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UA Student News for April 5, 2011

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Registration time assignments and advising for summer and fall

Today-April 6

Opt in to purchase student football tickets


Jack Warner Parkway will be closed April 9, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., for the 2011 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship. The finish line is at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. People will not be able to exit the campus to the north during much of the day on Saturday.

UA students can complete a five-minute survey to provide input regarding the update of the Campus Housing Master Plan. Click here to take the survey before the April 17 deadline.

Details and dates for the sale of student football tickets for the 2011 season have been finalized. For students who will return in the fall, the sale will occur over five days based on each student’s credit hours. These are UA hours and do not include transfer or AP hours. Following is a timeline that explains what each student needs to do in order to participate in the online sale.

April 5-6

All currently enrolled students should go to the home tab on and click on “Opt in to Purchase Student Football Tickets” in the upper left-hand corner. Students must opt in to be eligible for the student sale. Students can do this anytime between 8:30 a.m. CDT on April 4 and 4:30 p.m. on April 6.

April 8

Students who indicated they were interested in tickets during the opt-in period will receive an email letting them know their sale dates. Sale days will be based on total credit hours.

April 18-22

Each student’s credit hours determine which day a student will participate. For each day, the University will allocate tickets based on the percentage that each group represents in the total group of students. For example, if 27 percent of interested students fall between 31 and 60 hours, 27 percent of the tickets will be allocated for that day. Following is the breakdown for each sales day:

Monday, April 18: graduate and professional students

Tuesday, April 19: 91 or more credit hours

Wednesday, April 20: 61-90 credit hours

Thursday, April 21: 31-60 credit hours

Friday, April 22: 0-30 credit hours

Student packages will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis each day, with a limit of one package per student. Contact the Alabama Ticket Office at 348-2262 with questions.

New campus-based students (freshmen, transfer, graduate, others) and students who receive undergraduate degrees from UA in Spring 2011 and who are admitted to a graduate program after March 25 will be included in the new-student sale that begins June 1.


A large banner will be on the Quad in front of Gorgas Library for UA students to sign in support of the Student Government Association Lobby Boards to fund higher education. The banner will be mailed to local representatives to encourage more funding and opportunities for students at UA. More information: Chip Harrison.

The individual events team of the Alabama Forensic Council will hold open auditions for new members on April 15, 8-11 a.m. and 2-7 p.m., in 222 Reese Phifer Hall. Each student should be prepared to make a speech or presentation he or she has done in the past or present a reading of literature. Each audition is five minutes maximum. Interested students may visit 210-A Reese Phifer Hall before April 14 to register. More information: Frank Thompson.

The Crimson White is seeking staffers for the 2011-12 academic year. No minimum skill levels are required. All majors can apply. More information: or Victor Luckerson, editor, at

UA considers the safety of its students one of its highest priorities. And one way students can stay safe is to use the buddy system at night: Be sure to walk in groups in well-lighted areas. For additional safety procedures and services, read the Safer Living Guide at the UA Police Department website.

“The Hog: A Health Blog” is a new community-oriented health blog provided by the Health Sciences Library at UA. The Hog is located at


Students staying in Tuscaloosa or going home to the Birmingham or Huntsville areas this summer can earn honors credit through the CollegeFirst Summer Academic Institute. Registered students will learn how to be pre-advancement placement instructors and tutors in biology, calculus or chemistry. They will then tutor high school students planning to take AP courses. For more information, click here or contact the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at or 348-6490.

UA students can teach chess in local elementary and middle schools while studying the academic and social benefits the game holds for children. “Every Move Counts: A Chess in Education Project” is an initiative of UA’s Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. Click here to learn more about this national service-learning course or contact the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at or 348-6490.

The Alabama in Ghana study-abroad program is recruiting students for summer 2011. More information: Dr. Seth Appiah-Opoku.


Honors Week continues through April 8 as UA recognizes the achievements of outstanding students and faculty. The Tapping on the Mound ceremony will be held April 8 at 1:30 p.m. on the Mound at the west side of the UA Quad. Campuswide honoraries Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Blue Key National Honor Society and Anderson Society will induct new members at this time. Click here for more information.

A barefoot concert featuring
Christiane Smedley and
other local artists will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the Ferguson Plaza. A barefoot walk from the Quad to the
Ferguson Plaza will occur at 4:45 p.m. Both events are part of “One Day Without Shoes,” hosted by the UA TOMS student organization.

Higher Education Day will be held April 7. UA students will ride buses to Montgomery and meet with legislators and other students across the state about the importance of funding for higher education. The event is free for all students and includes transportation and lunch. Students can sign up in the Student Government Association office or at the Higher Education Day table in the Ferguson Student Center. More information: Mary Sellers Shaw.

