay in Bama<br />

Cash instead.<br />

But it’s not just for food; from grocery<br />

stores to mail services, over 100 locations<br />

around the city and campus will<br />

accept Bama Cash as payment. One of<br />

the most important uses is the laundry<br />

facilities in residence halls, which accept<br />

payment only in Bama Cash.<br />

Like Dining Dollars, your Bama Cash<br />

balance at the end of the semester will<br />

roll over into the next.<br />

Refund request forms are available for<br />

unused funds in either account. Dining<br />

Dollar exemption requests are also available<br />

for students who wish to opt out.<br />

To read the complete version, please visit<br />

thecrimsonwhite.com.<br />

Solving UA’s parking puzzle<br />

CW / Riley Thompson<br />

website.<br />

With a residential permit, students may<br />

also park in the Student Center, Campus<br />

Drive, Capstone, Magnolia, Stadium<br />

Drive and North ten Hoor parking decks<br />

between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday<br />

through Friday.<br />

Students who are certified by the state<br />

of Alabama or their state of residence for<br />

accessible parking receive blue permits.<br />

Individuals must bring the necessary<br />

state-issued documentation to the Transportation<br />

Services office to obtain an Accessible<br />

Permit.<br />

Aside from the reserved lots and Stadium<br />

Drive reserved deck, accessible parking<br />

spaces are located in all parking decks<br />

and in front of certain residence halls like<br />

Ridgecrest West and East<br />

On game days, students with valid permits<br />

can park in certain designated areas<br />

on campus.<br />

Certain lots, such as the triangle lot<br />

across from Tutwiler, must be cleared out<br />

by 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays before home<br />

games.<br />

To read the complete version, please visit<br />

thecrimsonwhite.com.<br />



Maven Navarro<br />

Assistant News Editor<br />

News<br />

Bama businesses every student should know<br />

Shopping<br />

Pants Store<br />

A popular stop for girls going through<br />

Sorority Recruitment, this store has you<br />

covered for any clothing you need. Pants<br />

Store also has a large men’s selection.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are known for carrying brands<br />

such as Hoka, Queen of Sparkles, Capri<br />

Blue and Old Row. <strong>The</strong> store also boasts<br />

a large selection of game day attire.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are six storefront locations across<br />

Alabama.<br />

Ernest and Hadley Booksellers<br />

Ernest and Hadley Booksellers is known<br />

as “Tuscaloosa’s Indie Bookstore.” Located<br />

in the heart of downtown in a historic<br />

house, Ernest and Hadley is a go-to<br />

spot for everybody’s reading needs. <strong>The</strong><br />

shop also frequently hosts authors to<br />

do readings and book signings.<br />

Restaurants<br />

Buffalo Phil’s<br />

Buffalo Phil’s is a popular restaurant<br />

among students, partially because of<br />

its location on the Strip within walking<br />

distance from campus. It takes Dining<br />

Dollars and Bama Cash. Some must-try<br />

menu items are the buffalo chicken dip,<br />

mac and cheese bites, and wings.<br />

Dreamland<br />

Dreamland BBQ was first built in Tuscaloosa<br />

in 1958. Since then, it has opened<br />

11 locations across the South. <strong>The</strong><br />

restaurant is known for its famous ribs<br />

but also has multiple side and dessert<br />

options that are sure to leave you satisfied.<br />

Coffee<br />

Strange Brew<br />

Although it started in Starkville, Mississippi,<br />

Strange Brew has quickly become<br />

a favorite for students at the University.<br />

With hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.,<br />

students can get much-needed coffee<br />

for their late-night and early-morning<br />

studying all in one place.<br />

Turbo (2010 8th St.)<br />

Turbo is known for its specialty drinks,<br />

such as the cinnamon toast latte and<br />

the cocoa puff latte. For those who are<br />

not coffee lovers, Turbo also serves inhouse<br />

cold-pressed juices, açaí bowls<br />

and superfood smoothies.<br />

Heritage House<br />

Started in 1993, Heritage House was<br />

the first coffeehouse to come to Tuscaloosa.<br />

While Heritage House has<br />

multiple roasts of coffee from all over<br />

the world, it also serves breakfast and<br />

lunch, which students at the Capstone<br />

frequently rave about.<br />

To read the complete version, please visit<br />

thecrimsonwhite.com.<br />

Strange Brew Coffeehouse, a relatively new business in Tuscaloosa, is one<br />

of the many businesses that sit along <strong>The</strong> Strip. (CW / Natalie Teat)

Jacob Ritondo<br />

Assistant News Editor<br />

News<br />


Say hello to the Capstone’s newest deans<br />

<strong>The</strong> start of the <strong>2023</strong>-2024 academic year marks the arrival of new deans to three colleges.<br />

Julie Sanford William Brewbaker III Tiffany Sippial<br />

Julie Sanford will become the dean of<br />

the Capstone College of Nursing on Aug. 1.<br />

Sanford served as a dean and teacher at the<br />

School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi<br />

Medical Center in Jackson for four<br />

years.<br />

According to Jim Dalton, executive vice<br />

president and provost for <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama, research funding for the Mississippi<br />

college quadrupled and enrollment<br />

increased 35% during Sanford’s tenure.<br />

Replacing former School of Law Dean<br />

Mark Brandon is William Brewbaker III.<br />

Brewbaker brings years of law experience<br />

to his new position. He practiced law in Birmingham<br />

from 1986 to 1992 and has taught<br />

at the UA School of Law full-time since<br />

1993, Dalton said.<br />

He will begin his tenure July 10.<br />

Photos / UA News<br />

Tiffany Sippial will begin serving as the<br />

dean of the Honors College on July 5, nearly<br />

a year after Tara Williams resigned.<br />

Sippial served as director of the Honors<br />

College at Auburn University for five years.<br />

In 2019, Sippial received membership in the<br />

Auburn University Global Teaching Academy.<br />

In April, Sippial earned the university’s<br />

Inclusive Excellence Award for her efforts in<br />

diversity, equity and inclusion.<br />




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delivery drops off or non-trackable packages<br />

