UA In the News — Jan. 13-17

  • January 17th, 2018

Foster Auditorium included in new civil rights trail
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 16
Foster Auditorium on the University of Alabama campus is included on the the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which was launched Monday to coincide with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The auditorium was the site of the infamous “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” on June 11, 1963, when then-Gov. George C. Wallace tried to block the enrollment of two black students at UA. After denouncing the federal effort to desegregate UA, Wallace stepped aside and the students, Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood, were allowed to enroll.
WTVY.com (Dothan) – Jan. 16
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Jan. 14
NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee) – Jan. 14
WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia) – Jan. 14

Alabama State Police Trooper Shortage ‘Critical’
Officer.com – Jan. 16
The Alabama State Trooper Association on Tuesday called on legislators and Gov. Kay Ivey to address what they say is a critical shortage of troopers on the road … A study by the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama found that Alabama needed a minimum of 1,016 troopers on its highways.
Al.com – Jan. 16
WAKA-CBS (Montgomery) – Jan. 16
 
UA holds Realizing the Dream Legacy Banquet
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 12
A well-known actor and humanitarian was honored at a banquet in Tuscaloosa. Danny Glover spoke at the banquet last night. As he reflected on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, he said we need to realize this is an important time.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 12
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Jan. 12 and 13
 
UA holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Adapted Athletics Facility
WTOK-ABC (Meridian, Mississippi) – Jan. 14 and 15
The University of Alabama held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a $10-million facility that will house adapted athletes. The 27,000-square-foot Stran-Hardin Arena includes competition space for the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams and locker room, training, storage and office space for all the program’s coaches and students.
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – Jan. 14
 
Researcher implores government to fill neuroscience discovery gap
Life Science Daily – Jan. 15
A University of Alabama researcher is urging the government to fill the neuroscience discovery and early clinical development void, in the wake of a drug company recently withdrawing its resources. “The announcement by Pfizer to end its neuroscience discovery and early development efforts and re-allocate spending is part of a disappointing trend where drug companies are increasingly risk averse in their research investments,” Guy Caldwell, a University of Alabama Distinguished Research professor in biological sciences, said.
 
On Martin Luther King’s birthday, remember also T.R.M. Howard
Washington Examiner – Jan. 15
As we mark Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Jan. 15, we should acknowledge the unsung contributions of earlier activists. Few deserve recognition more, or have received less, than Dr. T.R.M. Howard. (David T. Beito is a professor of history at the University of Alabama and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.)
 
UA students enjoy snow day
ABC 33/40 – Jan. 16
Weather conditions during the day didn’t stop students at The University of Alabama from getting outdoors at least long enough to snap a few photos there in the snow.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 16
 
Trump administration‘s crackdown on pot gross sales may push banks out of hashish trade
Kaplan Herald – Jan. 14
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 was risky before, and it’s even more risky now.”

HOW THE ALT-RIGHT AND NOSTALGIC TROLLS HIJACKED GEEK POP CULTURE
Syfy.com – Jan. 17
In the days after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker found himself facing down adversaries here on Earth, wielding a rhetorical lightsaber against a group seen by many as this galaxy’s new Dark Side … “My guess is that many followers of racist movements in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s also enjoyed pop music, Star Wars, and other kinds of popular entertainment,” says George Hawley, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama and author of Making Sense of the Alt-Right.

Expanding Cultural Sensitivity Training Beyond the Curriculum
Insight into Diversity – Jan. 16
The publishing conglomerate Pearson PLC recently came under fire when students and faculty discovered that the latest edition of a popular nursing textbook used multiple offensive stereotypes to teach what it referred to as “common cultural differences” between ethnic groups regarding beliefs about and responses to physical pain … This idea is one that Norma G. Cuellar, PhD, RN, a professor of nursing in the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing, also supports.

Gubernatorial candidate to speak at UA College Democrats’ meeting
Crimson White – Jan. 15
What: Moving Forward with Sue Bell Cobb. The UA College Democrats is hosting their first meeting of the year with guest speaker Sue Bell Cobb, former Alabama Chief Justice and candidate for governor. Who: All students, regardless of political affiliation, are encouraged to attend.

