In this shocking video, University of Alabama students are seen climbing over a parked train so that they can get to class on time.
Now the question is, what will the city of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama going to do about it?
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By Mike Smith
Alabama SGA Presidential candidate Jared Hunter dropped a bomb on campus politics after he wrote a piece in The Crimson White acknowledging his Machine backing.
It was a bold, surprising act rarely seen among Machine supported candidates.
The response on social media so far has been a mixture of appreciation and support.
I am here to say that this should stop.
Don’t get my wrong, publicly announcing your Machine backing takes a lot of guts and the honesty Jared displayed should be admired.
But that doesn’t make his actions right.
No matter what is written in a Crimson White column, the fact still stands that The Machine acts as a vehicle for certain Greek students to pad their resume and has systematically oppressed women and minorities for a century.
I will remind you that The Machine has burned crosses on campus lawns, painted swastikas on university sidewalks, and literally physically assaulted an independent presidential candidate.
Within the past decade alone, The Machine has systematically suppressed numerous rape allegations among their members, tossed out FYC applications for black students after labeling them with the N-word, and delayed the racial integration of sororities until 2013.
Being associated with this organization is not something that can be written off in one column.
Having its support is not a cute, little trivia fact.
Being backed by The Machine is something to be ashamed of.
Over social media, I have heard plenty of people say that admitting to be a Machine candidate takes some real courage.
I vehemently disagree.
It takes real courage for my friends who stay in their Machine sororities even though they have verbally abused, socially ostracized, and personally threatened.
It takes real courage for Lillian Roth (the incumbent and prior Machine backed candidate) to run for re-election even after some of her best friends started working against her.
It takes real courage for Gene Fulmer to run a huge grassroots campaign in the face of two giant competitors.
It doesn’t take real courage to admit something everyone already knew.
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By Caroline Vincent
People may think that Tuscaloosa is simply a college town where the only activity for Saturdays is going to football games.
As someone who is in town for the summer, I am here to prove that assumption wrong as I find adventures to go on throughout Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas.
I started off easy and decided to go on more of a stroll than a hike.
On a sunny evening, I could not think of a better place to go stretch my legs than Manderson Landing on the Black Warrior River.
The Black Warrior is a waterway that feeds the Tombigbee River and stretches 178 miles.
In Tuscaloosa, Manderson Landing Park can be found just steps from the University of Alabama campus, and is therefore a popular place for students to spend their free time.
It is also home to the University’s rowing team, where they can be seen practicing in the mornings and competing on the weekends.
With views that stretch down the river, ferries, tugboats and personal vessels can be seen on the water throughout the day.
In my short time there on this particular evening, I saw all three and also several people on paddleboards, an ideal activity for the fairly calm river.
There are several activities that take place on land as well.
As the sun was setting, there were families playing together, couples taking walks, and groups doing yoga.
There were also many runners along the path, not an uncommon sight for the area. Most importantly, I saw a lot of dogs.
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The water is not the only beauty seen at the park.
Much of the path at Manderson Landing is shaded by full oak and pine trees that offer not only greenery, but also a significant temperature drop from the sunnier parts of the path.
The trees are also very popular among students for hammocking.
With plenty of trunks to spare and beautiful views of the river, young people can be found enjoying their days off relaxing along the path in their various colored ENOs.
Visitors also take advantage of the banks of the river for multiple activities, such as fishing and picnics.
By the water and under trees, I don’t know if there is a better place to picnic in all of Tuscaloosa.
As just a portion of the Riverwalk, Manderson Landing really goes above and beyond with all it has to offer.
From beautiful views to countless opportunities for activities, students and locals alike can find many ways to spend Saturdays along the Black Warrior River.
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Jose Fernandez, a talented pitcher and a young icon of what is possible for Cuban-Americans died early Sunday morning in a boating accident.
The Miami Marlins confirmed the news in a statement.
Statement from the Miami Marlins organization: pic.twitter.com/6A4Rv6m2g9
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 25, 2016
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