• Combine shipments whenever possible<br />

• Students must present their ACT card when picking up movein<br />

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Orry Cantrell<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

he University of Alabama is widely<br />

Tknown for having one of the most<br />

dedicated fan bases in the country. As Alabama<br />

fans know best, their passion for the<br />

Tide is part of who they are, from head to<br />

toe.<br />

Alabama fans feel optimistic toward<br />

their teams, and in almost every sport,<br />

anything but a win is a letdown. In recent<br />

years, the success of the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide in a<br />

variety of sports has raised the standard to<br />

a tremendously high level.<br />

“We have gotten to a point now where<br />

winning is expected,” said Nick Ballard, a<br />

UA senior majoring in kinesiology and lifelong<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide fan. “Anything less than<br />

a championship [is] ridiculed.”<br />

This expectation to win means no<br />

off-season for Alabama fans. Even when<br />

their teams are taking time off, the fan<br />

base is still locked in. As soon as the season<br />

ends, fans are looking at potential recruits<br />

and lineups as excitement begins to<br />

build for what the future may hold.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fans’ high standards for their teams<br />

are all out of love for the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide.<br />

Sports<br />

What makes an Alabama fan?<br />

When it comes to college fan bases, the<br />

loyalty of Alabama fans stands tall above<br />

the rest. Supporting their team is more<br />

than just a hobby or pastime; it’s a lifestyle.<br />

ESPN’s famous “Roll Tide” commercial in<br />

2010 was meant to satirize how often Alabama<br />

fans utter the famous phrase. However,<br />

anyone who has lived in Alabama or<br />

spent time in Tuscaloosa knows that the<br />

commercial is not too far from reality.<br />

Whether they’re from the Yellowhammer<br />

State, a Southern neighbor, or even<br />

the North, Alabama fans everywhere know<br />

Tuscaloosa is a special place. Being born<br />

and raised in Alabama, though, can cause<br />

it to happen at a very early age.<br />

CW / Shelby West<br />


“For me, it was growing up and watching<br />

my team win,” said Walter Junkin, a<br />

senior marketing major and Alabama<br />

native.<br />

However, as many out-of-state students<br />

and fans around the world will attest, the<br />

culture and atmosphere that surround <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama are infectious. For<br />

people like Jasmine Johnson, a UA alumna<br />

who studied public relations and an Oklahoma<br />

native, the love that they develop for<br />

the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide and the University stays<br />

with them, no matter where they go.<br />

“It’s hard being back home because people<br />

don’t understand how truly special<br />

game days in Tuscaloosa are,” she said.<br />

According to Sports Illustrated, Alabama<br />

has the eighth-largest fan base in the<br />

country, with around 5.34 million people<br />

making up the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide faithful. This<br />

large fan base shows up for their team, no<br />

matter the destination.<br />

If the Tide were scheduled to play on<br />

Mars, crimson and white rockets would be<br />

making the trip.<br />

To read the complete version, please visit<br />

thecrimsonwhite.com.<br />


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Ivan Pelley<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide. Roll tide. Bama.<br />

T<strong>The</strong>se phrases all conjure up images<br />

of a single team: Alabama football. <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama has 18 national titles<br />

which is among the most in the nation.<br />

As the fall semester quickly approaches,<br />

however, no fan should turn a blind eye to<br />

the other fall sports at the University, as<br />

well as many club sports.<br />

Soccer<br />

Alabama’s soccer team has achieved<br />

great success over the course of the past<br />

year. Under head coach Wes Hart, the team<br />

saw a national tournament run that ended<br />

in a Final Four defeat to No. 1 UCLA. With<br />

playoff experience under its belt, the team<br />

is looking forward to next season, especially<br />

with standout freshman star Gianna<br />

Paul entering her sophomore season and<br />

award-winning Hart having recently inked<br />

a contract extension.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama is a football<br />

school, now by both the American and the<br />

European meaning of the word. With free<br />

admission, the Alabama Soccer Stadium is<br />

Sports<br />

Sports to watch in the fall<br />

a great place for any student to catch a fall<br />

game.<br />

Volleyball<br />

Aside from soccer, the other immediate<br />

draw for sports fans in the fall semester<br />

is the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide’s volleyball team.<br />

Last year, the team ended the season with<br />

a record of 10-20, but many of the losses<br />

came while the team was playing away<br />

from home. <strong>The</strong> atmosphere in Tuscaloosa<br />

made all the difference: <strong>The</strong> Tide finished<br />

with a 6-6 record at home.<br />

Seeing a match in Foster Auditorium<br />

is a must because, as expected, Alabama<br />

sports fans show up in force for any team<br />

the school has. What’s more, the team’s future<br />

is looking bright. This past season saw<br />

freshman Micah Gryniewicz go down with<br />

an injury early on, but when she did play,<br />

she was exceptional.<br />

Swim and Dive<br />

Alabama’s swimming and diving team<br />

boasts yet another roster filled to the brim<br />

with talent. As the year wrapped up, 11<br />

members of the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide’s swimming<br />

and diving team (men and women)<br />

were awarded All-SEC honors, and 16 received<br />

All-American recognitions. What’s<br />

more, multiple swimmers received the<br />

national title in their individual competition.<br />

It’s rare to find that much talent at a<br />

single school.<br />

Cross Country<br />

In recent months, Alabama’s cross country<br />

and track team has had a penchant for<br />

record breaking. Over the course of the<br />

past season, multiple athletes have broken<br />

old team records in events ranging from<br />

the hammer to the 200 meter. With such<br />

momentum now, the odds are solid that<br />

any spectator has a chance at seeing history<br />

be made— which is not something that<br />

every college fan can say.<br />

To read the complete version, please visit<br />

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CW / Natalie Teat<br />


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Sports<br />


What to know before your first football game<br />

Dean Harrell<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

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It’s almost that time of year again in<br />

