In Historic Move, U Of Alabama Elections Board Acknowledges Existence Of Secret Society

In a historic announcement, the University of Alabama SGA elections board acknowledged for the first time, the existence of a secret society that has for decades dominated campus politics.

The action came in the form of a post on the SGA website asking for students to “provide information regarding the existence of Theta Nu Epsilon a.k.a ‘The Machine.'”

Here’s the full announcement from the elections board:


“The Elections Board is extending an open invitation from anyone wanting to provide information regarding the existence of Theta Nu Epsilon a.k.a “The Machine.” This could include but is not limited to those that are members or officially tied to “The Machine” in any way.

To clarify, we would like to offer the opportunity to all individual(s) that are involved to speak before the board, as is one’s rights to due process. We do this to ensure all parties are given the opportunity to speak on the matter at hand.

Persons willing may send tangible evidence and information or submit a request to speak with the board in person, can correspond to We request this be done ASAP and at least by Monday, March 6 at noon.

This information is requested in response to multiple violation reports regarding endorsements and any information provided will be included on record for this case.”

This is a breaking story. We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

For more background on “The Machine”:

Read- Here’s Why The Current State Of Student Government Elections Are Killing American Democracy

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Cover Photo Credit: University of Alabama/ Facebook

This Guy Just Broke Down Why UA Students Have To Stop Buying Dogs They Can’t Take Care Of

Getting a pet in college sounds good in theory. But it rarely works out in practice.

College students just have too many things going on to fully commit to keeping anything alive.

Alabama students are particularly bad at this with scores of unwanted pets constantly being put up for adoption.

With the rise of social media, the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange on Facebook has become a go to place to try to sell an unwanted pet.

One guy finally had enough of seeing young people making stupid decisions.

So he started preaching:

“Friendly reminder that if you are gonna get a pet make sure you are ready for the long haul,” Alexander Panagopoulos said in a post. “The animal shelter in Tuscaloosa is a kill shelter, so every time someone gets a dog then quits a week later because they can’t party every night, then take it to the pound. You basically just killed that animal. So please make sure you are ready to give up a lot for that animal.”

His post got a huge response and rightfully so.

You shouldn’t get a pet if you can’t take care of it. This is something you should learn as a kid in grad school alongside lessons about brushing your teeth and not talking to strangers.

“Most students do not realize the life commitment of owning a pet,” Alisa Nesmith Cooper said in the comments. “The pet does not understand why you left them, or forgot to feed them, etc. Do yourself and the animal community a favor and don’t get a pet until you can take care of it and yourself!”

Another commenter made an even more poignant point.

“As somebody who actually worked at the Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter, they try to adopt out as many dogs as they can,” Jessica Michelle Boozer said on the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange Facebook page. “A large portion of the reason dogs get put down there is because they can’t pass the tests that they need to (ie food aggression test). The when a dog goes from the stray side to the adoptable side of the shelter, it only has a limited time. If the dog is ugly or older or if it has serious medical problem it will get put down and then out into the freezer until the freezer is full and the dogs and cats get thrown into a truck and dumped off at the dump. That is not fair to any animal, but when they are so overcrowded, what are you going to do?”

So in short UA students: don’t get a dog if you can’t take of it. And many college students can’t take of it. This is just common sense.

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Alabama Student Group To Host “Socialism Sucks” Event On Campus Quad

If you are going to be anywhere near the University of Alabama’s campus in Tuscaloosa on April 29th, you may want to wear some sunglasses. Because there’s gon’ be some fireworks.

Turning Point USA, a national conservative student group is hosting a “Socialism Sucks” event on the Alabama quad in an effort to rain on all that Bern.

From the national group:

“May 1 is International Worker’s Day — a day of celebration for workers that is often promoted by socialists, communists, and labor movements across the world.  In response, TPUSA is organizing a national “Socialism Sucks” Day of Action on college campuses across the country!”

Very sneaky how they lump “socialist, communists and labor movements” together into one pile. Just ask all those Trump loving Teamsters if they would call themselves commies.


Anyway, judging by some of the reaction to the Alabama event on Facebook, it is poised to be a controverisal outing to say the least.

Tell us if you plan to attend and what your views on socialism are in the comments below:

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Cover Photo Credit: Turning Point USA At The University Of Alabama

A Petition Campaign To Name A Building After Harper Lee On The University Of Alabama Campus Is Picking Up Steam

An online petition campaign geared towards pressuring the University of Alabama to rename a well-known campus building after Harper Lee is gaining traction.

The campaign, which was launched just hours after Lee’s death wants the flagship university of the state to rename Morgan Hall to Lee Hall and has already picked up over a few hundred signatures.

Morgan Hall was named after John Tyler Morgan, a Confederate general and statesman who had ties to the KKK after the Civil War.

Alabama student Jessica Hauger launched the petition on

She thinks that the name change would be a huge sign of progress at Alabama.

“Upon the death of Harper Lee, who attended the University of Alabama from 1945-1949, the University has an amazing chance to show our support for racial equality, as well as to honor the legacy generally of a woman who promoted kindness and empathy for all,” Hauger wrote on the website. “Lee was doubtless the University’s greatest contribution to literature, and it would be more than fitting for our English building to bear her name, which reflects so much more accurately the values of the University of Alabama, than that of white supremacist John Tyler Morgan.”

A portrait of Morgan was already removed from Morgan Hall last December after a campus group called We Are Done organized for the action.

Lee is best known as the author of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, a 1960 fictional work that inspired generations of children and anti-racism activists. She was born and raised in Alabama and attended UA.

“I decided to post something today because it was always kind of a no-brainer to me that Morgan Hall, the English building, should be named after Harper Lee, one of the most famous people to attend UA and easily the greatest writer to do so,” Hauger said in an interview with RISE NEWS.

Hauger said that she believed that “To Kill A Mockingbird” is easily one of the most beautiful books she’s ever read, and that it’s “holistically honest” about people and race.

“It makes clear the ambiguity of people, that no one is all bad or all good,” Hauger said. “I think her tone is perfect for what the University should be doing right now – accepting our history of discrimination and recognizing that acceptance as an important step to improving upon our community and campus.”

Read More: Anyone Remember When The University Of Alabama Used Bill Cosby To Help Justify Racial Segregation On Its Campus?

The idea of changing the name of a campus building long associated with a racist and which also houses the English department could be especially poignant considering Lee’s position as a voice for reform in the New South.

“Harper Lee is an almost universally loved figure, and her name next to that of John Tyler Morgan makes the right answer seem so clear,” Hauger said. “She is a unifying figure, and one that the south, Alabama, and the University can be proud of. I think placing her name on Morgan Hall would make a statement that we are moving toward the values and goals that Lee expressed in her work and life.”

You can sign the petition here.

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