UA In the News — Dec. 5

20-Year-Old College Student Is Wearing a Christmas Tree Costume Until the End of Finals
People – Dec. 4
A University of Alabama student is now regretting a challenge to her Twitter followers that has now left her hilariously stuck wearing a Christmas tree costume to all of her classes for the rest of the semester.
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Stephanie Grace: Economic argument helped end David Duke’s ascent; could the same thing work with Roy Moore?
Baton Rouge Advocate (Louisiana) – Dec. 4
It’s been a quarter century since Louisiana-grown political consultant James Carville helped steer Bill Clinton under the guiding principle that “it’s the economy, stupid.” The line, though, remains an evergreen nugget of political wisdom … “Roy Moore is a disaster for business and economic development,” said Susan Pace Hamill, who teaches business law at the University of Alabama, in the same story.

Why activist investors target female CEOs
Bloomberg – Dec. 4
In this edition of “Walk the Talk,” Bloomberg’s Scarlet Fu talks with Vishal Gupta, associate professor at the University of Alabama, to discuss the biases of activist investors.
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Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Make Credit Freezes Free Verges Nonsensical
Observer – Dec. 4
If Jesse James were alive today, he would probably be a progressive Democratic Senator from Massachusetts. When they asked Mr. James why he robs banks, he replied, “Cuz that’s where the money is.” … As Professor James Cochran of the University of Alabama explains, if ubiquitous credit freezes hamper the credit process, less credit can mean less demand for products and services, which drives down prices and profits and potentially leads to increased unemployment.

Million Dollar Band nears goal of crowdfunding campaign
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – Dec. 4
Another band in the area is seeking donations to raise money for new instruments. The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band raised 90 percent of their goal in just 10 days. So far, the band has raised 36,000 dollars. The school’s website says the bulk of donations came from someone who donated $25,000.
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Dec. 4

UA professor studies mass shootings in America
Crimson White – Dec. 5
The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. These are locations of what Business Insider called three of the ten most catastrophic shootings in American history. These shootings happened over a span of 18 months. The last two happened just within a few weeks of each other. Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at the University of Alabama, has been studying mass shootings and why they happen so often in America.

Student-curated WWI exhibit open to the public
Crimson White – Dec. 5
What: “Lafayette, We Are Here! America Enters the First World War” exhibit … Why: Katherine Edge, the director of the museum, said this particular exhibit was curated by students at the University of Alabama. They decided to do an exhibit about World War I to commemorate 2017 being 100 years since America entered the war. “It’s a big deal.” Edge said. “World War I obviously changed everything. Because America entered so late, their involvement was really what turned the war around.”

Etowah County considering removing tornado sirens
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Dec. 4
The Etowah County Commission is exploring the idea of doing away with the county’s outdoor weather sirens … Dr. Laura Myers, the Director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama, believes that with all the options available to us, including smartphone apps and weather radios, sirens shouldn’t be relied upon solely to receive weather warnings.

UA students respond to Bama being in the College Football Playoff
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Dec. 4
Lots of energy and excitement across the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide ranked fourth in the college football playoffs. Students we talked to say they were pleasantly surprised after losing to Auburn in the iron bowl.

Fall colors lend gorgeous autumnal backdrop to University of Alabama campus
Al.com – Dec. 5
The University of Alabama campus saw a splash of colors into early December 2017, thanks to some fall foliage including these beautiful ginkgo trees in front of Gallalee Hall along University Boulevard.

A ‘Big’ surprise guest visits OLS School
Homewood Star – Dec. 4
The students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (OLS) were recently surprised by a very big visitor. The University of Alabama mascot, Big Al, made a special appearance at school on “Claim Your Colors” spirit day.

Mansfield student selected to Advocate for Policies in D.C.
Richland Source – Dec. 4
Missie Boyd has been working toward a degree in social work so she can make a difference in her community. Now, the 41-year-old from Mansfield has the opportunity to make a difference nationwide. As a senior at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, Boyd has been chosen as one of 20 OSU students to participate in the 2018 Ohio State College of Social Work Washington, D.C. Fly-in from March 20 to 23 … During the fly-in, students from Ohio State team up with students from The University of Alabama and meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advocate for three bills related to social work.

UA National Alumni Association offers travel packages to the Sugar Bowl
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 4
The University of Alabama’s National Alumni Association is also planning travel packages with events surrounding the big game. “With the proximity to where it is plus it being New Year’s Eve. We’ve already had a lot of interest in this and definitely seen a lot of people that are interested in making the trip.”

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