Tuscaloosa. As the <strong>2023</strong>-2024 football<br />

season approaches, excitement and anticipation<br />

are in the air. As Saturdays at the<br />

Capstone begin to get more hectic, here’s<br />

what to know before setting foot in Bryant-Denny<br />

Stadium.<br />

You may have just selected your first<br />

ticket package and noticed that you are<br />

getting a ticket for only three or four of the<br />

home games. Never fear — you can still get<br />

tickets for the games not included in your<br />

package.<br />

“As a freshman, you’re only able to get a<br />

ticket for about half of the games,” sophomore<br />

mechanical engineering major Brody<br />

Bell said. “<strong>The</strong> ticket lottery gives you the<br />

opportunity to go to games you don’t get<br />

tickets to and release tickets for games<br />

that you’re not able to go to, in order to give<br />

other students the chance to go.”<br />

In your myBama account, “myTickets”<br />

houses the ticket lottery and gives you the<br />

option to request a donated ticket. Students<br />

who do not plan on attending the<br />

game can donate their tickets back into<br />

the ticket pool, and they can be picked up<br />

by those who request to have one. Also<br />

within myTickets, you can trade your tickets<br />

or transfer them to other students.<br />

Football is not only a major part of the<br />

culture at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama, but<br />

in the South in general. Incoming out-ofstate<br />

students, who may be unfamiliar<br />

with SEC football, may be in for a culture<br />

shock.<br />

“Football was definitely bigger here than<br />

where I am from,” junior marketing major<br />

and Maryland native Reagan Powers said.<br />

“I was more into it once I was around people<br />

who were always talking about it and<br />

excited about it.”<br />

Most students from the South agree that<br />

summer weather can be brutal, especially<br />

in August and September.<br />

Fortunately, the stadium allows students<br />

to bring in empty water bottles that can be<br />

filled by cooling stations throughout the<br />

stadium. With temperatures often rising<br />

over 90 degrees, staying hydrated is key, especially<br />

for 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. kickoffs.<br />

Getting the entire crowd involved in the<br />

game is what makes being inside the stadium<br />

such an immersive experience despite<br />

the heat.<br />

Whether you get the chance to witness<br />

your first Third Saturday in October game<br />

against Tennessee, participate in singing<br />

“Dixieland Delight,” or stick around for<br />

your first “Rammer Jammer” postgame<br />

chant with the student section, attending<br />

an Alabama football game will stick with<br />

you throughout your entire college experience<br />

at the Capstone.<br />

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Sports<br />

Athletes to watch in <strong>2023</strong>-2024<br />

Ashlee Woods<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

<strong>The</strong>re have been some special<br />

athletes that have represented<br />

the crimson and white. But who<br />

should fans keep an eye on this upcoming<br />

year? Here are some names<br />

you need to know as you cheer on<br />

the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide.<br />

Baseball: Colby Shelton<br />

Infielder Colby Shelton has made<br />

waves in his first year at the Capstone.<br />

Shelton leads the <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

Tide in doubles with 10 on the season<br />

and slugging percentage at .678. <strong>The</strong><br />

Lithia, Florida, product has also hit<br />

16 home runs, which is the freshman<br />

single-season record at the University.<br />

Shelton has also earned the honors<br />

of SEC Freshman of the Week, College<br />

Baseball Newspaper National Player<br />

of the Week and SEC Extra Player of<br />

the Week.<br />

Men’s Basketball: Rylan Griffen<br />

<strong>The</strong> men’s basketball team had its<br />

fair share of impactful freshmen in<br />

the 2022-23 season, and guard Rylan<br />

Griffen was one of those. Griffen,<br />

who is originally from Dallas, Texas,<br />

appeared in all 37 games Alabama<br />

played this past season. Coming off<br />

the bench, Griffen averaged 5.9 points<br />

and 2.6 rebounds per game. Griffen<br />

scored in double figures eight times<br />

last season.<br />

Women’s Basketball: Essence Cody<br />

Incoming forward Essence Cody<br />

has big shoes to fill after former center<br />

Jada Rice graduated this spring.<br />

However, the Valdosta, Georgia, native<br />

adds some much-needed depth to the<br />

forward position. Cody was named the<br />

No. 1 post player in Georgia in 2022<br />

and is a five-star recruit, according to<br />

ESPNW. She is also a <strong>2023</strong> McDonald’s<br />

All-American.<br />

Football: Malachi Moore<br />

Defensive back Malachi Moore has<br />

been a staple in the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide’s defense<br />

