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A message f om the editor, Chris Jackson


On April 27, 2011, just days before Alpine


Living was set to be published, tornadoes ripped across Alabama in astonishing volume. Tuscaloosa was hit badly. As I write this, 41 people have been found dead in Tuscaloosa County, including six UA students, and fi ve people are still missing. It is unlike anything Tuscaloosa has ever seen. Homes and businesses have been leveled. Many are living in emergency shelters. T e University cancelled classes and exams for the rest of the semester. T ere is little about Tuscaloosa that remained “normal.” During our staff ’s travels to Europe, I experienced some incredible views. T ere is little to compare to a view of Europe from over 11,000 feet. It was breathtaking, the most incredible thing I had ever seen. Just one month later, I took in what is now the most powerful view I’ve experienced from a hilltop just miles from my apartment. It was Tuscaloosa, my hometown, torn to unrecognizable shreds. From behind the dark cloud of destruction leſt here by the storm


Top: Cars are upended and buildings are destroyed along 15th Street and the surrounding neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Dusty Compton, The Tuscaloosa News, Alpine Living 2007 Above: An EF4 tornado moves across Tuscaloosa near 15th Street on April 27, 2011. | Michelle Lepianka Carter, The Tuscaloosa News, Alpine Living 2005


to be done. It will be years until we have fully recovered, and even then, that day will never be forgotten. We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the corporate


shines a radiant silver lining: the human spirit. Since that day, volunteers have come out in droves from all around the nation with the goal of getting our city back on its feet. University students have been of especially great help, as many now call this place their home. People have donated their time, money, manpower and goods in great measure to this point. It’s a great start, but there is so much leſt


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sponsors listed on page 19. Without their fi nancial assistance, we would not have been able to fi nish production on this issue. T e Alpine Living staff is dedicating this issue to the students


who died in the EF-4 tornado on April 27, 2011 — Brandon Scott Atterton, Loryn Alexandria Brown, Danielle Marie Downs, Ashley T erese Perret Harrison, Melanie Nicole Mixon, Morgan Marlene Sigler, Marcus Jeremy Smith, William Chance Stevens and Willie Lee Turner.


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