UA In the News — Aug. 9

  • August 9th, 2018

UA President Stuart Bell meets new students and parents at move-in
WHNT-CBS (Huntsville) – Aug. 8
New students moving in to the dorms at the University of Alabama got quite the welcome today. President Bell surprised the new incoming freshmen and their families. Not sure this would have helped with the hectic and stressful move-in day, but it was definitely a nice surprise. Fall classes at The Capstone kick off on the 22nd.
Columbus may find out soon if it remains in the hunt for Amazon HQ2
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) – Aug. 8
Columbus may find out soon if it remains in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters project. The internet giant could reduce the 20 finalists for the project, dubbed HQ2, in coming weeks, The New York Times reported Sunday … Amazon may cut the list to as few as five cities by Labor Day, said K.C. Conway, chief economist for the commercial real-estate group CCIM Institute and director of research at the Alabama Center for Real Estate at the University of Alabama. He has tracked the project closely. – Aug. 8
614 Now – Aug. 8

Adaptive Reuse Becomes Key Product Category
Globest – Aug. 8
As the industry remains uncertain about how an extended trade war could affect the price of new construction, adaptive reuse may be a viable alternative for many developers and investors. In this exclusive, KC Conway, CCIM Institute chief economist/director of research and corporate engagement at the University of Alabama’s Center for Real Estate, examines the new era of adaptive reuse.

Divorced losers are the people who are most likely to become white nationalists: study
Raw Story – Aug. 8
What are the traits that make someone the most likely to become a white nationalist?
According to a new study from the Institute for Family Studies, two traits in particular are most likely to make white nationalism appealing to white men: They have low incomes and they have been divorced … George Hawley, a professor of political science at the University of Alabama, theorizes that the feelings of powerlessness that engulf unemployed men who are going through a divorce make them uniquely vulnerable to white nationalist messages that give them an easy scapegoat to blame for their problems.

University of Alabama to finish some renovations this month
Yellowhammer News – Aug. 9
The University of Alabama is set to finish several renovations before classes start this month. The Tuscaloosa News reports renovations to a dining hall, residence hall and engineering building will be finished by Aug. 22. The director of dining service, Kristina Patridge, says Lakeside Dining Hall will have a soft opening next week.
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Alabama’s lagging infrastructure could hurt economic development efforts
Alabama Today – Aug. 8
In economic development, companies consider three key elements as they look to locate or expand in an area. When it comes to business climate and workforce development, Alabama is tops. When it comes to reliability and access to infrastructure, not so much. Shashi Nambisan, executive director of the Alabama Transportation Institute at the University of Alabama, said statistics show the state’s infrastructure needs action now.

Votes are not an entitlement; they must be earned
Decatur Daily – Aug. 9
If you were looking for signs of a “blue wave,” you could have found it in Tuesday night’s election results, as Democratic primary turnout exceeded Republican turnout in what will be key states come November (like Michigan), and Democrats came within a whisker of picking up a formerly solid Republican U.S. House seat in a district President Donald Trump won by 11 percentage points … “Tonight’s election in Ohio 12 serves as a reminder that we are not a parliamentary system of government,” tweeted Joyce White Vance, a University of Alabama law professor and former federal prosecutor during President Barack Obama’s administration, “so votes for the Green Party made by people who believe the Democratic Party is not progressive enough are in effect votes for the Republican candidate.”

Opinion | Toe the lie, err, line, or get out of it
Alabama Political Reporter – Aug. 8
Earlier this year, I was on a panel for a debate of gubernatorial candidates at Alabama Boys State’s annual meeting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Look! No Hands! Would you use a self-driving car?
104.1 KQTH (Tucson, Arizona) – Aug. 8
Would you ride in a car if it had no driver other than the car itself? And would that make our roads any safer? As part of KGUN9’s continuing project “Operation Safe Roads” we looked at how college students are learning to program cars that will probably be in your future … University of Alabama student Landon Bentley remembers when it was an achievement just to program a car to stay in a straight line.
ABC 9 (Tucson, Arizona) – Aug. 8
UA Sorority Recruitment Move-in Day
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 8
It was move in day today at the University of Alabama as thousands of new freshman female students are beginning their journey in college. All morning long in Tuscaloosa, students and their families unpacked their things and moved into the Tutwiler residence hall. UA’s sororities also began moving into their new residence halls, ahead of fall sorority recruitment, which begins Saturday August 11th and concludes Sunday August 19th. Classes at Alabama get underway August 22nd.

Lexi Graber talks about bouncing back from adversity
WBBH-NBC (Ft. Myers, Florida) – Aug. 8
It was a freshman year to remember for a Cape Coral gymnast. The North Fort Myers alum is ready to head back to the University of Alabama for her sophomore year. She never had a high school gymnastics program to compete for; instead she worked out here in Fort Myers.

UA has best athletic facilities according to Princeton Review
KNX-AM (Los Angeles, California) – Aug. 8
The school with best campus food is the University of Wisconsin, and the school with best athletic facilities is the University of Alabama.

Yonder Contemporary Dance Company review
Broadway Baby – Aug. 7
I was curious about IRL. A dance piece billed as a ‘thought-provoking performance about navigating life in an increasingly intrusive and connected world’. It could have gone either way. But the young @YonderDanceCo from Alabama managed to find the sweet spot between interactivity, playfulness and profundity.

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