A&S in the News: August 30-September 5, 2020

Million Dollar Band

Million Dollar Band will not perform this season: WVUA – Aug. 30

Bands and cheerleaders won’t be allowed on the field for SEC football games this season, the conferences announced Friday. That means our beloved Million Dollar Band won’t be on the field, which also draws thousands to Bryant-Denny Stadium just like the football team.

Live Entertainment Industry

Venues light up a ‘red alert’ to support live entertainment industry: Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 31

A similar fate befell The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance, which had to cancel its spring “Legally Blonde” and other works. The department is still cogitating on what to do, and how to do it, this fall. The Hollywood 16 multiplex parking lot has sprouted weeds, though corporate offices are said to be preparing for a restart with the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” possibly as soon as this weekend.

Testing Positive for COVID

UA freshman shares his experience after getting COVID: ABC 33/40 – Sept. 3

A University of Alabama freshman is sharing his experience after testing positive for COVID. Zachary Bourg moved into isolation on campus, and says the University has been supportive when it comes to online classes and providing meals. He’s encouraging fellow students to be responsible and take this seriously.

Open Letter

Open letter from University of Alabama professor critical of school’s COVID-19 plan: Al.com – Sept. 4

By Michael Innis-Jimenez. Dear Chancellor St. John, Members of the UA Board of Trustees, President Bell, Dr. Friend, UA System Health and Safety Task Force, Dean Selwyn Vickers, and Dr. Mike Saag: After reading the UA System Press Release of September 2, 2020, posted on the UA System COVID -19 Dashboard, I learned that UA administrators, with the explicit endorsement of the Health and Safety Task Force and the implied support of Drs Vickers and Saag, have decided that the best thing to do at this point is to keep students and faculty on campus despite the high-community-spread level and danger for anyone in Tuscaloosa.