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The University of Alabama is looking to expand its relations with Cuba.

University trustees recently approved establishing a Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship at the Tuscaloosa campus. The Center will build on work by the Alabama-Cuba Initiative, a program that has built educational ties between the University of Alabama and Cuba for the past 13 years. More than 80 articles and other scholarly works have been published by faculty involved in that initiative.

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The University of Alabama is known for its championship athletic teams. Football, gymnastics, softball and so on; but there is another group of athletes on campus who are also champions, although they do not draw crowds like Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide football team. They are the Rolling Tide and they are part of the University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics program.

 The University of Alabama says it's reviewing the use of a popular song at athletic events after students turned it into an obscene chant during the Auburn game.    Athletics director Bill Battle issued a statement Wednesday saying school officials will discuss whether to continue playing "Dixieland Delight."    The song was first released by the band Alabama more than 30 years ago, and the university often plays it over the public address system at football games. Fans sing along and students add chants.    Some of the words are usually vulgar.


Tuscaloosa city officials say the economic benefit of the University of Alabama's home football games far outweigh the cost the city spends on staff overtime during game weekends.

Mayor Walt Maddox said Thursday that more than 400 city employees work overtime Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on home game weekends. Maddox says the city spends roughly $750,000 each season to cover the cost.

Maddox says each of the school's home games has a roughly $17 million to $18 million impact on the city's economy.


There's been another arrest in the investigation into threatening messages made against University of Alabama students.

Daniel Evan Simmons, a 19-year-old student at U-A, has been arrested by the university's police department and charged with making a terrorist threat. His arrest stems from an investigation into the additional alarming messages that were sent during the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 23rd. This message is not believed to be directly connected with the initial intimidating post that was sent on September 21st.


Officials say non-resident students now outnumber Alabama residents at the University of Alabama. reports that there are 17,830 Alabama residents enrolled this fall compared to 18,325 out-of-state, military and international students.

In the 2014 freshman class -- the largest in school history -- there are 2,474 Alabama residents and 4,382 out-of-state students (including military and international).

Out-of-state students tipped the numbers in their favor this year after a six-year trend of decreasing resident enrollment.

A campaign offering flu shots to University of Alabama students, faculty and staff begins on Monday.

College of Community Health Sciences Dean Dr. Richard Streiffer tells the Tuscaloosa News that the vaccine is the "first and most important" step to prevent the flu. Nurses will visit sites all over the campus during the next three months to provide the free shots, and no insurance is required. All students and employees need is their campus identification.

The vaccines also are available to children of UA employees.

Univ. of Alabama, Lockheed to Partner on New Lab

Sep 9, 2014
Culverhouse School of Business--UA

Lockheed Martin will work with the University of Alabama to develop an analytics research lab on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa. The Culverhouse College of Commerce will host the first facility of this kind in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the field of data science. The lab will work to discover meaningful patterns within data. The lab will also provide collaboration and research across government, industry, and academia to help companies anticipate and solve problems. The laboratory is currently being designed and will be located in Bidgood Hall.


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.

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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.”

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over use of the houndstooth pattern made famous by hats worn by former Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

The University of Alabama System board of trustees and its president pro tem had filed the suit against a Georgia-based company over its use of the houndstooth pattern.

In an order filed Monday, U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor dismissed the case, noting the parties had reached a settlement. Details of the settlement weren't immediately available.

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. / City of Tuscaloosa

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.

The state parole has set a hearing next month to consider whether to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.

An assistant professor at the University of Alabama who helped compile the research for the petition, John Miller, says the board will consider the request Nov. 21 in Montgomery.

The Legislature passed a law in the spring to allow the board to issue posthumous pardons for the eight Scottsboro Boys who didn't receive them before they died.