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UA In the News — Nov. 23-25

UA wins Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Food Drive
NBC (Huntsville) – Nov. 23
The University of Alabama won the 2019 Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger food drive. UA collected more than 278,000 pounds of food. Auburn raised more than 229,000 pounds.
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Ivanka Trump Dragged For Twitter Faux Pas: What Did She Do This Time?
International Business – Nov. 25
French diplomat and historian Alexis Charles-Henri-Maurice Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a lifelong liberal. In today’s language, he’d probably be branded a “progressive liberal.” And to emphasize his unbreakable bond to liberalism, de Tocqueville wrote “the word ‘left’ is…the word I wanted to attach to my name so that it would remain attached to it forever.” Tocqueville is best known for his travels throughout America and his two-volume book “Democracy in America” released in 1835 and 1840. Joshua Rothman, a history professor at the University of Alabama, was among the experts who said Clark Hare cited the paraphrase of de Tocqueville in writing about Johnson’s impeachment, per The Guardian. “The actual quote in context claims Andrew Johnson was wronged,” noted Rothman. It was now being used by Ivanka, who he called “a beneficiary of nepotism in defense of a man who settled what is only his most recent fraud case less than two weeks ago.”
Latest Nigerian News – Nov. 24
Yahoo! – Nov. 23
The Guardian – Nov. 23
MSN (Ireland) – Nov. 23
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Free at last: Geneva Cooley eyes her first Thanksgiving free in 17 years – Nov. 25
Over the past 17 years, the 72-year-old New York woman has become accustomed to sleeping in cold and crowded Alabama lockups. There was always a light in the Julia Tutwiler Prison dorm where she slept for the past 13 years; and before that, for four years in the Jefferson County Jail. Now, Cooley is waking up a free woman, released after 17 years locked up for carrying drugs while she was a drug addict working for some extra cash. Those calls eventually led to Cross’ doorstep. Cross, an attorney at the University of Alabama’s Law Center, typically worked in the center’s domestic violence clinic.

UA psychology professor discusses how to handle the holiday stress
WVUA – Nov. 24
Dr. Rebekah Allen, professor of psychology at the University of Alabama says getting together with family members can be the most difficult. Allen says it could seem like there isn’t enough time to get things prepared exactly how you like them.

UA works to make Bryant-Denny Stadium more sensory inclusive
NBC (Montgomery) – Nov. 24
The University of Alabama wants as many fans as possible to enjoy the experience of watching a football game inside Bryant-Denny stadium. That could be accomplished through a new partnership that helps a specific group of people. Saturday is the last home football game of the season at Bryant-Denny stadium. The home slate is ending with the university completing a certification that it has addressed the needs of fans with sensory needs…The university partnered with Kulture City to make Bryan-Denny stadium more sensory inclusive earlier this season. Staff at the stadium took sensory awareness training and sensory bags equipped with noise concealing headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads are also now available.
Fox (Dothan)
Fox 6 – Nov. 22, 2019

DON GAETZ: It’s not how we pick superintendents, it’s what they do that matters
The Destin Log – Nov. 24
If there ever was a time to make the case for an appointed superintendent of schools, it was last year. Not this year. Last year the performance of Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson had deteriorated from incompetent to alarming to dangerous. Employees were arrested, students were endangered, a grand jury found she violated her oath of office and parents were collecting petitions to have the Governor remove her. Then there’s the question that should matter most – whether appointment or election is a factor in how well or poorly students do. A University of Alabama study concluded, “There is no difference in student performance when the superintendent is appointed rather than elected.”
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Both armies in the Civil War thought God was on their side. Churches did not shy away from telling them so.
Times Free Press – Nov. 23
In the years leading up to the Civil War, when polarization over whether people should be able to own other people as property was reaching its fever pitch, a similar and related sort of division was happening.  The North and the South were divided on an issue of human rights, but they were also divided over Christianity. Denominations were split. People on both sides pointed to the Bible in support of the looming, bloody war. And the religious ideologies of the time continue to affect Americans today. Soldiers would write in letters home saying God gave them dispensation to swear, said George Rable, University of Alabama professor emeritus in the history department. Chaplains often had to assure families their sons died painlessly and believing in God. At the time, people’s final words were cherished and seen as important indicators for salvation, Rable said.

Native American costumes for Thanksgiving draw parent complaint at Alabama school – Nov. 23
Teachers are trying to do the right thing by introducing their students to different cultures and people, said John Petrovic, a professor of social and cultural studies at the University of Alabama College of Education. “What happens, in elementary schools especially, is that teachers are caught in a tension of presenting rather complex material and lives, while trying to do it in ‘fun’ ways that will pique students’ interest,” he said.

WVUA – Nov. 22
Students studying public relations at The University of Alabama have partnered with Secret Meals For Hungry Children each semester over the past eight years to raise money and spread awareness for the organization. This comes as part of Susan Daria’s Public Relations Concepting and Implementation class and allows students to develop and execute plans benefitting Secret Meals.

November writing workshops cultivate creative community in Morgan Hall
Crimson White – Nov. 25
English major Katie Poland is a freshman at The University of Alabama, but she has already written five novels, including a three-book trilogy that she has been working on since she was 14 years old.  “It’s mainly about these eight kids who all have telepathy, so they can talk to each other in their minds, and they don’t have any idea how they got it,” Poland said. “So it’s kind of about their journey and figuring out how they got their gift and where they go from this point in becoming their own people.”