since his freshman year in 2020.<br />

<strong>The</strong> senior from Trussville, Alabama,<br />

recorded 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks<br />

during the 2022 season. He earned the<br />

Dixie Howell Memorial award, given<br />

to the MVP of the A-Day game, this<br />

past spring. During the annual A-Day<br />

Game, he recorded nine tackles, three<br />

tackles for loss and one pass breakup.<br />

Gymnastics: Luisa Blanco<br />

Luisa Blanco — one of the most talented<br />

gymnasts to wear the crimson<br />

and white — will return for her fifth<br />

season in Coleman Coliseum. Blanco<br />

was the cornerstone of the gymnastics<br />

team in <strong>2023</strong>, earning several<br />

accolades. <strong>The</strong> Dallas, Texas, native<br />

finished second at the NCAA championships<br />

in April on the uneven bars.<br />

Blanco also has the most perfect 10s<br />

on the balance beam in program history,<br />

with four. She also made her third<br />

consecutive All-SEC team in <strong>2023</strong> and<br />

was a second-team All-American in<br />

the all-around as well.<br />

Soccer: Gianna Paul<br />

<strong>The</strong> 2022 Alabama soccer team included<br />

some of the most talented<br />

players the program has ever seen.<br />

Among those players is forward Gianna<br />

Paul. During her first season,<br />

Paul finished 10th in the nation in<br />

goals scored by freshmen with eight<br />

goals. One of those goals was the<br />

game-winning goal against then-No. 8<br />

BYU, which began a run of 16 straight<br />

wins. Paul was named the 2022 SEC<br />

Freshman of the Year and was named<br />

to the All-SEC team and the SEC’s<br />

All-Freshman team.<br />

Softball: Kenleigh Cahalan<br />

<strong>The</strong> 2022 Alabama Miss Softball<br />

has been one of the most consistent<br />

hitters on the Alabama softball<br />

team. Kenleigh Cahalan started all 55<br />

games, mainly at the shortstop position,<br />

in her first season in Tuscaloosa.<br />

Cahalan began her career with the<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide on a 14-game hitting<br />

streak, which is the longest streak<br />

from a freshman.<br />

Women’s Swimming: Avery Wiseman<br />

Avery Wiseman finished a freshman<br />

campaign full of accolades in 2022.<br />

Wiseman was a part of the 200-medley<br />

relay team that won gold at the 2022<br />

SEC championship. That team also set<br />

an SEC and SEC championship record<br />

with a time of 1:33.94. Wiseman also<br />

broke program records in the 100 and<br />

200 breaststroke.<br />

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Culture<br />

A student signs up to join one of the many clubs offered at UA at Get On Board Day. (CW/ Caroline Simmons)<br />

Finding your people: clubs anyone can join<br />

McKenzie Knight and<br />

Gabriella Puccio-Johnson<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

on a campus as large as this, it can<br />

be difficult to find a place to belong.<br />

Luckily for UA students, the University<br />

offers many resources students can use<br />

to find the club they are looking for.<br />

mySOURCE is a website with information<br />

on all registered student organizations<br />

at the University. <strong>The</strong> database is<br />

in alphabetical order and organizations<br />

must update their information every<br />

year.<br />

On Aug. 31, over 600 student organizations<br />

will set up tables on the Quad<br />

for Get On Board Day, an event where<br />

students can peruse different clubs and<br />

snag free merchandise from their tables.<br />

At the University, students can get involved<br />

in a wide variety of clubs.<br />

Academic Organizations<br />

If you are on the hunt for academic<br />

organizations, you are in luck. <strong>The</strong> University<br />

offers over 100 academic clubs.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are freshman honor societies<br />

such as Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda<br />

Delta, and the National Society of Collegiate<br />

Scholars.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are also societies for certain<br />

majors like Tau Beta Pi, an engineering<br />

honors society; Sigma Tau Delta, the international<br />

English honors society; and<br />

Alpha Phi Sigma, a criminal justice honors<br />

society.<br />

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Recreational Clubs<br />

If you are looking to try something<br />

new and fun, there are plenty of recreational<br />

clubs here at the University.<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Clay is focused on bringing students<br />

together to appreciate ceramics,<br />

while the <strong>Crimson</strong> Car Club welcomes<br />

all car enthusiasts.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are a few dance clubs, ranging<br />

from K-pop to hip-hop. Some host<br />

classes for students to engage in different<br />

dance styles, while others are more<br />

competitive and allow students to compete<br />

outside of the University.<br />

With such a variety of clubs for students<br />

of all ages to join, it is easy to find<br />

a community on this campus.<br />

University Programs<br />

University Programs has an Instagram<br />

account that advertises fun events for<br />

students, especially freshmen, to meet<br />

one another. Previously, University Programs<br />

has brought concerts to campus,<br />

such as the singer-songwriter Daya last<br />

fall, hosted movie nights, held networking<br />

events and much more.<br />

Regardless of your academic or recreational<br />

interests, there will be something<br />

for you to engage in at the University.<br />

Just keep an open mind and an<br />

enthusiasm to try new things. Having a<br />

support system, however large or small,<br />

will help make the transition between<br />

high school and college much easier.<br />

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Culture<br />


<strong>The</strong> CW’s favorite restaurants in Tuscaloosa<br />

CW Staff<br />

Photos by Natalie Teat<br />

With the fall semester<br />

right around<br />

the corner, new students<br />

can look forward<br />

to exploring Tuscaloosa<br />

and enjoying all it has to<br />

offer. With various local<br />

businesses, shops, bars<br />

and restaurants, there<br />

are places for everyone<br />

to check out. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong>’s editorial<br />