The “We Speak Up” photography campaign will be held through April 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Ferguson Student Center. Participants can have their photographs taken and submit personal messages explaining why they are against sexual assault. The photo messages will be displayed in the Ferg throughout April in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. More information: Maria Perez-Fisher.

The new American Studies Club will host a film screening of “Dazed and Confused” today at 5 p.m. in 125 ten Hoor Hall. Dr. Eric Weisbard, AMS professor, will lead a discussion following the film. Free refreshments will be provided. More information:

Students can view the new Invisible Children film “Tony” today at 7 p.m. at 1004 Shelby Hall. Following the film, a UA student will share firsthand experiences of last summer’s bombings in Kampala, Uganda. More information: Caitlin Trotter

The next “Brown Bag Lecture” will be held April 6, noon-1 p.m., at 102 Manly Hall and will feature two women’s studies graduate students presenting their original research. Click here for more information.

The Community Service Center, Student Government Association and Housing and Residential Communities will host “Hands On Tuscaloosa” on April 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Hands On Tuscaloosa is a day of service meant to familiarize students with particular needs of the underserved population in Tuscaloosa. Email for more information or click here for an application.

Students who want to participate in a 30-day, tobacco-free challenge during April can contact the health promotion and wellness department at the Student Health Center at 348-3878 or

The University of Alabama Honors College and Housing and Residential Communities will host Ken Rudin, political editor for National Public Radio, on April 19 at 6 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library. Rudin has analyzed every congressional race in the nation since 1984 and currently writes the “Political Junkie” blog on More information: Marion Steinfels.

Sustainability Day will be held on April 19. Several activities and demonstrations will he held on the Quad and inside the Ferguson Student Center. Students can learn about the University’s sustainable efforts and how they can contribute. More information: Lauren Hammonds.

Alabama Arts for AIDS will be held April 26 in Morgan Auditorium. The concert features an hour of song and dance and is produced by the student-outreach group (Celebration!) in the department of theatre and dance. More information: Laura Ballard Laura Ballard.

Graduate Parent Support is hosting a Summer Camp Expo at the softball fields and tennis courts on April 29 for students who are parents and for families in the Tuscaloosa community. Students who are part of GPS can watch a softball game and have a free picnic after the expo. More information: Cori Perdue.

Sustained Dialogue, a group on campus, is bringing Mental Health Monologues to UA for the first time. Mental Health Monologues is a project that collects anonymous essay submissions from students on campus about their personal struggles with mental illness. The submissions are then used as monologues performed by actors during a staged performance. Sustained Dialogue’s objective is to erase the stigma surrounding the discussion and treatment of mental illness. People can submit their stories through April 8 by clicking here. More information:

The Society of Physics Students is hosting a chess tournament on April 9 in 109 Gallalee Hall. Pre-registration is $5, and onsite registration is $10. A $50 prize will be awarded to the top, non-faculty participant. Other noncompetitive games will be available to play. All proceeds will benefit the UA chapter of the Society of Physics Students. For more information, visit the department of physics and astronomy front office in 206 Gallalee Hall or email to register.

Colleges Against Cancer is hosting a survivorship banquet on April 9 in the Social Activity Room at the Student Recreation Center. Each cancer survivor can bring one guest. The meal is free. Relay For Life immediately follows at the soccer stadium. More information:

The “Ask Me Why I Wear Teal” sticker campaign will be April 11- 15 to promote discussion and awareness of sexual assault. Students can pick up stickers at the Women’s Resource Center or the department of gender and race studies in 104 Manly Hall. More information: Maria Perez-Fisher.

The UA Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Baby Dance” and “Big River.” “The Baby Dance” will be held April 11-16 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. at Allen Bales Theatre. “Big River” will be held April 18-23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m. at Marian Gallaway Theatre.

Apwonjo is hosting “Please Don’t Stop the Music” at the Student Recreation Center on April 16. Andrew Briggs, founder of Freedom In Creation, will speak at 8 p.m. A dance party will be from 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. The cost for teams who register by April 7 is $10 per team member. Individuals can register for $12 each. After April 7, prices are $15 per team member or $20 per individual. More information:

A “Take Back the Night” march and rally will be held April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Crimson Promenade to support the end of violence against women. The Women’s Resource Center and Alpha Chi Omega sorority are sponsoring the event. Performer Reanae McNeil will be the keynote speaker. More information: Maria Perez-Fisher at 348-5040 or

The Every Woman Book Club will meet at noon on April 28 at the University Club to discuss “Commencement” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Click here for more information and to make reservations.



Men’s baseball vs. Samford, 6:05 p.m., Sewell-Thomas Stadium

April 8

Men’s tennis vs. Ole Miss, 3 p.m., Tennis Stadium

April 9

Women’s rowing vs. UCF, April 9, time (TBA), Black Warrior River

April 10

Men’s tennis vs. Mississippi State, April 10, 1 p.m., Tennis Stadium

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