A&S in the News: November 24-30, 2019

Holiday Stress

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.

Twitter Faux Pas

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

Writing Workshops

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.”

Stephen Miller

New release of Stephen Miller emails show him pushing link of immigrants to crime: Yahoo! News – Nov. 25

On July 15, 2015, Stephen Miller, at that time an aide to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, sent an email to Breitbart writer Katie McHugh with the subject line: “more lies about new america.”…In the piece, Jason L. Riley, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, points out that, contrary to the claims about immigrant crime being espoused by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose administration Miller now serves as senior policy adviser, “numerous studies going back more than a century have shown that immigrants — regardless of nationality or legal status — are less likely than the native population to commit violent crimes or to be incarcerated.” “We all knew Miller was a nativist. I doubt he would even object to that description,” George Hawley, a political science professor at The University of Alabama and author of a book on the “alt-right,” told Yahoo News.


Scary clowns, smart bees, and the latest dating app: Innovation & Tech Today – Nov. 26

Tattoos have become the modern way to express individualism by picking a picture from a book of images to be imprinted onto your body forever. Oftentimes, people prefer to have a certain meaning for their tattoos. Well, for anyone looking for some extra justification for that Sonic the Hedgehog tattoo on your lower back, there’s now a scientific rationale.  New research from The University of Alabama suggests that getting multiple tattoos can improve your overall immune system. The research even compares getting tattoos to working out, as both put stress on the body that can be strengthening.

Aging Loved Ones

What aging loved ones often want for Christmas is…you: WVUA – Nov. 26

What could they possibly want? A University of Alabama student did a study to answer just that, and she found the best gift to give loved ones is time with you. “We know is the best investment of money is an experience, not in products because you don’t remember things, you remember experiences. And when you think of Christmases past, it’s probably very difficult for you to think of any one particular gift unless of course it was something very large and expensive. But you remember memories.”
Alabama Newscenter – Dec. 1

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial

UA and Tuscaloosa prepare to celebrate Bicentennial – Live interviews with Craig Wedderspoon and Bill Bomar: WVUA – Nov. 28

Hello, everyone. I’m Mike Royer. Welcome to a special program today, in which we are talking about the city we love, the city of Tuscaloosa. Coming up in December, in the middle part of the month, the city will celebrate its 200th anniversary. We have two guests with us today, but we are beginning with Craig Wedderspoon.