UA In the News — Feb. 24

Police misconduct costs prompt US cities to increase taxes
ArcaMax – Feb. 23
The costs of police confrontations with citizens are mounting in U.S. cities, forcing many to spend millions more on training and some to seek tax increases to pay for federally mandated reforms in departments that used excessive force. New Orleans voters in April will consider raising property taxes to pay the costs of a 2010 consent decree, one of 16 enforced by the Justice Department in the past six years … “There’s never been a concerted national effort to really spend a lot of money to address police misconduct,” said Stephen Rushin, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law who studies consent decrees. “We’re finally coming to the recognition that correcting police misconduct is an expensive proposition.”

Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre’s spring concert this week
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 23
The Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre’s spring concert will be Wednesday through Saturday in the Morgan Hall Auditorium on the University of Alabama campus.  The group is a pre-professional dance company composed of dance students at UA, performing works choreographed by faculty members and guest choreographers once each semester.

Crisis hotline For University of Alabama students
The Odyssey – Feb. 23
On March 1 the University of Alabama will be launching a UA Crisis Hotline for students who attend the university. This is for people who may be struggling with issues such as depression and anxiety. Students can text “Bama” to 741-741 to be connected with a live volunteer who is trained in crisis intervention. Senior and SGA member Caroline Miller has been working on this project since September and after a lot of hard work the hotline will start next month. The hotline is here to help students who may be going through a hard time and dealing with the stress that comes along with college. We all know that there are manny stressors out there. Sometimes all it takes is a conversation to help alleviate the situation.