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UA In The News — Feb. 26

UA students take part in Bama Bits and Bytes Program
WVUA – Feb. 25
Local middle-school aged girls are getting a head start in their careers by enhancing their skills in the STEM fields through various hands on projects. Middle school girls in grades 6 through 8 are now able to learn computer science skills through various projects all thanks to Bama Bits and Bytes, which are held on Saturdays at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. No prior knowledge is required and it only costs $20 to participate in the program. University of Alabama student Catherine Kosek says she wants to provide young girls with some of the skills she was not afforded growing up. 

Mardi Gras in the U.S. started in Mobile in 1703
Fox (Baton Rouge, La.) – Feb. 25
They called their spot “Point du Mardi Gras,” and yes, they had a small feast. But then came Mobile, Alabama founded in 1702 and throwing back the fun since 1703according to The University of AlabamaNew Orleans wasn’t founded until 1718 making Mobile the first Gulf Coast city proper to honor Mardi Gras.

Plan to go: Documentary and law school panel to discuss voter suppression
Crimson White – Feb. 25

With Super Tuesday just around the corner, the Black Student Union (BSU) and the law school are two of several organizations to host events honoring this year’s Black History Month theme: African Americans and the Vote.

University Programs holds Positive Body Image event
WVUA – Feb. 25
The University of Alabama Counseling Center and University Programs held their positive body image event today which included different activity stations for promoting positive body image as well as food and smoothie samples. It’s all part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Contactless Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch Now Available for Santa Clara University Students
Business Computing World – Feb. 26

Once a student ID card has been added into the Wallet app, students can use an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌Apple Watch‌ in lieu of a physical card by holding their device near a reader. The contactless student ID can be used anywhere the physical ID card is required. Santa Clara University is located close to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, and it was one of the universities that worked with Apple and partner company Transact during the pilot program for contactless student IDs. Since then, Apple has added additional universities to the program, and participants include Marshall University, Clemson University, Duke University, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama…