The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa is resuming normal business operations today following last week's deadly tornado. Classes, exams and commencement for the current semester have been postponed or cancelled. University officials say interim, summer and fall classes will begin as scheduled.
From The Crimson White: The city of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has confirmed confirmed 39 deaths, 455 missing people and more than 1,000 injuries in the aftermath of the tornado, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says.
From The Crimson White: Among the tornado-related deaths in Tuscaloosa are five students from the University of Alabama, one student from Stillman College and one student from Shelton State Community College.
From The Crimson White: The University of Alabama has converted its Student Recreation Center into a refuge for students who need a safe place to stay as authorities in Tuscaloosa assess the damage done by a deadly tornado. Lines of displaced college students and Tuscaloosa residents have been cared for by student volunteers. The university is having non-students transported to an official Red Cross Center for Tuscaloosa. George Brown, executive director of university recreation, says he is struggling to determine the nature of the damage in Tuscaloosa because of failing cell phone service and dying batteries. Volunteers are working to determine what each displaced student needs, and staff of the University Medical Center are present to attend to injuries of the displaced.