staff has compiled a list<br />

of our favorite restaurants<br />

in Tuscaloosa for<br />

new students, so we<br />

have a guide to some of<br />

the best spots to eat in<br />

town.<br />

Moe’s Original BBQ Sitar of India Pyros<br />

Moe’s Original BBQ is a staple<br />

in downtown Tuscaloosa.<br />

Not only does the restaurant<br />

offer delicious BBQ and<br />

all the sides, but it also doubles<br />

as a local bar at night.<br />

This food chain was originally<br />

founded by three Alabama<br />

alumni. <strong>The</strong>ir website<br />

states that the founders “instantly<br />

became friends and<br />

had a mutual interest in all<br />

things Southern: BBQ, blues,<br />

college football, and whiskey.”<br />

Moe’s Original BBQ is a<br />

great spot for dinner and a<br />

fun night out.<br />

Savannah Ichikawa<br />

Culture Editor<br />

Sitar of India is a quaint<br />

and cozy Indian restaurant<br />

on 15th Street, close<br />

to Midtown Village. It features<br />

some fantastic Indian<br />

curries, biryani and<br />

some amazing house-baked<br />

breads, all with the freshest<br />

ingredients. In addition to<br />

the wide range of entrees,<br />

Sitar of India also offers authentic<br />

Madras<br />

chicory coffee, chai and<br />

sweet desserts.<br />

Carson Lott<br />

Managing Editor<br />

Pyros is a build-yourown<br />

pizza restaurant that<br />

also offers incredible already-styled<br />

options. Originally<br />

from Memphis, the<br />

restaurant has become a<br />

Tuscaloosa favorite thanks<br />

to its barbecue, Sun &<br />

Shade, and Honey It’s Hot<br />

pizzas. While you’re there,<br />

don’t forget to try the sweet<br />

bites for dessert.<br />

Abby McCreary<br />

Sports Editor<br />

Swen<br />

Glory Bound<br />

Gyro Co.<br />

Antojitos Izcalli<br />

Taco Mama<br />

Swen is the one of the best<br />

Chinese restaurants in town.<br />

Located on the Strip, it features<br />

classic Chinese dishes<br />

and a few house specials.<br />

It’s the perfect place to go<br />

for a nice quiet evening with<br />

friends, not to mention the<br />

fact that it accepts both Dining<br />

Dollars and Bama Cash.<br />

Victor Hagan<br />

Opinions Editor<br />

Glory Bound Gyro Co. is the<br />

perfect spot for lunch or dinner,<br />

and with its location right<br />

on the strip, you can’t miss it.<br />

With a wide-ranging menu of<br />

gyros, pizzas, salads, and craft<br />

beers and drinks, there is<br />

something for everyone. Not<br />

only is it a delicious place to<br />

eat but it also accepts Dining<br />

Dollars, Bama Cash and features<br />

weekly specials, making<br />

it even easier for UA students<br />

to afford.<br />

Savannah Ichikawa<br />

Culture Editor<br />

Antojitos Izcalli, which lies<br />

off Hargrove Road East near<br />

Snow Hinton Park, offers a<br />

wide variety of authentic<br />

Mexican cuisine. Diners can<br />

try tortas, tacos, different<br />

types of aguas frescas, and<br />

more. It also sits next door<br />

to a store that sells fresh<br />

produce, Mexican grocery<br />

products, and paletas to<br />

take home with you.<br />

Ethan Henry<br />

News Editor<br />

Taco Mama is located on University<br />

Boulevard between<br />

the Strip and downtown<br />

Tuscaloosa. <strong>The</strong> restaurant<br />

features outdoor and indoor<br />

seating and is known for<br />

having the best tacos and<br />

margaritas. <strong>The</strong>ir menu is extensive<br />

and offers burritos,<br />

tacos, nachos and bowls with<br />

options for unlimited toppings.<br />

With its prime location<br />

and unique atmosphere, Taco<br />

Mama is a classic in Tuscaloosa<br />

that does not disappoint.<br />

Savannah Ichikawa<br />

Culture Editor<br />



Culture<br />

Understanding SGA<br />

Zara Morgan<br />

Staff Reporter<br />

<strong>The</strong> SGA office is located on the second floor of the UA Student Center. (CW Archive)<br />

Founded in 1914, the Student Government<br />

Association exists to<br />

advocate for students and represent<br />

students in University decisions. SGA<br />

is split up into three branches: the<br />

Senate, Executive Council and Student<br />

Judiciary.<br />

“SGA is charged with bettering campus<br />

life; we are entrusted by the campus<br />

body to listen and strive honestly<br />

as their representation,” Abby Morthland,<br />

the upcoming Chief Justice, said.<br />

“This means that we can and should<br />

work to give each campus member a<br />

safe and enjoyable experience, which<br />

is the goal.”<br />

Judicial Board<br />

<strong>The</strong> Judicial Board exercises the<br />

SGA’s judicial powers and is led by a<br />

chief justice.<br />

According to the SGA Constitution,<br />

the Judicial Board oversees decisions<br />

ranging from parking regulations to<br />

impeachments.<br />

In relation to the rest of student<br />

government and the administration,<br />

the judicial board works on increasing<br />

collaboration within the branches<br />

of student government in addition to<br />

serving as a liaison between advisers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Judicial Board consists of<br />

