UA In the News — June 9-11

The fight over arming teachers could define Alabama political races this fall
Al.com – June 10
The national debate over guns in America, an issue breaking sharply along both gender and party lines, has filtered into political campaigns in Alabama … Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama, calls the recent spotlighting of arming teachers an “attempt by conservatives” to respond to the public’s call for a government solution to make schools safer, without restricting gun access. “The proposal to arm teachers and administrators is designed to neutralize an advantage that Democrats have traditionally had on this issue,” said Fording. “In response to recent school shootings, the Democrats have led the charge to do something – namely restrict gun access – through local government legislation.”

World: Ira Berlin, groundbreaking historian of slavery, dies at 77
Ghana Nation – June 9
In books like “Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South” (1974) and “Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America” (1998), Berlin, a longtime professor at the University of Maryland, upended simplistic notions of how slavery was practiced and what happened after it ended … His masterpiece was “Many Thousands Gone,” Joshua D. Rothman, history department chairman at the University of Alabama, said by email.
New York Times – June 9
Eveyo.com – June 9
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SF Gate (California) – June 9
WRAL.com (Raleigh, North Carolina) – June 9
 
Capstone Village residents enjoy afternoon of canoeing
Tuscaloosa News – June 8
Residents at Capstone Village, a retirement facility, enjoyed an afternoon of canoeing on Lake Nicol on Friday afternoon. The residents, who range in age from 70 to 95 years old, spent time on the water and roasted hot dogs. Temperatures reached into the 90s during the Capstone Village outing, and Tuscaloosa area residents can expect similar weather throughout the weekend, with highs in the 90s and lows in the low 70s.

Joyce Vance comments on indictments against Paul Manafort (Live interview)
MSNBC’s Deadline: White House (national) – June 9
From The New York times, Mike Schmidt, Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, now law professor at the University of AlabamaDavid Chris, former assistant Attorney General for National Security and with us at the desk, Jonathan Lemire, white house reporter for the Associated Press.
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College of Human Environmental Sciences names new Dean
Crimson White – June 10
Professor Stuart Usdan has been named the new Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama, according to an email sent by Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Whitaker on June 5.
Tuscaloosa News – June 8

U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Nearly $1.5 Billion in INFRA Grants
Transportation.gov – June 10
The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced nearly $1.5 billion in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program … 2nd Avenue Connectivity Corridor Project, University of Alabama, $6,025,657 – to construct the 2nd Avenue Connectivity Corridor Project to build a bridge over an existing rail line.

Suicide rates on the rise
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 8
Dr. John Burkhardt is a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama’s Medical Center, he told us today, that something we can all do is look for the obvious warning signs. “If I have somebody and they’re depressed and all of a sudden they’re expressing hopelessness about live especially about their future or what’s going on, that to me is always a signal to me that I have to ask a little bit more about this, I have to make sure that that person is safe.”

COLLEGE NEWS: June 10
Tuscaloosa News – June 10
University of Alabama: A new participant in the national Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition Series, The University of Alabama student team finished the four-year program strong, racking up several awards. Among the students participating was Joshua Stoddard of Tuscaloosa.  . . . The University of Alabama’s Interfraternity Council was recently honored with an Award of Distinction by the North-American Interfraternity Conference. . . . The University of Alabama recently recognized determined students who endeavor to empower their community.  . . .  Nearly 250 University of Alabama students are receiving hands-on educational experience with dozens of companies and organizations across the United States through UA’s Cooperative Education Program for summer 2018.

15 Alabama books to take to the beach this summer
Al.com – June 8
On this list, you’ll find writers who were born in Alabama, writers who write in Alabama and writers who write about Alabama. Their books range from fiction to true crime, history to mystery, cookbooks to memoirs. In other words, there’s something for everyone in these recent releases … Part cookbook and part memoir, this book is Rick Bragg’s tribute to his mother Margaret Bragg’s culinary skills …  Bragg lives in Fairhope and teaches at the University of Alabama.

New Miss Alabama crowned
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – June 10
The newly crowned Miss Alabama is from Birmingham. Callie Walker won the title last night at Samford University. She attends the University of Alabama and represented Tuscaloosa in the state pageant. Her talent was a ballet performance. Her platform focuses on creating a greener lifestyle for kids.
Tuscaloosa News – June 10
AL.com – June 9

New civil rights trail coming to Tuscaloosa
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – June 10
Activists tell us the trail will be divided into three parts, one in downtown Tuscaloosa, another at Stillman College, and a third at the University of AlabamaThis weekend marks the 54th anniversary of crowds gathering at Tuscaloosa’s First African Baptist Church then marching to the courthouse for equal rights. This event prompted members of the community to organize plans for the trail.

Highway 2 Hale held at Moundville Archaeological Park
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 10
The fourth annual Highway 2 Hale bike ride was yesterday at the Moundville Archeological Park. Highway 2 Hale is an initiative for the American advertising federation of Tuscaloosa. The initiative supports two specific scholarships benefiting advertising students at the University of AlabamaThis was the ride’s first year as part of the Alabama back roads century series. A giant content bike was donated by queen city cycles and was raffled off to a lucky rider, Rick Nicholas.

Dean’s List: 6-9-18
Sentinel-News (Ohio) – June 9
University of Alabama The following University of Alabama students were named to the fall Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0. Students recognized include Caleb Andrews of Perrysburg, President’s List, and Morgan Baum of Perrysburg, Dean’s List.

GIRLS STATE 2018
Tuscaloosa News – June 10
Seventeen junior class outstanding girls from schools throughout Tuscaloosa County have been chosen as delegates to attend the Alabama Girls State program at the University of Alabama sponsored by the Alabama American Legion Auxiliary including the two local units, McCray-Moody Unit #34 and Alberta City Unit #123.

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