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UA in the News: January 18, 2012

New exhibit at Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art in Tuscaloosa opens Jan. 28 – Jan. 18
The Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art, managed by the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences, will open its new exhibit  featuring works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art with a public reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28. The exhibit “When Words Fall Short” will be on display until March 28 at the gallery at 2308 Sixth Street in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Million Dollar Experience
Dekalb County Times-Journal – Jan. 18
For three Million Dollar Band marchers, the experience of New Orleans and the Bowl Championship Series national championship game was one they’ll never forget. University of Alabama sophomore Miranda Ward, of Rainsville, said she is glad to be a part of the Crimson Tide’s 2011 season. “I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of history,” Ward said. “I felt like my family had just won the title. At Alabama, it’s like a big family.” She said the sound inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was deafening as Alabama fans cheered their team onto victory.

Americans Clueless Paying Wall Street $20 Billion for Swaps
Business Week – Jan. 17
Seven months after Hurricane Katrina ripped holes in the Superdome’s roof in 2005, Louisiana State Bond Commission members made what they were told would be “the best of a bad situation” in financing the stadium’s renovation. Acting against the recommendation of their staff, the commissioners voted for a Merrill Lynch & Co. plan to use debt and interest-rate swaps to pay for the job. While the deal helped keep the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints from leaving town — and the arena got new scoreboards while 12,000 seats were converted to luxury class — taxpayers became the losers for supporting a winning team. . . . “It was a flawed idea out of the gate,” said Robert Brooks, who teaches financial management at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Phi Mu honors lost sisters with cookbook
Crimson White – Jan. 18
Members of Phi Mu sorority are preserving the memories of the sisters they lost this past year in a cookbook consisting of recipes from active and former members from the Alpha Zeta chapter. “Love in our Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of Alpha Zeta,” was created to honor Ashton Alford, Nicole Francois and Ashley Harrison, the three Phi Mu sisters who passed away last year. Because Harrison lost her life in the April 27 tornado, proceeds from cookbook sales will go to the relief effort.

Job listing includes five stages of life for a copy editor – Jan. 18
The Crimson White, a student paper at the University of Alabama, is looking for a new copy editor. John Davis, the paper’s chief copy editor, posted a call for candidates that includes the typical qualifications, such as being a “grammar nerd” and having “at least a cursory knowledge of the Associated Press Stylebook.” But in an effort to present a true picture of the job, Davis goes on to present his “five stages of life as a copy editor.” They are as hilarious as they are (mostly) true. Stage one is “Doing your job, and genuinely caring.” He calls it the honeymoon phase of copy editing. Things kind of go downhill from there.

UA psychiatric professors earn national accolades
Crimson White – Jan. 18
Three University of Alabama professors in the College of Community Health Sciences have been named Distinguished Fellows by the American Psychiatric Association for their commendable work in the field of mental health. Lori Lynne Davis, Thaddeus P. Ulzen and Lloyda Broomes Williamson earned this honor for their in-depth work and experience in the field of psychiatric care and studies.

Be The Match foundation hosts bone marrow drive
Crimson White – Jan. 18
Each year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, and for many of these patients a life-saving marrow transplant from a matching donor is their best hope for a cure, according to a Be The Match foundation information sheet. Martin Townsend, a 20-year-old biology major at the University, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2011, said Rod Gunn, an account executive for the foundation.

Honors College Assembly begins film series
Crimson White – Jan. 18
The Honors College Assembly will begin its third documentary film series with a screening of “Page One,” a film that goes behind the scenes of The New York Times during a time of change in the newspaper industry. . . . Panel members include Victor Luckerson, editor in chief of the Crimson White; Mark Mayfield, associate director of the Office of Student Media; Jennifer Greer, chair of the journalism department; and journalism professor Chris Roberts. (Print edition only)

Six students awarded study abroad scholarships
Crimson White – Jan. 18
Six students have been awarded the UA Away Scholarship to study abroad by The University of Alabama Division of Student Affairs as part of the Community Service Center’s Alternative break program. UA Away, created in part by Mark Nelson, vice president for student affairs and vice provost, offers the six students the chance to travel during spring break to Guatemala, where they will participate in service opportunities like construction projects and mentoring children in poverty-stricken areas. (Print edition only)

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.