one justice for every 1,200 students<br />

enrolled at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama.<br />

It has a minimum of 15 justices and<br />

up to one clerk for 6,000 enrolled students.<br />

Per the SGA Constitution, the<br />

preset number of associate justices<br />

and clerks will be decided by the Office<br />

of Student Conduct before the<br />

selections processes open.<br />

Executive branch<br />

<strong>The</strong> executive branch is composed of<br />

the president, executive vice president,<br />

executive secretary, vice president for<br />

academic affairs, vice president for external<br />

affairs, vice president for student<br />

affairs, vice president for diversity, equity<br />

and inclusion and vice president<br />

for financial affairs.<br />

Some of the responsibilities of the<br />

SGA president include leading the Executive<br />

Council and the SGA in completing<br />

objectives of the constitution,<br />

notifying the Senate of vacancies in<br />

the Executive Council or the Executive<br />

Cabinet and delivering the “State<br />

of the School” address. <strong>The</strong> president<br />

also leads the executive branch and<br />

presides over the Executive Council.<br />

It enforces the constitution and legislation,<br />

nominates replacements for<br />

vacancies, and delegates duties to the<br />

vice president as necessary.<br />

Under the president, there is an<br />

Executive Cabinet of five vice presidents.<br />

Each vice president has their<br />

own cabinets. <strong>The</strong> Executive Cabinet<br />

also has an executive secretary.<br />

<strong>The</strong> remaining positions include<br />

chief administrative officer, chief adviser,<br />

director of programming and advancement,<br />

director of engagement,<br />

director of environmental affairs, director<br />

of communications, director of<br />

IT and webmaster, director of strategic<br />

initiatives, press secretary, chief<br />

justice, speaker of the Senate, and<br />

deputy chief of staff.<br />

Senate<br />

<strong>The</strong> Senate is made up of 50 student<br />

members, with each college at the<br />

University represented by at least two<br />

Senate seats each, according to to the<br />

SGA’s Constitution.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Senate holds special sessions<br />

when the SGA president deems necessary<br />

or when two-thirds of the<br />

Senate votes to hold one. <strong>The</strong>se sessions<br />

range from electronic voting<br />

bills to resolutions that encourage<br />

the University to increase student<br />

wages. <strong>The</strong> Senate can also be a liaison<br />

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trying to rename Graves Hall to Autherine<br />

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ollege is the time when you begin<br />

Ctaking your health decisions into<br />

your own hands.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama offers a wide<br />

variety of programs to help students with<br />

their health and wellness both on campus<br />

and off.<br />

On campus<br />

<strong>The</strong> Student Health Center, located near<br />

the University of Alabama Recreation<br />

Center, provides a wide range of health<br />

resources for students to tap into whether<br />

they’re well or sick. Students can create<br />

appointments by either visiting the SHCP<br />

patient portal located on the myBama student<br />

page or calling them at 205-348-2778.<br />

Students have access to services such as<br />

X-rays, anonymous HIV testing, testing for<br />

illnesses such as strep throat and mononucleosis,<br />

and travel medications. <strong>The</strong> SHC<br />

also provides resources by appointment<br />

for currently enrolled students with ADHD<br />

including referrals and medication.<br />

For students approved by the SHC, the<br />

allergy clinic can provide allergy injections<br />

by appointment. Additionally, for students<br />

Culture<br />

Mental and physical health resources<br />

Zara Morgan<br />

Staff Reporter<br />

with food allergies, speaking with a medical<br />

practitioner in the nutrition clinic may<br />

help a student receive dining accommodations<br />

from the dining halls.<br />

Students can also schedule appointments<br />

for women’s health. <strong>The</strong> SHC has<br />

two full-time nurse practitioners for women’s<br />

health and provides various services<br />

including routine annual exams, pelvic exams,<br />

breast exams and contraception.<br />

Another great resource for student<br />

health and well-being resources is the<br />

Women and Gender Resource Center, located<br />

near the DCH Foundation and East<br />

Edge Apartments. According to the WGRC<br />

website, they offer free, confidential and<br />

voluntary counseling services to “survivors<br />

of interpersonal violence,” as well as<br />

those who have been “impacted by abuse”<br />

or have been victimized on <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Alabama’s campus, regardless of whether<br />

an individual is currently enrolled as a<br />

student at the University.<br />

For additional mental health resources,<br />

the University also has the Counseling<br />

Center, where students can make scheduled<br />

appointments, group appointments<br />

and join support groups. Additionally, they<br />

offer same-day single session phone consultation<br />

appointments with a therapist.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Counseling Center offers free resources<br />

online to educate students on mental<br />

health. <strong>The</strong> Counseling Center offers educational<br />

resources in the form of videos<br />

and written information on items including<br />

anxiety and anger management. Additionally,<br />

the University provides mental<br />

health resources such as WellTrack, a wellness<br />

tracking app; and free online mental<br />

health screenings.<br />

Tide Against Suicide is an initiative that<br />

aims to end suicide among college students<br />

and offers resources including prevention<br />

training, emergency numbers and<br />

more.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University also provides resources<br />

for individuals dealing with substance issues.<br />

Collegiate Recovery and Intervention<br />

Services offers a safe and engaging environment<br />

for students who are suffering<br />

from substance abuse or would like to be<br />

educated on the topic.<br />

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Managing Editor<br />

ll summer, you’re likely buzzing with<br />

Anerves as you anticipate moving into<br />

your home for the next four years at <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama.<br />

With careful planning, move-in day can<br />

easily become a memorable start to your<br />

future at the University.<br />

Planning your move<br />

1. <strong>The</strong>re are several move-in dates, ranging<br />

from the beginning of August for sorority<br />

recruitment, Million Dollar Band tryouts<br />

and other programs that begin before<br />

classes start. Sign-up for move-in dates<br />

opens in June, so plan ahead to ensure you<br />

have an idea of when you’re moving.<br />

2. Make a list of items you think you need<br />

and items you want to bring. Compare this<br />

list with the list provided by UA Housing<br />

and Residential Communities and make<br />

necessary cuts and adjustments.<br />

3. Coordinate with your roommates<br />

on shared items, like furniture or a water<br />

filter, to prevent bringing duplicates.<br />

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How to tackle move-in day<br />

