A&S in the News: August 23-29, 2020

Morgan Hall

Opinion: Take Morgan off the English building: Crimson White – Aug. 21

George Floyd’s killing and the wave of national reflection – along with the years-long work from UA student activists and faculty– has brought changes to campus. Those changes have included the removal of three confederate plaques, as well as the consideration of name changes to buildings that have honored white supremacy.

Yea Alabama

Man who wrote University of Alabama’s ‘Yea Alabama’ song, passes away: NBC 13 – Aug. 25

The staff arranger for The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band, has passed away.  Steve Sample Sr. wrote the band’s iconic arrangement of “Yea Alabama.”

Hurricane Season

Record-setting season puts coastal states at increased risk of a hurricane landfall: USA Today – Aug. 27

… Jason Senkbeil drives into potential hurricane strike zones to ask people what they’re thinking before the storm, to try to understand how they look at risk and hazards. An associate professor in the geography department at The University of Alabama, he asks people about their perception of a storm’s track and whether they’re more concerned about the wind, the storm surge, or falling trees.
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Tennessee River

Ancient Tennessee River floods hold a warning for the future: Yale Climate Connections – Aug. 27

The devastating flood remains the worst of the river’s history since record-keeping began. But Lisa Davis of The University of Alabama is digging in the dirt and finding evidence of even larger floods in the more distant past.

Opera Birmingham

Opera Birmingham will adapt its pop-up concert series for social distancing: Al.com – Aug. 27

This year’s series of “Opera Shots” kicks off with a soft launch this Sunday in the parking lot of Opera Birmingham (3601 Sixth Avenue South), featuring guest artists from the University of Alabama Opera Theatre. Selections will include “Seguidilla” from Carmen, “Ballad of Queen Mab” from “Romeo et Juliette” and “Climb Every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.”

Building Names

UA students sign petition to rename buildings: CBS (Huntsville) – Aug. 27

In June The University of Alabama removed three plaques commemorating former students who served in the confederate army. Those plaques that once stood in front of Gorgas Library will be moved to, “a more appropriate historical setting.” More than 19,000 University of Alabama students and alums signed a petition asking you a board to change the names of buildings on campus whose namesakes have racist histories and to take down confederate monuments. But they later learned that when it comes to the monuments at least state law comes into play.