A&S in the News: September 18-24, 2022


Preview: UA Theatre and Dance Department to put on “Gloria” starting Sept. 26: The Crimson White – Sept. 18

As students settle in after returning to the Capstone, The University of Alabama’s Theatre and Dance Department prepares to put on “Gloria,” a show that takes place in the office building of an affluent Manhattan magazine.

Climate Warming

Climate warming is altering animals’ gut microbes, which are critical to their health and survival: Yahoo! News – Sept. 18

Sasha Greenspan, Research Associate, University of Alabama…I am an ecologist in the laboratory of Gui Becker specializing in tropical research at the intersection of emerging amphibian disease and climate change. Hundreds of amphibians across the global tropics are facing mounting pressures from disease and climate change. And there is growing evidence that environmental stressors are changing animals’ microbiomes, contributing to the challenges they face.


Small wetlands the focus of University of Alabama effort to boost resource management: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 19

Working with a national laboratory, researchers at The University of Alabama are investigating how the role of the patchwork of small drainage spots across the Southeast is changing as flooding becomes more frequent.

School Board Race

Alvarez wins bitter Huntsville school board race, compared Republicans to ‘parasites’: Al.com – Sept. 21

… Richard Fording, a political science professor at The University of Alabama, said increasingly polarized local elections like Huntsville’s could resemble a larger trend in national politics. In supermajority states like Alabama, he said, the Republican party has grown more and more splintered, and those factions can be seen even in local races.

Filicide Rates

Domestic abuse, other factors linked to notable filicide rates in the South and beyond: Mississippi Free Press – Sept. 21

… Murder-suicides—or attempted ones in the case of Cory Godbolt’s 2017 rampage in Brookhaven—may share characteristics with mass shootings like that in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 elementary school students and two teachers dead, says Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at The University of Alabama. In both instances of murder, four or more people may sometimes be killed. Guns are also usually the weapon of choice for both. “Mass shootings are often premeditated crimes in which there were multiple warning signs observed by friends, family members, teachers, or other witnesses,” Lankford said. “This means in many cases, something could have been done to stop tragedy from occurring.”

Student Organizations

It’s never too late to join a student organization: The Crimson White – Sept. 21

… But Get On Board Day is not the end-all-be-all for joining student organizations. In fact, most organizations will always have more room for students looking to fill the time they spend outside of lecture halls.

Warrior Met Coal

Warrior Met Coal strike drags on after 16 months: No easy path forward, experts say: Al.com – Sept. 22

… Michael Innis-Jimenez, a professor of American Studies at The University of Alabama, said the strike is probably the longest running in Alabama history. “I haven’t seen anything that comes close to this,” he said. “The one reason I can see the company holding out is that this is not life or death for them.”
Coal News

Crimson Cavalcade of Bands

Now hear this: High school students perform at Crimson Cavalcade of Bands: Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 22

The event, sponsored by The University of Alabama Bands, gives high school marching bands the opportunity to… The event is not competitive, but the high school bands do receive feedback on their performances from staff of UA’s Million Dollar Band. There was no registration fee and the event was free to attend for families and band supporters. The Crimson Cavalcade of Bands ended with the Million Dollar Band performing their halftime show in front of the high school bands.


In her debut book of poetry, Alabama writer Tania Russell unpacks the adultification of Black girls: Al.com – Sept. 22

… In the announcement, the library said the financial award helped to fund the “be gentle with Black girls” reading and panel event, which will include a panel discussion with Alabama poet laureate Ashley M. Jones; DeJuana Thompson, the President and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; The University of Alabama Women’s Studies professor Lauren Whatley; and poet Queen daPoetess, the co-owner of the Majesty Lounge in Bessemer.

Mid-Term Elections

Make sure you’re ready to roll the vote: Tuscaloosa Patch – Sept. 23

UA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be sure they are registered to vote and that their registration is accurate as the mid-term elections approach.

Bryant Museum

Bryant Museum honors former TCU football player, Kent Waldrep, who was paralyzed while playing against Alabama: WVUA – Sept. 23

Those are the words of Lynn Waldrep who remembers her late-husband’s close bond to the former coach. Both Mr. Waldrep’s sons attended Alabama on the Bryant Scholarship, which was created for the children of UA football players.