Making the move<br />

1. Pack your belongings in an efficient<br />

manner. Investing in boxes or large containers<br />

will save you plenty of time and<br />

hassle.<br />

2. If necessary, you can mail items to<br />

the Student Center Mail Center for pickup<br />

upon arrival. <strong>The</strong> Mail Center recommends<br />

shipping items as early as June 1 and no<br />

later than July 22.<br />

3. Print the labels provided by HRC and<br />

label everything. Include your full name,<br />

residential building, room number and<br />

phone number.<br />

Arriving at the University<br />

1. Review the move-in map provided by<br />

the University for your residential building.<br />

Knowing this map will keep you on<br />

track as you make your way to campus.<br />

2. Follow the schedule closely. <strong>The</strong> schedule<br />

is designed to prevent traffic backup on<br />

the roads and inside the buildings. Do your<br />

best to arrive at your designated move-in<br />

time.<br />

3. Upon your arrival, volunteers and HRC<br />

staff will begin unloading your belongings<br />

into a moving cart. <strong>The</strong>y will use the labels<br />

to locate your room.<br />


4. While they are moving your belongings,<br />

you will begin the process of checking<br />

in. Have your Action Card and CWID ready<br />

to receive your keys.<br />

Unpacking and settling in<br />

1. After you check in, all of your belongings<br />

should be in your room. You will be<br />

instructed on any necessary paperwork or<br />

work orders by a volunteer upon checking<br />

in.<br />

2. Be patient with yourself and others.<br />

Everyone is going to be hot and exhausted,<br />

so be kind and remember that everything<br />

will work out at the end.<br />

3. Stay hydrated and fed!<br />

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Important landmarks to know<br />

<strong>The</strong> UA Student<br />

Center is the hub for<br />

all things student life.<br />

Here, students can<br />

grab a meal, attend a<br />

meeting, collect their<br />

mail and more.<br />

Built in 1929,<br />

Denny Chimes is an<br />

iconic UA landmark.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 115-foot bell<br />

tower rings every<br />

15 minutes and is<br />

surrounded by the<br />

Walk of Fame.<br />

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library, Amelia<br />

Gayle Gorgas Library<br />

serves as a perfect<br />

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the biggest elephant<br />

statues in the world,<br />

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Wade Avenue and<br />

University Boulevard<br />

in April 2021.<br />

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Editor-in-Chief<br />

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Notable Alabama alumni<br />

<strong>The</strong> campus of <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama has been home to some notable people across many<br />

professions. Here’s a small sampling of the University’s decorated alumni list.<br />


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Jalen Hurts sprang into mainstream<br />

notoriety during the 2022 NFL season.<br />

Hurts graduated from the University<br />

with a bachelor’s degree in communications<br />

and information sciences in<br />

2018. He has a career record of 26-2 as<br />

a starter for the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide. In his<br />

second season as the starting quarterback<br />

for the Philadelphia Eagles, Hurts<br />

recorded 35 touchdowns and just six<br />

interceptions.<br />

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Kaitlan Collins graduated from the University<br />

in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree<br />

in journalism. After graduating, Collins<br />

began working for <strong>The</strong> Daily Caller as<br />

an entertainment reporter before working<br />

as the outlet’s <strong>White</strong> House correspondent.<br />

In 2017, Collins was hired by<br />

CNN. Collins became CNN’s chief <strong>White</strong><br />

House correspondent in 2021. In 2022,<br />

she was named a co-anchor of “CNN<br />

This Morning.”<br />

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Victor Luckerson is an author and<br />

journalist who has been featured in<br />

<strong>The</strong> New Yorker, <strong>The</strong> New York Times<br />

and Time magazine. He served as<br />

the editor-in-chief of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong> from 2010-2012. He was the<br />

second Black person to hold that<br />

position.<br />

<strong>The</strong> late Autherine Lucy Foster was<br />

the first-ever African American<br />

student to attend <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama. She was expelled three<br />

days after enrolling, but was later<br />

allowed to return in 1988 to earn<br />

her master’s degree in education. In<br />

2022, Bibb Graves Hall was renamed<br />

to solely incorporate her name.<br />

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Alex Jobin<br />

Contributing Columnist<br />

As a somewhat insular community,<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama<br />

has some unspoken norms. We are a<br />

diverse school with students from all<br />

over the country, and even from across<br />

the globe, but when you set foot onto<br />

the Capstone, you gain another identity<br />

as part of the <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide.<br />

Some of these traditions are what<br />

make this place so special. I encourage<br />

you to visit a Rama Jama’s crawfish boil,<br />

tailgate on the Quad before a game day,<br />

and sing along to the fight song at the<br />

top of your lungs. However, not every<br />

norm is meant to be embraced; this is<br />

meant to be a place where you expand<br />

your horizons, not where you confine<br />

yourself or bend to fit the status quo.<br />

Besides cheering on the Tide every<br />

Saturday in the fall, you may find yourself<br />

pressured to mirror other norms<br />

you will encounter at the University.<br />

From fashion trends and beauty standards<br />

to Greek life and party culture,<br />

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Break the status quo at UA<br />

there are a myriad of stereotypes and<br />

silhouettes that this environment<br />

knowingly or unknowingly tries to<br />

squeeze you into.<br />

Some norms at the Capstone are even<br />

downright problematic. <strong>The</strong> consistent<br />

platforming of ideals not reflected in<br />

the Capstone Creed may not be listed<br />

on the brochure you received, but these<br />

are unfortunate realities that stain an<br />

otherwise incredible campus.<br />

“Tradition” is no excuse for perpetuating<br />

norms of bigotry and misconduct.<br />

Instead, such traditions should be challenged<br />

so that new trails can be blazed.<br />

It may sound corny, but you — yes,<br />

you — can be the change here at the<br />

University. You do not need to accept<br />

these cultural pitfalls as inevitable or<br />

unbreakable. It takes a collective acceptance<br />

of the status quo to maintain<br />

these unseemly traditions, and every<br />

freshman class — yours included —<br />

has the option to rewrite the norms<br />

at this University.<br />

Choose to call out “the Machine” for<br />

what it is, choose to fight back against<br />


bigotry on campus, and choose to elect<br />

people to student government who<br />

will do the same. Real change will only<br />

come to this campus when new students<br />

decide that they want something<br />

different, that they want progress.<br />

Here at <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong>, it feels<br />

as though we cycle through the same<br />

stories of bigotry and corruption at<br />

the Capstone every year. Even though<br />

many of us continue to advocate for<br />

something new, something different,<br />

those efforts fail to stick as norms remain<br />

in place and new students step in<br />

to fill the roles that their predecessors<br />

left behind.<br />

You have the choice, and you have the<br />

ability — the ability to affect culture,<br />

reputation, and the status quo. You are<br />

the next leaders of this university, and<br />

you can change it for the better if you<br />

so desire. I believe you can, and I hope<br />

you do.<br />

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Contributing Columnist<br />

