UA In the News — Jan. 10

The University of Alabama is studying ways to reduce veteran suicides
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9
President Trump is speaking out about curbing veteran suicides by improving mental health treatment for them. However the University of Alabama is looking at other issues aiding to the problem. UA researchers are set to use the next four years to explore risk factors that contribute to veteran suicides. According to researchers, how the community receives veterans is under researched. The University is collaborating with America’s Warrior partnership and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation in this $2.9 million project.

Sculptures Aim to Put Alabama’s Music History on High Note
U.S. News – Jan. 10
A mock-up of the city’s Singing River music sculpture has been unveiled, and work on building the 20-foot aluminum depiction of a musician will get underway soon. The committee that raised money for the work selected Eric Nubbe, a graduate student at the University of Alabama. Nubbe said he will build the aluminum sculpture at the university’s facilities in Tuscaloosa.
Venture Broadcasting – Jan. 10
Clay Center Dispatch (Kansas) – Jan. 10
 
Alabama football fans welcome back championship team
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 9
As the plane rolled along the runway at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport on Tuesday morning, fans began pulling out their phones. The crowd wanted to record for posterity the exact moment when the University of Alabama football team retured to Tuscaloosa after Monday night’s 26-23 victory over the Univesrity of Georgia in the College Football Playoff’s national championship game.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 9
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Jan. 9
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9

Football success has influence on students choosing UA
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9
University of Alabama students started the week celebrating a National championship. They will head back to class tomorrow. New tonight, we’re taking a look at football championships and the influence winning may have on students choosing Alabama for college.

All eyes on Gov. Kay Ivey at State of State speech
WTVY (Dothan) – Jan. 9
When Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey delivers her first State of the State address Tuesday in Montgomery, it will be her most high-profile speech to date. And with a campaign for governor looming, some political observers say it’s a critical moment for Ivey. The 73-year-old governor, who replaced scandal-plagued former Gov. Robert Bentley in April, is set to speak at 6:30 p.m. before state lawmakers with the campaign for governor serving as an important subtext. “Whether she likes it or not, Kay Ivey’s campaign for governor essentially starts on Tuesday with her State of the State speech,” said Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama. “She needs to present herself as a strong leader with an agenda, rather than a placeholder for the next elected governor.”

Senator Cory Booker returns to Alabama, but will 2020 be on his mind?
Al.com – Jan. 9
Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech may have sparked the latest national political buzz. But in Alabama, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is generating a buzz of his own … “Even though Alabama will ultimately vote for a Republican in the 2020 general election, Booker first has to win what will undoubtedly be a competitive Democratic primary,” said Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama.

EAP University Grant Competition Winners For 2017
Public – Jan. 9
We had some fantastic submissions to the 2017 EAP University Grant Program! Applicants used STK to demonstrate their problem solving and creating thinking. Selecting the top scenario was a challenging decision, but we are happy to announce the following winners … 3rd Place: Adam Benabbou from University of Alabama: ‘Use of Autonomous UAS for a Bent Pipe Communication System in Antarctica.’

Henderson on Trump, by David Henderson
SMI Online – Jan. 9
Richard Reinsch, the editor of our sister Liberty Fund blog, “Law and Liberty,” asked me to write a response essay to this essay on Donald Trump by Greg Weiner. When I accepted, I didn’t know Professor Weiner’s views well and I assumed that because Law and Liberty tends to be conservative, his essay would be mainly positive towards Donald Trump … Consider, by contrast, someone who effectively quashed radio criticism of his policies: Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1934, as University of Alabama historian David Beito has noted, President Roosevelt’s FCC put radio stations on a short leash by reducing the license-renewal period from three years to six months.

Trump administration‘s crackdown on pot gross sales might push banks out of hashish business
Kaplan and Herald – Jan. 9
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ decision Thursday to scrap an Obama-era policy that offered legal shelter for state-sanctioned marijuana sales may not necessarily lead to a wave of federal drug busts. But it could crimp California’s budding pot industry in another way: by cutting its already-tenuous access to the financial system … With that memo now rescinded, the guidelines may be scrapped or at least amended, said Julie Hill, a law professor at the University of Alabama who follows cannabis banking law. “The whole [report] filing system doesn’t make any sense without clear enforcement priorities,” Hill said. “I don’t know what you do about that. I think it it was risky before, and it’s even more risky now.”

The Saban Effect – Saban and success of football team has economic impact on Tuscaloosa and Alabama
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9
Football at Alabama is a multi-million dollar business. Even the heartiest of Alabama fans possibly could not have seen five championships in the last nine years, and also the changes that were coming to a town that many a decade ago thought was a small college town. You put it all together and it’s what people here simply call the Saban effect. A decade ago Nick Saban walked into Tuscaloosa to coach a football team. Today, he’s credited with helping to revitalize a school and a community.
 
Trumpet Spectacular! in the foothills
Foothills News (Tucson, Arizona) – Jan. 10
St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents Trumpet Spectacular! on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m.at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Trumpet Spectacular! will feature an afternoon of classical and Jazz including compositions of Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Leonard Bernstein, James Stevenson and Cole Porter. Featured musicians include: On trumpet: Jason Carder, Ryan Darke, Chad Shoopman, Alex Melnychuck and Glenn Harmon. On piano: Angelo Versace and Spencer Clarke. Kai Felix on drums and Jeff Sandberg on bass. Also featuring the University of Alabama Trumpet Ensemble.

No plans yet for a National Championship Celebration
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9
There’s a lot of chatter around Tuscaloosa about the plans for a championship celebration. However, no plans have been made public.

UA Army ROTC Cadets get to meet the President
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9
The ROTC cadet standing closest to the President in that picture is Ben Klein. He’s a senior at Alabama from Blount County. As WVTM 13’s Dan Odle found out, it was a last minute call that put Klein shoulder to shoulder with the President. When President Trump walked on to the field before the game, Ben Klein was right by his side.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9

UA marks National Championship at Hank-Crisp Indoor Practice Facility
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 9
The University of Alabama wastes no time marking its 17th National football championship. Look what’s already up at the practice facility. A coach tweeting this tonight.

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