UA In the News — Feb. 14

Dance marathon raises money for children’s hospital
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 12
The University of Alabama Dance Marathon on Saturday raised $340,001.17 for Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham. More than 200 UA students worked all year raising money and awareness for the children and families being treated at Children’s. The fundraiser culminated in a 12-hour dance marathon featuring hundreds of students from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Ferguson Student Center on UA’s campus.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 13
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 13
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Feb. 13
Whole fruits and veggies — peel included
Dispatch-Argues Online (Moline, Illinois) – Feb. 13
Put down your peeler, especially if maintaining your health is your 2017 goal. Leaving fruits and vegetables intact will add a lot of additional nutrients and fiber to your diet. “You’re doing an injustice to remove the peel,” says Kristi Michele Crowe, Ph.D., assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Alabama. The peel — the outermost barrier protecting the flesh — is higher in dietary fiber and often contains beneficial phytonutrients (plant nutrients beyond vitamins and minerals) not found in the flesh, according to health experts.

Dallas woman Rachel Lindsay makes history as first black star of ‘The Bachelorette’
Guide Live – Feb. 13
Rumors have been swirling across social media since the beginning of the 21st season of The Bachelor, as signs (and spoilers) have suggested ABC may be making a solid move towards diversification on its ever-popular romance reality series. According to Hollywood Reporter, the new star of the upcoming season of The Bachelorette and it is a departure from the all-white-everything norm that has long plagued the network … Kristen Warner, associate professor in the Department of Journalism at Creative Media at the University of Alabama, studies casting and how women of color are represented in TV and film. She believes having Rachel as the next bachelorette would be a bigger win for black women than if she had gotten engaged at the end of the show. “The Bachelorette finally found a black woman who they deem (crucial as they are the tastemakers) exceptional and worthy of them investing the time and marketing into,” she said by email.

UA Theatre and Dance to premiere “The Philadelphia Story”
Crimson White – Feb. 14
When the curtains part on Valentine’s night, the audience of the Marian Gallaway Theatre will go back in time a little over 75 years as The University of Alabama’s theatre department performs “The Philadelphia Story” by Philip Barry. The Philadelphia Story is a romantic comedy written in 1939. The main role of Tracy Lord was originally envisioned for Katherine Hepburn. The show will feature sophomore Lily DiSilverio in the lead role of Tracy Lord. DiSilverio is a theatre and 
economics major. “Everyone loves a good love triangle and we have a love rectangle,” 
DiSilverio said.
UA ranked No. 4 in list of military-friendly colleges
Crimson White – Feb. 13
A recent ranking released by places The University of Alabama at No. 4 in a list of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges. “…The U.S. military remains one of the largest armed forces in the world,” the introduction to the list said. “…In response to these high numbers, the federal government has launched several programs and initiatives aimed at veterans and active-duty military personnel who wish to attend college and earn an accredited degree.” It goes on to explain different programs by which schools offer support to veterans and members of military families. Rankings were based on the services that each school provided.

Is law against texting and driving really working?
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 13
These cities don’t break out numbers just based on distracted driving as the cause, but the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama does. Here’s what they found. You can see the number of distracted driving accidents actually dropped sightly in the first full calendar year after the ban, but it’s jumped every year since. But State stat keepers warn that these numbers are really telling us how big the problem is.
UA concert Tuesday night features a Los Angeles Jazz musician
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 13
A legendary Los Angeles Jazz musician will be featured Tuesday night in the third concert in the University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers series. Vinny Golia, a multi-woodwind performer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in a free show in the concert hall at the Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer and has earned grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Lila Wallace Commissioning Program and the California Arts Council.

