The car-hailing service Uber is hoping students around the country, including those at some of the South's largest universities, will make the mobile app part of college life this fall.
The company announced Thursday that it will bring service to 22 college towns, including Tuscaloosa and Auburn - home to the University of Alabama and Auburn University.
The app lets users see a map of nearby drivers using personal vehicles or upgraded black cars and SUVs, get an estimated time of arrival and cost and order a ride. It's all designed to compete with traditional taxis.
The U.S. Department of Energy is rewarding researchers at the University of Alabama with a $1.5 million grant for their work. It almost seems out of science fiction. They’re using shrimp in a way that could potentially one day power America’s homes and businesses. Robin Rogers is chair of chemistry at U.A. and the director of the university’s Center for Green Manufacturing.
Robin Rogers: “We’re taking a polymer that’s in the shrimp shells, and we’re turning it into a material which can remove uranium from the ocean.”
University of Alabama students are on spring break this week. But they’re not all partying at the beach. Some of them are using the break as an opportunity to do some good. About 16 students are in Moore, Oklahoma to lend a hand to the community as it struggles to rebuild from a massive tornado that struck in May, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more. UA Community Service Program Director Courtney Thomas says what happened in Oklahoma hit home for a lot of people here.
A housing study projects that at current growth rates, the private student housing market in Tuscaloosa will outpace University of Alabama student demand by 2015.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that results of the study were shared with a city council committee Tuesday.
Consultant Joe Zanola told the committee that the current list of student housing bedrooms that are either planned or under construction "greatly exceeds" forecasts for enrollment growth at the University of Alabama.
A year after becoming the first female president of the University of Alabama, Judy Bonner has guided the institution through record-breaking growth, the death of Athletics Director Mal Moore, and the integration of traditionally white sororities.
The 66-year-old president reflected on that year Wednesday in a speech to the faculty and staff in Tuscaloosa.
Bonner said the university is stronger when everyone shows respect. She also said the university's continued growth depends on having a culture of success for everyone.
A federal judge has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit the University of Alabama filed against an artist for painting scenes from school football games and transferring his work to other mediums.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of artist Daniel A. Moore on Friday.
Moore has been painting scenes from UA football games since 1979. In 2002, the school told him that he needed to get their permission before painting the team's uniforms because they're trademarked.
The University of Alabama Faculty Senate planned to resume discussions of a statement urging action by the school administration after recent allegations of racial discrimination during sorority recruitment and voter fraud by Greek organizations.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1gW1alL) that the senate began discussing the statement on Sept. 17. Faculty Senate President Steve Miller said the latest draft will be released Tuesday at a 3:30 p.m. meeting.
Traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.
UA President Judy Bonner provided an update on the efforts to diversify Panhellenic sororities at Alabama in a video Friday.
Bonner says during the recently reopened continuous open bid process sororities have issued 72 bids this week.
Eleven African American women received bids. Three bids went to other minorities. Eighteen bids have already been accepted. Four of those bids were accepted by African American women and two by other minorities.
Several hundred people were marching at the University of Alabama to oppose racial segregation among the school's Greek-letter social organizations.
The marchers headed from the university library Wednesday morning to the administration building, where the president's office is. The group was gathered on the steps of the administration building Wednesday morning. They stood behind a large banner that said "Last stand in the schoolhouse door."
The University of Alabama is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of racism in the Greek-letter organizations.
A spokeswoman says President Judy Bonner is requiring the groups to begin using a recruitment process where new members can be added at any time.
The change was announced Monday. It follows reports by the student newspaper, The Crimson White, detailing allegations that alumnae of some all-white sororities were blocking the chapters from adding black students as new members.