Author: aiblanchard1

Burning Alabama

STORY BY Ramsey Chandler PHOTOS BY Abigayle Williams DESIGN BY Channler Smith Burning Alabama Soldiers orders that day were to destroy UA   On April 4, 1865, our campus was deliberately burned to the ground. Only five days before Robert E. Lee’s surrender, Union troops rode into Tuscaloosa with orders to wipe out The University of Alabama by fire. And they almost did. A few buildings remained, but the University refused to die. Published research shows us our history at that time. Construction of UAfirst began in 1828, and officially opened to students in April of 1831. The campus...

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Stepping Up to the Saddle

STORY BY SHANA OSHINSKIE   PHOTOS BY SARA MORGAN DESIGN BY SHANA OSHINSKIE In the far corner of campus, Cheryl Scutt works at a desk covered with neatly-organized stacks of paperwork. These stapled pages include her carefully considered, thoroughly-researched plans to bring a therapeutic horseback riding center here to UA’s Equestrian complex.   “I hate to use the word magical, but a horse and human bond can do so many things,” said Scutt, administrator of the Therapeutic Division of the Alabama equestrian program.   The new center would add a new and potentially life-changing program to a UA equestrian...

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The Alleys Go to Africa

STORY BY KATE SILVEY Morning has arrived in Africa. A hot air balloon glides across the horizon, hovering over a surface dotted with slender trees, shrubs and boulders. The rising sun peaks curiously down at a herd of wildebeest galloping below across the savannah, a trail of dust drifting in their wake.   “Good morning!” the people in the balloon yell to those waving on the ground. Then, in Swahili: “Jambo! Jambo!”   This is the scene that Rob Alley, Director of The Art for Life’s Sake program in The University of Alabama’s Honors College, found himself immersed the...

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Semester at Sea

STORY BY HEATHER GRIFFITH DESIGN BY TERRY MANTOOTH Every semester, nearly 600 students flood a dock, a suitcase in each hand, as they wait to board the MV World Odyssey, a 574-foot ship to embark on the journey of a lifetime: Semester at Sea. Semester at Sea (SAS) is a four-month journey around the world that brings together students, faculty and life-long learners from over 250 universities and 30 countries. Over the course of 102 to 107 days, voyagers visit between 10 and 15 countries, taking classes for credit during their time on the ship. “Their mission is to...

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Scrunchies!

STORY BY SHANA OSHINSKIE PHOTOS BY PEYTON HOLDBROOKS DESIGN BY Terry Mantooth Scrunchies! The whimsical trend has been embraced by political figures and runway models alike, and has now become a staple for many Honors College women! When Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, her friend and world-renowned designer, Oscar de la Renta, advised her to cut her hair. Because the job involved so much frequent travel, however, she knew it would be hard to maintain a coiffed style. As a result, Clinton turned to an easy-to-maintain ponytail style, most often adorned by a scrunchie. From Hillary Clinton...

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#HealthyHonors – Isabel Palmer

#HealthyHonors - Isabel Palmer Here's how UA Honors Students keep up with their #FitWit Isabel Palmer “I am on the Equestrian Team here at UA. We have practices multiple times a week and competitions every few weeks, this is the main way I stay in shape. We also have required gym time every week. I go to Orange Theory a few times a week to take classes. Riding horses is a really good way to stay in shape because it uses almost every muscle in your body and its makes exercising...

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