MARK MAYFIELD: Media’s role more important than ever
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 13
Journalism, at its best, is a search for the truth. It has never been fully objective, nor will it ever be. Those who report the news are, after all, human beings, often fallible and imperfect, like the rest of society. The difference, however, is that journalists — at least the good ones — have a higher standard when it comes to accuracy and fairness than, say, some guy posting unconfirmed or made-up nonsense from a computer in his parents’ basement. Yes, “fake news.” We’ve heard a lot about this lately. (Mark Mayfield is editorial adviser to student media at the University of Alabama, former editor-in-chief of House Beautiful magazine and a member of the founding editorial staff of USA Today. Readers can email him at

The University of Alabama to host teen violence and social media discussion
Crimson White – Feb. 14
The University of Alabama will host a discussion about teen violence and social media on Thursday, Feb. 16. The event will kick off the annual Ethel H. Hall African American Heritage Month Celebration, according to UANews. Desmond Patton, assistant professor of social work at Columbia University, will be the keynote speaker for the event. “There have been traditional methods of outreach using people in communities to discourage violence in real time, but it hasn’t caught up to the rise of social media,” Patton said to UANews. “We’ve considered social media as a risk factor, but I use it as a tool for intervening and preventing.”

College of Human and Environmental Sciences promotes the University’s interesting tartan pattern
Crimson White – Feb. 14
In Celtic culture, a tartan is a fabric designed to represent a specific family, symbolizing their history and what’s important to them. It’s something people usually associate with kilts. This week, the College of Human and Environmental Sciences (CHES) is looking to draw attention to the fact that The University of Alabama has a tartan of its own. The University’s tartan pattern, entitled “We are Crimson,” is crimson and white with gray and black accents. It’s 13 lines, representing each of the university’s colleges, criss-crossed to form a square in the middle representing the Quad.

Women and Gender Resource Center teaches UA women about salary negotiation
Crimson White – Feb. 14
The Women and Gender Resource Center held a salary negotiation seminar on Monday as one of three “Smart Start” seminars that they will hold this semester. The program, led by women from both the Women and Gender Resource Center and the Career Center, is part of the American Association of University Women’s curriculum that covers salary negotiation.

Additive Manufacturing Users Group announces Scholarship Recipients
Make Parts Fast – Feb. 13
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced the recipients of its scholarships. Dr. Haijun Gong, an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Ga.), has been awarded the Randy Stevens Scholarship. Claire Belson, a chemical engineering student at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), has been awarded the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship.

University of Alabama tries out food trucks on campus
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Feb. 13
Students and faculty at the University of Alabama now have some more options where they can buy food on campus. The university is doing a trial run this semester allowing locally owned food truck operators to sell food on campus. The news has quickly spread and nursing student Kelsey Brown and many other UA students are thrilled. “We have food trucks now on campus so we decided to try them out today. And we tried Archibald’s barbecue and it is really convenient and the food is amazing so I am excited about this,” Brown said.
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Feb. 13

Peyton Long Named to Dean’s List at Alabama
Hamlet Hub (Ridgefield, Connecticut) – Feb. 13
Peyton Garnett Long of Pleasantville, was named to The University of Alabama’s Dean’s List. A total of 11,758 students enrolled during the 2016 fall semester at UA were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

University of Alabama’s fall 2016 honors lists
Greensboro News and Record (North Carolina) – Feb. 13
President’s list – Greensboro: Lillie Elizabeth Buschmann, Michael A. Shook; Oak Ridge: Brian G. Jaros.

University of Alabama names area students to president’s, dean’s lists
Middletown Transcript (Delaware) – Feb. 13
The University of Alabama named several local students to its fall 2016 dean’s list. Fadi S. Mohamed, of Bear; Seth Arthur Eriksen, of Delaware City; and Kylie Lynn McKune, of Middletown; were named to the university’s president’s list. Students on the president’s list must earn a GPA of 4.0 in full-time enrollment. Patrick Glenn Dyke, of Middletown, was named to the university’s dean’s list. Students on the dean’s list must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in full-time enrollment.

In the Classroom – University of Alabama (Ottawa, Illinois) – Feb. 13
The following local students made the president’s list for the fall semester at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Adam Holzhauer and Jeremiah Rowland, of Pontiac; and Benjamin Rydecki, of Somonauk.

Bass named to president’s list at Alabama
The Wilson Times (North Carolina) – Feb. 13
Bryson A. Bass of Wilson has been named to the president’s list at the University of Alabama, school officials announced last week. A total of 11,758 students enrolled during the 2016 fall semester at UA were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). The UA dean’s and president’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

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