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UA in the News: February 28, 2012

UA advertising students rack up 14 ADDY Awards – Feb. 28
University of Alabama advertising students were recognized 14 times at the recent American Ad Federation-Tuscaloosa’s ADDY Awards. Every entry that was submitted won a prize, including Student Best of Show. The students were members of Glenn Griffin’s APR 418 campaigns class in the College of Communication and Information Sciences during the fall 2011 semester.

UA holds Entrepreneurship Week
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 27
The University of Alabama prides itself on touching lives. The College of Business and the Entrepreneurship Program joined forces for the seventh consecutive year to do just that… Entrepreneurship week at the University of Alabama is packed with competitions for students to pitch business ideas, in hopes to win funding to make their ideas turn into reality. For professor of entrepreneurship and strategic management Lou Marino, this week is a reflection of the American dream. “It gives me a great sense of pride in our students. I’m a big believer in the American dream.” As for winners Mischa Lewis and Bridgette Jones, this is an experience they won’t forget….

Board names next editor-in-chief
Crimson White – Feb. 28
The University of Alabama Media Planning Board selected The Crimson White’s next editor-in-chief Monday. The board, which meets annually to choose the leaders of each student media publication, chose Will Tucker, a junior majoring in international studies and the paper’s current assistant managing editor, to succeed senior Victor Luckerson, who has been at the helm of the newspaper for the last two years. “The one word I can think of to describe how I feel is honored,” Tucker said. “I hope we can continue the good work we’ve done, make some improvements and continue to be the publication on campus that everyone looks for, that everyone trusts and that everyone wants to be a part of.”

ROTC cadets prepare for summer assessment
Crimson White – Feb. 28
ROTC cadets from 17 schools across southeast and Puerto Rico took part in a preview exercise from Feb. 23 to 26 that helped them gauge where they stand in different tasks before attending a Leadership Development and Assessment Course this summer. “The ROTC is the most elite leadership class you can take,” said Walker Owen a junior majoring in criminal justice. Owen is a member of the UA ROTC who just returned from the four-day training camp at Camp McClain in Mississippi. At camp, the cadets are tested on their abilities, and doing well is encouraged because each person’s job and duty station depends on performance, said Jeremy Warner, a senior ROTC member who participated in LDAC this past summer.

Younger, wealthier students pick community college, bringing expectations
Inside Higher Education – Feb. 27
Community colleges are hot these days, and not just with photo-op seeking politicians. They’re an increasingly popular choice for 18-22 year-olds from the upper middle class, thanks to cheap tuition, a career focus, smoother transfer options and growing public respect for the sector’s academic chops. Nationwide, 22 percent of college students with annual family incomes over $100,000 attended community colleges last year, up from 16 percent four years ago, according to a study by Sallie Mae. “Community college gradually is gaining wider acceptance as the default option out of high school,” said Stephen G. Katsinas, director of the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center.
New York Times – Feb. 27

Commentary: My Turn: Brokered convention?
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 26
One of the hottest topics of conversation among political junkies this election season is the possibility of a “brokered convention” at the Republican National Convention later this summer. This discussion has recently heated up as Rick Santorum continues to surge in the polls and Mitt Romney shows no signs of gaining the momentum needed to seal the Republican nomination anytime soon. But what exactly is a brokered convention and is there really a chance that we might see one? The first point to make here is that there is some confusion concerning the exact meaning of a brokered convention, and it appears that many people are using the term incorrectly. . . . Richard Fording is professor and chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama.

‘An Italian Straw Hat’ opens tonight at UA’s Marian Gallaway Theatre – Feb. 27
Farce finds its way into another Tuscaloosa theater production, this time at the University of Alabama’s adaptation of “An Italian Straw Hat.” Eugène Labiche and Marc-Michel’s musical farce, originally written in French, finds a young man on his way to a wedding when he attempts to help a young woman replace a straw hat to save face with her husband, all while the young man’s own fiancée and the wedding party follow along. Said to boast chases, mishaps and the misunderstandings that help make a farce, “An Italian Straw Hat” should prove a worthy outing one evening or afternoon this week for theater-goers.
Crimson White – Feb. 28 (Print version only)

Law school hosts 5K for charity
Crimson White – Feb 28 (Print version only)
The University of Alabama’s School of Law will host the Race to the Courthouse 5K Run/Walk to support the International Justice Mission on Saturday. This is the second year the race has been run after a short hiatus in the late 2000s.

Sonic Frontiers series hosts jazz group
Crimson White – Feb. 27
Jazz quintet Canada Day will kick off Sonic Frontiers, a new avant-garde jazz concert series on campus, giving music lovers in Tuscaloosa a great opportunity to experience innovative music by world-class performers. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater and is free and open to the public. “The driving force behind the Sonic Frontiers concert series is to bring world-class performers of adventurous music to Tuscaloosa, so both the UA and broader Tuscaloosa community can have the opportunity to check out new music that will stretch their ears in new directions,” said Andrew Dewar, an assistant professor of interdisciplinary arts and creator of the series.

New poll: More than 70 percent of Mobilians support citywide smoking ban
Mobile Press-Register – Feb. 28
More than 70 percent of respondents to a poll conducted in Mobile County last summer and fall indicated support for policies eliminating all tobacco smoke from indoor public places, including restaurants and bars, according to new data from the University of Alabama’s Institute for Social Science Research.

Mountain Brook council may order study of new Lane Parke development plan
Birmingham News – Feb. 28
The Mountain Brook City Council tonight will discuss commissioning a retail and marketing analysis of the proposed Lane Parke at Mountain Brook Village development. The council meets at 7 p.m. On the agenda is an agreement with Arthur and Suzanna Allaway to carry out a study on the development, which is seeking planned unit development zoning from the council.  . . . Arthur Allaway is the James and Doris Nelems Professor of Marketing at the University of Alabama. The Allaways conducted a similar study three years ago when the first Lane Parke proposal was submitted to the city.

Reading of Fitzgerald’s ‘The Last of the Belles’ will be Sunday at Fitzgerald Museum
Montgomery Advertiser – Feb. 28
At 2 p.m. Sunday, the F. Scott and Zelda Museum will partner with The Southern Literary Trail to present “The Last of the Belles,” as read dramatically by the Alabama Readers’ Theatre under a tent on the lawn of the Fitzgerald House, 919 Felder Ave….At Sunday’s reading, Hollywood screenwriter William Field will make his debut with the Alabama Readers’ Theatre. An Alabama native, Field now teaches film at the University of Alabama after a career in Los Angeles, where he wrote for dramatic television series including “Fame” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”


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