University restricts media access to rush

A festive environment has descended on Sorority Row at The University of Alabama, as thousands of girls continue to participate in the largest formal recruitment in history. But outside of the ice water teas, skits and parties on Colonial and Magnolia Drives, there is a kind of silence.

Lack of private rehearsal space starkly contrasts Auburn's planned multi-million dollar facility

By Judah Martin and Adrienne Burch The Million Dollar Band spends hours practicing on Butler Field during the fall semester, but if nature calls during practice, members have one option – the public restrooms in the Arby’s next door. The MDB practices in almost all weather, including rain, and many members have to keep a bottle or canteen stocked with water to avoid dehydration. Claire Sibley, a junior in the band, said since they don’t have a practice facility of their own members usually walk to the nearby Arby’s to use their restroom. “A lot of people don’t realize that Butler Field is all we have,” Sibley said.

Binge drinking especially affects women

According to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control, college-aged women may be at a higher risk for long-term health issues related to alcohol use. 24 percent of women age 18 to 24 binge drink (defined as having four or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion) an average of three times a month, according to the CDC study.

Pell Grant effects not expected in Alabama

Recent changes to Pell Grant requirements have caused a decrease in enrollment at Mississippi community colleges, but similar effects are not expected in the state of Alabama. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 changed requirements in such a way that families now have to earn 25 percent less in a year to be eligible for the grant, and it also decreased the number of semesters the grant could be renewed.

Public Relations nominated for award

The University of Alabama department of public relations is one of five finalists for PR Week Magazine’s Public Relations Education Program of the Year for the fifth year in a row. Professors attribute the consistent high ratings of the department to the in-depth and innovative use of technology within the department. “I had a visiting professor from a big university come down and speak, and they were really impressed with how we used our technology and the use we got out of our campaign books,” Michael Little, an advertising and public relations instructor, said.

Students raise money, awareness to end slavery

University of Alabama students are working toward the eradication of modern day slavery through the End It Movement, a movement sparked at a conference at the beginning of January. “Many people today don’t realize that there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history – approximately 27 million slaves,” said Jeff Norris, campus director of Bama Cru, part of an organization formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ.