Usually, Jerilyn Griffin would be studying for finals at this time of year. Instead she was using a large dolly to pack her things and head home on Monday afternoon.
That was true of many University of Alabama students — if they hadn't already left, they were on their way home, often with their parents help.
One of last week's devastating tornadoes slammed into Tuscaloosa, but largely spared the University of Alabama. Even though the campus itself avoided a direct hit, the storm brought the school year to an abrupt end, and emotional scars remain.