A&S in the News: June 21-27, 2020

Police Reform

Want to reform the police? Hire more women: CNN – June 23

It was a moment that captured national attention and revealed an important lesson about police reform.  A Fort Lauderdale, Florida, policeman, facing off against a line of yelling demonstrators, sticks his finger in the face of a protester. He then turns toward a kneeling woman, her hands raised in protest. The officer suddenly lunges and shoves her.  Then, a female officer appears. She swats her male colleague back toward a line of patrol cars, waving her arm and appearing to upbraid him for what he did. More than 30 women officers from across the country shared similar stories with Natalie Todak, a University of Alabama criminology assistant professor. She interviewed women who’ve been promoted to elite police units such as bomb squads or SWAT teams.
Philadelphia Tribune
Mercury News
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English Graduate

COVID-19 has delayed the start to her career, says UA graduate: WRBL (Columbus, GA.) – June 24

University of Alabama graduate Kianna Young received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Communication Studies. Young was offered a job with the Boston Public Schools  as a library paraprofessional. The offer was rescinded due to the Business Process Services (BPS) 2020-2021 school year being unknown due to the worldwide virus Covid-19.

College Football

Outbreak Alabama: Do we even want a football season?: Al.com – June 24

Today, we hear from University of Alabama instructor Brian Oliu. Born in New Jersey, Brian has taught at UA since 2009 and is the author of several books about Tuscaloosa, his home state of New Jersey, video games and more. Perhaps above all, Oliu is an Alabama football fan.

Confederate Monuments

1,712 Confederate monuments remain standing in United States: Hyperallergic – June 24

An interactive map created by Dr. Hillary Green, an associate professor at The University of Alabama, provides a comprehensive count of all the toppled and removed racist monuments in the United States and worldwide.

Mask Ordinance

Tuscaloosa may be headed toward a city wide mask ordinance: Nick 97.5 – June 26

As the state of Alabama approaches 34,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 it is imperative that Tuscaloosa takes time to really analyze if wearing masks will help to decrease the number of people exposed to the Coronavirus. According to ABC 33/40, Tuscaloosa City Council will vote to decide on a city-wide mask ordinance Tuesday, June 30th, 2020. There is currently a petition online in support of a city-wide mask ordinance in Tuscaloosa started by The University of Alabama Professor Michael J. Altman.