Because incoming students are all experiencing<br />

a taste of newfound freedom<br />

for the first time, we often fall prey<br />

to making bad decisions for ourselves.<br />

Among the most detrimental choices we<br />

make is choosing the wrong food to eat.<br />

According to the National Library of<br />

Medicine, college students gain between<br />

or 3.5-6.6 pounds over four years of college<br />

education.<br />

This study found frequent snacking,<br />

fried food consumption and low daily intake<br />

of fruits and vegetables were common<br />

among college-age students. This<br />

is no surprise, as it is hard, if not nearly<br />

impossible, to make healthy food for ourselves<br />

while living in a dorm. We have few<br />

options but to rely on Bama Dining or fast<br />

food for our daily calories.<br />

From my experience at <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama, I have found it difficult to go even<br />

a day without eating out and consuming<br />

fried food. Like many incoming students,<br />

this is because I purchased an unlimited<br />

Culture<br />

Prioritize living a healthy lifestyle<br />

meal plan at the start of the year.<br />

This choice caused me to feel a constant<br />

compulsion to use my VIP meal every day<br />

of the week on one of the many dine-out<br />

options around campus. Unfortunately,<br />

most of these options are not good choices<br />

for one’s health.<br />

Healthier options do exist for new students.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dining halls, while not always as<br />

tasty as the foods available via VIP meals,<br />

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offer wide varieties of non-fried options for<br />

each meal. But even there, one must not be<br />

tempted by the sweets, sodas, baked goods<br />

and the endless supply of pizza.<br />

Simply having the option of grabbing<br />

fruits and vegetables is not all that is necessary<br />

to say that we are provided healthy<br />

options. More must be done to make the<br />

transition easier. Students should not be<br />

forced to seek out healthy food. It should<br />

be just as available — if not more so —<br />

than unhealthy food.<br />

While all the options at the University<br />

aren’t healthy, there are ways students can<br />

maintain a healthy lifestyle in their first<br />

year.<br />

Avoid purchasing fried food daily. Use<br />

your dining dollars or VIP plan to purchase<br />

healthier meals. Familiarize yourself with<br />

the nutritional information provided by<br />

Bama Dining in the dining halls.<br />

It’s up to you to take the steps necessary<br />

to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.<br />

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Ashlee Woods<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

Letter from the Editor<br />

Don’t let fear rule you. Embrace change.<br />

remember when I first set foot in<br />

I Tuscaloosa back in August of 2018.<br />

I was 16 hours away from everyone and<br />

everything I knew. I took a step out of<br />

the small world of Delaware and into<br />

the large, complex world of Alabama.<br />

On the outside, I had a big smile.<br />

But on the inside, I was terrified.<br />

This was the first time in my life I<br />

wasn’t near my family or friends.<br />

Nothing in Tuscaloosa was familiar to<br />

me. Everyone already had their groups,<br />

leaving me to find mine.<br />

I remember when I was forced to<br />

take a yearlong break from school back<br />

in 2020. I felt like a failure. Most of my<br />

friends were cruising to their junior<br />

year of school, while I was struggling<br />

in so many aspects of my life. Again, I<br />

found myself afraid of the new chapter<br />

of my life that I was beginning.<br />

I remember when I first submitted<br />

an article to <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong>. I was<br />

scared that my work was going to get<br />

ripped to shreds. I was scared to put an<br />

aspect of myself — my love for writing<br />

and sports — on full display for people<br />

to see.<br />

That feeling of fear some of you may<br />

feel is a very real emotion. It’s also OK<br />

to feel scared. Many of you are leaving<br />

your home state behind. Some of you<br />

have never lived in the South. Most of<br />

you don’t know what to expect from<br />

your four years here at the Capstone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama is a large<br />

campus with stories around every<br />

corner. Some of your classmates may<br />

have everything figured out and you<br />

may feel behind. Remember that everyone’s<br />

collegiate journey isn’t the<br />

same. That’s not how it’s supposed to<br />

be.<br />

If I could go back in time, I would tell<br />

myself to embrace change. College is<br />

designed to challenge you in ways you<br />

would’ve never thought possible. Yes,<br />

there are highs, but there are also lows.<br />

Never feel ashamed for struggling and<br />

never feel ashamed for asking for help.<br />

Freshman year is a time for discovery.<br />

It’s a time to find out your likes<br />

and dislikes, goals and aspirations.<br />

Find our community, but also spend<br />

time reflecting on who you want to<br />

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be. So much of the world around you<br />

is created to fit a certain aesthetic or<br />

vibe. Make sure the people around you<br />

match the energy you want to have in<br />

your life.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are so many things I wish<br />

I could tell you about my freshman<br />

year, but I’ll leave you with this. Don’t<br />

let fear rule your first year at the Capstone.<br />

Embrace the change. You might<br />

just like the person you’ll become.<br />



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