A&S in the News: September 12-18, 2021

UA Bucket List

University of Alabama bucket list: 8 off-campus things every student must do: Alabama News Center – Sept. 12

Outside of spending time on the Quad and attending Crimson Tide football games, Tuscaloosa offers plenty to do for University of Alabama students off campus. Here are eight things that students absolutely must cross off their Bama Bucket List before graduating.

Hispanic-LatinX Heritage Month

UA kicks off Hispanic-LatinX Heritage Month celebration: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 13

The University of Alabama is celebrating the 53rd annual Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month with art, books, film and dancing as well as discussions about identity, assimilation and much more.

Voice Porter Hawkins

In a farewell tribute, Brian “Voice” Porter Hawkins honored by artists, family, friends: Birmingham Times – Sept. 14

Dozens of poets, friends, family and community members paid loving tribute to Brian “Voice” Porter Hawkins… Jahman Ariel Hill, a poet, playwright and adjunct professor of gender and race studies at The University of Alabama…

Native American Festival

Moundville Native American Festival canceled: WVUA – Sept. 14

This morning, The University of Alabama announced the 2021 Native American Festival that was set to be held October 6th through the 9th at the Moundville Archaeological Park, has been canceled. In their post, they note lack of participation from school groups as well as pandemic travel restrictions for some of their Native American participants that lead to this decision. Their campground will remain open for anyone who wants to visit.
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Elephant Stomp

Alabama’s “Elephant Stomp” is the ultimate pregame pump-up tradition: Fan Buzz – Sept. 14

Forbes annually ranks the world’s most valuable sport franchises. Teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB along with European soccer teams top the list with values of several billion dollars. College marching bands don’t cost nearly as much, but the University of Alabama knows exactly how much theirs is worth: a million dollars. A price tag of seven figures brings high expectations with it, and the Million Dollar Band delivers. The air of game days is filled with the music of Alabama’s finest. It all starts with a tradition known as the “Elephant Stomp.”

Pope’s Tavern Museum

Archaeologists discover trove of artifacts at site of 19th-century Alabama tavern: Smithsonian Magazine – Sept. 14

… The team, from The University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research, conducted the excavation on the grounds of what’s now Pope’s Tavern Museum, a local history museum in the city of Florence.

Constitution Day

UA political science department to hold Constitution Day program: Fox 6 – Sept. 15

Legal challenges are mounting to President Biden’s recently announced mandates to battle COVID-19. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is among those getting ready to challenge the mandates in federal court. The White House administration is confident those challenges won’t hold up. For insight on that, we turn to Dr. Allen Linken. He’s an assistant professor at The University of Alabama in political science, also specializes in the Supreme Court, public law and Constitutional law.
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Theatre & Dance

UA Department of Theatre and Dance adds diversity statements to plays: Crimson White – Sept. 15

The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance is adding diversity statements to its 2021-22 season lineup to increase inclusivity, engage the community and promote important discussions in an entertaining way.
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Harriet Tubman

Tubman statue to make stop in Sylva beginning Monday: The Sylva Herald – Sept. 15

The “Journey to Freedom – Harriet Tubman” statue will next week make Sylva’s Bridge Park its temporary home. Activities include a keynote speech by University of Alabama scholar Vincent Willis, music from trio Blue Jazz, dramatic performances, readings and more.

Legislative Library

UA considers Tuomey Hall for Sen. Shelby’s legislative library: Crimson White – Sept. 16

The University is considering repurposing Tuomey Hall, one of the twin buildings beside Gorgas Library reserved for the Blount Scholars Program, to house the legislative work of U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, a UA alumnus.

Leadership U

New class of faculty, staff begin Leadership U training: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 16

Fourteen University of Alabama faculty and staff from a wide range of divisions, departments and colleges have been selected as the 2021-2022 cohort of Leadership U.

College Football Town

What is the best college football town in America?: ESPN – Sept. 17

… Why Tuscaloosa is a great college town: You can get a fabulous pork chop at Five and great sushi at Chuck’s, but the real appeal of a visit to the home of The University of Alabama is the sense of college football history it offers. At the Waysider, you can eat biscuits and gravy where Paul “Bear” Bryant once sat. At the Bryant Museum, you can see scores of football artifacts, even a Waterford crystal replica of the Bear’s famous houndstooth hat. And, as you head into Bryant-Denny Stadium for kickoff, you can stroll through the Walk of Champions, the home to statues of Bryant and Gene Stallings and every other Bama head coach to win a title, Nick Saban included.