MEET WOMAN ON THE RISE & BIRMINGHAM-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER, CAROLINE JAPAL
Freelancer Magazine – Jan. 15
By way of Birmingham, Alabama, Caroline Japal is a thriving photographer who has been in the visual arts game since she was 14 years old, professionally since she was 17. Ever since she can remember, art has been a true passion of Japal’s, which is why she was always in art classes throughout her adolescent years. When she isn’t killing it behind the lens, you can catch Caroline on campus at The University of Alabama, painting, which is her secondary concentration is college, or working on her online publication, Art Concept Magazine.

University Libraries to host weekly yoga classes
Crimson White – Jan. 12
WHAT: Free restorative yoga weekly class. WHO: All students, faculty and staff are invited to bring their mat and attend, hosted by University Libraries. WHERE: Gorgas Library, Room 205.

Young and old take part in Unity Day march in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 15
A year ago, Erik Johnson made the decision to take his three children to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. For Johnson, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Alabama, the choice to bring his children, ranging from 3 to 8 years old, was a deliberate one. “I don’t want my kids to live in a bubble,” Johnson said.

UA students help clean-up Lake Lurleen State Park
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 15
Fifty University of Alabama students honored Dr. King’s legacy by doing a service project. They picked up tree limbs and other items at Lurleen State Park.
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Jan. 15

Events planned to honor MLK, other leaders
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 14
Monday is the official observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The civil rights leader was born Jan. 15, 1929, and died April 4, 1968. Here’s a look at key events in Tuscaloosa’s recognition of the King holiday …  The Realizing the Dream concert featuring gospel duo Mary Mary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the concert hall at Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave. on the University of Alabama campus. The concert is sold out.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 12
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Jan. 12
WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia) – Jan. 12
WTOC 11 – Jan. 12
NBC 10 (Albany, Georgia) – Jan. 12

Is Donald Trump the President of the “Alternative Right”?
 SHZ (Germany) – Jan. 15
Political scientist George Hawley studies the extreme right in the United States at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His book Making Sense of the Old Right, published by Columbia Press, traces the story of a spongy terminology. He has met many of the people who set the tone in “Alt-Right” today. In the interview with our correspondent Thomas J. Spang, he attempts to delineate “Trumpism”.

Persistence, experience play key roles for student job search
Crimson White – Jan. 12
Internship application season is in full swing, with students looking for opportunities to work closely with mentors on their intended career path in order to gain valuable experience. This opportunity gives students an in-depth insight into a job they may want in the future … Resources such as Handshake, LinkedIn, The University of Alabama Career Center and Internships.com are hot spots for students to search internship opportunities as well as gain advice on how to be successful before and after the internship.

Letter: The leader we Americans deserve?
The Virginian-Pilot – Jan. 16
WINSTON CHURCHILL ONCE SAID, “Democracy is the worst form of government — except for all the others that have been tried from time to time.” … Joyce White Vance, a law professor at the University of Alabama, previously served as a federal prosecutor for 25 years. Last month on Twitter, she expressed her respect for former President Barack Obama and how he made it clear to appointed federal attorneys who they would be serving.

Five Ways to Rock Your Internship Search
Progressions – Jan. 15
Internships serve as an important stepping stone in a young professional’s career. They offer you valuable experience and insight, preparing you for your post-grad journey. But how do you search for such an experience? (Skylar Spencer is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in computing tech and applications at The University of Alabama. She serves as a Capstone Agency media relations associate on the PRSSA National account.)

High school student plans to use scholarship at UA
WDHN-ABC (Dothan) – Jan. 15
This year, Emary Gaunt was awarded the overall winner and also the best presentation for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Emary won $2,500 in scholarship money that she plans to use when she attends The University of Alabama in the fall.

MILLENNIALS RISING — New Yellowhammer talk radio show: Kyle Morris ‘The Conservative Savage’ premieres Saturday
Yellowhammer News – Jan. 12
Yellowhammer Radio Presents: Kyle Morris “The Conservative Savage” is a new political talk radio show featuring a millennial host that premieres Saturday on 101.1 WYDE in Birmingham and Huntsville. The show is the latest in Yellowhammer Multimedia’s expansions in news, film, TV and radio programs and will air every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. …Morris, a student at the University of Alabama and Yellowhammer News contributor, has gained a lot of attention on social media for his conservative take on politics, with more than 60,000 people following him on Twitter, which is where Yellowhammer CEO B.J. Ellis first noticed his tweets and recognized his potential.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.