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Culture Shock

Designed by Cara Walker

Designed by Cara Walker

Late one night in his dorm room, freshman Zachary Dutton from Moulton, Alabama found himself sitting with his newfound friends trying to explain his family home. The girl sitting across from him simply could not grasp the concept of a doublewide.

She is not alone.

The University of Alabama is now home to more out-of-state students than Alabamians, and with this diversity comes many cultural differences. Sometimes, students meeting southern culture for the first time just don’t get it. The Honors College recognizes these challenges and tries to help students grow more comfortable in their new home at the Capstone.

“We try to find something that’s of interest or things that they’d like to explore and to get them involved in trying to sample,” said Honors College Dean Dr. Shane Sharp.

Sharp compares new cultural experiences to international travel.

“Study up on it ahead of time, find somebody who can get you aligned with it and learn how things are done, and embrace it,” Sharpe said. (more…)

Women’s Basketball Hosts North Alabama for Exhibition Matchup on Sunday

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The women’s basketball team welcomes North Alabama to Foster Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 9, for the Crimson Tide’s lone exhibition contest of the 2014-15 season. Game time is set for 2 p.m. CT, and admission is free.

Fans can follow Sunday’s action on Gametracker or keep up with the action via Twitter by following @AlabamaWBB.

Alabama will look to build on the foundation it put down a year ago, climbing from the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings to a tie for sixth place in the league. Along the way the Crimson Tide enjoyed some big wins, including at No. 9 Kentucky, 57-55, for the program’s first victory in Lexington since 2002 and first road W against a top-10 team since 1998 as well as its first win in program history at Vanderbilt. Alabama also closed the regular season with a 78-60 victory over No. 23 LSU, its first win against the Tigers since 2002.

North Alabama returns four starters who together averaged 11.2 points per game last season. The Lions finished with a 15-13 record last year and finished fifth in the Gulf South Conference. (more…)

College of Communication and Information Sciences Hosts News Trivia Night

Big Al looks on as freshman T.J. Parks attempts to answer one of Dr. Chris Roberts' questions. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Selmarten)

Big Al looks on as freshman T.J. Parks attempts to answer one of Dr. Chris Roberts’ questions. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Selmarten)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In honor of National News Engagement Day, The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences hosted news trivia night. Almost 200 students attended the series of game shows hosted by Dr. Chris Roberts in Graves Hall. Freshman journalism major T.J. Parks said, “Get ready. When Dr. Roberts gives a lecture, it’s going to be a show.”

Roberts entertained the crowd through news-related renditions of Family Feud, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Jeopardy. With each new game, Roberts revealed another of his news themed shirts. He started the night with maybe seven shirts on and peeled them off one layer at a time. (more…)

Former Tide Baseball Standouts Begin Postseason Play

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former Tide players Alex Avila (2006-08) of the Detroit Tigers and Tommy Hunter (2006-07) of the Baltimore Orioles kicked off postseason play on Thursday night in Baltimore facing off in the American League Division Series.

In three years at the Capstone, Avila played 178 games and held a career .303 batting average. Hunter played two seasons in an Alabama uniform, garnering a Freshman All-SEC selection and playing for Team USA in 2006.  (more…)

Dow Jones Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internships

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s journalism department held an informational meeting on Tuesday night for student’s interested in Dow Jones News Fund internships. Dow Jones offers college students prestigious paid internships at major news organizations every summer.

While only 10-20% of applicants are accepted, Tom Arenberg, a graduate teaching assistant in the department, said he doesn’t want to discourage any student. “Acceptance into the program is a great resume credential in itself,” he said, telling students, “I’m glad you want to give it a try, and I’ll help you out.” (more…)

Sport Management Program Kicks Off Lecture Series

NASCAR and Talladega have struggled with an aging fan base in recent years. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

NASCAR and Talladega have struggled with an aging fan base in recent years. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

TUSACALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s kinesiology department hosted their first Sport Management Distinguished Lecture of the year last week. Tom Patterson, senior director of consumer marketing and ticket sales at Talladega Superspeedway, spoke on how NASCAR has changed their marketing methods to attract new audiences.

Patterson said that NASCAR has been challenged with an aging fan base. To counter this they have adopted a playoff system, and Talladega itself has implemented youth and collegiate marketing strategies. Talladega uses campus ambassadors to “sing the gospel of NASCAR” to college students, and now offers free kids’ tickets. Patterson likes to remind people of the sport’s uniqueness by saying, “You can’t go in your backyard and play NASCAR.”  (more…)

Baseball Kicks Off Fall Practice and Season Today

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team will begin fall workouts on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and will kick off live play Friday afternoon as the team plays its first intrasquad scrimmage of the new season.

The Tide will begin practice on Tuesday and will have full team practices on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 2:30 p.m., before playing an eight-inning intrasquad on Friday afternoon. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for approximately 3:30 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The first week of fall practice wraps up with another scrimmage on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.  (more…)

Alabama Accepting Flag Recipient Nominations for the 2015 Football Season

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama is now accepting flag recipient nominations for the 2015 football season. The Crimson Tide pauses to salute a member of the armed services before the playing of the National Anthem at all home games. Fans may nominate active duty or retired members of the military online.

The nomination should include honors and awards the person received, tours of duty and a short narrative of 100 words or less as to why the person is deserving of the nomination. A panel from The University of Alabama Athletics Department will select the honorees for the 2015 season. Those selected will be provided with complimentary tickets, in-game recognition and an American flag awarded by the Million Dollar Band.

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