A&S in the News: March 8-21, 2020

Online Learning

University of Alabama extending spring break for students, transitioning online: WVUA – March 12

The University of Alabama has announced it is extending spring break for students and transitioning to online learning after the break. Students were scheduled to return March 23, but now classes will not resume until March 30 so faculty and staff can adjust their classes to a remote learning environment.
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Pure Products Reading and Lecture Series

Play readings postponed: Tuscaloosa News – March 12

The planned reading of one-act plays, scheduled for tonight, Thursday March 12, at Monarch Espresso Bar, has been postponed. The event, created by The University of Alabama’s Pure Products Reading and Lecture Series, was to have featured actors performing two one-act plays, “Freedom” by UA graduate student Christian Tripp, and “Intergalactic Lunch,” by UA English instructor Chris Love. A Facebook post on the reading’s event read: “In light of the University’s most recent decision: ‘All non-essential University meetings, gatherings and events are canceled,’ we are going to postpone tonight’s Pure Products Drama Night until we are confident it is safe to gather for a reading.

Huxford Symphony Orchestra

UA concert can be streamed: Tuscaloosa News – March 12

Tonight’s Huxford Symphony Orchestra concert will be played tonight, Thursday March 12, to a closed house with no audience, due to coronavirus concerns, but the performance can be seen and heard via livestream, by searching “The University of Alabama: Moody School of Music” channel on Youtube, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Huxford is the student symphony of the UA School of Music. This afternoon, UA moved to cancel all “non-essential” gatherings.

International Students

Stranded in Tuscaloosa by COVID-19: Tuscaloosa News – March 18

International students at The University of Alabama cope with the COVID-19 travel restrictions with a little help from the community.
Crimson White – March 19

Spring Commencement

UA cancels Spring Commencement: WIAT-CBS 42 – March 20

University of Alabama students tell us they’re disappointed they won’t get to experience graduation. Right now, school leaders are exploring alternative means to recognize the students achievements, but it’s too early to make any plans.
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“Leave It To Us”

Students launch fee-free shopping service to help senior citizens get food, prescriptions: NBC (Chicago) – March 22

It all started with a simple conversation, but now a group of undergraduate students are aiming to provide fee-free grocery and pharmacy shopping for vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic. University of Alabama student Michael Arundel’s classes at the school were halted because of the pandemic, and he returned to his family’s home in suburban Orland Park. When the state of Illinois issued a “stay-at-home” order, Arundel jumped into action.